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01 Dec 2015

I had to laugh at the post above from Mr McPate concerning the "Dam Busters" movie. My father (ex. WW2. R.A.F. air crew) came to visit me in Hamm during 1974 and I took him on an outing to view the Mohne Dam. He was amazed at the wonderful reconstruction and wrote immediately to the R.A.F. urging them to return and finish the job !!!

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

03 Dec 2015

Just to wish everyone A Very Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year.

Peter Robertson (B63-66)

04 Dec 2015

Another outing of interest was a 5th Form visit to a steelworks in Dortmund in 1956 under the careful guidance of Mr Cutler. At the conclusion of the visit we were all treated to a glass of BEER by our hosts. Apparently the steelworkers drank this in copious quantities during their shift. We were all encouraged by Mr Cutler to "keep mum" about this part of the visit. The secret is now out nearly 60 years later!

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

06 Dec 2015

Hi everyone.just finished moving house,which is why no msg from me for the past 4 months or so.dispite being drive mad by all the paper work involved, Ive survived.still not found the people Ive been looking for,but I wont give in.merry xmas to all especially sandringham bods.Id like to say Happy Xmas to Pam Ross.

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

07 Dec 2015

I would like to pass on my regards to Mr Hern. I am sure he will not remember me - just one of the many boys who passed through Marlborough and Windsor. But I have very fond memories of both the House and school and the staff including Messrs Hern, Kitchen and Cadby - a Merry Christmas from Adelaide where the temperature has hit 41 Centigrade and we had bush fires instead of floods.

Bob Nicol (M66-67)

09 Dec 2015

Thank you, George, for your Christmas wishes - I hope you enjoy your first Christmas in the new home! Reading some of the messages brings back memories. I saw the Dambusters in the AKC cinema in Fallingbostel, I believe - I remember being upset by the flooding which followed the bombing, probably because we used to go to the Moehnesee with the family. The trip to Dortmund enhanced by the glass of beer - I wonder if it was to a steelworks owned by Union? They were (are) a big firm with many interests, including a brewery - my mother worked for them in the war as a draughtswoman with their branch which built bridges :-) This time of year brings back so many memories: walking into town (saving the bus fare!) to buy Christmas presents; the carol service in the Pauluskirche(and choir practice with boys!!); the chance of snow as we packed up ready for travel home. Last night of term, all packed up, we used to push our beds round the dorm - line five of them up against
the windows, put the wardrobes round the door, so when the member of staff came in to turn lights out, she would walk into a wardrobe ;-) Ah, those were the days -

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

09 Dec 2015

Hello to all and maybe some of you that remember me. After many years of residence in S. Germany I finally made it today to the WBS in Hamm or better said what is left of it. There is one Building left with the Number 3 painted on it, I can't remember which house this would have been .. the rest has all gone. Anyway nice to have found this site and be able to say "Hello"

Colin Cope (M74-77)

10 Dec 2015

Hi Ken, I remember the back hockey pitch and messing around in the dyke behind the hockey pitch. I also remember the jack boots you had and showing them to us in the monkey dorm. Do you remember scrumping pears in the houses outside of the school late at night. We hid all the pears in the monkey dorm. What happened to Graham Keil and Mark Votier ?

Ian Craigmyle (B71-74)

10 Dec 2015

Bob Nicol - we corresponded a few years ago but I've lost your email! If my memory is correct you were in a dorm with Mike Hutchinson. I do remember you "doctoring" the soup (with salt and sugar# you gave Paul Sayers and I!

After so many years I am in touch with Paul Sayers, Paul Clay, Ralph Bennett and Gerry Mills. In fact this year I meet up with Paul Clay #here in the US# and visited Paul Sayers again!

I too have fond memories of Mr Hern, Mr Kitchen and Mr Cadby.

A few Marlborough boys have resurfaced again #Dave Hodgson, Ronnie Williams possibly Pete Larner) and there is talk of a mini reunion in England. I hope to go if this happens it would be terrific if you could too!

Mike Downey (M65-68)

11 Dec 2015

Thanks Bob for your wishes and apologies for the delay in responding but we were without a telephone connection for over a week - thanks BT!! Anybody else had trouble with BT?
As is often the case the name Bob Nicol I remember but putting a face to to the name after all this time is difficult. You must have been in Marlborough in the Dave Hodgson, Mike Downey years. My earlier days with PMK.
Just in case BT get up to their tricks again, Happy Christmas to all of you and a healthy New Year. Just had a Christmas card from Ken Dodgson. Great lad, 'powerful' footballer and good at sums too. As is obvious I still have great memories of WBS and that will never fade.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

12 Dec 2015

Now off to see "The Blockheads" in concert at The Colchester Arts Centre.
A certain Mr. Joliffe called me a blockhead more than once.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
Be safe and keep smilin'.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

13 Dec 2015

Wishing all WBS and WGS staff and pupils a very merry Christmas and happy New Year

Robert Moore (C61-64)

14 Dec 2015

Hi Ian, good to hear from you, blimey mate you had gone back a few months to find my post about the hockey pitch and back dyke, yeah i remember the scrumping, i also remember being brought back in the small hours by the polizei, were you with me when we scaled a set of scaffolding to have a peep through the only lit window and got an introduction to the birds and the bee's in the flesh by the startled inhabitants, certainly got down quicker than we got up when the fella came charging upto the window, Graham Kiel gets on here and FaceBook and he's doing well in Australia, i havn't heard a peep from Vote's since i left Windsor, another chap i'd like to catch up with from those days is Steve Norris, we were good mates, good luck with it all mate, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and everyone else on here.... Cheers All

Ken Gleeson (B72-74)

15 Dec 2015

Just popping in to wish all members of staff and students from WBS and WGS a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Bountiful New Year.
We'll be spending most of Christmas and New Year with Colleen's Mum, who now needs full time care.
As designated "Chief Cook & Bottle Washer", I'll be kept busy but I'm sure tae bring in Hogmanay wi' a wee dram :)
And lang may yer lumbs reich!

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

15 Dec 2015

WS & WBS, two great institutions that provided me with a great foundation for the rest of my life. So far anyway! I am full of many wonderful memories that often come back with a real smile on my face. Stand outs are the changes from Mr Aspinal to Mr Benyon, Chalkie White to Mr Schofield (Marlborough), the split of WS to WBS and WGS, Asian flu epidemic, the flood and the suspension of a number of pupils following the mid night visit to WGS! Gosh, I am ever thankful that I declined that one!! Oh yes, the very ?friendly? football match between 1st team and staff, pleased I didn?t have to referee that one, but a great win! What nostalgia!
Sport every day, second heaven, really played a major part for me after leaving school. The school?s background was superb for leaving home at 16 for a five year engineering apprenticeship in the midlands. No, not providing a CV here, but had a great working life and I believe a lot of it was thanks to the grounding provided by these schools.
Yes, I can remember many of the teachers? names, and in my last term (Mr) Geoff Hern taking 2/3 of us out for a drink, all very grown up, but a memory that stayed as a great example. Thanks Geoff.
May I wish all of you contributors and previous pupils, which help to keep memories alive, a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Clive Pappadakis (M57-61)

15 Dec 2015

Hi Ken, I remember Steve Norris, he was a very strong swimmer who won all the swimming races at the school. A very good swimmer. I think it was me with you that time on the scaffolding. I remember making a noise which startled them and you gave me a dead leg (no hard feelings :-) ). Mr Dudely gave us a right good going over cos of that. I remember Guy Bird and also that nasty bully boy Mike Morris. Like to catch up with Mark Votier if I can find him. My brother is still strumming away on his guitar and I also still play drums.

Still got my subbuteo set with the mighty Leeds United and Gillingham. Kept it all these years.

Have a great xmas and new year.

Ian Craigmyle (B71-74)

16 Dec 2015

What a great couple of months on this page. Thanks again Bill. Apart from the regulars like Jim, Ralph, Mike, Simon and Malcolm (who still has not done his promised homework) ..... others such as John Eustace, Steve Gulley, Gerry Mills, Dave Hodgson, Ronnie Williams, Bob Nicol and now Clive Pappadakis have all suddenly appeared. Let's hope that others will surface soon and that these become regular readers and contributors. In 1960, as was probably obvious to old-stagers like Clive and John. I had never worked in a Boarding School and the first year, in what was in effect an English public school in the way it was run, was made easy for me by the way that the Marlborough lads made me feel at home and as a real bonus I even met my wife in the house.
As a final pre-Christmas comment there is still not enough from the WGS 'distaff' side. Come on ladies don't leave it all to Pamela (are you still looking at the maths problem?) and Colin. I'm still looking for Ken Caley.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

16 Dec 2015

Geoff, I am slowly trying to get my ancient head around the problem, honestly. Jose's dilemma is not helping either. I too started at WBS in 1960, Balmoral House before I was transferred in the split to Edinburgh House, and I think I must have experienced one of the first Maths lessons that you delivered at WBS. Yup, it was a bit like a public school in those days and it did relax somewhat through my five years there. Mr. Phipps was another gent I remember. His German lessons always started with the command "Machen die Fenster auf, bitte" regardless of the weather. There were rumours that the said Mr. Phipps was ex Para. I always wondered if there was any truth in that. A bit like the mysterious G.B. Jones who also taught German and other languages. When on house duty he seemed to command utmost respect. The sound of his steel tipped shoes clicking on the corridor floor ensured total silence after lights out. Always wondered what he got up to before he became a teacher. Still looking for Cayley - if anyone finds him, please let me know

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

16 Dec 2015

Has been a great year for me, Angela and I celebrated our 40th anniversary, and I have made contact with fellow Marlborough boys from the 60's! Angela has suffered my happy memories of WBS and sadness in losing contact with friends. She has always encouraged me, I am hoping to meet up with any WBS and WGS FROM THE 60's in 2016. Thanks to Gerry Mills and Ralph Bennett for their Christmas cards and good wishes. Sorry Gerry, haven't got your address so would leave you my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year in this mail. Wishing all Windsorites happiness and good health for the future

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

16 Dec 2015

Like others on here, I would like to renew acquaintances with Ken Caley. He was our lead guitarist in "Bash St".

To all ex-members of WBS and WGS may I wish you a Happy Christmas and successful New Year. May all your dreams come true.

David Naylor (H64-67)

17 Dec 2015

Mr Hern, I'm afraid I haven't been pursuing your maths problem recently (blush) - but hopefully you will forgive me if I explain that I do maths every day - I run a series of spreadsheets which calculate various costs eg electricity, and monitor rainfall, as well as doing my usual Christmas baking which involves converting grams to ounces, Centigrade to Fahrenheit as I use German recipes. I am also following the advice of Barry Cummings, my art teacher, who told me to take up oils, and painting a portrait of my late father, which is a very intense experience. And of course, still being a union rep for the coal industry, we are just losing our very last deep mine, so that has been keeping me a bit pre-occupied. Please may I be excused, sir?

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

17 Dec 2015

Hi Ian, apologies for the dead-leg as i know i wouldn't have apologised at the time, I don't remember Morris being a bully-boy but having so many kids lumped together 24/7 we were all going to have a nemesis, i know i had one particular kid who made my life a misery for my first couple of weeks (no names no pack-drill)Your mention of Subbuteo got me tripping down memory lane about the Games Room in Balmoral, where we had our twice daily roll-calls, where at least one kid would faint or throw-up during the first roll-call after a holiday or viso, either from nerves or he'd been pigging out on sweets and goodies brought from home, the carpeted area for subbuteo and board-games, the bar-football and table tennis tables, yeah... i spent many a happy hour in there, all the best mate

Ken Gleeson (B72-74)

17 Dec 2015

As I wrote I've been trying to contact Ken Caley and others seem to want to as well. I'm sure that he is unaware of this page. I do know that he became Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England. So an important man but I've had no luck. However armed with that information perhaps somebody with better Internet savvy than me, which is not difficult, could trace him. As I said he wrote a longish email to me in response to an article I wrote on the Copenhagen International School website and I'd really like to thank him for it. He said that he wasn't on Facebook but that his wife was. So Malcolm you have my permission to forget the maths for a while and see if you can trace him. Jose? I wish the media would leave him alone. He does not need to prove anything.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

17 Dec 2015

Colin Cope..hope your well, email me and we can have a catch up.
Our best wishes to all for a safe and happy Christmas

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

17 Dec 2015

Pamela. I can see that you are very busy so you are excused unlike some others I could mention who seem to spend their time at Blockhead gigs. Incidentally you are not alone with doing maths on a daily basis. We all do in spite of what Christine thinks. Also the fact that you use German recipes suggests stollen, lebkuchen and so on which form a big part of my Christmas thanks to Lidl and makes your excuse even more acceptable. Have a great Christmas. Sorry Bill twice in one day again but I had to answer our distaff contributor's gracious excuse.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

17 Dec 2015

Geoff, I'm on the case - I live in East Anglia and know policemen and JPs. Wait out......

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

17 Dec 2015

Hi Geoff, I see you still have Chelsea close to your heart. A boy I used to teach and now play golf with is a Chelsea fan, we have some fun and banter on the golf course, I wind him up and he gets very passionate, supporting Mourinho. Perhaps I should admit to being a Leicester City and Leicester Tigers man, so I'm in blue heaven whilst this run lasts! Merry Christmas and health and happiness in the new year.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

21 Dec 2015

When my wife carol joined me at 11 ARMD BGD HQ SIG SQN MINDEN,we bought our 1st car,a mini,and used it as often as we could.the 1st place we went to was the Mohne Dam.you could see where the bomb blast took place,because the repair work was a different shade of stone.another place was Hameln,where the pied piper was.everywhere we went was clean and tidy,and friendly.if you damaged a tree,you was fined for it.thats it.just like to wish all Windsor ites a merry Christmas and a happy new year

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

21 Dec 2015

Re Ken Caley Malcolm. If it helps at all then his wife is Joanne Caley and is on Facebook. Don't know if that makes it any easier to trace him as I know nothing about Facebook.
Yes Dave still Chelsea although recent developments - not just Jose either- make me realise that it is even more about money than ever before. I never watch games on TV now. Enjoy your blue heaven whilst it lasts and it is good to see the Tinkerman doing you proud. One of the gentlemen amongst the managers.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

23 Dec 2015

Firstly, I would like to thank BillC for keeping this site going, and then to wish him and every other ex-Windsorite a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thanks to this site, I've managed to contact some great pals from my never-to-be forgotten times at the best school I ever attended, where I was taught by the best teachers I ever had the pleasure of frustrating! All the very best from a very mild Poland.

Ralph Czumaj (H56-58)

23 Dec 2015

Many thanks for all the words of encouragement and wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

24 Dec 2015

A merry christmas and a happy and healthy new year to all.

Paul Stannett (E73-75)

28 Dec 2015

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2016.

Christine Robinson (StJ66-68)

30 Dec 2015

Just wanted to wish everyone on the site a very Happy 2016, doing this early, as I have to work over the New Year. Also, thanks Bill for keeping the site going, it's much appreciated. Good Wishes to all.

Julie Preston (E78-81)

Cheers Julie, Happy New Year to You Too...

30 Dec 2015

Wishing all members a healthy and happy new year.

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

31 Dec 2015

Wishing Bill, for all the hard work you put into maintaining this site, and all the members, staff & students, a Very Happy New Year, Frohes neues Jahr, Gelukkig nieuwjaar, Bonne ann?e, and may you all have good health and prosper.
Catch you all next year :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

Cheers Jim

31 Dec 2015

Little bits of nostalgia---the day before yesterday drove past the house in Uxbridge where David Naylor's parents lived..in February will meet with David and Judith Ross in The Four Candles pub in Oxford --John Fielding has just sent me an e mail so I can contact the Hodgsons Deputy Head in the 1960's) - a card from Joan McCormack, widow of Tony, who was in Geoff Hern's Maths Department in the 60's - Have been to stay ,once again with Bill Greer, Head of Caernarvon in the 60's, -we will see them again soon (he scored a hole in one on January 27th 2009 - he is now 89 - send him an e mail to congratulate him!!!)

Mike Capey (C63-70)

 
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