Appreciation: Mr Jack Ingham

Ashville College is very saddened to learn of the death of Jack Ingham, BA (London), who taught French at the College from 1944 until his retirement in 1979, mostly as Head of the French Department.

As a young teacher at a time of great upheaval – Jack joined Ashville while it was at Windermere and returned with it to Harrogate – he was a ‘tower of strength’ in setting the school firmly on its feet after the war. Although strict in classroom discipline – he once attempted to open a window at New College only for it to part company from the wall and come to rest in his hands without the class making a sound! – Jack was ‘a connoisseur of past participles and irregular verbs’ who was something of a pioneer in leading trips to France to supplement his pupils’ appreciation of the country, its language and its culture.

He grew his own pipe tobacco in the garden of Windermere House, something which probably helped to secure his place in the ranks of Ashville characters, but his status was doubtless ensured by being ‘a kindly, co-operative colleague, friendly and charming to all those with whom he came into contact.’

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday 17th March. The service will begin at 11.30am in the Memorial Hall and the family will be arranging refreshments offsite to follow the service. The service will be led either by Albert Jewell or David Barker.

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