|VOL. XIV.||SUMMER 1957||No. 9|
|SCHOOL NOTES||257||S. R. G. S. 0. B. 0. S. S.||264|
|SCHOOL CONCERT||259||ATHLETIC SPORTS||266|
|APRIL IN PARIS||261||SWIMMING||267|
|THOUGHTS OF ABROAD||261||FIVES||268|
|SCHOOL SOCIETIES||263||HOUSE NOTES||274|
AUTUMN Term brings six changes in the Staff. Those leaving are Messrs. Henry, Burridge, Ingham, Layer, Dickinson and Shaw. As mentioned in our last issue, Mr. Henry has been appointed Headmaster of Welwyn Garden City Grammar School. Mr. Burridge goes as Senior History Master to Bradfield College, Mr. Ingham to Trent College, Long Eaton, and Mr. Layer to Bramcote Hills Grammar School. Many departments of the School will regret the loss of the varied services and talents of these good friends. Not less thanks and good wishes go with Mr. Dickinson, who leaves for Loughborough College, and Mr. Shaw, for Westfield Comprehensive School, Mosborough.
New appointments are : Mr. W. P. McKechnie (Oxford and Edinburgh) from Ampleforth College, to be Senior Classical Master; Mr. W. E. Wightman (Oxford) from Aldenham School, in Mr. Burridge's place; Mr. R. Shore (Liverpool) and Mr. J. E. Thompson (Liverpool) for Science and Modem Languages respectively; Mr. K. Bridgwater (Edinburgh) and Mr. A. H. Wilcock (Nottingham) for Mathematics.
Notable public events of the Summer Term were : the Athletic Sports, an enjoyable occasion in excellent weather, but not very strongly supported by School or visitors; the Commemoration Service, with address by the Old Edwardian Bishop L. E. Stradling; and a School Concert brimming with talent, variety and originality.
On Speech Day, October 23rd, we shall welcome another distinguished Old Edwardian, E. C. Titchmarsh, F.R.S., Savilian Professor of Geometry in the University of Oxford, whose books and dissertations have gained him a world-wide distinction in the higher latitudes of mathematics.
The following are Prefects for 1957-8 : M. B. HILL (Head Prefect), J. BUCHAN, I. W. NEWSOM, J. A. ANDERSON, W. BAILEY, D. J. C. MCATEER, D. A. PIKE, J. A. REANEY, G. N. WARD, R. W. WATERHOUSE, A. R. WILCOCK, J. R. WILLIAMS.
Sub-prefects are : A. B. BAGNALL, G. H. BRIDGE, J. D. CARTWRIGHT, J. E. DUNGWORTH, M. J. GOULD, A. E. GRANT, D. HANCOCK, J. H. HEMMING, J. G. MCNAUGHT, J. G. ROBINSON, D. J. H. SHEASBY, C. A. SHERIDAN.
Readers who may be disposed to comment critically on the fluctuations of size and contents in this MAGAZINE, from term to term, and on such matters as the occasional absence of photographs, are indeed welcome and entitled to criticise; but they should be assured that the cost of printing is the principal factor of the situation. Schools are experimenting with various solutions of this serious problem, some by more elaborate productions appearing less often in the year. This MAGAZINE has appeared three times a year, through thick and thin, and in various sizes and shapes, for at least fifty years. If it is to continue to do so, without another increase in price, the basic need is for the fullest possible support from boys at school; in addition, the subscriptions of Old Boys, for as long as their interest and generosity last, make a welcome and indeed essential part of Our revenue. An increased readership would obviously help us to supply a bigger publication at the same price.
Last term 493 boys bought the MAGAZINE ; which means, even allowing for " brothers," that more than 200 either borrowed someone else's copy or did not trouble to look at one at all.
THE Cathedral choir greeted the early arrival with the hymn " The Head that Once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now," and reminded him that this was Ascension Day. The mode of triumph and thanksgiving left behind by the choir was taken up in our annual Commemoration Service, in the prayers and singing of a large congregation, in the lessons from Ecclesiasticus and Revelation, in the anthem by the choir and in the sermon.
The preacher, the Right Reverend Leslie E. Stradling, an Old Edwardian and now Bishop of South-West Tanganyika, spoke with admirable diction and without notes on the challenge which the Ascension of Christ made to an apartheid policy. The Ascension message tells us that Christ is the King of the Universe, that He is " the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords." African and Briton alike worship Christ, who is no less the Lord of One than of the Other. The Bishop spoke of Ascension Day in 1956 which he spent in the heart of his diocese, and described his visit to a small, poorly furnished church with a goatskin for a bishop's throne. By comparison, the same day a year later he was spending it in the large industrial city of Sheffield.
The same King was being worshipped in both places, a King of Love, and the ascension to universal kingship presented a challenge, eternal and irresistible, to the colour bar—the tendency for the European, and especially the Englishman, to keep himself to himself, a failure in " imaginative understanding " Or love, and the fear of losing social and economic standing—but little could be said for them when measured against the universal kingship of Christ.
The sermon ended on a practical note with a warning and a challenge. Bishop Stradling asked the congregation not to pass judgment on apartheid before each had examined his own conscience and acknowledged his own failure. This challenge rang out a call for a renewed loyalty, in adoration and obedience, to the King of kings.
V. A. V.
J. R. WILLIAMS
FROM the first brisk notes of Holst's " Marching Song ", the audience relaxed and prepared to enjoy another K.E.S. concert, the annual kaleidoscopic programme which is becoming a civic event pleasurably anticipated by Sheffield discriminating citizens.
The Orchestra may well be forgiven the minor discrepancies of bowing in the strings, taking as it did the bulk of the marathon programme on its shoulders. The brass was firm throughout, particularly in " Master Mariners ", Pomp and Circumstance No. 5 (so refreshing a change from the eternal No. 1) and the delightful surprise cadenza after Mother Hubbard's quest in the last item. The percussion, both regular and irregular, came fully into its own in the Haydn " Toy Symphony", so wittily " disarranged " that Haydn himself could not but approve. Mr. Johnston's rendering of the Morris Minor fa-burden, eagerly anticipated after the conductor's introductory remarks, excelled any possible virtuosity of a triangle; the variety of seductive sounds to be produced from an electric drill was seemingly endless, and the original cuckoos and nightingales paled beside the successors —the wolf whistles, Kentucky fashion, and the chirruping referee's whistle. After the appearance of horns Jamaican and " Treble Gram " and the climax on the School Bell, the audience were agreed that Hoffnung had been out-Hoffnunged.
The instrumental soloists proved worthy of their selection. J. Buchan, leader of the orchestra, whose diminutive page-turner fascinated the audience, perhaps lacked variety of dynamics but had good style and tone in the Bach concerto. In the piano concerto R. U. Watson, hidden from view but unmistakeably masterful in tempo and general execution, treated each return of the Rondo theme with delicacy; and M. Turner impressed all with his excellent intonation, precise tonguing and legato phrasing.
Leader of the Orchestra.
J. R. Williams, the only vocal soloist, rather less lusty than his crew of "Master Mariners," and inclined to flatten his high notes, had nevertheless good articulation and concert manner. Parry's " Blest Pair of Sirens " was a good finale to the first part of the programme. The impressive numbers, a brave array of tenors and basses, fronted by massed trebles, were a tribute to the conductor's patient good humour at rehearsals. The altos would have welcomed more members perhaps, particularly in the fugal entries at the end, but the performance as a whole could have been a model for any adult choir —" perfect diapason " indeed, from a truly " cherubic host " ! Nor did the numbers prove too cumbersome for " De Battle ob Jericho," where cross-rhythms, close harmonies and dynamics were tackled with an excellent crispness and flexibility.
But it is surely the Madrigal Group which calls for special praise. Isolated as it was from the main choir and bereft of the comforting support of the orchestra, no faults could have escaped unnoticed.
In diction, tone, attack, genuine musicianship, and, above all, obvious enjoyment and enthusiasm, their items were pure delight and all too soon completed. " Time " was called by Messrs. Barnes, Hersee and Johnston in Deryck Cooke's entertaining canzonet—a most diverting item in a memorable evening.
E. M. GILL.
1. Marching Song ...Holst (The Orchestra)
2. Violin Concerto in A minor (1st movt.) Bach (J. Buchan with strings and continuo)
3. Madrigals : " My bonny lass ". Morley
" O stay sweet love " Farmer Partsong : " The Blue Bird " .... Stanford Motet for Double Choir
" Coelos ascendit hodie " Stanford (The Madrigal Group)
4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C (Rondo) ... Beethoven (R. U. Watson with Orchestra)
5. " Blest Pair of Sirens " ..Parry (Choir and Orchestra)
6. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 .Elgar (The Orchestra)
7. Oboe Solo : Sarabande and Gigue Corelli (M. Turner)
8. " Master Mariners " ..Thomas Wood (J. R. Williams, Choir and Orchestra)
9. Spiritual : " De Battle ob Jericho " .... arr. Lang (The Choir)
10. Toy Symphony (after Hoffnung) Haydn
11. Canzonet to Three Voices : " Closing Time " Cooke (Mr. Barnes, Mr. Hersee, Mr. Johnston)
12. " Old Mother Hubbard " . Hely-Hutchinson (in the style of Handel) (Choir and Orchestra)
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
" So you have been a year away from school? And the world is now a familiar domain, a new home in which you move with careless abandon, forgetful of your old life of study, your old friends . . ."
Thus speaks the well-meaning, but too terribly ordinary inquisitor, thinking to probe the depths of the change he sees in your outward appearance. Regarding him with no little contempt you call forth the customary platitudes and the interview closes. He is satisfied.
But what do you really think about life away from school ? What is it ? An adventure ? A game ? As an adventure it is too unexciting; as a game it suffers from an evident lack of rules.
It's a kind of comedy, really : like A Midsummer Night's Dream. There is the same grotesque element of ass-heads, the same intoxication of love, the same fairy magic. But it lacks suitable scenery. The backcloth is tawdry, while the enchanted wood is but a tangle of briars. Perhaps it is this weakness in stage management that is responsible for making the action of the play so confused and indistinct. Usually, however, you are not prepared to treat life merely as a comedy. You seek something deeper, more permanent, in the passing show. The desire to live an exquisite life even in an unbeautiful society and even against a depressing background asserts itself : the desire to feel, if only for a single moment, something of greater importance than mere existence. To sigh with the shore shells, to laugh with the breezes of April, to triumph with the gods—this is your ambition.
And so you resolve. And for the next few months you are changed so that your friends wonder at you. The inevitable questions, the inevitable taunts, follow so that you half wish to become once again the " good-natured " but so ordinary fellow you used to be. However, you set your face steadfastly ...
At last the change is effected. The aesthete in pink gloves, worshipping Plato and Virginia Woolf, quoting Oscar Wilde ad lib., affecting an ennui that rings strangely against your years; blasē, impudently shy, seeking pleasure from forbidden fruits—thus you stand. A creature soliloquising on a rainbow or an evening sky, singing with ecstasy in the morning sunlight, full of self-love and self-conceit. Strange, truly; but we are what we are.
Eventually, people will learn to accept you and you will be established. But that is not yet, for twelve months have sufficed only to carry you into the age of transition. At present you are regarded merely as a somewhat eccentric—although rather pleasant—young man. But soon, very soon .. . Ah ! the dreams of youth !
J. L. MADDEN.
... chestnuts in blossom." Everything's going to be a bed of roses, we thought. But on the first day of our British Institute course, our dreams were smashed. We were set straight away to the grind of French proses—just like being back at school.
We arrived at the Lycee late in the evening; after twenty hours of travelling we were very weary, and of course hungry. It was announced that we were immediately to have " an excellent meal " in the best French style. The first dish looked like undersized worms swimming about in cabbage-water. My suspicions were confirmed with the first spoonful; they were worms swimming about in cabbage-water. I did not eat any more of this dish. Meanwhile the plot of a malevolent fate was thickening; unbeknown to me, one is only allowed to dirty two plates per meal in the French lycee, and unwittingly I used the second plate, which I should have kept for sweet, for a mess of French potatoes and French peas, which was rather welcome to my empty stomach. The sweet arrived on the table. " Esseker je peux avoir une assiette ? ", I asked—in French. The waiter didn't seem to hear me, but presently returned carrying some more worms and cabbage-water. I gave up, and sat watching the others eating their fruit.
After dinner we were taken off in droves to our dormitories—mine contained sixty boys. We were told that we should feel the mellow touch of warm water only once during the fortnight. My heart broke and I felt like weeping and asking for mummy. However, we got used to these little inconveniences and the holiday turned out to be the most enjoyable one I have ever had.
We were not unfavourably affected by the French railway strike. The Metro was still in action, but there was no one to take the passengers' money; consequently for the next two days we travelled free of charge all over Paris. There's French hospitality for you !
But later we found out that the French were not so hospitable. If you ever go to Paris, never make the mistake of going to a football match ! One evening, with patriotic intentions, we went to see the game between the British and French armies. There was no score, and a quarter of an hour to go, when the British team was awarded a penalty. We cheered, but the other thousands of spectators did not seem so pleased; I think they were positively annoyed. Curses (in French) rained upon us. French fists were shaken. French blows were even struck. French spectators ran on to the pitch, and French gendarmes marched out in force.
As a result of the delay, we missed the last bus back and had to change two or three times on the Metro, with long waits in between. We arrived at the Lycee three-quarters of an hour after light out. We were under a threat of being sent home, until we explained how we had been the victims of circumstances, French circumstances.
We learnt many things in Paris; among the most important that " maintenant puis, coupez-le dehors " does not mean " Now then, cut it out "; and " Venez sur " does not mean " Come on." We found that French French is far different from " English French", and consequently our knowledge of the language was much improved; I am sure the course will have the same happy effect on any Sixth formers who take part in it next spring.
J. S. FOSTER.
(End-of-term anticipation of a continental holiday; with apologies to Robert Browning)
OH to be in Italy, now that August's near—
And whoever wakes in Italy, one morning unaware,
Sees the cypress wands climb the Apennine
And the cottage porch wreathed with dusty vine,
While the cicadas drone from the myrtle bough
In Italia—now !
And after Italia, Helvetia follows,
Where Alp reflects in Alpine hollows.
Hark, where my white-capped mountain from the ledge
Leans and scatters on rash tourer
Avalanche and tempest—to Geneva's edge.
That's the wise Swiss ! He yodels ten times over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
That first fine careless rapture.
And though the fields look dim with heat-haze hue,
All will be gay when night-life comes anew.
The eidelweiss—alluring little flower—
To the time we see thy native heath, O speed the hour !
S. G. LINSTEAD.
THE main event of the term was the School Concert, which attracted to the Victoria Hall an enthusiastic audience of twelve hundred and seventy. An account by one of them appears elsewhere; it need only be said here that the standard was high in all items and reflected the zeal and hard work of the singers and players, who are to be congratulated and thanked for their efforts.
Previous to the Concert, a group of musicians gave an informal concert to the Bach Society in the Mappin Hall. J. R. Williams sang, R. A. Bomber and M. Turner played the clarinet and oboe respectively, and J. Buchan with a string group played a movement of the Bach A minor Violin Concerto. To play Bach to the Bach Society is indicative either of great temerity or of considerable accomplishment. The audience on this occasion left us in no doubt that the latter was the case.
The Commemoration Service was again held in the Cathedral; the Choir contributed the Introit " O come ye servants " (Tye), and the Madrigal Group the Anthem (appropriate to Ascension Day) the Double Choir Motet " Coelos ascendit hodie " by Stanford. This was sung in the resonant side-chapel, and the moving of the Group to this position during the service was amply justified by the inspiring and stirring effect of their antiphonal Alleluias in this natural amplifier.
Music competitions drew a good entry, and most candidates had prepared themselves well and reached a worthy standard. We were indebted to Mr. Bullivant for adjudicating in the performers' classes, and to Mr. Edward Davies for deciding the Composition Prizes. The successful entrants were Singing, Senior, J. R. Williams; Junior, F. I. Parker. Piano, Senior, R. U. Watson (with a real concert performance earning full marks); Junior, R. J. Thompson. Orchestral Instruments, Senior, J. Buchan (violin); Junior I. Wright (trumpet). Composition, Senior, M. Turner (a song, R. L. Stevenson's " Shadow March ") ; Junior, R. J. Thompson (a piano fantasia).
To musicians who are leaving we extend gratitude for all they have done for school music whether as singers or players (many of them in both capacities) and wish them continued pleasure in music wherever they may be. Among them is Mr. Ingham whose vigorous playing and helpfulness to young players in the Orchestra will be greatly missed, for he numbers a taut bow as well as a straight bat among his accomplishments. Others will surely come forward to fill the gaps. The Choir in particular will need reinforcement in the lower regions if it is to dominate the orchestra.
N. J. B.
THE usual summer seasonal effects were apparent in the lower total figure for books borrowed, which stood at 1,040. We are again grateful to the Old Edwardians Association for a substantial gift of books, all of which are now on the shelves. It is unfortunately necessary to refer again to the subject of illicit removal of books. At the stock-taking last term no fewer than 23 books were missing. The Library's finances are too slender to absorb losses on last year's scale and if the tendency continues, future generations of our boys will find the quality of service the Library offers dwindling seriously. Our Sixth Form students' careers depend very much on the reading they do; seen in this light, the disappearance of books from the Library is much more than an indication of meanness, selfishness or dishonesty on the part of the guilty ones. It is something against which the better element in our society will in its own interests have to defend itself actively, instead of regarding it with indifference. A strong public opinion in the matter would go far towards correcting it.
Gifts from the following are acknowledged with thanks : T. A. Batley, A. Beckett, E. A. Davidson, T. Fairbanks, R. N. Hinchliffe, J. How, M. J. Hudson, J. P. Mason, P. H. Palmer, D. J. Phypers, R. Wain.
Two highly successful meetings were held in the Summer Term. At a balloon debate, six worthies proclaimed to all their excellence in a most convincing way—Hill as Colonel Blimp, Williams as Casanova, and Avis as Eccles being perhaps the most effective advertisers of their own peculiar value, though Grant's Nye Bevan (a very clever satire), Buchan's Henry VIII (expansive as ever) and Borwick's Fred Emney were lively and vigorous portrayals too. A group of readers conducted and rehearsed by Higginbottom gave us an interpretation of passages from Under Milk Wood at our second meeting ; some amusing, sensitive and moving readings were given.
I should like to record my thanks to a lively and helpful committee for their work in making the year such a successful one — and especially to Higginbottom, a hard-working, very reliable and enthusiastic secretary.
P. R. M.
The two summer meetings were very well attended and provided much interest and amusement. A Comic Miscellany was the reason for the first meeting, at which various members read their favourite comic extracts. A fascinating lecture on Dreams by Mr. Henry entranced the audience at the second and final meeting.
Our thanks are due to our most efficient secretary, Laughton, to Rodgers, the imaginative advertising agent, and to all the committee for this most successful year's work.
P. S. H., P. R. M.
At the first of two lively and stimulating meetings, J. Miller led the Group in the reading and discussion of a large number of Shakespeare's Sonnets. At the second, Mr. Claypole gave us the privilege of hearing his readings from the work of three modem American poets—a very helpful and enjoyable programme. Once again the Group has justified its existence with a small but devoted band of members and we have all benefited from the variety and liveliness of our sessions. We hope that next year more Fifth and Sixth formers will be tempted to come and join us.
P. R. M.
The first talk of the term was on Racine by M. B. Hill, fresh from an Easter visit to Paris, and several visits to the Comēdie Francaise, which had given him a fuller appreciation of the dramatic impact of Racine's plays. Mr. R. B. Chalmers gave a stimulating and provocative talk on the Antigone theme. He liked Sophocles's interpretation but stated quite bluntly that that of Anouilh left him unmoved, an assessment that provoked an extremely vigorous discussion.
The term's activities closed with an amusingly anecdotic talk by the secretary, T. Williams, on Life in a French Lycēe. The speaker has spent nearly three years in a French lycee and now prefers the English system of education, based on all-round character development, to the French preoccupation with intellectual training.
We thank the speakers for the term's lively and instructive programme, and Mr. Bramhall for devoting so much of his time to be our Chairman.
School Dramatic Society, April, 1957.
In three meetings in the summer term, the life story of Alexander the Great has been progressively told.
D. H. Moore spoke on Alexander's background and early years; R. Mingay on the period from the accession to the Battle of Gangamela; and M. Grundmann completed the story. Attendances have been meagre, and it is to be hoped that they will increase next term.
R. H. S.
A visit was made on May 11th to sites in Nottinghamshire, including an open-field village, Southwell Minster, Nottingham Castle and Wollaton Hall. On 1st June a party explored Chester, and on 13th July a visit was made to Sheffield Cathedral. Of the many people who have helped us on these visits, I would like to mention especially the Curator of Chester Museum and the Archdeacon of Sheffield who gave us very interesting talks. Messrs. Burke, Burns and Kopcke helped to take charge of parties and we are very grateful to them. I would also like to thank B. D. Needham and M. R. Pike for their services as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
T. G. C.
We have had several meetings on the Close, and members who possess control-line models are steadily becoming more proficient in the flying of them. The whine of the diesel motors which power these models must by now be familiar to all at the School. An average of about twenty of the forty members are regular attenders. We hope that this will improve when a control-line trainer aircraft is purchased. Anybody in the Club wishing to learn may do so, at his own risk !
An interesting and ambitious winter project has been suggested by Messrs. Taylor and Towers—namely that we should attempt to raise funds for a Radio Controlled model, which will be built at the School. Also, during the Autumn Term, Mr. Nelson of the Sheffield S.A. will be coming to stimulate interest in Indoor Flying and will give a lecture, and we hope demonstration, on the making of Microfilm.
J. A. H.
WE continue to hear from time to time, through its enthusiastic founder Mr. H. W. Middleton, of the proceedings of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School Old Boys Over Seventy Society. Three new members who have recently been brought into touch with their old school friends and contemporaries are Canon J. St. L. Blakeney (c/o The Vicarage, Stowmarket, Suffolk), Mr. A. E. Archer (73 Prospect Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, S. Africa), and Mr. Edgar Carlisle (Braeside,
Nether Padley, Grindleford). A junior member, still on the lower side of seventy, is Mr. Colin Cooper (S.R.G.S. 1899-1904) of 70 Slayleigh Lane, Sheffield, 10.
A reunion was held last November at Grindleford and attended by Messrs. Middleton, Dunstan, Carlisle, Ragg, and Allison.
J. N. SHILLITO
Winning the Northern Schools Cross Country
Championship at Manchester, March 16th, 1957.
Mr. Middleton (21 Albany Road, Sheffield, 7), who was Head Boy of the Grammar School in 1894-5, has not only lively memories but many interesting souvenirs in the form of school lists, Speech Day programmes and the like, which he is anxious to share with a still larger circle of his contemporaries, if they can be located and brought into communication with him. Though the supply of potential members cannot in the nature of things be inexhaustible, there should be a few more available before the Old Edwardians Over Seventy take over. It is now fifty-one years since the first Old Edwardian left school.
OUR activities have centred on the Monday meetings and scout training; week-ends have also given the opportunity for occasional patrol hikes and wide games, not forgetting the jaunts of the Patrol Leaders in search of camp sites.
Three camps have been held this year. The first was at Easter, for Patrol Leaders and Seconds; though the weather was cold, these hardy fellows were in no way deterred and spent much of their time on pioneering activities. The Whitsun camp was near Baslow in a most pleasantly wooded area, the scene of a duel between "A" Troop and Holmesfield Troop, which ended round the camp fire. Summer camp will see the scouts at Nant Gwynant in North Wales. One Patrol Leader has been selected for the jamboree.
Special events began with a Christmas Social arranged by the Parents' Committee ; but the outstanding occasion was a dual celebration—fifty years scouting in general and thirty years scouting at King Edward's. Pioneering displays, followed by scout testing in an obstacle race, in which " A " Troop excelled, provided the main activity for the spectators; in addition, the traditional camp fire concluded the events of the day.
The Troop now has a new flag to replace the dilapidated one; for this it has to thank the Parents' Committee, as it has for their continual support and encouragement during the year.
V. A. V.
THIS year has been a memorable one for " B " Troop. Several records have been broken, and many successes gained. The Troop has more Scouts under 15 than ever before and nearly every member has attended at least one camp this year.
The Jumble Sale was the most successful ever held and the profit better than ever before. This and the Whist Drives held during the year by the Parents' Committee have made possible the repair of the damage caused by the bad weather of last Summer Camp, and the purchase of two new tents.
In Bob-a-Job week we earned £44 15s. 4d., more than either of the other Troops and our best total so far. The average earnings of each Scout, including Seniors, was £1 Is. 9d. This year the Seniors made a really good contribution to the total. Various badges have been gained, and we must congratulate G. Atkinson on his selection for the Jamboree and on winning a Gilwell axe in the Scout competition.
At the Open Day our Monkey Bridge was a great success. Erected from scratch in twenty-three minutes, including pickets and rope ladders, it was nevertheless absolutely safe, and several parents and spectators made the trip across it.
Whit Camp was held at Barlborough in good weather except for the first few days. Summer Camp is at Sidmouth in the charge of A.S.M. D. A. Elliott. One very disappointing feature of the year is the poor attendance at Summer Camp. Much time and energy go to the planning of a camp, to say nothing of the time that a Scouter actually spends at the camp. Just as much trouble is necessary for 10 Scouts as for 40, and when only about half the Troop attend, the trouble taken seems hardly worth while. The dates of Summer Camp are almost always the same, and are announced early in the year. Can we please have a 100% attendance next year?
In conclusion we wish success to all the old " B " Troop Scouts who are leaving this term. We hope that they will carry on their Scouting through the Rover Crew and wish them " Good Scouting."
J. W. H.
FOLLOWING the traditional and highly successful Christmas Party, most efficiently run in the best tradition by our older members, the Spring Term saw the appointment of new patrol leaders and the formation of a full Senior Patrol again, under the leadership of Peter Hibbard. The Tiger Patrol is still in existence, now led by Philip Kenning, who has been chosen, with Martin Williams, as one of the Sheffield contingent to attend the jubilee World Jamboree in Sutton Coldfield—a great honour for them and for the Troop.
As well as the normal round of Patrol and Troop meetings during the Easter Term, scouts also attended an enjoyable Parents' Party, and at the end of term the Jumble Sale realised £68. At the St. George's Day Parade the Troop made a fine showing, proudly wearing the headgear that B.P. chose for Scouts—the hat, whose partial disappearance has been lamented by The Times Educational Supplement, amongst others.
At the time of writing, our minds are still full of the pleasantest memories of Whitsun Camp at Newstead Abbey, a site which " C " Troop discovered for the group in 1951, and where our visits are eagerly anticipated. The propitious weather, the beautiful site, the luxurious menus of Q.M. Hibbard, and the high standard of camping all contributed to make a well-nigh perfect week's camping. High spots were the highly successful electro-chemical wide game which involved immense quantities of litmus paper, ferocious and destructive wandering alpha-particles and baths of NH4OH and H-SO. ; also the great two-innings stumps match in which the Troop was beaten by the Staff and Parents (the latter being a somewhat elastic term). To the S.M. at least, the fabulous Tiger sketch at the first camp fire will remain an unforgettable experience.
At the Group Open Day the Troop was much in evidence erecting a model Patrol site (though the School close is not the best place to attempt this) and building a signalling tower of a unique and delicate design. In the Hut, " C " Troop logs were prominent—our records are complete since the founding of the Troop in 1943. Troop and Patrol meetings continued as usual, though attendance was not as good as usual on the part of some Scouts.
To what do we look forward now? Summer Camp amid some impressive and historic country near Brecon. Here we shall once more have the help of a Certain Rover from Cambridge, as at Whitsun, and welcome as a guest of the Troop a German Scout, Walther Schupfner. It is good that we should be able to give practical evidence of the 4th Scout Law in action in this jubilee Year of Scouting. Older scouts will crown the year's activities by a week's trek down through central Wales to join us at Brecon for the second week. And then next term, with a Troop packed so full that a new Patrol seems more than likely, and a new crowd of recruits, keen as ever, to be introduced to the joys of camping and open-air activity, the training in initiative and Scouting skill and those inexpressible, intangible elements of troop life and tradition which all go to make " C " Troop something of which all its members, at times, are strongly tempted to feel just a little proud.
ONCE again we received the expected large entry, and as expected too many of these supposed athletes failed to come under the starter's orders. There might be a different story if each entry form had to be accompanied by half-a-crown, or if one's House lost two points for each non-starter. Indeed, the pattern is repeated from year to year with such maddening regularity that this account might be fairly reduced to the one word, idem. Our high-jumpers cannot and our hurdlers do not know how —with one or two honourable exceptions.
Attendance at the Sports was very poor. Bearing in mind that this is one of our few public days in the year, the response is most distressing, and we earnestly hope that next year will be a big improvement. The Mistress Cutler (Lady Roberts) presented the Trophies and thanked us for inviting her to do so in a charming little speech.
This was not a shining year; only one record was broken, the 150 Yards, First Year, by P. R. Whyman, and three were equalled. Clumber and Arundel fought a long battle for the Championship. We should also note that since 1951 the Quarter Mile over 16 record should have been in the name of M. M. H. Sewell (Chatsworth) with a time of 55.8 seconds. Owing to an oversight this record has continued to stand in the name of G. H. Parsons who in 1940 had covered the course in 56 seconds.
We thank all those who helped during the preliminary rounds and on the final day, when everything worked very smoothly and, we are delighted to report, it did not rain or hail, blow or snow.
E. L. K., A. F. T.
The principal results were
SENIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : K. R. Goddard, 80 pts. Runner-up : R. B. Darwin, 55 pts.
JUNIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : R. A. Rowbotham, 75 pts. Runner-up : J. M. Ellis, 50 pts.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP : 1. Clumber 436. 2. Arundel 429. 3. Chatsworth 264. 4. Lynwood 247. 5. Haddon 218. 6. Wentworth 194. 7. Welbeck 181. 8. Sherwood 174.
THE points gained, taking the School as a whole, in recent years are as follows : 1953, 3.12 points per competitor; 1954, 2.82; 1955, 2.46; 1956, 2.91.
This year's overall performance was 3.75 points per competitor—a most welcome and encouraging improvement, which we hope can be maintained and improved. Conditions this year were fairly good and the standards the same as last year, so we may reasonably infer that the improvement is due almost wholly to greater effort and determination. There were 685 competitors, as against 707 in 1956. This drop in numbers is a pity : in any case it is remarkable that about 60 boys are unable to take part. It is very noticeable that few boys attempt the Half-mile standards.
The best effort in any age-group was in Lynwood, whose middle-school competitors averaged 5.37 points per boy. Once again Arundel won the Sports by a good margin and they are to be congratulated on their excellent all-round effort and enthusiasm. They are followed by Clumber, whose first year boys did better than their contemporaries in other Houses and who will doubtless be pressing Arundel hard in the next few years.
Results (points per competitor) : 1. Arundel 4.18. 2. Clumber 3.99. 3. Lynwood 3.71. 4. Sherwood and Welbeck 3.69. 6. Chatsworth and Wentworth 3.62. 8. Haddon 3.54.
E. L. K.
THE School team has enjoyed mixed success in the Summer Term; four matches were won and three lost. As in the last two years, Manchester Grammar School proved to be our bogey fixture; they won both home and away matches. A very pleasant trip to Trent College ended in a win for K.E.S. on the strength of the last Relay. Nottingham High School won our away match, due to their very powerful Under 13 team which compensated for our superior Senior team. Justice was done in the home fixture which we won, as at Trent, by the last Relay.
K. R. GODDARD
It is to be regretted that the excellent training facilities have been used by so few boys; it is to be hoped that next year under Mr. Harrison's supervision attendance at these sessions will improve.
The prospects for the next year or two are quite good, although we are losing the services of J. W. Green, our Champion Swimmer for the last two years, along with members of our Senior Medley and Freestyle Relay teams which are the best we have had for some years. There is ample fresh blood ascending the School, which will balance the promotion of some Colts to the Senior teams.
In the Water Polo competitions Wentworth carried off the double of winning both league and knock-out. In the League table the first three positions were occupied respectively by Wentworth, Haddon and Clumber, while the runner-up in the K.O. was Clumber. In the distance swimming the first three positions were occupied by Clumber, Lynwood and Haddon. These positions were maintained throughout the Sports.
Full colours have been re-awarded to J. W. Green, and awarded to C. J. Hollingworth, B. J. Horsefield and I. R. Parker. To Mr. Harrison and next year's team we wish all the best, and a farewell to Mr. Burridge who is leaving us.
C. J. H.
The 1957 Swimming Sports were held as one event on Friday, 28th June, at 4.30 p.m. There was a reasonable but by no means crowded audience. Although the Sports were held immediately after school, the attendance by boys was disappointing, and this was particularly true of the Senior School. The Cups and Trophies were graciously presented by Mrs. C. Sumner, B.Sc., J.P., a warm friend and supporter of the School and its activities. As has become almost a habit in recent years, Clumber was clearly Champion House.
J. B. A. B.
The principal results were:
UNDER 13. 1 Length Free Style : 1. G. C. Dodds (Sh.) 22.6 secs. 2. I. J. Brown
1 Length Back Stroke 1. G. C. Dodds (Sh.) 27.4 secs. 2. R. D. Harrison (L.).
1 Length Breast Stroke : 1. W. Ainsworth (Wel.) 87 secs. 2. I. J. Brown (Cl.).
UNDER 14. 2 Lengths Free Style : 1. B. Cheetham (Cl.) 45.2 secs., Record. 2.
M. Horwood (L.).
1 Length Free Style : 1. B. Cheetham (Cl.) 20.4 secs. 2. M. Horwood (L) and J. A. Ashcroft (A.) tied.
1 Length Back Stroke : 1. B. Cheetham (Cl.) 24.8 secs. 2. I. R. Maxwell (L.)
1 Length Breast Stroke : 1. B. Cheetham (Cl.) 25.8 secs. 2. J. M. Emmett (L.).
UNDER 15. 100 Yards Free Style : 1. B. R. Wood (H.) 69.8 secs. 2. F. I. Parker
2 Lengths Free Style 1. B. R. Wood (H.) 42.4 sets, Record. 2. F. I. Parker (L.).
2 Lengths Back Stroke : 1. J. F. S. Daglish (Wel.) 47.5 secs., Record. 2. B. R. Wood (H.).
2 Lengths Breast Stroke : 1. W. M. Abbott (A.) 53.2 secs. 2. J. M. Ellis (A.).
Junior Dive : 1. B. R. Wood (H.). 2. J. A. Ashcroft (A.).
UNDER 16. 100 Yards Free Style : 1. I. H. Neilson (L.) 72.6 secs. 2. M. J.
2 Lengths Free Style 1. I. H. Neilson (L.) 42.4 secs. 2. A. G. Wagstaff (Wel.).
2 Lengths Back Stroke : 1. M. J. Platts (Wt.) 53.8 secs. 2. G. D. Broad (A)..
2 Lengths Breast Stroke : 1. N. W. Stockwell (Cl.) 53.4 secs. 2. J. D. Davison (L.).
Dive : 1. N. W. Stockwell (Cl.). 2. T. Hattersley (Cl.).
OPEN. 440 Yards Free Style : 1. I. R. Parker (Cl.) 6 min. 23.7 secs. 2. I.
H. Neilson (L.).
200 Yards Free Style 1. I. R. Parker (Cl.) 2 min. 30.4 secs. 2. J. W. Green (Cl.).
100 Yards Free Style : 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) 64.2 secs. 2. I. R. Parker (Cl.).
2 Lengths Free Style 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) 38.7 secs. 2. B. J. Horsefield (Wt.).
100 Yards Back Stroke : 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) 74.6 secs. 2. I. R. Parker (Cl.).
100 Yards Breast Stroke : 1. W. M. Abbott (A.) 81 secs. 2. J. D. Davison (L.).
Long Plunge : 1. C. J. Hollingworth (H.) 51 ft. 2 in. 2. R. A. C. Axe (Ch.).
Dive 1. T. D. V. Cooke (A.). 2. G. Wells (Wel.).
UNDER 14 RELAY. 1. Lynwood. 2. Clumber. 3. Arundel. Time : 93.6 secs.
OPEN RELAY. 1. Clumber. 2. Haddon. 3. Wentworth. Time : 77.4 secs.
SENIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER : J. W. Green (Cl.) 78 pts. Runner-up : I. R. Parker (Cl.) 70 pts.
JUNIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER : I. H. Neilson (L.) 42 pts.
Runner-up : M. J. Platts (Wt.) 28 pts.
HOUSE POINTS : 1. Clumber 581. 2. Lynwood 454. 3. Haddon 325.5. 4. Wentworth 309. 5. Arundel 296. 6. Welbeck 284. 7. Chatsworth 228. 8. Sherwood 2021.
NEW players and present performers with renewed enthusiasm are urgently needed for next season to replace the " old guard " of Avis, Roxburgh, Horsefield and C. J. Powell, who have served the game so faithfully during the last two years. The place of Avis especially—our most active captain—will be very hard to fill.
P. D. A.
ALTHOUGH we began the season lacking a number of players who had been expected to stay on, we have enjoyed more success than has been experienced for a number of years. This has been largely due to the high standard of keenness and willingness to practice, which has been stimulated by the outstanding captaincy of Ratcliffe. He has set an excellent example and has done much to raise the standard of cricket and interest in the game throughout the School.
Three of the most important games—Manchester, Bradford and Nottingham—could have ended in victory if the batting had been rather more enterprising and the fielding a little tighter. Bowling has undoubtedly been the strongest feature of the team. Ratcliffe has been fortunate in being able to use varied resources both of pace and spin, and he has usually handled them well. Our leading three bowlers have taken nearly a hundred wickets between them, and an indication of the competition here is that Hawley, who was using the new ball late last season, has had to be content with a much more modest role this year. Searle has enjoyed a most successful season, varying his length and pace very intelligently and being most economical. Somewhat ruefully, this Staff reporter must admit that his best bowling performance was reserved for us ! Pike has justified the good opinions held of his bowling in earlier seasons when his figures were not so impressive. He is now able to bowl steadily for long spells and is experimenting with spin in a pleasing manner; when he matches this with greater subtleties of flight, he will be even more penetrating. Walker has had his days of success but is too much inclined to bowl without a proper plan and with insufficient variety; nevertheless he has the keenness and determination which are essential to success as a pace bowler. Lord and Board in their first season have been useful support bowlers and promise well for next year.
Ratcliffe has ably shouldered a heavy responsibility in the batting and his record speaks for itself. His technique is very sound, with his offside play often a delight to watch. His partnership with Newsom against Sheffield Collegiate was the highest opening stand the School has had for many years and was particularly encouraging since, prior to this game, Newsom had been badly out of form and lacking in confidence. Since then, although his style is still rather stiff and restricted, he has played several valuable innings and has gained in experience which will help him next year when he is to captain the team.
The main support for Ratcliffe, however, has come from Pike, who has developed into the most promising all-rounder the School has had for several seasons. He is now a competent and consistent batsman with a steadily increasing range of strokes and great determination to succeed. He has been unlucky in his dismissals on several occasions but next year should score heavily once he can learn to step up the rate after he has settled in. The rest of the batting has been patchy. C. J. W. Powell played most forcefully in the opening game but since then has promised more than he has achieved; but his younger brother had an excellent innings at Nottingham late in the season and this should give him greater confidence. Brown is essentially a defensive batsman ; he performed quite adequately as opener in the earlier matches and played a valuable innings in an awkward situation at Stockport; but he has not yet the capacity or the temperament for forcing the pace and this has sometimes proved dispiriting. Lord and Board may develop into useful all-rounders but have basic faults of batting technique which they must overcome.
Fielding has been the one department in which the standard has fallen below that of last year. It has never been bad but it has often lacked the zest and efficiency which one has expected. There have been some notable exceptions—Newsom in the covers, E. W. Powell in the gully—but the slip catching has been especially disappointing; picking up and throwing in still leave much to be desired. C. J. W. Powell's wicket-keeping has been handicapped by this, but he has had a rather patchy season, some good displays being marred by casual and ragged work, especially in stumping to the slower bowlers. We are restricted by lack of facilities in the Close for good fielding practice, but weaknesses in this department can make a vital difference in closely contested games.
At the end of the season, full colours were re-awarded to Ratcliffe and awarded to Pike, Searle and Newsom; half-colours to Walker, C. J. W. Powell and Brown. The outlook for next season is distinctly promising in batting, rather more uncertain in bowling; but whatever happens, we must hope that the side then derives as much pleasure from its cricket and gives as much enjoyment and satisfaction to those who take it as the team of 1957.
T. K. R.
SEASON'S RECORD Played 15. Won 8. Lost 3. Drawn 3. No decision 1.
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THE season has not been as successful as might have been expected—three matches won, two drawn and four lost—but all members of the team have thoroughly enjoyed and have greatly benefited from their weekly Saturday afternoon pilgrimages to Whiteley Woods. Remarkably few games have been affected by bad weather, rain interfering only once in what proved to be our last match, against Hymers College at Hull—since militant bus pickets robbed us of our final fixture against Nottingham High School.
We opened our programme with an interesting game against De La Salle and in a close finish we lost by 2 wickets. At Barnsley we won comfortably by 79 runs, thanks mainly to a stirring 41 not out by Bagnall and an equally vital 21 not out by Andrew. We were soundly beaten by Queen Elizabeth G.S. at Wakefield, and by the Old Edwardians who were aided in their race against the clock by some decidedly faulty fielding. This fault was soon eradicated and in our next game against Mt. St. Mary's our victory was indeed overwhelming. Obtaining considerable help from the atmosphere, Hill and Bagnall ran through our opponents and dismissed them for 26, the former taking 6 for 5 and the latter 4 for 12. Hill was then promoted from number 11 to number 1 and he and Beckett proceeded to score the runs necessary to complete a 10-wicket win. After a victory over High Storrs and a rather tame draw with Manchester, we proceeded to our most exciting game, against Stockport, whose 7th wicket pair just failed to score the ten runs required in the last over. This was indeed a tense match and provided the most interesting cricket we have played this season. At Hull, Sheasby (36 n.o.) and Wagstaff (27 n.o.) produced some lively cricket before the rain curtailed the match.
There have been few outstanding individuals in our side, but one must mention Andrew who, despite his glorious refusal to take a guard, has proved our most successful batsman. He has a good eye and a sound technique; with careful practice he should develop into an able cricketer. Rickwood, Hill and Bagnall have all bowled well and pulled their weight, whilst Shipton has always come off when most needed with a timely wicket or a brisk " agricultural " innings.
We must thank Messrs. Wright and Hetherington for their interest, enthusiasm and skilful coaching.
Longden has again proved a very able Captain. He is largely responsible for the good spirit which has existed in the team. Special mention must be made of his wicket-keeping which he performed with some success during the latter part of the season. Our thanks are due to Sara who, on several occasions, occupied the position of 12th man and scorer. It is to be hoped that the younger members of the team will have benefited from this season's experience and we look forward to their continued improvement.
Regular members of the team were : Longden, Avis, Sheasby, Beckett, Bridge, Hill, Rickwood, Andrew, Shipton, Bagnall. Also played : Board (also 1st XI), Wagstaffe (also 1st XI), Buchan, Perris, Findlay, Bentley, J., and Sara.
D. F. W., P. S. H.
Played 10. Won 3. Drawn 2. Lost 4. No decision 1.
DIXON has proved to be a sound captain and has set a high standard of behaviour on and off the field. Lack of aggression in his field placing and too many bowling changes have been his main weaknesses.
The batting has been unpredictable. The problem of finding an opening pair was only solved late in the season. Bradshaw and Ellis were tried in the earlier games but they eventually enjoyed greater success lower down the order. Other combinations of batsmen met with varying degrees of failure and only Bell and Bows produced the technique that was needed. Needham batted quite well, and with greater concentration should be quite a useful player next year. Bows is the best prospect of all the batsmen, but he needs to speed up his reactions against the faster type of bowler. The rest of the " batsmen " had their moments of glory, but the potential ability of a batsman is not judged solely on the number of runs he manages to score. Most of the team attempted to achieve a high rate of scoring irrespective of the merits of the bowling or the state of the match. Aggression is a virtue if tempered with a sound defensive technique and common sense.
The bowling honours go to Perry. His deceptive variations of flight and turns off the wicket were the main reasons for several of our successes. With more experience he should be a valuable asset to the School's cricket. The fast bowlers, Elliott and Hudson, bowled well on occasions, but lacked the penetrative power one associates with good opening bowlers. Speed without accuracy is a waste of energy. Riddle, Laughton and Sharpe gave support to the others without having much success.
Fielding improved as the season progressed, with fewer catches dropped and the return throw to the wicket-keeper arriving in the vicinity of the stumps. Some of the team were very slow in the field; an improvement in this side of their game is needed if their other cricketing qualities are to have much value. Bradshaw kept wicket for most of the season and proved capable if not always reliable. He usually got a glove or pad to the ball, but too frequently deflected it for byes.
Quarrel deserves our appreciation for his services in keeping the score-book so neat and tidy. His accuracy with figures was seldom questioned ! We wish all the players every success in their future ventures into School cricket.
G. W. T., D. J. W.
Played 11. Won 7. Lost 4.
The outstanding bowler has been Perry, with figures of 73-21-175-32, an average of 5.47 runs per wicket. Needham headed the batting averages, with 8–0–128–32, an average of 16 runs per wicket. Until the Nottingham match Bradshaw had headed the averages; his final figures were 10-1-137-50, average 15.2 per wicket. Dixon headed the list of catches, with 4.
The team thanks Mr. Wilson and Mr. Taylor for their umpiring, guidance, and never-failing information and advice.
P. J. Q.
THE success of the team depended too much on the performance of its Captain and opening bowlers; the rest were too diffident of their abilities and easily brought to despair on the few occasions when the leading players failed. M. R. Pike was the outstanding batsman, scoring 245 out of the team's total of 876 runs. He was often uncertain at the start of an innings and tended to make fifty runs or none at all, but the placing of his strokes (particularly on the offside), his calling and running between wickets were excellent. G. E. Ratcliffe and Eason provided a solid, reliable opening pair who usually gave the team a good start, but never quite fulfilled their promise. Ratcliffe scored a good undefeated 42 against Barnsley, but normally gave his wicket away by backing to leg or away from the line of flight. Eason was very sound, but too slow and nervous, especially in his running between wickets. Dench's 66 (n.o.) against Firth Park was one of several good innings; he is particularly forceful on the leg side. Cockayne's great fault was lack of concentration; after many failures, however, he redeemed himself at Doncaster and against Chesterfield when he was the only batsman to play resolutely. Wileman proved very useful when the Under 13 XI could spare him; he put his seniors to shame by his application and sound defence on the unpredictable Oakwood pitch. In general far too many lost their wickets by flashing outside the off stump, failing to get their foot to the pitch of the ball, and playing too soon. Hardie was the biggest disappointment : he never did as well as his ability warranted.
Aldridge and Cottingham bowled magnificently; a remarkable number of wickets fell to their hostile and accurate pace bowling. Aldridge always attacked the stumps and varied his bowling intelligently; his unorthodox and therefore controversial action may have accounted for his occasional failure to keep a good length, but his consistent success belied all criticism. Cottingham was not so fast (or so fortunate) but he has a good smooth high action and shows great promise. He did not, however, attack the stumps so well as last year and did not make the progress we expected. Kingman had his inspired moments at the beginning of the season, including a hat trick, but like Tranmer he was too prone to pitch short and was easily put off by determined batsmen. Neither of them, particularly Kingman, could be depended on to do well as batsmen—unlike Aldridge, whose aggressive style rarely failed to depress our opponents. Boys must not concentrate on one department of the game only.
Dungworth, the wicket-keeper, had an unenviable task against the fast attack, but despite his frequent injuries early in the season, he improved with every match and excelled in the game against Chesterfield. He must be careful not to transgress rules through over-enthusiasm in breaking the wicket. The fielding of the team was good ; particularly fine were Bennett (close to the wicket) Tranmer, Aldridge, and (sometimes) Cockayne. Pike, as captain, had a superb control of his team; he always set an attacking field, and was particularly noticeable himself in close positions. He and his side were a credit to the School.
A. F. T., P. D. A.
Played 10. Won 7. Lost 2. Abandoned 1. De La Salle College 71; K.E.S. 74 for 9. Won.
THE chief feature of our short but effective season has been increasing confidence and understanding, leading to sound teamwork. Wileman captained the side very well, showing intelligence and drive, and batting excellently, his 30 not out in the final game being a delightful knock. Several of the team showed sound batting technique, especially Wilkinson, who kept wicket effectively, and Parson. We bowled very well indeed in all matches, highlights being Bailey's 6 for 37 in the first match, Bedford's 5 for 20 in the third game, and Bailey's 4 for 10 and Scott's 3 for 9 in the last match.
An interesting point, which augurs well for next season, is that there were always more First than Second Form boys in the team on each occasion. With better fielding and a greater willingness to hit the bad balls as hard as possible, we should have improved on figures which are in any case satisfactory.
P. R. M.
Played 4. Won 2. Drawn 1. Lost 1.
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ANY Cricket season has its quota of unusual results but few have quite such a collection of surprises and shocks as this one has had. Continuing the year's trend that the expected definitely shall not occur, powerful Houses collapsed and weak Houses flourished—just for a time, anyway, and then when success was looming near it dropped away into disappointing illusion.
First, the unusual—Sherwood's huge total of 7 ! This was a very interesting game! All the more so because of the first four runs scored, of which three were byes. Secondly, the unexpected—Arundel beat Haddon. Here, very steady bowling reduced even steadier batting to the small total of 24, which Arundel managed to acquire with the loss of only 3 wickets. Thirdly, let us look at the expected, but dare we say, very fortunate, victory of Welbeck over Arundel. Welbeck, batting first, were put in dire distress by some excellent l.b.w. decisions and had four wickets down before even the tail-enders could be padded up. However, there the tale ends, for Bows in a beautiful 75 not out carried Welbeck to a comfortable 140. Arundel could only total 90, and so to Welbeck went the Knock-out.
Unfortunately the heat of June perished into a dismally cold July and the season, after its excellent start, faded away into just another of those English summers. Sherwood rose to the occasion and with Welbeck emerged as section champions; but here tragedy overtook them. Batting first in the play-off, they amassed a total of 92, no little thanks being due to Sant, who lashed his way to a cheerful half-century; but a slow and relentless 93 for 9 gave the House League to Welbeck. Our congratulations to them on the double feat rarely achieved.
In Tennis there was a new enthusiasm and increased demand, and the standard was noticeably sound.
My own enjoyment (if I may be permitted a final personal note) of the last five years' games has been more than can be put into words. From the companionship of boys and teams and Staff one has memories which can never be forgotten—in their cause and efforts and achievements, one finds one's own.
PLAY-OFF : Welbeck beat Sherwood.
IT is pleasant to write of a Summer Term when there was practically no interference from bad weather. Cricket and Tennis have both prospered with a very good Cricket League competition in which Welbeck and Wentworth led the field, and which Welbeck finally won. About seventy boys opted for Tennis and satisfactory reports of progress have been received.
THE play has been very lively and enthusiastic without perhaps reaching a very high standard. But there are many promising boys in the First Year, as has been noted in other sports, and there should be an improvement next year.
In general, the batting, with few exceptions, is poor; bats describe wild arcs quite unrelated to the movements of the ball, and even these " cow " shots are often much too late. Begin the back lift in plenty of time and keep the bat close to the pads, and the nose over the ball. Otherwise you will never be there long enough to enjoy it.
Most of the bowlers fancy themselves as budding Truemans. The run-up is too long, the delivery too violent and the essentials of length and direction are too often neglected. But this has always been so and the more intelligent boys will learn to do better. In the meantime, they do take wickets, and everyone enjoys the game.
H. T. R. T.
J. C. H.
THE popularity of the game has been maintained and a rota system was necessary for Forms III, IV and V. One happy result is that there has been keen competition among Fifth formers for inclusion in the select band of match-practice players, who are exempt from the rota. We now have several competent Fifth Form players from whom next year's teams will be recruited.
The standard of play is rising but it would be idle to ignore the limitations on progress imposed by our lack of courts of our own; our players need frequent purposeful practice to perfect their weaker strokes, particularly in overhead play, which must be strong if the killing, winning shot is to be made. Boys seem reluctant, perhaps understandably, to devote their one weekly games afternoon to assiduous practice of only one or two strokes; they would be more willing to do this in frequent half-hours after school.
Our match opponents and hosts obviously do have these facilities. Though our teams have always given a good account of themselves in matches hardly fought (which the score does not always reflect) it has often been irksome to see their fine initial attack forced into defence by their vulnerability to the lob. Drives, fast volleys and lobs have been good; but we sorely need the sound smash, chop and sharply-angled drop volley, as well as more flexible tactics. One golden rule, too often ignored, is : if you are coming in to the net, don't hit down centre, but definitely hit into a comer of the court, or on a sharp drop angle.
It is to raise the standard of our match play that our earliest fixtures are arranged against the City Training College who, besides being indulgent hosts, have been helpful in detecting and playing on to these weaknesses in order to provoke our answer.
Of the 13 matches played, 4 were won, 8 lost, and 1 drawn. The tournament entry was quite large and we congratulate the winners : Junior Singles, N. B. Bishop; Junior Doubles, S. Walker and P. A. Manterfield. Senior Singles, I. W. Newsom; Senior Doubles, I. W. Roxburgh and B. J. Horsefield.
Colours were awarded to D. J. Cooke, Horsefield and Roxburgh—all enthusiastic, determined players. Roxburgh has been a strong player. and fine captain whose enthusiasm has infected the teams. Horsefield has played in the 1st VI for two years; we shall miss his " sledge-hammer " first service, his apologetic second service, his stunning drives, admirable stamina and air of calm strength. Cooke is a stylish player, unsparing of effort. To all of them, our thanks and regretful farewells.
Our thanks also to G. N. Ward, who has all the attributes of the perfect secretary—initiative, poise, discretion and quiet efficiency; and to those members of the Staff, Messrs. Bramhall, Sinclair, and Wastnedge, who have acted with such ready enthusiasm as guide, comforter, critic, blister-dresser, treasurer, time-keeper, recorder and (in crises) transport-controller.
|May 17||v. City Training College.||Lost 1-6.|
|May 22||v. City Training College.||Won 5-4.|
|May 25||v. Stockport G.S.||Lost 3.5-5.5|
|June 1||v. Mount St. Mary's College.||Won 8-1.|
|June 22||v. Hymers College, Hull.||Lost 4-5.|
|June 26||v. City Training College.||Lost 3-6.|
|June 29||v. Leeds G.S.||Drawn 4.5-4.5|
|July 5||v. Woodhouse G.S.||Won 7-1.|
|July 20||v. Nottingham H.S.||Lost 2-7.|
|May 10||v. City Training College.||Lost 0-8.|
|May 25||v. Leeds G.S.||Won 4-3.|
|May 31||v. City Training College.||Lost 7-2.|
|June 29||v. Nottingham H.S.||Lost 7-1.|
I. W. R., E. V. B.
Our Sixth Form ranks are sorely depleted and although we have elsewhere our individuals of talent, it is on the maximum communal effort that we have relied most. It is then with a proper pride that we view our trophy cupboard, more richly garnished than for many a year.
Particularly satisfying was our retention, for the third successive year, of the Cup for Standard Sports, with a record average of 4.18 points per boy. This success lent enhanced excitement to the Athletic Sports, as we watched the score board recording our struggle with Clumber, who only at the last moment surged ahead by a mere 7 points, our nearest rivals falling behind by more than 150 points. We rejoiced with Rowbotham and Ellis, whose total achievements placed them 1st and 2nd respectively in the competition for Junior Champion Athlete. We were proud too of the individual successes of Nodder, Broad and Bridge, and congratulate the members of the winning Intermediate Relay team who ran with such fine spirit.
In the Senior Cricket Knock-out, largely thanks to the batting of Bridge and the bowling of Board, we reached the Final after beating Lynwood by 5 wickets and Haddon by 8 wickets, dismissing Haddon for 20.
We were pleased to see Cooke, Shaw and Bishop chosen to represent the School at Tennis. Bishop won the junior Singles Tournament by 6-2, 6-1, and was a finalist with R. N. E. Wright in the Junior Doubles.
In the Swimming Sports we were placed 5th—represented by Ashcroft, Abbott, Booth, Broad, Cooke, Ellis and Mingay. Cooke's Open Dive and Abbott's record-breaking Breast Stroke were notable wins.
Among our leavers, we say farewell with special regret to Birtwistle, our House Captain, to Nodder, Captain of Athletics and Cross Country Running, to Cooke and Shaw, who have given long and valued services to the House. We thank J. D. Marsden for his secretarial services and congratulate G. H. Bridge on his appointment as next year's House Captain. He will have the House solidly behind him in maintaining and possibly surpassing this year's successes.
The Summer Term proved to be the most successful of the year although no major trophy was won. The records show that we were placed third in the Athletic Sports; with no outstanding talent, this was a creditable achievement. The Middle School emerged as the strongest section and the efforts of the Relay team in finishing second to an almost invincible Arundel quartet exemplified its fighting spirit. Of the Juniors, Tingle showed distinct promise and we look to him to maintain his predominance in the sprints.
The standard of Cricket was high; the Juniors confounded all by finishing third, after a play-off for second place, and the Middle School began well but unfortunately lapsed, finishing in a similar position.
The popularity of Tennis seriously affected the Seniors who, as expected, were bottom of the table, but we could not complain in the Knock-out where we were defeated in the first round by a strong Welbeck side. Tennis again proved to be one of our strong sports with Newsom winning the Senior Singles, and Manterfield, with Walker of Wentworth, the Junior Doubles—the latter for the second year in succession. The decline in Swimming continued and it is to be hoped that this can be remedied next year. The same applies to the Standard Sports where we were placed sixth with an average of 3.62 per boy.
Disappointing as the year may have been, it has been pleasing to see many of our members representing the School in various activities and we can be proud of our academic achievements. We congratulate Highfield and Batty on gaining State Scholarships, McAteer on his appointment as Prefect, and Cartwright, Dungworth and Sheasby as Sub-prefects. Finally we thank those leaving for their help in House activities and wish them happiness and success in the future.
Clumber has retained its position as Champion House, with over twenty Trophies now occupying cupboard space. The Summer Term has been very profitable, for we won both Athletic and Swimming Sports. For the former success, we were largely indebted to Goddard and Darwin of the Seniors and Blythe and Brown of the Juniors. Goddard is to be congratulated on his position as Champion Athlete. Again in the Swimming Sports we produced the Champion Swimmer in J. W. Green (for the second year) and also the runner-up, I. R. Parker. These two received valuable support from Stockwell, Cheetham (who won all four Under 14 events) and Brown. One of the most pleasing features of the Swimming Sports was the large number of boys in the First and Sixth forms who completed distance swims. Incidentally many of the venerable second year Sixth utilised all the 30 minutes allotted for the Half Mile !
We must end on a more sober note, however, for alas, our Cricket was debile. In the Knock-out we were strengthened by Ratcliffe from the 1st XI and Riddle from the Under 15, and Ratcliffe's century against Wentworth ensured 1st Round success. Our semi-final opponents, Welbeck, proved too strong despite excellently sustained bowling by Riddle. Next year, more practice and keenness are required.
Unfortunately we lose Green (Swimming Captain), Goddard, Darwin (Athletics Captain) and Ratcliffe (Soccer, Cricket, and House Captain) this summer, so renewed efforts will be required next year from everybody if we are to maintain our status.
Finally may we thank the neighbouring Houses (which again remain nameless) for the use of their cupboards throughout the year.
The overall picture this year has been one of failure in most departments. More careful scrutiny shows that it is the perseverance and guts of a few regular stalwarts to whom the credit must go for our few successes. It is unfortunate that the dead weight of the spineless members proved too much for the few to bear.
The Senior Knock-out Soccer team, though with ten members playing for School teams, was crushed by Welbeck in the semi-final to the tune of 7-1. The Senior Cricket Knock-out team, containing four 1st XI and one 2nd XI player, was humiliated by an Arundel team who required only twenty runs to win, which they did for the loss of two wickets.
The Senior League team, possessing no apparent talent, fought gamely to win most of its matches and it is only to be regretted that their fighting spirit was absent in the K.O. team. The Middle and Junior teams have enjoyed mixed success and it is hoped that the might of the House will be regenerated in the next few years.
Athletic and Standard Sports saw us finish in the middle of the table, thanks_ to the great effort of the few and the disinterest of the majority. In the Swimming Sports we finished third, thanks in no small measure to the efforts of B. R. Wood who broke two records. These sports proved to be the only department in which most members pulled their weight. The Water Polo team finished second in the League but in the K.O. were beaten 2-1 by Clumber in the semi-final.
Except for our aquatic successes the results over the year are disappointing and it is to be hoped that a few of the cups lost from our Cupboard this year will quickly return. We say goodbye to our House Captain, Hollingworth, and Vice-Captain Vickers, who have between them attempted to prevent the dying flame from expiring completely. To them, and to Mr. Layer, and all leavers we extend our thanks and best wishes for the future.
The last term of this year which has brought us such success in Soccer, Rugby, Cross Country and Fives, has been one of solid merit. In the Standard Sports we finished a good 3rd in the face of the athletic prowess of Arundel and Clumber, but we were placed 4th in the Athletic Sports. Congratulations must go to Gilbert, Findlay, Davison and Rowland; but with a little greater effort on the part of the Juniors we could have easily been third.
The standard of Cricket was not very high. Of the Middle and Junior sections the less said the better; but the Senior did finish 2nd in their league. It is in the sphere of Swimming that the great all-round effort has been made. Again Clumber were certain winners, but Lynwood finished with a lead of 128 points over the third house. We were placed in nearly every race and won the Junior Relay; Neilson receives hearty congratulations on becoming the Junior Champion. Under Findlay, the Swimming Captain, we have got what it needs for the future ! Parker, Davison, Horwood, Purdy, Emmett, Maxwell, Harrison and many others swam extremely well. If this effort, spread throughout the House, can be put into every sport, then the future will be very rosy indeed.
That we have done so well this year has been to a great extent due to the enthusiastic leadership of " Bob " Avis; his whole-hearted efforts for the House have been most inspiring. We thank him and wish him well. His successor will be J. A. Reaney.
There has been a noticeable improvement in the standard of achievement, allied to an increase in House spirit, particularly in the Senior Department. The Senior Soccer team finished third in the League, and the Senior Cricket team, having won all its games in the half-league, were narrowly beaten by one wicket in the final play-off against a very strong Welbeck side. Much of the credit for the closeness of this game must go to M. J. Sant who scored 50 not out and took 8 wickets. It is probable that poor captaincy lost the match for Sherwood.
The Middle School has on the whole had a less successful season. Football for this section was disappointing owing to the popularity of Rugby, and the Cricket team finished low in the league, winning only two of its games.
In the Junior School the prospect seems fairly bright (as it nearly always does to members of the Senior School). Apart from the successful Soccer team of last term, individual successes have been recorded by P. R. Whyman and G. G. Dodds in the Athletic and Swimming Sports, and Dodds has recently been swimming for the School team.
Of the boys who are leaving, the best wishes of the House go with them all, and we thank especially D. M. J. Allen, an efficient and enthusiastic Swimming Captain. Congratulations also to D. W. Searle who has gained the medal for the outstanding bowler of the School. Finally thanks are due to all members of the Staff who have helped the House during the year in various capacities : Mr. Hemming, House Master, Messrs. May and Vout, House Tutors. This has been Mr. Vout's first year with Sherwood and we hope it has been a happy one and that he will stay in the House for the one of two years necessary to see it rise to former glories.
The House has at last found its true metier—Cricket. This term our record is one of almost complete success, every major Cricket Trophy having been won, save only the junior League. Our tale of triumph is indeed most welcome for it is many years since we have been so successful and it is significant that quite a large part of the credit goes to Middle School players who will presumably be able to serve the House for a few seasons to come.
The first Trophy to be secured was the Middle School League where our team, led by such good players as Guite, Bows, Needham and Bell, carried all before them and set the tone for our future triumphs. In the final play-off of the Senior League our modest tail-end batsmen—notably Duke, Macleod, Knowles, Nicholson and McNaught, retrieved a seemingly impossible situation against Sherwood and secured an exciting victory with a wise mixture of caution and audacity.
Yet our greatest hour came in the Knock-out where, after beating Chatsworth and Clumber, we met Arundel in the Final. After a disastrous start Bows, a truly brilliant cricketer, came to our rescue with a magnificent 75 not out, and, together with MacLeod (34), added 74 for our last wicket. Arundel batted stoutly, but our approach and execution in the task of evicting our opponents was always confident and we won by 50 runs.
The Summer Term thus came to a highly successful end, and those who are leaving will, no doubt, take with them many memories. We wish all our leavers all success and happiness in their future careers and hope that the House will go on from success to success as the years go by.
The Summer Term was a very successful one for all sections of the House. The Water Polo team won the Knock-out, beating Clumber 2-1, thus ending a very satisfactory season in which we also won the League. The Cricket Knock-out was rather disappointing, for we were knocked out by Clumber (Ratcliffe) in the first round.
The Middle School were very successful in their Cricket League, coming second to Welbeck by whom they were beaten. This is a very promising team and should do well in the future.
The juniors showed an increase in enthusiasm and there are signs of talent evident. Throughout the House we have been well represented in School teams and have proved our academic worth also.
We are sorry to bid Mr. Ingham farewell, for he has inspired us with his example and his jokes for the past three years. We wish him all success at Trent College. We also say goodbye to Mr. Dickinson who is going to Loughborough College. Of the boys we would especially thank Horsefield for his fine leadership in Swimming, and all those who have supported him. We also congratulate Waterhouse on his Scholarship at Oxford, and Walker, who has been a most efficient and effective House Captain, on his Exhibition at London.
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