Mrs Helen Plowden PC1-056 Helen with PiersIn 1901 Roger married Helen Haseltine, a friend of his late wife Minnie, who had visited Strachur Park often. She also kept a diary and scrap book, writing in detail about her visits. She was very fond of Humphrey and we have copies of letters Humphrey wrote to her when she was not in Strachur.Roger and Helen went on to have 4 children:-Roger Stanley in 1902 Edwin Noel – 1907 Helen Penelope – 1909 Francis Herbert – 1914. Mrs Helen Plowden continued to collect material about life in Strachur Park and was involved in a variety of local initiatives. She was Commandant of the Red Cross for Strachur, Strathlachlan and Glendaruel and was instrumental in setting up Letters Lodge Convalescent Hospital in 1915. She organised the collection of Sphagnum Moss used for war dressings. LL1-001 Letters Lodge Convalescent Hospital LL1-002 LL1-003 LL2-010 LL2-002 BW1-001 Basket weaving classHelen Plowden also took a great interest in education and instigated a knitting class as well as a basket weaving class. KC1-001 Mrs Plowden’s Knitting classL-R Katie MacVean, ?Luke, Katie Scott, Nana McNicol, Rubina McNicol, Abigail Scott Bessie and Vinnie Scott, Mary Clark, ?Luke, Nancy McCallum, ?Luke Kirsty Campbell, Agnes Clark, Annie Pettigrew, Lizzie McNicol, ?, grand-daughter of Mrs. Stewart, Miss MacIver, personal attendant to Mrs. Plowden (Tombuie) Mrs Plowden also set up a fund for a Dux Prize for Strachur Primary School. The Plowdens sold Strachur Park to Lady George in 1918 but that was not the end of their connection to Strachur. PC2-001Roger and Helen’s son Edwin, Baron Plowden GBE KCB married Dame Bridget Horatia Richmond. Bridget chaired the group who wrote and published the 1967 Plowden Report on Primary Education. This fundamentally changed the way young children were educated. (The editor of this page trained as a primary teacher in the late 60s, early 70s and remembers clearly “….Age, Aptitude and Ability…..” and the importance of child-centred teaching”) In 2012 Francis Plowden (Bridget and Edwin’s son) came to Strachur and visited the school as part of their celebrations – 100 years since the new part of the school had been built. Bridget, Lady Plowden PC2-002 DFSH1-002 The Plowden Exhibition 2012 Willie Montgomery, Eleanor McKay, Francis Plowden, Roddy MacLennan, Sir Charles McLean, Margaret Montgomery, Fiona Campbell, Iseabal Thomson DFSH1-001 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.