A commemorative ornament has been returned to the venue which presented it – 100 years after the gift was given. A porcelain comport, which was gifted to a Moorlands couple in 1921, has been given back to Great Wood School, which used to be The Tean British Boys School.
A commemorative ornament has been returned to the venue which presented it – 100 years after the gift was given.
A porcelain comport, which was gifted to a Moorlands couple in 1921, has been given back to Great Wood School, which used to be The Tean British Boys School.
The porcelain comport was presented to Humphrey Burgoyne Philips and Violet Margaret Dawson-Greene when they married in March 1921.
The 100-year-old ornament has been presented back to Great Wood School by Neil Hatfield who was given the ornament by the couple’s younger son in 2008.
Neil explained: “One hundred years ago Tean schoolchildren paid tribute to a local couple as on March 31, 1921, their wedding took place at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square in London.
“The groom, Humphrey Burgoyne Philips, was the surviving son and youngest child of William Morton Philips and Kate nee Stopford of Heybridge, Lower Tean and the bride, Violet Margaret Dawson-Greene of Whittington Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire.
“The Tean Boys and Girls schools presented the couple with a pair of porcelain comports made by Shelley Pottery, one from each of the schools.
“One hundred years on, amazingly, one of the comports survives and was given to me in 2008 by the couple’s younger son Charles Michael Philips.”
Neil continued: “Before Micheal’s death the following year we had discussed the idea of giving the gift back to the school at the time of the centenary, in the hope they will accept this unique gift and display it as part of their history.
“A report of the week-long celebrations in June, after the couple had returned form their honeymoon in Europe was reported in the local press.
“Humphrey and Violet (known as Pegy) returned to the Oak Hill Estate in Upper Tean which had been bought for them by his father Morton Philips.
“Their two sons Mark Henry and Charles Michael were born there in 1922 and 1923 respectively.
“The family remained there until 1940 when Morton Philips died and the coupe moved to Heybridge in Lower Tean.”
Neil has recently visited Great Wood School to present the porcelain comport to school leader Ben Adamson.
Ben said: “History is an important part of our curriculum, especially local history in which pupils can reflect on their local area and how it has changed over time.
“To receive this unique porcelain comport that is 100 years old, gives the school the opportunity to reflect on the part it played in the local community, especially it once being a school for boys only.
“I am grateful to Neil for organising this lovely gesture and look forward to proudly displaying this for future generations to view.”
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