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23rd of April 2015 06:27 PM by Webmaster
Hello Phil - we normally scan them to jpeg files - most long photos take at least three scans - our scanner has a platen cover that can be released from its hinge so the photos can be fed through manually . Alternatively we can do the job if you wish - you would have to send them to us and give a return address.
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22nd of April 2015 04:05 PM by Phil Howard
I have the school photos from 1971 and 1974. They are still tightly rolled up and show some signs of age and can share them with the site if someone lets me know the best way of doing it.
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21st of April 2015 05:44 PM by John Pike
Sorry,no. I will ask if I see anyone.
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20th of April 2015 10:05 PM by Webmaster
Hello John (Pike) - do you know of anyone with a copy of any school photos from your era ?
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20th of April 2015 07:25 PM by David Hitchin
My message 1202.

"It was about 1965 (give or take a few years) etc "...

Sorry, it must have been about 1955. It's difficult to realise how long ago it all was.
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20th of April 2015 05:30 PM by Bill Brock
Re-1198, wonderful photo of Bill Thomas and Nobby Clark: this cannot be a Trip in 1946 since Thomas was not appointed to teach maths until September 1947. This suggests photo may be from Easter or Summer 1948.
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20th of April 2015 04:57 PM by David Gregory
Re John Pike's last post. Did anyone ever achieve the feat of appearing in a school photo at both ends?
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19th of April 2015 06:17 PM by Webmaster
Internet connection now re-established.
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16th of April 2015 08:59 PM by John Pike
Re webmaster post 1199 yes school photos definitely taken in my era 1975......the usual high jinks of trying to get in at both ends!
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15th of April 2015 10:19 PM by Mike Stephens
ref the post by Ian Gates - yes Ian it is me ! - thank you for responding - indeed we were both 'train boys' - do you remember we had our own train home - the 16.09 from Aldrington Halt which didn't go into Brighton but used the Cliftonville Spur - as far as I know that train only served our school and maybe one or two others - incredible by today's standards

you mention Bill Lawrence - yes he was special - he made an impact on me - got me reading proper books - one day he asked the class what they'd done at the w/e - I think one lad David Compton (?) said he'd watched films all w/e - Bill exploded and said we should all read something worthwhile like Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham, John Wyndham et al - so I did - one of the best things I did - I'm very glad I did - several of the masters made impacts - I'll never forget Dave Bennett one day teaching us the principles of calculus - it was great - a complex idea made simple
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14th of April 2015 05:39 PM by David Hitchin
It was about 1965 (give or take a few years) that the school magazine published a parody of the Ancient Mariner, something like:
It was an ancient barrow boy
Who stoppeth one in three.
By thy glittering eye and kipper tie,
Now wherefore stoppeth me.

Perhaps someone has a copy of the authentic parody, as well as the one about
Neon, neon, burning bright
In the forest of the night
Jim's best meat.
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14th of April 2015 09:29 AM by Ron Riches
I'm intrigued by the photo of messrs Thomas and Clark on a 1946 school trip. What trip?? They must have sneaked off without telling me. I can only remember one trip during 1944/49, a boring excursion to the Houses of Parliament which I believe were still under repair following bomb damage and I'm sure that Nobby C wouldn't have been allowed to enter in his Desert Rat shorts.

I recall a number of school photos, including a 1948 edition hanging in the corridor but I expect that they suffered a similar fate to the school motto and were ditched when the dear old school was, dare I say, down-graded.

It looks as if you might be getting a reprieve Webmaster!! Amen to that!!
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13th of April 2015 04:41 PM by Ian Gates
Could that recent post be from the same Mike Stephens who lived in Hassocks and was a fellow train boy, I wonder? He and I used to travel together to those swimming lessons at the King Alfred which were also referred to recently, and which were a real hassle to get to for yours truly- bus or bike to Hassocks, train to Brighton, then bus down to the KA. And in any event, for however long I attended (felt like more than two years), I never once managed to let go of the side of the pool, which occasioned much derision from my classmates but never seemed to bother the staff. I still can't swim, and I guess it's too late now! While I'm on, I'd like to endorse the positive comments about Bill Lawrence; as I think I said a while ago on this site, he could be ill-tempered at times, and didn't suffer fools gladly, but truly was an inspirational teacher who cared passionately about his subject and passed that passion on to his pupils. Maybe that's why he wanted he Ancient Mariner to be recited correctly!
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13th of April 2015 10:23 AM by WEBMASTER
The recent addition of the 1950 School Photo prompts us to send out a request for the missing years . We are not sure which years were actually taken but they seem to be generally at two year intervals. We could be missing 1936 ,1948, 1961,1963 and years beyond 1971. The actual years could be different and there may be other gaps of course . Perhaps someone could let us know if School Photos were taken after 1971.
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12th of April 2015 10:37 PM by WEBMASTER
Added to the Gallery and School Photos :
A PHOTO OF MR THOMAS & MR CLARKE (School trip 1946)
All provided by John Steer.
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7th of April 2015 12:51 PM by Peter Ballantine
I agree with Brian that they were happy days. Strangely enough I did not get on with bill Lawrence - I had him for a year and he forever ruined the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by making us go back to the beginning if anybody made a mistake in reading it aloud. It seemed to go for ever! Brain Short I was very fond of - partly because he was a good teacher and partly because he ran the youth group at Bishop Hannington Church . In later years I met a guy who was taught by him in Liverpool. I believe he ended up as a Head somewhere in Kent. And Willy Pope was always a great character!
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6th of April 2015 09:43 AM by brian smith
I was at HCGS from 1957 the 21st anniversary year when we had a service in Bishop Hannington Church. I want to remember Bill Lawrence my English teacher who lightened up my life with his lessons. I seemed to appreciate his humour more than most. I thought he was a great man. He always gave me good marks for my essays whilst Willie Pope was much more critical but then he had to ride to work on a rather ancient push bike.Bouncer Greatwood was the head who treated me with decency after I'd been sent after swearing in a history lesson with a Mr Short or was it Mr Reynolds who saw me out of school with a girlfriend in the last few weeks before GCE exams.Happy days really and a good school.
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3rd of April 2015 05:04 PM by Mike Stephens
dear all - I was at Hove Grammar between 1960 and 67 and have good memories of the place - a member of Kent House - playing cricket one sublime afternoon when Bob Greed took 8 wickets for 1 run and Gren Miller's deliveries fairly fizzed down the wicket - ah ! what days !

Mike Stephens
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2nd of April 2015 10:59 AM by peter ballantine
Thinking of sporting activities I recall our weekly swimming classes in our first year and part of our second year. We had to be at the King Alfred by 8.45 . Led by Baldy Farrand we were often back late for the second period (dependent on the vagaries of the bus service) much to the irritation of the master in charge of the second period.
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1st of April 2015 09:34 PM by David Lawrence
I haven't looked at this site for some time, so a comment or two for David Morris about posting 1179.
I would confirm that the photo is indeed of Form 4b and was taken at the end of the school year in 1954 and not the French Class.
Thank you for correcting Alan Buckfield's name., plus the omission of Geoff Withnell - I will contact the editor to see whether he can change the details.
However, I'm afraid that Alan Stenning is not in the photo - he was in a different form.
Thanks for the reminder about the javelin throw. I only entered as nobody else volunteered and it was the first ( and only) time I was in this event!
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18th of March 2015 10:18 PM by Paul Wilson
I attended HGSB for a couple of years for the 4th and 5th years from Nov 1966 to July 68.
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16th of March 2015 05:05 PM by Geoff Stoner
Hello John Pike. Well I certainly played cricket, very often in Mid-Sussex, but only in friendlies in a non-league side.
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16th of March 2015 11:44 AM by peter ballantine
In my time I recall there were 4 football pitches but only 3 cricket ones which meant that once a month you were in the nets and went home at 3.45 rather than 4.30.
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14th of March 2015 11:17 PM by John pike
Hello Geoff Stoner, ( anything to do with mid Sussex cricket?) when I supported my brother in the 70s, the first eleven pitch was the bottom east to west and the seconds played on the top east to west. There were two much smaller north to souths where the under 12s 13s etc played. Ten years on when I had followed in my brothers footsteps nothing had changed. I have happy memories of house matches ( super Gloucester) on the smaller north south pitches, but also leading the first eleven to county championships on the bottom east west pitch. Get in!!

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14th of March 2015 07:31 PM by Mick Wright
Pretty sure that looking south from front door, there was an east/west one top left, another e/w bottom right and a north/south top right. However, I know that they changed them from time to time because I also recall a north/south one top left; I took a penalty facing north to the tennis courts and turned my ankle!
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14th of March 2015 01:08 PM by Geoff Stoner
I am trying to recall the configuration of the football pitches on the front field. I think 2 ran east-west on which the House 1st X1s played, but I seem to remember there was only 1 north-south pitch for the 2nd X1s. If so what happened in the case of the remaining 2 teams? Or were there 2 north-south pitches?
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12th of March 2015 06:49 AM by Brian Perrin
Hi, my name is Brian Perrin and I was student at the school from 1947 to 1952 when I left and joined the Royal Navy. In 1966 I migrated to Australia and now live in Toowoomba Queensland with my wife. Looking forward to catching up with old class mates.
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9th of March 2015 08:45 PM by David Morris
Search for Brian Perrin

If this should be the Brian Perrin living in Australia then one of our contributors, John Tester, might be able to help.
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8th of March 2015 06:54 PM by michael robbie
I am trying to trace a cousin Brian Perrin who attended Hove County Grammar School during the period 1948-1954 while I was attending Brighton, Hove & Sussex Grammar School. If anyone knows how I can get in touch with him please email me at www.melmjar@aol.com

Thank you,

Michael Robbie
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2nd of March 2015 02:37 PM by David Morris
Mr Romer's French Class 1953/1954

With reference to post 1181 I need to add a clarification.

At the end of the second paragraph add "apart from Beaumont who is Alan Stenning - see post 1179"
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2nd of March 2015 08:56 AM by peter ballantine
My talk of the delicious Jancis seems to have shut everyone up. I also remember a trip to Stratford to see some Shakespeare (did i go twice? Just not sure here) and of course the famous trip to the Soviet union in the summer of 1964. Went with Malcolm Krohne who later came back as a chemistry teacher and we are lifelong friends.
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21st of February 2015 10:00 PM by David Morris
Mr Romer's French Class of 1953/1954

I believe I have solved the missing name in the photo, I have come across the same photo on a Friend's Reunited schools site. The first lad standing on the left is Waldron but the second is Alan Buckfield ( not Bennett ). The third is C G Withnell - otherwise the names match.

Tony Buckfield reported on this post that his cousin Alan died in a car crash in 1958 with Alan Newman passing away two or so years later again in a road accident

Tony was in the same class as me so if he reads this I send my regards. I seem to remember you as "Billy".
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18th of February 2015 10:02 AM by Peter Ballantine
Thinking of Geography camps. i haveput out a few photos in the Gallery of our camp at Wookey Hole in the Mendips in 1962. I had not enjoyed a scour camp a few years earlier but really enjoyed this. Thanks to Bert Bucket (Playell) Ned (Land) and Willy Pope (the cook!). In the 6th form a few of us went to Juniper Hall for a senior Geography camp not run by the school but one of the national organisations.Met a student from a school in Bedford (Jancis) and we later turned up at the same Geography department at King's London! she was rather nice!
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17th of February 2015 10:19 AM by David Morris
I wonder whether anyone can help me with gallery photograph 110 which I understand was provided by David Lawrence who is in the photograph. This, I think, is the photo for the 1953/1954 French class as Mr Romer left in July 1954 prior to taking up a post at Watford Technical College.

The lad sitting on the grass far right is Alan Stenning who with David Williams came from another class having done well at French in year 1. I have spoken with Alan who confirms that he was a member of the French class.

There is no name for the first lad on the back row. Despite my name I was in 1Z for 4 months and I came up with the name Worley but with little conviction - after all it is almost 60 years since I left school.

I am not the David Morris in the photograph. I was in the C stream. This caused some confusion at a parent's evening when my parents received a report that was not to their liking!

I believe I last met David Lawrence on the 5 June 1958 when you threw the javelin 108 ft and 11ins to win that event at the Hove and Porslade Youth Organisations Sports Day. I, too, had some success that day.
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16th of February 2015 11:24 AM by Geoff Stoner
What has happened to our regular commentator David Langley? It must be about 2 months since he last posted.
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15th of February 2015 08:39 PM by Geoffrey Christopher
Re Post No 1164, David Robertson, I have not logged in for over a month, but am now catching up. You responded to my Post No 1048 about Geography Camps, and I guess that we camped on the same site (Dunscar Farm) as you, although I have no recollection of that detail. We didn't visit a cement works, although I've seen a few, and they all look the same. You mentioned that nobody in your class seemed to have a camera. The one that my brother and I used was a Brownie Box camera, the most simple camera imaginable, and at the time we were using it, it must have been 20 to 30 years old. How times have changed since then!

Geoff Christopher.
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11th of February 2015 10:45 PM by Bill Green
Memories come flooding back prompted by David Gregory's post about the severe winters. Cold linoleum floor coverings in the unheated bedrooms and scratching frost off the inside of our windows and a single anthracite-burning boiler the sole source of heat for the whole house, although it produced great porridge overnight. Central heating unheard of, yet how well and healthily we managed to survive and enjoy those early years.
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8th of February 2015 09:44 AM by Ron Riches
David G. Possibly the misery of the 1947 winter was aggravated by the fact that it came in what was arguably the bleakest period of the decade. The euphoria at the end of the war quickly faded when the period of abject austerity clicked in and shortages of all commodities led to even tighter rationing.

I certainly did have an interview with Mr Norden before starting at the school and my understanding was that there were two grades of pass in the scholarship. Kids in the first grade were interviewed and the remainder had to attend the school for an oral examination. By some almighty fluke, I was among the former but my interview turned out to be pretty daunting. My older brother, who had attended seven years earlier had been a model pupil excelling at all things academic and Mr Norden spent most of the interview singing my brother's praises leaving me in no doubt as to what was expected of me. Perhaps it was as well that Mr N left before he could have realised how far short I fell of his expectations.
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8th of February 2015 08:58 AM by Peter Ballantine
From the very young Peter Ballantine (a mere 68 and about to retire!) - talking to a friend of mine we agreed that the day at the school interview we also had a maths exam in the morning (so 11+ in three parts) but I have no memory of being interviewed by Bouncer but certainly by Bert.
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5th of February 2015 12:34 PM by David Gregory
Ron. A little research shows that the winters of 47 and 63 were two of the coldest on record. February 47 was apparently the coldest on record and from Jan 22 to March 17 snow fell every day somewhere in Britain. Apparently 63 will be remembered more for its coldness that its snowfall. I would settle for an honourable draw. One thing I do remember is that our two bedroomed council house had only one source of heat which was a cast iron coal burning fire and cooker in the living room which was allowed to go out at night. When the coalman made deliveries on his horse drawn cart it was my job to sit at the window and count that he delivered the correct number of sacks.
It was a pleasure to be at school, particularly if you were fortunate enough to sit near one of those large piping hot radiators. On a previous posting I have noticed that the young Peter Ballantine was interviewed, with others, prior to joining HCGSB, by no less than the Headmaster. Ron did you have an interview? I didn't. Was anybody ever turned down after an interview?.
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5th of February 2015 09:01 AM by Ron Riches
The winter of 1963!! Good grief, it was almost sub-tropical compared with 1947. How say you David Gregory? Rationing was far more severe than it had been during the war, including coal. A foot or so of snow fell in February and it stayed until April, it didn't so much thaw as it slowly dried away and where it was undisturbed it turned grey as it became dirty. A snowball fight was organised one day and I shivered all the way home, sitting on the train in soaking wet clothes.
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4th of February 2015 06:49 PM by Gary Gardner
A belated happy new year to all who started in 1953.
Its good to stay in touch even if its not often. Although Im officially retired as I would imagine many of my year would be I dont seem to have much time as Ive a number of projects I am working on with hopefully keep my mind and body active. According to a test I recently did on FaceBook Im only 22 which pleased me no end. Like most people of my age I get tired, but I find a few minutes dozing in the chair helps to recharge the batteries. Im living just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire which is a beautiful part of the Country, and do get down to Sussex to see family from time to time.
I hope all is well with you all who remember me and also those who dont!
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3rd of February 2015 09:39 AM by Peter Ballantine
Seeing the snow lying here today reminds me of the winter of 1963 when the football pitches were out of action for weeks.
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30th of January 2015 10:18 AM by Webmaster
The easiest job I ever had to do Ron.
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30th of January 2015 09:42 AM by Ron Riches
I'll let you make up your own mind Webmaster.

When the masters who had been called upon to defend our realm returned to the school after the war, there was among them a fellow who shall remain anonymous but who I always thought made far more use of sarcasm than befitted his position, a trait that led to the following incident in 1948 when I was in the fourth form.

During a class with this master, I asked what I considered to be a question relevant to the subject under discussion the reply to which was "That's just the sort of stupid question that I would expect you to ask!" The red mist descended and I replied "I'll take that to mean that you don't know Sir". whereupon Mr X turned scarlet and almost bellowed. " You will leave the class boy and take two B detentions!"

Leaving the class did not represent a problem but as I wandered the corridors I decided that two B detentions was a bit extreme and at lunch time I went to the staff room to confront my tormentor and to lodge an appeal. I put my case to him politely and he suggested that he would cancel one of the detentions and that I would apologise to him in front of the class. This represented to me an humiliation that I could not accept so I politely declined the offer and awaited a further outburst.

It was then that a quite odd thing occurred. Tabby and Cyril Baxter turned into the corridor leading to the staff room whereupon Mr X, for a reason known only to himself, turned on his heel and disappeared into the haze of cigarette smoke emanating from the interior of the room. Bemused, I headed for cover and as I passed Tabby, he enquired. "Trouble Riches?" Not without some trepidation, I replied "Nothing that I can't handle Sir". I was sure that Tabby gave a little chuckle and he probably later laughed out loud when we met again as the two B detentions had taken me over the limit and he was able to do what he was famed for.
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25th of January 2015 05:55 PM by David Hitchin
I too remember my interview. Greatwood and another were there. They asked, "How did you know when to come in?" I explained that the sign outside the door (remember it?) lit up, saying "ENTER". They asked how it worked. I replied that the electricity came from the power station, but needed a transformer to reduce it to the right voltage. They told me that it was powered by a battery. I can't remember whether I suggested installing a transformer to save the cost and trouble of replacing batteries.
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25th of January 2015 01:20 PM by Bob Kennett
Me too Peter - I remember it was in Greatwood's office (1953) and he was certainly there. During the interview he remarked that I had dragon flies depicted on my tie - they were in fact ice hockey players so I piped up to that effect - often thought that little incident was instrumental in my getting a place at the school !
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25th of January 2015 12:37 PM by Peter Ballantine
I can remember going up to the school for interviews after the 11+. I am pretty certain that Bert (Playell) interviewed me but have no other recollection of the day which must have been in the late spring of 1958
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24th of January 2015 06:26 PM by David Robertson
I was at HCGS(B) from 1947 to 1952. I can add some detail to Post 1048 re Derbyshire Geography camps. As a fourth former I attended one in 1951 It was held at Dunscar Farm Castleton. I recall that we camped by a stream named the Odin Sitch. I recollect that this was our source of drinking, cooking and washing water. I remember all the visits listed except the flour mill. We did, however, visit the cement works in Hope - a nearby village. Tabby was frequently about in his shorts and slippers. I don't think any of us possessed a camera then - so he went unrecorded by our lot.
Now re Post 1093. In the summer of 1947, those of us who passed the 11 plus test from Portland Road Junior School had to attend HCGS for a day. We all had two lectures in the morning, one before and one after a mid-morning break on subjects we were unlikely to know anything about. These were Geology (artesian wells and the London clay basin) and Astronomy (Orion and other star formations). After each lecture we had had to write a page or two on what we had learned. There were others in those lectures that I didn't recognise. I guess they were from other schools, so my further longshot guess is that every one who had passed the 11 plus that year for HCGS had to do the same thing? In the afternoon, we were all shepherded into one of the quadrangles at the side of the main hall. Then we were called in one by one for an interview. I think we were being called alphabetically as there weren't many of us left in the quad. by the time I was called. It seemed a long wait then! Tabby was one of the two interviewers. Incidentally, the teacher who gave the geology and astronomy lectures was Mr. Laundon. He also took us to the King Alfred small baths for swimming during our first year. I mention this because in the School Staff section of this site, there are no details of subjects that he taught. I have a very hazy, 65 plus years ago idea that he could have been an assistant to Basher Bates?