Preston Grammar School Association
Uniting Old Boys, former staff and friends of Preston Grammar School
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News Items and Site Changes

Please note! This re-structured webpage is now operational but is still in development. There is more information to be added, and of course potentially some errors and infelicities to be corrected. Readers are requested to email the webmaster with comments, queries, complaints and/or suggestions. All will be gratefully received.
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(26th September 2016). The Association has recently been informed of the deaths of 2 of our Members.

Norman James Thomas passed away on Wednesday 11th May 2016, just three weeks before his 91st birthday. He lived in Thornton Cleveleys. He attended Preston Grammar School between 1936 and 1941, and was in Harris House. Towards the end of the Second World War he was briefly in the RAF before making accountancy his career. He became the Accountant for the Football League and then a Life Member on his retirement in 1990. He kept in touch with the Association via the Newsletter (which he always looked forward to receiving), and we last exchanged correspondence just a few months ago.

Peter Richard ("Dick") Wilkinson, who was born in 1926, and who was fortunate enough to live in Ulpha, Cumbria, passed away on Saturday 30th July 2016. He was at PGS from 1938 to 1944 and was in Miller House. Although he was a retired Forestry Commission worker, he studied Classics, Old English and Old Norse at Cambridge University, and developed a lifelong fascination with the number of words and phrases in English that had acquired their meanings through metaphor. He started to note and collect them, and the end result was "The Concise Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors", in which he pulled together a lifetime of work on dialect and metaphor to give an overview of the folk wisdom communicated in figurative expressions. Drawn on his extensive experience of rural cultures and dialects, it is a mighty tome which has been revised and republished several times and is available to view on the internet as an eBook. Again we had been in recent contact.

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(21st September 2016). On 15th September members of the Association and guests visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, calling first at the German War Cemetery, just a few miles away. Pix (from our Secretary) here. Report awaited.
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(20th September 2016). The calendar has been updated.
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(19th September 2016). The Military Interest Group has been added to the Items of Special Interest section, and corrections have been made to the Military Records and Speech Day sections.
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(7th September 2016). The 2016 Annual PGSA Masters Golf Tournament took place yesterday, at Ashton Golf Centre. Pix from Maurice here. Report here).
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(25th August 2016). The death has been announced of James Anthony Paddock, at the age of 87, in the USA, on Thursday 11th August 2016. See here.
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(18th August 2016). Final arrangements are now being put in place for our visit to the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 15th September 2016 - see here.

Please contact Jim Goring.

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(7th July 2016). The Roebuck Cup, the annual PGSA Masters Bowls Tournament, took place today at Guy's Eatery and Fun Palace at Bilsborrow. Beautifully organised by Tony Olivine (with no repeat of last year's failed gymnastics exhibition) and won by Allan Turner, the Report is on the Events page here (in the Bowls Tournaments section) and the pix are in the gallery.
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Everything there is to know about the Association is here!

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Items of special interest!

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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 Aleck 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.
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Moor Park High School & Sixth Form College

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, the Headteacher - currently Peter Cunningham - being an Association Member. Likewise Keith Nightingale (a former Association President) has now retired as Chair of the Board of Governors after several years of service but remains as a Governor, with Tony Olivine (another former President) and Ian Yates also representing the Association.

These pages were last updated on 26th September 2016

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