Postcard arrives at Monkton Wyld Court - 53 years late

A POSTCARD from South Africa has finally reached Monkton Wyld Court – 53 years after it was sent.

The card was sent from Durban on November 1957, but never reached the intended recipient, who is believed to have been a student at the boarding school at the time.

Staff at the court are hoping to shed more light on the story – but may have to wait until the next reunion in May 2011.

Volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Drewer said staff were surprised by the find.

She said: “We were all really surprised. It’s quite amazing to get something from long ago, which has been lost in the post for so long.


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“We were all really pleased and excited by it.”

The writing is faded now but it appears to be addressed to a Miss JS Beasley, and signed off from grandma and granddad.

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The postcard talks about their holiday, that they are having a lovely time, and that they met a child who looked like the one on the postcard.

Monkton Wyld Court is a grade II building, which served as a hotel in 1940 for a brief period and then became a school – for cooperative living and learning – until 1982.

But the court continues to serve as an educational centre for sustainable living and hosts a range of courses.

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