Glendale school reunion shares good fortune

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Helen Ancrum cut the celebration cake watched by former teacher Graham Rendall and event organiser Joyce Fraser.

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Helen Ancrum cut the celebration cake watched by former teacher Graham Rendall and event organiser Joyce Fraser.

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Wooler has benefitted to the tune of £1450 thanks to generous donations from the 60th anniversary reunion for Glendale Middle School.

More than 240 former pupils, now living all over the UK, attended the recent reunion buffet, when the school was decorated with old photos and other memorabilia.

The reunion committee has now finished making its presentations to local community groups following the reunion weekend at the end of October.

Mrs Bagley, former music teacher, had the attendees joining together to sing the school hymn. Mrs Helen Ancrum attended for a few hours and had the honour of cutting the cake donated by former pupil Sheena Morton.

It was with great sadness that the committee learned of Mrs Ancrum’s death on December 26, and they offer condolences to her family.

All too soon the afternoon ended and moved on to an evening of nostalgia evening with 170 attending in the Tankerville with Tommy Grieve providing the music.

The viewing of photographs and videos was repeated on the Sunday morning again in the Tankerville, before the weekend concluded with goodbyes.

Joyce McLean, the reunion committee’s retiring secretary, said: “The reunion weekend would not have happened without my hard working committee of Eileen Ridpeath, Patricia Lyall, Jennifer Houston, Sheila Mather, Jean Dunbar, Gerald Tait a ndTeresa Turnbull - joint Treasurers throughout the year who I am very indebted to.

“A huge congratulations and thankyou to every single one who turned up, supported, donated, especially with the raffles and bottles, and who helped in any way to make this a huge success and an unforgettably enjoyable weekend.

“It’s been a great pleasure to work with you all this year, and the grapevine tells me that there may be a successor for another reunion in 2018 – keep it free!”

Donations from the funds raised by the reunion have gone to the area’s children, volunteers, community groups and health practitioners.

Glendale Community Middle School was presented with £220, earmarked for new computer software, while Wooler First School received £150, also to go towards computers.

Wooler and District Camera Club received £125 and the Wooler Drop-in Centre got £170 to help it put on more activities, while £100 was set aside for the First Wooler BP Scout Troop, which will go towards buying decals for their group trailer. A further £150 went to RVS The Gatherin, new bingo card game and Christmas lunch.

Meanwhile, £35 was donated to Wooler Football Club, marking 135 years since its foundation.

Other local groups to benefit included the Glendale Local History Society, which received £100 to help with the archiving of Glendale County Secondary School memorabilia, and the Wooler Doctors Fund, which was given £100 to help buy an ECG machine.

Photographs of the presentations have now been put up on display in the RSPCA shop window, for a limited time.

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