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Life & Times at 10 Downing Street

Date and Time 14 November 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Location Derby Grammar School, Rykneld Road, Littleover , DE23 4BX The David Walker Memorial Lecture The Old Derbeian Society are proud to announce Jimmy McLoughlin as the special guest delivering the annual David...

Class of 1950 Reunion 2019

Report of the meeting held at The Five Lamps on Tuesday 17th September 2019 On this occasion 10 of the group made the meeting (That is 9 from the class of 1950 plus Barrie Sheard – our adopted friend and the OD Archivist.) The meeting was totally informal and we...

We are now on Twitter

Great news - The society is now on Twitter - so for those that can, and indeed want to, you can tweet and follow The Society at @OldDerbeians We will endeavour to follow relevant twitter sites that bring you local news and information together with interesting...

Revised Article – Percy Currey

Version 5   "A recent archive finding is that what most OD's remember as the Cadet Corps armoury was in fact built to house a Sanatorium for the boarders in St. Helen's House along with a private nurse's room and living space for two unmarried masters to...

The DGS Golf Challenge Trophy

Date and Time 29 September 2019 8:00 am - 3:30 pm Location Mickleover Golf Club, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover Derby, DE3 9AD About the competition Join us for the inaugural DGS Golf Challenge Trophy, the first in a series of events to celebrate 25 years of Derby...

Where are They Now – Ronald Large

As part of the ongoing "Where are They Now" feature, we have received this submission from Ron Large (1944-1949). A cracking read chronicling his life after leaving school. Hope you enjoy. Where are They Now -  Ron Large  


The David Walker Memorial Lecture has now been set for Thursday 14th November 2019 at 5.30pm. The venue is Derby Grammar School. The speaker this year is Jimmy McLoughlin OD (1999-2005) an ex-pupil of DGS who is now a prominent government adviser. (Further details...


OUR SUMMER SALE IS NOW ON!!! Take the opportunity to purchase a gift from our store at the Summer Sale Price. BUY NOW READY FOR CHRISTMAS!!!

Latest Archivist Outing!

Continuing their research our three archivists, namely Andrew, Barrie, and Maurice recently undertook a working lunch and tour of the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Alrewas, Staffordshire. Following their usual practice, they regularly meet together every 3 to...

The Derbeian Magazine – Summer 2019

The latest Derbeian Magazine containing an article by our archivist, Barrie Sheard. (Our appreciation to The Derbeian management for allowing us to include these pages.)  

1947’ers Reunion 2019

We are delighted to report that on Thursday 27th June the 1947’ers met once again for their Annual Reunion and that the venue used on previous occasions, namely the Georgian House Hotel on Ashbourne Road came up with their usual great hospitality. It is hard to...


The society archivist, Barrie Sheard, and his team are constantly updating members with news and information about the school and associated matters. These reports are published on this site and can be found in Archivists Reports in the main menu or by clicking the picture to the right.
We hope you enjoy reading the reports which contain some very interesting facts and memories of days gone by.

Number of Members now Registered

Memories of Old school

As a society of Old Derbeians, we have an archive of photographs of our time at school. We try to display these on our site in various places to evoke memories for our visitors to the site. See our Media Gallery Page for more…..

Annual Events

We arrange events throughout the year to keep members in touch with each other and also arrange and sponsor sporting fixtures with DGS…..

Regular Reunions

Regular reunions are held with boys who attended the school together, These are a great source of comradeship and you are encouraged to join in with a reunion or indeed, start one of your own…..


Supporting Derby Grammar School

Our links with Derby Grammar School continue to thrive and we feel that 2019 will see another milestone in our work to include all present, and former pupils and also staff within the society…..

Online Competitions

There is an online Members Directory in the members area so you connect with old school mates if you wish to do so. This area is password protected as only bona fide members of the society can access this area.

How best to use the new website…..

We hope you are still enjoying the new fresh look for our website and social networks. Well, even getting into social networking is a great leap forward for the society, so we are really excited to be moving ahead with the changes.
Having canvassed members to gauge what they wanted to see, we have put together the new site which, to date,  has been receiving great reviews and praise form our members.
So what’s new?
  • Add Your Comments Feature – Here you can comment on other members’ posts. A great feature which we hope you will use to good effect. Just head over to the Latest News Page and see the articles being posted. You can comment on these articles and have your voice heard on the site.
  • A more regular newsletter feature – Instead of the once a year newsletter, we are now sending out a regular mailshot to all members with relevant and up to date news and information. Again this falls in line with members wishes for more up to date information and a process which saves the society a great deal of money on postage.

  • Our committee principals now have their personalised ODs email address connected to the site which allows them to keep their personal email address separate. This is a great feature for them and allows you to have your mail directed to the individual committee member able to deal with your request. Just use our main contact form and you will see the drop-down list of points of contact.
  • At last Our Online Shop is now open where you can purchase ODs merchandise and gifts.
We hope you like the new format which we will update regularly and hopefully attract more members as visitors to the site. We also want to encourage younger school leavers to interact with the site so we are in talks with the Grammar School to make this happen.
If you have any comments on the new site or wish to contact us then please use the contact form and a member of the committee will get back to you as soon as possible.

Many thanks


Webmaster – Old Derbeians Society

Our New Online Shop is Open for business

This feature is now live and you can start buying right away. We accept bank transfers and PayPal payments. Should you have any problems please contact us and we will assist with your purchase.


We are updating our database of members and need to know if we have all your contact details. In the future, we will only be sending out newsletters and information by email, not direct mailing, so it's important that we have your email address. You can check the details we hold for you within the members area.

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