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OLD GRIFFINIAN NEWSLETTER
Easter Edition - April 2017

Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to the 2017 Easter Edition of the Old Griffinian Newsletter.

School Dinners at Beech Hall: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Thank you to everyone who shared their memories of School Dinners at Beech Hall either via email or through Social Media.  It was fascinating that all, bar one person, shared a mutual dislike of liver (the Ugly), something that I think is shared by most of us, even if we didn't attend Beech Hall! Apparently, the teachers also disliked it so much they use to hide it in their handkerchieves! Other mentions of dislikes (the Bad!) were:
  • Lemon curd sandwiches
  • Marmite sandwiches
  • Semolina
  • Tapioca
  • Red cabbage
  • (Lumpy) custard (with a thick skin on it!)
  • Ratatouille for lunch on Thursdays
  • Boiled eggs for breakfast on Fridays
  • Tepid School milk with bird muck on the foil lid!
Your likes (the Good!) included:
  • Cheese & bacon puffs
  • Match tea after hockey and netball on a Wednesday (sausage, beans & chips)
  • Bacon butties on a Saturday morning
  • Lemon buns at Cricket teas
  • Chocolate sponge with chocolate custard
  • Hot bread rolls with marmalade for breakfast on Sundays
  • Cornflake tart
  • Semolina (you obviously either loved it or hated it!)
  • Bangers and mash
  • Warm cookies on a Friday
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, well it has to be the heart stopping bacon dip, where you were allowed to dip your bread in the bacon fat.  Good because it tasted wonderful, bad because Jamie Oliver wouldn't definitely turn his nose up at this today and Ugly - a Cardiologist's nightmare!

It was also amusing to learn how pupils used to spend their mealtimes flicking mashed potato at the the ceiling in the Small Dining Room to see how long it would stay up there for.  Reports from Rupert Battersby are that a piece of mash flicked by his brother in 1968 was still there when he left in 1972, who knows, it may well still be in situ ...

Alumni Open Day & Afternoon Tea

Saturday 20 May 2017 2-5pm

The Headmaster, Staff & Pupils of Beech Hall School would like to invite Alumni Members and their families to an Open Day and Afternoon Tea on Saturday 20 May 2017 from 2-5pm at the School. Tea will be served on the lawn (weather permitting). If you wish to attend, please could we ask you to register either onlineemailing us or calling 01625 422192 to assist with catering arrangements.

The swimming pool will be open for those who fancy a dip, so don't forget to bring your costumes and towels.

Please do spread the word as it would be lovely to see as many old girls and boys there, their parents and staff.

Howzat?!
Congratulations to Edward Fluck (2003-2010) who was recently awarded an England Cricket Board Apprentice Scholarship.  Edward nurtured his initial love of cricket whilst at Beech Hall, to read more about Edward, please visit the School website.
Zimbabwe revisited 2017
Former retired Beech Hall teacher, Helen Roberts, has just returned from Zimbabwe with her partner, Alan Brine.  Find out what they got up to during their time there and the difference that the donations made through Beech Hall made to the community of the Imire Wildlife and Rhino Conservation Project.
If you have any news, memories, adventures or achievements you would like to share with the Alumni, please do get in touch by emailing  us, we would love to hear from you.
Volleyball success

16 pupils travelled down to our sister school, Riverston, on Wednesday 29 March to take part in a Charity Volleyball Competition in aid of Help for Heroes. They have only been playing for ten weeks but we couldn't have been more proud of their ability and commitment as they more than held their own against pupils who have been playing many years. Following our participation in their Founder's Day Service in January and Riverston's visit to Beech Hall for Sports Tour earlier in the month, this was the third meet-up for our two schools this term and it is pleasing to see the friendships developing between our two groups.

For all the latest news from Beech Hall, please see the latest edition of the Griffin Extra.

Next Alumni Committee Meeting

The next Committee meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 4 May 2017 at Beech Hall School.    If you would like to get involved, please contact Tandy Palmes.  We hope to see you there.
Wishing you a very Happy Easter from all at Beech Hall!

Save the Dates:

Thursday 4 May 2017 - Beech Hall School Alumni Committee Meeting
Saturday 20 May 2017 - Alumni Open Day with Afternoon Tea on the Lawn
Friday 23 June 2017 - Beech Hall Summer Ball
Saturday 7 October 2017 - Alumni Dinner
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