Prom is saved! Hotel steps forward to host school’s stricken end-of-year-party

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School on Oxford Road, Aylesbury
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School on Oxford Road, Aylesbury

A grammar’s schools end-of-year prom will still go ahead despite the chosen venue going bust thanks to another hotel stepping up to the plate.

Year 11 students at the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury were heartbroken when they heard that Mentmore Golf & Country Club went into administration on Sunday.

The teenagers had paid more than £30 each to hire the venue, or £4,000 between them.

But after a desperate appeal on this website, the school’s prom committee were flooded with offers of help from venues across Bucks, Beds and Herts.

After much deliberation, the 16-year-olds decided to take up a generous offer from Horwood House, which offered to host the bash completely free of charge at their venue just north of Swanbourne.

The school’s prom committee, which included students Abbie Foy, Lianne Sellar, Tiana Holgate, Millie Drew-Smythe and Lauren Murphy, said they were overwhelmed by people’s kindness.

Millie Drew-Smythe, who is currently sitting her GCSE exams along with her peers, said: “Horwood House have been so kind and generous by giving it to us for free.

“It’s honestly saved us and we cannot thank them enough.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to all the other venues that offered their help:

> Green Park, Aston Clinton

> Aylesbury Rugby Club

> The Hare Inn, Linslade

> Seasonal Events

> Aylesbury’s Ex Services Club

> The Kings Arms, Berkhamsted

> Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club

> Old Palace Lodge, Dunstable

It is believed that approximately 90 members of staff have lost their jobs because of the club’s closure, which was revealed in a shock announcement on Sunday night.

In an email sent to the prom committee just after 3.30pm yesterday (Monday), a Varun Loomba said: “Dear Sir/Madam, It is with deepest sadness and regret that Mentmore Leisure Golf & Country Club can no longer sustain and run this business and as of today has ceased trading.

“I am fully aware that your special celebration and events were to be hosted in the club, but with deepest regret it would not be feasible anymore.

“Further information will be circulated in due course. Yours sincerely, Varun Loomba.”

The girls say they cannot get hold of anyone at the club and at the moment, have no idea when they are going to be given a refund.