KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL MAGAZINE

VOL. XVI                    AUTUMN 1965                    No. 4

CONTENTS

MR. N. L. CLAPTON

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SCOUTING

190

SCHOOL NOTES

174

SOCIETIES

191

LIBRARY NOTES

176

SPORTS

195

MUSIC

177

HOUSE NOTES

205

MIRAGE

179

OLD EDWARDIANS

209

MISCELLANY

181

CONTRIBUTIONS

180, 189, 194, 203

ILLUSTRATIONS

THE STAFF

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UP THE WALL

facing 186

 


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Mr. N. L. Clapton

Mr. Clapton became Headmaster of this school in November 1950 in succession to Dr. A. W. Barton who had been appointed as Headmaster of the City of London School. Mr. Clapton, like his predecessors, had had a distinguished academic career. He was a Scholar of Hertford College, Oxford, and obtained a double first in Mathematics. He was successively Senior Mathematics master at Watford Grammar School and at Glasgow Academy, and was Headmaster of Boteler Grammar School, Warrington, for ten years before coming here.

Mr. Clapton’s appointment coincided with the gradual improvement in the economic prosperity of the country after the long continued effects of the War. Building extensions were soon on the way. The increased accommodation provided much improved facilities for science and technical subjects, and in 1953 a magnificent Library was opened, presented by the Royal Grammar School Trust.

The gradual return to the staff of masters who had been away on war service, and the appointment of new masters who had seen active service, had been important developments in the life of the School. Although the highly successful Junior School had regrettably been closed down shortly before Mr. Clapton’s arrival, yet the main school still continued for some years to have within it a great number of these boys whose intense loyalty and devotion to the School were of inestimable value to it.

Under Mr. Clapton the curriculum was broadened in many ways. In all the departments of the academic life of the School, there grew increased opportunities which were seized with enthusiasm. The Economics department increased greatly in size; in addition to the classical languages of Greek and Latin, the modern languages taught were French, German and Spanish, to which was later added Russian; the sciences were fully represented by biology, chemistry and physics; geology joined the geography department, statistics appeared in the mathematics courses, and technical drawing in the handicraft department.

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The choices open to boys for games were much increased; in addition to the established cricket, soccer, swimming and cross-country, there gradually grew up rugger, hockey, tennis (on our own courts) and badminton. The installation in 1950 of the school organ and then the provision of musical instruments were important steps towards the creation of the present highly develop d musical life in the School with its large choir and orchestra. School societies increased in number so that few of the normal interests and hobbies of schoolboys remained uncatered for. The dynamic vigour of the School has always been astonishing. At dinner times and on every night of the week scores of boys stay behind for voluntary activities; the entirely voluntary madrigal group, choir and orchestra practices, all taken after school, involve about two hundred and thirty boys per week.

The continued growth and activities in the School led once more to congestion and it was unfortunate that highly desirable further extensions planned for a few years ago were abandoned. These would have led to still further improvements in the scope and life of the School which Mr. Clapton had in mind.

Mr. Clapton showed soon after his arrival that he was no great respecter of traditions if they appeared to him to be empty formalities or seemed to have little value beyond mere ceremonial. He never courted publicity or popularity or sought to ingratiate himself with the press, the politicians, the public or even with the parents. What he thought right, he said and did, and he never left anyone in doubt as to his meaning.

His methods of strict but fair discipline have always commanded respect, and have been a major factor in the smooth running of the school. Only those with a wide experience themselves could realise how finely efficient was his administration. He had a passion for detail, for neatness and tidiness in organisation and hated indecision and vagueness. A hard worker himself he expected it from others; slackness was anathema to him. No trouble was too great for him; he devoted all his leisure and his holidays to school work and the School was his life.

He had the extraordinary and at times disconcerting ability of knowing everything that was happening at any time anywhere in the School. No boy could try anything on or hope to get away with it, without Mr. Clapton finding out in a most uncanny way. He had a phenomenal memory and possessed a mental dossier of everyone. Whilst he never thought that boys even of this school were only a little lower than the angels, and spoke some very trenchant words to those boys who incurred his displeasure, he never really held their peccadillos against them. His testimonials to boys were the result of careful thought and were models of fairness. He never used unnecessarily flowery language and didn’t call geese swans; consequently his reports to employers and to the universities became well-known for their accuracy and reliability. A good report from N.L.C. meant something.

Under Mr. Clapton the School maintained and enhanced its national reputation for academic success. In the face of increasing competition, the School has conspicuously retained its position as the leading maintained grammar school in the country. To this fact more than anything else has been due the recruitment to the staff of men of scholarship, integrity, vision and loyalty. Sheffield has indeed been fortunate in having had a school of such high purpose and achievement, and N.L.C.’s departure marks the end of a distinguished and distinctive era. Although he had taken no public part in the educational controversies of recent years, he had very strong views on these matters and was deeply grieved and wounded when this school became involved.

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Mr. Clapton hated ceremonial, pomp and fuss, and was acutely embarrassed by anything other than hard facts and figures. It would be remiss however, not to mention his unfailing kindness to all who had personal or family illness, trouble or distress. To the malingerer he was a scourge, to the feckless he was unsympathetic, but to the genuine sufferer he was kindness itself. During his fifteen years with us he had himself borne many grievous sorrows, worries and disappointments, and in the last two years he had suffered much from illness.

We hope that the recent signs of improvement in his health will be maintained and that he will soon regain that strength and vigour which we shall always associate with him. His increased leisure will afford him the longed for opportunity of once again enjoying his favourite recreation of moorland walking.

At the end of last term, presentations were made to Mr. Clapton by the School and by the Staff, and with them went our sincere best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

E.L.V.

THE STAFF, JULY 1965

Back Row:

Messrs. M. S. Wild, J. E. T. Pickup, J. C. Allen, R. A. Braunholtz, M. Norman, D. A. Ayres, H. W. Arnold, C. I. Cook, I. R. Booth, I. L. Lunn, J. A. Reaney;

Third Row:

Messrs. J. S. Anderson, B. Knowles, J. Wrigley, C. H. Baker, G. W. Taylor, M. T. J. Axford, J. B. Lockett, G. Y. Adam, A. G. Jones, W. D. L. Scobie, M. F. A. Earl;

Second Row:

Messrs. J. S. Fordham, T. G. Cook, T. K. Robinson, W. Birkinshaw, A. W. Surguy, G. Mackay, W. K. Mace, J. Sinclair, J. A. Bray, E. J. Green, K. Bridgwater, J. E. Thompson, A. H. Wilcock;

Front Row:

Messrs. J. Oppenheimer, N. J. Barnes, E. V. Bramhall, R. N. Towers, C. Helliwell, A. Jackson (Deputy Headmaster), N. L. Clapton (Headmaster), H. T. R. Twyford, E. L. Vernon, J. C. Hemming, D. B. Harrison, Mrs. E. B. Bradley, Miss M. Merrill.

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SCHOOL NOTES

We welcome four new members of the staff this term. Mr. Nuttall, who holds the degree of B.Sc. (Econ.) of London University, comes from Leeds G.S. to be head of the economics department; Mr. Warkup, a Hastings Scholar of The Queen’s College, Oxford, comes to teach classics; Mr. Chapman, with the degree of B.Sc. of Sheffield University, comes after industrial experience to teach mathematics and science; and Mr. Wood, of Caius College, Cambridge, and the University of London Institute of Education, joins the English department.

At the end of last term we regretfully said goodbye to Mr. Robinson, Mr. Lunn, Mr. Reaney, and Mr. Pickup. “T.K.R.” joined the staff as senior economics master in April 1954. Throughout his stay here he was known for his cheerful energy and thrived on activity. He led a rapidly expanding and vital department which made an important contribution to the School’s life and success. He encouraged his pupils to look wide through such organisations as the International Discussion Group. He was also a very keen sportsman, jointly responsible for the First XI Cricket throughout his career, and from 1962 the pioneer of hockey. He was a star performer in staff cricket and football teams and,in 1957, in quite a different field, the revue ‘Staff and Nonsense’. He goes to Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow, as Lecturer in Social Studies. We wish him every success in his new post, and hope that he and his wife and daughters will settle happily in their new home.

During the three years that Mr. Lunn has been with us he has entered fully into school life, and will be remembered in the mathematics department for his teaching and high academic standards which he maintained, and the interest he took in the Mathematics Society. On the games field he was an outstanding performer, and many boys will be grateful for the help and guidance he gave when in charge of the First XI football last season. He was a very acceptable master and colleague and we wish him well in his post as senior mathematics master at King George V School, Southport.

Mr. Reaney, who joined the physics staff in 1962, leaves us to take up a two-year teaching appointment in Nigeria. It was pleasant to have an Old Edwardian on the staff, especially since many of the masters still with us remember him with pleasure as a student. He was perhaps most widely known for his work with visual aids, but many will recall with gratitude his labours for the crosscountry team and the Bible Study Group. Our congratulations and good wishes go to him and to his family in their more than usually adventurous move.

Mr. Pickup, who came to teach classics in 1963, took an active part in many sides of School life. He combined a vigorous personality with sympathy and understanding for individuals, and will be missed alike by colleagues and pupils and those whom he coached at rugger. We hope that his new post at Manchester G.S. will enable him to maintain contact with us for some years to come.

Speech Day will be held on Thursday, November 4th, at 7.15 p.m., in the Victoria Hall. The prizes will be distributed by Professor D. N. de G. Allen Professor of Applied Mathematics in the University of Sheffield, and an old boy of the school.

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The Carol Service will take place on Tuesday, 21st December, at 7.30 p.m., in St. John’s Church, Ranmoor.

We congratulate A. A. Greaves on being awarded a Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham for a thesis on Nineteenth Century French literature. He writes that for the past two years he has held the post of Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, in Calgary, and was to return there in September.

We are also pleased to congratulate the following on obtaining Firsts:

P. A. Betts (Nottingham)—Electrical Engineering;

D. F. Butterell (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)—Architectural Studies;

A. R. Dowling (Worcester College, Oxford)—Engineering Science, and awarded an Edzell Sheppee Prize and Edzell Sheppee Scholarship for research;

J. R. Gunson (University College, Oxford)—Mathematics;

C. Jubb (Sheffield)—Engineering;

M. J. Platts (Churchill College, Cambridge)—Mechanical Sciences Part I, and awarded Rex Moir Prize;

R. Quartermain (Sheffield)—Engineering;

P. D. Roberts (University College, Durham)—Chemistry.

A list of those obtaining awards and places at Oxford and Cambridge, and awards at other universities, was published in the spring magazine. We congratulate the following who have obtained places at Universities and other institutions, as shown.

BIRMINGHAM: B. Bentley, M. P. Boyce, M. J. Lilley, B. Wragg

BRADFORD COLLEGE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: J. C. Wheen

BRISTOL: J. A. Heathcote, R. M. Moorwood

BRISTOL COLLEGE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: S. J. Hudson

DURHAM: J. P. England, S. P. Scholey, R. Shepherd, K. A. Wallis, I. S. White

EAST ANGLIA: H. R. Hague

EXETER: P. D. Jackson, H. Middleton

KEELE: A. Wiggett

LEEDS: D. M. Peter, D. J. H. Sidery

LEICESTER: P. Cooper, S. F. Drew

LIVERPOOL: A. G. Knox, T. Wilkinson

LONDON: A. M. Dungworth

MANCHESTER: R. J. Hopkinson, A. L. Patnick, A. S. Pressley, M. Storr

NEWCASTLE: W. D. Wilson, P. J. Woodhouse

NOTTINGHAM: R. A. Barker, I. H. Batty, G. Davy, I. Hogg, R. S. Jessop, C. Wardley

SALFORD: College of Advanced Technology: J. Hogg

SHEFFIELD: P. Bradley, D. Broughton, M. B. Edge, P. S. Timperley, W. J. Wilkinson

WALES: F. M. Roberts

We are also very pleased to hear that P. B. Hall, who goes up to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, this term, and D. 1. Cain, who left the school in July 1964 and is now entering the London School of Economics, have been awarded United Steel Company’s scholarships.

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School Officials, 1965-66

PREFECTS:

P. J. Jepson (Head Prefect),

J. R. Beale (Deputy Head Prefect),

D. R. Barraclough, A. V. Bramwell, J. N. Chapman, J. D. Everatt, M. Fielding, S. R. Harrison, P. H. Main, D. M. Nicolson, S. J. Paramore, R. M. Price.

SUB-PREFECTS:

N. Addy, R. Dunsford, F. D. Faulkner, R. Galley, E. R. Hemming, W. D. Manvillle, S. Nortcliff, J. Pilling, J. A. Ramsden, D. J. Roberts, J. M. Sanderson, J. Tew, R. J. Williams, M. Wosskow, S. M. Wright.

CHIEF LIBRARIAN: A. V. Bramwell

GAMES OFFICIALS:

Football:

Capt.:

 P. J. Jepson

 

Secs.:

D. M. Nicolson, A. J. Hempshall

Rugger:

Capt.:

S. R. Harrison

 

Sec.:

F. D. Faulkner

Cross-country:

Capt.:

S. J. Hoyland

 

Sec.:

P. Freeman

Hocker:

Capt.:

C. W. Ball

Swimming:

Capt.:

D. R. Barraclough

Cricket:

Capt.:

J. D. Everatt

LIBRARY NOTES

LAST term 1,350 books were circulated.

The last published list of losses from the library gave casualties up to July, 1963. The following list extends the roll to July, 1964:—

Bedford: Looking in Junk Shops; Buchan: The Man and the Book (Sir W. Scott); Burton: The Book of the Thousand and One Nights; Greaves: The British Constitution; Hurtwood: The Things we See—Gardens; Liebermann:  Matisse; Masefield: Sard Harker; Methuen: Anthology of Modern Verse;  Robinson: Landscape with Dead Dons; Scott-Moncrieff: Edinburgh,  Thomas: Teach Yourself Economics; Thurber: The Thurber Carnival, Waugh: The Loved One; Wenham: Antiques A to Z.

We are grateful to the following for their gifts:

Herr H. W. Arnold; Rev. A. H. and Mrs. Dammers; S. F. Drew; H. R. Hague; J. Hogg; D. D. Jones; S. P. Scholey; P. Sidery; J. C. Townsend; G. Underwood; A. J. Wood.

J.O.

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MUSIC

“THE best ever”. Someone always says this about the Concert, but this year the conductor himself found he was in full agreement with the verdict. Mr. Vincent Bradley, himself an Old Boy and for some years the valued instructor of our violin classes, contributes an account below. The future of such events is not clear. The Victoria Hall, after its present reconstruction, will, it seems, no longer provide the necessary space to hold our forces. The City Oval Hall will be the only place in which we can deploy our Choir of up to two hundred and Orchestra of seventy, and get in our usual audience of about a thousand; and it is twice as expensive.

Mr. Edward Davis adjudicated at the Music Competitions, which drew entries of a higher standard than usual. Prizewinners were: Singing:

D. J. Hope (Senior) and J. Briggs (Junior); Instrumental: J. Crawford (Senior) and B. Pollard (Junior); Keyboard: I. C. A. F. Robinson (Senior) and N. Rock (Junior). The last two also carried off the Musicianship prizes. At the time of going to press the Composition awards have not been decided. Jeffrey Briggs followed up his success in the Junior Singing competition by appearing the next day as the Youth in search of a cloud in the Bach Society’s performance of Elijah, where he had the experience of singing with today’s best Elijah—John Dethick. Crawford was in the National Youth Orchestra for their continental tour.

After the Concert orchestral rehearsals continued for those keen spirits who could spare time from examinations, and, of course, our good friends Mrs. Deas, Mr. Williams and Mr. Bradley continued their good work training cellists, violinists and brass players respectively. Oboe tuition becomes a problem again with the departure from Sheffield of Miss Harwood. We continue to pray that the Authority will at last appoint some peripatetic instrumental teachers so that talent will not continue to run to waste.

Among the leavers to whom we extend our thanks and best wishes we shall particularly miss J. G. Skidmore from the leadership of the Orchestra, and Beverley Wragg (who goes to read Music at Birmingham) whose Beethoven Piano Concerto in the Concert was a valete which gave much pleasure.     N.J.B.

School Concert

May 20th, 1965

THE annual concert took place once again in the Victoria Hall, and one can say right away that the usual high standards were maintained and even surpassed in some respects.

The very complete, but somewhat unbalanced orchestra (no doubt the lack of balance was in the interests of full-employment, and rightly so, in my opinion) tackled its two “solos” bravely and with considerable success, the second of the two—Sullivan’s Jolanthe overture—being a particularly praiseworthy effort. Mozart’s Titus overture (which opened the programme) suffered slightly from the fact that during the preliminary tuning-up operations there seemed to be some difference of opinion as to the precise whereabouts of the note ‘A’. This was particularly noticeable amongst the half-dozen or so flautists, where it was almost a case of “quot homines tot sententiae” There was also a certain lack of precision both in tuning and in uniformity of bowing on the part of some of the string players.

These defects were conspicuously absent in the excellent performance of two movements from Purcell’s Golden Sonata, where the two violins (J. Crawford and L. M. Jenkins) were completely “en rapport” as regards tuning, fingering, bowing, phrasing and dynamics, and were ably supported by D. R. D. Clarke (cello) with Mr. Barnes at the piano.

Other ‘ensemble’ items included two pieces by the Brass—convincingly directed as usual by Mr. Ralph Williams. Both these were “Johnson” pieces—the first by the Elizabethan, John, and the second by the 17th century Robert. Incidentally, the significance of the title of the former (The Flat Pavan) escaped me—particularly as the third of the final “tierce de Picardie” was definitely somewhat sharper than sharp A quintet of “soloists” gave an excellent account of the Minuet and Trio from Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet (what does one call a composition for five clarinets?), in which the clarinettist (J. A. Heathcote) and the first violin (J. Crawford) particularly distinguished themselves; whilst P. Huston (bassoon), accompanied by Mr. Barnes, contributed the only real “solo” item of the evening—an Andante and Allegro by one Jerrome Besozzi (a gentleman whose acquaintance, I regret to admit, I had not previously made). This was performed with near-professional skill and dexterity and drew a wellearned round of prolonged and enthusiastic applause.

The greatest ovation of the evening, however, was reserved for the choral arrangements by “N.J.B.” (presumably a close relative of Mr. Norman Barnes) of two Spirituals, and of a Gavotte by Samuel Wesley, the latter being a “swingled” version of a familiar organ piece. These were sung with excellent tone and clarity of diction by the Madrigal Group who treated us to a “play-back” at double speed of Mr. Sam Wesley’s Gavotte in response to the audience’s enthusiastic reception. The Madrigal Group also contributed the only 20th century item in the programme—a very laudable interpretation of Elizabeth Maconchy’s The Armado, in which difficulties of pitch, intonation and rhythmic complexity were surmounted with apparent ease—though the words were not always clearly audible. On the other hand, their excellent diction in the madrigals in the first half of the concert made the printing of the words in the programme almost superfluous. They began with Dowland’s Fine Knacks and Gibbons’ Silver Swan, but the best performance was in Morley’s Shoot, False Love which was sung with really excellent tone and precision.

One could have wished that the programme space devoted to madrigal words had been used instead to present the audience with the text (and a translation for the benefit of those among us who left school way back in the Dark Ages) of the first item contributed by the choir—Haydn’s motet, Insanae et Vanae Curae. This was accompanied very competently by the orchestra, as was the other Haydn item, ‘The Heavens are Telling, which provided a rousing and satisfying climax to Part One of the proceedings. The orchestra also did yeoman service in providing what one might call, in modern parlance, the “backing” for a very creditable rendering by B. Wragg of the Finale from Beethoven’s first Piano Concerto and for the choir’s singing of the chorus How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings (how pleasant it was to hear this again, following on the recent performance of the whole Requiem at Ranmoor Church!)

The Grand Finale of the whole concert was a stirring performance of Handel’s Zadok the Priest, sung with true Northern Fervour, despite the fact that the performers—choir, orchestra and conductor alike—were nearing the end of what must have been, for most of them, a 14-hour working day. No wonder that the odd small-sized treble was seen to yawn during the rests (note—this should always be done whilst taking cover behind the music copy!); yet this exacting chorus—opening as it does with a succession of high F sharps arid G’s, with only a couple of F’s by way of relaxation—was sung well in tune, and with excellent clarity by all concerned; a truly meritorious climax to a most varied and enjoyable Feast of Music. In this item, as in all the “Choir and Orchestra” pieces, Dr. Roger Bullivant did sterling work at the organ - supporting the orchestra, and giving unobtrusive but effective help to the singers, when needed.

As an old (very) boy of the School, whose memory goes back to the time when the only concession to music as a Serious Subject was a weekly half-hour session of “class-singing” by the Lower Forms (who amused themselves by singing their own highly original and colourful words to Hadow’s Songs of the British Islands), 1 have nothing but admiration for the present standard of the School’s music, which, under the capable and devoted direction of “N.J.B.”, has reached the distinction of being, without any question, the finest school music in the city, and certainly among the best in the whole of the North of England. I found it impossible to count the number of boys taking part, but it must surely represent a very high percentage of the total number on roll, and one could not fail to be impressed by the versatility of many of the performers, and indeed to ponder on what the results might be if a section of (for example) the Halle Orchestra (including the Leader) were invited to leave their seats temporarily in order to sing, with the Madrigal Group, the ever-topical words:

More Geese Than Swans Now Live, Mare Fools Than Wise

V. BRADLEY.

MIRAGE

IN one of those unofficial naps which so pleasantly relieve the monotony of tearing up illegible manuscripts your Editor lately dreamed a dream. He seemed to sit benignly at a desk on which lay a truly bountiful harvest of ‘copy’, all neatly typed and duly piled according to species: house reports, sports notices, society notes, and a batch of lively articles on all manner of extra-mural activities. It was only the first week of term and not a single secretary or representative had failed to bring his contribution. Not one script had your Editor been obliged to type (or retype); hardly any errors of grammar or spelling had caught his eagle eye. And there, in pride of place, lay the file of literary contributions—a collection of minor masterpieces boding well for the future of Britain as a land of culture and learning. Your Editor mused comfortably on his chances of a claim to fame as publisher of the first efforts of many a literary genius of the later twentieth century. Here were thoughtful poems, clashing modern rhythms and phrases that brought sweat to the brow; brilliant descriptive pieces, dramatic dialogues, trenchant satire, deep philosophical broodings: all penned with that unforced command of the English language which springs so naturally from a firm grounding in the great heritage of our tongue, from Chaucer to C. P. Snow.

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Here then, within the small compass of one desk top, were gathered together all the essential strands in the life of the School: now it was the Editor’s final and humble task to intertwine these strands in harmonious relationship within the covers of a single magazine. Then every boy would find in this slender volume some special concern of his own, and perhaps be drawn into new fields of interest by the vivid communication of the enthusiasm of others. And in later years many a man would turn these pages and reflect that here was faithfully enshrined the whole universe of his life at school.

The door was flung open, a sudden draught chilled editorial ankles, and the golden reverie was rudely shattered by a voice. “Cavemen’s Club report on the trip to Mud Pot, Sir. Hope it’s not too late.” A dog-eared sheet of exercise-book paper bearing some kind of scrawl in biro landed on the litter of half-edited scripts. Your Editor muttered a grim “Thank you”, but the door had already slammed behind the retreating caveman. Wearily he picked up the blue pencil and read:

“It was 7 a.m., on the morning of June 24, that a party of 17 boys and one master, assembled at Victoria Station. Thence they preceded by train…” His sight misted over. “Not again!”, he moaned. He closed his eyes. Perhaps it was better to dream.

FOOTNOTE: - Notwithstanding the occasional temptation to have recourse to opiates, your Editor remains deeply grateful to all those who spend valuable time, and often much thought, in contributing to the magazine; and particularly to those who supply articles, often both interesting and entertaining, without prompting or editorial pressure of any kind. Long may they continue to do so—and if you have not yet tried, don’t wait to be asked!

Ode to Inertia

Inborn genesis of pro-created aphorism
Flows through effervescence
In my veins
Veins nocturnal veins innately ensiform.
Enhypostasia enranckled to be
Ever one two and three.
This is my unilateral
Plantation,
Segregation and necessity.
So in cavern dankly dolichocephalic
Reposes dogma
Dolabriform revealing
Nothing.
This must be prescience
Preponderately free
But nothing.
So is prepotant preposterous perspicacity
Excursions via pulchritude
To
Nothing.
What is mankind?
Inertia indissuadable.

R. M. PRICE.

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MISCELLANY

The Wesleyan Proprietary Grammar School

THIS year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the opining of King Edward VII School. In 1906 the School moved into the present premises, which had previously been occupied by Wesley College. The building, although substantially altered internally before 1906, dates from 1838, when the Wesleyan Proprietary Grammar School (later Wesley College) was opened.

In 1739 John Wesley’s desire to overcome the evils of scanty and superficial education and a notorious neglect of religious training led to the foundation of Kingswood School. Although this venture did not succeed as had been hoped, certain Wesleyans were convinced that a school similar to Kingswood could successfully be established elsewhere. For this purpose a meeting of Methodist ministers was held in Sheffield, and the result was the formation of a Provisional Committee, which decided that the necessary money should be raised by the issue of £50 shares. To prevent speculation and to make it impossible for any one person to gain too powerful an interest, or to lose too much if the scheme failed, nobody was to hold more than three shares.

With the amount raised a piece of ground was purchased for £4,500, “containing about six acres lying a mile West of the town of Sheffield”. It was, in fact, just below The Mount (which now houses United Steel offices). Now was the time to select a design for the new school, and of those submitted W. Flockton’s was accepted. Building soon began, and kitchens, a spacious dining-hall, dormitories, school-rooms, a library and reading room, shower baths, a gymnasium, and, of course, a chapel were all included. The ‘gym’ was considered an essential part of the building, “that the youths may in all weathers engage in those athletic exercises which at once develop both muscular and mental energy and which prepare for the successful pursuit of knowledge and its subsequent vigorous application”. Thus equipped with all the amenities possible for the period the school was now ready to receive its first pupils, some one hundred and fifty in number.

First, however, a Deed of Settlement had to be drawn up. This document was the result of very careful thought, and was not finally signed until a year after its first promulgation to allow time for second opinions and improvements. Although a fairly lengthy document, its contents may be summarized under four main aims. These were to settle for the shareholders the freehold of the property, and at the same time to restrict their individual power, so that the school might never be “wantonly or collusively alienated”. Thirdly, it aimed at securing a fair and public method of appointing masters, so that the places might always be most effectively filled, and learning and ability never sacrificed to patronage. Finally, not only the school’s religious character was to be maintained, but it was to be decidedly Wesleyan.

The opening itself took place on 8th August, 1838, and was the occasion for much ceremony. James Montgomery and James Dixon were the principal speakers. The numerous speeches are printed in full in the 1839 Prospectus. The new pupils, according to contemporary accounts, enjoyed the ceremony.

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From the very beginning it was agreed that there was to be none of the notorious brutality of many nineteenth century schools. “Discipline is enforced by uniting firmness and kindness, by creating a feeling in the minds of pupils that it is better to be orderly than disorderly”. This method of giving pupils a large amount of initiative and responsibility is still one of the main traditions of the School today. However, this certainly did not mean that laziness was tolerated. By 6.45 a.m. boys had to be working at their places, and until going to bed at 8 or 9 p.m. they had to observe a strict educational and religious timetable. Boys were classed according to their ability, and were taught several subjects, of which Mathematics, Classics and French were considered the most important. The older boys studied a course very similar to those at Oxford and Cambridge, and all pupils were examined twice each year, at Christmas and Midsummer. Leisure time, however, was not forgotten and was included in the timetable, so that even if they had to work hard they were still allowed time for enjoyment.

Indeed, the Wesleyan Proprietary Grammar School started a tradition which has been carried on in the same building ever since. It established the fact that if hard work, enjoyment and responsibility are combined together, the best possible results will be achieved, and pupils will be well prepared for adult life.

M. E. ORTON.

Voluntary Community Service

SINCE the last report of “Youth Action—Sheffield” we have passed through a Summer term of relatively little activity. The major causes of this lapse in activities were, first, the demands of the summer examinations, in which many of our group have been involved; second, the call of School sporting activities; and finally the fall in numbers of our group resulting from the departure of many second-year sixth formers.

This summer the group’s team of decorators have been in great demand for decorating the houses of old and disabled people who live near the School. The boys, who seem to have enjoyed these activities, may now claim to be fully accomplished painters and decorators, and will continue to pursue this activity.

The poor weather has led to the cancellation of the majority of our outdoor activities, including hikes for children from broken homes and a cricket match against a team of mentally disabled men.

During the first seven months of our existence we have had very few connections with other schools, but this was ended when C. Alsopp and S. Nortcliff attended a meeting of all the Sheffield Groups at Firth Park Grammar School. At the meeting it was decided to form one central co-ordinating committee and a few area committees.

The majority of the activities ceased to function during the summer holidays, but now that we are back we are striving to restart them. To do this it has been decided to form a committee whose duties will be to allocate schemes and to try to publicise the organisation.

Our thanks must be given to Mr. Wild who, while leaving the initiative with the boys, provides the necessary link with the authorities.

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In the future we hope to increase the size of the group. This would enable us to organize much more elaborate and interesting projects, which would add to the enjoyment ‘we already gain.

S. NORTCLIFF (Group Secretary)

Non-Literary Criticism

(Being a spontaneous not to say rude commentary on some obscure verses brought to light by recent research. We suppose that they were not intended for publication in a serious literary magazine, so have taken the liberty of printing them here. If the author of the verses has any complaints he would be wise not to make them in writing. We are always short of scurrilous material.)

Ode to a history lesson

1. Thoughts

(A provocative—if misleading—subtitle)

History is morbid

Dull and sordid.

(Rhyme?? The ‘thought’ seems a shade trite, too. Warming up perhaps)

Dates can go to hell,

(. Yes definitely. But poor. Perhaps it should have been printed ‘h* 11’)

Presidents as well.

Tests are a bore,

Learning even more.

(What you presumably mean is that you don’t do the learning and so you fail the tests. Be honest.)

Writing is a grind.

Reading is a bind.

(So it’s ‘Back to the Jungle’ now. I wonder if you would really rather be an Illiterate Savage hunting your own dinner—or being hunted by it?)

The British Constitution

And Industrial Revolution

(Show-off!)

Can get in the bin,

With all hist. books thrown in.

(No comment)

According to Ford

History is bunk,

(I fancy I heard that before, somewhere)

And people who do it

Are bound to be sunk.

(Did Ford say that, too?)

At this point, my thoughts must end.

(None too soon, either, if that’s the best you can do. But no: more is to come; I fear the worst)

The master his weary way doth wend

(And wouldn’t you be weary with a lot of dead-heads like you to teach?)

Towards the dreaded

(By whom?)history room.

Where we sit waiting for our doom.

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We hear the master approaching the door,

(Pretty sharp ears, if I know your lot and the din they make between periods)

And from this point life becomes a bore.

(What on earth was it before?)

11.   The Lesson

(At least this promises some narrative, which should be more lively stuff)

We get out our books, fusty and old,

The pages covered with fungus and mould

(Well what do you expect if you will keep a leaky orangeade bottle in your desk?)

When the master comes in, we give a heart-rending groan

(I don’t suppose he is overjoyed at seeing you, either)

But nothing can stop his sonorous drone.

(Nice touch of onomatopoeia, I admit)

“What do you think of King Charles?" he says,

Which wakes me up from my stupefied daze.

(I can’t help feeling that you have had too much pudding for dinner)

I look all around, and mumble, “Don’t know”

(Even you might have done better than that. Ask a silly question)

While the rest of the class are all laughing “Ho! Ho!“

(Which at least shows that your views on history are not shared by everyone: or perhaps it just shows their views on you, which Jam rather beginning to appreciate)

As for my comments on James the First, I fear they are the very worst.

(Shame on you! I presume you know that he was the founder of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School, which was one of the schools merged in the founding of K.E.S.? The poor man must be doing 100 r.p.m. in his grave not that I expect you care)

“Politics in Russia!” The subject gets worse

And my comments aren’t fit to be written in verse.

(That sounds like a rather thin excuse. However, anything that will bring your ‘poem’ to a speedy end gets my vote)

In the history exam my marks are bad

(You quite surprise me)

And the master who set it must have been mad.

(Now that must have been either Mr    or Mr do you think we should investigate that one further?)

No insult is meant, I add with haste,

(That’s better, if cowardly, and hardly convincing)

But time spent on history is really a waste.

(Which means some 5,000 years to date, 1 suppose)

My knowledge of facts is extremely low,

(No?)

Because everything happened aeons ago.

(Heard of books? And what do you know about Current Affairs anyway? I could guess)

One final point which I add at last, (Thank goodness!)

I’m concerned with the future, NOT with the PAST.

(And good luck to you—and it. But what about the PRESENT? It has its points, and I doubt if you’re making the most of it writing this sort of stuff (Read any good reports lately?) However, since you have finished, I will not strain our readers’ patience any further but leave them to judge the merits of your case. I don’t suppose you will ever get into a history book, anyway, ~ that’s any comfort.)

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Sheffield Young Oxfam

FOLLOWING swiftly on the heels of the emergence of Youth Action, Sheffield, came the formation of Sheffield Young Oxfam. Complaints that the youth of Sheffield are desperately lacking in community-spirit must now be swept aside. Sheffield youth is on the move. However, it may be that these complaints of our elders have precipitated this spurt of action.

The activities of Oxfam have been increasing in recent years and many novel ideas have been put into action. One of these developments has been the formation of Young Oxfam groups. The Oxfam Group in Sheffield is now well established and organised, with a fairly extensive scope of action. Probably the next logical step in its expansion was the creation of a Young Oxfam group.

At the instigation of its Chairman, Stuart Millington, the group held its first meeting on Wednesday, July 7th, at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Greenhill. Appropriate officials were elected and general policy discussed. On July 21st twelve of us, four from K.E.S., assembled in Shearwood Road, intending to proceed to a meeting of the senior organisation in the Law Society building to observe how efficiently they conducted their business. After a minor preliminary mishap (we were locked out of the normal meeting-place and so had to find somewhere else to meet) a discussion took place on such subjects as the Oxfam book sale, clothing collection and Christmas activities.

The next meeting was held on September 8th, for which there was. a full agenda including such items as dances, walks, and even an illumination hot-dog and soup stall! At School action has also begun; the small Oxfam group has begun to organise itself and publicise its activities.

Beware! Sheffield Young Oxfam is moving into battle: your money for someone else’s life!

R.G.

Up The Wall

THE idea of a weekend expedition to Hadrian’s Wall, first mooted in September 1964, materialized in late May this year, when ten boys and two masters set off in a minibus with the intention of walking along the best remaining parts of the wall, sleeping in Youth Hostels. The party left after school on Friday, 28th May, and, taking in a meal at a transport cafe en route, arrived at Barnard Castle at about 8 p.m. Having discovered the Youth Hostel, we set to work on our duties of mowing the lawn (one behind mowing, one in front catching the cuttings in a dustbin lid) and fetching coal. These chores done we explored the interesting and ancient town. The castle was unfortunately closed, but four of the party somehow managed to stray into it, without apparently finding anyone to receive their 3d. entrance fees. On our return to the Hostel we discovered that we were practically the only visitors, and so, ignoring the fears of those on the lower bunks, some of us were able to sleep soundly on two mattresses apiece.

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We left at 9 a.m. the following morning, and drove on to Hexham, where we (just) had time to see the abbey church and purchase provisions. At noon we arrived at Chesters and spent some time in the museum, which houses, among Roman tools and ornaments, many inscribed slabs from the length of the wall. After looking round the museum we inspected the fort, which has been extremely well excavated, and were not surprised to find it cited as the best preserved Roman fort of its kind in the world. No doubt following good ancient precedent, we found shelter from a keen East wind in the bathhouse, where, seated in some handy niches in the changing-room, we ate our sandwiches and listened to the current Test Match, These baths are particularly well preserved and the ingenious drainage systems and hot air ducts could be clearly traced.

After driving on to a point where the wall and the road diverge we disembarked and walked along what was described as a good length of wall. At first it was practically non-existent, but it improved gradually until we came upon Housesteads fort standing upon the top of a hill with a wide view of moorland stretching in all directions. This fort also has a museum and traces of a civilian settlement outside the walls. Noteworthy were the granaries and a water tank. Near the fort, which is still being excavated, we met Mr. Taylor who had meantime driven the minibus to the Youth Hostel. Thither we now walked at a hot pace, along a series of crags which seemed to make the wall superfluous.

On arrival at Once Brewed Youth Hostel we found that it was a converted farmhouse with a one legged warden. Half the party went out and amused themselves with a game of cricket, while the less wary were rounded up and told to amuse themselves by peeling potatoes, with blunt knives. Despite all, a substantial meal was eventually served, complete with oranges which looked like lemons and pink rice pudding, followed by an enjoyable evening of liar-dice and darts. (The game of liar-dice is rumoured to have continued through the night in the dormitory.) Although the Hostel was full our party dominated the kitchen and monopolised the gas rings by sheer brilliance, several members practising unrivalled virtuosity on the kitchen stove.

On Sunday, after making great preparations including porridge and marmalade sandwiches (for dinner) we drove towards Greenhead, and walked back along an excellent stretch of wall (at one point it stood ten feet high—two thirds the original height) to Aesica, a fort still largely unexcavated. From there we pressed on to a road where Mr. Taylor had left the minibus with our provisions. After the marmalade sandwiches had been consumed on the bank of a small burn (see picture) we played cricket on a slagheap and finally walked along a little more wall and some of the ‘vallum’—an earthwork of doubtful purpose—to the minibus, once again conveniently parked by Mr. Taylor. So we set off for home, and thanks to some driving at a speed hardly appropriate to a Senior Classics Master we arrived back at 8.30 p.m., via Wales.

We must, of course, thank Mr. Braunholtz for organizing the accommodation, the walking, and the porridge; and Mr. Taylor for cooking so expertly and driving so well, so far, and so fast. The organization of such a trip must have been considerable, but it was an unqualified success, and there is every possibility of similar expeditions in future.

M,R.A., R.B., J.C.S.

Opposite:— Top: near Housesteads.

Middle: Haltwhistle Burn.

Bottom: Hypocaust at Chesters.

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“Digging for Looneys”

THE International Voluntary Service, as its name implies, exists to encourage people of every class and creed to help people less privileged than themselves. Besides local branches of I.V.S. throughout Britain the organization has work camps both at home and abroad, and sends out volunteers to many underdeveloped countries. Within the service one gets to know people. In the Sheffield branch are students, nurses, teachers, secretaries and schoolchildren, who all have I.V.S. in common.

The work that the branch does ranges from decorating and gardening for old age pensioners and prisoners’ families to “digging for looneys”, or rather working at a gardening scheme with patients of Middlewood Hospital. Underprivileged children have also been taken for days out to the seaside and the zoo.

Naturally the movement has its lighter side. At Middlewood Hospital the assistant chief male nurse offered to show us round. Two hours later when, for the sake of our feet, we reminded him of the time, he announced that he had hardly shown us anything, although he had kept us in constant amazement at the size of the place. We are frequently kept amused by the people for whom we work. We had barely got inside the door at one old lady’s house before she informed us that her daughter-in-law had stuck her head in the gas oven the week before. At the same job a girl window-painter could scarcely believe her eyes when she saw the number of Indians entering and leaving the house across the yard. At least twelve people seemed to inhabit it.

At the moment I.V.S.’s major task is to seek recognition throughout the city, and this coincides with a fund-raising campaign for furthering its work at the national level.

J. L. WRAGG.

‘There was an old man with a beard’

Barbatus fuerat senior qui talia dixit:

“Quae timui, barbae damna molesta nocent:

“Bubones geminos gallinamque intus, alaudas

“Quattuor et trochilum nidificasse puto.”

Thirty Years Back

(from ‘Impressions of Germany’, by K.G.B.: July, 1935)

We were taken round an “Arbeitsdienst” Camp conducted by the second in command of the district around Halle. This institution is to train every able man in the country to work with his hands if necessary, and to teach him the principles of the National Socialist constitution. We were told that there was no class distinction in this association, but I very much doubt it

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The French people and many English people think that, in insisting on the rearmament of Germany, Hitler wants war. The German argument is this: Germany is threatened on all sides by nations such as France, Italy and Russia, all of whom are heavily armed compared with the defences of Germany, therefore she must protect herself. Another of the German arguments is that by the Treaty of Versailles Germany was compelled to disarm, and the victorious nations promised to follow suit. Germany disarmed but no one else did, the other nations thus failing to keep their side of the Treaty. Therefore, say the Germans, Germany need not fulfil her promise, and must rearm in order to be safe from foreign attack.

We in England cannot understand how it is possible for one man to earn so much praise as does Hitler. The German answer is that Hitler pulled them through a time of distress, when money was worth almost nothing and when Germany was practically in the hands of the Communists; not that Communism is any worse than National Socialism for all we know, but that is not the point, or rather that is not a point of which the Germans take any notice.

So we see that there are equally good arguments both for and against Hitler’s point of view, which, since Hitler’s word is law, is the accepted German opinion.

Land of the Dead

The small black, silhouetted crosses rear

Above the flat stone slabs and rails

Which mark a resting place of long ago.

The dark shadows of withered trees

Lie menacingly across the narrow walks.

The night is drear, the moon a faint light

To see my path through this eerie place.

Elaborate, plain crosses or vast statues,

All mark identically sized plots

Of grass or gravel, each with an epitaph.

By the light of an ancient lamp

I pause to read a pathetic memorial:

‘Here lies Arthur J. Roach. RIP.’

But does he rest in peace?

Do the dead rest eternally?

Or do they rise from cold decay

And tread this mortal sphere

To terrify mortals as vampires and ghosts?

Superstitious legends say the dead do rise;

I do not presume to verify these tales,

Nor do 1 believe in eternal rest

In a perfect spiritual heaven.

When a man dies, his body is laid

In a plain wooden cask and interred

In a cold stone vault to decay

Forgotten in places of awful desolation.

1. T. Pashby

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SCOUTING

Senior Troop

DURING the Summer term regular meetings were held. These were usually well attended, although exams played their usual havoc. Evening and weekend climbing meets were arranged on local outcrops.

Summer Camp this year was at Nanjizal Bay near Land’s End. Fourteen members attended camp and we were joined by Peter Bower, an ex-Senior. Various excursions were made to parts of “Olde Cornwall” (the land of the “first and last”), and a few trips were made to the Minack open-air theatre. Amongst the varied activities pursued were climbing, surfing, fishing, skittles and volley-ball, not to mention pasty-eating.

Five Seniors went to Norway on “SAGA ‘65” this summer. They were J. L. Wragg, S. I. Williams, P. J. Thomas, R. J. Dunsford and A. T. Harrison. The trip was organised by the Scout and Guide Graduate Association (S.A.G.G.A.) of Sheffield, Bolton, Buckinghamshire and Surrey; and was aimed at introducing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme into scouting and guiding. The emphasis was on light-weight camping.

We must congratulate John Wragg on gaining his Queen’s Scout badge, and also those who are going up to University this year. We hope they will keep in touch.

Scout Troop

LAST term was the most successful during the first year of the enlarged troop’s existence. Whit Camp was held at Barlow, near Holmesfield on what is known as an island site, consisting of a thorny field surrounded by a stream on one side and a waterworks canal on the other. The weather was not too unkind to us and the usual recreational activities were undertaken (with the odd scouting activity thrown in, such as building bridges to give visiting parents a false sense of security and fervent activity). We must thank Mr. Scobie for his visit when he brought us a thunderstorm and tales of his previous day’s cuisine while we ate our cold (and wet) bangers and mash.

Our hidden scouting ability was, however, exhibited admirably in local competitions. The Curlews (P/L R. Bedford) were placed second in the Holmstrom Trophy thus gaining the Hallam Trophy, and the Hawks under an acting P/L (P. Brierley) were second in the Sheffield Telegraph Trophy. An admirable performance by all concerned.

Some of the Troop also visited Samuel Fox’s Stocksbridge Works, and some of the patrol leaders spent an amusing weekend at a new, well equipped hut near Bradfield. (Mr. Baker has never liked stirrup pumps since).

D.B.

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Summer Camp

THIS year’s Summer camp was held at Dhoon Glen, in the Isle of Man. The site was on a sloping field in a picturesque glen leading to the beach and cliffs. The scouting activity of the camp was the construction of an excellent aerial runway. Efforts were also made at pitching tents when blindfolded, training, bird watching, estimation by sound, and climbing; and our scientific A.S.M. (Philip Hetherington) successfully made an automatic frontier post opened by a cough. Our non-scientific A.S.M. (Jim Mould) was more noted for his golf drives from tricky bunkers, notably the pebbly beach. This matched the S.M.’s driving ability.

A coach trip took us on a tour of the island, including Tynwald Hill and the mountain section of the T.T. course. The P/L’s also experienced the mountains on a two-day hike during the worst weather of the camp. Generally, however, the weather was kind to us.

Many eccentric activities were known as “triangles” (owing to their symbol on the camp programme). These included off-beat training and “mug” Olympics. The outstanding “triangle”, however, was the nationalisation of Manx bakeries by assaulting them from the electric trains with apple explosives and by “blowing” bridges.

The camping competition was won by Curlews, who thus became supreme for the year. This memorable camp ended in song at Victoria station, with a final chorus of We’re forever loving Puddles, a ditty dedicated to our cuddly mascot, believed to be the only teddy bear with B.A. status.

SOCIETIES

Bible Study Group

OPERATION Mobilisation was a campaign instigated by an American evangelist for the purpose of evangelising Mexico, but soon it moved to Europe and is now passing throughout the continent. For the first major meeting of the Summer term we were addressed by three members of the movement, who illustrated their talk with film-slides of their work. The other major meeting took the form of the film “Rennie’s Mill”, which brought to light the atrocious conditions of life in a refugee district of Hong Kong.

Our weekly meetings for discussion were centred on a series of bible studies of the Acts of the Apostles, and attempts to vary the presentation of each study showed signs of success. We gratefully appreciate the continued support and guidance of Mr. Reaney and Mr. Wrigley, and regretfully say goodbye to Mr. Reaney, who has given of his time, concern and enthusiasm to make possible the existence of the group. We wish him every success in his new work in Nigeria.

Senior Classical Society

IN the only meeting of the Summer term, T. J. Warn, J. M. Haworth, and R. M. Price each gave short talks in a “Symposium on Homer”. Warn spoke on the gods in Homer; Haworth on the difficulties of translating Homer, using Matthew Arnold extensively as his source; finally Price spoke on Homeric formulae. Attendance at this meeting was, as usual, low. It is a pity that more senior boys who are not classical scholars do not take

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an interest in the activities of the Society. We congratulate R. M. Price on his double victory in winning both Latin and Greek reading competitions against stiff opposition. We must thank R. Galley, who was this year’s president, and who acted as secretary in the prolonged absence of R. J. Williams. Finally we must thank Mr. Taylor and the classics staff for their continual aid and interest. Sadly Mr. Pickup is leaving us for Manchester Grammar School. We regret losing him, but wish him every success in his new post.

Fell Walking Group

LAST term it was thought a good idea to form a Fell Walking Group of boys then in the first and second forms. A small Group had been envisaged, but the response was much better than expected, 91 boys saying they were interested.

It was decided to have a hike on July 4th. Mr. Allen, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Pickup and Mr. Reaney with 36 boys went on this hike, which started from Pond Street bus station at 12.30 p.m. We were glad to welcome Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Lavender also, Mr. Lavender being a part-time Peak Park Warden, whose help and advice is and will be very valuable to us.

The bus took us to Yorkshire Bridge where the walk started on a warm but not a very sunny day. The hike continued over Win Hill, by Hope Cross, and up to Alport Castles, where we had a steep climb before we could have tea. We climbed higher and then over moorland and down a river clough to Derwent. Thus the first hike ended, enjoyed by everyone who went.

In addition to three day-hikes, a visit to the Lake District has been fixed for the October Half-Term week end, when 24 boys will be going Fell Walking, staying at Youth Hostels at Longthwaite in Borrowdale, and High Close, Grasmere.

S.J.L., S.N., R.B.

It is hoped to hold Fell Walking expeditions for more senior boys in the course of the year.

J.S.A.

Junior History Society

THE meetings of the Summer term were mostly compressed into the period before the Whitsun holidays. The Study Group, consisting of about ten members of the Society, met regularly in the Wednesday lunch hour in the early part of the term. The object of this group is to study history from original sources of the times. A large number of the documents studied were parish records, like registers of deaths. In one of these the vicar had written a diary of village life intermingled with mentions of the deaths of some of his parishioners. Inventories compiled for wills and documents concerned with village life were also studied.

The usual Summer excursion, held on Saturday, May 8th, was made to places of historical interest in North and East Yorkshire. We set off from school at about 8 a.m., and arrived at Pickering Castle later that morning. The focal point of this castle is a large artificial mound, thrown up in the reign of William the Conqueror, which was originally surmounted by wooden fortifications which were replaced by stone in the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. Helmsley castle, our next stop, is situated within a circle of earthworks. Part of the keep, built in the thirteenth century, is still standing, and some of the domestic buildings are virtually intact.

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Rievaulx Abbey, one of the largest and finest abbeys of its type in Britain was the next place which we visited. The construction of this building was begun in 1132 and was finished about a hundred years later. Byland Abbey is less imposing than Rievaulx although a large part still remains intact. Richmond Castle, our last stop has a magnificent keep, built in the twelfth century, and extensive domestic buildings.

The Society as a whole thanks the masters who have given up their valuable time to help to arrange the meetings of the Society.

Junior Literary and Debating Society

SINCE the last article was written about the Society we have had two more meetings. The first was a “Talk Yourself Out of It”. About twenty people turned up to talk their ways out of various situations. The persons present voted K. M. Romanski, who was found trying to saw through the pole of a number fifty ‘bus outside a number twenty-eight ‘bus-stop with a toy saw, as having given the most entertaining explanation. C. I. Naylor’s story of how he was found trying to balance a copy of the adventures of Tom Sawyer on a pole in the close while wearing school uniform was judged second best. Each received a small prize.

The second meeting was a Mock Trial. About thirty people, predominantly from the first form, came to watch with somewhat morbid interest the case of The School versus P. A. Long. After a hard and wordy battle, the jury decided that the defendant was ‘Not Guilty’ of the charge of murder. This left Mr. Jay triumphant over Mr. Maxwell.

Thanks are due to N. S. Maxwell and P. R. Jay for organising four very interesting meetings since they became secretaries. Thanks are also due to Mr. Lockett for presiding over the first two meetings and to Mr. Braunholtz for seeing fair play in the latter two when Mr. Lockett was unable to come.

Maths Society

THE Society’s last talk of the Summer term was given by D. G. Bradbury, and dealt with Gravitation and Relativity. This was the first talk by a fifth former and proved extremely encouraging.

Previously M. J. Harris had introduced pyjamas and paper to demonstrate Topology. The meeting before this, Mr. Lunn attracted a large audience to his talk on the life and work of Leonhard Euler.

The first two meetings of the term were probably the most successful. They were both given by P. J. Willner and dealt with Symbolic Logic and Boolean Algebra. At the first of these he concentrated on the use of the Venn diagram, a pictorial method of representing verbal premises. Employing this, he solved, at great length, several simple problems.

The second meeting began with a summary of the first, followed by an introduction to the laws of Boolean Algebra. These enabled him to solve more complicated problems, which involved more than three sets.

This term has firmly established Mathematics as another branch of the School’s many Societies.

Sports

CRICKET, 1965

FIRST XI

THIS has been one of the most successful seasons for the 1st XI for many years with seven matches being won. Many interesting and exciting games were played and the team derived much enjoyment from them.

The main feature of the season was inconsistency in batting and our heaviest defeats were recorded when the batting failed on reasonable wickets. Several high scores were recorded, but the middle order batsmen found great difficulty in retrieving a bad start. Thus it was left to the first four or five batsmen to make the majority of the runs.

In most games a sound start was given by Hodgkin and Fielding. They were inclined to be over cautious, however, and Hodgkin seemed afraid to use his shots. He has become stronger and needs to realise his full potential. Fielding showed admirable fighting spirit and tremendous application. Priestley displayed glimpses of what he could achieve when he showed both power and glorious stroke play. But he must curb his impatience and not play shots pushing his right hand through. Valuable assistance came from Warn, Bird, and Hempshall amongst others.

The bowling achieved more than for several seasons, taking more wickets and at smaller cost. When given a reasonable task they performed quite well, but wilted when severely attacked. The brunt of the bowling fell on Timperley and Everatt. The former bowled more intelligently than he has done in previous years, altering his pace from very fast to a more moderate speed when conditions necessitated it. He bowled his slower ball very well and was unfortunate not to take more wickets with it. As a slow bowler Everatt has proved extremely accurate and economical. He invariably bowled on a good length and took several wickets by inducing impatience in the batsmen. He should claim many victims next year.

The other bowlers also played their part, on occasions, but were too erratic. Richardson, after one good performance, bowled without the required control and Beman too often pitched too short. Priestley took some useful wickets proving most effective on wet wickets.

Once again the team went on tour, and again failed to win a match. It was, however, most enjoyable and some benefit was derived. Two younger boys toured with us gaining some valuable experience. One of these, Milner, after being introduced as a bowler at the beginning of the season showed very sound defence in his batting and should prove very useful next year. The final match of the tour was probably the most exciting of the season, the game lasting almost six hours and the result being in the balance until the very end.

The fielding varied from excellent to poor, but on the whole was quite reasonable. Warn has kept wicket very well against the fast attack and showed signs of improvement when facing the slower bowling. The prospects are again bright for next season and I wish Everatt every success as next year’s captain.

Finally I should like to thank Mr. Robinson, Mr. Hemming and Dr. Knowles for their support and encouragement. They were sometimes not quite in agreement with the Captain, but all was successfully resolved.

Special mention should be made of Mr. Robinson. After years of suffering with the 1st XI, he has moved to a new post at Glasgow. He was always willing to devote a great deal of his free time to the team and ready to help and advise. The team will miss him next year.

After an enjoyable season, 1 should like to say that it has been a privilege to captain the side and to represent the school.

R. CROWSON.

RESULTS:

v. William Hulme G.S.

Lost by 3 wickets.

 

K.E.S.:92 (Priestley 38)

 

W.H.G.S.: 93 for 7.

v. Worksop College

Won by 8 wickets.

 

Worksop: 77 (Beman 5 for 16).

 

K.E.S.: 78 for 2 (Priestley 26 n.o.).

v. Wintringham G.S., Grimsby

Won by 63 runs.

 

K.E.S.: 91 (Crowson 25, Priestley 24).

 

W.G.S.: 28 (Richardson 8 for 8).

v. Abbeydale G.S.

Won by 8 wickets.

 

Abbeydale 103 (Timperley 4 for 23).

 

K.E.S.: 104 for 2 (Priestley 40 n.o.).

v. Stockport G.S.

Lost by 9 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 100 (Beman 23).

 

Stockport:103 for 1.

v. High Storrs G.S.

Drawn.

 

High Storrs: 172 for 7 dec.

 

K.E.S.: 102 for 5 (Hodgkin 50 n.o.).

v. Huddersfield New College

Lost by 31 runs.

 

Huddersfield: 72 (Timperley 7 for 16).

 

K.E.S.: 41 (Fielding 20).

v. King’s School, Grantham

Won by 58 runs.

 

K.E.S.: 175 for 8 dec. (Bird 52, Warn 43).

 

Grantham: 117 (Timperley 4 for 22, Beman 4 for 21).

v. Old Edwardians

Lost by 101 runs.

 

O.E.’s: 182 for 8 dec. (Timperley 4 for 37).

 

K.E.S.: 81 (Priestley 29).

v. King Edward VI G.S., Norwich

Lost by 2 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 104 (Hodgkin 20).

 

Norwich: 105 for 8 (Timperley 4 for 40).

v. King’s School, Peterborough

Lost by 14 runs.

 

Peterborough: 83 (Everatt 4 for 9).

 

K.E.S.: 69 (Bradley 36).

v. March G.S.

Lost by 6 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 85 (Crowson 28).

 

March: 86 for 4.

v. Mount St. Mary’s College

Won by 50 runs.

 

K.E.S.: 161 for 2 dec. (Crowson 47 n.o., Priestley 47, Hodgkin 46).

 

M.S.M.: 111 (Everatt 4 for 33)..

v. K.E.S. Staff.

Abandoned

 

K.E.S.: 52 for 3.

v. Manchester G.S.

Lost by 9 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 78.

 

M.G.S.: 80 for 1.

v. Queen Elizabeth G.S., Wakefield

Abandoned.

 

Q.E.G.S.: 162 for 6 (Priestley 3 for 26).

v. Bradford G.S

Lost by 6 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 169 for 4 dec. (Fielding 52, Crowson 46 n.o.)

 

Bradford: 170 for 4.

v. Hymer’s College, Hull .

Won by 34 runs.

 

K.E.S.: 113 (Priestley 40, Crowson 26).

 

Hull: 79 (Timperley 5 for 14).

v. D. M. Meredith’s XI

Won by 5 wickets.

 

D. M. Meredith’s Xl: 120 (Beman 3 for 15).

 

K.E.S.: 124 for 5 (Priestley 48 no.)

SUMMARY:

     Won 7.     Lost 9.     Drawn 1.     Abandoned 2.

1ST Xl AVERAGES

Batting: (Qualification, 10 completed innings).

 

Matches

Inns.

no.

Runs

H.S.

Average

Priestley

18

17

3

352

48*

25.14

Crowson

18

19

5

281

47*

21.61

Hodgkin

18

17

1

265

50*

16.56

Fielding

17

16

2

216

52

15.43

Hempshall

10

8

2

68

20

11.33

Beman

17

9

1

64

23

8.00

Warn

18

14

0

107

43

7.64

Everatt

18

10

3

48

20

6.86

Milner

14

10

2

49

14

6.12

* Not-out.

Bowling: (Qualification, 10 wickets).

 

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

Average

Timperley

138.4

40

311

35

8.89

Priestley

49

9

133

13

10.23

Everatt

129

26

339

28

12.11

Beman

82.3

17

274

20

13.7

Richardson

88

22

268

17

15.76

Also played: Bird, Bradley, Burns, Turner, Mottram, Kippax, Hodgkinson, Paramore.

SECOND XI

THIS season has proved to be most successful for the Second XI, having won six out of nine fixtures. After winning our first few matches we narrowly lost to a Minor Counties XI masquerading under the name of the Old Edwardians, which ruined our chances of having an unbeaten record. But an unfortunate loss against Manchester G.S. was our only defeat by a school side.

The strength of the team lay in its all-round ability, generally batting down to No. 9, and having a variety of bowlers to draw on. No one person shone consistently but all showed good form at least once in the season. Only two 50's were scored-by Botros at Stockport and by Hemming at Grantham. (Hemming scored a further 5 runs on other occasions). Sound knocks of twenty or thirty by various batsmen frequently enabled respectable scores to be reached.

Mottram's bowling was consistent and penetrating and his opening partner Hodgkinson bowled very well without much luck. These two promise well for future 1st Xl's. The spin attack shared quite substantially in the wickets but tended to be expensive at times. Later in the season we acquired Hempshall from the 1st XI, and also Richardson, who took several useful wickets towards the end.

Fielding was usually keen and lively, probably because dropped catches, overthrows and the like resulted in fines. Hudson took a personal record twelve catches, three times as many as his nearest rival—Steinman the wicketkeeper.

Team spirit seemed not to be dampened by the Hudson Fielding Fund liberally subscribed to by the more inept among us. Botros is to be presented with a side of bacon from this fund for being the most accomplished ‘slicer’ among us.

Our thanks are due to G. Clark, our scorer, and also to Dr. Knowles and Mr. Wrigley, whose helpful advice was almost indispensable.

P.K., P.B.

RESULTS: Played 9, Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Abandoned 2.

UNDER 15 XI

SOME of the promise that Mr. Cowan foresaw has been realised: the side soon settled down to play effective if not dominating cricket. Runs have been saved by alertness in the field; more have been created by calling and running that have at times been superb. The bowling has again been good, though twice frustrated in Lancashire: Wilson’s speed brought him 30 wickets, chiefly in the early matches; later, Milner spun the ball with a confidence, variety and control rarely seen in junior cricket, and thereby the more successful. The batting has been frail, too much being left to Turner and Milner. Only three times have we been fully in command. Most of the team have still to learn to move behind the line of the ball and to play a solid defensive stroke to a good delivery. Nevertheless their talent is developing; concentration will bring its reward.

The side responded well to Wilson’s keen and able captaincy; thus, incidentally, giving us a very happy introduction to King Edward’s cricket.

G.W.T., D.A.A.

RESULTS: Played 10, Won 5, Lost I, Drawn 4.

UNDER 13 XI

IN a season curtailed by rain results were obtained in only six games, and these proved disappointing in view of the all-round ability of the team. Three matches were won by close margins, and three lost decisively.

The batting, which should have been the strongest feature of the side, failed on most occasions. When they struck form, good innings were played by Allen and Thomas, the opening pair, Wallis, Loukes, Mower and Lynn, the last being most consistent with the bat.

As in previous seasons a variety of bowlers was used, some effectively, others generously. Childs, Murfitt, Sellars, Loukes, Ruttle, Naylor and Mawson qualified for the averages; of these Childs was most impressive in the opening games, and later Ruttle established himself as a shrewd and successful leg-spinner. Gillam and Thomson helped keenly in their own way.

Behind the stumps Mower’s performances were consistently very good. From the first game, Wallis showed himself to be a competent and determined captain. It is to be hoped that a team with such potential and spirit will fare more successfully in future seasons.

C.I.C., A.G.J.

RESULTS: Won 3, Lost 3, Abandoned 3.

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UNDER 14 XI

THE team’s overall performance was rather disappointing. Several of the regular players showed plenty of promise and, had their obvious skills been practised with greater determination under match conditions, the team’s record would surely have been much better. Concentration is, after all, the first requirement of consistently successful batting, and it was in this department that the team most failed to come up to expectations. The team also sorely lacked a “natural” wicket-keeper and a bowler with the speed and straightness of many of their opponents.

Peace and Newbery showed perhaps the greatest all-round potential and the most mature techniques, but only Thorpe brought the necessary resolution to his batting in critical circumstances. His blatant unorthodoxy at the wicket hardly recommended him to the critical eye, but the strength and stamina evident in his medium-pace bowling made his occasional absences for swimming all the more pronounced. Lee showed his customary phlegm as the other opening batsman, and Newbery, Peace, and Repen then usually managed a couple of flourishes between them. Wood made a few valuable contributions, and the tail wagged briefly whenever Clarke or Thompson somehow kept his eyes on both the ball and the mid-wicket boundary at the same time.

Peace (25 wickets), Thorpe, and Thompson provided an efficient, if rarely testing, bowling attack, with the last named almost making up in speed for what he lacked in accuracy. Most of the others turned an arm on occasion, but only Newbery, with dainty leg-breaks and an occasional googly, regularly caused difficulties.

With one or two exceptions, fielding was the team’s strongest point: Thompson (12 catches), Lee, and Slack were sometimes outstanding. No satisfactory wicket keeper emerged during the term, though West, who took over the gloves for the last few matches, has the makings of one.

Most disappointing was Johnson, a dismal failure with the bat, too, in view of his undoubted natural ability and flair for the game. He and, later, Repen, both served as captain, each mixing common-sense with a little whimsical intuition, and receiving good support from a team that was cheerful in adversity. Several boys each served as twelfth man during the term, and White and Darvill shared the scorebook with the necessary efficiency.

The team was usually chosen from:

J. B. Clarke, Johnson, Lee, Newbery, Peace, Repen, Slack, Stewart, Thompson, J. A. Thorpe, West, and Wood.

(occasional players: Davies, Holland, Loukes, Willey and White).

RESULTS:            Played II, Won 2, Drew I, Lost 6, Abandoned 2.

ATHLETIC SPORTS

Sports Day

THE contributor who last year expressed regret at missing “the atmosphere of the usual Sports Day” was tempting fate too audaciously. Sports Day means rain to most of us; but this year we were treated more craftily than usual by the heavens. The day began brightly, but when the proceedings were well under way, and some even dared hope that these sports might finish without a downpour, it came. Yet even the weather’s attempt to help us did not entice a particularly large crowd.

Those who came to watch were rewarded with a fine afternoon’s entertainment. Four records were broken—the senior 220 yds. by D. N. Pringle (Lynwood), the Senior Champion Athlete, who also won the Senior 440 yds., and the 100 yds., in a time a tenth of a second outside the record; the Senior High Jump and Discus by R. N. Priestley (Sherwood); and the Senior Relay by the Arundel team. A. P. Fogell of Chatsworth was Junior Champion Athlete, winning the Middle School High and Long Jumps and gaining second place in the Middle School 220 yds.

But the one great disappointment that all but marred the day was the disgraceful example of the masters who declined to show their paces in the Staff Handicap. This was to have been the highlight of the afternoon; the whole field waited in breathless expectation—but it was claimed that conditions were too bad! No wonder the country is going to the dogs.

The trophies were presented by Mrs. T. K. Robinson. Mr. Robinson leaves the school this summer after eleven years with us, and all who have taken part in the sporting life of the school owe him a great debt of gratitude.

ATHLETIC SPORTS RESULTS, 1965

Event

First

                          Second

 

FIRST YEAR

     

80 yards

S. J. Lavender

L            G. C. Woodhouse

L

150 yards

S. J. Lavender

L            G. C. Woodhouse

L

High Jump

R. A. B. Hawkins

Cl           D. A. Priestley

Cl

Long Jump

5. 1. Lavender

L            C. F. Buddery

S

Cricket Ball

J. R. Torry

L            C. F. Buddery

S

SECOND YEAR

     

100 yards

D. G. Loukes

S            R. Brown

Ch

220 yards

D. G. Loukes

S            R. Brown

Ch

High Jump

D. G. Loukes

S            R. Brown

Ch

Long Jump

J. B. Barker

A           1. W. Rose

Cl

Cricket Ball

D. G. Loukes

S            P. J. Mawson

Wb

Shuttle Relay

Lynwood

              Clumber

 

THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

     

100 yards

P. L. Greenwood

H           I. M. Broome

Ch

220 yards

J. G. Repen

A           A. P. Fogell

Ch

440 yards

C. R. Milner

Cl           J. B. Clark

A

880 yards

R. N. Goodenough

H           C. R. Milner

Cl

High Jump

A. P. FogelI

Ch          R. A. Bramwell

Ch

Long Jump

A. P. Fogell

Ch          A. Jackson

Wb

Javelin

A. Jackson

Wb         1. Taylor

L

Discus

K. I. Hughes

Cl           I. M. Broome

Ch

   

              A. Jackson

Wb

Shot

G. C. Scott

S            I. M. Broome

Ch

80 yards Hurdles

P. L. Greenwood

H           M.L J.Carr

Cl

Relay

Lynwood

              Arundel

 

Half-Mile Handicap

M. Cocker

Cl           J. A. Hempshall

L

FIFTH YEAR AND ABOVE

     

220 yards

D. N. Pringle

L            R. Crowson

H

440 yards

D. N. Pringle

L            D. C. Winter

Wb

880 yards

J. G. Skidmore

Ch          J. A. Hempshall

L

Mile

1. G. Skidmore

Ch          J. A. Hempshall

L

100 yards            U.16

R. N. Priestley

S             D. G. Bradbury

Wb

                            0.16

D. N. Pringle

L            R. Crowson

H

High Jump           U.16

R. N. Priestley

S             D. R. Whalley

S

                            0.16

P. B. Hall

H            P. J. Woodhouse

L

Long Jump          U.16

R. N. Priestley

S             J. S. Richardson

Cl

                            0.16

B. Bentley

Ch          S. J. Hudson

Ch

Javelin                 U.16

J. S. Richardson

CI           R. J. Dunsford

Cl

                            0.16

D. Winter

Wb         J. Chambers

H

Discus                 U.16

R. N. Priestley

S             S. J. Williams

S

                            0.16

T. Cooper

Wt         R. J. Dodd

Cl

Shot                     U.16

R. N. Priestley

S             M. A. Winter

Wb

                            0.16

D. Winter

Wb         A. C. Butler

S

110 yard Hurdles

R. Crowson

H            M. J. Williamson

Ch

Relay

Arundel

            Lynwood

 

HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Lynwood (273).   2. Sherwood (219).

SWIMMING 1965

SCHOOL swimming continues to improve. The Annual Swimming Sports were held on Friday 28th May when ten Records were broken. The Senior Swimming Champion, M. S. Pashley (Sherwood), returned excellent times in the 2 lengths, 100 yds., 220 yds. and 440 yds. free style, breaking all four records. in the under 13 section D. G. Loukes broke three records and won the new event, 1 length butterfly. G. C. Scott was the Junior Champion and Sherwood won the Swimming Sports.

In School fixtures we swam against eight other schools, winning all matches except that against Manchester G.S. The under-13, the under-15 team and the Seniors all played their part in this success. Special mention is needed for the School Captain, M. G. Bilson, who has worked very hard and has looked after the teams in a competent manner.

In the Sheffield City finals the under-16 team for Breast Stroke won the Betton Cup in record time for the second year in succession. D. G. Loukes and M. S. Pashley won individual events in record time.

A pleasing feature this past year has been the enthusiasm of the first year boys. There are many promising swimmers and almost l00% of the first year are able to swim one length.

RESULTS:

School teams versus:

Abbeydale G. S.

won

Nottingham High School

won

King Ed. VI G. S., Retford

won

Sir Frederick Milner, Retford

won

Manchester G. S.

lost

Trent College

won

Mount St. Mary’s College

won

Worksop College

won

     

D.B.H.

TENNIS

THE first tennis six has enjoyed a moderate season, without maintaining the success of last year’s team. This has been due to the fact that only two members of last year’s team have been available to play this year. However we have tried to groom, through the second and third sixes, a number of players who will be available next season. It is encouraging to see that in the Upper School at least there are as many people wishing to play tennis as any other sport.

Our first three matches resulted in defeats, but as the team gained experience, the results began to improve. For the first time, the team entered the Glanville Cup, which was played at Doncaster. Although we narrowly lost our round the experience was invaluable.

Williamson, Jessop and Saunders played in every match and were loyal members of the team. Chapman, Nicolson and Laundy played when required.

All the team would like to express their gratitude to Mr. Green for his joviality in defeat and his fanatical support of tennis at school.

FIRST SIX RESULTS: Played 8, Won 2, Lost 4, Abandoned 2.

v. William Hulme G.S.

(H) lost 3-6

v. Mt. St. Mary’s Coil.

 (A) won 8-1

v. Aston Woodhouse H.S.

(A) lost 4-5

v. Aston Woodh’se H.S.

 (H) ab’d 2-0

v. Abbeydale G.S.

(H) lost 2-7

v. Manchester G.S.

(A) lost 2-7

v. Firth Park G.S.

(H) won 7-2

v. Nottingham H.S.

(H) ab’d.

SECOND SIX RESULTS: Played 3, Won I, Lost 2.

I.S., R.W.A.


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203

The Ref

Confident, cool, serene and calm,
Whistle in mouth and ball under arm,
This is the ref—till his whistle blows,
And once that happens, anything goes.

He stands alone, the battle’s begun.
And the odds are 22—1.
The players are strong and broad and tall,
While he is skinny and rather small;
And in all the ground from end to end
There isn’t a soul he can call his friend.

A home team player commits a foul:
He blows his whistle, and a furious howl
Goes up from the whole indignant crowd—
Venomous, rude, and extremely loud.

Was it a goal? Did it cross the line?
The decision is hard and extremely fine,
And he was a good many yards away,
And it may be that on what he will say
The whole of the League or the Cup depends—
Do you wonder he doesn’t have many friends?

After the game, when the teams troop in,
The crowd is generous: lose or win,
They are sportsmen at heart: they enjoyed the game,
They applaud both teams, well, almost the same.
But the ref—for him you’ll never hear
A single clap or a single cheer.

G. Jones

205

HOUSE NOTES

ARUNDEL

OWING to an unusually large number of leavers at Easter the House lost much of its strength in the upper school, and the Summer term was not therefore a successful one for the House. In the swimming sports we were equal seventh, with only four points. We were also placed seventh in the athletic sports, although our senior relay team of Botros, Paramore, Salvin and R. J. Marshall won the event in record time. Barker won the second form long-jump, and Repen came second in the intermediate hundred yards, and won the two hundred yards.

The senior cricket team lacked strength in both batting and bowling, and lost all three league matches. In the knock-out competition we reached the semi-final by beating Clumber, but then lost to Welbeck. The intermediate cricket team was outstanding, winning all three league matches, and beating Lynwood in the final. The third form have shown great promise throughout the year, and the second form team also had a good season. After drawing their first two matches they won the third to finish runners-up in their half-league. In the match to decide the complete league positions they beat Wentworth to finish third.

I. Salvin and D. M. Nicolson won the senior tennis doubles, beating Lynwood in the final. Salvin has been the House vice-captain and School tennis captain and will be missed next year. Mr. Lunn is leaving us this term after a brief stay and we wish him success at his new school.

CHATSWORTH

THE Summer term has been one surprisingly lacking in ‘firsts’. The most notable achievements by the House were third place in both swimming and athletic sports. These were due mainly to outstanding personal contributions by a few members of the House. At sports day very creditable performances were put in by A. P. Fogell from the middle school, who became Junior Champion Athlete after gaining two first places and one second, and also 1. G. Skidmore, who was first in the 880 yards and the mile.

Cricket was disappointing for all the House teams, but especially the Juniors, who did not produce the expected follow-up to last term’s numerous victories. Tennis results have been similarly uninspiring, although the two pairs entered for the doubles knock-out both reached the quarter final. These results reflect the fact that the Seniors have been greatly depleted in numbers because many people left at Easter. Looking forward to the Autumn term and the return to winter games, a really good term can be anticipated judging by the previous excellent football and cross-country results.

This summer we say farewell to several members of the House; we wish them all the best in the future. In particular we are sorry to lose the services of J. G. Skidrnore, an excellent House Captain and Head Prefect, who has brought much prestige to the House both by his sporting and academic achievements. We are grateful to all those boys who have contributed to the well-being of the House over the past year and also to the House tutors for their invaluable support.

CLUMBER

THIS term has been one of varied fortune for each section of the House. On the cricket field the senior team did not fare too well, coming low in the league and being eliminated in the first round of the knock-out competition. The middle school, however, came second in their half-league, and the second form team reached the finals of the knock-out competition, but lost by nine wickets in the replay of the final.

The tennis doubles competition this year was played on a house basis, with two pairs from each house. Our senior pairs were both knocked out in the first round, but the first middle school pair survived two rounds before being beaten.

In the swimming sports there were a few good individual results, but our overall placing was low. In the athletic sports Richardson and Dunsford made good individual attempts but again our overall placing was not as high as had been hoped.

207

HADDON

THIS has been a disappointing term for Haddon. In the swimming sports we finished seventh. Under the enthusiastic and very able captaincy of P. B. Hall we had little difficulty in finding sufficient swimmers, but few of these had any success.

Although we had many individual winners in the athletic sports our overall position was again low. Crowson won the senior hurdles, Hall the senior high-jump, Goodenough the middle school 880 yards, and Greenwood the middle school hundred yards and eighty yards hurdles. Our weakest members in the athletics team were those from the first and second forms, who obtained very few placings in any events.

None of our cricket teams had any measure of success this season. The senior team was defeated by Lynwood in the first round of the knock-out competition, and only won one of the games in the league. Owing to the number of people who played tennis we often had difficulty in raising a full team for the league. The weather prevented the junior and middle school teams from playing many of their matches, but they both won one of the two matches which they played.

LYNWOOD

THE hopes expressed in the last magazine have been fulfilled. The term has been one of triumph for Lynwood. By winning the athletic sports the House has won its first major sporting trophy since 1961. Victories in the first and second form relays and the middle school relays, and a second place in the senior relay ensured victory by the comfortable margin of 273 points to the 219 of Sherwood.

D. N. Pringle is to be congratulated on becoming senior champion athlete, winning the 100, 220 (a record) and 440 yards, and coming third in the 120 yards hurdles. Lavender of the first form also performed magnificently, winning the 80 and 150 yards and the long-jump. In spite of these excellent individual efforts there was much teamwork in evidence at the sports.

In the swimming sports the House did well to finish fourth overall, considering the few finalists. Davy won the senior dive. Had the tennis championships been completed the House might have gained more trophies. Nevertheless, the House has at last emerged from the backwaters of School sport. Even in the cricket knock-out competitions the seniors reached the semi-final and the middle school lost in the final.

Next year the House should continue to improve, particularly with new talent emerging from the first and second forms. Our thanks are due to Mr. Twyford in particular for his continual encouragement of House teams, which has borne fruit once again.

SHERWOOD

THE Summer term was one of the most successful which the House has enjoyed in recent years, and one cannot help noting that these successes have been largely due to our fine House spirit. We walked away, to use an inappropriate metaphor, with the swimming sports, setting up no less than seven new School records. Since all our swimming stars except the captain, Bird, are staying on, we can hope to repeat this success next summer. It was particularly pleasing to see such a fine effort from the Junior School.

We unfortunately failed to win the athletics sports, but we were well placed behind Lynwood, thanks once again to a fine team effort. An extremely entertaining game of cricket led to a spectacular knock-out victory over Welbeck, but, shorn of our First Eleven stars, we succumbed in the league final. We note with regret that neither tennis pair progressed beyond the first round of the knock-out.

We all extend our thanks and best wishes to leavers from the House, particularly captain Wiggett (to Keele University) and secretary Bradley (to Sheffield University).

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WELBECK

THE Summer term has been quite successful for Welbeck. The senior and junior school cricket teams both won their leagues, and the senior team also reached the knock-out final, in which they suffered their only defeat of the season. The middle school team also had moderate success, but they just failed to qualify for the final.

Although Welbeck came second in the swimming sports for the third year in succession, victory did seem possible until the closing minutes. This was due largely to the commendable contributions made by nearly all the House members in the distance  p swimming competition, by the relay teams in their record-shattering performances, and by several individual swimmers.

The House came only fifth in the athletic sports, in spite of some good individual performances, notably by D. C. Winter, who came second in the senior champion athlete competition.

It was with great regret that we had to say farewell to Mr. Robinson at the end of the Summer term. He has been Welbeck’s House Master for the last seven years of his eleven at the school, and his encouragement, enthusiasm and organisation will be missed by us all. We wish him and all the other leavers from Welbeck and also our new House Master, Mr. Sinclair, every success in the future. Thanks are due to all who have assisted in the running of the House this year, especially Johnson and Jackson who have done so much to make 1964-65 a successful year for Welbeck.

WENTWORTH

IN the cricket league, the Seniors were second in their half-league, and it was hoped that, with the addition of five first eleven players, they would repeat the success of last year in the knock-out competition. However this was not to be, for they were defeated in the first round by Welbeck. In the middle school, Wilson must be congratulated on his appointment as captain of the School under-15 eleven.

Although the House collected most points in the distance swimming, because there were more boys in Wentworth than in the other Houses, our average was slightly lower than that of Welbeck, and we lost the trophy which we had held for several years. In the swimming sports we were fifth, obtaining one victory; this was won by D. G. Beman in the 100 yards back stroke event.

On Sports Day I. Cooper must be congratulated on his triumph in the senior discus, and Woollas was third in the middle-school 880 and 440 yards. However the House was not prominent in the final points total.

Thanks are due to the House tutors, who have aided and encouraged the House throughout the past year, and also to those who are leaving, especially S. P. Scholey the House-captain, who have served the House well during their period at the school.

OLD EDWARDIANS’ ASSOCIATION

Soccer Report

LAST season proved to be one of joy and sadness. The First Team enjoyed quite a successful season and finished in fourth place of the Premier Division which was due to a regular team having been established under the captaincy of Peter Everitt. Unfortunately, however, the performances of the Second Team had been very disappointing and they were relegated to Division Two.

Hopes are very high for 1965/66 as it is now evident that there will be keen competition for team places. The First Team should improve on last season and the strength of the Second Team will also be enhanced.

Any school leavers interested in joining the Club will be welcomed.

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Cricket Club—1965 Season

FIRST XI

TO describe a season in which the team won 13 and lost only 5 of its fixtures as disappointing may suggest that we are setting too high a standard but on the wet wickets of 1965 the aggregate scores of our main batsmen were well down on last season.

This at least meant however that numbers 10 and 11 were given an opportunity to display their unorthodox range of strokes (and even on occasions to score runs!).

So far as results are concerned pride of place must go to the victory on tour over the R.A.F. College, Cranwell by 86 runs and the 2-wicket win over Hallam (Chris Banner 51).

The match against the School was closer than the scores indicate for the Old Boys were rescued by a fourth wicket stand of 101 (Malcolm Pike 69, Mick Bradshaw 48). The School appeared to settle for a draw from the outset of their innings and ultimately succumbed to Eric Allsop (8 for 29 in twenty-two overs).

SECOND XI

THE Second XI has enjoyed its most successful season for some years, having won nine and lost only three of the eighteen matches played. After an uncertain start, the team settled down and improved in all departments this applying particularly to fielding, where some excellent stopping and throwing from cover and mid-wicket helped to win many games.

The outstanding performances were probably against Stanton-in-Peak, where an 8-wicket victory was the first for many years, and against Hathersage, this being their only defeat throughout the season.

Of individual performances, one recalls P. D. Hall’s merry knock which won the first match against Chesterfield, M. F. A. Earl’s many high scores (notably his 85 n.o. against the school Second XI), and some sound catching by D. M. Meredith towards the end of the season. R. L. Rangecroft once again proved a solid wicket-keeper, and 1. G. Meredith finally demonstrated that he could bowl.

Without doubt the outstanding player has been the captain, Terry Cook, whose batting and bowling has proved the mainstay of the side on many occasions.