OVER fifty years after their school merged with Marling, a group of Stroud old boys are still meeting up, including with a skittles match this week.

Stroud Technical School has had many names, starting its life as Stroud Craft School on Downfield Road, having been previously Brimscombe Polytechnic.

By 1910 it had become Stroud & District Central School with a first intake of 81 pupils.

It was not until the Butler Education Act of 1944, however, that it got the title of Stroud Secondary Technical School - and so the Stroud Boys Technical School was formed.

All pupils transferred to Marling School when the two schools amalgamated in September 1965.

Flash forward to 2019 and old pupils from school are still meeting up, usually once a year for a reunion dinner.

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But now via the power of social media they are trying other ways to keep in touch - and on Tuesday, they headed to the Red Lion in Arlingham for a game of skittles.

Bob Young from the old boys said: "We had a super turn out and two teams of 10 competed in the skittles match. Although some of us had not played skittles for many years we all had great fun and are now looking forward to our next event which is a clay pigeon shoot.

"Naturally we would welcome any old boys that would like to join us at our social events."

If you are an old boy too, find out more at facebook.com/groups/739020599484641/.

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