Brunts School

Group photos

By Ian Blackwell

These photographs will take former Brunts staff and pupils down memory lane.

Photo:1 -Front row - left of teacher Steve Bainbridge. Front right end two girls, Jean Robinson, Ann Robinson

1 -Front row - left of teacher Steve Bainbridge. Front right end two girls, Jean Robinson, Ann Robinson

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Photo:3 - Front row left of teacher, Steve Bainbridge - Front row, end two girls Jean Robinson, Ann Robinson

3 - Front row left of teacher, Steve Bainbridge - Front row, end two girls Jean Robinson, Ann Robinson

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Photo:4 - Front row girl left of shield Jean Robinson , right of shield Ann Robinson. Teacher Frank Gibbs

4 - Front row girl left of shield Jean Robinson , right of shield Ann Robinson. Teacher Frank Gibbs

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Photo:7 - Teacher Frank Gibbs, front row Jean Robinson - ? - Jean Booth

7 - Teacher Frank Gibbs, front row Jean Robinson - ? - Jean Booth

Photo:8 - Back row ? - John Wetton - Morris Hicking. Front row ? - Ann Robinson Frank Gibb ? - ?

8 - Back row ? - John Wetton - Morris Hicking. Front row ? - Ann Robinson Frank Gibb ? - ?

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Comments about this page

1. teacher is Miss Wainwright (daughter of Ethel Wainwright) & headmistress 3. teacher is Mr Priestly headmaster - known as "Ben" 4.5. & 8 teacher is Mr Gibbs 9. teachers - on right of photo Mr Thomas (Taffy) (geography) & on left Mr Bocock (Johnny) (history) 10. Miss Ruth (I think) PE mistress, left about 1960 & replaces by Miss Harness

By Diane
On 26/01/2012

Correction sorry! I reversed Mr Thomas & Mr Bocock - bad thing to do!

By Diane
On 26/01/2012

Memory Lane for sure! My father James Shaw was at Brunts probably started around 1931. Can't remember whether Mr Gibbs taught him French or was a pupil with him. Johnny Bocock was a pupil with my father and then later taught me history. Mr father's sister Dorothy Shaw also went to Brunts -later than my dad. My first year form teacher was Mr Bradbury (Morris) - maths - not my best subject! Mr Thomas used to play the double bass in assembly.

By Margaret
On 12/03/2012

A friend has recently acquired a card commemorating the 1935 Jubilee. The card is printed on one side with the Union Jack and the name of the recipient, G F Roach of Brunts School. Does anyone know of this person or any similar cards from that era?

By Tom Shead
On 22/09/2012

I can name most of the people in the football team - 6th photo down. They are: Back row, left to right : unknown, unknown, Jeff Else, Anthony Barber, Derek Hooton, Tony Unwin, Robert Johnson. Front Row, left to right : Mr Holmes, ? Shaw, Terry Fensome, Geoff Marshall, David Evans, Michael Keeton, the groundsman. Also, on the 8th photo down, the girl on the far left of the front row is Pamela Hands, who I believe married a Mansfield Town footballer. Nice to see a few old face again. David "Brainy" Brelsford, now living in Tasmania.

By David Brelsford
On 11/10/2012

I recognize quite a few in these photos but cannot always put a name to the faces. However, in Photo 10, the girl on the extreme right at the back is Ann Mallinder (now Davis and living in South Africa). We are still friends after all these years and have visited in the last few years. I also keep in touch with quite a few of the girls I was in school with even though I now live on the glorious Great Barrier Reef. Ann Booth (nee Brelsford)

By Ann Booth
On 01/11/2012

I have had another brainstorm re these photos! Re Photo 7, the girl at the back on the extreme left is called Verena (Stevenson??) If I recall, she was a particularly good athlete and was the cousin of a girl in my class, Adrienne Allen. Maybe a few more names may come to me at a later date. Ann Booth

By Ann Booth
On 03/11/2012

Regarding the first comment about photograph 3, I never heard the Headmaster Mr. Priestley referred to as "Ben" whilst I was there (1953-58). We always called him "The Boss" (self explanatory) or "Henry", which I think was his first name. Of course, to his face he was always "Sir". Mr Thomas did indeed play the double bass in the little orchestra at assembly. Mr Timms played the piano and Miss Dibben (before she married and left) played the violin. Even now, whenever I hear Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik it puts me in mind of the Brunts orchestra, who used to play it all the time.

By David Brelsford
On 07/11/2012

Photograph 6: The groundsman is Len Fox. My father, Islwyn Thomas taught at Brunts in the early 50s as P.E. and Games master. "Fox" was a friend often coming to tea and bringing pots of his own honey which was delicious. He insisted on being called "Fox" he could not allow us to call him "Len" - old fashioned values, I suppose. Gilbert Thomas (Geography) (Photograph 9) was my nominal uncle.

By Ian Thomas
On 09/05/2013

Photo 8. I think

Steve Bainbridge, John Wetton, John Mullins, Maurice Hickling, Howard Staley

By David Wootton
On 30/04/2014

Mr Priestley was "Ben" throughout my time there. (1960-5).

By Harry Whitehouse
On 22/08/2014

Did you know Mr Priestley was a demon train spotter and wrote books about it?  Not that any of us lesser mortals knew that.  And from 1951/58 he was Henry to my class (behind his back of course).

By Terry Whitehead
On 10/10/2014

I think I can perhaps resolve the "Henry/Ben" dilemma. If I remember right, his initials were H.B. He only started at Brunts a couple of years or so before me (early 50's) and no doubt someone saw in the press that his name was Henry Benjamin. So naturally we all called him Henry. But not long after I left (1958) one of his sons joined Brunts and no doubt let slip that his father preferred to be called by his second Christian name of Benjamin. So Ben he became. Now I don't know if that is true, but I imagine that was the case.Of course, as we have all said, to his face he was always "Sir."

By David Brelsford
On 17/10/2014

This sight brings back soooooooooo many memories Johnny Bocock what a teacher! No such characters around in our schools over here, can't beat the English grammar school mentality! so lucky to have gone through the system in the 60s 

By ruth hale
On 17/05/2015

My mother, Sylvia Robinson, of 4 , Rutland Street, was a pupil at Brunts around 1930. Despite the objection of her father (tailor Frank Robinson) she went to Manchester University and graduated in English . She married my father, John Robinson, (strange, but true ) after his service as a Lancaster pilot in the RAF, and they settled as teachers in Leicester. Sadly, my mother died in 1969 when I was 15 and my brother was 10 . We have many memories of Mansfield where we spent many weekends and ALL our Christmases until 1968 .

By Martin Robinson
On 29/05/2015

Soooo many memories here surrounding messrs Gibbs ('Frank'), Bocock ('Johnny'), Thomas ('Taffy'), Bradbury ('Toe'*) et al. I was at Brunts 1963 - 1970. During that time Mr Priestley was always known as 'Ben'  (never to his face of course!!). I was aware that he was Henry Benjamin Priestley, but he was seldom, if ever, referred to as 'Henry' during the 1960s. I am not sure when Mr Bradbury began to be called 'Toe'. It allegedly arose after he admonished a slothful pupil, threatening him that he would be propelled by a toe up his backside if he did not get a move on! The little school orchestra (pupils and staff) was still going strong in 1970. As well as the Mozart, they regularly played Warlock's Capriol Suite. 

Tob Bradford (Brunts 1963 - 1970)

By Rob Bradford
On 28/05/2016

 Photo 7 top left is Verena Hill ( my mum ) she married Raymond Hartley who was in the same year they are still married and living in Norfolk. I went to Brunts in the 70s and Mr Priestley was headmaster my first form teacher was Johnny Bocock and the school orchestra was still going strong.

 

Graham Hartley (1972-79)

By Graham Hartley
On 24/06/2016

First photo:

Back row: Alan Mellors;?; John Baylis; Brian Rich; John Hughes; Charles Easom; John Gibson; John Macdonald: Howard Staley; ? Purseglove; Murray Cresswell; Ray Richards; Terry Whitehead.

Middle row: Julianne Swinscoe; Margaret Ward: Sandra Hunt: Christine Whitfield; ? Macdonnell?; Enid Sargison; Jessica Poole; ?; Marlene Bramley.

Bottom row: ?; Patrick Daly;?;?; Miss Wainwright; Violet Falomir; Jennifer Fletcher; Jean Robinson; Ann Robinson.

By Alan Mellors
On 29/08/2017

Was also there 1972-1979. Mr Priestley (Benny behind his back) left during that time. It was then the 6th form were no longer required to wear uniform (nor the thin striped tie), and the singing of the school song stopped. We insisted on it at our final assembly.

By Chris Boot
On 04/11/2017

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