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The Mulberry Bush School 70th Anniversary AGM and Celebratory Lunch

Our 70th Anniversary AGM and celebratory lunch was a great success. The sun shone, the guests, speakers, patrons and staff all had a good time. The tent was festooned in bunting, the tables looked pretty with little half pint milk bottles of flowers, and the green looked charming with hay bales covered in cloth to welcome the guests. This wonderful 1940s atmosphere was created by many members of staff who really worked tirelessly to make it perfect. Our special speakers were Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, Chairman of The Wellcome Trust and former Director of MI5, and Peter Wilson, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and co-founder of Young Minds, who gave terrific speeches. The lunch was delicious, the guests seemed very impressed by The Burrow and a time line was on show, on which people could write their own comments.


Many of the guests have helped create The Mulberry Bush as it is today with its new 52-week children’s home The Burrow, the beautiful new playgrounds, the raised beds in the vegetable garden and some of the guests were the descendants of our founder Barbara Dockar-Drysdale. We were delighted to see Sally Cooper (daughter) with her two children and grandchild Saffron all enjoying the day. An ex-pupil – Sally Finch came all the way from New Zealand – and it was moving to see her with Sally Cooper and to hear her speak so eloquently about her time here.


Rita Baptista won our annual prize, The Rahul Moodgal Prize for Therapeutic Childcare which is awarded for the student with the best final project in the Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People programme, who was warmly congratulated by Rahul Moodgal.


We created a time line from 1948 to the present – and then on into the next 70 years. Guests and staff wrote comments and memories which will be saved for people to enjoy in the future.


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