During the warm and sunny Saturday in North Shropshire this weekend, Ellesmere College played host to over 500 people who were attending a festival for former pupils.
The Headmaster, staff and pupils at Ellesmere College played hosts to former pupils aged between 18 and 80. The activities during an action-packed afternoon included team games and a choral workshop. After a Chapel Service there was a champagne reception followed by a hog roast supper with music provided by a Jazz Band in Big School.
The Old Ellesmerian Festival Committee Chairman, Richard Thurgood commented “The day had been designed to encourage many of the younger Old Ellesmerians to return with their families, It was good to see some of our more mature Old Ellesmerians returning with their families as well. In fact it think it would be fair to say that the Festival was the largest ever OE Club event with the most diverse range of ages.”
The sports events started the afternoon with the School’s current 1st XV Rugby playing against the previous leavers. This was followed by the Over 30s vs. the under 30s Rugby match. Other sports included Boys Hockey – Over 30s vs. Under 30, plus an OE Tennis tournament. There was also 6 Girls netball teams and a girls Hockey game and finally, four 5 a side football teams. A tug of war ended the afternoon activities before former pupils and their families filed into Chapel for a short service before everyone enjoyed champagne and canapés reception on the Terraces followed by a ‘hog roast’ in Big School.
Richard Morris, Old Ellesmerian Club President commented “The day proved a great success for all the Old Ellesmerians who returned back to their old school. It was particularly good to see such a cross section of different ages back at school. This was the first time the Old Ellesmerian Club has organised such a large event, but I can assure you it will not be the last. People have already been asking if they can be involved with next year’s event!”
Finally, Morris went on to say “It is good to see the Old Ellesmerian Club is following the recent success the College has had with its record number of new admissions into the school this September.”
12th September 2006 Back to News