Lourdes Convent

Happy memories of 1950/60

By Adriana Litston nee Novis

 
Photo:The Cottage, to the east of the convent main buildings, and approached by a footpath from Cornwall Gardens

The Cottage, to the east of the convent main buildings, and approached by a footpath from Cornwall Gardens

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

The smell of the polish

I attended Lourdes Convent between 1950/60 and have more fond memories than bad ones, although the names of Miss Lamb, Mrs. Dan and Miss Loakman can still give me nightmares. I have been reading some of the  memories of other girls who attended when I did, and can still smell the lovely polish they used on all the beautiful woodwork. I also remember the other not so lovely aromas coming from Mother Claire's kitchen. I started in the old junior school and was one of the first to go into the newly built classes of what is now St. Bernadette's School.

I was a 'scrumper'

I am still friends with Camela Thiru who has lived in Ibiza for a time now. We keep in touch quite regularly but she's the only one I do have any contact with from those days. I still live in Sussex and would like to say that most of my school days at Lourdes Convent were very happy ones, and the education certainly stood me in good stead for the rest of my life. I would like to remind the very nice gardener who has posted here, that he was quite correct about his suspicion of the missing fruit from his trees as I was one of those 'scrumpers'. We needed some sustenance after Mother Claire's inedible quinine.

Do you remember?

Do you remember schooldays at Lourdes Convent? Was the food really that awful? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.

This page was added on 11/02/2014.
Comments about this page

Hi Adriana, I remember you and Camela. Goodness, so long ago. I live in Australia. The names I recall are Sally and Pamela Mallam, Sally Sharpe, Maxime O'Reilly, Carole Greenwood and Diane Hilton. Memories flooding back.

By Carol Cooney (Pocklington) (11/05/2014)

Just read the comments from Carol Cooney - I was a good friend of Camilla Thiru, Pamela Mallum and Sally Sharpe - same class as Sally who was a fantastic artist. I have been trying for a long time to trace Camilla who was over here in Germany with me in 1977.  Since then I believe she moved to Ibiza and contact was lost.  Adriana I believe lives in Brighton and was a close friend of hers.  I would love to get in contact with her once again - maybe someone has the latest news and could help me in my search?

By Sally-Ann Schertle (28/06/2014)

I was there too as a boarder (was Dinah Michaelson) - and left in 1958. I too remember Mother Claire's cooking - frozen fish cakes for one meal! Now living in Northern Ireland - still in touch with Pamela Mallam and Sheelagh Graham and Edwina Robey.  Anyone want to get in touch with me?

By Dinah Shortt (19/04/2017)

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