Baines School

Former Pupils’ Association

Baines School Former Pupils Association (FPA)

The Former Pupils Association is open to anyone who studied at Baines School. We are really proud of our Baines heritage and the diversity of pupils who studied here over the years. The Association was founded in 1906 with the stated aims of

…. “maintaining the connection between the School and its former pupils, promoting social intercourse among the members by organising meetings or gatherings at suitable centres, publishing and circulating a register of the names and addresses of the members and the consideration and advancement of matters of utility and interest to the School, the Association and/or its members.”

We have members in all parts of the United Kingdom and on all five continents, so you never know when you’ll bump into a member of the BAINES SCHOOL FAMILY!

The secretary produces a newsletter to keep members informed of what is happening or changing at the school. We are always keen to hear stories from Former Pupils, regarding their memories from school or information about their lives since leaving the school.

We have a specific email address for the Former Pupils Association and are hoping to increase communications via email. If you wish to contact us, please email us at

The FPA organises a number of social events throughout the year and is a way of staying in touch with people, meeting new friends and sharing many memories from the Baines community.

Membership of the FPA is by annual subscription (£10 per member, per year) and this covers the cost of communication and subsidises the Annual Dinner. The funding also donates a little to the school every year so that the current pupils, school and community may benefit.

Recent donations to the school have included:

  • The Nepal Trip to carry out worthy charity work in school communities in Nepal
  • Commemorative coins (every pupil in 2017 received a specially minted coin to commemorate 300 years of Baines School)
  • Photographic display of staff and governors in the main school reception
  • Preservation of the display of those who we lost in the war

Each year the FPA elects a new President and committee. They then support the developments over the following year to try to increase the membership, remember any former pupils who have sadly passed, develop social events and raise money for special projects at the school.

Download Membership Application

FPA Committee 2017/18

G Thompson

M Baron

P Bamber

M Ardron, P Bamber, S Croft, G Fretwell, I Miller, P Parkinson, A Robins, D Stead, B Swire, G Denner, N Palfreyman, R Wright, J Spencer, A Roscoe, G Hill, A Chapman

Meet the President 2017

“I was at Baines Grammar School from Sept 1944 until July 1949. Having passed my School Certificate I started a career in Marine Engineering with an apprenticeship at James Robertsons in Fleetwood. Here I served five years as an apprentice fitter building steam winches and small steam engines as well as repairing and overhauling the machinery on steam trawlers in the Fish Docks. I had one year in the Drawing Office and passed my Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering at the Harris Institute at Preston. In 1954 I joined Alfred Holts in Liverpool (Blue Funnel Line) as a Junior Engineer and served the next five years aboard their cargo ships sailing to Australia, Malaya, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Japan and the USA. I came ashore in 1959 when I was sailing as Second Engineer and had passed the MOT Certificates as Chief Engineer (Steam & Diesel).

I joined Northern Trawlers in Grimsby as an Assistant Superintendent Engineer, married a Poulton girl (Barbara Willacy) in June 1960 and settled down to family life in Grimsby. I was Superintendent Engineer at Northern Trawlers when two large trawling groups merged to form British United Trawlers and I was appointed as Chief Superintendent Engineer.

I was responsible for the repair, maintenance and engineering operation of 60 fishing vessels (Freezer Trawlers, Distant Water Trawlers and Middle Water Trawlers). Work also included supervising the construction of three large Freezer Trawlers on the Clyde. With the decline of the Fishing Industry (in the late 1980’s) the remaining vessels were sold to Cam Shipping who operated Stand by Safety Vessels for oil rigs in the North Sea. I went with the ships and became Superintendent Engineer for Cam Shipping. Work involved the conversion from trawler to Stand by Safety vessel which meant the removal of fishing gear, installing accommodation and facilities including a hospital, fitting two fast rescue craft and fast-launching equipment with aux propulsion systems for use when on stand-by at the oil rig. I also spent a lot of time in Norway inspecting vessels to add to the fleet,

In 1992, after several mergers, the new Norwegian owners moved the company operations to Montrose and I agreed to go north too. We left two sons and two grandchildren in Grimsby with the eldest son serving in the Royal Navy. A bit of a break but we enjoyed six years in the village of Johnshaven in a lovely bungalow overlooking the North Sea. After I retired we decided to move back to England and in 1998 we settled in Kendal, where Barbara and I enjoy playing crown green bowls, gardening and the expanding family.”

Current FPA Social Events

MonthlyFPA members meet for lunch on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month
at the “Squirrel” public house on Bispham Road, Blackpool. 12.00 for 12.30 food.
Autumn eventsTen Pin Bowling
Winter eventsChristmas Lunch
Spring eventsAnnual General Meeting followed by the Annual Dinner - Saturday 3rd March 2018
(Please email if you wish to book a place)
St George's Day Dinner
Summer eventsGolf Tournament
Crown Green Bowling

Special events planned for 2017/18 to celebrate the 300th Year of Baines:

Official opening of the Rose Garden – this happened on 28th September 2017

Open Day – 18th November 2017 (Morning fun run and display), evening concert ‘Mus ic and Memories ’ with hot buffet and drinks (Tickets £15 per adult)

Summer Music concert – Current and former Baines pupils to perform in a night to celebrate the musical talent of the school