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The Fire or
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Thwaite passed away, see the STOP PRESS
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T O P P R E S S (8/5/2019)
Thwaite passed away
From - David Williams <email@example.com>
- Association Secretary.
Dear Colleagues, It is with sadness that I have
to advise you that our colleague, Richard Thwaite passed
away on Monday 29th April. Our Vice President Arthur Evans,
has informed us that the Funeral Service for Richard Thwaite
is to be held at 2.0pm on Thursday, 16th May, at St. James Church,
Woolton, with cremation to follow at 3.0pm at Springwood Crematorium.
Richard was well known to our members for his
work in organising the Remembrance Day Service,
each year, in the school foyer. What might not be so well known,
is that he also produced, each year, an extremely detailled
and comprehensive 'writeup' for the annual Founders Ceremony,
in the Liverpool Cathedral. For an example of this year's Writeup,
click on this link FOUNDERS
Here is a picture of Richard (sitting next to Arthur Evans)
and HE IS BARE-HEADED!
We have had a request for us to show a picture of Richard
WEARING HIS "Old School Cap".
You may well remember him as "The chap who wore the
cap!' After the food was eaten.
Dredging our archives for such a Snap, have proved fruitless.
Ricahrd was a modest chap.
We have decided to call on our members to rectify this omission
in our Archives, and send in a suitable appendage that we
can attach to Richrd's head to complete the picture.
Or to put it briefly:-
"Has anybody got an 'old school cap' that we can borrow?"
Failing that, would someone have a complete pic (Head plus
cap) that we could use?
Richard Thwaite (43-49)
It is with sadness that it is announced that Richard Thwaite
has died, aged 86, after a short illness in hospital.
Richard was a member of the Council of COBA for many years,
and will be missed very much for his input to the activities
of the Association. ln particular
he was instrumental in the introduction of a Remembrance Day
Service, held in the Entrance Hall of the old School Building
in Shaw Street. The Service is held each year on llth November,
in memory of the former pupils of the School who gave their
lives in the First and Second World Wars and in subsequent
conflicts. Richard ensured that the arrangements were in hand
to use the Building and arranged the refreshment facilities
for those attending.
He will also be remembered for the excellent write-ups he
produced for the Collegiate Times and the Website, covering
the Remembrance Day Service and the Founders Day Service at
the Liverpool Cathedral, to which members of the Council are
invited by the Liverpool College Headmaster.
He and his Son were keen followers of sport and regularly
attended cricket matches on Merseyside
His funeral service took place on the 16th May, at St. James
Church, Woolton, with the Commital at Springwood Crematorium;
the Association was represented by the Vice President, the
Chairman and Deputy of the Association. Attendance was excellent
with the Collegiate Old Boys renewing acquaintances with schooldays
friends. Richard would have been in his element, if he could
have been present. Here is the 'Order of the Service '.
A letter from
Sir Iain Hall - C.E.O. Great Schools Trust
To David Williams, COBA Secretary
Dear David, I have always been reticent about
joining COBA as, although I attended the school from 1954-62,
I was also the headteacher of Breckfield Comprehensive and took
over the school when it amalgamated after the fire and, as such,
was held responsible (incorrectly it was a City Council
decision) by some of the school governors at the time for its
I have spent some time on the COBA site tonight
and was sad to read of the deaths of Maurice Derbyshire who
both taught me physics and became my Head of Science at Breckfield
and Brian Fitton who also joined the staff of Breckfield. Both
were excellent teachers and valued colleagues.
At the age of 76 I am still deeply involved in
the profession and now am CEO of a small local trust of schools.
I take pride attending their award ceremonies each year and
reminding the pupils of how they should treasure school life
and usually end by reciting the first verse of Paean Esmedunensis
to their mild amusement as a measure of how a good school can
live long in your memory.
Thank you for a great evening of long lost memories
Sir Iain Hall - C.E.O. Great Schools Trust
To see a report on another SCHOOL
PLAY, please click
A letter about a Member
Mary Woolley wrote:-
Im trying to find out anything about my father Kenneth
Walter Wadsworth who I believe was a pupil during the
1930s and especially if he went on any of the school trips
to Belgium and Germany in the mid 1930s. I have found photographs
of him in Belgium and Germany with a large group of people.
He was the son of Walter Wadsworth who was the Captain
of Liverpool FC and led the team to become league champions
in 1922 and 1923. Ken later went on to join the 2nd Parachute
Regiment and was one of the men who fought with John Frost
on the bridge at Arnhem.
There is also a chance that my great grandfather John W
Marshall either worked at, or was, a pupil at Liverpool
Collegiate. I live near Stratford
on Avon and wonder if I will need to visit the Records Office
in Liverpool to continue my research. I would welcome any
advice or information that you could pass on.
Yours sincerely - Mary Woolley (nee Wadsworth)
Hi Ms. Woolley
I see that your letter is worded "There is also a
I suppose that the reason that it was printed, was that my
family were all fans of LFC at that time; and the name WALTER
WADSWORTH was often mentioned to me, a young child. As I remember,
He was known as "BIG WADDIE" with a kid brother
known as "LITTLE WADDIE" or "OUR KID"
Good luck with your quest - WEBBIE
Just a quick email (a few weeks on - it's been hectic, as
you can imagine) to say thank you again for your kind words
and for sharing the sad news of my Granddad's passing. My
Grandmother, Patricia, would also like to extend her greatest
appreciation for everyone's kindness, especially those who
attended the funeral. She would also like to thank someone
by name, who she remembers to be called 'Mr Collet' (forgive
me if this is incorrect, I'm sure you know who you are) for
getting in touch with her. One of the things that touched
us the most at the service is that when we played the CD of
the old boys singing the collegiate anthem, we could hear
many people singing along at the back - it was a great comfort
Hoping you are all well.
Olivia Gower and family.
Hi Olivia - I'm sure that our Mr. CORLETT will forgive your
spelling of his name - I am sure that your letter will be
mentioned at our meeting, next month. I am afraid that your
plea for data (see below) about your Grandda's career, has
not produced any correspondence that has croosed my desk.
The omens do not look too healthy.
N.B. - If you have a (spare) email address, that you don't
mind risking getting some strange mail (shall we say), then
we could publish it on this Site, allowing Members to contact
you that way.
The funeral was held on Monday 3rd December
There should be no problems with making documents available
to you. The holiday season may be having a negative affect
on the members who do have documents. It may well be, that
we do not get much response until we are into the new year.
Whatever does happen, I promise to keep you in touch with
the end results.
I WILL TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CANVASS ALL MEMBERS (AGAIN)
TO BRING FORTH ANY DATA THAT THEY THINK MAY BE SUITABLE FO
OLIVIA. - THANK YOU!
I hope this email reaches you well. My name is Olivia Gower,
I'm granddaughter to Maurice Derbyshire, who was a physics
teacher and Head of Science at the Collegiate. His dementia
had claimed any lasting memory he had of his career in the
collegiate - the only memories he had clung onto for the last
few years since the onset of his dementia. The reason I am
contacting you today is to, firstly, ask permission to access
the staff photo of the School Masters in 1976. This is to
hopefully show to him, or at the very least give as a gift
to my grandmother (Patricia), and mother (Jacquelyn). Secondly,
if permission was to be granted, I'd massively appreciate
the original scanned file from whoever had the physical copy
so I can print at the best possible quality. Lastly, I'd like
to thank you for the work you have all put in to keep the
memories of the collegiate alive with your association, it's
been a massive comfort reading through some of the memories.
My personal favourite was the one where a pupil caught a glimpse
of his teaching notes! Any more stories would be massively
appreciated too, if possible.
I await your response.
Kind regards, Olivia
It appears that the source of the photo was Rob Blaney.
We had hoped that you may have been able to make contact
with Mr Blaney. Wedon't have an address for him, at the moment,
but are making enquiries in the hopes of obtaining it.
However, We do have a policy of not providing people with
an address such as this, willy nilly. But, we would
be prepared to send your email address to any corespondent
- WITH YOUR PERMISSION - if we find one.
It seems that Mr Blaney was a TEACHER at the school FOR ONE
YEAR. Though he does not seem to be a member nowadays, he
did play football for the SCHOOL OLD BOYS 5th ELEVEN
Regards - Webby,
I apologise for my late response, I regret to inform you that
my granddad sadly passed away on Monday morning. It
would be massively appreciated if you could contact Mr Blaney
for me in any hope that he has access to the picture.
please pass my thanks on to Gwyn for hhi best wishes. With regards
to my granddad's funeral, it will be held on Monday 3rd
December at 10:45 at Burscough Crematorium,
the wake being held at the "Bull and Dog" pub in Burscough
afterward, likely around 12. If anyone in the association would
like to join us in remembering him, it would be massively appreciated,
we know how important the Collegiate was to him and still is
to all of you. Hope to see some of you there.
Kind Regards and Many Thanks, Olivia
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
and 'all will be revealed', including the fact that you
can pay by Pay Pal.
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
Do 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.
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 see.
To LISTEN TO a 'Snippet' about T.P.Gleave,
Click on Guinea-Pigs
To the TOP
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.
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 :-
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
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.