We are always delighted to receive news of weddings or any new arrivals, please email or send Dawn Pilkington (Association Director) information for The Association news pages on the website with a high resolution picture you are happy for us to include.
JAMES Caroline (now Warnock-Smith) (2005) – married Henry - 6th August 2016
GREEN Maggie (current staff) married Brian – Summer 2016
MILLS Jackie (now Shelley) (2002) married Chris – Summer 2016
RIGGS Alice (now North) (current staff) married Tom North – July 2016
LONG Sam (2003)
CABLE Lillie (now Parker) (2010) married Chris -25th June 2016
- GREENSMITH, Ione (nee Falk) (2001) – daughter Madeleine Rose – 29th June 2016
- LIDDY, Giada (current staff) - son, Luca Mario - 2nd December 2016
- NEVIN, Elodie (current staff) – daughter Elva Roswitha – 8th November 2016
We are always very sorry to hear of any deaths, please do inform Dawn Pilkington (dawn,email@example.com) so that she can inform the wider community.
- Elizabeth Dixon – 20th February 2017. Former Music Teacher from 1972-1996. Elizabeth died peacefully in her sleep.
- Sue Wood (nee Berry) (1976) – 12th November 2016
My wonderful sister, Sue, died on 12th November, very peacefully, with her husband Mike, son Adam, and immediate family around her bed.
Sue thrived at St Catherine's: becoming Merriman House Captain, playing school and house lacrosse, but more importantly making a large gang of friends who she remained very close to. Several visited Sue in hospital which cheered her immensely in her final days; laughter echoed down the corridors!
Sue was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and that was the start of the long and often tough series of battles that she fought over the next seven years. Sue was, as ever, resilient – she never complained, had such a zest for life, and made sure that time with family, friends and travel and fun always took priority.
Philippa Berry (1978)
- Joan Audry Lever (nee Armytage) (1943) – 19th July 2016
From 1999 -2005 I was privileged to live next door to Joan and Oliver Lever, an active couple who had retired to Malvern from Nottingham. When I first met them they were well into their seventies. I soon learnt that Joan and I shared the same school albeit in different eras. She regularly kept up with St Catherine’s through reunions. Therefore I would like to share this with you.
At the time Joan still enjoyed her weekly tennis and bell ringing. She was a keen gardener and a gifted watercolourist . Her painting of Malvern Priory is still a bestselling card in local shops. She was determined to work the computer to write her biography and to keep in touch by email with her extensive circle of friends and family around the world. She gave our young family time and little wisdoms. When we outgrew our house in Malvern (four boys under 6) and moved away, we saw the Levers less regularly, but kept in touch; her recycled Christmas cards were a delightful Christmas feature.
Last year Joan gave a lovely party for her 90th, she was surrounded at home by friends and family. Still very astute, though she was gradually becoming more frail and deaf. She died in July of this year.
I think Joan was inspiring on how to live your life to the full, I will miss my friend.
Oliver predeceased her in 2009 and she is survived by her four daughters, Rachel, Catherine, Nicola and Madeline and their families.
Feya Recordon nee Durksz (1986)
- Jennifer Lewin (nee Freeston) (1973) – November 2016 with inoperable lung cancer. She was 61 and lived in Frome, Wiltshire. She married one of the few boys who attended the Prep School back in the Dark Ages! She had a wonderful career as a Speech & Language therapist, eventually being in charge of all the NHS services for Somerset Wiltshire and surrounding area and managing an enormous staff and budget.
- Denise Househam (nee Leicester) (1942) – 1st November 2016
Denise died peacefully in hospital after a short illness. She retained a great interest in the school until the very end, and had very fond memories of her time there. She will be sadly missed by her many family and friends, and will live on through her 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren.
- Jill Lye (nee Melrose) (1975) – 7th May 2016
Jill was a very talented sports woman at school and in her final years was on the 1st team for Netball and Lacrosse as well as being Head Girl and Vice-Captain of Austen. On graduating from Exeter she worked in HR for Cadbury Schweppes plc for a number of years before setting up her own successful recruitment consultancy. On moving back to Bramley to look after her Mum, Jean, she put her amazing organising skills to use as a very active member of the village. Always a loyal supporter of the School she joined the Association Committee on which she served for many years. She will be sadly missed.
- Dr Libby Wilson (nee Bell Nicoll) (1944) – 3rd April 2016
Former Head Girl Libby died aged 89 following a short illness. She was a family planning doctor and right-to-die campaigner. She founded one of the first family planning services for single women in the UK and later campaigned on the Assisted Suicide Bill. In her 2004 autobiographical account of her family planning work, Sex on the Rates, she said she could not remember a time when she did not want to be a doctor and, inspired by her father, followed the path into medicine training at King’s College Hospital London. She married Dr Graham Wilson and they raised 6 children together. Whilst living in Sheffield Libby’s interest in family planning began as she became aware of the difficulties in obtaining contraceptive advice, especially if you were unmarried. In 1967 when the family moved to Glasgow she focused her full attention on family planning and sexual health eventually becoming the full time clinical coordinator of the Glasgow Family Planning Service. During this time she refused to let societal conformities stop her in her own mission of giving women of all ages, colours and classes choice over childbearing and sexual health. Following her retirement, she became a member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Scotland and later she set up Friends of the End (FATE). In 2007 she was honoured by the Scottish Academy of Merit with the George Bell Award for services to Medicine. In 2009, at the age of 83, she was arrested by Surrey Police on suspicion of aiding and abetting a suicide. The charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence. She was a great traveller and loved to visit family all over the world. A keen reader with a house full of books she enjoyed crosswords at which she excelled. She was a much loved sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be greatly missed.
- Jill Ferguson (1966) – 12th March 2016
After a long illness and brave battle against cancer. After studying Geography at Durham she had a very successful career at the Ministry of Defence for 30 years. A staunch Liberal Democrat, on retirement she was elected to represent the Farnham Castle ward and was leader of Waverley Council from 2003 to 2007. With her gentle and approachable style, she gained respect for her competence and commitment. A keen artist Jill was chairman of the Farnham Art Society giving them the benefit of her vast experience in all aspects of legal, governmental and personal knowledge of Farnham. As a member of the Old Girls Association she was very supportive of Alice Phillips and her vision to introduce The Association in 2004. She remained a valuable member of the committee until her death. She was a remarkable person who had so many friends from different walks of life. She never complained about her lot and her sense of humour shone through at all times. She will be hugely missed.
- Vivien Scott (former staff) - March 2016
Housemistress of Symes in the 1960’s. She was a lovely person and Mum
- Leslie Glen-Campbell (former staff 1967-1988) – March 2016
Spanish Teacher and Housemistress of Symes Leslie was a brilliant play writer and wrote a play every Christmas that included every boarder. Pupils at the time will recall her doing a can-can with Chris Massey and Gillian Soper.
- Jane Hampshire (nee Griffith) (1959) – 1st February 2016
Jane was a key part of School life as Merriman House Captain, Vice-Captain of Lacrosse and Tennis Captain. She worked as a Dress Designer after qualifying with a Certificate in Fashion and in later life worked as a Dental Nurse and Doctor Receptionist.