Sunday, 30 November 2014

IN MEMORY: Enid Wood (died 5th May 1967)


Enid Died 5th May 1967

Her brother (my father), Lionel, died 5th May 1977

Enid was educated in private schools in Cheam, and in Parkstone,  Later she attended the Bournmouth High School for Girls.  In 1935 the school moved out of town and is now known as Talbot Heath School, still a very good school.

She trained for teaching at the P.N.E.U. College in Ambleside in the Lake District.  After 2 years' training she taught at several private schools in the South of England.  At the commencement of World War II She came home from Devon to Parkstone to be with her aging mother and step father.  She became the Commandent of the First Aid Post to which I belonged and she ran it most ably.

Towards the end of the war she taught in the kindergarten Dept. of the Parkstone Grammar School.  While there she was an officer for the Girls’ Training Corps attached to the school.  Next, she taught at the “Haven School”, the private school where she had been a small pupil.

After her mother’s death in 1949 she decided to run a school of her own so bought a small one in the Ridgeway, Broadstone.  Later she bought a larger one, “Southlands”in Broadstone and as Principal ran it very successfully till she became seriously ill.  With great courage and determination she sold it within the last few weeks of her life.

Enid was very fond of travelling, motoring, cycling and walking.  Some very interesting holidays were spent in England, Scotland, Wales and Eire, besides the two weeks in Italy.  There, a weekend was enjoyed in Mantover at the home of a friend and her Italian husband.  She had been with us at the First Aid Post.

[Author of this Biography Unknown]



Another Article about Enid


Enid founded Southlands School for Girls and was the Headmistress. Shortly before her death there was an article which unfortunately at present there is only just a portion of it available.
It reads:-
When, a few weeks ago Miss Wood was told that she had only a very short time to live, the calm and confidence with which she accepted the prospect was an inspiration to her friends and to us all. Her nobility of character we all knew; and Southlands School, its methods and standards were admired by us all. Miss Wood's only anxiety was for the welfare of the School and it was the greatest of pleasures to her when it be- .......and here the article is cut short until the remainder can be located!

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