|VOL. XIII||MARCH, 1951||No. 2|
|STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT||17|
|BALLAD FOR WINTER EVENINGS .||23|
|MODERN LANGUAGE SOCIETY||24|
|INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSION GROUP||24|
THE following have been appointed Prefects this term: D. H. B. Andrews, F. A. J. Dunn, P. K. Everitt, J. Hazel, I. H. Jones. In addition the office of Sub-prefect has been instituted, to assist the Prefects in some of their supervision duties, and the following have been appointed: E. Bailey, J. A. Bennett, M. J. Finley, D. B. Sanders, D. J. Williams, J. Wilson.
In succession to P. K. Fletcher, who left at Christmas, G. M. MacBeth has been appointed Head Prefect.
following University awards have been gained:
G. Riches, Minor Scholarship in Modern Languages at King's College, Cambridge;
G. B. Crowder, Exhibition in Modern Languages at Magdalene College, Cambridge;
J. C. F. Fair, Exhibition in Mathematics at Magdalene College, Cambridge;
N. R. Frith, Cave Exhibition in Mathematics at Clare College, Cambridge;
G. M. MacBeth, Open Scholarship in Classics at New College, Oxford;
J. Hazel, Open Exhibition in Classics at Queen's College, Oxford.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held on the last Sunday of the Christmas Term, December 17th. Lessons were read by boys from the Third Form upwards.
On December 13th a short ceremony was held to dedicate and present the commemoration tablet tracing the history of the School from its foundation. Alderman J. H. Bingham, Rev. Canon H. C. Foster, Sir Samuel Osborn, and Mr. J. G. Chambers took part in the proceedings, and on behalf of the School the Headmaster and G. M. MacBeth thanked the donors for their gift.
By the gift of Miss D. W. Goodwin, a pair of bronze flower-vases have been added to the War Memorial Tablets in the vestibule. A fund will be formed from School collections to keep them supplied with flowers.
We welcome to the Staff, in succession to Mr. Hood, Mr. L. Adey, B.A., of Birmingham University; and Mr. G. Mackay, M.A., of Cambridge, to succeed Dr. Hargreaves as Senior Science Master.
School Chapel Service was held on Sunday, January 21st, the preacher being Rev. E. O. Sheil, Manchester Diocesan Missioner.
AFTER the report made by the three group members who attended the Autumn Conference at Castleton, the subject of which was the " Aims and Methods of the S.C.M. in Schools," it was decided that 'in the future we should make a greater effort towards actual study amongst ourselves rather than relying upon outside speakers to provide the material for discussion at our meetings.
This term, therefore, we began to make a study of the main non-Christian religions, and so far we have considered Buddhism, Islam and Shintoism. Each faith was dealt with in two parts, first an exposition on its main doctrines and tenets, secondly a comparison showing the ways in which it differed from and resembled Christianity. Speakers have been M. M. H. Sewell, A. B. Holroyd, G. Riches and J. M. Hiles, all of whom receive our hearty thanks for their interesting and instructive talks.
Finally we would appeal to the Vth Trans. and VIth forms for new members. Meetings are usually held once a fortnight on Thursday evenings and tea can be obtained beforehand. It must be emphasised that new members need not necessarily be Christians. All opposition is welcomed.
I. M. W.
THE annual conference of the S.C.M. in Schools in Sheffield was held at Hurlfield Grammar School on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of January, when approximately 80 members, representing the Sheffield Grammar Schools, attended. The Chaplain to the conference was the Rev. Horace Sharp.
The theme of the morning talks was taken from
William Temple's cook Christian Faith and Life. The first talk, " God revealed
in Christ," was given by Dr. E. D. Bebb, Chairman of S.C.M. in Schools in
Sheffield, his main points being that God revealed himself
(a) in nature.
(b) in the works of the prophets, priests, poets and lawgivers and
(c) through history,
and that Christ revealed:
(a) the love of God.
(b) the will of God.
(c) God's desired destiny for man and how to seek and obtain Salvation.
The second talk, " The Significance of the Cross," by Miss Muriel Telford, formerly Assistant General Secretary of S.C.M. in Schools, dealt with the application of the Gospels to this subject. In summing up, Miss Telford made the point that we now see that the Crucifixion was the judgment of God upon men, but at the time it appeared to be the judgment of men on a good man.
The third talk, " The Christian Community," by Canon R. R. Roseveare, S.S.M., vicar of Parson Cross, dealt with: " The Holy Spirit in Life," " Prayer and Sacraments," and " The Christian Society." Canon Roseveare made a special point in emphasising the necessity of being a member of a Christian Society, otherwise, it is impossible to appreciate the true significance of the Holy Spirit and the Sacraments.
The afternoon sessions on the first and second days were devoted to missionary talks. " Christian Re-union in South India," was given by Rev. A. May, Precentor of Sheffield Cathedral. He stressed the difficulties which faced the Church in South India, due to the racial customs.
" Christianity in China," was dealt with by Rev. H. Tomlinson, formerly a missionary in that country. He pointed out that generally speaking, the Chinese were very backward in education, and that they invariably learnt to read by using the Bible.
The evening meeting on the first day took the form of a discussion between Miss Mary Hardcastle, Tutor in Religious Education in the Diocese of Sheffield, and Mr. S. T. Oakes, a member of the Sheffield Education Committee, on "The Vocation of a Christian." It was pointed out by both speakers that whether it be in the home, at work or at play, Christian principles are essential.
The final meeting was a general discussion on S.C.M. in Schools, led by Miss Telford. The structure of organisation and the work done were explained, bringing in the importance of individual school group meetings, leading up to conferences such as the one at Hurlfield, where the groups in a particular town combine, and finally, the summer conferences when the members are drawn from all parts of the country. The future of the S.C.M. in Schools is dependent entirely on the keen interest shown, and support given in a particular school.
The S.C.M. in schools can be likened to the chain whose " strength is as strong as its weakest link." It needs your support.
D. H. T.
are no tulips in her eyes
Like tulips I have seen,
And the wind that gathers in her hair
And sifts it
Finds a treasure there
But takes no gold away.
She does not
Kiss because the world is green.
And she will
go where the bubbles go
That burst above the sky
And will never, never know
Heard in her voice the silence of summer,
And felt on her lips the fragrance of the dark branches
With their laughter flitting in the sun.
1 . OVERTURE
"Occasional" Handel (1685-1759)
(Maestoso: Allegro: Adagio: March)
2. ORGAN SOLOS
(a) Toccata and Fugue in D Minor Bach
(b) Romance Joseph Bonnet
(c) Introduction and Toccata William Walond
Mr. N. J. BARNES
3. "MASTER MARINERS"
Thomas Wood (b. 1892)
H. F. OXER,
THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA
1. ORGAN CONCERTO No. 5 IN F Handel
(Larghetto: Allegro: Sicilians: Presto)
Organ: Mr. N. J. BARNES. Conductor: Mr. R. BULLIVANT
INTERMEZZO AND MINUET (from the Septuor) Saint-Saens (1835- 1921)
N. H. CUNNINGTON-trumpet .. ..
B. D. MILLS, J. A. BENNETT-violins
B. P. FISHER-clarinet
I. H. JONES-'cello
Mr. W. K. MACE-double-bass
(a) The Derby Ram William Hurlstone
(b) Silent Worship Handel
(c) Good Ale Peter Warlock
P. D. ROBINSON
for two clarinets and bassoon Mozart (1756-1791)
(Allegro: Minuet and Trio: Rondo)
B. P. FISHER, P. M. HARVEY, R. F. H. MORTON
|(a) Gloucester Wassail ....||..||(English)|
|(b) Quem pastores laudavere ..||..||(German)|
|(c) Whence is that goodly fragrance?||..||(French, arr.|
|(d) Unto us a boy is born ....||..||A. E. Baker)(German)|
6. CAROL (To be sung by all)
"IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR"
GOD SAVE THE KING
AT the end of last term the above programme was given twice, at a meeting of the Organists' Association to which they look forward each year, and at the School Concert. In both Choir, Orchestra, and individual performers maintained the high artistic standard expected of them. On the last Sunday of term the Choir, with organ support this year, contributed the carols in the Service of Lessons and Carols.
This term Choir and Orchestra have been -rehearsing Handel's Samson. Owing to the shortness of the term, the performances will not be until Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st, both at Ecclesall Parish Church. Two -performances are necessary to avoid the overcrowding which has occurred on previous occasions, and, to cover the high expenses and control numbers, admission will be by priced programme, obtainable beforehand. The libretto of this oratio is taken from Milton's Samson Agonistes and For a Solemn Music. Our guest soloists will be Mr. James Atkins (as Harapha) and Mr. David Galliver (as Samson). Other soloists are H. F. Oxer (Manoah) P. D. Robinson (Messenger), G. E. Nutter (Micah), and A. Beckett (Dalila). Soprano Arias will be sung by massed trebles, and these, with trumpets in D, should produce some of the most thrilling moments of the performance. In the choir we should welcome more singers from the upper School so many of our present tenors and basses are also members of the orchestra.
From the orchestra we have lost P. G. Dickens, the Leader, and Shepherdson (violins), and also Mr. Graham (clarinet), and Else and Goodman (trombones). We welcome A. E. Skelton (piccolo) and G. Wells (trombone), and congratulate J. A. Bennett on the way he has taken over leadership of the orchestra. The great need is, as always, for more violinists, and we hope more will soon graduate from the violin classes.
The recordings of extracts from last year's St. Matthew Passion, and of the Orchestra playing Trumpet Voluntary, and some Handel pieces are now available, and are a worthy addition to the growing collection of school recordings.
Maintenant Georges est daps. Il marche au guichet, prend son chef de train milieu et jambe et affront le chapeau melon un marchand de vitesse qui commence ā bouler.
Georges ferme les yeux et fleurit son chauve-souris. Zut! la halle vole au-dessus des fetes des deux glissades jusqu'au troisiēme homme qui est un mauvais champ.
" Doigts beurrēs! " murmure le capitaine. Georges est ravi; it a fait deux. Il joue la prochaine halle daps la direction de couvert-supplēmentaire.
" Cours! " s' ēcrie-t-il ā Aristide. Mais celui-ci est trop essoufflē et ne bouge pas. Le pauvre Georges essaie de retourner, mais se bouleverse.
"Comment ca? " appelle le garde-guichet. L' arbitre ēlēve le doigt.
Georges est couru dehors.
|Michael James Flaherty||D. P. C. PEARCE.|
|Margaret Flaherty (" Pegeen ")||.R. THOMPSON.|
|Shawn Keogh||M. M. H. SEWELL.|
|Philly Cullen..||K. W. PATCHETT.|
|Jimmy Farrell||R. B. GREGORY.|
|Christopher Mahon||H. F. OXER.|
|Widow Quin||M. A. ROTHWELL.|
|Sara Tansey||P. WOODHEAD.|
|Susan Brady||R. J. J. ORTON.|
|Nelly Blake||J. A. HODGSON.|
|James Mahon||G. M. MACBETH.|
|Men of the village: B. A. SPARKES, P. B. DUCKWORTH, N. H. CUNNINGTON, M. C. M. ROEDEL, M. J. WELLS.|
DRAMATIC work at King Edward VII's labours under many handicaps-in particular the small and temporary stage, the difficulties of rehearsing, and the awkward placing of the audience. It is more than time that money and attention were directed towards the need for something like average equipment. Now that the orchestra and organ have been established, it is surely the turn of drama, which, it should be remembered, can affect a larger number of boys and offer more varied kinds of training, back stage as well as fore.
It is all the more admirable, therefore, that a very small body of actors, with the help of a most skilful producer, can continue an ambitious and exciting series of pieces. The Playboy of the Western World would not now stir up the fury that met its first production in Dublin in 1907, but its rich dialogue and satiric fantasy remain, and it is practically unknown on the modern English stage. After Winterset, and after last year's regrettable playlessness, any choice would have been a problem; but the Society has not flinched from tackling Irish wit and Irish accent; they deserve our thanks.
"Did you marry three wives maybe? "
It all happens at a remote shebeen on the coast of Mayo, " not a decent house within four miles, the way every living Christian is a bona-fide, saving one widow alone." The publican, with his pals, is just off for the night to Kate Cassidy's wake, leaving his daughter Pegeen in charge, when a tired timid young man walks in. A series of enquiries draws from him the exciting news that he has killed his " da " and is running from the " polls." At once he becomes a hero; is appointed pot-boy, courted not only by Pegeen and her friends, but by a widow of property and of sinister reputation: he wins all the races at the local sports and is finally exposed by the arrival of his father, far from dead, and breathing fiery vengeance.
A promising plot, with turns in it are nearly foolproof, and it is presented in the richest, freshest peasant idiom-" Did you marry three wives maybe? I'm told there's a sprinkling have done that among the holy Luthers of the preaching north "-where every phrase sparkles and none is flat Anglo-Saxon. It is no use pretending that the actors quite rose to this. It requires a great effort to snap out of the understatement and the inhibited style of contemporary wireless and screen plays. Pearce did succeed in doing this, and aided by a perfect costume and make-up, really became a Connacht landlord. Shawn Keogh, too, appreciated the rhythm and value of his words. But both hero and heroine were guilty far too often of throwing away the glorious lines Synge gave them. On the other hand, they both played with a certain quiet sincerity that was agreeable and, within its limits, convincing. But both were over-solemn; Oxer did not convey any sense of wonder at the astonishing things that were happening inside him and about, and Thompson had clearly been far too well educated at the regional High School.
-And I hit a blow on the ridge of his skull"
The other female parts were very well done; you could believe in the trio of village girls, particularly in Woodhead's Sara Tansey. Rothwell's Widow Quin stood out as a rich and vital piece of acting, in gesture, word and carriage. Another vigorous performance was given by MacBeth as James Mahonclearly a tough old devil who
might well need to be killed three times to make sure-but his accent, against Synge's orders, suggested that he had spent his life as a Middle West hobo.
On this tiny stage every movement counts, and grouping is so important as to be in danger of becoming an obsession. It was a special virtue of production that both were handled with discretion. When a photogenic group was needed-as in the catechism of Christy, his story to the women, on his fight with his father-it was provided decisively but without artificiality.
I notice that there has been no Elizabethan play since 1937. Is it perhaps time for a full-blooded, imaginative melodrama such as Macbeth? A couple of armies and a ghost-haunted banquet should be child's play for the Dramatic Society. May they flourish!
G. H. C.
Do you think I look so easy quenched with the tap of a loy? "
[Photos by P. J. UNWIN]
THIS term there has been a welcome revival of interest in the Library. The recent Exhibition was very popular, and so great was the demand for the books on view, that all attempts to establish a reservation system proved ineffective. The object of these exhibitions is to draw attention to a large group of books which are well worth reading, but which seem to be passed over by the mass of readers because they lack a striking title or an attractive cover; by the time these notes appear a number of prominent novels will have been on show, and it is hoped to exhibit volumes of plays and poems in the early part of next term. Unfortunately, many of the non-fiction cupboards are at present closed, while their contents are undergoing re-classification, but almost all of the Geography section is now on view, and it will soon be followed by the Poetry and Drama. For the benefit of members of the Lower School, the institution of a Polar Exploration and a Mountaineering section is being considered and these should be organised before the end of the year.
Despite the increased interest in the Library there are still many members of the Sixth and Transitus who seem unaware of the valuable resources at their disposal. The Library is not the musty storehouse it may seem, and a little research in the neglected corners could be profitable and entertaining for all. Space precludes any extended advertisement here, but the following recent acquisitions deserve mention:
Liberty and Peace. Aldous Huxley.
English Town Crafts. Norman Wymer.
Christian Apologetics. Alan Richardson.
The Sheffield School Board, 1870-1903. J. H. Bingham.
The Polly Harris. Mary Treadgold.
Many other new books have been publicised on the notice board, and are consequently omitted from this list.
Finally, thanks are due to the following for their services as librarians: R. Butler, G. B. Crowder, R. B. Gregory, F. Ogden, K. W. Patchett, D. P. C. Pearce, D. B. Sanders, I. M. Walker, R. E. Whitaker.
G. M. M.
This rather enigmatic title--certainly puzzling to a novice like me-needed explaining. Exploration revealed that John Grierson is a Scot who was the main driving force behind the documentary movement since he first coined the term himself in 1926. It was originally the name the French gave to their travel films, and has now come to signify the art of using the film medium for social analysis. Grierson was a Rockefeller Research Fellow in 1924, and studied the Press, the Cinema, and other methods of influencing public opinion. His work took him to Hollywood where he met Chaplin, Sternberg, and other leading figures in the Cinema world of the time. Grierson's attitude to the Cinema has always been as to an instrument of propaganda. As an art-form, it has never interested him greatly. In 1927, Grierson became Film Officer to the Empire Marketing Board, and made the completely original film, Drifters. After this he turned to training others, and his disciples worked in his own style and were inspired with his ideas. Grierson toured this country lecturing and writing articles, instilling people with the idea of documentary. Later he joined the G.P.O. Film Unit for a time, and films were produced in advance of contemporary thought. During the war he worked in Canada, and in 1946 went to the U.S.A. to join The World Today Inc. This book is a selection of the best of his criticism, which appeared in several papers and magazines. It is, of course, first class, and the penetrating work of a master in that field. Rare, indeed, is the criticism which, like this, has a value lasting beyond the immediate future. It would well repay all those who are interested in the film to bear it in mind that this book is at their disposal in the Library.
" I will
go stark: and let my meanings show
Clear as a milk-white feather in a crow
Or a black stallion on a field of snow."
THIS is the last verse of Roy Campbell's poem A Good Resolution, and as well as anything it states the basis of his poetic creed. There are no half measures with him whether venturing into the fields of either lyrical or satirical verse he is outspoken to a degree. He scorns almost completely the subtler poetic devices such as alliteration and metrical variation, preferring to rely on striking imagery, the inherent strength and beauty of the words he uses and his gift for choosing them, a generally rather heavy rhythm, and the force of the feeling behind his poetry. Thus while we are unable to admire him as a craftsman, his poems attract us by their refreshing vigour and lucidity-qualities too often lacking from much of the poetry of today. So firm is his resolution to call a spade a spade that, especially in his satirical verse, he is sometimes led into using language which might offend the taste of the purist, but these lapses can perhaps be justified to some extent by the fact that the people and things to which they relate deserve nothing better. They are also consistent with the virile character of Roy Campbell's poetry.
In his satires he pours scorn over every form of cant, hypocrisy, narrow-mindedness and selfishness; sometimes his feeling against the manifestation of these traits is intensely personal, as when he points the finger of derision at those blind to literature and the literary tradition, and those who remain unconcerned at home in times of war. His epigrams are admirable in their wit and fire and the longer satirical poems The Georgiad, and The Wayzgoose, are notable for their brilliantly sustained attack, and in these poems his adroit verification is often in evidence.
Roy Campbell can deck an object in grandeur or beauty as easily as he can drown one with ridicule. His lyric gift applies itself to a variety of things, but more usually he sings of natural objects-a bull dying by the matador's sword, a snake, a garden, or a fleeting impression, of a sleeping woman-and of scraps of personal experience, portrayed in such poems as the exquisite Mass at Dawn. He also conveys his enthusiasm about the virility and mysticism of the ancient religion of Mithras, and paints the story of Noah and the Ark in glowing colours, both in longer poems.
This attractively produced and tastefully bound volume has my unqualified recommendation.
I. J. G. MARSHALL.
Fiesta, perhaps the most vivid and concentrated of Hemingway's novels, is yet another expression of post-war disillusion and insecurity. This disillusion is concentrated into one man, Jake Barnes, an American journalist, who is prevented by a war wound from fulfilling his love for a vital Englishwoman. Consequently, she is driven into emotional contacts with other men, and for Barnes the world becomes sterile.
The book is set against the colourful background of Paris and Spain at a time of forced gaiety and escapism, and Hemingway captures this atmosphere in a rapid succession of colourful events-particularly the fiesta at Pamplona. The tension in the relationships of six people develops against the exuberance of this seven-day festival with its dancing in the streets and the exciting events in the bull-ring.
Hemingway's pessimism is typified by the hopelessness of Barnes' love, which colours the whole narrative. For, following his usual procedure, Hemingway tells the story in the first person through the eyes of Barnes. His style is terse, abrupt and extremely vivid, and has had a tremendous influence on his contemporaries.
Ernest Hemingway was born in Illinois in 1898. He has made his own living since he was sixteen years old, working as farmhand, day-labourer, waiter, dish-washer, sparring-partner and ambulance driver in the Italian army. Later he became a newspaper correspondent, living in Paris for many years where he learnt the art of writing. His best-known novels are A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
This unique style characterises all his work, and though the squeamish might take offence at some of the " rawer " passages, Fiesta is without doubt, one of the best contemporary novels.
THIS entirely new book is not, as might be thought from the title, merely another dryasdust primer of English grammar. It does indeed state, in a simple and clear manner, the main principles of modern English usage, but the author entertains the reader and makes him chuckle with his many examples of bad English. He emphasises the fact that language is continually changing; in fact, he says that, owing to the time-lag between writing and publication, his book will be, to some extent at least, out of date. He reminds us that we are not bound by the fixed laws of a formalised grammar, but that we must take the language as we find it and follow current usage. Mr. Vallins suggests two reforms of the English language: first, the abolition of quotation marks, which he maintains are not only unnecessary, but tiresome and complicated; and second, he presses for a reform of spelling. He regards the problem of spelling as so important that he devotes a separate chapter to it. The book deals with the finer points of language as well as its fundamental principles, and includes a chapter on writing business letters. With
its many examples of faulty English and slipshod writing, the book will be a great source of interest and entertainment even to those fully practised in the art of writing. Finally, a notable feature is the evidence of the author's deep knowledge of English literature; to press home his points, he quotes many times from Shakespeare, the Bible, and such great writers as Lamb, Hazlitt, Pope and Dean Swift, to mention only a few. In short, this is a very readable and valuable book.
P. L. SCOWCROFT.
Totting accounts all day in a ledger
I'd not recommend it to any.
It's the plump man in the plush office
Who makes the prettier penny.
The manager drives in a Daimler Eight
To a fine flat and a fancy dinner
But I lurch home through the rattling hail
On the top of a tram that's as cold as a spanner.
Ram your hands in your pockets
To keep the cold away.
Turn up the lapels of your jacket
And let's get home for tea.
" Cheer up ' It's not so bad, my Johnnie,
We're due for a break in the weather
And there's still your beer and your Bonds and your Connie
Although the snow come down for ever.
The water kicks the lid of the kettle,
The bacon spits in the fat like a cinder.
Crockery, cutlery, caddy and scuttle,
Your slippers toast their toes by the fender.
Fog in the city but steam
in the kitchen
The street was cold but the stove's warm.
Swap flames that crackle for crunching frost
And a quiet room for the querulous storm.
switch on the radio and spread out the paper
A cup of tea and a slice of toast.
Careen barometer weathercock caper
But sugar and milk to suit your taste."
snowflakes fall on the window,
The sparks fly in the fire.
Snug and safe in their own castle
The clerk and his wife are a happy pair.
boss lives unmarried alone in his mansion
Drinking his toddy and damning his gout
Cursing his valet adjusting his cushions
Many have money but that's all they've got.
G. M. MAcBETH.
AT the end of last term the Society finished the programme on "Steel" by paying visits to several local steel works. At the same time we said good-bye to K. R. Jennings, our Secretary, his successor being F. Ogden.
This term we have had a very small programme of " indoor " events of one lecture and a film-show. The lecture, by Mr. R. W. S. Thompson, was on " Water Engineering," illustrated by numerous slides showing the construction of the Howden, Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs in Derbyshire, and was much appreciated by all who attended. The film-show was in the nature of an experiment, and unfortunately the films turned out to be of a very elementary nature. Visits to four local works, including a whole day tour of the waterworks at Bamford, have been arranged to conclude the term's programme.
THE Society burst into activity again this term with a series of eight meetings designed to appeal to all tastes.
The inaugural meeting, held on January 23rd, was entitled: " France To-day," and took the form of an exchange of impressions of that country by members of the Sixth Form who had recently visited it. G. Riches and T. Wilson introduced the subject.
This was followed on January 30th by a reading of Musset's comedy " Fantasio," while on February 8th, T. Wilson gave an illustrated talk on " French Humour." Although these two meetings drew only a small, but nevertheless enthusiastic audience, P. L. Scowcroft's enlightened talk on " French Music " on February 13th more than made up for these small attendances. The speaker referred more especially to the work of five French composers. Berlioz, Bizet, Saint-Saens, Debussy and Ravel, and illustrated his arguments with a number of well-chosen recordings.
A similarly large attendance was noted at our next meeting on February loth, when the President of the Society, Mr. E. V. Bramhall, gave a penetrating exposition of the principal doctrines of existentialism.
At the time of writing, there are still three meetings planned for the remainder of the term.
On March 1st, G. Riches will talk on Maupassant and on March 6th, P. M. Turner will introduce a discussion on " The problem of an International Language." The final meeting of the term will be an address by D. A. Charles on Cervantes.
One promising sign throughout the term has been the appearance at our meetings of boys who are not on the modern side. We hope this healthy practice will continue. As is to be expected, we ourselves can always welcome more members. We should, however, also like to bring to the notice of those interested the activity of the Sheffield Modern Language Society, which for obvious reasons can undertake so much more than we can, and would itself benefit immensely from a little more whole-hearted support.
I MUST first apologise for the error in our last notes, which gave to Mr. Fox the seat on the committee which is occupied by Mr. Duckworth.
On November 27th, Mr. Smith gave us an informative lecture on Tibet, whose people ride on yaks and eat brick-tea. This was followed by a most topical and interesting discourse on " The Background to Korea " by a Korean visitor to these shores, Dr. Whang-Kyung-Koh. Because the speaker whom we had engaged for the 11th of December was unable to be present, we vacated our usual place of assembly and retired to Room 25 for an informal discussion on the Attlee-Truman talks and their possible outcome. This was the last meeting of the term, for we had to bow to the exigencies of the Post Office, who had decimated our ranks.
The new term began with a report-back on the Westminster Conference: some of the information given was actually pertinent. Then, on January 22nd, Mr. Walker introduced a debate-" That British Broadcasting would be both more entertaining and more enlightening if it were organised on a competitive basis." This was the first of a series of four points for debate, organised by the News Chronicle in collaboration with C.E.W.C. The motion was defeated by 12 votes to 6, and Mr. Walker's impartiality was admirable. In direct contrast to this somewhat mundane subject, our next meeting was taken up by a general discussion on a variety of topics among which were, broadly, " Materialism v. Spiritualism " and " The Ethics of Rearmament."
We returned to more accustomed ground with a short introductory talk by Mr. Kanjananavit, who answered questions afterwards, on " Thailand." This was followed, on February 12th, by the second News Chronicle subject for debate, " That Britain has assumed too much responsibility for the welfare of her people at the present time." Your humble scribe spoke for, and Mr. Thornton against the motion, which was carried by 11 votes to 7 after a stormy debate. Half-term then intervened, and we are now anticipating a lively debate with High Storrs.
I. J. G. M.
Mr. C. HELLIWELL, A.R.C.A.
The thud of rubber and
the spring click
Transmit excitement. In the bare hall,
Beneath the glare of lights, the players
Plunge and posture. Pressure of finger and
Pliant wrist manoeuvre the shapely
Bats, which carve figures in air,
Like reckless flyers. In a white blur,
Skimming the green square, the ball
Flies between; like long whips
The strokes crack and switch; the backhand
Flick, and the forehand drive with the full
Power of the rising body catch up and
Carry faster and faster its quick
Swoop and jerk.
For an interval
The speed falls, for a space the continual
Alternation is eased, and the ball
Moves with the break and waver, the impulsive
Indecision of spin.
Sweeping along the limbs, the wild
Rhythm of released action, like a rushing
Blast of wind, lifts up and quickens
The slack strokes; once more they kindle
The swift cut and thrust of the duel.
Just a mere game, you suggest,
The tame pleasure of a civilised age.
But look further. For the silk shirts
Fail to conceal that simple intense
Delight which every living creature
Finds in its own strength. The bats
Are merely cups for the fierce elixir,
The pure and heady wine, which floods
Free in the veins when the young salmon,
Gathering all its energy, leaps
For joy, forging along the stream.
G. M. MACBETH.
IN a recent article about "A" Troop, Mr. Gaskin remarked that the Troop could be said to have been passing through one of its "down" periods, but that there were signs of a healthy change. Thanks to Mr. Gaskin's energy and help, I think that the Troop now really is on the upgrade, and although it must still improve in some directions, it is building up a keen and enthusiastic nucleus. We have just heard that the Raven Patrol has won the Group Inter-Patrol Trophy, and hope that this is a sign of what is to come.
I should like to record here the thanks of the Troop to Mr. Gaskin for coming to its rescue and setting it up once more on firm foundations. My own thanks go to him too for his invaluable guidance during my first few tenderfoot months with the Troop.
The Troop expanded at the beginning of the school year to the strength of 24, and although we are still not up to full strength, we are content to remain small for some time longer and build up an active team of scouts who will be able to train next year's recruits. All our recent recruits are now invested, and we hope that we shall have several Second Class Badges and some First Classes before the end of the year.
A training patrol for patrol leaders, instituted by Mr. Gaskin, continues to meet on Fridays. Patrols have been holding their meetings when and where possible, but the Troop feels very much the lack of a den for such purposes. If any of our readers know of an unoccupied garage, an empty hut or other such accommodation, unwanted and available for use by scouts . . .
We have spent some time this year on raising money much needed for buying camping equipment. In co-operation with an enthusiastic and capable Parents' Committee the Troop has sold Whist Drive tickets and collected for a Jumble Sale and helped to make the Committee's efforts well worth while. The Troop already owes much to its Parents' Committee.
The Troop will be holding both Whitsuntide and Summer Camps this year, although the location of neither has been finally fixed. Now that Spring is almost with us, we hope to do much more work outside and make sure that scouting in "A" Troop becomes still more active and alive.
AT the end of the Christmas Term, N. R. Frith left to join the R.A.F., and we all thank him for what he has done for the Troop, and wish him every success in the R.A.F. and later at Cambridge. There are four scouters, as G. M. Law and B. Fielding have taken out warrants. After the last magazine's report was sent in, the Beavers won the Group Outdoor Trophy, which was judged on the patrol logs.
Earlier this term an outdoor activity called " Operation Victor " was carried out by the patrols. It was in the form of a treasure hunt which finished on the top of Win Hill covered in mist. The treasure, consisting of sweets and chocolates, was worth having, as one patrol knows! Our congratulations go to the others who won the Inter-Troop Trophy from the Beavers in a knotting relay. Unfortunately the Ravens of "A" Troop took it from them several weeks ago on a " Route-direction " hike.
Another group activity this term has been a group meeting at which "C" Troop was well represented. Bottomley has gained his Second-Class badge and Horsefield has been invested, which brings the total number of scouts in the Troop to thirty-four.
At Easter, the Otters are having a patrol camp, and there are to be Troop camps at Whitsun and Summer. The site for the former is still undecided, but at Summer the Troop is camping beside Lake Windermere, and it is to be hoped that the weather is an improvement on last year's summer camp in Scotland.
A CORRESPONDENCE match over 12 boards has been started with the City of London School. This is an entirely new venture for the Chess Club, and the analysis involved should improve our standard of play. No results can be expected for some months, however, as correspondence chess is a very slow process. Our present rate is about a move a week!
Attendance on Fridays has improved this term, and there has been some competition for places in the School team.
On Friday, February 2nd, we drew a six-board match with Firth Park Grammar School at Firth Park. The scores were:-Robinson 1, Fair 0, Vincent 0, Sanders 1, Edlington 1, Holroyd 0.
A week later we played a return match with the University at the University Union. With the help of three masters, we managed to win 4-2. Scores:-Mr. Redston 1, Mr. Effron 1, Herr Bachmann 0, Robinson 1, Fair 1, Barnes 0.
We have further matches with High Storrs and Firth Park to play.
P. D. R.
Watchmaker unconcerned with human feelings,
Measures the abstract and the non-existent.
His intricate machines with delicate step
Divide the undefined into precise compartments,.
His is the occupation of those who tire of worldly conflicts,
Of emperors and kings and mountain peasants.
I. M. WALKER.
THE Twenty-sixth Annual General Meeting of the Old Edwardians Association was held at 7.0 p.m. on l0th February, 1951, in the School Library. The President, Dr. J. T. Burdekin was in the chair. Before opening the meeting, Dr. Burdekin said he was pleased to welcome Mr. Clapton, the new Headmaster of the School.
In his report the Secretary said that 74 new members had been accepted since the last Annual General Meeting and that the total membership was now 722, of which 28 members had died. There were also 64 members whose addresses were either doubtful or unknown; this figure had stood at 135 a year ago, but after exhaustive enquiries 71 of these had been traced.
Reviewing events of the past year, the Secretary said the Annual Dinner had been held on the 30th March, 1950, at the Carlton Restaurant, Change Alley, and that the guest speaker had been the Rev. C. J. F. Gilmore, an Old Boy of the School, who was now Warden of the College of Aeronautics, near Bedford. 44 members attended and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
On 28th July, 1950, two sports shields had been presented to the School by the Lord Mayor, Alderman H. Keeble Hawson, on behalf of the Association, of which he himself was a member. These shields were known as " The Barton Shields " to mark Dr. A. W. Barton's term of 11 years as Headmaster of the School.
During the School summer holidays the organ, the third object of the War Memorial Fund had been installed and was now being used. On loth November, 1950, the President of the Association placed a wreath on the School War Memorial on behalf of members of the Association.
The Annual Ball was held on 2nd January, 1951, at the Cutlers' Hall; the Headmaster and Mrs. Clapton were among the four hundred and fifty members and friends who attended. This number showed an increase of more than fifty on the 1950 Ball, and the organising committee now feels that this annual event has really become established.
The Treasurer reported that the Association finances were quite sound and that the final payment on the organ had been made in January of this year.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year-
President .. Dr. J. T. Burdekin.
Vice President Dr. C. J. Magrath, O.B.E.
Secretary .. E. W. Sivil.
Asst. Secretary N. G. Sargent.
Treasurer .. R. G. Beard.
Auditors .. Messrs. W. B. Gowers & Co.
C. E. Shooter. G. G. Powell.
D. M. Mond. P. F. Lloyd.
J. M. Carlisle. J. R. Schofield.
G. J. Cumming. F. J. Pattinson.
The Postal Vote held during last year showed 'that an overwhelming majority of members were in favour of the Life Subscription being raised to £2 2s. 0d., and the quorum at Annual General Meetings being reduced to 20. In view of this result, it was decided that these alterations should become effective from the date of this meeting, i.e., 10th February, 1951.
Reports from the Cricket and Soccer Sections were read and approved by the meeting.
During the 1950 season the First XI had its best season since the war, only 2 matches being lost. The team produced better fielding and steadier batting than in the past, but needless to say there is still room for improvement in both these spheres. Patience would be rewarded if batsmen would resist the temptation to " Have a go " at the wrong time.
The "A" team started the season probably feeling too " cocky " after a very successful 1949 season, .but 1950 brought them back to earth with a bump. They started by losing half a dozen games, whereupon their wicket keeper had all his teeth removed and they never looked back-neither did he, for he was promoted to vice-captain in spite of his appearance. Somehow they managed to get the better of most of their remaining opponents, even though some of the decisions remained in doubt for so long that only a run or two saved their bacon and finally brought down some rather high temperatures.
Both elevens enjoy their Saturday afternoon cricket-and to play at Whiteley Woods on a warm sunny afternoon is appreciated very much more in our comparative dotage than ever it was when we were members of that not very select band of pilgrims who wend their way to room 63-suitably padded. The Derbyshire grounds are also well worth their annual visit, and they greet us like old friends. We know most of their secrets-and very peculiar secrets some of them have after the cattle have been grazing moodily thereon during the off season. Bowlers have been known to get remarkable effects on pitches which on occasions can be very receptive to spin, and batsmen who throw caution to the winds have unwittingly performed feats of prowess previously unknown-particularly to themselves. In fact Saturday afternoon cannot in our opinion be spent to better advantage than by playing cricket.
The prospects for 1951 are at the moment none too rosy. One of our best stock bowlers is now laundering in China and the "A" Team vice-captain is leaving Sheffield for London. May we ask therefore if there are a couple of good medium-pace swing bowlers and a brace of accurate leg spinners, who would care to join us-have you any batsmen who would like to have a go or indeed anyone who enjoys cricket whether batting, bowling or fielding?
It must be emphasised that the future standard of the Old Edwardians' cricket will largely depend on support given to the Club by cricketers after they leave school, and to them we make. a special appeal-that before entering club cricket they should strongly consider joining the Old Edwardians' Cricket Club.
We should be very pleased to welcome anyone from K.E.S. who would like to join us and help to keep our flag flying mast high.
To all members of the School and House Elevens, we send our best wishes for 1951. Welbeck should of course win the casket and the School First shouldn't lose a game if 1931 is to be repeated-so go to it.
THE Club has a membership of about 40 players, quite a few of whom are only available during vacations owing to absence at Universities; this enables the running of three teams during part of the season, two in the South Yorkshire Amateur League and one playing friendly matches. The Club has been granted permission once again to use the school grounds at Whiteley Woods, for which we are most grateful.
So far this season we have had rather a mixed time, both league teams have been dropping points against clubs which should have been beaten easily, and on the other hand winning matches which on paper we were bound to lose. The third team has made quite an encouraging start, for this is the first time on record we have been able to raise three teams.
We feel that with the talented players we have at our disposal, we should have a better playing record than we have, but the root of the trouble seems to be that we only see each other on Saturday afternoon, and if only some sort of mid-week meeting of the teams could be arranged, many tactical problems could be solved. We hope next season to be able to overcome this difficulty.
The records of the three teams so far this season are as follows:
| P.|| W.||
Leading goal scorers in each team being:-
|1st XI||G. S. Colebrook||27|
|2nd XI||P. J. Frost||6|
|3rd XI||M. J. Carlisle||10|
|March 29, 1951||Annual Dinner at the George Hotel, Hathersage.|
|April 26, 1951.||Football Section Annual General Meeting and Dinner at Fulwood Coffee House.|
|April 29, 1951||Dedication of the Organ combined with the School Commemoration Service. Admission by ticket only.|
|June 9, 1951.||Cricket Matches versus the School at Whiteley Woods.|
J. D. M. HIDES has left the staff of the Daily Telegraph, Manchester, to join the Manchester Guardian as a sub-editor. One of his colleagues there is a contemporary O. E. GEOFFREY D. TAYLOR.
In the Oxford and Cambridge sports on March loth, D. C. LAW, running for Oxford in the Mile, was placed second.
E. T. WILLIAMS, Fellow of Balliol College, has been appointed Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford.
Marriage: On December 30th, 1950, at Fulwood Church. R. T. SMITH (K.E.S. 1938-43) to Miss Cynthia Smith.
Engagement: M. B. THORNELOE (K.E.S. 1938-47) to Miss Elizabeth F. Smith.
THE results this term have continued to be satisfactory, particularly with the Second Eleven which, for the second year in succession, has not lost to another school, and with the First Eleven, which has only lost two School games in a heavy fixture list. As quite a number of these two teams will have left by next year, there will be opportunities for several younger players next year. We have again been pleased to see several parents watching the matches.
|First XI ..||32||22||4||6||120||57|
|Under i5 XI||11||3||1||7||15||38|
|Under 14 XI||12||5||0||7||31||39|
On paper the results this year have been very good, despite the loss of Fletcher, Hallows and Dickens, at Christmas. We have greatly missed Fletcher, whose own example had done so much to inspire the team during his year-and-a-half's captaincy. It must be remembered that some of the schools we play against have less than half as many boys as we have to choose from, and yet they manage to press us strongly. While on several occasions the football has been a treat to watch, there have been too many mediocre displays. The main weaknesses have been poor kicking, faulty passing, a tendency to hang on to the ball for too long and thus lose a chance to clear or make a good pass, and a general slowness in moving the ball.
HEELEY, K. R.* (Captain and left-half).-It was no easy task for him to succeed Fletcher after Christmas, but he deserves congratulations for the way he has acquitted himself. Even in his own football he has followed Fletcher as he has recently played much more of a roving game and could often be found up with the forwards on the right or behind his own backs. For two years he has been kept out of his own position at right-half, but the way he has learned to kick with his left foot should serve as an example to younger players. His determination and dogged tackling have become well-known. .
P. J. W.
HADFIELD, R.* (Goalkeeper).-He has been a safe goalkeeper, handling ground shots extremely well. In the air his height should enable him to catch the ball more. He has unfortunately missed some matches this term through illness.
EvERITT, P. K.* (Right-Back).-Although new to the side this season, he quickly gained his colours. A strong and speedy full-back, he often bewildered opponents by solo runs down the wing. He also played centre-half during Butler's absence.
DARWIN, C. E. (Left-Back).-He was promoted to the team at Christmas with the difficult task of succeeding Hallows. He has played steadily and distributed the ball well, although his defensive covering has been faulty at times.
PETERKEN, G. S. (Right-Half). -He took over Fletcher's position permanently at Christmas, but has unfortunately missed some recent matches. Although small, he tackles hard and distributes the ball well.
BUTLER, R. (Centre-Half). -He came straight from the Under 15 XI, and has been a successful pivot. Although his kicking might be stronger, his heading ability has helped to make him usually safe and reliable, although he is apt to leave the centre-forward unmarked at times.
CHARLES, D. A. (Outside-Right).-He was appointed School Football Secretary at Christmas. His combination with Mayor has compensated for his lack of speed, but at times he has delayed passing too long and given the defence time to cover up.
MAYOR, P.z (Inside- Right).-His cleverness with the ball is outstanding, and his solo runs down the field have proved the downfall of many defences. Sometimes he has tended to overdo his own efforts when a short pass would have been more effective.
BROWN, J. B.* (Centre-Forward). He has broken the School record for the number of goals, this season. He has played consistently well until the last few matches, but, particularly on heavy grounds, he should try to bring his wingmen more into the game.
SINCLAIR, G. I. (Inside-Left).-He has developed into a strong and forceful inside-forward, having a good understanding with the others, but he has been unlucky not to score more goals.
KEIGHLEY, D. W.t (Outside-Left).-Owing to illness he has only been able to play occasionally, and then not always at his best. He has been missed, and his position war usually occupied by Stanfield, a strong and bustling, although inconsistent, player.
Owing to illnesses, Jones and Fenton have played several times in goal and at half-back, and proved very capable substitutes. Bradshaw, Crowder, Goddard and Williams have also played on one or more occasions.
t Indicates old Colour; * Indicates Colour awarded this season.
K. R. H.
After a few minutes Everitt made a bad pass back enabling the home side to score, but after Brown and Charles had missed chances from left-wing centres, Dickens equalised. The defence failed to challenge the home centre-forward, but Brown was able to equalise again after Mayor had dribbled several players and the goal-keeper had only partially saved his shot. The School took the lead in the second half, but the home team fought back very strongly, and their fast forwards took advantage of our defence's failure to clear first time.
The ground was again very muddy, but the School team moved the ball about more and deserved their victory. The first goal came early in the match when Keighley returned a bad goal kick into the corner of the net, and Brown later sent in a long shot which just evaded the goal-keeper. The best goal came in the second half when all three inside forwards were up together and Mayor scored with a strong shot. The visitors played their best football in the latter part of the game, while the School team became more ragged, and again conceded a goal from a corner.
Although we were attacking continuously, a defensive blunder enabled the home team to take the lead, but eventually Charles was able to scramble in an equaliser. We scored the only goal in the second half but our opponents tried very hard to draw level and Jones saved an almost certain goal by running out quickly.
While ground conditions were the best for many weeks, the standard of football was very poor to start with. Mis-kicks followed faulty marking, and the whistle was blown frequently. One of the best moves came early in the second half when Brown received the ball some thirty yards from the goal, neatly beat one defender, and then shot just as he was tackled by another, but the goal-keeper was just able to save it by conceding a corner. By contrast, Brown's last goal was a gentle header from a centre by Charles; this was after Mayor had put a good shot in the corner of the net.
This match was played on a frozen pitch, and the first half finished with no score. At first Barnsley did most of the attacking, but Dickens nearly scored, and on another occasion the ball was in the net, only to be disallowed for off-side. Both goal-keepers had several anxious moments, a good shot from Keighley went just outside the post. The only goal was scored when Keighley put a long pass over the defenders' heads and Brown put it in the net.
The new term was opened with a narrow victory in a good game. In the first half the School team played better football, but gave away a goal by bad positioning in the defence, and only managed to draw level just before half-time. In the second-half the forwards were more prominent and Brown, while often off-ride, scored one particularly good goal with a shot into the far top corner of the net.
We were lucky to be awarded a penalty, but missed it, so the home team rubbed it in by scoring almost immediately afterwards. Each side scored again in the first half, but after resuming the home team were kept pinned in their own half, except for occasional, but dangerous, raids by their fast forwards. Continual pressure, however, reaped its own reward and we took the lead. High Storrs rallied well and managed to score again to draw a keenly fought game.
Conditions were so bad that the match had to be played on the second pitch. Although most of the goals came from passing movements and long kicks the forwards still kept to their usual tactics of close passing. Keighley showed more of his old form and opened the score, when he came in from the wing to make a strong shot; he also scored two other goals in the first half. After the interval the game was much more even and each side scored once.
After this game the field looked as if it had been ploughed, but the School team had " kept at it " and overcame their opponents' superiority in weight. The victory would have been more decisive if the visiting goal keeper had not played so well. As some of the defence were rather uncertain with their kicking of the muddy ball, it was no surprise when the visitors took the lead. Brown was rather lucky to equalise with a shot which hit the underneath of the cross-bar and bounced just inside the goal and the forwards were only able to scramble one further goal.
Although conditions were better, the standard of football did not improve correspondingly. In the first half the forwards did not really combine well together, but Brown scored twice. In the second half we pressed continuously. Fenton played well at centre-half, deputising for Butler.
This game was played on a very hard pitch which was still very uneven after the mud-larks of previous matches, and good football was made very difficult. Despite this, the game was keenly fought and the result was in doubt until the final whistle. After Keighley had shot straight at the goalkeeper and Brown, just outside the goal, we were lucky to score when Peterken put in a good shot which hit the cross-bar and rebounded into play only for a defender to put it into his own goal. There were very few good shots from either side, although some good corners were sent across but not converted.
For the first half there was little in the game, although the visitors were one short. The most exciting episode was when Charles had only the goalkeeper to beat, but shot straight at him and the Stanfield returned the ball with a hard drive only to hit the bar. The School team showed more determination in the second half, but found it difficult to score until the last part of the game, when five goals were quickly added.
Within a minute the home goalkeeper made a good save, but shortly afterwards he only partially stopped a shot from Heeley and Crowder ran in to score. After several minutes of fairly even play, Heeley and Mayor added goals. In the second half the home team attacked much more strongly and deserved their second goal, when Hadfield only partially stopped a shot. Although there were one or two anxious moments when the ball hit the bar, or a defender cleared off the goal line, the School team managed to maintain their one goal lead.
Within a few minutes Brown opened the score with a good header, but the home team nearly equalised when a shot hit the cross-bar with Hadfield defeated. We were lucky to be two goals up at half-time, but played better in the second half. Nevertheless, Rotherham scored the first goal in this half when their forwards were unmarked, but Brown later put a pass through to Crowder who scored with a shot in the far corner and clinched the result.
Once again the School team started slowly, making all kinds of elementary mistakes, and soon found themselves one goal down. Then, for a while, they played better, and Charles equalised from a pass by Mayor. Gradually the visitors obtained mastery of the game, largely owing to their greater speed with the ball, moving into positions for the pass, and an ability to take the chances offered. Although there were several close efforts, the School team could not score again.
It was some time before the School team opened the score when Brown beat his opponent and went through down the middle. After this, it was only a matter of how many goals the team would score, and Hadfield was rarely troubled. Brown obtained three more, and Sinclair one, but there were far too many missed chances, even allowing for the very bad ground conditions. The referee had to blow up far too frequently for off-sides-the forwards should have learnt to counter the defensive moves.
With a strong wind behind them the School team did most of the attacking, but Ecclesfield opened the score from a long pass. A little later Sinclair took the chance offered by a defensive blunder to equalise. Another goal was lost through bad marking at a corner, although one of our team actually put it in the net. Brown equalised when he neatly took a long pass from Mayor, side-stepped his opponent, and shot in the corner. In the second half the home team attacked more strongly, but we opened the score only for the defence to concede another with bad play. Continuing the pressure, Mayor shot, and Brown followed up and scored when the shot was only partially stopped.
The home team looked more dangerous in the beginning, but we opened the score when Charles took the ball through and centred to Brown, whose shot was partially stopped but bounced over the goalkeeper's head into the net. A little later a long shot from Brown hit the upright and rebounded into play, but no forward was near enough to put the ball into the goal. Everitt headed the ball backwards and two other defenders failed to clear before High Storrs equalised from a comer. In the second half, the ball went from one end to the other with the issue remaining in doubt all the time. The home team scored the first goal on three occasions, but the School team only had time to reply to the first two. It was unfortunate that two or three players on the School side chose the same match to give their worst performance of the term, and thus to end a good season with an indifferent display.
P. J. W.
Since the last report, the team has played seven matches, winning six and drawing one, and the 20 boys who have appeared in the side can feel justifiably proud of their efforts.
It is said that it is easy to captain a winning team; yet at any anxious moments, Bradshaw has always shown a lead. He has done well, and his tackling has been devastating. Jones and Weston have shared the goal-keeping. We know Jones to be good, and Weston did not let the side down, and is ready for a regular place next season.
When Darwin gained a place in the 1st XI, Patchett took his place and has played really well. Rudkin has also made a couple of appearances at full-back. The half-backs have been Thornton, Glenn, and Fenton, with Needham as the stand-by. Thornton has played consistently well, and had an excellent game on a bone-hard pitch at Woodhouse. Glenn has shown a great improvement since the season started, although he maintains his average of one glaring miskick per match. There is only one thing that Fenton likes better than beating two men-and that's beating three or even four.
The wing positions have both shared between Williams, Wilson, Crowder and Stanfield. All have done well, and the side has been fortunate to have so many speedy wingers.
Marshall came into the side when Tiddy had to stop playing. Both are ready goal scorers, yet possess the same fault; at times they are too deliberate. Thomas has been the regular inside-left. He is clever, but finds the heavy grounds tiring.
Goddard, at centre-forward, has been outstanding, as his goal tally shows.
Altogether a highly satisfactory season, the second in succession in which no school side has defeated us. Well done, 2nd XI!
v. Staff. Won 5-1.
v. O.E.'s 2nd XI. Lost 1-3.
v. Trojan's 1st XI. Won 3-1.
v. High Storrs 2nd XI. Draw 1-1.
v. Ecclesfield 2nd XI. Won 4-0.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs' 2nd XI. Won 7-3.
v. R.A.F. Cranwell, 2nd XI. Won 9-1.
v. Bootham School. Won 8-0.
v. Firth Park 2nd XI. Won 5-2.
v. High Storrs 2nd XI. Won 10-4.
v. Chesterfield 2nd XI. Won 4-1.
v. Woodhouse 2nd XI. Won 4-2.
v. Barnsley 2nd XI. Draw 4-4.
v. Rotherham 2nd XI. Won 8-5.
Scorers: Goddard 35, Tiddy 15, Thornton 7, Marshall 4, Crowder 3, Wilson 3, Thomas 2, Williams 2, Stanfield 2.
C. H. H.
This season the Third XI had a fuller programme of fixtures than in previous seasons, but bad weather curtailed it considerably. Although the standard of play has not been high, only two matches have been lost, and the whole team has shown commendable enthusiasm in both games and practices. The forward line has been lacking in thrust, although individual members have performed well on occasions, whilst lack of adequate covering has been the main fault in the defence, which conceded seven goals against Mexborough 1st XI. Wilson, as captain, and Marshall, as vice-captain, have filled their posts efficiently, whilst Rudkin, Bullard, and Lewis have been prominent in defence. For the return game with Mexborough, the team was strengthened with four players from other elevens, and the resultant victory showed the higher standard of play that can be attained, when the team has a blending of experience to direct it.
|Sept.||23 v. Old Edwardians 3rd XI (H)||Lost 2-5.|
|Oct.||7 v. Owler Lane Sec. School (H).||Won 3-0.|
|Oct.||21 v. City Training Coll. 3rd XI (A)||Won 4-2.|
|Nov.||4 v. Mexborough G.S. 1st XI (H)||Lost 0-7.|
|Nov.||18 v. Old Edwardians 3rd XI (H)||Won 5-2.|
|Dec.||9 v. Owler Lane Sec. Sch. (A)||Won 7-t.|
|Jan.||20 v. High Storrs G.S. 3rd XI (A)||Won 4-2.|
|Jan.||27 v. 367 Squadron A.T.C. (A).||Won 13-0|
|Feb.||24 v. Mexborough G.S. 1st XI (A).||Won 3-1.|
The Under 15 XI started rather badly with a heavy defeat at the hands of Carfield 1st XI, but high hopes of having a good season arose with a good win at Rotherham. This improvement was not maintained and the next five matches were lost. During the last games of the season, however, the team played with much more speed and determination. Much of our latest success was due to the careful coaching of Mr. Wilson.
M R R
|Sept.||23||v. Carfield 1st XI (H)||Lost 2-6|
|Oct.||17||v. Rotherham G.S. (A)||Won r--0|
|Oct.||21||v. High Storrs G.S. (A)||Lost o-4|
|Oct.||28||v. Firth Park G.S. (A)||Lost o--5|
|Nov.||4|| v. Southey Green (H)|
With Under 14 XI.
|Dec.||9||v. Carfield 1st XI (A)||Lost o-5|
|Jan.||13||v. High Storrs G.S. (H)||Lost o-4|
|Jan.||20||v. Chesterfield G.S. (A)||Draw 2-2|
|Jan.||27||v. Rotherham G.S. (H)||Won 3-2|
|Feb.||3||v. Firth Park G.S. (H)||Lost 2-4|
|Feb.||10||v. Barnsley G.S. (A)||Lost 0-4|
The second half of the season has been very disappointing. At the end of the first term, a competent XI had been built and was becoming quite successful, and looking forward to further triumphs. Owing to illness and injuries, it has been difficult to field an XI, and rarely has the team contained more than five or six regular players and, on one occasion, only three members of the team had previously played for a School XI.
Nevertheless, we would like to thank the large number of boys who have turned out, often at a few minutes' notice, and done their best for the team.
|Dec.||9 v. Firth Park G.S.||Lost 1-3.|
|Jan.||13 v. High Storrs G.S.||Lost 0-3.|
|Jan.||20 V. Chesterfield G.S.||Won 3-0.|
|Jan.||27 v. Barnsley G.S.||Lost 2-4.|
|Feb.||3 v. Barnsley G.S.||Lost 1-r r|
|Feb.||10 v. Carfield Sec. Schl. 2nd XI.||Lost r-3.|
THIS term has been spent mainly in preparation for the approaching season. The School teams, along with other promising swimmers, can now use the baths in the dinner hour and on Saturday mornings. This is a great help, but it is disappointing to observe that some swimmers will not avail themselves of so excellent an opportunity.
The season's programme is a heavy one, as we have obtained several new fixtures, namely those with Doncaster Grammar School, Mount St. Mary's College and Manchester Grammar School, as well as a four-cornered match with Doncaster Grammar School, Retford School and Queen Elizabeth's School, Nottingham, thus providing more competition for our colts.
In spite of this formidable opposition we feel confident of a successful season.
The term has seen the introduction of regular Life Saving Classes, which use the Scout Hut or Gym for land drill. This is a good innovation and of great use to the average, strong swimmer. The Life Saving examinations are to be taken towards the end of this term, and we hope for many successes, which will provide instructors for the further expansion of the scheme.
Water Polo this term has been mainly confined to the trial of different types of House 2nd teams. It is regrettable that these schemes were found to be not altogether a success. The matter is to be reviewed by the Games Committee.
R. B. B.
BOTH senior and junior teams have run extremely well and have so far lost only one match between them; this being due to absence through illness which sadly depleted the teams.
There are several promising runners in the junior team, and Johnson, on the senior side, should go far if he continues to run at his present form.
The senior team once again stand a good chance of winning the Northern Schools Cross-Country Championship, providing they train hard.
Jan. 20 Away. K.E.S. v. Firth ParkSeniors Won 10-40 Juniors Won 17-20.
Jan. 24 Away K.E.S. v. High StorrsSeniors Lost 43-36. Juniors Won 32-46.
Feb. 7 Home K.E.S. v. Woodhouse Grammar School. Seniors Won 26-29.
Feb. 10 Home K.E.S. v. Nether Edge Grammar SchoolJuniors Won 6-15.
Feb. 17 Away K.E.S. v. Nether Edge Grammar School. Seniors Won 20-39. Juniors Won 15-12.
Feb. 21 Away K.E.S. v. Woodhouse Grammar SchoolSeniors Won 27-29.
N. U. R.
The Inter-House Cross-Country Races were held at Whiteley Woods on March loth at 10.15 a.m. The fields were smaller than usual, 77 turning out in the Junior event and 83 in the Senior.
In the Junior race, Lomas of Arundel led from the start to win by thirty yards from Biggins of Haddon, with Allen of Lynwood forty yards farther back in third place.
The Senior event was a slow-run race. At Porter Clough Crowder held a slight lead from Oxer, Rothnie, Johnson and Gregory running in a bunch. Soon afterwards Rothnie, who had an off day, dropped back, and Oxer went into a lead which he held to the end. Gregory, finishing strongly, was second, twenty yards behind the winner, with Crowder third.
|Juniors:||1. P. W. Lomas (Welbeck). 2. H. M. Biggins (Haddon). 3. D. P. Allen (Lynwood).|
|House Points: (1) Haddon 58; (2) Chatsworth 119; (3) Lynwood 132; (4) Clumber and Welbeck 139; (6) Arundel 205; (7) Sherwood 249; (8) Wentworth 304.|
|Seniors:||1. H. F. Oxer (Welbeck). 2. R. B. Gregory (Clumber). 3. G. B. Crowder (Clumber).|
|House Points: (1) Clumber 48; (2) Welbeck 91; (3) Haddon 118; (4) Lynwood 127; (5) Arundel 181; (6) Wentworth 193; ('7) Chatsworth 203; (8) Sherwood 349.|
W. L. E. W.
This has been quite a successful term. In the football league our 1st XI has finished fourth, the position being attained by a good combined effort rather than by individualism. This team has tackled strongly, but the defence tended to hesitate on occasions. There has also been a noticeable gap between the defence and the forward line. The 2nd XI, led by Scowcroft, have had a good season and have done well, in spite of absenteeism due to illness. The 3rd XI have been exceptional and have carried off the league trophy. In doing this they have scored over a hundred goals. This was a fine effort. It is encouraging to see so many younger boys playing so well. Our junior teams, led by McKee, have not been too successful, but they should do better next season. The Cross Country is now close at hand, and with hard training we should do quite well. We congratulate Baxter on being appointed Junior Athletics Captain, but it is regrettable that some of our junior members do not support him as they should. Johnson, our Athletics Captain, has organised Cross Country training on the close on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for our keen runners. We congratulate Jones on being made a prefect and thank him for his help in running House prayers on Wednesday mornings, at which times we have been glad to welcome Mr. Vernon to our meetings. We congratulate Thornton on his appointment as House Secretary. Next term's programme consists of the Cricket Leagues, the Athletic Sports, and the Swimming Sports. With every member of the House pulling his weight, we should do quite well. We look forward to these events with confidence.
The football season has almost ended, and although our House Elevens are not leaders in any of the league tables, nevertheless all our teams have improved their league positions from those of last season. The standard of play of the 2nd XI and 3rd XI is not high enough, and these teams should put more " knife " into their play, for it is to them that we look for our 1st XI next season. The Junior House 1st XI is second in the league having lost only one game, to Haddon, the leaders. B. Wildsmith has been awarded his House Football Colours. The Cross Country will be run this term and the House wishes its teams, led by M. M. H. Sewell, whom we congratulate on being appointed House Athletics Captain, the best of luck. The Standard and Athletic Sports have yet to be run and we can expect to be fairly well placed. However, without the full support of every member of the House we cannot hope to be placed in the first three places. Every member of the House must do his utmost to obtain the maximum of five standards in the Standard Sports. Finally, congratulations to D. A. J. Dunn on being appointed a School Prefect, and to E. Bailey on his appointment as a School Sub-Prefect.
Once more Clumber have had a successful football season. The 1st XI, with an unbeaten record, have retained the Championship, indeed, in their last twenty-eight games they have won all but three, losing one and drawing two. It reflects great credit on the House that all but one of the eleven have either played or been picked to play for School XI's this year. The other House XI's, though often being handicapped by illness, have maintained a reasonable standard, whilst the Junior House teams have played consistently well. In Thompson, Heritage, Taylor, K. A., Bradbury and Hewitt we have young players who promise well for the future of Clumber football. Now that the Athletics and Cross-Country are near at hand, we must make sure of the House trophies this year, and retain the Standard Sports. The House has the talent, it only remains for enthusiasm on the part of all members to make the results certain. Several familiar faces have disappeared from our midst this term, and we wish all those who have left the very best of luck. Finally, we must congratulate J. Wilson and J. A. Bennett on being made Sub-Prefects, and G. B. Crowder on being awarded an Exhibition at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
The 1st XI football has retained third position in the league, despite illness, which has prevented a few prominent members from playing in several games. Of the younger members tried this term, P. E. Tummons has shown considerable promise. The 2nd XI have a poor record, but a good win against Wentworth in the final match, brought them to sixth. More enthusiasm is needed here. The 3rd XI, with a better record, occupy a similar position. The Junior House 1st XI has, as expected, become the first winners of the Barton Shield, conceding only two goals in seven matches. The 2nd XI with one game to play is level top with Clumber. In fact the Junior House as a whole has set a fine example in keenness, which might be followed by certain of our older members. We should like to see more entries for the Athletic Sports this year, and also for the Fives competitions next term. We hope for a concerted effort in the Standard Sports, and we can look forward to the cricket season with confidence. Congratulations to D. H. B. Andrews on being appointed a Prefect, and to D. J. Williams on his election to one of the new posts as Sub-Prefect. Finally, may we congratulate Harvey on becoming the first boy of the school ever to play in the highly competitive National Youth Orchestra.
Fletcher left us at Christmas. He epitomized the spirit of the House, stamping House activities with his courage and resourcefulness; the sincerity of his friendship towards the lesser members as well as the stars made for keenness and unity. We shall maintain this spirit. Since the last notes were written, we have secured the 2nd Team Water Polo Cup, and retained the Football Challenge Cup. Fletcher scored the tenth and last goal in the final, much to the joy and satisfaction of the supporters' club, complete with rattles, bells and a trumpet. We shall never forget that occasion. Mr. Twyford realized an ambition when taking charge of the House. He has kept a wise and watchful eye on all proceedings, with particular sympathy towards the juniors. Wright, Downes, and Gill have figured prominently among these; on the football field, the juniors have been handicapped by a limited kicking-range that has led to bunching. Individual skill and keenness are patent, however. League football has been quite successful. Holroyd's faithful 2nd XI have duly won their Cup. They have a goal average of 105 against u! We stand by our team management. The 1st XI have been guilty of some ghastly failings. Prolonged injuries and absence have been responsible, although our best team as regards footballing skill is definitely lacking in weight, and suffers accordingly. Lewis can be well pleased, nevertheless, with the efforts of the likeable Fourth Form trio, Oliver, Laycock and Smith. The School 1st XI has claimed five senior members during this season. This term, Mayor has shone more brightly than ever, Butler, who has his colours, is very good with his head, and Peterken tackles ferociously-we hope his injury clears up satisfactorily. The 3rd XI, despite choppings and changings, have finished second. We were proud to see Macbeth succeeding Fletcher as Head Prefect, and Finley's appointment as a Sub-Prefect. Incidentally, Macbeth gave a powerful and mature performance in the School Play, and he has won an open scholarship at New College, Oxford. Fair won an exhibition at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The presence of Mr. Kopcke gives us confidence for the coming athletic sports, and we hope Finley can infuse some of his fire into the junior runners under his charge. Laycock and Oliver have appeared for the School Junior team. Canham and Winter possess an enthusiasm that could well spread to the lesser members of the House. Meanwhile, cricketers are preparing, Heeley and Turner are oiling their bats . . .
Although beset by injury, the calls of the School XI, and more than a little ill-luck, the House has performed very creditably in the football league. Under Stanfield's able leadership it has played consistently well, with Adamson, Rudkin, Glenn, and Dickenson often outstanding; and it was only by a narrow margin and with a weakened team that we lost the vital game with Clumber. The 2nd XI, built round two or three veterans, is also, at the time of writing, in second position. Lack of weight in the forward line has been the main handicap. Although the 3rd XI have never had the same team from one week to the next, it has, with the exception of one or two members, shown a deplorable lack of enthusiasm; and thus it is near the foot of the table. The undoubted individual talent of the boys in the junior House augurs well for the future, but at the moment they do not play well as a team. Regrettably, they have failed to copy the example of determination and vigour set by their captain, Watkinson. Turning from soccer, one must congratulate Glenn, Stanfield and Marshall on their appointment as House Prefects and mention the innovations at House Prayers, namely the grouping in a body of the choristers among us, and the increased scope of lesson-readings more variations are under consideration. A social is being arranged for the Junior House. We view the approach of Cross-Country, Standard Sports, and Athletics with faith rather than hope, but confidently predict a successful cricket season.
The 1st XI, who were settling down well just before Christmas, have since felt the loss of Darwin and Sinclair, who are to be congratulated on winning their places in the School 1st XI. Also Hobson and Taylor, both keen players, left us and unfortunately we have not had the services of Dow for the majority of the matches owing to absence. Parfitt has been playing extremely well and will be our mainstay next season. The 1st XI finished 5th in the League. The 2nd XI have not been at all consistent, but have promising players in Nuttall and Tebbet and their final position was 4th. The 3rd XI consisting of keen, but not clever players, finished 4th. The Junior House, under the captaincy of Youle, have done quite well, and although not being a brilliant side, have three or four good players who we hope will develop and become future House players. They finished 3rd. The Junior 2nd XI finished 6th and were ably captained by Wells. There has been far too little enthusiasm from the middle section of the House for Water Polo, and I hope this will soon be remedied. After winning both Junior and Senior Cross-Country races last year, we can look forward to another successful season and we should win at least one race. We are very sorry to loose Dow this term, and wish him every success in his Royal Air Force career. Dow has been a very prominent member of the House for many years, and has always been willing to help in any sphere of activities. I hope that next term we shall meet with success in the Athletics and Cricket. We congratulate Everitt in being made a Prefect and Saunders a Sub-Prefect.
At the end of last term we had to say goodbye to Bingham and Hallows, two stalwarts of the House during the last few years. They have both been called up to complete two years military training before they go up to Oxford in 1952. We send to them our best wishes. The House soccer teams have hardly been conspicuous this year, the 1st and 2nd XI's both supporting their respective leagues. The 3rd XI, however, has gone from strength to strength, and finished up with a grand 14 0 victory. House football colours for this season have been awarded to Wingfield, Needham and Weston. Although football has now been completed, we still have the Standard Sports and the School Cross Country Race before the end of the term. We expect every member of the House to pull his weight and so encourage our new captains; Vincent for Athletics and Henderson for Cross Country. We should like to congratulate Hazel on his Open Exhibition in Classics at Queen's College, Oxford, and also on his appointment as a Prefect.
|FIRST XI.||P.||W.||D.||L. For||Agt. Pts.|
|3. Haddon ..||14||8||1||5||39||4I||17|
|4. Arundel ..||14||7||0||7||32||40||14|
|5. Welbeck ..||14||4||2||8||24||41||10|
|SECOND XI.I. Lynwood..||14||12||1||1||105||11||25|
|4. Welbeck ..||14||8||0 6||55||35||16|
|5. Clumber ..||14||6||0 8||65||59||12|
|6. Haddon ..||14||3||2 9||22||64||8|
|7. Chatsworth||14||2||3 9||27||73||7|
|8. Wentworth||14||0||2 12||7||104||2|
|THIRD XI.I. Arundel ..||14||14||0 0||100||12||28|
|2. Lynwood..||14||8||2 4||50||27||18|
|3. Wentworth||14||8||0 6||65||39||16|
|4. Welbeck..||14||7||0 7||64||65||14|
|5. Clumber..||14||6||1 7||64||81||13|
|6. f Haddon||14||5||0 9||35||47||10|
|8. Chatsworth||14||1||1 12||18||87||3|
|FIRST XI.||P. W. D. L. For Agt. Pts.|
|2. Chatsworth ..||7||6||0||1||29||9||12|
|5. Wentworth ..||7||3||0||4||16||27||6|
THE Robinson twins and Jones, Smith and Wilson had just come up to College and on their first Saturday had met, in the Common Room, the elder brothers of both Jones and Smith, who had both been at College for two years. It was a fine mid-September day, so Jones senior suggested that they should all go and have a game of tennis.
Smith senior and the twins went to collect all the tennis equipment and then followed on after the other four. Bob umpired the first set, in which Dick and Jim lost to the twins by 4-6, 6-3, 3-6. The second set was umpired by John, and David and Andrew beat Dick and Bob by 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Peter umpired the third set, in which Wilson and one of the twins beat John and the other twin 6-2, 6-3. Next the Jones brothers lost to Wilson and the twin with whom he had not previously played by 4-6, 6-4, 2-6. This set was umpired by the other twin. Lastly, Dick and Wilson lost to the Smith brothers, when umpired by Jim, by 1-6, 6-z, 4-6.
Then Wilson suggested that as he, and he assumed the others too, knew the rest by their Christian names only, they should introduce themselves, and said that his name was ( ) Wilson.
Well, could you introduce them all to each other, giving each Christian name his correct surname?