The Calne Girls’ Association dates back to the time of Miss Florence Dyas, who as Headmistress between 1888 and 1911, set up the original Guild of St Mary’s in 1891. This then became The Old Girls’ Association, and by 2010 was rebranded The Calne Girls’ Association in a bid to update both the name and the style of the newsletter!
Today the CGA has over 3,500 members worldwide, ranging from Gold Medallist Olympians to award-winning writers, scientists, doctors, artists and actresses. Being a member of the CGA gives old girls the chance to become life members of an exclusive worldwide network. Whilst the CGA ensures that old girls keep in touch with each other, it also acts as an important networking tool, offering advice, mentoring, work experience, careers, travel and social opportunities.
Old girls are invited to come back into school regularly, to meet with and talk to current students, to regale them with stories of their outstanding achievements, high flying careers, and life experiences. Reunions are hosted throughout the year for all ages, both in school and at national venues. A Calne girl is a Calne girl for life.
The photograph shows, far left, former Calne Girl, Belinda Stewart-Wilson (actress), with her sisters at the Calne Girls' Reunion in 2013.
Former Calne girls have included:
Belinda Stewart-Wilson – Actress (pictured, far left in photo)
Laura Tomlinson MBE - Team Gold and Individual Bronze in Dressage at London 2012 Olympics
Roya Nikkhah - Journalist and broadcaster
Lucy Hughes-Hallett- Author and winner of the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction
Professor Julia Buckingham - Brunel University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal
Eva Rice – Author and Musician
Rosamund Strode (died on March 25th aged 82) - Rosamund was Benjamin Britten's musical assistant and amanuensis for the last 12 years of his life; after the composer's death in 1976 she did as much as anyone to keep the Britten-Pears star shining brightly at Aldeburgh
Avery Agnelli - Anglo-American architect and socialite