VOL. XVI_________ AUTUMN 1967_____________ No. 8



SCHOOL NOTES                          ...
D. B. HARRISON             ...        ... MAGAZINE NOTES


SCOUTS                 ...        ...    
HIGH SOCIETY                SPORTS                          ...        ... 


LIBRARY            ...        ...        ...
Music     ...        ...                   ...


SCHOOL GAMES                 
STAFF CRICKET          ...        ...


VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE                                 ...


HOUSE NOTES                      ...


EDITORIAL          ...       ...


RAIN    ...        ...        ...


UNTITLED           ...       ...       
INCIDENT          ...        ...
PEELING AN APPLE         ...       ...
L. V. B. AND NORBERT             ...
GREECE '67        ...        ...       ...


WHEN?           ...        ...   
MONKEY PUZZLE        ...       ...
THE MONKEY             ...        ...
ODE TO A LOVED ONE           ...


TIME AND TIDE ...                    
LATE NIGHT FINAL         ...       ...
ANTHOLOGY      ...        ...       ...
PER ARDVA AD CASTRA            ...


THIRTY YEARS BACK             
DIGRESSIONS ...            ...       



STAFF LEAVERS                                       ...




D. B. HARRISON                   ...              ...


M.F.A.E.             ...        ...







AT the beginning of the new year we welcomed five new members of staff. Mr. D. Anderson comes from Henry Fanshawe School, Dronfield, to be Head of the Economics Department. Mr. G. Cocker joins the Modern Language; Department, teaching French and German, after a year at the Lycee d'Etat, Ales. Mr. I. L. Reid comes from Sheffield University to teach Chemistry and Physics, and Mr. R. Vickerman from Nottingham University to teach French and English. Mrs. A. M. Ritchie takes up a part-time appointment with the English Department. To all of them we wish a happy and profitable stay at K.E.S.

We deeply regret to have to record the death on September 24th, after a brief illness, of Mr. D. B. Harrison, who had been for twenty years in charge of P.E. at the School. We offer our shocked sympathy to Mrs. Harrison and their two children. A full notice and appreciation appears on a later page.

The end of the Summer term saw the departure of five members of staff. In reverse order of seniority they were Mrs. J. M. White, Messrs. T. Nuttall, J. Wrigley, W. D. L. Scobie, and E. L. Vernon. That three of them should have left us for Lancashire is, we understand, a coincidence with no political significance. The trans-Pennine brain-drain works, as we have good reason to know, in both directions.

 On E.L.V. it must be both a bold and a skilful wielder of the pen who would dare to administer to the Master a draught of his own most potent medicine, in the shape of an `end of term' report. We are indebted to Mr. T. K. Robinson, late of K.E.S. Staff and now Lecturer in Social Studies at Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow, for the following tribute, and we join most cordially in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Vernon a long and happy retirement.

Mr. Vernon retired in July, 1967, after 23 years of loyal and devoted service to the School. He joined the Staff from Batley Grammar School and became a member of a distinguished Science team which was built up in the School after the war.

His class teaching was always most thorough and conscientious. He insisted on the highest standards of work and behaviour and, in return, he imparted a clear understanding of scientific principles and their appli-cation. Many of the most successful scientists in the School gained their first love of enquiry and experimentation in his lab. His own dedication to scholarship was shown in a widely-praised research project which he completed for his M.Sc. degree at London University three years ago, and it was most fitting that he should be appointed Head of the Chemistry Department in the School in the final year of his teaching service.

Many aspects of School life were enriched by his contribution to them. For over ten years he was in charge of the administration of the `O' Level examinations and his meticulous preparation and efficient organisation must have eased at least some of the qualms of harassed candidates. In the early stages of his career he played a notable part in the running of First XI Soccer and Cricket and later he acted as chief scorer at both the athletic and swimming sports. His prowess as a singer was displayed both in the Staff Choir immediately after the war and in the full School Choir over a much longer period, and in a lighter vein he showed great versatility in Staff revues, with a range extending from a mellow millionaire to a disreputable duchess! He established the Astro-nomical and Photographical Societies and provided a most useful record for the School by taking photographs of boys and members of Staff who left each year. He even consented to take office as `Lord High Auctioneer of Lost Property'-to use his own phrase-and surely there could be no greater test of devotion to duty than that particular chore!

Yet one of the greatest services which E.L.V. rendered to the School was unknown to the boys. As Chairman of the Common Room from 1958, he gave to the Staff a professional character and a social cohesion which had not been sufficiently evident before. At the annual Christmas and summer parties, his wit, eloquence and urbanity set the tone for some delightful evenings and he and his wife were equally at home in the atmosphere of the children's party held in the Scout Hut each January. He guided the Staff through a difficult period of uncertainty about the future of the School and ensured that its collective opinion about proposed changes was clearly expressed. At Common Room meetings he was firm and judicious-never afraid to speak his own mind and to rebuke conduct which fell below his own high standards of professional integrity, but anxious that every point of view on controversial matters should be heard and discussed. Young members of Staff may have felt that he was sometimes unduly wedded to established ways and unwilling to concede sufficient merit to new educational ideas but they could never doubt that he was guided solely by his regard for the best traditions of the School as he saw them and his determination that the benefits of an academic education in the most stimulating surroundings should continue to be available to any boy of ability from any part of the city.

Edgar Vernon was a fine schoolmaster and a greatly respected colleague and friend. We wish him and his wife great happiness in their retirement and the good health to enjoy their many interests. Happily, his experience will not be lost to Sheffield for he has already taken up a part-time post as Supervisor in the University Department of Education. The future pattern of educational development in the city will continue to be a matter of the deepest concern to him.

The colourful personality of W.D.L.S. arrived in the English department in September 1962, and in his five years at the School became a legend; a privilege usually reserved for those with considerably longer service. As a late entrant to the teaching profession he brought a wealth of experience drawn from the outside world to bear on his work. His years in the Civil Service caused him to anathematize useless bureaucracy, but for those who contravened his rules there was the assurance of the Glas-wegian roar and the imminent brandishing of `Katy' or some less impres-sive stick. He devoted a great deal of his time to the School: in addition to being Librarian, 1966-67, he was responsible for the Stamp Club, Poetry Society, and Origami Society, besides being an inveterate coach-traveller with the History Society. Many boys and staff will remember with gratitude the hospitality of Mr. Scobie's home, where the anxious scholarship candidate could peruse an extensive library or an incipient intellectual could pit his wits against the master. We wish him well in his new post as lecturer in Liberal Studies at Liverpool Regional College of Art, where it is only to be hoped that his sartorial splendour will be appreciated as much as we miss the daily apprehension before the un-veiling of yet another `W.D.L.S. tie.'

Mr. Wrigley joined us in September 1964, and has taught French and German. Apart from his work in the classroom, his genial and con-versational presence will be especially missed by his colleagues in the staff-room, by members of the Christian Forum, and on the cricket field, where he acquired a certain reputation for unorthodoxy as a coach and umpire of the Second Xl. He found further scope for his energies in various organizing activities, notably the arrangements for visits under the "Yorkshire-Lille exchange" scheme and a profitable term of office as Treasurer of the School Magazine. For all these services we are duly grateful, and wish him every success in his new post in charge of Modern Languages at the Hulme Grammar School, Oldham.

Mr. T. Nuttall came to K.E.S. as Head of the Economics Department in September, 1965. Apart from maintaining and indeed enhancing the high standards of his department he has given invaluable service to School soccer and tennis. In coaching, refereeing and vocally supporting the First XI, he more than amply demonstrated his enthusiasm for his "first" sport. He took an active part in staff soccer and cricket XI's, and Saturday afternoons usually found him `losing his hair' (he was a prolific header of the ball) on behalf of the Old Edwardians First XI. He gave generously of his time to many School activities varying from the very active Economics Society to the organising of a ski-ing holiday in Austria.

With a deep and thoughtful understanding of boys, the departure of T.N. is a considerable loss to the School. In the Common Room he will be remembered as a sincere and friendly colleague always ready to give help and advice when needed.

He leaves us to take up a post as Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Chorley College of Education, at last returning to his native county. We offer him, his wife and family, our warmest wishes for a happy and successful future.

We have also bidden farewell to Mrs. J. M. White, after a year's work in the Modern Language department. Her quiet and retiring nature must sometimes have found our assertive society uncouth, but she did not lack firmness in quelling the unruly, and of the rest of us she was always too politely discreet to tell us what she may have thought. Her unassuming presence has surely been a civilising influence among us and we wish her every happiness and success in the future.

(Messrs. J. Wrigley, E. L. Vernon; Mrs. J. M. White;
Messrs. W. D. L. Scobie, T. Nuttall)

 We have heard with regret of the death of David Kaye, O.E., in April, as a result of a glider crash in September, 1966. He gained his Silver Wings for gliding while still at the School.

We also regret to have to report the death of Mr. C. A. P. Gillman, who was School Janitor and Caretaker for twenty-one years until his retirement in 1959. We offer our sympathy to Mrs. Gillman and their two sons.

We are very pleased to hear of the success of two Old Edwardians, P. N. Bell and R. H. Smith, in the competitive examinations for entry to the Diplomatic Service.

We congratulate the following on obtaining Firsts in this Summer's University Examinations:

P. N. Bell-Literae Humaniores, Jesus College, Oxford.

J. N. Chapman-Natural Sciences Pt. IA, St. John's College, Cambridge.

C. M. Colley-Medical Sciences Pt. IB, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

T. D. Hawkins-Engineering Science and Economics, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.

W. D. Manville-Mathematics, Wadham College, Oxford.

J. S. Plant-Physics, Sheffield.

J. E. Shaw-Physics, Sheffield.

In addition to the awards recorded in the last issue of the Magazine we congratulate the following on their several successes:


R. J. DUNSFORD-R.A.F. University Cadetship.

J. S. RICHARDSON-English Steel Corporation Scholarship.

J. M. HAWORTH-Prizewinner in the Jowett Copyright Fund Trustees Essay Competition.

P. M. HOLMES-Bronze Medal in the European Schools' Day Essay Competition.


ABERDEEN: A. G. Dixon.

BIRMINGHAM: J. C. Elliott, R. A. Burns, S. Gregory, J. S. Mottram, J. L. Wragg, S. M. Wright.

BRISTOL: M. A. Winter, M. D. Hodgkinson, I. J. Harris, P. A. Gregory.

CAMBRIDGE: P. T. Barwich (Gonville and Caius); E. R. Hemming (Jesus): J. S. Batsleer, M. E. Orton (Selwyn); P. Horner (Sidney Sussex); N. J. Johnson (Trinity Hall).

DUBLIN: D. R. D. Clarke.

EXETER: J. Hallam.

HULL: J. J. Hallam, J. Shirt, P. W. Backhouse, S. L. Smith.

LEEDS: R. A. Hutt, P. Burns, S. Jackson, S. A. Roberts, L Button.

LIVERPOOL: I. F. Roe, T. J. Warn.

LONDON: J. M. Haworth, J. H. Rees.

L.S.E.: J. D. Burkinshaw.

 LOUGHBOROUGH: R. M. Priestley.

MANCHESTER: R. J. Dunsford, R. F. Hill, P. G. Howard, T. Pearce, S. Ingram, N. H. Woodcock, J. M. Tuckwood.

NEWCASTLE: J. A. Tew, R. T. Strong.

NOTTINGHAM: S. P. Kingsley, V. H. Cutts, C. G. Marshall, D. T. Evans.

OXFORD: P. M. Boyling (Keble), P. Collier (Trinity), R. J. Williams (University).

SALFORD: P. J. Cartwright, J. R. Shaddock.

SHEFFIELD: B. G. Lannigan, l. Lusis, S. W. Thorpe.
















School Officials, 1967-68


R. Bollington (Head Prefect).

I. C. A. F. Robinson (Deputy Head Prefect).

I. M. Broome, J. Cowley, R. C. Digby, A. P. Fogell, L. M. Jenkins, R. I. Nicolson, G. C. Scott, J. C. Smith, C. J. Stones, D. J. Wildman, J. P. Woodhouse.


R. A. Bramwell, P. N. Brierley, P. M. Cockcroft, J. R. A. Cook, M. J. Elliott, R. H. Falk, P. L. Greenwood, P. R. Haywood, J. M. Hyatt, C. R. Milner, T. C. Ramsden, J. G. Repen, S. D. Stewart.


Chief Librarian: C. J. Stones.

Deputy Chief Librarian: C. R. Milner.

Chief Registrar: R. H. Falk.





C. R. Milner



A. P. Fogell




G. C. Scott



A. S. Johnson




C. R. Freeston



C. R. Ellins

  Cross-country: Capt.: M. J. Henty
    Sec.: R. N. Pringle



C. R. Milner



D. J. Wildman




J. N. H. Jubb



G. C. Scott




J. P. Woodhouse




R. I. Nicolson



G. Hickling

 D. B. Harrison

MR. D. B. Harrison joined the Staff in July, 1947 when he came to take charge of Physical Education and Swimming in the school.

He was responsible for the introduction of Rugby Football to the school and it was his enthusiasm and patience in the face of all difficulties that brought about the present healthy state of the game when we are able to field four teams regularly every Saturday.

The School's record in Swimming during the twenty years in which he had charge is one that can scarcely be equalled elsewhere.

All who knew him were stunned to hear of his death on the 24th September, 1967.

A funeral service was held at the City Road Crematorium on Friday, 29th September. At the Service six of his colleagues acted as bearers and the School was represented by the Headmaster, some twenty members of the Staff, ex-colleagues, the Head Prefect and other boys from various forms. Representatives of the Old Edwardians' Association also attended.

Mr. Harrison was a man of such youthful vitality that it is still difficult to accept that he was so struck down in his prime.

He was a genial, kindly man with a quiet confidence and zest for life. Not for him the histrionics and the dramatic moment, but the calm observation delivered when others were becoming heated. He took no delight in over-complicated instructions, particularly written ones, and yet the Swimming Sports which he organised were models of smooth efficiency. He preferred people to paper.

He had a fine understanding of boys and particularly of their difficulties and weaknesses. Such was his understanding that he inspired them to give of their best largely by following his own example of honest, unstinting effort. It is significant that, of the many tributes that boys and old boys have written, a large number come from those who start by saying they had little prowess in the Gymnasium and go on to say how greatly they were encouraged by him and how much they owe to him.

The many successful athletes, swimmers and Rugby players whom he encouraged and inspired in their youth never fail to acknowledge their debt to him and many kept in close touch with him long after they had left school.


 D.B.H. ( Photo by G. Mackay)

As a colleague he was a most charming man. Always quietly cheerful and with a delightful sense of fun, he was a skilled raconteur, probably at his best when retailing stories of his experiences on his travels in Europe-usually resulting from the breakdown of his varied motor vehicles. Many a newcomer to the Staff found him of the greatest help in settling in. His practical commonsense and his consideration for others did much to inspire a friendly atmosphere in the Common Room, in whose interest he worked so hard.

As a friend he was sincere and true and above all compassionate. My personal debt to him for help and support in time of stress is great indeed.

He was above all else a believer in the unity of the family, and it was a proud moment for him when his son became the Captain of the 1st Rugby XV in this School.

In final tribute to him I quote from a letter received from a former colleague who, a few years ago, took charge of School Rugby:

"He was one of the gentlest and most genial colleagues I have ever worked with and the generous way in which he let me reap of his sowing in the School's Rugby, though never stinting his support and help, was a living lesson in manliness from a very great teacher."

We must be thankful that we knew him. He gave much and gave it cheerfully. We shall miss him.

J. C. H.


THE Editors have a large stock of back-numbers of the Magazine which they are anxious to dispose of to make way for the occasional unsold copy of later issues. We are therefore offering to send back-numbers to any readers who would be interested, at a nominal charge of 3d. each for Magazines dated before 1960, and 6d. for those of later date up to Autumn 1966, plus postage. For one Magazine this would amount to 5d., for larger numbers it may be calculated at the rate of approximately 3 oz. per magazine. Payment may be made in stamps, or by P.O. or cheque, to the Treasurer, King Edward VII School Magazine. It will be appreciated if orders can be sent in time for despatch before the end of the Autumn term. Copies are available of most issues back to 1946, and of some as far back as 1935. A small stock will be retained and the remainder we pro-pose to offer for sale in the School early in the new year.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking Mr. J. Wrigley and D. M. Hodgkin for their services to the Magazine over the past two years. We welcome Mr. P. N. Wood as our new Business Editor and J. M. Hyatt as Assistant Sports Editor.


AT the time of writing, all boys in the School are free to use the Library and it is gratifying to see so many junior boys withdrawing books and consulting works of reference. A new measure, which I hope has been appreciated has been the Library's acquisition of all available University prospectuses: to judge by the appearance of the stand each evening they are being much consulted.

There have been only very minor changes in administration since my taking charge of the Library. I hope the new system for members of staff eases the withdrawal and return of books, whilst the new method of putting books through the Accession Register lightens the burden of the librarians and expedites the appearance of new books on the shelves.

 At stocktaking in July there were a large number of books missing. Many have since been found and returned, but not by the borrowers. There are many opportunities for returning books incognito, but these require effort. It appals me to think that we harbour those who are so idle and thoughtless that others have to search for books they remove. They deserve to lose the privilege of using the library.

I acknowledge with gratitude gifts donated by the following: the family of the late Mr. N. L. Clapton for the larger part of his extensive and varied collection of books; Mr. W. D. L. Scobie, Mr. and Mrs. Belton, M. Cowley, Mr. and Mrs. P. Dixon, J. Hallam, R. F. Hill, J. Lee, P. Meredith, I. J. Neary, Mr. A. Plews, and Mr. F. E. Smith. To all we are most indebted.

I must offer a final word of thanks to the Chief Librarian, his Deputy (whose recovery and return to School are welcome), and all his willing assistants, who have been most useful in helping me as I took over the running of the Library. I am grateful to them for their hard work and cheerful long-suffering.

C. H. B.


"I HAVE had a trumpet lesson every week for the past two years from a teacher supplied by the education authority."

"Well, I am afraid no such provision is made in Sheffield. We might manage to get you a lesson every three or four weeks."

The first speaker was a lucky newcomer from the south of England; the reply was one we have so often had to make in the past.

For the account of the School Concert in this issue we are indebted to Sheffield's new Adviser for Music. His appointment is a most welcome sign that at long last the city may make more adequate provision to foster talent which has been handicapped by the scarcity, and sometimes the complete absence, of instrumental teachers in Sheffield. It is significant that two of the most accomplished soloists in the Concert have for some time been travelling respectively to Leeds and London for the necessary advanced tuition. The standard of performance in the Concert was again so high that the prospect of even better results, should increased facilities become available, is a most exciting one.

After the Concert the Choir as usual rested for the remainder of the summer term. Our choral tradition owes so much to these two hundred or so singers who from September to May come to practices each week in their own time. Orchestral rehearsals shortly resumed in a recreational way, and these Thursdays with a mini-orchestra of chamber proportions were extremely pleasant. New members came in to make a start, and we read a variety of pieces. Particularly good this time were Hulse's readings of oboe concertos and some promising playing from Otter on the trumpet. (Much less furniture has to be moved before and after rehearsal, too-which is in itself relaxing!)

Mr. Philip Lord adjudicated the Music Competitions, for which there were some fifty entries. In the Senior competitions I. C. A. F. Robinson carried off the awards for Keyboard, Singing and Musicianship, and J. Crawford (violin) won the Orchestral Instruments prize. Among the Juniors, J. H. Goodison was successful in the piano contest and also shared with P. Webster the Musicianship award. The Instrumental prize went to G. Hulse (oboe) and the Singing to J. N. May. The successful composers were

Senior:-I. C. A. F. Robinson with an Elegy for two violins and piano. Junior:-P. Webster with a Movement for string quartet.

STOP PRESS: We hear that Patrick Huston, pursuing his course at the Northern School of Music with the Bassoon as his principal study, has also won the Composition Prize with a Cantata for Soloists, Choir and Organ, and has written a Ballet, scored for wind instruments, which may soon be performed in Bristol.

N. J. B.

STOP STOP PRESS: D. G. Bunce has been selected for Bristol Univer-sity "XXXII Choir" a skilled group of singers, eight to a part, who toured Germany in August last.


Conversation Piece
(L. M. Jenkins, I. C. A. F. Robinson, P. Webster, A. S. Jackson,
Mr. N. J. Barnes)

(Photo by permission of Sheffield Newspapers Ltd.)

 The Concert

 A LARGE audience of parents and friends listened with sheer delight to the Concert in the City Hall on Wednesday, May 10th. This was no ordinary concert, given by a very select group of musicians, but rather a demonstration of music of high quality from a large proportion of the School. Bernard Shaw often said that "Music is for Everyman" and this Shavian statement was proved beyond all doubt in this concert by the ability, skill, enthusiasm and resource of the boys. The fame of music at the School was even further enhanced by this most musical programme.

It would be difficult to criticise each item of such a large programme, but a number of facts contributed to a performance of considerable excellence. The conductor gave a most sensitive interpretation of all works, and whether it was singers, players, or both together, these young musicians both sang and played convincingly and always had the enthus-iastic spontaneity of young people in consort. One only wishes that adult performers could apply this vital essential in their performances.

The Orchestra had good attack, phrasing and contrast, and, whilst it could be argued that the music chosen may have been a trifle too difficult for some players, these young instrumentalists gave all that they could in playing real music and not easier "arrangements." All power to their elbows-and lips!-in stretching their ability and range. Their conductor is so right in his choice of music. Possibly the most convincing of the orchestral contributions was Britten's "Soirees Musicales," in which a ready technique and musicianship were always evident. Minor flaws there may have been, but intonation was very good in such a large hall which is not kind to music. Tribute must also be paid to the orchestra's great contribution to accompaniment throughout the programme. They had learnt the technique of listening to soloists, whether vocal or instrumental.

The choral tradition of the School could hardly be bettered. The audience was given a thrilling choral experience. The Madrigal Group sang with a freshness and purity of tone which dominated their fine performance, and in the second half, when the group was sub-divided and given percussive instrumental accompaniment, the whole audience rose to their musical wit and merriment. Even a full-blooded temperance advo-cate would have repented of his condemnation of strong drink-for who could remain teetotal with "Closing Time" ringing in his ears? The singing of the full Choir in the Haydn Te Deum was finely graded to the tradition of the period, and Parry's master-work, "Blest Pair of Sirens", had a breadth of style and vision in performance which matched the majesty of John Milton's words.

Of the several soloists J. Crawford excelled in his performance of the Adagio from Bach's G minor Sonata for unaccompanied violin. He is an artist of outstanding ability, possessing a tone of unusual range and, beauty, together with a fine technique and rare musical intelligence. The School is more than fortunate in having contained him and his partner L. M. Jenkins at the same time. P. Webster, I. C. A. F. Robinson, A. S. Jackson and I. P. Lusis all made their individual contributions with keen musicianship and real promise.

A delightful interlude by the "Pre's Sect" included perfect taste of a more "modern" outlook. Their singing and playing of the Spiritual "Rock, my soul" was characterised by a sensitivity and skill of a very high order. All "straight" musicians could learn much from this contribution.

 The concert concluded with Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs, which never fails to stir a British heart. Henry Wood himself would have been delighted by the fervour, vigour and vitality of the Choir and Orchestra in this performance. The audience did not match these young music makers, and could have given much more in their vocal contribution to "Rule, Britannia"; but it only proves the point that music in the hands of young people has an intensity of purpose which the adult generation can rarely match.


Voluntary Community Service

EXTRA-CURRICULAR activity is limited by examinations during the Summer term, but the K.E.S. group of "Youth Action-Sheffield" has nevertheless been fully occupied. The decorating team spent one week-end hard at work, and several boys helped in the annual collection for the blind, which raised over £34. This seems a fitting place also to record the efforts of a large number of members of the School who, on the night and morning of July 15th/16th, walked varying distances of up to thirty miles in aid of OXFAM.

During the Summer holidays several boys helped in the play project at St. Mary's Community Centre. This attempt to amuse and entertain children from the St. Mary's area, who have no local playing facilities, was repeated following its great success last year. The children were taken up to Norfolk Park where games and competitions were arranged for them. The School "Youth Action" group was also represented in the "Meals-on-Wheels" service.

Thanks are due to Mr. Baker for all he has done to help the group and persuade boys to join its numbers. We now continue under the guidance of Mr. Axford.

J. COWLEY, Group Secretary.

Scout Troop

DURING the Summer the Troop has held two camps. The first was our Whit camp which was held at Newstead Abbey and was run by the fifth-form staff with the assistance of several A.S.M.s. The camp was most enjoyable despite the very wet weather, which however failed to dampen the spirits of anyone including the first formers.

Summer Camp was held in Ireland on the Powerscourt Estate, and thus proved to be a very successful camp which everyone enjoyed. The programme was well planned, and a lot of work by the ten members of staff helped to improve the camp for the twenty troop members. Two members of staff went visiting the Blarney Stone at Cork whilst the Troop did a lot of hiking in the locality of the camp. Most of the boys spent some time in Dublin.

During the coming term there is to be a Jumble Sale and one troop meeting will be spent showing slides of camp. Representing the Troop on the Telegraph Trophy at Hesley Wood will be the Peewit patrol, P.L. N. Davenport, who won the patrol competition at camp.




The Christian Forum has carried on with meetings in an unostentatious manner, mainly studying Daniel. There was also a visiting speaker Mr. Harry Trent, Middlewood chaplain, talking about a Ministry to a psychiatric ward.

Regretfully we lose Mr. Wrigley, who has helped us greatly with advice and his views on Bible Studies; his position as master in charge of the Forum is taken by Mr. Sharp whom we welcome and thank for agreeing to help us.


Owing to the pressure of examinations the Economics Society has been unable to maintain the high level of activity achieved during the previous two terms. However, a joint meeting with the newly-formed Railway Club was arranged; this took the form of a visit to Tinsley to see the new marshal-ling yards, with their advanced systems of control.

Thanks for his help in the work of the Society are due to Mr. Nuttall, who left at the end of the Summer term.


Historians, like lesser mortals, inevitably get caught up in the routine preparations or the traditional ending to the Summer term. Consequently they could only assemble once.

The attraction was a series of read-ings, music and general waffle about the Great Plague of 1665, from which we are sure a local repertory company later appropriated some of its material for a similar venture. Speedy declamation was provided by a certain unfortunate who was given ten times more than any-one else to read. God was played by R. A. Bramwell, whose presence proved something to those who hold that seeing is believing, and R. R. Cross held a microphone by the help of which this enterprise will be available for the use of posterity. Sundry extras made up the rest of the cast and a "good time" was had by "all."

JUNIOR HISTORY SOCIETY.-The only meeting of the term was the annual coach trip to places of historical interest. The first stop was at Conisborough Castle, where the party found no difficulty in producing sufficient noise to rouse the attendant from her mid-morning nap. The next visit was to Pontefract Castle. Here the party examined the remaining ruins and resisted the urge to conduct a mediaeval war. The survivors arrived at Castle Howard in time for lunch, and after a guided tour of the house they split up to see the gardens and adjacent buildings, which included a costume museum with clothes ranging from Siberian furs to paper dresses. The bellicose Instincts were more effective this time, and a mown-grass battle was conducted on the more distant lawns. On the way back we visited the much-honoured field of Marston Moor, as on a previous trip it had not been located! Many thanks are due to the masters who organised the trip and saved the country-side from further damage.

SENIOR LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY.-The two meetings of the Senior Literary and Debating Society were held in the earlier part of the term. Mr. Axford showed and himself illumina-ted a film strip of the British Theatre In the "Fifties."

The other meeting was a rather out-of-the-ordinary debate in which the School proposed the motion that, "This House would have liked to have been Victorian Ladles and Gentlemen," which was opposed by a visiting team from the Girls' High School.

Both teams, armed with supporters, assembled in the K.E.S. library, and at once K. Sykes, secure in his twentieth-century seat, was called upon to state the advantages of the former era. He spoke, amongst other things, of the superior titillation of the Victorian ankle over the modern equivalent display. Miss Hilary Mason, inveterate it is believed in dealing with K.E.S. debaters, astutely reminded us of the woman's attitude to sundry Victorian ways.

R. Bollington showed his potential fully in demolishing the lady's arguments; unfortunately, Miss Reaney for the other side was equally efficient in demolishing him.

Upon invitations for floor speeches, the late Mr. Scobie accused the chairman of a degree of impoliteness to the ladies, and inquired where the other comfort-able chair was hidden. The august chairman, despite his lack of gavel, crushed this with the words, "You took it," and upon the resumption of the debate, several sensible points were made from the floor, mainly upon drains -one of the best being from Mr. Scobie, who observed that we are still living off the Victorians' cheerfulness.

So it proved, for optimism in life today prevailed and our present age was overwhelmingly vindicated to man and woman.

MODERN LANGUAGE SOCIETY.-The Modern Language Society enjoyed continued success in the Summer term, during which three meetings were held. At the first of these, M. Geoffroi, our "assistant," spoke about his native area of France, les Vosges. The talk was in French, although illustrated with Belgian colour slides, and deservedly drew a record attendance. A group of smaller proportions heard A. T. Sutherland's discourse on Samuel Beckett, but what they lacked in numbers, they made up for in volubility, when they developed the talk into a heated argument as to whether Mr. Beckett's plays were ingenious or merely ingenuous: an argument which was left unresolved at a very late hour in the evening. Finally, a playreading of Gabriel d'Hervilliez's "A louer meuble" was held, followed by a discussion with Mr. Dobson of subjects ranging from the philosophy of Sartre to the apparently numerous faults developed by H.B.D's car.

It is, we hope, evident that the Modern Language Society has proved a highly successful venture. It is hoped to arrange even more ambitious projects for the year 1967-1968.

MUSIC CLUB.-The Music Club has had a very successful Summer term with, however, no meetings being held because of examinations, etc.

NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY.-Owing to internal and external examina-tions, meetings of the Natural History Society during the Summer term were restricted to four.

At the first, which was remarkably well attended, three interesting films were shown, "Farming under water," a film on oyster farming, a cartoon entitled "Gowns and Gears", and an informative film, "Nothing to Eat but Food," demonstrating the constituents of a balanced diet, aided by several humorous cartoon sketches.

The second meeting was an expe-dition into the wilds of Derbyshire in order to study animal life and fossils to be found associated with limestone.

Visits, arranged on the lines of the extremely popular one to Tennants Brewery of the Autumn term previous, comprised the other two meetings of the term.

The first of these was made to the Public Health Laboratories, where, on a conducted tour of the laboratories, the party saw some of the techniques used in modern bacteriology as associated with the control of disease.

The last meeting was an immensely successful visit to Middlewood Hospital where we toured the wards and saw the various displays set up in connection with Mental Health Week.

It is anticipated that more visits of this nature will be arranged during the Autumn term.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY.-Since the beginning of last term, the Photographic Society has suffered a major set-back through the loss of its oldest and most respected member. Mr. Vernon devoted much of his time to the Society (notably a series of lectures to younger members on darkroom techniques). We all offer him our best wishes for a long and happy retirement. Fortunately, thanks to the interest shown by Mr. P. O. Jones and Mr. D. C. Jinks, the Society will continue successfully throughout the coming year.

A committee has already been elec-ted, including N. Cooper (Treasurer); P. H. Williams (President) and D. A. Atkin (Secretary). New members are welcome and it is hoped that an interest-ing programme will be arranged for the coming term.




ONE of the difficulties in writing an Editorial for the School Magazine is the fact that there exist no strong traditions laying down the style or subject. This is perhaps all to the good, for it makes possible more experiment and a wider range of topics. But, whereas this type of Editorial is relatively new, King Edward's is an old school, and in view of the frequent mention of the "need to maintain its traditions" it might be interesting to see just how well-founded this kind of remark is.

It is sometimes argued that an institution is only what those attached to it make it and no more. Just how far are we influenced by the past? In this school, consciousness of the past seems to be synony-mous with consciousness of the successes of the past, which are held forth to posterity as worthy of its emulation. Tradition might, by the sceptic, be equated with a string of Hastings Scholarships and places at Oxbridge. This seems to be the full extent of our traditions in this age of increasing individuality and materialism. A school might, under such circumstances, be regarded as a temporary resting place, merely intended for benefit and calling forth no sense of obligation or duty, with the present disregarding the intangible past. Does a school's history count, and just how great an impression is left by past genera-tions of scholars? It seems to be difficult for a school to have a clear idea of its true nature when its content in both boys and masters, of whom less than half have been in the School over three years, is in a state of flux. Attachment seems to be ephemeral and gratitude, or lack of it, towards a particular master rather than towards an abstract conception of "the School." Nevertheless it is possible to see how pupils are influenced by what can be nothing else but tradition. When an Old Boy asked to have his ashes scattered at Whiteley Woods (as was recently done) this was made clear. Traditions seem to extend beyond the purely academic, to certain mannerisms in speech, dis-cipline and character. Maybe the idea of "Fac Recte, Nil Time" has affected most scholars in some way.

These remarks are intended to open an inquest into the ways we are affected by K.E.S., and to determine how much of its present condition and ethos is a legacy of the past. They are the beginning of an attempt to discover its idiosyncracies and traditions, and to encourage discussion of this subject, in these pages or elsewhere.

R. B.

 (Untitled: Berlin, September 1967)

Jade, smoothly carved, reflecting his own face, the Emperor.

Remember, I will not; colder wind, clear sky now grey in the water.

No whiter the swans than fourteen years ago.
Wide pavements still flow, old but not ancient,
outside the park. The facades still crumble. Lately-
new houses humbly age in another September.

Walls painted with ancestral faces fill him with sadness.
His hand to his eyes, a sparkle of jewels, a new pearl

Swaying pennants of leaves as the wind combs the reeds
for no reason, only because I am there to see
the moving and the hissing. For no reason, the air carries
the hum of the city, ring of the season's saying.

Turning back he saw the hundred generations
who knew behind the doors, the parapets, the sky,
were gods laughing, frowning, or a golden High Purpose, burning.

Strangers pass; and as I turn to the water and stone
learn at last: there is no mistrust in waves or in carvings
as in these faces, where stares the fear of another's dangers.

Cool winds: but the Great Voices no longer spoke; the present Khan
was silent.
As a favourite stroked the sounding strings
her voice found the words, understood no longer, of an ancient song.
Longingly the courtyard echoed; the fish hovered in Green Pool.

Behind the houses, somewhere there must be a meaning.
To have a lineage might make my aimlessness confined.

One courtyard followed another as the King walked.
Flowers, painted tiles, the hollowed arches, to the Innermost
where the one light flickered. The meaning of the shrine
must be somewhere behind the leaning fountains, weeping trees.
Jade shone, sleeping. The Great Voices must speak! Silence poured on.

I looked across the park; the Emperor prayed.

D. Higgins 7 MS

Undertaker's advertisement:

"Once you have tried one of our funerals you will not want to go elsewhere."


A quick glance around.
No one in sight.
A quick flash of the lighter,
Sheer delight.

0 my God

 S. D. Catling 4A

Peeling an Apple

Have you ever stopped to think how exciting peeling an apple can be? That first scintillating moment, when your knife sinks its wicked-looking steel jaw into the innocent, shining skin of the apple, green with fear.

The blood runs out with a little hiss and slides silently down the skin; there is no stopping the knife, now that it has tasted blood. The flashing steel blade skilfully deprives the apple of its skin, which it has borne since childhood.

I always try to peel off the skin without breaking it, but it seems as though the apple, in a last defiant death-throe, is determined that I shall be denied my pleasure.

Eventually the last piece of skin is forced away from its parent, and the succulent apple is put out of its misery by a quick bite in the carotid. Yes, peeling apples is fun; except, of course, for the apple.

P. A. Cooper 4L

 L.v.B. and Norbert

WHO is L.v.B.? That is not the point. In any case, it should be "Who was L.v.B.?", because he is almost dead now. Far better ask, "Who is Norbert?"

Norbert is NOT a paper tiger. Get that straight. Ruggiero Ricci is a paper tiger, not Norbert. Nor is Norbert a gardener; nor yet a member of the A.R.P., for times have changed, and thanks to Max, Norbert is KING. Yes, Norb. is Tone King, folks, and if you think it's exquisite, that's all right by me.

 Possibly this is a rather wild and facetious opening to what is, after all, a serious topic of world interest. Norbert is the art-form of the future. At a time when civilisation is crumbling, Norbert says, "What is Seitensprung?"

Norbert was born some years ago in Vienna. He now lives in London and plays quartets with his friends, Siggy, Pete and Mart. They have a fabulous time and sometimes Cecil comes as well, which is even better because Cecil plays like a pig. Norbert is fat and wears glasses; but much better, he has the famous norb smile and the norb pad which he puts his fiddle under. He makes a noise like unto nectar.

So now you know about Norbert, huh? Occasionally he visits Sheffield under the pseudonym of Norbert Brainin, and gives seditious concerts masquerading as the leader of the Amadeus Quartet. Harm-less enough, you might think, but wait; here are the seeds of rebellion, here is the centre of a debased subculture which is undermining the nation's moral fibre.

Norbert uses L.v.B. Do you use this? Unfortunately, owing to the importunities of slang usage, L.v.B. has come to be known by a number of vague portmanteau words like "acid," "pot", "dope", "flower power", "Serbian mat", and even, by an unlikely etymologi-cal accident, L.s.D. (a corruption doubtless due to the notoriously thick ears of gutter press reporters). But its only correct and scien-tific name is ludwig van beethoven. The devastating effects of ludwig van B. in the minutest dosages are all too well known in medical circles. Informed sources say that less than 135 ops (I op = 0.131 sq.angstroms p.Golgi body) can cause severe and irreversible changes in personality. Advocates call such hallucinations by terms like "raptus" or "intercourse with revelation"-explained by Sullivan in his excellent treatise on the matter, which says, "Language, as a historical accident, is poor in names for subjective states."

I said to begin with that L.v.B. was nearly dead. I was merely reiterating a popular fallacy, an unsubstantiated rumour circulated by the short-sighted gutter press. No, L.v.B. lives again, thanks to NORBERT. L.v.B. now once more roams the streets, spiritually devouring the populace. Armed with their terrifying secret super weapon, the Grosse Fuge Mk. 13 3, and an indomitable will both creative and expressive, Norbert and L.v.B. will exterminate the human race, and leave a better one in its place.

The Amadeus Quartet's late Beethoven set is available on four beautiful stereo Deutsche Grammophon gramophone records, SLPM 138S37 (SKL118-121).


(We have not been paid for this-Edd.)


 "VISIBILITY is very poor in London, where we shall land in twenty minutes," said the Cockney captain over the public address system. And he meant it. We didn't see the runway until we were about to touch down. Such was the dismal homecoming from a superb trip to Greece, three weeks of glorious sunshine and temperatures in the eighties and nineties, made by courtesy of the Jowett Copyright Trust Fund, who had been the organisers of an essay competition earlier in the year.

We had also flown to Greece, landing at Athens airport at 3 a.m., to be met at the cabin door by a blast of hot, dry air, to which we gradually accustomed ourselves as we were whisked to our hotel. We spent five hot, sweaty, absorbing days in Athens, forsaking the city itself to savour the delights of boat trips to Aegina and Salamis, and local bus rides to Marathon and a rather over-populated Sunium. The grandeur of the remains of centuries and the fascination of museums and excavated sites on detailed inspection (a superficial glance was inevi-tably both boring and a waste of time) were undeniable.

Five days in Athens were sufficient, and it was with something approaching relief that we flew one morning to Crete-fifty minutes of glorious views over the Aegean Sea.

Crete was everything expected of it. Glorious beaches, the ancient site to end all ancient sites, at Knossos, with its renowned reconstructions of 4,000 years ago, and one memorable day spent in attempting to propel a left-hand drive Volkswagen 6o k.m. to the 6,ooo ft. mountain-ringed plateau of Lassithi (and Zeus' cold, clammy, slippery cave), and at the same time clocking 110 k.m. after travelling over what must have been not only the worst road in Greece, but also the only one to pass through every backyard between Iraklion and Lassithi.

Five days later we flew once more to Athens, deigned only to stop twelve hours for sleep and food, and sped onward by public bus (great fun) to Nauplion, "Greece's first capital town." From here Epidaurus, Mycenae and Tiryns were in turn visited, and all deemed well worth seeing. Epidaurus being particularly notable for its abundant supply of cold-water springs; the equivalent of shrines to thirsty travellers.

After three days in Nauplion we joined a mini-bus party for a whistle-stop tour of the Peloponnese. Covering hundreds of kilo-metres on all but one of five days, we visited in turn the fascinating Byzantine settlement at Mystra, Nestor's palace at Pylos, a Frankish fort at Methone (what a beach), Olympia, and the majesty that was, and is, Delphi. Memories of these days are rather sketchy, but the Sunday morning naval parade at Pylos, and the gift of huge bunches of grapes by a local farmer, spring to mind.

So, back once again in Athens, we spent the final day shopping and covering a little more of the huge amount of ground necessarily untouched in our first visit, and, at three o'clock one morning we left our plush hotel by the sea for the airport, our last view of Athens as the sun rose, and our first dismal view of London three hours later.

Memories abound---of crowded "taverna" and their oily luke-warm food, of sipping an evening "ouzo" at a street corner and watch-ing the world go by, of the friendliness of the Greek people, of the

beauty of Delphi by moonlight .. .

My thanks are due to the Jowett Copyright Trust Fund trustees for wholly financing the trip, to my companions for helping to make the trip so enjoyable, and to Mr. Taylor and my father for simul-taneously bringing the competition to my notice. It was all well worth the effort, and since I think the Trust is contemplating organ-ising a similar competition in the future, I can well recommend trying!

J. M. Haworth.

Time and Tide


In steps of moving shade and sand
The sea its daily journey makes,
And pounds the beach with evening tide,
Until the moon its fury takes;

Back it washes, over breakers,
Leaving cleaner sand and white,

Moonbeams play in seaweed gardens,

Shadows blend and herald night.
Lonely minstrel softly singing,

Walking down the pebbled shore,

Wandering near and far and sundry,
Obeying no particular law,

Pitched his tent upon the foreshore,
n the shadow of the moving sea,

Tomorrow night he must depart here,
And there his tent no more shall be.

Dark clouds fall across the moon's face,

Night becomes as black as coal,

Even the minstrel is calmly sleeping,
No-one stirs now, not a soul,
Till a ray of light comes filtering,
Encouraging the seagull's cry,
Daybreak comes, the beach stands ready,
Morning tide will soon be nigh.


 A seven-day Fugue on three Subjects with a Ground Bass kindly supplied by the "Star"

























like to cut wasps
Into two with my ruler;
It stops them buzzing.

 P. A. Cooper 4L


Lying on my back,
One arm in the air.

My eyes closed,
seeing Nothing.

S. D. Catling 4A

My Sister

My sister
Likes horses
And reads books

And is a Tomboy
Hates dresses
Hates me-

S. D. Baggot 1(1)

I took the balloon,
Put in a small puff of air,
I squeezed it.
It distended, became transparent
Hard and squeaky, a peanut swelled to a grape.
I did it again;
And it burst.

 J. E. Colley 6 Sc.


I wake in the morning,
The birds are choking outside in the smog.
I do not want to get up;

But it is Monday.

 S. D. Baggot 1(1)

 Per Ardva ad Castra

angustam amice pauperiem pati
acri militia puer
.. .


FOR its excursion this year, the Classical Society undertook a more strenuous and academic exercise than usual by simulating the day's march of a Roman soldier from the station of NAVio (Brough, near Hope) to that Of MELANDRA (Glossop). A hardy group of enthusiasts made the journey of 17 English (XVIII Roman) miles, travelling the former Roman road, which climbs steeply over the Pennines. The road is hardly recognizable as such-it exists for the most part as a meagre path, crossing marshes and cloughs-yet its route can be traced, and, as one might expect, it is the shortest route between Glossop and Hope.

To this latter outpost the party caught a train. Such a barbarian means of transport was nonetheless most necessary; without it, the round trip would have taken nearer four days than one. After walking to Brough and inspecting the fort, which is well protected on three sides by streams and rivers, we started the march proper at about ten o'clock.

Immediately after leaving Hope village, the road begins to climb, and several overdressed members of the party were forced by the combination of brilliant sun and steep gradient to call frequent halts for liquid refreshment. Owing to this, and various other delaying factors, the ambitious time schedule had soon to be radically revised, E.T.A. at Glossop being put back progressively by half an hour, one hour, and one and a half hours.

Halts were also made at fixed points to enable the trailing mem-bers of the party to catch up with the more energetic walkers. From Hope Cross the route lay down into the Ashop Valley, where, after fording the river, we crossed the A57 road, and climbed into the hinterland. This was wilder and more rugged than anything we had hitherto encountered, and the road was less easily traceable-it traversed at least one marsh (which was so deceptively unmarshlike that some of the party were up to their knees in it before they realised it was there) and crossed several cloughs, which provided further liquid refreshment for those who had already exhausted that which they had brought with them. At about two o'clock, we stopped for lunch by one of these cloughs, which bore the peculiar name of "Oyster Clough" (no piscine life was in evidence).

Lunch having been taken, the party moved off, and after passing through some woodland, rejoined the main road, with which the Roman road is concurrent for some distance. A mile or so further on, where the two roads part company, we took a stony path known as Doctor's Gate, leading over wild moorland and down steeply across more ambrosia-sweet water-courses into a valley bottom, and so at length to Old Glossop.

It was here that we had hoped to meet Mr. Prescott (erstwhile Classics master at K.E.S.). There being no sign of him, however*, the party split into three sections; one descended into Glossop proper; and there sensibly cheated by catching a 'bus to Melandra; whither the third and most dedicated group continued on foot. Parties two and three, re-united some half-hour later, submitted the fort to a triumphant inspection (lasting approximately 30 seconds), after which everyone raced back to the bus stop, in the hope of catching the next 'bus back to Sheffield, which was due at any minute (the one afterwards was not due for three hours). When, after many minutes, the 'bus did not arrive, we repaired to central Glossop by a local 'bus. Once there, and finding that the first group was not, we had only to assume that the 'bus (long-distance) had been early, that they had caught it, and that the rest of us were, so to speak, stranded.

We spent an hour in this excellent locality, before catching a train back, during which time people admired, severally, the quaint-ness of the railway station and the excellence of local meat pies and certain refreshing beverages. But the day was not yet done. Our train was delayed for three-quarters of an hour, apparently because a large section of rail was missing: an eloquent comment on modern modes of transport. However, we did eventually arrive back in Sheffield-about two and a half hours later than planned.

The exercise of walking the road was declared by at least one participant to be "quintessentially Byronic"; another contented himself with calling it "a bit tiring", a statement which many regarded as an underestimate. If the journey did nothing else, it at least demonstrated the superiority of walking to the incertitudes of 'buses and trains, and no doubt it also brought home to everyone concerned the physical fitness expected, and indeed demanded, of a Roman soldier, in a way in which no textbook could have done. Such, perhaps, is the justification for projects of this nature.

J. C. Smith.

* He was in Blackpool.



In the rain which,
Deadens the senses, as it deadens the colours-
Once bright but now so grey.
forlorn ice-cream van tinkles faintly in the distance,
Then fades and the impenetrable blanket descends once more,
Muffling all sounds with its drum, drum, drumming.

The chill strikes deeper through my pathetic coat,

And water indecisively trickles down my nose,
As I dejectedly stamp my weary feet on the mud-streaked pavement,
Straining, straining, for the sound of my liberator from this cruel sojourn.
But now the spell is broken.
A rumble breaks through the air,
A look of hope? Yes, here it is,
And the big yellow saviour slows down to a halt.

P. Edwards 4L



THE town was pursuing its life quite normally when a few observant people saw a solitary aircraft fly quite low overhead. "Queer," they thought, and went on doing nothing in particular. Soon they began to feel a strange closeness in the air, as if the gas had been left on. People started to feel drowsy, some leant against walls, others sat down. Some tried to notice it, but stopped breathless at the corner. Someone had fallen asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed into the shop across the road, but everyone was asleep there. Some people were lying on the pavement, and as the last man sighed and fell, the siren went.

D. Thomson 5 MSS


IN July for the eleventh consecutive year the School was able to field a team of Fifth Form economists for the nation's greatest endurance test-the Big City. To mark the occasion the Education Committee kindly granted an extra one-and-a-half days' holiday to us, the stout lads who were to make the trip, and it was perhaps this which lured to London those who later found they hadn't the guts to stand it.

It was all go, right from the start (only a meagre 3 minutes late) and as we settled down to playing cards in the coach, Eric (of "Your driver's name is Eric" fame) switched on the radio (much to the disgruntlement of our reciprocal president*). And thus it was to a soothing melody that we travelled south to the M1 and it was here, just outside Leicester, that it happened-a small hang and then Eric was paddling in a pool of diesel oil-the coach had "freaked-out". Hasty repairs at a nearby service area and we were off again, but now the pressure was on for we had to be at the House of Commons by 5.30 p.m. (having already called at Passfield Hall and had tea!!). Wishful thinking?-but we nearly made it until the coach broke down again ... completely. Fortunately we were opposite a garage and eventually, repairs finished, we ploughed our way through the rush hour to our temporary residence.

The timetable was readjusted and immediately after a meal some of us set off for the House of Commons where a "big" foreign affairs debate was in progress. However, it was very much a second team affair for the chamber was neither ERGed on by Heathen utterances nor Harried and Willed by the old sonorific murmurs of .; even the humour of a certain Scottish knight was in short supply as he peered across through his half lenses at the podgy infidel whose jaw judged every brow-beating sentence with an ever-polite gnashing of the teeth. Others of the party attended the House on the next day when Michael, Denis and James all slipped in, and out again quickly, while Miss Alice Bacon droned on about Civil Defence.

Visits to the offices of two national newspapers occupied the Thursday and Friday evenings. By coincidence (or was it?) while one group was being shown round the Daily Mirror, the members of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades withdrew their labour (they went on strike!) and production was J million copies short. The following evening, when the other group visited the Daily Mail, was more peaceable but they did see the "prepared obituary" of Peter Sellars ("In case anything happens to him!"). Both newspapers kindly supplied refreshments and a copy of the next day's publication.

At the Board of Trade the history and work of this very important government department was outlined to us by a gentleman who, because of the circuitous language he used, was undoubtedly one of the country's top civil servants. Coffee, biscuits and pamphlets (for mental consumption only) were kindly supplied at the tax-payers' expense. Were we JAYded into believing the E.E.C. to be stupid? Certainly not, but perhaps our host could read coffee dregs.

On Saturday in a "dead" London we visited the Conservative Central Office, situated in Smith Square with the other party headquarters, all bound together by a fashionistic communalism. Here we were liberally endowed with much literature through which we later laboured indulgently to find the Tory message. The economic doctrines of this were expounded to us by one of the backroom boys who informed us of the government's intentions on family allowances, to be announced during the next week. In the evening we went to the theatre to see "Spring and Port Wine," London's longest running flop. However, this was better than the Stock Exchange film we saw the previous day (a little tedious after seeing it twice before at school).

During the visit a few people visited art galleries, whilst others found museums or places undertaking biographical surveys more to their taste. All, however enjoyed the chaos on London Transport's toy-trains.

The Sunday morning journey back was relatively uneventful, although the radio in the coach refused to work continuously-no coach is perfect.

Finally, all who went on the trip would like to express their grateful thanks to Mr. Lockett and Mr. Chapman who guided us in the capital, and

especially to Mr. Nuttall who arranged the visit but was unfortunately unable to accompany us.

* Subtle joke.

P. J. T.

A Monkey Puzzle

A rope of uniform weight hangs over a pulley. The rope weighs 4 oz. per foot. On one end is a weight and on the other end is a monkey. There is equilibrium. The monkey's weight in pounds is equal to its mother's age in years. The total of the monkey's and its mother's ages is 4 years. The monkey's mother's age is twice the monkey's age when the monkey's mother's age was half what the monkey's age will be when the monkey's age is three times what the monkey's mother's age was when the monkey's mother's age was three times the monkey's age.

The weight of the rope plus the weight of the weight is ii times the difference between the weight of the weight and the weight of the weight plus the monkey.

Find the length of the rope.

The Monkey
I contemplated the monkey,
and he glared back.
This was cheek!

I bared my teeth at the monkey,
and he bared back.

This was war!

The monkey turned his back on me,
and threw sawdust
in my face.
He had won.

 Ode to a Loved One under a Setting Sun

When time has clipped the wings of misty-morninged youth;
When time has crushed and battered youth's inquisitive glamour;
When the seaweed growths of time have choked pure youth's dead senses;
When the gates finally clang behind me, echoing up and down the shuttered, dirty red-brick slums of my memories;
When the guillotine's blade jerks down from the dizzy, converging, fish-eye heights;
Will you sew together the shattered pieces of my yesterday memories, wearily swept up to make room for more?
Will you remember me?

G. C. Woodhouse

Thirty Years Back

(From the Magazine for December, 1937)


LORD, what a cold I've got tonight!
Quinine in hand, I try to write

On Summer with its pleasure fled

As I lie here with aching head,
At Misery's shrine an acolyte.
How can I sing in verses light
Of landscapes soaked in sunshine bright
When icy agues through me spread?
Lord, what a cold!

Though Stratford did my heart delight,
And Cornwall's beauty thrilled my sight,
Though theatre hours with pleasure sped,

And I on splits-and-cream have fed-

Did these ward
off the winter's spite?
Lord, what a cold!

J. B. H.

Errata slips are not what they used to be. This one was placed in "The Soul of Astrology," printed in 1679

"Reader, the Copy had a Mischance, and fell into a Vessel of Oyle, by which it became almost illegible, and from whence arose the following errors: . . . The most material we have here noted, what else thou meetest with, Correct also with thy Pen."

Digressions on a Curling Theme



 (Photographs by P. T. Bacon)

 Solution to Monkey Puzzle: 5 feet.




 THE 1967 season has been one of fair success for the 1st XI, with many games providing enjoyment and entertainment in spite of resulting draws.

Owing to a lack of practice (with poor facilities and even poorer weather) early games saw the 1st team relying almost entirely on its adequate bowling strength. The second game of the season was typical, both in scores and in result, with the School achieving a meagre 73 runs, but then reducing the opposition to 46 for 9 with some attacking bowling and keen fielding.

The most humiliating of the few defeats was that suffered at the hands of De La Salle, when the batting wilted sadly to a lowly 36 all out, despite quite a sound start. The batting did improve, however, with Priestley and Johnson providing a great deal of needed punch. Perhaps Priestley's best performance was in staving off defeat at the hands of a hostile Manchester G.S. attack, partnered by a dogged Richards in a face-saving stand.

The main feature of this year's team has been the accurate and pene-trative bowling of Richardson who, I am sure, will be sadly missed next season after his long service to the First XI. His opening partner, Priestley, gave good support, these two combining to give the school a victory on the only game of the Whit Tour (although other sports were played!). Scott, though not always used as first-change bowler, gave ample support (not only in his bowling) with several long and rewarding spells, whilst Richards and Milner either produced wickets for the school, or runs for the opposition, sometimes combining the two with great skill.

Burns can be forgiven for leaving the field early on occasions as his batting often provided a firm foundation for the innings when more illustrious names were watching from the pavilion. Turner also provided this type of valuable assistance in the batting order, whilst in the field he set a fine example with superb anticipation and agility close to the wicket.

With Steinman behind the stumps few byes were recorded, though not without some effort on the part of the bowlers to alter this situation. His keeping to slow bowling was also improved. It is a pity that his doubtful batting ability was not tested more thoroughly.

Milner is to be next season's captain, and should be a great success with a combination of batting, bowling and fielding ability. I wish him all the very best of luck.

My grateful thanks are due to Priestley for his quiet and helpful advice, and for his captaincy of the team in my absence. Here is another player whose services will be sadly missed next season.

Finally, the thanks of the team are due to Dr. Knowles and Mr. Hemming for their help and encouragement. I personally owe them a great deal for their continued assistance and advice over the years which has always been appreciated (eventually, if not immediately), and not the least in this last year.

D. M. H.

There is no doubt that Hodgkin has been one of our best captains for many years. A reliable batsman with good technique, a medium pace bowler of no mean ability and a player with a good sense of tactics in the field; these qualities combined to make him a most successful leader of the team. Few boys can have played for the First XI for so long. He first played in 1963 when he was only in the third form and commanded a regular place the following season giving invaluable service to school cricket.

Priestley and Richardson also have given long service to the First XI which they joined in the fourth form and as Hodgkin has said, they will be sadly missed next season. To the three of them, our grateful thanks and very best wishes for the future. Let us hope that next season will see one or two of our present juniors stepping up to the First XI to emulate their splendid achievement.  

B. K., J. C. H.


v. Stockport G.S.



Stockport: 90 for 6.

v. Doncaster G.S.



K.E.S.: 73 all out (Priestley 19).


Doncaster: 46 for 9 (Scott 4 for 10, Hodgkin 2 for 4).

v. William Hulme's G.S.



W.H.G.S. 95 for 7 dec.


K.E.S.: 81 for 9 (Milner 46 n.o.).

v. Abbeydale G.S.

Won by 74 runs.


K.E.S.: 97 all out (Hodgkin 36, Thorpe 19).
Abbeydale: 23 all out (Thompson 3 for 5, Richardson 4 for 1).

v. High Storrs G.S....

Lost by 6 wickets.


K.E.S.: 75 for 9 dec. (Milner 22).
High Storrs: 76 for 4.

v. Edinburgh Royal High School ...

Won by 17 runs.


K.E.S.: 57 all out (Priestley 15, Johnson 15).
E.R.H.S.: 40 all out (Richardson 4 for 11, Priestley 6 for 10).

v. De La Salle College

Lost by 97 runs.


D.L.S.: 133 for 6 dec.


K.E.S.: 36 all out (Hodgkin 17).

v. King's School, Grantham

Won by 83 runs.


K.E.S.: 190 for 5 dec. (Johnson 46, Hodgkin 43, Priestley 33, Burns 27 n.o.).


K.S.G.: 107 all out (Richardson 4 for 26, Richards 5 for 44).

v. Mount St. Mary's College.



M.S.M.: 180 all out (Scott 7 for 56).
K.E.S.: 158 for 7 (Milner 67, Priestley 43).

 v. Huddersfield New College



K.E.S.: 84 for 6 (Milner 24, Priestley 23, Burns 17).
H.N.C.: 35 for 4 (Priestley 4 for 13).

v. Manchester G.S.



M.G.S.: 157 for 7 dec. (Priestley 3 for 21).
K.E.S.: 76 for 6 (Turner 23, Priestley 20 n.o.).

v. Queen Elizabeth's G.S., Wakefield.



K.E.S.: 157 for 8 dec. (Priestley 45 n.o., Milner 35, Woodhouse 25).


Q.E.G.S.: 121 for 9 (Hodgkin 3 for 33, Scott 3 for 38).

v. Bradford G.S.

Lost by 56 runs.


Bradford: 170 all out, (Richardson 3 for 53, Richards 3 for 22).


K.E.S.: 95 all out (Hodgkin 52, Woodhouse 24)

v. Hymer's College, Hull



K.E.S.: 147 all out (Turner 26, Burns 37, Milner 23).
Hymer's: 116 for 8 (Milner 3 for 25).

v. Nottingham High School



K.E.S.: 67 for 2 (Hodgkin 20, Burns 25).

v. J. D. Everatt's X1

Won by 39 runs.


KES 138 all out (Peace 29, Woodhouse 19, Richards 18).
J.D.E's. XI: 99 all out. (Richardson 6 for 35).



LAST year was a fairly successful season. In spite of not being able to keep a settled team because of First XI calls, five out of the eight completed matches were won. Four of these wins came in the first five games, the other being abandoned, but after losing to Mount St. Mary's whose last wicket pair put on 62, only one more victory was recorded.

In a season when nobody was particularly prolific with the bat, Peace, after his promotion from the First XI, finished top of the averages. He was usually well supported by Lee, Newbery and/or Farrand. Of a number of fairly useful bowlers, Thorpe, Thompson and Wood worked hardest, backed up, on occasions, by Peace, Farrand and Newbery.

Despite numerous fielding practices, this was generally poor, with the exception of Croft. West, the wicketkeeper, took eight catches, and made three very good stumpings. The team was a very young one, comprising most of last year's Under 15 XI, so the moderate success achieved could bode well for future First elevens. Morale was always high, even during the bad run.

The team's thanks go to G. J. White, the scorer, who, despite being incapable of the most simple addition, learnt to fiddle the scorebook almost undetectably; and also to Mr. Booth and Mr. Ruding for their valued advice and assistance.

J. G. R.

That the members of the team maintained such unselfish enthusiasm for the game and made supervisory duties an enjoyable occupation, is ample testimony to Repen's equanimity and effectiveness as captain. He may not always have seen eye to eye with his mentors, but his defence of his tactics invariably showed a shrewd appreciation of his resources.

J. R. B., E. R.

Summary of results: Played 11, Won 5, Lost 3, Abandoned 3.



 UNDER 15 Xl

 THE team enjoyed a moderately successful season. After a shaky start both in confidence and results, the latter pant of the season produced a fai more consistent effort, giving a more accurate reflection of the side'; ability.

Murfitt proved a reliable and enthusiastic captain, ably supported by Loukes, his vice-captain. The results achieved were due in the main to team-work, although the 60 not out, scored by Loukes at Manchester G.S. deserves a special mention. Had the side realized that concentration plays a major part in winning matches the summary of results would have recorded more victories.

Summary of results: Played 10, Won 3, Drawn 5, Lost 2.

D. C. J., G. W. T.

 UNDER 14 Xl

THIS was a very successful season in which only one match was lost Under the captaincy of Jepson, the team spirit developed into a determination which produced some spectacular victories. A record innings of 219 for 9 was set up at Mount St. Mary's to which Dabbs contributed his best score of 67 n.o. At Q.E.G.S. Wakefield, defeat seemed almost certain until the fine last wicket stand by Hadley and Waistnidge. The draw with Huddersfield N.C. was a close finish in which time was the saviour. The undefeated team finally met its match at Hull, where the bowling proves too consistent.

Individual performances:-

Batting averages: Dabbs 30.4, Blair 15.4.

Highest scores: Dabbs 67 n.o., Seal 57, Hawkins 41.

Bowling: Hawkins, 43 wickets (Average 5.9); Blair, 27 wickets (Average 7.0).

Summary of results: Played 11, Won 7, Lost 1, Drawn 1, Abandoned 2.

D. R. H.


THIS year the Under 13 XI soon resolved itself from a keen group of all-rounders into a well-balanced team with good prospects. Surviving the first game with a draw against Myers Grove, they proceeded to win most of the remaining matches defeating such strong teams as Manchester G.S. and Queen Elizabeth's, Wakefield. The rail prevented what would have been a heavy defeat for Nottingham H.S. Games were lost locally at De la Salle and Abbeydale; in the former game an easy chance of victory was lost when the last nine wickets fell for four runs! The captain D. A. Smith acquitted himself very well and showed what a capable batsman he already is. He received good advice from a very able vice-captain, Barrott The batting strength was promising, but some players are understandably short a technique. As an opening pair Codd and Hall proved to be the best for some years.

A variety of bowlers performed, all achieving some success. Straker won his wickets the hard way, using a forty-yard run-up. Gilbert and Jones shared the season behind the stumps, both taking a number of catches

The fielding was good in a winning position, but sometimes tended to fall off in adverse conditions. Generally the spirit of the team was enthusiastic. They should do well in the future.

Gilbert did his best to delay the Single-wicket Knockout competition; the final was played at the 11th hour, and Barnott defeated Wood 31 to 2.

The team was chosen from the following players:

D. A. Smith, Barrott, Codd, Hall, Straker, S. P. Smith, Wood, Gilbert, Jones Porter, Allsop, Deakin, Marshall, Sherratt, Robinson, and Foley. Results: Won 4; Lost 2; Drawn 1; Abandoned 1. 

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



 ONCE again both tennis teams enjoyed successful seasons, the First VI playing particularly well and winning 5 of their 7 school matches.

Unfortunately, the team once again just failed to survive the first round of the Glanville Cup competition, despite a fine effort by the third pair J. M. Tuckwood and R. J. Dunsford.

The sound play of the Under 15 VI in their two matches was most encouraging-they should help provide a strong team next season. W. A. Jessop, the captain, and S. M. Hill were the most consistent players, and did not miss a match.

The departure of Mr. T. Nuttall is a great loss to school tennis-his unstinting enthusiasm was responsible for much of the success the two teams enjoyed.


THE annual Swimming Sports were held on the afternoon of Friday, 5th May. The standard of swimming and diving was particularly high this year. In all, eight records were broken, four of them by M. S. Pashley, the Senior Champion. This was the third successive year in which he had set a new record for each of these events-a remarkable performance for any competitor. Mrs. E. L. Vernon kindly presented the trophies. Major awards were:

Junior Champion Swimmer: D. G. Loukes (Sherwood). Senior Champion Swimmer: M. S. Pashley (Sherwood). Water Polo League Champions: Sherwood. Water Polo Knock-Out Champions: Sherwood. Champion House: Sherwood.

Distance Swimming Champions: Chatsworth.                     

J. C. H.


CRICKET.-Because of the very wet weather during May and the long period of external examinations, coupled with a week's holiday at Whit-suntide, it was very difficult to complete the usual inter-house competitions this year. League cricket in the Senior School was confined to one round. In the Senior Knock-Out competition, Welbeck and Sherwood qualified for the final-only to be rained off on the only afternoon on which both teams were available! In the Middle School the winners of the inter-house competition were Clumber, and Welbeck won the Junior competition.

ATHLETIC SPORTS.-In an attempt to ensure better and warmer weather and to offer some interest for the last week of term it was decided to hold Sports Day on the last Wednesday of term. On several fine and sunny Wednesday afternoons the heats were held, and when all pre-parations had been made and the competitors were actually changed and ready to start the first race on the appointed day the rains came as usual and in a few minutes had made the track quite unfit to use. The sports had to be cancelled. Perhaps we shall do better if we return to the old custom and run the Athletic Sports in early March while the ground is still frozen hard.

In the team sports, in which house teams of ten all compete in eight different events to obtain standards, the results were: 1. Sherwood (107 standards); 2. Chatsworth (104); 3. Welbeck (102); 4. Lynwood (88); 5. Wentworth (76); 6. Arundel and Clumber (75); 8. Haddon (72). J. C. H.



 AFTER a miserably wet May, the Staff Cricket Club had a most enjoyable season. For the first time for many years there was competition for places and selection took the form of a "lottery." All the games proved interest-ing, though the team did not relish the thrashing handed out by the Old Edwardians when, contrary to long-established custom, the Staff were made to bat first.

The batting was notorious for the erratic performances of batsmen 3-6 inclusive; indeed, a 'Quackers Club,' complete with tie, was formed especially for these gentlemen. On the other hand, sterling performances were returned by nos. 7 and 8, the one very tall of unorthodox style who, nevertheless got his bat down to everything, and the other persuaded to roll out of premature retirement to record his best-ever season.

The openers in general played one good innings each; in the first match our mini-Hutton all but got his fifty and then took the rest of the season to reach it. The bowlers (i.e. the whole of the team bar the rotund wicket-keeper) plugged away happily-the only exceptional feat being the demoralizing effect of the Man of Kent's 'leggies' on a sartorially incorrect University Dept.

The fielding was very haphazard-brilliant catches were held and "dollies" dropped. Cover point was better renowned for his loud shouting than his actual catching of the ball, but the easiest "dolly" of all was dropped by the red-capped Lancastrian who, typically redeemed himself with a spectacular skier in the deep.

The highlight of the season was the ten-wicket victory over Abbeydale Staff with a century opening stand, which fully avenged the sole defeat of the 1966 campaign. My thanks to all the insubordinate members of the team who made my captaincy, to say the least of it, stimulating.

"Cricket Cappy"

Summary of results: Played 7, Won 3, Lost 1, Winning draws 2, Hon-ourable draw 1.


FAILURE to complete Athletic Sports and the Senior Cricket programme, owing to some deplorable weather on the wrong days, has resulted in a dearth of House News. Speculation on the probable results of the un-completed competitions, however, has made up for the absence of cold fact with a remarkably widespread glow of rosy optimism.

ARUNDEL is content to claim that its results were "neither as good nor as bad as they might have been." But the House scored some real successes, notably in the Senior Tennis Doubles Knock-Out, where the House pair, Nicolson and Judson, reached the final and finished runners-up. After some years in which the House "has not been famous for its prowess in swimming," two junior boys, Plews and Marshall, did particularly well in the Swimming Sports.

The end of the Summer term saw the departure of two notable House officers. R. A. Burns, who had shown himself an amiable and efficient House Captain, left for Birmingham University, and Mr. Nuttall, whose work, particularly in the field of tennis, has been much appreciated, went to a new post.


 For CHATSWORTH's supporters rejoicing in a second place in the Swimming Sports-the best effort for five years-must (we are told) be tempered not with resignation only at the House's indecisive cricket results, but with disappointment at the abandonment of the Athletic Sports, when the House was in a strong position. There is regret, too, at the departures of "resident personality, Mr. Scobie", Mr. Wrigley, and the able House Captain, Croft.

The recent and unexpected death of Mr. Harrison came as a shock to the whole House. In the year since he assumed the position of House-master he had won respect for the example he set and the encouragement he gave. He was very pleased to become associated with Chatsworth and never ceased to promote the House's interests. His cheerful demeanour and sensible advice are greatly missed.

A sanguine note is struck by CLUMBER in complaining of the lack of opportunities to reveal the magnificent potential of all the House teams. They would (for example) "undoubtedly have won the Athletic Sports Championships"-had they taken place. Indeed, the only opportunity for the outstanding capabilities of the House to be established occurred in the Middle School Cricket League, which (needless to say) they won.

Nor do they wish to omit to forget R. J. Dunsford, last year's House Captain, who will always be remembered for his efficiency. The new House Captain is congratulated on being R. C. Digby. A warm welcome is extended to Mr. R. Vickerman as House Tutor.

HADDON, more modestly, can claim little success in any sport this Summer. The cricket teams, although not lacking in enthusiasm, suffered from the fact that they had few outstanding players. The Middle School were the strongest team, and possess several players who, with a few more years on their shoulders, will make useful cricketers. In the absence of a Sports Day this House, like others, was unable to show its abilities on the athletic field, or to follow up on last year's particularly promising per-formance. Thanks are extended to all House officials, and it is hoped that they will be able to generate more spirit in their teams this year.

For LYNWOOD the Summer term was one of only moderate success. The Senior cricket team was beaten in a tight finish in the knock-out by a strong Sherwood team. In tennis the main honours went to the Middle School, where Noble won the Junior Singles and, together with Dabbs, the Junior Doubles. Wragg is to be congratulated on winning the Fives competition.

Best wishes go to boys who have left the House, and thanks particu-larly to Wragg and Tuckwood for their efficiency as House officials, and to Gregory, whose athletic contributions will be sorely missed.

For SHERWOOD trumpets sound, as the House's success story con-tinued in bursts during the Summer term. The House ("predictably perhaps") won the Swimming Sports for the fifth year running, owing much to fine performances by M. S. Pashley, D. G. Loukes, G. C. Scott and J. Kinns. Pashley, who will be missed greatly as swimming and water-polo captain, and latterly in his lesser-known capacity as House Secretary, set up four new records, breaking his own record in each case. Despite the loss of Pashley the House appears well equipped to make next year a "double hat-trick" of swimming wins. In other sports the House reached the Senior Cricket Knock-Out final, which had then to be abandoned, and, failing any opportunity for its "strong entry" for Sports Day, won the

 Athletic Team Sports. In tennis R. M. Priestley and D. R. Twigg won the Senior Doubles; while D. R. Turner reached the final of the Senior Singles and, in the table variety, won the knock-out. The House extends best wishes for success in the future to all leavers, and looks forward to a year of continued success.

The Summer term for WELBECK has again been one of sound results in the sports field, but with the same scarcity of firsts as in the previous term. The Swimming Sports, in which the House was placed third, reflected this general pattern, with many second and third places but very few wins. The Middle School swimmers, who won the medley relay, provided most of the House's swimming successes. In the preliminary standard competition for the Athletic Sports the House did well, being placed second in both the Upper and Middle School, and third in the First Form sports. The Senior cricket team won its only league match, and reached the unplayed knock-out final. The Middle School team lost in the league final, and the First Form team was third in its half-league. The Second Form team was beaten only once in winning its league, and so brought a welcome first place.

Many boys left at the end of the Summer term, among them the Captain, R. J. Williams, and one of Welbeck's most active members, D. M. Hodgkin. Williams' successor as House Captain is J. C. Smith, who can be relied upon to keep up Williams' high standards.

A refreshingly different note is sounded by WENTWORTH in reporting that the usual position achieved by House teams last term was sixth. It is added that, while this may not seem very good, in athletics it represents an improvement of one place. In the swimming, however, it was a decline of two places. In tennis a generally gloomy picture was relieved by Jessop's success in the Singles. In cricket the picture was "rather confused", but any weaknesses in the Upper, Middle and Lower School teams (the last of which duly came sixth in its league) was compen-sated for by the potential of the First Form team, who not only won their half-league but went on to win the whole league competition. It is hoped that the House will be inspired by their achievement to improve all its results in the new season.