Grantham KGGS class of ’68 to reunite in the town

Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School.
Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School.
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More than 60 former students of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School will see each other, some for the first time in more than 40 years, when they gather for a special reunion next month.

The women will reunite on April 8 in the year they turn 60. They attended the school from 1968.

The former KGGS girls now include nurses, academics, a solicitor, teachers including two headteachers, a councillor, a prison officer, administrators, retail assistants and business directors as well as mothers and grandmothers.

The women will meet at the Angel and Royal for the reunion.

A few of those attending will arrive from abroad including one who lives in America.

These former Grammar School girls recall a time in 1970 when Margaret Thatcher, a former pupil at the school was making her mark as Education Minister and Shadow spokesperson. It was in 1975, their final year,that Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the opposition party and the television cameras and press descended on the school with some of them appearing on television.

When they reunite in April, many will not have seen each other since 1975. This will be a chance to recall the laughter and challenges in a time when the teaching relied on a chalk board and written notes and heavy emphasis on conforming to the uniform code. There was the opportunity to secure a deportment stripe for holding yourself properly and participation in many sports.

Kim Sargeant got the ball rolling for this year’s reunion. She contacted a few people and the numbers grew with the help of Facebook.

Kim said: “I worked in sales and marketing, retiring five years ago to have a spell living in the French Pyrenees with my husband who is semi-retired. Our passions are cycling and skiing so it was the perfect place! Back in flat Lincolnshire, with a French cat, who adopted us, I looked after my wonderful father until his death last year.

“Now, with three grown-up independent children, and two grandchildren in Sydney, I’m Minister Without Portfolio but travel regularly, enjoying entertaining and much less demanding cycling at home. I volunteer for the National Trust, at Belton House and enjoy Pilates and painting in acrylics. I have settled in Bassingham, having been born in Navenby about five miles away.

“Next to family, old friends are very precious. The girls in the class if ’75, at KGGS, were great companions. This reunion is overdue and I can’t wait to see them again. We’ll talk endlessly and we’ll toast absent friends too!”