No. 110. JULY, 1950. VOL. XL.
|Editor's Notes||Dover sailing Club|
|In Memoriam||Lines on Autumn|
|Rev. W. Uncles, M.A.||Early Morning at the Quayside|
|Nothing in Particular||Ye Chronicle|
|Cross Country Running||Upper 6 Science|
|Rugby Football||Lower 6 Science|
|Cricket||And the rest|
|The Lay of Clarence Rottensox||Ode to Upper IV|
|O, To Be||News of Old Pharosians|
|1st cadet Corps C.P. (F.) R.E.||Parents Association|
|Air Training Corps||Salvete|
|Dramatic Society Notes||Valete|
For eight years the initials “W.W.B.” beneath this editorial have been a guarantee of those qualities which make a School magazine successful. “The Pharos” has been over that period a faithful reflection of the life of the School and a valuable link with Old Boys, parents and other well-wishers.
The first and most pleasant duty of the new initials is, on behalf the School and all associated with it, to thank Mr. Baxter most warmly for his years of tireless devotion and for the high standard his editorship has established.
The magazine is only one of Mr. Baxter’s services to the School during his thirty-five years on the Staff. It is reassuring to know that, following recent example, he is to remain with us yet longer, though in “reduced circumstances.”
The process of taking over has been made easy by the help received, not only from the retiring editor, but also from his team of assistants from Form VI Arts. To these the “new boy” is duly grateful.
My last thanks are to contributors, including those whose work is not printed in this issue. But there are not enough of them! Only by having plenty to choose from can a high standard be maintained.
To the younger Forms we recommend the late George Sampson’s opinion that “No class of twelve-year-olds can be considered alive that does not venture on a magazine.” It is not coincidence that the Form responsible for the greatest share of literary contributions is the only Form with its own magazine.
To the Fifth Forms we say: Thank you for nothing! We suspect the reason for this reticence, but deplore it. Examinations admittedly call for some sacrifices, but surely not for complete disappearance from the School picture! Nevertheless, in spite of our disappointment, we hope that the examination results will reward this singleness of purpose.
And we wish to everybody a most enjoyable summer holiday.
The next issue of The Pharos will appear towards the end of January, 1951; contributions should accordingly be submitted by mid-December.
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It has been suggested, with some trepidation, that perhaps the time has come to venture on a new front cover for the magazine. Feeling that the proposal should be at least considered, we invite artists among our readers to submit designs for examination. Such designs should preferably incorporate the pharos and use one or both School colours.
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We acknowledge with thanks recent issues of our contemporaries The Langtonian, The Manwoodian, The Harveian, The Anchor, and The Ruym, as well as of the 12th Room Rag of Upper III.
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For contributions which we have been unable to print in this issue we thank, among others, A. A. Norman, A. R. Horsfield, “Pacifist,” “Sir Aubrey,” D. Meakin, and “The Maggot.”
We are indebted to the Editor of the Dover Express for permission to reproduce the photographs of the Whitehouse Memorial ceremony.
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The photographs of the 1st Rugby XV and the School Workshop are by Lambert Weston; that of the A.T.C. parade is by J. G. Whorwell and Sons.
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Criticisms of this issue will be welcomed; suggestions for future numbers will be carefully considered.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ruffell and to Mr. and Mrs. Lister on their recent acquisition of daughters, one each. Potential baby-sitters please note!
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Commiserations to Mr. Lister for the broken leg which has deprived us of his company so soon after his arrival. May he be “all set” for next season’s Staff match, if not for minor engagements at Crabble.
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Welcome to Mr. Rowlands on his return from his too long absence. We hope to see him very soon negotiate the stairs with all his former nimbleness.
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Welcome to Mr. Connelly, of Upsala Grammar School, Sweden, and to Mr. Mountain, who have combined to fill the gap in historical studies.
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Thanks to Mr. Bennett, here for a few weeks’ foretaste of art teaching, for introducing us to the complexities of puppeteering.
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Congratulations to Simmonds and Carran for their outstanding athletic performances.
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Note worthy events since Christmas have included a talk on missionary work in India (by Rev. J. A. J. Binks, B.D., an Old Boy), several out-standing films (notably “God of Creation” and “Daybreak in Udi “), a production of “All for Truth,” a version of “Le Misanthrope” (by the Compass Players), and a brief encounter—referred to elsewhere in this issue—with a tape recording machine.
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For generous permission for the School once again to have regular use of the swimming bath at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School we are indebted to the Commandant, Colonel R. E. Barnwell, C.B.E.
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Donations to the Benevolent Society since last September have amounted to the considerable total of £45. There seems an excellent prospect of achieving £50 within the school year.
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Dates to watch are:—
14th September—20th December: Autumn Term.
29th November: Speech Day. The address will be given by the Rt. Rev. F. D. V. Narborough, Bishop of Colchester.
It is sad but inevitable that with the passing of time people are forgotten, their names living only in the memory of those who loved and reverenced them. Twenty years ago Fred Whitehouse was a name to conjure with, and Old Boys scattered all over the world recall it with affection and gratitude. To the present boys it is unknown, or rather it was unknown until March 10th, 1950, when a beautiful bronze plaque was unveiled to the memory of the first Head Master, founder of the Old Pharosians, friend and counsellor of generations of boys and their parents.
It was a simple ceremony, dignified and appealing, and it was a homely gathering of Old Boys and of friends many of whom had left their shops and offices to attend, some of whom had travelled long distances to pay their tribute to their old Chief. Many who could not come sent letters, telegrams, cables—one came from Australia—and the present boys, representative of each Form, must have been impressed and inspired. Mr. Whitehouse’s daughter, Rosemary, was there with her husband, the Rev. R. H. Sandiford; Miss Elnor came to unveil the plaque and to represent her father, the first Chairman of the Governors; there were old members of the Staff, who re-lived the past as they talked of the days when they served the School in their generation.
The Rev. Stanley Cooper took the chair, and Mr. Willis played some of Mr. Whitehouse’s favourite music as the little group gathered on the platform. We sang “Land of Our Birth,” and remembered wistfully other occasions and other friends who had sung it with us. Mr. Booth outlined the work Mr. Whitehouse did for the School, for the town, and for education generally throughout the county. He mentioned the opening of the new school in Astor Avenue, and recalled how the Chairman of the K.E.C. had said: “I do not hesitate to say that Mr. Whitehouse has made the school” He referred also to the influence of Mrs. Whitehouse, and the many social events by which she and her husband had built up a band of faithful and devoted friends who took the keenest interest in all that made for the good of the School. The Senior Prefect read the great passage from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, “Let us now praise famous men,” and I venture to say Simmonds will remember that occasion long after his school days are over. Miss Elnor spoke briefly before she unveiled the plaque, giving a message from Canon Elnor and speaking with knowledge and affection of the work of Mr. and Mrs. Whitehouse.
We sang “Forty Years On,” and if some of us felt too deeply moved to sing with our customary vigour we rejoiced to hear the song again as we looked Forty Years Back. Tea and talk brought this happy gathering to a close, and, as we left, we felt proud and happy in knowing that Mr. Whitehouse’s name is enshrined in the School which itself is his memorial.
REV. W. UNCLES, M.A.
Thirty years. It may help present boys to realise what this period of time means if they appreciate that, after another such period, they will be between the ages of 41 and 48, and that they may have boys of their own at the School. Over this long period nearly two thousand boys have been in Mr. Uncles’ classes.
After serving in the R.N.A.S., he came to Dover from King Edward VI School, Birmingham, to be responsible for the English studies after the disorganisation caused by war. This task he has fulfilled ever since. Old Boys will not hesitate to record their gratitude for help ungrudgingly given and credits frequently gained. They will acknowledge, too, that he has always been just and always anxious to make sound decisions for the good of his classes.
Perhaps the outstanding achievement of Mr. Uncles is the gradual establishment of the School Library. In 1920 the few books were housed in a cleaner’s cupboard under the stairs at Frith Road.. Before we moved to Astor Avenue it was Mr. Uncles’ task to plan and furnish the room and order the necessary books, so that a Library worthy of the new School should exist immediately the building was opened in 1931. Since then, under his direction, it has become an essential part of the School, containing books of great value, especially to senior students.
Mr. Uncles really founded what we call to-day the School benevolent Society, which now extends its generosity to many institutions for the welfare of boys and girls. Many of us recall, too, the time and interest he devoted to the well-being of those boys who lived at Waunlwyd in the days of evacuation.
Remembering these years of service, in class and outside, we thank him sincerely and wish him many years of happiness in his retirement.
On March 24th, 1950, the School was once again thrown open to a multitude of parents and friends. Opinion seemed unanimous that the high standard set in previous years was maintained.
Exhibitions in laboratories and workshops, Library and Art Room, were as attractive as ever; Form Masters and careers experts were as much in demand as in previous years; and the refreshments provided by Mrs. King and her staff were of the customary excellence. A musical programme included orchestral items and spirited renderings by the Choir of Weber’s “Invitation to the Dance” and one of the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s “Prince Igor.”
New features included displays of A.C.F. and A.T.C. arms and equipment, a set of models produced in connection with the “Houses in History” course, and a scale model of the Globe Theatre.
Credit is due to all concerned for an admirable demonstration of the vigour and variety of the School’s activities.
The side-long rays of the sun glinted on the up-flung spires of the old town, and their clearly-defined outlines fretted the skyline in sombre contrast to the glory of the evening skies. The Poet, dishevelled and wild-eyed, sprawled over his desk at a high casement, gazing dully, unseeingly, at the cathedral tower, now transmuted by the transient touch of the sun into a golden wand against the purple of the sunset. He resumed writing: “I am a poet, but I can give no expression to my gifts . . . in this the last hour of my life . . .“He paused. In the east night was held in check: high in the heaven the pale luminous blue of twilight forced his eyes unknowingly, instinctively above the dark, razor-clear rooftops: involuntarily his numbed fingers dropped the pen as he stared up vacantly into the quiet, clear east. As he continued his hurried scribbling, in the west the Sun disappeared in a pastel-red dusky haze, while the whole tower reflected the western sky, from the glowing vermilion bar of the river to the opaque gleam of the stone in the cathedral. The shadows deepened, purple and black, not hiding, only making more mysterious, the narrow ways of the winding streets. Shivering in the suddenly chill air, the Poet concluded: “I can find no subject fit for my poetry . . . no subject . . ."
The last rays of the sun cling mockingly to the gilded ball at the apex of the cathedral tower.
M. J. B.
NOTHING IN PARTICULAR.
In a manner of speaking, fish have legs. Of course, they have faces. So do some human beings . . . fish faces, I mean, not human ones. When fish have legs they are called newts; if these newts live only on land they are lizards. Of course lizards are not really fish, but then, you did not take me seriously, did you?
What about rabbits? Well, to commence, first you must catch your rabbit and then . . . you catch your rabbit out, but then you need a bat and a ball as well, or is that a duck? According to the laws of something or other, the rabbit will either hit a four or be out, but he will hit his fours off you and then be clean bowled by that silly ass L——, who has a most abominable amount of luck.
I well remember when I was down at Steeple Bumpleigh, playing against a combined Budley Salterton and Netherton Binding team. They won the toss, and, with the score at eighty for five, I came on to bowl. My first ball was a sort of off-break with a squiggle. The squiggle beat Joe, the postman, who had made forty-three, and he disconsolately made his way to the pavilion. Looking as though I did this every day, I nonchalantly bowled my second ball—when the last man came in I had taken four for three. The first ball he clouted for four, the second for—and he took fifteen off that over! They made two hundred and eight for nine declared, to which we replied with ninety-seven for six at the end of the day. Then there was that day at Potter-Stumtortcum-Blithering . . . but still, I mustn’t bore you. Welsh rabbit—sorry, I mean rarebit—is quite enjoyable. This has nothing to do with rabbits, however.
“Well, Gauhroger,” said a friend (you don’t actually believe my name is Gauhroger, do you?)—"Well, Gaubroger" (my name isn’t Gaubroger really, I have just borrowed it from a book)—” Well Gaubroger, old boy, where are you going?”
Drawing myself up with dignity, I retorted: “I am, sir, your most obedient serv——, I mean, you silly ass, I’m going down to Lesser Whittlebury on Stogge to play chess with the Vicar.” Now you, perhaps, have never played chess. Well, to start with, there are sixteen pieces. All of them are pawns except for two bishops; nearly all of them are knights except for eight pawns. There are the same number of rooks and knights as bishops, and the rest are kings and queens. The main rules are easy to learn. You must not move a rook while the queen’s still facing the bowling, and any scrimmage on the king’s off-side is a foul; penalty, a free push. While the knight is in pawn, the bishop must only use five squares, but any catch is out. Free kicks can only be taken from K.B.5, while if—you really don’t believe all this, do you? What am I talking about? Why, nothing in particular.
The meeting with Hythe Harriers at Hythe on May 20th resulted, contrary to our expectations, in an overwhelming victory for the School. The final scores were:—
Hythe Harriers 29 points
School 60 points
Despite the lack of training on account of examinations, a number of fine performances were given for the School. Simmonds met with little opposition in winning the 100 yards, the 220 yards, and the long jump; Carran gained a “double” with weight and discus; Forster was only narrowly defeated in a thrilling half-mile; Hearn won the high jump; and the School Relay Team, establishing an early lead, closed an enjoyable afternoon’s proceedings with a fine victory.
We take this opportunity of congratulating Simmonds and Carran on their achievements, both in the Schools’ Championships at Easter and in the Kent County Sports.
P. G. H.
(The admirable performance of Hearn himself in the Kent County Sports also deserves to be placed on record.—Ed.)
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING.
The Easter Term again proved to be a most successful one for many enthusiastic cross-country runners in the School, and competition was keen.
The need for training in competitive cross-country running, one of the most strenuous of sports, was realised by the Old Pharosians, whose team, including several names formidable in the short history of the sport in this School, met with defeat at the hands of the School team by a margin of 64 points. A team from Hythe Harriers met with a similar defeat over the School course, but the School was forced into third place in the Inter-Schools race at Ramsgate, where Jackson suffered his first and only defeat of the season, finishing a close second.
The Inter-House Race for the Powell Cup again provided keen competition, and proved to be a fitting conclusion to the season’s running. with all 42 competitors covering the course in standard time. Jackson’s Winning time of 22 minutes 12 seconds is a record. Priory House was placed first, closely followed by Park.
The following boys have represented the School:—Hearn, Jackson, Forster, Wright, Norman, Reason, Avery, Francis, Miskin, Mills, Lawrence, and Bailiff.
P. G. H.
Last season’s Rugby team proved to be the most successful since the war. Of the seven games played, four were won, one drawn, and two lost. These last two—against Folkestone Training College and Chatham House—were, incidentally, the first matches of the season.
As the season progressed, the team settled down, and the defeat by Folkestone T.C. was avenged. The 1st XV. also held Chatham House to a draw, a notable performance which has never before been approached.
The forwards packed well and often managed to out-push far heavier scrums, but were usually slow in following up an advantage. Carran was outstanding, and was always to be seen on the ball; but he must curb a tendency to run parallel to the goal-line. Norman dominated the line-outs and gave the three-quarters many chances.
Smith quickly adapted himself to the position of scrum-half, and by the end of the season had formed a good partnership with stand-off half Evans, who has a knack of taking a low ball on the run.
The three-quarters were fast and usually made the most of their chances, although selfishness in the centre sometimes deprived the Wing men of further scoring. Storey must be mentioned for his hard tackling. He invariably set an example to the rest of the backs.
Argent had an unenviable position at full-back, but he proved to be a reliable last line of defence, and was never loth to go down on a ball.
Colours were awarded to Carran, Evans, Norman and Storey. The following also played:—Argent, Grabham, Jenkins, Lawrence, Simmonds, Smith, Skinner, Wright, J., Fisher, Bailiff, Knott, Blackah, Wright A., Janaway.
Footnote.—Simmonds, the only Colour from last season, captained the 1st XV. very ably. His interceptions and swerves, with a rare turn of speed, were a constant menace to opponents. In addition, he was first class at place kicking.
T. E. A.
These notes have to be written early in the season, before the team has settled down. It is to be hoped that this year’s team will later develop on sounder lines, for at the time of writing the batting is unreliable, the bowling inadequate, and the fielding far from satisfactory. These deficiencies are in no way due to lack of keenness. All last year’s first team bowlers have left, so that a heavy burden now rests on the two opening fast bowlers, who have not previously been recognised as bowlers at all.
Half the side are capable of batting well, but have not done so yet. The rest of the team are progressing, but could not be described as sound or successful.
In face of these shortcomings, much depends on such matters as fielding and running between wickets. The wicket-keeping is of a high standard, and Argent has already been awarded his Colours. The out-fielding is receiving some attention.
Much will depend upon Simmonds, who has the ability and experience to pull this side together. There are strong fixtures later in the term, and much will depend upon team spirit and the hand of good fortune. With these two intangible aids all things are possible.
Results to Date—
Date. Opponents. Scores.
May 13—Duke of York’s - School 119 (Jackson 30 no., Simmonds 22) - Duke of York’s 41 (Jackson 4-13. Chapman 4-11)
May 20—Ashford Grammar - School (Grabham 15) - 57 Ashford Gram. 59-5 (Wright 2-5, Jackson 2-18)
June 3—Harvey Grammar - School 63 (Chapman 25) - Harvey Gram 64-8 (Jackson 5-19, Chapman 3-17)
P.S.—Since the above was written the team has put up a very good
performance on the Simon Langton ground, and the anticipated
improvement may have begun.
June 10—Simon Langton’s - School 110 (Simmonds 32, Norman 27) - Simon Langton’s 76—8 (Jackson 3-16. Grabham 2-11)
So far the 2nd XI. has met with varied success. The calls of the 1st XI. on the occasions of two athletics meetings have made it impossible, to field a regular side. Of the four matches played, however, we have won one, drawn two, and lost the other.
In each of the School innings, at least one batsman has stayed to amass an appreciable score. Eade’s 60 not out against Ashford Grammar School was specially noteworthy.
The bowling has once again lacked variety, owing largely to the absence of a really successful spin bowler to take advantage of turning wickets. The opening attack of Miskin and Blackah, though sometimes erratic, has proved to be faster than that of any of our opponents.
The fielding has been improving, but there is still plenty of room for further improvement.
The following have so far represented the 2nd XL.:—Archer, Blackah, Eade, Halsey (wicket-keeper), Hedgecock, Hewitt, Hopper, Janaway, Kelly, Lawrence, McManus, Miskin, Nichols, Plater, Reader, Smith, Watkins, White, and Wright,
Results to Date—
|Chatham House||Drawn||Chatham H. 110-8 dec.||School 29-3|
|Dover College||Drawn||School 95 (Hopper 20)||Dover College 65-6 (Hopper 5-15)|
|Ashford G.S.||Won||School 111-5 dec. (Eade 60)||Ashford G.S 55 (Miskin 5-12)|
|Harvey G.S.||Lost||School 74-9 dec. (Archer 17)||(Harvey G.S 77-7 (Miskin 3-17)|
The Inter-House Swimming Finals were held, by kind permission of the Commanding Officer, at the Duke of York’s R.M. School, on Thursday, June 15th. The results were:—
|Lgths.||Style. Age||Name. House.||Name. House.||Name. House.|
|1||Free Style O. 16||Carran PR||Harrison PR||Brooshooft AS|
|1||Free Style. U. 14||Clayson PR||Davies FR||Mockeridge PA|
|4||Free Style 14-16||Ibell AS||Wilberforce PA||Burton AS|
|2||Free Style O. 16||Carran PR||Harrison PR||Grover PA|
|Junior Relay||ASTOR AS||PRIORY PR||PARK PA|
|1||Free Style 14-16||Reader AS||Sayer PA||Ibell AS|
|8||Free Style O. 16||Carran PR||Stanley AS||Bailiff AS|
|2||Free Style U. 14||Clayson PR||Davies FR||Mockeridge PA|
|Intermed. Relay||ASTOR AS||PARK PA||PRIORY PR|
|1||Back Stroke O. 16||Brooshooft AS||Bailiff AS||Webber PA|
|2||Free Style 14-16||Ibell AS||Wilberforce PA||Burton AS|
|1||Breast Stroke U. 14||Cheeseman AS||Abbott AS||Evans AS|
|1||Breast Stroke O. 16||Theohald FR||Harrison PR||Wright AS|
|1||Breast Stroke 14-16||Reader AS||Clark AS||Burton AS|
|1||Back Stroke U. 14||Davies FR||Clayson PR||Cheeseman AS|
|1||Back Stroke 14-16||Ibell AS||Reader AS||Hadley FR|
|Senior Relay||ASTOR AS||FRITH FR||PRIORY PR|
|Astor 116 points||Senior:||Carran 18 points|
|Priory 62 points||Intermediate:||Ibell 20 points|
|Park 32 points||Junior:||Clayson 16 points|
|Frith 30 points|
==OUR BUDDING BARDS==
THE LAY OF CLARENCE ROTTENSOX.
Seven little tripehounds are playing in
They frisk about the Barons feet and come unto his call.
But lurking in the shadows waits a varlet fierce and grim;
His name is Clarence Rottensox, and you’ll hear more of him.
The Baron Bertram Balderdash, he calls that varlet near.
Go, hoist thy silken reach-me-downs, and fetch my supper beer!
A nipperkin of Kentish ale, and hasten, dost thou hear!”
The man has fetched the supper ale, and hastens to his lord;
He seeks to set the nipperkin upon the groaning board—.
But he slips upon a tripehound and gets his “punkahs” chawed.
The varlet’s doltish brain, obsessed with sudden mad desire,
He seized that noisesome tripehound, and thrust him in the fire.
With fiendish glee he holds the hound upon the flaming pyre.
The Baron leaps and beats his breast,
and tho’ ‘tis somewhat late,
He seizes tongs and rakes about within the open grate,
In unavailing effort to allay that tripehound’s fate,
And as that angry Baron is a-raking in the fire,
A minstrel tall sits in the hall and sings unto his lyre:
“Seven little tripehounds, up to naughty tricks,
Clarence has cremated one, so now there’s only six!"
The Baron leaps at Rottensox with wild and savage glare.
He twists his gripping fingers in the varlet’s ginger hair.
And heats amain upon his sconce with hand and fist and chair!
“Oh! minion foul! my tripehound thou hast cruelly put to sleep.
So shall you lie until you die in dungeons dark and deep.
The nastiest, smelliest dungeon I can find within the Keep.”
“Go chase thyself, my worthy lord! I
do not care a groat!
He snarled an oath and trust a loaf right down his lordship’s throat.
“And now that thou hast ‘food for thought,’ go paddle in the moat!”
That lusty loon, by light o’ moon, his lanky loins he girt.
He pinched the Baron’s silver spoons and wrapped them in his shirt.
Then crept he forth and headed north with eyes and ears alert.
And though the Barons henchmen they sought with might and main,
Both far and near, and up and down, and all about the plain,
No trace of Clarence Rottensox was ever seen again.
Next morn the wintry sun arose to gild that castle tall.
Its turrets, spires, and battlements and great ancestral Hall.
And it shone upon a notice-hoard nailed to the ivied wall:—
“The Baron Bertram Balderdash, of
Castle Grim, requires
A varlet of respectful mien to light the castle fires,
To wait at table, clean the hoots, and keep the castle free
>From rats, Said varlet to apply this afternoon at three.”
R. HOLLAND, Upper III.
Editor’s Note.—The minstrel responsible for the above epic admitted to having received at home some assistance, albeit slight, in composition. Before his contribution was accepted, he was accordingly required to demonstrate impromptu the authenticity of his muse. The following sombre lines convinced us of his genuine poetic gift:—
There was a young fellow named Fritz
Whose trousers were falling to bitz,
He dressed in a sack,
But it split at the back,
And he fell through the part where he sitz.
Exaggeration is the spice of life.
Distortion of irrelevant and disconnected facts whiles away the slow days.
Who is best able to blow your trumpet?
There are many happy braggarts.
Take for yourself a daily theme, an idea, or motto, and embroider it to your comrades’ delight.
Talk to all till all have heard; then stop!
The world must have time to adopt our cult.
You have spoken to a great man?
You have killed a monster?
You wish to imitate a monster?
You are one?
Invent or distort truth till it amuses.
It is your duty to brighten the lives of your less brilliant friends.
Take the stage and declaim.
By subtle inflections leave the discriminating to shudder,
The muddy-minded to laugh,
The ignorant agape.
Be a braggart like, me. But only for a day.
(With apologies to T. S. Eliot.)
We do not wish anything to happen.
D. BELFORD, Lower VI. Science.
One of our contributors has submitted the following parody of Browning. His invention, we feel, is well sustained until the last three lines, which we have accordingly omitted.
We invite our readers—in return for no prize other than the publicity and the glory—to attempt to provide a suitable ending.
O, TO BE...
| O, to be in Dover
Now December’s there.
For whoever sleeps in Dover
Finds some morning, unaware,
That the blankets warm and the pillow too
Round the bed-post cold are stuck like glue,
While the fog-horn hoots like a mournful cow—
And after Yule, when January comes,
And snow doth fall while we do sums.
See where the blackened gasworks in the valley
Soars to the sky and scatters over Dover
Smells and aromas in every alley.
G. J. DAVIES, Upper III.
1st CADET CORPS C.P. (F.) R.E.
Owing to lack of enthusiasm in the Middle School, numbers and activities have been curtailed of late, but equipment was displayed at Open Evening, and a squad of Cadets was present at the Memorial Service of the late Mr. F. Whitehouse.
Cpl. Hewitt A/C.S.M.
Cpl. Blackah A/C.Q.M.S.
Cdt. Whall A/Sgt.
L/Cpl. Dewar Cpl.
LICpl. Cozens Cpl.
Cdt. Barraclough Cpl.
P.S.—Since the above was written, an improvement in parade strength, particularly at Middle School level, has, occurred. It is to be hoped that this encouraging sign will lead to yet further recruitment.
A. F. H.
AIR TRAINING CORPS.
The A.T.C. has had a very busy time this year, and the strength of the flight has passed the fifty mark—easily a record.
The first important event was the Annual Inspection in January, when all Cadets acquitted themselves creditably. Then, at the Proficiency Examination in February a record number of Cadets—17—sat for the Aircrew Section. The period of waiting for the results was enlivened by a visit from Air Commodore T. N. McEvoy, C.B.E., who was so interested in the classes that he was late for his next appointment.
Then came the Proficiency results—17 passed, 6 with credit. This compared so well with results from other Squadrons that the C.O. received a personal letter of congratulation from the A.O.C. (The possession of a Proficiency Certificate is considered by the R.A.F. as the hall-mark of successful A.T.C. training.)
On Saturday, March 25th, at Lympne, flying in Ansons was available to all Cadets. Five Cadets have successfully completed gliding courses at Hawkinge and obtained Royal Aero Club A Certificates and are now in training for their B Certificates.
During the Easter holidays three N.C.O.s went on the Cadet Precourse at Malton, where they spent a very enjoyable week. In May a number of Cadets made a trip to Canterbury, where, with several other Squadrons, they participated in a march through the city before viewing “Twelve O’clock High” at the Friars Cinema.
Next day the Squadron went to Aylesford for the Kent Annual A.T.C. Sports on the Paper Mill’s athletic ground. No. 354 Squadron entered a team to compete against twenty-one other Kent squadrons. The team did very well, but was unfortunately disqualified from obtaining the highest honours.
On Empire Youth Sunday the Squadron attended a special service in St. Mary’s Church, and took part in a march past along the sea front, where Air Marshal Sir Basil Embry took the salute.
Promotion: Cpl Davey to Sgt.
DRAMATIC SOCIETY NOTES.
R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). Chiistmas 1949.
The Dramatic Society is to be commended for its bold attack on this difficult play by Karel Capek. Weakly supported by plot and dialogue, the cast achieved the necessary characterisation with some success, and perhaps even improved it by an undercurrent of cheerfulness which relieved the gloom!
P. Hall, as Helena, coped with the usual difficulties of feminine leads, and spread confusion with the sweet serenity that we expect of our heroines. A. A. Norman, as Domain, the General Manager, gave an impressive performance, ably assisted by a team of scientists, Messrs. Skinner, Laker, Hopper, and Grover. B. Skinner was excellent in the part of Fabry, well up to the standard of his Bishop in “St. Joan.” F. Imrie’s Alquist was well played, and his handling of the last act, with assurance and competence, was admirable. The robots, particularly A. Webber, seemed robots indeed, conveying a dream-like impression that was quite remarkable.
One note of criticism. Such a play calls for heavy work from the audience. This means that the cast, far from letting the play sail happily along on its own momentum, must give exceptional assistance by careful emphasis. Nevertheless, we must thank the producer and cast for a very creditable piece of work.
|Henry Domain, General Manager R.U.R.||A. A. Norman|
|Fabry, Chief Engineer||B. J. Skinner|
|Dr. Gall, Head of Physiological Dept.||J. Hopper|
|Dr. Helman, Psychologistin Dept.||M. J. Laker|
|Jacob Bermon Managing Director||M. D. Grover|
|Alquist, Clerk of the Works||F. K. Imrie|
|Helena Glory, Daughter of Professor Glory, of Oxbridge University||P. A. Hall|
|Emma, her Maid||J. D. Mills|
|Marius, a Robot||E. W. Miller|
|Sulla, a Robotess||D. W. Whall|
|Radius, a Robot||A. Webber|
|Primus, a Robot||J. E. Halsey|
|Helena, a Robotess||M. J. Cheesman|
|Robots||M. J. Davis|
|P. J. Drew|
|D. A. Imrie|
|M. J. Stokes|
|Stage Manager||M. J. Bax|
|Electricians||G. A. Evans, R. T. Jackson|
|Costumes||A. H. Ryeland, D. N. Jervis|
|Properties||K. A. Lott, P. A. Hall, J. A. Makey|
|Carpenters||B. W. Walford, F. J. Boyne, J. P. O’Connor|
|Stage Hands||D. A. Bradley, P. E. Stiff|
|Curtain||H. P. Miller|
|Prompter||J. W. Dilnot|
|Call Boys||A. M. Bailey, R. G. Boughton|
|Backcloths||M. J. Bax|
“R.U.R.” was also given to an appreciative audience at Astor Hall, Deal, on Thursday, January 19th, 1950.
EASTER TERM, 1950.
This term saw two changes in the Dramatic Society’s composition. The first was the retirement of Mr. Mittins from the chairmanship of the Society. Under his guidance during the past few years the Society has taken on its present form, and a high standard of performance has been established. The benefit of his pioneering work has been felt by all, and we are pleased to record that he remains in touch with the Society in his position as Vice-Chairman. Mr. Murphy has now taken over the position of Chairman.
The second change was the abandonment of the Inter-House Dramatic Competition, due to the deteriorating standard. The policy of allowing seniors to gain experience by producing one-act plays was continued, although eventually only one play was produced in this way. This year the productions were included in a concert given by the Dramatic Society, the Choir and the Orchestra. The School enter-taining itself is a good thing, one which would clear up doubts in the minds of those juniors who ask, “Can we come and see the School play?” They certainly can; the Society is glad of any bit of support it can get, whether on or behind the stage, or in the audience!
A. A. Norman’s production of “Little Father of the Wilderness” took advantage of the many powerful possibilities in the play. The casting of D. N. Jervis in the leading pall was particularly happy, but a greater attention to detail would have improved this production immensely.
“To Let Fumished,” a piece in a more frivolous mood, proved the “piece de resistance” of the afternoon. The play was airy in character, relying on speed and verve to develop its situations. Verve we did get but unfortunately this died away, and the final situation was more of a flat pancake than a last squib in the audience’s face.
The Junior Dramatic Society has again proved itself a flourishing if somewhat Phemx-like society.
Barraclough’s production of “The Ugly Duckling,” by A. A. Mime, afforded full scope for the talents of numerous juniors. The clear speaking, bright costume, and general honesty of this production show it to be a worthy successor to “Badger’s Green” and “Thirty Minutes in a Street.”
Next December’s production is to be “Julius Cæsar,” preparations for which are already (!) under way.
M. J. B.
The highlight of the past season was undoubtedly the presentation of a challenge cup—to be competed for annually—by Dover Chess Club, to whom grateful thanks are extended. Enthusiasm for leagues and competitions has been very encouraging—forty-six new members have joined the Club, and the average attendance has been over thirty—but the summer meetings have had to be reluctantly suspended. Five leagues and two competitions have flourished. Horsfield and Martin have reached the Senior final and four “young hopefuls” struggle for the Junior title. In addition a House match, won by Astor, was played.
In Inter-School matches the first team have had a varied season.
This has been offset by a strong Junior team, slave-driven and coerced
by Martin, which shows promise of yet greater things to come. Let
us offer thanks to all our opponents of last season and look forward to a
renewal of our fixtures next season, including Chatham House! It is
also interesting to note that our brethren at Harvey Grammar School
have formed a small club, while the Duke of York’s R.M. School
have promised us fixtures next season.
|V. Dover Chess Club||Lost: 2—6 and 3—5|
|V. Chatham House||Lost: 2—6|
|V. Simon Langton||Won: 3½—2½ and 4½—1½|
|V. Dover Youth Club||Won: 5—1 and drew 3—3|
From information kindly supplied we are reminded that:—
The Debating Society programme was restricted by examinations and other events. Nevertheless, discussions on the “Colour Question” (introduced by A. R.. Horsfield) and on “Capital Punishment” aroused much controversy. A Brains Trust was held, and the term’s programme terminated in a lively debate: “That Scientists are a Menace to Civilisation.”
During Open Evening the Choir rendered Weber’s “Invitation to the Dance” and the 17th Polovtsian Dance from Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” These were repeated as part of the entertainment given to the school at the end of the Easter Term.
The Orchestra played at Open Evening and in the School Concert. Recruits from the Lower School are urgently needed, and will be cordially welcomed when operations are resumed in September.
Meetings of the Philatelic Society have been restricted by other school activities, but attendances have averaged between fifteen and twenty. Many members attended the International Stamp Exhibition, and numerous magazines were added to the existing stock.
The Gardening Club has now become a Junior School society. All boys who are interested in experimental work, as well as in the routine maintenance of the garden, are invited to join.
DOVER SAILING CLUB.
The Junior Section of this new Club is open to boys who have not attained their nineteenth birthday. Sailing is provided at the lowest possible cost; the annual subscription is only 5/-.
Detailed information can be obtained from D. A. Austin, D. R. E. Philpott or P. S. Shenton, all of Upper III.
Loans this year have totalled some three thousand six hundred, of which the Sixth Form were responsible for over eleven hundred. Prompted by the sad condition of many books, the Library Staff have, under the guidance of Mr. Coveney, embarked upon the long task of re-binding.
G. Bailey, whose faithful service to the Library was so freely given, has been succeeded by D. Belford, a willing and capable assistant.
We are very grateful for a number of presentations. Especially
noteworthy was Mr. Tomlinson’s gift of “The Tree of Battles,” by
Bonet. This work is the translation of a mediæval French manuscript
by Mr. Coopland, sometime French master at the School. Books have
also been given to the Library by K. Lawrence, R. Carr, H. Wright,
J. Hopper, and others.
02/16 ed. Bénet - - Reader’s Encyclopædia
03/31 - - Oxford Junior Encyclopædia
30/56 Butterfield - - Origins of Modern Science
34/89 Hartridge - - Colours and How V/c See Them.
72/87 Marriott - - English History in English Fiction.
732/89 Priestley - - Plays.
85/37 Lewis - - Language in Society.
It has been suggested that there may lie dormant in the houses of parents, Old Boys, and other adult readers, books which they would gladly dispense with and which would help considerably to eke out a library allowance that, in these days of high prices and flimsy bindings, is sadly inadequate. If this is so, the Librarian would welcome suitable volumes especially copies of reference works (such as “Who’s Who” and Whittaker) and books of the more reputable juvenile fiction writers.
LINES ON AUTUMN.
(50 of ‘em)
Autumn is a season of the year (and also a subject for 50 lines). There are four seasons: summer, spring, autumn and winter. They are all cold, except winter, and that’s the coldest. Autumn consists of two to three months, the chief being November.
In Autumn we get a lot of weather, most of it wet.
In Autumn—chrisani—asters bloom. The colours seen at this time of the year are known as autumnal colours.
The weather usually being cold, indoor games are preferred. Football, hockey and tiddley-winks are among the games played.
By Autumn most animals have begun hibernation. Swallows are forming up waiting for the weather forecast, and squirrels are collecting their nuts and hiding them, though they will probably forget where.
In Autumn, as every naturalist knows, butterflies go into hibernation; but what has puzzled them is that moths are still flying. I think, perhaps, they are looking for the butterflies.
The stars come out in full beauty, and many constellations can be Seen As at any other time of the year, the moon waxes and wanes every four weeks, so that, if there are no clouds, you can see a full moon, a half moon, a crescent moon, and—if you’re lucky—a blue moon.
People partake of a cruel sport, called hunting. This accounts for the fact that you may see a hunting moon—or is it a harvest moon? If it is, it’s because people harvest their crops.
W. GULLIVER, Upper II.
EARLY MORNING AT THE QUAYSIDE.
It is six o’clock in the morning; hardly a sound stirs the crisp morning air. The sun has already risen, and its weak rays are striving to dispel the slight mist which hangs over the docks.
The water is dark and still. In it lie great ships, silent and grim. There is no wind to ruffle the surface of the water, and the air is still cold. Tall motionless cranes stand silhouetted against the sky.
Suddenly a ship’s hooter breaks the silence. Its echo rolls round the shore, becoming fainter and fainter. This sound breaks the spell. A lorry lumbers over the cobblestones of the quay and comes to rest by a ware-house. Men appear as if from nowhere, and begin to unload it. Seagulls wheel and cry over the dock on their never-ending quest for food.
Yet more sounds are heard. A train whistles and sets off on its journey. A group of dock workers, talking volubly, comes slowly towards the docks. Gradually the harbour wakes from its early morning stupor. More people come on the scene. A motor-boat wends its way through the ships and locks, chugging rhythmically.
The peace of the early morning is finished, and the docks settle down to the busy hum of the day.
G. J. DAVIES, Upper III.
The English master stalked into the Form room one morning and announced that he was going to use the sound-mirror.
“Johnson, your speech is far from perfect. You can fetch the machine from the staff room. Jones, you go with him.”
The two boys collected the machine and staggered up the corridor under its weight. Suddenly Johnson stubbed his finger on a small pro-tuberance. He pushed it out of the way, and continued up the corridor, uttering uncomplimentary remarks about things in general.
The apparatus was set up in the Form room. “First of all,” said the English master, “I want you to listen to an example of good English. It is spoken by—er—um—myself.”
“Baldy “—as the master was irreverently known—switched on and leant back in his chair with a superior smile on his face.
“If old Baldy wasn’t so bloomin’ decrepit, he might have helped us with this thing! “ boomed a voice surprisingly like Johnson’s.
“The bandy-legged old nuisance could have least have sent someone else to help us! “ replied another voice, obviously Jones’s.
The delighted Form burst into hoots of laughter, while Baldy leapt from his seat as if he had been stung, tripped over the electric cable, and fell flat on his face. The Form rolled helplessly on the floor.
Baldy regained his feet with the utmost difficulty. “Silence! “ he thundered. “Johnson and Jones, come with me! The rest of you go on with the next exercise on Noun Clauses!
D. AUSTIN, Upper III.
Sports contests have produced the following results since the last "Pharos":—
|(East Cup)||(Ebbw Vale Cup)||(Powell Cup)|
On these and other matters House Captains comment:—
Astor: It is now evident that the House is emerging from the period of depression caused by a number of fourth places, and slowly getting back on its feet. It would be hazardous to forecast our positions in Cricket and Athletics, but we hope for reasonable success in the P.T. Competition. I should like to stress that everybody in the House can help by putting in an appearance and giving moral if not vocal support.
Frith: The achievement of Seniors in the main sporting events has been very disappointing. The failures in Rugger and Cross-country Running were due entirely to a lack of enthusiasm and support which must be remedied. Junior Soccer results—with 2nd and 3rd Form teams undefeated, and Under 14s unlucky to lose in the final of the East Cup Competition—were more encouraging. Cricket and Athletics prospects are brighter, and we are sure that, with more Co-operation, the House will regain some of its lost prestige.
Park: Interest among Seniors has increased, but is still in no way comparable to the Juniors’ enthusiasm. Unintentional packing gained us a second place in the Cross-country Race for the Powell Cup, and the Junior Soccer XI. won the East Cup. This success was due largely to Jones, who scored three of the four goals in the final match. Prospects for Cricket and Athletics are fair. The new events—discus and javelin—need much practice, and middle distance runners are still required for the track events.
Priory: Last term was noteworthy because the House won the Powell Cup for the first time. Congratulations to R. Jackson on his record time in this race. We again finished second in the House Rugby Competition. Unfortunately there seems a lack of interest in this game in the Middle School. Let us hope that this will be put right. Finally, to all members of the House leaving this summer, we offer our thanks for services rendered and our wishes for success in ‘the future.
YE CHRONYCLE OF YE WELLE.
In accorde of ye actes of myn forbeares do I take myn cobbe webbe pidgeonne cwylle for to tellen of ye fratemitee in ye myghtie halle of Sikzartes. For truthe to telle, ye varlets han bestirren themselves betides; eek it is wispred abroade Sire Snitmit doone he conne ye grete boke “Pharos,” upon retyremente of un certaine Sire Rextab. Hir myghtie halle stille standen supreme over ye awfulle Blakke Barronne, and eek ye scurvie knaves doone macke motiving of hir stalles, to hir anoyance of hem belowe. Didde nat ye synema comme untoe hir varlets in ye grete halle, ande ar nat hem syentysts sene atte nyghte counteing ye starres ande eke granes of sande? Eftsoons ye Hammepeste dide callen inne on a day, ande was nat hem crawlying under hir doore atte openne nyghte, eek forcasten hem rouge ye wethre forcaste!
Anon depate Sire Brubirdge, by mer toe ye lande of mylke ande honie, wher techen he hem varlets moche grace, eek loungen arrounde in ye myghtie chariotte! Ande han nat witchecrafte crepen intoe oure halle, a grete box from whiche cometh forth sondrie soundes of hem whiche chaunte in thatte place, to hir unholie joie? Ande didde nat ye cannonnes fyre atte hem on longeshippes fro Russe, eel hir shippe of suplie, whiche landed nat atte Dele or Sandewiche?
Ande maynie varlets didde disporte hemselves in ye Druide Festivalle, whence come fayre frankishe damosels forth, moche to ye delyghte of hem drivers of sundrie chariottes for hyr. (Nat, fosooth, Hyir Schole Certe!) Ande was nat comme un courier sayde a certayn damselle requiren hem servyses of Sikzartes after hem hadde discored a Delite courte in Dovre after darke! Ande han nat Sikzartes eek formed a pidgeonne stawlken clubbe?
As thatte ye pedastelle of tyme hem broken by lyghtenyng(?), doone ye rogues dramatical eek crien “Et tu, Brute! “whiles ye scrybe showten “Myne pidgeonne is comme fourthe!” Butte alacke myne ladre bekon, so ye mote rede elleswere of ye doyngs of hem varlets of ye chateau, in ye grete boke “Pharos”
J. YORDEN NITRAM,
The routine of our existence has been but rarely disturbed of late. It is true that interest quickened one day when the History Master thought he saw a Spinning Jenny going down Noah’s Ark Road. But it turned out to be something quite different.
P.T. periods have been modernised with javelins and other dangerous weapons. Nobody has yet succeeded in pinning Mr. Butcher to the ground. Groundsmen should take note that disc-shaped objects seen hurtling through the air are not flying saucers, nor are they the by-products of an accelerated kitchen service.
A few of us have been helping Mr. Ruffell to make a film strip. It will not be ready for some time, as he has had to wait for some Photographs to be developed. His theme-song is alleged to be: “Some day my prints will come.”
UPPER VI SCIENCE.
Exams. are over for the year,
The world is happy and gays
The results come out to-morrow,
I’ll shoot myself to-day!
Things Heard in the Physics Lab.
you any good at glass blowing?
just hold those two wires while I turn the handle!
you don’t sound a sonometer by banging it over someone’s head.
help! I’m dyne!
Things Heard in the Chemistry Lab.
I don’t want to set the lab, on fire,
I just want to start some fumes in the sink . . .
Hic venit Vebba! (pass the distilled water!)
The cleaners should clear out those cob-webs.
They are not cob-webs, they are lab, dusters!
A decinormal solution is one made to tenth strength.
An abnormal solution is one made up by Vebba!
. . . . a colloid is a hard, compact combustible mass.
The particles in Brownian movement have no connection with Vebba’s books.
. . . . smell this!
Things Heard in the Prefects’ Room
. . . . lend me your lost properly knife to sharpen my lost property pencil!
. . . . you hog! Fancy having TWO pieces of cheese pie!
. . . . you too can have a body like mine!
. . . .
just pass the crate, old boy!
Some prefects have exceptionally good memories. They can remember the last time they went on duty.
Wanted to buy: second-hand home perm. set.
It is reputed that several members boast a private library.
Nominations for a new School song include: “I don’t see you in ray iced lolly any more”!
First seaweed to second seaweed: “I’m frond of you!
The School will soon provide its own milk from a herd of brown cows.
Is simple fission with a bent pin?
Upper VI. Science are living organisms:
They exhibit irritability—touch the back of Vebba’s hand with a red hot test-tube. Boy! Is he irritable.
They exhibit automatism—but will not produce a bar of chocolate for sixpence.
They exhibit disintegration with liberation of energy—e.g. stampede to the tuckshop at 10.35.
They exhibit incorporation of food—"I’m a dinner prefect!"
They exhibit purposiveness—"I took all my books home in the Easter holidays." So what!
LOWER VI SCIENCE.
Little has been accomplished during the latter part of this term because of an ingenious device introduced by a certain boffin, who has spent many happy hours in his small room playing with a new toy. Several apprehensive eyebrows have been raised at those who wander about the building muttering: “I’m sure I don’t really sound like that!”
We have discovered in our midst a fiery, bearded monster who has spasms of madness, crushing anything within reach to pulp. Chairs have proved useless; now that Norman has been thrice scraped off the wall, we just run at sight.
One thing is certain—we have a good leader. Is it not he who has made immortal such expressions as “For the benefit of Tracey,” “Judicial Judging,” and “Get out.” Yes, without our leader we would mayhap find ourselves deported to the burrow next to ye bookroom, or some fate just as horrible.
—AND THE REST.
Form life has continued to run smoothly and placidly on the surface. Yet, reading between the lines, one can guess at private disturbances. From Remove, Peverley tells us that the waste paper basket might be more useful if it were suspended outside the window. Because of the “cracked foundations of the School,” Remove have been requested to break step in the Physics Wing to avoid any vibrations in symphathy.
Upper V feel that they “can look with pride on their record” after five years at School—misguided beings! Seventeen of their original members are still with them. As half the form are members of the A.T.C. the buzz of aeronautical conversation must be quite Staggering.
Our representative in Middle V, A. Gilday, takes pride in the fact that his form is “recognised as the worst Fifth Form for dodging work.” Civil war is raging “between the ‘front rankers’ and the ‘back wallers"
For news of Upper IV, the “ode” of D. N. Jervis will be found elsewhere. Lower IV. according to D. Taylor, received a “great shock” when their “newspaper boy” ceased to sell comics and began to make wireless sets. We can guess who that is. Taylor puts forward the idea that a homework monitor exists because “we’ve got to impress the masters somehow.”
R. Holland, of Upper III, begins his form notes • with a contradiction in terms: he has been “pursued about the School by a large and ruthless Sixth Former.” All the Sixth Formers whom I know are rather small and excessively timid, especially when dealing with a Third Former.
Middle III have already been initiated into the “gentle art of Rugby football.” Massacre of the innocents? A member of the Form when it was Middle I returned to the fold after a visit to Canada. He must have helped out geography lessons considerably.
One feature of Middle and Lower School Form notes was the collection of hospital money, in which they prove superior to the Sixth Forms (with one very notable exception!) Middle II, by various means, were parted from £2 10s.
Any outsider reading Lower II’s Form notes must have realised that they came from an English school, because “this term rain has spoilt our cricket.” One notable fact mentioned by Cheeseman and Mee is: “We are missing Mr. Lister in more ways than one, but we hope he will soon return.”
The philosophy of Upper I is worthy of more mature minds: “We have had little excitement and plenty of disappointments.” The chief point worthy of note in the report from Middle I is that the Form “did a lot of work (more than any other Form) on the School gardens.” Possibly the “volunteer system,” always effective, was used!
Lower I’s report contains such revolutionary ideas that it deserves to be re-printed without alteration: “Lower I. have agreed to help Mr. Mittins and Mr. Murphy to get a recording machine, but the masters would not agree do you think that it is right that we should not help Lower I has also asked why shouldn't the School have break on the playing fields. We do not think it right that the first forms should nearly always clear up a lunch, and the fourth and fifth should miss their turn. Most of the form still agree with last year’s statement made by Shoal that to us the School is still a big place.”
ODE TO UPPER IV.
O sing the praises of this gallant Form,
Which, though the lines of enemies may storm,
Although they starve us out, suppress Form notes,
Although we make no plates, and build no boats,
Though Latin takes the place of carving wood,
(We’d ne’er exchange the two, we never could!)
Yet is of that true, headstrong, stubborn race,
Whose pictures can the Dover paper grace,
Whose arms are quite as brawny as the rest,
And yet whose intellects are of the best,
Who translate prose, and conjugate, decline,
Who understand the tangen and the sine,
Who know their formulae and valencies,
And Beaconsfield’s and Gladstone’s ministries,
Goteborg’s exports and the Danube’s course,
What “moments” are, “efficiency” and “force”
How to throw javelins and do the headspring—
In fact it seems there is not anything
We do not know! Aloud the boast we’ll cry,
While Clark still sings, Norris and Wilcox fly,
While Stiff and Bailey support Dramatics,
While Sayer shows us London Acrobatics,
While still the gentle art of Flautistry
Goes hand in hand with noble Chemistry.
Though tempests blow, though hurricanoes roar,
No one shall ever silence Upper Four!
D. N. JERVIS.
‘Head Prefect: D. G. Simmonds. Deputy Head Prefect: M. J. Bax.
Prefects: R. T. Jackson, P. H. Oldham, D. G. Weaver, J. Welford.
Deputy Prefects: C. J. Bailiff, K. T. Carran, M. J. Edwards, G. Evans, P. G. Hearn, J. Hopper, J. R. Kenway, F. K. Imrie, B. J. Skinner.
|Housemaster: Mr. Archer.||Housemaster: Mr. Pearce.|
|Captain: C. J. Bailiff.||Captain: P. G. Hearn.|
|Vice-Captain: M. J. Bax.||Vice-Captain: P. H. Oldham.|
|Housemaster: Mr. Baxter.||Housemaster: Mr. Slater.|
|Captain: D. G. Simmonds.||Captain: F. K. Imrie.|
|Vice-Captain: A. G. Wright.||Vice-Captain: K. T. Carran.|
|Cricket:||1st XI. (Mr. Ruffell)||Captain: D. G. Simmonds.|
|2nd XI. (Mr. Jacques)||Captain: J. Hopper.|
|Colts XI. (Mr. Butcher)||Captain: R. West.|
|Junior XI. (Mr. Cowell)||Captain: D. Ellis.|
|Rugger:||1st XV. (Mr. Archer)||Captain: D. G. Simmonds.|
|2nd XV. (Messrs. Butcher and Jacques)||Captain: F. K. Imrie.|
|Cross-Country:||(Mr. Ruffell)||Captain: A. G. Wright.|
|Secretary: P. G. Hearn.|
|Athletics:||(Messrs. Marriott and Ruffell)||Captain: D. G. Simmonds|
|Vice-Capt.: A. G. Wright.|
|Secretary: P. G. Hearn.|
|Dramatic Society:||President:||The Headmaster.|
|Secretary:||M. J. Bax.|
|Committee:||A. W. Bradley,|
|P. A. Hall,|
|A. H. Ryeland,|
|R. T. Jackson,|
|Flight-Sergt.:||R. M. Brown.|
|Army Cadet Force:||Commanding-Officer:||Mr. Coulson.|
|C.S.M.:||A. F. Hewitt.|
|Choir and Orchestra:||Mr. Willis.|
|Debating Society:||Chairman:||Mr. King.|
|Secretary:||M. J. Edwards|
|Library Prefect:||D. G. Weaver.|
|Assistants:||A. W. Bradley,|
|R. E. Davey,|
|A. R. Horsfield.|
|Chess Club:||(Messrs. Smith & Cowell)|
|Secretary and Capt.:||A. R. Horsfield.|
|Vice-Captain:||J. R. Martin|
|Philatelic Society:||(Mr. Hull)|
|Secretary:||D. A. Bradley.|
|Gardening Club:||Mr. Downs.|
|Benevolent Society:||Mr. Slater.|
|National Savings:||Mr. Marriott.|
|Arts and Crafts:||Messrs. Coveney. Rowlands, and Large.|
|"The Pharos":||Editor:||Mr. Mittins.|
|Sub-Editor:||A. R. Horsfield.|
|Committee:||M. J. Bax,|
|A. W. Bradley,|
|D. G. Weaver,|
|J. R. Martin.|
LODGE No. 6967.
Saturday, April 29th, 1950, will go down in history as one of the great days of the School—especially for a certain section of Old Boys.
By mid-day the un-made road on Whinless Downs outside the School was packed two-deep with cars. By three o’clock the line extended as far as the Isolation Hospital. The reason? Some five hundred members of Masonic Lodges from all over the county had come to witness the consecration by Lord Cornwallis of a new Lodge—our own, the Pharos NO. 6967 on the register of the Grand Lodge of England.
And all Old Pharosians have every reason to be even prouder of their old School after such a ceremony! To begin with, it would be difficult to find a finer setting for the mediæval splendour of such an occasion than that offered by the School Hall as it had been laid out, with devoted care and attention, by some of the founders. When everyone was seated round the huge square carpet covering the floor of the Hall, there could rarely have been seen a finer spectacle.
Despite many awkward moments before the great day, not a single “incident” marred the smooth running of the ceremony, and many were the expressions of enthusiastic admiration from the most varied sources. Appended is a list of the founders, as I am sure many Old Boys will want to know who these were.
When we say that, after Lord Cornwallis had consecrated the Lodge, the first Master of the Pharos Lodge, W.Bro. Llewellyn Langley, P.P.G.C., was installed by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, all Old Boys will know how well the new Lodge will be ruled and governed this first year! With Bro. A. H. Gunn and Bro. F. Ryeland to assist him, a happy and successful year is assured.
It is interesting to note that one Grand Lodge Officer present, W.Bro. Durban, was a pupil at the School nearly fifty years ago! Present also to wish success to the new Lodge were representatives of the Old Dovorians, Old Harveians, and Old Langtonians.
Previous to the ceremony, an official lunch was held in the School dining hall, where more than 150 guests sat down to what must have been one of the best—and best-served—meals since pre-war days.
It would be invidious to mention names of those rendering special services to the new Lodge—all contributed their share I must, however, be allowed to say that but for the Herculean labour of W.Bro. F. Prescott it is unlikely that the project so long cherished by a few of us would have materialised.
And so, once more (and this time how much more apt the saying!)—FIAT LUX.
W. W. B.
List of Founders:
The Rev. Llewellyn W. C. Langley, B.Sc., P.M., P.P.G.Chap.
Edward F. Prescott, P.M., P.P.S.G.D.
W. Wilton Baxter, M.A., O. d’Acad., P.M., P.P.G.Org.
George R. Plater, P.M.
Frank L. Kendall, M.A., P.M.
Francis J. Ryeland, P.M.
Sydney H. Morris, W.M. No. 1436.
Alfred H. Gunn.
Frederick G. Ryeland.
Archibald S. Lewis.
Dan H. Smith.
H. Arnold Stanway, B.A.
Edmund Crush, M.C.
Reginald G. Holloway.
Leslie W. H. N. Hookham.
Eric W. Pudney.
The passing of Frank S. Downs, P.M., P.P.S.G.D., one of the original founders, has to be recorded with deep regret.
The Lodge Crest has been designed by Bro. Keith Crush.
NEWS OF OLD PHAROSIANS.
COLONEL ALAN ANDREWS (1926-34) resigned from the Beds, and Herts. last
December to take up the position of world Executive Secretary for Boys’ work
to the world Alliance of Y.M.C.A.s His office will be in Geneva. He is just
setting off on a two months’ visit to Canada and the U.S.A. His address in England is The Constitutional Club, Northumberland Avenue, London,
DR. G. L. BAILEY (1925-34) has recently been appointed Deputy Director of Research to the British Non-Ferrous Metals Company. His staff of fifty includes E. C. Manthe (1931-39).
D. C. BELSEY (1941-49), last year’s School Captain, has written from his R.E.M.E. Dept at Arborfield, where he has been taking a mobile wireless course. Pain and Henry were in the same unit.
J. A. J. RINKS (1923-31) called at School in May and spoke to the Sixth Form on his experiences as a Missionary in South India.
CAPT. BRUCE BRABHAM (1936-42), Royal Corps of Signals, has a permanent commission; he is stationed at Catterick. His brother, Basil, research engineer in the Television Department of G.E.C., has recovered from an attack of infantile paralysis, which has left him with a slight weakness in one foot.
R CAIN (1942-48) has been sailing between the U.S.A. and European ports on a
Norwegian ship carrying Marshall Aid. He made one trip Venezuela and another to India.
L W COLE, a contemporary of Professor C. A. Hart, is now an agricultural chemist with the Shell Group.
A. S. CONYERS (1946-48) called at School in February before joining his ship at Liverpool. He has finished his training at Southampton, and is sailing as an apprentice. He hopes in due course to become a navigating officer.
R A CROFTS (1920-29), who became a Life Member of the Old Pharosians in April, is Deputy Director of the Department of Marketing and Exports in Nigeria. The department aims at stabilising prices for the native growers by bulk purchase of the main export crops. Crofts’ permanent address is c/o Department of Marketing and Exports, Lagos, Nigeria.
J. M: FALCONER (1928-36) is working with Brabbam ii. Their particular problem at the moment is the designing of a television receiver for areas of low signal strength. They have promised to bring their equipment to School for a demonstration at an early date.
H. B. GARLAND, M.A.. Ph.D. (1918-26) wrote to Mr. Baxter in May from University College, Exeter, where he is Professor of German. He has promised to send a copy of his recent book on Schiller to the School Library.
J. S. GRANGER (1940-48) is sub-editor of Jesus College Magazine.
B. F. GRAY (1935-42) is a lecturer at Luton and South Beds. College for Further Education. He teaches electro-technology and mathematics to students ranging from 17 to 65 years of age.
PROFESSOR C. A. HART (1915-20), when he takes up his Vice-Chancellorship of the University of Roorkee, U.P., India, will go out with the degree of D.Sc. (Engineering).
D. HENDERSON (1934-38) called at School in June prior to embarkation for Singapore. He is a Captain in the R.A.O.C;, his duties being those of Inspector of Ammunition.
J. E. HOGG (193 8-45) on April 1st last married Monique Condette, of Rue St. Beuve, Calais.
F. JELL is to be congratulated on the birth of a son in Addis Ababa on May 19th,
1950. His wife (née Pritchard) was formerly of Queen’s Villas. Ebbw Vale.
H. H. MADAMS (1922-30) has written from Fiji Islands to the “Kent Messenger,” telling, among other things, of the affection for the Mother Country that he found everywhere in Australasia.
A. B McFARLANE (1935-42) is studying under Professor Truman at E.M.I.. Hayes. He has found that pay rates as lecturer at EMI. Institute are even lower than usual in the teaching profession. He hopes to take a Ph.D. in a few years’ time.
DR. J. W. MENTER (1932-40) has been awarded an ICI. Fellowship which will
allow him to continue his researches for a further three years at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Cambridge.
H. F. MORFORD, who left in 1909, called at the School in May. During 1949 he was appointed Deputy Chief Manager of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China.
R. PASCALL (1937-47) called at the School in January on his demobilisation from R.E.M.E. He hopes to train at Loughborough as a P.T. master, so following in the footsteps of his grandfather, whom many Old Pharosians will remember as
P.T. Instructor at the School.
S. PRICE (1935-42) is still at Oxford. After taking his degree he returned to prepare a Ph.D. thesis. He has been doing research in Paris.
E. W. PUDNEY (1914-20) writes from Hong Kong that he found the last notes
particularly interesting, but that the information about himself was inaccurate. He
Commissioner of Inland Revenue in the Colony of Hong Kong. (Apologies! Ed.)
B. A. REID (1945-47) has been accepted by Keble College, Oxford.
J. ROOKS (1946-49), writing from his station at Aldershot, has established a new record in politesse by wishing success so those taking Higher School Certificate in Economics.
J. K. THOMPSON (1922-31) sailed in January to take up his appointment as Colonial Attaché to the British Embassy in Washington. After five years in the Colonial Education Service in Trinidad, he served throughout the war with the Imperial Censorship Department in B.W.I. and London. His appointment in Washington is for two years.
B. W. TAYLOR, of Barton Secondary School, has been appointed Head Teacher of Warden House Temporary County Primary School, Deal.
M. WATTS (1935-45) is still mining at Sudbury, N. Canada. He has won high
for his acting and co-directing with the Sudbury Little Theatre Guild.
DR. J. WILLIAMS (1934-42) called at School during May. He has left Guys for the R.A.M.C. He was drafted to Singapore, and got as far as Liverpool. He had unpacked in his cabin, when, within an hour of sailing, he was recalled by the
War Office. He now awaits their next move with interest.
F. G. WEST-ORAM. B.Sc., is research manager and • class technologist with a Barnsley firm, and has recently been to America to study production technique. He read in the “Pharos” of Simmonds’ hurdles record, and wrote to remind us that L. W. Goodfellow did the 120 yards hurdles in 14 4/5 secs. in 1932.
R. WINTER, A. W. LYONS, and “BILLY” MOORE were actively associated with the production of “Iolanthe” at Dover Town Hall in April.
There is not a great deal to report on the Association’s activities lately. We held a Social in the School Assembly Hall in March, when more than a hundred parents and friends were present. It was very successful after the first few minutes when the radiogram refused to function satisfactorily. However, Mr. Marsh stepped into the breach and did good work on the piano. He has promised to assist at future functions. Mrs. King and the catering staff are to be congratulated on the way in which refreshments were served. In this instance we were not out to make a large profit, as it was an initial “get together,” but the support was so good that there was a small profit to swell the funds.
The Executive Committee are at work on a programme of activities for next winter. Parents are reminded that the financial year ends on July 31st, and that the Annual General Meeting will be held in the School Hall on Thursday, October 5th.
A. R. TAYLOR, Hon. Sec.
J. M. Claridge, J. Dickson, T. Dove, M. J. Marjoram, V. G. Sayer, B. Sheppard.
(S. 1, 2==School 1st, 2nd Team; H. 1, 2=House 1st, 2nd Team)
R. T. BURBRIDGE. Entered 1945. Rugger (H.2); Athletics (H.); Swimming (H.); Debating Society; Geography Society; Arts and Crafts; School Certificate and Matriculation, 1948. To New York.
J. D. MILLS. Entered 1946. Cross-Country (S.); Rugger (H.1); Soccer (H.2); Cricket (H.2); Chess (S.); Choir; Dramatic Society; School Certificate, 1949. To Estates and Valuation Office, Dover.
J. K. PEERS. Entered 1943. Cricket (S.1): Soccer (Colours, 1948-49); Rugger (S.1); School Certificate, 1949. To N.C.R. Surveying.
G. BAILEY. Entered 1943. Soccer (S.2, Captain 1949); Rugger (S.1); Boxing (S.); Cricket (H.1); A.T.C.; Choir; Debating; Library Assistant; Gardening; School Certificate. 1949. To Pathological Lab., Buckland Hospital.
G. PLATER. Entered 1945. Cricket (S.2); Soccer (S.2); Rugger (S.2); A.T.C. (Cpl., Proficiency 1950); School Certificate, 1949. To Engineering Apprenticeship, S.E.E.B., Folkestone.
G. C. PAXTON. Entered 1943. Dramatics; Arts and Crafts; Recorded Music Club
(Committee); School Certificate, 1949. To Pathological Lab., St. Thomas’s
I. R. L. FENWICK. Entered 1945. A.T.C.; Geography; Arts and Crafts: Philatelic
Society; Dramatics (H.); Library Assistant; School Certificate. 1948; Civil
Entrance Examination. 1949. To War Office.
R. D. KNOTT. Entered 1944. Rugger (S.1); Soccer (H.1); Swimming (H.); Cross-Country (H.); Debating; Arts and Crafts; School Certificate, 1949. To Borough Surveyor’s Office.
N. R. STREET. Entered 1945. Soccer (H.2); Rugger (H.1); Swimming (H.); Athletics
(H.); Recorded Music; Debating; Orchestra; Choir; Arts and Crafts. To
P. E. HART. Entered 1945. Rugger (H.2); Cross-Country (H.); Athletics (H.); A.C.F.; Orchestra; Philatelic; Geography; Recorded Music. To R.N.
R. H. CLEMENT. Entered 1944. Athletics (S.); Cricket (H.2); Swimming (H.); Debating; Geography; Arts and Crafts; Recorded Music; School Certificate, 1949. To
J. E. COLLARD. Entered 1944. Cricket (H.2); Soccer (H.2); Rugger (11.2); Arts and Crafts. To Water Board.
G. E. SADDLETON. Entered 1945. Cricket (11.2); Soccer (11.2); Rugger (11.2);
and Crafts; Geography; A.C.F. To S.E.E.B.
P. L. NEWSON. Entered 1944. A.C.F.; Arts and Crafts; Chess; School Certificate, 1949. To Town Clerk’s Office.
M. D. SINGER. Entered 1946. Cricket (H.2); Soccer (H.2); Rugger (H.2); A.T.C. (Cpl.); Orchestra; Choir; Dramatics (H.); Recorded Music; School Certificate, 1949. To No. 1 Radio School, R.A.F.
B. ABBOTT. Entered 1944. Soccer (H.2); Rugger (H.2); Dramatics; School Certificate, 1949. To National Provincial Bank.
L. SANGSTER. Entered 1945. Rugger (S.2); Athletics (S.); Cricket (H.2): Soccer (H.2); Geography; Recorded Music; School Certificate, 1949. To National Provincial Bank.
R. BYRNE. Entered 1946. Soccer (S.2); Swimming (S., Inter Champion); Cricket (H.2); Rugger (H.2); A.T.C.; Dramatics; Arts and Crafts; School Certificate, 1949. To Surveying.
E. TURNER. Entered 1944. Rugger (H.1); Soccer (H.2); Swimming (H.); A.C.F. (Cpl.); Geography; Recorded Music; Arts and Crafts; School Certificate, 1949. To Parker Pen Company.
D. STOREY. Entered 1945. Rugger (S.). Colours 1950); Soccer (S.2); School Certificate, 1949. To Australia.
B. C. KEMP. Entered 1945. A.T.C.; Dramatics; Chess; School Certificate, 1949.
M. J. BATES. Entered 1945. Cricket (H.2); A.C.F.; Philately; Geography. To H.M.S. worcester.
A. E. FOSTER. Entered 1945. Cricket (H.2); Swimming (H.); Dramatics. To H.M.S. Conway.
L. E. TILLING. Entered 1945. Rugger (H.2); Arts and Crafts. To Carpenter Apprenticeship.
D. WRAIGHT. Entered 1945. Soccer (S.2); Chess. To Parker Pen Company.
R. V. CARLEY. Entered 1945. Soccer (S.2); Cricket (H.2). To N.C.R.
R. J. WALKER. Entered 1945. Boxing (S.); Athletics (H.); Cross-Country (H.);
Rugger (H.1). To N.C.B.
R. W. ENEVER. Entered 1947. Soccer (H.2).
R. F. PAYNE. Entered 1945.
P. WADE. Entered 1946. Cricket (H.2); Soccer (H.2). To Dover Engineering Works.
A. C. WILFORD. Entered 1946. To Appleby.
R. H. BRYAN. Entered 1947. A.T.C.; Geography. To Reading.
D. GREGORY. Entered 1947.
H. P. MILLER. Entered 1945. A.C.F.; Dramatics; Arts and Crafts. To Canterbury.
R. T. GLYNN. Entered 1948. Swimming (Junior Champion); A.T.C. To British Railways.
H. F. SMITH. Entered 1946. To Rochester Mathematical School.
B. B. LUCAS. Entered 1949.
P. KNIGHTS. Entered 1946.. Cricket (Colts); Soccer (Junior XI.). Boy Entrant to R.A.F.
R. C. STONE. Entered 1949.
D. J. WATKINS. Entered 1949. To Gibraltar.
J. MULLIN. Entered 1949. To Portsmouth.
(We regret any errors or omissions in the above particulars. Few boys help us
by leaving documentary evidence in concise form; some disappear overnight