St Cuthbert’s School will be 75 years old in August 2020 and there was to be a thanksgiving mass on 16th June 2020, which has been cancelled for the time being.
We had been planning a year of outward-looking celebrations, giving thanks for our school community. Fundraising for charities is on hold for now, given current circumstances, but we are still able to reflect and be thankful.
This is particularly apt given that the school was founded in the Social Hall on Harvest Road as a result of two East End Catholic schools being evacuated to Englefield Green during World War II.
Low key celebrations for VE Day have taken place and television and media coverage included stories on the horrors of war and of evacuees. 38 of the 71 children on the first St Cuthbert's register were former evacuees from London; their parents moved to Englefield Green when the war ended.
Hopefully knowing that our wonderful school and a big part of the fantastic school and Englefield Green communities came out of a terrible war will encourage us all that good things come from bad things; there are many exciting times ahead when the current restrictions are lifted. We look forward to celebrating when we are able to.
In the meantime here is a lovely picture of St Cuthbert's children from the early days (late 1950s) outside the Church of the Assumption (thanks to Jim McLean via Facebook). There is another early photo on our page on the history of the school please see here: The History of Us
Local websites have provided some interesting images of local children celebrating the end of the war, including the Runnymede Borough Council. We would love to add any photos you have of you celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day: Runnymede Council Photos