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In November 1952 joined Martins Bank, Huddersfield. 1954-1956 National Service with RAF active service June 1955/Dec1956 at RAF Butterworth, Malaya. 1957-1966 Re-joined Martins Bank at Huddersfield and nearby branches, qualifying as ACIB. Married Pat Easter (Ex Longley Hall GS and Ex Martins Bank) in 1960. Son Graham born 1965, played soccer for OAS throughout this period. 1966-1993 Transferred to Cheshire, living in Wilmslow 11 years and Marple 17 years. During this period up to retirement, served as bank inspector for Martins Bank and Barclays Bank respectively (merger 1969). Then branch manager at Barclays, Stalybridge, Winsford, Hyde and Altringham branches. 1994 to date following retirement, returned to live in New Mill, Holmfirth. Until 2003 owned a holiday home in Florida, USA
The OAS Magazine (September - February 2008) is a masterpiece. Hence, public appreciation to Vicky Taylor and all those who are working towards a joyful 400th. What better ‘warm up’ for November, details of an imaginative programme, recognition of The School today, a variety of photographs, a touching tribute to Jessica Taylor and - to remind us of change! - details of www.oas.org.uk (yes, it does merit more than a peep!). When you live over 150 miles away (and some are much further than that), are 70 years beyond birth and over 50 years from KJGS, it would be folly to pretend that one was flavour of the month just for going to Stamford Bridge to bemoan the 1-3 scoreline! However, Andrew Haigh and a team of dedicated committee members, some of whom are also over 70, have ensured that 400 years will not be forgotten by hundreds of former lads who did the daily down & up of St. Helen’s Gate in years gone by. So, to officers, committee members, envelope stuffers et al, thank you. God willing at least one further trip to the old school will be more than worthwhile. I’ll keep taking the tablets and keep fingers crossed!
Married to Janet, 2 boys aged 9 and 11. Still playing cricket at Almondbury and badminton for Kirkburton, who are based at the school. Played football for the Almondburians for 25 years, with an odd season break. Working as a sales director of PTS, a large plumbing distributor based in Lutterworth. Job takes me around the country, but still live in Thongsbridge where we have lived for 10 years after making the big move from Almondbury!
I left school last year and am currently enjoying my free year of OAS membership but would like to continue thereafter. I attended the OAS dinner for the second time in November and had a great night. I am a student at Greenhead College but still feel strong bonds with the school and history and feel the OAS is the best way to keep contact. I hope to be a member for as long as possible. Floreat Schola.
1943-1947 Royal Navy, 1947-1951 University of Leeds, 1951-1953 Graduate Apprentice for Joseph Lucas Ltd. Technical Sales Engineer 1953, Resident Aircraft Engineer, Lucas, Paris 1962-1966, Overseas A/C Engineer Lucas Airspace 1966-1972, Marketing Director, Lucas 1972-1979. When in the UK I played lots of cricket at good club level in Birmingham and since retiring have taken up Bridge. The best thing by far is to have married a girl I met at Leeds with a first brain, warmth, charm, understanding and outstanding generosity of mind and spirit that is so rare to meet, no wonder that she is a psychotherapist.
After leaving King James’s, I read Mathematics at the Queen’s College, Oxford, graduating in 1975 with a second class honours degree. I joined Price Waterhouse in Leeds to train as a chartered accountant and qualified in 1978. Immediately I moved into their tax department and spent the next five years dealing with corporate tax affairs of several large local listed groups. In 1983 I joined Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Leeds as a senior tax manager and have remained there ever since, continuing to specialize in corporate tax. I qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1998, winning two prizes in the examinations including obtaining the highest total marks in the country. This success has led me to have substantial and continuing involvement with both the Institute and the Association of Taxation Technicians. I was a member of the Leeds branch committee from 1988 until about 2000 and filled all of the main roles including being chairman of two separate occasions. I was lead examiner for the Association ’s business tax paper for four years in the early 1990s. In 2001 I joined the national council of the Association and became Treasurer in 2002. I became Deputy President in 2005 and will become President from July 2007. I am also currently chairman of the Association ’s Technical committee. Outside of professional life my interests mainly revolve around trekking and music. I have trekked in the Himalayas on many occasions and the Andes twice. This has given me the opportunity to see some really spectacular scenery and explore some of the remoter parts of the world. Although not a technical climber, I have reached the summit of Mera Peak at 6476m – has any Old Almondburian been higher? I am a regular attendant at the classical music programmes in Leeds and Huddersfield. I also attend Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and try to find interesting programmes when on holiday. The most linguistically challenging was listening to Boris Godunov in Prague, sung in Russian with Czech subtitles!
Deputy head boy in 1955. University College London 1955-1958. Solicitor in London firms 1961-1989. Solicitor in Hong Kong firm 1989-1992. Married Margaret in 1958, her father was headmaster at Netherton school, 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren. Main interests and hobbies now are Times crossword, Golf, Bridge and I am a life member of MCC.
On leaving school joined P.O Research Station at Dollis Hill, NW London. 1940-1946 served in RAF reaching rank of F/LT after serving through ranks. After war re-joined PO Research Station working on Submarine Cables and Underwater Amplifiers (Repeaters). Became Chartered Electrical Engineer working on 1st Transatlantic Telephone Cable and then Pacific Cable to New Zealand. Retired 1980.
Currently employed as a Personal Tax Manager by Auker Rhodes Ltd in Bradford. Still coaching cricket. Chairman of YCB Coaching sub-committee. Married to Helen, with two children born 1990 and 1991.
I left KJGS on my 16th birthday in October 1962 to go into banking with the National Provincial Bank. Subsequently left banking to join the Post Office, retired early from the Post Office in 2002. Spent about 3 years land surveying until I was finally put out to grass a couple of years ago. I was not really academic at school and led an insignificant time there. I doubt many will remember me, however I enjoyed every minute of my time at KJGS, having never been to Almondbury prior to my first day at the school, I was immediately impressed by the scenic setting and this stayed with me to this day. I occasionally represented the school at football but regularly turned out for ‘Sid’ Chapman’s cross-country teams and kept in touch occasionally with Sid for a few years. Through Sid Chapman ’s encouragement I continued running and followed Pete Livesey down to Longwood Harriers. King James ’s was a source of Athletics for the Harriers. Derek Ibbotson and Granville Beckett being two of the many who proceeded me. In the last 25 years I have trained many athletes from KJGS and as president of Longwood Harriers I would hope this source would continue. Although I only attended for 3 years and enjoyed life at the expense of study, those three years were in the most part really enjoyable.
After various interesting studies, including National Service in the Royal Engineers, I was elected to membership of The Royal Institute of British Architects, later I gained a Diploma in town planning at Leeds Polytechnic. Along the way I married a lovely girl I met when walking. We have two sons, who due to changes in the educational system were unable to attend the ‘old school’. I rejoined the OAS in 1985 when my school friend, both infant and grammar, Fred Sheard organised a ‘forty years on’ at the annual dinner.
Son of George Hinchliffe (Chairman of OAS 1966). I am currently a retired accountant living with wife of 38 years Elaine, in Robin Hoods Bay. 1 son of 26 years, a graduate working in brand management. Previously worked in finance related positions within the profession, industry and Local Authority in the UK, Africa and Caribbean.  I enjoy keeping fit, jogging and walking the North York Moors, travelling and reading. An invitation to any Old Almondburian, particularly 1957-1962, to fresh coffee etc whenever in Robin Hoods Bay area.
I left the school in November 1964 for Australia with just a Maths 'O' level to my name. Arriving ‘Down Under’ I worked in Sydney and Adelaide before signing as a regular soldier on my 17th birthday. My five years in the army included a tour of duty in South Vietnam with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mehanical Engineers 102 Field Workshop. I was back in Yorkshire by 1972 to kickstart my education and eventually gained my Certificate in Education at James Graham Teacher Training College in Leeds, where I met my wife Pauline Mullaney. Our three children Alexander, Thomasin and Eloise gained degrees in Microbiological Science, Law and Criminology respectively. Nowadays I live in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and continue my 30 plus year career in local government in Denbighshire, North Wales.
Went into Management Services and computing (early 70’s) after degree. Worked for Famous Systime in Leeds though didn’t have a company Ferrari. Went on trade mission to China before it was ‘opened up’. They had never seen Westeners before. Fell ill eating real Chinese food on a freighter in the South China Sea and was cured with mysterious Chinese medicines. Then went into consultancy, including artificial intelligence work. Ended up as special advisor to central government. Now retired except for being a warden for National Trust.
On leaving school I read chemistry at Oxford and stayed on to do research for a D. Phil.  My tutor and research supervisor overlapped with Harry Taylor at St John’s College, Oxford where they both played cricket.  After Oxford I spent a year and a half in the Chemistry Department at Harvard.  While in the US I met Judy and we were married in Boston in July 1965. I took up an Assistant Lectureship in chemistry at Warwick University when it opened in October, 1965, and retired as Emeritus Reader in 2003.  As well as teaching in my own area of expertise in physical and theoretical chemistry, I taught maths for chemists and also computer skills.  In addition to being active in research in computational chemistry, I published three books:  Mathematics for Chemists, Potential Energy Surfaces, and A Computational Approach to Chemistry. Judy and I have lived in Leamington Spa since 1970.  We have three sons and five grandchildren.  We are very keen gardeners and have opened our garden for the National Gardens Scheme for charity.  We are very active in the local branch of the University of the Third Age.  Other interests include listening to orchestral and chamber music, reading and pottering around the countryside.
A career of forty three years in Nat West ended in December 1986 as regional director for London, following wide ranging roles including an enjoyable spell in Sheffield. Several years were spent hidden in head office. Retirement has been varied, living in Warwickshire with active participation in activities in the local village. Eyesight started to decline some eight years ago, which was followed by my move to a smaller property in Henley-in-Arden and the sad death of my dear wife two years ago.
After A Levels I took a PE course at St. Paul’s, Cheltenham 1963-1966. Teaching in Hertfordshire 1966-1992 at various schools 1992-present in Buckinghamshire, variety of posts, retiring last year from Assistant Head Teacher role and Head of Sixth Form. Married to Linda for 38 years, 3 children, Stephen, Amy and Lucy. Both girls have got married this year. In football, played, coached and managed at semi-professional level in S.E. of England until knees gave out. Have a season ticket at Aston Villa.
Since leaving KJS, I attended Greenhead College gaining A-Levels in Psychology, Modern History, PE & General Studies. I am currently employed by Wheawill & Sudworth Chartered Accountants and am working towards my Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification.
After qualifying worked locally for the West Riding County Architects and Kirklees Architects. Now retired chartered architect. Married. Two daughters, five grandchildren. Have attended several re-unions of year 44.
Joined Lloyds Bank in Milnsbridge in 1957, subsequently moved to Leeds for a management position, subsequently managed branches in Leeds, Sunderland and Carlisle and retired in 1997 as Group Manager, Durham. Married since 1964, daughter Sara is now married with 3 children and living in Aberdeen. Pass the time with golf, gardening, allotment, fell walking and foreign holidays.
I am now studying A Levels at Greenhead College and attending a F.A. level at the Galpharm Stadium. I have a weekend job at the Beaumont Arms.