Shrewsbury School

A fond farewell to Matron Linda Riley after 23 years in Severn Hill

Friday 8 March 2019

We send warm wishes to Linda Riley, who has recently retired as House Matron in Severn Hill after 23 years’ sterling service.

Appointed in 1996 by Dr Gee, Linda has supported no fewer than five Housemasters and scores of boys.

“Linda has brought an abundance of kindness, tenderness and care, advice and good humour to Severn Hill, which so many past and present pupils have commented on in correspondence received since the announcement of her retirement,” said Dan Nicholas, the current Housemaster of Severn Hill. “All of us who have been part of Severn Hill and worked and lived with Linda over so many years are hugely thankful for everything she has brought to the House and to Shrewsbury School – and we wish her the very best of everything in retirement.”

A special Tea Party in Linda’s honour was organised by her fellow Matrons and held in the Peterson Room on 28th February. “Linda was quite overwhelmed by the whole event,” said Clare Birch, Head Matron. “The Catering Team provided a wonderful spread of sandwiches and cakes, and we presented her with a bouquet of flowers, a retirement cake, a ferris-wheel garden ornament filled with primroses. and a scented candle.”

Paul Vicars, Housemaster of Severn Hill from 2006-2012, was unable to be there on the day but sent a message paying his own tribute to Linda: “A good Matron is like gold dust, and we certainly had a great and caring one in Linda. A measure of her abilities and her warmth of welcome to us as a family is that she is godmother to one of our twins. Linda was integral to the success of Severn Hill and to our ability to manage the House and the demands of a young family. Any role within a boarding school is a lifestyle choice, but perhaps none more so than that of Matron – and Linda’s kindness and desire to look after the boys has benefitted many generations of ‘Severn Hillians’.”


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