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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If the one on South Street closed just after WW1 & the present building dates from 1919 as I posted earlier, that would make sense.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Email from "HMRC" telling me there is a tax rebate I can claim. Deleted.
  10. 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.
  11. Both the Car Tax & MOT were due to expire at the end of this month. I have checked that the MOT due date has been extended by 6 months, but when I tried to tax the car on-line, it seems that the tax is not due to be renewed until 1st of December. Is this correct? It seems to be too good to be true.
  12. By sheer chance I bought a copy of A Journal of The Plague Year by Daniel Defoe just before the present crisis kicked off. It's a harrowing, though second-hand account of the 1665 bubonic plague. Any household affected by the plague was locked down both night & day with watchmen in attendance to ensure no-one left the building.
  13. Re post 14: the cyclist was meant to walk along the pavement's edge while pushing the bike with its wheels in the gutter.
  14. The Uses of Literacy by Richard Hoggart. First published in the late 1950s, it's a very wordy & rather disparaging account of the effects of popular culture (at least it seems that way ) from what I've read so far.
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