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Crowthorne pre-school bids farewell to manager after 28 years of work

Published: 23 Jul 2014 17:300 comments

A PRE-school has bid a fond farewell to its long-serving manager.

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Rosemary Morris – known as Ro – retired on Friday after being at Crowthorne Village Pre-school for 28 years.

Speaking about her time at the school, Mrs Morris said: “The best part of the job is seeing the kids develop and change as they grow older, and the funny things they come out with.

“With each set of children you are sad when they go, but it’s nice to meet the next new set. When they grow up, we sometimes have children bring their own children in, which is a funny thing as you realise how long you have been here!”

The school, based at Crowthorne Parish Hall, looks after about 26 children each day.

Originally from Kent, Mrs Morris spent eight years working in a school in a Yorkshire, before moving to Berkshire. She has three grown-up children of her own, as well as a five-year-old grandchild in Nottingham.

Explaining her plans for retirement, Mrs Morris, who is married and lives in Sandhurst, said: “I’ll just be doing the usual things, tending to the house and garden. Travelling as well. I just want to have a little quiet time!

“It won’t hit me that I’ve left until September. I will miss it but I am sure I will pop in and see them.”

A surprise party was held on Tuesday last week for Mrs Morris, which saw about a hundred people attending to pay their regards.

She added: “It was a complete shock, as I had no idea. It was organised mainly by the other teachers. They all mucked in to do it and it was a lovely surprise.”

Judy Mobsby, who has worked at the school for 15 years and is filling Mrs Morris’s position, said: “I am going to miss her enormously. She put in a tremendous amount of work, using her own time.”

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