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William Crane Secondary Boys' School

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I've seen one or two of the following Willam Crane Sec Boys teachers mentioned but some of these go a bit further back than those previously mentioned.

Headmasters: Mr(Ben)Gunn. Mr Pedley (The best) Mr (Ferd)Henton (Teachers) Mr Arthur Salmon (The best teacher I ever had); Mr (Biffo) Everley; Mr Messenger; Mr Hunt; Mr Mitchell; Mr Austin Scott (American; Mr North; Mr Dryden;

Mr Hardcastle; Mr Mitchum; Mr Benson; Mr Healey; Mr Jackson; Mr Johnson; Mr (Hoppylad) Hopkins; Mr Gammons; Mr Connell.

Coupled with these, I well remember the Aspley Boys' Club under the charge of Gordon Cley (Skip). Anyone else have memories of him?

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What year did you leave? My eldest brother left in 1954, Mr Gunn was his headmaster.

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What year did you leave? My eldest brother left in 1954, Mr Gunn was his headmaster.

That would be about the time my elder brother Alan left. Mr Gunn was headmaster for a brief time after I arrived and Mr North was his deputy. I left around 1959/60. My sister Betty attended the Senior Girls school during the early fifties.

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!englandflag! My big bruvver left in about 1956, name of Pete Thorpe, anyone remember him?

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Wow, the names mentioned, I know some of them.. I went to William Crane and must admit looking at the old photos, I found it a-bit scary... Had my worst days at william crane...even aspley.. I went on Google earth to look around the streets, it seems to have got worse...I lived on Winsford close, also lived in Broxtowe, the worst time of my life was broxtowe, the people, the neigbours, it was a living nightmare...I do remember having a street party for the jubilee, the nit nurse, those were the days...boy scouts etc.... I remember Br Bean, Biology, Mr Gorgon, PE...Mrs Price, Maths, Mr Rourke, French, Mr adams, Deputy Head (Grumpy)... I can also remember the black cloaks they wore at assembly.. I do remember Mr Beam shouting at me, he was nightmare.. I could not stand the man,.. He said I would never be successsful and get on.. how wrong he was.. I now have my own business and have worked from the day I left that school.... good to look back, but found it fascinating.. like I say, They were the worst days of my life... lawrence hargreaves

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My kids went to William Crane in the 1980s and Mr Adams was there. My God could he scare you if you misbehaved. Fortunately my kids were well behaved (unlike their dad when he was at school) and saw Mr Adams as a friend.

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hellothere Hoping to make it to the 'William Crane Re-union' this Wednesday, March 26th,11am - 2pm @ ' The Nuthall' public house and restaurant.

PS: thanks to Katyjay for this info............

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hellothere To remind folks that it's the 'William Crane Re-union' day today - details above.............

PS: 'The Nuthall' is the old 'Broxtowe Inn' (Nottingham Road).

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I don't know if anyone there will be old enough to remember but Derek Tomlinson sends his regards. I was at Crane through the fifties.

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I was at William Crane through 50's but left at age 11; Katyjay was there with me.

hellothere'William Crane Re-union' today......................

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:clapping:Katyjay, great that you made it to the 'William Crane Re-union' yesterday; all the way from Arizona - what a Surprise!

I sat at a huge table surrounded by old school friends and past neighbours from Amesbury Circus - circa 1950's.

Katyjay's brother managed to snap a photograph of myself engaged in an interesting talk with Gordon Beresford on the history of family surnames.

PS: Katyjay, I gave Gordon details of 'Nottstalgia' - perhaps he may be joining us soon. Christine xx

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Mention is made in an earlier posting of Austin Scott Jr, the American who was the music teacher at William Crane School. Here are two photos of the school orchestra that he founded in the early 1950s. Some other schools had an orchestra and they once competed against each other in our Albert Hall.

 

Austin Scott is seen in the top photo. On the extreme left is Brian Henshaw, who kindly loaned the photos. he was taking violin lessons at the time so had more experience than the others and was made orchestra leader. The tall lad on the right of Scott is Brian Austin, who gave me my nickname 'Chulla'. The orchestra eventually became the Aspley Boys Club Orchestra, and a few girls were allowed to join it.

 

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Hi , I went to William crane school and left in 1980. Can anyone remember the lady teacher who had very frizzy/ curly and long red hair.  Her teeth were quite yellow / brown through smoking.

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Hi. Welcome to the forum! I’m sure somebody will remember your teacher,

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.... despite her memorable outward appearance, was she a good teacher, I wonder

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my name is tony bellaby myself and my 2 brothers  also went to william   crane in the sixties left in 1965 my elder brother mick was school captain my younger brother david played in the school football team , we lived at number 9 cambourne drive aspley, good times 

 

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On 2/15/2017 at 3:20 PM, Chulla said:

Mention is made in an earlier posting of Austin Scott Jr, the American who was the music teacher at William Crane School. Here are two photos of the school orchestra that he founded in the early 1950s. Some other schools had an orchestra and they once competed against each other in our Albert Hall.

 

Austin Scott is seen in the top photo. On the extreme left is Brian Henshaw, who kindly loaned the photos. he was taking violin lessons at the time so had more experience than the others and was made orchestra leader. The tall lad on the right of Scott is Brian Austin, who gave me my nickname 'Chulla'. The orchestra eventually became the Aspley Boys Club Orchestra, and a few girls were allowed to join it.

 

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Crane%20School%20Orch%202_zpslyvswbed.jp

 

Chulla

Austin Scott, after protracted bullying by pupils went the the Boys High School and eventually ended up as Professor of Music at Vancouver University in Canada. He died about 5 years ago. In the first photograph 1st Viola was played by Eric Wileman who later became a composer of note. The Leader at that time was Tony Foster who became a professional Musician. He sadly died in his 30s of Cancer. The 4- eyed lad to the lower left of Austin Scott was me, David Harrison. Gordon Clay took a group of 8 (cheap party rail ticket) to an Annual Camp under canvas. First year was Tintagel, 2nd year Paris, 3rd year Bavaria, and 4th year Brittany coast. Not bad for the 50s and working class kids!

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davidh2308

 

It's great to see your reply to an old post, but you may not be aware that Chulla - who posted the original - passed away a couple of years ago. His contributions are greatly missed by all Nottstalgians.

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They certainly are. He would have been interested in David's information.

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