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Peggy Pinfold (Franklin) 1934-2022

Peggy Pinfold, Class of 1952, passed away on Easter Monday aged 88. The sad news reached us shortly after her daughter Sue donated Peggy's impressive collection of LEH prize books to our archive.

Peggy, who is seen here on prize day holding some of the books, was a gifted student receiving glowing reports in French, German, Music and History, as well as prizes. In the U6 she received the Margaret Rochford Prize for being Deputy Head Girl, which is one of the prizes still handed out to current pupils at Prize Giving.

After leaving LEH, she studied at Birmingham University where she met husband to be Brian.  They went on to have two daughters, Sue and Kathy. After qualifying as an infants’ teacher, she taught in several schools in Ashford and Staines and was an active member of the local church, St Hilda’s, becoming the church warden before her retirement.

In later years she and Brian loved to travel. They were keen National Trust visitors, as well as enjoying trips further afield around Europe, including their favourite spot in south-west France.

Peggy was quite the character and cut a familiar figure, nipping about town on her scooter. Her interests included crossword puzzles, baking and keeping in touch with friends and family, whose fond memories of Peggy include:

  • Selecting routes that avoided having to turn right
  • Claiming she was only resting her eyes, and wasn’t asleep (despite the loud snores)
  • Being slightly optimistic at times on her fluency in French, and thinking nothing of launching into a complicated explanation about pickling walnuts
  • Somewhat irrational dislikes of Greensleeves and Danny Boy
  • Her inability to select tortoise mode on her scooter provided exercise for anyone foolish enough to try to accompany her. Indeed she has left her mark on one of the pillars at the back of the local church as she made a slightly too fast entrance.

It was Peggy’s request that anyone wishing to remember her make a donation in her name to Dementia UK.

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