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  1. 1. NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2009 Junior Common Room, Bury Grammar School, Bridge Road, Tenderden Street, Bury, BL9 0HN Bury Grammar School Old Boys’ Club Accompanying this newsletter is the invitation to the Geoffrey Moorhouse (1950) took the boys back in Annual Founders’ Day Dinner, which will be held time when he visited School to talk about the impact this year on Friday 8th May at School. Please return of WWI on Bury, which he wrote about in his book, your completed application form, together with “Hell’s Foundations: A Town, It’s Myths & Gallipoli”. appropriate payment, to Ray Swinnerton, as soon as possible. Guest Speaker this year is DEREK CALROW. Starting BGS in kindergarten in 1946, Derek left Edward Lord will be arranging the London Dinner, after upper 5th in 1957 and spent a distinguished as in previous years. Arrangements have been 50 year career as a stockbroker. He retains close slightly delayed this year by Edward’s campaign links with BGS as an Old Boy, parent, for re-election as Councillor in the City of grandparent, Appeal Patron and Governor and London ( Now that he recently attended the Harvard re-union in USA. has been safely returned by the electorate he can turn his attention to the more pressing matters He returns to his 52nd consecutive Old Boys in life, like the BGS London Dinner! Please contact Dinner as our Guest of Honour. him on 07974 431484 or at for specific details of the venue and cost. Invites will be sent to the usual attendees as previously. Old habits die was nice to receive an e-mail from my former headmaster, John Robson, last year, OLD BOYS’ NEWS in which he wryly corrected one or two of my grammatical errors from last year’s mailshot! He is enjoying retirement, though he advises against David Johnson and Philip Dunne were made getting old! Aldermen of the Borough of Rossendale in 2008, the first to have such honour awarded. David is a former Keith Marsden (1956) retired in 2006 after 40 years Governor of BGS, retiring a couple of years ago aged as a Minister in the Methodist Church, having 70. He was a BGS pupil from Kindergarten to Sixth worked in the Tax Office & Bury General Hospital Form and served Ramsbottom and Rossendale previously. Councils for a combined 30+ years. Philip, at BGS 1965-72 (Derby House), is at Butcher & Barlow Alan Hayhurst (cousin of Keith Marsden, above) has Solicitors, and served Rossendale Council for 23 released “Staffordshire Murders” (published by years until 2000, including his Mayoral year of 1990. Sutton publishing, now The History Press); “Greater Manchester Murders” is currently with the publishers David Carrington’s firm, PolicyPlus International, and will be in the bookshops in June. They form part received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Now of a “county by county” murder series - around 17 based in Gloucestershire, David met the Queen, have now been published. Prince Philip and other Royals at Buckingham Palace at a reception to honour winners of such prestigious Brian D Greenhalgh attended BGS in 1948-50, business awards. leaving around lower 3rd to attend Heversham School in the Lake District. After serving in HM Keith Higgin (1953) sends best wishes from Forces 1959-61, he pursued a career in insurance, Sunderland, where he has resided for 30 years. initially with Royal Insurance Group then with his Though unable to attend the Founders’ Day Dinner, own broking business, Munro-Greenhalgh in the the 6th May is a “date that always registers”. Bury area. He’s spent much of his life travelling and President: Norman Fleming Chairman: John Hutton Treasurer: Howard Marsh
  2. 2. n ow fo u n d “a g o o d wo m a n & p e a ce & Shortly after sending my 2008 Newsletter, I was quiet” (contradiction in terms?) in West Sussex. advised by the wife of Michael John Busby (1949) of his sad death in December 2007. He was at BGS BGSOBA - 6th Form Bursary during the latter years of WWII and pursued a career in banking. His wife sends Michael’s thanks to his At the 2008 AGM, a proposal was made to former school-friends, for their friendship. fund a half-bursary for a sixth form boy, for the academic years 2008/9 & 2009/10. The John Fairbrother (c. 1963), a retired local proposal was well received by the members headmaster, died late 2008. He was a well-known of the Old Boys Association, and we can member of the Old Boys’ Association. proudly report that the Old Boys are now helping to support a boy through his sixth Having lost his brave battle with cancer, Wayne form studies at BGS. Parker (1993, Kay) died the day after his wedding day, in August 2008. Deaths – It is with great sadness that we have learned A memorial service was held for Sean Foxcroft of the death of the following OB’s… (aged 24) who was swept out to sea in July 08 after he attempted an heroic rescue of a group of Bill Holland advised us of the recent death of John teenagers during an expedition in South Africa. Sean Crux, who attended a recent Founders’ Day Dinner. was an experienced trip leader who also worked on expeditions near Mount Everest. Richard James Booth (aged 56) died in February - he taught in Heywood & was proud of his BGS I’m grateful to Bob Hargreaves for advising me of the connections. death of his popular and humourous classmate, Steve Cohen, in March 09. Steve attended the class Denis Beardmore died suddenly at Southport re-union in 2003 and is remembered fondly by his Hospital in August 2008, aged 53. He was at BGS in colleagues. the late 60’s - early 70’s. Former teacher John Carter, an Honorary Member We learned of the sad death of Stuart Willam Hope of the Old Boys’ Association, died peacefully in (1944) in June 08, in Haverfordwest, having been August 2008. He was Head of Geography at Bury taken ill and airlifted off a cruise ship whilst on Grammar School from the 1950s through to 1968 holiday when he moved to Guildford in order to take up a post as Deputy Headmaster, and after a time, a The Forrester family was hit by double tragedy last Headmaster. During his time at BGS, John was also summer when Robert (1948, AKA Bob or “Ferd”) and an officer in the CCF, took a wide-ranging part in his brother Trevor (1944) died within a few weeks of school sports and pursued an active life in amateur each other. Both had attended the recent School theatre. Captains’ Event at School. Bob (leaver of 1947, Howlett) visited School in Feb 08 to outline his plans to scale the 80 peaks of England and Wales in An Old Clavian Remembers: Randle Cutts celebration of his 80th year, raising money for Water Aid in Tanzania - sadly he didn’t get to start this I have helped in the typing of the memoirs of challenge but the boys were delighted to raise Randle Cutts, who attended “This Wonderful £1200+ towards his £10K target. Seat of Learning” between 1943-1951. Roger Hamer (1965, Kay) died in January 09 on a Randle writes vividly of his years at BGS, his skiing holiday in Austria. A keen sportsman, he was time as Senior Librarian and his contribution remembered for his infectious enthusiasm, energy & to Amateur Dramatics. He recollects friends drive. In his younger days he played football for the & teachers alike with considerable detail OB’s and won an international cricket cap for Brunei during the immediate post-war period, and during his well-travelled career as a teacher. he would like to share his thoughts with anyone who might wish to read them. Andrew Bonsor (1979) died suddenly in October Please contact ! Secretary for details. 2007, aged about 46. He studied Classics whilst at BGS. 2 Secretary:
  3. 3. puts us on 40 points. With 1 game to go , the team is 2nd on goal difference & should earn promotion. SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUBS The Table-Tennis section fields 2 teams in the Bury Football: Table Tennis League ( - The A team is in Division 4, B team is in Division 5. At the time of writing, the 2008/09 season is drawing The A Team suffered a post-Christmas slump, now to a close. Old Boys interested in playing are invited ranking 6th in a very good division. The B to contact Andy Jackson for training details Team has fared a little better, and was 3rd at (, especially school- the time of writing. Match reports appear in leavers and Old Boys returning to the area after the Bury Times from time to time and can be University. Follow the fixtures, results and tables at found on the league web-site. Individual performances have been good - Barry Warburton is top of the individual scores with 88% successes so The 1st XI is 11th in the Lancashire Amateur Premier far in Div 4; John Greehalgh & Graham Hilton each League (out of 14), but could lose a place if Horwich have around 80% success in the B Team. New (in 12th) take points from their 2 games in hand; The members are invited to turn up on match nights – team lost 1-0 in the semi-final of the LFA Cup in Contact: Andy Evans February. The 2nd XI is 8th in Division 2, a reasonable position following last The Old Clavians Golfing Society has a packed year’s promotion. The 3rd XI has had a calendar for 2009, starting with the Challenge great season and is currently 3rd in Trophy at Bury GC on 22nd May. Contact: Division 5. The 4th XI is next to the Melvyn Ince – 0161 482 4016 - Life bottom of division 7, with a slightly leaky 41 goal membership is only £40.00. Dave deficit. Freeman was Club Captain for 2008 and Malcolm Skinner is Captain for 2009. A Whilst playing members are in good supply, the trip is planned to Hawkestone Park at committee regrets the cancellation of it’s Annual the end of the season. Dinner Dance for the first time in 25+ years, due to lack of support on the social side. Results 2008: 14 pairs played the Invitation Day at Skipton, where Ray Swinnerton & Paul Sillett The swimming pool is available for retained the honours. The Challenge Trophy was OB’s every Wednesday evening won by Nick Riggs at Rossendale, with John Wild R/ between 7 and 9pm. Please contact U. Winner of the Captains Prize at Walmersley GC Rob Yates for info (0161 764 7626). was Steve Crompton. The Silver Swan Trophy (Vs BGS Old Girls) was won by the Old Boys at Stand GC The Old Boys Bridge Club meets to play “Rubber in May. The Old Clavians came 4th in the Lord John Bridge” on the first Wednesday of each month, Morley trophy and retained the trophy in the annual at 7.30pm, at the JCR. New players are match against the School. welcome – Stephen Bleakley, 01706 644032 Chairman of the Old Boys’ Association, Basketball: After many successful John Hutton, is standing down at the seasons in the Manchester Amateur 2009 AGM after almost 9 years in the role. Basketball Premier League, the Basketball We thank him for his contribution to the section has found it increasingly difficult ongoing strength of the Association. to field a team of Old Boys. For the time being, this season will be the club’s last. Thanks & best wishes go to David Lee and Paul Harrison who, SCHOOL NEWS amongst others, have helped the club to flourish during their playing days and beyond. It would be nice to see the Basketball Club Several long-serving members of staff have retired resurrected one day. during the past year, many of whom I remember fondly from my days at BGS: Hockey Club (Sameer Sheikh, Junior School) has P17, W13, D1, and L3. Malcolm Curtis (1973-2008): Economics, Politics, Scoring 49 goals and conceding just 13 - the second Cross Country & the Tuck Shop! best defence in the entire North West League. This 3 Secretary:
  4. 4. newsletter and may use club facilities). School- Tony Young (1976-2008): Mathematics, humour & leavers can enjoy free membership of the Old car-maintenance! Boys’ Club for the period of their further education – contact the secretary for details. John Kendall (1975-2008): “the best French teacher in England”, Choral Society stalwart & Head of Lower The Henry Dunster Society School In Sepmber 2008, afr much Tony Harrison (1983-2008): English, U15 Football enusiasc support om former Vice Manager, dramatic Productions general dry Captain of BGS, Geoffrey Wandesforde- humour. I remember his A-level English classes fondly, though I still don’t understand “Catch 22”! Smi (1961) and BGS Development Officer, Francine Healey, e inaugural Patrick Newton (1975-2008): Junior School, Rugby, meeng of e Henry Dunsr Socie Cricket, CCF Old-Boys Dinner Stalwart. ok place at Harvard Universi. Dunsr was a pupil and subsequently I would imagine John Robson is pleased with his ird Headmasr at Bury Grammar squad selection - each one had at least 25 years’ service and each was far more than just a teacher. School before emigrang May they all enjoy healthy happy retirements (and Massachusses in 1640 and becoming join us at the Old Boys’ Dinner!) e first President of Harvard Universi. Michael Byrne (1989-2008): Junior School, Cricket, e reunion was aended by 18 Clavian Football Athletics coach and dramatic productions. Alumnae ( 10 spouses) om around e Mark Bradley (1994-2008): Geography, rugby, World and e event has been deemed a cricket, ski-trips staff pantomimes! huge success, capturing e aenon of e current President of Harvard - is Gerry Halpin (1995-2008): Art CDT, junior school bodes we
  5. 5. for e ture of relaonships to seniors. between ese two academic instuons. Best wishes to all for the future. BGSB Parents Association would like to invite you to attend their spectacular  Summer Fun Day Sunday 28th June 12.30 – 4.00pm ALUMNI DEPARTMENT Although closely linked, the BGS Old Boys Association and the Alumni Database are separate entities – all old boys are automatically classed as Many thanks for reading, please let me alumni, though only recent leavers will have their know your news: data automatically recorded. Martin Entwistle To join the BGS Old Boys’ Association, you need to 8 Greenmount Drive, Bury, BL8 4HA make a separate application and pay a £25 lifetime 01204 882502 membership fee (for which you receive this 4 Secretary: