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T I E
For details of the
Death of Joe Lucas,
please click on HERE.
or for Report on the 27 of June LUNCH,
just click on HERE
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T O P P R E S S (5/7/2018)
have great sorrow in announcing that our chairman, Joe
Lucas, passed away today.
The funeral will take place at Springwood
Crematorium on Monday 23rd July 2018 at 11am.
This will be followed by refreshments at West Derby
Golf Club where Joe was a past Captain.
As you will know Joe has been heavily involved in many
organisations and I expect an exceptional number will
be in attendance.
There is car parking at the golf club but I expect
this to be overstretched. Please avoid parking in the
Bus 102 stops outside and nearby routes are 61-12-13
each involving a short walk.
Richard James Peterson
attended the funeral yesterday of one of my oldest and dearest
friends Richard James Paterson. We met at LCC and became firm
friends during our time in those hallowed halls (1969-75). That
friendship sadly came to an abrupt end on Friday 16th March,
when Richard fell to his untimely death on the slopes of Sgurr
na h-Ulaidh in the Glen Coe region of the Scottish Mountains.
Piglet, as he once called himself, died with his boots on. Doing
what he liked doing best. Dick and I shared the same passion
for the great outdoors and the same sense of humour. Caving,
Climbing, Cycling, Mountaineering and laughing together for
nearly 50 years. We'd often reminisce about our school days
and it's abundantly clear we never grew up. He unfortunately
never will. Both 60 on the outside, but still 15 on the inside.
It was a huge privilege to have known him, and to be regarded
as one of his many close friends. My family, our friends and
I will miss him beyond words. One less /I\ on today's register.
It's all olo's from here on in Paterson me old mate.
John Paul Caton
As you can guess, from our title, we have finally
got COBA Ties in stock. You'll
be pleased to know that we managed to beat down their price
to only £12 each (Including
Postage). Of course, this means that you can
all FLAUNT your nice new tie and be the envy of ALL your friends.
All it takes is an email to <email@example.com>
and 'all will be revealed', including the fact that you
can pay by Pay Pal.
Attention has been drawn to an obituary in the
Guardian for Jim Railton.
It is not known the exact years he attended the Collegiate,
but it is likely to be between1947 and 1962. He died at the
age of 81.
Whilst at School it is understood that he set British Junior
100 yards record at 9.9 seconds in 1954. Taking a degree at
Loughborough University he was appointed as a teacher in London
and became interested in rowing. He was a silver medallist in
a team of rowers at the 1974 World Rowing Championships and
the 1976 Olympics.
Old Boys of the School may remember his sporting ability at
athletics, but in later life was better known for his rowing
achievements. Indeed he was the rowing correspondent for the
Times for many years
For more details, click on HERE
To see the Obituary of Mr.
Brian Keith Jones, a former Master at the Collegiate,
please click on HERE.
member, Derek Corlett, has sent in the following
memoir which we hope will provoke comments from lads who knew
him at school and can offer their memories of those years and
those classes and (maybe) some of those teachers. Read it and
write in :-
On one dismal day on 8th February 1955 when 8
inches of snow lay on the ground, a large group of junior school
students descended on the Collegiate School in Shaw Street.
Their purpose was to sit the 11 plus exam to qualify for entrance
to the senior School. About 180 were successful and I was amongst
them. I started my scholastic career by entering in form 3D.
The entry forms in that year ran from 3A to 3F
and after a satisfactory first year I was allocated to the classics
form 4A. That form included many very bright scholars who were
well qualified to master the principal subjects of Latin and
Greek. I experienced the utmost difficulty in keeping pace with
the rest of our form and eventually left to take a job in 1960.
Having witnessed the devastating fire in the early
90's I was invited to join the Association in 1999 and this
presented an opportunity to meet up with some former class mates
for the first time since 1960. Progressively I have met more
and more of my fellow pupils and have been amazed at the successful
careers that they pursued. Many have held high office in their
One such person who I had not met was Michael
Suter who moved to Spain following his retirement as Chief
Executive of Shropshire County Council. Through the medium
of our website he has expressed a deep interest in the affairs
of the Association regretting that he is unable to attend the
Annual Dinners. This week he returned to the UK for a short
break and asked me to arrange a lunch meeting with a small number
of former pupils. This meeting took place at West Derby Golf
Club on 14th August 2017 and a team photo is shown herewith.
Those present thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to reunite
with their long lost colleagues. Some 60 plus years had passed
since joining the School and hardly any communication since
leaving. All in all, this was a wonderful occasion and I would
encourage any member of the Association to consider organising
a similar meeting for any number of their choice. The meal was
top quality and the Club house is a perfect venue for a reunion.
The cost of an excellent three course meal is less than £20
If you are interested in arranging an event please
feel free to contact me using my details on the website.
Cheers - Derek Corlett
As usual, we will be making our effort to get
a picture onto the Website of all the attendees
- This time, we will be seeking out ties that have that 'glamour
and glitter' that can only come from having just been purchased
On a more practical note, you can get the purchasing
ball rolling, by clicking on the words "COBA
Ties" several lines above, on this page.
you see this picture on the right? See if you think that you can
spot yourself (or a pal) on this mini version of the cast of the
school play (St. Joan). If you click on it, all will be revealed
in a letter, from Dave Barrow. Have a go and impress ALL your
friends (both of them) :-)
The following is an excerpt from the COBA Facebook Site
Derek Corlett and Jackie Griffiths posted in Collegiate
Old Boys Association .
23 September at 19:29 - Derek Corlett - I am proposing
to post a copy of the Dinner Ticket which shows the words
of the School Song ( in Latin) which we use to sing at the
conclusion of proceedings. Also the school chant is shown
which we also recite. A number of folk have not known that
the chant existed and others have made a good effort in
recalling the exact words. To avoid any misunderstanding
I have submitted an application to our Administrator for
this to be incorporated on the Facebook site. I hope also
to have this recorded on the COBA website.
Here at COBA, we are still looking for a reserve
team of members who would be capable of taking over the
duties of certain present Officers of the Council, when
the time comes for them to pass on their duties.
We have identified two of the offices that could
suffer most, from an hiatus due to a retirement. These are Secretary
and Treasurer. With this in mind, we
are trying to prepare for all eventualities, by:-
(a) Keeping a set of (up-to-date) ‘Backup
Data’ for each of the jobs.
(b) Inviting volunteers from the membership who
would be prepared (at this time) to acclimatise themselves
as to how the duties of a retiring officer are performed and
how the data is organised. This, of course, is with a view
to taking over the duties when a retirement occurs.
Thus, we are inviting interested members to contact
our Chairman, by clicking on
Chairman for further details.
|For an interesting snippet from an early Esmeduna,
click on Here
Any members who fancy themselves as budding Sherlock Holmes
should click on this Facebook link :-
where they can try to solve the latest in the “Guess
the Year” Puzzle , They are not easy but then
again, they are not too hard. Have a go and
To LISTEN TO a 'Snippet' about T.P.Gleave,
Click on Guinea-Pigs
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Association was formed in 1909, following the transfer of the Shaw
Street Schools from the Liverpool Collegiate Institution to the
Liverpool City Council, and it maintained a strong connection with the
Liverpool Collegiate School up to the time of the School's closure in
1985. Since then the Association has kept a watching brief on the
future use of the Shaw Street building, which is Grade II listed. The
building has been converted now for residential use, containing some 90
very tasteful apartments. We hold a service on Remembrance Day,
the 11th November each year, in the Entrance Hall of the
Building. (Click on"Memories", for details).
The Collegiate Old Boys Association
now have an official Group on the social media site Facebook.
You can visit the Group page by clicking this link:-
Group page is relatively new and we hope to generate more interest by
posting regular articles and news about the school and the activities
of COBA. It is also meant as a platform for discussion.
Feel free to either contribute or just browse.
- When you use the above link, you will be requested to sign in, using
your Facebook Password or to join Facebook - This is a requisite, in
order to access the entries.
If you want to join the Facebook Group you need to have
a Facebook account. You can get a Facebook account (at
no cost) by clicking on:-
We look forward to meeting you there.
We have been getting reports that some of our members have not had any
luck, when using the above (email) links. We are aware that the
successful members seem to be the ones who use "Outlook". It is
possible, that the unsuccessful ones may be using "Gmail" or
"Thunderbird" etc. If some problems do seem evident, you
might try using your usual email procedure and an address of :-
A Cri de Coeur.
It has been pointed out to us, that what we need (on our site)
definitive articles about periods in our history, that are often
referred to, but exact details are not commonly known.
Accordingly, we would like to put together a page covering
exactly what did happen, at any one of these times
What we need, is data, from our readers
including, of course, photographs (Preferably scanned at 300
ppi and be in JPEG form
with accompanying text). Any of our readers, who have memories of
such incidents can contact us by clicking on HERE.
Such topics, might include :--
The school was evacuated to Bangor - Where? (exactly) - When? (exactly)
- For how long? - Did ALL the school go? - Which members of the staff
went? - Did "The Prep" go? - Was the Shaw St. building closed down? -
What Sport was available?
- What we need, is a definitive article about the disastrous fire that
caused closure of the school. We do have quite a few photos of
the damage that was done - but no description of the events. We don't
expect - "I was sitting there reciting some Latin, when I felt a
blast of hot air rising up the back of my chair
......." - What were people doing when it occurred? - What did people
say, to each other? - Did anyone rush down to see the flames? - Or next
day to see the ruins? - Did you go inside? - Did you see any souvenir
hunters, picking through debris?
Colomendy - (Sometimes referred to as 'Colomenditz')
- Many Liverpool schools used this 'Outdoor Centre' - Contributions
from Non-COBs would be considered (to stimulate memories )
School Camps (and CCF Camps)
Where? - When? - How long? - Who went? - Which staff went? ETC.
ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC.
ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC.
ETC. ETC. ETC.