Welcome to the Official COBA Website
This Site was updated on the 28th of September,
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 link :-
The Fire or
Suter (+ Corlett)
or the latest Letter is about
or S T O P P R E S S
To email in, click on Webmaster
- Annual Dinner
you can download a Dinner Application Form by clicking on
S T O P
P R E S S (3/6/16)
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.
Meanwhile Billy Butler kindly promoted our Dinner at the end
of his Radio programme on Thursday 21st September 2016 and already
I have received enquiries from fellow Old Boys. Without doubt
we have many colleagues who are so passionate about School and
they see the Dinner as a real highlight and a great opportunity
to share their memories of their time in Shaw Street. I would
encourage everyone to come and enjoy what promises to be yet
another highly successful and enjoyable occasion. I look forward
to receiving your application.
Derek Corlett Derekandnin@msn.com
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.
After Dinner Speaker
Our speaker is eagerly looking forward to the
Dinner which will take place at the Athenaeum in Liverpool on
Friday 21st October 2016 at 7 15pm. The cost for the three
course meal will be £29.00.
Our guest speaker is Graham Stow CBE DL who at The Collegiate
School from 1955 to 1962. On leaving he has served in a
number of various roles and this will be the first occasion he
has been present at our Dinner. He has enjoyed an extremely successful
career and we can look forward to an interesting address. Application
details are published in the 2016 newsletter and on both the website
and our Facebook page.
Perhaps when applying for tickets you can confirm your current
email address so that we can ensure our records are up to date.
Please remember to enclose SAE with your application.
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.
|To view an interesting book by last year's After-Dinner
Speaker, click on Here
|To view a Video of this year's After-Dinner Speaker,
click on Here
|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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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).
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:-
The 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.
N.B. - 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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N.B. 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 on
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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 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 :--
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.