No. 88. JULY, 1938. VOL. XXVIII.
|Notices.||A Day in London|
|Editorial||Sports Day, 1938|
|Old Pharosians||Ye Chronicle|
|Old Pharosians' Cricket Club||The School Library|
|Old Pharosians' Football Club||Echo de Paris|
|Parents' Association||Merit List|
|Gleams and Flashes||A College Letter|
|Inter-School Athletic Competition||1st Cadet Company C.P. (F.) R.E.|
|School Tennis||School Cricket|
|Annual School Swimming Sports, 1937-38||The Best part of the Civil Service Examination|
|School Societies' Account||Gleaning|
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Autumn Term, 1938. The Autumn Term will begin on Thursday, 15th September, and end on Wednesday, 21st December, Holders of season tickets should see that their railway passes are made out to cover both these dates.
As shown in the Old Pharosians' Notes, our Old Boys have done well in Examinations, I. P. Watt's First Class in Part II. of the English Tripos at Cambridge, and E. R. S. Winter's First Class Honours in Chemistry at London, being outstanding. It will be noticed that the three Cambridge successes were gained in a different Tripos in each case—a fact which goes to show the wide scope covered by a school such as ours. The successes in professional examinations are, in their way, no less gratifying.
Through the medium of The Pharos the School expresses its sympathy with Mrs. Ewell and family on the death of her husband, Mr. E. W. Ewell, who, in addition to his numerous activities in the Borough, had for many years rendered good service to the cause of Secondary Education. He was a member of the Dover District Education Committee and had been on the Governing Body of our School since 1927. Mr. Ewell was an active member and a keen supporter of the Parents' Association. The School is conscious that by his death it has lost a good friend.
It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death, after long illness, of Mrs. Elnor, wife of Canon Elnor, Chairman of the Governing Body of the School. To Canon Elnor and Miss Elnor we express our sincere sympathy.
We have to thank the large number of boys who have sent in good articles for publication. We regret that owing to lack of space only a few appear in this issue. It is hoped that some of the others may be used on a future occasion.
The Social Programme for the coming winter has been drawn up in conjunction
with the other School societies, and a list of fixtures is published with this
issue of The Pharos. Members are asked to make a special note of the dates of
these fixtures, and to give them a full measure of their support. It will be
noted that the Annual Dinner has been provisionally fixed for the 25th March,
and will not, as has been the usual custom, be held on the Saturday following
the Prize Distribution. The Annual General Meeting will be held in September,
and members will be advised of the date in due course.
Members are reminded that their subscriptions for the ensuing year become due on the 1st August, and it will be of great help to the Secretary if they are paid as soon after that date as possible. The attention of all boys leaving School is respectfully called to the third page of the cover of this Magazine, and they are earnestly requested to get in touch with the Secretary. During the year the Association has gained over 20 new members, but it is unfortunate to note that more than this number of members have failed to renew their subscriptions.
The Secretary has several blazer badges for disposal and will be glad to send particulars to any members who are interested.
congratulate the following on their examination successes:—
Ronald Archibald—Final examination of the Auctioneers' and Estate Agents' Institute.
R. A. Crofts—M.Sc. (Econ.) London University.
Lawrence R. Kemp—Army 1st Class Certificate of Education.
G. D. Magub (Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge) Class II., Division I., Natural Sciences Tripos.
Lincoln G. C. Packer—Final examination of the Society of Incorporated Accountants.
J. Le Prevost (St. Catherine's College, Cambridge)—Class II., Division I., Modern Languages Tripos Part 1.
I. P. Watt (St. John's College, Cambridge)—Class I. English Tripos Part II.
E. R. S. Winter (Imperial College of Science)—First Class Honours in Chemistry at London B.Sc. Examination.
Harvey de Carteret is at present acting with the M'Master International Players at Dundee and will later be going with the company to India.
George Curry, who has been at Goldsmith's College, has won a Scholarship to the Sorbonne, the University of Paris. He is thus following in Mr. Baxter's footsteps.
Ernest W. Hampshire is with the Chief Engineer's Department, Metropolitan Water Board and plays Rugger for Rosslyn Park "A" XV.
C. R. Harrow is Beach Master at Lagos, Nigeria.
Neech is now a chemist at Carreras, Ltd.
G. D. Magub has been playing cricket for Caius College, Cambridge, and scored 129 runs in the match against the Incogniti.
Eric W. Pudney is acting as Colonial Treasurer of Mauritius in the absence on leave of the substantive holder of that office, and as such is a member of the Executive Council of the Colony and has a seat on the Council of Government, the legislative assembly of the island.
R. F. Slator, now an officer in the 2nd Royal Tank Corps, Won the Long Jump in the Army Individual Championships at Aldershot.
I. P. Watt has been awarded a Strathcona Travel Exhibition, which, we understand, will take him to Italy to pursue his studies.
E. R. S. Winter has been awarded the Governors' Prize for Practical Chemistry at the Imperial College of Science and Technology.
L. H. R. ABBOTT, Hail. Sec.
OLD PHAROSIANS' CRICKET CLUB.
So many Old Boys have joined the Club this season that, in spite of some
removals, two elevens have been supplied with a fairly full programme of matches
against new and old rivals. Although success on the field has been unusually
infrequent, yet every game has been keenly contested and thoroughly enjoyed. The
interchange of players between the 1st and the "A" elevens was successful, and
has been the means of presenting opportunities to Old Pharosians as soon as they
The Annual Tour will take place during August Bank Holiday week, when the Isle of Wight will again be visited. The fixtures have been revised in order to meet the strongest opposition at Ryde, Newport, Cowes and Ventnor. The Club would like it to be known that the Old Boys are welcomed, not only on the Tour but also as holiday members for the remainder of the season.
Apr. 30—D.C.S. 1St XL, 99 for 6 wkts. (dec.) v. Old Pharosians, 52 for 6 wkts.
(A. J. Kappler, 20 *).
May 7—D.Y.R.M.S., 151 (G. Cook, 4 for 18) v. Old Pharosians, 96 (C. Rowlands, 35).
May 14—Dover C.C., 183 for 5 wkts. (dec.) v. Old Pharosians, 95 for 9 wkts. (W. Baker, 23).
May 21—Dover C.C., 254 for 4 wkts. (dec.) v. Old Pharosians, 110 for 8 wkts. (G. Cook, 30).
May 28—Old Pharosians, 53 (K. Ruffell, 24) v. Elvington Court, 60 for 1 wkt.
June 11—Chartham M.H., 213 for 4 wkts. (dec.) v. Old Pharosians, 110 (G. Cook, 36).
June 18—Old Pharosians, 67 (N. Sutton, 25) v. D.Y.R.M.S., 123 (P. Smith, 3 for 13).
June 25—Old Pharosians, 172 for 6 wkts. (dec.) (A. Youden, 65) v. Canterbury Excelsior, 159 for 4 wkts. (Hayden, 3 for 27).
July 2—Old Pharosians, 127 for 7 wkts. (dec.) (K. Ruffell, 39 *; S. C. Booth, 33) v. Deal C.C., 35 (G. Cook, 6 for 14; W. Baker, 4 for 17).
May 7—Old Pharosians, 81 (J. Slater, 31) v. D.Y.R.M.S. Prefects, 116 for 4
May 14—Old Pharosians, 138 (P. Smith, 49) v. Buckland Mills, 172 (H. Burt, 4 for 29).
May 28—Chartham Mill, 83 (P. Smith, 5 for 14) v. Old Pharosians, 26 for 4 wkts. (rain).
June 4—Old Pharosians, 112 (P. Smith, 44) v. Dover Rovers, 178 for 3 wkts.
June 11—Methodists C.C., 152 for 6 wkts. (dec.) v. Old Pharosians, 103 (J. Hopgood, 28).
June 25—Old Pharosians, 143 (E. H. Baker, 24) v. Post Office C.C., 117 (Slater, 3 for 17).
July 2—Old Pharosians, 126 (J. Slater, 25; E. H. Baker, 25) v. D.Y.R.M.S. Prefects, 67 (J. Slater, 7 for 21).
July 9—Charlton Mills, 29 (P. Haydon, 6 for 11) v. Old Pharosians, 80 for 9 (E. Moseling, 32).
A. C. L. BROWNE,
OLD PHAROSIANS' FOOTBALL CLUB.
The Annual General Meeting was held at the School on 6th May, 1938, and among
the officials the following were elected:—Joint Hon. Secretaries, Mr. E. H.
Baker and Mr. K. H. Ruffell; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. H. J. Burt; Captain, Mr. A. W.
Lyons; Vice-Captain, Mr. W. Bainbridge; Hon. Auditor, Mr. W. F. Baker. The Club
is again competing in the Dover and District League, Division II., during the
coming season and a full programme of matches has been arranged. The Secretaries
will be glad to hear of any Old Boys, especially those who have recently left
School, who would like to join the Club.
Practice Games will be held at the School on 10th September at 3 p.m., and 13th at 6.30 p.m.
E. H. Baker (Joint Hail. Sec.).
12, Eaton Road, Dover.
The Executive Committee wish to place on record their deep regret at the passing
of Mr. E. Ewell, whose valuable work as a School Governor and as a member of
the Association, will be greatly missed. Mr. Ewell was a loyal friend of the
School, and was untiring in his efforts on its behalf.
This issue of The Pharos contains a programme of Social and other events arranged for the Winter Season. Several of these are functions fixed by the Parents' Association, and we hope they will have every possible support. Parents are asked to make a special effort to attend the Annual Dinner on 26th October, when we expect to have the pleasure of welcoming a particularly interesting speaker. Will you kindly make a note of the date and keep it free?
The Committee feel that if every Parent realised the value of the Association and the purpose it serves, the membership roll would show a substantial increase. If, therefore, you are not a member, will you please make inquiry from any member of the Committee. You will then be convinced that the Association deserves your support.
The "At Home" at The Glack, for the Deal section of the Association, held on 24th March, was a great success, and cordial thanks are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Howarth for the accommodation they kindly provided, as well as for their keen interest. It is hoped the meeting will be followed by others, equally popular.
Hearty congratulations to Town House on their success at the Swimming Sports, and to Country House on winning the House Championship at the Athletic Sports. Both events were thoroughly enjoyed by Parents and friends.
W.H. (Hon. Sec.).
GLEAMS AND FLASHES.
The contributions to the Charity Fund up to date amount to approximately £45.
We congratulate the following boys in the Junior part of the School on being awarded Special Places at D.C.S. in the recent examination:—A. C. Allin, S. A. Bowhill, P. Bowyer, E. F. Field, J. M. Gale, D. J. Russell, M. Watts, M. C. Wilson.
L. L. Thompson did well in the London Chamber of Commerce Examination, Higher Stage. He passed in Commerce and Finance, Banking and Currency, and Commercial Geography, and gained a Distinction in each subject.
We gratefully acknowledge the gift of a fine copy of a Medal of the Battle of Minden, presented to the School Museum by H. R. Hutley, who has the original in his possession.
We all appreciate the music on the School Organ, with which we are favoured by Mr. Willis day after day. As Mr. Willis points out, however, we owe quite a lot to H. W. Bond, who makes himself responsible for the electrical part of the organ, and to R. D. Rees, who sees that the blowing apparatus is maintained in good condition. We assure them that their services are appreciated.
Mr. Nash is leaving us at the end of the Term to take up an appointment as Lecturer in Physical Education at Bede College, Durham. We thank him for his efforts to get us fit, and wish him every success in his future career.
We did not need a seismograph to register the earthquake which shook this part of the world about mid-term. Most of us felt it quite distinctly, while a few were definitely affected by it. The School, however, still stands on firm foundations.
We were sorry to part with Mr. Howell, our Caretaker, who after keeping us ship-shape has left to take up a post at Gloucester. We wish him the best of luck, acknowledging that, with our ready help, he did something to uphold the proud name of the British Navy. His place has been taken by Mr. W. H. Hore.
During the term a party of 600 Belgians came to Dover under the auspices of the Agricultural Society of Alost. They arrived here at 10.30, and half the party proceeded to Wye College. The rest spent the day in Dover, and with some of our boys acting as guides they visited the Castle, the Park, and the Town Hall. After tea in the town they left by the 6.30 boat. A very appreciative letter has since been received by Mr. Baxter, in which our own youthful interpreters are complimented on their excellent French.
We are wry grateful to Mr. C. H. Hall for a gift to the School of two Silver Miniature Cups. We assure him that fitting use will be made of them.
INTER-SCHOOLS ATHLETIC COMPETITION.
The fourth athletic contest between Simon Langton School, Canterbury, Harvey
Grammar School, Folkestone, and our own School took place at Canterbury on
Saturday afternoon, 26th March, 1938, on the ground of Simon Langton School.
Competition was very keen, and those of us who made the journey to Canterbury
saw some excellent performances by the teams of the three competing schools.
D.C.S. took the lead in the first event, the Junior High Jump, and managed to
hold it for the first ten events. After that, however, Simon Langton, who had
been lying third, took the lead and ran out winners by a comfortable margin. The
final result was:—Simon Langton School, 42 points; D.C.S., 31½ points; and
School, 22½ points.
The programme of events was as follows:—
C = Canterbury. D = Dover. F = Folkestone.
High Jump (Junior).—1,
Craswell (F.) and Grigg (D.); 3, Webster (D.)
Height, 4ft. 4ins.
100 Yards (Senior).—1, Huntingford (F.); 2, Woods (D.); 3, Rye (C).
Time, 10 3/5 secs.
100 Yards (Junior).—1, Eckhoff (D.); 2, Greenstreet (F.); 3, Arnold (C.).
Time, 12 secs.
440 Yards (Senior).—1, Burroughs (C.); 2, Rayner (C.); 3, Horn (F.).
Time, 56 3/5 secs.
Long Jump (junior).—1, Grigg (D.); 2, Reynolds (D.); 3, Hogben (F.).
Length, 14ft. 9ins.
120 Yards Hurdles (Senior).—I, Wells (F.); 2, Smith (D.); 3, Read (C.).
Time, 18 2/5 secs.
One Mile (Senior).—1, Stephens (C.); 2, Sampson (C.); 3, J. F. Hately (F.).
Time, 5 mins. 21 4/5 secs.
440 Yards (junior).—1, Eckhoff (D.); 2, Roden (F.); 3, Fisher (D.). Time,
220 Yards (Senior).—1, Burroughs (C.); 2, Huntingford (F); 3, Rayner
(C.). Time, 23 secs. (record).
High Jump (Senior).—1, Read (C.); 2, Smith (D.); 3, Lee (C.). Height,
sft. 2!ins. (record equalled).
220 Yards (junior).—1, Crouch (C.); 2, Arnold (C.); 3, Roden (F). Time,
27 1/5 secs.
Half-mile (Senior).—1, Rye (C.); 2, Fuller (D.); 3, Papworth (C.). Time,
2 mins. 17 4/5 secs.
Long Jump (Senior).—1, Read (C.); 2, Smith (D.); 3, Adams (F.). Length,
Relay Race (junior).—1, Dover; 2, Canterbury. Time, 55 2/5 mins
Relay Race (Senior).—1, Canterbury; 2, Folkestone. Time, 1 min. 46 1/5 secs.
We failed to obtain a first place in any of the Senior events, but we did remarkably well in the Junior events, being placed 1st in the High Jump (equal with Folkestone), 100 Yards, Long Jump, 440 Yards and the Relay Race. J. L. Eckhoff's performance in winning the 440 Yards and the 100 Yards is worthy of special mention, and R. E. Grigg did well in the Long Jump and the High Jump.
Simon Langton School acted as hosts on this occasion, and our very best thanks are due to all concerned for the excellent arrangements made and for the efficient and pleasant way in which the proceedings were carried through. After the Sports the competitors and Officials, and many visitors were entertained to tea at Simon Langton School. Mr. Booth and the Head
master of Harvey Grammar School voiced the thanks of all visitors from Dover and Folkestone.
The results of the previous competitions were:—
1934, at Canterbury. 1, Dover; 2, Folkestone; 3, Canterbury.
1935, at Dover. 1, Dover; 2, Canterbury; 3, Folkestone.
1936, at Folkestone.—1, Folkestone; 2, Canterbury; 3, Dover.
No competition was held in 1937. The next contest will take place at Dover on 25th March, 1939, if events follow the normal course.
The general standard of play this term has
been much higher then last year, and the game itself appears to be much more
popular. Except during the examinations, there has been tennis nearly every
evening after school and on most Wednesday and Saturday afternoons in addition.
The improvement in the tennis is largely due to the coaching by members of the
Staff,—to whom we are indeed very grateful.
The annual match School v. Staff took place on Friday, 8th July, in such a wind that accurate play was impossible. After a close fight the Staff won by nine sets to seven, which gives some indication of the improved play. In the School team Burton and Hollis were particularly good, winning three out of four of their games.
It was decided this year to hold a Doubles Tournament, for which eighteen pairs entered. The Tournament is not quite finished, but we hope to complete it by the end of the term.
Finally our thanks are due to the Groundsmen for kindly undertaking the cutting and marking of the courts.
We live in an age of changes. Within the last
year or two the School has seen the departure of two stalwarts who had spent the
greater part of their lives in its service and had done much to mould its
character. Now the time has come to bid farewell to another—Mr. J. Tomlinson,
M.Sc., B.A., Senior Assistant Master for many years—who goes back very far
in the history of this School. As can readily be imagined, the School we know
to-day is very different from the one Mr. Tomlinson joined when he first came
to Dover as far back as October, 1904. In his early teaching days he was for a
time on the Staff of Kent College, Canterbury, but previously to coming to Dover he was at the Grammar
School, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, where he taught Senior Mathematics and Senior French—a strange combination of subjects to us in this age of specialisation.
It was, however, his ability in that two-fold capacity that led to his appointment in Dover, for it was to teach those very subjects that he joined the Staff of what was then known as the Dover Municipal School, of which Mr. East, whose name is perpetuated in our "East Cup," was Headmaster. In due course the Pupil Teachers' Centre, which then existed in the town, was merged with the Dover Municipal School under the new style of Dover County School for Boys and Girls. The girls subsequently separated from it to form what is now the County School for Girls, leaving the County School for Boys to be developed along its own lines into what we know and proudly claim as our School to-day. It is obvious, therefore, that with the retirement of Mr. Tomlinson we are losing one who has been a familiar figure to many generations of Pharosians. Throughout this long time, except for the years when he was in the Army during the War, Mr. Tomlinson, who had an
Honours Degree in Mathematics, has been teaching that subject, and he must come very near to holding a record for the number of scholars who have tried to fathom its depths under anyone teacher.
For many years now Mr. Tomlinson has been Senior Master of this School, and it is not too much to say that he has never forfeited the respect of his colleagues in the Staff Room, even though opinions have occasionally differed. Those who have come into more personal contact with him have found him to be a man of vigorous mind and high attainments, whose interests are by no means confined to the teaching of Mathematics. Indeed, he has read widely and with appreciation, and his ability to recall and to quote is something to be envied. He has never lost his admiration for the Classics, especially for Greek, and still finds time to read them. There is, however, little of the showman in his make-up, and his solid attainments can only be fully appreciated by those with whom he comes into close contact.
Perhaps one of the most pleasant memories Mr. Tomlinson will have of this School is that during the time he has been Senior Master very happy relations have existed in the Common Room between the various members of a fairly large staff. It is no exaggeration to say that without him the Staff Room will not be quite the same. We are confident that The Pharos speaks for the whole School—past and present, near and far—in according to Mr. Tomlinson sincere good wishes for many happy years of well-earned leisure, and with his name we would here respectfully associate that of Mrs. Tomlinson.
ANNUAL SCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS 1937-38.
The Annual School Swimming Sports were held on Thursday, 7th July, before a very
interested crowd of parents and boys. Much keen and closely contested swimming
was witnessed especially the exceptionally close finish to the Open Two Lengths.
We were all pleased to see the vast improvement in Junior Swimming. Four new
records were set up, including E. C. Mantle's splendid 12 lengths which he did
in 3 mins. 51 sees., thereby breaking the previous record by 8 3/5 sees. E. P.
Elworthy won the Open Championship and also broke the record for the Life Saving
Race with the time of 37 3/5 secs.
B. A. Bilby won the 14-16 Championship and R. J. Austin the Junior Championship.
We are very grateful to Mr. Nash for giving us a really first class exhibition of swimming. The "Butterfly Breaststroke" which he executed with much finesse was particularly interesting. We all very much regret his leaving us at the end of the term as amongst other things he has done much to improve School Swimming.
Town House won the Quinlan Cup with an aggregate of 93 points, followed by Buckland with 71 points, Maxton with 68 points and Country with 32 points.
The results were as follows:—
Twelve Lengths (Open).—1, E. C. Mantle; 2, W. D. McQueen; 3. B. P. Elworthy. Time. 3 mins. 51 sees.—Record.)
Two Lengths (Under 14).—1, R. J. Austin; 2. R. W. Lambert; 3. E. Bailey.
Two Lengths (14-16).—1. B. A. Bilby; 2, D. Price; 3, S. L. Stafford (Time, 28 3/5 sees.)
Two Lengths (Open).—l, E. C. Mantle; 2. W. D. McQueen; 3, R. C. S. Grove. (Time, 27 sees.)
Two Lengths (junior sehool).—1, R. W. Lambert; 2, J. Kemp; 3. K. F. Rust. (Time, 34 3/5 sees.)
Four Lengths (Under 14).—1, R. J. Austin; 2. J. L. Lambert; 3. R. Pilcher. (Time, 1 min. 19 2/5 secs.)
Four Lengths (14-16).—1, B. A. Bilby; 2, S. L. Stafford; 3. D. F. Pay. (Time. 1 min. 11 secs.)
Six Lengths (Open).—1. E. C. Mantle; 2, W. D. McQueen; 3. B. P. Elworthy. (Time, 1 min. 40 1/5 sees.—Record).
one Length Junior school).—1. R. J. Austin; 2. R. W. Lambert; 3. K. F. Rust. (Time, 17 3/5 secs.)
One Length Breast (Under 14).—1, R. W. Lambert; 2, R. J. Austin; 3,
K. F. Rust. (Time, 17 4/5 secs.)
Six Lengths (14-16).—1, K. Kemp; 2, J. E. Knott; 3, S. L. Stafford.
(Time, 2 mins. 1 2/5 secs.).
Two Lengths, Breast (Open).—1, B. P. Elworthy; 2, B. J. Carpenter; 3, L. J. Langham. (Time, 29 2/5 secs.)
One Width, Novices Race (Junior School).—1, S. Gomar; 2, B. C. Andrews; 3, P. Sheppard and H. R. Slater (tie). (Time, 13 2/5 secs.)
One Length Back (Under 14).—1, A. T. Ing; 2, J. L. Lambert; 3, E. Blackman. (Time, 20 secs.)
Two Lengths, Breast (14-16).—1, B. A. Bilby; 2, A. Holmes; 3, D. W. G. Pritchard. (Time, 34 secs.)
Plunging Competition (Open).—1, A. R. Wilde; 2, W. D. McQueen; 3, D. F. Pay. (Distance, 46ft. 6ins.)
Two Lengths Back (14-16).—1, B. A. Bilby; 2, J. E. Knott; 3, A. Austin. (Time .)
Life-Saving Race (Open).—1, B. P. Elworthy; 2, B. J. Carpenter; 3, W. D. McQueen. (Time, 37 3/5 secs.—Record.)
Diving Competition (Open).—1, R. W. Lambert; 2, B. P. Elworthy; 3, S. L. Stafford.
House Relay Race (Under 14).—1, Town (R. J. Austin, R. W. Lambert, R. Matthews, L. W. Thompson); 2, Country (J. L. Lambert, A. C. Pittock, D. A. Snowden, R. Thompson. (Time, 1 min. 6 secs.)
House Relay Race (Over 14).—1, Buckland (B. A. Bilby, J. E. Knott, D. F. Pay, M. Smithers); 2, Town (G. Vickery, D. Price, D. W. G. Pritchard, S. L. Stafford). (Time, 2 mins. 13 secs.)
House Relay (Open).—1, Maxton (B. P. Elworthy, T. E. Jones, E. C. Mantle, R. J. H. Stewart); 2, Country (R. C. S. Grove, G. L. Watt, D. A. Webb, A. R. Wilde). (Time, 1.54 3 3/5 secs.—Record.)
SCHOOL SOCIETIES' ACCOUNT.
|Subscriptions from Teams.||3||9||6||18/5||Linseed Oil.||0||0||8|
|Capt. Reeder, for Trophy||1||1||0||18/5||Niblett—Taxi for F. A. coach||0||4||0|
|Cash at Bank, 14/3/38||2||2||11||24/5||Books of cheques.||0||5||0|
|Cash in hand, 14/3/38||0||17||0||6/6||R.L.S. Soc.—Subscription and Handbooks||0||19||0|
|Teas to Teams.||12||6||0|
|9/7||Cash at Bank.||26||19||5|
|9/7||Cash in hand.||1||9||10|
|Audited and found correct,||
W. WILTON BAXTER,
|E. S. ALLEN.||
|11th July, 1938.|
At the time of writing the results of the
Inter-House Gymnastic Competition have still to come in. After a little pressure
the response of the House to the appeal for entrants to the Swimming Sports was
very encouraging. McQueen who was our one hope in the Open Events, and Bilby and
Pay were responsible for most of the points we gained.
In Cricket we have been compelled, owing to illness and examinations to field varying First and Second Elevens. Smith was unfortunate to miss a century by only four runs in the first match against Town, while Merricks and Thompson have been the real batting strength of the team. Pleasance, Merricks, and after a period of absence, Butler, have bowled consistently well. The House sympathises with Smith and realises that his illness has deprived it of its best all-round athlete.
Hall, Sutton and D. Allerton have been the nucleus of a comparatively strong Second Eleven, which has, however, at times been depleted owing to the demands of the First.
The Colts have yet to replay its drawn game in the East Cup Final. In this team McFarlane has done well with both bat and ball, but few of the other members have made any great improvement in form, their attendance at the nets being very disappointing.
As in previous terms our Juniors have done their best, but with only just a sufficient number in the House for one full team their difficulties are obvious. Gale, Reynolds and Atherden show promise and should come on very well next year.
The House Shield is still in the balance, and will in all probability be again decided by the Athletic Sports.
Whatever the result, the House can look back with pride upon a year of success; it should not forget that the value of team work can never be over estimated. In this respect the House is grateful to those members who have regularly turned up at 8.15 a.m. for gym practices.
This term activities have been confined mainly
to cricket, and the 1st XI. has fared much better than that of last year. The
2nd XI., as usual, has maintained its good record, and the Colts XI. has shown a
very keen House spirit. The Junior 1st XI. for the first time since its
introduction has been very disappointing, but perhaps this may be accounted for
by the fact that most of its members were well below the normal age limit.
In the Swimming Sports this term the House did remarkably well, due mainly to the efforts of Wilde and Grovc in the Senior, and Lambert in the Junior events. By the time these notes have been printed the Athletic Sports will have been held and I am sure every member of the House will have tried to put up his best performance. We are looking forward to a possible success in the Gym Competition, and I hope all members of the House will turn up to support their team.
The standard of cricket in the House this season is much better than it was last
year, especially in the Colts and Junior XI's. The House First Eleven is lucky
in having four of the School First Team to assist it, and we should record at
least two victories in the four matches remaining to be played. Up to-date we
have won one. Alcock, Y. J., and Stribley have bowled well throughout the
season; while on one occasion the side was helped by a very useful innings by
Owing to the lack of experienced players the Second Eleven, captained by Haines, have been unable to gain a victory, but it must be remembered that on several occasions they have provided a useful man for the First Eleven.
The Colts XI. captained by Grigg, and the Junior 1st XI. captained by Alcock, A. H., have played well, and have won many points for the Reds, when the Seniors have failed.
Maxton was placed third in the Swimming Sports with 68 points, against Buckland's 71 and Town's 93. Mantle and Elworthy were outstanding in the open events. Mantle won the Two Lengths, the Six Lengths and the Twelve Lengths, setting up new records in the two latter events. Elworthy broke the Life Saving record, and gaining points in other events, became senior swimming champion. Stewart swam well but failed to gain a place in any event. For the juniors Ing, Kemp (1) and Kemp (2) swam very well, but did not receive sufficient support to enable Maxton to take the lead.
I here take the opportunity of thanking Harrow for his help with the business of the House in a very strenuous and crowded term.
In conclusion, on behalf of the House I should like to say how very much we regret losing Mr. Tomlinson at the end of the term. Behind the scenes, as Housemaster, he has always been most ready to deal with any difficulty or hitch in the running of the House, and we do therefore extend to him our sincere wishes for a long and happy retirement.
The main weakness of our First Eleven this season has been the length of the
tail, and the absence of any outstanding bowlers beyond A. Paddock. The fielding
has not been up to our last year's standard, although at times the team as a
whole has played really well. Outside the members of the School Team, who have
all given a good account of themselves, Wilde and C. Paddock have on more than
one occasion played a staunch innings.
The Seconds, ably led by Langham, have put up a good fight despite the handicap of a dearth of Seniors—a handicap which affects the House in all branches of sport. Fox, Sherred and Grant, however, must be mentioned for all-round play.
The Colts too have been far from successful, seeming at times to have been over-awed by the strength of the opposition. Donoghue, Williams and Castle have been the mainstay of the team, while Quested has hit hard at times.
The Juniors, on the other hand, have met with a fair measure of success, Lambert being outstanding at both batting and bowling. Rust, Dixon and Harrison have also played well, while Quested shows distinct promise.
Our success in winning the Quinlan Cup for swimming is one on which we can pride ourselves. Although the younger members were responsible for the majority of the points, all who represented the House must be congratulated on a truly fine performance, the more so because of our depleted numbers.
Finally, let me thank all those who have helped in getting together teams during the last two seasons; let me also wish those who follow me Good Luck, and a rapid increase in the numbers of the House. They can always rest assured, however, that even if the Light Blues cannot win they will always go down trying, and trying hard.
A DAY IN LONDON.
If conclusions may be drawn from the multitudinous enquiries made during many
preceding it, our excursion to London must have been a source of pleasurable
anticipation to the majority of the 118 boys who, together with five members of
the Staff, assembled at Dover Priory at 7.30 a.m. on Monday, 20th June.
A comfortable journey—Southern's best!—and we reached Cannon Street shortly before ten o'clock. The main body walked to the Tower, while a contingent set off to explore the delights of the Victoria and Albert and the Science Museums, rejoining us later.
Under the guidance of a well-informed Yeoman Warder we were quickly conscious of the presence of the shades of the murdered Princes, Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey, and even Guy Fawkes. Many a history lesson came to life in the chapels of St. Peter and St. John, while the Armoury and Jewel House gave rise to excited discussions as to efficiency and value.
Lunch in the gun-park overlooking Father Thames and Tower Bridge, preceded our walk to St. Paul's, where Nave, Choir, Chapels and Crypt not proving enough, we mounted hundreds of steps—or was it thousands?—exploring the Library, with its priceless collection of old Bibles (some dating from the times of Tyndale, Coverdale and Cranmer), Whispering Gallery, and finally the Stone Gallery round the Dome. What an architect! What views! What a capital! And with what joy was received our decision that the "District," and not our tired feet, should carry us Westminsterwards.
Under the shadow of Big Ben's ornate tower we were joined by the party from Kensington, whose souvenirs plainly revealed their delight in the beauties and wonders around them. We had tarried amid the shades of the little Princes; they had enjoyed a near view of the little Princesses leaving Buckingham Palace with Queen Mary ("And they waved to us, too!").
Entering Westminster Hall we were met by our Member, Major Astor, who briefly outlined the history of Rufus' wonderful building, and later took the party to St. Stephen's Hall, whence the more fortunate were enabled to catch a glimpse of Mr. Speaker, complete with wig. As the House was sitting, we could not crowd in to the chamber itself, but all were grateful to Major Astor for his courtesy in receiving us.
A spare half-hour enabled us to spread ourselves along the Embankment to the pleasure and profit of itinerant vendors of innocuous beverages and cooling comestibles.
The tombs of the Kings, the magnificent tracery of Henry the Seventh's Chapel, Poets' Corner, the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and the scene of the Coronation ceremony, were the main centres of interest in the Abbey itself. The Coronation Chair and Stone of Destiny are no longer mere text-book illustrations.
Full justice was done to an excellent tea served by Messrs. Lyons, opposite Victoria Tower. Youth's capacity now amazed us, now filled us with envy, but at last we were able to walk along the embankment to the spot beyond Waterloo Bridge where the famous Discovery—Capt. Scott's ship—is moored; thence to Charing Cross in time for the 7.15. And who was not pleased when we took our seats? Surely little more could be crowded into any twelve hours! An hour and a half through lovely Kent, and we were at journey's end.
Now, a memory; but truly a happy one.
SPORTS DAY, 1938.
Once again able organisation and the almost
proverbial fine weather did much to make the Sports, held on Wednesday, 13th July, a successful
and enjoyable function.
In the course of the afternoon, two records were broken—R. Metzger's time for the 440 yards open being 56 4/5 secs. (previous record, 57 secs., R P. Peyton, 1930), and L Bennison, with a time of 1 min. 4 secs., broke the record of 1 min. 5 2/5 secs. established by F. Brown in 1922 for the 440 yards open, under 14. L J. Eckhoff equalled the record of 11 3/5 secs. which J. R Harrow set up in 1935 for the 100 yards open, under 14.
After the events, the Head Master explained the introduction of a new system of standards, whereby each competitor reaching the standard gained a point for his House, irrespective of his place in the event, and also the introduction of certificates for the winners of all scratch events.
The Mayoress, Mrs. J. R Cairns, then presented the Cups and Certificates, and also the awards for the Swimming Sports. The Lucas Tooth Shield, in the competition for which the 1st Cadet Coy., C.P. (F.) R.E. tied with the Royal Marine Cadet Corps of Deal, was also presented. Mr. C. G. Gane, of the Parents' Association, thanked the Mayoress on behalf of the assembly, and congratulated the winners on their achievements. The totals of the points awarded were—Country 155. Buckland 152, Maxton 144, and Town 108.
T.C.B. (Open, under
14).—1, G. J. Took; 2, A. B. McFarlane; 3, D. A.
Snowden. Distance, 55 yards.
T.C.B. (Open, over 14).—1, T. E. Jones; 2, B. J. Carpenter; 3, P. J.
Harvey. Distance, 73 yards.
Long Jump (Open, under 14).—1, C. R. Reynolds; 2, R. R. Fisher; 3,
V. S. Pilcher. Distance. 13 ft. 8ins.
Long Jump (14-15).—1, P. Sherred; 2, A. J. Hall; 3, N. Webster. Distance, 14 ft. 6 ins.
Long Jump (15-16).—1, J. A. Austin; 2, G. Pleasance; 3, S. W. Price.
Distance, 15 ft. 7ins.
Long Jump (Open, over 14)—1, J. R. Harrow; 2, J. Edgar; 3, B. J. Carpenter. Distance, 18 ft. 1in.
Two Lap Race (15-16).—1, B. Manning; 2, S. Carter; 3, D. F. Coe.
Time, 1 min. 57 1/5 secs.
880 Yards (Open, over 14).—1, V. J. Alcock; 2, A. H. Butler; 3, L. J.
120 Yards Hurdles (Open, over 14).—1, J. Edgar; 2, P. J. Harvey; 3.
B. J. Carpenter. Time, 19 2/5 secs.
80 Yards Handicap (Junior School).—1, R. R. Fisher; 2, R. J. Austin;
3, D. W. Smith. Time, 9 4/5 secs.
80 Yards (12-13).—1, R. J. Austin; 2, W. Grogan; 3, W. Kingsland. Time, 10 3/5 secs.
100 Yards (Open, under 14).—1, L. J. Eckhoff; 2, S. A. Price; 3, R. R. Fisher. Time, 11 3/5 secs.
100 Yards (14-15).—1, P. Sherred; 2, S. Broadwood; 3, A. J. Hall. Time, 11 3/5 secs.
100 Yards (15-16).—1, G. Pleasance; 2, I. A. Austin; 3, S. V. Price. Time, 11 1/5 secs.
100 Yards (Open, over 14).—1, J. R. Harrow; 2, T. E. Jones; 3, W. J. Pelham. Time, 10 4/5 secs.
220 Yards (Open, under 14).—1, L. Bennison; 2, L. J. Eckhoff; 3, R. R. Fisher. Time, 28 4/5 secs.
220 Yards (14-15).—1, S. Broadwood; 2, A. J. Hall; 3, P. Sherred. Time, 27 secs.
220 Yards (15-16).—1, I. A. Austin; 2, G. Pleasance; 3, S. W. Price. Time, 25 4/5 secs.
220 Yards (Open, over 14).—1, J. R. Harrow; 2, T. E. Jones; 3, L. F. Merrisks. Time, 25 secs.
High Jump (Open, under 14).—1, D. Ovenden; 2, J. L. Pain; 3, R. J. Austin, L. Sanderson (tie). Height, 4 ft. 3 ins.
High Jump (14-15).—1, A. J. Hall; 2, S. Broadwood, R. Grigg (tie). Height, 4 ft. 11 ins.
High Jump (15-16).—1, G. Pleasance; 2, B. Manning; 3, D. D. Grant. Height, 4ft. 11 ins.
High Jump (Open, over 14).—1, J. R. Harrow; 2, J. W. Menter; 3, B. J. Carpenter, J. L. Miriams (tie). Height, 4ft. 9½ins.
Sack Race (junior School).—1, K. F. Rust; 2, R. W. Lambert; 3, W. H. Thompson.
Potato Race (junior School).—1, K. F. Rust; 2, K J. Austin; 3, L. E. Culver.
House Relay Race (Under 14).—1, Country (C. Hutchins, J. Brabham,
J. L. Lambert, L. E. Culver); 2, Buckland (C. R. Reynolds, L. J. Eckhoff, G. P. Reason, V. Pilcher). Time, 47 2/5 secs.
House Relay Race (14-15).—1, Country (S. Broadwood, J. Hurt, R. F. Hewitt, R. Blunt); 2, Buckland (A. J. Hall, C. Groombridge, M. Smithers, J. E. Knott). Time, 1 min. 32 3/5 secs.
House Relay Race (15-16).—1, Buckland (G. Pleasance, J. J. Walsh,
R. W. Winter, N. S. Pain); 2, Town (D. D. Grant, G. Vickery, C. R.
Wilson, G. J. Vickery). Time, 1 min. 28 4/5 secs.
House Relay Race (Open).—1, Maxton (V. J. Alcock, R. Haines, J. R.
Harrow, T. E. Jones); 2, Buckland (H. R. Watkins, W. J. Pelham. L. F. Merricks, A. H. Butler). Time, 1 min. 23 2/5 secs.).
440 Yards (Open, under 14).—1, L. Bennison; 2, L. J. Eckhoff; 3, A. J.
Hayden. Time, 1 min. 4 secs.
440 Yards (14-15).—1, S. Broadwood; 2, P. Sherred; 3, K. Alcock. Time, 1 min. 4/5 secs.
440 Yards (15-16).—1, G. Vickery; 2, G. Pleasance; 3, B. Manning. Time, 1 min. 2 3/5 secs.
440 Yards (Open, over 14).—1, R. Metzger; 2, V. J. Alcock; 3, J. Edgar. Time, 56 4/5 secs.
One Mile.—1, P. J. Harvey; 2, J. J. Myers; 3, I. A. Austin. Time, 5 mins. 14 3/5 secs.
Allasse! Ye scrybe hath dyscoveryed that hys
werke fyndeth nat favoure with his felawes. Thereto hath he been y-tolde by ye
drede blue-pencylled Censorre to leve hys formerre droolynges, and to endyte
instedde some manlie tayle.
Firste wolde he telle of ye grete Godde Crickette, forre at his shryne we alle do worshyppe. 'Tis seyde, howevere, that in thys sesoonne he hath graunted onlie ye preyeres of ye Secondellevenne, and (whyche pleseth thise varleties myghtilie) to the beseechynges of ye grete Skoolefurstes, he hath tourned a deffe eare.
His Brotherre-Kynge, yclept Tennyse, stylle cloth look wyth favoure on ye Knyghtes, and disdayneth the offerynges of hir yonge adversayres. Nowe, howevre, all do mourne and lamente the passynge of Sire Swilsil from thys grete gayme, for nowe hath he hunge uppe hys dedlie weponne forre alle tyme.
Butte, leste anyoone thynke that oure lyvres be spente atte pleyinge, let hym betaak hymselve to ye Grete Halle in middesesonne, wher, I trowe, ye fruyts of formerre penaunce and solitude are wel and trulie gathrede. And verilie some do relysshe nat of hir harvestynge. Yette atte ende of hir laboures swete solaas was hem gyvenne in that Ye Mystique Boxxe didde boom forthe tydynges of ye Firste Testyne-Jouste. Whan, thereforre, a grete quakynge didde shayke ye Chateau, menne seyde that 'twas onlie ye folke from Douneunderre shudderynge at ye myghtie score of Ye Olde Countrie. Thys may be trulie so, for yerilie ye quayke was of an exceedynge rumblynge, and didde stryke feare into alle oure hertes.
So one, howevre, ye Halle wylle resounde wyth otherre loude voyces than that of ve commentatoure, and eke thatte of Sire Seltbacon. Soone wylle oure eares be assayled by voyces of hyghe eek lowe degree, and divers shalle contende for a Redynge Pryze, for swich did ye Overlorde proclayme.
And now, in lytell tyme alle ye grete stallewartes shall taak hir leavynge. Shortlie wylle be goon ye Thrie Doublewes, to wit, Skintaw, beloved of ye grete, and Dewil, beloyed of ye fayre, and Rodwado, beloyed of ye lyttle ones.
Nowe too is ye Toune of Maxe sore strickenne by the passynge of Il Stomnon, and eek by losse of St. Neejo, trulie a brave and worthie leaderre.
Therefore, o rederre, taak pitye, I prithee on ye scrybe, for agayne, alasse, he is lefte aloone with hys memories.
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.
The Selection Committee has fulfilled its task of making the final choice of
books to be purchased with the greater part of this year's allowance, and I can
now give readers some information about new books which will arrive at the
beginning of next Term.
About half of the expenditure has been allotted to the Reference Department. In Chemistry, Volumetric Analysis (Mee) and Lecture Experiments in Chemistry (Fowles) should be most useful for advanced work, while a wider appeal will be made by The Drama of Chemistry (French). Science covers a very wide field, and I can but mention also British Scientists of the 19th Century (Crowther), Relativity for All (Dingle) and Technique of Colour Photography (Newens). Another volume is to be added to the Oxford History of England: The Later Stuarts (Clark), while the stock of books on Economics is to be enriched by a standard work—Accounting (Cropper). We could not, of course, consider ourselves up-to-date without the latest edition of The Statesman's year Book.
But the Fiction and Junior Library are also to receive their share. On the Junior list I see many books that I know the Lower Forms will enjoy. I need to mention only such volumes as Racy yarns for Boys, Galloping Hoofs (Downie), Tales of Joe Egg (Southwold), and a detective story for Juniors by Professor Haldane—My Friend Mr. Leakey. For Upper Forms we are purchasing a copy of The Bible Designed to be read as Literature, which has been highly praised. My Best Story for Boys (selected by the authors themselves) should appeal to all; while yarns by Westerman, Johns, and Proffesor Low figure prominently in our list. I wish space permitted me to give full particulars, but please watch the Notice Board for the folder covers of the new books when they arrive, and you are sure to find something to your liking.
One thing I must not omit to say. Our best thanks are tendered to the K.E.C. for another generous allowance, and to the donors of various volumes, which are here gratefully acknowledged.
W. UNCLES, (School Librarian).
ECHO DE PARIS.
We passed happily over a calm sea, to the soft mud and sweet odours of Boulogne,
where special trains were waiting to rush us to Paris Nord. Here we first
experienced the protracted waiting which was to be the main characteristic of
the trip. We were billeted near the Luxembourg Gardens, in a hotel for
students at the University. Here we met several personalities—the blue-eyed
patron, with his unctuous smile and wringing of hands, his wife, the incarnation
of what we expect a Frenchwoman to be, and Gaston, the negro waiter.
Much of our time was occupied by trips arranged by the S.J.A. These took us to the royal palaces at Versailles and Fontainebleau, to the Conciergerie, where the prisoners of the Revolution were kept, to the Sainte Chapelle, with its priceless stained glass, and to the Louvre, where a concourse of bachelors discussed the "Venus de Milo." One afternoon we visited the Chambre des Deputés, shaped like a bear-pit, and another day we went to Les Invalides, where we saw Napoleon's tomb, among the great fluted columns, all made lovely by the sunlight shining through blue and gold stained glass windows.
On Easter Sunday morning we went on a coach tour of Paris, and after seeing the magnificent spectacle of Mass at Notre Dame, we went right through the city to the weird Oriental building of L'Eglise du Sacre Coeur. In the evening we stalked through the murky side streets and the well-lighted Place de la Concorde asking for l'Ambassade Anglais, as if we were English millionaires, but the superior quality of our French caused us to be directed to the President's Palace instead.
Four of us represented the School at a reception at le cité Universitaire, where we had tea with French students, finding them very attractive.
Out of the welter of memories of the Parisian night and day of the Boulevards and cafes, and the perpetual game of tag between the traffic and the police, a few pictures stand out vividly; the Metro. in the rush hour, the happy stay-in strikers at Citroën works, the yellow strike placards, the lights on the Seine, with the grey ghost of Notre Dame in the background, the
panorama from the top of the hotel, crash-helmeted speed-cops making a catch at Fontainebleau, the obliging old lady in the post office, the boys playing marbles in Notre Dame churchyard, the little girls in the latest fashions, and the little boys in plus fours, Gaston jammed in the lift. . . but the censor has forbidden me to write more.
Form Upper IV.—H. Treumann
(2), S. E. Carter (1), S. T. Hopper
(1), W. W. Robson (1).
Form Middle IV—P. F. Delahaye (3), J. A. Austin (1), A. A. Tolputt (1).
Form Upper III.—M. Bond (3), B. Gray (3), A. B. McFarlane (3), S. A. Price (3), B. E. Friend (2), K. E. Alcock (1), R. F. Atkinson, A. F. Holmes (1), S. D. Mason (1), P. Sherred (1), R. Webster (1).
Form Middle III—F. E. Davies (3), R. J. Gill (3). D. G. Eagles (2), C. E. Oliver (2), H. P. Datlen (1), A. Hill (1), J. Macnab (1), E. G. Simpson (1).
Form Lower III.—R. F. Hewitt (3), C. R. Reynolds (3), J. Knott (2), F. W. Smith (2), C. A. Groombridge (1). W. T. Harris (1), K. Kemp (1), V. S. Pilcher (1).
Form Upper II.—E. G. Bailey (3), C. D. Brice (3), F. C. Dane (3), H. E. Flanders (3), J. L. Lambert (3). A. H. Mulcahy (3), R. D. Pilcher (3), H. A. Catlow (2). E. R. Foster (2), F. J. King (2), E. Mummery (2). H. B. Brabham (1), P. Reeves (1), B. A. Rigden (1).
Form Middle II.—B. Sedgwick (2), L. R. Bish (1). G. Carter, W. G. Clayson (1), G. Hope (1), W. G. Howell (1), R. Maidstone (1), G. Pott (1).
Form Lower II.—A. King (1), J. W. Richardson (1), L. Vickery (1), J. F. Wilkinson (1).
Form Upper I.—F. R. Beach (3), G. R. Cooke (3), J. A. Forwood (3), S. Gomar (3), A. T. Ing (3), R. D. Price (3), J. L. Bowyer (2), R. W. Cropton (2), L. W. Smith (2).
Form Middle I.—R. W. Lambert (3), B. C. Andrews (2), J. B. Keirs (2), C. W. Sisley (2), J. Jenkins (1), W. H. Thompson (1).
Form Lower I.—C. A. Abbot (3), A. H. Alcock (3), R. Balsdon (3), J. S. Macnab (3), B. Harrison (2), D. Harrison (2).
Form Trans.—A. C. Allin (3), J. M. Gale (3), D. J. Russell (3), M. Watts (3), E. F. Field (2).
Form Prep.— J. Flavin (3), K. Dadds (1), D. S. Kingsland (1), J. R. Moorecroft (1).
A COLLEGE LETTER.
22nd June, 1938.
To the Editor of "The Pharos."
You have published many letters from Old Boys, but this, I believe, is the first from Wye. I have always been impressed by the evidence of the great learning abounding at other University Colleges, and it is with some qualms that I write, since I have no catalogue of brilliant examination results or athletic achievements to offer. I must reluctantly confess, too, that nobody at Wye has ever discussed the Tibetan Blue Poppy with an explorer, which, if I may believe a recent letter to The Pharos, is but one of the great feats being accomplished daily at Cambridge. In spite of this, I hope that some of your readers may like to hear something of Wye.
Pelham and I are the first representatives of the D.C.S. for some years, and of the few before us we can find no trace. Pelham is taking his B.Sc. (Agric.), while I refrain from mentioning the qualifications I hope to acquire next month, because they would, I fear, convey very little to you. Although we are taking different courses, we see each other quite often, and played squash together in the winter. Pelham has distinguished himself at Rugger, too, but this term has been busy with exams. Although our situation is rather isolated we sometimes come across other Old Boys. I regularly see some of my contemporaries, now at London and elsewhere, in the vacations, and
last week, quite by chance, I met Unstead in St. Albans, having not seen him for four years; he tells me that he is teaching there.
At Wye, in my course at least, we have remarkably few restrictions and regulations to observe, and have, I imagine, even more freedom than those at the Universities. Probably due to the fact that people here are older than is usual at most Colleges, and have travelled more, the tendency to talk and air
one's views on involved subjects, which characterises the newly left schoolboy, rejoicing in his unaccustomed liberty, is absent. This statement, I suppose, will lead to further misconceptions as to the nature of that vague person usually termed "the agricultural student," and therefore I should like to correct the impression of us that most people have.
I hate to disillusion people, but we are not inarticulate, red faced farmers' sons, smelling slightly of the farmyard and addicted to the excessive consumption of beer, even though we may not be noted for our intellectual capacities. We do not spend our time grubbing in the soil; we get our practical work away from Wye. Our courses are essentially theoretical and very wide, which at least prevents us taking anyone subject too seriously; but this, I suppose, in this age of specialisation will be disparaged by my learned friends. The value of a Wye training depends entirely on the individual. Prospects in Agriculture are certainly no better and probably rather worse
than in other industries.
I myself have no regrets, for the life is healthy and varied, and to me infinitely preferable to any office, desk or laboratory. At the moment British Agriculture is in a deplorable state, but it is inconceivable that it can get worse, hence we survive and continue to hope. Now that some genius has discovered that even in these highly civilised times, armies and presumably Air Forces, too, have stomachs, it is possible that farmers and all those connected with the land may come to be regarded as having their uses, since we do know how to produce food, although we may not be able to make bombing planes.
I have not attempted to give here an account of one's work and life at Wye, but if there is a solitary hero at school who is thinking of farming and coming to Wye, please let him apply to me for any necessary information.
1st CADET COMPANY C.P. (F.) R.E.
This term, as usual, has been a busy one for
the Corps. Company parades every Friday, with additional Platoon IV. parades on Wednesdays,
have been very well attended. On one Company parade the number present was 96,
which is a record attendance for Astor Avenue. The drill has been mainly in
preparation for the Lucas Tooth Competition at Camp. Ceremonial drill was started in preparation for the King's Birthday Parade, but this was unfortunately cancelled.
At the end of last term a team was entered for the Annual Cadet Cross Country Run at Chingford. Band-Sergeant Fuller, who came in 19th, was first home of the Dover contingent, and accordingly received the Officers' Trophy. The individual order of arrivals of the first six of our team is:—Band-Sgt. Fuller, Sgt. Watkins, Cpl. Metzger, Sgt. Paddock, C.Q.M.S.
Smith and Cdt. Knights; while the team itself came fourth, the result being:—Palmer's School 37 points; King Edward's School 81 points; Battersea Grammar School 116 points; Dover County School 171 points.
The Certificate "A" results this time have been most gratifying. Everybody passed on the first paper, while the five following were successful in obtaining the complete certificate:—Band-Sgt. Fuller, Cpl. Allerton, Cpl. Fox, Cpl. Elworthy, and Lce.-CpI. Tucker. Lce.-CpI. Howarth successfully passed the Theory (papers). These results pay tribute to the preparation
by 2nd-Lieut. A. Andrews, who has given so much of his time to the Corps in this connection.
The Band, after some internal changes, has settled down and is now playing well, possibly inspired by the new leopard-skin for the big drummer. Platoon IV. also deserve some praise for their smartness and high standard of drill which some of the senior cadets might well copy.
Our Annual Camp will be at Sandwich from Thursday, 28th July, to Thursday, 9th August. The General Inspection and "Lucas Tooth" Competition will take place on Tuesday, 9th August, while Camp Sports will be held on Saturday, 6th August, when all parents and friends are cordially invited.
Musketry has been held every Friday, except during the examinations, and a team will again be entered for the King's Shield Competition.
A Field Day was held on Ewell Minnis during the Easter holiday with the usual gusto, enthusiasm and confusion. Owing to an elaborate method of attack, one platoon was half an hour late for dinner, but the day was otherwise a complete success.
We have pleasure in congratulating two ex-members of the Corps, Gentlemen Cadets G. B. Donald, of the R.M.A., and C. I. M. Watson, of the R.M.C., on their promotion to Corporal.
To Band-Sergeant—Cpl. Edgar.
To Corporal-Lce.—Cpls. Metzger, West.
To Lance-Corporal—Cdts. Hall, Carter and Bilby.
The School 1st XI. has had a moderate season,
losing 3 matches to date, winning 3, and drawing 3. The draws were very much in
our favour though this does not explain the poorness of our record. The
explanation lies in the lack of a really fast bowler. The attack has rarely been
hostile even though the bowlers have been supported by an alert set of fielders.
Alcock and Carpenter have fielded exceptionally well and Stribley, Pleasance,
and Burton have bowled courageously. The batting of the team has usually been
good, and on no occasion has it been dull. Merricks (74), Alcock (66), and
Thompson (54) have been outstanding. The rate of scoring has been pleasingly
high, the 138 runs needed to defeat S.L.S. at Canterbury being obtained in just
under 75 minutes for the loss of only 5 wickets.
The 2nd XI. has had a very good season as will be seen from the appended results. This is mainly due to its all round strength, although Smith, Ravensdale, Paddock (ii) and Myers have been outstanding. The first three are useful all rounders, and Myers a useful bat and wicket-keeper.
The Colts XI. with many promising players has had a successful season. The team is very enthusiastic, and plays bright and interesting cricket. Grigg, Allerton, Alcock and Sherred have been outstanding, and Brabham and Lambert will improve with experience. Sherred's accurate bowling of good pace has been of great assistance to the XI.
Finally a word of thanks to the groundsmen for preparing such excellent pitches.
1st XI. Characters, 1938.
MERRICKS—A sound defensive bat, who as opening batsman
has proved invaluable to the XI.
ALCOCK—Excelling in all three branches of the game, he has showed considerable promise in his first season.
THOMPSON—A sound batsman, he must be quicker off the mark if he is to be successful in the field.
BURTON—A keen all-rounder whose bowling has improved as the season progressed.
JONES—Very keen in the field, but will not succeed with the bat until he alters his stroke production, which is too stiff.
CARPENTER—A fine square-leg fielder, but must moderate his exuberance if he is to succeed with the bat.
HARVEY—Still bowls an occasional "wrong-un," but is far too erratic. Has batted well.
STRIBLEY—Started the season brilliantly but has not justified promise. Though he keeps a good length, his bowling lacks fire.
PLEASANCE—A useful bowler who will succeed when he learns to control his length.
WEBB—Useful deputy wicket-keeper in place of Smith. He must learn to break the wicket more rapidly.
SMITH—Captaining the side until he was operated on, Smith played his usual bright game. His batting has been badly missed, but Webb has been a good substitute wicketkeeper.
WATT—Has captained the team well for the greater part of the season and has batted soundly when the side was in difficulties. (L.F.M.).
April 30—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 99 for 6 (Thompson 27*); Old
Pharosians, 52 for 6 (Stribley 4 for 13).
May 11—At Guston. D.C.S., 82 (Merricks 27); D.Y.R.M.S., 58 (Stribley 7 for 22).
May 14—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 132 for 6 (Merricks 74*); Simon Langton School, 81 for 6 (Burton 2 for 3).
May 18—At Astor Avenue. Chatham House School, 116; D.C.S. 48. (Watt 26).
May 21—At Folkestone.—Harvey Grammar School, 130; D.C.S., 53.
May 25—At Ashford. Ashford Grammar School, 96 for 1; rain stopped play.
June 8—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 167 for 9 (V. J. Alcock 66, Harvey 30); Harvey Grammar School, 85 for S (Harvey 3 for 2).
June 11—At Canterbury. Simon Langton School, 137; D.C.S., 138 for 5 (Watt 50*, V. J. Alcock 33, Merricks 32).
June 29—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 133 for 7 (Thompson 56, Merricks 33); Margate College, 79 for 5 (Harvey 3 for 11).
July 6—At Ashford. Ashford Grammar School, 166 for 7; D.C.S., 76 (Watt 25).
July 9—At Margate. D.C.S., 63; Margate College, 110 for 7.
July 16—At Faversham.
July 16—At Faversham. Faversham Grammar School, 52 (Stribley 3 for 6, Harvey 3 for 9); D.C.S., 98 (K. Smith 29).
July 20—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. Staff, 133 (Mr. Booth 24, Mr. Ockenden 23, Mr. Nash 22); D.C.S., 140 for 7 (Harvey 41, Thompson 34, Mr. Rowlands 3 for 13).
May 11—At Astor Avenue. D.Y.R.M.S., 38 (Smith 7 for 17); D.C.S.,
78 (Ravensdale 39).
May 14—At Canterbury. D.C.S., 88 (Smith 24); Simon Langton School, 77.
May 18—At Ramsgate. Chatham House School, 32 (Smith 5 for 12); D.C.S., 79.
May 21—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 147 for 9 (Miriams 32, Myers 27); Harvey Grammar School, 40 (Smith 8 for 23).
May 25—At Ashford. D.C.S., 72; Ashford Grammar School, 84 for 7.
June 8—At Folkestone. D.C.S., 148 for 7 (Smith 54*, A. Paddock 44);
Harvey Grammar School, 83 for 6.
June 11—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 70 (Myers 26*); Simon Langton School, 47 (Smith 5 for 20).
June 25—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 103 (Miriams 26); Chatham House School, 72 (A. Paddock 2 for 3).
June 29—At Margate. D.C.S., 136 for 8 (Miriams 29, Myers 27); Margate College, 41 (A. Paddock 6 for 14i).
July 6—At Astor Avenue. Ashford Grammar School, 56 (Smith 6 for 24); D.C.S., 94.
July 9—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 107 (Butler 28; Woodard 21); Margate College, 52.
11—At Guston. D.C.S., 100 (Neill 38); D.Y.R.M.S., 52 (Grigg 5 for 15).
May 14—At Astor Avenue. Simon Langton School, 94; D.C.S., 139 for 4 (Allerton 66*, Alcock 42).
May 18—At Ramsgate. D.C.S., 57; Chatham House School, 103 (Sherred 5 for 10).
May 21—At Folkestone. D.C.S., 57; Harvey Grammar School, 33 (Sherred 5 for 10, Grigg 4 for 11).
May 25—At Astor Avenue. Ashford Grammar School, 50 for 7; rain stopped play.
June 8—At Astor Avenue. Harvey Grammar School, 1st innings 23 (Sherred 5 for 10, Grigg 4 for 8); 2nd innings, 44 (Sherred 5 for 5); D.C.S., 1st innings 66.
June 11—At Canterbury. Simon Langton School, 52 (Sherred 3 for 13); D.C.S., 32.
June 25—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 38; Chatham House School, 90.
June 29—At Astor Avenue. D.C.S., 130 for 3 (Allerton 35*, Sherred 32, Alcock 30); Margate College, 34 (Sherred 6 for 11).
July 6—At Ashford. D.C.S., 67; Ashford Grammar School, 120.
July 9—At Margate. D.C.S., 21; Margate College, 14 (Sherred 7 for 7, Grigg 3 for 6).
July 16—At Faversham. D.C.S., 105 for 4 (dec.) (Grigg 44, Allerton 40); Faversham Grammar School, 111.
* Indicates not out.
May 4—Buckland 181, Town 35; Maxton 29, Country 20.
May 7—Buckland 77, Country 63; Maxton 115 for 7, Town 113.
June 15—Country 73, Buckland 55; Town 87, Maxton 80.
July 14—Buckland 34, Maxton 20; Country 116, Town 97.
July 18—Town 111, Buckland 50; Maxton 63 for 7, Country 53.
July 20—Maxton 43, Buckland 40; Country 109, Town 80.
May 4—Buckland 110, Town 33; Country 44, Maxton
May 7—Buckland 34, Country 30; Town 112, Maxton 104.
June 15—Country 65, Buckland 38; Town 58, Maxton 33.
July 16—Buckland 34, Maxton 32; Country 50 for 7, Town 29.
July 18—Town 34 for 1, Buckland 33; Maxton 78 for 9, Country 77.
July 20—Buckland 103, Maxton 40; Country 110 for 2, Town 30.
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Junior 1st XI.
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June 18—Buckland 119, Town 41; Country 62 for 6 (dec.); Maxton 33.
July 20—Country 61, Buckland 17.
H. R. W. WATKINS (1930-38).—Senior Prefect of
the School; Captain, Buckland House; School 1st XV. Rugby (Colours 1938); House 1st XI. Cricket and Football; Hon. Sports
Secretary; Inter-School Athletic Team (1938); Sjt., Cadet Corps; Cert. "A" and K.C.B. Efficiency Star (1936);
Chingford (1936, '38); School Choir; Dramatic Society; Pharos Sub-Editor; Debating Society Committee; Higher Schools, Inter-B.Sc. Exemption (1937); School Certificate (Matric Exemp.) (1935); K.E.C. Higher Exhibition to Royal College of Science, Imperial College, London.
R. V. F. WOODARD (1927-38).—Deputy Senior Prefect of the School; Captain, Town House; School 2nd XI. Cricket (capt.); School 2nd XI. Football (capt.); House Rugby; Pharos' Sub-Editor; School Orchestra; Sports Committee; Higher Schools, Inter-B.A. Exemp. (1937); School Certificate (Matric. Exemp.) (1935); Institute of Education Grant and K.E.C. Higher Exhibition to University College, London.
A. R. WILDE (1928-38).—Senior Prefect; School Colours; School 1st XV. Rugby (1937-38, Colours 1937); House 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football (capt.); C.G.M.S., Cadet Corps; Cert. "A" and K.C.R. Efficiency Star; Empire Marksman and Company Shot (1937); Instructor's Cert. and Award of Merit, R.L.S.S.; Dramatic Society; Pharos Committee; School Tennis Team; Higher Schools (1937); School Certificate (Matric. Exemp.) (1935); To Radium) Laboratory of Johnson Matthey and Co., London.
T. LENNON (1934-38).—School Prefect; School Colours; Captain, Country House; School 1st XI. Football (1935-36); (Clpt. 1937, Colours 1935); School 1st XV. Rugby (1938); 2nd XI. Cricket; Cadet Corps; School Sports Committee; Pharos Committee; School Certificate (1936); Matric. (1936); K.E.C. Training Scholarship to Goldsmith's College, London.
R. METZGER (1934-38).—School Prefect; School 1st XV. Rugby (1938); House 2nd XI. Cricket (capt.) and Football; School Choir; Dramatic Society; Corporal (Band); Chingford (1936-38); Pharos Committee; Inter-School Athletic Team (1938); Instructor's Cert. and Bronze Medallion Bar, R.L.S.S.; Debating Society Committee; School Certificate (Matric. Exemp., Chairman's Prize) (1935); To Royal College of Science, Imperial College, London.
A. W. WOODS (1931-38).—School Prefect; School Colours (1937); School 1st XV. Rugby (1936-37-38, Colours); 1st XI. Football (1937-38, Colours 1937); 2nd XI. Cricket (capt.); School Choir; Debating Society Committee; Inter-School Athletic Team (1938); School Certificate (Matric. Exemp.) (1936); Entering H.M. Navy as Writer.
A. M. SMITH (1927-38).—School Prefect; School Colours; Vice-Captain, Buckland House; 1st XV. Rugby 1935-38, Colours 1936, (capt. 1938); 1st XI. Cricket (1937-38, (capt.); Colours 1937); 1st XI. Football (1936-37, Colours 1936); Captain, School Swimming Team; Swimming Champion (1937); Inter-School Athletic Team (1938); Q.C.M.S. Cadet Corps; Cert. "A" (Pract.); Chingford (1938); Instructor's Cert. and Award of Merit, R.L.S.S.; School Certificate (1937); To the College of St. Mark and St. John, London.
T. E. JONES (1931-38).—School Prefect; Maxton House Captain; School Colours (1937); School Rugby 1st XV. (1937-38, Colours 1937); School Football 1st XI (1937-38, Colours 1937); School Cricket 1st XI. (1937-38, Colours 1938); Inter-School Athletic Team (1938); School Tennis Team (1938); Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S.; Choir; Pharos Committee; Debating Society Committee; School Sports Committee; School Certificate (Matric. Exemp.) (1936).
L. J. LANGHAM (1931-38).—House Prefect; School 1st XV. Rugby (1938, Colours); House 2nd XI. Cricket (capt.); 2nd XI. Football; Cadet Corps, Band; Cert. "A" (Pract.); Chingford (1938); Inter-School Athletic Team (1938); Award of Merit and Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S.; Dramatic Society; School Certificate (1936).
J. EDGAR (1932-38).—School Colours (1936); House Prefect; School 1st XV., Rugby (1937-38, Colours 1937); 1st XI. Football (1935-36, Colours 1935) ; 2nd XI. Cricket; Inter Schools Athletic Team; Band-Sit., Cadet Corps; Dramatic Society; School Certificate (1936).
D. J. KNIGHTS (1933-38).—School Colours; House Prefect; School 1st XI. Football (Colours 1938); 1st XV. Rugby (Colours 1938) ; 1st XI. Cricket; School Choir; Cadet Corps; School Certificate (Matric.) (1937); Removed to Harwich.
B. P. ELWORTHY (1930-38).—Vice-Captain, Maxton House; House 1st XV. Rugby; 1st XI. Cricket and Football; Swimming Champion. (1938); Cpl., Cadet Corps; Cert "A" Inter-School Swimming and Athletic Teams (1935-36); Award of Merit and Bronze Medallion (Bar), R.L.S.S.; School Tennis Team; Dramatic Society; School Choir; To Civil Service Clerkship, London.
L. L. THOMPSON (1928-38).—House Secretary and Prefect; School 1st XI. Cricket (Colours 1938); School 2nd XL Football; House 1st XV. Rugby; School Choir; School Certificate (1937).
J. R HARROW (1932-38).—House Vice-Captain; School 1st XV. Rugby; House 1st XI. Football; Inter-School Athletic Team (1935-38); Junior Champion (1935); School Certificate (Matric.) (1937); School Choir; Civil Service Clerkship.
H. W. BOND (1932-38).—House Committee; Cadet Corps; Library Assistant; Dramatic Society (Stage Manager 1937-1938); Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S.; Hon. Sec. Photographic Society; School Choir; School Orchestra; School Certificate (Matric. Exempt.) (1936); Engineering Apprenticeship Course, B.T.H., Rugby.
B. J. CARPENTIER (1933-38).—School Colours; School 1st XI. Football (1936-38, Colours 1937); 1st XV. Rugby; 1st XI. Cricket (Colours, 1937); Inter-School Athletic Team; Lce.Cpl., Cadet Corps; School Choir; Inter-School Swimming Team (1935); Junior Champ. Swimming (1935); Award of Merit, R.L.S.S.; Removed to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
J. F. STRIBLEY (1930-38).—School 1st XI. Football; 1st XI. Cricket (Colours 1938); School Choir.
J. A. GRANT (1930-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; 2nd XI. Cricket and Football; Cadet Corps; School Certificate (1937).
P. W. KENDALL (1929-38).—House Prefect; School 1st XV. Rugby; 1st XI. Cricket; 1st XI. Football; Lce.-Cpl. Cadet Corps; School Choir; To Barclay's Bank, London.
R. D. REES (1932-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; Cadet Corps; School Orchestra; School Certificate (Matric.) (1936); to Northampton Polytechnic, London.
G. F. H. BALDWIN (1932-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; 2nd XI. Football (capt.) and Cricket (capt.); To Automobile Association, Dover.
P. N. HOWARTH (1930-38).—Lce.-Cpl., Cadet Corps; Cert. "A" (Theory); School Choir; School Orchestra; Dramatic Society; To Art School, Margate.
H. BRUMELL (1936-38).—House 2nd XI. Cricket; To H.M. Waterguard.
G. R FISHER (1932-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football; School Choir; Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S.; Joining father's business.
B. A. HOWARD (1933-38).—School 2nd XI. Football; House 1st XV. Rugby; 2nd XI. Cricket; To Maypole Dairy Co.
W. C. DOWN (1934-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; 2nd XI. Football and Cricket; R.A.F. Apprenticeship.
R. P. BEAN (1933-38).—Schoo12nd XI. Football; House 1st XV. Rugby; 1st XI. Cricket.
M. G. JENKINS (1932-38).—Pharos Committee; Civil Service Clerkship.
R. DRYLAND (1933-38).—School 2nd XI. Cricket; 2nd XV. Rugby; 2nd XI. Football; Removed to London.
H. WHITTLE (1934-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; 2nd XI. Football and Cricket; Removed to Marden.
B. J. TWYMAN (1930-38).—To S.Rly., Ashford.
D. A. WEBB (1934-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football.
C. H. PARTRIDGE (1930-38).—House 2nd Xv. Rugby; Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S.; to Short Bros., Rochester.
K. C. SHOESMITH (1932-38).—House 2nd Xv. Rugby; Apprentice to Maidstone Power Station.
R. J. H. STEWART (1932-38).—House 1st XV. Rugby; 1st XI. Cricket and Football; Inter-School Swimming Team (19351936; Bronze Medallion (Bar), R.L.S.S.; 15-16 Swimming Champ. (1935); School Choir; Pharos Committee; Apprenticeship to S.Rly. Marine Works, Dover.
S. WARING (1934-38).—To Reading University.
E. R NORRIS (1933-38).—House 2nd XV. Rugby; 2nd XI. Cricket; School Choir; To Messrs. Sainsbury.
H. FLEISS (1936-38).—Cadet Corps.
P. J. COVENEY (1932-38).—School Choir; Removed to Reigate.
J. T. HOLMES (1935-38).—House 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football; To S.Rly. Clerkship.
P. K. LONG (1933-38).—To Pettitt's Commercial College.
J. J. BREWSTER (1935-38).—Joined R.A.O.C.
W. F. HOWELL.—To Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester.
P. W. J. MCVEY. A. W. REEVE.
THE BEST PART OF THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION.
(Continued from last edition)
After riding along several lanes I came to a stream beside a wood in the middle of which was the hostel. My lamp gave out a cheerful glow, but, unfortunately its illuminating power was small. Moreover it started to rain. The path through the wood was a beauty spot by day, but I'm afraid its charms were lost on me as I stumbled against hard trees and slipped down muddy banks. There was no sign of the hostel or any other house, so I left my bike beside a tree, took the lamp, and tried to find a way through the wood and the darkness. A sudden gleam of light brought me relief, as by then I was seriously considering spending the night out. The blessed light did come from the hostel, where I managed to borrow a stronger lamp with which I set out again—this time to find my bike. Eventually I got back, and after having a welcome meal, I thankfully retired to bed with the wind howling in the pines outside. In the morning I saw that the path along which I had come lay on the edge of three deep lakes, and that the bank down which I had nearly slipped was at the water's edge.
Saturday was the best day of my ride; the weather was glorious, and at long last the wind, which had now increased to gale force, was behind me. I first climbed up to Hindhead, one of Surrey's most beautiful spots, and also one of its highest. From Gibbet Hill, nearly 900 feet up, there is a really wonderful view over the North Downs and part of the Weald. Down below, to the west, lies the Devil's Punch Bowl, around to which sweeps the Portsmouth road in a great wide curve. I descended again to the main road, and saying goodbye to Hampshire, I sped down the long slope to Milford and Godalming. From Godalming, an old Surrey borough, I soon came to Guildford, with its steep cobbled High Street, and old Guildhall clock. Leaving the town by the Dorking road, through Merrow, I climbed over a ridge of the Downs, and dropping down the other side I soon gained the old Pilgrim's Way—a track which was used before Christian times for conveying tin from the West to the East, and later used by pilgrims journeying from Winchester to Canterbury.
The first village I came to was Shere, said by many to be the prettiest in the county. Next came Gomshall where, in mediaeval times, was situated a flourishing iron foundry; and Abinger Hammer, where a figure of a blacksmith strikes the hours on the old clock. Keeping the steep chalk edge of the North Downs on my left, I continued from Dorking to Reigate, turning off to see Betchworth. Redhill did not detain me long, so I bowled along, letting the wind do all the work. Nutfield, Godstone and Oxted were soon left behind, and at Limpsfield I turned off to the hills on the south side. Thence, via many devious routes, by woodland paths and muddy lanes, I reached the Ide Hill Youth Hostel, near Sevenoaks, where I spent Saturday night.
Sunday morning, bright and cold, saw me setting off once more, past Knole Park to Sevenoaks and Seal, where I turned aside to Kemsing—a small village sheltered by the Downs. From here to Wrotham, along another part of the Pilgrims' Way, did not take me long, and soon I was out on the main road with the chimes of the church bells pursuing me. However, I again left the Maidstone road: this time to visit Trottiscliffe—prounced "Trosley"—where the famous Coldrum Stones are to be seen. Believed to be four thousand years old, this prehistoric stone circle is a miniature Stonehenge. Approached by an extremely muddy path, and hidden by a low hill, the ancient cromlech is worth coming some miles to see. The site has been taken over by the National Trust, which means that it will be preserved for the nation "for all time."
Once more I reached the main road through Addington, and this time I kept to it. I eventually got back to Dover via Maidstone, Charing and Canterbury, having had a most enjoyable week despite the examination. Dare I mention the fact in a school magazine? For, having a three-day exam., I had obtained—no, wangled—five days' holiday which I employed to the best advantage. Anyway, on returning to school, I said to myself, "Back to work once more," as if it were the first day of term.
So homework and radio apart have to be,