News 2018

AGM and Luncheon

Sun 28th Jan 2018

Congratulations to St Bart's for winning the Get Berkshire Active, Active Secondary School - Award

The school would like to thank everyone for their votes and support.


Mary Taylor (1929 - 2018)

Mary came from London to Newbury at the outbreak of World War II with her parents, sister Valerie and brother John.  After leaving Newbury County Girls’ School, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music, and was a piano teacher for sixty years – privately and at St. Gabriel’s School.  Mary also played for Miss Iris Brooks’s dancing classes at Cheam School where pupils included Prince Charles.

Mary had a beautiful voice and she sang in St. George’s Choir, Wash Common from 1940 until her recent illnesses.  She married childhood sweetheart Raymond at St. George’s in 1955 and they had two children, Tim and Anna.

St. George’s was always close to Mary’s heart.  She was on the Parochial Church Council and also took Adult Confirmation Classes; she was sacristan and she arranged flowers.  For decades Mary helped at fêtes and bazaars and belonged to the Mother’s Union.

Each summer Mary and Raymond gave garden parties for the over 65s – for over thirty years – and together they started the Wash Common Garden and Craft Show in 1984.

Mary will be greatly missed not only by her close family but her friends and former pupils whose lives she also enriched.

John Gibbons

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