Neil and Jane Wright are both now retired from their jobs in education, but keep themselves busy with golf, local politics, voluntary work, and looking after their lovely garden at their home in Monks Kirby, near to Rugby and Coventry. And a granddaughter has now appeared on the scene…
Also keeping on top of their garden, at Bakewell in Derbyshire, are Michael and Jill Gowdey – again retired after a busy time in parishes following the years of school chaplaincy at Ellesmere and Trent. Boating, jewellery and family nevertheless keep them both pretty busy.
After spending the first part of his working life as a schoolmaster – firstly at Ellesmere and Canford, then in the Staffs LEA – Laurie Beard then spent time at Theological College in Bristol before becoming an ordained priest. After some time in a parish in Wolverhampton, he and Sheila (one time Bursar’s secretary!) are now at Hartshill, near Nuneaton, where parish life and work are as busy and fulfilling as ever.
Jane Binyon has had a number of teaching jobs in the Portsmouth area since leaving Ellesmere, and her husband Graham lectures at the Maritime College at Warsach They have a cottage in France which occupies the holiday time, and to which they intend to retire in a few year's time.
Nigel Panting does some part-time teaching, lecturing and running field trips near his home at Sleaford in Lincolnshire, and he is kept busy visiting and supporting the various branches of his family in different parts of the country.
Trevor Harvey retired from College a couple of years ago, but has been kept busy running a group of four parishes just outside Stoke-on-Trent, near his and Eileen’s home at Stone.
John Clark is in his last year as a Housemaster at Eton, where he also teaches Economics and Politics. He still has his cottage at Pont Faen, just outside Chirk. Next September he is expecting to move to Africa as head of a school there, an appointment of uncertain duration.
Also out in Africa is David Reffell, who has been Director of Studies at a Prep School out there. He plans to return to the UK in 2006.
Other relatively recent departees include Andrew Corish, who has changed jobs again – he is now Assistant Head at a girls’ school in Croydon, and is living at Caterham. Matt and Narelle Stone, who moved back to Auckland, New Zealand recently paid a brief visit to the UK, looking up many of their old friends at Ellesmere and elsewhere.