Welcome 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 link :-

SEE:-  The Fire or Evacuation or Facebook or Farrell (Olympics) or Suter (+ Corlett)  or Gallery(Lunch)

or B.C.Fitton or Annual Dinner or Staff memories or LUNCH or SPORTSMANS DINNER or GOLF

or the latest Letter is by Dave Barrow about St Joan Play

or S T O P   P R E S S

To email in, click on  Webmaster - Secretary - Membership - Treasurer - Newsletter - Annual Dinner

BTW, you can download a Dinner Application Form by clicking on HERE.

S T 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)


Hi Webmaster,

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 in June.

Kind regards,

Derek Corlett


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 Street. 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 the building.

Looking forward to a goodly number of successful and enjoyable meetings.

Derek Corlett



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.  (See below).

This 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" :)

Lunch Map

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) :-)


    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.

Derek Corlett


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.

Replacement Officers

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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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).

COBA  Facebook

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.

Death of Brian Wilkinson

Dear all

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:


Thank you

Rob Probin - son in law

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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 :-


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

to view the Shaw Street Apartments click on Flats

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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.