It is with great sadness that on 15th January 2021, after a short illness, we lost a true 'friend' of the Ranelagh school community. Pupils, parents, staff and governors at Ranelagh over 5 decades will remember her time from when she taught in Early Years and Key Stage 1 (from 1972 until she retired in 2008) and, after her retirement, when she continued to sit on the Governing Body.
The children of Ranelagh were so important to Ann, who would generously give her time to enrich their lives, from running Brownies to holiday clubs. The wellbeing of staff was also very important to Ann; from her union involvement and in her role as a governor, Ann always looked out for other staff. We all benefited from her many acts of kindness; the chocolate deliveries during lock down to the biscuits at every governor meeting.
Ranelagh wasn't the only organisation where Ann volunteered her time: a governor (until recently) at Morland C of E Primary School; a lay minister at an Ipswich church; secretary of the Ipswich Flower Club and a trustee of the Blue Coat Charitable Trust. As well as her charitable and voluntary work, Ann was always busy and had many interests from gardening, reading, travel and nature conservation to flower arranging.
Ann really was a true friend and supporter of the Ranelagh community; whose generosity and kindness knew no bounds. Whilst Ann will be greatly missed, we feel very blessed that Ann chose Ranelagh to be a large part of her life and take comfort in the many happy memories and times that we shared with her.