Edward Paine, b.1868, was Headmaster of Privett School (that's Privett
with two t's not one as in Privet) and in 1907 was present at the
planting of a Copper Beech tree, which celebrated the school winning
a shield presented by the RSPB for the best essays on birds and
trees. The tree was planted by Miss Gertrude Nicholson, and the
newspaper of the time reported that "After formal presentation of
the shield by Capt. Hugh Nicholson, a 'royal' tea was greatly enjoyed
by everyone present."
Thomas Paine was my great-great-uncle and in 1998 became the subject
of some genealogical research by me on behalf of my father Selwyn
Paine. I had the opportunity to visit Privett while on tour in Hampshire,
England. I stood under the Copper Beech tree for shade and a good
vantage point while taking photographs of the school across the
road, however it wasn't until after returning to New Zealand that
I learned of the tree's significance!
makes all this rather special is that not only do I have ancestral
links to Hampshire but also musical links to other guitarists such
as Derek Hasted and members of the award winning Hampshire
Area Guitar Orchestra.