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German Assistant, Claus Hertel

Posted by Prescotian on June 15, 2016

stock-vector-tradition.jpgIf you remember your language assistants, you may be pleased to know that Claus Hertel from the early seventies has contacted the website. Claus writes,

 “I had the pleasure to work at PGS both for boys and girls as a Foreign Language Assistant for the German language during the terms of 1970/71. I was in the middle of my university education. That year was one of the most exciting and rich years getting to know so much about Lancs/Merseyside people and PGS students and staff in particular.Dropping names like Tom Carty, Des Roberts I still have my memories of these PGS days and all the students trying hard to obtain some direct German language input. I still hope they liked working in small groups and conversing about everyday topics of the time.
Anyway, perhaps my contribution could encourage other FLAs (French, Spanish, German) to contribute to your fine Prescotian webzine.My then colleage on the French language side was Serge Dumonteil.
Kind regards
Claus Hertel, H�xter, Germany
I would be happy for any responses”

For Claus’ e-mail security, I have put his details in the teachers page in the Find-a-Friend Database.

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Chair of our Foundation Governors

Posted by Prescotian on May 31, 2016

JS91358611Des Roberts has forwarded the sad news of  the death of Eddie O’Hara. “It is with great sadness that I report the decease of our respected Chairman , Eddie O’Hara. He died on Saturday and I have spoken with the family. They will send me further details ,which I shall pass on in due course.

Eddie has served the community in outstanding fashion , not the least as Chair of our Foundation Governors. Indeed he was Chair of the full Governing body of Prescot Grammar School.

As Secretary I have received from him much advice and friendly support over many years , indeed on a weekly basis , and I know we will all feel the loss of his presence and words of wisdom .

With deep regret, Des Roberts, Trustee / Secretary”.

See Liverpool Echo Obituary here >>>>>

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John Weekes ~ An Appeal

Posted by Prescotian on May 21, 2016

weekes.jpgThe Prescotian received an e-mail from  Robert Leighton, a former pupil of High Wycombe Royal Grammar School about former PGS Headmaster, Mr. J.C.S.Weekes.

“I’m writing in the hope of finding further information about John C. Weekes who I believe was head master at Prescot Grammar School.  He had been a significant teacher of mine in the 1960s at High Wycombe Royal Grammar School. Any information would be appreciated”.

The Prescotian replied, “I believe John Weekes is living in the West Country but is something of a recluse. We have tried various routes to contact him but to no avail. I am sorry that I can not help you further but wish you luck in your search. John Weekes was a very considerate man as I found out when my mother died when I had just started the upper sixth at PGS and i would love to be able to thank him personally as a more rounded ad ult than the gangley drip of a 17 year old!”

Robert has replied, “I’m in my sixties now, and John has come to my mind many times throughout my life. In an age where schooling was somewhat harsher and certainly less personal that it is today, John stood out, as you say, as a man of great compassion, who was willing to reach out, and go further.

Even at the time I knew it, but didn’t have the completeness of character to thank him. I glad to hear that, as far as you know, he’s still alive. If you ever do hear more information on his whereabouts please feel free to pass it on. Somehow I have a feeling there are probably many like us who feel a sense of debt to this man”. 

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A PGGS Reunion photo ..

Posted by Prescotian on May 3, 2016

classof60… has turned up from a Liverpool Echo October Memories feature.

It shows some of the PGGS leavers of 1960 meeting up with actress Sue Johnston.

Can you help with names of the other “girls” in the photo?

Click here now >>>>>

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Julian M. Roberts @91

Posted by Prescotian on April 18, 2016

Julian has expressed his thanks for the responses about Mr.”Herbie Chant” and let us know more about his own life at PGS,

“I should perhaps explain that I had to leave PGS after the Lower 6th. Form because my father had to leave our home in Rainhill and move to Preston because of wartime responsibilities so I spent my final school year at Preston Grammar School be fore going to study Medicine at Edinburgh University,graduating in 1947. After military service and a number moves I finally came to rest in Yorkshire as Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Leeds University, followed by  some 30 years as an NHS Consultant at St. James’s Hospital, Leeds, now very much retired! I doubt there will be many left who recall my existence: I have only recently entered the digital age and acquired an iPad. thus finding so much information about my old school where  I have always thought I got a jolly good education! Incidentally , I always had respect and liking for C.W.H.Richardson as Headmaster but not for his successor!

Regards, Julian Roberts, OBE , MD, FRPsych.

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Obituary for John Webster, Left PGS 1940

Posted by Prescotian on February 11, 2016

johnwebsterJohn Webster, who attended Pgs from 1933 to 1940, has passed away in his nineties.

“John Webster, who has died aged 93, was one of the first British soldiers to witness the horrors of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945” [Daily Telegraph].

Read the full obituary here >>>>>

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Colin Vearncombe passes away

Posted by Prescotian on January 28, 2016

Former PS pupil, Colin Vearncombe, leader of the band, “Black” has passed away after suffering injuries in a car crash earlier in the month.

Obituaries   The Guardian   The Independent

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1985 and a PGGS Reunion?

Posted by Prescotian on January 21, 2016

h_00832241According to a recent Liverpool Echo article looking back at October, 1985, actress Sue Johnson met up with former pupils at a “reunion!”

Where you there and what happened, photos etc? Contact Us

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Do you remember your first day?

Posted by Prescotian on July 4, 2015


Simon Bird from the Inbetweeners with his briefcase dilemma!

Well, Martin Riley does as he shows in his exceptional essay “My first Day at Prescot Boys Grammar School”.

His  “misadventures with a new briefcase” could be an ideal entrant into Radio “‘s Simon Mayo Show Confessions feature.

Read Martin’s Essay here >>>>>

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Actor making a comeback!

Posted by Prescotian on June 23, 2015

JS58418912After four years away from the stage and screen, the former Prescot School actor, Danny McCall is preparing to relaunch his career in front of the camera with a new film, set and shot in Liverpool.

Read More here >>>>>

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Sad news about Jack Aspinwall

Posted by Prescotian on May 20, 2015

aspinwallLinda Robinson has wriiten to the Prescotian with sad news regarding her father, Jack Aspinwall, “Just to inform you that my father Jack Aspinwall in your roll of honour under politicians sadly died yesterday. He was so proud of his school where he won a scholarship. He was a former MP. If you google him you will see all the press coverage. I don’t know if you would like to do a tribute. He was so proud of his roots. Please contact me if you need to. With kindest regards Linda Robinson (Jack’s eldest daughter)”.

Jacks funeral service is on Friday 29th May, 2015 at 10.30 am at the following address: St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Bitton, South Glos, BS30 6LJ

The Prescotian would be grateful for any comments to a tribute page via Contact Us >>>>>

To read about Jack Asinwall please click here >>>>>

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Graham Hough

Posted by Prescotian on April 12, 2015

lastromantics001872mbp_0001Graham Goulden Hough (14 February 1908 – 5 September 1990) was an English literary critic and poet who attended Prescot Grammar School from 1916 to 1925.

Read More >>>>>

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Only at PGS for two terms in the mid-forties

Posted by Prescotian on April 7, 2015

BadgeGoogle Alerts threw up this reference from the Thomas Hardy Grammar School OB website …… Bryan H Palmer wrote,Before my ageing “little grey cells” finally conk out, I’ve put pen to paper in an attempt to record a few happy memories of my time at the old Dorchester Grammar School on Culliford Road.

I started there, in Class Upper HA, at the beginning of the Autumn/Winter Term of 1942. Later, when in form IV A, I left the school to go to Prescot Grammar School for a couple of terms before then moving on to Gosport County School where I remained until July 1947 and sat for the London School Certificate examination.

Very shortly after that, Dad was demobilized from the Royal Navy and took up a civilian appointment as a
Radiographer in the Weymouth and District Hospital. This enabled me to return to DGS, to rejoin my old
class-mates – now in the sixth form. I finally left the old school at the end of the summer term of 1950 to
go up to Bristol University.

After graduation, I spent some time as a ‘bus conductor’ and then as a semi-skilled electrician, working for Bristols Instrument Co. Ltd. Finally, I became a graduate research biologist with Boots where I spent the next thirty-three years working on a wide variety of Medical and Veterinary pharmaceutical research projects“.

Unfortunatley, Bryan’s name did not get registered in the 1944 history volume where pupils going back into the nineteenth century were recorded. See 1994 register here >>>>>

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Blue Mountain Ruth

Posted by Prescotian on April 5, 2015

blue-mountainsRuth Downing, who left PGGS in 1976, has completed a personal profile form about her life in the sun down under.

Check out her profile and thoughts via Find-a-Friend >>>>>

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St. Helens Connect Forum : Do you remember your teachers?

Posted by Prescotian on March 14, 2015

photo-6113Forum strand has been started by an anonymous former PGS pupil from 1960 to 1965, [aka as Mr. Hippo!].

Read some interesting notes (?) and you can also add your own by clicking here

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100 Years Ago Today: When Prescot Went to War

Posted by Prescotian on March 14, 2015

On 26th August 1915, Mr Richardson, Headmaster of the Grammar School, reported the following old boys of the school who were serving with the 1/5th Battalion:

R N Cook, T R Gleave, F Halsall, R Hall, W Jowett, W Lauder, E Range, H Roscoe, T Tushingham, P Whitaker, A H Whitaker, O S Whitaker, H Whitaker

Read More >>>>>

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Prescotian behind the St Helens Sinfonietta

Posted by Prescotian on March 14, 2015

Alan_freeAn orchestra which began life more than 17 years ago is preparing to stage its 100th concert.

The St Helens Sinfonietta is the brainchild of former PGS pupil Alan Free.

Read about the orchestra’s landmark event here >>>>>

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Des Roberts birthday bash!

Posted by Prescotian on March 13, 2015

djr 2The Prescotian has received an invitation from Howard Nulty about a birthday bash for Des Roberts!

“Des Roberts is marking his birthday on Sunday,19th April,2015 by arranging a “get-together” of his friends and acquaintances from PGS.,UCNW,RAF,N/NW Hockey,and local organisations.

This informal event will take place on Sunday,19th April,2015, from 2.00 pm, at Prescot Cricket Club, Burrows Lane, Prescot,Lancashire, L34 6JW.( 0151-426-6811).

There will be a buffet provided by Carringtons Catering Ltd.

Make this a memorable occasion for DJR by coming along to say hello.

If you intend to be there ,please let Howard Nulty know in advance. – or ,as a last resort, ring his mobile 077860 73355.

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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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