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The Guild of Perseverance was founded by Miss Ladden in December 1914 with the object of  “binding together all the elder girls to work for all that was highest and best” it’s rules being:-

 

             1/  To persevere in all things

             2/  Never to be dishonorable

             3/  Never to miss an opportunity of doing a good turn

             4/  Never to set a bad example to one younger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The idea of the Guild Paper was introduced by Miss Alice Warren the Governess of the time, and the first issue was sent out in January 1919. Although it started out as a monthly journal it soon became apparent that the cost was prohibitive and after twelve months it became a quarterly journal and continued so until 1935/6 when the school closed.

 

It is from these journals that I have created a database of ex pupils, some of which were at the school in  Mrs. Montague's time and who kept in touch with the school through the paper, pupils who were at the school during the period of the journals and also the several hundred supporters who contributed their money, time and energy into making sure the children had the very best start in life they could possibly give them.

 

Due to several factors i.e. scrawled handwriting, print errors and a great confusion over ‘school names’ which each girl was given on her arrival at the school, it has in some cases been difficult to establish

the correct version but should you find a name that you think may be of interest to you please email me at brendatimmsuk@aol.com and I will happily pass on any further information about that person.

 

The information varies considerably from a mention & thank you for collecting farthings or sending in gifts, too a confirmation date and place, a marriage date and description of the brides outfit, illnesses, achievements, letters sent from Canada, Australia and Japan, even occasionally a postal address.

 

I would of course also be delighted to hear from anyone who has any information, knowledge or tales of the orphanage as I am sure my Mother was not the only one to keep ‘memorabilia’ of happy school days even though it was an orphanage.

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The Guild of Perseverence

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Please make sure to check both lists as  although I have tried to split the list into pupils, staff & supporters many of the pupils who wrote to the school were only referred to as Miss ..., or Mrs ... if they were married so could be listed incorrectly