The Maltonian Web


Progress log

  • 17 November 2017 I have added the last of the collection of letters and emails remembering life and people at Malton School in all three of its forms, going back to those arriving between 1999 and 2004
  • 4 November 2017 More memories of Malton Grammar School have been added - Mary Ledraw on her experience as an avacuee at Malton, Denise Barty on school in the 1930s, Vic Wilson - captain of Yorkshire CCC in the 1960s - on his time at MGS in the 1930s, Jean Evans on school life in the 1930s, and Brenda Holmes on the Old Maltonians Association.
  • 24 October 2017 I have been updating the Maltonians Memories page on the site - recording what people have emailed and written to me over the years abou their times at school and after leaving. They include memories of the late 50s and early 60s, being a wartime evacuee at Malton, life in Malton National School and Malton County Modern, memories of staff, and so much more. There is more to come, but so far communications from 2002 to 2017 are on the site.
  • 10 October 2017 Another 29 photos from the 2004 Sixth Form East Barnby trip have been added.
  • 8 October 2017 More photos from Sixth Form rresidential trips. This time from the 2008 East Barnby Trip.
  • 4 October 2017 The Sixth Form used to spend their first week in the sixth form at East Barnby outdoor pursuits centre, near Whitby. I am not sure if they still do. I have found some photos from 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2008. Some help confirming dates and names would be welcome.
  • 24 September 2017 It is 100 years since the first edition of The Maltonian - the school magazine - was published. I have now put a full transcript of the magazine on the site, plus some scans of the adverts that were in the small booklet. Have a look at The Maltonian issue 1 (April 1917)
  • 10 September 2017 Following an email from Elaine Burford, I have been adding information about watercolour painter George Nicholson to the site, and also tidying up the informaion about the painting of the old Malton Grammar School he did in the early 1800s. This has also resulted in some tidying up of links and indexes across the site.
  • 11 August 2017 To go with the sports day records, I have added a page listing tennis tournament winners from 1999 to the present day, with a few photos as well.
  • 4 August 2017 The end of term brought another sports day. There were just three records broken this year, so I have been updating the sports day records page accordingly. I have also started to work through the sports day reports over the last few years to create a list of the winning house each year, and the individual winners in each year group. These lists complement the existing list of winning house, and Victor / Victrix Ludorem for the Grammar School 1941 - 1970. I will continue to trawl back as far as I can in the coming weeks.
  • I have also added some photos from the 2005 Sports Day. Only 6 were in the file for that year, perhaps there are more in the archive.
  • 23 June 2017 Four photos of sports teams in 1952 have been added to the 1950s gallery page 1 - football, hockey, netball and tennis.
  • 22 June 2017 Programmes and powerpoint shows for last year's (2016) Celebration Evenings have been uploaded.
    Also the Spring 2017 copy of the Maltonian magazine has been added to the newsletter index.
  • 21 June 2017 Rosy Taylor sent a number of old news clippings from her father's time as headmaster of Malton Grammar School. They are now available from a news clipping index page.
  • 20 June 2017 When I bumped in to headteacher Rob Williams today, he asked about the house system and previous colours. As a result I have found an old webite page which gives details of the house system over the years. I have updated it and added it to this version of the Maltonian Web. There are a few gaps, especially for the County Modern School. Any information welcome.
  • 18 June 2017 More Speech Day programmes, going back from 1952 - 1961, are now available. Rosy Taylor also donated some programmes for Old Maltonians Annual Dinner Dances, from 1955 to 1970. This prompted me to pull together a few items about the Old Maltonians Association, including these programmes, a constitution, pictures of an OMA blazer and badge, and some notes by Brenda Beal on her memories of the association, including its final demise in 1973.
  • 9 June 2017 Malton Grammar School Speech Day programmes from 1962 to 1968 are now on the site. These typically have a list of students and their exam successes at O level and A level, plus news of former students at universities or training colleges.
  • 8 June 2017 An inspection report from a Malton grammar School 1960 school inspection is now on the website..
  • 4 June 2017 A 1970 Speech Day programme from Rosy Taylor
  • 4 June 2017 A 1965 Malton Grammar School photo album from Rosy Taylor.
  • 3 June 2017 More material from Rosy Taylor. Some 1960s Malton Grammar School prospectuses, and a programme for a school production of The Tempest (1961).
  • 29 May 2017 Rosemary Thacker (Rosy Taylor) donated a box of material to the school archive. One item is a report on the first term of Malton School, 1971, which is now available on the site.
  • 26 May 2017 I have created a 1962 Malton Grammar School photo album, initiated by receiving a Form V photo from Paul Carr, and realising it is one of a number with the same background that must have been taken by a school photographer. I have pulled all similar photos into this new page. It is refreshing to find that there are still photos out there that I do not yet have on the site. Keep them coming please.
  • 9 May 2017 I found a powerpoint show with 80 photos from the school year 2001-2. I think it was used as an introductory show while people waited at the beginning of an event in the hall. The powerpoint slides are available as a pdf, and most individual photos are available in the photo gallery.
  • 29 April 2017 I found some slide shows used in a 2003 talk about the history of the school, which I have put on the site. They are available as pdf files. There are a number of other slide shows (powerpoints) in the archive which I hope to share soon.
  • 16 April 2017 Further to the Robert Holgate page, there is now a gallery of photos of Archbishop Holgate Hospital in Hemsworth, which I visited in 2006.
  • 14 April 2017 I have added some notes and photographs relating to Robert Holgate, Archbishop of York and founder of Malton Grammar School in 1547.
  • 1 April 2017 A handful of building plans and field plans of the school and its grounds are in the archive. The 1935 extensions plans were found in 2008 in a cupboard. There is also a 1950s MGS classroom plan, a 1998 orienteering plan, and the 2009 Sports Hall plans, plus some more recent schematic classroom plans.. Have a look on the Plans pages
  • 31 March 2017 The school recently put on its Easter term show - Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor dreamcoat. This was perfomed by the school back in 1987, though I haven't as yet found any photos. I am sure I have seen some in the archive. Instead I have uploaded 24 photos from Easter 2003's A Night at the Movies, in my memory one of the most successful of the Easter theme nights.
  • 23 March 2017 16 photos taken around school in 2001 have been added to the site. No particular reason for the photos, just pictures of school life. A little small on the resolution, as they are all early days digital photos with a basic digital snap camera.
  • 21 March 2017 As part of my steady project to create a digital archive of all the old Maltonian magazines and realted documents, I have transcribed a 1932 Programme which celebrates the first 21 years of Malton Grammar School since its reopening in 1911. A week of events of all kinds took place, including fundraising for the purchase of fields adjacent to the school.
  • 19 March 2017 A week to Comic Relief day. A few more pictures from past Red Nose Days - these are from 2009.
  • 10 March 2017 With comic relief day approaching, I looked back and found six photos from 2001. A little smaller than standard size, but still worth a look.
  • 10 February 2017 Another transcript of an old Maltonian magazine is now available. This one is July 1936, sent in by Sue McIntyre. It includes a reference to her mother and her aunt, Nancy and Jean Sonley, in the Old Maltonians section of the magazine.
  • 3 February 2017 4 pictures of a German exchange group in 1997 are now available from the 1990s gallery page.
  • 3 February 2017 13 photos of a 1998 Yorkshire Dales trip have been added to the site. This was Year 10 non-geographers, who went for four days outdoor pursuits with Mr Fearnley, Mr Horsman and Miss Burn.
  • 2 February 2017 Two more 1950s photos, this time of Malton County Modern students, sent in by Brian Botterill in 2002. They have been added to page 2 of the general 1950s gallery.
  • 1 February 2017 I have been tidying up the 1950 photo collection. As a result there are now 6 photos from Geoff Myers, and 8 photos from a 1951 album on the site. There are more of the 1951 album, but I need to go in to school and find it in order that I can scan the full collection. It was donated by Angela and John Williams back in 2005.

Progress log from 2016

Progress log from 2015

Progress log from 2014

Recent Contacts

David Thompson

David Thompson emailed on 3 October 2017.
David emailed to provide a few missing names for the photograph of the MGS Upper Sixth, 1968. He appears as one the group. His information still leaves us with 5 names missing - can anyone else fill in the gaps?

Mike Smith

Elaine Burford emailed on 25 August 2017.
Elaine is researchig an ancestor, Thoms Ellerby, who painted a picture of George Nicholson in 1828. George wa himself a painter, and lived in Malton. He painted a watercolour of the Old Grammar School which I discovered in a store in 2008. Restored and re-framed, it now hangs in the East Wing of the school. Elaine is looking for any information about George or Thomas

Mike Smith

Mike Smith emailed on 12 August 2017.
Mike filled in a gap in the Sports Day Victor Ludorem list for 1963 - the only one missing from 1941 to 1970. He was the missing winner. He thinks the winning house that year was Fitzwilliam, but cannot remember the Victrix.

Colin Whelan Colin Whelan sent a Friends form and email on 15 June 2017
I've really enjoyed looking through the site and it has brought back many happy memories. I am so lucky to have attended such a fantastic school and made many friendships that have lasted until the present day. We have  a yearly reunion in September/October at the Spotted Cow pub in Malton which is always well attended. This year will be particularly special as it is the 50th anniversary of our leaving. 
Paul CarrRosemary Thacker (Rosy Taylor) visited school on 8 May 2017
Rosemary - daughter of Malton Grammar School headmaster Philip Taylor - dropped off a box of photographs, news clippings, documents, programmes, prospectuses, and other items relating to the Grammar School in the 1950s and 1960s. I will be scanning all this material and adding it to the website over the coming weeks.
Paul CarrPaul Carr emailed on 24 May 2017
Paul sent a 1962 photo of form VA, of which he was a member. Paul was able to identify all the class members on the photo, so their names appear with the photo in the 1960s section. Paul was kind enough to say he enjoys memories of his schooldays sparked by this website.
Kitty Thackray

Kitty Grove-Stephenson (KittyThackray) emailed in April 2017
Kitty has been abseiling again, this time down the transporter bridge in Middlesbrough, to mark the opening of Fair Trade Fortnight in Teeside (February). Middlesbrough GazetteLive siid: The event marked the 84-year-old's contribution to life in the town spanning several decades. She has been associated with the Fairtrade movement for 30 years, managing the Fairtrade Shop at Middlesbrough Quaker Meeting House for more than 10 years, raising between £600 and £1000 each year. The widow, who lives in Linthorpe and is a mum, grandmother and great-gran, said: All in all the day was a great success and a very good launch of Fairtrade Fortnight - a joint effort for Middlesbrough, Stockton and Hartlepool. I've been passionate about Fairtrade for over 30 years and it is so important to keep it in the public eye - it is easy for big multi-nationals to get the best of the market by price cutting, when we know that it is the producers who absolutely need the money to spend on health, sanitation, education and general well-being,

Sue McIntyre sent some booklets on 3 February 2017
Sue found a 1920s school prospectus, and a 1936 Maltonian, whilst sorting through her mother's belongings. Her mother was Nancy Sonley, born in 1915, who attended the school along with her sister Joan.

Estella Nobles and Annie Lorton posted on Facebook 2 February 2017
Estella and Annie both spotted their grandfather, Alfred Barty, in a 1951 staff photo recently posted on the Maltonians Facebook page. Estalla notes that A.B. taught for 36 years at the school. Born in 1896, died 1970.

Andrew and Ian Rettie posted on Facebook 26 January 2017
Andrew and Ian Rettie, and Marion Hayhurst, engaged in a discussion of a 1971 photo with Alan Robinson. All the names are on the website, so hopefully their discussions as to who each person was has been solved by them looking at the website, and not just the photo I posted on Facebook.

Joan Kelly

Jo Eggleton Rance (Joan Kelly at school) emailed on
2 January 2017

Jo emailed in response to my recently posting some 1969 photos and the summary of Maltonians 1966-71. Her sister Judith had sent her a link to these pages. She tells me that she drew the picture of Janet Elliot in the Maltonian 1968, and also gave me some names for the photos of the 1969 orchestra and the cast of St Patrick's Day (1969). I have put the rest of her email in the Memories section.

Margaret Sheikh (nee Carr) sent a Friends form 28 December 2016
Margaret emailed to tell me she was Head Girl at Malton County Modern, 1959-60 with Peter Lightfoot as Head Boy. I have added the names to the Head Boy and Girl list, She tells me "When I left I went to Scarborough College, along with several other pupils from the school, to do an O level course. I went to Leeds General Infirmary to train as a nurse and later did midwifery training in Worcester and Birmingham". She is currently living in Chesterfield.

Richard Thornton

Richard Thornton emailed on 12 November 2016
Richard emailed to tell me had recently attended the funeral of an old school friend, John Clark, who was at school 1943 - 49. He spotted an aerial photo of the School in John's photo collection, and wondered if we had it in our archive. We do, it matches the one we have marked as 1951 in the aerial photos collection.

Christopher Holder wrote a letter in November 2016
Christopher wrote to enquire about the History of Malton School book. As far as I know there are still copies available, from the school. Christopher tells me he was the first Head Boy at Malton County Modern, 1958. He tells me that Jennifer Ramsden was Head Girl. Are there any other head boys or girls out there - this list is a little thin for the County Modern?

Rob Williams sent an email on 7 November 2016 Rob Williams
Headteacher at Malton School, Rob Williams, contacted me to ask if I had any information about the VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital on York Road during World War 1. The Malton War Memorial Project ate working on an exhibition about Malton at War. If anyone has any information please do get in touch, either with me or the school.

Rob also asked if it would be possible to put copies of The Maltonian magazine on the website. It is possible, so I will be starting scanning them in the near future. With 127 copies spanning 54 years, it could take a while, but it will be done.

Howard Fox sent an email on 4 November 2016 Howard Fox
Howard contacted me with information on the Ships photo recently posted, from an Alan Martindale collection. Apparently it was a stage setting for the play The Critic, produced b Mr Rolls.

He also passed on the news that Peter Lomas had passed away (at school 1953 – 1960). He played in many of the MGS sports teams and played parts in school plays in his last two years at the school.

Eleanor Blakeman sent a Facebook message, probably in October 2016 Malton School 2008
Eleanor remembers a Year 11 Spam song which was videod at the end of their year, with guest appearances from a number of staff. She asked if it could be made available. Videos are not easy, as many have copyright music as a backing track, which You Tube can block. However this one seems to be permitted, so you can find it in the video section.

The message also prompted me to look out a few photos from Eleanor's last day, in particular one of a great maths class I taught that year.

Chloe Skinner sent an email on 15 June 2016 Malton School 2005
Chloe is living down in Wales now, and emailed just to say she enjoyed browsing through the Maltonians site, and spotting herself, her friends, her aunts and her dad. She mentions sharing the site with "her partner in crime" in my maths class, Claire Szuman, (now Claire Norris).

The email from Chloe prompted me to look back at her leaving prom in 2005, and i have started working on preparing the pictures from that evening for the website - coming soon!

Howard Campion sent an email on 20 March 2016 Malton Grammar School Form 3 1955
Howard emailed with an invitation to the annual Malton Grammar School reunion, which will be at The Old Lodge in Malton on Tuesday 26 April. If anyone would like to attend but is not on Howard's mailing list, please get in touch and I will forward your details to Howard, who would be delighted to send you more information, and to welcome you to the reunion.

Susan Weinhardt (Avison) emailed on 9 March 2016
Susan spotted an extra name in the 1995 Year 11 group photo - Andrew Avison, 5th from left on back row.

Facebook activity in March 2016
Quite a lot of comments on the 1970s photos posted recently. Some conflicts in memories of who's who, but I suppose that is inevitable after 40 years. Stuart Stead and Andy Leadill provided names for the 1969 U13 football team which appears in the Robin Coulthard photo collection.

Jenny Towse (Hopper) and others emailed on 3 March 2016
Following publication of the 1962 staff photo in the Gazette, various emails arrived offering identification for two missing names. Jenny Towse managed to find the photo that she had, and it had names on the back of it, confirming the missing girls' PE teacher's name as Miss Judith Aiston. She also had a few other memories of the staff in the photo: "Brenda Holmes was lab assistant and Mrs Fletcher was Mr Taylor's secretary. Mollie Clarke was Domestic Science teacher and ran a spotless DS room, down one side of the quad. I recall that Royston Bower played the bassoon. " John Smith replied to say that he was the bassoonist, and Roy Bower was actually a trombonist - they shared the same music stand! Angela Walters emailed to say "The Mrs Fletcher mentioned is my cousin Jean Fletcher, who was school secretary at the time. Her husband Kenneth was the careers officer to shools. They lived in Thornton Dale before moving to Kettering where he took up a Careers position. Sadly she died in February this year aged 84."

Thanks also to Steve Arundale, Ruth Macdonald (Wilson), Anna Lupton and Margaret Pattinson (Triffit) who emailed about the photographs as well. Combining suggestions, I think the missing name on the 1965 staff photo is Miss Alicia Uruski, girls PE teacher for 1 year before Sheila fricker arrived.

Facebook activity in February 2016
The 1968-71 Malton County Modern pictures from Robin Coulthard generated quite a lot of activity on Facebook, involving amongst others, Andy Leadill, Julie Stroughair, Joe Houghton, Joanne Holmes, Gavin Read, Anthea Reeves, Lisa Francis, Denise Stockdale, Joan Johnson,Jayne Farmer. Messages provide some names, which I have put with the photos, although with Facebook comments it is never 100% clear which photo they refer to, or whether names mentioned are of people in the photo, or are just named to alert other friends. Also with women I am never sure if people use married names or school names. And of course sometimes peoples' memories conflict!

Tony Kirby 1962Tony Kirby emailed on 6 February 2016
Prompted by John Smith's email (below), Tony added the last name to the 1958 staff photo. The missing name is Sheila Whitworth (Whitford?), who taught French and RI, and Tony thinks she replaced Miss Sedgewick who left to become a missionary in Madagascar. She was Tony's Form 3 form mistress, in Room 5. Tony also provides most of the names for the 1962 staff photo, with just three ladies unidentified. Can anyone fill in the missing details?

John SMithJohn Smith emailed on 23 January 2016
John (MGS 1960-65) provided a missing names for a 1958 staff photo, - Mrs Fletcher, the school secretary. She is also on the 1962 photo, where I notice I do not have many staff names. Surely someone out there can fill them in for me? Perhaps you can, John?

Malcolm Smith sent an email on 15 January 2016

Malton Grammar School Reunion 2002

Malcolm emailed having spotted his uncle Kenneth Smith, un-named, on the 1950 MGS staff photograph. Kenneth was a student at the grammar school 1935 - 1942, then went to Sheffield University before teaching at Richmond, Malton and THirsk, where he finished as Head of Maths. He died in 1994. Malcolm is pictured on the September 2002 reunion photo, taken in front of the school entrance.