The third reunion of ex-pupils and staff of the former Eye Grammar School took place at the old school site (now St Peters and St Pauls C of E primary school) on Saturday 30th June 2007.
More than 220 ex-pupils, their guests and staff attended the event, which although the weather became progressively dismal, was enjoyed by all. Three ex-teachers attended as guests of the Association. These were Mr Richard Parker, Miss Anne Fewkes and Mrs Ruth Bull (nee Hurrell). Mr Andrew Stratfold and Miss Joan Thompson were unable to attend.
As in previous years, members made their way to Eye from the four corners of the globe - one from Canada, two from USA, two from Australia and one from France.
Things got under way promptly at 2.00 p.m. as members lined up to register and receive their name badges. As well as finding old classmates there was plenty to see. Lists of attendees, apologies and known members were displayed in the school foyer. One classroom was filled with a comprehensive memorabilia and photograph display. A complete set of the full school panoramic photos from 1937 to 1965 were displayed in four large frames. Thirty five members had kindly loaned photos, books and autograph lists etc. There was even a school blazer belonging to Melva Huggins (Whatling).
Ex-History teacher, Anne Fewkes meets
Ex-Biology master Richard Parker
A second classroom was used by Stephen Govier to display prints and original works by his father, EGS Art Master, James Govier. The school computer room was used to display this website on a screen for members without access to computers. Free tea or coffee was available throughout the day.
Mr Richard Parker receives a present from Chairman, Barry Dye
As in 2002, a short church service was held in Eye Church at 4.00 p.m. with the Vicar of Eye officiating. The service was preceded and followed by a celtic harp recital by Elaine Halton (Bootman). Member Arthur Bean played the organ and Chris Watson gave the reading.
The church service was followed by the Chairman's address, held in the school playground. Presentations were made to the three teachers, the oldest male and female ex-pupils, Peter Johnson, Hope Garrod (Day) and Patsy Helseth (Whant).
As the school song had not gone particularly well in church a further and much more succesful rendering was made in the playground. This was followed by an excellent cold buffet running between 5.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.
The evening was lightened by the three piece band, Tyler Kemp, who bravely played for most of the evening outside under a makeshift covering. Unfortunately, the rain became too persistent for any dancing although the licensed bar provided by the Eye Queens Head continued to do well until very late
Part of memorabilia display
Although the weather was very wet later in the day, this did not dampen peoples' enthusiasm for the reunion. Old school friendships were renewed and many anecdotes of days long ago were told again. As members left the old school once again most were promising to make another return for the next reunion in 2010.
Since the reunion the Committee has received numerous emails and letters thanking it for putting on and organising such a succesful day. The Committee would like in return to thank all the people who keep coming back to the reunions. If support had been weak or was diminishing quickly then staging these wonderful days would not have been possible.
Shown below is of an article submitted by Janet Chambers (Hollingsworth) for publication in the Diss Express. It appeared on 13th July 2007.
The text of the article above reads: more than 200 people from across the world, including Australia, California, Florida, Canada, France and the Mediterranean, attended the Eye Grammar School Old Students' Reunion at Eye Primary School. The years fell away as old friendships were renewed and memories rekindled by the vast array of memorabilia on display. chairman Barry Dye welcomed the gathering and presented gifts to three teacher guests, Richard Parker, Anne Fewkes and Ruth Bull (nee Hurrell). He also gave presents to the most senior man attending, Peter Johnson who was a pupil at the school from 1932 to 1937, and the senior women, Hope Garrod (nee Day) and Patsy Helseth (nee Whant). A service in St Peter & St Pauls church was preceded by a Celtic harp recital by Elaine Halton (nee Bootman). Rev Andrew Mitcham officiated, Chris Watson gave reading and Arthur Bean, organist accompanied the singing of hymns and the school song. A two-course buffet was followed by music by local duo Tyler-Kemp. Thanks were made to the organising committee especially David Chapmanwho had set up a website for the association. The next reunion is planned for June 2010