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20 Sept 2015

Here we are on the 20th of September and no postings so far this month in spite of, or is it because of, my appeal to all to make at least one post per month. Facebook can't take all the blame. I'd really hate to see this page disappear through lack of interest.
Anybody out there who remembers the floods of December 1960 when the WBS was forced to close early for Christmas because the main block boiler was out of action? Also I'm trying to remember which year there was a dramatic fire and explosion in the building next door to WBS behind the gym block. Can anybody help?
Have not posted any sums recently so this is for all you lovers of mathematics, especially Christine. What are the next two numbers in this sequence -4, -1, 4, 11, ........? I know it is easy but can you find a formula which will produce this sequence? All answers must be received before the end of October.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

20 Sep 2015

Is the answer 20 and 31? Thought I would reply as I noticed that last month was totally taken over by the men! I have very fond memories of my time at WGS. I am prepared to admit that I could have worked harder but have more than made up for it since! I made some wonderful friends there and would dearly love to get in touch with Annette Brewster (maiden name) who lives in Scotland. We lost touch in the 70's. I remember belonging to the sailing club and wonderful days learning to sail. Sunday evenings were spent playing badminton with my then boyfriend Jeff Andrews. I recently was told that Jeff died in January 2014 and offer his family my sincere condolences. We bumped into each other in the 80's in Fleet in Hampshire. I have two sons and two daughters and am the very proud Grandma of two gorgeous little girls. I had a busy career as a nurse specialising in IVF and am now enjoying travelling and have recently been back to Singapore where I lived and went to school before I went to Hamm. My eldest son lives in Sydney so we stopped over for a while on the way to visit him. I too don't do Facebook so it would be such a shame to see this site go. Best wishes to all that remember me.

Angi Merrick (Mallett) (StJ66-69)

21 Sep 2015

I feel obliged to post (although I thought there used to be a posting link on each monthly page? Maybe the old brain is playing tricks!) I remember Angie Mallett - I have a photo of you, sitting on my bed in my dorm, looking through my photo albums. It's a pity you don't go on facebook at all - there are several St James' girls on there, and photos from the 60s. However, I do understand about people's reluctance to get ensnared by facebook!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

ooops - posting links now restored.......

21 Sep 2015

Wow what a fast answer. Don't know if we ever met Ali but I remember Jeff very well. A Sandringham lad who was an excellent swimmer - won a Senior House race at the Jahn Stadion Pool on the day that Robert Kennedy was killed. I also remember him with tears of laughter in his eyes at one of Tommo's observations on the insects at a D of E Altenilpe camp. Nostalgia knows no bounds at times with me. My sincere condolences to his family.
Now to the sums. Perfect answer Ali but where's an algebraic formula for producing the sequence? I expect that you saw the pattern which is what maths is all about of course. Here's three more of the same type. 2, 6, 12, 20,... and 0, -1, 2, 12,... and 5, 6, 5, 2, ...If you have time and look at the patterns for each of these the formulae could become clear.
Remember everybody one posting a month would be enough!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

ps - Angi. I think I called you Ali in my post earlier today. My only excuse - age!! Sorry

21 Sep 2015

Hi Anji, we were in St James at the same time, but I'm sorry I can't remember you! I was in a dorm with Annette Brewster, and have always wondered what happened to her!

Christine Robinson (Macgregor) (StJ66-68)

21 Sep 2015

I used n squared - 5 (sorry but not sure how to get the squared symbol on the computer)!! Hi Pam, of course I remember you and your sister Ginny very well. To be honest I have not wanted to get into Facebook as I am too busy doing other things and see how much time the young ones spend on it. I was thinking about other special times I remember from Hamm. We went to Arnhem on what I think was the 25th anniversary of the battle. The Dutch people were so kind to us all and it was such a moving experience, one I have never forgotten. I have to say that maths was not my strongest subject at WGS but I had to improve my grade to become a nurse so quickly got back into it. It amazing what a bit of hard work can do!! Of course Jeff will be known to most as the bass guitarist who played with 'Jack's Union'. The down side of that was that I could only watch at socials as he was busy playing on stage! Good times.

Angi Merrick (Mallett) (StJ66-69)

21 Sep 2015

Hi Geoff Hern, At last, lovely to hear of a recollection I have a vague knowledge of! I hope it jogs the memories of others.

I was in Edinburgh House during the period of the fire and explosions in the buildings behind gym. It was during my latter years at WBS, so am only able to narrow this down to years 1975-77. Sadly, I am also unable to tell you whether it was either the Sunday before the Monday of a new term, or the last day of a half-term break. I do remember well though, that my return to school was delayed that day, and my father drove me back later than anticipated, arriving as the sun was setting; the school that was in chaos, with overexcited boys and a matron trying to calm things down a bit.

I have to be careful here with my statement, as boys are prone to exaggerate their witness testaments, adding much to embellish rather dull stories - that the fire had broken out earlier in the day, and there were a couple of explosions that tore through the roof of the building where the fire had started. Apparently, a fireman was injured whilst in the process of scaling a ladder to get a better position to douse the flames rising from the roof, and several others had been injured during two subsequent explosions. I also recall a chum telling me that the explosion/s, and subsequent flash and heat, had knocked any boys watching the commotion from the upper floors of Edinburgh off their feet.

Geoff, In return for this bit of info, are you able to recall one of the masters - a teacher who had his classroom near MT block, as I recall - who had a breakdown of sorts, was hospitalized for a time before leaving WBS altogether? He had rather a Victorian attitude to teaching, with us boys having to listen and write down his rather frequent and dull dictation sessions, not to mention his frequent rants and his liberal gifts of detentions to us. I often wondered whether our vocal teasing of his methods and the complete loss of respect had a hand in in his eventual demise.

Geoffrey Pickles (E72-77)

21 Sep 2015

Hi Mr Geoff Hern. I recall the floods, as it was my first year at WBS, and was quite a significant event. I was in sick bay (I think it was in the loft of Edinburgh block?) suffering with tonsillitis in early December, when I was ushered to prepare to go home early, so had to gather my things and get back to Marlborough post-haste in order to pack. I seem to remember that our transport was driving through, what appeared to me, to be a river.
It was absolute chaos, with several vehicles pumping water out of basements. As a mere 11 year old, my memories are not particularly vivid, but they certainly were significant enough that I actually remember a great deal of water!
When we returned in January, it was bitter cold, and I was freezing cups of coffee outside the dorm window overnight, and we went ice skating in our studded CCF boots on a patch of concrete near the swimming pool, which I believe was a car park, and had been flooded for our benefit.
The same year, 1961, we donned skis and started practising overland skiing on the sports fields - kids today have no idea . . . .

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

21 Sep 2015

Dave Hodgson! I remember you too! If memory serves me correctly you were deputy head boy to Alex Coren for Marlborough? You might have been in a dorm with Peter Wagg, Barry Garfitt or Alex Coren?

You probably don't remember me but if you recall two people playing early morning tennis that was me and Paul Sayers!

You might be interested to know Paul is almost your next door neighbor. We both were in Chichester briefly this past August! I also saw Paul Clay here in the US this summer for the first time since 1969! I live near Boston in the US! I'm hoping to make a reunion next year with them plus Ralph Bennett and Gerry Mills. We have all been in touch with each other! You should join us!

Michael Downey (M65-68)

22 Sep 2015

Hi Mike, like many of us I remember names but have difficulty conjuring up faces! Yes I was deputy to Alex, in my l6 year. He was a nice guy, hopefully is still with us, do you hear from him? I remember Barry Garfitt, that is if he was the all round sportsman, gymnast and very good cricketer, we were in a dorm together during our 3rd year. What a shame that we didn't meet up, I would certainly like to meet up when you have your next mini reunion with Paul and Ralph and others. We can't give our email addresses on here so I will continue to look at future posts and will respond straight away if you post details. Are you on Facebook?
Do you remember Pete Larner, he lives in the south, I have contact through Facebook. Nice to hear from you, look forward to future posts. Best wishes

Dave Hodgson (B63-68)

22 Sep 2015

Geoffrey Can't help you with the identity of the teacher. Maybe it will come to me if you tell me what subject he taught. Yes a fireman was blown off his ladder. I'd just came out out Block 4 to have a look. There was a big explosion and suddenly he was no longer on the ladder. Never heard of the story about the Edinburgh lads but it's a good one.
Angi your n squared minus 5 solution is really P & E (Power and Elegance). Much neater than the one I had chosen which goes to show what I have always said that every time I set such an open-ended problem to a class the students came up with some good and often unexpected mathematics. There are many other solutions depending upon what you take the first value of n to be. Hope that doesn't sound too condescending.
Jim your 'kids today have no idea' reminded me of the famous Python Sketch of some northern men discussing over coffee and cigars 'We were so poor that there were 14 of us living in a septic tank' Reply 'You were lucky we were living in a cardboard box' then 'Luxury we'd would given our right arms for a cardboard box. we lived in a rolled-up newspaper and if you tell that the youngsters today they'll never believe you'. Apart from Big Bang Theory today's comedy, for me, can't touch the Pythons. Sorry to go on a bit.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

24 Sep 2015

Prompted by the recent postings on Flood,Fire and Explosion does anyone remember being ready to evacuate the school in November 1956 due to the Hungarian uprising with Russian tanks firing in the streets of Budapest?
As I recall we had to bring our cases up from the cellar and have them at hand ready for a quick getaway! Our bonfire celebrations were also cancelled or postponed.

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

24 Sep 2015

Geoff Hern and others. I think I can recall the date of that explosion and fire! I finished school in June 1975 but stayed on for six months working as a lab technician at WGS :-). I spent quite a lot of that summer with a guy called John Rickard whose family lived on Am Huckenholz. Some of them went to Windsor schools, some back to UK. John and I cycled up to WBS to see the fire and as he was at school in the UK it must have been before he went back for the Autumn term. So I would put it at late August or early September 1975! How about that? I remember it becasue John stood up on the WBS wall to get a better view and i remember thinking afterwards that if there had been another explosion he could have been blown off. My memory is that one fireman was killed.

The reason for me checking Windsor Society today is that I am having a drink and a meal this evening with Bobby Hoffman and Paddy O'Neill. Somewhere in Waterloo. Looking forward to it!

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

24 Sep 2015

Geoff Hern: Just seen your post about the walk down to Altenilpe.I recall it very well. Some of the best and funniest few days at WBS. We bivvied out somewhere and here are two stories from the trip (I hope you don't mind publicity for the 2nd one): first there was a guy called Jones, a mate of Pete Cartwright and you gave him the map to take us through the next section. He led us for a bit and then you asked him where we had got to and it turned out he had had the map upside down all the time and had no idea where we were. "Oooo Jonesey!!" you replied and that was that. Pretty sure that event was on that trip. It was DoE anyway. Second story definitely happened on that trip. You needed to do a number 2 and asked for some bog roll. Someone produced it and you took only 2 pieces. You disappeared into the woods and came back a few minutes later still with one piece of bog roll! We said what happened Sir and you replied "Dry job!" But how did you know?? Still can't work that one out 40 years later. Brilliant.

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

24 Sep 2015

Just been reading the posts re the fire! I remember it very clearly- it was the day the boarders arrived back after summer holidays. Horrific- I was watching with my sister, glued to the fence by the ccf block when the explosion happened. No idea how, but next thing I knew I was in the middle of the front field, hair full of glass and little sis nowhere to be seen!!! Think it was just survival- she had bolted too.
Our caravan was badly damaged too/ roof blown off , but that was nothing compared to the fireman dying. Will remember that day forever.

Virginia Kitchen (M71-79)

25 Sep 2015

Geoff Hern and Jim Rafferty. The Flood. I remember it well and now I remember Jim Rafferty because I too was in sick bay with tonsillitis and could have written the first part of your post. I was only 10 years old :). Being in Edinburgh House it was but a short trip down the stairs in a hurry to pack my case and go. My football boots, Adidas La Platas, were down in the cellar so we had to go down to fish them out. We weren't allowed to pack them in the case so had to carry them, dripping, all the way home to Dortmund.
That freezing cold winter I remember well. Showering after a football match played on a concrete like back pitch and then walking (don't run, boy!) to the dining block for supper from Edinburgh House - it was so cold our wet hair froze and we could feel the ice cracking, melting and water trickling down our necks when we got into the warm dining hall. It's ironic, we survived all that sort of stuff and came up smiling yet my Grandsons school didn't open for two days last January because the classrooms temperature didn't get above 19deg.C. Ho Hum, I'm not a grumpy ol' git, really!

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

25 Sep 2015

Malcolm Graham, as I recall, there were 3 of us suffering with the dreaded "T" word that week, although, for the life of me, I can hardly remember any names. One thing that does stand out was that the young German nurse had a boyfriend that drove a Coca Cola delivery lorry, and he always sounded his hooter as he drove past the building on the main road, and she would drop whatever she was doing and rush over to the window and wave to him :)
A song that I had previously never heard, but was almost continuously being played on the sick bay wireless, was Roy Orbison's "Only the lonely", and it was also the very first time I heard The Shadows hit "Apache", which I got my Dad to buy at Christmas, so that I could learn it on my guitar.
He much preferred me playing the piano accordion, as it was his instrument of choice, but Apache just didn't sound right on it!

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

25 Sep 2015

I was in Edinburgh house my house master was Mr Thompson does any one remember any of these names Brian and mark mead David dobbs Garry Nash Steven Elliot many fond memory's of my time there .

Stephen ( bruno) Brown (E69-72)

26 Sep 2015

Hello all...have not posted on here for a very long time..it's nice to see it staying alive...I suspect that is thanks to Mr Hearn judging by September post. I look at all these posts..so many memories for all of us....but so good to share..I just wanted to pop by and say hi..now I'm going to go ..love to all..be healthy and enjoy lifexx

Christine Lancaster (B77-80)

26 Sep 2015

Jim Rafferty. Was the third one Mike Trevithick of Caernarvon? I know he was also a patient during one of my three sojourns in sick bay over the years. He was the guy who warned me to answer "Yes" to the question "Haf you been to ze toilet viz ze paper?" Like the idiot I was I told the truth and answered "No". Big mistake. I was given some foul tasting jollop and ended up sitting on the throne for 20 minutes. Clever lad, was Trevithick. He knew the game :).
Aha, Apache by The Shads - I bet your squeezebox sounded version better than my attempt on my DM25 steel strung acoustic box bought new from Kaufhof in 1961.
Anyone remember who had the copy of "Smokestack Lightnin'" by Howlin' Wolf on the red and yellow Pye label? That was the record which kickstarted my love of real music and the abject failure of my academia.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

26 Sep 2015

Thanks for that Simon. Now everybody visiting the site will know. But it does underline my green anti-litter credentials way before they became PC. Glad that you remembered the walk with pleasure. I've visited the Eslohe-Altenilpe section regularly and for many years stayed, on holiday, in a flat right on the route that we took as you emerge from the forest above Dorlar. Any news of Steve Gulley - he of the 'kipper-steaming' in the stream near Grimminghausen? Crazy things like that stick in this old mind. I often think that the under-rated Sauerland is where I should have retired.
Malcolm - not an old git but maybe a member of the Python 'we had it rough but it didn't do us any harm' club I mentioned in a previous post and thanks Virginia your post finally nails the date of the fire and explosion.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

26 Sep 2015

No news of Steve Gulley for many years Geoff but did you know that his WGS girlfriend Sandie Rawson became Sandra Gidley MP Lib Dem?
I had a great evening with Bobby Hoffman and Paddy O Neill this week. Loads of laughs which was maybe the best thing about Windsor. We laughed a lot!

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

27 Sep 2015

Echoing Simon's post, had a great evening of memories with him and Paddy, and also enjoyed catching up and finding we still have common interests.
Passed through Hamm recently and was nice to see the commemorative WBS plague at the site (only the dining block and Chapel remain).

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

28 Sep 2015

The fire behind the gym block was September 1975 when I joined Edinburgh house at WBS as a first year. It was on a Sunday evening when we got off the bus to see the smoke rising. I remember it very well.

Martin Colvill (E75-78)

30 Sep 2015

Hi all, Echo Bob and Simon...had a great laugh and boy did those memories come flooding back. It was a bit strange so much time had passed but when we got going it was like only a few weeks back that we were together at school....or was that beer.

Paddy (Pat) O'Neill (H72-75)

30 Sep 2015

Simon Brindley & Geoff Hern, TOILET PAPER?
Luxury!! We had dry grass! Also on my DOE, because Malta was so small and offered no real orienteering challenges, we went to Sicily in 1966, and had to find our way around Mt Etna (which we were told was extinct) using WW2 OS maps. Those maps still showed various landmarks that had been destroyed during the allied advances, making our journey somewhat interesting! Imagine my surprise when, 5 years later, there was an eruption, and it obliterated the observatory that we viewed on our visit! I think the term "Dormant" was the one that should have been used.
I am happy to point out that I survived with nary a scratch, and am proud to be able to say that I reached the summit, albeit somewhat weary from the expedition :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

 
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