|VOL. XII|| |
|SCHOOL CHAPEL...||157||IW HAV BIIN UORND||166|
|Obituary||157||INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSION GROUP..||1I66|
|OLD EDWARDIANS' ASSOCIATION WAR MEMORIAL APPEAL||157||SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY........||167|
|THE SHEFFIELD COLLECTION...||167|
|S.R.G.S. 1892-1899||158||CINE CLUB||167|
|TEN YEARS HARD||159||FOOTBALL........||168|
|THE CONCERT||16o||HOUSE NOTES........||171|
|A VISITOR'S IMPRESSION||163||CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING..||173|
|MUSIC CLUB||164||OLD EDWARDIANS.||174|
|SCHOOL MUSIC||164||THE ELEPHANT PUZZLE.....||174|
|"SYMPHONY OF A CITY"||165||CROSSWORD......||175|
The opening words of the first hymn, "Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him," set the keynote for the service held on February 13th before a large congregation of boys, parents and friends. This sentiment was echoed in the Lesson, the opening verses of St. John's Gospel. The Ven. J. F. Brewis, MA., Archdeacon of Doncaster, discussed in his sermon the nature of the " Light of the World "which St. John described and which was the theme of the Bach anthem sung by the choir. A candle flame is a small thing, easily extinguished; the Christian Church was once small, but it survived the menacing hand that would extinguish it in its infancy. A flame, too, is dazzling and the Light of Christ had so dazzled the eyes of men that even now they were but slowly adapting themselves to its splendour. The service ended, as it began, on a joyous note with the hymn "Rejoice, 0 land! "
H. R. W.
The Annual Commemoration Service will be held on Sunday, May 8th, at 11.15 a.m., when the preacher will be A. B. Sackett, Esq., M.A., Headmaster of Kingswood School, Bath. Parents, Old Edwardians, and Old Boys of Wesley College and the Grammar School, are cordially invited to come to this service.
Mr. J. H. G. MONYPENNY, who died on 2nd March, 1949, was an Old Boy of the Royal Grammar School and the father of two Edwardians. For twenty-five years Mr. Monypenny was in charge of Brown Bayley's research department, from which he retired in 1945. He wrote the first book on stainless steel to be published in this country, and was a past Chairman of the British Chemical Plant Manufacturers' Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
The total sum subscribed to date is £2,538 19s. 0d., including generous gifts by the Sheffield Royal Grammar School Governors and the Neepsend Steel and Tool Corporation, Ltd.
The total sum expended in adding an inscription to the War 'Memorial in the Close to include those who fell in the Second Great War, in providing the War Memorial Tablet, and the cost of administration is £342 17s. 11d.
The contract for a Walker Two-Manual Pipe Organ at a cost of £2,020 was signed last October, and the Organ should be installed in the alcove of the Assembly Hall by March, 1950. Contributors to the War Memorial Fund will receive invitations to the Opening of the Organ nearer the time.
The two remaining objects of the War Memorial Appeal-a Travelling Bursary and an International Section of the School Library-will require a further £1,000, and it is hoped to raise this sum. Any Old Edwardians, parents or friends of the School who have not contributed and who would like to do so are asked to send their contributions to the Headmaster at the School as soon as possible.
The Old Edwardians' Association would like to express their warm thanks to all those who have contributed so generously and made this Appeal such a success.
T. BURDEKIN (President)
J. R. SCHOFIELD (Hon. Secretary)
A. W. BARTON (Headmaster)
(The following reminiscences, covering almost the same period as that described in our last issue by Dr. A. E. Dunstan, have been contributed by Mr. J. G. WILLIAMS. of Buxton).
WHEN I joined the Grammar School as a very small boy in 1892, the far side of Ecclesall Road was all fields and market gardens from Hunter's Bar to the Moor, with a dam and toll bar at Hunter's Bar.
The class for small boys in those days was held in the Headmaster's house, where a number of boarders lived, and I well remember my first class-room was a long dining-room with benches, and at 9.0 a.m. the room was still redolent with the lovely smell of cooking. A Mr. J. L. Brocklehurst, a kindly and well loved master, was in charge. There were two classes in the Headmaster's house--Prep. 2 Class occupied a smaller room next to the dining-room under the stern aegis of a Mr. Pode, a man shaped like a huge Humpty Dumpty, or a very big egg. He was kindly, but very firm, and was empowered to use the cane; the very sight of it curled up in his desk inspired order. However, Mr. Pode was very good at heart.
There was a large cloak-room next to Mr. Pode's class-room where the innumerable fights were held. Many was the time I arrived at School to find a fight arranged for me, without my ever being asked or considered. A large family of Smiths were chosen for me to battle with.
After a time boys were moved up to the Big School where Mr. Latham and Mr. Hodgetts reigned. together with Mr. Chapman and others-a few notes about these gentlemen later. Instead of the cane a system of detention was in practice. A quarter to half an hour was given in drills to be taken after school under the watchful eye of Sergeant Lowndes, a plump kindly fellow with a large black moustache and dressed in a blue braided uniform. This practice worked well, especially as the boys longed to get home to dinner. Alas, dear old Lowndes was found dead one morning in the Chemical Laboratory. having taken poison. The whole School was profoundly shocked on arrival that morning to find their old and patient Sergeant dead, and when the news was announced by, I believe, Mr. Haslam, there were few dry eyes.
For rewards a unique method was used. Each boy had a book for marks for each subject, and if a boy got three 10's one after another this was called a ' copy ' and was ringed by the master. A set of six of these ringed 10's produced a Half Holiday; not a bad idea.
After a time a large annexe was built on the left-hand side of the Main School and was called the Floyd School a kind of carpenter's shop where boys worked with knives that fitted into a wooden handle; this work was very much enjoyed. In a classroom nearby presided the great Mr. Latham, a real character, who took singing, music lessons, etc. Mr. Latham had a hard knob on one of his fingers, with which he could deal a dexterous jab on a boy's head with good effect. His gown, or what was left of it, was good to see. We all loved Latham, for he was very human and knew the tricks of all boys in and out. If, for instance, a boy performed the age-old trick with a little mirror behind Mr. Latham's back, he never turned round, but said, plaintively, naming the boy accurately. " Don't do that, my lad; your father did it years and years before you were born." Every trick he knew. His one trouble was to keep the boys off the hot water pipes in winter.
Further on, Mr. J. L. Hodgetts reigned supreme-a tall thin man, red-haired, with a straggly moustache. If ever a man ruled -with a rod of iron, Mr. H. did. He was marvellous with a wooden blackboard-cleaner, and would shy it with great accuracy at a boy anywhere in the room for some offence or other, such as cribbing. However, I sat just behind the boy nearest to Mr. Hodgett's desk and within a foot of him, and vet the boy was never spotted cribbing and gave answers to all questions under Mr. H's nose. This was the boy's method. He had a tiny roll of paper wound round and round, about an inch -vide: to this was attached a piece of elastic which went up his sleeve and was drawn taut. In some marvellous way this boy would unroll the spool with his fingers in the palm of one hand, revealing the answers in turn. If Mr. H. said "What's in your hand, boy? " he just let go, and out of sight went the apparatus up his sleeve. This lad did very well in business in after years-for a time. But eventually he landed you may guess where.
Though stern, Mr. Hodgetts was very kind, deep down, and lovable. I was ill for a time and could not work properly in his class. When he got to know the reason, he was intensely kind to me. How far a gentle word goes-in my case, fifty years.
Further on reigned, first of all, a Dr. Hennig, a Frenchman I believe, who had fought in the Franco-Prussian 'War. Afterwards came along Dr. Bulau. This gentleman donned a rather well-worn frock-coat and top hat of the same vintage. He was impressive to look at, elderly, with a rubicund face and grey moustache. He had a novel v,-ay of teaching French. He made huge cardboard charts decorated with red and black letters, beautifully done, formulating verses and rules for the easy learning of French. These he hung up on the walls of his room. This was one of the inscriptions-which he said would always get a boy a job on leaving school. Bulau would say, " Boys, if your proposed employer said ` What is the greatest French Rule in the world -, ' and you said ` a (ah) is always a to the end of the world.' you would get the job, no doubt." Another line was " M.S.T.-muss, tiss, nt." What it meant I never have known and never will.
Alas, one day when Mr. Bulau went home to lunch after locking his desk carefully with his lovely charts inside, a very naughty boy during lunch hour lifted out the inkwell in the desk, which gave access to the inside, and emptied in all the inkwells he could find. The rest can be imagined: curtain.
Of the many notable boys I remember who have occupied prominent positions in Sheffield, and whom we always looked upon as heroes at school, were the Cleggs, Bramley, Coombs, Norwood (a brilliant lad who went to the University), Hallams, Staceys.
The Wesley College we looked upon was as far from us as China, in regard to the boys, customs, etc., and there was a healthy rivalry between the two schools, and alas, a certain amount of enmity. We used to way-lay each other in the region of College Street or Broomhall Street. To the best of my memory the Wesley College, as it was then, usually had the better of us in games.
Apart from cricket, football and fives, boys played 'peg-tops' very earnestly. A chalk circle was drawn on the asphalt and buttons placed inside it. A boy made his top spin by means of a piece of whipcord till it hummed, then picked it up in the palm of his hand and dexterously dropped it on a button to throw it out of the circle. If he succeeded, the trophy was then his prize. Mother's workbox was invaded for the countless buttons used. I remember a great game at lunch-time when a well-known parson's son (not me this time) ran out of buttons and was reduced to cutting off every button, so it seemed, from his trousers. He then entered School with his trousers hanging in flaps and precariously held up with a piece of string at the waist, all buttons missing-one of the funniest sights I ever saw.
On Sports Days, prizes were valuable and numerous. One of the Shield winners when I was there was a boy called Cornu, a really fine athlete. The star-turn of the day was a powerful lad known as Bluey Wilde, who could throw a cricket ball from one end of the field to the other.
horn in the night has risen.
Up from the mist of sleep, Fear flames.
come the blind butchers,
Staggering in the darkness.
Sing while the
Sing! Sing! and drown the din
Sing while the chopper
Sing! Sing! and drown the din
All over. There go the butchers,
Dipping their bloody hands in the East.
Dawn draws the bandage,
And the wounds of the City scream.
G. M. MACBETH
I WAS only seven when I came to the School in February, 1939, and my early entry would, I suppose, have surprised the staff of the Wesley College, where the lowest age for admission was eight. But change is inevitable, as I can clearly see from the developments of the last ten years. There have been numerous changes in the Staff, especially as the result of six years of war; there have been changes in principle. But the biggest change of all has been the recent termination of the Junior School. For future generations only a few undersized desks, which at present torture the limbs of the Classical VIth, remain to remind them of its existence.
To take the Entrance Examination on the fixed day my brother and I had to anticipate the family's move to the North and stay the night at Mr. Saville's boarding house. All this was very strange but very pleasant. I enjoyed most of all the comics available for reading in bed; but this pleasure was somewhat offset by a cup of bread-and-milk, a food which has ever since been a source of horror to me. Beginning school, as I did, in the middle of the Lent Term, I was completely at sea and, to judge from my school report, was not only the youngest but also the dullest that ever graced the lowest place in the lowest form of the School. But, through the kindness and charm of Miss Copley, I settled down, and after filling in line after line of a copy-book for her my writing improved from atrocious to merely bad.
The even tenor of life in the Junior School was seldom broken, except for such occasions as Open Day. The part played by Mrs. Michell on these occasions is well-known, but not so well-known is the way in which she whipped up our enthusiasm for silkworms, tadpoles and Nature Study in general by walks in the Botanical Gardens and games with cards depicting different birds.
The blitz when it came does not seem to have affected us very much. I remember going to school on the Monday afterwards and skirting a cordon at the bottom of Newbould Lane, but most impressions of that time have faded away. The mostt valuable feature of the Junior School was its preparation for the Senior School; there were, for example, inspections in French and History by Mr. Scutt and Mr. Clay, both awe-inspiring ordeals but serving as a prelude for later and closer associations. Others beside myself must be grateful for all the Junior School and its Staff did for us and deeply regret its extinction.
But the Senior School still flourishes, with an even fairer face from its recent decorations. Mr. Lee, a Science master, was the form-master of 2A when I entered it, and his pet aversion -was poor calligraphy. This fact, coupled with the unexpected and unwelcome taste of sodium hydroxide imbibed through a pipette, was later sufficient to drive me from the bosom of Science into the cloistered seclusion of the Classics. It was in 2A that I had the privilege of paying my last respects to Mr. Saville at his funeral in St. Mark's Church Hall.
In 4A a unique achievement was the formation of a system of slavery entailing the carrying of other boys' books; though there were fixed emoluments for this service, it was firmly put down by the Authorities, perhaps because it violated the Rights of Man and the Monroe Doctrine.
Reminiscence of more recent years should perhaps be withheld until a later date, when the passage of time will have blunted its keener edges. For the present, a few random impressions may be ventured. The changed status of the School has put an end to the barbarous principle of Saturday morning school; but less welcome has been the new S system of book-distribution with its nauseating label-sticking and back-breaking book-backing. On the whole, in spite of changes, routine is the most prominent characteristic of school life. But there have been outstanding events-Speech Day 1946, for example, to which Alderman Gascoigne gave an atmosphere of gay informality; or the first post-war," Shout," which will never be surpassed; or Winterset, the most ambitious and the most absorbing play I have seen at the School. These and other such diversions and occasions have helped to make not merely tolerable but enjoyable a term-or should I say thirty terms?-of Ten Years Hard Labour.
R. G. SEARLE-BARNES
MARCH, MINUET AND GAVOTTE
|2. SONGS.|| |
(a) I attempt from love's sickness to fly;'
D. H. THORPE
" Linden Lea"
CLARINET CONCERTO (Slow Movement)
|W. A. Mozart|
B. P. FISHER WITH THE ORCHESTRA
|4. SONGS:|| |
(a) "Sheep may safely graze”
|J. S. Bach|
R. P. GREGORY
(b) "The English Rose"
G. E. NUTTER
|5. " NIMROD"|| |
" (Variation IX of the "Enigma ")..
|b. CAROLS:|| |
(a) "Ding-dong merrily"....
(b) Coventry Carol....
|Words: XVth Century;|
(c) Xmas Song....
|Piae Cantiones (I582)|
|I. CAROLS:|| |
(a) Fanfare for Xmas Day..
(b) " Lullay my liking".,
(c) "Past three o'clock"....
(d) "In dulci jubilo "
|2. SONATA for two violins|| |
Preludio: Corrente: Adagio: Giga.
MR. MOORE AND P. G. DICKENS
Accompanist:T. W. TURNER
|3, FLUTE SOLO|| |
|K. J. Andersen|
D. G. ARMYTAGE
FANTASIA on CHRISTMAS CAROLS for Baritone Solo.
Chorus and Orchestra.
MR. J. H. ATKINS, THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA.
|5. CAROL: (To be sung by all)|| |
" HARK I THE HERALD ANGELS SING"
GOD SAVE THE KING
The programme of the December Concert was remarkably satisfying. It was very varied and yet did not give that impression of a jumble-sale which school concerts frequently do.
First, the solo items. The four songs all had good performances, though neither Linden Lea nor The English Rose are suited by their sentiment to be sung by unbroken voices. Comparing the singing of Gregory and Nutter with their singing of several months ago, one noticed a great improvement in diction. Armytage's flute solo was as gracefully played as we have come to expect from that versatile and accomplished Head of the School. The phrasing of Fisher in the clarinet concerto was remarkably fine; dare we hope in two or three years' time to hear dim lead a school performance of the Brahms Quintet The Corelli sonata was a very good piece of ensemble, Mr.?Moore and Dickens keeping the balance between the two violins admirably.
The rapid expansion of the orchestra to its present size from the depletion to which war-time difficulties had reduced it is as creditable to the players as to Mr. Barnes' enthusiasm and the backing which he has received. It will probably take another two or three years before it reaches the optimum size. Meanwhile it is making good progress as an ensemble. Nimrod is perhaps the most ambitious orchestral piece yet attempted at King Edward's.
If the orchestra is progressing, the choir may be said to have arrived. The splendid tone, the balance of the parts, and above all the wonderful discipline, made it the outstanding hit of the evening. The choir has now reached a standard at which it deserves to be broadcast. The climax of the concert, the Fantasia in which choir and orchestra combined (with Mr. Atkins' fine voice easily holding its own in the solo part), roused the most eager anticipations for the performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion which is said to be proposed for next term.
congratulate the following who have won University awards since November last:
W. R. Guite, Open Exhibition in Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge;
L. J. Hunt, Domus Exhibition in Natural Science at Balliol College, Oxford;
F. Kelly, Open Exhibition in Modern Languages at Trinity Hall, Cambridge;
D. C. Law, Junior Hulme Scholarship in History at Brasenose College, Oxford;
D. H. Page, Minor Scholarship in Natural Science at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge;
R. G. Searle-Barnes, Open Scholarship in Classics at New College, Oxford;
H. R. Windle, Open Scholarship in Classics at Oriel College, Oxford;
G. S. Palmer, Bible Clerkship in Classics at the Queen's College, Oxford.
A FTER many weeks of the ultra-discreet activity which characterises the School Dramatic Society, the Assembly Hall was prepared for the performance of the American Maxwell Anderson's Winterset on February 3rd, 4th and 5th, heralded by the extremely effective macabre posters of G. I. Ramsay.
The choice of this play was startling, and sent many of us to the text to estimate the chances of a successful production. The reading of it gave little ground for reassurance. The author's oven misgivings, expressed in the Preface-" Winterset is largely in verse and treats a contemporary tragic theme, which makes it more of an experiment than I could wish, for the great masters themselves never tried to make tragic poetry out of the stuff of their own times "-seemed well founded. With a plot centring round crimes of the New York underworld, characters speaking verse bespattered with American idiom of a particularly lurid, earthy type, and a waterside slum at the foot of Brooklyn Bridge as setting, the hopes of the author to "reach occasionally into the upper air of poetic tragedy" seemed optimistic. Perhaps the only hope of treating this material with success lay in a classical treatment, stripping the action of all but the bare essentials, the characters of all but their universal humanity, and the setting of all but a stylised symbolism.
Apposite, too, was the author's own yearning-" Under the strain of an emotion, the ordinary prose of our stage breaks down into inarticulateness, just as it does in life. Hence the cult of under-statement, hence the realistic drama in which the climax is reached in an eloquent gesture or a moment of meaningful silence." Of the author who expresses Esdras's grief over the dead lovers by "Come, take her up; they must not lie here" (w'hic'h has all the poignant simplicity of Marlowe's "Cover her face-mine eyes dazzle--she died young ") we might have expected better than the overlarded, verbose commentary, placed in the mouth of Esdras, concerning "this star-adventure," and
devils locked in synod
Shake and are daunted when men set their lives
At hazard for the heart's love, and lose.
This is the glory of earth-born men and women,
Not to cringe, never to yield, but standing,
Take defeat implacable and defiant,
This not only detracts from the tragic simplicity of the "grief too deep for tears," but stimulates "sales-resistance." If the action of the play has made its effect, it seems wholly unnecessary to dilute it with verbosity of the ingenuous and over-emphatic type which is the particular American weakness. (The relaxed interest and slight impatience of the audience during these passages seemed to support this criticism).
further lapse on the part of the author from his own wish to "outgrow the
phase of journalistic social comment" appears to be in the scene involving
the Orator, when the theme of" one law for the rich, another for the poor,"
already inherent in the main plot, is unnecessarily over-emphasised. One feature
stands out from the reading; this is American writing, based on American speech-rhythm,
with its peculiarly timed delivery and emphasis, depending largely on drawl. For
instance, the opening lines
"You roost of punks and gulls! Sleep, sleep it off!
Rot out your pasty guts!"
will have the correct emphasis only if delivered in "American."
Interest in the production was intensified by a fore-knowledge of the difficulties and weaknesses of the play, together with the confidence, now firmly established, in Mr. Watling as producer to accomplish the "impossible." The plot is a strong one, and the players, after a hesitant start, warmed up well to it. The attentive silence of the audience during the greater part of the play was sufficient testimony to the power of the plot and the effectiveness of the players. Partly, no doubt, from deference to a "school" production, probably even more from a sure artistic instinct, the producer's blue pencil had been active, pruning away the grosser or irrelevant dialogue, with an effective gain in condensation.
* * *
The characters resolve into the Unjust (Troth and his gunmen); those compromising with Injustice and Evil (Judge Gaunt, Esdras, Garth, Shadow), with resultant mental strain in uneasy consciences and the sense of guilt and failure; and the uncompromisingly Just or Idealist (Mio, Miriamne). The first and last categories are strongly defined, with corresponding opportunities for the actors. As Troth, T. Buchan made a suitably dapper, sinister figure, the full flavour of his anti-social malevolence being weakened, however, by the speed of his delivery and a frankly Yorkshire accent, which resulted in many of his lines, particularly on his first appearance, being thrown away. D. P. C. Pearce, as Shadow, made a consistent effort at an American accent and created a more satisfying character. His reappearance from the river was very well done. B. J. Hague and S. D. Binks were convincingly sinister gunmen.
M.A. Rothwell and G. S. Finlayson in "WINTERSET"
In the part of Mio, G. S. Finlayson deserved unstinted praise. His long, loose-limbed physique was perfect for the part, and his rather stooping bearing and taciturn, smouldering thirst for vengeance, followed by courageous resignation, were as authentic and well-sustained as his accent and effective use of pause, which extracted full value from every line. He was supported well by M. A. Rothwell as Miriamne, whose clear voice and diction won general approval. Perhaps the full wistfulness and pathos of the part were beyond his youthful powers, but the fierce intransigence, the frankness and courage, were not. A somewhat uneasy-looking wig and sooty-eyed make-up rather worried me, although perhaps I am being difficult, since an impartial observer expressed surprise on learning that all four female roles were not taken by imported members of local girls' schools, but by our own boys. This is praise indeed.
What I have called the " compromise " characters were much more complex, unrewardingly passive parts (with the exception of Gaunt), demanding restraint. As Esdras, L. May gave a mature performance of a difficult part, conveying well the dignity and fortitude, the patience and self-knowledge born of suffering, of the old Jewish father. D. W. Swallow, as Garth, found difficulty with the passivity of the role, and gave an angry, buzzing performance, in which the pathetic impotence (and incidentally, many of the lines, delivered in a staccato Yorkshire accent) were lost. H. R. Windle, as Gaunt, had the most complex part of all, an aged character in whom every contour is blurred by the incipient madness of the old man, constantly changing from dignified authority to crazed irresponsibility, from sane, reasoned argument to lewd babblings. This seems the most tragic character in the play, and was very sensitively performed, with the polish we have come to expect of Windle. Very occasionally, in the effort of portraying both age and madness, a slight tendency to over-act appeared (and was registered by the audience) but, against the difficulty of the portrayal and the distinct success of the whole, this served only to emphasise the skill of his performance.
Among the minor characters, P. W. Cross, as the Italian music-man, infected the audience with his 'own obvious relish in the part; J. B. Brown as the Orator, W. Ferguson as the Irish policeman, and G. M. Macbeth as the Hobo, gave convincing performances, the result of skilful casting; while J. M. Dawson did perhaps as much as could be expected with the rather colourless part of Carr. The crowd scenes were the least successful of all, largely owing to the cramped stage-space, which converted a haphazard assembly of odd loungers into the semblance of a well-drilled chorus, and the distant menace of shadowing gunmen into the matey shoulder-rubbing of a football crowd. Excepting Mio, Gaunt, Esdras, and the Musicman, who all "filled the stage," movement and gesture were the rawest feature of the production. The tiny stage may account for many of the cramped gestures during the crowd scenes, but cannot explain those on a comparatively clear stage. Garth, the two minor Girls, and the Boyfriend, were particularly bad in this respect.
After the hard work, ingenuity and very competent scene-painting of G. I. Ramsay, it is a thankless task to criticise the setting. But however much the physical limitations of the stage may dictate the solution, the problem of the setting seemed particularly important here.
"WINTERSET," Act I. In the Street
The single set, with its attempt at realism in the peeling wall-paper and painted stove, was a desperately inadequate substitute for the author's vision of " the gigantic span of the bridge, appearing to lift itself over the heads of the audience and out to the left "; the restricted, sordid locale here strangled any transcendental significance, for me at least. Moreover, the convention of the stage seemed unduly stretched by the demand that we ignore, during an outdoor scene, a background of chairs and table which we have previously seen in the interior of the tenement. The discriminating choice of incidental music, provided by L. J. O. Holmes, certainly helped the play and considerably heightened the emotional effect of the climax, although tending, on rare occasions, to interfere with the audibility of the dialogue.
While some of the above criticism may seem severe, it starts from the premise that for these performances the School does become a public theatre, not the scene of a domestic entertainment before an invited audience. This was a bold experiment, flirting with the possibility of a monumental failure. That the latter did not materialise is largely due to the skill and experience of the producer. It nevertheless remains true that, if the Dramatic Society is to develop along sound lines, it must, when the domestic felicities and mutual congratulations are over, when the audience has departed after an evening's enjoyment (which it certainly had), be prepared to estimate the experience, discover its own limitations and weaknesses, in order, for future productions, to exploit its limitations and eradicate its weaknesses.
E. V. B
"WINTERSET." Act II. In the Tenement
This is not an easy play to produce. It is a mixture of poetic thought with sordid underworld scenes, of high ideals and depraved morals, making it a play which must be treated symbolically and realistically at the same time. This presents a problem to the producer which must inevitably result in a series of compromises, and his chief concern must be to use his art to conceal the fact that compromise is taking place. This requires some very smooth joining up of things which do not meet. Inconsistencies there must be, but we must be kept unaware of them, and the general effect on our minds must be of something which we have probably never seen nor heard, but of which we have somehow been made aware.
In this production the producer started with almost every conceivable handicap. His actors were young and. one must presume, largely inexperienced; his stage was very shallow and totally inadequate; his lighting possibilities were meagre; and to crown all. some of his players were even of the wrong sex. I have no hesitation in saying that he triumphed over these difficulties in a way which no one who had not seen this production would have thought possible.
The set was brilliantly conceived. It gave us the right mixture of symbolism and reality, in proof of which every member of the audience accepted it and became unconscious of it except as a background both stimulating and in some way exciting; and this on a stage the size of a pocket-handerchief, where such a set inevitably encroached on the available area, and restricted movement to such an extent that the producer was obliged to think almost in terms of the static. This was an achievement, a full appreciation of which was probably quite beyond the non-theatrical members of the audience; they were conscious of the result without being aware of the skill which went to produce it.
This is not a play of movement-that is, of physical movement-but some movement there must be. It was obvious that on this stage it must be kept to the irreducible minimum, but the effect must never be so static as to become tedious. That it did not become tedious was due to the sensitive appreciation on the part of the producerwith quick response on the part of the actors-of the essential value of repose. Without it, the small movement which meant so much would have gone for nothing.
Without attempting to write any appreciation of the actors individually, I would like to pay tribute to them as a team. Some of the parts were of course played with greater feeling than others, but the general effect, as it must be in every good production, was one of conscientious teamwork. This teamwork was really integrated sensitivity. It was obvious to me that the producer knew, and the actors fully appreciated, that the play could never have got over without it.
This is not just a fulsome write-up in order to encourage a school production. Most school productions are beneath contempt except as fun and games for the children. This was a serious and highly intelligent production of what may or may not be a good play. It was both a pleasure and a privilege to see it.
L. Du GARDE PEACH
Our attention this term has been fixed mainly upon Bach's St. Matthew Passion, which we hope to perform at the end of the term. This has been the subject of a series of lecture-recitals by Mr. Barnes, who, with gramophone records and score, has played through the whole work with us.
We have also had an organ recital by A. B. Smith in Ranmoor Church, and a programme of records given by J. D. Bower including Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550, and Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. A feature to be eagerly anticipated next term is a joint meeting with the Scientific Society, when we hope to get a representative of the " Electrical Musical Industries " to talk to us on modern methods of recording.
The Music Club meets on Tuesdays at 4.30 p.m. in the Music Room; any new members will be very welcome.
Soloists, Choir and Orchestra are to be congratulated on their high achievement in the three performances at the end of last term. An account by Mr. E. D. Tappe of the School Concert appears elsewhere. Sheffield Music Club has invited us to provide the three arias (sung at the Organists Association Concert) as illustrations to a public lecture on Bach. The Carol Service seems to have been well appreciated, and the choir carried it through well, although tired by the strain of making their gramophone record.
The record has proved to be a fine performance expertly recorded (" one of the two best private recordings of the year "-to quote H.M.V.'s Chief Recording Engineer), and we hope soon to make one of the Orchestra. These, with records already made by our vocal and instrumental soloists, will give a permanency to these achievements and provide for the future a standard to be maintained and, if possible, excelled.
All efforts this term are directed to the performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at Ecclesall Church on April 11th. Members of the school provide a strong cast of soloists, with Mr. Alan Hewitt as the Evangelist and Mr. James Atkins as Jesus. G. E. Nutter, P. Swain, J. C. Tebbet, J. S. Taylor, I. Fells, P. D. Robinson, T. W. Turner, and Mr. Vernon sing the vocal solos, and D. G. Armytage, D. S. Andrews (flutes), B. P. Fisher. Mr. Graham (clarinets), and Mr. Moore (violin) provide instrumental obbligati. At the time of going to press both Choir and Orchestra are shaping well towards a performance which should, both vocally and orchestrally, be even better than that last year of Handel's St. John.
Despite the evidence of the recording, the Choir still needs more altos and tenors to give a good balance.
The Orchestra continues to grow. We welcome Goodman (trombone), Harvey (clarinet), Palmer (violin), and Jones, Monteith, D. H. Thorpe ('cellists) and look forward to the advent of two oboists, two more clarinettists, and a further trumpeter. For some time to come, however, efforts must be concentrated on building a larger string section, and it is a matter for regret that not all the violinists in the school are to be found in the orchestra, where they can make a contribution which no one else can make.
N. J. B.
"SYMPHONY OF A CITY"- Reconstruction
When you see the Cine Club's new film, you will notice that one of the titles says " SCRIPT-WRITER AND PRODUCER... " That's me!
What is a script-writer and producer ' I'll tell you how I earned that title. First of all, someone gave me a pencil and a piece of paper and said, " Write a script for a film about Sheffield "-and when I looked slightly worried, " Sheffield-teeming with things to be photographed." That was not the point. Make a film about Cyprus, for an English audience, and it doesn't matter much what you shoot. But a film about Sheffield for Sheffielders...
For the first
script I produced, only one adjective could be used-Hollywood! Quote: " The
film opens with a view of the world, revolving in space. Voice: This is the world!
Camera flies towards globe... towards Sheffield... finishing up with an aerial
view of the city centre. VOICE: And this is Sheffield." That was scrapped
for obvious reasons. From then on I concentrated on building a rough framework
of the things which had to be included in the film, such as Steel, the large buildings,
and the Pageant; and round this all the other shots were fitted. And that's where
my job as Producer came in. Every shot had to be visualised in its place in the
film. before it was taken. Of course I had other work: arranging filming, keeping
a log of shots taken, and buying film-which, by the way, was very hard to get,
at firstbut now I am straying into the camera-man's grounds, and so with
a rapid fade-out I will let him take over.
"SYMPHONY OF A CITY"- Export: Southampton Docks
As my colleague has said, our main headache when we began shooting was the film supply, and this was the chief
reason why our start %vas rather uncertain. When we were more than half-way through the shooting, supplies of film stock improved and dealers all over the country offered to fulfil our six-month-old demands.
Our great experiment is the " Blitz Sequence " with the enemy bomber and the house on fire, where models are used in conjunction with actual scenes in the Fire Station. It remains to be seen whether anyone is misled into believing that any of it is
candid " work and not faked. The snag of having to film in spare time was greater than we at first realised. For instance, we found that when we filmed parts of the city on different days, the change in the brilliance and angle of lighting was definitely noticeable. Even time I went shooting without the Producer, he said that I had shot too much, and when he was with me we fought verbal duels about how much film should be expended on the subject in hand.
However, the film is assembled, edited and cut, and at the time of writing the commentary and music are being cleared up.
We should like to express our very cordial thanks to the following, among many helpful friends, for their co-operation: Edgar Allen and Co., Steel Peech and Tozer, Ltd., The Pageant Production Committee, and the Sheffield Fire Brigade.
The sigh of
As it wafts its way
Through the blue fingers of the heather.
The air is soaked
With the scent of the heather,
And the drowsy murmur
Of the bees reaping a rich
Harvest amongst its laden abyss
Like the protruding teeth of bygone beasts
Girdled in bracken,
Folded in green
The lake is a crystal cup
Filled from the fount of knowledge
With all her beauty;
The trees with brooding heads
Are searching for that knowledge
And capture only the beauty
More free than the lake
And not so wise,
Clear and honest as a countryman's face,
Is flecked with specks of cloud.
with a slow, sure creep,
Down from above the sky
Smothered the lake, and the sky, and the moor,
Lost to the sight.
Night hides: the Day reveals
.... Peace... Truth...
Which is more kind of the two?
Which is more kind?
G. S. PALMER
In viw ov dhe feiliur ov dhe advokeits ov simplifaid speling tw- cari dher Bil thrw Parliment (thou bai ounli thri vouts), and espeshuli ov dhe strong lain teiken bai dhe Minister ov Ediukeishun on dhe subjekt, it mei bi advaizubl tw- rimaind orl kandideits wuns eigein dhat inkorekt speling, laik ilejibl handraiting, wil stil bi hevili pinalaizd in dhe skwl sertifikeit (or eni uthu) egzamineishuns. Dhe prospekt ov ei fwlprwf Werld Languidj siims tw bi az far of as eva.
VVE started the term as usual with a report from those six of our members who attended the Christmas Holiday Conference of the C.E.W.C., held in London. The theme was " Tomorrow's Citizens," and we heard summaries of the speeches of Professor Arnold Toynbee, Sir John Cockcroft, Lord Layton, Senor Salvador de Madariaga, Christopher Mayhew, Lord Woolton and Sir Stafford Cripps, something of the Brains Trust's handling of some " sticky " questions, the findings of the discussion groups (on " Britain's Economic Position," " The Work of U.N.," and " European Co-operation "), and some news of other Regional Councils.
On January 24th, as an experiment, we viewed a United Nations Association film-strip on Trusteeship, with a running commentary from the President and incidental discussion. We decided that in this hard-boiled age Trusteeship had a future.
Ousted from our traditional home in the Library during decorations, we adjourned on the 31st to the comparative discomfort of Room 25 to hear an introduction by Buchan on China with special regard to the growth of Communism there. This was followed by a visit from Mr. Ibrahim, an Egyptian studying Economics at Sheffield University, who gave a very interesting and informative talk and answered searching (and sometimes embarrassing) questions about the political, religious, economic, educational and other facts of life in his native country.
We returned to more congenial surroundings for a lively debate on Ireland, introduced by Hazel, who opposed Partition on economic and religious grounds. His point of view was contested by Wallace, who, I am informed, is an Ulsterman born if not bred. Unlike our big brother discussion group at Westminster, we had not the tact to " leave the floor to the Irish," and the result was a fierce debate on a question whose issue would affect directly only a small minority of us.
On February 21st we paid a return visit to the Sheffield High School where we enjoyed, as always, the indigenous culinary delicacies, but not, I regret to say, a high standard of debate. We followed the experiment of last term in choosing a subject dealing with the Arts, Mousley proposing that " Bernard Shaw be hanged, drawn and quartered," pleading that he is an insincere bourgeois who indulged in philosophic eclecticism. May opposed the motion on grounds of illegality, inexcusable brutality and (quite contrary- to Mr. Shaw's teachings) sentimentality. General feeling was in sympathy with the opposition, despite a retraction by the proposer to a metaphorical " hanging, drawing and quartering." Six votes pro, nineteen contra, five abstentions.
Our last meeting before the Magazine goes to bed discussed " The Principles of Political Economy " after an introduction by Windle. The discussion reached a high level which I hope will be kept up in future. We were very pleased to have with us for this meeting Mr. P. S. Green, a former secretary.
Other activities this term have been a one-day school held at K.E.S. by the C.E.W.C. on " European Union," with Jean Inebnit and Mr. Welton of the Economic League as principal speakers, and a C.E.W.C. hike led by D. H. B. Andrews. We are looking forward already to the Easter Conference, on " Argument of Empire," and to the Summer Farming Camps.
Attendance has fallen off during this term,
partly perhaps owing to public examinations. We welcome all in the Upper School
to come, listen, and air their views.
At the time of writing, the activities of the Society this term have been few. The only complete event on our programme, a lecture by Mr. H. S. Peiser, of Hadfield's Research Department, on " Towards Atomic Photography " was, however, of exceptional quality. It was a difficult talk to give to boys whose knowledge of the atom ranged from a simple appreciation of the fact that it existed to an almost intimacy with its workings and structure, but Mr. Peiser held the attention of everybody, the most notable feature being his excellent photographs of protein molecules.
It is hoped to arrange one or two more lectures before the end of term and we shall conclude with several visits to works after the Easter examinations.
On the afternoon of Monday, 13th December, the VI Form History specialists went with Mr. Wrigley to study the Sheffield Collection at the City Library and were shown some interesting documents and maps illustrating various sides of the history of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. There were one or two prize exhibits, such as a letter written by Mary Queen of Scots when in captivity, and an agreement by which Babington sold half of the Manor of Norton to raise money for his plot. But the more normal documents such as settlement orders, disputes over parish duties for road maintenance, and constables' accounts, were all interesting. We are very grateful to Miss Meredith of the City Library for the trouble she took in setting out the exhibition for us.
By the time you are reading this column the Club's production, Symphony of a City, will be complete. Those involved in the production will heave a profound sigh of relief and wonder how they have retained comparative sanity. The title has been altered from the original Sheffield is a City, as we saw that the film is almost exactly divided into two parts, depicting " The Life of the City " and " The Industry of the City." Elsewhere in this issue the Producer and Director have something to say about the film.
David O. Selznick's David Copperfield brought a fairly large audience in spite of the increased admission charge and they were willing to make allowances for the rather weak projector and the age of the film, which was made around 1936 and was handled in the typical American style of that period.
Mr. Cameron came to give us another of his interesting C.O.I. shows, when such films as Ralph Keene's Crofters and North Sea by Harry Watt, of Overlanders fame, were shown. North Sea is a classic example of the British Romantic Documentary school, and incidentally contains in its credit titles the name of Brian Pickersgill, as Assistant Director, an Old Edwardian and pioneer of K.E.S. film-making.
Finlayson's talk on " Trick Cine Photography " was well received by a puzzled and slightly sceptical audience, and Dawson's Film Quiz was exceedingly popular, as these quizzes always are. I might mention here Clinton; he seems to have an amazing knowledge and understanding of films and movie technique and is always the shining light in every quiz.
The Club's main worry at the moment is the lack of keenness among members, who, in the main, will neither paint posters, build models for the film sets or give lectures. There is plenty of room for a few progressive-minded people in the Club.
Attendance at the Friday sessions has been most discouraging. It is very disappointing when, out of the whole School, only a small number of boys show enough interest to make use of the available facilities for playing each other. The team cannot expect to win matches if they do not practice. This was shown only too well on February 11th, when we lost by 5.5-0.5 to Ecclesfield Grammar School at Ecclesfield. (Tranter drew, but Robinson, Fair, Guite, Bower and Jennings lost). On December 3rd we beat Firth Park Grammar School at Firth Park by 5.5-0.5. (Robinson, Tranter, Fair, Guite and Jennings won, and Hague drew). They were rather a weak team, and this victory unjustifiably heartened us for the Ecclesfield match.
In the Yorkshire Junior Chess Championship, P. D. Robinson, after winning four rounds, drew twice in the semi-final against D. Tranter of Nether Edge, and lost in the second re-play.
The solution to our last Chess Problem is: i. Q-Kt. 6, etc.
After Mr. Winterbottom's visit, described in the last Magazine, the main event in the year's football has probably been the starting of the new Third Eleven and the arrangement of several Junior Matches. The good results obtained by the juniors promise very well for future years. While every team must strive as hard as possible to win their match, it is more important to play a good game. This year, perhaps even more than usual, the results of matches won and lost are a little misleading because some of the best displays have been put up against strong opposition.
|Under 15 XI||8||1||0||7||19||60|
|Under 14 XI||11||2||1||8||23||33|
After various changes the team settled down as:
PARNHAM (Goalkeeper). His promise has been so great that it has been a disappointment when he has made a silly mistake. He must make up his mind quicker when to come out to forestall an opposing forward, and strengthen his kicking.
NEEDHAM (Right-Back). After his return to the team he quickly settled down in a new position and played with much more confidence. Sometimes his tackling has been a little too swift and his clearance was not always strong enough.
JACKSON (Left-Back). He has been a tower of strength in the defence, -often playing at centre-half owing to the captain's injury. His anticipation was good and few forwards could outstrip him, while his kicking %vas strong.
FLETCHER (Right-Half). He has played consistently well and also been an efficient secretary. His main weakness has perhaps been his speed in keeping up with the ball and bridging the gap between backs and forwards.
FURNISS (Centre-Half). He soon regained his form on returning after his injury. His spirited play set a good captain's example. While he Was at his best in breaking up dangerous raids, his long clearances often set the forwards going.
HEELEY (Left-Half). He was promoted from the second eleven owing to an injury and has maintained his position ever since. His dogged play has more than made up for his lack of height.
KELLY (Outside-Right. At one stage in the season he was playing very well and his quick runs on the wing and powerful centres always looked dangerous. Towards the end of the season he lost a little of his former punch, but remained one of the more promising forwards.
MAYOR (Inside-Right). His rapid achievement of a position in the first eleven should be an example to younger footballers in the school. His individual ball control is outstanding and been commented on by many opposing teams. Next year we hope that it will be matched by a better realisation that good passing and positional play is much more effective than individual dribbling. He also has a tendency to give up a tackle when a little more resolution Would probably ensure success.
MOUSLEY (Centre-Forward). He has been the main goal scorer of the team and probably set up a school record for the number of goals in a season. Like most centre-forwards he has also had his share of misses! His tendency to give up when beaten and slowness in bringing the ball under control have been more apparent at centre-forward than they Were at half-back last season. Despite these weaknesses nobody else in the school has challenged him for this difficult but most important position.
CROWE (Inside-Left). In the early part of the season he was the main organiser of the forward line and responsible for many of its goals. Towards the end he seemed to grow stale and lack his former polish. Even then, however, a quick pass here or a rasping shot there, showed that he has plenty of good football left for the future.
The outside-left position has been the most unsettled one in the team. At the beginning of the season Keighley occupied it and played several skilful games. Either because he was playing inside or because he was unfit the position was taken by Stanfield at first and by May at the end of the season. The former must learn to control the ball better to become really dangerous and then to centre to another forward; kicking indiscriminately in the centre of the field does not often lead to goals. May, on the other hand, lacked the speed and bustle of Stanfield but, given plenty of time and room, often made a more effective pass.
During the early part of the season First XI colours were awarded to Crowe, Mason and Jackson; and later Fletcher, Heeley and Mousley gained them. Second XI colours were re-awarded to Needham, Parnham and May and awarded for the first time to Kelly, Mayor and Keighley.
v. University III. At Whiteley Woods, December 1st. Lost 2-3.
v. City Training College. At Norton, December 8th. Drawn 2-2.
v. Firth Park G.S. At Firth Park, December 11th. Drawn 1-1.
The last three matches of the Christmas term were all closely fought, with little to choose between the sides and the result in doubt until the last moment. Owing to scholarship calls a weakened team played well to draw with the Training College but the game against Firth Park was probably the best. In this match the home team soon scored the first goal and the School tried in vain to draw level in the first half. In the second half strong attacks were mainly spoilt by weak finishing but one goal was scored. In the closing stages the home team made several spirited attacks but goal-line clearances prevented any further score.
v. Barnsley G.S. At Barnsley, January 15th. Lost 0-7.
The new term did not open very well, but the difference between the teams was exaggerated by the score. For periods of the game the School team did more attacking than their opponents, but poor finishing robbed it of all its effectiveness, while the Barnsley forwards were much more adept at seizing their chances.
v. Chesterfield G.S. At Whiteley Woods, January 19th. Won 5-0.
Both sides seemed to find difficulty in controlling the ball against the very strong wind and as a consequence the standard of football was only fair. There was not very much to choose between the two sides during most of the game, but for a short period in each half the School team seemed to wake up and scored the goals. The best of the match was when Crowe headed a corner from Kelly right into the corner of the goal, leaving the goalkeeper no chance.
v. High Storrs G.S. At Whiteley Woods, January 22nd. Drawn 4-4.
The School team played much better and deserved to draw the game, although it would have been better if the forwards had seized their opportunities to score the goals. Although generally the game was played at quite a fast pace, some of the School team slowed it down unnecessarily by hanging on to the ball for too long, so that when they did pass most players were marked.
v. Sheffield University III. At Norton, January 26th. Drawn 2-2.
The only excuse for the bad display given by the School team is that they were not used to the large size pitch and consequently did not use the open spaces for their passes. It was mainly owing to the open goals missed by the home centre-forward that the School was only one goal down until near the end. After one of the opponents had retired hurt the team were lucky to scramble another goal in and draw level.
v. Stockport G.S. At Whiteley Woods, January 29th. Won 5-0.
In the first half there was little to choose between the two teams and the School only obtained their first goal just before the interval. In the second half the team combined better and gradually established an ascendency. Although Furniss was limping in the wing position the defence did not give the lighter opposing forwards much freedom.
v. Sheffield University Seventh Club. At Whiteley Woods, February 2nd. Won 11-2.
In this scratch side of Old Boys at Sheffield University there were only a few who had touched a football since they left school, and it was not surprising that the game was rather one-sided. The School team soon scored their first goal and Mousley added three more in the first half besides four in the second half. Nevertheless the Old Boys continued to fight and replied with two goals.
v. Derby G.S. At Whiteley Woods, February 5th. Won 7-0.
It was doubtful until the last minute whether this match could be played because the ground was so hard. Although the conditions interfered with the game, careful play meant that the game was finished without injury. Again the School team were slow in finding the weaknesses in their opponent's team but by half-time there was little doubt
about the result. Rather unusually, in this match, the score flattered the School team.
v. Ackworth School. At Ackworth, February 12th. Won 3-0.
Although a much smaller side the home team put up a very plucky fight and made the School team struggle all the way. If the forwards had seized all their chances, however, the score would have been larger. A feature of the day was the extremely courteous way in which Ackworth made arrangements to suit our convenience.
v. Ecclesfield G.S. At Ecclesfield, February 16th. Lost 0-2.
While there was little difference between the two sides, the School team only showed traces of their real form. After becoming one down because the ball bounced badly when Parnham had it covered, the School team did not seem to be able to make that extra effort necessary to draw level. The best shot in the match was one from Crowe which hit the upright with the goalkeeper beaten.
v. City Training College. At Norton, February 19th. Lost 1-4.
The first half of this game was very even but in the second half some defensive blunders helped a much heavier team to obtain a clear lead. Throughout the game was played at a fast pace. Except for a few lapses the defence played well but the forwards did not combine together properly and rarely looked really threatening.
The team played much better during the second half of the season, and put up really good performances against Barnsley G.S. 2nd XI and the City Training College 2nd XI (although the latter game, at home, was lost). Against High Storrs 2nd XI, the School had pulled up to 2-3, when unfortunately Haxton was injured, and the game ended in a 5-2 defeat.
Buchan has been a satisfactory captain, although there were times when he could have given more vocal encouragement during a game. Dickens has been the most consistent player, and Hallows has strengthened the half-back line of late. Other stalwarts have been: Bradshaw-though still carrying a swinger in his left foot; Stanfield of the fleet foot; Charles-though he hit a bad patch in mid-season; Gill, Silk, Haxton and Brown. Hadfield and Gee came into the side late on in the season, but made the goalkeeper and centre-half positions their own, the latter taking the place of Marriott who was, unfortunately, unable to play owing to an injury.
As a result 2nd XI colours have been re-awarded to Gill, Bradshaw, Hallows and Stanfield, and awarded to Buchan, Dickens, Charles, Gee and Marriott.
It is hoped that some of the above will find places in the 1st XI next season.
RESULTS (from November 27th, 1948)
|November||27||Away||School, 2; City Training College 2nd XI, 4.|
|January||15||Home||School, 4;Barnsley G.S. 2nd XI, 1.|
|January||22||Away||School, 2; High Storrs G.S. 2nd XI, 5.|
|January||29||Away||School, 5;Stockport G.S. 2nd XI, s.|
|February||5||Home||School, 7: Derby G.S. 2nd XI, o.|
|February||19||Home||School, 3; City Training College 2nd XI, 4.|
Scorers (whole season): Stanfield 9, Silk 8, Brown 8, May 7, Charles 7, Haxton 6, Gill 2, Kelly s, Dickens 1, Keighley s, Own Goal 2.
The 3rd XI's record does not indicate a particularly successful season.
In spite of this, however, it has been noticeable in every match that the team has never played with anything but keenness and energy. The attendance at practices has been particularly encouraging. First-time tackling has been particularly good, and if this had been followed up by constructive use of the ball and by more punch near goal, several of the games would have been saved. As it is, the team have hardly had the time to settle down together; but it is hoped that a longer fixture list next year will enable us to provide good material for succeeding first and second elevens.
The goal scorers have been: Brown 5, Donnelly 2, Dickenson 2, Adams, J. A. 2, Sinclair 2, Fenton 1, Gee 1.
Holmes has been an efficient captain and a vocal inspiration; and Everitt at centre-half should be specially mentioned for some wonderful work with his head in clearing from the goalmouth on many occasions.
|Jan. 15 v.||Owler Lane 1st XI||Home.||Lost 3-4|
|22 v.||Ecclesfield G.S. 2nd XI||Away.||Lost 1-4|
|Feb. 5 v.||Ecclesfield G.S. 2nd XI||Home.||Lost 2-7|
|16 v.||A Transitus XI||Home.||Won 7-1|
|19 v.||Owler Lane 1st XI||Away.||Lost 3-5|
This has been a very bad season for the Under 15 XI. They were unfortunate in meeting a very strong team in High Storrs in the first match. After that heavy defeat they lost all confidence, and thereafter took the field in each match expecting to be beaten. Faulty tackling and bad covering in defence was responsible for many goals against, while the inability of the forwards to shoot wasted many chances. Nevertheless there was a distinct improvement towards the end of the season. Jones, in goal, Thomas, Wilkinson and Wingfield have all played well.
Oct. 2 v.
|High Storrs||Home||Lost o-16|
Dec 11 v.
|High Storrs||Away||Lost 1-13|
Jan. 15 v.
|High Storrs||Home||Lost 2-6|
The team has had a moderate season and in the first term the standard was rather variable, but there has been a definite improvement in play and the team is overcoming its early fault of starting at too slow a pace. In the second half of the season there were some good, close games when three matches were lost by the odd goal and one was won. Too many goals to opponents have resulted from misunderstandings among the defenders, who must learn the value of calling for the ball at the right moment without indulging in indiscriminate shouting.
Needham, an able captain, Butler and Scholey, have formed a very strong half-back line which has been the mainstay of the team. Goddard has been the most consistent goal-scorer and Booth deserves credit for his untiring work at inside-right. Five members of the team will be available next year and should form the nucleus of a strong eleven.
|Sept.||25||v. Hunter's Bar School||Home||Lost 1-4|
|Oct.||9||v. Rotherham G.S.||Home||Won 6-3|
|16||v. Southey Green School||Home||Lost o-2|
|23||v. Barnsley G.S.||Home||Lost 1-4|
|Nov.||20||v. Chesterfield G.S.||Away||Dr'w 4--4|
|Dec.||s s||v. Firth Park G.S.||Away||Lost 1-;|
|18||v. Southey Green School||Home||Lost 2-5|
|Jan.||15||v. Barnsley G.S.||Away||Lost 1-2|
|„||22||v. High Storrs G.S.||Away||Lost 2-3|
|29||v. Stockport School||Home||Lost 1-2|
|Feb.||19||v. Lincoln School||Home||Won 4-0|
During the season, a few matches have been arranged for Under 13 and Under 12 teams, with a view to keeping together junior teams which have already proved themselves, or of finding new talent. The full Under 13 team played in only the first match, when we expected Birkdale to turn out a side comparable to last year's; unfortunately all their bigger boys had left, and the remainder could not cope with a more experienced side. For the return at Whiteley Woods, a completely new XI was put out, and a much better game resulted.
Subsequently, the claims of the Under 14 XI, to which many of the Under 13's were good enough to gain admission, prevented a full turn-out; but this had the great advantage, of bringing more youngsters under review; and the impression gained is that there is ample, good quality material and an abundance of enthusiasm in the Lower School.
v. Birkdale School Away
K.E.S. Won 15-0
v. Birkdale School Home K.E.S. Won 4-2
v. High Storrs (under 13) Away K.E.S. Won 3-2
v. High Storrs (under 12) Away K.E.S. Won 6-2
v. High Storrs (under 13) Away Drawn 5-5
A home fixture with High Storrs was abandoned owing to bad weather.
When Robinson left us at the end of last term we can well say that the last link was severed with that generation which gave us such names as Wilson and Wreghitt. So we were compelled to set about rebuilding our teams. If we remember this, the moderate placings of the 1st and 2nd XI's-fourth in their respective Leagues-become understandable and even encouraging. The services of Needham, Dickens and May were required by the School 1st XI at various times during the season, but the younger players, such as Dickinson and Preston, performed consistently and with plenty of spirit. Of the Under 14 XI, containing such promising players as Rowbotham and Cox, we expected better things than to be placed sixth, but lack of inches was their greatest drawback. The results of the Cross Country races contain something of the bitter and of the sweet; bitter, because for the first time for the last ten years our senior team finished below third place. Needham strove manfully, but his two ablest supporters were lost to influenza and Cambridge respectively at the crucial time. Once again, however, our junior runners provided the sweet, finishing a close second to Clumber. We are very proud of Johnson for his magnificent individual effort in gaining first place, and of Copley and Higginbotham who were not far behind. Our junior swimmers, too, are now in the semi-final round of the Water Polo Knock-out, and we have high hopes of them. One of their stars, the younger Allen, is at present in hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery. The Standard and Athletic Sports will give a splendid opportunity for our enterprising House spirit to bear fruit. Congratulations to Windle on his Open Scholarship to Oxford; and to the whole House we extend our best wishes for a happy holiday.
This term has not been a particularly successful one on the whole. The 1st XI and Under 14 XI finished low down in their respective Leagues; but the 2nd XI finished second and were unlucky not to finish top. Part of this success may be attributed to the able captaincy of Lloyd. Swimming has not started in earnest yet, but the Water Polo 2nd team were unlucky to lose in the first round of the Knock-out. This showed the necessity of closemarking by the backs. We now look forward to a successful season with the 1st team. Our positions in the two Cross Country races were not exceptionally good, the senior team being fifth and the junior sixth. Law won the senior event and Keeling ran well to come in third in the Under 14. The seniors packed better than last year but left much to be desired. Finally we congratulate Law on his Scholarship to Brasenose College, and Searle-Barnes on his exhibition to Merton College, Oxford.
Apart from an appearance in the Knock-out Final, where we were beaten 5-2 by Sherwood, the senior section of the House has not much of which to be proud. Both 1st and 2nd XI's finished near the bottom of their respective Leagues. Several enjoyable matches were lost by the odd goal, and injuries kept two of our best players out of the game for six weeks. The Under 14 XI has redeemed the honour of the House by winning their League. This team has placed consistently well and all its members are to be congratulated on a fine performance.
The improvement hoped for from the 2nd Water Polo team has not so far materialised because of lack of keenness shown by certain people. In the last two terms House Socials have been held for the juniors and Seniors of the House, with treasure-hunts, " pirates," and ice-cream; our thanks to Adsetts for two very enjoyable and well organised evenings. The general outlook is better, as the athletic practices have revealed some new talent. This has asserted itself in the Cross Country, the junior team being placed first and the senior third: congratulations to all concerned. Let us hope that we shall keep this up in the. Athletic Sports. To conclude, congratulations to Kelly on his scholarship to Cambridge; the House is the weaker for his absence, but we wish him all the best in the future: and to Goddard on being accepted for the School of Navigation, University College, Southampton.
This term saw the close of the Football season. The 1st XI finished next to the bottom of their League, but their improvement towards the end of the season was very refreshing. Dobbs has been a capable captain, if a bit rough at times; Beelev and Williams have both played well, and we must congratulate them on being selected for the School 3rd XI. The 2nd XI have been well captained by Streeter and finished fifth in their League. The Under 14 XI improved considerably towards the end of the season and finished fifth in their League. Scholey has been a good captain and, with two more of the team, has been playing regularly for the School Under 14 XI. After the Football season came the Cross Country practices and Standard Sports. In the actual Cross Country race, the senior team was placed sixth and the junior fifth. Beeley must be congratulated on coming in eleventh, and Proctor fifteenth, in the senior; and Powell, E. D. and Smith, B. on coming in tenth and eleventh respectively in the junior race. With a little more House spirit the number of standards in the Sports could be increased. We hope advantage will be taken of Saturdays mornings to gain those required. With the hope of retaining a few of our cups, we look forward to the Athletic Sports at the end of the term. In the 2nd Water Polo League we finished fifth and reached the semi-final of the Knock-out, only to be drawn against Sherwood. Finally we must congratulate Mousley on the award of his 1st XI football colours, and Keighley on the award of 2nd XI colours.
The completion of the second round of the League competition saw all our football teams finish in practically the same positions as last term, the 1st XI being third, the 2nd XI third, and the Under 14 XI fourth. On the whole, our standard of football has been quite satisfactory, a fact which augurs well for next season. About the Cross Country races, the less said the better; we can only congratulate our two most successful runners, Adams in the senior event and Laycock in the junior, and hope we do a little better in the Athletic Sports. Owing to an almost complete absence of outstanding athletes among the older members of the House, any comparative success we might attain in the Sports will depend on the efforts of the younger boys, and it is hoped they will rise to the occasion. We wish our 2nd Water Polo Knock-out team the best of luck in their approaching semi-final match. Finally. we congratulate Fletcher and 'Mayor on being awarded their 1st XI and 2nd XI colours respectively.
The House football teams have maintained their good play until the end of the season, which has ended this term. The 1st and 2nd XI's have both gained first place in their Leagues, and the Under 14 XI has gained third place. Old stalwarts such as Buchan and Gee in the 1st, and Cross in the 2nd, have done good service. C. J. Richardson is to be congratulated on being elected House Athletics Captain. The results of the Cross Country races were very good. In the senior event the House came in first, and in the junior event third. Richardson ran very well in spite of illness to come in second, with Millward fourth, and Taylor fourteenth. In the junior event, Middleton ran well to come in fourth, and Adamson to come in fifth. With this fine opening to the Athletics season, we have every hope of good results in the Standard and Athletic Sports.
The football season has not proved very successful. The 1st XI have played consistently well, gaining second place in the League. Sinclair has been a good forward, Everitt a spirited defender and Brooks a capable goalkeeper. Unfortunately the 2nd and Under 14 XI's have been most inconsistent in play, their League positions indicating that the junior members of the House must take the game more seriously. The quality of the 2nd League Water Polo team has showed no improvement. The players are rather young and will play in the team next ear, and so we hope they will do better. Our usual enthusiasm has once more been evident in the Cross Country practices. Under the captaincy of Hydes, the standard of running has considerably improved. Individual efforts by Hydes, Oxer and Rothnie in the senior, and Tebbet and Stefanuti in the junior section, should assist our gaining distinction in both events. It was with great regret that we learned of Haxton's illness, and we sincerely hope that he will recover quickly.
The Ist XI improved their position in the League at the end of the football season by regaining the form shown in the first four games. Bingham's leadership did much towards this recovery and attainment of a not unsatisfactory final League position. But for injury and absence in the middle of the season, a serious challenge for the Cup would have resulted. The Under 14 Xl played well under Needham's able captaincy to gain second place in the League, and made a stout bid for the championship. Congratulations to Heeley on gaining School 1st XI colours, and to Hallows on 2nd XI colours. The 2nd Water Polo team under Sussams' guidance and led by Fairest have improved greatly in skill and confidence. They were second in the League, losing only to their old rivals, Sherwood, who unfortunately also defeated them in the first round of the Knock-out competition. The Athletics season is well under way, and the House showed a good team effort in coming fourth in the senior Cross Country race, in spite of surprising absence of Wentworth runners in the first ten home. The House was well represented in the School Play and in the activities of the Choir and Orchestra. Congratulations are extended to Hunt on winning a Domus Exhibition in Natural Science at Balliol College, Oxford.
There have been no more desperate incidents with "Oriental Gentlemen " this term, and no strangers to be spotted in the murk. Perhaps one of the best new ideas that came along concerned fingerprints, and should suggest all sorts of possibilities to a bright patrol.
Scouting in winter tends to be less spectacular than at other times. You can do a lot if it snows, but so far we have only had one afternoon of it, when all the usual things were done, both outside and inside the Hut. Recently, however, it has been fine enough for some outside activities connected with coming camps, the first of which will be when one of the patrols visits Barlborough at Easter. The Gym is still used for games. Handball continues, but it was realised that on the P.L.'s afternoon anything but " pirates " would have been unthinkable.
Throughout the winter some good steady work ha., been done on the camping equipment, and the Crypt is now a credit to all concerned. As regards the canoes and the Den there are still big programmes to be dealt with. Some (sic) active Seniors have done a variety of useful things, but, apart from inside knowledge of a place near the too of the Winnats, have perhaps not so much to show for it as they would like. The expedition on the Continent next summer should not only make up for this, but become quite a glorious landmark in Troop history.
" C " Troop is different from " A " and " B " in that it meets on Saturday afternoons. This favours those who are really keen on Scouting, because you get meetings of at least two hours, even when you don't bring your tea. Of course, those who aren't keen tend to become correspondingly discouraged, but enough people like it to make it well worthwhile, only the Second Form being not sufficiently well represented at the moment. The best way to find out more is to come to the Scout Hut one Saturday afternoon early in the Summer Term, and see what is going on.
Final: Sherwood beat Arundel 3-I.
|2. Chatsworth||10||4||0||20 '||49||14|
|UNDER 14 XI's|
The standard of running in the School appears to be improving from year to year. Both Senior and Junior teams are considerably stronger than last year, and are packing much better, while there are many younger boys who show good promise for a year or two from now.
The first Senior fixture this year was against High Storrs, on March 2nd, away. As last year, the team distinguished themselves, filling the first seven places, although on a strange course. Law broke the course record, Richardson equalled the old record, and the rest of the scoring six came in steadily at fifty-yard intervals-a good bit of packing. There has not been another Senior match to date, the next being the Northern Schools Cross Country at Manchester on March 26th.
In the School Cross Country race, held at Whiteley Woods on March I6th, the winning House in the Senior event was Sherwood, only two points ahead of the second House, Welbeck. First man home was Law, with Richardson second. Richardson ran particularly well, as he was absent from School in the morning, and was obviously not really fit. Crowe showed considerable improvement to come in third. Most surprising was Perrett, who is only fourteen; he ran extremely well to come in sixth, as did Thomas, who is the same age, and was ninth. If these two continue to improve they will be very useful in a year or two.
The Juniors have only had one fixture this year; this was against Nether Edge and Chesterfield, over the Nether Edge course. The School was placed second, Nether Edge scoring 33 points, the School 43, and Chesterfield 58. Our team packed quite well, Johnson being fifth, Ling seventh, Adamson eighth, Gregory eleventh and Keeling thirteenth.
In the School Under 14 race, Johnson was first home, running a very good race, followed by Ling and Keeling. The House competition was won by Clumber, with Arundel second.
SENIOR RACE. JUNIOR RACE.
|1. Sherwood||94 points.||1. Clumber||107 points.|
|2. Welbeck||96||2. Arundel||111|
|3. Clumber||114||3. Sherwood||114|
|4. Wentworth||160||4. Welbeck||146|
|5. Chatsworth||176||5. Haddon||154|
|6. Haddon||185||6. Chatsworth||198|
|7. Lynwood||202||7. Wentworth||215|
|8. Arundel||222||8. Lynwood||245|
Individuals (Senior Race): 1. Law; 2. Richardson; 3. Crowe; 4. Millward; 5 Oxer; 6. Perrett; 7. Needham; 8. Hydes.
Individuals (Junior Race): 1. Johnson; 2. Ling; 3. Keeling; 4. Middleton.; 5. Adamson; 6. Kaye; 7. Henderson; 8. Booth.
Schools C. C. Championship at Manchester, March, 26th
1. King Edward VII 37 points (Law 1, Richardson 6, Millward 12, Crowe 18).
2. Manchester G.S. 82. 3. Bradford G.S.
D. CANTRELL, Holroyd Music Scholar of Keble College, Oxford, has passed the examination for Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and was awarded the Limpus Prize for the highest marks in tests at the organ.
J. B. CLEGG has been appointed on probation as Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Jamaica Colonial Service.
J. D. M. HIDES has joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, Manchester, as a sub-editor.
We have heard with great regret that DAVID G. MCWHINNIE died on 29th September, 1948, from subdural haemorrhage following a blow from a hockey ball. He was about to return to Glasgow University for his second year to read Engineering.
A. J. E. LONGDEN (K.E.S. 1934-39) writes from C.I.D. Headquarters, Singapore:
" The position here is still serious and will continue to be so for some time. The communist bandits are numerous, scattered throughout the country, very inaccessible, and well supplied by the frightened country population with food and money. The latter is obtained, of course, by the age-old method of intimidation and extortion. The local Chinese mine-owners and planters are approached and given the option of paying large sums of money or having their property destroyed. Faced with the alternative they usually pay up and keep quiet. In recent weeks the Government has been taking steps to stop this source of supply. Several prominent mine-owners have been heavily fined for their part in supplying the bandits with money.
The morale of the bandits, which showed signs of cracking in the early months, has to a certain extent been bolstered up by the communist success in China, though at the moment I don't think there is very much liaison between the two countries. Siam forms an effective barrier at the present time with its anti-communist attitude, end the sea-routes are pretty carefully watched.
In the last few days new emergency regulations have been proclaimed which give Government the right to evacuate whole " Squatter " areas complete, in order to cut off the source of food-supply and hide-outs. These squatters are the product of pre-war rubber booms, when extra labour was imported from South India, and also include evacuees from the big towns during the Jap occupation. They now form a source of supply of casual labour to the rubber planters who cannot accommodate them in their own coolie lines, and. of course, have proved a godsend to the bandits in their search for safe hide-outs. It is the easiest thing in the world to change from a bandit to a squatter-all you have to do is to bury the rifle or sten-gun under a rock, and the change is created. In fact a large proportion of these people are part-time labourers and part-time bandits.
Local opinion has differed sharply over the wisdom of the new move. The press is divided. It is either the worst possible step, leading to a complete breakdown of civil administration in the country, or it is the only way to bring the present emergency to a speedy conclusion. There seems to be no middle path. The main object of the campaign is to break up the bases of the bandits; but to every man, woman and child who is evacuated. we are as bad, if not worse, than the Japs and every British soldier is a petty Hitler. The poor old Tommy, obeying orders to the best of his ability, goes through the mill everywhere from Palestine to Malaya"!
In the north west portion of Tanganyika, 30 miles east of a place called Kigoma dwelt a family of elephants. Now the day we are speaking of was the father elephant's birthday and so, as he had had a hearty birthday breakfast, he challenged one of his sons, Sinbad, and his sister, to a tug-of-war. Each elephant could pull with a force equal to half his or her weight. The father's weight is as many tons as Sinbad was years old when his sister was half as old as his father was when his sister was one third as old as the father was when the father was as old as Sinbad will be when his sister is twice as oId as Sinbad will be in as many years as there are tons in twice the weight of the father.
As many years as tons in twice the weight of Sinbad's sister plus the sum of the ages of Sinbad and his sister is as many years as the father was old when the father was fourteen times as old as Sinbad was when the father was five times as old as Sinbad was when his sister was as old as Sinbad will be when Sinbad is one half as old as the sum of the ages of Sinbad and his sister in three years time.
Sinbad is as old as his sister was when his father was as old as the sum of Sinbad and his sister's present ages. Ten years ago the father was seven times as old as Sinbad.
If Sinbad's weight were increased by six tons and his sister's by five tons the sum of their weights would exactly equal twice that of the father.
Furthermore, numerically, the sum of the age and weight of the father less that of Sinbad and of his sister equals one quarter the sum of the father's age and Sinbad's weight.
FIND WHO WON.
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