Bruce Fordyce and Lilfordia

The first time I visited Lilfordia School 80 kilometres outside Harare was over 20 years ago. It was before Alistair Campbell had become Zimbabwe’s national cricket captain but soon after the country had been granted test status.

It was founded by Campbell’s grandfather over a century ago as a place of learning for ‘country’ kids – sons and daughters of farmers who had neither the means nor the inclination to send their under-13-year-old offspring to boarding schools in Harare or Bulawayo. It started with just two small buildings and 20 or so pupils.

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