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

2021

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

2022

  • January 29th

 

Reunion 56 Years On

Students from one of the original two forms at the Shrewsbury Technical High School year of 57 were guests of two former teachers on Saturday 6th July 2013. Some fifty-six years on from the first meeting in their classroom, in what is now known as the Wakeman, students chatted over coffee in a sundrenched Church Stretton, Shropshire garden and shared memories as if they were yesterday. Science teacher Mr David Higgins and Maths and H1 form teacher Mr F I Williams with their wives kept the group in order – just.

The ex-pupils enjoyed a mid-day meal together in a local hotel. The planned hill walking for the afternoon did’t take place as the day had “moved on.”

 

Ditton Priors School

Shrewsbury Technical High School was created in 1957.
In many ways it was a visionary move to create opportunities for pupils from outlying areas of rural Shropshire; as well as the county town.
For my part it was an exciting voyage of discovery, an opportunity to reach unbelievable horizons. Alongside traditional academic subjects we were offered a palette of learning with eye-opening variety, delivered by a dedicated group of teachers. Now in our mid seventies, the original stock meeting together over a cup of coffee from time to time, often reminisce about our mentors who weren’t that much older than us at the time.
Sat at my desk on the side of an Austrian mountain in 2019, at the end of a long career in the arts, I could never have anticipated speaking fluently the German language we were taught by Mr Ibram. At the age of 11 we thought it was incase there was another war.
Here is an old photograph taken in Ditton Priors school 1957 just before Myself (Chris Davison l.) and John Cartwright (r) moved on to Shrewsbury Technical High School to continue growing up in an exciting world.
Ditton, in those days, had bus services to Bridgnorth and Ludlow. Shrewsbury had a bus link on Tuesdays (market day) : a Corvedal Motors service driven by Mr George Childs. (I remember the telephone number on the back of the green and cream coach : Ludlow 23.) John Cartwright and I became residents of Nearwell Hostel in Abbey Foregate along with other students from South Shropshire.
How times have changed. Taking advantage of freedom of movement as members of the European Union, I now travel to Innsbruck from Gatwick in 1hr 20 mins for €40 and carry out a lucrative business as a matter of right. As the UK has decided to withdraw from EU wide treaties, sadly things will change.

Chris Davison, Tim Davison, John Cartwright

Chris Davison, Tim Davison, John Cartwright 1957

Chris Davison. September 2019, Austrian Tirol.

 

St. John the Baptist Church, Ditton Priors

Annual Reunion Dinner 2018

Saturday 24 November 2018
Festive Annual Shrewsbury Technical High School Reunion Dinner
Three-course dinner in Shrewsbury. A time for gathering with friends for 61st Christmas Party.

Select from :

  • Leek and Potato Soup, served with a Crusty Roll & Butter
  • Ham Hock and Chicken Terrine with Chutney and Ciabatta Croutes
  • Fan of Melon with Cucumber and Mint Crème Fraiche and a Sharp Orange Jelly
  • Potted Shrimp served with Sourdough Toast
  • Traditional Roast Turkey with Sage and Onion Seasoning & Pigs in Blanket
  • Slow Roasted Beef Brisket with Rich Pan Gravy & Yorkshire Pudding
  • Baked Lemon Sole with a Herb Crust and a Prawn & Dill Sauce
  • Stuffed Peppers with a Nut and Lentil Cassoulet and Rich Tomato Sauce
  • 6oz (170g) Sirloin Steak with Hand Cut Chips, Onion Rings and a Peppercorn Sauce
  • Warm Dark & White Chocolate Brownie with Honeycomb Ice Cream
  • Traditional Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce
  • Lemon and Orange Tart with a Passionfruit Chantilly Cream and a Raspberry Coulis
  • Chef’s Selection of Cheeses served with Celery, Grapes, Chutney & Cheese Crackers
  • Coffee & Mini Mince Pies

STHS57 Members’ discounted price : £23.95 Per Person

The caterers need numbers with people’s choice of Menu by Friday 16 November so would you please let Keith Winter know asap if you will be attending and if bringing partner and of course the all-important menu choice.

Keith hopes as many of us as possible are able to attend so look forward to a flood of positive replies.

 

Visit to Anglesey

Members of the H1 group of 1957 and partners were invited by John Avery and Barbara’s home on the island of Anglesey. They entertained us on a cold May 2011 day and gave us a conducted tour of most of the tourists highlights: quarries, lifeboat stations, bridges and stations with long names. It was a delightful day out.

Thank you John and Barbara.

Saturday 13th January 2013 Last Look Round

A group of 1957 students from the first intake of the Shrewsbury Technical High School visited The Wakeman on Saturday 13th January 2013 for a last look round. The school is due to close in July 2013.

Rosemary Hemming wrote “We enjoyed the trip round [the school]. I felt obviously the main structure of the school had not altered much. The old classrooms were there. A gym block had been built on but but we only saw the entrance.”

John Giddins, who was meeting members of the group for the first time in nearly 50 years, said : “Well it was certainly an interesting day on Saturday and I managed to get to talk for a while to a few people as there were probably around 15 of us there. The history teacher at the Wakeman who made it possible had hired a few others to follow us around with several video cameras to add footage to his School History project. It was interesting having so many there as one would suddenly recall something and then that set the brains of others in motion and things tended to snowball then.
The history teacher finally showed us an old film which he thought might be our year on a trip to Belgium and the Netherlands, but it turned out to be another year.
The balcony has now been turned into an impressive audio-visual suite – pity it’s all going to waste in 6 months time. The amazing thing about meeting old friends for the first time in almost 50 years is that after a brief reintroduction you carry on as though the past 40-50 years had not existed!! We spent about two hours walking around.”

Rosemary added : “There was talk amongst the staff, that showed us round, that they are hoping to have a couple of times when the building will be open to anyone. There is also to be a closing Church Service in the Abbey in July.”