News Items and Site Changes
12th November 2017
The 2017 PGSA Annual Service of Remembrance took place today at Preston Minster. Bishop John Goddard led the service, following the retirement of Canon Tim Lipscomb after many years of meritorious service on behalf of the Association. Pix of the congregation here
from Maurice, as always.
27th October 2017
The long-awaited presentation by Adrian Warrell on the trench warfare in WW1 finally took place this evening at the Moor Park Sports and Social Club (formerly the Fulwood Conservative Club) on Blackpool Road, Preston. A most interesting and informative presentation was well received by a participating audience, followed by a splendid buffet arranged by our President, who clearly has a taste for these things.
25th September 2017
It is with the deepest regret that the Association has to announce the recent passing of three Members.
Jim Bryson. Jim spent the whole of his working life in the Communications Department of the Ministry of Defence at Fulwood Barracks, apart from a short a short spell in the Falkland Islands following the 1982 War. However he was best known for his work in local amateur football league circles, devoting nearly fifty years of his life to the Lancashire Sunday League. As well as being Promotions Secretary and Fixtures Secretary he was also a referee (as the result of a broken leg playing), and he became the Referees' Secretary, a position he held for over forty years until his illness. Jim will be missed by all who knew him. The funeral service was held at the Fulwood Barracks Chapel at 2pm on Tuesday 19th September 2017, followed by the committal at Preston Crematorium.
Edward 'Ted' Dewhurst. Affectionately known as "Dickie", he passed away on Tuesday 12th September 2017, at the good age of 95 following a long illness. He taught Maths at the Grammar School from just after the end of the War until the School officially closed in 1969, and beyond that at the College. Being a private man and living his later years in Silverdale he didn't take an active part in the Association, but he was certainly well-remembered by many Members who would send in their memories of him, some of which were published in various Newsletters.
The funeral service and committal will take place at Beetham Hall Crematorium, Beetham (a few miles north of Lancaster) on Monday 2nd October 2017, at 3.30pm.
Keith Nightingale. Keith passed away on Tuesday 19th September 2017,at the age of 83. Keith was a pupil of Preston Grammar School from 1945 to 1952, and was in Goodair House. A lifelong Member of the Association, he had not been well for some time, but until very recently had never let this stop him from attending PGSA meetings, functions and events.
He was elected President of the Association in 1994 and thereafter remained totally committed to the Executive Council and the activities of the Association. He was especially supportive of my colleagues and myself when we were "new to the game" in 2006. As Chairman of the Board of Governors at Moor Park High School and Sixth Form College he was instrumental in the setting up and maintaining of the annual visits to the old School building, and in connection with his professional Health and Safety work he facilitated the first (resurrected) golf tournament. In short he devoted much to the Association and will be greatly missed.
The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to their families, friends and colleagues at this sad time. Provisional obituaries are here.
10th September 2017
The 2017 PGSA Annual Golf Tournament took place on Tuesday 5th September, at Ashton Golf Centre, near Lancaster. A report on the events of the day will be posted here when available. In the mean time, for your enjoyment, here
are the photos of the action, courtesy as usual of Maurice Barker. I apologise for the delay in uploading these - I've been a bit busy recently.
8th July 2017
Last Wednesday (5th July) saw the 2017 Roebuck Cup tournament take place at Old Nell's leisure facility at Bilsborrow. Photographs of the event and the participants can be seen here
, courtesy of Maurice Barker.
16th June 2017
Yesterday saw the Association's annual visit to the School, with a goodly selection of members (and some non-members!) enjoying the occasion - some for the first time in 50 years. We were warmly welcomed by the newly-appointed Head Teacher Ben Corbett and his staff and shown the excellent facilities now available to the students, together with a brief description of the proposals currently in hand for the immediate future. Pix of the day (courtesy of Maurice Barker) can be seen here
. The School website has a lot of information here
7th June 2017
Further to the previous entry the visit in question took place from 30th September to 3rd October 2016. Within days of the event one of the participants, Ian Mather, provided a report but it went mysteriously absent and has never been published - until now. Ian has provided a replacement copy - it can be seen here
, as a .pdf.
1st June 2017
After a visit by the Association's Military Interest Group to the Lochnagar Crater on the Somme battlefield, the Executive council arranged for the funding of a memorial Plaque in remembrance of the 59 Old Boys who are known to have been lost in WW1. The plaque (pictured here
) has now been installed at the Crater, notwithstanding the mis-spelling of Bazentin.The Crater itself is pictured here
1st June 2017
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of John Lester Baines, at the age of 97, on Thursday 4th May 2017. Always known as "Jack", he attended Preston Grammar School between 1931 and 1936, and was in Thornley House.
No further details are available at present, but the thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his family, friends and colleagues in their time of loss.
31st May 2017
David Clarke (1948-1955 and now living somewhere in darkest Cumbria) has recently renewed contact with his old form mates. In addition to some (so-far-brief) reminiscing he has provided a series of photos from the halcyon years 1954 and 1955 as well as some other items of interest. See his page in the Gallery. Although his memory has performed magnificently regarding putting names to faces there are still a number of lacunae - any help gratefully received!
24th May 2017
Ronnie Foreman's funeral has been re-arranged for tomorrow Thursday 25th May, at 12 noon, at Preston Crematorium. Apology for the short notice.
11th May 2017
The Association's AGM took place on Friday 5th May at Fulwood Conservative Club and was followed by the customary hot pot supper. The event was not as well attended as in previous years, for the ever-more-normal reasons of ill-health and a decreasing membership. Even so an interested congregation saw Jim Goring invested as President by Past-President John Whalley and enjoyed a convivial evening. Pix, from Maurice as usual, can be seen here
(Please note: the funeral of Ronnie Foreman, referred to below, did not take place as advertised because of the illness of his son. A new date is still to be notified.)
28th April 2017
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Ronald Foreman, at the age of 100, on Wednesday 12th April 2017. Ron, better known as "Carrots", always a source of amusement to him, taught French and Spanish at the Grammar School for many years, and also Spanish at the Harris College.
The Funeral Service will be held at Preston Crematorium on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, at 11.15am. We have no further details at this time. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Ron's surviving son Bill at this very sad time.
27th March 2017
The Association's Annual Dinner 2017 took place on Saturday 18th March at the Samlesbury Hotel. A convivial evening was enjoyed by all, although as is inevitable with the march of time numbers of attendees are steadily diminishing. Pix, as usual, from Maurice are here
12th February 2017
The New Year of 2017 has seen the appointment of Mr Ben Corbett as Head Teacher of Moor Park High School and Sixth Form College, following the retirement of Peter Cunningham after many years' meritorious service. The Association has enjoyed a very successful relationship with Peter and wishes him a long and happy well-earned retirement. The Association wishes Mr Corbett a long and successful tenure as Head Teacher and looks forward to a successful and mutually-beneficial relationship with him.
10th February 2017
Further to the death of Bill Heane announced below John Whalley has sent us the following brief note about Bill's life.
"After leaving school in 1938, Bill joined the RAF with the aspiration of becoming a pilot. During initial training in Canada he shocked his flying instructor by only just pulling out of a spin before landing safely! The advice, now, was for him to concentrate on becoming a navigator, which he did with great relish. He joined Bomber Command and the Lancaster Pathfinder Squadron 582 and completed 57 operational missions, mainly over Germany, with the same 'lucky' skipper and crew! After demob. he joined the family firm in Preston, WS. Heane, and enjoyed a number of leisure pursuits including sailing his boat Kingfisher from Glasson Dock, active family holidays and walking, He was a member of St. Bartholomew's Church Choir until last year. He leaves his wife, Margaret, whom he met when she was a midwife at Sharoe Green Hospital, son David and daughter Janet together with five grandchildren".
21st January 2017
It is with regret that the Association announces the passing of Bill Heane, (Flt Lt William Henry Heane DFC) who lived in the Chipping/Bilsborrow area, who died on Wednesday 11th January 2017, aged 93. The funeral service will take place at Chipping Parish Church of St. Bartholomew on Wednesday 25th January at 11am, prior to interment at St Hilda's, Bilsborrow. The Association will be represented by John Whalley (and perhaps others), who knew Bill. See here
19th January 2017
It is with immense sadness that the Association has to announce the passing of Frederick Michael "Mike" Tyrer, who died at home in Fareham Hampshire on 16th January 2017 after a short illness. The funeral will take place at the United Reform Church, 18 Osborn Rd S, Fareham PO16 7DG 31st January 2017 at 1400hrs. See here
Donations may be made to The Rowans Hospice c/o Messrs M Coghlan Limited, Westbury Rd, Fareham PO16 7XU.
11th January 2017
A goodly array of Members of the Association, along with a number of wives and guests, enjoyed today's informative and interesting tour of St George's Church and Preston Minster, led by Father Tim Lipscomb who was in fine form. Pix from Maurice here
The Executive Council Meeting originally programmed for Thursday 12th will now take place on Wednesday 18th January, time and place unchanged.
5th January 2017
The first update of the New Year is a photograph (resurrected, having been misplaced recently) of the School's ATC squadron at camp in 1944. The camp was at Calveley, Cheshire, and was held from 2nd - 9th September. The group pictured includes members of squadrons other than the PGS (2148) squadron. The individuals named are believed to be all the PGS members - the colours have no significance other than to connect names to faces. Any corrections gratefully received. See here
Military Service records
- a database of the military service records and other appropriate data of old boys and staff during the two world wars, other conflicts and the National Service period has been assembled by Alick Hadwen. This includes information about individuals killed in action, grave locations, honours won and the like. There is more info out there in the world, just waiting to be identified. If you have any of it please let the Association know.
The database can be accessed here.
Google Discussion Group
- the Association also maintains a Discussion Group on Google - click here
. Please visit and express your views.
The building in Moor Park Avenue, officially opened in 1913 as the new home of Preston Grammar School, following its move from Cross Street, is now home to Moor Park High School and 6th Form College. The Association maintains close links with the High School, with Tony Olivine (a former President) and Ian Yates serving as Governors, representing the Association.
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