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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

Jacquie White nee: Jacqueline Webb |
Hi everybody from Sawbridgeworth between l954-1957. My brothers were also at Wanstead, they were Trevor and David Webb. I have been in Oz for 42 years now an have been in touch with a few of you but would love to hear especially from Lorna Giddings and Jean Baker. Eileen Williams caught up with me years ago in Oz she went to New Zealand. Tried to get to the reunion last year whilst in UK but unfortunately someone fell onto the railway line near Reading, and our train was delayed so long I would never have got there in time I was travelling up from Cornwall.
30 July 2003 - Sydney Australia

Wilfred Ager |
Recently I met up with an old School friend using Freinds Reunited, off all the places in the world he's been living close by and for the last three years just a few streets away, our paths had crossed with out even knowing untill last Saturday evening when Ian Martin & his wife invited my wife & I to a reunion meal, We both were at RWS in the late 50s and were good friends, Over the evening we remembered a few names but found it hard after so many years to recall but, Barry Evans,the two Barnard boy all from Athens, & of course most of the masters names were easy, i am sure there are many more and all we need is a little reminding, Email us(Wilf Ager, Brian Ager or Ian Martin)it would be good to hear about you all,Any way the evening went off so well and i am sure we do not change, just get older.
We still got on well together and hope to do it all again soon . Wilf Ager
26 July 2003 - Surrey

Richard Benson |
Just two years at RWS 1962-1963 I am in the 1963 year photo back row. Can't be sure but I think I was in Nelson house. We were at the chapel end via stairs near the pay phone and just before entering the dining hall. If anyone can confirm the house and possibly the house master I would be greatful if they could let me know.
10 July 2003 - Church Crookham Hampshire

Tony Dyer |
Just found site. Memories flooding back. Sorry to hear of Mr. Lavenders Death. My commisserations to his Family.
Warren, Terry, Kevin, walter find me on Fs renited. Contact me.
2 July 2003

Rod Broad |
Just for info I happened to drive past the old school recently (first time in many years) and there are signs out that the court is having a public open day on July 5th.

Happy to hear from any-one - remove the to from the e-mail address first.
(E&OE)
24 June 2003 - UK

Richard (Dickie) Holgate |
Some fuzzy memories returning - does anyone have any more photo's or pupil lists; was there 1969-71(ish)
18 June 2003 - East Anglia

Tim Reddick |
Hi Warren, Dave lives in your part of the world,i dont know if he is on the net,he is a police officer in the romford area,i will get him to contact you as soon as i can,i knew your brother
robbie better than i did you, i was sometimes yours and dave,s lookout when you needed a fag not always successful got the cane the first week i was there .
17 June 2003 - Lincoln

warren stoner |
Thank u for your kind thanks for signing the RWS book, I would like to get on to the grazygang to find my old freinds, that one never forgets Tony Dyer David Reddick Dave Bailey, and many more who was in churchill house 1965 to 1967 in 3b1
15 June 2003 - Basildon Essex

warren stoner |
good evening to all, it only feels like yesterday that we was at RWS. it's a shame we could,nt relive the time again see u soon
15 June 2003 - Basildon essex

warren stoner |
hi everyone sorry to her about mr lavender, many a time I could,nt sit down after a few wacks from his cane. but he was the best master any body could have at any school god bless him. I was at the school 1965 to 1967 best days of my life. I would like to get in touch with tony dyer, derek bailey, dave, reddick john wright, I still live in essex, and would be nice to her from them. thank you warren stoner
14 June 2003 - essex

Reginald Mercure |
When the Master? was calling for my expolsion, He saw my better side, Hi's seaching will never be surpassed
28 May 2003 - London

Andy F |
I remember a 'Smiler' Hunt during my time at RWS but it couldn't have been the previous correspondent because I didn't start there until 1963.

I was in east London last week: passing Whipps Cross, I could see the towers of the old place. I was also on the north circular that day and I remembered JV Davis's rowing club: we used to go to Lea Bridge with him.

CONTACT PLEASE

If anyone reading this knows any of the following Wansteadians, please ask them to email me:

Linda Gray; Michael Sly; Owen Boosey; Sid 'Billy' Monk; Garland; Slick Paterson Jnr

I am at:

andy_f_f@yahoo.co.uk
17 May 2003 - midlands UK

Terry Hunt |
Will never forget my years at Wanstead, was only in the juniors for two terms but lost my heart to Wendy Brindell who I met on vacation years later on Canvey Island,I Married someone else but will always remember her.I was at RWS 1956-1960, Athens house and my nickname was Smiler.
4 May 2003 - Ontario Canada

Keith Bryant |
Thanks for the sympathy.. where's the tea to go with it?
The site is back up and running again with an improved ( I hope) photo album.
Still there at www.browse.to/rws
or at
www.keithbryant.co.uk
28 April 2003

Andy F |
Sadly, Keith Bryant's website has been hacked (or, rather, the server hosting it has) and much of it has been lost. But at least the guestbook is up again! A sad blow and I'm sure we all offer Keith our sympathy.

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!
Linda Gray; Michael Sly; Owen Boosey; Sid 'Billy' Monk; Garland; Slick Paterson Jnr... I'd love to hear from you so please email me at:
andy_f_f@yahoo.co.uk

Phil Rookard - great to hear from you! Write again soon.

Andy F
24 April 2003 - midlands, UK

Paul Shearer | | N/A
I want to amend the dates, as i've just come across a letter written by Mr. Lavender for a reference on my behalf in which he states that I was an boarder there from May 1957 to December 1960, and not as stated before.
Sorry for the mixup.
13 April 2003 - Sussex.UK.

Paul Shearer | | N/A
I was at RWS from 1956 - 1961 in Babylon house. I would like to hear from fellow pupils from that time & house who knew me. Only two that I remember, Paul Riches & Peter Berling. Anyone know of their whereabouts?
Went to Australia in 1962 and worked on cattle & sheep stations in north & south New South Wales. Left OZ in 1967 & went to live in New Zealand for a year or two, before returning to the UK.
Married & divorced, 2 daughters & 4 grandchildren. now a confirmed batchelor living in Sussex.
Now retired,(took early retirement due to bad health)from Royal Mail Parcelforce, where I was Assistant Depot Manager.
13 April 2003 - Sussex. UK.

Andy F |
Reading Wax Walker's post, I realised I had completely forgotten the Hawky Hall! Was that where we used to go the theatre to see the Woodford Players? I only remember one play, a Rattigan.

I don't recall a convent school: but there was another boys school over towards Whipps Cross... was it called Forest School?

When it comes to girls, I certainly remember the Hyde Hall visitors ;). And the kitchen au pairs - so near yet so far to us teenage hormone-driven lads. LOL

As to Rookard's first day: mine was similarly intimidating I fear. But I expect we 'skunks' were just as bad when our turn came as the years passed. I hated the school for about one week - after that, it was great.

Also, I remember Stewart Tippett too - from Dagenham wasn't he? A nice gentle soul - in fact, there he is on the far left of the picture of the whole school (on this site) standing next to my good friend Micheal Sly.

Did anybody else ever sneak off to that little tenpin bowling alley at the top of the High Street, right up by Wanstead tube station? I used to go there to watch the bowling but mostly to play the jukebox.

Talking of 60s pop, Wax recalls dances in the assembly hall: while I don't remember those, I do remember the Dansette in Grenfell's common room and scratchy 45 rpm singles, mostly Beatles and Stones.

Andy F
22 March 2003 - midlands UK

Phil Johns (Rookard) | | www.philjohns.com
On a recent trip to London, I had reason to drive past the old school. I could'nt help but stop and linger. The view was completely unchanged. The lake, the playing field and looking as elegant as ever was the old place. As I cast an eye over the windows trying to remember what was on the other side, my attention came to rest on the arched doorway in the centre. My memory was stirred back to that autumn day in 1961 when I passed through it for the first time. As I entered the building, a young lad who was crouched hiding behind the door brought a hammer down heavily on my foot. What with the agony of just watching my mother disappear down that long drive and the intense pain that was by now radiating up my leg, I was reminded of the darkest day of my life! I was comforted by a lad called Stewart Tippet. He was a kind of Frank Bruno type of character who was to become one of many great mates. I suspect this incident set a kind of pattern for the rest of my stay. Those despairing moments were always offset by one's peers that were in the same unfortunate boat. What happened to the lad behind the door did I hear you say? Well,..somewhere in that lake......
19 March 2003 - Kent

Jim (WAX) Walker |
A couple of memories from those days long gone: - My last night at school and I decided that the pillow fight was not for me so I took one - Liz Hardy to the pictures at Woodford, she was at the Convent School that ran those great dances at the Hawky Hall. Well Mr Andy Thorning had charge of Grenfell House at the time and he caught me climbing in through our ground floor dorm window at about 10:30; result - 4 on the bum in my Pyjamas. I started work with those marks!!
Can anyone else remember the rigmarole we went through to go those dances - Sunday Best uniform! Caps! and raincoats but Lavvy understood that you couldn't dance(!?) in school shoes so we were allowed our own. Mr Townsend saw us of the property - properly dressed; some of us ran round the Eagle Pond, through the forest gate into our dorm, get changed and back out. I'm not quite sure but I think we did the reverse to get back in.
Does anybody remeber those school dances in the assembly hall on Saturday nights? a record player and that band of ours fond memories!!
Last bit has anyone heard of Mick Lincoln recently all I know is that he joined the RAF after RWS - I've still got his Cap Badge! and Jack Schwartz who joined the Inland Revenue!
19 March 2003 - Lincs. England

david moakes |
was 15 when i left rws,went there from 1968-1971 grenfell house.not many memories of the school.
I remember my first day i was put in the wrong class with the third years,they were firing a gat gun at each other and fighting. someone eventually realized their mistake and put me with another bunch of nutters class 2b.
got in trouble with others for throwing stones at the beehive,sneaking out at night to buy chips,an advert made in the school for robinsons barley water,puggis the sweet shop.starting a fight with kowlesser over a jug of milk,he won.
names that ring a bell.mini dumbar prefect,black kid called furgi,betts and ellis.well thats me finished ranting,please excuse spelling and grammer i blame it on my education.ha ha

17 March 2003 - kent

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