|VOL. XV.||AUTUMN 1963||No. 12|
|SEVENTH CLUB LETTER..||369|
WE welcome to the School five new masters: Mr. C. H. Baker of the University of Leeds, Mr. C. I. H. Cook of the University of Birmingham, Mr. J. S. Fordham from Bristol G.S., Mr. J. E. T. Pickup of the Queen's College, Oxford, and Mr. M. S. Wild of the University of Sheffield.
The end of the Summer term saw the departure of five members of the staff whose talents will be sadly missed. Mr. Vout, who came to the School in 1956, had become even within his own time a legendary figure. As master in charge of religious instruction he has been familiar to almost every member of the School, and as a scoutmaster has become a personal friend to many. Those who knew him best were able to recognise and appreciate the great powers of concentration and the individual humour which underlay his habitually mild and abstracted expression. He leaves us to enter Ripon Hall theological college, Oxford.
Mr. Points, who leaves us for Brighton College after only five years as senior English master, has left his mark on many sides of school life. Apart from his active encouragement of the Literary and Debating and Poetry Societies, he showed a flair for organization as editor of this Magazine and in the precision of arrangements for the distribution of books at the annual prize-giving. But he will be best remembered for his brief but notable contribution to School dramatics, and especially for last Spring's compelling production of Richard II.
Dr. Jameson came to the School to teach Classics in January 1959, bringing with him the rare combination of meticulous scholarship and a strong sense of humour. His philosophic temperament was likewise balanced by an untiring zeal for pioneering work with the scouts, and he recently did much to help those seeking information on careers. He goes to be senior Classics master at Queen Mary's School, Walsall.
The Biology department has lost both its senior and assistant masters in Dr. Head and Mr. Edwards. Dr. Head has been with us only four years, but the recent achievements of his pupils make it clear that in that time he has successfully communicated to those around him something of his own spirit of determination and fastidious scholarship. We can take a special pride in the fact that he is leaving us to join a large-scale research project on Science curricula sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation.
Mr. Edwards joined us in September, 1960. He will be missed not only in the academic sphere but by third and fourth formers on the games field, and, whenever the School next stages a play, in the Green Room. His skill with the greasepaint was an asset to the School at such times only matched by his possession of a wife equally talented and willing on these occasions to transfer her services to us from a neighbouring establishment. He leaves us for a post in the Kesteven Training College, near Grantham.
To all these, whether as colleagues or pupils, we bid a regretful farewell, and wish them every success and satisfaction in their new surroundings.
Speech Day is on Friday, November 29th, in the Victoria Hall at 7.15 p.m. The guest of honour is a distinguished Old Edwardian, Professor A. Goodwin, Professor of Modem History in the University of Manchester.
We are pleased to be able to congratulate four Old Edwardians on obtaining entry to the Administrative Class of the Home Civil Service. They are: J. D. Cartwright, S. G. Linstead, J. W. Thorp, and D. E. Young.
We also congratulate those who have taken Firsts in University examinations as follows:
OXFORD : P. W. Cave (Geography Hons.), R. F. Laughton (History Hons.), D. M. Bows (Jurisprudence Hons.) ; J. R. Gunson, H. R. Morrison (Maths Hon. Mods.), A. R. Dowling (Physics, Maths, Engineering Science Hon. Mods.).
CAMBRIDGE : H. S. Ogley, J. B. Thorpe (Maths. Pt. I).
DURHAM : M. F. Roddis (French), P. H. Bly (Physics).
GLASGOW : J. Womersley (B.Sc. Physiology).
Head Prefect : D. W. Williams.
Prefects : D. M. Meredith, J. K. Baker, S. J. Blake, J. R. Gregory, P. A. Hardcastle, S. S. Housley, C. J. H. Linfoot, D. G. Parrish, D. A. Pollard, D. Simmonds, A. C. Wager.
Sub-Prefects : S. T Bailey, C. M. Beale, D. Brook, M. J. Bryars, J. Cawthorne, J. E. M. Cockcroft, J. I. Hall, P. N. Kington, J. C. Mould, R. Roxburgh, J. Siddall, I. C. Sallis.
Soccer : D. M. Meredith. Rugger : J. K. Baker. Cricket : C. J. H. Linfoot. Swimming : S. S. Housley. Cross-Country : J. R. Gregory. Tennis : D. Brook.
Chief Librarian : D. Watson.
We were pleased to observe last term the rebirth of the School's literary broadsheet, Phoenix. It has certainly been too infrequent of late, and we wish it many further successful appearances.
NOT everyone, perhaps, would leap at the chance of spending part of his short summer holiday on activities as strenuous as Outward Bound training and a F.A. Soccer course. But the accounts of five boys who attended two such courses this summer show plainly that they not only did not regret the choice, but actually enjoyed themselves.
Of the two, the Devon Outward Bound School was clearly the more rigorous experience, if only in starting the day at 6.3o a.m. with a plunge into the River Dart, compared with the more conventional 7.3o awakening at Lilleshall. The Outward Bound course also lasted four weeks, in contrast to the football course's one. But within each day the pace of activity was perhaps not very different. At Lilleshall football was normally played all morning and afternoon until 6.45, and after the evening meal a five-a-side tournament took place, as well as less energetic recreations. At the Outward Bound school also the day was strictly planned so as to leave participants very little time of their own.
The range of activities was, of course, much wider at the Outward Bound School ; working up from the "basic skills" of first-aid and map-reading to practical experience of rock-climbing, caving, canoeing, hiking, and cliff rescue training. One of our boys on this course tells of canoeing in the teeth of a force seven gale, and comments that " under these conditions one had to place confidence in oneself and in one's friends, and it was on occasions like this that the true spirit of Outward Bound was shown, `To strive and not to yield' ".
From both courses these boys have returned with strong recommendations to others to share their experience. Not least valuable in each course was the social side, with about a hundred boys in each case from different parts of the country and all kinds of backgrounds mixing together. But above all, these and other such courses provide a first-rate opportunity of proving the truth of the old saying that " you never know what you can do until you try ". There is a peculiarly keen satisfaction to be gained by putting one's powers to a fairly searching test, and for those with no taste for heroics one participant writes reassuringly of the 6.30 plunge, " On the first morning this was met with some hesitation ; but as with most other activities on the course, one quickly got used to it ".
THE 1963 School Concert was a most varied and enjoyable programme, designed to show off all the various musical assets of the school, and at the same time to be entertaining.
We began with a " Lollipop ". Shaking the dust off the " kitchen ", particularly the big drum, and giving the the brass a chance to warm up, we felt that we were on the move in Chabrier's " Marche Joyeuse ". The king-sized orchestra tackled this king-sized piece admirably and with a gusto and precision that many a professional orchestra would envy. The music is harmless, but it was the sort of opening that Sir Thomas might have planned.
Three of Stanford's part-songs followed, in which the Madrigal Group excelled themselves. After warming up in " Diaphenia ", in which tuning was only fair, they caught the spirit better in " Heraclitus ", which in parts was magnificent. But the piece-de-resistance was " The Blue Bird ". Here tuning was always accurate and true and we, the audience, bathed in the beauty of the piece. This was one of the highlights of the evening.
Part of the organ, we were told was out of action. All the more credit then to C. M. Dolan who, in Muller-Zurich's fantasia on " Ein' Feste Burg ", played confidently in a piece obviously difficult under any circumstances, under the able direction of Mr. Ralph Williams. The brass played well but the organ sounded to be high-pitched.
A Sonata for two violins, 'cello and keyboard by Loeillet, a French composer of the early Rococo era, was competently played, with a nice sense of style, by S. A. Morant and J. M. Wilson (violins), A. M. Wing ('cello), and D. W. Williams (piano).
The singing of the Madrigal Group trebles in the two Peerson items was exquisite. The Jones and the more recent Moeran were more complicated and lacking in power on the top notes. This lack in power could have been averted had the trebles lifted up their heads a little more.
Next we were entertained by some playing of a high standard from the woodwind. Apart from an occasional squeak playing was tasteful and careful, although I thought the Mendelssohn Theme from " No. 1 " lacked shape through an occasional lapse in the tempo.
The full resources of the Choir and Orchestra came together again for Sir George Dyson's " Songs of Praise ". The enthusiasm of the orchestra, or perhaps the additional orchestrations introduced in the interests of full employment, tended to obscure some of the voice part entries throughout, but tuning was very good, especially in the second item, " Ye that have spent the silent night ". In this some instruments find themselves in the remotest of keys, and yet never for one moment did we lose key sense and what a wonderful crescendo on the last word " sun " ! The third piece, " A Poet's Hymn ", had the roughest passageit is perhaps the most difficult to bring off, but the low voice parts only seemed to make this sound rather dull and boring at times.
Just as we had been carried off on the march in item one, so the second part of the concert carried us into the steel works. All the resources of the orchestra including an anvil and sandpaper were brought to play on the " steel drum man ", in " John Henry " by Aaron Copland. We would not have been surprised, amidst all this din, to see a shunting locomotive burst in through the nearest exit. Special mention here for the timpani player.
The fine " Now Thank We All Our God", by Karg-Elert was played by D. W. Williams on the organ, in a sparkling performance which would only have benefited by being a little quicker.
Three more part songs from the choir were excellent. "Waltzing Matilda " was followed by " Oh ! by an' by " (arranged N.J.B.)very nicely sungand by " The Swazi Warrior" in which we were swamped in a deluge of tremendous dynamic range, including what is often heard from choirs, but also on this occasion demanded by the arranger, Thomas Wood, shouting !
Ethel Smyth's " Two Interlinked French Melodies " was well played by P. Bradley, flute ; J. M. Wilson, violin, and C. M. Dolan, piano. The piano part in particular had just the right atmosphere.
The Brass Group then played three pieces by Lassus, transcribed from vocal works. The Brass Group were not as good as they are sometimes, but played competently and were well supported by the drums.
The evening's entertainment ended with a Choral Fantasia on Wagner's " The Mastersingers ". This was a most happy choice for a finale, well suited to the available resources. The opening Chorale was beautifully sung. Pogner's address was taken rather slowly, and also the Prize Song, so that neither of these pieces seemed to evoke quite the response intended in the opera. The Finale was truly breathtaking ; the trebles reaching the top A's and top C's so easily, while the orchestra were equal to the occasion and played with energy and with care. This was a magnificent ending to the concert, an ending of which the School could well be proud.
Three further points are worthy of mention. First, the success of the concert depended largely on the fine singing of the choir, which was as good as one would hear anywhere, and on the orchestra, occasionally a little ragged, or lacking in ensemble, but competent throughout. In these days of radio and gramophone, we must remember that many people have only ever heard an orchestra via the loud-speaker, and those of us who are music lovers, hear most of our music the same way, played by performers whose standard of technical competence is first rate. Instead of thinking of this as an orchestra not as good as The Hālle, let us remember that a hundred years ago we would have considered ourselves very lucky to have heard an orchestra of this standard, in the days when orchestras were peopled by players who did not know their parts, or were too old or infirm to play them.
Secondly, mention must be made of the preparation of the chamber music items ; the Loeillet Sonata having been under D. W. Williams, the Ethel Smyth under C. M. Dolan, and the Brass music under Mr. Ralph Williams. Care and good taste were shown in all three.
Thirdly, Mr. Barnes, although directing 250, could easily have conducted 2,500. He it is who makes us all enjoy our music, and he it is who always has the biggest share of the work of preparing and organising. How pleasant it was to see him so happy, so well, and so brimful of music.
IT was on the morning of Sunday, May 19th, that 4A, under the joint supervision of Dr. Jameson and Mr. Cook, set off on their annual hike. Unfortunately Mr. Points, the originator of this and last year's expeditions, was unable to accompany us.
The nineteen boys and two masters who comprised the party journeyed by bus from Pond Street to Calver, where the ten-mile trek began. We very soon split up into two groups, one at the front, the other bringing up the rear. This arrangement was doomed. After walking for less than a mile the two parties lost sight of each other, the first having taken the wrong path. According to our esteemed organiser, S. R. Harrison, we should have encountered each other round the next corner ; but unfortunately we did not.
On we plodded, looking in vain for our companions, across Longstone Moor, to Great Longstone, and thence to Monsaldale for lunch. The other group (as we heard later) also arrived at Monsaldale, but presumably at a different time. We did indeed catch sight of what might have been a group of our fellows ; but our frantic waving was of no avail.
As we were now some two hours ahead of schedule we undertook various climbing expeditions, and then proceeded along the banks of the Derwent. Soon a disagreement between masters and boys resulted in mutiny. The former continued their hike while the latter went climbing once more. But eventually reunited we proceeded to Bakewell, and there discovered our lost comrades, who seemed to have had an excellent time without supervision.
The day was not without its lighter moments, most of the amusement being provided by Dr. Jameson. When at one point it began to rain, our eminent Classics master decided to don the appropriate regalia, sou'wester and all. This operation took several minutes, after which it promptly stopped raining. There was also some merriment over Dr. Jameson's " Sunday Dinner ", which consisted of cold potatoes in mayonnaise, cold sausage, and peas.
So, in one way and another, when eventually we arrived home, we were able to look back on an interesting and delightful day.
AT eight-thirty a.m. on Saturday, May the twenty-fifth, a time when all other civilised people were beginning to contemplate the thought of another day, a motor coach, containing forty boys, two masters, and a large quantity of food, was leaving Newbould Lane, bound for various places of historical interest in North Nottinghamshire.
Our first port of call was Roche Abbey, and indeed our arrival came so early that we had to wait in the gate house for five minutes before the custodian could allow us to enter. Mr. Cook described each part of it to us with such precision that it was obvious that he knew the Abbey well. We now moved on to Blyth where we were met by the Reverend Philip Pennant, who conducted us round the church (a.d. 1088), and finally all the members of the party climbed the spiral staircase to the top of the church tower, from which there was a superb view of Blyth itself, and also of the surrounding area.
As more time than had been estimated had been spent at Blyth, on our arrival at Scrooby, our guide, the Reverend B. James, had, or so it seemed, decided that we were not coming. However, when he arrived he told us much of the history of Scrooby, including its connections with the Pilgrim Fathers.
After lunch had been taken at Mattersey Priory (to the accompaniment of the Radio Broadcast of the Cup Final), we set out for Gainsborough, where we all wandered round the Hall. We were shown the tremendous amount of work which is being put into the restoration of the hall, and could see the results of this work in the splendid kitchens which had been completed.
Our next stop came as something of a surprise, for, at Little Gringley, we drew up at the farm belonging to Mr. Helliwell. The farm was soon overrun by many boys, taking photographs, or listening to the Cup Final on transistor radios.
Thoresby Hall was perhaps the most commercial of the buildings that we visited, and certainly the most spectacular. Most notable was the immense collection of weapons of all periods.
Our final call was at Steetley Chapel, where the rector of Whitwell, the Rev. F. J. Burden told us of the reconstruction in the Nineteenth Century of the original Norman chapel.
Our journey back to Sheffield was uneventful, save for the notable renderings of " When the Red Revolution Comes ", by various hearty-voiced members of 4GC.
AT ten-to-eight on a fresh July morning three masters and some forty boys, spirits soaring and bags bulging with sandwiches and pac-a-macs, assembled at Midland station, bound for Chester via Manchester.
We were soon jogging along the Hope Valley line, past hamlets and hills bathed in the mystery of early morning, their beauty enhanced by the threat of the Beeching axe. After Chinley we rapidly reached the sprawling drabness of Manchester under its perpetual clouds, and at the Central station changed for a Chester-bound train.
Our first objective in Chester, the Grosvenor Museum, was reached by a route along the walls. These are magnificent. They are considerably higher than those at York and make a complete circuit (some two miles long) of the town. Just below their top a pleasingly narrow walk gives fascinating glimpses of both the town and the surrounding countryside. The walls were built mainly in medieval times, but the base is Roman and the East wall remains almost entirely Roman.
At the museum an archaeologist gave an illustrated lecture on the Roman remains of the fortress of Deva, founded in A.D. 48 by Ostorius Scapula for the purpose of subduing the Welsh. Later it became the headquarters of the twentieth legion, Valeria Victrix. The many Roman remains in Chester are largely inaccessible because the area has been extensively built up. After the lecture we inspected the museum itself. Here there was a full-scale model of a Roman soldier, and also a model of Deva showing the barracks, the baths, granaries (in case of siege) and the amphitheatre where chariot and gladiatorial contests were sometimes held. In another part of the museum were coins dating back to the period when Chester had its own mint. There were also fossils, swords, and even a fossilised dug-out canoe.
After leaving the museum we made our leisurely way to the placid river Dee, where we had lunch at one o'clock. Twenty minutes later the weather let us down, and we hurriedly left the river for the shelter of the cathedral, once again going along the walls.
We were shown round the cathedral by an elderly cleric, who informed us that it was made a cathedral in 1541, having formerly been the abbey of St. Werburg. In the twelfth century Hugh " le gros " endowed a charter to the abbey, allowing the monks to hold fairs and markets. Not unnaturally this caused great friction between the monks and the townspeople. This explains the strange " room " at the West end, too high for a room yet too low for a tower. The Abbot ran out of money and so had to give up his intended tower.
On leaving the cathedral we split up into three parties, one bound for the zoo, another for a boat-trip on the river, and the third for the exploration of the town.
We left Chester at seven in the evening. Soon after ten, three masters and some forty boys reached Victoria station, Sheffield ; boys with bags less bulging, and spirits drained into dreams of many-course dinners and soft beds.
LAST term 1,150 books were circulated from the Library. This is the lowest figure for the Summer term for a long time and is in conformity with a slight recession in reading which has occurred this year after a steady rise lasting over several years.
Last term saw one of those small events which must touch the heart of even the most hardened and cynical of Librarians. An old boy of the School personally returned some library books with which he had gone off nearly ten years ago. Ten years, dear Readers, is a long time to suffer gnawing remorse for the sake of a few books of little value. Each stocktaking still produces a short list of missing books, and to the boys who have kept them one can only say, " Is it worth it ? " The time comes at last when the sight of the pilfered book on the shelf becomes unbearable. And even those who do endure it unrepentingly are defeated at last, for the book will be returned posthumously by their executors. It has happened already, and in the very Library that you so appreciate.
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from
I. W. Barrow, E. V. Blackburn, K. M. Crouch, P. M. Croxford, G. Eggington, J. G. Fells, R. D. Harrison, Mr. T. H. Hawkins, P. M. Hetherington, N. P. A. Jowett, J. S. Pressley, J. R. Rider, J. G. Strauss, J. Thorp, J. R. Wheatley, P. Birks, S. J. Kershaw, G. R. Mettam, M. J. Platts, J. R. Shutt, Mr. G. Broomhead, J. S. Parson, D. Mingay, R. Mingay.
SPACE does not permit a comprehensive Valete of the musicians who have now played or sung in their last School Concert ; but, typical in long and zealous service, we may perhaps mention S. A. Morant, for so long an excellent leader of the Orchestra, soloist and Madrigalist as well, and C. M. Dolan who crowns a career as pianist, organist, violinist and singer with the Holroyd Scholarship to Keble. (Incidentally, our last Holroyd scholar is now organist of Manchester Cathedral). We have every confidence that the gaps in our ranks will be filled by men of like metal.
The Concert is reviewed elsewhere, and here we would only mention that the Finalethe Mastersingers selectionequalled in its impact anything that we have on Concert tapes for the past twelve years or so. The credit is not only Wagner's, but the tremendous verve which choir and orchestra brought to its interpretation.
Huston attended an orchestral course at Southport at Easter, which culminated in a performance at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool ; and he and three other members of the Orchestra enjoyed themselves at the Summer Course at Downe House, Newbury. Many more of our seventy-strong orchestra should consider this ideal combination of holiday, good-fellowship and instrumental experience. Details of these courses are posted on the Orchestra board as soon as they arrive, and an additional recommendation is the fact that those who go once invariably make a habit of it.
The Music Competitions drew an excellent entry this year, and Mr. Lord awarded prizes as follows : InstrumentalJ. M. Wilson (violin), Senior. J. Crawford (violin), junior. SingingN. M. Jenkins & J. G. Skidmore (Senior), J. V. Ellis & L. M. Jenkins (Junior). KeyboardD. W. Williams (organ), who brings us our second A.R.C.O. in successive years, & R. H. Carr (piano), junior. MusicianshipD. W. Williams (Senior), R. H. Carr & I. C. A. F. Robinson (Junior). At the time of going to press the Composition Prize entries have not yet been judged.
DURING the past school year four of the Group's scouters have moved away from Sheffield and have therefore had to give up their work with the Group.
Mr. Vout, though without previous experience of Scouting, offered to take charge of " A " Troop seven years ago. He threw himself wholeheartedly into Scoutingalmost literally so at the Inter-Troop Swimming Galas. He had always a deep concern for the individual boy as well as for the aims of the movement which he had joined. His advice was often sought and his opinions were greatly valued, both by scouts and scouters. Until a successor is found the Troop is in charge of A.S.M. M. W. Fletcher.
Dr. Jameson was for two years Scoutmaster of ` C' Troop and subsequently Treasurer of the Seniors. He helped the Seniors to plan their activities and led several pioneering projects, devising complicated arrangements of ropes and pulleys by which large trees moved with little more than the touch of a finger.
Bruce Parker, after being a member of 'A' Troop, joined the Rover Crew and was its leader for five years. For a similar period he held the office of Group Council Secretary. His work in making and keeping the Crew a going concern will be particularly remembered.
We have just heard that Ron Treeby, that power behind the scenes of Scouts, Seniors, Rovers, Group Council and District Executive Committee is leaving Sheffield to tax the citizens of (deleted for security reasons). He too began his Scouting career in ' A ' Troop and resumed his connection with the Group when he was at Oxford. He gave valued help in many ways, with the running of ` C' Troop and its camps, with ` B ' Troop camps and with badge work in the Group.
The Group acknowledges with gratitude the services of these gentlemen. Our thanks and best wishes for the future go with them.
THIS year I was given the privilege of representing the School and Sheffield scouting at the World Jamboree in Greece. The Sheffield scouts along with other scouts from South Yorkshire combined with the North Staffordshire scouts to form the U.K. 31 contingent, under the leadership of Mr. Dennis Cooper, a prominent Sheffield Scouter.
The contingent left Sheffield on Sunday, 28th July, bound for London, where the night was spent in B.P. House before our flight to Athens. The area chosen for the Jamboree was a peaceful and picturesque camp site about 26 miles from Athens. It was once a famous battlefield, where in the year 490 B.C. the Athenians fought successfully for freedom and higher ideals. This provided the theme and aim of the eleventh Jamboree.
Fourteen thousand scouts from eighty-six countries were dispersed among eleven sub-camps without any regard to race. One activity which could be said to have been the centre of attraction at the Jamboree was the " epathlon daphnis " or laurel award. To obtain this a scout had to participate in at least five out of eight events, each specifically designed to give scouts a chance of meeting their foreign brothers.
The holding of parties was a prominent feature of our own troop's activities. Other time was spent in sports, entertainment, and set functions, including parades and march-pasts. A large amount of free time gave us ample opportunity to make friends with scouts from other countries and to participate in the customary swapping of souvenirs.
The visit to Greece and the Jamboree proved to be a memorable experience, which culminated in a wonderful four-day tour of the Greek islands.
THE outstanding events of this spring and summer, the expedition to France and the Greek Jamboree, are separately reported. A special effort for Bob-a-Job was well supported and yielded nearly £2o. There was more pioneering at Whiteley Wood Hall and an hilarious evening spent in clearing out the Den in Park Lane. We are very grateful to Professor and Mrs. Laughton for allowing us the use of the Den over the last few years. Several Seniors have been improving their qualifications in Scouting ; we congratulate in particular P/L R. Pilley on attaining his Queen's Scout Badge.
A small group of Senior Scouts and one Scouter from the School assembled on Sunday, July 28th at the Midland Station, to start a visit to Paris and the Loire valley.
Four days were spent in visiting the sights of Paris in glorious weather, but upon leaving Paris for Blois the weather deteriorated rapidly. In spite of this we visited several chateaux, including Chenonceaux, both on foot and by 'bus. Here we witnessed a " Son et Lumiere " but the rain tended to dampen our enthusiasm.
We camped at Blois for ten days before returning via Paris, and experienced quite a rough crossing to Newhaven. From here we arrived in Sheffield on Sunday, August 11th.
We are deeply indebted to Ron for organising the expedition and his authentic French cooking (garlic !), and are very sorry he is leaving us shortly for more southern climes.
WHAT a contrast to our Winter camp ! The sun beat down continuously for five days to make our Whit visit to Newstead the most memorable in the Troop's history. The camp was shortened at a request by the Patrol Leaders who felt it should not occupy the whole of their holiday. It was a great success, both because of the weather and since the new additions to the staff, Food Q.M. Pete Thomas and Equipment Q.M. Andy Couldwell, proved efficient and willing.
Football, however, seems to be replacing " stumps " as the Troop game, and the younger members will, it seems, carry on this new tradition with great skill.
A more notable innovation was the award of a prize to the most proficient first camper. This was won by R. Bedford, and presented along with several Second Class badges at the final flag.
Yet another success has been the gaining of the Queen's Scout Badge by Pilley after collecting a total of twenty-four proficiency badges. A Troop record ? He is also our representative for the World Jamboree in Greece.
The remainder of the term has been uneventful, mainly because of the combination of external and internal examinations. However, with the University vacation already begun, we have had two meetings run by our student A.S.M.s. Everyone is now looking forward to the Summer Camp and hoping for fine weather. Is there any hope of this in Wales ?
It has been a great disappointment this year to learn that our S.M., Mr. Vout, is leaving us. We wish him every satisfaction and success in his new vocation. To show their gratitude the parents of scouts past and present made a collection, and at their A.G.M. presented him with a beautiful Reference Bible.
We are sorry to see him go, for his abilities will be missed, and we also find ourselves at present with no one to fill his post. Until someone is found, A.S.M. Fletcher will run the Troop with help from School members.
As always the Summer term was the highlight of the scouting programme. The two camps always take up a large proportion of the period, but this year other activities have been of importance, as was shown by the success of a swimming gala, a weekend camp near Alport for the fourth year scouts, a hiking and cycling " moot " (as the scoutmaster quaintly termed it), and the fact that the Troop was represented on all the courses at Hesley Wood during the season.
D. G. Beman, R. J. Davies, J. L. Wragg, and D. R. Twigg have gained the First Class badge and Scout Cord, and P. R. Haywood has gained his First Class badge. Twenty-three special proficiency badges have also been gained.
As usual the financial situation has been aided by Bob-a-Job week and the Jumble Sale, which raised £35 and £50 respectively. For the latter in particular we have to thank the aid the parents gave us.
Whitsuntide provided a most remarkable camp, which for once coincided with the best weather of the early summer. At this camp a fairly friendly feud occurred between the elite and the peasants. On the penultimate night of the camp some of the Troop removed the Seniors' eating tent, collected all the staff and senior sleeping bags in one tent, removed the guys from one side of the staff sleeping tent, and moved the scoutmaster's minivan. In retaliation the staff sewed up nineteen pairs of pyjamas while the Troop Leader refereed ten successive football matches in the adjacent field.
Summer Camp. This year the summer camp was held at Castle Goring on the edge of the South Downs, in Sussex. In weather that was better than it has been for most of the summer, activities included a night hike organised by the patrol leaders, " ability " hikes in groups based on age rather than patrol, and a coach trip to Portsmouth Navy Day. An additional item on the programme was a barbecue organised near the camp for some French students and to which many of the Troop were invited. We were able to go by coach to the sea, and there were a number of enjoyable afternoons on the beach. The camping competition was won by the Hawk patrol (P.L. R. E. Shelton). The 1963 camps have been exceptionally dry, and the good weather has done much to ensure their undoubted success.D.S.
THE lectures for the Summer term have been of a different type from those of previous terms. Because of the impending examinations the lectures have been more specialised, tending to deal with one period of art or one artist, as opposed to a general survey of the history of art. Consequently, the members who have attended the lectures have usually been art specialists, having some detailed knowledge of the particular subject.
Architecture has not been neglected, however for Mr. Helliwell gave us an enlightening lecture on the structural intricacies of a Gothic cathedral, illustrated by one of the new film-strips. Fourth-formers were invited to this lecture, as it had some bearing on their examination syllabus. For senior members, however, there was a talk on early Italian Renaissance buildings ; later, there was a talk on Roman Baroque of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
I again offer my thanks to Mr. Helliwell for giving up his time to give us these lectures, and also to the members who have continually supported him.
MEETINGS of the Bible Study Group have been held each Thursday lunchtime of the Summer term, except during the examination period, with an average attendance of ten.
Thought-provoking Bible studies have been selected from the letter of James and three meetings were designed to discover, from various biblical references, the belief of Christians concerning temptation, God and the Bible.
At a special mid-term meeting, Rev. W. Upchurch spoke about his experiences as a missionary in China, illustrating his talk with a map, photographs and native utensils and musical instruments. We hope to invite him again next year to finish his exciting story. Studies on St. Luke's gospel are planned for next term, with several mid-term meetings on a missionary theme.
At Easter, one member attended a very profitable Arts Course for Christian Sixth-formers and two members have also been to a Round Table Conference for leaders of Christian groups in Sheffield schools. It is hoped that greater interest will be shown in such courses in future.
The group thanks J. R. Machin and G. R. Mettam for their active support in recent years and again acknowledges the great assistance of Messrs. Johnston, Hall and Reaney.
G. L. Porter, our retiring Captain and Secretary, has very kindly presented a chess clock to the School. We are most grateful for this gift, as for his successful leadership of the team during the last two seasons. We wish him many future successes in college and university teams.
THE forts at Brough and Templeborough are the nearest Roman sites to Sheffield, and so the Society began the field-work of its investigation of " Romans in the Sheffield area " by organising visits to them.
The visit to Brough took place on May 26th, and the first thing that met our eyes was a raised field covered in grass, bordered on two sides by a hedge, a wall, and various beds of nettles, and occupied by a herd of fearsome cattle. The intrepid members of staff led the way, and base camp was established on a pile of stones in the middle of the field. The party was divided into three : some gazed with awe and wonder at prismatic compasses, trying to find the alignment of the Roman fort from the post-Roman walls and hedges ; some investigated the lie of the land and found the positions of the three ditches and the wall ; while others guarded the base camp from the bovine enemy, which were making repeated charges through the field's main gate.
When a barbarian charge on the fort, under the generalship of Messrs. Cook and Rhodes, had been authentically enacted before us, we fell back to base camp for provisions. Then suddenly a few members of the staff with agoraphobic tendencies declared there was a Roman strong room beneath the very spot whereon we were sitting, and started feverishly tearing at the stones, which were well embedded in the centre of the field. After dislodging a few of them to no purpose (except to establish that someone had been there before us) they sank back exhausted and it was time to leaveby transport kindly provided by parents and staff.
Although it was originally much larger, no visible signs of the Templeborough camp remain at the site itself. Most of what has been found there is in Rotherham museum, and it was there we went after school on July 11th, to see the Roman exhibits and hear their curator, Miss Greene, give a very interesting talk on them and her work in the area. We were shown coins, pottery, trading weights (a unique set), the footprint of a Roman who had trodden in a clay tile before it was dry, and several Roman tombstones. Most interesting of all, however, were " Miss Greene's Romans " : the actual bones of real Romans (or Romano-Britons) which had been deposited in urns after cremation. We then went outside the museum where there is a very interesting garden laid out with little broken walls of the original stones, in reconstruction of the plan of the camp as it was excavated. There we saw a pillar from a granary, some twelve feet high, which is the only Roman pillar in the country standing on its original base (not to mention the original base of another pillar perched upside down on top of it in place of a capital !).
Both these expeditions were worthily recorded by expert photographers and draughtsmen among our members. The model-making section of the Society has also continued its work at regular sessions throughout the term, and the major projects should soon be completed. When this is done we shall have to turn our attention seriously to the problem of housing and displaying our collection of maps, models and records.
The nucleus of exhibits resulting from this year's work will form a worthy memorial to the untiring and erudite guidance and inspiration we we have received from Dr. Jameson, to whom we sadly bid farewell. We hope that he will find the countryside round Walsall well stocked with Roman sites awaiting exploration and ancient ghosts which he can bring to life as successfully as he has always made the great and small of Classical times, with their thought, their humour, and their way of life, a living reality to us.
AFTER the rather ambitious work on the stage, members were able to devote more time to their own projects in the Summer term. One must not forget that a lot of hard work was entailed in making the stage, but the result was truly rewarding. It has been said that the set was one of the most realistic ever seen at K.E.S.
As well as working on Friday evenings, boys were able to come to school on alternate Saturday mornings for three hours whilst constructing the stage. This Saturday morning meeting was given a trial for private work. As this proved extremely popular, it is to be continued.
I would like to thank Messrs. Surguy and Bray for devoting so much of their time, and giving their extremely useful advice whenever it was wanted.
THROUGHOUT last year, the Film Society was largely experimental, but the programme, which has been reviewed in an earlier issue of this magazine, was generally considered to be a success. The sales of programmes last year seemed to confirm this, since membership increased during the year. This trend has made it possible to show three full-length films next term for the same membership fee.
Two of the feature films planned are " The Private Life of Henry VIII," a film not as sensational as its title suggests, but one which should, nevertheless, appeal to members ; and " Way Out West," starring Laurel and Hardy, firm favourites with everyone. A shorter, supporting film has been arranged for all three programmes.
THIS term, the Scientific Film Society, now in its third year, plans to show nine films at three meetings. As usual there is a wide variety of films, ranging from those of a general nature to those which are highly specialised, but we hope, interesting. It is hoped that the meetings this term will attract members from both streams, not only the scientists, since many of the films are on subjects of interest to everyone.
The first meeting consists of two long films, one about the Kariba Dam, and the other entitled " Food or Famine ". The second meeting features " Ship Comes in from Texas ", a film about sulphur shipping, along with two films on allied topics, " High Speed Flight " and " Schlieren Technique ". The last meeting has four shorter films, " Quick Freeze " " Transistors " " Rubber " and " Nothing to eat but Food !
THE formation of the Geography Society has been welcomed by the Fifth and Sixth and has filled a very noticeable gap in the list of School societies.
The first meeting was held just before Easter and an audience of thirty-six students heard P. S. Mattam give a talk on his by now famous local study, " The Burbage Brook ", which was both enjoyable and of great use to those intending similar studies.
The meetings continued regularly once a week, after Easter. The Fifth Form were given the chance of airing their viewsA. B. C. Couldwell in detail on " The Mechanics of Ice Flow in Glaciers" and M. D. Shaw with devastating candour on "Submarine Canyons ". The programme included a short film on " Volcanoes and Igneous Intrusions " which attracted a record attendance of thirty-nine students. For the last meeting we left physical geography to hear a description of Monaco by D. Simmonds.
After Whitsuntide, meetings were suspended because of the pressure of external examinations. The Society will, however, continue next year with, it is hoped, its weekly programmes and a regular attending body of geographers.
Last year, there were two geography tripsone to Flamborough and another round the Derbyshire Limestone districts. Several are planned for this year.
Our thanks must go to Mr. Rhodes who organizes the Society, and is always ready with advice.
MEETINGS in the Summer term have been less numerous than usual because of the examinations. Accordingly, there have been only two meetings, and both of these have had a strongly architectural flavour. The first of the meetings took the form of an illustrated talk on the early history of Lincoln Cathedral. This was given by R. G. Billcliffe, the society's new secretary, and his material was taken from the project which he did with S. R. Vere for last year's history competition.
The other meeting was also based on material used in an earlier competition. This was a talk on " Castles and Manor Houses in Derbyshire ", given by M. R. Edwards, an Old Edwardian now studying architecture at Sheffield University. The meeting was illustrated by the speaker's own drawings and photographs, and he also spoke about his theory of the conservatism of the Derbyshire builders.
Next term we hope to return to a fuller programme of meetings, and we will welcome new support from new historians. Finally, I should like to thank Mr. Anderson, who supervises the society, for his constant attention and interest.
IN the Summer term no meetings were arranged but the society has had two trips.
The first, on Saturday May 25th, was a day trip to several very interesting places in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The outing, supervised by Messrs. Cook and Scobie, was enjoyed greatly by all who went, particularly as the weather was agreeable throughout.
Notable among the places we visited during the day were Blythe, where in addition to a talk by the vicar about the church, we were invited to accompany him up the dark spiral staircases to the top of the church's tower to hoist the flag, and Thoresby Hall, a magnificent mansion built in Victorian times. Other places visited were Roche Abbey, Scrooby church, Gainsborough Old Hall, and Steetly chapel.
A surprise addition to the programme came in the form of a visit to Mr. Helliwell's farm near Gainsborough, where we spent a happy hour consuming cake and orangeade.
On Friday, July 5th, a school holiday, a visit to Chester was held under the supervision of Messrs. Cook, Scobie and Kershaw. In the short space of seven hours, which was our time in the city, were somehow included a tour of the city walls, visits to the Cathedral and the Grosvenor Museum, and in addition to viewing some of the exhibits, we were given a lecture on Roman Chester. Finally the party split into three groups, one going to the zoo, another for a river trip, and the third looking around the town. Extended accounts of both these excursions appear elsewhere in this magazine.
We should like to thank Mr. Cook for arranging the trips and also Messrs. Scobie and Kershaw who accompanied us on them.
THE bright weather of Summer term has provided ample food for the trigger happy members of the Society. This has meant that the darkroom has been in constant use throughout the term. Even the Biology department utilised our amenities and we were the witnesses of some remarkable photomicrography.
Under the guidance of Mr. Hall, Wager has produced excellent results with the photo-copying equipment. We look forward to doing some research in this most useful branch of photography.
We were sorry to lose our secretary, Tomlinson, at the beginning of the term. His place is taken by C. F. Hinsley.
ADVANCED SECTION.This Section, run under the helpful, but watchful eye of Mr. Mace, has not achieved anything spectacular in this past short term. There have been only nine meetings, with several cancellations and falling attendances due to the external examinations.
A great deal of time has been spent on stripping down and sorting a mountain of old television chassisthey completely filled the back of Mr. Mace's Dormobilewhich were acquired by the School.
Constructively, however, well on the way to completion are a device for showing the voltage characteristics of any valve on an oscilloscope, merely at the touch of a switch, and a very high frequency oscillator which is to be used to show the formation of standing waves in Lecher wires.
The " repair men " also seem to have kept up or nearly sotheir reputation for maintaining the staff's equipment.
BEGINNERS' SECTION. The Summer term has been devoted to the building of fully portable three-transistor receivers. These have been compactly built in small plastic boxes, but unfortunately a few need an external aerial to function properly. This set has been rather expensive compared with the previous ones because of the ferrite rod which it contains and because a few boys have added an amplifier and loudspeaker stage.
Next term the boys in this section now will move up into the advanced group and boys from the third and fourth forms will be welcomed to enter the beginners' section.
THE present members of this society follow in the well marked footsteps of their predecessors, meeting on Friday nights to construct apparatus for the benefit of the Physics department, and carrying out experiments too long or complicated for performing during normal school hours. Under construction at present are some duplicate pieces of apparatus for use in the second laboratory. These are a second standard sonometer, giving an absolute standard of frequency through the vibration of a wire carrying alternating current between the poles of a magnet, and an apparatus for determining the speed of sound in gases.
Experiments still in progress are the measuring of the smallest unit of electrical charge, by means of a Millikan's apparatus built by the Society, and an attempt to reproduce Hertz's experiments on wireless waves.
The society provides the school with much apparatus, as well as providing its members with a great deal of enjoyment and experience. Long may it continue to do so !
THE Scripture Searching Group met three times last term. The first meeting was a quiz, in which members had to look up certain Bible quotationsa task which they much enjoyed, and which shows that searching the Scriptures need not be dull.
At the second meeting Ellis gave the group some interesting views on a number of points, vaguely titled " What is God ? " Numerous questions were asked, showing a keen interest by members, an interest which would certainly be felt by others if they came along to one of our meetings.
Perhaps the highlight of the term's meetings was a colour film, with recorded sound. After this informative but entertaining film about missionary work in Laos, Dr. Livasage, of the China Inland Mission, which works in Laos, answered questions on the film.
We are sorry to see last year's third formers leave, as the majority of the members came from this section ; but we hope that a number of the present second and thirds will come to the meetings, details of which may be seen on the notice board outside the staff room.
It is hoped that there will be more quizzes and films, as these seem to be popular with members. A meeting is held at the beginning of each term to decide the forthcoming activities.
No meetings were held in the Summer, and the group in this school has not recently been strongly supported. However, various activities have been arranged for the Autumn Term open to all Schools in the Sheffield area. These are as follows:
September 21st : Day conference at the Y.W.C.A.
October 4th : Inter-School meeting at Westfield School.
November 1st-3rd : Residential conference at Unstone Grange.
November 22nd : Inter-School meeting at K.E.S.
It is to be hoped that many more members of the School, both scientists and arts scholars, will join the Society. A welcome is extended to all from the fourth form upwards.
Our thanks are again due to Mr. V. A. Vout for his constant help, and we wish him every success in his new vocation.
IN a season when the 1st XI has not recorded a single victory, when only one opposing side has been bowled out, when no fewer than eleven matches have been lost and when there have been many more references than usual to things "Not being what they were", one's first inclination is not to write a cricket report at all ! Indeed, a bald statement of results and averages will give a very fair impression of the season, but in the interests of the future some fuller explanation of how this all happened and what can be learned from it seems necessary.
At the start of the season, it was recognised that the side would be weaker than average in batting, but there seemed reasonable hopes that the bowling talent from last season would enable us to hold our own. The poor weather at the start of the season and the unexpected delay in the completion of the improvements to the nets on the Close meant that we were sadly short of practice, and the lamentable showing of the batting in the opening matches was at least partly due to these factors. But no sooner did the batting begin to show more confidence and reliability than the bowling began to deteriorate and for the rest of the season the pattern of matches became clearly markedif we batted first, we would usually compile runs fairly slowly until tea, then with a flourish afterwards, making a declaration calling for our opponents to score something in the region of 9o runs an hour to win, and if they had any forceful players, they had a fairly good chance of success against our weak bowling ; if we fielded first, we could only hope to contain the opposition and the target set for us was likely to be more than we could achieve in the absence of really forceful and attacking batsmen in the side.
The decline in bowling standards is the more difficult to understand as it has mainly affected players who were achieving some regular success in this department last year. Thus, Simpson, who last summer won the bowling prize, has only taken four wickets in the whole season, and this change can only partly be accounted for by his back injury at the start of the year. Linfoot has been much more expensive than he was last season and has been quite unable to find the right arc of flight and the slight variations of pace which earned him many wickets before. Booth has been as erratic and unpredictable as ever, and Hartley, who possesses the best potential as a new ball bowler, has still been troubled by his run-up and has usually bowled too wide of the stumps to allow his outswing to have any appreciable effect. In contrast the two newcomers, Timperley and Crowson, have more to their credit. Timperley has an easy loose-limbed action and a good approach to the wicket but he has a tendency to no-ball and his follow through within the line of the stumps has called for critical comment from a number of umpires during the season ; however, he does look hostile and he is learning that length and direction rather than sheer pace are the vital requirements if success is to be gained in senior cricket. Crowson has been the only bowler to offer genuine variety in the attack, and although his leg-spin was rather experimental, and as soon as his length was lost he was punished severely, he did at least set real problems for even the best opposing batsmen, and with more sustained practice he should do much better next year. Cook, who was tried as an off-spinner on a few occasions, also showed that if his bowling had been taken more seriously earlier in the School, he would have been a more effective aid to the team this year.
By the end of the season, there were some signs that the bowling was improving but the record of the season as a whole is an object lesson of what happens when the classical virtue of accurate length bowling is neglected.
The batting has been completely dominated by Linfoot's achievement in scoring a higher total of runs in one season than any School batsman since the war. This would be an outstanding performance under any circumstances, but when one considers that he has had to shoulder the twin burden of captaining a losing side and knowing that, if he failed with the bat, the whole side might be out cheaply, then the debt which the team owes to him has been very great. After a patchy start to the season, his batting so improved that, towards the end of the season, he was playing with supreme confidence, and only slowness in running between the wickets seemed likely to bring about his downfall. His defence is now extremely sound and compact, he scores well off the back foot and his on-side play has often been a delight to watch in its timing and movement. His century at Ashville College on the first day of the Whit tour was, of course, the highspot of the season, but what has been almost as impressive has been the remarkable consistency in his batting ever since that innings. Only a hesitancy to cut and an inability to raise the rate of scoring quickly enough have prevented him from scoring more heavily, and next season, when he is to captain the side again, he should achieve great things.
The achievements of the other batsmen have been inevitably dwarfed by Linfoot's success. They have all made runs on occasions but only Blake, who after his return to the side showed a sound patient defence and an increasing range of strokes, and Simpson, with a number of useful hard-hitting displays, have shown the same consistency. Cook, Parson and Sallis, who have occupied the opening batting positions during the season, all suffer from technical faults but they have struggled hard to overcome them and have contributed some useful scores ; rarely, however, has there been a good opening stand, which would have enabled a freer range of stroke play to be attempted later. Booth has continued his improvement as a batsman with a number of attractive and quite stylish innings but his old fault of lapsing in concentration has brought about his dismissal when he seemed set for larger scores. Meredith has had a modest season apart from a good innings against the Old Boys ; his determination has never been in doubt but good bowling has usually shown up weaknesses in technique quite quickly. Timperley shows some signs of developing into a punishing left hand bat if he can remember to keep his head down when driving and to use his feet to get to the pitch of the ball. Various combinations of other batsmen have been tried, none with any lasting success, but mention should be made of the innings of 28 by Hodgkin, suddenly promoted from the U.14 XI for the De La Salle match when the batting of the team was at a low ebb. He showed courage and maturity in this match, and although his other appearances with the team were not so successful, his example should be encouraging to other younger players, some of whom may well be needed in the 1st XI next season.
The fielding of the side has been adequate considering the lack of success of the bowlers. The wicket-keeping has been shared by Blake and Lewis, both of whom tend to be good stoppers, especially on the leg-side (where they have had plenty of practice this season !) but neither is very adept at keeping to slow bowling and as a result a number of stumping chances have been neglected. Lewis deserves credit for taking up wicket-keeping at this stage in his school career and he should provide some healthy competition for Blake next year. Most of the ground fielding of the team has been safe with Meredith in the gully, Crowson at cover point and Cook and Wright taking the eye, and the throwing has definitely improved during the season without ever being outstanding. Slowness in anticipation has led to some possible catches being missed or not appreciated as chances, and we are still short of efficient and practised slip fielders. The setting of the field has been a difficult problem for the captain with no bowler able to bowl " tight " for any length of time, and much closer study should be given to this. Each bowler should have a clear image of his field setting and be prepared to make adjustments to suit different batsmen and different situations in a match, and any fielder who realises that he is being wasted in a position in which he is placed as the ball rarely comes to him should point this out to the captain so that any necessary adjustment can be made. These are matters of common sense, but closer observance of them this season would have reduced the rate of scoring by opposing teams.
The morale of the team has remained high despite its many reverses, and part of the reason for this can be traced to the good spirit created by the Whitsuntide tour, which proved a most happy innovation, provided three excellent matches in splendid weather and certainly enhanced the cricketing reputation of the School. It is hoped that this tour will become an annual addition to the regular programme of matches.
There would appear to be two main lessons to be drawn from the experience of this season. First, every opportunity must be taken to obtain practice facilities during the winter months so that the improvement of one season is not completely lost by the time the spring returns. It is significant that the two outstanding sides we met this summerGrantham and Nottinghamboth have indoor nets for use throughout the year. Secondly, success in the other School sides does not, of itself, guarantee similar achievement with the 1st XI since the standard of play at this stage is so much higher and so many Schools devote so much attention to the special needs of their senior sides. We have had frequent experience this season of players failing with the 1st XI, doing well with the and XI but still achieving little on their return to the higher grade.
Despite such a poor season in terms of results for the 1st XI, the general outlook for Cricket in the School is encouraging. There is no lack of support for the game and the captains, secretaries and scorers of the various teams have all helped the Staff to maintain a good standard of organisation. Our fixture list is a very strong one, and long may it remain so, for this is, surely, the best way of ensuring a high standard of play even if in a single season we may sometimes long for rather weaker opponents !
4th May v. King's School, Grantham. School 47 (Seymour 20). Opponents 49 for 1 wicket. Lost by nine wickets.
11th May v. Wintringham G.S., Grimsby. Opponents 80 (Linfoot 3 for 22). School 62 (Cook 30). Lost by 18 runs.
15th May v. Stockport G.S. School 73 (Sallis 20) Opponents 77 for 5 wickets (Linfoot 3 for 21). Lost by five wickets.
18th May v. Chesterfield G.S. Opponents 28 for no wicket. Match abandoned because of rain.
25th May v. Doncaster G.S. Opponents 139 for 5 dec. School 45. Lost by 94 runs.
29th May v. De La Salle College. School 122 for 7 dec. (Linfoot 29 n.o., Hodgkin 28, Booth 20). Opponents 124 for 4 wickets. Lost by six wickets.
5th June v. Ashville College, Harrogate. School 200 for 7 dec. (Linfoot 114 n.o., Parson 24). Opponents 194 for 6 wickets. Match drawn.
6th June v. Dame Allan's School, Newcastle. School 132 for 7 dec. (Parson 53, Linfoot 34). Opponents 88 for 4 wickets. Match drawn.
7th June v. Knaresborough G.S. School 135 for 7 dec. (Linfoot 45) Opponents 136 for 5 wickets. Lost by five wickets.
15th June v. Old Edwardians. School 140 for 7 dec. (Linfoot 54, Sallis 34, Meredith 28 n.o.) Opponents 143 for 4 wickets. Lost by six wickets.
26th June v. High Storrs G.S. Opponents 135 for 5 dec. School did not bat. Match abandoned because of rain.
6th July v. Manchester G.S. Opponents 185 for 8 dec. (Timperley 4 for 39). School 40 for 5 wickets. Match abandoned because of rain.
13th July v. Queen Elizabeth's G.S. Wakefield. Opponents 153 for 3 dec. School 97 (Linfoot 35, Sallis 20). Lost by 56 runs.
20th July v. Bradford G.S.
School 147 for 4 dec. (Linfoot 77 n.o., Simpson 27 n.o. Blake 24). Opponents 149 for 2 wickets. Lost by eight wickets.
22nd July v. The Staff. School 126 for 3 dec. (Linfoot 57 n.o., Booth 27, Simpson 20 n.o.) Staff 127 for 4 wickets. Lost by six wickets.
23rd July v. Nottingham H.S. School 37. Opponents 40 for 3 wickets. Lost by seven wickets.
24th July v. Hymer's College, Hull. School 137 for 3 dec. (Blake 58, Linfoot 34, Booth 21 n.o.) Opponents 62 for 8 wickets (Timperley 4 for 16, Hartley 3 for 39). Match drawn.
26th July v. Sheffield Collegiate. Opponents 141 for 5 dec. (Linfoot 3 for 41). School 124 for 9 wickets (Linfoot 45, Blake 26). Match drawn.
|C. J. H. Linfoot||x6||4||114 n.o.||572||47.6|
|J. L. Simpson ..||6||4||27 n.o.||68||34.0|
|S. J. Blake||9||0||58||135||15.0|
|P. S. Timperley||11||5||17||68||11.3|
|D. A. Booth ..||13||1||27||128||10.6|
|J. S. Parson||12||0||53||104||8.6|
|I. C. Sallis||14||0||34||117||8.4|
|D. B. Cook.||I 1||1||30||84||8.4|
|D. M. Meredith||12||2||28 n.o.||66||6.6|
D. L. Sleigh, J. N. Bird, D. S. Seymour, D. Lewis, R. Crowson, A. J. Hartley, J. D. Inman, S. O. Ridgeway, D. S. Wright and D. M. Hodgkin have also batted.
|A. J. Hartley||69||11||201||13||15.46|
|P. S. Timperley||154||33||415||20||20.75|
|C. J. H. Linfoot||139||20||468||20||23.4|
|D. A. Booth ..||99.2||10||328||8||41.0|
|J. L. Simpson||51.1||6||224||4||56.0|
Also bowled : D. B. Cook, 11-0-49-3. J. D. Inman 13-2-38-1.
D. M. Meredith-5 catches, R. Crowson & I. C. Sallis-4 catches, D. B. Cook, S. J. Blake, D. Lewis & A. J. Hartley -3 catches, D. A. Booth & P. S. Timperley-2 catches, C. J. H. Linfoot, J. S. Parson, D. S. Seymour, D. S. Wright & D. L. Sleigh-1 catch.
ON the whole it has been quite a successful season. At the beginning the team was short of practice and without the services of some of its best players. As a result, of the first four games three were heavy defeats, against King's School, Grantham, Wintringham G.S., and Stockport G.S. The fourth game against Chesterfield G.S. was abandoned because of rain, with the School in a precarious position.
However after Whitsun the advent of new players from the First Eleven and a general improvement in play saw the side go from strength to strength. There has been no " star " batsman in the side, but most members have scored runs on their day. During the first half of the season the bowling relied almost entirely on Hill and Trotter, and the attack lacked real penetration until they were supported by Hartley and Martin. Hill in particular has rendered yeoman service to the bowling, sending down 123 overs, more than twice as many as any other bowler, and taking 27 wickets. The most spectacular figures were those returned by Hartley in the match against High Storrs, when he took seven wickets for only five runs. Fielding has been of a good standard, with Hudson brilliant near the wicket.
Perhaps the most exciting match was that against Nottingham High School, when we were left to score 169 runs to win in 140 minutes. Thanks to brilliant batting by Bird, ably supported by Seymour, Lewis and Hudson, the runs were made with time to spare.
One of the most satisfying aspects of the team's performance has been the high standard of team-spirit maintained at all times. This was no doubt a factor in the success of the latter half of the season.
The team would like to thank three people in particular : Cowling for his faithful scoring and willingness to act as substitute when needed, and Messrs. Knowles and Twyford for the time and trouble they have taken in umpiring and giving advice and encouragement.
Sleigh has proved to be a most able leader and captain. The good team-spirit referred to above is due in no small measure to him. His grim determination at moments of crisis is a quality that many members of School teams would do well to acquire.
RESULTS : Played 11, Won 4, Drawn 2, Lost 4, Tied 1.
v. King's School, Grantham – K.E.S. 84 (Sallis 32), K.S. Grantham 86 for 3 wickets. Lost by 7 wickets
v. Wintringham G.S. – Wintringham 105 (Trotter 6 for 30), K.E.S. 44. Lost by 61 runs
v. Stockport G.S. – K.E.S. 56, Stockport 58 for 4. Lost by 6 wickets
v. Chesterfield G.S. – Chesterfield 124 for 6, K.E.S. 10 for 2. Match abandoned because of rain
v. Doncaster G.S. – Doncaster 80 (Hill 5 for z1), K.E.S. 85 for 7 (Sleigh 20). Won by 3 wickets
v. Old Edwardian 2nd XI – Old Edwardians 120 (Hartley 6 for 54), K.E.S. 120 (Wright 34 n.o.) Match tied
v. Manchester G.S. – K.E.S. 74 (Simpson 32 n.o.), Manchester 75 for 3. Lost by 7 wickets
v. Queen Elizabeth's G.S., Wakefield – Q.E.G.S. 94 (Hill 5 for 22), K.E.S. 95 for 6 (Blake 51 n.o.) Won by 4 wickets
v. High Storrs G.S. – K.E.S. 80 (Seymour 26), High Storrs 20 (Hartley 7 for 5). Won by 60 runs
v. Nottingham High School – Nottingham 168 for 9 dec. (Hill 6 for 4r), K.E.S. 169 for 8 (Bird 65, Lewis 31, Hudson 29). Won by 2 wickets
v. Hymer's College Hull – Hymer's Coll. 80 (Martin 6 for 15), K.E.S. 20 for 8 Match drawn
THE annually recurring problem, accentuated normally by a short season, is that of inadequate technique, particularly in batting. It becomes clear at the beginning of the season that results will depend more often than not on the success of the team's bowlers. This position can be altered only if batsmen are willing to devote time and energy to learning and developing technique, especially of straight bat play. The team was fortunate this year in finding that Beman was able almost immediately to start playing straight and thereby to stay in long enough to find some loose balls to hit, with consequent advantage to his team's score. At his best he gave onlookers the pleasure of seeing the ball being hit crisply, cleanly and really hard. Opposing bowlers, when the ball is driven back hard at their valuable and fragile hands, tend to drop short and so make it easier for the batsman to pull or cut. Fielding came to the team with a developed technique, which, however, was based on a late-bat control of the ball rather than on a free combination of foot and bat to make the ball really go ; his watchfulness resulted in several valuable innings, in which he kept one set of stumps intact while the other set kept varying their position.
In bowling Beman again played his part, trying to to utilise his strength of body and to harness it to fast bowling. His style improved noticeably, and he delivered some very good balls, but on the whole the success of the bowling was due to Hempshall, who bowled fast and, usually, consistently, off a rather trundling run. Hempshall and Beman were not so formidable a pair of openers as Timperley and Hill last year, but they played a prominent part in the two games which were won. Wosskow was usually justified in putting himself on third to bowl, although he can never bring himself to admit that he would be better bowling from 22 than from 24 yards ; he bowled intelligently, and often with good figures. Towards the end of the season Everatt was allowed to bowl his left-arm slows, to good effect. Kippax and Taylor bowled sometimes, and occasionally well. Kippax also opened the batting, and scored 37 against High Storrs.
Wosskow, as captain, was in full control of a good-tempered, lively and usually responsive side, which enjoyed its cricket, even in defeat, and so provided some enjoyment to the masters who observed their performances.
Played, 9 ; Won 2 ; Lost 6 ; Abandoned 1.
King's School, Grantham, 87 (Hempshall, 5 for 31) ; K.E.S. 53.
K.E.S. 42 for 8 (Beman, 15 n.o.) ; match abandoned because of rain.
Doncaster G.S., 74 (Wosskow, 5 for 14 ; Taylor, 3 for 21) ; K.E.S. 23.
K.E.S. 64 (Greatorex 15) ; City G.S. ig (Hempshall 5 for 4; Beman 3 for 8).
K.E.S. 36 (Beman 23 n.o.) ; Manchester G.S. 37 for 7 (Kippax 2 for 4 ; Hempshall 2 for 8 ; Wosskow 2 for 14).
Wakefield 53 (Wosskow 4 for 15 ; Everatt 2 for 3 ; Beman 2 for 10) ; K.E.S. 21.
K.E.S. 100 (Kippax 37 ; Beman 29 ; Fielding 20) ; High Storrs 36 (Beman 4 for 15 ; Wosskow 3 for 10 ; Hempshall 2 for 5).
K.E.S. 96 (Fielding 31 ; Everatt 14; Pringle 12 n.o.) ; Nottingham H.S. 97 for 6.
K.E.S. 22 ; Hymer's 24 for 2.
THE side was the best for five or six years. Only two matches were lost, each by one wicket : one of these was presented to our opponents ; before the other we had had no match for five weeks, and a steady drizzle set in while we were fielding. At the start of the season the batting was rather unreliable, but it steadily improved and, though the team never made as many runs as individual ability suggested it should, at least one of the batsmen almost always came off. Burns's sound techniqueat least against the fast bowlers was the foundation on which the innings was built ; Wright's technique was less sound, but he contributed some useful scores. Though Hodgkin was consistent, he never made the runs one felt he should ; too often he got himself out when well set. At the end of the season Warn and Richardson each contributed one fine innings. Richardson was the chief bowler ; he was consistently hostile, though not always accurate ; when he bowled off-spinners he flighted the ball well. Mottram and Bradbury gave him useful support. Richards bowled his leg-breaks well at the start of the season ; later he lost length std turn. The fielding, especially the catching was abysmal for a side of so many talents. The climax came at Hull where eleven catches were droppedall off Richardson ! Warn, however, kept wicket extremely well and without fuss. Hodgkin's captaincy improved steadily from the occasion at Grimsby when we allowed a much inferior side to add 29 for the last wicket. By the end of the season he was handling his bowlers shrewdly and his authority on the field was evident. Finally, we must record our thanks to a side whose high spirits and good manners made them a pleasure to take.
K.E.S. 97 (Burns 25, Warn 20, Richards 21) ; King's, Grantham 35 (Richardson 8-11).
K.E.S. 81 (Hodgkin 32, Mottram 17 n.o.) ; Wintringham G.S. 82-9 (Richardson 4-30, Hodgkin 4-18).
K.E.S. 69 (Hodgkin 21, Richardson 15) ; v. Chesterfield.
K.E.S. 120-7 dec. (Burns 41, Hodgkin 31, Wright 19 n.o.) ; Doncaster 36 (Mottram 5-7, Richards 3-4).
K.E.S. 73 (Wright 21, Hodgkin 19); Manchester G.S. 74-9 (Richardson 4-17).
K.E.S. 133 Wright 24, Burns 15, Hodgkin 19, Warn 23, Richardson 18) ; Q.E.G.S., Wakefield 34 (Richardson 6-10).
High Storrs 24 (Richardson 5-11, Bradbury 3-1) ; K.E.S. 25-3.
K.E.S. 114 (Burns 18, Hemming 16, Richardson 37) ; Nottingham H.S. 54 (Mottram 3-5).
K.E.S. 89 (Wright 23, Warn 29) ; Hymer's Hull 79 (Richardson 5-36).
THIS year's team has had a successful season, winning six of the eight fixtures and losing only one, as last year, to Manchester Grammar School. Two good scores were recorded. 86 for 7 wickets decl. and 98 in the first and last games respectively, mainly because the toss was usually lost and the opposition chose to bat first only to register a low score. Farrand has invariably opened the innings all season and contributed the highest number of runs. With Milner he formed a steady, if not high scoring, opening partnership. Wilson, Turner, and Woodhouse could be depended upon to make runs consistently, and Scott played a few invaluable innings. The rest of the team rarely scored at all, probably because they lacked match practice in games that were won quite easily.
The strength of the team has been its bowlers, nine being fielded in most games. Consequently some have bowled few overs and others none at all when they could have expected to play a full part in a normal season. Wilson and Scott as opening bowlers accounted for most of the wickets and at times bowled unchanged to win. Woodhouse proved to be a very useful change bowler with his quick and accurate deliveries. Milner's leg-breaks were unplayable on his day. Farrand contributed usefully with his off-breaks, and Turner and Kippax had no small success when called upon.
Behind the stumps Heppell improved with every game, and it is to his credit that only thirteen byes were conceded in eight games. Fielding has generally been keen and dropped catches few, and by the end of the season Wilson, as captain, was setting a judicious field and a good example to the rest of the team. Farrand, as vice-captain, was always ready to offer his advice.
Team spirit was consistently good, and eager support was given and appreciated at many games. Individually and as a team they have some successful seasons to come. The reserves who were tried and changed several times should be encouraged to make a greater effort to retain a regular place in the side.
|Farrand ..||8||2||23 n.0.||73||12.1|
v. De la Salle (A) .. K.E.S. 86-7 decl. (Scott 22, Farrand 19, Turner 19) ; De la Salle 20 (Wilson 6-9).
v. Abbeydale G.S. (H) Abbeydale 25 (Wilson 3-4, Farrand 3-0); K.E.S. 28-4 (Farrand 23 not out).
v. Chesterfield G.S. (A) Chesterfield 53 (Turner 3-5, Kippax 3-9) ; K.E.S. 24-7, abandoned.
v. Doncaster G.S. (H) Doncaster 14 (Wilson 4-5, Scott 5-9) ; K.E.S. 17-2 (Farrand 12 not out).
v. De la Salle (H) .. De la Salle 35 (Scott 3-6), K.E.S. 36-5 (Wilson 15 not out).
v. Manchester G.S. (A) K.E.S. 32, M.G.S. 33-4 (Milner 3-4).
v. Wakefield (H) .. K.E.S. 26, Wakefield 23 (Scott 4-5).
v. Myers Grove (A).. K.E.S. 98 (Turner 33, Woodhouse 18, Wilson 16) ; Myers Grove 29 (Wilson 8-4).
THE Athletic Sports were held later than usual this year, on Saturday, 22nd June, in the hope that the weather would be fine, and indeed, a pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by all, on the grassy slopes of Whiteley Woods. There were not enormous numbers of spectators, but many of the tutorial body attended, cunningly disguised as judges, timekeepers, recorders and the like, though identifiable by their shooting sticks, cameras and (dare one say it ?) pipes. The programme was co-ordinated with the aid of a field telephone network and the directions of the announcer drifted across the field to ensure a smoothly executed afternoon's sport.
|1st||80 yards||Hyatt, J. M.||(CI.)|
|Year||150 yards||Repen, J. G.||(A)|
|High Jump||Daykin, R. S.||(Ch)|
|Long Jump||Repen, J. G.||(A)|
|Cricket Ball||Johnson, A. S.||(Ch)|
|(6 x 80 yards)||2ndChatsworth|
|2nd||100 yards||Fogell, A. P.||(Ch)|
|Year||220 yards||Fogell, A. P.||(Ch)|
|High Jump||Taylor, I.||(L)|
|Long Jump||Fogell. A. P.||(Ch)|
|Cricket Ball||Wilson, G. R.||(Wen)|
|(4 x 100 yards)||2nd Lynwood|
|3rd||100 yards||Pringle, D. N.||(L)||11.1 secs.|
|and||220 yards||Pringle, D. N.||(L)||22.7 secs.|
|4th||440 yards||Pringle, D. N.||(L)|
|Years||880 yards||Hempshall, J. A.||(L)|
|75 yards hurdles||Pringle, D. N.||(L)|
|High Jump||Sanderson, J. M.||(S)|
|Long Jump||Hunt, J. T.||(Wel)|
|5th &||too yards||Batty, 1. H.||(Cl)|
|6th||High Jump||Hall, P. B.||(H)|
|Years:||Long Jump||Batty, I. H.||(Cl)|
|A||Javelin||Timperley, P. S.||(Wen)|
|Weight||Sleigh, D. L.||(Ch)|
|5th &||too yards||Gregory, J. R.||(A)||10.8 secs.|
|6th||High Jump||Cockroft, J. E. M.||(H)||equals|
|Years:||Long Jump||Richards, R. A.||(CI)||record|
|over||Discus||Simpson, J. L.||(Ch)|
|z6||Javelin||Blake, S. J.||(A)|
|Weight||Brearley, C. P.||(Ch)|
|5th &||220 yards||Gregory, J. R.||(A)||22.0 secs.|
|6th||440 yards||Gregory, J. R.||(A)|
|Years:||880 yards||Rees, P. M.||(Cl)|
|open||Mile||Rees, P. M.||(Cl)||4 mins. 47 secs.|
|120 yards hurdles||Gregory, J. R||(A)|
|Junior Champion Athlete:||D. N. Pringle (L)|
|Senior Champion Athlete :||J. R. Gregory (A)|
|House Championship :||1st Arundel (267 points)|
|2nd Chatsworth (231 points)|
|3rd Clumber (207 points)|
Very good times were recorded in almost all track and sprint events, though performances in the field events were not spectacular and there were very few finalists in the 3rd and 4th year discus and under i6 discus, long jump and high jump events. The Senior Champion Athlete, J. R. Gregory, set up a new record in the 220 yards open and equalised the record time in the 100 yards over 16. D. N. Pringle, the Junior Champion Athlete, did exactly the same in the corresponding 3rd and 4th year events. In the open mile, P. M. Rees set up a new record with a magnificent run, almost lapping the last man.
Councillor E. Tindall presented the trophies and remarked that, with a bulldozer, one might conceivably level out Whiteley Woods, thus increasing the performance of longer distance runners. He was speaking in a jocular vein at the time. Councillor Tindall's expression of trust that King Edward VII School would continue to exist as such received hearty applause and anonymous cries of " Hear, hear ", and brought the proceedings to an apt close.
A promising season has just ended. The junior swimmers have swum well and there is a great deal of talent in the Lower School. With only three Seniors, B. Reynolds, R. D. Harrison and S. Housley, we were forced to swim young swimmers in senior events. In the Upper School boys are often without a swimming period and they seem to lose interest in speed swimming. If we could stop this draining away of our good swimmers we would once again have a fine senior team.
This season Manchester G.S. have a wonderful team, and against them we suffered our heaviest defeat. In all other matches we more than held our own.
Seniors, swum 13 schools, won 4, lost 9.
Under 15, swum 13 schools, won 10, lost 3.
Under 13, swum 11 schools, won 9, lost 2
We had four first places in the Sheffield City finals, namely in the Medley Relay, First Year, Second Year and Fourth Year age races.
Congratulations to P. D. Jackson on winning the School Senior Swimming Championship, and to M. Pashley on winning the junior Championship. Three old boys gained half-blues for Oxford this year, W. Abbott, F. Parker and B. Cheetham.
TENNIS is becoming an increasingly popular summer sport in the School, and as a result, more than the usual number of fixtures were arranged. Unfortunately many of these were cancelled because of bad weather and the intervention of examinations.
In those matches that were played the team showed enthusiasm but lacked competitive experience. This was particularly noticeable against the strong Nottingham High School side. More basic practice is required if we are to improve. The majority of this year's team is available for next season so there is room for optimism. Brook and Kington as first pair and Allen and Pilley as second pair played with determination but lacked consistency, especially in the vital points.
Our thanks are due to Mr. Phillips for his coaching and advice, and to Mr. Green for his interest and support.
Certificates for the season were awarded to D. Brook and R. W. Allen. My thanks to Brook for his good work as Captain and to Kington in his role as efficient Secretary.
v. Huddersfield New College (H.) lost 2-7
v. Firth Park (H.) won 5-2*
v. Firth Park (A.) won 7-2
v. Nottingham High School (H.) lost 0-9
v. Hymer's College, Hull (A.) lost 2-7
*two games unfinished.
v. Nottingham High School (A.) lost 0-9
THE Summer term has been a very successful one for Arundel. Although the expected victory in the swimming sports eluded us, our win in the athletic sports was most convincing and up to the time of writing o it cricket achievements have been highly creditable.
In the athletic sports our senior members contributed very heavily towards victory and we rejoiced in the success of J. R. Gregory, who emerged as an impressive performer and a worthy Senior Champion Athlete. It is gratifying to see that we have keen and successful athletes in the first forms. Perhaps the encouraging example of both Seniors and Juniors will stimulate a more energetic contribution from our Middle School members, into whose care our House reputation will pass very soon.
In the swimming sports we were less successful, with third place, but had the satisfaction of defeating Welbeck in the final of the water-polo knock-out, thereby avenging our league defeat at their hands.
Our House Captain, D. M. Meredith, will be returning next year and we are thus assured of effective leadership once more. To those who are leaving we tender our thanks for their loyal service and wish them God-speed ; they will be missed, in particular D. A. Booth, who has played a quiet but important part in almost all House teams throughout his school career.
THIS year has been one of the most successful for some time mainly owing to the efforts of the senior and junior sections of the House. During the Summer term the House was placed third in the swimming sports, second in the athletic sports, and won the Distance Swimming Trophy. The main support in the swimming sports came from the relay team. Our position in the athletic sports was mainly due to the efforts of several individuals in the senior and junior sections of the House.
We have had only a moderate cricket season, although the Seniors did win the knock-out competition and narrowly lost to Welbeck in the play-off of the House league. The Second Year finished third in their league, but the Middle School were completely bowled over to finish bottom of their league.
With a continuance of the enthusiasm already shown and with a little more practice in the various sports the House should do well in future years.
Finally we must say good-bye to Mr. Edwards who is leaving after only a short stay at the School.
THE House's successes during the Summer term have been very varied ranging from a convincing win in the seven-a-side football knock-out final to very disappointing results in the swimming sports.
Clumber's contingent of only four finalists in the swimming sports was the lowest for many years, although the boys who did compete must be commended for their valiant efforts. The water-polo team was a little more successful during the season, winning three of their eight games, but more support is needed if the team is to do well next year.
More credit must be given to the House for its contribution to the athletic sports, in which we were placed third, the most notable of our successes being in the mile, won by P. M. Rees in a new record time.
Cricket has not been our strong point this year although the teams have never lacked enthusiasm, and a few encouraging results have been obtained.
Finally we wish to thank Argent for ably captaining the House for the major part of the year, and also Mr. Birkinshaw and the House tutors for their encouragement and support.
THE athletic sports passed with little glory to Haddon, although there were some excellent individual performances. The poor showing in the standard sports told heavily on those valiant members who reached the finals, and as their number was small, few points were scored. All the relay teams except the second form reached the final, but did not gain honours.
The distance swimming produced a most surprising result, Haddon being placed only seventh as opposed to first or second in more recent years. Thus the good foundations usually made for the swimming sports were absent, and subsequently we were not placed satisfactorily. The water-polo team was defeated by Clumber in the first round of the knock-out competition.
Our cricket has been of varied standard, the success of teams increasing with seniority and perhaps experience. The Junior and Middle School had a most unspectacular season, winning only one match between them. The senior knock-out team won its way to the semi-final by a substantial seven wickets victory over Lynwood, but then lost to Sherwood by an even greater margin. In the senior league we finished runner-up to Chatsworth. Four of the House Seniors played regularly for either the School first or second eleven.
The cross-country championships brought, as usual, a pathetic display in all departments except the Seniors. Obviously most people find it difficult to put enough effort into a mere half-hour each year. Sheer determination alone could have brought vastly improved placings and reflected credit on the House.
Disappointing as the year may have been, it has been pleasing to see several of the House representing the School in various activities and we can be proud of our academic awards. We wish our leavers, especially Seymour, always prominent in soccer and cricket, every success and happiness in their future careers and hope that Haddon may accomplish greater things in the forthcoming school year.
THE last term has been only moderately successful. The success was once again mainly due to individual enterprise rather than to a combined effort. In particular we must mention Pringle of the Middle School who gave an outstanding performance in the School sports. His example should be followed by other members of the House, which is certainly not devoid of potential. It is hoped this will begin to show itself in the coming terms and replace the often apathetic displays of the Upper School in particular.
Once again we thank our House tutors, particularly Mr. Twyford, for their unfailing support in all functions. Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Dr. Jameson who in his comparatively short stay with us has proved to be a great asset. We owe him our thanks and wish him well in the future.
THE Summer term was marked by one outstanding victory in winning the swimming sports, mainly due to the efforts of several younger House members. In the athletics the House only finished sixth, a disappointing performance, the result of the departure of three senior athletes last year.
We had no successes in cricket, the best performance being that of the seniors in the knock-out. This match was hampered by bad weather, and though we were near victory on one occasion, when it was finally played we were not on such good form, and lost to Chatsworth.
Over the year as a whole, it is encouraging to note the efforts and successes of several younger House members, who we feel sure will lead Sherwood to more successes in future years. It is also worth noting that the House finished as runners-up in several events, and with a little more effort we can feel confident of winning these events next year.
The members of the House who achieved academic success are to be congratulated, and we would also like to thank the House tutors and officials for their hard work.
GOOD fortune has continued for Welbeck this term, although not all the results were of the standard we had hoped for. A close second place in the swimming sports was disappointing after we had held first position until almost the last event, and set up a new record in the under- 15 medley relay. The importance of distance swimming points in these sports can not be over-emphasised.
Swimming captain, P. D. Jackson, finished first in three events and is to be congratulated on being chosen as the School Swimming Champion. He was ably assisted by Winter D.C., Barraclough and Williams. These latter, with Wosskow, Hunt and Bradbury also played an important part in the athletic sports, in which Welbeck was placed fifth. An outstanding athletic event was the third and fourth year relay, which the House won.
Both the Middle School and Senior School teams were placed top of their cricket half-leagues and went on to win in the finals against Arundel and Chatsworth respectively. In the senior knock-out, we were beaten in the first round by Sherwood. A complete junior league was played, Welbeck finishing fourth equal with Wentworth.
We extend our best wishes to all who are leaving or have left the House this term and thank the tutors, officers and team captains of Welbeck for their valuable work.
IT would be pleasant to report that, after several years in the background of the School's sporting activities, Wentworth was re-emerging into the limelight. Unfortunately, the House's performances this year do not suggest that this is so.
There have, however, been isolated exceptions. A notable triumph occurred at the close of last term, when our Rugby Sevens team annihilated first Arundel, then Chatsworth and, in the final, Sherwood, scoring 38 points in all and conceding only three. Wilkinson C., won two field events in the athletic sports, whilst Reynolds and Jenkins each gained four placings in swimming sports events.
Yet apart from these pleasing and laudable performances, the keynote has been one of mediocrity. No cricket team has distinguished itself, though the Seniors have developed a promisingly vociferous appeal which augurs well for next season. The House finished in the wrong half of both the athletic and swimming sports in spite of the individual efforts mentioned above and several creditable relay results in the latter.
We extend our best wishes to Mr. Points, who is taking up a new appointment, and thank all the other House tutors, captains and officials during the past School Year ; in particular Mr. Johnston for his unfailing inspiration and support. May the hard work of all these and their successors be better rewarded next year.
* * *
(President S. Credland, Esq.)
NINE won (including the match v. the School), five lost, four drawn, not a bad result considering the weather during this summer, which did not let us enjoy even one " hard fast " wicket, the kind which we like to think suits best our modest talents. Once again we seemed to play better against good opposition, and as usual gave ourselves up, without much of a struggle, to indifferent opponents. Thus we suppose it will ever be. We at least have the consolation of going into every match knowing whatever the result we will not be relegated !
One pleasing feature has again been the performances of the younger players, and in particular of Chris Banner as an opening bat.
THE second team had a fairly good season having won 6, drawn 9 and lost 5 matches.
The season was particularly notable for the closeness of many of the matches, four matches having been won or lost in the last two balls and the School match resulting in a tie with the last ball of the match.
We were pleased to welcome several additions to our playing strength during the season all of whom proved useful acquisitions to the team and in particular David Cook, brother of our Vice-Captain, who had several good innings towards the end of the season.
THE 1st XI (captain Peter Everitt) are again playing in the Premier Division of the South Yorkshire Amateur League and the 2nd XI (captained by Mick Ellis) in the 1st Division of the same League.
Highlights of the Season include the Yorkshire Old Boys' Cup (first round October 12th in Leeds) and the Annual Match v. the School on November 2nd.
As ever the Club would welcome new members, who should contact the Secretary, Jim Illingworth at 75, Barholm Road, Sheffield 10 (Phone 31025). In particular the Club would like to run an Intermediate side (ages 16-18) for boys who have just left School if sufficient support can be found.
THE ASSOCIATION is holding its Annual Dinner-Dance at the Maynard Arms Hotel, Grindleford on Friday, 31st January, 1964 and the Annual Dinner will be held there as usual on Maundy Thursday (March 26th).
APPLICATION forms for membership can be obtained from Mr. J. C. Hemming (the Staff representative on the Committee) or direct from the Secretary at 61, Hallam Grange Road, Sheffield, 10.
THE day dawned cold and wet on the watery melee of punts, punters and delicatessen in the river by Magdalen Bridge. Six struck, an alarm clock sounded in the crowd, choristers sang from the Tower ; we dispersed to warmth, dryness and sleep on May morning.
Soon, however, Oxford was transformed by the summer weather, and gentlemen took to the river, congesting it with sundry craft. Amid the gaiety and fervour of Eights Week, Mr. Gould coxed a Trinity eight, including Messrs. Frank Smith and Sampson, to achieve four bumps, but apart from Messrs. Cheetham and Abbott who swam for the British Universities team, gentlemen bred on the banks of the Don appear to thrive better on terra firma. Mr. Nosowski is to be congratulated on his soccer blue, whilst at one time no fewer than six of the Centaursthe University second teamwere Old Edwardians. Queen's sport also was in the hands of familiar characters ; Mr. Bainbridge captained soccer, Mr. Perry cricket, and several of the other officials were sometime features of Whiteley Woods.
During Hilary Term's epic frost, when the river persistently abandoned the liquid phase, the Seventh Club welcomed Mr. Harrison and the Head Prefect as guests at the Annual Dinner. Entertaining accounts of K.E.S. life and personalities were enthusiastically received by the assembled companyclad in the traditional lounge suits, in spite of Mr. Robinson's campaign for dinner jackets.
Mr. Grimsditch as business manager of " Cherwell ", and Mr. Kenyon who operates the Humanist Group's presses have illustrated the Edwardians' continued affinity for journalism, whilst Mr. Roland Smith has broken new ground by appearing in the Keble " University Challenge " team.
Contrary to a popular misconception, there is also academic activity ; the gentlemen who recently gained firsts deserve our congratulations.