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.
Mike Smith emailed on 29 December 2014.
Mike filled in a Friends form and says he would love to hear from anyone he was at school with (MGS 1956-63). He is still in regular contact with Mick Dixon, but has lost touch with most others. He is currently living in Kenilworth. If you want to get in touch email me and I will pass on your details. I have added a few details to the Memories page.
Michael Crawshaw emailed on 24 December 2014
Michael noted the memorial to Alex Joannidis, who he remembers as "a truly fantastic teacher". Not related to teacher Melvyn Crawshaw, but remembers him as a form teacher and geometrical drawing teacher.
Kitty Grove-Stephenson, nee Thackray, emailed on 19 December 2014
Kitty continues to raise money for charity through ever-more amazing challenges. This time she went on a mile long zip-wire, reaching speeds of 100mph, and in the process raised £3160 for Multiple Sclerosis Research. It might be worth pointing out that Kitty was at Malton School from 1943 to 1948, so that makes her ... well, not a youngster! 82?
Anthony Hare emailed on 30 November 2014
Anthony provided a few more names to the 1963-4 prefects picture that Tony Kirby sent in.
M Rafik emailed on 24 Nov 2014. M Rafik (sorry, I do not know his full name) was an old schoolfriend of Alex Joannidis, back in Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1950s. He was pleased to see the additions to the site in memory of Alex, some of which he provided. He tells me that he has informed other classmates of the website, and a number have also viewed the tributes.
Gillian Neufield was in touch (via a friend) 19 Nov 2014. Gillian lives in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, but spends a month in Malton each year at her old house on Middlecave Road. She was in the sixth form at Malton in 1949 - 51. She doesn't use the internet, but if anyone would like to get in touch, please let me know and I will arrange contact.
Tony Kirby wrote 29 October 2014
Tony sent 8 photos from his time at Malton Grammar School in the early 1960s. A production of Androcles and the Lion, a trip to Malham, 1963-4 prefects, and a 1962 speech day. Tony has kindly donated the pictures to the school archive.
Matthew Lawson messaged on 18 October, in response to the Y7 photos.
Matthew asked for a 1998 photo please. I think the other 1998 Year 7 forms are on the wall in West Wing, so I will attempt to unscrew and scan next time I am in school Matthew. Update 24/10/14. I have uploaded them Matthew. Which one is you?
Wendy Tasker messaged on 18 October, in response to the Y7 photos.
Wendy asked for a 1980 photo please. Sorry Wendy - 1980s are very scarce, at least in my collection. Does anyone have a 1980 1st year photo with Wendy on it? I have put 6 pictures from the 1980s on, of outdoor pursuits trips with Kieth Williams - the closest I could find.
John Smith emailed on 15 October 2014
John provided a missing names for a 1962 photo, and sent another, of Form 3A 1962 with about half the names. John would love to hear from anyone at MGS in the 1960s - let me know and I will pass on his email, or look him up on Facebook.
Dave Evans emailed on 12 October 2014
Dave tells me that in addition to being in the Yorkshire Life 1963 photo receiving a prize, he is blowing his own trumpet in the orchestra, and sat on the front row of the audience.
Lizzie Stallybrass (now Hunt) emailed in October 2014
Lizzie provided a number of names for the photos of the Year 13 A level prom at the Feathers, Helmsley, in 2003 - Lizzie was one of the yeargroup. Lizzie is now down in Islington.
Helen Williams (nee Dawson) filled in a Friends form and emailed on 2 October 2014 I couldn't find her on a picture, but she tells me she is playing the violin in the orchestra on the 2nd page of the 1970s gallery, and in front of the minibus on the 3rd.
Margaret Blunt, daughter of Audrey Howarth, emailed on 9 October 2014 Margaret got in touch to tell me that her mother died earlier this year, and that her family will be holding a memorial service later this month. Audrey Howarth, who married to become Audrey Thormpson, taught English, history and French at Malton Grammar School 1948 - 1953. She was also involved with the girl guides at the school. See the announcement in the progress log to the left.
Meeting with Richard Young 28 September 2014 Remarkably I met Dick Young on a visit to Lindisfarne Castle on Sunday. We were both (independently) spending a couple of days up in Northumberland on a short break. Although we live a couple of miles apart we seldom bump into each other in the Pickering area.
Rachel McCulloch sent an email on 22 September 2014 Rachel emailed to say well done with the new website. She is now in her seventh year in the RAF, and is stationed at Brize Norton near Oxford. Her role is in media communications and PR.
Greta Clowes (nee Labistour) wrote in September 2013 Greta wrote a year ago with memories of her time at Malton Grammar School when she was evacuated from Hull during World War II. I cam across the letter today, so I have finally uploaded it to the site, as promised.
Howard Fox sent an email on 26 August 2014
Howard emailed to point out that a photo I had as 1954 Twelfth Night in Rosie Taylor's collection, is in fact 1959 As You Like It. All these corrections are much appreciated - before 1993 I must rely on people's recollection and information to try and make this site a true and correct record.
Alex Stephenson sent an email on 26 August 2014
Alex got in touch to add a name to Tony Kirby's list for the 1958 Form II photo, in the 1958 album recently posted - the name being Robin Tuke, who lived at Ampleforth. Alex is in the form II picture as well.
Stephen Mills sent an email on 23 August 2014
Stephen Mills emailed having just found the website. He confirms it is him in the 2002 Christmas pictures, complete with tinsel tie. He also mentioned that some of the links didn't work on the Christmas shows page - I checked and it is because I haven't completed the pages. I have put some temporary pages in for now, and will upload more of the pictures in the coming weeks.
Tony Kirby sent an email on 11 August 2014
Tony emailed a list of the prefects in 1962, as pictured in Rosie Taylor's collection. He thinks it must have been taken in September or October of the year, as Patrick Youdan is featured, who died in November of the year.
Richard Taylor sent an email 15 June 2014
Richard emailed to ask about copies of photographs from 1971 Malton Grammar School. There is a full album from the final year of the Grammar School which is in the school archive. I have uploaded the 23 photos in the 1970s photo gallery. Hopefully Richard and others may be able to add some names and other details to them.
Rosy Thacker (nee Taylor), sent an email on 27 July 2014
Rosy now lives in Matlock, and emailed having noticed the contacts from Paul Whitwell and the 1962 photograph with her on it. She is currently researching and writing a book on Matlock as a resort town.
Paul Whitwell sent an email on 15 June 2014
Paul sent in six more names for the photograph mentioned below - 1962 September Sixth Form - sent in by Philip Lonsdale. Paul is one of the six additions. Between Paul and Philip I think all names are now sorted. Unless you know differently.
Matthew and Philippa Johnson sent an email on 15 June 2014
Matthew sent 7 photos from 1981-2 . These are colour snaps, probably taken by Matthew. Two are on the school field, and five are from an interesting looking Sixth Form fancy dress party, where cross-dressing seems to have been the theme. He provides some names, but thre are question marks to fill in if anyone can oblige.
Philip Lonsdale sent an email on 25 May 2014
Phil sent a 1962 September group photo, framed and clearly part of a professional photographer's portfolio. He thinks the group is probably Form V, or Form VI. They are with Mr Bower. Phil gives names for a number of those in the photo - Michael Bogue, Clive Duggleby, Susan Corner, Philip Lonsdale, Bernadette Holt, Richard Young, Penny Howarth, Rosie Taylor, Pam Inman, Jackie Coulthard, Josie, Sheila Raines. Can anyone fill in the missing names?
Christopher Garrett sent a letter on 19 May 2014
Chris, now 75, living in Cheshire, is the 4x removed grandson of the Reverend Harry Garrett, who was the Headmaster of Malton Grammar School 1866-1904. He purchased The History of Malton School 1547-2006, and mentions that his granddaughter, Sophie Hadwin, is about to start teaching at Norton Primary School. This brings something of a circular connection for the family. The letter prompted me to add a list of the staff of Malton Grammar School, 1547 - 1904, indeed all staff lists, to the site.
Howard Campion sent an email on 15 May 2014
Howard sent a few corrections and additions to the 1955 Form III picture, and the 1955 football team. 'David Oldfield [ from Hovingham and known as 'Spadge' for some reason]; EDWIN Prest [his brother still?  drives the Terrington school bus] ... Aurea Craggs [from Habton], ... Elizabeth Bowman [from Norton] ... Brenda North [from Hovingham]. ... Robert SARGISON is another corrected name and he can also be seen sitting on the second row [with Mother] of the sports day photograph.
Mary (Bayfield) Cowton sent an email on 10 May 2014
Mary provided some names for the 1962 Form 1 Alpha and 1965 Mrs Williams Form 4A photos. She remembers that Mrs Williams kept her group for two years because they 'were such a good class'! Also in the picture: Christine Pirie was known as Poppy to her friends, which carried on from junior school because she had a red and green hat and coat outfit. Michael Geldard became head boy. Mary promises more in the future, when she sorts out some of her photo boxes.
Howard Campion sent an email on 8 May 2014
Remarkably Howard realised that when he worked at Leeds General Infirmary back in the late 1960s, he worked with my brother Michael and his wife Valerie. He had not made the connection with the Fearnley's until this week. A photo of an evening at Farnley Hall in 1970 confirms the idea - Howard is performing some routine, and my brother is sat in the audience behind him. I love coincidences.
Pat Gorringe emailed on 4 May 2014
Pat had attended last week's reunion at The Lodge in Malton, and tells me that 'For the first time five girls of the year 1949 were there. We were Margaret (Ward) Gibson, Rita (Hudson) Postill, Jill (Hicks) Roe, Ann (Clark) ???? and Pat (Pallister) Gorringe. The first time I have seen Rita, Jill and Ann since we left in 1956.' Good to hear that rekindling of such memories still go on at the reunions. I have added Pat's 1950s pictures to the site. She also told me that her brother, Terry, had died last April (2013). Terry had written some detailed memories of Malton Senior School back in 2003. I have now included these in the Memories pages of this site.
Ed Richmond sent a message on 3 May 2014
Ed left in 2009. He asked the same question a number of others have asked - tried to get in touch with teachers via Facebook, but never got replies. I think teachers of necessity have to be cautious about their privacy, and their contact with young people, so please don't be offended if they don't reply to friends requests. I never did when I was still teaching, only after I retired. If you want to pass messages on, try it through this site and I will do my best. Ed is currently running two IT businesses in Hull.
Website launch 22/4/14
Decided the time was right to make the website public. Sent off emails to everyone on the old Maltonians database list (2008). About 80% came back undeliverable, but a few did elicit replies. My thanks to Dave Evans, Alan Burns, Brian Windsor, Jason Langley, Michael Willis, Jill Swailes, Simon Holden, Sam Davies for quick responses and positive replies.
Nancy Silverstein emailed on 13/1/14
She asks for help in locating the original owner of what she describes as a Malton High School ring from 1969. It was amongst her aunt's possessions and it has the initials TEM inscribed on it. As her aunt lived in Queens, New York, I wonder if the connection is with the other Malton School in the world - in Mississauga, Ontario? Any ideas anyone?
Chris Huxtable emailed on 25/12/13 (yes, Christmas day!)
Chris bought a copy of A History of Malton School, and found a picture of his Dad on page 40, running in the 220 yards race. He raises some doubt about the picture in the archive, which Brian Goforth had previously told me (in 2003) that it was him and 'Anderson'. Can anyone help clear up the confusion?
Dave Evans emailed on 31/10/13
Dave, who now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, contacted me to fill in some details on the Derwent Chess Trophy found in the school cupboard. (More will follow)
Greta Clowes wrote on 20/9/13
Greta wrote to say she was returning her library book just found - Pilgrim's Progress - 71 years late! (The letter will be added to the site at a later date)
Craig Bird posted on 17/9/13
Craig is a military collector who e-mailed having bought a WW1 commemorative item which appears to have the school badge on it. (More to follow)