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by Alexandra Thrift
Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:29 am
Forum: Hertford Memories
Topic: Dining Hall Clock - Christ's Hosplital, Hertford (1879-1985)
Replies: 16
Views: 2235

Re: The Hertford Dining Hall Clock (1879-1985)

It's nice to know that one of the antiques that littered the Hertford School and went largely unappreciated by us lot ( well, by me anyway ! ) has found such a loving and caring home. "Time" was carefully measured out at Hertford. Everything had its time and was normally on time. The days passed by ...
by Alexandra Thrift
Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: Hertford Memories
Topic: HAPPY HERTFORD!
Replies: 23
Views: 4739

Re: HAPPY HERTFORD!

My happy memories are 1) Singing in the choir 2) Singing in the house in harmony especially the bathrooms . 3) Singing in the House singing competition 4) Singing extracts from musicals in singing lessons 5) Singing at Christmas including when the choir came around the houses carol singing Listening...
by Alexandra Thrift
Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Hertford Memories
Topic: Kerren Simmond's Memorial Service
Replies: 0
Views: 1348

Kerren Simmond's Memorial Service

I posted the following on the CH Ladies Facebook group: Alexandra Thrift 5:15pm Oct 17 I have just got back from the Memorial Service for Kerren Simmonds in the chapel at Chichester University. A lovely sunny day and the light streamed in through the huge modern stained glass window, mottling everyt...
by Alexandra Thrift
Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Kerren Simmonds is in hospital
Replies: 83
Views: 12692

Re: Kerren Simmonds is in hospital

Sadly, due to work commitments ( End of Term Test Day ) I am unable to make Kerren's service on Friday. I feel sad even having to write this about Kerren, who was always so studious and caring in marking the passing of other OBs on this forum. I remember agreeing with her that it would be nice to si...
by Alexandra Thrift
Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Kerren Simmonds is in hospital
Replies: 83
Views: 12692

Re: Kerren Simmonds is in hospital

Thank you for that .
by Alexandra Thrift
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Kerren Simmonds is in hospital
Replies: 83
Views: 12692

Re: Kerren Simmonds is in hospital

I am very sad to hear of Kerren's passing. She was one of the kindest and cleverest of OGs. She helped to look after D.R. in her last years and kept us all informed. I remember her at C.H. although I was very young but I remember her best from the Hertford CHOGA reunions where I walked her " good as...
by Alexandra Thrift
Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 40 Years on 1971/72
Replies: 52
Views: 6463

Re: 40 Years on 1971/72

Hi Suzanna,

I fear that that Mary Jane could have been Mary Lyon ( ?) . Do you think ? I was hovering here ( on the forum ) because I was so sad to hear of Kerren Simmonds passing and saw your post. I will try to phone you soon.xxx
Alexandra
by Alexandra Thrift
Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: Hertford Memories
Topic: Gravel Crunching
Replies: 19
Views: 2480

Re: Gravel Crunching

Betty Jukes taught science to the 3rd form , I think. Messing about with bunsen burners and trying to put a metal ball through a ring before and after it had been heated and using words like "expand" and "contract" . Then drawing a picture of said experiment. Thwilling stuff !
by Alexandra Thrift
Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Hertford Memories
Topic: Gravel Crunching
Replies: 19
Views: 2480

Re: Gravel Crunching

DR writes about the change from gravel to tarmac in her autobiography. She gave the large machines that did the work pet names that were apparently used by the school at the time. Possibly Sir Harry Vanderpant paid for that work too .( would need to check the book.)
by Alexandra Thrift
Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Does CH Take In a Fixed Quota of Ginger Kids Each Year?
Replies: 48
Views: 6498

Re: Does CH Take In a Fixed Quota of Ginger Kids Each Year?

Alex, do you remember when we visited Horsham, we went hunting for the bust of Sir Harry Vanderpant? We found him on the landing of a twisty back staircase that led to some unknown region that led to nowhere. (It was a bit Gormenghastian.) His surface was cracking up. Completely neglected! The spla...
by Alexandra Thrift
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Were You Useless At?
Replies: 34
Views: 3810

Re: What Were You Useless At?

I was useless at hitting balls....be it with any kind of bat ( rounders, cricket) , raquet ( tennis, badminton, squash ),stick ( hockey )....but, mysteriously and inexplicably, I was good at table-tennis. It broke my heart that I wasn't good at sport ( I couldn't run fast either) and I kept trying i...
by Alexandra Thrift
Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Does CH Take In a Fixed Quota of Ginger Kids Each Year?
Replies: 48
Views: 6498

Re: Does CH Take In a Fixed Quota of Ginger Kids Each Year?

It wasn't Barnes Wallis who had a " thing" for ginger kids, as mentioned by Angela ( heaven forfend ! ) but it was the very generous donation governor who also had a " thing" for Dorothy Ruth West ( Headmistress at Hertford ) and his name was Sir Harry Vanderpant ...I think his bearded marble bust m...
by Alexandra Thrift
Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Prospectus
Replies: 61
Views: 6770

Re: School Prospectus

I haven't visited the unofficial forum for a while and just came by to thank everybody at the school for the lovely Sunday Half Hour tonight...and saw that there is a prospectus thread. I thought it ( Prospectus ) was fairly horrible and didn't really describe the ethos of the school as I understood...
by Alexandra Thrift
Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Death of Nigel Farrell
Replies: 5
Views: 2928

Re: Death of Nigel Farrell

I was surprised that he wasn't mentioned at the BAFTA awards when they list " those that are no longer with us and sadly missed". Unless I blinked and missed it. I loved his programmes...warm, intimate and friendly.
by Alexandra Thrift
Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sunday Half-Hour BBC2 15th July 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 784

Sunday Half-Hour BBC2 15th July 2012

I had the radio on purely by chance as I cooked tea....and it featured...well...Christ's Hospital,Horsham :D It was very lovely and brought tears to my eyes, especially as some of the Hymns were my favourites. I recommend anyone interested ,who missed it, to use the BBC Listen Again website. I was a...