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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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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.

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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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