Monthly Archives: April 2014

Our Valuable Volunteers and Their Various Ventures: D Wood.

Photo0215Today I want to present to you a truly impressive lady. D Wood is a person with an academic background and the research is something that is familiar to her. Those are some of the reasons why she chose the Marjon archives as her next project. ‘I wanted to see what kind of the archives Marjon has’ she said. Right now she is researching the chapel of St Marks, the pictures and info that concerns the building. This project might turn into a display one day, so keep your eyes open.

D Woods says that after that project end, she might look into the past of Marjon to find what kind of arts and crafts were taught here. At one point we used to teach practical trades, including woodworking and ceramics, so she is bound to find plenty of materials to research.

What really impressed me about her is the amount of work she does pro public bono. Marjon archives are her third volunteering project. She is involved with the Plymouth Arts Centre, especially with their film programme. She is a part of the ‘Arts and Minds’ programme, that just started its run. It involves art classes for people with early dementia to help them exercise their minds and motor functions. If you’re not impressed with that, there is no hope for you:-)

So there you have it, a volunteer who actually knows what she’s doing:-)


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Some funny stuff

Looks like spring is here with flowers, new leaves and incessant showers. The tensions are riding high as the deadline for my dissertation is closing in. I thought that for this occasion I’d share some humour I’ve found in Marjon Magazine materials from 2001. Unfortunately there was no author stated, so if you know who wrote it please tell me so I can credit properly.

A_Smiley‘Exercise, is it worth it?
1. It is well documented that for every mile that you jog, you add one minute to your life. This enables you to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at 5000$ per month.
2. My grandmother started walking 5 miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now and we don’t know where she is.
3. The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again
4. I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up.
5. I don’t exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up on our body.
6. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
7. I have flabby tights, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
8. The advantage of exercise every day is that you die healthier.
9. If you’re going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
10. I don’t jog. It makes the ice jump out of my glass.’
It is kind of surprising, finding it at a university with so many sports students. I hope it made you smile as it made me.

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We had a country seat! Ok, I lied:-)- we never had one. The St.Mark’s School had.

The Fen House in its gothic glory

The Fen House in its gothic glory

St.Marks School was once a part of us, a preparatory school that was a place where young teachers could practice before they were deemed good enough to teach. It became separate in 1954 when it moved from Chelsea to Fulham. The story of St. Mark’s Preparatory School is one that deserves an entry on its own, and the old building has to be seen to be believed.

It remains very much unchanged and as stunning as in this picture

It remains very much unchanged and as stunning as in this picture

And now- the Fen House in Gorefield. The old vicarage building looks so gothic that it should come with its own vampire in residence. Don’t worry, it was blessed by Lord Bishop of Ely when it was opened in 1971 as the country annexe of St.Marks School. The Gorefield house boasted a large common room, its own kitchen and dining room, 3 dormitory-style bedrooms for pupils and one for teachers and

In them old days

In them old days

other facilities including the laboratory and a large playing field. The annexe was used for many different kinds of field work- local history, nature& wildlife, environmental and industrial studies and many other. From the house, pupils used to go on field trips, visiting places such as: to Ely cathedral, Denver Sluice, Cambridge and Shuttleworth Collection of Aircraft. Every student of the St. Mark’s School was to visit the house as a part of the learning experience and produce a diary of their experiences. I would have loved such break in school monotony as a child. I wonder if they had?
I’m not sure when the school got rid of it. As for today, the house is a B&B, called The Old Vicarage. It looks incredible and cosy. I am so very tempted to visit it.


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