to the Official COBA Website
This Site was updated on the 12th of August, 2017
Here is a set of LINKS to
recent changes to the Site - They are in sequence (Time-Wise)
with the most recent being "S T O P P R E S S".
To view the associated item, just click on a
Gallery(Lunch) or B.C.Fitton
or the latest Letter is by E.Jones
or S T O P P R E S S
- ANNUAL DINNER
To email in, click on Webmaster
- Membership - Treasurer
- Annual Dinner
BTW, you can
download a Dinner Application Form by clicking on HERE.
S T O P P R E S S (8/7/2017)
DINNER - 20/10/2017
We are getting close to the time when we
need to send in our Application Forms to attend our Annual Dinner. This
will be held on the Friday Evening closest to our Founders Day. This
year, that is the 20th of October.
As usual, the dinner will be held at the
Athenaeum Club (on 'Church Alley') at 7:30 with the AGM at 6:15
To email for further details and an Application Form, click on Annual Dinner
Or you can download an Application Form, from this Site. by
"pressing <CTRL> and <P> AFTER clicking
on Application Form.
With regret I am sad to report the death of my father Colin
McGorian who attended Liverpool Collegiate in the late
Details of his death/funeral are attached. Could you
please post this so that any of his old friends are made aware. Thank
We have here, an interesting letter about how "our
young Evan" met up with a previous Prime Minister
To see it, click on :- JOHN MAJOR
N.B. There has been a
modification to the list of Meetings - To see it, use the AGM link
- There is a slight change to the golf fixture list. The meeting
scheduled for June 4th will now have the 1st tee reserved from 3.00pm
rather than 2.00pm. This is at the request of the Golf Club.
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) :-)
T I E S
Would Members please note that, at the moment, we do
not have any ties for sale. We are hoping to rectify this
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.
|We have been advised that our members, Ian
Ferguson, (John) Brian Blades (1940/47) and Alfred Lawrence Lloyd
(1940/45) have sadly passed away. Our condolences are expressed to all
the members of the families. We do not have any further details about
this and would welcome hearing some memories of them from other members.
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
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 see.
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.
Death of Brian Wilkinson
Sadly, Brian Wilkinson (an ex-pupil
of the Collegiate) died of cancer shortly before Xmas
He loved the school (which he attended from 1947 to
1953) and often shared his fond memories with his family
I am writing a biography about him and would like more
information regarding his time at the school
If any of your members have any information or memories
of Brian, would you please let me know
Please forward any comments or help to:
Rob Probin - son in law
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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 :-
In response to requests from members
(particularly overseas Cobs):-
to view the Shaw Street Apartments click
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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.