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  1. Hi Kerry, Thanks for the photos. They seem to be very rare. No one seems to have captured the school from a historical perspective which is very sad. We are organising a school reunion scheduled for next month. The uptake from the class of 67-74 has been astonishing and attendees are now closing on 80! We are in contact with many of our teachers from that time. They include: Mike Robinson Mike Higginbottom John Kendrick and his wife Ruth Mr Mahoney Andy Burnham Toby Jackson Maggie Gotheridge Hugh Nicklin Cyril Jacobs Bill Mcnaughton Gilly Archer My husband and I also went to Portland Junior School. Kathy
  2. Hi Lainie, Great to be in contact with you. Both Alan and I would love to attend the October reunion. We need to exchange email addresses so that we can share relevant information. That needs to be done via the private messaging system, if I can work out how to use it! At present, we are expecting 80-90 attendees at our reunion in August and we can disseminate details of your reunion at our event. Kathy
  3. Hi. I am Lorna Shaw, a few friends are trying to arrange a reunion of ex Portland and William Sharp schools . It is a great list you have of teachers and pupils. We left William Sharp 1972.

  4. Cont....... The reunion promises to be a major event with an emphasis on friendship and nostalgia. If this applies to you please post a message and I will then contact you with details via the private messaging facility.
  5. I am currently organising a reunion of the year group1967-1974. The date will be August 17th at a venue in Nottingham. if you fall into this year group please get in contact. The contacts developed so far number around 50. Several staff members are also involved. The reunion promises
  6. An interesting documentary about the John Player factory in the 1960s. My education was vital to me since I didn't want to end up in a factory like this. The motivation to get a good education was driven by the need to escape this kind of life. It was interesting to see references to Player's Angels. The women who worked in the cigarette making factory were given this nickname because they worked such punishingly long hours, There was never any time for mischief and they basically had no life outside work. Women were treated badly on the factory floor and if they did anything wrong, they would be humiliated by having to walk through the factory with a board round their neck detailing their misdemeanour. The inequality between men and women was horrendous. There was no way that I was going in that direction! With the help of my education, I did it.........I escaped the drudgery of factory employment, gravitated to medical research and became a Clinical Research Associate in the pharmaceutical industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9GTzSXwzVM The link is worth watching because it contains lots of images of 1960s Nottingham.
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BknhUMWEdgM Interesting video on the history of the Bilborough Estate: Good old propaganda!
  8. Have you seen these? Tissues required for the second one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66OimWfAcD0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TgCkKCwufY Your comment about snobbery is very interesting. My husband remarked that he always felt inferior to the Wollaton lot, even though he actually passed for the High School. Of course his place was rescinded when his parents were interviewed. Too working class I suspect. I certainly felt as if the Wollaton crew perceived themselves to be real cut above us Bilboroughites. Hubby feels that the root of the 'snobbery' emanated from the teachers. For example; My husband was a very able cricketer. In one game against Mundella, hubby's bowling figures were 7 wickets for 1 run and Mundella were duly dismissed for 11 runs in total. During the same season he achieved 6 wickets for five runs against Carlton-le-Willows and 7 for 11 against Bramcote hills and yet he never even got a mention in the school magazine. He is convinced that, had he been one of the chosen few, his achievements would have been on the front page. It is also worth noting that he was awarded a miserable C for sport that year. In the sixth form those prejudices had faded somewhat, thank goodness.
  9. Sorry, we are pretty useless on the year below us. It shows just how insular we were, in our year groups. I suppose we would recognise them by sight but would not necessarily have retained their names. Went for a drive this evening to have a look at our old stomping grounds. It was great to see the old places and so many memories came flooding back. A few observations from a whirlwind visit: The housing stock was in far better condition than it was 10 years ago. It took a real nosedive then and many windows were boarded up and there were too many car wrecks on front gardens. Today I saw many houses that had been done up and were an absolute credit to their owners. Saw a large group of teenagers by the shops on Bracebridge Drive being confronted by the police. I saw several dodgy souped up cars, one a Subaroo Impreza flying about breaking the speed limit and others sitting about in dark corners. Just near the school there were so many work vans and some were blocking the pavements. There was a threatening notice on the school gate saying that if you dared to stray onto school grounds you must pay parking fees. How very welcoming....... I was amazed to see that Baxter's hardware shop was STILL there with exactly the same sign above the shop. The Pelican public house still exists! The phone box that used to sit on the lower section of Tremayne road was absent. That made me feel sad because it used to be our lifeline, as none of us had private phones. William Sharpe (Billy Blunt) has been completely rebuilt and became Nottingham University Samworth Academy in 2009. I see that they boast about Henry Normal and football's Nigel Pearson being former pupils. I noticed very prominent CCTV cameras on the old Portland Infant School. Security is obviously a significant problem. The park on Birchover road has been completely revamped. The number 60 and 55 terminus has disappeared from the corner of Westwick/ Birchover roads. I must admit that I am sick to death of seeing posters on school railings, telling us how good they are.
  10. Jon Ivins: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonivins Barbara Fisher became a Primary school head. When we met him last, Trevor Jones was working in London in some musical capacity.( 25 years ago. ) Alan Bird trained as a primary school teacher but went on to set up and run his own company, for 25 years and is now retired. Paul Eustace married Joanne Taylor and was working in the insurance business when we met him last. https://uk.linkedin.com/in/paul-eustace-aa574310
  11. OK Here goes. This refers to the photo with Mrs Anderson. Top row, left to right: Head master Mr. Woodward, Graham Gough, Steven Lees, Neville Clifford, David Bramley, Paul Keely, Paul Eustace, Michael Shepherd, Robert Allen, Jonathan Ivans, Richard Garton, Alan Bird, Mrs Anderson. Middle row: Robert Fell, Julie Knowles, Barbara Fisher, Jane Dunne, Denise Grayson, Celia hunter, Julie Mckinley, Elaine Harrison, Lorna Shaw, ???????,Trevor Jones. Bottom row: Steven Rogers, Janice Giles, Jane Bonser, Michelle Dodwell, Susan Hudson, Carol Stainright, Christina Collinson, Margaret Harris, Wendy Bowers, Pete Bradbury.
  12. Interesting stuff for anyone who lived in the new housing stock, on the Bilborough estate. I also found out that the concrete houses had an asbestos element to their construction. They were probably safe enough if the fabric of the building was not disturbed but it is not comforting news. https://www.reallymoving.com/surveyors/faq/what-is-a-prc-prefabricated-reinforced-concrete https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy2i0cZJ9QY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47a15MYYFos
  13. This is my hubby's class. I can't find my photos. Hubby is on the top row next to the teacher, Mrs Anderson. Mr. Woodward the head, is on the other side. Hubby and I have identified almost every child by name so I can list them if anyone is interested. Just found out an interesting fact. The Bilborough estate was a Labour initiative to put up lots of houses very quickly, after the war. The school with its fin like design was built from aluminium by an aeroplane manufacturing company. All the surrounding pre-fabricated houses are from the same stable.