450th Public Launch

Gazette covers the launch of 450 balloons, to mark the celebrations.

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450th Anniversary Plans

David Reece and Ian Glendinning attended the public meeting at the old school on Wedesday 26th Jan. The college has ambitious plans for 2011 celebrations, as well as to mark the occasion permanently. The plans & hopes include:

  • Permanent museum  (a physical premises and on-line resource) for historical artefacts, documents & other images, some older than the school itself.
  • Permanent installation / monument / statue / sculpture on the college campus to mark the anniversary (the subject of an ongoing design competition, and a high-profile unveiling ceremony.)
  • Permanent “Time-Capsule” intended to be opened at the 5th Centenary.
  • Permanent enhancement to the Alumni / Old Guisborian arrangements.

Events during the year are being organised in collaboration with local businesses, Guisborough Priory, Gisborough Hall, Lord Gisborough, Teesside University, as well other schools, local authorities and old student and staff volunteers. These include:

  • Saturday 7th May – The main event involving a Medieval / Elizabethan themed festival with a procession through the town, dressing of the shops on Westgate, picnic in the Priory and entertainments on the school / college campus. Plus other community events on the Sunday.
  • Wednesday 8th June – Fundraising / Formal Dinner at Gisborough Hall.
  • Several other events and competitions throughout 2011 involving current students and local media, as well as a series of public lectures on the history and future of education (including the participation of Estelle Morris).
  • Unveiling event for the “monument” (Date: Later in the year, TBA)

Contact the college at this link or on this email
ppc [dot] enquiries [at] prior [dot] pursglove [dot] ac [dot] uk
if you are able to offer any help or support to their plans.

David, Duncan and Ian are continuing to work with the college and the Old Guisborians on long term Alumni arrangements. We’ll share any news; conversely, if you have any wishes or suggestions, let us know. We have set up a dummy web-page for Old Guisborians generally, should there be any demand to take it anywhere.

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Inspirational Leader

Sad news to report, since our reunion late last year, that Chris Mace has passed away. You may be interested to see what some of his peers had to say about him in the obituaries.

Therapy Today.
New Associations of the British Psychoanalytic Council.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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New FaceBook Group

Duncan has created a new GGS72PPC74 FaceBook Group for us.

(Don’t forget to check out the current college 450th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni / Old Guisborian Association pages, also on the links page above.)

Note also, that as part of arranging the 450th Anniversary Celebration events, there is a public meeting at the college, next week Wed 26th Jan, 6:30pm.

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Latest Reunion Photos

Photos from the reunion at Guisborough Cricket Club on 9th October 2010 have now been uploaded to the Gallery. (So far that includes those from Dave Brand and some from Duncan Goodwin. The captioning is incomplete. There are still some to come from Alan Radford and anyone else who has any to share ?)

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Our New Photo-Gallery is Live

Our new photo-gallery now contains all available archive photos and the reunion photos from 2002. There is a permanent gallery link in the header above.

We have just the one photo from the recent 2010 college visit so far and the captioning and tagging is generally incomplete at the moment. Let’s have all the additional photos you have, and we can share them via the gallery.

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The GGS72PPC74 News Blog is Live

Welcome to
the Guisborough Grammar School Class of 1972
the Prior Pursglove College Class of 1974

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450th Reunion

A few years after the 2002 reunion, it seemed like an idea to hold another. 35 years (2007 or 2009) was a target, but it didn’t happen. However in the last year Duncan Goodwin’s detective work expanded his list of known contacts and whereabouts to around 120 of us (! the whole school was only about 350 people in our day).

Coincidentally it turned out that this academic year 2010/11 is the 450th since the foundation of GGS in 1561, and the college has some plans in progress to mark the occasion. By the day of the reunion we had 55 ex-students including 15 of the girls lined up to attend, along with another dozen staff invited. (Duncan will update us on the actual attendance.)

Look out for other news from the college, PPC Alumni and Old Guisborians concerning the 450th anniversary of the school.

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Reunion Photos Up

Colin Dodd had a set of photos from our first ever full reunion in 2002, so we created a little web site to publish them.

[Post Note - this was a basic manual site with an early comment facility. The site is preserved but sadly, the comments are lost. The original photos are all moved over to the new gallery here.]

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2002 Reunion

29th June 2002 we had our first reunion in Guisborough. Nothing special about the date, but after a couple of earlier mini-reunions in London, where the possibility of a reunion arose, Martin Goodwill and Duncan Goodwin succeeded in getting 48 of us in one place, plus 6 original staff.

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