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I don't remember Chris Owen, just Mr Hutchinson.  Think our PE teacher, Miss Heath, played Hockey for Wales.  She may have coached them, too, in later years - not sure.

 

Mr Nielson died too - you must remember him from those tedious German lessons.  Nice man but I hated German!

 

Wood wouldn't be the easiest name to research, though!  What sort of work do you do?

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I never looked forward to German. I started to think in French, if that makes sense, but it has long since disappeared from my memory.

 

I was in the insurance industry, but retired in 2014. I don't do anything now, yet i work harder than ever before, but physically, rather than behind a desk or steering wheel.

 

Do you do 'ordinary' family trees, or specialise in military stuff only? Is it all via the internet, or do you get the chance to travel? I always watch the 'Who do you think you are?' programmes, though some are better than others.

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I know exactly what you mean.  French always seemed to come naturally to me and I was interested in the culture/food and wine/geography/history, whereas I never felt the same about Germany.

 

I had a job for a few years where I used French everyday, but since then, have just used it for the many holidays we've spent in France.  Struggle for a few days but then it all comes back!

 

I do a lot of military research but also do family history.  Most of my research is done at the National Archives in Kew - not too far from me, but also go to the British Library.  Really varied work and I enjoy it

 

What do you mean by physical work?

 

 

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We have an old house and a big garden - both of which need some 'doing-up' in the short term. Hopefully we can get them both to a point where we can find more time to do other things.

 

I want to travel a bit before I am too old. I am not yet old enough for cruises though.

 

All being well, we may be able to make part of the house a holiday let next year, which will help pay some bills.

 

Do you ever get back to Nottingham?

 

I assume there is nothing left of the original school?

 

Do you ever teach others how to research family trees?

 

 

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I never want to be old enough to go on a cruise!

 

Hope your hard work pays off

 

My brother lives in Nottm so I go up there now and again.  In fact, most of my family live there - well, just cousins ,as my parents and Aunts and Uncles have all died.

 

The school is still on the same site, but looking at the photos of it, it's completely unrecognisable

 

No, don't do any teaching, but if you want to start research again, if you let me know where you got to, am happy to advise

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I haven't set foot on the site since I left 41 years ago, but I pass it quite often when I go up to Junction 26. The old school was completely razed about 10 years ago and there is a new building there now,  together with a sports centre and various outdoor AstroTurf pitches. The field where we used to do athletics, rugby and cricket has had houses built on it. William Sharp seems to have been largely rebuilt as well, now called the Samworth Academy. 

 

I found a few of my old school reports. 'Richard contributes little in class but works quite efficiently' sums it up. Grade C for effort all round. Loosely translated as 'I'm not entirely sure which one of these grotty kids he is, but he doesn't cause any trouble'. It seems we had to personally write the name and address on the envelope, and then take it home. Weird.
 

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There were a few teachers who went through the motions and clearly did not enjoy their jobs, doing the bare minimum to get by.

I had a Biology teacher whose lessons consisted of reading the same handwritten script from a book year after year. Even the 'jokes' were marked on the page with a red asterisk. ("The cell walls are thick, like Cope" etc) Strangely, I have read elsewhere people praising him for his work.

Conversely, one of his colleagues was very enthusiastic. There was a degree of unpredictability to Dosseter's lessons that kept our attention, rather than the monotonous drone from Mr B. The sight of  Dosser's first-born's placenta being taken from the fridge to show us sticks in my mind.

 

Mick Trigg once asked our chemistry teacher (Mrs Brailsford I think) to make a mushroom cloud in the lab. She gave it a good go, but nearly killed us all.

 

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I still have my reports, too, Richard - the only things I've kept from my time there, apart from photos.  Very good in some subjects, but pretty poor in others, and lots of comments about not contributing much in lessons.

 

I remember Mr B, but don't remember the specifics of his lessons.  Can't imagine Cope standing for that!

 

Didn't know about Mrs Brailsford's experiment.  I seem to remember she was popular, although Mr Robinson was the best!  There was another, I think, Biology, teacher - Miss Bowen (?), who, in view of her outfits, was popular for other reasons...

 

Will email you, Chris

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On 13/10/2016 at 10:45 PM, annswabey said:

Richard Coleman, then, perhaps?!  Miss Allsopp's saying was "5 star choss"  (as in chaos).  I did French O and A Level so she taught me for a number of years and she was a lovely person and a good teacher

God bless Miss Allsopp - I found her such a nice, kind person - always wished she taught me French instead of Miss Betts

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On 11/9/2016 at 4:09 PM, annswabey said:

Didn't know about Mrs Brailsford's experiment.  I seem to remember she was popular, although Mr Robinson was the best!  There was another, I think, Biology, teacher - Miss Bowen (?), who, in view of her outfits, was popular for other reasons...

 

Mr (Mike) Robinson was a fine teacher and great chap. About 15 years ago I received a copy of the book that he compiled, 'Bilborough 1957 to 2000 - Portrait of a College', When he sent it to me he penned a short note, part of which said something to the effect that the chemistry paid the salary, and the cricket and hockey brought the fun!

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Have read his book online (or, perhaps, part of it) Richard - very enjoyable.  He WAS a nice man and very helpful to those of us struggling with Chemistry 'O' Level

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And my goodness how some of us (e.g me) struggled before eventually managing to pass! And he taught lots of the boys, including me, to play sport the right way.

 

I'm told he still walks a lot on Wollaton Park, where I am playing golf again after 20 years out of the game. It would be nice to meet him and pass on best wishes

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Just spent an evening reading these memories & reminiscing. I was in 1 R at BGS 1968-75 & yes, I recognise Ann, "Wode" & ChrisR. Lots of talk of the MFL teachers but no reference to Kenders & his French exchange trips. I remember seeing a very young Elton John at Heathrow on the first of these trips to Sarreguemines. 

Lunchtimes in the Broad Oak & Friday nights in the Rodney. 

Its good to remember. 

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Not sure who you are, Linda!    I went on an exchange to Sarreguemines - think it was in 1971.  I don't remember Elton John, though!  I was a regular Friday nighter at the Rodney too

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Just spent an evening reading these memories & reminiscing. I was in 1 R at BGS 1968-75 & yes, I recognise Ann, "Wode" & ChrisR. Lots of talk of the MFL teachers but no reference to Kenders & his French exchange trips. I remember seeing a very young Elton John at Heathrow on the first of these trips to Sarreguemines. 

Lunchtimes in the Broad Oak & Friday nights in the Rodney. 

Its good to remember. 

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 It certainly was 1971 - Ruth & I were both in Zetting. I rember Yvonne W and Barbara M ( a lifelong friend - we are still in touch) & Debbie? were also on the trip. It was Easter & we chipped in to buy Another Day ( Paul McCartney) for Barbara. Another friend was Jane W - also did french & German. I did French history & English. As I remember you lived at the far end of the playing field near the primary school - I lived at the far end of Bilborough road near the traffic lights. 

Since leaving for London in1975, I have lost contact with all except Barbara but I still return "home" regularly. 

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Oh, I know who you are now, Linda R!  Ruth, Yvonne and Barbara were my best friends at the time, but not in touch with any of them now. Remember Jane, but don't know about a Debbie being on the trip - Deb Green, perhaps? Don't remember buying the record!  I have a photo of the group of us.  Have you got it too?.  I did French, German and History.  Both my parents have died, but my brother is still in Nottingham so go "home" sometimes- still miss it after all these years

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Sorry to hear about your parents - mine are still in the same house & the older they get the more often I trek up the M1. The old school is unrecognisable now -,a pity there wasn't a reunion before they knocked it down. Barbara & I did go to the 1997 reunion but I don't remember that many of our year group being there.

Even after 41 years, Nottingham feels like home. 

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Have never been to a reunion - don't remember whether I even knew about the 1997 one.  Deb Green WAS in the party who went to Sarreguemines - she's on the photo I dug out last night.  Pleased to hear your parents are still around.  I did a lot of travelling to Nottm, too, particularly when my Mum was ill, which lasted a few months.  My Dad died fairly suddenly

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Having been introduced to this forum by a certain Mr Coleman, I've thoroughly enjoyed 'catching up' on the bits of news that it has produced. Wish more of our year were on this, then we could have a real catch up and verbal 'bun fight'. 

Love the Register roll call you quoted. Remember them all. 

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