Nor­wood is search­ing for old schol­ars


FOR­MER RES­I­DENTS of the Nor­wood Or­phan­age in South Lon­don are be­ing sought for a ma­jor re­union in Lon­don in Septem­ber.

Nor­wood Old Schol­ars’ As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Jack Matthews is try­ing to track down old boys and girls from the or­phan­age, which closed in 1970. He hopes that more than 200 will be at the re­union.

Mr Matthews, who lives in Il­ford, Es­sex, was at the or­phan­age for six years un­til 1954. “I haven’t seen most of my friends there since that time,” he told the JC.

“We had an­other re­union 13 years ago but this is a chance for peo­ple to meet up again as well as to in­tro­duce newer mem­bers. It will be a great op­por­tu­nity for us all to rem­i­nisce,” Mr Matthews added.

The old schol­ars’ group was set up in 1965 and the Rev Alan Green­bat is its cur­rent pres­i­dent.

Those who came through the or­phan­age in­clude the late Reg Free­son, who served two spells as a Labour Hous­ing Min­is­ter be­fore be­ing de­s­e­lected in his Brent East con­stituency in an ac­ri­mo­nious bat­tle with Ken Liv­ing­stone in the mid-1980s.

For fur­ther de­tails about the re­union, email jack­matthews@talktalk. net.

A sin­ga­long at the or­phan­age with celebrity guest Gra­cie Fields in 1952

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