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  1. I used to go Old Tyme dancing at Old Park Farm and there were a couple of Brownie/Guide dos there too. The library was there before they built the 'new' one behind the Pelican Pub on Bracebridge drive. When I took my driving test in 1969 I had to reverse around a corner in Morval road and saw the building as shown on this site. Unfortunately it caught fire and was demolished shortly afterwards. One wonders if the fire played into the hands of developers...........................................
  2. The Fire extinguisher was in the classroom at the YHA in Swanage, not at BGS.
  3. When we went to the Lakes we too were dropped off at various points and as we wandered down the road found various other little groups of BGS people. We then flagged down a farm truck which happened to be flat-backed so the people on the outside held on to the outside board of the truck and we all held on to each other's legs to stop rolling off when we went round the tight corners. Of course it was raining, it always does in the Lakes! We regarded that as using initiative! When we got to Ambleside we went into a café and the lady had made some flapjacks but they weren't good enough to sell as they were all crumbly. We demolished them for her - no problem and they were free! I think I got dropped off somewhere near Langton Matravers and had to walk back to Swanage - fortunately most of it was downhill. I remember Mr Whitfield moaning at us that we didn't know what a sea cabbage was - you get soooo many of those in Nottm - and it was sooo near our A level exam. I guess I must have some photos somewhere of Swanage. That Easter holiday wasn't an Easter holiday - I was just back from Paris - got the last train out of Gare du Nord before the riots kicked off, had half a day at home and then off to Swanage for the field trip. Do you remember Martin Naylor setting off the fire extinguisher in the classroom - he said it was an accident!
  4. I went to the Lakes in 1967 and then to Swanage in 1968. We had to get out of the Camm's coach at the bottom of the hill, ( Isn't it strange how YHAs are always at the top of hills?) as it couldn't get up the hill and also the Warden of the YHA in Swanage died just as we got back to Nottm; we were his last group visit. I remember the cliffs at Kimmeridge Bay burning due to the oil in them and Nigel Hoad catching all sorts of things which were destined for various sleeping bags and also him picking up jelly fish too. We always walked miles on the first couple of days. Talking of Camm's coaches, we went to Stratford (Avon) in one to see 'King Lear' one of our A level texts and had to push start it after the play in order to get back to Nottm. I seem to recall that we didn't get back till 1 in the morning. The day we went was my 18th birthday and I also took A level French Spoken that afternoon too. I remember going to a Pub on the front at Swanage which had 2 exits, one conveniently came out near the pier near a bench a bit away from the Pub itself and we had mints in pockets. When I taught Geography we used to let the Sixth Form go to the Pub when we were on field trips, but we were in the adjacent room. In some of the places we went there was nothing else to do!
  5. I did go on the Field Trip to Swanage in 1968, the year before was to the Lake District (Elterwater) and I did take Geography A level. I don't remember anyone arriving late called Pearson in my year and I thought that Stuart Gregory had gone long before 1965. We did O levels in 1965/6 and, if you recall, you couldn't stay on to the Sixth Form unless you had 5 O's mimimum, if not you had to repeat the year.
  6. Of course I wasn't in the Dick Cooper gang, I am female! Donald Scrimshaw was at Glenbrook Jnr Boys and I heard he'd gone off to be a jockey, don't know if it's true. So, if you were the year below me you must have come across Eileen Asher + Liz Clipson but I can't remember any other names. A guy I do remember and don't know what happened to him was Stuart Gregory aka Tats, he suddenly disappeared round about the third year and was never heard of again. Not many of my year came to the 1997 Re-union so there are a large number of people whom I haven't seen since 1966 after O levels or 1968, post A levels. Don't suppose it helps that I don't live in Nottm either.
  7. I have been reading this with great interest. I have to tell you that some of the teachers mentioned are no longer with us - Mr Redding, Mr Robshaw, Mr Gilliver, Mr Newcombe, Miss England, Mr Bristow, Dr Peake, Mr Williams. I last heard a few years ago that Miss Betts had Alzheimers Disease and I have no doubt that some of the other Members of Staff have gone to the Staffroom in the sky. It was Miss Louden, Lois, who was the Maths Teacher and played cricket for England Ladies. Her nickname was Passion Flower or Pash when I was there 1961-8, then on to University. I still go up to Nottingham fairly regularly and I still find it sad to see all of those houses on 'our' playing field. Contrary to some of the accounts on this site I enjoyed my time there, got a decent set of public exam results and D of E Gold. I think it was an excellent school although sometimes did not think so at the time!
  8. Bilbraborn - if you were in 1L and had Miss Louden for Maths and a Form Teacher then we were in the same form! Also you talked about Mr Pither - I think you will find that Mr Bartlett was i/c music when we were in the first year. I think it was a shame that the place was allowed to fall into disrepair. When I went to the Re-union in 2005 before it was knocked down I was astonished at some of the delapidation. There are schools near where I now live which are much older and still being used, in fact I used to teach in some!