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News from King Edward's School, Witley

Holly tree planting at St Bride’s. From the left, Head Groundsman, Colin Gould, Sheriff and Alderman, Peter Estlin, Headmaster, John Attwater, The Rev’d Canon Dr Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride’s, Treasurer, King Edward’s Witley, Justine Voisin, Father David Standen.

KING EDWARD'S WITLEY MARKS 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND LONDON BIRTHPLACE WITH TREE PLANTING SERVICE

King Edwards1500w.jpgKing Edward's Witley - an independent co-educational boarding and day school based in Surrey - celebrated the planting of a holly tree in the grounds of St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, to commemorate the School's presence there as a Tudor orphanage when it was originally founded in the City of London.
 
The School has embarked on a year of 150th anniversary events to memorialise its rich history and strong links with the City of London.  The School's early origins in London date back to 1553, when it was first housed in Bridewell Palace on the banks of the River Fleet by Royal Charter of King Edward Vl. The Foundation moved to Southwark in 1830 and, in 1867, as a School, re-located to Witley in the Surrey Hills.
On 25th April, the Reverend Canon Dr. Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride's was joined by John Attwater, Headmaster, King Edward's Witley; Sheriff and Alderman Peter Estlin (fomer pupil of King Edward's Witley and former Treaasurer of the Bridewell Royal Hospital); Colin Gould, Head Groundsman, King Edward's Witley;  Rev Dr David Standen, Chaplain, King Edward's Witley and Justine Voisin, Treasurer of the Bridewell Royal Hospital (the parent foundation for King Edward's Witley) for the tree planting ceremony.
 
The significance of planting holly trees is linked to the beautiful silver ceremonial Beadle's Mace of Bridewell, the wooden staff of which is believed to originate from a holly tree grown in the City of London in the 1660s.
 
Commenting on the event, the Reverend Canon Dr. Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride's said, "Today's tree planting service has provided an opportunity for us to remember the School's long association with the City of London and to acknowledge the tremendous work for which the Bridewell Royal Hospital is renowned. The Foundation funds a significant proportion of pupils whose home circumstances mean it is beneficial for them to have access to an outstanding boarding school education at King Edward's Witley, and in so doing transforms the lives of these individuals equipping them with the requisite skills and confidence to enjoy a happy and fulfilled future."
 
John Attwater, Headmaster of King Edward's Witley, said, "We retain close links with the City of London and are proud of our heritage. The planting of these holly trees will allow us to reflect on our two homes in Surrey and the City, and to reflect on the wonderful evolution of our parent foundation - Bridewell Royal Hospital - into the outstanding School we are today."
 
The event came a few days after celebrations at the School, when the Mayors of Haslemere and Waverley were present as a holly tree was planted in King Edward's Witley's grounds.
 
Additional commemorative events organised by the School include a special Bridewell Day thanksgiving service held last month in the presence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO at Southwark Cathedral, an exhibition at Haslemere Museum in May and the opening of the School to the public for Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10th September 2017.

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