In Loving Memory of

Margaret

Margaret Hammond

Margaret Hammond, our much-loved Chef of many years, sadly passed away unexpectedy earlier this week. One of the most popular members of staff at St Margaret’s, her good humour, kind nature and wide, infectious smile meant that she very quickly became far more to the girls than just someone who simply provided their lunches. Every child from Reception to Year 11 knew her, as did all the staff, and visiting past pupils were always quick to head to the kitchen to say hello to her. Always ready to give a hug to those younger members of the school wanting a bit of comfort, she was also incredibly popular with the older girls and could often be seen having a laugh with them as they queued for lunch. When a school cookbook was made with input from pupils and parents, there was much demand for her sticky chicken recipe and other tasty dishes that became many of the pupils’ favourites. Her larger-than-life personality was evident in all encounters with her and when she recently came back to visit the School, it was more like a rock star had turned up and not a former member of staff, judging by the buzz of excitement amongst the girls and the echoes of “Margaret’s here, Margaret’s here!” that rang around the corridors. She will be very much missed by all who met her here.

Margaret leaves behind her four young children and her husband.

Book Owner: Samantha Beschizza
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Julian Bergin

Our paths crossed only briefly at St Margaret’s, but from the moment I arrived, your kindness, generosity and warmth radiated from the kitchen, along with the aroma of your irresistable cooking! It was easy to see why you were at the centre of school life. I remember your smile, when I told you I …

Zahra H -Year 11

We will always remember your kindness and lovely smile and laughter. Thank you for everything and we will never forget you. Love Zahra and family …

Ketika Patel

Margaret had a special way to connect to people, not only through her delicious food, but also through her warmth and generosity!  She had a beautiful smile that would brighten up any dull day and she reached out and created a bond with everyone she met.  I can still remember how she made me …

Kate Bowes

Margaret really was the heart and soul of the school. She had the brightest smile and so much warmth- treating every student and staff member with love and care. She will be deeply missed by the community but I am sure that we will talk about her often, always remembering how truly special she …

Richard Hartley

Margaret meant so much to the St Margaret’s  community; she was someone who was never short of a kind word or a hug when it was needed. Her laughter was loud and frequent  and warmed each of our hearts. She will be deeply missed by all. …

Carla R

You always greeted everyone with smiles and laughter. Every time I saw you my day would be more positive. Your lunches were delicious, especially the sticky chicken. Rest in peace, Margaret. …

Annabelle Tiwari

Margaret was always smiling, cheerful and very kind to everyone at school. I remember very fondly the wonderful vegetarian meals she would lovingly prepare for me, her beautiful smile and joyful laughter. I will never forget her and my heart goes out to her family. Rest in peace. Love  Annabelle Tiwari     …

Lia Z

I was fortunate enough to know her for a while since i joined in 2019 and she has always been there for everyone at the school and carried a large beacon of positivity she was happy to share with everyone else. Her profound personality is what made everyone love her since we first met …

Matt Brown

Margaret was at the centre of the St Margaret’s family.  He laughter, food and positivity was never in short supply.  Rest in peace. …

Georgia Carey

Margaret was such a beautiful woman inside and out. I was lucky enough to know Margaret as a pupil and as a colleague. She was a caring mother figure to myself and all the pupils at St Margarets, her smile always made my day. When I came back to St Margarets as a member …
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