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Calne Girls Association Reunion                                                                             

We celebrated our three yearly Calne Girls Association Reunion at St Mary’s,  on Saturday 14th October with 32 old girls, the eldest being an unbelievably spritely 84! It was a particularly happy and uplifting occasion and commenced with a beautiful chapel service given by the Rev Rachel Benson ( 1960 leaver ) and our school chaplain father Jonathan.  St Mary’s catering excelled itself as usual with a delicious lunch and tea and the Music department put on a series of stunning performances by the girls accompanied by Chris Totney.  The alumnae were given tours of the school were given by members of the LVI and memories were evoked at every doorway.

 

An Enchanted Evening - 2018 Leavers Lily Ball                                                                                   

On Saturday 30th June the departing UVI, plus their families and friends, celebrated their final night together at St Mary’s, with the annual, highly-anticipated Lily Ball. The girls could not have looked more glamorous, happy and relaxed – and memories of A level stress seemed light years away.

It was the most perfect balmy summer’s night with a Mediterranean temperature and an almost full moon. The champagne reception was sponsored by The Calne Girls Association, and the marquee and tables were decorated with ferns, foliage, honeysuckle and butterflies to evoke the theme of ‘An Enchanted Evening.’ Guests dined on delicacies and danced to live music until after midnight, when they were whisked away to the after party, and from there to the beginning of the next stage of their lives as St Mary’s Calne alumnae.

 

The CGA 5th Term Reunion                                                                                            

The Fifth Term Term Reunion always makes for a happy start to the year, and for leavers of 2016, the annual evening reception at Juju’s in Chelsea, was no exception. Approximately 25 Calne girls and various members of staff gathered together to toast the New Year and old friendships, and to cross-reference life stories from the past 18 months. The girls were extremely impressed to hear about the rapid development of the new Sports Complex and the staff were equally delighted to learn stories of successful gap years and university news. As always, thanks go to the CGA for laying on such a generous spread. It was much appreciated!

 

Ten Year Reunion                                                                                       

For the second year running we held our 10 Year Reunion drinks at the Orange Brewery in Pimlico. It was a hugely successful evening with a total of 21 2008 leavers braving the February chill to congregate in the Music Room of the pub for delicious wine and canapés. As expected there was much excitement as everyone reunited and reminisced and both temperature and volume continued to rise until every last bit of news had been revealed.

 

 

1993 Leavers - 25 Year Reunion                                                              

The annual 25 Year Reunion for leavers from 1993 was held on Friday 6th July – one of the hottest nights of the year so far. 15 Calne girls and one gorgeous baby gathered in the Helen Wright house, to celebrate this momentous occasion with evening drinks, dinner and an overnight stay. Everyone was instantly transported back in time as memories stirred and stories were shared of school life in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Topics covered included the inedible school food – a far cry from the incredible dinner provided 25 years later – the appalling careers advice given to girls in the Sixth form back then, and the expulsion of one of the returning guests!

 

 

Calne Girls Association Reunion                                                                  

We celebrated our three-yearly Calne Girls Association Reunion at St Mary’s on Saturday 14th October with 32 old girls, the eldest being an unbelievably spritely 84! It was a particularly happy and uplifting occasion and commenced with a beautiful chapel service given by the Rev Rachel Benson (née Woods, 1960 Leaver) and our school chaplain Father Jonathan. St Mary’s catering excelled itself as usual with a delicious lunch and tea and the Music department put on a series of stunning performances by the girls, accompanied by Chris Totney. The alumnae were given tours of the school by members of the LVI and memories were evoked at every doorway. (Pictured is a group of 1976 Leavers)

 

1964-1966 Leaver Mini Reunion                                                                    

In September 2016, five Old Girls who left St Mary’s between 1964 and 1966 met in Montana, USA for a wonderful few days. Rosemary McKinnon (née Fletcher) – and her husband John – welcomed us into their home not far from Kalispell. First to arrive were Sue Ross and myself, Christian Donovan (née Davidson). A couple of days later we travelled into Glacier Park and spent a night at a chalet with friends of Rosemary’s at a place called, appropriately enough,
St Mary’s. The following day we hiked in glorious sunshine up a mountain to Ptarmigan Pass.

At Rosemary and John’s house by the stunning McGregor Lake we were then joined by Janet Gilbert (née Rivett) and Etelka Davey (née Leadlay) and their husbands, both also called John. We celebrated by hiking up the fairly-aptly-named Big Mountain where we experienced all four seasons on our ascent, with snow, hail, thunder,
lightning and heavy rain added to what had started as a sunny morning. The next day we were all interested to visit the Montana Academy, founded by Rosemary and John 20 years ago.

There was inevitably a lot of reminiscing on our days at Calne, now more than half a century ago. It’s surprising how much we could collectively recall and it was lovely to share those memories with good friends. The Johns were very patient throughout.

A big thank-you to the McKinnons for everything.’

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