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.

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Natasha Hess

Margaret was always the kindest person. She always gave me an extra slice of pizza and always made sure that we were always well fed. School lunches have never been the same, and we all miss her. Sending my deepest condolences, Natasha  …

Alistair Tresidder

Margaret was a wonderful part of St.Margarets. There is a clue in the name. Always smiling, always happy, she seemed to know not only every girl and their name but also what their favourite lunch was! As school chaplain, I always loved popping into the kitchen to see her and feel the special atmosphere …

Charlotte Yr10

I remember Margaret fondly since I was four years old. Her simle was always contagious and no matter how sad or worried I was, she would always make me feel better. I will never forget her neither her delicious meals that she cooked us at lunch. She was always a mother figure for all …

Rebecca Johnson

Margaret was the happiest, most cheerful person you could ever wish to meet. Her smile lit up the room and brought warmth to those of us lucky enough to have known her. She knew and cared about each and every one of us at St Margaret’s and always found the time for a quick …

Roz Jones

Margaret had a generous spirit and a warm, loving soul. She was a favourite amongst the girls because she always had time for them and always made them feel special. Her food was amazing; she clearly cared so deeply about her work and put as much love into the food as she did with …

Dugald MacNeill

I only met Margaret a couple of times several years ago but she came across as a very warm and kind person. These qualities made her much loved by those who knew her and her loss has made us all very sad. We shall celebrate her life and always remember her and her dear …

Margarita Mejzini

Dear Margaret I will miss you so much. Sometimes I think I can still hear you laughing in the the distance. I will never forget the comfort and care you gave me. No matter how bad a day I had, when I saw you everything used to be so much better. The world is …

Pia Y7

Whenever I passed Margaret she would give me a smile and say hello, she was always very kind and always made everyone in our class feel good. …

Sheli Y8

I was extremely lucky to know Margaret, she was the bravest, strongest and kindest woman I had ever known. Right after I had finished my lunch I would go straight to the kitchen, where Margaret was expecting me for our daily hug. Margaret’s hugs weren’t just ordinary hugs, when you hugged her you felt comforted and reassured that …

Enara

Dear Margaret, You were always such a good friend to me and all of us at St.Margaret’s and you always knew how to make me smile.I will miss you. From:Enara …
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