RIP Phyllis Riddiford

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RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by Jo » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:53 pm

I've just been sent a link to Hertford Choral Society's obituary for Miss Riddiford, who evidently died in October last year.

http://www.choral-society.com/newsletter.htm for anyone else who is interested in reading it. I will condense it, and also search the forum for CH memories, for an obit in the Autumn Old Blue. What a character she was! I'm glad they weren't too coy about acknowledging her partner Nell Munt. I remember being invited to their house in my A level year, and being fed sachertorte for which they had overheard the recipe on a train in Austria many years ago.

I often wonder about the staff I remember from Hertford, and which of them are still around. Sad that there's no reliable way of finding out. I do know some have died: Miss Morrison, Miss Blench, Mrs Betterton, Miss Mercer, Miss Thomson, Miss Marter (Mrs Roxburgh), Miss Wilson, DR, Mr Upton, Miss Cordery. I also know that Miss Tucker, Miss Jukes, Miss Tavener, Brenda Griffith-Williams and Miss Gravett are still around.

But does anyone know about Miss Coles, who was my favourite history teacher, from 1971-74? Or Mr & Mrs Watson? Miss Champion? Nelly Norman and Miss Rutherford? Mr Mulholland? Miss Hann? Mrs Dawson? Rev Walker?
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by Angela Woodford » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:32 am

Miss Riddiford!

I know I've written about her before and mustn't repeat myself. I really liked her - that splendid voice which boomed appreciation when something met her approval! She was always encouraging and positive. I remember her reaction after she had first endured the Singing Comp. Miss Riddiford thought we were just too wonderful!

The purple-rinsed hair! Her robust personality combined with vigorous kindness.

A nice woman.
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Post by Vonny » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:11 pm

Jo wrote: Mr & Mrs Watson?
I am sure I heard that M r Watson had died.

I haved wondered about Champo & Miss Hann too :?
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by Kim2s70-77 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:32 pm

That is sad. She was quite a character - always quick to sing "Gluckliche Geburtstag" (sp?) at the drop of a hat! And, oh...as Angela has already mentioned .... the purple-rinsed hair!! I liked Ms Riddiford - especially as she sang Happy Birthday to me every Friday for most of one term - thus delaying, and sometimes postponing, the inevitable vocabulary test! Not many of the old teachers left these days {{sigh}}

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Post by fra828 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:53 pm

RIP Miss Riddiford..... BUT I have mostly bad memories of her, her sudden change of mood, cruel remarks when marking work and she was ONLY encouraging if you were doing well already, she had little patience otherwise. I could write a lot more but it would be disrespectful... Now Mr Watson, I would really care about what happened to him as he possessed a rare quality among Hertford staff, geniune compassion.

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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by Vonny » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:43 pm

fra828 wrote:Now Mr Watson,..................he possessed a rare quality among Hertford staff, geniune compassion.
I was petrified of the man! I can still remember now how much I dreaded his lessons.
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by Angela Pratt 56-63 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:51 am

It does show, doesn't it that different peole respond to each other in different ways, and/ or remember different aspects of peoples' characters and experiences. On a memories sites such as this, we are all entitled to express our own feelings of happenings and people of the past, as long as when we read each others' comments, we note them as THEIR comments and opinions not universal experiences! I love reading the variations as well as the common memories.

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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by englishangel » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:53 pm

I cannot remember Miss Riddiford AT ALL. Mr Watson I do remember though he never taught me but as one of only two male teachers I suppose I would remember.
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Post by Kim2s70-77 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:33 pm

fra828 wrote:RIP Miss Riddiford..... BUT I have mostly bad memories of her, her sudden change of mood, cruel remarks when marking work and she was ONLY encouraging if you were doing well already, she had little patience otherwise. I could write a lot more but it would be disrespectful... Now Mr Watson, I would really care about what happened to him as he possessed a rare quality among Hertford staff, geniune compassion.



I have to thank Mr Watson for the Lancashire French accent I developed after classes with him!! His wife also came in for 'French conversation', around the time of "O" levels. Lancashire French is really quite unique!!

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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by kerrensimmonds » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:37 pm

I think Miss Taverner is RIP
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by englishangel » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:24 pm

it must be recently because she was still playing the organ at Winchelsea in December.

http://www.ryeandbattleobserver.co.uk/n ... _1_1810406

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The Winchelsea Singers hold their Annual Carol Concert, in aid of St Michael’s Hospice, on Saturday, December 11, 7pm in St Thomas’ Church.

Duncan Reid is the Music Director, Ivora Rees will be playing the piano and Jean Taverner, the organ.

There will be seasonal refreshments and entrance is £8 by programme at the door.
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by kerrensimmonds » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:38 pm

Apologies if I have shuffled Miss Taverner off prematurely. I thought however that a friend of mine had regretted being unable to get to her funeral. Whoops! I will check it out.
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by englishangel » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:41 pm

She may of course have died since then, it was 4 months ago and she must be approaching 80.
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by kerrensimmonds » Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:15 pm

I've been flipping through the internet and although there are current references to performances by the Winchelsea Singers, their Musical Director is not named. So it could still be Jean, or it couldn't! My memory of Sue's (Evans) regret that she couldn't attend the/a funeral goes back further than last December, however! I will call her - she will know for sure.
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Re: RIP Phyllis Riddiford

Post by englishangel » Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:22 pm

http://www.winchelsea.net/community/societies.htm

How up-to-date this is I don't know
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