Sherwood Hall Technical Grammer School

I recently found our Form Photo with Ernie Renshaw and I’m not sure whether it was 4A or 5A, but I have the names on the reverse. No-one signed their Christian name so those I have remembered I’ve put in. So here we go

Back row from the left:

Roy Gregory, Neil Mason, Steve Price, Graham Smith, B Watson, J Beardall, Joe Broadfoot

Next row down from the left:

John Berrill, Robert Grattage, J A Hickling, John Newbery, Stephen Redfern, John A Pemblington, S Oliver, John Stanley

Second row from the front names from the left:

A Clarke, Stephen Lee, Alan Farmilo, David Holt, E B R Renshaw, Albert Pinder, H W (Bill) Wiffen, Chris Wragg, P Savage

Front Row names from the left:

Robert Laughton, R Gibbons, Brian Pickard, Gregory B, Philip Richmond, R Rawlinson, David Williams, Robert Vickers, D Dobb.

I remember going through my school years with nicknames such as “no-neck” & “hunchback” given my two disabilities from birth. (As you see me in the photo with a pronounced left shoulder problem). But that was only from a few and I don’t remember any of my form mates using those names. Memory seems to tell me that we simply got on.

Have I got any names wrong? And is it 4 or 5A? Ernie had his chess club and the store of Brooke Bond tea cards for us to swap. Maths was not my best subject, and I’m not sure what was, but he never gave up!

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  • Hi David,

    you don’t know me but I was at Sherwood Hall 1958 – 63. First in Nissan huts then up in Forest Town. The photo of EB Renshaw’s form,

    I’m certain that to EBR’s left the boufonted blond is Michael ‘Tats’ Taylor. He was a really good footballer and runner. Judging by the faces I think the form might be 4, it could even be 3.

    I was in 1J5, 2J3, 3T3  4T, then 5T. Stayed another year in 5A.

    In the last year at Sutton road the mass CrossCountry went round the res. Everybody in school, third year up had to run, unless you were afflicted in some way. That year Tats Taylor was seventh, I was eleventh. The two highest third years.

    Happy days, best wishes, Jim Munro.

    By Jim Munro (11/02/2018)
  • Nice to see the photo David. I cannot remember if I ever had a copy of this one. I don’t think that you have any of the names wrong.

    The fact that some of us still keep in touch after 50 years indicates that we were indeed not such a bad lot.

    I attended the weddings of John Berrill and yourself and was the best man for Graham Smith at his wedding. I hope that I did a good job!

    With regard to your comments about any disability,you should be aware, I hope, you are just David. I have known you for many years and, honestly, do not even give a second thought to your “disability” but I think that you already know that.

    Thank you for the posting and keep in touch.



    By Robert Grattage (16/12/2016)

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