Mike McAvoy

Christchurch, New Zealand

#21 Jan 6, 2008
Philip Lynch wrote:
I was there around 1958/59 and have fond memories of the place. Good grounding for any boy, if there were more schools like it today then the youth would have more respect and learn how to survive. I was in the school orchestra (Oboe), football team and was in Dudley house. I remember Mr Elkinsgreen (Sport), Mr Foy (Music), Mr Breeze and am still trying to remember.
Foy was a bad bugger and he went to Jail for Sexual activities with the boys. James Lovatt was the music teacher. Foy had us digging up the veggies
I probable know you, I was the Blount house captain in 61
R Webb

Plainfield, NJ

#22 Jan 12, 2008
I spent my entire life there. My father was the bursar. As a child, I used to sit on Foy's lap as he watched the boys in the swimming pool. There was a big sexual scandal there not long before it closed.
Mike O Donoghue

Knighton, UK

#23 Jan 13, 2008
Hello to all you ex Cleobury Mortimer lads. I was there from 1973 to 1978 and was in Mortimer House. For anyone interested you may find www.friendsreunited.co.uk a good source of info as many ex pupils have registered there names there. Be aware though that there seem to be two listings; one for "City of Coventry School" and the other for "City of Coventry Boarding School". Also be sure to check out the group photo album on each listing. Sad to learn of Alan Thorne's death; he was deputy head when I was there.
Christopher North

Sydney, Australia

#24 Jan 27, 2008
I was in Mortimer House from 68 to 71. "Buggy" Harper, the English teacher and Mr Walker the Art teacher were the only good teachers I remember. Thanks for telling me when it closed down. I revisited in 2005; it is now some sort of Canadian conference centre. Whatever happened to Mr Parker, the head in my time? We all fancied his daughter.
Phillip Walker

Mumbai, India

#25 Feb 1, 2008
Mr.Parker died about two years ago--I believe he'd been living in France for a number of years.
Christopher North

Sydney, Australia

#26 Feb 1, 2008
Thanks for that. Do you know why the school closed down?
Bob Sutton

India

#27 Feb 2, 2008
Do you all remember Mr Plaice metal work? Came from Acrington used to give me and my brother a lift back to Lancashire. Remembber finding an air rifle on the disused railway. Chopping confiscated it and would not let me shoot any longer.
Steve Davies

Auckland, New Zealand

#28 Feb 3, 2008
pip hawkes wrote:
that would be pete germain
Last time l saw you was way back when, in the pub on the bridge on the edge of Abingdon over the river. 5th formers had a meal table to look after and seem to remember you being on mine, think you were in 2nd at that time. Hows it going.
Christopher North

Australia

#29 Feb 11, 2008
There's a great school photo for 1968 on the Friends Reunited website. Thanks, Mike, for mentioning that.
Still don't know why the school closed, though.
Dane Mooney warks

Hailsham, UK

#30 Feb 14, 2008
was at cleobury must have been 67 on,was in mortimer house m68j english teacher "Jake" was house master.remember them doing "Oliver"and frequent trips to Clee Hill.Remember mr parker very well,strap on the bum and open hand.
danemooney@hotmail.com
Dane Mooney warks

Hailsham, UK

#31 Feb 14, 2008
just remembered,my daughter was there last year it is now a pioneer outward bound centre,she went there with her school
Christopher North

Australia

#32 Feb 14, 2008
Wasn't Jake Williams the history teacher? He was the one with the dogcollar? I remember Mr Bartholomew - forgotten his nickname- as house master of Mortimer. Plus a young science teacher who couldn't control us.
Martin Hull

UK

#33 Feb 15, 2008
I was at Cleobury from '69 to '74, B30, Blount House, and my brothers followed me in '73 & '76,

You may be surprised by this link re Mr Williams(jake) on the BBC site. See

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6...
Chris North

Northmead, Australia

#34 Feb 16, 2008
Fascinating. Thanks for that, Martin. I wonder how he acquired that wealth.
Martin Hull

Sheffield, UK

#35 Feb 17, 2008
Chris North wrote:
Fascinating. Thanks for that, Martin. I wonder how he acquired that wealth.
No idea, he never displayed any wealth, I think he had a car, a Morris 1000 traveller as I remember and he lived very modestly. He was a real character and i remember English and History lessons punctuated with great stories about his life in the RAF.
Mike O Donoghue

Knighton, UK

#36 Feb 22, 2008
Martin Hull wrote:
I was at Cleobury from '69 to '74, B30, Blount House, and my brothers followed me in '73 & '76,
You may be surprised by this link re Mr Williams(jake) on the BBC site. See
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6...
Hi Martin, you may not remember me but I was in the same year as your younger brother Simon but have lost contact over the years. Please pass on my regards to him. I also remember your Mum working in the shop on Holbrooks Bridge. I was intrigued by the article concerning Jake! Anyway, hope life is treating you well.

Since: Dec 07

UK

#37 Feb 24, 2008
Christopher North wrote:
There's a great school photo for 1968 on the Friends Reunited website. Thanks, Mike, for mentioning that.
Still don't know why the school closed, though.
Found myself on the 68 photo remember loads of faces but struggling with names was in M67J. Does anyone remember the TV coming to school?
Martin Hull

Oxford, UK

#38 Feb 24, 2008
Mike O Donoghue wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Martin, you may not remember me but I was in the same year as your younger brother Simon but have lost contact over the years. Please pass on my regards to him. I also remember your Mum working in the shop on Holbrooks Bridge. I was intrigued by the article concerning Jake! Anyway, hope life is treating you well.
No sorry I don't remember you Mike, I think it is easier to remember those older, than those younger than yourself. Unfortunately our Mother died in '99 but Simon and my other brothers are doing fine. I will let Simon know that you have been in contact, best wishes, Martin
Chris North

Australia

#39 Feb 24, 2008
Yes, I remember the TV coming to school and having to pose in front of bunsen burners. Can't remember what it was for, though.
Peter Phelps

London, UK

#40 Feb 25, 2008
Hi Guys,
Just found this site. I was in Blount in 1964/65 ish, just over a year. I loved it. I remember Terry Walker (Art) organising 'Boarders Burlesque', a variety production which was great fun. Mr Matthews ran the school Young Farmers club. I recall being taught how to judge poultry. Never been much use since, but it was fun. Anyone remember Tank? I do not recall his real name. He taught physics and Rugby. He once arrived at school with a newly acquired Jag Mk10 and got stuck when he couldn't get it into reverse!
I'm now a retired primary school headteacher.
Cheers all!

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