Heavy snow hindered schools in North Yorkshire too, where the staff of Sinnington primary school had planned a big night out for teaching assistant Doreen Sleightholme who is leaving this small rural school after 35 years.
Doreen has filled most of the official jobs at the school - cook, dinner lady and caretaker - while unofficially she has "found lost wellies, pulled loose teeth and quieted many a nervous new entrant" (teachers as well as pupils, no doubt). We hope she has a great send-off - snow permitting - and that our Waitrose hamper makes a special treat for the staffroom to mark her last day.
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