Celebration of 45 years of dedication to school

Toby Massey and Capri Loosemore present a cream tea to Teacher Mrs Voysey who is retiring after 45 y

Toby Massey and Capri Loosemore present a cream tea to Teacher Mrs Voysey who is retiring after 45 years from Axminster primary school. Ref mha 28-16TI 3760. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A school volunteer, who has dedicated the last 45 years to helping Axminster youngsters learn to read, waved farewell last week.

Mrs Val Voysey was joined by other volunteers at Axminster Primary Academy for an afternoon cream tea on Thursday, July 7.

The event, which was attended by around 50 people, was held as a way to say thank-you to Mrs Voysey as well as the school’s other dedicated volunteers.

The school’s chef, Emma Williams, prepared some delicious treats which the year five and six youngsters served to their guests.

The children then took to the stage to provide some entertainment, performing two songs from their Ali Barbar production.


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Head of school Ross Minton said Mrs Voysey first started volunteering at the school because she felt her son needed some extra support - she then continued to help the children for the next 45 years.

“It is remarkable dedication... Mrs Voysey has seen the school evolve and develop over the years,” he added.

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“The children loved her; they thought she was amazing and supportive and she will be sadly missed.

“We were really pleased we were able to hold this afternoon to recognise her marvellous achievements and also thank every other volunteer who has helped us.”

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