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1975 Home Page
Other Old Boys wishing to develop their year pages:
The content of other entries deteriorated at much the same time but that is history...
The board has been harvested and pruned - hopefully all entries of lasting interest now found a new home in various new pages on the website proper (see What's New).
Remember, the board is visible to anyone with a WWW connection so think before you post. Please read the FAQ. Please resist replying to pointlessly provocative posts - this appears to add fuel to the fire - these will now be deleted as a matter of course. To deter casual surfers with no interest in St Augustine's, a password will be required (this has been emailed to known ex-augustianians in separate post).
Anthony Hulse recently asked me the question
This question is now returned to the readers of this erstwhile journal...
Please let the webmaster of any forthcoming year reunions and any details, worthy of interest, following the event .
- Do we try to make this a biannual event - heading
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BANNED before Arrival
To the Editor's memory, several lads were banned from the school during their stay.
However the honour of being banned before arrival rests with a certain staff member - indeed it is alleged that this action was personally overseen by the headmaster...
It is a fact that, directly after my interview, the Headmaster checked that my wedding bans had indeed been read. He subsequently ascertained that my marriage had actually taken place before I took up post - achieved by generously providing a fine pupil organist to provide the church music for my big day. He was then satisfied that his boys and/or his staff were thus safe from whatever he imagined were my designs!
...perhaps a rather short sighted and naive concern by the Boss
I reached my 40+10 birthday around Christmas
...Or were we just more concerned with other statistics ;-)
More on The Headmaster:
Excerpts from Christine Dawson
BT during a walking trip
through a field full of cows:-
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|I was the youngest person in
the class of '76, which was the final year of
...therefore being the youngest survivor of Oflag 4PJ
Who is the oldest surviving pupil from Oflag 4PJ...?
On the "Gatley" ...
I remember one run, maybe 2 half Gatleys, not the full Gatley, that required passing the pavillion on Hollyedge Park, twice. 25 lads started the race and about 15 of us , encouraged by Gazz (Gallagher)(R.I.P) stopped there on the first pass. One of the crowd noticed Mr Mcguire trotting across the park to the pavillion (obviuosly concerned at the amount of smoke billowing from the back. As the dedicated runners made their way past for the second time we joined in and, due to lack of experience of this particular scams, I cocked up and came in 2nd. That following Friday I was running round Mersey Bank in 4 inches of mud.
Commentaries from the Message Board
Once, in assembly a lad a few rows in front of me was obviously being kicked through the soft chair bottom. Spike noticed and said "See me later, that boy bouncing up and down. I want you to be keen but that's taking it too far!"
Stumbled across this site completely by accident and
what a lot of powerful memories have been unleashed as a
result. Seeing the pink and purple stripes once again on
the Home Page has transported me back 30 years in an
instant.I was one of the first intake in '65 and remember
the sight of Spike greeting all and sundry at the
entrance on the first day.I haven't clapped eyes on the
place since the day I left in June '72 (I don't remember
it being called 'Gussie's' at all !). I and my family
moved to Devon in August '72 and gradually lost touch
over the years. I was shocked to learn that the school
has been demolished - what a terrible waste. Believe it
or not I still have my old stripey scarf and badge from
my blazer - how sad is that?After leaving St.A's I went
staight into a career in banking (rather than the
University route Spike had mapped out for us all !).After
a few years I decided to train as a teacher and
eventually went on to two headships in Kent primary
schools (not at the same time of course !).Those supposed
'Leadership' courses at Loyola Hall in the Autumns of '69
and '70 must have done some good after all - does anyone
else remember the high jinx that went on
there,particularly the day Spike was rumoured to be
visiting.All the windows of the study bedrooms
immediately flew open and the column of fag smoke which
rose up could probably have been seen from Liverpool city
centre.I marriedmy wife Mary in '82 and we now have two
beautiful teenage daughters.
Andy Kay (loony in residence - we were in touch up to the mid-'80's. You were my best friend over the years. Thanks forall the eccentric laughs !)
Martin Peach (why did we fall out? You were a great mate for several years, but there again I was such a plonker in thosedays.We must have explored most of the Cheshire countryside on our bikes and your Mum made such brilliant dinners!)
Roger Donbavand (I've just seen your entry in the Visitor's Book - Hello again !Do you remember the endless badminton games in your back garden ?)
Stephen McCann (Such a kind & generous guy)
Johnny Sale (of the unusual hair style & wild taste in music - Flaming Groovies anyone?)
Ged 'The Ted' Hutton(Elvis-style quiff, wild boogie-woogie piano on the hall piano when Spike wasn't around)
Stephen Twist (Later 'Smith'-do you remember our Friday night sessions at the Bluebell in Wilmslow,getting slowly sozzled, listening to old blokes talking about the war)
Johnny Sefton (Quietly subversive,and very funny)
Jimmy Swain (John Lennon lookalike,who carried a bag of 'drugs' around which he used to snort in assembly - I still maintain it was soap powder. Jimmy was an exam genius who used to write all his notes down on shiny loo paper. He had a complex that Spike was after him about his long hair - he probably was !!)
Paul'Rocker'Rochford (who had a very unusual file and specialsed in 'Rockerees', a very strange series of noises directed at a member of tho office staff as she passed the form room)
Godfrey Reilly-Cooper (Hello again- I've seen your message. I remember befriending you on your first day in '69 and spending each break just walking round the school grounds.You kept telling us how marvellous Yorkshire was compared to Lancashire AND you supported the dreaded Leeds United. But we let you off because you were a funny guy)
Most vivid memories :
2.A row of us cracking up at the Bishop's 'singing' at the Solemn Blessing in '69 (Jimmy Swain's fault) and then getting bollocked by Mr Rice at the end.
3.Father Arthur's 'Model Answers' in RE which seemed to go on for ever.He went ballistic one day when we drew an affectionate cartoon of him on the board .
4.Michael Rothwell accidentally kicking the bell across the altar during one of Father Abbott's masses and trying desperately not to laugh for the next half hour!
5.Me serving at Mass and not having a clue what to do!
6.Sharing a caravan in Wales in Autumn '71 with Ged Hutton and Andy Kay,and having to walk back 10 miles to the caravan site in the pitch dark from Bangor (we'd missed the last bus).You never heard so much moaning from 'The Ted' in all your life!
7.Michael Legierski being asked to see if the Physics books were in the lab, 4 floors up. After 20 minutes he returned and said to the master (I forget his name) :''Yes Sir,they're there !'' Cue whole class creased up! Sorry if you get to read this Michael,but it WAS very funny.
There are loads more memories - I'll add a few more when time allows.Just one small thing,and it's bugged me all these years,I was meant to have received a prize at the 1970 Speech Day for 6th best performance in the GCE's. However on the night I was informed that my book hadn't arrived yet so I received - nothing. I'm still waiting for my prize (the only one I have ever received) 32 years later! Typical of St.A's - a weird experience from start to finish, but one I wouldn't have swapped for anything.
Please feel free to e-mail me.
Peter Yearsley (1965-1972)
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Original, verse 1, by Austin Lovelace. Verses 2-4 added by Ron Hodges.
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based on original verse 2 by John Leveckis AKA "The Count" c1980 with apologies to Sir Paul McCartney
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Ian Mannion April 2002 St. John Plessington intake c.1983
after tragic accident much beloved brother of Roy, Andrew, Colin and Philip
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