Preston College Brighton & Paxhill Park 10/05/213 to 28/02/2016

Copy & Paste from the Brighton & Hove Home page just in case you missed it

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)

Hello ex Preston College students. On 2nd November 2013, a reunion will be taking place at the Royal Albion Hotel, 35 Old Steine, Brighton, from midday onwards. So far I have four definite confirmations from four ex pupils whom I have kept in touch with these past couple of years. If any of you out there are interested, please feel free to attend. Regards from Dennis Stevens.

By Dennis Stevens (17/08/2013)

I was a boarder 1948 till 1953, remember teachers Pattern,Tyrell, Martin, Danes, Enoch. Pupils Peter Hall, Denis Goodwin, Mic Davis, his mates Brough, Mansfield. Also Cox, Comptons, Hutchings. If I remember correctly the Bastocks had a daughter after his son, and his wife had some sort of stroke as she was confined to bed for a while, then started teaching French but her left arm was useless. On the whole my memories are not to bad about the place.

By Peter Waltham (09/09/2013)

Hello Dennis, since posting the numbers of those interested in meeting up for the 2nd November, I now understand the number stands at 14! I feel sure many more would want to come. Unfortunately unless the B&H site has recently been visited, any one else interested in coming will miss out. Look forward to seeing you all on the 2nd. Rob.

By Rob Robinson (13/09/2013)

Hi. I was a boarder from '59 to '61 at Lindfield. I met up with David Kennedy the other week and will try and make the re-union. I promised David I would send him the school photograph that I still have, hanging proudly in my house, so I will attempt to post it here. All the best.

By Barrie Glibbery (14/10/2013)

With less than a fortnight to go to the PC Reunion definitely scheduled for Saturday 2nd November 2013 there could be in excess of 20 people attending the event at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton from around noon. If any other pupils read this communique and want to attend would they be kind enough to let me know. My email address is All are welcome and I would be pleased to meet you for a real special day. Thank you

By Harold Kayser (22/10/2013)

Apologies to all concerned for a mistake about the school cricket team. It was in actual fact Mrs Bastock senior that died before the school moved from Preston Road to Lindfield not Mr Bastock senior. Regards

By Dennis Stevens (25/10/2013)

A second memorable get together for the "oldies" is scheduled for Saturday, the 22nd March 2014 once again at the Royal Albion Hotel by the Brighton Pier at the bottom of Old Steine from 12 noon followed by a private late lunchtime four course buffet in the hotel complex. It would be good if any of the "missing" faces from Preston College who would like to join those below please do not hesitate to contact us via my email address at the bottom of this bulletin. The existing bods who will be there to welcome you I list below. I wonder how many of them you might recognize by name and/or remember from the years 1955 to 1964 when the establishment closed...

Leslie Baynes, Barrie Glibbery, Bobby Irshad, Harold Kaiser (Kayser now), David Kennedy, Pablo Muller, Aileen Nurse, Robert Robinson, Pauline Rudge, Dennis Stevens, Nigel Walker, David Waller and other unconfirmed members. If you would like to also bring your wives/partners etc. they are of course welcome as there will be a few of them appearing already. My email address is On behalf of the whole membership we are looking forward to re meeting any of you again and please do come.

By Harold Kayser (19/01/2014)

Hi, I was a pupil at Preston a College Kindergarden circa 1952/53 and well remember the red uniform and have a photo taken by my father (possibly on my first day at school) of me looking very smart in my new red uniform.  I remember the Queen's coronation when we were all presented with blue, glass tumblers and still have mine.  I also remember going to Preston Park to have our school photo taken which I also still have.  Unfortunately I don't really remember any names of my fellow pupils but one girl was the daughter of some quite famous actress but I can't remember her name although I can pin-point in the school photo. I do remember the school nurse and having rests every afternoon on camp beds!  Happy memories.  I left at the end of 1953 when my family moved to Burgess Hill. Rosemary May (previously Russell).

By Rosemary May (04/02/2014)

I have just found this site and it is great to see so many faces that I remember but can't place to name them. I was amazed to see myself in the school photo. I think it was 1950: I was a pupil from 1949 to 1952. I have very happy memories of Miss Martin, one of the best teachers. I remember dancing at a Christmas concert and Miss Martin played the music for me. Oh yes, I remember the queue in the kitchen for milk and rich tea biscuits. Happy days.

By Yvonne Ainley ( now Knapman) (19/06/2014)

Latest news from your group secretary... The latest number of ex PC pupils who have joined our group has swelled somewhat and I am elated to add in CAPITALS the "newies" for any others who should be joining ours in the near future. The list is in no particular order and are hereby named: Pablo Muller, Dennis Stevens with Diane, David Waller, David Kennedy with wife, Leslie Baynes, Ian Boyd Pain, Pauline Moawad, Barrie Glibbery, Nigel Walker, Robert Robinson, Aileen Nurse, Bobby Irshad and brother, MICHAEL WARD SALE, JIMMY CARLISLE, and Harold Kaiser (now Kayser) with Di.  Let's all hope and pray there are many more out there  who will swell our numbers!

By Harold Kayser (10/07/2014)

I omitted Mrs Freda Robinson from my previous recent posting on the site. My apologies to the couple of course.

Our next PC Reunion meet will take place in Brighton at the Little Bay Restaurant, bottom of West Street by the seafront on Saturday 13th September from 12 noon onwards to allow for any late arrivals. Once again, lunch will be served from around 2pm subject to timing. It is feasible that there could be around 15+ oldens from Preston College and I invite any newbees to contact me if they would like to come and introduce themselves on their own or with their wives / partners. Due to free evening / night entertainment at the venue, an overnight stay would be advisable and the restaurant has a 3* hotel annexed to it. My email address is

By Harold Kayser (11/07/2014)

My goodness  - while fishing around the net I found this page. I was a boarder at Preston College from 1959 until 1963 (using my step father's name of Graham). I moved to the States many years ago now but on one trip home to England I visited an uncle who lived at the time near Brighton and we had a day trip to the old manor house which at that time had been turned into an old peoples home. I just the other day met someone that knows the current owners of the house and it is now privately owned again. Major Bastock and the fierce Mrs Bastock were in my memory quite fair (even when we ran amuck a la St Trinian's). I found myself on the carpet quite frequently in his study. Reading some of these old names brings back some fun and not so fun times I must admit, but I'm thrilled to have found this blog.

By Sarah Pitt -Wooll (07/09/2014)

As a follow up to my previous post, I noticed Aileen Nurse named earlier, I have always remembered her and wondered how she is, I think she was the youngest of the boarders when I was there. Pablo and Harry and the Waller brothers were all there during my time. Didn't we have a committee to vote in records to get for the record player in the common room? As to the students " done for smoking " I believe that young master Phillip Bastock and myself were hauled in on that instance, which now is very funny as I do not smoke!

By Sarah Pitt-Wooll (08/09/2014)

The next bi-annual meet of Preston College oldens will take place in March 2015 (March and September usually chosen for lunch etc.). The number of attendees is now approaching twenty including husbands/wives/partners and I am pleased to list them for your perusal should you wish, as an ex pupil of PC, to happily join us at the established Brighton venue which has proved so popular on our last two get-togethers. The pupil list now includes the following: Pablo Muller, Leslie Baynes, Robert and Freda Robinson, Jimmy Carlisle, Dennis and Diane Stevens, David Waller, David and Mrs Kennedy, Michael Sale Ward and Mrs Sale Ward, Ian Boyd Pain and Mrs Ian Pain, Nigel Walker and Mrs Walker, Barry Glibbery, Pauline Moawad, Harold aka Gabz Kayser and Mrs Di Kayser (aka Kaiser). Total = 20.
Looking forward to hearing from all who know any of the above at our next meet. Shalom Aleichem to you all.

By Harold Kayser (17/09/2014)

Hello all, my name is Peter Ward, and I am the person who started this ‘thread’ off back in 2006. I have not added much because whilst I am delighted to see all the former pupils of the college finding the site, I was only there for one year around 1951 and don’t remember that much. However I have now found something that I must share with you all: there exists a collection of photographs of, and around Brighton taken over many years by a James Gray. It now belongs to The Regency Society, and they have placed the collection on the web. You can buy copies of most photos, price seems to be £10 for A4 size and £30 for A3, plus post and VAT. Now the exciting bit; find on the web, ‘’, and navigate your way to Volume 18 “Preston Area”. Now find photograph 120 in that set. How about that?? PS. Yes the date shown is totally wrong, but I understand that is just the date it was incorporated into the set. The actual date cannot be any later then early '70s, and is probably well before that. The car in view is a Standard Vanguard, which is a 1950's model.

By Peter Ward (13/10/2014)

Hello Peter Ward. I found it. Thanks. Truly Amazing.

By Dennis Stevens. (22/10/2014)

The next reunion date for the Preston College existing, and any new members who may find this thread, are welcome to join us on Saturday 21st March from 12 noon at Jimmy's Place situated at the Brighton Marina not far from Brighton Pier. Lunch/Buffet 5* food from many cuisines where the menu is more internationally diverse than anywhere we have met before. So note this date and Gabz and Di look forward to welcoming one and all. New members can contact us at or 077036 77542. Let's be 'aving you!

By Harold Kayser (10/11/2014)

Hi to all recent recipients who have posted threads to this website but have not appeared at any of our previous reunions. Since we are embarking on our fourth reunion meet at Brighton Marina next March 2015 it would be nice to hear from you ex-pupils who did not leave contact details otherwise you  might well miss out on our continuing meet ups that occur biennially. A few of our members come from some distance to attend including one from America...Leslie Baynes, two hail from Pakistan and though they have not managed to attend the meets it would be nice to see them again after so many years. A few more come from Bristol and I from Hertfordshire so there are always welcoming smiles, laughs and quality chat for the missing ones that could easily push the membership to 20+. Wives, partners and girlfriends are also welcome and we do enjoy the ones we met who are now members of the APCPA (Amicable Preston College Pupils Association.) Please do contact me or Di at or text/call us on 077036-77542. It would be great to see and meet you all. Shalom Aleichem and hopefully hear from you soon.

By Harold Kayser (22/11/2014)

Change of Venue for the 4th reunion meet on Saturday March 21st of the Preston College oldies which will now be held at "The Cote Restaurant" 115/116 Church Road, Brighton. I apologize for the change but apparently Jimmy's at the Marina are far too busy to accommodate our group and consequently it was deemed necessary to find an alternative eating house. Look forward to seeing all our dear friends once again and do take good care of yourselves and your nearest and dearest. Shalom from Di and Gabz Kayser.

By Harold Kayser (14/01/2015)

I am elated to disclose that the Preston College Old Pupils list has now expanded to over 20 members and if any of those who have recognized the current members of our group below who would like to join us at the Cote restaurant for our 4th reunion in Brighton on Saturday the 21st March around 2pm, please do come with you and yours and you will be heartily welcomed. The following are current members, do you recall them and/or their faces? David Kennedy, Dennis Stevens, Pablo Muller, David Waller, Peter Ward, Robert Robinson, Leslie Baynes, Barry Glibbery, Nigel Walker, Pauline Moawad, Jimmy Carlisle, Ian Pain, Clive Brunton, Frank Arnold, Harold Kaiser (Kayser). Our membership also includes 6 members' wives who usually appear at our meets too. Do contact me: Harold or call/text 077036  77542

By Harold Kayser (13/02/2015)

Oh wow I was amazed to find this site. I was not a boarder but lived here with my parents in the right wing during the reign of the Bastocks. Mum was the Matron and I have so many fond memories, being a very small child at the time I only recall a few names. I remember going to visit someone called Grandad with a morning cuppa only to find he had passed away, I think this must have been Mr Bastock (Senior). We lived there in the 60's.
There was a teacher at the time named Mr Gooch, if I remember correctly he was blind. Major Bastock's son, Philip, and his daughter (just can't remember her name). A pupil named Noel who I hold lovely memories of. I also remember my father meeting a very small child from the airport, I believe from Africa, who didn't speak a word of English. It sticks in my mind vividly as my parents were so upset that this tiny nipper had been sent here to board so far from his home cold and frightened. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers my mother, Iris McDermott, who is still alive but aged 83 now.

By Sue McDermott (01/03/2015)

Hello Sue McDermott. Go to the 1956 school photos. Bottom photo, middle row, 9th, from left to right. That is the matron I knew. 

By Dennis Stevens (06/03/2015)

I just read Sue McDermott's entry and I remember her parents well. Her father was probably the kindest person to me and for a while after emigrating to the States I stayed in touch with her parents. Mr Bastock's daughter's name is/was Lynne (not too sure if its spelt correctly). 

By Sarah Pitt-Wooll (07/03/2015)

Hello again Sue McDermott. When the school transferred to Paxhill in Lindfield in 1959 from Preston Road Brighton, a new matron was in attendance there at Paxhill, (maybe your mother)? One day, myself and one Pablo Muller had an accident, and the then matron patched us both up. That is the only recall I have of her, as the bulk of my younger years were spent at the Preston Road end in Brighton since 1951. I left Lindfield in approx. 1960/61. Best regards...Dennis Stevens.  

By Dennis Stevens (11/03/2015)

Prior to Mrs McDermott at Paxhill Park we had a Scandinavian woman as matron- I remember her well as I had an acute appendectomy at the local hospital after she was finally convinced there was something wrong with me, and it was not faking. Does anyone else remember the "must have a fever rule" before being allowed to be out from class ill? Rather tricky if like some your temperature goes down when not well as opposed to up!

By Sarah Pitt-Wooll (22/03/2015)

With ref: to my previous comment. The matron I recall at Paxhill was definitely Scandinavian. So the year must have been 1960/61. I don't remember her name though. I met Pablo at the weekend, and he confirmed that she was Swedish.

By Dennis Stevens (23/03/2015)

Both Di and I thank the eight oldie members of our PC group who collectively made our last get together memorable and it really goes to show how committed we all were to make the quality time a "spanking success", ha ha. Though none of us in our little group are getting any younger it is a true testament to the group as a whole and it's paramount that we continue meeting twice annually probably in April and September when the weather is possibly kinder to us (we hope and pray please G-d).  With the possibility of a few more discoverable PC pupils including day as well as boarders who were there from around 1950 onwards it is still possible to increase our membership and Di and I will seek more of those who currently have remained "elusive" to date. Our contact details are below and we look forward to hearing from you and you well know who you are. You have nothing to lose and definitely much to gain!  Shalom Aleichem from us both.

By Harold Kayser (27/03/2015)

Hi Sarah Pitt-Wooll and Dennis Stevens. Thank you for responding to my email - it sounds like Mum started there in about 1963 so was probably after your time there Dennis. Sarah I'm so glad my family showed you kindness. Dad passed away many years ago now, but Ma is still going strong at 83 years and is still the kindest most caring person I know. 

By Sue McDermott (12/05/2015)

I am sad to report the death of Jimmy Carlisle, a much liked pupil of our college from the mid 1950s to 1964 when the college closed. He is depicted in the front row of the cricket team picture for 1961/2 on this site. All group members wish all his family a healthy long life, RIP.

By Harold Kayser (14/06/2015)

We are pleased to annouce the date and time for our next group meet in Brighton on Saturday the 29th August at the Royal Albion Hotel at 12 noon, for a drink or two before moving on to a late lunch at the Pitcher and Piano restaurant in North Street just a short stroll away. All members and their wives etc. are very welcome to attend. Best regards to all our good PC friends from Gabz with Di.

By Harold Kayser (01/07/2015)

Maurice, I may well be wrong but I seem to remember Mr Hale (ex RAF pilot who lost a lung in a crash) used to occupy the room above the front door.

By Terence Mills (16/07/2015)

Update on the planned meet on Sat 29 Aug. A table is booked for lunch at Pitcher & Piano at 2.30pm on that day. If you find P&P on the web and select the Brighton branch you should be able to see Menu and Drinks list. Please note if looking on a map P&P is in Kings Road, not North Street as previously suggested.

By Peter (12/08/2015)

To Sue McDermott: I was sad to learn of you father's death, but how nice to know that your dear mother is still going strong. I doubt that she would remember me, but please let her know that I think of her once in a while. I'm sorry to never be in the UK when you have your reunions, it would be fun to see how we all are after this much time has passed.

By Sarah Pitt-Wooll (08/09/2015)

I have the sad task of letting you all know that Miss Martin passed away last August. God bless you, Phyllis.

By Jane Harrison (11/01/2016)

Hello Dennis Stevens and Harold Kaiser and those who may remember me from the few short years I was with my older sister Pippa at PC and when it moved to Lindfield. Paxhill was an amazing place though I've not revisited and now live in London. So very sorry to hear of Miss Martins passing but what a wonderfully full life she had lived and was fondly remembered by many of us. I would like to come to the next reunion - 2016 if there is one - to discover us all over again! I work in the world of theatre and so am not retired and would love to know what everyone else was doing on leaving PC. I remember Harold always pipped me at the post in art exams and Major Bastock used to flick well aimed bits of blackboard chalk at pupils' ears just for whispering in his class! I wonder who recalls some of the plays put on at end of term?  Good King Wenceslas was one and Rob Robinson was the King and for some extraordinary reason I, as a lowly 4th former, was put in to play the Queen; I was that nervous!  And Dusty Miller (Paul) could not say "indubitably" - he was so funny, anyone hear from him? Happy days! I can be contacted by email

By Angela Owen (nee Woodcock) (10/02/2016)

Hi Angela,I trust you and yours are well. Read your thread here of the 10th February this year. I and over 12 ex PC pupils are, as you might know, currently in touch with each other and arrange a reunion meet twice yearly in Brighton at the Royal Albion Hotel near the Pavilion at the pier end in Old Steine. We usually go on to a nearby venue for a late lunch closeby and there could be between 8 and 12 plus attending. (see previous posts on here co-relating) Saddened to hear about Miss Martin, she was an icon at PC and will be sadly missed by Dennis Stevens, Rob Robinson, Nigel Walker, Ian Baines, David Waller, David Kennedy and several other ex pupils who are mentioned in several threads above this one. I remember your sister too and hope you will send her my best wishes. If you wish to get in touch with any above or others I can send you their email addresses at your request. Which one of you girls have deep gingery red hair, unless of course you both did! Do take care and hope you will email me back at

By Harold Kayser (25/02/2016)

Just for the record guys. In the 1959 group of photos (bottom group), Pippa Woodcock is sat between Mr Bastock Snr to her left side, and Carol Hardy to her right side. Her sister Angela is sat four spaces from Carol's right side. Regards to all from Dennis Stevens.

By Dennis Stevens. (28/02/2016)


Paxhill Park

Hello all.
Does anyone remember a Kit Graham? I recall her from those days in Lindfield (or Preston Road)? quite well, but there seems to be no reference to her on any of the "My Brighton and Hove" sites? or this one.
By Dennis Stevens.

Sorry Dennis, I don't

Sorry Dennis, I don't remember her, if anybody has anything on her I can put it up here...

Take care




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