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From: Phil Wright



Subject: Class of 1961 ?



I am still in touch with Richard Pulk, John Smith and Stuart McPhillips and we are all hoping to get together during the summer.


If you remember any of us, and would like to join us, please get in touch with me at and I will be happy to organise.


Phil Wright




® On ‘The Register’,  Phil and all the classmates he mentioned,  are listed as starting in 1962.  Although we don’t normally publish email addresses on the web,  except for Society officers who have their own mailboxes on the site,  Phil tells me he is happy for his to appear – and from the type of email address he offers it looks like he might be well protected against unwanted spam,  so I’m happy to make an exception here since it might bring results faster.


Given our own major upcoming event I wonder whether you and your friends,  or anyone else,  might care to consider also joining us at our upcoming major reunion.  It’s on 27th April 2013 at the Portland College in Nottinghamshire and all the details are on our site now – under “reunion 2013” on our home page.  We’d love to see you all there and you’ll have the chance to meet a wider selection of your old school pupils.




From: Malcolm Bass



Subject: Carlton le Willows GS - intake of 1962



I remember some of the names that are missing on the database which may be of use:


Michael (Mick) Edmonds

Richard (Dick) Eyre

Michael (Mick) Sellwood


It's always sad to hear of the deaths of fellow teachers and pupils.


If anyone can remember the deputy head (nicknamed 'chin') who took over temporarily after the death of Mr Draycott then I'd be grateful.  I think it may have been Mr Riddles but I'm unsure.


Kind Regards

Malcolm Bass




From: Kate R. van Niekerk



Subject: Re: Delighted to find the site!



Hi Roger

Thank you for your considerate and detailed reply! The common room was one area I could not get onto so I am really pleased that you took the trouble to mail me. I am using an iPad and I think that you are probably correct in your supposition that it is this that is the problem - it had not occurred to me as navigating sites is usually as straightforward on the iPad as on my laptop. However, I will certainly try and get onto the site from the PC tomorrow and have a look.


I am also most willing to give an account of what I remember of the change over to the comprehensive, although I was only 13 or 14 at the time, and I'll send through a recent pic of myself and a couple of autobiographical details. Do you have any of the old school magazines? They were in the form of quite a big book and had stories, poems artwork etc. I remember them as really impressive! There is a picture of me as a first year in one of them during effort week which was also printed in the Nottingham Evening Post. There is a copy somewhere in the boxes from my parent's old house, but they are in England, and I live in Pretoria, so that won't help!


Anyway, more tomorrow from my PC. Isn't Google a wonderful thing? I would never have dreamt that your society existed


Kind regards




Sent from my iPad



® Progress!  Hope you find the site in it’s full glory when you try on a PC.  Incidentally,  posting of this message was delayed on account of it was put in ‘spam’ by our website host’s email facility,  so I had to rescue it.  No idea why:  it looks completely innocent to me.


We do have copies of the magazines,  or most of them,  from the Grammar period.  One of the sections on our site – ‘About the School’ – includes a sub-section giving a selection of items from many of them for you to browse.


Let us know how you get on.  But when you have a feature ready for us and maybe your picture,  send them to me as , otherwise they’ll go straight to the common room.   I want to feature it on our home page for a while (that’s the bit to the right of the sidebar you couldn’t read,  and the page most visitors go to first).


Can’t wait!




From: Kate R. van Niekerk



Subject: Delighted to find the site!



Hi there

I'm delighted to find this site, but I am finding it very difficult to navigate. Half the information on the side bar remains hidden no matter what I do. However, greetings to you from South Africa. I was a pupil at Carlton le Willows Grammar school from 1971 and through the depressing changeover to being a comprehensive. I have fond memories of my green and grey uniform (oh how proud i was of my tie!) walking up wood lane, the school plays and effort week - even school dinners.....


Kind regards


Kate van Niekerk (née Ellis)



Sent from my iPad 



® Lovely to hear from you,  Kate,  and welcome to the site – even if you can’t see it clearly so far.


I can’t see what’s going wrong in your case,  because you don’t tell me what equipment and browser you’re using to view it.  However,  your email suggests you may be using an iPad.  In that case I’m lost anyway since I don’t have an iPad or access to one.


But I do know that our site is pretty hopeless when viewed from a mobile ‘phone,  because it is designed for a standard computer screen and mobile screens are just too small.  There’s only me to do all the web coding,  and producing a version (which would probably have to be several parallel versions) for mobile devices would be far more than I could cope with (web coding isn’t a hobby for me:  I do it because the Society needs me to).


I’d recommend,  if you possibly can,  that you visit the site on a PC with Internet Explorer or Firefox (though there are some older pages Firefox can’t cope with until I can make the changes necessary to adapt them).  Failing that,  you might try using online.html .This link (which also appears in small type on our front page below the School shield) is simply an index to every individual page on the site (with a brief explanation of what the page is about).  Click on an item in this index and you will be taken to the page concerned without any navigational aids at all,  and most mobile devices should be able to cope with what they find there.  But you’ll have to return to the index to go to any other page.


Do let us know how you get on.




From: P Wright



Subject: David (Dai) Roberts



I was sorry to learn that David, or Dai as he was known in my day, died recently.


He was a huge influence on my school days, as I give him all of the credit for inspiring me of a love for the game of rugby, as well as instilling in me, I hope, a sense of fair play and sportsmanship.


I was in e-mail correspondence with him earlier this year, as you can see from an earlier message of mine to this web-site, and I was pleased to be able to tell him that my current job includes coaching rugby to boys aged from 7 to 11 at a school in Surrey.


My condolences go to his family.


Phil Wright   



® Thank you for passing on this sad news.  Dai was a frequent correspondent to the Common Room and we will miss his reports and memories.


In the message below (96) in May,  you were seeking to get in touch with Dai,  and we promised to pass your request on to him (we don’t publish correspondents’ email addresses to others without their prior permission).  We did indeed do that,  and I believe he got in touch with you.  I hope you were able to get the photos you wanted, at least.




From: P Wright



Subject: Rugby Photographs (92)



I was at CleW from 1961 and would be interested in buying the collection of photographs mentioned by David Roberts in his message. I would be happy to pay the postage. It sounds as if we need to exchange e-mail addresses - how do we do that?


I loved my rugby at school, although I can still remember waiting for our very first training session in great trepidation as David (or Dai) Roberts came across the fields towards us.


At the end of a career in banking, I managed to take voluntary early retirement a few years ago and I am delighted to have changed careers - I am now a full time sports coach at a private preparatory school in Surrey and enjoy passing on my love of the game to the youngsters.


Phil Wright (1961-1968)



® If someone asks to get in touch with another Commonroom correspondent we send that correspondent a copy of the original  email,  which of course shows the relevant email address.  So I have forwarded your message to Mr. Roberts,  and hopefully he will reply directly to you. 


Note that we’re not Ebay.  The site won’t take responsibility for any deals concluded as a result of such an introduction.  And if you’re buying photos,  remember any copyright implications which might arise.  But if you’re successful,  we’d appreciate hearing about it via a commonroom message.




® Some messages below have been posted very late.  Apologies to everyone.  The problem has been my unavailability since the beginning of this year due to serious family matters.  We are a small Society with a small committee and that means there’s no technical backup available on the rare occasions when I’m away.  Hopefully we’re back to something like normal now.  If anyone has sent a message during this year which hasn’t appeared,  apologies to you too.  If you can,  please forward a copy of the message to and I’ll post it now. 



From: David Roberts



Subject: Team 1964



With regard to the team photograph in the Spring Edition of Salix, you 

asked for the names of the 1964 1stXV. They are,back Row, Daft (Touch 

Judge) McMillan, Whitchurch, Jerome, Sayers, Burton, Starbuck, Millar, 

Lewis. Front Row, Pearce, Love, Wright, Tremayne, (Capt). Francis, 

Evans, Everrett. (Apologies for just surnames, we didn't do first 

names at that time. ) The record for the season was Played 24, Won 21, 

Drawn, 2 Lost 1 Points for 575, points Against 62.

David Roberts



® Many of our site visitors are not members of the Society,  David,  so they won’t get Salix,  our regular newsletter,  or see the pictures there.  But I have forwarded your email to the Salix editor.



From: Wieslaw Piatkiewicz



Subject: Vaclav Jezek



I have just been looking at some of the photos from the 2007 re-union.  In photo 0485 its me!, 'Piat', and Chris Stables looking at the photo ( the long roll panoramic B+W so popular in those days).

 I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to Ann Wood, form teacher to 1A in 1959 and maths teacher. It was she that asked me if she could call me 'Piat', very helpful with a full on Polish name like mine and the nickname has stuck like glue ever since, she did me the most enormous service that day and did it very kindly and thoughtfully.

Chris was a 1959 starter as was I - but I was late on my first day!! ( No2 daughter complains of me being late now but at least I am consistent and why break the habit of a lifetime?)and Chris and I  are still in touch! He was Head Boy in his last year 65-66.

Yes my Dad was the lab steward for a couple of years but left before I arrived, a good thing for both of us! He was very fond of Ike Stamper, both veterans of WW2 and the Italian campaign.

The 1995 re-union was tremendous and for many I suspect it laid a few ghosts. The school building hadnt changed much in 95 , which really was a sad reflection on school spending! I enjoyed C-le-W very much, happy days if not the wildest academic success personally. But it was our formative years and many of us made life long friends. The 95 re-union was particularly good as I re-established contacts with a few and its as if the years where we werent in touch never happened.

Not every one is into the re-unions, I enjoyed the ones I went too and have missed others because of being away.

One name that popped up recently was Andy Trembath, who transferred to C le W when his parents moved to Nottingham, now retired near Newark, when he commented on one days edition of the Times as one can do!

Do you visit this site Andy??





® This message was originally sent to me as Webmaster,  but Piat has agreed I can post it in the commonroom.  Good to hear from you,  Piat.



From: David Roberts



Subject: Vaclav Jezek



I do hope someone has been able to help Vaclav, it has almost been nail biting to wait for a reply. Though it would appear to me that few 

members read or contribute to the Common Room. I suppose it is always thus. My year at college now apparently manages to get a hard core of  about 10 out of the 120. I attended only the one time. I did attend my  old school final reunion,in 2003, it had ceased to be in 1974, and 

there were about 200 from all the years, since well before the first  world war.  Maybe many feel as one ex pupil said to me, that he had had 

enough of the past and looked forward to the future.  He seemed to be popular and liked. The conclusion is that there is little point in my 

again mentioning that I have a collection of 1st XV and others  photographs from 1961 to 1977, and wonder if any one would like to have the whole collection. If they want to pay the postage I will send  them as framed. Made in the school workshop! (shades of Mr Draycott at  Speech Day)


So Happy New Year to all your readers, few though they may be. By the  way I was delighted to learn that you had, albeit for a short while, 

enjoyed an  Eastern Canada winter snowfall. I remember it well, when in Ontario with a delightful -35C, which lasted from November to the  following April. Here in Lotus Land,also know as the Most Beautiful Place on Earth, snow  causes a panic, rarely seen except at the Boxing 

Day sales.


David Roberts



From: Vaclav Jezek



Subject: Looking for Anne(e)



Hello; I am looking for Ann(e)  nee Bridges.She was  about a year older than me so was probably born in 1951and was in fifth years in the mid/later 1960s.


I was not at the school  (though later went to Arnold and Carlton) but I met her through her mother, (my own mother died when I was young) and spent time at her house, listening to Beatles records.


I have to say that it has been my younger son playing some of those songs that made me feel I would like at least to say hello. I believe she may have been living in Edwalton in the 1980s/90s.


Angela Waller



® If you will go to the ‘Register’ section of our site,  choose the alphabetic register and look under ‘B’ you will see that Anne Bridges joined the School in 1963 – and then if you go to the “Year” register for that year you will see a list of the other members of her intake.  There may be other names you recognise.


If anyone out there knows of Anne,  please send the Common Room a message and tell us about her.  And Anne,  if you’re reading this,  and you’d like Vaclav to get in touch with you,  send us a message telling us that.  We will then privately let Vaclav know you’d like to hear from him and we’ll tell him your email address.  Don’t put your email address in the message,  though:  we don’t print email addresses on the site.  You wouldn’t believe how much spam you’d get if we did.





From: Mel Cartlidge



Subject: Class of ‘59



Hi, my name is Mel Cartlidge and I transferred to CLeWS shortly after 1959 when my parents moved to Nottingham. By luck I found the web site while browsing and was very interested to see the various messages and especially to see the class names, many I had forgotten until I read the register.


I have been living in South Africa since 1974 and had no contact with anyone from my old school.


I would be interested to hear from those that remember me from all those years ago.



Mel Cartlidge



From: David Roberts



Subject: Form Names



It was good to read that Stephen Armstrong has done so well and of  course is continuing to do so. I remember him as a very determined  flank forward.


However what caught my eye was that he mentioned that  he was in 2K. When I arrived at CleW the forms were 1ABC, etc. Mr.  Draycott decided that it would be better if the forms were given the  initial of their form teacher, to remove the so called stigma of being  in the C form.  My great friend Alan Ward was the form teacher of 2c, 

which then became 3W. Following the first morning registration, while  waiting for  assembly, one boy, having looked at his fellow class 

mates, put his hand up and asked, "are we the thickies then, sir"?


So  much for social engineering?


David Roberts



From: Stephen Armstrong



Subject: Class of ‘64



Hello. My name is Stephen Armstrong. Great site! A lot of memories rekindled whilst reading through the details on the Common Room messages. Some sadness too when reading of the deaths of teachers.


I started Carlton le Willows in September 1969 and was in Form 1K (Miss Kershaw). The class of 69, what a vintage year that was!! Unlike Steve Sheppard, whom I do remember, I couldn't recite the register but can share a few names of 1K with you. These included: Rosie Lawton, Fiona Ellis, Linda Chambers, Marion Smallwood, Glenys Fryer, Liz Morgan, Dianne Heelis, Eilunned Edwards, Frank Flood, Tony Taylor, David Rendall, Paul Carter (joined in 2N?), Anton Holt, Harry Grainger,Chris Newton, Keith Sharp, Richard Pool and Gary Huddlestone. Still, not a bad list from memory.


Nice to hear that Gary and Richard are doing well. Even better to read that the Harry Makins interpretation of the Napoleonic wars and the tale of that famous encounter at Cuidad Rodrigo has not been forgotten by Rosie and Fiona.

As an undergraduate at Warwick University, postgraduate at Loughborough University and teacher of History for 30 years in Leicestershire, Bristol and now Cheshire I have had many enjoyable moments and a great life (so far!). Happily married to Anne for 27 years and a proud father of 2 children, aged 22 and 17, life has been good. I have enjoyed playing both rugby and cricket at a high level. In particular, rugby in Bristol in the 80's, being so close to Wales, was a wonderful if not bruising experience. By the way Gary, I finished my career intact!


I did turn up with Chris Newton and linda Chambers to the 1995 reunion and was surprised at how little the school had changed. Still  that musty smell as you approached the changing rooms. On the panorama photograph Chris, Linda and myself hold the centre ground!!

Surprisingly, on 3 separate occasions in Bristol I worked with or taught people with links to Carlton le Willows. So, long may the school be remembered.


Thanks for the memories.

Stephen Armstrong.



j Thanks for the compliments,  Stephen,  and thanks for visiting the site.  I was at the 1995 reunion too (wasn’t eberyone?) but I don’t agree the school hadn’t changed,  ebem then.  OK, the smell around the changing rooms was the same,  but the smell around the dinner room was very different (I couldn’t say exactly what it was).  Moreover,  every available gap or end of corridor was in-filled with a little office for someone lately grown important. 


Why not consider joining in our 2010 Reunion and refreshing the memories again?  It’s not on school premises,  but it should be full of School people.  And the lunch will be better.




j Apologies for the very late posting (12th. July) of the two messages below (86 and 87):  this happened because they were rejected as spam by the site’s filters.  No idea why.  Since I was on holiday I didn’t spot them straight away,  but I rescued them when I got back.


But many thanks for your messages,  Wanda and Steve:  anyone who’d like to get in touch can email the webmaster and we’ll forward your message along with your email address so Wanda or Steve can reply if they want.




From: Wanda Brown



Subject: Class of ‘64





I just came across your site while googling Silvana Harvey who was a good friend at school but with whom I lost touch over 30 years ago. I joined the 3rd form at CleW in 1966, having moved from Mansfield when my parents took over a corner shop in (I think) Shearing Lane - may have got the name wrong as it's years since I've been back. I had a less than glorious school career and dropped out of the lower 6th but then did my A levels the hard way, at evening classes while working, and got myself to the LSE so something must have gone in while I was gazing out of the window dreaming up excuses for not having done my homework! Life has been pretty good to me, I met my husband on my second day at uni and have enjoyed a long career in the Civil Service (more interesting than it sounds) and have 3 (mainly grown-up) children. My parents moved to the South West in the 70s and I have been based in London since uni so now know nobody in Nottingham but would be really pleased to hear from anyone who remembers me.


Wanda Higman (nee Brown) 



From: Steve Shephard



Subject: Class of ‘69





I remember September 1969 and my first day. I was in class 1B - Alan Bloor (or was it Blore?) and the register was


21    Jeff Astill

22    Peter Bown

23    Raymond Coles

24    Jonathan Dawson

25    Peter Fardell

26    Brendan Feeney

27    David Gillespie

28    Roger Holland

29    Peter Kapec

30    Richard Lowe

31    Stephen Shephard (me)

32    David Sidebottom

33    Stephen Stephenson

34    Stephen Turner


I left in November 1974, I didn't like the comprehensive system. I now reside just outside Boston, MA. I recently became a USA citizen, but I will be rooting for England in the World Cup as always.


Great to see this site and the happy memories it brings back!


Steve Shephard



From: David Roberts



Subject: John Pearce




I wondered if anyone might be interested in an old picture I came across.   It shows John Pearce doing his party trick when on the canoeing trip down the Wye River July/August 1996. He was  blowing out a mouthful of paraffin!

5 Canoes,  8 boys,  2 staff, we  pilled them on top of a Mini Bus,  the canoes that is not the boys.  Hair raising, especially when it was windy. This was the second trip we made, so we knew roughly how to handle the canoes!


David Roberts







From: John Wood



Subject: John Wood




Hi all you golfers,


Two years ago I tried to instigate an embryonic golf society comprising OBs and OGs of CLeWGS, along with respective partners.


After a couple of months, following adverts in SALIX, I had  4 CLeWs members express interest, plus two spouses-making six.

Several factors prevented me from pushing the first game through, specifically the diffulty in getting mutually suitable dates, and the relatively small numbers of interested parties.


We are going to do it in 2010, and to that effect, I have provisionally located a pleasant and relatively central venue.

Drayton Park Golf Club in Abingdon is just off the A34 and accepts visitors with open arms. If larger numbers express interest, then a different and more central venue may be chosen.


I propose sometime in Spring (March to May) before the main golfing season gets underway.


Those that contacted me before will hopefully be 'up for it' and I'll make contact with you anyway.  Any one else who plays this alternately wonderful and infuriating game, please contact John Wood ( ' 55 ) through the message board, and Prof Pikett will forward your interest on to me.


Any ex CLeWs Non Golfer who lives within easy driving distance of Abingdon will also be welcome to the meal afterwards, and hopefully meet up with a few old school chums over Gammon and Chips etc.

I do hope we can get at least 12 players to make up 4 x 3 Balls, or 3 x 4 Balls, but we'll get a game organised even if there are only 5 or 6 of us.


I look forward to hearing from any interested parties.


John H Wood ('55)



j John is a member of our Society’s committee,  and he joined it to try to get a golfing section off the ground.  Or rather,  onto it.  Now he’s extending the offer to non-members as well.


Don’t be put off by the acronyms in the first paragraph.  They mean you,  if you were a scholar at Le WIllows Grammar.  And if your partner doesn’t want to come,  it’ll be quite all right to come on your own.




From: Trevor Hatton



Subject: Great Site




I was a student from 66 - 73 and have only just come across the CleW  site (through Jim Reece) which I have enjoyed enormously.


Reading  through the emails some names are recognised, both staff and students  however few from my cohort. Is anyone out there?


Good to know that  David Roberts is still going strong, like many others I benefitted 

from his coaching and introduction to a new sport which I still  enjoy....but not as a player!! Hope you are still well David and  enjoying the game. Is there a Reunion planned for the future? If so would love to receive details and come along.


Trevor Hatton



j First,  apologies for the huge delay in posting this message.  It came in while I was on holiday and in the process of changing to a new computer I soomehow overlooked it.  Many thanks for your message,  Trevor:  sorry it took so long to appear.


As visitors to the site now know,  a reunion is planned for 11th. September,  2010.  The bare details are noted on our notice board,  but full details and an application form will appear in the early part of 2010.




From: Liz Veasey



Subject: Sue



Roger, I'm Sue's next-door neighbour and I considered her to be my best friend. 


Following an email from Rosemary I've visited your website to read all the lovely things people are saying about her.  I was particularly taken by your confession to writing a poem about her - she would have loved that, as right until the very end, she never lost her love of teasing and flirting with the boys.


I remember going to Nottingham for a night our with her and a few other girls I knew.  She wasn't feeling too well, had a cold coming on I think, so insisted in keeping her raincoat on in the bars we visited.  It was typical of her vibrancy that, even with the rest of us all dolled up - she was the first to 'pull'!  Many's the time I've had to rescue waiters from her flirting and teasing when we've been out.


Good to see the memories and learn a little more about her





j Liz sent this email to me as Webmaster,  and when I asked she agreed to let me post it here.  She hopes it may spark off more responses.





From: Liz Veasey




Subject: Sue




Roger, I'm Sue's next-door neighbour and I considered her to be my best friend. 


Following an email from Rosemary I've visited your website to read all the lovely things people are saying about her.  I was particularly taken by your confession to writing a poem about her - she would have loved that, as right until the very end, she never lost her love of teasing and flirting with the boys.


I remember going to Nottingham for a night our with her and a few other girls I knew.  She wasn't feeling too well, had a cold coming on I think, so insisted in keeping her raincoat on in the bars we visited.  It was typical of her vibrancy that, even with the rest of us all dolled up - she was the first to 'pull'!  Many's the time I've had to rescue waiters from her flirting and teasing when we've been out.


Good to see the memories and learn a little more about her






j Liz sent this email to me as Webmaster,  and when I asked she agreed to let me post it here.  She hopes it may spark off more responses.





From: David Roberts




Subject: Ike Stamper




It would be remiss of me not to record my great friendship with Ike Stamper.   He along with Harry Makins were colleagues whose support and encouragement meant a great deal to me as a new member of staff  wishing to radically alter the status quo.


Both,  having served in the armed forces during the war,  had that perspective on life that is often  lacking in others.  The Head Master at the time,  Mr. Draycott,  also had  that quality.


One of my memories is of a meeting of all heads of  department called by Mr. Draycott. The item for discussion was the time allocated for each subject,  and department heads were to justify  it.  Staff had prepared in some cases extensive briefs, but Ike had no  papers on show.  The Head opened the meeting.  Ike was the first to speak. " Well, Headmaster,  this is a pretty pointless exercise as there is only one subject that can justify it's time  on the curriculum,  and that is physical education."   That was the end of the discussion as everyone,  especially me,  sat dumb struck.


 I also remember him cycling at breakneck speed beside the Trent,  at the same time calling out instructions to the rowers in their boat.


They don't make men like him any more.  I cherish his memory in my heart.


David Roberts




From: Penny Harries




Subject: Friends from 1959-1960




Hi my name is Penny Harries (nee Hibbins)

I went to Carlton Le Willows from 1959-1960 when my parents moved to Southampton because of my mother's ill health.  I really want to get in touch with two or three people I knew from then, namely Graham Hicks, Michael Weldon, Jean Easom and Roger Mee.  If anyone can help me contact them I would really appreciate it.  I now live in Salisbury, Wiltshire. 

Thank you

Penny Harries




j Hi, Penny.  I don’t believe any of the people you mention are members of our society (though I don’t have the latest list of members in the right format,  so apologies if I’m wrong).  But lots of other Carltonians visit the site,  so I hope if any you list want to get in touch they’ll send a message to the Common Room or an email to the Webmaster which I’ll pass on to you.  Good luck!





From: Robert Creed




Subject: Class of 69-76




While idly browsing I came across this wonderful site.


I was a pupil at CLeW from 1969 to 1976 and reading the posts from Gary Huddlestone, Richard Pool, David Rendell, Mark Lazenby et al has re-awakened some vivid memories.  Attached is a photo from the German exchange trip, taken in front of Cologne Cathedral, circa 73/74.  Unfortunately I'm useless at remembering names, the boys in the back row are Nigel Bemrose and Stephen Birch, and the short girl in the front row is Gillian?  Can anyone else fill in the gaps?

Fellow pupils may recall the short-lived self-styled "avant-garde undergound rock band" Beelzebub Treen comprising myself, Frank Flood, Rodney North and Stefan Dmytruk.  We were truly rubbish but it was good fun at the time.  Like David Rendell, I too have very fond recollections of Frank Flood and his musings and would love to track him down.


Best wishes to all,


Robert Creed





j Welcome to the website,  Robert,  and thanks for the compliment and the photo,  too.  Great to hear from people in the latest years of the Grammar School period.





From: Anne Burfoot




Subject: Looking for someone




I wonder if anyone could help me.  I am trying to find someone that knew Elizabeth Anne Watts.  Her date of birth was 21st July 1951 which means she would have started carlton le willows in 1961/62?  I have checked your reunion entries but could not see her name anywhere?


Kind Regards


Anne Burfoot




j I knew an Elizabeth Watts (she was an excellent ballroom dancer),  but she joined in 1954,  not 61.  And we can’t find an Elizabeth Anne Watts in the lists Andrew Gardner has compiled of Grammar School pupils over the whole period.  But if there is one and she’s reading this,  or if you knew one,  send a message to the Common Room.


Incidentally,  we plan to publish those lists soon on the site.  





From: Anji Gesserit




Subject: responding to your reply in the common room (64) and (75)




I just sent an email after going throught the reunion pix. Then, trust me to put the cart before the horse, I went to the common room and read your reply to my previous email.


I have inserted two photos (see links below) and hope they can be used and jog memories.


No, I did  not play rugby. However, my eldest son played for South Australia between ages 15 and 21. He then went on to become a high school teacher, specialising in sport and maths.


I also noticed and entry from Grenville Sharpe.


Hey Gren, remember 3 Beta? If my memory serves there were ten of us girls and around twenty of you guys.  Some of the names were: Barbara Cullen, Sandra Sansom, Judith Hughes, Janet Wardle, Ann Hyde, Brian Bamford, Robert Hardy, Pam ? Christine ? and Jenny?, Suzette Fletcher. That is off the top of my head. We lived all over the county too.


I think some of the staff dispaired of us learning much especially the male maths teacher whose name escapes me at present.


Sandra and I were nicknamed 'the twins' and often played paper games or were knitting behind our desks. We rarely managed to get much of our cookery items home, as you guys would usually raid our baskets.


That did have one benefit as the walk from Wood Lane to Westdale Lane with satchel, cookery basket and sometimes violin case or sports bag was quite a juggling feat.


I also had my appendix out that year but in Nottinham City Hospital.






View Photos (as new window)




j Thanks for all that,  Anji.  Yes,  your ‘early’photo rings a bell,  although I have to say your recent photo looks more like I remember.  And I remember Suzette Fletcher,  too.  She was rather cheeky.  The male Maths teacher might have been Cyril Swabey – he wrote a poem for the school magazine when he retired and it’s in the ‘Magazine’ section in ‘About the School’. 





From: Anji Gesserit




Subject: On viewing the reunion 2007 photos





Although only a couple of former student names were familiar, ie Robert Hardy and Prof Pykett, I was touched to see Miss Kent in the photos.


I remember her well and would love to think she may remember me.  She was certainly surprised when I was successful in achieving 'O' level in Art. That exam was the one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. It just all came together and I was, for a very short time, lost in another world. That of an artist.


I was Angela Slade and attended from Sept. 1957 to July 1962. I would have loved to go on into 6th and do 'A' levels but sadly discrimination was still rife and my parents decided that as I was a girl it would be a waste of time and money and sent me to Arnold & Carlton College to learn to be a secretary.


Returning to studies in my more mature years, after having four children, I gained a BA from Flinders University in Adelaide Australia in 1994. I still live in South Australia, am retired from teaching and love spending time with my grandchildren.


I remember my years at CLeWS with mixed feelings. Three of the women teachers stand out to me, though, as wonderful examples to young women of the late fifties/early sixties: Miss Margerite Squires [particularly at Girl Guide camps], Miss Anne Wood and Miss Muriel Kent.


Roger, I totally agree with your comments regarding how lucky we were to be at that school during those years before it became a comprehensive. Even with some of the negative memories I have, they cannot take too much away from the magic of that time and place.


I would love to get an email from anyone who shared those years whether they remember me or not.


Anji Gesserit.




j Reply to Anji via the common room,  or if you want to reply privately send an email to the webmaster to be passed on.  She’ll then have an address to reply to you direct.


But Anji,  I have to correct you about the School’s Pi(y)kett homophones.  There were three of us in the early years,  but only one of us is Prof – that’s me,  I play the Viola and I spell my name “Pikett”,  with an “i”.  In German,  that means ‘guardsman’ (i.e. a pike-bearer).  However I understand my forebears were French Huegenots who fled to Holland when the Edict of Nantes which protected them from persecution was revoked.  Presumably as refugees they changed the spelling to the Germanic form.


Another was Colin Pykett,  who played the Oboe beautifully.  We haven’t heard from him in recent years.  The third is John Pykett,  who’s on the CLeWS committee.  There’s a photo of him in the Reunion 2007 gallery.  I expect he plays football.


I acquired the nick-name ‘Prof’ at the Priory Road primary school,  probably because I’m the sort of person who’s liable to use words like ‘homophone’ in normal conversation.  Then, it wasn’t kindly meant.





From: P Wright




Subject: Reunion 2007




I have just been looking at the photographs and yes, it is me in photo 0445. I enjoyed the reunion, despite being the only one there from my year group, as I met plenty of people who had shared memories of staff, places and events. I had a very happy  time at Carlton-le-Willows and now, in a second career, I am working at a lovely school where I hope I am passing on some of that happiness to the current pupils. My love of sport, especially rugby, was formed at school (shame about last night's result), thanks in the main to Dai Roberts, to whom I will always be indebted. I am coaching sport and it was nice, last year, to get a letter from a parent, whose son was leaving the school, saying how much he had learned to love sport thanks to the games staff.




j These messages stay on the site for quite a while,  so it may be worth reminding later readers that ‘last night’s result’ refers to the 2007 World Cup Rugby final in Paris between South Africa and England,  where the final score was 15-6 in South Africa’s favour.





From: Pat Tavner




Subject: Dark Ages (72)




Yes Rosie, I am the very same Pat Tavner who worked with your Dad.  His humour, wit and memory entertained the staff if not our claimants. I'm sorry that it has taken me ages to reply, I was hoping to see you at the Reunion, perhaps next time. 







From: Rosie Dulwich




Subject: 69ers






Good to hear there's still some of us around. Gary, are you coming to the reunion on 4th June? Fiona and I will be there, still "joined at the hip" as you put it in your last correspondence to me!  Sorry to hear about Vic Ludlow, by coincidence Fiona has sent me a text from Stockholm today, harking back to the epic trip to Russia in 1974 and she will be raising a glass there in his memory, rather like he did on that overnight ferry, if you remember?


If any of you have fond memories of history O level with Harry Makins, Fiona and I are planning a trip to Cuidad Rodrigo in celebration of our half century. If you don't have fond memories you don't know what you missed!


Hope to see some of you in June


Rosie Dulwich (nee Lawton


PS Is Pat Tavner the same lady who used to work with my Dad at the then Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance in the dark ages?!




j I don’t know about Pat Tavner’s dad (maybe she’ll write and tell us),  but the ‘Dark Ages’?  Surely the fifties were the latest of the Ages of Enlightenment? 





From: Richard Pool




Subject: Who would have thought…




It's been quite interesting reading the recent crop of messages. It is always sad to hear of the death of someone you knew, even if at a distance, but always a joy to discover snippets about the still living. So it is that I read with interest of Gary's news. I looked him up on the internet and read his web-page. What a great time you've had. I'm really pleased for you. Sorry to hear about the knee though!

I can hardly believe that it's very nearly 40 years since we turned up at CLeW Grammar School. Life has certainly taken a very different shape for me compared to what I might have imagined. 40 years on I'm enjoyed life immensely. 27 years married to Anne, father of a great daughter and leading a thriving Baptist Church in rural Bedfordshire! I don't remember any of these things being on my list of "things to do before I'm 50".


I remember some things about school, but to be honest, because I don't see anyone from those days, I don't spend any time trying to remember much. To be honest I'm rather too busy having a great time trying to keep up with this fast passing year to worry too much about the past. Maybe I've just talked myself in to going to the reunion... but only if some contemporaries promise to come to!


Richard Pool




j Hope your contemporaries recover consciousness soon,  Richard,  and you can all join us at the Forest ground.





From: David Roberts




Subject: Gary Huddlestone




I guess the notice of my death was premature! It was very kind of you to, not only take the time to compile it but also the very flattering comments you make. As a man said who was being eulogised "this is so embarrassing, but please continue". I certainly do remember you! There's a song about that!! I have dined out on my story about you, to various referee groups and others for years. Playing Manor, referee not one our friends penalised you constantly. I remarked to the new chap in charge, that I wondered why the ref had bothered to get out of bed. To which I had the rejoinder that he never criticised or questioned the referee's decision! This from a man who had barely learnt to coach rugby. You then pushed their full back in the back as he kicked the ball dead over his gaol line. Loud blast on the whistle. I turned away fully expecting you to be sent off. The "expert" came dashing up asking what the ref was doing. Lo and behold he had awarded a penalty try to us! So I said I had learnt never to question the referee's decision!The moral of the story is when referees are silly enough to be prejudiced, they should know the Laws. Bet you didn't remember that incident. Delighted to learn that you graduated from Aberystwyth. We have strong connections there. My mother was the first woman science graduate and my sister was president and secretary for many years of the Old Students Association.





From: Gary Huddlestone




Subject: David Roberts, PS (068)




Cut off in my day I'll learn to hit the right keys on this confounded keyboard!

Anyway David, rest assured that there's at least one ex-pupil who thanks you for your efforts, and also thanks, in memory,  to Vic Ludlow for those trips to Russia in the mid 70's, and Haydn Riley for his patience with a ham fisted chisel technique, and Alan Ward for just being one of the best teachers I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

I hope you are enjoying Canada, from what I understand you contributed in no small way to them gaining a place at the international rugby table...and finally...did you really break your neck playing for the Scarlets, or was it just a technique to get us to pack down lower and tighter than the opposition?

All the best

Gary Huddlestone.




j Fan mail for David,  clearly well-deserved,  from one survivor to another.  Thanks,  Gary. 





From: Gary Huddlestone




Subject: David Roberts, a chance for a testimonial




Hello David,


You know, a while ago someone told me that you'd died and I was very nostalgic for the cold, muddy and sheep-polluted fields of venues akin to Ernest Bailey that your expert tutelage led me to. Well, last year my turn nearly came, but I hung on and thanked whatever force is looking over us all for the fitness levels that my time at school engendered and that you were in no small part an inspiration for.

When I look at the parade of obese excuses for the youth of today that continually adorn the street corners of most of our major population centres I rejoice in the memory of those sessions of continuous rucking, even though at the time I was learning  a new expletive a week to use in conjunction with a few well-founded adjectives that might be murmered sotto voce in your general direction!

You didn't remember the chap who had a pop at you in an earlier email, that's excusable, in our lives we encounter thousands who pass by and make no impression of lasting import, you probably won't remember me, although the last time I saw you you were working for an estate agent in Nottingham city centre and we met in the street near the Bell just off Market Square.

Well David, I certainly remember you, and I thank you for all you did for me, I thank you for introducing me to a game that I relished being involved in and that, to this day, still has vivid and treasured memories for me. I thank you for giving me self-discipline, the will to succeed, the will to win, the desire to excel in competition but tempered with generousity in defeat and humility in victory. Lessons that have served me mightily in all aspects of life, not just the sporting.

The irony was that when I went to Aberystwyth I was deemed too small to play on the flank (those were the days before Neil Back) so they shipped me out to the wing... "horses for courses"...echoed in my ears from the conversations we used to have about my wanting to be a three-quarter, but hey, any position for a 1st XV berth. But the game changed overnight in Wales in the late 70's and after a particularly unpleasant and violent encounter with Gareth Davies and Brynmor Williams I changed codes. Unfortunately soccer saw me off, eight months in hospital with a shattered knee and I never played anything but cricket again!




j There’s more – see the message above.





From: Peter James




Subject: Neil Lane




My name is Peter James and I was at the school for 2 years in the 6th form from 1959 to 1961. I have just gone through all the messages to this site and the only name I have recognised is Neil Lane. Neil was in the 6th form at the same time as I was, along with Mavro, Ernie Belfield, Trevor Eardley and Roger Hyde. The rest of the form were all female!! I married Jennifer Goodwin, who had been at the school from 1954, in 1962. It has to be said that we only started seeing each other towards the end of the last term as she was always studying, which I regret to say I did not! I went to work in Birmingham and as she was at Birmingham University we saw a lot of each other. It was a bit of a stormy relationship at first, but it settled down and we were married in 1962, and we still are!! Jennifer has spent most of her working life in Education in some form or other and I spent a lifetime in Financial services mainly in London, but retired early in 1996. We have 2 children, one married with 2 daughters living in Paris and 1 about to be married. I am looking forward to the reunion in June, although I have to say that at the moment I only recognise 2 names. Hopefully there will be more. I am a little unusual insofar as in the last 10 years I have had 3 transplants!! Greedy you may say as most people stick with one. For the medics among you, I have a disease called Amyloidosis, which is pretty rare. I think I have given up on transplants, although most people think a brain would be a good idea. I would say that I am now in excellent health, and my golf is getting better rather than worse as is usual at my advanced age.




j Hello, Peter,  and thanks for your interesting message.  You’ve had a lot to struggle with,  very successfully:   it’s good to hear you’re in good health now. 


I don’t remember you from School (fair enough since you don’t remember me – I’m ‘Prof’;   I joined in 1953),  but I remember Jennifer Goodwin:  I see she’s a member of our Society.


You say there are only two names you recognise on our Reunion attenders list.  I don’t know whether there are lots of others waiting to see who else is coming before signing up,  but that’s ‘catch 22’,  isn’t it?  Folks,  if you remember Peter,  take notice he wants to see you again,  and get your applications in the post!





From: David Roberts




Subject: Times remembered




Congratulations to Phil Wright, as he seems to think I should, on realising the error of his ways, or perhaps he was just fed up with being kissed when he scored at soccer. However I must correct him I didn't hit first year boys on the chest, I used to catch them by the ankles and swing them round my head several\l times and let them go to see if they bounced, especially off trees and tarmac.

David Roberts




From: Grenville Sharpe




Subject: Contact




Just had my first contact with the society, didn't even know it existed, living out in the 'sticks'.  I was at CLeW 57/64 joining at the same time as Tim, whose father,  the head, had just died.  (I  believe our respective parents knew each other).  Your message board brought back a flood of memories...a strict games master, but I still love rugby.  Mr Todd and the top year believe all his piano keys and changing the classic record for morning assembly to a rock on April fools day. Building our own clinker sailing dingy also called Salix and walking with it to Gunthorpe to sail.  Ramblers trains to Derbyshire and most special of all NO walking onto the veranda in front of the assembly hall.  I think my highlight at the school would be the 1960 Rome Olympic trip where I ended up with peritonitis and spent a few weeks in Rome hospital.


Gren (grenville) Sharpe




j And another welcome.  Glad you liked the site – responses like this make it all worth while.


I think you missed a few words out of your message – what the top year did,  I think, was they stuck all the piano keys down (in a repairable way).  I was ‘top year’,  but I was actually away from school on the day so I didn’t see it.


Now you’ve found us,  why not consider joining us for the Reunion,  or better still joining the Society as well.  I live in some sticks too,  in Essex,  so it isn’t impossible,  and the printed magazine keeps us in touch.





From: Angi Gesserit




Subject: A blast from the past – ‘Prof’





Well thanks to a message via Friends Reunited I searched for the web site and what do I find but the name 'Prof' Pikett, one I remember well. Roger you were in 6th when I was in 5th form but I cannot remember whether you were one or two years ahead of me.


I was Angela Slade then, am now Anji Gesserit and would love to be present at the reunion but as I live 'downunder' it is not possible.


I have often wondered about the many friends and aquaintances I had during my five years at Carlton le Willows and while reading the messages in the Common Room, on the web site, reference to rugby immediately brought to mind memories of Miss Anne Wood. She would have been my favourite teacher I think.


I will keep this short, but would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from 1957 - 62 and am happy for my email address to be passed on to those who request it.






j Welcome to Anji,  too.  Lots of support for the Sports department in today’s mailbag – but you don’t say if you played Rugby?


I certainly remember Anne Wood,  and I remember your name,  too,  but I can’t bring a face to mind any more.  I was in the first year sixth in 1957.  Sounds like you’re having an interesting life after School – care to tell us about it?  If there’s a bit of an article in you,  send it along (to ) and we’ll try and fit it into ‘About the School’.  If you’ve a photo or two as well,  that would be even better.





From: Phil Wright




Subject: Rugby and Reunions




Lovely to see the earlier messages, prompted by the news of the 2007 reunion which I intend attending.


I had the advantage of being an early developer, which, I think, got me into the rugby team straight away in the first year.


I only played rugby at school, reverting to soccer at University, as the soccer team seemed more organised.


Dai Roberts may be interested to learn, however, that I am now helping to coach rugby, among other sports, at a private prep school in Surrey, having retired early after 30 years working in banking.


I was telling some of the boys only the other day of my introduction to rugby, when Dai Roberts hit each first year hard in the chest to see if he could knock them off their feet. They wanted me to repeat the exercise, but sadly today it would be construed as child abuse.


I really enjoyed my rugby at school, and hope that a few of my rugby colleagues will be at the reunion.


Phil Wright





j Welcome to the Common Room,  Phil.

Look forward to seeing you at the Reunion.





From: David Roberts




Subject: Spelling (59)




Couldn't spell Carlton either!

Oh dear oh dear!

David Roberts




From: David Roberts




Subject: Silly Me (59)





Tut tut! Oh, silly me it should have been griping, but then English is my second language. But my goodness what a reaction from you. Fight fight, really come on, get real. His only saving grace is that he remembered me, whereas I have no recollection of him at all, not even his so called ,memorable meeting in Arnold. So hardly worth crossing the pond for June 4th.


David Roberts





j Oh.  What a shame.  I thought we might have something going there.  Sorry this email was late being posted:  the commonroom email box rejected it as spam,  for no good reason I can see.






From: David Roberts




Subject: Sorry (59)




Poor old Richard Pulk another frustrated potential International Soccer player. Ah, but then he didn't seem to be brilliant elsewhere, so perhaps he was just a legend in his own mind.


I must say I get rather tired of those people who claim that they were brilliant soccer players forced to play or not, rugby football. Carleton le Willows was a school that played rugby football, ( amongst many other sporting activities) I taught at a soccer playing school and adopted the same attitude, that it should be played to the highest standard. So please stop gripping. If you  didn't like the school, why did you stay?


David Roberts




j Ooh I say!  Over here,  chaps! Fight, fight, fight!


You’ll have to explain,  David.  When you say “gripping”,  is that something Rugby players do a lot of?  If so,  what do they grip,  exactly?


You see I’m an even more complete ignoramus than Richard when it comes to ball sports.  All cobblers,  so far as I’m concerned.  In fact in the sixth form they let me study Latin to ‘O’ level instead of games.  Prospice feminam, that’s what I say. 


Anyway,  I think you should both come out here and say that.  On June 2nd – there’s a big green bit outside you can play in.  I understand the flights are quite cheap if you bring your own sandwiches.






From: Richard Pulk




Subject: The old boys (and girls)




Just had an impromptu look at the website, for the first time in years, and a nostalgia trip evoked by the obituaries to Messrs Todd, Riley, Ludlow and Dowman, plus comment by Dai Roberts, who I bumped into in Arnold a few years ago.


We exchanged cordial greetings before I'd had the chance to look away in part defiance at his semi-sadistic Games regime and also shame and embarrassment that I was by a country mile the latest developing pupil ever to attend Carlton-le-Willows, or probably any school for that matter, a legacy that unfortunately, in tandem with family issues, stigmatised my chances of a confident adult life, let alone university - despite which I was well above average at Football, a game that Roberts despised, thus robbing me of my one chance to be an equal amongst my peers! (Although he didn't, to his credit, otherwise discriminate against this immature specimen nor, sadly, due to the "Institutionalised" Grammar School hatred of the round ball game, discover that I was paradoxically one of the fittest boys of my age.)


Nevertheless, I attended and enjoyed a reunion specific to my year, at age 40, held at Gunthorpe, and at this early stage would be interested in the 2007 reunion, especially as it's at an all too familiar (given Forest's recent history!) venue. However, it would be more meaningful if there were others (including any former teachers) of my vintage at this non-specific gathering. My start year was 1962 (or was it '63?) and I am still in regular contact with Richard Skinner and Philip Wright, who also attended the Gunthorpe one - unfortunately, I forget who organised it.


With thanks and kind regards,


Richard Pulk





j So where are you all,  the classes of 62 (or 63)?   All waiting to see if your mates sign up?  Maybe the braver ones amongst you (like our Salix editor) should take the plunge,  and encourage the others.





From: David Roberts




Subject: Mr Dowman




I have just received the very sad news that Mr. Dowman has died on a walking holiday in Yorkshire. He of course became Head Master after the death of Mr. Draycott. It fell to him to guide the school through the difficult changes from the Grammar School to Comprehensivisation. A good and fair man.

David Roberts













Having just re-visited the site after a long break, I noticed the message from David Roberts about the death of Mr Ludlow.  Was that the same Mr Ludlow who taught English Language to the First Form in 1962?  If so, I certainly remember him.  (Miss Squire taught English Lit..) Although I never showed any promise at English during my brief stay at CLW, it became one of my better subjects later on, so there must have been a good grounding from somewhere.


I note the Mr Roberts has moved to Canada.  Does that mean that he will not be at the re-union in September?  I have never been to a re-union (yet!) but do intend to do so one of these days.  It would be nice if some of my former teachers were there as well as former classmates.  (Apart from teaching one of the few subjects at which I showed any promise, Rugby, I have one other connection with Mr Roberts in that we both got a black dog from the same litter.)  Do you know if any teachers from the early sixties will be there in September.


Anyhow, enough of this waffling.  I'll keep an eye on the site and may even be able to get to the re-union.


Regards to all,



Bernard barton-Ancliffe





j Miss Squire was head of French,  actually.


And no,  sorry,  Mr. Roberts won’t be coming to the reunion in September 2006 because we’ve had to cancel it. Look out on the site for a rearranged reunion in 2007.  However,  at past reunions we’ve enjoyed the company of several ex-Carltonians from abroad,  when the date happened to coincide with a visit they were making to Britain.









Subject: past student from carlton le willows




hi i attended carlton le willows from 1981 my form was 1r dont know if anyone remembers me out there my name is mags





j Hi,  Melanie.


Most visitors to this site are from the Grammar School period at Le Willows,  up to 1972.  But we know pupils from later periods visit too.  So if you knew Melanie,  send a message to the Common Room.  Or send an email to be forwarded to Melanie to .





From: David Roberts




Subject: Vic Ludlow




I have just received the sad news that Vic Ludlow has died. He taught in the Grammar School days Russian and French after "Compehensiveisation" the teaching of Russian was stopped. He was  great colleague and friend, and looked after the u/14s for many years. He had a splendid sense of humour, and I will never forget the way he used to hold his hand to his mouth, and tell a tale behind his hand in such a conspiritorial way! The story I always remmeber Is the tale of his time of National Service in the Navy. He was posted to the north of Scotalnd. His rank was Leading Coder which is abreviated to L/Cdr. So, at the base they are expecting L/Cdr. Ludlow V.C ( as in Lieutenant Commander Ludlow Victoria Cross) Apparently lots of red faces from the Station Commander down!

I treasure his memory

David Roberts





From: Richard Pool




Subject: Rugby and Cricket




Wow, great to hear from Gary. I have great memories of playing rugby and cricket with Gary. My favourite cricket memories include beating the Tech. by nine wickets (modesty prevents me mentioning who was the highest scoring batsman that day!), and taking my one and only hat-trick which was actually four wickets in five balls. Memories too of the catching cradle into which we hurled cricket balls and threw ourselves around catching them. We may not have been the best side the school had, but I remember having fun together.


I have never been one to think much about school, always very busy with the present to give much thought to the past. But visiting the website has brought back memories and reminded me of some of the good things I learned growing up.


Maybe David is right when he said in an earlier message that more from '69 might connect. Mind you if I'm anything to go by, I hate to think what you all look like now!!






j Come to a reunion – we’ll be announcing one for later this year.


It’s strange but true – when you meet old friends in the flesh at reunions who you last saw at school,  you recognise them easily and they really don’t look much different from how you remember them (much stronger if the friend is female,  weaker if the friend has grown a beard).  It must be something to do with how we recognise people – a few cues and the mind fills in the rest from memory:  it doesn’t work if you look at a photo,  but it’s magic in real life.





From: Gary Huddlestone




Subject: Rugby Photo (51)




Hello Everyone,

With regard to Richard's Rugby photo, the full cast list is as follows: 


Back row l-r: J.P.Leary, Tony Taylor, Stephen Birch, Paul Carter, Richard Lowe, Richard Pool, Nick Morley, Mick Culley, Glyn Krause.


Front row l-r: Stephen Armstrong, Mick Lord, Paul Horan, Paul Elliot,Gary Huddlestone, Steve Stephenson, David Gillespie, Gary Hunt.


It was the Under 13XV for the season 1970-71. The year is chalked on the ball but the flare makes it unreadable.


I've got a few more of these team photos from 1969 through to 1974 so when I get my scanner sorted I'll post them for general amusement.


Hello Mark Lazenby, I've got one with you on it as well but it lies outside the Grammar School Remit as it 's 75-76, let me know if you want a copy.


And Richard, a shame they didn't take yearly cricket photos as I know that was your preferred excercise.


All the best., Gary




From: Mark Lazenby




Subject: Rugby Photo (51)





The teacher is Mr Leary (History) Mick Culley and Paul Horan also feature in
the photo. Best Wishes Mark Lazenby (year below).
 P.S. As an under nines coach trust me Dia had the right idea.





From: Richard Pool




Subject: Rugby Photo




View Photo (as new window)





Attached is a photograph of what I think is the Under 13 or Under 14 XV from 1970/71.


I can't remember many of the names, but as far as I know...


From left to right:


Back row:


Tony Taylor? Don't know, Paul Carter, Richard Lowe, Richard Pool (me!), don't know, Paul ?, Glyn Krause


Front Row:


Stephen Armstrong, Michael Lord, don't know, don't know, Gary Huddlestone, Steve Stephenson?, Dave Gillespie, don't know.







j Our first Common Room photo!

Sorry for the delay in posting this message,  but we’ve never actually had a photo before so I had to set something up to show it.


Let’s have lots more.  You can attach a photo to your commonroom messages in jpeg or GIF (or many other image formats if you want).  Like Richard did,  make sure the file size is less than 500kb.





From: David Rendell




Subject: Gary Hubble (46)





Marvelous how this site works, I have had the pleasure of a correspondence from Gary Hubble (nee Huddlestone) he of the eponymous playlet by messrs Flood, Rendell, and Grainger.  A construction of infantile 3rd form humour, innuendo and filth.

I think with Richard and Gary now linked in it shouldn't be long before others in the class of '69 do likewise. 

It's interesting that the only contact I have kept with any school is one I left after only 2 and a bit years.  I always felt a bit cheated that I didn't get to stay longer despite the fact that I was crap at rugby. 

The one person I would would be interested to hear of is Frank.  Of all the people I have ever met over the years be it in school or work he was the one I would have singled out for great creative output.  I still see him filling the void left by Ivor Cutler.

Regards,  David Rendell

ps I still have the orignal manuscript of the eponymous playlet somewhere in my attic.  I recall Frank, I and possibly others performing a reading of the work in class and finding out how audience feedback can be a brutal critic!




j Any chance we could see an extract from this playlet on the site?





From: Richard Pool




Subject: Reply to David (46)





Reply to David et al


Good to know I’m remembered! I haven’t kept in touch with anyone over the years. I did see Stephen Armstrong while we were both at University. He came to visit me in Cardiff. That new wing you referred to was an extension built beyond the staircase near the music rooms. The uniform did change to dark blue, but you could continue to wear your old uniform for a while as I recall.


If I get brave enough, I’ll visit my sister and see if she’s got all the old photographs that my mum used to have. There should be one of the rugby team, which would make frightening viewing after so many years.







j Some real networking going on here!

If you can get hold of some photos,  Richard,  we’d be very keen to post them on the site.  Apart from the historical interest,  there’s nothing like photos to attract new visitors to the site.





From: Marian Campbell




Subject: Two of Carlton-le-Willows oldest pupils





Hi there


My name is Marian Campbell (nee Stovin) and I started at CLeW in 1955 in 1P. At the same time Trevor Campbell began his secondary education in 1A. We started going out together in the 6th form. I'm sure anyone who knew us then will be totally shocked to know we married in 1967 and will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary this year. (we used to fall out every week).
I became a pharmacist and Trevor a systems analyst and we moved to the Thames valley. We now live in NE Scotland and run our own computer consultancy.

The only person we are still in touch with is Dave Brazendale but would love to here from any one who remembers us.


Marian Campbell





j If you knew Marian,  you can reply by posting a message here.  If you want,  we can also forward your reply – with your email address – to Marian,  so you can get in touch directly.


Good to hear from you,  Marian.  You could consider joining the Society,  too.  If you did you’d get a copy of our Membership List,  with contact details of all our members including many from your year.





From: Michael Anthony




Subject: Organ Recital





Happy New year.
You may have read or been told of a recent death notice in the Nottingham
Evening Post for "Michael Anthony".

I am pleased to report that it is not me, but sadly a namesake.

Confirming my continuing existence, may I ask a favour if you could put
out a round robin to members either by e-mail or if a newsletter is
imminent, of an Organ Recital I am giving at Main Street Methodist Church
(Carlton Hill) on Thursday March 16th at 7 p.m. Would like to see some CleWS friends there!

Many thanks, and hope to see you soon,

Michael Anthony.




j Michael is a member,  who started at the school in 1957.  He sent this message to the Secretary,  not to the Common Room,  but the Secretary passed it through.


Members can advertise events like this on our notice board,  so I’ve also posted the details there.





From: David Rendell




Subject: Schooldays (41)





Message to Richard Pool and others..........

Yes I remember you well and yes I was the oik with a mop of blond hair.  It was Rodney North who I suspect used to pack down in the second row and yes Paul Carter not Humphries.  I knew the school only as the grammar, before it went comp, but I did re-visit in the 6th form during a visit to Nottingham University.  I recall that they had built a new wing where I think the music rooms used to be and the uniform had gone though that may have been for 6th year only.  My only other memories were that Tony Taylor was dating Marion Smallwood, I was by then taller that Stephen Armstrong and Michael Lord had a strong Nottingham accent (the sort of daft detail you don't pick up until after you have been away).  I kept in touch with Frank Flood for many years, exchanging political treaties by mail although I haven't seen him since I went to see the recording of University Challenge at the Granada studios where he captained Essex Uni and we popped in to see Harry Grainger who had just started at Manchester.

I went to three other senior schools after CLW, two grammars and one comp.  None held a candle to CLW.  I still think it was the enthusiasm of the staff that made the difference.  I now live in Marlow in Buckinghamshire where we have an 11+ system still.  I was fortunate to pass, my three kids also, but I do think of the class of 45 we had at All Hallows, Gedling where only 3 got to the Grammar, me, Michael Lord and Peter Fardell, and I think 'Sparks' got through to Henry Melish on appeal.  But for those few, I suspect it made a telling difference.




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