Preston Grammar School Association
Uniting Old Boys, former staff and friends of Preston Grammar School
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Please note! This re-structured webpage is now operational but is still in development. There is more information to be added, and of course potentially some errors and infelicities to be corrected. Readers are requested to email the webmaster with comments, queries, complaints and/or suggestions. All will be gratefully received.
(25th August 2016). The death has been annouced of James Anthony Paddock, at the age of 87, in the USA, on Thursday 11th August 2016. Born in Liverpool, Jim always described himself as having been brought up in Preston, “an old cotton-mill town in the north west of England". At the age of eleven he started at Preston Grammar School and was there from 1940 to 1945, and in Goodair House. He joined the Association after finding the Website and corresponded with me on several occasions, notably providing some humorous yet poignant recollections for the Newsletter, many of which involved another Old Boy - the late Don Steele. He was also very skilled at creating cartoon caricatures, one of which is in the possession of the Association.
A multi-talented man, Jim became an Architect and Campus Planner. His work lives on in the USA, as well as in Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Vietnam. A devoted family man with three children and five grandchildren, he was married to his wife Eva for 61 years. A private interment took place last week in his adopted hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(24th August 2016). Arrangements for the 2016 PGSA Masters Golf Tournament have been finalised by Tony Olivine - see his Notice here
(18th August 2016). Final arrangements are now being put in place for our visit to the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 15th September 2016. We will also be visiting the nearby German War Cemetery. There are over 300 memorials set in 150 acres of parkland within the National Forest near Lichfield, to commemorate those who have served their country. New Memorials are being added all the time, so even if you went last year there will still be a lot that you haven’t already seen.
There are guided walks, or you are free to wander and visit those areas of most interest to yourselves, and there are restaurants serving hot and cold food and drinks throughout the day.
This promises to be a very interesting and informative day out, so please book your place as soon as possible. Even if you indicated your interest at the AGM, please confirm that you will be attending, together with the names of any guests. We need an idea of numbers in order to book the appropriate size of coach, and anticipate the cost will be in the region of £20 per person. Full times and details will be confirmed nearer the date.
Please contact Jim Goring
(7th July 2016). The Roebuck Cup, the annual PGSA Masters Bowls Tournament, took place today at Guy's Eatery and Fun Palace at Bilsborrow. Beautifully organised by Tony Olivine (with no repeat of last year's failed gymnastics exhibition) and won by Allan Turner, the Report is on the Events page here
(in the Bowls Tournaments section) and the pix are in the gallery.
(2nd July 2016). At a meeting of the Executive Council last Thursday (30th June) a proposed modification to the wording of paras 18-20 of the Constitution was proposed - see here
(17th June2016). Only 1 visit to the School was planned for 2016 and this took place yesterday. Pix in the Gallery.
(3rd June 2016). The PGSA Masters golf tournament finally took place on Tuesday 31st May - delayed from the original date because the course was waterlogged following the wet winter. Pix in the Gallery.
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Military Service records
A recently-established database covers military service records and other appropriate data pertaining to old boys and staff during the two world wars, other conflicts and the National Service period. It can be accessed here
Google Discussion Group
The Association also maintains a Discussion Group on Google - click here
. Please visit and express your views.
Moor Park High School & Sixth Form College
The building in Moor Park Avenue, officially opened in 1913 as the new home of Preston Grammar School, following its move from Cross Street, is now home to Moor Park High School and 6th Form College. The Association maintains close links with the High School, the Headteacher - Peter Cunningham - being an Association Member. Likewise Keith Nightingale (a former Association President) has now retired as Chair of the Board of Governors but remains as a Governor, with Tony Olivine (another former President) and Ian Yates also representing the Association.
These pages were last updated on 27th August 2016
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