Brother Ashley’s Superior Jazzmen

“We knew Ashley Potter at school as “Shags”, which related purely to his adolescent complexion,” writes Bill Bailey (58-62) “Apart from being the founder and leading light of the college jazz band during my era (’58-’62), which he named “Brother Ashley’s Superior Jazzmen”, he was an extraordinary athlete. I recall “Shags” being so far ahead…

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Bart’s Arse #2

“On browsing through ‘Memories of Pangbourne’ I noticed an entry from Robin Knight questioning the identity of Bart’s Arse,” writes Jerry Grandage (53-58). “My memory is that it was (is?) not the hill from the College down to the village. Rather it was a feature on one (or more) slopes on the running circuits near…

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Going on a creep in the early 1970s

David Inglesby (67-71) wrote to the Editor of the OP Magazine: “Have you ever considered running a piece on extra-curricular activities which took place at the College? I was thinking that perhaps you might, at the risk of corrupting the youth of today, ask for contributions from OP’s about recollections (by now possibly greatly embellished),…

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Marching on Big Side

It was a lovely sunny Founders’ Day – my first, in July, 1957. Hugo White (53-57) was Chief Cadet Captain. The Guest of Honour was a Captain Sorrel, then commanding Cunard’s Queen Mary. He was not a large man. My photo of the occasion shows him inspecting Port Jackson division (at that time limited to…

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An American at Pangbourne 1955-58 Part 1

Arrival “Royal Navy or Merchant Navy?” “Merchant Navy, sir”, I replied. The new intake of self-conscious thirteen-year-old boys had arrived at the Nautical College, Pangbourne, in their naval uniforms with their parents as cadets RNR in the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd September 1955, a day before the remainder of the College, writes Robin Paine (55-58).…

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