Preston College Brighton & Paxhill Park 1

Cricket Team Lindfield 1960 1961


A student in the early 1960s

I was at Preston College from 1959-1963. The college cricket team photo here was probably taken c1960-61 at Lindfield. I am the chap directly below Mr Bostock. I wonder if anyone can help by identifying themselves – or others.


Please comment bellow. pablo

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We are trying to set up a reunion on November 2nd. 2013 in Brighton, for more information contact me or Dennis, or Harold

Preston College

At school in the 1950s

By Peter

On Preston Road, opposite Preston Park, stood many large houses. One of these was on the south corner of Lovers Walk, number 165 I think. This building was for many years a private boarding school named 'Preston College'.

The uniform (in the early 1950s when I was there) was a bright red blazer with green and white edging. I was told that red was chosen so that the teachers could easily spot us if we were playing in the park. I remember sitting on the top of the fire escape on summer evenings and looking out over the park.

I was staggered when 23 years later I was sent by my employers to work at a client's place and found that their office, 'Paston House', was built on the site of the old school and I was looking out over exactly the same view! I suppose one day I should book a night at the Travel Lodge which now stands there and witness the same thing again. That would be a kind of 'déjà vu' with a vengeance.

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Comments about this page

This is a real nostalgia trip! I was a pupil at Preston College 1947 to 1950 head prefect, school Captain and probably known as head villain. Would dearly love to contact anybody from that very exclusive establishment.

By Michael Davies (28/12/2007)

Wondering how to get in touch with Peter author of this article re Preston College?

By Michael Davies (23/04/2008)

I was a five year old when I started at Preston College in 1951. I left in 1955. Being a day boy I used to have a few boarders to tea. Two I remember - Jimmy Colman and Alan Penny - where are they now I wonder? There was a lot of caning by the masters and a great deal of bullying from the older boys. Not the most pleasing place to be educated.

By Michael Robinson (02/12/2008)

Hello Michael Davies. I was at Preston College during your time and I think I remember you. At least I remember your name, although I don't think we were closely associated. I'm not sure about your status as head villain. The names which come to mind are Mickey Millar (good at sports), the Tomsett (sp?) brothers, Dave Taylor, Alan Hinden, Ginger Mansfield, Monica Hough and her brother, Jean Swan... , oh!..and Major Bastock, of course. I spent two years at Preston College and looked for it in vain during the 1990s. I'd be happy to hear from you.

By Norman Douglas (29/05/2009)

I was a boarder at Preston College, Preston Road, Brighton from 1951 until 1961, including when the school moved to Paxhill Park, Lindfield, Sussex.

By Dennis Stevens (01/08/2009)

Hello Michael Robinson, I remember you. You and your mother took myself and Jimmy Coleman for tea at your house one afternoon. I still have the photograph taken with your mother, myself and Jimmy.

By Dennis Stevens (01/08/2009)

Further to my original thoughts on Preston College, I forgot to mention Major Bastock, the principal, and his wife Fanny (French I believe). She sometimes got into a terrible temper and I think most of us were frightened of her. It wasn't a school for learning manners or good conduct but the academic standards were quite high. The only master I can remember was Mr. Turrell, but I can't recall what he taught.

By Peter (21/08/2009)

Hello Peter. I think I must have left before your time, but I well remember Major Bastock and his French wife. I found her quite terrifying, but got along well with the Major (of what exactly? Some said he was an officer in the Home Guard in WWII). I think he retired to Lewes and his name was still in the telephone book in 2005!

By Norman Douglas (13/10/2009)

Hi Michael and Norman. I was at Preston College as a border, from 1947 to 1950, with Michael (left hand bat) and Norman (annoying habit of cracking his knuckles). The older Tompsett was called John, the younger one was Fred. I also remember Anthony and Tim Compton, John Jeffs and Shelagh Clarke (whom I was very keen on). Other teachers I recall, were Mr Patten, Miss Martin, Mr Hale and Miss Ellis. In the late forties, the area by the clock tower in Preston Park was all allotments. In mid-summer some of us would slip out, early morning (5.30 am), and pick strawberries. I would love to hear from any old friends.

By Brian Hough (11/06/2010)

Hello Brian Hough. Great to hear from you. Sorry about the knuckle cracking (a habit inherited from my grandmother). You were the goalie on the college football team. I remember Monica, your sister (whom I was quite keen on, but the relationship didn't go very far; all that knuckle cracking, I suppose). John Jeffs was a near neighbour for a while. Dave Taylor (centre forward on the team) was a close friend. The names - and the recollections - come flooding back. Was Shelagh Clarke the quiet, dark haired girl? A question: why did you and Monica go to Preston College? Why did anyone, for that matter? This is a serious question.

By Norman Douglas (29/06/2010)

Hi Norman, glad to see someone is still reading the page. Yes you were right, I was the goalie for the 1948/9 season. I have still got the photo of the football team for 1948/9 which included you. I contributed the photo with a comment, to the site on the 24th of June. Hoping that it will appear on these pages soon. Shelagh Clarke, also had two younger sisters at the school, she was a lovely quiet fair haired girl, keen on the high jump. She belonged to an athletic club in Hove and used to train at the Hove stadium once a week. I used to run to Hove stadium just to see her and have a 10/15 minute chat and a kiss after she finished training, before she caught the bus back to Fernhurst Crescent and I legged it back to Preston College. I broke off the relationship because of the difficulties and complications in my life at the time. Apart from Monica, I had another sister, Rosemary, some 2 and half years younger than myself. We were all boarders. I think it fair to say that most of the boarders were there because of home and/or family problems, it was certainly true in our case. While I was at school I wanted to be a surveyor, although I passed all my Maths subjects with honours I failed my English which ended these hopes. I had difficulties with life until leaving the army after 2 years national service. I married Doreen White (another Preston College day pupil) in 1958, she is some 4 years younger than me. We are still happily married and have 2 beautiful daughters and three grandaughters. I would love to hear from any old friends, email me Finally - you fail to answer your own question. Why did you go to Preston College?

By Brian Hough (04/07/2010)

Does anyone remember Mr Eynock - he was there when the outside classroom was built in the playground (if you can call it a playground).

By anthony march (08/08/2010)

I was there when the outside classroom was built, but I don't remember a Mr Eynock, my sister Rosemary does remember him she says that he wasn't there very long. Major and Mrs Bastock had a son about 1949, his name was Phillip, does anyone know what happened to him?

By Brian Hough (18/08/2010)

The three sisters were Shelagh, Patricia and Lesley. Nice to think we are remembered.

By Lesley (29/08/2010)

Does anyone remember these people - ? Gadd who had a sister Margaret - Dennis Gander - ? Mailings whose parents had a newsagents in Henfield - David Wheeler and Mr Daniels a teacher?

By Anthony March (30/08/2010)

I have had some lovely emails from old friends, thank you very much. Yes I remember you Lesley, I think Shelagh was a year younger than me, you were about 12/15 months younger than Shelagh and Pat must have been about 2 years younger than you. I don't remember much about Pat, I think it was the age difference. My wife Doreen White used to live in Henfield and she remembers Frank Mallings whose parents had a newsagents in Henfield. In the late Forties I think that there were 60 odd day pupils and 40 odd Boarders. The Boarders were mainly boys with about 12/13 girls. On Sunday mornings the boarders had to put on their school uniforms, Major Bastock gave everyone one penny to put in the collection box at church, we would then line up crocodile fashion and march off to church in Preston Village. After church we lined up again and marched back.

By Brian Hough (06/09/2010)

I remember the cycle track well as Bill the park keeper used to let me ride on it after school, and I later joined Brighton and Hove Wheelers.

By Anthony March (06/09/2010)

Hi, does anyone remember going to see the film Kon Tiki Expedition with the school at the Astoria Cinema? Are there enough people linked up now to have a school reunion - even if it is only a coffee in Preston Park?

By Anthony March (07/09/2010)

I was stunned to find a social web site of Preston College alumnis. I was a boarder between 1950-52. I am impressed that you can all remember names of others from the time you were there. I can only remember the name of one boy who was a friend, Berryman - can't remember his first name. I do remember the teachers you are talking about, and of course Major Bastock, his French wife and their son Philip. I also remember the Major's parents being around some of the time. Do any of you remember the Major buying a three wheeled car and driving round and round in front of the school? Other rememberances include the crocodile file to church clutching a penny (that church was so cold in the winter), rotten school meals, Miss Martin whom I loved  ... she gave me a Bible; I still have it. There was also a tall boy who always seemed to have fainting fits .. I remember his falling off the small wall into the basement area of the school; this was whilst we were lining up before going our separate ways for class. There was also a bald headed teacher, always wore a teacher's gown, who could be distracted by asking him about his war memories. Always a hoot when he co-operated by showing us how to throw a hand grenade. I'm still searching for the school photograph, it must be around somewhere, that may jog some more memories. I don't recognise any of your names. Does anyone remember me?

By Colin Brennan (11/09/2010)

I was a student from 1960 through 1963. Started out at Preston Park and transferred with the school to Haywards Heath. What a few years, I tell you nothing was like Preston College. Martin Drain, Leslie Little are names that come to mind. If ever a school should have a reunion it should be Preston College. The Bastock's were amazing. Miss Martin (what a lady) Barnwell, etc. Hope I hear from someone and that a reunion could take place.

By Leslie J Baynes (12/09/2010)

The teacher with the bald head was Mr O'Neill - somehow he got the nickname of "egghead" (don't ask me why!!) Funny the things we remember!

By Anthony March (12/09/2010)

Dennis Stevens: I was there through 1963. Do you remember of the following or know of their where abouts: Palu Newmann, John Burleigh, Martin Drain the Little Brothers? Any names you might remember would be great as they might jog some memories. I started at Preston College just before it moved to Lindfield near Haywards Heath.

By Leslie Baynes (12/09/2010)

I was a lodger in the room above the front porch between 1945-48 and must say it's quite fun to read all about the old days. I am grateful to Brian Hough who introduced me to this website. Anyone remember me?

By Maurice Brice (12/09/2010)

Yes, Colin, I do remember the Major driving his car around the circle with the flagpole in the middle. Does anybody know why the School moved to Lindfield and is it still there? I am up for a re-union.

By Anthony March (15/09/2010)

Lesley (Clarke) has contacted me to say that she is the youngest sister, not Patrica. Sorry Lesley but it is 60 years since I last saw you girls. I used to think that you three sisters were the neatest and smartest dressed in the school (I maybe biased). I had a chat with my sister Rosemary over the weekend and she reminded me that the Bastock's also had a daughter about 1949 or early 1950, so Phillip must have been born about 1948. After the birth of her daughter Mrs Bastock was left partially paralysed down one side. Mr & Mrs Bastock Senior took care of the baby daughter at their home in Springfield Road. When the Bastock Seniors went out they relied on the senior girl boarders to do baby sitting. My sister Rosemary was one of the baby sitters.

By Brian Hough (15/09/2010)

My mother, June Brown and her brother, John Brown were boarders at Preston College when Mr and Mrs Bastock senior (know to me as mummy and daddy Bastock) ran the school. They are buried in Preston cemetery, just by the park. They had a daughter called Joan who married Charles Trickey and went to live in Deal, Kent. They also had a son called Tommy, and the last time I saw him was at my mother's funeral in 1982 unfortunately he passed away a few years later but we did keep in touch until then via Christmas cards. I am very pleased to tell you I am also still in contact with Miss Martin. She recently gave me some photos that she had dug out of the loft, showing some of the children at the college. I am sure she will be pleased to hear that she is still remembered with great affection. I will forward on your comments to her. Kind regards to you all. Jane

By Jane Harrison (19/09/2010)

This is so interesting. Miss Martin is still around, and I thought she was old when I knew her, in fact she must have been a young woman in the early 1950s. Trying to think of more names or personalities, what about the two men who I thought were just around in the evenings?  One I think had a handlebar mustache and the other seemed to be very tall and lanky..who were they? I have only vague memories of two girls, I guess I must've fancied them, Lo, A slim girl, Pauline I think her name was and a young girl with lovely blond hair in ringlets and the name Carole comes to mind.

By Colin Brennan (21/09/2010)

It is nice to read all these comments- those were the days my friends. Does anyone remember Mr Daniels? (a teacher who I believe he was ordained into the Church).

By Anthony March (22/09/2010)

Dear Jane: I was amazed to hear that Miss Martin was still alive. She was an interesting, very bright and caring woman. She taught history, but loved current affairs. If you get a chance pass on my good wishes. With all the kids she taught over the years I imagine she will not remember me. However, let her know I have always remembered her. She knew that I did not like history but engaged me in current affairs which we both loved. Let her know I think about her often-in my book that's a mark of a good teacher. If you get a chance could you see if she kept any class registers by years. It would be fun to publish them and if she doesn't then can she remember any names and what years they were there. PS: Tell her I finally came around to history. All the best,

By Leslie J. Baynes (24/09/2010)

Thank you all for responding to my message left on the 19th. I am going to give it a few more days, then print off all your comments and send them to her. I know she will be thrilled. Kind regards to you all.

By Jane Harrison (25/09/2010)

Mr Turrell (blonde, early twenties) in 1950 took the senior class for PE. There was no gym at the school, we used to line up in the back yard and do physical jerks (on the spot running, bend and touch your toes etc). After which we would go through the front gate, he would look towards Preston Village and say run to the police box (situated on the pavement, beyond to rockery opposite some tennis courts (now block of flats) and back. Needless to say not everyone reached the police box before turning back. If there was time we would go on a longer run. Passed the police box, turn into South Road, turn left into Millers Road, left into Highcroft Villas, left down the steps into Lovers Walk, then school. There was also a three mile run, which I don't dare think about.

By Brian Hough (30/09/2010)

Hi, I remember being at Preston College 1960 - 1962 with Patricia Penley and the Rogers brothers. Has anybody heard anything about these three? I did track Patricia but her memories of Preston College were not happy.

By David Wilkin (12/12/2010)

Mr Brice you are right, that is Mr Bastock's father in the center of the cricket picture that is on this website. What years did you attend Preston College? Also do you know of any other students that attended school with you, if so please forward this site to them and encourage them to participate. Happy Holidays to all. Is that 'Daddy Bastock' in the centre of the back row?

By Leslie J. Baynes (12/12/2010)

Hello everyone. Sorry I have not posted anything recently but nevertheless, I have been in touch with Miss Martin who was thrilled to read all the comments posted. She does not have access to the internet so I will endeavour to forward your comments on to her. In the mean time she has asked me to pass on the following information:
"I am quite amazed you found Preston College on the website and I am very interested to read the comments. I certainly remember the names but would not recognise the ‘children’ - otherwise ladies and gentlemen of today. When I have found anything to do with Preston College I will forward this to you since I know of no one who would be interested. No register was kept by any staff after a school year as records etc were sent to the Head and on to County records. Some pre-war were sent to Lewes (E.Sx) and then to Chichester (W.Sx) when the decision was made to cut Sussex to East and West Sussex. The 'old girl' is still very much alive and is now 90! Having retired from Hurstpierpoint Infants and County Primary School and finally from private music teaching in 2000. I miss teaching so much, I used to love it (still do but no youngster wants an old foggy I realise). However, often old pupils (music) visit me from time to time and will give me pleasure by playing or asking advice. This is all for now and will look as soon as possible for more information."
Miss Martin also mentioned to me about my mother's friend (Magda) who was brought to England from Czechoslovakia as an evacuee as her parents were gassed in the Nazi gas chambers because they had Jewish blood. Her uncle knew Tommy Bastock and he took Magda into Preston College to live with them. She returned to Europe to live and married and lived in Switzerland. No one has heard of her since. So if you are reading this Magda or if anyone knows any information about this girl, Miss Martin and I would love to hear. I have a few photograph's of my own that I am sure you would like to see and will post them on this website when I learn how to do it. If not, I will have to wait till my friend’s 10 year old son comes to visit!

By Jane Harrison (30/12/2010)

Hello, happy New Year all. I found an old photo of myself as a pupil at Preston College. I have uploaded it onto my profile, but don't know how to add it to the pictures in this blog. Help would be appreciated. Anyone recognise me?

Editor's note: Hello Colin - sorry but we are not a blog - we are a local history website. You didn't upload your photo to your profile cos we don't have that facility here - as it isn't a blog. In fact you uploaded your photo to the submissions area of the website. If you would like to write some of your memories of Preston College up and submit them - I would be more than happy to publish them. You can contact me at

By Colin Brennan (09/01/2011)

I'm Angela Owen nee Woodcock and was at Preston College 1957/60 with my sister Philippa. I remember Miss Martin very well and fondly,she was super and got us acting plays at the end of term. I was in the 4th form and fairly good at sports and also moved to Paxhill Park. I recognise some of the pupils in the cricket team photo. Next to Major Bastock is Stuart Woolway and then I think it might be Harold Kaiser. Robert Robinson is in the centre of the middle row; he was from South Africa. Front row left is Philip Bastock he has a sister named Lynn. In the 5th form with my sister were Carol Hardy and Josephine Walker all the boys were after Carole. I have a photo of my class among whom are Jimmy Coleman, Eugene and Gene Simmons both very good on sports day. Duro Talabbi from Nigeria,Pat Tappenden and some whose names escape me? I would be happy to submit it another time. What a school but it was one of the happiest times of my life as I had been to four schools before landing up at Preston College.There were never many girls at the school and we got roped into cricket etc all boys games. I also remember a chap called Langston; he was pally with Robert Robinson they were in the 6th form I what have wondered what became of everyone? Hope someone responds.

By Angela Owen (16/01/2011)

Hi all. I went to Preston College approx 57 to 63. The only friends whose names I remember are Kin Clabby - used to live in Hurstpierpoint, and Koonly Kampson. I can picture some of the faces of the teachers, but can't put a name to them (apart from the ones I made up)

By Colin Miles (30/01/2011)

Hello to all that went to Preston College. I was also there and remember Duro Talabi, he was my brother's best friend. My best friend was Wendy Fudge. If anybody remembers us I would love to hear from you. I did not know this site existed until I caught up with Brian Gough, I think it's really great, and if you are all up to it we should have a reunion. This might jog your memories - my brother, Peter Rudge, was caught by the prefects on sneaks payday, stripped, put in a cold bath and scrubbed with a scrubbing brush, put in a laundry basket and thrown down the fire escape. My father was so angry as they also hung me over the wall until I told them where Peter was. My father gave Bastock hell and he took me and my brother out. But I do remember playing cricket, doing some small shows with the old lady who lived in that big house the other side of Lovers Lane. Oh those were the days. My memory is not too good with names but a few that I have read sound familiar. Would love to hear from anybody with memories. The church run was hard on all of us and the girls were very few, but that was OK, we all mucked in together. Hope I get a response and let's try to get us all together for a coffee in Preston Park. Bye for now. Best wishes.

By Pauline Rudge (10/04/2011)

Hello Colin Brennan. Yes, you are right, I am the Pauline that you mentioned in the comments. The blonde girl was Wendy, she was my best friend. We went through a lot at that school - in fact it was hell. My brother and I did not want to go to the College but my father insisted but took us straight out when we had so much trouble with the prefects. I am sure if they are reading these comments they will know who they are. I was so happy to find this sight, with help from Brian Gough, I really hope that the people that are still with us and are in the area would love to meet up at the Park, after all that's where it all began - right? Hope to read some news from you and anybody else who reads my comments. Are you still in Brighton? I have nice pictures of myself and my brother in our uniforms - I think that was the best part of the school - we all looked cool in our blazers! Well, bye for now.

By Pauline Rudge (10/04/2011)

Hello Pauline, it's great when a voice from the past appears on the computer screen; isn't the internet wonderful? I don't remember the incident with your brother, in fact my poor fading memory can't even bring him up in my mind. So the girl I thought was Carol is Wendy, I loved her blond hair; didn't she wear it in ringlets? I was so proud when I wore my bright red school blazer for the first time, so I rushed out to show my friends. After a short pause one of them looked at the badge and asked whether I was going to 'fishy college', that took the wind out of my sails. I tried to post a picture of myself in the blazer but as you probably noticed I was not succesful. I can't find the school photograph although I know I still have it; I guess it's in a box in the garage somewhere. You remember the misery that was the long walk to Church on a Sunday particularly in the winter, and no heating when you arrived it was perishing. The better thing about the weekends was going to Saturday morning pictures in Brighton. On reflection it was a real flea pit with outrageous behaviour, throwing orange peel everywhere and shouting and fighting, or was that just the boys? Although I don't live in Brighton (I live in Wadhurst in East Sussex) it is only an hours drive and I agree it would be fun to meet up with others for coffee, a chat about school life, and exchanging experiences. I have to admit I don't have fond memories of the school, although I can see that others had a better time of it. Any more memories from anyone?

By Colin Brennan (15/04/2011)

I'm not a former pupil of Preston College, but my Dad was a friend of Major Tom Bastock. In 1958 I'd just finished my National Service and was about to be married and honeymoon in Paris. My Dad took me round to Preston College where I met Major Tom and Mrs. Bastock. Tom lent me a guide book to Paris and told me that he met his wife in Paris while serving in the army (not the home guard!) at the end of WW2. I often saw Tom for many years afterwards at Masonic meetings, and it was not until about 2000 that he finally passed away.

By Tony Hill (19/04/2011)

As I mentioned previously I was a boarder at Preston College for approx 10 years from 1951-1961, Preston Road and Paxhill Park, Lindfield. I remember many children from those far off days (well we were all children then). The prefects I recall were Robert Robinson, Michael Robson, Keith Langston, John Sherrington, John Williams, the lovely Josephine Walker and Atkinson, Carol Hardy and her brother Charles. My first kiss was with Pauline Rudge and, like her brother, I too was sent flying down the stairs in a laundry basket upon my initiation in 1952 (Welcome to Preston College Stevens!). Other names I remember are my friend Jimmy Coleman whom my wife and I went to visit in Finsbury Park, London in 1970 (?). Other names I recall are James Carlisle, Brian Lyons, Nigel Walker, Michael Robinson, Harold Kaiser, the brothers Eugene and Christopher Simmons and Pierre who played the trumpet and who was badly beaten by Major Bastock for fighting with Keith Langston. The four dormitories for the boys were on the top floor (Preston Road) and the girls were the floor below where the Bastock room was. I remember the freezing winters in that solitary block in 'the playground' a classroom on its own and the one single gas fire in that huge dinning room in the main building. Do you remember Saturday evenings when all the girls and boys queued for their weekly change of clothes? Heaven help those who lost a sock! And received a sharp back hand slap round the face from Fanny Bastocks one GOOD HAND!
I think most of you came from London as I was the only one from Southampton which seemed like light years away at the time. At Paxhill Park, Lindfield where we were transferred to in 59/60 (?), myself and Jimmy Coleman were caned in front of the whole school for running away. I think we got as far as Ardingly before we were brought back. In 1986 my wife and children went to visit that lovely Elizabethan building with me in Lindfield. It was a world away from Preston Road, with fields of green as far as the eye could see. Alas it was no more Preston College, it was a residential home. I think now it is an upmarket golf club.
Teachers I remember are Mr O' Neil, Mr Enoch, Mr Barnwell, Mr Martin and Miss Martin (no relation). I think the latter lived near Preston Circus in the road that ran up near the Duke of York cinema? Every December at the end of term there was a dinner dance at the 'Cooks Hotel' in Old Steine down by the seafront, the only decent meal of the year! The Bastocks offspring were Philip and Lyn, the latter I remember was at the Preston College kindergarten further on down the road by the Rockery. At least she was when I joined in 1952 (?). Or should I say, when I was sent! I remember the day Major Thomas Cornelius Bastocks' father died; their house was in Springfield Road (earlier from a letter on the google site). Mr Bastock senior was a polite man and always made you welcome when you visited the school and always spoke to me, a lot different from the Major! I cannot recall any decency or politeness from his daughter-in-law (Fanny Bastock) - just the opposite! I would really appreciate hearing from any of you. I am not into computers or the internet but will stay with the Google website (at school in the 50s) and yes a reunion sounds great! How about one of the hotels by the seafront?

By Dennis Stevens (02/06/2011)

Cricket Team 1960-1961: In regards to a further comment from Lesley Baynes; The teacher at the opposite end of Mr Bastock is Mr Barnwell. Next to the Major stands Stuart Woolway, his father once took the pair of us to their new house for lunch. If my memory is correct it was either in Peacehaven or Rottingdean? Must have been around 1956/57?
Pauline: Duro was a 'she' and her brother was Tunde Talabi, although I can't remember your brother Peter.

By Dennis Stevens (03/06/2011)

With regards to Lesley Baynes. Your comment about the first name on your letter maybe Pablo Muller - he was Spanish but I guess he may have had a German origin in his blood father or mother. Regards Dennis Stevens.

By dennis stevens (06/06/2011)

Hello to everybody who was at Preston College, I am so glad that some of you remember me. I also remember some but at 63 now the memory has faded a bit ha ha. I do remember you Dennis - don't remember the kiss. I was a bit young then. Yes you are right Duro was the girl. Sorry Duro I am still waiting for our reunion, I think it would be lovely. I still live in Brighton but have lived abroad for many years in Egypt, Germany, USA etc etc. Lets really try and get together, I will check on my email which you are all welcome to its I would love to hear from anybody from our old school. Oh so many memories. Unfortunetly my brother Peter Rudge passed away a few years ago aged 59. Well must go, I hope I will receive some emails so we can make a date for us all to meet. Bye for now, Pauline Rudge.

By Pauline then Rudge (27/09/2011)

I found this page by accident... and was amazed as I was a boarder at Preston College late '40s-early '50s. I was Jackie Terris then, I am now 67 and remember the red blazers etc. I don't recall any names or even having any friends. I was very young, and only remember the bathroom and having baths. I was very shy and insecure at that time and remember hating the place, I would pretend to be asleep when someone did rounds. I now live in Canada. Thanks for the trip back in time. Jackie

By Jackie Harris (Nee Terris) (09/10/2011)

Hello Anthony March, I remember you were older than me, you mixed with the prefects? Did you have black, very curly hair? I remember the boy that had fainting spells, I also recall him toppling over the the gully wall in what we called "a playground" (probably due to a lack of decent grub)!  It's a wonder we were not barred from the Astoria on Saturday mornings - we were easily picked out by our red blazers. Best wishes.

By Dennis Stevens (14/10/2011)

Hello Angela Woodcock,I too was in that class along with Jimmy Coleman and Pablo Muller. Do you remember the Persian guy who had a habit of suddenly bursting out crying? His name was Montecab, I guess he didn't like our class, or he may have been permanently homesick. Two of the teachers I recall were Miss Martin and a Mr Dompetrini. I remember maybe at least two girls in the class, one of whom had blonde hair - could that have been you? 

By Dennis Stevens (31/10/2011)

PRESTON COLLEGE. Hello from Dennis Stevens. I now have an email address: I'm still in the process of learning the computer, so things take time at the moment! Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Best wishes. 

By Dennis Stevens (04/11/2011)

I too went to the school between 1955 and 1961. My Grandmother also lived in Preston Park. I now live in USA and looking for photographs of the old place.

By Nick Ashton (25/12/2011)

Maurice "Brice", its great to know you are still about, perhaps I shall hear from you by email You of course will understand my "back slang" email name and there are several things I remember you for as I do Brian Mansfield. I have the picture taken of us in Preston Park with the school in the background. Hope to hear from you

By Terence Mills (01/01/2012)

FAO: Jennifer. Now I am on email, please if possible, could you remove my telephone number from all my previous communications. Many thanks from Dennis. [I think I have found them all Dennis, but let me know if you can see any comments with your number still referenced. Comments Ed]

By Dennis Stevens (24/02/2012)

Hello everyone. I visited Miss Martin last Tuesday. She has managed to retrieve many old photos and paperwork down from her loft and has entrusted them all to me. Amongst them there are 16 old panoramic (not sure if that's the correct term) school photographs dating from the late 40s to early 60s. I am certain that she would like me to share them with you. As there are so many, does anyone have any suggestions how I can do this?

By Jane Harrison (05/05/2012)

I was at Preston College as a boarder from mid 40s until 1956. It has brought back a lot of memories seeing all the comments. My nickname at school was Tat. Can anyone remember me?

By Richard Tattersall (07/05/2012)

My brother Fazal and I were boarding students in 1957-58. We came from East Pakistan and we have fond memories of Preston College. My best friend was Pieere Goin who was Swiss and every Sunday when everyone marched off to church I used to meet Pieere at the seafront as he was supposed to be attending the French Protestent church. I was sad to find that the college ended up as a Travelodge. Can anyone recall me or my brother please get in touch.

By Ahsan Irshad (Bobby) (25/05/2012)

Hi Tat, I was at the school during your time there, but regret to say I don't remember you. I think that I must be 6 years older than you, therefore we didn't have a lot in common. As you were at the school all those years it would be nice if you could write something that you remember about the school, also it would be nice if you could put a name to some of the faces in the photographs.

By Brian Hough (02/06/2012)

Hi, my name is Ian Pain, I was a student at that wonderful seat of learning between 1953-8, not exactly famous for its educational achievements, but I have fond memories of the school, its teachers and of course my fellow students, Rob Robinson, Kieth Langston, Tony March, Nigel Walker, Joe Walker, Charles Hardy and his stunning sister Carol, who became the face of BOAC, as it was then. I'm sure she was in love with me! Major Tom was an amazing character, his French wife not so nice, in fact a bit frightening, Miss Martin who taught history was a delightful lady and great teacher, Eggy O'Niell- a somewhat sad man, Norman Danes, a psychopath who joined the church, thank god, David Enoch, an English teacher who had a great influence on my life. Miss Martin is, I understand still alive, wonderful. An abiding memory is of Major Tom Bastock taking a French class chain smoking a Gauloises, how times change. I had to leave the college owing to three or four students being diagnosed with TB, myself, John William, and a couple of Asian students, not good, the sharing of cigarettes in those wonderful latrines were perhaps to blame.To say it caused a bit of a kerfuffle within the local health authority, would be an understatement. A number of people within the forum hinted at a reunion, what a good idea, perhaps it could be held at the Travel Lodge Hotel, which sits on the site of the old school; how it could be arranged might prove difficult, but if there is enough interest, I would be happy to have a crack at it, though obtaining email addresses or face book contacts could be difficult. 

By Ian Pain (10/06/2012)

Hi people, my name is John Williams. I was at the college between1953-8. I seem to remember everyone and everything: overcooked roast dinners, frozen football pitches, ice slides in the playground! Getting six of the best from the Major for letting a firework off in my desk and being sent to the shop to buy his fags. Those crazy nights on the landing. One thing Ian, we are all a lot older now. Fond memories.

By John Williams (17/06/2012)

To John Williams et al; Hi John, delighted to hear from you after all these years, about 50, me thinks, I remember you trying to set the school alight, some would say its a pity you failed. Please let me know what your doing, where abouts you are, and a potted history of your life to-date; Email address. I was abroad for a number of years but returned a couple of years ago, and now live in happy retirement in Hurstpierpoint, East Sussex. Kindest regards Ian Pain.

By Ian Pain (21/06/2012)

Hello everyone.  I am still around, believe it or not!  Wonderful to hear from old pupils after all this time. I have been reading your comments and am so pleased to know you remember me. I also remember you! Wishing you all the very best and hope you're behaving yourselves. Happy memories...

By Miss Martin (29/08/2012)

Dearest Miss Martin, Wonderful to see your comments after all these years, and that you are well. Your memory is obviously a lot better than mine, remembering my own is a daily challenge! I remember you fondly at the college, to be honest you were one of my favourites, together with Mr. Enoch the English teacher who had a big influence on my life, urging me to read some of the great classics, Dickens was his and became my favourite. I still live close to Brighton, in Hurstpierpoint. You I remember used to live near Preston Park, so if you would like to share a cup of tea, then please let me know at the following email address  Kindest regards.

By Ian Pain (01/09/2012)

Hello Tony March and all. What memories have been brought back by reading all your letters! I thought I had a fairly good memory of my Preston College school days, but I was sad and surprised to hear bullying went on to the extent it did and that some left the school unhappy. I loved every day at school during 1953 to 1961 and remember most of the names mentioned in the various letters, although I believe most were younger than me at the time. You haven't responded to any of the letters since 9/10 Tony, and hope all is well with you. Although I am now living in Christchurch, I would love to meet everyone to share the good and bad times that we all remember. Ian, I believe you were up to organising a get-together. If you're still up for it, count me in and let me know if I can be of any help. I will be contacting Nigel Walker to let him know about this site as I am sure he would love to come as well. We have visited the old school in Lindfield on a few occasions and were finally allowed to view inside the house by the present owners who appear to have the cash to bring the old building back to its original condition. It appears the interior of the building was ruined when it was run as a residential home. The fine staircase in the hall was sold to relieve the then proprietor of financial worries at some stage, but still didn't stop him from going bankrupt!!! Look forward to seeing you Richard (Tat) Tattersall, remember the King Charles Oak Tree? Bobby Irshad, nuts about Elvis!!! Ian Pain, on the evening I rode down to see you to see if you were fit enough for a school game on the Wednesday but you were unwell? John Williams, when you rode from the Midlands with Keith Langstone to the West Country to join your parents during the summer term holidays? Kindest regards to all and hope we can arrange a get-together. Rob Robinson.

By Rob Robinson (01/10/2012)

Hi Rob Robinson et al, great to read your message on the B&H web site, so many memories, so long ago. I was in contact with Nigel Walker when we lived abroad, but seem to have lost his email address. I'm more than happy to attempt a reunion at some stage, obviously in Brighton, but it will depend on numbers, and the ability of old students to make contact with me using the following address: If I get enough replies I will look at finding a suitable venue and date(s) acceptable to all interested parties. Please email me asap, so that we can make contact directly rather than use the excellent B&H web page.

By Ian Pain (17/10/2012)

My name is Rod(erick) Tempest and I went to the college between 58 or 59 until 1961. I was a day pupil living in Brighton and I remember my parents pulling me out of Fawcett School because I was mixing with the rough'uns and moved me to Preston College opposite the park. No sooner had I settled in, we were moved to Lindfield. The only name I can recall (old age!) is Leslie Little who I used to travel with on the train. I think he and his brother lived in Patcham? I remember Major Bastock and his scarry French wife but cannot recall any other teachers' names. I was one of the 'bad' boys who used to sit at the back of the class. I also remember another boarder who lived in Hapstead where his parents had a pub. The odd things that I can remember is - having my red cap thrown out of the bus into the pond in Lindfield and the fact that the boarders seem to be having more fun than us. I also remember a girl who was in our class who was a bit outrageous and one day put a tampon on the floor and pretended it was a mouse - we were in stitches as the teacher had not initially noticed. I can just about recall a couple of incidents of some boarders getting 'done' for smoking, and also an incident when they went to the pub in the village one night.

By Rod Tempest (10/11/2012)

I have been meaning to post a note for Miss Martin, and now I am getting round to it. Miss Martin gave me a Bible one day in class, I can't remember why she gave it to me, but I still have it to hand. Miss Martin signed it and gave it to me on 29 January 1954; I wonder if she remembers? That's 58 years ago!

By Colin Brennan (16/01/2013)

I was a student at Preston from Sep 56 to Jun 61 in both Brighton and Paxhill Park. I thought that Ms Martin was great and that Mr O'neal needed a new coat, his was full of ink at the back.

Dear Pablo,
Sorry but we have had to delete some of your post. We are no longer allowing the posting of requests to find third parties, as sharing information like this breaches their privacy. We recommend you try Friends Reunited website if you want to track old friends or neighbours.
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By Pablo Muller (24/01/2013)

Hi, I'm Pablo, my email address is love the idea of getting together in Brighton at any time. I'm living in Florence, retired and have plenty of time so can make it there. Loved Ms. Martin, she was a very good teacher. Now and since 2003 living in Florence, Italy as I could not think of a better place. Will reply to any e-mail from old friends.

By Pablo Muller (28/01/2013)

I was a day pupil at Preston College around the years of 57/58 with my older brother David and sister Yvonne. From memory it was a nightmare place. Our parents took us out of there after one term. I made a short term friend with one of the girl boarders but am unable to remember her name. Her mum used to give her home baked biscuits in the shape of an S. I was the only girl in my class. We learnt absolutely nothing. I remember the school tuck shop which was the best thing there! Their home made bread pudding was delicious! The school was such a rough place and I hated going to school. There was an incident one day in the playground when a few of the kids decided to wipe dog pooh on our clothes which they had gathered up on dinner plates and smeared us with it. My memories of Preston College are just awful.

By Susan Hardy (25/03/2013)

My dad Anthony Millen was at the boarding school and can remember that sports day as my auntie Yvonne Millen is pictured running. He would like to know if anyone has a picture of her with some cups she won? He has some great stories to tell if anyone would like to hear.

By Sue Millen (10/05/2013)

Hi Sue, I don't remember your dad, I think he was a few years younger than me. But I do remember your auntie as she was a friend of my younger sister Rosemary. I would love to hear any stories that your would like to tell us.

By Brian Hough (17/05/2013)

Hi to all those here that may remember Harold Kaiser now spelt Kayser by my choice. Have a lot of mixed memories when at Preston College in Brighton and Lindfield and they were predominantly better ones in the Sussex Countryside. However happy to share any thoughts, recollections, events etc. with anyone who remembers me -

By Harold Kayser (21/05/2013)

Hi Jane Harrison, I have a couple of websites and will be happy to post the "panorama" photos so everyone that's interested can download them if you could send me the scanned (digital) copies it would be fantastic.
I have no limits on the size pls use
or even better bring the photos to our get together on Nov 2nd. Hope to see you.
I have just started the page w/ a 40 year old photo of Carol Hardy as usual she looked fantastic as a BOAC Cabin attendant  in the early 70's.


By Pablo Muller  (17/08/2013)

Just so we all on the same page, David was thinking that due to the time we have fixed for the get together it would be nice if we started w/ a nice lunch at a place near the Royal Albion so I asked Pauline for suggestions attaching copies of the back & forward mails if any of you know these places (or any other) near the hotel because of the weather factor let's go for it, now is easy as there are only 5 of us.

I'm perfectly happy & fine w/ sitting on the beach w/ a can of baked beans or Spaghetti (celebrating our old dinners at PC Brighton 3 cans w/ the stuff either or & 3 can w/ water, remember?) , a Jam sandwich or a mid size Brighton pebble (not too much tar).

Take care guys.




Hi Pauline, sorry to bother you w/ this but we could need your help regarding our / the get together of the OB's & G's from Preston College.

I'm also sorry I shall not be able to see you there but there will be a next time....

We were thinking that the time of the meeting is about 12:00 so we will probably have to start w/ a lunch after all we will be in the UK had we met in Spain it will be more like 15:00, but would you be so kind as to give us some hints of places where to eat that have nice food, a view, not too expensive and near to the Royal Albion, just in case it's pissing down w/ rain?.

If we take your recommendation & we don't like the food, view, price, the distance to get there from the hotel, or the weather please send to me your credit card details so we can charge the lunch to you......

I'm kidding you but just in case send the info on your credit card to me, Dennis or to Harold.

Take care & many tks.



Hi Pablo well of course u can eat in the Hotel, I'm sure they will give you a discount with so many people, or there is a great fish and chips place just along the seafront from the Hotel, failing that one there is another one on the corner opposite the Sea Life Centre they all have good food, Wish i could be with u all but definitely next time, Has anybody tried to find Wendy Fudge she was my Best friend  or Duro Talabi just a thought for u guys to  try. As for my credit card sorry i am a poor old Pensioner ha ha. Talk soon hi to everyone bye for now Pauline



Many tks Pauline for the information, it sure helps.

How about the view, what would you recommend.

About Duro Talabi I only remember Tundy or Tundi Talabi he was from Nigeria & he was rather small, very black & had a simile as big as a house.

I think that we are all looking for more people to come to the get together on Nov 2nd. maybe we'll get lucky.

Take care & tks again.


Hi Pablo. You can see the Pier and the Marina if its a clear day from those places i mentioned now if you get real adventurous u could go to the marina they have lots of places to eat, I think u r right about Talabi he was my brother's best friend,I don't think we will find Wendy Fudge her name is different now but who knows she might see us all on Facebook you take care bye 4 now Pauline

Mail from August 20th & 21 2013


Hi Ian, Ive put up on

Hi Ian, Ive put up on your mails and also James Sawyer's
without your email addresses w/ the hope that word will get around, our reunion is still on & our group will hopefully will spread the word it goes without saying we would all love to see her even if nearly 60 years have passed I honestly think that both Carol and Jo were to many of us guys some sort of unreachable love.
I don't know if you have seen the school photos of that time, if you are interested I'll send you the address (URL) on my web so you can see what we looked like.
Take care

Hi Ian... looks like I owe

Hi Ian... looks like I owe you a few cows.

Robert has confirmed your judgement on Carol's looks and photo.

Honestly I thought it wasn't her..... she changed a lot in those 8 or 9 years.......

I hope that your friend in place will find her, I'm in Italy and only go back to the UK to see my grandchildren & their mother in Edinburg or to Brighton for our OB from PC meetings.

You take care & if you find carol, please let me know.





Hello Pablo

Yes, that definitely was  Carol. If you remember she had a brother by the name of Charles. The last and only group school photograph I have of them was 1960 of which I have a spare copy, if you would like to have it I can bring it along at our next gathering in Brighton. I believe they left P.C. the year we left Brighton to go to Lindfield. As the family lived not far from the old school in Brighton it would have meant they would have had to become boarders with us in Lindfield as the journey daily would have been too much. Looking forward to our next reunion and meeting some of the old faces again although I am surprised how few of us there are after all this time.Never mind, see you then. Bye for now. Regards to you and your family.........Rob.


Subject : Hallo Robert

Sorry to bother you about this...

I got an e-mail from a guy in the US asking me if the woman in the middle of most photos that I attach is Carol Hardy.

I have told him that it was NOT.

Was I wrong ?

Many tks I hope to see you in April....& take care



If you have the time have a look at the video that was sent to me
If you have a problem seeing the photo let me know.

Carol ( sitting 6th. from right of the photo) & Jo on her right (she would then be 7th.) w/ yours truly between Mr. & Mrs. Bastok at 11:30 above the school shield w/ a sort of contained afro of very black hair.
Looking back I must say that they both were a lot prettier in real life than in the school photos !!!!!

Hello Pablo, My mum and I

Hello Pablo,
My mum and I have been trying to research Preston College recently and came across your page. My mum and uncle attended the college in the mid 40's. It has been difficult to gather any info and most of the comments we have seen have been from people attending in the 50's, however, they would both love to attend the reunion and find out more about the place. Their names were Marjorie and Brian Dolding and they attended the Brighton college, both remember Mr Bastock and his wife. I would love to attend also, suffice to say, we would be grateful if you could add our names to your list and look forward to meeting you on the 2nd Nov.

Kind regards,
Jo Rollason

Hello Joanne,
Welcome to our little "club", as you may already know we are 6 ( 5 males & 1 female), all from just about the same period that is mid 50's to mid 60's. That will make including you & your parents 8 of us for the get together but we are hoping that the word will spread and more people will show up. Please do come & hopefully we can get other people from your mum's & uncle time at PC to join us too.
Without your permission I have included your email address on my PC mailing list mostly so that our small group knows what is going on w/ our Nov 2nd get together.
Take care & I hope to see you then.


The OB's & OG's Get together

The OB's & OG's Get together & Reunion ( & probably Lunch) will be on on Saturday Nov 2nd. 2013 at The Royal Albion Hotel opposite Brighton Pier at 12:00

Please send me a note or leave a message here if you are thinking of joining.

We are still looking

Keith Langston, Philip Bastok, Claude Renault, Peatrini, etc.

It would be good to hear from anybody that was at Preston College during the 50's & 60's.

Just leave us a message here. Than you

Old timers reunion

We are looking for old friends for a REUNION in Brighton sometime in Mid October 2013

So far we have 4 participants:

David Waller

Harold Kayser

Dennis Stevens

Pablo Muller

We'll add more names as soon as we know of any interested friend.

Preston College Reunion

My Mum and Uncle both went to Preston College and have expressed an interest in attending the planned reunion. They have not had much luck researching the school so far and would love to catch up with some ex pupils.

Preston College Reunion

My Mum and Uncle both went to Preston College and have expressed interest in attending the planned reunion. When and where?

Looking for : Jo Walker,

Looking for : Jo Walker, David & Keith Waller, Carol Hardy, John Beal, Harold Kaiser and all the others that were at PC between 1956 and 1962. We also had a lot of French kids that came over in the Summer they are also welcome as well as Pierre he played the trumpet and was very good at it & Claude Reanault ?? , we wanted to go together around France on a 50 c.c. Mobilette , & Mr. Peatrini I don't think that I have the right spelling but if he sees this he'll know.
If you have photos of any size let me know I'll put them up here NO PROBLEM.

Carol hardy

I have been trying to find carol Hardy for many years does anyone know where she is or what she did with her life . Yes she was the first secret love of my life and I've never forgotten her .

Sorry mate, please stand in

Sorry mate, please stand in the line !!

Hi Pablo my name is Ian I joined B O A C in 1970 And flew with the beautiful miss carol Hardy on the 707 fleet a few times and was actually invited to lunch with her family down at the home in hove . I left boac in 1980 and after an extended walkabout ended up in a flight school in the U S A after graduation I joined Continental Airlines and after 20 years worked my way up to Captain . During all these years I have never forgotten my crush on this incredible lady. I would dearly love to know if she is still with us and if so does anyone know where she may be contacted . I am now 75 and still see her sitting next to me in my Austin Healey 3000 on the way from health row to Brighton. Best regards. Ian

Hello again from the U. S. A.

Hello again from the U. S. A. .Pablo I did know Jo walker but not that well although I'm sure that she knew me . I'm told that I was quite the ladies man L O L. Anyway after much research I believe that Carol is still in the Brighton Hove area. I have engaged a couple of chaps over there to see if that person is the very same lady that we are looking for after all we broken hearts can only live in hope Ha Ha I will let you know soonest if it's her. I just hope that she is alive and well and happy in her life. Do stay in touch wherever she is we will find her. I have been very fortunate in life to be able to go anywhere in the world at any time so when we find her we will bring her to your reunion If she wants to be there as I remember she could be quite stubborn from time to time
Best Regards IAN

Good Afternoon, I am actually

Good Afternoon,

I am actually after any contact email for a Carol Hardy, Ex BOAC staff. I found your email on a Brighton and Hove forum. I hope you don't mind me contacting you like this.

I am after contacting Carol on behalf of Ex BOAC crew with regards to a reunion been held this year.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Apologies if this is does not mean anything to you, You can happily discard this E-Mail.


I'm next to Mr. Bastock

I'm on Mr. Bastock senior's right. Pablo Muller

Cricket & Tea


One of the nicest things about playing Cricket at Preston was that we used to win most of the time, but even better is that we got to have tea every other week at a different school and when we had to have it at Preston Mrs. Bastock made a good show and the Tea we had, was nothing like what we used to have, 2 half slices of bread and butter and one half a jam sandwich.
If you remember the dinners they were special, 3 cans of Baked beans and a lot of water or 3 cans of spaghetti (w/tomato) and the same amount of water as w/ the beans. 
In all honesty I must admit that it was probably one of the best times of my life.
Looking for David Waller

tienes mucha razón en lo que

tienes mucha razón en lo que dices que gratos recuerdos aquellos

Are you looking for me ?

Hello Pablo,
I have just come across this web site after doing a Google search for Preston college.
Can't imagine why you want to contact me --- do I still owe you some cigarettes ? --- or maybe you owe me some !

Are you looking for me ?

Hello Pablo,
I have just come across this web site after doing a Google search for Preston college.
Can't imagine why you want to contact me --- do I still owe you some cigarettes ? --- or maybe you owe me some !

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