Sent back to boarding school after 54 years

wolverton boarders 2
wolverton boarders 2

BOARDING school memories of more than half a century ago were shared when former Wolverton pupils met for a reunion.

They all boarded at Wolverton House, once part of Radcliffe School, between 1955 and 1962.

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wolverton boarder 1

“It was a unique boarding facility and at any one time there were only about 23 of us,” recalls Jill Schumacher (nee Oram).

“Dormitories were very frugal with iron bedsteads and little else in the rooms.

“It was run like a tightly knit family and we all became very close because of the unusual situation we found ourselves in.”

The boarders were cared for by Mr and Mrs Charles Hodge, who later moved to France.

“They both had a great impact on our childhoods and many of us stayed in contact and visited them regularly throughout their life,” said Jill.

Pictured below outside the former boarding house, now a carvery restaurant, are Jill Schumacher, Bonnie Russell (nee Sills), Jackie Mari (nee Carlisle), Paddy Ford (nee Greening), Patricia White (nee Knight), Michael Stevens (Big Biff), Graham Stevens (Little Biff), Derrick Painter, Richard Mayne (Dick), John King, John Keller and Brian Lee.

“Some of us had not met for around 50 years. It was a very special occasion and so many amusing anecdotes were exchanged,” said Jill, who is urging other former Wolverton boarders to email her on