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2 July 2017

Happy Birthday Hanford

What a magical day was had by all and what a way to celebrate 70 years of Hanford! In beautiful hot summer sunshine over 800 Old Girls, staff, friends and family gathered in the shade of our cedar tree to enjoy their picnics.

The squeals of laughter could be heard throughout the grounds and house as the rosé flowed and children played. It was particularly wonderful to see joyful moments of recognition as Old Girls found each other again, some after many, many years.

The day began with a short service in the Chapel, followed by a briefer address by Rory who talked about the enduring importance of the Hanford ethos - the desire to give children the freedom to develop in their own time in a beautiful and creative environment.

The day was filled with much Hanford style entertainment: a dog show, Scruffs, the Great Hanford Bakeoff won by Sally Revell and a short extract from the Summer Play called the Diary of Ann Fort. The arrival of an ice cream van was hugely popular amongst both children and adults. Throughout the day guests of all ages clambered up the climbing tree and played endless games of leapfrog on the lawn. 

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us - and some of you travelled a very long way indeed - you all helped make it a very special day.