Old Dolphinsâ€™ Association
Contents Welcome 3 School News 6 Old Dolphin Network
Features 30 Class Notes 33 In Memoriam 44
Cover photo provided by Bruce Ibsen, son of Doreen Bruce â€˜38.
From the Head Mistress It is a pleasure for the first time to be able to write to you all in Dolphin Link. Since arriving at Godolphin and Latymer in September, I have particularly enjoyed meeting many Old Dolphins. You are immensely loyal to your old school and I have been delighted to welcome you back on all kinds of occasions, whether to formal events such as your lively AGM or our Carol Service, or simply to have a look round. And the shared vision of what this wonderful school stands for is strong across the generations: quality of education is at the heart of what is, and has been held, most important here, but alongside this is a real emphasis also on the personal development of the girls. Through extra-curricular opportunities and through an outward-facing approach, we strive to nurture young people who are engaged and engaging, and who will strive to improve the world they live in. Old Dolphins represent the deep roots of the institution, and I am very grateful to you all for the support you give. I would especially like to thank those of you who have been able to contribute to our bursary programme. This is of such great importance in ensuring that it is possible for able girls to come to Godolphin and Latymer whatever their home circumstances. It is absolutely no exaggeration to say that the impact of a bursary for the right child can be transformational â€“ so thank you to all those who have contributed to this hugely valuable work. Many thanks also to those of you who have given up your time to speak to the girls about your professional lives and to give guidance and advice. This is warmly appreciated.
As I continue to get to know the Godolphin and Latymer community in the months ahead, I do hope that I shall have the opportunity to meet with more of you and to hear your experiences of your time here. With all good wishes,
Frances Ramsey, Head Mistress
From the ODA Chairman In September, we welcomed Dr Frances Ramsey as the new Head Mistress of Godolphin and Latymer School. I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr Ramsey and listening to her vision for both the school and our Old Dolphin community. And so our alma mater enters a new era under the stewardship of its tenth Head Mistress, with the educational ethos and values held dearly by Old Dolphins still firmly in place.
Successful change – the kind that renews, invigorates and pushes us to be better versions of ourselves – is built on the strong foundations of our collective histories. By the time the incoming Year 7s leave, the world will have changed again. The education they’ll receive over the next seven years will prepare them for new challenges, much like the education we received prepared us for the world we entered. What all Godolphin and Latymer girls, past and present, have in common are the core values that lie at the heart of the school: a sense of responsibility, a curiosity to constantly discover, the drive to see things through, the initiative and creativity to seize opportunities and the open-mindedness to learn from all those around us. To this day, the school continues its aim of educating bright girls in a nurturing and stimulating environment, rich in diversity and outlook.
It is no surprise that many of the Old Dolphins featured in this magazine are shining examples of women who’ve embraced the opportunities that change brought. As we go to print, Challenge Your Limits week will have recently taken place, with several Old Dolphins returning to school to help current students focus on resilience, the ability to adapt to change and the circuitous nature of modern day career paths. The type of secondary education Godolphin and Latymer provides continues to prepare girls to make the most of the increasing variety of opportunities that arise. I’m pleased Old Dolphins are committed to supporting this important aspect of the school’s mission. Enjoy reading!
Janaki Prosdocimi (née Nicholas) ‘89 ODA Chairman
From the Development Office I am also asked why we raise money for capital projects and why these can’t be paid for out of fee income. We endeavour, within a competitive market, to keep our fees at a reasonable level. We also strive to attract and retain the best teachers we can, with 72% of our fee income going to cover staff salaries. It is a challenge to balance this against the need to upgrade old and no longer fit-for-purpose buildings and facilities. Both are essential if we are to compete with other schools and give our girls and pupils from local primary schools who use our facilities the best academic and extra-curricular opportunities possible.
We are extremely grateful to you for your support over the last year. Old Dolphins are a valued part of our community and your support is something I have been aware of for the last 28 years of working here. It makes me feel old knowing that, since I started, I have seen a large number of girls come through the school and now some of their daughters are here too!
The school definitely looks much different, with a new sports hall and other changes, but it still holds true to the core beliefs and ideals that all of you will remember. I am often asked how it has changed and exactly what it is like now: we no longer have the benefit of assisted places, but we do have a strong bursary programme and currently fund ten girls per year group on full bursaries. We are reliant on supporters – Old Dolphins, past parents and current parents – to maintain and grow the bursary programme, enabling girls from the local area to have a G&L education, regardless of their financial background.
We continue to develop our relationship with, and support for, local primary schools under our Primary School Partnership programme. This year we have continued to run weekly sporting sessions, giving pupils the chance to try a variety of new activities. Local primary schools regularly use the school’s facilities for their concerts and presentation days. Excitingly, in November, we invited the children’s author David Walliams to come speak to 300 pupils from the local area, and gave them each a copy of his latest book. In early spring, the Science Museum gave a creative and entertaining talk about digestion. As you can imagine, the youngsters loved it! Without the ODA, we wouldn’t be able to develop the school and ensure that we continue to be one of the top schools in the country. Old Dolphins are our biggest single group of supporters and we love feedback and hearing about your lives. Your stories of the school and its history inspire our pupils as they all appreciate the Godolphin and Latymer connection that you share.
As we come to the end of another busy term, we would like to thank you for your support of this wonderfully special school – and we look forward to welcoming you back for Old Dolphins’ Day on Saturday 29 September. Please remember that you are always invited to our Public Lecture series, as well as other school events. Look out for the information emailed from our office. Julia Hodgkins, Development Director
SCHOOL NEWS Sports News Hockey 2017–2018 has so far been one of our most successful years at Godolphin and Latymer. Our U14/16/19 hockey squads made it to the regional outdoor finals and the U16 and U19 squads also reached the regional indoor finals. The latter was a fantastic achievement as it is only our second year playing indoor hockey – all made possible thanks to the lovely Hampton Sports Centre. The U13 and U15 squads also made it through to the last sixteen of the Independent Schools Hockey Cup.
U15 Hockey Squad
Netball Four of our netball teams took part in the Middlesex finals on Saturday 10 March. All played extremely well, with the U14 and U15 teams crowned champions and the U16s runners up in their competitions. The U19 team, having beaten both the champions and runners up in their pool matches, finished fourth overall.
The U14 and U16 teams also reached the regional round of the National Schools Competition. The U14s won and went through to the national finals where they came fourth in the country. This is the second year running we have reached the national finals in this age group.
Middlesex winners and 4th at Nationals
Cricket We have started the season how we finished the last…with a winning streak! After coming second at the Lady Taverner’s indoor national final, the U14 squad convincingly won their preliminary round at Lords to reach the county finals. Due to the snow, the finals have been delayed, but we firmly believe the girls can recreate their success of last year. The U12s were runners up at the London Schools’ competition and the U13s are through to the regionals having easily won the county round. Three days after becoming county champions, they became London Youth Games champions by winning the trophy for the borough.
U13 Cricket Squad
Sporting achievements 2017–18 Hockey • U12 Runners up in the LUS Tournament • U13 last 16 of the Independent Schools Hockey Cup Indoor athletics
During the summer term of 2017, both our junior and intermediate teams reached the regional finals of the Track and Field Cup. This season started with the indoor competitions for the London Youth Games and our U12/U13/ U14 teams won the qualifiers to represent Hammersmith and Fulham at the London Youth Games. The U13 team went a step further and won the next round so they will be representing the borough in the finals at Crystal Palace.
The rowing programme at Godolphin and Latymer has gone from strength to strength. Growing in popularity, over 70 girls are now rowing. This year two Sixth Formers, Libby Bryant and India Colegrave, were invited to GB trials and India also has been invited to the GB training camp in Spain. We have gained further links to GB rowing with the J15s and J16s attending GB training days at Caversham. During the winter season, our crews entered a variety of events and regattas. We are now looking forward to the big regatta season, hoping to replicate the many successes we enjoyed last year, most notably winning two gold medals at the all-important National Schools’ Regatta at Dorney Lake. Another of last year’s highlights was live-streaming the first round of the Henley Regatta at the UVI Leavers’ Reception, where our J18s beat one of the favourite boats! First up this season was the Schools’ Head of The River Race which took place on 12 March. The Boat Club achieved some solid results against some first-class opposition. The women’s fours came in 4th and 11th, the J16 VIII came in 4th and the J15 VIII placed 15th despite suffering a bent fin at the start which cost them a few places. Ellen Elfick, Director of Sport
• U14 Middlesex runners up and Regional finalists • U15 last 16 of the Independent Schools Hockey Cup
• U16 Middlesex champions, Outdoor Regional finalists and Indoor Regional finalists • U18 Middlesex champions, Outdoor Regional finalists and Indoor Regional finalists
• U12 Ibstock and Harrodian tournaments champions
• U13 GSA runners up, Harrodian tournament finalists
• U14 GSA winners, Middlesex Prelim winners, National Schools Regional round winners, National Schools’ finalists • U15 Ibstock and Harrodian tournaments champions, Middlesex Prelim winners, Independent School’s Netball Cup semi finalists • U16 Middlesex Prelim winners, National Schools County round winners
• U19 National Schools County round finalists, Middlesex finalists
• U12 H&F borough winners and representing H&F in the London Youth Games
• U13 H&F borough winners and London Youth Games finalists • U14 H&F borough winners and representing H&F in the London Youth Games
• U12 runners up in the London Schools’ tournament
• U13 London Schools’ champions, county champions and regional finalists • U14 London Schools’ champions, county finalists
• J15 runners up at Teddington Head, squad invited to GB training day
• J16 VIII finished 4th at the Schools’ Head of the River Race
• J18 Fours came in 4th and 11th at the Schools’ Head of the River Race
SCHOOL NEWS Music Music continues to thrive at Godolphin and Latymer and extra-curricular opportunities are very popular with our current students. We held our first Music Scholars’ Concert in November 2017, which displayed an amazingly high standard of musicianship amongst our fifteen scholars. This was promptly followed by a fabulous Autumn Concert with varied and innovative ensemble performances. The annual Carol Service is always a highlight, particularly for our Sixth Form, who delighted the congregation with beautiful choral repertoire and solos, getting everyone into the Christmas spirit. We set our sights even higher in 2018 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah: Part 1 on
21 March in the Bishop Centre. It was truly a wonderful occasion for the school community, with current and past parents, staff and several Old Dolphins performing in the choir. We hope many more Old Dolphins will join our choir next year. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with the school in a very social environment. We usually hold four rehearsals during the term, all followed by a glass of wine and a chance to chat. Jazz Night, Junior Music Festival and Summer Concert will round out the end of the year music programme. The final concert will feature our ‘tour’ choir which will be travelling to Venice over the summer. Lisa McAdam, Director of Music
Drama continues to shine at Godolphin and Latymer with a range of opportunities for our girls.
The Senior Play
In the autumn, the Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form girls organised a production of Audience, a oneact, satirical comedy by English playwright, Michael Frayn.
Directed, produced and performed entirely by students, the play centred on the premise that the characters in the play were actually watching the audience, expecting them to perform. The real audience were treated to a thoroughly entertaining and funny production. We are extremely proud of the work the girls produced, with each of them showing great initiative and ambition. Congratulations to all involved.
Y7 Christmas Play
The Year 7 Christmas Play
Parents were treated to a colourful production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It was the perfect start to the Christmas season.
Y7 Christmas Play
The School Production
The talented cast, gifted musicians and incredible tech crew worked tirelessly to master the darkly comedic vaudeville musical Chicago. And master it they did! We had a full house at every performance, which meant approximately 850 parents and friends attended over three evenings. The memorable tunes could be heard in the corridors long after the last curtain call.
SCHOOL NEWS Old Dolphins and Art History The Art History Department continues to be supported by generations of Old Dolphins. Recent leavers represented their universities at our fourth annual Art History Higher Education Conference and Fair in the Bishops Centre: Sarah Renard ‘15 returned from Edinburgh for a second year, Lottie Longfellow ‘15 from Bristol, Sophie Powles ‘16 came from Leeds and Nina Astor-Lewis ‘14 from Sussex. Over 100 students from 30 different schools and colleges across the country came to learn what a degree in History of Art could mean for them. More established art historians worked with us on several joint projects to support the continued growth of Art History in schools now that the new Edexcel global A-level syllabus is being taught. Elizabeth Darling ‘86, Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University and curator of the highly successful exhibition ‘AA XX 100’, celebrating 100 years of women in architecture at the Architectural Association, came into school to speak to the Art History Society and members of FemSoc. The students learnt a lot about modernist architecture, as well as the barriers still facing women in the profession today. Elizabeth also
organised a study day for Sixth Formers, which several of our students attended, at the AA, including sketching inspired by Zaha Hadid, a named architect on the new A-level syllabus. Cleo Roberts ‘03 organised a study day at Wolfson College, Cambridge on the partition of India using original archival material to focus on key works in the new A-level theme of War and Art. She is now working hard for the charity Art History in Schools CIO to make sure Saturday 9 June (the date of this year’s Higher Ed Conference and Fair to be held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts) is a huge success and raises money for the expansion of Art History into the state sector. This is essential if the subject is to thrive long term. Over the summer Maggie Evans ‘66 and I visited HMP Huntercombe to donate Art History slides to the Education Department as stimulation for art, discussion and literacy programmes. Helen Wilford ‘83 has written the new International Baccalaureate Art History syllabus, and organised the Art History two-day CPD Workshop in Rome in April. I am looking forward to working with her again. Caroline Osborne, Head of History of Art
Elizabeth Darling ‘86 recently worked with Godolphin and Latymer’s Head of History of Art, Caroline Osbourne, and her organization, Art History in Schools, to convene a workshop for teachers and Sixth Formers as part of the programme of events to accompany the exhibition she co-curated last autumn at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). Entitled ‘AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917–2017,’ this commemorated the centenary of the first women to enter the School to train as architects, as well as looked at women’s practice during that century in general. The AA trained some of the most significant architects of the 20th century including Jane Drew, Patty Hopkins and Zaha Hadid. The workshop, held in December, which was attended by students from Godolphin and Latymer as well as other schools and colleges, included talks on women and architecture, and women as design activists, a visit to the AA’s archives, and a drawing workshop run by the AA’s Manijeh Verghese, in which students sketched the model for the Hong Kong peak project by Zaha Hadid Architects. Elizabeth is Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University, and has published widely on gender and architecture, as well as modernist architecture in inter-war England. She also visited the school in November and talked to Sixth-Form art historians about her work.
WWI Project: help needed
Sarah Renard ‘15, Caroline Osborne and Lottie Longfellow ‘15
Cleo Roberts ‘03
“The minutes of the Governors meeting of July 1914 revealed that the school desired to admit some Belgian refugees at half fees. They initially thought fifteen students could be admitted, but would need approval from the Board of Education to admit up to 30. By the governors meeting in October, the school had heard back from the Board of Education who capped the number of refugees allowed to 15.” This fascinating glimpse into the long history of Godolphin and Latymer reveals that international-mindedness and a charitable outlook have been characteristic of the school for over a century. We found this information in our archives along with many fascinating insights into school life during the Great War. We have also been taking a Y9 group to the Western Front Battlefields every June since 2014 and in doing so have been aware that students have uncovered family links to the War, with some even able to locate a grave or a name on a memorial. As this year marks the centenary of the end of hostilities, we are creating an exhibition for which we are collecting as much information and material as possible. A group of 21 students is working with the History Department, the Library and the Development Office to produce something which marries the stories of the past with the technologies of our own age. Our goal is to not only produce an exciting exhibition for the Godolphin and Latymer community but also turn it into a digital publication. We invite any Old Dolphins to get in touch if they have any stories about their ancestors in the Great War. As an example of what might be presented, I discovered that my own great-great uncle was a steward on a ship at the Battle of Jutland and went down with his ship on 31 May 1916. It has been fascinating for me to trace his life back to his native Malta, visiting the street where he lived and finding out more about the role of Malta as ‘nurse of the Mediterranean’ during the war. Every family’s story uncovers an aspect of the conflict which serves to illustrate the scope and the nature of this pivotal period of modern world history. If you would like to pass on your stories, please email me at atriccas@godolphinandlatymer. com or write to me at the school. You will, of course, be most welcome to visit the exhibition itself at school on Thursday 28 June 2018 from 4pm. Dorothy Barker, an Old Dolphin who was at the school between 1916 and 1922, wrote “The fact that we were encouraged to voice our opinions freely in lessons helped us to get rid of intolerance and to realise that the truth is many sided and hard to come by”. Our exhibition will be proud to continue this Godolphin and Latymer tradition. Ms Amanda Triccas, Senior Teacher, History Teacher
Maggie Evans ‘66 and Caroline Osborne
Challenge Your Limits This year, our fourth annual Challenge Your Limits (CYL) week championed the themes of creativity and entrepreneurship. CYL is a school-wide, cross-curricular programme that encourages the girls to embrace challenges by recognising the importance of resilience and perseverance when facing setbacks in their endeavours. We hope the opportunities presented by the events and speakers throughout the week affirmed the power of the Godolphin and Latymer community to support, strengthen and inspire one another to succeed. No fewer than 10 guest speakers shared their entrepreneurial experience with our girls under the theme, “She believed she could, so she did.” Each spoke passionately about the challenges they had faced in setting up their businesses and how they had seen and seized opportunity in the challenges they confronted. The girls were exposed to a diverse range of enterprises, from a reading programme in Ghana to setting up tech businesses in London. The week was also jam-packed with activities that saw students put their problem-solving skills to the test. The Year 9 girls used their enterprise, maths and business skills in an exciting simulation of oil trading. The girls and the PE staff had great fun trying to balance on a backwards bike, the operative words being fun and trying! Year 7 musicians challenged their limits by trying a range of “endangered” instruments including the harp,
Inspiring Minds CYL 2018 Speakers Rishi Khosla, CEO and Co-founder of OakNorth Bank Ltd, launched Challenge Your Limits Week 2018.
Cassandra Gracey, President of the Creative Group of Sony Music, spoke on her life in the music industry.
the double bass and the trombone in an event run and organised by a Sixth Former. The same year group, along with peers from our affiliated school, Kensington Aldridge Academy, were treated to a magician workshop. Year 8s meanwhile took part in a Dragon’s Den-style event that had a strong environmental twist. Years 9 and 10 had a workshop on digital technologies led by the Digital Sisters. Lower School students spent their form time challenging their creative and teamwork skills in making iconic London landmarks out of papier-mâché. The theme of resilience was bolstered by a strong sense of community spirit throughout the week. Two Gratitude Trees were placed in the main corridor, and students and staff were invited to participate in the project by writing what they were grateful for – from the people who are important to them, to the smallest things in life that make them happy. On a similar note, the Lower Corridor was filled with zigzagged streamers of bird and cloud shapes, each containing messages from the girls about who inspired them, what their aspirations were for the future and inspirational quotes. With true grit and resilience, all of these events took place during the week the UK faced the “Beast from the East.” We are pleased to say that Godolphin and Latymer stayed open throughout the week that saw more than 10 cm of snow fall and temperatures reach -9°C with the wind-chill.
Megha Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director of ESCADA, spoke about the challenges of running a successful global business in the fashion industry.
Guy Mucklow, CEO of PCA Predict, captivated students with how he persevered in setting up his own business. Laura Graham ‘04, described how her successful stationery business, GG Print London, was started whilst she was still at Godolphin and Latymer.
Pinky Lilani, OBE and CBE, food expert and founder of the Women of the Future Awards, spoke about advancing and championing female talent in the UK. Jamie Holtum, global brand guru, discussed bad career advice and offered alternatives to the idea of finding and following passions.
Marie-Louise Henham spoke about her experience working in Angola on projects that generated microfinance for small businesses in deprived communities. Cat Davison ‘06 spoke about Reading Spots, the charity project she set up in Ghana to promote literacy by providing free access to books in rural communities. Charlotte Robertson ‘06, one half of the Digital Sisters and co-founder of Digital Awareness UK, spoke about social media, technology and combatting online issues.
Michael Nabarro explained how he founded his technology company, Spektrix, with the mission to help arts organisations be more successful through better ticketing, marketing and fundraising. Ayesha Mustafa, founder of Fashion ComPassion, spoke about her journey as a social and ethical entrepreneur working with women co-operatives in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Dick Moore, qualified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid and a past teacher, coach, and headmaster, delivered a talk entitled “Learn to Dance in the Rain” about the importance of positivity and supporting each other.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘97, singer and songwriter, spoke at the closing assembly about the challenges she faced at the beginning of her career and the choices she made to step out of her comfort zone and forge a successful career in the music industry.
STEM Week This year’s STEM* Week coincided with British Science Week and the school celebrated with exciting activities and insightful talks from guest speakers. On Friday 9 March we welcomed Dr Emma Byrne – developer of intelligent systems and writer for the likes of Forbes, the Financial Times and the Global Business magazine – to talk about her diverse career. In the evening, students attended the STEM Nightclub, where they met special guests from the animal kingdom including tarantulas, meerkats, snakes and tortoises. Throughout the week, girls had the opportunity to attend student-led talks and open platforms, including the Feminist Society discussion on the male-dominated world of STEM, the Literary Society forum on how science can shape literature and the Philosophy Society discussion about answering life’s big questions on Science versus Philosophy. The Dissection Club put on their lab coats and investigated how a sheep’s brain compares to the rest of the animal kingdom. The Lower School students were treated to a thrilling and interactive show put together by the Science Museum in the Bishop Centre and girls put their senses to the test for the STEM House Challenge. The STEM Family Challenge was fantastically wellattended, with “families” of students, teachers and parents competing to win a trophy whilst learning about different STEM courses and careers. Dr Michael Osborn’s whistle-stop tour of his career in Pathology was also very well received by both parents and students alike. The most popular event by far was the hatching of six duck eggs, with girls queuing for a chance to visit the newborn ducklings. We hope that the week’s festivities have stirred an interest and inspired the next generation of STEM specialists. *Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The German Exchange students from Latymer Upper and Godolphin and Latymer on the balcony of the Philharmonie in April 2017
German Exchange Anniversary If you ever studied German at Godolphin and Latymer, chances are you participated in the German Exchange trip to Hamburg. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the programme and to celebrate this long-standing tradition, the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums invited all past participants to a reception in the Assembly Hall of the school on 6 April 2018. The origins of the German Exchange date back to the 1940s. In 1948, Frederick Wilkinson, the Headmaster of Latymer Upper School, invited a small group of students from the Johanneum to visit London. This “experiment in friendship,” as he called it, proved to be a resounding success and has been so for the last 70 years.
Godolphin and Latymer were invited to participate a few decades later. Every autumn the German exchanges visit their host families in London and then, in the spring, students from both London schools travel together to Hamburg for a ten-day stay. The programme brings young people from two countries together, giving them the opportunity to see how much they have in common and to become friends – sometimes for a lifetime. Indeed, Avni Sharma, currently in Year 11, had this to say about the exchange trip last spring: “I truly feel like I made a friend for life and I have had the unique experience of being able to see Hamburg through the eyes of someone who lives there.”
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SCHOOL NEWS Prize List 2017 Winterstoke Scholarships Hanna Berry Lucy Carson Helena Coggan Grace Lovegrove Larissa Machiels Lara Tegner Francesca Wittman Christina Williams Gertrude Clement Books Mary Banes Sarika Datta Honor Heyes Alicia Lethbridge Elena Margetts Meiru Qian Imogen Streets Marshall Hays Prizes Carlotta Blamey-Beccaria Natasha Boret Anna Buckley-Thwaites Anna Dacam Hannah Wuensche Zerlina Vulliamy Dean Prize Neha Sreekumar
The Dawe Prize for Achievement Antonia Welch Charlotte Melia
White Prize for Sixth Form Service Julia Marano Stratta Prize for Service to the School Izzy Fletcher Head Girl’s Prize Larissa Machiels
Spong Modern Language Travel Scholarship Arabella Vickers Aisha Straker Grimes LVI Chaplin French Prize Aisha Straker Grimes Jess Baird LVI Wilson History Prize Sarah Hobson Issy Kenney-Herbert JessBaird Harvard Book Prize Annabel Howell
Jefferson Book Prize Edie Elliot Granger Reagen Readinger
Vellutini Prize (for Year 11 English Coursework) Honor Leslie Melville
Subject Prizes: Art and Design Prize Millie Gogarty
Biology - Ennis Prize Anna Bassadone
Chemistry – Winifred Watkins Prize India Ayling
Classics – Downer Jolliffe Prize Tiffany Lai Creativity – Reiss Prize Isabella Masi Drama Leavers’ Prize Grace Lovegrove
Economics – Mason Prize Tilly Kaye English – Titmuss Prize Arabella Graves Isadora Pruskin
French – Dixon Spoken Prize Roxy Farhad French – Homan Prize Antonia Welch
Geography – Hobbs Prize Annabel Morgan Fenella Slimmon German – Prynne Prize Theo Kordelas
History – Claire Eccles Prize Grace Morgan History – Gilliland Prize Emily Wood
History of Art – Charlton Prize Nai Boustany
Italian – Sandra Williams Prize Valeska Lehndorff Mathematics – Bell Prize Anya Soni
Mathematics – Selsky Pure Prize Tanya Hussain MFL – Jessi Stafford Prize Matilda Manners Music – McTavish Prize Zerlina Vuillamy
Music – The Sarah Illingworth Memorial Choral Prize Molly Banes Isobel Reid
Philosophy – Bellew Prize Amal Priestley
Physical Education – Walsh Award Kareen Fares LaraTegner
Science – Bearman Medicine Prize Emily Lindberg Science – Richards Prize Millie Jeffcock Spanish – Frost Prize Amy Bretherton
Speech and Drama – Mantle Prize Gaby Kaza Sport – Cox Prize Francesca Wittmann Elizabeth Gay
Leaving Prize: Good Work Chadia Aliberti Willa Bailey Carla Bloom Flora Campbell Alexandra de Prat I Pont Laila Ghaffar Anna Hayes Naomi Huckett Anna McGovern Olivia O’Driscoll Lauren Samuelson Grace Spicer Frances Stephens Leaving Prize: Service Java Arkell Isabella Barkett Sam Blunden Natalia Fares Lilia Hasiotis Gabrielle Kaza Marian Kenna Ella Kennea Siam Kirby Christine Li Jenni Lieberman Clare Peterson Sarah Duns Tinatin Endeladze
Staff Leavers 2017 Pamela Bickley English
Ebiere Bolu Economics
Karen Casterton Mathematics
PA to the Head Mistress
Liz Fox Biology
Andrew Furnival Mathematics
Sophie Harley-McKeown History
Eilis Harron-Ponsonby Chemistry
Ian Jones Chemistry
Director of Music
Athina Mitropoulos Classics
Sophie Nicholas Physical Education
Christine Preston Geography
Jonathan Wong Biology
Ruth Mercer retired in July 2017 after over eight years as Head Mistress of Godolphin and Latymer. Ruth Mercer was greatly admired by girls and staff as an inspirational Head Mistress. She was also a fantastic history teacher and a dedicated member of the History Department. Ruth’s determination to continue to teach history marked her out from many head teachers. She taught every Year 7 class for half a term over the course of the year, which allowed her to feel confident that she knew almost every student in school. It also gave her incredible insight into the everyday experience of her staff, from keeping an eye on the fabric of the rooms to being aware of the new demands of technology. She attended History Department meetings as well as parents‘ evenings for the class she was currently teaching. She even marked the summer exam papers for the set she shared with me when it would have been easier – and not unexpected – to have passed that job over. Ruth was also on the staff duty rota, standing weekly at the entrance to the girls‘ dining room to manage the queue. This not only gave her an excellent opportunity to keep in touch with the girls, but it was also a perfect example of how she never expected any colleague to do something she herself was not prepared to do. Her presence on a number of school trips was also relatively unusual for a head teacher, notably her commitment to the Battlefields visit with its rather scary 4 am departure time. I have a particular memory of her leading a mad dash through pelting rain to take a group of students to look at the Vimy Ridge memorial. Whether she was going round with the bin bags, making sure everyone had enough to eat or checking all were in their rooms for curfew, Ruth was always integral to the smooth running and success of the visit – much as she was to the operation of the school.
She will be greatly missed, not just as Head Mistress but also as a teacher, colleague and friend. We wish her a very happy retirement. Amanda Triccas, Senior Teacher, History Teacher
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Year 11 Leavers ‘Once a Dolphin, always a Dolphin’ was the theme at our annual reception for girls leaving Godolphin and Latymer at the end of Year 11. Although they are not staying for Sixth Form, they will be invited to ODA events and reunions with their year groups. We wish them all the best at their new schools.
Summer BBQ The Hampshire Hog was the venue chosen for the 1- and 2-Year Leavers’ Reception in 2017. It was the first event many of the members of the classes of 2015 and 2016 had attended as Old Dolphins, and they appreciated the opportunity to stay connected with the Godolphin and Latymer community. There were many happy reunions and animated conversations about life beyond Iffley Road.
Old Dolphins’ Day 2017 On 30 September 2017, the school was filled with the laughter and chatter of the 170 Old Dolphins who attended Old Dolphins’ Day. 35 different year groups were represented, spanning the years 1942 to 2010.
The Old Dolphins’ Association Executive Committee started the day with a roundtable discussion on the future of the ODA and how best it can serve its membership and the wider school community. This was followed by the Association’s Annual General Meeting, during which our new Head Mistress, Dr Frances Ramsey, addressed alumnae for the first time. In addition to a report from the ODA Treasurer, Julia Hodgkins, Development Director, announced that due to changes to charities legislation, Old Dolphins will have to give their consent if they wish to continue to receive news and invitations to events from the school. She explained they will receive specific instructions about how to opt-in and asked for help in letting other Old Dolphins know to respond.* This year’s keynote speaker was alumna Ann Kenrick ‘76, OBE. Ann has served as SecretaryGeneral of the Franco-British Council as well as Chairman of the London Cycling Campaign. In 2016, she was appointed Master of Charterhouse – the first woman to lead the charity since it was founded in 1348. The Charterhouse began as a medieval monastery and has since served as a Tudor
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mansion, a Victorian boys’ school and an almshouse. Today, the Charterhouse continues to offer almshouse residences, and, in partnership with the Museum of London, recently opened its doors to the public for the first time in 400 years. Ann gave an engaging talk about the new museum and her journey from Godolphin and Latymer pupil to Master of Charterhouse. Following the AGM, a delicious three-course lunch was served
in the Bishop Centre, providing a perfect opportunity for Old Dolphins to catch up with old friends and classmates. For the classes of ‘57, ‘67, ‘77, ‘87 and ‘97, this was an especially happy event as they were celebrating milestone reunions. The day finished with a rousing rendition of the school song, accompanied by Joy Puritz ‘67 on the piano, and a raffle that raised £504 for the Francha Leale Toge Fund.
*As we go to print, final legal guidance is being developed.
OLD DOLPHIN NETWORK Class of 1977 In September 2017, the school leavers from 1977 were reunited for the day. Being amongst my school friends – 40 years older, but really no older at all, all walking and talking no differently from their teenage selves – was reassuringly familiar. It’s odd being with people whose company is so much a part of the life you once had. There is an eerie nostalgia which is deeply affecting. There was no polite cocktail party chatter, where conversation sometimes aims to place you rather than know you. The Godolphin and Latymer time machine had transported us back to the ‘70s.
The school looked different in some parts, but no different in others. The echo and smell of the dining room brought to mind conversations about Marc Bolan, David Cassidy, Miss Dean, Miss Kershaw, Miss Goodwin, the Latymer Upper boys (oh, Hughie Grant, haven’t you done well!), the wretchedness of hockey in freezing temperatures, and other concerns, passions and worries which now seemed sweetly trivial.
A tour of the school brought back long forgotten memories and experiences. In the Hall, I could easily imagine Miss Gray or Miss Dean during morning assembly and the drama rehearsals with Berenice Goodwin after school. The back steps in the Hall, where we sat as Sixth Formers,
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looked exactly the same, and sitting there once again I remembered feeling so very grown up and worldly wise at 16. Back then, I was wearing velvet flares and a multi-coloured Peruvian jumper and feeling sorry for the youngsters in uniform.
The Sixth Former who took us on the tour, so much more sophisticated than I can ever remember being at that age (or any age), was left speechless and with a slack jaw when we explained our daily escapes from the back of our classroom which led off the Hall. The room at the back of Classroom 7, where we used to hang out together, had no exit when the Hall was in use, so we used to climb out the back window. We would ask passing members of the public to lower a stool for us and then climb out, pass the stool back in and take orders for lunch from the baguette shop round the corner. To those who sadly missed the day, put September 2027 in the diary. I guarantee for that one day you will be eighteen again…and to those of us whose eyesight isn’t what it was, you will look it, too. Annie Tompkins ‘77
Class of 1957. Centre: Pauline McCubbin (née Gage); Left to right: Nola Heslop (née Richardson), Gillian Smithies (née Stevens), Margaret Cazaly (née Smith), Maureen Taylor (née Pettifer), Jean Thorn (née Hill), Evelyn Spear (née Edwards), Stella Griffiths (née Begent), Vivienne Pearl (née Babani) and Mary Heeley (née Wheeler).
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2017 was our 60th anniversary year – I knew O-level maths would come in handy – and the 20th anniversary of our annual weekends away. Why on earth did we wait for twenty years before arranging these enjoyable and revitalising events? Careers, marriage, children? Who knows, but thank goodness we did. Last year, we went to Bournemouth to a well-positioned hotel on the cliff-top, with a friendly staff and good food – what more could you ask for? Disappointingly few of us stayed up for dancing on Friday, but we were all ready for an energetic walk along the sea front to visit Russell Coates’ House, situated at the far end of the promenade. What a worth-while visit that was! The whole place is an eclectic and very personal mixture of artefacts and architectural styles. Every room showed an amalgam of decors, brought together according to the owner’s whim and reflecting everything he had seen on his travels. Check the website and go there if you have the chance. We spent most of our day there and left in time for a rather more leisurely stroll by the sea back to our hotel. Nobody stayed up for the dancing on Saturday! If you are thinking about meeting with old friends, don’t hesitate. Occasionally we talk about the past, but most of our time is spent talking about what we are doing now and what we plan for the future. After all, old age is just a state of mind – so long as you are sitting down! Gillian Smithies (née Stevens) ‘57
Class of 1961 In July 2016, Elaine Wake (née Kirkpatrick) and Nadia Lasserson (née Grindea) helped organise a reunion for those who had started Godolphin and Latymer in 1955, some of whom hadn’t seen each other since leaving school. Elaine and Nadia have kindly offered to organise another lunch this year. If any of you are interested in getting together, please do contact the Old Dolphins’ Association (firstname.lastname@example.org; 020 8735 9550).
Lunch at St Martin-in-the-Fields: Sue Frost (née Angell), Christine Boot, Carolyn Hemsley (née Murton), Nadia Lasserson (née Grindea), Elaine Wake (née Kirkpatrick), Pat Fuller (née Twine), Britta Doran (née White) and Mary Cleare (née Bandy).
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Class of 1992 – 25th Reunion Through the wonders of social media, the idea of a silver jubilee reunion was mooted. Within an hour of contacting twelve classmates, these became 30. In a day, the number had doubled! After a quick doodle poll, a couple of emails to Rebecca Thomas (the Alumnae Relations Officer who filled in contact gaps), the date was set and school booked! It really was super simple. I urge other year groups to do the same!
5- and 10- Year Reunions In June, Old Dolphins from the classes of 2007 and 2012 also returned to Iffley Road for milestone reunions. It was a lovely evening spent catching up with old friends, reminiscing about school days and filling in the gaps since they were last together as a group.
I suspect that upon arrival we all felt as nervous as we had felt back in September 1985. Many of us had not seen each other and certainly not the school for 25 years! But the Hall soon filled up, and all worries disappeared! We were delighted to be joined by Miss Rudland, Miss Ross, Mr Vellutini and Dr Wolfe. Julia Hodgkins, from the Development Office, gave a tour of the school and over wine and crisps, much chat was had! We filed over to the Stonemason’s Arms to continue the catch up (I’d say by now the chatter was loud!) and we were finally turfed out, with many promises to keep in touch and to make the event an annual one! On that note – back to Facebook…
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Many thanks to Rebecca and Julia for their help! Cheryl Hayes (née Bramley) ‘92
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Old Dolphins in the US During the Year 9 ski trip to the US, the girls were treated to a tour of Harvard University by Old Dolphin Charlotte Dyvik-Henke ‘17.
Alumnae Dinner in NYC Join us for cocktails and dinner! 17 May 2018, 6 – 9pm
Almond Restaurant, 12 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010. Tickets are $50 – 85
To book your place, please email Rebecca Thomas: email@example.com
OLD DOLPHIN NETWORK Old Dolphins: Back to School Old Dolphins’ return to school to inspire future generations We love it when Old Dolphins come back to the school to share their career and life experiences with our current students. Certainly the girls appreciate it and we are grateful to all who give of their time so generously. As you flip through these pages, you’ll find many mentioned in the myriad of events at which they spoke or helped. Here’s a brief overview. If you are interested in helping at any of these events, please get in touch with the Development Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Education and Careers
Dr Alexandra Magyar ‘09 volunteered to give mock interviews to the aspiring medical school candidates in the UVI. Helen Conn ‘69 (Food Science) and Ayesha Zamal ‘07 (Fashion/Retail) participated in the Career Insight Programme, designed to raise awareness about the different career pathways into a wide range of professions. Tania Wallis ‘69 (Cyber Security), Rebecca Sarshar ‘92 (Architecture), Alexandra Ferguson ‘04 (Scientific Research), Emma Harling-Philips ‘04 (Law), Lucy Lynn-Matern ‘04 (Education Technology), Federica Nocera ‘07 (Data Science), Victoria Scholar ‘07 (Financial Journalism), Sophie Walker ‘07 (Health and Wellbeing Service Design) and Georgina Cox ‘11 (Psychology) gave thought-provoking and inspiring talks during Careers Evenings.
Challenge Your Limits Week
Laura Graham ‘04 currently runs her own printing and stationery business, GG Print London. She studied Classics at Oxford University and is determined to make sure that letter-writing is not lost in a world of emails. Award-winning singer/songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘97 spoke at the closing assembly for Challenge Your Limits week. In Spring 2018, she will release her first greatest hits compilation, The Song Diaries, which will consist of orchestral reworking of 16 of her singles.
Laura Douglas ‘02, gave a lunch-time talk on the career path that lead her to neuro physiotherapy. Laura studied Sport and Exercise Sciences at Birmingham and then pursued an MSc in Physiotherapy. She is now at St George’s Hospital in Tooting working closely with doctors, nurses and occupational therapists.
Old Dolphin Art Historians
Nina Astor-Lewis ‘14, Sarah Renard ‘15, Lottie Longfellow ‘15 and Sophie Powles ‘16 represented their universities at the fourth annual Art History Higher Education Conference and Fair held in the Bishops Centre in June 2017. Maggie Evans ‘66, Helen Wilford ‘83, Elizabeth Darling ‘86 and Cleo Roberts ‘03 collaborated with the History of Art Department in their ongoing efforts to develop a robust curriculum and ensure the continued success of the subject across schools.
Antonia Cowdry ‘89, Global Head of Human Resources for Deutsche Bank in London, oversees HR for the infrastructure divisions, including Technology, Operations, Finance, Risk and Compliance. Her talk focused on the skills needed to work in Finance as well as the many different jobs and opportunities available within a large multinational bank. Antonia spoke about her career path, from what she studied at A-level and why she chose to read English at university, to how she got her first job and why she loves the diversity of her current role. The Year 9 girls were a ready audience and followed up with interesting questions.
Princeton Tigerlillies on Tour
Molly Banes ‘17 came back to Godolphin and Latymer on 1 November as a member of the Tigerlilies, Princeton University’s oldest all-female A cappella group. Her older sister Elizabeth Banes ‘12 was also a member of the prestigious group during her time at Princeton. The Tigerlilies conducted a workshop and performed for local primary schools, and gave an evening concert that raised money for the school’s Bursary Fund.
Arts Education and Careers
India Harvey ‘08 came to speak about her work within arts education in museums and galleries, delivering workshops and projects for young people and families. Her work focuses on promoting an inclusive, peer-learning environment for young people on the autistic spectrum. She is also involved with Art Neuro, a project that explores the world of neuroscience through the visual arts. Staff and girls alike were enthused by the discussion and from it were able to gain a greater understanding of the depth and range of careers available within the visual arts.
Old Dolphins in Print
The Miser What hidden hurt lies deep inside That seems to gather all around As trophies to be honoured long And not relinquished to the end.
What hidden hurt lies deep inside That turns a man from open palm To grasp each coin with steely grip For fear his very own blood is spilt.
What hidden hurt lies deep inside That measures love and tender smiles No room for generous sudden gestures Fearing the true self revealed. What hidden hurt lies deep inside That makes a man so miserly His trust has gone and with it love Possessions gathered are there to see They cannot hurt but set you free. Sheila Penfold (nĂŠe Boyes) â€˜54
OLD DOLPHIN NETWORK Profile: Davina Clarke ‘04 As many of you know, I teach violin and singing at Godolphin and Latymer, which I absolutely adore. In addition to this, performing is a huge passion of mine and I have the enormous privilege of playing in many exciting projects and performances which take me all around the world.
I am also extremely fortunate to be generously sponsored by the Stradivari Trust. With their support, I am able to play on the most exquisite violin which I found (or rather we found each other) three years ago. It was made in 1659 in Cremona by Ruggieri, who was one of the master luthiers working alongside Amati and Stradivarius in the 17th Century. Playing baroque music on an instrument which was created at a time when not only this music was being written but also when violin making was at its zenith, is truly unique. I began last year with a very exciting (and chilly!) project in the U.S.A. I flew to Montana on New Year’s Eve for a series of solo and chamber recitals. It was the most incredible trip, making beautiful music everyday amongst the breathtaking surroundings of snow-laden Yellowstone National Park. We performed eight recitals in total and travelled round Montana, stopping every day at yet another fabulous location, including Red Lodge, Bozeman, Shepherd and Helena.
‘House concerts’ are a very popular genre over there and our hosts were incredibly generous at welcoming us into their warm, beautiful (and enormous) houses for evenings of baroque music attended by enthusiastic audiences of up to 100 people.
In February 2017, I flew off to Oslo with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for a fabulous Mozart Requiem project in Oslo Cathedral. We didn’t have much time for sight-seeing unfortunately, but one can’t fail to notice the beauty of the fjords around the city. The gorgeous scenery paired with glorious Mozart was a rather unforgettable combination! Last March, I had the pleasure of performing in the Barnes Music Festival. I was joined by a cellist and harpsichordist from the English Baroque Soloists and a singer from The Monteverdi Choir for an evening entitled A Musical Aviary, which was also the inaugural concert at the Barnes Wetland Centre. The programme was a collaboration with the talented Tammy Marler, a local photographer from Barnes, who takes the most incredible pictures of wildlife and nature in southwest London. We performed works by Handel, Byrd, Biber and Arne, whilst atmospheric wildlife images were projected above us.
Much of last year was taken up by a hugely exciting project with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists. The Monteverdi Trilogy is comprised of Claudio Monteverdi’s three operas, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo. As it was the 450th Anniversary of Monteverdi’s death, we chose to tour around Europe and the United States. Being part of such an intimate ensemble made every rehearsal and each performance an incredibly rewarding and unique experience. Unusually, we spent two weeks in Venice where we performed the Trilogy in La Fenice, twice! The
Class Reunions 2018 Friendship: the older it grows, the stronger it is... A class reunion is a perfect opportunity to rekindle friendships, share schooltime memories and to catch up with what has been happening at Godolphin and Latymer since your school days. crowds went wild every night and it was the most stunning venue to play in. It was rather surreal jumping on the boat to and from work every day, but so fabulous. Before this, we had previously performed the Trilogy in Barcelona, Bristol and also Aix en Provence. The rest of the tour took us to Salzburg, Lucern, Paris, Poland, Berlin, New York and Chicago. It was incredibly exciting to perform in a range of world-class concert halls and opera houses all around the globe.
The summer was filled with Glyndebourne and also the BBC Proms, one of which was Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. We also took this to The Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André and the Edinburgh Festival in August. This year I also have been continuing with my Guest Principal role at the Royal Academy of Music in the Kohn Bach Cantata Series, which I hugely enjoy. The Cantatas happen almost every month and it is such a pleasure to go back and work with the baroque orchestra there. Playing Bach on a Sunday morning, when it would have been intended in the Thomaskirche, feels just right! My autumn performing schedule included projects with La Nuova Musica, The Classical Opera Company and The King’s Consort, all of which involved a little more global travelling, bringing me back in London just in time for Christmas!
All of my upcoming concerts are on my website: www.davinaclarke.com. Please do let me know if you would ever like me to arrange any tickets for anything which might be of interest. It is a dream being able to tour, making and sharing music with so many people from around the world, but there really is nothing better than coming back to Godolphin and Latymer, which of course still feels like home.
Class of 1993 – 25th Reunion 6 June, 6.00 – 8.00pm in the Hall RSVP to the ODA email@example.com 020 8735 9550
Class of 2008 – 10th Reunion 14 June, 6.00 – 8.00pm in the Hall RSVP to the ODA firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8735 9550
Class of 2013 – 5th Reunion 14 June, 6.00 – 8.00pm in the Hall RSVP to the ODA email@example.com 020 8735 9550
Classes of 2016 & 2017 – Summer BBQ 29 June, 6.00 – 8.00pm in the Hampshire Hog, King Street W6 RSVP to the ODA firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8735 9550
Advancing beyond left or right If you had asked me in 1996, when I stood in Godolphin and Latymer’s large formal hall, staring at the relentlessly varnished floor, whether I would help start a new political party before I turned 40, well, I would have laughed. And, I’m quite sure my school friends would have laughed with – definitely at – me too. I always loved waxing lyrical about how we might improve the world. My late night philosophical ramblings even made it into my yearbook entry, but I certainly didn’t see this as my destiny. However, I also didn’t reckon on Brexit, Grenfell and the realities of our institutional political parties. I believe that we are judged in the world by how we look after our most vulnerable citizens; we are currently failing them and I know that we are capable of so much more. After studying Theology, History and Politics at university, I mostly worked within the criminal justice system. I also had some years on the edges of the City. As an ex-police officer, NHS forensic mental health worker, PhD student in criminology and a magistrate, I would say I’ve had enough time on the frontline to gain an understanding of
what does and does not work for those who need to be helped the most.
Somehow it always felt to me that every time another law was enacted or another policy change was made, to help the NHS for example, chasing the bottom line was always the main aim. As a result, what was meant to have a positive impact ended up hurting the most dependent members of our communities. As a police officer, I could often make people feel safe by just being present. But this isn’t valued anymore. Today it seems you need to prove your worth by taking action, even if just your presence is worthwhile.
A balanced approach to public service that comes from working collaboratively and taking into account different experiences and outlooks – skills that my years at Godolphin and Latymer helped me develop and value – led to my decision to join the Liberal Democrats. The party’s capacity to look more broadly for solutions and not be driven by a single ideology appealed to me. The fact that the party’s two defining concepts are the two that matter to me more than
anything – social justice (fair play) and economic strength – was pivotal.
The outcome of the 2015 general election, however, left me wanting to do more and be more involved in public service. I applied to be a candidate and so began a two-and-a-half year process that has seen me evolve into a politician. By 2017, I was finding the internal ‘workings’ of the Liberal Democrats hard work and knew that there would be little support for the campaign we intended to run in case of a general election – their target seats had dropped from 299 to 50 in just a few years. Then the snap general election was called and I ran for a seat in Kensington. After what felt like the longest count in history and three re-counts, Labour won by 20 votes.
Just a few days later, in the early hours of 14 June, fire broke out at Grenfell Tower. Our campaign’s WhatsApp group pinged with distress from our team of supporters who were in the vicinity. We all went to help and I watched as an entire community, region and country came together in a time of crisis. Nothing could have been
more moving than seeing the way neighbours and neighbourhoods organised themselves when given the freedom to help, in a vacuum of leadership and structure. This helped cement the idea that there was hope: that when people share a common purpose and are given the freedom to deliver, anything is possible. Out of that moment, Advance Together was formed and became an official party in early 2018.
As is the luxury of the yet-to-be-elected, we currently get to define our own success as a political party. Many will want to see whether our 21st Century model for more grassroots, innovative and agile local politics will work, and whether there is an appetite for change in how local and, in the long run, how national government operates. The local elections on 3 May will give us some sense of whether there is room for Advance on the political landscape. Whatever the results, our candidates will walk away knowing that they have made change possible by giving voters another option to choose from. Annabel Mullin ‘96
FEATURES From London to Dorset via the World Four years ago, Louise Chidgey ‘89 decided to make a career change. After spending 20 years building her expertise in retail, design and global trend forecasting, she and her partner Cass Titcombe – a chef, cookery writer and founder of London-based chain Canteen – moved from London to Dorset to open a restaurant in Beaminster near the Jurassic Coast. The move has been a success: Brassica Restaurant was the only Dorset restaurant to be named in the 2017 Sunday Times Top 100 list. Now Louise also runs Brassica Mercantile, a shop selling a carefully edited collection of homewares, books, food and wine. Below Louise shares some insights into her journey. Why make a career change? I feel like I have been gearing up to work for myself my whole life. I also knew I wanted to work with my partner, Cass, in a way that combined our complementary skills and experience in the hospitality and retail industries. By the time we left London, we both were keen to open a restaurant that was known for just being a ‘jolly good restaurant’ with no trends or concepts attached. With Cass’s love of both fishing and cooking fish, it was an obvious choice to move more towards the coast. Why did you decide to move when you did? As a trend forecaster, I knew only too well about the ‘trends and concepts’ which have become the overriding theme in the restaurant scene. We wanted to open the antithesis of this – a restaurant that offered modern, local food in a relaxed atmosphere! Our main intention was to open a lovely neighbourhood restaurant without a concept – serving what one reviewer called “food that makes its point without being overly insistent.” The time just felt right to establish a brand which reflected a relaxed way of life – an attempt to achieve the British equivalent of the Danish concept ‘hygge’ which generally involves being with friends and family while eating and drinking. It is essentially the art of creating intimacy – a sense of comradeship, conviviality and contentment rolled into one. Our restaurant achieves this, with its warm environment, candle-lit by night, open fire in the winter – all fundamental accompaniments to our Modern European menu and Old World wine list. What inspired the name Brassica? The full name of our business is Brassica Restaurant & Mercantile, which incorporates the two strands of the company. The restaurant came first, and we put a competition out to all our friends, offering a prize of two Eurostar tickets to Paris for the best idea for a name. However, they were all so silly and we ended up choosing Brassica ourselves, as we were looking into produce grown locally to Beaminster.
And why open a design shop next to the restaurant? As a lifestyle designer, I understand how important colour, patterns and design are in creating a sense of well-being – whether you are front of house at a restaurant or at home. I began my working life as a buyer for the Conran Shop, which paved the way for many exciting opportunities, including a lot of travel and presentations in far-flung corners of the world. While in the restaurant we focus on using local sources, the shop tends to sell items from further afield, but I’m always on the lookout for local craftsmen to help with projects. I buy direct from producers rather than distributors and try to ensure there’s new stock in every week. How many ways have you earned your living? At least four! And now, running my own businesses, five and six. I guess that makes me an entrepreneur, which would take it to seven.
CLASS NOTES 1945
Barbara Britton (née Ferris) I was at the school from about 1940 to 1945. I still remember the years we were evacuated to Newbury. After school, I read English at Birmingham University, getting a first class degree. I married Geoff in 1950 and spent many years bringing up our four children. My main interest outside the family was art, and I obtained my MPhil at the Warburg Institute in the 70s. This year I celebrated my 90th birthday with 24 family members.
Portobello Road. My monthly salary was £28. We all decided to try for jobs abroad, and I was lucky to get one with Shell Oil Company in Maracaibo, Venezuela, teaching in a school for the children of ex-patriates. I have never been resident in the UK since, and have had a wonderfully varied life. I am sure that my years at Iffley Road set it all off.
I am now 84 and proud to say my life changed when Miss Bishop accepted me as a pupil when I was ten years old. The fees were £9 per term, and I had to write the Aesop fable of the Hare and the Tortoise as part of my interview!
Christine Cuss (née Pierce) I joined Godolphin in 1945 just as WW2 ended. My home had been destroyed the previous year in Hammersmith, and my parents were working hard to rebuild our lives.
Joan Baillon (née Harrison) I have just read Dolphin Link 2017 online and was delighted to, at last, feel that there are still some classmates of mine enjoying life. Up popped Pamela Welson and Ann Reed, Class of 1950. I wonder if they remember me. I was unable to travel from Tenerife, where I now live, for the reunion of our year as my husband was ill. I had even bought a new coat to make a good impression.
I trained as a primary school teacher at Whitelands College, Putney. In 1950, we were not able to choose many careers. I am amazed at the opportunities that are offered to present day Dolphins.
I spent four years teaching in Rotherhithe, which I loved, and lived with college friends in a flat off
I will move on now to 1977 when I attended an Old Dolphins’ reunion and I took my fifteen-yearold daughter with me. We were enjoying talking to some of my old school friends, when I looked across the hall and saw Miss Brown, my former maths mistress and form mistress in my first or second year at Godolphin. I went across and said, “Miss Brown, you won’t remember me, but I am simply delighted to see you again.” To my utter amazement, she replied, “I do remember you, you were a beautiful knitter.” I could not believe that after so many years, and she had long since been retired, she remembered me. I realised to what she was referring. The schools’ gymnasium had been damaged/destroyed during WW2 and when I joined Godolphin, it was decided that money would be raised to rebuild the gymnasium. Various fundraising events were arranged which included a sale of items to which people donated very generously. One morning, at that time, I entered my form room and placed a cardigan that I had knitted on Miss Brown’s desk. She didn’t say a word, but opened it up on her desk, undid the buttons, looked inside at the seams and then re-buttoned it. She then said, “Thank you very much, Christine.” That was the end of the story, until we met all those years later. She had never forgotten that moment. I had been remembered not for my academic abilities, but my beautiful knitting which I had learned to do in the air-raid shelters when I knitted socks for soldiers at the age of nine.
CLASS NOTES 1954
Iris Hardcastle (née Poole) Valerie Anderson (née Poole) ‘56 writes: Iris passed the scholarship exam to get into Godolphin and Latymer in 1947 when only ten. She started in September 1947. All our extended family around Hammersmith were very proud of her success. (She followed a Denis cousin of my father who attended earlier.)
Iris took her education seriously and did her homework diligently at our small, rather crowded, basement flat in Hammersmith. Iris was the eldest of three sister. In 1950 our brother was born, and in 1951 we moved to a three-bedroomed council house in Hanwell. There, Iris had a small room of her own. There was no central heating but she continued to work every night in that cold room, whereas the rest of the family gathered round the coal fire in the sitting room downstairs. An avid reader, Iris made full use of the Public Library service and surprised cousins by asking for books from Father Christmas.
Iris travelled to Godolphin by bus and tube and was never late. She made friends and still keeps in touch with Helga Kobayashi (née Scheu) ‘54 who now lives in Japan. Iris particularly enjoyed playing hockey.
She took the Science route and achieved six O levels I believe. She then decided to get employment locally. It did not seem feasible to even think of further education in our situation. She worked in laboratories using her Science knowledge.
However, in 1958 she surprised and shocked our extended family by announcing that she was going into psychiatric nursing. In the 50s, mental illhealth was not talked about or even admitted as a problem. Iris enjoyed her training, initially at St. Mary’s Paddington for general nursing then on to Holloway Hospital for the psychiatric section. It was not all studying. Iris began learning to fly an aeroplane at Fairoaks Flying Club and also tried parachute jumping and underwater diving. She was an “Adventure” girl. So, that is a short chapter of her life. Today Iris lives in Australia, retired with her husband, but she whacks a ball with a croquet mallet with great gusto.
She has lived in Australia since 1981. She has settled well with her husband and two children. We have visited every four years and spent a wonderful Christmas in 2017 with her and her husband Rob. Whilst there, we talked about Godolphin, as I followed in her footsteps in 1951. I told her I was impressed with her OBE, but she replied, with a slight Aussie twang, “YES OVER BLOODY EIGHTY.” However, Iris did attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace because of her work setting up a flying club for nurses at Fairoaks. She has fond memories of an excellent education and enjoyment of playing hockey at Godolphin and Latymer School.
Juliette Weinstein (née Spurgeon) Greetings Dolphins, Old and New, from Houston, Texas.
Probably the biggest personal event in 2017 was hurricane Harvey which hit us over five days in late August with 52-plus inches and 127 billion tonnes of rain. Luckily, we weren’t flooded because my husband John chose our house very carefully, making sure it was in a 100-year flood plain, but thousands weren’t so fortunate and many people lost everything. The massive piles of wet debris for collection lying outside affected homes were heart-breaking, and people who were flooded even a couple of inches have had to leave for up to six months whilst their houses are cleared of mould and damp. The city is still reeling and Houston is one inch lower in altitude now because of the weight of the flood.
We weren’t actually in Houston when Harvey hit having left well before the hurricane was even named to go north for the second big event of our year: the total solar eclipse which we viewed from Casper, Wyoming. With visiting English friends, we were making a tour of the north west USA, our timing being centred on the eclipse, and we saw the event perfectly from the courtyard of our motel. There’s just nothing like a total eclipse (this was our third); not even a 99.9% partial one has the same stunning effect of the sudden, breath-taking flowering of the sun’s corona and that strange, sinister, black ball hanging above. For me, nothing compares to the darkening sky, appearance of stars, the onset of cold and the silencing of birds. Our tour concentrated on natural wonders and National Parks: the slanting red rocks of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, the geysers and thermal springs in Yellowstone (school holidays not the best time to go!), and the young, sharp and incredibly beautiful Tetons in Wyoming. We drove the grassy plains of Utah, the steep passes through the Rockies, and the scrub desert and salt flats of Nevada, where we finished up in Reno which was all slot machines, stale tobacco and neon. However, you could get a good Eggs Benedict in the 24-hour diners which were made up to look as if they were from the 1950s. We stopped off at Lake Tahoe, half in Nevada and half in California, and one of the cleanest, clearest and coldest bodies of water on the continent, bathed in sunshine and pine-scented air; and when we left there we descended to our
final destination, San Francisco, where we were supposed to stay for three days. However, by then there were no flights in or out of Houston so we were stuck for eight days – not a bad place to be stranded! We made the most of it, touring both north and south as well as the City, going to Muir Woods, the San Andreas Fault and the Big Sur area. Big Sur itself was closed because of landslides but the near countryside is spectacular. We had a good three-day fog for our visitors but couldn’t manage an earthquake.
The third big event of 2017 was also in Wyoming. In the early summer, the city of Laramie holds a Jubilee and this year my teenage cowboy heartthrob was the Grand Marshall, so husband John and I attended. Robert is 84 now but still tall, lean and good-looking, and he was swamped with hundreds of adoring female fans (alas, now of a certain age, as am I). He was affable when I talked with him but I found him somewhat disengaged and limited and not the dashing TV hero of 60 years ago. I didn’t really expect the hero, but such is reality. We have no plans for 2018 but 2019 will be John and my 50th wedding anniversary and there’s a total solar eclipse visible from the South Pacific on almost the exact date, so we’re looking into a possible cruise. Eclipses can be addictive... Best wishes to all.
Marion Davies (née Bier) I am so sorry not to be with you today as it is the Jewish Day of Atonement. Fortunately I did come to the 40th reunion, and enjoyed catching up with so many old friends. I remember being really inspired hearing about the way our lives as women have developed in so many unexpected ways. In summary, after a Social Science degree, I started off as a town planning researcher and then, after a year as a volunteer in Israel based in a small development town involved in community work, returned to London and qualified as a social worker. I now split my time between investigating Social Service child care complaints in North London, spending time with my grandchildren and finally having a rather exciting time as a photographer. The latter ‘career’ is probably of most interest, as Historic England are just about to publish our book
CLASS NOTES Frances Kay It’s time for another book launch, and they always arouse the same kind of excitement and anxiety in me – will anyone turn up? Will they like the book? Will they buy it? Will the evening be fun?
I’ve spent most of my career being a playwright for children and young people. Based in southwest Ireland for many years, I’ve returned to the UK because a serious illness made being close to family suddenly precious. Now, I divide my time between West Cork and our daughter’s home in mid-Wales.
called Dispersal: Picturing Urban Change in East London. This has come about after 12 years! Two of us, after meeting on a day release qualification in photography, decided after the bid for the 2012 Olympics was won, to visit the businesses which were due to be forced to leave the site of the Games. In the end we visited and photographed about 70 businesses, knocking on doors, explaining we wanted to record their business and being rather surprised that we were almost always invited in. The result is a unique record of the area. For the publication we teamed up with an academic, who has written chapters on the before and after story, investigating the relocations and the knock-on effects of this dispersal. My other photography projects have been more focused on the Holocaust, a subject on which I have published two books. One explores, primarily through memorials and individual stories, how Germany is trying both to confront and address the consequences of its past, while grappling with, and acknowledging, the loss of a vibrant part of its population and culture. The second, which combines poetry with photography, was done with a poet colleague and was inspired by the stories of Czech Holocaust survivors. Both of these are also exhibitions that have travelled widely. I also give presentations to a variety of groups, schools, churches etc. Do have a look at my website (www.mariondavies. co.uk) if you are interested in a more detailed description of the projects. Looking forward to hearing from old Dolphins. email@example.com
I couldn’t recommend the writer’s life to anyone who wants to make money. Best sellers like J.K. Rowling are rare indeed. Authors like me scarcely make a dent on the public consciousness, and as I came late to the novel-writing game, I haven’t got the energy or the stamina to do book tours, visit festivals or even run creative writing classes. My recent books are rather quirky, and definitely not for under-fifteens – dystopian, with black humour and of course a female protagonist. Set in London and Wales after a flu pandemic has reduced the population to a feral handful, they’re an exploration of the terrible and wonderful things human beings get up to when the rules and boundaries of civilised society are removed. The first novel, Dollywagglers, begins in London and moves eastward to Suffolk. Dollywagglers are what some puppeteers call others – and it’s not a compliment! The sequel, Dancing on Bones, is not as thoroughly dystopian as the first, so there are glimpses of a fledgling democracy coming into being in Wales, contrasted with the militaristic, secretive elite who have grabbed power in London. When I was at school, I discovered George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, and an idea about my own version of an imagined society has been taking shape ever since. However, since we now seem to be living in a world of dystopia, this will be my last. My next book will be a graphic novel, tackling serious illness with fun, romance and a heroine, Miss Peabody, who dreams of finding Mr Right. Watch this space. Laura Markowe I send my apologies to all attending the 50th Reunion this September – I had hoped to be there (but am unable to as it falls on the Jewish Day of Atonement). I have been retired for some years now. After leaving school, I trained as a primary school
teacher (at Berkshire College of Education, Reading) and then taught in Bermondsey, for eight years (including one year in Canada as an exchange teacher). That was followed by three years working with computers. Then in a second career change, I studied psychology as a mature student, first at the City of London Polytechnic and then for Masters and PhD at the London School of Economics. In 1992, I became a lecturer in social psychology at London South Bank University. I particularly enjoyed the years spent working as Project Officer in the Department of Social Psychology at LSE while I studied for my PhD – this part-time teaching involved advising students on statistical analysis of their project data. At LSBU, among a variety of teaching duties, I especially enjoyed presenting an option on Psychology of Gender. My book, Redefining the Self: Coming Out as Lesbian, was published by Polity in 1996. I have maintained links with Godolphin and Latymer over the years as not only my sister Lesley Magrill (née Markowe) ‘68 but both my nieces attended the school, too: Libby Hipkins (née Magrill) ‘96 and Abigail Magrill ‘12. In retirement, I have been enjoying time with family and friends. It would be very good to hear from any Old Dolphins who would like to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura (left) with Fiona Condon (née Guthrie) - September 1960
Sharon Sokoler Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the reunion for religious reasons. However, I would like to take the opportunity to update you all on what’s been going on with me for the past 50 years!!! In the autumn of 1967, I started studying at the University of Kent at Canterbury. But, on a visit to New York in December 1968, I met an Israeli student, Meir, who was studying there, and we got married the following September. I therefore transferred to New York University, where I finished my BA and continued on to an MA in English Literature. I then worked as an editor at SEVENTEEN Magazine for two years, before moving to Connecticut where our first daughter was born. In 1976, we returned to Israel. At first, I worked as a freelance childbirth educator. For the past 30 years, however, I have taught Reading Comprehension in English at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. More recently, I have also written for Eric Cohen Books, an English Language textbook publisher. Meir and I, still married (now just on 48 years), had two more children after we came back to Jerusalem, and they have blessed us with four grandchildren (so far!). My oldest daughter works for the Israeli Foreign Ministry and her family is currently based in Dublin. Of course, we visit them frequently, often stopping off in London. So, if there is anyone out there who remembers me and would like to meet up sometime on one of my visits, please get in touch. I am particularly interested to hear from or about the following “old girls”: Charlotte Glynn, Jackie Bridgeland, and Anne DeVereux. email@example.com
CLASS NOTES Margaret Spencer-Smith I have based my life, with some world travel for the last 44 years, on the East Coast of the United States and for the last 35 years on the coast of Maine, primarily in the small town of Belfast. I will be retiring on my 70th birthday in October from fourteen years of social work for a medical care agency working in the homes of elderly, disabled and sick younger people, and those choosing to die at home.
I have a spare room and love having visitors to show round this beautiful and historically interesting state. Fiona Guthrie Condon and her husband Chris were here in October and can vouch for me as a cook and hostess! My addresses: 59 Salmond Street, Belfast ME 04915 USA; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miranda Harpin (née Bernal) I’m 66 now. I left Godolphin in 1969, after my A-levels, when I was 17. I didn’t realise until later that this was unusual. I had arrived in LV, halfway through the school year, having been educated at a French school in London since I was four years old.
I remember being a bit disgruntled when they didn’t put me in the top set for my first French lesson. They moved me up and I took my French O-level when I was 14. For some reason we took Russian a term later. It was all a bit of a culture shock at first: a grey uniform, tiled corridors, girls-only and hockey. It was all very different from a coeducational and non-uniformed lycée where we played basketball, did athletics and swam.
But English with an American teacher and the wonderful Miss Titmuss won me round. I remember the excitement of going on a Geography field trip and a French exchange! (I dreamt in French in Grenoble.)
I felt embarrassed being asked to read Latin aloud. My classmates laughed, but, personally, I thought Latin with my French accent sounded much better than it did with an English accent. I also discovered the joys of the pottery department and doing Nuffield physics and even singing in a class choir.
I loved the luxury of reading magazines in the library; it felt like a closeted other world. I didn’t take my work very seriously. I had not chosen to come to Godolphin. I had been wrenched away from my beloved lycée and sent there. I felt that I had been propelled into an unreal, alien universe, with novelties like whole school assemblies and prayers, the measuring of school skirts and very strange school dinners with pink blancmange. On the upside, I discovered the delights of a jam roly-poly. The outside world was full of fashion miniskirts, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, political demonstrations outside the American Embassy, and free concerts with the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park. I realised there was more social diversity at Godolphin compared to other schools; girls were there due to ability, not income or class. That made me think a bit, coming from a fee-paying school. There was an easy camaraderie between girls, and I began to feel less resentment about being stuck in an all-female environment (all the teachers were women then, too). I grew to like it, and almost started to feel like I belonged.
A few strange anomalies stick in my mind: I was told I could not study Biology as that was only for the ‘secretarial stream’, and careers advice was rather a non-event in my case. I hadn’t a clue what I wanted to do, so avoided the question by answering ‘not in an office.’ The perplexed teacher suggested I become a chiropodist; I was not amused. As I prepared to leave at the end of my last term I met my favourite English teacher on the staircase. I said goodbye, but she confused me by saying she thought I was coming back for the Seventh Form. Nobody had ever mentioned it before, I was slightly bemused by what might have been. I became a school leaver without a direction. The word ‘gap year’ did not exist then, but two years after leaving Godolphin I went to Sir John Cass Art College, despite not having an Art A-level. In order to secure my place, I had to work in a jewellery factory and do evening classes.
Somehow I morphed again in later years, working as a sales girl in Bond Street, as well as completing a six-month course to become a bilingual secretary (enjoyable but it didn’t work out; I was not cut out for subservience to male directors). Finally, I ended up as a ward clerk at Barts Hospital; it was the late 1970s and still very much like Call the Midwife.
I married and have three grown-up daughters. They have exceeded my dreams: they fly, they explore, they are self-employed. Nowadays, I belong to the University of the Third Age (U3A), the Workers’ Educational Association and work in my local Oxfam, which I really love doing. I would like to hear from Old Dolphins from my Godolphin days. I can be contacted through the Development Office at oda@godolphinandlatymer. com. Georgina Webster In April 2017, I returned to West Yorkshire after a wonderful seven months spent in Orkney with my civil partner Jan. There was so much to experience and see with regard to wildlife, landscape, history (ancient and modern) and culture. It was a peaceful, special time, full of light (even in the shortest days), notwithstanding the wild winds. We will visit again.
Since my return I continue to use, in a voluntary capacity, the skills and experience from my working life, particularly as a Strategy Consultant for national government in the early years of this century, aimed at ‘narrowing the gap’ between the most and least disadvantaged parts of the UK. There is so much to do, with inequalities growing, and the ‘North-South Divide’ ever growing. I would be interested to hear from any Old Dolphins who are involved in this policy area.
Georgina Oliver On the masthead of cutting-edge quarterly CitizenK International as roving editor / South of France, Spain & Portugal, Georgina is a prominent tri-cultural – Franglais by birth, Franco-Spanglish by choice – arts and lifestyle correspondent, who enjoys the creative buzz of alternative editorial adventures.
What she describes as her “cross-Channel, transatlantic, essentially Desigual… anti-career” began with a flamboyant art buff debut (pursued in Paris, as a contributing editor of The Paris Metro and Nouvelles Littéraires, after starting out as a kid critic in her native “Swinging London” straight out of Seventh Form…); a decade of hard and fast reporting for TIME-LIFE in the halcyon days of the print press, when news magazines still had flourishing bureaus in the Golden Triangle; and
Photo credit: Luis Javier Fernández Salgas
a further Belle Époque as Associate Editor of The Paris Voice city magazine, for which she penned a bi-monthly trend-spotting column.
At the helm of The Anglo-American Press Association of Paris on two occasions (as President in 2005 and as Co-President for the centenary in 2007), she is now a Life Member of the National Union of Journalists. Her latest news? Being elected a member of the Costa Press Club international journalists association, based on the Costa del Sol.
Sara El-Sharawy (née Imogen Plummer) Greetings from Hastings where I have now lived for 27 years. I still work as a Maths teacher. Having served my “sentence” for forty years in challenging state schools and in a variety of positions, mainly as Head of Department or Assistant Head, I now have parole and a lovely job at a senior independent school, just down the road from Bodiam Castle. I work just as hard as before, but in a far less stressful environment. The wheel has come full circle, as they say, since my new school reminds me of Godolphin and Latymer. Teaching A-level Mathematics to very bright, keen international students is certainly keeping my brain in gear. Poor Miss Shepherd would probably have a fit, but it is because of her that I do what I do today and it is her expertise I continue to pass on. I hope she is looking down and seeing that her
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Ulrike Chesney The travel bug has hit again! With my son happy and independent at university, I decided to move abroad once again (I have spent fourteen years living in the Galapagos Islands). This time, I picked a closer location – Cairo. I’m teaching in an International School here and loving it. Cairo is a pretty crazy place, but there is always plenty to see and do. One of the best things about Egypt is the weather – I haven’t seen a drop of rain since I’ve been here (almost six months now!) and even though it is ‘winter’ now, it is still gloriously warm in the sun. It’s a two-year contract and then who knows where teaching may take me!
Emma di Gleria (née St Giles)
annoying, less-than-high-flying and recalcitrant pupil finally made good.
I have four grown-up sons, aged 27 to 37, (pictured) and six grandchildren to date, who keep me busy. I am no longer an ice skater, but for many years I have been a Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancer, and am still going strong. Apparently this is an anti-aging activity, so along with the A-level Maths I’m hoping I will last for a while yet. I also teach line dancing at my school, for a bit of fun. Life for me has been quite a bumpy road along the way, but entering my later years I am, in the words of Miss Jean Brodie, “in my prime”!! I feel very lucky to have come this far.
Ann Locasio I am working at a new job at the Austin State Hospital (Psychiatric hospital in Austin, Texas.) I coordinate meetings of hospital staff such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses, and then write the treatment plans. I have been in a direct care/rehabilitation role for six years. Being in a more administrative position is a nice change.
After many years of working in journalism and then in politics, I got married, had two children and took a break. I then decided to start a five–year training diploma to become a Psychotherapist. I am now a full UKCP registered Adult Psychotherapist.
I have a private practice and work with clients who bring a whole range of issues including depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, bereavement, eating disorders and relationship difficulties. I put the unique relationship between a client and myself at the heart of my work. The work that develops is totally confidential. I practice in Maida Vale, London W2.
If you or anyone would like to get in touch, please email email@example.com or call 07747 765736.
Rebecca Maher (née Radcliffe) After 20 years in agency and in-house marketing, I now work with my husband, Paul, at Positive Marketing, delivering B2B tech comms and marketing. We have two children, 11 and 10, and live near Richmond Park.
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Pippa Beecheno (née Gatward) After having my two sons in 2011 and 2013, I gave up my job in community development and began pursuing the dream of becoming an author.
I started with a distance-learning course in creative writing, run by The Writer’s Bureau, completed during my first-born’s naps. I had to find out whether I still loved the feeling of putting pen to paper, racking my mind for images and characters, setting scenes and imagining conflicts. The result was a definite “yes.”
I had always wanted to write a novel based on the life of my great-aunt; now was my chance. I had reams of highly emotional private letters to read, my grandfather’s own account and conversations with family members to spur me on. With these to support my plot, and a small amount of time on my hands, I was finally able to take that huge leap of faith and draft my novel. As this was a personal story, I had ethical dilemmas to contend with from the start. The novel began as a mix of memoir and fiction, but as I drafted and redrafted, I realised I had to claim it as my own. I had to embrace the novel form fully and use my great-aunt’s legacy to create something that respected her history whilst also embellishing it. I can only hope she would have approved of the result.
I set to work on my debut novel, A Thin Sheet of Glass towards the end of my course with The Writer’s Bureau. Once complete, I asked family, friends and mentors from the Bureau to review it, and, after several redrafts, managed to find a brilliant agent, Laura Macdougall at United Agents. The road to publication can be a slow process. It certainly requires both patience and persistence! In the end, with Laura’s support, I was fortunate enough to find a publisher. My novel was published by Endeavour Media on 30 March 2018.
Congratulations to Nicola on winning the Asset & Facilities Management Award at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards 2017. She was recognised as an outstanding ambassador for her profession, as well as an exemplary role model. She also was acknowledged for her work on the RICS Matrics UK Board.
Anbara Khalidi Under the pen-name ‘Anbara Salam’, I have a novel being published this year. It’s called Things Bright and Beautiful, and it’s about two missionaries who move to a remote South Pacific island in the 1950s to find their new village home under the spell of a local cult leader. The book is based partly on my own experiences in Melanesia and was also influenced by my PhD in apocalyptic movements. The novel was published by Penguin/Fig Tree on 5 April. I often think about the support I received from my Godolphin and Latymer teachers, especially my English teachers who were always very encouraging. I offer them a huge thank you.
You can find more information about the novel and my life as a writer at www.pippabeecheno.com.
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Jackie Lee Morrison (née Lee) I’ve resisted writing in because things have been so changeable since I left Godolphin and Latymer. However, quite a lot has happened in the last year, so this should make interesting news for all who remember me!
After leaving school, I studied English & American Studies at the University of Nottingham. I then worked as a freelance food writer, before training at Leiths School of Food and Wine and becoming a professional pastry chef. I spent the next few years working my way around London’s fine dining scene (notably Claridge’s Hotel, the Chiltern Firehouse & Galvin La Chapelle). At the end of 2016 my partner, Lyall, and I decided to make a big move; he, our two cats and I moved to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, where I started my own small business called Lashings.
The business has been running for about six months now. At the moment I focus on a range of single-origin chocolate brownies (see www.lashingsfood.com for details). I’m happy to report that the business has been very well received and is thriving! I currently trade at two markets in Wellington and have an online shop, with deliveries nationwide. I had the most surreal moment at my market stall just before Christmas when somebody
visiting from Auckland approached and, whilst both remarking on each other’s British accents, discovered that she was Old Dolphin Marwa AlMemar (class of 2002)! We had a lovely reminisce about Godolphin and Latymer and have plans to get together again before too long. On a side note: if any other Old Dolphins are now living in New Zealand, I’d love to hear from you! Perhaps we could have a mini reunion on this side of the world…
In other exciting news, on the 18 February, 2018, Lyall and I had the most beautiful wedding at Rippon Winery in Wanaka. We were thrilled to welcome family and friends from around New Zealand, Hong Kong, London, Cardiff and the USA to share in our day; it was a cracker. We’re delaying our honeymoon until 2019, but are planning on travelling across the world, then coming back to London for a few weeks before returning home to Wellington.
I’m still writing (a little) and am currently working on a YA novel set in New Zealand (big surprise), which has been a quiet project of mine for a couple of years. No grand designs to finish it any time soon as life in New Zealand has been keeping us fairly busy, but glad to be able to return to one of my first loves, creative writing, now that we’re out of the hustle and bustle of London!
Karolina Farrell I started my PhD in Neuroscience & Mental Health at UCL last October, funded by the Medical Research Council. My research focuses on understanding the neural circuits involved in decision-making and complex behaviour, and how they are altered in neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Vanessa Thompsett Since graduating from UCL, I have worked as a research assistant, public speaker and writer. In October 2016 I set up my own private tutoring business, Thompsett Tutoring, and I’m enjoying teaching a range of students, from 11+ to A-level! I’m also writing my first book: an urban fantasy including rogue werewolves in Shaftesbury Avenue, suspicious vampiric goings-on on the Isle of Dogs and several rogue custard creams.
Antonia Shacklock I am finishing my PhD in Medieval History at Cambridge University and have submitted my first article to be published in a collection of conference papers.
Charlotte Moseley Charlotte is delighted to announce the birth of her daughter Elizabeth Kathryn Louise on 28 January at 3.11am weighing 6lb 9oz.
Mouki Kambouroglou I’m a 2nd year undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford (Spanish & Arabic). I’m also VicePresident and Head of the Oxford branch of the national fundraising campaign SolidariTee, all whilst on my year abroad in Jordan! SolidariTee is entirely student-led, with a growing presence at over ten universities nationwide – namely Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Exeter, UCL and Imperial. I manage a team of over 150 students across the country, liaise with the press and oversee all our social media accounts. Ultimately, it is a true labour of love. We have raised over £30,000 this year alone and included thirteen MPs in our photo campaign. All the money raised goes to Advocates Abroad, an NGO providing legal aid for refugees in Greece and Turkey. We have recently released a promotional video, which can be viewed here: www.facebook.com/ teesofsolidarity/videos/1786935564942951/
IN MEMORIAM Doreen Bruce ‘38 Doreen’s son, Bruce Ibsen, writes: Doreen Mary Bruce, the second child of Frederick William Bruce and Margaret Collins, was born on August 8, 1919 in Jesmond County, Northumberland. My mother spent the first twelve years of her life in Durham – a place whose setting and beauty would be forever etched in her heart. In 1931, together with her mother and older brother Fred, she moved to London where she attended the Godolphin and Latymer School. She was a good student and enjoyed sports, playing tennis and hockey. Summers were sometimes spent in France and, on one trip, her young life almost ended tragically when both she and my grandmother were badly injured in a car accident. Fortunately both recovered from their injuries without any lasting effects.
Back at school, she passed the University of London General School Certificate and attended for two years earning credits in English and Geography before starting work as a junior assistant with Middlesex County Libraries in 1938. During the war, she endured the worst of the Blitz of London. Like most Londoners she would attend to her job during the day and spend the nights in an air raid shelter. Her remarkable determination and positive outlook on life played a major role in helping her survive this horrible time; she forever said, “always be positive and not negative.” Her library career flourished and by the beginning of 1945, she had progressed within the library system to the position of branch librarian at the Wembley branch, overseeing a staff of seven.
But life in London was not simply limited to her work in libraries. While the library career helped pay the bills, the love of the theatre totally embraced and motivated my mother. This passion began early in life and could partly be explained by the fact that she essentially grew up as an only child. Her parents separated when she was six and while she deeply loved and adored her older brother Fred and admired his career as a jazz and big band musician in Britain during the mid1930s and 1940s, there was an age difference of almost thirteen years. As a result, her life alone provided her with the opportunity for fantasy playing and make-believe. Driven by this love of theatre, my mother successfully auditioned before Tyrone Guthrie at the Old Vic School, but my grandmother who did not think the theatre was a proper career would not allow her to attend. Undaunted, she became a member of the Harrow Community Theatre and studied drama at the Morley College of Art where ironically the drama department used the rehearsal rooms for the Old Vic theatre. She also performed professionally for two seasons at the Harrow Coliseum in the Christmas pantomime.
In 1945 my mother met my father, who was serving in the RCAF. They were married on December 22, 1945, a union that would last for almost 54 years. In spite of the war ending, my father was still in the services and had to wait until he was ordered back to Canada. When finally given his papers to return to Canada, my mother was very fortunate to get on a ship, the S.S. Letitia, leaving shortly after his scheduled departure. Upon arrival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she was quickly embraced by the rest of the Ibsen clan, and much to my mother’s amusement, held an unofficial celebrity status within the Ibsen family for some time. My mother did not waste any time in introducing herself to the dramatic community in her new home, appearing in the December 1946 Maritime Academy of Music production, This is Theatre.
My father’s great interest in physiotherapy and chiropractic meant that he and my mother had to leave Halifax for him to obtain further education and training. In the meantime, they excitedly awaited the arrival of their first child who was born in September 1947. Unfortunately, my sister Ruth died shortly after being born and understandably my mother was always very reluctant to talk about this chapter in her life. The next three years were spent in Davenport, Iowa where my father attended Palmer Chiropractic College. It was in
Iowa that my brother Paul was born in August 1948. The young family returned to Halifax after my father graduated and in June 1950 my sister Donna arrived on the scene.
Recently, I had the opportunity of reviewing an old resume of my mother’s and she listed the period from 1950 to 1955 as being occupied with home responsibilities – a more civilized way of simply saying housewife or homemaker. It was during this period that I stumbled onto the scene, adding more responsibilities to the home. She also noted on her resume that she worked on a freelance basis, acting in CBC radio and television dramas. In 1957 she began working for CJCH radio in Halifax and spent the ensuing three years writing copy for advertising, promotions and news items. During the period from 1951 until 1960 she appeared in many productions of the Halifax Theatre Guild, including The Noble Spaniard, The Man in Grey and also directed a production of The Boyfriend, which I still vividly remember. In 1959 my mother was rehearsing for a production of Candida when a fire broke out in the building where rehearsals were being held. Fortunately everyone escaped the inferno, which totally destroyed the building. In 1960, the family moved to Edmonton, Alberta where mom began working at CFRN television and at the same time quickly introduced herself to the local theatre community. This association was to last for 45 years and included many performances with almost every Edmonton theatre company including Walterdale Theatre, Torches Theater, Studio Theatre, Northern Lights Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Stage West, Nexus Theatre and the Fringe Festival. She appeared in the first play at Walterdale Theatre performed in the old school house on the Walterdale flats Epitaph for George Dillon; some other plays of note in which she performed were, Man of Destiny and Arms and The Man by George Bernard Shaw, Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot, Private Lives by Noel Coward, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and My Fair Lady with the Edmonton Light Opera society performed at the Jubilee Auditorium.
In 1962 my mother began working with the Hudson’s Bay Company as Fashion Coordinator. Her responsibilities were wide and varied from ensuring The Bay kept up with presenting seasonal changes in women’s fashions to directing the Bay Teen Council and presenting workshops to teenage girls on personal presentation, decorum and confidence building. She also found time to assist in organizing Christmas events like
Doreen, second row on the left
the Santa train and was responsible for booking events into the Bay auditorium. She gave her heart and soul to this position at the Bay and it took a toll on her physically and mentally yet she still doggedly stuck to it ensuring the Bay was a leader in the local women’s fashions scene.
By the mid 1970s my mother was looking for a career change and her experience and connections in the local theatre scene paid a dividend when she was hired by Alberta Culture. Among her many achievements during her time with Culture was the compilation and production of the Performing Arts Handbook: a listing of performers representing many disciplines across the province. Equally, she acted as an adjudicator judging public speaking presentations by high school students
Doreen, in the middle, sitting on the back of the bench
IN MEMORIAM no matter what the conditions. Yet she was very modest and self-effacing. She would rarely talk about her performance and if asked would simply say it went well and then mention the good performances of her fellow cast members. In 2006, she was awarded a lifetime achievement and membership award in ACTRA in recognition of her contribution to theatre. Typically her response was, “Well if you live long enough they will give an award to anyone.” Extremely open and tolerant to everyone, one of her favourite catch phrases was, chacun à son gout – each to their own tastes. She particularly encouraged women to become more involved in all levels of society and offered her services whenever asked including performing in the Womanstrength 87 performances.
throughout the province. Always encouraging and positive with her critiques of these presentations, it is impossible to fully appreciate the extent of the uplifting impact she had upon thousands of young Albertans.
Theatrically, she continued keeping busy appearing in many locally produced radio, TV and movie productions including roles in the Ray Bradbury theatre, Intern Academy – Whitecoats, and in Legends of the Falls, where she had the opportunity to act opposite a young Brad Pitt (unfortunately, her part ended up on the cutting room floor).
Later in life, when mom was in her early eighties, she delivered memorable performances at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, personifying Canadian women’s rights advocates Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung and Irene Parlby in a series of one-woman plays wonderfully written by Tony Cashman and solidly directed by Frank Glenfield. Aside from giving performances during the Fringe, my mother continued to deliver entire performances or excerpts from these plays whenever asked by business groups, social organizations or senior gatherings throughout the year. I remember on one occasion she delivered all three presentations during a weekend at Jasper, Alberta to appreciative audiences. Throughout her life my mother exuded elegance, dignity, style and grace wherever she went and
In a time when few women worked out of the home, remarkably my mother not only worked at a demanding job, but found time to continue her involvement in theatre and manage a household of five. She never raised her hand to her children; she could do more with a look than any other form of discipline. She was a magnificent cook who created wonderful meals for us on a limited budget. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doreen passed away on 29 March 2009, a few months short of her ninetieth birthday.
Joyce Frances Haxton (née Guy) ‘39
Joyce’s daughter Jane Haxton Cox ‘75 writes: Joyce sadly passed away on 18 September 2017 at the age of 93. She was born in Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith in 1924. Her father, Fred Guy, had a car showroom in Hammersmith High Street, and Joyce and her younger sister Doreen both attended Godolphin and Latymer School.
She often told me that when sitting an exam for a school scholarship she misread the instructions and answered all the questions rather than just the two or three required; she had to keep asking for more paper. The headmistress’s comment was: “This girl did not get the scholarship, but she certainly knows a lot.”
She and Doreen were evacuated to Eton and Newbury at the start of the war, and shortly after this, Joyce left Godolphin and Latymer to attend Clark’s Secretarial College. During the latter part of the war she worked to purchase a grocery business in Kingston, and built up trade with local
hotels and pubs. She later returned to secretarial work, and for many years, was the secretary and bookkeeper for a private furnishing company. Joyce was always full of fun and laughter, and there were always parties at our house when I was a child.
Joyce retired to West Sussex at the age of 60, where she enjoyed playing bridge and many other social activities. Her husband, Ian, passed away when Joyce was 70. Joyce had three children, Patricia, Jane and Christopher, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, who will all miss her. She is survived by her sister Doreen.
Eugenie Ridgeon (née Wren) ‘39
Elisabeth ‘Betty’ Mitchell (née Wood) ‘43 Elisabeth Evelyn was born on 11 April 1924 in Bristol to Sydney Albert Victor and Edith Gertrude Wood. They lived first in Weston-super-Mare, then in Bristol, and then in London. At seven years old, Betty went to Godolphin and Latymer School and was there until 1943, ending up as Head Girl. She was very influenced by her Maths teacher, Miss Edith Barnard. Betty described her school experience as very happy years in spite of the war. She played hockey for the school, athletics (running) and tennis, and was awarded a Gym Badge. At the beginning of the war Betty was evacuated. She described it in her memoirs: “One September morning, off we set – each with a label tied to our coats, a few clothes and our gas masks in
cardboard boxes. We didn’t know where we were going. I eventually ended up in Newbury. We were lucky that there was no bombing, but I remember during the Battle of Britain watching the fighter planes (Spitfires and Hurricanes) racing about the sky and making vapour trails as they fought the enemy planes. Another thing I remember vividly is the bombing of Coventry in November 1940 which was a heavy raid and a lot of damage caused with the Cathedral being demolished. In my house, the safest place was reckoned to be under the stairs, so there we stayed, for hours, while the bombers went throb throb overhead – a sound I’ll never forget.”
Eventually, the bombing of London eased up and Betty returned to the Godolphin and Latymer School in 1942. The older girls had fire-watching duties at weekends, but not at night which was the responsibility of the teachers. In 1943, after a year at school organising the weekend fire-watching and taking ‘higher school’ exams, Betty left to go to City and Guilds to study aeronautical engineering. It was there that she met Alan Mitchell, a fellow student. From an all-girl school, she was plunged into a very male organisation. Betty recounted how when the class was undertaking a steam engine trial, the lecturer said, “Miss Wood can whitewash the coal” – that still annoyed her over seventy years later! She was a female aeronautical engineer at a time when that was almost unheard of, and subsequently shared her experiences with some of the current female engineers at Rolls Royce. From college, Betty went to the aero-engine firm Napiers in Acton as, in her words, a ‘numbercruncher’, doing all sorts of sums to work out how much fuel an engine used and how long it could be used for – no computers then!
Betty described the end of the war: “The end of the war came and we all went up to Buckingham Place and yelled and shouted for the King and Queen to come out on the balcony which they did and everyone cheered like mad; then we went to Whitehall and cheered when Mr Churchill came to a window and made a speech – it was all very exciting.”
On her 23rd birthday, Betty and Alan got engaged and were married a year later. Their married life started in Derby, where Alan was working for Rolls Royce. They had two sons. As her boys got older, Betty devoted increasing amounts of time to voluntary work – she spent 15 years as a volunteer
IN MEMORIAM Beryl Cooper (née Quinlan) ‘45 Iris Monica Taylor Hahn ‘47 Iris’s daughter Joyce writes: Iris Monica Taylor Hahn passed away in Denver, Colorado on 19 December 2017. Born on 20 May 1928 in Wimbledon, she had an enchanted yet challenging childhood before and through World War II and the bombing of London, where her father ran several bookstores. His friends and famous clientele, including author A.A. Milne, his son Christopher, and actor Sir John Gielgud, enriched her life and helped establish her lifelong love of books and the arts. at Elvaston Museum, a heritage museum near Derby. She also helped at the Derby Childrens’ Hospital, in the Tea Bar.
When the Penlee Lifeboat disaster occurred in 1981, Betty and Alan became interested in the RNLI and in subsequent years spent time every Cornish holiday working in the memorial garden, near Mousehole. The RNLI was a huge part of Betty’s life and she was part of the City of Derby Committee for over thirty years, becoming Publicity Officer, Assistant Box Secretary, Box Secretary and eventually Treasurer. Betty was awarded the RNLI’s Bronze Badge in 2002 followed by the Silver Badge in 2008. After the loss of Alan in 2003 and her son Justin in 2015, Betty took the brave decision to move to Poole to be nearer to the rest of her family. Moving to Dorset also had the advantage of being able to enjoy many trips to the RNLI College at Poole, and to the local area. In September 2016, shortly after arriving in Poole, Betty was presented with the RNLI Gold Badge at a fantastic ceremony at the College, attended by family and friends from around the country. It was a very special day for Betty and richly deserved.
Betty passed away peacefully in Poole on 15 January 2018. She was a lovely lady who will be hugely missed by her family and friends. She loved hearing news of Godolphin and Latymer and had a picture of the school in her room; she asked that Jerusalem be sung at her funeral – she enjoyed singing that at the end of school terms.
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Her father’s enlistment into the army, the passing of her mother and the evacuation of children out of London during this time required that she live with others. Olive Strudwick raised Iris through the war, instilling Victorian ethics and manners, giving her a cherished childhood. Iris, through academic scholarship, received her formal education at the Godolphin and Latymer School.
In 1944, Iris meet her future husband, US Army Air Corps soldier, Allan Hahn, during the preparations for the Normandy Invasion. In July 1948, she sailed on the Queen Mary to America, married Allan, and moved to Muscatine, Iowa. Iris had a strong work ethic and soon after arriving in Iowa, started working at Grain Processing as a
secretary. She eventually became the Assistant Manager at KWPC/KFMH which she enjoyed for many years before moving to Colorado in 1982. Iris then worked as the Administrative Secretary for Boulder RTD, retiring in 1990. Caring for her grandchildren, gardening and her love of travel filled her time. After her husband passed away in 2012, Iris continued her travels and spent a lot of time in Alaska, visiting her son, Scott and his family. She was in fact living there the last two months of her life.
Over her 89 years Iris was gracious and considerate, resilient and inspiring. Her British heritage enriched our lives. Atlantic crossings with her children and eventually her grandchildren, started in the 1950s and continued until 2017. These trips broadened our minds, helped us understand her past, bridged the gaps to extended family overseas and created our own memories of her beloved British Isles. Even in her last months, she was always one to engage anyone in a conversation and virtually all would warm to her genuine approach and become interested in her life’s unique memories. She is survived by her daughter, Dr Joyce Sedlacek (Scot); her son, Scott Hahn (Elizabeth) Hahn; grandchildren, Bryn Sedlacek, Jordan Sedlacek, Emily Dewberry Ott and Noble Allan Scott Hahn; great grandchild Wesley Glovan; and her brother, Malcom Taylor (Grace) of Ferring, West Sussex. A celebration of her life will be arranged this summer in Muscatine, Iowa.
Barbara Chandler (née Holthusen) ‘47 Cynthia E. J. Jefferys (née Turner) ‘47
Elizabeth Ann Carman (née Jeffrey) ‘50 Janet Sever (née Jeffery) writes: My dear twin sister, Ann, died on 3 November 2017 aged 85. She had fallen and fractured her left femur at home on 19 October, was taken to West Middlesex Hospital and died there from pneumonia. Ann decided on a career in nursing after falling and dislocating her left elbow in the cloakroom at school and being taken to West London Hospital. Godolphin and Latymer had given us an excellent education and we were both accepted for nursing training at Westminster Hospital. Ann completed
her training there as a Staff Nurse, then became a District Nurse in Ealing, after which she did her midwifery training in Buckinghamshire and was out in all weathers on a bicycle delivering babies in the 1960s – all very Call the Midwife. She went on to train as a Health Visitor in Bradford and continued health visiting until she retired. Ann married a widower with three daughters, and although she never had children of her own, she had the pleasure of five step-grandchildren as well as my two sons, all of whom loved her dearly. After she was sadly widowed, we both trained with Extend to teach exercises to the elderly and ran a class in Acton for ten years. Ann had an aortic valve replacement in 2010 and her life changed. She had by then moved back to the house in Ealing where she was born, and I was able to give her the support she needed to lead a quiet but fulfilled life. She went to art classes and a book club, tended her garden and was involved with the church. I’m so glad that I was able to care for her and was there with her at the end as at the beginning. She had a lovely funeral with the church filled with so many friends, and the collection afterwards raised nearly £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. She will be much missed.
IN MEMORIAM Brenda Gladys Joyce Cowell (née Spearing) ‘50 Brenda’s daughter, Ruth Cornish, writes: Brenda was born on 16 July 1932 in West Norwood. An only child, she filled her time with her studies and reading. After multiple evacuee placements, her parents brought her back to Brook Green, Hammersmith where she experienced the terror of the doodle bugs and watched her father, a shop assistant and volunteer fire warden, and her mother, a civil servant and WVS volunteer, work hard for the war effort. I believe she sat the Godolphin and Latymer entrance exam whilst evacuated and was delighted to receive a scholarship to such a prestigious school.
Brenda was proud to attend Godolphin and Latymer. She talked fondly and often of her school days, and really enjoyed learning, which became a lifelong passion. I remember seeing some of her Maths books as I grew up. She was a bright girl and was in the higher Maths set. She talked of playing hockey – she was the team goalkeeper – and singing the school song in assembly. She matriculated in 1948 and then joined the Lower Sixth for a secretarial course. She learned shorthand and typing skills which went on to serve her well in her future career.
Brenda worked at Metal Box in London as a secretary after leaving school in 1949. She married Peter Cowell in 1956 and left work in 1960 to start a family. They moved from their first house in Shepherd’s Bush to Ewell in 1964. Tragically, she was widowed early in 1978. She had returned to work in her forties in administration at Media Resources, a support service for Surrey schools, taking early retirement at the age of 60. In 2010, she moved to Dorking to be nearer her daughter and family. Following a period of ill health, Brenda died in hospital at the age of 84.
Motherhood rivalled school days as the happiest days of her life. One of the best parts of school life were the lifelong friends she made in the Lower Sixth. Until recently, she met up with these friends twice a year: for an annual holiday, full of happy memories and laughter, and at the Old Dolphins’ Association’s annual luncheon. She looked forward to these occasions very much and was so sad when ill health prevented her from attending. Thankfully, she enjoyed continued close contact with her friends by telephone, and will always be known as ‘Spea’ to them.
I believe Brenda’s only regret was that I wasn’t able to attend Godolphin and Latymer and experience such happy days myself. She will be greatly missed and is survived by her daughter, three sons, their partners and five grandchildren. Brenda’s classmate Elizabeth White (née Dryer) ‘50 adds:
I first met Brenda when we started at Godolphin and Latymer in 1943. Brenda enjoyed her days at school and after School Certificate and Matriculation she decided to take the secretarial course which was offered in the LVI by Miss Sleigh. When her children were old enough, Brenda took a part-time job and rented an allotment to grow fruit and vegetables. Apart from her family, she had many interests, including archaeology and especially music and would regularly go to concerts at the Festival Hall. Brenda was an avid reader and collected many books. She kept up her friendships with her Sixth Form classmates, enjoying weekends away with us after her children had grown up. In later years she suffered from ill health and was grateful that her daughter, Ruth, who had trained as a nurse, was able to care for her in addition to looking after her own young family. After three years of increasing ill health which she bore with great courage and cheerfulness, she died in hospital on 20 June 2017. All her Old Dolphin friends miss her distinctive voice and unselfish personality as must also her family.
Mary Gregory ‘51
Polly Broadwood (née Taylor) ‘53 Polly was an accomplished actress, appearing in A Clockwork Orange, How I Won the War, Z Cars and countless parts on stage, most notably in the West End.
She was born in 1935 in Hammersmith, to parents Ernest Taylor, a veteran of the First World War, and Kathleen Ansell, a librarian. Polly was evacuated to Wales during the war, having been shot at by a passing Messerschmitt and was later brought up by her mother and step-father Paul Schechner. Upon leaving Godolphin and Latymer, she gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, paving the way for her first acting roles at the Little Theatre in Bristol. Starting with walk-on parts, she was soon playing leading roles and remembered the period as one of the happiest of her life.
In the early 1960s, she appeared in a number of plays at the Royal Court, and from 1964 to 1965, Polly was part of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, touring Poland and Russia and going on as Beatrice for Maggie Smith in Franco Zaffirelli’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Turning her attention to the West End, Polly appeared opposite Robert Duval in The Admiration of Life by Patricia Broderick and Violet Carpenter in Roy Kendall’s Body and Soul. She also acted in TV and film, playing WPc Parkin in the long-running police series Z Cars, Aunt Barking in the BBC children’s series Model Millie and Ada Larkin in The Bill. Polly married the actor Mike Shannon with whom she had two children, Richard and Kate, who survive her. She enjoyed a very happy 30year marriage to her second husband, Stewart Broadwood. Sadly, he died in 2011. Her later years were spent taking an active part in a Writers’ Circle, looking after her beloved cats, spending time with family and friends and writing an 800-page historical novel, set in England in the 1850s about a young female cartoonist.
Polly’s son Richard said in tribute at his mother’s funeral: “Polly had many valuable human qualities – an unfailing ability to find wonder in the world combined with a genuine innocence. She was vibrant, loving and a warm-hearted human being who will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.”
Thalia Fordham (née Dyson) ‘53 Janet Tong (née Creasey) ‘57 Elizabeth Pollard (née Reed) ‘60 Amanda Rainger ‘60 writes: After first meeting at primary school in Fulham, Liz and I were friends for almost 70 years. We started at Godolphin in 1953 – the year of the coronation. Although we were in different forms and had our own friends there, we always travelled to school together, braving such hazards as the trolley-bus coming off the wires and a six-week bus strike during which we had to WALK. I’m afraid to say that we sometimes arrived at school late and were featured in the dreaded Late Book. Neither of us was a particularly high-flyer at school. Liz famously had trouble with her spelling and grammar and once sent me a postcard with the news that: ‘The sun is shinning and we are going swiming.’
On another occasion, in an A-Level English class, she was asked to read aloud. When she got to the line ‘Thy turfy mountains where live nibbling sheep,’ the teacher stopped her. ‘It’s the verb Elizabeth, not the noun.’ Uncomprehending silence. The teacher repeated: ‘The verb, Elizabeth.’ Eventually the penny dropped, but for years afterwards the idea of dead nibbling sheep could reduce us to helpless laughter.
Geography field trip to Box Hill (left to right) Amanda Rainger, Liz Reed, Brenda Field and Joan Parsons
IN MEMORIAM Liz had flute lessons and became an accomplished flautist, often accompanied on the piano by her friend Brenda Field. Another friend, Joan Parsons, remembers eagerly volunteering to turn the pages during their lunchtime practice sessions – this being a very attractive alternative to standing around on the field getting cold. Despite being advised not to try for university, Liz got a place at Reading where she successfully took a degree in Psychology. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she trained to be a teacher of the deaf and taught in Fulham. At a summer course in France, Liz was swept off her feet by Giuseppe, a dashing Italian. They married the following year, and Liz went off to start a new life in Palermo, Sicily. Liz and Giuseppe went on to have three children. Giuseppe taught French and Liz lectured in English at the University of Palermo. During this time she also completed a further degree in foreign languages and literature.
Living in Sicily was not without its adventurous side. Arriving at her block of flats, Liz confidently drove into the only parking space, explaining that there had been a Mafia killing on that spot some days previously and ‘No Italians will park there!’
Sadly, in 1993 Giuseppe died and Liz eventually came back to England, where she settled in Bath and taught in the Remedial Department of a local school. It was during this time that she had her first brush with cancer. She also started to volunteer at a local hospice, Dorothy House, and qualified as a bereavement counsellor.
In 1997, Liz met Geoff and entered into a second very happy marriage. Between further bouts of cancer, she continued to travel, volunteer and enjoy the company of her three grandchildren. Sadly eventually the cancer returned in earnest and for the last two years of her life, Liz was paralysed from the waist down. She remained at home where Geoff devotedly cared for her. Liz died in August 2017.
Pat Fuller (née Twine) ‘61 Pauline Humphries (née Harding) ‘61 Susan Bayley (née Anderson) ‘72 writes: Pauline was born in 1943 and brought up in a prefab in Roehampton Lane. She loved literature from
an early age and had kept her childhood books on horses, adventure and outdoor pursuits.
I first met Pauline in 1994, when she became my daughter Angela’s weekly riding instructor at Epsom Riding for the Disabled. Angela was born without her left hand. I was unaware of our Godolphin connection until one Saturday at the yard, a chance remark of mine led her to suddenly sing, with gusto, all the verses of the school song! It caused quite a stir. Conspiratorially, I was informed that she had been a rebel at Iffley Road. This resulted in more than one summons to Dame Joyce’s study, especially over the wearing of a banned stiff petticoat under her uniform skirt. A discussion took place, during which it was suggested that a change in attitude might be necessary, should she want to make anything of her life!
In fact, Pauline left her mark in many areas, in a positive way – not least in her role as Head of Finance at Wandsworth Borough Council over many years, whilst also tackling cancer head on. For nearly 40 years, she also worked tirelessly with her husband, Ken, as an investor in young people within the Riding for the Disabled Association. She was an intrepid Secretary and Trustee and was pivotal in lengthy negotiations to purchase the land for future generations. I was there when she met Princess Anne in 2006 – such excitement when the royal helicopter touched down!
Pauline wanted the very best for all her riders and prepared them to compete at the highest National level. Dressage was a particular passion. She encouraged Angela in a way that has shaped the confident 30-year-old she has since become; a competent horsewoman, driver, skier (well, she gave it a go!) and zip-liner, unafraid to parascend down a mountain. Sadly, Pauline did not live long enough to hear that Angela jumped 26 feet into a Welsh waterfall. I will always be grateful for her influence. Pauline was a stickler for doing things correctly, be it posture on a horse, punctuality or grammar, and had no truck with laziness! Her mind was razor-sharp. She also loved life: champagne at the Olympia Horse Show, a cruise, a laugh, cooking. Above all, she wanted to share her knowledge. She only ever crumpled in life following the death of Ken in 2009. She was a loyal friend to all who knew her. I suspect, as one who threw her beret into the
Thames off Hammersmith Bridge on her last day of school, she possibly owes more to her ‘grounding in life’ to Godolphin and Latymer than she would have cared to admit! I think it is telling that a video of school life in 1955 was found amongst her possessions. I also have a photograph of her wearing my own beret; she is smiling.
Susan Musgrove (née Thelner) ‘65
subject, a keen interest in the Arts in general and a glowing enthusiasm to teach. She championed the girls she taught, encouraging them to develop their technical skills and creativity of thinking, and to rise to a challenge so that they could make the most out of opportunities and realise their potential. Carole’s teaching and pastoral care were much valued and appreciated as was her bighearted nature, love of life and dynamic presence within the school community.
Jill Calvert (née Riches) ‘71
Joy Puritz ‘67 writes:
Pauline died peacefully at the Princess Alice Hospice on 18 April 2017.
Charlotte Louise Casey ‘09 Donations in Lotty’s memory may be made to: St John’s Hospice Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth 60 Grove End Road St John’s Wood London NW8 9NH Tel: 020 7806 4040 www.stjohnshospice.org.uk
Carole Armstrong (Art Department) On the 26 June 2017, Carole Armstrong died suddenly on her annual visit to Provence, a part of the world that was very special to her. Carole was an Art and Design teacher at Godolphin and Latymer between 1992 and 2006. A generous and kind colleague who was committed in her practice with an impressive knowledge of the
John Escott (Music Department)
John Escott was appointed Head of Music by Head Mistress Margaret Gray in 1971, when Godolphin and Latymer was still a highly thought of grammar school. He began a collaboration with the heads of music at Latymer Upper School (and all three heads that he worked with were at his funeral: Shane Fletcher, Richard Hobson and Tony Henwood). They formed a joint orchestra and a joint parents’ and students’ choral society, performing many major choral works. An orchestral exchange with a school in Hamburg, Das Johanneum, was also begun in John’s time. The carol service was an important feature of the musical year. For several years the school used the church of St Paul’s, Hammersmith because John was organist there. Another important annual event was the School Birthday, in which music and a staff entertainment for the pupils played an important part; John sang a duet from The King and I with Alison Wilson one year.
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IN MEMORIAM John was only the second full-time male teacher to be appointed at Godolphin and Latymer. The first had been Robert Asher who taught Physics, was also very musical and struck up a lasting friendship with John, becoming his best man when he married Angela in 1973. Robert writes: “I would say John lifted the musical standard [of the school] from the word go, and through his 30+ years it got better and better. He was a sharp and sensitive musician and could sight-read accompaniments that had other pianists struggling, but was selfdeprecating and modest to a fault. He had a deep sense of what was important, and never regretted his decision to turn away from Law (which he had also studied at Cambridge) in which he could have earned far more, in favour of the creative life he chose.” John retired in 2003. Robert also mentions his scrupulous fairness, his generosity and kindness to many people whom he helped tirelessly, sometimes committing himself for weeks or months, helping sort out contents of houses, struggles with landlords or whatever was needed. These were the sorts of tasks he would take on, often through his church, Kensington United Reformed Church, where he was Church Secretary from 2001, having first been appointed there as organist in 1991. Already a committed Christian, he also had a phenomenal knowledge of church music. He encouraged other members of the church to sing and play instruments, and was always very glad to help any young musicians. As Church Secretary, a post he held for 16 years, almost to his death, John was foremost in keeping the church going after its long-term minister retired in 2003 and no permanent replacement could be found. This involved a huge amount
of work in many fields: management, finance, bureaucracy and communicating with builders, councils and the local community. He was also a believer in ecumenism: I first got to know him through the Kensington Council of Churches, whose events and courses he regularly supported. I was delighted to discover his connection with Godolphin and Latymer, which was often a topic of our conversations. When our beloved Art teacher, Berenice Goodwin, died in 2010, I had to sing Purcell’s Dido’s Lament at her funeral; as my accompanist, John’s kindness and gentleness soothed my performer’s nerves. John was first diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2015. He coped uncomplainingly with his illness, enjoying a long period of remission before the end. I am sure that all who knew him well were as saddened as I was at his death, but our lasting memory of him will always be of a gentle, kind and dedicated soul.
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Old Dolphins’ Day 2018 The Old Dolphins’ Association cordially invites you to attend Old Dolphins’ Day at Godolphin and Latymer School.
Saturday 29 September 2018 11am – 4pm The day’s events will include:
• The Old Dolphins’ Association AGM • A three-course luncheon • Tours of the school • The Francha Leale Toge Fund raffle
It will be the perfect opportunity to re-connect with school friends, share memories with Old Dolphins from different year groups and get up-to-date information about developments at the school.
Tickets are £25 each Specific reunions for the classes of 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988 and 1998 also will be held on the day.
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The Dolphin Link magazine plays an important role in helping Old Dolphins stay connected with the school and to each other.
Published on Feb 27, 2019
The Dolphin Link magazine plays an important role in helping Old Dolphins stay connected with the school and to each other.