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01 Aug 2013

Give or take a year or so it was 50yrs ago when I attended Windsor Boys.Did not know about this site until a few days ago,brother Roy told me to look it up.So many memories and good ones of the place/students and staff.Have read nearly all of the visitors postings and suddendly names from the past appear-amazing what has been retained in my tiny brain.I will rattle off a few names I remember - Gabby Hayes/Mike Hogg(I was one of them in 65 that visited the girl school at night)Ralph Snape/Bethel brothers/Ian Green(I was fast but could never catch him)Dick Jolliffe(when I played sevens he would always shout from the side line Give the ball to Robertson)fair nackered me all that running.I remember Frau TITS maybe it was TEITZ. Anyway enough of my rantings.Does anyone actually remember little old me PETER ROBERTSON.Did I achieve anything when there good /bad or ugly or was I just another number.Oh and by the way Paul Roper I went out with Pat Cotton before you,she dumped me then I went out with her sister Margaret- fond memories of both of them.Paul did you ever spend time on the island of Malta? Anyone heard of or remember a young lady by the name of Rosemary White who was at WGS the same time?

Peter Robertson (B63-65)

02 Aug 2013

Hi all,

It's great to see that people are still finding this website for the first time, enjoying reading about Windsor and taking the time to make a contribution!

That should tell us all why the site must continue to be active for a long time to come!!

Every anecdote is important to the person annotating it and to others who remember back to those times!!!

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

 

4 Aug 2013

Apologies to all those who never came across my abbreviations but it is my only way to answer Malcolm. P&E - Power and Elegance when someone gave a good mathematical answer to any question, HVM & HVSP - Hamm via Moscow and Hamm via the South Pole - long-winded solution, UTC - up the creek & SWT - sunk without trace (accompanied by a drawing of a stone sinking in the sea)when a solution was going nowhere, YNS - you need shooting & SB - silly boy were for a really stupid error. There were many others - some not suitable to publish here. One still applies to you even now Malcolm and that is LTS often given when someone gave one of the many wrong spellings of isosceles. A silly idea of mine but it seemed to work or at least I thought it did and formed a part of my teaching weaponry for over 40 years. Ellen I tried to email you on the bigpond address but it was returned - probably British Telecom again. Izzy (I hope I classify to call you that) keep the posts going - you really missed a treat by not going on the D of E camp you would have been away from WGS for a week and could have got lost easily. Enough! Now to get back to composing a bit about PMK one of life's gentleman and a great bloke to work for and with.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

5 Aug 2013

Whoops! I think I've just worked out that LTS = Learn To Spell.
Hern is not spelled like learn, is it? Profound apologies, sir - but do you remember the cricket ball coming through the classroom window mid lesson?

Malcolm Graham (E60-60)

5 Aug 2013

My Dear Mr Hern, Of course you must call me Izzy, I would be so disappointed if you did not! But Mr Hern may I call you Geoff please, Sir? I am really disappointed that I never attended a D of E camp but they probably wouldn't have let me go because I was such a bomb scare back then! I spent more time with my privs suspended than I wish to remember. I haven't really changed much but I think I am classed as a wee bit more than a tad eccentric these days!!! Wish I had attended your classes - it sounds as though you made them fun and interesting - engaging those young minds.
A good teacher can make boring become interesting while a bad teacher makes an interesting subject boring depending on their delivery. You sound as though you were up there with the best! iZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

5 Aug 2013

Well Guys,

I've been thinking about some of those teachers - 2 in particular have caught my attention on this occasion!

The first is Miss Blackman who taught English - she was a charismatic lady and made things come to life - I can still remember reading 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas in her class. I love it to this day thanks to her!!

The second is Miss Maynard - I beleive she gave me a record number of punishment exercise - including charging me 5 Pfennings per toe for running up the corridor with bare feet. The next time I went with 1 slipper on but she chose to ignore me. I remember she overheard me swearing - when I asked her what I had said her reply was that 'I would not prostitute my tongue to repeat it'. She also gave me a lecture along the lines of 'if you say Oh Soap powder' it makes you sound more intellegent than swearing.
My favourite from Miss Maynard was when she said 'you are inebriated by the exuberance of your own verbosity' I am still shocked that she could say such a thing to a quite wee girl like me!!!
Nowadays I appreciate the interest that Miss Maynard gave me in vocabulary and have a dictionary/thesaurus that is invaluable to me.
Thank you Miss Maynard - your hard work did pay off eventually!!!

Well, tht's me had a gid auld blether. Take care folks. iZZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

6 Aug 2013

I quite agree with Izzy - the teachers made a lot of difference to whether or not you enjoyed the subject, understood it, or could be bothered with it. When I was head of house, I used to have a steady stream of younger girls knocking on my door in the evenings, asking for help with their prep. I never gave them the "answers", but read through whatever the textbook was and explained how to get the answers. I was disappointed that so many of them obviously didn't get things explained properly in class time. On the other hand, there were several teachers I found inspirational. One English teacher, I'm ashamed to say I have forgotten her name, but inspired me to read several authors because of her own enthusiasm. Another English teacher totally ruined everything she touched, so when I found out which Shakespeare play we were to study for A level, I read it in the summer holidays so I could enjoy it before she destroyed it for me. And my Art teacher, Mr Cummings - he told me not to give up art when I left school, and I have continued to design, create, draw and paint ever since.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

6 Aug 2013

Malcolm correct and no I afraid that I do not remember the cricket ball incident. Probably concentrating too much on the mathematics. Just fished out a thank you card (just boasting) from some 6th Form girls at a local school that I taught Applied Maths after retirement in 2009. The card was covered in my abbreviations. So from this and as a last test on this how about RTBQ and ATBQ? I bet Christine Law remembers but is she still reading the posts? Izzy of course call me Geoff - I always find it strange that even now I'm called Mr Hern. Great to see things livening up. Let's keep it going. Apart from Pamela, yes it was me who did the silly trick of going off the track, is there anybody else who remembers the Rambles or the D of E?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

6 Aug 2013

I don't know if you will remember me Mr Hern but I remember being terrified turning up at my first A level Maths lesson. It was in a tiny room, I was the only girl and there weren't any seats. I didn't start until October so I was behind from the very beginning. I did enjoy my lessons though and I still like a mathematical challenge. My son is doing his GCSE in November and I can't wait to revise with him. I hope he does A level. Not that I am any good. I still have my folders with your marks and comments all over it especially on red!! You also played hockey as I did and remember the many matches between houses, teachers, sevens and the like. I didn't do D of E but remember going on a ramble during the night. It was interesting.....

Linda Lecun (B76-79)

6 Aug 2013

This site is a great window to the past for all of us involved one way or onother with Windsor and it would be a great shame and loss if ever it was to go, I too have the dreaded Facebook and am a member of the Windsor chat on there, however I find this site just as "exciting" in stirring memories, It was with great sadness when I found out mr kitchen ( marlborough house master) had passed away and although I had not heard or seen him since my days at Windsor I still felt like an important part of my childhood had come to closure,

And mr hearn I had a great time in the D,O,E I had the fortune to go on a summer escape with my other Marlborough housemates. Kevin sawyer, Kevin Baldwin and Neil beresford from Hamm to Ahlen and onother village over a weekend expedition. No mobile phones and 4 15 yr old lads let loose in the countryside with a designated rondevouze point as our only point of contact. Brilliant, I even remember going to Dortmund school in 76 when the duke of edinborough himself dropped in by helicopter to give some awards. So to the guys who run this site I say you are doing a great job and please keep up the good work.

Gerard " Gillers" Gilmer (M73-77)

Thanks Gez but that would be guy not guys........ BillC

7 Aug 2013

RightO Geoff, Read The Bl**dy Question? Answer The Bl**dy Question? - Can't imagime bad language like that at WBS in the 1960s. Oh no, no no! :D

The cricket ball incident may well have occurred during one of 'Pud' Watsons sessions. I have vague memories of swapping teachers around for a couple of weeks at a time.

Awaiting your PMK post with interest. Mr. Kitchen gently suggested I give up French at the end of the 2nd year and Mr. Walker suggested the same for Chemistry.
I ended up with a high Chemistry qualification working for a French owned business responsable for a factory near Grenoble. I did learn French - from the guys on the shop floor - had to be very careful with what I came out with when in high level meetings, though.

Malcolm Graham (E60-60)

7 Aug 2013

It is a few years late but since my appreciation of Peter Kitchen was not printed in the Newsletter at the time I am taking Steve Green's advice to remedy things a little although this will not be of the same quality. I worked with PMK for nearly 20 years as one of the Marlborough House duty masters. He was a born housemaster- a bit of a cliche but in his case true - and was always willing to go the extra mile for the lads and staff. Others will remember his years of service organising the CCF RAF section. There could not have been a single Marlborough inter-house match, come rain or shine, during all those years without Pete encouraging the team from the sidelines. In the 1970s in his customary hat - a cross between a flat cap and a bobble job - and his, at that time, fashionaby large specs. Everything he did was done in his own quiet way with a minimum of fuss and to maximum effect. I think we got on well because we had the same approach to what a duty master should do namely spend as little time as possible in the study and as much time as possible with the lads as long as it was in the school grounds. I had his 100% support when organising the original Backfield Wanderers' games (a name taken to a higher level in 6th Form games later by KT, remember Vim Amsterdam and the rest anybody?) and the regular Friday evening 5-a-side tournaments where the 'cup' won was a broken teacup donated by Gordon Rowell. Of course we differed at times but we always managed sort things out quickly. I envied his uncanny knack of remembering the faces and names of all the old boys who visited after they had left - an ability which clearly showed how well he knew them all. I remember him with great affection as a genuinely good bloke who was a huge part of WBS history. What memories do others have?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

7 Aug 2013

Hi All, It is interesting how people have very different aptitudes in skill sets and recall. I found the entry Pamela Ross made on 6/8/13 demonstrates this in quite an amusing way. I never made prefect at Windsor but I was told that if I focused my energy in more positive activities I would make a good one - was I interested? Not even remotely - nowadays they would probably say I had ADHD!!!

When I started the art teacher was Mr Chedgey - I don't recall meeting him (except at a reunion about 20 years ago at Newbury)but my sister certainly did - another story for another day!!! The art teacher I remember was Miss French - she was a big lady in every sense - including personality. If I recall correctly she had came from an inner city school where she had her wrist broken in an assault by a pupil. To say I was not artistic would be an understatement but Miss French wanted to encourage and bring out the best in all of us. She set us the task of drawing body parts with artistic license - abstract. Miss French gave me a really good mark for my efforts to encourage confidence. Her intentions were great but I still couldn't draw if my life depended on it!!! Thank you Miss French.

The point is that Pamela made head of house while I was not perfect enough to be a prefect - THANK GOD for that because it's tooooooo hard a reputation to live up to (in my very humble opinion and very humble I am). What I do remember are the people in quite graphic detail - if only I had been able to focus that energy on my school work.............. iZZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

8 Aug 2013

I had to laugh when I read Izzy's assessment of me - you can't imagine how surprised I was to make head of house, but I think the reason was, because I had been a "naughty" girl when in 4th and 5th year, and I think the housemistress was doing a poacher turned gamekeeper trick! She knew I had been there, done it, so would know how to deal with the younger girls ;-) Does it reassure you that our dorm was considered so bad, they split us up?

I met Mr Chedgey soon after he joined at Hamm - I was doing A level Art, had been working on a drawing. Came in the following day to the art room to find a note attached, from him, saying basically, don't finish this - it has the potential to be brilliant - please could he have it? So I gave it to him. I don't know what he did with it! The walls of my house are covered with my paintings and drawings - the good thing about school was that I was encouraged to pursue my interests - my parents were only interested in my academic grades. And I just wanted to work backstage in the theatre, and paint :-)

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

9 Aug 2013

In that case Bill.C. I take my hat off to you, indeed you do a splendid job please do not lose the enthusiasm and zest you have for this site,

Like all students our house was the best ect ect, but the memories and of course the tall stories we all carried forward after Hamm have helped us in everyday life, it seems strange that after 11 different schools and 14 different addresses that I came through it all pretty well balanced ( I think )

My daughter has left school and left home. And my lad is just going to start his 4th yr as we would call it, and although I see this middle aged man in the mirror inside I am still young or as my old man likes to say a recycled teenager, now that's a name I can live with, so the rest of you recycled teenagers out there get posting some messages.

Gerard " Gillers" Gilmer (M73-77)

9 Aug 2013

Sorry but it's me again - a couple of comments to make. Gillers when I read the names of the lads that you went with that must have some weekend camp. We were not naive enough to think that the groups we sent out were all impeccably behaved but believed that the experience was good for them. Not that you were not impeccably behaved of course. It seemed to have worked most of the time. Sounds a bit pompous but ... . By the way Gillers, LTS. Linda of course I remember you but can't remember how long was it before we gave you a seat? Were you really that scared? You followed in the footsteps of such notables as Carole Todd and Sally Pennington - where are they now? You say you still like a maths problem and since I have a few try this 362 + 572 = , 442 + 362 = , 772 + 632 = ,( that's 36 squared plus 57 squared and so on ... don't know if the page can deal with the powers), work them out (calculators allowed) and you should spot something about the results. Just by looking at the patterns can you find others of the same type? Apart from the obvious there are many other patterns etc, see what else you can find and you may get NABE on your work. - I think that this it what maths is all about. I know that many groans would have gone up at the sight of a maths problem but blame it on Linda she brought up maths not me. Anyway you are all welcome to have a go but no violins Malcolm.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

9 Aug 2013

Our lives apart (definitely), Our purpose one (no chance), To win through Concord fame (never)'!!!!!

Pamela Ross must have had a very different experience at Windsor than I did - the dorm got split up for being naughty wee girls - WOW!!!!!

My experience was that one of my friends was suspended and another expelled for completely different crimes.

To this day I believe I paid the price for my sisters untimely departure - they couldn't get her so I suffered the consequences. (my entry on 17/4/13 refers).
I prefer not to think about those who put me through that as it cost me so much - nowadays I focus on the positive.

Recently one of my old friends asked me if I wanted to sue the army for what we had been put through at that time - my response was 'do you want to sue your dad for sending you there?' MOVE ON, THINK POSITIVE, BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE GOT - TRUST ME YOU HAVE A WEALTH OF THINGS TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT!!!!!

Let's keep the banter flowing. LOL iZZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

12 Aug 2013

Not heard from anyone so will try again had a great time at wbs not the best behaved student but we cant all b good at the 3 Rs was extremly good at getting out of wbs and into wgs at midnight only caught once if only they knew at the time how often I was wandering around the girls dorms and the town got 2 b very hard had 2 dodge dog patrols that was easy hardest was getting back 2 the dorm but managed sometimes just in time 2 get up hope every one that went 2 wbs,wgs has as good memories as me will make reunion 1 day

Paul Stannett (E73-75)

13 Aug 2013

Mr Hern. Along with my comrades in dorm 013 these lads were what made my final years at Hamm more enjoyable than my early terms, also it's great to see the term maths used and not math as seems to be the norm at the moment, I will always have the picture in my memory of you riding around the school on an old army style push bike with rod brakes and that famous pipe of yours, and sitting in the armchair in the day room at roll call.

Gerard " Gillers" Gilmer (M73-77)

15 Aug 2013

Just been reading through all the July/ August postings- so glad to see this site live and running and also to read the lovely comments about my dad,PMK. It is 6 years ago this weekend since he passed away,miss him like mad! Hamm defined me,will always be in my heart and soul. Unless you were there you can't understand how deep it ingrains itself in you. I too am on fb,but this is the original Windsor site,lets keep it going!

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

16 Aug 2013

Just to let you all know that some of us old lags are still haunting the Society ,but we do seem to be a little thin on the ground!, I went back to Windsor School last year,to have a last look,accompanied by another ex Windsorite! The place was in the later stages of being demolished. We did find several landmarks to look at, and both of us got very emotional at the sight of it, and its obvious decline and destruction. I would not have missed the chance to return to the scene of a part of my life that I value so much, and remember in such detail and affection. Lets hear more from all you early members of this great establishment and share our memories whilst we can!.......?

Tiny Latham (S54-57)

16 Aug 2013

Tiny, you were there even before my parents! They arrived as single teachers in 1958, married in 1959 and finally left,not voluntarily ,when my Dad turned 50 in 1981. He spent 19 happy years as Marlborough housemaster and I know that we had the most fantastic start to our lives and I am eternally grateful to all the people who made my school days so happy!

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

17 Aug 2013

We often stop at a pub in a village called Heckington, just off the A17 on a journey to visit our daughter Christina, in Tynemouth. We think this is where your parents, Virginia, retired to??

Is this right? Perhaps the next time we could meet there!!

Mike and Carole Capey (C63-70)

18 Aug 2013

Hello mike and carol,yes, mum and dad retired to Heckington.however,once their house was sold I have never returned. I live in Derbyshire now on the edge of the beautiful Peak District- an easy jump off the M1 or A38 if you fancied meeting?

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

18 Aug 2013

Virginia so glad that you have read my comments about PMK. The appreciation that I wrote for the Newsletter was longer and, I think, better but it was about time that his place in the history of WBS was acknowledged. He was great to work for and with and we saw KT on one of our visits to WBS and he said that anytime that he wanted help with Housemastering he went to your dad for advice. Like you I have Windsor in my blood, if that sounds cheesy - so what! We have been back many times during our walking holidays in the Sauerland and have watched it go downhill - they even knocked down the Maths Block. Gillers, I still have the bike but it's retired now and the pipe smoking went years ago.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

18 Aug 2013

Geoff,great to hear from you! Who cares about cheese? It was our life,where we were born and bred! Pity you are not on Facebook as you would have seen my photos from our visit at Easter. Very sad,only the dining room left at wbs. Took my boys to see where I lived,learnt to blow bubblegum bubbles,play hockey,climb over the wall to get to the kiosk,sing in the Paul's kirche,run xc,have lots of fun and be taught by some amazing teachers( and some not so good!) you were instrumental in getting m to pass O level maths,remember well lots of WALOR on my work!i probably won't ever go back again,but we went with a mission- mum and dad are now resplendent on top of the skating hill in th kur park! Seemed like a fitting place to leave them.What a time in our lives,happy,happy days. Dad would be proud to be remembered so well. Thank you

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

18 Aug 2013

I have been reading all the postings from the last three months and I too hope the site/society keeps going. Geoff Hern, I remember you(not sure you`ll remember me tho`, HE.teacher and assistant housemistress of Marlborough Girls). I even went on a D.of E. walk (or ramble) along with Terry Lake and 6th formers. Interested to read that you have frequently returned for holidays in the Sauerland. Along with my husband I have returned to Willingen time and time again to enjoy the snow, walking, eating, and general ambiance. I love it there! At first I used to visit Hamm for a day and also Gutersloh (where I went when I left WGS) but both towns became less appealing and so we either explored new places or spent all our time in Willingen. VERY happy days at WGS, without doubt my best teaching days. Have seen the Sarneys a couple of times as I live not too far from them. Regards to all.

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

19 Aug 2013

Rae Cleverly - a kindred spirit - not many Brits would visit Germany on holiday and still fewer have ever heard of the Sauerland. Like you we love the place, the peace and quiet combined with great but not hairy walking. We always go to a small village called Dorlar near Altenilpe where we held the annual D of E camp, rent a small Ferienwohnungen and walk out into the hills from the front door. I could go on but .... Did you know of it before Terry and I started the 6th Form Rambling Club? Please remember me to the Sarneys - believe it or not I was at school with Mike at Windsor Grammar School for Boys - some coincidence!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

21 Aug 2013

Just found the sire after 40 years! Would love to get in touch with Chris Epps ,and Diane Rose. Can anyone help? Paul Stannet, Not sure if we knew each other,however I remember the nights out at WGS, and the slipper waiting for us on our return at the back of the fire escape where the toilets and showers were ,delivered by the house master and basketball coach Mr Dudley,who had a very good hit! Anyone else there? Remember the coffee we used to brew on electric elements! Great to see the site after such a long time ,for many of us ,who probably all claim the most postings and schools great to have at least a tie to somewhere!

Ian Blatchly (B73-74)

21 Aug 2013

I have read with interest the recent posts and thought I would add my thoughts/memories:

1. Mr. Hern: Yes I remember the bike and pipe, and I also have a vivid memory of you chastising me and Martin Warwick for not taking Maths class sufficiently seriously. Mock O-level exam results had been posted in the Admin Block and we had previously been told that we had not done well. So when I saw we had the top two marks (albeit not that good) I said out loud what was he (Mr. Hankinson, who was teaching O level that year) worried about? Unfortunately Mr Hern you were was passing by and very emphatically stated that Mr. Hankinson did not have anything to worry about, but that I had a lot to worry about if I wanted to pass the O-level. The message must have sunk in because I did pass – and went on to do A-level pure Maths.
2. Sally Pennington: Sally was in my A-level pure Maths class, which was taught at WGS by Ms. Gray. So Mr. Hern if you also taught Sally she must have taken both pure and applied A-level Maths. (I picked pure Maths because the WGS location seemed important in the 6th form)
3. Ms. Maynard: I had Ms. Maynard for A-level Eng Lit at WGS (again location, location, location). She was not quite sure what to make of me in her class but she had great passion for teaching.
4. PMK: I was not in Marlborough, but I had PMK for German class (I think in the 1st and 2nd form). I can clearly seeing him sitting up front in the language lab and you were always aware he could at any moment be listening and monitoring your German pronunciation (and my American pronunciation of the English language.) He was a really good teacher – you could tell he cared.
5. KT: HandelsKlasse I Housemaster and piano teacher. His passing was very sad. He and Jackie were great to me and friends with my parents. I saw KT and Jackie in Rinteln in the 90s. I hope to get back that way and visit Jackie again.
6. Mr. Dudley: Had a few beers with John a couple years ago in Litchfield. Besides being our basketball coach (and dealing with a lot of americans at once) my favorite class at WBS was his O-level geography.
7. Fb: I was briefly on fb but closed my account. I joined because there as a group for americans who had been at WBS/WGS – but it did not allow any other members (ie Brits) which seemed to miss the essence of Windsor. And in general there was too much chit-chat nonsense. The only good thing I can say for fb was that it was easy to post old photos – if we could add that to this site that would be a plus (note I did previously post a photo of KT on this site so it is not impossible – Virginia Kitchen maybe you can get your recent WBS photos posted).

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

22 Aug 2013

Dear Virginia I read postings on this site regularly as I feel a close connection with everyone who attended or taught at the school particularly your father( a lovely lovely man) and Geoff Hern who is an equal legendary figure from those days at WBS.Both influenced me and my 3 brothers who were all proud to be in his Marlborough House. I used to sneak off to the Kur Park on 1/2 days, with a few like minded bad boys , for a crafty smoke ( long since stopped..smoking that is ). The thought of Mr Kitchen being ever present there now made me both smile then shed a gentle tear...

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

24 Aug 2013

Me think it amazing from a lone voice in the wilderness "is there anybody out there?" by Malcolm Graham E60-65 July 2013. Great to see it prompted a comment or two. My offer to email the Australasia news letter to paid up members has not been taken up - sadly! Geoff Hern please email me again if you are interested in receiving the news letter. Do you remember John and Mary Rhodes who taught at WBS in the 70's? We catch up about twice a year or David Cole who taught at WGS 73-76. David and his wife Chris have written some wonderful articles for our news letter. Sadly David left teaching which I feel deprived several generations of his wonderful talent. I recently met David's daughter now a principal musition with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. My recent evening with Carol Merritt, Marg Rennie and Marijke Bruce was a bundle of laughs as we walked down memory lane much to the amusement of Carol's husband - mine has heard it all before - several times. Peter Hayes B59-66 now living in Australia sent me some fantastic photos from his days at WBS. Keep those posts rolling in a Society is only as good as the input from it's members.

Ellen Warnaby (Brandon B59-62) Australasia Representative, Windsor Society, fhewarnaby2@bigpond.com

24 Aug 2013

Hello Bobby and Ralph.lovely to read your messages! Bobby, I was in the same class at Hamm Primary as your brother John. I remember vividly on one of our many trips to Werries swimming pool standing on top of the 10 metre diving board him asking me" have you doven yet Kitchen?" We had to do this to gain our 4 th and last swimming certificate. I was so determined to be first off I just went!!! Never ever done it since!!! As far as posting photos on here, I am not sure how to,do it,but am sure some clever IT person could help? I have all my photos in an album on my phone so would be a case of transferring that. Ralph, I remember you and your brothers very well. We spoke often of WBS days,as you can imagine, and you were always spoken of with huge fondness. I even seem to recall finding a letter from you amongst Dad's WBS belongings after he passed away! Somyoumsee,,you were notmforgotten! The Kur Park, in my mind, seemed to be the best place to leave Mum and Dad- it ws where they did their courting,where they took us to collect cookers, ice skate on the pond, sledge down the hill and ride our bikes. Happy days for us all- back home for them. Not sure I will ever return, but at least I feel they are in their spiritual home- and may see other teenagers sneaking a crafty smoke!!!!

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

24 Aug 2013

Large gathering of ex-Windsor people being organised at the Jury's Inn, Milton Keynes on Saturday 17th May 2014.
Costs £30pp which includes buffet, room hire & Disco.
Individuals to arrange own accommodation. Payment details to follow.

Event is on FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/376116645848749/

Appreciate if you can communicate to all ex-Windsor that you know who would like to attend.

Jed Bottomley: Event organiser on FB / Phil McGregor: Friends Reunited
Andy Quigley: Accountant/Bursar / Mark Holder Windsor Society

Jed: FB

Meet and Greet: - Andy Beaumont, SallyAnn Mays, Pauline Harle, Jacqui O'Halloran, Julz Royles, Colette Culpin Dicker & Becki Hobbs

Thank your
Mark Holder MBE

Sounds great - I will be there - BillC

24 Aug 2013

Lovely thoughts and sentiments re. your parents final resting place Virginia.
I remember you and your Dad although our paths rarely crossed.

Geoff Hern, I will visit "your" Sauerland village when we next go......probably February. .We always go in winter;love it! !!

Best regards to all.

Rae Mitchell (nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

24 Aug 2013

Rae, I do remember you too,but think you must have been there in my later years. I returned to teach myself at kings school,gutersloh and spent many weekends in the sauerland walking and skiing!

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

24 Aug 2013

Strange world Virginia; I transferred to Kings in Sept 1981 as Head of Home Economics.How long did you spend teaching there and what subject?
Are you still teaching? I of course am happily retired! Take care.

Rae Mitchell (nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

25 Aug 2013

Gosh Rae,what a coincidence! I was HoD Girks' PE from 1989-1992! Very funny teaching with Geoff Farrar who had been a colleague of m dad's! I only do pulpy work now and not much of that. I am married with two boys,11 and 15 so most of my time is spent catering for their needs!!!
Enjoyed the social life at Kings,plenty going on for us singles in the Officers' Mess,

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

28 Aug 2013

A while ago, I had the opportunity to visit some fellow riders in Germany and took time out to visit the old homesteads of Hamm and Laarbruch with a couple of the guys, Niklas and Alex, some 40 years after leaving there. I wish I hadn't. Some things are best left to memory. I felt quite a deep sadness seeing the boys school laid to waste, an experience worsened by a constant drizzle that day. There was nothing left. No Sandringham/Marlborough block, no Hillsborough/Caernarvon, Edinburgh/Balmoral, no main block, no gym and no maths or art blocks, all gone. The poplars at the back of the sports field were still there though, as was the old church. There were some new buildings where the hall and MT section used to be. (I had a nose later and found a large car sales place). I stood at the old entrance and cast my mind back, good job it was raining..'are you crying Jean Claude?'. Yeah I know, I'm an old softy at heart. I shared some of the memories I still have with the lads, three years of fun, hell, laughter, learning and my awakening to experiences both good and bad and to see the effects of time marching on regardless left me feeling really empty. We rode away up Soester Strasse towards Mark and I couldn't help but pull in and look back, almost wishing the years to fall away and see the outline of the school in full. It was there, but only in my minds' eye. Gutted. Off to the Mohne and Sorpe dams and another memory from those days, one of getting hopelessly lost. Legal absenteeism from school, packed lunch and the company of Miss Sandra Marr and Mr Geoff Hern. Our appointed 'guide' if you will for the day, on our first time out, was a legend if ever there was one. Noddy Weightman. I remember the aforementioned teachers sneaking up behind us and admonishing us quite severely for making a racket and then taking what was obviously the right path through the forest. Noddy on the other hand, had other ideas. Who were we to argue? He was older, 'in charge' and an experienced map reader, well he could find his way to the dinner hall anyway. I was outnumbered and outgunned in my protests that we were on the wrong path. Several hours later we spotted a quaint little village in a valley which was taken as the meeting point by all and sundry present, so we made our way down, only to find we were some 10 kilometers from the actual place we were supposed to be! I also seem to remember we were looked upon by a certain Mr Hern as being something akin to a rather smelly substance picked up underfoot as we wearily trudged aboard the WD army grey Bone Shaker to various echo's of 'you stupid f****** w****** and other colourful exchanges from our school chums. Oh, what larks dear old Pip old chap! Worst day of my life and one which I must thank Mr Weightman for personally some day.... Then off to RAF Laarbruch and another experience which was no better than seeing the old school. Now 'Weeze Airport', home to Ryanair and other cheap seat flying charabancs. I found a small museum just up the road from the Astra cinema, dedicated to the 45 years of RAF history at Laarbruch, wicked! Afterwards we did a quick tour of the base, as much as possible anyway and I was again saddened to see the state of the housing and some of the old military areas, all overgrown and run down, even collapsed buildings in places! Didn't get much time to sit and ponder though, we found we had gained the undivided attention of the airport Polizei....'Nichts zu sehen Offizier, überlassen wir'....

Nigel Hoar (S71-74)

28 Aug 2013

Just came onto the site for the first time in a while. Reading through the messages from Mr Hern, Virginia and Gez Gilmer about our Housemaster Mr Kitchen. It makes me smile and brings a tear to my eye at the same time. My memory of Mr Kitchen is a man of high standards and a strong moral compass, he taught me respect and discipline. Whereas Mr Hern taught me not to take life too serious and he helped me get a Maths O'Level that I would never have got had he not helped me with those past papers whilst on duty in Marlborough. Come to think of it we were so lucky during my time at Marlborough as we had the best team of House/Duty Masters we could possibly wished for. Mr Kitchen, Mr Bugden, Mr Hern, Mr Greedy, Mr Clarke. All had a positive effect on my experience at WBS. I caused them enough grief but had some great support. I felt like they really cared about our welfare as well as education. Like most who post on here I loved my three years at WBS. Bobby Hoffman, don't think you will remember me but just wanted to say hello and hope all has turned out well for you.

Scot Innes (M73-76)

29 Aug 2013

Ah Mr Hearn, as a member of the original backfield wanderers, I can more than happily applaud your and Mr Kitchens support of those less able at footie than others..I put myself, Nige Murray in the at category, he's the Lithe one and all the others, there is a great write up and photo in Concordia 76

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

29 Aug 2013

I have had a post from someone asking which Board of Examination was used for the WGS 1977-81 A-Levels does anybody remember or still have their certs?

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

Got it now - thanks Mr Hern !

31 Aug 2013

HVM !! I still use it today. My 3 (grown up) kids know what it means as do most of the ATC Cadets I teach :-) Recenly make contact with Heidi Jansen (St J)... last seen going through Customs in Ramsgate in '85 with her family ( I was the Customs bloke - now work in HMRC- 31 years in the CS...scary! ) I still see Tony Parslow now and again, Walker Graham & Wayne Davies. Its sad to see the obituaries popping up, both staff and pupils Anyway I will pop in again soon

Dennis Reeves (E78-81)

31 Aug 2013

Hi, my name is Joanne Holmes [nee Ivory], just been looking at past posts and saw one from Stephen Forward dated 27.1.12, surprised you remembered me it's been a long time.

Joanne Holmes[nee Ivory] (B71-76)

31 Aug 2013

Just a few quick points before August is out. Scot it is good to hear from you again and thanks for your comment but to quote a cliche - you passed the O level not me. I have several abiding memories of you and many of them are linked to football. Others that we won't mention here. Ralph thanks for your comment too - although perhaps James won't agree with you. Thanks too for all the Christmas cards. Bobby I have no recollection of 'blasting' you but it does sound like something I might have done - nose in everywhere! Sally did take Applied Maths (I notice with pleasure that you write Maths and not Math) with me but it would be great to know what happened to her. She was a D of E stalwart too. I taught in Copenhagen for 11 years before retirement - many American students and after a while they too were saying Maths. Nigel I remember the 'incident' with Noddy - he was always so keen but, as you point out, his map-reading skills left something to be desired. He was not alone however - others got lost in the Sauerland forests too. I can only echo your comments about WBS - it is so sad to see that it has all but disappeared. Tony - glad that you enjoyed the Backfield Wanderers - I did! Where's Nigel Murray now? Let's keep this going - it revives many happy memories for an old-stager like me. Very many thanks Bill for all your work with the site - much appreciated.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

31 Aug 2013

At the very end of this month I note that there has been a more than usual mention of TEACHERS at both WBS and WGS. My attention was drawn towards the name of DAVID COLE who was the H.O.D. English during part of my time at WGS. David was a most excellent colleague and he brought a very welcome infusion of culture to our extra curricular activities programme. David had been a member of the Monteverdi Singers in U.K. and he had an amazing voice for opera. I believe that he could actually sing Falsetto !! Every year at WGS we had the school birthday party and during my sojourn as presenter on the staff side, David sat at the piano in WGS School hall and delivered ' SUGAR BABY LOVE '( a top twenty number from THE RUBETTES in 1974). As a joint WGS and local Hamm orchestral production, David produced and directed 'DIDO AND AENEAS' a Purcell opera for the WGS School show. How many girls and staff recall this terrific event when there was a requirement for the entry of a rotting pig's head upon a stick (thanks to the late, great Bert Dunn our catering officer-!!) A great memory of the old WGS days.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

31 Aug 2013

Two consecutive months of really interesting posts after Malcolms cry in the wilderness - may not be minute by minute but the posts are high quality and thats what counts. Thanks to all prepared to wait for their post to appear - it is a little like old fashioned film photography as opposed to the instant digital snap!

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

 
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