2008: College Road Reunion

Frank Ifield 1960

Former pupil Frank Ifield



Joy Smith (nee Randall) finds the record of her elder sister, Betty in the school log, (a copy of which is available by searching the online archive).

In June 2008 former students and staff of College Road School

the forerunner to Moseley Modern School met up to renew old friendships

All systems were 'GO' for the major College Road "Senior" School reunion on Saturday 14 June 2008 at the old school which is now Springfield Primary School. The Moseleians Association agreed to sponsor and administer the event, based on our well tried talent for such 'do's'.

Former pupil Frank Ifield, yes The Frank Ifield (I remember you), now living in Australia, sent a letter which can be viewed by clicking HERE

Thanks to the new Head, Christopher Webb, the old school building was open all afternoon for viewing of old classrooms, and we laid on afternoon tea. We had a tremendous turn out of old CRS students with their partners -totalling around 140 in all, including some ex-pupils from 1920s - the oldest being from 1926, and the event made an overall profit of around £450 and in April 2009 The Moseleians Association presented a cheque for £350 to today’s Springfield Primary School. The money is being used to purchase dual language books for their new Library which was opened by The Lord Mayor on 28th April 2009. We also gave the school copies of some of the display items to help build up their own archive. In the latter we found some early school registers as well as nearly a full range of School log books from the very beginning of the School in 1900 to the 1980s.

Thanks to Anne and John Dyer, Gwen Franklin, Joan Curtis and various other friends and helpers who made sure everyone enjoyed the afternoon and was well fed It was a very happy day all round. Among the visitors were Stan and Stan -that's Stan Smith and Stan Watkins who are now 83 years old, and were the best of friends in their school days, and then at the same firm, serving apprenticeships as toolmakers, and in the same Boys Brigade unit. They both joined the army too, but war service parted them, and they lost touch for 60 years, although both served in Palestine. During later years Stan Watkins taught mechanical engineering at Garretts Green Tech., was a keen allotment tenant, and was fascinated by windmills. While Stan Smith was a star dance pianist who played with several local bands at dance halls in the 50's and 60's. Then in 1968, with his wife, he established a successful antiques business in Olton.Both Stans are widowers now, with grown up families, and were delighted to make contact again through a mutual friend. They both turned up at the College Rd. re-union, and both brought snaps of those days, with the B.B.

Another very special visitor was Mrs. Joy Smith (nee Randall), aged 87. Special because she is one of the oldest visitors and because she is the mum of our Membership Sec., Gaye Key. Joy was amazed and delighted to find her sister Betty's name in the school log.!

The two Stans: Stan Smith and Stan Watkins, holding identical photographs which they had kept for 70 years. What a coincidence

The two Stans: Stan Smith and Stan Watkins, holding identical photographs which they had kept for 70 years. What a coincidence

College Road Reunion cheque Presentation.

College Road Reunion Cheque Presentation.