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James |
We are all getting older!!

I sincerely hope we can arrange another
Re-Union preferably in 2020 and would appreciate those people who have the right contact to consider the matter.

Happy to help.
29 July 2019 - Beckenham, Kent, UK

james smith |
Good pictures Kelvin. can you remove my nickname (saves explaining to grand daughters- was my brothers first he had the problem).
Thanks Jim
10 July 2019 - Taunton, Somerset

Chris Bell |
Have only just found this site and would love to hear from anyone who was at RWS in my years there. 1947 to 1956.
9 July 2019 - Etwall Derbyshier

Nigl Zeto |
Mark Stanley - a voice from the past - C Dorm in the juniors.

Yes, I recall that trip - I didn't go - I think Patterson went, cannot remember his first name
8 July 2019 - Raleigh, NC, USA

Kelvin Evans |
Hi peeps, I am virtually computer illiterate. However, I have at last posted a photo, in the members uploads under the sports section. I have also messaged three people, two ex pupils and one master. So give it a go and join this site.This site is run by ex pupils for the benefit of ex pupils and staff.With a little practice it becomes very easy to negotiate the site and post on a forum, swap messages or post pictures, give it a try peeps and enjoy ! Regards Kelvin
6 July 2019 - Cambridgeshire Fens

Colin Morrison |
Has anyone heard anything from or about John Catlin?
22 June 2019 - London

Mark Stanley |
Does anybody remember a school trip to a US Navy ship which was moored on the Thames.
I think a few kids out of each class was selected.
7 June 2019 - Sutton Coldfield

Terry Job Anderson |
Hi David itís great to be remembered from all those years ago. I havenít been called Job since school days!! I still have some great memories from my time at RWS, mostly good ones. I hope live is treating you well in the States. All the best Job
24 May 2019 - England

David Bambridge |
Message to Job Anderson: Just saying hello, Job. It has been many years since Nelson. Bamber
24 May 2019 - Lakeland, Florida. USA

Norman Conrad |
I have just noticed David Evans' message posted some three years ago. It is possible that we may know each other as we were both ginger boys and attended at the same time. I was there from 1945-52.
5 February 2019 - Surrey England

Terry Anderson |
Hi Bob I am really glad that you have recalled the story of this happening. You are correct that Graham was leaning his rifle on his foot and accidentally pulled the trigger. I didnít know the guys name, but even though they were blank rounds it must have done some damage to his foot!
30 January 2019 - England

Bob (Tich) Braithwaite |
Hi Terry Anderson,
Regarding your message about someone shooting themselves in the foot I do recall that Graham Thomas (Montgomery) did that one year but not sure of the date. Apparently he had his rifle resting on his boot and pulled the trigger. I wasn't there but do remember the story.
30 January 2019 - Nottingham

Tony Dyer |
Loving the site. Well done guys.

30 January 2019

James Walker |
Sorry to hear about Warren - very sad.

Can anybody shed light on the issue with FoRWS - I must admit I am confused.
13 January 2019 - Lincolnshire - UK

Webmaster comments   Hi Jim. Thanks for your kind message for Warren. We are waiting to hear from the family with regard to the funeral. We have emailed you regarding your other enquiry.

Terry Anderson |
Hi Chris glad you have confirmed the Dartmoor incident I was beginning to think it was all in my imagination! As you rightly say, happy days!
5 January 2019 - England

Chris Dennis |
Terry Anderson, yes I also remember the incident at Dartmoor when someone shot themselves in the foot with a rifle. Happy days
4 January 2019 - Scotland

Terry Anderson |
My thoughts are with Warrens family at this difficult time. I may not have met Warren at RWS but in my heart he is a ĎBrotherí.
4 January 2019 - England

I would like to wish everyone a very happy new year. My thoughts go out to Warren and his family, as I hear he is not feeling too good.
4 January 2019 - Bedfordshire, UK

Webmaster comments   Warren is indeed very ill Peter. Our prayers are with his dear wife Sheila and family.

David Dyer |
We wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year 2019.

Best wishes Dave and Maria
18 December 2018 - Nottingham

Webmaster comments   Thank you Dave. We wish you and Maria a very happy Christmas too. You can of course log in and send your Christmas greetings to all via your profile.

james smith |
Festive greetings to one and all. Still haven't got to a reunion yet. But will one day.
17 December 2018 - Taunton Somerset

Terry Anderson |
Just to reiterate Ants message to all old Wansteadians,wherever in the world you may be, have a merry Christmas and happy & prosperous 2019.
16 December 2018 - England

Anthony Finch |
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the members here, all the Facebook group and any old Wansteadians out there a very happy Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year on behalf of myself and the Admin guys. We will endeavour to keep this place going for as long as it is useful to all Wansteadians of course including Sawbridgeworth. Happy Christmas everyone!
16 December 2018 - Norfolk

Webmaster comments   This website is for the benefit of all Wansteadians and for information for the general public about our School. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and please, please register if you are an old pupil, teacher or affiliated with the school in any way. Please email and our Admin guys will be happy to help.

Hi Wilf nice to see your still on site sorry to read we have lost Barry Evans who was in my form during my years can I send Xmas greetings to all who were there 1958 to 1962
26 November 2018 - Worcestershire

Wilfred Ager |
Hi to all ,please take a look at the new Churchill video, I was in Athens and OíGeary as deputy head of school, it would be good to know others who remember these times .
24 November 2018 - Uk

22 November 2018 - WOKING - SURREY

Anthony Finch (Admin) |
The administration of this website sent a message to everyone who has left an entry on this guestbook. The response was quite amazing and I am delighted to report that as a result we had over forty new members registered in the last two days.
If you are an old pupil or a relative and would like to join us please register. It's free (not much is these days) Come and join us.
22 November 2018 - Norfolk

Webmaster comments   Yes indeed. The more the merrier. Lets keep the spirit of RWS alive.

Terry Anderson |
Dilly I read your Guestbook entry with interest. I was at RWS from Ď62 - Ď66 so am probably a couple of years older. My school memories have faded over the years but most of the memories I have are good ones. As the majority of kids were at the school for basically similar reasons I think the sense of kinship at the time was very strong. I truely believe that my experiences at school have helped to make me the person I am today.
4 November 2018 - England

Dilly Braimoh |
I couldn't make the last (2018) reunion, but look forward to attending the Christmas Carol Service.
Over the last few years, I've been scribbling some ('64-'69) memories of RWS. Some recollections are good, some not so good.
Many of the ones resulting in caning were, in truth, due to my own stupidity. I hope to make them part of a memoir. Although some may look back with rose tinted glasses, I want memories of the school and regime in particular, to be accurate. I may, dear colleagues, need your help.
As an aside, it was many years after I left RWS, that I discovered that the school, founded as the Infant Orphan Asylum, was for vulnerable children.
For better or worse, all of us Old Wansteadians - whether at school or at home - have had experiences that have defined our lives.
Feel free to share them.
3 November 2018 - Surrey, UK

Webmaster comments   Dilly. Thank you for your comments on the guestbook. Why not register and add a topic with your recollections to share with us all and maybe attract some responses?

Anthony Finch |
This message board has been here for twenty years. It is in memory of the finest headmaster I have ever known. John Lavender. I have a great deal to be thankful for. Thank you Mr Lavender for making me the person I am today.
25 October 2018 - Norfolk

Terry Anderson |
Hi can anybody remember going to Dartmoor with the army cadets in about Ď65? I remember visiting a local drinking establishment and getting pie eyed on the local scrumpy. Iím sure I also remember someone shooting themselves in the foot with a .22
10 October 2018 - England

Webmaster comments   Terry I suspect that only you recall this drunken incident. I too have a similar recollection of scrumpy cider. Hey ho? good times though?

Ian Hammond (Wicks) |
Fantastic to see this site up & running again & would love to see some more stuff from the Archives
10 October 2018 - Australia

Webmaster comments   Thank you Mr Hammond.It would be nice to see our contemporaries on here. I am certain that there must be a massive amount of pics and other memorabilia out there. What do we do to get everyone to contribute?

Ian Hammond |
Would love to see some more stuff from the "Archives" that we haven't got at the moment
10 October 2018 - Australia

Anthony Finch |
Where is your message Wicksey?
10 October 2018

Terry Anderson |
I have added a couple of photos to the site under the Galleries section then Member Photo uploads.
16 September 2018 - London

Terry Anderson |
Just to say that I am so glad to have found this site. Reading some of the messages bring back so many memories. In the school photo 1965 I am the good looking guy on the far left in the third row. Anyone remember me?
10 September 2018 - England

Terry Anderson |
Hi I was at RWS from 1961 - 1965 and my nickname was job. I was the second black kid at the school at that time. I remember Duke whose nickname was spook.
8 September 2018 - London

Terry Sparks |
I was gobsmacked when I read all the backposts, and found a message dated 6th December 2003 from Mel, in Canada. This must have been Malcolm (Mel) Cross - i've been looking for Mel for the last 50 years. If anybody knows where I can contact him directly I'd certainly appreciate it!

Regards, Terry
22 August 2018 - Hertford

Webmaster comments   Hi Terry. Have you tried emailing him on the email address he used? It's

Terry Sparks |
I forgot to say how sad it was to hear about those who have passed on - Gill Lavender, who I remember well, and of course her father the headmaster who I remember with great respect. I heard that one of the Harrison Brothers had also left us.

But, there were many of us still kicking. And so many memories, even of those I haven't seen for 50 years. Like Snowy Cumberland, Ronnie Hoare, and Roger Lancey. So many memories, most of them good!

Regards to all. Stay in touch.
22 August 2018 - Hertford

Terry Sparks |
Regards to everybody I met at the reunion. So many memories - the Walkers, Tony Sloan, Russell Wild, Bernard Snowball,- even Mr Davies, my old nemesis, who once told me that if I didnt forget about football and music and passed my O level maths I would never amount to anything in life!

My regards to everybody. Stay in touch!
22 August 2018 - Hertford

Kelvin Gosling (goose) Athens 1956 - 1960 |
Hi to Kelvin Evans brother of Barry. I remember the Tea Urn incident clearly. So sorry to hear of Barry's passing. We were good friends all that time ago. I missed the Reunion, good to hear it went well. Its a long journey for me plus a health condition. Keep good Kelvin. My sister Margaret was at Sawbridgeworth. She lives in Surrey.
7 July 2018 - Lymington Hampshire

Webmaster comments   Hi Kelvin. Thank you for your message. Kelvin will have received it as he is an administrator for the website. We are sorry that you were unable to attend the reunion and hope that your health improves. It was a grand affair and enjoyed by all. Kindest regards. Anthony
Ditto above kind regards Kelvin, sorry that you have been ill,all the best,Kelvin

david butland |
i will be attending the reunion at the end of this month it will be a bit of a daunting experience as looking through the guestbook i dont recognise any names
15 June 2018 - uk

(Aeron) joe chapman |
This years reunion was very well attended and a fabulous day was had by all
1 July 2018 - London

Mark Stanley |
I have just seen the post in regards to Gill Lavender. We were the same age and I do remember her, as I do her father and Mrs Lavender, very clearly.
So sorry to hear the sad news
29 June 2018 - Sutton Coldfield

Mark Stanley |
I have been looking forward to the reunion since it was announced.However due to my wife making other arrangements only last week, I will not be there. So I say to you who will be going 'Have a great day, I envy you'
29 June 2018 - Sutton Coldfield

Liz Blay nee Lavender |
Some of you old boys might remember Gill Lavender, younger daughter of John. Sadly she died on Sunday at 66. I know her memories of growing up at RWS were important to her. As they were to me her older sister
29 June 2018 - Devon

Webmaster comments   Hi Liz. Thank you for letting us know. We had our reunion yesterday, Saturday 30th June and the news about Gill was devastating. We all send our condolences to you and your family. Anthony

David Bush |
Hello I was at Wanstead from 1963 to 1970. I was in Grenville House, names I remember from those years are Ian Webster, Nigel Tyler, Keith Burman,
20 June 2018 - Birmingham

Webmaster comments   You had two brothers David? One was Malcolm I think and the other was in my year, his first name has escaped me, he was last heard of wandering around South Africa ? Or perhaps that IS you ? I have just recalled his name,Stuart ! Is that right ?

Michael Taylor |
Are there any boys that were at RWS in years 1949-1953. I was in Nineveh House.
30 April 2018 - UK

Kelvin John Evans |
Hi peeps, you will see some messages about our Facebook Group, we have had a few more join us recently and hope that the new blood will liven us up ! Also there is a reunion on the 30th June 2018 at the Snaresbrook site ( now the crown court which is the largest in the UK !) Look forward to seeing you, it is a little overwhelming when you see a face that you have not seen for 40 or even 50 years !
9 March 2018 - Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Nadine Heng (nee Gray) |
I am filling in my form today to attend the reunion with my sisters, Lyndan and Jill. It will be lovely to catch up.
7 March 2018

Webmaster comments   Great to hear it Nadine, we will all take great pleasure in seeing you.

Barry meade |
A dorm nurse loney
Mr bell mr Jenkins mr corrigan mr Cummings
Mr porter miss Reynolds mr Truro Keith Elwood
John Pyne robin Blackmore Ian & Angus Cummings Jamie Lindsay Paul Dobbs Stuart dutton Robert maddock his sister Sandra piper melody Baldwin Ruth Dixon Christopher Sey Susan. Mia roger Davies Lee naylor two mc Mahon brothers Colin Wright mark bright
Many more who is hall try to remember
6 March 2018 - Newcastle

Webmaster comments   Hi Barry, did you know that there is A Facebook page for the old boys (and girls) ? Christopher Sey has passed I am afraid.
To attend the next reunion on the 30th June2018;

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