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Articles.....

Over the years several articles about St Elphin's School have been published in magazines. As these come to light we shall reproduce them below - in date order.

1938, July 30th - Reprinted from the Warrington "Guardian"
Education's Task: Combat Dangerous Tendency
Increasing Loss of Vitality
St. Elphin's Head Mistress's Warning
Miss Hudon's (Head Mistress) Speech Day speech – this makes very interesting reading!
Please click on the image to read the article in full.

Supplied by Christine Tew.

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1965, September - Derbyshire Life and Countryside
The Public and Private Schools of Derbyshire – St Elphin's Darley Dale. Story and pictures by Eric Sample.

"No fewer than five former Prime Ministers attended the meeting in 1837 called by the Rev Horace Powys to found the school."

Please click on the photo to read the article in full

Magazine purchased by Marianne Jackson off e-Bay in December 2011.

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1968, July 22nd -
The Star, Sheffield
"The Queen's portrait hangs in the hall, but the girls have... Pin-ups of George Best in the bedroom". Please click on the image to read the article in full.

"Day One of a New Series. The first report of the Public Schools Commission is published today. In this important new series, PAT ROBERTS visits selected schools and assesses the place of public schools generally in a changing society...

Supplied by Carolyn James (nee Ross)

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1983, May - Derbyshire Life and Countryside
David Whyatt starts his 3-page article with, "The first thing that struck me about St. Elphin's, which I visited last month, was that, for a girls' public school reputed to be one of the oldest in England, it looked surprisingly modern."

Please click on the image to read the article in full.

Magazine supplied by Carrie Wareham.

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2007, May - Reflections
A New Beginning for St Elphin's. Story by Alison Davies, Community Relations Manager, The Marketing Suite, St Elphin's Park, with assistance from Judy Crook and Ann Hodgson (former teachers at St Elphin's). Please click on the photo to read the full article.

"The building in Darley Dale that was known affectionately as St Elphin's School has quite a tale to tell. As it begins another phase in its long history, Alison Davies looks back to the early nineteenth century and the changing fortunes that befell the house and its owners."

Article reproduced by kind permission of Alison Davies and
Reflections magazine.

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2008, June - Reflections
The Girls of St Elphin's - Time Capsule Reveals School's History. Story by Alison Davies, Community Relations Manager, The Marketing Suite, St Elphin's Park.

"It's amazing how little pieces of history keep emerging from the busy construction project at the site of St Elphin's School at Darley Dale. Alison Davies reports on the discovery of a time capsule dated 1933 and of memories of high jinks for the girls of St Elphin's."

Please click on the photo to read the article in full

Copy of article supplied by Angie Marrows and reproduced by kind permission of Alison Davies and Reflections magazine.

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2012, November - Reflections
Staging a great reunion – at the school she hated!
On 6th October, 2012 Liz Donlan arranged a School Reunion at St Elphin's Park at which 113 old girls (pupils and teachers) attended. There was also the unveiling of the Invicta Stone which had been tracked down in Oxfordshire by Marianne Jackson (nee Stewart), purchased by Audley, returned to its rightful home at St Elphin's by Marianne and lovingly restored. Liz sent a couple of articles to Reflections magazine and they were published in the November 2012 issue. Please click on the image to read the article in full.

Reproduced by kind permission of Reflections magazine

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2013, March - Reflections
Restored – a magnificent centrepiece
On 27th February, 2013 Audley Court held a 'topping out' ceremony for the next phase of their development at St Elphin's Park – Robinson Court which, of course, is named after Miss P M Robinson, Head Mistress, 1957 to 1975. The photo shows, left to right, Ingrid Pasteur, Mayor of Darley Dale; Derbyshire High Sheriff Alan Woods; and Nick Sanderson, Chief Executive of Audley Retirement Village. Photo © Liz Donlan.

Audley's PR department put together an article for the March issue of Reflections but, unfortunately, failed to acknowledge that the bulk of the article (i.e. the historical information) had in fact been provided by Marianne Jackson, plus a little bit of information from Liz Donlan and the small black & white photo on the first page was taken by Arlene Garnier in 1957! The Editor of Reflections was not aware of the lack of credits and these were duly corrected in the May issue – with an article from Liz Donlan. Please click on the image to read the article in full.

Reproduced by kind permission of Reflections magazine

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2013, May - Reflections
Boarding school – happiest days of your life?
Liz Donlan was delighted to be invited to write an article on the regime at St Elphin's School for the May issue of Reflections magazine. The article was based around her time at St Elphin's from 1967 to 1973. The Editor could only allow space in one issue which was a pity because it meant that Liz had to condense the article considerably and the Editor edited even further! Nevertheless it still makes for interesting reading and it put a couple more old girls and staff in touch. Please click on the image to read the article in full.

Reproduced by kind permission of Reflections magazine

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2013, November - Reflections
'Former pupils meet up from around the world'
Following the very successful St Elphin's Memorial Quilt Reunion held in October 2013 when the Memorial Quilt itself was unveiled, we submitted a press release to Reflections magazine. It was published on page 26 of their November issue as part of the Countywide News section.

The press release was written by Ali Gracie-Biddiscombe and the photo was taken by Liz Bailey-Donlan.

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