Former Taunton head teacher passes away

Sydney Haynes, a resident at Frethey House care home in Taunton, who recently celebrated his 97th birthday, has sadly passed away.

The former head teacher of Queen’s College, Taunton, Sydney taught history there for 21 years, and maintained strong links with the boarding school. The current Head Boy, Alex Greenhalgh, and Head Girl, Katy Gough, visited Frethey House on Sydney’s birthday in order to celebrate the special occasion with him.

Sydney celebrated his birthday with a special tea, and was presented with a bunch of flowers from those at Queen’s College. The flag at Queen’s College is now flying at half-mast in tribute to Sydney.

A resident at Frethey House, part of the Caring Homes Group, since last year, Sydney loved playing music, and often entertained the residents by playing on the piano that has just been donated to the home. His favourite past-times included reading the newspaper and going for his daily walk around the home’s grounds. He also still enjoyed the occasional glass of wine!

Sydney studied history at university, before joining the RAF during the Second World War and being deployed to Burma. On his return, he became a teacher. He has always loved sport, and played hockey for many years. He was an avid supporter of the Somerset County Cricket team, and enjoyed watching them play. Sydney also used to enjoy walking on the Quantock Hills in Somerset. Previously, he was the chairperson, and member, of the Board of Governors for local hospitals, including Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

Anne Lewin, care home manager of Frethey House, says: “Sydney was a lovely gentleman and will be sorely missed. He was a very popular resident, and still well known and respected by those in the wider community – when he celebrated his 97th birthday we had never seen so many birthday cards! He had a great sense of humour, and we were lucky to have him at Frethey House.”


Image Caption: Sydney Haynes, former head teacher of Queen’s College, Taunton, and resident of Frethey House, celebrated his 97th birthday with the current Head Boy, Alex Greenhalgh, and Head Girl, Katy Gough.

15th March 2010

Editors Notes

Frethey House is an elegant Victorian building enjoying a prime location on the outskirts of the charming village of Bishops Hull, close to the river Tone and surrounded by glorious countryside. The house has recently been extended and refurbished to provide high quality accommodation, but more importantly a comfortable ‘home from home’ for all residents.

In this tranquil location nursing care is provided for up to 41 people over the age of 60. It is our aim to provide a comfortable and enjoyable home with a friendly and companionable atmosphere, where residents can enjoy the highest standard of care from highly trained and qualified staff.

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