Old boys and old girls at Burford

What a pleasures it is to come unexpectedly across a Burford School alumnus and find them flourishing in their chosen profession. The wonderful Milton Market at Bruern Farm was one such occasion with Barnaby Lea, Artist Blacksmith, exhibiting his fabulous work, centre stage.

With the school’s 450th anniversary focussing our thoughts on our history, both recent and distant, growing the membership of our alumni group is one of the things we have been encouraging this year. Numbers are increasing steadily, and this year, former staff attended alongside students. It’s wonderful to see old friends clap eyes on each other after years apart and hear the hoots of laughter as they recall long forgotten moments of mischief.

This year many alumni who were here when the school had a working farm, were keen to hear how our ‘Acre’ was doing post Covid. With the recognition that outside space is essential to mental health, there was a lot of interest in our plans to get the ‘Acre’ back to its former state and put it to good use for the students once again. Funding and a lot of elbow grease are required but there is considerable enthusiasm and commitment. If you are one of our alumni and would like to help us in any way with this project, do contact our Alumni Officer, Mrs Hawker. c.hawker@burford.oxon.sch.uk

In the meantime, our Environmental Impact Group, made up of staff and students, are planting more trees and hedges, keeping the grass clear in the new orchard, planting areas with wild flowers, courtesy of Cotswold Seeds and FarmEd, and investigating the possibility of keeping bees.  

Do join us for our Quiz and Curry Night on Friday 21 January. All welcome.

Sarah Duckworth

December 2021 – January 2022