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School's anniversary reunion a chance for ex-pupils to swap notes
3:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
A WITNEY secondary school will hold a large reunion for all previous students next month to mark its 60th anniversary.
Wood Green School first opened its doors in the spring of 1954 and across the academic year it is holding events to celebrate.
Next Friday the school will throw open its doors to former students so that they can reminisce and see how the place has grown.
The event, taking place between 7pm and 11pm, will feature music from students and Essex band the Cassettes, a disco and pig roast.
Wood Green unveiled a plaque to mark its anniversary last week.
Colin Smith, chairman of the school’s parent-teacher association, said: “I just think the reunion is a nice thing to do.
“Witney is a friendly town and I think there is a big market of former students out there going back through the years who would enjoy this.”
He added: “It is all about the community spirit.
“We all have our busy lives but it is nice to reflect from time to time where we have come from and what has happened over the last years.”
The event, which will raise money for the PTA, is open to anyone who has attended the school in the last six decades. The venue capacity is 300 people.
Asked how many people he hoped would attend, Mr Smith said: “The more the merrier.”
One of those attending is Joy Gosling, 74, one of the first students at Wood Green School in 1954.
She said: “I always enjoyed Wood Green and it was a good school to go to – both my boys went there.
“It has grown terribly in size since we were there.”
She added: “It will be lovely to catch up on all the gossip at the reunion – where people went to and what they have done since leaving.
“We have all got older and got our walking sticks, but it does not seem as though it was that long ago.”
Mrs Gosling is now the landlady at The Three Pigeons, in Woodgreen, Witney.
Wood Green School support manager Philip Wilde said: “We are a community school.
“Some of the students now are the grandchildren of people who were here in the 1950s. It is this family connection to the school that is important.
“The reunion is that chance to mix with our contemporaries and see the school again and just relive those memories of, hopefully, happy days.”
Purchase or reserve tickets, which cost £9 for adults and £4 for under-16s, through the school’s finance department on 01993 899 544.
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