King's Hawford

18 March

Remembering Douglas Garrad

We were greatly saddened to hear on Wednesday 3rd March of the death at the age of 95 of Douglas Garrad, the founder of Hawford Lodge, now King’s Hawford in 1955.

Douglas was an inspiration to us all and he created a school with energy, heart and a spirit of adventure and countless children have been captivated by the dynamic, exciting and unique education provided at Hawford. The school began in 1955 with 15 children, quickly becoming popular for its location and its free spirited approach. With Mary Ann providing the catering and living on the top floor of the main house, the Garrads worked long hours building up the school – Douglas assisted to dig out a pit for the swimming pool and introduced sheep onto the top field to keep down the grass. Many former pupils speak with great fondness of those early days, with the school growing rapidly and the current Kindergarten acting as a theatre for the many productions that were performed with great enjoyment. Douglas has, in recent years, been a regular visitor to the school site, enjoying performances and assemblies, and was proud to be part of our Speech Days. He leaves a considerable legacy and we will miss him greatly. He died with his family, peacefully, at home. We remember Mary Ann and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

The funeral of Douglas, will take place at St. Andrew’s, Ombersley, at 11-00a.m. on Friday 19th March. Mr Turner will be representing the school at the funeral, with a live online stream being available for those who wish to be part of the funeral, even if from home, due to the current restrictions. Click here to access the link.

The Garrad family would like to thank all parents and friends who have kindly written to express their sympathy. We will be marking the day in a suitable manner here at King’s Hawford. The children will line the route across the top field to clap Mr Garrad by as he leaves Hawford for the final time on the journey to Ombersley.

The History of Hawford

In 2015 we created a video to mark the 60th anniversary of our school. Douglas and Mary Ann were both interviewed and we’re delighted to share it once again as we remember Douglas and celebrate the wonderful school that he created.