St. Nicholas Grammar School, Northwood

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Our 70th anniversary lunch has been booked for Thursday, 13th March, 2025. Details are included in Issue 4 of the Newsletter and please keep an eye on this webpage --> 70th Anniversary Lunch for any further details, and to fill out the form letting others know if you are planning to attend.

26th June 2024

Thank you Andy Torrance for three superb cross-country team photos.
Cross-country 29, 30 and 31 

27th May 2024

Another treat, this one from 1956.


Original Work by B. HATHERELL (ID)

The afternoon of the village fête,
The vicar beside the entrance gate
To greet his congregation
Who, to his consternation
Had given home-made wine, crockery
And other wot-nottery.
Therefore his hopes of a steeple
Entirely, without death watch beetle,
Although very often propounded,
Were most certain to remain

20th May 2024

The Magnificent Class of '65 enjoying lunch. See the photos.

15th May 2024

Another Original Work, this one from 1967, by D. Cutting M6A - England Tomorrow

11th May 2024

A celebration of 60 years of St. Nicholas Old Boys Rugby. See the Photos and Report

4th May 2024

TODAY - Saturday 4th May 2024

A celebration of 60 years of St. Nicholas Old Boys Rugby, at Ruislip Rugby Club.

Rugby, beer, BBQ, bouncy castle and old friends.

Bar opens at 1pm. KO time 3pm.

3rd May 2024

In case you missed it, TIME - THE MOLLIFIER OF WAR  Original Work (1963-64) by M. Biles M6Ec.

29th April 2024

Newsletter Issue 4 has been published and subscribers should have a copy in their Inbox. You can subscribe/unsubscribe using the brief form available at the foot of every page.

11th April 2024

Very sad to see old boy Richard Rosser passed away this week.

Absent Friends page

10th April 2024

Hymn Books. Did everyone have one or only members of the choir or the orchestra? Were they handed out at the beginning of every year? Or did you buy it outright?

7th April 2024

A very big thank you to Phil Dumville for sending the following School Play programmes in first class condition:

Peer Gynt (Dec 1974)
Richard of Bordeaux (Dec 1973)
The Taming of the Shrew (Dec 1972)
The Rivals (Dec 1971)

Also superb House Play programmes from 1973-74 (including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, at the Young Vic)

Plus several mint condition calendars from 1973-74 which I haven't fully processed yet.

5th April 2024

Delighted to announce a celebration of 60 years of St. Nicholas Old Boys Rugby, to be held at Ruislip Rugby Club on Saturday 4th May. KO time to be confirmed.

All are welcome for beer and BBQ.

3rd April 2024

Old Boys Newsletters

To date, I've added about half the newsletters kindly donated by Graham Parish. They can be found HERE

3rd April 2024

Useful Tip No. 32

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30th March 2024

I have received details of John Checkley's funeral from his son, Rich:

The service will take place at St Lawrence Church, Lechlade GL7 3AB on Friday 12th April at 12.15pm.

The committal will be held immediately after the church service at Lechlade Cemetery, a small peaceful space nearby. All are welcome to attend. For those not wishing to go to the committal please make your way to refreshments after the church service, details below.

Family flowers only but donations in John’s memory can be made to Prostate Cancer UK details to be provided in the Order of Service.

The family would love you to join them afterwards for refreshments at Monique’s Country Kitchen in Lechlade Market Place near to the church.

Please wear colour as John was not a fan of black.

22nd March 2024

I'm very sad to report the passing of John Checkley (1963-70). John was an excellent all-round athlete, a fine captain, back row player, wing forward, and played for Middlesex County in 1969.  He is mentioned in many articles on this site, appears in several photos and penned a number of the magazine reviews.
His health had not been good for the last few years. I will pass on funeral details when available.

A few examples:

Photos HERE and HERE

1st XV report (1969-70) HERE

Colours HERE

20th March 2024

Many thanks to Adrian Vroegindewey for additions to the 1973 1st XV Rugby Tour to Holland.
To be enjoyed HERE

15th March 2024

More beers. Another great photo HERE

Graham James, Dick Pooley, Malcolm Newing, Brian Dimmock, Graham Parish, Martin McClelland

2nd March 2024

Many thanks to Tim Hughes for more splendid Athletics and Rugby photos. Fabulous headband, Tim

23rd February 2024

Many thanks to David Hughes for this Prizegiving cutting from 1973. See it HERE 

22nd February 2024

Thanks to David Hughes for more great photos and cuttings. 
Start HERE and navigate through subsequent pages

19th February 2024

Another wonderful contribution to this website. Thanks to David Hughes for this superb news cutting about the 1973 1st XV Rugby Tour to Holland. I have added it to the existing tour review page.
See it HERE

17th February 2024

Just arrived. Thanks to David Hughes for this splendid swimming team photo from 1968-69.

Full size with names HERE

16th February 2024

Mike Shammas's superb photos added to the redesigned 2024 reunion page  HERE

8th February 2024

The data input team have begun scanning the contents of Graham Parish's nostalgia box. Contents will be made available HERE

2nd February 2024

A very enjoyable lunch yesterday, followed by an afternoon chatting with old friends. Feedback has all been good so far, so thanks to everyone who attended and made the day a success.

I will upload photos and other artefacts HERE over the coming days.

Many thanks also to John Watson for sharing many memories of his father, Dr. Watson, to Dick Pooley for his insightful talk about the Rugby Club and thanks to John Watson, Dick Pooley and Graham Parish for bringing so much superb memorabilia most of which I will endeavour to scan and upload over the next few weeks.

Dave Banks, Mark Huddleston & Pete Johnston

12th January 2024

Reunion lunch in Ruislip on Thursday 1st Feb 2024 - you still have time to book your seat but be quick.

Procrastination today, disappointment tomorrow.

Final details (and menu) in the latest newsletter. HERE

9th January 2024

It's not too late to book your place at the reunion lunch in Ruislip on Thursday 1st Feb 2024, however the deadline is approaching.

See the details in the recent Newsletters. HERE

👉🏻Older "News & Updates" are still available.. on separate pages and split by year.👈🏻


School Fair (1962)


Sporting Memories


Foreword to the First Magazine (1956)


Photos of Staff


A Visit to the British Museum (1958-59)


The Rivals (1972)