23/04/2016
Leaver's of 1985 and 1986 Reunion
The weather was kind to us on 23 April 2016 when we hosted the 30 year reunion for the leavers of 1985 and 1986.

Around 45 people from the two years arrived at No 1 Castle Street in the early afternoon, to be greeted with a glass of Prosecco while they met old friends. Some had not come back to the school (or Hereford!) since they had left after their A ‘level’s or University. The entrance hall to No 1 and the adjoining archive room quickly filled up with OHs and the sound of eager voices could be heard at the end of Castle Street by Deanery. A number of staff joined the OHs including Mrs Howard-Jones, Mr Morris, Mr Parker, Mr Dunn, Mr Taylor and Mr Rhodes. Unfortunately, Mrs Miles and Mrs Williams (Miss Vater) were unable to join us due to prior commitments but sent their regards.

The group moved to the lawn at the back of Deanery for the obligatory ‘group’ photograph, courtesy of OH Roger Sweetman. Helen Pearson and Claire Morgan-Jones then escorted the group on a tour of the new sports hall/gymnasium and science labs (the old gymnasium) where Paul Smith welcomed us all back to the school. The tour continued to School House, where many reminisced in Pete Skinner’s Room ‘Y’ overlooking the Cathedral Close and made their way up the winding narrow staircase to what had been the Lower Sixth studies (arts and sciences). Finally, a visit to Old Block and the classrooms where many had sat through a maths or Latin lesson and a visit to the school main library which during our time at HCS was split into the Gilbert Library (where some had sat their entrance exam) and Big School which had hosted many school plays and the end of term disco!

The afternoon was rounded off with afternoon tea in the school dining hall (another venue in our day for the end of term disco) and the cutting of a ‘welcome back’ cake which the school canteen had produced as a surprise.

A number then made their way down to the Castle House hotel (it had changed somewhat from our day when it was the Castle Pool) and enjoyed a convivial drink in the garden overlooking the river. When it got too cold to sit outside anymore we made our way back across the Cathedral Close for dinner in the Thai Gallery, while a faithful few (who still had some stamina left) went on to the Beer in Hand until the early hours.

It was a fantastic afternoon and a big thank you must go to Helen Pearson and Claire Morgan-Jones in the Development Office. Their hard work and support behind the scenes made the afternoon run smoothly. There were some OHs who had been apprehensive about coming along but left saying that they had had ‘the best afternoon ever!’

A big thank you must also go to everyone who came along to the reunion and made it such a fabulous afternoon, many of whom had travelled many miles to join us.

Gill Rivers (nee Powell) (1979-1986)

Samantha Holloman (nee Hallowell) (1979-1986)

Liz Davies (nee Shields) (1978-1985)

Samantha Laing (nee Prosser) (1978-1985)
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Email : c.morganjones@herefordcs.com or development@herefordcs.com
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