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A Recent Message from an Old Boy from 1969

My name is Andrew Messenger. I’m responding to recent correspondence from the OSA suggesting old boys email to provide updates on their life after Sandbach. I loved the school & have many wonderful memories from my time there.

I left in 1969 after A levels. I didn’t go to University but chose instead to go into banking. I started with Nat West,went on to TSB,then Norwich &  Peterborough Building Society before spending 15 happy & successful years (the last 10 as Chief Executive) at West Bromwich Building Society. I retired in 2006, aged 55, & now enjoy travelling, golf/spectator sports, walking, music & cooking! My wife,Diane & I have been together since my school days we have two children James & Kate.

My wife’s mother still lives in Ettiley Heath & whenever we visit I often insist we detour via Crewe Road so that I can glimpse the school. I had 7 wonderful years there. I was mad on all sports & played in all the teams throughout the years in rugby , cricket, football & badminton. I was priviledged to be taught by some really great teachers who really did care about us-names such as Messrs Bowles, Eastwood, Roberts, Piggott, Newton, Mackay & Trainor readily spring to mind.I still keep in touch with some of the friends I made there especially Gordon Carter & Jonathon Walters.

Without doubt the school has been a great influence on my life – not just in preparing me educationally for a successful & rewarding career but in providing  me with good values & all round interests.I’d love to visit the school at some time to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane & to witness, first hand, the outstanding progress made over the last 42 years.

With deep gratitude to Sandbach School & many thanks to all those teachers who so influenced & enriched my life.

Yours sincerely,
Andrew Messenger.

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