Member News

Can you help locate these 1970 leavers?

Jane Hains (nee Smith) wrote to ask if we could help find two friends she met at King Alfred’s College, Winchester. Jane did not attend PHS but thinks Annette Andrews ( married name Messenger)and Barbara Keast (now Harding) did, leaving around 1970.

Success in Search for Autumn 1967 School Magazine

Mo Watson ( nee Carr) has been in touch to say she may have a magazine for Winifred Sewell. Mo lives abroad, but will check when she is back in UK next month. Let’s hope for success there.

The request as originally posted is below:

One of our members, Winifred Rickard, (nee Sewell) is hunting for an original copy of the School Magazine no. 48 of Autumn 1967. She had a poem published in this edition and is keen to obtain a copy.
Mrs Mary Patel & Miss Isobel Irish
This photo shows on the right, Mrs Mary Patel, History teacher, and Miss Isobel Irish, Maths teacher, who both taught and inspired many pupils throughout their years at Plymouth High.

Sadly Mary Patel died unexpectedly on 30th April 2013 at the age of 83 years, after feeling unwell for a very short time. She qualified at Exeter university before joining the staff at the School, and was well remembered by many in the Old Girls’ Association, as she changed so little over the years. Mary met her husband Pat through their love of tennis, and they celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2011. Mary regularly attended our functions and will be very much missed.
News from 1962 Alumni Geri Hunt
I was delighted to be reunited with many of my year group in September 2012, thanks to the hard work of Maggie Wilson who brought so many of the 1962-1969 group together for a Golden Anniversary! (see Reunion section of this site) It is amazing how widely some of my peers have travelled and what great careers many have had.

I have not left my home city, having settled happily into married life and administrative work at the Polytechnic and subsequently the University. When my first daughter was about 18 months old I embarked on a project to provide an information source for parents in Plymouth. I received the first edition of the book “A Parents’ Guide to Plymouth” from the printers in April 1983, as I was about to give birth to my second daughter. The book was very well received by professionals in Health, Education and Social Services as well as parents, particularly Service families new to the area. Three further editions followed, and in 2001 I launched the website

Last year marked thirty years since I started work on the project, and I was thrilled and overwhelmed to be awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in January 2012 for “services to families”. My husband and daughters were able to accompany me to the investiture in May, where I met Prince Charles in the grandeur of Buckingham Palace, and enjoyed a day of celebration with my family.