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1 Dec 2016

We had some memorable cultural events in my time at school.
In no particular order I remember:
A piano recital by Dame Harriet Cohen.
The Cambridge University Players production of Othello.
The Oxford University(Keble College) Dramatic Society production of King Lear.
Donizetti's Don Pasquale at Munster( I didn't get to this one)
Another piano recital this time by a Frau Brockman
Concert by the band of the Royal Canadian Regiment.
I will have forgotten some no doubt.
Perhaps others can enlighten us about similar events after 1957.

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

6 Dec 2016

Geoff you seem to have been a little spoilt for choice in the fifties. Probably a hangover from the ENSA wartime entertainment for the troops. I cannot remember any visiting concerts or plays during my time but that maybe just my age. All of the entertainment seemed to be home-produced. But there was a lot of it. Several Gilbert and Sullivan operas, musicals like Grease, many plays, choirs and so on. Not forgetting the many rock groups that the sixties inspired and the punk scene of the seventies. All as a result of the energy and enthusiasm of staff and students of both schools. Pamela has often referred to her part in the events held in her time at WGS. Certainly her memories and those of others will be clearer than mine.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

6 Dec 2016

Well, I am dredging through my memories with regard to "entertainments" at WGS. Geoff (Hern) is right, mostly it was stuff we put on. I don't know how many shows WBS put on, but we always put on a show at Christmas and in the summer term. And there was 1066 and All That, of course, which was jointly with the boys. I also designed the set for "The Idea", which was put on at the Boys' School, but with a co-ed cast.

However, I do know that on at least two occasions when I was at WGS we had army bands come and play. One of these occasions I was unlucky to miss out on the performance, as I (along with some of my fellow pupils with German mothers) had been skipping German conversation classes, and our German assistant complained. So we had to sit in detention instead of watching the concert.

I think there was a visiting theatre company which put on "Twelfth Night" at some point, but usually we had to go out of the school for theatrical performances. We certainly went to the Kurhaus for "Tosca", and for a performance of some African dance group. I also took a group to the cinema to see "Taming of the Shrew" with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the cinema down Ostenallee. And Jean-Philippe Blin, our French assistant, was a very good pianist - he put on a performance and I did the lighting. I think he went on to form a jazz trio when he left WGS.

Other entertaining stuff included the trip to Limburg, we took one of the school groups to perform to the German teenagers we were meeting on this Anglo-German exchange. They were impressed!

I hope this has filled in a few gaps.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

6 Dec 2016

Mr Hern - I would like to say that I was one of the 'pink ladies ' in the school production of ' Grease '
And I am still in regular contact with Su & Tony Marsden

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

8 Dec 2016

Just wishing everyone A Very Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year.

Peter Robertson (B63-66)

9 Dec 2016

I remember a couple of stage productions in my time there. A school production of Androcles and the lion, and a theatre group production of The Long the Short and the Tall. Added to that I also remember a German performing an excellent rendition of tunes on a variety of wine glasses.

Tony Higgin (M67-69)

9 Dec 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year to all.

BTW, I was in the band for '1066 and All That', I played the drums, still do, as a matter of fact!

Dave Naylor (H64-67)

10 Dec 2016

Tony Higgin - thank you for jogging my memory! I remember going to see the production of The Long and the Short and the Tall!

And of course I remember you, Dave Naylor, I have you in my photo collection, I was also in 1066, as Queen Elizabeth I. I hope you are keeping well. - Pam

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

11 Dec 2016

I was at Windsor Boys School circa 1963/4, I was in Sandringham House, I was also in the C.C.F.
Regards Brian

Brian Murphy (S63-64)

11 Dec 2016

In my time most pupils had parents who were in the Army or RAF. However, there were the odd one or two with a parent in The Control Commission or BFES. Are there any others out of the mainstream?

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

11 Dec 2016

I hope to post a partial listing of school drama productions early in January, both schools of course. Also school bands. Both lists, (and some more - head teachers at WGS? Head Boys and Girls etc) seeking to fill gaps! Geoff makes an interesting point about family backgrounds. Du Pont perhaps the main non British one in the 60s and 70s. It seems there were a more day pupils in the late 70s than earlier. I also remember the wine glass player! (music not drinking). Two annoying questions at the moment are when was the decision to re-merge taken or at least announced and in the final 82/83 year how many students were left?

Steve Green (C66-69)

12 Dec 2016

Geoff and Steve -

Non-army or RAF pupils I knew at WGS included ones whose fathers worked for the forces radio, and those with fathers who worked for the NAAFI. One with a father at SHAPE - working for NATO I believe, rather than directly for the British Army. There may have been children of diplomats, but I doubt they would have sent secondary school age children to forces schools ;-)

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

13 Dec 2016

Hi Brian Murphy, did you live in Munster ?Were you once caned by Mr Whylie the headmaster ?
I was caned by Mr Whylie for smoking whilst walking back for town one afternoon. A Brian Murphy was caned at the same time for the same crime .
HAPPY DAYS.
Merry Christmas everyone.

Ralph Bennett (M61-68)

14 Dec 2016

Yes Pamela Ross, I remember you and your group of friends from WGS. That photo of us at 1066 is on this site somewhere, as well. I was a lanky, scrawny 16 year old in those days.

Dave Naylor (H64-67)

15 Dec 2016

I wonder if Steve Green has a copy of this one as advertised on amazon.co.uk ?
The children of Windsor School Present, The Coventry Nativity Play(programme) : Moira Smith, Maureen Bilham, Jaqueline Morrow, Andrew Notman, Jaqueline Bennett, GEOFFREY McPATE, Terence Mortimer, Sandra Gooding, Ann Airey, Brian Terry, Ann Wood
by Miss F Butterworth, Mr J Howard, Mr N Kelly, Mr A M Loft-Simpson
Unfortunately this pamphlet is out of stock and currently unavailable

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

15 Dec 2016

Hi Ffoeg, (distinguishes you from Mr McPate)

The steelies and hi-viz are 'oot the windey' - praise the dog!

Just got a job back in social care with the company who won the award for 'best service provider in Scotland 2015' and 'best employer in region' 2014!!!!!
The moral of this story is that WGS taught a work ethic and standards that are fantastico!!!!! They are ingrained and unshakable!!!!

Hi Malcolm,

How is the golf ball? Gone I hope. iZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

16 Dec 2016

Hi Sebrof
Soooo glad to hear that you are quickly back working in Social Care. I only know you via this page, and perhaps a fleeting memory of the Orienteering pub visit, but it seems to me it's where you belong. A really demanding job and much more difficult than teaching sums. Very good luck in the new job and I hope that the standards are better than those in the Alzheimer's unit. And what's all this about work ethic, standards, ingrained, unshakeable and even fantastico about WGS? Wow quite a few positive things from those days. I've warned you before that you'll have to be careful that the positives don't outnumber the previous negatives in time.
Malcolm? Yes it's been a long time since he posted. Please keep us up-to-date with the golfball Malcolm.
And Ralph many thanks for the card and best wishes. I hope that mine got through as I was not too sure of the address - filing system is not what it was.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

17 Dec 2016

Ok, it's time to wish everybody that had anything to do with both Windsor schools a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Thanks to Bill for maintaining the site to enable us to keep in contact.

Robert ( Bob ) Moore (C62-64)

18 Dec 2016

Regular reader..not a prolific poster. Was terrible at maths

Have a great festive season all.

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

18 Dec 2016

Good morning!
The golf ball has gone and other tests show that there are no other problems. Thank you all for your concern. Haven't posted for a while as we've been around the country visiting and have been messing around with guitars, too. iZZZie, glad you have new and better stuff in your life and it's great to see the smile coming through. Geoff et al. you'll love this - in the pub talking about bands and music the other night, a youngster on his Christmas break from the Brighton institute of Modern Music stated that music is only mathematics! AAAARRGGHH! WHAAAAAATTTT! (s'pose he's right, in a way). Stopped the conversation dead so I just had to have another pint.......
MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you, particularly to Bill for allowing us old 'uns to relive our youth.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

18 Dec 2016

So glad that you have a clean bill of health Malcolm. We (Sebrof and I) were getting a little worried. Interesting pub discussion. 'Only mathematics' eh? What can I say except that the young lad knew what he was talking about and it's not just the modern minimalist stuff either. Ask J. S. Bach. Sorry to disappoint you but sums are everywhere.
It's time that I added my Christmas and New Year wishes 'to all our readers' as the magazines used to say. Apologies again for posting so often as I know that it annoys some.
Thanks again Bill. You are a star!!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

18 Dec 2016

Geoff Hern and others you will be interested to hear that George Black has just appeared on the Facebook WBS site living in Southampton and best mates with Sam Weller. George works for the Ordnance Survey and Sam just retired from the police. Two members of a great first XI that won the BFES inter schools trophy circa 1975 on penalties in the final at WBS. Other recent contacts have been Pete Cartwright living in South America with news of his brother Mike in Hong Kong and some contact with Steve Gulley. Best wishes for Christmas 2016.

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

20 Dec 2016

Geoff McPate.. Thanks for pointing out the programme! The first school play. The Headmaster wrote in Concordia " the producers and cast had many difficulties to overcome but succeeded on putting on sincere and moving performances which contained moments of great beauty" Probably the same could be, and was, said of all the school plays!!
Ralph Bennett, thanks for the offer of Concordias. Have emailed.
Still need more Ambassadors of all periods and Concordias of the 70s and 80s. Seasons greetings to all.

Steve Green (C66-69)

22 Dec 2016

Thanks, Bill, for all the work in keeping this vital link with the past open.
Wishing everyone a very special Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year.

Ralph Czumaj. H62 (H56-58)

23 Dec 2016

It's always a delight to come to this site, albeit very occasionally; principally to check that Geoff Hern is alive and I trust well. Chelsea supporters deserve good health for all we went through in the dark years (50+!) Memory reminds me of a play in which Tim Woods was the lead and I was a Nazi guard charged with removing finger nails with pliers (Happy days!)And ? Robertson put on a speaking only production of Lady Windermeres Fan where my lack of voice projection drove him insane and the audience asleep. I have sitting on my desk a house photo taken, I guess, in 61 and I can still name the whole front row and sitting alongside G Hern a matron called Hannalore Nissen! And to the left of said Matron, Evans; Pappadakis; Blessington;Sheil;Grimes;Leggett and Southwood
A very happy Christmas to all. These days I respond best to Linked In where I can be found as John Eustace (not the poorish footballer) always happy to communicate with one and all

John Eustace (M59-62)

23 Dec 2016

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2017, especially Paul McDermott, Garry Maddran, Tom Cooke, Paul Sambrook, Tony Parslow, Ali Lindley and Mr Hern (who taught so many that I doubt he remembers me, but left a lasting impression).

John Lynch (C77-80)

24 Dec 2016

Merry Christmas to one and all YO HO HO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Malcolm
I hope you enjoy a feast minus the golf ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ffeog
You have enabled me to see things more positively than I have in years - for me you are not the man of 'sums' but a man of great wisdom. The respect that your former pupils have for you is priceless.

Bill
I hope you can tolerate another year of our mad banter - you deserve a medal for putting up with us and keeping this going.
THANK YOU

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

24 Dec 2016

Merry Xmas to one and all and thanks for your messages of support.

As to the future of this site - I am sorry to say that unless I can come to some arrangement with the Windsor Society with regards to my outstanding and ongoing expenses I will be forced to take it off the air on Jan 1st 2017.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

24 Dec 2016

Bill - that is shocking news. Is there anything that can be done to save the website? It's not right that you should be bearing the costs of continuing this service to ex-Windsorites.

It's sad that no one from the committee (if it still exists) has made any kind of statement for quite some time.

All the best wishes for Christmas, Bill, and all the other regulars who entertain us and allow us to indulge in nostalgia. Fingers crossed you/we can find a way to continue our discussions in the New Year.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

25 Dec 2016

Wow Bill. That's a real bombshell. For us, and I'm sure that I speak for most, this site is all that's left in the UK of the once vibrant Society. I do not know how to respond except to offer my support and to ask for your advice as to how we can help. You know from the many messages of appreciation how we value this link to Hamm. What can we do? Has the Society folded? My regular contributions not only stir memories of what were for me great days and in addition I've got to know other students only because of these pages. An oldie like me still resists joining Facebook which seems to be poor alternative to this, for me, excellent site.
Any ideas?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

25 Dec 2016

Very many thanks Sebrof. Your kind words made my day when I read them yesterday. I like to think that we would have enjoyed 'sums' lessons together. Then I later read Bill's post. a real downer.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

25 Dec 2016

Hi Bill. That's very sad news. I for one would be very sad to see so many years work end so suddenly. Is there anything that any of us 'users' can do to help? Please let me (us) know ASAP. Meantime, have a great Christmas. All the best, Ralph.

Ralph Czumaj (H56-58)

26 Dec 2016

Hi Bill, You may remember my name from a few years ago when I was on the Windsor Society committee. I still drop into the Visitors' Book from time to time to see who's made contact so I was dismayed to see your comment about payment problems though as far as I can see, Visitors' Book part, the society seems to have been in the doldrums in recent years.

If there's anything I can do, please drop me a line as I'd hate to see the web site disappear.

Best wishes for what's left of Christmas and for 2017.

David Pipes (S65-67)

26 Dec 2017

Many Thanks for the messages of support. Sorry but I have no intention of accepting money from users so I am unable to post all or parts of some posts. It is really up to Bob Jordan of The Windsor Society what happens next, the society has plenty of funds. As usual he has not responded to my emails or any visitor book posts.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

26 Dec 2016

Just reading through all of the posts. Happy Bar humbug to all of you. Really sorry to hear that the site is in jeopardy. Chin up Bill Craswell. Many thanks for all of your hard work.

Julie Preston (E77-82)

27 Dec 2016

So sorry to see Bill that you may have to resort to closing this sight down hopefully common sense will prevail this can be solved before the end of the year. I have enjoyed the many years of memories that it holds and would be sad to see your hard work going down the drain. It was great to stay with you and Sue when we visited from Australia after meeting you at the Sydney reunion. I think that this sight has helped all of us who emigrated to all parts of the world keep connected so whatever happens a big thank you from me Bill (hoping this is not the end)

Maureen Press (nee Pulford) (B63-67)

27 Dec 2016

Just dropping in to catch up as I do and am saddened by the news that the site could well be closing. Bill C has done an outstanding job with the site allowing us all to relive and share our memories. There are friends and strangers on this site all with the common connection that is Windsor. Hopefully a resolution will come to the rescue and things will carry on. In the meantime I would like to wish all windsorites a happy. Healthy and prosperous new year. ( just for the record Marlborough was best lol )

Gez Gilmer (73-77)

28 Dec 2016

Just discovered this terrific site only to find it could well close.Good luck Bill C.More power to your elbow.I joined WBS Geography department in 1972 and eventually followed (or tried to follow)"spinner"Chater and Dudders as HOD.Memories are fading now (the old grey cells they ain't what they used to be)but reading many of these posts has brought lots flooding back.Edinburgh with Tommo and Foxy ably assisted by matron Ursula amongst others and a great crowd of inmates too numerous to mention (although I often wonder what became of little Thomas Beady).Playing (badly)for Hamm casuals RFC ,a unique team I reckon made up of teachers,senior boys and military.DoE summer camp in the Sauerland (many thanks G.H.);field trips to the BFG ski hut in Bavaria;escort duty to far- flung outposts of BFG;house birthday parties-I could go on.Happy days.One question-how come Geoff Hern's memory is like a computer's and mine is like a sieve?Happy New year to all.

Alan (Taff)Hughes (E72-82)

30 Dec 2016

Hi Simon. Firstly apologies for not responding to your earlier message a few months back. As you are probably aware I have been in contact with Martin initially via facebook and more recently by email. I am also in regular contact with Pete Cartwright and Denis Jones. We are off to Bolivia in April to visit Pete.
Happy New Year to all that know me and especially to you Simon and of course Mr Hern.

Steve Gulley (E71-74)

30 Dec 2016

Really sorry to read about the potential problems with this site. Will be a huge shame if it closes. Thanks so much to all those who have kept it going over the years.
Wishing all Windsorites a peaceful new year and all you wish for your selves next year

Virginia Street (M71-79)

30 Dec 2016

Happy and peaceful New Year to everyone.

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

31 Dec 2016

Dan Shuttleworth - I can't contact you unless you fill in your email address on a post.

Bill

31 Dec 2016

Happy New Year to all ex-windsorites from South Australia hope you all have a great New Year and hopefully this great site will continue in 2017.

Maureen Press (nee Pulford) (63-67)

31 Dec 2016

Wishing all former teachers, staff and students of the Windsor Schools a wonderful 2017. Your help in putting together a history of the schools has been invaluable. Bill deserves our heartfelt thanks for keeping the site going. I hope he is able to continue with the site so we explore more areas of our shared history (good and bad!!).

Steve Green (C66-69)

31 Dec 2016

Happy New Year to all those who remember me; staff and pupils.
Along with so many others I hope this site continues, not just long enough for my message to be posted, but for all those of us who are not great fans of Facebook etc. It is so good to be able to drop in and see what people from our past are up to.

Rae Mitchell, (nee' Cleverly) (M77-81)

31 Dec 2016

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy future.
May 2017 be kind to you all.

Hope to be posting here again soon. Sincere thanks again Bill

Isabella Forbes (E72-75)

31 Dec 2016

Now that's what this page is all about. Suddenly folk emerge from the bushes and post. Alan Hughes, Steve Gulley and Virginia all on the same day!!! Alan I've often wondered where you landed up as I still have an enlarged - by Terry Bugden - photograph of a very youthful you, Ken Leighton and me with a bunch of students sitting on a pile of logs outside Rohrenspring in the Sauerland eating Gordon Rowell's packed lunches. Taken by Dave Jones I believe on one of the Windsor Saturday rambles. And Steve for me you'll always be associated with the walk to the DoE camp and giving your 'kippers a steam' (Spike Milligan's phrase for cooling your feet) in the stream at Grimminghausen. Which you found very amusing at the time but probably have forgotten all about. Virginia Of course I still have very happy memories of House duty, doing sums with you and regularly being fed biscuits and coffee in the Kitchen flat. Have you still got that strange clock the whole of which moved as a pendulum every second? John Eustace, Clive Pappadakis, Ralph Bennett, and many others ... appear from time to time. In spite of Facebook there is a great need for this site. I think that 2016 has clearly shown that.
So keep posting.
And Sebrof have a great Hogmanay - if a Sassenach is allowed to do that - and thanks again for letting me get to know you a little. As I've said before the world needs more people like you.
Have happy and healthy 2017 everyone and many thanks again Bill.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

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