Ex-teacher dies, aged 64

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School teacher who “touched lives”.

Alison Allberry, from Bures, died on Saturday, November 12, following a battle against cancer. She was 64.

She was head of French, and latterly head of the special needs department at Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School for many years before her retirement five years ago.

Former colleague Laura Ford, also from Bures, said: “Alison touched lives with her concern, her wit and genuine interest in all around her.

“She was a staunch friend and loving family member, and all will miss her.”

Miss Allberry, who was born in Cheshire, taught in Prague, Israel and Switzerland before moving to Suffolk.

She enjoyed gardening, singing with the church choir, and horses, helping with the Riding for the Disabled charity following her retirement.

Miss Allberry also had a passion for travelling, visiting India, Australia and New Zealand, as well China earlier this year.

Mrs Ford’s son Piers, a former pupil of Miss Allberry’s, said: “Alison was an excellent teacher.

“She had a gift for bringing her lessons to life with an enthusiasm that was fresh and exciting.

“She commanded our respect and affection in the compelling way of the finest teachers.”

Miss Allberry leaves a sister, Elizabeth, and two brothers, Stephen and Andrew.

A thanksgiving service will be held today at 4.30pm at St Mary’s Church in Church Square, Bures.