S: 50 Reunion Class of 1959
BC: Zoe modeling our school uniform. A great reminder of what we looked like 50 years ago
FC: The class of 1959 Ockbrook School celebrates 50th reunion Cafe Bleu Newark, Notts September 18, 2009
1: 50th Reunion of Ockbrook School celebrated September 18th 2009 at Cafe Bleu in Newark Nottinghamshire; attended by 18 graduates of a class of 26. The menu was selected by the proprietors of the establishment in consultation with Clare . A copy of this menu can be found in this book . It did not take long for everyone to meet and greet one another and reminisce about the days we enjoyed and did not enjoy while attending school. Everyone talked about the punishments dealt out for somewhat trivial misdemeanors and the pleasures of midnight feast made more enjoyable because the consequences would be so severe if caught. When asked what we remembered most from our school days most remembered teachers like Miss Harris (math), Miss Boyd (athletics) Miss Parish, and Miss Lowe these were not all remembered favorably in fact we are convinced that they were married to the school. None had a life outside of Ockbrook and spent their time ensuring the school rules were strictly adhered to, this appeared to be their main goal in life. However, one Ms Vaughan inspired Zoe and still has an effect on her to this day. In spite of this many graduates became teachers Two graduates have passed away both of breast cancer Margaret Hodgson and Hazel Flint we all remember them with great affection and hope they were looking down on us and with us in spirit.
2: 1956 Ockbrook School Derbyshire UK
3: Misses Vaughan, Ward, ? ? Hurd, ? Margaret, Morton, ? Fisher Misses Twidel, Low, Boyd, Harris, Bertil, Parish, Fletcher, Otter Hill
4: September 18,2009 Site of Reunion Cafe Bleu
5: We spent the best part of the afternoon at Cafe Bleu Special thanks to Maggie, Clare and Jane for arranging all this
6: Attending the reunion Margaret Orme Weeks Maggie Wilson Donnelly Wendy Baker Dunning Carolyn Gisborne Partridge Sandra Aldridge Mills Liz Oscroft Burney Jane Cook Curtis Sian Chapman Brown Wendy Fawcett Leonard Susan Catlin Bolton Zoe Lloyd Main Gwynneth Wallace Ellis Elizabeth Thornton Rey Clare Lee Herring Pam Johnson Calderhead Christine Towle Ferry Vivian Carlisle Smart Joan Baker Baker 36 children were born to these moms most in their 40's some in their 30's today | Unable to attend Carol Allen Bebbington Ruth Coxon Susan Howard Stuchbury Liz Addyman Brown Ann Berry Elger Liz Hooley Landau Jean Higham Parry 9 children were born to theses moms Passed away but with us in spirit Margaret Hodgson Hazel Flint
7: Private Menu of Cafe Bleu Curried Parsnip soup Terrine of skate & Provencale vegetables Baked cheese souffle Smoked chicken & black pudding tart ----------- Wild mushroom Risotto Roast chicken & marinated potatoes Braised blade of beef remoulade Baked fillet of salmon ----------- Baked egg custard with blackcurrant sorbet Lemon posset with fresh raspberries Warm chocolate pudding with mocha creme Bishop Stilton parfait poached pear and fig chutney
8: A group picture of the reunion taken in the garden of Cafe Bleu some attendees had left when this picture was taken Sept 18, 2009
9: A lot of catching up to do!
10: We have 50 years to catch up on !
11: Cafeé Bleu was ready and waiting for us. Andrew Town was GREAT and helped make the occasion one to be remembered by all
12: Sandra is retired enjoying life with her two children and Brian her husband. Sandra loves sport especially swimming , she now mountain walking and cycling. She also loves history and visiting old places around the world. before retiring she worked in banking
13: Carolyn is a veteran tennis player is retired and enjoying life married to John and parent to three children .
14: School Principal Vivian will take over the reins next time. she has some act to follow but we are all looking forward to it. Vivian is now retired and lives with her husband Bob and they had two children Amanda and Victoria
15: Gwynneth with husband Malcolm had two children Richard and Stuart . She credits school for giving her good values that she has today.
16: Maggie has done so much to make this reunion possible. She is the communicator who has tracked everyone down and kept them corresponding. we are all indebted to her Maggie has two children and two step sons and three grandchildren for the past 21 years she has volunteered her time to some wonderful causes such as mental health and disability
17: Susan is one of our retired teachers. She is mother of Helen and Simon and two grand children. She too was inspired by Mrs Vaughan's history classes and this had a bearing on her choice of degree
18: Joan married in 1970 to another Baker resulting in very incestuous looking wedding invitations. Joan left the UK for USA in 1965 to Stanford Medical center. She studied x-ray and this resulted in being exposed to ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine. She now owns her own business in ergonomics in medical imaging. She lives in Seattle and has two married children and one grandson 6 years old.
19: Christine ran a riding school before running a guest house, she has a daughter Ruth and was grateful for a good grounding she received at school
20: Wendy F was a household consultant sometimes called a domestic engineer but with three boys to bring up she had her work cut out for her. Wendy was married right out of school and traveled extensively with the Colonial Office. But now in retirement she has 6 grandchildren to love and enjoy along with husband Mike.
21: Sian has a great career as an artist and has a 41 year old son. Her first career was occupational therapy and now she is living what she preached in retirement working 2 1/2 days a week doing what she loves as an artist.
22: Zoe the life and soul of the party ! A college lecturer full time in self assurance and confidence. She loves to laugh and make others happy.
24: Elizabeth Thornton recently retired from pharmaceutical research
25: Clare married and led a interesting life in Jordan where she had two children . She returned alone to the UK and became an archaeologist and married Graham. 'My best memory of Ockbrook is the wonderful kindness of friends, and their families, who invited me to their homes so I never had to spend a weekend or exiat in school. I have many fond memories of holidays particularly with Hazel and Caroline (Gizzy).' She recently retired. Clare arranged our meal in her home town of Newark.
26: Wendy is a retired secondary school teacher living in Luxembourg. She used to work for the European School. She has won an award for directing the best production at the annual festival of anglophone theatrical societies twice in 2004 & 2009.
27: Jane and her husband Chris with their three children and 2 grandchildren is a retired teacher . She taught English literature. Jane helped Maggie and Clare and we owe our delightful day to her as well.
28: Pam also worked in a school on the staff she is married to Ian and has a daughter Sara. She felt she got a good grounding which helped her when she went to work.
29: Liz remembers the beautiful buildings at Ockbrook . She trained in agriculture and loved it. She loves music and met her husband in a church choir and sang with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Not done yet after shes left the farm she became a nurse for 10 years and followed that with her own business. Now she enjoys life and is retired
30: We moved out into the garden, there was still so much to catch up on. The cafe let us stay all afternoon very considerate of them
32: A wonderful day
34: Chatting in the garden of cafe Bleu
35: What's that you were saying? Too many conversations all at the same time.
36: Cannot stop talking there is too much to cover. But who couldn't listen to Zoe. The life and soul of the party
37: This group is really funny!