Saturday, 13 January 2007

photos

As new member of this web site I was puzzled at my inability to download photos. I have contacted MSN Groups Technical Support - here is their reply, possibly not very satisfactory but they are aware.

"Neill, we have received reports from other customers regarding this. The server that hosts your MSN Group is currently undergoing maintenance or experiencing technical difficulties. Our product team is aware of this issue and is working diligently to fix this. Resolving this issue is a top priority. However, we cannot commit to a specific timeframe as to when a solution will be released. We appreciate your patience."

I would like to see the photos as well. I have only one photo taken of me at school, a group shot when I was in the CCF. I will send it to Jim and Mike when I have a moment or two.

Kind regards to all.


photos

As new member of this web site I was puzzled at my inability to download photos. I have contacted MSN Groups Technical Support - here is their reply, possibly not very satisfactory but they are aware.

"Neill, we have received reports from other customers regarding this. The server that hosts your MSN Group is currently undergoing maintenance or experiencing technical difficulties. Our product team is aware of this issue and is working diligently to fix this. Resolving this issue is a top priority. However, we cannot commit to a specific timeframe as to when a solution will be released. We appreciate your patience."

I would like to see the photos as well. I have only one photo taken of me at school, a group shot when I was in the CCF. I will send it to Jim and Mike when I have a moment or two.

Kind regards to all.


Thursday, 11 January 2007

and a warm welcome to Gil Rice

here is correspondence I have had with our latest new member, Gil!
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 5:34 PM
Subject: peter symonds nostalgia corner

hi Wchair!
I am pleased to welcome you to the club. I hope you can join in. How about telling us something about yourself and when you were at the school?
best regards,
Jim wishart, joint manager
 
Hi Jim,
 
I have joined the group and have had a confirmation from MSN Groups, however when I access the group and click on General photos none are displayed which is a shame as I was at the school during the period that Dr. Freeman was headmaster and also EOJones was my Latin master so it would have been particularly nice to be able to see them. [I am hoping that these will be retrieved soon, jim]
 
I have changed my profile in the group so that it's more up to date so  my new nickname is Pud - Gil.  Pud was my nickname at school and for a few years after.  Currently I am known as Gil.
 
I attended the school when it was a grammar school and was there from 1949 to 1954.  I left to join the  RAF in boy service.  I served in the RAF until 1966 and in 'civvy' street joined ICL as an engineer.  My wife and I moved to Dorset in 1985 where I had a job with Plessey as a Principal Technical Lecturer on Data Comms and Traffic Control Systems.
 
I had to take early retirement through having a form of Motor Neurone Disease.  It started in 1991 and I left work in 1995.  I know have main interests in water colour painting and Home Computing.  The disease has led me to talents I didn't realise I had.  I belong to our local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and since joining have set up and maintain their website at www.mndedorsetandnforest.org.uk so I'm always busy doing something.
 
Strangely enough I remember very few of  my school friends that were in my class/classes as I progressed there so I'm not too bothered about establishing contact with school friends unless anybody remembers me  then they could email me but at 68 I doubt any  would remember me either.
 
It was purely by accident that I found the 'nostalgia group' but I'm glad that I did and I hope that I can find a way to get the photos displayed.
 
Best regards and hope to hear from you again.
 
Gil Rice
 

and a warm welcome to Gil Rice

here is correspondence I have had with our latest new member, Gil!
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 5:34 PM
Subject: peter symonds nostalgia corner

hi Wchair!
I am pleased to welcome you to the club. I hope you can join in. How about telling us something about yourself and when you were at the school?
best regards,
Jim wishart, joint manager
 
Hi Jim,
 
I have joined the group and have had a confirmation from MSN Groups, however when I access the group and click on General photos none are displayed which is a shame as I was at the school during the period that Dr. Freeman was headmaster and also EOJones was my Latin master so it would have been particularly nice to be able to see them. [I am hoping that these will be retrieved soon, jim]
 
I have changed my profile in the group so that it's more up to date so  my new nickname is Pud - Gil.  Pud was my nickname at school and for a few years after.  Currently I am known as Gil.
 
I attended the school when it was a grammar school and was there from 1949 to 1954.  I left to join the  RAF in boy service.  I served in the RAF until 1966 and in 'civvy' street joined ICL as an engineer.  My wife and I moved to Dorset in 1985 where I had a job with Plessey as a Principal Technical Lecturer on Data Comms and Traffic Control Systems.
 
I had to take early retirement through having a form of Motor Neurone Disease.  It started in 1991 and I left work in 1995.  I know have main interests in water colour painting and Home Computing.  The disease has led me to talents I didn't realise I had.  I belong to our local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and since joining have set up and maintain their website at www.mndedorsetandnforest.org.uk so I'm always busy doing something.
 
Strangely enough I remember very few of  my school friends that were in my class/classes as I progressed there so I'm not too bothered about establishing contact with school friends unless anybody remembers me  then they could email me but at 68 I doubt any  would remember me either.
 
It was purely by accident that I found the 'nostalgia group' but I'm glad that I did and I hope that I can find a way to get the photos displayed.
 
Best regards and hope to hear from you again.
 
Gil Rice
 

A warm welcome to Neill Leary

Here is Neill's welcoming email and his reply,
 
---- Original Message -----
From: James Wishart
To: neill.leary1@btinternet.com
Cc: Doug Clews
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:09 PM
Subject: Peter Symonds nostalgia corner
hi Neill,
I'm pleased to welcome you to the club and I hope you enjoy it here. Please feel free to introduce yourself to the members and let us know when you were at the school and any doings you did!
regards,
jim wishart
list manager.
Dear Jim

Thanks for your welcome to the Peter Symonds Nostalgia Corner. Here are few paragraphs to fill in some of my background.
 
I went to PS in September 1945 - the first 'intake' after the end of WW2. My primary school had been St Bartholomews Hyde (now pulled down and expensive houses built in its place) where I was one of the brighter children. To my dismay I found that all of my class were bright children from their primary schools and it took me a couple of years to settle in properly - it was teachers like Tom Pearce who really helped me to get started. Thankfully I managed to get a clutch of respectable grades in the Oxford School Certificate, stayed on until I was almost sixteen when I was encouraged to seek fame and fortune in the great wide world - family finances (or lack thereof) might have had something to do with it!!! Incidentally I think that Doug Clews and I were class mates at some stage.

I joined the RAF for National Service in 1952, became a navigator, rose to the giddy heights of Squadron Leader, got bored with office jobs, resigned, joined the Civil Aviation Authority where I became the manager of their aeronautical charts section, retired, became the part-time Membership Secretary of the Royal Institute of Navigation (of which I am a Fellow) and retired at the end of 2005. I do voluntary work at Southwark Cathedral, 'just potter' and enjoy myself not doing very much at all.

My contemporaries (apart from Doug) were Dennis Hewlett (who was seriously bright and went to Brasenose College), David Smith who was the manager of a jewellers shop in the High Street, Mike(?) Gilson (also seriously bright and went to Oxford but I do not know which college) and Derek Stone who left when his family went to live in Slough. I would very much like to be in touch with any of them.

PS people who I have met down the years include Bill Sandford ( a senior personage in the Royal Institute of Navigation), Paddy Hines who became one of the 'high-ups' in the RAF, John Hardwick who was an RAF Group Captain, Michael May (also in the RAF as an Education Officer, and I was told that he died many years ago.) I also bumped into Bob Weeks (his elder brother had lost a leg in a childhood accident on Fawley Down) - were at a pre-retirement seminar and found ourselves sitting next to each other!

I am not a great person for reunions and that kind of thing but having found your web site it is really good to be in touch.  Please pass on my regards to Doug if he remembers me.

Kind Regards - Neill
 
PS I have just seen Mike Conlan's email to me in which he mentions Paddy Hines and John Hardwick.




A warm welcome to Neill Leary

Here is Neill's welcoming email and his reply,
 
---- Original Message -----
From: James Wishart
To: neill.leary1@btinternet.com
Cc: Doug Clews
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:09 PM
Subject: Peter Symonds nostalgia corner
hi Neill,
I'm pleased to welcome you to the club and I hope you enjoy it here. Please feel free to introduce yourself to the members and let us know when you were at the school and any doings you did!
regards,
jim wishart
list manager.
Dear Jim

Thanks for your welcome to the Peter Symonds Nostalgia Corner. Here are few paragraphs to fill in some of my background.
 
I went to PS in September 1945 - the first 'intake' after the end of WW2. My primary school had been St Bartholomews Hyde (now pulled down and expensive houses built in its place) where I was one of the brighter children. To my dismay I found that all of my class were bright children from their primary schools and it took me a couple of years to settle in properly - it was teachers like Tom Pearce who really helped me to get started. Thankfully I managed to get a clutch of respectable grades in the Oxford School Certificate, stayed on until I was almost sixteen when I was encouraged to seek fame and fortune in the great wide world - family finances (or lack thereof) might have had something to do with it!!! Incidentally I think that Doug Clews and I were class mates at some stage.

I joined the RAF for National Service in 1952, became a navigator, rose to the giddy heights of Squadron Leader, got bored with office jobs, resigned, joined the Civil Aviation Authority where I became the manager of their aeronautical charts section, retired, became the part-time Membership Secretary of the Royal Institute of Navigation (of which I am a Fellow) and retired at the end of 2005. I do voluntary work at Southwark Cathedral, 'just potter' and enjoy myself not doing very much at all.

My contemporaries (apart from Doug) were Dennis Hewlett (who was seriously bright and went to Brasenose College), David Smith who was the manager of a jewellers shop in the High Street, Mike(?) Gilson (also seriously bright and went to Oxford but I do not know which college) and Derek Stone who left when his family went to live in Slough. I would very much like to be in touch with any of them.

PS people who I have met down the years include Bill Sandford ( a senior personage in the Royal Institute of Navigation), Paddy Hines who became one of the 'high-ups' in the RAF, John Hardwick who was an RAF Group Captain, Michael May (also in the RAF as an Education Officer, and I was told that he died many years ago.) I also bumped into Bob Weeks (his elder brother had lost a leg in a childhood accident on Fawley Down) - were at a pre-retirement seminar and found ourselves sitting next to each other!

I am not a great person for reunions and that kind of thing but having found your web site it is really good to be in touch.  Please pass on my regards to Doug if he remembers me.

Kind Regards - Neill
 
PS I have just seen Mike Conlan's email to me in which he mentions Paddy Hines and John Hardwick.




Tuesday, 9 January 2007

400th anniversary of our founder

Just in case Mike's email didn't get to everyone, here it is--
 
From: Mike Conlan  (Original Message) Sent: 09/01/2007 11:35
2007 is the 400th anniversary of our founder and the Old Symondians Society, in combination with Peter Symonds College, are holding events throughout the year.
The two main events, both being held at the Winchester Guild Hall, are on the 23rd of June and the 13th of October.
If you are interested in attending or joining the Society then please contact me or visit our website.
Kind regards
Mike Conlan  Tel: 01793 849050
casamelara@aol.com
www.oldsymondianssociety.co.uk
 
We are having trouble on the web site in that quite a few of the pages are not showing up. We hope that things get sorted out. If not we will have to start again with the Eulogys Obituaries and histories provided by various members over the years,
regards,
jim wishart

400th anniversary of our founder

Just in case Mike's email didn't get to everyone, here it is--
 
From: Mike Conlan  (Original Message) Sent: 09/01/2007 11:35
2007 is the 400th anniversary of our founder and the Old Symondians Society, in combination with Peter Symonds College, are holding events throughout the year.
The two main events, both being held at the Winchester Guild Hall, are on the 23rd of June and the 13th of October.
If you are interested in attending or joining the Society then please contact me or visit our website.
Kind regards
Mike Conlan  Tel: 01793 849050
casamelara@aol.com
www.oldsymondianssociety.co.uk
 
We are having trouble on the web site in that quite a few of the pages are not showing up. We hope that things get sorted out. If not we will have to start again with the Eulogys Obituaries and histories provided by various members over the years,
regards,
jim wishart

Peter Symonds 400th Anniversary in 2007

2007 is the 400th anniversary of our founder and the Old Symondians Society, in combination with Peter Symonds College, are holding events throughout the year.
The two main events, both being held at the Winchester Guild Hall, are on the 23rd of June and the 13th of October.
If you are interested in attending or joining the Society then please contact me or visit our website.
Kind regards
Mike Conlan  Tel: 01793 849050
casamelara@aol.com
www.oldsymondianssociety.co.uk

Peter Symonds 400th Anniversary in 2007

2007 is the 400th anniversary of our founder and the Old Symondians Society, in combination with Peter Symonds College, are holding events throughout the year.
The two main events, both being held at the Winchester Guild Hall, are on the 23rd of June and the 13th of October.
If you are interested in attending or joining the Society then please contact me or visit our website.
Kind regards
Mike Conlan  Tel: 01793 849050
casamelara@aol.com
www.oldsymondianssociety.co.uk

Saturday, 6 January 2007

Re: Jim


Note: forwarded message attached.
 
p.s.
 
When I sent this the first time, it FAILED ...
 
The reason is, the automatically generated return address is incorrect, in as much that the .(dot) has been missed out in the address between msn and com ...
 
I have copied and pasted below so that you can see ...
 
petersymondswinchesterunofficialnostalgiacorner@ groups.msncom
 
(Life wasn't meant to be easy !!!)

Send instant messages to your online friends http://au.messenger.yahoo.com

Re: Jim


Note: forwarded message attached.
 
p.s.
 
When I sent this the first time, it FAILED ...
 
The reason is, the automatically generated return address is incorrect, in as much that the .(dot) has been missed out in the address between msn and com ...
 
I have copied and pasted below so that you can see ...
 
petersymondswinchesterunofficialnostalgiacorner@ groups.msncom
 
(Life wasn't meant to be easy !!!)

Send instant messages to your online friends http://au.messenger.yahoo.com

Friday, 5 January 2007

Jim

I recommend that you send another CONTACT form and include the following:
 
My group has problems that are not occuring in other groups.
All of my custom pages are now blank.
When I go to my photo albums all photos are marked with " Posted by (name of member) on (date) but no picture shows up.
I would appreciate you visiting my group and checking it out.
 
I understand that other groups are having difficulties at this time, but they are NOT the same type of problems.
 
Your attention to this matter would be appreciated.
 
Let me know what happens.

Jim

I recommend that you send another CONTACT form and include the following:
 
My group has problems that are not occuring in other groups.
All of my custom pages are now blank.
When I go to my photo albums all photos are marked with " Posted by (name of member) on (date) but no picture shows up.
I would appreciate you visiting my group and checking it out.
 
I understand that other groups are having difficulties at this time, but they are NOT the same type of problems.
 
Your attention to this matter would be appreciated.
 
Let me know what happens.