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by wurzel
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 41
Views: 1324

Re: House structure

i started in 81 taking my exams in ColB, by the September Col only contained Grecians as it was preparing to become a Girls house already. LH, Bar & Ma were junior with La, Mid, Th & Pe fully occupied Snr houses 50% of UF stayed down and 50% went up. In my 2nd & 3rd form you could sort of choose whi...
by wurzel
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: A day by the seaside (aka Husband's folly)
Replies: 38
Views: 1577

Re: A day by the seaside (aka Husband's folly)

THIS IS NOT A DEFENCE Please remember the world was a different place in the 80's. When Webb was persuaded to leave the school, it was not a secret why. It made the daily Express with a headline of "Goodbye Mr Chips". Nothing the guilt parties did was excusable or deserving of a cover up BUT we have...
by wurzel
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Curious
Replies: 23
Views: 1269

Re: Curious

After Webb was kicked out, did any of the staff keep in touch with him? As I remember it, all-round good bloke Chris Bomber-Nicholson was a close friend of his during his time at the school, so it'd be fascinating to know whether they remained friends after Webb's disgrace. In fact, it'd be fascina...
by wurzel
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Science teaching in the 50's
Replies: 37
Views: 4270

Re: Science teaching in the 50's

my great grandfather was a lab assistant at CH in the 50's Laurie Sutherland - I have a picture of him in a lab somewhere, he used to also play cornet in a jazz/big band at the school
by wurzel
Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Mr L E Lawrence (science lab assistant)
Replies: 9
Views: 2358

Re: Mr L E Lawrence (science lab assistant)

that could well be him - his house was the end one in new road, southwater which where the footpath opposite the end of the cindertrack comes out http://goo.gl/maps/AbLjf it has been replaced with a big shiny house now but was a little bungalow
by wurzel
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: THE FUTURE OF CH
Replies: 17
Views: 3342

Re: THE FUTURE OF CH

With regard to total enrolment pre&post merger I started in 1981 and Coleridge was pretty much empty by then ready for the merger - my entry year was 95 boys which dropped to 94 when 1 left at the end of 2nd form, when the girls came down from hertford on my UF I think there were about 30 of them on...
by wurzel
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: So, the underground tunnels...
Replies: 244
Views: 46273

Re: So, the underground tunnels...

Tube def stopped at boilerhouse/laundry just on station side of the swimming pool - it was also a very narrow tube under little side (runs parralel to road other side of tree line as you could see in about half way between the club and the junction for a while in late 80's as a cover had collapsed (...
by wurzel
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Parents - Past, Present & Future
Topic: West Gifts article in Reading newspaper
Replies: 1
Views: 1564

West Gifts article in Reading newspaper

Looks like ideology is getting in the way of reality again

http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/ ... bursaries/
by wurzel
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: So, the underground tunnels...
Replies: 244
Views: 46273

Re: So, the underground tunnels...

If you mean the 2nd door on the right in the Prep block (first was a classroom used by Bob Hailey for French) then that is the room which was re-opened in the mid 80's by Neil Fleming who was then assistant housemaster LHB as a darkroom - it was a small strange shaped room due to the turn of the bui...
by wurzel
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH station : Closure Guildford line
Replies: 7
Views: 1974

Re: CH station : Closure Guildford line

This picture was posted int he WSCC a week or so ago of a just built CH with the railway crossing in the forground

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/lifestyl ... -1-4339337
by wurzel
Tue May 08, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Prospectus
Replies: 61
Views: 6944

Re: School Prospectus

David - thanks but i may live in greater Reading but not under the old boundaries so with all the people in Reading, Newbury and twickenham ahead of any "contiguous areas" there was no hope, also West gifts is just another presentation, it makes getting a place easier but not the fees you pay (unles...
by wurzel
Fri May 04, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Roger Martin
Replies: 43
Views: 10842

Re: Roger Martin

I also spent a lot of time in that darkroom with Tim wright - mostly photography (including some interesting solarisation experiments using coloured black and white photographic paper (as in it was not a white base colour) sourced by i believe elliot Miles. But also the odd bit of homebrew wine done...
by wurzel
Fri May 04, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Prospectus
Replies: 61
Views: 6944

Re: School Prospectus

i got a copy of the prospectus and was pretty peed off to but it mildly - after all the hassle we had last year when we were basically told although our son met the educational level for competitive entry there were others in more need (and learning support thought he would be a handful due to his p...
by wurzel
Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Parents - Past, Present & Future
Topic: New Bursaries policy
Replies: 61
Views: 7666

Re: New Bursaries policy

I took the comment dinahcat reported to basically mean full fee entrants would only have to pass the slightly easier exam passmark that presentees currently have to pass, thus it would decrease the number of competitive places available given a finite total number of places and fixed number of prese...
by wurzel
Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: HOUSEY UNIFORM
Replies: 30
Views: 3193

Re: HOUSEY UNIFORM

Horsham hospital has never been good though, I spent my fair share of time there both pre and during CH, I was even born there. At one point when i was about 9 most of the casualty nurses knew my by name when we passed in the street. Perils of living on a farm and being curious. But I think my worst...