to the Official COBA Website
This Site was updated on the 15th
of April, 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
The Fire or
Farrell (Olympics) or
Suter (+ Corlett) or
memories or LUNCH
DINNER or GOLF
or the latest Letter is by Dave Barrow
St Joan Play
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
O P P R E S S (3/3/16)
N.B. There has been a modification to the list of
Meetings - To see it, use the AGM link (above)
The Annual Speech Night for The Liverpool College took place at
the The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral yesterday (30th March) and
I was privileged to receive an invitation to attend.
At our Dinner last October the LIverpool College Principal attended
as a guest and met our speaker, Graham Stow CBE. DL. Graham presented
an impressive and colourful speech which clearly was noted by
the Principal and led to his invitation to present the prizes
and speak to an audience in excess of 1200.
Graham has enjoyed an amazingly varied and successful career and
in spite of this he still finds time to recall his time at School
with fond memories of his fellow pupils. For those who do not
know Graham his career is well documented on google. I am delighted
to bask in the reflected glory from Graham's talents!
He is hopeful that he will be available to join us for future
informal (Luncheon) meetings at the Artists Club, LIverpool. These
events are open to ALL former pupils of Collegiate and details
of our next event will be sent to those on my list nearer a date
I am continuing to arrange informal get togethers and lunches
at the Artists Club. The dates will be advertised on
This Website and Facebook. Please note that
I will need to provide numbers to the Club in good time before
our get togethers and I would appreciate confirmation from you
if you are proposing to attend the next one.
The Artists Club is situated in Eberle Street,
which is opposite North John Street, in Dale
This is very convenient for Moorfields Railway
Station. (See map.)
Previous lunches have proved to be popular
and have provided a wonderful opportunity to meet many folk
who you may not have met since leaving School. All old boys
are welcome to join us and you are free to invite COBA Members
who are not aware of this. Dress code is jacket and preferably
accompanied by a tie.
I ought to mention that we meet on an
upper floor and regrettably no lift is available in
Looking forward to a goodly
number of successful and enjoyable meetings.
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.
This station can be accessed by all local trains and (via 'Lime
Street', 'Central' or 'South Park' Stations) all other mainline
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 situation ASAP.
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 see.
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.