Waterlooville teacher’s memory will live on at centre

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THE VISION of a dedicated teacher from Waterlooville who died four years ago was celebrated with an official launch of a redeveloped children’s centre.

Margaret Turnill ‘would have been proud’ of the new Bridge Education Centre in Eastleigh which she managed for several years before her death at the age of 59 from cancer, husband Peter said.

The centre, which supports excluded seven to 16-year-olds, was in a terrible state when she took over the running of it in 1999 – but with her commitment and hard work turned its fortunes around.

Mr Turnill, 64, said: ‘Maggie changed the whole ethos of the place and pushed the youngsters to achieve and reintegrate into mainstream education. She had a vision for the building and talked it through with the architects but sadly wasn’t around to see it come true.

‘For me the greatest tribute is the feedback I still get from her former colleagues who say she helped change their approach to the job for the better.’