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5 Apr 2013

Hello, anyone remember me?

Jennie Brunt (B73-75)

7 Apr 2013

I would like to purchase copies of the Concordia Magazine 1958, 1959 and Ambassador 1959,1960,1961,1962,1963,1964. Interested in selling then please contact me

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby B59-62 - Windsor Society Representative, Australasia

8 Apr 2013

Just tried to renew my subs on the site and it says the site wont accept them? Is the society taking subs?

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

Malcolm has stepped down from handling online subs, he has not been replaced so I have closed the renew online links. BillC

8 Apr 2013

Hi Jennie, maybe at the school social ? who knows lol

Kev Adams (B72-75)

11 Apr 2013

Thanks to Malcolm Graham for his post a few weeks ago. I think he must have meant my Dad Stuart Brindley who is still alive and living in Northumberland. 83 this year. I told him just now that he had been remembered and he wass very pleased. By the way, if anyone is on Facebook, Virginia Kitchen is in Hamm at the moment and posting plenty of photos that are generating a lot of memories.

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

12 Apr 2013

:Hi, Don't laugh, but I am writing a book about my life experiences and that of course includes my time at Windsor. Does anyone remember the daily timetable? I think it was something like this.
7am fire bell
730 breakfast
9am? assembly
9.30? classes
10.45? mid morning break 15minutes?
12.30? Lunch
1.30pm? back to classes tea
4.30? prep
5.30 activities
8.30 - 9pm knackered and time for bed.
some clarity on these times would be helpfull thanks

John Fisher (H65-68)

Oh, and some of the menus would help too. I seem to remember eating horse meat wrapped around a sausage on several occasions, anyone confirm this?? john

12 Apr 2013

I think the boys routine was pretty much the same as the girls. You forgot Rest Period till 2pm when mail was handed out. School finished at 4.15 for afternoon tea and activities started from 5pm . Dinner was about 6.30 and then prep. Supper at the House, clean shoes and first years lights out at 8.30pm. Don't forget School on Saturday mornings and Wednesday was half day.

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby B59-62, Australasia Representative, Windsor Society

13 Apr 2013

Hi Sue McKay, Do you remember the Large sisters? Who also lived in Neinburg. We are all still in Western Australia

Trish Large (H69-72)

14 Apr 2013

Hi Ellen Thanks for that, very helpful, I remembered school on Saturdays but not the half day on Wednesday. I'll have to think about what I did on Wednesdays now. Probably athletics. Sailing on Sundays, that was brill because got out of going to church. thanks John

John Fisher (H65-68)


14 Apr 2013

I think the timetable might have changed a bit from time to time, John, or between the different school. Certainly during my time, teaching time was three 40 minute lessons between 9.00 am and 11.00 am. Twenty minutes break, followed by two more lessons (11.20 am to 12.40 pm). Then back to the house, get sorted and off to lunch. After lunch, rest period - lying on beds while mail was handed out, etc. Afternoon session started at 2.00 pm, another three lots of 40 minute lessons, so finished at 4.00pm. Over to the dining hall for tea. At 4.30pm the "activities" took place, till 5.30pm, when it was back to get sorted for evening roll call, followed by supper. We did our prep after supper - some groups in the house, the rest in the school block. First and second years - lights out at 8.30 pm - but before that, we had cocoa and buns in the house. Staggered lights out depending on which year you were in - 8.45 for third year; 9.00 for fourth; 9.15 for fifth; 10.0
0 for sixth form. Prefects given a bit of flexibility and allowed to keep lights on a bit later ;-) First bell to wake us up, 7.00 am weekdays; slow bell at 7.20, fast bell 7.25 am - we had a mate, reckoned she could wait till slow bell to get up and still make roll call by fast bell. She failed! Weekends, we were woken at 8.00 am - Matron Sill ringing our "triangle", but every day the same - "Open ze vindows, strip ze beds!"

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)


15 Apr 2013

Does my memory serve me correctly, in that we had a roll call a couple of times a day? It seemed excessive at the time and I don't remember anyone doing a runner, but some posts on this forum do mention pupils taking off.

On Saturdays we changed bedlinen - the top sheet went to the bottom and we were given a clean top sheet and pillowcase. I also seem to remember spending ages in a long queue whilst Matron checked the contents of our dirty washing bags before everything was sent off to a German laundry to be boiled and starched within an inch of its life!

Then Saturday afternoon and freedom. A lot of time was spent at the sweet kiosk or in the Kur Park. I also remember buying tights in a popular colour called Burnt Sierra in a shop opposite the kiosk. Don't suppose anyone from the boys' school would be doing that.

Menus included Bauernfruestueck (Farmers Breakfast, mentioned here recently) and on Sunday a boiled egg with a soft roll and butter. I remember little about main courses but rice pudding and ice cream were served for dessert. The latter was served as two large scoops, probably done with a soup ladle, to be shared around the table of eight(?)

My favourite meal was tea, which was informal, with no teachers breathing down your neck telling you what to eat. There was as much bread, butter , cheese and jam as you wanted and you didn't have to sit at your assigned table. It was a good time to discuss the day and gossip with your mates.

An inherent legacy of my time at Windsor is that I still have to stop myself 'piling' dishes and cutlery at table!

Sheila Cumming (C66-68)

15 Apr 2013

I can remember roll call being done twice daily in the 70's. I think the first was after breakfast, (to see if anyone had absconded overnight), the second before prep at 6 or 6.30pm. Prep was 7 til 8. Break outs occurred after lights out. One in particular saw a girl back in her hometown in Dundee after just 24hrs.... allegedly. The timetable was as Pamela said as far as I can remember. Mid morning break we had the dreaded Cheese Straws, tea was 2 slices of dubious quality bread with margarine and jam-never saw cheese at teatime, they'd used it up in the cheese straws. Drink was Jungle Juice, either fluorescent orange or radio active green. The tea wasn't worth drinking, our bath water tasted better. Sunday we had cornflakes instead of porridge with eggs and buttered roll providing you went to early church, or hid in the wardrobe til afterwards....ahem. Activities were from 4.30 til 5.30 on Mondays (school) and Tuesdays (house). Wednesdays usually meant skipping tea or rushing it to the point of severe indigestion, to hike it up to the girls school for dalliances with captive maidens fair through the railings in the summer months or buying chips from the machine in Mark village then over the river for a spot of scrumping or 'carol singing' for the locals with copious bottles of red wine being handed over in the winter months. Spring meant scrambling through the wire at the hockey pitch for further trists with local German girls (I may have mentioned them previously...) or an alternative sport not on the school curriculum. (I'm too much of a gent these days to utter the word 'shaggabashing' so I won't). Autumn evenings we needed to warm up so it was 'Let's show the American lads how to play Rugby'...hurhurhur... Every so often we had an exciting diversion from our studies or extra curricular activities when the wailing of the War Machine Siren heralded a mass exodus to the dining halls in double quick time for yet another roll call/fire drill. God help you if you were over the hills and far away! (There's a song title there somewhere). Funny how you could run a mile in under a minute when it went off but struggled to crawl that dreadful inner 'Road Race' in a whole afternoon. Saturday night was film night, second highlight of the week after seeing your 'bint' er, sorry, girlfriend, that afternoon. Main highlight of the term though was The Social... a chance to dazzle your girly with your immaculate dress sense and flair for dancing. As in, 'I'm standing right by the stage to watch the band and look cool'. At least until you either got the wink from her or the prod from Sir, 'Go on lad, she won't bite!' Maybe not Sir but she had a wicked right hook last time....

Nigel Hoar (S71-74)

17 Apr 2013

t always amuses me when there is mention of the escapes from Windsor. It is a miracle that there wasn't a mass exodus with the draconian regime in there!

I think the greatest escape was Jeannie Forbes, from Edinburgh House, in November 1972.
Jeannie was in London before anyone noticed she was missing and Dundee before she was located a week later!! She was 16 years old and under Scottish Law a free agent!!!
Her final school report from Windsor said 'Jeannie was to sophisticted for school'!!!!
I will never forget how the teachers managed her sudden absence, particularly Mr Boyd the housemaster, because I still bear the scars of his reaction to the situation!!!!! My first choise of vocabulary would have been 'her impromptu departure' but that would have been inaccurate as the absconding was planned to the last detail.
Jeannie would still like to contact Jackie McCallum to thank her for all her help. Jeannie did write to Jackie from Dundee but the mail never passed the 'office check' - I believe this is true because someone who left wrote to me and I never received their mail either -were we at school or in prison for crimes we did not commit??????

Well folks, Jeannie is a Doctor of Philosophy and works independently between London and Asia. She has a beautiful home in Edinburgh.

It took me some time to understand why Jeannie left the way she did and it was hard for me to deal with the aftermath of it - there is no getting away from that.

But the important part is that Jeannie is not only my sister but my best friend now. I not only understand - I reap the benefits of her wisdom and fortitude in abundance.

If I could change anything I would have went with her. iZZZZi F

Izzy Forbes (E72-75)

17 Apr 2013

Hi John Fisher If you check on the face book site, an old inmate ( Mick Hughes ) Has posted copies of menues, laundry tickets etc, may be of interest to you in your project.

Tom Mc Carthy (C71-76)

23 Apr 2013

I have just come across this web site, and looking at the photographs brought back some vivid memories, not all good,

Antony Alvis (M63-66)

23 Apr 2013

Hi Antony, Sorry to hear your memories were not all good - but it helps to put it in perspective for me as sometimes I thought I was the only one. Thank you. Maybe we should chat some time and try to understand what it was all about? Hope you are doing well now and things are good for you now.

Izzy Forbes (E72-75)

29 Apr 2013

Hi, Many thanks for the response to my request for help in remembering the timetables etc.
The whole thing at Windsor can be hilarious when you think back all those years. Just a shame we didn't realise it at the time. Ellen, I had totally forgoten Wednesday half day. Hi Pam, good to see the humour is still alive and well. Sheila, I think there were at least two boys that may well have fancied burnt sierra tights. Nigel, your recollection is brilliant, I remember the Flourescent green juice. Izzy, your sister did well to get to London as she did. We had a runner in our house one night, all the prefects/monitors went out searching for him but the little s--t went down the cellar until we all went out and then rreturned to bed. So we gave him a wallop or two. Hi Tom, I don't do facebook, the whole idea does me in. perhaps you could get Mick to contact me via Bill.
cheers john

John Fisher (H65-68)