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by John Saunders
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: 1882 Demolition of the Old School
Replies: 0
Views: 3006

1882 Demolition of the Old School

I came upon this heartfelt letter from an old boy of the school which was published in the South Bucks Free Press, on 9 June 1882: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL REMAINS AT THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL — LETTER FROM AN OLD PUPIL To the Editor of the “South Bucks Free Press" Sir.—In the year 1857 I had the good fortu...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: 1912: the First Old Boys' Dinner
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Views: 3133

1912: the First Old Boys' Dinner

The first Old Wycombiensians' Dinner was held at the Red Lion Hotel in High Wycombe on 17 February 1912. Here is a full report by an anonymous reporter of the South Bucks Standard. OLD WYCOMBIENSIANS. INTERESTING CLUB DINNER. BY AN OLD BOY. The first dinner in connection with the Old Wycombiensians ...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: The '149' Mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 14733

Re: The '149' Mystery

From elsewhere on this website ... Thomas Vincent Sheppard (1908-86), "Retired Xmas 1968. Born in 1908 in Ningpo, China, where his father was a Methodist missionary. Came to the UK with his family in 1920. Thought to have been a merchant seaman for some time in the 1920s. Came to the RGS from t...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas
Topic: Iolanthe
Replies: 1
Views: 3935

Re: Iolanthe

Welcome aboard, Henry. Three splendid debut posts in this rather underpopulated forum. (I sometimes wonder whether my masquerading as 'forum headmaster' ERT puts people off.) The Iolanthe performance to which you refer happened in December 1965 and is documented here and on Tony Hare's RGS site. The...
by John Saunders
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Where Are They Now?
Topic: Ted Woodward (1931-2017)
Replies: 1
Views: 2176

Ted Woodward (1931-2017)

Some sad news - the RGS's first rugby international Ted Woodward has died aged 85. John Edward Woodward, born 17 April 1931, died 16 Jan 2017, was at the RGS from 1944 to 1949. Ted played for Wasps throughout his rugby career, was capped 15 times for England between 1952 and 1956, and later set up a...
by John Saunders
Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Where Are They Now?
Topic: Charlie Broadbridge (1953-2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 2164

Charlie Broadbridge (1953-2016)

I have just seen the sad news that Charlie Broadbridge (RGS 1964-68) died last month (September 2016). My condolences to his family and friends. His obituary appears on the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website: http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/2016/09/charles-broadbridge-r-i-p - Charlie was a loyal W...
by John Saunders
Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: The '149' Mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 14733

Re: The '149' Mystery

Back to the '149' Mystery... for all you hekatonhenosdeontapentekontaphiles out there, David Garnett (RGS 1956-60) reveals some of the secrets of the blessed number here - http://www.rgs.saund.co.uk/scandal1950s.html
by John Saunders
Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: Scandal Magazine - Read It Online...
Replies: 2
Views: 3319

Re: Scandal Magazine - Read It Online...

David ("Uncle Fred") Garnett has now produced his promised oeuvre on Scandal magazine...

http://www.rgs.saund.co.uk/scandal1950s.html

He hasn't as yet revealed the full, unexpurgated story of '1-4-9' but there are a few clues scattered about in the article.
by John Saunders
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: What's New on John's Website
Topic: Photos from the 1970s by Steve Mallows
Replies: 0
Views: 4594

Photos from the 1970s by Steve Mallows

Steve Mallows (RGS 1970-76) sent me some photos from the 1970s... http://www.rgs.saund.co.uk/stevemallowsphotos.html ... which you can now enjoy at the above link. Note that I have also posted hi-res copies on Flickr... https://www.flickr.com/groups/rgshighwycombe/ ... so that you can download them ...
by John Saunders
Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Where Are They Now?
Topic: Billy Willson (W J Willson)
Replies: 3
Views: 5149

Re: Billy Willson (W J Willson)

I checked family records and found that a William Joseph Willson, with a date of birth in 1943 that tallies with the one given for Billy in 1950s Grey Books, had died in the fourth quarter of 1996 in Oxford. He was married to Wendy, who still seems to live in the Wycombe area.