Hanford’s 75th anniversary
About 300 former, present and future Hanford girls gathered at Hanford School to celebrate its 75th Anniversary at the end of June. The day was an opportunity for old girls to take a trip down memory lane, catch up with one another again and celebrate the school’s wonderful and rich history. Founded in 1947 by the Cannings, Hanford is one of the few remaining independent all girls prep schools in the country.
It was a typically relaxed affair: coffee and cakes in the marquee, picnics on the lawn and the opportunity to wander around the school’s beautiful buildings and grounds and go through the school’s numerous photograph albums in the Hall. Old girls were treated to a vaulting display by some of the girls on Guy (one of the ponies at the school) as well as watching the dancing, gym and play rehearsals for Parents’ Day at the end of term.
There was a special service of thanksgiving in the school chapel with a reading by an old girl, an anthem sung by the choir (Psalm 23) and the entire congregation joining in with a couple of well-known hymns. Old girls were reminded that the Chapel – which had been an apple store when the school first opened – was reconsecrated in the 1950s. The Reverend Clifford Canning asked that it be dedicated to St Michael and All Angels – as the girls should have all the help they can get.
“It was lovely to be able to welcome so many Hanford Girls back here,” said Mr J. “Their affection for this school is legendary and it is lovely to be able to give them a little of it back and to reassure them that while we may have invested in a new classroom or two, and we may be building a new art barn, the school retains its same spirit: the girls still climb the tree; they still make dens in Chestnut; they are still awarded a prodigious number of senior school scholarships every year.”
The following day, Hanford opened its gardens under the National Garden Scheme, raising an astonishing £500 for good causes.