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12th February 2017
The New Year of 2017 has seen the appointment of Mr Ben Corbett as Head Teacher of Moor Park High School and Sixth Form College, following the retirement of Peter Cunningham after many years' meritorious service. The Association has enjoyed a very successful relationship with Peter and wishes him a long and happy well-earned retirement. The Association wishes Mr Corbett a long and successful tenure as Head Teacher and looks forward to a successful and mutually-beneficial relationship with him.
10th February 2017
Further to the death of Bill Heane announced below John Whalley has sent us the following brief note about Bill's life.
"After leaving school in 1938, Bill joined the RAF with the aspiration of becoming a pilot. During initial training in Canada he shocked his flying instructor by only just pulling out of a spin before landing safely! The advice, now, was for him to concentrate on becoming a navigator, which he did with great relish. He joined Bomber Command and the Lancaster Pathfinder Squadron 582 and completed 57 operational missions, mainly over Germany, with the same 'lucky' skipper and crew! After demob. he joined the family firm in Preston, WS. Heane, and enjoyed a number of leisure pursuits including sailing his boat Kingfisher from Glasson Dock, active family holidays and walking, He was a member of St. Bartholomew's Church Choir until last year. He leaves his wife, Margaret, whom he met when she was a midwife at Sharoe Green Hospital, son David and daughter Janet together with five grandchildren".
21st January 2017
It is with regret that the Association announces the passing of Bill Heane, (Flt Lt William Henry Heane DFC) who lived in the Chipping/Bilsborrow area, who died on Wednesday 11th January 2017, aged 93. The funeral service will take place at Chipping Parish Church of St. Bartholomew on Wednesday 25th January at 11am, prior to interment at St Hilda's, Bilsborrow. The Association will be represented by John Whalley (and perhaps others), who knew Bill. See here
19th January 2017
It is with immense sadness that the Association has to announce the passing of Frederick Michael "Mike" Tyrer, who died at home in Fareham Hampshire on 16th January 2017 after a short illness. The funeral will take place at the United Reform Church, 18 Osborn Rd S, Fareham PO16 7DG 31st January 2017 at 1400hrs. See here
Donations may be made to The Rowans Hospice c/o Messrs M Coghlan Limited, Westbury Rd, Fareham PO16 7XU.
11th January 2017
A goodly array of Members of the Association, along with a number of wives and guests, enjoyed today's informative and interesting tour of St George's Church and Preston Minster, led by Father Tim Lipscomb who was in fine form. Pix from Maurice here
The Executive Council Meeting originally programmed for Thursday 12th will now take place on Wednesday 18th January, time and place unchanged.
5th January 2017
The first update of the New Year is a photograph (resurrected, having been misplaced recently) of the School's ATC squadron at camp in 1944. The camp was at Calveley, Cheshire, and was held from 2nd - 9th September. The group pictured includes members of squadrons other than the PGS (2148) squadron. The individuals named are believed to be all the PGS members - the colours have no significance other than to connect names to faces. Any corrections gratefully received. See here
(29th December 2016)
The Archive page now includes a .pdf of the School's production of "A Man for All Seasons". This copy of the programme has been supplied by Brian Lodge - to whom go our Thanks.
(25th December 2016)
Following yesterday's additions are 2 more of Paul Dodd's contributions - programmes of the School's productions of Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood to you and me) and a Tribute to Shakespeare, both from 1964. They are also on the Archive
(24th December 2016)
A couple of months ago Paul Dodd (1962 -1968) sent a series of photographs and scans for inclusion on the sports and other cultural pages. At long last the opportunity has arrived for these items to be uploaded. The first batch - 5 pix of the School cricket teams from the 1960s, featuring the aforementioned Paul - are now in the Gallery
. Also supplied by Paul are the pages from the Speech Day programme for 1968, now on the Archive
(23rd December 2016)
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of William Charles (Bill) Stansfield, at the age of 75, on Friday 2nd December 2016. The Funeral Service took place on Monday 5th December at l'Église Saint Gimer in Carcassonne, where he had been resident for many years. See here
(22nd December 2016)
Our readers will have noticed a lack of site activity over the last month. This has been caused by a coincidence of factors, culminating in Mrs Webmaster suffering a heart attack and being subsequently incarcerated in hospital. Things are now looking a bit brighter so with luck activity will shortly be resumed.
(26th November 2016)
The 2016 Hot Pot Supper took place last evening, at the accustomed venue (happily repaired after lead-stealing thieves caused severe damage). The usually-staid event was enlivened by a follow-up presentation by our tame ex-policeman Bob Helm (former Detective Superintendent)of some of his professional adventures. Maurice's pix in the gallery here
(14th November 2016)
Yesterday the Association held its annual Service of Remembrance at Preston's Minster Church, led by our Chaplain Father Tim, with a splendid congregation present. Photographs courtesy of Maurice Barker here
(10th November 2016)
The Association has been informed of the recent passing of Dr Norman Cross MB ChB, at the age of 86, on Saturday 17th September 2016. The Funeral and Thanksgiving were held in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, on 30th September 2016. See here
(9th November 2016)
The Association has been informed of the death of Francis (Frank) Pearson, at the age of 72, on Tuesday 1st November 2016. See here
(8th November 2016)
A miscellaneous assortment of files from Alick Hadwen's archive has been added into the Military Service records section (although they contain some non-military items!).
(6th November 2016)
More "missing" info recovered - this time the Gordon Knight Richardson data. It's in the Gallery. More info has also been added to the Military Service Records.
(3rd November 2016)
Some of the "missing" photographs (cricket and rugby teams) added to the Gallery.
(9th October 2016)
Members (and guests) of the Military Interest Group visited France over the weekend of 30th September/3rd October on an organised conducted tour of some of the sites of the 1916 Somme campaign. Charlie Billington's pix of the "Remembering the Somme 2016" Tour can be seen here
. Report awaited.
(26th September 2016)
The Association has recently been informed of the deaths of 2 of our Members - Norman James Thomas and Peter Richard ("Dick") Wilkinson. See here
(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.
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. 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.
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