|VOL. XV.||SEPTEMBER 1959||No. 3|
|" STAND IN THE DOOR "||66|
|TOUR DE FRANCE||67|
|IN THE RAW LIGHT||72|
WE welcome seven new masters to the Staff this term : Mr. G. Y. Adam, from Bablake School, Coventry (French and German); Mr. P. Baldwin (Mathematics), from Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells; Mr. J. J. Head (Biology), from Cheltenham College; Mr. D. Rhodes (Geography), of St. Catherine's College, Cambridge; Mr. M. J. Pipes (Physics), of St. Peter's Hall, Oxford; Mr. D. C. Jinks (Handicraft). Mr. J. L. Langrish, of Manchester University, will join the Staff at half-term.
We have said farewell, with great regret, to Mr. Hersee, who has left for a post at Clifton College; Mr. Arthur, to Dunstable Grammar School; and Mr. Arculus, to Solihull School, Birmingham. Though of comparatively short duration, the contributions of all these members to many and various activities have been greatly appreciated and will be remembered with much thanks. Of still more recent vintage, Messrs. J. A. Bray, R. Shore, and P. M. Turner, leave with our good wishes and thanks for their good services which we should have been glad to retain for a much longer period.
It should have been noted in an earlier issue that the post of Head Prefect was filled, since the departure of M. B. Hill, by J. D. Cartwright, who thus completed a school career of exemplary merit and distinction.
Cartwright's latest accomplishment, that of organist, made a contribution to the Final Assembly of the summer term, at which the proceedings also included a flute solo by M. D. Linton, and a memorable rendering of the hippopotamus saga (glorious mud !) by M. E. Sara.
School Officers for 1959-60 are:
Head Prefect : M. J. Lodge.
Prefects : R. F. Laughton, C. J. Barnes, F. A. Dixon, P. N. Kenning, D. E. Rodgers, F. A. Smith, J. W. Thorpe.
Sub-Prefects : W. M. Abbott, B. Bennett, P. Benton, B. Cheetham, P. W. Cave, P. J. Dench, R. R. Kershaw, F. I. Parker, M. R. Pike, A. J. Revill, M. R. Robinson, A. A. Sampson, R. H. Smith, B. R. Sykes, G. R. Tranmer, A. R. Williams.
Captain of Soccer: F. A. Dixon.
Captain of Rugger : R. F. Laughton.
Captain of Swimming : M. Lewis.
Captain of Cross Country : D. C. Tomlinson.
Captain of Badminton : F. A. Dixon.
Captain of Chess : P. W. Cave.
Chief Librarian : C. J. Barnes.
Speech Day will be held on October 27th, When the prizes will be distributed by Sir Thomas Armstrong, F.R.C.M., Mus. Doc., Principal of the Royal Academy of Music.
The Dramatic Society is again preparing a Middle School event (Androcles and the Lion, by G. B. Shaw, by the Fourth Form, and Christopher Fry's The Boy with a Cart, by Second and Third Form) for November. The School Play, at the end of Easter Term, will be Twelfth Night.
Half-term holiday : October 30th-November 2nd.
Carol Service : Monday, December 14th, at 7.30, in the Cathedral.
Term Ends : December 17th. Lent Term begins : January 5th.
May 12th, 1959
IN addition to providing musical enjoyment for performers and audience alike, it might be said that one of the main purposes of a school concert was to familiarise the musically-minded with as many different styles as possible. The old type of school concert, which some of us remember all too well, rarely went back earlier than Beethoven; there would probably be a movement from a Beethoven symphony, but the chief work would probably be something of the later nineteenth century-a choral section from Wagner's Tannhauser perhaps. Today all that is changed music written between 1600 and 1750 has " come alive " and there has been a great re-appraisal of that written between 1750 and 1800, particularly of Mozart himself. The change is reflected in school concerts, and particularly in the one we heard on May 12th. What struck me most of all about this concert was that not only did the programme include music of all the main styles between 1600 and 1900, but those who took part showed real inwardness with each style as its turn came, and we were transported into the different worlds of the madrigal period, the Baroque, the classic and romantic periods, each becoming as alive as the others. This, I feel, is a great compliment to all concerned, and particularly to Mr. Barnes, to whose inculcating of the right stylistic knowledge it was, of course, ultimately due.
Perhaps I may add a plea herethat the use of piano support for the orchestral items be gradually withdrawn, except where the piano has a continuo function ? I feel that the School orchestra has now reached a standard where this could be done with improvement rather than detriment to the overall effect. Again, where piano is continuo, I feel a stage has been reached where the instrumental parts could be left free of doubling, and a genuine chordal continuo be provided, again with improvement to the overall effect. Unlike the organ and harpsichord, the piano is very obtrusive in an orchestra. But these are only suggestions, made in the full knowledge of the difficulties involved-particularly in obtaining reasonable continuo parts !
Having talked of style it is perhaps appropriate to mention the items in chronological order. The Madrigal Group has over the years acquired an excellent reputation, and they did not disappoint us on this occasion; some slightly flat singing by the trebles in " Sing we and chant it " had settled down by the time the second madrigal was reached, and the last two (" Sweet Suffolk Owl " and " When my old man ") were among the best things in the concert. That Caccini's " Amarilli " was disappointing was the fault of the arranger rather than the singers; the recitative-style melody did not always come over. Three members of the staff also contributed to the madrigalia, giving us Weelkes' " Ha, ha, this world doth passe "a necessary reminder that not all the music of this period is " serious "linked with both earlier (Cornysshe) and later (Purcell) vocal trios, the latter is a light-hearted essay in musical word-painting.
It was to Purcell, in fact, whose centenary falls this year, that the main Baroque contribution of the concert was dedicated. The chief item was the Masque in Dioclesian, the biggest concerted effort of the whole programme. Much work had obviously gone into this, but I felt that the chorus did not fully enter into the spirit of it; the tenors and basses in No. 8 did not sound as if they were making " room for the Great God of Wine ", nor did the tenors in No. 12 appear to be about to spend " all their days and their nights in delights ". And I personally would have liked more orchestral accompaniment "additional " parts and all; these are fully justified in order to bring in as many players as possible, and having once heard them in No. 1,1 would have welcomed them in, for instance, No. 3, accompanying the tenors and basses.
Other Purcell consisted of a highly " authentick " performance, as far as the strings were concerned, of the movements from the " Golden " Sonata. Again I felt that a simple chordal continuo would have added the final touch here. Of the two part songs, " In these delightful pleasant groves " was by far the best; the " Knotting Song " appeared to have been arranged from a solo and seemed rather top-heavy both in texture and performance.
The centenary of Handel is also celebrated this year, and of the Handel works we heard full-or almost full-marks must go to Thompson for his organ concerto; apart from a slight tendency to hurry this was a nicely controlled and again most " authentick " performance, showing a real knowledge of correct style and registration. Less satisfactory was the flute sonata; the instrument was consistently sharp, and not much was done to interpret a rather ordinary piece of music. The arrangements of operatic choruses formed a rousing conclusion to the concert, and showed the brass section to excellent effect. The chorus, too, seemed to like these better than Purcell.
The single representative of the classic period was a movement of a Mozart Horn Concerto. Here again the orchestra, having just played an early romantic and a Baroque work, adapted themselves perfectly to the Mozartean style, and the soloist, P. N. Kenning, showed remarkable technical ability on the most difficult and unreliable of all orchestral instruments. This was an achievement indeed, even for a school with a musical tradition.
Three items from the Romantic period completed this remarkably varied programme. Mr. Ralph Williams conducted three pieces for brass by little known composers. That a trombone trio, a horn trio, and a trumpet trio could all be found from the ranks of the orchestra shows what a high standard of brass playing exists; the trombones were indeed a little shaky, and an unintentionally funny effect must be partly blamed on the composer here; the three horns were steadier, and the three trumpets were brilliant in more senses than one. A pity, perhaps, that we could not have heard the whole lot together, as on some previous occasions.
The full orchestra seemed a little worried - understandably perhaps - by Weinberger's "Schwanda " with its rapid excursions of key; their real chance came with Meyerbeer's Grand March from " Le Prophete ", ideal music for a full school orchestra (a type of music, incidentally, which is all too difficult to find). This was really excellently played and gave an inspiring start to the concert.
A concert such as this tempts the critic to judge by professional standards-as I have to some extent done here. But, recalling the first K.E.S. concert I heard nearly ten years ago, I feel that the background to these concerts should always be remembered : a background not only of preparation for any given concert, but also of the gradual building up over the years of a tradition of knowledge about and enjoyment of music. We have to thank Mr. Barnes not only for these individual concertsnow an established part of the musical life of Sheffieldbut also for the establishment of such a tradition.
STAFF LEAVERS - JULY 1959
J. A. Bray, P. M. Turner, R. Shore;
P. D. Arculus, E. R. Wastnedge, B. C. Arthur, J. W. Hersee.
" THE best course you could go on ", they had said. " Wish we could take a refresher."
As I stood in the deserted training hangar at Abingdon I felt less assured. The apparatus appeared to have been designed for a giants' gymnasium, but at least there seemed to be plenty of mats. Apprehensive of the fortnight ahead, I withdraw slightly, casting a furtive look across the airfield towards the torpid, menacing Barrage Balloon.
There were thirty-three of us at first, six officers and twenty-seven cadets from various University corps; most of us were novices-and rather nervous. The fortnight was designed to train us in the drills and actions parachutists must carry out to become successful paratroopers. The emphasis all the time was on putting into practice exactly and only what we were to be taught by the instructors, thereby ensuring that avoidable injuries and incidents might be prevented. The speed needed to despatch men into action from aircraft and the need for them to arrive safely on the ground calls for teamwork of the highest degree coupled with absolute confidence by the individual that he can cope in the proper manner with all emergencies and save his fellows, his equipment and himself from injury while parachuting.
The course was strenuous. For eight hours each day we leaped from ramps, rolled upon the ground, and familiarised ourselves with the detailed aircraft drills to be practised in the various types of aircraft used by paratroops. As we became more adept at adopting the desired exit, parachuting, and landing positions, we progressed to more intricate training devices. The most fascinating of these was the fan exit trainer. Having scaled a near-perpendicular ladder at one end of the hangar, one found oneself on a narrow wooden platform thirty feet from the thickly matted floor below. At intervals were doorways set in the screens at the edge of the platform whence one simulated an exit from an aircraft. A rudimentary waist and shoulder harness was attached to a wire rope running about a windlass at one end of which was a three-bladed fan. One simply strapped oneself in and stepped off the platform into space, endeavouring to preserve the correct exit positions. For perhaps half the descent the fall was free, until the air resistance to the whirring fan operated as a powerful brake to the descent, resulting in a landing at approximately the speed of a parachute drop in good conditions. After the first terrifying leap all fear was forgotten and it became the most popular of the training devices.
A development of this existed outside, consisting of a tower eighty feet high with twin jibs enabling two men to jump simultaneously. By use of mechanical brakes the fall was delayed to permit the practice of flight techniques before the final drop and landing. Also outside was an exit trainer, some fifty feet high, whence one leapt into conditions designed to simulate the slipstream of aircraft. The harness on this was attached to a pulley wheel running freely along one hundred yards of slack wire. One proceeded along this at high speed, helplessly pitching and tossing like a drunken marionette, until reaching the lowest point of the wire and a welcome stop.
Our first " live " jump was scheduled for the Friday of the first week. Five a.m. saw a subdued body of helmeted enthusiasts parading upon the airfield beneath the swaying corpulence of the balloon. There was a heavy silence among those waiting; not even the regularity with which the canopies opened seemed to be much consolation. All at once I discover that I am in the next stick to jump. Check equipment ! For the twentieth time I pat my quick-release box, tighten my helmet straps, glance appealingly at my reserve parachute, and swallow hard. " Eight hundred feet. Five men jumping." The balloon car lurches off the ground at an unhappy angle, and we rise, slowly and silently. Only the despatcher is in the mood to relish the scenery. Suddenly we are there; the despatcher grins at me. " Come here, number one." My leaden feet scuff to the doorway. " Stand in the door." Instinctive reaction to the commands jerks my brain from its paralysis. " Go ! " There is a second's numbness as I fall, than an enormous pair of boots appears before my eyes. As I recognise them as my own, the opening parachute swings me gently back into the vertical. A quick glance above at the most beautiful sight in the world, then back to practise my flight techniques and to adopt a good parachuting position. All of a sudden I notice the ground moving up beneath me. Heels and knees together, elbows and chin in, wait for it, don't anticipate the ground, coming in backwards and to the right, thud ! roll over. I've done it !
The following day we jump through a hole in the floor of the balloon, in preparation for descents which may have to be made from the tail-boom of the Beverley aircraft. By Monday we are adjudged fit to jump in slow consecutive sticks of three from an aircraft. As number seven in the starboard stick I am first out in the second drop. As we approach the Dropping Zone, I can see below me the collapsed canopies of the first stick, their owners scurrying antwise to the instructors. We have lost our fear; there is merely the apprehension of the novel : what is the slipstream like? Red light on" Stand in the door." Green light on-the despatcher taps my shoulder and screams " Go " in my ear, and I am out, tossing crazily in the turbulent wake of four great engines. All at once it is over and I am in control, oscillating peacefully on my own, and gently drifting eight hundred feet above Oxfordshire.
The last two jumps are made with weapon containers, holding for our purposes ninety pounds of concrete. To our plaintive cries of " Flight, what happens if ... ? " comes the unchanging answer " Do just what you have been told to do and nothing can go wrong." It doesn't.
The last descent of the course is our star turn. Our diminished numbers are to execute a container drop in simultaneous seventeens, following a less advanced course which is to jump from the boom. The task of getting thirty-four laden men out of an aeroplane in some fifteen seconds is a difficult one. The end men of each stick are practically sprinting for the doorway, no mean feat with ninety pounds of concrete strapped to one leg, in an endeavour to get out in time to avoid overshooting the D.Z. and landing in the adjacent cabbage patch. We manage it. The earlier course tells us afterwards that it was a copybook drop. We smirk, and forget the bad moments we had when some fool seemed to be steering directly into our dangling containers.
The Wings Parade that afternoon is wholly informal but still unforgettable. Nearly a third of us have failed to complete the course because of the iron-baked ground. The rest of us experience a wonderful feeling of pride and relief. We eye the new boys in the Mess patronisingly-" Best course you could go on. Looking forward to our refresher."
A. J. PINION.
A SELECT few assembled at Victoria Station on Easter Monday and awaited the expedition's leaders. We embarked safely, no scarves or hot-water bottles being left on the platform. Southampton saw us making running repairs and searching for wire. So to the boat, where it was rumoured that our velocipedes had been dangled from the hook of a crane.
These fears were justified at a ghastly hour in Le Havre when the machines (some new, some rather older) were crashed on to French cobbles by a voluble crane-driver. Nostalgically we mused on British Railways, as horribly efficient porters weighed our machines.... In Paris we gathered up the wreckage and prepared for a nightmare introduction to riding on the wrong side of the cobbles. However, we drifted intact to Versailles (and the Americans). After a night in a deserted hostel (closed for repairs) we (some of us) had a good ride, others had punctures-thus to the Cathedral and cafes of Chartres (and the Germans).
The weather then became hot and scarves and hot-water bottles were temporarily discarded. Many experimented with odd French accents and constructions (je suis tout deja-copyright M. J. Sant) but one did no experimenting at all (get along with you, you old buzzard). Thus through Orleans (American but not New), Blois, Tours and the Chateaux (tu vois ces jeunes gens, ils font tout ca a bicyclette). Some showed signs of stamina, others did not.
So back to Chartres (and the Canadians), followed by a stormy ride to a Vernon shack (and the French) with a picturesque view of an Esso depot which quite upset our Jack of All Trades. Rouen (and the Australians) was found to have some vicious cobbles and an interesting hairpin aptly called La Grace de Dieu. The last day brought some aerobatics from one of our leaders and the shops at Dieppe were divested of patisseries. A tide change caused a late crossing and an intrepid ride through London mainly in the wrong traffic lanes. This taught us to ride on the wrong side of the road but did not get us to the station on time.
This tour is suitable for those with stamina, those who aspire to stamina, those without it and those who do not want it. We should like to thank Messrs. Arculus and Arthur for a very enjoyable and memorable holiday.
B. R. S.
We should like to make it clear that the cultural value of this tour is inestimable.
B. C. A., P. D. A.
THE only impressions which have been retained of our first evening are of staggering up endless flights of stairs and of equally endless struggling with recalcitrant blankets on cast iron beds, the idiosyncrasies of which we were later to learn but never to master, with the exception of a certain prefect called Linstead (who shall remain nameless).
On arrival at the Lycēe Michelet we ate our first French meal and then explored the building which had the capacity for losing people in its long corridors and turnings such as only a 17th century French building can have. The next day the Course itself began and after two hours of exercise pratiques under the guidance of a French tutor, M. Desseignet, director of the course, opened it officially. Lessons in which we did conversation practice, translations and explications de textes, were held each morning. These were followed by a lecture, in French, on French life or culture. Lunch was followed by organised visits to famous buildings and historical places. On such an occasion as this, a certain sub-prefect, Mr. Barnes (who shall also remain nameless), boarded a train for Versailles but in fact ended up in the centre of Paris. By doing so he unfortunately missed seeing a formidable member of the staff, in full regalia of black track-suit and pullover knotted round waist, silhouetted against the setting sun in the courtyard of the Chateau de Versailles-shades of Châteaubriand and Menton !
Conducted visits were paid to the Louvre, the Ile de la Cite, the Quarter Latin, Montmartre, and a whole-day coach trip was made to Chartres. Evenings were spent in a variety of ways; Mr. Barnes and Mr. Robinson played endless games of table tennis or concocted postcards for members of the staff, while Mr. Linstead slithered nonchalantly over the dance floor. A private trip was made to see the film Ivan the Terrible at a lurid [sic], oriental [sic], cinema [sic] where an abominable French cordial entitled Sic [sic] was on sale. On the 1st of April a fishy poisson d'avril champagne was served at dinner. One glass did little but the effects of four glasses on the nameless prefect were rather strange . . . and any threats to write this Magazine article sent him into further paroxysms of mirth.
It would be incorrect to assume that the entire course took place in an atmosphere of gay abandon. In the mornings at least a good deal of work was covered, to the great improvement of one's written and spoken French.
C. J. B., M. R. R.
The sea embraces the furthest horizons,
A shimmering expanse of mystery.
What can stem its wayward wrath.
When with angry surf and hissing froth,
It beats its violent rhythm on the shore,
And seems fit to beat for evermore ?
An angry face for depths serene,
Where rules the trident of Poseidon.
Here dwells Proteus, the old deceiver,
Whose face can ever change its features.
The playful Triton, Satyr of the sea,
Idles his time in gay debauchery,
Whilst Poseidon, master of them all,
Looks on with disapproving eye.
Then rests his eye on fairest Amphitrite,
Long his queen of all the oceans.
Her chariot is a many-coloured shell,
As round about the waters well.
Seldom has being so beautiful been seen,
As Amphitrite, Poseidon's queen.
He gazed, and smiled, and glorying said
" How much I love my kingdom and my wife."
Not often is a king possessor of
A queen like Amphitrite.
How different from his mighty brother,
Zeus, the Thunderer, no other,
Who, doubting much proud Hera's worth,
Makes frequent visits to the earth,
Whilst in his royal depths Poseidon
Laughs loud and long, in peace.
M. A. HALL.
The Essays, not surprisingly, were more difficult to judge than the Poems, and were consistently interesting. Roddis and J. G. Robinson shared the Senior Prize, Roddis with an attractively original essay on Signposts, Robinson making the most of the title " Good Form ". Among the Fourths and Fifths, the winner, D. H. Moore, on "Hero Worship ", was outstanding, and Thompson's work very commendable. Entries from the Fourth Form were disappointingly few, but R. Mingay wrote well.
We hoped for more poems from the Seniors than we received, and though Rodgers might have been expected to win, he did not communicate his theme wholly successfully. Quarrell's lightly satirical " Whitsun Ballad " showed discernment, and Benton's was the best of a thin entry. Among the generally interesting Middle School poems, Mattam's " The Otter " was convincingly observed, but rather lightweight compared with the winner, M. A. Hall's " The Sea ". The Junior poems all seemed perfunctory and hurried, and from a large and indifferent entry Hinsley's was selected.
The Senior Spoken English prize was won by Rodgers and was closely contested by Turney and Lodge, though Lodge seemed less effective than expected. M. A. Hall and Amos were the Middle and junior winners. The general standard in the Spoken English competition was praiseworthy and most of the finalists gave very pleasing performances.
P. D. C. P.
There were only four entries for the Essay competition, but these showed sound understanding of the subjects chosen and of effective means of expressing them. J. W. Bows 3(1), was first with " Roman Houses "; P. N. Bell, 3(1), second with " The Olympic Games in Greece ". M. A. Hall, 3(1), was commended for the " The Greek Gods ".
In each of the Reading competitions several rounds were held, in which valuable practice was gained by all. In the Finals, at which Mr. A. O. Hulton of Sheffield University kindly acted as judge, the Senior Latin and Greek competitions were won by D. H. Moore, 5MS, and the Junior Latin by M. A. Hall, 3(1).
The Essay competition produced some most interesting entries from the juniors, while the Seniors, apparently weary of books, ink and paper, produced none. The junior entries were strikingly fresh and vivacious; general presentation and use of photographs, sketches and maps, was delightful. Appropriately, " The French Wine Industry " evoked the most sparkling efforts, those of J. Cawthorne, M. A. Hall and P. N. Bell. These young men may now be confidently trusted to deal with any wine waiter.
It is tempting, but fatal, to treat a 2,000-word essay as if it were a chunk of textbook, duly condensed. The result is an indigestible mass of facts and figures, without form or style. H. R. Morrison's essay on " Provence " unhappily did not escape these temptations, which were skilfully avoided by P. S. Mattam's essay on " Normandy ", at the cost of some thinness of material, but with pleasant presentation and graceful English.
Entries for the Reading competitions, both Senior and junior, were as large as usual; reading was of good standard, but selection of winners was not unduly difficult, since a high proportion of total marks was naturally allotted to accuracy of pronunciation. The poem in both competitions was better, whereas the longer prose passage gave more opportunity for error and faulty intonation. M. J. Grundmann gave a very competent performance in the Junior competition, with P. R. Whyman close behind. In the Senior competition, J. F. Billington gave an excellent performance, with authentically French intonation, M. J. Lodge being a close runner-up.
The Essay competition repeated the pattern of the French one; no entries from our weary Seniors, excellent efforts by the Juniors. The versatile P. N. Bell's essay on " Madrid ", vivid and beautifully illustrated, gave me some nostalgic moments. Bell's colleague, ubiquitous M. A. Hall, from the depths of his knowledge of Roman antiquity, produced an admirable essay-" Glimpses of Three of the Gems of Spain "-a racy title which, alas, did not figure among the prescribed subjects.
Entries for the Reading were comparatively few but competitors had taken obvious pains in preparation. J. R. Bagshaw was the best of the juniors, K. Baxby's reading being spoiled by nervous haste. Of the Seniors, R. J. Thompson, clear and accurate. read very well. J. B. Readman, less careful in pronunciation, was also unfortunate in continuing the style of delivery, apt for a declamatory monologue in a large hall, which he employed so successfully at Speech Day. His passages were this time of a very different type, and performed in a classroom.
E. V. B.
The Junior German Essay competition produced a number of entries and a wide choice of subjects mainly from the fields of painting and architecture. The prize was awarded to S. A. Morant for his account of the life and work of Albrecht Durer, which showed an understanding not only of the painter himself but of the background of his times. Other competitors were courageous in tackling quite formidable tasks such as an interpretation of the work of Paul Klee, or a re-explanation of Durer's engraving "Melancholia". For the first time for many years there were no entries for the Senior Essay.
The Reading competitions were judged again by Professor W. F. Mainland and Mrs. H. D. Deas. The Junior prize was won by P. Johnson for his reading of " Mein Kind, wir waren Kinder ", by Heine, and a passage from " Hānsel and Gretel " by Grimm. The Senior prize was won by C. J. Barnes for his renderings of " Belsazer " by Heine and an extract from T. Mann's " Tonio Krōger ". As always in this competition, the candidate whose pronunciation was meticulous in detail immediately, gained a useful lead. This year the judges again commented on the refreshing individuality of the different renderings they heard.
There were no entries from the Upper School, which was very disappointing in view of the high quality of the entries of last year. For the junior competition, four boys submitted entries and the prize has been awarded to G. R. Mettam, 2(2), for an account of " Life on Other Worlds." In this he described the structure of the Solar System, and discussed in considerable detail the possibilities of existence of life outside the Earth. This was done in a refreshingly critical manner, and it was obvious that considerable thought had been given to the various conditions which would determine the survival of living material. Another interesting essay was that from W. B. Amos, 2(2), who dealt with the development of the cinematograph and with some of the techniques of filming.
The object of this competition is to encourage boys to make a thorough study of some scientific topic and to write about it in a critical manner. It is not sufficient to present a mass of detail gathered from a mass of textbooks. The result of this may be an admirable summary of something which is terribly complicated, but that is not the objective of the competition. Therefore, although one must marvel at the enormous amount of work done by M. A. Hall on " The Rarer Non-radio-active Elements, and by M. Worrall on " Spectroscopics," it must be pointed out that it is not sufficient to be erudite. Future competitors must be careful to choose topics which are both interesting and controversial.
G. M., W. K. M.
Entries were again quite numerous; only in the Junior Singing was a little prodding necessary. Particularly encouraging was the entry of twelve for the junior Orchestral prize. The choice of music was wide and generally appropriate; Junior pianists and some orchestral players are recommended to seek out pieces written specifically for their instruments rather than arrangements from other media. The standard of performance was high and, except in a few cases, there was evidence of careful preparation. The preliminary rounds were judged by Mr. Barnes with the help of Messrs. Hersee, Wightman, and Wilcock, and those who survived this were finally heard by Dr. Linstead.
The Senior Orchestral prize went to M. D. Linton (flute), playing his own arrangement of the first movement of Ravel's Piano Sonatina. Quite apart from an excellent and sensitive performance, it was laudable first to have perceived that this would make good flute music, and then to have apportioned the work so skilfully between flute and piano. His rival in this final (and the choice was difficult) was P. N. Kenning with a fine performance of Rachmaninov's " Romance No. 2 " for French Horn.
The Senior Piano resolved itself into a duel between C. J. Barnes with Sibelius's " Romance in D flat ", and R. J. Thompson with York Bowen's " Romp." In the final event the prize went to the former. Two organists appeared in this section; R. D. Gillespie's Bach Prelude and Fugue earned him a place in the final.
The Junior Orchestral was won by R. D. Gillespie ('cello) for a spirited if not note-perfect playing of a Sonata movement by Breval; S. A. Morant (violin) was a close runner-up. Two trumpeters achieved the final, and other instruments represented were the French Horn (Hardcastle) and Oboe (Tierney). Especially noteworthy was the appearance of J. G. Skidmore in the final after less than three terms of violin-class tuition.
Junior pianists produced a variety of pieces and played them well, though not all seemed to get behind the notes to feel their piece as music. C. M. Dolan's stylish Mozart movement won the day, while among other good performances D. W. Williams's playing of Schumann's " The Horseman " was perhaps the best.
The Singing competitions were in some ways disappointing. The choice of piece was often not good, and one wonders why boys with good voices do not look around for good songs, which are available in plenty. Those chosen often did not suit the range of voice or gave little scope to the singer. We shall hope to post a list of suitable songs in future, in the hope that this aspect will improve. The Senior prize went to K. Rice with Schubert's " Standchen ", the Junior to S. A. Morant with Handel's " How Beautiful are the Feet." Strong Junior entries were R. J. Holder, and J. G. Skidmore who sang Boyce's "Tell Me Gentle Shepherd" -a fine choice, well prepared.
For some years the time involved in these competitions has precluded a test in sight-reading, which is a desirable accomplishment. Perhaps in the future a further " Musicianship " prize may be possible, to include this and such things as harmonizing a melody at sight, transposition, score-reading and improvisation.
Seven entries were received for the Composition ; they included two settings of the Communion Service (P. Johnson and M. Hill), piano pieces by Dolan, Beasley and Knighton, and a String Quartet movement by Crookes. A disappointment is the absence of entries from the Fifth and Sixth forms. It is well known that these competitions take place annually and, busy as our senior composers are, they yet have the whole year in which to court the Muse. The prize was awarded to M. Hill. Mr. Roger Bullivant was the adjudicator.
N. J. B.
The Middle School entries were the most outstanding as a whole, for there was a general high standard of workmanship and finish in the sea-scapes, and the number of entries compared favourably with previous years.
It was to be regretted that, in the Junior Class, there were not more entries; this may be partly due to boys not realising that the competition is open to all, whether or not they are attending Art lessons at the time.
Entries in the Senior Class were also too sparse, the work of a small number of specialists in the subject. Whilst the set subjects call for considerable realisation and handling, a wider entry from non-specialists would meet a sympathetic reception. The gory and dramatic subject " The Blinding of Sampson " was given a variety of convincing interpretations.
There is also too small and too narrow an entry for the Open Competition in Design. This year one brave Third Form entry competed with the specialists. Other boys please copy.
The exhibition of these works was open to the School during lunch hours, and was seen by many boys. It is to be hoped that the interest shown will result in a wider practice, as well as appreciation, of art.
AWARDS : Junior, N. Jenkins. Middle School, D. F. Butterell. Senior, D. E. Rodgers. Open Design, D. E. Rodgers.
The competitions were outstanding for the quality of the entries but disappointing in the number of works submitted. The ever popular model section produced some excellent work with an exceptionally high standard of craftsmanship, particularly in the model aircraft. It was pleasing to note that more attention had been paid to detail this year and that the surface finish was much improved; the judge had great difficulty in making a final decision.
However, it is felt that more variety of entries is needed to make this competition really interesting and worthwhile, and the senior boys could surely make a better response next time, with some efforts in the cabinet-making section.
As always it is the quality of the craftsmanship achieved, not the quantity produced, that is the essential factor. Next year's competition will be judged at Whitsuntide and now is the time to begin work on your projects.
AWARDS : Model, (S) P. Bradley and R. D. Walley ; (J) R. J. Wheatley. Craftwork, (S) R. Carroll ; (J) G. Hall.
A. W. S.
IN the Summer Term 1,550 books were circulated from the Library. There are now about 8,000 books in the Library, and problems of shelf-space threatened to become severe, had we not once more been assisted by the Sheffield Royal Grammar School Trust Fund, whose gift of two additional book-stacks has eased matters for the time being. A year ago, for the benefit of Old Boys, a list of missing books up to July, 1956, was published in the Magazine. One of the titles mentioned, Hereward the Wake, has now been restored to us, and in the hope that their informal and dilatory borrowers will feel reminded to return them, the following list of losses for the year ending July, 1957, is published
Evans, The Observer's Book of British Geology; W. G. Kendrew, Climatology; C. R. Fay, English Economic History mainly since 1700; T. B. Macaulay, England in 1685; J. Morley, Walpole; A. Toynbee, The World and the West; A. S. Turberville, The Spanish Inquisition; H. St. L. B. Moss, The Birth of the Middle Ages; G. Elton, England Arise !; Church and Brodribb, Tacitus' Agricola and Germania; L. D. Stamp, The British Isles; S. B. Trend, The Civilisation of Spain; Leach and Stiles, Respiration in Plants; J. Harvey, The Gothic World; J. B. Wolf, The Emergence of the Great Powers; T. S. Ashton, The Industrial Revolution 1760-1830; J. Buchan, Midwinter.
1957 was our worst year to date for book losses and most of them occurred in the Faster Term. It may be presumed that the books listed above are now in the private libraries of ex-pupils of the school. We should like to have them returned to us, please.
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from : I. Andrews, J. D. Cartwright, J. S. Foster, P. J. Goulden, A. E. Lewin, J. R. Milner, P. F. W. Preece, M. R. Robinson, R. W. Waterhouse, P. G. Wells, D. R. Williams, J. Womersley, O. Woodhouse, The School Prefects.
THE two usual events of the Summer Term, the Concert and the Competitions, are reported elsewhere, and little need be said here except that both were up to the standard we have come to expect. Many thought the Concert " the best ever ";
certainly all singers and players are to be heartily congratulated on their efforts.
After the Concert enthusiasm did not wane, in spite of the prior claims of examinations and of some un-english weather. A goodly proportion of the Orchestra continued to meet to read a dozen or so assorted pieces, and an instrumental group from the first and second years met on their own initiative on Wednesdays under the baton of D. W. Williams.
Happily we have not this year to say farewell to as many musicians as usual. Among definite leavers we shall miss Cartwright (violist, pianist and organist), Linton (flautist, singer, pianist and composer), B. Hibbert (clarinet) and Sara, Lewin, J. A. Hague, and I. Hogg, who have given long vocal service. We shall also very much miss Mr. Hersee, whose work among the tenors of Choir and Madrigal Group has been most valuable. We wish them continued and happy music-making wherever they may go.
N. J. B.
The raw light of dawn on the numbed brain,
Tightened nerves, isolated thoughts, strained
And froze experience like water on a window pane.
Keen, analytical, pitched to crystalline awareness,
Mind discarded the warm emotion,
And, hard as light, grasped life's essential bareness.
Unmoved by fear's icy needles, viewed the sin.
Cold, impersonal, like a surgeon,
Saw the essence of being, stripped and wriggling on a pin.
In the garden sensed decay of sodden vegetation,
Rotting cells ... futile existence ...
Yet saw death give life and warm pulse of creation.
The tension ceased and slackened eyestrings taut.
Eyes unfroze, let loose emotion
In narrow icy passages so sudden caught.
Incisive bitterness, he, human, cast aside,
Unravelling chaos of his mind
With sickening realisation of his pride.
Freed from cynical, diamond-hard thought,
He, weeping, knelt,
And through life, not reason, his Creator sought.
I caught up some shreds of civilisation
And rolled them up in the palm of my hand;
I probed in the rags for a sign of salvation,
And found, in a grain of sand,
Three rusty crowns from an Eastern land.
Three broken Kings came from the world's grain
In the time of drought;
One came from hate and one from greed
And one from doubt.
" Here sit we;
Here lie we without breath,
Waiting for a new birth or a new death."
The Kings were broken, wizened and old,
The Kings were wan and cold.
Here is the Myrrh of pain, said one;
Here are Incense and Gold.
"Here lie we;
Here sit we without worth,
Waiting for a new death or a new birth."
D. E. RODGERS.
MEMBERS now number 21. Recently enrolled are Edwin L. Turnbull, C.B.E. (b. 25/1/88), 7 De Vere Cottages, London W.8; and Rev. Peveril H. Turnbull, M.A. (b. 22/3/89), Melton Vicarage, Woodbridge, Suffolk [Reverend Peveril Hayes Turnbull]. These are brothers of H. W. Turnbull, F.R.S., who is already a member.
Rev. Charles J. Gilmore, M.A. (b. 24/8/75), 18 York Avenue, Hove, Sussex; and as an Hon. Member, his son, Rev. C. J. F. Gilmore (b. 9/12/08), K.E.S. 1917-27 and S.R.G.S. Foundation Scholar.
Deaths : Albert E. Archer, Port Elizabeth, S. Africa, on January 31st, 1958; Rev. W. A. B. Clementson, Horam, Sussex, on February 25th, 1959. The latter was a son of a former Vicar of St. Thomas, Crookes, and Vicar of Horam for 25 years; he died at Hastings, aged 77.
H. W. M.
IT is with pleasure that we can report that at last a branch of the O.E.A. has been formed at Cambridge, duly registered in accordance with both Association and University regulations. Dr. J. P. Kenyon of Christ's College has consented to become our Senior Treasurer, and the President for the Academic Year 1958-9 Was R. Butler of Trinity Hall. All communications and correspondence may be addressed initially to the Secretary, A. J. Pinion of Jesus College. Best wishes for the future are offered to those O. E.'s who have now left Cambridge, and a sincere welcome is extended to all freshmen.
A. J. P.
Final Honour School of Mathematics : Class II : J. W. THOMPSON. Class III : B. S. BEEVERS, E. M. SPIR.
Final Honour School of Natural Science, Physics : Class III : J. P. M. CLINTON. Chemistry, Part II : Class III : D. S. TAYLOR, N. H. TAYLOR. Animal Physiology : Class II : G. HUMPHRIES. Class III : D. T. PROTHEROE.
Final Honour School of jurisprudence : Class III : R. THOMPSON.
Honours School of Modern Languages : Class I : P. T. HOLGATE. Class III : T. G. COOK.
Final Honours School of English Language and Literature Class II : E. M. THOMAS. Class III : J. H. NOWILL.
Final Honour School of Modern History : Class II D. M. DOWNES.
Literae Humaniores : Class III : W. D. COUSIN, M. A. SHARPE.
Mathematical Moderations : Class I : R. MCLEOD. Class II : J. A. ANDERSON.
Mechanical Science, Part II, Honours : A. E. HANWELL.
Physics, Part II : Class II, Div. 2 : R. CLARKE.
Mathematics, Part III, Honours : F. R. DRAKE.
Classics, Part I : Class I : D. A. HARDY, A. M. SUGGATE. Class II, Div. 1 : D. P. ALLEN. Part II : Class III J. K. FERGUSON.
Moral Sciences, Part II : Class II, Div. 1 : R. BUTLER.
Modern and Mediaeval Languages, Part II : Class II, Div. 1 : J. M. JACKSON. Class III : F. G. NEWSUM. Part I : French and Spanish, Class II, Div. 1 : J. H. BATES. French and Russian : Class II, Div. 2 A. D. P. BRIGGS.
History, Part I : Class II, Div. 1 : G. S. ECCLESTONE. Part II : Class II, Div. 1 : P. LEE.
English, Part II : Class II, Div. 2 : N. G. WELLINGS.
Theological Tripos, Part II : Class I : I. H. JONES.
The short but high-powered summer programme rounded off a very successful year. The scholarly cynicism of our chairman, J. G. Robinson, with his claim that Monarchy and Democracy are incompatible, roused the patriots and sterner realists in our midst to a pitch of discussion which will long remain unequalled. . . . P. J. Goulden, returned from the U.S. with a fund of experiences, entertained us with a series of humorous and informative anecdotes. At the C.E.W.C. meeting, attended by a highly select group from the school, Mr. Alec Dixon impressed by his original and vigorous approach to the perennial problem of aid to under-developed countries. During the year we managed to lure an occasional scientist to our meetings. We hope many others will follow suit....
The President would like to congratulate M. A. J. Williams on being a most enthusiastic and efficient secretary throughout the year. The Society wishes him well when he takes up his Geography award at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
Owing to the numerous examinations this term, only one meeting was held, which was, as customary, a Mock Trial. M. Hill was tried before Judge Gunson for witchcraft. Much circumstantial and false evidence was produced but, despite the entreaties of Mr. Harston, Mr. Cunningham moved the jury to acquit the accused.
At a Mock Trial, the society's secretary, Shardlow, was accused of neglecting his duties and of bringing the society into disrepute. The case for the prosecution was ably put by Sarginson. The defence based its argument on the natural human preference for playing cricket instead of attending committee meetings. However, the jury found the accused guilty and he was sentenced to be stripped of all his offices in the Society. The prisoner appeared delighted.
On May 2nd members went by coach to the Soke of Peterborough and Northamptonshire and visited Burghley House, Kirby Hall, and Rockingham Castle. It was generally felt that what was shown to us amply repaid the long journey. On June 13th a party visited York, dividing its time between the Minster and the various museums. Both excursions were well supported. The Society's thanks are due to all who have helped in and contributed to its activities this year, in particular to members of staff and to J. A. Cunningham, the secretary. We are greatly in debt to M. R. Edwards for the striking posters he produced for our meetings.
On April 29th B. B. Cruickshank gave a display of stamps and covers of Great Britain, which were colourful and nicely mounted. Other meetings could have been arranged, but it is felt that during a Summer Term meetings should be restricted to a minimum.
At the two meetings of the Summer Term, Mr. Johnston has spoken on " The Universe and the Creation ", and a film, " Hidden Treasures " (open to all) has been shown. Extensive work, to continue next year, has been done on our telescope. The officers have been re-elected; we thank all who have made our first year successful.
Several meetings have been held, including a chuck-glider contest, won by D. Goodwin, and a control-line combat contest, the final heat of which ended in a spectacular mid-air collision between the models of D. Goodwin and J. S. Pressley. An encouraging factor of both contests has been the large number of junior members entering. On May 3rd, about a dozen members attended the Stockport Advertiser Rally at A. V. Roe's aerodrome at Woodford, Cheshire, where three members entered the free flight power event. Incidentally, we would like to see more interest in free-flight flying from the junior members of the club. We also wish to thank Mr. Bridgwater for his patient supervision at the meetings this term.
EVIDENTLY Scouting retains its popularity as a school activity, for numbers have again risen; we have 150 Scouts and Scouters this year. We are unfortunately losing two Scouters who have given very valuable service to the Group. Mr. Johnstone has been in charge of " C " Troop for six years and Mr. Hersee in charge of " B " Troop for five. We are greatly in their debt for the work they have done and for their unstinted energy and enthusiasm. We wish them both well in the future. We are very glad to welcome Dr. G. Jameson as S.M. of " C " Troop and Mr. Points's assistance with " A " Troop Seniors.
Full activities have been maintained this year; the standard of badge work has been very good and all Troops are to be congratulated on it. Bob-a-Job efforts C110 9s. 6d., and we received the personal thanks of the Local Association's treasurer. Obviously the Scouts went to work with a will. All Troops camped at Whitsun and will be camping in the summer.
A very successful dance was held at the end of the Lent Term. At the St. George's Day parade there was a good turn-out; we had 100 on parade in Sheffield, and two Queen's Scouts, R. F. Laughton and F. A. Smith, together with Rover-mate B. Parker, at Windsor.
We were sorry to hear Mr. Gaskin's announcement of his retirement from active scouting and would like to record our thanks to him for his continued interest and support through Group Council and Group Committee. We are also very grateful to him for giving the Group his extensive library of books on scouting.
Our Group Treasurer, Mr. J. A. Bray, is leaving us and we should like to thank him for his work in dealing with the Group's finances. We welcome in his place Mr. A. Jackson. We are very glad to have his support in this way. Finally our thanks are due to all members of staff and parents who have helped the Scouts in any way, and in particular to those serving on the Parents Committees and the Group Committee.
T. G. C. (G.S.M.)
As "A" Troop stands on the threshold of summer camp, it glances back to a year of sustained effort and marked enthusiasm. The extensive programme triggered off sustained effort and the gradual build-up of Troop strength during the year, and the training activities, tell of marked enthusiasm. There were black spots as well, notably the Christmas party, which did not " draw "; and camping has not been so " popular." The highlights of the year include the creation of a fifth Patrol, the Skuas, the selection of two Senior Scouts to attend St. George's Day parade at Windsor, and the recommencement of the Troop Log. During the year, too, Scout Cords were awarded to three Patrol Leaders and " Burf " Cook. In lighter vein, the poetic medium 1,-.7 emerged and flowered among the Patrols although some of the verse suffered unfortunately from blight.
Whitsun Camp was at Walesby Forest, where only the Walesby part remains; even so, our site was sufficiently wooded as well as pleasantly secluded. The sun was generous, the food plentiful. Two hundred and fifty acres of grassland was suited to wide-games, and on one occasion a keenly contested conflict developed around the Chapel.
During the first two weeks of the summer holidays the Troop is camping at Little Langdale in the Lakes. The programme, varied and full, will take account of the delights of mountain scenery and the scent of woodsmoke. We say farewell to some of " A " Troop Seniors and welcome two A.S.Ms., Howard Simpson and Ronald Treeby.
Activities have been somewhat subdued owing to the proximity of examinations. Relief was sought at a Whitsuntide camp near Grassington, in Wharfedale, at which we welcomed James (Big Thump) Daglish. In the usual Senior style, the camp was suggested and all details completed in the weekend prior to the holiday; the enthusiastic co-operation of " our Len " in the choosing of the site is gratefully acknowledged. The generous support of the parents completed the final stage in camp transport arrangements. The site, food, and weather were good-what else is there to say ?
Very little training has been done this year, understandably since the section consists of six Queen's Scouts; nevertheless the Seniors have been prominent in Sheffield Scouting-they provided half the city's contingent to a reception at Gilwell, two more were selected to represent the Local Association at Windsor, and others appeared on the same occasion in various capacities in Sheffield's parade at the City Hall. In the Den, which is now looking civilised, regular Friday night meetings have been held during the year.
This term we have recruited two new members, and although the Troop is smaller now than it has been for some time, a high standard of qualification exists, with over three-quarters of the Troop First Class. Several proficiency badges have been gained; in particular a large number of Fire Fighter badges.
Whit. Camp at Newstead was an excellent camp, and Newstead provided its usual good weather. It poured on the day out, but most people managed to dry off in cinemas. A wide game with the Rovers was a great success, despite the fact that the two sides were playing to different rules. For Summer Camp the Troop is off to Megavissey in Cornwall, under David Elliott, and we hope that this camp will prove as successful as the last one on that site.
The Seniors are off to the Loire Valley on what we hope will be only the first of regular bi-annual visits. Two Seniors are almost Queen's Scouts and we hope to see more Queen's Scouts in the Troop soon.
As I finish my turn of duty with the Troop I would like to thank everyone who has helped me over the last five years, and all the members of the Troop for all the fun I have had. I wish the Troop success in the future and am confident that it will continue to thrive and give Scouting to many more members of K.E.S.
J. W. H.
The first notable event of the term was the record-breaking Bob-a-Job total of Paul Solway who just topped Adrian's almost legendary achievement of four or five years ago. Then, before we knew where we were, Whit. Camp was upon us. Under the able command of A. M. Guenault of the Mond Laboratories, Cambridge, the Troop enjoyed a week at Buxton's district camp site finely situated amid the moors. The Wolf Patrol under P/L. Solway won the keenly contested camp cucumber, but the standard of camping all round was commendably high. Lud's Church and the wild wallabies (which nobody believed in until they were actually seen) were memorable features of the camp.
During the remainder of the term activities ranged from hearing (if not understanding) a Dylan Thomas story, an ingenious game involving nothing but a matchbox, a thrilling saga in the Fox House country (" The Druids of Langshak ") which misfired when an injured sheep had to be attended to, and a final " round " when immense quantities of fizzy beverages had to be consumed. First Class badges have been gained by Eddie Haslam, Peter Grimsditch, Ian Barrow, David Mingay, Paul Robinson and Graham Eggington, just to prove that we do not neglect the more technical side of Scouting.
The Seniors have met less frequently, owing to the impending examinations, but ran their own Whitsun Camp on a pleasant site, continually humming with activity. Others of them gave valuable help on the staff at the Troop's Whit. Camp. This summer some are canoeing down the Wye and others hiking in the South. The Seniors remain, in fact, a healthy bunch of individualists united by their loyalty to " C " Troop and the distinctive ethos of Scouting.
The term is of farewells, alas. Barry Redfearn, for so long an explosive member of the Troop, the boy who had nine lives and was never without a smart answer, has gained his Queen's Scout badge and left for Hove. Queen's Scout Martin Williams leaves us for Cambridge, but will no doubt be seen from time to time in the future. Colin Hague, whose loyalty to the Bulldog Patrol and the Troop will be sorely missed, leaves us for Sutton Coldfield. Two pillars of strength who have done incalculable good for both Seniors and Troop by their unstinted work and examples, " Clive " and " Twib ", leave school too-though again we trust they will not sever their contact with the Troop entirely. A.S.M. D. T. Crisp, whose researches at Durham will soon be crowned with a Doctorate, we trust, finally relinquishes his warrant after probably more years of faithful service to the Troop than any other person-except perhaps those legendary figures lost in the misty smoke of immemorial camp-fires past, " The Founder " and " Nev." The present holder of the S.M's warrant also slips from the scene, in many ways with real regret, yet content that the Troop will continue with sound leadership in the present P/L's, in whoever will be the new T/L's, and in the new S.M. To all these we of the morituri wish " Good Scouting ! "
O. R. J.
PRELIMINARY stages at the end of the Faster Term were held as usual. As work on the new Tennis courts at school was already well under way the 120 Yards Hurdles had to be cancelled, and the Intermediate Hurdles were concluded at Whiteley Woods before Sports Day. In all fifteen events were concluded; Linton ran a very good Half-mile and was within 2 seconds of the record; Bennett likewise was only 1 second outside the Under 16 Quarter -mile record.
Performance in field events on the other hand was far below the standard of previous years, and it was obvious that very little individual training had been done.
Weather conditions on Sports Day were very good. An excellent start to the programme was made by Crowson who equalled the record for the 220 Yards. This record of 22.2 seconds has existed since 1912. In the Quarter-mile, Linton again was only a half-second outside the record; as were Bennett in the Under 16 100 Yards and Crowson in the Open 100 Yards. Only one new record was set up; this was by Arundel in the First and Second Year Relay.
We offer our heartiest thanks to the Lady Mayoress (Mrs. J. W. Holland) for presenting the Trophies, and to all officials and helpers for assisting so ably.
E. J. G.
100 Yards : 1st, M. H. Crowson (11.0 secs.); 2nd, A. D. Waller.
220 Yards : 1st, M. H. Crowson (22.2 secs.) ; 2nd, B. Bennett.
Quarter Mile : 1st, M. D. Linton (56.1 secs.); 2nd, J. M. Ellis.
Half Mile : 1st, M. D. Linton (2 min. 14 secs.) ; 2nd, F. 1. Parker.
Mile 1st, D. J. H. Sheasby (5 mine. 2.2 secs.) ; 2nd, G. B. Cash.
Long Jump; 1st, R. J. Nosowski (19 ft. 5 in.) ; 2nd, B. D. Needham.
High Jump : 1st, R. J. Nosowski (5 ft. 1 in.) ; 2nd, D. J. Nell.
Javelin : 1st, F. A. Dixon (132 ft. 8 in.) ; 2nd, B. A. Wilkes.
Discus (3 lb. 5 oz.) : 1st, J. H. Sharpe (107 ft. 51 in.) ; 2nd, R. R. Kershaw.
Weight (12 lb.) : 1st, I. R. Parker (34 ft. 3 in.) ; 2nd, J. H. Sharpe.
Half Mile Handicap : 1st, J. M. Ellis, 2nd, M. J. Kingman.
100 Yards : 1st, B. Bennett (11.0 secs.) ; 2nd, R. A. Rowbotham.
Quarter Mile : 1st, B. Bennett (59 secs.); 2nd, F. I. Parker.
Javelin (7 ft. 6i in.) : 1st, B. Cheetham (126 ft.); 2nd, J. R. Cockayne.
Discus (3 lb. 5 oz.) : 1st, R. A. Rowbotham (106 ft. 3 in.) : 2nd, R. J. Nosowski.
Weight (10 lb.) : 1st, C. J. Ball (36 ft. 9 in.); 2nd, N. R. V. Edmonds.
100 Yards : 1st, P. R. Whyman (11.8 secs.); 2nd, P. Tingle.
220 Yards : 1st, P. R. Whyman (24 secs.); 2nd, P. Tingle.
Quarter Mile : 1st, C. J. Riley (65. 2 secs.); 2nd, M. Bond.
Half Mile : 1st, R. J. Britton (2 nuns. 29.2 secs.); 2nd, C. T. Batty.
75 Yards Hurdles (2 ft. 9 in.) : 1st, R. J. Britton (12.7 secs.); 2nd, B. B. Cruickshank.
High Jump : 1st, P. H. Betts (4 ft. 44 in); 2nd, D. H. Baldwin.
Long Jump : 1st, P. R. Whyman (16 ft. 1 in.); 2nd, B. W. Argent.
Javelin (Youths') : 1st, G. G. Dodds (123 ft. 8 in.); 2nd, D. Hebden.
Discus (2 lb. 31 oz.) : 1st, B. G. Stringer (114 ft. 2 in.); 2nd, R. J. Wheatley.
Weight (8 lb. 13 oz.) : 1st, B. G. Stringer (36 ft. 91 in.); 2nd, M. A. Hall.
100 Yards : 1st, J. K. Baker (12.8 secs.); 2nd, P. A. Hardcastle.
220 Yards : 1st, J. K. Baker (26.6 secs.); 2nd, P. A. Hardcastle.
High Jump : 1st, J. K. Baker (4 ft. 5 in.); 2nd, J. Cawthorne.
Long Jump ; 1st, J. K. Baker (14 ft. 11 in.); 2nd, P. A. Hardcastle.
Cricket Ball : 1st, J. K. Baker (173 ft. 10 in.); 2nd, S. S. Housley.
80 Yards : 1st, D. L. Sleigh (10.5 secs.); 2nd, J. Chambers.
150 Yards : 1st, D. L. Sleigh (18.8 secs.), 2nd. J. Chambers.
High jump : 1st, J. H. Nixon (3 ft. 9 in.); 2nd, D. L. Sleigh.
Long Jump : 1st, D. L. Sleigh (13 ft. 0.5 in.); 2nd, J. H. Nixon.
lst-2nd years (4 x 100 yards) : 1st, Arundel (54.2 secs.).
3rd-4th years : 1st, Sherwood (2 min. 30.2 secs.).
5th-above : 1st, Lynwood (3 min. 37.9 secs.).
SENIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : M. D. Linton.
JUNIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : P. R. Whyman.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP : (1) Arundel 331. (2) Chatsworth 282. (3) Haddon 279. (4) Sherwood 274. (5) Clumber 265. (6) Lynwood 234. (7) Wentworth 166. (8) Welbeck 153.
THE general standard of Tennis in the school has unfortunately not been as high as we would have liked. The school has only managed to turn out one team this season, perhaps because ten regular team members left us last season. Consequently this year's team has lacked experience and coordination. However, new members Baldock and Speight together with the experience of Wright should provide a strong nucleus for a future team.
The essential determination to win has been lacking in certain members and must be developed if next season is to be more successful. It has been regrettable that several capable players have not offered their services for the school team.
Having now obtained our own courts at last (which we have unfortunately not been able to use owing to the hot weather) perhaps two teams will be forthcoming next season, with the possibility of plenty of practice together.
The fixtures have been fewer and two were cancelled because our own courts were unplayable. Nevertheless the season has_ been very enjoyable and the weather very kind. Two matches were won against our neighbours High Storrs, and the remaining four lost. The school tournaments were held as usual and were all completed in time. R. N. E. Wright deservedly won the Senior Singles; D. Hancock and J. Sant won the Senior Doubles, but surprisingly did not ask to be put on match practice. N. Bishop won the Junior Singles; N. Bishop and R. M. Bailey the Junior Doubles.
M. J. Simpson captained the side, playing with Wright as first couple; F. Baldock and H. Speight were second couple. The third couple presented problems but we must thank Swift, Waller, Mosley, Cryer and Rowbotham for their services. Half-colours have been awarded to M. J. Simpson and R. N. E. Wright. Finally, our thanks are extended to Mr. Wastnedge, who is leaving us this year, and whose services will be sadly missed after two years as our director; also to Mr. Harrison, Mr. Sinclair, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Green for the invaluable support, encouragement and advice, and to Darwin our secretary who has done this unenviable job so industriously over the past two years.
M. J. S.
v. High Storrs (A). Won by 6 rubbers to 3.
v. Stockport (A). Lost by 7 sets to 2.
v. Leeds (H). Cancelled.
v. High Storrs (H). Won by 5 rubbers to 3.
v. Nottingham H.P. (A). Lost by 7.5 rubbers to 1.5.
v. Manchester (A). Lost by 9 rubbers to 0.
v. Nottingham H.S. (H). Cancelled.
v. Nottingham H.S. (A). Lost by 7.5 rubbers to 1.5.
A SEASON in which the cricket has often been as unexpected as the weather ! This is perhaps the fairest general comment to make on the 1959 season. In contrast to the sodden wastes of last summer, the sun has usually shone as brilliantly, the wickets have been baked hard and increasingly fiery as the season has gone on, and Whiteley Woods has presented a most attractive spectacle from the umpires' vantage points.
A Common Room sage remarked early in the season that we had " two good Second Elevens this year." If this report had been written a week ago, this would have seemed a fitting summing up of the season's play. Until then, the First XI had only beaten Chesterfield in school matches, had suffered resounding defeats at the hands of such old adversaries as Bradford and Manchester, and had generally given the appearance of an inexperienced and unsettled team; altogether some 20 boys had been tried in various permutations to find the best side. Suddenly, after a very feeble batting display against William Hulme's, the team blossomed into life, and in the last three matches scored over 550 runs for the loss of only 16 wickets and dismissed its opponents for a combined total of just over 200 runs. This triumphant period included a success over a team of talented Young Old Boys, who were very surprised and chastened when the School's performance entirely belied their reputation and when Beckett scored the first century by a School batsman for nearly 10 years; and a particularly heartening victory over Nottingham H.S., who had not previously been beaten by a School side for 5 years.
Cricket is traditionally an unpredictable game, but this metamorphosis requires some explanation. At the start of the season, it was believed that the batting would be satisfactory but that the bowling would lack experience : in fact, it was the batting, in the earlier matches, that proved very brittle whilst the bowling was usually steady, if nothing more. To POWELL fell the unenviable task of captaining a team which had to be frequently changed, and this definitely affected his batting form and the confidence of the side as a whole. As an inexperienced captain, he tended to make too frequent bowling changes and to have difficulties in setting correct kinds of field for attacking and defensive situations; but he has never lacked determination, and in the last few matches his captaincy has matured out of all knowledge and his batting regained most of its old confidence. If he is available again next year, he should be a most commanding and respected leader.
BECKETT'S century naturally gives him pride of place amongst the batsmen, and it is pleasing that in his only full season with the team he has topped the batting averages. He has shown greater power and an increasing range of attacking strokes, especially in front of the wicket, as the season has gone on, and he has reduced his weaknesses in defensive play, getting a number of useful scores in low totals. In college cricket, he should develop well, and his fielding has been much improved this season.
His opening partner, BOWS, has had a rather disappointing season on the field, although he must be complimented on his efficient performance of his duties in connection with Teas and Travel ! Until the last match against Hull, when he scored a chanceless 50 and showed a wider range of strokes on the off side, he had a rather dreary succession of low scores, usually ending in an L.B.W. This was due to a tendency to play too much to the on-side and to cover up in front of the wicket. Greater aggression would help him to enjoy his cricket far more, and he has shown that this is possible by the development of his fielding this year.
NEEDHAM has often been a miniature of the team as a whole-promising but unpredictable. His batting is powerful but still technically inaccurate and too often spoilt by impatience; greater application has been obvious towards the end of the season and this will pay handsome dividends next year. He has now become a valuable opening bowler with a natural late swing, which can earn him many wickets if he attacks the stumps the whole time and is prepared to bowl for longer spells with maximum hostility.
A great deal was expected of PIKE in his first season with the team and this in itself may have accounted for his failures in the early matches. Greater confidence came when he was promoted without warning to opening batsman in the game against Sheffield Collegiate and played an excellent innings of 41. This was followed by some other good scores and the game at Grimsby might have been won but for the error of judgment which caused him to be run out when he had made 63 and seemed to have the match in hand. Later in the season, he has not done so well, mainly because of impetuosity against slower bowlers and a distressing tendency to use his pads rather than his bat in defence. This fault has been noticeable amongst several members of the side, and has led to an unwillingness to use the late cut, which seems to be almost a lost stroke amongst schoolboy batsmen these days.
BOARD has been one of the unlucky cricketers in the team. He has played quite well for three seasons without ever producing a really outstanding single performance with either bat or ball. His batting has great power at its best, but it can be very passive and negative as well : he is now bowling at a faster pace and this enables him to use his height to get steep lift from hard wickets and has made him troublesome to deal with, but earlier in the season he was not given the chance to be anything more than a useful stock bowler. Only his fielding has been continually distinguishedsome of his catches close on the leg side have been quite remarkable. He has been a most loyal member of the side and should make a fine club player in the future.
The most controversial member of the team has, undoubtedly, been ALDRIDGE. His technique in both batting and bowling is quite unorthodox but undeniably effective. He has tremendous strength, determination and tenacity, and a wonderful eye for the ball to hit, so that even though his bowling needs more variation and his agricultural shots must be reduced, he has had a most successful first season with the XI, topping the bowling averages and justly being awarded his full colours, a rare achievement in itself.
Coming into the team midway through the season, DIXON has justified his promotion with a number of useful scores in the middle of the order, particularly at times of crisis, and playing a fine attacking innings in the final match. He is an excellent games player with good co-ordination, and with careful coaching could become a class batsman next season. His fielding is already very keen and he may yet develop as a support bowler.
In a year when slow bowlers have had to work hard for any success, PERRY has had spells in both the First and Second Teams and has undoubtedly gained experience in using variations of flight, length and pace, when the employment of spin has not been easy. He is a useful defensive batsman, but his fielding is still well below the standard desirable at this stage. COCKAYNE and DENCH have also been tried as spinners but both need more time to develop as all-rounders before they can find a secure place in the team. Until the opening bowling combination of Needham and Aldridge was tried halfway through the season, WAGSTAFF and WOOD were asked to use the new ball but neither proved really reliable. Wagstaff has given loyal service to School cricket for three seasons but by being encouraged to develop as an all-rounder he has perhaps suffered in that neither his batting nor his bowling has reached the highest class. At times, he has bowled with some hostility and his batting performances for the Second XI have shown how well he can hit any loose bowling when he settles in; all too often, for the First XI, he has appeared lethargic and slow in reaction. Wood has really come on very well considering that he was playing in House cricket only last season; he has fire and life in his bowling but has yet to acquire the consistency of length and direction necessary to trouble the strongest batsmen.
The wicket-keeping has been shared by BRADSHAW and DUNGWORTH. Neither is as tidy in all aspects of his art as he should be, but both are keen and will continue their competition next season. They have not always been helped by the fielding of the side; some good catches have been taken, but throwing and, especially, retrieving have sometimes been below standard even allowing for the unusually hot summer.
The prospects for next season look encouraging in the light of the results of the last few matches. The bowling should be quite well balanced, and if Eason develops as an opening batsman he should provide a dependable start to the innings; the later batsmen are all capable of good scores. But, after the events of this season, prophecy should go no further.
T. K. R., J. C. H.
Played 16. Won 5. Lost 7. Drawn 3. Abandoned 1.
May 2 (H) Bradford G.S 163 for 9 dec.; K.E.S. 21. Lost.
May 14 (H) Staff 102; K.E.S. 104 for 4. Won.
May 30 (H) K.E.S. 99; Stockport G.S. 100 for 4. Lost.
June 3 (H) High Storrs 146 (Wood 5 for 37); K.E.S. 100 for 9. Drawn.
June 6 (H) K.E.S. 60 for 1 (Beckett 49 n.o.); v. Old Edwardians. Abandoned.
June 13 (A) Manchester G.S. 180 for 9 dec.; K.E.S. 64. Lost.
June 17 (A) K.E.S. 126 (Pike 41); Sheffield Collegiate 127 for 2. Lost.
June 20 (H) K.E.S. 174 (Needham 41, Aldridge 37, Cockayne 29 n.o.); Chesterfield G.S. 121 (Aldridge 5 for 27). Won.
June 24 (A) K.E.S. 104; Mount St. Mary's School 86 for 8 (Aldridge 5 for 25). Drawn.
June 27 (H) K.E.S. 152 for 6 dec. (Pike 42, Board 41); Doncaster G.S. 95 for 8. Drawn.
July 4 (A) Grimsby 138; K.E.S. 109 (Pike 63). Lost.
July 11 (A) K.E.S. 164 (Aldridge 64, Needham 49); Wakefield 165 for 7. Lost.
July 18 (A) Wm. Hulme G.S. 96 (Aldridge 4 for 22); K.E.S. 70. Lost.
July 20 (H) K.E.S. 184 for 3 dec. (Beckett 100 n.o., Powell 48); I. W. Newsom's XI 100. Won.
July 21 (A) K.E.S. 209 for 6 dec. (Powell 66 n.o., Needham 39); Nottingham H.S. 59 (Aldridge 4 for 26, Perry 3 for 0). Won.
July 22 (H) K.E.S. 156 for 8 dec. (Bows 53, Dixon 46 n.o.); Hymers College, Hull, 50 (Needham 6 for 12). Won.
Catches : Board 10, Bows 8, Powell 7, Dixon 6, Aldridge 4, Beckett 3, Needham, Cockayne, Wagstaff 2, Perry, Wood, Pike 1.
Stumpers : Dungworth, caught 4, stumped 2; Bradshaw, caught 5, stumped 0.
The team responded to the brighter weather by producing some fine cricket and a well earned list of successes. The spirit of the side remained high even though there was a high " exchange " rate between the First and Second XIs throughout the season. Sara and Sheasby captained the side with authority and skill, although they tended to be rather charitable in their attempts to remove the opposition on certain occasions.
The mainstay of the batting has been provided by EASON, who is developing into a very sound opening batsman, the veterans WAGSTAFF, FINDLAY, SHEASBY, and SARA, who all scored over 100 runs each, and HARDIE, who with greater concentration could be a useful player next season. The other members of the side met with mixed fortune, but most of them managed at least one respectable score.
COTTINGHAM has been the regular opening bowler, but has seldom shown the hostility that ALDRIDGE and WARD displayed. Ward in particular has bowled extremely well and fully deserved his wickets. The spin-bowlers too have met with considerable success; PERRY on three occasions played an invaluable part in our winning of the matches. DENCH, although he did not have much opportunity to display his skill, bowled well and KINGMAN, who came into the team towards the end of the season, is a leg-break bowler of considerable promise. LAUGHTON flighted the ball with considerable skill, but looked less dangerous than the others.
Wicket-keeping has been shared between BRADSHAW and DUNGWORTH, both of whom played competently. The ground fielding has been spoilt by poor anticipation and, apparently, overgrown fingernails. The catching was much better and some catches close to the wicket were very well taken; ELLIS (5) and COCKAYNE (3) were the most successful in this respect.
The highlights of the season included a score of 234 against William Hulme Grammar School; the cramming of 53 boys into one small coach, and " Laughton's four overs " against Worksop College. Our best wishes for further enjoyment and success in the game are extended to all the players.
G. W. T., H. T. R. T.
We would like to thank Messrs. Taylor and Twyford for the interest and enthusiasm they have shown. Their whispering on the field, and outspoken advice off the field, did not fall on deaf ears and will be remembered .. .
M. E. S., D. B. H. S.
Played 12. Won 8. Drawn 2. Lost 2.
K.E.S. 124 for 7 dec. ; High Storrs G. S. 29 (Aldridge 6 for 5). Won by 95 runs.
K.E.S. 124 for 8 dec. (Sara 31); Stockport G.S. 61. Won by 63 runs.
K.E.S. 174 for 6 dec. (Wagstaff 63); Worksop College 155 for 6. Drawn.
K.E.S. 118 (Findlay 31); Manchester G.S. 98 (Perry 5 for 14). Won by 20 runs.
Chesterfield G.S. 36 (Wood 6 for 19); K.E.S. 38 for 2. Won by 8 wickets.
K.E.S. 110 (Sheasby 37); Mt. St. Mary's College 84 (Perry 7 for 17). Won by 26 runs.
K.E.S. 110 (Bradshaw 32); Doncaster G.S. 43 for 7. Drawn.
Grimsby G.S. 89 (Cottingham 5 for 14); K.E.S. 90 for 6 (Eason 38 n.o.). Won by 4 wickets.
K.E.S. 66; Q.E. College, Wakefield, 68 for 3. Lost by 7 wickets.
K.E.S. 234 for 5 dec. (Wagstaff 59 n.o., Eason 37, Sheasby 35); Wm. Hulme G.S. 169. Won by 65 runs.
K.E.S. 62; Nottingham H.S. 64 for 3. Lost by 7 wickets. K.E.S. 85 (Cottingham 32 n.o.); Hymers College, Hull, 80 (Wood 7 for 31). Won by 5 runs.
(Qualification : 3 completed innings and over 50 runs)
Also bowled : Cockayne 4 for 50; Dixon 2 for 32; Wagstaff 2 for 93.
The facts of the season are on record below in statistical form, but the factors behind the performance are less obvious. It is clear, though, that in too many games too few runs were scored by our batsmen for our bowlers to face the opposition with any real confidence. Run-scoring depends ultimately on good batting technique, and this was sadly lacking in the team. Good scores were individually made, e.g. by Wileman (39, 41, 40), Britton (25, 35), Horler (25, 29, 24), McAughey (31), Dennis (35), Taylor (26) and Godley (20), but there was never any certainty that runs would continue to be made or that batsmen would remain for long at the wicket. Lack of confidence in one's own batting became lack of confidence in the other batsmen, and there were far too many run-outs.
In bowling, Wileman again bore the brunt, whether bowling fast or slow, with, for example, 7 for 25, 5 for 3, 7 for 26, but he seldom could depend on the same consistency at the other end. There were occasional glimpses of ability from Williams, 5 for 14, Horler 4 for 38, Betts 5 for 14, and Wilkinson 5 for 32, but they were usually burdened with the responsibility of making up for batting deficiencies.
Fielding was highly variable. Some good catches were taken close to the wicket, particularly by Batty and Britton; Taylor kept wicket well, fielders were always prepared to run keenly after balls they had missed, but often throws were misdirected. Most games showed betting catching than that with Nottingham High School, when 7 catches were dropped. But, on the whole, under Wileman's vigorous captaincy, the team played hard, showed proper spirit, even in the most depressing circumstances, and enjoyed its cricket.
G. H. C., J. B. L.
Team from : Wileman, Britton, Taylor, Horler, Dennis, McAughey, Batty, Blythe, Betts, Williams, Wilkinson, Styring, Godley, Wesley.
Played 12. Won 3. Drawn 1. Lost 8.
K.E.S. 84 (Taylor 26, Batty 17); High Storrs 86 for 7 (Wileman 4 for 29).
Stockport 92 (Wileman 7 for 25); K.E.S. 85 (McAughey 31, Britton 19).
K.E.S. 66 (Britton 25); Huddersfield New College 68 for 2.
Manchester G.S. 107 (Betts 5 for 14); K.E.S. 108 for 9 (Britton 35, Horler 19).
K.E.S. 77 (Wileman 39, Horler 25); Chesterfield 78 for 4.
Doncaster G.S. 129 (Horler 4 for 38, Wileman 4 for 46); K.E.S. 80 for 9 (Batty 17).
K.E.S. 145 for 6 (Wileman 41, Dennis 35); Gregg School 41 (Wileman 5 for 3, Williams 5 for 14).
K.E.S. 129 for 9 (Horler 29); Oakwood 108 (Wileman 7 for 26).
K.E.S. 53; Wakefield 54 for 6 (Wileman 3 for 16).
William Hulme G.S. 121 for 7 (Wileman 4 for 54); K.E.S. 84 (Godley 20, Wesley 16).
K.E.S. 98 (Horler 24, Hirst 17, Blythe 16, Williams 14); Nottingham H.S. 99 for 5 (Wileman 3 for 31).
K.E.S. 72 (Wileman 40, Batty 17); Hymers College 73 for 6 (Wileman 5 for 32).
The record would appear to indicate that this has been the poorest season for many years. However, apart from one crushing defeat by De La Salle and one rain-spoiled game, the decisions have been narrow ones. Unfortunately brilliant bowling was spoilt by slow fielding and inept batting. A pleasant spirit has developed during the season and the team as a whole has responded well to the little coaching that time has allowed.
Parson has proved to be workmanlike as a captain. He is keen and conscientious and is willing to listen to advice (but often slow to put it into practice !). He is still a little uncertain of himself and this also is reflected in his batting. It is to be hoped that he will be able to put more power into his strokes next season. Bows is technically the best batsman in the side. His driving and legside strokes are his strong features. Dimbleby shows determination with the bat but he is prone to prod outside the off-stump. Ainsworth's forward play is a delight to watch although he must develop strokes off the back foot. Cook promised much but he rarely succeeded. This was probably due to an urge to attack from the start. Nosowski, Waterhouse and Booth contributed useful, if unexpected, scores on a number of difficult occasions. Grinnell seemed to suffer from an amazing paralysis at the wicket. He should improve for his stance is perfect !
Fielding has been poor. The team were slow in moving to the ball and showed little anticipation. Only Parson, Booth (in almost any position) and Cook (close to the wicket) fielded with anticipation and agility. Linfoot, on his rare appearances, set a good example to his older colleagues.
The outstanding feature of the team has been the opening attack. Of the 99 wickets which fell they were responsible for 87 ! Bailey (49 wickets) is a very promising fast bowler and undoubtedly one of the best seen this season. He will develop provided he continues to accept advice. Booth (38 wickets) shared the opening attack. He is accurate, only seldom erratic and wisely cuts down his run-up after a few overs. He performed the only hat-trick of the season, in his opening over against Doncaster. Scott and Inman have not had a chance to show their ability. Both need a lot of practice and with an alert fielding side should prove useful slow bowlers next season. Finally, Hollands was a cheerful and competent scorer.
P. D. A., D. F. W.
Played 12. Won 4. Lost 5. Tied 1. Drawn 2.
K.E.S. 32; High Storrs 33 for 8 (Bailey 6 for 18).
K.E.S. 64; Stockport G.S. 65 for 8 (Bailey 6 for 21).
Huddersfield New Coll. 89 for 4 dec.; K.E.S. 14 for 2. Rain.
Manchester G. S. 17 (Booth 5 for 6) ; K.E.S. 21 for 1.
K.E.S. 84 for 9 dec.; Chesterfield 33 (Booth 5 for 14).
Doncaster G.S. 83 (Booth 5 for 14); K.E.S. 42.
K.E.S. 121 (Dimbleby 36); Grimsby 121 (Bailey 8 for 45).
De La Salle 166 for 3 dec.; K.E.S. 65.
K.E.S. 95 for 5 dec.; Wakefield G.S. 77 (Bailey 6 for 19).
K.E.S. 119 (Bows 36, Ainsworth 30 n.o.); Wm. Hulme G.S. 107 for 9 (Bailey 5 for 39).
K.E.S. 102; Nottingham H.S. 103 for 7 (Bailey 5 for 42).
K.E.S. 83 (Booth 34); Hymers College 60 (Booth 5 for 31, Bailey 5 for 22).
The team had a poor season, a result rather of lack of determination than of failure of technique. The batsmen appeared to be unable to apply themselves with sustained concentration. Linfoot and Turney looked class batsmen but flattered only to deceive. Fox looks quite promising. The bowling was usually adequate. Linfoot, though he has much to learn, was hostile; Rollin is an intelligent spin bowler and Crowson should do well next year. The fielding improved and we were usually better than our opponents; Connerton, close in, and Baker, in the deep, were outstanding. Linfoot admirably performed the difficult task of captaining a losing side.
R. C. G.
Played 6. Won 0. Drawn 2. Lost 3. Tied 1.
K.E.S. 80 (Morgans 26); De la Salle 80 (Linfoot 6 for 16).
K.E.S. 73 for 3 dec. (Turney 31); Mt. St. Mary's 19 for 6.
Oakwood 64 (Linfoot 7 for 14); K.E.S. 35 (Linfoot 16 n.o.).
De La Salle 82 (Crowson 4 for 5); K.E.S. 54 for 7 (Fox 20).
Oakwood 89 (Baker 6 for 20); K.E.S. 32.
Mt. St. Mary's 124 (Linfoot 5 for 32); K.E.S. 33 (Turney 21).
With no cancellations we have been able to complete unhindered the full programme of Athletics and Cricket. The general standard of Athletics has been lamentable but there were happy exceptions of boys doing their utmost to improve their performance and to help their Houses.
Neither has Wednesday cricket been notably rich in ability, but a certain amount of enthusiasm has been generated even among sides whose performance has given the selectors cause for dismay. The three outstanding sides have undoubtedly been Arundel, Welbeck and Wentworth. The first two headed their league section and Welbeck, winning the play-off, went on to beat Wentworth for the League Championship. Wentworth, handicapped in that game by having several players on 1st and 2nd XI duty, later gained the sweetest of revenges by trouncing Welbeck in the Knock-out Final.
A pleasant term's activities.
B. C. A.
In this term when play was possible on every single Tuesday, we were able to complete a full programme of Sports Heats and to get a result in the House League Cricket. Six of the seven rounds were completed when the G.C.E. examinations started and by this time it was clear that either Sherwood or Clumber, who had to meet in Round Seven, were to be the champions. In a very fine game, Sherwood declared at 50 for 3, and finally won by getting Clumber out for 47. The last wicket fell in the last over of the game.
Tennis continues to become more and more popular. This year we were able to allow Fourth Form boys to play every week, but Third Forms were able to play only one week in three. We hope that the provision of courts at School will give us the opportunity for more coaching and an improvement in the general standard.
J. C. H.
It is interesting to record that in the first real cricketing weather that the juniors have ever seen, there were more complaints about the heat than appreciation of this marvellous summer. But this did not affect the enthusiasm shown in the House Competition; and if real ability is confined to the few, at least the remainder have displayed skill well up to the average. There should be plenty of good material for the elevens of the future.
H. T. R. T.
FOR the first time for several years we have been undefeated in school matches. It is our policy now to swim a Senior team, an Under 15 and an Under 13 team. In the Senior team we have managed with only about seven boys to choose form. It is hoped that from now on our numbers in the Senior group will increase. The more swimmers we have the better the competition and the higher the standard of swimming.
Tribute must be paid to I. R. Parker who has captained the team for the past two years and has always given of his best. He has been supported by G. Broad who gave us occasional glimpses of his real form. M. Lewis, N. Stockwell and W. Abbott have striven for first place in the Breast-stroke but Abbott's strength usually prevails on the last length. F. Parker and B. Cheetham have swum for the Senior team and have both done remarkably well. We shall rely on them next season.
Among the junior swimmers we must mention J. Ashcroft who improves each time he swims, and C. Riley who seems to put all his energy into his swimming. In the Under 13 team S. Housley is very promising, also P. M. Rees who swims Breast-stroke. S. Blake is proving a useful diver. We have high hopes of another good crop of results next season.
D. B. H.
The House has achieved some considerable success this term in almost every field. Our supremacy in the Athletic Sports was once more asserted and in this the House as a whole must be congratulated on displaying great powers of team-spirit and enthusiasm. This victory offset our earlier narrow defeat in the Standard Sports. The Cricket Season heralded further successes, the Junior and Middle School XI's playing with both ability and confidence. At Tennis, Bishop retained the junior Singles whilst he and Bailey won the Junior Doubles-a magnificent performance.
Many stalwarts are leaving us this term and we would like to thank them all for their faithful service and for the many useful contributions they have made to House life. Amongst these is Broad, who has been an excellent House Captain and whose drive will be sadly missed.
Three trophies in our beautiful new cupboard do not give a fair impression of this year's performance, which has been marked by a noticeable inability to quite pull things off. Consequently, we came second on several occasions and received no tangible reminder of our achievement. In this category fell the Rugby Sevens, the Cross Country championships, and the Athletic Sports, in all of which we more than did ourselves justice and yet failed to produce the little extra effort which might have made this our annus mirabilis.
Although we maintained the doleful form which has characterised our aquatic activities of late by coming last in the Swimming Sports, there has been a perceptible improvement as far as interest and enthusiasm are concerned. Our congratulations go to Cawthorne for his success in the Sports.
Generally speaking, we have made an improvement on last year's performance, especially in Football, Athletics and Rugby. In addition, we have been blessed with a few sportsmen of considerable ability. Special praise is due to the energetic and enthusiastic Sheasby for winning the Open Mile with a broken wrist, and to Sharpe for his hard work in many fields.
Throughout the year the House has been represented in the majority of School teams, a number of members winning full colours for their respective sports. The retiring House officials offer their best wishes to their successors and the House for the coming year in the hope that the younger boys will fulfil the promise they have shown this year.
The winning of the Swimming Sports by Clumber now appears to be almost a regular occurrence. Boys in the Lower School who were compelled by threats to enter, found that their efforts were worth while, that the competition was not as keen as they had thought, and that the points which they earned were appreciated. Everyone swam magnificently, and the tension was maintained right to the end when Clumber had to beat Arundel in the Relay Race in order to win the championship. Parker, who has contributed a great deal to the House in the past years, collected eight cups, including those for the Champion Swimmer and the Water Polo League and Knock-out.
On the afternoon of the Athletic Sports, Clumber started in the 2nd and ended in the 5th position. We had already won the Standard Sports cup. It was the Upper School who had to maintain the position, for there was not a single representative from the First Forms. Responsibility cannot rest on too few shoulders; if the First Forms had rallied round, then our final position would probably have been better. Linton is to be congratulated on being Champion Athlete.
Cricket has continued with varying success, the Middle School coming 2nd in the league, but it has tended to be rather overshadowed by other events. We extend our best wishes and thanks to those leaving; in particular to Mr. Hersee who leaves us to go to Clifton College after being our House Tutor for several years; and also to M. E. Sara, the House Captain, who is to be congratulated on gaining a Commonership at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. May the forthcoming year be a successful one for Clumber.
This term has brought disappointing results in some departments. After an 8-wicket victory over Sherwood in the Cricket Knock-out we were outplayed by Wentworth in the semi-final, losing by 60 runs. The Senior team finished in the lower half of the league, due to lack of enthusiasm. The Middle School have done almost as well at cricket as they did at football and this section seems most promising for the future. They finished 3rd in their league, losing only two games. The junior teams have fared quite well but there does not seem to be sufficient cohesion.
Largely owing to Crowson's efforts we were placed 3rd in the Athletic Sports. He equalled the 220 yards record and was placed 1st in the 100 yards. Although the majority of boys completed their distance swimming, the House came only 4th in the Swimming Sports. This shows the need for more swimmers in the class of Wood, Lewis and Stringer. Stringer won the Long Plunge and 100 Yards Free Style, and Wood the Open Dive.
Mr. Arthur is leaving us this term. We thank him most heartily for all he has done for the House and wish him the very best of luck in his new school. He will be sadly missed next term. Noble and Readman are bound for Durham, Edwards and Averill for London, but Crowson will be missed most. His efforts in all sporting fields have been outstanding.
This year has been one of those when we think of our past glories and hope for the future. However, it has had its highlights. Perhaps the highest was in the Swimming Sports, when for some time we were the leading House, but we finished in third place. Congratulations are offered to F. Parker and to the Water Polo team which lost in the final to Clumber, who gained revenge for an earlier defeat.
For some years the results in Cricket have been rather poor, and this year proved no exception, all three sections having poor records. Findlay, our captain of Cricket, played in the School 1st and 2nd XIs, and Godley played regularly for the Under 15 XI. We have also had representatives in the Junior teams. We keep hoping that each intake will produce some cricketers.
Two members of the Staff have left us this year. In our last report we mentioned that Mr. Kopcke had left and we now lose Mr. Arculus. Our thanks are due to him for his great help over the past five years. and especially for his assistance to the Fives players.
There have been few other notable events, but the performance of the Senior Relay team and Nosowski's achievement as runner-up to the Senior Champion Athlete are worthy of mention.
We thank our House officials for the way in which they have carried out their tasks, especially Waller, House Secretary, Lodge and Hemming, Deputy and House Captain. Hemming is leaving and M. J. Lodge becomes House Captain. Our thanks for their services go to all who are leavingfamiliar names like Findlay, Tomlinson, Spencer, Gillott, Gordon-to name a few.
Finally we would like to thank Mr. Twyford for his great encouragement.
This term has seen the restoration of our Honours Cupboard to much more than mere respectability. It has, in fact, been the most successful for a number of years, fully justifying the marked improvement in the spirit and bearing of the House that has made itself apparent recently. One pleasing feature was the extremely good representation from all sections of the House in the Athletic Sports, although it was left to the Middle School to gain the honours. Whyman deserves special mention, his superb running qualifying him for the title of Junior Champion Athlete and enabling the Relay team to win with a handsome margin.
Swimming Sports produced less of a response from the House, but Hague did commendable work in mustering our limited swimming talent into a team that in no way disgraced itself. Dodds is to be congratulated on his fine swimming which gained him the Junior Challenge Cup. Our Cricket has been of diverse kinds; the Seniors did not do as well as expected, the juniors only won one match, while the Middle School again displayed their widespread talents in defeating Clumber by a narrow margin in the league play-off.
This term we are sorry to lose Mr. E. R Wastnedge as House Tutor. We offer him our best wishes in his new post. Many of Sherwood's most stalwart members also are leaving. We thank them for always doing their best for us, and mention in particular D. Hancock, C. A. Sheridan, M. J. Sant and D. R. Williams as House Officials who have always given valuable service.
There was a welcome improvement in Welbeck's performances in the summer activities. This is mainly due to the enthusiasm of Wagstaff and other notable team captains and at last it appears that we may have found some talent in the Junior School. At Cricket the knock-out team, reaching the final for the third successive time, was unfortunately beaten by Wentworth (52, 56 for 1), although the previous week the league team had an equally resounding victory over Wentworth in the Senior league, in which they finished 1st. In the Middle School league, performances were at no time brilliant and in the end Welbeck came 5th.
The Junior School has shown considerable promise; while the 1st XI could not sustain the performances in the earlier matches, the 2nd XI hardly lost a match throughout the term, and finished top of their league.
The poor showing in the Standard Sports told heavily on those valiant members who reached finals in the Athletic Sports-however we must congratulate B. Bennett, J. Heathcote, B. D. Needham, D. J. Nell and A. E. Vaughan on their achievements. Welbeck finished 8th with 153 points. In the other main event of the term, the Swimming Sports, Welbeck did rather better than usual and was placed 5th (314 points). People to be thanked for this achievement are : R. Ainsworth, P. D. Jackson, I. T. Williams and the members of the Under 14 Relay team. In the Water Polo Knock-out our team was defeated in the semi-final by Lynwood.
The term has seen few scholastic achievements, although D. M. Bows has our sincere congratulations on gaining an Exhibition in Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford. We must also congratulate B. Bennett, who in the Yorkshire Schools Sports set up a new record for the intermediate Quarter Mile. Finally we send our best wishes with all the leavers wherever they may be going, and thank them for their varied services to the House. Our especial thanks go with Mr. Bray and Mr. Shore who are leaving to take up posts elsewhere.
Athletic and Swimming Sports passed without especial glory for Wentworth. In the former we had eight entrants, from whom we secured one first place. Although the latter did not inspire much senior activity, it did shed light on some Middle School talent in Reynolds, Wood and Berresford. This promises well for the future.
Success this term was, however, secured on the cricket field. Our Junior and Middle teams' achievement did not compare with the heights reached by the Seniors. This year Wentworth provided six 1st and 2nd XI players and two reserves. These players formed the nucleus of the Knock-out team, although their school responsibilities were the cause of our losing the League final. In the early rounds of the Knock-out we crushed the opposition by large margins, with Aldridge and Perry figuring prominently. In the final, Aldridge starred again, this time partnered by a less experienced bowler. Our powerful opponents were dismissed for 52 runs; then our openers, Beckett and Dixon (the former with a yokel's scything stroke) soon set about paving the way for what turned out to be a 9-wicket victory. However, Wentworth must now bid a fond adieu to our bowlegged master batsman Beckett and (probably) to our Cross-Country captain Morris, as well as to old-timer Pridham and resolute cricketer Bentley. We are hoping, too, that Mr. Gander will return the House records so that we may note Wentworth's successes again next year. And the thanks of the whole House are due to Dixon for his stylish and successful leadership of the House in so many fields.