No. 71. DECEMBER, 1932. VOL. XXII.
|Notices||Scholarship and Examination Successes|
|O.B.A. Notes||Gleams and Flashes|
|House Notes||Ye Chronicle|
|Final House Positions, 1931-32||Any Complaints?|
|School Football||For Fourth Formers|
|Sports Account||Cricket Days|
|D.C.S. Cadet Company||On Dit|
|Dramatic Society Notes||In a Flat|
|Musical Notes||A Short History of the Pharos|
|The School Organ||A Wet Half-Holiday|
|Speech Day||A Morbid Myth|
|The School Library|
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Spring Term, 1933.—The Spring Term will begin on Thursday, 12th January, and end on Wednesday, 5th April. Holders of season tickets should see that their railway passes are made out to cover both these dates.
The term’s outstanding events, the installation of the School Organ, and the opening recitals, took place according to plan. The thanks of the School are due to Mr. Pearce and to those Sixth Form boys who readily gave their assistance during the holidays for the wiring of the necessary electric circuits so that the organ was ready for service at the beginning of term. To Dr. Charlton Palmer and to Mr. Willis we also acknowledge a debt of gratitude. Similar acknowledgments must be made to Miss Rookwood and Mr. Watt, and again to Mr. Willis, for their work in connection with the Speech Day programme, which added yet one more to a long list of successes.
Mr. Leslie J. Goodburn will be leaving us to take up, in the New Year, a permanent appointment at St. Stephen’s School, South Lambeth, London. We hope he has found his short stay with us as a member of the Staff a pleasant experience, and we congratulate him on obtaining a suitable post. He will be succeeded by Mr. S. H. Atkins, M.A. (Lond.), an Old Boy of Skinner’s School, Tunbridge Wells, and recently a student at King’s College, London.
The success of Clifford G. Jarrett in the Civil Service Examination has received more than local publicity, being of such an outstanding nature as to attract the notice of the London newspapers. Nevertheless, as representing Jarrett’s old School, we offer him our very heartiest congratulations on what appears to have been a record achievement.
Will all readers please accept our best wishes for Christmas and
the New Year.
We deeply regret to announce the death of Arthur John Davis (1918-21) and of William Newton Bradley (1924-27). The former, who was for some years a member of the Old Boys’ Cricket Team, passed away on 17th September, and Newton Bradley collapsed and died suddenly while undergoing a minor operation on 29th October. To the relatives of both these Old Boys of the School we offer our sincerest sympathy.
The fully attended Annual General Meeting of our Association, held on 17th September, strongly proved the interest of parents in our activities and aims.
To those parents who are not yet members, may we (the Executive Committee) make a special appeal to join the Association, and help to enlarge the sphere of our usefulness to the School and to our boys.
All patents heard with regret of the temporary breakdown in health of our esteemed. Chairman, the Rev. A. T. Slater, whilst away from this town attending to one of his various duties in connection with public and private affairs.
We are pleased to know he is once again amongst us, and sincerely trust that renewed health and vigour may now be his to carry on the good work he is doing in Dover.
We regret the resignation of the Rev. A. E. Taylor, and tender him our best thanks for his interest in our Association.
The retiring members of the Executive Committee — Mrs. M. Woodham, Major W. Donald and Mr. H. G. Stanway, were re-elected. Mrs. Ravensdale and Mr. E. Fry were elected as two new members to our Committee. We wish them both an interesting term of office.
Once again we have to chronicle another successful Speech Day and Prize-Giving. To the recipients of the Parents’ Association prizes we offer our congratulations.
The Committee express their thanks to those gentlemen who, acting as Stewards, helped in the seating arrangements for parents and. friends; also to those who formed our “Cricket Eleven” at the Parents v. Boys match.
As parents we are pleased to note the various successes obtained by the boys in the examinations held during the year.
In passing may we congratulate C. Jarrett, who, as an Old Boy, has brought honour to the School by his brilliant success.
We wish to express the thanks of all parents to the Head Master, Mr. F. Whitehouse, and to Mrs. Whitehouse, for their kindness in being “At Home” to all on 17th September. This pleasing function is always a red letter day in the life of our Association and the School.
May I, as Hon. Secretary, take this opportunity of thanking the Head Master and members of the Staff for the kindly help and advice willingly given to me in all matters relating to our Association.
The Executive Committee extend to all parents, the Head Master and the Staff, hearty Christmas Greetings, and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.
To the boys we wish the full enjoyment that Christmas can bring, and that the New Year may dawn full of promise to them, and further strengthen the ambition to carry on and emulate the successes and traditions of their School.
This year our dances are being held in the Garden Hall Cherry Tree Avenue, and the first dance of the season was well attended.
The next really important function is the Annual Re-Union Dance, which takes place at the Town Hall on Monday, 26th December (Boxing Day), and members are particularly requested to reserve. this date and persuade other Old Boys to come along. Full particulars of this Dance will be found elsewhere on a leaflet.
The Annual Dinner was this year held in the Dovorian Restaurant, and although numbers' were very disappointing, a most enjoyable evening was spent, and once again our thanks are due to Messrs. Gunn and Cocks for the arrangement of a most excellent musical programme, and to those responsible for the rendering of the various items. I very much regret having to say that of 150 Old Boys circularised with a letter in connection with the Dinner and an "At Home" to be held on the Wednesday following, some 125 failed to reply. There is a great deal of work in arranging a function such as this, and it is most discouraging to receive so little courtesy and support. Subscriptions are somewhat slow in coming in, and I appeal to all who have not as yet paid this year to let me have them as soon as possible.
Will members please note that from 1st January next the Secretary's address will be 8, Monins Road.
At the Annual Dinner, the future of the Association was. discussed, and a strong Sub-Committee was appointed with the purpose of trying to increase the membership and strengthen the appeal which the Association makes to Old Boys. They hope for loyal support in this effort, and will be pleased to receive through the Secretary any suggestions towards the desired end.
We have received the following items of personal news, and shall always be pleased to hear of successes, appointments, or other interesting events concerning former members of the School:-
C. G. Jarrett has started work at the Home Office, Whitehall.
C. J. S. Mumford has obtained a post with Messrs. Lever Bros. at Port Sunlight.
H. Newman is at Buckland Paper Mill.
S. Dilnot has been placed in charge of a sub-section of research on cotton by his firm, Messrs. Jas. Williamson and Sons, Ltd., of Lancaster.
E. W. Smith, who went out to Brazil two years ago representing Messrs. Thorneycroft, had exciting times in Sao Paulo during the recent unsuccessful revolution.
Frank S. Downs is Accountant, not Secretary as recorded last term, to St. James' Parish Church Council. He is also Secretary to three important Dover Companies, a Fellow of the Incorporated Secretaries' Association, and Hon. Secretary and Treasurer to the Dover and District Association of the Coal Merchants' Federation of Great Britain.
S. H. Morris writes from Margate that he has completed the Final of the Institute of Bankers' Examination. R. A. Crofts has also obtained this qualification.
M. Castle has taken a post with the South-East Kent Electric power Company.
L. C. Hogben has a clerkship under Messrs, Knocker, Elwin and Lambert, Solicitors, of Dover.
We are pleased to announce the following marriages: Henry E. Dargan to Miss Grace V. I. Jeffery, on 1st August, at St. Andrew's Church, Coulsdon, Surrey.
Thomas Hood to Miss Freda D. Holman, on 1st August, at Charlton Church, Dover.
William E. Motley to Miss Ivy Volant, on 6th August, at St. Michael's Church, Camden Town.
Edward W. Fuller to Miss Winifred L. Hammond, on 6th August, at the Church of the Ascension, Portsmouth.
Eric W. Pudney to Miss Hilda D. Darby, on 24th August, at Buckland Wesleyan Church, Dover.
John Morecroft to Miss Hilda Foley, on 7th September, at the Catholic Church, Hythe, Kent.
G. E. HARROW, Hon. Sec.
Old Pharosians' Cricket Club.
Although difficulty was experienced in fielding a regular XI., the Club had quite a satisfactory season. We played 15 matches and won 6; but of the 8 lost, several resulted in close finishes; the remaining match was a tie.
We are arranging an attractive fixture list for next season, and there will be several vacancies in the team. We extend a hearty invitation to all Old Boys in the town who are interested in cricket to join us and help to maintain the standard of the Club.
The record of the season 1932 is as follows: -
Played 15, won 6, lost 8, tie 1.
Average runs per wicket, 14.48; opponents, 13.92,
Results from 9th July.
July 9 -
Old Pharosians 164; Highland Light Infantry 147.
" 16 - Royal Sussex Regt, 102; Old Pharosians 102.
" 23 - Canterbury Excelsior 142; Old Pharosians 146 for 2 wkts,
" 30 - Old Pharosiaus 98; Royal Sussex 109 for 7 wkts.
Aug. 6 - Old Pharosians 125; Scaforth Highlanders 132.
" 20 - Seaforth Highlanders 38 and 69 for 6 wks.; Old Pharosians 158 for 4 wkts,
" 27 - Army School of Education 168; Old Pharosians 72.
A. C. L. BROWNE, Hon. Sec.
Old Pharosians' Football Club.
The advent of the present season gave promise of a successful time for the Club in the League. Several of the weaker positions had been strengthened, and increased membership had led to the formation of a 2nd XI. Ill-luck in the matter of injuries alas, however, dogged the team, and at present our record is only mediocre: -
Played. Won. Lost. Drawn. Points.
9 3 3 3 9
It was evident after the practice games at the beginning of the season that the enthusiasm of the younger members of the Club warranted re-forming the 2nd XI. This has been done with considerable success. A fixture list of about twenty-five games has been arranged, of which nine have been played to date, three having been won and six lost. Boys leaving School would be well advised to join this team to accustom themselves to the hurly-burly type of football encountered outside School games.
R. R. SUTTON, Hon. Sec.
The two points of interest during the term have been the Swimming Sports and House Football. In both we have been successful, owing chiefly to really good combined efforts. The swimmers who trained so assiduously in the baths are to be congratulated on their excellent results. They are but few, however, compared with the large numbers of non-swimmers. The House must realise that swimming is every bit as important as the other sports, and the championship often depends on swimming results. It therefore behoves everyone who is at all interested in his House to learn to swim at least one length.
At football the 1st XI. has performed creditably, in view of the many absences and consequent changes. The 2nd XI. are so far undefeated; this is chiefly due to the defence, which has worked hard, and is to be congratulated. Both forward lines have been disappointing. The East Cup games will be occupying attention shortly, and here we have reasonable hopes of success, with most of last season’s team still available.
Next term a start must be made early for the Athletic Sports which may well be the deciding factor in the championship.
In conclusion, we welcome the following new boys:—S. E. E. Allerton, A. H. Butler, P. G. H. Ewer, G. R. Fisher, M. G.. Jenkins, B. Stewart, and V. C. Wakerell.
Regarding football, the 1st XI. is faring even better than last year, having won three matches and lost one. We have excellent prospects of gaining full points in the remaining matches. Since eight members of the School team are in the House, there is no reason whatever why we should have lost one match. This loss was due to the fact that certain members of the team do not take the inter-House matches seriously. The result was seen in the second match with Buckland. Now everyone must realise that when he is chosen to play he plays not solely for self-enjoyment, but for the honour of the House. I do not think the House has ever produced a better 1st XI.; it is very strong in every position. The defence is sound, and an under-standing has developed between the half-backs and the forwards. Bainbridge, new to the 1st XI., has quickly acquired the useful habit of shooting immediately upon receiving the ball.
The 2nd XI., in contrast with previous seasons, has not fared as well, having won only two out of the four matches played. Goodman has played excellently in goal, and Bowers is the chief goal-scorer. The goal averages of both teams are very good. The House is well represented in the School 2nd and 3rd Xl’s also. Once again our old enemy, the Swimming Sports, has dealt us a blow more severe even than that of last year.
Everyone is looking forward to the East Cup Competition, in which we anticipate success.
We wish to welcome the following boys to the House; -
G. J. Bartlett, C. G. Bradbeer, M. A. Compton, R. W. Crowther, J. Edgar, P. J. Harvey, J. B. Keirs, J. W. Menter, H. T. Paynter, R. D. Rees, R. E. Venus, C. E. Young, D. R. Young.
At the beginning of term our prospects in football seemed distinctly good, but recently there has been a very noticeable falling-off in our performance, which is much to be deprecated. Combination in the 1st XI. has been fair, but it is difficult to imagine the situation if Oliver had been absent. Shooting has been decidedly weak, opportunities for scoring having been missed over and over again. and I strongly urge the forwards to practise first-time shots at goal. Milne has put up some excellent displays as goalkeeper. The 2nd XI. has played fairly well individually, but from what I have seen of the play, combination has been an unknown quantity, and combination is, after all, the key-note of successful football. The outlook for Rugby next term is quite bright, and we could easily field a XV. on our own.
The results of the Swimming Sports were not disappointing when it is remembered that three of our best swimmers were unable to participate owing to illness or injury. The percentage of swimmers in the House is not nearly high enough, and I see no reason why eighty per cent. of our number should not be able to swim the length. I would also draw attention to the Life Saving Awards, for which a substantial number of points is given.
Once again the House is handicapped by lack of numbers, but this can easily be remedied by increased enthusiasm, as in the past. It is unpleasant to do so, but I must call attention to the slackness of certain older members of the House who are not pulling their weight; not until every boy takes an active interest can we hope to win the House Challenge Shield, which we have not done since 1927. What about it, Reds?
We welcome the following new boys to the House:-C. Allingham, D. J. Andrews, W. F. Andrews, D. Baxter, E. F. Bowley, T. F. C. Clarke, R. G. Crooks, D. B. Edwards, F. H. Eversfield, R. E. Grigg, R. W. S. Haines, J. R. Harrow, J. McCulloch, P. W. Munday, C. E. Phillips, R. G. Standen, R. J. H. Stewart, E. E. Sutton, F. H. Webb, L. G. Webster, B. A. C. Wilcher, W. P. B. Blackman.
F. G. W-O.
The House is again to be congratulated on winning the House Shield under the excellent leadership of W. M. E. White, whose retirement we deeply regret, but our outlook for the future, with his and L. Goodfellow's departure, is none too promising.
At the Swimming Sports in October we maintained the position of second place, L. E. Dargan again winning the 14-16 Championship Cup. The percentage of swimmers in the House is good, but there are still many members whose duty it is to themselves as well as to the House to learn to swim. As regards Life Saving Examinations, we again have the largest number of successes.
At football we have made a poor start, having lost six matches out of eight, winning one and drawing the other. Our single victory was mainly due to the excellent play of Tyrell, Pritchard and S. M. West, and to the strong wind which both 1st and 2nd XI's appeared to enjoy. The failures are due, in the 1st XI. to bad team work, and in the 2nd XI. to a deficiency in size. The latter unfortunately cannot be remedied, but it is up to the 1st XI. to play more as a team than as individuals. However, we may hope for better results in the East Cup Competition, as many of our players show talent, and it is their duty to bring the Cup to Town House again.
Finally, we welcome the following new boys :-
C. H. Baldwin, J. Dermott, P. Eaton, R. J. Flood, R. J. Fox, A. Hayden, P. J. McVey, I. G. Robson, H. J. Saunders, D. C. Sharp, R. Waite and K. T. White. We sincerely hope that they will settle down as soon as possible and give the House their full support. As the number of members in the upper Forms is small, it remains with you juniors to keep up the prestige of the Light Blues.
FINAL HOUSE POSITIONS, 1931-32.
House. Football Athletics. Cricket. Swimming. Total.
Town. .. 20.83 26.19 30.00 35.12 112.14
Buckland .. 27.08 28.81 12.50 33.05 101.44
Country .. 39.58 14.29 35.00 6.13 95.00
Maxton .. 12.50 30.71 22.50 25.68 91.39
As a contrast to last year’s performance, the School 1st XI. has fared badly. Perhaps this is due to the fact that only four members of last year’s team are still at School. The weather has been unkind, and in three of the matches it was impossible to play with any accuracy owing to the inclement conditions.
The defence, which is almost new, has played well, and herein lies the strength of the team. The School has never been without a good goalkeeper, and Andrews has ably preserved this tradition. Great difficulty has been experienced in constructing the forward line. The outside positions have caused the most trouble, and in the whole School there is not a wing man of the 1st XI. standard. Various changes have been made in these positions, but in vain. The reason why we have not scored many goals is because the forwards do not act as a line. They wander indiscriminately over the field and hang too far back, often impeding the defence. Consequently, when the halves kick the ball upfield, there is no one there to receive it, and the opposing defence has ample time to clear. This fault was obvious in the last match with Sittingbourne, when the visiting goalkeeper only had two shots with which to deal.
The season’s 2nd XI., ably captained by Scott, has played excellently, winning the majority of its matches. The defence has been sound, but the backs must learn to clear more quickly. The halves tackle resolutely, but are apt to lose their positions. There is good combination among the forwards, and they have all scored goals.
The Under 15 XI. has won three of its four matches, mainly owing to the good work of the inside forwards. The outside positions again caused anxiety, and even at the end of the season have not been competently filled. The defence is erratic and unsteady when pressed, but Pelham has been a tower of strength in goal.
It is most disappointing that in so large a School only a dozen boys attend the matches. The teams wish to thank those loyal boys who regularly support the School, and hope that many others will follow their example.
SCHOOL FOOTBALL RESULTS.
28th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 4; D.Y.R.M.S. 3.
Oct. 1st, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 0; Harvey Grammar School 4.
Oct. 8th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 1; Simon Langton School 4.
Oct. 12th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 1 ; Margate College 2.
Oct. 26th, at Ashford — D C.S. 0; Ashford Grammar School 4.
Nov. 2nd, at Guston — D.C.S. 4; D.Y.R.M.S. 5.
Nov. 9th, at Folkestone — D.C.S. 3; Harvey Grammar School 7.
Nov. 12th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 2; Old Boys 1.
Nov. 23rd, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 2; Ashford Grammar School 7.
Dec. 3rd, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 0; Borden Grammar School 6.
at Folkestone — D.C.S. 1; Harvey Grammar School 1.
Oct. 8th, at Canterbury — D.C.S. 2; Simon Langton School 5.
Oct. 12th, at Margate — D.C.S. 6; Margate College 0.
Nov. 2nd, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 4; D.Y.R.M.S. 2.
Nov. 9th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 4; Harvey Grammar School 0.
Nov. 16th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 7; Margate College 0.
Dec. 3rd, at Sittingbourne — D.C.S. 3; Borden Grammar School 4.
3rd XI. (UNDER 15).
12th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 3; Margate College 0.
Oct. 26th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 2; Ashford Grammar School 1.
Nov. 2nd, at Guston — D.C.S. 1; D.Y.R.M.S. 6.
Nov. 23rd, at Ashford — D.C.S. 2; Ashford Grammar School 1.
Oct. 8th, at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 3; Simon Langton School 1.
— Buckland 1, Country 2; Maxton 5, Town 1.
Nov. 5th — Country 10, Town 0; Buckland 0, Maxton 0.
Nov. 16th — Country 2, Maxton 0; Buckland 8, Town 2.
Nov. 30th — Country 3, Buckland 4; Town 4, Maxton 2.
Dec. 10th — Maxton 3, Buckland 1; Country 5, Town 0.
— Buckland 3, Country 1; Maxton 6, Town 0.
Nov. 5th — Country 13, Town 1; Buckland 3, Maxton 2.
Nov. 16th — Country 5, Maxton 0; Buckland 7, Town 2.
Nov. 30th — Country 4, Buckland 5; Town 3, Maxton 3.
Dec. 10th — Buckland 6, Maxton 0; Country 11, Town 2.
East Cup — First Round.
Country 0. Maxton 0; Buckland 7, Town 4.
Country 1 ; Buckland 1.
(To be replayed.)
Owing to the greater opportunities for practice during the summer holidays it has been decided to make the Swimming Sports a Christmas Term event. Since the previous sports were held only last term, there was little change in the successes. E. C. Sharp again became swimming champion with 20 points, F. Constable and F. West-Oram being runners-up with 10 and 9 points respectively. The winner of the 14—16 Cup was L. E. Dargan, and of the Under 14, D. C. Thompson. Canon Elnor kindly presented the awards and commended the School upon its fine record of swimmers. At the conclusion of the sports Buckland House led with 98 points, Town had 68, Maxton 38, and Country failed to gain a point.
The results of the races, which took place on 5th October were as follows ;-
Two Lengths (Under 14). - 1, D. C. Thompson; 2, D. J. Suter; 3, A. M. Smith. Time, 31 4/5 secs.
Two Lengths (14-16). - 1, L. E. Dargan; 2, F. Gale; 3, D. M. Heller. Time, 31 1/5 secs.
Two Lengths (Open). - 1, E. C. Sharp; 2, J. B. Pullee; 3, F. G. West-Oram. Time, 25 4/5 secs. (School Record.)
Four Lengths (Under 14). - 1, D. C. Thompson; 2, D. J. Suter; 3, F. M. Dunn. Time, 1 min. 22 1/5 secs.
Four Lengths (14-16). - 1, L. E. Dargan; 2, K. E. Austen; 3, C. I. M. Watson. Time, 1 min. 18 secs.
Six Lengths (Open). - 1, E. C. Sharp; 2, F. Constable; 3, J. B. Pullee. Time, 1 min. 50 secs.
Two Lengths Handicap (junior School). - 1, B. P. Elworthy; 2, A. B. Hurrell; 3, R. J. Fox. Time, 43 4/5 secs.
Diving Competition (Open). - 1, E. C. Sharp; 2, D. M. Heller; 3, A. D. Dewar.
Two Lengths Back-Swimming (14-16). - 1, I. P. Watt; 2, K. R. E. Hart; 3, D. M. Heller. Time, 42 1/5 secs.
Life Saving Race (Open). - 1, E. C. Sharp; 2, F. Constable; 3, F. G. West-Oram. Time, 44 2/5 secs.
House Relay (14-16). - 1, Town (L. E. Dargan, W. F. Dunn, D. M. Heller, I. P. Watt); 2, Maxton (R. P. Beckley, F. Gale, L. G. Kelly, G. D. Magub). Time, 2 mins. 21 secs.
House Relay (Under 14). - 1, Buckland (K. Hart, A. M. Smith, D. J. Suter, D. Thompson); 2, Town (F. M. Dunn, W. R. Haydon, E. W. Silby, J. H. White). Time, 1 min. 2 4/5 secs. (School Record.)
House Relay (Open). - 1, Buckland (G. S. Allen, F. Constable, E. C. Sharp, S. Southey); 2, Town (A. D. Dewar, F. Garlinge, J. Kirton, S. M. West). Time, 2 mins. 7 4/5 secs.
Plunging Competition (Open). - 1, F. Constable; 2, F. G. West-Oram; 3, R. G. Borthwick. Distance, 52 ft. 10 ins.
Six Lengths (14-16). - 1, F. Gale; 2, L. E. Dargan; 3, W. Dunn. Time, 2 mins. 5 1/5 secs.
One Length Novices (Junior School). - 1, B. Bilby; 2, S. Waters ; 3, F. H. Eversfield. Time, 21 secs.
Twelve Lengths (Open). - I, E. C. Sharp; 2, J. Kirton; 3, F. G. West-Oram. Time, 4 mins. 32 3/5 secs.
After Sports Day, attention was concentrated upon the Life Saving Course, and in addition to three Awards of Merit, two Honorary Instructor's Certificates, nine Bronze Medallions and twelve Intermediate Certificates of the R.L.S.S. were won, a fact which shows that the interest in swimming is still very much alive and that the Headmaster’s hope for a whole school of swimmers, may yet be realised.
The following were successful in the examinations of the RL.S.S.; -
Award of Merit. - J. B. Pullee, S. M. West, F. G. West-Oram.
R.L.S.S. Instructor's Certificate (First Class). - G. S. Allen, A. D. Dewar.
Bronze Medallions. - D. E. A. Coombs, J. Constable, R. W. Crowther, W. F. Dunn, E. J. Ewell, K. R. E. Hart, J. H. Kirton, W. T. Prue, C. I. M. Watson.
Intermediate Certificates. - D. E. A. Coombs, J. Constable, R. W. Crowther, F. M. Dunn, E. J. Ewell, J. H. Kirton, W. T. Prue, E. W. Silby, A. M. Smith, D. C. Thompson, C. I. M. Watson, A. R. Wilde.
8th DECEMBER, 1932.
£ s d £ s d
July 11 - Balance .. .. .. 7 9 10 July 22 - Secretary’s expenses .. 0 6 11
“ 2 - Subscriptions .. .. 8 17 6 “ 22 - Gratuities to Maids .. 0 6 0
“ 23 - Sale of Fixture Cards 1 0 3 Sept 29 - Bartlett .. .. .. 0 18 6
“ 23 - Sale of Cakes, and pay- Oct. 3 - George - for Cartridges 0 3 0
ments by extra “ 16 - Harris – Photo .. .. 0 8 0
Visitors to Parents’ Nov. 2 - Subscription to R.L.S.S 0 5 0
Match .. .. .. 1 0 2 “ 2 - Gratuities to Bath Atten-
Sept. 9 - Subscriptions .. .. 29 5 0 dants .. .. 0 7 6
Nov. 11 - Subscriptions .. .. 15 7 6 “ 9 - -Hire of Baths .. .. 1 1 0
“ 29 - From Parents’ Associa- “ 11 - Dovorian Coaches .. 7 0 0
tion for list of, “ 12 - Cheques .. .. 0 5 0
Social Events .. 0 7 3 “ 12 - Dubbin .. .. 0 0 11
Dec. 6 - Gunn .. .. .. 53 3 11
“ 8 - Igglesden and Sons .. 0 9 4
Teas in Visitors and
Parents’ Match .. 17 3 8
Fares (by rail) .. .. 7 16 7
“ 8 - Cash in hand .. .. 2 18 6
Balance at Bank .. 20 11 8
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£63 7 6 £63 7 6
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Outstanding accounts £38 approx.
Audited and found correct, W. WILTON BAXTER,
W. H. DARBY Hon Treasurer
D.C.S. CADET COMPANY.
At the beginning of term a large number of recruits evidenced our official recognition by the War Office; so large a number, in fact, that it was necessary to form a “Number Five Section” for training purposes. The strength of the Corps is now well over a hundred.
Shorter days have limited the number of Company parades, but useful drill, both with and without arms, has been carried out. One Field Day was attempted, but rain came up faster than the attack, so operations were suspended. Incidentally, this was the first time in the history of the Corps that cameras were taken for use as machine-guns. (Not that any photos were taken, for the light was not good enough. Still, the event deserves to stand as marking a new epoch in warfare.)
Shooting parades have been held regularly throughout the term in the Drill Hall, Northampton Street, by kind permission of Major Mowll and the Ryeland Shooting Cup will be awarded on the results of these shoots.
The installation of a Company Bugle to be awarded by competition to the best bugler in the Band, should encourage our buglers-in-embryo to greater efforts.
As we write, comes news that we are again, for the sixth time, winners of the Lucas Tooth Competition. We anticipate a Church Parade early next term, when the O.C. Dover Garrison will probably distribute medals and bars.
Official recognition of the Corps means that we are again permitted to enter candidates for the O.T.C. Examination for Certificate “A.” A strong class is now in training for the March examination, and during the Christmas holidays musketry practice will be held at the Drill Hall.
We desire to place on record our thanks to F. Neech for the gift of a bell tent. Also to those who contributed to our enjoyment of Camp, 1932 (the best yet) by the gift of books, etc., and sundry very useful articles of gent’s wear (in particular, I remember braces).
£ s d £ s d
Balance brt. Forward .. 0 19 4 Uniform .. .. 2 5 7
Balance from Camp a/c 32 13 6 Ammunition .. .. 1 0 0
Paymaster E.C. .. 12 0 0 Potter and Co. .. 1 3 6
Electric light repairs 0 8 3½
Cadet Journal .. .. 0 8 9
Messrs. Gunn .. .. 0 3 0
Postage .. .. 0 3 0
hand .. 30 1 8½
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£35 13 10 £35 13 10
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W, E PEARCE.
Audited and found correct, 8th December, 1932,
9th December, 1932
DRAMATIC SOCIETY NOTES.
This term has been, as usual, one of great activity for the Society. For the Prize - Giving the one-act play, “The Rehearsal,” by Maurice Baring, was produced, and the rehearsals for the February play, “The Admirable Crichton,” are now in full swing. This production not only requires a large cast, hut there are boundless opportunities for the stage manager and his assistants. In all probability a cyclorama will be fitted before February, and with the admirable stage lighting and scenery, the play should be as successful as last year’s production of “Arms and the Man.”
The experiment of a Junior Dramatic Society has been tried this term with some success. The mimed plays given at the Organ Recital and at Speech Day proved a novelty, and the boys in Form III. did promising work in “The Luck of Troy.”
Those connected with this branch of the work wish to offer their best thanks to our highly efficient school electricians.
A Christmas mystery play, called “The First Christmas Tree,” is to be given in conjunction with the singing of carols as a breaking-up effort at the end of term.
MUSICAL SOCIETY NOTES.
This term has seen the Society active in all its branches The Orchestra performed very creditably at the Organ Recitals, and the Choir again enhanced its reputation at the Prize-Giving.
Through the kindness of D. A. and G. E. Lewis, who have always taken a keen interest in the music of the School, the Society now possesses three instruments — a ‘cello, christened “Douglas,” a viola called “Gordon,” and a clarinet, as yet unnamed. This is not the first time that the Lewis brothers have shown their interest in a practical way, and the School owes them a great debt of gratitude. It is rumoured that certain members of the Staff are endeavouring to qualify as instrumentalists in the School Orchestra. “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.”
Orchestral work was revived after the Prize-Giving, and a few of the more enthusiastic members appear to accompany the organ at Morning Prayers. Next term is one of many engagements, and everyone with any pretensions to musical talent should join either the Senior or the Junior Orchestra. Parents who wish to find a good home for stray cornets, trombones, flutes, double basses, etc., that may now be occupying the lumber room, can send them to the Society, which will endeavour to get them adopted by budding instrumentalists. Music stands will also be appreciated, whatever their state of dilapidation.
The Society is very pleased to acknowledge the receipt of two records of “The History of Music,” the gift of B. W. Taylor, an Old Boy of the School.
THE SCHOOL ORGAN.
During the summer vacation our School Hall was adorned and enriched by the erection of the long-talked-of organ, provided by the generosity of parents, boys and friends of the School.
The instrument, built by Messrs. J. W. Walker and Sons, Ltd., of London, a firm which has supplied or reconditioned many of the finest organs in the world, is an exquisite combination of modern science and art. Its perfectly balanced tone, together with the simple dignity of its appearance, have endowed our assemblies with an atmosphere which should not fail to affect the lives of all who are privileged to attend them.
The initial recital was kindly given on the afternoon of Wednesday, 28th September, by Dr. C. Charlton Palmer, Organist of Canterbury Cathedral, to whom the School owes a debt of gratitude.
Dr. Palmer quickly demonstrated the power and possibilities of the organ by a perfect rendering of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G minor, and his concluding contribution, a Berceuse and Carillon by Vierne, gave to a deeply interested audience some idea of the difference between modern and less modern music.
Three Old Boys, Messrs. W. Gosby, C. E. Cocks and S. Sharp, rendered vocal solos with that pleasing finish we have learned to expect from their performances; while the School Orchestra, augmented by well-known and ever-willing friends, and conducted by Mr. S. F. Willis, delighted all present with their interpretation of Handel’s famous Concerto in F.
On the following Saturday evening, Mr. Willis gave a recital which further revealed the infinite variety of tone and colour obtainable from a bijou instrument at the hand of a skilled performer. His presentations of gems from Handel, Bach and Mendelssohn were enthusiastically received and thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. W. J. Pudney in Honour and Arms, and Mr. W. Gosby in Love in Her Eyes not only revealed the excellent quality of their voices, but further displayed the perfection of the organ as a substitute for orchestral accompaniment. E. C. Ratclifte, a boy of the School, acquitted himself well as a solo violinist, presenting one of Bach’s well-known arias.
The evening programme included three short plays, carefully produced by Miss Rookwood and executed by some of the younger boys. Two of the plays were in Mime, and the other, the Luck of Troy, was spoken. All were pleasingly performed and well received.
Thus ended the ceremonies, and now — notwithstanding an interval of silence necessitated by Act of God and Frailty of Man — the organ is part of the life of our School, fulfilling its daily function as an aid to worship.
Recital by Dr. C. Charlton Palmer, 28th September, 1932.
1. Organ — Prelude and Fugue in G minor .. .. .. Bach
Two short pieces
(i) To a Water Lily .. .. .. Macdowell
(ii) A Sea Song.
2. Strings .. .. .. Suite .. .. .. .. .. Handel
3. Aria .. .. .. “Where e’er you walk” .. .. Handel
4. Organ Concerto in F .. .. .. .. .. .. Handel
5. Organ — Solo No. 9 .. .. .. .. .. .. Corelli
(a) PreludIo Largo (b) Allegro
c) Adagio (d) Allegro
6. Song .. .. “Comfort Ye” (Messiah) .. .. Handel
C. F. COCKS
7. Strings .. .. .. Suite .. .. .. .. Lully
8. Aria .. .. .. “It is enough” (Elijah) .. .. .. Mendelssohn
9 Organ .. .. .. .. Berceuse .. .. .. Vierne
Recital by Mr. S. F. Willis, M.A., 1st October, 1932.
1. Organ .. .. .. Toccata and Fugue in D minor .. .. Bach
2. Strings .. .. .. .. Suite .. .. .. .. Lully
3. Song .. .. .. “Honour and Arms” .. .. .. Handel
W. J. PUDNEY
4. Organ .. .. .. Short Pieces .. .. .. Handel
Gavotte and Musette Bourrée
5. Violin Solo .. .. .. Aria .. .. .. .. Bach
F. C. RATCLIFFE
6. Organ Concerto in F .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Handel
7. Mimed Play .. “The House of Lost Things” .. .. .. O.M.R.
8. Play .. .. “The Luck of Troy” .. .. B. C. Oakden, M. Sturt
9. Mimed Play .. “The King’s Birthday Present” .. .. O.M.R.
.. .. Meditation .. ..
Evensong .. .. .. Martin
11. Strings .. .. Suite .. .. .. Handel
.. .. “Love in her eyes” ..
13. Organ .. .. Finale of First Sonata .. .. Mendelssohn
The balance sheet of the two recitals shows a net profit of f21 6s. 4d., which has been added to the Organ Fund.
This Annual Event on 18th November followed the familiar pattern, now rapidly becoming traditional, with the Town Hall packed by an enthusiastic crowd of boys, parents and others interested in the welfare of the School, all anxious to cheer the prize-winners, to enjoy the subsequent programme of entertainment, and, in fact, to follow with interest all the evening’s proceedings.
On this occasion the prizes were presented by Lady Ebbisham, and the Speech Day Address was delivered by Lord Ebbisham, G.B.E., who, as Sir Roland Blades, was a distinguished Lord Mayor of London, having held this office in 1926-7. Amongst those on the platform were also Lady Violet Astor, Brigadier C. A. Howard, D.S.O., and the Mayor and Mayoress of Dover.
We were sorry to learn that Canon Elnor, the Chairman of the School Governors, and Mr. Hugh Leney, their Vice-Chairman, were both unable to be present through indisposition. In their absence Alderman Sellens, a senior member of the Governing Body and an old friend of the School and of Dover Education in general, presided over the meeting, introducing Lord and Lady Ebbisham in a dignified speech. His lordship’s remarkable public career as a former Lord Mayor and Member of Parliament as Chairman of important corporations, and as a Director of the Southern Railway, was referred to, and the applause of the audience bore out the Chairman’s assurance of our appreciation of the presence of such distinguished visitors.
The Head Master’s report was, as all with previous experience of such occasions expected, complete, instructive, always interesting, and enlivened with flashes of entertainment. His review of the year’s doings omitted nothing, praising worthy achievement, but neither shirking criticism nor concealing shortcomings, amongst the latter being a regrettable decline in the support given to the School Benevolent Fund. Parents were probably most interested in the reported decision of the K.E.C. not to raise school fees, and in the forecast of possible changes in the admissions to scholarships and free places and in school examinations. That red-letter day in the School’s history, when Prince George opened the Astor Avenue buildings, was recalled to our memory, and a summary of all the activities in and connected with the School concluded with a note of thanks to those by whose financial support this ceremony and the award of Form Prizes were made possible.
A vote of thanks to Lady Ebbisham was gracefully proposed by Lady Violet Astor, seconded by the Mayor of Dover, and carried with hearty applause and Kentish Fire. Lady Ebbisham replied in a short speech which delighted all her hearers.
Lord Ebbisham, on rising to speak, soon endeared- himself to his audience by his genial personality, describing himself, in referring to the speeches of the two ladies, as an “also ran.” He congratulated the School on its successes, giving special mention to Jarrett, who had created a record in the First Division Civil Service Examination. The outstanding points in a speech which covered much ground in a short space of time, were the great need for care in the choice of careers, the importance of character as an asset in commercial life, and the good fortune of boys living in this age when medicine, surgery and other branches of science had brought the possibility of a fuller and longer life within everybody’s reach.
The concert programme which followed reflected credit on all concerned. The mimed play “The Coming of the King” was performed by the Juniors. The introduction of this dramatic form, which appeared in our Speech Day proceedings for the first time, suggests that this may eventually prove a more suitable mode of dramatic expression for our young actors than the ordinary dialogue play. The actions were well suited to the narrative, which was well and clearly read by the Narrator.”
The School Choir pleased the audience by their effective rendering of three well contrasted pieces. “Come, Gentle Spring” (Haydn) was followed by Bridge’s setting of the rollicking “Dick Turpin” song from “Pickwick Papers,” and the concluding item was the rousing “Hungarian March” from Berlioz’s “Faust.” This was a fine all-round achievement, style and expression being in each case excellent.
The Senior Dramatic Club, courageous as ever, produced Maurice Baring’s short one-act skit, “The Rehearsal.” The fact that the players were able to be convincing in modern dress while Mr. William Shakespeare stood, complete in Elizabethan ruff and cloak, in the background, is a proof of the excellence of the whole production, and if one singles out Macbeth and the Producer for special mention, it is rather because the play provided them with special opportunities than on account of any lack of merit in the other members of the cast. The moral, relating to the relevancy of a well-known passage in “Macbeth,” will, no doubt, be taken to heart by all students of the play.
“Forty Years On” and “God Save the King” brought the proceedings to a close.
Parents’ Association Prizes.
Merit Cards. — R. V. Baker (Senior) R. E. Allen (Junior).
Geography. — B. V. Gutsell.
Arts and Crafts. — G. A. Stourton.
Science. — E. C. Sharp.
Special Endeavour. — F. B. Crush (Senior) D. W. Waters (Junior).
Mayor’s Good Fellowship Prize. — L. W. Goodfellow.
Chairman’s School Certificate Prize. — F. A. Cockfield.
Head Master’s Prize. — C. J. S. Mumford.
Thomas Memorial Prize. — F. Constable.
Clatworthy Latin Prizes. — F. L. W. Fade (Senior) E. W. Bishop (Junior).
Tunnell History Prizes. — F. L. Cockfield (Senior) L. R. Stanley (Junior).
Old Boys’ Cadet Prize. — C.Q.M.S. H. C. Blackford.
Staff Prizes. — G. F. Fox and F. G. West-Oram (Senior); D. C. Thompson (Junior).
Form Prizes. — V. A. J. Ravensdale (VI. Arts); G. L. J. Bailey (VI. Science);
M. Capelli (VI. Commerce) I. P. Watt (Va.); H. M. Kennard (Vb.)
H. C. Young (Vc.); J. Le Prevost (IVa.); C. R. Archibald (IVb.)
H. Edmond (IVc.); N. N. Blaxland (IIIa); J. A. Merricks (IIIb.);
H. C. Willcox (IIIc.); J. J. Myers (IIa.); R. C. Stringer (IIb.);
T. F. Jones (Ix.); J. W. A. Pierce (Iy.); C. F. Moor (Iz.); J. F. Stribley (Upper Trans.);
A. R. Makey (Lower Trans.); D. S. Hopper (Prep.).
Tunnell Memorial Cup. — L. W. Goodfellow.
Cadet Corps Section Cup. — Sect. III. — Sjt. W. M. E. White.
Ryeland Shooting Cup. — Sect. III. — Sit. W. M. E. White.
In addition to the Special Prizes given by the Mayor of Dover (Councillor F. Morecroft), the Chairman (Rev. Canon W. G. Elnor), the Head Master, School Staff, Parents’ Association and Old Boys’ Association, the Form Prizes were this year provided from funds generously subscribed by Parents and Friends of the School, whose names appear below.
A few other expenses had to be met in connection with the Prize-Giving, and a balance sheet has been sent to the subscribers. The Kent Education Committee kindly undertook to pay all printing expenses.
The School is most grateful for the ready and liberal response to the appeal which was made.
LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS.
Mrs. Harrison, Mr. H. Leney, Mr. E. B. Crush, Rev. H. Saumarez Smith, Mr. W. Bradley, Mr. G. H. Stourton, Mr. E. C. Wilde, Mr. J. Le Prevost, Miss Bomford, Mr. W. J. Barnes, Ald. C. J. Sellens, Mr. A. Partridge, Mr. A. Coveney, Mrs. Lord, Mr. R. Snelgrove, Mr. E. M. Smith, Mr. H. A. Elworthy, Mrs. Flood, Mr. J. Paterson, Mr. F. C. Martin, Mr. L. J. Langham, Mr. C. Gane, Mr. W. Goldfinch, Mr. W. E. Peverley, Mr. A. Kendall, Mrs. Benz, Mrs. S. Golding, Mrs. Ensor, Mr. A. F. Makey, Mr. R. Howarth, Mr. R. Southin, Mr. R. Young, Mr. H. De Carteret, Mr. M. Heller, Mr. F. W. Crofts, Mr. T. Delahaye, Mr. E. E. Woodard, Mr. S. A. Hopper, Mrs. Wilde, Mr. A. D. Gibh, Mr. P. Callanan, Mr. M. Rotherham, Mrs. Hopper, Mr. E. Ovenden, Mr. W. Thompson, Mr. L. H. Pearce, Mrs. Floyd, Mrs. Slator, Mrs. Barling, Mr. W. Haydon, Mrs. Goodall, Mrs. Paton, Mrs. Castle, Mrs. Bone, Mrs. Bond, Mrs. Manning, Mr. C. Kirk, Mr. W. Josey, Mr. W. Hayden, Mrs. Archibald, Mrs. Constable, Mrs. Philpott, Mr. C. Weston, Mrs. Coulter, Mr. S. F. Harman, Mr. F. Webb, Mrs. McCulloch, Mr. A. T. Crowther, Mr. E. Stock, Mrs. Paddock, Mrs. Hart, Mr. A. Jones, Mr. G. Bilby, Mrs. Eade, Mrs. Baxter, Mrs. Sharp, Mrs. Stanley, Mr. A. Cleverley, Mrs. Weir, Mrs. Vidler, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Ralph, Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Grigg, Mrs. Eversfield, Mrs. Southey, Mrs. Edmond, Mr. J. Wilkinson, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Partridge, Mrs. Kelly, Mr. T. H. Platt, Mr. J. Smalley, Mrs. Watkins, Mr. G. Balsdon, Mr. G. Fox, Mr. Menter, Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Pay, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Wanstall, Mrs. Hart, Mr. G. Woods, Mr. S. Lawrence, Mr. G. Kennard, Mrs. Baker, Mr. W. F. Willcox, Mrs. Bailey, Mr. H. Stretch, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Butt, Mrs. Bradbeer, Mr. H. Gregory.
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.
It is now twelve months since the Library was first set in order for the visit of H.R.H. Prince George, and then firmly established as a School institution. Since that time not merely have more books been added by the School and others presented by kindly donors, but improvements have also been made in the working arrangements. We want the Library to be more and more a means of intellectual assistance and enjoyment which can be acquired in no other way — particularly so, as there is no Public Free Library in the borough. Various changes have been made as the result of suggestions, and I shall welcome any further feasible proposals that will make for smooth working and increased usefulness.
I am glad to report that the Reference Section has missed only two books (which we shall probably recover) this term; and so it appears that borrowers are alive to the fact that forgetfulness or negligence are a hindrance to efficient working. A good share of credit for the improved state of affairs must go to the Library assistants, Cockfield (Prefect) and Milne, to whom we are an indebted for their vigilance and care - this I testify from personal observation. May I appeal to users of the Library not only to observe the written rules (which are few and simple), but also to assist in keeping the room perfectly tidy?
It is with great pleasure and sincere thanks that we are again able to record gifts of books (detailed below) - also the making by Mr. Rowlands of a lino block for printing book labels, and his promise to prepare a Donation Register in vellum as a permanent record which we hope will be "stretched in never-ending line" to be perused (and, let us trust, continued) by those who come in aftertime.
W. UNCLES, School Librarian.
ADDITIONS, AUTUMN TERM, 1932.
W. L. YOUDEN, Esq. -
"The Great War " (Wilson and Hammerton).
F. WHITEHOUSE, Esq. -
"Illustrated Notes on English Church History" (Rev. A. Lane);
"Lectures on Teaching" (Fitch);" School Management and Methods of Instruction" (Collar and Crook); "Engineering for Munition Workers" (Schofield and Driver).
E. H. BAKER, Esq. -
"A Dictionary of Dates" (Haydn).
W. UNCLES, Esq. -
"Intentions" (Oscar Wilde).
B. W. TAYLOR, Esq. -
"A History of Europe. 1815-1923 " (Marriott);" The British Empire" (Demangeon, trans. Row).
F. D. NEECH -
"Applied Chemistry Report"; "Sulphuric Acid and Acid Products" (Martin and Foucar);" Industrial Chemistry " (Rogers and Aubert);
" Chemistry " (Various); "Industries des Acides Mineraux " (Baud);
" Picturesque Scotland"; "Music" (Bannister).
S. SOUTHEY -
"The Wars of the Jews" (Josephus); "The Antiquities of the Jews" (Josephus).
P. D. COOKE -
"Principles of Economics" (Marshall).
J. F. WISE -
"The South American Handbook, 1928."
G. E. Fox -
"The Science Master's Book, Part. II. - Chemistry and Biology" (Adlam); "Living Machinery" (Hill).
Copies purchased by the School.
"Rahways, 1825" (Wood and Stamp); "The Geographical Interpretation of Topographical Maps" with Atlas (Garnett); "The Problem of a Career" (Ed., Cairns); "The Incorporated Accountants' Year Book, 1932."
To VI. Form Library –
MISS O. M. ROOKWOOD -
"The Crime of Sylvestre Bannard" (France); "The First Hundred Thousand" (Ian Hay).
F. WHITEHOUSE, Esq. -
"Cap and Gown Comedy" (Moncrieff).
E. ALLlNGHAM -
"Eldorado" (Orczy); "The Elusive Pimpernel" (Orczy); "The Bronze Eagle" (Orczy).
F. D. NEECH -
"Dear Enemy" (Webster); "The Drums of War" (Stacpoole); "A Prince of Sinners" (Oppenheim).
E. J. EWELL -
"The Leavenworth Case" (Green); "Crewe Train" (Macaulay);
"Ultimatum" (Macclure); "The Bondman" (Caine).
To General Fiction Library
MISS O. M. ROOKWOOD -
"The Jade Ring" (Matthews).
F. WHlTEHOUSE, Esq. -
"The History of Henry Esmond" (Thackeray); "Tom Brown's Schooldays" (Hughes).
F. D. NEECH -
"The Trail of the Sword" (Parker); "Fireman Hot" (Hyne);
“An Imaginative Man" (Hickens);" The Adventures of Ulysses" (Lamb); "Blue Jay" (Webling); "The Pirate Submarine" (Westerman).
J. LE PREVOST -
"Forge of Foxenby" (Goodyear); "Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" (Westerman); "The Secret Battleplane" (Westerman); "The Airship Golden Hind" (Wcsterman); "Sea Scouts of the Petrel" ('Westerman); "The Blue Ridge Patrol" (Walker); " Mobsley's Mohicans" (Avery); " Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" (Hough).
E. J. EWELL -
“The Coming of Navarre" (Caine); " Billy Barcroft" (Westerman); "The Pirate" (Scott); "Silas Verney'" (Pickering).
G. F. MARTELL -
"A Gentleman at Arms" (Strang).
R. E. B. HICKMAN -
“Contarini Fleming" (Disraeli).
H. W. RELF -
“Treasure Island" (Stevenson).
G. FOX -
"Smith's Week" (Warren-Bell); "Holiday Annual, 1928."
To Genera! Non-Fiction Library -
F. WHITEHOUSE, Esq. -
"The Life of Nelson" (Southey).
"The More Compleat Cricketer" (Knight).
To Junior Library -
F. WHITEHOUSE, Esq. -
"The Little Treasure Island" (Mee).
F. D. NEECH -
“Gulliver's Travels" (Swift); "Philosopher Jack" (Ballantyne); “Days of History" (Calvert and Henderson); "The British Boys' Annual" 17th and 18th Year; "The Boys' Own Annual" (Ed., Pocklington); "The Big Book for Boys" (Ed., Strang); "Boys" Annual" (Blackie).
E. J. EWELL
"Bob Layton's Adventures" (Cubitt); "The Little Knight" (Kenyon); “The Children of the New Forest" (Marryat).
R. E. B. HICKMAN
"Adventures in Africa" (Kingston); "The Perils of Peterkin" (Leighton); "Willie's Ordeal" (Grey); "The Little Admiral" (Milwraith); "From Log Cabin to White House"; "The Boys of the Red House"; and "Sandy" (Green and Maybury).
Also a number of copies purchased by the School
for the GENERAL LIBRARY.
SCHOLARSHIP AND EXAMINATION SUCCESSES.
Board of Education State Scholarship. - F. L. W. Eade.
Entrance Scholarship to the Northampton Polytechnic Engineering College; - E. W. Hampshire.
Cambridge Joint Board Higher Certificates.
- F. L. Cockfield, F. Constable,
*F. L. W. Eade, B. V. Gutsell, V. A. J. Ravensdale.
*Distinction in French
London Higher School Certificates. - F. Constable, G. E. Fox, E. C. Sharp, F. G. West-Oram.
London Inter. Arts. - C. J. S. Mumford.
London Inter. Science. - F. Constable, E. C. Sharp.
London General School Certificates. - A. Andrews, †A. J. Andrews, †F. K. G. Balsdon (2),
†R. G. L. Bowles
(1), †*H. S. Burden (3), R. F. Cadman, F. W. J. Cambridge,
†*F. A. Cockfield (5), E. J. Crocker, L. E. Dargan, †*E. J. Ewell (3), †D. C. Geddes (1),
M. G. Gibb, B. H. Harrison, H. M. Kennard (1), W. T. W. Kesby, †R. Killick, H. L. Leach, A. W. Lyons (2), †F. W. McToldridge, G. D. Magub (1), A. L. J. Meckiff. F. Oliver,
P. C. R. Pearce (1), †S. C. Philpott (2), A. E. Pritchard, E. C. Ratcliffe (1), M. W. F. Robson, E. J. Rogers, J. G. Scott, R. F. Slator. G. A. Stourton (1), †G. S. Taylor,
†R. J. Unstead (1), †J. H. T. Waight, †*I. P. Watt (5), †R. M. Wraight (1), H. C. Young (2).
Figures in brackets represent number of Distinctions gained.
*Honours Certiflcate. †Qualified for London :Matriculation.
OLD BOYS. - C. G. Jarrett. - First place in the First Division Civil Service Examination for Indian Civil Service, Home Civil Service, and Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service.
Form V.a. - Stanley (2), Le Prevost.
“ V.c. - Edinond, L. Kemp.
“ IV.a. - Blaxland (2), Heller (2), Goodbun (2), Bromley, Goodwin, Arnold, Pearson, Gregory, Fittall.
“ IV.b. - Bowers.
“ III.a. - Jacobs (2), Donald (2), Myers (2), Baker (2), Vince (2), Matcham.
“ II.a. - Allen (2), Treadwell, Jones, Bond, Woods.
“ I.a. - Gibb (2), Ewer, Haines, Bowley, Harvey, Harman, Butler.
“ I.h. - M. G. Jenkins (2), Wakerell (2), Menter (2), Kendall, Kent, Howarth.
“ Upper Trans. - Dunster (2), Kirk (2), Makey (2), Wilde (2), Bilby, A. G. Paddock.
“ Lower Trans. - Hopper (2), G. J. Paddock (2), Wilcher (2), S. A. Waters.
“ Prep. - A. J. Hayden, Coveney.
L. H. R. ABBOTT. — Cadet Corps; School Orchestra;
Dramatic Society. Studying law at the Law Society’s Hall, London.
A. G. STONE. — Town House 2nd XI. Football; Bronze Medallion and Proficiency Cert., R.L.S.S.
A. E. J. JOHNSTONE. — Lce.-Cpl. Cadet Corps (Band); Town House 1st XI. Football, 2nd XI. Cricket. Joined Mercantile Marine.
R. P. TOWNSHEND. — Cadet Corps (Band); Bronze Medallion and Proficiency Cert., R.L.S.S. Clerk in Deal Library.
D. W. JONES. — Lce.-Cpl. Cadet Corps; School 2nd XI. Fooball.
A. L. J. MECKIFF. — Lce.-Cpl. Cadet Corps; Chingford, 1931. Removed to Aldershot.
E. R. H. BEARD. — Country House 2nd XI. Football and Cricket.
H. C. YOUNG. — Country House 2nd XI. Football and Cricket. Joined father’s business.
F. W. J. CAMBRIDGE. — Maxton House 1st XI. Cricket, 2nd XI. Football.
E. A. H. DRURY. — School 2nd XI. Football. Apprenticed, Messrs. Bateman, Dover.
S. C. PHILPOTT. — Appointed Weights and Measures Office, Dover.
E. J. CROCKER. — Clerkship at Covent Garden.
G. F. MARTEL. — Parents removed to Brighton.
H. S. BURDEN. R. J. M. GORDON. J. H. HILLS.
GLEAMS AND FLASHES.
The following boys are serving on the Magazine Committee for this year: — F. L. W. Eade, A. Bussey, I. P. Watt, A. Andrews, E. C. Sharp, F. G. West-Oram, R. G. Borthwick,
A. E.Pritchard, E. W. Bishop, A. J. T. Slater.
The above-named will be glad to receive, at any time, contributions for future issues of The Pharos.
The School Charity Fund amounted, on 5th December, to £15 19s. 4½d.; this includes a sum of £5 12s. 0d. for poppies on 11th November.
Last year the following subscriptions were sent:—To Dover Hospital, £25; Poppy Fund, £6 6s. 0d.; Alexandra Rose Day Fund, £2 9s. 2d.; Waifs and Strays, £1 10s. 0d.; Deal Hospital, £2 2s. 0d.; Treloar Cripples’ Hospital, £1 1s. 0d.; Kent Playing Fields Association, 5s. 0d.; and a balance of 14s. 8½d. was carried forward; but to make this result possible a sum of f2 had to be advanced, so that this year’s fund starts with a debit balance. A big effort must be made if our help to deserving causes is not to diminish.
We have been pleased to receive visits during the term from Brig. C. A. Howard, D.S.O.,
A. Larkin, Esq., of Ramsgate, a former member of the Kent County Council, Herr Moser, of Tubingen University, and Dr. Chas. A. Day, of Wolverhampton.
We were sorry to part with Mr. M. Castle, who has for some time past given good service as laboratory assistant, but has now left to take up a better post. His place has been taken by P. S. Wraight.
We thank the boys who sent in contributions to this issue, and regret having to omit some of their articles through pressure on our space. The best of the unpublished efforts were those of I. E. Pengelly, M. G. Jenkins, J. W. Menter and R. W. S. Haines.
Ye knyghtes, squiers and eke ye lessere frye, herkene unto ye voyce of ye chroniclere. Gonne are ye stalwarte henchemen of ye yeere that is paste, som to sondrie toons to preserve ye Highere Educacioun and som do remayne in Dovorre perchaunce to lerne somthinge of ye Lowere Educacioun; peace to hir manes Is nat Blakkye hied to Macbredig fore to maken gretere magike in ye labbes of Chimie, where noon Aybeecee cryethe “To mee”; and Bubbie, also y-clept Spenserre, lo! does he nat make ye sope which ye wardene of ye castel forgetteth to putte in ye washebasouns, and whiche ye varlets forgette to fishe out of ye bathes in ye changynge roomes.
Nowe grate was ye rejoyciuge of ye knyghtes, squiers and yeomenne at ye noble vanquisbynge of Giante Xam. Butte forsoothe eek som wyghtes are stille arrayede agaynste ye same fell monstoure whiche roveth ye londe seekynge whom he maye devoure. Nowe ye Overlorde was eek so destracte with ye attakes of Giante Xam thatte he didde falle and grate was the falle thereof. Forsoothe, fewe days was he nat seen in ye Halle and som of ye varlets didde secretely rejoyce thereatte.
Whanne that ye terme was litel y-spent didde ye whole compagnie of wyghtes gaddre togeddre to harkene unto ye murie orgoun, and thereaftere ye Overlorde didde decree that noon must discourse whyle that ye musicke didde y-playe. Butte ye winde blewe and ye raine felle and bete upon ye castel so that ye orgoun was despoiled. Yea, watere didde gette hym into ye shorte circel and eek formed ye vicious circuite. Thanne were herde gronings for feare of anothere Bazaare, until ye mightie Kayeecee didde spume ye Lorde Economee and lo! does not ye orgoun pleye as of yore, and is there nat oon of ye squieres that thinketh he kouthe pleye on ye basse fidel so that monie of ye varlets doe complaine of ye kattes, and eek sum of ye dogges.
Nowe ye tyme was fulfilled whanne that ye knyghtes, squiers and yeomen didde forgathre in ye Toun Halle for to gett hem hir rewardes of valoure. Ande ye fayre Ladye didde pulle at ye jerkin of ye joviale Highe Lorde Mashibbe after thatte he had discoursed on monie thinges, and eer longe didde he nat cease from hise discourses, whanne was herde grate clappynge through ye Halle. Thanne was sange swete musik, the whiche didde telle of ye gentil Springe which noon ne knoweth, and eek of ye bolde Turpin and a cochemanne hise gullete. Butte of ye pleye, “it needeth not to speke of that as nowth,” eek tho’ it hadde some success. Nor of ye guerriers whiche didde hem hie to Huffam whan ye Lorde Weppe didde crye, “Avaunt, ye varlets, and maken attacke upon ye trekke-karte,” for are nat hir names y-writ in watere? Ande as fore the rest of youre deedes, if ye woulde hem kouthe, can ye not rede hem in ye boke Pharos?
FEWEDAL YE SCRYBE.
Night after night, ever since our last Camp, we have nestled snugly in our beds. Now, here we all are in the rain at New Downs Farm with nothing but a ground sheet between us and Mother Earth. But we are soon to find that she is far from proving a hard nurse to those who compose themselves prudently in her capacious lap. Did not Jacob, with only a stone for pillow, find Bethel? At any rate, we are as well provided for as he was. We have a stout tent above us, and a kit-bag full of oddments can serve for pillow. But the bare earth must be our resting place; there we make our bed. Night falls; “Lights Out” sounds, and silence reigns. We have got back to Nature with a stride, and although sleep lingers, before long a good digestion and a quiet conscience together work a miracle — hard earth and rugged pillow are as down; Sancho, we feel, was not far out when he pronounced his benediction on the inventor of sleep.
But blessings no less on him who first invented Reveille! It is a call that stirs us. We turn out punctually on the first morning at Camp. The rain has gone, and the sun rides in a clear sky. There is already a buzz of activity in some quarters smoke is drifting from the cook-house; the Sawyer stove looks businesslike; 4he porridge is thickening in the dixies. There is hewing of wood and drawing of water. The cook’s mate, casually plying his chopper while watching the evolutions of a couple of ‘planes out Manston way, makes early work for the M.O. Soon there is a good deal of coining and going with wash-bowls, the contents of which, alas! too often seem to fail in their true mission. Nevertheless, we regularly observe the matutinal rite of ablution, even though we miss its efficacy. So wholesome is the ceremony that none, save, perhaps, the cooks, may claim indulgence.
The Orderly Officer is early astir, but the ominous creaking of the Serjeant Major’s camp bed probably indicates merely another turn over. At any rate, we hope that nothing worse is portended, for we have not yet forgotten the calamity that befell him when we were last at Sandwich Bay. The fresh air has already sharpened our appetites, and as we polish our buttons and badges, and smarten up our habiliments, we glance occasionally at the cook-house, where a growing liveliness seems to indicate a crisis. Certain of our comrades are discussing the virtues of porridge, and giving estimates of the amount of it consumed in the Officers’ Mess. We wonder how it will turn out this morning — the cook’s first effort. We are not kept long in suspense, for the Orderly Bugler soon gives us the cook-house call.
We look to the bugler to control our activities throughout the day. At his breath we wake, mess, parade; take a turn of duty, turn in, sleep. The recruit soon comes to realise the significance of each blast, while the veteran recognises the individual bugler, as he does the poet, by his peculiar melody, and grants him equal indulgence in the matter of an occasional licence. Whenever, therefore, we hear the Serjeant Major shout “Orderly Bugler!” we are naturally on the qui vive, and keep an eye on the Orderly Tent, which is always a centre of interest, and especially so at certain times. At a table in the opening sits the Major, wreathed in clouds, like Jupiter enthroned. How serene as he settles routine with the O.C., or talks of camps of the past! But let his eye light upon some delinquency, then what a sudden out-pouring of wrath! What thunder and lightning! What relief, too, when the defaulter knows the worst and hears the welcome “Left turn. Quick march!”
After breakfast comes the daily inspection, which is a regular feature of camp life. Any slight irregularity is sure to be detected by the Argus-eyed Higher Command. Number 8 tent may stand as stiffly at attention as any lifeguards; they may look as innocent as cherubs. They are reckoning without their host. His eye is intent on those potatoes, whose toilet has apparently just been completed by Number 8 with scrupulous care. It is too good to be true. With his cane he turns over first one and then another, only to find that the nether part of each is exactly as it left the soil. Number 8 tent will have the pleasure of renewing their acquaintance with those identical tubers at dinner time.
After camp inspection, for the greater part of the morning the tents are deserted, while we are busy preparing for the General Inspection or trying to earn a further stripe. This year the weather allowed a full programme to be carried out, and although it meant hot, gruelling work, everybody was in happy mood. In the offing there was always the canteen, with the manager looking more substantial than ever. And no wonder, for the thirst we develop at drill is calculated to relieve any retailer of drinks from financial embarrassment.
As we march back from drill we are greeted by a familiar odour wafted from the Sawyer. The cooks have evidently not been taking it easy while we have been put through our paces. Over the trench fire gargantuan roly-polies are being coaxed to still larger dimensions by the cook, who has spared no effort to make the pudding a veritable pièce de resistance and a durable example of his art. We keep the cooks busy, and as we take a much-needed siesta we do not forget that, even before the flavour of onions has faded from the pots and pans, water will be boiling for our tea.
In the afternoon we have more leisure, but time never seems to drag. The fact that few of us ever want to leave the precincts of the Camp speaks for itself. There are various games in the recreation marquee, but this year most of us preferred to be in the sun. Devotees of the gentle art — hope still springs eternal — while away a quiet hour with rod and line. Then there are sea-bathing and shooting, while later on, in the cool of the evening, those of sterner stuff don the gloves for a friendly round, or perhaps try a fall at all-in wrestling, to the great delight of the small fry, who, with pails of water ready for the emergency, willingly lend a hand at reviving any exhausted contestant. We played a neighbouring camp at football, and there were cricket matches with Sandwich Town and with a Deal club. But perhaps the most festive occasion was when a party of fair visitors met us at cricket. The result of the game was not altogether unforeseen, but, noblesse oblige, we refrain from giving it wide publicity.
This year the mystic rites of initiation into the Mendi tribe were carried out with great picturesqueness. Nothing was lacking to make the awful ceremony realistic, but even so, there was a long queue of ready victims, and none in camp was prouder than he who bore on his person the cryptic device.
Sports Day is an occasion to which we all look forward. This year the weather was all that could be desired, and we passed a most pleasant afternoon with our numerous visitors. Space does not allow a detailed description of the many interesting events. Suffice it to say that the two which necessitated the balancing of a vessel of water on the head were successfully accomplished by not a few, although many competitors found that the bump of knowledge developed at Astor Avenue proved somewhat of a handicap. As usual, the visitors in their turn undertook a little of the entertainment. Alas! some of them found age to be a handicap indeed, youth naturally expecting a good start in the race. What wonder, then, that the veterans “also ran”!
The General Inspection is always a red-letter day in Camp. Every uniform is spick and span, and the quarters are in apple-pie order. This year everybody seemed keyed up for the occasion, and the Drill and March Past would have done credit to any Company of Regulars. The Serjeant Major’s chest was rather more expansive, and his back a little straighter than usual as he stood near the saluting base. But no doubt the O.C. heaved a sigh of relief when the General’s car moved off to the hearty cheers of the Corps.
Finis coronat opus. The last event is the Prize-Giving and merry evening in the recreation marquee. Everybody is there in genial mood and prepared to take all in good part. The Chairman’s subtleties would not be lost on a Prep. boy. Bludgeon strokes and rapier thrusts alike evoke applause; the banter has no venom, so all enjoy the fun. In fact, some would feel aggrieved if no shaft were aimed at them. In spite of the serious financial depression felt at the end of Camp, there was the usual array of prizes to be presented by a distinguished lady, who in due course was adorned with the badge of the Mendi tribe in recognition of her gracious services. The prizes were carefully chosen so as to obviate any possibility of affront. For example, one of the cook-house staff is called up to receive a suggestive tablet of soap; his mate gets a chopper, which is no edged tool; our limping hero gets a supply of embrocation to rub in. So it goes on till the prizes are exhausted; apt allusion is the order of the day. The proceedings are interspersed with music, of course. The Camp Orpheans regale us with their strains, or we indulge in community singing in orthodox style. It is evident that the efforts of exponents of this popular pastime have not been altogether fruitless. We finish up on a serious note.
It seems but yesterday that we arrived here for our fortnight’s camp, and yet we are already on the eve of departure.
“Thus yesterday, to-day, to-morrow come,
They bustle one another and they pass.”
From every point of view it has been a most successful camp, and we all feel indebted to the Officers of the Corps — especially to the O.C. — who have spared no effort on our behalf. Nor do we forget those ex-Cadets who have rendered valuable assistance in different directions. The only official in Camp with a soft option is the M.O. — rnay he ever be in that blissful state! We are already looking forward to next year.
on, when with desks far asunder
R. SEYMOUR (Form IV.A).
Who threw that
I. R. WEIR (Form II.A).
Proudly on the
heights of Astor
D. HELLER (Form IV.A).
That the School football team has decided to play net-ball.
That stone-pickers are getting into training for later years.
That budding athletes should train on Leney’s.
That tuck-shop drinks are very pop-ular, and that the amount consumed is ex-straw-dinary.
That a certain member of the School has dispensed with his motor horn in favour of the superior penetrating powers of a clarinet. That this explains the draught near the Staff Room door, and eerie wails said to have been caused by “spooks.”
That the craze for scarves of dazzling hue and inordinate dimensions continues.
the following remark is vouched for at the Prize-Giving:
“And are they the Prefects, sitting at the back of the platform?
IN A FLAT.
I live in a
flat, and I’m going to tell
A. H. GOODBUN (Form IVA.).
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE PHAROS.
Commanding a superb view of the town, the English Channel and the coast of France from the top of the high cliffs of Dover, is the old Roman Pharos. This ancient edifice is probably the best preserved of the Roman remains in England. Its foundations, in accordance with the usual practice of the Roman mason, are laid in a bed of clay. Its exterior shape was hexagonal, but in 1259 the Constable Grey cased it With flint and altered it to an octagon. Its interior is a square, the sides of which are each about 14 feet, and the thickness of the walls at the floor, 10 feet.
The lapse of time has made it impossible to determine its original height, which is now reduced to about 40 feet. It was built with a stalactitic composition intermixed with courses of Roman tiles, seven courses of the composition and four of the tiles alternately.
Its name is derived from the celebrated lighthouse erected in 283 B.C. on the island of Pharos, opposite Alexandria, now joined to the mainland.
In the time of William the Conqueror, its windows were altered to loopholes which were reached by steps formed inside the walls. When it became useless for defence, it was made to serve the purpose of a belfry to the adjoining church of St Mary in the Castle by a peal of bells being hung therein. The great bell (3,000 lbs.) was the gift of Sir Robert Astone, and was cast by Stephen Norton of Kent.
The bells, however, were subsequently removed to the church of St. Thomas at Portsmouth, at the request of Sir George Rooke.
During the restoration of the adjoining church of St. Mary, it was proposed to turn the Pharos into a vestry; this idea, however, was not carried out.
Soon after this, it was restored itself, and a lightning conductor and a wooden roof were added to it with proper pipes to carry away the water which might collect on the roof.
Now, it is not used for any purpose, but is a source of wonder and interest to the visitor, and a delight to any antiquarian who loves ancient buildings of any kind.
H. G. DE CARTERET (Form VB.).
A WET HALF-HOLIDAY.
I think, to pass
the time, I’ll write
H. GOODWIN (Form IVA.).
A MORBID MYTH.
A Wistful Warning to the Unwitting (Forms II., III., IV. and the rest).
By the Author of “Bad Ballads.”
silence, not golden, but grim
I. P. WATT (Form VI. Arts.).