The Foundation Office was delighted when Angela (nee Laney) Norman, who attended the Alice Ottley School 1942-51, popped into the School last Friday. She had just received the Foundation Brochure that contained news of the Performing Arts Centre redevelopment and she was determined to sponsor a seat in the Godfrey Brown Theatre.
Angela had not visited the School for more that fifty years but was moved to support the initiative for several reasons. Angela explained to Joanna Weaver of the Foundation Office that her mother had purchased a ‘named brick’ to help get the Swan Theatre built in the 1960s and she wanted to emulate this act of generosity towards the Performing Arts in Worcester. Her other motivation was to dedicate the seat in memory of her late brother, Philip.
Angela was thrilled to be told that her sponsorship would be the very first seat to be named and, accordingly, she had the pick of the house. She looks forward to it being a part of the theatre for many years to come. Although it will be some months before the seats are installed the name plaque will be produced in advance for Angela.
By good fortune, Angela was able to join fellow Alice Ottley Alumnae the very next day at the summer drinks gathering hosted by the Foundation Office. She toured her old classrooms in the company of Maxine (nee Nicholls) Shields (1953-60) and with Ffion Llewellyn from the current Sixth Form, and even bumped into a friend of many years, Mrs Rosemary Ham, Chairman of Governors.
Angela was really happy to see the School looking in such fine form and was impressed with all of the Sixth Formers who she met on the day. She has promised her next visit will be as our guest of honour at the opening night of the inaugural production in the Performing Arts Centre.