here to join the windsor society now and contact your old friends
19 Jul 2013
Is there anybody
Malcolm Graham (E60-65)
19 Jul 2013
Yes and I know exactly
how you feel! They can't all be on face book? Why don't you tell me
your story and I will publish it in our next news letter "In Review".
Windsor Society Representative - Australasia - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Warnaby (Brandon)
20 Jul 2013
Aye! Foos yer doos?
Ceud mile failte! iZZZZi
23 Jul 2013
As a non-facebook
person I rely upon the site to keep in touch with what is happening
to ex-Windsorites so to see that there are so few posts on the visitors'
page is more than sad. Bob and his team have done a great job over the
years from founding the society onwards. A big task to add on to the
normal demands of busy lives but it appears that things are now running
down with the notable exception of Ellen and her team in Australia?
No reunions, no newsletter! I submitted an article on Pete Kitchen when
he died but it was not published. Now the posts are drying up too. Am
I being too negative or am I just an old man moaning? ? What can we
do? I realise that as the years go on some of us oldies are getting
a bit past it but maybe there is a way out of this. Or should we just
take it that things move on?
Geoff Hern (M60-80)
23 July 2013
Sorry to say I can
only post what is sent to me, the date shown being when it was received.
As far as the Society goes I believe that new blood is required on the
committee - maybe the 60's have had their day unfortunately younger
Windsors only appear to be interested in FaceBook or Twitter. I have
both a FaceBook and Twitter account but I have to say that I am dismayed
sometimes at what is posted on there. In the early days when we used
Newsgroups it was understood that you should never post online anything
that you were not prepared to walk into a crowded bar and shout at the
top of your voice but that does not apply any more. The number of times
I have seen unsubstantiated cr*p posted online is unbelieveable - all
anyone has to do is Google it or check out Snopes.com to find it is
untrue yet still it appears. My mouse pointer keeps on hovering over
"Close Account", one day I will click it.
Bill Craswell (C62-65)
23 July 2013
I think it would
be a real shame if this sight were to close - I check to see if anything
has been posted most days. I enjoy reading the wee notes on things that
happened all those years ago - even when I don't know the people mentioned.
I do not use web
sites such as facebook because I feel that a lot of the entries are
insincere. I agree that it is an easy forum to post cr*p and wonder
what people believe they benefit from it?
If we want this
site to stay open it is up to those who use it to post on a regular
basis and support Bill in his work.
PLEASE KEEP THE
THANK YOU BILL.
24 Jul 2013
Well folks - this
hot weather (unusual for these parts) got me to thinking about the summer
terms back at Windsor.
Does anyone remember
the flying bugs that swarmed in the evening for a couple of days every
year? We would all run like the clappers back from prep block because
they were supposed to stick to your hair and you would have to get it
all cut off!!! There were always a few dead ones on the paths in the
morning when we were heading for
The good side of
those days was getting up early in the morning, long before riser, to
go and do track events. Sue Dawson was brilliant at the hurdles. Good
at all sports was Susan. Pity I didn't share her enthusiasm - I clearly
recall Miss Beatson telling me 'the only time she ever seen me running
was at the end of the class to get away for my tea' - she was dead right
- I got a Blue E for PE that term. Did I care? NO CHANCE - I thought
it was hilarious then and still do.
I remember being
in the cross country team and being sent to an inter-school competition.
Everybody thought it was very odd for me to take an interest in sport.
I had 2 ulterior motives - it brought a few hours of what vaugely resembled
freedom AND my boyfriend was on the bus - what other incentives did
Same reasons I marginally
participated in the Duke of Edinburghs award - that is another story
for another day.
I will post again
soon and hope to read some good tales when I look in on the site.
Nice One Izzy ! - BillC
25 July 2013
Let's be positive
and show all those facebook fanatics that we can keep this site going.
Firstly Izzy, if I may call you that, please explain to an old man what
your post of July 22nd means - looks like Scottish to me or am I way
off line? Some confession of yours that you joined the D of E just to
see a boyfriend. Did you ever go on a camp in the Sauerland with us
or did your devotion not stretch that far? I ask because I used to run
the D of E at WBS and it was one area where we had great cooperation
with WGS with the offshoot of the Rambling Club. I agree that Bill does
a great job (I wonder if he'll censor that) and my previous post was
in no way a criticism of him or of the years of work that the committee
have put in. It is holiday time so if you read this mini-debate let's
have some posts please. I could set a maths problem but I have tried
that one before. The flying bugs were called May Bugs (Maikaefer) and
seeing them for the first time was a bit scary. As I remember their
navigation system was a bit rough since they often knocked themselves
out after crashing into walls - although their armour enabled them to
shake themselves off and fly on to hit the next obstacle.
Geoff Hern (M60-80)
25 Jul 2013
These are the people,if
possible id like to hear from.valerie young,jenny knipe,pete marshall
and james flint.ive tried loads of times but no luck yet.believe it
or not but ive still got my prize from my first year,for effort,which
meant we were bussed to town for the presentation,and the non winners
had to walk.i also often eat gaffers omelette,which I loved.hopefully
ill hear something.cheers George
25 Jul 2013
I was interested
in the posting by IZZY about the Summer BUGS in Hamm. I used to cycle
to school from my teacher's accommodation in Am Huckenholz and my spectacles
would be splattered by these bugs and I would arrive with 'scrambled
egg' all over my face before I took the register. Mike Sarney, who was
the deputy headmaster of WGS in my time, once asked me if I had a hurried
breakfast- my face and shirt were so splattered with dead insects. !
I read all the posts on this website and hope that it will continue.
25 Jul 2013
Thanks, Geoff, for
your message.I agree with all you say. (I think I always did agree with
you in the 1960's - albeit that I incurred your much justified astonished
wrath when I moved away from WBS to another place, in 1970!!!)My daughter
has just put me on facebook - despite my objections. From what i can
judge so far it can never fulfill the quality of the comaderie created
by Bob and others over the years. It is unique. Please let it continue!!
Mike Capey (C63-70)
26 Jul 2013
Mr Hern's point
about the Society is apt, as is Bill's comment. The original committee
deserves our gratitude but the Society does seem to have stalled/stopped,
except for Australia and this visitors page ably supported by Bill.
Concurrently the closed groups in Facebook meets the needs of those
who enjoy it, from idle, and at times not so idle, chit-chat to a store
of Concordia's, photos, and memories as people remember the Hamm memes
from Pegleg, to food, to sport, the model railway club, to outings,
to train trips to arrive and sometimes lessons. Memories from the 50s,
60s, 70s and 80s merge into a continuum. The latest photo is of Roman
Catholics at WBS in 1963 which has triggered several people to comment.
Earlier in the year there was a flurry of items about the current developments
on the former WBS site, aerial photos of WGS now and Hamm as well as
"what did you do on leaving Hamm". I'm sure non FBers would
have appreciated Mr Kitchen's daughters' (Virginia Street) recent report
of her trip to Hamm. Or the video put together by American "daybug".
Several of us recently sought out the members of Jacks Union. Small
reunions across the UK, are being organised in this 30th anniversary
year. (Next in Norwich 31 August). The Americans, the "Du Pont
day bugs", have their own group with increasing crossovers. A recent
posting led to comments remembering Mr Hern leading trips to the Harz.
Mr Capey: welcome to FB and please join the closed groups WBS and WBS/WGS
chat. The administrators will let you in!. I think there is a need for
a change. Virtually every newsletter I now receive acts as a pointer
to a website which holds the relevant articles/items etc. There are
items on FB which I feel should be on this site: Concordia, Ambassadors,
photos, memorabilia, links to videos. FBs structure means items fade
from view; it is a more instant access service. Equally the website,
with the exception of the visitors pages has become static. Mr Hern's
appreciation of Peter Kitchen belongs on this site, so more can add
their memories. (CCF features strongly on the FB sites with a growing
collection of photos in front of aircraft at RAF Gutersloh on the annual
outing). The listing of all WBS|WGS alumni who have appeared on FB,
the Society, Friends Reunited, the old yahoo groups shows an incredible
level of interest. Time to re-organise the Society to get the benefit
of all the current means of bringing us together?
Steve Green (C66-68,
26 Jul 2013
Am I a traitor if
I go on both this site and facebook? ;-) I hope not! Both fulfil different
needs. The thing I am sad about, is the apparent loss of reunions and
newsletters. From the facebook aspect, I have "met up" again
with some old friends, and made new ones. Having attended quite a few
reunions, you never get all the people attending whom you would want
to meet again, but there are usually a few from the "right"
era whom you recognise. I suppose many of the older students/staff may
be more reluctant as far as computers are concerned, so any amount of
posting requests for contact may never reach them, and some people will
always be disappointed. As to the Sauerland - my grandfather came from
Warstein, but the only times I went there was when I went on rambles
with - would it have been you, Mr Hern? One time, it was after a period
of heavy snow, and there was still snow lying in the woods - in some
places, about a foot deep. And putting a foot onto it, it went through
the snow and about another foot deeper into mud below! A bit of frantic
digging to retrieve the lost shoe. I used to enjoy the walks, although
a lot of the time they would include the comment, as we walked along
a nice forest track, "this is boring" - and we would suddenly
veer off, straight up the hillside and the undergrowth, for a long detour,
which eventually brought us back down to the original track, about 10
metres further on! I can appreciate the desire to participate in activities
which involved seeing a potential object of one's desire of the opposite
sex :-) Choirs were also quite handy for that. I don't know how we get
more activity on this site - as has been suggested, perhaps new blood
on the organising committee and some new initiatives. Remember, this
was originally kick-started by a mention on the radio. Best wishes Pam
Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)
27 Jul 2013
Well that got a
reaction, well done Malcolm Graham. I too would hate to see the society
fold too much effort has been put into it's beginnings and continuity.
Here down under and in the land of the long white cloud we have news
letter every 4 months (3 a year) to which even former teachers contribute
eg David Cole and his wife Christine, John and Mary Rhodes. The news
letter is also emailed to committee members. It has been offered to
other members but sadly no takers. If you are a financial member then
I am happy to email you too with news from the "Pacific Region"
We have an active membership - Adelaide members catch up about twice
a year over a meal and a few wines, in 2 weeks I will be breaking bread
with members and non members living in Canberra with Ella Cann driving
up from Sydney and Margaret Rennie coming over from Wodonga about a
3 hour drive. We are in the process of organising our 1953-1983 celebration
reunion. Arnie Meadows, Jeremy Locatelli, Yolanda Ridewood, Irene Kerr
joined the Windsor Society family this year but who would know! Except
us. Mr Hearn if you would like to receive a copy of our news letter
then please email me and if you think Maikaefer are something wait till
you see the Ozzie Christmas Beetle. I'll taske this opportunity to invite
anyone living in this region to join the Windsor Society and help keep
the old school spirit alive email@example.com
27 Jul 2013
Hi my name is Alan
Williams, I was in Marlborough House from, 1966 to 1969 I think they
are the right years. I have just found this site. Think I should start
with an apology to all the teaching and support staff who had to try
and manage me. I was an escapee and went on the run for a week and a
half with two other lads. But can not recall their names. I was a bit
of a handful all-round. With mid night dorm raids, never back in time
for role call, going out on mid night outings with dorm mates. I can
recall doing a bang and run on Mr Kitchen door at about 2 o’clock
one morning. got back to the doem before he found us. he was not happy
the next morning at role call. Still 58 and all grown up now. I have
been looking at some of the photos and post. I was always a fan of the
school dinners, there was a lad in our house who loved to put strawberry
jam on his beans. But the night hot chocolate or whatever was, still
think it was full of bromide. Sad to see the old school so run down.
Alan Williams (M
28 Jul 2013
Where to start?
Thank you Ellen for the "well done" but it's not deserved.
However, it did make me smile as it came after reading the posts from
Mr. Hearn. I remember a second year maths prep coming back to me marked
by Mr. Hearn with a great picture, drawn in red biro, of a violin across
the page. On asking the artistic mathematician what was this about I
was told that I had fiddled the answer! I argued that I had not fiddled
it - the answer was obvious to me. The reply was "Well done - but
show the working!". So, next time , off I went and showed all the
workings only to get my book back with L.A.C. scrawled across the page.
Clarification was sought to enlighten this poor student - Let Air Circulate
was the meaning - apparently I hade crammed to much data into a too
small area of paper! I've come to this site late in life and I find
it interesting and illuminating reading and I should be grateful if
things could continue, perhaps with dragging things across from that
d*mn facebook thingumyjobby. Before going to cook Gaffers Omellette
for my 64th birthday breakfast, is there anyone, other than Mr. Hearn
that is, who went to the Chelsea vs. West Gemany football match at Duisburg
reading this? What a night out that was........
Malcolm Graham (E60-65)
28 Jul 2013
Personally, I have
always loved this visitors page and look in on it two or three times
a week. For well over ten to fifteen years, I have shared memories,
put out seearches for ex Windsor friends, commented, etc. But I also
use Facebook and have to say, I have met up with and remained in touch
with quite a few ex Windsors (old friends and new)via that media site.
So all I can say is, each to their own. These sites mean different things
to different people and nobody should be criticised for that, surely?
All the best to
everyone who enjoys this site as much as I do.
Pat Innes (nee Aris)
29 Jul 2013
So the 'cunning
plan' worked. Even after all these years Malcolm remembers what LAC
stands for but the real idea was to get the student to come and talk
to me about the maths. Do you remember any more? - UTC, HVM, HVSP, WALOR,
WALOC. YNS, SWT were just a few of them. My favourite was P & E.
Used them all through my teaching as well as more 'pictures'. By the
way Malcolm LTS. Chelsea 1 West Germany 0 was the result and I have
an enduring memory of Terry Venables with one foot on the ball and challenging
the opposition to come and get it from him. It seems that I have been
misunderstood since I have nothing against Facebook, I dare not as I
know nothing about it. It is just that I want this site to continue.
A quick post - more later. Ellen, Sauerland, Pete Kitchen, Mike Capey
Geoff Hern (M60-80)
29 Jul 2013
I was a committee
member from 1992 until 2007. In that time I had dealt with new members,
acted as secretary and produced several newsletters as well as being
deeply involved with organising reunions. Moving from Winchester to
Cheshire, I felt it was the right time to hand over to someone else.
I felt a few fleeting pangs of guilt reading the postings prompted by
Geoff Hern's comments on 23rd July but I think I did my bit at the time.
The society needs an injection of new blood and enthusiasm if it is
to continue so come on, some of you who are obviously concerned, put
your hand up and get stuck in!
Gill Walker (nee
30 Jul 2013
I think Gill (Walker)
is right, the society probably needs an injection of enthusiastic new
committee members to revitalise it. However, the logistics of that is
one obstacle - as you have said, you moved to Cheshire and left the
committee. Even in today's world of instant internet communication,
committee meetings would have to take place so that people could have
face to face communication to discuss the way forward, finances, tactics,
etc. Since there have been no newsletters for some time, I have no idea
who is still "in charge" - who has the member lists, etc.
I think the society still has a role to play - and, as has been mentioned,
it is good to have this site as a repository for so much information,
old messages, etc. However, presumably the site will only continue if
members pay subs? I don't know where the appropriate platform is to
discuss the future of the society and to make any changes - there's
no AGM or other opportunity for members to flag up issues, only this
message board? Perhaps some of the current "committee" might
like to make a comment and contribute to the debate? (and by the way,
many thanks for all your efforts over those 15 years, Gill!)(and well
done the Oz contingent, who manage to keep their reunions and newsletters
going - perhaps you can give us some pointers)
Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)
30 Jul 2013
Hi Guys, Glad to
see a bit of banter going on - let us hope it keeps up!
I am iZZZi to my
friends and Isabella to all others - wonder what I'll be known as here?!?!?
Mr Hern was spot
on - my lingo is Scottish and to translate - 'how are you?' and 'a hundred
thousand welcomes'!!! Why was Windsor so 'Englafied' when the place
was hoatching with Welsh, Americans, etc???? I am sure of one thing
though - we got a good education at Windsor when I compare my literacy
and numeracy skills with my contemporaries - and that was at a time
when Scotland bragged about its education standards.
I never went to
camp - never new that I could - trust me I would have been first in
the queue if I had - anything to get away from Windsor for an hour or
Pam Ross was definitely not in the team I went orienteering with we
never strayed a wee bit away - one of our guys would dismantle the compass
and we went to the pub - didn't push it toooooo far tho as we only drank
I remember Mr Sarney
- I was never his favourite pupil - I'm a good girl now - I promise.................
Anyone know what happened to Tim and Erica Ball???
No offence Ellen
and the Ozzie fraternity but you can keep yer Christmas Beetle 'coz
eh dinnae dae beasties'!!!!!! Maybe it's they beasties that keeps them
on their taes!?!?!
Just wondered if
Pamela Ross is interested in taking over the running and giving it the
boost needed????? How far in the future would you extrapolate your plan?????
Better get in my
cot afore I'm bleezin fou ya beauty!!!!!!! Keep on trucking! iZZZZi
31 Jul 2013
WALOR (What a load of rubbish?)was
the only other one I can remember getting after the first prep on simultaneous
equations. I had missed the first part of the lesson as I had to visit
the dentist (butcher would have been a better description, methinks).
Anyway, I was very naive and super honest and having managed to work
out "x", I was flummoxed when I tried to work out "y".
So I handed in the prep with all the "x" answers worked out
and various values for "y". Back comes my book with WALOR
- up I go to see Mr. Hearn who asked how I managed to work out all the
"x" values and was so far out on the "y"s. I explained
that I wasn't sure. Mr. Hearn then showed me how to do it by substituting
the "x" value into the equation and voila, out comes "y".
I told him that I thought that was cheating, using an existing answer
to work out another. Mr Hearns reply? Another "WALOR" but
this time as a verbal accompanied by a gentle cuff round my left ear!
I learned a lot in that lesson and you got me a CSE "A" (I
think we were the first lot to take 'em, weren't we?) - Thank You! Now,
give us a clue re P.& E. .............. Preston North End?
Malcolm Graham (E60-65)
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