SPRING, 1954 
No. 11






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S.R.G.S. - O.B. - 0.70 S.         ...



School Notes

AT the beginning of the Lent Term Mr. D. W. Collins took over the work of Mr. G. J. Cumming, while Mr. J. P. Kenyon, B.A., Sheffield, an Old Edwardian, filled Mr. Collins's place. During the term Mr. Kenyon was awarded the degree of Ph.D. Cambridge for a thesis on the Second Earl of Sunderland. He was also elected to a Research Fellowship in History at Christ's College, Cambridge. We congratulate him on these two distinctions.

Mr. T. K. Robinson, BA., Manchester, will join the Staff in May, and will take over Mr. G. J. Cumming's work from September, 1954.

We have been very glad to have with us for the Lent Term Mr. P. Cook, student of the Cambridge University Training Department, and Mr. R. E. Young, of the corresponding Oxford Department, as assistants in Geography and Classics respectively.

Mr. C. H. Harper has been appointed Senior Chemistry Master at Northallerton Grammar School, and will be leaving to take up this post at the end of the Summer Term. The services of Mr. Harper to K.E.S., since his appointment in

September, 1946, are too well known to need any memorial in this Column. He will be greatly missed on the games field, in the laboratory, and in the Common Room, and we wish him all good luck.

We offer our congratulations to Alderman J. H. Bingham, LL.D., Chairman of the Education Committee, on his election as Lord Mayor for 1954-55.

In the March Scholarship groups, W. D. Cousin was awarded a Demyship in Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford ; K. A. Taylor a Major Scholarship in Natural Science at Jesus College, Oxford; and E. M. Thomas a Sherriff Scholarship at New College for English and Modem subjects.

At Nottingham University, L. R. Cliffe has been awarded an Entrance Exhibition for Mathematics and Economics ; T. Trickett, Cooper Scholarship for Electrical Engineering; J. R. Timms, Rayner Scholarship for Civil Engineering; and at the London School of Economics R. Thompson was awarded a Whittuck Scholarship in Law.

The following awards have been obtained at Sheffield University : H. Barnes, Earnshaw Scholarship ; R. J. Monteith, Firth Scholarship ; J. M. Fisher, Medical Scholarship ; N. Birks, Robert Styring Scholarship. T. G. Cook was awarded a prize in the Hispanic Council Competition for schools, senior section.

Dates for the Summer Term :­

May 19th : Commemoration Service, at School, 7.15 p.m.

May 22nd : Athletic Sports, at Whiteley Woods, 2 p.m.

May 26th : Messiah, at Victoria Hall, 7.30 p.m.

June 18th : Swimming Sports, at School Baths.

Speech Day will be held on 20th October, when the Guest of Honour will be Mr. B. L. Hallward, M.A., Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham.


THE death occurred on May 9th, 1954, of Mr. JOHN GEOFFREY CHAMBERS, aged 76, an Old Boy of Sheffield Royal Grammar School.

Few, if any, of Sheffield's leading citizens can have had a closer and more continuous connection with King Edward VII School from the year of its foundation to the present day. As Chairman of the Royal Grammar School Exhibition Fund (the name under which the Governing Body of the Royal Grammar School still survives) he was in touch with many of our most recent developments, and one of his latest duties was the handing over of the new Library, the completion of which was a matter in which he took a just pride and satisfaction.

As a solicitor, in the firm founded by his grandfather, he not only made a mark in the City, but gave help and encouragement to many Old Edwardians embarking on a similar career. He became a City Councillor in 1908 at the age of thirty, was a Past Master of the Ivanhoe Lodge of Freemasons, and President in 1947 of the Sheffield Incorporated Law Society.

We owe a tribute of grateful and respectful memory to a very good friend of the School.

The death is reported of the Rev. JOHN EYRE, in his 75th year, at Edenbridge, Kent. He was an Old Boy of the Royal Grammar School, and a son of Archdeacon Eyre of Sheffield. He had been Rector of Sundridge until, his retirement owing to illness some eight years ago.

After a Century

"SHEFFIELD, the great seat of cutlery and other hardware manufactures, is a large and populous market town and borough, covering for a considerable extent the abrupt declivities, the gently sloping banks, and the boldly swelling hills which rise in picturesque disorder near the conflux of the rivers Don and Sheaf, and are themselves encompassed and overlooked by such a proud amphitheatre of verdant hills, that there is scarcely a street in the town from whence the country cannot be seen, nor an eminence in the vicinity that does not command a beautiful panoramic view of the town and suburbs."

Parts of Sheffield have undoubtedly changed in the last hundred years. The above description is taken from a Gazetteer and General Directory of Sheffield and Twenty Miles Round, by William White, published in 1852.

" The PARISH OF SHEFFIELD . . . had upwards of 132,000 inhabitants in 1851, of whom about 120,000 live in the town and its immediate suburbs.... The Occupation Road, which leads from the Wicker to Grimesthorpe, is studded with handsome villas, and at the foot of it is the STATION of the Sheffield and Rotherham and North Midland Railways, enclosing the ivy-mantled mansion of Hall Carr, above which is the Barnsley New Road, opened in 1837, through the sylvan dell of Burngreave, to Pitsmoor, thus avoiding the precipitous hill of Pye Bank....

" Christ Church, Attercliffe, stands near the bold cliff which overhangs the Don, and is said to have been formerly the resort of otters, from which circumstance the village had its name . .."

Turning to the section on education, we find that the FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, our oldest ancestor, " is a commodious and handsome stone building in Charlotte Street, erected by subscription in 1825, in lieu of the ancient school which stood near the top of Townhead Street. It was founded by letters patent of James I in 1604, and the Vicar and Church Burgesses are the trustees and governors."

"The COLLEGIATE SCHOOL, pleasantly situated on a gentle acclivity in the vale of the Porter, near Broom Hall, was founded by a company of proprietors with a capital of £3,000, raised in £25 shares, in 1835. . . . The proprietors allow £100 per annum in four Exhibitions to the pupils from this school at either of the Universities, and the present worthy Principal gives a free scholarship to the boy at the bead of the first class.

" The WESLEYAN PROPRIETARY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, in a pleasant situation near Glossop Road, is one of the largest and handsomest scholastic institutions in the kingdom, and is now (by royal patent) called WESLEY COLLEGE. It was finished in 1835, at the cost of more than £10,000, exclusive of £4,500 paid for six acres of land laid out in pleasure grounds. It is a long and lofty building, with an elegant Corinthian portico in the centre, and has accommodation for about 250 boarders."

A two-and-a-half page advertisement for Wesley College gives further interesting glimpses of the life lived by our fore-runners in this elegant building.

Wesley College is situated about a mile west of the town of Sheffield . . . and is in the immediate neighbourhood of the Botanical Gardens, to which the pupils have access on very easy terms." Among other amenities are mentioned " one large. and six smaller school­rooms, five Dormitories, affording each pupil a bed to himself, a spacious Dining Hall. a Library and Reading Room, a Philosophical Room, an Amphitheatre for lectures, a Laboratory, and a Chapel: a warm and shower bath, and two covered Play Grounds."


This photo was supplied by Mr. R. W. Girdwood, an Old Boy and Master at Wesley College, who appears in it as an Instructor in the School Cadet Carps, together with other members of the Staff.

L. to R. (standing) : Messrs. Shearer, Stubbs, Rev. V. W. Pearson (Headmaster), Girdwood. (Seated) : Clough, Edminson, Barns, Phillips, Cannell.

The curriculum was as follows : " The First, and by far the largest, Division consists of those who are intended for mercantile pursuits. . . . This course embraces Reading, Spelling, good Handwriting, fair and accurate Cyphering. Arithmetic, Mensuration Book-keeping, Land Surveying, -Navigation. Geography, History. French, German, and so much of Latin and Greek as is really necessary to complete a good Englishman. . . . The Second Division consists of those who are designed for the learned professions, and of those whose wealth and rank make it desirable that they should receive a more complete Education." After studying the subjects of the First Division these pupils learned Additional Mathematics and Advanced Latin and Greek. "One of the first lessons the student is taught is, that all his knowledge must be producible."

The French and German Languages are taught by accomplished natives. and Drawing and Music by eminent Professors." Incidentally, the French master at the Collegiate School, M. Plisson, was also French and German master at the Free Grammar School : while Mr. Wehnert was German master at both the Collegiate School and Wesley College.

All the pupils have the privilege of attending the Weekly Lecture on Chemistry, etc. The extra charge (£4 4s. 0d. per annum) is made only for those who are learning Chemistry professionally. . . .

Discipline is enforced by uniting firmness and kindness. . . . Should any one be refractory he is taken apart and reasoned with. Emulation is promoted by conferring on twelve of the most diligent Pupils the dignity of Scholarships, with the payment of from £2 to £12 annually and by the distribution of Honors and Prizes to such others as may merit them."

So much for 1552. What changes will 2052 bring to Sheffield and to K.E.S. ? Will future citizens smile to read that Whiteley Woods was once a sylvan dell " ? Will our " elegant Corinthian portico " be still here to remind our successors of all the generations that have gone before them


Introduction to Egypt

AFTER being more or less comfortably accommodated in the Royal Air Force for two years, it came as somewhat of a shock to learn of being posted to M.E.A.F. Where could this mysterious destination be, one wondered ?

The necessary formalities having been completed, the next two weeks consisted mainly of

spud bashing drawing kit issues, and dates with the M.O. (inoculation department). After all this, a chilly January morning found myself and others consigned to a similar fate, embarking in H.M.T. Dilwara at Southampton. As the notes of our send-off band steadily faded away in the distance we bade a reluctant farewell to England, Home and Beauty for eighteen months or so.

The voyage may be glossed over-being a very unhappy experience at times-notably when King -Neptune disputed our passage of the Bay of Biscay for thirty-six hours : also, when we ran into one of the rare storms of the Mediterranean. The voyage itself was somewhat monotonous except for the glimpses of Gibraltar and Malta so it was with relief that we finally neared Port Said.

One of the primary characteristics of this Port reached us well out at sea, viz., the indescribably obnoxious odour from the Sweet Water Canal. which the poorer Egyptians use for washing, drinking, etc. They appear to become inured to this nasal irritation during childhood. thus obtaining a distinct advantage over all newcomers ; moreover, whenever a ship appears it is besieged by hordes of small rowing boats manned by enterprising natives of decidedly evil appearance endeavouring to sell anything, by any means, from a collar stud to a carpet. Business with us was poor, as our remaining money was sterling which they refuse to accept, Egyptian money being mostly of the paper variety ; it is interesting to note that a large percentage is printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Son of 'New Malden, Surrey.

Disembarkation was vastly different to what our chilly embarkation had been. the temperature appearing to be somewhere near boiling point, after our transition from 26-80°F. in a period of ten days. The scene was somewhat chaotic, some personnel being occupied with last minute packing, while their more foresighted brethren staggered down the gang-plank balancing a kitbag on each shoulder (weight approximately 70 lbs.) at the same time fumbling unhappily for berthing cards-always in the most inaccessible pocket. At long last however, we were all assembled on the quay to be informed of our several destinations.

A fleet of service motor coaches waited to take us to our new camps, and it was very pleasant to drive along after the confines of the boat. During the journey we had our first insight into the sympathies of the local " Young Hopefuls ". They ran out of their homes and treated us to a display of eloquent vulgarity at which we all laughed heartily, to their great annoyance.

Most of us were secretly relieved to arrive at our destination without any unpleasant incidents en route. We have now been here about three weeks, and, considering ourselves old hands, realise that we had given too ready an ear to the yarns spun by the more imaginative members of the company.

Egypt may be a good land for the Egyptians, yet to me it is still the land of sun, sand and scorpions. This may seem unmindful of her former glorious civilisation and culture, nevertheless up to now, as the old song hath it -" There is \o Place Like Home ".

J. G. STORRY (L.A.C., R.A.F.).

Classical Drama

ON Friday, March 12th, some members of the School saw two ancient plays revived on the modern stage of the University Union Sophocles' Electra, translated by E. F. Watling, and Plautus' Pseudolus, translated by Patrick Dickinson.

The first was attractively staged and costumed.. but it is a slow-moving play and the burden of carrying it along falls largely on Electra. This burden she herself was well able to sustain, but somehow her assured movements and obvious feeling for the lines showed up a tendency in some of the minor actors and chorus to drag and become static : so that there seemed to be a lack of emphasis and significance in the final catastrophe of brutal revenge.

Pseudolus was rioting fun from beginning to end, with an excellent comic cast (special credit being reserved for the leading role) making full use of Mr. Dickinson's lively translation. It is a slapstick sort of comedy but quite up to most modern standards, and at the same time offers the Classic an opportunity of extending his acquaintance with the Ancient World. Many thanks to the Union Dramatic Society for a most enjoyable evening in which we could feel we were combining business with pleasure !

W. D. C.

Impressions of a Great Event

T H E Assembly Hall has gained a reputation as the centre of many strange festivals, but only once a year does it take on an exotic atmosphere such as that which on December 17th your correspondent sensed while yet without the sacred walls : for the music which drifted through the vestibule and out into the fine evening, though lacking the purist classical approach of the School Orchestra or the fiery zeal of our Organ Scholar, had a je ne sais quoi which somehow overcame the scholastic fug which usually hangs so heavily in every corridor.

It came, in fact, from a septet kindly sent by a Mr. Baker to accompany the Honourable Gentlemen and their (paying) guests in the evening's entertainment. The exoticism was further enhanced by a number of Gay Coloured Streamers and Pretty Lights, whose inspired combination of purple and green gave a passably healthy tan even to the pale and nerve-racked.

And there in the Hall were the dancers, nonchalantly shuffling round pillars and tripping over nails with a very creditable aplomb. There was a large bevy of old friends : Q.J., than whom there is no more regular attender of school functions : C. de G., whose nose has not grow-n any shorter since he left : and everyone was glad to see G.J.C., even though he was, so to speak, bobbing up for his last gasp. Then, of course, there were the Honourable Gentlemen themselves, standing about in tense, silent groups, occasionally muttering to each other conspiratorially, or walking about in brisk, business-like manners. It had been rumoured that only five of their number were versed in the Art ; certainly, after deducting those who did not even turn up. those who would risk only the waltzes (of which there were scandalously few) and those who were maidenless, their sole active representative, it seemed to your correspondent, was Handsome Johnnie.

The evening dragged on remarkably quickly, supper being served in the Dining Hall, shorn, for some strange reason, of those charming modernist paintings and with the tables moved round to form an ingenious bottle-neck so that one could reach, but not escape from the table from which coffee was being served. It was only a matter of time before the hour struck and with a variety of feelings all streamed out into the still December evening, the stars twinkling away dispassionately, the moon mooning quietly to itself, and the last bus waiting for no man.


The Concert

Victoria Hall, January 27th

THE concert again covered a wide field of music both in period and style, and a varied and well balanced programme was presented.

In Haydn's London Symphony the orchestra suffered, as generally happens in this hall, from instruments rapidly becoming out of tune owing to the excessive heat at the operational end of the building. Nevertheless they gave a good account of themselves despite the trying conditions.

The Madrigal Group sang well, especially in their last piece where their clarity was excellent. M. A. Sharpe and P. Swain gave rousing interpretations of the two songs from Hugh the Drover, which, with the robust support of the both choir and orchestra, were most enjoyable.

The instrumental soloists reached their usual high standard, J. B. Catchpole showing great promise in the Eccles Sonata, and I. A. Mottershaw in the Pergolesi-Barbirolli Oboe Concerto. P. T. Holgate had the misfortune to have one of the instruments whose tuning was worst affected by the rise in temperature. This rather spoilt his higher notes, but otherwise his playing was good.

The first half ended with the spirited singing by the choir of Dyson's Four Songs for Sailors, by which time the orchestra's tuning had recovered somewhat. and the accompaniment was well played.

Perhaps the best item in the programme was the group of Negro Spirituals, arranged by Mr. Barnes and sung by the Male Voice Group. Swain again scored a great success in Swing low, sweet chariot, and R. J. J. Orton (who also later sang solos by Boyce and Warlock with his customary open vowels and pleasing tone) took the solo part in two spirituals with real feeling.

Inghelbrecht's witty Suite for piano duet, La Nursery, was played with effective clarity and contrast by D. A. Elliott and Mr. Barnes. In this, as in his continuo-playing in the rest of the concert, Elliott acquitted himself well.

It was surprising, to say the least, to see Science, Classics and Music combine so well in the two trios by Purcell and Weelkes. The performance of Mr. Vernon, Mr. Smith and Mr. Barnes can only be described as . . . masterly. Hely-Hutchinson's parody of Handel followed to form a suitably gay ending to the programme.



"MACBETH" The Banquet Scene


MACBETH is the shortest and the darkest of the tragedies : the very name Macbeth rhymes with death. The play based initially on Shakespeare's favourite historical source, Holinshed's Chronicle, succeeds in blending the Greek tragedy of destiny with the villain drama of the Elizabethans. The two most frequent words in the dialogue are " blood " and " sleep " insistently repeated : the atmosphere is one of evil gloom thick with fear and dark foreboding. There is no light or humour, except for the brief interlude of the Porter, who only serves to heighten the suspense.

Mr. Claypole's production was an attempt to make use of the Elizabethan possibilities of the Hall, with the help of a new set of steps to the stage, and by particular emphasis upon the spoken word to reveal the full range and wealth of Shakespeare's poetry and imagery. He succeeded in achieving a sense of diction rarely attained even in professional performances. All the cast spoke well ; there was no Shaftesbury Avenue affectation or Kensingtonian pursuit of the archaic. Crispness of speech was evident in the most minor parts, where in particular I noticed S. G. Linstead's Second Apparition. I was sorry that by comparison both movement and gesture were neglected. Groupings were too staid and conventional and too many characters, particularly in the early court scenes, seemed glued to their positions. This lack of spontaneous movement was specially felt in the Fourth Act where the play's action for the moment turns away from the central characters and where the audience's attention can only be held by deft skill and swiftness of acting.

It was Goethe who said that Macbeth was Shakespeare's " best acting play ". This is certainly true if applied to the twin roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, upon whom Shakespeare concentrated all his skill in characterisation. Upon their performance depends whether the play is to be melodrama or tragedy. W. D. Cousin as Macbeth responded to the challenge. He spoke with understanding and appreciation and used his eyes to advantage in this small hall to suggest Macbeth's imaginative power and consequent sense of remorse. Like the rest of the cast, however, he was unfortunately too chary of gesture and his movements were too few and indecisive. This was evident in the dagger scene, which, like all Macbeth's soliloquies, tended to be rushed. The Lads Macbeth of G. C. Westlake was rightly matter-of­fact but insufficiently hard and cruel : again movement was too limited. The tiger fierceness of Lady Macbeth's relentless ambition was missing here.

Credit is due to E. P. Lodge's spirited Macduff. and to the tranquil grace of J. Buchan's Lady Macduff. As the Three Witches, N. S. Waite. E. C. Wragg and A. J. Pinion were not only theatrically effective but adroitly contributed to the sense of horror and evil which Shakespeare intended to permeate the play.

R. J. J. Orton, as Duncan, was gracious, but perhaps too mild, and D. M. Parfitt was particularly impressive in his ghostly passage.

R. Thompson failed to give full warmth and verisimilitude to the unrewarding role of Malcolm. Finally, passing praise for J. A. Hodgson's convincing Old Man, D. J. Senior's Porter, N. Saxton's Young Macduff, E. B. Rodgers's forceful Young Siward, and the four excellent and efficient Servants.

Costuming was generally good, although I felt the attack upon Dunsinane needed greater military pageantry. The special music of Mr. Norman Barnes tended to be strident, partly owing to overmuch resonance in the recording. As a whole this was a challenging performance. It revealed much live dramatic talent and proved how much can be done despite restrictions of time and equipment. This Macbeth was pleasurable to the audience and rewarding to the cast and stage assistants. It is to be hoped that this revival of the School Play will presage an annual production -in the future.


In Other Places

"The study of history in the schools is populating the world with Men Who Know-people incapable of understanding the least bit about themselves, their wives, their friends, but who know all about Capitalism, Communism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Progress and Reaction, The Origins of War, and The Economic System."-Encounter, Feb., 1954.

" Because the title role is so long in Shakespeare's play Macbeth, three boys shared the role in last night's production by Wirksworth Grammar School. Derbyshire. They each appeared in one act only."-Sheffield Telegraph.

Old Edwardians' Association

Annual General Meeting

The Twenty-ninth Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at 6 p.m. on the 18th March. 1954, at the Grand Hotel, Sheffield. The President, Dr. J. T. Burdekin, was in the chair.

In his report covering the period 1st January, 1953 to 31st December, 1953, the Secretary said that a further 50 Old Boys had joined the Association, and of this number approximately 70 per cent. were boys who had left School in July 1953.

The Annual Ball held on the 7th January, 1953, at the Cutlers' Hall had once again been a great success, over 500 members and friends had attended.

For various reasons there had been no Annual Dinner during 1953. The Secretary also said that as had been the custom during recent years he, along with representatives from the Soccer and Cricket Sections, had attended School on the last day of term in July to interview all boys leaving and to encourage them to join the Association and to join the Old Edwardians Sports Sections.

On the 11th November, 1953, Dr. Burdekin. Dr. Magrath and the Secretary had represented the Association at the School Armistice Day Service and Dr. Burdekin had laid a wreath on behalf of all members of the Association. In December 1953 the Committee had agreed to provide railings round the War Memorial in the School Close and also to make a start on the provision of the International Section of the School Library, which was the fourth object of the War Memorial Fund. One other development during 1953 was the attempt to form a Swimming Section, and about 30 members had indicated that they would be willing to support such a section. The main obstacle to be overcome was finding a Swimming Bath. Preliminary investigations had not proved very fruitful, but it was hoped that some further progress would be made during 1954.

The Treasurer gave a report on the Association's finances. He pointed out that the balance in hand in the War -Memorial Account now stood at £278 10s. 1d., and by the end of 1955 this fund would receive a further £300 from the 7 year covenant with the 'Neepsend Steel & Tool Corporation.

The following appointments were made for 1954 :­

President-Dr. J. T. Burdekin
Vice-President-Dr. C. J. Magrath, O.B.E.
Secretary-E. W. Sivil
Assistant Secretary-N. G. Sargeant
Treasurer-R. G. Beard.


Messrs. E. Allsop, P. Dearden, D. M. Mond, D. Pashley, G. G. Powell. F. J. Pattinson, S. C. Tiddy, J. P. White, D. J. Wilson.

The Secretary made mention of the service rendered to the Association by Mr. G. J. Cumming who had been a member of the Committee since 1938 and a vote of thanks to Mr. Cumming was carried with acclamation.

Mr. E. Allsop gave a report on the activities of the Cricket Section during 1953. This was fully reported in the Winter Magazine.

Mr. G. G. Powell reported that the Soccer Section was enjoying its most successful season on record.

A report on the proposed Swimming Section was deferred as Mr. Kalman, who had undertaken to organise this Section, was unable to be present at the Meeting owing to business engagements out of Sheffield.

The Meeting was then declared closed.

Soccer Section, April, 1954.

The last report spoke of the confident approach to the second half of the season due to the excellent results of the earlier games. It is now mid-April, almost time for the Wembley Cup Final, and whilst there may be a certain interest in that direction the Old Edwardians 1st team have a much greater interest in another " Final "-the League Championship of Division I of the South Yorkshire Amateur Leagues. The team has held the lead throughout the entire season without even temporary displacement and although it must not presume to have reached the target yet, only 2 more points out of the 3 remaining matches have to be won to assure it of a safe margin over its nearest rivals. It is of course a feature and a distinction of this Competition that no trophies are awarded, but it is hoped that the honour of becoming the 1954 League Champions will not escape us in this 21st Birthday year of the Competition. The successes achieved by the 1st team seem to have been reflected in the satisfactory performances of the 2nd team thus making for the club a most encouraging and happy season. The two Captains, P. K. Everitt and H. Holmes are each to be congratulated, not only on their successful captaincy but on their own individual performances, which have been an inspiration to their teams.

The Championship can be ours for the first time, but this must not be the last, and in order to maintain the standard set this year we invite all boys, who on leaving School wish to continue playing football, to join us and to keep this " active " section of the Association in the lead. This may be the age of -New Elizabethans but let us not forget what the Old Edwardians can do.

S.R.G.S. — O. B. — 0.70 S.

It is very interesting to know that many of the Old Boys of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School (Vintage 1890-1900), whose names are set out on the Honours Boards in the School, who have attained distinction in after life, and are recorded in Who's Who, Crockford, etc., are now hoping to renew friendships and contacts by the formation of a Society which they call " Sheffield Royal Grammar School Old Boys Over 70 Society ".

Some of the members have been in correspondence with one another over the years, but an opportunity was taken on the visit to England last summer of Mr. Ludwig Glauert, of the Western Australian Museum, to the British Museum, to search out some of his old friends, and as a result, at a meeting at Cambridge, the Society was definitely established, with Rules, Schedules of Members, with addresses, dates of birth and other particulars, to enable the Rules to be implemented and contacts maintained.

There are seven Founder Members, with Mr. H. W. Middleton, B.A., Hon. President by seniority ; Dr. A. E. Dunstan, Hon. Vice President , Rev. C. W. B. Haslam, Hon. Chaplain ; and the Right Rev. Dr. Kenneth Kirk, Bishop of Oxford, Patron. Under Rule 2 there are in addition eleven Ordinary Members enrolled to date.

The names of Members, apart from those named above, include : Prof. A. E. Barnes, Otto Glauert, Sir William A. Souter (Founder Members) ; Prof. Gilbert Norwood, C. W. Dodson, A. Allison, J. Geoffrey Chambers*, Wm. Ragg, Very Rev. W. S. Andrew, A. C. Middleton, Percy Toothill, Rev. W. A. B. Clementson, Rev. John Eyre* (Ordinary Members) ; and Prof. Herbert W. Turnbull (Junior Member, temporarily under 70).



* Since deceased

Ten -Twenty-Thirty- Forty Years Ago

1914 The School O.T.C. was flourishing, but its camp was broken up by the outbreak of war. A roll of serving O.E.'s numbers 100, of whom 21 have commissions. A fund has been started for enabling Belgian refugee boys to enter the School (several did come, and remained for some years). The Debating Society showed itself most prophetic in rejecting the motion "that the war in which we are now engaged will be the last great war in the history of the world ".

1924 The football season was described as " the most brilliant in the School's history ". J. T. Burdekin (the present President of the O.E. Association) held the Best Athlete Cup. The School was doing good excavation work at Beauchief Abbey. Mr. Watling joined the Staff.

1934 Again apparently a bumper year for football : the 1st XI won 20 out of 21 matches (goals 181 to 42) and the 2nd XI won all their 13 matches ; the School got an extra half-holiday to celebrate this.. .. Scientific Society travelled all over the place visiting the Telephone Exchange, Blackburn Power Station, Wood's Glass Works, Derby Porcelain Works, Rolls Royce works, and a soap works at Manchester. Staff Dramatic Society produced Arms and the Man. Scout Notes show that there were two Troops, A and B, and that Mr. Simm and Mr. Gaskin (both known to present-day Scouters) were as active as ever. School Orchestra went to Queen's Hall, London, for a competition and was placed second, the winners being Westminster School. There was a Boxing Club which met twice a week.

1944 The doings of the Air Training Corps fill a column in all the Magazines of this year, and the Roll of Service occupies six pages ; the list of those who gave their lives grows longer, alas. The Magazine is reduced to a small coverless 20-page issue. There were Air Scouts also­in fact the war dominates everything. In spite of the drawbacks the Dramatic Society produced Badger's Green, and no less than six School Societies continued their various activities.

C. J. M.

School Societies

Student Christian Movement

The Lent term programme included the usual two inter-schools meetings and our fortnightly talks and discussions. The first of these joint meetings was held at High Storrs and was on the subject of " Myth and Meaning in the Bible ". This completed the study of the Bible which had been the subject of the two meetings of the previous term.

"Prayer" was the subject of our next Tuesday meeting ; but, characteristically, we were soon on to different topics, including predestination. We were pleased to welcome Mr. Whitby, a Unitarian minister, to our next meeting and he introduced a very lively discussion on, strangely enough, "Unitarianism ". Some of his views were supported by the less orthodox among us ; but that pillar of the Church, 31r. O. R. Johnston, was shocked into silence for most of the meeting.

Emotion ran very high at our next gathering, as usually occurs when there is a discussion on Capital Punishment-the subject was ably introduced by F. G. Newsum. To the group, of course, it seemed only natural that the discussion should also embrace prison reform and the hydrogen bomb. Then followed the second inter-schools meeting, this time at Owler Lane, on the same topic, and again quite a lot of feeling was evident in the questions put to Mr. Jowett who gave the address. In his closing remarks the Chairman expressed his pleasure and surprise at the intellectual maturity of those present and the profundity of the questions-we realised that he was, of course, referring especially to us.

Finally, in a talk on `' Trinitarianism " the Rev. E. C. Gundry presented the Christian side of religious doctrine, and by his carefully made points probably brought back to the fold some who had gone astray.

L. R. C.

Literary and Debating Society

FEBRUARY 1sT.-Seventeen members of the Sixth Form debated the motion "' That this House deplores the Prefectorial system ". Proposed by W. D. Cousin and D. J. H. Senior, opposed by J. W. Thompson and T. Trickett. There was a tendency to attack (and defend) the prefects themselves rather than the system, but a number of criticisms did emerge, a few of them constructive. The motion was defeated by the casting vote of the Chairman.

MARCH 8TH.-An unusually large number of Honourable Gentlemen debated- the motion " That the Old Days were Good indeed," with an even larger bevy of Honourable Ladies from the High School. The proposers, J. H. Nowill and E. M. Thomas, and the opposers, Judith Linton and Erica Scorer, stimulated a lively interchange of views from all parts of the House, in which the "Creep ", Henry VIII and his eight wives [sic], the expectation of life in India, and an Hon. Gentleman's car, figured among a great deal of much more obviously relevant argument. The motion was defeated by 44 votes to 15.

APRIL 5TH.-J. H. Nowill read a paper on What is great poetry ? ". The value of poetry depended on the individual, but in the main, great poetry was poetry which would last ; to do so it must be either beautiful or philosophical or both ; it must be vivid without being extravagant ; and it must have unity. In discussion it was pointed out that poets who are great now have not always been so regarded ; and after considering among other things various types of beauty, most of those present agreed that no absolute criteria are possible.

R. F. H. M.

Classical Society

The emphasis this term has been on travel in countries where there are remains of classical temples, private and public buildings. Early in the term a film-strip was shown on Pompeii, where some excellent examples of Roman architecture have been discovered and features which under normal circumstances tend to disappear have been preserved in the deposits of lava which engulfed the city.

The second meeting was addressed by Mr. R. E. Young. The subject he chose was " Sicily." His talk -was amply illustrated with pictures of sites, modern buildings and scenes of everyday life in modern Sicily. At both these meetings there has been a large proportion of first and second form boys, whose attendance we very much welcome.

C. E. S.

Modern Language Society

Ranging wildly in our choice of topics for the Lent term, we opened on January 26th with a well attended meeting to hear Mr. Johnston talk about German songs. After giving a short survey of the German folk-song and lied, he played records of lieder by Schubert, Schumann and Hugo Wolf. On February 9th, with Mr. Sinclair as our guide, we set sail with the Spanish Armada, learning of its departure, its engagements with the English fleet and its return via the North of Scotland. March 9th found us far from the sea in Cologne Cathedral, which D. J. H. Senior described with the aid of the epidiascope. On March 23rd, Mr. Sinclair presented a film-strip on Moliere's play Les Precieuses Ridicules. The attendance was disappointing-more could have benefited from its helpful background material.

Our final meeting was on April 9th, when three book reviews were given : J. M. Jackson on F. H. Kirkpatrick's The Spanish Conquistadores-an account of the exploits of the Spanish conquerors of South America ; F. G. Newsum on a modern French novel, Le Mouton Noil by Jacques Perry-the story of a father confronted with the problem of educating his 12-year old son, in whom he had previously shown no interest ; and finally P. T. Holgate on the libretto of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, which he claimed as a significant work of literature in its own right. All three reviews stimulated a lively discussion.

D. J. H. S.

International Discussion Group

First, I would like to apologize for omitting to mention in the last report Mr. Hazel's and Mr. Ryder's most interesting talks on their trips abroad during the summer holidays.

Our first meeting in the Lent term was on January 25th when Mr. Ramzan of Sheffield University gave an enlightening talk on Pakistan. On February 15th, F. R. Drake introduced a discussion on the Berlin Conference, which proved to be thoughtful. and even exciting, the latter being mainly due to Cliffe's interjections. The third and most successful meeting of the term was a joint discussion with High Storrs Girls G.S. on March 29th. The subject was East-West relations, and although our boys did most of the talking, the girls were not without some vocal members. Occasional references to a " Welsh Nationalist Army " put a tinge of light-heartedness into an otherwise deep and thoughtful discussion.

Last but not least, we would like to thank Mr. Collins for stepping into the breach and taking over the presidency of the Group.


Scientific Society

Although the term has been a long one, we have only had four meetings, but the quality of the lectures has made up for this. The term started with a lecture on apparatus used in testing engineering materials, by Mr. C. F. Parker of Sheffield University, which resulted in Sixth Formers breaking every piece of chalk they could get hold of to see how it fractured­the sequel to a very interesting lecture.

Of the remaining three lectures, two were by University lecturers, one being in a most amusing style-given as only Dr. A. S. C. Lawrence can. This speaker never fails to attract a large audience and always keeps a permanent under-current of humour in his talks, whatever the subject : in this case a narration of his experimental tests on, and experience in, de-icing ships in the Arctic. The other was a talk by Dr. S. R. Elsden, of the Micro-biology department, on " The digestion of the sheep "-which was followed by keen questioning from the audience.

Lastly, we would like to thank R. J. J. Orton for giving a well prepared and clearly delivered lecture at short notice on " The speeding up of electrical particles ".

E. J. H.

Junior Astronomical Society

This new society was formed in response to the persistent interest of a group of Second Formers, and is open for the current year to boys in the First and Second Forms. At the inaugural meeting on January 25th a committee was elected which includes Mr. Vernon (President), Messrs. Auger, Johnson, Layer and Mace (Vice-Presidents), J. E. Beckman (Secretary), S. G. Linstead (Assistant Secretary) and representatives of the Forms concerned. Six fortnightly meetings have been held, during which members gave talks, as follows:

2nd Meeting
" The Plough Group," G. C. Bingham. "The Orion Group," G. D. Broad. "Mythology of the Orion Group," J. E. Beckman.

3rd Meeting
" Pegasus and Andromeda," F. M. H. Jones. "Mythology of Pegasus and Andromeda," J. G. McNaught.

4th Meeting
" Leo and Bootes," J. G. Robinson. " Magnitudes and Variable Stars," G. D. Broad.

5th Meeting
" The Moon," D. L. Yates (supplementing a film).

6th Meeting
" The Inner Planets," J. D. Cartwright. " The Outer Planets," S. G. Linstead.

The star attraction of the term was a sound film dealing with the Moon, for the showing of which, as for much else, the Society has to thank Mr. Vernon. Every meeting, however, was well attended and we are confident that the enthusiasm shown will be continued.

J. E. B.

Photographic Society

On January 22nd M. H. Jefferson gave a talk on "' Gadgets in Photography ", bringing with him a few of the gadgets he had made to demonstrate their usefulness.

On January 28th, Mr. Harrison, Secretary of the Sheffield Photographic Society, gave a lecture­demonstration on Flash Photography. In order to show that flash work did not require expensive apparatus, he took some photographs with an inexpensive outfit and a box camera. The film was then developed and examined, the flash photographs proving to be much better than those taken with a time exposure.

The dark room has been well used this term, with an average weekly attendance of thirty boys. Members have developed and printed their own films, some very satisfactorily, and we hope that more new members will try this for themselves next term.

M. H. J.

Junior History Society

We have had an active and varied term. We began on January 20th with an exhibition in the Library of the projects done by members, followed by short talks by P. D. Fells on " The Growth of Sheffield's Railways ", by J. Miller on "' Sites of Early Man in Derbyshire ", by J. G. Vickers on "Sheffield Waterwheels ", and by J. A. Coleman on "Sheffield's Early Trams ". The standard achieved in the projects was very high. Later in the term the prize was awarded to D. J. Rolfe of 4.3 for a remarkable map of Sheffield's churches, accompanied by a short historical description of each. Consolation prizes went to C. M. Vere, J. G. Vickers, D. A. Hardy, G. Tyas, J. Miller and J. G. Dean. Among the subjects taken were the Doomsday Survey of the area and local churches of interest.

On February 10th an O.E., Mr. K. Mandeville, gave an illustrated talk on " The History of Public Transport in Sheffield ". This was greatly appreciated by the enthusiasts.

On March 10th two G.B.I. films, " Mediaeval Castles " and " Mediaeval Monasteries ", were shown to a large audience.

On March 27th, Dr. Kenyon took a party to the Cathedral, which proved more interesting than most members expected. We are very grateful to the Precentor and to the Head Verger for conducting us round and showing us the 17th century plate and the parish registers.

A visit to Kostell Priory, with a stop at Monk Bretton Priory, is fixed for May 15th, and the idea of taking a certain area of Sheffield or a nearby village for a group project for next year is being considered. During the holidays J. 'Miller will probably be helping to excavate a barrow on Lodge Moor and he will later be able to tell us about the work.

V. J. W.

Radio Society

There has been a steady development of the society, particularly in respect of boys starting constructions of their own. Credit is due to those senior boys who have been very helpful in many ways. A further invitation is extended to all those who wish to build a set of their own and require help or advice.

M. F. W. L.

Craft and Construction Society

Once again we have met very regularly this term and much work has been done. Unfortunately the Junior section formed at the beginning of the year has not been so successful, there being no regular attenders from the Third and Fourth Forms, with the result that willing Second Formers are doing some of the woodwork. Most of the apparatus made has been for the Physics department with the notable exception of a thermostatic oven for the biologists. `York on the oscilloscope has continued and great was the thrill when a blob of light appeared on the screen -even if it was imperfect. One unsuccessful experiment was an apparatus for producing a mirage. The heating wires were carefully buried in a trough of sand and the current switched on ; all was in vain, the sand did not come from the Sahara ; but the work goes on.

R. J. J. 0.

Chess Club

Of two matches played against the University, the first, at School, we managed to win by 4 games to 3, but in the return at the University we were soundly beaten 5---1.

On two occasions we have had to cancel matches with another school, entirely owing to the lack of a sufficient number of boys from the Upper School to form a team ; this is very regrettable, and more than sufficient indication of our dire need of more senior members. Fortunately the junior members of the club remain extremely enthusiastic, and this is a very encouraging sign.

H. B.

Middle School Natural History Society.

The Lent term has seen the reappearance of this Society which, apparently, went into hibernation some years ago. So far, the Third Forms only have been involved, but we hope that in the Summer term activities may be extended to the Seconds as well.

Activities have been mainly exploratory but there have been four successful meetings­illustrated talks by Mr. Effron, Mr. Wastnedge, and R. G. Lawler, and a film show about birds and insects. We hope that the summer will see the beginning of outdoor activities.

E. R. W.

The Library

DEVOTED efforts by some of the Librarians have now brought our classified and indexed collection up to about 4,250 volumes, and the walls no longer look so bare. This growth must be expected to continue for a good part of next term before it is anything like complete.

The Library continues to be used well by a borrowing public of about 160 from the Sixth and Fifth forms ; the Librarians on duty have had a busy time keeping a check on about 1,250 issued books. The room is open for reading for an hour after school. At that time it offers conditions of comfort and quietness which probably compare well with what many boys could expect at home, so it is surprising that so few are taking advantage of it. Possibly this merely signifies that when 4.10 p.m. comes, most boys are impelled elsewhere by stomachs which are unbearably empty and brains which are insufferably full.

We must express our appreciation for a substantial donation `which has been made by the Old Edwardians Association for books which might help to promote the cause of international understanding. These should appear soon and a good number of responsibly-written works on America and Russia will be found amongst them. Thanks to the continuing interest shown in the Library by the Sheffield Royal Grammar School Fund, we now have an adequate supply of periodicals and newspapers ; we must again record our gratitude.

The following also have our thanks for their most welcome gifts:--J. S. Bingham, D. G. Bullard, A. T. C. Bottomley, D. T. Crisp, J. B. Dobson, M. Gillott, D. D. Howarth, D. J. Rippon, J. B. Dobson, A. B. Drake, J. D. M. Hides, J. B. Edwards, F. D. Kirkham.

Many of the present users of the Library will be leaving soon and it is hoped that most of these will give a book by which they may be remembered. This is certainly more useful

and maybe even cheaper than the now old­fashioned habit of leaving one's initials somewhere ; and if anybody is in doubt as to a suitable book, I have a long list from which he could make his choice.

J. O.


THE School's musicians have made two public appearances during the Lent term. The first, the Concert, provided its usual varied fare and receives consideration elsewhere. The second was at the Civic Concert in the City Hall, where some thirty trebles and altos were invited to supply the boy choir needed in Sir William Walton's Coronation Te Deum. It was a small part but an exacting one calling for careful tuning, since the voices divide at times into six parts. They performed with musicianship and assurance, and the experience of singing with the Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra will be one that they will remember.

Since the Concert, efforts have been directed to our performance of Messiah, which will be at the Victoria Hall on Wednesday, May 26th. This work is undoubtedly more exacting than Samson or Judas Maccabaeus which have been done in the recent past, and rehearsal time is shorter than it was for those two. However, both Choir and Orchestra are shaping well and we expect to be able to give a good account of Handel's masterpiece to a large audience. Messiah has an appeal of its own and has attracted into the Choir quite a number of new members who are most welcome. If only some of our " basses " would discover that they can sing tenor (which they undoubtedly could) ! For the vocal solos with singers like Swain, Sharpe and Orton still happily with us, it was not thought necessary to look outside the School for a tenor and bass ; the alto and treble solos will be sung either full or by a small group of voices.

Smaller instrumental groups from the Orchestra are active. It is impossible to rehearse all Messiah accompaniments in one rehearsal a week, and so a small string group has been selected to accompany arias and recits. For the performance of Macbeth our four trumpeters, with J. Hewitt (side-drum), have recorded appropriate fanfares, while a woodwind group of two oboes, clarinet and bassoon, provided gentler moments where the Bard requires " hautboys ".

N. J. B.


THE whole season's record for the six school teams is as follows







1st X1







2nd XI







3rd XI







U. 15







U. 14







U. 13







As can be seen, the senior teams have not done too well, but the Under 15 and Under 14 XIs have had their best season for several years. No doubt in a year or two the School will once again possess the leading sides in the district.


The severe weather caused the fixture list to be greatly reduced this term. Nevertheless the side has played much better and with greater success, the only defeat being at Manchester where we deservedly lost 4-1.

The main factors in the improvement have been a settled side and the manner in which the ball has been kept moving. Added to this, since the introduction of Grantham at outside left the forward line has been much better balanced. The outside left position has been a sore spot for a season or two now. The School as a whole is remarkably short of solid left-footed players. Bruce and Cook have also shown improved form.

The great failing of late has been the stranding of our heavier defenders in the mud. This was especially marked in the remarkable game against Chesterfield, when after leading 5-1 at half-time we found ourselves 5-6 in arrears, and had to struggle to draw ; and against Manchester, where a speedy centre-forward caused plenty of trouble. However, prospects for next season are much brighter. Of the present side, only Cook, Staniforth, Parfitt and Grantham are leaving, and younger players such as Bradshaw, Watkinson, and Anderson, are ready to take their places.

Rowbotham will again captain the side, and should demonstrate the profit from this year's experiences.

First XI Colours have been awarded to Cook, Staniforth, Heritage and Bruce, and Half Colours to Parfitt, Wray, Swain, Youle, Laycock and Grantham.


Jan. 16th v.

City G.S. (Home) Won 1-0.

Jan. 29th v.

Chesterfield G.S. (Home) Drew 6-6.

Jan. 23rd v.

Q.E.G.S. Mansfield (Home) Won 4-3.

Feb. 24th v.

University 3rd XI (Away) Drew 5-5.

Feb. 27th v.

Ecclesfield G.S. (Away) Won 7-1.

Mar. 10th v.

'Manchester G.S. (Away) Lost 4-1.

Scorers for whole season : Rowbotham 20, Staniforth 19, Heritage 7, Laycock 4, Tebbett 4, Parfitt 3, May 3, Grantham 2, Wells 2, Youle 1, Perrett 1, Spir 1, own goal 1.

C. H. H.


The team has had a moderately successful season, with two spells of four lost games out of five. The remaining period has seen the team play good, stylish, though often slow, football. The record for the Lent Term reads

v. Chesterfield G.S. Won 5-2.

v. Mansfield G.S. Drawn 5-5.

v. Ecclesfield G.S. Won 5-1.

At no time has the team played better than against Ecclesfield, when on a snow-bound surface fast skilful football produced a fine victory. It would be difficult to mention any particular player as outstanding, for the team has played so well as a whole. Spir must be named as a critical hardworking captain, who has exercised a half-back's privilege of taking long range shots at goal with much success. Second XI colours are awarded to Spir, May, Cliffe, Parsons, Haddock and Jackson. May, top goal scorer (14) ; Cliffe, a very hardworking half-back ; Parsons, a sound goalkeeper who has given some excellent displays ; Haddock, a determined inside forward and Jackson, a newly established centre-half, all well deserve this honour.

Many players from the Second XI have played for the First XI, and in their places Frost, Anderson and Hamilton have deputised admirably. Old reliables now, Bradshaw and Watkinson have given very steady service at full back. The School XI will indeed be a formidable one in the future if our players continue to develop as they have done during this season.

G. I.


Few matches were played during the Lent Term, owing to adverse conditions, but again there has been the keenness that was shown previously and the standard of play has gradually improved with the weather.

The first match, against City Grammar School, proved to be a high scoring game, but the team lacked cohesion and missed many chances of drawing level in the second half. A great improvement was seen when the eleven turned out at home against Owler Lane 1st XI. This resulted in a convincing win, due to better teamwork and the fact that the forwards made the most of every opportunity. Two games were played against Crosspool Park towards the end of term, which provided experience against an older and heavier side. The first was drawn and the second lost by a narrow margin.

The following have played this term : Birks (Captain), Newsum, Sharpe, Downes, Preston, Cooper, Foster, Allen, Howarth, Frost, Hamilton, Shires, Crowson, Lodge.


v. City G.S. Lost 4-8.

v. Owler Lane won 5-2.

v. Crosspool Park Drawn 2-2.

v. Crosspool Park Lost 3-5.

B. G. H. G.


This team has enjoyed its most successful season since the war. The secrets of its success have been team-work and fighting spirit. The team has blended admirably and individual brilliance has never been served at the expense of the whole. The halves and inside forwards have dominated the centre of the field and covering has been such that even the backs have been able to bring the ball through without fear of leaving a gap. In adversity great spirit has been shown, notably against Ecclesfield when ten men turned a 3-O defeat into victory by dogged refusal to give up.

The defence has occasionally been guilty of complacency which has been evident in its slowness to tackle or clear but a goal by our opponents has always proved an admirable tonic. The lamentable procedure of clearing across the face of the goal has been avoided this term and one other lesson learnt has been that passes to the goal-keeper should be wide of the goal.

The early tendency of the forwards to bunch and employ the short pass has become less noticeable as the season advanced and good use has been made of the wings especially at Chesterfield. The inside forwards are still not fully aware of the value of the crossfield pass, and none of the forwards shoots often enough.

It would be invidious to pick out individuals for special mention, but Longden's captaincy and verbal encouragement deserve praise, as also does the persistence which has made Hague the most improved player in the side.


Jan. 23rd v. Rotherham G.S. (Home) Won 4-0. Feb. 27th v. Ecclesfield G.S. (Home) Won 5-4. Mar. 2nd v. Barnsley G.S. (Home) Won 6-t. Mar. 9th v. Chesterfield G.S. (Away) Won 5-3. Mar. 13th v. City Boys (Away) Won 2-1.

Scorers for whole season Winfield 15, Farnell 9, Powell 7, Booth 6, Hague 5, Hodgson 3, Rutledge 2, Longden 1.

D. J. W.


Since our last report four of the nine fixtures arranged had to be cancelled because of bad weather. Of the five played, three have been won and two lost. The team has continued to play with enthusiasm, and as competition for places has been keen the standard has improved steadily and there are a number of players who are developing very well. Evison, as captain, has set a high standard and can be pleased with the results. The season's record is the best we have had in this section for some years.


v. Rotherham G.S. (Away) Lost 2-4. v. Ecclesfield G.S. (Away) Won 5-1. v. Owler Lane S. (Home) Won 6-1.

v. Chesterfield G.S. (Away) Lost 1-5. v. Firth Park G.S. (Home) Won 5-2.

Scorers Pike 24, Evison 12, Challenger 5, Newsom 3, Clark 3, White 2, Bailey 2, Manterfield 2.

J. C. H.


Three matches had been arranged for the Lent term, but bad weather caused the cancellation of one and postponement of the other two. The matches with Firth Park and High Storrs were finally played late in March, long after Thursday afternoon football had ceased, so perhaps lack of practice may be held partly to blame for our poor showing.

Results were:

v. Firth Park (Home) Lost 1-3.

v. High Storrs (Home) Won 6-5.

Scorers Andrew 5, Gilbert, Dakin.

J. D. S.


ANOTHER football season has eventually drawn to its close. Everything remains the same as usual. Or is it ? Perhaps not, for at the end of the School year Mr. C. H. Harper will be leaving us to take up a post at Northallerton G.S. For several years now, he has shown a keen interest in School football and for the last three seasons has been in charge of the First XI. Under his guidance we have met with much success, although the past season cannot be said to have been one of our best. Certainly our poor results were not due to lack of enthusiasm on his part, for week in, week out, he has supervised training on the Close or in the Gym. Always he has shown himself a scrupulously fair referee who will stand no nonsense. (Sometimes we have considered his refereeing too fair, but will not press the point). Even on the worst of days he has accompanied us on our away fixtures (except when Middlesborough were playing in Sheffield) and his vocal efforts from the touchline have often spurred us on to victory. Also much appreciated has been his sparkling wit, for he has never failed to raise a laugh even after the most ignominious of defeats.

And so it is with regret that we learn of his departure, and we wish him all success in his new job and hope that his presence will be just as much appreciated at Northallerton G.S. as it has been at K.E.S.

M. B. R. & T. G. C.

Rugby Football

This season has seen a further improvement in the standard of play, and thanks are due to Mr. Harrison for the work he has done in this respect. The record of the 1st XV has been most disappointing, made even more so by the fact that at least five matches would have been won if we had had a little more luck, and had not been offside so often. Special attention should be paid to the offside laws next year.

In the 1st XV the forwards have generally played very well, and it has been encouraging to see the improvement in line-out play ; lack of practice has denied the backs the advantages of quick heeling. One match was lost because of slackness, after an 8-3 lead ; only experience will rectify this sort of thing.

The backs, after a very poor start, have improved, but owing to constant changing of positions and players no real understanding has been achieved.

The Colts XV has also been playing regularly and shows distinct promise for the future. With the First and Second Forms also playing, there is now a solid nucleus of players in the School, and in a few years the 1st XV should be able to play against most schools.

J. R. M.

Junior Rugby

The weather has caused most of the matches to be cancelled. This has been a great disappointment ; nevertheless the enthusiasm and promised ability of many boys have developed well. Next year, let us hope that an increase in numbers and the kindness of the weather will allow a full and even more enjoyable season.

M. F. W. L.


'Never has so much been squeezed into so little by so many ! With apologies rendered to the appropriate quarter, how well this summarises the activities of the past term. With one week still remaining, three games afternoons have yet to be safely dispatched. One can well imagine, when the weather has permitted, how crowded games afternoons have been.

The House League was first completed and Haddon, well deserving champions, managed to hold off strong challenges by Lynwood and Wentworth. Welbeck then won the Knock-out Cup by beating Clumber 6-3, a score which in no way reflects the difficulty of Welbeck's victory, though it does in some way tell of the game's excitement.

The Rugby Sevens championship again proved a tense struggle, Lynwood beating Sherwood 6-5. The rugby played by all houses was enthusiastic but very scrappy.

And so we all wait with eagerness to hear the result of the Standard Sports, and still the close teems with competitors, ever straining to break that elusive record.

G. I.


































































Little football was possible in the early part of the term, but in the final of the House League Competition, Wentworth beat Chatsworth by 3 goals to 2 after a very close game.

The Cross Country Championship resulted in a fairly easy victory for Lynwood.

Rutledge (Lynwood) was the individual winner. Three afternoons have been devoted to the Standard Sports and track conditions have been good for these events. Chatsworth were easy winners in this section with an average of 3.7 standards per boy and Lynwood runners-up with an average of 3.14.

J. C. H.


With our League programme complete, we had planned a knock-out Competition this term ; but the weather soon put an end to that. Indeed the only notable event, in football, was the visit of Mr. Frew, the F.A. coach ; and even his training had to take place on a very muddy pitch in the intervals between blinding snowstorms. In such circumstances it was a pleasure to have a highly satisfactory report from him on our best 22 juniors ; he was clearly impressed by the way in which they mastered the extremely difficult conditions.

In contrast with the dismal record of our footballing days, we had wonderful weather for cross-country and standard and athletic sports. Some very promising performances resulted.

H. T. R. T.


ONLY one match has been played, when the School lost away on February 27th to Manchester G.S. by 48 points to 44 after a remarkably even contest. At home, in a Water Polo match with Sheffield University, the University avenged their defeat in the Autumn term by a 5-2 victory.

The House League Water Polo competition resulted in a tie between Clumber and Chatsworth, both with 11 points from 7 games. In the resulting play-off Clumber beat Chatsworth by 1-0 after a keen struggle. In the Knock-out competition Clumber defeated Sherwood and Chatsworth defeated Lynwood in the semifinals and so again face each other in the final match to be held at the Swimming Sports on June 18th. The final placing in the League was as follows :­







1. Clumber ..    ..






2. Chatsworth






3. Sherwood






4. Arundel ..






5. Lynwood ..






6. Haddon ..






7 Welbeck






7 Wentworth






J. B. A. B.

Cross Country


Selected from D. A. Elliott (Captain), J. C. Tebbet, G. F. Singleton, D. P. Allen. H. Nicholls. M. Melbourne, T. A. Oliver, P. Ball, P. Jackson.

A larger fixture list than usual and a young team have not prevented us from having a successful season. It is true that we have been beaten on our own course for the first time in 5 years-by Manchester Grammar School and by High Storrs, but these defeats have been countered by victories over Bradford Grammar School, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Woodhouse, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Skipton Grammar School, Penistone, Ecclesfield, Nether Edge and Rowlinson Secondary School. Moreover we have entered three championships this year-the Sheffield and District Cross Country Championships in which we were placed second to the Sheffield United Harriers : the Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships (Youths race) at Bingley in which we were placed seventh (we were however the second school).

The third Championship was over regular Northern Public Schools Cross-Country Championships held this year at Heaton Park, Manchester. We were more successful than last year being placed seventh out of fifty schools. (Perrett. 20th ; Elliott, 28th ; Singleton, 30th ; Nicholls, 63rd : Tebbet. 110th ; Melbourne, l 12th).

Tebbet's loss of form was a great disappointment costing us third or fourth team place. We hope for better luck next year.

D. A. E.

I would like to thank the team for their efforts and co-operation in what has been a good and interesting season. In particular Elliott has proved to be not only an efficient captain, but an able runner and I hope he will lead the team to many victories next year.

D. C.


After an uncertain start the Junior Team finally won more matches than it lost. Although having only twelve fixtures it seems as if half the School has run for this team at some time or other: The most consistent runner has been Biggins (captain), supported by Findlay and Andrew. P. R. 'Near the end of the season it was discovered that Gould, Shillito and Harrison could also run. After their inclusion in the team improvement was noticed at once. Other members have been, Brothers, Darwin, Tomlinson, Hill, Gilbert, Vinall, Bruster, Jones. Gill, Church, Axe, Crowson.

The Results have included two victories over Rowlinson Secondary School and one over Nether Edge, Penistone, Doncaster Grammar School and Ecclesfield. The team has lost twice to Bradford and once to Skipton, High Storrs and Doncaster.

Two results are especially worthy of note­the team was placed 4th in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championship (Boys' race) at Bingley ; Biggins gaining third place in the individual race. In their last match of the season, a team consisting of Shillito, Gould, Rutledge, Harrison, Findlay and Andrew won the Atkin Cup for us. With three runners counting we obtained 13 points-(Shillito, 2nd : Rutledge, 3rd : Gould. 8th).



HOUSE POSITIONS : 1. Chatsworth 143. 2. Welbeck 166. 3. Lynwood 198. 4. Clumber 212. 5. Wentworth 381. 6. Haddon 360. 7. Sherwood 422. 8. Arundel 475.

INDIVIDUAL POSITIONS : 1. Perrett (Wel.) 26 min. 28 sec. 2. Elliott (Ch.) 27 min. 18 sec. 3. Tebbet (Wel.) 27 min. 35 sec. 4. Singleton (Ch.) 27 min. 36 sec.
5. Oliver (L.). 6. Ball (A.). 7. Allen (L.). 8. Youle (Wel.). 9. Wright (Cl.). 10. Timperley (Wen.) and Houghton (Wen.).


HOUSE: POSITIONS : 1. Lynwood 155. 2. Chatsworth 214. 3. Wentworth and Arundel 233. 5. Clumber 316. 6. Sherwood 324. 7. Haddon 286. 8. Welbeck 424.

INDIVIDUAL POSITIONS : 1. Rutledge (L.) 21 min. 8 sec. 2. Gill (L.) 21 min. 9 sec. 3. Gould (A.) 21 min. 17 sec. 4. Hill (Wel.). 5. Green (Cl.). 6. Brothers (Wen.).
7. Harrison (Sh.). 8. Axe (Ch.). 9. Goodlad (L.). 10. Ellin (L.).

Biggins (H.) and Shillito (Wel.) were disqualified for cutting off part of the course.


HOUSE POSITIONS : 1. Welbeck 116. 2. Arundel 241. 3. Haddon 251. 4. Lynwood 258. 5. Sherwood 268. 6. Chatsworth 378. 7. Clumber 396. 8. Wentworth 445.

INDIVIDUAL POSITIONS : 1. Andrew (Wel.) 20 min. 40 sec. 2. Findlay (L.) 21 min. 30 sec. 3. Tomlinson (L.) 21 min. 30 sec. 4. Powell (H.). 5. Vinall (Sh.).
6. Pemberton (A.). 7. Gilbert (L.). 8. Goulden (Sh.). 9. Harvey (Wel.). 10. Sheasby (Ch.).


THE Club has had an extremely busy season, as is shown by the table below. The first change in the team was in the fifth match, and after subsequent rearrangements in the third couple only eight players have represented the School. In certain cases our performance should have been better, particularly in the most recent matches, but there are definite signs of experience developing in those who are new to match play. We would all like to express our appreciation of Mr. Sinclair's help and support. The Singles Knock-out has only reached the semi-final, although we tried to give it preference. We would like more prompt response for the remaining games. We hope to arrange for some practice during the summer term with a view to a better start next season.


v. Sheffield University 2nd team  


Won 5-4

v. St. Matthias Club


Won 7-2

v. St. Matthias Club ...  ...


Won 6-3

v. The Staff    


won 5-4

v. Sheffield University


1st and 2nd      ...         ...


Lost 4-5

v. The Staff   


Lost 3-6

v. Sheffield University


1st and 2nd      ...         ...


Lost 5-4

v. High Storrs G.S. ...   ...


Won 7-1

v. William Jessop Sports Club


Won 5-4

v. William Jessop Sports Club


Lost 6-2

Played 10. Won 6. Lost 4.

F. G. N.



THE Lent Term has seen sound progress by the majority of the Troop towards the 1st Class Badge and the recruits are well on their way to 2nd Class. At the end of the Autumn Term a chart showing the state of training of each scout was reintroduced to weekly meetings as an incentive, and test-passing was put back into the patrol competition. Since then the Owl patrol has won the trophy every month. It is time some other patrol wrested it from them.

Recently we have returned to complete patrol-training, as opposed to part troop­training, part patrol-training. The Troop had adopted the latter as a temporary measure to raise the training standard and speed up badge work. That has now been achieved and we have reverted to the traditional scouts' method of patrol-training. The results have been twofold ; there has been a perceptible development in the patrol system and we have had to introduce a rota for the troop staff which became too large for the ordinary meeting where the training was by patrols.

We look forward to the Summer Term, during which we hope that all P.L.'s and some other members of the Troop will gain their 1st Class badges. There will be the usual two camps Whit Camp at Walesby, and the Summer Camp during the first fortnight of the holidays near Edinburgh.

G. L.


THE Lent Term has been one of steady consolidation as far as Scout training is concerned, in spite of the fact that there is still some confusion over the difference between D.D.T. and T.C.P. All last September's recruits are very near to Second Class : four new patrol leaders have proved their worth and will all be First Class by the time this appears in print. Attendances have been good and the term ended happily with an outdoor meeting which will long be remembered, if only for the height of the flames. The Den has been cleaned and partially redecorated and our Parents' Committee has worked most generously in various activities to raise funds for new tentage and equipment.

We are now at full strength for this year, and are having to turn away would-be Scouts-at any rate, until next year. \ o doubt part of " C " Troop's popularity is due to our brightening up our troop notice board, which not only Scouts seem to enjoy reading. Would that all our Scouts would scan it carefully each day ! Fred, Jack and other mysterious characters appear (vocally) with unfailing regularity. We must also record our gratitude to Mr. Young (of Cambridge University, A.S.M. of 2nd Chesterfield Troop) for his valuable contributions, serious and otherwise, to our meetings. Two superb camp sites promise that the Scout year will be crowned in the most fitting way-by two successful camps.

It is our aim that the troop should grow, not only in technical competence, but also in helpfulness to the community at large and in understanding of every part of the Scout promise. There are signs that here too-in this, the hardest vet the most important of all aspects of Scouting " C " Troop is making progress.

S. M.

House Notes


The Lent term was not one of our brightest. A glance at the football league tables shows Arundel Senior XI one place from the bottom with 4 points. In the course of arriving at that position, we provided Chatsworth and Sherwood with their only victories, and also inflicted upon Haddon, the leaders, their only defeat. This suggests an enigmatic team which must reinforce ability with a little more determination. In the Cross Country, the seniors, unfortunately without their captain, Helliwell, finished an inglorious eighth. The Junior team, however, ably led by Pemberton, was placed second. The Standard Sports entry from Arundel was encouraging, but results disappointing. It is true that numerically we are rather weak this year, but preferring renewed efforts to apologetics, we shall look forward to the Summer term to bring us success in cricket and swimming.


The term started rather disappointingly for the Middle School team lost the play-off in the Football League. Then the Water Polo team lost its last match, and the decider which was then necessary, both to Clumber. With the advent of Standard Sports our fortunes changed, for both the Middle and Junior sections had the highest aggregate of standards in their groups. It is hoped that their keenness will serve as an incentive to the senior part of the House. The Middle School further illustrated their prowess by finishing second in the Cross-Country ; although the first, Axe, was only 8th, the rest of the team packed very well. In the Senior Cross Country, after finishing second for the last two years, we at last managed to win. In past years a few very good individuals were let down by the 7th and 8th members in the team ; this year the win was a triumph for the whole team. Elliott and Singleton, 2nd and 4th respectively, ran extremely well, but the rest deserve no less credit for each did his best. This can be seen from the fact that our 8th man was 35th and all the fifteen runners were in the first 80. Finally we congratulate W. D. Cousin on the award of a Demyship at Magdalen College, Oxford. We are losing a House Prefect, P. Bowen, and we extend our good wishes to him.


Our Swimming successes have again been most encouraging : we won the Water Polo league after beating Wentworth 1-0 in the play-off. In the Knock-out we beat Wentworth 2-1 and Sherwood 3-1, to meet Chatsworth in the final. Everyone must pull his weight in the long distance swimming events-we would not have won last year if it had not been for the lead obtained here. In the Rugby Sevens we were unlucky to lose the second round to Sherwood by 5 points to nil, in spite of inspired playing by Heritage and Taylor, neither of whom had ever played before : In the Soccer Knock-out we again reached the Final, after playing excellent football all the season ; but in the Final we lost to Welbeck by 3-6. The game began badly for both sides ; the play was slow and inaccurate, but the second half saw excellent work on both sides, including, unfortunately, some fine goalkeeping on the side of Welbeck.


Our Senior 1st XI, led by Dickinson, are to be congratulated on winning the League by beating Chatsworth 5-3, after being 3-1 down at half-time. The team has always played with enthusiasm and thoroughly deserves the position gained. The Middle XI has also played well ; Hague has been a good captain, and we hope that some of its members will set quite a problem to our opponents in the Senior league next year. The Juniors are also very keen and their 1st XI, captained by Ellis, occupy 2nd position in the League, having w-on 11 out of a possible 14 points. In the Water Polo Knock-out we were beaten 3-0 by Sherwood, but in spite of the score the game was not an easy win for Sherwood. We have few outstanding entrants for Swimming Sports, and so we must look to the whole House for support. Valuable points can be gained by boys swimming 100 yards, quarter- and half­mile, or one length for the first time ; and this is where the ordinary member can do a lot towards the House effort. In Standard Sports we have the average of 1.8 per boy, with one more sports day to go. We expect to exceed this figure by a large amount, since for various reasons quite a few people have not yet been able to attempt standards. Unfortunately another reason for the low average is the lack of interest displayed by Fifth and Sixth Form members : this tendency is also reflected in the Athletic Sports entries. In the Cross Country events the Junior team led by Crowson ran with their usual vigour to finish 3rd, with Powell 4th and Crowson 11th. The Middle team finished 4th in their event ; Biggins, who was running well in the lead, had the misfortune to take a wrong turning and was disqualified. He has. however, once again demonstrated his calibre as a runner, and we look forward to his winning next year. The Seniors finished 6th : we missed Nicholls in this event. In the Rugby Sevens we were beaten 6-0 by Lynwood, after astonishing both ourselves and them by being level at half­time. Finally we congratulate A. M. Guenault and F. R. Drake on their Scholarships at Cambridge ; J. R. Timms and T. Trickett an their scholarships at Nottingham. Timms also won a scholarship at Imperial College of Science, making five in all ; thus Haddon has secured a half holiday for the School.


The Lent term has produced two major successes for Lynwood. The Seniors won, for the second year running, the Rugby Sevens Knock­out, beating Sherwood 6-5 in a very good final and shortly afterwards came victory in the Middle School Cross Country, in which Rutledge and Gill were the first two home. In this latter sphere the rest of the House cannot report similar success ; the Seniors were placed 3rd (Oliver 5th, Allen 7th) and the Juniors 4th (Tomlinson and Findlay 2nd equal. The Soccer season finished with a flurry of excitement. for the Seniors were just beaten T" on the post "'into 2nd place in the League by Haddon. The Juniors had a fairly good term to finish 3rd. The Water Polo team has nothing spectacular to show, having finished 4th in the League and lost 2-0 in the semi-final of the Knock-out. The term finished on a cheerful note with a Social, which was well attended and enjoyed by all. The finals of the Athletic Sports are yet to come, and here we look to the Middle School in particular, inspired by Rutledge and Gillott, for success we note with pleasure the interest shown in training, and hope it may be sustained. The Sixth Form too must not forget to pull their weight. This term we say goodbye to Lodge, who has proved a loyal member of the House. We thank him for his services and wish him all the best.


We heartily congratulate E. M. Thomas on winning the R. C. Sherriff Major Scholarship at New- College, Oxford. Although he has not been with us long, from the seven-a-side rugby to various School social activities he has shown real enthusiasm. We have maintained a good standard in Water Polo, finishing 3rd in the League. After putting Haddon out of the Knock-out, we lost 3-1 to Clumber in the semi-final. Association Football has been seriously affected by the attractions of its rival. However, in the seven­a-side Rugby we reached the final, by way of Wentworth and Clumber, and only just lost the competition, without Robinson, to Lynwood, by six points to five. Our Cross Country results, which leave much to be desired, show a lack of determined team spirit. More effort is required from those who cannot excel to support those who do.


Our First and Second Forms have once more showed their worth-this time in Cross Country running ; the team were placed 1st-P. R. Andrew was the individual winner-and by a good concerted effort on the part of the first eight runners the House was more than 100 points ahead of the runners-up. The Seniors also ran a good race and finished a close second to Chatsworth. In this event too, we provided the individual winner, B. J. Perrett, with J. C. Tebbet 3rd and L. J. Youle 8th. The most important event of the term was the final of the football Knock-out, in which we beat Clumber by 6 goals to 3. The match was a struggle and it was not evident until its closing stages that we were going to win the Trophy. Our efforts in the Water Polo league were at last rewarded with success when we beat Haddon 3-0. The Athletic Sports trophy is at present in our cupboard and if all concerned give of their best we have good hopes of retaining it. R. M. Walker and J. M. Jackson are to be congratulated on gaining major scholarships to Cambridge. The latter is leaving at Easter ; we wish him the best of fortune in the future and thank him for the whole-hearted service he has rendered to the House.


The season has ended with considerable success for the football teams. The Seniors finished second equal in the League, their success being due mainly to a capacity for rapid recovery and opportunism on the part of the forwards. The Middle team was even better placed, reaching the top of the League under the able captaincy of Walton at centre-half. They have always played with enthusiasm and accuracy and will form the basis of another good Senior team next year. Although we finished fifth in the Senior Cross Country, Houghton and Timperley were quite well placed, being tenth equal. In the Middle School event, the team was placed third, thanks largely to the efforts of the last few members. Our performance in the Standard Sports has been somewhat hindered by lack of time, but there is no lack of keenness and the number of standards finally gained should be quite good. The entry for the Athletic Sports was encouraging, and although we have not many star performers, we hope that the number of standards obtained will give us a creditable position. The Water Polo team has not been very successful, being placed sixth in the League, but there is a good entry for the Swimming Sports, particularly in the Junior events and we hope for better results in the future.

Standard Sports, 1954

  Competitors  Standards Average obtained
1. Chatsworth 88  276   3.14
2. Welbeck 88 263 2.99
3. Lynwood 88 262 2.98
4. Clumber 88 353 2.86
5. Haddon 81 228 2.81
6. Arundel 80 218 2.73
7. Wentworth 89 225 2.53
8. Sherwood 85 213 2.51

 Old Edwardians

E. COOPER (1938-47). after passing his Finals at Oxford (Lincoln College). has been appointed House Surgeon at University College Hospital, London.

D. ROBINSON (1943-51), Queen's College, Oxford, was reserve in Oxford University Chess team v. Cambridge on 27th March.

K. R. HEELEY (1944-51), played for St. John's College, Cambridge, in the final of the Colleges Football Cup competition.

W. N. ADSETTS (1942-50) is Captain of the Oxford University Lacrosse Club.

K. FLETCHER (1943-50) played for the Oxford University A.F.C. v. Oxfordshire.


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