Firstly, thank you so much to all you lovely ladies who made this gatecrasher feel so welcome at your reunion. I really had a great time and didn't want to leave! Margaret - it was great to meet you and thanks for the superb organisation :)
I have taken nearly 90 photos, many of which won't make it onto the website because they were just of chairs stacked on tables and unrecognizable bits of the building but I'll put as many as I can into appropriate galleries for you to reminisce over. If I put any photos of you online that you would really rather not have there, let me know by email, making it clear exactly which is the offending pic, and I'll remove it.
I have now separated out the photos into appropriate pages as many of them will have general interest so click buildings to see the ones taken on our tour of the school, honours boards for those of all the other years, personal memories for those photos you let me copy and others for ones I took from the magazines
The 1963 50 year reunion
group 1 hi res
group with scarf
Valerie with scarf
group 2 hi res
Form 1 2013 named
summer dress as apron
6th form scarf
The 1970 school leavers suffer from the unfortunate distinction that they have lost their honour!
On our tour around the school we all stopped to look at the lovely old honours boards in the entrance hall. Various changes have been made by the present incumbents of the premises, not least that a curved office has been built in one corner. Inside the office some honours boards are still visible but the board for the 1970 school leavers was removed and apparently has been lost. In its place is an unsightly sludge-brown panel and an unusable door.
" I have looked into the matter of the missing panel in our entrance hall and am sorry to say that we have bad news for you. The work done to the area was carried out many years ago and we only have a few members of staff who still work at the school and who were present during the time of the work. I have just now spoken to the last of these, one of our site team who was working here in the late 1990s, who said that the work was carried out by contractors and that they disposed of the panel before anyone at the school was aware of what had happened and it was too late to save it. Other panels which have since been moved are safe in our stores. I am sorry that I do not have better news for you but unfortunately it is now about 15 years since this happened and we do not keep a record of who carried out the work such a long time ago in order to lodge a complaint on your behalf. Kind regards "
As one of the affronted pupils, Christine Edwards bravely took up the gauntlet and contacted the school, but it would appear there is nothing that can be done. The text of the school's reply is shown below:
On 22nd October 2016 the LCHS Class of 1973 was reunited for a very happy evening at Theydon Bois Golf Club. Forty seven of us were there (together with a few partners) and we had some details about a further forty five classmates. It wasn't our first Reunion as we'd previously met up in 1984 and in 1997. This time we found ourselves edging into the 'Third Age' with a wide range of achievements and experiences behind us - and, rather encouragingly, many more still in the pipeline. Naturally discussions turned to our memories of our time at LHS which not only included the retirement of both Miss Heald and Miss James, but also bun tickets, posture stripes and compulsory Latin. We remembered (for the most part fondly) our remarkable teachers, some of whom fixed the paths for the rest of our lives. Many friendships have now been renewed and we'll definitely do it again - although we probably won't allow another nineteen years to elapse until next time!