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1 Aug 2011

Hello from the far past. Anybody remember me or my two sisters?

Maureen Nolan (H63-66)


1 Aug 2011

George, was paddy lafferty the same person who was the very good football player ?


John (tich) Hamilton (S61-63)



2 Aug 2011


RIP Miss Keene. I remember her as being one of the nicest members of staff during my time at Windsor, always kind and sympathetic.

Christine Robinson (Macgregor) StJ(66-68)


3 Aug 2011

Hi Everyone havnt been on site since 2005,A big hello to Charlie Bull, Douglas kay,Alex Bainbridge,Charlie Barron,Chris hird,Dave Bunting, Norman Brown,Nigel Corke,Trevor Wright,Rob Williamson,Peter O;connel, Dave Naylor and my pal Chester Jones to name but a few.It would be gr8 to hear from you again.

Brian Bosher (H66-68)



3 Aug 2011


Hi Bill.  Its good to make contact again after so many years! I could ask if you are still playing the banjo!  I saw Mike Capey's note about how teachers of our period are keeping in contact.  (I wonder if anyone knows the whereabouts of Fred Rodgers as he and Mike jointly set me on my way to an economic history degree).  I'm living in Walthamstow now and working for the British Council. I "retire" soon, after 35 years, to go freelance in cultural policy and inter-cultural dialogue, mostly for the European Commission and Parliament. You can see what I've been up to on the ConnectCP site as googling me tends to come up with an American Christian singer.

Steve Green (C66-69)


4 Aug 2011


hi tich.paddy lafferty was in edinburgh house. i don't know about his sport side.he had a proper teddy boys haircut,jet black.

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

4 Aug 2011

Mo Nolan, well well!  Of course I remember you - and Tessa was in  my class and a mate of mine.  How are you all?  It would be great to hear your news - last time I was in touch with Tessa was umptytump years ago when you moved back to the UK.  Best wishes - Pam

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

4 Aug 2011

Hi again, george and Glyn. It's a shame about Paddy, he must have been quite young when he died. He was the "Elvis" lookalike and sung with our very primitive band at the house dances while we all played very bad guitar rythms and riffs! -no drummer or bass guitar. It's a shame Michael O'Hare - Mick the Bass - wasn't around then. Please give my regards to Tom if you see him. Glyn, SHAPE Village is still there and clear to see on mutimap. Type in Residence d'Hennemont, St Germain-en-Laye, France. It's just West of St Germain, south of the N14 and west of the Lycee International. When you have found it, go to bird's eye view and scan around from North, West, East and South, and you will be able to spot your flat quite easily. Whoever moved into 1C1G after us would have found my secret stash of fags in the ventilator grille in the large bedroom opposite the bathroom! The large open fields behind the woods are now built on. My Dad's car number was 10149 SF, a peugeot 403, the only brand new car he ever owned due to the tax allowances. It's good to reminisce with someone who was there.

John Bartlett (S62-63)
4 Aug 2011

John's post reminds me of my dads first new car purchase under the tax allowance. He had a Morris Oxford with lovely leather seats and traded it in for a brand new Vaxhall Viva HA. It was his pride and joy but we gave him hell over it complaining about the tacky plastic interior.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)
4 Aug 2011

To Mo Nolan - yes I remember you!!!!  You and your sister used to hang out with us and our band "Bash St".  Great times. To Brian Bosher - I remember you as well.  We were in the same house, although I was in the fifth and sixth forms. I live just outside Melbourne, Australia and enjoying every minute.  I retired at the beginning of the year and I started my own business using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help elite sportspeople.  Love to hear from you all.  Bill has my email address.

Dave Naylor (H64 - 67)

5 Aug 2011

Well here I am packing to go to Adelaide for 'The Aussie' reunion, can't beleive it is two years that we were in Sydney for the same, this time we will only have to drive 300km's instead of flying half way across Australia to get there.  It will be great to catch up with everyone again though we will miss you Bill and Glyn (will have a drink for both of you).  Thanks Ellen for all your organisation and hope everyone enjoys Adelaide as much as Sydney.  The only thing is Bill I think it would be really hard to beat Doyles at Watsons Bay eating on the foreshore with that beautiful view.

Maureen Press (nee Pulford) (B63-67)

Would dearly love to be there but not possible - I will be back though .....   Bill

6 Aug 2011

Hi Brian Bosher, how you keeping i certainly remember most of the names you posted (especially mine lol), i still keep in frequent touch with Charlie Barron in fact we have stayed with each other a few times for hols over the last few years. I myself now live in Cambridgeshire, what about you? Do you still support same football team, (some silly things seem to stick in memory) Sunderland. Looking forward to hearing from you. Dave.

Dave Bunting (H66-69)

6 Aug 2011

If anybody remembers Ernest David Davidson, circa, '65 - 69. He will be in the UK in the next couple of weeks. I will post details of a mini meeting in london when I have details.

Malcolm Brunsdon (E67-69)

8 Aug 2011

Hi Titch, Yes Paddy Lafferty was a good footballer and was hoping to sign for Blackpool when he left school. We used to have woodwork - and tech drawing - with "tom" Watson and, if you remember, the woodwork block was at the top end of the front sportsfield. Tom wrote on my woodwork report "pleasantly negative" and Paddy was to woodwork what Hitler was to world peace, so he used to let me play in goal for Paddy so that he could practice for the House team, but still be in sight of the classroom. He was in Edinburgh house. Strangely enough, I was useless at tech drawing, woodwork and metalwork - in fact, my Brother Bill used to do my tech drawing prep for me - and yet I went into the building trade as a plumber, then started in business doing all my own drawings, and I can build or make anything in wood! Maybe we need to have a use for something to learn about it.

John Bartlett (S62-63)

8 Aug 2011

john b,tich and ralph.some time during the nineties, i recieved a phonecall guess who.matron schidlof.you can imagine the surprise on my face when she called.we used to get on like a house on fire, not.i was always in trouble with her,yet she phoned me .strange.remember her nickname BAG.never heard from her again.i met up with wally wallaston in libya,in my forces days.george

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

10 Aug 2011

keith t. james, now -( hart )!- 'a.k.a. 'jimtom', qualified some in drama and english and p.e. teaching, also now 'conservation and land management', mainly resident in n'mpty northampton, but heading past the former curtain in hopes of co-operative ecological land developments to whol'istic ends, and means..

(jimtom) Keith T. James (B79-81)

10 Aug 2011

I can't believe it, KEV MACKIE! I saw your message from last month. Another Dorm 2 inmate has been found. Please contact me.

Mick Hughes (C74-77)

11 Aug 2011

Hello Mo Nolan. I remember you. Nice to see you on here x

Jean Cavanagh (Cooke) (StJ65-68)

14 Aug 2011

Follow up to Maureen Press message of 5.8.11. Doyles in Sydney is world class and pretty much unbeatable but Adelaide put on a good show all the same. The weather was a little unkind but IT IS winter here in South Australia and we do have the luxury of "four seasons". After a most enjoyable night at the Red Ochre Bar and Grill situated on the river Torrens looking out over the city of Adelaide, an intimate gathering of eight enjoyed an afternoon of frivolity at South Australia's German settlement town of Hahndorf. Lunch at the Hahndorf Inn proffered much "Gemuetlichkeit" courtesy of the resident piano accordian player Peter. Photo's will be posted in due course. A very big thankyou must go to Ellen Warnaby {Brandon) for all her hard work in bringing this reunion to fruition.

Bernadette Pike (Brandon) (B60-63)

15 Aug 2011

Ditto Bernadette ! Enormous thanks to Ellen Warnaby, queen of organising ! It was a seemless session of events that were arranged for our Windsor Reunion in Adelaide. No need to compare to Sydney.... Adelaide has its own beauty, and was good to taste another part of Australia....I even went on to see the Saatchi UK exhibition at your Art Gallery..fabulous ! And I felt I was so close to Perth, I went there too ! See you all somewhere.... for the next official or unofficial reunion.....

Ella Fielding (Cann) (C62-64)

15 Aug 2011

To John Bartlett. Good to see your still posting John. Time does go by so fast, I feel as if I want to put the brakes on. I'm 62 now and stopped playing live bass some time ago although I still have my collection of basses. I do miss playing live but not all the humping of gear. I'm in contact with Dave Partridge and made contact with George Squires family only to be told George passed away a couple of years ago.I felt a complete prat and guilty for not making a bigger effort to keep in touch. I do remember a lot of names posted in particular George Coughtree who was responsible for me starting to play guitar in the first place so a big thanke to you George. John I have a few pics of the old army days with yours and my dad trooping the colours. I will try to make a bigger effort to post more frequently but I am a bit of a lazy sod. Good luck to everyone, love and peace.


Mike O'Hare (Mick the Bass) (S62-68)

16 Aug 2011

I have been meaning to post a message about the 'Adelaide' reunion one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A wonderful time was had by all attended as we did in Sydney, it was great to catch up with everyone once again and to meet new people as well. Thanks Ellen for great job of organising the reunion loved the venues and I think the 'Handorf' experience took us all back to our time in Germany especially the food and the music. Trevor and I are now looking forward to the next one which I am sure will be just as great as the last two we have attended.

Maureen Press (nee Pulford) (B63-67)

16 Aug 2011

To Ellen and all who attended the Adelaide reunion,; my apologies for pulling out at the last minute. I had booked flights with Tiger and they cancelled my booking. I am glad to see you all had a fabulous time. Chookas to Ellen from me as well. Look forward to the next one. To Mike O'Hare...weeeell. You played bass and I played the drums. Although we were not in the same band, we did play together a couple of times. I am still playing even though the old timing gets a bit off, now and then.

Dave Naylor (H64-67)

18 Aug 2011

mike o'hare,ta for the compliment,every band i played in i had to play bass.either because they couldn't or wouldn't.but just like you, you reach a time and say enough is enough,and at 50 packed it in and sold the lot.i'm 62 also.now ive bought a 6 string acustic to keep the fingers going,regards to all george

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

19 Aug 2011

Hi everyone, our emails are about to pass each other as I open my laptop for the first time in well over a week. As some of you may know I have family in Adelaide and my time after the reunion was well and truly taken up with catching up. We arrived home on Wednesday full of virus, colds and flue courtesy of my grand children. I am glad to say I am on the mend but please give me another day or two to respond to your emails etc. I am a day ahead of my husband in the recover stakes who is still in bed as I write feeling very sorry for himself as one does. I must be kind as I am sure he would have loved to have offloaded me somewhere between Broken Hill and Cobar. I coughed and complained all the way convinced I wasn't going to make it home. Thank you all for your support this year and I think all had a good time with some good photos as proof which will be posted soonest. Some of you are waiting for refunds which will also happen in the next 24 hours. Take care and keep away from children with runny noses!!!!! Their bugs are stronger and far more lethal - I think they collect everybody else's before then passing them on!!! Regards Ellen

Ellen Warnaby (Brandon) B59-62
Australasia Representative
Windsor Society

21 Aug 2011

I think it was those years 64-66,Headmaster was a MR.WYLYE,art teacher was Miss Jackson(I had a crush on her).In my dorm I can only remeber Keith Edge and the top school gymnast Derek Gaffney,I had driving lessons in a Black VW Beetle around the school grounds,I also remember the Woodwork teacher was a short nasty guy who threw bits of wood at you.I remember all of us staring out the windows at the Gym teachers wife MRS.Gibbs sunbathing:>)I was in the CCF and was one of the brave guys who snuck over the wall at night and went to the girls school...bloody exciting stuff.

Just found Bill Craswell my old dorm mate from Caernarvon House,we are the ELITE members who went over the wall and then over the Girls school wall at night!!!!girls couldnt believe it as we said hello in their dorm :>)at about 2AM all in 1965 or close:>)We spent hours getting ourselves ready for the Socials too!!!All so innocent in those days:>)

Frank O'Hanlon (C64-66)

Hi Frank - yet another old friend thousands of miles away - am I the only one that stayed in the UK......... Bill

24 Aug 2011

Hope all my old British and American friends are well and hopeful. I'm so grateful for all those ESSAYS we had to write -- I've taught writing and done a bunch more of it here in the US! And Biology O-levels have prepared me for all the science I've had to learn since then

Heidi Nicholasen (Sjostrom) (B67-71)

 

26 Aug 2011

Thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation. I am pleased you enjoyed the weekend, it was fun wasn't it?. It's not that difficult to organise a party but what makes it a successful party is the people who attend. You can't have a party without people. My special thanks to each of you for your continued support of your Windsor Society. I speak from experience when I say I appreciate the costs involved when flying or driving interstate. It's not just the airfare, but hotels, taxi's and all that extra food one consumes plus the new outfit or new shoes!! Each of you played a very important part in making the weekend a success. Caryl Lambourn for helping out with accommodation, Bernie Pike (Brandon) for organising the table centre pieces - balloons in our school colours. Maureen (Pulford) Press and Trevor for leaving home at day break and driving 4 hours to make Adelaide for lunch. When you run your own business it's not easy to just down tools. Bill Craswell who took the time to phone us during the dinner to wish us a "Happy Reunion", to our partners who sat through all those "do you remember?". Dave Naylor and Charlene who desperately wanted to be there. Dave was the first to book his place at the table. Unfortunately his airline found itself grounded unable to take off. Graham Keil who almost made it - that was cutting it just a bit to fine Graham and Angie Cottrell (Walker) from Western Australia who was so disappointed to have missed Sydney 2009 found herself in plaster with a broken leg and not mobile enough to get on a plane. Bob Nicol and Terri who attended their first reunion and some new faces Ros (Titch Googe - H54-58) Fletcher and her husband Ian, and Angie (Watts - B1962-64) McPherson and her husband Ian who live in Adelaide - how about that? It was lovely meeting you.

Once again thank you for your continued support. Till we meet again - it may be sooner than you think!

Ellen (Brandon B59-62) Warnaby
Australasia Representative
Windsor Society

28 Aug 2011

I was at WGS from 65 and wonder if you have the words to the school anthem 'Concordia'.? Regards

Lou Sprague (?65-??)

Can anybody help with this?

28 Aug 2011

Hi does anyone remmember me? I remember Dorothy Stewart and Suzanne Ewing from Sandringham house,would love to get in touch.

Susan Ferguson (nee lind) (S66-70)

30 Aug 2011

A note to LOU SPRAGUE (nee DENYER ) Dear Lou, Check out this website 24th July 2002. There is a posting from MARY JACKSON (M 63-66) and she not only has the very excellent words of CONCORDIA but a real 45rpm record of WGS pupils singing it !! Contact her and collect a transcript to sing in your bath. Hope this helps. Colin Hawthorne. ( WGS (Pearl Waldron days!) M72-79 Teacher impressions!)

Colin Hawthorne (M72-79)

 

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