to the Official COBA Website
This Site was updated on the 10th
of Feb, 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
or the latest Letter is by Dave Barrow
St Joan Play
or S T O P P R E S S
To email in, click on Webmaster
- Membership - Treasurer
- Annual Dinner
you can download a Dinner Application Form by clicking on HERE.
S T O
P P R E S S (30/11/16)
Yesterday I received a
call from a long- established friend to tell me that a nephew of hers
had died last week and was wondering how I could inform the Old Boys
Association of his death. His name was Tony
McCarthey and was a pupil from about 1952-O Level to A level years,
apparently a couple of years below me. He was not a colleague or
acquaintance of mine so I do not have much information about him. The funeral is to be held next Monday
13Feb. But I know alas no other details. Anyone asking for
further information could contact Mrs
L Radden at 01925 630971. Sorry to spring this upon you
but I couldn't think who else I could turn to.
I hope I can return to the fold in time for the next Annual and Soccer
dinners. I miss the bonhomie of those occasions. Please let me
know of any scheduled dates and pass on my regards to anyone who may
still remember me.
Regards Ken Othen
normally, we would put your letter into the 'Letters Pages'.
However, seeing that time is very short for (possible) funeral
attenders, we have put it here for members to contact Mrs. L Radden.
BTW - We are in the middle of placing an advert for the 'Soccer
Dinner', below. Quite probably, it will be in place when you see
your letter (below).
Cheers - Webmaster
|COBFC Sportsman’s Dinner 2017
Here is the news which you are desperate to hear:-
this year’s Collegiate Old Boys
Football Club sportsman’s dinner will take place on Friday, 24th March 2017 at Old Swan
Conservative Club in Derby Lane, Liverpool 13.
Two top class speakers have been booked in the shape
of ex-footballer Steve Daley and
Liverpool comedian Lenny
Anderson. They will entertain us royally after a splendid
three-course dinner. Tickets are priced at a ridiculously inexpensive
£30 each, which will also include entry into two generously-prized
sessions of heads and tails.
Attendance is open to all,
not just COBs, so feel free to bring along a coach-load of friends for
a wonderful evening.
Li Ross, Chairman, COBFC
A happy new year to you
have been able to arrange another informal get together and lunch at
Artists Club on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 12.30pm. All old boys
welcome to join us and you are free to invite those who do not appear
distribution list. Dress code is jacket and preferably accompanied by
Artists Club is situated in Eberle Street, which is opposite
Street, in Dale Street.
lunches have proved to be popular and provide a wonderful opportunity
many folk who you may not have met since leaving School. I need to
numbers to the Club in good time before our get together and I would
confirmation from you if you are proposing to attend. I have received
from one or two already which I have noted and they will not need to
ought to mention that we meet on an upper floor and regrettably no lift
available in the building.
forward to another successful and enjoyable meeting,
and best wishes,
One of the many advantages of the 'Artists Club'
is that it is located within a few hundred yards of
the Moorfields Underground Railway Station.
station can be accessed by all local trains and (via 'Lime Street',
'Central' or 'South Park' Stations) all other mainline trains.
This will (of course) allow our members to leave their
cars at home and thus be able to sup (say) a "Half pint of shandy" :)
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.
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.
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
To the TOP
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
To the TOP
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
To the TOP
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.