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2 October 2018

I have not received any payments this year from The Windsor Society. Bob Jordan will not respond to any of my emails and the society is now 9 months in arrears.

Reluctantly I have decided that unless I am contacted within one week to arrange payment I will be putting the site on hold.

Bill Craswell 

     

      

2 Oct 2018

Wow Pamela your post certainly opened the nostalgia floodgates for me having spent very many happy hours in the places you mention. 'Here he goes again!!!. The Mohnesee was low in the great drought of 1976 too and never looked as if it could recover. Canadians in Werl? AKC had a cinema there and it was the closest to Hamm. Remember enjoying 'Blazing Saddles' at Fort St Louis. Also it was the place to go to buy LPs. and see Ice Hockey. There's still a Woolworths in Hamm as well. Did you get to Warstein? I seem to remember that you had relations there. Ah!! The Sauerland. For me nowhere beats it although I might have written that before.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

       

      

2 October 2018

Oh Geoff, so good to know someone loves the Sauerland as much as me! Willingen is my favourite but I do remember a great weekend in Warstein that I booked  with a group of German people. The Gasthaus had a bowling Keller which after a few beers was great fun! Hopefully Willingen will have snow this winter and  my husband and I will be heading there again.

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

          

    

3 Oct 2018

Is anybody listening to Bill? I seem to recall GH stepped in last time and Bill got paid. The onus shouldn't be on one man, but all of us. Action steps are needed, maybe a letter endorsed by us, all would make a difference. Happy that, despite GDPR rules, could we gain traction to support Bill please with a demand to be heard!

John Eustace (M59-62)

Thanks John, I have had many messages of support from users but nothing from the Windsor Society.

         

     

3 October 2018

Hi Tony and every one been reading a few of the letters over the past few years, the hospital corners,top sheet to bottom the food was all right didn't know any different apart for the rock cakes beside the urn outside the matrons office where we used to go for inspection to make sure we had washed behind the ears and clean nails used to play Rugby 15 and 7s scrum half,Hockey played against the girls school once or twice,Running started at the front of the gym round the front field past the swimming pool(which was nice and warm if you were a polar bear)then round the back field and back to the gym it was things like the sports I missed when we went back to the UK only played football and the lads you  spent a 2 or 3 years in the same dorm with we had some good laughs now I think about we did Boxing and Judo for a while too went back to England  went to that school for about 6 months and then my starting of work a few other things will come to me so take it easy Hutch

Robert Hutchinson (M66-69)

           

        

6 October 2018

For those who may have missed the announcements on the "other place".  There is a very informal meet up arranged for the weekend on 17 November in Hamm.  The day marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of the school in 1953.  Make your own travel and hotel arrangements.  We meet up on the evening of 16 November. On the Saturday, the 17th, we have a private view of the "British Forces in Westfalen" exhibition which includes a section on the schools. A tour of Hamm city centre, including the Pauluskirche. Lunch. We then visit the site of WBS, see the last remaining building, (the chapel), go over to the WGS site, hoping to get permission to see some of it (now used mainly as a refugee centre for Syrians etc), see some other Hamm sites. (this part of the visit is with the Hamm History Club).  Evening a dinner.  Hope a few can make it.

Steve Green (C66-69)

        

     

8 October 2018

Very sadly it looks as if Bill will have to put this site on hold as nobody, except John, appears to have responded to Bill's post and although I've tried again to get some movement from the society I have had no success. Very many thanks Bill on behalf of us dinosaurs who wish to avoid Facebook for all your hard work over the years, The Visitors page kept me in touch with Windsor both people I knew and those, like Sebrof, I've have got to know through it.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

I have had many messages of support from users but nothing from the Windsor Society.

               

    

8 October 2018

As I don't dabble in the black arts of social media, I don't want to see this site disappear. I intend to email each of the committee members listed on the 'About' page and ask what is happening. Although I acknowledge I am in arrears for my subscription, I would happily pay the backlog if the Society were to continue. Surely it is appropriate for subscribing members of the Society to be told officially what is happening?  

If others do the same this may prompt some reaction, which Bill has thus far tried and been unsuccessful in doing. Bill, please publish this message before the forum goes off line.

Sheila Cumming (C66-68)

        

      

8 October 2018

Good idea Sheila but sadly the committee list is very out of date. Bob Jordan asked me to serve as staff member after Dave Benfield left which I did but I see that he is still on the list. However prompted by your suggestion I have written to Dave Edmondson who was the treasurer and pleaded with him for some action. Let's hope that his email address is still valid and that unlike my last three emails this time I get an answer.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

      

    

8 October 2018

Thanks for the info Geoff - I suspected as much. So now an appeal to all former Windsorites - DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY UP TO DATE CONTACTS FOR THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS? 

It's easy to forget that the committee (especially Bill) have been working gratis on our behalf for years, but events (dear boy) take over, illness and bereavements happen, so there may be good reason for the silence with which the approaches which have been met. However, we need to make a concerted effort to revive the Society and lend a hand if necessary. 

Bill, I agree with your proposed course of action, but if anyone comes up with recent contact details and this forum is closed, please could you pass them on to me at my email address?  Thanks in anticipation

Sheila Cumming (C66-68)

      

      

16 October 2018

Glad to see the site back up and running. I know that a lot of us are on Facebook but some ex-alumni will not go there so this is their only contact. Keep going!

Gerry Kelly (S60-63)

         

    

20 October 2018

Gday all glad to see this site going again from Hutch

Robert Hutchinson (M66-69)

      

      

21 October 2018

What a very welcome reprieve but things have gone a bit quiet since the site returned. Have folk stopped looking or just stopped posting? Only 12 posts this month and just two after it returned. Nothing from John, Pamela, Rae, Malcolm or Sebrof et al. Linda are you still logging on? Just thought I'd send you a reminder that the 29th is approaching fast so there's no excuse this year. Of course I expect a wealth of comments from now on!! If that sounds like an order then perhaps it is since as my wife says 'Once a teacher always ....'.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

      

        

21 October 2018

I wouldn't want Mr Hern to feel neglected! I am currently visiting Gibraltar, which is where I lived before I went to WGS. Since we don't fly, it's a long journey to get here. I have reluctantly decided that I can't go to Hamm for their special exhibition in November, having been to Europe in September and again now in October. I think I will have done enough driving for a while. Mind you, I don't know how things will be for our next Gib trip next March with Brexit looming. Rumours of needing international driving licence etc. So I enjoy it while I can. When I lived in Gib as a girl, we did some kind of sending postcard initiative, I got one in return from a girl at WGS, whom I then met when I went there myself on our return to BAOR. If it's any consolation to anyone being jealous of me on my hols here in Gib, let me reassure you that the weather has been atrocious in the Med, torrential rain!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

      

    

21 October 2018

David Ross (c.1961-72?) has sent me a cutting from the local Hamm paper concerning an anniversary of the opening of the Windsor School. Steve Green (see above) refers to this in his posting.
Glad things are back to normal. It is puzzling to most of us as to what went wrong.

Mike Capey (C63-70)

         

     

24 October 2018

Without wishing to provoke too many, to comment on the latest from Trump on 'the worst cover up ever' fails to take into account his on the Russia connection. Anyone seriously interested in this farrago should read The Apprentice, frightening stuff. Coupled with tearing up a non proliferation treaty, bodes ill for Europe, soon we'll be under two nuclear thumbs, his and Putin's
However my plan is to devote much of November towards Movember and raising the awareness of men taking regular P.S.A checks. Look it up as a good service to all men in our lives https://uk.movember.com/ a good cause in my view and takes ones mind off the maniacs at large

John Eustace (M59-62)

        

     

24 October 2018

Hi all, How do users of this forum feel about politics being discussed on this forum?
Is it appropriate here?  If it is does that include all politics or should we be selective?

Izzzi Forbes (E72-75)

      

     

24 October 2018

I cannot really understand why we are discussing Trump and Putin upon this school nostalgia site. Perhaps it is time for us all to move to FB.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

         

           

25 October 2018

Is anyone planing to attend the informal meet up arranged for the weekend on 17 November in Hamm? (see 6 October 2018 posting).  The day marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of the school in 1953.

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

       

     

25 October 2018

I have had a number of emails on the subject and due to popular demand there will be no more political postings allowed on the site for now.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

       

     

25 October 2018

Thanks again to Bill for keeping the site going with having endured the payment issue for so long.  I have been casting a regular eye on comments over the past year, but have never felt the urge to comment on a lot of the 'postings' as a lot were not really relevant to Windsor. In my first few 'postings' I used up quite a lot of snippets I remembered from my years at the school in the period between 1959 and 1961.  I appreciate a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then and many pupils/students from before and during my time may sadly not be around these days.  As a result I see little connection to my time at the school with some content being more suitable to FB which is the last site I would want to visit.  Some postings wander off the track which tempts me to breeze past reading them, but some off track comments do attach a few comments which pull them back into the Windsor interest frame.
I had noticed a slide into politics in comments being posted and for me that is not one of the subjects I would expect in a site meant to be about reminiscing on the good or bad old days of Windsor. I think Izzie has picked up on this in her last posting and the last posting from Colin seems to endorse the desire to keep politics out.

 

On the more pertinent memory head scratching, I do remember the intense and very popular beer mat and cheese label collecting that went on with swapping and secret payment for scarce mats and labels.  Any purchasing from fellow students always had to be sanctioned by the housemaster, certainly in Caernarvon. It was only one or two shillings which in today's money is nothing, but it was always a small fortune to me then.  I seem to remember each week we queued at the housemaster's flat entrance for pocket money being handed out and signed for, it was usually for one shilling.

David Gray (C59-61)

           

            

25 October 2018

I rather thought it a neat segue to move from events at large politically, to raise the more important subject of regular PSA testing for men over the age of 50. But never mind, I suspect some didn't get to the more important element of the post, before reaching for a keyboard So my last post on this site is to encourage PSA testing, just that. A return to nostalgia is clearly called for, pip pip

John Eustace (M59-62)

Movember/PSA link was why it got posted........  Bill  

                

      

27 October 2018

An update on the exhibition in Hamm and the visit on 17 November.  the exhibition "the British in Westfalen" opened yesterday in the City Archives. The opening was well attended with the Mayor making the welcoming speech. The exhibition runs until 4 January (but is not open at weekends).    The informal visit on the 65th anniversary 17 November is developing. Several people have indicated they are going.  There is a private view of the exhibition at 1000 in the morning; then a town wander and lunch.  At 1400 we join a coach tour of sites in Hamm associated with the British including the two school sites. There are a limited number of places. I hope Bill won't mind if you write to me via him (I don't want to put my email on an open site!) and I can send you details of booking. Those on FB can contact me directly! (PS if anyone knows what happened to Edda Haick after she left the school in 1957 please let me know, she was the first to arrive!) And whilst I'm on.. can anyone remember when Mr Aspinall left (Dec 58 or Summer 59?

Steve Green (C66-69)

      

         

28 October 2018

Hello, I was a pupil at Windsor Boys school when it was still a joint Boys and Girls school, and during the period when the Girls were moved to their own school. Cannot remember the dates as paperwork has been lost. I was in Sandringham house my ID was S92.

Any idea when it was that I could have been there so that I can try and work it out? Many thanks

Hans Wachter(S??-??)

Can anyone help with this?

             

     

29 October 2018

Happy Birthday Geoff Hern.
Not been on the site for some time.Had a couple of reunions with Ralph Bennett,Paul Sayers,Paul Clay and Dave Hodgson all of whom remember you with fondness. Hope you are keeping well. Best wishes

Gerry Mills (M65-68)

         

        

29 October 2018

A very Happy Birthday to Mr Hern the most memorable teacher for me. I am still around and look in now and again. Have a great day.

Linda Lecun (B76-79)

         

     

29 October 2018

Hans, My brother was there in 53-54, when it was mixed, when I arrived in the Autumn of 59, it was boys only. I think it change the previous year.

I feel guilty as I have not paid subs since 2009 and wish to catch up, because the site is a valuable reminder of an important part of my life. The link on this site no longer works and I cannot find where to send a cheque for 9 years subs. Can anyone advise please?

David Lister (m59-60)

The Society has been dormant for some years now and its future is uncertain. I removed the payment link some time ago and I do not recommend anyone to attempt to make payments. You do not need to be a Society member to post here.  Bill

            

      

29 October 2018

Many thanks Linda for your wishes, kind words and for taking time out from your own celebrations. Hope you too had a very happy birthday. Thanks for remembering yet again Gerry. Great to see that you ex-Marlborough folk are still in touch which shows, if I am allowed to say it without upsetting those who did not like the schools, what a good house spirit there was under PMK. As I've shown often on here I personally have very positive memories of Hamm, both WBS and WGS, and the majority of them are those of the students who responded so well both in and out of the classroom to my rather strange methods. The rather hackneyed adage that 'teachers get as much from the students as they give them' was certainly true in my case. If that's 'cheesy' then too bad!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

          

       

30 October 2018

Belated happy birthday Ffoeg
Hope you had a great Monday.

Never new it was your birthday!!!

LOL Sebrof

Izzzi Forbes (E72-75)

      

      

30 October 2018

Another late birthday wish, Geoff.
Just like my maths prep, eh? :D

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

        

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