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Mirfield Grammar School

School Trips & Parties of the 1950s

Here we have a selection of MGS related photographs from the 1950s provided by John C. Carter.
They were almost exclusively taken by John when he attended the trips and functions depicted.
Click on the montage of his photos below to view them.

 


Lake District Trip to Stair in Newlands in the 1950s

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M.G.S. Reunions

Early in 2006 a group of old MGS pupils who attended the school together in the early 1950s came together by email and other means and resolved to celebrate a visit by Barry Riding from France, where he has settled after globetrotting for most of his life. As most of us still lived in or around Mirfield, the Hare and Hounds was chosen as the venue with David Walker crossing the Pennines to join us. This was such an enjoyable experience that Barry has crossed the channel on a few other occasions and another reunion was arranged in July of the same year. We had managed to contact a few others from our school-year so although we lost one of our number who was away on holiday we grew from 6 to 8.

From this humble beginning the group has grown steadily until we are now in contact with many more 'old boys' and 'old girls', 16 of whom were able to gather on February 15, 2007 for a send-off celebration for David Clegg who was emigrating from our mother country to Australia. We all wished him well and promised to keep in touch. David is now settled and is quite happy with his move.

October 2007 was the first reunion in what is now its regular annual slot and we had 21 male ex-pupils, 4 female ex-pupils, 3 teachers and 2 wives giving a grand total of 30. For the October 2008 reunion the numbers remained constant at around the 30 mark and at October 2009 we managed a magnificent 42 attending then 40 in 2010 including 5 new members. 2011 saw even more joining us and we then had 51 attending but following the unfortunate death of Roy Mallinson in 2012 we gained many more members from his group and that year we topped out at 89.

In 2013 we saw the attendance falling slightly from the peak in 2012 to a more comfortable 76 and at the 2014 reunion we had crept back up to 80 ex-pupils and guest attending.

Click any of these reunion pictures for a larger image with names.

October 19, 2006
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October 19, 2006
 
February 15, 2007
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February 15, 2007
October 2, 2008
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October 2, 2008
October 4, 2007 click for larger image
October 4, 2007
 
October 1, 2009
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October 1, 2009
October 6, 2011
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October 6, 2011
October 7, 2010 click for larger image
October 7, 2010
 
October 4, 2012
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October 4, 2012
October 6, 2011
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October 2, 2014
October 4, 2012 click for larger image
October 3, 2013
 
October 1, 2015
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October 1, 2015
October 4, 2016 click for larger image
October 6, 2016
 
 

Our 2016 reunion of Mirfield Grammar School was held on Thursday, October 6 at Dewsbury District Golf Club, Sands Lane, Mirfield, WF14 8HJ. This has become a regular venue for us and they have looked after us very well and continue to do so. We moved to the Golf Club in 2008 because our membership had been growing year by year and we needed the larger function room available there. A sudden increase in size in 2012 was because of the joining together of the 2 reunions that had previously co-existed following the untimely death of Roy Mallinson. For the first time we failed to get a 100% turnout of all those who had indicated that they wished to come. Just 2 let us down and you know who you are. Of those who were there many had travelled a considerable distance to be there and we thank you for your loyalty.

This year we had a more manageable 65 ex-pupils, guests and teachers joining us with just 63 partaking of the meal. The caterers did us proud again, even surpassing the performance of previous years. The choices for the main course were steak pie (my favourite) and salmon which seemed to be acceptable to everyone.

We missed Jack Charnock again this year due to his wife not being well enough to attend and we wish her well. Mr Ray Saywell passed away in February of this year at the age of 93 and was sadly missed; Geoff Jones had his 88th birthday earlier in the year and attended along with Margaret.

Our reunions are informal gatherings which start at 12:00 noon. We have a definite start time so that everyone who comes will have the chance of interacting with all of the others. The photos are generally table shots. I have to thank John Carter for his efforts again as he mingled with the crowd snapping photographs as he went. I feel confident in saying that everyone enjoyed the day.

The next reunion will be held at 12:00 noon on
Thursday 5 October 2017 at Dewsbury District Golf Club,
The Pinnacle, Sands Lane, Mirfield, WF14 8HJ.

A selection of photos from the October 2016 reunion taken on the day.

 
 
 
 
 
John Carter was once again busy taking many photos on the day.
Click one of the links below to view his photos over the years.
These links access external websites so please allow time for the links to open.
2012 Reunion  —   2013 Reunion  —   2015 Reunion  —   2016 Reunion