I am told that as one gets older, time seems to pass ever
more quickly; indeed I recently heard of the following
witticism from an elderly lady, that as she got past 80, breakfast
seems to come round every five minutes! Certainly this holds
true for this past year, as the time since last writing the
President's Letter and the present seems extremely short.
This has been a year, for many Old Students, of a great deal
of reminiscence as well as looking forward in our plans to
bring the Association's use of new media technologies up to
We have lost two very special and long-serving Committee
members . Firstly, Henry Collin in November last year and
latterly Jim Brocklehurst earlier this year. Others will have
contributed fuller obituaries and personal memories, but I
believe these were two men who represented both the past and
the present, much as has been experienced in the recent death
of the Queen Mother. I had known Henry Collin for most of
my life and I particularly remember his extraordinary zest
for life and maintaining a wide circle of friends of very
varied ages, which represents what this Association has always
been about: that is, keeping in touch. They also both portrayed
some of the best values of this school which are probably
part of the reason why you are reading this newsletter.
In March, we spent a most successful and enjoyable evening
at the Spread Eagle hotel in Lymm, facilitated by past President,
Mike Olver, watching the old school films held now by North-West
Film Archives. The footage of past school trips and (seemingly
interminable!) Founders' Days and Sports Days, and the early
days of Tyn-y-felin were fascinating.
There were many murmurs of recognition and poignant memories,
for some, and for me (as they predated any of my experiences
at the Grammar School in the 60s) a marvelling at the foresight
shown by the cinematographers and at the strength of affection
and pleasure that so many recall about their school days.
The present school undoubtedly inspires the same feelings
in present and more recent former students and we remain keen
to foster closer relations with them to encourage the future
maintenance of this Association, and to hear of their experiences
This year's newsletter, accessed via the OSA Website, needs
your continuing interest and also input of articles and news,
as in future the web allows for a much more frequent updating
and information exchange. This year, I hope you will be reading
this either directly or courtesy of a friend or a family member's
printout, and because of a postcard reminder and I hope that
some of you may be inspired to add your thoughts and messages
to the site.We intend to update the site regularly so that
the idea of an annual newsletter in a sense becomes redundant.
We are also working on ideas to extend our news about the
school's present activities and to include contributions from
recent leavers if possible.
So do visit the OSA website and keep in touch or perhaps
join the group for a walk and other events, such as the Golf
Dinner and Competition which will again take place this year
by kind permission of Warrington Golf Course. More details
are given elsewhere in this edition.
Kind regards to you all,