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Sad news from Nottingham : Graham Powell (PGS 1961 to 1966)

Posted by Prescotian on March 4, 2015

We have just received the following message from Helen Powell in Nottingham.

“My husband Graham Noel Powell passed away suddenly last year, 18th February 2014, age 64 years.
He attended Prescot Grammer School from 1961 until 1966 and had very fond memories of his time there.  After leaving, he studied Art in St Helens and when he was eighteen he moved to Nottingham where he attended the Nottingham Art College for three years.  It was during this time  that we met and subsequently married in 1974.

Graham was a Ceramics teacher for a few years and did sell some of his own work at Liberty’s in London but as very often happens he chose a different route to go down which was to become a very successful Licensee of a Public House in Nottinghamshire. We spent fifteen years running the pub and then started a catering business which we had until Graham passed away last year.

Up until twenty years ago we often used to go back to Eccleston to see Graham’s parents who lived on Church Lane but after his father died and his mother moved to Nottingham to be near us we have only managed to go back once which was very nostalgic for Graham.

He always kept in contact with Malcolm Herbert and on his last visit to Eccleston he met up with Barry Lowe who he hadn’t seen for approximately thirty five years.

I just thought that I would send this to you as it may be of interest to anyone who knew Graham!”


Helen Powell

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Absolute Gold : Norman Bridge’s Archive

Posted by Prescotian on March 4, 2015

EGGYThe Prescotian has just received a package from Norman Bridge who left PGS in 1956. It contains a range of photos, documents and Prescotian journals to add to the growing Prescotian Archive.

Norman writes, “The PGS archive material which I have collected over time is enclosed as promised. It covers the period from 1949 to 1956 when I left the area bound for Bristol University where I spent three years before being called up for National Service. This took me to Hong Kong and plenty of sport and recreation!

By the time I returned to the UK, most of my contemporaries were spread far and wide. My career took me east of the Pennines and I have remained there ever since”.

The archive includes the following gems:

  • Prescotian Magazines for 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1961
  • Prize Distribution evenings for 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956
  • Sports Day Programme for 1955
  • School Play for 1951, 1955
  • Football team photos for 1955 and 1956
  • Cricket team photos for 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956
  • Cricket Boys v Masters 1954

We will be publishing them to the website as quickly as possible!

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Wikipedia Fame for former PGS Pupil

Posted by Prescotian on February 22, 2015

Nigel-RobertsNigel Roberts, who left PGS in 1975, has been rewarded for his scientific work in computer sciences with his own page on the online encyclopaedia WIKIPEDIA.

We will add his name to the Prescotian Hall Of Fame asap!

Read Nigel’s page on Wikipedia by clicking here >>>>>

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Gill Burns receives Rugby Award

Posted by Prescotian on February 13, 2015

burnsyGill Burns, former England Women’s rugby captain, has been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

Gill Burns represented England on 73 occasions during a 14-year international career and played in the 38-23 victory over USA in the Women’s World Cup final in 1994 – the first time England won the tournament.

More >>>>>

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Sad news from Canada

Posted by Prescotian on February 11, 2015

Gordon A E Williams writes, “Very sad news: heard from his wife the other day that Don Jasper has died in Calgary, Alberta,Canada where they lived. Don entered PGS in 1948 and had been confined to a wheelchair following a stroke many years ago”.

Don was a regular contributor to this website and will be missed [Ed]

All contributions towards an obituary would be welcomed

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Andrew and Popmaster 2014

Posted by Prescotian on January 4, 2015

9fb636127d7a5Andrew Lovelady qualified for the Pop Master Champions League” on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce Show in the run up towards Christmas.

As one of only six qualifiers from the daily quiz in 2014, Andrew got into his stride quickly reaching the grand final.

Alas, ultimate pop glory was one step too far!

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Sad news about PGS stalwart Rod Crook (from Brian Cook)

Posted by Prescotian on November 1, 2014

I have just been told that Rod Crook has died. I have written a brief obit which I attach along with the speech he gave at the reunion dinner in 2002. There is also a picture of him on the top table at the 1990 dinner.


He is in the grey jacket facing the camera. Rod was a substantial figure in the academic world. I’ll miss my e-mail correspondence with him.

You can read Brian’s obituary by clicking here >>>>>

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Do you remember Peter from 1961?

Posted by Prescotian on August 24, 2014

Peter Spear, who left PGS in 1961 has completed a profile pge which members can access through Find-a-Friend >>>>>

Peter, who lives locally in Rainhill, would like anyone who remembers him and is interested in making contact.

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Available on E-Bay until 03 Aug, 2014, 22:46:40 BST

Posted by Prescotian on July 29, 2014


There is a copy of Prescot Grammar School 1544-1944 by F A Bailey on E-Bay for the next four days. Currently standing at its starting price of £8.00, its condition is described as, “Hardback cover very slightly soiled and extremities a little worn. Front endpaper slightly soiled. In satisfactory condition”.

Go to auction page here >>>>>

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The late Dr. Peter Niven

Posted by Prescotian on July 29, 2014

PeterMcNivenaIt is with great sadness that the Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire records the death on 24 June 2014, at the age of 69, of Dr Peter McNiven.

Peter was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, on 22 September 1944. By 1947, when Peter’s sister Tina was born, the family was living in St Helens in Lancashire. Peter was educated at Prescot Grammar School and Manchester University.

Read More >>>>>

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Do you remember your teachers?

Posted by Prescotian on July 13, 2014

We came across the St. Helens-Connect forum thread about “Prescot Schools, both primary and secondary, which features comments about PGS teachers!

Click here to see the comments >>>>>

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A thankyou from a Head Prefect

Posted by Prescotian on June 23, 2014

il_fullxfull.190057479Stuart J Robinson (Head Prefect 1957 to 1958) has written to the Prescotian after receiving the latest e-newsletter, “It is wonderful to hear from The Prescotian. I can see myself in the programme for Hobson’s Choice in the annual play when I played Henry Hobson.It is also great to see so many faces I recognize. Thank you. “

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Where are they now?

Posted by Prescotian on June 22, 2014

top3_lawyerFour former Prescotians have turned up on a Google search and by coincidence are all in the legal arena!

Perhaps you knew them at school! Click on their links below ……

Howard Nulty                     David Blackburn                        Carlton Christensen                    Paul Hunt

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Tony Hazzard back at the Cavern Club

Posted by Prescotian on June 19, 2014

Tony Hazzard returned for two special performances at Liverpool’s International Pop Overthrow at The Cavern on Friday, May 16.


Tony, who was born and brought up in Rainhill and went to Prescot Grammar School, also sang on Elton John’s first three albums.

Read more from the Liverpool Echo >>>>>

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Sad News about Ian McIntyre [PGS 1942 to 1949]

Posted by Prescotian on May 28, 2014

74342100Brian Cook has written to the Prescotian, ” I have just found out that Ian Macintyre has died. He played Macbeth in the school dramatic society production. There is a photo of him in the role on the website that I sent to you. He was a very significant figure at the BBC. There are obituaries of him in many national newspapers.”

BBC News     Scottish Herald     Wikipedia




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A pair of curriculum vitae

Posted by Prescotian on April 19, 2014



The Prescotian gets Google Alerts for any new mention of Prescot Grammar School. Three former pupils CVs have turned up from the ether of the internet.

Firstly, Angela Pipe, who is a therapist/counsellor in the Northwest of England.

Read more about Angela here>>>>>

Secondly, Michael Davies who works at Humboldt Berlin University specialising in English and American Studies.

Read More about Michael here>>>>>

Thirdly,  Alan  Craven has been  Professor of Physics, University of Glasgow, since 1998.

Read more about Alan here >>>>>

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Tom Lovelady [PGS 1948 to 1951]

Posted by Prescotian on February 9, 2014

I have just received the sad news of Tom Lovelady’s passing from his nephew, Guy Lovelady as follows,

“My Uncle Tom (Tom Lovelady) died yesterday at his home in Welshampton on the Wales Shropshire border.  He joined Prescot Grammar School in 1948 joining mid 2nd year from Collegiate. He was a very keen sportsman and played Football with Alan A Court and Bert Trautmann was good mates Gerry Atherton. Only last Sunday he was busy on the phone to my dad recalling the great days of their youth.  I was at his 80th Birthday in January just gone and he was in the most spectacular form recalling and celebrating his amazing life with his close friends and family.

I wonder if there is a way you can share his passing with anybody from his time at Prescot 1948 and 1951, when he left for his first job at Mersey Casings in Widnes”.

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Posted by Prescotian on December 1, 2013

Born in St James’ Street, Gloucester, on 20th August 1911, he had one elder sister, Rose Irene (Renee) Spiller. The family moved from Gloucester while he was still young, but he remembered helping in his grandfather’s coal business, sometimes shovelling coal from their railway wagons.

He was educated at Prescot Grammar School, and then trained to be a teacher at the College of St Mark & St John, in Chelsea, London.

He married Elizabeth (Betty) Turner on 25th March, 1940 in Rainhill. They went on cycling holidays in North Wales together. They lived at 18 Brookfield Avenue until they sold it for ¹2,250 on 31st August 1961 and bought another at 24 Knowsley Road for ¹3,500.

Due to an ear infection while young after a mastoid operation, he could only hear in one ear, and was not called up during World War II: he became an Air Raid Warden and cycled to school. He later suffered from pernicious anaemia. He used to smoke cigarettes, but later gave them up.

He taught at several schools in the Liverpool area: the last before retiring was Maidford Road County Primary school, where he taught for 36 years from 1st February 1938 until he retired in July 1974. He went on summer camps with the boys in 1938 & 39 to Ballajora in the Isle of Man, and to Pentrevoelas and Dyserth in North Wales after the war. His previous school, St Cleopas, was lit by gas and heated by coal fires.

Although he owned a full driving licence, he never took a driving test as he started driving before tests were required. He owned a variety of cars, including a Lanchester, Morris 8, two Morris Minors, Morris 1100 and 1300, MG 1100, Austin Allegro, Austin Maxi, Minis and Metros.

He was quite musical, and could play the piano. Although he was a member of the Church of England, while his childen were growing up as Catholics, he did not attend church until after they had left home.

After his retirement, he became a Conservative Councillor on the local council and was re-elected a number of times. He was a keen gardener.

He died at his home in Rainhill in November 1989 after experiencing heart problems for some time.

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Former PGS Teacher passes away

Posted by Prescotian on December 1, 2013

Mr. Leon Heath Jones Davies, who taught at French at PGS after completing National Service in the navy,  died recently in the Preston area. A full obituary entitled  “Man of real integrity” can be viewed on the Longridge News here >>>>>

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From the Forum : Joe Kirk

Posted by Prescotian on August 8, 2013

pgssta22David Tyrer started this thread recently,

“I’ve enjoyed happy memories looking through the web site.
Mr Mason, our chemistry teacher, was known as Neddie.
Our music teacher was Edward Joseph Fielding Kirk (Joe). A couple of the lads used to see him outside school, I think to play golf. He insisted they called him Ted; he hated the name Joe. He was the only teacher to recognise my abilities. I was very quickly promoted (that may not be the correct word) to the groaners. Whilst the rest of the class sang sea shanties, and the like, we were sworn to absolute silence.
He was a real character, with an obsession with the colour green. His clothing was all green, as were his pens, and even the frames of his glasses. He carried an old leather attaché case in which he kept ‘the slipper’. In fact it was a soft gym shoe, but it was always known as the slipper. Punishment involved the miscreant bending over in front of the class and being belted on the backside with it. It was known as being slippered. One of the class, I think called Haralambos, must have been the original dead-end kid. The slipper never had any obvious effect on him. Eventually Joe had to devise a new punishment, just for him. Joe would grab the hairs on the side of Haralambos’s face, in front of his ears, and pull them until the miserable wretch was hopping and yelping with pain. Punishment administered, and entertainment for the rest of the class. In those far off days this treatment was considered perfectly acceptable and in not at all unreasonable.”

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