We’re excited to announce that Ewan Donnachie has been awarded the OA Travel Award. He was inspired to travel to Australia via Europe, China and South East Asia by the TV programme Race Across The World. We look forward to hearing all about it in due course, and wish him a happy trip.
It is with both sadness and relief that I have to inform those who still remember my mother Joan Ladell, staff 1951 to 1954, that she passed away on 4th February 2021. She passed away painlessly and peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with macular degeneration and more recently dementia.
The funeral was recorded and will be on line from Tuesday 9th for about a month at www.obitus.com. If any OA’s would like to “attend” they would be very welcome to do so. Please contact Robert Ladell on this email address for the log on details.
We have received the below from Merrik B. Brown on the 6th February
I had a telephone call today from Bob Ladell to tell me that his mother, Joan, had died yesterday. She was aged 93, and had been becoming increasingly frail over the past few years, and latterly from dementia. I had kept in touch with her via Christmas cards since George died.
Her husband George was an inspirational woodwork teacher and craftsman at Abbotsholme in the late 1940s and 1950s, he died in 2011. They both came to the Stourport reunion on several occasions. I remember George well, but I cannot remember Joan at the school, though she remembered me. I think that she was on the non-teaching staff, and it was at the school where they met.
My wife and I visited them once or twice in their house near Shrewsbury. They were both obviously very artistic. The walls were literally covered with their paintings, etchings, and other items of their work. They were arranged about four rows high all round.
The funeral is yet to be arranged. It will probably be made available on some system or another. He gave me his email address: