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Bob Tame's unofficial web site for:

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Wolverhampton Municipal Grammar School

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Direct links to other parts of this site:

School Prospectus Sports Teams Other Photos Memorabilia day 2003 1963 school Photo
The Teachers  Class 5B 1964  5A 1964 Memories 1959 School Photo
Links to other sites     1974 School Photo 1956 School Photo

I have lost a lot of my contact email addresses of the 1959 intake, if any of you still read this can you email me to update your details, thank you. Email to Bob Tame


There is more info on the OPA 'Official' WMGS Old Pupils web page, with info supplied by the Old Pupils Association. I will continue to keep information updated on my own site (this one), especially for pupils from my era (Late 50's early 60's). I will expand my memories page with memories sent by others, as and when I can find the time.

If you are not already a member, why not consider joining the Old Pupils Association? It only costs £8 per year and more details are given on the official site.
Link to Application form.


News & Recent contacts.

Apri 14th 2017

I have been informed that one of my Peers from the 1959 Intake, Philip Smith died earlier this year and his funeral was in February at his church (The church of the Latter Day Saints) in Beverley, Yorkshire. RIP Phil.

Apri 13th 2017

The open day was a success with over 80 ex-pupils attending, I will add more about the day when time permits.

March 15th 2017

Don't forget the next event is an open day at the Old School Building on Saturday April 8th between 2:30 and 4:30pm. It would be helpful if you could advise my Sister, Dorothy Bennett, by emailing bennettd@live.co.uk to advise if you intend to go. There will be some memorabilia on site and it is hoped that the on site Cafe will also be open for light refreshments

The AGM of the OPA will be at the Mercure Goldthorn Hotel on Penn Road on May 14th at 11:30am. There is a Get Together Lunch afterwards for OPA members.

February 24th 2017

Email from Mark Lloydbottom (1964 intake)

I was a 1964 intake -York House. Like so many others who feature on the site retirement beckons. WMGS did a great job -so many truly great characters on staff. I see you have my website on the page -maybe you could update this as below. I spend my time giving management advice to accounting firms -a truly rewarding endeavour

Click here or see list at bottom of page.

February 9th 2017

Steve Corbett, one of the last intake to WMGS during the move to Colton Hills, gave me another name to add to the famous ex-pupils list on this page. Howard Raymond Davies, a pupil at the school when it was known as the Higher School was a two times winner of the Isle of Man TT races. I have added the details at the bottom of this page. Steve's interest in Howard? Steve is editor for the Marston Sunbeam Motorcycle Club's quarterly journal - those fabulous black and gold machines made in Wolverhampton from 1912-37.

January 18th 2017

I regret having to announce the passing of Rachael Hayhoe, (Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint OBE) a popular former PE teacher at WMGS in early 1960's before going on to become England Ladies Cricket Captain for many years, also a lifelong Wolves fan, former Director and current Club Vice President.

Rachael passed away in the early hours of this morning at the age of 77 after a short illness

You can read more at Wolves FC

November 30th, 2016

You may be interested to hear that there will be an open day at the School Building on Sat 8th April, 2017, 2.30-4.30pm.

November 30th, 2016

On Saturday 26 November 2016, 53 members were at the Old Pupils Association Christmas lunch held at the Mercure Goldthorn Hotel. This enjoyable social occasion included a superb performance given by the Good Company choir and their repertoire included the late Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, a madrigal, a Beatles medley and, of course, festive music. (Reported by Mac McCurry)

October, 2016

Following the cut of funding last year, a bunch of people who use and appreciate the Newhampton Arts Centre (Current users of the school buildings) have got themselves together to form an Ideas and Action group, with the aim of offering ongoing practical help. They call themselves the NACtivists. (Reported by Dorothy Bennett.)

September 28th, 2016

Hi all, this is an advance notice of the chance to visit the old school, look at some memorabilia and hopefully meet up with a few old classmates. The date is Sat 8th April, 2017, 2.30-4.30. More details will follow nearer the time.

August 1st 2016

I note that the 1957 Intake have arranged a re-union at the Dog and Gun, Tettenhall on Friday 12th August 2016 at 12:30, all 1957 intake welcome to attend.

April 19th 2016

I have received an email from David Gough, who was in my class at the school from 1960 to 64. He has recently retired and would like to get back in touch with old colleagues from the school. David is well represented on the web site as he appears in many of the Rugby and Cricket teams from his time at the school. If you want to get in touch with David, email me and I will pass it on.

April 7th 2016

I have received a request from Mr S J Clark, husband of the late Joan Clark, nee Eyre. Joan was at the School from about 1951 to 57 but sadly died on March 1st 2016 with Cancer.

Mr Clark writes:- I know that my late wife went on a school visit to Elsinore around the middle of the 1950’s, if anyone has a photograph(s) from that school visit or any period of my late wife at the school I will be eternally grateful. I have numerous family photographs but not any from her school days.

Sincerely,

SJ Clark

if anyone has any pictures please let me know and I will pass on details of how to get them to Mr Clark.

December 3rd 2015

I have archived news prior to 2016 on to another page at Click Here for Archived news from 2005 to 2015

  • Quite a large number of Ex-Pupils have now registered at the web site: www.friendsreunited.co.uk. Why not pay it a visit. (Don't forget to come back)

  • Do you remember the School Musical Productions - See HMS Pinafore below. A number of pupils also played in the inter-schools orchestra and a picture (1972) may follow later. My Sister was involved with one or two of the G&S productions and is now a member of her local G&S society in Warrington.


  • More Pictures

  • My Memories of the Teachers (with help from classmates and other pupils)

  • School Prospectus and Rules (supplied by John Bennett - 1959 intake) - Note this is the unedited 1959 prospectus.


1963 Picture - Click on a segment for a larger image

If you are not on that picture click here for a look somewhere else.


About Me, and the Old Pupils Association

I was a pupil at WMGS (The Muni) from 1959 (1C) to 1964.(5B).
I was in 'Drake' House (is that why I now play bowls?)
 

My three sisters were also there as follows:-

Rosemary Tame 1961-68,  Dorothy Tame 1968-75 and  Mary Tame 1972-77.

When I joined the Old Pupils Association, I was told that I was one of the younger members. This still appears to be the case, although more younger ex-pupils have been showing an interest recently, Why not consider joining if you are not already a member? .

  • Membership costs only £8 per year.

  • Members of the Old Pupils Association receive 2 newsletters a year.

  • They are also invited to gather for monthly coffee mornings, 10:30 to 12:00 at Quality (Goldthorn) Hotel on first Monday of the month,

  • They usually have an annual re-union  and year groups have also had re-unions, 1949, 1955 and 1957 intake are three I am aware of. Last year's reunion took the form of a luncheon after the AGM in July, and also a Christmas dinner.

  • Application form to join the WMGS Old Pupils Association

  • If you were at the Muni when I was, then I'd like to hear from you. Please email me at Bob

  • If you have any old photos that you would like to see on this page, please scan them in and email them to above address.

  • I maintain this site in my personal webspace as a hobby. If you want to find out more about me then please visit my Homepage


1964 Production of "HMS Pinafore" (Photo supplied by Roger King)

Howard Bampfield send a story about a funny incident during a performance of this production, (Or was it during Pirates of Penzance?) see my Memories page.

HMS Pinafore - 1964


There is a photo of the school on the site at the end of this link, Click here to see it.

Click on the link to read some more Memories of the Muni from Myself and others.


My last School report - Click on it to read it.         Bob's last school report



(1959 intake) (if you can help with more names from the 1959 intake please email me)

If names do not match faces, remember it was 43 years ago when I left!

Class 5B 1964

Most of the Boys

Where are they now?

Do you know?

The Girls

(I can't remember all the girls)

Where are they  now?

Tony Blake Blake

Sadly 'Ant' as he was generally called at School passed away in August 2012 in Leicestershire

Brenda Allerton W'ton

Mike Body Mike Body

W'ton

Jennifer Annely

Denby (I don't know which Denby, I'm hoping to find out soon)

Bill Griffiths Bill Griffiths

Minehead, Somerset 

Pru Bishton  

David Gough

Bridgnorth 

Stephanie Collins  
Ian Gutridge Gutridge Cornwall Carol Croyden  

Ian Hemsley Hemsley

Ian sadly passed away on Jan 7th 2011.

Louise ??  

Alan Jones   Alan Jones

Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Ruth Davies  

Haydn JonesHaydon Jones

Reading, Berkshire 

Lyn James W'ton 

David McSorley Dave McSorley

Near Cannock Gail Pritchard  

Barry Philips Barry Philips

Left at earliest opportunity to join the Army, could be anywhere, was a good friend at School. Lesley Simmonds Mold, Clwyd, Wales

Mike PotterMike Potter

Nantwich, Cheshire Gloria Tomlinson  

Phil SmithPhil Smith

Beverley, Yorkshire. Sadly Phil passed away earlier this year (2017) Lesley Watkins  Sicily

Bob Tame Bob Tame

Marldon, nr Paignton, South Devon. Mary Whittaker  Codsall

Phil Ward Philip Ward

Now near Penzance in Cornwall, previously in Southampton. Anita Maiden  


I'm sure there was
one more boy !!

  Josie Forrest

Susan Forrester

Valerie Turner

Glennis January

Josie is possiby in Walsall, Susan is now Susan Harris living in Codsall, Glennis has recently joined the facebook group

I also have the full list for Class 5A in 1964 supplied by Gloria Roome (nee Powell) and on that page I have started to add any other names that anyone recalls from the other classes in our year.


Famous ex-muni people:(Very short list at present)

  • Ralph Banthorpe (at School circa 1960 to 66) reached the semi finals of the 200 metres at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.  (Now a dentist in Shropshire I think)

  • Rachael Heyhoe Flint (Games mistress around 1963) was an England Ladies Cricket Captain and a Wolves F.C. Director. Sadly Rachael passed away in January 2017.

  • Frances Barber (nee.Brookes) - actress (Article in Autumn 2001 Newsletter)

  • Helen Roberts (1961 intake) - actress, who died in 2014.

  • Lesley Roberts - Has been a singer with the Joe Loss band - her stage name is Vivi Caan

  • Billy Crook, went on to play for Wolves F.C in the winning FA Cup team 1949, and still a member of the Old Pupils Association.
  • Kevin Darley (Champion flat racing Jockey 2001)

  • Howard Raymond Davies – 1895-1973. From the early days when the school was Wolverhampton Higher School, Motorcycle sportsman (1912-27), winning the Senior T.T. twice (1921 and 1925), airman during WW1, manufacturer of HRD Motorcycles of Wolverhampton (1924-28),later to be immortalised as the ‘Vincent HRD’ motorcycle after his company was sold on. Click here to read more


    Now we're stretching things a bit with:
  • Paul Wakefield tells me he sang in Take That's backing group in 1995 (just before they split up)

  • Rod Arnold - went on to play in goal for Wolves reserves and for many years was Mansfield Town's first choice goalkeeper. Does playing for Mansfield Town make you famous?

  • Send me any others you know !!


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