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01 Feb 2015

Shirley Morrison - I do remember you. I am one half of the 'Law twins' - Marlborough house through and through. One of Mr H earns favorite pupils......Keep in close contact with teachers Su and Tony Marsden, plus Martin Potts, Andy Richards, Phill Lowrie, Sean Magee, Andy Richards, Garry Maddran, Anita Leversidge and of course Cath Basillio - went to her surprise 50th in Sheffield 2 years ago

Christine Willmott (Law) (M77-80)

03 Feb 2015

Nice to read all of these posts. There is not very much that I remember from the five years that I lived in Marlborough House. I do remember being in the CCF (RAF Section) and wearing hob nail boots, I also did a few DofE expeds. I also remember being caned a few times by the house master Mr Kitchen, but I know that I deserved it every time! I was lucky in that I spoke fluent German which was good and bad. Bad in that when I went to the counter for seconds, in the dining room, the chap in front of me got the last helping, I said aloud "missed", the German lady serving heard "Mist" (German for dung) and I was in it!
I remember maths and tech drawing being my favourite subjects and the two which I was best at. I was in love with Miss Sandra Marr who taught typing, so that was one of my options. I starred at German because I did not have to work at it.
I was eventually pulled out of school after O levels as my dad had left the army. I used the maths to my advantage in my career and retired to the south of France at the ripe old age of 46, 10 years later I am still here.

Bob Thompson (M69-74)

04 Feb 2015

Hi Suzy Turner, You won't remember me but I made contact with an old friend of yours, and a former girlfriend of mine, Lorraine Fox a few years back.
We have met a few times since then, reminiscing about Windsor and our days in Berlin, and your name often comes into the conversation.

Tony Higgin (M67-69)

04 Feb 2015

Hi to all ex wbs.what a great school sadly missed.thanks to nicky rolfe for your repy.my sister kathaleen got married to gus ingram who she meet at soest.im now on face book as birder bill.im still lookin for my bsdt school mate leslie kent.look forward to any help

Billy O'Connell (H70-73)

04 Feb 2015

Hi Jim. That made me chuckle! We moved into school in 1962 when I was 2. We used the entrance nearest the guard room so probably you would only have seen us in the ground floor corridor going into our flat. My brother was born in 1962, my sister 1967,so we were all pretty young when you were there. As we giot older we ventured further afield in the house,matron''s office being a favourite haunt!

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

04 Feb 2015

Hello to you all, I haven't visited this site for quite a while now. I am Kim Taylor and was at WBS Balmoral House. My sister Jenny Taylor was at WGS in St James. I am Australian and my father was based at SHAPE in Paris, so we both had to travel to Hamm by train. I am now living on Christmas Island which belongs to Australia and is located closer to Indonesia than to Australia. Hope to hear from anyone that might remember me.

Kim Taylor (B63-65)

05 Feb 2015

Hi Christine Law yes I remember you and your sister.How nice to hear from you! All those names too! How are you? Anita leversidge did she join the navy? And her sister wasn't it Elaine. Do you remember Cath Bascilio had a plastic bag collection displayed on her dorm walls. Oh such an unforgettable contagious laugh. Do you know if any of those from wbs you know kept in contact with Walker Graham? Anyway as a result of my studies ruled out art and business as a career path I considered the air force but my father was against the idea so went on to Coventry uni and Warwick for a career in healthcare. Nhs and even now a perpetual student! Would be great to swap more stories.

Shirley Morrison (B79-81)

06 Feb 2015

Hi, Kim Taylor - I don't think I ever met you, but I shared a dorm with your sister Jenny for a while. I have posted some pictures on various facebook pages :-) I hope Jenny is well? I think you may have mentioned in the past, is she in Canada? I met another dorm-mate last year when I went to Nottingham, she has lived there since her father was posted back to the UK in 1966 - another St James girl, Sue James. We hadn't met since I came up to Nottingham to see her in about 1969, when I was a student at University College London. Amazingly, we managed to recognise each other!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

06 Feb 2015

Yes Virginia I agree. Pete would have been thrilled to see all these posts from ex-Marlborough students. It says a lot about the sort of house he ran for so many years. It brings to mind something Ken Thompson said to me as we gazed at the Marlborough entrance on a visit before in 2007 just before it was demolished. KT said 'When I became a Housemaster any time that I needed advice I went to PMK'. Also I echo your comment about Andrea Sperling. She seemed so thrilled to have found the site - thanks again Bill!! - but since then nothing from her.
Christine in spite of the fact that you, amongst others, still cannot spell my name your little group were great to teach even though I failed to convince you of the beauty of maths. However we did have some fun which was one of the objectives in trying to persuade you to appreciate the subject. Good to see that you are still in contact with Anita who also was a member of that select group. Please give her my regards and to Sean and the others even if they don't remember me.
Bob Thompson yet another Marlborough name to remember - South of France eh? - sun, warmth, good wine and Camembert while this old man is stuck in cold GB. Peter Burgon? The name and the BMH escapade I remember well but putting a face to you is more difficult after all this time. Slippering 'Not guilty your Honour'. I'd long since given up that 'pastime' in your time.
This is getting a bit long so I'll stop.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

06 Feb 2015

I have just recently come across this site. Lots of memories flooding back, the vast majority good ones. Looking through some of the posts of the last year I see that, sadly, some people have passed away - as has the school itself. I see that Jack, who wielded a sharp cane delivered with a hop skip and a jump, has gone; Pop Farr, who was a much gentler soul; and James Bennet, one of the senior boys during my time at Marlborough. I used to play five asides with James and remember scurrying to get out the way when he let loose at the goal - he had an incredibly powerful shot and it went off like a cannon. He often caught us "faggers" on the way back from a sly puff, but he always winked and let us off. As a fagger himself, he was probably sympathetic. We looked up to him and admired him as one of the heroes of the house. I remember his brother Ralph, but I think he left after my first year. I was in second and third year. My love of education and sport came from my t
ime at WBS. I shared a dorm with Rob Walker, Richard Dykes, Steven Alcock, Tom Thorne, Steven Porter, Steve Turner and others. Best to all.

Alister (Alex) Gillies (M68-70)

06 Feb 2015

Mr Hern, are you still wondering why you were named Hairy? As far as I remember it was something to do with you losing your temper once. We used to call it throwing a hairy when someone lost their rag for some reason.
Had I followed into your profession and taught people like me, then I would also have been known as hairy.
I remember the time, must have been about '72, when some of the pupils found their way into the attic of the haulage company buildings next door to the school and found a huge hoard of German army jackboots, there were loads of us walking around in them for weeks afterwards!
I also remember when the green snooker ball went missing in our house. The snooker table was the pride and joy of Mr Kitchen and he was not a happy bunny at the time. I don't think that it was ever found.
Shane Barnes and I used to have brochures sent to us, at school, from the German motorcycle dealers as we were bike mad and the dealers thought that we were potential customers. I ended up buying my first new BMW bike at 17 and now at 56 I have a garage with BMWs and a Ducati in it, we don't change much over time do we?

Bob Thompson (M69-74)

07 Feb 2015

I remember the loft getting looted, up the drainpipe along the roof and through a skylight,never did it myself but i was posted as a lookout and got a pair of boots as reward, i cunningly hid them in the old dis-used block until i could get them home on the next viso, only to find some herbert had nicked them the very next day

Ken Gleeson (B72-74)

07 Feb 2015

The 'Hairy Hern' (sorry Geoff, I misspelled your name in a previous post) epithet came from a marked tendency to fly into sudden rages. I know because I was on the receiving end many a time. I was rubbish at Maths and went from the top set all the way down to Mr Spankie's class. At one point Geoff moved me up to his class determined to get something out of me. After many tirades, missile throwing (chalk, books, etc) he gave me up as a bad job and I went back down to dear old Mr Spankie - a lovely man, but no classroom control. I remember one occasion in the gym when Geoff got in the way of one of 'Benny's' shots at goal. The result, an instant 'Hairy Fit' with Geoff picking up the ball and booting it straight at Benny. We weren't bothered, as we were used to it. But I think we all checked to see that Geoff wasn't in the line of fire from then on. Life was so different then, there seemed to be more freedom of expression than is possible now in these PC times

Alister (Alex) Gillies (M68-70)

07 Feb 2015

Hi Diane Davis (Niddrie). Nice of you to remember me, hopefully for the right reasons if you know what I mean. Like you I check the site out every so often just to keep updated with things and as you say there does not seem to be a lot of posts from our era. (Maybe they are like us and just read the posts). I put some photos on a couple of the Windsor FaceBook sites not too long ago and you we're in the pictures. They were from a party we went to in England after we finished school in 1976. I don't know if you saw them but there were quite a few of us from Windsor there. I have also just booked to go to the reunion in Milton Keans this May. I just happen to be in UK when this is on so I thought why not? I hope there are some people there from the Mid Seventies but if not we'll all have a couple of things in common, one being that we all went to Windsor and the other being we're all a lot, lot older now. That should keep the conversation going. Anyway Diane all the best to you and yours. Have a great life.

Chris Bowyer (E74-76)

08 Feb 2015

I think you will find that Geoff's nickname "Hairy" was already in use when I arrived at WBS for my 1st year in 1960.
Although I couldn't prove the origin, I presumed that it had something to do with having a "hairy fit" - something that we didn't try and put to the test, despite being on the receiving end of the occasional slippering.
I don't think apologies are necessary, as slippering and caning were pretty much par for the course back in those days, as was detention. It was an accepted form of punishment, and I have yet to find anyone that suffered PTSD as a result of the odd administration of a Hush Puppy to the rear end :)
Personally, despite my warm behind, I always had masses of respect for Messrs Kitchen & Hern, and Mr Cadby, who had a slightly lesser tendency for dishing out corporal punishment.
These forms of punishment were something that I never mentioned to my father, as I would have received an additional hiding!
The secret was, keep your head down, study, and stay out of trouble - that worked very well for me :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

09 Feb 2015

Hi Alister Gillies, I read your message about Benny who I presume was my brother James; wacking Geoff Hern with a football.I can picture the scene now.James enjoyed his time at WBS ,was proud to be in Marlborough House, respected Geoff Hern as we all did.James broke both his legs at different timesplaying football.Geoff had nothing to do with that I hasten to point out.
We often used to reminisce about our time at WBS and we laughed at the scrapes we got into....I could write a book.
I don't know if your saw my message last year but James died in Jan 2014 following a stroke.he is sadly missed. I was also in Marlborough house by the way.

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

09 feb 2015

Hello Ralph. Yes, I did read about James. My belated condolences. I mentioned you both in my post on 6 February. My memory is not great, but I seem to remember you as goalie during 5-a-sides...can't be sure. Oddly, I used to work in Bideford, 2010 -2012 for a housing company but had no idea about this site then. We did get into lots of scrapes and the very last one for me was a late night trip to WGS. Stupid, but harmless. We did get caught and caned for it, but it was entirely innocent. I think we were in more danger from girl's designs than they were from ours:)
My dad was posted shortly after to Tidworth and some of my mates from WBS started a new school with me - Robert Schoolar and Ken McCulloch, both from Caernarvon. I think we were very fortunate to have been to such a good school with such committed and talented staff. The rest of my school career couldn't compare. All the best, Ralph.

Alister (Alex) Gillies (M68-70)

10 Feb 2015

I mentioned a bloke named Schoolar in my last post, his first name was Glenn. My mistake, sorry. I also noticed that Bailey Mundy appeared last year. I remember him well, he was a great Basketball player and I used to train with the intermediate team. He was in the senior team. Remember Mr Morgan? Hello to you if you catch this!

Alister (Alex) Gillies (M68-70)

12 Feb 2015

Mr Hern - sadly there was NO beauty in Maths - traumatized me for years and even now I have numerous debates with IT regarding unnecessary rubbish that makes no sense. Too many RAMS - what doe's that mean?? i pointed out that a RAM was an animal - and could they not speak to me in a load of IT jargon?? But I still have those lovely maths books that you spent ages doing diagrams in a very diplomatic way telling me how awful I was!!

I send on your messages to Anita and Sean!!

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

12 Feb 2015

Hi Shirley really nice to hear from you!!! Anita did not go into the navy - working in IT - married a few years ago but now on her own - no children. Saw her 3 years ago at Caths 50th. Funnily enough I have just spoken to Cath as it was her 53rd birthday on 03/02/2015. Went to her wedding in 2003 - married her long term boyfriend - both architects for Sheffield Council but I understand they now have their own business - no children and yes I do remember the plastic bags!!

I will speak to Garry Maddran about Gramham Walker as I am sure he has been in contact with him - other that I will also speak to Dave Edmondson who is also in contact with Stuart Deveaux and Mark Gutherie.

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

13 Feb 2015

I hope this is allowed. For all those who remember Bonthrone, Pirrie, Bruno Lord, et al. Bruno still rocking in 2009: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lubFXQsaqzY

Alister (Alex) Gillies (M68-70)

 

Resisted the Rick Roll Opportunity....... BillC

13 Feb 2015

Apart from the beauty Christine which, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder please don't confuse maths with IT which for me too is full of jargon as is most of modern life. Witness text messaging - LOL and all that stuff. Strange that you have kept those books. Careful they have maths in them and in spite of that you still think that they are 'lovely'? It could mean that at least I did something right and is the only consolation for this old man. I'm after the sympathy vote of course. Maybe Anita would be on my side.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

14 Feb 2015

Maria hawkins, linda bell, rachel o'mara, sam clelland, if on wgs netball team, hockey, swimming or athletics team, where are you? So many names to remember.... Miss Beetson, Miss Walsh? Mike ismay? Paul Simmers? Next door neighbour in hameln? Too many people to remember, just need a nudge. X

Sue Wilson (M75-78)

15 Feb 2015

Tim Smith, The Peter Schmeicel of balmoral, great to see you are still about, great team, and to think Wimbledon AFC called themselves the crazy gang, they had no idea. Nobody looked forward to playing us. Hope you and yours are all well Mick

Mick Powditch (B64-69)

18 Feb 2015

Bob Thompson/Ken Gleeson.... I had wicked pair of Jack boots from said loft. Mine were stowed in a hefty rucksack, wrapped in a carrier bag and stashed in a hole by the stream out the back of the hockey pitch, ready also to be secreted away come the end of term. Alas, Karma hit me right between the eyes the very next day...dad posted out of Deutschland and just 12 hours to pack. I looked at Google Earth a couple of years ago to find a housing estate right on top of my hide away....

Nigel Hoar (S71-74)

21 Feb 2015

Hi again to Billy O'Connell found you by the name you provide. Left a message, but will be in your other folders Just type my name is and you will find me x

Nicky Rolfe (StJ70-75)

21 Feb 2015

Hi all balmoral and good old dick jolliff i often think of my good mates mike hogg john smith kieth jenkinsjohn roper great times in ccf pushing hand cart camping made local papers telling locals we pushed it from england great times

Tony Strickland (B62-65)

21 Feb 2015

Looking for the following people now living in Australia? Jenni Dorber - Brisbane, Terri Dorber -Melbourne, Carol Letham - Adelaide, Brian Still - Adelaide, Frank Daly - Canberra, Anne McTavish - Gold Coast, Alison Palmer-Barnes - Gold Coast, Dorothy Drinkwater - Perth. Please get in touch.

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

24 Feb 2015

My name is Steve Phillips I am looking for old school friends
M ike Massay, Paul Smith (smiffy)
Richard Marriot, Steve Wieczysty (wizz)
D arral Summers, Paul Crouch
Albert Wakeford Victor Cranmer
Damian Bryse, Smurf

I hope some of these lads visit this great site

Steve Phillips (S79-82)

26 Feb 2015

Hi Nigel, it would seem that the pair of us owning stolen Jackboots just wasn't meant to be mate, mind you it would've taken a couple or so years for them to eventually fit me anyway, as i was only about thirteen at the time, i've got a feeling that you and i were muckers back in the day, i did spend a lot of the time over the back dyke and skulking around the hockey pitch or anywhere out of clear site of the staff and the dreaded prefects

Ken Gleeson (B72-74)

26 Feb 2015

I just mentioned Bailey Mundy in a post on 10th February. I am sad to say that I have just heard of his passing today. Bailey passed away on Tuesday of this week, apparently after a long illness. He was someone I looked up to at WBS and had an easy going and kind nature. He gave me extra coaching in Basketball and helped me get into the school team. He was too young. May he rest in peace. If anyone wants to sign the guest book to leave a message of sympathy, you can find it here: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/citizen-times/hamilton-mundy-condolences/174252584?&nocache=true&cid=addentry&sign=0#sthash.aUCXaI1W.1pQmpsJf.dpbs

Alister Gillies M68-70)

27 Feb 2015

Very sad news about Bailey Mundy. Only this week I found a programme from a basketball tournament at the Canadian School in Soest in March 1969. Bailey was a mainstay of the team (the rest being T O'Barr, A West, A Robertson, Colin Dagg, Ralph Byram, Lee Burkett (captain) and myself). The Soest tournament included teams from Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Our WBS team had four Americans and four Brits. #international

Steve Green (C/E 66-69)

28 Feb 2015

The very sad news about Bailey prompted me to try to remember some other Du Pont lads starting with Dave MacSpadden and John Scott - who were boarders in Marlborough - why? Were their parents not with them? - Tom & Bow O'Barr, Glenn Holliday, Bill Galloway, Lee Christens, Tom MacPartland, Bobby Hoffman, Bruce Kolesar and so on. I'm surprised that I can remember so many names after all this time which probably shows they all made a great impression and of course were always ably supported by their parents and Draper Read. A small group of them in my O Level group once decided to miss my lesson to attend a recruiting lecture for the British military!!! I was not best pleased but after some 'negotiation' allowed them back. The basketball team with Sid Barnes in charge was very good before they arrived but afterwards there was no stopping WBS. It is good to see that they have their own reunions so we must have made an impression on them too.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

28 Feb 2015

Mr. Hern, I must compliment you on your memory! My first year at WBS (1965) I was in a dorm with Dave McSpadden. I think John Scott came the year after. I remember he had extra milk delivered to the room each day!
Thanks to Gerry Mills I've been in touch with Paul Clay. We plan to meet here in the Boston area this summer! I believe he's trying to organize a reunion with Gerry Mills, Ralph Bennett and Paul Sayers.

Michael Downey (M65-68)

 
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