Angela Hammond following the Old Babingtonians Reunion
What a terrific evening it was on Friday, Helen and I thoroughly enjoyed it and could not stop talking about the folk we had met, although there was not anyone from our classes we were able to reminisce about staff etc.
I could not get over how like the Eltham school the Chislehurst school was, in buildings, uniform, caring, family atmosphere, in fact it was such a joy to visit and be taken round by a delightful group of girls who were so interested in how the Old Babington compared. Would have been ok if I could remember!!!! But it all started at Babington and the grounding has enabled us to live life to the full and to make the most of everything.
It was lovely to meet the other Eltham school chums but unless they were actually in my class (none of these were) we did not mix with the other classes like they do today, so I have a list of my form mates and just wondered if you were in contact with any of them. It would be great to have a reunion for our 75th birthdays but don't know how many are still with us or where any of them are in the country or world, also perhaps they wouldn't want to meet up!!!!! Judith Anderson, Jessica Rees, Hazel Townsend (Townesend) with a sister Sheila, Valerie Williams, Marianne Crawford, Yvonne Bell, Ann Birtwhistle, Gladys Harrington, Lorainne Klass, Doreen Delroy, recognise lots more but cannot think of their names.
My mother also went to Babington and I have a school photo of 1932 when she was 15, her name was Marjorie Parrish and she was also there with Hazel and Sheila Townesend's mother Janet (can't remember her surname!).
It was great to meet you face to face and although there was not time to actually chat you must have been so pleased with the success of the evening. The noise from all the chatter was testament to a terrific evening with everyone really enjoying themselves. The memorabilia brought back such happy memories and I could have looked at more if time had allowed, it was all fascinating.
As for singing the school song after all these years was very special and would love to have the words with the new house names which fitted in perfectly with the old, at least the chorus was the same and we could all sing heartily together.
Could go on and on but must close. Many thanks for everything you did to make such a very memorable evening with lots to think about. Please convey my thanks to all concerned and it was very special to talk with Mr Lello.
With all best wishes and here's to the future of Babington House School