SCARBOROUGH GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL OLD GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION
NEWSLETTER MARCH 2014
There are vacancies for two Committee members. Margaret Shaw and June Dent have decided to stand down at the end of their current three year terms. Thank you to Margaret and June for their much appreciated support. Please contact the Secretary or any Committee member, or step forward at the AGM, if you would like to join the Committee. There are usually two committee meetings a year, one a few weeks after the AGM and one in February/March.
At the AGM, members will be asked to agree on a form of wording relating to the allocation of remaining funds when the Association folds. The Committee has suggested the wording ‘When the Association folds, funds remaining will be passed on to Scarborough Amicable Society if still in existence, otherwise to another educational charity’.
If you are not attending the AGM but would like to give an opinion on this item, please let the Secretary or any Committee member have your comments.
The Scarborough Library has a complete bound set of the School magazine. Our archives contain a set with just a few missing. We also have a box of assorted surplus magazines with dates between 1920 and 1973 which will be available at the AGM for members to buy for a donation of £1.00 per copy, proceeds to go to Scarborough Amicable Society.
If you are not attending the AGM and would like a particular year’s magazine, please contact the Secretary to see if it is available (first come, first served!).
Second class postage costs will be added on.
Yearly subscriptions (£5.00) are now due. Forms are attached for those who pay annually. If there is no form, you are an Honorary or Life member, or pay by standing order.
Member Jean Gillbanks (Lesley 1939-45) died in October 2013
Jean’s daughter contacted the Secretary to say ‘The events she attended in recent years meant such a lot to her, and she always enjoyed the contact she made with old school friends on those occasions’. Jean’s family have asked the Association to consider the Hull and East Yorkshire branch of Headway, a national charity for the brain injured, as a recipient for any donation. Jean was involved with the establishment of the branch.
Member Julia Brown (Batterham, staff 1959-66) died in January 2014
Julia taught Music and French, she attended many Association events
Past member and former Committee member Valerie Mook (1945-51) died in June 2013
Lynne Reed has written a short piece about Val (below).
Non member Joan Murdey (Cummins 1957-59) died in July 2013
Joan left the School when her family emigrated to Australia in 1959.
Val was a pupil at the SGHS from 1945 – 1951; her last year there was spent taking a pre-nursing course. Since being very young Val’s only ambition was to be a nurse.
After leaving school she worked for a year in a sweet shop until she was old enough to start her training. She went to Harrogate district hospital and eventually became a SRN, she stayed at Harrogate as a staff nurse for a few years, then branched out into other forms of nursing, as an industrial nurse in a factory in Leeds, private nursing, and for a time she worked at Ampleforth College.
Val came back to Scarborough on the birth of her son Christopher, and started work at Scarborough hospital where she became a ward sister and then night supervisor, where she had the responsibility of overseeing the surgical wing of the hospital. She was well known and respected in nursing circles.
Val was diagnosed with dementia in 2006, during the next few years her condition deteriorated and in March 2013, she had a blood clot on the brain which was removed but from which she didn’t completely recover. She died in St. Catherine’s hospital on 7th June 2013
Event to mark 40 years since the closure of the Scarborough High Schools
21 Old Girls, 7 Old Boys and 5 guests enjoyed the social event and buffet at Scarborough Rugby Club to mark 40 years since the closure of the Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools.
Photographs taken at the event will be on show at the AGM. They can also be seen on the web site at http://www.sghsoldgirls.org.uk
Future social events
We are still looking for a Social Secretary to arrange events. Volunteers please contact the Secretary!
The 2013 Glauert Prize of a £300 book token was awarded to Alexandra Consoli. Alexandra gained an A* for Mathematics and an A for Further Mathematics. She is studying engineering at the University of Bristol.