MIDHURST Rother College students and staff gathered again to honour the memory of Gilbert Hannam, the founder of secondary education in Midhurst.
The day began for years 11 and 13 with blessings in Midhurst parish church led by the Rev David Willis, with guest clergywoman Rev Trish Bancroft giving the sermon, after which headboy George Caws and headgirl Erin Collins, presented her with a pair of leather gloves – the traditional gift for the guest speaker at the church service.
As part of the service the congregation enjoyed a rendition of ‘For Good from Wicked’ performed by year 11 and 13 students Sophie Brownbill and Anja Blackwell, accompanied by Ted Murray.
The celebrations continued the evening with the formal Gilbert Hannam prize-giving evening.
The guest speaker, town resident Colin Hughes, recalled his time as a teacher at the former Midhurst Grammar School and, more recently, working with students through the Midhurst Youth Wing on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Part of his directive on joining the grammar school back in 1968, was to support the building of a new youth wing, a project that he finally saw completed in 2014 when new facilities opened in Lamberts Lane after a delay of 46 years.
The Gilbert Hannam Education Foundation awarded its essay prize, the Tom Smith art prize and the Hyman and Lucas travel bursaries and college principal Stuart Edwards awarded the principal’s awards to Ted Murray, Anja Blackwell and Jasmin Cain for outstanding services to the college.