The Moseleians Gazette is a twice yearly magazine sent FREE to association members and contains a mixture of anecdotes from the past, articles and letters from former staff and students, reunion and event details together with a healthy balance of information regarding what's going on now at Moseley School. Back issues of the magazine are available to download from the members area.
The life blood of the Gazette is of course, your articles, so please, get your thinking cap on and submit an article to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are eager to hear from former pupils and staff and always on the lookout for a good story.
Regular features of the Gazette include:
Letters, membership information, events, reunions, what's happening now, Moseley made / where are they now, archive matters, stories and articles from current and former students and staff, history, photo's, obituaries, memorabilia, and much more.
The 'Moseleian' was the original magazine of Moseley and the archives contain a full record of these. The Gazette in its present form was first issued in February 1996, shortly after the rebirth of the Moseleians Association the previous year and back issues are available to view in the members area.
Gazette Copy Deadlines
Spring edition - March 1st
Autumn edition - September 1st
For distribution 4/5 weeks later
We are always delighted to receive contributions to our magazine. As a guide articles should always include a high quality image and be the following length...
Letter and News up to 250 words
Where Are They Now 250 to 300 words
Quarter Page 200 to 299 words
Half Page 300 to 399 words
Full Page 400 to 800 words
In August 17 members and friends took on the mammoth challenge of moving the association's school archive from the tower to it new ground floor home.
This was no mean feat as every item, including shelving units which needed to be dismantled and reasembled the other end, had to be man-handled by a chain gang down the winding tower stairs to staging areas. In the first instance to the second floor tower room, then down a further winding staircase to the first floor tower room, then down each flight of stairs in turn to the ground floor before being loaded onto parcel trucks or man handled along corridors to be stacked outside the new archive room ready to be sorted.
The process took around 6 hours that 102 man-hours!
We are indebted to members - Gerry Thompson, Joan Cooper, Dave Thomas, Paul Smith, Robin Stait, John Dyer, Mike Parker, and Mark Stephens who were joined by Sophia Green, Shannon Killarney, Wendy Weston and committee members Richard Cobb, Gaye Key, David Binnie, Roger Green, Steve George and Barry Phillips.
THE WAR MEMORIALS TRUST is the national charity dedicated to the protection and conservation of our war memorial heritage.
The Trust manages a website aiming to create the UK's most comprehensive understanding of war memorials to date. It is designed to be a system through which the public can upload information directly to the site.
Details of two war memorials related to Moseley School have recently been added to the website. These are the main War Memorial in the foyer to Spring Hill College and the old War Memorial from College Road School. The latter disappeared many years go although we have a poor photograph of it in our archive.
We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who last saw the College Road School memorial before it went missing.
Over the years we have seen many stories about the extra-mural interests of teachers and former teachers and now we report the massively enthusiastic responses to the revelation that a former staff member left Moseley School to become a professional engine driver.
Just how far Roger Norfolk’s passion has taken him came to light in a BBC4 documentary, when the cameras followed his dream ambition as he drove Flying Scotsman in its “comeback” tour on the Severn Valley Railway.
This led the Moseleian Gazette to research more of the former science master’s activities after he switched careers in 1991, putting behind him 24 years in teaching which began at Moseley Modern. It seems his focus for railways dates from his 1950s boyhood in Hertfordshire and by 1968, his family having moved to the Midlands, he was devoting spare hours outside of teaching as a volunteer, helping develop the SVR heritage line, including rebuilding scrapped steam locomotives.
Soon he was on the footplate as fireman and by 1984 was a week-end driver before returning to the physics labs on Monday mornings. Moseleians Association webmaster and past chairman Roger Green is among former pupils whom Roger Norfolk took to SVR several times, to lend a hand in the restoration work but few expected he would give up the classroom in favour of trains.
Heritage Open Day at Spring Hill College last September provided a vivid Down Memory Lane occasion especially for three visitors to the 1857 Spring Hill College building.
Margaret Yarnall, husband John and daughter Nicki was not on the official tour. It was the former caretaker's house specially opened for their private visit by head teacher Roger McBrien, at the east end of the college building and used for storage while awaiting improvement and restoration.
For Margaret lived there as a girl, daughter of long-service caretakers Les and Doris Brown, through her school years at College Road and Moseley Modern and courtship with John who was in the same class, until their marriage in 1965.
From the moment the key turned in the lock of the school corridor door to the house, the memories came flooding back for the couple and for Nicki who had visited, with brother Steve, while their grandparents continued in occupation until their retirement.
The staircases between the three floors, some of the wallpaper, the Victorian metal window frames in arched stone settings, the first floor bathroom put in for the family to improve on the old ground floor washroom, the four bedrooms, two of them occupied by her grandmothers.
“I remember sliding down the one set of stairs on a tin tray,” recalled Margaret, whose bedroom was on the top floor, “and dad somehow managed to get central heating extended into the house from the main school while the head's house remained heated only by open fires!”
Just half a century after Moseley School took possession in 1968 of the remote stone cottage which was to become a centre for building pupils' character and initiative, a previously unknown part of its earlier history has been revealed.
For about 20 years until his death in 1958 the Old Grouse was home to retired pit worker George Davies, his wife Susannah and their daughter Phyllis and grand-daughter Thelma.
Thelma, adopted by Phyllis shortly after her birth in 1943, is the sole surviving resident of Old Grouse and recently came across the Moseleians website. And in it the story of how her one-time home became the school cottage.
After the cost of meeting planning requirements outstripped the means of the trustees who sold it on, Thelma Dieltjens emailed webmaster Roger Green to express her delight at finding the cottage had been restored from its 1960s dereliction and says she hopes, under new owners, it will stand for years to come.
Henry Gardiner, who came to Moseley Grammar School at the outbreak of the war in autumn 1939, died in September 2011. Soon after his death I discovered that four recordings of the "Levee Ramblers" on Tempo 78's had been re-released by two independent companies amongst a collection of early recordings of now famous bands. Former Moseleian Ray Nicholas, a friend of Henry's, had two and I the other two. We copied these four tracks which were recorded at Sheffield Jazz Club in 1949 on to a CD and these were sent to interested parties. Then suddenly, a chance telephone conversation with Jean Gardiner revealed the existence of a further eight 78's of Henry's music that had been left in a cupboard for many years. Upon inspection they were in a sorry state scratched and dented and without sleeves. The most interesting fact was that I discovered that some of these had been recorded in 1948 prior to the later Tempo 78's. Some were by Ray Foxley's Band but of the 16 tracks seven were by Henry's own band the "Tailgate Ramblers". In the band was his school friend Tony Gibbons and the well known Birmingham trumpeter Ken Ingram on cornet.
Surprisingly, there is a strong connection between Cleese and Moseley! In the 50's, “The Goon Show” on steam radio was eagerly awaited each week, indeed, a famous Chemistry Master (Neddy Bacon) was affectionately nicknamed after Harry “Neddy” Seagoon, a famous goon.
New comedies unfolded in the 60's: Beyond the Fringe, TWTWTW, Monty Python, The Goodies and many more became huge successes via the TV. But where is this Moseley Grammar School connection?
We need to travel to Somerset where John Cleese came from a family originally called Cheese but this was “Caerphilly” changed to Cleese! He went to St Peter's School at Weston-super-Mare in 1949 and eventually went on to become (and still is, I add) a leading comedian. He was taught by a man who later appeared at MGS the Rev Dolman for classics. How do I know? Imagine my recent shock when reading Cleese's autobiography “So, Anyway …” when I instantly recognised the Rev A H Dolman's face on p152. Cleese remembers him so accurately in his book: