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  1. I've recently changed to an automatic & I now feel less engaged with the driving process. If I'm not careful, I now tend to drive in auto-pilot mode which is not a good thing to do.
  2. I remember RICS hardware shop. He used to sell a bit of everything along with the hardware. RICS was in business from about 1961 to 1975. The previous owner of the shop was a Mrs Mackereth.
  3. It was Marjorie Robinsons. I lived almost opposite her shop during the 60s & early 70s. One of hairdressers was called Gerald.
  4. I've a photograph of class4A taken in September 1957. I'm afraid I don't know how to upload it. Anyone know how it's done? While I'm on, I have some belated sad news to impart. Barry Toothill, who was a good mate of mine, passed away in early 2014 from mesothelioma. We had recently re-established contact via Friendsreunited after very many years, but the illness struck just afterwards. Barry went on to Carfield Seniors & left in 1961. I should add that the class 4A referred to above was a junior school class taught by Mr Vasey. Does the name David Seago ring any bells? David was another pal but he was a year older than me. He jokingly told me that he had passed for "King Teds over the hill" meaning Anns Road. The Seagos emigrated to New Zealand in 1960. Sadly David passed away a couple of years later aged 16.
  5. If you who are who I think you are, I only know about your post- Brincliffe career because my eldest son was attending an Art Foundation at Chesterfield College in 1993 & he happened to mention your name as being one of the teaching staff. I remembered your name because you & I were the only "Rogers" at Brincliffe . I hope you don't think I was "tracking" you! Sounds a bit weird put like that.
  6. Sometime between taking the 11+ & receiving the results, we received a list of grammar schools arranged in a sort of pecking order. Top was King Ted's & Girls High School, second was High Storrs, somewhere in the middle was City Grammar, near the bottom but not at the bottom was Brincliffe. I don't know how you ere expected to make up 2 years of learning French. I enjoyed French & German lessons; I thought they weren't that important but they came as a bit of light relief to offset the horrors of Mrs Potter's lessons (you know what I mean). Regards fatrajah
  7. The building is now known as Chestnut Court & consists of quite a few apartments. I had a look around about 20 years while the building was being converted under the pretext of being interested in buying one. The classroom where I spent year 2B had not been started so it was just a big empty room. Sadly my visit did not evoke any memories & I felt no connection with the place even though I recognised many parts of the building. They do say you should never go back. Don't get me wrong; I have mostly fond memories of the school & enjoy reminiscing on threads like these.
  8. Brincliffe Grammar was on Union Road, Nether Edge. Nether Edge Grammar occupied the building until 1958 when the pupils & most of the teaching staff moved to the newly-opened Abbeydale Boys Grammar on Hastings Road Millhouses. I think Brincliffe was set up as an overspill school to cope with the number of post-war baby boomers. The school was only in existence for 7 years & closed in 1965. The Education Department used the building for various purposes for many years thereafter. On games days we used pass your old school on our way to the playing fields behind the Maud Maxfield School for the Deaf . That was at Bents Green. The school building still exists but is much altered & extended having been converted into apartments about 20 years ago.
  9. Hello, Grannypat Yes, Mr Silcock was on the short side. We nicknamed him 'Basil' from B.A. Silcock. I was told that he ended up as the Principal of some college in Lancashire. At least I was told that by Mr Chapman who was a part-time maths teacher 1959/60 whom I met in the late 1990s while doing some conservation work in Ecclesall Woods. Do you remember him? 'Hiram Holliday's real name was Brian Whittaker. He started at Brincliffe in September 1961 having previously worked in South Africa. He wasn't really cut out to be a teacher , was he? Sadly he died of a brain tumour in about June 1963. It was very sad the way he was treated by some pupils. In the late 1960s while working for GPO Telephones, I met his brother, Graham. He put Mr Whittaker's illness down to excessive studying.
  10. If the one on South Street closed just after WW1 & the present building dates from 1919 as I posted earlier, that would make sense.
  11. I used to go in there every Friday in 1966/67. The date 1919 sticks in my memory as the date the pub was built.
  12. Several years ago I bought a second-hand copy of The Kon-Tiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl. This book was awarded to Mary Jackson of the Upper 6th in 1961 as a Sixth Form Prize. In the book is a copy of the Speech Day programme for Friday , 22nd September , 1961. If anyone wants the programme, they are quite welcome to it.
  13. Email from "HMRC" telling me there is a tax rebate I can claim. Deleted.
  14. I thought my tax & MOT were in step but it turns out that they are 6 months apart. My mistake I'm afraid. Thanks for all the replies.
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