Plumber SOS!

Thanks so much for your help in sharing on FB. We have good offers of support now, and fingers crossed we can get it sorted tomorrow.  Go St Mark’s community!

Thanks so much to Kyla’s dad in Year R who was able to solve the problem!

Does anyone know a plumber who could help us at 7:30am/8am tomorrow at school? We can be flexible on timings. We have an issue in the boys toilets. We know what the problem is, and it’s not a hugely complicated fix, but we would be so grateful to have an expert help out. We simply don’t have the money for the quotes given, esp with weekend charge. Job involves replacing a small section of 110mm pipe. An hours’ work? We desperately need it done this weekend to have the affected toilets open for Monday.  Please share on facebook etc. If you can help, email or respond on Facebook. Thank you in advance!

Sad news

Allan Carter, 1955 – 2020

I am very sad to inform you that our previous site manager of 25 years, Allan Carter, passed away on Wednesday evening.

Allan was a much loved member of our community. He had worked at St Mark’s since it was built, and retired in December 2018.

Allan had a great sense of humour, and with it, a cheeky smile. Children and adults would laugh with him because of his jokes and stories. He was also a very kind and caring person, always looking out for others and helping them whatever their needs. As a staff, we have been reflecting on his life; his ability to help anyone in their hour of need is a recurring theme. He wasn’t worried about the time it took, but just enjoyed helping others.

Among other things, Allan loved fishing, was a keen photographer, and made a delicious banoffee pie. His DIY skills were very good, too! After retiring, Allan was able to do some of these hobbies, but sadly soon found out he had cancer. He fought bravely throughout, always thinking of others and not wanting them to be sad for him.

We will never forget Mr Carter. He was genuinely kind and lovely, and we are fortunate to have so many good memories of him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.


If you would like to give…

It has been a difficult year at St Mark’s. Mrs Hygate passed away in March, and both Mr Carter and Mrs Hygate were long established and well loved in our school community.

With permission and blessing from their families, we are raising money to:

  • donate to Great Ormond Street Hosptial, as Val’s chosen charity;
  • donate to Hampshire Hounds Dog Rescue, as Allan’s chosen charity, and;
  • create a physical place at St Mark’s, where children and staff can remember them both.

If you would like to give, then click here. Thank you.


Mrs Val Hygate 1958 – 2020

Watch our tribute to Mrs Hygate – Queen of St Mark’s – in our worship here.


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