Millfield Prep have named their cricket ground ‘The Dutton Field’ in honour of Head Groundsman Bob Dutton, who will retire after 48 years with the school. 

At age 15 in 1969, Street local Bob joined Millfield Prep as Junior Groundsman, the same year that man first landed on the moon. He has now lived in Glastonbury for over 37 years.

Four former Heads and current Headmistress, Shirley Shayler, gathered with family, friends and colleagues to celebrate Bob’s time with the school at a ceremony and lunch where the naming was announced.

Bob fondly remembers his time with the school, including his first job helping Millfield’s first Headmaster’s wife, Mrs Meyer, to feed the ducks at the school ponds.

In his retirement, Bob will continue to coach trampolining at Millfield Prep, a role he began in 1975. Bob has coached pupils to reach regional and national level competitions.

Bob Dutton says, “I am honoured and surprised to have the cricket pitch named in my honour. Thank you to Millfield Prep for many years of enjoyable work and support.”

Headmistress Shirley Shayler says: “Thousands of pupils have benefitted from Bob’s dedication, expertise and passion. In his capacity as Head Groundsman, Bob has developed and maintained our sport facilities in a manner fitting of the school’s reputation for excellence. It is completely appropriate that the 1st XI cricket pitch, where many international and first class players first learned their trade, is to be named ‘The Dutton Field’.”