A former pupil of a city centre school is organising a reunion for girls who studied with her 40 years ago.

Catherine Jones was a student at the Ursuline Covent School in Chester in 1976, now known as Dee House, when it closed and the reunion will be held at the nearby Blossoms Hotel in St John Street on Saturday, June 25.

She is now trying to get hold of as old girls to attend the afternoon tea from 2.30-5pm.

Catherine said: “I am trying to contact as many old girls as possible.”

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One of those girls is Granada TV news reader Lucy Meacock, who started her journalistic career in Chester at the Chronicle.

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Catherine added: “Lucy Meacock was in my year at school although she left before the final year when her family moved to Australia. I’m hoping that we might get her to attend the reunion.”

History of the school

The school in Chester opened in 1925 when the Ursuline order of nuns took over an existing school from another religious order, the Faithful Companions of Jesus. They expanded the school buildings, adding classrooms and laboratories and Catherine remembers taking part in an annual netball tournament with other Ursuline schools from around the country.

The school became a direct grant grammar school, taking girls from all over Cheshire, until the comprehensive system of education was adopted in the borough, when it closed and girls (and boys) went to the Chester Catholic High School in Handbridge instead.

Catherine recalls that the convent had an excellent academic reputation and that in her time most girls went into the sixth form and then onto college or university.

She added: “We had a distinctive green and silver uniform and our motto was Serviam which means I Will Serve.

“The school building, just behind the amphitheatre, was sold to the Post Office when the school closed. I remember the amphitheatre being excavated when I was at school - we all thought that our school building would be knocked down when the school was closed so that the remainder of the amphitheatre could be excavated, but it never has been.”

To register your interest in the reunion contact Catherine by email on catherinejones650@gmail.com.

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