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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS FOR 2020
This Site was updated on the 13th
of January, 2020
This Association was formed in 1909, following the transfer
of the Shaw Street Schools to the Liverpool City Council, and it maintained
a strong connection with the "Liverpool College 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",
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
I E S
Of course, for the very latest, check out the "STOP
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 :-
S T O P
P R E S S
A COBA Lunch
Our next lunch has been arranged for Thursday 27th
February 2020 and ALL Old Boys are invited to attend. The venue is
(as usual) The Artists Club, Eberle Street, off Dale Street,
Liverpool at 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm.
Dress Code : Jacket and tie - but No
Kindly indicate your attendance to : Norman Kennett by email "
Previous lunches have proved most successful and they present a great
opportunity to meet fellow old boys and chat over times in Shaw Street.
You are free to invite other former pupils whose email addresses are
not on my register.
Looking forward to yet another successful get together.
Best wishes and happy New year.
Honour for Army Captain
A Territorial Army Captain in Bootle, recognised in the Queens
Captain Tony Ravera,
was based at the Territorial Army centre in Strand Road, Bootle. In
June 2007 he was awarded an MBE (Military Division) in the Queens
Birthday Honours List and in November of that year Tony, accompanied
by his wife and two children, attended an Investiture at Buckingham
Palace, where he was decorated by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
This photograph of Tony and his family was taken at Buckingham Palace
in November 2007.
Captain Ravera was awarded the MBE is for his dedication
to the TA and the community. He took it upon himself to set up a welfare
support facility at the centre for families and soldiers who have been
deployed on military operations such as Iraq and Afghanistan. A lot
of his spare time was also spent as a National Trust volunteer and with
the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He was also involved in the
renovation of Ellison House where the 'HomeStart' charity is based.
He joined the Army straight from school and enjoyed
a military career spanning 40 years: 20 years as a regular soldier/officer
and 20 years on the permanent staff of the Reserves, where he ran the
TA Centre in Bootle. Much to his disappointment, he was eventually discharged
on medical grounds in January 2015 at the age of 58, just 22 months
short of his due retirement date.
Described by colleagues as an unparalleled example
to all, he dedicates most of his waking hours to the Army and
the community. A former regular Army soldier for 20 years, the 50-year-old
married father of two, has been a Permanent Staff Administration Officer
with the 238 Transport Squadron Royal Logistics Corps since 1996.He
lives in Wallasey with his wife Linda and has two children, Dean and
Tony fully acknowledges the steadfast support that he
received throughout his career by the many fellow officers, soldiers
and civilian staff that, he says, it was a privilege to have served
with: he also recognises the unselfish backing, loyalty and sacrifices
made by his family over the years. He therefore considers that this
accolade could not have been achieved without the priceless support
of so many others and, that it is very much in recognition of them as
well as himself.
During his time at the Liverpool Collegiate Tony was a
member of the CCF and became the contingent Company Sergeant Major
before leaving to join the Army in December 1975. Tony says that he
had a most successful and enjoyable Army career and attributes much
of this to the education he received at the Liverpool Collegiate, and
the training and experience that he acquired in the CCF.
BTW - Can any of our members recollect some CCF YARNS
to regale us with?
Tony is, of course, one who we are hoping to have as a
speaker at our Annual Dinner, in the future.
If anyone knows of any other Old
Boys who have received honours or awards please let us know, as we would
like to formulate a list for COBA records.
As you can guess, from our title, we have finally got COBA
Ties in stock. You'll be pleased to know that we managed
to beat down their price to only £12
each (Including Postage). Of course, this means that you
can all FLAUNT your nice new tie and be the envy of ALL your friends.
All it takes is an email to <email@example.com>
and 'all will be revealed', including the fact that you
can pay by Pay Pal.
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.
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:-
BTW - You 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.
We look forward to meeting you there.
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For an opportunity to spot old CCFschoolmates, and tell
us about them, click on "STAFF
TALES" and look under "S"
see a report on another School Play, please click on
For an interesting snippet from an early Esmeduna,
click on Here
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.
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