The Richard Feast Memorial

Richard Feast Memorial

On Friday 29th April 2016 Torpoint Community College staff, students and members of the community gathered to celebrate the life of a truly inspirational teacher, and unveil a sculpture on the College’s main drive created in his memory. As part of the celebrations ‘The Torpettes’ sang a song especially written for the occasion by music teacher Emma Luing. This was followed by a brief address from the Headteacher and Year 13 student Lucy Haggerty. Lucy was the recipient of the first ‘Richard Feast Award for Science’. The event culminated with a blessing from The Reverend Lynn Parker and then the whole school took part in ‘The Richard Feast Memorial Mile’ serenaded by the newly formed ‘Torminator’ all boys choir. This was a fitting tribute for such an amazing man who is very much missed.

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Richard Feast 2014

Richard was an inspirational teacher, scientist and friend.  He attended Torpoint Community College as a student himself and returned not long after graduating and via a brief time in Tavistock College to take up the post of Second in Science and subsequently Head of Science.  Richard was an inspiration to his students who will never forget him or his enthusiasm for science or his willingness to ‘go the extra’ for all those he worked with. When Richard was diagnosed with a brain tumour the outpouring of goodwill, and the desire to help throughout the community, was phenomenal and reflects just how much of an impact he had on the lives of those he taught and worked with over the years. He was funny, smart and quick witted as well as endlessly kind and caring. Knowledgeable and intrepid, he was always willing to try new things and he was the epitome of the teacher who inspires students. Richard was a passionate scientist with a deep rooted love of the sea and all marine life and biology. Richard was a special person and it was a privilege for all those of us who knew him, were taught by him or worked with him.

The Memorial Sculpture and Richard’s legacy

The sculpture was created by renowned Cornish artist Reece Ingram. Reece visited the College several times and spoke to staff who were close to Richard to get an idea of the type of person that he was. Reece’s sculpture is made of Cornish granite as Richard’s Cornish heritage was very important to him. The wavy lines represent the sea and his passion for all things marine. He was a renowned lover of fish and the John Dory was a particular favourite. Funding for the sculpture has come entirely by donation from staff and students and members of the community. Money was raised via a wide number of events both team and individual such as: a ‘Silly Surf’, a skydive, cake sales and sales of ’Feast’ ice creams, last year’s Memorial Mile, a Fashion Show, The Summer Ball, Wear a Hat Day, muftis, marathons (half and full!) and also by the generous contributions of the community. The money raised has been used to provide this permanent reminder and also to create a special award. Every year the most passionate scientist will be awarded ‘The Richard Feast Award for Science’. All the remaining donations are going to Plymouth Oncology Ward. Each year we will be running the Richard Feast Memorial Mile for a different charity.

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 Thank you

Torpoint Community College would like to thank all the staff and students, past and present, who have taken part in raising so much money in Richard’s name.  Also a very big thank you to members of the community who either donated or have given up their time for this cause.  Particular thanks go to Reece Ingram for creating his beautiful sculpture. Richard’s sculpture will greet all who come to the College in the future. We would like to thank Bob Carter from Carter Excavations for generously doing all of the foundations and ground work free of charge, and also Robbie Ryder from Trebor Maintenance Ltd who completed all landscaping and planting free of charge. We are extremely grateful for all the very kind support we have received.

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