This milestone event held in partnership with DHSA, was the brainchild of Elspeth Fleming (DH 1970 Marshall) and Rosie Leggo (DH 1970 Bunting) and after two postponements due to COVID-19, it was wonderful to finally host this special occasion.
We all meet outside the Murray Centre and after a group photograph, a tour of the school was conducted by Alexandra Barlow (Director of External Relations) and Jane Caiger-Smith (School Archivist). The trip down memory lane included visits to the Chapel, Cloisters, Pepperpot, Concert Room, Art Room, Main Dining Room and also the Nickel Room which created much discussion as this space is now the Staff Common Room rather than the Library!
‘The tour of Downe was fascinating and brought back many memories although there have been so many changes, obviously for the better, but it was reassuring that many things remained the same!’
The tour ended back at the Murray Centre, where a magnificent afternoon tea was produced by the Downe House Catering Team. We were treated to an amazing selection of sandwiches, Victoria sponge, coffee cake, scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam. Thank you to everyone who came and especially to Elspeth and Rosie.
‘It was fascinating to see a very different school, but the tour brought back so many fun memories.. Then a delicious tea - another thing which has changed in 50 years!’
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