This year’s AGSB Golf Day, organised brilliantly by Scott Meakin once again, was held at Chorlton Cum Hardy Golf Club on Friday 12th July.
Ross receives the trophy from Scott
The winner of the Old Alts section for the Charles Laver Trophy was Ross Dunleavy with a fantastic 39 points.
Second was Matt Ranson with 33 points.
I first met David in September 1965 when my family moved up from Surrey. I joined him in 6ArtsB where we had Keith Nodding as our form master. David had previously been to Navigation Road School.
The AGSB magazine shows David as getting five ‘O’ Levels, and ‘A’ Levels in History and Art.
Along with Phil, Alastair and myself, he then spent a year at St John’s College in Manchester, improving his grades. He must have succeeded because he went on to the University of Dundee where he read philosophy and economics and graduated with a Master of Arts.
I remember being jealous of David’s ability to attract the girls. He had a reputation for being very smooth, and most of us were very envious!
In the Summer of 1968, Alastair, Phil and I drove across France to southern Spain in Alastair’s wonderful American army jeep. David and his friend cadged a lift for the outward journey.
I didn’t see David again for 43 years!
Following university, he took upon his mother’s advice and sought a profession. He moved down to London and qualified as a chartered surveyor.
In March 2011 I managed to get about 30 guys from the class of ’67 to attend the Annual Reunion Dinner at Ringway GC. One of those was David. I was delighted to find that there were four of us who lived close enough to meet up for regular evenings out. It was as if we were trying to make up for lost time. The years seemed to fall away, and we were back where we’d left off in the sixties.
David and his wife Rosie, whom he’d married in 1985, recently moved from their lovely house in Richmond Road in Bowdon to Ashley Road Hale. A clever downsizing move, putting them in walking distance of the shops, restaurants and coffee bars.
At the end of March 2016, I was stunned to receive an email from David telling us that he had cancer and was receiving chemotherapy. I didn’t get much work done that day, and had to call in on him for a cup of tea on the way home. I hadn’t had much experience of the disease, but was to receive my own diagnosis just eight months later.
We were already very good friends, but the shared experiences of dealing with cancer brought us even closer.
David was born January 1949 and died on Saturday 2nd February 2019.
At the recent Annual Reunion Dinner (and if you weren’t there, why not?), I was asked if we could make the Newsletters from previous years, available online.
Well, here they are, and if anyone has copies of the missing ones, please let me know!
A big thank you to Ken Webb for lending me his file of Newsletters, and now also to Peter Monether for scanning his copies!
Colin Bamford (1965-1967)
President, Old Altrinchamians
You are invited to the informal multi alumni get together at the Bulls Head in Hale Barns Sunday 30th June 12 noon onwards.
Greetings! I am an active member of the Manchester Grammar School and Durham University alumni associations and, as on Thursday last week when I met a friend from MGS who I had not seen for 36 years and it was delightful, I know how wonderful a get-together can be.
I was brought up in Hale, attended Stamford Park and returned here some ten years ago and am part of the St Peter’s Church community and have overcome blindness from injuries I sustained in a car accident in 1982 when I was 21 which ended my Army career. I will be easy to find at the Bull’s Head as I have a closed left eye, wear glasses, have little hair and a smile on my face with a glass of Old Tom!
I have decided to co-ordinate a mixed alumni, informal get together for those from Durham University, Manchester Grammar, Withington, Manchester High, Alderley Edge, Stockport, Shrewsbury, Altrincham Grammar schools for boys and girls, Loreto in Altrincham and St Ambrose. The format is informal with an open bar, great food, excellent service, a lovely garden and children are welcome if supervised. There is no charge to attend and one pays one’s own way.
I believe that it will be a great opportunity to engage with old friends and make new ones and apart from the laughter we are a hot house of creativity and ideas.
I do hope that you will be able to join me and we can make this a quarterly event if people want it to be so. We have no reserved area or seats and the informality is key as is the enthusiasm that we all share.
There will be no raffle or fundraising, just fun networking and I do hope that you can join us.
Peter Booth FRSA, Hale. email@example.com
Bulls Head, Wicker Lane, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0HG.
PS If you are unable to attend but want to participate in future events please feel free to contact me
Wednesday 3rd April was the date for this year’s football and rugby games between old boys teams and the current School teams, starting at 2:30.
This was then followed at 7:30 by the Senior Sports Awards Dinner.
March 15th 2019
On a somewhat damp and breezy evening former pupils were joined by staff and sixth-formers for the annual Reunion Dinner of the Old Alts Association, held at the school. Old friendships renewed and new friendships forged, it was a most enjoyable and memorable evening. On arrival, guests sampled Dunham Massey Brewing Company beers from the bar (organised by Ashley Cricket Club members) whilst being entertained by an excellent AGSB jazz combo.
Sixth-formers were also on hand to show guests round the school. This was a night of both new and old.
Formal proceedings began with a welcome by new Chair, Christian James and with the now traditional lighting of a candelabra in memory of former pupil and Classics Master, Reginald Thompson (Buzz). In keeping with a further tradition the Charles Laver Golf Trophy was presented to Ryan Cammack.
In his preliminary remarks, Christian confirmed that the Old Alts Association committee had agreed to fund the replacement of two dilapidated AGSB crests, one outside the main entrance and the other one in the Coleman Hall at a cost of approximately £2500. Christian introduced the Association’s new President, former Chair Colin Bamford. Colin paid tribute to his predecessor, Peter Morton who had died aged 91. Peter, who attended the school from 1938 to 1944 went on to become Headmaster of North Cestrian Grammar School for 33 years. He was a most amiable man and is sorely missed.
It was good to see a contemporary of Peter’s, Hugh Kerridge present at the Reunion Dinner. Hugh had traveled up from Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire where he now lives.
Following an excellent meal, Christian introduced our Guest Speaker and third ‘new boy’ Headmaster Graeme Wright.
Graeme has now been in post for 7 months and is the ninth Headmaster of AGSB since its foundation in 1914. In his speech the Headmaster recalled conversations he had had with pupils prior to taking up the post. One group of boys told him that the then current Head, Tim Gartside would be a hard act to follow.It was remarked that succeeding Mr. Gartside could be likened to the prospect of David Moyes replacing the acclaimed and highly successful Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Graeme had much admiration for the considerable achievements of Tim Gartside and appreciation of his 16 years as Headmaster was shown by a thunderous round of applause. Graeme went on to regale us with a brief insight into his life in the Royal Marines.
The Headmaster talked about the school and of his vision for future developments at AGSB. He reported not only the outstanding academic results but also the school’s prowess in other activities such as sport, drama and music. He spoke of his passion to encourage more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the school. He also has plans to reintroduce a School house system.
In all, a splendid evening organised so ably once again by Stephen Perrett. In addition to former pupils, it was good to see so many sixth-formers, and current and retired members of the teaching staff; amongst the latter were Keith Nodding (former Classics Master and Headmaster) and Roger Cleland. Thanks to the sixth-formers who used all manner of means, including threats of possible future unpleasantness, to encourage purchases of raffle tickets.The raffle raised £475.Although 60 guests were present it is hoped that next year many more former AGS boys will join us for this most enjoyable Annual Reunion Dinner. Keep an eye on the Old Alts website for details as they are announced. Although attendance was slightly down on last year but that did not detract from the fun, camaraderie ,and renewed pride in this splendid school, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
I recently went into the basement at School and found a box of green books.
Yes, they were copies of the excellent history written by the late great Roy Coleman.
We’ve had a great response to my post, and I’m afraid that all the copies have been sold.
Many thanks to all the old boys who got in touch.
I’m now working on how we’re going to get the history of the 21st century started.
Colin Bamford: 07767 861831 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And if this has whetted your appetite for School history, click here to see Nobby Dore’s 1912-1962 book about the earlier years.
I am delighted to share with you that the AGSB application to the Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) has been successful. We intend to expand the School on its current site through the addition of extra classrooms and a larger Library. This will enable us to create an additional 30 places in Year 7 starting in September 2020, improving access to a grammar school for Trafford children, regardless of socio-economic background.The investment means that over recent years, the Hamblin Education Trust has been able to secure £10 million of educational investment into the Altrincham area and across its two schools – AGSB and North Cestrian School. This is great news for pupils of all abilities and for the Altrincham community as a whole.
Mr G.A. Wright
A belated Happy New Year!
I hope you are all well and still enjoying your golf (although not so much in this weather I suspect!)
I just wanted to let you know that the date for this year’s inter school match is Wednesday 3rd July to be played again at Bramhall G.C.
I do hope that as many of you who are able to play will come and represent the School at what is always a good day’s golf on an excellent course.
We really need a minimum of 6 players but the more the merrier as the 6 top scores are taken for each team. We did manage to field a team last year and I would really like to put a team in this year.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
With best wishes,