Chailey Heritage School Old Scholars Association
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Saturday did not seem too promising from a weather point of view, it was overcast and very chilly as Richard and I arrived at The Heritage. But there was a warm welcome from the few Old Scholars who were already there. Richard and George set up the Welcome Table and I went into the Staff Room for coffee and a further chat to those who had arrived. Ann and Chris Jones were busy in the kitchen organising the food, drinks and tables. I took in the small gifts for the Volunteers, without whom our special day could not take place. Once again "Twizzles" provided us with an excellent choice of cold dishes and scrumptious desserts to choose from and you could have "2nds" if you had room! The Thanksgiving Service was conducted by The Reverend John Miller-Maskell. The subject of his homily was "Love" How we show love to those we know and care for as well as the unloved and unlovable and how difficult the latter is to do but what a difference it makes to our day if we try to love the unlovable. Our choice of hymns reflected the theme:-"Let There Be Love", "A New Commandment I Give Unto You", “In Heav’nly Love Abiding", as well as the Guild Psalm and "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again". The Bible reading was John ch.15,vs. 9-17. Mr.Clifford Dann played the organ, which was being very temperamental, but he did manage to get it to play the right sharps and flats for us to be able to have his excellent accompaniment. It created a light-hearted atmosphere. During the Service, Ted Hartwell gave a short eulogy for his beloved twin sister, Margaret Davies, who sadly died earlier this year. She too had been a scholar at the Heritage. We then laid the Dame Grace memorial wreath and The Reverend John said a short prayer. The wreath was laid by Miss. Tanya Joseph. We all moved gladly to get out of the chill wind to the Sixth Form Room for our Lunch. After lunch our AGM took place. The present Committee were re-elected and the Summer Outing venue was settled on Arundel Castle (date to be confirmed). There will also be a Christmas Dinner, date  to be confirmed later. Now that lunch was over it was time to tax the brain with Richard's quizzes and buy raffle tickets for the lovely prizes provided by members. Quiz A was won by Michael and Steven Smedmore and Sylvester Dale's wife Jean won Quiz B. By now the sun was really warm and many of us found our way out on the Balcony of the Sixth Form Room to enjoy our Tea and Cakes and another chat and photo opportunity. So ended our 2016 Reunion Day. I think everyone had enjoyed the day and did not want to leave. We will meet again next year on Saturday, 13th May at the Heritage. There is a postscript - we had three Visitors, (1) Helen Hewitt, the Chief Executive of the Heritage, (2) Dr.Elizabeth Green, Chairman of The Governors, (3) Ros Black, who is writing a biography of Dame Grace and wished to speak to as many Old Scholars as were agreeable. She has since 'phoned and thanked you all for making her visit so enjoyable. So until next year, have a healthy, and busy one, God bless you all. Janet Wilkins, Chairman.      
Annual Reunion 2016