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NEWS FROM 2007 - 2008
Susan Glasspool Many of you may already know that we have bought an old farmhouse near here and in fact did the deal by swopping our present house with it. This has entailed (nearly done now, contract on the 23rd) a very complicated move, in fact we have been shifting stuff since July and the final move (with muscled moving men) will be just after Christmas. As the house needs quite a lot doing to it, as well as dividing into two independent apartments (one for us and one for son Tom and his wife Cinzia and baby Elia), this means that we will be camping out in the converted pigsty until all is ready. Sounds dreadful, but it does have central heating and a bathroom and kitchen. The only problem is that it is fearfully cramped as we have lined it with boxes and as much furniture as possible as the rest of our furniture will find it hard enough as it is to fit into the two rooms that require minor restoration in the main house! It is a real hassle, also because we have had to decide what we need to use now, and pack everything else away until the spring when we hope all will be finished. It will be worth it in the end because the garden is fairly large (without being a full time job) and there is a swimming pool. It was formerly a farm holiday place (see http://www.casasodera.it/). I have more or less retired now, but still continue to do translation work from home to keep the old brain ticking over. Sid of course is retired and moaning about all the extra work the new house will entail! The boys are flourishing work-wise and family-wise. Luca and Sabrina have two delightful children, Giulia (6), her granddad's darling, has just started school though she already knows how to read and write. Valerio (3 and a half) is of course at nursery school while, for part of the day anyway, curbs his energy. We took them to the seaside this year and Giulia at last learnt to swim, and then progressed to using the mask and snorkel and going underwater, which thrilled her as she could see all the fish. Valerio is almost swimming (about 3 strokes) as he is absolutely fearless in the water (which means we have to keep a close eye on him)! Tom is now head of department in the artistic bronze foundry where he works (he has just made a life size copy of Michelangelo's David and another of Donatello's David) and his wife Cinzia works as a press agent for various town councils and theatres. Their baby Elia was born on July 10th (labour pains started 3 weeks early while Cinzia was on the phone for work with the Mayor of San Casciano who recognised the symptoms and told her to get to the hospital quick!). Elia is a delightful baby, full of smiles for everyone. So we are enjoying him to the full!
Mrs C H McClinton nee Sindall I am sorry to inform you that Carolyn passed away on 22nd June 2008 after a very short illness. She was 47. Carolyn had fond memories of her time at the school and was always very interested in any news. She maintained very close ties with Penzance which she regarded as home.Kind Regards Stuart McClinton
Horn nee Boxall. I
still working full time for the NHS in Neuropsychology in Wimbledon, and
have a partner, Sean, who is an actor. Between us we have four daughters,
two of whom are married with 5 little ones, and two who are career girls
at present. I
am in regular touch with Jill Girling [nee Sinnette] and Carolyn -Kari-
Higgins [nee Glasspool] from our year, and have just returned from a wonderful
holiday in Mexico with Kari. Despite not having seen her for 35 years,
she and her husband made us most welcome in their stunning lakeside home
and showed us the sights. We spoke, of course, of friends from schooldays
and would like to reconnect with Elizabeth Mumford, Juliet Matthews, Diana
Cooper, Olivia Collins, Edna Culverhouse, Lynda James, Janice Menhenitt
and Carol Eveson. I have been in touch with Jude Critchley and Elaine
Bull through Friends Reunited [all these are maiden names]. I expect people
are scattered these days, but it would be great to meet up if at all possible.
If anyone would care to get in touch, my email is email@example.com
Rogers nee Lawrey.Thanks for all the info you send and although we
live so close it seems ages since we met up and I am sorry I did not get
to see Julia with you but would love to meet up with her sometime as we
spent so much time in each others houses as children.I see Ginny Clotworthy
at various British Eventing events which is great as she also spent weekends
with me at Varfell.Ginny's daughter competes and I Jump judge up and down
the country which has taken me back to my horsey roots.I get to do this
in some wonderful venues which I love and meet some very interesting people.
I have four grandchildren Harry,Eleanor Jane,Molly and Lottie all at The
Bolitho School in the reception class and nursery.So what with Vicki and
Matt both going there they haven't seen the last of the Lawrey/Rogers
brigade yet!I have spent the summer breaking in a Shetland for Harry and
Eleanor and Harry is going great guns on him ,of course Granny has loved
it too!I've helped Vicki find a pony for her two girls and a horse for
herself so what with charging around the Country listening to Matt perform
and still working three days a week I keep myself busy.
Norton nee Stevens Unfortunately I can't make it again this year gor
the AGM as we are off to New England for a two week holiday to celebrate
our Ruby Wedding anniversary. However I can tell you that I met up with
Rosemary Simpson last year (April) and also Caroline Jackson in January
of this year for lunch. It was great to see them both and I hope to see
Caroline again soon as she lives the closest to me. We have just had a
new grandchild whose name is Grace. There are now two boys and two girls
so we are really blessed. Thanks for sending info so regularly.
- I was wondering if you could help me? I went to St Clare's between 87
and 92.During that time we did a play called "The Circus".Mrs
Knox's husband made a video of it and I did buy a copy, unfortunately
it got lost. Would you have any idea how I could go about getting a copy?
Jackson MEP Many
thanks for this: I am sorry that I cannot be with you. Two bits of news:
I met and had lunch with Heather Stevens, now Heather Norton, earlier
in the year. We had not met for about 35 years at least! We brought each
other up to date on what we had been doing in the interim and will be
meeting again this winter.
Osborne :. I would like to know what has happened to Lisette Hawker.
She was a really good friend in my class but I have lost contact. Do you
know anything of her? Can anyone help me?
Sue Reed - Nee Dowse Happy Christmas everyone and humble apologies for having been so silent for so long! I have no other excuse to give other than life, work, family Work is good and successful (if you are interested Google M St Leger Dowse and/or women and diving) and last year I made a second trip to Buckingham Palace to receive a prize for undersea science from Prince Philip (Im the only person to have won it twice). Family are well with Bruce my oldest son and his wife having two children, Charles my youngest son is still single! They all live at Newton Abbott and in the meantime I have moved back to Torquay just one road up from my mother! I would live to meet up again sometime in 2008 thank you Wendy for keeping me posted I do appreciate it very much.
Susan Glasspool Bottaro Thank you so much for your Christmas greetings and for always sending me news of everyone, which is nice being so far away even though only a few names are still familiar! We have now sold our house at Polzeath, as my mother sadly died last January, and what with Carol (Kari) living in Mexico and myself living here in Italy, it seemed pointless keeping it on. I do however hope to come back to Cornwall again soon as I am in contact with many of my fellow students from Falmouth Art school and all of them, scattered over Cornwall and the rest of England now, have offered us a bed when we need it! We are planning a sort of ad lib get-together next year on the basis of a couple of meetings already held, so I mean to come back, and might even make it to PZ.
Gaskin ( nee Pamela Cole ) 1956- 1960 Living in South Somerset : married
to Fred , second husband , with 4 children , 7 grandchildren and 3 great
grandchildren between us Daughter Jennie lives in Vancouver so we spend
a month or two there each year , and we also have a house in the Algarve
and try to be there enjoying the sunshine for at least 5 months of the
year . Spent many years working as a Company Secretary in Bucks , and
retired early to come to beautiful Somerset . I really enjoyed being at
the Old Girls reunion a few years ago, meeting several friends and Miss
Ashworth from my years at St Clares . I have been in contact with Toyah
Richards but would love to hear from some of the other girls in my class
. Carole Coleman , Evangeline Roberts , Anne Weaver and Sally Pearce.
There are too many to list .My sister , Patricia Cole, was also at the
school in a year below me, and she sadly died of leukemia aged 18 years
Carter. Nee Beamish l937-l947 Thank you
for your e-mail a few weeks back. Here is my news.
Jennifer Bracht nee Tyler Street (Jinks) May 1940-December 1949.I was so thrilled to receive the Bolitho School 2007 Alumni Newsletter today, and my husband and I read it during our lunch break. It made me laugh, almost cry, and immensely proud to be a rather old O.G. I left St. Clare`s in December 1949 to go to St. Godric`s Secretarial College, London, and from there I had various secretarial jobs and eventually took off for the States in 1960. I met my future German husband, Hans, in California and we returned to Europe in 1965 and were married in St. Austell. We now live in Glücksburg, north Germany. My two sisters, Sheila and Pat, both ex. School of St. Clare, live in Cornwall and so does my brother, Richard. I feel most fortunate that I have family connections and many good friends living in Cornwall, and I try to visit Cornwall as often as possible but to date I have not managed to be present for one of those Luncheon/AGM meetings. I have close contact with my school friend, Janet Fox nee Yardley, and she spends Christmas with us. We are very happy living here in northern Germany. We have a small printing company, run by father and son, and we are very lucky to be able to have close contact with our two grandchildren. We are quite an international family, German/English with our Danish daughter-in-law, and our grandchildren attend the Danish School in Flensburg. At present our grandson (16) is on a two-week course in France,with French tuition and a lot of sport. Our granddaughter (14) is meanwhile enjoying family life in Minneapolis, U.S.A. for the next three weeks. Rosamunde Pilcher has certainly made Cornwall well known as far as Germany is concerned. We have a Rosamunde Pilcher film at least once every other month, at prime time on Sunday evenings. The films are under German direction and very much inclined to be as the Germans see the British i.e. all living in stately homes, playing croquet on the lawn and drinking tea out of silver tea pots. However, I love to have any opportnity to see the Cornish landscape. I was most interested to read that the Headmaster visited the partner school in Finsterwalde, Germany. I feel it is so important for us to be Èuropeans, and still hang on to our Cornish heritage. Perhaps, with luck, I shall manage to get to the AGM Meeting in 2008.
Sylvia Bromley died November 2006. She was 85 year old. Syvlia went to the School from 1920 - 30 with her five sisters.
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