Retiring Raunds lunctime supervisor opens garden named in her honour

Dinnertime Supervisor Elaine Gubbins cutting the ribbon to open Gubbins' Garden as retires after 30 years at Raunds Park Infants School. Pictured, Elain Gubbins with husband Keith who made the garden and grandson Harry Askham (6) NNL-150716-114654009
Dinnertime Supervisor Elaine Gubbins cutting the ribbon to open Gubbins' Garden as retires after 30 years at Raunds Park Infants School. Pictured, Elain Gubbins with husband Keith who made the garden and grandson Harry Askham (6) NNL-150716-114654009

A retiring lunchtime supervisor’s last act at the school she has worked at for 30 years was to open a garden named in her honour.

Elaine Gubbins, 63, began working at Raunds Park Infants School three decades ago and says the thing she will miss most is the children.

Elaine and her family have close links to the school – she attended it herself, as did husband Keith and their children Sarah and Matt.

One of her three grandchildren, Harry Askham, 6, also a pupil at the school, helped cut the ribbon at what has been dubbed Gubbins’ Garden, which was put together by Elaine’s husband.

She said: “I’ve loved my time at Raunds Park. It’s been good fun.

“I’ll miss the children the most. I’ve really enjoyed seeing so many of them growing up and, of course, my own children went there as well.”

Elaine, who has outlasted “four or five” head teachers during her time at the school, said she will be maintaining links with Raunds Park Infants when she returns as a volunteer to help young children improve their reading.

She added: “That’s something I’ve done for a number of years anyway, but I’ll miss the place too much so I’ll be going back in one day a week to help out.

Elaine said she has not made any firm plans about what she will be doing in her retirement, but said she expects to spend a lot more time with her family.