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1 Feb 2014

George Coughtrey: the name rings a bell, Maureen Light - but sorry, I'm not really in touch with people from my time at Windsor other than through facebook. Were you asking about Val Young at one time? I think I have found a photo in an old school magazine with her at prep. I suppose, with my father being in the REME, we were rarely attached to a regiment, so moved around more as a family unit - which meant we lost touch with friends a lot. I did meet up with some of my old class mates soon after leaving school when I was a student in London - I bumped into an old classmate just by chance. I believe there may be some ex-Windsors living in my area (North Yorkshire# - but finding them is difficult! After all, we don't have "Windsor" tattoo-ed on our foreheads ;-# I think there are probably more ex-Windsors living in the south #places people were demobbed to?) I am hoping to go to the reunion in May, and I am putting together some film clips from previous reunions I have attended, starting with Newbury in 1993, and including a trip to Hamm in 1995. I hope you manage to link up with Maureen again.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

1 Feb 2014

Just discovered your very interesting site.(1 Feb 2014) I was there when it was co-ed and was interested to see that it has expanded and is now two seperate schools. My older sister and my younger brother also attended.

Amy Major (B54-55)

4 Feb 2014

So wish I was better with names. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me....Tracey Walker (Cosmo), Sammy Cleland, Aileen, Debbie & Dawn (twins who I also knew in Cyprus) to name but a few

Sharon Mannix (Bullock) (M76-78)

5 Feb 2014

Malcolm You are now enrolled in the LEAS. Great that at least one other Ex-Windsorite knows about Euler. Makes an old man happy. Yes I still support Chelsea even after all these years (how did you remember?) and I agree that Jose is good value - he brings a large dose of fun to what has become so serious. Note his reaction after beating Man City. It is only sport after all. Now for a confession since I cannot remember (age?) whether I taught you - if I did it must have been in my early, wet-behind-the-ears days at WBS.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

5 Feb 2014

Hi Amy, You were a friend of my sister Jean Conboy and I was a friend of your brother Patrick. I also remember your sister Lucy. It was nice to hear from somebody from our era. Jean said it would be great to hear from you.She has just moved house and is not on line at present so I am posting this for her. We hope you are all well and will try to keep in touch. (C34)

Mike Conboy (C54-57)

7 Feb 2014

Hi, by now you may well have all the missing names from the photo of the girls school prefects. I THINK number 7 is Janet Robertson( known as "Scottie"), 8 could be Fiona Sheridan, and 17 is Maureen Connor. Best wishes,

Rae Mitchell, née Cleverly (M77-81) (member of staff)

Thanks Rae - I have updated the photo - Bill

8 Feb 2014

Mr Hern Sir, I don't know if you will remember me but my name is Phill Bane. I used to be known as Baneo at school, you gave me my love of mathematics and used to kick the sh*t out of me in the gym at 5 a side football. I am retired now and live very happily in Cambodia. I would love to hear from you Sir if you remember me!

Phill Bane (M66-69)

8 Feb 2014

Alex Coren. The name certainly rings a bell - but I suspect you were a form or two above me - I think you could have been a partner-in-crime with my big brother Danny (who's alive and well and living in Suffolk). Peter Wagg however, I recall as a good friend of mine from WBS and from Menden Primary School before that (I think it was Menden, we moved around a bit). Anyone know what happened to PW ?

Brian Bethell (B61-67)

10 Feb 2014

Thanks, Geoff. Yes, you did teach me at various times during my time at WBS. 1A, 2A, 1960-62 and again in 5B 1965. I was obviously successful at being the grey man after demotion to the B stream due to my lack of interest in academia after 1963. I had a lot of catching up to do after I left school when I realised I wasn't going to be a Rock'n'Roll star. Did receive a major rollicking from you for the state of my tie and lack of top button on my shirt though. Ah, Chelsea - yep, I too followed them hence you letting me come to the game in Duisburg.
iZZZi - are still out there?

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

10 Feb 2014

Dear Mr Hern, I would like to thank you for the love of education that you gave me. Best wishes

John Keil (B72-74)

11 Feb 2014

Hello there The Wee Malky, yep iZZZi is still out here chavin awa. Been busy doing my OU assignment which is much more interesting than this site as is seems my banter is not appreciated here!!! Believe it or not there are folks who love my eccentricity!!! HAPPY DAYS!!!! How's yer Glasga kiss by the way? Have you found that button yet? Maybe it's behend you??? With Love Always iZZZi X

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

11 Feb 2014

iZZi lassie, ma buttons craikin' walnuts. Dinna take me seriously I wissnae having a go, just trying tae help a wee bit if I could, but now I understand. :D What are you doing at OU then? Be safe hen and keep smiling! #BTW I haven't been called Wee Malky since ma Da passed on.#

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

11 Feb 2014

Good day to you Malcolm, I was very relieved to hear that you are not buttoned up the back. My better half was zipped up the back by an orthopaedic surgeon - very neat job I must say - when he annoys me I just unzip him and haul the stuffing out - it soon shuts him up - result!!! My present OU module is on dementia - a very emotive subject I'm afraid - demography suggests that we could be facing an epidemic so knowledge on the subject could be a life skill. I'm looking at mental health for my next module - that's another illness which is on the increase and particularly with teenagers - hope they don't select me as a specimen for the practical lessons because they'll be really bamboozled!!! Maybe if I selected lighter subjects I wouldn't keep beating myself, et al up eh? Take care out there. Love You iZZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

12 Feb 2014

Just found this site after looking at Google Earth and seeing that my old school has gone! Best thing about that was that that blinking church has also been demolished. Must pop over there on the bike some time and take a look.

Bob Thompson (M70-75)

13 Feb 2014

I remember Mr Kitchen very well, I felt his cane a number of times, but having said that he was very fair and each occasion was probably my own fault! Cannot remember the name of my maths teacher, but I owe him everything. I have had a passion for maths all of my life since and it still fascinates me now at the age of 55 despite having retired 10 years ago. The CCF probably modelled my future more than anything, but that is a long story.

Bob Thompson (M70-75)

12 Feb 2014

John and Baneo Thanks for your kind words. I well remember you both but the names more than the faces of course after all this time. As has been obvious from my previous posts, in spite of the problems at times, I enjoyed my time at Windsor and it is comforting to know that others remember WBS/WGS with affection - especially maths lessons. Things certainly became more relaxed towards the end of the 60s. Can't remember that 'kicking the sh*t out of you' was part of my usually elegant game but I'll take your word for it since you were on the receiving end. The 5-a-side in the gym became a bit of an institution on Friday evenings - no prep but a full-blown competition for a broken teacup supplied by Gordon Rowell and certificates supplied by the Art Dept. Silly perhaps but fun. Malcolm yes that game in Duisburg when Chelsea beat West Germany 1-0 was one to remember especially when Terry Venables put one foot on the ball and challenged them to take it off him. Sorry if this is too heavy on the nostalgia.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

16 Feb 2014

Another one to show the difference between then and now...........
Up in the last bath enclosure window to smoke a ciggie only to discover we had no matches. So this idiot sneeks to matrons office to turn on the hotplate to fire up the Roth-Handle. Lights the cigarette and creeps back towards the washroom with the lit ciggie in his pocket only to meet a heavy smoker of a mustachioed Scottish teacher who was on duty. When challenged as to what I was up to, I owned up immediately (the ciggie was getting pretty bl**dy hot in my pocket by this time) and was told that I'd better get it smoked quickly but it would cost me two cigarettes.
What?
It turned out that this particular teacher had run out of smokes himself and couldn't get any until he was off duty later in the evening.
I paid my fine, shot off and smoked mine quickly.
The end of term came and just as I was getting on the bus for the Banhof, the teacher in question handed me a packet of Senior Service - "only to be smoked when I was off school premises".
How times have changed.....

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

17 Feb 2014

I want to help Bob Thompson M 70 75 know that the WBS church about 5 , years ago, had a large rollerblind type door cut into the righthand side of the building,and was being used as a sort of garage, the iside appearing to have been gutted, which is just about how I felt at seeing it.I had worked on the interior fitments in the woodwork department prior to its opening by the Bishop of London. 2 years ago the church seemed to have changed again into a smart; and white coloured office block.The only remaining building was the old dining hall block,everything else was demolished, although the road layout was still visible.....My memories of the School are still very strong and I will always look on it as one of the happiest periods of my youth.

Tiny Latham (S54-57)

18 Feb 2014

So the church may still be there then. I remember that on Sunday mornings we used to file out of Marlborough to head for the church, if no one was looking we could nip into the cellar and hide till the service was over. Later in my time our parents could sign a letter to let us off church attendance, mine did. Never had anything to do with religion since those days of being forced to attend.

Bob Thompson (M70-75)

18 Feb 2014

Sad news received today. Geoff"pop" Farrar passed away . Funeral derails to follow

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

19 Feb 2014

What sad news Virginia. I had a lot to do with Geoff working with him in the Westunnen soccer link-up where the school teams took part in he local league and cup competitions. He actually played for the club too! A well-loved and popular teacher - Scot Innes (among many others) respected him for his knowledge of, and ability in, the game. I'm sure that many will post their appreciation of what he gave them as teacher and coach. My sincere condolences to Gaynor and all his family.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

19 Feb 2014

I am shocked and saddened to read of the passing of Geoff Farrah;I remember happy times at Teachers/Officer Mess parties in Hamm. My sincere condolences to Gaynor.

Rae Mitchell (nee` Cleverly) (M77-81)

20 Feb 2014

Pop Farrah what a legend and will be sadly missed. Condolences to the Family.

Kim Fletcher (B75-78)

21 Feb 2014

I notice that there is a memorial and photograph of the late Geoff on
www.skegnessunitedfc.co.uk.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

21 Feb 2014

I heard of Geoff `Pop` Farrar`s passing over on Facebook. He had taught in Skegness on returning to the UK and had a lot to do with Skegness Town FC actually ending up as Chairman of the club. He was very well respected in Skeggy and returned to the school he taught in on many of their sporting occasions. His dedication never let go - even after Windsor life it appears! This weekend there will be a minutes silence before kick off when Skeggy play at Cleethorpes...such was his impact in Lincolnshire football life. I have forwarded the sad news on to Ray and Carol Clarke in Cyprus and know that they are also in touch with a few of the ex Windsor staff. Ray is still sailing every chance he gets at the Services Sailing Club at Happy Valley in Episkopi (great retirement!) and taking to the Eastern Med water with Carol on their 40 foot yacht through the `summer` May to September. Rest in Peace Geoff `Pop` Farrar, fondly remembered by mnany.

Keith Moralee (M77-81)

21 Feb 2014

"A very robust player, who always gives 100%. With a little bit of attention to skill, he could become a fine player." My favourite report ever. RIP Pop Farrar

John Garnett (H77-79)

24 Feb 2014

Noticed the Name John Kiel John are you the guy we nicknamed "squaddy" played in the centre in the first 15 and was involved in the "Punch up" with a few german lads in my company on the way to WBS. If so I am still thankful you were there.

Brian (Paddy) Hawkins (C71-73)

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