Mr Trevor Powell, the Works Manager, has settled into his new
office. He has a lot more room to move around and the frequent
interruptions are not quite so frequent. Mrs Joan Pidgeon, School
Secretary, has the front office to herself and she deals with all
inquiries and the many visitors.
For the benefit of Old Printing School Boys here are details of staff
retirements to date - there have been many and some of the
names may bring back a few memories:
Mr Jim Taylor, Finishing Department. Mr Frank Stevenson,
Composing Department. Mr Les Mondin, Reading Department.
Phil Davey, Machine Department. And last, but certainly not least,
Mr Ron Stack-wood, Principal, after more than forty years'
service with Barnardo's.
An Open Day and Old Boys' Reunion was held on Saturday, 6th
October 1979. The day started at 9 am and the first visitor through
the door was an Old Boy from Carlisle - Len Brotherwood - he had
travelled overnight to get here. The highlight of the day for Len
was at 2 o'clock when Mick Lang from Nottingham arrived. They
had not met each other for twenty-seven years. This was an
emotional moment for both.
At 10.30 am the Mayor of Hertford, Councillor Charles Nesbitt-
Larking, unveiled a plaque in the new First Aid Room in memory
of Albert James Hopcroft (Jim died in a road accident on 26th
January 1979). Mrs Hopcroft and her two children attended the
ceremony. Miss M. G. Joynson, OBE, Senior Director and Director
of Child Care, and Mr K. L. G. Manley, Finance Director, also
attended the unveiling.
Thirty-two Old Boys, their wives and children came along from as
far afield as Derby, Nottingham, Peterborough, Carlisle, High
Wycombe, Norwich, Stevenage, and the Hertford area. Over one
hundred people signed the visitors' book. Tea, coffee, and biscuits
were provided and all agreed it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile
day. The Open Day and Reunion will be held this year on
Saturday, 4th October. Please make a note in your diary.
SAMUEL EDGAR Principal