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T O P P R E S S (17/12/2017)
Death of Frank Harris
We are late reporting on this event. The funeral is past.
Frank would have drawn a cartoon of all our troubles and
excuses. We remember Frank as not being too pleased, when
we compared "Curly Wee" with "Willie"
:-) We're surprised that neither he nor Ben ever mentioned
We would like to hear some school (or career) memories
of Frank from our members. He worked for "The Corpie",
- We would like to show more examples of "Willie"
- If any of our members have any of these, would it be
possible for them to scan them and send us a 'jpeg' of
it, for publication (credited with the Member's name,
More to the point, what about an obituary of the man's
whole life? Come on now - fill your inkpot with "Qwink"
and fit a new knib (spelling) in your penholder (from
Woolies on London Road) and produce a masterpiece to make
your old teachers proud - Overseas contributions would
be especially welcome. :-)
Below, we have a little write-up from the Echo and a
sample of his work, that is our favourite
TO: David Williams - Hon. Secretary - COBA
DATE: 02 October 2017
Ive just had word from Carla Jones that
Taff had a fall and died in hospital. The family
had a quiet funeral, so paying respects to the old boy, will
have to be in the mind.
Later this month, I was going to have a 'get-together'
with him and John (Long known to others as Joe). It has been
so long since we last met, that the prospect of seeing Dave
and John getting to be exciting. I had assembled
memories to go through at the bar before the OB dinner - and
there would inevitably have been a lot of Taff stories to come
from him. He was the school expert in anecdotes. If he had been
to a 'Bob Hope and Bing Crosby' film, his re-enactment the next
day was always far more detailed and funny than if we had been
at the cinema too.
Dave was one of my oldest friends. I returned
from a years exile in North Wales in August 1942 and had
to get boost from the two multi-age classes and two languages
in a single room situation that Mr Hitler had forced on
us. Having been with three families in Pandy Tudur all
named Jones - it was inevitable that I should assume that this
David Jones (Never John!) should be a Welshman.
That is why I christened him Taff. He didnt mind and has
always credited me with it.
This was in the Collegiate Prep , in an
annex Sandheys at Holly Lodge, West Derby.
We then went up to the main school and stayed together - 3D,
4C, Remove C and 5C - until he chose the Modern sixth and I
the Maths. Although we both went up to Liverpool University,
we remained in that bias. Then inevitably - we lost touch
until I returned from the USA and sought him out. The Old Boys
dinners have been our contact since with the occasional
phone chat but I have been happy that we did this.
I still intend to go to the OB Dinner, later this
month, and John and I will reminisce with Taff a prime
subject. Taff was a great and lovable guy to me and many others.
Best wishes to you all.
Henry ( Charlie if you like)
Hello Charlie (I'm sure that Taffy called you
We are all shocked at this news. Certainly, especially
other 'Prepites'. Their memories of Taffy, would be very welcome
Would it be possible for someone to organise an
Obituary for Taffy? There is already 14 Obituaries on the Website
and one for Taffy would be very welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Dinner,
To see the Obituary of Mr.
Brian Keith Jones, a former Master at the Collegiate,
please click on HERE.
Our 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 you can guess, from our title, we have finally
got COB Ties in stock. You'll
be pleased to know that we managed to beat down their price
to only £12 each. Of course, this means that you can all
FLAUNT (that word is paid extra for use at our Dinner) your
nice new tie and be the envy of ALL your friends (both of them)
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.
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
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.
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.