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This Site was updated on the 15th of May, 2015

Here is a set of LINKS to recent changes to the Site - The lower right hand corner is the most recent.

To view the associated item, just click on a link :-

SEE:- The Fire or Pat.Kneen or Yerbury or Gleave or Soccer Dinner or Collighan or Golf or Gallery or Bill Baldwin

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Bill Baldwin

Bill sadly passed away on Wednesday, 29th April, aged 78 years.

His funeral took place at 1.20pm on Thursday 14th May at Southport Crematorium.

Here is a picture of Bill as you may have known him at school (or later) plus a copy of the entry from the "Admin" page plus some thoughts from various members :-

WILLIAM HARRY (BILL) BALDWIN - Council Member.  (School 1948-53).

Played soccer for the OB's for one season before heart problems forced early retirement at age 18 ! Worked in local government from school until 1990 moving around a number of authorities in the North West. Took Articles and qualified as a Solicitor in 1969.Took early retirement upon the abolition of the former Merseyside County Council. Was a part time Planning Inspector in the early 1990's and has been a part time Chairman of Social Security Tribunals since 1990. Was also a Legal Assessor for the General Medical Council for 5 years before compulsory retirement at age 70. Been an OB's Council Member since early 1990's and drafted the current Constitution for the Association.

I most certainly knew Bill. He was a valued work colleague of mine at Merseyside County Council for several years and in fact succeeded me when I left.  We worked in neighbouring offices and would, on most days, share a pie and a pint together at lunchtime. He was a contemporary of my brother Peter at the Collegiate in the late forties early fifties and knew Peter very well.

Regards - Michael Suter


It has been brought to our attention (by more than one member) that we seem to have let the old tradition of having "HOTPOT SUPPERS" lapse.

We can assure you, that they were always popular with us as - If a last minute Member appeared on the scene, we just put anothe cup of water in the Scouse". :-) :-) :-)

(The old ones are the best ones - We stole that one off Li Ross, at last year's Dinner :) )

What we envisage, is something in the Spring to balance out our (fairly busy) Autumn.

What we are looking for is any members who used to help out in organising those functions.  If there are any of you left, would you please come forward and offer your expertise, or simply advice, about that complex exercise?

Thank you.

The Annual Dinner

We would like to draw Member's attention to the fact that THIS YEAR, the Annual Dinner will revert to its usual date of the first Friday after Founders Day.  Thus, we will all be getting together on the 23rd October at 7.30 p.m. after the AGM (which starts at 6.15).  Tickets will be £29 each.  Once again, it will be held at the Athenaeum Club on Church Alley.  This year, we have managed to get  Jason Smith (1976 - 1983) as our Speaker.  Full details will be available, for Members, in the Newsletter.

Please note that ticket applications need to be accompanied by SAE. Last year quite a few failed to so causing some disruption to our arrangenents. 

175th Anniversary of the Liverpool Collegiate School and Liverpool College.

As members may be aware, this year is the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Institution which was later to become the Liverpool Collegiate School and Liverpool College.

Because the College is still up and running, the College and Old Lerpoolians are holding a number of commemorative events.

The main event is the Anniversary Ball to be held in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Saturday 13th June, to which an invitation to participate has been extended to Collegiate Old Boys via the OB's Council.

The event's dress code will be black tie. Tickets will be available at a cost of £50 per person.

Your Council has booked one table so far, but further reservations can be made. Tickets will be in short supply, so any member wanting to participate should contact me asap and I will arrange the booking and give you details of making payment in advance.

The price includes a three course meal and dancing to a seven piece band.

If you are interested please contact me by e-mail :~  


It would be nice if we could give this event, which will be in magnificent surroundings, our full support.

Joe Lucas ( Chairman - COBA)

Death of Brian Wilkinson

Dear all

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:


Thank you

Rob Probin - son in law

N.B.  We have been gettting 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 :-


Just received a letter (from Bill Thomas) to say that Dave Tallon 1954--? had a fall on Sunday afternoon returning from watching football on tv and passed away later that night - Have any of our members got memories of Dave?

In response to requests from members (particularly overseas COBs):-

to view the Shaw Street Apartments click on Flats

A Relay Race

Here at COBA, we are as vulnerable to the ravages of ‘Old Father Time’, as anyone else. Bearing this in mind, we have decided look for a ‘reserve team’ of members who would be capable of ‘accepting the baton’ and 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 three 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. 


The 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).

A Newsletter is published annually by the Association and is sent to all its members. It is full of news, reports on activities, obituaries and a wealth of interesting correspondence and photographs from former pupils of the School. In addition, the Association has created this Website, which contains much interesting information and which will be updated on a regular basis.

A Cri de Coeur.

It has been pointed out to us, that what we need (on our site) are some 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 300ppi or better 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 :--

Bangor - 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?

The Fire - 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.