|THE COMMEMORATION ADDRESS||70||A DERBYSHIRE DALE||89|
|THE STAFF 1905-55||73||DAVID||90|
|THE FIRST DECADE||74||WINTER AND SUMMER||90|
|MAKING MANY BOOKS||78||SCHOOL SOCIETIES||91|
|ALEXANDER'S FEAST||81||MOCK ELECTION||92|
|RECORDS IN THE RAIN||82||OLD EDWARDIANS||93|
|WALKING OF SHOPS||84||SCOUTING||93|
|TO THE LADY AUDLEY||84||SWIMMING||94|
|HAS THE BICYCLE COME TO STAY||85||FIVES||97|
|EVENING IN SUBURBIA||87||TENNIS||101|
|THE SIGNIFICANCE OF VERGIL||88||HOUSE NOTES||102|
THE school year 1955-6 will be the fifty-first year of the life of King Edward VII School. Though there are members of the Staff who have seen more than thirty, and in one case nearly forty, of those years, the main thread of continuity must be sought in the position which the School has held in the City and in its links with families whose sons and grandsons have been educated here. But even in the absence of any sense of personal inheritance, the present generation of boys, and predominantly young staff, can be depended on to make our Jubilee Year a year of achievement worthy of our past and of progress towards a still more successful future.
In this issue of the MAGAZINE we throw a few backward glances, in print and in picture, over some aspects of the past; and we shall welcome, for the next two issues of the year, any similarly appropriate contributions.
This may be a suitable place to mention also that we should be grateful for any help in refilling some gaps in our MAGAZINE files. As mentioned by the Librarian on another page, the collection of bound volumes in the School Library is very incomplete. Apart from the Library copies, the Headmaster also has a series, of which the years 1912-21 are missing, and the Editor has a complete series from 1926 to the present day. The principal need, therefore, is for the volumes of 1912-21. Other copies, of almost any date prior to 1930, would be welcome for Library purposes.
The Commemoration Service of 7th June was fittingly marked by the presence of Mr. R. B. Graham, who, as Headmaster from 1928 to 1938, saw the School through a period of particularly lively and happy progress in academics, sport, and the arts. He also established the School Chapel Service, of which the Commemoration Service was a further development. His address is printed in full in this issue.
Mr. J. D. Smith, whose appointment as Senior Classical Master at March Grammar School takes effect this September, leaves many sides of the School the poorer for his loss. Classics, games and music, have all benefited from his talents and enthusiasm, and we wish him and his family an affectionate but regretful farewell.
In Mr. Smith's place we welcome Mr. R. B. Chalmers from Glasgow Academy and formerly of Brasenose College, Oxford. In place of Mr. Lack we welcome Mr. V. H. C. Shaw from Eckington Grammar School and formerly of Birmingham University.
We are very grateful to Mr. G. E. Speight for his gift of a fine Cup for the Under 14 Backstroke event in the Swimming Sports. His son, J. H. Speight, who was at the School from 1949 to 1954, won this event on one occasion. He is now at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.
On the results of the A Level Examination this year the following twelve State
Scholarships were gained:
In Classics-P. Bennett, I. A. F. Bruce, A. F. Cooper, G. K. Dickinson.
In Modern Studies-D. M. Downes. R. M. Treeby, N. S. Waite.
In Science and Mathematics-R. Clarke, A. E. Hanwell, J. V. Rooks, E. M. Spir. T. Thulbourne.
J. M. F. Gagan, J. D. Hemingway, C. M. Vere, P. Wright, are on the reserve list.
Speech Day will be held on Tuesday, October 25th. The guest of honour will be Sir Stanley W. Rawson, a distinguished Old Edwardian.
We congratulate A. Weston. who has been awarded a Reckitt Scholarship at the University of Hull, and J. E. Beckman who won a first prize in the Anglo-Chilean Society Essay Competition.
Two other donations which we very gratefully acknowledge are a Badminton Cup presented jointly by F. G. Newsum (1947-54) and R. A. Preston (1947-54), and a Junior Singles Tennis Cup presented by M. B. Rowbotham (1944-55).
We also owe very warm thanks to the Football Section of the Old Edwardians' Association for the gift of a set of football shirts for the First Eleven.
|N.. G. Wellings||6CL.||Lynwood.||A. J. Pinion||6MS. 2.||Arundel.|
|G. P. J. Beynon||6Sc. 2.||Haddon.||A. D. P. Briggs||6MS. 2.||Arundel.|
|J. D. Bradshaw||6MS. 2.||Wentworth.||J. P. Catchpole||6Sc. 2.||Arundel.|
|A. F. Cooper||6CL.||Haddon.||S. R. K. Cox||6Sc. 2.||Arundel.|
|D. M. Downes||6MS 2.||Lynwood.||A. F. Howarth||6MS. 2.||Chatsworth.|
|J. DI. F. Gagan||6Sc. 2.||Sherwood.||P. Jackson||6MS. 2.||Clumber.|
|A. E. Hanwell||6Sc. 2.||Clumber.||P. Lee||6MS. 2.||Lynwood.|
|R. Loversidge||6Sc. 2.||Clumber.||E. C. Wragg||6MS. 2.||Lynwood.|
|M. Roebuck||6Sc. 2.||Sherwood.|
|N. S. Waite||6MS. 2.||Sherwood.|
|L. J. Youle||6CL.||Welbeck.|
Football Captain:-J. D. Bradshaw.
Football Secretary:-R. Longden.
Rugger Captain:-N. G. Wellings.
Rugger Secretary:-C. J. Belk.
Cricket Captain:-G. P. J. Beynon.
Cricket Secretary:-J. G. Ratcliffe.
Swimming Captain & Secretary:-N. R. Brookes.
Cross-Country Captain:-J. N. Shillito.
Cross-Country Secretary:-P. Jackson.
Fives Captain:-R. A. Avis.
Fives Secretary:-H. A. Nicholls.
Badminton Captain:-J. D. Bradshaw.
Badminton Secretary:-R. Loversidge.
Delivered on 7th June. 1955, by Mr. R. B. Graham. Headmaster 1928-38.
WE are met together today to commemorate, in the words read to us by the Headmaster, all those who in their generations have contributed in divers ways to the building up of the School. It is indeed right and proper that we should often think of them, and that one day in the year should be set apart on which we thank God for their faithfulness, and on which we especially try to understand the goodness of their spirit.
It is no easy task to picture the shadowy founders of the Royal Grammar School. We ought very likely to think first of some good parish priest of the Middle Ages, a man who loved learning and cared for boys. He was concerned that his choristers should know the meaning of the Latin words they sang and of the prayers in which he wished them in their hearts to join. Very likely the first classes of the Grammar School were held in the Parish Church itself and this may well have continued even after the Charter was obtained. Certainly what is now the Cathedral must still have held a very important place in the life of the School when it got its first buildings in St. George's Square and Townhead Street, and all through the first two and a half centuries at least of its existence. It was in fact a school conducted in accordance with the principles of the Christian Church, just as explicitly as was Wesley College; but of course in the 18th and 19th centuries Christians of all kinds would have looked always with misgiving and sometimes with horror at the notion of any union with one another. It can hardly have crossed their minds that one day the two schools would be one. Indeed it is astonishing that the union was effected even then, and I think we might suitably remember today and give thanks for Michael Sadler, the Inspector of Education, on whose report the two schools were merged and King Edward VII School was formed. He was one of the kindest of men, as I had reason to know when I was a small boy, and one of the most brilliant and enlightened of his generation. He was finally, as Sir Michael, the Master of University College, Oxford, but I know that amid the many distinctions of his later career he always remembered happily the part he played in the refoundation of this School in a noble building and on a new basis. In most ways he was at one with those who before him had helped our parent-schools forward on their respective paths.
Although we know little of these men, there are certain characteristics-I think three-that they must have had in common. In the first place, they all cared for the School and were prepared to put themselves out for its benefit. In the second, they all saw something more than the material facts before them; they saw the School as it might be, as well as the School as it was. They had vision, without which the people perish. Thirdly, I believe that for all of them in varying degrees this vision was part of something larger yet. I think the best of them at least, like those who had seen a city whose builder and maker is God, saw that the School as it might be was a part of the divine will for the people of this place, and that in furthering it they were doing what God wished them to do.
I do not know how far those who in 1905 gave us King Edward's thought of their action as primarily religious. If they did, they could not say very much about it. For in those days religion was the apple of discord in education. Men could not think of it without conflict, and religious differences bedevilled all attempts at educational reform. If the Grammar School and Wesley College were to unite, and if the City was to take responsibility for the School, very little must be said (or done) about religion, and that little most carefully. But the facts were really as our forbears of the Royal Grammar School and Wesley College saw them. The School was indeed part of the divine will for the people of Sheffield, and they were in some way God's instruments in founding it, just as that shadowy and anonymous priest, of whom we were thinking just now, was doing the will of God when he took those first steps for the good of the boys committed to his charge, with consequences for good far beyond anything that he could possibly have foreseen.
To some of us it comes fairly easily to think and talk of God's will and to see His guidance in every good and wise act -, to others with much more difficulty. But whether such phrases come easily to you or not, I want to ask you not to let the words slip easily from your tongue, nor to let the idea of the School as part of God's will to drift out of your minds. For you in your generation are the re-founders as well as the heirs of this great patrimony, the School, and I am proud that for eleven years I was a re-founder with you. We may wish to escape from the idea that what we do is as important as all that; to think that without failing in our duty we can live our lives as they come, looking mainly to our own advantage. But we cannot escape it. 'No single one of us may have a great influence. But every one of us has some. There is not one of us who does not matter, and therefore not one whose thoughts do not matter. What the School will be three years, five years, thirty years hence is partly determined by the thoughts in our hearts as we worship here this evening, by the way we go about our concerns when we meet again at School tomorrow morning, or turn to our homework tomorrow evening. Let us therefore, as re-founders, bring to our own daily lives those three great principles that we can discern in the intentions of our benefactors.
First, let us care for our School, for its inner health as well as for its name and reputation. I need say little about this, for, as I knew it, there was a persistent and I hope an unalterable tendency here that on every occasion of crisis or difficulty there emerged among the people most concerned, both boys and masters, a strong trend of goodwill, moving us, as I suppose an undertow must in the ocean, to go forward in the way that would be best for the School. While there is this undertow of goodwill, the ship will sail.
This good spirit, in my day here, though it pervaded the whole, seemed incorporate especially in some of those who had given or were giving their lives to the service of the School. Some of them are still with us; but among those who have passed on I should like especially to mention and to remember on this day two masters: H. B. Watkins, the Senior Classical Master, whose noble and gentle disposition and sterling character had the strongest indirect influence that I have known in a school: and F. T. Saville, of `Wesley College, and Lynwood, and the Junior School-and Winchelsea-who must be remembered with gratitude literally by hundreds of the boys he loved and served and kept in order. I must not forget either two servants of the School whose faithful work entitles them to mention in such company: Smith at the Playing Fields, and Haynes in the Lodge. And outside the School there were the brothers, Sir Samuel Osborn and Fred Osborn, men most suitable to serve the School over many years as Governors. They could not do that, but that did not deter them from most generously and helpfully supporting us.
As for the boys of those days, I expect they were very much what you are now. They did all sorts of things well; they made all sorts of mistakes; but they were absolutely to be relied upon in every important matter, once they were persuaded that it was important. They and you were prepared to accept the first principle of our founders, that they cared for the School and would put themselves out for its benefit.
Secondly, let us, like our founders, think of the School not only as it is, but as it may be. Let us never fail to see its shortcomings, and especially our own share in them. Be ready for change and progress; never content With the School's achievements; always Willing to find new methods for its betterment, new roads for its progress. It is wonderful how the essential life of a school may survive, if those who believe in it believe also that it can live, and that the goodness of it may find in new conditions new ways to live and thrive.
This will come most easily if we can also reach the third stage in the minds of our founders, if we can think of the School as an instrument of God's will, and can always be trying to play our part worthily and consciously in so great an undertaking. Without this, love of the School may degenerate into an arid pride, and willingness for change into a restless tinkering. But how shall we fulfil this third great principle? This is not a matter of just realising that a thing is so; of knowing that the School at its best is indeed a part of will of God. The fulfilment of this principle is a way of life. It is also a task-a difficult and exacting, yet happy, task. The belief is nothing unless it touches us intimately as individuals and affects the quality of our lives. This means that each of us has to make sure that his own life is not lived on the surface, with sensations, or trivialities, or personal advancement as its keynote. Our own lives must be founded and stayed upon a faith in the goodness of God. Our attitude to one another and our view of living together must be that which befits the children of one Father. Our learning must be directed humbly to an understanding of the majesty and wonder of His universe. Unless we know and feel that God is indeed our Father, as Jesus taught us and as we often pray, we shall not know how to fulfil our duty to His works upon earth. Our learning will miss its way without Him. Without Him we shall fail to act rightly by one another and in the community to which we all belong. Let us humbly strive towards such an understanding, learning (perhaps only gradually) how to pray for it, recognising our many sins and failures, recognising the inadequacy of what we do in face of the world's need and our high calling, yet certain that God may yet build even us into the foundations of a School of which He is the builder and maker.
THE following are the names of the men and women who were members of the Staff for three or more years. Many long records will be noticed, and only considerations of space have necessitated the omission of several short-stayers, whose services (especially during the abnormal conditions of the war periods) will be none the less gratefully remembered by the particular generations of Edwardians whom they taught. The list does not include members still present on the Staff.
|J. H. HICHENS (H.M.)||1905-26||J. C. SCOTT||1908-14||D. GREEN||1918-34||N. P. JONES, Miss||1923-37|
|F. E. BROWN||1905-11||R. G. PROCTER||1908-21||F. E. JELLY||1918-34||A. J. STOREY||1924-28|
|B. CAUDWELL||1905-26||C. E. LUTLEY||1909-27||T. ELMER||1918-22||E. A. S. WHITE||1924-27|
|H. J. CHAYTOR||1905-08||H. L. WHITE||1909-15||J. J. H. CLAY||1918-43||J. ORTON||1925-28|
|G. F. FOSTER||1905-18||J. COSTELLO||1909-26||W. H. ELGAR||1918-37||L. BRADLEY||1925-28|
|J. H. HODGETTS||1905-25||J. S. NICHOLAS||1911-47||W. B. THOMPSON||1918-21||W. C. NORVILL||1925-30|
|R. JOHNSON||1905-23||J. B. D. GODFREY||1911-18||H. A. SCUTT||1918-47||W. H. SAVAGE||1926-40|
|O. H. LACE||1905-17||A. M. DELL||1913-26||W. GRANGER||1918-29||C. A. G. WILLIAMS||1926-32|
|W. A. L. MEASE||1905-32||T. B. BARRON||1913-19||G. H. LANCASTER, Miss||1919-22||S. W. WHITEHOUSE||1926-31|
|F. T. SAVILLE||1905-40||W. H. MAINPRIZE||1914-20||J. HUNTER||1919-39||S. R. K. GURNER (H.M.)||1926-27|
|H. V. S. SHORTER||1905-34||A. PRIOR||1915-19||I. A. ROSE, Miss||1920-30||R. J. KING||1927-35|
|H. J. SNAPE||1905-11||J. B. LOCK||1915-19||F. J. CHAMBERS||1921-39||W. L. SUMNER||1927-30|
|A. THOMPSON||1906-36||H. A. ALLCOCK||1916-20||N. LEE||1921-44||R. B. GRAHAM (H.M.)||1928-38|
|H. B. WATKINS||1906-34||S. T. LEWIS||1916-21||R. J. MARSH||1921-28||E. G. SIMM||1928-36|
|G. LLOYD DAVIES||1907-26||C. W. SWANN||1917-23||D. W. DOBBIE||1921-24||A. H. RODGERS||1928-32|
|S. B. LUCAS||1907-18||J. E. LEWIS||1917-20||L. TURNER, Miss||1922-47||P. L. BAYLIS||1929-46|
|E. G. LANGDALE||1908-12||A. W. GASKIN||1917-46||H. E. WIGGLESWORTH||1922-25||S. T. REYNER||1929-33|
|C. J. MAGRATH||1908-49||J. W. M. COPLEY, Miss||1918-47||C. S. WRIGHT||1923-46||J. H. WHITFIELD||1930-36|
|R. G. EXTON||1930-36||H. BREARLEY||1937-46||E. PANETH, Miss||1941-44||E. C. CUMMING||1947-53|
|C. L. UNSWORTH||1930-38||J. H. ATKINS||1937-48||B. H. STEWARD, Miss||1941-45||P. J. WALLIS||1947-53|
|H. S. SMITH||1932-38||A. A. WATERHOUSE||1937-46||F. J. WILLIAMS, Miss||1941-45||K. P. BARNETT||1948-52|
|K. S. MCKAY||1932-42||R. WARD||1937-45||S. C. PARKE, Miss||1942-46||W. O. CLARKE||1948-54|
|E. W. THOMAS||1933-39||C. S. AXON||1938-46||R. A. BOWMAN||1942-45||W. R. FRASER||1949-52|
|W. E. GLISTER||1933-37||D. C. G. SIBLEY||1938-44||M. BUCKATZSCH, Mrs.||1942-45||J. R. WRIGHT||1950-54|
|G. N. G. SMITH||1933-46||E. WHITELEY||1938-47||M. E. C. BLACK, Mrs.||1942-47||C. S. AUGER||1951-54|
|C. A. L. PRINS||1933-36||A. W. BARTON (H.M.)||1939-50||E. M. SMITH, Mrs.||1942-46||M. F. W. LACK||1952-55|
|J. K. MICHELL||1933-37||B. C. HARVEY||1939-53||C. P. READ||1943-47||J. D. SMITH||1952-55|
|E. H. C. HICKOX||1934-42||H. G. LEE UFF||1939-47||E. M. KNIGHT, Miss||1943-52|
|P. F. TITCHMARSH||1934-40||R. R.SANDFORD||1940-45||J. M. MANNERS, Miss||1944-51|
|E. D. TAPPE||1936-48||A. C. BAKER||1940-45||W. L. E. WOODAGE||1945-51|
|G. S. V. PETTER||1936-41||A. P. GRAHAM||1940-50||I. R. DAVIES||1945-48|
|A. V. FLETCHER||1936-48||A. C. HORNER, Miss||1941-46||V. J. WRIGLEY||1946-53|
|W. F. WHEELER||1936-42||F. E. DAFT, Miss||1941-45||W. D. H. MOORE||1946-50|
|G. J. CUMMING||1937-53||V. W. RICHARDS||1941-43||C. H. HARPER||1946-54|
|H. A. BRADLEY||1937-46||A. ROSS||1941-45||H. J. S. WILSON||1946-49|
|W. MOLES||1937-42||M. NOTT, Mrs.||1941-46||W. D. HARGREAVES||1947-50|
JAMES HARVEY HICHENS, M.A., was Headmaster for the first twenty-one
years of King Edward VII School. After his retirement in 1926 he was given
the Honorary Degree of LL.D. by the University of Sheffield. He died in 1938.
(Dr. C. J. Magrath looks back on the School as he found it in 1908, the year of his appointment. With an interval of service in the First War, he was a member of the Staff for forty-one years.)
MY first impressions of the School, as I recollect, were rather grim. The Head master of the time (Dr. J. H. Hichens) one only saw when something had gone wrong, or some particularly sticky assignment was to be handed out. The Staff seemed split into two cliques, one headed by three senior masters and their followers, and the other containing all the rest. The meeting-place of the first clique was a summer-house, now demolished, at the top of the garden, to which they resorted at the break, wet or fine, and exchanged-I always imagined- rude ideas about the junior members of the Staff.
The School had been some two years in its present building, and was just settling down. It was generally believed that the Headmaster had had a very trying time in his previous post and was countering any repetition of this by reliance on a frightful book of rules which he had compiled and which was solemnly handed to each new member of the Staff to read, mark and learn. One potential appointee, it is said, after a horrified perusal, remarked " This must be a **** asylum," walked out, and was never seen again.
There were certainly some characters on the Staff, not least remarkable among them being the Librarian, who never gave out a book to anyone, boy or man, whom he did not like. On occasions when he found the keyhole of his classroom stopped up, he left the building and went home for the rest of the day. He was, however, a fearsome disciplinarian and a wonderful classical teacher.
No one will forget " Toby " Saville, who ran his boarding house, Lynwood, in Clarkehouse Road and held his memorable summer camps at Winchelsea each year. I remember too Ben Caudwell, one of the best teachers I have known; and another, next door, whose room was a perpetual riot. Saville, of course, was one of those who had stayed on from Wesley College staff, and there were others also from the Grammar School, whose presence no doubt helped to cement the union of the two schools into the new King Edward's.
As in most schools of that time, " Gym " was very much of the old-fashioned military type and was taken by an ex-sergeant-major. The only swimming bath was an open-air one, on the site of the present bath; it could only be used in the warmer weather, and after the scum and smuts had been skimmed off. An elderly lady dwelling in College Street complained of boys running round the bath naked; when asked how she could see over the high wall, she replied that she could do so from her attic if she went up there!
One must not omit " Smithy " who was the groundsman and coach for very many years and to whom generations of young cricketers owed all they learned of that sport.
At the beginning of each term a long list of rules was read out to the School, among which I remember- "All buying and selling, all borrowing and lending, are forbidden," and " No boy can use another boy's bicycle: it is no good saying he lent it to you, he can't ". The main punishment was " detention ", which involved stopping for anything up to an hour after school and writing " copy " in the Assembly Hall, supervised-most unwillingly-by members of the staff in turn. The delinquents' names were entered in a vast book containing the names of the whole School: only the Sixth Form were exempt. Anyone whose name appeared more than three times in a week lost the next half-holiday-Wednesday and Saturday were half-holidays and Saturday morning was an ordinary work morning.
Otherwise, for discipline you were left entirely to yourself: you either sank or swam, and if you sank, you left next term. It was a hard test, but a good one.
A DIP into the School Magazine for the years 1912-21 provides a random sample of the life of our predecessors in a period of rapid and assured progress, though broken, like a more recent decade, by the years of World War.
'' The last meeting of the Debating Society took the form of a Mock Election. The Conservative candidate was Mr. R. Green, nominated by Mr. W. P. Taylor; the Liberal candidate, Mr. C. K. Wright, was nominated by Mr. C. Hanforth; and the Socialist, Mr. W. D. Bryars, was nominated by Mr. H. Booth. There was an appropriate lack of argument in all the speeches and the meeting was interrupted by rowdy Socialists. All candidates declared themselves in favour of Women's Suffrage; one of them also believed in smashing windows. There was some heckling, and cheers were given for Mr. Lloyd George and Mr. J. Pointer. Several questions (mostly non-political) were asked. The ballot showed that the Conservative and Socialist tied with 14 votes, and the Liberal obtained 8 votes. The Chairman was given a hearty cheer in place of formal vote of thanks."
On February 13th, Mr. Alexander Watson gave a Recital of various extracts from Shakespeare and other authors. Opening with a scene from Henry V, he proceeded to the scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream, where the players are arranging their parts. Mr. Watson's elocution, his artistic characterisation of the different parts, his subtle intonation and indication of meaning by slight gesture must have proved a lesson to many who were studying these plays. The Charge of the Light Brigade followed, and a successful evening closed with Little Orphan Annie and An Irishman's Account of a Cricket Match, the latter piece sending us away in the best of humours with ourselves and the reciter."
The School's present year's distinctions included five open scholarships and exhibitions at Oxford and Cambridge, and several others at Sheffield and Durham Universities. The School had also achieved the absolutely unprecedented distinction of carrying off four out of the last five Akroyd Scholarships tenable at Oxford or Cambridge; and in the matter of certificate examinations of the Oxford and Cambridge Board, the School had taken an honourable position amongst the great schools of the country."
For the first time King Edward VII School sent up representatives to compete in the Public Schools Sports Meeting, held under the auspices of the L.A.C. at Stamford Bridge Grounds, on April 17th. In the Quarter Mile, G. I. Paine went ahead early and forced the pace for 300 yards, his nearest opponent being in close attendance, then the latter tried to get by, but Paine had something in reserve, and finishing strongly won by eight yards. Time, 55 secs.
In the High Jump, Paine was second, with the excellent jump of 5 ft. 3 in. The winner's jump was a record for this meeting. In the Half Mile we had H. Burkett competing. He finished second in 2 min. 7 sec."
The first excursion of this Society took place on Wednesday, May 1st. Starting from the tram terminus at Ecclesall, we took the road to Dore, and stopped just outside this village to take a photograph of the party. On reaching Dore, several views of the church were obtained, and we then proceeded to Totley Brook, of which several photographs were taken. After visiting the entrance to the Dore and Totley tunnel, we returned via Totley Brook to Dore station, where we just caught a train back to Sheffield. On the following day the photographs taken by the members with the school camera were developed by those who took them, and the prints which were obtained later were exhibited on the notice board in the bottom corridor.
The second excursion, on May 15th, was abandoned on account of wet weather."
"Twenty-four boys obtained the Higher Certificate, and seven schools only, Rugby, Oundle, Uppingham, Marlborough, Clifton, Bradford Grammar School, and Charterhouse, obtained a larger number.
Distinctions in the Higher Certificate examination were obtained in 9 different subjects, Latin, French, German, Mathematics, English, History, Natural Philosophy (Mechanics Division), Natural Philosophy (Physical Division), and Natural Philosophy (Chemical Division). Oundle alone obtained Distinctions in a larger number of subjects, and Rugby was the only other school to obtain them in as large a number.
Seventeen Distinctions in all were obtained by King Edward VII School. Four schools only obtained a larger number.
In Modern Languages, King Edward VII School tied with Rugby in having the largest number of boys with Distinctions.
Oundle was the only school which had a larger number of Distinctions in Chemistry than King Edward VII School."
1935-J. W. SMITH, cricketer of Kent county and formerly coach at Fenners, Cambridge, and at Blackheath C.C., retired after 27 years as School Groundsman and cricket coach.
" The General Idea was that Derbyshire and Yorkshire were at war. Yorkshire had conquered the southern part of Derbyshire, but some small bodies of Derbyshire troops were still active in the Edale and Kinder Scout district. The Manchester University and Manchester Grammar School O.T.C. contingents represented the Yorkshire force and the Sheffield University and K.E.S. Corps, under the command of Captain O'Shea, were the Derbyshire or `White ' force . The Manchesters, who were much the stronger force, had detrained at Hope Station, and under cover of the dense mist were able to approach within 50 yards without the defenders being able to fire a shot at them. On a clear day we could have had them under fire for 1,000 yards or more from our position; as it was we were surrounded by 1.30 p.m. and had to acknowledge defeat."
" At the end of last term the Society gave The Speckled Band to a large and enthusiastic audience. The actors laboured under the great disadvantage that on no previous occasion had they all been together for a rehearsal. This was due to the exams. A very creditable performance, however, was given, which was loudly applauded by the School."
" The Editor will be pleased to forward THE MAGAZINE for one year on the receipt of Is. 6d."
The Chairman said that the past year was the most successful in the whole experience of the School. The war had brought many surprises to our country, and it brought one to the Governors in connection with the School. They anticipated. and might naturally do so, that as the war proceeded the number of boys would diminish, and that they would not have the same quantity of material to work upon, but on the contrary, the number had actually increased. Today they had 510 boys on their books, a larger number- than ever in the history of the School.
It was gratifying to know that the School had gained a greater number of successes than on any previous occasion. It had again won the Akroyd Scholarship, and he rather thought, from the number of times that honour had been secured, that other schools would begin to regard the scholarship as the annexe of King Edward's School .
The Honours List included four Scholarships and one Exhibition at Oxford, three Scholarships at Sheffield University, and the Akroyd Scholarship. In the Higher Certificate Examination, taken by most of the great public schools, King Edward VII School stood absolutely at the head of the list, in the number of Distinctions gained, as it did in the number of ` First Classes " - the equivalent of Distinctions-gained in the Lower Certificate Examinations."
"An Association of Old Boys has been formed, and the first Annual General Meeting was held on February 20th."
"The Headmaster said the School had outgrown its playing fields at Whiteley Woods and they were hoping for a considerable extension before long."
" Sir Henry Hadow concluded with a few words of advice to those connected with King Edward VII School. To the Governors he would say, - 'Select the best staff that you can possibly get, and give them an absolutely free hand. Don't pull them up by the roots to see whether they are growing. Plant them under the best possible circumstances, irrigate them with the best salaries you can possibly raise, and see to it that they do their work under congenial circumstances of freedom.' To the staff he suggested that they should always bear in mind the maxim, 'Remember what you were at their age.' (Applause). The boys were all proud of their School. and he would advise them, throughout their lives, to see to it that their School was proud of them.' (Applause)."
1933-The Orchestra, photographed in the School Library. Mr. P. L. BAYLIS, conductor, is standing at the back left.
The War Memorials (the bronze tablet and the memorial cross) erected to commemorate the memory of the masters and old boys of King Edward VII School who died in the war, were unveiled by the Lord Mayor (Alderman C. Simpson) on Saturday, 26th -November, the dedication ceremonies being performed by the Bishop of Sheffield .
Since King Edward VII School had been opened in 1905, 850 boys had passed through the School, and of this number over 500 had served in the Army. Navy, or Air Force. Eighty-seven of them, and two masters, gave their lives."
(A personal impression of K.E.S. over the last eleven years.)
1936-Mr. ARNOLD THOMPSON, Chemistry master 1906-1936, explains a point in the Upper Elementary Laboratory.
WHEN I started in J3B, in September 1944, with Miss Parke as Form Mistress, we worked a 52-day week with school on Saturday mornings, although in the Junior School we did have two afternoons for games. Unfortunately I disliked both football and cricket intensely, and it was therefore a great relief when a cold excused me and I could go on one of the -Nature walks organised by Mrs. Michell or Miss Copley. In those days there was a School Chapel service every term. All I can remember about my first is that it was conducted by the late Rev. William Wallace. Similarly my memories of two "School Shouts " are hazy; I remember only their enjoyability. What a pity that this event-a sort of revue in which the legs of the Staff were well and truly pulled-should have had to cease production through lack of willing performers. My first Speech Day was a memorable occasion, as I received a prize from the hands of the Bishop. It was eight years before I received another. The Athletic Sports of 1945 were held on a pleasant summer afternoon; the centre of the field was occupied by a band whose playing could be heard at Fulwood Church. Whether the band inspired him, I do not know, but I remember a tall sixth-former named Milner jumping higher and higher to win the event and set up a new School record.
1947-Speech Day. The visitors (Dr. HELE, Head Prefect (D. N. TYLER) meets the distinguished THE MASTER CUTLER, Ald. H. W. JACKSON, The HEADMASTER).
We had to work hard in the Junior School. Mr. Baylis was the Music master then, and it was his custom, should anyone misbehave (which they sometimes did), to administer summary justice with a gym slipper. It became the custom for several boys to take a gym slipper with them to Music, so that if an opportunity offered itself it should not be lost for lack of a weapon.
Three pleasant years passed in the Junior School, where among other events the Open Days in the summer term were particular happy occasions. But the Junior School was condemned, and those were its last three years. It was our custom to walk to and from Clarke House in a double line, and the final march was no different from any other. At 11 we were more interested in the coming holidays than in the end of the era which was closing at K.E.S.
When we returned to the Senior School, we found ourselves under the watchful eve of Mr. Atkins, whose voice can now be heard on the air from Glyndebourne and elsewhere. It was in 2A that Mr. Helliwell did his best to teach us that a jack-plane has a sole and should therefore be treated with respect. So to 3A under Mr. Claypole: and a notable excursion to Haddon Hall with Mr. Wrigley, assisted by Messrs. Barnes and E. C. Cumming, as guides. The year in 4A brought a new language-in my case, German: and the fact that we no longer wore caps bore witness to the elevated position we now held in the School We were aware of our obligations too, and when in a rash moment Mr. Barnett said he would expect a Christmas present from each of us, we saw to it that he got one, presenting him with a variety of nuts, bolts and screws, and a sort of fez. Unfortunately illness caused me to miss most of the Summer Term, and I was unable to be present at Dr. Barton's final assembly.
1948-The Dramatic Society presents Journey's End.
Mr. Bramhall was our form master in 5A, and before long we had a new Headmaster and had to get used to new ways. Nevertheless life proceeded much as usual. A Form Social, involving large quantities of cakes and buns, games in the Gym, and the film Jamaica Inn, lasted till about 10 p.m. In the Summer Term Mr. Wrigley organised an excursion to York. We looked round the city, learned all about the " snifting valve in the Railway Museum, released a balloon with some appropriate motto from the Minster tower, and then, taking pity on a rather threadbare stuffed horse in the Castle Museum, we provided it with a cigarette.
As a result of a reorganisation, our next form was still called the Fifth, but now Mr. G. J. Cumming was at the helm. What with working hard for " 0 Level" and preparing for " A Level to follow. I think this was the hardest year in my school career. It was also during this year that I first served as a programme-seller at a school function-a capacity in which I discovered that I had considerable talent. It just shows what varied aptitudes a Grammar School education can bring to light. I ended the year with an exchange visit to Cologne, arranged through Mr Oppenheimer, which was a new and fascinating experience.
1948-D. C. LAW and W. S. FURNISS tie for Champion Athlete.
In Mr. Harvey's Sixth Form, that elevated height which I had long looked up to with a mixture of awe and disgust, a more specialised syllabus pointed to the fact that the end of the year brought " A Level ". Nevertheless we found time to amuse ourselves, as for example in the three plays which were given at the end of lasted till about 10 p.m. In the Summer Term, the Lent Term. Certainly The Monkey's Paw kept its cast and producer busy. At Easter Mr. Bramhall took a party to Paris, where we thoroughly enjoyed our week, despite the rather Spartan nature of our lodgings and the odd Company who shared them.
Second year Sixth ... Oxford or Cambridge examinations ... and back home to wait for the letter ... "Dear Sir, We regret ... ". But at length, when all hope seemed lost, the postman did bring one which started " I am glad ' . The rest of the year, in consequence, became considerably pleasanter. We devoted our attentions to Macbeth, with results much better than most of of us had expected when Mr. Claypole first outlined his ambitious scheme to us the previous autumn. As for the Prefects' and Sub-prefects' trip by car to Scarborough, which was a feature of this summer term, a record of the misfortunes of this event would suggest we had a miserable day; but despite rain and break-downs a good time was had by all. When the year came to an end, it was time to say "au revoir " to many friends, some of whom I had known for as long as ten years.
The Prefects' Room of the next September seemed a mere shadow of its former self-but that was soon rectified. Christmas was celebrated by a Prefects' Dance-as usual an entertaining and even surprising spectacle. Then, it having been decided to avoid at all costs the hazards of the English " Summer ", a trip to Scarborough was scheduled for March. This time all went well and the weather was glorious - one of those summer days which occur only in spring. The term finished in a mad rush, with the Sixth Form Census and last minute rehearsals for Caesar and Cleopatra competing for attention.
1949-The Cine Club presents, with sound accompaniment, its
film Symphony of a City.
I returned for a few weeks as one of the three oldest inhabitants-all of us members of that original 11 of J3B.
The Final Assembly of the summer term has a quality all its own. There is the tense feeling of expectancy, of suppressed excitement, perhaps tinged with regret as some of the familiar faces appear for the last time. The Head Prefect reads the lesson from Ecclesiastes-his last duty in a crowded year. The reader changes each year, but the words remain the same. " Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."
D. J. H. SENIOR.
SOMEONE once said that Hamlet was full of quotations. -Nobody, as far as we know, has yet said that about Dryden's Alexander's Feast; yet it can claim almost as many within a short space. " For pity melts the mind to love," " He raised a mortal to the skies, She drew an angel down ", " None but the brave deserve the fair", and the conductor's prayer on divers occasions, "Now give the hautboys breath ". These are but a few.
Handel's great setting of the Ode was given in the Victoria Hall on May 25th by the K.E.S. School Choir and Orchestra; and a first-rate performance it was, too, reflecting great credit on Mr. N. J. Barnes, not only for his inspired choice of work, but also for the skilful way in which he moulded the choir and orchestra and coaxed them into giving a recognisable representation of the music. The most remarkable feature of this year's performance was the pleasant, smooth tone of the trebles. This smoothness, allied to a greater power than hitherto. marks a definite advance on the singing of previous years, and it gave to some of the choruses and arias a beauty of line which is not always obtained by fully adult choral societies. Some of the arias and recitatives were given to two semi-choruses. This redeployment was bound to give a square, stilted rhythm to some of the recitatives, but it in no way diminished the effectiveness of the arias. Without wishing to foster rivalry between the two semi-choruses, I should say that, in general, semi-chorus A sang with the better tone and greater assurance, but both proved " sweet enthusiasts " of the music.
Other solos were sung by boys-C. E. -Nicholson (treble) and D. Swift (alto). Two of the older boys, M. A. Sharpe and P. Swain, are now experienced vocalists and should develop into excellent singers.
As regards the orchestra, not all the notes which " ascended to the sky " were " trembling " ones. On the contrary, the playing was purposeful, and often had a commendable certainty. Special reference should be made to P. B. Fairest's 'cello obligato in " Softly sweet ". which, on the whole, was confidently played, and to the excellent leadership of D. M. Parfitt, and the continuo support of D. A. Elliott and Mr. Roger Bullivant. The whole evening, indeed, was " sacred to harmony " if not to love, and we hope for a similar feast next year.
G. F. LINSTEAD, D.Mus.
From our Social Correspondent
THERE was the usual large county attendance at King Edward's Sports on May 14th even though the heavens opened so often as to prevent the array of costume for which all were hoping. If the spectators lacked colour, however, the competitors did not lack vigour, and it was a proud day for Lord and Lady Shiregreen, for the Hon. Anthony was the popular winner of the 35 yards handicap race. One of the first to congratulate him was Viscount Stocksbridge who shared an umbrella with Sir John and Lady Middlewood and won the same race 43 years ago. Others in the Royal Enclosure included the Dowager Lady Norton, whose characteristic quips convulsed a wide circle, Sir Hugh and Miss Angela Heeley, and the Marquis and Marchioness of Meersbrook.
A general view of the scene.
The Clerk of the Course pauses during a busy afternoon
Amongst competitors most notable were the new `V-line shorts fabricated from diathene or silk damask. Some vests also were of diathene. but here competition was from twilled taffeta or hand-woven grosgrain. As to footwear, competitors who shod themselves in shoes with titanium spikes took advantage of that metal's lightness and strength to such a degree that they should have sprung right into fashion by next year. Dame Rumour had whispered that we should see a lot of Everest white, but with one exception ivory and pale cream maintained their popularity.
Although proceedings ended, ironically enough, in a burst of sunshine, the Stewards and Clerk of the Course had done their work right well so that the rain was hardly noticed and one of the most outstanding events of the season was its usual resounding success.
Part of the enthusiastic crowd in the Pavilion enclosure.
Despite the rain, haute couture was to be seen in a fine array of raincoats. There were brownish, greenish. greyish and even yellowish ones, but n( blueish. and this year belts were popular. Lengths varied, some reaching as low as S inches from the ground. others as high as I- N, inches. Ladies were to be seen in waterproof hoods. either attached or unattached to their raincoats, or sheltering under a gay collection of umbrellas of which the two prettiest were coloured cyan and deep lotus. For the first time for many years not a single shooting stick was in evidence, though this was partially compensated for by an increase in the number of dogs. either on leads or remote-controlled (one or two remote-uncontrolled).
The Head Prefect wins a Cup.
CONSIDER the village shopkeeper. Very often he is the local postmaster, and his shop includes the hardware, grocery, green-grocery, bakery, stationer's and fishmonger's departments; but never does he indulge in the trade of butcher. Perhaps this is one of the hallmarks of British civilisation, that rural post-masters may supply anything and everything, except meat. In the village shop, the shop-keeper is the guide and mentor of all. Over his counter passes a flood of gossip and information which would baffle a trained Secret Service agent. Yet the village postmaster, dispensing cheese and nylons with one hand, sugar and tobacco with the other, manages simultaneously to sift the mass of gossip poured out before him, to discard the useless and file away the interesting in his brain, to cross-examine his customers, and to write out the grocery orders for a dozen families at once. His head seemingly contains the complete mass of information, so that rural policemen take their troubles to the village shop just as a London detective picks up clues in a West End night club.
How different from these thatched and white-washed village information centres are the town and city shops. Instead of the cheerful " Hello, luv," from a portly matron, a refined " Good morning, sir "-or " modom "-is the chilling reception as a shingled prima donna bears menacingly down upon you, or as a bespectacled young man in immaculate morning dress glares at you over the counter. Here the secret of successful shopping is to lure the assistant into the open. Once you have enticed him from behind his counter, he feels naked, defencelessand summons an ally. When reinforcements arrive, survey your position carefully. On no account must you allow the two to surround you, or you will be gently shunted towards the counter, and it is only a matter of seconds before you are emptying your wallet in return for the first article produced, which, on your home ground, you would contemptuously reject.
Finally, there are the Self-Service Shops. These are even more terrifying: the nightmare, not of ultra-civilised humanity, but of cold science, tainted with bestiality. The Self-Service shopper is recommended to wear fully protective clothing, armour-plated around the legs and the small of the back. On entering, he is issued with a wire basket on wheels, which looks about as dangerous as a dead cab horse. It is, however, a lethal weapon in expert hands.
On the floor of the shop is a seething body of human beings armed with these trolleys. Unseen hands hurl tins of food into the shopper's basket by mistake; unseen feet propel him towards counters laden with goods for which he has neither the desire nor the money; disembodied voices urge him out of the way. Slowly the queue moves forward until the customer finds himself in the grip of a Wellsian electronic Computor. Prying feelers empty his basket of its contents and submit them to a Cyclopean eye which assesses their cost. More feelers relieve the shopper's pockets of pairs of nylons accidentally stowed away, and reproachfully drop them into the basket. When all the goods have been checked, one metal hand shoots out to remove the trolley and another is extended palm upwards as an effective bar to the shopper's progress A loudspeaker bawls out "Five pounds nineteen shillings and fourpence. Change can be given! " Six pound notes are placed upon the hand, which conveys them into the computor's interior. A pause. Sixpence is suddenly spat out on to the floor. The shopper waits, but the impatient loudspeaker insists " Pass along please "; and there is none with whom the shopper can argue about his change. Passing on he finds a neat paper parcel containing all, or nearly all he has paid so lavishly for; but experience, they say, is cheap at any price.
A. J. PINION.
(on looking at Holbein's sketch)
Why do you smile, as on some prospect gay,
Or fantasies proposed by some poor flame
Was't love or hate possessed your mind the day
Eternity conceived your face and name?
I cannot tell; for who you are I know,
But what you were is an unbroken seal,
A locket delicate, an untied bow.
Th' epitome of grace your looks reveal;
Of womanhood and truth; yet no mere wraith
Of virtues unexpressed in mortal form;
A transitory bloom preserved in faith
Of finding in you respite from life's storm.
Thus is it true that, living, we are none,
But being dead, are great to everyone.
G. S. ECCLESTONE.
The scarlet tinted lifeblood of the dying sun
In glowing coloured rivulets ran from the open wound,
An angry, flaming, festering hole
Gouged in the side of the endless void of darkness
(Called by puny man the Heavens)
By unknown, spitting fire.
" But," thought man upon the waiting Earth,
" Has not the sun lost scarlet blood before in
latter times when close of day drew nigh?
Is not this like unto those former light-filled eves? "
The sun's red lifeblood never ceased to flow.
He slowly sank beneath the purple waste of cloud,
But still anon the red reflections could be seen
Against the great and glassy water of the Earth. The Sea!
The air was still and hot, and the wind was gone
To rest, and man the same.
But the sea, how could she toss and turn
And throw up tears and weep,
When she ought to lie and dream of peace
Instead of moving all the deep
As if in dark, night-marish sleep?
The steady long black line of marching waves,
As sentinels of Hell, trod on,
Surging through the lesser foamy-caps before them,
A proud array ...
Lord! They were not the waves, as thought before,
But creatures, slimy from the deep ,
And they were marching for the sleeping shore,
Intent, it seemed, on making death for man
And breaking up his ancient habitat.
A blasted, stunted path they left on land,
And Earth, it knew no more the tread of Man
D. H. MOORE I (1).
A LITTLE before Easter I was quietly riding a Polynesian giraffe spinner along the first floor corridor when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I'd never noticed it before, so I turned it on, and out ran my comrade and banjo player, D. P. All*n.
Ah, Charlie!"' quoth he, " I've been watching you from afar."
My favourite distance," I replied.
Read this," he said, handing me the full details', of an Athletics Course at Hull-details of an Athletics Course at Hull (just thought you'd like to hear it again).
We decided that the athlete's life was the one for us, and so, in the middle of the afternoon on one fine April morning, two K.E.S. fish buglers with tightly packed leather euphoniums could be seen approaching Sheffield Midland Station.
The gross inefficiency of British Railways is nowhere better exemplified than on the departure Rotherham-wards from Sheffield Midland Station. The architects obviously never considered the requirements of those who wish to string banjoleles when they designed that half-mile or so of high, black embankments and tunnels. Having eventually succeeded in obtaining some tuneful co-ordination between banjolele and trumpet, we commenced the session, but had got no farther than the Eb minor in the second chorus of Dippermouth Blues when the banjo strings started to sag. The keys for their adjustment had slipped. With one accord (we could only afford one) we marched into the guard's van, demanded a screwdriver, adjusted the fault, played him two choruses of The Old Grey Mare, much to the alarm of several basketfuls of pigeons, and proceeded on our way back to our compartment. The guard was later overheard warning passengers that in one compartment were two lads with a clarinet and a violin."
Strange grating noises could be heard from underneath our compartment from Leeds, where we changed trains (we changed them, for a pair of bagpipes, a reinforced flannel rowing boat and a vegetable marrow). We observed this to be due to a Polish celery merchant tuning his 'cello. Leaving our bird stranglers and copies of the school song upon our seats, we proceeded to the dining car, where we ordered a substantial meal of coffee and biscuits. The waiter demanded one shilling and eightpence. I gave him a florin, and, muttering something like the rules of cricket in Mongolian, he disappeared down the corridor. I never saw him again .
Having found our way to our quarters at Hull, we were welcomed by a tall, plump, thin man of small stature, with a yellow-sounding skin and reeking audibly of bent glass (I suppose the School Magazine do know what they're doing?), who showed us to our rooms in an abandoned contra-bassoon factory, conveniently disguised as a ladies' training college. We concluded from the shortness, narrowness, and heavily-blanketedness of the beds that the college must be the abode of unacclimatised pygmies.
The actual course (and this is where the story really begins) consisted of a series of lectures on every aspect o athletics, and practical coaching for exponents of each indivi dual section, under the care and guidance of the best coaches in the North of;England. The track was fine, the food was good and weather conditions almost ideal; the three days were well spent learning how to convert ourselves from " runners " into "athletes ". One of the Edwardian gentlemen, a certain J. N. Sh*ll*to, who shall remain nameless, seemed to be under the misapprehension that the steeplechase water hurdle was for swimming and not jumping. Great amusement was caused by the appearance of this very much bedraggled miler heaving himself from the muddy mire, spitting out weeds and water insects. So far he hasn't been able to convince anyone that he did it on purpose.
In the evening the dark corridors resonated to the eerie sounds of Milenburg Joys and two ghostly figures equipped with trumpet and banjo were to be seen there, spirited along by the sincerity of their inspiration from New Orleans -they said. The profound mystery of the ghostly banjo player still shrouds the college.
We returned, tired but fit and full of athletic knowledge (not to mention lemon meringue pie) with some fellow trainees from Chesterfield, one of whom has since made himself a legendary figure by eloping with, and marrying, the gym mistress. Obviously the course has proved its worth, although we ourselves are saving our revolutionary impact upon the athletic world, and indeed the matrimonial register, until a more convenient date, when, complete with bird stranglers, bagpipes and lemon meringue pie, and flourishing our cardboard cut-out gym mistresses, we will awaken the world at large to the devastating fact that the bicycle has come to stay.
J. N. SH*LL*TO.
Dimming the sun's clouded light,
But bringing no respite
From the dulling, retarding heat
Which presses down on the streets,
On the hot pavements.
Perhaps it will rain tomorrow;
Rain which will borrow
Some of the Spring's early fresh coolness,
Sluicing the air's hot heaviness,
Cooling the pavements.
I LIVE in a small village, but now I have to stay a week with relatives in a northern city. Today I must take tea with the Browns, whom I do not know. " Such nice people, my dear, and a beautiful new house. Washington Crescent, only a little walk from here ".
The day is at one with my mood, for I dislike English cities, except London. The sky is a neutral grey, the rain is steady but lacks the substance of a downpour, and it is not cold. If I fasten my coat I shall be uncomfortably warm, and if I leave it open, uncomfortably damp.
The asphalt pavement is gritty, grey and unfriendly, lacking the ugly hard character of paving stones or the unobtrusive companionship of bare earth and grass. The houses are semi-detached; all different, but all the same. Scruffy red brick and dim grey slate, without the warmth of redness or the attraction of an absolute grey uniformity. Rarely is there a pair which match. In one garden there is a monkey-puzzle tree, in the other a yellow-green unkempt lawn. Down the black asphalt of one drive run two parallel lines of small grey-white stones in the other, the surface is cracking and uneven. One of the houses has recently been redecorated; the paintwork is a bilious green and gleams dully. On the other, faded maroon is flaking off and revealing the previous layer of brown.
At last I turn from Derby Road into Washington Crescent. My eye is irresistibly drawn, and my feet must follow, to a house of a revolting light-brown brick, with blue paintwork and red and yellow curtains. The design is remarkable for its unoriginality and ugly lack of balance. The beginnings of a front garden in cream and red concrete are apparent. With a mental shudder I realise that this is the Browns. I ring the musical-chimes bell, and, unresisting. am swallowed by the oppressive ugliness.
There is a cheap three-piece suite, covered in flowered chintz, a brown and white carpet, an upright piano and sideboard in dark wood and a television-radio-gramphone in a light oak case. The fireplace is in flat shiny tiles, with a shepherdess and a dog at the ends of the mantelpiece. The walls are in a light cream; there are no books, and the only decoration on the walls is provided by an ornate mirror, a bad reproduction of a Watts, and a sepia photograph of the Browns on their wedding day. I drink weak tea, and eat stale scones and rich pastries. We chatter of this and that. As soon as I am able, I mutter an excuse and leave.
Outside it is dark. Where there is ugliness, and drabness, and superficiality, night, like death, may be a great friend. On the return, I am spared a repetition of most of the horrors of the outward journey. I pass along a road where the old green lamp-posts have been replaced by tall square posts of white concrete. The light they give is stronger but more diffused than the old kind. It is also yellow. Suddenly I realise that this colour-scheme, unlike the verges of grass, the monkey-puzzle trees, the Elizabethan gables and bright green paint, has a certain attraction, and seems to suit the nature of Suburbia. Why? I suppose it is because it takes all the colour from everything, and much of the depth. The shadows seem solid, and everything else flat, in shades of yellow, grey and black. It suits the suburban scene because that is the reality; it reduces all to its true level. Most things and most people seem shallow and colourless and uniform. If Suburbia has any character of its own, that is it.
N. S. WAITE.
(Dr. I. C. RUSSELL, Professor of Modern Studies in the University of Broomhill, who has spent nearly a year on the First Book of the Aeneid and probably knows more than any living economist about Latin sentence and idiom, sums up his impressions of what Vergil has meant to him. Dr. Russell: )
As Vergil was born in a cave many years ago on a stormy winter's night, one can well understand the accusation that he cribbed ideas from Homer; for Homer also was born in a cave many years ago on a stormy winter's night. Vergil was very forward for his age and he grew up quickly, which probably explains why, ten years later, he celebrated his eleventh birthday. He enjoyed his youth immensely but on leaving school was unable to obtain work, for unemployment was high at that time, owing to the decline in the demand for Roman chariot wheels. So he returned to his birthplace to ponder over his misfortune.
A few weeks later, he was inspired to write his first book and after sharpening his chisel and finding a suitable rock, he began to chip the first chapter.
A year later, the book completed, he set out to look for a publisher. He succeeded in finding one named Albertus Fringius and soon the book had been published. Vergil and Albertus became firm friends, but soon they had to part, for Vergil had had another inspiration and he returned to the mountains to chip a new magnificent book. The Aeneid was most successful, but it contains many difficult and unfamiliar Latin words which Vergil, who spoke Latin like a native, seems to have known. He has, however, very kindly provided a vocabulary, which will be found on the back pages of most editions.
One soon notices Vergil's ability to bring characters to life by the odd Roman one meets jumping out of his books from time to time. His language is magnificent and often almost humorous, with the occasional " Ecce nuns! " or maybe a " Sanctus fumes ".
When he was only twenty-three, Vergil's mother and father were killed in a chariot crash and so he was left alone in the world. However, he was quite capable of looking after himself, although his diet was limited to beans cooked over a wood fire outside his leopardskin tent which he used to sleep in on his summer wanderings in the Alps. In one of his letters to a friend (which has been censored in Britain) Vergil describes how he discovered a disused custard mine in which he found eighty-nine disused custards, slightly stale but nevertheless just as enjoyable as his beans. There is no foundation whatever for the suggestion that in the custard mine Vergil met Minnie Bannister; she lived in Syria, and, as everyone knows, the custard mine was in Northern Sicily.
Vergil wrote his last book, Fac Nihil, shortly before he died, and it was widely acclaimed in Alba Longa where he used to spend Christmas with his cousin. Postero Die is not Vergil's last book, as is often believed. It is not even written by Vergil but by Aemulandus, Vergil's younger brother. When he was seventy-seven, Vergil caught infantile paralysis, which grew worse and developed into measles, and he died three months later while convalescing on the cliffs at Gravis in Crete.
Today, although not popular with students, there is no doubt about Vergil's greatness. Here are some extracts from the leading newspapers of his day which appeared after his death
" neque frustra antiquitus institutum est " (Tribunus)
" spatio antecedens hostium beneficio " (Astrum )
" magnus nulla ratione iter conficere possent " (Tempora)
Truly such praise is not too great for such a great man. May he rest in peace.
THE musical event of the term was the performance of Handel's Alexander's Feast. Soloists, Choir and Orchestra gave a fine performance comparable to, and in some ways even better than, last year's Messiah. Dr. Linstead contributes an account elsewhere. The Choir sang with an attack and zest which gave no suspicion that they were singing from single voice parts, and the Orchestra played with great verve and obvious enjoyment of Handel in his lighter mood. All are to be heartily thanked for maintaining a worthy tradition.
The various music prize competitions drew a good entry, and there was evidence of more careful preparation than usual. These competitions are recommended to all who have reached a reasonable competence. Great benefit is to be gained, for the adjudications are carefully done and all entrants receive valuable expert advice to help them forward. The winners were: SeniorM. A. Sharpe (Singing), D. A. Elliott (Piano), J. P. Catchpole (Orchestral), R. A. Bomber (Composition); Junior-C. J. Barnes (Singing), R. J. Thompson (Piano), J. G. McNaught and I. P. Griffith (Orchestral), J. D. Cartwright (Composition). We are grateful to Mr. Roger Bullivant for adjudicating the final rounds, and to Mr. J. D. Smith for help in the preliminaries.
It is annually borne in upon us that musicians on whom we have long relied will be leaving us. Most regretted will be the departure of Mr. J. D. Smith. Rarely can a school have had the benefit of one so musically versatile. As a violinist he has been a tower of strength in the orchestra, and in his tuition of the violinists and viola players in the string classes, while in the Madrigal and Male Voice groups he has shown equal skill as a tenor or alto. March Grammar School will certainly be musically richer for our loss. Sharpe (who goes to take up a Choral Exhibition at Exeter College, Oxford) and Swain have long delighted us and our audiences with their mature baritone voices and we shall miss them greatly. D. M. Parfitt and D. A. Elliott, too, have long given their best to the orchestra. Our thanks go with them and with the other singers and players who leave us. They have contributed much to their School and to music.
Next year is the School's Jubilee year and we shall need to make a special effort for the Jubilee Concert. As Dr. Linstead remarks, the trebles of the choir are remarkably strong, and to balance them we shall need all who can do so to strengthen the alto, tenor and bass lines. We have welcomed into the orchestra M. D. Linton (flute) and S. G. Linstead ('cello).
N. J. B.
From gritty peaks
And slopes of wind-bleached heath,
We wandered down
Into the cooler dale.
At first a thread,
Picking its path between the pebbles,
The spangled stream
Winds laboriously downwards
Between the sharp-cleft valley sides
Dotted with cowslips and littered with rocks,
Like old granite teeth,
Set in the even green beneath the even sky.
The stream grows wider
And slides gently into a cool wood,
Past soft-mossed, shady banks,
Where the screened sunlight
Filters through the heavy, sheltering leaves,
And warms the carpet
Of grass and last year's fallen leaves.
The gentle stream,
Already now a river, is crossed
By a broad, sparkling, silver strip
A weir, whose seething sound,
Like droplets of its silvered spray, fills the air.
Calm in the deep, noiseless heat of summer,
Is a pool, deep, cool and shadowy.
As thrilling realisation shakes his adolescent frame
A thickening rush of blood comes welling up within his head;
His foe lies there before his feet. No danger now. He's dead.
Behind him come the cheers and roars the hero to acclaim.
From a simple shepherd's life he reaches now immortal fame.
But still no shout of triumph from the boy himself. Instead
He stands, quite still, head downward turnedall triumph now is shed.
He stands before his Father's throne and glorifies His name.
When I become exultant, Lord, and full of jubilation,
I pray Thee, give me grace, and love, and humble admiration,
So I may know, within myself, my joy has come from Thee.
In any moments I may have of triumph and elation,
I pray Thee, fill my heart and soul with thanks and adoration
For One whose mighty power makes a tiny thing of me.
A. D. P. BRIGGS.
The cold wind blows the snow
Along the narrow lane.
The leafless trees sway to and fro
To the lone owl's mournful strain.
The icicles hang
From the gutters; the frosty panes
Are steamed inside; the shutters bang;
The pale moon wanes.
The warm breeze wafts the thistledown
Around the leafy clearing.
The branches, with their green leaves now full-grown,
Dance to the thrush's twittering.
The nest of an industrious Jack
Hides in the eaves; the twinkling lattices
Are newly-polished; the shutters are fastened back;
The sun rises.
As is usual in the Summer Term, the number of books borrowed declined; at 1,200, however, last term's figure was half as big again as during the corresponding period in 1954. Many books which had become shabby have reappeared on the shelves in new bindings, and over 100 recently published works have been purchased.
A bequest was made to us of books belonging to the late Mrs. A. A. Laycock of 3. Oriel Road, Fulwood, consisting of over 250 volumes mainly on Art, Literature, Travel and History. These will be on the shelves shortly and a small label inside the front covers will acknowledge the gift.
The habits of our Library users do not seem to be what they were before the New Library was opened. Last term a gentleman approached one of our junior boys on the bus and introduced himself as an Old Boy of the School: he then produced a book and asked that it might be conveyed to the Librarian with the explanation that it had been borrowed ten years ago. As he (lid not give his name it has been impossible to communicate with him privately. But his return of the book is appreciated and it would not even be unfair to hold him up as an example to others, for many books are known to have been added to the old School Library in the past. of which there is no longer any trace.
Certain books which, to us at any rate, are of the highest interest and value are missing from the collection. These are the earliest bound volumes of the School Magazine; a complete series once existed, but when the present Library was formed some volumes in the years 1905-26 and 1930-42 were no longer to be found. The latter group can be reconstituted from loose copies in our possession, with the exception of the issues for July 1936 and July 1941 which are out of print. If any past members of the School could give us Magazines of these dates, or of any dates prior to 1926, they would be doing us a great service.
Our thanks are due to the Librarians who left last term and gave of their time and labour, and to the following for their gifts of books P. Bennett, G. K. Dickinson, D. M. Grant, M. T. Hutchings, Mr. O. R. Johnston, P. F. Knowles; P. W. Lomas, Mr. G. Mackay, M. Madden, J. R. Miller, R. F. H. Morton, M. D. Revill, C. C. Rigby. M. J. Smith, A. M. Suggate, D. S. Taylor, R. Thompson, R. M. Treeby.
Owing to examinations the meetings of the Summer Term were restricted to two. These, however, would have provided the highlights in a much more crowded programme. Both added to the excursions into other faiths and other aspects of the Christian Church itself which have characterised much of our study and discussion. The visit to the Synagogue conducted by Rabbi Chait was both enjoyable and instructive. We all extend warm thanks to our informative and tactful guide. The Lecture given by Father Shannon of the University was also exceptionally stimulating and added to our understanding of the Catholic faith.
Mr. Summers has again given freely of his abundant energy. We are grateful to him and to all those who have helped our -Movement in any way. Especially does this concern leaves. Ecclestone. an able chairman. and many others whom we hope will continue S.C.M. activities as well as gain success in their new spheres.
Examinations and other School activities only allowed time for two meetings in the Summer Term. At the first, the newly-acquired tape-recorder was " broken in " with conversations in French, German, Spanish and Esperanto. At the second talk. 11r. Bramhall gave a comprehensive account of Symbolism, which was greatly appreciated by all French A Level candidates. Under Mr. Sinclair's able leadership, the year has been varied and interesting. This has been reflected by the attendances which were much higher than usual. This promises well for the following year.
A. A. G.
We have had our usual regular and varied programme. The stress has been placed upon truing to persuade boys to go out into the countryside and collect specimens and information and with a view to this, a meeting was devoted to learning how to use a " key " to the identification of plants. A second meeting was given over to the ways in which insects may be collected, killed and fixed, and preserved. On another occasion, Mr. Wright spoke on the life and habits of the water snail, and the other meeting of the term was spent in examining and discussing a series of very fine photographs of insects.
The attendance at meetings has not been very large, but there is an enthusiastic group who support the society regularly. Apparently a number of boys would attend if other societies and scouts did not hold meetings at the same time. However, may we say again that any member of the School in Forms 2. 3 and 4, is welcome and that we hope that our numbers may be increased next term.
E. R. W.
Only one official meeting was held. early in the Summer Term, during which two films were shown. The first was entitled " First Principles of Grinding " and showed the many applications of carborundum powder and grinding wheels. The second film, in colour, was called Grinding a 98-inch Telescope ". During the whole term regular grinding of our own telescope mirror has continued in the E.C.L. The Society's service of exhibiting current Star Charts on the notice board has continued each month. We are extremely sorry to lose a founder member and efficient treasurer, David L. Yates, who is leaving for Southern Rhodesia in September. He has promised to send us reports of astronomical phenomena in the Southern Hemisphere. We wish him every success in the future.
J. E. B.
We welcome Mr. T. G. Cook as Senior History Master and President of the Society, and hope he will enjoy being with us at King Edward's. Expeditions in the Summer Term were rather disrupted by the rail strike and the consequent lack of transport, train or bus. On May 21st a visit was made to Haddon and Hardwick Halls, the latter the home of the redoubtable Bess of Hardwick who was " building-mad " and acquired a fortune from each of her four husbands. We hope to finish the term in a rush with trips to York (always a favourite) and Beauchief Abbey on the last two Saturdays of term.
Only one meeting was held during the Summer Term, on May 11th, when a session was devoted to " Any Questions"; Mr. 'Mace, Mr. Wastnedge and Mr. Mackay answered, mostly successfully, a great number of questions on a great variety of topics embracing astronomy, atomic energy, heredity, chemistry, and so on.
ALL the noise, bustle and confusion of the hustings broke rudely into the uneasy calm of the Summer Term which traditionally precedes the external examinations. The Mock Election was in full swing, with the Fifth and Sixth Forms comprising an electorate of nearly 250 voters. Five candidates submitted themselves to the contest, which was designed to simulate as far as possible the happenings up and down the country in 630 less important constituencies.
First in the field was the Prefects' Progressive Party, which, after dropping its alliterative title as it savoured of special pleading, proceeded to nominate that well-respected baritone, P. Swain. doubtless hoping that his sonorous tones would produce the required impression of soundness and sincerity. Of quite a different mould was N. S. Waite, who stood as an Independent and defied the world to find the remotest connection between his own carefully worded manifesto and that of the Conservative Party. His slightly cynical. but at times most eloquent cause was ably supported by the activities of his deceptively innocent Agent, who, as the campaign developed, revealed the repertoire of the professional agitator. Especially subjected to his attacks were the two scientific candidates, Messrs. Hanwell and Stevens, representing respectively the Liberal and (Acid!) Radical parties and striving to woo the electorate, the one by an elaborately contrived broadcasting system (which did not quite live up to its early reputation) and the other by a display of artistic ingenuity which was only bettered by the final candidate. This was the versatile but still somewhat furtive J. N. Shillito, who stood for the Independent Conservative interest and made a determined effort to capture the floating vote of the 5G forms. He commanded the devotion of a band of artists, who produced a variety of imaginative and colourful posters as the basis of his propaganda campaign.
During the ten days between nomination and polling, each party had at least two public meetings. This period produced some very interesting and amusing impressions. For example, the Progressive candidate proved to be very persuasive on his " neutralist " foreign policy but could only claim the support of a rather incoherent Economic Adviser on the home front. Education was much canvassed, but. apart from the 'National Public Schools so beloved of the Independent candidate, which were to be as rigidly exclusive of staff (Oxbridge only) as of pupils (Scholarship level only) the teaching profession was to be quite generously treated. Mr. Stevens was prepared to be ruthless with unofficial strikers and also to use the Road Fund for its proper purpose (a quaint notion, indeed'); while the gallant Hanwell braved electoral displeasure by declaring that higher taxation was still unnecessary. This was countered by the bizarre scheme for a sales tax, which caused the greatest hilarity of the whole campaign, when it was haltingly propounded by the Independent Conservative candidate as a means of " filling the swamp of uncertainty ".
That the voters had not entirely extricated themselves from this undesirable predicament was shown by the Gallup Poll taken a few days before the Election, which revealed that 25 per cent. of them were still undecided. 'Nevertheless there was a distinct falling-off in the scope of the campaigns and a mood of contemplation (or was it resignation?) seemed to descend on the electorate. The day of decision, however, brought a heavy vote (some 20 per cent. above the national level!), not a single spoilt paper and scrupulously conducted count, which gave victory to Shillito with 75 votes against his nearest rivals Swain (56) and Waite (54). The unfortunate Hanwell (27) and Stevens (16) forfeited their deposits of 2s. 6d. (to augment the Library funds) but had fought a worthy contest and helped materially to the interest taken in, and the enjoyment derived from, the Election.
Final thoughts are mixed-the Election had been an undoubted success but there was an altogether too narrow division of political opinion and insufficient opportunity was taken to make use of outdoor meetings, where possibly the talents of members of committees might have been more prominently displayed. Surely, too, even in these demure days, the political "stunt " is not entirely dead! In fact, most liveliness was probably shown by the disenfranchised masses (Forms 1 to 4) who organised their own miniature form elections, revealing a wide range of policies and personalities. This promises well for the next time the School is called to the polls.
THE RETURNING OFFICER.
Classical Honour Moderations. Class II: I. H. JONES. Class III: J. HALLOWS.
Mathematical Honour Moderations. Class II D. B. NAYLOR.
Final Honour School P.P.E. Class II: W. N. ADSETTS. J. S. BINGHAM.
Final Honours School Lit. Hum. Class I: G. M. MACBETH. Class II: J. HAZEL. Class III G. S. PALMER, R. A. WARD.
Final Honours School Geography. Class II P. K. FLETCHER.
Final Honours School Natural Science (Chemistry). Class II: D. G. BROOKE.
Final Honours School Natural Science (Physics). Class II: J. S. HILL.
Final Honours School Modern Languages (French). Class III: D. W. KEIGHLEY.
History Tripos, Part I. Class II, Div. 1: P. L. SCOWCROFT.
Modern Languages Tripos, Part II. Class II. Div. 1: B. KITSON.
Mathematical Tripos, Part I. Class III: J. M. HILES.
Mathematical Tripos, Part II. Junior Optime F. OGDEN.
Natural Sciences Tripos, Part I. Class II, Div. 1 P. FELLS. Class II, Div. 2: D. J. RIPPON.
Natural Sciences Tripos, Part II. Class II, Div. 2: I. FELLS.
Final Honours in Classics. Class I: B. A. SPARKES.
B.Sc. Hons. in Mechanical Engineering, Div. 1 R. HADFIELD.
D. N. de G. ALLEN (1926-37) has been appointed to the Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sheffield.
D. E. WILLS (1948-50) has been awarded a Choral Scholarship at St. John's College, Cambridge.
J. E. MIDDLETON (1934-42) has taken up a post as Pathologist at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, after three years as Assistant Registrar at the Sheffield General Hospital.
J. F. WRIGHT (1941-48) has been appointed to an Official Fellowship and Lectureship in Economics at Trinity College Oxford.
G. RICHES (1944-51) of Kings College, Cambridge, has been awarded the Tiarks German Scholarship, value £200.
A. B. NUTT (1908-16), Consultant ophthalmic surgeon at United Sheffield Hospitals, with Dr. H. L. J. Wilson, consultant anaesthetist, have evolved an improved method for using anaesthetics during eye operations, which, as described in the British Medical Journal of June 1955, has been used on 80 patients, of ages ranging from 18 to 80, since May 1954. Mr. Nutt has worked at the Royal Infirmary since 1928. Last year he flew round the world and performed an operation under the new method in Adelaide. Australia.
B. A. SPARKES (1944-52) has been awarded a Post-graduate Studentship in the University of London, together with a studentship at the British School at Athens.
LAST season's activities were eventually terminated on May 5th with the satisfaction that all the fixtures had been completed in spite of the many postponed games which had to be re-arranged. The 1st Team could not quite pull off the Championship honours for two successive years and had to be content with second place in Division I of the South Yorkshire League Competition.
The 2nd Team was rather too late in its determined effort to avoid relegation and must therefore, for the first time, face new opponents in Division III next season, for which the Captains appointed are: 1st Team, J. R. Wingfield: 2nd Team, L. May.
The Soccer Club Would Welcome all those who on leaving school Wish to continue playing football: applications for membership should be sent to Mr. J. Rippon (Hon. Team Sec.), 32, Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, 11.
THE Summer Term has seen a change of Scout-master in "A" Troop, Mr. Layer having resigned in favour of Mr. ShaW. We thank Mr. Layer for all he has done for the Troop in the past five years and look forward to more good scouting under the guidance of Mr. ShaW. At the end of the term We shall also be losing our T. L. and some of our Seniors. We thank them and offer them our best wishes.
Whit Camp was held at 'Newstead Abbey and was favoured by good weather, which helped to make it most enjoyable and quite successful. Summer Camp will be held at Threshfield in the Yorkshire dales and will be under the supervision of Mr. Shaw. We hope the weather will be kind once more. The Senior Scouts are spending four weeks in the Rhineland. Training has come on well, resulting in several recruits gaining their Second Class, and in a galaxy of Proficiency Badges.
H. S. S.
VERY little progress can be reported this term. P/L Gilbert must be congratulated on gaining five proficiency badges and the 1st Class badge in a very short time.
Whit Camp was held at Osmaston, near Ashbourne. The weather was perfect and as a result the standard of camping was very high. The Hawks, most ably led by P/L Crowson, won the Patrol competition and the Camp Sports. Ratcliffe was best tender-foot and a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all. Perhaps the drinking of 48 bottles of orangeade and lemonade, donated by a kind parent, helped to make it the more enjoyable.
Summer Camp is being held for the first time in Cornwall, near St. Austell. Although not all the Troop will be there, due unfortunately to parents' holidays, twenty-six Scouts hope to enjoy the fine weather of this remarkable summer in an unexplored county.
Finally, with the end of one school year, we wish those going into the Seniors the best of luck, and hope that enough boys will decide to enjoy their scouting in " B " Troop, to replace those leaving. As well as new boys, we could still absorb some Second Formers, a greater number than usual having apparently avoided scouting in their first year.
D. A. E.
HAVING recovered from the Jumble Sale (£55) and Bob-a-Job Week (£31), we have this term been spending the proceeds. The Troop Den has been professionally repaired (professional prices being charged) and decorated by amateurs (the Senior Patrol). Though Patrol Leaders have run ambitious Patrol Meetings out of doors during the term, we shall find the value of the Den in its new state next term. The Seniors' trip to Germany is being subsidised also; by the time this appears they will be back with an interesting story to tell. Only two Scouts were missing from Whit and Summer Camps; in three out of these four cases illness was the reason.
Whitsun Camp was held in glorious weather on a near perfect site near Youlgreave, and activities ranged from waterfights to using s = ut+ 1/2 ft2 on a disused old shaft. The Bulldog Patrol, only five strong, just managed to beat the Squirrels for the Camp Trophy. Our summer site in Cornwall, arranged in 1951 and visited by the present Scouter in a blizzard last January, promises to be another interesting and historic camp. The little village of Goonpiper lies near at hand. Then during the last week of the holidays we are to have a top-secret highly-organised large-scale out-of-door " Thing " for Scouts in pairs. This activity promises to be quite unique.
Badge work has not been spectacular, but has been steadily increasing during the year. We should soon be showing our first Queen's Scouts for some time and a number of First Class badges. We are grateful for the help of the ubiquitous and tantalising J. M. F. Gagan, to the Seniors who helped at Whit Camp, and to Alan Copley (Durham University) and Tony Guenault (Trinity, Cambridge) who were with us in Cornwall.
To any boys thinking of becoming Scouts, we in " C " Troop can say, with our characteristic modesty, that if you join us you will enjoy the open air as you never did before, you will wear the uniform of B.-P. and be proud of it, you will probably lose your own name in favour of another, and your sense of humour will become so refined as to be positively unintelligible. You will, in fact, be playing what someone has called " the best game ever invented by man ".
OWING to the limited availability of the Baths, and to examination demands, only one match has been played this term, when on June 18th the Seniors won and the Colts lost to Leeds G.S. at home. Three members of the School represented Sheffield in the Yorkshire County Gala. X. R. Brookes was third in the Schools Breaststroke Championship and J. W. Green third in the Schools Backstroke Championship.
This term we lose W. A. F. Wright, Captain of Swimming, and A. Weston. Both have contributed much to school swimming over many years, and best wishes are extended for their futures. A strong nucleus of good swimmers will return next year and every attempt will be made to secure more match opportunities.
THE second and Junior section of the Sports was successfully held before a keen capacity audience. A high level of ability was shown and new records were established by G. D. Broad in the Under 14 Backstroke and by J. D. Davison in the Under 14 Breaststroke. After a close struggle Clumber retained the House Championship from Wentworth and completed their success by defeating the same House in the Knock-out Water Polo final by 3 goals to 0.
The trophies, medals and certificates `vere presented by Councillor M. J. Sewell, J.P., a School Governor, to whom we express our thanks.
The System of two separate sports-days has given greater opportunity for parents and friends to see . the school swimming and will be continued next year when it is hoped to hold the Junior Sports in March and the Senior events in June.
The principal results were
UNDER 15. Free Style 100 yards: 1. P. A. Manterfield 77.9 secs.; 2. S. Walker. Free Style 2 lengths 1. P. A. Manterfield 48.9 secs.; 2. S. Walker. Back Stroke 2 lengths: 1. D. J. Harvey 52.5 secs.; 2. J. Hodder. Breast Stroke 2 lengths: 1. S. Walker 55.1 sec.; 2. N. A. Hawksworth.
UNDER 14. Free Style 2 lengths: 1. G. D. Broad 52.7 secs.; 2. A. G. Wagstaff. Free Style 1 length: 1. G. D. Broad 22.1 sec.; 2. A. G. Wagstaff. Back Stroke 1 length: 1. G. D. Broad 20.4 secs. (Record) 2. M. J. Platts. Breast Stroke 1 length: 1. J. D. Davison 24.2 secs. (Record); 2. G. D. Broad.
UNDER 13. Free Style 1 length: 1. B. Cheetham 21.1 secs.; 2. R. A. Ashford. Back stroke 1 length 1. J. F. S. Daglish 25.1 sec.; 2. B. Cheetham. Breast Stroke 1 length: 1. W. M. Abbott 26.7 secs.; 2. P. J. Quarrel.
UNDER 14 HOUSE RELAY. 1. Wentworth. 2. Arundel. 3. Lynwood. 4. Welbeck. Time 97.6 secs.
WATER POLO KNOCK-OUT FINAL. Clumber 3; Wentworth 0.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP (Senior and Junior Events) 1. Clumber 410. 2. Wentworth 404. 3. Arundel 309. 4. Chatsworth 285. 5. Welbeck 284. 6. Lynwood 271. 7. Haddon 254. 8. Sherwood 195.
J. B. A. B.
IT was decided not to enter a team this year in the Sheffield Schools Championships. A team of six boys went to the White City Stadium, Manchester, on May 28th to take part in the Northern Schools Sports. Standards in their events were gained by D. P. Allen (440 yards), G. P. Avison (Discus), and J. N. Shillito (Mile).
In the Yorkshire Schools Sports at Bradford on June 11th, N. P. Gillott was 3rd in the Javelin event, Allen ran 2nd in the 440 Yards final and was given the same time as the winner; Shillito was 1st in the Mile. Allen and Shillito represented Yorkshire County in the National Schoolboy Championships at Manchester on 15th and 16th July; Shillito finished 4th in the Mile.
D. B. H.
AGAIN there was a very large entry; nearly 400 boys submitted entry forms, and of these very few had entered for only one event. The Sports therefore continue to be " big business " and the organisation is involved and lengthy. On this account we make our annual protest against those who enter but do not in the end perform. Genuine performers are of course always welcome.
The Half-Mile Handicap was brought back into the programme this year and attracted 28 entrants; not all of whom appeared in the race, however. The heats and preliminary rounds started during the last week of the Easter Term. The holiday therefore represented a break in the sequence of training which was undesirable but unavoidable if we were to be ready for the Sports on Saturday, 14th May. As it was, bad weather delayed some of the later rounds and we were only just ready for the final day. This day will be remembered. The morning had been showery but not hopeless. The start was delayed for some minutes until a heavy shower had passed a start was madea further patch of rainrestartheavy and increasing rainall off: the ground was waterlogged, so were the runners and the spectators. The Mistress Cutler (Mrs. W. G. Ibberson) presented such trophies and awards as had been won before the deluge. Many thanks to her and to the Master Cutler for coming and for taking it all in good part. As the last officials left the field the sun came out.
We have noted elsewhere a decline in the performers in Standard Sports. On the other hand our best athletes continue to set up new records, some of which were achieved on Sports Day despite bad conditions. New records are noted below. Postponed events were completed during the following few days.
Finally, our annual exhortation to young athletes: you get better by training and practice, not by thinking about them.
E. L. K.
The principal results were
100 YARDS: 1. J. V. Rooks, 11.2 sec.; 2. D. A. Elliott; 3. I. A. F. Bruce.
220 YARDS: 1. D. P. Allen, 22.8 sec.; 2. W. A. F. Wright; 3. J. V. Rooks.
QUARTER MILE: 1. D. P. Allen, 58.4 sec.; 2. W. A. F. Wright; 3. B. J. Perrett.
HALF MILE . 1. B. J. Perrett, 2 min. 19.8 sec.; 2. H. M. Biggins; 3. J. N. Shillito.
MILE: 1. J. N. Shillito, 4 min. 54.8 sec. (Record); 2. B. J. Perrett; 3. H. M. Biggins.
120 YARDS HURDLES: 1. D. P. Allen, 18 sec.; 2. I. A. F. Bruce; 3. G. K. Dickinson.
HIGH JUMP: 1. D. P. Allen, 5 ft.; 2. C. B. Laycock; 3. I. A. F. Bruce.
LONG JUMP: 1. D. P. Allen, 19 ft. 5 in.; I. A. F. Bruce; 3. B. J. Perrett.
DISCUS: 1. D. M. Parfitt, 107 ft. 3 in.; 2. P. Swain; 3. N. R. Brookes.
JAVELIN: 1. W. A. F. Wright, 142 ft. 4 in.; 2. D. G. Milne; 3. C. B. Laycock.
WEIGHT: 1. W. A. F. Wright, 35 ft.; 2. P. Swain; 3. N. R. Brookes.
HALF-MILE HANDICAP: 1. M. B. Hill; 2. J. L. Stone; 3. H. M. Biggins.
Other Records established were
DISCUS (5th year and above, under 16): G. P. Avison, 109 ft. 6 in.
WEIGHT (5th year and above, under 16): N. P. Gillott, 41 ft. 10 in.
HIGH JUMP (2nd year): J. D. Davison, 4 ft. 4 in.
HIGH JUMP (1st year): R. A. Rowbotham, 4 ft. 1.5 in.
80 YARDS (1st year): R. A. Rowbotham, 9.8 sec.
RELAY RACE (3rd and 4th years): Welbeck, 2 min.21.6 sec.
RELAY RACE (5th year and above): Clumber, 3 min. 31 sec.
SENIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE: D. P. Allen (Lynwood) 100 pts. Runner-up, W. A. F. Wright (Cl.), 60 pts.
JUNIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE: M. B. Hill (Welbeck) 110 pts. Runner-up, D. J. C. McAteer (Ch.) 50 pts.
HOUSE COMPETITION: 1. Welbeck 405. 2. Lynwood, 388. 3. Arundel 296. 4. Chatsworth, 260. 5. Wentworth, 252. 6. Clumber, 220. 7. Haddon, 212. 8. Sherwood, 96.
THE weather was unkind and the Senior groups in particular were not able to make all the permitted attempts at the standards. Even so, results were disappointing. The number of standards gained per boy on the average, taking the School as a whole, has dropped steadily over the past three years, the Senior results being especially weak. It is therefore encouraging to find that our new first year boys did very well, one House having a first year average of over 4 points per boy.
We are quite aware that the weather hindered events and that the Seniors are fully engaged in competition in other sports at that time of the year; but the Standard Sports provide, so far as we can see, the only inter-House competition in which every boy in his House is in straight and equal competition with every other House. No one is excluded except on medical grounds and the efforts of the weakest are just as valuable as those of the strongest.
Total Standards: 1,624. Total Competitors 660. Overall average: 2.46. Averages for previous years: 1954, 2.82; 1953, 3.12.
E. L. K.
THERE seem to be considerable signs of a growing and renewed enthusiasm for this ancient game, particularly in the lower forms of the School. This can be attributed to the willingness of R. A. Avis, R. Longden, H. A. Nicholls and T. Winfield in devoting many of their lunch times to giving instruction to boys wishing to learn the game. The number of boys was so great that it is hoped to continue this excellent scheme during the coming season.
The results of the final matches in the three sections of the competition which were contested are recorded below. I thank B. A. Watkinson for his assistance in organising the contest.
P. D. A.
OVER 15 SINGLES
T. Winfield beat R. A. Avis 14-16, 15-12, 15-8.
OVER 15 DOUBLES
D. M. Downes and G. Humphries beat R. A. Avis and R. Longden 16-14, 15-4.
UNDER 15 SINGLES
I. W. Newsom beat M. R. Evison 13--15, 15-11, 15-13.
UNDER 15 DOUBLES
No contest, due to insufficient entries.
THIS has been in many ways a frustrating season with generally disappointing results. The batting looked reliable on paper but proved to be very weak in the middle in the early matches, though latterly it was considerably improved. It was obvious that there would be a weakness in the support bowling, particularly because of the lack of a spinner of the quality of Staniforth in last season's XI, and of a good stock seam bowler. A heavy burden was thus placed upon Milne, whose performances during the season have tended to be erratic: on occasions he has bowled exceptionally well (e.g., 6 for 26 against Bradford) but too often his attack has been negative and short of a length. Nevertheless he has taken over 100 wickets in his last three seasons with the team and we shall miss him next season. Youle has been generally disappointing after his successful opening spell against Rotherham (7 for 22) although in fairness it ought to be added that he has been handicapped by a foot injury. He bowls to a length but without sufficient variation and thought. Bailey has proved a useful bowler who has broken up some good stands, but there have been too many full tosses and long hops for the Umpires' comfort! Pike shows promise and is very willing to learn-the first essential for any slow bowler. For a young player, he has done very well in his first season with the XI.
Beynon has undoubtedly been the most successful batsman and his last two innings (69 n.o. against Leeds, 78 n.o. against Nottingham) were delightful and should give him great confidence for his captaincy of the side next season. He is a very strong player on the off-side but must master his weakness against good swing bowling. Rowbotham had some good innings in the early part of the season, showing some unorthodox strokes and always looking for runs. Concentration has been lacking of late, and so his final performance has not quite equalled that of last season. Laycock has always looked the best equipped batsman but in early games the cares of captaincy seemed to affect his performance. On the hard wickets of the last few weeks he has played some very attractive innings. As captain, he has had to face a difficult task with limited bowling and has worked hard to make the best use of his resources. A very pleasing feature of his attitude has been the sporting declarations he has made on several occasions, giving a real challenge to the opposition and ensuring some very keen finishes.
Useful scores have also been obtained by Richardson, who did very well as an opening batsman after disappointing efforts lower down the order; Hill, who has several times been unlucky but whose fielding earns special mention; Ratcliffe, who, although not quite maintaining last year's promise, should be a mainstay of the batting next season; and Bradshaw, whose soundness and strength on the on-side, together with good slip-fielding, have proved invaluable on the few occasions when he has been released from the Second XI captaincy. Others who have assisted the XI in various ways are Wragg, Walton, Sallis, Bryars and Rigby.
Criticism on the year's results would be easy, but let it suffice to say that the essentials in any cricket team are aggressive fielding, eagerness to score runs rather than stay at the crease, and positive and constant attack by the bowlers, supported by a well-placed field. Bowlers have a duty to assist the Captain in field-setting and individual fielders should assist by moving quickly and intelligently into position. Attention to these essentials will make next season's outlook brighter, and the cricket even more enjoyable to watch, than that of this year has surely been.
J. C. H. T. K. R.
RESULTS (not including Masters' match) Played 15. Won 3. Drawn 7. Lost 5.
|May 4 v.||Rotherham G. S. (Home). K.E.S. 82, R.G.S. 50. Won by 32 runs.|
|May 21 v.||Old Edwardians C.C. (Home). O.E.A. 110 for 7 dec. K.E.S. 78 for 6. Drawn.|
|June 18 v.||Hymer's College, Hull (Away). K.E.S. 101 for 6 dec. H.C.H. 35 for 7. Drawn.|
|June 25 v.||De La Salle College (Home). D.L.S. 108 for 8 dec. K.E.S. 78 for 5. Drawn.|
|July 2 v.||High Storrs G.S. (Away). H.S. 76, K.E.S. 72 for 5. Drawn.|
|July 6 v.||Woodhouse G.S. (Home). Woodhouse 79, K.E S. 77 for 9. Drawn.|
|July 8 v.||Manchester G.S. (Away). Manchester 128 for 7 dec. K.E.S. 49. Lost by 79 runs.|
|July 9 v.||Doncaster G.S. (Away). K.E.S. 89, D.G.S. 90 for 7. Lost by 3 wkts.|
|July 11 v.||Liverpool Boys' Assocn. (Home). K.E.S. 90, L.B.A. 91 for 8. Lost by 2 wkts.|
|July 12 v.||Masters' XI (Home). K.E.S. 153 for 7. dec. Masters 91. Won by 62 runs.|
|July 13 v.||Q. Elizabeth's G.S. Wakefield (Away). Q.E.G.S. 115, K.E.S. 49. Lost, by 66 runs.|
|July 16 v.||Mt. S. Mary's College (Away). K.E.S. 159 for 8 dec. Mt. St. M.142 for 8. Drawn.|
|July 18 v.||Chesterfield G.S. (Away). K.E.S. 118 for 5 dec. C.G.S. 91 for 7. Drawn|
|July 19 v.||Bradford G.S. (Home). B.G.S. 58, K.E.S. 59 for 4. Won by 6 wkts.|
|July 20 v.||Leeds G.S. (Home). K.E.S. 159 for 4 dec. L.G.S. 149. Won by 10 runs.|
|July 21 v.||Nottingham H.S. (Home). K.E.S. 156, N.H.S. 159 for 3. Lost by 7 wkts.|
|Beynon, G. P. J.||15||4||78*||330||30.0|
|Rowbotham, M. B.||15||1||48||243||17.4|
|Laycock, C. B.||15||1||51||218||15.6|
|Milne, D. G.||11||2||24*||85||9.4|
|Ratcliffe, J. D.||12||4||15*||61||7.62|
|Milne D G||204||59||485||49||9.90|
|Pike, D. A.||49.5||5||157||10||15.70|
IN view of the fact that a 2nd XI, especially when prospering, is frequently called upon to surrender its most promising players to maintain the strength of the 1st XI, the achievement of the team this season in winning 7 of its 12 matches is extremely satisfying. Take into consideration too an injury to Hessey, the team's leading wicket-taker, which kept him out of several games, and the tally of only two defeats throughout the season is even more remarkable. For this outstanding run of success much credit is due to J. D. Bradshaw whose resolute captaincy has moulded the team into a spirited unit determined at all times to give of its best.
In the early matches Rigby (160 runs in 8 innings) was the mainstay of the batting, but the most promising performances of the season were put up by Sallis (highest score 45 against Stockport G.S.) who was finally lost to the 1st XI, and by Bradshaw himself who, though he failed to score as many runs as he deserved, was always safe and dependable. For a batsman of his age and experience he is exceptionally impressive on the leg side, his on-driving and the unhurried manner in which he turns the good-length ball off his pads showing him to be a player of some quality. However, he still has certain weaknesses which he must attempt to correct. Another batsman to show promise was Powell (63 in 10 innings, twice not out) who revealed an easy stance and some attractive strokes. Foster and Loversidge likewise made valuable contributions on more than one occasion. On the whole the batting was sound and fairly consistent, as is borne out by the fact that the team was only twice dismissed for scores of less than 90.
The brunt of the bowling was borne by Hessey (20 for 188) and Walton (12 for 150), ably assisted by Wragg (15 for 171) and F. Booth (12 for 113), and their success is indicated by the fact that only thrice was an opposing team allowed to amass a total in excess of 100. Hessey, apart from an understandable lapse in the match against De La Salle (his first after recovering from his leg injury) was the most consistent of the attack. He has an easy action and might be even more effective if he could further develop his ability to swing the ball. Walton, despite a rather ungainly, low action, usually kept a good length, and in the match at Rotherham he bowled on a lively rain-damaged wicket with great hostility to return the excellent figures of 7 for 33. In the absence of either Walton or Hessey, F. Booth proved a useful substitute, while as change bowler he was not without success. He was able to generate a good deal of pace but he too frequently failed to attack the stumps. Whenever spin bowling was required, Wragg could be relied upon for steadiness, though a little more variety in pace and delivery would have brought him many more wickets. His victims, one felt, more often succumbed to their own impatient mistakes than to the guile that one traditionally associates with a left arm bowler. Other members of the team who did bowl when required were Baxter, Bryars, Rigby and Bradshaw himself.
The fielding, like the proverbial curate's egg, was only "good in parts ". Some excellent catches were taken, especially by Foster, but far too many relatively easy chances were put upon the ground. In the final match of the season it may justly be said that the possibility of a thrilling victory was thrown away by fielding which was at times almost too bad to be credited of a young team presumably sound in wind and limb. There was, however, an improvement in later matches, and it is to be hoped that this vitally important aspect of the game will not be in future neglected. For indeed anyone who is not prepared to do his best to become a good fielder automatically forfeits the right to call himself a cricketer. Favourable mention, however, should be made of the wicket-keeping of Powell which was invariably sound and stylish, though he still needs greater concentration and more practice against slower bowling.
Regular members of the team were: J. D. Bradshaw, Hessey, Rigby, Wragg, Loversidge, Foster, Walton, Baxter, F. Booth, Bryars, Sallis and Powell. Hill and Bailey (1st XI), Avis, G. H. Bradshaw, Brown, Farnell, Gill, Shipton and M. J. Smith also played occasionally. Thanks are due to Roebuck who cheerfully and ably undertook the scoring in the early part of the season.
Played 12, Won 7, Drawn 3, Lost 2.
April 30 v. Eckington G.S. (Away). Eckington 77 for 5 dec. K.E.S. 78 for 4. Won by 6 wkts.
May 7 v. Stockport G.S. (Home). K.E.S. 102, Stockport 52 for 2. Drawn.
May 11 v. Worksop College (Away). Worksop 67, K.E.S. 61. Lost by 6 runs.
May 21 v. Old Edwardians (Home). O.E. 139 for 8 dec. K.E.S. 83 for 5. Drawn.
June 11 v. Rotherham G.S. (Away). Rotherham 88, K.E.S. 90 for 4. Won by 6 wkts.
June 18 v. K.E.S. Under 15 (Home). 2nd XI 54, U. 15 42. Won by 12 runs.
June 25 v. De La Salle College (Away). D.L.S. 121 for 3 dec. K.E.S. 67 for 7. Drawn.
July 2 v. High Storrs G.S. (Away). H.S. 75 for 9 dec. K.E.S. 79 for 3. Won by 7 wkts.
July 6 v. Sheffield Training College (Home). S.T.C. 83, K.E.S. 85 for 8. Won by 2 wkts.
July 9 v. Doncaster G.S. (Home). Doncaster 79, K.E.S. 80 for 9. Won by 1 wkt.
July 16 v. Mt. St. Mary's College (Home). K.E.S. 90, Mt. St M. 45. Won by 45 runs.
July 21 v. Nottingham H.S. (Home). K.E.S. 98, Nottingham 101 for 7. Lost by 3 wkts.
UNDER the capable captaincy of Newsom the team has had a most successful season. Without players such as Pike, who has played regularly for the 1st XI, and Ollerenshaw, who has been able to play in only three games owing to injury, the team has confirmed the potential talent in the Middle School. Of the fifteen players picked during the term all have played in at least two matches.
The main strength of the team has been in its bowling. Hawley (24 wkts, for 89) and Searle (30 wkts. for 116) have proved to be a devastating opening pair. Both are extremely accurate and with development in technique they should prove useful assets to any team in the future. Newsom and Shaw have provided excellent support with steady bowling of a slower variety. They occasionally made the ball turn, but most of their wickets were obtained by tempting the batsmen to try to hit them off their accurate length. Milner and Evison have had little chance to show their ability, but when called upon have performed creditably. Both should persevere with off-breaks and leg-breaks respectively.
The batting has lacked consistency. The problem of finding a suitable opening partner for Newsom was never solved satisfactorily, although Evison, Bridge and Perris batted well on occasions. The rest of the "recognised" batsmen-Ollerenshaw, Darwin, Hill and Shawhad varying degrees of success. More patience and concentration is required, particularly against accurate bowling, and the development of a sounder defensive technique is needed by most of the players. Evison (155 runs, average 17.2) and Newsom (123 runs, average 20.5) were the most successful batsmen and their century partnership for the second wicket against Nottingham High School was one of the high lights of the season.
Challenger has proved to be a most reliable wicket-keeper. Owing to the incapacity of Ollerenshaw he had to forsake his usual role as bowler and take over the important position behind the stumps. He has performed very creditably throughout the term.
The fielding has been of a high standard, except for a poor display against Rotherham Grammar School. The team lost that game by only two runs and so learnt early in the season the value of good ground fielding and the necessity of being able to hold on to catches.
Thanks are due to Turner, who kept the record of the deeds of the players, and to those who acted as twelfth-man. Their services to the team have been much appreciated.
The season has been enjoyed by all who took part. Even the weather proved co-operative! Let us hope for continued success from the players in the future.
G. W. T. D. J. W.
Played 9, Won 7, Lost 2.
Stockport G.S. 56; K.E.S. 59 for 6. Won by 4 wkts.
Chesterfield G.S. 32; K.E.S. 34 for 3. Won by 7 wkts.
Rotherham G.S. 81; K.E.S. 79. Lost by 2 runs. (Searle 5 for 31; Shaw 26).
K. E. S. 2nd XI 54; K.E.S. Under 15 42. Lost by 12 runs.
K.E.S. 133 for 5 dec.; Central Tech Sch. 9. Won by 124 runs (Ollerenshaw 54; Evison 45; Hawley 5 for 4; Searle 5 for 8).
K.E.S. 74; High Storrs G.S. 16. Won by 58 runs. (Hawley 5 for 5; Searle 5 for 8).
Doncaster G.S. 57; K.E.S. 60 for 4. Won by 6 wkts. (Perris 27).
Mt. St. Mary's College 63; K.E.S. 64 for 7. Won by 3 wkts. (Newsom 6 for 10).
K.E.S. 126 for 3 dec.; Nottingham H.S. 121. Won by 5 runs. (Evison 55; Newsom 52 not out).
THIS has been a batting rather than a bowling side. At first there was difficulty in finding an opening partner for Findlay, but this was solved by Wagstaff in an excellent innings at Hull, though his concentration was too often rewarded with misfortune later in the season. Findlay began well and looked likely to become the backbone of the side, but the demands of wicket-keeping, failure to concentrate through over-confidence, and weaknesses on the leg side prevented the large scores of which he is capable. Powell proved the most accomplished batsman; against De La Salle College he was the only one able to play accurate bowling. When he has improved his defence (he has trouble in playing back) he should become a constant asset to any side. As an off-break bowler, he was "discovered" at Hymer's College, and with 5 for 11 against Mt. St. Mary's established a strong claim to recognition in this field. Despite initial nervousness Lord was always to be reckoned with in the middle of the order, and could always be relied on, especially in an emergency, to play well. His innings of 55 not out against Nottingham H.S. could not be faulted in its controlled aggression. Crowson was rarely happy against good length bowling, but his scores were often of value to the side. Board, Manterfield and Ellis showed promise and put up some good performances, but Dixon and Sheasby require more confidence and an improvement in basic technique.
Our bowling was often inaccurate and easily bewildered by competent batsmen: when the ball was pitched well up and on the stumps, success invariably followed. The mainstay again was Lord, whose effectiveness would have benefited if care, variation and thought had been made to match his enthusiasm. Walker rarely put himself on in vain, and always set an example in attacking the stumps. Board was very disappointing in his failure to maintain accuracy of length and direction. Gilbert proved spirited but erratic, while Crowson, though never impressive, was always a useful stock bowler. Andrew took the only hat-trick of the season, but distinguished himself most by lively fielding. Manterfield was usually good with his medium-pace bowling on the off stump he was at his best against Nottingham H.S. when he took the first 3 wickets in the first over. He and Lord made the match against High Storrs their own by taking 4 for 9 and 4 for 10 respectively, and scoring 72 for the fourth wicket to record the best stand. of the season.
The most exciting match was the game at Hull, where after one of our opponents had completely demoralised bowlers and fielders alike in scoring 92 not out, we won in the last over with one wicket to fall and two balls to spare as Ellis made the winning "snick" to crown a united effort by the whole team. Another tense finish occurred at Mount St. Mary's College, where we won through accurate bowling by Walker and Powell and alert fielding by everyone. Indeed the most pleasing feature of the season was the enthusiastic team-work, the credit for which must be given to Walker. His ability to discern and take advantage of his opportunities developed along with his own individual performances with bat and ball. It has been a really enjoyable as well as successful season.
A. F. T. P. D. A.
Played 9, Won 5, Drawn 2, Lost 2.
K.E.S. 91 for 9 dec.; Eckington G.S. 59 for 9 (Lord 5 for 25).
K.E.S. 68; Chesterfield G.S. 18 (Lord 4 for 5).
K.E.S. 79 for 6 dec. (Findlay 35); Rotherham G.S. 19 for 4.
Hymer's College Hull 125 for 4 dec.; K.E.S. 126 for 9. (Board 28, Powell 25).
De La Salle College 115 (Crowson 4 for 7); K.E.S. 72 (Powell 34 not out).
K.E.S. 123 for 7 dec. (Lord 33, Manterfield 29); High
Storrs G.S. 53 (Lord 4 for 10, Manterfield 4 for 9).
Doncaster G.S. 96; K.E.S. 74.
K.E.S. 53; Mt. St. Mary's College 45 (Powell 5 for 11).
K.E.S. 137 for 6 dec. (Lord 55 not out); Nottingham H.S. 72 (Manterfield 5 for 23).
THIS is the season in which Cricket Novels flourish!:Magnificent, stupendous, new vistas of the sporting world are opened to our eyes by ever more brilliant journalists, yet only the title of one retains any significance. And that? Cricket in the Sun! Why, we could be daring; even more, we could exhibit downright defiance, and take off not only overcoats but also sports coats. Pleasant it was to inspect Whiteley Woods so apparelled; even the deck chair possessed new air-cushioned comfort; we could forgive that four instead of six; at last Cricket had come into its own.
Wentworth pounded Arundel in the Knock-out Final; Haddon trounced Chatsworth in the House League Championship; in fact everybody made mince-meat of everybody else. A splendid record bearing evidence of this is not one drawn game in House cricket; how well might the sporting world take its lesson from us. The final afternoon is worth recording. Sherwood hit up 83 for 5 and declared. Clumber had Heritage, a hitherto unrecognised propeller of the leather sphere, who hit 41 not out, to see his House victors in the last two minutes by 6 wickets. But wait, on the other pitch drama was developing, for Haddon, declaring at 90 for 8, were being chased by Wentworth. Walton was beating his way merrily amongst the bowlers, but Dickinson was running, diving, catching Walton, t o dismiss him at backward square-leg. It was quite a catch. It was the match winner. Yet all was not lost, and Haddon had to wait until the last minute of the game, when the last batsman fell with the total of 56. All hearts again resumed their normal customary existence.
Yes, we did lots beside play cricket. There was Tennis, Standard Sports, Athletic Sports; all these came and went; all are recorded in other chapters of the MAGAZINE, but none bears the sweet content or exciting sound of willow striking leather.
Haddon 100 for 8 dec. Chatsworth 68. Knock-out
Wentworth 71. Arundel 28.
MUCH activity in a very short time is the keynote. A fortnight of Athletic Sports produced some very good performances and after many delays through bad weather we were able to complete the League Cricket Competition with a splendid play-off between Haddon and Welbeck. Haddon made an attractive 93 for 3 wickets before declaring and with the second ball of the last over in a time-limit game Welbeck were all out for 90. A good game to watch or play in.
The way games were played this season was a big improvement. There was a much more determined effort to win games rather than to play for a draw.
Tennis has been very popular this term and there were more applications for the game than previously. The games were enjoyed, but it would be good to see more determined attempts to improve and less acceptance of a rather low standard.
J. C. H.
WITH many of the Juniors enjoying their first real summer weather, the term has been a delightful one for Cricket. The games have been notable for enthusiasm rather than for skill, but there are many very promising players, and the struggle between the better teams has been keen and exciting. One could not have wished for a better game than the play-off between Wentworth and Welbeck.
H. T. R. T.
|JUNIOR HOUSE LEAGUE|
|1. f Welbeck||7||5||I||16|
|Play-off: Wentworth beat Welbeck by 3 wickets.|
|1. f Arundel||7||5||15|
|Play-off: Arundel beat Lynwood by 3 wickets.|
ALTHOUGH the general standard of Tennis in the School is still improving, and has earned pleasing tributes from outside, the School Team is still having difficulty in winning more matches than it loses; since we must play against teams enjoying tennis courts and the full training facilities they bring, this is perhaps inevitable until we have at least one court on which to gain more complete team co-ordination and practice. Nevertheless the season has been very enjoyable and nearly all matches have been in doubt until the last rubber has been played. Several new faces have appeared in the School team this year and all have played with keenness, in particular Ferguson and Roxburgh, who should do well next year.
At the start of the season, rain prevented play in two matches, and incompleted re-surfacing of courts involved cancellation of a match against Nottingham High Pavement. 9 first team matches were played; 4 were won and 5 lost.
The School tournaments were finished in time this year. D. P. Allen and P. Bennett won the Senior Doubles; D. Anderson the Senior Singles; J. A. Anderson and I. W. Newsom the Junior Doubles and I, W. Newsom the Junior Singles.
D. Anderson, after captaining the First VI for two years, ended his tenure of office equitably by winning the Senior Singles and being awarded the Tennis Medal. He is an accomplished, steady player and a genial personality, whom we shall miss. Our best thanks for his long service. D. P. Allen and P. Bennett are to be congratulated on being awarded their Colours; our thanks are warmly offered to Wasteney and Andrews who have played regularly and keenly, with stubborn determination both in defeat and victory.
Finally our thanks are extended to Mr. Bramhall and Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Sinclair and Mr. Wright for their welcome support, encouragement and advice. To Pinion, our impeccable and industrious secretary, our grateful thanks and appreciation.
E.V.B. D. A.
April 30 v. City Training College Lost by 6 rubbers to 3.
May 13 v. Firth Park G.S. Won by 5 rubbers to 1.
June 17 v. Firth Park G.S. Won by 4 rubbers to 1.
June 18 v. Mt. St. Mary's College. Lost by 5 rubbers to 4.
July 7 v. City Training College. Lost by 5 rubbers to 4.
July 9 v. Nottingham High Pavement School. Won by 6 rubbers to 3.
July 12 v. Woodhouse G.S. Lost by 5 rubbers to 4.
July 14 v. The Staff. Won by 9 rubbers to 0.
July 21 v. Nottingham High School. Lost by 6 rubbers to 3.
July 2 v. Nottingham High School. Lost by 5 rubbers to 2.
The House is feeling a glow of optimism this term, with evidence of growing confidence and achievement. In the Swimming Sports the Relay team came 2nd, G. D. Broad broke two records, and our overall position was a creditable 3rd with 309 points. As expected, we reached the Semi-final of the Water Polo K.O. but finally lost to Clumber by 5-1 after a hard-fought match. Thanks to the fine efforts of the Juniors, we won the Standard Sports with an average of 2.99 as against the School average of 246. Outstanding results in the Athletic Sports were those of Bridge, who won the Intermediate Javelin and of R. A. Rowbotham who was first in the First Year High Jump, the Junior Cricket Ball, the 80 Yards and the 150 Yards, setting up two new records. The Senior Relay team showed more agility by finishing 3rd, but the Junior team regrettably were disqualified. Senior League Cricket placed us 2nd, but after good performances in the earlier rounds the Knock-out team lost to Wentworth by 48 runs. The Junior 1st XI won 9 points to finish 6th. The 2nd XI beat Lynwood in the play-off to win the trophy. On Friday, 15th July, the House Social was held. After a punishing after-tea session of football a l'americain, the party was glad to relax and watch the well-chosen film A Day to Remember, for which we are indebted to Mr. Bramhall. Finally we say a regretful farewell to Mr. Smith; to Rowbotham, Dowker, Bridgeman, Bugg, Bryars and Winfield. We shall miss the enthusiasm and abilities of Rowbotham as House Captain. Our thanks and good wishes to all our departing members.
The Summer Term, although hectic, has not been as successful as the previous two terms this year. The number of 2nd and 3rd positions which the House has achieved this year is remarkable. The Juniors, following their 2nd in the Soccer league and the Cross Country, were placed 3rd in the Cricket league, thanks chiefly to excellent fast bowling by W. Elliott and Cottingham. The Middle School teams which promised much at the beginning of the year have not achieved notable success. This is extremely surprising, as we have a dearth of School players in this section. Newsom must be congratulated on his appointment as Under 15 Cricket captain and also on winning the Junior Fives and the Junior Tennis championships. The Seniors were left to keep up the House's high reputation.
This they have done remarkably well, leading their section of their Cricket league, only to be defeated by Haddon in the final. Foster has set a high standard of captaincy which could be well followed by the Junior captains. In Athletics and Swimming the House has only performed adequately, but not brilliantly, although placed 2nd in the Standard Sports. Finally we extend our best wishes to the members of the House who are leaving and hope that next term the same spirit will prevail under the captaincy of Howarth, whom we congratulate on his appointment.
The Summer Term has seen both success and failure. Although the Swimming Sports, resulting in the annual victory, upheld the name of Clumber, the Athletic Sports, of which much was expected, proved somewhat disappointing. Even here, however, the House managed to achieve something of distinction by smashing the School Senior Relay record by seven seconds. The swimming baths provided the scene of our second major triumph; the Water Polo K. 0. trophy once again returns to the Clumber cupboard. In Cricket, which has never been one of Clumber's main sporting activities, the House has maintained the tradition by a sound if moderate performance. It is, however, becoming increasingly more difficult to keep a reasonable standard in the inter-house matches, since the numbers available for selection have diminished as a result of the alternative game, tennis. Next we offer our congratulations to W. A. F. Wright, who has gained admission to the Slade School of Art, and wish him every success. Finally the House would like to thank Mr. Birkinshaw for the valuable guidance he has provided in this his first complete year with Clumber.
The Senior and Intermediate sections have performed creditably this term, but the continued lack of success in the Junior section calls for a greater all-round effort. The Senior Cricket team has won the championship and Crapper, a capable captain, has set a fine example on the field. The Middle School XI have added the Cricket Cup to their football success and Pike, the captain, is to be congratulated on playing for the School 1st XI. Beynon almost led the Knock-out team to the Final, but we lost our Semi-final game very narrowly by one wicket. We congratulate Beynon on his appointment as School Cricket captain for next season. Brown and Powell have been regular members of the School 2nd XI. In the Athletic Sports we finished 7th, but our finalists did very well on the whole. They were, however, few in number, considering our very large entry. Biggins alone gained a first place; Grist, in the Junior section, also deserves mention for some very good performances. Finally we wish every success to those who are leaving, and feel sure that the House can look to the future with every confidence.
The Summer Term has proved, almost inevitably, something of an anticlimax after our run of success in the Lent Term. After leading for most of the time in the Athletic Sports, Welbeck finally pipped us by the narrow margin of 17 points. This, however, was a good effort considering Welbeck's great Middle School strength, and Allen is to be heartily congratulated on being Champion Athletic, winning five events. The Swimming Sports held little hope of further success and our 6th position was only a fair reflection on our scarcity of swimmers. The Water Polo team also failed in the Knockout, for after beating Welbeck 3---0 they lost, somewhat unluckily, to Wentworth 3-1. Although the House has little enough talent to show in Cricket, we once again managed to give the eventual winners of the trophy, Wentworth, a very exciting game in the Semi-final before losing by only 2 runs. All three league teams have had mediocre performances and there is room for much improvement here. To end on a note of success, Allen and Bennett are to be congratulated on winning the Tennis Doubles. Finally we say goodbye to all our leavers, hoping that their association with Lynwood will never be entirely forgotten, and wish Wellings, as House Captain, the best of luck next year.
The Senior section of the House has had a none too successful term, following the general pattern of the year. Failure has been encountered in the Swimming Sports and the Cricket League. A notable event in the Athletic Sports was the success of Rooks, the House Vice-captain, in winning the 100 yards. This gave the House one of its best achievements for a long time, and enabled us to put a much needed cup into our cupboard. The House indeed extends its heartiest congratulations to Rooks not only for winning the cup but for the boost in morale which this feat will afford. The Junior section has given bright hopes for the future in that they finished a very good fourth in their Cricket League, on which they are to be congratulated. The Middle School has also found a fair amount of success in Cricket and their captain, Searle, has led them by good example on the field. Searle has bowled consistently for the School Under 15 XI and he had a good bowling spell in the House Knock-out, which we unfortunately left in the 1st round. Finally we must congratulate Roebuck on being made House Captain for next year, and we wish him every success in his . leadership.
This has been another very satisfactory term for the House; we are once more the Champion House in Athletics; this is due, in no small part, to B. J. Perrett, J. N. Sinclair, M. B. Hill and G. P. Avison. With our abundance of youthful zest this is a trophy which we should retain for several years to come. The House did not win the Standard Sports but showed its all-round ability in coming 3rd. Swimming is still poor; despite the fact that we have several promising Juniors, the Seniors were woefully weak and could not even provide a competitor for all events. In Cricket the 1st XI made a rapid and humiliating exit from the Knock-out in the first round at the hands of Wentworth. The Juniors once more showed their worth but were narrowly beaten in the League play-off by 3 wickets. The Middle School team were also joint top of the league, but they too lost in the play-off. We must congratulate D. Anderson on winning the Senior Tennis Singles. Finally we wish the best of luck to all our leavers and we hope that those returning will keep the House cupboard well supplied with trophies.
The Summer Term always speeds regretfully on its way, so far as games are concerned; in many other ways of course its haste is welcomed. This rush has not prevented the House etching its name on more trophies, however, and the term has been most successful. We should first like to congratulate Milne and his Knock-out team on retaining their Cricket trophy. They soundly beat Arundel in the Final after winning a very hard-fought semi-final against Lynwood. But not only were the Upper School players to cover themselves with glory, for to us came the Junior Cricket championship. Here, Dixon has built these fine upstanding juniors into a very strong team which beat Welbeck in the Final by three wickets. Milne and Richardson as 1st XI, and Bradshaw, Walton and Booth as 2nd XI members, have represented the School. Swimming brought us near to our greatest success second to Clumber in the Swimming Sports. This represented a magnificent achievement; all our swimmers, particularly Milne for his fine leadership and example throughout the year, and Walker for his work in the Junior section, are to be congratulated. It was a pity that all our members did not attempt the distance swimming. The Final of the Water Polo Knockout saw us well beaten by Clumber, but defeat was softened after the evening of fine performances. So the year has reached its end. Swain, Head of the House, and Sharpe, will no longer tune their note as members of the School at the Victoria Hall; Wasteney, Webb, Milne, Thulbourne, Wells, Richardson and Robinson, all leave and carry with them our good wishes for their future. Our loss will be to others gain, but to each we say you are remembered.
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