Class of 1970, 50th Reunion at Downe House

4 November 2021
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Class of 1970, 50th Reunion at Downe House on Sunday 26 September

On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon in September, the Foundation Office welcomed back fifteen members of our alumnae from the Class of 1970 to Downe for their 50th Reunion. This milestone event, held in partnership with DHSA, was the brainchild of Elspeth Fleming (DH 1970 Marshall) and Rosie Leggo (DH 1970 Bunting) and after two postponements because of COVID-19, it was wonderful to finally host this special occasion.

We all meet outside the Murray Centre and after a group photograph, a tour of the school was conducted by Alexandra Barlow (Director of External Relations) and Jane Caiger-Smith (School Archivist). The trip down memory lane included visits to the Chapel, Cloisters, Pepperpot, Concert Room, Art Room, Main Dining Room and also the Nickel Room, which created much discussion as this space is now the Staff Common Room rather than the Library!

‘The tour of Downe was fascinating and brought back many memories, although there have been so many changes, obviously for the better, it was reassuring that many things remained the same!’

The tour ended back at the Murray Centre, where a magnificent afternoon tea was produced by the Downe House Catering Team. We were treated to an amazing selection of sandwiches, Victoria sponge, coffee cake, scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam. Thank you to everyone who came, and especially to Elspeth and Rosie.

‘It was fascinating to see a very different school, but the tour brought back so many fun memories… Then a delicious tea – another thing which has changed in 50 years!’

Lady Peto

DHSA Administrator

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