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Mrs Newell
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Mrs Newell

Jean Newell being photographed in the East Church as part of the Restoration Village programme proceedings.
Picture added on 23 August 2006
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What a wonderfull lady she taught me at newhall primary many years ago. Very pleased to see her on the restoration programme the other night anyone in Cromarty read this please say I send my regards hazel nee maclean thankyou
Added by HAZEL PENDLE (NEE MACLEAN) on 23 August 2006
Mrs Newell came to Newhall school when I was there sometime between 1949 and 55. I can't remember the circumstances but I remember Mrs Newell. God bless her, long long may she reign.
Added by Mary Mackay now Tomlinson Harrison on 05 August 2008
Mrs Newall taught me in Cromarty Primary School. I met her a few years ago at Tulloch Castle when she was at the Fourways Club Christmas Dinner and I was at a Barmac Christmas dance. She looked marvelous and it was lovely to see her again. Best wishes for your 100th.
Added by Rhoda Patience (nee MacLeod) on 06 August 2008
Please pass on my best wishes to Mrs Newell on reaching her 100th birthday.
Added by Hazel Pendle (nee Maclean) on 06 August 2008
Mrs Newell told us many details about Rosenberg when she was a small child, coming up from Duke Street to help her father, John Campbell, who worked for Rev and Mrs Scott (nee Bryden)with the animals and the garden. She told us her father planted most of the wonderful spring bulbs that still flourish today.
Added by Fran Tilbrook on 13 August 2008
I was lucky to have Mrs Newell as my first teacher at Cromarty 1971-73. She retired just after I went into Primary 3. What a privilege to be taught by this very special lady who gave me the most crucial of gifts: reading and writing. I seem to remember knitting too?? But it was a long time ago. Congratulations and thank you Mrs Newell - you are truly one in a million.
Added by Audrey MacKenzie on 14 August 2008
Mrs Newell taught me in 1963 or 1964 I can't remember which year now. I had/have dyslexia and at school things were rather difficult for me. I remember Mrs Newell asking us to write an essay about what we were going to do when we grew up. My father had been a pilot in the RAF and at that time I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I wrote about how I would become a pilot just like my dad and I remember writing a sentence "With the controls in my hands I would feel quite safe." I didn't think anything about this but Mrs Newall singled me out from the rest of the class to indicate that starting a sentence with the word "with" was very different. You can imagine how proud I felt and I would like to think that what I went on to achieve in adult life was as a result of the encouragement of people such as Mrs Newell. Thank you Mrs Newell you made a difference.
Added by Don Ratcliffe on 24 August 2008
Happy Birthday Mrs Newell, and have a wonderful party!
Added by Margaret Binnie on 05 September 2008
I was fortunate enough to be part of the group who travelled with Mrs Newell to the BBC Restoration Event. She was an inspiration to us all - the youngsters adored her - her enthusiasm was/is tangible.
Many many happy returns Jean. Have a wonderful Birthday.
Added by May Hunter on 07 September 2008
Many many congratulations Mrs Newell on your 100th birthday. Hope you have a fun packed day and don't tire yourself out too much with all the celebrations. If I could have I would have got you the Highlanders Pipes and Drums 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland to play you happy Birthday .
Added by Flora Thomson on 07 September 2008
Happy Birthday, Mrs Newell! Enjoy your special day!
Added by Margaret on 08 September 2008
I hope you have a wonderful day. Very best wishes from Mary (Elsie Chapman's daughter).
Added by Mary Campbell on 08 September 2008
Thank you to everyone who helped to make my mother's big day so special. People of Cromarty, you are amazing! My mother had a ball, and loved every minute of her day. She was even last to bed of the ten of us in the house that night!
Added by Ruth on 12 September 2008
I was so happy to hear of your birthday celebrations and would love to send all our very best family wishes, Love Johanna, Stuart and Fiona Clements (children of John Clements)
Added by Johanna Clements on 05 October 2008
My name is Scott Heefner and I live in the United States. Mrs. Newell is my great-aunt whom I haven't had the opportunity to visit in person for over 20 years. I am so happy to find a way to express my fondness for this wonderful, yet distant relative and hope that someone in beautiful Cromarty will say Hello and Happy Birthday to her for her American family.
RIP Mrs Newell - a sad loss, but what a great innings she had. Sincerest condolences to Ruth and all the family xxxxxx

Added by Mary Campbell on 27 October 2011
My condolences to Ruth Ian and family. it was your mam that sowed the seeds of the love of history in me, and she really drummed in the composition of the English language to our class, and I still haven't forgotten 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyles. A teacher not to be forgotten.
Added by Sue florence on 28 October 2011
Mrs Newell of Cromarty... a fitting tribute to a wonderful lady I have known all my life. She embraced all that was good, and as children, taught us about the christian values, and to show respect to others. As a young boy I once called her Jean...I never repeated that mistake. A light has gone out in this famous old town, but the memories of Mrs Newell will remain as long as the town itself. I found out about her passing when I was told by Helen in the Cromarty Arms, and later when Denise was trying to explain to her son Jack about a new star in the sky she simply said "It will be the brightest one" That just has to be perfect. Rest in peace Mrs Newell We are going to miss you, and everybody will send their love to a very special lady who will never be forgotten.
Added by Alex Grant on 28 October 2011
So sorry to hear of Mrs Newell's passing. Everyone who ever had dealings with her will feel the richer for having known her. Rest In Peace. A life's work well done. Bless her.
Added by Mary Mackay now Tomlinson Harrison on 29 October 2011
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