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Janet Cheveralls |
Twin sister Jean was a RWS Wanstead 1957 then on to Sawbridgeworth until Christmas 1961. Live in Buckinghamshire telephone 01844 344764 and am going to reunion on 9th July. Remember Christine Deakin,Anne Marie Stockwell Ann Drake Janet Reay Beryl Towell would love to meet up and go back to Hyde Hall but understand residents not too happy about visitors invading their territory. Please contact. Janet
26 February 2005 - Princes Risborough, Bucks.

Raymond Harvey (HARVEY 2) |
Hi there,after reading some of the messages left it has bought tears to my eyes to remember some of the Old boys,also learning that Kieth Margerrison had died,i think it all brings it back to me how importent it is to keep in touch.I was in Babilon/Nelson house in 1962-66.I remember Mick Hale,Chris Jackson,Mick Cob,Mick Clarke,the Johnson brothers(who spent all thier time on the run) do any of you recall the time the Crazy Gang went under the foundations,also when we went under the Metal class sewers and were chased by the metal work teacher(a right hard case too)if any of you remember me please email me sometime.Best regards Ray.
20 February 2005 - West Midlands

Linda Riches |
Enjoyed looking at old photos,would like to see more photos the girls of Hyde Hall, sawbridgeworth. Looking forward to July.
9 February 2005 - l live in Wales

Aemon Regas |
Well i keep going back there but all wearing wigs now i was there 1963 -66
my memories are of frends Hugh Wall,thompson ,blammy, guntis rebane ,and head boy barry ??? nurse Sue Pollard , and many more apart from nelson houses housemaster J. Davis and fond memories of the cane weilding ( boggy) Mr John Lavender loved the smell of his pipe tobacco thats why i loved the cane cos his office reaked of it lol
anyone who remmembers me please get in touch all the very best Aemon Regas Nelson house 64, Can anyone remember the chaplins name ? email me at
8 February 2005 - england ( kent )

Peter Smith |
I was at RWS from 1959 /1961 my name is Peter Smith , Does Anyone remember me , i think i knew someone of the name Terry who came from Leatherhead Surrey.
8 January 2005

Ian Martin |
Happy New year to everyone. esspecially those of Athens house 1956 to 1959. Wilf Ager , Taffy Evans Johnny Johnson,Chris Gold,Chris Fennel, The Barnard twins and all the others that I can't remember at this moment in time.If anyone remembers me, send me an Email. I will be very pleased to hear from you. Regards Ian.
1 January 2005 - Moving to France in February 2005

Cyril Clark |
Here's wishing all the crazy people in the world a very happy and prosperous New Year. Also thinking about the millions hit by the tragedy in Asia. Have a good one guys and lumpy people.
31 December 2004 - Australia

keith looker [jimbo] |
just to wish everyone a merrychristmas and a happy 2005 looking forward to the reunion in july
23 December 2004

michael topham
The bottom left hand pic? How about from off of the island that was out of bounds
If you look I think you can see the pond banking in the darkness
Just to show Iím interested lovely site by the way

Michael Topham (topcat)
29 November 2004 - nottingham

Kelvin Gosling (Goose) |
What a surprise, what a great website. I was at Wanstead from 1956 to April 1960. 'Flo' Mr Florence was my Housemaster of Athens. Great memories of Scout Camps and sailing on Eagle pond. Royal Wanstead provided me with a great schooling for life. My sister Margaret attended Sawbridgeworth at about the same time.
22 November 2004 - Lymington Hampshire

Valerie Smart |
I was at Royal Wanstead Junior School from 1958-1960, does anyone remember why 30 girls were transferred from Sawbridgeworth to Wanstead? Anyone remember me, my parents at the time were living in Iraq. The Junior Head was a Mr Porter, I think?
22 November 2004

Webmaster comments   You are quite right Val....Mr Porter was head. I don't know why girls would have been transfered to Wanstead....I only know that they moved to Sawbridgeworth in the first place because of all those amourous boys!
Just as a matter of interest, what was your surname then? Do you remember Melody Baldwin?

Jim Bridge |
Great site Anthony, catch up with you next July
19 November 2004 - Cyprus

michael topham (topcat) |
i was at rws 66 to 68 i ahve just had a brain haemorrhage and trying to put som order back into my life this site has help a lot so thanks guys i rememberd mr lavender well he had on a few occastions had to come and collect me from the police station after id ran off
llost count how many time i got 6 of who do i dremember.???? nigel adlam he started the same day as me by the end of term he was the best at every thing
me i went to progress skinnky,burk/s.cox good at swimming the story gos that we all went swimming to the local baths on the way we crossed some waste ground and saw a suitcase that we kick around that same day/week a body was found in sevrel suitcases oh happy days any one remember me?
15 November 2004 - nottingham uk

michael topham
i went to rws 1966 to 68 started the same day as nigel adlam he got to the top of the school and i the bottem kept runing away so they put me in another place up north
13 November 2004 - nottingham uk

David Rawlings |
The brother of my great grandfather, also David Rawlings, died in 1878, and three of his children went to THe Infant Orphan Asylum. Charles Alexander Rawlings in 1879, Edith Kate Rawlings in 1879, and Mary Harries Rawlings in 1880. I have been in touch with the grandchildren of Charles Alexander but would love to hear from any other descendants. David Rawlings
9 November 2004 - South Hams

victor hide (aka fred like my brothers before me) |
i remember my time at rws with fondness, i remember a few names, andrew francis, tom kent stewart airley the only girl i remember though is Angela Hunt, this girl stuck in my mind as my first love i even got to kiss her once in a school play correction she kissed me, that night nearly fainted, but then i was only 8 or 9 at the time. it was a good time & i was sad to leave in 1970. at times i stop and remember the times i walked across the park to the swimming pool, or the movie nights i even remember pub watching on the way to yorkshire on those exchange trips but i think the my fondest memory were playing on the sports field at the back and in the woods near mr porters house.
4 November 2004 - galleywood essex

Richard Thorne |
I was in Nineveh from 1956 - 1960. I also remember John Lavender and Mr. Geer as Headmaster and Housemaster. There do not seem to be many replies to the website from my era. I hope that as we all come closer to retirement the memories will start to come back and we can relive our childhood and contact old friends through this website.
30 October 2004 - Tavistock Devon

Mike Hamill |
Just to let you all know I ain't popped me clogs yet!!
Finchie if you can remind me of my CG login I might get back into the world again
25 October 2004 - Norfolk

Donna Christie nee Stone |
Royal Wanstead Sawbridgeworth.I think 67/68. I remember Valerie Bone, Shirley Gardner, Yvonne Brown, Ms Cook, Ms Jones and Ms Champness, Mrs Bair-Fraser - Maths Teacher, Mrs Brown Art Teacher, Copper Coin the Welsh Cobb cross, went lame after a few six formers though it good sport to run him up and down the drive, he was retired to the Ada Cole Memorial Stables. Was I happy? Truthfully - can't remember. But the education received, instilled me with a good work ethic, a love of musicals, I'm performing in Ruddigore next week, (Poole Oct 2004)and a passion for animals. Married, no kids, two cats and two rabbits.
23 October 2004 - Bournemouth, Dorset

Kim Johnson |
Hi Kieth (looker)
Good to hear from you
4 October 2004 - Melbourne Aust

Keith Looker [Jim Lad ]
.At RWS from 67-69 Churchill House house master Mr McCormick I remember Tim and Ronnie Wilson George Billington Kim Johnson Robert Kerr [Wendy] Fred Mason Peter Friend and a Few more. Any body remember me .
6 September 2004 - Witham Essex

Harry Marks |
Just discovered this site.I didnt go to the school,but was one of the builders who converted it into the court.I spent wonderful times in the old buildings.I can say i think i explored every nook and cranny.Have lots of little stories i remember.Anyone remember the little house in the woods?.We found letters,uniforms,lots of bits of munitions(it was said it was used as a staging post in the war).yes lots of memories.
5 September 2004 - Still in London

Colin Meadows | |
At RWS from 1952 to spring 1961.
House Babylon, house master McDowell.
Moved from London in 1993 to purchase a Farm near Taunton in Somerset.
4 children 3 boys twins in that, 1 daughter, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild on the way.
Lifes been great, with many moments and ventures.
2 September 2004 - Somerset

David Bambridge |
Just sitting here in Florida USA and listening to the rain peeing down. Thought I would check on the old site to see what is happening. Bit quiet in the crazy gang, what's going on? Had the 1967 school photo framed. It will now take pride of place on my den wall. Dave R and Warren how about putting John Wrights go-cart on the rogues gallery?
1 September 2004 - Lakeland, Florida. USA

James Gardner (gogs) |
Just popped in to see if there were any news of a re-union which now looks to be in 2005 !!!

How time flies still not really heard from anyone in my particular year (Enright senior and I were in the same class!!)

Any news would be great news
18 August 2004 - Beckenham Kent

Tim Wilson (Willie) |
nice to see someone remembers me..Thanks for the message Dave Reddick..I remember it well..I met George Billington at the reunion 2001..It was interesting going back to the school for a visit..They tell me you joined plod (call yourself a rebel) I'm a social worker up in Stoke now..for my sins..Drop us an e-mail.
2 August 2004 - Stoke on Trent

Keith Jemmett |
After having found quite a few past friends I am currently trying to trace the whereabouts of Alan "Nat" Pattison. He was in Grenfell, we last spoke in 1968/70,Eric Cornick was housemaster, Alan would have been in the sixth form by then I would think,last known address was Mayes Lane, Chelmsford. Would be gratefull for any help in tracing him. Thanks
1 August 2004 - Hounslow, ENGLAND

Rod Harmer(was Green) | |
hi there fellas and fellases,have been a bit lax lately and just started reading the board again,busy with work , but still reading the crazies email, looking forward to july 2005, the mad kiwi will be back and finchie i promise no more stroppy behaviour outside the eagle at chuck out time,now thay have accommodation maybe we should book it out for us antipodeans then we can keep the bar open, web site is me little hobby ,lol, which keeps me busy,catch yas later ......... rodders
3 July 2004 - Whangaparaoa. New Zealand

Wilf Ager |
Anyone in 3b in the 60s take a look in friendsreunited theres a very clear photo, have a little look at the windows and walls do they need a clean or what, when you are young you never notice that sort of thing i find it hard to pick out faces in most of the school photo and i only think i have found me but this picture is clear, i am sure it is Ian Martin in the middle, theres a couple of other faces that bring back mem:if anyone can put a name to any other faces in that photo please drop me a line..thanks
3 July 2004 - Horley/Surrey

Good site,recognising loads of names from my dim and dark past, Tim Wilson if you still read this page contact me address via crazy gang site. How come i cant find me on the 65' photo know i was there.perhaps i was that ugly they scrubbed it. all the best.
3 July 2004 - BASILDON . ENGLAND

Uzoagba | |
I love the page.
2 July 2004 - ABA

Anthony Finch | |
Hi all,
Just thought I would add the 100th message in the guestbook and to give a very warm welcome to all the new CG members.
I have had the minutes from the last meeting of 'The Friends of Royal Wanstead' Commitee. If anyone feels that they have the time and might be interested, a new Commitee will be formed after the next reunion. In any event we desperately need someone to act as secretary now. Drop me or Marianne a line if you are able to help.......Cheers

1 July 2004 - Waltham Abbey

Keith Cable |
Iwent to Wanstead in 1960 And Ileft in Easter 1965.And Ihad two brothers tere as well one was David Cable And the Other Was John Cable
19 June 2004 - Worthing West Sussex

michael elksnis |
at the school 67-71 just getting used to computers (sons fault) great to see these rws sites exist and have done for some time like to hear from anyone who remembers me
18 June 2004 - luton beds

Wilf Ager |
Ian i hope your move to France is as lucky as they play football, so far anyway...Looking forwards to my first visit to the school in July 9th 2005
14 June 2004 - Horley Surrey

Keith Cable |
Glad to be here
12 June 2004 - Worthing West Sussex

Anthony Finch | |
Attention Crazies.....You should receive this guestbook message.....
But only if you are on the list.
God I'm good at this.
12 June 2004 - Waltham Abbey

Webmaster comments   You should Have only received the email message regarding this entry if you are a member of the Crazygang and on the Gang's email list.
If you wish to become a member please contact or is no charge to join but you must have been a pupil or descendant of a pupil of the school.

Bill Vanstone |
If anyone would like to join in with an email group called the "Crazygang" which comprises ex pupils from any of the schools related to RWS then please feel free to email me at the address listed.We are actively seeking to include more members to the group.I have emailed many people from all the related web sites for this school and am aware that in this day and age many may have changed their email addresses.If this is the case or if you have a lapsed subcription with Freinds Re-United site then the chances are you will have missed my efforts to contact you.Please do so now and join the fun.

Posted 09/06/04
9 June 2004 - Sussex UK:

Webmaster comments   Alternatively you may contact or for your message.

Colin Morrison |

It is 33 years since RWS closed. Those of us who spent our formative years at that grand old building at the foot of Hollybush Hill have a range of views on the old place, our friends, our teachers, the good times and the bad. But for so many thousands of us down the years, it was a home from home, a place for us to grow up and develop in safety. Many good days and good times.
These days, the school is no more but the work of Royal Wanstead lives on - helping children just like we were..
What is now the Royal Wanstead Children's Foundation is helping to support over 250 children at 100 different boarding schools.
We want to help even more children. To do so, we need YOUR help, your donations, your legacies, your subscritpions.
Give whatever you can afford, whenever you can afford it. If you are interested in our work and wish to support us - even if you are just thinking about it - PLEASE email me.
Colin Morrison, Chairman, Royal Wanstead Children's Foundation, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES
(RWS: 1958-69)
On behalf of hundreds of children who are just like we were - THANKS.
4 June 2004

Webmaster comments   Please try and support this fine charity......They are helping children like we were...We made it through didn't we? Lets help them to do the same.

David John Butland |
Have just came across the RWS website which in all honestly i never knew existed! i was at RWS between 1956 and 1960. i had some good times there,although at the time i did not think so! I Remember the late Mr Lavender also a lot of other teachers namely Mr Knight the woodwork teacher who was also the Commanding Officer of the Army Cadet Force. Then there was Mr Geer my Houasemaster of Ninevah house, which was the best! Who could forget Mr Florence who used to utter the immortal words "stand outside of the staff room and wait for me" of course you knew it was going to be the big stick job. there was Mr Hughes the Maths techer. Mr Brown the Music teacher. Mr Thornton the metalwork tacher. Mr Lewis P.E. teacher. Mr Townsend the school "do anything person". Mr Wilkinson the padre and chaplain
I hated the cross country runs. I liked getting up at 5 in the morning during the summer to go to Whipps Cross Lido for swimming
I could sit here all day pounding out my thoughts on this keyboard as the memory is still strong. My time at the RWS stood me in good stead for the years ahead. I was proud to have attended the RWS.
If any body remembers me they are welcome to get in touch
17 May 2004 - england

Richard (Dickie) Holgate |
Thanks to this site vague hidden memories of Nelson house are beginning to come back. I was there from 68 to closure (a sad day) in 71. Names and faces have faded but its wonderful to pick out the odd name or story. A couple of us got stung for liberating coke bottles from the back of the chinese on the high street, the one and only time I was physically carpeted by 'Boggie' Mr Lavender - I must admit I deserved it. Does anyone know what happened to Mr Turner (Tugs)?
17 May 2004 - Norfolk Broads, England

dave reddick |
Hello you lot! 2003 best year of my life since leaving the old place. Trouble is i'm a london cop and this is my crown court where i have to give evidence..... strange feeling!!!! so many names of old friends and kids i remember from 65' to 68' i've even met up again with my bestestmate of all time OLD Warren Stoner. Tony Dyer you still out there?? i would be over the moon to hear from any of you who remember this old bugger.P.S any one know what ever happened to MICHAEL BAILEY. CHEERS DAVE


Trevor Brown - Nelson 68-71 |
I have only just located the RWS site. My condolences to the family of Mr Lavender. I am sure that like many of the other pupils our most striking memory was indeed receiving six of the best in that wood panelled office.
Many of us have moved abroad, Tony Brimble a buddy of my younger brother Errol, Nigel Zeto now in Dallas amongst others. We had a cracking house football squad, Mick Cobb, Robert ('Deaks')Deakins, John Etherington, Bob Richardson, Stephen Cox , Dilly Braimoh, and Noel Syers amongst others. Many of the names and fond memories flooded back on seeing the school photo of 1969.
28 April 2004 - London

Ian (Hyslop) Cumming |
They say time passes greater men more slowly than lesser mortals, as though out of respect for their achievements. I am so sorry to hear of our Headmaster's passing. So few of the old school masters still around although I met the Reverend Culross in Northampton recently. My Aunt, Miss Jessie Gardner, who was the Matron at Sawbridgeworth Girls School died almost two years ago now aged 90. I see names on this board I well remember, some with affection, some vaguely and some with unsettling clarity! The time at RWS was well spent, it gave me a good footing for life and the ability to turn most situations into someting positive. I wish the Foundation well and value the work they still do although I regret the passing of the School in "actuality."
26 April 2004 - Largs, Scotland & Northampton, England

Graham Thomas and Joe Chapman |
Joe is visiting South Oz afte the reunion. And is staying in the Adelaide Hills for a couple of days.
Having a great time swaping anecdotes about life in the old school etc.
Great to call in on this site and catch up. Graham (Robert)Thomas.
17 April 2004 - South Australia

Tony Dyer |
Correction to last.. Warren Stoner sent me a Birthday wish by TEXT! Thanx Warren. At least some one remembered!! Boo Hoo. Tony
12 April 2004 - Hants

Tony Dyer |
Its great being a member of the "Crazy Gang". So many wonderful and not so wonderful memories. thanks Tony for this great site. By, the way!! Nobody remembered my BIRTHDAY(11th April). made me feel quite sad . Tony d churchill 64-67
12 April 2004 - Hants England

Kim |
Tony Brimble...Can you contact me when you can. Kim

03 9720 2327 Work
03 87113330 Home
8 April 2004 - Melbourne - Australia

Anthony | |
Dear all....The next 'Grand Reunion' date has been decided. It will be on Saturday July 9th 2005 in London.
Applications to attend will be done in the usual way...i.e. via the news letter. You will only get a newsletter if you are on the mailing list. Contact Marianne or myself for details.
6 April 2004 - Waltham Abbey

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