Poundswickians often e-mail me with useful information
for this website and some have included reminiscences
that I thought you might like to share. If you have any
particular memories that you'd like to be included on
this page, please send them on.
Glynis was never a pupil at Poundswick,
but she was associated with it by virtue of being the daughter of
Trevor and Betty Owen, both of whom taught at Poundswick in the
sixties and seventies. She contacted me in March 2018 to tell me
the sad news that her mother, Betty, had recently passed away.
Her email is so poignant that I'm reproducing it, with her permission,
here in full:
"Just to give you the sad news that my Mum, Betty
Owen, who used to teach French at Poundswick Grammar in the sixties
and seventies, passed away on 8th March 2018. My Dad, Trevor, who
taught Physics there, died in 2012. Although I was never a pupil
there myself, I have fond memories of attending school fetes and plays
there, and going on school trips to France with my parents and some of
the pupils. After Poundswick, Dad taught at Cheadle Hulme High School
and Mum at Macclesfield Girls’ School. They both had a long and happy
retirement in Deganwy, North Wales, where they joined in everything
going, and only two years ago did Mum come and live in Surrey nearer
my brother, where she was the life and soul of the care home until
I would be happy to hear from anyone who knew them."
If you would like to get in touch, you can email Glynis at:
- Being one of only three Black pupils (of Jamaican
parentage) at Poundswick.
- Seeing the famous Hovercraft 'parked' outside the
woodwork shop. He couldn't believe that it had been built by
- Admiring the teachers dressed in their black
- Mr. Gilpin, Mr Blackwell, Mr. Ryder, Mr. Rigby
and Mr. Russell (who unexpectedly entered Anthony for Physics 'O'
level, which he passed!)
- Mr. Levine, who encouraged Anthony to study
metalwork and technical drawing, which he also passed, and went on
to study City and Guilds mechanical engineering.
(Anthony is also a qualified cricket coach and umpire, and still
works as a part-time cab driver in Stockport!)
Sue Moore (staff,
- Starting her teaching career with a year at
Poundswick as a graduate music instructor before completing her PGCE
(Postgraduate Certificate in Education) qualification at university
the following year.
- Having the support of experienced colleagues such
as Chris Holmes (Upper School) and Margaret Higson (Lower School),
and also of many wonderful and enthusiastic pupils.
- Commuting by taxi between the Upper and Lower
- Working on productions of 'Oklahoma' and a Kurt
Weill school opera.
- The Headteacher (Mrs. Joan Leighton) suggesting
that Poundswick pupils might recreate a 'Nymphs and Shepherds'
choral performance similar to the one made by Manchester
schoolchildren in the Free Trade Hall in 1929. The Music
Department staff talked her out of it on the grounds that 1970s
pupils might not respond in the same way!
- Dividing a class into two parts for singing
'rounds' on the basis of City and United supporters!
- Just how much she owes to Poundswick staff and
pupils of the 1970s for setting her off on her teaching career.
Mike Chapman (1971-74)
- Living in Dover when he passed his eleven-plus,
and expecting to to be sent to Dover Grammar School. However,
Mike's father was in the Army and was posted to a base at Failsworth
at the crucial moment. The family came to live in Wythenshawe,
and so Mike came to Poundswick.
- Challenging Mr. Redpath to a duel (fought with
rulers!) - and losing!
- Regular visits to Manchester Airport to watch the
planes, and rapidly becoming a keen plane spotter, along with
several of his pals. Recognising this interest, one of
Poundswick's teachers organised a day trip to Heathrow by mini-bus.
An early start and a late finish, but a memorable day!
- Having to leave Poundswick in 1974 before his
education was complete, when his family moved to the Isle of Sheppey
in Kent, and being presented with a chess set by his pals as a
- The first school holiday to Rothesay going
horribly wrong on the night of the disco. This ended with
everyone singing an improvised ribald version of The
Quartermasters Stores. The music was promptly turned off
and everyone was sent to bed early!
- Hutch doing mathematical requests in the
last maths lesson of the year. The favourite was proving that
1 equals 2 by some devious simultaneous equations.
- A bizarre 'Dare' game invented by some of the
lads, which involved boys visiting every girl's lavatory in
the school, accompanied by an official observer to tick the 'proof
sheet'. The big challenge was the girl's changing room at the
top of the gym block. If you had the bottle, this could be
combined with a trip up through the trapdoor onto the gym block
roof, which was always full of balls and other kit which had
been thrown up there.
- Finally getting his hands on the Strand Electric
stage lighting controller with its open rheostats, big control
wheels and levers. He'd wanted to be in charge of it ever
since he first set eyes on it. This was one of two reasons why
he joined the Dramatic Society, the other being that Jean Goodwin
also wanted to join; she and Stuart were picked to play opposite
each other in The Lost Prince.
- Mr. Rigby, as Careers Officer, suggesting that he
apply for a job with Ordnance Survey. Steven did this, and he has
worked for O.S. ever since leaving Poundswick.
(Recently BBC Radio 5 Live did a survey on listeners' experiences
of advice given by school Careers Officers. Steven responded
and soon found himself on-air telling his tale to the Nation.
The presenter asked him if he'd ever contacted Mr. Rigby to let him
know how valuable his advice had been. Steven had to confess
that he hadn't done this, but would dearly like to do so. Does
anyone have any contact information for Mr. Rigby? You can
e-mail me at the address on the
Contact page, and I will pass it on.)
Postscript: an ex-BBC colleague of mine, Mike
Jones, did some detective work and located Mr. Rigby, who now lives
in Lymm. I subsequently phoned him and had a nostalgic
conversation about our respective times at Poundswick. I
duly passed on his contact details to Steven.
Rob ('Eddie') Edwards
- Playing Football, Rugby, Cricket, Athletics and
Basketball for Peel House and for the school; 'they were the best
days of my life' he says. He went on to play Rugby for
both Manchester and Lancashire, so I guess he must have been pretty
- Playing Rugby against Burnage, and winning 58-0,
and against Chorlton, winning 43-0.
- Various teams from other local (but all-boys)
schools visiting Poundswick and standing in awe as Poundswick's
young ladies served them tea and sandwiches prior to a match in
which the visiting team was invariably thrashed! One very
competent player from Manchester Grammar School confided to Rob that
he would willingly swap all his rugby prowess for a week of
schooling in Poundswick's mixed environment!
- Carol, the barmaid at the Silver Birch pub
on Poundswick Lane, insisting that boys remove their school ties
before she would serve them beer!
- The school rugby team being coached by Mr.
Herbert on Saturday mornings in exchange for them working on his
garden in the afternoon (for which they were further rewarded by tea
and sandwiches by Mrs. Herbert!).
Peter Firth (1957-65)
The Wythenshawe Schools Music Festivals in which
Poundswick wiped the board in almost every category.
Ambitious school plays, especially playing
Macbeth to David McKendrick's Macduff. In the dramatic
finale one evening Peter's leggings fell down round his ankles but
the pair still managed a dramatic final fight in which McDuff's head
was parted from his body and reappeared as a plastic model on the
end of a broom handle.
A camping holiday on the Isle of Skye when it
rained heavily all week. A local farmer took pity on the
soggy party and lent them his barn to sleep in.
The School Orchestra and (thanks to Mr. Welton)
its ambitious programme of concerts which included Beethoven,
Mozart and Holst.
His lifelong love of cookery, thanks to Mr.
Herbert, the games Master.
Mr. Herbert hated the thought of his talented young rugby players
spoiling their game by playing football, so he negotiated cookery
classes for them with Miss Bolsover during the football season!
Friendly rivalry between 'zwei x' (the Latin
stream) and 'zwei ypsilon' (the German stream) in year 2. (Yes,
I remember it; 'zwei x' mostly came out on top,
I seem to recall! - Jim)
The rousing finale to the Christmas
Trifles review; words by Mr. Fisher:
||There'll always be a
While there's a Greenwood Tree*
To Wythenshawe the Britisher
Must catch the 103
There'll always be a Poundswick
While England still expects
If Russia beats America
They'll have to face us next!
||* The 'Greenwood Tree' was a local
pub in which Peter remembers having his
first drink at the age
and being violently ill afterwards!
Diane Howard (1963-70)
A room being acquired for use as a sixth-form
Pots of paint being brought in and Hutch himself
volunteering to help with the decoration work (sounds
uncharacteristic to me, but I'm willing to believe almost anything of
Part of the re-vamp included installing a record
player, and the Rolling Stones album 'Let it Bleed' was duly played
to death on it!
- Miss Champness checking the length
of the girls' hair (which had not to be too long)
and the length of their skirts (which had not to
be too short!)
- Mr. Brown - a great teacher -
playing The Beatles in Music lessons. But if you
misbehaved he gave you the option of the slipper
or walking round the hall at break time with a
placard round your neck to let everyone know you
had behaved like an idiot. Most people chose the
- Miss Hemp's after-school girls'
gymnastics class performing a well-rehearsed
routine in front of the Lord Mayor. Unfortunately
the venue was an all-boys school and they were
all hanging out of the windows for a good view!
- Singing in "The Daniel
Jazz". She can even remember some of the
was the chief hired man in the land
he stirred up the Jazz in the palace band
he whitewashed the cellar, he shovelled
in the coal
and Daniel kept a-praying: Lord save my
David Bird (1957-62) remembers:
- Being caned by Hutch for playing
- Mr. Stansfield (the woodwork
teacher) shouting "Hands behind the cutting
- Mr. Herbert (P.E./Games), who
played for Sale RUFC, making us tackle across
- The Silver Birch pub on
Poundswick Lane. (Which
is still there!)
- The annual school trip being a
choice between Rothesay on the Isle of Bute or
Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.
- Being in love with Marilyn Barker
and it taking him five years to pluck up courage
just to say "Hello".
- The School Hymn (he can still sing
it!), green dinner tickets and school milk in
one-third pint bottles.
- The inspiration of Mr. Fisher's
English Literature lessons.
Mike Noke (1959-64) remembers:
- Being caned by Hutch for being in
a group throwing snowballs. The irony was that
Mike was the only one not throwing them!
His plea in defence was not accepted!
- Mr. Fanner standing on the window
ledge and threatening to jump during a lesson
with very unruly 3X.
- A visit to the school by Brian
Statham in about 1961.
- Dinner tickets were definitely a
medium greenish colour!
Dave Crozier (1963-70) remembers:
Susan Parr (m Asbee,
- Suspending a member of staff's
bicycle from the upper limbs of the Statue and
being severely slippered by Mr. Herbert for his
efforts; Dave was supposed to be on a
cross-country run, rather than "modifying
- Losing his Hymn Book and being
charged 10/- for a new one.
- The disgusting pink blancmange
that the kitchens used to serve up only at
- Locking your best mates in the
fume cupboards and turning on the gas.
- Mr. Brown arranging the
"Daniel Jazz" song in the second year.
- Miss Williams' inspirational English lessons,
particularly on Chaucer and the seventeenth-century poets.
- Mr. Blackwell's green swimming trunks. He
took swimming classes at 'Wivenshaw Baffs' and taught Sue to do
high-diving. He was less successful at teaching her maths!
- Mr. Hutchinson's barn dances and his jolly green
and yellow sweater worn only on special occasions such as the
- Mr Welton in his black academic gown standing on
the windowsill in the Music Room wrestling with a recalcitrant
window. The Ride of the Valkyries thundering in the
background and his gown billowing as the window opened and the
breeze caught it. Quite magnificent!
Dave Eastwood (1957-64) remembers:
- One of Mr. Sparks' Latin class
getting minus 4 out of twenty for Latin homework (I suspect that he may be referring
to me! - Jim).
"Spartacus" used a marking scheme which
deducted one mark from twenty for each mistake -
or, at least, for each mistake that Spartacus
decided! (These things
been said, may his citizens for ever hasten to
- Botelarius: the Latin
name for a sausage vendor. (Hmm!)
- The disconcerting sight of a
double bass case walking down the corridor
towards him with a pork-pie hat wedged on top and
two shoes poking out underneath. It was, of
course, Mr. Mitchell and many people believed
that there really was a double bass in the case.
However, those that were aware of his Mafia
connections (the pork-pie hat was the giveaway)
knew that it actually contained a sub-machine
- Two slackers coming in very
late at the end of an 880-yard race being
encouraged (by someone who wanted to go home) to
make it a race for last place. It's still not
clear which which of the two responded first to
this encouragement, but the other, not wishing to
be left behind, inevitably gave chase. The
ensuing race has surely gone down in the annals
of Poundswick Athletic Folklore as the most
exciting ever. The result was a dead heat. The
identitiy of the two slackers? Dave Eastwood and
Jim Cook! It has put Dave off athletics (other
than the armchair variety) ever since. (I'll second that!)
- An "A" Level Geography
Field Trip to Buttermere in 1963:
"Geogger" Smith's VW beetle (UXJ 36 - I remember it well!) ferrying luggage first and then the
girls over Honister Pass. All the lads had to
walk (1963 was well
before the days of Equal Opportunities!). Derek Watkins (the school long-jump
champion) taking a giant leap across an
impossibly wide stream (I
recall that it was more like what most people
would call a river)
and landing in the
middle of it. Having witnessed this, everyone
else took the alternative half-mile detour
Ian Jones (1961-67) remembers:
- Fred Herbert (the Games and P.E.
Master) lining up all the lads (including Ian!)
who were still clean at the end of a Rugby game
and using them as tackling fodder for the school
giants in the muddiest part of the playing field.
Not surprisingly, it put Ian off Rugby for ever!
- Mr. Scargill coming to the rescue
in his German exam year by taking over from a
less-proficient teacher and getting just about
everyone through their "O" Level. Ian
describes Mr. Scargill as "an
inspirational teacher who, in sixth-form General
Studies, introduced me to a whole raft of great
modern literature and helped to shape a lot of my
political and social beliefs"
Hayes (m Rimmer,
- How lovely it was at school! She
would like to say hello to some great teachers:
Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Smith, Mr. Griffiths, Mrs.
Parkins, Mr Reed and the rest - they were all
- Lacking confidence at school and
being grateful to a number of teachers for
helping him to get over this. In particular he'd
like to thank:
- Mr. Murray, who made Geoff realise
that teachers were just ordinary people.
- Mr. Gilligan, who gave him the
drive to succeed by saying (among other things) "Davies,
you'll end up as a bin man if you don't pull your
- Mr. Evans, who fed his thirst for
Physics and Mr. Redpath, who got him moved from
the lowest Physics group to the second highest.
- Mr. Nicholson, who gave Geoff a
set of old scales which he cleaned up and sold,
thereby triggering an entrepreneurial spirit that
has remained with him.
- Mrs. Evans, Mr. Hole and others
who could see beyond the "fat kid".
- Duping a cleaner into lending him
keys to the sixth-form common room to start the
infamous "smoking sit-in". Geoff now
wishes to send his sincere apologies to that
- Making harmless impact explosive
(which made loud cracking noises when you walked
on it) and spreading it outside Mr. Gilpin's
office. He came out and disappeared like a genie
in a panto - in a cloud of blue smoke! Geoff can
still see Hutch "moonwalking" around
outside the office to remove it. Mr. Nicholson
was, Geoff thinks, quietly pleased that his
Chemistry pupils had been able to make it, but
had to give Geoff and his colleagues in crime a
- The enthusiasm that teachers had
for their subjects - they really cared, but they
were good shots with board rubbers if you weren't
- Carol singing round the local pubs
during the run-up to Christmas; everyone had a
good time and collected money for good causes.
Hutchinson (m Bourke,
- Names of pupils in detention being
read out as initial then surname. On one occasion
the announcement went something like this: "In
detention tonight are A. Howard, J. Smith and I.
Littler." At which which the whole
school put up their right hands in salute and
chorussed "Heil Hitler!"
- Being holed up in the Prefects'
room for a free period where she and her
colleagues would, of course, be studying hard -
in other words playing stud poker, gin rummy or
pontoon; the fags would be going strong and then
there'd be a knock on the door - it would be
Hutch (Liz's dad!) looking for someone. Before
the door was opened the fags would be put rapidly
onto the dumb waiter and sent down to the
Chemistry Lab! The smell of the fags would linger
on but Hutch would never notice because he smoked
like a chimney himself!
Grattidge (m Power,
- Not wanting to wear her school hat
and keeping it in her bag folded into four.
Whenever there was a "purge" on
hat-wearing, she would be obliged to get it out
and wear it with creases running from
front-to-back and side-to-side.
- Thick maroon knickers; the elastic
round the legs used to wear out with monotonous
regularity and had to be replaced.
- Dinnertime discos in aid of Guide
Dogs for the Blind.
- Film shows in the Small Hall.
- Getting caught smoking in the
girls' toilets on the top floor.
Aikin (1962-65) remembers:
- His first day at Poundswick.
John's sister was already in the third year and
as they were leaving on his first afternoon, he
followed her out through the girls' toilets to
the accompaniment of shrieks!
- Suffering concussion during a
games session and being whisked off to
Wythenshawe Hospital by ambulance.
- Playing in a rugby match on a
bitterly cold morning the day after President
Kennedy was assassinated. No-one was quite sure
how to react.
- Acquiring a supply of blank House
Points, forging Mr. Stansfield's signature on
them, and stuffing them in the Rylands
box. (What a terrible
admission! This is the sort of behaviour we might
have expected from someone in Dalton, Joule or
Peel, but for a Rylands
man to do it is inexcusable! - Jim)
Hyde (1957-64) remembers:
- Mr. Hutchinson's ballroom dancing
lessons in the Gym. No shoes were allowed because
of the precious new wooden floor. Sliding around
in stocking feet to the Cha Cha gave everyone a
special sense of rhythm!
- Getting his hand whacked with a
piece of dowelling in Mr. Stansfield's woodwork
class as a reward for cutting his finger. Ron had
broken the golden rule: both hands behind the
- Not wanting to wear his cap but
putting it on once in sight of the school to
avoid the wrath of Miss Champness!
- Wonderful teachers: Miss
Wainwright, Mr. Platts, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Owen
and many others.
- Mr. Wilson's story of how he
rescued his bible from the blitz.
Higham ("Beans") (1964-69) remembers:
- Mr. Gilpin - a true gentleman.
Paul delivered papers to his house in Peel Hall.
- Mr. Hutchinson - pupils were
scared to death of him!
- Miss Baddeley, who became Mrs.
Siddall. Paul confesses to being totally in love
- Mr. Stansfield attracting pupils'
attention by throwing a piece of wood at them -
- Playing football every spare
minute on the outside basketball courts using
half a tennis ball.
- Winning the House basketball
competition for Dalton. "Yes, we were the
best", he says. (Hmm!)
- Lunchtime Discos in the Small
Hall. Not a lot of dancing went on in the total
Law (1960-65) remembers:
- Miss Champness checking that
haircuts were short and that all boys wore their
caps on the way to and from school.
- Wonderful teachers: Miss Williams,
Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Brown (the Music teacher, who
used to love playing the theme from Dr. Who) and,
his favourite: Miss Linton, who made maths seem
so easy to him.
- Mr. Gilpin, the Headmaster, who
had lights outside his office labelled
"Wait", "Enter" and
"Engaged". Woe betide you if you went
in on a red light!
- The smell of his new leather
satchel in the first year, his first new uniform,
being in Rylands House (but not liking the
colour) (obviously a City fan!),
joining the school orchestra and carrying a cello
home on his bike, playing the piano because he
had had lessons before.
- Realising too late what a great
school Poundswick was and wishing he had tried
harder (like it always said he should do on his
Steele (m Mayor,
- Having to remove muddy hockey
boots at the bottom of the Gym Block stairs
before being allowed up to the changing rooms.
- Being awarded a prize in the third
year and choosing D.H. Lawrence's Sons and
Lovers. She was summoned by Miss Champness
who thought that her choice was
"inappropriate" for a 14-year-old! Margaret persisted and got her prize!
- Being petrified of Mr. Hutchinson
when she had to queue to replace exercise books.
You could hear him shouting if someone presented
a book that wasn't properly full!
- Sitting GCE exams in the Gym and
writing on flimsy folding desks.
Hirst (1975-82) remembers:
- A DIY painting job of the
sixth-form centre one weekend.
- The odd free period spent
in The Happy Man playing
pool and quenching a fast-maturing
asks if The Happy Man is still there; it
is, and as it seems to have played an
important part in the development of many
former Poundswickians, I thought I'd
include a photo!)
Renshaw (m Richmond,
- Happy times in Latin lessons with
Mr. Sparks, English with Mr. Blackburn and
History with Mr. Platts.
- Mr. Gilpin persuading her to
become a lawyer rather than a historian.
- Miss Champness terrifying the
girls by making them kneel down to check skirt
lengths. If your skirt didn't touch the floor,
she would rap your knuckles with a ruler!
Swallow (m Avison,
- Being overawed on her first day at
Poundswick by the sight of teachers wearing
mortar boards and gowns.
- Being treated like adults at
lunchtime with tureens and servers instead of
just being handed a plate.
- Rylands winning all the sports (I'm glad someone else has, at last,
remembered this!). Pauline did her share with the long jump
and the high jump - practised daily in the
- Mr. Fanner (the French Master)
refusing to let anyone speak English in his
- Free milk at morning break and
having to play outside, whatever the weather.
- Games of "Pirates" in
P.E. lessons near the end of term.
- Annual football matches against
the staff and hockey against the girls.
- Dodging Mr. Hutchinson's
"chalk missiles" if you were caught
talking in his maths lessons.
- Eight "chosen couples"
being taught how to dance and being used as
"demonstrators" to the entire school at
the Christmas dance. Derek's partner was Linda
- Dalton House dominating most
sports competitions. (I
could have sworn Rylands did this, Derek!)
- The shock of having a poem he
wrote about F.A. Cup Football printed in ARGO.
- Being coached by Mr. Moorby for
the Manchester School's Basketball Final.
- Being "volunteered" by
Mr. Nicholson to read the lesson during
Morning Assembly for a whole week - terrifying!
- The 5T repeater year - mostly
spent playing 4-card brag in the Library division
- Playing shove-ha'penny on the lab
benches and, more scarily,
"flicksilver"; a similar game played
with globules of spilt mercury!
- Peter Blackburn's English lessons;
a great awakening.
- Leavers burning their caps at the
end of the school year. "Brylcreem"
made them highly inflammable!
- Avro testing the Concorde engines
slung beneath a Vulcan bomber from Woodford. It
flew low over the school every day for weeks; a
great source of distraction!
- South Poundswick Farmhouse across
the road from the school, inhabited by two old
ladies, a couple of dogs and several ducks.
Feeling appalled when it was knocked down and
replaced by a silly park.
May (1981-86) remembers:
- Being able to turn the subject to
football in Mr. Thompson's maths classes in order
to lose sizeable chunks of the lessons!
- Playing "deathball" at
breaks. This consisted of a football being passed
round until someone got fed up and kicked the
ball at somebody, "decking" them. On
one occasion Philip and his pals could hear a
ball being kicked round the next-door classroom
and they assumed that there was no teacher
present. Eventually the ball noises stopped and
they heard the strains of "Werbenuik,
Werbenuik, Werbenuik" being sung (to the
tune "here we go"); Mr. Wolstenholme,
the class teacher, (whose nickname was
"Werbenuik") had himself been decked!
- The hot summer of 1976 at the
- The Queen's Silver Jubilee
celebrations in 1977.
- Covering the walls of a room with
egg cartons so that he and his pals could
practise playing the drums without offending the
ears of the rest of the school!
- "Slogger" Smith and Mr.
Simister sending pupils into each others classes
for "long stands", "non-reflecting
mirrors" and "tartan paint".
- Mr. Smith's booming voice:
"Who wants thrashing!"
- Singing "alternative"
words to songs in Miss Evans' music class.
- Meeting the girl who was later to
become his wife (Debbie Jefferson) at Poundswick.
Lines (m Barrett,
- Arguing with Mr. Mitchell (the Art
Master) and being made to spend a whole lesson
standing on a brick in the middle of the
playground as a punishment. (Shirley
is now Head of Art at a school in Shropshire!)
- His class buying Mr. Sparks a
tankard engraved with the words "Beneath
this hard exterior there beats a heart of purest
stone" - his favourite phrase.
- Being part of the "sixth form
rebellion" to allow smoking in the common
room. They barricaded themselves in and rang the
local paper and were rewarded with a front-page
feature in the Wythenshawe Express, but
didn't succeed in getting smoking allowed!
- Breaking three thermometers in Mr.
Nicholson's class and getting three detentions
plus the job of digging the allotment next to the
science block for his trouble.
- Being proud of playing Rugby for
the school in one of its most successful seasons,
for example beating Wythenshawe Tech 87-0 !
- A school trip to Rothesay in the
- Being caught drinking in The
Happy Man by Mr. Scargill during his last
week at school in 1969.
- Trying to work out Mr. Rigby's
christian name when he would only reveal that it
began with an "R". (alternatives that have been offered
include "Radcliffe" - several people
think it was this, "Rac" and
"Rach"; does anyone know for certain
what it was? - Jim) ** Update: April
2011. I can positively state (having spoken to him on the
phone) that his Christian names are Thomas Ratcliffe, but he
has always been known as 'Rac'. So now we know!
- Having a school Rugby team that
could not win a game to save its life, but which
was awarded "most sporting team"
- Taking on the Girls at hockey - he
still has the bruises and fractures to this day!
("Taffy") Evans (1956-63)
- The smell of newly-varnished wood
at the start of the autumn term.
- Learning to cut bread in Miss
Bolsover's cooking lessons for boys after
- Mr. Welton playing the piano
before Morning Assembly (especially Beethoven's Moonlight
Sonata opus 27 no. 2).
- Rylands beating Dalton at football
(I thought we always
beat Dalton at football! - Jim).
- The dismissal Assembly before he
left school in 1963.
|Gordon Marino (1966-73)
- Doing the stage lighting for The
Matchmaker (1969) and for the Sixth Form
- The opening of the Sixth Form
Centre in 1971.
- The Photographic Society.
- Some brilliant teachers - and some
- Poundswick in the seventies.
- The "pips" which sounded
the breaks between lessons - they could be heard
half a mile away! They were changed to a bell
system in the early 70s.
- "Jammy Dodgers" and
"Wagon Wheels" with milk at morning
- Latin lessons with Mr. Sparks.
- House swimming contests at the
- Contriving to get onto second
sitting for dinners so that he could get
- The annual school cross country
competition and the guy who was always last over
the finishing line but who got the loudest cheer
of the day!
- Being described by Mr. Doherty as the
school goody-goody, as he announced Tony's
first detention at Rylands House Prayers.
|Sarah Killen (1984-89) remembers:
- The fish tank in the Science
- The "staff only" stairs
that ran from outside the Headmaster's office to
the first floor landing adjacent to the Library.
The "Staff Only" staircase
White (1985-90) remembers:
- Daring each other to go down the staff
Hamman (1964-71) remembers:
- "Guide dog for the
blind" charity walks from the Cat and
Fiddle pub near Macclesfield, back to
Poundswick (25 miles). (A
certificate was awarded to every Poundswickian
who completed one of these walks. Click
Here to see
- Visits to the school by Bobby
Charlton, Conrad Hunt (cricketer) and Adrian
- The Cinema Club in 1968, showing
16mm films such as Mr. Hulot's Holiday and
The Seven Samurai in the school hall.
- Cold, wet, cross-country runs on
wasteland that is now the M56 and hiding in
drainage pipes that were stored there until
everyone else returned on the homeward leg!
- Playing Rugby, Football and
Cricket for the school teams every Saturday
- A school trip to Switzerland;
starting a mini-avalanche which engulfed Miss
Champness, who was walking below. Also, Mr. Owen
being stopped at customs and having to have a
whip-round to pay excise duty on his purchases!
- Being a member of Dalton House -
the best house for sport during George's years at
Rimmer (m Hoar, 1956-63)
- Playing Badminton to excess!
- Having to have indoor shoes to
wear inside the school.
- Getting exercise books signed when
they were full and then having to queue on Friday
to get a new one from Mr. Hutchinson.
- Bridge classes after school.
- Working at Woolworths on Deansgate
to save up for a wonderful school holiday to
Austria, travelling across Europe by train and
sleeping on a luggage rack!
Lane (1966-71) remembers:
Struggles (m Anderson, 1956-1963)
Pugh (m Yale, 1959-66)
- Playing "Mr. Badger" in Toad
of Toad Hall in 1962.
Berridge (m Kassela,
- Thick maroon gym knickers that
turned her dad's white shirts to pink in the
- The school trip to Sorrento,
departing from Luton Airport.
- School dinners: two sittings, the
noise in the dining hall, wonderful dinner
- Playing in the School Orchestra
for the production of Oliver.
- The wonderful Mr. Rigby, who tried
so hard to teach her maths!
- Getting ingredients ready to take
to school for home economics.
- Bringing cookie tins in wicker
baskets home with her prized baking in them!
- Running on the sports field track
and never being able to make it to the finish!
- Wonderful teachers, particularly
Mr. Rigby, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Gilligan, Mr.
Callaghan and especially Mr. Arnold who gave him
confidence and made him the best basketball
player in the school!
the School Magazine.
- Frank ("Fred") Mitchell
(Art) who was an accomplished double bass player.
His turgid rendition of the Egyptian National
Anthem (!) had everyone in stitches!
- Don Sparks (Latin), who persuaded
Dennis and his pal Fred Patmore to dig for Roman
coins in the grounds of Peel Hall. Six hours
later and seven feet deep they had unearthed only
a shard of Victorian glass. Naive? Absolutely!
But Mr. Sparks thought the spoof was hilarious!
- Mr. Brown (Music) who had
connections with the film industry. He claimed to
know the muscle-man who strikes the gong on Top
Rank films. Another spoof? We'll never know!
- Dancing with Miss Jean Williams on
the last night of a school trip to Rome in 1970
to her favourite record of the day: "Rain
and Tears" by Aphrodite's Child, much to the
amusement of his sixth-form chums!
- Missing part of his fourth year
because of the graffiti dispute.
- Forms being identified by the
letters of "Poundswick".
- Kinsey's Cottage being demolished.
- The German Exchanges with the
Hofheim Gymnasiumm School in the mid-60s.
- Meeting his future wife (Pauline)
- Waiting for the bus from the Lower
School, outside the Cock-of-the-North
- Mr. Stansfield's Ten rules of
the woodwork shop.
- Being given Spanish names in
Spanish class and all the lads wanting Pele or
|Doug Malone (1963-70)
statue of the three gymnasts.
- Playing in the school orchestra.
- The lighting console at the side
of the stage.
- Bamboo canes at the front of the
stage and in the hinged screens between the hall
and dining area.
- The grand piano in the hall.
- Third-pint milk bottles at morning
- Green dinner tickets; three
shillings and ninepence (19p) for five two-course
- Developing films in the dark room.
- Wonderful teachers - and some
- The Old Poundswickians' annual
dinner dances at the Pinewood Hotel.