Preston Grammar School Association

The Association's page for Events, Photographs and Special Items

This page is intended, initially, to provide a central location for the Association's photograph archive - the pictorial record of the various doings of the members, from the formal (the Annual Dinner) to the calamitous (the 2010 Bowls tournament) and all places in between. All contributions are welcome, provided there is some connection (however tenuous) with the PGSA.
This page was last updated 7th July 2016

News Items and Site Changes

(7th July 2016). The Roebuck Cup, the annual PGSA Masters Bowls Tournament, took place today at Guy's Eatery and Fun Palace at Bilsborrow. Beautifully organised by Tony Olivine (with no repeat of last year's failed gymnastics exhibition) and won by Allan Turner, the Report is here and the pix are in the gallery.
(2nd July 2016). At a meeting of the Executive Council last Thursday (30th June) a proposed modification to the wording of paras 18-20 of the Constitution was proposed - see here.
(20th June 2016). The 2016 Roebuck Cup Bowls Tournament will take place on Thursday 7th July at Guy's Thatched Hamlet. Details here.
(17th June2016). Only 1 visit to the School was planned for 2016 and this took place yesterday. Pix below.
(3rd June 2016). The PGSA Masters golf tournament finally took place on Tuesday 31st May - delayed from the original date because the course was waterlogged following the wet winter. Report and pix below.
(26th May 2016). A bargain find at Preston Market which uncovered a long lost football shirt has ended up scoring support for St Catherine’s Hospice. When Andrew Atkinson came across the item he snapped it up and sent in a photo to the Lancashire Evening Post in a bid to find out more. He was contacted by the Preston Grammar School Association, which identified it as having belonged to a member of a Preston Grammar School Old Boys’ team so he knew he’d found something special. The Association was keen to add the shirt, which dates back to the 1930s, to its archives, and Andrew was pleased to offer it them in return for a donation to the hospice. He said: “I have a friend who runs a pub in Spain, who wanted me to find some local football shirts to put up there. I enjoy going to auctions and car boot sales, so I went to a car boot at Preston Market to see if I could find anything for him. I noticed this one at the bottom of the pile and just thought it was interesting – it seemed to be of some significance.” footie shirt
He bagged a bargain after paying just 50p for the shirt, and was keen to help St Catherine’s when the opportunity arose to present it to the Preston Grammar School Association. Charlie Billington, Secretary of the Preston Grammar School Association, said: It’s an Old Boys’ shirt and the badge is from the Lancashire Amateur League Northern Section, Division Two, 1938-39. It’s quite unusual to find something like this, and it’s significant because it was worn by a player who belonged to a Championship-winning side – in 1939 the Club won both the First and Second Division titles, a unique feat".

Members from the Association met with Andrew at the hospice to present the cheque to the charity, and receive the football shirt.

(10th May 2106). Tony Olivine has now provided the details for the annual PGSA Masters Golf Tournament 2016 - see here.
(9th May 2016). The PGSA was represented at the Lancastrians in London Annual Service at the Savoy Chapel yesterday by those 2 stalwarts from the School's halcyon years Ian Mather and Michael Tyrer (see the entry for 5th March). The sermon was delivered by the Chaplain to the Tower of London who is from Bolton (administratively now in Greater Manchester but Lanky for ever). They eschewed the cucumber sandwiches at the Strand Palace in favour of the nearest pub, where it is believed that Mike can still be found.
Mather and Tyrer

(Above) Messrs Mather (l) and Tyrer before the Service.

(R) The Queen's Chapel at the Savoy.

Savoy Chapel


(9th May 2106). The annual PGSA golf tournament, originally programmed for 10th May, has been re-scheduled for 31st May and is being organised by the capable David Bunting. Appropriate information will be distributed soon.
(8th May 2016). The Association's Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 6th May, at Fulwood Conservative Club. Pix of the attendees are in the Gallery - a report will be published shortly.
(2nd May 2016). Yesterday a Memorial Service took place at St Wilfred's Church, Chapel St, Preston, for Terry Holt, at school 1945 - 1952. Terry died in Melbourne, Australia, while on holiday visiting relatives. His body was cremated in Australia and his ashes were repatriated, to be scattered in the Ribble after yesterday's service. The service was attended by his widow Herma and his family and friends, including his brother Tony, who is also a PGS Old Boy.

(27th April 2016). Yesterday Dave and Rhona Sharp, accompanied by our Secretary Charlie, attended Ron Foreman's 100th Birthday party, at Coniston House, Chorley. It was quite an affair, with plenty of food and entertainment, including a group. Ron received many cards, including one from the Members of the Association, but the obvious highlight was the one from the Queen!


(19th April 2016). Tuesday 26th April is the 100th birthday of Mr R Foreman (aka Ronnie or Carrots) popular former member of staff, well known as raconteur, gifted pianist, book-binder and illustrator (and for occasionally mentioning Spanish). Yesterday 2 members of Council - Charlie Billington and Jim Goring - visited Ronnie at his home in Chorley to acknowledge this auspicious occasion and to pass on the congratulations and warm wishes of the Association.


(21st March 2016). The Association's Annual Dinner took place last Saturday (19th March), at the Samlesbury Hotel, and was a great success, as usual. The guest speaker was Bob Helm, retired Detective Superintendent from the Lancashire Constabulary (among other experiences) who kept an attentive audience entertained. He summed up his career as "....getting his own back on behalf of those who couldn't get their own back" and was warmly applauded.

(5th March 2016). Mick Tyrer has sent us this interesting Invitation:-

"A LONDON EVENT: SUNDAY 8th May 2016. Mick is inviting any OLD Boy and his family to join him at an event run by LANCASTRIANS IN LONDON. This is the Lancastrians' Annual Church Service, held in the Queen's Chapel in the Savoy - The Queen's London Church. It is an honour and privilege to be allowed inside our Duke's very well appointed chapel. The service is multi-denominational, based on C of E. A vicar from Lancs or born in Lancs will be the guest vicar. The service lasts about an hour starting at 15.00 following which I suggest we go to a local tavern for a period of friendship and socialising. Contact me on or also have a chat at the Annual Dinner."

(News Items for 2015 and earlier are here)


Event Reports

12th May 2015The PGSA Golf Tournament
18th June 2015The Annual School Visit
1st July 2015The Roebuck Cup
8th Sept 2015The PGSA Masters Golf
17th Sept 2015Visit to NM Arboretum
8th Oct 2015Executive Council Meeting
16th Oct 2015WW1 Presentation
8th Nov 2015Remembrance Service
27th Nov 2015Hot Pot Supper
14th Jan 2016Executive Council Meeting
19th Mar 2016Annual Dinner
7th Apr 2016Executive Council Meeting
6th May 2016AGM and Hot Pot Supper
31st May 2016The PGSA Masters
16th Jun 2016Visit to School
30 JunExecutive Council Meeting
6 JulRoebuck Cup

Calendar 2016/17(subject to revision)

6 SeptThe PGSA Golf
15 SeptNMA and German cemetaries
30 SeptBattlefields Tour
7 OctTrench Warfare in WW1
13 OctExecutive Council Meeting
13 NovRemembrance Service
25 NovHot Pot Supper
11 JanTour of Minster
12 JanExecutive Council Meeting
18 MarAnnual Dinner
13 AprExecutive Council Meeting
?Harris Library tour
5 MayAGM and Hot Pot Supper
16 MayPGSA Golf
15 JunVisit to School
5 JulRoebuck Cup
6 JulExecutive Council Meeting
5 SepPGSA Masters

PGSA Football Club

The "Old Boys" Football Club was formed in 1906 and engaged in an expanding series of matches annually, initially as Club games before becoming a league team, until 1914, when the outbreak of WW1 resulted in a temporary demise. The hiatus lasted until 1927. Following its re-formation the Club performed with some success at various levels of the local football leagues until the 2012/13 season, at which time the decision was taken to bring its existence to a close. For more details of its history and achievements see here.

The Gallery


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The Roebuck Cup
7th July 2016

Bowls 2016
PGSA Masters
31st May 2016

6th May 2016

Annual Dinner
19th March 2016

Hot Pot Supper
27th November 2015

8th November 2015

PGSA Masters Golf
8th September 2015

PGSA Masters Bowls
2nd July 2015

The School Visit
18th June 2015

School visit 2015
12th May 2015

PGSA 015
8th May 2015

AGM 2015