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Next Meeting of the F.P. Association

The next meeting of The Gordon Schools’ Former Pupils’ Association will be held at the offices of Rizza’s factory in Steven Road, Huntly, on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up.

 

Two Former Pupils Retire

Last orders were taken last week after nearly fifty years at the bar.

The Huntly Express, 21/04/17 

 

Congratulations to Rizza’s of Huntly

Congratulations to owners of Rizza’s of Huntly, Philip and Nora Morrison, on being awarded ‘The Herald’ Rural Family Business of the year. They are pictured with family members Fiona and Donald. Nora Morrison is President of the Former Pupils’ Association. Press cuttings:

Rizza’s 1 Rizza’s 2

Huntly Express

 

Guest Book Signed

For more details please click on Guest Book above.
 

Wilma Dean-Prasad - "Living in Dallas Texas now"

John A.M. Bisset - ”Attended school 9/1939 for a year ... Remember my friend John Law.”

Alan Gordon - ”I attended the Gordon Schools between 1982 and 1986. I was in Gordon House.”

Sharon Gray (nee Taylor) - ”I attended Gordon Secondary School from 1985 ...”

Darren Millar - ”Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?”

Joyce McGroarty (nee Finlay) - ”Great to find Lorna Chisholm ...”

Steven Arthur (Bushy) - ”sorry I missed the school reunion ...”

Heather Small (Anton) - ”Happy memories!!”

Glynis Lorina Eastmond - ”Was at the school from 1956 to 1960. ...”

Carol McCartie - ”I was a pupil 1974 - 1979.”

Charles MacPherson - He asks:”Anne McCauley Aren’t you Charlie Smith’s sister?”

George Riddoch - better known as Ridgy - attended The Gordon Schools from 1939 to 1951.

Brian Sandison: ”I remember about half the faces in Stanley’s photo of 1A boys 1959/60 ...”

J. Brown, 2004 to 2009, presently at Abertay University.

Philip Roger, 1968 to 69, Fairhall Farm, ”looking to get in touch with the Paterson family who lived at the end of our driveway”.

Maureen Newlands, nee Richards, 1962 to 1966.

This entry in the Guest Book is from Charlie McPherson: ”Nice to see some of the old class mates in the photos!”

David Smart signed the Guest Book (09/07/15). He is hoping that someone may have photographs of 1a girls and 1c girls (1959/60).

Stanley T. Fraser signed the Guest Book (28/06/15). He offers to share a photograph of class 1a boys from 1959/60. (The photograph has now been received. Thank you, Stan Fraser. Please click to see 1a boys - 1959/60.)

The Guest Book has been signed by Willson Raeburn Morrison. In his message he mentions John Anderson, Gordon Beverley and Ann Begg.

On February 11th, 2015, the Guest Book was signed by Jimmy Mason (”... recalling fond memories”) and Robert Wilson, who now lives in London.

Fiona Morrison signed the Guest Book on May 26th, 2015. She was a pupil at The Gordon Schools from 1966 to 1969.

 Class of 1959-1960

David Smart has made available the photograph of class 1b from session 1959-1960. To view, please click on the link:

Class 1b 1959-60

David has asked if anyone can make available an equivalent photograph of class 1a or 1c from that same session for placing on the website. See Guest Book. A photograh of 1a boys has been made available by Stan Fraser. Please click to view: 1a boys - 1959/60.

He has also passed on the whole school panorama from 1955. This is on the photographic page of the website. Panoramas

Angela Shearer MBE

 

Angela Shearer received her MBE from the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood in June. 

175th Celebrations: Vintage Night

As part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of The Gordon Schools, a Vintage Night was held in June.

For further details see: Vintage Night Poster

Introduction

A welcome from the President.

 

The Association

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Next Meeting 2018

The next meeting of the Former Pupils’ Association will be held on Monday, September 24th, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the offices of Rizza’s icecream factory in Steven Road, Huntly. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up. 
 
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Magazines

The 2014 edition of 'The School Road' has been printed and is now on sale.

 

The Years Roll On

Mr Brebner, Rector, proposed that the Association should set up a system of what he called ‘Consulships’, which he described as being ‘in vogue in some schools’. In 1929 the Association proceeded with the appointment of ‘Consuls’ in various centres. Intriguingly, the records do not show who these people were, where the centres were located, or what the role of a ‘Consul’ was!

1939 magazine - Staff, 1938At the April meeting of the Association in 1929, sympathy was expressed at the passing of the former Rector, Mr D M J James. Sincere regrets were expressed about ‘the great loss the Association had sustained by the passing of so brilliant a personality.’

At the meeting of 19 November 1929, after considerable discussion, colours were chosen for the Association. Material showing a design in four colours had been received. The main colour was green, with thin stripes of red, black and yellow. Mr Murray, Draper was asked to procure sample ties in cotton.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the difference in handwriting between those writing the minutes is striking. Some styles of script are crisp, stylish and clear. There are artistic flourishes of the fountain pen in capital letters.

This clarity gives way to minutes written in a script that is angular, jagged, and hard to decipher! Education was not always better in the old days!

The script of the minute secretary in 1934 was immaculately formed… linked handwriting, with copperplate clarity. These minutes advise that a combined military whist drive and dance had proved to be a popular event.

In 1934, membership stood at 639. There were 65 Life Members, 557 Ordinary Members and 17 Honorary members.

Charitable gifts continued to be made, arising from funds generated by these and other events. A donation of five guineas was made to the King George Jubilee Trust.

Sympathy for the death of members was expressed, including tributes to Mr George Brander, Honorary President. Mr William Will, London, was elected Honorary President to replace him.

The rhythm of the years continued unabated. Annual reunions were held, in the form of military whist drives and dances. Lists of gentlemen were drawn up to equalise the numbers of both sexes at dances.

One act plays were presented in the Stewart’s Hall. The Arts League of Service Travelling Theatre Company was hired to perform in Huntly.

Accounts were audited. Funds were disbursed. Sports prizes were presented. Academic prizes were awarded. Christmas treats were arranged for school pupils. Miss M Lobban continued to edit the highly successful annual magazine. Concerns were expressed, as ever, about high printing costs.

A sum of £34 was raised by the Dramatic Club and donated to the Lord Provost’s Infirmary Appeal Fund. A team from the club reached the Divisional Final of the Scottish Community Drama Festival.

By 1937 membership had grown again and stood at 699.

The final page of the first log book of minutes of general meetings ends with Mr James Hynd, President of the Association, signing off the book with a flourish.

 

 

 

 

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Personalities

Miss BainSome background information about the personalities mentioned in the ‘History of the Former Pupils’ Association’

Local Historian, Patrick Scott, Huntly, has kindly provided some biographical details and other background information about some of the personalities mentioned in the ‘History of the Former Pupils’ Association’.

Read the full text on the 'Personalities' page.

Early publications

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