Welcome to the website of the Shrewsbury Technical High School class of 1957

This picture was taken in 1962 near the rear steps of the Shrewsbury Technical High School in Shrewsbury, Shropshire UK. These are members of form 5 1961-62 and most were founders of the school, formed in 1957. People in this photograph were either originals of class H1 from 1957 or those who joined later. A parallel class H1A also existed and both shared the site with the Shrewsbury Technical College until it moved to a new purpose-bilt site at London Road. The school later changed its name to The Wakeman.

Jenny Birch retired back to Shropshire in 2007 and three of the original class came together when she made contact on Friends Reunited with Sheila and John Hunter in 2008. Jenny adds: “We met at 11am on the first Saturday in 2009 at “The Abbey”, which didn’t open until 12pm, so we moved on to The Lord Hill. From that first meeting Sheila and John used their contacts to get in touch with more of the class of ’57 and eventually I believe we have contacted at least 20 out of the original 30.”

“January 2019 marked 10 years since that first reunion and it was gratifying to see nine members come together for coffee on the first Saturday of the year.”

There are regular meetings for anyone interested – but please register an interest via the contact email address below. An annual reunion dinner is held each autumn in Shrewsbury. Registration and details via Keith Winter.

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Shrewsbury Technical High School Cricket


The winning team photographed in Shrewsbury’s abbey gardens in the early 60s.

Memories of the big matches won have retreated into the mists of time.

I (editor) was never any good at cricket and appear centre front in this photograph as Maths teacher Mr Williams pressed me into the role of scorer – to help improve my maths.

sths57 cricket in the 60s

Shrewsbury Technical High School Reunion 2021 Meeting Dates


In September 1957 Shrewsbury Technical High School opened. Two classes, H1 and H1a were introduced sharing the accommodation with students of the technical college and separate college of art and design. All in the building alongside the English Bridge in Abbey Foregate. Class H1 have stayed in touch.

Sixty-fourth Birthday Party 2020

On Saturday the 19th September 2020, as many of us as were able met online to celebrate the start of our 65th year as a group. And we still meet regularly online.

Next scheduled meeting 14th August. (Possible first face to face meeting for some time)

Sign up for the next session by contacting Keith winter (details below) :

We are successfully meeting using ZOOM video-conferencing. Saves getting stopped at the border or being quarantined.

On Saturday 16th May 2020, 9 of us met digitally. It was a welcome relief being able to chat across the ether without having to journey to Shrewsbury and back. For some a five minute walk for others several days across Europe.

It gave Roy Weaver from Cambridgeshire the opportunity to update with his news and for John Avery and Barbara to join from Anglesey. Chris and Rosemary Davison were in Hampshire just visiting from Austria at the beginning of March and finding themselves in 12 week lock-down. Not perfect timing said Chris. We all exchanged tales of how good we felt and Jenny with Julian reminded us how supportive our health system had been over the years. Discussion tailed off onto Brexit and ….

John remarked how good it was to see Roy and that it was their first visual encounter since school days.

Thanks to Keith for setting up the technology which was simple to use.

On 27th June 2020 we met virtually once more. A really good turnout this time, adding Rosemary Hemming. Our August meeting included John Cartwright and John Hunter. Good to interact with so many old friends.

Join us for the next meeting. To obtain virtual joining details, please contact Keith Winter (his details at foot of page).

Editor’s recommendation. Download the Zoom App for your device and take a test drive before our meetings. It’s easy to operate and the help files minimise searching for microphone or camera controls. CD.

Alwyn and Keith Winter

John and Barbara Avery

Next Meeting Dates


  • September 25th
  • November 6th
  • December 18th


  • January 29th