It is with great sadness that we pass on news of the death of Dr Paul Kirtley on 27th February. He had been very ill for some time.
Paul’s connection with Abbotsholme began when his daughters, Becky and Laura, joined Abbotsholme in the 1990s. Paul was also the school doctor for many years. In 2002, he was elected as the Parent Governor, and went on to become an Ordinary Governor in 2005.
We are sorry to announce the news that Allan Christley died on 15th February 2019 after a short illness. He was 75 years old, and taught Technical Drawing, Woodwork and Metalwork at Abbotsholme from 1981-88. Joan, his wife, who was Tim Moon's Assistant in the Music Department from 1985-88, passed on this news.
After leaving Abbotsholme, Allan taught at Exeter School until his retirement in 2002. His funeral will take place in Brixham on Friday 27th February.
Artist Faith Bebbington is celebrating the success of her most recent installation, ‘The Hart of London’. Faith, who has established a national reputation for her sculptures, creates dynamic figurative sculptures that capture movement and humanise public spaces. She attended Abbotsholme between 1977 and 1982.
‘The Hart of London’ was a reminder to the London public to cut down on plastic waste over the festive period. The illuminated life-size deer sculpture was made from 2,000 plastic bottles and installed in St James’s Church Gardens, just off Piccadilly in London. A £3 ‘tap donation’ triggered the hart’s heart to light up and raised £900 for the St James’s Church Trust, which supports night shelters for the homeless and counselling for asylum-seekers.