JoyceToday we said a very fond farewell to our hugely loved dinner lady, Joyce Welch. Joyce has worked tirelessly for the Marriotts’ Community (and Bedwell before it) for 40 years. As a cleaner and dinner lady at the school she has cleaned up after our muddy feet; served our hungry stomachs with delicious meals and offered us all a smile every day!

There are many sad hearts today, who will miss her smile, her question about our day and her extra portion if you look a little down! Joyce has always been a dinner lady of the ‘old school’ who watches out for students and will let us know if they seem like they need a little extra love (and she is often the person who provides it too!)joyce2

Whilst we will miss her tremendously, she has more than earned her retirement and we are delighted to hear of her plans for all the fun she will have.

At lunch today, we presented her with a plaque, some gifts and a standing ovation and endless cheer from everyone. It does not go far enough to express our love but we hope she knows she takes that with her.