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Calling all Bideford Grammar School students

Bideford Grammar School closed almost fifty years ago. Now the Bideford Grammar School Old Boys Association is stepping up its search for former pupils of the school.

The historic school on Abbotsham Road, believed to have been founded in the 1690s when Sir Walter Raleigh sailed from Bideford and Queen Elizabeth I reigned, admitted both girls and boys in recent years and had an annual intake of just forty pupils . . Many of them are already members of the Old Boys – but over the years some former pupils have lost touch.

Now the Association wants to hear from former pupils or their relatives to invite them to the BGSOBA Annual Dinner on 28th April.

BGSOBA Chairman, Roger ‘Chunky’ Hunkin, said: “It would be great to reunite with grammar school mates we’ve lost touch with. Over the past few years we have done a lot of work setting up our website and information archive. But there are dozens of former pupils that we want to hear from and meet again. The search is on!”

BGSOBA member Ray Auvray added: “Many former pupils have moved away from North Devon but may have relatives still in the area. Or they moved back in retirement and don’t know about the Association. We also look forward to hearing from girls who attended the school in the 1970s and any old photos or stories from their school days to include in our archive.”

Former pupils or their relatives should contact: or telephone 01237 421420

Roger Hunkin concluded: “They will be most welcome at our anniversary dinner and will have the opportunity to meet up with old friends again and reminisce about school days fifty years ago!

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