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I was unaware of the Old Boys Association until my partner came across your website. Having lived in the South East of England since 1996, I had not seen any publicity in the Manchester area. I was surprised and delighted when my partner gave me the book for Christmas.
I attended the school for the Spring and Summer terms of 1956. I was to have spent another two terms there but had to cut it short due to my Mother’s illness.
I was in Hampden House and the housemaster was Mr Webster, I think. Mr Selby was also involved in Hampden. I also remember Mr Cooper, Mr Livesey, Mr Lamb, Mr Hugh and Mr Rolles.
In the Summer term we made a film with Mr Cooper, (we decided his middle name was Caracticus) called Brian’s secret which apparently won an award.
Some of the boys I remember; Roy Scott; Alan Duxbury; Jim Marle, nickname squirrel because of his ability to climb trees; Alan Wrigley who later formed the Hearbeats who then became Hermans Hemits. Paul Edwards and ? Lynch who like Alan came from my school in Flixton.
The Head Boys were called Busby and Miller, the latter played the piano for assemblies and composed the school hymn. I used to run with George Viney and Brian Hanley. There were a number of lads from the Lake District including Alan Wilkinson, two called Dixon, Shepherd and a lad called Bob Birkett who has the Junior World Champion at Westmorland and Cumberland style wrestling.
A number of contributors have mentioned the two mile trek to Stokenchurch on a Sunday. In my time we all went to the C of E church. After the service the teachers and most of the boys went back by bus. A few of us would run back and try to beat the bus which on most occasions we did.
I was once asked by the Matron to take a prescription to the chemist in Stokenchurch. I ran both ways.
I recall just two school trips, one to Chatsworth House and the other to the Renault Care Works to see the Dauphne being assembled. Some of your later photographs show cars parked in the grounds, in my time they were still a bit of a rarity.
I loved the curriculum as it was so different from normal school. There was an accent on sports and what I would call hobbies. I recall eggs in the incubator and watched as the chicks hatched. I also enjoyed looking after the hens in the small holding.
During my time I wasn’t aware of many boys being punished with the slipper. Most punishments consisted of standing in the yard on a Saturday while others watched the film. We must have been a good lot!
My brother also attended about 1962 but did not have the affection I had and still have.
I am 80 years old I was at horsley green school in summer of 1952 I was in the house of penn
Dennis says...Is this site till being managed.
Is this site till being managed.
Hi Dennis we have re published the website please visit wwwlhorsleysgreenschool.weebly.com
The person who took over the site when the creator became ill has changed the password and done nothing else for four years it can no longer be updated SORRY
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