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03 Aug 2016

Hi Everyone, I was Susan Fleet when I attended Windsor Girls' School during 1962/1965 and was in Caernarvon House with my younger sister, Colleen.
Having quite recently gone on a nostalgia trip to Germany - I decided to try and find the school and was delighted to not only find it - but was also given the chance to have a look around. The whole experience was quite overwhelming and reminded me of how much I enjoyed my time spent at the school.
If anyone who reads this and thinks they may remember me or Colleen - please get in touch.

Susan McGeorge (Fleet) (C62-65)

05 Aug 2016

Glad you had a great time Christine. Interesting too that you are still in contact with Martin. What about Anita? A little sum for you and the 'lads' - I'm sure that you are aware of the Fibonacci sequence and that 89 is one of the numbers but get a calculator out, divide 1 by 89 and look at the result. Interesting or not? But I've no idea of why it should be so. Maybe the lads can help. Probably pushing my luck to mention maths again on this page but ....
Wayne - Sid was one of the first staff members I met in the mess when I arrived in 1960. He was there along with Maurice Hallworth, Len Jarman, Peter Ronald, Betty Alderson and Molly Malloy. The science dept staff were all full of fun. Sid persuaded me to go to PRS with the Basketball team. Knew nothing about the game but luckily Alan was captain so he did all the coaching. I was just a spare part.
Yes Dave Ron Lancaster was head of house. Have a great reunion and please remember me to the others.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

06 Aug 2016

Hello Mt Hern

I have been in contact with Martin for 35 years - my dad used to work with his dad and his eldest brother worked for my dad,all in the RAF. My mum used to teach his youngest sister in Germany.He is my eldest son's godfather - see him about 4 times a year - saw him last year when we went to Singapore/Vietnam where he is working as a bank manager.
Last saw Anita 3 years ago at Cath Basilio's 50th party in Sheffield - she is fine.
As you can imagine, I have no idea about the 'Fibonacci sequence' and nor do I have any interest!!However, I have taken advice and informed reliably that it is very clever and there is a mathematical solution.It is a series of numbers by adding up the 2 numbers before it?Apparently this can be done by using Algebra??Cannot do it on the calculator as there are commas in the formula which the calculator will not accept?
Suspect this will really not help me in my job! Hope you are well.

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

06 Aug 2016

Sad to hear today of the passing of Patrick Impey (S62-64). Although I could not remember Patrick from school I enjoyed partaking of the Amber Nectar in his company on at least two occasions while I was in Sydney for the 2009 Windsor Reunion. Really nice guy - RIP Patrick.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

07 Aug 2016

Hi Christine, Just seen on your post about Martin Potts. A bank manager!!! Had a smille, funny where people end up!

Jenny Pain (Hart) (B76-79)

07 Aug 2016

Am intrigued by Steve Green's "More Later"!!

When is "later"?

Mike Capey (C63-70)

08 Aug 2016

Hi Jenny, Martin is exactly the same but with less hair!! He has been in banking since 1981 - was in London for years with Nat West, then went to Singapore in 2005 where he now lives and works. I think he doe's more IT work for RBS now.We often laugh about the many bus journeys at half term/end of term from Hamm to Laarbruch when he was a monitor on the bus and desperately trying to manage a load of rowdy pupils - that is where I met him in 1977 when he shouted at me for not doing as I was told!! But we have been great friends ever since!!

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

09 Aug 2016

Geoff, reading your post and that list of names makes me think that we started at WBS at the same time - September 1960?
Mr. Ronalds AKA Narker, was my first housemaster in Balmoral before I was transferred to Edinburgh when that house was formed. Narker was also the boxing coach, and him being ex Navy led to a lot of hilarity from my father who was an Army boxing coach. 10 years old and boxing 3 x 3 minute rounds with 8oz gloves, hands bandaged and no head guards. That wouldn't be allowed today, would it? Maybe explains my stupid sense of humour all these years later ;).

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

 

10 Aug 2016

Good to see some postings from WGS - more needed please!! Incidentally celebrate your birthday in two ways Christine. Start calling me Geoff and check out Lidl. 'Mr Hern' sounds too schoolmasterish and Lidl are great value with good stuff. The bakery section alone is worth a visit.
Did not know your were a boxer Malcolm. Nor did I know Peter Ronald's nickname was Narker. He had just joined WBS from Ploen and used to regale us, sometimes 'ad nauseam', with how great Ploen was when compared to WBS. As a newcomer I was stuck between the Windsor/King Alfred divide.
Bobby Hoffman has sent me an email with a recent picture of the Dining block which, together with the chapel, is all that remains of WBS and what you can see of the grounds looks neglected & overgrown. Robert & Carl the groundsmen would never have let them get like that. Emails too - where did they get my address? Certainly not from Bill - from Alan Bradford, Geezer Butler, Andrew Lindley and Simon Brindley. Not boasting I hope, it's just great to be remembered after all this time.
Mike. 'Later' is usually a longer time for the 'youngsters' than it is for octagenarians like us. Happy belated greetings.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

11 Aug 2016

Thanks Geoff.. I hadn't realised about the generational gap but I know what you say must be true.Incidentally my octogenarianism must, by your own inference,have occurred 'later' than yours???
Seriously, thanks for your good wishes Mike

Mike Capey (C63-70)

12 Aug 2016

Hello Mr Hern. Cannot possibly call you 'Geoff' - doe's not seem right!! As for Lidl's bakery - I excel in my own cooking/ baking, which is more than I did with Maths!! Christine

Christine Willmott(Law) (M77-80)

12 Aug 2016

octogenarianism - a certain member off staff would have said "That's a big word like marmalade, boy!".

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

14 Aug 2016

Well Mike Capey, the later is now! A couple of years ago over lunch Bill Gent suggested I write a history of WBS. So why not? There is a wealth of memories, anecdotes, maths questions and even some facts on this site and even more on the various F***book sites for WBS and WGS. But not easy to find or keep as a record of the 30 year life of Windsor Schools in Hamm. I did some research in London last year before I left. Some good stuff on the founding of the school and debates in Parliament and a wonderful teacher recruitment video. I have around a dozen Concordias from my time as editor and from facebook. But the formal records seem to have disappeared (eg logbooks which do exist for some other BFES schools in Germany). I'd prefer to edit rather than write and am asking for helpers! I have a rough outline: not a rigid year by year account but by topics from sports, CCF, pegleg, the teacher's view, school plays and bands, etc) I'll cross post this on the FB sites (more people and easier to get in contact unless Bill will let me post my email on this site!).

Steve Green C66-68 E (6thform) 68-69

If you are interested contact Steve direct - steve@prasino.eu

ps it is easy to get in contact with people here but I will only give them your email address, then it is up to them. (some people value their privacy)

15 Aug 2016

Hi Steve Green, The following information from Rootschat may be of particular interest to you and of general interest to others: " Brixton POW Camp, Hamm. Germany. The camp was built in 1936 as an artillery barracks-Argonner Kaserne.
Between 1945 and 1948 it was a POW Camp housing German and Austrian prisoners. It was guarded at the end of the War by British units waiting to be demobilised. In November 1945 the guard came from 62 Anti Tank regiment, Royal Artillery and there may be mention in that Unit's War Diary of events of note.However,as the Army drew down and discharged men and slipped back to peace establishment the prison camps reduced or transferred the inmates elsewhere and the administration and guarding fell to the British Home Office( as an extension of the Prison Service under governance of the Control Commission For Germany(British Elements)-records in PRO Kew under FO(Foreign Office) POWs are strictly prisoners of the combat parties whilst hostilities are in progress- so that with peace in progress some of the German military were registered and released -manpower was needed to plant and harvest crops.People who were part of the War Machine( party officials,SS, potential War Criminals etc) were kept in Internment Centres for further investigation" What the future Windsor school was used for from 1948 until I arrived in November 1953 I am not sure but someone out there may know.

Geoff. McPate (S53-57)

16 Aug 2016

Very interesting post from Geoff. Made me do a little Googling and I found the BAOR Locations website and it appears that from 1948 until 1953 Argonner barracks, together with Cromwell barracks, became home for the Polish Tank Transporter unit.
It may be of help to you Steve to find out what became of the Windsor Archive which the Society had. Perhaps Bob Jordan knows where it is.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

16 Aug 2016

Thanks Geoffs! I also have details from German military history/geeks sites about the building of the barracks in Hamm, the architects and the units there, until they were mostly wiped out in Stalingrad. The story of the Polish units in the British army are also fascinating.
Geoff Hern, saw your review of your teaching career. I wonder if you could expand it a little more about your 20 years at WBS? I hope as many teachers will (hint Mike Capey, John Fielding, Bill Greer to name but a few from my time who I have seen on the Society's pages.
Geoff McPate: would you be so kind to write your experiences as one of the "originals". I re-read the second edition, 1955, of Concordia this afternoon and it is a source of information and views of the very early days, including the opening of the chapel and the bombed block, the 71 steps up to Marlborough Girls and when houses had 30-40 students each. No rush!

Steve Green C66-68 E (6thform) 68-69

16 Aug 2016

The Polish units serving in the British Army would have been members of the MSO, known to soldiers of the time as Mojos. during my time in REME, they operated Antar tank transporters, and I had first hand experience of their methods whilst serving with the 11th Hussars at Hohne from 65-68.
The tank transporters were necessarily quite slow, with a crew of two, plus the driver of whatever vehicle they were transporting. During a movement, the Mojos would think nothing of changing drivers whilst on the move, or even brewing up whilst moving.
They were most certainly held in great affection by the various regiments they were involved with

John Watson (C61-62)

17 Aug 2016

John Watson - nice to know you also worked with the Tank Transporter unit and the mighty Antars. The unit wasn't always at Hamm - it spent a year or so at Münster around 1959-60, my father was REME and attached to the unit there. I used to love looking at the Antars (and their loads). I have a couple of photos of my father with the Polish lads. I missed you at Hamm - arrived July 1963.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

19 Aug 2016

Hi - I was a Edinburgh house member... along with Steve Gully and Pete Cartwright - very good to see a lot of old names still up and about from my time at WBS - Geoff Hern... very influential in my time at WBS - I will always remember the Duke of Edinburgh trip down to the Mohnesee Dam as being very pivotal in 'growing up'. I'm still in contact with Pete Cartwright who now lives in Boliva.

Denis Jones (E??-??)

21 Aug 2016

I was A day girl at Windsor and remember Vicky Farrell and Sue Townsend.
Does anyone remember the Male French teacher who use to play the Jazz piano in the hall?

Patricia Moore (H65-68)

21 Aug 2016

Just wondering if there is anyone that remembers me.

Claire Evans (B71-73)

22 Aug 2016

Pat Moore - yes, I remember Jean Philippe Blin, he played classical piano as well. Being in charge of stage lighting, I got to fix up the lights when he put on a concert at school. He also danced with me at the house social - wow! - that was amazing, I felt so honoured. He was quite different from our previous French assistant, Monsieur Massot - or as the girls in our class wrote on the blackboard, "Mr Maggot".

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

22 Aug 2016

Can anyone remember the female teacher who had a fringe cut in to a V shape?

Patricia Moore (H65-68)

 

24 Aug 2016

Hallo Windsor Society,

My name is Andrea Kaczmarek – and I live in Hamm. I am not sure how active your society still is, but maybe some of your members could help. I am writing to Janice, maybe the newsletter is still active, and also to Bill-

NRW is planning a fairly big exhibition next year involving a number of museums – The British Army in Germany- and here in Hamm, we have the idea to gather photos & information about the Windsor Schools, as our central theme. They were part of Hamm’s town background for quite a while!

We had friends at the schools and I have contacted a few that I am in touch with – maybe your society can spread the word. A friend in Wales has old school magazines from the Girls’ School, sounds really good.

I will pass on any interesting information to the Museum in Hamm and our Archive Office. A big exhibition needs a lot of planning

andreakaczmarek@gmail.com

Thanks for your help

Andrea

26 Aug 2016

In answer to Patricia Moore 22nd August, the teacher with the triangular fringe was Miss Kimberley who taught Geography. She was Australian as I remember!

Christine Robinson (StJ66-68)

29 Aug 2016

Finally going back to Berlin 40 years for a look at the old haunts, shame I missed the chance of going back to see the school- I am sure seeing it down at heel would have been upsetting though!
Still check the site regularly and hope one day to see Kev Rennie of Balmoral....or Angie Durling.

Chris Elgenia (C74-76)

30 Aug 2016

So sorry to hear of the passing of Patrick Impey. We Ozzies met Patrick and some of his family at the 2009 Sydney reunion - nice man and family. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Ellen Brandon-Warnaby (B59-62)

 
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