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 (www.edwardlord.com). 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 email@example.com for
speciﬁc details of the venue and cost. Invites will be
sent to the usual attendees as previously.
Old habits die hard...it 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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (www.burytabletennis.org.uk/) -
www.clubwebsite.co.uk/burygrammaroldboysafc/ 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
(firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
www.lancsam.fsnet.co.uk 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,
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
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
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
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
for e ture of relaonships
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
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.
To join the BGS Old Boys’ Association, you need to
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make a separate application and pay a £25 lifetime
membership fee (for which you receive this