Another Piece of New News

Early December 2018 saw your three OD archivists enjoying a meal and a pint during their Christmas lunch get together. Usually meeting informally approximately three times a year future strategy is discussed and planned for the following year, so that each particular specialist can add their expertise where needed.

For example the recently completed research about Percy Heylyn Currey (1875 to 1882) who as architect was chosen to design and supervise the construction of the School Chapel has been placed onto the new website for all to read and enjoy. If you wish to see IT working at its very best this new site is a must. (The pages actually turn on your click!)

Shown on the accompanying photograph taken at their working lunch are from left to right -Maurice Cass (1961-1966), Barrie Sheard (1945-1950) and Andrew Polkey (1961-1966)

It goes without saying your support in recording the school’s very long history by submission of old B&W photographs, leaflets, memorabilia of all sorts (Cadet Corps, School Sports Colours, old copies of ‘The Derbeian’, souvenirs, diaries, school reports or similar) are always welcome.

Are There Any Sleuths Out There?

Recently found within our ever-expanding electronic archives are a pair of most interesting coloured photographs taken in September 2017 just prior to the School Chapel being demolished. We were wondering if out there are any sleuths or OD’s who like History?
If so could they let us know the possible links between Derby School and the School Chapel? 
On the south elevation facing the large playground were two stained glass windows. Does anyone know their history and reason for being there? Please send your responses to OD Society Secretary, Alan Draper at oldderbeians@gmail.com

Our Archivists Strike Gold

The Three Archivists Strike Gold

The Society’s three archivists, Andrew, Maurice, and Barrie spent a fascinating 3 hours on 11th October at Derby Grammar School sifting through large cardboard boxes of all types of memorabilia.

We found over 150 previously forgotten B&W photographs of Cadet Corps parades, the river swim, annual dinner events, the opening of Moorway Lane new school in 1966 and the actual Cadet Corps attendance registers from 1948 to around 1960’s, and much, much more.

We need OD’s to identify many of the photographs as they don’t even tell us what year or even what event, such a shame?

One example shown is of a school party aboard a merchant ship. My recollection is sometime around the late 1940’s a special visit was made to such a ship when in harbour or at a port, may be Liverpool?. If one looks carefully one can pick out Les Bradley as HM, Rob Butler, and Pop Burns. I recognise Barry Cope, Keith Smith, John B. Hilling, Bunting, Dyer, and Murray King. 

Can you help us date the photograph and also name the pupils and the occassion

Class of 1950 Reunion 2018

Report of the ‘Class of 1950’ Reunion meeting held at The Five Lamps Pub on Tuesday 20th March 2018.

The weather over the previous weekend had been very cold, snowy and bad and I had had apologies from seven of the group so I feared that the meeting might be very small. In the event eleven of us made it! As usual, the meeting was very informal, but was, I think, enjoyed by all who were there.
Those present included Mike Gadsby; John Halliwell; Godfrey Gamble; Alan Goodwin; Rod Hunter; David Pratley; John Richmond; Richard Turner; Bryan Walton; Keith Whittle and John Williams. We were also joined by Barrie Sheard, Archivist,  – who also brought with him a fascinating framed piece of original oak panelling from the actual wall of the St. Peter’s Churchyard Schoolroom into which a pupil (Thomas Holden 1692) had carved his name during the 17h century.
On this occasion, we were not able to organise a group photograph! Those who sent apologies and also good wishes to the whole group included Neville Barr (in the USA); John Bishop; John Dring(Australia); Mike Eyre (Family Funeral); John Gascoigne; Tony Holmes; David Hughes; Geoff Neaum (Jones); David Owen; Allan Squires. (If you are counting I know there are ten names here, but three of the apologies reached me at or after the meeting!)John (Dring) has confirmed that he will not be visiting the UK this year. The next meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 2nd October 2018 again at the Five lamps Pub starting just after 12 noon. I will try to send out a reminder by email a few weeks before – but please put it in your diary.Finally, it is sadly appropriate to mark the date of David Swain’sdeath on 9th March – the news of which did not reach me until after our meeting. I circulated the information to all on email.

All very best wishes to you and to yours. Hope we shall keep in contact and (some of us) meet again on 2nd October again at the Five Lamps Pub around midday.

Alan Goodwin (1950-1957)

Further events will be added as they are organised. Event information is available via links as and when it becomes available. We are also very anxious to foster informal reunions of various groups. Two that are already well established are “The 47’ers” and “The Class of 1950″.

If you have any ideas for other events or want to organise or promote something then please get in touch with the Society.

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