The stylish restaurant at the beautiful Oakwood Hall Hotel in Bingley, was the setting for an election day lunch for a group of OGU members who have been meeting every year since they left the school in 1947.
Josie Smith (née Walker) was happy to talk about this year’s reunion and share some of her memories of her time at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School:
We had a lovely lunch at Oakwood Hall and enjoyed what we chose (salmon main course for three of us, beef in ale for the other two) though the two who had the beef did think it was rather over-seasoned. We had no room for pudding, and went straight on to coffee and chocolates in comfortable chairs in the bar lounge.
We talked non-stop for four hours as there was a lot to talk about. The conversation ranged over politics (it being Election Day), wildlife, ecology, Bridge, and computers, with some drama and travel and a tiny bit of reminiscence thrown in.
We remembered Christine Verber (née Hindle) and Rachel Wyatt (née Arnold) across the Atlantic, of course, and Margaret Holdsworth (née Jackson), who was not well enough to join us. The reminiscence, incidentally, was because I brought with me a piece of research done by a younger Old Girl who has listed all the members of staff from our time and hers, with their subsequent careers. There were some surprises! Otherwise we still tend to look forward, not backward.
None of us to this day would willingly misplace an apostrophe nor split an infinitive!
Kath pointed out that we have been meeting for this event every year since 1947. In the early days we entertained each other in turn in our homes, but a few years ago we decided to let someone else do the cooking and washing up.
We intend to meet again next year, and have already settled the date, though all our diaries tend to get full and it is possible that we shall need to change it if someone gets an offer she can’t refuse – a Spring cruise or something.
Old Girls on the photograph:
Standing, left to right: Josie Smith (née Walker), and Pat Walker (née Stringer)
Seated, L-R: Elsie Hobley (née Hancock), Kath Fort (née Moll), Jacquie Briggs (née Sharp).