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How the Reunions began..
started the original reunions in the 1930's, later, during the Second
World War, old boys on leave or on embarkation leave would visit St
George's to say goodbye and to visit their childhood home before going
overseas. After the war it was possible to formalise and arrange a
regular reunion of old boys and girls and this was done at Easter. Every
girl and boy leaving St George's automatically became an old girl or boy
and received a Christmas card and a letter with news of the recent
happenings at St George's. The reunion of 1946 was the first time after
the war that an organised reunion function took place. The choice of
Easter time to hold the get-together meant that the older children were
away on holiday, thus freeing the dormitories for use by any old boys
and girls requiring accommodation. The main thrust of Miss Knocker's
reunions revolved around a Thanksgiving Day ceremony held always on
Easter Monday, these functions continued until her retirement in 1949.
Following Miss Knockers retirement the reunions went into limbo and it
wasn't until 1964 when Elsie Pickering, nee Bradley (now Elsie Gale),
took on the challenge to co-ordinate the old boys and girls and organise
the reunions, that they became re-established. Elsie continued in
her role as organiser of reunions for a period of nearly 20 years, at
which time she handed over the 'baton' to Sheila Stephenson, nee Potts
and Tom Milburn to continue her work. After a while Sheila became the
main organiser and
carried on the tradition admirably ever since.
Sheila Stephenson and
The current format for the main reunion is
that old boys and girls, with their respective spouses or partners
(usually around 50-70 people), meet once a year at the Majestic Hotel in
Harrogate, usually around April (as close to St George's Day 23rd
April as possible), everyone gathers on the Friday for drinks and an
informal chat to catch up on news. Groups usually form and have dinner
together at the hotel, along with a few more convivial drinks.
lunch is usually enjoyed at one of the local hostelrys accompanied by a
pint or two, this, with the pleasant company of old (and new) friends,
makes for a memorable occasion.
Saturday afternoon a meeting is held at the hotel where the formal side
of business is conducted and a range of topics discussed.
That evening, everyone meets in a small private Banqueting Suite
where, after dinner, those that have the ability and the energy, can
dance the night away to the music, kindly provided by St George's long
standing friends from the Bradford City Police Dance Band.
Some in attendance dress formally, some don't, either way it doesn't
matter, for everyone connected with St George's is welcome and made to
feel part of the group. The most important thing is that we enjoy one
anothers company while we can and not stand on ceremony.
Sunday, after breakfast, some of the old
boys and girls go to the local church service, after which, everyone
meets for coffee at St Andrew's, Harlow Moor Road and a last chat, then
it is a time for packing bags and saying goodbyes, until the next time.
Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
The first mini
reunions outside Harrogate were held in Matlock at various venues
including The Duke William pub, The Greyhound, Ye Olde Englishe and
Gullivers World. Other mini reunions were held at the Parkwater at
Lytham St Annes, the Lord Hill at Shrewsbury, pubs in Buxton, Bradford,
Llandudno and in 2005 The Rendezvous in Skipton where about 17 people
attended. These mini reunions are a much more casual affair and involves
choosing a Pub suitably located for the convenience of all attending
(usually around 10-20 people) and simply having a relaxed time in the
company of old friends. What could be better.
The 2017 Harrogate
Reunion. 20- 23 April.
people attended the most recent reunion held once again in Harrogate at
the Majestic Hotel. It was decided during the annual meeting that due to
declining numbers, next year will be the final reunion.
Sadly this is inevitable - we are all now getting older and, with the
accompanying aches and pains, it is no longer easy for people to attend.
It would be good to get a large number to the last 'hurrah' so you may
like to take the opportunity to put your name down and come along. It
will be the last opportunity to do so.
Shown below are some of
the photos taken at the 2017 reunion:
2017 April Reunion Group
Arthur Boschi, Chris Ryder, Vee Robinson, Peter Moore, Sarah Drummond,
Mike Parr, Pat Holdsworth, Jean Moulding, Arthur Roberts, Margaret
Roberts, Eddie Drummond, Josie Drummond, Des Drummond, Frank Fawcett,
David Holdsworth, Sheila Franks, Nicola Ridgway, Barbara Roberts, Alf
Roberts, Renee Boschi.
Front row: Eileen Drummond, Deputy Mayor Christine Ryder, Pam
The time tunnel display on the left is located
Harrogate Deputy Mayor Christine Ryder
in St.Andrews, along one of the corridors
with our Secretary Vee Robinson
leading to the St. George's display.
The 2016 Harrogate
Reunion. 21- 24 April.
The Harrogate reunion
went very well and everyone enjoyed themselves with twenty nine people
attending the Saturday reunion dinner – as various people have said to
me, Patrick Cairns and his PTC staff (not forgetting the St George’s
Police Children Trust) need to be congratulated and thanked for their
continued support of the St George’s old boys and girls they have done
this for many years and we do appreciate it.
With our ever
declining numbers, it is becoming evident that planning for a reunion
'end game' should be considered. It has been suggested that our final
reunion should take place in the near future and this is being discussed
as a likely grand finale.
More informal, self funded
mini reunions can continue on a personal level and if these are held in
the Harrogate area the OB & G's will be welcome to visit the Police
Treatment Centre (St Andrew's).
Some of the old boys and
girls with spouses, partners and supporters who attended the reunion.
The 2015 Harrogate
Reunion. 10- 12 April.
In spite of a reduced number of
participants this year, it can safely be said the Reunion, with twenty
six people attending and held once again at the Majestic Hotel,
Harrogate went well.
Following are some of the photographs taken at the event.
thanks once again go to those involved in organising the event - Frank
Fawcett, Vee Robinson, Peter Waddington and of course the St George's
Police Trust and the Police Treatment Centre, for their support.
The group photograph of reunion attendees
- Patrick Cairns, CEO of the Police Treatment Centre is
located in the centre with his wife Carol.
A good looking bunch of
old boys and girls enjoying morning coffee at the Police Treatment
A great picture of a very relaxed Alf Roberts with one of the beautiful
stained glass windows in the background.
The 2014 Harrogate
Reunion. 25 - 27 April.
The 2014 reunion
celebrating 50 years of the 'modern' reunions was held at the Majestic
Hotel in Harrogate and a total of 31 people attended/visited the event -
a good time was had by all.
Everyone attending signed the dinner menu.
Eileen Drummond, June Kendall, Penny Conrad.
Harry & his sister Jean Moulding, Dorothy Harland, Alf & Barbara Roberts
Front: Sarah Drummond, daughter of Des & Eileen.
Eddie & Josie Drummond
Valerie Partridge Sheila Franks
Frank & Pam Fawcett, Renee & Arthur Boschi, Pat Wadsworth
Peter & Mary
David & Pat Holdsworth
A group of the old boys/girls attending the reunion.
The 2013 Harrogate
Reunion. 19 - 21 April.
The St George's
reunion was once again held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate this
year. Twenty two of our group were able to attend and all enjoyed there
The 2012 Harrogate
Reunion. 20 - 22 April.
In all, just over thirty of our group
attended the Majestic Hotel reunion and enjoyed meeting one another
again. As is the case every year the function is always held as close to
St George's Day as possible.
The Reading Room Meeting,
which included a selection of memorabilia that some of the old boys and
girls had brought along, was well organized and David Uffindell
presented his summary of the year followed by reports from Treasurer,
Peter Waddington and Secretary/Administrator, Vera Robinson.
the evening dinner, St Andrew’s was represented by two members of the
Police Treatment Staff ( Michael and Liz Baxter being in London
overnight, were unable to attend the evening function).
The 2011 Harrogate
Reunion. 15 - 17 April.
A total of 33
people attended the Dinner/dance function on Saturday night and everyone
enjoyed themselves. A few photos taken during the weekend are reproduced
Josie Drummond and Eileen
Drummond Arthur Boschi
Barbara & Alf Roberts
chatting with Dorothy Thrush
David & Pat Holdsworth
Eileen & Des Drummond
Dorothy Harland and Renee Boschi at St Andrew's
Stephenson, our retiring Organiser, talking to Peter
Pamela Holmes with her father Harold Jones.
Shepherd of Police Treatment Centre.
Joan & Wilf
The Band. Stuart Garden - Keyboard, Wilf McDonald - Trumpet,
Holdsworth - Drums.
The 2010 Harrogate Reunion. 15 - 18 April.
reunion held in the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, attracted 27 old
boys/girls and partners.A further 8, including the band joined the group
on Saturday evening. A good time was enjoyed by all. It was particularly
good to see June McManus (522) nee Elliott and daughters Nicky Goodman
and Penny Cochran along with Harold Jones (325), who attended with his
daughter Pamela Holmes. Once again St Andrew's hosted a coffee morning
on the Sunday for the St George's group.
Michael Baxter and Harold
Peter & Aileen Geraghty
Rev David Uffindell and Mary Spence
Mary & Peter Waddington &
Pat Holdsworth View of St Andrew's garden
Frank & Pamela Fawcett
Old boys and girls
enjoying time with friends.
Harold Jones, our oldest old boy.
Aileen Geraghty and Mary Spence
2009 Mini reunion:
16 & 17 October.
Venue: The Park
Royal Hotel, Stretton Rd, Stretton, Warrington, WA4 4NS. Cheshire.
Tel: 01925 730 706 Fax: 01925 730 740
A group of nine old
boys/girls and their spouses attended the Mini reunion held at
Warrington. They all enjoyed the fine weather and good accommodation in
the four- star hotel, The Park Royal at Stretton. Lunch times were spent
at the Stretton Fox Hotel, after visits to various parts of the local
Cheshire area. Everyone had a wonderful time and got on splendidly
making the most of the weekend they spent together.
Pictured from left to
right: Eddie Drummond, Vera Robinson, Renee Boschi, Josie Drummond
Alf Roberts, Eileen Drummond, Des Drummond, Barbara Roberts and Arthur
The 2009 Harrogate
The St George's reunion,
held at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate on 24 April - 26 April was
attended by approximately 32 old boys/girls, partners and friends.
Amongst those present was
old boy Harold Jones, accompanied by his two daughters, Gail & Pamela.
Harold entered St George's in 1924 and was given the admission number of
325, it is the first time that he has been able to make contact with
other old boys/ girls and attend a reunion.
It was also good for the St George's group to meet up with Barbara
Fletcher. Barbara is the daughter of old girl Amy Cantwell nee
Bridge (now deceased), whose admission number was 338. Thanks Harold &
Barbara for taking the time to make yourselves known to us and for
attending the reunion.
The Sunday visit to St Andrew's was attended by 15 of the reunion group
and again all were treated like honoured guests being given a tour of
the premises to see the extensive renovations that were in hand.
Following are a few photos taken over the reunion weekend:
The Majestic Hotel
Harold Jones 325
Harrogate in Spring
Arthur & Renee
Boschi with Alf & Barbara Roberts
Eddie & Josie Drummond with Sheila Franks
Harrogate in Spring
Alf Roberts, Eileen & Des Drummond
Standing: Michael Baxter QPM, Sheila Franks
with Frank Fawcett.
Sitting: Liz Baxter and Elsie Gale
The 2008 Reunion.
The 2008 reunion,
organised by Sheila Stephenson, held on 18th & 19th April at the
Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, was well attended, attracting 53 old boys &
girls, spouses and friends of St George's.
An impromptu pre function
get together was
The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, where the
held at the Black
Swan, Burn Bridge, Harrogate.
reunions are held annually.
Included amongst those
present were: Michael & Liz Baxter. Vera Robinson, a recently
located old girl who travelled from Scotland to participate in the
occasion. Des & Eileen Drummond, Eddy & Josie Drummond, accompanied by
members of their extended families, see photo below.
The band: David Holdsworth-Drums
The weekend was enjoyed by
all that attended and it was great to see the younger generations of the
Drummond family having a good time together.
Eileen Drummond and Amy
Sunday 20th April saw a large number of the St George's group
one of her grandaughters
visit St Andrews, Northern Police Convalescent and Treatment
dancing the night away.
Centre, Harrogate, for morning coffee and a tour of the premises.
Pictured are our hosts:
Gemma Pettman:St Andrews Publicity & Fundraising Officer.
Michael Baxter QPM: St Andrews Chief Executive.
Sheila Kellett: St George's Police Trust Administrator.
Northern Police Convalescent & Treatment Centre
Harlow Moor Road,
Harrogate. HG2 0AD
2008 St George's
Mini Reunion, held Friday 17th & Saturday 18th October.
The Mini Reunion,
held at Bowness on Windermere, was attended by a group of 12, including
St George's old boys and girls, spouses and friends. They met for a pub
lunch at the Brown Horse Hotel in Winster where all enjoyed good food
and a convivial drink. Whilst the weather tended to be damp, which can
be typical for the Lake District, everyone nevertheless had a good time
over the weekend.
Fayrer Garden House Hotel, Lyth
Valley Road, Bowness on Windermere
The Hotel gardens.
2008 Mini reunion
Standing:Bob,Arthur,Eddy,Eileen,Hazel,Vera,Alf & Des
Seated:Janis,Josie,Barbara & Renee
2006 St George's
Mini Reunion -
2005 St George's
Mini Reunion -
2004 St George's
2004 Reunion group
outside St Andrew's
Bob & Janis Park with Barbara Roberts 2004
Vera & 'old boy' Peter Taylor,
from New Zealand Pub time during the
Harrogate 2004 reunion
Mary Spence, Elsie Gale
Seated: Sheila Franks, Aileen Geraghty,
Peter Geraghty and Jean Moulding.
2003 St George's
Reunion, St Anne's
Tasting the local brew. St
George's reunion, St Anne's, 2003
1998 St George's Reunion,
1988 St George's Reunion,
Dorothy Harland, Lawrence
Madew (382), Joyce King (352)
Cyril Madew (383) Sheila Stephenson (554)
1985 St George's
1984 St George's
Photo taken at St Andrew's after the reunion c 1984.
Ethel Orrell (359), Cyril Madew (383), Lawrence Madew (382), Tom Berry
Richard Peacock (402), Marjorie Orrell (358), with their backs to the
Marjorie Snow nee Orrell (358), Lawrence Madew (382), Sylvia Gardiner
nee Smedley (395),
Unknown, Cyril Madew (383), Ethel Brown nee Orrell (359)
1982 St George's
officiating at the 1982 St George's Reunion
Reunion held in St George's Hotel, Harrogate
1981 St George's
Barbara Boschi, Elsie Gale & Sheila Franks
Photo taken: 2/5/1981 at the reunion in Matlock
1980 St George's Reunion, Harrogate
Reunion held in St George's Hotel, Harrogate
1976 St George's
receiving her silver plate, given in recognition for her work in
organising the St George's reunions.
Reunion held at St George's Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate.1976
1972 St George's Reunion, Harrogate
Thank you card given to
Elsie Gale, signed by many of the attendees of the 1972 reunion
1964 St George's
Reunion held in 1964 in
the Lounge Hall, Harrogate. The three Owen sisters, Edith,
Irene and Bertha can be seen in the centre foreground. Directly opposite
from the right are Harry Brocklehurst (married Dorothy Jones 286), Edith
(married Emlyn Edwards), Emlyn Edwards, unknown, Dorothy Jones 286
Reproduced from an article
published in Harrogate Herald, 13 May, 1964
1954 St George's
1951 St George's
A: Miss E. Duke Turner
B: Norma Green nee Bradley C: John Newton D: Sister Batty
E: Billie Potts F: Sheila Stephenson nee Potts G: Peter
Shepherd H: Frank Fawcett
I: Tom Milburn J: John Milburn K: Billie Newton L: Edith
1946 St George's
Reunion at St George's 1946, arranged by Miss E. Knocker.
1934 St George's
Reunion held at St
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