RWS Archive Guestbook


Nadine Gray   02/Jun/2002:11:01:36
Thanks Finchie!!! it is nice to see a girl's photo on the web site.....
(finally!!!)
Girls.. how many of you recognise yourselves?????
See you all on the 22nd!!!!
 
Tony Stevenson   05/May/2002:17:15:10
I was at the school in 1960, my real memories are nurse Lesley, Janet and later nurse lonely, she had the cotton reel with a rubber band.
Corrie told terrible jokes about trog and smelly socks
I also remember building the snow lion it was bloody freezing, but the papers came and took photos. David Dulah was a dear friend and Gary Spinks now Redfarn.
I would like very much to come over to the re-union, but not sure how
to get the tickets?

Tony Stevenson
 
Roger Halle None 02/May/2002:18:41:59
John Slade
Please reply to this message if you can - we were together in Nelson
House 1961 -63 - I remember you throwing up during a music lesson in
the main hall! Do you remember Richard Burke or Della Bright? They were
house-mates of ours. I would really like to hear from you.

Roger Halle
 
SANDY DISDALE (Ms)   21/Apr/2002:10:27:33
Hello

Sandy (Sandra Disdale) here
Had a look at your sight, I shall visit it again
Nice to see you on Friday see you on the 22nd
Sandy
 
David Michaelis   15/Apr/2002:06:56:20
It took me years to revisit Wanstead where I resided from 1946 to 1962 (2 yrs to 18 yrs old).Ended up as Head boy for a couple of years
thanks to Mr Lavender who saw more in me than I did in myself! Mixed feelings although have always admired the principles behind formation and running of the school. Did law articles after I left and qualified as a solicitor in 1967. Served in Devonshire Regt (TA), Wessex Volunteers and 21 SAS ( even though never really liked cadets!) until emigrating to Australia in 1970. Worked as corporate lawyer to major companies until recent retirement, although still sit on a few boards to keep the brain ticking. Dont recognise any names from my era but interesting to hear a fair number of old boys have emigrated to Australia. I was one of the last 10 pound poms. Happy to hear from anyone who may have known me. Regards David Michaelis
 
Malcolm Marchant-Williams   09/Apr/2002:22:48:32
Brilliant School + People photos - brings back loads
of memories (good + bad)
 
rod harmer (green )   04/Apr/2002:12:13:38
Quentin, see you made it to the site, will be over for the reunion in
june 2002, was talking about you when i was over in sept last year
with dave dyer, tich and a few others,would like to get in touch again
email address included, rgds rod
 
Micheal Seale   02/Apr/2002:23:49:28
I was at RWS from 1965-71, I have memorys of life there but names are a
blank remember some teachers and a couple of boys both my brother Peter
and my sister pauline were there in 1965.
Anyone remember me
Now living in sheffield
 
lee W. Naylor   01/Apr/2002:19:45:18
I glad to see that there are other dinosars out there who have caught
up with the twentyth centurary.With the help of my son I am just able
to write this.I attended from 1960 - 1967 east house junior and babylon
(nelson ) senior.I was looking at some of the photos which brought back
some great memories.
 
Vonda www.african-gray-parrots.com 31/Mar/2002:12:58:30
I really like your site!
 
William Vanstone   24/Mar/2002:22:01:13
Hi there to anyone who may remember me.I was in Grenfell from Jan 68
till December of the same year (althought it seemed longer).I left and
joined the army as a boy soldier.It would be a blast to hear from
anyone so email me if you wish.Geoff Lord was a good mate.Many good
memories of the school (wish i had stayed longer),It stood me in good
stead for my future.
 
quentin chivers (chi   17/Mar/2002:18:58:30
 
john slade   10/Mar/2002:17:40:59
Curtis Ferguson - this is your life..............where r u?
 
Dave Cable   27/Feb/2002:00:02:40
Nice to find so much info on our old school. I was resident from late
1960 to Feb 1962 my two younger brothers John -&- Keith also attended.
 
david moakes   23/Feb/2002:21:50:11
went to rws from 68-71 with my brothers brian and stephen.
I ran away quite a few times, i think i may not have liked it much,but
am not sure because apart from a couple of teachers my mind is
blank.Great web site and good pics wish i could reconise just one person
but can`t.
 
dave spinx   22/Feb/2002:21:24:27
just had a brief visit to your website. i am astonished. will visit
again, too many ghosts for now. i was at wanstead from 65 to 70.
 
BRIAN MOAKES   22/Feb/2002:00:55:16
HI, GREAT SITE. MYSELF AND MY BROTHERS DAVID AND STEPHEN ATTENDED THE
R.W.S FROM 1968-1971 WHEN THE SCHOOL CLOSED. I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO
HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS US. ALSO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE ANY
OLD SCHOOL RECORDS OR PHOTO,S ARE KEPT. ANY INFO WOULD BE GREAT.
THANKS.....
 
Ian Wraith   20/Feb/2002:20:51:11
oops!
Further to my earlier entry, I meant of course that information on my brother Paul might be of interest to Bernard Snowball.
Sorry Bernard!
 
Anthony   18/Feb/2002:18:20:49
Several of us are having a mini reunion on Saturday 23rd Feb 2002.
About midday until ???? at 'The Eagle'
Come one.....Come all.
See you there.............Anthony
 
Ian Wraith   17/Feb/2002:13:56:24
Hi everybody, good site.
I was at RWS 1960-1968, Athens/Montgomery
My wife and I now live in Hampshire.
My brother Paul (1958-1966) lives in North Norfolk, but has no internet access. If you want to pass a message to him (Bernard Snowden???), please contact me.
 
Anthony Finch   06/Feb/2002:16:55:21
OK Bambridge.........There's no need to shout!
 
NICK BAMBRIDGE   06/Feb/2002:16:48:59
RWS 1964-1971 FINISHED IN NELSON HOUSE SEE YOU LOCALS 23RD FEB IN THE
EAGLE, THE REST OF YOU JUNE 22ND AT THE OLD SCHOOL
 
Anthony[Tony]Soden   03/Feb/2002:21:53:23
I and my brother Graham arrived at Tilehurst 1940, at ages 4-&-3, we
graduated to Rochetts, and then to Wanstead after the war. I left 1952,
since 1962 and marriage I have been in Canada. Am currently semi retired
and living in Oakville Ontario. Brother Graham is still living in
Wolverhampton. Have enjoyed the website, I have some pictures of a play
the choir put on, and a copy of the March 1950 speech day program which
i will send at a later date.
 
Tim (willie) Wilson   02/Feb/2002:15:17:40
I've recently discovered the site and recognize some names and photos
of old mates..great site...I was at the school from 1964-69 in
churchill house..My brother was Ronnie Wilson...anybody remember little
ole me? I think I held the record for the most canings and punishment
squad...I failed badly educationally but I had some fun..It was a great
place to grow up in.
 
Alan Biddlecombe   28/Jan/2002:21:52:08
Hi - I was at RWS 1959 - 63 aged 9 - 13. In the senior school I was in
Churchill House. Also my younger brother Roger was at the school.
Like to hear from anyone who remembers me - anyone know where Martin
Duke is?. Best wishes.
 
Nigel Zeto   28/Jan/2002:02:59:15
Did not leave my details last time I was on. Here it it. In the States
now, Texas.
 
Richard Burke (Turke   24/Jan/2002:11:12:03
I was at RWS from 1960 - to its closure in 1971. Nelson House where the
better football was played. Look forward to the reunion in June.

Great website - well done.
 
Colin Riches   22/Jan/2002:20:48:33
I have a good memory about the time I spent at RWS, I left there in
1970 and would like to hear from anyone, especily those who went to
Germany with the cadets
 
Tony Brimble   19/Jan/2002:07:35:05
Nigel Zeto, theres another blast from the past. You would have already
seen the football photo on Keiths web site, if not have a look. It was
a great team, shame about the goal keeper ? You have not put your email
address so can not contact you. Leave your address so we can share some
memories, am also in touch with heaps of other ex kids. You should
remember Dave Bambridge, he lives in the States, can put you in touch
if you wish.
 
Nigel Zeto   19/Jan/2002:06:48:50
 
Pamela Ivison   18/Jan/2002:13:18:44
Come on girls, isn't it about time we had our say on some of
these "male orientated" RWS sites!!

I attended RWS with my twin sister Pat from 1941 - 1957. We were first
at Ingatestone Hall, then Tilehurst and on to Snaresbrook. Our final
years at school were spent at Hyde Hall, Sawbridgeworth.

Having spent so much of our life at school, the independence of
the "real world" was a bit of a shock and consequently, like many of my
contempories, we went a bit wild.

I can't say I was particularly "happy" at school,(too much unhappiness
going on in my home life after my mother died) but on the whole was
content.

How many of you were at school during these years?

regards to all,
Pamela Ivison (nee Sandercock)
 
Keith Ellwood   13/Jan/2002:00:04:07
PS to my first entry .....

Sorry, I forgot to say thank you to those who have sent me personal E-
mails. I am greatly touched to have them. Please forgive delay in
replying - I shall do so, but being an old retired biddy I do go away
for longish periods.

My very best wishes to you all and a very happy 2002.
 
Ian Hammond (Wicks)   12/Jan/2002:03:00:56
Happy New Year to all,Us old boys in Australia are looking forward to
seeing you all in June at the reunion.
 
Keith Ellwood   11/Jan/2002:20:31:42
Teacher - Junior school
Senior School (music and chapel organist)
Nineveh Housemaster
Chaplain
 
Colin Morrison   10/Jan/2002:16:49:55
Happy New Year!
Thanks very much for the generous donations to the Royal Wanstead
appeal on behalf of children like us. If you want a copy of the
RWF Annual Report -&- Accounts, please email me, or write to
Rosemary Brotherwood, RWF, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES,
UK. Thanks very much for your support. Hundreds of (today's)
children are grateful you care.
COLIN MORRISON (RWS:1957-69), Chairman, Royal Wanstead Foundation
 
Bernard Snowball   23/Dec/2001:16:16:38
Was at RWS 1959 -64. Met up with Geoff Dodding Jim Bridge Anthony Sloan
Russ Wild and Chris du Pre, at the 1998/2000 reunions. Whats happened
to the rest of the 5th year of 1964. Stephen (Susie) Williams, Leslie
string) Turner Michael Hammond, Paul Wraith, Paul Goodchild,
collectively known as the "Mob". just to name a few, boys and girls we
have to 22nd June 2002 to find them! A Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year to everyone.
 
Jacqueline gurd (JOY   26/Nov/2001:22:32:23
I remember when at RWS that they renovated the church and we were not
allowed to talk to the builders. We played marbles in the playground
and I also remember making dens in the woods until an unidenified
creature was found and put it out of bounds. Maybe all that digging and
searching for timber was making us dirty and destroying the woods!?.
The fire in Epping Forest that was very close to the juniors playground
you could feel the heaton the jungle Jim. The T.B xray van that used
to find those bones that were broken in peoples arms and no one knew
about.
Sawbridgeworth the walks we did on Sunday`s in groups of about six and
then the long crocodile down to the church on Sundays. The going to the
Winston Churchill Memorial sevice at RWS 1965. The entertainment that
was home made by each house at the end of term prehaps the Christmas
term and the films that were watched on the big reels. One I remember
wae the Northwest Passage. They managed to put one reel upside down the
result
 
Jim Bridge   26/Nov/2001:15:30:31
Hi Anthony and all who read here.
What a great site, thank you for maintaining it.
Hope to be down at the reunion next year.
Jim Bridge (Bridge II)
 
Rod Thompson   19/Nov/2001:17:10:32
I was at RWS from about 1950 to about 1960. Can't remember much, was
quite young at the time. In Churchill and Babylon in the seniors. Nice
to see the site.
 
eric .c. mitchener   19/Nov/2001:14:53:53
At RWS from 1936 to 1942 Junior and nursery school including
TILEHURST AND ROCHETTS and at Senior School from 1943 until July
1950. Very pleased to see the RWS site and particularly the picture
of Mr Geear with the headmaster in 1949 with the School and House
prefects. I have spent last 40 odd years overseas in Africa and the
middle East in administrative Managment Posts and ended up in the
Foreign Office. I retired two years ago and look forward to seeing
old faces at the Reunion in 2002.
 
Anne Bl;ackman   19/Nov/2001:08:20:32
Sorry for got to say I was at the school 1963 to 1965 and was in Arran
House
 
Anne Blackman   19/Nov/2001:08:17:37
GreatSchool page. Can you add a section for the Poor old girls from
Sawbridgeworth? A few of us are in touch together but we have no site.
Perhaps you could help. My best friend was Pat Hutton who had a twin
brother at the boys school anyone know of them?
 
Theresa Mullings   18/Nov/2001:21:08:49
 
Theresa Mullings   15/Nov/2001:14:29:57
Great sight. Was impressed to see myself (just) in one of the photos.
Keep up the good work. Its bringing us all together.
 
Martin Thompson   13/Nov/2001:13:04:41
Great site, just found it via friends reunited.
I,m trying to contact John Best who ran 'old boys' basketball team
around 66-68. Can anyone help?
 
geoff dodding   11/Nov/2001:00:28:43
 
Ian Hammond (Wicks)   08/Nov/2001:02:45:38
Anthony, have finally got around to looking at your website. Photo's
look great, Well done.
 
Phil Johns (Rookard)   06/Nov/2001:23:04:44
What an amazing site! To see so many familiar names after so long
brings back so many memories. I was at RWS from 61 to 64.
House was Babylon/Nelson, Housemaster Mr McDowell and then a padre I
can only remember as 'rhino'. I sang treble in the school choir
(incredible thought now!) and spent most of my time in the artroom.
I was caned on numerous occaisions for the most minor aberations which
include forging Mr O'Gormans signature and throwing a pair of socks at
Mr Mc Dowell after lights out! After leaving, I went to art school and
then spent a few years as a budding rock musician.Have worked as an
artist ever since. Been married, divorced, 3 children, 3 grandchildren
and will probably do it all again!
If you remember me, please get in touch.
 
Paul S. Shearer   05/Nov/2001:17:09:26
 
ann pepper (fox)   04/Nov/2001:13:49:49
Alright I know its "the boys school" but some of use "old" girls from
Sawbridgeworth are still around - any boys remember the Carol Services
at your place!!!
 
George Sell   03/Nov/2001:18:17:06
1960-1967 "C" dormitory juniors, Churchill house seniors. I've just
discovered this excellent website having just received a newsletter and
spent an amusing afternoon reading all the mail. Many memories came
flooding back, thanks Keith. I would just like to point out to all
that whatever your experences at the school were, one should not go
through life with a chip on their shoulder. I for one am amazed how so
many have done incrediably well in their lives from such a disadvantage
beginning in life. This is all down to the RWS.



 
Ross Harmer   31/Oct/2001:11:32:38
Hi,
thanks for putting my uncle on the net. He looks so innocent in the old
photograph!!! Hahaha
 
victor hide   30/Oct/2001:01:46:05
hi
im vick hide
aka hidy, dr jeckle, fred and so many more i cant remember i went to
RWS app 1965 to 1970 with my brothers colin and derek i think my sister
mary went there too ? it was a good time in my life and it would be
nice to know what happened to some of my mates, a few i do remember are
Stewart Ailie, Phillip Henry, One girl i do remember from the infants
was Anglia hunt as i recall a very pretty blond girl i had to kiss in
the school adaptation of rumple stilskin one year not that i mimded to
much if any remembers me please get in touch
 
Ian Martin   27/Oct/2001:19:10:01
H'i nice to see another great site with RWS. I attended RWS in 1956-
1959. Had some good times, hated army cadets. Would be pleased to hear
from anyone from around that era. I have one or two photos I will send
on later. regards Ian.
 
rod harmer   16/Oct/2001:12:55:29
well finchy have just looked at the site again and read the small print
under the guestbook sign,cheeky bugger,are you going to pay for the
airfare,cause if you are then i will supply the accommodation and the
victuals and liquid refreshments and the backyard is an acre,should be
able to fit a few campervans in.
 
Jim Tozer (now Bates   13/Oct/2001:23:14:28
'Thanks for the memories'Left when it closed down, great to look
back,maybe it was'nt that bad!!!!!!
 
Jim Tozer (now Bates   13/Oct/2001:23:11:33
 
Mike Hamill   11/Oct/2001:22:20:24
At RWS 61 to 65 Had some good times and some bad but on the whole enjoyed it. Made a lot of friends now sadly forgotten. Was in Babylon / Nelson House. Remember getting caught by Gilly Geare down the Dell on Sunday after bunking Chapel. Bit obvious really three of us from the same row missing. Gilly gave us a lecture about how important religion was to him in the trenches, then caned us; ah well. Remember coming out of the bottom stall in the Seniors toilet where 4 of us where crammed in having a fag only to see Mr Lavender standing at the handbasins washing his hand. I thought we were all dead, Lavvy just smiled and walked out, couldn't believe it.

Nice site brought back the memories, don't remember the girls being there at the same time; but Christmas Carol Service was something to look forward to when they came down from 'worth
 
dave (money)LLoyd   05/Oct/2001:18:03:47
Yes i slipped into the forry at much the same place.
Can anyone remember the secret room built at the back of the room on the side of the gym,built with (SALVAGED) unwanted buiding site waste and discoverd by Rhino'side-Kick Mr STARR. D.L
 
David Bambridge   05/Oct/2001:12:34:44
Anthony, the photo of the school that you do not know the angle it was
taken from, was, the back of the school and as you look out onto the
lake, it would be way down in the left corner by the lake. This picture
is exactly how it looked in 64 before the "management" cut the trees
back because, it was the ideal smoker's hideout, and the best way to
slip into the forest undetected. Crikey, when I saw that photo my life
shot back 37 years in a flash.
 
David Bambridge   05/Oct/2001:12:07:29
Anthony I am amazed at what you have done with this web site, well
done.Here is proof that the boys and girls from RWS can amount to
something, contrary to the beliefs of the Masters.Keep it going.
Bambridge, Sr in the USA
 
rod harmer   29/Sep/2001:00:47:00
have left you a message on the board,the latest pic is better than the
sleepy one,almost that is
 
John Sinclair   25/Sep/2001:03:25:02
Greetings from Texas.

My parents threw me in that place in the mid 50's I was around 5/6 or
so. Only guy I remember was Hargreaves. Have a piccy that I will scan
soon and submit.

 
Cyril Clark   24/Sep/2001:10:34:06
You haven't let that swine Brimble on your page have you Mr. Finch?
That bugger gets everywhere. Ah well! Such is life. Top site. Well
done. Cop u later!
 
Anthony Finch   20/Sep/2001:10:29:15
Just trying to keep your interest old chap!
 
Tony Brimble   20/Sep/2001:03:17:52
Anthony

Your computer skills never cease to amaze me. What will you do
to this web site next ?

 
Nadine   18/Sep/2001:20:46:47
thank you so much Anthony.... a real sweetie you are!
and yes.. poor Rod did look/does? look like a real p........d
Oh, Ancient One, now, would I lie?
 
rod harmer(green)   14/Sep/2001:23:28:34
well done finchie,you have mad me look a right pi**-head,but i love
it,be ready for the 21st,see ya

rod
 
Anthony Finch   14/Sep/2001:11:13:25
Sorry Lumpy.....I've put it right now.
 
Nadine Gray   13/Sep/2001:21:54:38
Finally Tony!! I have managed to log on, well, I did manage yesterday,
and even typed a message.. but this darned machine wouldn't send it,
hope today I have more luck.
And yes, Tich is right, you have gotten Jill and I mixed up! now, how on
earth could you do a thing like that????
It was certainly a great evening Friday....the rest of them missed out,
didn't they?
 
rod harmer   08/Sep/2001:20:55:08
hi,piker,you left early we carried on for another two hours on friday,
had breakfast with lumpy 1 and lumpy 2,after two hours sleep,must do it
again.john best was there he left at 7.50. he was the gentleman with
grey hair and a blazer.he saw you but was not sure who you were,


regards rod
 
Bob (Tich) Braithwai   24/Aug/2001:09:30:40
Hi Anthony,
The rogues gallery looks a great idea. Look forward to seeing more
familiar faces appearing there.
Sorry to be picky but the 'now' photos for Jill and Nadine are the
wrong way round.
Best wishes
Bob.
 
Terry Batham   22/Aug/2001:03:36:25
The 1965 photo was the last year i was at RWS. by the look on my face i
don't seem to pleased. (Great Photo), can anybody put names to faces.
 
Cyril Clark   21/Aug/2001:11:26:01
Will send photos when I can. Top idea.
Regards,

Cyril Clark
 
Anthony Finch Hollybrook 08/Aug/2001:16:52:01
Keith.

Hollybrook is the name of my home.
The RWS photos are just a part of my site.
The actual address of my site (which is under construction) is
http://www.hollybrook.clara.co.uk

Anthony
 
Keith Margerison (Mo   08/Aug/2001:10:13:40
Cant understand why the address is Hollybrook ... when the school was
Hollybush Hill!
 
Keith Margerison (Mo   07/Aug/2001:19:18:55
Great seeing the 65 photo; will e-mail you soon.

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~   30/Jul/2001:18:48:38
To the owner of this web site.
It would be helpful if I can put a link to your site from the RWS Web Site which I maintain. Please let me know what you think.
Keith
www.browse.to/RWS
 

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Nadine Gray   02/Jun/2002:11:01:36
Thanks Finchie!!! it is nice to see a girl's photo on the web site.....
(finally!!!)
Girls.. how many of you recognise yourselves?????
See you all on the 22nd!!!!
 
Tony Stevenson   05/May/2002:17:15:10
I was at the school in 1960, my real memories are nurse Lesley, Janet and later nurse lonely, she had the cotton reel with a rubber band.
Corrie told terrible jokes about trog and smelly socks
I also remember building the snow lion it was bloody freezing, but the papers came and took photos. David Dulah was a dear friend and Gary Spinks now Redfarn.
I would like very much to come over to the re-union, but not sure how
to get the tickets?

Tony Stevenson
 
Roger Halle None 02/May/2002:18:41:59
John Slade
Please reply to this message if you can - we were together in Nelson
House 1961 -63 - I remember you throwing up during a music lesson in
the main hall! Do you remember Richard Burke or Della Bright? They were
house-mates of ours. I would really like to hear from you.

Roger Halle
 
SANDY DISDALE (Ms)   21/Apr/2002:10:27:33
Hello

Sandy (Sandra Disdale) here
Had a look at your sight, I shall visit it again
Nice to see you on Friday see you on the 22nd
Sandy
 
David Michaelis   15/Apr/2002:06:56:20
It took me years to revisit Wanstead where I resided from 1946 to 1962 (2 yrs to 18 yrs old).Ended up as Head boy for a couple of years
thanks to Mr Lavender who saw more in me than I did in myself! Mixed feelings although have always admired the principles behind formation and running of the school. Did law articles after I left and qualified as a solicitor in 1967. Served in Devonshire Regt (TA), Wessex Volunteers and 21 SAS ( even though never really liked cadets!) until emigrating to Australia in 1970. Worked as corporate lawyer to major companies until recent retirement, although still sit on a few boards to keep the brain ticking. Dont recognise any names from my era but interesting to hear a fair number of old boys have emigrated to Australia. I was one of the last 10 pound poms. Happy to hear from anyone who may have known me. Regards David Michaelis
 
Malcolm Marchant-Williams   09/Apr/2002:22:48:32
Brilliant School + People photos - brings back loads
of memories (good + bad)
 
rod harmer (green )   04/Apr/2002:12:13:38
Quentin, see you made it to the site, will be over for the reunion in
june 2002, was talking about you when i was over in sept last year
with dave dyer, tich and a few others,would like to get in touch again
email address included, rgds rod
 
Micheal Seale   02/Apr/2002:23:49:28
I was at RWS from 1965-71, I have memorys of life there but names are a
blank remember some teachers and a couple of boys both my brother Peter
and my sister pauline were there in 1965.
Anyone remember me
Now living in sheffield
 
lee W. Naylor   01/Apr/2002:19:45:18
I glad to see that there are other dinosars out there who have caught
up with the twentyth centurary.With the help of my son I am just able
to write this.I attended from 1960 - 1967 east house junior and babylon
(nelson ) senior.I was looking at some of the photos which brought back
some great memories.
 
Vonda www.african-gray-parrots.com 31/Mar/2002:12:58:30
I really like your site!
 
William Vanstone   24/Mar/2002:22:01:13
Hi there to anyone who may remember me.I was in Grenfell from Jan 68
till December of the same year (althought it seemed longer).I left and
joined the army as a boy soldier.It would be a blast to hear from
anyone so email me if you wish.Geoff Lord was a good mate.Many good
memories of the school (wish i had stayed longer),It stood me in good
stead for my future.
 
quentin chivers (chi   17/Mar/2002:18:58:30
 
john slade   10/Mar/2002:17:40:59
Curtis Ferguson - this is your life..............where r u?
 
Dave Cable   27/Feb/2002:00:02:40
Nice to find so much info on our old school. I was resident from late
1960 to Feb 1962 my two younger brothers John -&- Keith also attended.
 
david moakes   23/Feb/2002:21:50:11
went to rws from 68-71 with my brothers brian and stephen.
I ran away quite a few times, i think i may not have liked it much,but
am not sure because apart from a couple of teachers my mind is
blank.Great web site and good pics wish i could reconise just one person
but can`t.
 
dave spinx   22/Feb/2002:21:24:27
just had a brief visit to your website. i am astonished. will visit
again, too many ghosts for now. i was at wanstead from 65 to 70.
 
BRIAN MOAKES   22/Feb/2002:00:55:16
HI, GREAT SITE. MYSELF AND MY BROTHERS DAVID AND STEPHEN ATTENDED THE
R.W.S FROM 1968-1971 WHEN THE SCHOOL CLOSED. I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO
HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS US. ALSO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE ANY
OLD SCHOOL RECORDS OR PHOTO,S ARE KEPT. ANY INFO WOULD BE GREAT.
THANKS.....
 
Ian Wraith   20/Feb/2002:20:51:11
oops!
Further to my earlier entry, I meant of course that information on my brother Paul might be of interest to Bernard Snowball.
Sorry Bernard!
 
Anthony   18/Feb/2002:18:20:49
Several of us are having a mini reunion on Saturday 23rd Feb 2002.
About midday until ???? at 'The Eagle'
Come one.....Come all.
See you there.............Anthony
 
Ian Wraith   17/Feb/2002:13:56:24
Hi everybody, good site.
I was at RWS 1960-1968, Athens/Montgomery
My wife and I now live in Hampshire.
My brother Paul (1958-1966) lives in North Norfolk, but has no internet access. If you want to pass a message to him (Bernard Snowden???), please contact me.
 
Anthony Finch   06/Feb/2002:16:55:21
OK Bambridge.........There's no need to shout!
 
NICK BAMBRIDGE   06/Feb/2002:16:48:59
RWS 1964-1971 FINISHED IN NELSON HOUSE SEE YOU LOCALS 23RD FEB IN THE
EAGLE, THE REST OF YOU JUNE 22ND AT THE OLD SCHOOL
 
Anthony[Tony]Soden   03/Feb/2002:21:53:23
I and my brother Graham arrived at Tilehurst 1940, at ages 4-&-3, we
graduated to Rochetts, and then to Wanstead after the war. I left 1952,
since 1962 and marriage I have been in Canada. Am currently semi retired
and living in Oakville Ontario. Brother Graham is still living in
Wolverhampton. Have enjoyed the website, I have some pictures of a play
the choir put on, and a copy of the March 1950 speech day program which
i will send at a later date.
 
Tim (willie) Wilson   02/Feb/2002:15:17:40
I've recently discovered the site and recognize some names and photos
of old mates..great site...I was at the school from 1964-69 in
churchill house..My brother was Ronnie Wilson...anybody remember little
ole me? I think I held the record for the most canings and punishment
squad...I failed badly educationally but I had some fun..It was a great
place to grow up in.
 
Alan Biddlecombe   28/Jan/2002:21:52:08
Hi - I was at RWS 1959 - 63 aged 9 - 13. In the senior school I was in
Churchill House. Also my younger brother Roger was at the school.
Like to hear from anyone who remembers me - anyone know where Martin
Duke is?. Best wishes.
 
Nigel Zeto   28/Jan/2002:02:59:15
Did not leave my details last time I was on. Here it it. In the States
now, Texas.
 
Richard Burke (Turke   24/Jan/2002:11:12:03
I was at RWS from 1960 - to its closure in 1971. Nelson House where the
better football was played. Look forward to the reunion in June.

Great website - well done.
 
Colin Riches   22/Jan/2002:20:48:33
I have a good memory about the time I spent at RWS, I left there in
1970 and would like to hear from anyone, especily those who went to
Germany with the cadets
 
Tony Brimble   19/Jan/2002:07:35:05
Nigel Zeto, theres another blast from the past. You would have already
seen the football photo on Keiths web site, if not have a look. It was
a great team, shame about the goal keeper ? You have not put your email
address so can not contact you. Leave your address so we can share some
memories, am also in touch with heaps of other ex kids. You should
remember Dave Bambridge, he lives in the States, can put you in touch
if you wish.
 
Nigel Zeto   19/Jan/2002:06:48:50
 
Pamela Ivison   18/Jan/2002:13:18:44
Come on girls, isn't it about time we had our say on some of
these "male orientated" RWS sites!!

I attended RWS with my twin sister Pat from 1941 - 1957. We were first
at Ingatestone Hall, then Tilehurst and on to Snaresbrook. Our final
years at school were spent at Hyde Hall, Sawbridgeworth.

Having spent so much of our life at school, the independence of
the "real world" was a bit of a shock and consequently, like many of my
contempories, we went a bit wild.

I can't say I was particularly "happy" at school,(too much unhappiness
going on in my home life after my mother died) but on the whole was
content.

How many of you were at school during these years?

regards to all,
Pamela Ivison (nee Sandercock)
 
Keith Ellwood   13/Jan/2002:00:04:07
PS to my first entry .....

Sorry, I forgot to say thank you to those who have sent me personal E-
mails. I am greatly touched to have them. Please forgive delay in
replying - I shall do so, but being an old retired biddy I do go away
for longish periods.

My very best wishes to you all and a very happy 2002.
 
Ian Hammond (Wicks)   12/Jan/2002:03:00:56
Happy New Year to all,Us old boys in Australia are looking forward to
seeing you all in June at the reunion.
 
Keith Ellwood   11/Jan/2002:20:31:42
Teacher - Junior school
Senior School (music and chapel organist)
Nineveh Housemaster
Chaplain
 
Colin Morrison   10/Jan/2002:16:49:55
Happy New Year!
Thanks very much for the generous donations to the Royal Wanstead
appeal on behalf of children like us. If you want a copy of the
RWF Annual Report -&- Accounts, please email me, or write to
Rosemary Brotherwood, RWF, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES,
UK. Thanks very much for your support. Hundreds of (today's)
children are grateful you care.
COLIN MORRISON (RWS:1957-69), Chairman, Royal Wanstead Foundation
 
Bernard Snowball   23/Dec/2001:16:16:38
Was at RWS 1959 -64. Met up with Geoff Dodding Jim Bridge Anthony Sloan
Russ Wild and Chris du Pre, at the 1998/2000 reunions. Whats happened
to the rest of the 5th year of 1964. Stephen (Susie) Williams, Leslie
string) Turner Michael Hammond, Paul Wraith, Paul Goodchild,
collectively known as the "Mob". just to name a few, boys and girls we
have to 22nd June 2002 to find them! A Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year to everyone.
 
Jacqueline gurd (JOY   26/Nov/2001:22:32:23
I remember when at RWS that they renovated the church and we were not
allowed to talk to the builders. We played marbles in the playground
and I also remember making dens in the woods until an unidenified
creature was found and put it out of bounds. Maybe all that digging and
searching for timber was making us dirty and destroying the woods!?.
The fire in Epping Forest that was very close to the juniors playground
you could feel the heaton the jungle Jim. The T.B xray van that used
to find those bones that were broken in peoples arms and no one knew
about.
Sawbridgeworth the walks we did on Sunday`s in groups of about six and
then the long crocodile down to the church on Sundays. The going to the
Winston Churchill Memorial sevice at RWS 1965. The entertainment that
was home made by each house at the end of term prehaps the Christmas
term and the films that were watched on the big reels. One I remember
wae the Northwest Passage. They managed to put one reel upside down the
result
 
Jim Bridge   26/Nov/2001:15:30:31
Hi Anthony and all who read here.
What a great site, thank you for maintaining it.
Hope to be down at the reunion next year.
Jim Bridge (Bridge II)
 
Rod Thompson   19/Nov/2001:17:10:32
I was at RWS from about 1950 to about 1960. Can't remember much, was
quite young at the time. In Churchill and Babylon in the seniors. Nice
to see the site.
 
eric .c. mitchener   19/Nov/2001:14:53:53
At RWS from 1936 to 1942 Junior and nursery school including
TILEHURST AND ROCHETTS and at Senior School from 1943 until July
1950. Very pleased to see the RWS site and particularly the picture
of Mr Geear with the headmaster in 1949 with the School and House
prefects. I have spent last 40 odd years overseas in Africa and the
middle East in administrative Managment Posts and ended up in the
Foreign Office. I retired two years ago and look forward to seeing
old faces at the Reunion in 2002.
 
Anne Bl;ackman   19/Nov/2001:08:20:32
Sorry for got to say I was at the school 1963 to 1965 and was in Arran
House
 
Anne Blackman   19/Nov/2001:08:17:37
GreatSchool page. Can you add a section for the Poor old girls from
Sawbridgeworth? A few of us are in touch together but we have no site.
Perhaps you could help. My best friend was Pat Hutton who had a twin
brother at the boys school anyone know of them?
 
Theresa Mullings   18/Nov/2001:21:08:49
 
Theresa Mullings   15/Nov/2001:14:29:57
Great sight. Was impressed to see myself (just) in one of the photos.
Keep up the good work. Its bringing us all together.
 
Martin Thompson   13/Nov/2001:13:04:41
Great site, just found it via friends reunited.
I,m trying to contact John Best who ran 'old boys' basketball team
around 66-68. Can anyone help?
 
geoff dodding   11/Nov/2001:00:28:43
 
Ian Hammond (Wicks)   08/Nov/2001:02:45:38
Anthony, have finally got around to looking at your website. Photo's
look great, Well done.
 
Phil Johns (Rookard)   06/Nov/2001:23:04:44
What an amazing site! To see so many familiar names after so long
brings back so many memories. I was at RWS from 61 to 64.
House was Babylon/Nelson, Housemaster Mr McDowell and then a padre I
can only remember as 'rhino'. I sang treble in the school choir
(incredible thought now!) and spent most of my time in the artroom.
I was caned on numerous occaisions for the most minor aberations which
include forging Mr O'Gormans signature and throwing a pair of socks at
Mr Mc Dowell after lights out! After leaving, I went to art school and
then spent a few years as a budding rock musician.Have worked as an
artist ever since. Been married, divorced, 3 children, 3 grandchildren
and will probably do it all again!
If you remember me, please get in touch.
 
Paul S. Shearer   05/Nov/2001:17:09:26
 
ann pepper (fox)   04/Nov/2001:13:49:49
Alright I know its "the boys school" but some of use "old" girls from
Sawbridgeworth are still around - any boys remember the Carol Services
at your place!!!
 
George Sell   03/Nov/2001:18:17:06
1960-1967 "C" dormitory juniors, Churchill house seniors. I've just
discovered this excellent website having just received a newsletter and
spent an amusing afternoon reading all the mail. Many memories came
flooding back, thanks Keith. I would just like to point out to all
that whatever your experences at the school were, one should not go
through life with a chip on their shoulder. I for one am amazed how so
many have done incrediably well in their lives from such a disadvantage
beginning in life. This is all down to the RWS.



 
Ross Harmer   31/Oct/2001:11:32:38
Hi,
thanks for putting my uncle on the net. He looks so innocent in the old
photograph!!! Hahaha
 
victor hide   30/Oct/2001:01:46:05
hi
im vick hide
aka hidy, dr jeckle, fred and so many more i cant remember i went to
RWS app 1965 to 1970 with my brothers colin and derek i think my sister
mary went there too ? it was a good time in my life and it would be
nice to know what happened to some of my mates, a few i do remember are
Stewart Ailie, Phillip Henry, One girl i do remember from the infants
was Anglia hunt as i recall a very pretty blond girl i had to kiss in
the school adaptation of rumple stilskin one year not that i mimded to
much if any remembers me please get in touch
 
Ian Martin   27/Oct/2001:19:10:01
H'i nice to see another great site with RWS. I attended RWS in 1956-
1959. Had some good times, hated army cadets. Would be pleased to hear
from anyone from around that era. I have one or two photos I will send
on later. regards Ian.
 
rod harmer   16/Oct/2001:12:55:29
well finchy have just looked at the site again and read the small print
under the guestbook sign,cheeky bugger,are you going to pay for the
airfare,cause if you are then i will supply the accommodation and the
victuals and liquid refreshments and the backyard is an acre,should be
able to fit a few campervans in.
 
Jim Tozer (now Bates   13/Oct/2001:23:14:28
'Thanks for the memories'Left when it closed down, great to look
back,maybe it was'nt that bad!!!!!!
 
Jim Tozer (now Bates   13/Oct/2001:23:11:33
 
Mike Hamill   11/Oct/2001:22:20:24
At RWS 61 to 65 Had some good times and some bad but on the whole enjoyed it. Made a lot of friends now sadly forgotten. Was in Babylon / Nelson House. Remember getting caught by Gilly Geare down the Dell on Sunday after bunking Chapel. Bit obvious really three of us from the same row missing. Gilly gave us a lecture about how important religion was to him in the trenches, then caned us; ah well. Remember coming out of the bottom stall in the Seniors toilet where 4 of us where crammed in having a fag only to see Mr Lavender standing at the handbasins washing his hand. I thought we were all dead, Lavvy just smiled and walked out, couldn't believe it.

Nice site brought back the memories, don't remember the girls being there at the same time; but Christmas Carol Service was something to look forward to when they came down from 'worth
 
dave (money)LLoyd   05/Oct/2001:18:03:47
Yes i slipped into the forry at much the same place.
Can anyone remember the secret room built at the back of the room on the side of the gym,built with (SALVAGED) unwanted buiding site waste and discoverd by Rhino'side-Kick Mr STARR. D.L
 
David Bambridge   05/Oct/2001:12:34:44
Anthony, the photo of the school that you do not know the angle it was
taken from, was, the back of the school and as you look out onto the
lake, it would be way down in the left corner by the lake. This picture
is exactly how it looked in 64 before the "management" cut the trees
back because, it was the ideal smoker's hideout, and the best way to
slip into the forest undetected. Crikey, when I saw that photo my life
shot back 37 years in a flash.
 
David Bambridge   05/Oct/2001:12:07:29
Anthony I am amazed at what you have done with this web site, well
done.Here is proof that the boys and girls from RWS can amount to
something, contrary to the beliefs of the Masters.Keep it going.
Bambridge, Sr in the USA
 
rod harmer   29/Sep/2001:00:47:00
have left you a message on the board,the latest pic is better than the
sleepy one,almost that is
 
John Sinclair   25/Sep/2001:03:25:02
Greetings from Texas.

My parents threw me in that place in the mid 50's I was around 5/6 or
so. Only guy I remember was Hargreaves. Have a piccy that I will scan
soon and submit.

 
Cyril Clark   24/Sep/2001:10:34:06
You haven't let that swine Brimble on your page have you Mr. Finch?
That bugger gets everywhere. Ah well! Such is life. Top site. Well
done. Cop u later!
 
Anthony Finch   20/Sep/2001:10:29:15
Just trying to keep your interest old chap!
 
Tony Brimble   20/Sep/2001:03:17:52
Anthony

Your computer skills never cease to amaze me. What will you do
to this web site next ?

 
Nadine   18/Sep/2001:20:46:47
thank you so much Anthony.... a real sweetie you are!
and yes.. poor Rod did look/does? look like a real p........d
Oh, Ancient One, now, would I lie?
 
rod harmer(green)   14/Sep/2001:23:28:34
well done finchie,you have mad me look a right pi**-head,but i love
it,be ready for the 21st,see ya

rod
 
Anthony Finch   14/Sep/2001:11:13:25
Sorry Lumpy.....I've put it right now.
 
Nadine Gray   13/Sep/2001:21:54:38
Finally Tony!! I have managed to log on, well, I did manage yesterday,
and even typed a message.. but this darned machine wouldn't send it,
hope today I have more luck.
And yes, Tich is right, you have gotten Jill and I mixed up! now, how on
earth could you do a thing like that????
It was certainly a great evening Friday....the rest of them missed out,
didn't they?
 
rod harmer   08/Sep/2001:20:55:08
hi,piker,you left early we carried on for another two hours on friday,
had breakfast with lumpy 1 and lumpy 2,after two hours sleep,must do it
again.john best was there he left at 7.50. he was the gentleman with
grey hair and a blazer.he saw you but was not sure who you were,


regards rod
 
Bob (Tich) Braithwai   24/Aug/2001:09:30:40
Hi Anthony,
The rogues gallery looks a great idea. Look forward to seeing more
familiar faces appearing there.
Sorry to be picky but the 'now' photos for Jill and Nadine are the
wrong way round.
Best wishes
Bob.
 
Terry Batham   22/Aug/2001:03:36:25
The 1965 photo was the last year i was at RWS. by the look on my face i
don't seem to pleased. (Great Photo), can anybody put names to faces.
 
Cyril Clark   21/Aug/2001:11:26:01
Will send photos when I can. Top idea.
Regards,

Cyril Clark
 
Anthony Finch Hollybrook 08/Aug/2001:16:52:01
Keith.

Hollybrook is the name of my home.
The RWS photos are just a part of my site.
The actual address of my site (which is under construction) is
http://www.hollybrook.clara.co.uk

Anthony
 
Keith Margerison (Mo   08/Aug/2001:10:13:40
Cant understand why the address is Hollybrook ... when the school was
Hollybush Hill!
 
Keith Margerison (Mo   07/Aug/2001:19:18:55
Great seeing the 65 photo; will e-mail you soon.

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~   30/Jul/2001:18:48:38
To the owner of this web site.
It would be helpful if I can put a link to your site from the RWS Web Site which I maintain. Please let me know what you think.
Keith
www.browse.to/RWS