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  1. Richard Ellis and Jeremy Clarke were in Oundle on 4th and 5th August, as my guests. I arranged for them to meet Carl Norwood on the morning of the 5th at the Cafe-Bar at No 4. Although I see Carl many times during the week he had not seen Richard and Jeremy since 1952 - that's 62 years! He thought we were all in fine fettle and the conversation, largely based on 'Do you remember .... ?' 'Whatever happened to ...?' ran on for a couple of hours.

    (Posted on 2016-08-06 17:20:00 by Keith Diggle)
  2. After 30 years as assistant master at QEGS Wakefield, for much of that time running school cricket ,I embarked on a second career as a plumbing and heating engineer As you will no doubt recall a plumber is by definition a worker in lead , though most of those skills have become obsolete. My early ventures were however clearly formative! Regards to what must be a diminishing band of contempories.

    (Posted on 2016-06-01 20:09:00 by WF. Aka C.W. Furniss(1958))
  3. Is there anyone out there from the year of '89?? We're trying to arrange a 25 year reunion this summer, so if anyone knows someone (who knows someone) from our year, please get in touch.

    Keith & Dan
    (Not a couple, in case you're wondering)

    (Posted on 2014-05-06 14:37:00 by Keith Sibson & Dan Richardson (1989))
  4. Congratulations to Ian and the OLC Committee for having arranged a most successful Annual Dinner on Saturday last (21st September '13). It was a big step to move the date from Winter to Summer and to have overcome the inevitable problems of presenting a Dinner in a place that was not designed for that purpose - I'm sure, the caterers (The Chequered Skipper of Ashton) played a big part in this. Yes, at the Bar end of the Cloisters it was crowded and it was noisy (stone walls do not a tranquil dinner make) but we were all in a place that means a lot to us.

    I did hear murmurs of surprise - largely from older members I think - that we were not provided with an 'hot dinner'. In decades gone by a celebratory Dinner offered people the chance to eat at a higher level than they were generally used to; it was a treat. Today we all customarily eat at a higher level than in those times. I for one do not go to our Annual Dinner because of the food. I expect it to be 'all right', 'OK', wholesome, attractively presented and so on but I am not going to be bothered by not having hot food. Under the circumstances the Chequered Skipper did amazingly well: the menu was imaginative and the service very efficient. Let's bring 'em back for next year.

    A thought that I have expressed to Ian is that it might be a good idea for the Chequered Skipper to offer a special OLC 'wives and partners' dinner menu in the Ashton pub to run concurrently with the Cloisters dinner. I attended with three other friends and our four wives - who were not going to be left at home knitting - went out to dinner themselves. There were others I know who did a similar thing. Reservations for that dinner could be included in the booking procedure for the OLC Dinner. It would be particularly helpful for Members living some distance away to be able bring their wives and/or partners knowing that they would be taken care of and would enjoy themselves.

    There was room for around another 30 Members in the Cloisters. Next year we should all do our best to persuade OLs that we know to sign up for the Dinner - and the AGM as well.

    (Posted on 2013-09-23 12:08:00 by Keith Diggle)
  5. I wa just glancing through these photos and think I can complete all the names for the Football Fist XI of 1970. They are from left to right:-

    Back Row:- Julian Uff David Dunham

    Middle Row:- Martin Thurlby Chris Marchant Tim Smallman Roger Murphy Peter George

    Front row:- Eamonn Thurlby David Allen Duncan Laxton Bob Cummins Hugh Brady

    Hope that helps

    (Posted on 2013-09-20 12:23:00 by david dunham (1963/70))
  6. Does anyone have a whole school photograph from 1948 or do remeber that one was taken that year? I have not seen one and the Oundle School Archivist does not have one. Please leave a message if you can help.
    Thanks Mike

    (Posted on 2013-09-04 14:21:00 by Mike Wasse)
  7. Alan G. Clark
    Dear Ian,
    This is by way of a sincere apology to you for my disrespectful comments as I posted in my last message re. the date of The Old Boys' Dinner. Please accept my apologies for what I said. I should rather congratulate you for all your hard work in getting so many old boys back together every year. It is a "thankless" job - and you are to be very much congratulated by all of us for your untiring work.
    It was a shame that Keith's proposal that our founder's birthday should have been formally celebrated by a goodly number of old boys did not happen - but as Keith said, he, Richard E, Jeremy C, Tom L, and myself - with all our wives - made a day of it at Stoke Doyle and later on the grounds of the Chapel for their annual croquet match - enjoyed by all, including my wife, who had never before picked up a mallet. The weather was perfection - and here I should like to thank all the Oundle School boys for not only the loan of the equipment - but their for time as well. For all who are unaware of the croquet; Richard Ellis, Keith, and Jeremy C. (and possibly Tom Lane), plus their wives, have been carrying on this tournament for a number of years now. Long may it continue!
    To those of my contemporaries, of what Keith calls the "Golden Years" (1950-5), I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Dinner; I have not been for more years than I care to remember - but with it now being held in September (many thanks to Ian for the new date) I shall not now (hopefull) have to contend with the cold!
    Footnote: I have not been near the Cloisters since I had the honour of being introduced and speaking to the the late Queen Mother on the occasion of our 400th centenary in 1956. Can anybody match that?

    (Posted on 2013-08-08 11:41:00 by ALAN G CLARK)
  8. HOWEVER ... Old Laxtonians, Alan Clark, Jeremy Clarke, Richard Ellis, Tom Lane and myself had lunch together at the Shuckborough Arms in Stoke Doyle on Sunday 28 July and raised our glasses to the toast 'The Founder of our School, Sir William Laxton'.

    (Posted on 2013-08-04 17:28:00 by KEITH DIGGLE)

    (Posted on 2013-06-21 15:01:00 by KEITH DIGGLE)
  10. Alan Clark - this is mainly for you but I'd like others to read it.

    It's really not kind to say that our President is being 'selfish' in not wanting to hold the annual dinner on 27th July because he takes his holidays then. It takes a lot of time to organise an event like this and the event itself needs a certain amount of managing, not least because the dinner is preceded by the AGM and that in itself needs more organisation and hence time. It's true to say that neither of these events could take place without the presence of our President who with the assistance of the committee, makes everything run smoothly. Ian, we must remember, has a job to do (as do all committee members) and holidays are even more important to people at work than they are to retired chaps like us. If Ian were to move the Annual Dinner to 27th July then he would have to rearrange his holiday and that, in the context of a business, would make other people shift theirs. It's too much to expect.

    So, I for one , take this opportunity of thanking Ian and the Committee for all they have done and, I hope, will go on doing and I confirm that I believe they have every right to pick a date for the AGM and Dinner that suits them. I hope that you will feel inclined to join me in this.

    Having said this I know that Ian and the committee are doing their best to arrange the event in September rather than chilly old January and Saturday 21st may well turn out to be the chosen date. So that is progress! Pencil the date in your diary.

    On top of that I have discussed with Ian an idea I had for holding another kind of event on Sunday July 28th - to commemorate the death of Sir William Laxton on 27th. July 1576. It would be fairly modest but it would be another opportunity for Old Laxtonians to get together. I have in mind something that might start at around 10.45 and last for about two hours. A toast would be drunk to the memory of our founder and words would be spoken. I have volunteered to arrange this and so to deputise for Ian. More details later but meanwhile put 28th July in your diary Alan. You are not going to be allowed to escape this one!!!

    (Posted on 2013-03-05 15:13:00 by Keith Diggle)
  11. Sorry lads I never got to the Old Boys' dinner. The awful weather rather destroyed my good intentions - almost at a stroke ! However, having written to our secretary, Ian Goldsmith, in respect of changing the time of year in which the annual dinner is held - my long-held wish may at last be considered as more sensible to the veterans among our ranks. Dear old Keith D backed me on this - but later told me that Ian was not too keen to hold it to coincide with Sir William's birthday in July, as that was when he always took his holidays. Well, I know very well (as I'm sure you do) that it is because of Ian's hard work that the dinner arrangements etc. and all to do with it, are carried out by Ian (for which we should be eternally grateful) - but in all honesty, are not his reasons rather selfish? (pause for effect) - I am now in my 75th year and past my best, so to speek, and many of my contemporaries of the 1950s cannot surely relish always turning out in the middle of winter - even if it is only once in a year. After all, for how many more winters will they be able to face it ! It's all very well the younger Old Boys being unwilling to allow the dinner to interfere with their social lives during the middle of the year - but they are young and have many more years ahead of them - God willing! I will be watching carefully as to what (if anything) will be agreed to on changing the date of the future dinners.

    To change the subject completely, some of you may know that I write on the subject of local history - a subject in which I have taken an interest for over forty years. (some may remember I was very keen on history at school - even though Mike Mills had been known to launch one of those deadly wooden board-cleaners at my head for "inattention"). Well some of you (such as Keith D) will be interested to know that I am presently working on the reminiscences of a Laxton schoolboy (of Woodston, near Peterboro'), who was a boarder at the school between 1801-6. It's really fascinating stuff - particularly because it reveals such choice pieces as the fact that one ex-Laxton boy was killed in a cavalry charge at the Battle of Waterloo! Anyway, I am hoping to publish this in the next year or so.

    (Posted on 2013-02-17 12:27:00 by ALAN G. CLARK 1955)
  12. When Justin kindly put up some of my photos of the School he added a link to my blog and I think it was because of this a certain Judith Henderson logged on to it and found herself reading about walnut trees and the chilly Laxton cloisters. She left a comment on my blogs. This is what she said:

    Keith, I am new to your blogs (an education missed until now). Reading from bottom to top, I greatly enjoyed your memories of Laxton and the walnuts. I too was an avid gatherer, and remember too the bitter wind through the cloisters! Many was the time my pony was tied to the railings inside while I popped in for lunch! Now to further reading. All much appreciated.
    Judy Henderson (nee Stretton) daughter of Tom Stretton Master in Charge 1952-1968

    Isn't the internet a wonderful thing?

    (Posted on 2012-12-01 16:36:00 by Keith Diggle)
  13. So good to see that Alan Clark has posted some memories. There is one picture (see under 'Memorabilia') of our Cross-Country Team where he and I may both be seen. I think I can name everyone in that group - but I'll leave it to see if anyone else volunteers first. See you at the Dinner, Alan - if not sooner!

    (Posted on 2012-06-28 17:24:00 by Keith Diggle)
  14. Alan Clark (1955)
    At last I've got round to posting most of my memorabilia; Speech Day programme; letter of acceptance from S.J.J. Leech to my parents; various photos of cricket team, football XI; cross-country team etc. All of interest to the lads who were with me during (as Keith has said - the "Golden Years" 1950-55. Have a look lads ! And make a comment here. Not having attended the annual dinner for a number of years - I (God willing) fully intend to attend the 2013 one. So be there!

    (Posted on 2012-06-27 09:21:00 by ALAN GEORGE CLARK)
  15. Ref Keith Diggle's story of WF and his hoard of melted down lead bullets.
    WF cast a large amount of lead onto a length of chain and there was a competition in the fives court to see who could thow this the highest up the face of the court wall. Someone, I forget who, magaged to get it over the top of the wall and it was lost. The next morning at assembly Tom Stretton stood up and dangling the chain and lead said "and whose is this little toy? it narrowly missed Mrs Blunt." WF owned up. I don't know the outcome but can only guess what it was. Incidently WF had a sideline in dealing in pieces of old armour and if there was a bit missing he would make a replacement. He was certainly a character.

    (Posted on 2011-10-25 18:37:00 by Mike Wasse)
  16. The Clay Pigeon Shoot, held on the farm of Old Laxtonian Geoff Shatlock in Barnwell, was a great success. Richard Ellis, who lives in Chelford in Cheshire, made the trip in order to participate; the remainder were local lads and one local lass. The group moved over to Ashton for supper at the Chequered Skipper and that too was a great success - it's amazing what a really good lasagne and a few pints can do to create an atmosphere.
    So, well done our Committee - that's more like it!!!

    (Posted on 2011-09-12 12:10:00 by Keith Diggle)
  17. A nice little story – true – told to me by a contemporary (that is, mid fifties); let’s call him TB. He often stayed late after school, he said, and one evening, in the cloisters, he met another Laxton schoolboy (we’ll call him WF) who was carrying a small bag that seemed quite heavy for its size. WF invited TB to come with him up to what was then the fifth form common room – the one on the right as you reach the top of the stone stairs leading to the Long Room. In the corner of the room there was a fire burning. WF opened the bag and showed TB that it contained a collection of small pieces of lead. They were, he explained, .22 bullets that had been fired during shooting practice at the School range that was by the Parade Ground: he regularly went up there after hours and sieved the lead bullets from the sand bank behind the targets. Lead, he explained, was valuable.

    WF then put a shovel onto the fire and started to melt the lead bullets. He apparently kept a brick in the room (would it be a Phorpes or a London Brick Company? It matters not) which had the traditional v-shaped indentation on the top. WF then poured the molten lead into this brick using it as a mould to make an ingot.

    The wonderful end of the story is that when WF had finished his casting operation he lifted up a small section of wooden flooring and added his ingots to a collection stored there from previous occasions. He then replaced the wood and it was time to go home.

    TB pointed out that the firth form common room was directly over the study of the then Master-in-Charge, T.A. Stretton and he had often wondered what might have happened if the weight of the stored lead eventually exceeded the strength of the ceiling of that room. TB also wonders to this day if the lead might still be there and might still be capable of offering a surprise to the present House Master, Tony Burrows.

    Perhaps someone should investigate!

    (Posted on 2011-08-07 22:10:00 by Keith Diggle)
  18. Having visited the excellent Oundle Museum recently, I thought it might be of interest to Old Laxtonians to learn that part of the museum’s current exhibition contains some historical content relating to Sir William Laxton and Laxton School.

    There are a couple of wall displays that detail some of Sir William’s charitable undertakings in Oundle as well as a document called ‘A Brief History of the Free Grammar School of Sir William Laxton’.

    Oundle Museum is located in the Old Courthouse near the Catholic Church and the current exhibition runs until September. More information on the museum and when they are open can be found at www.oundlemuseum.org.uk

    (Posted on 2011-07-22 08:32:00 by Justin Jeffrey (1990))
  19. It is interesting to see in the Laxton School (sorry chaps but it will always be Laxton School to me) cloisters that there is now a commemorative plaque for Gerald Touch who, the plaque says, was at the School from 1922 to 1930 and was Chief Scientist at GCHQ from 1961 to 1971.

    Professor Richard Ellis (LGS 1955) tells me that there is a reference to Touch in Michael Downes’ excellent book, ‘Oundle at War’, where it says that before Touch joined GCHQ he played a role in the development of Radar. Even more interestingly Richard reveals that a recent release (only a few years ago) of secret information from GCHQ reports his involvement in the invention of The Public Encryption Key Method which has always been claimed as an American invention; in fact it was one James Ellis (no relation) at GCHQ working under Touch. This invention is the backbone of all modern computer based encryption methods such as used by banks and credit cards.

    (Posted on 2011-07-16 17:52:00 by Keith Diggle)
  20. If Members leave this section of the OLC Website and go to ‘Reports’ they will see a very pleasing report and photograph of the presentation on 2 July this year of the ‘Old Laxtonian Prize’ to former Head of Laxton, Louise Cashmore, the first girl to hold this position. The presentation was made by President, Ian Goldsmith and Treasurer, Davis Marriott.

    It would have been even more pleasing for us to have been told what the prize was and even more pleasing for it to have been described as the ‘Old Laxtonian Club Prize’. Sorry to carp, chaps, but if a job's worth doing it's worth doing well.

    (Posted on 2011-07-07 10:49:00 by Keith Diggle)
  21. Tim Bowering died on Saturday (25 June 2011). An old school friend who bore his illness with patience and good humour. As we would have said all those years ago, 'A good old boy'. Condolences to his family.
    Keith Diggle

    (Posted on 2011-06-28 22:46:00 by Keith Diggle)
  22. This Message Board is open to all Old Laxtonians, it is not exclusively for my use, although it may appear so. Anyway ... here's another item concerning the 'Golden Age' of Laxton Grammar School:

    Colin Bamford, Australia, has been in touch – he’s another of ‘our’ generation, the 'Golden Age' as I choose to call it (early nineteen fifties). Colin has maintained contact with Jeremy Clarke over the years and has had a couple of get-togethers with him in the UK together with Colin’s brother Roy – and Colin and wife Irene met up in Sydney when Jeremy and his wife Jean were there. Arthur ‘Lank’ Lineham lives just 5 minutes walk away from Colin – they meet up every week. Colin is also in touch with Bob Baxter, Mike Wasse, Dick Ince and Roger Willett. Colin alleges that I used to pencil railway track layouts into the softer wood of the desk tops – this is a vile calumny. Only Jeremy Clarke would have done such a thing – and he has never recovered from this obsession with railways and trains! Colin will soon be in touch with Richard Bowering in New Zealand.

    If anyone wants to make contact with Colin send an email to me email@keithdiggle.com and I’ll forward it on to him.

    Good wishes to all!

    (Posted on 2011-03-13 11:31:00 by Keith Diggle (1951-1955))
  23. After the most recent disaster in New Zealand I emailed Richard Bowering who has lived there for a very long time to ask how he was was faring. I thought Members might like read what he said in reply.

    He also asked me if I knew whether 'Willy' or 'Willum' Furniss was around - if anyone can help us it would be appreciated; he was a contemporary of mine and was, I think, a bit older than Richard. I suggest you enter any information you may have in the 'Add a comment' box on this website.

    Here is Richard's message:

    Dear Keith,

    Thank you for your 'e mail'. It really touched me. We in New Zealand have always been conscious that we live at the bottom of the world, with the deep seated feeling that no-one gives us a second thought. That, of course, is far from the truth. I have lived in New Zealand for the last 40 years. I have come to love the country and the spirit of its inhabitants. When a tragedy like the Christchurch earthquake strikes, it affects the whole country. Everyone knows someone who lives there, or has a friend who knows someone who lives there. With a population of only 4.4 million this is understandable. My connection with Christchurch is that I lived there for many years and that my daughter lives there with her husband and their 11 month old baby. Thankfully they are all ok, the inside of their house was severely trashed for the third time, but the house appears to have got off lightly. The chimney was lost in the original 'quake 5 months ago. Theirs is a timber villa built in the 1920's. Very strong, the timbers flex in a 'quake. Only a brick chimney is a risk. They lost that the last time! Of course they have no water and the sewerage system is totally shot. They have power now but liquifaction is the biggest problem in the suburbs. The ground just opened up and grey mud just flowed into the streets. Some cars just disappeared into vast sinkholes. Whole suburbs have miles and miles of mud up to three feet deep. Of couse the loss of life is the most devastating thing. I know so many people in Christchurch. They have only published a few names of the deceased so far. I sang in 14 productions for Canterbury Opera which is based in ChCh. so you can imagine how many people I know. And the beautiful cathedral in which I sang so many times is in ruin, (they estimate that there are still 20 or so bodies in there, under the rubble). My daughter and family were due to visit us a day after the 'quake on the way to Stewart Island. They arrived very glad to get out of the place. The aftershocks were all about 5 on the Richter scale and were happening about every 30 minutes.

    Kindest regards, Richard (Bowering)

    (Posted on 2011-02-27 10:57:00 by Keith Diggle (1951-1955))
  24. Apologies for misspelling Jim Leslie's name in my most recent post

    (Posted on 2010-11-09 19:03:00 by Keith Diggle (1955))
  25. The four consecutive Tuesday morning chats were very pleasant (see my previous posting). It wasn’t as if OLs were queuing to get into Smith’s to join my table but I was never alone and the conversations were extremely interesting. Mike Wasse, David Osborn, Jim Lesley and Bob Baxter variously joined me and our discussions ranged far and wide. As one would imagine, the topics were largely Laxton School orientated and covered the state of health, location and achievements of old school friends, the degree of eccentricity of our schoolmasters, the accounts of wild and bizarre behaviour of our former school fellows (at least two were known to have defended themselves against intrusion with sharp pencils and who was the boy that could whistle without, apparently, pursing his lips or, indeed, even opening his mouth?). We discovered that two of us had been caned, one of whom had actually succeeded in protecting himself with an exercise book inside his trousers – that is, he was not discovered and so emerged from the ordeal more-or-less unscathed; the other had not dared to do this and suffered for it. Both agreed the practice was foul and indicative of a sadistic streak. Be assured, it was not ‘Quack’ Leech who wielded the cane.

    I received a very welcome email from Richard Bowering

    I've just been reading the OLC website. How I'd love to have a coffee with you at no 4. Sadly I live too far away. I left LGS in 1956 (as a non-achiever!) Drifted from job to job and then decided that I would find fame and fortune in Australia. Applied for the £10 migration scheme, got turned down, so at the tender age of 19 decided to set off for Australia overland with £72 in my pocket.(Took almost 6 months to get there). 5 years later I was back in Oundle and found myself working for Perkins Diesel in Peterborough. Actually we did meet in round about 1968 or '69. I was singing the role of Dr Bartolo at Uppingham school in a production of the Barber of Seville and you were there with your orchestra. Still restless, I migrated to NZ in 1971. Nelson in particular, where for 20 years fruit growing was my main source of income. I later worked as a professional opera singer and actor for many years. I’ve just finished a season of Les Miserables which was my 94th production. Not bad eh? I have worked as an artist for many years and have my own gallery in Oamaru in the South Island. I remember you so well from school, even though you were senior to me, and for some years I have followed your career on the computer! I hope you don’t mind my writing to you like this; it’s just that Laxton meant so much to me – which is strange because they were not particularly happy days for me on a personal level, yet I’ve never really got the place out of my system.
    I wish you well in your retirement
    Kind regards

    I have checked with Richard, whom I remember very well, and he is happy to have his message reproduced on our website. In a later message he tells us that his brother Robin, who is 18 months older than he, became an actor, is now retired and is living in New South Wales, Australia. In 1979, when I was doing a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand, one of my dates was in the Sydney Opera House (I was appearing in just a small hall within the complex!) and I saw Robin’s name on a poster for a production of Macbeth there. I sent a note backstage and we were able to share a few minutes together. Tim, Richard’s elder brother, lives in Warmington and is not at all well now.

    (Some OLs may remember that the Father of the Bowering boys ran the grocery shop and Post Office in Warmington and, being a fine singer, was a star of the Oundle Gilbert and Sullivan Society).

    (Posted on 2010-11-09 18:10:00 by Keith Diggle (1955))
  26. I'd like to think that Old Laxtonians planning to visit Oundle would have a contact here in the town where I live. Several months ago I was very pleased to meet up with Richard Ince - a contemporary of mine - who was visiting his sister and looked up my telephone number in the book. We spent a very congenial couple of hours talking about old times.
    I would be happy to hear from OLs of my generation and invite email contact from anyone thinking of paying a visit. A cup of coffee in Smiths at Number 4 is relaxing and gives a great view of our old school. Make a note of email@keithdiggle.com
    As an experiment I am planning to take coffee at Smiths every Tuesday morning - for the next four weeks - from 10.30am and invite both local and visiting OLs to join me. I'll bring a book in case no-one turns up!

    (Posted on 2010-10-18 15:55:00 by Keith Diggle (1955))
  27. Just out of interest, is that most remarkable
    of all headmasters, George Simpson, still or

    (Posted on 2010-09-10 21:33:00 by simon lillingston)
  28. In a very recent conversation with David Osborn another suggestion as to how our much revered S.J.J. Leech came to be called 'Quack' emerged. Many years ago a person lacking in stature might be referred to as suffering from 'Duck's Disease' - this notion stemming from the fact that the duck lives its life very close to the ground. Quack Leech was not a tall man.

    (Posted on 2010-03-31 14:07:00 by Keith Diggle (1955))
  29. Bob Mash .LGS circa1950-1956 died recently .Source Peterborough Evening Telegraph

    (Posted on 2010-03-25 09:21:00 by David Osborn (1955))
  30. Slight correction to Keith's posting. I was an astronomer but have long since retired.

    (Posted on 2010-03-07 20:50:00 by Davis Sher (1954))
  31. Thanks to the website (and the OLC Hon. Sec.) I've made contact with a contemporary of mine, David Sher, who lives in Toronto and is an astronomer. I've passed his email address on to other OLs and I believe several have been in touch. This shows the potential of the website and this Message Board - other OLs take note and make use of it!
    David suggested a likely explanation of S.J.J. Leech's nickname 'Quack': Leech used to be a slang term for Doctor and 'Quack' is another term for Doctor. So from Leech to Quack, via Doctor. It seems highly likely.
    Keith Diggle (1955)

    (Posted on 2010-03-05 13:04:00 by Keith Diggle (1955))
  32. Thank you Keith Diggle for passing on the e-mail address of an OLC member. A message board or register system of members would be useful when making contact.

    (Posted on 2010-02-28 11:20:00 by David Osborn (1955))
  33. I had to leave the area due to my father being appointed Station Engineer at RAF station Syerston, Nr. Newark.
    I went to sea as an apprentice with Athel Line Ltd in 1944 and sailed in convoys. As we were on tankers carrying aviation spirit we were usually placed in the middle of the convoy as we were pretty precious. Gained my second mate's certificate in 1947. First mate in 1952 and Master's Foreign going in 1954. Stayed at sea as Chief Officer before taking up a shorepost as Ass. Marine Supt. in West Africa. Evntually set up my own freight ompany in 1969 and sold it in 1982.
    My contacts at school were Ruben Garner, George Laws, Derek Laws, Ken Laxton ,Malkin Maurice, Many of the class I was in have passed away, but would like to know if anyone could help me in fnding out hat has happened to the names mentioned.
    Thoroughly enjoyed the Annual re-unions and disappointed that I could not attend the 2010 on, but hope to make itin 2011.
    A vote of thanks must go to the Presidnt and committee for all their efforts in keeping the flag flying and we members must give them our full support.
    Norval Young

    (Posted on 2010-02-13 12:30:00 by Charles James Norval Young)
  34. Did you ever have an autograph book? There was always some kid that would grab it and write 'By hook or by crook, I'll be first in this book'. Fellow Old Laxtonians, as far as this message board goes I aim to be that kid.
    I should like to congratulate our Committee for getting the website up and running and especially for adding the Message Board which I hope will be used widely. I think it will be a very good way of telling our contemporaries if we are going to be attending events such as the Annual Dinner and encouraging them to show their faces as well - and for disseminating news such as 'Births, Marriages and Deaths'.
    We had a good OLC Dinner on 30 January this year. We may not have had the greatest speaker but the food and company was first-rate!
    Posted 7 Feb 2010

    (Posted on 2010-02-07 23:29:00 by Keith Diggle (1955))
  35. I was asked by the OLC Committee (as 'webmaster') if we could introduce an area where any Old Laxtonian could post messages to their peers and pass notes of interest to other OLs. This came about because of a handful of requests from OLs seeking to communicate with their year groups and share news.

    There are some Old Laxtonians already communicating on semi-active groups on Facebook and Friends Reunited. This posting board has been set up as an experiment to see if a simple message service (an alternative to fully fledged social networking sites as previously mentioned) would be used by the members.

    Post your comments to let us know what you think or feel free to write a message of your choosing. NB. All messages will be approved by the webmaster before being publically displayed.

    (Posted on 2010-01-25 23:07:00 by Justin Jeffrey (90))

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