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3 Jan 2017

Happy New Year to all. I am pleased to report that I have come to an arrangement with The Windsor Society to maintain this site for the next three years. Over that period I am hoping to make some improvements and at the end of that time, depending on how many still want the site to continue I will seek other methods of funding.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

3 Jan 2017

It's live again. Very many thanks Bill and Bob for sorting things out. Long may this site continue. Now PYFO and get posting again everybody. Still pretending to be a teacher you see after all this time.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

3 Jan 2017

BILL YOU ARE A STAR***********************************************
THANK YOU for putting us 'back on the map'

Ffeog
I was playing golf on the Wii at the bells - my life is tooooo exciting - need to get out more!!!!!!!!!!! Very quiet the way I like it.
Hope you had a great New Year and 2017 is very kind to you.
My parentage is 'Jock' but I am proud to have been born in Saighton Camp in the Royal City of Chester (666 on the back of my head) - I am neither Jock or Sassenach and I have a Welsh middle name.
As a soldiers daughter and at Windsor we were all the same 'Jock Thamsons bairns'. I am glad I missed the sectarian attitude that is common here and when I become Prime Minister (which I will in my dreams) my first job will be banning 'Old Firm' games!!!!!!

Malkie,
Hope you had a great Christmas minus the 'gawf ba' and you had a gid Hogmanay.

Thanks again Bill

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

3 Jan 2017

Hello Bill, so glad to see the difficulties have been resolved and your back, thanks for whatever you've done to keep the site open

Robert (Bob) Moore (C62-64)

3 Jan 2017

Firstly, I would like to say how saddened I was to see that the site was down, and heard on the dreaded FB that it was a permanent demise. I am happy to hear, within the past few minutes, that this is no longer the case, and would like to thank whoever (I presume Bill?) was responsible for raising it from the ashes. Due to a plague of poor health in the family, 2016 was not the best of years for me, and even I succumbed to the seasonal dreaded lurgi. I have just popped in to reassure members that I am not amongst the many notable celebrities that left us during 2016, and have no intention of joining their ranks this year either. Please accept my belated Merry Christmas wishes, and I hope and trust that you will all have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

3 Jan 2017

So happy to see that this site is up and running again well done Bill for all your hard work.

Maureen Press nee Pulford (B63-67)

4 Jan 2017

Mr Hern I remember the walk very well. In addition to the term "kippers" we also referred to "cooling our plates" (plates of meat......feet) in the stream.

Glad to see the site is up and running once again. Thanks Bill.

Steve Gulley (E71-74)

4 Jan 2017

Brilliant that the site is back; a good omen for a New Year! My best wishes to everyone.

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

4 Jan 2017

Congrats Bill, glad to see you have resolved the crisis (for now) I don't know what the original cause was but if we can help just say.

Gerry (Boots) Kelly (S60-63)

4 Jan 2017

Bill, I know how much of your time that you dedicate to maintaining this site, and I am sure that all of us, without exception, are extremely for all of your efforts.
For some considerable time, it has not been possible to subscribe, so my posts are always made as a guest. I, and I am certain there will be others, am more than willing to cough up the few pounds to gain membership to the society, which would ease the site's cash flow problems, and would also give us "outsiders" access to even more areas of it, which are currently off limits. If you think that this may be a way forward, why not put it to the forum?. Cheers, Jim

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

4 Jan 2017

Thanks Jim. Let me clarify the situation regarding posts to this site. There is no need to subscribe to post here or contact anyone. The site has been funded by The Windsor Society for the next three years. This site doesn't carry any advertising or sell peoples email addresses. The email addresses that are requested on the mailing form are used if an ex-windsor wants to contact you and even then they are not given your email address - their email is sent to you then you can decide if you want to respond.

I am expecting that the site will be improved over the next three years, at the end of that time it may be neccessary to have some kind of membership - it will depend on the frequency of posts etc.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

4 Jan 2017

Happy New Year everybody - we are back in action - HUGE thank you to Bill,

Hi Ffeog
Hope you had a great New Year and 2017 is kind to you.
I am sure there would have been all kinds of hilarity if you had taught me maths and it would have involved you 'subtracting' me from the classroom!!!!
Of course a Sassenach can wish me a good Hogmanay - I would be disappointed if you didn't!!!!!
Scottish parents, born in England and Welsh middle name (Jenkins) - I'm a Heinz 57 'a real mixed up kid'!!!!!
I really enjoy our banter and hope it continues - and thank you for your kind words really appreciated.

Malcolm
Hope you had a 'gid' festive season and the golf ball has gone for good?

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

4 Jan 2017

Pleased to see this site back! Happy new year to all. Jim Rafferty- I remember you and your brother. Did we ever play tabletennis in the dayroom? can't really remember, must be at least 53 years ago!.
Best wishes and "Herzlichen Grüße" from Germany.

Ronnie Williams (M60-67)

4 Jan 2017

Hi Sebrof Yes I too think that it would have been fun but you are wrong in thinking that you would have been 'subtracted' from the classroom. Taught for over 40 years and never, as far as I remember, in all that time administered the boot to anybody. There are other ways of dealing with things usually based upon two-way humour with the occasional 'hairy' (surprisingly my nickname the 'lads' tell me) when really needed. Hope the new job is going well and that 2017 is really good to you.
Christine Are you still reading the page? Silly question if you are not but I can but hope. Hope that you too had a great Christmas and best wishes to you and the lads in 2017. You never know 2017 could be the year when you start liking maths.
Rae I expect you are, or soon will be, in Willingen at this time of the year. Look after the Sauerland for me!
Glad you remember the walk Steve and you're right 'plates' was the alternative for 'kippers'. By the way Mr Hern is too formal. Only Christine refuses to call me Geoff.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

4 Jan 2017

Yes Ronnie, had many a game of table tennis in the day room :) It was a sport that I was particularly good at, so much so that I purchased a high-end padded bat. Tommy, the brother you refer to, sadly passed away just after his 50th birthday. He suffered a massive heart attack, which came as a great shock to the entire family, as he was always very fit, and an outstanding athlete & footballer. And lang may yer lum reek frae a Scot in Wales :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

5 Jan 2017

The golf ball has gone - Yippee!
Christmas and Hogmanay was quiet but my children and grandchildren surpassed themselves with my present. I now have a "Vintage Model Co." balsa wood and tissue paper kit to build a flying model of a Hawker Hurricane. The last one of these Keil Kraft type kits I built was in 1962 and that one blew up in flight. Must have had something to do with the 10pfg banger which was inserted and lit just before launching it over the field in Dortmund. There is a down side to these modern jobs, the included glue is aqueous PVA. I have some original style balsa wood cement on order so's I can go full nostalgia and get high whilst I'm building this new one.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

5 Jan 2017

Geoff-I have a copy of the same photograph.I seem to remember a Winter ramble in the same area knee deep in snow and under a cloudless blue sky.To answer your query-I returned to South Wales in 1982 and retired in 1997 and again in 2010 after 12 years in a part time post.I Still enjoy walking with pals from the male voice choir I joined in '82.Liz and I have 4 lovely grandsons and we enjoy travelling (a lot)mainly to France by car.I notice you spent some time in one of our favourite cities,Copenhagen.Bill-well done on securing the immediate future of the site.Much appreciated.

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

5 Jan 2017

I haven't posted for some time now, for various reasons, and was sad to see that the site nearly closed. I'm inclined to blame facebook and all these other social media sites - none of which I use. It was nice to see a post from Boots Kelly, hope you are well! I will try to post more often. Happy New Year to all.

John Bartlett (S62-63)

5 Jan 2017

So pleased to see this site up and running again- thanks Bill for sorting it out!! A very happy New Year to all ex Windsorites. Im afraid Im one of the FB users who only come on here intermittently to have a browse- but I will be on it more now!!!
\Geoff,you are right, maths tuition in the study whilst you were on duty!! It's the only way I passed O level - I have fond memories of various initials being scrawled all over my work- WALOR being one of the best!! My Dad used one too which I still have in one of my German books- a stick man hanging on a set of gallows with the following inscription- hic pendet and in my case, VBK. A sure case of WALOR from PMK! Hard to believe it's 10 years since we lost him and my Mum- lots of water under the bridge and lots of "old " friends found as a result of this site and FB.
Let's keep this page alive and bring the memories rolling back-it's so engrained in my mind it's like yesterday.

VirginiaStreet(Kitchen) (M71-79)

5 Jan 2017

You are so right Geoff; nothing booked but we are watching the weather and are ready to head off to Willingen anytime now. We look at live web-cams almost daily. And they have a Lidl there now!!! What's not to love?!

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

6 Jan 2017

Hi Virginia Kitchen: Your Dad taught me German in 1st and 2nd Form; I still have the books. For my "Klassenarbeit" dated Donnerstag den 5, February 1970 he gave me a "nicht schlecht!" followed by some very stylized initials. I can still see your Dad at the front of the language lab as we listened and practiced on those tapes.

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

7 Jan 2017

Virginia-your recent post evoked memories of your dad,one in particular.In the mid/late 70's,with the IRA campaign at it's height,BFG was on a red alert and we were asked to be vigilant regarding things like mail.Peter received a small brown paper covered parcel with hand-written name and address.He informed the authorities and a bomb disposal team carried out a small controlled explosion on the back field.The contents of the package were duly revealed as - NAS diaries.PMK was the school union rep.I treasured my scorched copy long after it's expiry date.

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

7 Jan 2017

So what to the future? Now we have a three year period of grace for this helpful part of the Society, shouldn't it be used to re-launch the Windsor Society as a whole? Clearly, it is still relevant. So shouldn't this be the time to move forward to another Newbury? Does ownership rest on a mutual basis? Is Bob prepared to offer up the role of Chair such we might move forward. I'm sure its a seeming thankless task, but we must have some way of re-engaging a great many people who woould welcome this 'blast from the past'
Lets also hope Chelsea manage to struggle past Peterborough tomorrow!

John Eustace (M59-62)

7 Jan 2017

Bobby- I'm pleased to see I'm not the only one who keeps books! I have countless ones from my time at Windsor! My Dad taught me for A level- never knew what to call him- nothing mostly, but let it slip once when I blurted out "Dad"!! Hope he made your lessons fun!
Alan- you were not the only one to have an explosion: do you remember Dad having one of his own? He had ordered some posters to put in the corridors of Marlborough. Unbeknown to him, a large box was sent by mistake. Dad being the cautious person he was, wouldn't open it,so bomb disposal called and did their work. The contents were identical to the posters only a set of table mats!! Red faces all round !! Posters duly arrived the following week!

VirginiaStreet(Kitchen) (M71-79)

9 Jan 2017

Happy new Year to all. I think my membership to the Windsor Society has elapsed. Cant pay on line and not sure if the address on the renewal form is the corrct form to compplete to pay my subs. Can anyone confirm please?

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

Tony, we do not do subs online anymore. The situation with the Windsor Society is unclear at present so I suggest that you wait before sending in your subs. I expect there will be an announcement soon about it's future. BillC

10 Jan 2017

Hello Mr Hern - yes I am only still alive - just!! After 2 weeks of my 82 year old in laws staying, taking them twice to A & E plus twice to the doctors - then their dog that had to go to an emergency vet. Also the 'lads' were back - eaten me out of house and home.

Anyway - hope you had a good Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

11 Jan 2017

Great to hear from you Christine. You seem to have had a very 'busy' Christmas. Hope you have recovered. I expect that the lads, apart from eating you out of house and home, were a great support.
By the way is 2017 a prime number? And remember 2017 could be the year when you begin to like maths. Anyway have a great 2017 and keep posting. Whatever happened to Anita and the others?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

7 Jan 2017

Where has young Allebassi Sebrof gone?

Rae Have a great time in Willingen. Glad for you that they now have a Lidl. Do you live in Germany? I understand from the panic-reporting on the BBC that it's a bit cold there at the moment.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

11 Jan 2017

Good evening Ffeog,

Hope all is well with you. This auld stecky is chavin awa.

I am not sure if this will be posted with all the changes that have been going on - a colleague once gave me a mug which said 'Computers hate me' and it is true - I just don't get them and how to do things - it's those blwydy binary numbers you see!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been busy doing OU and training for new job - they won't let you near the Service Users until you have completed their training - they never got the service provider of the year award for nothing - trust me. Just hope I can maintain their high standards!!!!

Will post again soon.

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

12 Jan 2017

Great to see your post Sebrof. As Bill can testify I too think that computers hate me. Click here, press that, scroll down - youngsters can do it easily but old stagers like me find it a bit more demanding especially when it doesn't work. Old folk need routine and if I've done it before then no problem but if it's the website's fault - which it always is of course - and not mine then the air is often blue with expletives and I usually give up.
As I said before you'll be great in the new job but it bodes well that they won't let you near the service users until they are convinced that you can meet their high standards. You'll probably raise them!! Wow another compliment I'm starting to sound a little like you writing about WGS.

Well Christine is 2017 prime, deficient, perfect or even abundant? Feel free you others - Malcolm, Pamela, Virginia, .... to help Christine out if she needs it. Now let's see if we can get the number of January posts up to last October's level. After all the site is still going in spite of the New Year scare.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

12 Jan 2017

just spent a happy hour trying to locate the Hamm schools on google Earth. The Girls' School looks still intact, though only the dining block and church of the Boys' is still there. Go to Google Maps and enter the following -

Boys School - 51°40'44.16"N 7°51'12.41"E

Girls School - 51°41'25.57"N 7°51'32.68"E

Phil Brady, (H59-62)

I have tried numerous ways of adding links but to no avail so just posting co-ordinates for you to use for now. Bill

12 Jan 2017

Hi Christine,

I would loved to have had a pair of 82 year olds here for Christmas entertaining me with their quirkiness and keeping me on my toes. When you touch them remember 'squirrels don't have thumbs'. I'll take them next year if you like but never send me children.......

Ffeog,

Thank you for your positive thoughts once again they are really supportive and empowering.
There is nought wrong with having a routine at any age - I like routines they keep everything normal whatever 'normal' is!!! And you are spot on - us peeps that are rubbish on computers are NEVER wrong it is always those chips and binary numbers that make the mistakes!!!

As much as I agree that we should go for a record number of posts I don't want Bill going 'scabbie heided' with us driving him mad. What's are you thinking Bill?

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

As long as you don't expect an instant update of the site then any amount of posting is fine. Bill

12 Jan 2017

No, not in Willingen yet Geoff and no, sadly I don't live in Germany, although I would be very happy to. I live in a very attractive part of the U.K. in N.Yorkshire, at the edge of the N.Yorks moors. When we get snow here the hills and forest near my home remind me very much of Willingen. Good to see you posting so regularly and I have done this in response to your desire to get numbers up!

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

13 Jan 2017

Mr Hern - I have been reliably informed that 2017 in not a prime number as it cannot be divided? Unless you know of another test?
I will be speaking to Cath Basillio as her father passed away just before Christmas and I know she is in regular contact with Anita as she lives nearby in Sheffield.

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

13 Jan 2017

Hi all,

Bill is happy for us to post 'big' as long as we don't require an instant response. THANK YOU Bill.

Let's make Geoff Herns day and break the record........
So all you regulars and those who have a sneaky peek let's here from you.............
Funny stories would be great to cheer us all up in this cold weather.

My crocuses are in bloom - fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

13 Jan 2017

Hi Christine,

My research suggests that 2017 is a prime number as it is divisible by 1 and itself.

Ffoeg please enlighten us?

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

14 Jan 2017

Yes Rae I too sometimes wish that I had retired to the Sauerland. Really love the area and seriously considered moving there after retirement. But surely being in the North York Moors is an excellent alternative. Here in Somerset it is a bit too flat and too agricultural, barbed wire across footpaths etc, for good walking but of course it has its compensations. You probably did not know Tony Webber - another walker from Windsor Sauerland days - but he lives in Pickering which must be close to you.
Yes Alan I remember several 'snow' walks. Laura and I had a near white-out, sounds dramatic, once near Meinkenbracht. Dusk, heavy snow and visibility down to a few yards and although luckily we were on a path that I knew well it was still a little scary. Keep posting. Have you still got that hat?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

14 Jan 2017

Well you two. 2017 is indeed a prime number since it is only - emphasis on only - divisible by itself and 1. So you were both on the right track. The inquiring mind would be challenged to ask, and answer, what is the next year whose number is prime? And what about the deficient, abundant and perfect bit which you seem to have ignored? No rude answers please or you could be sent out of the room. Sorry to be silly. It's just the way I still am.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

14 Jan 2017

Yes Geoff,edge of N Y moors is a great place to live....out of the house, round the back and a steady uphill walk through forest and onto the moors, exactly 1000 feet above sea level and with superb views. We get snow even when the town doesn't! Also , five minutes in the car and we're at the beach. Great watching yesterday's North Sea surge.
Pickering is about 35 minutes away, but you're right, I didn't know Tony.
Do you still go walking/ hiking?

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

14 Jan 2017

Hi all. So happy that we are back on again.'God Bless Concordia and all who sail in her. A bit late but I wish you all a Very Happy New Year. x

Jean Cavanagh (StJ65-68)

15 Jan 2017

Ffoeg,

I have no idea what you were talking about I'm afraid - I dare say Mr Sarney did explain all that and it never even got in one ear to come out the other - that is how I was back then. Big regret as I would love to have studied dentistry and specialised in orthodontics!!!

Any way in answer to your question - I am deficient in grey matter, abundant in cheek and nonsense and there is a big fat 0 perfect about me. (I leave the perfection to my sister as it's to hard a reputation for me to maintain).
If you send me out of the classroom I'll be very happy as I will go to WBS and meet my boyfriend......................
Miss Bridges told me that I was not to eat raw onions prior to doing that!!! Why spoil all the fun?

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

16 Jan 2017

Sounds an amazing place to live Rae. Sadly I'm no longer walking/hiking. Had to give it up abruptly at the tender age of 77. Bit of a wrench to stop unexpectedly and I especially miss the yearly 5 week walking holiday in the Sauerland. Sorry to keep mentioning the area everybody else but Rae understands.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

16 Jan 2017

Well done Bill for your brill work keeping the site going.Happy New Year to one and all.still looking for the usual people,but no luck yet.regards to all.g

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

Cheers George...

16 Jan 2017

I have installed a Chat Room on my webspace. It is very easy to use as you dont need to register, all you need do is follow a link I send to you.

I thought it could be used once a week for an hour maybe, we could also discuss what we want on the website in the future.

If anyone is interested in giving it a go please CLICK HERE to email me and let me know what would be the best times for you. I will put your email ona mailing group to give you the link and time/date. Don't be shy, its easy and will be fun.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

ps If you cant get the email link to work just use "Post Your Own Message"

16 Jan 2017

Great to see ther site up and running again. Well done Bill. Happy 2017 to you all.

Julie Preston (E77-82)

17 Jan 2017

Geoff.The titfer is long gone (did I really wear that?)but the barnet is still intact albeit of a different colour.Are you still the hirsuit person I remember?Do birds still nest in that beard?"Hairy Hearn" was not an exaggeration!Sorry to hear that you have had to give up rambling-I know what a passion of yours it was.

Izzzi-in your previous post,you mention miss(Diane) Bridges.Thought you might like to know she's retired from teaching in Hereford,and lives in a village just out of the city.

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

17 Jan 2017

Hi Alan,
I remember Miss Bridges as a small Welsh lady - would that be correct?
She was preparing us for O Grade Domestic Science and had us making 5 different things from pastry. Left WGS and did my O Level in Scotland where we had to make 3 courses using completely different ingredients - funny how diverse the syllabuses were. No wonder my head was scrambled jumping from school to school!!!!

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

17 Jan 2017

Hi all,

Is anyone else having problems with the link Bill asked us to click on? I have tried it without success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geoff Hern was hoping for record postings this month so we need to hear more from him!!!! A posting a day keeps the grey matter functioning and Bill a busy man...............

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

If you can't get the link to work then just post the message to the Visitor Book - Bill

17 Jan 2017

Geoff-apologies for mis-spelling your name.Izzzi-you described miss Bridges to a T!Your point about changing schools is a most valid one.Most Windsor students coped so well not only with maybe 2 or more changes of secondary school,but also with everything that boarding threw at them.Resilient or what?

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

18 Jan 2017

OK Sebrof point taken but I last posted on Jan 16th which is not that long ago and my plea was for more postings from others and not more from me. Ralph, Dave, Mike Downey, Simon, et alia. Please note. A posting a day (from me) may indeed keep others away!!
Yes Alan still as hairy as ever although the beard is now white and the top thatch is getting a bit thin. But comments from others on this page suggest that the nickname 'Hairy' was due to my alleged ability to throw a hairy from time to time and not to my hirsute appearance. Although I always thought that I was very mild-mannered. In fact the epitome of gentleness.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

18 Jan 2017

No need to apologise for spelling my name incorrectly Alan. You are not the first. Even Christine has got it wrong once. By the way you got hirsute wrong too. Just thought I'd mention it. So LTS - as I used to write on books when isosceles was so often spelt incorrectly. Really pleased that you have found us and long may your postings continue. You must have some great memories of John Dudley and in staying until 1982 you experienced the merger and the beginning of the run-down which not many on this page did. So a good source for Steve in his efforts to write the history of the schools.
And LTS is another easy acronym for you Allabasi. That's two posts today so am I forgiven? Have they let you loose on the service users yet? And Graham lad put that Hurricane down and get posting. Has it flown yet?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

18 Jan 2017

Hi Alan.

I started High School in Dundee, WGS, Edinburgh School in Munster then Denny in Scotland - not just a change of schools but education systems twice and they are quite different.
The changes do make you resilient - recently a manager told me that I am a very strong person in the face of adversity - thank you WGS and army childhood!!!!

Hi Ffoeg,

I am going to be honest with you and I hope nobody is offended.
Bill does a fantastic job of keeping this community going and deserves a medal for that
BUT
I believe that without you there would be less usage as you have many followers who still admire and respect you. I never knew you at Windsor which is unfortunate as you certainly provide me with positive motivation now. Thank you for that

Malcolm,

You have been reported AWOL and the dogs are preparing a search - hope all is well? Hope to see you post soon

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

18 Jan 2017

Please excuse my ignorance - what does LTS stand for?????

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

19 Jan 2017

Mr Hern, My memories of my time at WBS are similar to yours. I thought of my self as a bit of a long haired James dean type, moody.. good looking,just with long hair. Ive regularly been told I was mostly nice but moody in a less than James dean way, Very disappointed. In my experience, you were mostly nice ( I was always told at school that nice wasnt a word..but Hey Ho)and mostly hairy and not in a James Dean way.

Apologys if Ive dented your perception, just my tuppence worth and Im sure others will support your view?

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

 

19 Jan 2017

I thought I might as well join in!

I didn't know you, Rae, as you were after my time, but I live in the same county as you. However, North Yorkshire being rather large and rambling, I need to drive an hour to get to the North York Moors. I am hoping to improve on that this year - not by driving faster, but by moving nearer! Maybe then we might have a mini-meet to share memories.

I do remember Mr Hern from the Windsor Society walks in the Sauerland, which often finished up in Warstein, where my grandfather was born. These trips tended to be of the nature of - walking along this straight, flat path through pleasant scenery is boring, let's head up through the primeval forest where there is a two foot layer of snow over a layer of mud as we scrambled up an almost vertical slope. I still enjoy walking, but mechanical bits of my body aren't as keen, I went on a course in the Highlands last year (Flora and Fauna for Hillwalkers) - a misnomer, should have been for "mountain climbers", but I managed to limp through. Off to Scotland next month for my regular research visit to the Scotlandspeople Centre to look up the ancestors.

Izzzi wanted something funny - not sure if this counts - on a previous trip about 18 months ago, telling some American tourists as the train was arriving in Edinburgh, that as you came into Waverley Station you could see the house my great-grandfather was living in when he got married in 1859, only to find that the Edinburgh city council in their wisdom had knocked it down and there was a huge hole in the ground where the house had stood. Who needs old buildings, anyway? (Rhetorical question, as the house I live in was built before 1730)

I have been scanning pages of some old "Ambassadors" and putting those on the Windsor Girls' School facebook site, so far 1964 and 1965, three more to go.

As to 2017, I have seen a post which says the individual digits add up to 10, and adding those gives 1, which makes it a lucky year. Not sure that is the sort of mathematics Mr Hern was hoping for!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

19 Jan 2017

Do not be alarmed, I am still alive, call off the dogs! Just a bit chaotic at the moment with "home improvements" being done and things.
iZZZie, that's an interesting comment from your new employers. I had a similar one when I asked why I got the job years ago when others who had applied (in my opinion much better qualified than me) were rejected. The answer? "We can dump you anywhere in the world and you'll look after yourself without referring back to base all the time. You'll find a bed and food and only shout when you really do need help." I guess that's WBS and Army upbringing for you as well? John Oliver, if you're reading this, sorry about last nights result ;) YNWA. I'll ring over the week-end. Be safe, people.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

19 Jan 2017

Many thanks Sebrof for your attempts to make my head even bigger than it already was but you have done as much as I have to make this page one of banter, thoughts, fun and memories. Also, as I've said elsewhere, the students at both WBS and WGS always gave me as much as, if not more than, I gave them and they continue to do so. And that's not false modesty either. I could expand upon that but this page is probably not the place for it. Disappointed that you did not get LTS though as I gave you enough clues. Try again.
Interestingly I was going to ask in my next post where Pamela and Malcolm were and lo and behold here they are again. What this site is all about. Pamela still 'Mr Hern' after all this time? As far as I remember we got to the top of some of those climbs only to be told to go down again as we were already on the right path. Some worked it out 'Don't fall for it and follow Hern up the slope as he'll only come down again'. And as you probably know your mathematics is really Numerology. A whole new fascinating ball game. Malcolm I agree that the way that most students adapted to change was amazing and showed a resilience far beyond their years. Tony posted too! What do you mean by mostly nice? Only mostly? Not always??? Now if Ralph, US Mike, Dave and the others surface again it will make the month complete. Also I wonder how many Du Pont students still read this? Hope that the LTS didn't upset you Alan. This is getting too long so .....

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

19 Jan 2017

Geoff-Thanks for correcting"hirsute".Of course,I was using the Welsh spelling.John Dudley was a top bloke both as housemaster (B) and as head of geography.He was efficient and organised in an unobtrusive way and he left big boots for Mick Donovan and myself to try to fill.Taking over as head of geography was a doddle (Duddle?)as the department ran itself almost.He was also a successful basketball coach and a skilful drummer in the staff band with a love of jazz that rubbed off on me.He and Audrey returned to Lichfield.As to the merger,you'd be better off asking someone else as the grey cells are going fast.I do remember when all boarding was on WBS site.The girls were in the Caernarfon/Hillsborough block-an obvious choice as it was overlooked by both boys'blocks where binoculars were THE thing to have.I recall an instance of "mooning" and other forms of inter-house communication.It all made for some very interesting duty days.

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

 

19 Jan 2017

Hi Pamela,

Loved your story about the knocked down house and the hole in the floor (but I hope it wasn't upsetting for you) - bet you felt like a 'right eejit'!!! Please don't start me on E'burg City Council - why do they have to cause HAVOC with trams when they have an excellent bus service which is extremely affordable???? The next phase of the trams will be how many squillions to go down to Leith that doesn't even class itself as part of Auld Reekie???? Jings!!!!

Hi Malcolm

Great to hear from you - hope your 'hoos is looking fair braw' after all your hard work. Please keep us up to date with progress.

Ffoeg,

Hope your head didn't get stuck in the door?????
One of the things I love about this site is that we under Windsor - no one else on the planet does. A while back a colleague asked me why I went there and where my mother was at the time - she went on to suggest that I had bad parents - they ain't got a clue..............
Have to say that I did LTS as Miss Blackman was an excellent teacher - very good memories of a Lady who gave me hope when things were not so good - but I am a humink and prone to errors - as I said ,perfection' is way toooooooooooo hard a rep for me to maintain (and who would want to apart from my sister????)

Haven't been let loose in new job yet as my last employer is ignoring requests for references because I made a Public Interest Disclosure - very sad!!!! Just demonstrates there mentality.

Might need to disappear for a bit as I am well behind with OU assignment - deadline chasing my tail.

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

20 Jan 2017

As an ex subscriber to the Society, looking to rejoin, but good to see so many names from ex students / teachers from my time at WBS.
Many familiar names crop up in messages, but particularly Geoff Hern, who besides teaching maths, was also heavily involved in the Marlborough house sports scene.
Look forward to hearing from any contacts of the past.

Peter Leppard (M60-64)

20 Jan 2017

Pamela, you are right that we won't have known each other and it is likely we won't know many, if any, of the same people. I taught Home Economics ( same department as Di Bridges and Ann Sutton) and was also later assistant Housemistress of Marlborough but I didn't join Windsor until 1977, so a good while after you left.
I wonder where you are thinking of moving to? It might well be possible to meet and even if we didn't know the same people memories could be shared.
You will have to list some of the teaching staff from your time , maybe some of them were still there during my time.

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

20 Jan 2017

See everybody!! Just as I said. Now Peter Leppard has suddenly surfaced and there are loads more who will come across, or are checking, the site. They sometimes only post once but it shows that there is still a real need for the Visitors' page. I remember you well Peter during my early days in Marlborough. We were both newcomers to boarding - a completely alien world to us both. I seem to remember that you were none too happy when you first joined but later became one of the house stalwarts. As was often the case. Ralph & James Bennett, Ronnie Williams, Dave Hodgson, Steve Spence and so on must have been some of your contemporaries with Mick Evans, Kevin Goad, Peter Leggatt among the seniors. Great to see you posting. Let's hope that it'll prompt some of them in action.
Over 60 posts so far this month and that's after a late start and with still 11 more days to go. Just needs, amongst many others of course, Mike Downey and a DuPont student or two. Still not enough ladies though!!
Sebrof Thought about having the doors widened but it's a bit of an upheaval and I can just make it sideways-on. It's more than sad that your previous employers are being such a pain. Maybe the new ones will, in spite of things, realise what you have to offer and let you loose on the service users anyway. They should do and surely they must know of the reputation of the previous ones.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

20 Jan 2017

The "join us" membership advises "no longer available", PayPal payment not possible. Am I correct in assuming that membership is only possible by completing the printed form and returning with cheque in the post? Is the address to which payment is posted still correct?
Geoff, you are right in that I did not initially settle in to boarding school life - but the "homesick tablets" given to me by "sister Malloy" worked wonders - embarrassing now, but had the desired effect then! Of all the masters at Marlborough, you were the only one who left an imprint of the maker of the slipper on our rear end - oh happy days.

Peter Leppard (M60-64)

I have killed the renewal link because of the uncertainty surrounding the Windsor Society's future. I would not recommend renewal until a statement on that future has been made. Bill

20 Jan 2017

Ffoeg (and anyone one else with an interest in this matter)!

We all here of the problems in the care sector but don't really know what goes on unless we become involved in some way.
To do my job you need an in depth criminal records check - not a problem for me.
All employers must be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council now and employees by 2018, 2019,2020 (they keep changing it???) I am already registered no problem. SSSC provides us with Codes of Conduct and Policies that we must adhere to!?! This is supposed to be overseen by the Quality Care Commission - everybody turns on an act when they appear and my last employer has a straight 5***** rating!!!! As the said employer is the District Council and pay almost 1/3rd more than anyone else they have a very low turnover of staff and the old clich? of 'how many council employees does it take to change a light bulb' is definitely applicable!!!!
Do you want to go to bed at 20:30 so that staff can watch TV and get paid for it??? I personally don't and that is where my problem began!!! I was singled out for my high level of care by an Inspector and that went down like a lead balloon with my colleagues.
As I type this I am thinking we are bound by confidentiality (I have named nobody here)- how do the public know what's going on if it is 'top secret'?

My new employer cannot let me loose without references as they would be in breach of the SSSC Codes - catch 22??????

Great fun eh???

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

20 Jan 2017

Yes, Mr Hern, I've been absent for a while! That doesn't mean I haven't read the posts! My wife and I became grandparents in November so we've been helping my son's family with the twins!

It was nice to see a post from Ronnie Williams about the table tennis and I remember frequently playing snooker with Paul Sayers. One DuPont student who I was in a dorm with along with Paul Sayers and Dave Jones was Dave McSpadden. Dorm 114 if memory serves me right! He was from Texas I believe.

I am planning on going to the mini Marlborough reunion this summer and looking forward to seeing Gerry Mills, Paul Clay, Ralph Bennett, Dave Hodgson, Paul Sayers and Ian Sanderson.

So glad the site is back up and running.

By the way, Mr Hern, (I'm another who cannot call you Geoff!!) I still have my D of E book . All the records are still there. 3 mile road walk in 34 minutes, first aid, expedition training, table tennis, throwing the cricket ball, basketball dribble, etc etc. The expeditions in the Harz mountains were terrific! I can still remember taking the bus and everyone singing "we all live in a yellow submarine"!

Mike Downey (M65-68)

21 Jan 2017

Don't remind me Peter. For years I have regretted the way that, as a really inexperienced greenhorn, I fitted into the ways of discipline in the house. My only consolation is that I had mostly given up using the slipper, strongly influenced by my wife who remembers you well by the way, long before the practice was stopped in the Wylie reforms. I can only hope that some of my other contributions to the boarding life in some way restored the balance.
Are you in touch with any 'lads' from your era? Are you living in Germany or the UK?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

 

21 Jan 2017

And there he is!! Mike Downey no less. Another member of the 'Christine refuses to call you Geoff' club. See what you started Mrs Willmott? Congratulations upon becoming a grandfather Mike. And twins too! Oh how time flies. Yes I remember the dorm with Dave McSpadden, John (extra milk) Scott and the others. First floor on the left up the second staircase?? Or have I got it wrong?
Glad you still have the D of E book and that those times in the Harz were worth remembering too. Hope all is well with you and the mini re-union goes well and that, in spite of being so far away, you are able to make it this time.
I still live in hope that one day Carole (Elorac) Todd and other Maths block/ D of E lady pioneers will post again. It could happen - Mike resurfaced! At least Linda manages it once a year between athletic meetings. But where are the Pennington sisters, Carole Buchanan and so on? And other Du Pont students as well since Bobby seems to be the sole representative. That really would be a coup if some of them posted. This is too long again. Sorry.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

21 Jan 2017

Geoff, you still managed to bounce a knob of chalk of my head when I was talking at the back of the class in 1965,though. :D

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

21 Jan 2017

Great memory Mr Hern, you have the right dorm. We were next to the laundry room and at night the buns would be placed across the hallway! Who can forget the rock buns!

Yes, I remember Scott, he always had extra milk each morning! I never figured that out! I think the meal I always remember was on Sundays when often the breakfast was what we called gaffers!

Mike Downey (M65-68)

22 Jan 2017

Ah! "Gaffer's pie" for breakfast! We had our own variant at WGS, officially called Farmer's Breakfast - but I think ours was a different recipe to WBS. I used to recreate it for my children many years ago - basically potato slices and bacon bits, in an eggy mixture, baked in the oven. Even more popular was French toast with beans, which I occasionally make for myself as a treat. Describing our life at Windsor to some non-Windsor friends, they said - it's just eating all day! Breakfast, mid-morning buns, lunch, tea, supper, evening buns and cocoa. Hm - they may have had a point. No wonder I was a strapping lass

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

22 Jan 2017

That wasn't discipline Malcolm but pure skill. After first of course quickly using applied mathematics to calculate the angle and speed of projection. To paraphrase Python 'Only a knob of chalk? Luxury!! When I was a little boy at school the missile would have been a wooden-backed blackboard duster. If you were lucky!!'
Sebrof What a saga but stick with it. I've often thought that the wrong people get caught-up in the necessary regulations and bureaucracy whereas the real rogues get away with it. Old man talking maybe but there's lots of evidence to back it up.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

 

22 Jan 2017

Hi Pamela,

You might just be able to solve a great mystery for me - I remember Farmers Breakfast well - minging - we used to get a similar concoction for tea - what was it called please?

Can anyone enlighten me as to what 'Du Pont' is/was please?

Hi FFoeg,

Yes it would be absolutely magic to hear what Elorac has been doing for the last 40 plus years and how she is now - all good I hope.

Trust me I won't give up the battle - what these dudes don't understand is that while they are still paying me and I am hoping to end this peacefully I remain silenced. If I am forced off the SSSC register because I am no longer working in the care sector I can shout from the roof tops and I will. Watch this space.............

Essay is calling - I will bore you all again soon

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

22 Jan 2017

Happy New Year, everyone. Allow me to add my thanks to Bill for his efforts in keeping this message board up and running.

I am hoping that more Hillsborough boys, from the '60s, will emerge from the woodwork. Our housemaster was Hadyn Jones. He was a fantastic man, who made a great impression on me. Sadly departed from this world. He gave me the greatest support with my football, cricket and rugby. It was he that encouraged me to take up refereeing basketball, a decision which stood me in great stead for over 30 years, refereeing at the highest international level.

Dave Naylor (H64-67)

23 Jan 2017

I'm not sure what the tea-time concoction may have been which matched "gaffer's pie" - unless it was the sausage and bean pie? Sausage meat on the bottom, then baked beans, and a layer of mashed potatoes on top. However, you did get a different catering manager, possibly by the time you were there, Izzzi.

In the mid-60s, the American firm Du Pont decided to build a factory near Hamm, so they brought over a lot of their employees, complete with their families. Since there were few other educational options, their children came to our schools, mainly as day pupils, living locally. This was sometimes a bone of contention - fellow pupils having parties, driving cars, etc, while we were "confined to barracks". They also had to pay quite a lot for the privilege of attending the schools, which ingratiated them to our Deputy Headmistress. Through facebook, I am now in touch with a few of the girls whom I knew at WGS.

Good luck with your OU course - I completed mine a few years ago, while I was still working, so I appreciate the challenges of combining a full time job with studying. Well done, you! I hope the paperwork gets sorted soon.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

Lots of posts this month have topped the limit for form mail so please email any others this month to -

 

billc@btinternet.com

23 Jan 2017

Sebrof Following on from Pamela's answer here's my own trip down memory lane. Your fault. You did ask!! The Du Pont lads who came to WBS made an immediate impression not least on the basketball team which was already very good under Boff and Alan Barnes. It became unbeatable with Randy Flood, Bailey Munday and others beefing up the team. Other Du Pont names that immediately spring to mind are Dave McSpadden, John Scott, Lee Christens, Tom and Bow O'Barr, Bill Galloway, Tom McPartland, Glenn and Carl Holliday but Bobby is the only regular poster. Some of them liked sums too so I got to know them well. We also saw a lot of the US parents who were very supportive and they were as one in their thanks. As Pamela points out there were a few to be expected 'bones of contention' considering the different constraints on the boarders when compared to them but with Draper Read's (US Counsellor) guidance they mainly fitted in well and seemed to enjoy our strange Brit system.
It occurs to me anyone posting here who are on Facebook could, if they have not done it already, make others aware of this page. For example Dave appeals for more Hillsborough contributions. There must be loads out there who remember Haydn Jones and Dave 'Ringo' Roberts for example.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

24 Jan 2017

Hello Mr Hern

Thank goodness someone else has the decency to call you 'Mr Hern '

And I was not surprised at all that you remembered that I mispelt your name ONCE!! Will not happen again..

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

24 Jan 2017

I was at Windsor Boys, as my father was in the RAF, I was also in the C.C.F. whilst there.

Brian Murphy (S63-65)

26 Jan 2017

I have many photos of Marlborough House sports teams including tennis (Mike Spence), football, cricket etc, plus photos of friends including Dave Hodgson, Ron Lancaster. Is there any means by which memorabilia can be loaded on to the Windsor web site? Obviously from your comments, the Society is having problems, and I hope that your support work has the desired result. Kind regards

Peter Leppard (M60-64)

I may create an archive on the site when everything is sorted out with the Windsor Society.

26 Jan 2017

I don’t know what made me look at the website after I read that it would be closing on New Year’s Day (most probably curiosity), but I am so glad that I did and found to my surprise it was still up and running. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to ensure that the site will continue. Although I haven’t submitted an entry for several years I do read through the Visitors’ Section regularly and enjoy everyone’s comments.

My father was stationed in 1 Div Sig Regt in Verden, where I went to Churchill Primary School, then onto Heide Middle School in Fallinbostel and then to Windsor Boys’ School.

I really enjoyed my time attending the school and had some great mates. WBS and WGS certainly helped made us into the people we are today. Although my school reports don’t make good reading, I am thankful for the life experiences that it gave me and opportunities that this has presented me with since. After Windsor I attended Sixth Form in Kent School, Hostert as a day pupil initially (I found this difficult after spending so long as a boarder) then as a boarder after he passed away. Straight after that I went on to join the army in 1981 and am still here doing what I enjoy today. After attending WBS, it seemed like I was just going back to boarding school after a summer break, but with more shouting and a lot more physical training!

My daughter went on to attend Windsor School at JHQ in 98/99. Her maths teacher was my old teacher and Housemaster, Mr Scott, he did a better job of teaching her than he did me though. She only mentioned to me the other day that Windsor was her best school too.

Best wishes for 2017 to all ex Windsorites and long may the site continue.

Jim Alger (S77-80)

30 Jan 2017

As an ex member of the society and having had no real contact for 15 to 20 years, I Googled the society this evening, out of curiosity, to see if it still existed and if so, was still active. It was a pleasant surprise to see to see that, apparently having almost disappeared, the society has been given another lease of life - at least for the next three years.


I was at Hamm Primary School, located in the grounds of WGS, between 1959 and 1962 and then attended WBS in the 2nd year in 1969/70 for about 9 months until moving on to Queens in Rheindahlen in 1970 to 72. Luckily the picture of the WBS staff on the Photos page of the Website is from 69 and shows all of the faces that I remember, although I cannot place all the names - but they are coming back to me slowly! I was a day pupil, living in Fasanen Strasse in the Hamm Garrison when at WBS in 69 and my best 'mates' were Malcolm Dinneen (also and ex member of the Society, I see) Nick Cate (son of Dick Cate - WBS English teacher of legend, who is in the photo) and Tim Stockton (whose father used to run the scout troop at the school, which was also attended by a few of the Americans, including Bo O'Barr and Tommy Ritter). Of the older boys, I seem to remember that the Head Boy was called Bill Gent and Tim Buckley was the roustabout day pupil in Hamm who was also captain of the WBS football team


I am not sure whether Mr Wylie had just left the school or was about to leave while I was there but I do remember Mr Birkby (famed for tweaking of ears and sideburns) Dick Cate, Mr Ross (PE who lived in Am Huckenholz), Mr Kitchen (who was my housemaster in Marlborough) Mr Capey, Mr Dudley (who lived in the same block of flats as my family) , Mr Chater (who had two daughters who went to WGS, I believe, and was also a near neighbour) and I also remember the chap with glasses fourth from the right in the back row of the photo who had a big Mercedes 220SE (? - the one with rear 'wings') which used to purr past us lads as we cycled to school but I can't remember his name.


My Father, Lawrie Lacey worked in The BFES Supplies Section, in the same block as the primary school at the southern end of the WGS grounds. He knew a lot of the teachers in both schools and his other 'muckers' in the 59 to 62 tour were Dick Cate (also in 69/70), Pauline Harmer ( Head of Primary School), Dick Jolliffe (one time Hamm cub leader and ex member of the Society who I believe moved to the USA in retirement) Paddy Hyland, Buddy Dalton, Eddie Southwood, The Hallworths (of Amateur Dramatics fame at the schools) ........and a few others. I don't know if these names mean anything to you...they probably would to Geoff Hern. My Mother, Audrey Lacey was also involved with a lot of community activities in the Garrison and at the schools. They were both members of the Windsor Society in the past and attended the re-union in Hamm in the mid 90s (they are sitting in the front row of the photo taken at the Kur park) but are sadly both no longer with us.


Probably enough ramblings for now - there's a lot more where that came from.

Steve Lacey (Hamm Primary (59-62) and WBS (2nd year 1969/70)

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