It has been the time-honoured custom of Editors of this magazine to apologise for the length of time that there is between the promised date of publication and the actual moment when the magazine appears. This edition is also late for publication. But I make no apology for the delay.
This magazine is unlike others in that it is written, as it were, "by the people, for the people", and as such, it cannot be published unless there is sufficient material of a sufficiently high standard as to make the publication of it worthwhile.
With a few exceptions, you, the readers, are also the writers. If a magazine of a higher literary standard is desired (and I, myself have heard that desire expressed), then it is up to you. This magazine has been criticised in many ways, especially by people higher up in the School, and I can only say that, if it is to be made acceptable to everyone, and at the correct times, then more work, more ideas, and more enthusiasm must be presented than are, at this moment, being received.
After seven years of existence, some of our plans have come to fruition. We have watched the builders since the beginning of 1956 and have watched our new boarding houses and classrooms taking shape. Now they are finished. In July, the estate was sold, and the London County Council took the opportunity of buying the freehold of our school site. Physically, therefore, the School is secure and well established. I must pay tribute to many people for this wonderful state of affairs so soon after the School was thought of: to the Council itself for its vision in the creation of this new school; to the Governors who, by their insistence, have had so much done that was essential for the School to survive and progress, to the architects, who designed it all so well within the financial limits they were given; and to the builders who have carried out the work and interfered so little with us in our daily lives. Now what of the future?
I would say that the physical conditions under which a school can be created have now been established. We can now set about creating the school we all hope Woolverstone Hall will become. Buildings do not make a school, they create the conditions under which a school can be formed. It is the people who form the school community who will make it good or bad. We have all known first-rate schools in bad buildings, and bad schools in first-rate buildings. During the past year, much that is good has happened here. Our games continue to improve - though I hope they will always be played in a spirit of adventure and cheerfulness. Our examination results continue to be good, and our various activities prosper. There are, however, still too many boys living selfish lives, and it is these boys who hold the School back. So long as there is only one boy left who is not fully sharing our corporate life, the School cannot progress as far and as fast as it should. We have reached the end of what one may call the foundation era. We now approach our formative years, and I approach them with the utmost confidence, knowing full well that there are enough first-class people in the School to make it a first-class School. I know too that the boys are very fortunate in the staff who teach and look after them. The future is indeed a rosy one if everybody will turn their opportunities to the best possible use.
John S. H. SMITHERMAN
SCHOOL OFFICERS: 1958-59
In a room in the palatial section of County Hall, away from the hustle and bustle of the office part of the building, on August 12th, I was introduced to an elderly unimposing gentleman of rather less than average height. This was Mr. W. H. Rhodes, C.B.E., whose immense generosity had enabled so many boys (roughly 400) to go in previous years on a tour of Canada, and I was privileged (how many times that word was used on the tour) to go with eight boys from Glasgow, Birmingham, and Bradford, and fifteen other boys from London, on the 1958 tour. I will have to confine myself to general impressions and accounts of the highlights of the tour, as to give a reasonably detailed account of the whole tour would take far too much space.
The boat journey out on R.MS. "Sylvania" was a most wonderful experience in itself and. for most of us, a week was too short a time for the journey. All day we played deck tennis, shuffle, board or table tennis, and between games just sunbathed. Every evening there was a cinema show and, in the lounge, dancing. The food was undoubtedly the best I have ever eaten, and we were able to inspect the galleys and also the engine room and bridge. In many ways one felt very much at home in Canada, and this was certainly the case when the National Anthem was played before the start of a football game which we saw at Hamilton. Canadians, in general, are much more patriotic than the English. They are not so formal, for instance, about the Royal Family as we are, but they seem to think a great deal more of them than we do. We were in the House of Commons in Ottawa when loud cheers greeted the announcement by the Prime Minister of the proposed visit of the Queen to Canada in the near future.
At the larger towns we were given civic receptions of varying kinds. In Montreal our reception was at the City Hall, and, on our preceding tour of the city we were accompanied by a motor-cycle escort who took us through red lights and stopped other traffic to enable us to be at the reception on time. Hamilton was the town with the right idea, though. They arranged for about thirty young people of our own age, from different high schools in the town, to accompany us on our tour of Hamilton and the bay, and to explain the method of play in the football game to which we went in the evening. After the game we split up into small groups and went to the homes of some of the students. In Canadian homes they go in for two things in a big way: central heating and refrigeration. Their household 'fridges are twice the size of our larger ones, and often in the basement is a cold storage box, very similar in appearance to those used in stores in this country for frozen foods.
Talking of frozen foods, we had a very interesting tour round a plant of Canada Packers, a meat packing firm. We saw most stages in the process except the actual slaughter. Everything is done with complete lack of any outward emotion on a production line basis. The butcher's shop is becoming a rare sight in Canada, and housewives usually buy their joints already cut and packed in cold storage. In Toronto we went to the top of the thirty-four storey Bank of Commerce, which is the tallest building in the Commonwealth. It was a clear day, and we were able to get a magnificent view of Toronto and the harbour. After that we went down in the lift to inspect the vaults in the first of the four basements. Our most enjoyable time in Canada was spent at Camp Wanapetei on Lake Timagimi. Here we slept in log-cabins and spent a great deal of our time canoeing in the warm waters of the lake. I also managed to do a little sailing there. At the camp we gave the second, and perhaps most successful, of our three concerts, the other two being on the boat voyages.
Exactly a month after that meeting at County Hall we arrived back at London, very tired, and with very little money, but having been through an experience which we would certainly forget in no great hurry.
Geoff BROWN (UVI)
ON TUESDAY, September 2nd, a party of 11 boys and Mr. Shakeshaft set off on an eight-day cycling tour of the West Country. We were going as a School party to seven Youth Hostels. We took a train to Virginia Water to start the tour and from there cycled to Winchester. This was the longest cycle ride of the tour. We arrived at Winchester quite early, so we spent the time looking around the town. At 5 o'clock the hostel opened and in we went. Having made our beds some of the party got their first taste of Youth Hostel chores, e.g., "spudbashing". The evening was pleasantly spent with a variety of amusements. The hostel was quite interesting, as it had been the City Mill, and a river flowed beneath it.
The following morning we visited Winchester Abbey, and then cycled across the Salisbury Plain to Marnhull Hostel. Having had breakfast at the hostel, our lunch was bought in a café. Normally we would have a sandwich lunch, but that day it was teeming with rain. The hostel was not much to speak about, as it was comparatively small and out of the way. But the hostel Warden did provide special School Journey Party cards for those without official Y.H.A. membership cards. On these cards, each hostel puts its stamp. It was a pity the Winchester stamp was absent.
On Thursday we went to Cheddar, via Wells. At Wells we visited the Cathedral, a much more beautiful one than that of Winchester. After a rest at Wells we went to Wookey Hole. Here, with Mr. Shakeshaft, most people went swimming in the open-air swimming pool. We then went down Wookey Hole and visited three caverns cut out by the River Ax. The Hole was quite interesting but not as good as some people had expected. In the evening, after supper at the hostel, many boys cycled to the Cheddar Gorge. After scaling the side, one had a fine view of the road below. On Friday morning we visited Gough's Cave, one of the many Cheddar Caves. Here we were shown round by an extremely pleasant guide, who pointed out the wonderful stalactite formations in the cave. One of the "highlights" was the "Swiss Village". This was some stalactites reflected in a pool of water, so forming a model Swiss village.
After Gough's Cave, we went to Burnham-on-Sea. Here the majority went swimming, after which we had our picnic lunch. We were lucky to get such a lovely sunny day for this seaside visit. Instead of going to Weston-Super-Mare, which has a shingle beach, we stayed at Burnham-on-Sea, with its sandy beach. At 4 o'clock we assembled, and rode to Hutton Youth Hostel, 24 miles away. The hostel was rather badly situated, with a narrow, rutted, stone-strewn track leading to the entrance. In the evening many boys cycled to Weston-Super-Mare. On Saturday, after a good breakfast, we cycled. to Bath. This ride, although rather hilly, seemed the easiest of the journey. On the outskirts of Bath we had our lunch. We then went into the town to look around. The modern swimming bath and the ancient Roman Baths attracted most people. We also went to the Spa and Bath, Abbey. At 4.30 p.m. we set off for the hostel. This comprised of a short ride and then a half-mile walk up a 1-in-6 hill!
When we finally arrived at the hostel, we found it a spacious, house with (in parts) tiled mosaic floors. The following morning we cycled down the hill, an easy half-mile in our journey to Ashton Keynes. But this ride was to be interrupted by two rather serious accidents. The first happened in the late morning when some maniac, I prefer to remain anonymous, skidded on some gravel at the bottom of a hill and fell off, causing bad grazes on his left elbow and leg. After obtaining medical attention in a nearby village, we carried on, only to be stopped again in the afternoon when T. OLoughlin skidded on a wet road. and fell off. This caused an oil tanker behind to swerve into the middle of the road, run over OLoughlin's front whee1 and brake sharply. This in turn caused a car behind to hit the oil-tanker, so denting its right wing. While OLoughlin and Mr. Shakeshaft were at the Police Station giving a report on what happened, Mott and Russell "repaired" the bicycle by stamping on the wheel to remove some of the buckle, and by removing the front brake-blocks to allow the wheel to rotate. When the tanker-driver, car-driver and. policeman had finished, we continued, not so merrily, on our way to Ashton Keynes.
At the hostel we amused ourselves with parlour games. Mr. Shakeshaft and S. Roney had us mystified by their "Chinese writing". The next, and last, hostel was Long Wittenham. We arrived there just before 5 o'clock, so we waited in the village. At first sight the hostel was unimpressive, as it was a lot of scattered buildings, but it showed its true colours later. In fact it was to prove the most interesting hostel of them all, for at 9.30 that evening we were ushered, into a room to, see a model railway. It was being hand-built by the Warden and some friends, and consisted of a scene from Dartmoor. A wooden viaduct was in the foreground, with some very realistic scenery behind it. A station was taking shape to the right, and to the left was a tunnel. It was a historical record of the 1920 era of British Railways. Everything was done in minute detail, such as the number of bars on guard's van windows. On a scale of 4 mm. to a foot, this is quite an achievement.
After seeing the railway we were shown part of a model village which was being hand-built by the Warden alone. The first model was one of a village inn. This was on a scale of 4 mm. to a foot also. The thatched roof on the inn was done with Japanese hair bought from a hairdresser's. Each tile, brick, flower-head and other small objects were made and put on individually with tweezers. The model lit up to show furniture and a bar inside. Next the Warden exhibited a row of cottages. These were made with the same attention to minute detail as on the railway - he discovered some tiles had been chipped by a falling brick, so he had copied it. He had noticed children's drawings on a wall and had copied them. In one house was a small portrait of King George V - the models were copied from the 1920 to 1925 cottages. The portrait was barely ‰n. x Žçn. The cardboard used is now obsolete, as it is pre-war. The Warden told us this had been his lifelong ambition and estimated it would take 25 years to complete! After the cottages were lit up the exhibition was over and we went to bed.
The following morning, Tuesday, September 2nd, we set off on the final leg of our tour. We cycled to Virginia Water, where we caught a train to Waterloo. Here we thanked Mr. Shakeshaft and went our own ways after a 300-350 mile tour.
John P. LONERGAN (IVA)
On the morning I set off for Victoria there were four inches of snow on the ground, yet our Channel crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe was fortunately not as rough as it might have been. At Dieppe a fast express was waiting for us on the quay, and in due time we arrived at Paris. Here we met our future guide, Guillaume, a cheerful French Rugger international. We took a suburban line train for Versailles, where we were to stay, and having arrived, found a shock in store for us. We would have to walk two kilometres to our breakfast every morning! The following afternoon, on Easter Sunday, we were taken by Guillaume to see the beautiful gardens of the Versailles Chateau, and we viewed with awe the huge marble Trianons, which, we were assured the spendthrift King Louis XIV had had built merely for his afternoon tea! On Monday, when we visited the Louvre, we had a new guide, a Monsieur Florence, Guillaume having attached himself to a smiling group of Yorkshire girls. In the afternoon we had a coach trip around Paris, stopping once or twice to see such sights as the Are de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, and famous roads like the Champs-Elysées. Tuesday came and we were given a detailed tour, this time of the actual Chateau at Versailles, and in the afternoon we visited the Eiffel Tower. The famous military museum, the Invalides, was next on our list, and we visited it on Wednesday, admiring the old cannon which contrasted effectively with two captured German tanks. Of special interest were Napoleon's tomb, and his hat and sword which were also on view.
On Thursday, our trip on the "Bateaux-mouches" on the Seine was rather spoilt by rain, but we enjoyed an interesting walk around Montmartre, the steep-hilled home of Bohemian Parisiens and the famed Moulin Rouge. Later we visited the Ile de la Cité and admired Notre Dame, here we also saw the Conciergerie, the famous prison of aristocrats and of Marie-Antoinette, during the revolution, and the beautiful stained-glass "vitraux" of the Sainte-Chapelle. Our last day, Friday, was spent in a coach trip to the Chateau of Malmaison, the home of Napoleon and his wife Josephine. Here we saw some of the famous Gobelin Tapestries, and the one and only tribute to the British we ever found, an account of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. On our return run, we stopped at Saint-Valérian, a high-wooded hill overlooking an impressive view of Paris, and remembered as the site of Gestapo executions of the Maquis. During our stay we had had a thoroughly enjoyable time, coloured by the interesting, and instructive tours of the sights and always enjoyable merely for that gay, indefinable French atmosphere which we found everywhere. The weather was not quite so good, however, but that was no fault of Mr. Poole and Mr. Goetzee, to whom we are all most grateful for their organisation of the visit and to whom its success was due.
AT TWENTY-FIVE past ten on Wednesday the 3rd September, I mounted my bicycle and rode off. Fifty-three minutes later I arrived at the gates of the National Physical Laboratory. I had plenty, of time, as my appointment was for 12 o'clock. My friend and guide, Mr. Young, who works in the chemistry part of the N.P.L., arrived at five to twelve. We had lunch and started on our tour. He told me I could see whatever I liked, so I said I would like to see everything that he thought would be interesting. The first thing that struck me was the size of everything. The wind tunnels, for instance, have six tanks of compressed air, each about 30 feet long and 10 feet in diameter. To supplement this there is a vacuum chamber in the form of a globe. This makes the pressure greater. We looked at all this first, and then went to see the actual length of the wind tunnel. The tanks and vacuum chamber were near a small building, which we entered. "There it is", laughed my companion. I gasped. The actual length of the wind tunnel was under two feet! Mr. Young showed me one of the models they had tested. It was a model of a delta wing, but with no body of a 'plane attached. Next we saw the, "whirling arm" in which a model of a wing is put in place and the whirling arm started. Wires from various points on the wing indicate on dials the various strains and stresses on the wing. I was told that in reality the model wing travels at about 120 miles per hour. The whole thing was specially started for me as a visitor.
After this we went to the sound department. In this several types of walls were being experimented with. Mr. Young said, in one of them, "Now, shout!" I shouted. The room echoed hollowly for about five seconds. The next room had walls which absorbed almost all the sounds. The use of this sort of wall is as floor and ceilings of blocks of flats. Electricity was next on our tour. We saw insulators of various sorts being subjected to a current which was gradually increased. When one insulator was burnt out the current was noted. In this way the best insulator was discovered. After electricity came Micro-biology. As always new laboratories were being built, and Mr. Young took me round one of these. It was spotless, and I had pointed out to me the close- fitting doors and windows which would keep out dust, etc., in the air.
After this I was shown experiments actually under way. I was told it was a vaccination against T.B. which was slowly killing the germs. An assistant took down notes. We then walked past the sound department to the "radio-active room". It was about 15 feet high, and as we walked inside Mr. Young pointed out the fans and other equipment for cleaning the "dangerous air". To finish off the tour I was shown briefly the chemistry department. 'Here they do such things as test nylon to find out what strain it will stand. Mr. Young was doing just that, as well as other minor jobs on radio-active metals.
During the whole visit three main things stood out. The first was the size of the place. It must have been almost a mile square, and was packed with buildings of every sort and description. Second was the fact that buildings were being erected and modified all the time. The whole place was a hive buzzing with busy workmen. Last was the almost complete absence of guards. I saw three, and no secrecy was observed that I saw. I was allowed to wander in and out by myself without being stopped once. The only regret I had was that, although I saw an electronic computer, I was not told much about it. Contrary to popular belief they are not lightning fast, but take quite some time to reach their conclusions. They are, however, considerably faster than an army of trained mathematicians. This then, was the National Physical Laboratory; the place where almost everything one sees has been tested over and over again - for our personal safety.
THIS YEAR, although our achievements, have not been so spectacular as last year, our results have been good and have covered a most varied range of pursuits; everything from chess and music to rugger and athletics.
ALL THINGS considered, it has been a good year for Halls House. Academically, results have been very gratifying, but, inevitably, House prestige is not affected by these results to any degree. By and large, the successful House is judged by its prowess on the games field. But here I can safely claim that the House has attained a higher standard, as far as rugby and cricket are concerned, than it has possessed for a considerable time.
The Rugby team shared first place in the Inter-House Competition, a result that went very much against current form at that time. The cricket competition was never completely finished, but Halls House stood to win the cup, needing only a drawn game to attain the first position. In these spheres of sporting activity, it is a pleasing feature that many of our players are young, which means that they should be able to 'represent the House again on more than one future occasion. We hope they do so with the same enthusiasm.
The Sailing Cup again fell to Hall's House, but not without a struggle. I therefore wish to congratulate the team on their achievement. Cross-country running and athletics results did not prove to be as successful as they had seemed to promise, but this will, I am sure, be improved upon during the coming seasons.
Being the end of a School year, there are, of course, many changes. All the former monitors, without exception, having left for Universities or jobs, the House is now under entirely new management. This new management wishes to record its thanks and appreciation to Anthony Jones and Co. for blazing such a clear-cut trail for their successors. It is to be hoped that they deal as efficiently with all House problems as did their predecessors. Finally we wish to welcome back Mr. Smith to the House after his term's sojourn and to express our thanks and farewell to Mr. Palmer, who proved a popular stand-in. He returns home to his native Wales.
Although the last of the Nissen huts, which had been our homes for many years, was only demolished this term, all memories of life in them were left far behind as we progressed throughout the year. The new building had its small problems but the House soon settled down to enjoy the benefits of community life. Once again Corner's beat us by a few points to win the Athletics Cup, but our juniors combined very well as a team to win their age, group, especially since they had only one individual winner.
Markham, Stirling, Golebiowski, Driver, Goody, Banwell and Dickinson represented the School at athletics at either, Woodbridge, H..M.S. Ganges or the County Championships at Leiston. We were not so successful in the other later-House Competitions but we were by no means disgraced. By the end of the Rugby season Brobbel and Blake had ensured regular places in the First XV and many of our boys played for the School teams. Cracknell and Stirling ran in the Suffolk A.A.A. Cross-Country Championships which were held at the School during the Easter Term.
At cricket we were represented in the First XI by Markham, Blake and Brobbel who was awarded his colours, and special congratulations are also due to those members of the House who reached the ill-fated Third XI. Whilst the outstanding activity in the House has been model-making, for which we have a well-equipped hobbies-room, many of our boys have been to the fore in other School activities. The House was well represented in the Choral and Orchestral Societies' Concerts on Open Day, and Abrams and Wolmark played in the Aldburgh Festival. We also possess a large constituent of the Young Farmers' Club who are always active - feeding pigs! Alex Johnston was appointed a School Blue during the year to bring our number of School Officers to four.
Academically the House continues to enjoy moderate success and on Speech Day, M. Jefferies, Coles, Wolmark, P. Jefferies, Thomas, Smith and Loye all received prizes. Again a number of boys are leaving this year to enter the Universities. M. Jefferies and M. Cracknell have provisional places at King's College. London University, and Bristol University respectively. Alex Johnston is hoping to take a sandwich course at Rolls Royce, Ltd., and L. Markham is joining Northants' C.C.C. The whole House wishes them, together with Wells, Hassett, Brookes and Webb, the best of luck in their careers. The House will be left without any Prefects or Blues, for the first time ever, at the end of this year, but I'm sure our Sixth Form will prove as helpful, and efficient in running the House as their predecessors.
Alan J. GEORGE
THE PAST year has been a very successful one in all ways and it seems a pity that most of the boys who made such a memorable year possible have now left us. At the end of last term we had to say goodbye to "Andy" Hunton who as Head Boy, House Captain and Captain of Rugby was admired and respected by all. "Ali" Glass and Henry Clark also left, both having contributed a great deal towards the House's well-being. Glass deserves particular mention for he has now become the first boy in the School's short history to win a State Scholarship, as a result of which he is proceeding to University College, London. Others to leave were "Alice" Bailey, who this year represented Suffolk in the All- England Sports at Durham and, whose incredible leap of 21ft. l‰ns. will be talked about for a long time, at least until someone betters it, John Tweddle and "Sammy" Snell, two burly Rugby players have also left, the former to join an art school in London and the latter to a bank.
In sport the House had one of its best years. In a year of fierce competition all the way round we eventually had to be satisfied with sharing the Senior Rugby Cup with Hall's and Corner's. In the seven-a-side tournament, however, we made up for this by retaining the championship for the second year. The Junior Rugby team, ably led by Gardner, won their cup outright. As for cross-country the senior team surprised most people by achieving first place, including the first two individuals. The juniors, however, did not do as well as expected and our overall position was third. Corner's came first for the second year in succession and Halls second. The competition on Sports Day was the keenest ever, and although we were placed third, only a few points separated us from the champions, Corners. The Senior Cricket Championship was undecided since the match between Hall's and Corner's was not played. But here again our team enjoyed average success by winning one match, drawing one and losing one. The Sailing Cup was won by Halls and in this sport alone we came fourth and last. Academically, distinction was brought upon the House and School by Coutts and Szepesy, who both won Travelling Scholarships, the former to Germany and the latter to France. On Speech Day we were again well represented by nine prize-winners.
John F. R. WALMSLEY
SINCE THE last account of this House was written many things have changed. While all the other Houses were in their new buildings we, however, remained in our Nissen huts which still bring back pleasant memories. In the second term the Junior House was reconstructed. We moved into our long awaited new House taking half the First and Second Forms, the remainder of the First Forms starting a second Junior House becoming known as "Berners". After a proposal that our House should be known as "Mudlarks" had been rejected we took upon ourselves the name of "Orwell". When we moved in, the seniors were Markham and Dye of Hanson's and Wilds and Pinney of Corner's. In the Summer Term, Markham left our House and Golebiowski took his place. Afterwards Pinney soon followed him, and Bicknell became a Senior. .Mr. Mudd's model aeroplane craze soon converted our peaceful abode into a screaming aerodrome. Several of the members of the House have represented their separate Houses in both Rugby and cricket, while a few have produced one or two shows.
On Open Day, our hydrogen balloon idea brought in a large amount of money, which helps towards a swimming pool. We were very sorry to see Mr. Cowdrey and Miss Lockyer go, and we wish them all the best. On the whole it has been a fruitful year .
John ACZEL and Philip MARCH (II)
Mrs. Mayes took on the job of matron and, although only part-time, proved herself very good with the boys. We are all, I am sure, very sorry to lose her. Congratulations must be bestowed upon Dibbin for being captain of both the Under Thirteens' cricket and the Under Twelves' rugby teams. The rugby team, of which seven players were boys from Berners, was not too successful, but the spirit was very good. The Under Thirteens' eleven, however, did very well, winning four matches and drawing two, not a single match being lost. Here a mention must be made of P. Gait and A. Suffling, who received prizes last speech day. Both were won for general subjects. Several boys in Berners have played for their senior houses. Most hearty congratulations must he given to D. Dibbin, F. A. Kiy, J. Allgrove, A. Suffling, R. Waughman, M. Bauer and D. Croft, who played in the junior cricket match, Johnstons v. Halls.
Our house has, naturally enough, had its "teething troubles", but I think we can say that these have now blown over. Several enthusiastic games have been played against Orwell House. We have proved ourselves better in all respects. Of three matches Berners were the victors. We have beaten Orwell in rugby, cricket and boxball matches. In the first term (the Spring Term, 1958) we had to put up with Nissen huts. Often we would walk through thick snow over to our washing place in the morning. Now, however, we have moved into the Orangery, where we have central heating. Considering all aspects, Berners House has had a good start, and we all hope it will have a good reputation in years to come.
Larry A. HOWES (IA)
John F. CLUTTERBUCK - September, 1951-July, 1958: G.C.E. "0" level 1956, "A" 1958, "S" 1958. Rugby 1st XV and 2nd XV, 1954-55-56-57-58. Athletics 1955-56-57-58. Colours 1957. School plays 1957, "1066 and all that", "Government Inspector". Archery. School Representative 1958. Proceeds to Bristol University October, 1958.
Malcolm PINNEY - September, 1952-July 1958: G.C.E. "O" 1957. Cricket 1st XI 1957-58. Colours 1958. Badminton, 1957-58. Rugby 3rd XV 1958. Athletics 1958. Cross-country Suffolk Championships, 1958 (7th). Suffolk Grammar Schools Cricket XI 1958.
John R. F. HANSELL - September, 1951-July, 1958: House Monitor 1955. Blue 1957. Captained 2nd XV 1957-58. School cross-country teams 1956 and 1958. Bronze medal 1958, Junior C.C. 3rd, Suffolk A.A.A. House Rugby captain 1956-57. House cross-country captain 1957-58. Sea Cadets 1954, LI.S 1956. Swimming 1957. School librarian 1954-58. Y.F.C. chairman 1953-1955. Choral Society 1956-58. Dramatics Society 1957-58. Debating Society and VI Form Society. 1956 and 1957. "O" level G.C.E., 1958 "A" level. Has a place in Leicester University.
Peter TILLEY - September, 1956 - July, 1958: House Monitor 1956. Blue, 1957. School Athletics 1957 and 1958 . House Rugby and Cricket 1956-58. Sea Cadets 1956. S.C.C. Sports, 1956. S.C.C. Swimming 1957. Librarian 1956, Head Librarian 1958. Y.F.C. 1957. Choral Society 1956-58. Dramatic Society 1956-58. Debating Society 1956. VI Form. Society (founder-member, 1956 and 1957 "O" level. G.C.E., 1958 "A" level. Interested in accountancy.
Ian THORN - September, 1951- July, 1958: House Monitor 1955. Blue 1957. Rugby 1st XV. Cricket 1st XI. Cricket colours. School Cricket captain 1958. Member of Y.F.C. since 1953. Choral Society 1956. Debating Society and VI Form Society. "O" level G.C.E. 1956 and 1957. "A" level 1958. Has a place in Bristol University, but the last news was that his county- Sussex-wouldn't give him a grant. We hope that he, with the school's help, gets to the university.
Anthony JONES - September, 1951- July, 1958: House Monitor 1955. House captain 1957. Blue 1957, Prefect 1958. Sailed for the School. Sailing colours 1958. Member of S.C.C. 1954, /S 1956. Also. in Y.F.C., where he entered public speaking contests. School Librarian and in Debating Society 1958. VI Form Society chairman. Member of Sailing Club. 1956 and 1957 "O" level G.C.E., 1958 "A" level.
Besides the Monitors, we have also lost our craftsman, "Spud" Grimson, who interested many younger boys in model-making.
Andy S. HUNTON - 1953-1958): "O" level 1955, "A" level 1957. Blue 1956. Prefect 1957. House Captain 1957. Head Boy 1958. Rugby 1st XV 1954-55-56-57-58. Colours 1956. Captain, 1958. Athletics 1957. Colours 1957. Cross-country 1958. S.C.C., Leading Seaman 1957. All-England Swimming, 1956.
Alastair M. GLASS - 1952 -1958): "O" level 1956: "A" Level 1958. State Scholarship 1958. Blue 1957. Rugby 2nd XV 1957-58. Sailing 1958. S.C.C. Leading Seaman 1957. Dramatic Society. Y.F.C. Treasurer. Proceeds to University College, London.
Harry D. CLARK - 1951-58) "O" level, 1956: "A" level, 1958. Blue 1957. Rugby 1st XV. 1957-58. Colours 1958. Cricket 1st XI. 1958. Athletics 1958. S.C.C. Leading Seaman 1957. Dramatic Society. Choral Society. Y.F.C. Secretary.
Alan J. GEORGE - 1950-58: G.C.E. "O" level 1955, "A" level 1957 and 1958. House Captain 1957, 1958, Blue 1956; Prefect 1957, 1st XI Cricket 1957; 1st XV Rugby 1955-56-57-58., Colours 1956; School Athletics and Cross-Country, with Colours for the former., Dramatic Society, Stage Manager. At present waiting for University entrance.
Michael P. CRACKNELL - 1951-58: G.C.E. "O" level 1956, "A" level 1958; House Vice-Captain 1957-58; Blue 1957; lst XV and 2nd XV Rugby 1956-57-58, Cross-Country team; ran Archery Club., prominent member of the Dramatic Society. At present at Bristol University, after good "A" level passes.
Michael G. JEFFERIES - 1956-58: G.C.E. "X' and "S" level 1958. Blue 1957; member of Sailing Club. Now studying zoology at London University.
Alexander JOHNSTON - 1956-58: G.C.E. "A" level 1958; Blue 1957; member of Young Farmers' and Sailing Clubs; Secretary of Sixth Form Society 1957-58. Now apprenticed to Rolls-Royce.
CRICKET & ATHLETICS
THIS YEAR the Under 14's enjoyed a much better season than last, winning five out of our nine matches and losing two. This was mainly due to the consistent batting and tight bowling. The bats- men have now learnt to hit the loose ball and the bowlers now keep a good length. Blanchard, Smith, Rashid, Lloyd and Leach all had their moments with the bat. The best performance was the 65 not out of Rashid, who figured in an unbroken partnership of 103 with Leach (33 not out) against St. Joseph's College. Our main wicket takers were Rashid and Leach, with 21 and 17 wickets respectively. Special mention must be made of Rashid's 7 for 11, also against St. Joseph's College, which was by far our best bowling analysis. The fielding was usually very good but there is a great deal of room for improvement. On the whole we had a very successful season, which I'm sure augurs well for the future. The team's improvement this season is due to the excellent coaching which Mr. Mayes gave to us, and we would all like to thank him very much.
SENIOR HOUSE MATCHES
ALTHOUGH NOT completely settled, this year's series of Inter-House matches proceeded very much according to expectation. Halls were, on paper, the most powerful team and evoked no surprise with their victories over Hansons and Johnstons, although they did not win as comfortably as a perhaps too-confident side had anticipated. Johnstons and. Corners drew the first match, due, on both sides. to steady batting and a lack of any real incisive bowling. Johnstons later won a hard-fought struggle with Hansons. who, despite a depleted side, put up some excellent fighting displays, as the match with Corners testifies. The final game to decide the overall House positions lay between Halls and Corners, with Halls expected to be the final victors by all except Corners, of course. But, due to unsuitable weather conditions, the game never took place, and as a result, the fate of the Cup is still unknown.
JUNIOR HOUSE CRICKET
THE JUNIOR House Cup Was won by a strong Halls' side, with comparatively easy victories over both Hansons and Corners. Their game with Johnstons, however, was of a different calibre. Halls batted first and, to their surprise, I fancy, were dismissed for a mere 40 runs. But excellent bowling saw them through to victory, and ultimately, to possession of the Junior Cup. The standard, of play in these matches suggests the possible presence of several new faces in Senior House cricket in the near future.
Without doubt this has been the School's most successful year at athletics. We had a fairly full season of three outside meetings and did very well in all of them, especially at H.M.S. Ganges, where we were competing with the cream of athletes from Essex and Suffolk. The School is very proud that House and Bailey are to represent the County, and I am sure they will be the first of many of our athletes to receive this honour. They have been awarded School athletics colours.
May 24th, 1958 - School Sports - Results
THIS YEAR, Sports Day was the most enjoyable and successful we have ever had, and our new 330 yards track gave Church Field that compact atmosphere, of a first-class meeting. There were a few unjustified objections to running on a shorter track but many boys don't realise just how lucky we are to have a field for athletics only. Despite a high wind the weather was almost perfect, and the loud-speaker worked well. Competition between the Houses was much keener this year, and whereas in 1956 the margin between the first and last houses was 51 points, it was only 15 this time. Before Sports Day the general opinion was that there would be a battle for first place between Corner's and Johnston's, but it turned out that Corners retained the cup with a seven-points lead over Hansons. Up to the relays, Hansons were leading, but Corners won the Junior relay (after Johnstons were disqualified), the Senior relay, and the tug-of-war, to sprint home first. During the meeting nine new school records were established which shows how the standard of athletics is improving. The present records will probably stabilise now, however, and it will be very interesting to see how many are broken next year. Old, boys will be pleased to know that, although it is too early in the School's career to arrange an Old Boys' athletics match, the question of invitation events in the School Sports is being considered. I'm sure this would create even keener competition and could lead to more ambitious meetings in the future.
Alan GEORGE (UV1)
SCHOOLS ATHLETICS MEETING AT WOODBRIDGE SCHOOL, 27th May, 1958
We began the season with a three-cornered match between Woodbridge School, King Edward VI School and Woolverstone Hall. The meeting took place in ideal weather and we are very grateful to Woodbridge School for arranging this most enjoyable match. Despite it being our first match of the season, we did fairly well, especially in the Over-16 group, where we finished second to Woodbridge by 4½ points. The performances of our Under-16 and Over-14 groups were rather disappointing, but this was to be expected so early in the season when athletics training was hardly under way, and we were unable to send a full team.
SUFFOLK SCHOOLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Twenty-fifth Annual County Sports at Leiston, 21st June, 1958
Sixteen of our boys qualified at the Area Sports at Felixstowe on 21st May and went on to represent East Suffolk South at the County Sports. It rained continuously throughout the meeting, but all the events took place and thirteen of the boys from the School came in the first four in their events and were presented with certificates by the Association. House and Bailey did extremely well and were selected to represent Suffolk in the All England Championships at Durham on 26th July. Because of the adverse conditions at Leiston, Bailey won with a jump of only 18 ft. 4½ins., but at Felixstowe he reached 20 ft. 8 ins.
SCHOOLS ATHLETICS MEETING AT H.M.S. GANGES - 4th July, 1958
This year we were able to send a complete team for the first time, with the result that we gained second place in the overall team competition. Because the meeting was held slightly later than last year our Junior team was hardly affected by examinations and did very well to be placed second in their age group. Congratulations are due to our Boys' team, who finished first by a considerable margin of points. The cinder track proved to be slower than usual because of the heavy rain of the previous day, but there were outstanding performances by three of our boys in the field events. Clutterbuck produced a magnificent put of 40 ft. 10ins. in the Junior Shot, and I feel certain that if he had shown this form at Leiston he would have impressed the County selectors. Bailey was also on top form, and although his jumping was interrupted by the Youths' 100 yards (which he also won), he reached 21 ft. 11ins., which compares very favourably with the National Standard of 20 ft., and the County record of 20 ft. 5½ins. Goody must also be congratulated on clearing 5ft. to win the Boys' high jump.
THIS HAS been a most interesting term for this Society. To open the new School Hall on Whit-Monday, the Choral Society sang an abridged version of the St. John Passion by J. S. Bach and the Orchestral Society gave a second concert on the same day at which Fletcher, Head and Abrams played movements from concertos by J. S. Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi accompanied by the orchestra. The "London Symphony" by Haydn and the Polka from "Schwanda the Bagpiper" by Weinberger completed, a very creditable concert.
The School was fortunate in being asked to provide eight percussion players for the first performances of Benjamin Britten's opera "Noye's Fludde" at the Aldeburgh Festival. Fletcher, O'Loughlin, Abrams, Wolmark, Baguste, Windsor, Durrant and Stone brought great credit on the School by playing very difficult parts. Three performances were given in Orford Church as well as a television performance and the B.BC. television cameras descended on the School to take shots of us rehearsing. Benjamin Britten himself came to the School on two occasions to take rehearsals whilst James Blades, the well-known percussion player, coached the boys in the finer points of percussion playing. Mr. Blades also gave us a wonderful demonstration lecture on "Instruments of Percussion".
One of the most pleasing features this term has been the starting of the Junior Orchestra. Some of the more senior members of the Music Society have been coaching this and Fletcher has done magnificent work in training the orchestra and conducting them and a choir from 1b in a concert towards the end of the term. The standard reached in this gives us high hopes for the School Orchestra in the future. The Oxford University Opera Club visited the School and gave us a concert performance of "The Secret Marriage" by Cimerosa. We are indebted to them and also to Mr. Johnston who helped arrange the visit, for a most enjoyable evening. During the last week of the term Nawrot organised another of his concerts given by the older boys and a party went to the Hintlesham Festival to see a performance of "The Marriage of Figaro".
THE SUMMER TERM is always a good one from the point of view of the Sea Cadets and this one has been no exception. Our usual close liaison with the Sailing Club has been maintained with the happy result that the Unit now holds a national trophy - the "Rater" Cup for dinghy sailing. This cup was presented to the Corps this year by the Thames Sailing Club and six teams went from this Unit to Surbiton to compete for it. Jones and Leeson were in the final race which was won by Jones. In swimming, the Unit retained the Zone Swimming Trophy, defeating our nearest rival, the Ipswich Unit, by a handsome margin.
A large number of cadets represented the Zone at the Area Championships and six cadets, viz., Brown, Glass, Leeson, Wilds, Bratt and Lewis represented the Midland Area at the National Championships held on Saturday, 26th July. In addition, Leeson and Lewis won the "Doray" Cup for life-saying - a Midland Area trophy - and subsequently gained the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life-Saving Society. This is particularly commendable in that the whole enterprise was carried out on their own initiative and unaided. So successful was this excursion into the life-saving field that it is hoped to include it as a regular part of the instructional programme in the future.
At long last the range is in use and we expect to start competitive shooting in the S.C.C. winter postal league competition. So far, no outstanding shots have appeared - indeed, the experience of one class in particular seemed to indicate that a number of cadets who are not yet wearing spectacles ought to be doing so! However, not every class has been on the range as yet so there is still the possibility of a natural marksman appearing. The 25-ft. cutter is still in boatyard hands, but Admiralty approval has been given for the necessary expenditure on it and it is expected to be ready not later than September. Because of the many other commitments at week-ends, it was possible to have only one training cruise this term, during which an emergency signal mast was rigged on Collimer Point and the Unit's pendants flown therefrom.
In addition, an amendment was made to the chart of the Orwell estuary by Parker and Cockshott. This was not as easy as it sounds, as it involved swimming ashore with a hand-bearing compass, notebook and pencil - and keeping all three dry - prior to taking bearings to fix the position of a new beacon visible from the river. As always at the end of a School year we have to say good-bye to a number of cadets, some of whom have been in the Unit almost since its beginning. We wish them every success in the future and hope that those who are still eligible to do so will continue their membership of the S.C.C. by joining a unit at home.
Chairman A. M. Jones - Secretary A. M. Glass - Treasurer A. Johnston
THE SIXTH FORM SOCIETY is one in which the initiative comes essentially from the boys. It was formed at the end of the last Easter Term with 25 members. A few more members were elected in the Summer Term. The Society is both a cultural and social Society. On the cultural side two talks were given. The first by Mr. Hodges, a well-known commercial artist, who talked on 'Modern Art" and the second by Mr. Leslie Paul, author and journalist, and Vice-President of the Council for Christian Action, who gave a very interesting talk on "Teddy Boys". The most enjoyable activity that the Society had was a 50-mile cycle rally to Clacton. Out of the 16 groups that set out only three groups arrived back at School without being disqualified. Congratulations go to Mayer and O'Loughlin for winning the rally. The end of term dance was a combined Dancing Club-Sixth Form Society function. I hope that the Society will soon be able to take over the organisation of such dances. If suggestions are forthcoming from the members and all show enthusiasm I am sure the Society will flourish. During the winter terms the Society should show considerable progress as there are no examinations to interrupt the terms and film shows and discussions as well as talks and a theatre outing will probably be possible.
THE MODEL AIRCRAFT CLUB is now firmly established It was started by Mr. Mudd buying kit and accessories for his House, Orwell House. The "bug" soon spread around and reached its climax at the end of the Spring Term. As a result of the many people who bought kits, it was decided to form a Club for the modellers. The craze soon died out, leaving only the keener modellers. The aircraft made covered a wide range from "Chuck Gliders" to Control Line" models. As yet no "Free-Flight" models have been made, but it is hoped in the future that there will be some constructed.
A gliding competition was held on 1st June. There were two classes, up to 30-ins. wing-span, and an open event in which any 'plane was flown. The 30-ins. span class was won by R. Martin with a Keil-Kraft Dolphin. The "Open" event was won by K. Ashdown, with his own design, which he called a Javelin. The times for these were not impressive as the day and experience, were not of the best. If the weather is better next term it is hoped to hold these competitions more frequently. There was a flying display of "Control Line" models on Whit-Monday. Four aeroplanes took part during the afternoon. They all flew very well with the exception of the Silver Sorcerer, which, unfortunately, stalled.
The standard of aeroplane construction is gradually improving and the younger members of the Club have made some very good aeroplanes. J. Bates' "Planfour Mite" was undoubtedly the best, and his generosity in letting his Form mates "have a go" was appreciated by all, as it was their first attempt at "Control-Line". So far we have built only "Team Racers" and "Trainers", but next term "Stunting" and "Combat" will be attempted. This is much more fun! Surprisingly enough, the Model Aircraft Club incorporates model boats also. This last term has seen more interest in model boats, but at the moment, Hansons seem to have the monopoly, with a large battery-powered launch and a Diesel-powered launch; the latter has not been finished yet, so its performance is still unknown.
A hydroplane, made by S. Smith, was unfortunately grossly underpowered and just managed to chug along. This was because the owner did not have a "pusher prop", so the engine had to run backwards. A flying boat, made by Hastings, the first to be made, was a bit disappointing, but all praise to the workmanship. Due to the bad design of the aircraft, the wings folded up on take-off. There is one consolation, however, that is, it made a very good "Hydro-plane", after the wings were detached. If people would like to be modellers, but are scared of breaking a 'plane, they should try boats, they bring just as much pleasure but do not break so easily! We, the modellers, are indebted to Mr. Mudd for bringing us so much fun, by concocting fuel, and so reducing the price by two-thirds. Thanks to him, the "power" side of the "Aero Club" has been so active during this term.
Robert GRIMSON and Raymond BAILEY
THE PAST season has been the most successful in the history of the Club from every point of view. The School fleet has been increased by four boats, an elderly Snipe and three new Cadets. Mrs. Pitts-Tucker, one of the School Governors, generously loaned us the Snipe, and has arranged for a new set of sails for next season. Despite some dubious remarks when she arrived, the Snipe has been a firm, favourite with the senior members, especially on their jaunts to Harwich after the exams. This is due in no small measure to the efforts of A. Jones and his crew who shivered in an unheated, boathouse to caulk endless seams.
On Open Day Mrs. Smitherman launched three new Cadets to complete the seven Dwarfs. "Bashful" was built by D. House, N. O'Loughlin and their crew in the workshop. She is a most successful boat, and has performed very well in all her races. We are very grateful for the inspiration, guidance and time of Mr. Hanson and Mr. Turner, and hope that they will be equally successful with the "Enterprise" that is to be built this winter. "Doc" and "Sleepy" - more affectionately known as the Banana Boat - were built by "Chippie", and have caused many a raised shape and performance.
The School matches were all very closely fought, and provided good racing:
The team sailed well this year, and many examples of good tactics were seen, notably from H. Leeson and A. Jones. but every member pulled his weight, with R. Lewis in "Bashful" being an unbeatable combination. Sailing Colours were awarded, to A. M. Jones and H. Leeson. The team was G. Brown (Capt.), A. Glass, A. Jones, W. Bauer, H. Leeson, R. Lewis, R. Gerrish and P. Williams.
The House Competition, sailed in teams of two boats, was narrowly won by Halls with Corners second and Hansons third. Everything depended on a Corners boat hitting a turning mark. Hansons are to be congratulated on the performance of their two novice helmsmen. The Novices' Plank. with an entry of 11, proved very exciting, and was finally won by B. Sandland, with K. Ashdown second and A. Brett third. During the holidays many boys returned to the Orwell and the Deben to sail - Williams and Sylvester during Deben Week, the same two and Bauer and Baguste in the Keeling Cup, and no less than 13 boys took part in the Waldringfield Cadet Week. A camp was arranged and six boats taken across and they performed very well indeed. Lewis and Gerrish ultimately finished tieing in fourth place in a fleet of 20 boats. They and Brett often led the race, and our dark blue hulls were much admired, even the Banana boat, which had the opposition very worried before racing started. Finally, the best feature of the year has been the co-operative spirit amongst the boys, hich, together with the help of Mr. Goetzee, has made this season so enjoyable.
M. A. R. POOLE
IT SURPRISES me that the game, croquet, is becoming less popular in England. It is one of the few out-of-door activities in which one can use low cunning fairly, as well as having an enjoyable time without exhausting oneself (or at least one pair has an enjoyable time even if the opposition has not). When Mr. Richardson introduced the game to the School it became very popular among a small group of boys who were scorned and called old women by the others who had not discovered the pleasure of croquet. Nevertheless the group of boys who played the game kept increasing rapidly. Croquet requires skill, especially on our lawn where the deviation of the ball due to bumps and holes has to be taken into account, and is by no means time-wasting. In one afternoon the players will have plenty of exercise both physically, in walking to and fro across the lawn, and mentally, in devising plans to defeat the opponent, an invaluable lesson on oblique impact and plenty of enjoyment. If indeed croquet was an old ladies' game, either old ladies are cunning by nature (thus keeping the men from playing) or they have a better idea how to enjoy a hot afternoon than their menfolk.
Alastair M. GLASS
"THE RAIN in Spain falls mainly on the plain."
"The rain in Suffolk falls mainly on Woolverstone", or so it seemed to us, as the Club, recovering from one of its periodic hibernations during the winter, was washed into comparative inactivity at the beginning of the Summer Term. The net result of the soaking is that one of the seven pigs, which we are keeping at present, caught pneumonia (it fortunately recovered), and that many of the young trees which we are growing were buried beneath piles of sodden, windswept grass. This is now being remedied, however, but there are going to be a few curses hurled at the nettles before the job is done. Last term we entertained the Felixstowe Y.F.C. when we held a return debate with them. The motion that "There is no place for livestock on the farm of to-day" proved highly amusing although it is rather uncertain which side won.
We have had two film shows recently, one from the Shell organisation and the other, on the prevention of accidents, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. By the time this edition goes to print we will have held another of our sausage sizzles which has meant not a little hard work with the axe and saw. Mr. Double has been a very good friend of the Club, especially the Forestry section, and we would like to thank him for all he has done and wish him the best of luck in the future. We were very pleased to be asked to prepare a part of the County Y.F.C. tent at the Suffolk Show. The Club was again able to take a party to the Show. As far as we can tell, Club membership remains high and we have many willing and keen members. We confidently expect the Club's star to keep on rising and we look forward to a bright future.
Henry D. CLARK (Sec)
AFTER RATHER a bad start, due partly to the weather, and partly to the indisposition of the organiser, the Archery Club was under way by about the fourth week of term. Soon after this, the hut in which the equipment was kept had to be demolished and everything was moved to a room in the model railway hut, where it has remained ever since. Attendance was now high, now low, but there was a regular flow of people, many of whom kept up their interest all term. This irregularity of numbers who attended can probably be put down to the weather, for of the three afternoons a week devoted to archery, a fairly high percentage were rained off. Nobody's marksmanship was outstanding, but this was excusable since, for most of the term, we were using two-foot targets, whereas the regulation size for summer is four-foot; this, for the sake of the non-mathematical readers, means we were only shooting on a quarter the regulation surface area!
We shot at any distance from twenty yards to one hundred and thirty yards, but by far the most popular "shoot" was the "long-shoot", for which we stood on the terraces at the front of the main building and aimed at targets in the middle of Orwell side; although no-one ever hit the target from here, there was always a chorus of voices at the end of the afternoon, asking for a "long-shoot", and it never failed. to attract a large audience, after all, it is common knowledge that "hope springs eternal in the human breast"! One of the Master's wives decided, to turn Maid Marion and tried her hand at this sport. She was more successful than most on her first day out, but after this her interest seemed to wane. It would be good to see more Staff taking part in archery so that later there could, perhaps, be a "Staff versus boys" archery match.
Our equipment is in good order with few breakages this term. The purchase of a Four-foot target late in the term, together with some new arrows, was a big step forward and a great improvement to our stock. We now have three targets and twelve bows, for each of which there are at least six arrows. It is a pity that this large target arrived so late in the term, but it will be ready for next year anyway. It did arrive early enough. however, to be used for the third of our archery matches with Winchester College. This was again postal, but was our first outdoor match. We had lost one indoor match but won the other so this was, perhaps, important to us. Our team consisted of Taylor, Fuller, Cracknell and Clutterbuck, who shot two dozen arrows at thirty, forty and fifty yards, with the following success.
This score was not excellent but it was fairly commendable, and we succeeded in beating Winchester, who scored 789 points, by a reasonable margin. I would like to thank P. Stocken, President of Winchester Archery Society, for his co-operation in arranging these matches, which were all most enjoyable. I sincerely hope more can be arranged, and also with different schools, in the future.
Michael P. CRACKNELL
THE SUMMER season appears to be rather a dead time for Old Boys, and news is scarce. Several new Old Boys have, however, joined the Association, and I shall look forward to a spate of news during the winter.
The Old Boys' cricket match did not take place. To start with the Old Boys did not raise a team though there were several members of the School 2nd XI standing by to play. However, violent rain made the pitch quite unsuitable, though the sun did shine in the afternoon. I hope there will be enough Old Boys available on Whit. Monday next year.
On Speech Day we were glad to welcome George BICKNELL (1956) driving his own car, and Duncan GLASS (1957), John BYFORD (1957), and Robert COX (1956). The methods our Old Boys use to travel the country appear to be many and varied, some fast, some slow, and with some it does not seem to matter. We much enjoyed seeing them.
We acknowledge with thanks those magazines that schools have sent us.