Old Boys Ramble On

By Richard Callaghan:

It was with trepidation that I entered the quad at Moseley Grammar School in September 1971. I served the full term and left in 1978, having survived the transition to Moseley School making some great friends of our sworn enemy “the Mods’ who lived behind the air raid shelter.

Having kept in touch with a few of my old class mates, I met up with Martin Stevens in the summer of 2016 and was rather jealous to hear that he was about to retire! However on further interrogation it appeared that even at his tender age there was no plan B. ‘How about us walking every Monday morning’,I enquired….and so it started, Martin, my Border Terrier and I went for a short four mile walk around Barston ending with a swift pint before returning home.

Over the last year our group has expanded and we have been joined by Mike Webb, Ainsley Wallace, Shannon Killarney, two more dogs and a new friend, Mike, who had to pass a searching interview in order to join our elite circle.

Over the past year and a half we have completed the Millennium Way, 44 circular walks around the Warwickshire and Worcestershire countryside. We have successfully restructured the walks where necessary so that we start and finish at a pub. Last summer we also walked the length of the Malvern Hills and relaxed afterwards at the Nags Head. Further days out are to be arranged. After some serious research we have concluded Herefordshire Pale Ale is our beer of choice.

We are currently walking the Arden Way and although not particularly looking for new members we would be interested to hear from fellow pupils and staff from our era who wish to consider joining us for a one off walk.

Applications for membership will of course be given serious consideration, if you think you can stand up to the rigorous vetting process!