Famous Moseleians

Famous Moseleians

Moseleians have gone on to make a name for themselves in many walks of life including sports, business, religion, music, politics, TV, radio and stage.

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Here are short biographies of some...

Kabir Ali


kabir ali

Kabir AliKabir Ali was born in 1980 in Moseley, Birmingham and attended Moseley School. He went on to study at Wolverhampton University.

In his cricket career he has has great sucess at both county and iinternational level playing for  England, England A, England NCA XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Rajasthan, Worcestershire and Worcestershire Cricket Board.

Outside of cricket Kabir has pursued an active modelling career.

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Rod Allen

Lead Singer with The Fortunes

rod-allenRod AllenThe Fortunes were one of many pop groups that rose to prominence in the wake of the Beatles. Their speciality was softer ballads delivered in three-part harmonies underpinning the voice of Former  Rod Allen, who led the group for more than 40 years. He has died of cancer, aged 63.

He was born Rodney Bainbridge in Leicester, where his parents were shopkeepers. His interest in popular music was fired by skiffle, in particular by the voice and guitar of Lonnie Donegan, whose fan club he joined at the age of 12.

When he was 14, the family moved to the Sparkbrook district of Birmingham and Rod attended Moseley grammar school. After working for the Co-operative Insurance Society for 18 months, he became a full-time musician. He had formed an acoustic guitar group, the Clifftones, with friends Glen Dale and Barry Pritchard. In 1963 they went electric, with Rod mastering the bass guitar; they added a drummer and keyboards player. They were managed by the flamboyant concert promoter Reg Calvert, who prevailed upon them to accompany a singer Calvert had renamed "Robbie Hood". The Clifftones inevitably became the Merry Men, dressed in jerkins and green tights.

They emerged at the end of this period as the Fortunes Rhythm Group. By now, Rod had dropped the name Bainbridge and chosen Allen from a telephone directory. They worked up a series of songs associated with Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney and Broadway theatre. So eclectic was their repertoire that Calvert would often challenge an audience: "Name any tune and if the Fortunes can't play it, you win five shillings!"

In 1963, they won a beat contest at the Gay Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston and were signed by Decca. The Fortunes' second single for the label was the plaintive ballad Caroline, which was adopted as a theme tune by the pirate radio station of that name. Calvert was also entangled in the shadowy world of pirate radio, and was shot and killed in 1966 as a result of rivalry with another pirate station owner.

The Fortunes' first hit was in 1965, when You've Got Your Troubles reached No 2 in Britain and No 7 in the US. The song, composed by leading Tin Pan Alley writers Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook, featured Allen's soaring lead vocals, as did the follow-up hit, Here It Comes Again. The group then toured the US and released This Golden Ring on their return. It reached the Top 20.

Although its success was slightly marred when the Fortunes admitted in a magazine interview that they had not played the instruments on the recording, they were booked to appear at the prestigious NME Poll Winners Show at Wembley Arena, where they performed This Golden Ring before several thousand screaming teenagers.

The Fortunes issued a further 10 singles in the 1960s. None was a hit, although several featured songs written by Allen and other group members, the best of which was The Idol by Allen and Pritchard. Despite their lack of chart success, the band prospered by playing the cabaret club circuit and by recording jingles for several television and cinema commercials. The most distinctive of these was Allen's rendition of It's the Real Thing, the Coca-Cola theme.

the-fortunes-caroline-deccaThe band's recording career was briefly revived in the early 1970s, when Greenaway and Cook supplied them with two more hit songs, Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling and Freedom Come, Freedom Go. These were followed by Storm in a Teacup, co-written by Lindsey De Paul and Barry Blue.

These successes renewed demand for live appearances by the Fortunes and the group kept on in steady work right up to the present. Allen played his last show with the group at Yeovil last November, shortly after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. The Fortunes have a full engagement book for 2008, and the surviving group members have said that it was his wish that they should continue after his death. Allen is survived by his wife Margaret, son Leigh, daughter Sharon and three grandchildren.

Rod Allen (Rodney Bainbridge), musician, born March 31 1944; died January 10 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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David Bell

Lord Mayor of Solihull 2008/9


Born in Birmingham to Scots parents David lives in Berkswell, a part of the Meriden Ward which he has represented for 8 years.

A Chartered Surveyor he was educated at Moseley Grammar School 1959-66 and became Captain of School in his final year. David worked initially in Birmingham with day release at Matthew Boulton College before taking his Finals at West London College. At this time he served with the London Scottish Territorial Army and developed a modicum of proficiency at playing the Bagpipes.

Following a short period with Birmingham City Estates Department, he served as a volunteer with VSO in Tanzania at the Ministry of Lands in Dar-es-Salaam. Returning to the Midlands he joined a long established family firm of surveyors in Sutton Coldfield and eventually became Managing Partner prior to the firm being absorbed by General Accident. He retired last year with the introduction of Home Inspection Packs.

David has been a lifelong member of the Birmingham and Midland Scottish Society, and was President in its Centenary Year 1988. He was Founder Member and former President of Sutton Vesey Rotary Club. He served on the local VSO Committee for 20 years with 10 as Secretary and has recently retired as Chairman of the Meriden Constituency Conservative Association. His hobbies include tennis, swimming and golf and walking. His walks have included two up Mount Kilimanjaro in 1972 and 2000 and a trek through the Himalayas in Nepal. Although too slow to have had very much contact with the ball in his rugby playing days David now enjoys supporting Berkswell and Balsall Rugby Club as a Vice-President.

Having served on many Committees across the Council and outside bodies David was a Scrutiny Chairman for 2 years followed by 4 years as Cabinet Member for Community Services and the Environment.

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Bev Bevan

Musician, Drummer



The Time = September 1956.
The place = Moseley School 1st. Form
The Speaker = Mr. Freeman, schoolteacher.
The subjects Two small boys sharing a desk; Bevan (B.) and Davies (R.), known to most of us as Bev Bevan and Jasper Carrott.

Bev tells the story: We sat next to each other for the next five school years and are still the best of friends. I lived in Stratford Rd. Sparkhill, over a shop, and cycled home every lunch time and evening. I hated rugger but loved soccer. I was top of the class at Art and English my only GCSE subjects! It was the start of the 60' s and my greatest claim to fame was coming to school one day in "rock & roll" attire. My blazer was lengthened to give a "draped" look; the tie was narrowed in half to be cool; trousers taken in to drainpipe width; white shirt had fake leopard skin collar and cuffs; fluorescent socks with winkle-picker shoes and my mane of Bry clreamed, swept back hair with the drooping "quiff1. Result? Sent home and suspended for a day , but a hero to many of the smaller boys! In spite of my rebellious ways, I was, and still am, immensely proud of my old school.

The first 'beat' group I ever saw were Moseley boys two years older than us "The Strollers", Bunny Bainbridge and Barry Pritchard (unhappily no longer with us) who went on to have several hit records as "The Fortunes".

My career as a drummer began at school; all the band members attended Moseley Trevor (Phillip) Ackrill, Ronnie Smith, Tony Lewis, Wongy Weiland and myself. As "The Senators" we were playing youth clubs, dances and sometimes seedy night clubs at night and attending school in the daytime. On leaving school  "Jasper" and I got jobs together as trainee buyers at the Beehive department store in B'ham city centre (just like "Are you being served," of TV fame) before I left to turn pro. with Denny Laine and the Diplomats. Denny left us in 1964 to form the "Moody Blues" and I went on to Carl Wayne and the Vikings.

In 1966 five years after leaving school, I was a co-founder of "The Move" and between 67-72 we had ten hit singles in the U.K. After that came "The Electric Light Orchestra" (the E.L.O.) which was enormously successful throughout the 70's and 80's. Then came a stint playing drums with the "Black Sabbath" on U.S. and European tours, and finally "The ELO Part H" which disbanded in 1999.1 have written a book about my experiences, and many songs and had the privilege of playing drums with artistes including Del Shannon, Tools Holland, Bobby Womack, Lisa Stansfield, Rick Astley, Ian Gillan, Tony Lommi etc.

Happily married for 30 years, our son Adrian has just graduated in Business Studies at the LSE. My two lifetime friends are boys I met at school - Jasper and Phillip Ackrill. For almost five years he presented a weekly show on Saga radio 105.7FM "Bev Bevan's Jukebox" followed by two years at Smooth Radio and more recently BBC radio WM.

MY ADVICE: You'll only be good at a job you enjoy. Shoot for the moon. If you miss you'll still land among the stars!

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Rev Dr Stuart Burgess

The Highest Office in the Methodist Church

Stuart-BurgessMoseley student 1951-58. I didn't enjoy the first year but then discovered the Field Club and sport" always wanted to serve in the Methodist Church but qualified as a teacher at St. Peter's College Saltley before going on to ministerial and theological training at Wesley College, Leeds, and thus into the full time Christian ministry. Early experience of running a large youth club at Headingly Methodist Church led on to developing a gift for working with young people, subsequently as Chaplain to Nottingham University, and Birmingham University, and Lecturer at Queens College.

It was while he was Chairman of the York and Hull Methodist district that he received the invitation to  the most senior position that the Methodist Church has to offer, - as President of the denomination  throughout Great Britain.(1999-2000) As such this Moseley boy became the chief representative  of the Methodist Church, in regular contact with members of the Government, and  internationally meeting the principle leaders in N.Ireland, Macedonia, Kosovo, Russia,  Malawi, the Sec. General of the United Nations, and the President of the World Bank and the I.M.F. offering major support for third-world debt cancellation. Back in York again Stuart continues his work with youngsters and students and enjoys life with his wife Elizabeth and their two daughters.

Talking of Moseley again, reminds him of the influence of Phil. Williams (History) and Phil Bullock (Biology and the Field Club) and old friends and contemporaries - John Broadley, John Wagstaff, Michael Hunt, Chris Cox and Simon Powis. Perhaps they will meet up again this September.

In Autumn 199 Stuart wrote in the Moseleians Gazette...

I was born in Hall Green, Birmingham and attended Hall green Primary School in the Stratford Road. In 1951 I passed the 11 plus exam and went to Moseley Grammar School which was my first choice. I attended Moseley from 1951 to 1958 taking "0" and "A"  levels. In those days it was an all boys school and specialised in good academic achievement and sport. I remember many of the staff with affection, especially Phil Bullock (who later became an Anglican Priest) and Phil Williams who taught history. Some members of the staff were rather eccentric and I wonder how they would have survived the more rigorous approach of today's education. Friendship was of course important and I am still in contact with a few people I met at Moseley. My ambition was to play in the  Rugby 1st XV which I just managed to do in the last year at the school. I felt that I had arrived!.

It seemed logical after leaving Moseley to follow in my father’s footsteps and to train to be a teacher; which I did. However, having taught briefly in Birmingham I entered the Ministry of the Methodist Church and moved to Leeds where I trained for the Church and then became an Assistant Minister at the Headingly Church- not far from the cricket ground. From Leeds we moved (Elizabeth and I were married when I finished training) to Nottingham where we stayed for thirteen years. Most of that time I was Chaplain in the University of Nottingham and had a marvellous time working with the students and the University Community. I was then  offered the post of Chaplain of the University of Birmingham in 1981, and we lived in Selly Oak for eight years. It was a great thrill to be back in Birmingham and life in Selly Oak and the University was immensely rich. The work was very challenging but rewarding, especially working in such a varied community. It seemed that representation of every country was on the University Campus.

We left Birmingham for York in 1989 and I became Chairman of the York and Hull District - an equivalent to a Bishop in the Church of England. For the last ten years I have worked closely with people of other Christian traditions and initiated the latest round of conversations between the Methodist Church and the Church of England. In June this year I was inducted as the President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain, which I look upon as a great honour. I now have a representative role and in this capacity have recently visited Zambia and Malawi and had meetings with the President and the Vice President of those countries. These meetings spring out of my commitment to Jubilee 2000 and cancellation of debt for the poor countries of the world. Soon I hope to meet officers of the World Bank in Washington to further this end.

I often return to Birmingham as members of the family and many friends live there. Sometimes I drive up Wake Green Road and past Moseley School and many happy memories of my time there come to the surface. I am tempted to drive into the school and one day soon I hope to pay a visit to the school not just to look back at the past but to see how the school is doing for the present generation as they face the challenges and opportunities for the rest of the Millennium.

The Methodist Church, which –was founded by John Wesley in the mid eighteenth century, has over 70 million members world wide. It is great honour that an Old Moseleian is its President. Stuart, who is very modest in his assessment of himself, has, as well as his career in the Church, written several books on religious subjects.

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Jasper Carrott OBE



Jasper Carrott was born Robert (Bob) Davis in Birmingham in 1945, and educated at Acocks Green Infants/Junior School and Moseley Grammar School.

His first performance of note was as resident compére at the Boggery Folk Club in Solihull. There he discovered his talent for comedy, and his inability to sing, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1975 Jasper released his first single. Funky Moped / Magic Roundabout, was a massive chart hit, selling almost a million copies and narrowly missing a Gold Disc. Jasper’s first television appearance was in The Golden Game for BBC Midlands, in 1975.

His first television series was aired in 1978, 'An Audience with Jasper Carrott' for LWT, a series of six shows. The show title was then purloined for the hour-long celebrity shows with which we are now all familiar. In 1979 Jasper was named as ITV Personality Of  The Year. This remains unique as a live to air one hour comedy show.

From 1979 onwards Jasper's national and international tours have taken him to many corners of the world.  In 1982, Jasper conceived and co-wrote the live series "Carrott's Lib", which won a BAFTA Award. In 1985 he starred in the stage play 'The Nerd' and, in 1988, the film 'Jane and the Lost City'. In 1992, Jasper was named BBC TV's Personality Of The Year. In 1992 he teamed up with actor Robert Powell to record 'The Detectives', a comedy series based on the ridiculous antics of two bungling detectives. Such was the success of the initial series there were four further series of 'The Detectives' plus a 1997 Christmas Special.

During the 80’s and 90’s Jasper regularly presented a Christmas Special for the BBC, either in the form of the hugely successful "Carrott's Commercial Breakdown", with over 14 million viewers, which won the Best Independent Prize at the prestigious Montreux Festival and a Gold medal at the New York TV & Film Awards, or as a television special such as "One Jasper Carrott" recorded live at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.


To The Moseleians, Cheers!

December 1994 saw the first of the phenomenally successful Jasper Carrott’s Christmas Cracker shows at Birmingham’s NEC Arena where Jasper presented a star studded variety bill of surprise guests in aid of children’s charities. Subsequent shows followed in future years with guests including Sir Cliff Richard, Chris De Burgh, Victoria Beckham, Robert Plant, Bill Bailey, Robin Gibb and many others, all giving their services for the benefiting charities. In 1995 Jasper celebrated his 50th birthday and was presented with the "Midlander Of The Year" award, a prestigious honour which he now shares with such diverse characters as Betty Boothroyd and Ozzy Osbourne!  1995 also saw his live TV show from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 'The Unrecorded Jasper Carrott'. This remains unique as a live to air one hour comedy show. Also in 1995, Aston University presented to him an Achievement Award for Services to the Midlands. 1996 and 1997 saw Jasper return to writing new material in preparation for a new series for the BBC and a major UK tour in 1998. The tour embraced over 150 sell out shows in the major theatres of the country including a sell out fourteen night run in the 2000-seater Birmingham Hippodrome. 1998 culminated with the filming of a brand new six part BBC television series, Back to the Front, which Bob Monkhouse called “the finest stand-up comedy on television”. It was transmitted three times on BBC1 Television during 1999.

In 2002, Jasper starred in All About Me – a new sit-com for BBC 1 Television made by Celador Productions. A second series followed in 2003 and a third in 2004. In June 2002 Jasper became a Savoyan when D’Oyly Carte invited him to appear as Koko in their production of The Mikado at the Savoy Theatre, London.

In 2003 Jasper Carrott was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s New Years Honours List in recognition of his outstanding work for charity.

In January 2004, Jasper Carrott returned to his Birmingham roots with a record-breaking season of shows at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena. Such was the public response, the season was extended to fourteen nights, selling over 70,000 tickets and breaking existing box office records. It was also the longest run for a comedian performing on consecutive nights in an arena. The show featured sketches requested by the members of the audience who were there on the evening, resulting in a different show every night. 24 Carrott Gold was filmed and broadcast in six parts on BBC1 in spring 2004.

In July 2004, Birmingham University presented Jasper Carrott with a Doctorate for Business Studies. In recent years - Jasper Carrott’s Rock with Laughter has run  at the NEC Birmingham to capacity audiences of over 40,000.

Source: Jaspercarrott.com

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Anthony Carthew

ITN News Reporter

anthony-carthewAnthony Carthew reported on the Royal Family for ITN during a period of important royal activities, from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the triumphant progress around Britain, through the courtship and marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer to the sad events later.

Anthony was born in Birmingham in 1927 and attended Moseley Secondary School in 1936 and according to The Moseleian Magazine was a house Prefect in the 1940's before passing his school certificate. He graduated in Italian and French from the University of Birmingham. He started in journalism as a Kemsley graduate trainee working as a reporter on the Sheffield Telegraph Group.

In 1954 he joined the Daily Herald in Fleet Street, where he was a general reporter and also theatre critic. From there he became a reporter on the Daily Mail, covering the Vietnam War and the Congo revolution in the 1960s.

He was among the journalists made redundant when the Daily Mail converted to its tabloid format in 1971. For a while he freelanced and contributed to The New York Times Magazine, before he joined ITN in 1973. He had many overseas assignments and covered the Northern Ireland Troubles for ITN’s News at Ten before he was accredited to Buckingham Palace as court correspondent.

In the Queen’s Jubilee Year the walkabout became a novel feature of royal visits. The informality of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and the obvious pleasure on the faces of the crowds found a suitable match in Carthew’s highly individual style.

He was the newspaper journalist who best transferred feature writing skills to daily television news. His reportage of royal events was unstuffy and undeferential, without being irreverent but in marked contrast to the august tones of traditional court correspondents.

The ITV network documentary, A Right Royal Jubilee, summing up the Jubilee year, contained some of Carthew’s best writing. Word reached ITN that Carthew’s unconventional approach was liked at the Palace.

When the engagement of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana was announced, it was Carthew who prompted the much-quoted exchange when he asked the royal couple how they felt, then asking: “And I suppose — in love?”

Diana: “Of course.”

Charles: “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”

When the Prince and Princess of Wales went on their first overseas tour together to Australia and New Zealand, ITN used what was then new technology to produce on-the-spot half-hour documentaries every week for six weeks. Carthew was the natural choice to provide the words and the voice, and the series was a big success with audiences, winning Carthew and the production team a special TV Times award.

In 1978 ITN lost a team in Angola for more than four months. The reporter, Michael Nicholson, and his camera team had flown into Angola to report on Joseph Savimibi’s Western-backed Unita campaign against the Communist MPLA. Their exit route became blocked and ITN lost all contact with them.

Carthew had considerable experience of reporting from southern Africa. He was one of a team of ITN journalists deployed around the region while a rescue attempt was mounted by two courageous freelance pilots in an executive jet. The attempt was successful and Carthew met his newly rescued colleagues at a refuelling stop in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), with some cold beers. He broke the news of their rescue with a cable: “I have the chickens safely back in the nest.”

When they arrived in Johannesburg, Carthew was detained in custody overnight. Like many journalists, he had been banned by the Government for previous reports from South Africa. While the rescued ITN people celebrated, Carthew spent the night in a cell. He was deported the next day.

In 1980 six Iranian gunmen opposed to the regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini occupied the Iranian Embassy in London. The siege lasted five days under unprecedented live television coverage, which was seen around the world. On the evening of the fifth day, the ITN outside broadcast team, viewing from a hidden ITN camera at the rear of the embassy, suddenly saw a group of SAS men on the roof of the embassy lowering ropes as they prepared to storm the building. The rescue was about to begin.

After the SAS got inside, ITN broke into the ITV network’s evening programmes and covered the scene — the bangs, the screams, the flames, the smoke — as the SAS killed five terrorists and freed nineteen hostages. Carthew provided the live commentary throughout.

The coverage received main awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) and the Monaco International TV Festival.

Carthew retired in 1989 and lived in Cathedine, Powys.

Anthony died on January 5, 2007, aged 79. He is survived by his wife, Olwen, whom he married in 1951, and two daughters.

Source: Times Online

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Nisar Chaudhry

Sportsman, Hockey


Nisar has worked for England Hockey since June 2007.  Hockey was Nisar’s first love and he started to play for his school at the age of 11 for the sixth form team.

He was encouraged to join a club by the school teacher and joined Kings Heath.  He’s never looked back!  In 2001, Nisar became Active Sports Hockey co-ordintator for Birmingham and after that secured employment as the Zone Hockey Development Officer.

Nisar has played for the Midlands at all age levels (U16’s to over 45’s at present) and has trained with England at all age groups at camps.  He currently plays for his local club Solihull Blossomfield and represents England at over 40’s and over 45’s.

He is also a Level 3 coach and has coached several club sides including Barford Tigers and Sutton Coldfield ladies in the EHL.  Nisar is an Assessor for Level 1 and is a Zone Hockey Tutor.

Source: EnglandHockey.co.uk

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Prof Carl Chinn MBE

Historian and Broadcaster

carl-chinnProfessor Carl Stephen Alfred Chinn MBE (born 6 September 1956) is an English historian, writer, radio presenter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, media personality, local celebrity, and famous Brummie, whose working life has been devoted to the study and popularisation of the city of Birmingham in England.

Born in Moseley to parents from Sparkbrook and Aston, Chinn grew up in Birmingham and was educated at Moseley C. of E. School, Moseley Grammar, and the University of Birmingham. He initially followed his father and grandfather into bookmaking before entering academia, gaining his Ph.D. in 1986.

His work in the community made him a popular figure, and in 1994 he was invited by the Birmingham Evening Mail to write a two-page feature on local history. This proved extremely popular and Chinn has written a weekly column for the paper ever since.

Carl holds the position of Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham and is also director of the Birmingham Lives project. He is the author of over twenty books on the history of Birmingham and the urban working class in England. He has presented a weekly radio programme on BBC WM, often appears on local television programmes such as Midlands Today and also writes a weekly local history for the Express & Star.

In 2000 Carl was a leading figure in the temporarily-successful, but eventually doomed, campaign to save the Longbridge car factory from closure. In 2001 he was awarded the MBE for services to local history and charity. When the rebuilt Bull Ring was opened in 2003 Chinn criticised it for the lack of concern its developers and planners had shown towards market traders who had been the mainstay of the Bull Ring for the 800 years up to 1964, when the much-criticised previous shopping centre was built on the site. Chinn has also been prominent in the campaigns to save the last back-to-back houses in Birmingham, now a National Trust Museum in Inge Street; and for a memorial to the victims of the Second World War Blitz on the City, which has recently been sited in Edgbaston Street in the Bull Ring.

In October 2007 Professor Chinn accepted the post of Patron of the St John's Church Preservation Group, Kates Hill, Dudley. Professor Chinn is a direct descendant of a brother of the famous pugilist and Champion of England William Perry, 'The Tipton Slasher', who is buried at St John's Church. The church has been closed to the public. The Preservation Group aim to restore and re-open it. Website www.savestjohnschurch.zoomshare.com

It has been widely suggested that if Birmingham were to introduce direct mayoral elections as in London and some other towns in the UK, Carl Chinn would have a very good chance of success if he ran as an independent, and he has said in the past that he has considered this possibility. As with Ken Livingstone, support for his candidacy would likely eclipse the usual divisions along party lines.

Chinn, however, is something of an unknown quantity politically. His support for working-class causes like council housing and the threatened jobs of the Longbridge workers, his efforts to champion working-class culture and identity, and his criticism of what he sees as the ravages of capitalism and the rise of individualism, often create the impression that he is a socialist. However, he has not made such views explicit, and in the 1980s he was briefly a member of the Social Democratic Party, which broke from Labour in protest at its perceived leftward shift, and later went on to merge with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats. He stood in the 1983 general election as an independent, campaigning for import controls to protect local industry, more investment in council housing and a return of capital punishment for certain offences.

Source: Wikapedia

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Sharon Corbett


Attended Moseley Modern School and won a Commonwealth bronze medal in the javelin in 1974.

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Sir Alan Cottrell

Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge


Sir Alan Howard Cottrell was born in July 1919 and is a British metallurgist and physicist.

We understand Alan attended Moseley Secondary School leaving in 1935 to go on to  the University of Birmingham where he received his BSc degree in 1939 and a PhD for research on welding in 1942. He joined the staff as a lecturer at Birmingham, being made professor in 1949, and transforming the teaching of the department by emphasizing modern concepts of solid state physics. In 1955 he moved to A.E.R.E. Harwell,to become Deputy Head of Metallurgy under Monty Finniston.

From 1958 to 1965 he was Goldsmiths' Professor of Metallurgy at Cambridge University, and a fellow of Christ College. He then worked for the government in various capacities, ultimately as Chief Scientific Adviser from 1971 to 1974, before becoming Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1973 to 1986, and vice-chancellor of the University in 1977-1979.

Sir Alan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1955, and won its Hughes Medal in 1961, [the James Douglas Gold Medal in 1974 and the Copley Medal (the Royal Society's highest award) in 1996. He was knighted in 1971.  He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

School: Moseley Secondary School, Birmingham, England (1935)
University: BS, University of Birmingham (1939)
University: Phd Metallurgy, university of Birmingham (1942)
Teacher: Metallurgy, University of Birmingham (1942-49)
Professor: Physical Metallurgy, University of Birmingham (1949-55)
Professor: Mettallurgy, Cambridge University (1958-65)
Administrator: Master of Jesus College, Cambridge University (1973-86)
Administrator: Vice Chancellor, Cambridge University (1977-79)

  • Copley Medal 1996
  • Rumford Medal 1974
  • Knight of the British Empire 1971
  • Hughes Medal 1961
  • Royal Society 1955
  • National Academy of Sciences Foreign Associate
  • National Academy of Engineering Foreign Associate
  • UK Official Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government (1971-74)
  • UK Official Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government (1967-71)
  • Official Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor to Ministry of Defence (1965-67)
  • UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment (1955-58)

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Dr. Geoffrey Gibbons

Lawyer, Judge and Organist

geoffrey-gibbonsGeoffrey was born in Birmingham in 1927 and educated at Moseley Grammar School and Birmingham University where he was awarded an Honours degree in Law in 1948. He was awarded the degrees of Master of Arts of Warwick University in 1995 and Doctor of Philosophy in History in 1999 and published his doctoral thesis in 2001.

In 1946 he was appointed organist at St. Ambrose Church, Edgbaston an appointment he held until 1960 except for the years 1948 to 1950 when he fulfilled his National service commitment. He was commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps and completed his service in Egypt.  Throughout his time in Egypt he organist at the Church of St. George in Moascar Garrison, Canal Zone.  He commanded `C' Section of 479 Supply Platoon and ended his service as acting Captain.  During his period of leave he visited Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and Karnak.

On return to England he completed his Law Society's examinations and in July 1952 was admitted as a solicitor and joined a firm in Birmingham which in the ensuing forty years grew twenty times over with offices in Manchester, London, Exeter as well as Birmingham.  When he retired in 1994 he had been senior partner for seven years, had served as a part time District Registrar in the County Court, was a Chairman of National Insurance Tribunals, and between 1977 and 1984 was a Deputy Circuit Judge on the Midland and Oxford Circuit, hearing both civil and criminal cases.

In 1960 he was appointed Organist at the two churches in Henley in Arden and held that post for thirty-four years until 1994 when resigned to have more time for domestic interests.  He chaired committees to raise funds to rebuild the large organ in St. John's Church and replace the instrument in St. Nicholas Church with a chamber organ built in 1798.  For six years in the 70s he directed the Barnt Green Choral Society.  For a number of years after 1994 he played at the monthly services at Packington Church, (the estate chapel of the Earl of Aylesford), on the unique two manual organ built in 1750 to the design of George Frederic Handel.       For over 20 years he was a member of the Council and acted as solicitor to the Incorporated Association of Organists.

He has travelled widely in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, especially in Tunisia, and was appointed Tunisian Consul in the West Midlands in 1990 ano office he still holds.

Geoffrey Gibbons was elected to Solihull Council in 1960 and apart from a short period he remained a member until his retirement in 1997, being elected mayor in 1974 and again in 1984. He founded the Solihull Music Festival in 1988 and was the director of it for ten years. For many years he played cricket for the Old Boys team of his School, tennis with Sparkhill Tennis Club and swims and surfs in Cornwall.

In about 1978 he became a governor of Alderbrook School, Solihull, and has served through the headships of five headteachers, being elected Chairman of the Board of Governors in 1985, resigning in July 2003 on his removal to St. Tudy, Cornwall.

In 1974 he married Hazel and inherited two step-sons, has a daughter Sarah and eight grandchildren one of whom is a boy.

Source: study.org.uk

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Sir Douglas Hague


Sir Douglas Hague

Economist who helped Mrs Thatcher to get to grips with monetarist and free market theory

Sir Douglas Hague, who has died aged 88, was one of Margaret Thatcher's earliest and most loyal economic advisers.

It was as the co-author (with Alfred Stonier) of A Textbook of Economic Theory that Hague, then professor of applied economics at Manchester Business School, was first introduced to the rising star Tory MP for Finchley in 1967. A member of the Conservative Research Department, Michael (now Lord) Spicer, had the task of finding academics to advise the Conservative front bench- and having admired Hague and Stonier's 1953 book in his own undergraduate studies, he arranged for Hague to meet Mrs Thatcher (then junior Opposition spokesman for Treasury affairs) and her mentor Sir Keith Joseph.

A copy of the Textbook was duly presented, and a phrase used by Hague in their first conversation - "sacrifice by instalment" - found its way into her Commons speech against the policies of the Labour chancellor James Callaghan that same day. The relationship flourished; Hague sent regular notes on issues to which he felt she should attend, and helped her to understand the theories of Milton Friedman and others who were challenging the Keynesian consensus. Besides finding Hague's own free-market and pro-enterprise stance sympathetic, Mrs Thatcher particularly admired his ability to explain, on one occasion telling another professor: "You see, Douglas writes more clearly about economics than anyone else in the world!"

During her tenure as Edward Heath's education minister, contact with Hague was less frequent - but she insisted that they lunch occasionally (at the Epicure restaurant in Soho) because "the Department is full of communists and I need to check on issues ... with someone whose views are like mine."

When she became party leader in 1975, Hague's time was largely divided between his Manchester post and the Prices Commission in London, but he also served as one of her speechwriters; and during her 1979 campaign he was one of the very few academic economists who publicly supported her. After the election was won, an early paper in her Downing Street in-tray was from Hague urging the abolition of exchange controls - which was done within the year.

Hague was a consultant to the No 10 Policy Unit from 1979 to 1983, advising on employment and other issues at a time when a gallery of economic thinkers were competing for the prime minister's ear. During the painful 1981 recession he argued (and Mrs Thatcher, guided by another of her gurus, Alan Walters, eventually agreed) that interest rates were too high, and the private sector suffering too much, as a result of excessive focus on control of the money supply.

Towards the end of his Downing Street stint, Hague moved his academic base from Manchester to Templeton College, Oxford - conveniently closer to London - and responded to a Policy Unit call for more sophisticated British management education by creating the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, which became internationally recognised as a stepping-stone for high-fliers. The prime minister, however, was initially sceptical: "Leadership?" she said to Hague. "You tell people what to do and they do it. That's leadership!"

Douglas Chalmers Hague was born in Leeds on October 20 1926. He was educated at Moseley Grammar School and King Edward VI High School in Birmingham before reading Economics at Birmingham University and joining the faculty of commerce there in 1946.

The following year he moved to University College, London, where became a reader in political economy. In 1957 he was appointed to a professorship at Sheffield, where he was head of business studies, and in 1963 he moved to Manchester.

He was a member (and latterly deputy chairman) of the Prices Commission from 1973 to 1978. Though he was instinctively hostile to its core purpose of detailed price regulation across a range of sectors - and later described joining the commission as "the worst decision I ever made" - he admitted to finding its workings fascinating.

From 1983 to 1987 he was chairman of the Economic & Social Research Council, and thereafter he was a non-executive

director of a variety of business ventures. He continued to write speeches for the prime minister from time to time, and (as a member of Oxford's Wesley Memorial Church, which she herself had attended as an undergraduate) he was particularly proud to have provided her in 1988 with words from John Wesley to support a call to the wealthy, who had recently enjoyed tax cuts, to turn to philanthropy: "Get all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can."

Besides his affection for Margaret Thatcher, Hague described her husband Denis as "wonderful... he really did bring an unerring judgment on political and personal issues". He remained in touch with both in later years.

Hague was a prolific author and co-author, turning his attention in the last phase of his academic career to the relationship between science and business innovation in works such as Spin-offs and Start-ups in UK Universities (with Kate Oakley, 2000); Oxford Entrepreneurs (with Christine Holmes, 2006); and From Bright Sparks to Brilliant Businesses (with Anthea Milnes, 2010).

He was appointed CBE in 1978 and, in 1982, became the first of Mrs Thatcher's economic advisers to be knighted.

Douglas Hague listed his recreations as "church organs and watching Manchester United". He married first, in 1947, Brenda Fereday, with whom he had two daughters. The marriage was dissolved, and he married secondly, in 1986, Janet Leach.

Sir Douglas Hague, born October 20 1926, died February 1 2015

Source: Sir Douglas Hague, economist - obituary - Telegraph

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Derek Hathaway OBE



Derek Hathaway receives his OBE

A Moseley-Made Millionaire. Born 1944; Derek attended Moseley School from 1955 until 1960.

He remembers his Moseley years as a time of tremendously talented teaching staff and schoolmates. The school excelled both academically and on the sports field. "There was a sense of team, of  working together." He recalls also a strong sense of discipline. He still has all of his Moseley School reports! On balance they show a conscientious and enthusiastic worker having, he says, average abilities. It was perhaps his personal work ethic that enabled him to be so successful in later years. He was too, a keen sportsman. He played in the house and school rugby and cricket teams and was captain of the 3rd XV rugby team, 1959-60. - and was also a school chorister for all five Moseley years. Lifelong friendships were formed in those years particularly with "His Eminence" Barry Priory, now Rector of Porlock, Somerset, and with John Sheppard, then teaching English at Moseley, and involved with sports coaching as well. At age 16, he was forced to leave school to support his family ("but it was probably for the best, given my family circumstances and academic record.") and he went to work for the Harris Engineering Company as a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning draftsman. Then - in 1966 (at age 22), he and a financial partner took the plunge and started their own business manufacturing industrial air heating units. Six years later, his growing company was floated on the London and Midlands stock exchanges, at which time he became the youngest Chairman of a public corporation in Great Britain. In 1979, his company merged with the U.S.-based Harsco Corporation, where he was until recently Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Harsco grew to become a $2 billion worldwide industrial services and engineered products company having operations in 43 countries and 17,500 employees.

While his principal home is in the States he keeps many links with Britain including service as a Magistrate in the Victoria Law Courts and as Vice Chairman of the Blue Coat School in Birmingham, together with a number of charitable and business Boards. And he's a trustee of the American Air Museum in Oxford, Cambridge.

Back in the States, Derek Hathaway has been honoured with the Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from two U.S. universities. In 1998, he received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, joining the ranks of former United States Presidents in receiving this award.  In 2008 Derek was awarded an OBE (Order of British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his "Services to Industry and Charity" in his native United Kingdom and overseas.

Derek was an avid supporter of Moseley School and The Moseleians Association and returned on several occasions to attend reunions and other events.

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Maurice Herriot

Sportsman, Tokyo Olympic Steeplechase Silver Medallist

maurice-herriottBorn 1939 in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, We understand Maurice Herriott attended College Road Senior School and later Moseley Modern School when the school mover 'up the hill'. For almost a decade the British team selectors never pondered when they came to choose their top steeplechaser - the name of Maurice Herriott was invariably the one written down on the team sheet. From 1959 to 1967 he claimed the AAA's title eight times (every year except 1960). He won countless international match events and on the big occasions was a consistent performer. His greatest moment came in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games when, aged twenty-four, he won the silver medal in a UK record of 8min. 32.4sec. behind Gaston Roelants of Belgium. The previous year he had set the UK record of 8min.40.4sec. His first major international medal came in 1962 at the Commonwealth and Empire Games when he took the silver medal in a time of 8min. 45sec. behind Trevor Vincent of Australia (8min. 43.4 sec.). In the 1962 European championships he had to scratch from the final, but it was the mid-sixties that saw him at his peak. In 1965 Herriott was again voted British Male Athlete of the Year (he had also won in 1963) and during that summer he won his event in the matches against Poland, Hungary, West Germany, the European Cup semi-final in Zagreb (8min. 36.2sec.) and ran eight races faster than the UK's number two ranked steeplechaser, his "sparring partner" Ernest Pomfret. In 1977 his 1964 UK record was still one of the top ten UK best performances of all-time, in the era of modern synthetic running tracks (Maurice ran on 'cinders'). He never quite repeated his two silver medal-winning runs of 1962 and 1964 (his only Olympics) but still finished fourth in the 1966 Commonwealth Games. The photo above shows him competing at the White City, London, in the British Games which he won in 8min.44.2sec. (George Herringshaw)

Source: sportingheros.net

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Frank Ifield


frank-ifieldFrank Ifield, who attended College Road Senior School, began recording at age 13 and in six years had 44 records issued in Australia. Frank became the Number One Recording star in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania before he was nineteen. Signed by EMI Records on Columbia shortly after he came to London, Frank zoomed to the top of their most popular recording artists with I Remember You, followed soon afterwards by Lovesick Blues, The Wayward Wind, Nobody's Darling But Mine, Confessin', and Waltzing Matilda. So popular was h

is recording of the beloved Australian ditty Waltzing Matilda it is now almost regarded as his signature tune.

FRANK IFIELD became the first artist to ever have three consecutive number one hits in Britain and also, to be awarded three gold discs in the space of a year! From being unknown in 1959, Frank soared to the dizzy heights of stardom in 1962, remaining there ever since.

Source:  Shownet.com

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Barry Phillips caught up with Frank Ifield on a trip to Australia were Frank now lives.

2008: Barry Phillips caught up with Frank Ifield on a trip to Australia where Frank now lives.

Anthony Jackson


anthony-jacksonAnthony Thomas Jackson, actor: born Birmingham 18 February 1944; married (one son, two daughters, and one daughter deceased); died London 26 November 2006.

A successful acting career - spanning over 40 years was not what Anthony planned when he left Moseley School in 1960 after completing 5 years, at the age of 15. Inspired by his art teacher, Lou Emery he took work as a set builder and painter at the B 'ham Repertory Theatre, for three years, and enrolled at the Birmingham School of Art. As befits an Irishman he then changed course completely to take acting work and his first part was with George Baker and Juliet Mills, in 1962, in "The Glad and Sorry Season." Three years at the Rose Bruford Drama College followed culminating in winning the BBC Radio Drama Award and a post with the BBC Repertory Company with whom he has had a close and successful relationship. In 1968 he left to join the Mermaid Theatre in many productions including the famous "Lock up your daughters" and "Treasure Island."

Anthony's vocal versatility has led to much work in animation. He was heard as most of the characters in Oliver Postgate's "Ivor the Engine"; and in "Dreamstoie," "Watership Down" and "Shakespeare the Animated Tales." Narrating plays for radio and TV and Talking Books and dubbing films at home and abroad has kept him in continuous employment and, very satisfyingly he has prizes for verse speaking, and has recited on stage and radio, and for TV and Open University. Back on stage again at the Young Vic; and the lead in "The Faith Healer" by Irish dramatist Brian Friel, among many other roles.

His TV appearances read like a Who's Who of that medium including Doctors, Casualty, The

Detectives, The Bill, Lovejoy series, Boon, Eastenders, Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith, Rentaghost series, Bless this House series (as 'Trevor' Sid James' loveable next-door neighbour) and many, many more. Trull a man of many parts.

Apart from his appreciation of the part that Lou Emery played in his career, Anthony describes W.R."BiIl" Rees as a particularly effective Moseley teacher and mentor who became a life-long friend.

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Noel Luke

Sportsman, Footballer

Noel attended Moseley School and played a staggering 346 games for Peterborough United Football Club during the 1990's.

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Dr John Lumby

Industrialist and Inventor

Dr John LumbyAfter leaving Moseley John Lumby embarked on an illustrious career in industry and academia although his interests extended from science to history and rugby to motor sport. He was 79 and had been a member of the Moseleians Association since its early days.

During his climb to prominence he took a degree at the College of Advanced Technology later Aston University  and subsequently at Birmingham University gained his M.Sc. followed by his doctorate.

From his initial work and study when at ICI Metals Division, he moved to the Lucas Group Research Centre in 1965 where he concentrated on the development of advanced industrial ceramics. In this field his work on the invention of the material sialon became internationally recognised, though John was always self-effacing about achievements which led to his securing 20 patents worldwide and lecture tours to Europe, the USA and Japan.

Speaking of her husband's career his wife, Erica said:  “John always spoke in glowing terms of the staff at Moseley, particularly his science teachers, who gave him the grounding for his lifetime's work.”

Among recognition he received was in 1984 the Prince of Wales Award for Industrial Innovation and Production, shared with Prof. Ken Jack of Newcastle University.

He left Lucas five years later and spent a decade as visiting research fellow in Warwick University physics department, again much involved in the development and industrial application of sialon, which resists temperatures up to 1250 deg C.

Father of a son and daughter, John whose first name was Roland became historian and membership secretary to Worcester Rugby Club and, living in Fernhill Heath, formed an affinity with the nearby Droitwich History and Archaeological Society.  He was also a keen supporter of the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.  John passed away on 26th June 2015

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Anton Lesser


"My memories of Moseley are all fond ones"

From Moseley I went to Liverpool University to study architecture, and having graduated I then went to Nigeria to complete the requisite 2 years in practice. But while there I realised my true passion was for the theatre and nine months into my qualifying years, I returned home and applied to R. A.D. A.

My first professional job was playing Richard of Gloucester in the "Henry Vlth" cycle at Stratford. This was the beginning of a long association with the R.S.C. for whom I played, among other parts, Romeo, Troilus, Petruchio, and Richard the Third. In the early 80's it was Hamlet at the Donmar Theatre and the Piccadilly Theatre my first attempt at this role since a Moseley School production when I was 13!

Since then I have worked mainly in television and film with the occasional return to the stage, most notably the National (The Birthday Party; Wild Oats; Private Lives) and last year at Hampstead Theatre in a lovely play called "The Lucky Ones." Of the more recent TV work, the Peter Ackroyd documentary about Charles Dickens stands out as a favourite, and I assumed that disguise again recently reading A Christmas Carol".

When Anton studied at Liverpool he went there with another Moseleian Doug. Eburah, who lives and works as an architect in Stratford now.

More recently Anton has been in Pirates of the Caribbean, Ripper Street, Game of Thrones and Wolf Hall.

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Mickey Lewis

Sportsman, Footballer

mickey-lewisMickey Lewis, FootballerMichael "Mickey" Lewis, was born in 1965 and attended Moseley School. He played professional football for west Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Oxford United where he is currently the assistant manager.

Michael was a professional footballer and manager who played for West Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Oxford United. From October 1999 to February 2000 and then again from January to March 2014 he was the caretaker manager at League Two side Oxford United.

He left Oxford in the middle of 2015 after a 27-year association with the club, and 8 years as a member of the coaching staff and was appointed head coach/manager at Hayes & Yeading United in May 2016. He stepped down as first-team manager in October 2016.

In his younger days Mickey was often mistaken for Kevin Keegan, not for his silky skills but for his permed hair. His biggest claim to fame was once beating Maythew Rigby in a sprint.

At school Mickey was in the U13s and later U14s. A team that was unstoppable and sometimes had to stop the march early because they were into double figures. Mickey was the rock in their defence.

Sadly, Mickey passed away on 5th March 2021 after being diagnosed only two weeks earlier with a rare form of lung cancer. He was a lovely lad when at Moseley and by all accounts a very popular figure in football in later life.

Source: Wikipedia

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Joanne Malin

Radio and TV Presenter

joanne-malin-bbcYoung Joanne Malin (1978-1983) came to Moseley School just two years after the present campus had been formed by merging the two schools, and she took full advantage of the additional opportunities that were opened up to girls. She played in every sports team (except hockey which she hated!) and shone in the classroom too, achieving 8 "O" levels and says she "enjoyed every week of every year" apart from Science classes. She thanks the French teacher, Mrs. Cooper for encouraging her to go on a schools exchange programme and made new life-long friends with her French "swop" family and came back understanding French! The low spot was missing out on a school ski-ing trip because it was too expensive and having all her books stolen from her mum's car in her GCSE year . "My inspirations at school were the two PE teachers, Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Taylor for all the extra-curricular activities they provided and all the time they gave to the sports teams in the evenings and at week-ends." Another favourite was Mr. Hop wood (History) and she still remembers him suffering a cut ear when a football flew thought he staff dining room window!

After Moseley Jo went on to South Birmingham College to take a BTEC in Business and Finance but the lure of the stage took her instead to the Italia Conti Theatre School in London for the next 3 years, and after graduating in Performing Arts gained her first acting role in Pantomime at the B'ham Hippodrome! Then on tour with the West End show "42nd Street", Frenchy in "Grease, " and entertaining tourists on the Cunard Cruise Line.

But new challenges called her ("And a job I hoped would let me keep working after I was 30") to become a Broadcast Journalist via a post-grad, course at Highbury College, Portsmouth. Her breakthrough came with work on local radio before joining Reuters in London, and Virgin national radio as the News, weather and Sport presenter on the Sony Award- winning programme,"The Russ and Jono Breakfast Show." She appeared live on TV in "LIVE TV" and that propelled her back to the Midlands in 1998 to join the prestigious Central News presenting team with the morning, lunchtime and afternoon bulletins, and as co-presenter of'' Central News at 6". Additionally her now familiar face and voice appear on Sky News at weekends (and on Capital Radio). So young Joanne Malin has made two successful career moves already and no doubt will be chalking up more fame and fortune in the near future. Watch This Space!

"My advice to Moseley pupils today," she says "would be Keep your options open and make your own luck!"

On 10 October 2008, she announced her decision to leave ITV Central, shortly after the announcement of 60 job losses at the station and a major restructuring of Central News. Malin presented her final programme for the station on 31 October 2008. A week beforehand, Malin announced live during an interview on BBC WM that she would be joining the BBC on a two-year contract. She has presented a mid-morning show on BBC WM since February 2009, with a view to contributing to Midlands Today and the West Midlands edition of Inside Out.


In October 2006 she won the Royal Television Society Midlands Centre's Best On Screen Personality award, for her work on Central Tonight. She had previously won the award in October 2003 and has also won the Harold Wincott National Business Broadcasting Award for a series of business reports on Central News at Six. Three days prior to leaving ITV Central, she won the RTS Midlands' Best Female Personality award for 2008.

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Rev John Masding

Chairman of the English Clergy Association

John Masding  was the Chairman of the English Clergy Association and has recently retired as Vicar of Hamstead in the diocese of Birmingham.

THE Revd John Masding, died in 2017 aged 77, after a long illness, was tall and distinguished in appearance, with a kind and genial manner, matched by a distinctive white beard imparting a patriarchal touch.

John cut a figure never to be forgotten by all who met him. His rich and melodious bass tones will be recalled with love and affection in the parishes he served, and in the many bodies in which he played a part in the national Church.

After Moseley Grammar School, John went up to Oxford, to read history at Magdalen College, where he was elected a demy. Ordination training followed at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and then, in 1965, a curacy in Sutton Coldield.

In 1971, John became Vicar of St Paul’s Hamstead, in Birmingham, a parish of 17,000, from which he retired in 1997. He was convinced of the strength imparted by a long and continuous ministry in one place, and, today, generations of Hamstead people give thanks for the legacy he left, both in their church and in their lives.

Long before the phrase “all-age worship” came into being, John had created a memorable example of it at Hamstead, where visitors invariably came away with a vivid memory of a happy family church, bubbling with life and warmth. John’s public worship was always user-friendly and delivered with great liturgical skill; as a pastor, he was gentle and understanding; he was a constant encourager of others.

A preacher of verve and passion, he could tuck his cassock into his trousers, and ride a bicycle round the church, using it as a visual aid to deliver words that touched all ages, while being equally at home delivering a penetrating pulpit address.

These rhetorical skills were much in evidence in his contributions to synods, committees, and conferences. After retiring from Hamstead, John’s ministry was much valued in the dioceses of Bath & Wells and Bristol, particularly at Christ Church, Bristol City, where he became a trustee.

John’s sense of history gave him great unease about many recent developments in the Church of England. He was concerned about the loss of the freehold, the gradual erosion of private patronage, modern liturgy, and ever-growing bureaucracy. These things led him to become a council member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, and, with others, he was instrumental in re-establishing the LLM in Canon Law at Cardiff University, a degree he took himself.

He gave much time to advising other clergy who felt that their legal rights were under threat. John was a prominent member of the Prayer Book Society, but his greatest achievement was the founding of the English Clergy Association. He chaired it for many years, directing its vision of upholding “the traditional understanding of the Church’s life and witness”; and many needy clergy have been helped by the Association’s holiday grants. John served for some years on the Court of the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy.

John lived a rich and varied life. His vintage Bentley was often seen in the streets of Birmingham, and he kept a well-stocked cellar, and had a wide circle of friends. In retirement, he was an active member of the Bath and County Club, and its chairman for some years.

Above all, he was a family man. His first wife, Veronica, died in 1989, the mother of Aelfwynn and Miranda, his two married daughters. In 1992, John married Margaret, and she and his daughters survive him. At the time of his death, he had four grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren. He loved and cherished them all.

Source: www.churchtimes.co.uk

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Dr Roy Massey MBE


Roy Massey (2)

Dr Roy Massey. Photograph courtesy of Hereford Cathedral http://www.herefordcathedral.org/music/latest-news

"If I have any advice for a youngster it is be ambitious and don't be afraid of being different from those around you. Go for it, if you really want to achieve an ambition. Be single minded; work hard; and do not be ashamed of wanting to do something out of the ordinary. Your life is not a dress rehearsal it is here and now. You only have it once. It is up to YOU."

This is the philosophy that gave Roy Massey such success in life, as he progressed to being an internationally acclaimed organist, conductor and musical director, and finally national President of the Royal College of Organists He writes: Ever since I was eleven years old I knew that I wanted to be a Cathedral Organist. I had started to learn the piano at the age of 7, and at the same time joined the choir of St. Martin's (in the Bull Ring) where the great Dr. Richard Wassell was organist. When I first heard him play I was smitten for life. By the time I went to Moseley School in Sept. 19451 was playing for services at a local church and spending every spare minute practising. I loathed sporting activity of any kind, lived in mortal fear of the gym master(Mr. Gillespie) and the Head, and found maths and anything scientific totally beyond my comprehension but I did have my music.

In my third year (1948) at Moseley, Stanley Adams arrived and transformed my school life as he rapidly created a choir and orchestra, encouraged boys to be musicians, and even managed to persuade hardened rugby playing types to sing. We did orchestral concerts, operas, chamber music, and took part in the Schools Music Festival which he conducted in the Town Hall. I think I was the first Moseley pupil ever to do music as a subject for the newly introduced "O" and "A" levels; and while in the 6th Form passed the Associate of the Royal College of Organists diploma and duly passed on to B'ham University to read for a B .Music degree, plus a Dip.Ed. Despite my qualifications it was not easy for a working class boy to break into this exclusive world, but I made a reputation working with the choirs in two B'ham churches, started broadcasting with the BBC, and was teaching in two schools and for the Royal School of Church Music. The post of Warden of this prestigious residential College came out of the blue, and led to me playing at the Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey and other high profile locations Three years later back to Birmingham as Organist of St. Philip's Cathedral and Director of Music at King Edward's School. I'd arrived I was a Cathedral organist!

After 6 very happy years in Birmingham I moved to Hereford Cathedral where I worked with world class orchestras and international soloists as Conductor of the Three Choirs Festival AND played as an organ recitalist throughout the world. My Hereford career was splendidly varied and I enjoyed every minute of my 27 years there.

I have also been rewarded with special honours A Doctorate of Music for services to Cathedral music, in 1990; an M.B.E. from the Queen for services to organ playing, in 1997 and recent election as President of the Royal College of Organists the very top of the organists' profession.

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Peter McGowran

Chief Yeoman Warder HM Tower of London

Former Moseley Modern School pupil Peter McGowran,  Chief Yeoman Warder HM Tower of London

Former Moseley Modern School pupil Peter McGowran,
Chief Yeoman Warder
HM Tower of London

Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London and former Moseley Modern School pupil Peter McGowran was the eldest of eight children living in Highgate, Birmingham in 1958. He started school at Chandos School before the family moved to Phipson Road, Sparkhill when he continued his junior years at St John’s before eventually joining Moseley Modern School in 1969. Peter takes up the story:

I would not change a thing: I enjoyed all the sport especially playing cricket and football for the school and taking part in the school performances that were laid on year after year, it was a blast. I believe that it is possibly due to the thespian in me that life eventually got me into the Tower of London as a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater).
Enlisting in the Royal Air Force Regiment in March 1975, I progressed through the ranks to become a flight sergeant, operating in many roles around the world; Hong Kong/Chinese border operations, Northern Ireland, Belize, many years in West Germany during the cold war, Cyprus and Gibraltar. I spent over 25 years in the RAF.
I joined the Body of Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London in August 2009, following a period working in the nuclear industry.
The Body consists of a total of 32 Yeoman Warders who all come from a military background, having completed a minimum of 22 years in the armed forces, achieved the minimum rank of sergeant major and have been awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
I now live with my wife Debra in the Old School House at the Tower of London. We have three children, Adam, Laurie and Conor and seven grandchildren. Conor has recently joined the RAF. In my free time, I like going to music concerts and we love the theatre. I am also the Beadle for the Worshipful Company of Coopers and joined the company in 2010/11.
The Chief Yeoman Warder is the most senior member of the Sovereign's Bodyguard based at the Tower of London, known as the Body of Yeoman Warders, and we are often referred to by the visitors as "Beefeaters".
As a serving member of the Yeoman Body, my correct title is 'Chief Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty's Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, Member of the Yeoman of the Guard Extraordinary'. The CYW's daily role within the Tower is to manage the Body of Yeoman Warders, ensuring they are trained and equipped to the highest standards required by Historic Royal Palaces; to oversee the duties and responsibilities of the Yeoman Gaoler, four Yeoman Serjeant's, and to liaise directly with the Resident Governor on all matters affecting the traditions and heritage of the Body of Yeoman Warders. The ceremonial role of the Chief Yeoman Warder, known up until Victorian times as the Gentleman Porter, include giving guided tours to VIP's including members of the royal family, and contributing to the safety and security of this world heritage site. In addition, I may also be called upon to attend the coronation of the sovereign, lyings in state, and many other state and charity functions. My favourite task involves the nightly closing down ceremony of the tower known as the Ceremony of the Keys, which dates back over 700 years.
Since being in the tower I have been involved in some of the most historic events; in 2012 I was sent to the USA to tour various states giving talks about the monarchy and what was going to take place in the UK in 2012 due to HM celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. The same year we enjoyed the London Olympics and keeping all the medals under lock and key at the tower was a very serious chapter in my life.
2014 was the year that we planted 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat, a world class event to commemorate the start of WW1. On the 16th October that year as the chapel clerk for the two chapels of HM within the tower, I had the honour to personally escort HM to re-dedicate the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, we had a service for HM in which I was very honoured to also escort her and the Duke of Edinburgh to the service. In 2018 we put another world class event in the moat of the tower by lighting 10,000 fuel lamps to commemorate the end of WW1, over 50,000 visitors per evening came over a three-week period to observe the spectacle. Since being at the tower I have also spent three years on the raven team, basically looking after 6-8 ravens at a time. This was a very rewarding job.
In the last couple of years the tower has made many programmes for TV, “Inside the Tower” on Channel 5 is a three series documentary of what goes on behind the scenes and worth a look.

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Barry Pritchard

Musician, The Fortunes

Barry-PritchardBarry Pritchard IN 1963, in Birmingham, the guitarist and vocalist Barry Pritchard formed a group called the Fortunes with Glen Dale and Rod Allen, and they were signed by the eccentric promoter Reg Calvert. Pritchard recalled the first bookings: "Reg held competitions and, if people shouted a number that we couldn't do, he would pay them half-a- crown. It was no big deal. There might be 20 people shouting out, so Reg would pick out numbers that we knew."

The Fortunes, as a five-piece with David Carr and Andy Brown, were signed to Decca, and their first single, "I Love Her Still" (1963), was written by Pritchard. Their second, the songwriter Tony Hiller's infuriatingly catchy "Caroline" (1964), became the theme music for the pirate radio station Radio Caroline, and was a European hit. The Fortunes stood out from other 1960s beat groups because of their distinctive four-part harmonies. "Barry Pritchard had the high voice," says Tony Hiller, "and he was sensational. His high notes really made `Caroline' work for me."

The Fortunes recorded two numbers for a live album from the Cavern club in Liverpool (1964), but their subsequent singles failed to sell. The record producer Noel Walker remembers: The Fortunes' contract came up for renewal and Decca didn't want to renew it. I had recorded them at the Cavern and I told Decca that they sung wonderfully and deserved another chance. I wanted to use them as singers backed by professional musicians and I found a beautiful song, "You've Got Your Troubles". The record turned out exactly how I wanted and I regard Barry's harmonies as fundamental to the Fortunes' sound. "You've Got Your Troubles" (1965) climbed to No 2 in Britain and No 7 in the United States, but the Fortunes bravely admitted that they had not played their own instruments on the record. As with the Monkees and Love Affair, the public became suspicious of their abilities. However, they played well in concert, where their hit song was stripped of its middle-of-the-road arrangement. And, as the songwriter Roger Greenaway says, "There are 160 versions of `You've Got Your Troubles', but the Fortunes' is very much the best." Their follow-up single, "Here It Comes Again" (1965), despite its similarities to "You've Got Your Troubles", was an international hit, and "This Golden Ring" (1966) was also successful. Then the hits stopped. Noel Walker recalls: "Barry was the most outgoing of the Fortunes and was a calming influence when things went wrong. He took the ups and downs much better than the rest." The Fortunes released some fine singles - "The Idol" (1967), "Seasons in the Sun" (1968) and "Loving Cup" (1968) - but they didn't sell. "We were like wet fish on a slab," said Pritchard, "and it took us some years to get back." The comeback finally came with a cover version of Pickettywitch's "That Same Old Feeling" for the American market. It was followed by "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again", which made the US Top Twenty in 1971. Then came two Top Ten hits in Britain - the reggae- influenced "Freedom Come Freedom Go" (1971) and "Storm in a Teacup" (1972, written by Lynsey De Paul). In 1984 the Fortunes were part of the successful double album Hooked On Number Ones, but by then they were resigned to cabaret dates and oldies shows. Pritchard, who was not a large man, had to endure Rod Allen calling him "a small Fortune" on stage every night. In 1995, suffering from heart trouble, Pritchard was forced to leave the group. He and his family opened a bar and restaurant on the Costa del Sol. The Fortunes are about to embark on a nationwide tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers, but Rod Allen is the only remaining original member. Barry Pritchard, singer and guitarist: born Birmingham 3 April 1944; twice married (four sons); died Swindon, Wiltshire 11 January 1999.

Source: The Independent

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Steve Rouse

Head Groundsman, Warwickshire County Cricket Club

steve-rouseI started my working life at Edgbaston at the age of 17 after leaving Moseley College. I stayed on the playing staff with Warwick shire County Cricket Club for the next 15 years. Unfortunately I was forced to retire from the game in 1983 due to chronic knee problems and after several knee operations. Having enjoyed so many years in cricket I decided to get involved with the grounds side and set up my own business, with a staff of three, working as a sports ground maintenance contractor.

In 1993 I was invited by my old club to become their Head groundsman, a position I found more than appealing. Since I took over I have made significant changes to the ground in an attempt to improve an ageing square and outfield.

Source: PC Pitchcare.com

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Daphne Slater

Sportswoman, Athletics

Daphne Slater (nee Arden) was born in 1941 and attended College Road Senior School and Moseley Modern School. She competed for Great Britain in the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo in the 4 x 100 metres where she won the bronze medal.

Source: Wikipedia

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Gladstone Small

Sportsman, Cricket

gladstone-smallGladstone Small England (Test: 1986-1990/91); England (ODI: 1986/87-1992); Warwickshire (Main FC: 1980-1997); South Australia (Main FC: 1985/86); Marylebone Cricket Club (Main FC: 1988); Warwickshire (Main ListA: 1980-1999); South Australia (Main ListA: 1985/86);

One of the most improbable-looking of all Test cricketers, Gladstone Small had his moment of glory to help England retain the Ashes in 1986-87. Small, a last-minute replacement, stunned a Boxing Day crowd of 58,000 at the MCG by splitting Australia's first innings wickets with Ian Botham. Small took 5 for 48 and Australia were rolled over for 141. When England won, Small was named Man of the Match, as much for his enthusiasm as anything: he was always a whole-hearted tryer, a committed team man and a delightful guy. Australia's discomfiture was increased by Small's strange build: seemingly without a neck, he walked around as though he still had a coathanger inside his jacket. He came to England from Barbados just after his 14th birthday the cut-off date for automatic qualification. However, the combination of his looks and his then-pair of nerdish specs made the Lord's registration committee think he had no chance of ever playing Test cricket anyway, so they let him through. In good times, Small might not have played for England; he was neither especially fast nor reliable, and early in his career was an infuriatingly regular no-baller. But he cut his run right down and settled for being predominately an outswing bowler, still hostile enough to worry even the best batsmen, as Australia found again a week after the MCG, when he whipped through the middle order in Sydney. Like most players of that era, he then drifted in and out of the England side but took eight wickets in the defeat at Bridgetown in 1989-90 and was still a key figure for Warwickshire in their all-conquering year of 1994.

Source: Matthew Engel

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Chris Spedding


Chris-SpeddingGuitarist/Singer/Songwriter Chris Spedding, a former pupil of Moseley Grammar School, has been a mainstay of the British session scene since the late 60s, playing with just about everyone from Nucleus, Jack Bruce, John Cale, Elton John, Mike Batt, to Paul McCartney & The Bay City Rollers (anonymously!).

In 1975 Spedding had a hit record called "Motorbikin'". In the late 70s he moved to the States and worked with Robert Gordon, Jerry Harrison, Dick Rivers and Johnny Hallyday. Spedding played with Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, in the summer of 2005 he released a solo album "CLICK CLACK". And plays The War Of The World tour!

I started with the violin when I was nine (1953); school orchestra and things like that. Mum and Dad said 'It's time for you to put ot the violin, son'. They were amateur musicians and my home was very classically oriented. I had an aptitude for it but I didn't really like it, my heart wasn't really in it.

I came to hate both the violin and classical music with a passion. A real sign of rebellion was my being sacked from the school orchestra by Johnny Saint for purposely de-tuning my violin.  Because it looked like I was fingering the right notes it took quite a while for me to get found out, being fired from the School Orchestra was the start of my musical career. Around this time I was also fired from the local church choir for for making up my own hymns.

My principal interest at school were writing; mostly poetry, which has come in handy now that I've turned to songwriting. I was perpetually in conflict with my grammar teachers, because I'd get top grades in composition without knowing a thing about clauses, participles, and so forth, and I couldn't really see the point in learning the technical details. I started listening to rock'n'roll. It started with B.Haley, B.Holly, Elvis, G.Vincent and E.Cochran. I started playing the violin like this - strumming it like a guitar, picking it. I got a real guitar when I was 13 or 14.

I couldn't wait to lose the viloin and get a guitar. A twelve year old guitar player in those days stood a better chance with girls than a twelve year old violinist. My parents were aghast and thought that guitars and rock'n'roll were synonymous with teenage delinquency.

My pocket money wouldn't stretch to a brand-new ready-made guitar, so scanning the ads at the back of the paper one day, I found the answer to my problem. For only a few shillings I could sent away for a 'Make-Your-Own-Guitar-Kit'. I was very impatient to get the stirngs on and get to playing this bizzare plywood monstrosity I'd created. But I never got to play this, my first guitar, because as soon as I tried to the first string on and bring it up to tension, the whole sorry thing collapsed. I hadn't had the patience to wait for the glue to dry. I was heartbroken.

I did get hold of some non-descript acoustic guitar after this and went through the seemingly obligitory phase of trying to amplify it using throat-mikes from a military aircraft communication system plugged into the back of a radio. I think Vic flick and I must have read the same copy of 'Practical Wireless'.

It wasn't till I was 15 years old (1959) that my parents finally gave me in and bought me my first electric guitar - a second hand Hofner Senator (1 pick-up, no cut away). After this it seemed like an interminable wait to get my first amplifier. my parents were dreading its arrival - 'Segovia doesn't need one, why do you?' - but when I eventually got it (a Watkins 'Westminster') I was most impressed with the 'tremolo' switch which enabled me to sound like Duane Eddy without always having to wiggle my volume control. Which was how I thought it was done.

Source: www.chrisspedding.com

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Richard Tandy


Richard-TandyRichard was born March 1948 is best known as the keyboard player in the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra. palette of keyboards (including Mini Moog, clavinet, mellotron and piano) was an important ingredient in the group's sound. Richard attended Moseley Grammar School at the same time as Bev Bevan and Jasper Carrott  and would later be reunited with Bevan in 1968 when he played the harpsichord on The Move’s number one chart-topper Blackberry way. Later in 1972 Tandy was the bass player in the first live line-up of ELO, then switching to keyboards when Jeff Lynne decided that their live sound needed improvement. Tandy was often seen on stage playing the stereotypical 1970s prog rock stack of keyboards, with bass pedals under his feet. As well as ELO, he has collaborated musically with Jeff Lynne on many projects, among them songs for the Electric Dreams soundtrack.

Before joining ELO Tandy played with the groups "The Uglys" and "Balls". In 1986 Tandy formed the Tandy Morgan Band featuring Dave Morgan and Martin Smith, both of whom had worked with ELO in live concerts. Richard featured on all ELOs albums with the exception being the first. He was also credited as co/arranger on the album Eldorado, onwards. He is generally regarded as important as Jeff Lynne and Louis Clark when it came to the final sound of the band on recordings. Some of the ideas for the ELO album titles were thought up by Richard Tandy, A New World Record, Out Of The Blue and Discovery.

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Lord John Taylor of Warwick


Lord John Taylor of Warwick

He was born John David Beckett Taylor in 1952 to Jamaican immigrants in Birmingham - his father, Derief Taylor, was a professional cricketer who played for Warwickshire and the West Indies, his mother Enid was a nurse.

From head boy at Moseley Grammar School in 1971/2, he studied English literature and law at Keele University followed by the Inns of Court School of Law in London. He was called to the bar in 1978, when he joined the same chambers as Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.

There followed a varied career, including a stint as a special adviser in the Home Office between 1990 and 1991, as a TV and radio presenter and he ran a PR company - Warwick Communications.

In 2002 he launched an unsuccessful bid to become BBC chairman, suggesting its shows were "boring and bland".

Having become politically active as a councillor in Solihull in the 1980s, he chose the Conservative Party as his political home - saying he believed Labour's attitude towards black people was patronising.

But he was to take issue with his own party over its own attitude to race - challenging successive Tory leaders over their response to racism within their own ranks.

Cheltenham had been considered a Conservative safe seat but it was lost to the Lib Dems by 1,668 votes in 1992, after a campaign in which John Taylor was subjected to racist abuse by some local Tories.

In 2001 there were rumours he might defect to Labour over a race row surrounding the then Conservative MP John Townend just before the general election.

'Right-wing element'

Lord Taylor threatened to leave the party over then leader William Hague's "pathetic" response to remarks by Mr Townend, who had suggested immigrants were undermining the UK's "homogenous society".

He accused Mr Hague of being "frightened of a certain right-wing element" within the party.

He stayed with the Conservatives but remained critical of its response to race rows.


1986-90: Councillor in Solihull

1987: Tory candidate for Birmingham Perry Barr

1990-1: Special adviser to home secretary and ministers

1992: Tory candidate for Cheltenham

1996: Made life peer by PM John Major

2010: Resigns Tory whip after being charged over expenses

In August 2001, in the wake of another row about Edgar Griffin - father of BNP leader Nick Griffin - and one of the people on Iain Duncan Smith's Tory leadership campaign, he warned race was "a cancer that is in the body that will spread and eventually kill the Conservative Party".

In 2002 he called for Tory frontbencher Ann Winterton to be sacked over a racist joke - when she was, he warned that the party was simply "putting a sticking plaster on a wound - they can't just wait for the next wound to erupt".

Stories about his expenses surfaced in the Sunday Times in August 2009.

He later resigned the Tory whip after being charged with expenses fraud and has was found guilty of making £11,277 in false claims.

Southwark Crown Court heard he claimed travel costs between his Oxford home and Westminster, as well as subsistence for staying in London.

He said he had made the false claims "in lieu of a salary" and had been acting on the advice of colleagues, but the jury found him guilty by an 11-1 majority verdict.

He was later sentenced to 12 months in jail for his offences.

Source: BBC News

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David Turner


David was a British playwright born in Birmingham on 18th March 1927 and attended Moseley Grammar School. After leaving Moseley David Turner studied French at Birmingham University and subsequently worked as a school teacher in Birmingham. He is best remembered for his stage play Semi-Detached, first performed during 1962, which reached Broadway and was made into the film All the Way Up (1970). He prepared modern versions of classic plays including John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, a version seen in London in 1968, and The Miser by Molière, which was performed at the Birmingham Rep in 1973.

An early opponent of the 'Clean-Up TV' founder Mary Whitehouse he interrupted, as an audience member, the meeting in April 1964 at Birmingham Town Hall which first brought her to national attention in Britain accusing Mrs Whitehouse of attacking creative freedoms.  The creator of Swizzlewick (BBC 1964), a twice weekly comedy drama, he wrote an episode of the series featuring possibly the earliest parody of the morality campaigner. Way Off Beat, another suburban comedy like Semi-Detached, was transmitted as part of The Wednesday Play anthology series in June 1966. Critic John Russell Taylor thought Turner had "revivified the Jonsonian [Ben Jonson's] comedy of humours".

Turner was for a time a scriptwriter on The Archers, the BBC radio soap opera. He also adapted literary works for television. A five part version of Germinal, from the 1885 novel by Émile Zola, was transmitted early in 1970 and Roads to Freedom (also 1970) was a thirteen part adaptation of the novel of that name by Jean-Paul Sartre. Both were nominated for several BAFTA awards including one for Turner's version of Sartre's work. He also wrote versions of Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm (1968) based on her comic classic and North and South (1975) from the 1855 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell.

David passed away on 11th December 1990 (age 63) in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, UK

Source: Wikipedia

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Professor Philip Walking

Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central England

A Moseley Grammar School boy 1956-61: during the reign of Mr. D.B.Gaskin.

"I was born and grew up in Sparkbrook. My mother and I lived in Walford Rd. with my grandmother until her death. I came to Moseley School from what is now Ladypool Primary School (which I loved) on Stratford Rd.  I had good friends at school, but was not, on the whole happy there, for all sorts of reasons, mainly to do with home. This was before the days when many teachers took much notice of such things. It was also during the days of corporal punishment. I got my share of that. However, it's fair to say that many of the best teachers didn't need to use it.

If I didn't much like school why did I take part in a celebration of the school's 80h. birthday? because I am sure that I owe my later career to a handful of inspiring teachers, who seemed to realise that there was more to me than the sullen exterior, with the greased-back hair, one-button blazer with thin, plunging lapels, drain pipe trousers and chisel-toed shoes! One was Mr. Gaskin, the Head Teacher, another the French teacher, and a third an Art teacher who introduced us to Art History. I had been launched on the path of Lifelong Learning! So when I left (with 3 x'O' levels and the best mark in the school for English Language), and went to work, I carried on studying part-time which suited me a lot better. I did my A-levels at Matthew Boulton College, in the wonderful old building in Suffolk Street (destroyed to build a signal box); and then I went to University and the rest, as they say, is history. I became a teacher of disaffected 15-year olds (I was an expert), in Manchester and then went into training teachers back in Birmingham.

I eventually became Dean of the large Faculty of Education, and Professor at U.C.E. My job for the last 10 years is Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for the academic programmes of the University and many other things, including partnerships with other local schools and colleges and I am also Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of South Birmingham College.

I am very proud to have had a hand in the development of vocationally-orientated Higher and Further Education in the greatest city in the world. Moseley School is exactly the sort of place from which the future generations of highly-motivated life long learners will come."

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Martin Woodhead

Professor of Childhood Studies


Martin Woodhead

Left Moseley Grammar School in 1968 and went on to study for a BA (Hons) in Psychology at Manchester University, and then an MA in Education at Leicester University. After several years full time educational research, I joined the Open University’s lecturing staff in 1977, completed my PhD and spent many happy years working on the Open University’s pioneering courses in child development, education, and more recently childhood and youth studies, including writing textbooks, and making the tv programmes and videos.

I am now Professor of Childhood Studies and concentrate mainly on research, writing and advisory work. I have always been especially interested in young children’s development, education and care, and I was the adviser to a major TV documentary series about childhood around the world, called “All Our Children”, which was first broadcast on BBC1 in 1990. A lot of my work has been international, about how to improve the quality of children’s lives, their health and their education in some of the world’s poorest countries. I am co-editor of 'Children & Society', which is one of the main academic journals in my field of research, and I am a member of the editorial board for another leading journal called 'Childhood'.

Since 2005 I have divided my time between the Open University and Oxford University where I help direct a major research project, funded by the British and Dutch governments. Called 'Young Lives', it is a 15 year longitudinal study, tracking the development of 12,000 children growing up in poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam www.younglives.org.uk. I have also had plenty of practical experience along the way, including four children, and now three young grandchildren.

Some of my most interesting recent work has been about the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989, including ‘ghost writing’ the UN Secretary General’s annual report on children’s rights, delivered to the UN General Assembly in New York in 2010.

I do wonder how far these interests in improving children’s lives and education were kindled during my formative years at Moseley?

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