Just to say a huge thank you to Richard Akroyd and Paul Brown for alerting me to the fact that the site was down (and
apparently has been since June). A simple error in one of the fundamental files meant that none of the pages have been available
I could of course have said that this was simply down to the fact that, as a result of pure greed/macro-economics, I'd outsourced all the
development work to a company in India but in reality I'm just beginning to realise what it feels like to work as a programmer for
NatWest. However, as this time no one has lost any
money as a result there will be no need for a compensation scheme. Banks, you gotta just love 'em.
One fairly major problem however has been that 'sbgs' has lost its normally excellent Google ranking so if you know of anyone
trying to access the site via Google please tell them to just paste http://www.sbgs.co.uk/ into the address bar
of their browser software. Fingers crossed that Google will restore the site eventually. Even better, if you run a web site
of any kind and can add a link to http://www.sbgs.co.uk/ that really would help.
2010 is the Centenary of the school and the Centenary celebrations are being held at the new school on Wednesday 30th June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Tickets are £5.00 to cover the cost of the buffet/refreshments. To reserve your place please forward a cheque, made payable to Sowerby Bridge High School,
direct to the school and state your name, years attended, your contact phone number and e-mail address. An application form is available to download from the school's
For more details please contact the school on +44 (0) 1422 831 011, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Margaret Whiteley (Stansfield) for providing the information about the event, to Lynda Brown (Dean) for providing a superb repro copy
of the 1960 panoramic photo
, and, of course, to all those who have provided other photos, names and other
details that help make the site what it is.
Pauline Carr (Mitchell) has very kindly written a few words as a tribute to Peter Brook.
"It was a really sad day for me when David's email arrived telling me about the death of Peter Brook. We had been on his
web site on the very day he died looking for yet another of his haunting northern landscapes. Marian Darby and I were very
fond of Peter. He rather 'saved our bacon' in the 6th form and if it had not been for his encouragement and confidence in the
pair of us we would have both jacked it in and gone off to work in Woolies.
He was an inspiration to us, both as an artist and a human being - kind, sensitive, gentle, funny but also a hard task master.
He encouraged Marian to go off and sing, and me to head for Art school. He opened our eyes to the beauty of the north-west
and helped us understand where we came from and to be proud of our heritage and our people. I have spent my life trying to
pass on to my students the love of art Peter gave to me. His influence has affected many of the things I have done and the
way I have raised my own children. They are both passionate about our Ryburn and Calder valleys. There is nowhere quite
like it and no-one who encapsulates it as Peter has done in his paintings. I can hear him when I am teaching and I hope
I may have had a similar influence on those I have taught. I am slowly beginning to paint again as the thought of retirement
looms and though I will never be a Peter Brook I am going to have a stab at it. Thanks Peter."
29 November 2009
As you may already have read in the guestbook and in the
sadly, Peter Brook passed away yesterday at the age of 81.
During the years he taught at SBGS Peter provided tremendous inspiration to a huge number of pupils and his death is a great
loss to us all.
Christmas is rapidly approaching and another year almost over. A huge vote of thanks to the many people who have
added photos, memories and comments throughout the year.
The Guestbook continues to grow in popularity with over 150 messages left during 2009. A complete redesign now means
that the messages are displayed by year, and that you can contact old friends directly without email addresses being published
and harvested by the spammers.
If you're looking for a Christmas present with a difference, the second volume of Trevor Simpson's fine
Small Town Saturday Night
is now available and
offers a great insight into the music in and around Halifax in the mid to late 60's.
If any of you can recall Paul Mountain's club, Clarence's, in Crown Street have a look at the
web site and get a few memories jogged. It was a bit like the rest of the
sixties. If you can remember it, you weren't there!
Loads more photos in the
sections of the photo gallery courtesy of Keith Walsh. Even ones from the earliest days of the school
in the 1910s
Many thanks to Chris Wright for successfully scanning his 1972 panoramic photo
which is now numbered and has some 300 plus names added already.
The Kenny Hoyle memorial gig in November was a superb night with an outstanding performance by the original members of Kenny's band,
The Blues Revelators. Well worth travelling down from Newcastle for. Kenny would have been well pleased.
Christmas is now nearly upon us so a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year to everyone.
Firstly, a huge vote of thanks must go to the following people for adding so many names to the
- 350 in just a couple of weeks:
Alec Crabtree, Celia Normanton, Tony Hirst, Lesley Parker, Molly Green, Brian Rhodes, Margaret Sutcliffe, Trevor Simpson,
and anyone else I've forgotten to mention.
Next, more thanks to Lesley Parker and Keith Walsh for what must be some incredibly rare photos from the
also to Keith for his copy of the 1972 panoramic photo
Unfortunately it's a bit battered but almost all the faces are still visible. Thanks also to Chris Wright for a brave attempt at scanning his 1972 photo.
If you're in the Hebden Bridge area on November 22 there's a gig in memory of Kenny Hoyle at the Trades Club. Tickets from Muse in Hebden Bridge and
from the Puzzle which is now open again. All proceeds to Overgate Hospice and Melanoma Research.
The 1963 photo
is now numbered with names added where known, and kind thanks to
Geoffrey Greenwood for supplying his copy of the photo from 1954
I've numbered this as well so if you can add any names please leave a message in the guestbook
It's worth checking this photo out as you might be surprised to see a few familiar faces even if you didn't arrive at the school until the 60s or 70s.
The 1967 photo
now also has the pupils listed by year group where
known. Scroll to the bottom of the photo to see them. If I've got you in the wrong year just let me know. A big thankyou to Linda Bridge for her help
with the 2nd and 3rd years.
Thanks must go to Linda Binns (Salkeld) and Kathleen Holder for adding their photos from the early 1960's. Linda kindly sent me her copy of the 1963
panoramic photo, and Kathleen uploaded a small photo of a group of her friends. Both are available at
. I'll eventually annotate the panoramic photo but please be patient
as this is a very time-consuming task.
Firstly a bit of very sad news. Word has reached me of the untimely death of Kenny Hoyle from melanoma at only 55. Although he was at Ryburn,
Kenny would have been well known to many from SBGS as not only one of the finest drummers ever to grace the planet but also as one of life's real good guys.
I last saw Kenny at the Puzzle August music festival a couple of years ago doing what he really loved, drumming in a fine band, and as always he had a
huge grin on his face. It was simply a privilege to have both known and played in a band with him and he'll be greatly missed by an enormous number
On a lighter note, I also hear that the Puzzle may be re-opening its doors shortly, so watch this space.
Fiends Reunited seem to have now totally screwed up the SBGS listing with their appalling new site 'redesign'. If you can't find the people you'd
expect on their SBGS listing try Sowerby Bridge High School as they now treat them as two completely separate entities. While this may physically be the
case, last time I looked SBGS pupils were on their High School listing and vice versa. It's not really surprising they can't get anyone to pay for
membership any more.
Thanks for the photos that someone (Chris?) recently uploaded. Pressure of work has so far prevented me from posting these but it will be done ASAP.
Those of you interested in local Halifax music history and nostalgia will find that the following two books by local authors make fascinating reading.
The first, the incredibly detailed Small Town Saturday Night - Vol 1
(Pop music memories of Halifax in the Sixties)
(ISBN 780954 896027 - colour printed softback 192 pages £15) is by
Trevor Simpson. Trevor's a long-term Ripponden resident and a old SBGS pupil (coincidentally he's also John Howe's brother-in-law).
The second is John S Wharton's wonderful Plebs - The Halifax Jazz Club 1961-1968
(ISBN 1870682 15 7 - mono printed softback
163 pages £15).
Both books are the result of many years very detailed research and offer an enormous insight into the local music scene of the 1960's. Having read
both from cover to cover I can highly recommend them and they'd make great birthday or Christmas presents. To sweeten the pill even further, all proceeds
from Trevor's book are going to Calderdale Hospital Radio charity.
Whether you remember jiving in the aisles of the Gaumont
to 'Rock Around the Clock', Don Lang singing 'Six-Five Special'
Craig Douglas at Bolton Brow WMC
(yes that's right), the package tours at the
, the sweat of the Jazz Club
, or were even lucky enough to meet the
Beatles at the Cavalier Country Club
, these are two books not to miss.
Both authors are now working on new related projects. Trevor on Volume 2 of what may turn out to be a series and John on a mighty tome about
the Krumlin festival. Support their sterling efforts and get a great read into the bargain.
Whilst we're on the subject of heritage, on 2nd January 2008 The Puzzle Hall Inn
on Hollins Mill Lane closed its doors
and will be sadly missed by many from
Sowerby Bridge. Another casualty of our love of ever cheaper booze and the supermarkets' continual erosion of our national heritage!
Names for the panoramic photo coming thick and fast now so a big thanks to all who've contributed so far. Excellent stuff!
I just must add a word of 'thanks!' here to those kind souls at Friends Reunited. I attempted to add a message to their noticeboard for the
school to inform old pupils about this site. The FR moderators not only removed the link but also trashed the message completely, rendering it
meaningless. So, next time they're asking you for money maybe you'd like to consider just how helpful they really are before shelling out your
hard earned cash.
Thanks to Chris Wright and Hilary Maskill for the
two new photos
I've also added the
panoramic school photo
taken in April 1967 which might also jog a few memories.
I've added the names that I remember. If you can add or correct any names please leave a message in the
and I'll update the details as soon as possible.
Oops!! Thanks to everyone trying to upload photos over the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately there was an error in the upload script that
stopped it working. This has now been fixed so please try again.
If you have any more old photos, scans of memorabilia, memories, or documents please keep them coming.
Thanks again to Chris Wright for the latest archive photos
, and also to the people
who left updates and name corrections on the guestbook.
The photo gallery
is now split by year group to make it more relevant. If your year
group isn't represented then why not upload some photos now?
I've just dug out some old 1960s copies of Hill & Dale and will scan these as and when time permits. If there's a specific article or
section you'd like to see, again please leave a message on the guestbook.
Thanks for the latest anonymous uploaded contribution
to the photo gallery.
If anyone has any more details about it please add them via the guestbook
and I'll update the page.
Thanks to Chris Wright for the latest addition to the photo gallery
Class of 1967-74 photo
. If you have any information or names for the roll call
please add the relevant details via the guestbook
and I'll update the captions
By kind courtesy of Keith Walsh, two new photos in the photo gallery from the sixties. Do you recognise yourself or any of your friends on
The Netball Team
or The Hockey Team
Keith attended SBGS in the 1960's and went back to teach there for a brief period prior to the demolition of the old building.
'When one of the senior members of staff found out that I was an "old pupil" of the school she showed me to a store-room in the old building which had some old photographs and
pupils' records laying around in boxes.
She told me I could take whatever I wanted since it was all going to be thrown out anyway due to the impending demolition of the building.
I rescued a couple of dozen photographs going right back to the earliest days of the school - the legendary Mr Helliwell crops up everywhere!.'
Good to see that history is still riding high on the curriculum then!
Firstly, a vote of thanks to those fine upstanding people who did actually turn up to the scaled down reunion last August and especially to
Virginia and Margaret for their sterling efforts in trying to get people there.
After rather a loud start in the upstairs area of Bar 11 - nice idea
but if I'm being brutally honest it's not really geared up to catering for a bunch of 50 year olds - we adjourned to the comforts of cardigans, pipes and
slippers outside god's (take your pick, there are plenty to choose from) own ale house, the Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge. Much fine ale was drunk
and banter flowed free. Julian and I swapped hernia and gallstone tales (too much football and fine dining respectively), and we all parted having
sort of made plans to meet up again. Nice one. Anyone with photos, it'd be good to have some to stick on here.
It's great to see that this year the guest book is attracting comments from a number of ex SBGS pupils. The more the merrier, so if you have something to
add or say we'd love to hear from you - don't worry whether you fit the 1963-70 mould, all are welcome. From the comments I've had it's also good to
see that others do check it fairly regularly for new contributions. The downside is that it has also attracted some moron from the snake-oil salesman
community and he (or she) seems rather insistent on regaling us with tales of their latest scam. For you my friend I have a simple message. Two words
and they involve sex and travel. The upside is that their efforts enable me to add the relevant anti-scamming filters to all my other sites so, ta very
Apologies to anyone who has either been trying to upload photos or trying to view the floor plan of the old school. There was a bug in the upload script
and the floorplan image locations were wrong so you had no chance. However, both have now been fixed so no more excuses.
Due to lack of interest, and despite all the effort put in by Virginia, the reunion at Bar 11 has been cancelled. Thanks must go out especially
to those who asked for tickets but were somewhat reluctant to put their hand in their pocket when it came to actually paying for them,
and also to those who said they'd love to come along but could quite be arsed to get their act into gear to get a ticket. Much appreciated!!
The stunning stars of the show (and those who brought/sent sick notes typed at home and signed in green biro) - you know who you all are -
will get details of the revised plans via email shortly. A special thanks must go out to Ms X who sent in her sick note scribbled on an old school
diary actually stolen from the cupboard next to the secretary's office. I only used to manage to get pens and exercise books and so
obviously missed a trick or three.
Anyone who thinks they have a reasonable excuse can try putting it to a G Whiteley, who they may find somewhere in the region of The Railway
in Hebden Bridge. While you're there ask him about a Mr Blunt who he may vaguely remember.
PS The old school building (and the Ronjes/Faraways/whatever they were called) are now dead and gone and I'm sure you'll be seriously impressed
to know that the new buildings on the campus now cover almost every square inch of green space we used to enjoy - that's both the top and bottom
playing fields - and accommodate less than 300 additional pupils (or are they clients these days?). Now I wasn't that hot at maths
(or PFI calculations) but am I missing something here?
Tickets for the reunion - Bar 11, Harrison Road, Halifax - 20 August 2005 - are now ready. Partners are welcome and the room is booked
8.00 pm to midnight. Numbers are limited to 90 so if partners are coming then there's only room for 45 ex pupils/teachers.
Get your tickets now!
Apparently the old school building is scheduled for demolition in April 2005 so if you'd be interested in having a last look round please
email me now and
I'll try to get something organised. Apparently they've already had one 'last tour' so don't hold your breath. Walking round the walls seven times while
breathing in on your trumpets apparently won't work either!
Virginia now has a time and a place for the big reunion next year. Bar 11, Harrison Road, Halifax - 20 August 2005. Tickets 10 quid each including buffet.
More info coming soon.