I recently received an e-mail from Andy Nunn. Reproduced here:
I was fascinated to read your website when exploring news about CBBS for the first time in almost 40 years.. My vintage is 1962-1969 and the photographs on your site prompted some vivid memories! First was the series of images entitled Steve Wall reunion. I remember him as a young member of staff quite new to the school when I was in my ‘O’ level year. Indeed, in the summer of 1967, I was one of about nine pupils and adults who Steve led via a VW j4 van on a tour of several weeks through Europe. It was a fantastic, hectic and ‘character building trip’ and sparked my love of travel I am sure. Some of the memories are probably best not shared in an introductory message! I think that he took along an uncle and a friend of his. The names of the lads who went are not so easy to recall, although the name Duncan Waterman rings a bell.
The photo of the 1969 1st XV brings back memories too. I recognise David Hawkins – Head Boy in 1968/9. Chris Edgeley and Len Kedge are there too – the latter the younger of two brothers who shared the same nickname. All the other faces are obviously familiar but names escape me. A particular mate who played 1st team rugby was Richard Leonard. I did not spot him in that particular picture. My lot was with the 2nd XV with occasional promotions. We have long since lost touch. I was his Best Man in 1978. It would be interesting to know if any of the members have news.
I also recognise Mike Baker – did he teach Maths?- from the Steve Wall pictures. The name Pat Colbourne comes to me as a member of staff new to the PE Dept when I was part way through school. In his time, the school bought/rented a cottage in Ysradgynlais in South Wales. I occasionally went at weekends with Richard Leonard and Pat to work on renovations.
In my last year I was House Captain of Bennett’s House (White in colour). This was Allan Bennett the Head of Music for many years. I am sure I have a picture somewhere in the family archive of the school
orchestra in Bergen, Norway during one of its biennial tours. I played ‘cello. Other staff names include Vickery who taught French, Kirkpatrick, Maths and, of course, Leslie Scott the Headmaster who
retired at about the time I left school. He was a vehement opponent of comprehensive education – or perhaps, rather the alteration of CBBS as we all knew it in those days.
No more now; I just thought I would fire off a message whilst the mood was upon me! I teach in Kent and am currently on half-term. I shall send a cheque to join if I may.
I’ve really enjoyed this reflection on the past.