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Dave Wakeford |
Very sad to hear belatedly of the death of Andy Thorning. Until the last reunion I only remembered ‘Mr Thorning’ as a slightly scary and stern character complete with crew-cut. He did however organise the sailing which I loved. However, when I attended the last reunion I was please to see him in a different light as I was now of course an adult also, I met him on the steps and together we walked down to the old metalwork shops and had a good nose around then down to the lake and we chatted like old school chums. I think that in a way is what we all were teachers and pupils alike although we never dreamt of it when I was at school. He was a warm and understanding man and I felt totally at ease with him as if we had been friends for years. From my own point of view I must say I have few good memories of my time at RWS and only decided to go to the reunion out of curiosity but have to say I enjoyed it and would go again.
Best wishes to all
Dave Wakeford 1953 – 1959 Babylon
25 May 2007 - Camb's

Keith Jemmett |
8 May 2007 - Hounslow, Middlesex

Colin Meadows |
I see that there is the annual call for funds for the RWS Foundation. How much does the foundation pay out annually for educating, for either boarding or for day education.
7 May 2007 - UK

colin morrison |
I also meant especially to thank Keith for a great site too---of course. Best wishes for a great summer (or winter in Oz) to all Wansteadians.
30 April 2007 - uk

Colin Morrison |
Keeping the dream alive.

This message, unashamedly, is my periodic appeal on behalf of what is now called the Royal Wanstead Children's Foundation. The Foundation today helps children and young people just as the old RWS helped all of us. In the 36 years since the old school closed, the RWCF has helped support more than 1,600 children at over 120 different boarding schools. These children (and many hundreds more besides) need all of our help. Please donate whatever you can afford, whenever you can afford it. You can donate by credit/ charge card via the web site. PLEASE support this great cause that is so close to the hearts of us all. Thanks Anthony for the great site, and best wishes to everyone who remembers the good times at Snaresbrook (and Sawbridgeworth) even though of course it wasn't always good.For the good times,
Colin Morrison (1957-69, Nineveh, Grenfell).
30 April 2007 - uk

Christine Garwood |
My brother Brian and I started at RWS in the Nursery in 1952 went through Prep and Junior school and left in 1958, I only found this site a month or so ago have been reading everything, have only noticed a couple of names from my time, very male orientated site but good to keep in touch where you can. I have a very badly damaged 1955 Junior school photo so if you can post your copy Michael Barrett that would be so great. Cannot say my stay was a happy one, missed my Mum but she was too ill to look after us, not all bad though can remember some good things. All the best feel free to email me if you want to.

Chrissie Hudd
29 March 2007 - Hampshire, England

David Pearcey. |
Anyone from 59-62 remember me?
19 March 2007 - Australia.

james smith |
i was in athens house 60-64 originally from colchester.
5 February 2007 - taunton somerset

Kim Johnson (Jonny Johnson) |
I first made contact with the guys (crazy Gang) in 1999 and it was the first time apart from a visit to take some photo's in the early 80's. Even though I hated being at the school right up to the day I left the contact with Ian, Tony, cyril, David, Rod, Nick, Keith gave me an insight to some very important roots that I did know existed. I did have some good times and a lot of fun, I ran away 2 times and got canned twice, I did lots of stupid things like let all the rats loose in the Lab (remember Mr Hurl) and got canned. I was very lonly at the school even though I had many friends, I only appriciate this because I am a Dad now and I understand the emotions of it all. This web site and the crazy gang have helped to give me back balance and remember the fun times, in many ways now I feel I was lucky that I had at last 5 years of a stable childhood!! I am proud to be a old Wansteadian and your all a great bunch of people - THAT IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT
22 January 2007 - Melbourne

Dave Penny |
I know exactly what you mean, it took me 44 years to pluck up the courage to make a post on this site
8 January 2007 - England

MichaelBarrett |
I was at RWS from 1954 to 1957 at the Junior School. I have a couple of photo's I would like to send, a class photo of Form 2R and the school photo from 1955, I trust everyone has had a good christmas and a happy new year.

This is the first time in 50 years that I have tried to contact anyone from RWS. I think it has taken all this time to get over the experiance of the place.

Michael Barrett Melbourne Australia.
7 January 2007 - Melbourne Australia

Jim (Wax) Walker |
It was sad to hear of the passing of Andy Thorning last month. I chatted with him at the reunion and once he was told my name he remembered that he had caned me on my last night at school (started work with the stripes on my backside. He was standing in as Nineveh(Grenfell) House Master while Kieth Ellwood was away; painful memory but it still brought smile to our faces.

Any way trust you all had a good Christmas and New Year. Let's hope 2007 is good for all of us.
5 January 2007 - Lincolnshire, - England

brian thompson |
hi i was at rws from 1968 till 1971 i was in dorm b above the chappel.
house master corrigan i rember john hostie and his brother eddie also keith butler also love to hear if any one remebers me
4 January 2007 - suffolk uk

Anthony |
Happy Christmas to all.
Best wishes Lynne and Anthony
25 December 2006 - Norfolk, England

Dave and Maria Dyer |
Dave and Maria would like to wish all ex scholars and staff of the Royal Wanstead School a Very Happy Christmas and New Year. Best wishes to all
23 December 2006 - Spain

Keith Jemmett |

Keith & Bridget
22 December 2006 - Hounslow, Middlesex. England

Tony Friend |
Hi, Just thought I would drop by, its been a while.
Ive now moved to the States to start a new life. Bit late I know, but better late than ever.
Anyway just wanted to wish everone a Merry Xmas. Anyone that remembers me, send me a email. Take care
21 December 2006 - United States

Martin Thompson |
Attended Andy's funeral with anthony as the only ex pupils, Eric Hearle, ex master, was also there.
12 December 2006 - Atyrau, Kazakhstan

Webmaster comments   Lynne and I attended the funeral as did Martin.
Andy's children and his wife were very grateful for all of your kind messages.
They would like to extend their thanks to all ex-pupils that took the time to send their condolences.....Thank you all

Phil Johns |
I was sorry to hear of the death of Andy Thorning. I remember him as metal work teacher during my time from 61-64.
Under his expert guidance I made a pretty outstanding 'flour scoop' and a passable 'picture hook'. I also remember his crew-cut that wasn't particularly fashionable then. Obviously way ahead of his time!

With regard to viewing RWS with rose-tinted specs, I remain ambivalent.
I remember crying all the way through my first term. Being away from home and all that was familiar was a painful experience. But having observed my three now adult children, I've learned that growing up is a painful experience wherever and whatever. I've also had many occasions for tears in adult life. It never ends.
Yes, RWS was a hard regime. Thankfully, I never experienced bullying, but I do remember being caned on my backside wearing only pyjamas more than a few times for committing the most minor aberration.
My RWS experience is not a particularly happy memory, and I must confess that I do find the "keep the dream alive" mantra pretty galling.

But how many of us turned into muggers and various other types of violent crime like the poorly schooled and undisciplined young men of today.

Maybe the system is just never perfect.

Finally, if it's not too early to say, a very happy Christmas to everyone.
7 December 2006 - Canterbury

Steve Harris |
Another old boy
At Royal Wanstead (1963 1966 ).Housemaster Mr Corrigan .Head teacher Mr. Potter.
Senior school .House: Nelson. Housemaster: Rhino .Forgot his real name .
If by chance anyone does remember me it would be good to hear from you.
Regards Steve Harris.
7 December 2006 - England

Anthony |
Hello chaps.Attended Andy's funeral.
Just me and Martin. Shame that more couldn't come.
Very sad.Guess at our age this is going to be more often.Andy's (Dick's)wife, daughters and son would like to thank all for the kind messages that they received.
Personally I can't believe that a man that looked so good at the reunion has gone.Just like that!

Cheers all

4 December 2006 - Norfolk

Debbie Chowns (maiden name Thorning) |
On behalf of the family of Dick Thorning I have sad news that Dad passed away on 17th Nov 2006. I know he attended many reunions and RWS was a big part of his life as it was for us growing up there in the late50s early 60s until we moved to Norfolk when it closed. Dick leaves his wife Margaret, 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild.
27 November 2006 - Norfolk

Keith Jemmett |

A carol sevice in our old school chapel has been arranged by the North East London Justices. This is open to all ex scholars and staff. If you would like to attend please let me know, the start time is 7.30pm.
22 November 2006 - Middlesex

Robert Horwood |
I was at RWS from 1941 to 1953 (so I was a contemporary of yours David Evans; I remember you - vaguely, it pains me now to say - don't know if you remember me?).

It was sad to read David Emery's post, but I'm sure he's right in thinking there must be others whose memories of RWS aren't at all (or aren't altogether) rosy. But the same would go for any other boarding-school, and even for most day-schools. All kids have their problems, and some kids are a lot less suited to boarding-school than others.
My family circumstances were such that to be able to go, aged 7, to the RWS was a great blessing. Suited or not was irrelevant. I don't mean that it was all bliss by any means (as a youngster I always cried at the end of the holidays too - but once actually back at school I adapted surprisingly quickly, as most kids tended to do). I certainly don't remember my early days at Rochetts, as a 9-year-old in the Senior Boys - no Junior School in those days - with much pleasure (except for those gorgeous roast chestnuts - the best I've ever tasted). I've never ceased to be surprised at the fond memories older Old Boys evidently have of their time there; their experiences must have ben very different from mine. But the RWS provided me with a lot of good fellowship, with friendships which have lasted over the years and with a far better education and career than I could otherwise have got. So without (I hope) looking at RWS through rose-coloured glasses I have every reason to be grateful. And the bulk of my memories, by far, genuinely are pleasant ones I'm glad to say, even as far back as Tilehurst (probably because there were GIRLS there!)
18 November 2006 - Finland

David Emery |
It is really difficult to remember specifics about the school as I was so young (6-8?) when I was there (1966-68/69?).
But here is what I do remember:
Crying all the way from Chelmsford to Wanstead on the bus, not wanting to return there. Crying myself to sleep, under the covers of my bed in the dorm with no-one to turn to and no-one interested in my sadness.
Bars on the windows like being in a Dickensian prison. Breakfast sitting at long tables with benches for seats.
Hiding in the hedge that bordered the main road and Victor (don't know his surname) ringing the bell in the woods for us all to turn in, but I didn't, I escaped on at least 3 seperate occasions with likeminded souls. Who they were I cannot recall but I was really glad of their company on our escape missions.
Being found by the Police and returned to my hell and John Lavender giving me 3 lashes of his cane across my hand and driving me to tears.
When I look back now I count myself lucky to be alive as any one of those escapes could have gone woefully wrong but such was my desperation to be out of that place.
When I read about other peoples 'fond memories' and 'wonderful times' they had at Wanstead it's like they are/were in another world to the one I experienced. Perhaps the rose tinted glasses of time has played its role here, but I have no such enjoyable memories on which to draw.
the positive I take from 'that place' was my determination that my own children would not endure such a loveless place.
If anyone remembers being an escapee it would be great to hear from you.
I hope my 'truth' inspires others to be more honest and open about their experiences there as I am sure I not the only one!
14 November 2006 - Essex

David Penny |
I was at Wanstead from 1958/62 in both the junior and senior school. I can't remember which houses but I do remember that I hated my time there and my education improved when I left.
Earlier this year I was in the local hospital, the male nurse seeing to me was also an old Wanstonian from up north. Small world.
30 October 2006 - Somerset

julie martin, was burnell |
just got it into my head to look up royal wanstead,sawbridgeworth. i was there about 1967 with my sister Jean. dont remember alot about it,i remember margaret dutton and a great friend called joyce,and anne gary.
26 October 2006

matt bailey |
i am writing this message on behalf of my brother julian bailey who was a pupil i think from 1963/4 to 1968 he was in montgomery house he now lives in france just wondering if any one remembers him, he used to talk about bob hackett? i remember going to the school for christmas carols and the summer sports day
30 September 2006 - france

David Evans |
I would like to have contact with anyone from 1945 to 1953. Lot's to catch up on.
15 September 2006 - Essex

Joe Clegg |
Read the message from James Gardner who reminded me of some of the other names in our class (Slim Gilbert etc.) I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and would be interested in attending one of the reunions.
29 August 2006 - Llandysul, West Wales

michael (mini ) dunbar |
just do not know how ampleford remembers all those names. outstanding, glad i had a look at the website after all this time must be getting old all I've seen recently is roger green & ned sharpe like to hear from anyone who remembers me.
28 August 2006 - chelmsford essex

micheal ampleford |
kieth neat( sorry kieth),little richard keene,david greaves&brother paul,terry payne,paul

goodchild("goodie" im sure you had a sister linda?),baz wilkinson,colin rose,anthony

head,the mcmahon brothers,the johnson brothers,ian croft,ian lloyd, kim johnson,ronnie&tim

wilson,steve cox,roger green,g.hodgeson(greg?),nat patterson,mouse morrison,colin

gardner,peter munroe,guy porter,b.baldwin,cyril clarke,alan read,phil palmer,colin hide

(fred) and ithink you had a brother victor,andrew francis,ray harvey,linda riches,paula

turner & christine slade,michael "topcat" topham,peter friend,ian hyslop,colin

glendenning,stephen nuttall,tony mckeown,kieth hurley,fred mason,kenny woods,george

chatoe,snowball,kieth hurley & many more whose names will surely come back to me.

michael ampleford "amps,amples"

"c"dorm with D.L.Cummings 1963-1965 juniors
"churchill"with P.Smith & Big Mac 1965-1969

15 August 2006 - mojacar, spain

Dave Reddick |
12 August 2006 - Nr W.Stoner in Basildon

william hollad |
At RWS from 55/61 remember dad grinham,claude hulbert burling albert bags preggy sergent jarvis bros great to look back at for me were very unhappy times to much canning weird teachers and that bloody prep//
28 July 2006 - fr lauderdale florida

amples |
the equally beautiful jill gray,rosalind knight,crystal davies& monica sparks,j parker,ox gardener,peter maddern &brother,jimmy etherington (ethel) john molloy.
25 July 2006 - mojacar spain

john michael ampleford |
thanks bill for your e.mail. if you were only there for a year in 68 i will really have to search my memory to place you. which year were you born? im not very good at names, especially as no-one was ever called by their real one ( or at least very few ). some of the names i do remember however were: ned sharp,dave ainsley, roger deakin (deaks),dirk rayner,jamie scott,mick hulbert,jan smith,peter walpole(wally),dave brierly,lee smithers,paul whiting steve foggerty (frog) richard kilgour (remember the victors ) michael dunbar, bob richardson ( it was me that gave you that name) yes tony (jap) brimble i do remember you,steve (birdy)& robert byrne,aurthur strivens, a.wisbey (wiz) james simpson ( simmo) bill(wacker)wieghts,steve fennel,phil jupe,stu &bunny west, michael hibbert, peter smith, michael ademola,bob hackett, the kamara bros (santi & ? ) wuz sly ,john catlin,micky cobb, the bailey brothers (d & Ray ) chicken & turkey harrison,oskar boosey,fuzz fennel,ray playforth,peter munroe. mark dixon,tim&ronnie wilson,of course warren stoner ,tony dyer &dave reddich.,paul yeats, dave & graham radford,ian lloyd, tony cocoran,tony hughes,giddings ,chris beal,marchant williams, trevor and errol brown. roderick cantelli, the campbell brothers wayne and karl,stuart dutton, lionel steed,noel syers?,kieth looker (jimboy)(i gave you that name too),goose ganders,ian wicks,dave spinks (spinksey),phil meager,graham (spotty) horne,dilly braimoh,nigel zeto,mick hale ,ian maskell,ray harvey,peter friend, richard burke,george and peter billington,peter(smiler)hunt,terry ramsey,tich braithwaite,kieth neat,stephen hulme and many many more whose names and faces will come back to me in time. if ive left you offthis list please let me know. the ainsley bros, the sharp bros,colin morrison,and of course the beautiful pamela hatfield,ann & linda scott, sue and wendy jackson,sonya naylor (and brother lee ? ) christine bates nadine gray
19 July 2006 - mojacar spain

john michael ampleford |
thinking of all of you
16 July 2006 - mojacar spain |
Unbelievable! Liam O' Keefe
25 June 2006 -

Bob Lain-Rogers |
Attended 68-71. with my Brother Patrick. Anybody remember me or my brother? Best friend Brian Eyre.
3 June 2006 - Norfolk England

Lee Bowers |
Attended the re-union one before last. suprised by how many people I knew. Regards to the Crazy Gang but if Kieth Rockcliffe or Taff Evans are out there. Big hello.
29 May 2006 - Southampton

Ian Martin |
I think Wilf was right, has everyone died out there. Perhaps they all have writers cramp. I know when I was at schoolI used to suffer from it a lot when sending letters home.
14 May 2006 - Vallieres France

Jim (Wax) Walker |
Hi everybody - Wilf is right we must not forget!! But the recent exchange of emails about our favourite '60s music has been an experiance with a lot of mainly pleasent memories flooding back through the the old grey matter.
3 May 2006 - Sunny Lincolnshire

Wilf Ager |
Why is there no one using this web site any more,since the school reunion no one seems to be alive.Did anyone drink the coffee.maybe it had the same stuf in it they tryed to make us drink all those years ago.No it must be the weather (cold and wet) well after this weekend it will be better so they say on my TV
30 April 2006 - Horley,Surrey

Mike Harvey |
I was in Babylon house from 1958 to 1961. I remember Mr Lavender well also Mr Mcdowell my Housemaster and Mr Geear the Maths master. I would like to hear from any one of the 1960 year 4B.
21 February 2006 - Worcestershire, England

Wilf Ager
A quick thank you to Lawre Nicholls for your remarks on the next reunion.i do hope its only 2/3 years before the next
But after reading Paul Hayes had to say about Lavender.well i found him to be a fair man, and yes i did have the cane from him,who didn't plus we all have a story to tell but time heals and you start to think.what did the master have to put up with.So Paul i think you should go to the next reunion.I think you will find we all have a good day.I don't remember you Paul, it was about that year when my brother and i left but i look forward to meeting you.
PS i do hope the scars on your arse have healed
19 February 2006

Phil Johns (61-64) |
I know we can't judge yesterday by todays standards, but the last message certainly makes you think.
Now that we're all getting on a bit, we sometimes recall our various encounters with corporal punishment with pride. We forget just how harrowing it was at the time and probably don't realise the subliminal scars that are permanently seared into our very being.
Paul Hayes certainly has not forgotten.
12 February 2006 - Kent

Paul Hayes |
My name is Paul Hayes I was at RWS 1963 to 1964 Churchill house I think. I was 13 and disliked the place and have not many fond memories. I absconded six times and was given the cane so many times by John Lavender the last time he had to come and collect me from Chelmsford police station I think he drove a two tone Vandem plas car we arrived back at the school at around 9pm he was really brassed off and beat me so bad that my backside was bleading I then had to go to the house master (cant remember his name) and get another dose it was at this point standing outside his door waiting to be called in I decided to run again I thumbed a lift outside the school and made my way home when they saw my injuries they would not let me return to the school. not that they would have wanted me back Looking at the web site it brings back some strange memories. I wonder if anyone remembers me.
8 February 2006 - Spain

David Mardell |
I was in Montgomry House 1967 to 1969. Married with one child and now living on the south coast.
30 January 2006 - East Sussex

Barry Mardell 67-70 |
I was in Montgomary POG was housemaster. I spent my last three years at the school leaving to join the Navy. I'm married and have three sons (adopted) they're all teenagers!!!
30 January 2006 - Dorset

simon richards |
I was there from 1966-1970 age 8-11
6 January 2006 - old harlow essex

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