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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Are any Old Alts interested in supporting the above musical production
This is a KS3 production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat,’ which will take place on Tuesday 27th June at 7pm in the Coleman Hall.
It is a one night only performance and tickets are selling fast on eventbrite for parents and members of the community.
Click on this link for tickets :
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joseph-and-the-amazing- technicolour-dreamcoat-tickets-643624166207

Old Boy Obituary Just Found on Lancaster University Site

Michael Waller, founding member of Russian Studies passed away on 24 October 2021. Michael was born in Manchester on 14th February 1934 and was educated at Douai College and Altrincham Grammar School. He learnt Russian while on National Service with the Navy. After taking a degree in Classics at Corpus Christi, Oxford, and a period of teaching at the Lancaster Royal Grammar School, he took a second degree in Russian at Manchester. He also worked with the late Barry Gregson to open a pottery at Caton, and he continued to make elegant and distinguished ceramics for many years. The forthcoming University of Lancaster planned to include the study of modern languages within Humanities, and it is said that Michael persuaded Charles Carter (Lancaster’s founding Vice-Chancellor) to include Russian. He, therefore, took up a post on 1st September 1964 as the founding member of Russian Studies (subsequently Russian and Soviet Studies), and further additions enabled Lancaster to offer a cluster of East European languages. Michael also met his wife, Manon Allee, at Lancaster, and she predeceased him in 2019. Language studies suffered under the Thatcher cuts to universities in the early 1980s, and the Senate narrowly approved the closure of Russian and Soviet Studies. Michael then moved to the Government Department at the University of Manchester, and in 1993 to a chair in Politics at Keele, where he became Director of European Studies.

2023 Newsletter and all the way back to 1945!

This year’s Newsletter is here. Click below to see for yourself!

At a previous Annual Reunion Dinner Colin Bamford was asked if we could make all the  Newsletters from previous years available online. After a herculean effort, he did just that and here they are. Thanks Colin!!

A big thank you to Paul Atkinson who sent copies of the 1971 and 1972 Newsletters, to Ken Webb (1954-61) for lending his file of Newsletters, and also to Peter Monether (1963-70) for scanning his copies! Ian Stephen (1949-54) sent a box full of goodies which included an extra seven Newsletters…..thank you all.

And thank you Colin Bamford (1965-1967)!
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2022 AGM

2022 Old Alts AGM – 7pm Tues 15th November

Hi all – this year’s AGM will take place at school on Tuesday 15th November 2022. There will be a zoom option for those unable to attend in person. We’ll issue the Agenda and Reports in due course. Many thanks, Christian.

Belated Centenary Dinner

Old Alts FC are holding A Belated Centenary Dinner on Thursday 17th November at Sale Rugby Club, Heywood Road, Sale.  All Old Boys are cordially invited to join in this celebration.  So please make a note in your diary and keep that date available.

Tickets are priced at £45.00 and include a three-course meal.  The evening will be compèred by Fred Eyre and entertainment will be provided by the very talented impressionist, Kevin Connelly.

Old Alts FC reached their centenary in 2020 but the celebration could not take place because of the Covid pandemic.  So we really want as many people as possible to make this year’s event a great success.

Several people are planning to organise tables at the Dinner, If you are a regular, please let your normal host know that you are up for it again.

First timers  can contact Brian Clark on 07443 453318 so we can make sure that you are sitting with people that you know.

Looking forward to seeing you all on 17th November.

Brian Clark

David Nels Olson 1947-2022

It was with sadness we learned of the death of Dave Olson in February.
David (or ‘Hank’ as he was often known) was an outstanding and charismatic pupil. He was late arriving at AGSB (having previously lived in the USA) but was quick to involve himself in the school.
Dave was the Secretary to the Debating Society and with his easy delivery but knowledgeable manner won the day in many a debate. He was a School Prefect.
Dave proposed the toast to The School at the 1967 Annual Reunion Dinner.
His outside interests included attendance at the local Humanist Group as one of its youngest members and he also had an interest in Amnesty International.
Dave duly entered the 6th Form studying Arts, but on leaving AGSB he decided that he would like to study Dentistry, but entry to Dental School required Science subjects so Dave spent a year at a Manchester College of Further Education to get the requisite A-levels.
After qualifying BDS at Newcastle University, Dave enrolled at the Westminster School of Medicine at the University of London in 1979, funding his studies by working in a Dental Practice.
He qualified with MB; BS degrees and took up positions at St.Mary’s and St. Stephen’s Hospitals London before returning to the the USA in 1981.
Dave went on to specialise in Emergency/ Acute Medicine with licences to practice in several US states.
Dave was required to serve time in the US army as a surgeon and in 1991 he was present at an American airbase during the Gulf War when Saddam Hussein fired two scud missiles which wounded or killed many US soldiers.
He retired in 2019.
Dave will be remembered for his mighty intellect, his friendly charismatic persona and he was always such pleasant company.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl and their two children, Rachel and Alan to whom we send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences.
L.A.B.

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