Clubs and societies

Can everyone let me know what effect the useage of any club or society whilst at Ottershaw helped in their later life Even if you feel they had no effect on your later achievements please let me know. You can email me secretary2010@osobs.co.uk Thanks

RE: Clubs and societies

My involvement in the Radio Club set me up for an unofficial career in music. I ran several discos, all home made, from 1969 right up until 1990. Also ran a public address company for many years all kit home made of course apart from the horn speakers. My involvment in these activities led to me being engaged as a special unit teacher in a malad/esn school where I worked for 10 years.

RE: Clubs and societies

To continue with clubs and societies - does anyone recall an ill fated trip by the fledgling "Railway Society" which was started as a way of getting away from the school after Mr Dodds announced he wanted to see more people taking up outside interests which he would support if a suitable master could be found to support the group? Our society as far as I recall only ever had one outing which was supposed to be a trip to Eastleigh where we were to enjoy a tour of the locomotive works there. So it was with great excitement that a group of boys complete with school packed lunches was led off from the school to Woking station by Mr Goff who had voluntered to be the duty master for our society. The trip to Eastleigh was uneventfull enough - by bus to Woking then train from Woking to Eastleigh with one change at Guildford. Once we arived it soon became apparent that despite our communications with British Railways that we had been forgotten. Not only was the works closed but there was no-one there who knew anything about our visit. A rather disgruntled caretaker was eventually pursuaded to show us around and he whisked us around the near empty workshops in about 15 minutes flat - a tour which was scheduled to have lasted most of the day! and so that was that. We were quickly shown the door and had thus another 4 hours to kill before our train home. As it was not even lunch time we took our packed provisions to a nearby railway yard and sat amongst the mainly steam locomitives and ate our meals. We then explored the engine sheds and eventually through absolute boredom decided to get the first train back. The mid afternoon train was a slow stopping service which seemed to take the rest of the day but we eventually arrived back at Ottershaw tired and pretty fed up. As far as I know there were no more outings for that particular society - (or were there?) at least not for as long as I was still there. Does anyone else remember that event?