Old Boy Memories

Contributions from some of our readers…

Paul Richards remembers…
Many thanks to Paul Richards, now residing in Australia for his excellent memories at Xaverian and St Anne's Prep. If ...
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Phil Blinkhorn remembers …
Thanks to Phil Blinkhorn for his amazing memory dredge, the level of detail is stunning. I was on the junior trip ...
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My Xavs Experience – Phil Drinkwater
Thoughts on catholic education in the sixties A working class catholic background pre Xaverian Whilst Xaverian paid an important part ...
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Mike Ramsay remembers…
Thanks to Mike Ramsay for sharing his memories from over 60 years ago Remembering Xaverian College Manchester Miss Eaton at ...
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Alastair Macdonald remembers…
I was always called Angus at Xavs by both pupils and teachers, which was nice for a young Scot new ...
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Henry Mantel recalls…
Thanks to Henry Mantell for some very interesting insights into Xavs and in particular Brother Cyril Birtles. As I have ...
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Anthony Burgess aka Anthony Wilson
Thanks to Henry Mantel for supplying this interesting snippet regarding one of Xaverian College's more famous alumni, Anthony Wilson, better ...
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Paul Jackson (1957 – 1964) Recalls
SO LONG AND SO FAR AWAY OR, ‘THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE THUGLY’ THE JOURNAL OF FUN LOVING BOY ...
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Random Memories – 1952 – 1959 – By Anon
Introduction I attended this school as far as I recall from 1952 to 1959. I came from a primary school ...
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Anthony Coombs recalls…
From Anthony Coombs I attended Xaverian Prep 1962-1965, and Xaverian College 1965-71. Before that I’d been at the Hollies Prep ...
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James Kedian Remembers
A few personal remarks from James provide some interesting thoughts: Curtis. Another “head case, taught you nothing but loved to ...
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Paul Hughes Remembers
My name is Paul Hughes and I started at Xaverian in 1972 and went right through until it became a ...
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Xaverian School Captains
Thanks to Frank Lennon, we now know that the correct name for Xaverian Head Boys was 'School Captain'. As a ...
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John Heffernan
John Heffernan reminisces 29th July 2020 I was at Xavs from 1956 to 1962. I had been at St Annes ...
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Peter Ulleri – reunion
Peter Ulleri had a nostalgic evening in 2019 with Xavs chums from the 70’s in one of the South Manchester ...
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Phillip Glennon
Phillip Glennon remembered Message from Hannah Hodgson regarding her father, Phillip Glennon. If anyone remembers him, please email me at ...
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David Challinger
Chuck Sellars – David Challinger remembers… I remember Chuck SELLERS, and am grateful for the passion for music he instilled ...
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John White writes…
Memories of some of the teaching staff are sometimes on point and sometimes blurred. Mr “Jack” Gleason was a good ...
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Old Boy Memories
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St Anne’s Preparatory School
St Anne's Prep was the junior feeder school for Xaverian College Manchester. It was privately funded - I seem to ...
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Terry Wain – Memories of Xaverian College 1961 – 1968
"Those of us who had migrated from the Prep School found the new intake of 11 plus boys to be ...
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  1. Maybe someone remembers an old classmate of mine at Xavs one Brian Morgan from St Anne’s Ancoats? Haven’t heard anything solid about him for years. There was a rumour manmy years back (as yet unsubstantiated) that he had met the daughter of an Anglican bishop and from that relationship there was a child followed shortly thereafter by a marriage. The rumour was that Brian then followed up by becolming an Anglican vicar. All this is unsubstantiated rumour but I wonder if ANYONE else had heard the same rumour or indeed heard the truth?

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    • Not heard that one John. The only Anglican vicar reference I do know about was a classmate Robert Gleason who swopped over to C of E, and became a chaplain in a prison if I recall.

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    • The last I heard of Brian was in the sixth form, when we became good mates. He was an active member of the ‘Brag Trio’ with myself and Tom McGrath, during Mr.Huntingdon’s inspiringLatin lessons. He was going out with a Loreto girl, he met at a school dance. He then became one of the great lost, “ What happened to him/them.”

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  2. Further to the post about the dreaded French O level oral, I remember memorising a most useful phrase for that arduous and very real “no hiding place” event when the inquisitor poses a question about what you may do when on holiday en France.
    Here it is. ” Je ne sais pas a ce moment, mais je verrai quand j’y serai.”

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