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Homefieldians Celebrate Lifelong Friendships Across Continents

Jocelyn Chey née Milner, Alice Sinclair née Evershed, and Gillian Longhurst née Hardwick
Jocelyn Chey née Milner, Alice Sinclair née Evershed, and Gillian Longhurst née Hardwick

Jessica Milner Davis (Homefield 47-52), her sister Jocelyn Chey (43-49), and brother Hugh Milner (50-52) fondly recall memories of their time at Homefield in anticipation of the reunion on 23 March.

Jocelyn recently reunited with two Homefield friends in New Zealand: Gilly Longhurst (1943-1949), who traveled from Chelmsford, UK, and Alice Sinclair from Vancouver Island, Canada. The trio, affectionately dubbed the 'Gang of Three,' shared stories and reminisced about their school days. Reflecting on their time at Homefield, the friends discussed the profound impact the school had on cementing lifelong friendships that have endured for over three quarters of a century and across continents.

Jessica recalls a visit to Homefield with her aunt, Mrs. Barbara Crank, who was Miss Machin's secretary. During the visit, she donated historic photos depicting her and her classmates in various school productions, including the Nativity Play and Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (which will be on display at the reunion event.) 

Jessica reminisces warmly about her music lessons, where she would listen to Peter and The Wolf on the concrete floor of the air-raid shelter. She also recalls the mundane yet comforting routine of resting on a rolled-out blanket, with a small roll still at one end serving as a makeshift pillow. In those days, she vividly remembers cycling to and from Bilton Hall, where they resided in Flat 2, while their grandparents occupied Flat 1. Additionally, Jessica recounts a particularly memorable winter day when heavy snowfall rendered the lanes impassable, halting even the school bus's progress between the Hall and the Grange.

Now based in Sydney, Australia, Jocelyn Chey and her sister express regrets for missing the upcoming Homefield Reunion on 23 March. Despite physical distances preventing their attendance, the spirit of Homefield lives on through the connections and cherished memories shared by its alumni, scattered across the globe.

For more information on the Homefield Reunion on 23 March, visit our website here. 

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