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19 Jul 2013

Is there anybody out there?

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 - fhewarnaby2@bigpond.com

Ellen Warnaby (Brandon) (B59-62)

20 Jul 2013

Aye! Foos yer doos? Ceud mile failte! iZZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

 

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 ENTRIES COMING.

THANK YOU BILL. iZZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

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
breakfast!!! Ugghhhhh!!!

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 I need?

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.

iZZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

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

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

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.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

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, E68-69)

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 fhewarnab2@bigpond.com Australasia Representative.

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby (B59-62)

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 66-69)

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) (74-76)

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 etc.

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 Loney) (H55-59)

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 three!!!!
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 cola!!!!!

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

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

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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