Fwd: Wyvernians Appeal

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From: Dennis Duggan <djduggan@supanet.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Sept 2021 at 16:39
Subject: Wyvernians Appeal

Dear Fellow Wyvernians,

As most of you know, over the past twenty three years we have amassed a considerable collection of CBS memorabilia. 

Currently it is split between Brian Screaton and myself. The two halves comes together at the annual reunions, and the display is an important and integral part of the day.

Unfortunately both Brian and I now have storage problems.  In my case I am obliged to keep much of the collection in a shed, and the conditions are far from ideal for the purpose.

So we are asking if any of you could offer suitable accomodation for the collection.  Perhaps you have  a dry, well-ventilated garage or loft, or corner of a spare room available?

To give you some idea of the space required, the whole collection would fit in a largish estate car or 4 x 4.  As well as paper documents there are books, trophies, panoramic photographs, items of clothing, portraits and miscellaneous bits and bobs.

Our funds are limited, but we would be happy to offer a peppercorn rent.  Obviously the storage space needs to be in Leicester, or one of the surrounding villages.  Access would only be required once per year.

The collection, which is possibly a unique record of an 'ordinary' grammar school, deserves to be looked after properly.  As things stand,  at least part of it is at risk from poor storage conditions.

The alternative is to hand everything to the Leicestershire Records Office, the downside being it would not be available at the reunions.  So we would only want to consider that option if and when the reunions are no longer viable.

If you can help, or have any ideas, please get in touch asap.

Many thanks,



2021 Reunion Cancelled

In view of current circumstances we have decided to cancel the 2021 reunion.

We will provisionally book the 2022 reunion for the 19th of March in the usual place. Further details will be announced when known.

Stay safe all

Your Wyvernians Team

2020 Reunion (14/3/20)

On the Thursday leading up to the Reunion, following the PM's announcement, it was decided by all concerned that the Reunion should go ahead. It was another success. A full report will appear in our next newsletter. Photos of the event are now on our Facebook page. To view them CLICK/TAP HERE (Note you do not need to be a member of Facebook to see the photos). Our thanks to everyone who came - including our speaker Bharat Patel, who kept us enthralled and entertained with his potted autobiography (his book on the same subject "Indian Takeaway" is still on sale - with ALL proceeds going to the Hope Against Cancer charity - see their website https://www.hopeagainstcancer.org.uk/store/ for details of how to obtain your copy). Thanks also to John Hames for his help on the day - stepping in at short notice to help with setting up, packing away (& taking a few photos which are on our Facebook page). Once again Age UK Leicestershire did us proud with the catering and arrangements on the day. Our special thanks go to Antony Foster (Age UK's man on the ground) who has given us tremendous support over the years with our reunions. He is moving on to pastures new. Finally a big thank you to Stephanie, who puts in a lot of work on our behalf behind the scenes as well as running the raffle on the day.

Welcome To Wyvernians

This website is dedicated to former pupils and staff of the City Of Leicester Boys Grammar School.

The aim of Wyvernians is to perpetuate the memory of The City Of Leicester Boys' Grammar School, also known as City Boys, from its inception on 23/9/1919 up to 1976. After 1976  links with the original grammar school ceased, when it became a co-ed comprehensive and ultimately changed its name to The City of Leicester College.

We achieve our aim by holding an annual reunion at the former school building in Humberstone Gate (appropriately now owned and operated by Age UK!) and keeping in touch via an e-mailed newsletter (known as Old Wyves' Tales!) and this dedicated web site. The newsletters may be received by post if stamped-addressed envelopes are supplied to the Secretary.

There is no charge to join Wyvernians, and members are encouraged to contribute items to the newsletter (Old Wyves' Tales). We also encourage members to donate any school memorabilia they may have, and a sizeable collection is now in existence. A good selection of the memorabilia is always on display at the reunions (and invariably attracts a great deal of attention). Items remain the property of the donor and may be reclaimed at any time. Thus the memory of our old school is kept alive.

From the menu to your left you can explore this site, which hosts a virtual 'Aladdin's cave' of information. From the Memorabilia page where you can look at the everyday work & items from your schooldays, to the Old Boys database where you can search an online directory of past pupils and teachers. You may find an old friend who you have not spoken to in years!

As well as being emailed, our irregular newsletter (including all back copies) can be accessed from this website. It features articles and items of interest (mainly anecdotes. from our schooldays - some people still have amazing recall!).

The School Shop makes an occasional appearance on this website. It usually sells items that may rekindle your childhood memories. Over the years the following items have been for sale but may no longer be available:-

  • Cine film produced by members of the school's Film Club, transferred to DVDs. Also CDs containing many school photographs. Supplies of these are now only available by special order. 
  • Neck ties with a Wyvern embossed on it and other clothing items are available for purchase direct from the supplier (while stocks last).
  • An addition  in Nov 2012 - a book containing a comprehensive history of the school, painstakingly researched and written by former pupil Andy Marlow and edited by Mike Ratcliff, another ex-pupil. Sadly the book is now sold out 
However it's not too late because...

Brian Screaton (in collaboration with Mike Ratcliff) has acquired a small number of copies in hardback form priced £35 + £4.20 p&p (UK only). If you want a copy then contact Brian here 
second hand copies appear occasionally on ebay 

(Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the download version of the book has been withdrawn from sale)

Click or tap here for a preview (4MB)

If you don't see it for sale contact the Secretary

We now also have a Facebook page, where photographs are stored from schooldays to reunions and even demolition! You don't usually need to sign up to Facebook to view them. You can visit the page via the link on the left. Once on the Facebook page the best way to view the photos is to click on the Photos tab then click on the Albums tab and choose an album to view.

We hope you enjoy the online experience we have created in memory of our time at the City of Leicester Boys Grammar School.

If you wish to contact us for any reason please click here

Three key buildings in the life of the school

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