HMS Rosemary christened with cup of tea at Mawnan pre-school
THE life of a pre-school helper who “touched the lives of many” in Mawnan has been remembered at a ceremony to open play equipment in her name.
Rosemary Curtis worked as a helper for 35 years at Mawnan Pre-school and was an active member of the local community.
She was also a lunchtime supervisor at Mawnan C of E VA School.
She died while on holiday in December, just two years after retiring.
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Last week the pirate ship HMS Rosemary was officially ‘launched’ in the playground.
Pre-school manager Liz Shaw and Mrs Curtis’ husband Bob said a few words before her two daughters Joanne and Stephanie Curtis cut the ribbon across the gate.
“She was christened with a cup of tea,” said Ms Shaw, “because that was her favourite tipple. It was a very emotional.”
The new equipment, paid for by a collection at Mrs Curtis’ funeral in January, was then tested out by children who were dressed, aptly, as pirates.
“The ship is lovely for parents to see,” said Ms Shaw, “and I know certainly for the school, as she touched the lives of many, not just in the pre-school but Mawnan school and the village.”
It was Mrs Curtis who inspired Ms Shaw to become the current pre-school manager.
“She was a great personal friend and like a second mum to me. She was here when I took my own children to the pre-school.
“She was the reason I became manager because of the way she cared for the kids.
“Her whole life revolved around the children; she just could not do enough for them.”
As well as outside in the playground, Mrs Curtis’ memory lives on inside the pre-school itself.
“We have a photo of her on the worktop,” said Ms Shaw. “We still chat to her and ask her advice and involve her in the group.
“She was much loved in the community. Everybody knew her and she is sadly missed.”