Fantastic job from Antony Perrett once again in producing this year’s Newsletter.
Click below to see for yourself!
At a previous Annual Reunion Dinner I was asked if we could make the Newsletters from previous years, available online. Well, here they are!
A big thank you to Paul Atkinson who sent me copies of the 1971 and 1972 Newsletters, to Ken Webb (1954-61) for lending me his file of Newsletters, and also to Peter Monether (1963-70) for scanning his copies! Ian Stephen (1949-54) has sent me a box full of goodies which include an extra seven Newsletters!
Colin Bamford (1965-1967)
President, Old Altrinchamians
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.
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.
Friday 1st July Old Alts Golf – Limited Places, Book Now!
Chorlton Golf Club 9am.
Email Christian James.
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.
We have been very lucky at AGSB in that we have benefitted over the years from many wonderful willing volunteers who have helped us with exam invigilating. After two years of cancelled public exams we are very confident that exams will run as normal this summer and we are now in the process of trying to build up a pool of volunteers to assist us again.
We are wondering if any Old Altrinchamians may have some free time and would be willing to provide some support in a voluntary capacity. The exams are running from Monday 16 May until Friday 24 June and we would provide information and training to those interested well in advance of the start. Morning invigilation sessions will normally be between 9.00am and 11.00am and afternoon sessions between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, however, volunteers could be asked to invigilate for only part of this time. Even a few sessions offered by volunteers would be a most valuable contribution. Invigilation would take place in the Coleman Hall or other exam rooms where there will always be a senior experienced invigilator present.
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Old Alts are keen to explore the feasibility of starting an Arts/Culture Section.
Activities include online discussions of musical items, television drama and films, books etc; visits to local art galleries, live theatre and concerts.
We would like to hear from any members who might be interested.
If you are interested please contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org.
The remaining tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Old Altrinchamians Annual Dinner and it’s safe to say it’s going to be a bit different!
After discussion with many Old Alts, we’ve gone for a more casual event this year, to be held at Blanchflower on Shaws Road, Altrincham (opposite the renovated and very popular Altrincham Market). It’s a relatively new and highly commended establishment, with a capacity of only 70 diners.
This event was originally going to take place in 2020. Anyone who bought and paid for a ticket way back then, will already have their place. This means the remaining tickets are very much limited and we expect to sell out fast based on the interest shown so far.
You’ll remember that the school is around a mile away, (a short dash, or a leisurely stroll, depending on whether you attended school when lunch time trips to Alty were allowed or not!), so for those who enjoy a pre-dinner tour of the School, they will be doing tours at 3pm on the same day, so please let us know if you’re interested and we’ll get that set up..
Anyone wanting to meet up beforehand to chat with old friends over a pint have plenty of options available nearby to Blanchflower.
Within this fresh approach, there’s still plenty of room for important association traditions – the Head Master will be in attendance to share the latest school news, the raffle will entertain and reward once again, we’ll light candles to remember those Old Alts who have since passed and most importantly, friends old and new from AGSB will be with you to share the experience.
Here are the finer details:
Date & Time: Friday 4th March 2022. Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm.
Price: £30 (no concessions).
Dress: Smart casual but NOT black tie.
House Smoked Salmon, Pickled Cucumber & fennel, Brown Butter Mayonnaise, crispy capers, Sourdough
Chicken liver parfait, sourdough melba toast, red onion chutney
Whipped Cashew and Salted Beetroot Tartlet, candied beetroot and walnut Salad (Veggie/Vegan)
Roasted Cod Loin, Boulangère Potatoes, charred Fennel, Tender stem, Beurre Blanc
Corn fed chicken breast, fondant potato, pea & tarragon purée, roasted shallot &baby leeks, pancetta, jus
Truffle celeriac steak with a flageolet bean, baby leek & wild mushroom cassoulet (Veggie/Vegan)
Crème Brulee tart with rhubarb coulis
Dark chocolate & pistachio mousse (VV)
Regional cheese & chutney
Speciality Coffee / Leaf Tea
How to book your place at the dinner
Step 1: Please can we ask that payment is made via bank transfer, to the following Old Atrinchamians Association account using your name as a reference.
Sort code: 51 61 11
Account number: 82472270
If you’d like to pay by cheque, please make it out to ‘Old Alts Association’ and post to Stephen Perrett at 65 Langham Road, Bowdon, Altrincham. WA14 3NT
Step 2: email Stephen Perrett at email@example.com to confirm a) how many tickets you have purchased and the names of anyone you have purchased a ticket on behalf of.
Also, b) what your and your guests dinner preferences are for all courses.
Tickets are strictly limited so please book your places as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out on this very special event.
Chairman, Old Altrinchamians Association