A 50th birthday party invitation has gone out to all former pupils, staff and governors of Sprowston’s Cecil Gowing Infant School. And head teacher Isabel Stubbs is hoping members of the Gowing family will hear about the event and turn up on the day, Tuesday May 15 at 2pm. Mrs Stubbs is keen to find out about the man who gave his name to the school as she only has scraps of information about him. She believes Cecil Gowing may have been a pilot injured in the Second World War whose family donated the land for the school on Falcon Road West. “I’d love it if members of the Gowing family came along so that I could hear the whole story,” she added. Mrs Stubbs hopes all visitors will bring along any memorabilia they still have, and chat over their memories. She has invited Dr Jess French, a former pupil, who is a vet and a presenter on CBeebies, and hopes she will speak at the event. A Morello cherry tree will be planted on the day, echoing the weeping silver pear planted by Cecil Gowing at the school’s opening, on April 3 1968. The school is also creating a garden to mark its 50th birthday. All 180 children at the school enjoy gardening outside at the school every week.
Cecil Gowing plants a tree at the school opening ceremony, helped by the first headmistress Miss Strapps
Cecil Gowing addresses guests at the opening ceremony, telling them of his association with Sprowston schools, dating back to 1925
(Below) pupils at work creating a garden at Cecil Gowing Infant School