No. 120. AUTUMN, 1955. VOL. XLVI.
|Mr. J. G. Dixon||Another Geographical Jaunt|
|Mr. P. Dale||Operation Shopwindow|
|The Growth of the School||Sailing|
|Echoes from the Past||National Savings|
|The School September, 1955||C.C.F. Notes|
|The Windmill||Choir and madrigal Notes|
|Cricket at Muddleton||Orchestra|
|The Earl of Warwick||Cricket|
|Uncle Harry Comes to Stay||Swimming|
|Dover Castle||Cross-Country Running|
|Who Runs may Read||The Athletic Sports, 1955|
|A Visit to Lynmouth||Inter-School Sports at Ramsgate|
|Flowers||Inter-House Gymnastic Competitions|
|A Thought for Food||House Notes|
|The School Organ||News of Old Boys|
|G.C.E., 1955||The Old Boys' Cricket Match|
|Visit to Dinant-Easter, 1955||Parents' association|
The School and "The Pharos" are not twins "born within an hour," but rather brothers separated by three years, for the School magazine has to wait until 1958 before it reaches its Golden Jubilee. Nevertheless, from 1908 onwards "The Pharos" has been the history book of the School, recording for posterity all the aspects of its life. It alone bears testimony to Old Boys who would otherwise fly "forgotten as a dream." In its pages we read of the early difficulties in moulding a new school, of the unstinted service of the staff and headmasters in helping it to its feet, until now Dover Grammar School stands for much that is finest in the lives of men in Dover and district. Its sons lecture in universities, others help organise the nation's defences in Her Majesty's Services, while others, as Civil Servants, help keep our society running. With the psalmist we, too, can say: "Yea, we have a goodly heritage." Any boy who is not proud of his school's record is not worth his place here. But to be proud of the past is not enough. It is the present that counts. Despite its fifty years, the School is still young; when it reaches its centenary or bi-centenary it will still be young, for the School is those boys it teaches now. On their achievements depends its glory, on their efforts depends its fame. None of us here have the right to bathe in the reflected glory of past generations unless we also add to the lustre ourselves.
On this our fiftieth birthday we must give thanks for what we have been, and for what we are, and apply ourselves with vigour to direct what we shall be.
J. W. D.
We take this opportunity to welcome Mr. K. F. Best, F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., and Mr. D. R. Knapp, B.Sc., A.R.C.S., who joined the staff in September.
During the Summer Term we received the following visitors: Mr. Hickson, Miss Jackson, and Brigadier Greenacre, who lectured on "Architecture," "The R.S.P.C.A.," and "Careers in the Army" respectively.
We acknowledge gratefully all copies of our contemporaries.
The next edition of "The Pharos," the 121st, will appear at the end of next term. All contributions should be handed to the Editors by the end of December.
Mr. J. G. DIXON (Photo)
To write about J. G. Dixon is quite a task, for he is altogether an exceptional character, a man of many parts.
He came to the School in 1937 as a P.T. master, having qualified at Carnegie. With the help of another young man of driving force, he arranged that the boys were thoroughly exercised, and also that the showers were used as they had never been before.
He was an adventurous traveller. He got as far as Moscow, and came back to tell Soviet enthusiasts he didn't think much of the place. He visited Germany and Italy, and in September, 1939, when the staff was recalled for special duty, J. G. Dixon sent a wire from Yugo-Slavia to say he might be a little late.
When the School moved to Wales he was, as the only genuine rolling stone in the place, extremely happy, and received his call-up papers with mixed feelings. He served in the Signals and, having a maths. degree, was commissioned and became quite conventional for a year or two. With the body of a pliant oak tree, he looked rather well in a British "warm" with the usual accessories.
His war journeyings took in North Africa and Italy, after which he entered the service of the Control Commission in Germany. He knew the country well, could speak German and several other languages fluently, and was employed to help re-establish physical education in Germany along something approaching British lines.
This work accomplished, he returned to Dover Grammar School in 1952 to teach maths. and science. He also did a bit of P.T., organised school swimming, and drove cross-country runners through formidable schedules of his own devising.
Now that he has gone, one can view with distant satisfaction the energies now being demanded of the youth of Bembridge. His new school is a small independent school, run on experimental lines. We both hope and believe he will be happy there.
Mr. P. DALE (Photo)
At the end of the Summer Term we had to say good-bye to Mr. P. Dale, who had been with us since September, 1952, and who has now joined the staff of Kimbolton School.
During his comparatively short stay in Dover few boys have failed to feel the impact of his personality on the musical life of the School. He will, no doubt, be best remembered by the members of the Choir, who, guided and inspired by him, have reached a high standard and given great pleasure to us all in their public performances. The members of the School Orchestra, too, will miss him greatly. By encouraging a large number of youngsters to take up an instrument, and to try their hands at the tricky business of playing together, he has laid the foundations of a life-long love of music for many of us. Unfortunately, he will not be here to reap the benefit of his hard work, which we shall enjoy when these same beginners reach the Middle and Upper School.
He has impressed us by his insistence that nothing mediocre or shoddy will do. Even the very venerable members of the Orchestra have been taken to task and have had to mind their sharps and flats.
We do wish him every success in his new post, where we hope he will find full scope for his energy and enterprise.
The following messages of congratulation were received
during the School's celebration of its Golden Jubilee:—
From Mr. J. Arbuthnot, Member of Parliament for Dover.
I do just want to send you a message of greeting on the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Dover Grammar School for Boys. You have a long and proud tradition, and may well congratulate yourselves on your record.
In the years ahead education will assume an ever-growing importance, and it is essential that our standards should be high if we are to keep pace with the needs of modern times.
I am sure that in the future you will acquit yourselves with as much distinction as you have done in the past, and send you my very best wishes. Yours faithfully,
From the Chairman, Kent Education Committee.
I congratulate the School on behalf of the Kent Education Committee, on completing its first fifty years of vigorous life, and wish it at least equal prosperity in the future. Well may you take pride in your reord of academic success, of manly endeavour, and of service to Dover and the country; and well may Dover, in her turn, be proud of you.
From the County Education Officer.
I gladly add my greeting to that of the Chairman of the Kent Education Committee. Many and great changes in the pattern of secondary education have come in the last fifty years, and there will be many in the future; but Dover Grammar School for Boys can look ahead with confidence, conscious at once of maturity and of versatility, to meet the changing needs of those whom it exists to serve.
From the Reverend Canon G. W. Elnor.
My dear School,
I send you my congratulations an reaching your Golden Jubilee. Save for about eight years I am double your age, and have witnessed manifold changes, as you, in your fifty years, have experienced many.
When I came to Dover and was put on to the Committee which acted as your Board of Governors you were housed in the premises in Ladywell. Under the splendid organising ability of Mr. Whitehouse, you went from strength to strength, overflowing first of all, if I remember rightly, into an annexe on Priory Hill, now a part of Dover College. Then on to the fine school in Frith Road, which is the present Grammar School for Girls, where, before leaving, we added another storey.
Still you grew, and the time came to look for a fresh site. The wood yard, now the Pencester Gardens, was considered, but it was concluded to be too small an acreage and to have too wet a subsoil. Finally, your present position was determined upon, in spite of the difficulty of building upon the hill.
At the time there was a great deal of unemployment, and it was thought that the levelling would be a way of utilising the available labour; but, as a matter of fact, when the work came to be done, it was found necessary to execute it mainly by machinery.
There is extant, somewhere, a snapshot of me digging the first sod! Those were the days when the clergy wore top hats, and the photograph shows me wearing one, together with a long ulster, for it was cold weather!
Once started, the work went ahead rapidly, to result in the fine building you now occupy.
May you go on to prosper. You have my love and benediction.
William G. Elnor.
From Mr. A. D. Hewlett, Divisional Education Officer and Clerk to the Governors.
In the administration of education, as in other spheres, these fifty years have seen great changes. The school now fills a proud place in a universal system of secondary education, and by the steadfast pursuit of its ideals has had a significant part in creating that system. Our gratitude is due to generations of staff and boys for the life and growth of the School, which have gone on unperturbed by the varying requirements of Education Acts and committees.
A. D. Hewlett.
From the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Dover, Councillor Captain S. F. Kingsland, J.P.
As Mayor of Dover, I am privileged to have this opportunity of sending on behalf of my fellow townsfolk this message of congratulation and good wishes on the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Dover Grammar School for Boys.
The successful attainments of former scholars holding positions of high responsibility, both at home and in scattered parts of the world, provide evidence of the sound foundation upon which the School was established and has since been maintained.
It is because of such worthy accomplishments that we are able to look back on the past years in a spirit of pardonable pride with much thankfulness, and to face the future years with a firm faith.
May the School continue to be enriched with every blessing.
S. F. Kingsland,
From Sir William Rolfe Nottidge, Chairman of the Kent County Council
I am very interested to hear that the Dover Grammar School for Boys is about to celebrate its Golden Jubilee.
Many years ago, in the reign of Mr. Whitehause, I became connected with the School. Later on, in the absence of Sir Mark Collett, then Chairman of the K.E.C., it was my privilege to preside when Prince George, afterwards the Duke of Kent, came down to open the new buildings. What a gala day that was, and how the Prince and everyone else enjoyed it! During the last war I visited the evacuated School in South Wales, and found everyone, as I expected, making the best of it and getting on with the job.
You are now well entitled to celebrate your Golden Jubilee, because it marks the accomplishment of many years of fine work and play. The County of Kent looks with confidence to Schools like yours to set and maintain our educational standards, and we know that you will do these things.
It is fitting that, looking back over your School's years of achievement, I should say, for the county, "Well done" to the Governors, Headmaster, Boys, Old Boys, and Staff. Your School has a proud record, and will go on from strength to strength in the future. Good fortune go with you and God bless your School.
W. Rolfe Nottidge.
From Mr. F. J. Rhodes, Chairman of the Parents' Association.
Congratulations to the School on attaining its Golden Jubilee. I have the privilege of being associated with the School since 1927, when I attennded Ladywell as a scholar, moving to Frith Road, and later Astor Avenue I have been an Old Boy since 1933, and am now proud to be Chairman of the Parents' Association.
The School has gained many honours, and the six State Scholarships awarded to it on the eve of its Golden Jubilee year are proof of the fine efforts made by the scholars and staff, and both are to be congratulated.
I would urge boys to take advantage of all the opportunities the School offers, and parents to encourage their boys to do so.
Very best wishes to the staff, past and present, and my sincere thanks to the members of the staff who tolerated me for six years. I am proud to be an Old Boy and a parent.
F. J. Rhodes.
From Mrs. R Sandiford, daughter of the former Headmaster. Mr. Whitehouse.
I am happy to send a message of greeting and congratulation to the Headmaster and the School on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee.
As I do so, my feeling is one of deep thankfulness, not only for the preservation of the building throughout the war years, but for the maintenance of the high standards and traditions despite the critical changes which have taken place over the last fifty years.
My father was rightly proud of the School in his day and generation. He would be equally proud of it today, I feel sure, and very specially of the successes and achievements of so many of its Old Boys.
My wish, above all, for the School of the future, is that, being ever mindful of its goodly heritage, it may continue to influence for good all those who will pass through it. Fiat Lux.
From Mr. J. Slater, a Master at the School until recently, and now
President of the Old Pharosians.
My dear School,
In sending my sincere greetings and congratulations to you on your fiftieth birthday, I realise that it is I who must be accounted fortunate in having known you, because of the benefits which, over a long period, you have bestowed upon me.
As I review the years of my acquaintanceship with you I experience mixed feelings, each of which arises from some debt I owe to you; lessons learnt from failures, encouragement from some measure of success, but the strongest emotion of all is gratitude for friendships formed and kindnesses shown. One who, for a while, was a master, recently told me that he knew of no Staff Room in which a happier atmosphere prevailed than in yours. Sincerely I agree, for I enjoyed that camaraderie, the memory of which is, I know, something to be treasured. The cooperation of parents, the friendliness of Old Boys, who early acquire the knack of knowing me by the diminutive of my first name (a sure sign of amiable respect), the personal interest of Governors and officials—these were, and still are, real gifts from you, the School.
Warm thanks, then, for the past, hearty greetings for the present, and, for the future, sincerest wishes for your continued prosperity.
I am, dear School,
Yours most gratefully,
From the Rev. A. Stanley Cooper, Chairman of the Governors.
The first record of a school in Dover is in the minutes of the Common Council of 20th March, 1616. The Mayor and Jurats made an arrangement with their Chaplain, the Minister of St. Mary's Church, that his curate should act as schoolmaster to teach six poor children of the town in the Old Court Hall, where he also "had a chamber there to lodge."
From that small beginning a school would seem to have been held in the Court Hall, or near by, until the Dover Charity School was founded in Queen Street in 1789. In 1820 this school removed to a new building on the other side of Queen Street, with room for 200 boys and 200 girls, big enough to serve the whole town. This in turn became the National School, in 1870, and within living memory the fees in this school were 6d. a week for the Upper School and 1d. a week for the Lower School, the fees in the Lower School being returned at the end of a year as a bonus for a full attendance.
With the Education Act of 1902, and the growth of many other schools in Dover, the pattern of education changed, so that in 1905, when the Dover County Grammar School for Boys began, in effect, it inherited this long tradition, and became the Town School. As at the beginning, the Mayor of Dover, together with representatives of the Town Council, have always taken their place on the Board of Governors, while for the greater part of this century two Vicars of St. Mary's have been privileged to serve the School as Chairman of Governors.
So, through fifty years and in various buildings, generations of boys of Dover and district have been educated in our School, have in turn helped to build its fine tradition, to win its successes, and then have gone out to serve as citizens of Dover, and of the world, to be known and noted as Old Boys of Dover Grammar School for Boys. How well they have carried themselves in peace and war!
The School owes an immense debt to its two Headmasters, and to the many members of staff who have given long years of service, and, in a measure, to Governors, parents and townspeople.
We know that this spirit will continue, that the boys will strive to maintain and enhance the traditions of the past, in character, work, and service. We look back with thankfulness to what the School has done in the past fifty years. We look forward with confidence to what it will yet do in the future.
THE GROWTH OF THE SCHOOL
The following account of the development of the School has been compiled largely from the reminiscences of two former pupils, Mrs. Turnpenny, and Mr. Clout, and three masters, Mr. Tomlinson, Mr. Darby, and Mr. Baxter (the last of whom is still teaching at the School.)
Dover Grammar School itself was not instituted until 1905, but there had been a Dover Municipal Secondary School since September, 1900. This latter school was housed in the School of Art, Ladywell—now the Technical College—and the Headmaster, Mr. W. H. East, combined the post of Principal of the School of Art with the headship of the new secondary school. Numbers were so small during the first term (13 in all; 10 boys and three girls) that only one master was occupied at a time, but new pupils arrived constantly and eventually were arranged as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students, until in 1904 the School had between 60 and 80 pupils.
The daily routine consisted first of Assembly and Prayers, after which the various classes dispersed to any room the School of Arts did not require. There was, in fact, plenty of space, for the School of Art consisted of only about half-a-dozen people during the daytime, but efforts at sport were more difficult. Football and hockey were attempted, and cricket was started, as well as a little P.T. instruction.
Under the 1902 Education Act, however, the county become responsible for secondary education, and soon there was talk of a County School in Dover. By this time, too, a Pupil Teachers' Training Centre had been opened in Ladywell, under a Mr. F. Whitehouse, M.A., whilst a private girls' school had been started by a Miss Chapman in a building on Priory Hill. In 1905 the County Authority, having appointed Mr. Whitehouse as Headmaster of the new County School for Boys and Girls, took over the premises in Ladywell and on Priory Hill. Miss Chapman was to take charge of the girls' department.
At the School's formation there were about 40 boys and a rather smaller number of girls. They had to manage, of course, without much that is a commonplace to-day (there was, for instance, no uniform), but all the time a school spirit was growing. Work was directed first of all towards the Junior Oxford Local Examination, which was not much more than a test of progress; then, two years later, came the Oxford Senior, which may have exempted from Matriculation. Any girls who wanted to pursue their studies further had to continue at the Boys' School in a co-educational Sixth Form, which was sub-divided into VI A and VI B. "A" went on to Matriculation and Civil Service Entry, while "B" worked for the Certificate that admitted to Training Colleges for Teachers.
In 1910 two entirely separate schools, a boys' and a girls', were formed, although those girls already at the Boys' School were allowed to finish their course. There was also a Junior School on Priory Hill.
Difficulties of accommodation were by now beginning to be felt. The Boys' School had increased in numbers to about 150 pupils, and some rooms behind the Town Hall had been brought into use. The book store and staff room were there, and one classroom, appropriately named the dungeon; but more space still was needed. Soon, therefore, plans were in hand for the Frith Road building, now, with additions and adaptations, the Girls' Grammar School.
During the 1914-18 war nearly all the staff joined the Forces at one time or another. Substitutes came and went, and often the School was short staffed. For a number of short periods there was only one teacher at the Junior School, with four classes in four separate rooms, and by the end of the war ladies had replaced almost all the men. In 1916 the Frith Road School was completed, and 250 boys moved in, the Junior School moving at the same time into the Ladywell building.
During the early days of the war the School Cadet Corps had first appeared, and it has continued through the second war to the present time, when National Service gives the Combined Cadet Force, as it is now known, special significance. The war, with the move to Frith Road, also gave the School its own playing field for the first time. Previously matches had been played at Crabble or the Danes. In those early days the School team used to meet the crews of the drifters in the harbour and most of the garrison teams, and rarely lost by more than the odd goal.
Not all the staff returned from the war, but soon the School was back to normal routine. All the ladies left as the men came back, all except Miss Rookwood, who stayed for the next 30 years in charge of the Preparatory Form.
And so the School settled down—but this arrangement did not last long, for numbers grew so fast that the K.E.C. decided that the girls should take over Frith Road and that a new school should be built for us on the top of Whinless Down—playing fields being hewn out of the chalk. Building began in 1929, and to the buildings and grounds provided by Kent Education Committee valuable additions were made by the generosity of Mr. Hugh Leney, whose name remains in the field always known as "Leney's." The new building was formally opened by H.R.H. Prince George in 1931.
In 1936 Mr. Whitehouse retired, and was succeeded as Headmaster by Mr. J. C. Booth, M.A., who had charge of the School and the "Prep-Trans." department, as the Junior School was called, until such departments were abolished by the Education Act of 1944.
By the outbreak of the second world war in 1939 numbers had risen to approximately 460 boys, but they inevitably fell away then. From September, 1939, to the beginning of June, 1940, the School remained in Dover, though attendance had to be staggered to fit in with the provision of air raid shelters. The German advance on the Channel ports, however, caused the School's evacuation to Ebbw Vale, in South Wales. Here the School began on a part-time basis, sharing premises with the Ebbw Vale Grammar School. Later separate buildings were obtained and the School was staffed once again with lady teachers and masters who had come out of retirement. 318 boys had gone away, and when the School returned in December, 1944, it consisted of 230 boys. The buildings had been occupied by the W.R.N.S., who had looked after them most carefully, and, fortunately, no war damage had been sustained. Although the old Prep. Department was no longer possible under the terms of the new Education Act, numbers soon returned to normal, and there are now about 500 boys. By subscriptions from Old Boys and parents, a pavilion has recently been raised on the cricket field to commemorate the 70 Old Pharosians who gave their lives in the war.
So masters come and go, staying for a short time or for a service of over thirty years: generations of boys succeed one another, passing on to the professions, the Services, industry, and commerce. Each master and each boy gives and takes from the stream of the School's life. If the winning of six State Scholarships in its Jubilee year be any indication, the stream is flowing well.
ECHOES FROM THE PAST
Compiled by I. W. Dilnot
"Please don't sit at home at ease and criticise the magazine, but
either bear with it or mend it."—Dr. Coopland's editorial of the first "Pharos," 1908.
Letter to the Editor, 1908 (when the School was mixed).
I think one of the great difficulties in the way of "The Pharos" is that it will have to be run almost entirely by the Girls' School. Can you imagine boys writing magazine articles? The idea is absurd.
This waited four years for a reply:—
"If males do write decent stories, females don't appreciate them."
"On the first number of "The Pharos" the loss was £1 19s. 0d."
"Next term (Autumn, 1909) a substantial cooked dinner will be provided for all students, boys and girls, who find it necessary to stay. The charge per day will be about 6d., but in any case as near cost price as possible."
A letter dated "8th November, 1909," to Mr. G. D. Thomas, the
Scoutmaster of the School Troop:—
I want to send you one line just to say how pleased I am at the report which my Commissioner gives me of your troop of Boy Scouts. I am delighted to hear of the good work you have been doing with them, and I hope you will go on with continued success.
With best wishes, etc.,
Cricket Season, 1909.
"Our first game with them (Duke of York's School) ended rather abruptly. The late Hon. C. S. Rolls had come out on his flying machine, and as he was attracting rather more attention than the cricket we left our bats and proceeded to his shed just in time to join in the cheers of the excited crowd as he landed successfully."
The following poem appears twice—once in 1910, signed "B," and once in 1924, signed "O.G.S." I suspect the poet was the former.
March, 1911.—"The Upper School Library starts a new stage in its career this week with 58 volumes."
Sports Day, 1911.—"In the first race (the obstacle race) the tarpaulin proved the greatest difficulty, and competitors emerged breathless, dusty, and with bleeding knees and arms."
"The Rivals," Christmas, 1913.—Things observed:—
"That the actor who completely forgot his part in the middle of one scene, but saved the situation by saying 'Good-bye, Jack!' and immediately leaving the stage, possessed more presence of mind than memory."
1914-15 Correspondence (this has a modern ring!):—
I take the liberty, in writing this letter, to express the views of many members of the School with the hope that present conditions may see a speedy amendment. I have heard from many reliable sources that the censorship exerted over contributions to this magazine has been sufficiently strict to impair seriously the quality and sense of many articles, and I consider that it warrants a very mild protest. I am quite sure that not only would the authors of articles be gratified if this censorship were to be relaxed to a certain extent, but readers themselves would prefer the real work of the author. This amendment, if carried out, would, I feel sure, cause much encouragement to the contributors. Trusting that this plea may not be overlooked by you, I remain, etc.,
1915.—" The Cadet Corps. The arrangements for this Corps are now practically completed . . . As soon as the uniforms arrive, drills will commence, once a week at first, together with an occasional route march on Saturday."
Sports Day, 1916.—The Mile. Time, 5 mins. 37 2-10 secs. Mr. Pascall's comment: "Most of the entrants finished over the tape, and in a very good condition."
1916.—"On Dit. That no member of the staff got married last year." Apparently strange.
December, 1918.—"The Kaiser's Lament" (parody of a popular song):
|I want you my Hun-ny, yes I do,
You promised me you'd always be sol true,
My moustache is drooping sadly
But would stand erect so gladly I
If only I could journey back to you.
I left you in a hurry, Hun-ny dear.
And much against my will, I greatly fear;
If I'd gone five years before
There would not have been a war
And you'd perhaps have mourned me with a tear.
1919.—"It has been decided to alter the names of the Houses, so that they will represent the districts in which the boys live. For the benefit of Old Boys, we given the new names together with the old:—
Costelloe's (Dark Blue)—Buckland.
Chase's (Light Blue)—Town.
1920.—"Copies of the current issue of "The Pharos" may be obtained from the Editor, price 9d.
1922. Dramatic Society.—"This term the first performance was given, and, if 'Pyramus and Thisbe' was representative of the work being done by the Society, the latter is evidently a most valuable department of school life."
July, 1922.—"Reference is made here to Chas. B. Baldwin taking his Degree at Oxford, because he is the first Dover County School boy to do so."
Mr. Whitehouse, on "Homework":—
"The investigation with regard to the homework in Form II has brought to light most interesting information. The general conclusion is that, as at present arranged, the homework is not excessive. Few boys complain, either of the difficulty of the homework or the time required. Few parents observe signs of fatigue. . . eleven hours sleep is necessary for a boy aged 12-13 if he is to be alert at morning school."
The 21st birthday of the School was celebrated in 1926. The following acrostic tribute was paid to Mr. Whitehouse:—
Friend of full thirteen hundred boys,
Echo from the 1929 Cadet Camp:—
"One officer and at least one sergeant always seemed to expect something from the postman."
1931 saw the opening of the present School buildings. R. C. Simmonds, of VI Commerce, wrote the following "Appreciation of the New School."
Cold, stark, and bare:
Not soft or carpeted
As when you go to bed,
But iron-railed, made of stone,
The sort of stair that makes you groan.
Just try to mount the Tower
As the clock strikes the hour
When you should be in class,
And the "Pre." WON'T let you pass.
Appreciation!—well you said it:
Yes, Sir I and new you'll get it,
And my word you won't forget it.
Or if you do they'll seen remind you—
They'll be in front, they'll be behind you,
And (especially when you're late)
You, too, will soon appreciate
P. Ewer (Form IIA) travelled with a school party to London in July, 1934. He writes: “The first thing that impressed me was the difference in atmosphere. The difference between the clean, pure air of Dover and the heavy, sordid air of London must have been very noticeable to most of the boys.”
Two years later B. Bilby (4b.) praises his salvation (and, I venture, o+ften ours) in a poem entitled “Break.”
|Through all our labour,
Our one great Saviour
The glimmer of hope
while studying “Pope”
O’er “Scott “ heads are bent,
But minds are intent
The only salvation
From Latin translation
In French dictation,
Our friend in need
After 31 years of stalwart service, Mr. Fred Whitehouse, M.A., the first Headmaster, retired in 1936 to make way for “a fellow Midlander, Oxonian, and historian,” Mr. J. C. Booth, M.A. Miss Rookwood has this tribute to pay to F.W.
|The School you made, built stone by stone, inspired
With your own vigorous Christian character,
Stands as a lasting tribute to your name.
Forty years on, the boys of future years
Will hear your name, an echo from the past.
A name remembered, honoured, praised, and loved.
Fourteen years later, at the unveiling of the Memorial Plaque to Mr. Whitehouse, the present Head added his own tribute to his predecessor:—
“I do not hesitate to say that Mr. Whitehouse has made the School.”
War was declared in 1939. D. Smith, of U.III, had a legitimate lament to dedicate to Mr. Baxter:—
|One day, a good two years ago,
You gave me a name for our French, you know.
It was then, I thought, as good as the rest.
But now, I know, it’s not of the best.
Adolf(e) was the name which long I knew,
But of late it’s simply turned me blue;
Now by petition—good for me
My name is instead just plain Denis.
The School evacuated to Ebbw Vale, and from 1940-45 the magazine was printed in exile. Some editions were done by hand, others were printed by “Grigg, Typo, Dover,” and forwarded, but each recorded more and more Old Boys who had been killed on active service, 70 by 1945. The Head notes, however, that “One invariable feature of the Summer Term has been almost unaffected—the Higher and School Certificate examinations. Only an earthquake could stop them.”
May, 1941 (Wales).—” Members of the VI Form and certain members of the staff of both schools have done great service in fire-watching at the School. Since the official regulations made it compulsory, a constant watch of a master and two boys has been kept from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in two shifts.”
The School returned home. “The W.R.N.S.,” writes Mr. Baxter, “have, if possible, gone up in our estimation. It was a kind thought of ‘Brenda’ and ‘Joyce’ and others to leave a message on the board in the Geography Room. ‘Welcome home! Nice school, nice boys!'" Mr. Baxter shrewdly adds: “Some of the seniors are regretting the absence of surnames, I believe.”
To their horror, the Prefects discovered that “the old prefects’ room had been converted into an Ablution Room.”
In 1947 U.IV, under the supervision of Mr. Marriott, visited the “Britain Can Make It” Exhibition. After seeing the exhibition, they put on record that they “sampled choc-ices"—an apparent novelty.
“W.S.M.,” with apologies to John Masefield, parodies “Cargoes” at the expense of Deal boys.
|Battered East Kent road car, with an oil-clogged engine,
Chugging into Dover in the autumn days,
With a cargo of rough-necks, corner thugs, ruffians,
Fifth Formers, Sixth Formers, and formless strays.
Stately East Kent road car, with its silver gleaming windows,
Speeding up Tower Hamlets in the autumn days,
With a cargo of schoolboys, studious, courteous,
Gentlemen and sportsmen, boys with helpful ways.
A fitting close to these echoes may be found in the words of a recent Second Former, A. Hibbert:—
THE SCHOOL ON THE HILL
Lofty buildings, castled walls,
J. C. Booth. Esq.. M.A.
|T. E. Archer, Esq., M.A.||W. G. King, Esq., B.Sc. (Econ.), B. Cam.|
|W. W. Baxter, Esq., M.A.||D. R. Knapp, Esq., B.Sc., A.R.C.S.|
|K. F. Best, Esq., F.R.C.O.. A.R.C.M.||E. C. Large, Esq., Dip. of Loughborough College.|
|A. E. Coulson, Esq., B.Sc., A.R.C.S.||W. E. Lister, Esq., B.A.|
|A. A. Coveney, Esq., City and Guilds of London Inst.||J. P. Marriott, Esq., B.A.|
|J. A. Cowell, Esq., B.Sc.||R. W. Murphy, Esq., M.A.|
|B. W. Denham, Esq., B.Sc.||R. H. Payne, Esq., B.D.|
|G. Dixon, Esq., B.A.||C. Rowlands, Esq., Art Teachers’ Cert.|
|A. O. Elliott, Esq., Dip. of Carnegie Coll.||K. H. Ruffell, Esq., B.A.|
|N. S. Horne, Esq., B.A.||F. G. Smith, Esq., B.A.|
|O. Hull. Esq., M.A.||T. S. Walker; Esq., B.Sc.|
|W. H. Jacques, Esq., M.A.||F. T. Walton, Esq., B.A.|
|F. L. Kendall, Esq., M.A.||R. N. Woollett, Esq., B.A.|
Mrs. W. Bailey, Miss M Peck
Mr. N. Mooreroft
Mrs. E. M. King
Mr. Foad. Mr. Hobbs
Mr. Pritchard, Mr. Goldfinch
|Upper VI Science:|
|A. R. Adams,||R. Bolton,||J. P. Bowles,||B. D. Crush,|
|D. P. Dawkins,||A. W. Gardiner,||P. W. Graves,||T. Lang,|
|P. J. Marjoram,||K. Marsh,||R. J. Richards,||W. T. Sholl,|
|C. A. Skinner,||P. M. Tweddell,||B. H. Wicks.|
|Lover VI Science:|
|A. Cameron,||D. Constable,||J. B. Cook,||P. G. Dalton,|
|A. D. Duncan,||P. R. Edwards,||S. J. Garrow,||M. D. Harvey,|
|L. Lees,||M. G. McDonnell.||M. J. Marjoram,||M. Northcutt,|
|D. H. Redman,||A. F. Rhodes,||E. F. I. Roberts.||N. Sanders.|
|B. J. Sherwood,||D. R. Shinkfield,||G. C. Soden,||R. Southern,|
|J. W. Ward.|
|B. A. Davidson,||A. G. Goldsmith,||G. F. Long,||P. F. Godden,|
|W. Johnson,||J. T. Stone,||P. B. J. Taylor,||B. J. E. Wilson.|
|Upper VI Arts:|
|C. M. Bailey,||J. R. Booth,||J. R. Dedman,||B. J. Dowle,|
|K. W. G. Hannaford,||J. W. G. Hogbin,||D. A. Jackson,||G. A. Laslett,|
|J. F. Mummery,||B. Sanders,||P. J. Wyatt.|
|Lower VI Arts:|
|J. R. Buss,||R. D. Forsyth,||G. W. A. Graves,||L. M. Jones,|
|B. M. Sarjeant.|
|G. R. Chawner,||P. Clay,||C. H. Clark,||M. A. Collins,|
|B. J. Condon,||M. Conyers,||R. H. Cuff,||C. J. Dixon,|
|M. J. Finnis,||F. B. Fuggle,||M. J. Greenstreet,||W. R. Haines,|
|B. R. Hopper,||J. F. Horton,||B. R. Hyland,||A. G. Jones,|
|M. Keeler,||A. J. McCaig,||G. M. Meakin,||D. G. Orgill,|
|M. J. Pearce,||R. S. Scanes,||B. E. Sherwood,||J. W. Skelton,|
|P. C. Sutton,||D. J. Tibbles,||A. B. Veness,||E. T. Walder,|
|M. J. Williams.|
|A. Abrey,||B. F. W. Ballard,||G. Bayford,||D. Bevan,|
|J. C. G. Binfield,||R. G. Booth,||W. D. Brady,||P. W. Coombs,|
|I. J. Crouch,||J. A. Dadd,||K. Dixon,||P. A. Godden,|
|J. Goodban,||I. R. Hopper,||P. S. Johnson,||G. A. Marjoram,|
|J. F. Marsh,||B. S. Mason,||M. Morris,||I. Murton,|
|J. W. Newell,||S. A. Osborn,||P. Raweliffe,||D. E. Relf,|
|W. P. Shephard,||R. H. D. Strank,||L. W. R. Triggs,||C. C. Turner,|
|R. V. Webb.|
|A. Abbott,||R. L. Barnes,||M. Beal,||I. G. Betts,|
|D. J. Boddy,||J. Brown,||A. H. Burnett,||C. J. Harman,|
|J. Hawkins-Moseling,||A. P. Hibbert,||L. Holman,||R. A. Hopper,|
|C. G. Little,||G. R. Locks,||C. J. Mackie,||M. W. A. Moore,|
|J. P. Mousdale,||A. M. Muskett,||B. R. Nicholson,||R. I. Oxford,|
|M. T. Rabjohns.||B. Robinson,||L. M. Rogers,||R. E. S. Smith.|
|C. J. Wilson,||j. E. Woodcock.|
|J. P. Allingham,||J. Atkins,||A. C. Bailey,||C. H. Belsham,|
|E. J. Clements,||M. F. Foran,||T. P. Girvan,||B. Harrisson,|
|D. Hudson,||E. J. L. Jones,||R. G. Jones,||B. R. Mummery,|
|D. A. Oatridge,||M. A. Pique,||B. A. Shilson,||M. J. Skinner,|
|E. Theobald,||L. E. Thompson,||J. W. Varney,||R. C. White,|
|B. S. Williams,||D. F. Young.|
|L. J. Aspinall,||I. A. Batt,||P. M. Burgess,||J. Burkinsher,|
|G. J. Catt,||P. J. Chatfield,||D. J. Clipsham,||A. D. Fordam,|
|F. J. Friend,||C. J. Gillie,||P. G. Haydon,||I. G. Hopper,|
|M. R. H. Horsfield,||D. H. Johnson,||L. A. Lock,||C. A. Lord,|
|R. C. Mansey,||A. S. Miller,||G. Murrell,||P. W. Smithen,|
|R. W. Taylor,||M. N. Thacker,||D. J. Todhunter,||A. J. Wellard,|
|D. R. Wellard,||R. D. Wright,||M. F. Hutt.|
|M. A. Bursby,||D. Connor,||H. L. Crouch,||D. D. Da Costa,|
|R. Dearden,||V. A. G. Dight,||K. A. Finnis,||R. M. Gerry,|
|J. A. Goldsack,||M. J. Grieves,||G. W. Groombridge,||D. W. Hopkins,|
|R. S. Hopkins,||B. R. Hopper,||R. F. Jarvest,||D. Langston,|
|W. F. Maddison,||J. M. Matthews,||R. S. Owen,||E. R. Pepper,|
|J. A. Prickett,||M. Roud,||J. D. Rowlands,||B. W. Scotcher,|
|T. J. Synnott,||J. D. Woolmore.|
|C. P. Ashby,||A. J. Baker,||D. J. Barnett,||B. J. Clark,|
|J. C. Coles,||G. C. Dobbs,||J. Golding,||M. G. Goodwin,|
|W. J. Hayward,||C. F. Jackson,||E. F. Johnson,||J. Leonard,|
|J. E. Longden,||R. E. R. Minter,||A. P. W. Periton,||D. W. Pilgrim,|
|F. A. Prue,||L. J. Redknap,||T. A. M. Reynolds,||E. M. Satterley,|
|R. J. Spooner,||A. Summers,||R. W. Vesey,||B. D. Ward,|
|R. E. Willis,||J. Yarwood.|
|K. Ayling,||G. P. Ayres,||J. Bayford,||D. E. Beer,|
|M. W. Bryan,||R. G. Clark,||J. D. Cox,||D. Diggens,|
|A. Dignan,||J. E. Fagg,||D. Friend,||M. Graham,|
|P. A. Green,||M. F. Hendy,||J. T. Husk,||K. W. Jarvis,|
|K. J. W. Keen,||R. A. Kitchen,||W. Knowles,||D. K. Marriott,|
|P. Piddock,||B. Reid,||D. Stubbs,||N. A. Thacker,|
|D. R. Thompson,||R. G. Thorp.|
|A. R. Adams,||A. R. Bailey,||W. F. Bernard,||W. F. Bloomfield,|
|M. Bott,||M. F. Burnap,||W. J. Cage,||E. J. T. Clark,|
|R. F. Constable,||B. W. Cook,||J. Corry,||G. H. R. Cranham,|
|P. G. Croskerry,||B. Dudley,||D. J. Farrier,||C. J. Fricker,|
|C. E. Glover,||R. J. Groves,||J. C. E. Hall,||B. Hotham,|
|R. G. Johnson,||R. Packham,||S. W. M. Padfield,||D. C. Parsons,|
|M. J. Pettet,||A. G. Robinson,||B. H. Steer,||B. J. Stevens,|
|M. J. Stocks,||D. C. F. Stuart.|
|S. D. Bell,||A. D. Biss,||G. H. Corby,||A. R. Doel,|
|R. R. Fagg,||G. E. Fowle,||M. O. Grant,||C. C. P. Hall,|
|W. R. Hambidge,||V. A. Lewis,||D. C. McDonald,||M. McManus,|
|G. F. Pickard,||M. J. Pierce,||L. J. Sewell,||A. T. J. Shepherd,|
|G. W. Smith,||J. A. J. Smith,||R. Stroud,||K. Swinherd,|
|K. J. Williams,||J. H. Wratten.|
|P. G. Bell,||D. J. B. Brennan,||J. L. Bromley,||J. Duffy,|
|P. S. Dunn,||A. S. Eekhout,||G. Fennell,||I. Fitzsimmons,|
|R. Graves,||M. S. Harrow,||M. J. Hopper,||M. J. Hudsmith,|
|K. W. Hunt,||P. S. Hurrell,||W. K. Hutchison,||P. G. Johnson,|
|J. E. M. Jones,||P. J. Kennedy,||M. W. King,||R. C. May,|
|P. D. T. Muskett,||R. W. Page,||R. Robinson,||P. J. Smith,|
|R. D. Thomas,||R. A. Tutt,||R. D. H. Wheeler,||S. R. D. Wilson,|
|A. A. Woollaston.|
|B. P. Abate,||A. C. Abrahams,||E. C. Beer,||B. H. Bevan,|
|J. P. Burke,||P. J. Burke,||S. M. Dean,||P. J. Fouet,|
|J. D. Gardner,||J. D. Gerrard,||K. Gill,||D. J. Godden,|
|D. R. Godden,||C. Graves,||J. R. Greer,||D. J. Greig,|
|R. Howard,||C. W. Lewis,||N. L. Murr,||M. J. Oliver,|
|K. Osborne,||T. R. Pitcairn,||D. J. Rees,||S. D. Riley,|
|D. J. W. Ross,||J. Tanton,||K. Williams,||K. C. Woods,|
|I. F. Wyborn.|
|G. P. Alvey,||T. G. Appleton,||G. C. Beardsell,||A. J. Forsyth,|
|A. C. F. Futcher,||B. A. Gammon,||J. M. Gibb,||P. J. Gillingham,|
|M. H. Gubbins,||R. Hartley,||F. R. Johnson,||L. H. Knight,|
|B. W. Lamoon,||R. V. Lewry,||J. W. Ludlam,||R. T. Mann,|
|J. R. Martin,||N. O’Brien,||P. J. Pennington,||A. H. Pepper,|
|P. G. Roberts,||A. Sencicle,||B. W. F. Sheppard,||C. B. C. Taylor,|
|O White,||C. Williams.|
|R. Binge,||W. C. Bonnage,||D. Burkimsher,||B. D. Camfield,|
|D. Conyers,||J. M. Cooper,||S. J. Cowans,||D. E. Da Costa,|
|M. J. Dixon,||W. A. Fittall,||C. W. Gregson,||P. N. J. Grice,|
|M. R. Grigsby,||M. G. Harvey,||G. F. Henson,||D. B. Hills,|
|K. E. Hopper,||M. Houlton,||F. W. Jenkins,||J. E. K. Jones,|
|B. F. McConnell,||S. I. McPherson,||M. A. Morris,||J. Pearson,|
|D. N. Pettet,||J. W. Philpott,||M. J. Pinches,||M. S. Redman,|
|P. E. Relf,||A. F. Walton,||S. A. Willcocks,||M. J. Woodruff,|
|A. J. Hutt.|
|B. R. Aitken,||B. M. Beardsell,||A. C. Bing,||C. J. Boys,|
|A. N. Bushell,||B. D. Cairns,||J. C. Cairns,||J. A. Castle,|
|D. Collins,||N. J. Cooper,||D. H. Fairclough,||W. J. Glanville,|
|C. J. Goldsmith,||J. T. Hannaford,||D. M. Harvey,||C. S. Horton,|
|R. D. Hosier,||C. W. Howland,||L. T. Ingle,||K. J. Jones,|
|L. R. H. Kettle,||J. A. Kinnaird,||R. J. Langley,||T. H. Manton,|
|M. Murray,||C. R. Mylecreest,||W. Nadin,||A. K. Perkins,|
|B. Pope,||K. Shinfield,||G. L. A. Smith,||D. A. Wilkins.|
|S. J. Allerton,||R. L. Alltimes,||J. R. Beer,||P. F. Bostock,|
|L. C. Botten,||H. Bruton,||C. F. Clements,||M. Dudfield,|
|R. C. Eade,||S. C. Franks,||T. I. Goodfellow,||A. F. Gordon,|
|A. J. Govier,||R. Graham,||P. R. Grilli,||J. E. Hart,|
|N. F. Hill,||R. C. Hill,||P. J. Hodgkinson,||A. F. Holman,|
|R. A. Jones,||R. D. Kingsnorth,||P. J. Loader,||V. S. Lott,|
|M. R. Nice,||D. M. Surrock,||M. J. Smith,||M. F. Stewart- Young,|
|D. L. White,||D. J. White,||R. P. Wilkinson,||F. Wright.|
It stood on the crest of the down. Silhouetted against the dying embers of the day’s sun it stood, a black gigantic monster with arms flung towards the heavens as if to grasp the small fleeting cotton-woolish clouds. As I approached the monster I could make out a black opening in the rotund belly, the door. At least it was a door in ages past, but since the mill was abandoned the village lads had taken the stout Arden-ash door for a raft on the river.
As I entered an over-powering smell of damp sacks, rats, mouldy flour, and disuse wafted towards me as if to welcome the rare visitor from the world of life to its world of death. There, in the black still recesses of the mill, a chink of pale light penetrated the decaying boarded walls, casting fantastic ghoulish shapes on the dust-covered floor. Above the doorway was one very small, semi-transparent window, with cobweb curtains. From this window was cast a fast darkening square of light, criss-crossed with frames and cobwebs.
It was not these inanimate shoddy objects which caught my nervous eye, however, but something very animate. A man’s finger. It was a very thin finger, still one moment and twitching the next.
A cold finger-like shudder crept down my back. "Turn and run, turn and run," said a voice deep inside me.
"No, no, you stay and look," answered another, equally deep inside.
At last my curiosity became too great for me, and with trembling hands I lit a match. I held my breath. Where was it? There it was, the thin twitching claw-like finger.
Then laughter burst into the silence, as the finger fast disappeared, attached to the back of a big brown rat.
J. P. MOUSDALE, M.IV.
CRICKET AT MUDDLETON
Where the North Downs were crossed by the River Muddle lay the sedate little village of Muddleton. It was a hot Sunday in July, and bees were buzzing through the calm, still air. The church clock struck two. Down through the trees the village team trooped on to the cricket field. They were entertaining their deadly rivals, Slowcombe Cricket Club, and the entire population of the village (all one hundred and one of them) who had congregated at the field, awoke from naps, looked up from knitting, dropped novels, and were generally aroused at this appearance. Excitement mounted as the coin spun in the air, and Slowcombe, winning the toss, decided to bat.
The opening pair took their places, and the first man took guard. Squire Lawson's son, Muddleton's captain, threw the ball to young George, the cow-hand at Muddleton Farm. With quick paces he strode into the knee-deep outfield to make his run. Gritting his teeth, he ploughed into the long grass, gradually gathering speed as he approached the wicket. The ball fizzed down, hit a bump, and rose several feet above the batsman's head. Behind the stumps the Reverend Wilbur Snodgrass, who was not particularly agile at the best of occasions, being almost as many inches round the waist as he was tall, leapt into the air, only to find that the ball had already rocketed past. The batsman nonchalantly stood his ground, unaware that the ball had gone by until a resounding crash heralded its arrival at the white-washed barn that served as a sight-screen. Four balls passed. Crunch! The next ball carried away the unsuspecting batsman's middle stump and deposited it six feet behind the wicket.
From the farm end, the next over was bowled by Gerald Lawson himself. Slowly swinging in to the wicket, his left arm flashed over, and the ball, zooming down the pitch, was snicked through the slips for a single. After an hour's play the score read 40 for 7, and the doctor, Steven Massey, bowled to the Slowcombe undertaker. A slow off-break resulted, and the batsman jumped out to drive. Crack! The ball rose in a steady arc, then suddenly dropped with a splintering crash into the Rectory cucumber frame. Six runs. The undertaker flashed at the next ball, and missed. The Rev. Wilbur Snodgrass, bent on revenge, savagely smashed the ball into the stumps, appealing loudly to the umpire, a perspiring, red-faced old gentleman, whose portly appearance was not improved by several sweaters knotted about his waist and a pile of assorted hats precariously perched upon his head. A gloating smile of satisfaction drifted across his countenance as the umpire raised his finger.
By tea time, Slowcombe were all out for 61, 14 of which had been scored by the wheelwright. There were 4 ducks!
The opening batsmen, the Rev. Snodgrass and Dr. Massey, donned their pads, and marched boldly to the wicket and separated. Dr. Massey took guard, and the smith walked back to his mark. He took another notch in his big leather belt, rolled up his shirt sleeves, and, flexing his iron-bound biceps, toyed for a moment with the ball while the doctor tenderly patted the wicket with his bat. Thundering through the grass, with a pheasant scuttling to safety and the dust rising as he approached the wicket, the smith sent a fast long-hop down the pitch, which the doctor hit firmly for six into the pavilion. The score mounted until, at a quarter to six, it was 50 for 7. The Rev. Snodgrass, 35 not out, was joined by George at the wicket. The undertaker bowled to the Vicar, who found great delight in sending the ball for six into the beer garden of the “Dog and Duck” (which had been unofficially open all the afternoon), sharply surprising an old villager, who promptly shot the contents of his pint jug down the neck of the village gaffer. Six runs to win. The next ball shattered the Vicar’s stumps, and in came the grocer. He was a broad-shouldered hulk of a man, with a monk-like ring of grey hair encircling his shiny bald pate. Moustache twitching, he advanced down the wicket with great audacity, and the ball bounced on the top of his bald head. His unconscious form, carried from the field by the smith and the sexton, was met by shouts of: “It bain’t yer bed time yet, Charlie,” and his score was recorded as “B. W. C. Bloggs, retired hurt, 0.”
Out to the wicket strode Nathaniel Jeremiah Biggins, the baker. Paying as much heed to the ball as if it had been a lump of dough, he drove it straight at the lean, lanky youth at mid-on, who turned a back somersault with a harsh croak as the ball fizzed past. Long-on ran to catch it, but, in his eagerness, strayed over the boundary, tripped, and fell headlong into a vacant deck chair. It promptly closed on his hands, but his shrill screams ceased when the ball cleared the boundary and bounced on the back of his head to win the match for Muddleton and another patient for Dr. Massey.
P. PIDDOCK, U.II.
As I sat fishing by the stream,
K. OSBORNE, M.I.
THE EARL OF WARWICK
Warwick, the “Kingmaker,” so we say,
K. JARVIS, U.II.
UNCLE HARRY COMES TO STAY
But when Uncle Harry came to stay with us everything was changed. I was gently removed from my own room and Dunlopillo mattress, and deposited, with a bump, in my sister’s bedroom on a mattress which, by comparison, felt like squashed tin cans. Then absolute quiet was enforced. No doors were to be banged, and no rushing up and down stairs was allowed. No more gymnastics on the bed, and “Get up very quietly, won’t you, dear?” At dinner time mother said: “Now remember, dear, stand up when Uncle comes into the room.” When Uncle came in I forgot to stand! Uncle stared at me, until, remembering his manners, he turned to mother, saying: “What a nice boy! Just like his father, isn’t he? “I was fidgeting about on a kitchen chair we thought we had seen the last of years ago! Some months later I reflected that I had been told it would be no strain to be good for a fortnight. But whoever heard of a “fortnight” which had eight week-ends?
G. FENNEL, UI.
As I stood on the top of the lofty keep of the unconquered Dover Castle, a feeling of power ran through my veins, for the Castle dominated the whole town and port. Pictures of Elizabethan houses, horse-drawn carts with wooden wheels, and sailing ships proudly thrusting their spars into the sky, blotted out those of modern flats, fast cars, and white-painted Channel boats. I saw the Castle as a place where people once lived, and died, too—not as just another ancient monument. From where I stood I could hear the French prisoners talking in the great hall below; men-at-arms walked along the battlements, others were drilling in the yard below, while the lords and ladies attended mass in the little church inside the Castle walls.
But when I came back to this present time, and wandered down into the hall, there was no one to greet me. Gone were the prisoners, leaving only names scratched on the fireplace to prove that they were ever there. Now the blackbirds jauntily hopped along the battlements where men ready to defend their King and Crown had once kept watch. Deserted were the church and courtyard; the only noise that prevailed was the moaning of the wind in the tree tops and the rustling of some leaves in a distant corner. I walked quickly across the yard, over the draw-bridge, and out into the noisy world of to-day. But even now, when my mind is troubled, I go to the top of some high point and again live the memories I had on the keep of Dover Castle.
J. M. RABJOHNS, L.V.
WHO RUNS MAY READ
Red-earth tubular chairs seat whispering chatter
D. H. DOBLE, U.VIa.
A VISIT TO LYNMOUTH
In 1953, when visiting North Devon, we stayed in a little village near Axminster, the carpet manufacturing town.
One day we drove over Exmoor to Lynmouth, where, in the previous summer, a disastrous flood had occurred. The road wound down the steep valley, high cliffs on one side and a deep gorge on the other. We stopped at a signpost to Watersmeet, and leaving the car followed a narrow path, with the sound of rushing water growing louder and louder in our ears. Then suddenly we came to the wooden footbridge where Watersmeet, with its waterfalls, could be seen. Here great boulders and the exposed roots of trees high above the normal bed of the river clearly showed the tremendous force of the flood.
Continuing our journey down the valley, we passed several Bailey bridges which had been constructed by the Royal Engineers after the disaster. We then entered Lynmouth, passing houses which had been literally cut in half by the torrent. In the harbour were still to be seen wrecked vehicles, washed there by the flood. The lighthouse itself had been completely washed away.
Reconstruction works were in active progress, and temporary shelters covering stores of cement and other materials occupied sites normally used by holiday traders. Many cars were parked on land previously covered with buildings which had been completely demolished and washed away in the flood.
We met an R.A.C. scout, who told us many exciting and sad stories of that terrible night, including the escape of one of his colleagues, who, awakened just in time by the noise of the water, succeeded in getting his wife and child, all in their night clothes, to safety. He said it had taken his friend six months before he was able to get all the pine needles out of his feet.
G. FENNEL, U.I.
| From the mountains and mists up yonder
I wander down to the sea,
And my friends the other rivulets
Run down the bills with me.
Clear as the air above us
We laugh as we dance on our way,
We ripple our ferny fringes
And happily chatter and play.
Down, ever down, we travel,
G. CRANHAM, M. II.
Flowers are those pretty things
P. S. HURRELL, U.I.
J DADD U.4
A THOUGHT FOR FOOD
We are frequently told nowadays that the world is confronted with many problems, the most publicised of which is that of the control of atomic power. There is one problem, however, which completely dwarfs even the scourge of the hydrogen bomb: that of food. This may surprise you, for your diet is no doubt quite wholesome and adequate. But what of other people? What of Asia? Were you living there you would show no surprise, for an enormous proportion of Asians suffer from extreme malnutrition. A handful of rice a day is a typical diet, leaving a man easy prey to disease—and merely because these things happen only in Asia should be no cause for complacency, for such conditions could easily overtake Europe and America. Indeed, with the population of the world increasing by one per cent, every year and the occupation of farmland by factories and houses, they most certainly will, unless positive steps are taken to prevent them. Surely, since man’s food has remained basically the same since his cave dwelling days, such steps are long overdue.
The recognised fruits, vegetables, and cereals will be useless to the future larger population of the earth, for they are hopelessly inefficient. They furnish food for us by building up proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, using the immense energy of the sun, but under the best farming conditions they use only one half of one per cent; of the available light. Even then, much of this is used in keeping the rather bulky plant alive, and so is wasted from the food point of view. The obvious step to take is, therefore, to abandon these plants and find better ones which produce more nourishment. By a great deal of scientific investigation better plants have been found, and using them it would be possible for Kent and Sussex alone to produce enough food for the whole world. They are no rare and complex species, but simple microscopic water plants called algae, which are found in their millions everywhere.
Not only do they use little energy to remain alive, but they make full use of sunlight, producing large quantities of nutriment, which is available to us. Because of their minute size (they have a diameter of only about a hundredth of a millimetre) these algae can be pumped through pipes, stored in tanks, or filtered out of the water they grow in, being treated, in fact, in exactly the same way as any industrial suspension. They are indeed a very good industrial proposition, for they can be grown under artificial light, and can be fed very cheaply upon sewage. The most suitable species for these processes is called Elborella, and they emerge, after being killed by heating and filtered out, as a dark green paste. This smells like freshly mown grass, and has a distinctive vegetable flavour which is by no means unpleasant. It can, however, be cooked in the same way as recognised vegetables, and can be artificially coloured and flavoured.
Foods produced in this way would be extremely nutritious, and their ease of manufacture is such that there would be ample for all, and hunger would become a thing of the past. In this way, Elborella and similar varieties of algae could solve finally the problem of where our future food supply is to be obtained, and there is every hope that it will.
J. W. WARD, U.V.
The collecting of British butterflies is an interesting hobby to those who are keen on this species of insect. If care is taken, you can have an excellent collection within one summer. The first essential is a net, and this can be made or purchased from a dealer for a few shillings. Many boys I have known have used an old stocking on a bean stick, but this is really too heavy and not suitable for collecting. A kite or balloon net is made in two sizes, and does not need a stick for ordinary work.
For the dispatching of insects a cyanide bottle is often used, and then all that has to be done is to clap the open bottle over the insect while still in the net, and then to draw the gauze over the mouth of the bottle until the bung can be inserted. Cyanide is a deadly poison, however, and no inexperienced person should attempt to charge a cyanide bottle, and it should be noted that chemists are not allowed to supply the poison to unknown customers. A brass bottle can be used for chloroform. When using it the insects should be boxed, and a little chloroform allowed to run into a hole in the top of the box.
The majority of butterflies settle down comfortably in their pillboxes. For field work the best are glass-bottomed, for in these the captive can be examined and, if not wanted, can be set free.
A collecting box is also necessary. It should be made of zinc and lined with cork, which should be kept damp. The water used for this purpose should contain carbolic acid to prevent the formation of mould. When pinning, rustless pins should be used, and the pin should go straight through the thorax. Do not pin specimens with their wing tips touching, for if this is done a jolt or bang will destroy their fragile wings.
Setting, or pinning the wings into position, is the most tedious work the collector will be called upon to perform. Various methods are used, and all are as difficult as each other. Bead-head pins may be used, or bands of transparent paper may take their place.
Finally, I shall say a word about the rearing of butterflies from the egg. The Brimstone and the Orange Tip have eggs which can easily be obtained. The best plan is to catch a few females and enclose them in a cage constructed of a wooden framework covered with muslin. Pieces of damp sugar can be put on the sides of the cage to provide food for the insects. Food for the caterpillars is obtained by putting a few sprigs of the food plant in a pot of water.
I sometimes think that butterflies are really flying flowers. They are as beautiful. Why not study them closely? You might even capture a really rare variety. Kent is a good county for butterflies, for we have some rare visitors from overseas. Why not share my hobby? There is room for us all in the fields and woods on a beautiful summer’s day.
P. J. KENNEDY, U.I.
THE SCHOOL ORGAN
Few schools have the privilege of possessing an organ, and we often tend to forget how fortunate we are in having one of these fine instruments in our School Hall. Most organs are works of art, and ours has been valued at £4,000, although originally it cost about £1,000.
Research on the history of the School organ made interesting reading. It was mentioned many times in back numbers of “The Pharos.” As a result of the coming-of-age of the School, in 1926, the idea of an organ for the new buildings came into being, a fund was opened, and friends of the School were invited to contribute. To boost the fund, a great “School Bazaar” was held on May 21st, 1930, consisting mainly of “an old Dover Street reconstructed in the Maison Dieu Hall,” where members of the staff opened shops of various kinds, which sold, amongst other things, fish, ironmongery, toys, haberdashery, and grocery. Even a soothsayer was present. At a dance which was going on at the same time "the Pharos Dance Band struck up a lively fox trot.” The bazaar was described as “the biggest financial venture on which the school has yet embarked,” and it succeeded in raising at least £400, which was added to the fund, which stood at £600.
The present School buildings were opened in 1931, and during the summer vacation of the following year the well-known organ builders, J. W. Walker and Sons, Ltd., of London, installed the new organ in the Hall. “The simple dignity of its appearance,” coupled with its modern direct electric action, made it “an exquisite combination of modern science and art.” The inaugural recital was given on September 28th, 1932, by the organist of Canterbury Cathedral, Dr. Charlton Palmer, who played, amongst other works, Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor,” and, supported by the School Orchestra, Handel’s “Organ Concerto in F.” Three days later Mr. Willis gave another recital, in which he played Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” and the “Finale of Mendelssohn’s First Sonata,” as well as demonstrating the potentialities of the organ as a substitute for orchestral accompaniment. Since then the organ has been of incalculable value to the School, playing its part in the morning assemblies and giving yeoman service at many other functions. Its installation was the reward of many years of patient effort by all concerned, and it has shown itself to be a great boon to the School’s communal life over the last 20 years.
The organ is a small one, consisting of two manuals, the great and the swell, 24 stops, and an efficient system of couplers and pistons. It has been considered by some people as one of the best small organs in the district. However, it cannot be denied that the organ is not without its faults. On the whole, it has not the power required for a hall the size of the School's, the only stops of any real power being the Open Diapaison and the Trumpet, used with the swell box open, both of which are somewhat lacking in tonal quality. There is little variation of stops, the Salicional rank is poor, and the Bourdon is often at fault.
Nevertheless, a variety of tone and colour can be achieved by means of the excellent coupling system, the ingenious double-touch cancellor, and the modern tab system of stops, preferable by far to the rather cumbersome pull-out stops found at the side of most church organs. The touch is neither too light nor too heavy, but is firm and gives instant response, the great advantage of electric action. Three stops are also worthy of mention: the Trumpet is a beautiful solo stop when used with the swell box closed, the quiet "lieblich gedact" is the most soothing stop, and the "wald flute," probably used more than any other stop, is calm and stately. The concave, fan-like arrangement of the pedals, usually found in English organs, is efficient and light to the touch. The whole console combines dignity with modernity and efficiency, and harmonises well with its surroundings.
The organ is now firmly established as an integral part of the School. In this Jubilee year it is worth while remembering that the organ is near its 25th year. It will continue to play its part for many years to come, and those who pass through the School will always remember that the School Hall is graced by the King of Instruments.
D. H. DOBLE, V.VIa.
GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION, 1955
|ADVANCED LEVEL (Candidates passed in the subjects indicated)|
|G. Barrett||History (with Distinction), Latin (with Distinction), French.|
|J. R. Booth||Geography, History, Latin, French.|
|J. W. Dilnot||English Literature, History, Religious Knowledge.|
|D. H. Doble||English Literature (with Distinction), History (with Distinction), Latin, French.|
|J. E. Ellis||Geography. History.|
|W. K. G. Hannaford||English Literature, Geography, Religious Knowledge.|
|J. W. G. Hogbin||English Literature. History. Religious Knowledge.|
|B. Sanders||English Literature, Geography, History (with Distinction).|
|D. C. Skinner||History, Latin, French.|
|G. A. Treadwell||History.|
|R. A. Callender||Geography, Economic History, Economics.|
|T. D. Heaver||Geography, Economic History, Economics.|
|I. C. Jarvie||Geography, Economic History, Economics.|
|B. M. Newman||Geography, Economic History, Economics.|
|R. J. H. Obree||Geography, Economic History, Economics.|
|R. Bolton||Biology, Art.|
|B. D. Crush||Physics.|
|M. J. Davis||Applied Mathematics, Engineering Drawing.|
|P. W. Graves||Pure Mathematics. Physics, Chemistry.|
|W. Lampkin||Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (with Distinction), Physics.|
|P. E. D. Morgan||Pure Mathematics (with Distinction), Applied Mathematics, Physics (with Distinction), Chemistry (with Distinction).|
|J. E. Newton||Pure Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.|
|B. N. Rogers||Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics.|
On the results of the above examinations the following six boys were awarded
|G. Barrett, D. H. Doble. T. D. Heaver, W. Lampkin, P. E. D. Morgan, J. E. Newton.|
ORDINARY LEVEL (Number of subjects in which the Candidates passed are
indicated in brackets)
|A. R. Adams (1)||P. J. Archibald (1)||R. A. Back (1)|
|M. A. Bates (4)||R. J. P. D. Booth (4)||J. P. Bowles (1)|
|M. Bowles (3)||M. V. Bullen (1)||D. B. Burns (2)|
|J. R. Buss (5)||A. Cameron (5)||P. B. Castle (5)|
|G. R. Chawner (4)||B. J. Condon (1)||D. Constable (6)|
|M. Conyers (3)||J. B. Cook (7)||R. H. Cuff (1)|
|P. G. Dalton (7)||M. J. Davis (1)||D. P. Dawkins (1)|
|S. A. Dolbear (4)||F. Duffy (4)||A. D. Duncan (8)|
|P. R. Edwards (6)||M. J. Finnis (1)||R. D. Forsyth (6)|
|M. G. Friend (3)||F. B. Fuggle (1)||A. W. Gardiner (1)|
|S. J. Garrow (7)||M. L. Gerry (1)||P. F. Godden (4)|
|R. J. Godsmark (2)||G. W. A Graves (4)||M. J. Greenstreet (1)|
|M. D. Harvey (5)||B. R. Hopper (2)||J. F. Horton (3)|
|B. R. Hyland (3)||W. Johnson (7)||A. G. Jones (3)|
|L. M. Jones (6)||M. Keeler (2)||T. Lang (1)|
|L. Lees (7)||A. J. McCaig (2)||M. G. McDonnell (4)|
|M. J. Marjoram (3)||P. J. Marioram (1)||A. E. Marsh (3)|
|G. M. Meakin (4)||N. P. Medgett (1)||A. J. Morgan (1)|
|D. G. Orgill (2)||M. J. Pearce (1)||D. H. Redman (4)|
|A. F. Rhodes (4)||R. J. Richards (1)||E. F. I. Roberts (6)|
|A. V. Rogers (5)||N. Sanders (6)||M. J. Santer (1)|
|B. M. Sargeant (6)||R. S, Scanes (2)||M. J. Sharp (5)|
|B. E. Sherwood (1)||B. J. Sherwood (6)||D. R. Shinkfield (7)|
|J. W. Skelton (2)||C. A. Skinner (1)||G. C. Soden (5)|
|E. Southern (7)||W. A. Standing (1)||J. T. Stone (5)|
|P. C. Sutton (1)||L. Taylor (4)||P. B. J. Taylor (3)|
|M. B. Thorp (6)||D. J. Tibbles (3)||G. A. Treadwell (1)|
|A. B. Veness (1)||E. T. Walder (1)||A. S. Walter (2)|
|J. W. Ward (7)||B. H. Wicks (1)||M. J. Williams (2)|
|B. J. E. Wilson (3)||P. M. Woodhouse (2)|
VISIT TO DINANT—EASTER, 1955
(Picture 1) (Picture 2)
On a fine spring day the School party, headed by four masters, boarded the boat for Ostend. We reached there late in the afternoon. Waiting for us was a million-franc coach, which took us to Blankenberg, where the party stayed for the night.
Very early next morning we resumed our journey, in the same coach, to Dinant. We arrived there in the late afternoon, and after a meal we visited some caves in the nearby cliffs which dominate the Meuse Valley. From the top of these cliffs the party came down, in twos, on the chairlift—quite a frightening experience.
The next day was spent in visits to places of interest in Dinant, including the Citadel. On the following day the coach took us on a circular tour through the beautiful countryside (comparable to that of the Pennines) in and around the Ardennes, and as far south as Bouillon. The party returned late, after a very enjoyable day, marred only by the scattered rain showers.
All the caves that we saw on a later tour cannot be described in detail, but the most impressive were those at Han-sur-Lesse, which were filled with wonderful formations of limestone, similar to those at Cheddar Gorge.
On the return journey to Blankenberg we stopped at Brussels for lunch, at Hekelgem to see the famous pictures made with various coloured sands, and at Ghent, where most of the party visited the Castle of the Counts, but a few of us went to the Cathedral and saw "The Adoration of the Lamb," painted by the brothers Van Eyck in the early fifteenth century.
The night was spent at Blankenberg, where we did some last-minute shopping, and encountered an old friend, Mr. Salter. We set off for Ostend at 8 a.m. next morning. On reaching Dover the party passed easily through the Customs, with the exception of O—, who had bought a watch; after some consultation it was decided that the article was not sufficiently valuable to be dutiable. As the party dispersed at the Marine Station, we were all wishing that the holiday could have been a longer one.
D. & J.
JUNIOR PLAY (Picture)
Every year there is a play by the Junior School. This year’s concerned a small town in Italy, when a wolf was devouring the inhabitants. The wolf is eventually coaxed into repentance by St. Francis of Assisi, of whom, no doubt, you have all heard.
The production seemed to be doomed to failure from the start. It took quite a time to sort out the parts. In the end, five of the cast came from Middle III, two from Upper III, and one from Upper I.
The set for the play, constructed by Mr. Large and his assistants, was most suitable. A Senior boy, Horton, took charge of the stage, and D. Langston (M.III) supplied the antique weapons. Costumes were good, though Da Costa’s proved troublesome to fit.
At the dress rehearsal everything went wrong. Hopkins and Jarvest forgot their lines; I personally had a good laugh when Da Costa was covered in rotten apple. Mr. Payne had had enough early on, and we had to stop. We had only one further short rehearsal before the actual performance.
On the great day we met in the props. room to get ready. J. Dilnot, the prefect, beautified Clipsham, and blacked-out Da Costa’s teeth, while the rest of us stood around waiting for our cues and shivering.
When we did get on to the stage the flutterings in the stomach became violent thumps. Soon the “church bell" began to ring, and the curtains opened. We saw the glum faces of the First Formers in the front rows. As things went on, nerves began to settle down. To those in the audience everything must have seemed adequate, but in fact some small slips were made.
With some relief we heard the last lines spoken by Hopkins to a docile Batt: “Come along now, mind your manners, and don’t make a show of your poor brother Francis.”
K. FINNIS (Bilballio).
Following the example of their predecessors, this year’s Upper III presented a French farce, or rather a farce in French (for the authors are English schoolmasters). This time it was “Honolulu,” a vividly improbable affair about a barrow-boy and a disguised criminal. Batt was excellent in the part of the barrow-boy: Horsfield looked suitably sinister in the part of the criminal; and Clipsham gave an entertaining portrayal of a highly excitable French magistrate, whose unlikely wig seemed about to fly off at any moment.
Other parts were adequately played. and generally the actors succeeded in conveying the spirit of the play to the audience, who quite evidently enjoyed it. Batt was the only performer who really mastered the problem of combining audibility and clarity with the speed required in this kind of dialogue, and some of the important points failed to come over. However, the performance was well worth while, and it is hoped that the Upper III French play is now an established annual event.
Monsieur Rouaud. the French Assistant, helped with the production, and his support was very much appreciated.
ANOTHER GEOGRAPHICAL JAUNT
On July 4th a party of forty Fifth Form boys set off in perfect weather to follow the Roman road from Dover to Eastry. The purpose was to make geographical, historical, and botanical observation, though the results of such a journey are liable to be various, some intended and many quite unintended. One boy, for example, learned that to walk ten miles in unaccustomed Army boots is liable to be hard on the feet.
The first halt was made at the crossing of the Dour in Bridge Street, where the boys appeared to have many friends in the engineering works. The masters in charge led a discussion on the former size of the Dour and the nature of the soils in the valley, and on the possibilities of concentrating Dover’s industries in an industrial area. The climb up the eastern face of the Dour valley produced a good deal of un-geographical comment and several “Roman finds” of un-historical validity, but having surmounted the 400ft. summit the way henceforward was down the dip slope that could be seen ahead descending to Stour levels and Pegwell Bay.
The higher part of the chalkland, capped with the soil known as clay-with-flints, was in large part under grass and fodder crops, but lower altitudes and light soils further north showed a greater attention to cereals on large well-managed farms. Finally, in the neighbourhood of Eastry, the party reached the beginning of the warmer Thanet sands, which are much used for fruit growing and market gardening.
Some attention was given to the various institutions of English country life. At the little Church at Northbourne the list of rectors was followed back to 1281, and it was noted that as early as 1450 the rector held an M.A. degree. This led to some historical discussion of the manorial system and the growth of universities, there being no doubt in one master’s mind that Oxford was the senior university. The return to Dover was made either by public transport or private enterprise, the latter being notably less expensive.
Six of us went, and six came back. This was no mean feat when the reader realises that “Operation Shopwindow” took place during the last rail strike. The purpose of this operation was to “show off” the Navy to the other Services. The whole operation was centred on one ship, the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Centaur (sister ship to H.M.S. Albion, adopted by Dover).
Once we had arrived in the R.N. Barracks in Portsmouth our time was organised to the very second. Having spent the night comfortably, we were aroused for breakfast and shown the “Colours” ceremony, before practising a little boat hoisting.
Soon, however, our transport arrived to take us to H.M.S. Centaur. We arrived on board at 10.00 hrs. In the ship’s hangers we were divided into parties of eight and put in charge of an officer, who acted as our guide while showing us the ship. Having lined the side for leaving harbour, we were taken on a tour of the ship which was almost complete, covering the laundry and bakery as well as the more technical radar and damage control rooms.
During the morning H.M.S. Grenville, a new frigate, having exercised her anti-submarine mortar, closed with H.M.S. Centaur for the passing of a sea line. The submarine H.M.S. Tapir, with three fast motor torpedo boats, were also put through their paces.
As guests on board H.M.S. Centaur we were entertained to dinner in the wardroom.
Following a grand dinner, we watched the aircraft squadrons, composed of Sea Hawks and Avengers, taking off and landing on the flightdeck. These ‘planes, while flying, attacked with depth charges and cannon fire targets in the water astern. The Sea Hawks also gave us a magnificent aerobatic display.
Another fine meal terminated the afternoon, and we returned to port. We actually anchored in the Solent, and were taken ashore on the liberty boat. We spent one more night in the R.N.B. before returning to Dover the following day
The journey home took a whole day, and on our arrival at Dover Priory we were greeted with notices proclaiming the end of the strike and continuation of normal services! However, no difficulty could mar such an exciting and interesting week-end with the Navy.
J. R. DEDMAN.
The C.C.F. “Heron” dinghy “Pharos 1,” which was built during the winter by a group of Cadets and was exhibited in its completed form at Open Evening last March, has been in constant use throughout the Summer Term and the summer holiday.
Those who inspected the boat at Open Evening will have appreciated the high standard of workmanship in the job, but to those with a more intimate knowledge of sailing craft it is even more gratifying to find that after four months of hard usage the dinghy is still in excellent condition and has shown no sign of weakness; further, in racing with the local class, she has on several occasions proved herself one of the fastest boats. This is something of a triumph for her builders. School-built boats are still comparatively rare, and generally gain the attention of the national Press, and whilst “Pharos 1" has not sought this publicity she is nevertheless a valuable asset to the C.C.F. and the School, and will be enjoyed for many years by younger boys who had no hand in her building.
Training of helmsmen is no less encouraging. Starting with little knowledge of sailing craft, Cadets R. Booth and J. Skelton both showed great aptitude and were soon in a position to be trusted alone with the boat and to instruct other helmsmen. In the course of the season, most members of the Naval Section CCF. have tried their hand at the game, and have compared well with the helmsmen of the Sea Scout boat "Zodiac." Crews have been varied, and one is led to believe that there must be a "Wren" section attached to the CCF. as well!
To sail a boat is fun. . . but if we must attach educational values to the game the sport of sailing is unique in that when once a craft is off the beach the helmsman alone has control, and success or failure, survival or capsize, are in his hands. The boat teaches the boy dependence on his own resources alone. This independence of action has a very direct appeal to the boy who is not generally attracted by team games, and, coupled with the manual dexterity required to maintain or build his boat, can prove a valuable occupation for a boy who would otherwise be at "a loose end."
The competitive element of racing is the final test of the individual's skill, and inevitably, where two or more boats meet, they will race, and in racing will learn the refinements of the sport.
Finally, the sport is at its best when boats race as a team, for here all the individual skills are united, and the technical problems are at their most complex.
It is hoped that with this, the first" Pharos," proving its worth the School will be encouraged to build more boats of its own. Four identical craft would be ideal, so that House could race against House and so that the School could meet the College and D.Y.R.M.S. in team races.
For the year ending March 31st, 1955, the School Savings Group had a membership of 112 (about the same as the previous year), and the total amount saved was £159, compared with £124 in the previous year. Since September, 1954, monitors have been responsible for collecting the money and distributing the Savings Stamps in Form I. This system has worked very well, and will gradually be extended up the School.
During the same period, the Savings Club collected a total of £609 from 44 members, all of whom either withdrew their money within a few months or used it for paying for their holiday at Dinant at Easter. The annual foreign visit is indeed the sole raison d'être of the Savings Club, and as it has been found an unnecessarily elaborate contrivance for this purpose, the Club has now been "wound up," and its account in the Post Office Savings Bank closed. Next year we shall use the services of a bank for our foreign tour.
This term has been one of lively activity for the Naval Section. Many courses have been taken, and badges awarded for a pass. The courses included naval aviation, navigation, gunnery, and P.T.
The Heron sailing dinghy, built in the workshop by several of our own members, has been used extensively in sailing instruction, and has had success in local Cadet races. Pulling instruction has also been given in a new 14ft. drifter, issued to us by the Admiralty.
Although a comparatively young section, our progress has been good, and many boys received certificates for their Proficiency Tests Parts I and II at the recent parade.
The majority of our section will be attending one or two courses open to us this year; either a cruise with the Home Fleet aboard H.M.S. Tyne to North Scotland or a week’s annual training aboard H.M.S. Teazer at Devonport.
We are indebted to the Royal Marines, Deal, for excellent instruction in drill, leading to 100 per cent. passes in Proficiency II Tests.
Despite the fact that there has been no general inspection this summer to encourage Cadets to maximum effort, a reasonably good standard of drill has been maintained throughout the past half-year, particularly after the gramophone was brought into use. This not only applies to the R.A.F. Section, but to the contingent as a whole.
The results of the Advanced Training Examinations, held in March, were very encouraging, the eight successful candidates constituting a record number, but the five Proficiency passes show that greater concentration is needed to ensure success in this section.
Flt./Sgt. Skinner, D.C., has completed his Flying Scholarship training, and has been granted a private pilot’s licence. Sgt. Richards and Cdt. Northcutt gained their “A” and “B” gliding certificates last year, and Cdts. Cameron and Bowles M. have qualified for theirs recently.
An overseas flight has been granted, but has not yet been carried out since Northcutt, who gained the award, fell ill. We all wish him a complete and speedy recovery.
During the Faster vacation Sgts. Bowles J. P. and Skinner C. A. went on an N.C.O.s’ Course at Hendon. They were very impressed with it, and both had profited considerably by the time they were passed out. During the summer holidays Sgt. Richards, Cpl. Finnis, and Cpl. Duncan are also going to attend this course, and in September Cpl. Duncan and Cdts. Hyland, Collins, Cameron, Hibbert, and Hopper R. A. are attending the Halton Re-entry Course.
This summer a party of Cadets from the R.A.F. Section are attending camp at Marham R.A.F. Station, near King’s Lynn, where they will get as much flying as is possible, and return home with some idea of life upon an RAF. station.
D. C. S. (Flt./Sgt.).
Although still the smallest in number, the Army Section has not failed to contribute to the certificates gained by the School Cadet Force. Taking into account that the standard of the Cert. “A” Part II Examination has been raised, three Cadets (namely Cdts. Forsyth, Harvey, and Walder) passed, out of the six entered.
As in previous years, the Army and basic sections combined for the Empire Youth Sunday Parade, and although the standard of marching was not always at its best the smartness of Cadets lacked nothing.
With the end of the School year the Army Section will lose two of its smartest members, both of whom are going into the Regular Army.
L. T. (Sgt.).
Basic Section C.C.F.
At a Cert. “A” Examination on May 27th only 15 Cadets were successful in Part I, mainly owing to the inefficient turn-out and drill.
We have now increased our numbers of N.C.O.s and so have rearranged the squads. The Section now consists of 45 Cadets divided into two platoons, with a Corporal in charge of each.
Training has begun for another Cert. “A” Part I Examination, and already the drill is greatly improved, mainly owing to the use of a gramophone ably operated by Mr. Moorcroft. There is, however, much lacking in the way of discipline, and steps will be taken to rectify this.
R. B. (Sgt.).
CHOIR AND MADRIGAL NOTES (Photo)
This has been another very successful half-year, under our conductor. Mr. Dale. The first performance after Christmas was Open Evening, when, accompanied by the orchestra, we sang Bach’s “Calm and Tranquil.” Early in the Summer Term we were honoured by a visit of a B.B.C. unit to record, for the commemoration of the Gallipoli landing, Armstrong Gibbs’s “I Loved a Lass.” Our final performance was at a Sunday organ recital in Dover Town Hall, when we sang “I Loved a Lass,” “Linden Lea,” and “Since First I Saw Your Face.”
The Madrigal Section, the quality of which is improving, sang at all three functions, contributions being: Open Evening—Orlando Gibbons’s “Almighty and Everlasting God"; B.B.C. recording—Gerald Finzi’s “My Spirit Sang All Day": and the Town Hall—the previous two songs and Edmund Rubbra’s “I Care Not for these Ladies.”
At the end of last term we were extremely sorry to lose Mr. Dale, who has taken up a post in Bedford. During the past three years he has largely contributed to the success of the School music societies, and it was upon his initiative that the instrument classes were commenced from the Kent Rural School of Music.
We hope that his successor, Mr. Best, will enjoy his stay here.
We are now beginning to reap the benefit of instrument classes (violin and 'cello) started last Christmas. To these new players we wish every pleasure in their playing, and if they have any difficulties, now or in the future, to realise that most of these may be overcome by persistent and careful practice.
The programme for the Easter Term included the two usual performances. The first was an Open Evening, to a pleasingly large and sympathetic audience of parents and friends, when we acquitted ourselves fairly well. But in front of the Lower School at the end of the term the performance of the same works was not so good. Perhaps the players are too modest in front of their fellow schoolmates.
Also arranged for that term for members of the School music societies and others who wished to go were two visits to the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra, first under Sir Adrian Boult and then under Basil Cameron.
Let us, in the School's Jubilee Year, contribute to its success by being successful ourselves.
The season, when for once we were not short of backs, was seriously curtailed and interfered with by the weather.
Colours: Painter (capt.), Obree, Heaver, Doble, Hannaford, Marsh, K. Rogers, Bolton, Barrett.
Other Players: Gardiner, Adams, Davis, Sholl, Wallis, Davidson,
12-2-55. School, 11ts.; Dover "A," 8pts.
12-3-55. School, 17pts.; R.M. Boys, 3pts.
23-3-55. School, 9pts.;. R.A.F. (St. Margaret's), 5pts.
26-3-55. School, nil.; Dover "A", nil.
2-4-55. School, 11pts.; Old Pharosians, 8pts.
Under 15 XV
Unfortunately, owing to the time at which our season starts, only two games were played, both towards the end of the season, and because of House matches little practice was obtainable for the team as such. However, in the two games played, much promise was shown, and it is hoped that a greater number of fixtures will be made next season, so that the team will really be able to show its powers. Both the matches were against Aylesham, one away and the other at home. Victories were gained in both matches, the first score being 8-3, away and the second 28-6 at home.
The team was picked from the following players: Boddy, Holman, McCaig, Morris, Muskett, Rogers, Crouch, Abbott, Walder, Mackie, Marsh, Shuker, Forsyth, Theobald, Bates, Relf, Chawner, Hibbert, and Brady.
Remaining from last year’s successful 1st XI were Ellis, the captain, and several others with abilities as batsmen. Since, unfortunately, their bowling capabilties were appropriate to family affairs on sandy beaches, the weakness in this department was such as to give thoughts that the Staff match might be revived. The idea lapsed when the Staff came to count their own bowlers.
Medgett and Godsmark have produced the good ball among a good deal of honest endeavour, while others have turned an arm with the utmost willingness, much optimism and even some success.
The fielding has improved through the season with the notable good examples of Rogers, Obree and Ellis, the last always looking the mature cricketer that he is.
The batting deserves much praise. Ellis, Marsh, Rogers, Obree and Booth have all made valuable runs on occasions, and potential ability continued down to the last man.
Team spirit has been excellent, and it may be said that the School has been represented with credit. Colours have been re-awarded to Ellis and Heaver; and newly awarded to Marsh, Rogers, Booth, Medgett and Godsmark. Others who have played are Crush, Callender, Dawkins, Roberts, Dedman, Sutton, Skinner, Laslett, McCaig and Prickett.
It is well to close with the optimistic prophecy. Next year’s team
may not be outstandingly successful, but the junior teams have done so well and there has been so much enthusiasm for cricket lower down the
School that we can be sure of some good first elevens in years to come.
May 7th (Away).—School 103 (Rogers 27, Booth 25); Harvey Grammar 104—5 (Crush 3—25, including hat trick). Match lost.
May 14th (Home).—Simon Langton’s 143—7 declared (Medgett 3—21); School 84—4 (Ellis 25, Marsh 23). Match drawn.
May 21st (Home).—School 45; Chatham House 49—8 (Crush 4—10, Godsmark 3—23). Match lost.
June 4th (Away).—School 99 (Ellis 34); D.Y.R.M.S. 95 (Crush 4—36). Match won.
June 11th (Away).—Schoo1 137—6 declared (Marsh 51, Rogers 42); Faversham Grammar 88—9 (Godsmark 4—17, Crush 3—9). Match drawn.
June 18th (Home).—School 135—2 declared (Obree 59, Booth 43 not out); D.Y.R.M.S. 90—9 (Medgett 4—25). Match drawn.
June 25th (Away).—School 145—9 declared (Obree 58, Crush 30); Sir Roger Manwood’s 147—7 (Medgett 3—27). Match lost.
July 2nd (Home).—School 138—6 declared (Ellis 49, Booth 27, Obree 25, Heaver 22); Ashford Grammar 81 (Medgett 4—20, Callender 3—16). Match won.
July 6th (Home).—School 136 (Obree 38, Crush 27, Dawkins 21; Taylor 6—54); Parents’ XI 77 (Synott 46; Medgett 5—9). Match won.
July 9th (Home).—Harvey Grammar 102 (Medgett 3—23); School 104—1 (Ellis 66 not out, Obree 27 not out). Match won.
July 12th (Home) .—Cooper’s School 103 (Godsmark 4—30, Medgett 3—18); School 105—2 (Marsh 47 not out, Ellis 23). Match won.
The particularly disappointing nature of this past season cannot be disguised, and this verdict is by no means based on mere statistics.
While the batting of the regular XI was fairly even in quality, it was nevertheless of a rather lower level than that usually associated with the 2nd XI; the elementary failing of playing with a gap between bat and foot was common and difficult to eradicate. Each game provided an object lesson which was persistently ignored. The lack of an out standing or dependable batsman deprived the team of any substantial scores so that it was imperative that the opponents should be dismissed cheaply.
Though the bowling was quite adequate (and on occasion Skinner and Dedman performed well), clearly, if the
side was to succeed, such resources as the team possessed needed careful husbanding and the support of something approaching inspired fielding. Unfortunately, neither condition was in any way fulfilled.
May 7th (Home).—Harvey G.S. 2nd XI; 57 for 7; 73 for 7 declared. Match drawn.
May 14th (Away) .—Simon Langton 2nd XI; 32; 33 for 6. Match lost.
May 21st (Away).—Chatham House 2nd XI; 63; 65 for 5. Match lost.
June 4th. (Home).—Duke of York’s 2nd XI; 93; 42. Match won.
June 11th (Home).—Faversham G.S. 2nd XI; 64 for 4; 63. Match won.
June 18th (Away).—Duke of York’s 2nd XI; 30; 31 for 4. Match lost.]
June 25th (Home).—Sir Roger Manwood’s 2nd XI; 57; 113. Match lost.
July 2nd (Away).—Ashford G.S. 2nd XI; 41; 80. Match lost.
July 5th (Home).—Dovcr College 2nd XI; 48; 129 for 5 declared. Match lost.
July 9th (Away).—Harvey G.S. 2nd XI; 74; 75 for 8. Match lost.
Under 15 XI
The Under 15 XI had a most successful season. Six matches were won, one drawn, and one lost. In the one game that was lost, against Sir Roger Manwood’s, keener fielding and better catching might have at least ensured a draw.
Much credit for the team’s successes must go to R. G. Jones, the captain, who was outstanding both as batsman and bowler. Prickett (12-14) and R. G. Jones (12) headed the batting averages, while Booth, Mackie, Maddison, Moore and Shilson all contributed useful scores. The bowling was shared by Jones, Goodban, Little and Maddison, Jones being the most successful bowler, taking 27 wickets in all at an average cost of 4.01 runs. Hudson kept wicket efficiently throughout
v. Harvey G.S. Won by 1 wicket. Harvey 96; U.15 XI 97 for 9.
v. Simon Langton. Drawn. U.15 XI 75; Simon Langton 24 for 7.
v. Chatham House. Won by 51 runs. U.15 XI 100 for 9 dec.; Chatham. Hse. 49.
v. Duke of York's. Won by 41 runs. U.15 XI 80; Duke of York's 39.
v. Duke of York's. Won by 34 runs. U.15 XI 74; Duke of York's 40.
v. Manwood's. Lost by 4 wickets. U.15 XI 99; Manwood's 102 for 6.
v. Dover College. Won by 5 wickets. Dover College 51; U.15 XI 52 fur 5.
v. Harvey G.S. Won by 3 wickets. Harvey 57; U.15 XI 59 for 7.
Under 14 XI
Although only one player was available from last year, the team had a very successful season, remaining unbeaten throughout. They showed a refreshing enthusiasm for the game which was reflected in their play and this, coupled with the fact that the wicket on the top ground played much better this year, produced some good cricket.
Once the batting order became established, Cox, Murrell, Burkimsher and Thacker always gave the team a good start; in fact on several occasions no further batsmen were called on. When they were, all made some useful contributions. The main criticism of the batting would concern the running between the wickets. Judgment of a run was not always good, some suicidal ones being attempted, whilst easy ones were ignored.
The brunt of the bowling was borne by Wellard (40 wickets) and Thacker (23 wickets), but they received good support from Burkimsher, Langston and, later in the season, Graham. The bowling was well supported in the outcricket, where the fielding was always keen, and several good catches were held.
Wellard made a good captain and, as the season progressed, he handled his bowlers and field placing very ably.
The thanks of the team are due to Corry, who, although he did not play in a match, was a willing and conscientious twelfth man, and to Constable, who kept an immaculate score-book and regularly produced an impressive array of averages.
Teams were chosen from:—Wellard (captain), Ayres, Burkimsher,
Cox, Fordham, Gerry, Golding, Graham, Hopkins, Langston, Leonard,
Murrell and Thacker.
May 7th.—Harvey Grammar School, at Folkestone. Drawn. Harvey 142 (Burkinsher 5—22); School 73—9.
May 14th.—Simon Langton, at home. Won. School 135—6 declared (Burkinsher 46); Simon Langton 111.
May 21st.—Chatham House, at Ramsgate. Abandoned. Chatham. House 12—4. Rain stopped play.
June 4th.—Duke of York's R.M. School, at home. Won. D.Y.R.M.S. 71 (Wellard 7—21); School 72—3 (Thacker 30).
June 11th.—Faversham Grammar School, at home. Won. Schol 133—1 declared (Burkinsher 59 not out, Cox 30 not out); Faversham 38 (Thacker 8—18).
June 18th.—.Duke of York's R.M. School, at Guston. Won. D.Y.R.M.S. 78; School 79—2 (Murrell 33 not out).
June 25th.—Sir Roger Manwood's, at Sandwich. Won. Manwood's 64 (Wellard 6—26); School 67—5 (Thacker 39 not out).
July 2nd.—Ashford Grammar School, at home. Won. Ashford 104 (Wellard 5—43); School 107—7.
July 9th.—Harvey Grammar School, at home. Won. Harvey 30 (Gratham 5—13); School 33—2.
July 12th.—Cooper's School, at home. Won. School. 83; Cooper's 63 (Wellard 5—26).
Played 10; Won 8; Drawn 1; Abandoned 1; Lost 0.
We had a 'bus to take us to the Duke of York's Baths and back to Dover this term. There was a good attendance, and the standard of swimming in the Lower and Middle School was higher than last year. This may be due partly to the fact that many more boys have joined one or other of the two local clubs— the Lifeguards' Club and the Swimming Club. It is essential for any boy who wants to become a good swimmer to do this, as the fortnightly visit of our School groups is quite insufficient for developing style and power.
Twelve boys gained Royal Life Saving Society A wards, as against 8 last year. This is an improvement, but not nearly good enough. Every boy should learn to swim and to save life while he is at school. We hope that some of the boys who gained Bronzes may act as instructors to small groups next year, and so earn an Instructor's Certificate.
A set of swimming standards was introduced for the first time this year. Judging by the small numbers who passed, they were found rather severe, and may be modified next summer.
ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY EXAMINATIONS:
|Elementary Certificate.—||Ludlow (Pk.).|
|Intermediate Certificate.—||McManus (Pr.).|
|Johnson R. (Pk.).|
|Burk, J. (Pr.).|
|Bronze Medallion.—||Bowls, M. (A.).|
|Bowls, J. P. (A.).|
|Marsh, J. F. (Pr.).|
|Bar to Bronze Medallion.—||Bailey (Pr.).|
This year has been notable for an extensive experiment with new methods of training, and for a wave of enthusiasm for cross-country running in the Lower and Middle Schools which culminated in our winning the East Kent Junior Schools Championship.
Our training in past years has suffered because we could never get a whole team together on anyone evening. This year we drew up separate schedules for each boy, based wherever possible on two evening runs and one luncheon-hour run per week. Training thus took place every evening except Friday (Cadets), and every lunch hour. Since it was not possible for staff to accompany all these runs personally (apart from the physical strain on middle-aged limbs and lungs), it was necessary to find a form of training which left the initiative with the boys themselves. This led us to experiment with Scandinavian "speed-play", which has the great advantage of being an adventure in self -development both for the individual runner and the group. The experiment has undoubtedly been successful, as was shown by the remarkable improvement in performance of several boys during the winter.
We combined pace-work with speed-play, the aim being to teach the boys to run at a steady 10 miles per hour. By the end of the season five boys could hold this pace for three miles. Much of this was done in the lunch-hour. It is probably the spectacle of senior boys lapping the track against the stop-watch which roused first the curiosity and then the spirit of emulation of the Lower and Middle Schools. Mr. Horne never lacked volunteers for the Junior Team, Upper IV being particularly ardent enthusiasts. A Form Match between the III'rds and IV'ths also resulted in the discovery of some new talent.
The standard of cross-country running in our three main rival schools—Dover College, Simon Langton's, and Harvey Grammar—is very high indeed, and we were not equal to any of the three when we met them. But our defeats were more honourable, and by far lesser margins than in previous years. Moreover, our sparkling galaxy of younger runners promises still better performances in the future.
Lampkin worked hard as Team Captain; Rogers, our Captain of Athletics, was regularly our first man home, and almost as regularly second in the race, including an event at Harvey Grammar School in which there were seven teams and nearly 60 runners. He, of course, won the Powell Cup Race.
We look forward with confidence and zest to the coming season.
THE ATHLETIC SPORTS, 1955 (Picture)
Apart from three new events—Pole Vault (14-16) and Relay Races for the two lower age groups—the programme of Athletic Sports followed very much the same course as in 1954. The weather, however, provided a thrilling contrast to last year: preliminary events were completed with out postponement, and conditions on Sports Day itself were ideal for both competitors and spectators, being warm and still.
In accordance with the prevailing athletic fashion, main interest appeared to focus on breaking " records." In no less than ten events the winners surpassed the previous best performances. Three deserve special mention: Painter's senior 440 yards in 52.4 seconds, although considerably below his season’s best. clipped 0.2 seconds off his own 1954 record. Allingham’s 220 yards in 24.6 seconds bettered Ramsden’s 1951 time by 0.6 seconds. In the long jump (under 12½). 2ft. 1in. was actually added to Ayre’s last year’s record, when Hudsmith cleared 15ft., a fine effort for a boy of this age.
The remaining seven records were of lesser merit. Davidson cleared 9ft. in the senior pole vault, yet the standard is still low. In the 14-16 age group, Allingham cleared 17ft. 7in. in the long jump, a distance subsequently bettered by Crouch, the runner-up. Ward threw the discus 124ft. and put the weight 38ft. 11½in. For the second year, Pique managed a record time in the hurdles, although he was faster still later on in the season. Brady easily won the 880 yards to beat Lee’s 1954 time. In the relay, Priory were well ahead with a time of 51.4 seconds.
Other performances worthy of mention were those of Crush, in the senior discus; Painter, in the senior 220 yards; and Allingham, in the 100 yards (14-16). The standard of high jumping appeared to be low, but that of long jumping was greatly improved.
In assessing the standard of School Athletics, undue importance should not be attached to School records. In some events the previous best had allowed ample room for improvement, and some records are still below what might be expected by comparison with county and national performances. "Standards," perhaps, offer a better indication of the general level of performance—and effort—in the School. Once again the total number gained has risen—700 compared with 599 in 1954. Yet it was the senior age group which was wholly responsible for the increase, totals from the other age groups being disappointingly below last season.
At the close of sports day, we welcomed back an old friend of the
School, Mr. J. Slater, now President of the Old Pharosians, who presented
80 yards: Hudsmith, Wheeler, O'Brien. 10.0 secs.
High Jump: Wheeler, Johnson, Hutchison and Roberts. 4ft. 0ins.
Long Jump: Hudsmith, Bell, White. 15ft. 0ins.
Cricket Ball: Bell, Rees, Lewry. 44yds. 1ft. 8ins.
Relay: Astor, Park, Frith, Priory. 44.7secs.
100 Yards: Crouch, Aspinall, Graham. 12.0 secs.
High Jump: Periton, Blownfield, Golding. 4ft 2½ins.
Long Jump: Aspinall, Ayres, Bloomfield. 15ft. 1in.
Cricket Ball: Langston, Graham, Smith. 68yds, 0ft. 11ins.
75 Yards Hurdles: Murrell, Ayres and Mansey. 13.0 secs.
Relay (4 x 110 Yards): Astor, Priory, Frith, Park. 57.8 secs.
100 Yards: Allingham: Musketh, Grieves. 11.2 secs.
220 Yards: Allingham, Grieves, Taylor. 24.6 secs.
440 Yards: Prickett, Goldsack, Bates. 59.1 secs.
880 Yards: Brady, McCaig, Goldsack. 2min. 16.2 secs.
110 Yards Hurdles: Pique, Wright, Fuggle. 17.3 secs.
High Jump: Hyland, Brady, Johnson. 4ft. 8ins.
Long Jump: Allingham, Crouch., Pique. 17ft. 7ins.
Weight: Ward, Shuker, Brady 38ft. 11½ins.
Discus: Ward, Shuker, Forsyth. 124ft. 0ins.
Javelin: McCaig, Bates, Conyers. 120ft. 8ins.
Pole Vault: Burnett, Brown, Horton. 7ft. 0ins.
Relay (4 x 110 Yards): Priory, Frith, Astor, Park. 51.4 secs.
100 Yards: Goldsmith, Dedman, Southern. 10.8 secs.
220 Yards: Painter, Goldsmith, Southern. 23.2 secs.
440 Yards: Painter, Southern, Wilts. 52.4 secs.
880 Yards: Painter, Rogers, Lees. 2min. 12 secs.
Mile: Rogers, Lees, Lampkin. 4min. 43 secs.
120 Yards Hurdles: Rogers, Heaver and Sutton. 19.1 secs.
High Jump: Booth, Goldsmith, Lees. 4ft. 11ins.
Long Jump: Davidson, Lees, Ellis. 19ft. 0ins.
Weight: Crush, Heaver, Sherwood. 32ft. 1½ins.
Discus: Crush, Davis, Carey. 117ft. 8ins.
Javelin: Standing, Davidson, Crush. 133ft. 11ins.
Pole Vault: Davidson, Crush, Standing. 9ft. 0ins.
Relay (4 x 220 Yards): Frith, Park, Astor, Priory. 1min. 42.8 secs.
|1st Frith||2nd Astor||3rd Park||4th Priory|
|Over 16: Rogers and Crush||28 points|
|14—16: Allingham||24 points|
|12½—14: Aspinall||14 points|
INTER-SCHOOL SPORTS AT RAMSGATE
Last year we came last, not badly, but indisputably last, in both Senior and Junior Sections of this meeting. There was some determination that this indignity should not be repeated this year, and in the event but Seniors came within two points of Chatham House, the winners in both Seniors and Juniors, while our Juniors also came second between Chatham House and Dover College.
The School possessed one outstanding athlete in L. Painter, who on the previous Saturday had won the All-England Schools 440 yards race at Manchester in 52 seconds. In the Kent Schools Championship he was timed as doing 50.8 seconds, and by both performances he brought much distinction to the School. Apart from Painter, the School team proved itself constituted of good but not brilliant performers. Only four first places were gained in nineteen events, and one of those was the Senior Relay, which Painter won by inches in the last stride of the afternoon.
The School team has owed much to the cheerful example of B. Rogers, the Athletics Captain, who during the past five years has trained over cross-country courses in the winter, and always done his best in middle distance races on the track. He and the team, and all who were at the Ramsgate meeting can feel pleased at its outcome and confident of at least equal success next year.
Shot: 1st Harhoff, 2nd Symons, 3rd Simmons, 4th Crush, 5th Heaver. 42ft. 6½ins.
Halfmile, Junior: Richards, Brady, McCaig, Judge, Rowland. Time: 2mm. 11 1/5secs. (record).
100 Yards, Senior: Allen, Goldsmith, Heale, Gladdle, Proctor. 10.6secs.
100 Yards, Junior: Wratten, Futter, Allingham, Hawkins, Taylor. 11.0secs.
Discus Senior: Crush, Harhoff, Wrightson, Allen, Davis. 99ft. 6½ins.
High Jump, Junior: Hyland, Brown, Flynn, Brady, Brunwin. 4ft. 11ins.
Half-mile, Senior: Bale, Painter, McFarlane, Rogers, Woodman. 2min. 4.2secs. (record).
High Jump, Senior: Mirams, Goldsmith, Wrightson, Booth, Weston and Heale. 5ft. 4¾ins.
Discus, Junior: Sankey, Rouse, Brown, Ward, Giles. 113ft. 5ins.
Long Jump, Junior: Williams, Futter, Banam, Youg, Crouch, Allingham.
Quarter-mile Junior: Futter, Prickett, Richards, Becket, Hawkins. 57.4secs.
120 Yards Hurdles, Senior: Painter, Lees, Lynham, Moon, Clifford. 17.2secs.
110 Yards Hurdles, Junior: Wratten, Piqué, Brown, Glover, Wright. 15.6secs. (Equals record.)
Quarter Mile, Senior: Allen, Talbot, Southern, Grilli, George. 52.6secs. (Record.)
One Mile, Senior: Bale, Rogers, Hutton, French, Lampkin. 4mins. 48secs.
Javelin: Punch, Davidson, Norman, Oliver, Standing. 137ft. 3ins.
Long Jump, Senior: Wrightson, Goldsmith, Lees, Gladdle, King. 20ft. 2ins.
Junior Relay: Chatham House, Dover Grammar School, Dover College. 1min. 15.2secs.
Senior Relay: Dover Grammar School, Chatham House, Dover College. lmin. 38secs.
|Seniors.||1st Chatham House||81|
|2nd Dover Grammar||79|
|3rd Dover College||54|
|Juniors||1st Chatham House||72|
|2nd Dover Grammar||46|
Once more we are indebted to the Girls' School for the use of their courts on Tuesday evenings, where attendance, at first good, was not maintained at the onset of examinations. The School court, however, was in constant use throughout the term.
Two matches were played. At Folkestone we were unlucky to lose to Harvey by the narrow margin of 77 games to 72. A weakened team, chosen at very short notice, lost to the Duke of York's School by six matches to three. K. Marsh captained the side, and has been our out standing player.
INTER-HOUSE GYMNASTIC COMPETITIONS
The Senior Competition took place on April 4th. and was judged by Mr. P. Baxter, Physical Education Adviser, K.E.C.
As practises and trials progressed, it was possible to foretell the approximate result. Astor had many gymnasts from which to select a team, whereas Frith had few. Park and Priory were fairly equally placed between them. This, in fact, was the eventual placing—Astor winning. followed by Park, Priory and then Frith.
In his remarks, Mr. Baxter stated that the standard of work appeared higher than he had seen previously. It was no doubt those team members who had put in regular practice who were responsible for that impression. It must be admitted, however, that some teams had very weak "tails." due in many cases to last-minute illness and injury.
The Junior Competition was more closely contested. By their enthusiasm in practice and their polished performance, the Juniors set an example which many Seniors would do well to copy. Priory won the opening relay race, which gave them a lead for the first half of the com petition. Park, however, proved the better all-round team, and were the eventual winners, Astor and Frith tying for third place.
== HOUSE NOTES==
The year 1954-55 has been highly successful for the House. We were first in the Soccer competition, first in Rugby, second in the P.T. competition, third in Cross-country Running, second in Athletics and Cricket, and first in Swimming, and the final result was a comfortable win in the House Championship.
In the Ebbw Vale Rugby Cup competition, the 1st XV won all three games and the 2nd XV lost only one game. Cross-country Running was not so successful. Rogers came in first, but our next man home was not in the first ten. However, the P.T. competition once more saw us to the fore with our teams well organised by Davidson, who himself won the Senior individual title to gain the Pascall Cup.
The Summer Term was even more successful. Although numerically we were inferior in the Senior section, we had several very good athletes, and Davidson and Rogers both achieved two firsts. But it was in the Intermediate and Junior age groups that our real strength lay. Ward broke the records in both the Intermediate discus and shot, and Hudsmith won the under 12½ long jump with a new record distance. Many other fine athletes in these groups brought in several other firsts, and we won both the Junior relays.
In the Cricket competition we achieved second place, very close behind Frith, mainly because of three wins by the 1st XI. However, we once more won the Swimming competition, and may I commend J. Bowles for the excellent way he has organised the various teams.
Lastly, may I take this opportunity to thank all the Seniors who have helped in any way at all to make Astor the Champion House.
During the Summer Term we improved our position, finishing second in the House Championship. This is a reasonably satisfying result, but a considerable effort will be needed from all members of the House if this position is to be bettered during the coming year. The Middle School, in particular, must show more enthusiasm and be more co-operative. It is unfortunate the Rugby is the least supported of the House activities—but it is undoubtedly the one which has most bearing on the House Championship, and this must not be forgotten. This year, although second in the Rugby competition, we were far behind Astor. It would have helped considerably if we had fielded complete teams.
We were undoubtedly most unlucky at the end of the Spring Term. We lost a commanding lead in the Cross-country through the absence of some of our better runners, but the considerable ability and willing ness of many younger runners enabled us to gain more House points than Park, who won the Powell Cup. Let us win this cup back next year! Our P.T. team was also unfortunately weakened, but there were more willing boys than we have had in previous years. If this is maintained we shall again win the House Championship.
This term the Cricket has been won by the combined effort of all our teams, none of which has won all its matches. In Athletics, how ever, it was the Senior School which carried the House through, the standard points from the Middle School being most disappointing. The Swimming results show a slightly improved position, although we were again last. The standard points which can now be won by the proficient should enable us to earn many valuable points. This would not only benefit the House, but also the individual.
By the time these notes are read another House Championship will be under way; each one of us must play his full part if Frith is to win.
This year, after an exciting finish to the Championship struggle, we were just beaten into third place by Frith. Our efforts in all sports have justly been much better rewarded than last year, since we have shown a much higher standard of keenness and ability. May this upward trend continue next year and take us right to the top,
In Rugby we were third. The second team, unbeaten, gained all our points. The first team showed a lot more fire than last year, but the only game we were really in was when we were narrowly beaten by Priory.
In the Cross-country race our main team of six packed very well, and somewhat to our surprise won the Powell Cup. However, relatively few of our boys attained the standard, and we only finished third in the total points scored. I should like to thank Brady, who hates cross- country running, but still ran and came second! More boys should follow that example.
In the P.T. competition our Junior team won by a fair margin, and the Senior team held the powerful Astor team so well that we won the combined competition.
In Cricket once again we were last, but although our 1st XI lost every match, each game was close and exciting. We must start to win soon.
In Athletics we were third, but our prospects for next year seem good. Nearly all our good athletes are staying on, while the other houses are losing their stars. The whole House pulled its weight quite well, with the 14-16 age group doing very well. If one person must be mentioned it should be Lees, who, while only a Fifth Former, gained all the Senior standards.
Our small band of swimmers did much better than could have been expected. We were only third, but gained well over the average of 25% of the total marks. Special mention must be made of Burke, who won the under 14 championship, with a total of 32 points out of a possible 33. I must thank Sholl, Dedman and Lees, who have worked hard and well in their various captaincies. One of them will have taken my place by the time this is printed, and I wish him and all of Park House the best of luck in the new School Year.
Priory’s performances in 1954-55 make a rather sorry story. Although it seemed obvious that the period of considerable success would not continue, there is insufficient excuse for the House finishing the year in such a lowly position. In fact, one must admit that the Senior School has not served us as well as it might have done. This was particularly evident in our Soccer and Rugby records, which meant that we were heavily handicapped early in the year. The position was, however, recovered somewhat by satisfactory performances in the P.T. competition and the Cross-country race for the Powell Cup.
On the other hand, some of the blame for our lack of success at athletics must be thrown on to the Juniors, who treated standard tests with such apathy. It is hoped that this will not have to be said another year. Otherwise the results gained by the material available were not disappointing. At Cricket the performances of the 1st and 2nd elevens were redeemed by the record of the Juniors, for both our Third and Second Form teams were unbeaten. In addition, the Senior matches revealed some promising players in the Fourth Forms. The year ended on an even brighter note with our very narrow failure to win the Swimming sports, where our congratulations are offered to Gardiner on winning the Senior Championship.
However, the fact that our only definite success was winning the East Cup for Junior Football shows that greater efforts must be made next year. We should have excellent material participating in every sport, so that there is no reason why the order of the houses in the Challenge Shield this year should not be reversed.
(S.1, 2=School 1st, 2nd Team;
H.1, 2=House 1st, 2nd Team. G.C.E., O., A.=General Certificate of Education,
Ordinary, Advanced Level—Passed in number of
subjects shown in brackets.)
BATES, M. A. (1950). P.T. Club, S.C.M., Film Soc., C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (4). To banking.
BOURNER. G. (1951). To motor mechanic.
BULLEN, M. U. (1949). Cricket (S.2). C.C.F., Dram. Soc. G.C.E., O. (1).
CALLENDER, R. A. (1947), Cricket (S.1, H.1), Football (H.1), Rugby (H.1), C.C.F. Phoenix Soc. G.C.E., O. (6), A. (3). To Hull University.
CAREY, C. J. (1949). C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (6) To R.A.F.
CASTLE, P. B. 1950). Dram. Soc., Puppet Club, S.C.M., Stamp Club. G.C.E., O. (5).
COOK, J. B. (1953). S.C.M., Unicorn Club, C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (7).
DAVIS, M. J. (1947). House Athletic Captain, Rugby (S.1, H.1), Cross-country (S.1)
Athletics (S.1), Cricket (H.1), Football (H.2), Dram. Soc., C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (5), A (2).
DAWSON, J. C. (1948). Football (S.1, H.1), Rugby (S.2, H.1), Cricket (S.2, H.1), Dram. Soc., Phoenix Soc. G.C.E., O. (5). To teaching.
DILNOT, J. W. (1947). Prefect, Library Prefect, Choir, Madrigal Soc., Phoenix Club, S.C.M., Dram. Soc., C.C.F., Editor of School Magazine. G.C.E., O. (7), A. (3). To Army, then. Selwyn College, Cambridge.
DOBLE, D. H. (1948). Prefect, Assistant Organist, Rugby (S.1), Tennis (S.1), Chess Club, Phoenix Soc., S.C.M., Stamp Club, Dram. Soc. G.C.E., O. (7), A. (4). To National Service, then University College, London.
DOLBEAR, S. A. (1950). Arts and Crafts Group, Stamp Club, Choir, Unicorn Club, Chess Club. G.C.E., O. (4). To lab, assistant.
DUFFY, F. (1949). Rugby (11.1). G.C.E., O. (4).
ELLIS, J. E. (1947). Priory House Captain, Prefect, Library Prefect, Cricket (S.1 Capt.), Football (S.1 Vice-capt.), Rugby (S.1), Athletics (S.1), Choir and Madrigal Group. G.C.E., O. (7), A. (2).
FRIEND, M .G. (1950). Football (H.2), Cricket (H.2), Rugby (H.2), C.C.F.
O. (3). To Merchant Navy.
FUGGLE, F. (1950). Athletics (S.1), Film Soc. G.C.E., O. (1).
GAFFNEY, M. (1954). C.C.F. To St. Columbar High School, Scotland.
GERRY, M. L. (1949). C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (2).
GODSMARK, R. (1954). Football (S.1), Cricket (S.1). G.C.E., O. (2).
HEAVER, T. D. (1947). Head Prefect, House Captain, Cricket (S.1 Vice-capt.), Football (S.1 Capt.), Rugby (S.1), Cross-country (S.1 Capt.), Athletics (S.1), Choir and Madrigal Group, Phoenix Soc., Chess Club. G.C.E.,O0. (5), A. (3). To Balliol College, Oxford.
HOPPER, B. R. (1950). C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (2). To R.A.F.
JAMES, G. (1950). C.C.F.
JARVIE, I. C. (1949). Rugby (H.2), Film Soc., Phoenix Club, S.C.M. G.C.E.,
A. (3). To London School of Economics.
JONES, A. G. Orchestra, Phoenix Club, Unicorn Club. G.C.E. O. (3).
LAMPKIN, W. (1953). Prefect, Park House Captain, Rugby (S.1), Cross-country (S.1 Capt.), Athletics (S.1), Choir. G.C.E., O. (8), A. (3). To University.
MORGAN, P. E. D. (1948). Phoenix Club, Dram. Soc., Chess, S.C.M. G.C.E., O. (7), A. (4). To Imperial Coll., London.
NEWMAN, B. M. (1947). Library Prefect, Rugby (H.1), Athletics (H.1), Cross-country (H.1), Swimming (H.1), Geographical Soc., Arts and Crafts, Film Soc., Phoenix Club. G.C.E., O. (6), A. (3).
NEWTON, J. E. (1947), Prefect, Cricket (S.2), Choir, Stamp Club. G.C.E., O. (7), A. (4). To Southampton University.
OBREE, R. J. A. (1948). Astor House Captain, Prefect, Rugby (S.1 Vice-capt.), Football (S.1), Cricket (S.1), Tennis (S.1). G.C.E., O. (6), A. (3). To University Coll., London.
PAINTER, L. C. (1948). Prefect, Rugby (S.1 Capt.), Football (S.1), Tennis (S.1), Cross-country (S.1), Athletics (S.1 Vice-capt.), Choir, Phoenix Soc., Arts and Crafts. G.C.E., O. (6). To Courtaulds (rayon research).
RIGDEN, D. (1950). C.C.F., P.T Club, Unicorn Club. To Army Apprentices’ School.
ROBINSON, C. F. (1951).
ROGERS, A. V. (1950). Puppet Club G.C.E., 0. (5).
ROGERS, B. N. (1948). Prefect, Football (S.1), Cricket (S.1), Rugby (S.1), Cross-country (S.1), Athletics (S.1 Capt.), C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (7), A. (3). To R.A..F. College, Cranwell.
SHARP, M. J. (1950). Rugby (H.1), Cricket (H.2), Football (H.2), C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (5). To family business.
SKINNER, D. C. (1947). Prefect, Library Prefect, Choir, Madrigal Soc., Phoenix Club. G.C.E., O. (3), A. (4).
SMITH, R. S. (1949). Rugby (S.1), Football (S.2). G.C.E., O. (3). To banking.
STANDING, W. A. (1950). Football (S.2), Athletics (S.1). G.C.E., O. (1).
TAYLOR, L. (1953). C.C.F. G.C.E., O. (6). To Welbeck College.
THORP, M. B. (1951), Rugby (H.2), Swimming (H.1), Unicorn Club, Choir. G.C.E., O. (6.). To Sixth Form at another School.
TREADWELL, G. A. (1952). Football (S.2), Tennis (S.1), Phoenix Soc. G.C.E., O. (5), A. (1). To Civil Service.
WALTER, A. S. (1950). Puppet Club, Dram. Soc., S.C.M., Film Soc., Unicorn Club. G.C.E., O. (2). To Merchant Navy.
WOOLHOUSE, P. M. (1950). Cricket (S.2) G.C.E., O. (2).
== OLD PHAROSIANS=
NEWS OF OLD BOYS
J. AKEHURST called at School recently, as is his habit, looking particularly well and cheerful after a voyage with the Clan Line, in which he is now serving, to the Indian Ocean.
KEITH BACON gained first prize in the London Chamber of Commerce National examination for Real and Personal Property Conveyancing.
F. BLACKMAN has achieved a long-standing objective by obtaining a Commission in the Royal Marines, thus joining ASHBY, who transferred his Commission from R.N. to R.M.
G. E. BONE has Just completed one year at Guildford Technical College, where he has been teaching engineering.
LESTER BORLEY went on a tour of the U.S.A. as a member of a debating team representing British Universities. The gay account in the "Sunday Times" ends on this note: "As Mr. Borley says, whose summer vacations are spent behind a hotel bar in a North Devon resort known as London University's Finishing School, Woolacombe will seem a bit quiet this year.'"
D. D. DUNFORD, who left in 1927 and entered the R.A.F. as an apprentice, is now Inspector of Equipment, R.A.F., and in that capacity came to School last year and this to inspect the C.C.F.
P. HEARN, who still holds the School High Jump record jointly, with R. Jenkins, was married recently at Hull. He took a 2nd Class Honours degree in Geography at Hull University, and subsequently qualified as a P.T. master by a year's course at Carnegie College. He will now do his National Service.
K. NEWING called at School on the last day of the Summer Term. He has completed his studies for the ministry, and will be ordained in September, and is then going as a Curate at Plymstock, Plymouth.
MAJOR F. LANDREY, R.E., has been promoted Lt.-CoL, and is at present in the Middle East.
PHILIP SUTTON has passed B.Sc. (Eng.) with 2nd Class Honours at Bristol University. He visited School recently and spoke well of life at Bristol University.
LT.-COL. W. M. E. WHITE captained an M.C.C. side at Lords early in the season. He looked in with his wife at the Old Boys' Cricket Match, and expressed a wish to play in next year's match.
Dr. J. WILLIAMS completed his stay in America by doing a months tour of the States. He has now returned to Guy's as Medical Registrar.
J. E HALSEY and R. G. GIBB both gained B.Sc. (Econ.) with 2nd Class Honours at the London School of Economics this year.
A. R. HORSFIELD was placed in Class 2 in the Honours School of Modern History at Corpus Christi, Oxford.
R. T. JACKSON, was awarded 2nd Class Honours in Physics and an Associateship of the Royal College of Science.
S. DILNOT, 1921-27, is a consultant engineer in cellular concrete, and is off to the U.S.A. on a tour in connection with his profession.
C. E. OLIVER, who left in 1941, has a Permanent Commission in the R.A.F., and is at present posted to Air Ministry.
J. S. JELL, has completed his tour of duty at Chicago, and will be at the Foreign Office for a time.
M. BAX, has taken his degree in History at University College, London, and is taking a language course in preparation for a post as District Officer in Nigeria.
THE OLD BOYS' CRICKET MATCH
On a day whose burnished sunshine would have made beautiful a northern cricket ground between a colliery and a steel-works, the School ground wore such an appearance as to make old men settle comfortably in deck-chairs, middle-aged men wishful that they were still asked to play, and even young men mildly appreciative of their good fortune.
There was a good attendance of Old Boys and their ladies, and a useful collection of Old Boy cricketers—far too useful for the School team, which with one exception proceeded to misuse the afternoon by batting rather badly. The exception was Obree, who leaned into one cover-drive with all the grace appropriate to the game's loveliest shot, and who batted with a composure that contrasted with the undisciplined displays by most of his colleagues. The School's total of 85 could not, in the circumstances, be nearly enough, and the Old Boys collected this total for the loss of one wicket and the surrender of another.
When the School's present young cricketers grow to 1st XI status the School will again match the Old Boys in cricketing skill and maintain the interest in this most enjoyable fixture.
Two evenings of contrasting character were arranged during the Spring Terms. The lecture on “Education in America,” by Mr. Sedgwick, of Folkestone, was greatly appreciated, and we hope to arrange similar evenings during the winter months. Very few parents supported the dance held in February, but those who attended had a most enjoyable evening.
The Annual Cricket Match against the School was lost, in spite of a fine innings by Mr. Synnott and some good work in the field by all the fathers.
The Parents’ Association congratulate the School on its Golden Jubilee. The Committee is working in concert with the School and the Old Pharosians in arranging events to mark the occasion, and it is hoped that all parents will join in the celebrations.
H. J. BELSHAM,