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Memorial service organised for inspirational Halesowen teacher
11:59am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
A MEMORIAL service is being held in Halesowen this weekend for an inspirational teacher who touched thousands of local children’s lives.
Gwenyth Lewis spent her whole career teaching in Halesowen, ran a youth club and was involved in the Girl Guides.
Friends, family, former colleagues and pupils of Miss Lewis will attend the memorial service on Saturday, March 23 at 2pm at St John the Baptist Church, Halesowen town centre.
Miss Lewis was born in Wales in 1925 and attended teacher training in Goldsmiths, London and started her teaching career at Halesowen School for Girls, Bundle Hill.
She worked there until the school closed and she transferred to Windsor School where she worked until she retired in 1985.
Miss Lewis also ran a youth club at Windsor High School and helped organise trips across the country for the Girl Guides in Halesowen.
She lived the majority of her life in Quarry Lane, died last August and was buried in Powke Lane cemetery.
Former pupil Margaret Thomas has helped organise the memorial service.
She said: “She was a wonderful teacher who touched the lives of thousands of pupils down the years.
“She was a very jolly person who was always into what the young people were into and even let fourth year girls play pop music in their break.”
She added: “She was all about broadening horizons of her pupils and wanted to give an education for life and not just to pass exams.
“She really gave a lot of herself to pupils and really loved the children she taught and it will be wonderful to see former pupils at the memorial service.”
For more information about the memorial service at Halesowen Parish Church (St John’s) Queensway on Saturday at 2pm phone Mrs Thomas on 01384 410 480.