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01 Sep 2013

Reading through this lot last night brought back some more crazy memories - Map reading taught by Mr. Hern in maths then a few of us being taken into the wilderness in the back of a covered 3 Tonner and abandoned with a map, prismatic compass and a packed lunch and left to find our own way back. Great fun and I learned a lot, well, enough to get us out of a little bit of trouble in the Namib Desert 40 odd years later. Bill' comments re film photograpy - Saturday night pictures in the main hall - two episodes carved into my memory. Watching 'The Devil at 4 O'clock'. On screen, Krakatoa is erupting like a good'n, Frank Sinatra bringing the heroine and children down the mountain path when everything calms and the heroine exclaims "It's gone quiet". Sinatra responds with "Yeah, it's building up for the big one" and within nanosecnds someone at the back of the hall lets rip with a gigantic guff which rattled/vibrated straight through the phenolic seat of the chair he was sitting on. Pandemonium ensued :0! The second would not be considered PC at all today but it must be recorded for hysterical if not historical value - the film was Zulu and after the big battle it went quiet on film, the camera panned round the bodies and all you could hear were the flies buzzing and moans/groans from the wounded - a little voice from the middle of the hall uttered "Someone's going blackberrying tomorrow". Priceless WBS humour. BTW,anyone know where Claire Purvis is?

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

02 Sep 2013

Colin Hawthorn; I don`t remember the particular school birthday show that you mention, but I do remember the shows, and taking part in them. Surely one of the high-lights of the WGS year! I think we and the sixth formers alternated didn`t we? I always remember the opening part where we all trouped in "elephant" style (arms used like tails to trunks!) singing "keep right on to the end of the term". I also remember doing a dead-pan version of Cinderella with Lillie Devine and Brenda Beatson, I think just three of us on chairs on stage. I also remember doing a dead-pan version of Mastermind with Peggy Donovan. Does anyone else remember I wonder? I think we used to down a few G&T`s back stage before curtain up!

Rae Mitchell (nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

02 Sep 2013

Just to let members know that I have just heard the very sad and unexpected news from Michel Worrall that Jack died yesterday evening.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

04 Sep 2013

Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Worrel. It was mainly through him that I learned some discipline and respect whilst at WBS when he was Headmaster. My god, could he wield a sharp cane or what? Ouch! But a fair man. I last saw him at the Newbury reunion and recognised him straight away and surprisingly, he remembered me! His actual words were... 'You look vaguely familiar, have I ever had the dubious pleasure of chastising you young man?' 'Yes Sir' says I. 'over the disappearance of some library books from the main hall mobile unit as well as various smoking incidents'. Silence, then 'Ah yes', he replied, 'very costly but admittedly, somewhat ingenious and remarkably well executed'... 'Sorry about that Sir, it was the challenge. I got worse off my dad. It's never happened again you know?' 'So you learned from it then?' 'Yes Sir...don't get caught!' He just smiled.... My sincere condolences to the family.

Nigel Hoar (S71-74)

04 Sep 2013

Well Guys, What prolific memories (good or bad) does September bring????

I'm sure there must be some stoaters oot there!!!!!

Was that the month Matron checked our heids for beasties??? - iZZZZi

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

04 Sept 2013

I was sent on the orienteering excercise mentioned by Malcolm - we were dropped of and soon found out where (some obvious landmarks) plotted route back then dived in the local hostlery for an hour or so. Got back having missed the next lesson (double maths) claiming we had got lost. I was surprised at some of the films shown - The Great Escape for instance.

Bill Craswell (62-65)

04 Sep 2013

So sad to hear the news of Mr Worrall, I too had the pleasure of meeting him again at the Newbury Reunion. My friend and fellow rogue, Keith Shipton(Shippo) and I went over to speak with him. Keith was most annoyed as Mr Worrall remembered me but not Keith. He was a brilliant Head Master and held the respect of all the lads at WBS. My deepest condolences to his family.

Scot Innes (M73-76)

05 Sep 2013

Very sorry to hear about the passing of Jack Worrall. Condolences and best wishes to the family.

Jane Brindley (M71-76)

05 Sep 2013

I used to really enjoy the saturday film shows, they showed films that are still a "must see" whenever they are on the box today, just as a reminder of the Windsor days, my abiding memory was looking forward to seeing Rommel the Desert Fox but earlier in the day i had my nose broken by an errant cricket ball that came flying out of the nets while i was mooching around waiting my turn with the bat, as i was reeling about and snorting blood the teacher was almost reprimanding me for not catching it, i replied "I did sir...I caught it in the face!" which made him laugh, but later during the film i had the most excrutiating head-ache like i've never sufferered before or since, so i had to leave the hall and take myself back to the dorm for a little lay down....bless

Ken Gleeson (B72-74)

05 Sep 2013

Hello Mr Hern Yes - I have been reading your posts!! Strangely enough I have been extremely busy at work.................And just celebrated my 50th birthday......120 at the village hall, Morris dancers, a hog roast and a 70s disco Su and Tony Marsden were due but could not due to a bereavement. Thomas doing his final year at university and James doing his last year of A levels.

Unbelievably - I have done ok since I was so rubbish at maths.............as you always told me......and was right!!

Christine Willmott (Law) (M77-80)

05 Sep 2013

Hi Bill: Attached is a WBS staff photo circa 1969 that has Jack Worrall in the center (flanked by PMK and Johnnie Walker – and Geoff Hern further down the row). Maybe you could post it on the visitors page in full size – it would be a nice memory since Jack has recently passed (there is a version of this on the photos page but it is very small and difficult to see who is who). Thanks

 

Click on Photo for Full Size

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

Thanks Bobby - I have linked the existing photo too. Bill

05 Sep 2013

Very sad to hear from my sister Jane today about Jack Worrall. If anyone is in touch with his family please could they pass on condolences to his wife and to Denis and Michel. Geoff Hern: the two abbreviations I remember - and still tell people about - are the verb "to Grof it" meaning Get rid of Fractions and a drawing of a window with an arrow pointing out of it which meant " you must have been looking out of the window when I was teaching that bit of Maths." Excellent stuff! I also remember you ordering dozens of black biros with "sums is ace" written on them. You told us the supplier had asked if you knew it was grammatically incorrect! Colin Hawthorne: good to see you on this site. I remember my brother Martin and I coming to your flat many times about 1975 and listening to Monty Python records and Pink Floyd with you and your wife Barbara. I still think of that when I listen to "Wish you were here".

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

06 Sep 2013

Sorry to hear the news of Jack Worrall. Please pass on our condolences to his family.

John Wheeler and Family (E72-81)

06 Sep 2013

Very sorry to her of the sad passing of Jack Worrall.Condolences to all his family at this sad time.

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

07 Sep 2013

Mr Hern - also forgot to ask - binary - what was that all about??? A load of 0 and x in a pattern?? Has that helped me??? I think not!!! I just remember making it up as I went along?? As you suspected!! And I also have my maths book where you drew a map of the world and said I had gone the long way about getting the answer - and I was still wrong!!

Christine Willmott (Law) (M77-80)

07 Sep 2013

I have just remembered an interesting WBS story. A few of us were in the library in the Main Block and realised that some books had not been taken out for years. So we decided to find the books that had "not been taken out of the library the longest". I think it was about 1974. On a back shelf we found original, superb condition, first edition, signed copies of books by George Bernard Shaw and William Makepeace Thackray. I can't remember the details but they must have been worth a lot of money. We hand them in to the Librarian - my recollection is that she had been Admiral Donetiz's secretary during WW2, might be wrong - and never heard another thing. I always wondered where they had come from and where they ended up. Any ideas anyone out there??

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

07 Sep 2013

Just read the sad news about the passing of Mr Worrall. I to had the happy experience of speaking to him at the Newbury reunion. He looked long and hard at the name on my badge, paused for a few moments, then told me I was at WBS mid 70's and he could recall caning me twice. I pointed out he caned me 3 times, the latter for midnight swimming in the pool. "Ah, with young Mr Horne I recall" was his reply..... 20 odd years on, sharp as a razor! RIP Mr Worrall.

Nic Cuthbertson (B73-77)

07 Sep 2013

SIMON BRINDLEY- Many thanks for the mention. Yes, I do remember your visits to my apartment and the record sessions. I believe that I knew all of your family and recall that your dad was the Anglican Padre at WBS and your mother taught at Hamm Primary with my late wife. I spent over 20 years teaching in Germany and 5 years at THE HAVEL School in Berlin. Imagine my surprise when Pink Floyd popped in to do their concert when the wall came down !I was teaching in Dusseldorf at the time but managed to fly back for the occasion. I am sorry to hear of the death of Jack Worral and I have passed the news on to my friends Mick and Thea Arnold who also taught respectively at WGS and WBS. My only meeting with Jack was to take over his house at N0: 1 Am Huckenholz as he vacated it to take up his new life in Jersey.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

08 Sep 2013

Now to defend myself and mathematics in view of the scurrilous attacks from Christine. Just joking of course. Firstly binary was about 0 and 1 not zero and x and every time you hurl abuse via the visitors' page you use binary - or at least the computer does. It should have given you a better understanding of place value - another failure Hern!! Secretly though if it had not been on the syllabus I would not have done it! However you still have your maths books so it could not have been all bad. We had enough laughs along the way I think, standing in the corner with the bicycle saddle trophy being among them. A challenge - go back to the books and try to read them without a tear of nostalgia coming into your eye! Simon great to hear from you. GROF became GROFIE in time 'get rid of fractions in equations' and the window was for 'throwing marks out the window'. Every time I go near Grevenstein I think of you and Martin and my attempts to show you how to find position by resection. I'd forgotten the 'Maths is ace' pens. One of my attempts along with Dave Roberts to make maths 'interesting' - anybody remember our double act when returning the weekly test to the O level groups?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

09 Sep 2013

Mr Hern, update on those that passed through dorm 105. Nige Murray: A police officer since 1979, currently on the boats on the Thames.
Steve Twigg: Was a police officer, not sure where he is now.
Colin Cope: Logistics Manager, has lived in Germany most his life. Mark Third: A bit of this and that...last heard of he was in property sales.
Kevin Springate: Worked for the council for many years, cant remember specifically what he did.
Lynn Loveden: Not had contact with since leaving in '76.
Keith Fletcher: Not had contact with since leaving in '76.
Monti Powell: 22 years in the RAF, and a car tech.

An update from 30 or so years ago

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

09 Sep2013

Hi all, just clocking in to catch up, must confess that I had to go back two months since I last looked in so 'must pay more attention', (I've heard that before). By the way, should the comma and full stop be inside the bracket, or outside like I have done. Likewise with the comma after the ', or is it ,' Humm, I can understand why I kept hearing that phrase. Must Pay More Attention In Class. Maths, I was in Goeff Hern's class once or twice. I was not up to speed so I ended up in a remedial class with a few 'lightweights'. I can tell you that was very entertaining. I could add, subtract, divide and multiply but just could not get the method when it came to fractions etc. I have to say though that the lady teacher who sat next to me and explained it all without all the pressure soon sorted me out. I don't remember her name but thanks anyway. I was soon re-asigned back to Goeff's class but it was still a struggle. However with the aid of a calculater I managed to stack up a few bob and retire 7 years ago at 55. Having read a lot of posts this evening it is good to see that the schoolboy humour is alive and well. Some serious but fun stuff as well from Geoff with the maths. Any english teachers want to correct my spelling/punctuation? Time goes on and it is just as well that it is analouge, if some idiot actualy was able to change time into digital what chaos would that cause, the mind boggles! all for now, I promise to clock in during the next few days.

John Fisher (H65-68)

10 Sep 2013

Hello Mr Hern Binary - shows how bad I was - no wonder I never grasped it if I couldn't even get the right numbers!! As for the computer using binary - would not have a clue as my IT skills are not much better!!! But we did have many laughs - and I do remember the saddle and my work being shown to 11yr olds as an example of how not to do it!! Christine

Christine Willmott (Law) (M77-80)

12 Sep 2013

This is a call to Messrs Capey and Hern: can you help us finalise the names to the staff photo (and of course anyone else can help!). Discussion on Facebook leads us to think it is summer term 1969. There is no padre (who would normally take a prominent position): Rev Fielding left in Spring 69 and Rev Brindley arrived in September. Messrs Fulford and Walker, both in the picture, left at the end of the summer term (although Dep Head Walker only for a sabbatical according to Concordia). We have these names:

Back row, l to r. Roberts, Birkby, Fox, Capey, Ross, Stockton, Rodgers, Deering, Spankie, Chater, Hodgson.

Middle: Birdsall,xxx, Bingham, Joliffe, Spankie, Jackson, Thompson, Cadby, Cate, Thompson, Cadby, Jones, Fulford, xxx

Front: Womersley, xxxx, B Jones, H Jones, Walker, Worrall, Kitchen, Marsden, Hern and Gibbs.

Any corrections and additions very welcome!

Steve Green (C66-68 and Edinburgh 6th form house in 68-69)

13 Sep 2013

A first check of the staff photo.
Back row right - Chater, Morgan (not Hodgson), McCormack
Middle row left - Birdsall, Dudley,..... Kingston(not Joliffe)
Middle right - Fulford, Hortin
Seated left - Wormesley, Hodgson, B. Jones
Hope that this helps and that you can follow it. I'll do a closer check later

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

13 Sep 3013

Photo a longer check
The middle row should read Birdsall, Dudley, Bingham, Kingston, Spankie, Jackson, Thompson, Rodgers, Cate, Thompson, Cadby, Jones, Fulford, Hortin

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

15 Sep 2013

Great to see so much activity on the site! A message for Colin Hawthorne M74-79. David Cole would like to get in touch with you - please email me and I will give David's contact details.

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby, Representative, Windsor Society Australasia, fhewarnaby2@bigpond.com

15 Sep 2013

Re: t'picture - could this be the same Mr.Capey that taught my sons when they started school in Clacton on Sea in late 1978? I think it may be, I only overlapped with Mr.Capey at WBS for a short time if memory serves me well. Can anyone enlighten this poor old duffer, please? Beware, I'm also plucking up courage to tell the tale of "the handing in of guitars,1965" but I do not want to offend anybody again.....

Malcolm Graham (E60-65).

17 Sep 2013

My grand daughter Macie-Leigh told her primary school teacher in Bideford that her Granddad went to boring School..........?

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

17 Sep 2013

Howard Morrison if you are out there get in touch and let us know how you are and what you are up to these days, all the best from sunny Oz, look forward to hearing from you soon, Patrick

Patrick Impey (S62-64)

17 Sep 2013

Jing Bang!!! I could think of many words to describe Windsor and boring sure ain't one of them!!! If only it had been a bit boring I might have enjoyed the experience better................
Love the idea that Macie-Leigh told her teacher that though!!!!! She sounds like a STAR in the making!!!!!!!!!!!

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

18 Sep 2013

Difficult to imagine you as a grandfather Ralph! She must have got the 'boring' bit from somewhere - my money is on James.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

19 Sep 2013

To be honest, Ralph, my daughter Daisy is probably with your grand-daughter on this one. When I visited Hamm in 1995, I had my children with me. Daisy was 8, and the film I took of WGS is punctuated on a regular basis by Daisy jumping up in front of my camcorder lens saying "I'm hungry" "when are we leaving?" "it's boring" She's lucky to have survived to adulthood! ;-)

Pamela Ross (StJ63-65)

19 Sep 2013

Hi Izzi and Geoff, Macie -Leigh is indeed a star pupil and an adorable grand daughter she is 6.I love her very much.
Geoff I have to pinch myself sometimes when I look in the mirror and see that an 18 year old Windsorite is looking back. How can I be 64 with 4 grand children, where did the time go ?
I joined the Marconi Company following a visit to the school by their recruitment people in 1967/8.Shortly after that in early 1969 I met Theresa who worked for Marconi's too. We married in 1972 we have two sons age 40 and 39.I have a lot to be thankful for to Windsor Boys School.
My son Lee married his long time partner Emma on Sept 1st just a couple of weeks ago. His brother Stuart was best man and I gave the bride away in a little church in Appledore, Devon. It was pure magic.
My brothers, James, Peter and David where there as well as Christine my sister. It was possibly one of the best days of my life so far.
In my speech I said that I have always considered myself a very lucky man and I count going to Windsor Boys School amongst my best experiences.
Geoff, James sends his best wishes ..his fondest school memories involve playing football. Unfortunately he broke his leg twice and that sort of put paid to that as a career choice. He is still working hard as a carpenter joiner and has never been out of work. Like all of the Bennett boys..so that my good luck has rubbed off on them too. We send fondest regards to all our Windsor friends xx

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

20 Sep 2013

Another memory - I think it was in June 1964 (may have been 1965). It was decided by the authorities that to give peace and quiet to those taking exams, others would be taken out in charabancs for "School Trips". We visited, on seperate occassions, a coal mine, a big steel works, NAAFI HQ in Krefeld, the Moehne Dam, thee VW plant at Wolfsburg and somewhere along the way the Westfallen Park in Dortmund. Now, this last one was where there was a bit of a story because it was only a few miles from where a few of us lived during the holidays. We disembarked the bus and after being told the time to reassemble a few of us skedaddled straight home for food, tea etc. After getting over the initial shock of us turning up on the doorstep my mother supplied food and tea and later asked what time we were supposed to be back on the bus. One look at the clock told us that we had 10 minutes to return the 5 miles!! PANIC!!!!!!! I then had a bright idea - we ran over to Suffield Barracks, into the Military Police Block and explained the problem. Next thing - we're in the back of an MP Austin Champ hurtling down Route 1 and were deposited by the bus just in time for loading back to school. I can't remember who the teachers/escorts were but I do remember the terrified looks on everyones faces as we arrived with the MPs - you could feel the thought "What have those oiks got up to, this time?". Apologies to all concerned but it was worth it to get a home made cheese and pickle sandwich during term time.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

20 Sep 2013

Anyone remember 'Noyes Fludde' 1975 or 'Dido and Aeneas' 1976? Please post reminiscences!

David Cole (E73-76)

20 Sep 2013

Anyone remember being with me? We lived in Berlin. Catherine,Julie prosser and Vivien mcvey?

Kay Nixon (StJ73-74)

21 Sep 3013

Windsor Society Australasia Reunion Weekend 23rd November 2013, Adelaide South Auastralia. If you haven't already heard we are getting together once more for a celebration weekend. Further information and details contact me fhewarnaby2@bigpond.com Representative, Windsor Society Australasia

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby (B59-62)

21 Sep 2013

Looking for Vic and Mick Cook B64-68 last known address Adelaide Sth Australia and Gina and Sue Vigus C73-75 last known address Sydney Australia. Please contact fhewarnaby2@bigpond.com. Representative, Windsor Society Australasia

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby (B59-62)

21 Sep 2013

Patrick Impey - you missed the last reunion. This is a personal invitation to the next one. Representative, Windsor Society Australasia.

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby (B59-62)

21 Sep 2013

Sorry, Malcolm Graham. Not me. Have never been to Clacton on Sea- let alone taught there!!

Mike Capey (C63-70)

23 Sep 2013

Thanks Mr. Capey, there's another one out here somewhere.............

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

Update from Jed Bottomley - reunion on 17th May at the Jury's Inn Milton Keynes.

Accommodation:
Its your choice in where you want to stay. I have reserved 40 rooms at the 'Jury's' Inn. If you want to stay there here are the booking details:
2 night stay (Friday & Saturday) Single Room - £75.00 Double Room £65.00
1 night stay (Saturday) Single Room - £75.00 Double Room £85.00

This is breakfast included. To book your room, please ring: 01908 843700 option 1 for reservation and Quote – REUN160514

Attending - details to provide
When booking in with Andy Quigley he will require the following information:

Name (when at Windsor), house and year(s) attended
Guest's (either partners or a friend you wish to bring)
Buffet meal Choice (Vegatarian or Bratty and Chips, for yourself and guest)

Payment:

Payment for the event in total is £30.00 per person, this includes; meal, room hire and Disco.
If you do not want the meal then the payment will be £20.00 per person.

Andy's paypal details are: squiglesNOTTHISBIT@mac.com please remember to pay as a gift as to not inccur a service charge.
If you can not pay via paypal then please contact Andy for alternative methods.

Ladies and Gents, payment in advance makes our life alot easier. We have to pay for deposits soon and do not want to pull it out of our own pockets
Thats pretty much all of the information I have at present, I shall keep you all informed:
Jed

24 Sep 2013

I have not looked at the Windsor site for a couple of years, so it is with great sadness that I did not pick up the news of Steven Dipper’s death in September of last year. Steve and I grew up together in Cyprus in 1963-65, and our parents knew each other well - Steve’s father Don was a navigator in the RAF, mine in Military Intelligence. For a time we were great friends and I was delighted to see Steve come to Windsor after Kimbolton. However, our different interests took us in opposite directions after about 1976. Were my father alive today, he would surely have heard this sad news from Don and passed the news on last year. If anyone is still in touch with either his sister Susanne or parents, please pass on my most heartfelt condolences, belated as they are.

Geoffrey Pickles (E72-76)

24 Sep 2013

Thank you for the excellent photograph of the Staff of Windsor Boys School. I have spent quite a while looking at the faces, letting the memories wander back of my years between 1972 and 1976. The biggest surprise was seeing Deering looking out at me! The last time I saw that chap was at Prince Rupert School Wilhelmshaven, where he was my maths teacher and my housemaster at Shackleton - had no idea he had been at WBS prior to PRS. He was known to us as 'Dingo, drawn, naturally, from his Australian roots. Others I remember also, only a great deal of gratitude to Geoff Hern for reeling the names off. For those interested in an update of the School's fate, Paste the following into Google maps: +51° 40' 40.31", +7° 51' 14.71" to view the thorough job that has been made of the leveling Windsor Boys School. St Boniface and the dining block are all that appears to remain. I last visited in the early 90s, where it was used as a camp for East Germans and Poles following reunification.

Geoffrey Pickles (E72-76)

26 Sep 2013

To Geoffrey Pickles. Hi Geoffrey! Thanks for your post relating to Steven. We miss him. I'm very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Will let Dad see your post. Have very funny memories of you and Steve in Cyprus and I know he looked back with fondness to the friendship you had then. And I remember a story of your Dad jumping in the car when my Mum set off to evacuate a car load of children from the school at a flare up of the troubles; it was only when the two sides opened fire over the top of the car and children that Mum realised your Dad was armed and ready! I seem to remember that after WBS you went into photography? Wishing you all the best. Sue

Susanne Dipper (H74-77)

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