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A Letter for "Annual Dinner Latebookers"

N.B.  This letter has been written by our Secretary in response to the fact that (as usual) members are leaving it to the last minute to book their places at the Annual Dinner.  You must all be aware that the planning of such an event requires that we must have a good idea of numbers well in advance of the date.  This year, you seem to be even more tardy than usual.  DONT DELAY!

Please take the trouble to - "READ" - "UNDERSTAND" - "INWARDLY DIGEST" - "TAKE ACTION"


From: David Williams
Sent: October 2014
Subject: COBA Dinner

Dear All,

2014 seems to be a bit of a throwback to 1975, when I recall that just three of us who left Collegiate that year attended the COBA Annual Dinner at Allerton Hall if memory serves me right. The three school leavers in question were Steve Murphy, Keith Simpson and Dave Williams. Coincidentally, the three of us will be there again with the addition of Keith Davis.

However, numbers appear to be down this year, with only about 40 members being booked to attend the dinner this year.

So hopefully a few more of you will be able to attend. If you have lost your copy of Collegiate Times, please contact me for details of how to apply for tickets, as we have a new Dinner Secretary in Derek Corlett.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

(To email for further information, please click on Annual Dinner )

Best wishes,

Dave Williams
Hon. Secretary

The Annual Dinner

We would like to draw Member's attention to the fact that THIS YEAR, the Annual Dinner will be held one week later than usual on the 31st October at 7.30 p.m.  (AGM at 6.15 p.m.)

Full details is available, for Members, in the Newsletter.


Hi - Here's a little picture that is meant to baffle those who have never trodden on this bit of carpetry - To help those with vertigo, I can assure them that there is  a lift available (the Yanks call them 'Elevators' ) - In any case, 'all will be revealed' by clicking on the picture :-)


In response to requests from members (particularly overseas COBs):-

to view the Shaw Street Apartments click on Flats


We must admit, that we have been careless enough to have mislaid members. 
To help rectify this, please click on Here

A Relay Race

Here at COBA, we are as vulnerable to the ravages of ‘Old Father Time’, as anyone else. Bearing this in mind, we have decided look for a ‘reserve team’ of members who would be capable of ‘accepting the baton’ and taking over the duties of certain present Officers of the Council, when the time comes for them to pass on their duties.

There was also, a more pressing need for a new organiser for the Annual Dinner, whose duties would commence with the 2014 Function.  Fortunately enough, a replacement has come forward, in the form of Derek Corlett.  We are sure that Arthur Evans will be able to offer advice to Derek.  Please note that next year's AGM and Annual Dinner will be held on the 31st of October, 2014.

We have identified three of the offices that could suffer most, from an hiatus due to a retirement. These are Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster. 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 three 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 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).

A Newsletter is published annually by the Association and is sent to all its members. It is full of news, reports on activities, obituaries and a wealth of interesting correspondence and photographs from former pupils of the School. In addition, the Association has created this Website, which contains much interesting information and which will be updated on a regular basis.

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 300ppi or better and be in JPEG form).  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.