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CORONATION-TIDE was celebrated chiefly by an extension of the Whit holiday for three days to June 3rd. On our return, there were souvenir pocket-knives to be distributed and put to the test, and an afternoon at the film King Solomon's Mines to ease the transition to normal work and the inevitably imminent exams. The Coronation Concert of May 19th was an event brilliantly planned and enthusiastically carried out, and must rank among the most impressive of our public functions of recent years; and not only impressivethe solemn fitness of the occasion was blended with an enjoyable atmosphere of ease, thanks to the competence of the performers and the attractions of the subtly varied programme.
The Annual Commemoration Service was held on June 11th in the School Hall. The note of tradition was duly emphasised by the presence on the platform of visitors whose personal or official connection with the School covered at least sixty years. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Sir Harold Jackson, and Alderman J. H. Bingham were present; a lesson was read by Dr. J. T. Burdekin, President of the Old Edwardians Association, and the Address (printed elsewhere in this issue) was given by an Old Edwardian, Professor Eric Laughton. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. H. Jones, D.D., father of the Head Prefect, and was attended by a very large number of parents and Old Boys.
The following appointments have been made to the Staff for the September term: Mr. D. V. Henry, B.A. (Cantab.), Sixth Form Classical Master at Downside School, to be Senior Classical Master; Mr. W. Birkinshaw, B.Sc. (Leeds), Senior Mathematics Master at Boteler Grammar School, Warrington, to be Senior Mathematics Master; Mr. B. G. H. Gibbs, B.A., of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Carnegie College, to teach English. Mr. J. B. A. Burridge, B.A., B.Litt., of Keble College, Oxford, joined the Staff last January, to teach History and English.
School appointments for 1953-54 are:
Head Prefect, I. A. Mottershaw; Vice-Head Prefect, J. M. Jackson.
Captain of Football, M. B. Rowbotham; Secretary, T. G. Cook.
Captain of Cricket. J. B. Staniforth; Secretary, C. B. Laycock.
Captain of Rugby Football, W. D. Cousin; Secretary, J. R. Miller.
Captain of Swimming, D. R. Robinson. Captain of Athletics, D. A. Elliott.
The following have been appointed Prefects:N. Birks, T. G. Cook, W. D. Cousin, M. J. B. Edlington, E. P. Lodge, J. R. Miller, J. H. Nowill, D. M. Parfitt, M. B. Rowbotham, K. A. Taylor. Sub-prefects:L. R. Cliffe, N. H. Cunnington, E. J. Hudson, R. F. H. Morton, F. G. Newsum, R. J. J. Orton, D. J. H. Senior, J. B. Staniforth, J. B. Spir, J. C. Tebbet.
Speech Day will be held on Thursday, October 22nd, when the guest of honour will be an Old Edwardian, E. T. Williams, M.A., D.S.O., C.B.E., Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford.
With almost monotonous iteration, we repeat that work on the New Library is still in progress. Indeed, from the first stripping of the toil-stained walls of the old workshop, to the interesting but ill-smelling treatment of the floor with boiling pitch, there has been never a dull moment at the East End. It now looks as if all will be in readiness for an opening in September. Mr. Oppenheimer has been appointed Librarian, in succession to Mr. Harvey, and has already tackled the formidable task of cataloguing the new intake of books forming part of the Royal Grammar School Trust's gift.
Four French guests, three of them from Cambrai and one from St. Etienne, spent the last few days of the summer term with us, paying " exchange " visits to their various hosts in Sheffield.
Beginning with this issue, we are offering space in our pages to advertisers. It may not be out of place to mention that if anv Old Edwardians or parents are able to take advantage of this facility, we shall be particularlv glad to welcome themat very reasonable ratesand they will thus have the opportunity of doing themselves and the School a good turn simultaneously.
THERE was only time, in our last issue, to make a brief reference to the death of E. C. CUMMING, M.A., which occurred on May 1st, after a period of ill-health which had interrupted his work for some considerable time.
The funeral service at his home and at the City Crematorium on May 5th was attended by the Headmaster and representatives of the Staff and School, and the interment of the ashes took place at the Eastern Cemetery, Arbroath, Scotland, on May 7th.
Educated at Arbroath High School and Fettes, Charles Cumming was an Exhibitioner of Hertford College, Oxford, and was for sixteen years in charge of History at Campbell College, Belfast. To us he brought a wide experience and culture which was enhanced by his knowledge of Italy and France, and of Germany, where he had served as a Military Government Officer and had met his wife. As a school-master he had the great quality of understanding and liking small boysthe diaboli " or " diables " as he would class them. A scholarly and well-read historian, he was also a conscientious master, who persisted in his duty, even when his last illness was weighing very heavily upon him. No one could have asked for a more loyal and honourable colleague, a man without pettiness, hating intrigue, a very fair and acute judge of boys and problems. We treasure here the kindly memory of a real gentleman, and we extend to his wife and small daughter our very real sympathy.
MOTET " O come ye servants "
CORONATION ANTHEM " Zadok the Priest "
(CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)
MUSIC FROM ELISABETH I's TIME
(a) " The King's Hunt "
F. D. KIRKHAM (Piano)
" Now is the month of maying "
" 0 stay, sweet love "
" The silver Swan "
" My bonny lass she smileth "
THE MADRIGAL GROUP
(a) "Music for His Majesty's Sackbuts and Cornets"
Air: Courante: Saraband
(b) " Nimrod "
(c) Allegro, Gavotte and Minuet (5th Symphony)
|William Boyce (1710-1779)|
" Crown Imperial," A Coronation March (1937)
|William Walton (b. 1902)|
(a) " England "
(b) " The Fishermen of England "
M. A. SHARPE
|Montague Phillips (b. 1885)|
(c) " The English Rose "
J. C. TEBBET
|Edward German (1862-1936)|
(d) " The Yeomen of England "
(P. SWAIN, with the CHOIR)
Three Dances from " Henry VIII "
(F. D. KIRKHAM, Mr. N. J. BARNES)
CORONATION ANTHEM: "The King shall rejoice"
(CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
IT must be agreed by all who were privileged to hear this Concert that the occasion was an entirely fitting tribute to Her Majesty's Coronation. Not only was the music patriotic, but it was given a splendid performance. The one or two choral items which could not be omitted on such an occasion did not need to fear comparison with any other performance, and what was lacking in skill was more than compensated for in enthusiasm and musical integrity.
The splendidly disciplined choir showed that there is absolutely no excuse for the poor articulation which we often suffer from more experienced singers. Every word, whether in fortissimo or pianissimo passages, came over clearly, so that the printed words on our programmes were made quite unnecessary, save to the hard of hearing. This was shown even more clearly by the smaller group which again delighted us with a set of madrigals. These pieces are meant for more intimate surroundings than the Victoria Hall, and under the prevailing conditions we might have expected tone and pitch to suffer; but the single slight waver was quickly adjusted with a smoothness which would have done credit to professionals. Again the words, often considered negligible in madrigals because of the speed and overlapping entries, were pure and carefully concise.
The orchestra improves every time we hear it. It was a brave deed to bring the brassoften the weak section in even the best orchestra to the fore in the work by Locke, but the conductor's confidence was not misplaced, and it delighted us to hear such a rarely performed work so well done. Our congratulations to the boys who managed their difficult instruments with great skill.
Strangely the strings are not up to the standard of their colleagues. This section shows a general air of self-distrust which diminishes the poise and assurance of the orchestra as a whole. And only practice brings confidence. This quality, however, was most in evidence in the Walton March, which received a suitably stirring performance.
Mr. Barnes and F. D. Kirkham removed piano duets from the class of drawing-room music and made us realise that they can be very effective on the concert platform. Kirkham's solo was played with admirable clarity. P. Swain, M. A. Sharpe and J. C. Tebbet sang appropriate solos with excellent tone and clear diction. Their songs were old favourites, but they skilfully avoided the pitfalls of the more hackneyed renderings with which the gramophone has made us too familiar.
An enthusiastic performance of the National Anthem brought this memorable Coronation Concert to a close.M. K. SMITH.
A COMPETITION was introduced this year for boys in the 1st and 2nd Forms. Each House provided a team of eight boys who were expected to perform free standing exercises, followed by work in agility, heaving and vaulting, finishing with a Team Relay Race. Considering the short time allowed for practice the performance was fairly good. The two judges were provided by the Physical Education Department of the City Training College. The judges had a hard task in assessing the standard of four teams working at one time.
Final result1, Haddon 51 pts.; 2, Arundel, Chatsworth and Welbeck 50 pts.; 5, Wentworth 48 pts.; 6, Sherwood 46 pts.; 7, Clumber 39.5 pts.
Lynwood gained 53 pts. but were disqualified for entering only 7 boys.D. B. H.
THE " Parents' Prizes " have been awarded as follows:
SPOKEN ENGLISH: Senior R. J. J. Orton, Middle D. J. Crowson, Junior P. Buchan.
LATIN READING: Senior I. H. Jones, Junior D. A. Hardy.
GREEK READING: L H. Jones.
GERMAN READING: Senior I. A. Mottershaw and D. J. H. Senior, Junior E. C. Wragg.
FRENCH READING: Senior T. G. Cook, Junior E. C. Wragg.
SPANISH READING: Senior T. G. Cook, Junior A. F. Howarth.
ART: Senior C. J. R. Twyford, Middle W. A. F. Wright, Junior E. B. Rodgers.
DESIGN: D. M. Kave.
HANDICRAFT: Senior A. Merry, Junior J. G. Vickers.
SINGING: Senior P. Swain, Junior G. Westlake. INSTRUMENTAL Music, Keyboard: Senior I. H. Jones (organ), Junior R. L. Watson (piano). Orchestral: Senior I. A. Mottershaw (oboe), Junior J. Buchan (violin).
MUSICAL COMPOSITION: Senior J. Hutchinson, Junior R. A. Bomber.
School Prizes for special compositions CLASSICAL COMPOSITION (Latin Verse): K. Booth.
MODERN LANGUAGE ESSAYS, French: R. A. Winn. German: P. T. Holgate.
ENGLISH POEM: P. Swain.
ENGLISH ESSAYS, Open: R. Butler. Science
Sixth: C. M. Wragg. 4th and 5th Forms
W. If. Wasteney and E. M. Thomas.
THE Stalybridge and Dukinfield divisional education executive ... approved a ban by the county education authority on smoking in schools ... A county education official told members: " It has become only too common for a child to dip a pen in an inkwell and bring out cigarette-ends instead of ink."
(Part of the Address delivered by Professor ERIC LAUGHTON at the Commemoration Service on June 11th).
0NE of Rome's oldest poets, in a line which the Romans considered most characteristic both of him and of themselves, said this Moribus antiquis res stat Romana virisque" The greatness of Rome depends for its continuance on her ancient manners and on her men "manners, not in the superficial sense of polite behaviour, but in the deeper sense of "ways of life,"character." Notice that for the Roman poet they go together; manners and men.
During this time of Coronation we have all become more than ever aware of the important part which tradition plays iii our national life. The thing which is often forgotten about tradition is that it is not simply the handing down of customs and usages in the abstract. A tradition can only exist and continue in so far as it is embodied in human beings. You may call the British Monarchy an institution, if you like; but you must remember that it is embodied in a continuous succession of living persons, who in various ways have given to it the character which it possesses. A colourful and magnificent replica of the Coronation procession could be manufactured, without any great difficulty, by collecting the appropriate costumes and having them worn by actors. But you know as well as I do that such a procession, compared with the real thing, would have very little interest, because it would be meaningless. `When we see a company of the Yeomen of the Guard marching along, what really stirs us is not their picturesque uniform, but the fact that these men are actually what they represent; that they are holding an office which has been held continuously for centuries.
Let me give you another illustration, this time a domestic one. Does the School Orchestra, I wonder, meet regularly on Thursdays? If so, I can tell you the reason. Twenty-six years ago, in the days before this School was fortunate enough to have a Musical Director, half-a-dozen boys who were keen on music decided that it would be a good idea to form a school orchestra. They found two masters who were ready to help them. Thursday afternoon turned out to be the most suitable time for everyone. And so one Thursday afternoon, towards the end of the year 1927, the School Orchestra met in this Hall for the first time-six violins, a piano and a conductor . . . It is much bigger now, and much better, scarcely recognisable in fact; and yet it is the same. It has lived continuously in the persons of its successive members.
That is another important thing about tradition. Just because a tradition has its existence in human beings, it is not static. It can develop and be modified from one year to another, from one generation to another . . . This is specially true in the life of a school where the force of tradition is always strong. In this School, in the conduct of its work and its games, of its ceremonies and entertainments, there are, I know, numerous customs which are the same as they were twenty-five years ago. But things have not stood still. Since then, the traditional life of the School has been modified in various ways, and many features have been added which were then unknown. This very service of Commemoration is an example. But the traditional life of a school does not depend primarily on the maintenance of any particular institutions, or the observance of particular customs; it depends rather on that invisible and intangible something which is the school itself, its corporate personality and character. That character has been influencing you since you first came here. You have felt, though you probably could not have put it into words, that being a King Edward's boy was not simply a matter of wearing a distinctive badge or tie, and of going regularly to a particular building; it was something more than that; it was being a member of a society with a way of life to which one owed allegiance, not only within the School, but outside.
And now, you see, we are coming very near to the thought of that old Roman poet. That character, which is really the School itself, has been transmitted to you through the boys who have been here before you. Through each school generation it has lived, influencing and being itself influenced, until now it has reached you. Make no mistake: the character of this or of any other school is not determined by the Local Education Authority, though the Education Authority may do much in the way of ordering and arranging the external physical conditions in which you live and work. It is not determined even by your Headmaster and his colleagues on the Staff, though they guide and instruct youyes, and sometimes inspire you. How much they are doing for you, you will only realise fully after you have left your school behind. It is not to these, but it is to you, the boys of today, and to us, the boys of yesterday, that this School owes its character, whatever that character may be. We, the boys of yesterday, some of us still alive, some now alive no longer, each in his own day, came under the influence of the School's personality, contributed to it in various ways and in varying degrees, and passed it on. Now it is in your hands; you have become part of it, and it has become part of you. And because it has become part of you, you are responsible for it; you, the boys of today, have your part to play in determining what the character of this School will be, ten, twenty, a hundred years hence. Past and Present working together to shape the Future.
What do you want King Edward's to be Distinguished for its achievements in scholarship and sport, a school to be proud of? Yes, of course; already the School's record in both these fields is a great one. But do you want it to be, as it has been in the past, something more than that: to be a society whose way of life calls forth the highest loyalties, expects its members to be the best of which they are capable, and fosters in them the virtues of justice and tolerance and service towards their fellow-men? These virtues are Christian virtues, and from its beginning the life of this School has been lived in a Christian environment. This service of Commemoration in which we are taking part, is also an act of faith. Christianity is the supreme example of all that I have been trying to say. It is not an abstract set of rules or code of morals. It began as a way of life embodied in a Person, and it is in the lives of persons that it has come down to us through the centuries. If you believe in the Christian virtues, if you want them to be transmitted to the generations yet to come, it is no use thinking about them, or even talking about them. They cannot exist in the abstract. They must be in you, living in your life and your conduct.
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth "do you still have those words read to you at the end of each term? Those strange and beautiful words with their haunting rhythms:
While the sun or the light or the moon or the stars be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain . . .
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern . . . "
Whenever I hear or read those wordsand what I say is true of thousands of Old Boys of this School, as it will be true of you one daywhenever I hear those words, I am back again down there, on one of those forms. In the air is that vaguely exhilarating beginning-of-the-holidays atmosphere. The Head Prefect is standing at the lectern, that same lectern. His face is not always clear, for it changes; but the words are the same, and the conclusion which they reach is the same: " Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."
" Remember now thy Creator." Those words will stick in your minds. Whatever else you forget about your school career, they will remain with you. And surely that is something worthwhile; something which would gladden the heart of old Thomas Smith and of all those others who have deserved well of this School and of their generation, and whose memory we honour today.
Thanks to gifts from friends of the School, we have the nucleus of a collection of books on local history. Since the new library is now complete and several boys are developing interests in local history, we should greatly appreciate gifts of books or other material of this kind. As most of the books are out of print, it is very difficult to build up a collection by purchase. The Headmaster would be very glad to receive any offers of gifts of books that Old Edwardians or friends of the School could make.
The following works would be especially welcome:Gatty, Sheffield Past and Present; Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society. Sheffield Re-planned (Town Planning Committee); T. W. Miller, The Water Wheels of Sheffield; H. I. H. Lloyd, The Cutlery Trades; F. Bradbury, History of Old Sheffield Plate; W. Odom, Memorials of Sheffield, its Cathedral and Parish Churches, and Beauchief Abbey, Sheffield; S. O. Addy, Historical Memorials of Beauchief Abbey, and The Hall of Waltheof; G. R. Vine, The Story of Old Attercliffe; Handbook and Guide to Sheffield, for British Association, 1910; G. Dow, The First Railway between Manchester and Sheffield; Jubilee Booklets of Water and Transport Undertaking; old local newspapers of almost any date.
FIFTEEN boys and a master spent a week in the Lycee Michelet, a building " not among the most modern of French Lycees," as was evident to our reporter, J. M. Jackson, from its lack of hot water (or even of cold in the swimming bath), though the grounds boasted a fountain and goldfish pond. Yard football, however, was available, with trees as goalposts (Play off: K.E.S. 7, Michelet 4). Continental breakfast, thanks to the diplomacy of Mr. Bramhall, was eventually strengthened by the addition of butter and jam.
Cultural activities, in addition to incidental explorations of the Metro, shops, and cafes, included a film, Renē Clair's Belles de Nuit, and Le Cid at the Comedie Francaise. The latter unfortunately clashed with a fixture of the famous Association football team, the Racing Club de Paris. However, " those that went to Le Cid did not regret a minute of it, and in the splendid rhetoric, the flowing speeches and the superb colouring, we saw some of the reasons why this play is still so popular some three hundred years after its first production."
" On our journey to Fontainebleau in a coach we had some memorable experiences of French traffic. The coach drivers consider their most important weapon to be the klaxon, closely followed by the accelerator. Brakes are only used in rare emergencies. On our return journey we had to stop three times owing to the over-heating of the engine. The driver attributed this fault to an excess of alcohol in the fuel. Other explanations were suggested!
" At Versailles we were especially attracted by an immense gallery containing paintings of every important French battle. Waterloo was conspicuous by its absence.
" We had to choose the windiest day of the week to go up the Eiffel Tower, but the view from the top, with the metropolis stretching away for miles, is well worth the effort and expense of the ascent. Most of our last day was spent in shopping, and one would never have believed that so many K.E.S. boys used perfume! Most of the principal shops speak English, but we often exercised our French, usually to be answered by ` Vous etes anglais? '."
Twenty-eight boys and two masters, bound for Castle Bromwich on May 2nd, made good use of what to most of us would have been an uninspiring train journey. Train-spotters' note-books were kept busy; " a large partially-constructed coal carbonisation plant was observed near Chesterfield; and great excitement was caused at Derby station, when our party informed the crew of a stationary train that the steam-heater pipe was broken. The damage did not seem to worry the crew."
Arrived at the B.I.F., held in and around a large aerodrome hangar, our correspondent D. G. Lawler, noticed the large shining ball of Firth-Vickers Staybrite Steel, prominent among the outdoor exhibits. " The fair as a whole," he writes, " was a gigantic spectacle, and most stands had some conspicuous feature. A large crowd constantly surrounded the General Electric Company's stand, where a technician was making coloured glass animals from glass rods. This was very interesting, as some of the glass changed colour when heated. The crimson rods, for example, became a deep maroon after heating.
" The Derby Civic Stand bore a sectional model of a Rolls Royce ` Derwent ' jet engine, which drew many members of our party. A loom was at work on another stand, and the `Birmingham Mail' showed a type-setting machine and stop-press printing machine. Visitors were invited to write their name on a post-card and hand it to the type-setter. After the payment of sixpence for a children's orphanage, a souvenir copy of the Birmingham Mail was handed over, bearing the visitor's name in the late news column.
" Sheffield firms, thirty-one of them altogether, were represented. The stand of Tinsley Wire Industries faced the main entrance. That of W. and G. Sissons contained a large and conspicuous display of stainless steel sinks."
" The return journey," it is regrettably reported, " was very noisy, and two members of the party had to be detained in the master's compartment for leaning out of the window."
" Put it back to the lathe, again, again, and again! " This secret of the supremacy of Rolls Royce craftsmanship was discovered by P. Fells and party to be well demonstrated at the Exhibition which they visited on June 21.
" We entered, cameras at the ready, only to be politely requested not to use them. After a cursory glance at the finished product, a sleek, highly-polished streamlined car, we moved on to see how this masterpiece of engineering had been created, from a detailed drawing into wood and wax patterns, metal castings, forging, welding and meticulous grinding, and eventually assembly . . . The cocoon process of airtight and moisture-proof packing by means of three coloured coats of plastic solution was demonstrated. Another machine could reproduce identical pieces of work of almost any complicated shape. The Machine Shops, Electrical Laboratory and Pattern Shops all showed the precision and delicacy of the work, every article being tested by X-rays and other electrical apparatus."
I. W. Strachan was chosen to represent 367 (City) Squadron of the A.T.C. in London on Coronation Day. He travelled up on the previous day, and at St. Pancras Town Hall met his cadet host, with whom he spent the night or part of it. At 3.30 a.m. they were up and doing, to reach their allotted stations at the Victorial Memorial, outside Buckingham Palace, by 6.0 a.m.
" At 8.30 a wave of cheering put us on the alert. A telegram boy on a bicycle shot past at full speed, and we joined in the cheering also. At 9.0 the Guards, wearing capes, marched in from Birdcage Walk and took their positions lining the route. Rain had been falling since 7.0, but soon it stopped, and the Guards took off their capes. The Scots Guards, in front of us, could be identified by their buttons in groups of three. By about 9.30, detachments of Royal Navy, Irish Guards, and Royal Air Force, had formed up outside the Palace. The telegraph boy had passed by another three times. A cheering contest developed between the Army Cadets, who were also on the Memorial, and us, the A.T.C. They cheered whenever the Irish Guards made a move; we replied when it was the R.A.F.'s turn.
" At about 10.15, two groups of cavalry, seemingly in chaos, cantered out of the Palace yard. The atmosphere became tense, and when Queen Salote of Tonga came by in her landau we all cheered louder than ever. But now a hush fell on the crowd, and tumultuous cheering broke out from the direction of the Palace. Soon the Golden Coach, supported by four tritons (which are not wheels, as one cadet believed), and carrying the Queen and her Consort, slowly emerged from the Palace into our view. It passed within thirty feet of us, and we had a really good view of our Queen."
For the return procession, our representative was not so lucky, for having shifted his position to another side of the Memorial he missed a second view of the Coach, though other parts of the procession were worth seeing. Moreover, he regretfully reports, his collapsible periscope had collapsed, and proved useless . . .
It only remained to see as much as possible of London in the rest of the day and night, including the Coronation Film and the Fireworks.
Mr. Kopcke took twenty-five boys to the Royal Naval Air Display at Stretton on July 25th. The flying programme was curtailed by heavy rain, but some interesting things were seen.
A tiny helicopter flew in every possible attitude except inverted, and the rocket-assisted take-off by " Seafury " fighter-bombers was a fine affair of loud cracks, streams of fire and much smoke, the aircraft being lifted twenty feet into the air within a hundred yards of starting. A " Canberra " in the hands of a test pilot gave a remarkable show of manoeuvrability. The highlight of the show was the flight by the Avro " Vulcan " delta-wing bomber. It arrived through driving rain, water streaming back and up from its wings like an inverted waterfall. Its sleek lines do not reveal its size until it passes close overhead, when it looks as big as a railway station. A " Neptune " patrol and reconnaisance aircraft was quite astonishing to behold: so much radar equipment was stuck on here and thereat each wingtip in a streamline casing, and under the fuselage in a protuberance big enough to carry about three tons of coal. After all, it still required a pilot who, high up and very small, seemed the least of the fittings.
THE Coronation Concert was a fitting culmination to a musical year of which all the School's singers and instrumentalists can be justly proud. The whole concert was recorded on tape and will thus remain an inspiration to the choirs and orchestras that come after.
A high standard was again reached in the various music competitions, though it was a pity that some candidates, particularly juniors, had not prepared themselves sufficiently. It is hoped that next year there will be enough entries of orchestral instrumentalists in the Junior section to make two divisions there. We are grateful to Mr. Davis, of the City Training College, for adjudicating the Singing and Instrumental finals, and to Mr. Bullivant for help with the preliminary rounds and for adjudicating the compositions.
This is perforce the term in which we say farewell to a number of musicians who have given much to the School in time, work, and enthusiasm. Representative of them is I. H. Jones, who goes to take up his Organ Scholarship at Brasenose. Among his many activities, his leadership of the 'cellists in the orchestra has been of great value, and he will leave a gap which will be hard to fill. We shall miss, too, the brilliant trumpetings of Reaney, our clarinettists Fells and Whittaker, Clinton (oboe), Thorpe ('cellist and singer) and a number of other valued players and singers; more, perhaps, than we know, for the fate of some is undecided at the time of going to press. What has been achieved could not have been achieved without them, and they go with our heartfelt thanks and best wishes for the future.N.J.B.
(Our candid commentator records his impressions of a famous occasion)
T HE way had been prepared for months beforehand. Mr. Barnes lost no opportunity of advertising the coming event. Every available wall bore a notice in pink and black. Only the Headmaster's door was free from announcements about Blowes, Lockes and Handels. Add to this Mr. Barnes's words to the choir about Beats and Bars, and it will be realised that the atmosphere became at times almost brutal. Boys sang the pieces endlessly in music lessons. Mr. Wallis's Advanced Mathematical Sixth across the corridor soon knew them by heart. Next door, Mr. Twyford relapsed into a pregnant silence on more than one occasion under the strain of the strains of the King Rejoicing. At choir rehearsals, we gather that once it had been established that certain of the basses would actually sing the printed bass part on the night, all went well.
It was a sad moment when a first-year boy had to be taken on one side by his kindly form-master, who told him that the Queen was not actually coming to the concert in person. He seemed but little consoled by the news that several Prominent Members of the City Council had promised to come. Regular announcements about tickets kept every boy on his toes, and Mr. Clarke spent most of his spare time in the Office with a worried look and a heavy bag of money. Excitement reached fever pitch as the Day drew nearer. A Fifth Form tenor broke down under the strain and had to be sent away to Scarborough for a week to recover. Mr. Barnes even came to school one day without his recording machine., showing how greatly excited he was. A highly-strung lad in 1(1) was sick "with a nervous stomach " on the morning of the dress rehearsal. Several 3rd Formers, it is rumoured. refused to answer questions audibly in class, explaining in a tense whisper that they were saving their voices till the evening . . .
The Hall was comfortably full. The platform, as far as one could see, was uncomfortably packed. In particular, the serried rank of Wind in line abreast was a source of wonderment. How is it that Holgate (flute) never gouges out the eye of the boy next to him? Where does Mottershaw (oboe) keep his elbows? Is there a system of staggered respiration whereby, when any given player in the row breathes in, the performers on his right and left are breathing out? A peculiar ritual was observed just before the performance. The whole choir stood and solemnly sang " Ah," twice, while an unknown man offered up a burnt sacrifice (to Apollo the Muses? Orpheus?) on the edge of the balcony. The audience took this in good part and clapped. This was apparently considered a good augury, for the concert began soon afterwards . . .
It was interesting to see Mr. Barnes and Kirkham at the same keyboard. For the first piece, Mr. Barnes sat on the left and Kirkham on the right. For the second, Mr. Barnes sat on the right and Kirkham on the left. We waited breathlessly for the third and last piece, when Mr. Barnes should have sat on Kirkham's lap. But our hopes were unfulfilledthey didn't even play crossed hands.
The Choir sang well throughout, but the last Handel item was a fitting climax. The Orchestra provided a suitable introduction, including a touching passage in which Mr. Barnes had re-scored scored for solo oboe. The Choir then chimed in and beat the Orchestra by a short head. The Orchestra regained the upper hand in the second chorus. The Choir redoubled their efforts and Mr. Barnes called up reinforcements in the shape of the redoutable Mr. Roger Bullivant, the Carnera of the console, who pulled out his stops with fiendish glee. No one actually saw the roof move, but by the end of the last Alleluia, all three contestants had done their worst. No one was sure who had won, but that did not seem to matter, and the audience showed its appreciation in no uncertain way.
At the very end, the fact that Organ should still keep playing when the rest had stopped only goes to show that these temperamental creatures are really not sharers in the spirit of a concert . . .
The Staff was not very well represented. By the time the next Coronation comes round, we hope that those of them who have avoided translation to higher spheresdeath from nervous strain and physical exhaustion, or elevation to a Headmastershipwill come and hear the School's musicians with Mr. Barnes, who will certainly still be here. All praise to the genial conductor, with his happy smile and his two jokes (including the one about the mouse). For he grows younger every day.SEMI-QUAVER.
(M. JEAN FREMONT, who has spent the greater part of a year with us as French Assistant, has left us this account of his impressions of English, as compared with French, school life).
IL y a sans doute des similitudes entre un Lycee francais et une " Grammar School " anglaise, et pourtant ne trouvons-nous pas bien des differences?
Les heures de classes commencent ici k 9h et durent chacune 40 minutes, alors qu'en France on doit arriver une heure plus tot et passer 60 minutes dans chaque classe. En Angleterre on insiste sur l'esprit de communautē, prepare par la reunion de 15 minutes a l'Assembly Hall, on une fois par semaine, de chaque " House " avec priēres en commun, quelle que soit la secte protestante k laquelle on appartient. Chez nous, au contraire, personne West tenu de suivre les cours d'instruction religieuse, lesquels ne font jamais partie de denseignment proprement dit. C'est ainsi que nous sommes tout a fait incapables de citer la Bible k chaque instant.
La discipline est telle en Angleterre que l'entrēe dans les classes n'est pas surveillēe par des surveillants on pious, quoique les prefets y soient trēs utiles lors des repas. En France ceux-lk out une tāche plus dure. L'administration est plus compliquee en France: le " Head " lk-bas s'appelle le proviseur et it est assistē du censeur et d'un nombreux secretariat. De plus, l'ēconome s'occupe des questions financiēres et de nourrir les pensionnaires. A cause d'eux, le Lycēe francais (comprenant refectoires et dortoirs) est gēnēralement plus ētendu que le plus grand des etablissements anglais, et se trouve disperse en plusieurs corps de bātiment, comme les "public schools" (car c'est en effet un etablissement publique).
Les professeurs en France ne portent ni toge ni mortar-board, ce qui les oblige k s'habiller, et ils se reconnaissent seulement k la coupe soignēe de leur complet tailleur et k leur inevitable serviette (leurs pēres portaient la redingote et le pantalon k rayures, surmontē d'un melon, le gilet k faux-col gēnēralement barrē d'une chaine d'or). Chacun d'eux enseigne une seule matiēre. Les professeurs francais possēdent cependant, eux aussi, une toge avec ēpitoge remplacant le hood (elle se porte d'ailleurs sur 1'ēpaule et non autour du cou), qu'ils s'empressent pas de dechirer, mais au contraire ils la conservent dans la naphtaline prēcieusement jusqu'au jour de la distribution des prix, qui a lieu, non au premier trimestre, mais le dernier jour de 1'annee scolaire.
Le programme d'enseignement offert aux ēlēves anglais comprend 1'ēconomie politique que nous ne connaissons pas, pas plus que le travail manuel, car un lyceen fran~ais aurait trop peur de se taper sur les doigts. L'ēlēve frangais doit peiner tard le soir sur les copies de devoirs qu'il devra rendre au cours de la semaine, ce qui lui laisse pen d'energie sur le terrain de sport, oū d'ailleurs il se rend beaucoup moins frēquemment que son congēnēre britannique. Nous accumule nos vacances en ete, nous en perdons le debut k nous reposer, et la fin k preparer le rentree. Quant A Paques on k Noel, il fait trop froid on pas assez chaud pour sortir, on plutōt le congē est trop court. D'octobre k juillet il faut done bucher en aspirant au 14 Juillet " libērateur." Autrefois, on fētait (le 28 janvier) la St. Charlemagne, fondateur des " ēcholes oil 1'on apprenait le latin," ce qui correspondrait au " Founder's Day " de certains ētablissements britanniques.
L'idēal d'ēducation anglais est certainement plus humain; il ne surcharge pas l'individu de toute une masse de connaissances, trēs utiles certes pour briller dans un salon continental, mais ōtant toute joie de vivre aux paresseux. L'art de vivre, voilk une qualitē que l'on a su cultiver en Angleterre, oū des 1'abord on est l'objet d'un accueil des plus serviables. Le bachelier frangais quitte le lyeēe avec un grade universitaire, mais il a encore bien des pas k accomplir; le jeune Anglais qui entre k l'Universite, a dējk le plus souvent toutes les chances de parvenir k une situation enviable. Il aura surtout appris k ētre discipline dans la vie, comme il 1'aura ētē dans ses jeux.
JEAN FREMONT, L. es L.
As usual, the Secretary started it.
" Hi, Freckles," he said to the Captain. " Do you know we've a match tomorrow? "
The Reverend removed a litter of kittens from around his ankles and collapsed into a corner to frantically draw up a team.
Next day the team drifted to Whiteley Woods. Gaudily arrayed in blue and white were the fat stumper, a horse-racing southpaw, the supposedly Reverend Captain, and the handsome Hon. Sec.
Among the lesser members of the fraternity I saw a redhead, " Gobby " to one and all, two midgets and a corps delicti known affectionately as " Tiss."
Soon I saw the spectacle of our Captain, wearing his knee-length flannels, hurling coins into the air. He won, and came cartwheeling back to me, screaming " Dew! Rain! Sticky wicket! We're fielding! Stan'll run through them! " Having had experience of his decisions before, the batsmen in our team padded up and the Reverend and his Hon. Sec. went out to do battle.
Not very long elapsed before the Reverend glanced a leg-break to fine leg and was, as usual, caught at point. He ruefully departed in the direction of two Scottie dogs which had appeared on the scene, determined to take up fishing. Ten other people hoped he would do so.
Then the Hon. Sec. saw Chestnut Beauty at the boundary, and quickly vacated his wicket. Steam was later seen rising from behind the pavilion; no doubt due to Wag's hot water.
Tiss scratched. The Midget poked. The moribund umpire went frantic. Indeed things were going badly until the two Scottie dogs invaded the field, causing several fieldsmen to retire with torn trousers. The lesser bodies swung lustily, and one obese fellow, arriving at the crease in a Vanguard, even managed to score a run.
After a frugal meal and sundry comments, we took the field. Our redhead (numerous oranges have had their effect) bowled his usual one over of full tosses, and then departed to the depths of square leg, casting amorous glances at the umpire, who was earnestly discussing the Derby with Stan. Attention was brought back to the game by Freckles's rallying call of " Monkees," and the music-hall began again. Stan lured lugubrious batsmen from their crease and our stumper waved arms, legs and first slip at the stumps in an endeavour to dislodge at least one bail. Hon. Sec. was disengaged from Chestnut Beauty and helped several batsmen back on their way to the pawnshop, whilst Tiss condescended to bowl at the wicket; with some success too, for I saw our fat stumper leaping painfully towards the boundary, clasping his fingers, accompanied by weird groanings from the redhead, a keen fan of "The Goon Show."
By seven o'clock it was all over and, having put the midgets to bed, the adult males wrapped themselves around tankards, before departing in search of other wrappings.
Next day, the story was summed up by the Reverend's stuttering syllables announcing to the assembly that
" Yesterday, the School 1st XI beat . "
D. M. TURNER.
" Oh . . . it's . . .
Maytime in the daytime
And Maytime at night . . . "
This is the first stanza of an ancient folk-song of the Maytime men, a tribe of English aborigines still surviving from earliest times and living in primitive conditions underground in the wilds of Manor Top.
Witness the start of a typical day in the hunting-grounds of this tribe. A cold, bleak Saturday morning, with the inhospitable wind whipping the coats of the crowd who, since early morning, have been gathering to enjoy their weekly half-hour's entertainment: the " Maytime Fiasco " a stupendous revue starring Uncle Ernest and his Jolly Lollies.
The atmosphere changes to tense expectancy, and suddenly a burst of ragged cheering greets the arrival of the first van, which shoots up the drive, executes a sharp turn on two wheels, and screeches to a stop before the warehouse. The driver was JoeJoe the beery, Joe the monumental, Joe the man with the most extensive vocabulary ever heard. He is continuously surrounded by a haze of blue air.
Two youths, passengers on the back of the van until the sharp turn, pick themselves up, shake the dust from their grey-white coats, give a sickly grin to the audience and hobble over to begin work. The pace becomes hotter. Soon the whole broad pavement before the warehouses is a maze of yellow vans streaking hither and thither, and tins of crisps and chocolate biscuits flying through the air in a welter of dust and confusion. And all the time, men with lugubrious countenances and brown smocks with the blood-red legend " Maytime " emblazoned on their pockets, stolidly collect and dump over the wall the remains of those intrepid spectators who ventured, alas, too near. But strawberry ice-cream sells well these days.
And now to the end of the day. As the moon sinks slowly in the west and the stars begin to pale before the advance of rosy-fingered dawn, we see a wide field, strewn with the remnants of a carnival day. Looking closer we perceive in the foreground a stall, still with an abundant show of enticing goods on display (they sold one joystick all day) and there, wearily waiting for the vans to come and fetch them home, are the two youths who performed so well in the farce of yesterday. Long past are the revels with the factory girls, those true pictures of England's beauty. Over the fairground now hangs a curtain of brooding silence.
At last an ancient truck comes into sight, and after sweating to squeeze all the stock into the hopelessly inadequate space, they settle down in comfort for the ride back, precariously perched on a windy eyrie on top of a jumble of tins and boxes.
Truly " We are the hollow men,
We are the stuffed men . "
Hollow of head and pocket; and stuffed? What else is there to do but eat? Nobody buys the stuff.R. BUTLER.
THE Swimming Sports were held this year
In the Swimming Bathswhich is not so queer.
And what an evening it proved to be!
Carry on reading and you will see . . .
Well, after the people had taken a seat,
The starter coughed and got to his feet.
The first four boys were lined up ready,
So the starter breathed in and said " Get steady "
But just at that moment a finalist's mother
Stood up to wave to someone or other.
The schoolboy behind, for a bit of a joke,
Took out a pin and gave her a poke.
She leapt with agility into the air
He really ought not to have poked her there.
But alas, she had taken a front row seat,
And the water was just before her feet;
So when that evil laddie caught her
She took a header into the water!
You should have seen her flounder about,
Enjoying it all, without a doubt.
However, a master near at hand
Assisted her to reach the land;
By taking the six-foot window pole
He heaved her out of the watery hole.
And she, not realling enjoying the fun,
Spluttered twice, then began to run.
I think it only fair to say
She shouldn't have stood up anyway . . .
So all went well for a little while,
Till something happened to make us smile.
A young lad dived from the topmost board
And what a pile of points he scored!
For when, on the bottom, he turned too late,
He found himself sucked down the grate.
He emerged from a sewer eventually
And went floating away from the coast at
The parents all said Oh dear, what a shocker;
He must now be in Davy Jones's locker.
His body will nearly have reached the Pacific."
And the K.E.S. boys thought it simply terrific! ...
Another thing happened, to cause an intrusion,
And just for a while there was perfect confusion;
For the time-keeper coughed, and with a huge blink
Saw his top set of teeth vanish into the drink.
Children dived in to partake in the venture
Of searching around for the time-keeper's denture.
At last it turned up, but was dropped on the side,
And indeed it is said that the time-keeper cried;
For as a result of so heavy a blow
The teeth all broke off, except two or so;
And even the palate, when that was passed back,
Was nigh in two pieces because of a crack . . .
Well, that was the climax of such a great show.
Indeed we were sorry when we had to go.
However, one thing, I hope, is quite clear
There'll be no swimming sports at our school
next year! . . .
(Ten shillings is offered, with the author's love,
To anyone finding some truth up above).
A. D. BRIGGS.
As is usual in the Summer Term, the meetings of the S.C.M. have been few, the only after-school activity being a visit to the Wilson Road Synagogue. This visit followed up last term's meeting when Rabbi Chait spoke on the Jewish faith. The Group would like to thank Rabbi Chait again for this talk and this most illuminating visit. Both these activities have helped the Group to a greater understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament Religion of the Jews.
It was suggested that the Group this term should hold weekly lunch-hour discussions. This new feature has attracted a small but consistent gathering, and the discussion has been very stimulating; it has been informed and impromptu, covering a wide range of subjects.
The Group thanks its Chairman, Mr. R. A. Summers, for his enthusiastic co-operation and keen interest throughout the year. Those who are leaving would especially like to appeal to the Senior School to keep alive the spirit of lively and controversial discussion which has been such a rewarding feature of S.C.M. in past years.D. H. T.
This has been the Society's most thriving year, with attendances soaring up into the 'teens, as distinct from meagre sixes and sevens of a year or two ago. We have been very fortunate in having the services of two foreign visitors, M. Frēmont and Senor Alonso, who have both given talks; other talks have been given by members of the Staff and boys.
In the Summer Term there has been only one meeting, owing to the pressure of exams. and other engagements; the Secretary delved into the life and works of Maupassant in an attempt to reassure the examinees that they could face their trial with equanimity. We thank Mr. Sinclair and all who have helped to make this an interesting and enlightening year.J. W.
The year began with a general meeting, followed by a showing of cine film and still photographs of the school party's visit to Switzerland. The next meeting was a talk on " Taking and Composing the Picture," by the President, who illustrated the talk with samples of his own work. Mr. R. H. Harrison, of Sheffield Photographic Society, very kindly gave us an illustrated lecture on " Enlargers and Enlarging," and the term was completed with a set of short lectures by members on different methods of mounting prints.
The first lecture in the Lent Term was on " The Production of Prints " by a senior member. This was followed a few weeks later by a lecture on " The Development of Films " by the Secretary. Towards the end of the term Mr. D. D. Arksey, twice winner of the Sheffield Photographic Society's Award for Colour Photography, gave a demonstration of colour slides, together with a criticism. The quality of the slides was unanimously agreed to be excellent. During the bad weather a number of dinner-hour film shows were given. These proved to be a great success.
A Christmas Competition, sponsored by Messrs. Hodgsons, was won by A. M. Throp. Some of the entries for this competition were displayed in the main corridor at the beginning of the Lent Term.
Photographic processing in the darkroom has gone on almost every dinner-hour throughout the year, this being considered our most important activity. Facilities for all the usual processes are available to members, and the use of chemicals is free. This year has been one of development. The number of members rose to forty-two in the Lent Term, almost three times the number of last year's members. Quite a considerable amount of equipment and literature has been acquired during the year. We would like to express our grateful thanks to all those friends of the Society who have helped to make this year a successful one.J. A. H.
The four meetings held during the Summer Term catered for a wide variety of interests. A. F. Cooper (4.1) opened the series with a discussion of Greek Religion and the deities of Olympus. He was followed a fortnight later by G. Wordsworth (4.3) who talked about Egyptian Civilisation, punctuating his narrative with frequent illustrations of tombs and temples, death masks and mummies.
We were very pleased to welcome Mr. D. J. Wilson as our speaker at the third meeting. He had chosen as his subject " Ancient Books and Writing." This was a topic which kept his audience alert and interested, as he ranged over the fields of botany, chemistry, calligraphy, orthography and publishing, in the course of three quarters of an hour.
For the last meeting of the year, J. K. Ferguson (4.1) showed some photographs of Greek coins on the screen and commented on them.
During the year a number of talented speakers has been found among the Fourth Forms. Interest among the promoters of the Society has been maintained, and we look forward next year to an extension of the scope of the Society both in membership and activities.
We should like to take this opportunity of thanking Mr. B. C. Harvey for his support since the Society's inception, and of wishing him well in his new appointment.C. E. S.
On May 9th, thirty-one boys, with Mr. Burridge and Mr. Reeves, made a Derbyshire tour by coach. Visits were paid to Bakewell Church, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall and Teversal Church. A picnic lunch was eaten near Chatsworth. The features of most interest were the Renaissance monuments at Bakewell, the mediaeval kitchen of Haddon, and the superb Long Gallery at Hardwick. An immense amount was crowded into a most enjoyable day, when the weather was distinctly in our favour.
On July 4th about twenty members, led by Mr. Wrigley, met in Campo Lane and looked first at 18th century houses in that area, and then went to inspect those portions of Sheffield Castle Walls which remain in cellars below the Castle Hill Market. There is not a great deal to see, but the thickness of the walls and their depth below the present street levels are impressive.
On July 9th, twenty-seven Sixth Formers, accompanied by Mr. Johnston and Mr. Wrigley, made an interesting excursion to Bolsover Castle, Ault Hucknall Church and Hardwick Hall. Bolsover Castle proved to be an unusual and interesting example of various styles of 17th century building and deserves to be better known.
A visit to Sheffield Manor is planned for September.
Some members are planning group projects on various spheres of local history, and it is hoped that a start may be made in the holidays, and that the results may be worth exhibiting in the School.
Unfortunately, mention was omitted in the last Magazine of the illustrated lecture by N. S. Waite, of 4.1 on "The History of the Steel Industry " which he gave on March 25th.V. J. W.
Sir J. STERNDALE BENNETT (K.E.S. 1906-14), Deputy Commissioner in S. E. Asia since 1950, has been appointed Head of British Middle East Office, in succession to Sir Thomas Rapp.
A. GOODWIN (1917-24), Vice-Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, and Senior University Lecturer in European History, has been appointed Professor of Modern History in the University of Manchester.
G. A. HORRIDGE (1937-46) has been appointed to a Fellowship in Chemistry at St. John's College, Cambridge.
G. RICHES has been awarded an Open Foundation Scholarship for Modern Languages at King's College, Cambridge.
P. S. GRANVILLE is an Assistant Master at Stockport Grammar School.
F. B. WOOD (1935-39) won first place in the United Kingdom in the national management examination of the Institute of Certificated Grocers.
P. RHODES (1932-40) has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.
T. E. KINSEY (1941-48) has been appointed Assistant in Latin at the University of Glasgow.
Classical Honour Moderations: Class I: R. G. SEARLE-BARNES. Class II: J. HAZEL, G. M. MACBETH. Class III: R. A. WARD, G. S. PALMER.
Final Honours School of Natural Science, Chemistry: Class II: L. J. HUNT.
Final Honours School of Literae Humaniores Class I: T. E. KINSEY. Class II: T. R. C. REYNOLDS, H. R. WINDLE.
Final Honours School of Modern History Class I: P. M. H. BELL.
Final Honours of Modern Languages: Class IV: P. H. WREGHTTT.
Mathematical Tripos Part I, Class I: F. OGDEN.
Classical Tripos Part I, Class II.2: W. R. GUITE.
Natural Sciences Tripos Part I, Class II.1: T. BUCHAN. Class II.2: M. M. H. SEwELL. Natural Sciences Tripos Part II, Class III: D. H. PAGE.
Law Tripos Part I, Class II.2: G. C. GARLICK.
Modern Languages Tripos Part I, Class II.1 (French and German): B. KITSON. Class III (French and Spanish): P. M. TURNER. Modern Languages Tripos Part II, Class II.1 F. KELLY.
English Tripos Part I, Class III: J. B. LEE.
Mr. R. J. MARSH, a member of the Staff from 1921 to 1928, and Senior English and History Master prior to Mr. Clay, has just retired from the Headmastership of Highbury County School, London. He writes: " I wonder whether you would insert this short letter among your `Old Edwardian' notes to convey my good wishes to any O.E.s who may remember me from the rather distant past of 1921-28, especially any denizens of Room 14 in that period. I am now retiring, and if any of them are ever in the area of Ninfield, near Bexhill, Sussex, I shall be delighted to see them."
Mr. R. A. BOWMAN, Senior Science Master from 1942 to 1946, and subsequently Headmaster of Bishop's Castle High School, Salop, and Sir John Leman Schoof, Beccles, has been appointed Headmaster of Whitehaven Grammar School.
THIS term has been marked by a great acceleration in the gaining of badges, particularly Second Class and Special Proficiency badges. Seldom have we had a meeting where at least one or two badges have not been awarded. Our congratulations to D. J. F. Clinton and D. L. Wragg, who have become First Class scouts this term. We hope that next year will see several First Classes and perhaps even other badges.
The Whit Camp, held at a new site at Winster in Derbyshire, was attended by 23 scouts. This was not as many as we might have had, but there was still keen competition among the four patrols for the camp trophy. The winners were the Eagles, with the Ravens as fairly close runner-up. Both of these patrols worked well together as good teams, led by their patrol leaders, which is just what a patrol must do.
Most camps are characterised by one or two mishaps. All of ours came near the beginning of the camp. As we waited in the quad we were most surprised to see a diminutive lorry turn up, and to be told that it was to take both us and our kit to camp. After some of the kit had been loaded it soon became obvious that any scouts also to travel would have to be piled up and lashed to the top of the cab. We should have been in a most difficult situation had not a most generous parent come forward and offered us a luxury coach. Never has the Troop travelled to camp in such refined comfort before, and to Mr. Dungworth, who provided the coach, we are most grateful. The small lorry finished by sticking in a bog on the camp site, and we were almost resigned to having it there for the week when a neighbouring farmer helped us with his tractor.
On Monday the skies opened and in a few moments the camp was awash. Only feverish digging saved one tent from being completely swamped. Another tent had a stream flowing through its centre, but in spite of all the rain only a few items of kit were damped. It was at this time that the Scouter was as pleased as the
rest of the Troop that there was a local company of Girl Guides. They most kindly took away damp bedding and dried it for us.
The Summer Camp this year is to be held near Sidmouth in South Devon, and will start off in charge of R. W. Needham, whom we are pleased to welcome back to the Troop. It is a pity that only 17 scouts out of a Troop of 31 can attend the camp. As we have remarked before in these pages, scouting without the annual camps is not scouting as our founder intended it, and scouts who miss the camps miss the best and most enjoyable part of the scout year.
Finally we would wish good scouting to the six members of the Troop who will be taking another step upwards into the Seniors this summer.G. L.
THE Troop has had a busy and exciting term. Our chief venture was of course Whit Camp, spent at Newstead Abbey, near Mansfield.
The keynote of the camp was SURPRISE. By the end of the week, such was the state of nervous expectancy of the Troop that the staff were going about practically under armed escort. The first day was comparatively uneventful, but from then on the fun began. The first surprise caught even the staff. Some twenty of the Troop attended morning service in the lovely little Abbey chapel, and found that among those present was no less a personage than one J. Hobbs of Surrey and England! The camp was already a success!
Whit Monday was visiting day, but that did not deter the Staff. At inspection most of the gadgets were disposed of by the T. L. by the simple expedient of jumping on them, and a re-inspection was ordered. A notable feature of the camp was the number and variety of its re-inspections. Theoretically a camp should be ready for inspection at any time. By midweek this one was! Not to be, cost too many points.
Straight from parade the Troop found itself involved in an obstacle race, which involved apparently half the London Zoo. At least one patrol objected strongly to attempting to cross a crocodile-infested river in the (for once) mistaken belief that the other bank was infested by man-eating tigers! By the time the excitement had died down, the Parents (poor souls) had arrived, to be immediately roped in to help with the construction of Troop-leader-proof gadgets. The Foxes later proudly paraded on top of their washing-up stand! It rained the parents left: the staff settled down to cook up surprises.
Next afternoon, after a thoroughly unexpected victory by the Troop in the first Test Match, Tug told a tale of dark deeds involving one lovely Lady Lucy Lamplight of Lowick Hall, in preparation for a night wide game about which the Troop was naturally left in the dark. Suspecting some scheme, the less gullible members set about preparing booby traps for the Staff who, it appeared from the story, would be masquerading as ghosts. The remainder pestered the Staff. " It's not true, is it? ". The Staff said nothing and later discovered to their extreme delight that a tenderfoot had interrogated Mr. Ellis, our host, and was regaled with stories yet more bloodcurdling! Unfortunately, rain stopped play.
Sadistically the Staff set to work again, and next night after lights out, kidnapped two members of the Troop. These they took to the woods a quarter of a mile from camp, and at midnight began turning out the remainder. There was some hesitation. There had been too many tigers and bison and buffalo. This was obviously wild-goose! The Peewits very gallantly rescued the prisonersand got the points.
The Staff was now closely watched, but one more shock was coming. Working under grave difficulties, the T. L. and S. M. were running a private competition to see who could award fewest points and inspection on the Friday was particularly vitriolic. Strict instructions were left at each patrol that no one was to stop work on the site until the horn was blown for parade, and that there would probably be an inspection thereafter. The horn was blown: the Troop paraded on the double there was no sign of the Staff: a code message on the flagpole indicated their_ whereabouts. P. L. Walton conducted prayers and the Intelligence department cracked the code. The Staff by this time had hidden about half a mile away and was observing the Troop from the end of a very obvious trail. Our memories of what happened are somewhat disjointed. The intention of the Staff had been to see the Troop off on the trail and then to follow them round. Perhaps we moved too soon. Three vivid episodes stand out. Early in the game all three of the Staff found themselves in hiding at the foot of the tree which one complete patrol had climbed to look for them. The next recollection the author has is of dashing full tilt round a right-angle bend some twenty minutes later with half the Troop in full cry, only to be met by the T. L. and Q. M., proceeding on hands and knees with extreme caution in the opposite direction. Fortunately, the Troop was so intent on its quarry that they escaped unobserved. The S. M. spent most of the rest of the game bound hand and foot. That he did eventually manage to escape did him little good.
Amid all these alarms and excursions a pioneering gang led by Scouts Jennings and Duke, constructed a fairly efficient monkey bridge. Champion Patrol was Curlews: best Tenderfoot Scout, Lant of Foxes. It was a good camp.
Scout Jennings has, since our return, run a highly effective pioneering course, and has constructed a rope bridge no less than seventy feet long. He has a very ambitious programme for future activities and is making the Troop thoroughly pioneering-minded.
First Class badges have been awarded to P/Ls. W alton and Belk. Summer Camp will be spent on or above the Isle of Arran. It depends on the height of the tides.D. J. W.
May 16th, 1953
A NEW rule introduced this year provides that a boy may enter for an event only if he has gained a " Standard " in that event in the Standard Sports, held at the end of the Easter Term. This does not, of course apply to the Mile and Hurdle events, which at present are not part of the Standard Sports. The object was to reduce the number of entries, which had become unwieldy. Our Sports now provide a comprehensive programme of events, 38 in number, designed to give wide opportunities to all sections of the School. Of these events, seventeen were decided before the Sports Day. A criticism which appears elsewhere regarding the Swimming Sports applies also to the Athletics. Many entries are received from boys who do not in fact perform and who have apparently never seriously intended to compete.
The Middle School Field events were well contested and the performances very promising. The Senior Field events, especially throwing events, were rather disappointing. The Long Jumps were satisfactory, but there is a sad ignorance of the techniques of High Jumping and Hurdling. We would emphasise once again that the acquisition of technique is most important and constant practice and thought are necessary.
Johnson's performances in 440 yards, half-mile, and mile, deserve notice. He set up a record in the half-mile.
There was a good attendance of parents and friends; there might have been better support from the School. We were very grateful to the Lady Mayoress (Mrs. P. Buchanan) for her kindness in attending and presenting the
Trophies.E. L. K.
The principal results were Open Events.
220 YARDS: 1. J. R. Shaw, 23.5 sec.; 2. M. A. R. Johnson.
HALF MILE: 1. M. A. R. Johnson, 2 min. 14. 1 sec. (Record); 2. J. C. Tebbet.
120 YARDS HURDLES: 1. J. R. Shaw, 17 •4 sec.; 2. G. R. Heritage.
HIGH JUMP: 1. A. M. Throp, 5 ft. 1 in.; 2. P. Swain.
JAVELIN: 1. K. B. T. Taylor, 134 ft. 9 in.; 2. D. G. Milne.
Discus: 1. J. M. Jackson, 104 ft. 4fin.; 2. D. G. Milne.
WEIGHT: 1. J. G. Kaye, 32 ft. 8 in.; 2. K. Birks.
QUARTER MILE: M. A. R. Johnson, 56.6 sec.; 2. D. Williamson.
100 YARDS: 1. J. R, Shaw, 11.2 sec.; 2. J. Maddock.
MILE: 1. M. A. R. Johnson, 4 min. 59.6 sec.; 2. J. C. Tebbet.
LONG JUMP: 1. G. R. Heritage, 19 ft. 51 in.; 2. J. R. Shaw.
1ST AND 2ND YEARS: 4 by 100 yards shuttle: 1. Welbeck; 2. Chatsworth; 3. Haddon; 4. Sherwood. Time: 55 sec.
3RD AND 4TH YEARS: 1, 1 laps on short course 1. Clumber; 2. Lynwood; 3. Arundel; 4. Chatsworth. Time: 2 min. 24.6 sec.
5TH YEAR AND OVER: 4 by 1 lap on long course 1. Welbeck; 2. Lynwood; 3. Sherwood; 4. Clumber. Time: 3 min. 44.6 sec.
SENIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE: M. A. R. Johnson (Arundel) 90 pts.
JUNIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE: W. A. F. Wright (Clumber) 85 pts. (Quarter-Mile, 220 Yards, Weight, 2nd in Half-Mile.
HOUSE COMPETITION: 1. Welbeck, 457; 2. Clumber, 372; 3. Lvnwood, 355; 4. Wentworth, 247; 5. Chatsworth, 217; 6. Arundel, 194; 7. Haddon, 184; 8. Sherwood, 170.
THIS season five teams have represented the School, but all suffered at the hands of the weather, and indeed the 3rd XI only played two matches. For the second season running the Under 15 were undefeated, and it is hoped that some of the team will get their chance with the 1st XI next season.
The School team has had quite a good season, winning seven of the fifteen matches played. At the start it was realised that the side would not be as big physically as previous teams, but this did not prove as big a handicap as was expected.
Let it be said at once that the bowling was far stronger than the batting. Turner and Milne have opened the bowling, and both have been able to make the ball rise off a good length. Towards the end of the season Milne has been bowling fast and hostile. We are lucky to have him again next year. As the averages show, however, the mainstay of the bowling has been Staniforth. He has kept an immaculate length and has turned the ball sharply whenever the pitch suited him. Watson has again given him the best of support behind the stumps. Staniforth has a cricket brain and should make a first-rate Captain next year. On occasions Bullard has hurled some violent missiles in the direction of the batsman, whilst J. E. Smith and Howarth have also bowled.
As for the batting, unfortunately I. H. Jones, the captain, has had a poor season. He has invariably tried to play too many balls to leg, with the result that he has been caught " plumb in front " several times. However, he has taken several acrobatic catches in the slips and he can take much credit for the fact that this is the best fielding side the School has had for some years. The picking-up and throwing-in has been first-rate, and the hostility of the field has at times been most impressive. Turner has scored the most runs. His innings are not good to watch because he plays at and .misses far too many balls, thereby causing his colleagues much anxiety. By the end of the season we were all hardened to this, and could enjoy the anguish of the bowlers and certain umpires who expected him to be out at any time. Milne has played some good innings, but he will not play forward, and is nearly always bowled by a good-length ball. Cook has shown a great improvement and should get many runs next year. He is a first-rate fielder.
The middle of the batting has been shared by Laycock, J. S. G. Smith, Tiddy and Howarth. They have each on occasion played good knocks, but have not collectively scored as many as was expected of them. Weston has struck some good blows, and Staniforth has hit one or two fine cover drives. Woodthorpe came into the side late in the season, and has shown definite promise.
The main criticism is that the School has not looked for runs. Full tosses and half volleys have been gently patted back to the bowler, and when the ball has been hit, it has not been hit hard enough. That is why we were in difficulties against Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and Nottingham. These teams treated every ball on its merits, and hit very hard when necessary.
However, once again we have played for our own enjoyment and the honour of the School and, we hope, have acquitted ourselves creditably.
April 25 (A) Cheadle Hulme 75 (Staniforth 5 for 23), K.E.S. 74 for 3. Won.
May 6 (H) Rotherham G.S. 64 (Staniforth 7 for 23), K.E.S. 66 for 2. Won.
May 13 (H) K.E.S. 38. H. E. Pearson's XI 40 for 4. Lost.
May 20 (A) K.E.S. 99., Mount St. Mary's 102 for 6. Lost.
June 24 (H) University 70 (Staniforth 8 for 33), K.E.S. 71 for 8. Won.
June 27 (A) K.E.S. 57, High Storrs G.S. 36. Won. July 1 (H) K.E.S. 119, Y.M.C.A. 43. Won.
July 6 (A) K.E.S. 82 (Turner 39), Manchester G.S. 86 for 3. Lost.
July 7 (H) K.E.S. 153 for 7 dec. (Turner 60), Bradford G.S. 105 for 7 (Staniforth 5 for 42). Drawn.
July 8 (H) K.E.S. 41, Leeds G.S. 44 for 1. Lost. July 11 (H) K.E.S. 170 for 5 dec., Notts. Amateurs 109. Won.
July 15 (A) K.E.S. 148 for 4 dec. (Turner 70), Sheffield Collegiate 140 for 6. Drawn.
July 22 (A) K.E.S. 72, Q. Elizabeth G. S. 73 for 3. Lost.
July 23 (A) K.E.S. Ill for 6 (Cook 41), Nottingham H.S. 105 for 6. Drawn.
Full Colours have been awarded to D. G. Milne.
|QUALIFICATI0N 6 INNINGS.||Inn.||N.O.||Runs||H.S.||Ave.|
|1.||D. M. Turner||16||3||399||70*||30.70|
|2.||T. G. Cook||12||6||149||41||24.83|
|3.||D. G. Milne||14||2||167||40||13.92|
|4.||S. C. Tiddy||6||2||43||19||10.75|
|5.||D. D. Howarth||10||1||92||22*||10.22|
|6.||I. H. Jones||15||0||148||23||9.87|
|7.||J. B. Staniforth||9||2||60||28||8.57|
|8.||D. G. Bullard||7||3||30||20||7.50|
|9.||J. S. G. Smith||12||1||80||22*||7.27|
|10.||C. B. Laycock||13||1||70||17||5.83|
Also battedJ. E. Smith 4174, D. Woodthorpe 41168, D. Andrews 211310', B. Thomas 1044, C. C. Rigby 1000, D. J. Kirkman 1000.
|QUALIFICATION 9 WICKETS, 40 OVERS.|
|1.||J. B. Staniforth||162.5||53||46||407||8.85|
|2.||D. G. Milne||121.4||40||30||282||9.40|
|3.||D. M. Turner||108||38||19||236||12.42|
|4.||D. G. Bullard||41||12||9||119||13.22|
Also bowledD. D. Howarth 217350, J. E. Smith 121252, B. Thomas 9.45217.
Catches.J. Weston has stumped 6 and caught 4. J. S. G. Smith has stumped 1 and caught 4. I. H. Jones, J. B. Staniforth and T. G. Cook have taken 5 catches. D. G. Bullard, D. M. Turner, D. D. Howarth, D. Andrews, D. Woodthorpe have each taken 2 catches.C. H. H.
As is usual in Sheffield on a Saturday, Arundel won the toss and put Sherwood in. Play proceeded quietly with some steady prodding by Rigby and some fine mis-hits by Madden. They were both dismissed by Bailey, however, and then whilst Beale defended stubbornly, Baker and Tiddy (35) got some quick runs. Cook upset things by running through Sherwood's long tail and the innings closed for 109.
When Arundel batted, Jones (28) proceeded merrily whilst Rowbotham regarded the affair as a five-day Test. After both were out, Bailey made the game his own affair and scored a neat 31, enabling Arundel to win comfortably by 6 wickets.C. H. H.
OWING to persistent demands made by the 1st XI, and later by examinations, the 2nd XI has not been able to build a permanent team, nor even to maintain a good permanent nucleus. Their record for the season was: Won 2, Lost 3, Drawn 5. An attempt to build a team of promising younger players around a solid core of older and more experienced boys led to an opening partnership which, while often producing good stroke play, lacked the physical power to score runs quickly. As the season progressed and Rigby, in particular, developed more power, this shortcoming was largely removed, so that at High Storrs, Rigby scored most of his runs by forceful shots rather than behind the wicket. Earlier in the season, Rowbotham tried to ease the situation by playing Styring in the middle order and himself at No. 1. Unfortunately the experiment was not a success, and the team was short of a second opener for the rest of the season, although Styring did have some success both at No. 2 and lower down the order.
The middle batting was not very reliable, although on occasion Jackson showed some free scoring ability, and Baker used his feet to spin bowling in a way which was most pleasing in these days of anchoring the back foot and pushing down the line of the ball. Thomas, too, had some success and K. A. Taylor in the one match he played at Nottingham made a very valuable 15, when with J. E. Smith he put an end to an initial collapse of the batting. A general criticism of the batting is that boys would not move their feet, and all of them showed a nerve-racking tendency to " flash " outside the off stump.
The opening attack has been very varied both in personnel and quality. J. E. Smith, when not playing with the 1st XI, has been a hardworking stock bowler with a firm belief that each ball should take a wicket, and a look of surprise when it didn't. He might, with success, shorten his run up. Cousin, who showed promise as an inswing bowler, appeared to lose confidence half-way through the season and resorted, with some success, to off-spinners. He showed great resource in his variation of pace and use of the crease, and should prove a valuable attacking bowler with both the new and old balls. Thomas has an action which generates pace off the pitch and, when he has realised that good length is preferable to speed, he should become a regular wicket-taker. Andrews has been a steady opening bowler who has not always met with the success he deserved. Good spin bowlers are notoriously rare in school cricket, but the 2nd XI has persevered with Moss as a left-arm natural spinner. He is not unduly worried by the big hitter and must now develop flight and give up some of his speed. The bowling generally was quite good, but far too many balls were wasted outside the off-stump. Wickets are taken largely by the good length ball on the stumps.
Fielding has not been of a very high standard, and this accounts for the team's not being able to press home an advantage on several occasions.
Rowbotham acted as Captain and wicket-keeper until illness prevented his playing, and should be congratulated on his performance in both these capacities. Cousin, who took over the captaincy, showed a good knowledge of the game, and by good handling of the bowling and careful changes on the field, kept his team on its toes and the batsmen thinking all the time.
Many boys who played cannot be mentioned here. Some, such as Cook and Woodthorpe, made their way into the 1st XI. Others could not retain a place in the 2nd. All of them should be thanked for turning out when required.
Second XI Colours have been awarded to Cousin, Rigby, Baker, J. E. Smith and Rowbotham.
(H) Cheadle Hulme 113. K.E.S. 41 for 4. Drawn.
(A) Sheffield Training College 50. K.E.S. 44. Lost.
(A) Worksop College 121 for 5. K.E.S. 60 for 7. Drawn.
(A) K.E.S. 76 for 4. Central Technical College 31 for 4. Drawn.
(A) Rotherham G.S. 56. K.E.S. 57 for 8. Won.
(A) Mount St. Mary's 95. K.E.S. 69. Lost.
(H) K.E.S. 160 for 5. Wakefield Q.E.G.S. 74 for 5. Drawn.
(A) High Storrs 30. K.E.S. 32 for 3. Won.
(H) K.E.S. 80 for 8. Chesterfield G.S. 41 for 8. Drawn.
(A) K.E.S. 76. Nottingham H.S. 77 for 3. Lost.
Only two of our four fixtures have been played, owing to rain. The team has been chosen from: Mottershaw (Captain), Vincent, Tebbet, Cousin, J. M. Jackson, Spir, Gill, Thompson, Woodthorpe, Barr, Patchett, D. Anderson, Hobson.
v. Eckington G.S. (A). Lost.
v. Central Technical School (A). Lost.D. C.
THE team has had a good season, having won five of the eight matches played and drawn three. Three matches had to be cancelled. In two of the drawn games we were just unable to take the last wicket before the time expired while in the match against Mount St. Mary's we were winning the race against time at 66 for 4, when four of our wickets fell in four balls, and we found ourselves struggling to avoid defeat. As is usual with so many other school commitments, we have not been able to field the same team twice, and only Beynon, Scholey and P. K. Richardson have played in every match.
The batting has been very strong, and in only one match has the whole side had to bat. One match was won by 10 wickets and another by 9 wickets. Bradshaw, P. K. Richardson and Bevnon have been the most successful with the bat, but several of the middle batsmen like Scholey, G. H. Foster, D. Bailey and Hamilton, have done well when required. The left-handed batsmen D. Bailey and E. C. Wragg have been useful assets to the team, but at present their bowling is more effective than their batting, although Bailey is improving rapidly with the bat. The running between the wickets has not been good, and this together with indifferent calling, has cost us several runs.
Although most members of the team can bowl, those chiefly concerned have been Youle and Scholey, both medium paced right arm opening bowlers, D. Bailey, medium paced left arm bowler, E. C. Wragg, slow left arm bowler and Beynon, whose variations in pace have often brought wickets when most needed. P. A. Turner, another slow left arm bowler, took three wickets against High Storrs, but his control of length has not been good, and he is liable to be expensive. A special mention should be made of Scholey's bowling, for he has been the unluckiest of them all, and the number of wickets he has taken does not do him justice. The bowling as a whole has improved considerably, and the good length ball has become much less a rarity.
The fielding has been above average, but not as good as I expected. Several catches, particularly those taken by Bradshaw in the slips, have been very good, but too many others were dropped at vital stages of a game. E. C. Wragg's catching and ground fielding have been excellent, while G. H. Foster, P. A. Turner, P. K. Richardson and Bryars all deserve a mention. The general alertness in the field has not been all that it should be but the " backing up " has improved considerably.
Beynon has captained the side for every match, and the team have responded very well to him. He has been a very good example to the team in every department of the game, and his field placing has been of a high standard. The bowlers have made his task easier by bowling to the field as set, and he has not had to make many changes. A small fault has been a tendency to delay a change of bowler, with a resultant loss of time rather than runs, but this should correct itself with experience. A fault which could be applied to the whole team in the field has been a failure to " watch the clock," and in the match against High Storrs at least two more overs would have been possible if we had not wasted valuable time earlier in the innings.
The weakness of the team has been the lack of a good wicket-keeper. Beynon himself started in this position, but his bowling and fielding were wasted behind the stumps. Crapper, who has kept quite well for most of the matches, is not sufficiently active as yet, while Hamilton tends to dive for the ball instead of moving his body into the line of flight. Watkinson did keep for the match against Rotherham, but the pitch made his task extremely difficult and provided no fair test of his ability.
The keenness and team spirit have been excellent, and the practices have been well attended. Even those boys who have only played occasionally have practised regularly, and this has enabled us to field a good team for every match. In addition to those already mentioned, Loversidge, an opening batsman who has not been quite on form this season, Cooper, R. S. Andrews and D. E. Baxter have all played for the team; the last three unfortunately are primarily bowlers who have not been required to bowl.
On the whole, I think the team can look back with pleasure and satisfaction on the season's cricket, and each member has gained valuable experience which I hope will be of benefit in future seasons with the senior teams.
April 25 (H) Cheadle Hulme Sch. 96, K.E.S. 99 for 6. Won.
May 2 (A) K.E.S. 76 for 7 dec. High Storrs G.S. 28 for 9. Drawn.
May 9 (H) Stockport G.S. 72. K.E.S. 74 fop 4. Won. May 20 (H) Mt. St. Mary's 89 for 8 dec. K.E.S. 66 for 8. Drawn.
June 27 (A) Rotherham G.S. 35. K.E.S. 37 for 0. Won.
July 4 (H) Chesterfield G.S. 54. K.E.S. 57 for 1. Won.
July 18 (H) K.E.S. 90. Greystones School 64 for 9. Drawn.
July 21 (A) Nottingham H.S. 73. K.E.S. 74 for 4. Won.
THE games this season have been very similar to the weatheroccasional bright periods. During these bright periods the cricket has been most exciting. The first keenly fought game was against Mount St. Mary's, where both sides produced good bowling. In that match Walton, who took six wickets for eighteen runs, appeared to have all the opposing batsmen " at sea," until the advent of the tea interval when our hosts were 26 for 8. On the resumption however, the result of a hearty meal showed itself in the loss of both length and: direction, and Mount St. Mary's won by two wickets.
Throughout all the games the bowling has been good with Walton and Pike performing extremely well. The batting however has been our weakness. Apart from Ratcliffe, Walton and, in the last match longden and Sallis, the team has shown a marked inability to hit loose balls. The fielding, which at the beginning of the season was poor, with many dropped catches, improved considerably. Sallis and Newsom have taken some good catches and saved many runs. Hill behind the wicket, has had many fliers from Walton to contend with, and except for the Chesterfield match, he has taken the ball quite cleanly. He has however, a tendency to stand too close to the wicket when taking fast bowling.
The outstanding performance of the season was the taking of ten Chesterfield wickets by Walton in ten overs and at a personal cost of only twelve runs. His efforts would have been fruitless had it not been for the last wicket stand by Evison and Newsom who hit off the remaining twelve runs required to win the match.
Ratcliffe, a sound defensive opening batsman, has been unfortunate in not having had a consistent partner to stay with him. His captaincy of the team has been thoughtful, but rather cautious, especially when runs are needed quickly. He has used his bowlers well, but has not had the assistance of another fast bowler to support Walton. The slow left arm bowling of Pike has played a prominent part in many games. He has the ability to pitch the ball up to the batsman with nagging accuracy. Given more variation in pace and spin, he should develop into a good all round cricketer. Newsom and Evison have bowled quite well in a team that this year has been a bowling, rather than a batting side. Walton's figures for the season of 23 wickets for 87 runs were closely followed by Pike with 15 wickets for 74 runs. Ratcliffe had a batting average of 16, and Longden who batted only once, scored 51 not out.
The team has played interesting and exciting cricket, from which all have gained in experience and enjoyment. Our thanks are due to everyone who has played this season, and to our regular scorers, Fairelough and Hartley.
|May 2 (H) High Storrs 68 for 7 dec. K.E.S. 55 for 4. Drawn.|
|May 9 (A) Eckington 105 for 4. K.E.S. 58 for 5. Drawn.|
|May 20 (A) K.E.S. 39. Mount St. Mary's 42 for 8. Lost.|
|June 27 (H) K.E.S. 77 for 5 dec. Rotherham 40 for 9. .|
|July 4 (A) Chesterfield 42. K.E.S. 44 for 9. Won.|
|July 21 (A) K.E.S. 94 for 3. Nottingham H.S. 79. Won.|
A. W. S.
Once again there were two Leagues, with a play-off between the two winners. Unfortunately, because of rearranged school fixtures and the Coronation holiday, several matches had to be played in the last week of term, whilst examinations were in progress, and Houses had great difficulty in raising teams. An innovation this season was the awarding of three points for a win and one for a draw; this, however, did not prevent a tie for first place in League A between Arundel and slumber. In the deciding match (20 overs each) Clamber won the right to meet Welbeck, worthy League B. Champions, in the play-off. This match, played on the last morning of term, resulted in a victory for Clumber. Batting first, they scored 130 for 2 in 20 overs, thanks to a fine innings of 59 not out by May. In reply Welbeck scored 71 for 8.
League A Play-off: Arundel 53-6, Clumber 54-1.
Final Play-off: Clumber 130-2, Welbeck 71-8.
C. S. A.
Bad weather and the external examinations almost killed the competition this term. After the first three rounds, Houses found it impossible to field representative teams as most of their more experienced players were the " O " level examinations. Some final sparkle was added to the competition when Clumber and Wentworth, the two chief contenders, met in the Final round. Clumber declared at 97 for 3, and in a time-limit game, Wentworth needed a four off the final ball, but could do no better than a 2, leaving Clumber as the champions, with Wentworth and Haddon joint runners-up with 9 points to Clumber's 10.
With the " O " level examinations now affecting boys in the Fourth Forms, it would seem that this will be the last season in which it will be possible to have a complete list of League fixtures with each House playing all the others. Perhaps a Knock-out competition would be more stimulating.
This summer we have had the worst of luck in the matter of weather; and it has been quite impossible to complete the League programme. But with six matches finished, we have reached quite a satisfactory result, which the final games would certainly not have altered materially. Keenness and interest in the game have been, if anything, above the average; and there are many juniors of great promise, both in bowling and batting.
|B XIs||P||W||D||L Pts|
H. T. R. T.
Two matches were held in the Summer Term. On June 6th the School had a comfortable win over Manchester G.S. both in Senior and Colts events. On July 1st we went to Cranwell where the Senior Team was beaten by a more experienced and stronger team.
This year we have had to rely on one or two good swimmers and we have had very few reserves to call upon. B. Round has been a very good Captain and has given of his best as always. A. Weston has swum very well, but must learn to swim for the team in any event for which he is chosen. W. A. F. Wright has had a good season and always swims well. D. Robinson and A. Higginbotham have bath helped in swimming shorter distances.
A triangular match at Retford on July 22nd between Retford, Nottingham High Pavement, and K.F.S., resulted as follows: K.E.S. 61 pts.; Retford 472; Nottingham 392. K.E.S. won 10 out of 19 events, broke 2 records and equalled 1 record.D. B. H.
THERE was a heavy demand for seats and admission was necessarily by ticket. As in previous years, some Finals had to be held before the actual Sports meeting, to avoid over-loading certain competitors. It might be worth considering holding these early " finals in a group, a day or two before the Sports Day.
Once again we are sorry to find that many boys whose names were put down for events did not appear to swim in the heats; while in one case, three finalists failed to appear. In some cases these entries are due to the over-keenness of House Swimming Captains; this needs to be kept within reasonable limits. But in far too many cases, boys are obviously failing to honour their entries through sheer slackness. We regret the need for putting such a rebuke into print; but it is quite clear that many boys have yet to realise that if they enter their names for any activity, they are bound in honour to go through with the affair.
The performances in the Sports were generally very sound, and our best swimmers were fine to watch. It is noticeable that among boys who fail to reach the ranks of the best there is generally much room for improvement of style. Brute force will take one along quite fast, but it alone will not produce first-rank swimmers. There is
no lack of facilities at the School for improving technique, and we should be happy to see our swimmers concentrating on these lines.
Dr. J. T. Burdekin presented the Trophies, and in a brief address told us that he learned to swim in the open-air swimming pool that was formerly on the site of the present bath. In Winter it did duty as a skating-rink.E. L. K.
The principal results were:
OPEN EVENTS. Free Style, 440 yds.: 1. A. Weston, 5 min. 55.1 sec. (Record),
2. B. Round.
Free Style, 200 Yards: 1. W. A. F. Wright, 2 min. 25.4 sec., 2. A. Weston.
Free Style, 2 lengths: 1. W. A. F. Wright, 39.2 sec., 2. D. R. Robinson.
Long Plunge: 1. V. Birks, 60 ft. 6 in. (Record), 2. A. B. Drake.
Dive 1. K. B. T. Taylor, 2. J. R. Timms.
Free Style, 100 Yards: 1. W. A. F. Wright, 62.4 sec., 2. B. Round.
Breast Stroke, 100 Yards: 1. A. Weston, 83 sec., 2. S. R. K. Cox.
Back Stroke, 100 Yards: 1. A. Weston, 72 sec., 2. B. Round.
RELAY RACES. Open: 1. Clumber, 2. Chatsworth, 3. Arundel. Time, 74 .2 sec.
Under 14: 1. Chatsworth, 2. Lynwood, 3. Welbeck. Time, 104.6 secs.
WATER POLO, KNOCK-ou'T FINAL: Chatsworth 1, Clumber 0.
SENIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER: A. Weston (Chatsworth) 72 pts.
JUNIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER: J. W. Green (Clumber) 51 pts.
HOUSE COMPETITION: 1. Clumber 481.5, 2. Chatsworth 395, 3. Lynwood 348, 4. Haddon 289, 5. Wentworth 272, 6. Arundel 254, 7. Welbeck 249.5, 8. Sherwood 210.
ENTRIES for the Inter-House competition were very large, and the competition progressed slowly, being further delayed by the pressure of other activities and indifferent weather. At length the first round was declared closed, each unplayed game being cancelled. In future we hope that entrants will arrange for their games to be played as soon as possible. It may also be necessary to limit the entry from each House.
Results.Open Singles: R. Vague (Haddon). Open Doubles: R. Vague and J. B. Edwards (Haddon). Under 14 Singles: I. W. Roxburgh (Wentworth). Under 14 Doubles: H. M. Biggins and M. R. Evison (Haddon).E. L. K.
A match against the Staff was played on 22nd July. Arrangements, carefully made, favoured the unpractised pedagogues; there were to be only four singles and two doubles; and each was to be decided in a single game rather than by the best-of-three. Play was keen, for scalps in such matches are highly prized: Booth was always strong and energetic; Johnson kept the ball admirably low and was especially powerful on the left flank; Edwards and Vague proved comparatively weak in the arm but mixed much low cunning into their play; the latter made a most praiseworthy recovery in his singles game to win 16-14 after being 2-10 down. Mr. Wilson was easily the best exponent on the Staff side, although the other threeMr. Reeves, Mr. Silver and Mr. Cummingdid all that was required of them. The match ended in a win for the Staff: the singles were shared and the School lost both doubles, making the record Staff 4 games (79 points), School 2 games (51 points). It is hoped that next year's Fives enthusiasts will try to gain revenge; but, to use a phrase picked up in the Common Room, my money for 1954 is on the Staff, who herewith issue a challenge at both Rugby and Eton Fives to next year's School Captain.C.
YET another season has passed, the School still without courts of its own; yet in spite of this, tennis continues to flourish. The game has been introduced into the Middle School; and on Wednesdays Senior School tennis was played on the ladder system, which was enthusiastically received and helped to select the more able players for the teams. Fresh incentive has been given to the competitors in the School tournaments by adding to the award of cups for the Senior events medals for the individual winners of these, and certificates for the winners of the Junior events. The usual rush in playing off the closing rounds of these tournaments in the last few days of the term was avoided this year by starting the tournaments before the Easter holidays.
Winners of the tournaments were: Senior Singles, D. I. Hurt; Senior Doubles, D. I. Hurt and A. V. Vincent. Junior Singles, T. A. Oliver; Junior Doubles, T. A. Oliver and J. S. G. Smith.
At the end of last year many of the school players left; new teams had to be formed for this season. In the event, this has not proved too serious a handicap, as the results will show. The weather however was unkind, forcing the cancellation of four of the fixtures.
All tennis enthusiasts offer their thanks to Messrs. Bramhall, Cumming, Sinclair and Smith, for their support and interest; last but not least, to the Secretary, K. H. Cunnington, who has served so willingly and efficiently.
May 11 v. Firth Park G. S. Away. Won 65 games to 48.
May 20 v. Woodhouse G. S. Away. Won 9 rubbers to 0.
June 13 v. Chesterfield G. S. Cancelled owing to weather.
June 15 v. City Training College. Cancelled owing to weather.
July 4 v. Nottingham H. S. Away. Lost 2 rubbers to 7.
July 9 v. Nether Edge G. S. Cancelled owing to weather.
July 15 v. Mt. St. Mary's. Away. Won 5 rubbers to 3.
July 18 v. Leeds G. S. Away. Won 13 sets to 2.
July 23 v. Staff. Won 9 rubbers to 0.
June 13 v. Chesterfield G. S. Cancelled.
June 20 v. Nottingham H. S. Away. Lost 3 rubbers to 6.
July 11 v. Leeds G. S. Away. Won 10 sets to 6.E. S.
For the fifth time in six years Arundel has won the Cricket Knock-out. The whole team played well supporting Jones and Cook, and Bailey was an outstanding newcomer who won his colours, together with Poulter and Styring. The Senior and Intermediate league teams did well despite absences due to examinations, while the Junior team (under Bruster) did better still and won their league. We are proud of Johnson, who became Champion Athlete, but the rest of the House gave him little support. In the Swimming Sports Helliwell, Higginbotham and Cox were the only members of the House to be placed. In Water Polo we were placed 5th equal in the League, and knocked out in the first round of the Knock-out. We are sorry to lose Mr. Wallis, but wish him all the best in his new school. His place is to be filled by Mr. Bramhall and we offer him a hearty welcome. Rowbotham's recent illness was unfortunate for the House, but we are glad to see he is once more out and about. The House is sorry to lose nearly all of its officers; it owes a great deal to Jones who, despite his injury, has been an inspiration throughout the year. He was ably backed up by his deputy Whittaker, and fellow prefects Johnson and Fells (an efficient secretary). To these and all other leavers the House gives its best wishes, and appeals to the younger members to follow their example and maintain Arundel's successes.
With some matches, at the time of writing, still to play, we seem to be emerging from the Cricket field with middle-of-the-table positions in all three leagues. In Athletic Sports, lacking star performers and relying chiefly on points gained before the Final Day, we were unable to do better than finish 5th. As usual our big effort came in the Swimming Sports when the House once more excelled itself. A. Weston receives our congratulations on becoming Champion Swimmer, as does the Under 14 Relay team which won the Melling Cup. The House also won the Water Polo Knock-out for the second year in succession and were runners-up in the House Competition. In junior events, P. A. Manterfield revealed himself as a swimmer of exceptionally fine promise. In the Junior P.T. Competition our team, ably captained by I. W. Newsom, did well to be placed second. Finally we say farewell to all those members who are leaving us, thank them for their services, and offer them our best wishes for their future success. The departure of B. Round, our House Captain and three times Champion Swimmer, is a big loss to the House.
After two terms of moderate success we ended the year on a very triumphant note. We were again second in the Athletic Sports, but have filled our cupboard to satiety. Heritage won three of his events, Taylor the Javelin, and Wright was the Junior Champion Athlete; this was a good result of which the House can be proud. We swept the board at the Swimming Sports with Wright winning three events and being runner-up to Weston for Champion Swimmer. He was also re-awarded his School Colours. We also won the Senior Relay Race and lost to Chatsworth 1-0 in the Water Polo K.O. Final. The House has an abundance of good swimmersWright, Miller, Green, Brookes, Brown, and we should be victorious in this event for years to come. In Cricket the Senior XI won their League with ease, and we must not forget May's 60 not out in the play-off with Welbeck. Colours were re-awarded to Mav and Barnes, and awarded to Hobson and Patchett, who carried most of the bowling on their shoulders. The Middle team also won their League, Hewitt and Jackson being outstanding, and Hewitt also captained the School Under 15. Hobson reached the semi-final of the Tennis competition, and he along with Patchett and Marvin are amongst those who are leaving. We thank them for services unstintingly rendered, and may they all be happy and successful in future life.
In Athletic Sports we did not have a very good entry, and on the final day we only had ten finalists. M. H. Crowson did well to win the 1st year 80 yards and 150 yards, Birks was second in the Weight, and Williamson in the Quarter Mile. In Cricket the Senior team did not meet with much success; the K. 0. team beat Lynwood. quite comfortably, but were well and truly beaten by Sherwood in the Semi-Final. The Middle team did less well than was hoped for, but the Juniors played well to finish 2nd. School teams have been represented by Bullard (1st XI), Beynon and Crapper (U. 15) and Pike (U. 14). In the Swimming Sports we finished 4th, Birks swimming the only event for the House in the Long Plunge with a record of 60 feet. Hollingworth was 2nd in the 14-16 Free Style, and in the 2 lengths Free Style. Borwick was 2nd in the 1 length Back Stroke (U. 14) and 1 length Breast Stroke. The House has led the School in the Fives competition; Vague won the Open Singles, Vague and Edwards won the Open Doubles, Biggins and Evison won the Junior Doubles, and Biggins was runner-up in the Junior Singles. In the Tennis competition, Hurt won the Open Singles and was one of the pair who won the Doubles; he has also played in the School Tennis team. The Junior Gymnastics team won their competition. Finally we give our best wishes to those of our number who are leaving.
After our triumphs in the Cross Country and the Standard Sports we were looking forward to more success in the Athletic Sports. Unfortunately our achievement fell short of our expectation and we finished 3rd: 100 points behind the leaders, but less than 20 behind the second house, although Gillott put up a fine performance to win three events. In the Swimming Sports too, we were placed 3rd, but the performance shows promise for the future; the Relay team came 2nd and Findlay won three events. In Cricket 'we have met with little success. The Seniors found themselves able to win only friendly matches and in the Knock-out made their exit too early to be profitable. The Middle School teams achieved only a middle position, but the Juniors were 3rd and 2nd equal. Tennis brought consolation however, for Oliver won the Under 16 Singles and went on with J. S. G. Smith to win the Doubles. Inevitably at the end of a year we must say farewell to many old friends. Such stalwarts as Rippon, Turner, Thorpe, Moore, J. S. G. Smith, and others who have done so much for the House will not be coming back, and we take this opportunity of thanking them all and wishing them luck in the future. Meanwhile we look forward to continued success next year with Oliver as House Captain, whom we congratulate and wish all success in his appointment.
The highlight of the term for us has been the achievement of reaching the Final of the Cricket Knock-out. After beating Clumber fairly comfortably in the first round, with nearly the whole team obtaining a good score, we went on to beat Haddon by 6 wickets. The outstanding feature of this game was the batting of Beale and Howarth. The Final proved to be rather an anticlimax, with most of the team failing miserably and only Tiddy making a good score. The League Cricket team has not had such a good term, but Rigby has proved to be a very capable captain. House Colours were re-awarded to Madden, and awarded to Beale, Rigby, Taylor and Baker. The House was not at all successful in the Swimming Sports, only Robinson reaching the Finals. He is to be congratulated on being awarded his School Colours, and further on being appointed School Swimming Captain for next year. Our only big success in the Athletic Sports was Throp's Open High Jump. The Middle and Junior sections have done reasonably well in Cricket Leagues, but not enough keenness has been shown by the members. We say goodbye to Mr. Claypole, who is retiring from the post of Housemaster after many years of service, and thank him for all the work he has done for us. We welcome 'Mr. Hemming as Housemaster and Mr. Wastnedge as House Tutor. Lastly we wish all who are leaving the best of luck in the future and thank them for the contributions they have made to the success of the House.
At the beginning of this term the House succeeded in taking first place in the Athletic Sports, thus retaining the Cup won last year. Fourteen boys were placed in the Finals. Eleven first places were gained, M. B. Hill winning four events and J. R. Shaw three. The latter, who has been such an enthusiastic Captain of Athletics, is leaving at the end of this term, so we must thank him sincerely for all the good work he has done for the House, both in Athletics and Swimming. Although the Cricket has not been outstanding, the House has been placed 2nd in each of the Leagues. In an exciting last match against Haddon the Middle School team had a scramble to dismiss their opponents within a few minutes of time. On the last day of term the Senior team suffered a disheartening defeat at the hands of Clumber, and destroyed hopes which had been built up early in the season. We trust that our efforts on the football field will be attended with more consistent success.
From the results it would appear that this has not been one of Wentworth's most successful terms. In each, however, one finds that they were close and with a little luck they would have been outstanding. In the Athletic Sports we held our position well and tribute is due to many of the Junior boys who won several events. There was considerable improvement on previous years' performances in the Swimming Sports, the House finishing 5th. Our performance in the Water Polo Knock-out was not as good as was expected, the team losing to Haddon 1-0 in the first round. In Cricket the League team was often depleted with boys taking examinations or playing for the School 1st XI, and consequently only managed to draw one match. The Knock-out XI disposed of Chatsworth satisfactorily, but against Arundel batted second on an awkward wicket and lost by 14 runs. The Middle School team was more successful and, but for a very exciting drawn game against Clumber, would have been champions. The Junior XI started slowly and finished in 6th place. Weston has kept wicket for the School 1st XI, and Milne was awarded his School Colours. J. E. Smith and Woodthorpe have made occasional appearances, while Moss has kept his place in the 2nd XI, and others have supported the 3rd. We had a notable success in the Fives competition, Roxburgh winning the Junior Singles; and in the Tennis tournament Vincent, after victory in the School Doubles, just lost to his partner in the final of the Singles. Finally, we should thank Mr. Harvey for his services to the House during the past five years. We confidently expect that his new school will flourish under his able leadership. Mr. Clarke has proved his worth as House Tutor and will succeed Mr. Harvey as Housemaster; the House should go from strength to strength under his guidance.
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