1st February 2019

Hi Martin, stories about names always interest me but the comment about Homo is quite disturbing.  I am pleased to say that it would be totally unacceptable today.

I am pro social inclusion and seeing the best in people as everyone has something to offer and teach us.  
I have a friend who is transgender and another who has spent a lot of time in prison (both X colleagues) and I get nothing but respect from both for accepting them when they were excluded and scorned upon.
The X con will tell you that it has been employment and acceptance that has stopped them from re-offending.

Hi Geoff P
I'm waiting on the WBS gossip.  Those teachers can't gate you or stick you on detention now!!!!

Izzzzi Forbes (E72-75)



3rd February 2019

Reminiscing the winter months at WBS -
Playing rugby in freezing twilight with a mud laced rugby ball that weighed a ton - steaming bodies - scraping pounds of mud off boots before storing in the boot room - the smell of sweat and dubbin.
Football, again with a laced and heavy ball - imprint and brain damage was optional!
The mandatory cross country runs - the smokers stopping half way round under the underpass.
The rock cakes at break time - almost as hard as the frozen ground outside the dining block. The fish and chips on a Friday - the baked Alaska desert.
Two people heaving an urn with gallons of hot tea or a sludgy cocoa, in your dressing gown, from the dining rooms back to your house.
Matron throwing open the windows to let in the cold air before lights out.

In hindsight, this and much much more, I am sure put us in good stead for dealing what life had to throw at us after leaving WBS.

Peter Leppard (M60-64)



5th February 2019

Hi Mr Leppard, Love hearing stories about the differences of our experiences at Windsor and hope you will share some more?

What type of mischief did you get up to in those days?

Were the windows still being opened at lights out in the 70s I wonder?
Anyone want to enlighten us please?

Frau Schluter used to open our windows in the morning - even if it was frosty or snowing!!! That would be cruelty these days but it toughened us up and did us no harm I guess!!!!

Izzzzi Forbes (E72-75)



10th February 2019

Hi all,
It's gone very quiet here
How are you Pamela, Malcolm, Ffoeg et al?

Is any one else being driven mad by the predictive  script when they are trying to post?  It's driving me bazonkers!!!!!

Izzzzi Forbes (E72-75)



11th February 2019

I'm still here, iZZZZi!  I have been away over the weekend, looking at Town Halls.  Our council is closing all of theirs, so local groups are taking over the ownership and running of them, but we have been to see halls in other parts of Scotland which went through a similar process a couple of decades ago, so that we could learn from their experiences.  A lot of "English" incomers involved in local initiatives, many ex-services - particularly Navy and RAF.  Beautiful scenery in Argyll, snowy mountain tops, a rainbow over the loch - stunning.  Where some of my ancestors came from.  However, on the "sunshine coast" where I live now, we have the benefits of drier (and sunnier) weather, and no midges.

It also made me think about where ex-services (also ex-Windsors) end up, and therefore their impact on the communities they move into, and whether their lives and lifestyles have made them the types who get "involved".

As to predictive text - I prefer to post via the laptop, doesn't predict anything!

You asked about lights out, etc.  In the 60s, our Matron would come in, dinging the triangle, march past us, fling back the curtains and open the windows wide, saying "Open ze vindows, strip ze beds". Any bed not stripped back enough, she would pull all the sheets off during breakfast.  We didn't have the windows opened at lights out, curtains would be drawn since the windows could be seen from the street.

As to mischief - that would take some time to write it all down, but is possibly why I was eventually recommended to be head of house - poacher turned gamekeeper?

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)



11th February 2019

You are right as ever Sebrof. I have not posted for a couple of weeks. As you know I decided to ease off a bit since I'm sure that some are sick of my nostalgia about my years in Hamm. However just a small follow-up to my flood dispersal story. It illustrated to me how worldly the students in Hamm were. They took it all in their stride and appeared to enjoy the disruption even though they knew that their welcome home would be delayed. This same positive outlook from them was evident throughout my time and I feel was not usual in school students in 1960. But maybe I'm wrong. 

Geoff Hern (M60-80)



11th February 2019

To answer a recent question - self  confessional or misdemeanour?
If anybody remembers the WBS chapel, - St Boniface - there were no toilets in the chapel. Having been invited to join the choir, during the first attended practice and unaware of the lack of toilets, I located a washbasin and whilst addressing my needs, was confronted by the chaplain! It must have been the shortest membership of the choir, so demoted back to the pews. However, this did have an advantage - we had to write a mandatory letter home once a week, so the Sunday service and hidden behind the pews, many were using the time to write home!

Peter Leppard (M60-64)



12th February 2019

I went to Windsor school and was one of the first pupil's at the time which was co-ed' We were given a number, I was S 35 ( Sandringham)
We were in  an  eight bed dormitory. When we looked out of the window the boy's dorm' was right opposite, which caused lots of girlie giggles, especially as one had binoculars! The school at that time had wire fencing all around, and we where escorted by soldiers when we went to church on Sunday's.
One siesta time, I was caught jumping from bed to bed on my side of the dormItory, and was given a detention, and had to polish the common room floor!
Being at the school was one of the highlights of my life. My family were in Munster, dad was an RSM in the RASC.

Hilary Potts (S53-54)



12th February 2019

Trying to locate a former teacher at Windsor School from 1976 called Sarah Marshall and would be grateful for any information.

Michael Devlin (B76-79)



12th February 2019

It is with sadness that I report that Mike Capey (WBS 64 to 71) died last Saturday. An inspirational teacher of history, staff member of Caernarvon, chapel organist, Concordia overseer and much more. Condolences to Carole and children.

Steve Green (C66-69)



13th February 2019

Hi there and best wishes to all for 2019 from this old fogey left behind in Deutschland!.(70 this year, was a bit younger in the past). Peter Leppard- I do remember you for some reason, and I think I've got a picture of you with some mates on the lawn behind the Marlborough/Sandringham building playing cards. As far as nostalgia goes, it would be awesome if somebody had recordings of some of the sounds (bells, rollcall etc.) never thought that sort of stuff would ever become nostalgic at the time!.

Ronnie Williams (M60-67)



13th February 2019

It's posted on the WBS/WGS Facebook page that Mike Capey has died. Such sad news, he was an inspirational teacher, l loved his history class.  He got me through O level, but also engendered an interest in History across the ages. I continue to enjoy reading about and experiencing history on my travels. We live on the south coast and I have made many trips to battlefield sites and the cemeteries of Normandy and Flanders. I taught in PRS, Rinteln, in the 70's and enjoyed discovering historical sites in Europe with my wife Angela. Mike Casey will always  remain in my memory as I continue to enjoy history.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)



14th February 2019

So very sad to hear of Mike's death. A strong Wylie supporter who willingly gave so much and with such humour too. Steve's and Dave's posts will I am sure be echoed by many others. Mike, an life-long Accrington Stanley fan, was an avid reader of, and regular contributor to, these pages and always encouraged me in my support for the site. My sincere condolences to Carole and the children.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)



14th February 2019

Sad to report that Rev JJ Fielding Passed away on Monday 11th Feb. He was Padre when I was at the school.

Bill Craswell (C62-64)



18th February 2019

I remember JJ Fielding with great affection, he being our Padre in the early sixties. He took my confirmation service when it was reported great clouds of dandruff appeared at the laying on of hands, on my turn! He was an incredibly nice man and I loved the Irish lilt in his voice when talking of 'films' I last met him at Newbury Racecourse when he clearly defied his age. Sad, very sad, another chapter closes

John Eustace (M59-62)



18th February 2019

Thanks John, I had forgotten the way JJ used to say filums - he has always been remembered by me for the falling pulpit affair. When I met him at a reunion I said to him that I was never too sure what to call him these days, he replied "Call me John, just call me John" - definitely made me feel my age.....

Bill Craswell (C62-65)



19th February 2019

There were three members of staff who had a profound effect on my future life: Hern, Capey and Fielding. Mr Hern has been praised before by me. Mr Capey, thanks to him for my A Level History and for revision sessions at his home, and the Rev Fielding thanks for his support and confidence in making me leader of the Chapel Choir. It is so sad to see two of my "heroes" pass away at almost the same time.
My condolences to their families and may they rest in peace.

Mike Wilson (E65-68)



19th February 2019

Yes John as you say another chapter closes - both John Fielding and Mike Capey leaving us within two days of each other. Two of the memorable colleagues from my early days in the 1960's. Well remember John trying to act as mediator in one of my 'discussions'  with Mike Wylie at a HOD meeting. And, like you and Bill, his way of saying 'filums' always made me smile and usually provoked a comment.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)



19th February 2019

It's probably getting late in the day but does anyone have the details of his funeral? 

I tracked John down in the early eighties when I spotted him walking through Highgate and discovered that he was the vicar at St Michaels.  Anyhow he was a good faimily friend while we lived in London.  He even baptised my children!  He really was a good and kindly man.

Mike Hutchinson (M64-68)

I have just received permission to post the details...


Dear Friends,

We are very sad to inform you of the death of our father, John, who died peacefully at Tabley Nursing Home in Knutsford on the evening of Monday 11th February after a lengthy battle with the lung disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.  

He was the much loved husband of Margaret, who remains in Tabley and of his late first wife, and our mother, Claire.  As well as a wonderful father to us and father-in-law to Jim and Peter, he was an immensely proud grandfather to Claire, Matthew, Angus, Thomas and Emily.  John enjoyed a long and rewarding ministry in Northern Ireland, Germany, Oxford and Highgate.  We shall all miss him greatly.

You are most welcome to join us at John’s funeral, which will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, Knutsford, Cheshire on Monday 25th February at 1.00pm, followed by a short committal service at Vale Crematorium, Northwich at 4.00pm. 

Family flowers only, please but donations to the British Lung Foundation can be made either online through Dodgson’s Funeral Service www.dodgsonfunerals.com (tributes page) or direct to Dodgson’s Funeral Service, 25 Manchester Road, Knutsford, WA16 0LY. 

With best wishes,

Anne and Hilary



20th February 2019

Rev. John J. Fielding was our Padre during my time at WBS.  He asked (seconded!) me into the Sixth Form choir during Sunday services, I even carried the cross to the altar.  I read the lessons from the Bible on many occasions.  He was another of those great "men of WBS" who had such a profound affect on me.

It is with great sadness that I read of his passing away.

to Anne, Hilary and all his family, many, many condolences RIP JJF

Dave Naylor (H64-67)