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01 April 2016

Have a great Mini-Reunion tomorrow Ralph. I'll be thinking of you. Malcolm your comment about us superior Marlborough beings reminds me of the Python 'We had it rough' sketch. 'There were 14 of us living in a shoebox on a rubbish tip' and so on ....' Any news about Ken?
April 1st and I have already posted and it's Euler's birthday on the 15th of this month. He would have been 309 years old. Just thought you'd all like to know especially the Willmott family.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

01 April 2016

Yes Geoff Hern I was at the official opening in 1954. The celebrations went on all day with military bands playing and lots of dancing and parading. I do remember at the end of the speeches General Sir Richard (Windy) Gale suggesting to Mr Aspinal that the school should have an extra days holiday.This was very popular with us 12/13 year olds!
Herr Franz may have been involved in the making of the plaque.

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

01 April 2016

Oh yes, Geoff, we had it rough in Edinburgh House. Furthest away from everything in the school except the gym, woodwork and metalwork shops. We had to brave gales, floods, blizzards, the sun beating down on us unmercifully just to get to eat, go to the pictures and have the dubious experience of being taught and insulted by certain members of staff. We couldn't sleep at nights due to the revelry and noise coming from the teachers mess below. The tuck shop was light years away....You Marlboroughites didn't know you'd been born, I tell you! Yes, I have been in touch not only with Ken but Olly too. They are both on form. We will be meeting up to reminisce. Eulers birthday will be celebrated with a glass of Portuguese red whilst on holiday - I'll keep my eyes open for Jose who may be wearing a red shirt.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

02 april 2016

Euler's birthday - 309 years old?? I know the 'lads' would be impressed but sadly I am not as you can imagine!!! Saw Martin Potts on Wednesday for lunch - over here for a trip from Singapore where he has worked as a bank manager for 13 years. Also saw Dave Edmondson over Easter on the south coast where he lives.

Send me some more formula's - keeps the 'lads' brains occupied!!

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

03 April 2016

You lived near the gym' Malcolm? Luxury!!! We Marlborough folk would have given anything to be near the gym. All that traipsing across in the dark in the rain, sleet and snow after winning the Friday night 5-a-side trophy only to find that the cocoa had gone cold. And as to being able to hear close-up the sound of the Hallworth trumpet coming from the mess you didn't know how lucky you were and you were not far from the Maths block.
Never thought that I'd say it but I have stopped watching sport and do not even know the Premier League scores. Far too much money and drugs involved not to mention the overblown egos. Grumpy old man talking but for me it is not sport anymore. Discuss.
One for the 'Lads' Christine. Check on my post of Nov 10th 2014 - nobody has not answered that little problem yet.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

ps - Sorry just noticed the double negative in the last post to you Christine. And as you know as an award winner two negatives usually make what?

04 April 2016

The Maths Block was the next in line. However, if Maths was the first lesson of the day we had to trundle all the way to the dining block, return to house, trundle all the way back to the Main Hall then along to the Maths Block - bl88dy miles - and on a bad day in the rain we had to pick oop t'toffee papers on t'way then got a detention for being late to lesson.
Nowadays Ois is larfing but I didn't in 1963.
I agree with you Geoff about "sport" today. Funny old world having spent most of my life following LFC and Herr Klopp is now their coach. Used to go to The Westfalen Stadion to watch BvB 09 Dortmund when we were on school holiday as we only lived just down the road..... and Napier Barracks (my dads regimental station) has been flattened and part of the old airfield is now BvB's training ground.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

04 April 2016

I am reliability informed 2 negatives = a positive?? As for the posting on 10/11/14 - could be multiples of 3 but 93 is NOT?? Perhaps could shed some light on that one?? I am sure the 'lads' would be interested unlike my self!!

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

06 April 2016

Malcolm Graham referred to the tuck shop. In 1953/54 our housemaster, Mr Murphy, would go to the NAAFI in Munster once a week and return with a box of assorted goodies eg tubes of Rollos, wine gums and small bars of choc. etc. On his return we would line up in the dayroom and take our pick from the box - 1 or 2 items, 1/- max. I don't remember how position in the queue was determined! The little TOC H van used to visit school once a week in the afternoon and park outside the main school block. Books and mags as I recall. When I left in 1957 the tuck shop was located in the entrance to the main school block at top right of the first flight of steps before entering the ground floor corridor.I can only remember soap, toothpaste and writing pads/envelopes on display.

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

07 April 2016

We had a great mini reunion on 2:4:2016 at the Exeter Chiefs match . Dave Hodgson arrived in the off site car park having driven for 3 hours and ended up parking next to me .....we have the same car too.
I picked up Iain Sanderson on the way . He lives 7 or 8 miles away from me.
The years just rolled away as we recalled our days at WBS . The mutual friends we have . The bonds forged for life . It was simply a wonderful day and you would have thought we had never been apart since 1968 !

We are meeting again in Swindon on Tuesday 23rd August when so far 5 other Marlborough boys from the 60's will be there.

Ralph Bennett (M61-68)

Quite close to me, would you be ok with a Caernarvon interloper? - Bill

08 April 2016

As of the end of 2015 I stepped down as the the Windsor Society Rep for Australia & New Zealand and wound up the financial arm of the society with left over funds going to the "Smith Family" learning for life programme which supports underprivileged children through their Primary, Secondary, University education "giving them the financial support they need to give them a fair shot at life, ensuring they get the most out of their education." The newsletter and reunions will continue under the very able stewardship of Donna Williams-Wilson H61-65. It has been an amazing 6 years from the very beginning when 12 former students and partners flew into Sydney in 2009 from four corners of the continent and UK for an amazing first reunion weekend. Thanks to the Windsor Society I have reconnected and met up with former friends not just in the UK but NZ and Ozz and made some wonderful new ones who I know will be friends for life. A successful operation requires the support of many people and our members have been exceptional. I do however wish to single out some overseas members who deserve a public mention. Gill Walker, Chris Hasenbein, Mike Conboy, David & Chris Cole and Bill Craswell who has been with me all the way. Thanks Bill. Thanks for the memory

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby B59-61

Thanks Ellen, you have done a great job. Was great to meet you at the Sydney Reunion, hoping to come back soon. - Bill

13 April 2016

Don't forget all you members of the LEAS (translation Christine?) to raise a glass wherever you are to my (our?) hero on Friday on his 309th birthday. I know of members in UK, India, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Poland and even Malcolm in Portugal will be joining you. 'Has Hern finally lost it?' I hear you cry.
Ralph so glad that things went well at the Marlborough mini-reunion and that you have arranged what seems to be an even bigger one in Swindon. I think that you should allow the Caernarvon interloper to join you since without his sterling work this page would have closed down years ago. I realise that it will be difficult but just for once try to ignore that he is from Caernarvon and bear in mind that you always did as I told you to back in the 1960's.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

It's ok Geoff, I have already been accepted. Bill

15 April 2016

Geoff - LEAS? Is that kind of some maths monitoring of standards?? If so, I am sure I would be way down on the list!!

As for Euler's birthday today - as you can imagine, I will not be celebrating - have to go to Tesco's which is far more important!!

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

15 April 2016

Euler toasted as promised, Geoff. My second Grandson also toasted but he is 301 years younger than Euler.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

16 April 2016

I'm sure Mr Hern will be pleased to know that an old flame of mine (a former Maths Professor# is also celebrating Euler's birthday - so no doubt is a member of the Leonhard Euler Appreciation society #LEAS) ;-). I am looking forward to my next trip to Germany in May - I am hoping to show my partner some of the places of my childhood, including Celle, the Sauerland, and Hamm of course.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

16 April 2016

LEAS?? Just shows what I know!! But maths was never my favourite subject!! As you know!!

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

16 April 2016

Shopping eh Christine? Now that really is 'distaff' of you. You realise, of course that even shopping at Tesco uses mathematics due to Euler and it's very remiss of you that you can't satisfy an old maths teacher's 'small' request by raising a glass. Objective achieved however since you now have heard of him and can probably spell his name even if it took you some time to get mine correct. By the way Lidl has better stuff than Tesco. That should open up a debate!!
At least Pamela and Malcolm remembered. In Portugal Malcolm?
Have a great time in May Pamela - no doubt you will visit Warstein and do at least one 'off-track' uphill walk for old times sake.
So glad that you are allowed to attend the 'Marlborough' reunion Bill. An honour not given lightly but in gratitude for all your efforts in maintaining this page. Many thanks again.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

16 April 2016

Geoff - shopping at Tesco is very mathematical - the shopping list is split in half - 2 trollies - I get one half and my husband gets the other - we meet at the check out. I am sure Euler would be impressed - and no binary involved!!

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

16 April 2016

Agree with you Geoff, Lidl most definitely beats Tesco....... I should know, I was Home Economics!!

Rae Mitchell ( nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

17 April 2016

Yes Geoff, we're on a boat stuck up the River Duoro at Barca d'Alva. The river is in spate and is now not navigable. Oh dear, how sad, never mind - will just have to drink another glass of wine.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

17 April 2016

A recent news item on TV reported a big increase in the popularity and sales of vinyl records. This reminds me !!!
In 1954 we had a "gramophone" in the house games room with a small collection of vinyl records eg Glen Miller etc. During the 1954 Xmas holiday our new housemaster, David Benfield, returned home to England and came across a large collection of old 78's in a junk shop. He brought these back to school in his car. They included such gems as The Ink Spots and this helped to keep us entertained on rainy Saturday afternoons for a long time.

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

19 April 2016

I have just discovered this site and am loving the memories. I was in St, James from 1st year to 3rd year and then moved to Kent School as we moved from Minden to Dusseldorf. I had a sister Angi who was in the 5th and 6th year. The people I remember are: Heather Sorbie and her sister Hazel, Judy Allen, Valerie Turner, Susan Jolly. We were all in the same dorm(209?). I was in 1A, 2G1 and 3G1 and from these forms I remember Marion Wood, Carol Williams, Erica Hall, Valerie Mundy and Barbara Batten. Teachers included Mr Cummings, Mr Chedgey(always wore kipper ties1) Miss Waldron(twinset and pearls) Misss Feerick (English teacher and deputy head) Padre Thackerey (Divinity/Latin), Miss Stewart (House Mistress). Of course I remember with great affection Matron Sill who regularly found me on top of the wardrobe! Happy memories of disco nights in the St James cellar, socials at WBS, Christmas carols in Hamm and Saturday afternoon walks with my then boyfriend Paul Cope from WBS,
diligently chaperoned by Matron Sill. I do remember Pamela Ross and her sister Ginnie (?), two redheads who as 6th years were way out of my league! They may only remember me as I was probably the naughtiest girl in the House and spent most of my time standing in the corridor! At 61 you may be relieved to hear that I am now very well behaved, have a lovely husband, son and two beautiful stepdaughters, My sister Angi used to go out with Jeff Andrews who was in Jack's Union, a WBS band.I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me or knows anyone I have mentioned.

Sylvia Mallett (StJ66-69)

27 April 2016

I was sure I had already "replied" to Sylvia Mallett's post, but perhaps I am having a senior moment #or Bill is!#

I remember you and your sister, Sylvia. I have a photo of Angie, sitting on my bed in my dorm, looking through one of my photo albums. Jacks Union I also remember, they did some great numbers, still among my favourite songs - Waterloo Sunset, Nights in White Satin, etc. Miss Waldron came to a couple of the Windsor Society reunions - and surprised us by getting married later in life. Miss Stewart went to Kent School after WGS, where my younger sister was taught by her. I always had my birthday at school, so my parents would pay for me to have a cake and party, which was always in our St James Kellerclub - a smashing place to party, cinema seats along one wall, the walls painted with a sort of French pavement caf? theme.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

oops so you did but it slipped down my email list - Bill

28 April 2016

I was amazed that you remembered me Pamela, I must have been even naughtier than I thought! So many memories have come flooding back to me but I must say that I am astounded by all the things you remember after 50 years or so. My favourite recollections include Birthday Breakfasts, when the Birthday girl would sit at the head of the table and receive cards and presents followed by the whole house singing Happy Birthday. Conduct marks! Surprisingly for one so naughty I only got the odd one or two, oh the shame! Then there were the grades in class, red, pencil and blue. I did get a blue grade for General Science from Miss Khan but in my favour I did mostly get reds.One of my happiest moments is when I won the Poetry and Prose sections one year at the Spring Festival meaning points for the house and daffodils for me. Another highlight was belting out "ST JAMES" when singing Concordia with a chorus of "Conky conky, conky conky, Conky-cordia! Bonfire nights were fab with all the usual trimmings and in the words of Enid Blyton,lashings of cocoa! Not so happy, cherry linctus at the Sick Bay. I hope all my memories bring back happy thoughts to lots of you and look forward to sharing yours.

Sylvia Mallett (StJ66-69)

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