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So, from now on, those of you from the old School who contact me will be entered into my Hall of Fame (or maybe my Virtual Detention area) and preserved for all time. In this way, those of us who (as predicted by our old School Reports) turned out to be complete and utter failures will, in some small way, have achieved a measure of immortality.
I will publish the best school stories here, and how good they are will determine whether you are put in the Hall of Fame or in Virtual Detention. Click here to send your stories!
Do you remember the nuckle-rapping woodwork teacher? The physics teacher who could lift you from your seat with your sideburns? Do you remember a music teacher who used to like to fiddle? And I don't mean violin, if you catch my drift. In his eyes, Head Boy had a very different meaning. They're all here...
This year’s annual dinner will be held at Stand Golf
Club, Ashbourne Grove, Whitefield, on Friday 25th October 2013. In order to mark the opening of the school
building in Church Lane in 2013, which was then co-educational, the invitation
this year has been extended to include the wives of any Association members who
attended Stand Girls School. In keeping with this theme celebrating an age of
emerging enlightenment, the guest speaker this year will be Beryl Shepherd (nee
Wynne), a past pupil and teacher at Stand Girls School.
An application form is here: Dinner.pdf
The Dinner was held in the Memorial Hall, Longfield Suite, Prestwich, on Friday 30 November 2012. Any photos, anyone?
The Dinner was held in the Memorial Hall, Longfield Suite, Prestwich, on Friday 25 November 2011. Has anyone got any photographs for me?
Just trying to get a general view of the room
Whoops, didn't mean to wake you, Phil! ;o)
Phil Hargreaves gets a plaque commemorating his long service as OSA President.
Now we know what the B in P. B. H. stood for!
Lawrence McGinty kicks off his reminiscences.
'What a lot of white hair! I hope it's a mild winter...'
I fell in with a bad crowd and got dragged to The Church Inn. I hadn't been here in years!
I'll start by introducing myself, my name is Andrew Crossfield and I am Brien's son, It is with a great amount of sadness that I let you know of my fathers death.
He died yesterday (27th Feb 08) aged 82. As you may or may not know he suffered a major stroke 5 years ago and had been struggling ever since, his passing was very peaceful and he was surrounded by the people who loved him.
My memories of him over the last 42 years are vivid to say the least as I'm sure yours are too! I remember as a child him showing me all the planets and stars through a telescope and trying to explain what a gas giant was (I always found that term hilarious!)
He will be hugely missed by everyone who knew him and i'm sure, remembered with great fondness.
My mum is carrying on the Crossfield tradition and bearing up well as are my sister Helen and myself.
If you feel inclined it would be great to hear some of your memories of him, I can be contacted at email@example.com
So I'll finish by wishing you all the best and hope you'll join me in saying "goodbye" to a real life Mr Chips!
Oh yes, I think if you look up at those stars tonight, There'll be one more looking down on us from now on.
Many thanks for taking time to read this and all the best to you and yours.
|From The Bury Times, February, 2008...
A FORMER headteacher, who later set a 'bench-mark' by serving as a JP for 22 years, has retired.
Greenmount man Mr David Hudson was recruited as a Bury magistrate in 1986. Now, he has retired after reaching the age of 70.
He came to Whitefield in 1970 as head of Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, later becoming principal of Stand Sixth Form College and Vice Principal of Bury College.
As a JP, he served as deputy chairman of the Bury bench between 1998 and 2003 and then bench chairman between 2003 and 2005.
He was also chairman of the Greater Manchester Magistrates Forum in 2005 and, at the same time, chairman of the Greater Manchester Justices' Issues Group. This is a statutory body set up by Parliament to support the independence of the district judges and lay magistrates.
He officially retired from the bench this week and received gifts from fellow magistrates, including a framed certificate to mark his long service as a JP.
Mr Hudson said: "My 22 years seem to have passed very quickly. It's been a great privilege to work with so many keen and supportive colleagues and to be of some service to the Bury community.
"I would encourage anyone to become a JP if they want to take on a voluntary task which not only contributes to the well-being of the town, but also provides great interest and good training in areas unfamiliar to most of us."
He has been a long-time member of Radcliffe Athletic Club. Not only has he run eight marathons, but has cycled to India to raise funds for leprosy relief. David lives with his wife, Pauline.
HYNES (RICHARD WALTER) - Peacefully on November 10 2007, at a local hospital with his Family by his side. A much loved Husband to Beryl, and devoted Father to Allison and Phillip. A very proud and loving Grandfather to Simon, Colin, Thomas, Jessica, Georgina and Zoe. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed by all of his Family and Friends. Funeral service and committal will take place at Agecroft Crematorium on Friday November 23 at 11.00am. Family flowers only please, donations preferred to Francis House, Didsbury. All inquiries and donations to Carriages Funeral Service, 260 Liverpool Road, Eccles M30 0SD. Tel: 707 9199.
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The Hon Secretary of the Old Standians’ Association is compiling a history of the Association and if any members have relevant information could they send this to him for copying (with consent, of course). All originals will be returned, if so required, otherwise they will be handed to the Bury Archivist. Photos of the "Old School”, ie not Church Lane, welcome.
Also, does anyone have possession of, or know the whereabouts of, the original O.S.A. Minute Book for 1906-1928? It was with T.C. Taylor (now deceased) in 1976 but seems to have vanished.
Licensed bar to midnight. Charge: £25 per person.
The Hon Secretary OSA
21 Spruce Crescent
... no later than 18th November 2010.
|This was our biggest gathering in many years (ever, maybe?), because it was the 100th anniversary of the association and, mainly, because of the attendance, this year, of many of the Old Girls. This year, there were over 170 attendees. I, for one, hope this continues.||
Two generations of Old Standians, the Mills family, mother and son
David Heywood and yours truly
And two generations of headmaster, Dr Geoff Barnes...
... and David Hudson, both looking little older, forty years on or not!
Jack Walton sporting his newly-acquired mayoral bling. Unfortunately we didn't have time for a raffle or auction this year, so all the extra cash I'd brought in the hope of getting my hands on a Lowry went unused!
The Old Girls look for familiar faces from the old panoramic photographs.
It was quite a gathering this year, with 66 people turning up; one of our bigger turn-outs this last few years.
Everyone gets stuck into the food...
It's time for the raffle tickets. We are handing over tenners, fivers, twenties, and the raffle ticket guy is trying to remember who gets how much change! "I owe you a fiver, you give me that tenner and you get that five. You give me that twenty, he gives his tenner and I give you this fiver. Now we're square. Hang on, where was I?"
This year's guest speaker is William McVicar, organist and adviser to the Royal Festival Hall
And tonight, the spotlight of fate lands on...
Pete Bramah hands out sticky name labels. It comes in handy when your memory isn't what it used to be.
William McVicar reminds everyone why it was, in the 1950's & 60's or so, so vitally important to remember one's gym kit.
Our traditional toast -
Just as soon as I can locate my notes from the evening I'll tell you who the guest speaker is. I think I'd better give myself some lines.
More raffle prizes! Plenty of wine and spirits, as usual. I'm guessing that the fire extinguisher in the background is not included.
Another sale of 'Famous Old Standian' cards!
I've just managed to chop off Pete Bramah on the left (my photo composition apparently needs work). I also neglected to take a picture of the splendid chap on my right, who did the odd magic trick with his fingers and rubber bands. If I had, I might have been able to figure out how he did it!
|Another excellent evening, I'm sure everyone
will agree! The guest speaker this year was Ian Wagstaff, who lives near
Newcastle Upon Tyne and is, by profession, a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician.
Ian's rivetting recollections were peppered with tangential medical observations, which may or may not have had relevance at the time, but which were hilarious nonetheless. These covered a range of subjects, which may or may not have included the bowlegged gait of a certain ancient groundsman ("...often due to fairly advanced syphilis...") and the posture of the discus thrower in the Carnegie collection, oft used as a breast pocket emblem on a sportsman's blazer ("...typical of a serious haemorroid condition or anal fissures...").
|The best line of the
evening, for me, was his relating of an incident in a Newcastle delivery
Husband (whilst wife is giving birth): "Er, doctor, I was wondering how soon we will be able to have sex again"
Doctor: "Gentlemen prefer to wait until the placenta has been passed"
Jack Walton auctions off some more school memorabilia.. Here he is attempting to record my photography as a bid. No-one dare scratch his nose, sip a drink or raise an eyebrow while this is going on! This time it's a painting of the school by our resident artist and OSA Secretary, Tony Wilding. A copy of this is also available, unframed, for £6, if I remember correctly, details from Tony (see the membership application form for his details).
And why is this man improperly dressed again? Sell him an Old Standians tie, pronto!
We appear to have some of some of the former Old Girls* attending these days.
|How many of you remember his chap, Brien Crossfield?
He taught Chemistry and took a bunch of us skiing on the school trip
to Selva val Gardena, in the Italian Dolomites, in 1970. We stayed in the
splendidly unpretentious Hotel Luna for two weeks, where we made absolute
nuisances of ourselves. Several of you who are in touch with me were on
that trip. I must try and dig out some photographs. I have them,
During 2002, Brien suffered a stroke and wasn't able to make dinner that year, but he was able to make the 2003 dinner, with the aid of a wheelchair. He's just a little shaky, but in remarkable good shape, all in all. I wish him well, not least because he was responsible for my ability to ski.
|Phil Hargreaves couldn't make it this year, for the first time since
1949, as he's very ill at the moment. Well, I hope he recovers and can
make next year, but I do wonder one thing:
If I had what he's got, would it have got me out of his Gym class??
Now, if you are sitting comfortably, we shall continue...
|Did you know - ...that Les Lumley was a scientist during WW2 working on the degaussing of ships. He was also one of the first recipients of a new hip joint. In those days, they were plagued by a high failure rate due to the lack of sphericity of the ball and socket joint. Les made the suggestion that they could use an optical technique using polarised light to help to improve the accuracy of the spherical surfaces.|
Here's the pictures of the demolition.
|Doyle||Ingham||Walker (only with us until Christmas, then emigrated to Tasmania)|
Thanks are due to Mark Samberg and David Ansell for filling in the gaps! No thanks are due to me for taking since last Christmas to include the info that Mark sent me.
"Covers up for missing homework with lies and deceit" - Baz Brooks, Maths. Gee whiz, that's a bit harsh! I came top of the class that year!
"A waste of space" - Mr Kershaw (I think. A a mustachioed compatriot of Haggis in 1967 and onwards), Gym. Nothing new there, then.
"Remains bottom of the class, despite stiff opposition" - Hardwick, French, 1970. This guy was a student teacher, and something of a sadist. He used to try and outdo his own previous smart-arse comments every week, knowing the trouble it would get me into with the headmaster and at home. He also used to whack the ends of our outstretched fingers with the edge of a ruler, sometimes until the cuticles bled. We were more stupid than he was sadistic, though, as we told him that trick! He then used to search us and confiscate our cigarettes.
"Sets himself a very low standard and consistently fails to achieve it" - Hardwick, French, 1970. Thank you, Sir. Please may I have another?
Here's a couple from Peter Oldfield...
"An amazing result as he has done little work
all year", Miss Jones,
French 1974. I actually worked damned hard all year but have a shocking
memory for names and french words!
Not a report , but a comment at the end of my geography homework in
from PBH, "Do you need a new pen or a new hand?"
'Doc' Barnes was not best pleased in Assembly the next day, and made reference to the fact that he had a 100% clear-up rate on vandalism. The day after that, there were 'Doc' Barnes' words thrown back at him, painted on the wall! Whoops! The perpetrators were now known to be pupils. Also, the paintbrushes, thoughtfully posted through the letterbox, were found to have come from an independent supplier, which narrowed it down to No 6 bus route boys.
The Beak invited suggestions from the boys as to who the culprit could be. Myself and Dave Gorrill even found ourselves on that list and were asked by 'Doc' Barnes for our comments on the matter. I still remember that list. It went something like "Arnold, Gorrill, Cooper, Narey, Cooper, Narey, Cooper, Narey, Cooper, Narey..."
We used to bring in clothes pegs to split into wooden wedges in order to jam the windows wide open, just to make sure she would have to put some real effort into shutting the windows, and to put this effort in for long enough. She did cotton on once, when we made too much noise behind her and she could no longer pretend to ignore it. With a slightly red face, she said "Something tells me, boys, that you're not putting all of your attention into your books!" We weren't, we were wondering whether 30 boys jumping on their teacher amounted to a detention or merely an essay.
|Forty years on, when afar and asunder
Parted are those who are singing today,
When you look back and forgetfully wonder
What you were like in your work and your play.
Then it may be that there will often come o’er you
Glimpses of notes like the catch of a song,
Visions of boyhood shall float them before you,
Echoes of dreamland shall bear them along.
Till the field ring again and again
Forty years on, growing older and older,
|Gaudeamus igitur ) bis
Juvenes dum sumus )
Post jucundam juventutem
Post molestam senectutem
Nos habebit humus bis
Vita nostra brevis est ) bis
|Latin:||Literal:||English (my paraphrasing):|
|Gaudeamus igitur||We may be glad then||So let us rejoice (or, Paaaarrttyyy!)|
|Juvenes dum sumus||The youths while we are||While we are youths|
|Post jucundam juventutem||After the pleasant youth|
|Post molestam senectutem||After the annoying old age|
|Nos habebit humus||We the ground will dwell||We shall live in the soil|
|Vita nostra brevis est||Life is short|
|Brevi finietur||In a short time it is finished||It is soon over|
|Venit mors velociter||Death takes us quickly|
|Rapit nos atrociter||It takes us cruelly|
|Nemini parcetur||No-one will be spared|
|Vivat Academia||May the school live||Long live the School!|
|Vivant Professores||May the Professors live||Long live the Professors!|
|Vivat membrum quodlibet||May every member live||Long live every person!|
|Vivat membra quaelibet||May all the members live||Long live us all!|
|Semper sint in flore!||May we/they may be always in flower!||May we thrive!*|
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