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16 Aug 2015

Hi. Is it just me, or has nobody posted any messages this month?
I thoroughly enjoy checking in to see if anyone else I knew back in the day has posted an interesting snippet to jog my fading memories.

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

16 Aug 2015

Hi Dave Hodgson, yes of course I remember you.
A top sportsman in the school. A school prefect, head of house ? Peter Kitchens blue eyed boy. A hit with the girls, tall, blonde hair a fashion icon at the time and clever to boot. I hated you.
Actually David like most of us in Marlborough house I respected you so much and liked you even more.
Glad your life has worked out so well. You are a top guy.

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

17 Aug 2015

It seems as if the site is getting less popular and I suppose that I am responsible as the next man or woman since it has been several months since my last offering. Although I check the Visitor's page almost daily. So here goes, at the risk of boring you all because I tend to think that anything I offer won't be important to you and that's not false modesty either. At this time of year my thoughts return to the D of E camps both in the Sauerland and the Harz. Apart from the maths - which was a daily highlight of course - a yearly highlight for me and Tommo too I think. A week filled with such things as Day and Night orienteering, the Cow Pat trophy, expeditions, overnight bivouacing and so on. Anybody out there from the small group of us who walked from the Mohnesee to Altenilpe? The Brindleys, Steve Gulley - giving his 'kippers a steam' in the stream at Grimminghausen - , Gerry and John, Pete? Cartwright are some names that spring to mind. I wonder if any others remember those camps or is it just old-age nostalgia? Used to, until 2011, return annually to Dorlar as part of our summer holiday before age caught up with me.
Yes Dave Hodgson of course I remember you and Ralph's comment hits the nail on the head and I also remember you returning during the time that you were at PRS - think I was on duty that day.
Let's make sure that we give Bill enough to do - one posting from each of us monthly should do.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

17 Aug 2015

I'm still alive and well. Pleased to see a few posts again. Still playing and gigging in a couple of bands. At the end of the month we're playing a 70th. birthday party and I've just received the set list. Remarkable - 75% of the numbers are those we played in the group at WBS 1964/65. Does anyone know where Ken Caley and Stuart Helm are?

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

18 Aug 2015

I was too young to do the D of E whilst at WBS, but started it when I went to Malta, achieving a Silver award, and finished it in the RAF. Thoroughly good grounding for life skills and fitness.
Also did my Bronze, Silver and Gold ASA Personal Survival, and Bronze & Silver Lifesaving. Malta was the perfect place for those, being surrounded by a warm sea :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

20 Aug 2015

Malcolm, what year were you in in 1960? I feel that I should know you. I too have been performing in a rock'n roll band for most of my post WBS life, although the only instrument I possessed whilst at WBS was a piano accordion.
I migrated to guitar and bass guitar shortly after leaving. I gave up 3 years ago, as my arthritis was making it harder to play without pain, and impossible to lug half a ton of amps around ;)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

20 Aug 2015

Ralph, good to hear from you although I don't remember the guy you describe! How are you? Do you live in the south? I live near Chichester in West Sussex. I would love to meet up for a beer or two if you have time/inclination. Only just found this site although aware of the Society, a lapsed member I'm afraid.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

21 Aug 2015

Yes Mr Hern I came down once with Ted Brown (Sandringham) whilst a teacher at PRS, so that would be 74-79. Sadly lost touch with Ted. I also came down on two occasions with the PRS basketball team for the Festival at WBS. Our team stayed in Marlborough, of course, Mr Kitchen ever the gracious host. I have many happy memories, your maths lessons, DofE, football sessions on summer evenings. Mr Kitchen's support and guidance became more apparent as I matured and became more aware of my failings. I enjoyed a great teaching career, and spent 27 years in my final School, which I hold dear in my heart like you do with WBS. I Would pay you a compliment, and Mr Kitchen and Mr Thompson(sp?) sadly no longer with us, as I often thought of you all as role models. I've read quite a few of previous posts and note the affection with which many ex pupils express for you and your teaching, well deserved I might add. I enjoy a similar relationship with boys that I have taught or coach
ed at Chichester High School for Boys. I hope you are enjoying your retirement, my wife and I are certainly working hard to enjoy ours! Best wishes.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

22 Aug 2015

Hi David
On 7th May this year I met up with Paul Clay, Gerry Mills and Paul Sayer. Neither of us recognised the other initially, that was so strange.
We met mid afternoon in Dunmow Essex and stayed in a local hotel overnight. It was amazing after over 45 years to renew our friendship and exchange life stories. We talked and drank a little red wine until after 2am.
Sadly for me though I had to confirm what the guys already knew; that my wife Theresa was battling cancer.
At this precise moment things are looking pretty good though thanks to some brilliant surgeons in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and an operation on July 29th. Theresa is now on the road to recovery.
We live in Bideford. We have 2 sons, 2 grand children 2 step grandchildren and retired here in 2013 to be near them.
I do plan to meet up with the gang next year sometime when we hope Mike Downey will be there too. When we have a date and a venue we will post the news on this site.
All the best to you. I sincerely hope we meet up soon.

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

22 Aug 2015

Hi There..Still alive and kicking. Do visit this site now and again. Some names I remember, some I think I may have met. Sorry to hear that Mr & Mrs Jones have now crossed the bar. I remember them well. Especially poco times. See Geoff Hearn still rambling on about a,b,c = x y z. Never could get my head around all that nonsense. And to be fair never once did come across is ever again in my adult life (53 now). Anybody know what happened to Pop Farrar and Mr Lake the Gym Queens? So many fond memories. So sad to see the old place now.

Hywel George (Dubba) (H73-75)

24 Aug 2015

Mr Hern is right, if we all post each month........but where is everybody? Facebook has a lot to answer for. I'm not on it.............too much personal info which can, and does, go astray!
My brother Bill was a student of Mr Hern and received extra lessons because he seemed to have a talent for maths. I could never get to grips with the subject until, much later, needed the skill - particularly Pi as I became a heating and plumbing engineer and needed to size pipes and cylinders etc. Then later in life, I got into boiler flue and ductwork systems. Again, Pi is required for volumes and velocities of circular duct systems. Like a lot of people, I would imagine, I wish I had taken more interest and studied harder. My brother Bill? he became a lorry driver! I had my own business for 21 years as a contractor, but now I just do surveys and drawings for other people as a freelance - retirement is not an option - I'd be climbing the wall within a week. I still use a drawing board, not CAD. Bill also used to do my tech drawing homework for me because I couldn't grasp it well enough. Isn't it strange how things turn out? Skills/talents really come to the fore when needed
/wanted. These days, I work full time for 8-9 months of the year during the summer, then spend 3-4 Autumn/Winter/Spring months of the year - at different times - in a small apartment we bought in Fuerteventura with my 25% tax free retirement sum 3 years ago. A good life/work balance. Has anyone else done anything similar?
I do go on a bit don't I? Let's hear from some more 60's souls - particularly Sandies! Chin up everyone.

John Bartlett (S62-63)

26 Aug 2015

John, Facebook is not as evil or dangerous as you may think. As long as you set your security features, only your friends or group members can see your profile, and even that can be restricted by the user. Most of the horror stories you may have heard, are often caused by the user making everything "public".
I suppose the main advantage of Facebook Vs Forums, is the fact that you can see messages in real time, but, horses for courses!
Personally, I like both platforms, but it can be a pain logging in to find that either I am unable to access this forum, or to see that there has been little or no correspondence since my previous visit. Another downside of forums, such as this one, is the inability to attach photographs to your messages. Sometimes a picture can convey much more than several sentences of text.
As some of the regular users of this forum are not also in that other place, I will continue checking in here for any recent contributions :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

26 Aug 2015

Hello John, We're still out here John. I visit this site now then to see who pops up, but most seem to be from the 70's and 80's. Trust all is well with you, life is good in sunny Sydney and we are just coming back to summer' bring it on. All the best, Patrick

Patrick Impey (S62-64)

26 Aug 2015

Jim Rafferty, the name is familiar. I'm sorry that you are not playing due to arthritis. Have you tried playing lap steel? Also there's some damn good lightweight rigs around now - the route I went down this year, as I'm suffering back problems nowadays. In 1960 I was in the first year and from what I heard at the school reunion I was the youngest boy in WBS for the first two terms of my incarceration. We had a clear out of the book case at the week-end and I found a 1955 copy of "Know The Game! The Laws of Association Football" which was given to me by your namesake, the games master Rafferty, after we had a disagreement over the off-side rule in a games lesson match. And for Mr. Hern we also found a 1967 FA Cup Final programme which we won't talk about here:).

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

27 Aug 2015

Ralph - so sorry to hear about Theresa. My very best wishes you both that the improvement continues and that it's soon all behind you. Thanks for the regular Christmas card but I do not know your address since you moved.
Dave - I see that you similarly have the same great memories of teaching and, as I have written perhaps too many times before, I was extremely lucky. Only taught at 4 schools in a 42 year career and all of them special in their own way mainly due to the students and their reaction.
No Malcolm let's gloss over the 1967 Cup Final and rather talk about the 2014-15 Premier League and Capital One Cup instead. So old age has brought some reward for over 60 years of loyal support. Mainly thanks to Jose who is a real breath of fresh air in the self-important world of football.
Still unsure about Facebook - scared of the unknown I suppose.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

27 Aug 2015

Malcolm Graham, the only name that stands out in my year is Nyasi Salih, a Turkish boy that was in my dorm, all the others (possibly because they were not distinctive?), have faded into oblivion!
I was in the first dorm as you turned right from the entrance nearest the gate. I was in forms 1B, 2B and 3B (James could do better if he paid attention, instead of daydreaming and gazing out of the windows!) I was a keen swimmer, and my hero was a 5th former called Don Luff(I think that's correct) who could do a length of the pool in about 4 strokes. I believe he went to the Empire Games at White City in 1962/3. I was a member of the CCF, Rugby team, Cricket team (despite being hopeless!), and the model railway club in our basement.
Brother Tommy (R.I.P.) excelled in any sports team he joined, primarily football, but also cross country and athletics - as he was pretty vain about his "gorgeous" looks, he wasn't keen on contact sports :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

27 Aug 2015

Hi `Dubba`, with regards to your post I can tell you that Pop died a while back. He was involved with Skegness Town FC after his return to the UK. A very well like man in the town he was very popular! Mr Lake is still with us as far as I know and he gets together with various members of staff including Mr Ray Clarke who I visit each time I am in Cyprus...he is still sailing and can be found at the Sailing Club on Tunnel Beach in Happy Valley in Episkopi.

Keith Moralee (M77-81)

27 Aug 2015

Hi Ralph, glad to hear Theresa is recovering; my wife Angela has been in a similar situation and suffering other surgeries. Fortunately she had a fantastic surgeon who was so supportive, we love the NHS! Now we try to make good use of every day, travel to new places, travelzoo is great. We have two children and two grandchildren. Don't get to see the grandchildren as often as we would like, but have great fun when we do. I would love to meet up if you get another reunion. I think I remember Paul, did he have dark hair and a round cheerful face, nice guy? I also remember Mo Rankine, she was in Marlborough and in the same year. Saw her once when I was at Loughborough. Are you on Facebook? Best wishes, Dave.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

28 Aug 2015

Hi Dave, No I don't do Facebook. James was its biggest fan. I used to infuriate him by saying it was infantile, which of course its not.
Paul Clay was a runner and surprised Mr Ross one afternoon by casually beating Prof (Mike)Sheard or Don Pearson...the school sprinter.He had black hair but was not round faced.....a bit more pointy..Paul Sayer played rugby and tennis and you could describe him as round faced. He was friends with Mike Downey who coached tennis in Boston most of his life and still does I believe. Gerry Mills was always smiling had blond crinkly maybe curly hair and was one of my best mates for years. We shared digs in Chelmsford for a few years before going our separate ways and getting married. Two weeks after moving out of one of our digs the house was raided by police. One of the guys had been selling drugs on the college campus....it was big news at the time. We didn't have a clue what he was up to but wondered about the odd smell ?
Paul Clay worked for Umbro/Adidas while Gerry was with Barclays then various estate agents and now has his own decorating business. Paul Sayer worked for Vodaphone from its launch in the UK and rose right to the very top.He retired at age 50 or younger............did very well. I could go on but unless other readers knew these rogues they would not be interested.

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

29 Aug 2015

Hi Ralph, sounds like I got the two Paul's mixed up! I was very unsure of fb at first, then several ex students of mine asked why I didn't use it. They managed to 'convert' me, now I enjoy friends from teaching and social contacts. I wish we had email and fb when we were kids, I'm sure I would have kept contact with school friends. Are you like me, no real memory of 'friends' before WBS? Never stayed anywhere long enough. When we had our two kids, Angie and I decided we would stay in one place so that they would have friends from an early age. It worked, Ben's best man is a mate from nursery school when they were 3. Amy still meets up with her friends all over the country. Sounds like you managed to stay in contact, without email and fb! Look forward to meeting up. best wishes Ralph, Dave

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

29 Aug 2015

Hi Geoff, yes I can say I really enjoyed my teaching career, albeit only 36 yrs. like you I only taught in four schools, two in Leicester, my home town, for 3 yrs then over to PRS for 5 yrs. We moved back to England when our daughter was born, our son was born in Chichester, we agreed to stay for their continuity of education and peer group friendships. Once they had gone to University I had two interviews for moves back to the middlands but couldn't leave Chichester High School, I felt at home. Of course looking back I realise I found what I always wanted, long term friendships. I have skied and played golf with several guys that I've known for over 30 yrs. Now Angie and I regard this as our home, we are right on the coast with the South Downs close by, so beautiful country. Lots to do, time to do it! Best wishes, Dave

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

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