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Michael Stoddart OA 45

The Abberley Hall Foundation was pleased to receive a visit from Mr Michael Stoddart OA 45 and his two daughters.

Michael having lunch with the prefects at Abberley Hall
Michael having lunch with the prefects at Abberley Hall
What do you give a Father who has everything he could possibly want? The answer of course is experiences. Michael Stoddart's daughters decided that this year they would give their Father one experience a month. March's experience was a visit to Abberley Hall where he was a pupil from 1940-1945. Michael toured around the School, which he found to have changed dramatically since his days at Abberley. During his visit Michael sat in on a French Lesson, visited his wooden panel in the Dining Room and joined the Prefects for lunch. Afterwards Michael regaled the top year with his memories of Abberley during the War. Michael's recall of his years at Abberley were crystal clear and he had lots of memories of food rationing and the terrible reconstituted potato that they had at every meal, as well as being invariably cold! The Foundation office had been busy trying to uncover mentions of Michael in the school magazines of that era, which were fascinating, although we are glad that the children are no longer encouraged to box each other! Michael's abiding memory was of the friendships that he formed at Abberley, he said that many of the friends he made at Abberley became lifelong friends.

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