Eleanor Blakeman sent a FAcebook message, probably in October 2016
Eleanor remembers a Year 11 Spam song which was videod at the end of their year, with guest appearances from a number of staff. She asked if it could be made available. Videos are not easy, as many have copyright music as a backing track, which You Tube can block. However this one seems to be permitted, so you can find it in the video section.
The message also prompted me to look out a few photos from Eleanor's last day, in particular one of a great maths class I taught that year.
Chloe Skinner sent an email on 15 June 2016
Chloe is living down in Wales now, and emailed just to say she enjoyed browsing through the Maltonians site, and spotting herself, her friends, her aunts and her dad. She mentions sharing the site with "her partner in crime" in my maths class, Claire Szuman, (now Claire Norris).
The email from Chloe prompted me to look back at her leaving prom in 2005, and i have started working on preparing the pictures from that evening for the website - coming soon!
Howard Campion sent an email on 20 March 2016
Howard emailed with an invitation to the annual Malton Grammar School reunion, which will be at The Old Lodge in Malton on Tuesday 26 April. If anyone would like to attend but is not on Howard's mailing list, please get in touch and I will forward your details to Howard, who would be delighted to send you more information, and to welcome you to the reunion.
Susan Weinhardt (Avison) emailed on 9 March 2016
Susan spotted an extra name in the 1995 Year 11 group photo - Andrew Avison, 5th from left on back row.
Facebook activity in March 2016
Quite a lot of comments on the 1970s photos posted recently. Some conflicts in memories of who's who, but I suppose that is inevitable after 40 years. Stuart Stead and Andy Leadill provided names for the 1969 U13 football team which appears in the Robin Coulthard photo collection.
Jenny Towse (Hopper) and others emailed on 3 March 2016
Following publication of the 1962 staff photo in the Gazette, various emails arrived offering identification for two missing names. Jenny Towse managed to find the photo that she had, and it had names on the back of it, confirming the missing girls' PE teacher's name as Miss Judith Aiston. She also had a few other memories of the staff in the photo: "Brenda Holmes was lab assistant and Mrs Fletcher was Mr Taylor's secretary. Mollie Clarke was Domestic Science teacher and ran a spotless DS room, down one side of the quad. I recall that Royston Bower played the bassoon. " John Smith replied to say that he was the bassoonist, and Roy Bower was actually a trombonist - they shared the same music stand! Angela Walters emailed to say "The Mrs Fletcher mentioned is my cousin Jean Fletcher, who was school secretary at the time. Her husband Kenneth was the careers officer to shools. They lived in Thornton Dale before moving to Kettering where he took up a Careers position. Sadly she died in February this year aged 84."
Thanks also to Steve Arundale, Ruth Macdonald (Wilson), Anna Lupton and Margaret Pattinson (Triffit) who emailed about the photographs as well. Combining suggestions, I think the missing name on the 1965 staff photo is Miss Alicia Uruski, girls PE teacher for 1 year before Sheila fricker arrived.
Facebook activity in February 2016
The 1968-71 Malton County Modern pictures from Robin Coulthard generated quite a lot of activity on Facebook, involving amongst others, Andy Leadill, Julie Stroughair, Joe Houghton, Joanne Holmes, Gavin Read, Anthea Reeves, Lisa Francis, Denise Stockdale, Joan Johnson,Jayne Farmer. Messages provide some names, which I have put with the photos, although with Facebook comments it is never 100% clear which photo they refer to, or whether names mentioned are of people in the photo, or are just named to alert other friends. Also with women I am never sure if people use married names or school names. And of course sometimes peoples' memories conflict!
Tony Kirby emailed on 6 February 2016
Prompted by John Smith's email (below), Tony added the last name to the 1958 staff photo. The missing name is Sheila Whitworth (Whitford?), who taught French and RI, and Tony thinks she replaced Miss Sedgewick who left to become a missionary in Madagascar. She was Tony's Form 3 form mistress, in Room 5. Tony also provides most of the names for the 1962 staff photo, with just three ladies unidentified. Can anyone fill in the missing details?
John Smith emailed on 23 January 2016
John (MGS 1960-65) provided a missing names for a 1958 staff photo, - Mrs Fletcher, the school secretary. She is also on the 1962 photo, where I notice I do not have many staff names. Surely someone out there can fill them in for me? Perhaps you can, John?
Malcolm Smith sent an email on 15 January 2016
Malcolm emailed having spotted his uncle Kenneth Smith, un-named, on the 1950 MGS staff photograph. Kenneth was a student at the grammar school 1935 - 1942, then went to Sheffield University before teaching at Richmond, Malton and THirsk, where he finished as Head of Maths. He died in 1994. Malcolm is pictured on the September 2002 reunion photo, taken in front of the school entrance.
Chris Gardner emailed on 27 December 2015
Chris is researching the Reverend William Pounds, who was master of Malton Grammar School 1835 - 1866, and actually moved the school to Norton during his period of office. Chris tells me that Revd. Pounds moved from Malton to the Isle of Wight, where he founded Appuldurcombe College in 1867. He was also the grandfather of Dudley Pound, the First Sea Lord under Churchill.
Brian Newcombe sent an email on 16 December2015
Brian emailed to make a "!small offering" of the October 1959 whole school photo, a larger resolution than the one previously on the website, weighing in at 5Mb. It is always a difficult choice between minimising file size and download times, and maximising the ability to zoom in close on faces in the photos. I have put a link to the larger version on the Panoramic photos page. He also added a missing first name to the 1958 Form I photo.
Roy Stenton emailed on 22 November 2015
Roy spotted himself in a 1940s ATC photo which appeared in the Gazette and Herald a couple of weeks back. Roy tells me that the photo, of the ATC group in "skins", was taken because the group had recently won the area heats of a gymnastics competition. It appears in Mrs Williams' photo album, as Mr Williams is at the front of the group.
Jayne Watson emailed on 5 November 2015. Jayne has two children currently at school. She was surprised to find out last year that the mother of her husband's Aunt Pearl had attended Malton Grammar School in the 1920s, and was possibly the first name on an Honours board in the school. Her name was Christiania Metcalfe. Does anyone have information about her, or about the Honours Board mentioned? I have not come across any honours boards when looking through old materials.
Chris Eaton emailed on 20 October 2015
Chris emailed having spotted himself in a 2003 Year 13 leavers photo - taken at the Feathers in Helmsley. He has been a Design Technology teacher for the last 10 years, inspired by Barry Miller and "super-safe Steve". He married his "school sweetheart" Claire White.
Julia Rowsby (Julia Mason) emailed on 17 October 2015. Julia found a copy of the 1978 Oliver programme which she "came across while tidying out our loft." Not brilliantly clear, but authentic faded duplicating as was normal for the time, before the advent of photocopying for printing.
Richard Thornton emailed on 14 October 2015
In response to some photographs of sixth form groups fr0m the 1940s and 1950s appearing in the Gazette and Herald, Richard sent in his best efforts at remembering names of some of those in the pictures, including himself in the 1950-51 photo.
Florence Mary Baker's son John Brinkler emailed on 18 September 2015
John is doing some family history research. He thinks his mum appears 10th from the left, front row, on the 1926 whole school photo of MGS. He also mentions that his grandfather, Henry Leamington Baker, was principal at "the local reform school", which I assume would have been the Crambeck Approved School (or Crambeck Farm School). Any information from anybody on this will be very welcome.
Ashley Oliver messaged me on Facebook 29 August 2015.
Ashley spotted the Smike pictures, and tells me that although he wasn't in the production, he did take all the pictures I put on the site, and still has the originals. Thanks Ashley.
Roisin MacMahon messaged me on Facebook 29 July 2015.
I was absolutely shocked to hear her news, the terrible reality of Liam Miller's death in York this week. Liam was only 20, on vacation from studying for a graphic design degree at Liverpool John Moores. I don't know what to say or think, other than my thoughts go out to his family.
Jane Goodwill posted comments on the Maltonians Facebook page 25 June 2015.
Names for the 1989 Red Nose pictures: Hedley Brown, Duncan Brookes, John Duggleby, Marcus Lee, Nick Dyson, and Alec Warters and Johnnie Jon Hubery
Robert Ceely commented on the Maltonians Facebook Page 25 June 2015.
Robert spotted himself on the 1989 Comic Relief photos, and named a few of his friends in the picture as well. Julie Cheesman and Katie Joanne Wilkinson also commented. Still some names to find though.
Alec Russell sent an email on 4 June 2015.
I was very interested to see the photographs of Oliver! from Malton School in 1978. I was the photographer who took them.
At that time I was doing a great deal of stage photography (York Theatre Royal and Alan Ayckbourn's Theatre-in-the-Round at Scarborough). My two sons were at the school at the time and I think my eldest worked on the stage management side. I do remember that it was an excellent production and I was impressed by the professionalism of it all. I am certain that you will get many recollections from members of the cast and audiences.
Alec now specialise in horseracing photography.
Rose Forshaw sent a Facebook message 25 May 2015.
Rose sent two photographs of her dad, Eric Bernard Farnell, who was head boy in 1942. Eric used to live with his mother in a house by Newsham Bridge, recently demolished.
Mike Smith emailed on 22 May 2015.
Mike sent in a few memories prompted by the 1962 photo and memories posted by Brian Newcombe earlier this week.
Brian Newcombe sent an email on 17 May 2015
Brian emailed to offer some additional names for the 1958 Form I photograph on which he appears. He also sent a few memories of his days at school. and a
1962-3 6th form photo with names and details.
Mike Dunning sent an email on 5 May 2015
Mike Dunning filled in a Friends form "having spotted myself in the football team photo's submitted by Keith Richardson. It brought back some great memories of life in Malton and friends I made whilst at school. Mike was at school 1963-8. He currently lives in Worcestershire. He is happy for any old school friends to contact him. Contact me and I will pass on his email address.
Howard Campion sent an email on 2 May 2015
Howard reported on a successful annual reunion, with 35 people attending. He provides an attendance list, and sadly an inevitable list of those no longer with us. I have put these in the Reunions Update.
Howard Campion sent an email on 2 April 2015
Howard sent an invite to the annual reunion at The Lodge on Tuesday 28 April. I am sure the invite extends to all former students - if you are interested and not already signed up, get in touch and I will forward your email to Howard.
Kitty Grove-Stephenson, nee Thackray, Facebook message March 2015
Kitty reports that she suffered a heart attack two weeks ago. She is recovering, just out of hospital having had a stent implant. Still very breathless and fragile - she says that "sorting my my immediate schedules will take time (and ingenuity)". Best wishes for your recovery Kitty.
Howard Campion sent an email on 15 February 2015
Howard sent scans of 1958 and 1959 Speech Day programmes, together with a scan of the 1960 Sports Day programme. The programmes are printed on thin paper, so with age the print from the back comes through to the front, and the 1960 Sports Day paper has yellowed, but the key information is all still legible.
Malton School received a letter on 9 February 2015.
The letter was from the executors of Sheila Pratt's estate, and included a most generous cheque for £100 000! Sheila was a pupil of Malton Grammar School 1943-1950, ending her time here as Head Girl. She went on to become a pioneer editor of the Law Society Gazette, and lived in Picotts End near Hemel Hemstead for the last 30 years of her life. I found this 1947 picture of her with a little help from Kitty Grove-Stephenson.
John (Chalky) White emailed on 22 January 2015.
John confirms that the Audi Alteram Partem badge (in the Objects gallery) is indeed the prefects badge from the sixties. He still has his from his time as prefect, and latterly Head Boy, in 1961-2. He also still has his cricket colours. It is always good to get some confirmation about details of the items on the site and in the archive. He is in a 1961 photo in the science lab.