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Preston Grammar School
News Items and Site Changes
19th January 2018
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Dr Alec Geoffrey Thompson OBE DL, at the age of 91, on Friday 5th January 2018. Geoff was a pupil of Preston Grammar School from 1937 to 1944 and he was in Thornley House. The funeral is at Beetham Church on Saturday 20th January at 11 o'clock and then Leighton Hall. There is a brief note of Geoff's life here
, provided by his son John.
19th January 2018
The Executive Council meeting planned for the 10th January had to be postponed, for persoanl reasons. The Meeting is now planned to take place on Monday 22nd January, at 2.00pm.
27th November 2017
Paul Dodd recently supplied a revised version of the names of the prefects in 1967/68. The photograph, with list of names attached, is now on the Gallery page, under "Miscellaneous pix". Eventually this will be transferred to the "Prefects" folder. (NOTE: this has now been done, courtesy of Jim McDowall, 29/11/2017)
25th November 2017
The 2017 Annual Hot Pot Supper took place last night (24th November) at the Moor Park Sports and Social Club. Although the attendance was not as high as was hoped (the particularly vile weather was largely the culprit) a convivial evening was enjoyed by the rugged revellers who did make it. These hardy souls can be seen on Maurice's photos here
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.
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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