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St Alban’s plants a tree in memory of piano teacher

St Alban’s Catholic Primary School has planted a maple tree in memory of a much-loved piano teacher, Anna Fetzer Pimblott. Joseph McCrossan reports.

The children, parents and staff wanted to make a permanent memorial to Mrs Pimblott in their grounds. On Monday October 11, a short ceremony was held to plant a tree in her memory, supported by Newnham College.

Newham College is celebrating 150 years of education by inviting schools to plant a tree. St Alban’s decided to participate in this programme and felt it appropriate to acknowledge Anna’s inspirational teaching by selecting a maple tree to be planted in the grounds. This wood is often used in the manufacture of musical instruments, so was thought to be fitting.

The school was able to welcome Paul, Anna’s husband, along with Matthew Gunn, Head of Cambridgeshire Music, myself (Headteacher) and Ruth Burrows (Performing Arts Teacher) as well as all the children who were Anna’s students.

The ceremony included music by Shostakovitch and Rachmaninov to acknowledge Anna’s Russian heritage and tributes were made on behalf of the school and Cambridgeshire Music.

Our thanks to all who attended, especially Paul Fetzer Pimblott, and to the Parents Association who raised money to sponsor the plaque and donated a £400 cheque to Paul’s charity.

Pictured above and below is the tree-planting ceremony at St Alban’s