Wednesday, 27 June 2001

Keeping in touch

There is a website at www.friendsreunited.co.uk which you can register and list your schools from primary to university and it is very popular. I suggest eveyone who wishes to register to do so. You can find out what people are up to nowadays by reading the notes attached to their name.
 
 

Keeping in touch

There is a website at www.friendsreunited.co.uk which you can register and list your schools from primary to university and it is very popular. I suggest eveyone who wishes to register to do so. You can find out what people are up to nowadays by reading the notes attached to their name.
 
 

Saturday, 23 June 2001

any volunteers?

Hi old Symondians,
My doctor tells me that I will have to be out of circulation for a month or so while he sorts out my heart, so in the meantime I need volunteers to act as 'assistant list managers'. There is no pay but on the other hand there are virtually no duties, so what do you think?
List members seem to enjoy the club so it is probably worth preserving even if it is often very quiet.
regards,
jim wishart, list manager,  

any volunteers?

Hi old Symondians,
My doctor tells me that I will have to be out of circulation for a month or so while he sorts out my heart, so in the meantime I need volunteers to act as 'assistant list managers'. There is no pay but on the other hand there are virtually no duties, so what do you think?
List members seem to enjoy the club so it is probably worth preserving even if it is often very quiet.
regards,
jim wishart, list manager,  

remembering Mr Perkins

I was at school when Mr Perkins started at Peter Symonds, [didn't he have a nickname?]. He took over from Cissy Cass as I remember. He seemed rather revolutionary and modern. Up till that time there was music, which was classical, and there was the rest, which was not worthy of consideration, or so the masters used to tell us. I think that it must have been about 1948, just after the war, and he introduced us to swing music in the form of Glenn Miller and  Kathleen Ferrier's work. My enjoyment of her singing was passed on to my own children.
Our only album photo is of his last day! Has anyone got a younger one?
regards
jim wishart, list manager 
 

remembering Mr Perkins

I was at school when Mr Perkins started at Peter Symonds, [didn't he have a nickname?]. He took over from Cissy Cass as I remember. He seemed rather revolutionary and modern. Up till that time there was music, which was classical, and there was the rest, which was not worthy of consideration, or so the masters used to tell us. I think that it must have been about 1948, just after the war, and he introduced us to swing music in the form of Glenn Miller and  Kathleen Ferrier's work. My enjoyment of her singing was passed on to my own children.
Our only album photo is of his last day! Has anyone got a younger one?
regards
jim wishart, list manager 
 

Sunday, 10 June 2001

Memory's not what it used to be!

Hi All,
Have just stumbled on your community and had so many memories resurrected.  Sad that my memory is not what it used to be.  I was at Peter Symonds from 1953 to 1959 and seeing so many reminders about my old teachers, their nicknames, habits and dubious characteristics has been great fun.  I noted one discussion trying to remember the name of a German/French teacher during that period.  Surely that was 'Hetty' Hammond.  He made a vain attempt to teach me German but it was fairly easy to turn the German period into a discussion of his war exploits.  How good it was to hear of old 'WhyNot' Wodehouse.  I remember his fondness for pointing out of the classroom window in the direction of Winchester Prison and reminding each of us of the likelihood in his opinion of us all eventually going there.  But he was quite a loveable character.  He once caught me and another 'scrumping' apples which nearly got me in front of Doc Freeman, but I got let off.  Remember that quite a few would regularly smoke behind the fives courts.  He always seemed to know what was going on when he passed by but seemed to turn many a 'blind' eye.  Haven't heard mention of some of the other notable characters,  "Fluebrush" (can't remember his surname), 'Canny' Yates, and dear old Jack Northeast, my orginal formmaster who frequently disappeared during each art lesson into the store room where I think he kept a bottle of something which I don't believe would be classified as art material.  Well remember old 'Fergie' Ferguson.  Yes, it was he who used to get the Tate and Lyle can from the canteen and fill it with gas from the bunsen burner having punctured a small hole on the top which was ignited awaiting the correct explosive combination of air and gas.  When he did that to us, we all cowered behind the benches.  He ridiculed us all, insisting there would not be a big bang.  But he misjudged it and caused everyone on the ground floor to rush up to the first floor chemistry lab to find out if a bomb had gone off.  We were all highly amused.
Well, I could go on.  However, I would be delighted to make contact with anyone from that period for a bit of reminiscing.  Keep the memories flowing.
Regards
Dave Smart

Memory's not what it used to be!

Hi All,
Have just stumbled on your community and had so many memories resurrected.  Sad that my memory is not what it used to be.  I was at Peter Symonds from 1953 to 1959 and seeing so many reminders about my old teachers, their nicknames, habits and dubious characteristics has been great fun.  I noted one discussion trying to remember the name of a German/French teacher during that period.  Surely that was 'Hetty' Hammond.  He made a vain attempt to teach me German but it was fairly easy to turn the German period into a discussion of his war exploits.  How good it was to hear of old 'WhyNot' Wodehouse.  I remember his fondness for pointing out of the classroom window in the direction of Winchester Prison and reminding each of us of the likelihood in his opinion of us all eventually going there.  But he was quite a loveable character.  He once caught me and another 'scrumping' apples which nearly got me in front of Doc Freeman, but I got let off.  Remember that quite a few would regularly smoke behind the fives courts.  He always seemed to know what was going on when he passed by but seemed to turn many a 'blind' eye.  Haven't heard mention of some of the other notable characters,  "Fluebrush" (can't remember his surname), 'Canny' Yates, and dear old Jack Northeast, my orginal formmaster who frequently disappeared during each art lesson into the store room where I think he kept a bottle of something which I don't believe would be classified as art material.  Well remember old 'Fergie' Ferguson.  Yes, it was he who used to get the Tate and Lyle can from the canteen and fill it with gas from the bunsen burner having punctured a small hole on the top which was ignited awaiting the correct explosive combination of air and gas.  When he did that to us, we all cowered behind the benches.  He ridiculed us all, insisting there would not be a big bang.  But he misjudged it and caused everyone on the ground floor to rush up to the first floor chemistry lab to find out if a bomb had gone off.  We were all highly amused.
Well, I could go on.  However, I would be delighted to make contact with anyone from that period for a bit of reminiscing.  Keep the memories flowing.
Regards
Dave Smart