Annual Reunion 2010
July 2010 at Sibford School
Saturday morning dawned fine and dry although somewhat windy. Maybe with the passing years memories of how windy Sibford could be had faded. Sufficient to say we were thankful to have the Marquee which was put to great use housing the archive display which celebrated 80 years since the opening of the Hill building, and refreshments which were on offer throughout the day.
Old Scholars were able to wander round the Campus viewing the present pupils’ exhibits and comments such as “do you remember” and “this used to be” were heard not infrequently!
For those who didn’t bring a picnic there was a hog roast and Le Café was also serving a variety of tempting goodies so no-one went hungry.
Sports took place after lunch but even Michael Goodwin was unable to persuade Old Scholars to participate! We were quite content to sit back, watch, and catch up on news.
Around 50 Members attended the A.G. M. at which we were given a very positive report from Michael Goodwin on the continuing success of the School in spite of the present economic climate.
The A.G.M. was followed by the Presidential Address, when Richard Hughes spoke of how Sibford had helped to formulate his life. Then there was just time for a quick change before the partaking of a very good Bar-B-Q prepared for us by the catering staff.
Barn dancing followed with music and instruction by Aardvark Ceilidh Band. It was enjoyed with gusto and in Michael Goodwin’s case ‘great’ gusto!
Sunday morning and around 30 Old Scholars who had stayed overnight locally attended Meeting for Worship at Sibford Gower where we were able to give thanks for those who had had the foresight and dedication to embark on the building of the new school at the Hill in 1930.
After a short ‘business’ meeting at the Wykham Arms the few remaining Old Scholars gathered around the marquee for a picnic lunch before departing for home.
Although it was sad that some of our regulars could not make it for the day it was good to see some Old Scholars here for the first time from as far back as the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Thank you Richard for a great day and we hope that more Old Scholars will be tempted to pay Sibford a visit next year.