Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Welcome and Index

Hello and welcome to this blog about The former City of Coventry boarding school at Cleobury Mortimer, also known as Wyre Farm Camp School. The former school is of course now known as the Pioneer Centre.  The school is part of a wider social history of camp schools created in 1939 by the National Camps Corporation (NCC) and was one of 50 proposed and 39 actual Camp schools - you can read more on the post about National camp schools.

This post will ride on top as an intro - so scroll down for both new and older posts or - click - Index 

INDEX TO POSTS - The reason I've moved the index is that the list was getting a bit big - it now has its own page. I've arranged all the posts into categories to make material easier to find. i suggest you open the index in a separate tab so you can move between pages more easily. (The Newest posts are also in the sidebar).

The discussion has been going on via 2 Facebook pages - I Survived Wyre Farm School (the school's original name) and on City of Coventry School. Memories have been used, interestingly, to re-explore the area, look into aspects of local history and geography and how the area and the school has changed over the years. Stand alone pages in the tabs Above - About - School Photos - List of Pupils 64 -66 etc.

Bookmark this site then it's easy to find.
CONTRIBUTIONS - of Thoughts / Photos or Information  can be sent to us via e mail at  wyrefarmed@gmail.com

NEW WYREFARM PHOTO BLOG - I've created a new blog just for the relevant photos of the school without all the blurb (except necessary annotations). It's new and therefore developing but will group together all the photos of the school, pupils, sports, staff, area. Link is http://wyrefarmphotos.blogspot.co.uk/

The Webbs c 1957 

Charles Joyce c 1967 (Note the Coat of Arms design changed!)

Lauri Lindsay c 1968


The Value of the Site
Some times our memories don't match the facts identically. The internet has united us geographically and provided the means to share and compare memories with pupils who may have been at the school at different times / decades. The internet has also provided the means to look things up, check facts, identify locations and find out it's history. So - far from just a nostalgic look back on our youth, there is some real learning and research going on and the building of a much bigger picture!

Trev Teasdel


Tribute to Stuart Tranter

Sad news from Sonia Tranter -
Stuart Tranter

 "Hello Trev. It's with sadness I let you know that Stuart Tranter, my husband passed away on Thursday 15 February after a battle with cancer of the osophagus. His funeral is on Monday 26th at 1pm in Coventry crem, charter chapel. 

Stuart and I came along to the last reunion in 2013 and he loved every minute showing me around and telling me all the escapades he got up to!! We took quite a few photos of the group there, but I cannot get access to them to show on this page. He had good memories of the place and having an older brother (Paul) there made it all the better.
I remember the name Mr Chopin mentioned a lot!!

I will close his Facebook account shortly, but seeing he was a member of the "I survived wyre farm school" I thought I'd inform you of his passing
Sonia Tranter"

Sonia also sent us this little bio of Stuart Tranter

Stuart left school to work as a butcher for the co-op. His first job was chopping up lambs which he found a bit crazy as the weeks before he had been hand feeding some at the local farm that he did quite a bit of work there. He met me in '74 and we married in '79. He retrained to go into industry as a Turner, which he then used to get into company's such as, Talbot, Motor Panels and lastly Land Rover when he retired on medical grounds due to a very bad left knee. 

We bought a place in Spain and enjoyed the last 12 years making it a place for all the family to visit as often as possible. Stuart was known as a "do-er" and enjoyed investigating how things worked and ready to help solve all kinds of problems ("how would Stuart approach or do this"?) was often said. He was active in the cub scouts for a long time too with the Coventry 46th. He often said that City of Coventry Boarding School, gave him a good grounding and ethos. He was right! He was kind and very thoughtful to everyone, and I was honoured to feel cherished by him. There is a huge void, but I will do my best to carry on his ways.
Stuart Tranter What a good time we had. I am the one in the middle of the stock


Friday, January 12, 2018

Photos from Paul Blundell c1966

Air raid shelter behind the ablutions being filled in c 1966.

Mr Harper - Swimming lessons

Recreation room

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Recent Uploaded Photos of the School.

A few pics taken recently  from the school Facebook Page "I Survived Wyre Farm School".

Photo is from Bill Vesper, there from 1951 until 1954.

The photograph is of a marionette performance organised by one of the teachers who was known as ' Potty Watts' (a real nice guy).In the photograph the people are (from left to right) David Brown, Ken Andrews, Bill Vasper (that's me) Gwyn Evans, Sparks, Watt, Bob Vasper and Maurice Quin.

Photo Via Keith Ison

Trev Teasdel
 "Mr Morris - (Head) on the right back"

Mick Gajic "looks like Martin Hawthorn, head boy when I was there, sitting in middle blonde hair."

Paul Nicholas Williamson "Martin Horobin, Trev Dodd. Martin Horobin was House Captain for Mortimer Sitting, second from right. The chap with the glasses on is Stuart Graham, younger brother of Richie."

Ian Elmer "Isn't Elmer on the end left as you look."

Photo from Dill Holmes

David Stuart - Kempster is the one with his head in stocks. Tranter too?

Rosemary Webb Rehill "Pete Germaine!!! Ha!! Those were the days!"

David Stuart "Clive Kingsley-Smith facing camera Pete Germaine. "

Dill Holmes Guy lying on deck I think was Derick Champion , chap on right I think was David Ott or Rankin"

Photo by Mike Godwin.

Photo above and below - Paul Blundell

Photo from John Kitchener

Roy D Christon Radford House 1951

John Kitchener I was at Wyre Farm from 1951 to 1954 and I think the photo was around 1952. I was in Radford Dormitory and Mr Musgrove was the master. I am second from the right. the good looking one. My Cousin Peter Storrie was also in the same dormitory but at the other end.

I remember a big lad called Judge who now lives in Leyland Lancashire, and another lad called Franze muller but I have no idea where he is nowerdays. I am retired, 73 years old and live in Thornton Cleveleys Lancashire. I spend a lot of the summer in my static caravan in Brecon South wales.
Nice to hear from you.
Kind Regards
John Kitchener

Roy D Christon Just found my school reports for 1951/53 teachers were Daddy Hadfield. Mr Ham, Mr Richards, Mr Martin Headmaster.

Mad Carue I remember Daddy Hadfield, Mr Martin, Mr Cosgrove, Lambley and Langley , I was in Radford but can’t remember the Masters for certain, The names Ham and Richards ring a bell but that’s all.

Roy D Christon Daddy Hadfield was housemaster in Radford House the low numbers. 

Nigel Tuckey SS Uganda.

Dill Holmes Correct, docked at Malaga l think. 
Lisburn was the first stop, I can't remember which year though, more likely 70.

David Stuart Think you are right 70 remember Chris Green nearly through me overboard because I fixed his deckchair to collapse and he trapped his finger in it.

Nigel Tuckey I was on another one in December 71. We flew and toured around Venice before the ship left for Athens, Rhodes, Haifa, for Jerusalem & Bethlehem, and back to Venice.

Adrian Rosenlund Hudson There was also one in the late 70's, which i couldn't go on, but Jon Steane did.

Jon Andrew Steane Yes I did go on one, but it was March 1980, started in Yugoslavia, and went to Cyprus, Turkey, Santorini, Crete and finished up in Venice. George and Mrs. Parker went along to keep us under control. Now if I remember correctly there was Mark Babb, MarkShekespear, Rob Wood and Aubrey Wood, Mark Watson and Dean Watson, plus two more whose names escape me. Oh yes and I remember Sally Watson, not from the school but from Alcester. And I wonder if one of the other guys (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) remembers Mandy Bond?

Mark Shakespeare I remember that as well. Got us away from School for a while. if i am correct, we also went to Egypt. We docked in Alexandria and visited Cairo and saw the pyramids.

John Billing no, but I have vague memories of canoeing down the Wye...

Stuart McDonald John, canoeing down the Wye was the only trip I recall. Fishy Place ran it and I think Grubby Mush Harper was the other staff member on the trip. I was in a canoe with Phil Stevenson.

Photo from Dil Holmes

Keith Ison Steve Mosey second from left middle row Pennington front row with stripped top.

Dill Holmes Harkin front left?

Keith Ison Yes looks like Steve Harkin his older Brother Rich was also at the school.

Photo Stuart McDonald

Stuart McDonald I believe it was likely 63 or 64, but don't have a date on the back of the photo.

Deli Kurbaga Mick Oh Yes Brings them Flooding Back up Clee Hill on a Sat with your Packed Lunch. Pack of sausages from the village Shop, light the fire and cook them up there. Great Times.

Stuart McDonald I can confirm it was the side of Dudley House, I was in Dudley.

Christopher Applebey The path in the foreground leads to a gateway onto the roadside footpath. Just before it is a bench. Those of us who attended Methodist chapel (just to the right of where the dark car is parked in the middle of the photo) would wait on the bench until the one Methodist teacher (Baz (Ollie) Matthews) would turn up and then go in. If he didn't we'd bunk off church! Non-Conformists 1, C of E 0.

Photo from Mike Godwin.

Photo from Andy Gibson

Andy Gibson Yeah, that pic was '78 or '79 I think. Colour was the new black, as it were!!!

Hadrian Wall Speaking of old technology, does anyone remember Mr. Rowlands coming into the class with a tape recorder and asking each pupil to state his name? I was horrified at how I sounded. It was the first time I had used one.

Tony Baker That looks like Arley where railway goes over river Seven.

Andy Gibson It could well be, Tony, as I remember a trip to the Severn Valley Railway.

Martin Hull Victoria Bridge, Arley.

New book by former pupil Paul Rees

Pictures below of the play from Paul Blundell

Photo from Jade Weaver

Hiya my grandad (Peter Gilberthorpe)
Is trying to find old friends from school 1953-1958 message me if anyone knows him , thanks x
From left to right , Dennis Naughton, Micheal lacy,....,David Scrivens ,...,Peter Gilberthorpe,....,teacher was Walter Clarke .

Tony Baker Yes I remember him, same class. Wally Clarke took us through from 2nd, 3rd and fourth year. John Davies is also in the picture, on the right of Dave Scrivens looking from front.

Ken Hammond He was House Master of Blount, before Jim Lovatt. He had a spaniel that would find dirty socks in your locker.

Tony Baker Spaniels name was Descant, now how's that for a memory.

Ken Hammond Amazing, I remember that if someone got 'the slipper' off Clarke, you could see an imprint of the Dunlop 'badge' on their backside.