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1 Jan 2009

Like everyone else, I would like to express my condolences to Ian Pulford's wife and family. I was in frequent contact with Ian about the proposed 2009 Aussie reunion. I hope we can pick up the pieces and have the reunion, as planned, and dedicate it in Ian's memory.

Dave Naylor (H64 - 67)

1 Jan 2009

Dear Maureen Press, I read of your brother Ians passing only minutes ago and have to say I was shocked.I did not know him well whilst at WBS as he was 5 years younger than me, but I came to know him through his regular and amusing contributions to this site.He was clearly a brave man and a family man. Maureen please accept my condolences and pass my condolences and fondest wishes to his wife Teresa and his family at this sad time.

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

1 Jan 2009

Thank you to all the 'society friends' that posted messages in relation to the passing of my dear brother Ian Pulford, some of you had been in contact with him or by phone (if you lived in Australia)or email , and I have to say I know how much joy finding the Windsor Society site and the messages he posted plus replies had given him before his untimely passing. He would often email or phone me and he sent me some wonderful photos of these times that I will always treasure. As you said Robin he was so looking forward to his son's wedding (which he at least got to), he was also looking forward to our cousin coming out to visit us in November and a family Xmas with his family and mine in Port Augusta as well as organising with the help of Pamala Fielding a Australian re-union next year, these are things that alas he did not see happen, which causes me a lot of grief. Ian was a great family man and he has left a big hole in our family and his, all I can say to everyone out there is 'make the most of your life' because you never know what is around the corner. Once again thank you to everyone for their messages and prayers.

Maureen Press (B63-66)

1 Jan 2009

You may remember the note I posted on July 30th, 2008 concerning the fate of some WBS buildings. The latest press cutting, sent to me by Dr.Ray Carey (with the Christmas card) reports that the BMW plan for a new showroom is going ahead at an estimated cost of €4 million!It includes a smaller shrowroom for Mini Coopers (a make now owned by BMW)so there'll still be a tiny Ersatz-reminder , for locals who never knew WBS, of former British excellence! They will face the Hochfeldweg/Hohefeldweg - the road running from Soesterstraße up to Birkenallee bending around the back field.An accompaning coloured picture shows BMW people holding the plans. Behind them the former tennis courts, Assembly Hall (complete with recent graffiti), the Teaching Block, Dining Hall, trees around the swimming pool and top windows of Sandringham House. I have the photograph on the computer and could send it to anyone interested.

Tony Fox (E67-81)

1 Jan 2009

Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous 2009

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

2 Jan 2009

not been on for a wee while,i remember ged bottomley well,and good to hear from my old mate dave clayton,i have been in contact with janice nagle a few times,but still not martin gaydon,dave"bet"lynch or kelly simpson,sorry to hear about ian pulford.i would like to wish everyone a very happy,safe and prosperous new year

Andy Wyatt (C78-81)

3 Jan 2009

Hello to everyone and a very prosperous and happy new year. Can i pass on my best wishes to Ian Pulford's family, never knew Ian, but when visiting this site on random ocassions he is one name that remians in my memory for posting messages. I have a brother Keith Lancaster, that went to Windsor boys school from 1977-1980. He has since moved to Bunbury in Perth, WA in Jan 08, he is settling ok but i am sure he would appreciate some words of winsdom regarding Aussie life and culture and maybe some friendly advice. I say this because reading through messages it appears that several ex winsorites live there too. Into 2009, wondering what the year will bring, forget about a win on lottery. HA HA got a smuch chance as being abducted by aliens lol. But life is rich in other senses! Would like to say hi to Kelly, still waiting for an address, hi to Chris D, Steph S, Angie and Maz Barnard, Sheryl and Jackie, Michelle Bradbury and any one else i have forgotten to mention. Love to all Chris Lancaster

Christine Harrison (B76-80)

3 Jan 2009

Hi Dave Naylor. Any more details on the proposed Aussie reunion in 2009?

Andrew Commons (B65-68)

4 Jan 2009

I am Granville Watson's daughter Claire. He taught Maths from 1959 to 1965. We lived in Am Huckenholz, number 39 I think. On the back row of houses I remember overlooking fields, and we lived next doorto the Buckleys. I have uploaded some photos of Hamm on pbase.com/raglanbeach (Old slides of Hamm gallery). Some are family slides but a number are group photos and show students. Please comment with names of people if you wish. Many thanks

Claire Watson (B59-65)

3 Jan 2009

Condolences to the pulford family.

Ray PWilson (B63-68)

4 Jan 2009

Just been scanning back through all the messages here. So many memories. Came across Geoff Hern's posts, that name rang a bell! Geoff, do you remember playing in the mixed staff/student hockey team that went around giving the squaddies a fright? I've got some results in a Spring 1968 Concordia and we had some pretty big wins. The playing surfaces ranged from tarmac parade grounds through red shale and grass, all of which could be completely sodden. I played left wing and I think my stick would only last a season before being worn down on the tarmac and shale. Great fun. For those who are interested. I'm in the process of scanning a series of 9 Concordias from December 65 through to Summer 68. These are being uploaded on the exwindsorbfpo site (see the links page here, that seems to be the only place they can be hosted), the first is available now.

Andrew Commons (B65-68)

6 Jan 2009

Just read the posting from Andrew. Of course I remember our trips around BAOR with the Staff/Student team although you'll forgive an old man if I say that although I remember your name the face eludes me. Hockey was very much a minor sport but I'd always played it and loved it. With George Gibbs organising things it was, as you say, great fun. It was the tarmac parade grounds that I remember best where the speed of the game became super-sonic when compared with my upbringing on muddy English school pitches where being able to whack the ball hard was the greatest asset. I seem to remember also that although we usually acquitted ourselves well now and again we were really hammered - George had picked the wrong team to arrange a fixture with! It must have been after you left that things really took-off with mixed matches and mixed House/Staff tournaments at WGS - which the staff team always won of course. Enough of this nostalgia but hey that's what this site is all about. Ralph Bennett - many thanks for the Christmas Card - what a pleasant surprise. Now it really would be a surprise if that little brother of yours, young James, was to send me one next year. A happy and healthy new year to all.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

8 Jan 2009

Hi Rosemary Jones its really great to here from you i had Linda BERRY down as Linda REED OR Reese never mind I have a vision in my head what she looks like so hows life treating you we both must be in our fifties[earlies] thank god reading the visitors book made me feel like a child again it seemed like only yesterday we had midnight feast and giving applepie beds to our mates how many times did we get cought out of bed then made to strip our beds remake it and the time when we made up a band with cardboard cut outs for instrument mine were a couple of buckets for drums singing BAD MOON RISING BY C.W.R will return Hi ROSINA and ANGELA FINDLAY. I remember you both as i used to live around the corner from you. our fathers used to work together. how are you all my family settled in essex my parents are retired now STEPHEN and PAUL GARY DENISE and KAREN ARE ALL DOING WELL I have two daughters and five grand children to keep me busy and living near the sea is wonderful for them my parents sendthere regards i will return. bye for now. LYNNE HARVEYxx

Lynne Harvey (S68-70)

8 Jan 2009

Hi Geoff, remembering even the name is an achievement after all these years! I was known as 'Specs' Commons back then for obvious reasons :-) I can't remember if you taught me Maths, you probably did. I was quite good at sums in those days, I used to vie with 'Fred' Garnett for top marks in the exams, all very competitive. I certainly remember the speed of the parade grounds, and the way the ball would keep on skipping if ever it got airborne. Being a winger I had to chase the damn thing if I missed it and those parade grounds were big. Sorry I missed all the later fun. I can remember having one game against the girls school which was a bit of an eye opener. The BAOR games could get quite 'robust' at times but the girls outdid the soldiers when it came to dirty tricks!

Andrew Commons (B65-68)

8 Jan 2009

Dear Maureen please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your brother Ian. My thoughts are with your's and Ian's family at this time of need. Lynda


Lynda Leslie (Barber) (E66-68)

9 Feb 2009

Dear Maureen, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ian, please exept my sincere sympathys as Ian and i shared a dorm at WBS and have been in contact over the last few months, he never let on he was ill, Rest in Peace Ian - God Bless.

Trevor Allpress ( B64-69 )

9 Jan 2009

Andrew commons did you run about with Alf garnett at school. I played hockey on the right wing and can remember playing on all these pitches. It brings back some memories good and bad.

Raymond Wilson (B63-68)

10 Jan 2009

Sue Austin was head girl of Windsor Girls School In 1966, she was going out with Ginge Culley. Miss Evans was our Headmistress, I would love to know what happened to them

Shiela Anderson (StJ65-67)

11 Jan 2009

Hi i've been getting allot of mail from auld pals from the 70's who r up 4 a wee get 2gether this year.I spoke 2 Nic Cuthbertson and he was keen 2 try and get a wee crowd 2gether so i thought we could start of wi getting some names who r interested,suss out where we all r travelling from n make a decent wee location 4 us all to hook up !! We have thought about 6th of June to try catch all b4 they go off on holiday and also a weekend. I've got 6 folk up for it so far then if we all obviously r in contact wi our own auld buds we could get a good wee crowd 2gether. if you fancy it leave a wee message and we can start rolling it from here and anyone who doesn't know me but lives near by feel free 2 leave a wee post or get me on friends reunited to contact me if you ever fancy a wee bevvy 2gether. come on 70's this will be fun....Help !! we just need a hotel n can make our own entertainment etc ..ma crew r happy to travel nearer south rather than folks havin to make it up north ..after all were army bairns n luv a wee adventure. hope to see some keen 70's crew ready 2 rock !! Cecelia xxx

Cecelia Begley (S74-77)

12 Jan 2009

Raymond, I did indeed hang out with one of the Garnetts although my memory is of Fred rather than Alf. Could well be wrong, it was 40 years ago.

Andrew Commons (B65-68)

12 Jan 2009

Hi all,im looking farward to a get together this year in or around edin/scot im in angus so it will be fine and handy,hope it will get this old memory working,think its been on a long holiday.see you soon CC xx

Senga Boyd (B74-77)

12 Jan 2009

A reunion sounds good to me. On the subject of location, Doncaster would be a good bet. It is central to the rail & motorway network and 6th June is Derby Day at the Racecourse. There would be plenty of hotels to choose from as they tend to be busier in September for the St Ledger. I am living over in West Yorks (Hebden Bridge) and have an allegiance with Donny (it`s where we first lived as a family in civvy street!! Where are all the 70s & late mob including staff and are we ready to rock??

Keith Moralee (M77-81)

12 Jan 2009

Hi Cecellia, as you know I am up for it, missed Blackpool for obvious reasons.
I am happy to come to Glasgow/Edinburgh, or we could do Newcastle/Leeds or Manchester.
There are loads of us out there, we could pool travel arrangements, book budget hotels whatever. It does not have cost a fortune Come on, sign up now

Nic Cuthbertson (B73-77)

12 Jan 2009

Cecelia Begley and Senga Boyd how about livingston its more central

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

13 Jan 2009

Hya and thanx for the quick comments so far - Location i feel has got to b a wee bit easier 4 all to travel only 2 b fair . Nic n maself were trying to get a happy medium - bearing in mind we've got folk like me n Senga n Tam fae up north but i've got pals from as far doon south as London who want to come so like Keith n Nic mentioned the likes eh Doncaster/Manchester/birmingham where we all have to travel would only be fair, plus a cheap n tasty wee hotel...get 2gether n just as we commented earlier get oor own wee get 2gether and rock the joint !! anymore ideas , bring it on and lets just go 4 it. come on 70's we can surely do this !! keep it coming n then we can get it all sored: Cecelia (cc) xxx

Cecelia Begley (S74-77)

13 Jan 2009

Hi All
Re the wee reunion, I'm up for it, would love to see everybody from the 70's again. I live in (well, just outside of) Manchester so I'm okay for whichever direction we all choose to meet up. So c'mon people lets get our heads together and decide when and where!!! See you all soon I hope Michelle

Michelle Bradbury (S76-78)

14 Jan 2008

why do us scots have to travel south (england) all the time. Just like old times us scots have to do what we are told even at wbs i had salt with my porridge not sugar.

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

14 Jan 2009

Ha ha Tam ...bless !... believe me i had sugar on ma porridge and no one then or now tells me what to do !! me u n my Scottish pals (Ive got 8 round about Arbroath to Edinburgh) can hook up any time in Scotland but for a wee 7o's get together i'm no wanting to go to Edinburgh,Glasgow,Livingstone or that bud as i go oot to these places on a weekend ah the time and am always in conferences there . I like a wee adventure and think it will be good to get away fae here...come on Tam think eh the laugh pal. To everyone else - Had allot of e-mails on ma yahoo adress and a few are interested in Manchester...what you all think ? !! keep it coming Cecelia xx

Cecelia Begley (S74-77)

14 Jan 2009

how about hamilton or motherwell on m74 start party at stathclyde park /it has caravan park lots of hotels then onto pubs or clubs great night life

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

15 Jan 2009

hahaha,Tam im with you,bet half of you have never been to scotland,come join us you would love it,it would be a good wee holiday.seriously though cecelia,ill be there xxxxx

Senga Boyd (B74-77)

15 Jan 2009

I vote for Edinburgh, it must be Scotland's turn!

Michael Cutts (M77-79)

15 Jan 2009

Hi everyone . Hope you all had a great xmas and new yr . i'm into a reunion again , i went to Blackpool and had a ball got drunk and made an ass of my self apart from that it was brill . so sign me up . i'm happy to travel as long as we can agreee on a venue i'd even go to Blackpool again but a different hotel that last one was a little tired looking and had seen better days but the overall hard work done by all involved was fantastic . SO WHERE DO I SIGN cheers

Billy Whitefield (M72-74)

16 Jan 2009

I am happy to travel to Scotland, anywhere, it doesnt matter but if you Jocks want to travel, Manchester Leeds or Birmingham are probably the best places to go.

Nic Cuthbertson (B73-77)

16 Jan 2009

try salt it tastes better never used sugar never will i have been to blackpool twice and hated the place i am a pads brat not a tourist and why do we need hotels we shared dorms why cant we share our houses i'm willing to give up my flat to someone who needs a bed. any one remember John Gay

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

16 Jan 2009

hallo leute,ich finde die saite geil.Die alten Zeiten in wbs.schade finde ich das es keine deutsche anmeldungs forumular für uns gibt.Ich lebe immer noch in Deutschland,hade zwei großen kinder und bin sogar zweifacher opa.Ich habe nach langer zeit über stay friends,jon baitson gefunden. Ich würde mich freuen wenn sich jemand sich meldet. mein bruder mike hooper war im-3-4 jahr, ich selber 1-2 jahr.Traurig bin ich über die vielen verstorbenen mitschüler. Besonders Mr Kitchen. Übrigens ich fahre nächste woche nach hamm,unsere schule gibt es bald nicht mehr. Ich mache fotos ,versuche sie hier rein zustellen.Bis dann

Stuart Hooper (M73-75)

Try Google translator - worked for me... Bill

16 Jan 2009

Dear sir, I would treat it as a kindness if you could let it be known that my father, Terence Wick, who attended (I believe) '73-'75 and who was one of your members died on the 10th January, 2009. He passed into unconciousness after a long struggle with alcoholism, and died of multiple organ failure. I know he was in touch with some other members, but have no contact details for them, I know he valued his time with his fellow ex-Windsors, and if there's anyone he fell out of contact, I think they should know it was nothing personal - towards the end he was in and out of hospital and had done his brain quite considerable damage. I'm not even sure how much he remembered within the last few months.and it would be nice for some people to remember him who knew him in happier times.

Heartfelt thanks, -Daniel James Wick

16 Jan 2009

Daniel, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers death. I met him a few times at reunions - we knew him as Ted Wick. I'm sure that like me many of the 70's members will remember him as a lovely guy who seemed to really enjoy being amongst his fellow Ex-Windsors. I was not at the school the same time as him but we got on really well. I am sure that when this is posted the members will be saddened by his passing. My condolences go out to you and the rest of your family for his loss.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

17 Jan 2009

Hello Daniel, I had the pleasure of meeting your father at the Blackpool reunion. You might take comfort in knowing he showed consideration and kindness to those around him, I especially enjoyed the conversation we had - I was the interloper, from Australia, didnt really know anyone...he took time to talk to me and made me very much at ease... I feel for your loss....Kind wishes - Pam (Ella)

Pamela Fielding (Cann) (C62-64)

17 Jan 2009

Daniel, I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing, i knew him at WBS. When i first joined the Windsor society he phoned me and we had a good chat about the good old days, I remember he was good friends with a lad called Steve Ord, who he was trying to find, i'm not sure if he ever did. This has been a very sad few months for the families and friends of ex windors and I once again pass on my sincere condolences to you and your family.

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

17 Jan 2009

hi Daniel Iwould like to pass on my condolences to your family after reading your posting about your dad, although he was in the year above me ted wick was never a background player and was well known and liked in marlborough, i remember him well, mostly what sticks in my mind was his unruly hair. i know this site gets visited by a lot of 70`s marlborough boys and i am sure like me they will moved by this sad news.

Gez Gilmer (M73-77)

17 Jan 2009

Dear Daniel Wick, I was saddened to read the poor news of your fathers death. I knew him at school, and he was certainly a lively lad. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely

Graham Keil (B110) (B71-75)

17 Jan 2009

hi stuart. mein deutsch ist sehr kline aber english ist gut, spent a few years sharing dorms with your brother micheal " hoops" in marlborough house have some great memories i can still hear him saying how instead of why, as its been 32 years since i left hamm my german has long dissapeared, if you dont use it you lose it so it took a while to decipher your message, gillers

Gez Gilmer (M73-77)

17 Jan 2009

Daniel i am very sorry to hear about your dads passing . ted was in the dorm as me for a term i will remember him with fondness god bless to you and your family . my thoughts are with you at such a sad time

Billy Whitefield (M72-74)

17 Jan 2009

Hi to all 70's reunion hopefuls! Not sure if i should butt in here but the likes of myself, others such as Julie Tibbs, Chris D, Maz and Angie, Sheryl and co, Steph Southall, Kelly and co would love the chance of a good night out...I am only persuming they would enjoy it? I for one am up for a reunion, but i live in Brighton and would be willing to Travel. The idea of a central location must surely suit all better? So lets have a better response to make it happen. I raise my pint pot and look forward to it being confirmed. Cheers.

Christine Harrison (B76-80)

17 Jan 2009

Hi Christine - i like you already ha ha ! aye that's exactly what i wis trying to say hen ...a wee in betweenie location from north/south and like yourself i'm happy to travel and i don't drive . Nic and maself like i said in earlier posts would like to hook up this year and no one is really organising anything as such but we all can do oor bit as all we have to do is decide on a location and get deffo numbers then book a hotel and just ENJOY then ROCK THE JOINT..I got an e-mail from a nice lassie Lynda mcallister who is happy to try and organise the accomoation once we get numbers ..Billy bless u pal u're just the same as me lets just SIGN..ha ha (how smelly wis that hotel in Blackpool) i didnae stay in it ha ha - it wis rotten ! I'm still getting Manchester/Birmingham for choice but how about getting numbers 2gether and taking it from there ...HELP !!! Senga your going anywhere wi me pal - united we stand xx . Names to start wi would be cool then we can take it fae there. Anyone want to contact me can get me on cc_begley@yahoo.co.uk take care Cecelia (CC ) xxxxx Right lets be poss - 6th June we can all be havin a crazy wee nyt remembering the good auld 70's !!

Cecelia Begley (S74-77)

I have posted Cecilia's email address to help get this reunion organised (just click on it), please consider joining the Windsor Society to keep this site running. - BillC

18 Jan 2009

Dear Daniel Wick, Pete and I had the pleasure of Ted's company at two Blackpool reunions a few years ago and although we didn't keep in touch afterwards, we remember him a fun loving and very nice person. We were shocked and saddened by your news and our thoughts are with you. Ali Lindley and Peter Lambert.

Ali Lindley (E77-79)

18 Jan 2009

So sad to hear of the death of Ted Wick. My condolences to Daniel and Ted's family. I was one of the duty masters in Marlborough when Ted was there and he was one of the many great lads in the house which I think that was a happy one. It is good to see so many old Marlboroughites contributing to these pages - I always remember the names but have difficulty with putting faces to them after all this time - something PMK could always do. As Sean has written the past few months have not been good to families and friends of ex-Windsors. Particularly WBS.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

18 Jan 2009

Daniel Wicks, how shocked & sad I was to hear about your Dad passing away. I knew him at Windsor and met him at both of the Blackpool mini reunions and also at the official Blackpool reunion recently. Please pass on my condolences to the rest of your family. We always had a good chat & laugh each time we met. I have a few pictures of him from the mini reunions if you and your family would like copies. Just contact the site and I am sure that Bill C would give you my email address. Rest in peace, Ted.

Alan Savage (C71-74)

Have passed your email on Alan. Bill

19 Jan 2009

Saw Chris Harrison's message about the 70's reunion. Cecelia I am happy to travel anywhere,a central location would be fairer for everyone. It would be good to have another get together and see everyone again. Hello to Chris Harrison, Chris Duxbury, Maz & Angie Barnard, Julie Tibbs, Sheryl & Jacqui Blackmore, Kelly & Julie Roberts and anyone else who would remember me.

Steph Southall (B78-80)

19 Jan 2009

The Windsor Society Membership List has been updated today.

Doug Pruden (Membership Secretary) (S61-63)

19 Jan 2009

So sad to hear of the death of Ted Wick. My condolences to Ted's family.

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

19 Jan 2009

6th June we can all be havin a crazy wee nyt remembering the good auld 70's??? better still 2 weeks in the dominican republic and it would be cheaper than a nyt in blackpool+ more fun

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

19 Jan 2009

hi all regarding the reunion as i have already stated im very much up for it . the only prob i have is the date 6 june . it might cause to be a little prob for me . i have friends coming over from canada around that time ( still to be confirmed ) and i would hate to miss out .i know nothing is confirmed just yet so is there any chance of the week before or after the 6 june . i myself live in livingston near edin and have no probs about traveling any where in the uk . cheers everybody

Billy Whitefield (M72-74)

20 Jan 2009

Hey, Graham Kiel, Glad to see that you're still about, left a post for you on the 'other' site, And to Cecelia and Co, am liking the idea of a reunion but as a southerner, somwhere in the middle would suit me better, and i always had salt on my porridge at Windsor but have since gone back to my southern softie ways of having sugar on it now

Ken Gleeson (B72-74)

20 Jan 2009

Hi Everybody that remembers me! Hi to Chris Lancaster, Chris Duxbury, Steph Southall, Angie & Maz etc., etc.! Hope everyone is well. Just had a look on hear and see there's a chance of a bit of a 70's get together? I'd be interested, was away last year, but should be around in June so I'll keep a look out on hear for any news! Hi to Senga, that's a blast from the past, don't know if you remember me - you were the year above me and had a brother at the boys school as well if I remember rightly? Anyway, belated Happy New Year to you all and maybe see you all later in the year!

Sheryl Stuart (Blackmore) (B74-79)

20 Jan 2009

Hi all, just seen cecelia's message on the board ref a 70's reunion later this year, I agree with Chris Harrison, its a great idea. I live on the West Coast near Blackpool now but I'm prepared to travel anywhere for a good knee's-up and to see everyone again. Hi to Chris H, Angie and Maz Barnard, Steph and Sharon Southall, Julie Tibbs and anyone else who remembers me. Off to Thailand for a month on 31st Jan but will keep an eye on the message board while I'm away.

Chris Duxbury (B78-80)

20 Jan 2009

Daniel, really sorry to hear the news about you're dad, must have been really difficult for you to post the message on the site. hope that you have comfort from the many contributes and memories that have been posted about your dad

Julie Roberts (E78-81)

21 Jan 2009

So sad to hear of Ted Wicks passing away. He was the 1st person I made contact with after discovering this site and made me laugh everytime we spoke. We were in the same year in WBS and in Marlborough, He was always ready with a smile and was always one of the 1st to volunteer to get stuck in to any mischief we got entered into and was hardly ever caught!? Rest in peace mate

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

21 Jan 2009

my sincerest condolences to everyone in the wick family and all who knew him.as for a reunion although most of you are bit older than me and i mean that in the nicest possible way and i don't really remember many of you,i like a shindig as much as the next ex windsor,especially as someone suggested strathclyde park,being that i only live 10 minutes away in lesmahagow,but somehow i can't see that happening,.anyone any info on miss sandy lewis,mr & mrs "eggy" newton,mr heaps,mr & mrs wenn

Andy Wyatt (C78-81)

21 Jan 2009

hi there Sheryl,yes i remember you in the house,will see you at the reunion if we all manage.Cecelia is doing a great job putting it together although help is welcome as she is so busy in her own life at the moment but we will all get there fingers crossed.Take care everyone xxx

Senga Boyd (B74-77)

22 Jan 2009

i have been informed that i am being nasty to Cecelia Begley (S74-77) Cecelia Begley please accept my apology but i stand by what i think and that is the reunion should be held anywhere but blackpool

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

24 Jan 2009

Hi Cecelia, I sent you an email and i have been thiinking about this proposed reunion - surely, if people are coming from the lenght and breadth of the UK, wuold it not be simpler to have York as a location, after all it is the most central part of the UK if i am not mistaken? I beleive it was once the capital of England many moons age, if i am wrong , i stand corrected teachers, honest. I just consider the M1 corridoor to be more accessible to places than birmingham or Manchester, too far West. Or Leeds, woud be another good location. Hi to everyone that knows me and see you all soon.

Christine Harrison (B76-80)

24 Jan 2009

Hi all, I have done a bit of ground work, found a travel inn/lodge at York Business Park, 64 room, lots of avaialabilty, £64 per double room, that means £31 per person. Breakfast is seperate. It has good amenities, resturants, a big bar space, ample parking and is off th B1237, off A64 NettheR Poppleton, York, easy to find. Nor exactly close to town, probably 5 min drive but is off a main road. I like simple to find off busy motorways etc, no fuss or hassle, after all if you're looking for somewhere for hours ur wasting valuable drinkiing time lol. Jusr an option. Cheers Chris

Christine Harrison (B76-80)

24 Jan 2009

Tam, RE: your messsage dated 16th Jan, John Gay is alive and kicking in Kent, I am in constant touch with him via e-mail. I'll let him know you were asking marra.

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

24 Jan 2009

Apology accepted Tommy (as i knew you ) cc :)

Cecelia Begley (S74-77)

24 Jan 2009

Hi everyone, Went to blackpool reunion - had a great time catching up! so i'm definitely up for another get together - happy to travel to Leeds Doncaster or Manchester. Regards,

Sharon Holder (StJ73-77)

25 Jan 2009

Hi Maureen Press, would you like to contact me regarding the Sydney Reunion 2009 , look forward to hearing from you if timing is right...you can contact me directly by email or phone via the Windsor Society...

Pam(Ella) Fielding (Cann) (C62-64)

25 Jan 2009

If anyone remembers me sandra hernon marlborough house please leave
a message.

Sandra Smith (Hernon) (M61-63)

25 Jan 2009

york sounds fab christine, biased cos we're just around the corner from the hotel you've picked out! hope the mini reunion goes ok hope to be there if it's nearx

Julie Roberts (E78-81)

26 Jan 2009

Haven't logged on for quite a while & was extremely shocked & saddened to read the news about Niel carrick & Ted Wick having passed away.I was in the same house as Niel had much respect for him as a prefect & nice bloke. Was in the same year as Ted & enjoyed talking to him at the recent Blackpool reunion. My sincere condolences to both families at this sad time. Kind regards. John

John Gay (H73-76)

26 Jan 2009

Hiya All - thanks for all the response for the wee get together in June. Yes Christine its Deffo going to be York and @ the travel Lodge (did you get my e-mail hen ? )- got my pal to drive around and suss the location out and it is really handy plus 15 mins to the Town Centre..only takes us 4hrs on train so we're heading down on the Friday-Sunday. Could anyone else that hasn,t E-mailed me yet get in touch for rough numbers or contact Christine.. Nic n Christine are going to give me a dig out. Special thanks to you Bill for posting my e-mail address here,,your a wee star x keep the numbers rolling and roll on June Cecelia xx.

Cecelia Begley (S74-77)

26 Jan 2009

Hello Chris Lancaster, really sorry it's taken me so long to get in touch - not much concept of time at the moment. With regards a reunion in York, can't wait, but as Julie said we are biased. We live about 5 mins from the hotel you have suggested and it looks like you've got things well under control. If there's anything I can help with let me know; medically retired is what I'm classed as at the moment so apart from much time spent with grandson have gone from running a Chief Exec's office to having knack all to do!! Oh to be young and carefree again, climbing school walls, smoking round the bird cage, smuggling in apfelkorn up our coat sleeves and on and on ...... Hi to everyone else out there and I hope life is being kind to you all.

Kelly Roberts (E77-81)

27 Jan 2009

hi John Gay hows life any one in london check out lords cricket ground for frank hamilton ?(last placed in kitchen there) not remember me then re school play cleaning lady with the water /top class in RE untill i wrote an essay on why we believe in god my essay ={i do not believe in god}and as punishment a free period only 3rd yr to have a free period/ the mole in a satchel /best javlin thrower who never got picked because i would not do other sports for the school ie track/ my old football[and i mean old style leather boots] boots that served me well as goaly in the girls hocky team / the con where i jumpped from the girls dorm{{sandringham[[first block on left as you went in the gate] into the swimming pool{that hurt because i did not get as far as the pool{still have a dodgy leg from the landing ] / the rowing boat[[you had to be there]]/ the free durex machine in the parkbogs [ kurr park or sim spelling]the may bugs /scaring the sh&% out of the younger kids by walking outside of the top floor of sandringham and tapping there windows below/???? me i was never there prove it in court LMAO

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

27 Jan 2009

Hi Tam Stephen. Good to see you're still around & active. Can't believe it's over 30yrs since. Look after yourself mate. Regards John

John Gay (H73-76)

27 Jan 2009

hi john glad to see your kicking about me john,alan.and william henry live near each other i met john most weeks andy dempster is still around

Tam Stephen (S70-74)

30 Jan 2009

Were the floods not in late '61/early 62 ? When I look at the sites & photos it's a little weird for me as it must be for Harry "Swish" Cuttler's children & others . I recall Hamm as a child 1954-58 when 5 Inf REME dept was at Hamm ( later the Girls' school - My Pater , Pete Blessington's were there & Col Crystall commanded I used to go to the Primary school at the end block left from Guard room /entrance gate of what was Rowcroft Barracks ( named after1st CREME ) .Paul /Heather Culter Pat Leggett ( sister of Pete) were there same time as I was. It was a shock when my pater was posted back from FarElf to BAOR & I was enrolled at Hamm Boys' only to find Pete Blessington , Alan Barnes /Blackwell were senior boys & that I was not supposed to know them inspite of being in their homes 3 years earlier ! Such is the idiosyncracies of a "want-to-be" public school ! My parents were "chummy" with 1/2 the staff previously although BFES staff weren't quite the thing with Regular Army Officiers' Messes in the 1950s ! I suffered as a result in my time at Hamm as I was "known" before I came so to speak ! The photos you post bring back several memories one way or another !


I became a pupil of WBS in Sept '61 joining Marborough in the 3rd year . My Housemaster was Mr Schoffield who taught my elder 2 brothers art at King Alfred Poln 1953-1958. It was strange seeing several people whom I'd known socially 3 years earlier . There were a few of the staff who were aquaintances/chums of my parents & Sister Malloy , the Matron was a favorite of my mother's . There were the Culter's , the Barnes' , the Wilkerson's, the Thomas's , the White's that I recall among the staff . Pupils I'd previously mentioned . My elder 2 bros knew of Peter Blessington when he was a gunner offiicer . my younger elder bro was a year or so ahead of him & also a Gunner . It's all nostalgia now .Many memories are pleasant & but some are not . I used to be teased/bullied by a Marlbrough house staff member because of my 3rd christian name . My mater had insisted on all initials on my clothes labels so I had to explain the "X" - it's Xavier .Also I was undergoing authodentic treatment & was ragged by same master about that ! This person also took me for maths ! The CCF was a blast !

I'd previously some years back written to the society about it's inconcistances about the name of WGS when it was a BAOR barracks & was shot down . It was never Cromwell Barracks it was always Rowcroft Barracks as it was 5 Inf Workshops REME .Cromwell Barracks was elsewhere in Hamm & had the ROAC , RASC & the Polish Transport people based in it . I used to live in 9 Elk Strasse in Bad Hamm 1954-55 then when the new quarters were built that house was returned to the German owners & we lived at Am Hokenholz 39 where quite a few staff families lived . The Thomas's lived next day but one . During thistime I was at Hamm Primary whose teachers were Miss Williams , Miss McGregor , & later Miss Mann . My mother sometimes helped as a supply teacher as needed notably when Miss McGregor got thrown off a horse & broke her collar bone .We were in the ground floor of the far accomodation block & troops were billeted above us .

Harry Watson (M82) (M61-64)

30 Jan 2009

We are lapsed members, I'm afraid, but still delve in from time to time, looking in vain for contemporaries - seldom see anyone post who was there in the late 60's. Where are you all, folks?

Nick Welford (E/B 68-70)
Sylvia Welford (nee Robertson M 68-71)

30 Jan 2009

Reference 30 DEC 08: Hello Jo hope all is well wherever you are?

Rod Whitworth (B80-82)

30 Jan 2009

Hello John Gay. Now thats a name I have not heard from for over 33 years. Do you remember me? Bob George's cheeky little brother Hywel. God I hated that name. I had the Knick name of "Dubba" I Remember I used to give you quite a bit of cheek as I recall, even though you were older than me you where quite a small lad in stature.(no offence meant) Well I have changed a lot since then. Grown up I suppose. Hope to meet up with you and Sean and anybody else at the next WBS Reunion Once they go firm on a venue. Hopefully they will go for a more centralised venue and not Edinborough as is being suggested. Its an awful long trip from the south. Steve Turner says he would also attend if I went, and I would try and get Bob to come along. Well look forward to any reply.

Hywel Clive (Dubba) George (known as Clive) (H74-1976)

30 Jan 2009

Hi to all-we got sommat resolved. the hotel and location yeah! but unfortunately, 6th June is race weekeend in York and there are only three rooms left however, if we are prepared to change the date to Saturday 13th June there are several rooms available, but we have to act quickly. Would people prefer to book themselves or do as a group booking? I said i will call back tomorrow, all i need is numbers, you can pay for rooms on arrival at a premium of £64 per room or twin rooms sharing at £31 each. Please let me know? Or change hotel, trouble is around York and Leeds will be very busy...let me know what i am doing, Cheers

Chris Harrison (B76-80)

30 Jan 2009

Hi to Christine Harrison, Just a quickie, I did send you an email but you may have changed your email address. Any date is fine for me so count me in, I'll be away from tomorrow (Sat 31st) in Thailand and back on 1st March. I don't mind sharing a room. Will check the message board while I'm away, take care and looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Chris Duxbury (B78-80)

30 Jan 2009

I have just logged on for the first time in months and learned of the tragic death of Neil Carrick. He was a genuinely nice guy and a very talented footballer. I am sure he was in the team that won the First XI inter-schools trophy in about 1974 on penalties, with other players including Pete Dyche, John Henderson, Sam Weller, Mike Cartwright, Terry Leahy, Scott Innes, George Black, Ken Dodgson,Clive Bridgeman, Steve Hollis. Easily the best team I ever played in. Unfortunately he is not on the only photo I've got of that team, which I think was taken some time after we won the trophy. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

31 Jan 2009

So a 70's reunion is on the cards, excellent to hear people are organising themselves. Be careful you don't get gatecrashed by some from the '50s, '60s or '80s. Hope it all goes well. Bruno

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