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DAVID REDDICK |
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 | | www.abo.com
I love the page.
2 July 2004 - ABA

Anthony Finch | | royalwanstead.com
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

Anthony
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 | | royalwanstead.com
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

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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 anthony@crazygang.net or anthony@royalwanstead.com......Waiting for your message.

Colin Morrison |
KEEPING THOSE DREAMS ALIVE

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
3 May 2004 - BASILDON . ENGLAND

DAVID REDDICK |
EVEN THOUGH I MET BOGEYS BIRCH ONCE OR TWICE I STILL RESPECTED THE OLD FELLA AND WISH HIS FAMILY WELL AND SYMPATHISE WITH THEIR LOSS. A GREAT FELLA WHO WILL BE MISSED ALLWAYS BY HIS PUPILS ( MINIONS)
3 May 2004 - BASILDON . ENGLAND

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 |
Hello,
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 | | royalwanstead.com
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

lynette robinson |
does anyone wish to get in touch
5 April 2004

lynette robinson
i was at sawbridgeworth 1966-70 with rosemary gilbertson chris slade mary ford susan parker maggie shin sandra briggs linda atkinson margaret dutton penny roach does anyone wish to get in touch
5 April 2004 - lincolnshire

Peter Pitkin |
I was here between 1953 to 1957 and was in Babylon house. My friends over the years were Dennis Coyle, Robin Duffy, David Wakeford, Chris Beale, Ray Howard, Peter Crowhurst, Derek Hemsley, David Wright, John Perriam, John Palmer, Mick Savory and others.
In the summer of 1955 or 56, I remember getting a grilling from Lavender and Geear when I and my friends found some stolen sports medals in the mud of lake near the Dell.Of course we didn't pinch them, but we were made to feel that we had. It taught me never to volunteer anything ever again while I was at school.
Approx 10 years ago, I took my 1955 whole school photo out of the loft and thought maybe I could put names to some of the faces staring out at me. To date 99% are named thanks largely to Michael Orme who supplied me with a list of names to jog the grey cells into action, and from the old boys attending past re-unions where I display this and other whole school photos, on behalf of the Friends of Royal Wanstead. I look forward to meeting anyone who knew me when I was in short trousers at next summer's re-union in 2005 or wish to make contact by email.
Congrats Anthony on a great site.
27 March 2004 - Hertfordshire, UK

Andrew Francis (Frannie) |
Hello
Just to anyone that remebers me (frannie) I was in Nelson house from 65 to 70 Can not say thay were the best years of my life but I like many others survied the dump sorry school.To Laurence Good Where you in Churchill as your name sticks in my mind for some reason I think we were in the same class?
5 March 2004 - Sweden

STEPHEN FOSTER |
Laurence Good I am receiving your e-mails ok.I have sent you three, last one on 16th feb to goodgoodies@aol.com.If this address is correct or otherwise then let me know on my friends e-mail.
regards-Stephen Foster
29 February 2004 - Ipswich

Keith Jemmett |
A very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to all.
24 December 2003 - England. ( Hounslow, Middlesex )

Cyril Clark |
Sitting here in sunny Jindera ini the state of New South Wales reading messages from all over the world from names recalled from the distant dark recesses of my even darker mind. Lol What a lot of cobblers I hear you say. You're right.But isn't it great to hear from all these guys and lumpies who shared so much. Have a great Christmas all. Thanks again for the site Finchy. regards Cyril the sensitive.
24 December 2003 - New South Wales Australia

David Dyer and Maria Dyer (Spanish Maid) |
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony Finch for his efforts on behalf of the Crazy Gang and this site which along with Keith Bryants has done so much to bring old friends back together.We would also like to wish all of you A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2003
8 December 2003 - North West Spain

Anthony Finch | | royalwanstead.com
It's wonderful to see how many 'Old boys' have added messages to this guest book.
I, for one enjoy reading all of your messages....and I know that many others do too. keep em comming boys and lumpies.....May I take the opportunity to wish you all well for the festive season, and just to say that I look forward to the next reunion. God bless you all.
7 December 2003 - Waltham Abbey

Malcolm |
I was at RWS for three years , leaving 1964. 'Rhino' my house master in Babylon House.
I remember 'Aggie' Gaze, Fred Bamber, Slimey etc and of course the infamous Enwright brothers, one the head boy who got themselves expelled during a soccer match fight with the masters.
I remember the ex South African policeman Mr Simons who as history, english and gym teacher , enjoyed the luxury of beating the hell out of us whenever possible.
I remember the twice weekly cadets and smoking in the armoury with Fred Bamber.
The best looking girls in the world , from all over Europe, were our live in maids and I wish I'd made it up to that third floor.

I now live in Canada, Toronto. Been here for twenty three years working in film and television and now have three Canadian teenagers of my own.

Anyone remembers me after thirty nine years, drop an email.
Regards Mel
6 December 2003 - Canada

David Bambridge |
Just sitting here in my sales office waiting on a potential student...who is 45 minutes late. Thought I would play with the old computer....wow! so many more old boys and girls have discovered this great site since Nov 2000 when the crazy gang found it.
Reading all of the comments posted here has me feeling somewhat homesick, which occurs from time to time.
Take care everyone...see you at the 2005 reunion.
Bamber
24 November 2003 - Florida, USA

Ralph Edward Brown. |
At the RWS from 1948 to1957. Is there any old boys who knows me?
20 November 2003 - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND.

thomas 2 |
Now known as Graham,formerly Robert or possibly bob.
Condolences to the Lavender family.
I will never forget a couple of occasions, that famous speech of the old chap, as he reached for a cane from the bottom draw of his cupboard; "this is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you"
Also a fond memory of a clandistine friendship with Gillian, Lavvy's youngest daughter.We were informed on. I'd like to know who... Saddleton collected the evidence by spying on us with binoculars from the library.
Then the gut wrenching wait outside Lavv's office, convincing myself it would be the rack if not the Guilotine,
However; a sit down! and a chat! So all the informing and surveilance came to nothing other than learning a great deal of respect for Mr Lavender.
Im now living in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Off Athens/Montgomery, early sixties,first housemaster "bert"Knight
next "pog".
in the dorm Varcoe on one side and tich on the other.
my (our) first motorbike (mobylette?) 10/- from "the village"bycicle shop in syndication with others, who????. hidden at the back of the gym, and ridden in the forrest.

4 November 2003

thomas 2 |
Now known as Graham,formerly Robert or possibly bob.
Condolences to the Lavender family.
I will never forget a couple of occasions, that famous speech of the old chap, as he reached for a cane from the bottom draw of his cupboard; "this is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you"
Also a fond memory of a clandistine friendship with Gillian, Lavvy's youngest daughter.We were informed on. I'd like to know who... Saddleton collected the evidence by spying on us with binoculars from the library.
Then the gut wrenching wait outside Lavv's office, convincing myself it would be the rack if not the Guilotine,
However; a sit down! and a chat! So all the informing and surveilance came to nothing other than learning a great deal of respect for Mr Lavender.
Im now living in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Off Athens/Montgomery, early sixties,first housemaster "bert"Knight
next "pog".
in the dorm Varcoe on one side and tich on the other.
my (our) first motorbike (mobylette?) 10/- from "the village"bycicle shop in syndication with others, who????. hidden at the back of the gym, and ridden in the forrest.

4 November 2003

Michael Cops |
Hello fellow pupils of RWS
I was a pupil at the Junior school from 1947 to 1952. I have fond memories of my time at RWS and credit my career in the automotive electronics industry to the care and education I received during those early years of my life.
Dont remember too many of my fellow pupils. Lindsey Couch, Gary Tynan and Mecklenburg come to mind. Staff members include Miss Carpenter, Mr Fulcher and Mr Wiffen. We had a great dormitary nurse whose name I cannot remember.
Hope to see some of you at the next reunion.
21 October 2003 - Detroit , USA

Michael Cops |
Hello fellow pupils of RWS
I was a pupil at the Junior school from 1947 to 1952. I have fond memeories of my time at RWS and credit my career in the automotive elctronics industry to the care and education I recieved during those early uears of my life.
Dont remember too many of my fellow pupils. Lindsey Couch, Gary Tynan and Mecklenburg come to mind. Staff members include Miss Carpenter, Mr Fulcher and Mr Wiffen. We had a great dormitary nurse whose name I cannot remeber.
Hope to see some of you at the next reuniion.
21 October 2003 - Detroit , USA

Terry Hunt |
To Wendy Brindell, would love to E Mail you but you did not leave an E Mail address.
2 October 2003 - Ontario Canada

Andy F
Due to the incredible amount of spam and viruses (virii?) I am getting in my Yahoo webmail account, I have closed it.

So the address posted in my earlier enties to this guestbook is no longer valid. If any of my old chums want to contact me, post a message here please.

The internet... dontcha love it? ;)

Andy F
24 September 2003

Phil Johns | | www.philjohns.com
I'm quite convinced that my old posse from the early sixties have'nt discovered computers yet never mind the internet. Where are you all? Apart from my old mate Andy F who reguarly posts the odd note and Joe Chapman, not a dicky bird from anybody! How could anybody attend RWS without wishing to revisit old memories? I mean, what a bunch of characters! Anybody remember Ernie Thomas swanning around the corridors wearing his gown as a kind of off the shoulders number and filling the air with the sweetest of fragrances.
What about Mr Florence who would beat you with a wooden shafted golf club. Then there was the "Brown Bomber" who used to teach us maths. He used to wipe the blackboard with his sleeve and drench you with spit when he shouted at you. There were of course the outstanding teachers. Mr Ellwood our beloved choirmaster and music teacher.
He would conduct our singing with great gusto. Huge leaps and girations whilst waving those impossibly long fingers to the tempo. Finally I could'nt possibly forget the brilliant Mr Bell our art teacher. I have enjoyed a thirty year career as an artist (currently studying for MA-it's never too late!) and not a day goes by when the inspiration of Professor Bell does not come to mind. Anyone know where he is?
16 September 2003 - Kent

Jim Gardner |
Back on the Email circuit !!

It's forty years this year I left RWS how time flies.

Any one heard of "Slim" Gilbert or "Nobby" Palmer and their wherabouts ?

Those cross-country runs around the ponds and Whips Cross Swimming Pool still bring back memories.
11 September 2003 - Beckenham

Wendy Brindle
Hi all. Great site. At Snaresbrook 53-57 and Sawbridgeworth till 61. Living in Essex again after travelling around a bit. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Terry Hunt - I didnt know you cared! but very flattered.
7 September 2003 - Essex

Keith Jemmett |
Left in 1968, class 4b, used to be the music room at end of ground floor corridor, Churchill House, remember housemasters J.V. Davis, and Twyman.I helped with the film shows after Graham & Brian Clark left, I was involved with the School Chapel ( server etc ).


20 August 2003 - Hounslow, Middlesex

Andy F |
to LINDA GRAY and to MICHAEL SLY

I have heard from many old friends - Linda, Michael, please get in touch either via this guestbook or by emailing:
andy_f_f@yahoo.co.uk

Andy
16 August 2003 - midlands, England

Andy F |
Great to see so many former pupils using this guestbook (and Keith Bryant's) to stay in touch. It is very interesting to read how you are all doing.

I know the webmaster, Anthony Finch, was having personal problems: I very much hope all is well Anthony - let us know you are OK.

Best wishes to all my old schoolmates and please feel free to get in touch at:
andy_f_f@yahoo.co.uk

Love

Andy
16 August 2003 - midlands, England

stephen foster |
correct e-mail address. Those stupid dashes who invented them.
4 August 2003

Colin Morrison |
Royal Wanstead Foundation continues to help children like it helped us. Some 300 children are now at 140 boarding schools. PLEASE help us help even more children. Please support a great charity. Contact: Colin Morrison (RWS:1958-69), Chairman, RWF, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES. Tel: 01932-868622. colin@morrison-uk.com
4 August 2003 - UK

Tony Brimble |
Stephen,
I remember some of the names mentioned and tried to email you but no luck your email came back, did not recognise. Mate could you send me a list of names ? Would that be via email or post ?
4 August 2003 - Brisbane Australia

Stephen Foster |
An interesting site it brings back a lot of memories.Its a shame though that there are not many names from the 3rd year of 1971 partaking in the site,I recognise a few of the names from 68-71,because thats when I was there,plus I am helped at remembering names because I have in my possession school printed house lists from summer1970 and summer1971 it lists all pupils in the senior school at these times.So when I look at the 1971 school photo I can put all the names on my list to the photo.But when I look at myself in the 1969 photo I have more trouble.So if any one wannts a copy of the list you can e-mail at my borrowed address or ring me on 07930 710431.
I was sorry to read about Lavenders death,it was interesting to see that he was 86.A good age.Although my main memories of him are a bit painfall especially the six on the backside,which I received about 4 times while I was there.And of course the smell of his study,I wonder what was the brand of his pipe tobacco?.If anyone wonders what happened to Mr E.T THOMAS,after the school closed in71 he got himself an English teaching job at Ipswich School a private school,in the centre of Ipswich.I have heard that he retired last year and still lives just up the road from the school,doesnt time fly.
So if any names from my year want to chat get on line-some names are Nigel Hobro,Jeremy-W- Richards,Lawrence Good,Richard Bond,Stephen Ponsford,Robert Burns,Ernie thornton and Mark Ashman. Anyone though is welcome to contact me if you remember others in the school.Dont forget if you want a copy of those house lists let me know.
3 August 2003 - IPSWICH

Stephen Foster |
An interesting site it brings back a lot of memories.Its a shame though that there are not many names from the 3rd year of 1971 partaking in the site,I recognise a few of the names from 68-71,because thats when I was there,plus I am helped at remembering names because I have in my possession school printed house lists from summer1970 and summer1971 it lists all pupils in the senior school at these times.So when I look at the 1971 school photo I can put all the names on my list to the photo.But when I look at myself in the 1969 photo I have more trouble.So if any one wannts a copy of the list you can e-mail at my borrowed address or ring me on 07930 710431.
I was sorry to read about Lavenders death,it was interesting to see that he was 86.A good age.Although my main memories of him are a bit painfall especially the six on the backside,which I received about 4 times while I was there.And of course the smell of his study,I wonder what was the brand of his pipe tobacco?.If anyone wonders what happened to Mr E.T THOMAS,after the school closed in71 he got himself an English teaching job at Ipswich School a private school,in the centre of Ipswich.I have heard that he retired last year and still lives just up the road from the school,doesnt time fly.
So if any names from my year want to chat get on line-some names are Nigel Hobro,Jeremy-W- Richards,Lawrence Good,Richard Bond,Stephen Ponsford,Robert Burns,Ernie Thornton,
and Mark Ashman.But any one else is welcome.And dont forget if you want a list contact me.
3 August 2003 - IPSWICH

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