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Title: Ashton Grammar School Website
Post by: GayJ on May 07, 2009, 10:04 PM
A website I started because of some old schoolmates.  Meg in particular, with her almost total recall was my inspiration:

www.ashtongrammar.co.uk (http://www.ashtongrammar.co.uk)
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Post by: Old Ashtonian on May 09, 2009, 01:54 AM
Many thanks for that site GayJ. It brought back many memories. Not much news for us "oldies" Though!! ie early 1940's.
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Post by: Meg on May 11, 2009, 10:01 AM
Do contribute your memories to Gay to add to the AGS website.
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Post by: Assheton on May 11, 2009, 08:56 PM
I found the Ashton Grammar School site fascinating! I see David Robinshaw is in one of the photos. He still attends my old church Holy Trinity!
I felt very sad though, when I saw that the front is the only portion of the war memorial lectern to have survived. Such things should be treated with more respect than this.
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Post by: GayJ on May 11, 2009, 09:15 PM
Hello Assheton,

I have still been trying to locate the First World War memorial, which if you remember was a largish wooden board on the wall of the hall.  According to Joyce Greenwood, who is still alive and kicking, when the school became a sixth for college, Mr Cutts, the headmaster,  removed and dumped everything which said Ashton-under-Lyne Grammar School.  Apparently the back part of the WW2 memorial was made in the woodwork class and wasn't tremendously sturdy.  Tameside Museum archives thinks the front only survived because the sculpture was by a rather famous artist (I can't remember which at the moment).
Title: Re: Ashton Grammar School Website
Post by: Assheton on May 12, 2009, 10:00 AM
Hi GayJ
best of luck with your endeavours re the other war memorial!! Whilst you are at it, perhaps you could keep an eye out for the VERY LARGE mural of the Black Knight the council managed to lose from Ashton Town Hall!!!!!!!
I wonder why the headmaster was so keen to be rid of anything from the Grammar School days? It's a shame when a proud history is of no interest to those who come after!!
best wishes
Stephen
Title: Re: Ashton Grammar School Website
Post by: GayJ on May 12, 2009, 11:02 AM


I wonder why the headmaster was so keen to be rid of anything from the Grammar School days? It's a shame when a proud history is of no interest to those who come after!!


Apparently he stated that this was a Sixth Form College now and no longer a Grammar School so all traces were removed. Such Arrogance!  He seems to have been a universally disliked man (hearsay only!)
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Post by: Meg on May 13, 2009, 10:50 AM
Just got around to reading about Pendrey who was headboy at AGS about 1962. Hasn't he done well???  ;D
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Post by: Nan on May 13, 2009, 06:40 PM
I was very sad to hear of Mr. Reagan`s death. He was one of my favourite teachers in my time there[1956-61] and due to his teaching skills, I sailed through my G.C.E in English Language, and I`m sure many others will have happy memories of his lessons too.
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Post by: lydia on May 14, 2009, 09:57 PM
I have mixed feelings about my time at AGS but there were good times. My favourite teachers were Mrs Brett Mr Brayne Mr crompton and Mrs Hetherington who also taught my husband at philip howard glossop. I always felt sorry for Mr shepherd science because he couldn't cope with the discipline and this was picked up by pupils.
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Post by: jan on May 20, 2009, 10:32 AM
I can agree with you about the mixed feelings Lydia - think our sister had a better time at Heginbottom.  One thing I loved about the school though was the playing fields.  In the summer you could go out at lunchtime and sit in the sun with your friends far away from teachers and prefects :-)
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Post by: Fudge on May 20, 2009, 10:53 AM
Hi Jan That was better than Hegginbottom we were lucky if we got on the flat roof or a small yard between the two buildings. And we had to walk up to Beaufort Rd for out door games you lucky thing. Fudge
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Post by: jan on May 20, 2009, 12:50 PM
Thanks Fudge.  I knew there had to be *some* advantages to going to the Grammar  ;)
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Post by: kennyo on May 25, 2009, 07:51 PM
the ashton aircadets used the grammer school as i recall the brylcreem boys. kennyo
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Post by: Meg on January 11, 2012, 12:25 PM
Wondering if anyone has a photo of the awful school caps that we Ashton grammar girls (yes, girls) had to wear.  They were like boys' caps but with a much larger peak. I hated the damn things and was just describing to some friends about the time we were taken down Manchester as a school group to see some French play at the theatre. Some wags on a nearby building site shouted:  "Eh, it's the bl***y jockeys' school!"   My friends don't believe that we had to wear caps (this was early 60s) so photographic evidence required.  ;D
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Post by: heather on January 11, 2012, 09:29 PM
I don't have a picture of the old jockey caps but I still have my blue cap from 1968! I think that we were the first year to have the new blue ones.
Heather
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Post by: GayJ on January 12, 2012, 01:20 AM
I do wish, I had, because people rarely believe me when I tell them we had to wear caps.  I can remember turning up as a first year with it firmly in place with the large peak resting just above my eyes.  When I got to school all the older girls were wearing them at a jaunty angle.  These older girls were still in the late 50s rocker style fashion with sticky out underskirts, wide white belts and back-combed beehives.  They had somehow managed to bend and twist the caps out of shape so that the peak rested in top of the back of their head at right angles to the rest of the cap.

I can also remember ceremonial burnings at the end of the 5th year - so very few if any will survive.

very bes wishes,
GAY

PS Maybe just a chance in the Archives library - they do have quite a few AGS photos.  Will have a look if I get the chance.
PPS Would love to see what Heather's new blue caps looked like
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Post by: ayess on January 12, 2012, 06:31 AM
Wondering if anyone has a photo of the awful school caps that we Ashton grammar girls (yes, girls) had to wear.  They were like boys' caps but with a much larger peak. I hated the damn things and was just describing to some friends about the time we were taken down Manchester as a school group to see some French play at the theatre. Some wags on a nearby building site shouted:  "Eh, it's the bl***y jockeys' school!"   My friends don't believe that we had to wear caps (this was early 60s) so photographic evidence required.  ;D

I remember my late sister, Anita, at the end of the war coming home quite pleased. The powers that be at the grammar school had purchased a job lot of WRNS caps for the girls to wear in place of the floppy school hats. Now there was something to see.   Ayess
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Post by: lydia on January 12, 2012, 11:34 PM
Have got a pic somewhere of my first day at ags wearing my aweful hat but that was prob 1971 but what a waste of my parents money as never wore it at school as nobody did when I got there.
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Post by: GayJ on January 13, 2012, 12:31 AM
When Meg and I were at the school, the prefects were allowed to hand out punishments if we were found outside school not wearing our caps.
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Post by: herby on January 13, 2012, 12:48 AM
When Meg and I were at the school, the prefects were allowed to hand out punishments if we were found outside school not wearing our caps.

     Hi Oh to be a prefect now that spring is here    herby
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Post by: Jules2 on January 13, 2012, 04:58 AM
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-TSfIbUucZ2M/Tw-gBBARF4I/AAAAAAAAbDo/hn1PNeTCZfk/s128/Notre%252520Dame%252520School%252520Hat.jpg?gl=AU)

I went to Notre Dame High School in Manchester in the early 60's and I think we had the silliest school hat ever. 
What ever made a group of intelligent grown ups(?) think it was a good idea to make girls of 11 and upwards wear a Dick Turpin style hat.  Oh, how we suffered, and I still hate wearing hats!
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Post by: Meg on January 13, 2012, 01:51 PM
That hat looks positively stylish compared to our AGS caps!
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Post by: GayJ on January 13, 2012, 08:54 PM
Agreed Meg!!

Don't know any school whose hats were worse than ours.
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Post by: heather on January 14, 2012, 12:54 PM
I have a picture of the blue cap  but don't know how to put it on here. I could email it to someone who does know.
Heather
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Post by: Ashtonian54 on January 15, 2012, 01:10 AM
I found the recent BBC Series on Grammar Schools quite interesting.
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Post by: Dannyx6 on January 17, 2012, 10:47 AM
Hello,
Do any of you AGS girls remember Beryl Thornton, would be about 71/72 now or Dorothy Penny about the same age. I would love to know if they ever attend any of your 'gatherings' or if they still keep in touch with any Ashton Person. I remember those Caps and their big 'nebs'!!! The two girls mentioned above both used to attend Hurst Nook Sunday School. Would be nice to have an old yarn or two!.
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Post by: lydia on January 18, 2012, 02:27 AM
When I was a 1st year at ags my cousin was a prefect and nobody was wearing the hat so I wasn't going to stand out like a sore thumb wearing mine and  never got asked about it, so it was a waste of my parents money.
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Post by: margaretmakinson on June 01, 2012, 11:48 PM
I have just looked through the photo's from the ASG website and saw a picture of Peter Shevlin.  Could it be Michael Peter Shevlin from Waterloo.  Does anyone know.
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Post by: Meg on June 03, 2012, 03:36 AM
I have a picture of Peter Shevlin from 2008 when we (GayJ and I) organised a mini grammar school reunion. Peter used to live on reins lee rod at the top of store street, Waterloo. His mum taught piano.
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Post by: brian seward on June 09, 2012, 04:15 AM
Co-educational?? yes boys went in at the right side and girls the left. During the war, on the playground at the rear was a metal railing dividing the  ground and yes  Boys on the right and Girls to the left.  I think it would have remained like that forever, if not for the railings all around he school ground being taken down   to be melted down for the war effort, as were the First War Tanks in front of the War Memorial.   Just a memory for you...
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Post by: Little Mo on February 25, 2014, 12:23 PM
Hi Meg. I still have my cap from the '50 s.
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Post by: GayJ on February 25, 2014, 05:30 PM
please can we have a photograph? you can send staight to my email address: gayjoliver@gmail.com and I'll try to get a photo on this site and on my Grammar School websites.  Meg and I have been searching forever for a picture of one..
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Post by: Meg on February 27, 2014, 10:07 PM
A photo would be great, little Mo...I need to show my children what indignities we had to endure!
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Post by: Shaz on January 10, 2015, 01:46 AM
Wondering if anyone has a photo of the awful school caps that we Ashton grammar girls (yes, girls) had to wear.  They were like boys' caps but with a much larger peak....   My friends don't believe that we had to wear caps (this was early 60s) so photographic evidence required.  ;D
Hello, I just found the AGS website - never knew it existed otherwise I would have been here long ago!
Anyway - I can vouch for the girls 'jockey' caps at AGS - they became 'optional' at my first year at the school (1966).  The  same year, the girls' cap was replaced by a proper hat that I don't know the name of - a short round affair with a narrow upturned brim, similar to the Fairfield school hat which my sister wore and much more suitable for the girls.   The wearing of caps for boys didn't become 'optional' until the end of one's third year - and if a lad was caught without it would result in a warning, then lines, then detention, then a visit to Henry.  A second visit to Henry for the same offence might result in three strokes of the cane (boys only!)
My Mum taught at AGS from 1958 until 1965.
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Post by: Prof on November 28, 2015, 12:57 PM
Hi Gay, Are you the Gay Cullen who lived on Rydal Grove? If you are, m.y late brother Phil Heywood was a friend of your brother Billy.Tthe main reason for my call is to find out whether or not Miss Joyce Greenwood is still alive and if so is she contactable.I ,am Peter Heywood aka Prof and lived on Knowle Avenue I attended Ashton Grammar from 1956 to 1961.
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Post by: Meg on December 03, 2015, 02:56 PM
I will pass on your message to Gay. Gay does have a brother called Billy and she did live on Rydal Grove. If you have Facebook, there is a dedicated group for Ashton Grammar. M.
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Post by: Meg on December 06, 2015, 02:10 PM
Bill Cullen was a friend of Phil and yes Miss Green wood is still alive but becoming very forgetful now. She is very elderly.
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Post by: Prof on December 13, 2015, 06:58 PM
Hi Meg, thanks for the info re Joyce Greenwood, sad that she is losing some memory, is she contactable?