Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham




Historical Society


President: Mr. Higson.

Secretary: Mavis Fielding.


The Historical Society is one of the school's newest societies, and began on November 6th, 1958.  Since that time it has gained many members and has had many varied meetings.  There have been films and talks and also a junior quiz and a middle school quiz.  The winners of these were Edward Lees and Christobel Taylor respectively.  Mr. Matthews gave a very interesting talk on China, concerning the life of Chinese people, the country and also the language.  Another talk was given by Mr. Fryer on the subject of "Rome".

On April 4th, 1959, there was a trip to Leeds.  The party set off at about 10 a.m. and arrived back at West Street at about 5.45 p.m.  The main point of the outing was to see Kirkstall Museum and Kirkstall Abbey.  After this all returned to Leeds and looked round shops and visited the City Museum.

Later in April was shown a film "Hadrian's Wall", and on May 8th Miss Mills, a teacher from Hulme Grammar School, gave a lecture on this subject.  This was illustrated by lantern slides and postcards, and was of much interest, not only to those who later went to the Wall, but also to all who were present at the meeting.

From May 22nd to May 25th, members of the society were having a wonderful time at Stair, near Keswick.  Mr. and Mrs. Bickerstaffe and Mr. and Mrs. Fryer were in charge of the party.

Towards the end of the term was a "Local History Competition", the winners of which were Christine Smith and Anne Johnson.

The society has printed and sold throughout the school four editions of "Miscellany" since it began.  These tell of past happenings in Oldham.  Next year it is hoped to increase the scope of "Miscellany" to include original articles contributed by members, with a wider appeal.

This past school year has been quite a successful one for the Historical Society, and it is hoped that it will be even more of a success in the future. A warm welcome is extended to first formers who wish to join the society.



Film Society Report

Mr. M. A. Tempest, Miss Turner, F. Holden, D. Parkin, Anne Copeland,
Doreen Barlow, Carole Lindley, Jacqueline Harwood, Christine Bird.


Last Autumn, the Film Society was formed by Mr. Tempest and Miss Turner, the membership numbering approximately a hundred and fifty.  Meetings were held at monthly intervals, and some of the films shown included "Genevieve", "The Blue Lamp" and "The Battle of the River Plate".

Amongst the films to be shown this year are "On the Waterfront" and "The Admirable Crichton".  However, the most outstanding film this year is the popular musical "Pal Joey", starring Frank Sinatra.

We hope that Greenhill's answer to the "Kings" will continue to flourish for a long time to come.