Obituary: Pat Schooling (1927 – 2021)

In 1990 Pat was asked by the council to organise Richmond Borough in Bloom. She started it, expanded it and ran it as Chair for 30 years until it closed at the end of 2020. Many Teddington gardens won awards as did local schools, churches and shops.  Born in Birmingham, Pat worked in Germany in her youth where her father was in the Army. Returning to Britain she made PR her forte.  

She was involved with so many local enterprises including the Twickenham Museum, Radnor Gardens, Twickenham Town Centre, Twickenham History Society, then branching out into a charity Action Against Allergy which in turn spawned Merton Books where she met Jennifer Worth who wrote the Call The Midwife stories and Pat published some of the books.  

Pat didn’t enjoy good health and towards the end of her life her mobility was really poor, due to arthritic joints which meant she was often in considerable pain. But for Pat the word indomitable best describes her attitude to life and she didn’t give in. Even when both Bloom and AAA had closed she embarked on a new career in publishing electronic books! She was a great help and support to the Teddington Society, franking our magazines and always keen to offer advice. Her contacts were legendary, I wish I could inherit them. Her funeral was on February 22nd. 

Donations can be made in her memory to the Brooke Hospital for Animals which looks after horses, donkeys and mules. Since Pat once owned a racehorse this is not a surprising choice. You can donate by calling 020 7470 9393 or via their website: thebrooke.org 

I shall think of Pat every time I look down my back garden to the lovely yellow irises she gave me, and you have her to thank for all the hanging baskets all over the Borough of Richmond.


Sheena Harold

Chairman, Teddington Society

Photography by Benjamin Mole

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