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The Old Mancunian

Spring 2018 EDITION 51

Keeping old boys in touch with MGS throughout the world

• Where are they now? Ray Davies (66-91) • Forthcoming Events • Winner of the Dynasty Competition • The High Master

It just may be that with the Old Boys’ Dinner, we can lay claim to the oldest, or one of the oldest, alumni events in the world ...

From the Director of Development Below: ‘Manchester Grammar School Old Boys’ Dinner Records 1781-1955’

Old Boys’ Dinners In the past two years I’ve been given the opportunity to present to alumni relations professionals in the USA at major conferences held at UCLA and Harvard. Our American friends are fascinated by the MGS story, our history, our success, and our plans for the future ... Gandhi, Jesus! I enjoy pointing out that Old Mancunians held their first Old Boys’ Dinner in 1781, the same year that America won the last battle of the revolutionary war by defeating Cornwallis at Yorktown. This has sparked a debate amongst old foundations about who lays claim to the oldest alumni event. There is no doubt that there are many schools older than MGS and that schools have celebrated the dates of their foundation at earlier points in history. It just may be that with the Old Boys’ Dinner we can lay claim to the oldest, or one of the oldest, alumni events in the world. To be continued ...

some length. The London Dinner in 2018 will celebrate 40 years of politics teaching at MGS and as such will be a themed event. Plans are at an early stage to celebrate the contribution of MGS to the world of science alongside the 150th anniversary of Phil Soc in 2019.

Old Mancunian events were the topic for discussion with the Old Mancunian Advisory Committee before Christmas. The major historical events, including Founders’ & Benefactors’ Day and the Old Boys’ Dinner, we hope, will continue along similar lines for centuries to come, but the nature of our reunion dinners and regional gatherings was mulled over at

If you have any thoughts about Old Mancunian events I would love to hear from you.

Simon Jones (88-95) Director of Development 0161 224 7201 ext 240 or   

Chairman’s Report As you will know, we are keen to make communication between OMs and the School as easy as possible. We are very grateful to those who have responded to the recent request as to how you would like to receive communications from us. We are anxious not to lose contact with any OMs by default and so could I please encourage you to respond with the form enclosed. Many thanks.

David Walton (67-74) and Chairman of the Old Mancunians Association

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New Year’s Honours List Two Old Mancunians were recognised in the New Year’s Honours. Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Manish Tayal (88-95) and Adrian Bull (73-80) both received MBEs. Congratulations to both.

OM Doctor in the House Dr Rangan Chatterjee OM (88-95), star of BBC One’s hit TV show ‘Doctor in the House’, returned to MGS in January to talk about how lifestyles can be the best medicine. His new book, ‘The Four Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep your way to a Longer, Healthier Life’, is currently one of Amazon’s best-selling books of 2018. Rangan sees his mission to help millions of people feel better by taking control of their health and their lives through what he calls ‘progressive medicine’.

Old Boys’ Dinner 2017 In a break with tradition the Old Boys’ Dinner was taken on the road to London’s Emirates Stadium. Anthony Preston CBE (66-73) was the Senior Steward on the night and talked eloquently after dinner about how his MGS education had given him the confidence to build Pets at Home, a business valued at over £1 billion with 440 stores nationwide, now employing 7,000 people.

Above (clockwise from top): Manchester Pub Night; Old Boys’ Dinner: (L-R) The High Master, Dr Martin Boulton (84-86), Anthony Preston CBE (66-73), Chris Turner (01-08) and the Recorder of the Old Boys’ Dinner – Paul Rose (59-67); Founders’ Day at Manchester Cathedral

‘I’m extremely proud of it, and I thank my lucky stars every day. I also thank this great school for giving me confidence, and for nurturing in me some taste for achievement and ambition.’ Chris Turner (01-08), comedian and freestyle rapper, was the Junior Steward. Chris was keen to use the occasion to cement stories from his time at School in the archives. ‘My most memorable moment was the final day of school. We dropped water bombs on first years from the roof of the language department, we moved our entire form room underground – there’s no need for me to go into detail on this, I filmed it, it’s on YouTube, it’s got half a million views, six times the combined views of all videos on the school’s official channel – just saying’. The Senior and Junior Steward speeches can be read in full at  

Left: Dr Rangan Chattergee (88-95)

Right: Anthony Goldstone (54-62)

Below: 1. Boston lunch; 2. Owls in the South and West; 3 & 4. New York pub night; 5. (L-R) Abdul Khan (10-17) and Charlie Pozniak (08-17)


Owls around the World The award winning MGS Global Connect platform continues to grow with over 3,000 Old Mancunians connecting with each other and the School.

Increasingly, OMs are using the free MGS Global app as a way of keeping in touch with the School and to find out about OM events, networking and job opportunities. As the network grows, OM events are taking place around the world. Successful events in the autumn took place in Boston and New York, and March 2018 sees reunion dinners in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney.

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Old Mancunians met at Tyntesfield National Trust Estate near Bristol on Saturday 14 October 2017. Guided by the booklet ‘The Tremendous Trees of Tyntesfield’, John and Ingrid Smith pointed out some of the fine specimens to be seen on the walk down to the House which was open to visitors. The visit was followed by an excellent lunch at the Failand Inn. Events in the South and South West will continue. Please keep in touch with John Smith at johningsmith65@gmail. com 

Anthony Goldstone Concert In November 2017 the School hosted a celebration of the life and music of distinguished pianist and Old Mancunian, Anthony Goldstone (54-62) who passed away earlier in the year. After MGS, Anthony went on to study at the RNCM before a career of recitals and concerts took him all around the world. He performed at the Proms a number of times and particularly treasured a letter from Benjamin Britten congratulating him on his performance of Britten’s ‘Diversions’ at the Last Night in 1976.

Young Owls Return The Class of 2017 returned to MGS before Christmas to meet up after their first term at University and pick up their A-level certificates. There were bacon butties, beards and hugs all round. It was great to see rugby players Charlie Pozniak and Abdul Khan, both of whom have played for Sale Sharks’ Academy side. Only 19, Charlie represented Oxford in the Varsity match at Twickenham in November.


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Forthcoming events ... A full list of events is detailed at  and on the back page of the newsletter. Here are some highlights and further information. Booking for these events is now open at 

London Join us for a fish and chip lunch with the HM on Monday 21 May at The Feathers, Broadway, SW1.

Business Class The Business Class series continues to attract brilliant and distinguished speakers. Simon Arora (80-87) returned to the School in November to explain how he and his brother purchased 21 stores in 2004 and grew them into what we now know as B&M Retail – a 600+ store chain with an annual turnover of £2.5 billion employing over 25,000 people. In February, Robert Hough, Chairman of Peel Airports Group and proud Northerner, spoke with current pupil Adam Bernstein on a topic he feels particularly strongly about: the importance of investing in educational institutions, businesses, and communities to transform and grow industry in the North with the ultimate aim of keeping talent here. To find out more information and updates on future events please visit the Old Mancunian section of 

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MGS will be celebrating 40 years of politics teaching at the School. Current Head of Politics, Richard Kelly, will be welcoming Old Mancunians to the Liberal Club on Thursday 13 September for the annual London Dinner with a political theme.

Midlands Events and lunches are organised occasionally. All OMs and guests are welcome to contact John Wilson at johnhwilson1943@  or 0121 475 3700 for further details.

South and West The 52nd Commemoration Service in Exeter Cathedral will be held on Sunday 24 June, followed by lunch at The Mercure Southgate Hotel. The date of future events will be published at 

The OM Luncheon Club We extend a warm invitation to any OM who would like to attend our events. Guests are also welcome. Wednesday 18 April Lunch at MGS at 12:30 pm Speaker: Russell Hickling (40-50) Friday 8 June Lunch at MGS at 12:30 pm Speaker: Ian Thorpe (62-69 and Staff 77-17)

Thursday 5 July Lunch at MGS at 12:30 pm Speaker: John Horsfield (47-54 and Staff 61-66) Future dates will be published at  For further details, or if you would like to suggest a speaker, please contact Jane Graham in the Development Office. I do hope you will join us and I look forward to seeing you. Robert Shields, Chairman 

Chess By now, the 2018 Old Mancunians’ chess match will have been played. A match report will be published in the autumn edition. If you would like to get involved in future events please contact jamiehorton1995@gmail. com 

Golf Days Friday 22 June Manchester Golf Day at Wilmslow Golf Course – 9:00 am breakfast – 10:00 am tee off Tuesday 3 July Woking Golf Day at Woking Golf Club – 12:00 pm lunch – 1:00 pm tee-off

Manchester Lodge Old Mancunians with Mount Sinai The Lodge offers OMs the fellowship of Freemasonry. For further information please contact Paul Rose 

Left: (L-R) Business Class: Robert Hough and Adam Bernstein (Y13)

Where are they now? Ray Davies (66-91) This Design Laboratory specialises in providing both the opportunities, as well as the Photonics facilities, for anyone (the Acronym PAWB also is a Welsh Word, conveniently meaning ‘everyone’) between the ages of Three to Eighty-Three (a PAWB case-history reality) to design entirely original, and always innovative, new concept applications within the 21st Century enabling Technology of Photonics.

‘...if that vision starts at MGS, there is a high probability it will guide anyone to an extremely enticing horizon ...’

Above : (L-R) Climbing wall on the 6th Form Block in 1991; Ray in his Laser Photonics Laboratory

When I made the decision to depart from my Physics role at MGS in 1991, I had an essentially hazy vision of the future, which implied I had no idea of where I was going, nor of how I would get there, nor even if I would ever sense if I might have arrived. I still have that same hazy vision, but with some experiences noted in the journey log, and I still assume I have not arrived, as yet. Currently, I am the Director of the Photonics Academy of Wales at Bangor (PAWB), which has developed a somewhat unique style of Laser Photonics Application Design Laboratory, operating within the School of Electronic Engineering of Bangor University, North Wales.

PAWB was established in Bangor in 2011, following four years (2006-10) initial development through the ‘PAWB-to-be’ Photonics Academy at OpTIC, a wonderfully imaginative Optical Research establishment in one of the ten Welsh Techniums. Prior to that, ‘PAWB-in-the-making’ developed, during the acquisition of twelve years of Photonics involvements, which were created through the setting up of a Laser Photonics Design Laboratory in the Physics Department of Salford University. The invitation to set up this Laser Photonics Design Laboratory resulted as a direct consequence (a long story) of my entertaining, to lunch at MGS in 1994, an apparently uninvited, but visiting, Engineering Businessman, during an occasion when no-one else wanted to speak with him that day. The moral of this brief historical story is that visions always will be hazy, and the precise route to every vision always tends to be completely unknown, but if that vision starts at MGS, there is a high probability it will guide anyone to an extremely enticing horizon, which always will remain just as far away as when the route was commenced. The amazing versatility of Photonics lies on that distant horizon, which I am still trying to reach, and I will try to let MGS know when I get there, but it may be some time! In the meantime, to receive any journey news, my e-mail address is 

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From the High Master Our admission arrangements When I talk to Old Mancunians, one thing I am often asked is how and why admission arrangements for MGS have changed. Of course, there have been many changes over the years – you only have to compare our entrance exam papers from the 19th century with those of more recent times! (I invite anyone interested in this to contact our Archive department.) The process by which we come to make offers has changed considerably over the past thirty years, largely in response to changes in the way state primary and independent prep schools approach education. In the days when the 11-plus existed nationally, all schools would have focussed on maximising a child’s chances in this life-defining examination; many schools would have prepared boys for other entrance tests as well, such as MGS’s entrance exam papers, but there were similarities between these and the 11-plus which meant that, to a great extent, preparation for these could go hand in hand. Since the abolition of grammar schools in most of the country, however, the independent and state sectors have taken very different paths. State schools follow the national curriculum, which culminates in Key Stage 2 testing; this once focused on how many pupils passed certain performance thresholds, but has recently switched to focus on pupil progress. Prep schools in the catchment areas of state grammar schools still tailor their education to the 11-plus, while those in other areas focus on preparing pupils for the entrance tests for their parents’ destinations of choice. These exams vary considerably, meaning that this is no simple task. MGS has always prided itself on being open to pupils from all backgrounds, and one of the challenges we have is to distinguish between a boy with academic potential and one who has been prepped within an inch of his life to pass our exam. To help us with this, in recent years we have introduced an assessment day alongside our entrance exam. Boys come in groups of about a dozen and spend a day with us; we teach them lessons on unfamiliar topics and then test them on these. We see how they interact with their peers in lessons and respond to our teaching. The boys also spend time with our first year pupils at break and lunchtime to find out what MGS is really like. As a result, we gain a much more holistic view of each boy’s potential, and whether he will thrive at MGS. For our Junior School entry, we take the view that assessment days are the best way to identify potential; for boys as young as seven, an entrance exam is simply not appropriate and will not show us how they respond to our teaching. The decisions we make here are important, given that Junior School boys proceed automatically to the Senior School. This enables

our curriculum in Year 6 to offer the creative, challenging experience which prepares boys well for the Senior School, rather than being tied to entrance exam preparation. All judgements are made by our most senior Junior School staff, and we only offer places if we are absolutely confident that a boy will thrive throughout his time at MGS. Having seen our first Junior School cohorts leave the Sixth Form with stellar results, we know that this process is working. While, therefore, admissions arrangements have changed over the years, I hope that when older OMs meet their younger counterparts, it will be clear to them that little has changed in the make-up of an MGS boy.

Dr Martin Boulton (84-86) High Master

Raphael Hakim Joe Hakim Father of Sally Halon (1936-39)

Jack Hakim Uncle of Joe Hakim and great-uncle of Sally Halon (1911-15)

From the Archive Wolf Halon

Lawrence Halon (1925-27)

Right: The Halon family MGS Dynasty

Hai Khafif Great-uncle of Sally Halon (1913-15)

Montague Halon (1928-31)

Sally Halon


Robert Halon (1993-00)

The MGS Dynasty Competition The School has always been aware that there are a number of families with a longstanding MGS connection over generations. At the pre-50s reunion in May 2017, Peter Knowles (1944-47) mentioned his own family connections with MGS, with eight OM relatives. Was this a record, he asked? So in the last edition of TOM we decided to open the question up to the Old Mancunian community to try and discover the family with the largest number of MGS connections. The winning family would enjoy a lunch with the High Master. We were pleased to receive responses from a number of OMs, and set to work in the archive checking names and dates in the admissions register and form lists. There were frustrations – the archive has its limitations with a gap in admissions register entries between 1853-59 and 1879-88. This led to some older entries unfortunately being unverifiable.

Rachel Kneale School Archivist, ext 361, 

Frederick Halon (1928-32)

Gerald Halon (1963-70)

Edwin Halon (1936-40)

Richard Halon (1967-74)

Cissie Schofield

Stephen Schofield (1962-69)

Eytan Halon (2002-09)

The winning entry was submitted by the Halon family with twelve members of the family tree having graced the MGS corridors with their presence. Gerald’s grandfather, Wolf Halon, was a Jewish immigrant who arrived from Poland at the start of 20th century. Gerald writes: ‘Wolf Halon sent all his four boys to MGS; Laurence ‘Laurie’ (1925-27), Montague ‘Monty’ (1928-31), my father Frederick ‘Freddy’ (1928-32) and Edwin ‘Teddy’ (1936-40), their names clearly an indication of my grandfather’s strong desire to integrate into English society! In my generation however, there was a shortage of boys, so only my younger brother Richard (1967-74) and myself (1963-70) plus my cousin Stephen Schofield (1962-69) carried the tradition further. Richard emigrated to Israel but although I had ‘emigrated’ to London, I returned in time for my two boys Robert (1993-00) and Eytan (2002-09) to continue the MGS tradition. Perhaps I can properly claim for the family dynasty some of my wife, Sally’s, family. Her father Joe Hakim (1936-39) and her greatuncle Jack (1911-15) also went to MGS. She had a second great-uncle on her mother’s side … Hai Khafif (1913-15).’ So the winning total of twelve family connections really belongs to the youngest OMs in the Halon family, Robert and Eytan, who have connections from the maternal and paternal sides of the family. Honourable mention must go to the Goldstones, who would have equalled the Halons’ total of twelve, if only we had found evidence of great-grandfather Sampson Goldstone in the archives. Other high scoring entries included the Engler family (later surnames Sacks, Rawlings and Ferster) with ten, the Richardson clan with ten, and the Taylor/ Macdonald dynasty with nine. Thank you to everyone who got in touch. It was fascinating to read and research the names of your family members.


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story, ‘The Animal Whisperer’, saw him shortlisted in the Key Stage 2 Short Story section. Both Jiyaad and Ayaan should be rightly proud of their achievements – to be shortlisted from hundreds of entrants is testament to their excellent writing skills and everyone at MGS is delighted to see both boys recognised in such a prestigious national competition.

Sports stars visit to raise awareness of meningitis

BBC Five Live honour for young commentator The voice of MGS Radio, Bruno Quinney, has been heralded as one of the best young sports commentators in the UK. Bruno, age 15, was one of just 15 youngsters shortlisted from across the country for BBC Five Live’s Young Commentator of the Year award. And after his tremendous achievement, Bruno now has his sights set on a career as a football commentator or even a chat show host. Bruno is well known to listeners of MGS Radio, as he regularly produces and host broadcasts on the School’s radio station. He said: ‘When I found out I had been shortlisted I was extremely pleased. The hard part of it was keeping the news quiet for a short while as I couldn’t tell anyone. ‘To be shortlisted in a national competition in which thousands entered is great, and the fact that people liked my commentary skills is even better. I’m sure that if I work hard and keep my ears open people will hear my name linked to this sort of thing again – hopefully in the not-too-distant future.’

Young Muslim Awards Congratulations to two young writers from MGS, who were shortlisted for the Young Muslim Writers Award.


Beating off competition from hundreds of entrants from all over the country, Ayaan Shah, age 11, and Jiyaad Ali, age 13, were both shortlisted for their fantastic writing skills, and attended a ceremony at King’s College, London, last week to collect their certificates of achievement.


Jiyaad was recognised for his poem, ‘Heart’, in the Key Stage 3 Poetry section, while Ayaan’s short


Left: Bruno Quinney (Y10)

MGS boys learned that young people are among the most at-risk of contracting meningitis as two top UK sports personalities visited the School. Former England rugby player and BBC sports commentator, Matt Dawson, and GB Olympic gold medal hockey captain, Kate RichardsonWalsh, visited MGS to launch a campaign to raise awareness of meningitis. During their talk, MGS boys learned that young people are among the most atrisk of contracting meningitis and that, in the North West, understanding of the risk of meningitis among teens remains worryingly low; just one in ten parents and young people aged 14-18 are aware that teenagers are among the most atrisk for contracting the disease.

Above: Matt Dawson and Kate Richardson-Walsh with MGS pupils

In addition to educating our boys about how to spot the signs and symptoms of the illness, Matt and Kate also met pupils Finn Perls and Henry Murray, both age 12, to give them tips and advice on how to get on in the world of professional sport. They also spoke to the whole of Year 7 and answered questions about their sporting careers.

Left: 1. Ayaan Shah (Y7); 2. Jiyaad Ali (Y9)

OM Communications OMs and ‘Who’s Who’

OM Visits

‘Who’s Who’ of 1923 has over thirty thousand entries. Home addresses and phone numbers are freely given though it might have been the butler who answered the call!

OM volunteer Brian Taylor (45-50) provides tours of the School to Senior Owls.

In the ‘Who’s Who’ there is a smattering of OMs, or at least those who confessed to having been at MGS, for two of the most prominent OMs of the day, Gordon Hewart and Lord Bradbury, were quiet about their schooldays. Gordon Hewart, a colleague of Lloyd George, was Lord Chief Justice and Lord Bradbury is forever associated with the issue of ‘Bradburies’, Bank of England one pound notes in the First World War.

Right: (L-R) Anthony Green & Philip Ebert (54-61) and Donald Glass (54-60)

The toast of the Old Boys Abroad has alas gone from the OM Dinner but here we have exotica with Venerable Hugh Stovell the sole survivor of a massacre in Tientsin, China in 1895 who was still a ‘China hand’ in 1922. And here is Theodore Thorp who was a judge of the Supreme Court in Constantinople. Nearer home is the doyen of academic OMs: Sir Ernest Barker. He garnered a number of first class and honorary degrees in his distinguished career and there was much comment on his preservation of a Manchester accent. Finally, there is an interesting North American connection, OM John Robinson who was a leading Newfoundland newspaper editor and government minister. One wonders whether he played a significant part in High Master Paton’s move to head the Memorial College Newfoundland when Paton retired from MGS. Paton himself listed in ‘Who’s Who’ his interests as swimming, cycling, camping and gardening which would make him an ideal fit for our twenty first century obsession with the environment! John Horsfield (47-54 and Staff 61-66)

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Anthony Green (54-61), Philip Ebert (54-61) and Donald Glass (54-60) recently enjoyed such a trip down memory lane. Anthony remarking, ‘Much has changed but the ethos remains the same – impressed.’

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The Senior Languages Society were delighted to welcome back Old Mancunian leavers from 2014 to talk to current 6th formers about their experiences of studying languages at university and choosing courses with a year abroad. Please get in touch with the Development Office to arrange a tour of the School, or if you are willing to come back to MGS to talk about your experiences at university.

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In memoriam: Paul Ponder Staff (76-08) Ask OMs of the last 30 years which teachers they remember from their time at the school, and Paul Ponder will feature on almost every list, and near the top of many of them. He will be remembered with affection and amusement, certainly, for he inspired both of these in large measure, but there will be plenty of boys – now men – who will say that Paul changed their lives, and that he set them on the course they now follow. These are amongst the messages we received after his recent death: ‘I am very sorry indeed to hear that. Paul embodied everything great about MGS – a brilliant mind; witty; a superb teacher; kind; and a desire to tease out the very best from his pupils. I went on to read French (with German) at university and indeed now work at a French-headquartered law firm – in no small degree thanks to Paul’s teaching.’ ‘Mr Ponder taught me French in the Lower school and I distinctly recall his immortal line upon hearing one of the boys read aloud in class from the text book: ‘Thank you for that, Dixon; but could we please now have that again in French this time?’. Brutal but very memorable!’

‘Absolutely devastating news – he was a giant of a man in every sense, and it was a pleasure to walk the corridors knowing he was also there.’ ‘We worked together to put the play on, performed entirely in the original French, and I played the lead role of Sganarelle, the valet to the doctor. Intended to be a comic farce, it ran aground when, at the end of a long monologue, I dried up and totally forgot my closing line. ‘Adieu’, came a whisper that pierced the darkness of the auditorium as Mr Ponder delivered the biggest laugh of the evening. I remember him with deep affection as a funny, lovely man, kind and respected.’

Gift Aid

Many of us shop online, and by using the Amazon.  website through the icon link on the School’s own website (  ) up to 10% of the value of any purchase made is automatically given for the direct benefit of the Bursary Fund.

We are grateful to the significant number of Old Boys who donate regularly to the Bursary Fund. We are obliged to remind you that Gift Aid regulations require you to let us know if you no longer pay sufficient tax on income and/or capital gains. Please notify any changes to the Development Office.

In memoriam Since the last TOM we have been advised of the recent deaths of the following OMs. We would welcome offers to supply brief obituaries or memories for ‘Ulula’. Stephen J Adams


Michael D McLellan


James M Armitage


David P Moore


Derek C Barber


David B Norwood


John D Bassett


Peter M Oldham


Herbert G Billinge


Allan H Palmer


Howard R Rawlinson 55-61

David G Bissell


Hugh Bowden


Derek G Richbell


Geoffrey A Burrows


Kenneth Rigby


David G Campbell


Frederick W Smith


Rory A Cheetham


Brian Speight


John Clough


William P Stott


Andrew Cohen


Samuel R L Tewson


Alan H Dick


Geoffrey S Thompson 37-44

Sydney F Dobson


David J Walton


Thomas K Dooley


Anthony J Waring


John V Dunworth


Rodney G Wasey


Harry E Emson


Michael Waterhouse


Geoffrey V Feldman


Michael E Waterhouse 43-48

John Foster


Bernard Watson-Jones 44-49

Roger C Hanna


Michael J P Welland 62-65

Keith A Hill


N Keith Yates


Victor S Holt



Kenneth H Lloyd


John T Bever


Peter Lord


John Medlyn


Harry C Loxley


Paul R Ponder


Eric B Mathieson


Left: Paul Ponder (Staff 76-08)

Forthcoming events OM Football Tournament Friday 20 April at MGS Reunion in Fort Worth Sunday 22 April at Reata Fort Worth Restaurant London Fish & Chips Lunch with the HM Monday 21 May at The Feathers, Broadway, SW1 MGS vs MCC Cricket and Lunch Friday 25 May at MGS OM Luncheon Club Friday 8 June at MGS Manchester Golf Day Friday 22 June at Wilmslow Golf Course Exeter Service and Lunch Sunday 24 June at Exeter Cathedral and The Mercure Hotel Manchester Pub Evening Friday 29 June, Venue TBC

Music events Summer Concert Wednesday 2 May, 6:30 pm

Drama events ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ 25, 26 & 27 April, 7:00 pm Junior School Production ‘Mary Poppins’ 20 & 21 June, 6:00 pm

All of these items are available to purchase online or by contacting Julie Wright in the Development Office.

Get in touch ... Correspondence to Julie Wright at MGS, Old Hall Lane, Manchester, M13 0XT or 0161 224 7201.  search for Publications and Souvenirs in the Old Mancunians’ section. History book

Dates and times of events are subject to change for full details please see 

Hugh Oldham Liberal Arts Teatime Lecture Series

Ulula 2015 (Souvenir Edition)

Refreshments from 3:45 pm Lecture begins at 4:00 pm ‘Apocalypse When? History, Politics, and The End of the World’ Thursday 3 May

Woking Golf Day Tuesday 3 July at Woking Golf Club

Speaker: Dr Andrew Crome, Lecturer in Early Modern History at Manchester Metropolitan University

OM Luncheon Club Thursday 5 July at MGS OM Luncheon Club

‘Is it ethical to eat factory farmed meat?’ Thursday 17 May

Annual London Dinner Thursday 13 September, a Celebration of 40 years of MGS Politics at The National Liberal Club, London

Speaker: Professor David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics in the University of Chester

Old Boys’ Dinner Saturday 17 November at The Manchester Hall

Online shop

L to R: Aria Johnston, ext 571 

Caitlin Gaslawski, ext 570 

Ulula 2017

Jane Graham, ext 243  Julie Wright, ext 241, 

Simon Jones, ext 240 

Glimpses of Notes


Old Mancunian Ties

Details of all the OM events can be found at 


L to R: Otto Smart, Archives Assistant and Rachel Kneale, School Archivist, ext 361 

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