2 March 2001
Many thanks to 'Tony' for letting me know something like this exists.
Colin Cope (M 74-76)
Reading Mick Churchfield's inane message (his words, not mine!) I pondered
- thought, if he really did attend from 58 to 72, I must have known him
or at least heard of him -
longest serving pupil? However, looking up his January message, it is
disappointing to note that he was actually there from 68, so I will have
missed him! Or maybe not - the 6 might be a misprint, not the 5? Are you
at least pleased that someone is reading your letters, Mick?
Pamela Ross (St. J 63-68)
Thanks to pamela for reading my bit .Yes its a mistake it should be 1968
to 1972.I hope that there is life from my time still out there!
And will get in touch
Mick Churchfield (S 68-72)
Hi, Just found the web page... remember good times at Windsor...any one
remember me get in touch.
Mark (Noddy) Holder (M 72-77)
8 March 2001
This is a BIG HELLO to all the girls & boys of Windsor School that
can remember me.
me I'd love to hear from you.
David Brooks (B 80-83)
just been reminising my days at windsor,does anyone out there remember the
boys school band namely DURGY GROMMIT and their brilliant rendition of Edgar
Broughtons Out Demons Out,unfortunately the band members names elude me
but i do remember happy times watching them practice on my privilege weekends
Yvonne D'Arcy (nee Johnson) (St. J 69-71)
Here is a really sad memory from the very early sixties. We had "socials"
with the Caernarvon boys and I was definitely unmemorable.
My mother wouldn't let me have nylon stockings so I had to wear short
white socks with my nylon party dress.
She said my
legs would look like chickens' legs if I wore stockings.
Determined to be grown up enough to attract a Caernarvon boy I wrote to
a glamorous friend of my parents who sent me a pair of the latest seamless
nylons. I practised on them in advance and then washed them( whilst wearing
gloves so as not to snag them).When they were dry, I noticed that they
were a bit wrinkly so I tried ironing them.
The resultant black, bubbling mess on the bottom of the iron effectively
ruined my chances of being glamorous for the Caernarvon social in 1961,.
Sorry boys!! And my mother was right........my legs did look like chickens'
This is a small, pathetic memory I have of life at WGS.
Caryl Lambourn (C.37. 1961- 1962 )
I've just discovered this website thanks to my brother Vince. If there's
anyone out there that remembers me send me an e- mail . I'd love to hear
Steve Gulley (E 70-74)
Hi Steve Gulley, tried sending you an email but it bounced back saying wrong
address. Try emailing me if you want. Think I know your name.
Alan Savage (C 70-74)
Hello everyone, just found out about this site and hear Julie Morgan is
looking for me and John. Would love to hear from you Julie and the rest
of the Berliners. Reading the messages was like a trip down memory lane,
all those names from our carefree days! Does anyone know where Toni Brennan
is now ? would love to hear from anyone from those days.
Elaine Elliott (nee Stonehouse) (C 75-78)
Hi to Steve Gulley, tried to email you the other day but got a message saying
address was wrong. I remember your name but the grey matter is not letting
much else come to mind.Get in touch if you like
Alan Savage (C 70-74)
hi, I have just discovered theses web pages about Windsor. Iam so excited
and reminisent of my school days there and then to find a photo of Edinboroughs
1979 house party and myself amongst them - did I really look like that?
I have tried to keep in touch with various poeple
but you know how it is, so I am hoping that this time, with help of the
net, I will be more successful!
Anyone out there still remember little old me - nikki durant, friends with
tracy swift, janet mckenna, julie roberts and loads more - please contact
me. look forward to lots of correspondance!
Nikki Cochrane (nee Durant) (B 79-80)
"Chicken legs" Caryl reminds me of my own first social occasion
- a Caernarvon/St James House dance (with boys!) - I was only 13, and my
mother wouldn't let me wear either stockings or high heels. It was a case
of saving my pocket money to buy the stockings, and
begging/borrowing the necessary suspender belt and shoes from other girls,
with promises of all sorts of recompense - and hope my mother didn't find
out! After all, wouldn't be seen dead in ankle socks and sensible shoes.
As a postscript, it did me no good - still didn't get asked to dance.
Pamela Ross (St. J 63-68)
I came across this site by pure chance, and was hit by a flood of memories
and nostalgia seeing photos of the old school.
John Fisher (H), writing in the Feb.01 visitors book: I do remember you,
although I don't think we were in the same circle of cronies. Other names
that come to mind from that era are, Robert Young (M) Anthony Baker (M)
Max Penfold (C) Tim Buckley (S) Paul Jude (S) Ron Sherwood (M). Others will
probably surface through the haze of time as I put my mind to it. I'll be
visiting regularly, now I know the site exists.
Edwin Radford (M 65-67)
Discovered this webb page. Lots of happy memories from Windsor Boys especially
the cellar club where we we used to have a smoke and drink. Any of you
old boys remember get in touch.
At a meeting in February, a majority vote by the committee of the Windsor
Society decided that from
April e-mail addresses should not be shown in the Visitors' book, thus
preventing contact between those of you who post messages here.
Last week I resigned from the committee of the Windsor Society. You may
wonder if the two events are connected - I couldn't possibly comment.
As a consequence, the future of this site is in doubt. Since it started
in December 1998 I have maintained and updated it though not always as
often as I would have liked - sometimes I have work to do.
If you are a member of the Windsor Society and are willing to maintain
the site (which is awaiting transfer to a new server under a new domain
name) please contact the Windsor Society's Chairman, Bob Jordan whose
contact details are to be found in your membership list.
David Pipes (S 65-67)
David, Sorry to hear that you are no longer going to be webmaster of the
site. Thank you for all you have done in getting the site up and running.
Also for maintaining it so well. Through this site I have managed to contact
a number of "marras" which wouldn't have otherwise happened. Thanks
once again, and I hope to catch up with you in the Yahoo! Windsor Club from
time to time.
Steve Dipper (S 75-77)
Attended from March 1968 to Summer 1969 at Sandringham House, was a 5th
form prefect, member of CCF(Army)Matron was Frau Schidloff, anyone remember
CCF Camp Sennelager Summer 69 we walked on sand while Armstrong walked on
Moon! Remember Swimming Pool being built by RE and school socials with the
School Group 'Jacks Union'? Anyone remember Chops?
James (Jim) Lawson (S 68-69)
Just an announcement to anyone who remembers me, " I'M STILL ALIVE
I've applied for the membership list etc, but in the meantime I'm saying
hello to the following: AJ
Wheeler, Chris Epps, Nigel Horne, Nick Cuthbertson, Kevin Rennie, Rob Millard,
Mr Donovan...that's it for now. Typically I remember faces and not names
! So help me with my leaking memory and drop me a line.
Mark Scott (B 74-77)
Hello to Michael Wilson and Mike Cowley I saw your messages from August
1999 and April 2000 and sent you both an e'mail, hope you got them if
you did'nt leave me a message in the Windsor Vistors Book as I now religiously
look through the latest messages during my lunch
break here at work.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Malcolm Cooper, Clive Burhouse and
Pat Rowney we shared a dormitory when Pat was Head of House and I was
Deputy Head. Also would like to hear from Ernie Davidson, Mike Cross,
Rick Bowman and Alan Quartermain just a few more names of the old friends
I can recall. If your out there get in touch.
Peter Bull (E 65-68)
Peter, I remember
several of the names you mention - including yourself and your brother
Rob who I spoke with (all too briefly) at last year's reunion.
Best regards, David Pipes
I sent a message on 10/03/01.Unfortunately I posted the wrong E-Mail address.
Apologies.Thank you to Alan Savage for pointing this out. Hopefully iv'e
got it right this time.
Steve Gulley (E 70-74)
EDWIN RADFORD....just read your message and sent you an email, but it has
been "returned to sender" uhu. Your email address might be wrong
so give me a shout on mine.
John Fisher (H 65-68)
Sorry to see that DP will be moving on, thanks for the good work Dave.
Message to the Committee - the whole point of the web site is to enable
contact between consenting members, that is what the www. is all about.
Can't think for one reason why you would want to stop it being so.
John Fisher (H 65-68)
Thank you, John, and every one who has sent personal e-mails; you'll
forgive me if I don't reply to each of you individually.
feels this site gives too much away 'up front' i.e. it is allowing people
to get in touch with each other without having to become members of the
Windsor Society. The plan was (is) to have a section of the site accessible
solely to subscribing members with e-mail addresses shown in that section
only; this was to be installed by 1 April.
David Pipes (S 65-67)
I was interested to see Peter Bull's message who obviously hasn't managed
to check all the messages as he would have found my details last year.
Like Peter I would be keen to here from some of the ex Edinburgh folk
from the swinging sixties and yes I do remember the cellar bar which as
I recall was kept as near to pitch black as was possible. I have a clear
sitting drinking beer and listening endlessly to Sgt Peppers when it first
came out thinking it was the height of sophistication!
Pat Rowney (E 64-68)
With reference to the committee, who are you and what possessed you to
think, that not allowing e-mail addresses in the visitors book was a good
idea? How on earth can you get in touch with old friends if there is no
contact address via computers especially as this is a mainly web based
club, I think the explanation that DP gave on your behalf was pretty lame,
at best. Also
where's my newsletter, that i've paid for, twice in a year I might add,
I await your reply with anticipation. Regards Sean Cockroft (H 74-76)
(Fully paid up member)
I'd like to clear up the misconception that the Windsor Society is mainly
web based. It isn't. It was formed back in the early 1990's before internet
use became widespread. Of the 1700 or so names on the membership list
I would make an educated guess that 50% are not internet users.
It is the Windsor Society web site currently at www.windsorsociety.freeserve.co.uk
that I am concerned with, not any other site or internet club or
community which may linked to from this site but which is independent
of the society.
The newsletter was postponed until 2001 to include information resulting
from a committee meeting on 27 Jan. A new editor has been appointed and
the newsletter will be completed shortly.
Pipes (S 65-67)
I joined the Windsor Society in the early days, I have attended every reunion,
contributed to newsletters/magazine, wrote to local papers to publicise
it. From September last year, I have been on-line, regularly visit the Windsor
web site, joined the club, contribute to that.
Since the primary aim of all these facilities is to enable ex-Windsors to
make contact with each other, I see no earthly reason why these three should
not live side by side in peaceful co-existence.
No doubt when the Windsor Society organises the next reunion, it will be
publicised on the website, arrangements discussed and disseminated through
the club, and those unable to attend (whether Society members or not) able
to participate through the web cam.
I would urge the Society committee to remember the Societys purpose
after all, although many members may not be or may not wish to be
on-line, the website and club must surely have provided a service by enlarging
the Society membership and reaching those parts which other means cannot
I would also like to express my appreciation and admiration for what David
Pipes has done for the Society and the website, and thereby for ex-Windsors
over the past years.
Pamela Ross (St.J 63-68)
David. Thanks for putting me right on the windsor society not being a web
based sight, what I was really trying to say, as other have, is that apart
from you, the committee members are anonymous and the easiest and quickest
way to correspond is via the web site, the only time I
have not used the web site for correspondence with the Windsor Society is
when I send my membership fees off and if it wasn't for the web site no
information about all the recent goings on would have gone on unknown.
Sean Cockcroft (H 74-76)
To Edwin Radford:
Your e-mail doesn't work (at least the version published here. Long time
no see I believe it was in the Petty Officers Mess HMS Neptune around 1980.
Max Penfold (C 65-68)
Please try again, Max, it should now work.
Pipes (S 65-67)
Just to say that I too am extremely sorry that e.mail addresses are no
longer to be shown. I can`t really believe that the society misses out
on membership because of internet access. It will certainly put a stop
to the spontaneity of recognising a name and esponding..a shame! Also,
people who do not want to be contacted by "just anyone" need
not disclose their address
surely, or at least, would not even be posting a message...would they?!
Many thanks to D.Pipes, and PLEASE, where is the LONG promised newsletter.
Rae Mitchell (nee Cleverly) (M 77-81)
See above (23 March) for information
about the newsletter.
Pipes (S 65-67)
To Max Penfold:
Hi Max, You're right - it was the early 80's, I'd just joined the submarine
branch. Didn't I lend you a
Max appears to be having trouble with my e-mail too. Everything seems fine
at this end and the
address looks fine in the visitors book. Have another go.
Edwin Radford (M 65-67)
Still a great site, shame to hear about your problem DP. Its still a great
way to contact all our old friends. Has any one heard from Mike Truran,
Tim Westmore, Mario Zammit?
Steve Mcgowan (E 73-76)
Thanks David for all your time and hard work put into the site. I cannot
believe the Society is banishing e-mail addresses on the visitors page.
I think they seem to have forgotten what the Society is mean't to be all
about... and that is, getting in touch wth long lost friends, and finding
out about re-unions and such. With the sporadic newsletters we are never
really kept truly up to date. This site and the others linked to it have
been fantastic and I have been in touch with a few names which have shown
I understand that we are all busy and that the Society is kept up to date
by volunteers, but wouldn't it make their lives easier also if they used
the site to the best of it's abilities. Isn't it possible these days to
pay for things via the internet, so why dont the society set up subscriptions
payments via here, then they would get all of their subscriptions for the
year up to date (from internet users at least) Then they could publish the
newsletter here, and the society list. Thus saving money on posting out
newsletters etc. Making it possible for the internet users to opt in or
out of the scheme, and making the pages only accessible when you have paid
It's an idea!!! I for one would definately pay up on time (I am one of the
late subscriptions payers..tut..tut!!!!)
again for all your help in the past David. And to the Society, this is a
world of modern technology, use it to the best of it's ablities.
Liz Walker (M 80-83)
I'm informed the committee is preparing a statement which should appear
Pipes (S 65-67)
I shall miss the sight. It is one of my weekly tasks to read through the
messages and look for names which are familiar.
I do remember
the bar. The many happy hours and rough nights. If I remember the bar
was just below my dorm and we equalled if not exceeded the noise generated
by the teacher's mess. I also was next door to the Jack's Union. So what
about A levels? I do remember the Summer of 70 being the Mexico World
Cup and the night England lost. The locals were a bit happy.
Mike Adkins (B 67-70)
You'll still be able to read messages. You won't be able to reply other
than by posting another message to the Visitors' Book unless you join
the Windsor Society in order to gain access to the proposed Members' Only
section of the site where e-mail addresses will be shown.
I fine decision by the 'committee'? Perhaps it's time for the first unofficial
Windsor society web site / message board. Closing the main contact area
of the site to non members makes this almost a certainty. Thanks Dave for
all your efforts they are certainly appreciated by this non member. Best
Eddy Eagles (M 64-69)
Looking for some old friends ie Tony Dunn,Mark Upson and Marino Meeds
or Guys and girls who know me in Werl.
Jenner Hilton (E 74-77)
I too have enjoyed regularly checking the Visitor's Page, - in the hope
of seeing a familiar name, of being able perhaps to send a quick hello.
I never did see many from the nifty fifties, and the chance to reply is
about to evaporate too. Pity.
I can understand the
comittee's problem, this site probably costs money to maintain (true Dave??).
The site has not cost the Society a penny. It is on a Freeserve account
I set up in my own name, I designed the site and I maintain it voluntarily.
In 1999 it generated 90 enquiries for membership, in 2000 almost 200.
Using it therefore for communication without joining is unfair. That said,
if access to e-mail addresses is to depend on membership, then the Society
will be at a disadvantage vs the "free sites", and membership
totals may likely suffer.
Perhaps they already have.
Lets face it, the
hardcopy newsletter and members lists are (perhaps for good reasons) too
sporadic to attract and maintain serious interest.
The newsletters have been my work too. Unfortunately contributions
have been few, I've had to write most of the content and I don't see any
point in sending out newsletters which are largely 'waffle'.
Admittedly the membership
list does allow us to contact those people without PC's - but this advantage
will evaporate over time as more people succumb to the electronic menace
;-) Has anyone on the comittee done a trend analysis here?
Based on the increase in e-mail communication over the past three
years, I would estimate that more than 50% of members have access to the
internet. Personally, I prefer to meet old friends face to face (preferably
over a pint) than via e-mail.
Maybe the Society
should move it's site to a free location, use the services of a volunteer
like Dave for maintenance, and then charge only for annual hardcopy of
newsletters, lists and other cost incurring features.
John Ellor (S 55-58)
See above, the site is on a free location and maintained at zero cost.
A domain name has been registered and it is proposed to the site to move
to a paid for server.
I was thinking on similar lines; make everyone who ever went to Hamm a
member (obviously they can only be listed if they contact the Society),
then make a charge for hard copies of membership lists and newsletters.
That way those who are happy to make contact via e-mail can do so at no
cost to the Society (just as it costs nothing now), those who require
a printed list pay for the cost of printing and postage.
Pipes (S 65-67)
of the Society, Bob Jordan, has received the resignation of David Pipes
committee with immediate effect. David's resignation letter says that
he need needs extra time
to spend in his own business following several new contracts.
The committee are sorry to lose David. He has contributed greatly to the
committee and to the
Society over the past years.
The newsletter currently nearing completion will be taken over by Cathy
Towers from David
Pipes (David is passing over the work he has done to date to Cathy). Cathy
will publish the
newsletter in the next few weeks. The control of the web site will be
taken over by Doug Pruden.
The newsletter had been delayed to allow the Society to bring you up to
date with changes to
both the committee responsibilities and the web pages and was intended
to go out in early April
with all the updates.
The committee have met twice in recent months to review their responsibilities
and in particular
to put in place a 'shadow' for each committee member, to ensure that as
responsibilities became more onerous, there was a degree of additional
assistance and cover
available. In addition it was agreed that many of the responsibilities
managed by Bob Jordan
should be reallocated to other members of the committee.
As a result the following was agreed to be put in place on the 1st April
Membership SecretaryDoug Pruden
Internet Adminstrator David Pipes
Events Co-ordinator Sue Mooney
In addition the committee had requested David Pipes to set up the facility
for members to e-mail
committee members directly through the web site.David's resignation will
regrettably delay some
of the above and require some reallocation of responsiblities.
The committee are keen to make greater use of the Internet subject to
setting up the necessary
security systems.The web site could include a secure chat site, up to
date membership lists
and the newsletter. Many of these changed were signalled in the June 2000
However the committee felt that e-mail addresses should be deleted
from the visitors book, and
instead be published in the members secure area of the web site. The current
non-members to enjoy some of the benefits of the Society without joining
. As we move further
down the Internet route, it is important that the Society generates income
to support its
development. The committee are also concerned that the current openness
of the site, could
give rise to legal problems,which in turn would give rise to personal
liability of the committee
members. The cost of insurance is very expensive.
Your committee is made up of a cross section of members and who have a
wide range of
practical,business and technical skills. They give freely of their time
and their availabilty for
tasks may sometimes fluctuate with external circumstances. The above
approved by the committee in January 2001 and were very fully discussed.
Windsor Society Committee.
Doug Pruden Doug_Pruden
Phil Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Balley email@example.com
Cathy Towers firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Mooney email@example.com
Iain Butler firstname.lastname@example.org
Gill Walker see details on membership list
David Benfield see details on membership list
for all your work on the Site. I do wish people would use the correct spelling
for a web site it
is NOT SIGHT folks it is SITE it's a location. I'll post again over the
weekend as ntl dropped me out during one of my previous postings.
Malcolm Brunson (E 67-69)
Good to see mention of some familar names, from Pete Bull and Pat Rowney,
used to share a dorm with some of them, Has anyone heard from Ernie Davidson
in recent years I lost touch with him when I was at Teacher Training College
in Loughborough in 1970, He was working as a trainee manager then. I believe
he was also out in Singapore in the early part of the Sixties and went to
Alexandra Grammer followed by St John's.
Malcolm Brunson (E 67-69)