Monday, 15 August 2022

Ex-headmistress dies

A FORMER owner and headmistress of St Mary’s School in Henley has died.

Pam Beggin, who celebrated her 80th birthday last month, passed away at her home in Thames Side, Henley, on Wednesday.

She took over from Margaret Bailey, the founder of the independent preparatory school, when she moved to the town in 1967 and bought it soon afterwards.

She sold it when she retired in 1994. Mrs Beggin was a guest at the school’s 90th birthday celebrations in September, where she gave a speech and shared memories of her time in charge.

She said her long service was “not due to a lack of courage or imagination to move on, but rather that the place seized one’s affection and enthusiasm, making each year a challenge, thus obviating the need to seek stimulus elsewhere”.

Rob Harmer, the current headmaster, said: “She loved coming back and seeing all the improvements which had been made, as well as all the ways it had stayed true to the St Mary’s she remembered.

“She was a great lady, a strong leader and a highly respected member of the community.”

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