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23rd August 2017

                                                                                                                          Rita Lauder Bentley 1952

Rita Lauder (nee Bentley) 1952

1931 - 2016

We have only recently received news of the death of Rita Lauder (nee Bentley) 1952. One of our most distinguished alumni, Rita was a 'top 20 tennis player who never cracked the top 10'. She played Wimbledon 16 times in all reaching the Round of 16 in 1959 & 1960. She also reached the Doubles Quarter Finals in 1964 and the Mixed Doubles Quarter Finals in 1957 & 1960. She continued playing Seniors Tennis until well into her 80s.

Rita was a keen member of the Association of Past Students and regularly sent in her yearly 'news'. Her entry for 2015 records that in September 2014 she moved from her large bungalow to an apartment, a move that left her quite exhausted. She was subsequently diagnosed with a serious illness and spent much of the following year recovering. Having missed two APS weekends she announced "I intend to be with you all in 2016". Unfortunately that was the last time we heard from Rita until recently, when her solicitor contacted the Association to inform us that Rita passed away in October 2016.

Here she is seen along with our President Barbara Graham at the APS weekend in Harrogate 2012

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27th April 2017

It has just been announced that one of our alumni, Sheila Morrow (1968), has been appointed as the new President of GB Hockey. You can read more by following this link

Congratulations Sheila. We are very proud of you!

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31st March 2017

Margaret Fox 2

Margaret Irene Fox (nee Gibson) 1946

1925 - 2016

Sadly we have to bring you news that one of our oldest and most stalwart of members, Margaret Fox, passed away on the 11th November 2016. Margaret trained at I M Marsh during the war years when College was still privately owned and managed by Trustees. If you still have your copy of the 2010 Journal you can read Margaret's memories of her time at College. They were difficult years and she writes at one point, "After 4 years of war, everything was in short supply. The clothing list was shortened, food was severely rationed and games equipment was almost unobtainable. A friend who had played lacrosse at school gave me her lacrosse stick and we begged clothing coupons from relatives. BUT were always hungry".

After leaving College Margaret continued her connection through the Association of Past Students, eventually serving as its President from 1973 - 1979. Even after retiring as President she continued as the Set Rep (for 1946/47&48) until quite recently. Unfortunately, as her health deteriorated she lost touch and we have only recently learned of her death.

At Margaret's funeral the Order of Service leaflet recorded the story of her life as follows;


Margaret Irene Gibson was born on 9th March 1925 in Liverpool. Her mother, Emily Pickering, came from Rainhill, near Liverpool, and her father, Walter Gibson, from Manchester. Most of her childhood was spent in Dronfield, between Chesterfield and Sheffield, in a house in Stubley Lane (with her older brother, Alan), which her father initially rented and later bought. At age 10, a year early, she passed a scholarship to the local grammar school, Henry Fanshawe, gaining her school certificate and during the war going to IM Marsh College in Liverpool to train to be a PE Teacher and physiotherapist, maintaining a connection through the Old Students which she continued until very recently.

She taught at New Mills Grammar School in Derbyshire and later Sheffield, developing a skill in working with children with special needs, including a spell in the School for the Blind in Sheffield. She was later to join the staff at Sheffield Training College, where she was introduced, via her soon-to-be brother-in-law, to George Morley Fox, a pharmacist. They had two children, Julie and Alistair, in 1956 and 1958. Married life started in Liverpool, and London, later in Chalfont St Peter Buckinghamshire where they lived until 1972. Margaret gained a part time job as a lecturer in Newlands Park College (latterly Buckinghamshire New University) where she focused on special education.

In 1972, Morley and Margaret separated, she and the children moving to Eastbourne where she had obtained a full-time job at Chelsea College teaching health and special education and being a ‘warden’ in one of the student residencies. Later, Margaret bought a bungalow in rural Hankham, near Pevensey, where she spent most of the holidays and retirement, living alone until August of this year. She loved the garden, current affairs, and writing letters to the local paper getting many of them published, albeit many were edited which didn’t please her! After an unusually fallow period, the editor wrote to her to ask if there had been a problem and to invite her to submit more!

She supported the local church (St Mary’s in Westham), attending the Mothers’ Union and regular discussion groups. She was a governor of the primary school and taught the children swimming for many years, up until she had a minor stroke in 2000. An avid member of the European Movement, an organisation supporting the development of local ties with Europe, she was their secretary for many years and participated in several trips to Europe, mainly France, which they organised. In Julie’s opinion, a clandestine socialist organisation, probably the only way to operate successfully in this very Tory blue environment!

Despite Julie and Alistair’s encouragement to come back ‘up North’ she resisted, saying she wanted to stay in the warmer Sussex and in her bungalow, with its rural views. She was admitted to hospital at the end of August and in October it emerged she had Adenocarcinoma, which had blocked her oesophagus and explained why she wasn’t eating or drinking. Despite corrective treatment she never really started eating again and died peacefully in the early morning of 11th November, having seen all her close family in the previous two weeks.

Finally, we would like to share with you Margaret's news for the Journal in 2001 "In 2000 I survived a Transient Ischaemic Attack, a dislocated elbow and a Carotid Endarterectomy, so that was enough of hospital beds. A month after surgery I was back teaching swimming which helped to restore my sanity" Bear in mind that, at this point, Margaret was 75!!!

Margaret will be remembered with affection.



17th January 2017

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Noelle Roberts (Godfrey) 1949


It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Noelle Roberts (Godfrey). Noelle passed away on 24th December 2016. She was a stalwart of the Association being an 'ever present' at many of the reunions along with Gillian Smallwood and Barbara Abrey who were also 49ers. She was the Set Rep for 1949 and in her annual reports never failed to mention her thanks to the Committee for all their work in organising reunions.

Noelle, Gill, and Barbara (known affectionately as 'Bobby') met at I M Marsh and remained close friends for the rest of their lives. In her Set Report for 2012 she writes "We are all growing old 'disgracefully' and finding it more and more difficult to move around. We are fortunate that after leaving I M Marsh 63 years ago, the friendships we formed there have not diminished and when we do meet up, the years are shed and our time in Liverpool is remembered with affection" 

I think we can all identify with that!






15th July 2016


Reunion in Warwick Oct 2016



If you can barely catch breath after the excitement of another Wimbledon triumph for Andy Murray, the success of our athletes at the European Championships, Chris Froome leading the Tour de France, Lewis Hamilton winning the British Grand Prix, not to mention the Referendum, Brexit, a new PM and new Cabinet Ministers every day, then maybe you haven’t had time to think about booking for our Annual Reunion in October.

Time marches on and the deadline for booking is 13th August. This year we will be at Radcliffe House Conference Centre in Warwick on Sat 1st October. As the name suggests this venue is a purpose built conference centre but it has the comfort and service of a first class hotel and it is one of our favourite venues. The food is outstanding. This year the guest speaker will be Sarah Green, great niece of Irene Mabel Marsh.

A booking form was enclosed in your Journal published in April. We welcome non-members as well as members at our Reunions. If you need a booking form you can obtain one by filling in the form on our website – it is under the ‘Contact us today’ tab.

We look forward to seeing you in Warwick.




Notice from LJMU Alumni


Some of you may be interested in this notice from John Moores University Alumni.


Take a trip down memory lane 

In 2017, LJMU will celebrate the 25th anniversary of our installation as one of the UK’s new universities in 1992. To mark the occasion we are currently working on a history of the University, tracing our development from 1823 to the present day. 
This history wouldn’t be complete without the memories of our students, graduates and staff about what it was like to work and study here over the years.
So whether you graduated in the 1970s or the noughties, we would like to hear about the people, places, buildings or events that shaped your experiences at this unique institution.
Who knows you might even make into the LJMU history book!
To share your university memories, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please remember to include your full name plus details of when and what you studied or where you worked at the institution.




21st May 2016


Cathie Sabin (Piddock 1968)


Our very own Cathie Sabin is pictured receiving her OBE at Buckingham Palace.


Cathie gets OBE


Congratulations Cathie!!





12th April 2016



Reunion in Warwick 1st October 2016



Details of our next Reunion in October 2016 are now available on the website. Please look under Reunions and click on 'Next Reunion'. You can download a programme and if you need booking forms please use the 'Contact Us' tab on the website and we can send you forms by email.


Please book as early as possible to help us with organisation.







31st December 2015


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Congratulations to our very own Cathie Sabin who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List. Well done Cathie - we are very proud of you!!




29th August 2015


Joyce Cooper



It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Joyce Cooper. Joyce was the oldest member of the Association having left College in 1945. She was a keen supporter of the Association and an 'ever present' at our reunions until quite recently when ill health meant that she was not able to join us. Joyce regularly entertained us with stories from her time at I M M during the war years. She will be sorely missed.










22nd July 2015



Hockey Museum granted international recognition.


Many of you will remember that at recent reunions you have been informed of the formation of a 'Hockey Museum' based in Woking, Surrey - refer to Page 28 of your 2014 Journal if you are a member of the Association. The Museum has now received international recognition. You can access further infomation at this link.…/fih-hockey-heritage-arm-signs-mou-with…/

FIH has today announced that its Foundation for the Promotion & Development of Hockey (the FIH Foundation) and The Hockey Museum (THM) have signed a...




2nd July 2015






Marion Percy (nee Robertson 1950)



Many congratulations to Mrs Marion Percy (nee Robertson 1950) who has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community of Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire. Marion is the Set Rep for her own year, 1950, and also for 1951 & '52. She has always been an enthusiatic supporter of APS and is an 'ever present' at our Reunions.


Marion (left) with Meg Maunder (1969)

at Reunion in Warwick 2010

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24th March 2015



Reunion in Harrogate 3rd October 2015


Details of our next Reunion in October 2015 are now available on the website. Please look under Reunions and click on 'Next Reunion'. You can download a programme and if you need booking forms please use the 'Contact Us' tab on the website and we can send you forms by email.


Please book as early as possible to help us with organisation.





21st February 2015


Notice of Committee Meeting




The Committee of the Association will be holding their mid-year meeting on Thursday 12th March. If there are any points that you would like to put forward for discussion, please submit them on the 'Contact Us' tab of the website. If you are a member of the Association you will be receiving your copy of this year's Journal very shortly and it will contain detailed information regarding our Reunion in Harrogate in October 2015. A booking form for the Reunion will also be included in the Journal.






Hilary Corlett


1924 - 2014


Past IMM staff and students will be saddened to hear that Hilary Corlett died peacefully on December 9th 2014, just a few weeks after her 90th birthday.


Hilary was appointed to the staff of I M Marsh in 1955 where she taught gymnastics and dance. She took up an appointment at Chelsea College of Physical Education in September 1966. A Civil Service was held for her at Eastbourne Crematorium on January 9th 2015.


She will be remembered with affection by many of her colleagues as well as by the students she taught.



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