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Welcome to the Apley Park School and Millichope School web site.

The Apley Estate

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Hi my name is Graham Jackson and I was a student at Apley Park Boarding School between the years of 1975 and 1980. During my time at Apley I was known as Moriarty. As most of you know the original site was born in 1995 as a result of a project for my degree, and over the last sixteen years it has grown from a few pages to over two hundred pages - and is still growing! Over four hundred old boys and teachers have made contact with the site. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed material for the site.

Main Hall

Main Hall - Taken in March 2013

This site mainly consists of information on Apley Park  School. Any information on Millichope School can be found in the dedicated Millichope School, section which can be accessed from the main menu on the left, the Millichope School section also gives details on the transfer from Millichope School to Apley Park School in 1962.

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The last ten people who have contacted the site are: The most recent feedback left is: The most recent additions to the site are:
Kevin Portfleet who attended Apley Park School between 1966 and 1969 contacted the site on: July 7, 2015
Richard Egerton who attended Apley Park School between 1971 and 1976 contacted the site on: June 24, 2015
Derek Pugh who attended Apley Park School between 1963 and 1967 contacted the site on: March 22, 2015
Chris Tromans who attended Apley Park School between 1967 and 1969 contacted the site on: March 6, 2015
Andrew Badham who attended Apley Park School between 1969 and 1972 contacted the site on: March 1, 2015
Humphrey Smallman who attended Millichope School between 1956 and 1958 contacted the site on: February 15, 2015
Bill Roger who attended Millichope School between 1955 and 1958 contacted the site on: February 14, 2015
BILL ROGER who attended Millichope School between 1955 and 1958 contacted the site on: December 15, 2014
Keith Holdsworth who attended Millichope School between 1961 and 1965 contacted the site on: December 9, 2014
Jonathan Edwards who attended Apley Park School between 1977 and 1981 contacted the site on: December 5, 2014
This is Kevin Portfleet ( 1966 ), spent many happy years at Appley. I was sad to hear about the passing of Mr. McNeil.

Submitted by: Kevin Portfleet on: July 7, 2015

Hi Graham, Very sad to hear about the passing of Kevin McNeil recently. I'm planning on attending his funeral on Monday 23rd February 2015 at 4pm. I've seen quite a bit of Kevin since I left Apley in 1973, we kept in touch, personally and via email. My memories of Kevin are; During my time at Apley from 1969 to 1973 Kevin was a passionate and dedicated teacher. A proper grammar school boy and proud of his roots in Rochdale and a fan of Rochdale Hornets RFC. He thoroughly enjoyed boarding school life, he spent many hours over and above his normal hours of duty helping pupils enjoy Rugby, Cricket, photography, bird watching, table tennis and many summer school camps. Criccieth in Wales, The Isle of Aaron in Scotland, Braithwaite in the Lake District, and Lake Coniston to name just a few really enjoyable and memorable times. He was always encouraging, caring, with good humour and a smile. I believe it was a very sad day and quite life changing for him when Apley closed in 1986-7. He taught English, Maths and Science during my time at Apley. He learned to drive quite late, but developed a liking of interesting cars from VW Camper Vans to MERCEDES Benz saloons. Later in life I believe he had a great interest in film and cinema. It was always enjoyable to talk to him at Old Boys reunions which I think he enjoyed immensely. Kevin will be sadly missed by many past pupils, teachers and staff. RIP

Submitted by: Andrew Badham on: March 1, 2015

Hello Graham Jackson thanks for passing on the recent mail from old Millichope boy John Mc quaker i don't receive many as you know due to the fact that Millichope boys don't seem to have joined 21 st century ,and are not computer literate.however thanks a bunch,as i was able to reply to him.like many old boys he seems to have led an interesting life.thanks again ,keep in touch .BILL ROGER PS i will try and find some old sportsday progs (interesting)

Submitted by: Bill Roger on: February 14, 2015

Dear Graham, Blessings to one and all for 2015 from a pleasant 26 oc at 2000 hrs and we had 5 in rain last sat which was an answer to prayer. Cyclone brewing north of Cairns no direction as to which way it will head- hope it goes inland to the drought areas of Queensland. Agree with Bill we should hear from more ex students and need more photos - my excuse is we couldn`t afford cameras let alone film back in the 50`s ! I took a lot of film when in Canada in 75 with the Army but left them behind so nothing of fighting Polar and Brown bears in the Artic !!! Graham many thanks for you getting this system going -enjoy your cold weather John

Submitted by: John McQuaker on: January 9, 2015

Hi, Graham, we do seem to have lost contact over the past few years, however I still have my MIllichope School days in my memory bank so much, due to the fact that schooldays were so good, especially the sports side and the good friends I made. It is such a shame that so few of the Millichope boys have no contact, due to the fact that they have not bothered to join the computer age. I wish some of their children would do so on their behalf. I only wish I had more photos of my sporting achievements while at school, especially athletics, not many photos were taken in those days. I only have one and that is me collecting the sports cup in 1958. What a shame!

Submitted by: Bill Roger on: December 16, 2014

Margaret Evans has sent me some photographs of Millichope School, including the intake for 1954. The Photograph can be found on the The Glyn Evans Collection page, located in the Millichope School Photograph Section.

Added: 16nd September 2014

Phillip Royal has sent me a photograph of the Millichope School intake for 1961. The Photograph can be found on the The Phillip Royal Collection page, located in the Millichope School Photograph Section.

Added: 02nd February 2014

The obituary for Gerry Gladwell has been added to the Obituaries Section and I have added two more newspaper cuttings to the Paper Cuttings Section They are the two sponsored swim articles.

Added: 04th November 2013

Brian Dickin has supplied 5 photographs of a camping trip which have been added to the site. They can be viewed from the School Activities page in the Photograph Section They are the last five photographs. Thanks Brian.

Added: 08th March 2013

Alan Ventress has been in contact with the site again. He has submitted an extract from autobiography which can be found on his page in the Site Guestbook Section.

Added: 31st December 2012

Geoff Gwilt has sent me numerous article from the Millichope School magazine. The articles can be found on the School information, Articles and Email's page.

Added: 21st November 2012

Gerald Pritchard has added photographs which can be found on the Millichope photograph section page.

Added: 13th July 2012

Geoff Gwilt has sent me some photographs of his time at Millichope. They can be found on the The Geoff Gwilt Collection page, located in the Millichope School Photograph Section.

Added: 24th March 2012

Mike Hands has sent me some photographs of his time at Millichope. They can be found on the The Mike Hands Collection page, located in the Millichope School Photograph Section.

Added: 15th March 2012

Two photographs of Linley Station have been added to the site. They can be viewed from the Apley Park and Estate page in the Photograph Section They are the last two photographs. Thank you Lady Harriet Hamilton.

Added: 07th October 2011

Ian Haime has sent in two newspaper cuttings from the Express and Star published in 1960, visit the Millichope - Newspaper Cuttings section. The cutting are called 'A Remarkable School' and 'Ingestre Hall - Ideal for school'.

Added: 06th October 2011

Another great reunion, you can view the photographs on the newly created 2011 Reunion page. You can also put your names down for the 2013 reunion, see the Apley Reunion 2013 page.

Added: 15th May 2011

I have added the Millichope school song to the School information, Articles and Email's page. Thank you Bill Lewis.

Added: 3rd February 2011

I have added three newspaper cuttings to the Apley Newspaper Cuttings section. They are called 'Apley surge to final and keep record' , 'Apley stay in trim for county final' and 'Apley warm up'. They are shown at the bottom of the pull down list.

Added: 30th January 2011

Bill Lewis has sent in a newspaper cutting from the Shropshire Magazine published in 1950, visit the Millichope - Newspaper Cuttings section.

Added: 29th January 2011

Bill Thacker has sent in a newspaper cutting relating to Apley from the Shropshire Star, visit the Newspaper Cuttings section.

Added: 17th May 2010

Robert Oakley has added photographs to the Millichope Photograph Section. Robert has sent photographs of Skipol airport and the YFC, dated 1960/61.

Added: 11th January 2010

Bill Roger has added photographs to the Millichope Photograph Section

Added: 20th July 2009

Added more photographs taken by Jaz to the Charlton Arms 2009 Reunion page.

Added: 7th July 2009

There are 450 students or teachers who have registered with the site so far, to see their details, visit the Site Guestbook page. Can you please register your details with the web site, by filling in the Register with the site form, which can also be accessed from the Navigation Bar on the side of the page. There are 199 students who have left feedback with the site, to see other peoples feedback, visit the Site Feedback page. Please send me your thoughts on the site by filling out the Site Feedback form, which can also be accessed from the Navigation Bar on the side of the page. I am always after Apley memorabilia, if you have any Photographs, certificates, newspaper cuttings, or letters please send them on to me. Either Email Me, or Register with the site and I will send you my address. Everything will be returned!

Most of you when visiting the site will be searching for friends from your year; the quickest way to achieve this is to click on Site Guestbook button on the navigation bar at the side of the page. When the page opens enter your search criteria into the form and press 'Search database'. The page will be updated with the search results.

Please note that facebook now has an Apley Park School Old Boys group which is rapidly growing in size. The group can be accessed by clicking on the icon below.

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Apley Old Boys

Apley Park School was located near the villages of Norton, Stockton and Sutton Maddock, which are a few miles from the town of Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Unfortunately due to Shropshire County Council education cuts in the eighties Apley Park School has now closed down. The last year of education was in 1987.

After Apley closed the building remained uninhabited for many years and suffered from horrendous damp problems and vandalism. The "Apley Hall Restoration Trust" then purchased Apley Hall and the surrounding buildings (Classrooms etc). The trust then started to restore the hall and surrounding buildings and eventually obtained planning permission to convert the hall into luxury flats.

In Feb 2004 the House went up for auction and was sold to developers Earlstone under the company name Apley Hall Restoration Ltd. Earlstone developed the Estate into 17 houses, apartments, and mews houses, with the House itself divided into five grand mansion houses, completed and sold in 2006-07 with the Apley Hall House incorporating the main entrance being the most expensive at £1.5 million, the others being the Library House, Georgian House, Garden House and Courtyard House. The surrounding 8,500-acre Apley Park estate is still owned, since 1868, by the Hamilton family's Apley Estate

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