On the weekend of 14th and 15th September 2013 the University of Cumbria welcomed a group of ladies back to its Ambleside campus

The group studied there at the Charlotte Mason College in the early 1960’s and have many fond memories of their time in the Lake District.  They travelled from the far reaches of the country to be together again.

The group toured the campus on the Sunday morning and visited a small exhibition of photographs, stories and memorabilia from their time as students, as well as recreating a photograph of the group originally taken on campus 50 years ago.  As a memento of the occasion each former student took away with them their own piece of the original Charlotte Mason College in the form of a slate coaster made from a roof tile taken from one of the buildings demolished as part of the development. 

Pamela Moorhead (class of 1963) who co-ordinated the weekend’s activities sayid “the three years I spent at Charlotte Mason College, where I gained the skills which enabled me to have a successful career in the teaching profession, were the best three years of my life.  I have revisited Ambleside often with my family and I am sure that future students will come to love the Lake District as I do”.

Liz Beaty, Pro Vice-Chancellor said “the development of our campus at Ambleside is vitally important to giving our students an excellent experience and supporting the local community.  We enjoyed meeting the starters of 1963 and were pleased to show them our proposals for the future using our unique location as a classroom”.

This was the first time some of the ladies had seen each other since leaving college 50 years ago!

1960s students Ambleside

The group enjoyed looking at the future plans for the Ambleside campus.

1960s students Ambleside. Woman looking at plans

The 1963 starters (plus husbands) posing together for a photo.

1960s students Ambleside

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