Monday, 13 August 2007

Far too many years of Symonds...

....although very few of them mine!
I'm actually a very recent "old symondian" - I attended Symonds' as a sixth former from 1990-1992.  However, I have a fair history with the place and have heard talk of Symonds' throughout my life.
My grandfather (Raymond Cox) taught there for a long time (will have to ask my father about dates, but I think he retired in 1967 or 1968), both my father and uncle went to Symonds' as boys - Tim Cox is my dad (he would have been there in the early 60s) and Mike Cox my uncle (he would have been there earlier - in the late 50s I guess).  And my mother currently teaches A level chemisty at Symonds', and has done for the last 20+ years but is due to retire next year.
I think the thing I found most amazing is that Colin Harris taught me A level maths (Although he retired at the end of my lower 6th - apparently not due to me!!) and he had also taught both my father and uncle! 
I would love to hear stories about my grandfather and what he was like as a teacher (I loved the story in another thread about him being a crackshot with a blackboard eraser!!)  He died when I was quite young and I only have quite dim and distant memories of him.

Far too many years of Symonds...

....although very few of them mine!
I'm actually a very recent "old symondian" - I attended Symonds' as a sixth former from 1990-1992.  However, I have a fair history with the place and have heard talk of Symonds' throughout my life.
My grandfather (Raymond Cox) taught there for a long time (will have to ask my father about dates, but I think he retired in 1967 or 1968), both my father and uncle went to Symonds' as boys - Tim Cox is my dad (he would have been there in the early 60s) and Mike Cox my uncle (he would have been there earlier - in the late 50s I guess).  And my mother currently teaches A level chemisty at Symonds', and has done for the last 20+ years but is due to retire next year.
I think the thing I found most amazing is that Colin Harris taught me A level maths (Although he retired at the end of my lower 6th - apparently not due to me!!) and he had also taught both my father and uncle! 
I would love to hear stories about my grandfather and what he was like as a teacher (I loved the story in another thread about him being a crackshot with a blackboard eraser!!)  He died when I was quite young and I only have quite dim and distant memories of him.

Friday, 10 August 2007

Air cadets at Hullavington

I have added some photographs of a group at the RAF base at Hullavington in about 1949 I think, starting here. I can only remember a few names but all the faces. Please fill in the gaps. Sorry for any mistakes.
jim

Air cadets at Hullavington

I have added some photographs of a group at the RAF base at Hullavington in about 1949 I think, starting here. I can only remember a few names but all the faces. Please fill in the gaps. Sorry for any mistakes.
jim

Saturday, 4 August 2007

Rebuilding the site; photos

Apologies to those who have already received this message. I intended to send it to all listers but hit the wrong button. Put it down to a senior moment!
HELP !!!
 
Regular viewers of our site will be aware that we had a 'glitch' some while back, which, we understand, was caused by MSN and we have been waiting patiently in the hope that it would be fixed by them ... alas, it hasn't and doesn't look as though it ever will be ...
 
Nett result is, that we lost all of the photos that members kindly posted, along with some text ...
 
The text has been restored (David Webb's and Peter Smith's Memoirs), but the photos have not, as they cannot be recovered ...
 
We ask, NO, rather PLEAD, that those of you who have previously posted photos, would you kindly RE-POST them and if any newer members have photos, PLEASE post them now ...
 
PLEASE let's get the site back to what it truly was ... a 'Nostalgia' site ... that can only be achieved with YOUR help ...
 
THANKYOU !!!
 
Keep smiling
 
Doug from WOZ

Rebuilding the site; photos

Apologies to those who have already received this message. I intended to send it to all listers but hit the wrong button. Put it down to a senior moment!
HELP !!!
 
Regular viewers of our site will be aware that we had a 'glitch' some while back, which, we understand, was caused by MSN and we have been waiting patiently in the hope that it would be fixed by them ... alas, it hasn't and doesn't look as though it ever will be ...
 
Nett result is, that we lost all of the photos that members kindly posted, along with some text ...
 
The text has been restored (David Webb's and Peter Smith's Memoirs), but the photos have not, as they cannot be recovered ...
 
We ask, NO, rather PLEAD, that those of you who have previously posted photos, would you kindly RE-POST them and if any newer members have photos, PLEASE post them now ...
 
PLEASE let's get the site back to what it truly was ... a 'Nostalgia' site ... that can only be achieved with YOUR help ...
 
THANKYOU !!!
 
Keep smiling
 
Doug from WOZ

Friday, 3 August 2007

The etiquette of message posting

I have drafted a short note on the question of what one should consider when posting messages and it can be viewed here.
regards,
jim, list manager.

The etiquette of message posting

I have drafted a short note on the question of what one should consider when posting messages and it can be viewed here.
regards,
jim, list manager.

Peter Smith's memories, 1945-1952

I have reinstated Peter's article. The original disappeared along with the photographs during the recent problems caused mainly by MSN I believe.
You can get to them here.
regards,
jim

Peter Smith's memories, 1945-1952

I have reinstated Peter's article. The original disappeared along with the photographs during the recent problems caused mainly by MSN I believe.
You can get to them here.
regards,
jim

Thursday, 2 August 2007

13th October 2007 Winchester Dinner at the Guildhall

Any old Symondians who would like to attend the above 400th Anniversary event please contact Mike Conlan from the Old Symondians Society on 01793 849050 or email him at casamelara@aol.com.
 
So far we have over 100 attendees and I would like to keep the numbers going up.  Menu choices must be back by the 21st of September.
 
Please note I am away from the 4th to 28th August but I will reply immediately to any responses.
 
Thank you
 

13th October 2007 Winchester Dinner at the Guildhall

Any old Symondians who would like to attend the above 400th Anniversary event please contact Mike Conlan from the Old Symondians Society on 01793 849050 or email him at casamelara@aol.com.
 
So far we have over 100 attendees and I would like to keep the numbers going up.  Menu choices must be back by the 21st of September.
 
Please note I am away from the 4th to 28th August but I will reply immediately to any responses.
 
Thank you