The site was originally started for pupils who were in the intake that started in 1961, then it was extended to include all pupils who were at Up Holland Grammar. Anyone who attended Up Holland Grammar at any time is welcome to contibute their memories of a great school and a wonderful period in our lives - "the best days of our life"
John Blackledge has kindly booked Gathurst Golf Club for an afternoon get together on October 23rd 2019, between 2pm and 5pm. It is quite a while since we had one of these get togethers so I would please ask anyone who is interested to spread the word to all their old UGS school friends.
The Future of Mugs61 website
I set up the mugs61 website over 15yrs ago and it has developed into one of the main sites about UpHolland Grammar school featuring a collection of information, photos, magazines and documents relating to our old school. It is also a valuable tool in keeping old pupils in touch with each other and for people to track down old schoolmates. It still consistently gets thousands of hits per month.
For the first few years I paid the costs of the site myself then financed it through money raised from the first two reunions I organised, a few kind donations and some sponsorship which has now ceased. As you know the money raised from the last two big reunions were donated to cancer charities. Now the money in the website pot will soon be all gone. Over the years I've invested my own time and money into the site but feel that if old pupils want to keep this usefull website going I am going to need donations or sponsorship.
I have set up a collecting pool on paypal where donation can be made,
or you can contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to help.
Thankyou to everyone who has helped now and in the past to keep this great website going.
David Robinson -
I am very lucky that three old schoolmates have become Authors. Phil Rickman has been a sucessful author for a number of years now and has been joined recently by Barry Dalal-Clayton and Trevor Hughes. Those English lessons back in the sixties must have done some good!I have read and enjoyed several of Phil's books and my wife, Sandra, is a big fan. I have just finished Barry's book which I really enjoyed and now intend to get and read Trevor's recently released novel.
I would be happy to hear from, and give a mention to, any other UpHolland Grammar authors who have had novels published.
Email receivedon 9/7/2018 from Andrea Hosker (nee Lowe). Anyone recocognise yourselves in the photo?
I taught at Upholland
GrammarSchool (as Miss Lowe) half a century ago. The photo is of our wedding at which, to my delight, the pupils shown here turned up, having trailed all the way to Scarisbrick to attend. It's our
Golden Wedding this month and I would love to know how those wonderful students are now- I so hope they've been as blessed as
I have been and had happy and fulfilling lives in the 50 years that have raced away since. Mike and I don't look much older than the pupils here and certainly Fuad seems to have more gravitas than I've ever managed ! I loved every minute of my time at Upholland, especially producing "The Proposal" and "Antigone" with such dazzling casts!
Jane Abbot ( now Jane Bibby) was our bridesmaid that day and has been a very special friend ever since, continuing my link with those unforgettable days. She's just enjoying the arrival of a 3rd grandchild, - we're juggling 9 grandchildren, shoe- horned into a very busy whirlpool of a life, despite our 75 years. My vision of retirement spent leafing through Proust in long, leisurely, sunlit hours was a naive dream ! ....
May I send very best wishes to all those I taught and all those who taught alongside me, and from whom I learnt much, in my brief idyll at Upholland, adding my thanks for the memories and my love, Andrea. ( Hosker.)
Anyone wishing to advertise their company and sponsor the website please contact me at email@example.com
If anyone who has enjoyed the website wants to make a donation they can also contact me at the above email address.
Upholland Grammar School Educational Foundation
On Monday 6th November 2017 I attended a meeting at Winstanley College as a trustee of the UGS Education Foundation. This charity gives grants to students from families with limited incomes. Further details are available on the UGS Education Foundation page. - D. Robinson
New entry on school memories page from Reinhard Fritsch, German assistant in the school year 1973/74.
I am currently scanning the 1962 school magazine which is quite a big one so may take a while.
There are still a lot of schol magazines to be scanned but it is a slow job. Is anyone interested in scanning a few magazines and then sending me the files to put online. It would help to get new content on the website quicker. If you're interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Winstanley College have put up a plaque in honour of H.B. Ellis.
see more on Headmasters page - click here
Message from David Robinson -
Will Barbara Phillips (Webb) who left a comment on the Guestbook on Thursday 9th May 13, please email me at the website as an old friend is trying to contact her.
On 9th September Diamond Jubilee Celebrations were held at Winstanley College marking 60 yrs since the building officially opened when Up Holland grammar school moved from it's old premises in Ox House road to the new building in Winstanley road.
During the afternoon school tours were run enabling old pupils to reminisce seeing parts of the college still resembling the way it was, and to marvel at the new buildings and facilities available to the students now attending Winstanley College. In the evening a great 1950's themed show was performed by the present day students.
I would like to thank the college Princial, Louise Tipping, and all her staff for being so friendly and making us welcome and putting up with over 90 old pupils wandering round the college whilst classes were going on. I would especially like to thank the Vice Principal, Mel Chadwick, and Laura Barker for all their help during the time we worked with them organizing the Diamond Jubilee.
Please go to the Diamond Jubilee page to see photos from the afternoon school tours and the evening show.
Click HERE to go to Diamond Jubilee page
A collection of school related documents - sports and speech day programmes, exam papers, memorials etc.
Charity providing financial help to students of families of limited means.