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May 2018

Our Annual Reunion Luncheon will be on Saturday 19th May 2018 at Ely Golf Club, Cambridge Road, Ely. For the booking form and full details please contact Christine Fuller or at 12 Bamford House, Deacons Lane, Ely, Cambs., CB7 4PT.
The 60 who have so far booked are, as of 4th May:-

Avey, Margaret

Barber, Marjorie
Barker, Ruth
Bell, Christine
Boutle, Sue
Brunt, Jennifer

Carman, Edna
Cater, Margaret
Cater, Megan
Chapman, Jill
Clarke, Carol
Cole, Barbara
Cox, Sheila
Cross, Patricia
Czarnobaj, Stephanie

Day, Barbara
Day, Betty

Flack, Pat
Freeman, Lorna

Gorham, Sheila
Hammond, Jenny
Harding, Ann
Howard, Margaret
Hudson, Liz

Jeffrey, Dorinda

Kilby, Kathy
Knott, Julie

Ladson, Mary
Lane, Vicki

Macer, Pat
McCullagh, Elsie
McCullagh, Jean
McCullagh, Mary
McCullagh, Norah
Muncey, Christine

Norman, Kathy

Palmer, Melek
Pearson, Hazel
Philips, Joy
Presnell, Rose
Read, Judy
Read, Wendy
Reed, Mary
Reeder, Joan
Register, Barbara
Register, Marian
Reynolds, Margaret
Riley, Susan
Robinson, Gwen

Savidge, Rosemary
Sawer, Lesley
Sealy, Wendy
Sharpe, Pat
Simpson, Sandra
Sowerby, Judy


Topping, Judy

Wilson, Eileen
Wilson, Pauline
Winter, Christine
Woolstenholmes, Audrey

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(names when at EHS)

Alder, Heather                                    
Avey, Margaret
                                    
Barber, Marjorie                      
Barker, Diane                           
Barker, Ruth                       
Barton, Wendy                           
Bell, Christine                           
Bester, Ruth                                    
Blake, Jeannette                       
Boutle, Mary                       
Brunt, Carolyn              
Brunt, Jenny                          
Buck, Sandra
                       
Carman, Edna              
Chapman, Jill               
Clarke, Carol               
Cole, Barbara               
Cross, Patricia               
Czarnoba,j Stephanie
           
Day, Barbara               
Day, Betty                   
Doe, Judith
                            
Flack, Pat                   
Freeman, Lorna
Gorham, Sheila

Hammond, Jenny                        
Harris, Rosemary               
Hudson, Liz                            
Hudson, Maureen
                        
Jeffrey, Dorinda   

Knott, Yvonne

Ladson, Mary
Lane, Grace
Lane, Vicki
Langford, Sandra
Lowe, Beryl

Macer, Pat
McCullagh, Elsie
McCullagh, Mary
McCullagh, Norah
Muncey, Christine
Murfitt, Brenda

Neal, Margaret
Norman, Kathy

Oakey, Mary
Parr, Deanna
Pearson, Hazel
Pen-Gilly, Ann
Phillips, Joy
Presnell, Rose

Rayner, Bridget
Read, Judy
Read, Nina
Read, Wendy
Reed, Mary
Reeder, Joan
Reynolds, Margaret
Riley, Susan
Robinson, Gwen
Rudderham, Mary
Rule, Doreen

Salmon, Joyce
Savidge, Rosemary
Sawer, Lesley
Sealy, Wendy
Sharpe, Pat
Simpson, Sandra
Sowerby, Judy

Topping, Judy
   
Wilson, Eileen
Winter, Christine

April 2017

  • Carolyn Brunt (now Castledine) who was at EHS in the 1960s makes contact from Essex.
     
  • Our Annual Reunion Luncheon is on Saturday 20th May 2017, gathering from 11.30 to eat at 1pm. It is at a new venue - The Rosery Hotel, Church Road, Exning, near Newmarket. The cost is £20 per head. The booking form and details of how to get there can be seen by clicking this link - booking form and information.

January 2017

  • Elizabeth Howard, who was Vice-Head Girl in 1937-38, has died at the age of 96 according to an obituary seen in the Guardian, 30th January 2017. She had a distinguished career in teaching. There are a number of references to her if you search on her name on this website - see also In Memoriam.

November 2016

  • Marlene Corke (née Brooker) makes contact from Norfolk: I attended EHS from Sept 1960 to July 1962 and then we moved to Southwold in Suffolk.  My mother also attended the school and looking on the 1938 photo I have spotted her. In June 38 she would have been 13, turning 14 in the following month, 5th July. Her maiden name was Monica Hamence, and she lived in Sutton. When she left school she worked for Bonnett’s bakery and restaurant in Ely which was owned by her Aunt and Uncle. She died in 2011.
    Mabel Hamence, who is shown in the 1913 entry, was my mother’s aunt, (her father’s sister) - she became Mrs Eacock.

September/October 2016
  • Anne Dixon (née Low) makes contact from the Bristol area - 'I was in the 1966 cohort as a first year, LIIIH. I left in 1971 to train as a microbiology technician at Addenbrookes Hospital.' Anne has added names to the 1968 Sports Day event - Staff Egg & Spoon race - see via Sport
     
  • News has been received of the death after a long battle with cancer of Heather James, a regular attender of our reunions. When more information is available she will be added to our In Memoriam page. Our condolences go to her family, especially her sister Diana, who was also at EHS.
     
  • The Soham Grammarians have their Annual Reunion Luncheon at Soham Village College on Saturday 1st October. The speaker will be Mike Barningham SG60. If you have a Soham Grammarian in your family or among those you know, please tell them about it. The Booking form can be printed off via SG Reunion booking form.
June-August 2016
  • Christine Fuller: Over the years Lorna Delanoy has collected recordings of local people talking about life and the locality in order to preserve an oral history of the former Isle of Ely. These recordings have now been digitised and are now available on the web via farmlandvoices.org.uk
    This long held dream of Lorna to make these voices more widely available has now been realised and many congratulations are due to her for her tenacity and foresight. Would you kindly put this information onto the EHS website as many of the former pupils will have known those who are speaking and it will bring back so many memories.
     
  • Felicity (Fiz) Markham has added names and that of the form teacher to the 1967 LIIIH form photo in Scrapbook provided by Kira Davison (née Morrow)
     
  • Alison Gingell (née Harper) has died of motor neurone disease aged 65. She worked in support of the people of Coventry for much of her life. Elected to Coventry city council in 2012 as Labour member for the Sherbourne ward, Alison later served as cabinet member for health and adult services. She was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, daughter of Joan, a housewife, and Ronald, a schoolteacher, and attended EHS in the 1960s. Thanks to Rosy Wolfe (née Broomfield) - more detail in In Memoriam

April  & May 2016

  • Pat Warwick,  (English, 1954-58) (Mrs PJR Mockridge) died in March aged 83. Her daughter Rachel has provided an obituary - see via In Memoriam
     
  • Heather Alder (1964-71) has made contact from Cambridgeshire
    Barbara Smith (née Lynch) makes contact from Monmouthshire: 'I was at Ely High School 1967-1972 and left straight after O-Levels as my parents moved house. I  remember. Kira Morrow and Dorinda  Jeffrey. If either of them remember me I will be very surprised!'
     
  • Susan Palmer (née Houghton), 1960 entry, passed away peacefully on Thursday 28th April 2016 aged 67 years - see via In Memoriam
     
  • Our Annual Reunion Luncheon was on Saturday 21st May,  again at the Ely Beet Club in Lynn Road, gathering from 11.30am.  As of 21 May 90 had booked (surnames as when at EHS):

    Alder, Heather
    Audus, Jacqui
    Avey, Margaret

    Badcock, Margaret
    Barber, Marjorie
    Barker, Diane
    Barker, Ruth
    Bell, Christine
    Bester, Ruth
    Blake Jeannette
    Bliss, Margaret
    Boutle, Sue
    Brown, Hazel
    Brunt, Jenny
    Burrows, Ann

    Carlton, Pamela
    Carman, Edna
    Carter, Olive
    Cater, Margaret
    Cater, Megan
    Chapman, Jill
    Clarke, Carol
    Cole, Barbara
    Cox, Janet
    Cox, Sheila
    Crane, Frances
    Cross, Pat
    Crowe, Jean
    Crowe, Marlene
    Czarnobaj, Stephanie

    Day, Barbara
    Day, Betty

    Firby, Iris
    Flack, Pat
    Freeman, Lorna

    Gorham, Sheila

    Hammond, Jennifer
    Harding, Ann
    Harris, Rosemary
    Hubbard, Janet
    Hudson, Liz
    Hudson, Maureen

    Jeffrey, Dorinda
     
    Knott, Julie

    Ladson, Mary
    Lane, Grace
    Lane, Vicki
    Langford, Sandra
    Langley, Judith
    Lowe, Beryl

    Macer, Pat
    Mann, Janet
    McCullagh, Elsie,
    McCullagh, Mary
    McCullagh, Norah
    Murfitt, Brenda

    Neal, Margaret
    Norman, Kathy
    Nunn, Linda

    Oakey, Mary
     
    Pearson, Hazel
    Pen-Gilly, Ann
    Phillips, Joy
    Presnell, Rose
    Proctor, Margo

    Rayner, Bridget
    Read, Judy
    Read, Nina
    Read, Wendy
    Reed, Mary
    Reeder,  Joan
    Register, Barbara
    Register, Marian
    Reynolds, Margaret
    Robinson, Gwen

    Saberton, Christine
    Salmon, Joyce
    Savidge, Rosemary
    Sawer, Lesley
    Sealy, Wendy
    Simpson, Sandra
    Strawson, Mary

    Thompson, Ann
    Topping, Judy

    Williams, Marilyn
    Wilson, Eileen
    Wilson, Jean
    Wilson, Pauline
    Winter, Christine
    Woolstenholmes,  Audrey

Christine Fuller writes: Once again a super Reunion with everyone so happy and relaxed and we enjoyed another delicious buffet thanks to Sally.
This year I asked Barbara Cole to do a presentation because she and her sister Carolyn and brother in law had spent time helping at the Victoria Square Centre in Athens as part of the Salvation Army team helping cope during the massive migrant crisis.
A collection was made raising £250 which will go directly to Athens to help during this continuing and desperate situation.
Barbara has asked me to say a big THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
The date for next year is 20 May 2017.

February & March 2016

  • Mrs Christine Bennett writes: I am a genealogist researching my own and my husband's ancestors. My husband's maternal family name is RICHARDS and in my research I have found information relating to Miss Constance Lilian Cooper Richards' teaching career, part of which was as Senior Science Teacher at Ely High School for Girls, from 1927.  She is believed to have died in 1980 in Salisbury, Wiltshire. She is mentioned a few times on your website.
    It is not clear how long she taught at Ely. If anyone can add to this story, please contact the editor.
     
  • Alma May Hopkin (née Nunn) of Soham, died after a short illness in Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Friday 11th March 2016 aged 84 years - for more detail see In Memoriam
     
  • Rosy Wolfe (née Broomfield) corrects the ID of herself on the 1963 School Photo and believes she has spotted Sandra Reynolds.
     
  • Pat Merry (née Markwell) makes contact and provides news about Susan Porter (see below).
     
  • Susan Oxbury (née Porter) passed away on Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016 in Addenbrookes Hospital, aged 75 years - for more detail see In Memoriam
     

  • Doreen Holmes (now Stanley) has contributed several names to the 1952 School Photo and to the 1958? and 1967 Reunion photos

January 2016

  • Jane Atkin (now Morwood) adds some names to the 1959 School Photo
     
  • Pamela Joyce Czarnobaj (née Martin)  died on 7th January 2016 at the age of 78 - for more detail see In Memoriam

December 2015

  • All the Best for Christmas and the New Year. If your Christmas card list has reminded you that you are in touch with an EHS that we don't appear to be aware of, please contact us.

  • Christine Fuller corrects the ID for Adrienne Neilson on the 1954 School Photo

October-November 2015

  • Sharman Edmunds was at EHS from 1965 - 72,  joining halfway through the first year. Having lived for many years in Hampshire, she has moved back to the area.
     
  • Margaret Allen (EHS 59-66, now Cockburn) writes: The 1915 photo has interesting connections for me. Dorothy Cranwell was my first teacher at Witchford Primary School in 1954. I was in her class for two years and I remember her fondly. Dorothy Defew was English teacher and Deputy Head when I was at High school and I also have fond memories of her.
    I think my Aunt, Constance Allen, must also be in the photo as I know she was in the same class as Miss Defew. She went on to a teacher training college in Norwich but unfortunately died before I was born.

September 2015

  • Sarah Hellon's (see last month) photos from her mother Joyce Elizabeth ('Babs') Day, who was at EHS in the 1920s, have now been added to the Sports and Album pages.
     
  • Jayne Russell (now Taylor), sister of Anne, was at EHS starting in 1968 (left in 74) . She now lives in Essex.

August 2015

  • Catherine Goodjohn (née House) adds herself to the 1963 School Photo

  • Sarah Hellon has recognised her mother in the 1925 School Photo (7/9).
    "Her name was Joyce Elizabeth Day. She was a day pupil, the only child of Ernest Henry and Grace Ellen Day of Bedwell Hey Farm, Stretham. She would have been 12 years old. She had hair long enough to sit on, and wore it in plaits. She had to ask the bus to stop at the end of the farm drive, every day, and on at least one occasion, one of the boys on the bus tied her to her seat by her plaits! She was carried on to Stretham, and consequently late home!
    I know her best friend at school was Yoda Jackson, but I don't know if she is standing near my mother.

July 2015

  • Judi Davies (née Cullum) adds herself and several others to the 1963 School Photo. She notes that it seems that not many appear to be listed as in touch. If you are ex-EHS and not on the in touch list, please do consider rectifying that.

May 2015

  • Margaret Smith is identified on the 1954 School Photo

  • Christine Fuller writes: "This year I kept to the same formula so we met at the Ely Beet Club on Lynn Road, Ely on Saturday 16 May from 11.30am onwards and enjoyed a 3 course buffet meal prepared by Sally and her staff. I chose the same menu as it met with the known dietary needs but I rang the changes with some of the starters and desserts but kept the mains as before. Those with a dietary problem with the meal choices were asked to let me know.
    The price was the same as last year at £25 per head to cover the cost of the excellent meal as well as the necessary extras such as hall hire, postage, stationery, etc.
    I also asked for an indication of the friends people would like to sit with and I did my best to reserve however many seats were needed so that they could be all together.
    My aim is to ensure that the Reunion is a happy, relaxed and informal occasion at which any EHS Old Girl is very welcome."

    "The Reunion was once more a happy and successful day. The date for the next one has been booked and confirmed for Saturday 21 May 2016 - same venue with Sally again providing the excellent buffet. So keep a note in your diaries and tell any other Old Girls who may wish to join us."

Those booked as of 14th May were as follows (maiden names):

  1. Audus, Jacqueline
  2. Avey, Margaret
  3. Barber, Marjorie
  4. Barker, Diane
  5. Barker, Ruth
  6. Barton, Wendy
  7. Beeton, Peggy
  8. Bell, Christine
  9. Blake, Jeanette
  10. Bliss, Margaret
  11. Boutle, Mary
  12. Brown, Hazel
  13. Brown, Patricia
  14. Brunt, Jenny
  15. Buck, Sandra
  16. Burrows, Ann
  17. Carlton, Pamela
  18. Carman, Edna
  19. Carter, Olive
  20. Chapman, Jill
  21. Clanfield, Dene
  22. Cole, Barbara
  23. Cole, Diana
  24. Coulson, Erica
  25. Cox, Sheila
  26. Crane, Frances
  27. Crowe, Jean
  28. Crowe, Marlene
  29. Czarnobaj, Stephanie
  30. Day, Barbara
  31. Ellington, Marie
  1. Fletcher, Suzanne
  2. Freeman, Lorna
  3. Gorham, Sheila
  4. Hammond, Jennifer
  5. Harding, Ann
  6. Harris, Rosemary
  7. Howard, Margaret
  8. Hudson, Liz
  9. James, Heather
  10. Jeffrey, Dorinda
  11. Knott, Julie
  12. Ladson, Mary
  13. Lane, Grace
  14. Lane, Vicki
  15. Latham, Barbara
  16. Latham, Muriel
  17. Lee, Mary
  18. Macer, Pat
  19. Mann, Janet
  20. McCullagh, Mary
  21. McCullagh, Norah
  22. Murfitt, Brenda
  23. Neal, Margaret
  24. Norman, Kathy
  25. Oakey, Mary
  26. Pearson, Hazel
  27. Pen-Gilly, Ann
  28. Pettit, Celia
  29. Phillips, Joy
  30. Presnell, Rose
  1. Read, Judy
  2. Read, Wendy
  3. Reed, Mary
  4. Reeder, Joan
  5. Register, Barbara
  6. Register, Marian
  7. Riley, Susan
  8. Robinson, Gwen
  9. Rudderham, Mary
  10. Salmon, Joyce
  11. Savidge, Rosemary
  12. Sawer, Lesley
  13. Sealy, Wendy
  14. Simpson, Sandra
  15. Sharpe, Pat
  16. Strawson, Doris
  17. Strawson, Mary
  18. Thompson, Anne
  19. Topping, Judy
  20. Williams, Marilyn
  21. Wilson, Eileen
  22. Wilson, Jean
  23. Wilson, Pauline
  24. Winter, Christine
  25. Woolstenholmes, Audrey
  26. Yarrow, Carol

April 2015

  • Scrap Book of the Isle of Ely is the title of a collection of references to the 'forgotten isle'. Many EHS girls and SGS boys lived in that part of Cambridgeshire. Mike Delanoy (SG48) with his wife Lorna (née Freeman, EHS 51) have collected memorabilia over the years and have produced this little book. It costs £4.50. All profits go to East Anglian Children's Hospices. It can be bought from Burrows Bookshop in Ely or ordered direct from 01353 777691.

  • The funeral of Mrs Anne Burling (née Cates) at West Suffolk Crematorium on 30th March 2015 is reported in the 9th April edition of the Newmarket Journal. Anne was 71. She can be seen in the 1959 School Photo (8/14) - for more detail see In Memoriam

  • Pamela Carlton, who will be attending the Annual Reunion Luncheon, is spotted on the 1952 School Photo.

March 2015

  • June Strawson née Bent, of Downham Market, who had been to many Reunions until illness and infirmity prevented her attending about three years ago, died aged 86 on March 20th, 2015 peacefully at Holmwood House. Her funeral service is at St Mary's Church, Bexwell on Monday, March 30th, at 2pm, followed by interment at Rouses Lane Cemetery, Downham Market.

February 2015

  • Betty Peacock (née Wells) makes contact and identifies herself on the 1959 School Photo.

  • Alocha Barker, (née Power) of Pymoor, who came from Black Horse Drove when a pupil at EHS, passed away peacefully on Saturday 13th December 2014, aged 67 years - see In Memoriam

  • Jill Human (née Burroughs) has written for the Soham Grammarians' website of the work of her father WAG Burroughs as a photographer in Soham, prompted by the recent donation of a painting by her father, previously unknown to the family, to Soham Village College. Jill was Head Girl at EHS 1960-61 ... see Scrapbook/This and that

January 2015

  • All the best for the New Year!

  • Lesley Chilcott (née Sawer) who came over last year from the USA now appears on the list of those in touch.

  • Christine Fuller emails: "Sadly I was informed over the festive period that we have lost two former EHS scholars Doreen Cox (Mrs Arnold) and Pamela Easy (Mrs Hardman), both of whom had attended reunions for some years." Please contact the editor if you can add more on them for our In Memoriam page.


November 2014

  • Anne Blake writes: My aunt May Ellis (née Russell) died on 21st October 2014. May was born in 1919 and was a pupil at EHS in the 1930s. After leaving school she trained as a nurse. During the war she served in the Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Service in Africa and Greece.

  • Alison Williams (née Brown) writes: I am happy to report a mini-reunion between me and a good friend I made at Ely High School, Josie Crane. We kept in touch for a few years, then lost contact and only just "found" each other this year, after about 40 years! Josie and her husband will be coming to visit me and my husband in Miami next week - photos to follow!

October 2014

  • Kira Davison née Morrow has added a 1967 Lower Form III photo to our Photo Album page. It joins the one we have for Lower IIIG on that page. Please add names

September 2014

  • Those of you who have a former Soham Grammarian friend or in the family might like to draw their attention to the Soham Grammarians' Annual Lunch on Saturday October 4th, 2014. [Oct: A photo report of this can be seen on the SG website, including the talk given by Gwyn Murfet, ex-Moggy Rat]

August 2014

  • We have learned that Josie Chudyk née Barber passed away on 20 August 2014 after a short illness.

July 2014

  • Christine Fuller emails: Sadly more deaths to report of former pupils of EHS:
    Janet Tucker (Lane) passed away on 22 July. She was a regular attender at the reunions but was unable to attend this year because of her illness. Her father and my mother were first cousins so Janet and I shared the same great grandparents and Brian Lane (ex SGS) was her twin brother.
    29 July: The death last weekend of Elizabeth Nardone (née Rouse). She had attended many Reunions but had suffered ill health for the last few years.

  • Jan Richards emails from Australia with more names for the 1938 school photo provided by her mother Elsie Mitcherson (née Green) who died in May. See School Photos and In Memoriam.

  • Anthea Williams emails: I am trying to trace some details about my mother's early life and wondered if you could possible help me. She was Elsie Amelia Strong. I know that she was born on 7th March 1913 and I have been told that she attended Ely High School. I know that she was sent away to school aged five or six and that she left school after matriculation. Her dates at the school would/could be from approximately 1918 or 1919 until 1928 or 1929. I think she may be one of the girls in the photograph at the Ely Museum, called Seniors 1920?s.

June 2014

  • Alma Thorby (Mrs Alma Jefferson) passed away on 6 June 2014, reports Christine Fuller. Alma had been a regular attendee at the Reunions over the years but was too unwell to attend this year. She had lived in Littleport all her life - see In Memoriam.

  • Christine also adds names to the 1927, 1929, 1930, 1933 and 1956 School Photos.

May 2014

  • Annual Reunion Lunch bookings as of 15th May are shown below (names when at EHS). Christine Fuller later wrote "The Reunion was again a very happy and relaxed occasion helped by an excellent buffet but sadly the photographer from a local paper didn't appear.
    The next Reunion will be held on 16 May 2015 at the same venue and Sally will be doing the catering."

    If you do have any group photos from the reunion and can put names to at least some of them, please contact Christine.

  1. Adams, Rita
  2. Audus, Jacqueline
  3. Avey, Margaret
  4. Barber, Marjorie
  5. Barker, Diane
  6. Barker, Ruth
  7. Barton, Wendy
  8. Bell, Christine
  9. Boutle, Mary
  10. Brown, Hazel
  11. Brunt, Jennifer
  12. Burrows, Ann
  13. Carlton, Pamela
  14. Carman, Edna
  15. Carter, Olive
  16. Clanfield, Rhodene
  17. Chapman, Jill
  18. Clarke, Carol
  19. Cole, Barbara
  20. Cole, Diane
  21. Coulson, Erica
  22. Crane, Frances
  23. Crowe, Jean
  24. Crowe, Marlene
  25. Czarnobaj, Stephanie
  26. Day, Barbara
  27. Ellington, Marie
  28. Flack, Pat
  29. Fletcher, Suzanne
  30. Freeman, Lorna
  1. Gordon, Shane
  2. Gorham, Sheila
  3. Hammond, Jennifer
  4. Harding, Ann
  5. Harris, Rosemary
  6. Howard, Margaret
  7. Hudson, Elizabeth
  8. Hudson, Maureen
  9. James, Heather
  10. Jeffrey, Dorinda
  11. Juby, Sandra
  12. Knott, Yvonne
  13. Ladson, Mary
  14. Lane, Janet
  15. Lane, Victoria
  16. Langford, Sandra
  17. Latham, Barbara
  18. Lee, Mary
  19. Lowe, Beryl
  20. Macer, Patricia
  21. Mann, Janet
  22. McCullagh, Elsie
  23. McCullagh, Mary
  24. McCullagh, Norah
  25. McCusker, Sarah
  26. Murfitt, Brenda
  27. Neal, Margaret
  28. Nicholas, Muriel
  29. Norman, Kathleen
  30. Oakey, Mary
  1. Pen-Gilly, Ann
  2. Pettitt, Celia
  3. Philips, Joy
  4. Presnell, Rose
  5. Rayner, Bridget
  6. Read, Judy
  7. Read, Wendy
  8. Reed, Mary
  9. Reeder, Joan
  10. Register, Barbara
  11. Register, Marian
  12. Reynolds, Margaret
  13. Riley, Susan
  14. Saberton, Christine
  15. Salmon, Joyce
  16. Savidge, Rosemary
  17. Sawer, Lesley
  18. Sealy, Wendy
  19. Sharpe, Pat
  20. Simpson, Sandra
  21. Strawson, Doris
  22. Thompson, Ann
  23. Topping, Judy
  24. Williams, Marilyn
  25. Wilson, Jean
  26. Wilson, Pauline
  27. Winter, Christine
  28. Woolstenholmes, Audrey
  29. Yarrow, Carol
  30. Beeton, Peggy

April 2014

  • Bookings are coming in for this year's Reunion Luncheon on Saturday 17th May, again at the Ely Beet Club in Lynn Road from 11.30am. The meal will be served at 1pm.
    Please click Booking Form for all the details and menu choices. Bookings should please be made before 7th May. Cancellations after that date cannot be refunded. Christine Fuller says "enjoy the occasion with good food, chatter and friendship". See May 2014 for the latest list of bookings.

  • Those from the latter days of EHS or whose children studied Chemistry at the Sixth Form Centre in Ely or at Soham Grammar School, or those who have been involved in village life in Fordham, may wish to be aware that Mr Gareth Wood died at home on 7th April, aged 75. His funeral is on Thursday 17th April at 10.30am at St Peter's Fordham. For further information please see the Soham Grammarians' website.

  • Jan Richards emails from Western Australia: I have just been looking at the 1938 School Photo. I can help you identify a pupil in the front row of section 8/9. It is my mother, Elsie Green from Wilburton. Mum is now 88 and in poor health but I have printed off the photograph and will see if she can identify anyone else. She met my Dad, Jack Mitcherson, during the war when he was stationed at Mepal with the RAAF and came to Australia to marry him in 1948, almost 10 years to the day after this photo was taken - see via School Photos

March 2014

  • Maggie Darley née Stirrup makes contact from West Sussex: After many years I discovered the EHS site and thought I would get in touch. I attended EHS as a first former in 1964 when I was Margaret Stirrup. Miss Tilly was my first headmistress, then Miss Moody. I was in Alan House. My three wonderful daughters and three grandchildren still live in the Ely area and I travel to the area frequently. I have some good and some hazy memories from that time so I enjoy hearing other people's perspectives. I would like to try and find Elizabeth (known as Jane) Bass who was a good friend at school but sadly we lost touch, so if anyone knows her whereabouts I would be grateful.

February 2014

  • News via Christine Fuller of two deaths: Christine Brown née Skeels, of Barton on 11th December 2013 and Janet Lane née Rogers, of Ely, the widow of Rex Lane, on 2nd February 2014 - see In Memoriam

  • Joy Coates née Jackson, now in Huntingdonshire, makes contact and adds names to the 1967 School Photo - see via School Photos

  • Peter Searle, son of Gwendoline M Hepher who attended Ely High School from 1927 to 1931/2, has provided:

    - the Easter 1932 Ely High School Magazine. In this issue it was noted that "It was sad to say “good-bye” to Miss Piggott and Miss Duffield after they had taught in the Preparatory for over 25 years; they have been succeeded by Miss Pater and Miss Catley." and that "[The] Hall-Gymnasium, complete with all the best equipment and in itself a building the finest that could be wished, had yet been put up with such a very modest outlay that its plans were being copied by the Board of Education for use in other schools throughout the country."

    This issue has been scanned with more sophisticated software, and is searchable (use Ctrl-F) and can be viewed via School Magazines

    - several photos of his mother and EHS friends ca 1929, her Art prize and certificate, and a photo of an EHS teacher, not identified - see via Album

  • This website is increasingly likely to be viewed on a touch-screen device such as an iPad or something like it, or a Windows 8(!) computer. The main menu on the left of your screen has been revised to make it a bit easier for those using touch screens. Other menus will be revised shortly. The Foundation Centenary and Golden Jubilee pages can still be found via Scrapbook ... Big Occasions

January 2014

  • All the best for 2014 to all visitors to this website, especially to those who were pupils or staff at Ely High School for Girls. If you have not yet made contact, or have newly obtained or changed your email address - or other contact details - please do get in touch - see the Contacting us link on the left of your screen.


November/December 2013

  • Linda Harvey, née Cullen, of Littleport, died on Tuesday 29th October 2013. She attended EHS in the 1950s. She had helped to add names to the 1959 School Photo and was at the 2011 Luncheon: via Christine Fuller (Bell) - see In Memoriam

October 2013

  • Our earliest large group/school photo has just got older! The full photo, reproduced with the permission of the Cambridgeshire Collection, had been intriguing Christine Fuller. She had been looking at Dorothy Defew on this photo. Defe was born in 1901 and it was thought that the photo, originally thought to be pre-1929, was therefore 1920 or earlier.

    Rosemary Mahy (née Cranwell) writes: I have in my possession the same photograph of the group of girls but mine is usefully captioned in ink on the back as 'Bedford House, Ely High School, Summer Term July 1915 Gym Display'. The photograph belonged to one of my aunts who appears in the photograph with her sister. They are Dorothy Kate Cranwell and Florence Cranwell - see via School Photos

Sylvie Short (Sylvia Coleman at EHS) writes: On 26th October my new book, Two Churches Together - A History of Swaffham Prior is being launched at 7.30pm in Swaffham Prior Village Hall. The book is likely to have appeal to many ex-pupils who lived in Swaffham Prior and the general area.

Copies of the book are available from her at £21 inc p&p - for more information in EHS Alumni on the web, via Scrapbook

September 2013

  • Wing Commander Kenneth Wallis MBE, born April 26 1916, died September 1 2013. Ken was a preparatory school pupil at EHS in the 1920s. He went on to the King's School Ely. Wallis and his autogyro, Little Nellie, came to public fame in the Bond film You Only Live Twice. Wallis stood in for Sean Connery in a famous sequence in which “Bond”, in a rocket-firing autogyro, fights baddies in orthodox helicopters, zipping around an active volcano - while Connery “sat in a replica in Pinewood with a fan ruffling his shirt and pretended to be flying”. see EHS Alumni on the web, via Scrapbook

July/August 2013

WORDS is a book of local history produced by two EHS Old Girls from the Bedford House days, Maureen Gent (now Scott) of Littleport and Lorna Freeman (now Delanoy) of Haddenham.

They have recorded memories and reminiscences of their childhoods in the Fen Country together with lists of words common to the area ... hence the full title of the publication Words, Words & more Words.

It costs £3 from Burrows bookshop in Ely.

  • Penny Hacking née Gower, makes contact and thinks she has ID'd Davina Hughes on the 1971 School Photo - see via School Photos

  • Heather Sheps née Smith, now in Vancouver, makes contact and has added herself and Susan Tweed to the IDs on the 1963 School Photo - see via School Photos

June 2013

  • See the Reunion photos page for those taken by Edna Carman (now Collinson) at the 2013 event. If you can add names or provide additional images please contact us - and does anyone have ones taken at the 2012 event - and can you add names to the 2011 photos?

  • At the Reunion we remembered the passing of the last Head Teacher of Ely High School, Miss Eileen Moody who died in early autumn 2012. Her memorial service was held in Ely Cathedral on 16th October 2012.

    In addition to the deaths recorded on this website since the 2012 reunion the deaths of the following were announced:

    Sheila Joan Hullyer née Lister, 1947 entry, who passed away after a short illness on 23rd July, 2012. She attended our 2011 reunion.

    Phyllis May Sculthorpe née Peters, of Mepal, who passed away peacefully in Addenbrookes Hospital on 22nd April 2013, aged 83. In the mid 1990s it was the Sculthorpe sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Olive née Blinch who decided to get in touch with their former school mates and organised Reunions held at the Soham bypass motel; these formed the basis of the group that meets today in the Annual Reunions held each May in Ely. The numbers attending grow year on year and we meet in an informal, happy and relaxed atmosphere and keep the memory of our school alive.

    All are recorded on our In Memoriam page.

  • At last the editor has added the May 1927 School Photo promised earlier this year. This came from Marion Register (now Younge), sister of Barbara Register. They have spotted their mother, Margaret Daniels. Your help in identifying faces on this and other early school photos would be much appreciated, as it gets more difficult as time goes by. Please dig out old family albums and see what you can do if there is someone in your family who was at EHS in the 1920s or 1930s - see via School Photos

  • Barbara Register (now Attwood) has provided a Fifth form photo "I know it is blurred. Taken on my best Box Brownie." - see in Photo Album

  • Joan Taylor of Newmarket, who was not at EHS, has kindly provided:
    - identification of Vera and Eleonore Jobson on the 1929 and 1930 EHS School Photos
    - Vera Jobson in a sports day photo - see via Sport

  • Pam Fenn (now Austin) has provided several photos:
    - a view of the audience at the 1965 Prizegiving - see via Speech Days
    - School Choir in a concert, 1960s and Spring 1969; Madrigal Society concerts 1966 and 1968; a Woodwind Quintet, 1960s - see all these in Photo Album

  • Christine Bell (now Fuller): I have been looking at Dorothy Defew on the 'pre 1929' School photo. Defe was born in 1901 so would have gone to university in about 1919 or 1920 and by her position in the back row was obviously a senior pupil. I think this could date the photo as 1920 or earlier. I think she got her degree in about 1923 so the photograph is definitely the oldest school photo we have so far.

May 2013

  • Making contact:

    - Jane Elizabeth Leonard (now Goupillon), now in Wales "I was at Ely High School from Sept 1961 to July 1968. The group I hung out with was Rosemary Parsley (is anyone in touch with her?), Anne and Elizabeth Wyllie, and Ann Penn."
    - Lucy Heaps (now Couzens), who adds names to the 1967 School Photo - see via School Photos

  • Christine Fuller writes: "Sadly the sun didn't shine down on us but the warmth and smiles on peoples faces made up for it at our 2013 Annual Luncheon on 18th May. The next Reunion will be Saturday 17th May 2014."
    Please let us have your images of the day. The 96 booking for this event were, in maiden name order:

    Avey, Margaret
    Badcock, Margaret
    Barber, Marjory
    Barker, Diane
    Barker, Ruth
    Beeton, Peggy
    Bell, Christine
    Bester, Ruth
    Blake, Jeannette
    Bliss, Margaret (Needlework)
    Boutle, Mary
    Brown, Hazel
    Brunt, Jennifer
    Bullingham, Joan
    Burrows, Ann
    Carlton, Pamela
    Carman, Edna
    Carter, Olive
    Cater, Margaret
    Cater, Megan
    Chapman, Jill
    Clanfield, Rhodene
    Clarke, Carol
    Clift, Ann
    Cole, Barbara
    Cole, Diane
    Coulson, Erica
    Cox, Sheila
    Crane, Frances
    Crowe, Jean
    Crowe, Marlene
    Czarnobal, Stephanie
    Day, Barbara
    Day, Betty
    Drake, Marina
    Ellington, Marie
    Flack, Pat
    Fletcher, Margaret
    Freeman, Lorna
    Gorham, Sheila
    Hammond, Jennifer
    Harding, Ann
    Harris, Rosemary
    Hitch, Margaret
    Horspool, Janet
    Hudson, Liz
    Jeffrey, Dorinda
    Juby, Sandra
    Knott, Julie
    Ladson, Mary
    Lane, Grace
    Lane, Janet
    Leaney, Brenda
    Lee, Mary
    Leonard, Pat
    Leonard, Paula
    Lowe, Beryl
    Macer, Pat
    Mann, Janet
    McCullagh, Elsie
    McCullagh, Mary
    McCullagh, Norah
    Murfitt, Brenda
    Neal, Margaret
    Nicholas, Muriel
    Norman, Kathy
    Nunn, Linda
    Oakey, Mary
    Pettitt, Celia
    Presnell, Rose
    Rayner, Bridget
    Read, Judy
    Read, Wendy
    Reed, Mary
    Reeder, Joan
    Register, Barbara
    Register, Marian
    Reynolds, Margaret
    Saberton, Christine
    Salmon, Joyce
    Savidge, Rosemary
    Sealy, Wendy
    Simpson, Sandra
    Smith, Margaret
    Strawson, Doris
    Strawson, Mary
    Thompson, Anne
    Thorby, Alma
    Topping, Judy
    Williams, Marilyn
    Wilson, Eileen
    Wilson, Pauline
    Wimpenny, Audrey
    Winter, Christine
    Woolstenholmes, Audrey
  • Jackie Bidwell (Sotheran) was one of the key people behind the creation of this website. She died on 14th May 2012 and her wish was that her body be used for medical research. Her husband Harry writes: "On 17th May 2013 there was a Service of Thanksgiving for those who have donated their bodies for Medical Education, Training and Research. It was held at Southwark Cathedral and was arranged by the London and South East Committee of Anatomists. There were Spiritual Representatives of the Medical Schools and Hospitals involved representing Anglican, Catholic and other Faiths. The Welcome, Introduction and Blessing was by the Dean of Southwark and the Address was by The Bishop of Salisbury. Prayers led by a RC Lay Chaplain. The Service was for the 336 donors of the year 2012. All seats in the aisles and nave were taken and late comers stood in the Crossing. Well over 1000 relatives and friends attended. Five of us attended representing Jackie's family and friends. We all found the Service deeply affecting and were impressed with the way the Service conveyed the value to society of donation and the place donors had in the training and development of anatomy and medicine. The ambience of Cathedral, Choir, hymns and sense of involvement of the congregation combined into a confirmation that we were celebrating something special and appreciated. We were pleased that Jackie's generosity had been appropriately recognised."

April 2013

  • Making contact:
    - Kira Morrow (now Davison) I was at EHS 1967-1972. I have a photo which doesn't appear to be on your website. It is from 1967 and the class is the other Lower III to the one you already have. I can't remember the form teacher but I think it was H. I have an online friend who lives in Scotland and I mentioned the school to her one day. She told me her mum was at the school in the 30s and found a picture of her on your website from 1938.

March 2013

  • Please see above about this year's Annual Reunion Luncheon on 18th. The cut off date is 9th May and early booking is strongly recommended. Please print off additional copies of the form for any you think might like to come.
    Please let us have your photos of last year's event!

  • Christine Bell (now Fuller) adds names to the Whitsun 1959 Lake District Expedition photos - see via Trips

February 2013

  • Making contact:
    Joy Cornwell
    (now Thorby) makes contact from East Anglia and adds herself to the 1959 School Photo - see via School Photos
    Susan Cumner-Price (now O’Donovan)

January 2013

  • A happy and healthy New Year to all.

  • Christine Fuller has moved, still in Ely. For those of you who have her phone number, it remains the same and she continues to receive emails sent via this website

  • The website editor will be dealing with a small backlog of items - including the 1927 School Photo - to be added to the website.

October - December 2012 - all very quiet!

  • Miss Eileen Moody, the last Head Teacher of EHS, has died.
    Andrew Hinchley, her nephew, writes: "Sadly Eileen has died recently. We are having a memorial service at Ely Cathedral on Tuesday 16th October at 1pm. It will be an hour of celebration of Eileen's life and it would be so nice if there are former pupils or staff who could come. "

    Christine Fuller adds: A former pupil and member of staff will speak of Miss Moody. Would those of you who are in touch with others from Miss Moody's time please let them know of the service?

    The following notice appeared in the Ely Standard: EILEEN MOODY Memorial service Ely Cathedral Tuesday 16th October at 1pm. Past students and staff of March High School for Girls, Ely High School for Girls, King's School, Ely and friends from Cambridge U34 all welcome. Music for the service from Bridget Hardy, Mezzo-Soprano, members of the Fairhaven Singers, Jonathan Lilley, Organ, Ralph Woodward, piano.

  • ... still hoping to receive images taken at this year's annual luncheon ...

  • Soham Grammarian Richard Crofts has informed us of the death of his mother Freda Crofts, née Kerridge, peacefully in her sleep on 30th September 2012, just short of her 90th birthday. She and her daughter Alison were both at EHS.
    A service for her is being held at the West chapel of the Cambridge Crematorium on Monday 15th Oct at 2.15pm, followed by a gathering at the Arkenstal centre at Haddenham.
    For more detail see In Memoriam.

  • We have heard of the death on 19 May 2012 of Ann Humberstone (Mrs Taylor) in Norfolk. Ann was one of many girls who travelled daily by train to EHS - she and Christine Fuller were in the same class.

July 2012

  • Jean Gimbert (now Lightfoot) makes contact and attempts to provide the names of the most senior girls in the school year 1943/44 - see via Scrapbook ... People ... School Officers

June 2012

  • Sheila Gorham has provided several photos of Old Girls at an event in May 1967, including Miss Moody.
    How fashions change! - see via Reunions

May 2012

  • Pauline Veal (60-65), now Ogden, makes contact from Thailand, to where the Ogdens retired two years ago. Pauline:
    - adds names to the 1963 School Photo - see via School Photos
    - adds a photo of a 2004 gathering of those who left in 1965 - see via Reunions

  • Phyllis Setchell née Ransome died in the Princess of Wales Hospital in April 2012 aged 79. She had trained as a nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital in the 1950s.Via Lorna Delanoy

  • Harry Sotheran: "Jackie Sotheran (née Bidwell), my wife of 42 years, has finally succumbed to her cancer. Our children and I were by her side as she passed away on Monday 14th May in Woking Hospice. Her memorial service [was on] Friday, May 18th at 2.30 p.m. in West Byfleet Catholic Church KT14 6DH, and [was] conducted by Father Alex, a family friend. We really hope that at as many people as possible celebrate her life and to remember her brave fight over the last 10 years."

    In place of flowers the family asked that consideration be given to making a donation to Woking Hospice at:
    http://www.justgiving.com/wokinghospice/donate/ or via a cheque in memory of Jackie Sotheran payable to 'Woking Hospice' c/o the Director of Fundraising, Woking Hospice, Hill View Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7HW. They are especially grateful to the hospice for doing so much for Jackie in her final days and as an organisation they rely in large part on charitable donations.

    The editor writes: Jackie lived not far from me in Surrey. She enjoyed being part of setting up this EHS website. She was always most welcoming and positive. Our condolences go to Harry and the family.

  • Our Annual Reunion Luncheon was on Saturday 12th May at 1pm, again at the Ely Beet Sugar Sports and Social Club in Lynn Road, Ely. It was a lovely sunny day and was a resounding success with 93 attendees - as usual the decibel level was high as much talking was done and delicious buffet lunch was enjoyed by everyone.

    Christine asked folk who were there on Saturday to send/email her copies of any photos they took that day. The best will be added to our website.

    The date for 2013 Reunion will be Saturday 18 May at the Beet Sugar Club, Lynn Road Ely and once again Sally will be catering for us.

  • Those booking for 2012 (92 as of 8 May) were, in maiden name order:

Avey, Margaret
Badcock, Margaret
Badcock, Olive
Barker, Ruth
Barton, Wendy
Bell, Christine
Belsham, Irene
Blake, Jeannette
Bliss, Margaret (Needlework)
Boutle, Mary
Brown, Hazel
Brunt, Jenny
Bullingham, Joan
Burrows, Ann
Carman, Edna
Cater, Megan
Chambers, Beryl
Chapman, Jill
Clarke, Carol
Clements, Elizabeth
Cole, Barbara
Cole, Diane
Coulson, Erica
Cox, Doreen
Crane, Frances
Crowe, Marlene
Day, Barbara
Day, Betty
Dorling, Pauline
Drake, Marina
Ellington, Marie
Fletcher, Suzanne
Freeman, Lorna
Frost, Mary
Gorham, Sheila
Hammond, Jenny
Harding, Ann
Harris, Rosemary
Howard, Margaret
Hubbard, Janet
Hudson, Liz
James, Heather
Jeffrey, Dorinda
Juby, Sandra
Ladson, Mary
Lane, Grace
Lane, Janet
Leaney, Brenda
Lee, Mary
Leonard, Pat
Lowe, Beryl
Knott, Yvonne
Macer, Jean
Macer, Pat
McCullagh, Jean
McCullagh, Mary
McCullagh, Norah
Neal, Margaret
Norman, Kathy
Nunn, Linda
Parr, Deanna
Pearson, Hazel
Pen-Gilly, Ann
Perry, Joan
Pettitt, Celia
Proctor, Margaret
Rayner, Bridget
Read, Judy
Read, Wendy
Reed, Mary
Reeder, Joan
Register, Barbara
Register, Marian
Reynolds, Margaret
Riley, Susan
Robinson, Gwen
Russell, Rosemary
Saberton, Christine
Savidge, Rosemary
Sealy, Wendy
Simpson, Sandra
Strawson, Doris
Swan, Sheila
Thorby, Alma
Topping, Judy
Whitehand, Carol
Williams, Marilyn
Wilson, Pauline
Winter, Christine
Woolstenholmes, Audrey
Yarrow, Carol
Yarrow, Maureen

April 2012

  • Barbara Register (now Attwood) in Cambridgeshire, is now in contact.

March 2012

  • Our Annual Reunion Luncheon is on Saturday 12th May at 1pm, again at the Ely Beet Sugar Sports and Social Club in Lynn Road, Ely. The Hall will be open from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Full details can be found by clicking the link above. We are limited to 120 so first come, first served. Please talk to your EHS friends and book soon.

  • Avis Youngs (now Bidwell) makes contact to date (1950/51) and complete the names in the 'St Etheldreda' photo in which she appears, in the Album (via link on the left of your screen). Can anyone more precisely date it?

  • Elsbeth Slater (now LeButt) in Leicestershire, is now in contact.

February 2012

  • HM The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her Coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Here is an extract from Miss Bertha Tilley's letter in the July 1952 EHS Magazine:

    My dear Girls and Old Girls,
    The year which is nearing completion has been shadowed with a national sorrow, the passing of our beloved King, His Majesty, King George the Sixth. The grief we all felt was not only for his death with its tragic sadness, but for the loss of a truly great and good man, one who in his tirne was an example to the whole nation of selfless devotion to duty, of courage, and of self-sacrifice. The realisation came to us all then how fortunate the English nation was to have had for its sovereign a man who ranked among the greatest for the exercise of the true virtues of a Christian. Now England has once more a queen upon the throne; our loyalty and devotion are given to our new Queen, Elizabeth the Second. We rejoice in her youth and her beauty and in her self-sacrifice in taking on the great burden of the rule of this land, and look forward in hope to a glorious reign. She is an inspiration to us all to live our lives for the best and truest, and to spare no effort for the good of the nation, and of mankind, to find indeed, real joy in the giving of ourselves for others. ...

    On February 8 1952 the magazine records there was the Proclamation of HM Queen Elizabeth II and on June 12 1952 the School heard the Proclamation of the Coronation in front of the Cathedral. This year sees the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
    What are your memories of the historic events of 1952, at school and where you lived then?

  • 2012 sees the 40th anniversary of the end of Ely High School with the change in the structure of education in the area. If you were at EHS at the time please let us have your memories of how this affected you.

  • In 1952 the Summer Olympic Games were held in Helsinki. When the Games were held on London in 1948 did EHS do any trips? Has any EHS or member of your family been involved in any of the post-war Olympic Games and in particular the 2012 Olympic Games ?

January 2012

  • To all our visitors, a Happy New Year.

  • Maggi Slassor, who has been in Canada since 1974, makes contact and would love to hear from those in her class.


December 2011

  • To all our visitors, especially those of you who have provided material for this website, our Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas. The 5,000th visit to this site was on 21st December!

  • In 1956 three EHS girls took the women's roles in Soham Grammar School's production of Hamlet, some new photos of which have been found by Soham Village College - see via What's New? in the Soham Grammarians' website (link on left of your screen).

  • Patricia Harwood (now Cicharski), makes contact from France. "I was at Ely High School from 1964-1971 (I think..). I belonged to Knut house, played in the orchestra and sang in the choir. I'd love to meet up with people we knew at school."

  • Claire Fisher (now Darlington) provides a photo of a get-together of some of those who were senior girls in the final year of EHS, at Cathy Suter's home in Cambridge in May this year - see via Reunion Photos

  • Sylvie Short (Sylvia Coleman at EHS) is now an author after a career in education - see Scrapbook > EHS Alumni on the web

November 2011

  • Mrs Angela Mary Kingsley Covey-Crump (LRAM) died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on December 14 2005, aged 93. Her obituary can be seen on our In Memoriam page

  • The published obituary for Mrs Lorna Delanoy (she joined the staff as Miss Lorna Higson) who taught PE and who died in 2007, has also been added to the In Memoriam page.

  • Elena Rice (now Crittenden) makes contact from Australia.

  • When it came to clear Vine House, Little Downham - the home of Valerie Watson's unmarried aunts, Laura Sennitt (died 1981) and Olive Sennitt (died 1979) - a copy of the 21st Anniversary 1926 Ely High School magazine was found. Both ladies came to EHS in 1908. (Valerie's father, Arthur Wilfred Sennitt, born 1901, attended Soham Grammar School.)

    We are grateful to Valerie for the loan of this important issue of the EHS magazine. Extracts are being added to the website. The cover can be seen on the Magazines page.

    The first extract is the 1926 Register of Old Girls - is someone in your family listed? - see via Scrapbook > Extracts

  • During WWII The Jews' Free School was evacuated from London to Ely. In Scrapbook one of their Evacuation Newsletters records the help Miss Tilley gave to them. The Newsletters make interesting reading as they contain news of events in Ely and the villages.

October 2011

  • Courtesy of Chris Jakes of the Cambridgeshire Collection, a piece from a 1998 Ely Standard by Ann Harding (Powell) Memories of first day - back in 1948 - see via Scrapbook, look under This and that

    Chris was the speaker at the recent Soham Grammarians' Annual Reunion - you might like to look at his talk, much about Local History, via the Reunion Dinners link on the SG website

  • The menu on the left of the screen has a new link - Requests. This new page is where we can put information request messages like that from Mark Poynter about his late mother Margaret Wenn. We will forward any information provided. If you are making such a request by post please enclose a reply paid addressed envelope.
    For how we handle requests to be put in touch with someone, please see Who's in touch?

  • Information sought on Margaret Wenn
    My name is Mark Poynter I am the son of the late Mrs Margaret Ann Wenn Poynter. Margaret Wenn was the daughter of Ethal and Hecter Wenn who ran a public House called the King’s Arms throughout the 1930’s and 40’s. My mother attended the Ely High School for Girls from 1938-1948 (and possibly until 1950).
    I wish to obtain some information about her school studies.
    I have been examining various old documents and discovered her Cambridge SCE (School Certificate Examination) report. From the research that I have conducted so far I have discovered that my mother was in the lower form at Ely High and obtained her SCE certificate in 1948 aged 16 with 5 c’s (credit) and 4 p’s (pass) grades but no a’s (very good).
    I would like to know as to whether or not there is any record of my mother remaining at Ely High School after 1948 in order to pursue her Highers or whether she simply left school at 16. To date I have not found any evidence that she obtained her Highers and I would like to solve this family mystery. If you should have any information on Margaret Wenn I would be most grateful. Best regards, Mark Poynter

September 2011

  • Pauline Dorling (now Tambling) adds some info on 1971 staff - see 1971 School Photo
    Pauline has also kindly set up an EHS page on Wikipedia to help guide vistors to our website.

  • Carol Houghton (now Doe) makes contact to identify herself on the 1963 School photo. Pauline Wilson (now Pink) adds a few names to the same photo.

August 2011

  • 12 August 2011: 4,000th visit to our website. Thank you all for helping it to keep growing.
  • Please contact the editor if you have photos of this year's Annual Luncheon. Christine Bell (now Fuller) provides a few - names needed! - see via Reunion Photos
  • via Christine we also have a 1967 photo of form Lower IIIG: the source is not clear and the image is from a photocopy. If you are the source or you have an orginal, please contact us - see via Album
  • Janice Parr (now Clarke) makes contact and adds names to the 1959 and 1963 School Photos
  • Gloria Edwards (now Kiteley and living in Suffolk) makes contact.
  • Lynne Whitwood (now Workman), who left in 1972, makes contact
  • Carol Clarke (now Driver) was a postwar pupil, her daughter Sally Driver was a pupil in the final years of EHS. The Drivers provide:
    - Carol's 1951 Eastern Counties bus season ticket - see via Scrapbook > This and that
    -
    Carol's photos of Miss Moira Mahoney (English) and her with some of form V alpha, Summer 1952 - see via Album
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    Sally's 1971-72 Form 1Ma (Miss Rosemary Margetson, Biology) photo - see via Album
    - Sally's Songs of Praise provides a few images that might bring back memories - see via Scrapbook > This and that
  • Peter Searle's mother, Gwendoline May Hepher (b 12th May 1916, d 20th November 1993) attended Ely High School for Girls in the 1920s. He has identified her on the 1929 and 1930 School Photos. Her brother, Cyril Frank Hepher, went to Soham Grammar School in 1925.
  • Helen Smith adds names to a 1954 St Joan photo - see via Productions
  • Dorothy Day (now Allen), via her daughter Margaret Allen (now Cockburn), is putting names on the 1938 photo

July 2011

  • Making contact
    Megan Cater (now Bonner) who adds to the 1963 School Photo ("Love the hair styles!")
    Pauline Wilson (now Pink), in Cambridgeshire
  • Patricia Gallagher (now How): "What a find - I didn't know this site existed!!" - Patricia has a go at the 1971 School Photo
  • Helen Smith updates the 1952 Twelfth Night and 1953 Merchant of Venice photos and adds a 1954 St Joan photo (in colour)
  • Jackie Bidwell (now Sotheran) adds a 1963 Snowdonia trip photo

June 2011

  • Christine Dawkins (née Frost) writes: On 28 May Cathy Suter kindly organised a get together for a few of the girls in our year with whom she has kept in touch. My sister Julie had alerted me to your web site and the blank names on the school photographs. Several other of the girls that met up yesterday brought along their photos and we came up with a few of the missing names. [Editor - any photos of your gathering?]

    Also attending yesterday were Julia Brown, Claire Fisher, Gaye Kerridge, Debra Nicholls, Jennie Parsons, and Janet Peacock. I can only speak for myself of course but we had a lovely afternoon and before we knew it 12.30 had become 8pm. A promise was made to repeat the get together again and as next year will be 40 years since we left we hope to make it a bigger occasion.

    Christine - and Claire Darlington (née Fisher) - have added quite a few names to the 1967 School Photo.
    Christine has also added some Upper Sixth names to the 1971 School Photo
  • Jackie Sotheran (née Bidwell) adds a couple of names to one of the Snowdonia trip 1963 photos.
  • Dorothy Allen (Day) with the help of her daughter Christine Cockburn (Allen) adds names to the 1938 School Photo
  • Do you have any photos of the 2011 Luncheon for the website? Please either email them via contact@elyhighschoolforgirls.org.uk or send them to Christine Fuller, clearly identified, with reply postage if you want them back please.

May 2011

  • 116 bookings were received for the Annual Luncheon - see via About this year's Annual Reunion Luncheon on May 14 and who booked
    Christine Fuller (née Bell) writes: The Reunion on Saturday 14 May went off extremely well and was enjoyed by everyone as was the excellent lunch. As usual we nearly raised the roof with chatter and laughter and it was so good for people to meet up with former schoolmates they hadn't seen for 60 years in some cases.

    The next Reunion has been booked for Saturday 12th May 2012 at the Ely
    Sugar Beet Club and once again Sally will be doing the catering. I was asked by the gathering to continue to lead the group!

  • Margaret Cockburn née Allen, now in Northumberland, makes contact and adds a few names to the 1963 School Photo "You may remember me as Margaret Allen (1959-1966) known at school as Mallen, now Margaret Cockburn. I was surprised that I wasn't in the hockey photo. I continued playing at University and for a local club for many years. I have lived in Northumberland since 1974 but visit Ely regularly as my mother (Dorothy Allen née Day, another EHS old girl) still lives in Witchford."

    Margaret also adds:
    - a photo taken at Santa Marguerita, near Genoa, on New Year's Day 1966 at the end of the Holy Land Cruise on Nevasa - see via Trips > Christmas Cruise 1965
    -
    two (plus a new one) photos taken on the 1963 Expedition to Snowdonia - see via Trips
    -
    photo of her receiving the Winning House Trophy on Sports Day 1966 from Mr Sneesby, she was the Etheldreda House sports captain - see via Sport

April 2011

  • Marjorie Miller (née Barber) adds two photos, both of which need some names:
    - 1953 Hockey XI - see via Sport > Hockey
    - Twelfth Night July 1952 - see via Productions

  • In contact:
    - Patricia Plumb, now Mrs George Dann, living in Essex: George (1933-38) is the doyen of those attending the Soham Grammarian dinners

  • 88 bookings have so far been received for the Annual Luncheon - it's time to sort out yours! - see via link above

  • About one in five City of Ely Community College pupils were disciplined on the first day of a crackdown on "low-level disruptive behaviour". The new policies were introduced by head teacher Catherine Jenkinson-Dix. Please click on BBC News report 7 April.

March 2011

  • Suzanne Paddison (née Fletcher) adds a couple of names to the 1959 School Photo

  • 25 March 2011: 3,000th visit to our website. Thank you for helping it to grow.

  • Nick Bowden, a researcher with the BBC, writes: I'm working on an upcoming BBC2 history series focusing on the Coronation in 1953. I read with great interest the article online here on the EHS website:
    http://www.elyhighschoolforgirls.org.uk/ehs-coronation-memories-0753mag.htm
    I wonder if you have any further information on the author of that account, Margaret Atkinson? I would like to get in touch with her as I'm trying to find people who witnessed the Coronation first hand. Any help you can provide would be most gratefully received.
    If anyone is in touch with Margaret please make contact.

  • Making contact:
    - Pauline Tambling (née Dorling), adding names to the 1967 and 1971 School Photos. Pauline is Managing Director of the National Skills Academy - see via Scrapbook > EHS Alumni on the web

  • Liz Stokes (née Martin), corrects the ID for her on the 1963 School Photo and adds her sister Catherine to the 1971 photo

  • Patricia Laird (née Dennis) died peacefully at home in Newmarket on January 29 2011, aged 66, after a battle with cancer: seen in the Newmarket Journal, 17 March 2011 - see In Memoriam

  • Via Christine Winter we have learned of the death of Molly Elizabeth Bishop, of Littleport Grange Nursing Home. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 23rd, 2011 aged 95 years. Molly was a pupil at EHS in the 1920s. She lived and taught in Littleport.

  • June Martin (MacDonald) enables us to add the 6 December 1946 Prize Distribution programme - see via Speech Days

  • If you know someone who would be interested in our website but they do not have a computer, perhaps let them know they can go on the Internet in many local libraries eg Cambridgeshire - or show them on yours ...

  • Noticed our updated home page? It now includes the early School Badge from the 1925 School Photo. Can anyone tell us more about this version?

  • Miss Stella Cork (PE 1957-59) adds several new items:
    See via Album:
    - some of Form IVA, 1960?
    - bellringing for Miss Joan Brown's wedding in 1958
    - a couple of informal staff photos from 1957-59
    See via Sport:
    - a couple of Ely Swimming Pool Photos
    - Miss Cork making herself heard
    See via Sport > Sports Programmes
    - a couple of Sports Day 1958 photos
    See via Sport > Hockey:
    - Hockey 1st XI 1959 and Staff team photos

    Another Rivals 1959 photo, to which Helen Smith has added names - see via Productions
    Photo of a 1995 Staff get-together at Pam Brook's in Woking - see via Reunions
    Invitation to the opening of the New Buildings - see via Scrapbook > Official Opening of the New Building, 21 Oct 1957

  • Susan Riley :-
    - adds the 1925 School Photo
    - adds her mother Brenda Taylor (see Feb) to the 1929, 1930 and 1933 School Photos
    - adds names to the 1954, 1956 and 1959 School Photos

February 2011

  • Sandra Blickem (Juby), in Cambridgeshire, makes contact and adds some names to the 1963 School Photo

  • Susan Riley adds names to the 1929, 1954 and 1956 School Photos.
    Susan and her sister Brigid Knight were both Head Girls. Their grandmother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon. Sec. of the OGA. Mrs Taylor's daughters Mary and Brenda were at EHS. Brenda married Mr TL Riley, who taught French and was Scoutmaster to generations of Soham Grammarians.
    Susan and Brigid have loaned some early EHS School Photos - 1925, 1933 and an undated one which matches one of the two undated ones provided by the Ely Museum (the other undated Ely Museum EHS School Photo proved to match Susan and Brigid's 1933 photo).
    Work is in progress on the 1925 photo. 1933 can be seen via School Photos.

    Susan and Brigid also add many early photos to the Album and Sports pages, some including Preparatory boys and 1933 staff.

  • Christine Fuller (Bell) adds names to the 1956 School Photo

  • Karen Eden:
    - names many in the Form 1S 71-72 photo - has anyone got a better quality original? - see via Album
    - adds many names to the 1971 School Photo

  • The Our Area page has been updated - please contact the editor if there is a website for the community where you lived when at EHS that is not listed.

  • Wendy Roberts (Imrie) adds names to the 1963 & 1967 EHS school photos - see via School Photos - and to the Madrigals photo - see via Scrapbook > Music

January 2011

  • A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all our visitors!
    Did EHS ever produce a Christmas card?

  • Glynis Bond (Partridge):
    - enables replacement of the damaged sections of the 1967 School Photo - see via School Photos
    - adds the Speech Day programmes for 1965 & 1967 - see via Speech Days

  • Wendy Roberts (Imrie):
    - starts a Music page with a report of a Madrigal Society summer concert - can you name the singers? - see via Scrapbook > Music
    - adds press cuttings from the 1967 Sports Day - see Sport page
    - adds press photos of audiences at Speech Days in 1962, 1966 and 1967 - see via Speech Days

  • Now in touch
    - Carol Mason (Clements), in Cambridgeshire

  • 20 Jan: news of the death of Janet Carter née Harmston, suddenly at home on 10 January 2011 aged 74: via Christine Fuller - see In Memoriam

  • School Photos:
    - June 1929 School Photo is added, from Miss JM Spreckley via Miss Pam Blakeman. It turns out to be one of the three 'mystery' photos held by the Ely Museum.
    Time is passing, so please get your older Ely & area relations and friends to look at this and the other early EHS and SGS school photos to see if they can add any names.
    - 1952 and 1954: Brenda (Olive) Bellwood (Carter) got together a group to look at hard copy of these provided by the editor - Anne Briggs (Carter), Jacqueline Sykes (Audus) and Margaret Haylock - with the result that many new names are added and some existing ones queried .. Margaret Hitch is proving difficult to pin down!
    - Christine Fuller (Bell) adds names to 1959
    - Glynis Bond (Partridge) provides names for 1963 and 1967 adding "I feel I'd like to say that this exercise has reminded me of many good friendships (including some I can't name after all these years!) but also that along with many of these people I recall that to a large extent we received an education despite EHS, not because of it."
    - 1971
    Brenda May (Human) adds namesand provides a 1971 Form photo (for the latter see via Album) .. also, can anyone tell us more about the other 1971 group photo on that page?
    Anna Hacket Pain (Macklin) adds 15 names.

  • The addition of a photo of the 1951-52 Hockey 1st XI from the July 1952 EHS magazine prompts the spin-off of a dedicated Hockey page from the Sport page. Hockey team listings and reports (where provided) have so far been added from the following EHS magazines: 1952, 1959, 1965-66, 1966-67 (U15 County Champions), 1967-68 (U15 County Champions), 1968-69, 1969-70 and the last issue. If you have more team photos please contact us.

  • The Staff pages are updated with the comings and goings recorded in the 1967-68 EHS magazine.

  • The 1968 EHS production of Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan is added to the Productions page. Does anyone have photos or a programme?

    Also, reports from the EHS magazines are added for the productions with SGS of The Importance of Being Earnest and From Maenad to Martyr.

  • Are you in the photo of the 1958 Speech Day?

  • Mrs Vivian Hawes (Convine) enables the start of a School Sports Programmes page with 1955 and 1956. The 1955 programme is remarkable for the utter smashing of the Throwing the Rounder Ball distance by C Bell ... see via Sport


December 2010

  • School Photos:
    - 1952: Joyce Thulbon (Salmon) adds some names, also Christine Fuller (Bell)
    - 1954: Wendy Khan (Sealy) adds the 1954 School Photo; Helen Smith, Christine Fuller (Bell) and Jackie Sotheran (Bidwell) are making good progress on adding names, who else can help?
    - 1967:
    Soham Grammarian Martyn Davies adds a few more names
    Rosy Wolfe (Broomfield) adds some staff names
    Julia Sabey (Peters) makes contact and adds names;
    Pauline Dunham (Stacey) makes contact and provides many names;
    Jane Freeman makes contact and identifies her sister and one of her friends
    - 1971: list of staff not yet identified has been added
    Fiz (Felicity) Markham and Ellie Gamble (Staines) make contact and are adding names
    Sally Dunlop (Meyer), now in Scotland, makes contact and adds names

  • Also making contact:
    - Frances Hatch "Great to see the [1972] Taming of the Shrew players ... Memories!" : Frances, an artist and educator, invites you to visit her websites www.franceshatch.co.uk www.frozenorchestras.com
    - Liz McCusker
    - Sarah Ruczaj (McCusker)

  • 19 December 2010: 2,000th visit to our website.
    All the best to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year from the team - Christine, Jackie and Frank

  • Frances Hatch making contact has prompted the creation of a page EHS Alumni on the web - see via Scrapbook

  • From the 1956 and 1957 EHS magazines, Miss Defew and Miss Tilly look forward to the move to Downham Road,
    and Miss Tilly records the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
    see via Scrapbook ... Big Occasions

  • Twelfth Night, due to be performed in July 1952 - was it? - see Productions

  • More added on Trips: they now have their own page and previous references have been updated -see the Trips link on the left of your screen:

    • the trip to Belgium, August 1953

    • Trip to London (Madame Tussauds) & Wembley (England v Scotland Hockey International), March 1954

    • an account of an Upper IV Forms Geography Expedition in the Fens, from the July 1954 EHS magazine

    • Visit to Grimes Graves, May 1956

    • Expedition to the Lake District, Whitsun 1959

    • Trip to Paris, July 1959

    • the EHS report on the joint SGS/EHS August 1964 trip to Europe

    • the August 1964 MS Dunera cruise to Copenhagen, Hamburg and Amsterdam.

    • Trip to Paramé, near St Malo, France, July 1957

    If you went, do you have any recollections/photos?

  • A brief review of the July 1956 production of Tobias and the Angel is added from the 1957 magazine - does anyone have more photos and a programme? see via Productions

  • A brief review of the 1954 EHS/KSE Staff production of Quiet Weekend is added - does anyone have a cast list? - see via Productions

  • The In Memoriam page is being updated from the EHS magazines and other sources: please let us know if you have or spot an obituary of an EHS. The obituary for Dr Fay Newstead has been added from the British Medical Journal.

  • From the May 1958 magazine - see via Scrapbook
    - Ely High School, 1905-1957
    - Operation SHOPPING BAG
    - Opening Day - we welcome HRH THE DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER.
    - Some Buildings Speak - What Does Our School Say ?

  • Do you remember the Coronation of HM The Queen in June 1953? See via Scrapbook > Big Occasions for how EHS and the villages celebrated the event.

  • Also via Scrapbook > Big Occasions, Miss Tilly's recollections 1936-66

  • 'Know your Staff 'and Departures - 1965 to 1967 are added - see via Staff .. Arrivals/Departures

  • Staff member and former pupil Mrs Vivian Hawes (Convine) adds to the Productions pages with:
    - a 1953 Merchant of Venice cast photo
    - several new 1963 Merchant of Venice photos
    - lots of 1965 Romeo & Juliet photos - we need a cast list please

    and adds the 1954 Prizegiving programme - see via Speech Days

  • Helen Smith adds to the Productions pages with:
    - the cast list for St Joan, 1954
    -
    many of the cast names - from memory - and a cast photo for Much Ado About Nothing, performed on 20th July 1955 as part of the Jubilee Fête
    - the June 1956 Staff production of Candied Peel
    - the cast list for The Comedy of Errors, Dec 1957 - for which Wendy Khan (Sealy) provides a cast photo
    - the June 1958 Staff production of The Paper Chain
    -
    names for photos of the July 1959 production of The Rivals

  • Miss Defew's companion/housekeeper has donated Miss Defew's fountain pen given to her by her parents on her graduation and her London University BA degree certificate - see via In Memoriam > Miss Defew.

  • Wendy Roberts (Imrie) adds the 1966 Prizegiving programme.

  • The joint EHS/KSE Staffs' March 1951 production of 1066 - And All That is added - see via Productions

November 2010

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July 2010

  • wearing indoor shoes to protect the floors in the New Building?

  • making a Shoe Bag as part of the first Needlework lessons?

  • writing out School Rules as a punishment (does anyone have a copy?)

  • the various arrangements for housing the Sixth Form?

  • having to wear a beret to and from school?

  • and how to spot a Prefect?

June 2010