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Yearly Archives: 2016


In Memory of Sue Knowles

As I am sure some of you are aware, Sue Knowles who taught Biology at our school sadly died after a long illness.  She was a lovely lady and a committed teacher and was married to Keith Knowles who was Head of Science at AGSB.  Sue and Keith’s children David (an old boy) and Sarah Knowles are running the London Marathon in 2017 and are choosing to support the Proton Beam Centre building project at The Christie as this treatment can be used to treat brain tumours which is the type of cancer that Sue was suffering from.

They need to raise £4,000 and I hoped that some of the Old Boys might want to show their support for the Knowles family by sponsoring them.  I know that some might feel they want to contact the family, however may I ask that they are left to come to terms with their loss….messages can be left on the Virgin giving page in order that you can show your support and best wishes.

You can search on the Virgin Money Giving page by putting in David Knowles name or by using the following link:

David and Sarah Run London 2017

I really would appreciate your support as I feel that it would be a fitting tribute to Sue.

Regards Karen

Mrs Karen Crowther
Science Community Liaison Co-ordinator
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
0161 928 0858


Published Date: 20th November 2016
Category: News



Association A.G.M. Wednesday 9th November 2016

The Meeting was held at 7.30 pm in room S1 at School.

Thanks to Brian Clark for taking the photograph.
The Headmaster treated us to a glass of wine and nibbles!
The 2017 AGM will be held on Wednesday 8th November.


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Present
  3. Minutes of the previous A.G.M.
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Chairman’s Remarks
  6. Secretary’s Report
  7. Treasurer’s Report
  8. Headmaster’s Report
  9. Membership Secretary’s Report
  10. Editor’s Report
  11. Football Section
  12. Cricket Section
  13. Golf Section
  14. Election of Officers
  15. A.O.B


Published Date: 31st October 2016
Category: News



The Parents and Friends Association

Nick Davis, Chair of the PFA, has asked us to circulate details of their upcoming events;

Saturday 8 October 2016


ASR Charitable Trust / PFA event

An evening of Indian food, music and entertainment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ASR Charity.

Friday 11 November 2016 Annual Quiz

Pit your wits against parents, teachers and students in this popular annual event.

Early November to early December


Annual Raffle

Top prize to be announced … Tickets will be released mid November…

Sunday 4 December 2016 Xmas Fair

 Our annual Christmas Fair, including the famous 1000 bottle tombola.

Saturday 4 February 2017 Winter Ball



Published Date: 16th September 2016
Category: News



Founder’s Day 2016

St Mary’s Church

Friday 8th July saw the School celebrating Founder’s Day at St Mary’s Church in Bowdon. Guest of Honour was Baroness Susan Williams of Trafford.
The O.A.A. was represented by Colin Bamford, Steve Perrett and Kenneth Lea.
The theme of the service was Tolerance and Diversity, and this was strongly reflected in the addresses given by the Headmaster and Baroness Williams, as well as in the six readings made by boys from year 7 to year 12.

Susan W
Susan Williams

Boys also performed two violin solos and a sinfonietta which were well up to the high standard we’ve come to expect from the pupils of Miss E De Jesus.
The current practise of celebrating the Foundation of the School was revived by Bill Firth when he was Chair of Governors. Tim Gartside took the decision that it should be biennial, thus making each occurrence rather more special.


Published Date: 8th July 2016
Category: News



Rain Stops Play for Old Boys Cricket

This year’s Old Boys Cricket Match was played on Monday 4th July.
The School Staff batted first and set the Old Boys a target of 98 runs to win.
Scott Meakin was dismissed by a tricky ball, which hit him in the eye for his troubles.
Unfortunately, rain prevented the completion of the Old Boys innings, even though they had made a very promising start.


The players sheltering from the rain under the eaves of the Grammar and enjoying sandwiches and a few beers after the game!


Published Date: 29th June 2016
Category: News



Ashley Cricket Club Beer Festival

IMG_1127The Ashley Cricket Club Beer Festival is a celebration of local food, breweries, cider and real ale, this year’s event will take place on the weekend of 7/8/9 July 2017.

Our headline sponsors, Mansell Finishes Limited, are a one stop shop for all your plastering requirements. The company based in Middleton (North Manchester) is part owned by one of junior parents, Dean Johnston.

Please visit their website – www.mansellfinishes.co.uk – take a look at what they do and spread the word if you know someone that may be interested in talking to them.

With ten barrels of real ale, four boxes of cider, wine and prosecco on offer, we have plenty of beverages for our visitors to consume.


Published Date: 16th June 2016
Category: News



London Meeting for Old Altrinchamanians

Rajiv Sethi is trying to organise an event in London for Old Altrinchamians to meet.
Rajiv SethiProposed dates so far are;

2nd June 1500Hrs – Bloomsbury Curzon Bloomsbury (Meeting Point) 
4th June 1800Hrs – Somerset House at Tom’s Kitchen

Please get in touch with Ravi on;

Twitter @therajivsethi
Linkedin /therajivsethi 


Published Date: 28th May 2016
Category: News



Old Alts Society Day!


Ian Horn won the Charles Laver Trophy at Ringway on Wednesday 18th May, playing off 26 with 39 points, and won nearest the pin on the 16th. John Barton was second, off 18 with 36 points, and Steve Perrett (who also won the longest drive) was third also with 36 points off 14.
Scott’s guest Rob Bloomfield won the Visitors Cup.
The weather was great, as was Martin Leake’s organisation, and Ringway should be congratulated for its hospitality!

Colin B.


Published Date: 19th May 2016
Category: News



Gordon wows them at the Annual Dinner!

This year’s Annual Reunion Dinner was held in the Stamford Hall at School on Friday 29th April.
It was good to see the central table occupied by 12 members of the School staff – they will always be welcome.
Dr Kenneth Lea said ‘Grace’ and the meal commenced. Sodexo’s food and service proved to be well up to their usual high standard.
OAA Chairman Colin Bamford presented a cheque for £3,000 to Headmaster Tim Gartside. This was to help fund the purchase of more musical instruments, so that the current programme could be extended from Year 7 to Year 8.
Headmaster Tim Gartside gave a very interesting summary of events and developments at School since the last Dinner.
A Level results were particularly strong, and there were, as usual, outstanding achievements in sports and music.
Gordon Burns’s speech proved to be everything we’d hoped for, only more so.
He regaled us with anecdotes from the very beginning of the Krypton  Factor, through to his interviews with Prime Ministers Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Brown.
The ‘Gotcha Oscar’ presented to him by Noel Edmonds after an elaborate hoax, was produced with pride!
The assembled diners showed their appreciation of Gordon’s presentation with a huge round of applause when he sat down. Steve Perrett most appropriately cried ‘Follow that’ before Colin could find the right words to thank the speaker. It said it all!
Christian James produced another bravura performance for the drawing of the raffle, and then the formal part of the evening was over, leaving people to chat in small groups or head for the bar.
It was noticeable that a lot of people wanted to talk to Gordon and have pictures taken with him. Delightfully, he had time for everyone. Ken Lea was on hand with Antony’s camera, and a lot of nice pictures resulted.

. . . . . . . . . . . more coming shortly including lots of pictures!


Published Date: 1st May 2016
Category: News



Old Alts Society Day 2016

This year’s contest for the Charles Laver Trophy will be held at Ringway Golf Club on Wednesday 18th May.
Martin Leake, who has won this event for the last two years is kindly organising this one.


Published Date: 1st April 2016
Category: News