Friday, 9 February 2018

Athletics 1963

Any ideas of names ? Answers below please. Click to see full sized.
John Hall spotted front row 3rd from the right.


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Dave Shepherd Head Boy 1964



A poor quality photo here so not easy to make out faces. Dave Shepherd is sitting as Head Boy which dates it as 1964. Peter Budge stands behind him.

Other names please ( Martin Jones - that's you ).

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Some Winter reading - The Bourne from 1952

John Hanson has sent in some wonderful archives from his days at PGS - here is the Bourne in it's entirety. Due to technical "challenges" the pages are not in the correct order.

Geoffrey Todd comments "Thanks for the recent posting of The Bourne from 1952.
It certainly brought back some memories and includes mention on page 10 of the Railway Club visit to RHDLR that year and links neatly with the photo I sent to you in December 2017.   Michael Haylock was one of the pupils attending.  He's in the back row 3rd from left - cap askew as ever next to Mr. Carey.
Another memory stirred was queuing for rock cakes at milk break.   The funds the cakes raised was put towards the War Memorial pavilion which Dr. Birchall is reported opening on page 2.   Believe the dinner ladies cooked the cakes daily in the school kitchen.
Regards,
Geoff 

Click the link below to display the PDF 

THE BOURNE 1952

Friday, 2 February 2018

Colts Rugby XV 1964

Alan Girling has added some more information to his photo.



"I think we have 'done' this photo before but I can supply all the names except one, whose name escapes me entirely.  I think that's because he wasn't at the school with us from the 1st form but I might be wrong.  This looks like the Colts XV which would have made it the 1963-4 season.  This was my last rugby season as the date coincided with the building of the new gym with strange-looking backboards and rings mounted at either end, and marked the beginning of my basketball career for which our first coach was Derek Jones, also the teacher pictured in the photo.  I remember him telling us early on that this was a non-contact sport!  I still have several scars and mis-shapen joints to testify to the accuracy of that statement.

Anyway, here goes with the photo.  Back row L-R: Ray Haynes, Phil Windley, Paul Catley, Chris Wakeman, Mr Derek Jones, Roger Massey, me, Geoff Pickerill, Steve Taylor; Front row L-R: Mark Potashnick, Tim Harper, Pete van der Mey, unknown (Martin may help here), Mick Giradot, Keith Peraux, Rob Lane, Bill Mathie, Alan Kennett.

Mick Giradot was a regular for Surrey Colts where he played at centre or on the wing.  Bill Mathie and Roger Massey went on to be head boys in 66-7 and 67-8 respectively.  Our font row was messrs Harper, van der Mey and Peraux, flankers were Kennett , Windley and Taylor, the other 3 were Pickerill, Catley and Massey.  Haynes and unknown were scrum halves (although I did have to step in once due to illness, a game I remember well as the elastic went in my shorts and I had to try to feed the scrum either one- handed or with my shorts round my knees and heading south), Potashnick was fly half, Giradot and Wakeman centres and Rob Lane and me on the wings, although I did fill in quite a bit in the centre too, and Mathie at full back.  I think we had a reasonable record but couldn't quote figures.

To be honest, rugby wasn't really my forte, and I was glad when I was able to apply more subtle skills (ahem!) on the smaller court!

Just wish I could remember who Mr Unknown is.  It may come to me...."

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ben's Hut at Snowdon - Now

Dave O'Hara has sent in these great photos of the Snowdon Hut ( Ben's Cottage ) as it is now. click the photo to see it full size.






Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Andy "Joe " Dolan is alive

Having disappeared from sight in the 1970's, Andy "Joe " Dolan has been in contact to confirm that he is still with us. 

Here he is back in the day....
Clive Bealey Andy Dolan - Front Row- Mike Clarke Paul Cocks Nick Peaty

Friday, 12 January 2018

Another treat from former pupil and master at PGS, David Coy, now resident in NZ - North Wales, 1959

North Wales, 1959
On Tryfan with Peter Betts, William Bourne, David Coy and others

click to see full sized

Fas et Patria

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