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PUBLISHED: 16:20 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 20 February 2013

Annabelle Heath

Annabelle Heath

An 'old girls' reunion with a difference took place at Oakley Court Hotel, near Windsor, courtesy of one of the original cast of the classic film Belles of St Trinian's...

An 'old girls' reunion with a difference took place at Oakley Court Hotel, near Windsor, courtesy of one of the original cast of the classic film Belles of St Trinian's...

Annabelle Heath, from Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex, made her film debut in The Belles Of St Trinian's as Maudie, bookie's clerk to Flash Harry who was played by the legendary George Cole.

Last December and half a century later, she attended the UK premiere of St Trinian's, a new version of the original concept, and having met a bevy of new schoolgirls and director Barnaby Thompson and seen modern day Flash Harry Russell Brand, she decided to throw her own traditional 'school reunion'.

Several of the new cast were recruited from Stagecoach in Maidenhead.

The reunion gave both the 'old' and 'new' girls the chance to swap their own special St Trinian's memories over afternoon tea at the hotel.

Inspired by trees?
Are you inspired by the woods of the Chilterns? Or are you a local artist that could try your hand at trees and woods? If so, the Special Trees and Woods Project, in partnership with the Chilterns Conservation Board, is hosting an art exhibition open to all those that are inspired by the woods of the Chilterns.

Last year the Special Trees and Woods Project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, hosted an art exhibition in four venues across the Chilterns and now the hunt is on for the 2008 exhibition.

Artists are welcome to enter artwork of any medium before October 17, 2008. After judging, selected entries will have their work exhibited in the River and Rowing Museum in Henley and the Hat Factory in Luton.

Visit or call Liz Manley on 01844 355 525

Burning issue
With regard to the article 'The Burning Issue' (Berkshire Life, March 2008) I would like to address some of the issues that it raised.

The Integrated Risk Management Plan process requires us to deliver improved services for Berkshire using existing resources. We aim to do this by reallocating resources to where they are most needed,

Yours sincerely

Iain Cox, Chief Fire Officer,
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Visionary chairman retires

The Kingsclere visionary who has helped blind people 'see' and enjoy art after founding her trail-blazing charity, Living Paintings, is to retire after 20 years as chairman.

Art lecturer, Alison Oldland MBE developed the unique touch and sound packs and children's books that have been used for education and enjoyment by tens of thousands of visually impaired members of Living Paintings free library service.

Her work was recognised by an award from the National Arts Collections Fund for an outstanding contribution to the creative arts, the first-ever Guardian Jerwood award for individual excellence in the charity field, and the MBE.

Her fellow trustees have marked this milestone by making Alison Living Paintings' first President. Alison is seen here with the children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, a keen supporter of the charity.


With BBC Radio Berkshire's
Nicki Whiteman
95.4FM - 94.6FM

It is being described as a 'Military Musical spectacular in celebration of the heroic efforts and sacrifice of our soldiers'.

Windsor's first ever Royal Tattoo will be held in the private grounds of the Castle this month, giving all of us a rare opportunity to show gratitude to those who sacrifice so much for their country.

We are proud of so much in Berkshire, our Royal connection, beautiful countryside, and prosperous business links, and, our armed forces.

I grew up an army child surrounded by military regalia, and never did I tire of seeing the parades. If you've never watched the army at work up close I thoroughly recommend it. The discipline, strength, co-ordination and shining boots are a sight to behold.


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