Au revoir Simon

Friday was Simon’s last day as a teacher.

Dr Simon Pugh – Jones MBE began his career as a physics teacher at Writhlington in 1989.  He started the Orchid Project in some old greenhouses left redundant, after the national curriculum was introduced by the government.  In 2013, Simon was awarded his MBE for his work in education.

Simon has grown the Writhlington Orchid Project to be one of the most significant collections of orchids, not only in this country but world wide.  Of the 28,000 species of orchid in the world, Writhlington houses nearly 1000 all thanks to Simon.

Although Simon is retiring from his work as a teacher, he will remain a member of the Writhlington Orchid Project. Both he and Annie will be volunteering with us and I hope, giving us plenty of advice for many years to come.







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  1. Lynne says:

    Hello Simon, Congratulations on all your many achievements. You should be very proud. Enjoy your well earned retirement. May the Writhlington Orchid Project continue to grow.

    • Lovely to hear of your achievements that I’ve heard about over the years. My personal memory of you and Annie is of our wonderful time with ACTA and community Theatre performed in Writhlington school in the very early 90s. I do wish you and Annie a happy retirement (!) but as I’m still working at nearly 80 and just as passionate, I would love to talk to you about the Community Theatre plans we have for Writhlington. Are you still in touch with Neil Beddow?
      It would be great to hear from you. Penny McKissock, MBE (this year), CEO Southside. 01225 331253/07837 049155

    • Agnes Jones says:

      Hi Penny,
      Thanks for your comment. I have passed it on to Simon.