The following notes are extracts of School Magazines between 1953 and 1960. They were produced for a reunion of the 1953 entry year which was held in 1993, and therefore are biased towards that particular year group. Despite this bias we do think that the extracts give a good indication of the standard as well as the ethos of the school and we hope that they will therefore prove of general interest to all age groups.


We invite others to submit their own articles for inclusion in this section of the website. Ex pupils may be interested to learn that a complete set of school magazines is (or was) held in Hove Library.


There is one entry that did not appear within any magazine, and for this liberty, apologies, and also for the occasional ‘editorial’ insert (denoted thus).


Geoff Stoner accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the accuracy or otherwise of these jottings.







The Writings of ‘Tags’ - Scout Troop


On a Wide Game


‘This game did not turn out as it should have done, but it was enjoyed by nearly everyone because there was a free fight’.


On Cooking Poached Egg


‘Break the egg into a billy of hot water. When the water has boiled over twice the egg is done’.


Experto crede – and generally they look cleaner, unless dropped in the ashes, than fried eggs cooked at camp.


The Easter Walking Tour (York)


‘…… we therefore walked round the city walls, which had successfully withstood the elements for more than six centuries, but met a stronger foe in us, and then we left the centre to walk to the Youth Hostel which, Mr. Garland assured us, was not far off. But he either uttered an untruth or did not know the way ….’


‘….. most of them went boating on a nearby lake. It was fun …. especially when Mr. Garland became partially situated in the water’.




F. Stone (U.V.A.)


APRIL 1954




Under 5 st. Kennett (Y) b Garbutt (W)


‘I feel sure that we will see more of these two boys in future’


(Garbutt says Kennett bribed him to take a dive with 3 conkers and a well-thumbed copy of ‘Health and Efficiency’ – he’s still waiting!)


5 – 5.5 st. Williams (Y) b Draper (K)


‘This was undoubtedly the best contest of the afternoon …. my only regret

being that there had to be a loser’.




The School Play


‘Murder in the Cathedral’.




The Senior Science Society

The Senior Debating Society

The Spanish Club

The Middle School French Club

The School Scout Troop

The Junior Science Society

The French Circle

The Middle School Debating Society

The U.N.O. Discussion Group

The Music Club :

‘Although we all enjoyed the Sessions programmes, I could not help feeling that a jazz or popular programme might have made a little light relief against a background of ‘ops and fugits’, and if any aspiring popular music disc-jockey is willing to oblige us we would be very grateful’.

G.M. Besser (U V1 Sc)

J.R.J. Richards (U V A)






The Easter Walking Tour (Oxford)


‘….. the next day we were to walk to Stow-on-the-Wold, a distance of 12 miles by road, but after a number of short cuts had been made, based upon Mr. Garland’s interpretation of a rather old map, the route was about 16 miles


G. Hollox (3 A)




The Geography Camp


‘….. Evenings were free for private exploration. As little is known of these activities as of life behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ ‘.


J.M. Hood (5 A)


Recent Cultural Advances


‘…. the Teddy Boy’s dress is a fine symbol of his culture ….. colourful dazzling jackets, those trousers (or are they riding breeches?) tapering gradually towards the ankles, leaving sufficient space between the thick crepe-soled shoes and the trousers to reveal a pair of brilliant yellow or white socks …’

L. Stone (LV1 A)


(do they mean me? – ‘Spots’ Botting)




‘Doing the Housework’. C.L. Buswell (1 X)


(who are you kidding?)


Speech Day 28 Sepember


Guest – Major General D.J. Wilson-Haffenden CBE


Sports Day

Under 12

100 yds. Williams (Y); Morgan (K); Gander (G) Time 14.8 secs.

220 yds. Williams (Y); Morgan (K); Nisbett (K)

High Jump : Brann (W); Smith (K); Nisbett (K) 4’ 3”

Cricket Ball : Fleming (Y); Underwood (K); Smith (K) 165’ 5”.


 Scout Annual Camp


Near Guildford


‘ …. wide game which ended in a glorious free-for-all with Teague bound hand and foot and our flag captured’


Middle School French Club


‘ … pleasure to entertain a team of 10 girls, accompanied by Miss Coombes and Miss Clutterbuck. Questions were of a varied nature and by no means restricted to grammar …’


School Fete


‘… one small customer ate a sausage roll long before the slowly-moving queue had allowed him to pay for his meal, but, conscience-stricken, he settled the account in full … ‘


(obviously not Underwood).


Form Receipts : 1X £15-3s-8d

1Y £11-9s-2d

1Z £50-0s-2d !


Total Profit £271-9s-11d.


Poems ‘IF’


If on the sloping downs you’ve gazed

When the sky is aflame with a sinking glow,

Or on the golden sands you’ve lazed

And watched the sea in effortless flow.


If you’ve risen in the early morn

When sparkling dewdrops like crystals lie

Or passed through a sea of golden corn

On a summer’s day when eve is nigh.


If you’ve heard the lark high above her nest

When her sweet song echoes loud and clear

Then of life’s fine joys you’ll have found the best

In England, our Homeland so dear.


G. Gardner (1Y)








We were fighting on this broad green down

For Scotland and King James’ Crown

When all at once the English charged,

And we were in despair.


We thought of our wives and children at home

Of the deep blue sea topped with foam

Of the yellow fields and dark green trees,

And all our hearts were there.


But we would never see those things again

The fiedls in the sun, snow and rain

We fought back gallantly but in vain,

And little did we care.


And that green down was stained with blood

Of all that fought for Scotland’s crown

Who lay scattered on the ground,

And all was quiet there.


R. Styles (1 Z)




9-9.5 st O’Sullivan (Y) b Breslin (W)


O’Sullivan had no difficulty in beating his opponent for he was by far the better boxer in every way. However, due credit must be given to Breslin for his pluck and enthusiasm. I have heard that the contest was a little unfair, for Breslin had not realised that not only had he to box O’Sullivan, a potential County Champion, but that he had to smash the corner post to pieces as well. The odds were too great!




Article on ‘Bird Watching’


Inscription on a gravestone in a country churchyard :-


‘Here lies Edward Sidebotham

Who died of a severe attack of ornithology

10 August 1928 Aged 17 years’


C.J.S Jones (V1 Arts)





APRIL 1955


The School Play


Richard 111


Teddy Boys Tarantella


Do you remember the creep, Marlene,

Do you remember the creep?

(we remember him well, but we’ll spare his blushes!)

…. …..

Never more, Marlene, never more,

Only the classics that bore,

And television showing next door,

No sound in the walls

Of the Dance Halls, where falls

The beat of the band

And the feet that resound,

No sound but the creaks

And the drip of the drain-pipe that leaks.


A.R. Shirley (1V A)


A Day’s Fishing


………….. …………..

After another hour without a bite

I decided to change my site

But this proved just the same

So I returned home when tea-time came.


D. Blinkhorn (2 A)

(eat your heart out Shelley!)




Goodbye to Mr. Lovatt (to Faversham Grammar School)

Welcome to Mr. D.E. Steele (an Old Boy) and Mr. D.H. Denby (D-E-N-B-Y)

Afternoon 3 October with the ‘Sussex Daily News’ Sports Team:

Messrs. A.E.R. Gilligan and Don Smith (Cricket)

Messrs. Sam Cowan and Jack Mansell (Football)


…. A contribution from last year’s French Assistant, M. Magnani, who, as readers will see, has been bold enough to smile rather ironically at one of the Englishman’s most cherished occupations.



Speech Day


Guest of Honour : Mr.F.R. Dale CBE DSO MC MA


‘…… although a Schoolmaster of experience, I believed almost everything the Head Master said in his report’.




Under 13:

100 yds: Williams (Y), Gander (G), Gunn (K) 13.4 secs.

220 yds: Blinkhorn (G), Nisbet (K), Williams (Y) 32.7 secs.

440 yds: Nisbet (K), Underwood (K), Broadbent (K) 73 secs.

Hurdles: Trigwell (G), Morley (K), Abdy (K) 12.9 secs.

Long Jump: Buswell (Y), Blinkhorn (G), Draper (K) 14’ 9”

High Jump: Blinkhorn (G), Smith (K), Fleming (Y) 4’ 2”

Cricket Ball: Fleming (Y), Hood (G), Smith (K) 170’ 11”


Hostelling in the West Country


Salisbury – Cranbourne – Street – Glastonbury – Wells – Bath – Wookey Hole – Cheddar – Marlborough – Winchester. (17 Boys and Mr. Garland – by bike).


R. Styles (2A)


Stratford 1955


‘…. 9 fresh-faced youths and 2 hoary-headed Masters ( Messrs. Hepburn & Hawkins).


Merry Wives of Windsor, with Anthony Quayle

Twelfth Night, with Sir Laurence Oliver and Vivien Leigh.


Yorkshire Walking Tour : August 1955


Wednesday 31 August – visit was front page news in the Yorkshire Evening Press.

  • Mr. Hepburn, Mr. Pope and Mr. Garland (the ‘native’).

  • The disproving of the rumour that O’Sullivan slept in Edwardian pyjamas

  • Hike over the Yorkshire Moors. This we were assured was to be a journey of 8 miles, but our informant had not mentioned the 8 miles return journey!

  • One or two took an unofficial bus ride back …’

G. Wright (L V1 Sc)



From Here to Eternity


Suggestions for a time vault:

… the whole of the 5th Form and a large proportion of the staff.

… records of the Debating Society, where all talk, few listen, none think.

… a school dinner, kept at its normal temperature in the refrigerator.


C.J.S. Jones ((V1 Arts)



MARCH 1956


Goodbye to Mr. Denton (to Devises G.S.)

Welcome to Mr. Bush





Williams (Y) b Draper (K)


‘A classic bout, both boxed skilfully and cleverly using ringcraft and correct boxing technique …… rules did not permit a draw ……. Williams rightfully given the verdict.


(a repeat of last year)



The School Play


‘The Government Inspector’. Nikolai Gogol



The Senior Debating Society


…..‘a series of impromptu speeches of at least 3 minutes duration, made by each member in turn …… subjects drawn by lot…..’All the World’s a Stage’, ‘Soap’, ‘My First Disappointment’, ‘The Ideal Advertisement’, ‘The Law is an Ass’, ‘Pyrotechnics’, ‘A Liar Should Have a Good Memory’.


…. The house almost unanimously rejected the motion ‘That This House Welcomes Commercial Television’ ….. general feeling was that all television is of a low standard and a threat to our artistic and literary heritage.


(how right they were!)


C.J.S. Jones (V1 Arts)


The Senior Science Society


….. a talk on ‘Relativity’ given by Mr. Tabrett ….. a clear and concise lecture and ended with several interesting speculations ….. Mr. Allen gave a talk on ‘The Physicists’ Atom’.


Mr. Denton on ‘Explosives’ … gave a list of various explosives and their composition.  (WHAT!! Obviously pre Health and Safety )


M. Lewis


The Christian Union


…. The Reverend John Hewitt, Minister of the Southern Cross Mission, gave us a ‘visual yarn’ on the importance of the Gospels. A simple wooden apparatus, swiftly altered to form different symbols, emphasized each point most effectively; this was indeed a meeting that will be remembered …


… Mr. Thomas’ long awaited talk on Dr. Barnado’s which has twice been postponed owing to the weather and also the Boxing Competition…..


C.J.S. Jones (V1 Arts)

The U.N.O. Discussion Group


…… the invariably high attendance, and the sometimes almost incredible knowledge concerning political personalities and international affairs lead us to hope that our lunch-hour assemblies next term will effectively compete with the lure of the sun and the cricket bat.




Scout Troop


….. two of our stalwarts, namely F. Teague and G. Edwards have had to leave the district ….


(quite right!)


Cambridge Letter


... Lionel March … David Tidy (Magdelene). The latter .. having had a pleasant time studying the period of the Mongol invasions. He was lately heard explaining the history of the Julian calendar (Julian apparently was a close friend of Old Moore… ) …. John Brickwood upholds the tradition of a scholar starving in a garret …


Brian Duckworth … reading Theology at Wesley House.


At St. Catherine’s … Chris Knight … and Terry Mitchell … one enters a room, scattered around which are a term’s copies of the Daily Telegraph and David Hewitt …


C.J. Knight



Epistula Oxoniensis


…. It is estimated that more than 80% have completed National Service before coming up ….


… he makes valiant but futile efforts to raise himself from the lethargy to which he has become accustomed ….


Others merely await inspiration, which is not always forthcoming because it cannot be manufactured, as we used to told by a member of the English Department in those halcyon days of the Upper Sixth ….


…. we usually give the afternoons over to sport …


Peter Watson / Keith Parry

Paul Abrahams / David Weitzman


Mr. Disley’s Lecture


….. John Disley, the famous British steeplechaser was to give them a lecture on rock climbing …


J. Alexander (V1 A)


Star Gazing




When I look up at the sky at night,

I always look at the moon,

It does seem such a pleasant sight,

And will men go there soon?


When I look up at the sky at night,

I wonder how long it will be

Before man explores those orbs so bright;

Who knows, it could be me.


D.W. Lauderdale (1 Y)



The Miser


Can’t you see him sitting there,

Greedily counting his piles

Brought from his hoard with gloating care,

His face wreathed with dishonest smiles?


Brought from his hoard, his money saved

Ill gained lucre in gold

Mid wall o’er-shadowed and floors stone paved-

All things shabby and old.


What things has this miser lost,

During his wasted age?

Friendship missed to his cost;

And nature’s heritage


R.D. Hart (1 Y)


(take note, G**n!)


Pons Asinavum


(apologies to Wordsworth)


School has not anything to show more rare;

Dull must he be of wit if he would try

To educate them in his lunacy.

This classroom now doth like a garment wear

The faces of the children in despair;

Bell, Lawrence, Boakes, Gibbon and Martin lie

Open unto the Master’s piercing eye,

All bright and glittering with a frantic air.

Never did boys more beautifully sleep

In their first stupor, breathing sweet and still.

Dear God, the very inkwells seem asleep

And all that mighty form is lying still!


N. Lawrence (2 A)





Goodbye to: ‘Basher’ Bates (to retire)

Mr. Saul (to Technical College)


Welcome to: Mr. Woods and Mr. Ashby


A blue for Athletics to P. Abraham (University College, Oxford)



Speech Day 21 Sepember


Guest – Mr. Ritchie Calder


‘Prepared to be that the first Columbus to the moon has already been born …


‘ …. We have given the youngsters a gadget-ridden world threatened by the ‘H’ Bomb, and they have chosen the drum-beat of the jungle. That is our fault, not theirs. But they have opportunities of doing something in which they can believe, if the press, cinema and schools do not make cynics of them …’




Third Form


1. C. Cohen 2. J.J. McNaught (3A)

1. D.M. Middleton 2. C.J. Stringer (3B)

1. D.L. Francis 2. T.V. Mansbridge (3C)


The Middle School Prizes


D. Blinkhorn (3A) R.B. Delderfield (4C)

D.G. Nisbet (3A) D.D. Welsh (4C)




Junior X1



Batting Blinkhorn 18.3 Bowling Fleming 5.32

Smith 17.0 Smith 7.08

Peet 14.3 Underwood 8.86




Visit to White City for Oxford v Cambridge match


…… P.Abrahams finished second in the mile and broke Chataway’s meeting record ….



House Captains


Gloucester : R.A. Cook C.H. Taylor (Vice)

Kent : P.J. Allan C. Bashford (Vice)

Windsor : M.J.C. Rhodes J.R.J. Richards (Vice)

York : J.B. Griffiths G. Baker (Vice)


Scout Group


Patrol Leaders and Seconds :


Otters : R. Morgan and G. Williams

Wolves : N. Garbutt and P. Cox

Panthers : R. Aslet and D. Allen

Badgers : D. Fenn and A. Phillips


Geography Camp


‘When we went to the Ladybower Dam the rain came down in sheets, which was good for the reservoir but not for us ….’


with Messrs. Land, Playll, Farrand and Lipscombe


R.J. Knight (4C)



The Easter Cycle Tour


Portslade – Horsham – Holmbury – Guildford – Bracknell – Reading – Oxford – Blenheim – Burford – Northleach – Gloucester – Cirencester – Ashton Keynes – Swindon – Marlborough – Andover – Winchester

(with Mr. Garland)


R. Hills (L 1V)



Junior Summer Camp


Minstead, New Forest


Commencing 25 July in a heatwave …. Following day crowned by the arrival of the Headmaster and Mr. Reynolds … tremendous gale – all to marquee – soon, however, a stream was rushing through the marquee and all had to move to the village hall. The Headmaster, unfortunately, had to beat a hasty retreat to mend his garden fences which were suffering from the gale …


C. Bashford (Gen. V1)



A Visit to Germany


‘ … I shall not dwell .. except to convey the impression of inefficiency (did I copy this right? – Ed.) of German railway services when judged on the standard attained by British and French main line traffic … Towards the end of my stay I surprised myself by being able to converse at some length in German with the natives and, perhaps a little more surprisingly, by being understood …’


  1. Watts (V1 A)


Mural Painting


By Mr. A. Harrison, old boy of the school, who put in a year’s teaching practice at the school after art college.


‘ .. would like to leave his mark on one of our walls, this time with official blessing of course …’


‘Main figure represents Humanity … upholding peace and goodness, represented traditionally by a white dove, and at the same time attempting to subdue war and the evil of man, symbolised by an eagle … its talons stretched towards the material works of man and overshadows his endeavours with dark and flapping wings. At the foot of the staircase … people are seen going to work. Some of the workmen have their faces turned upwards and are struggling to rise above their humdrum existence and climb the staircase to a greater awareness of life.


At the top .. new building can be seen in progress, and education, which is one of the means by which man can achieve his ideals is here prominent. Youth is now the keynote.


Their guides, to make it personal to this School, bear the faces of present Masters; but this should not blind you to their significance as representing that section of the community whose job it is to prepare young people for life, and to instil into them ideals and ambitions proper to civilized people. From this lofty platform …. descends a stream of boys going out into life to build and work, taking with them the skills and knowledge which may make our world a better one.


‘ … family group at the head of the stairs. This is a traditional grouping of of man, woman and child held within an ovoid, which signifies the creation which is repeated all around us throughout our lives, and is a reminder of the glory and magnificence of God. Without this note the mural might have been too materialistic and lacking in the reverence due to our creator.




… how grateful the School is to Mr. Harrison for the time and labour so freely given .. working for three months from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. with very few days of rest, and is likely to continue working for several more weeks .. magnitude of his gift .. focal point of interest .. a lasting inspiration to us all.





Two Parodies


Neon! neon! burning bright

In great cities wrapped in night,

What workman’s skilful hand or eye

Did frame thy blinding brilliancy?


From what dull and distant skies

Came the brightness of thine eyes?

In what hand did man desire

Such vividness that dims e’en fire?


And what fingers, with such art,

Did twist thy tubes in every part

To form a world that lights the street

And advertises ‘Jim’s Best Meat,?


What the spanner? What the brain?

From what factory came the main?

What the wires? What the glass?

All melted down and made first class.


When tired workers downed their tools

And rested on their wooden stools

Did they smile their work to see?

Did they who made H Bombs make thee?


Neon! neon! burning bright

In great cities wrapped in night,

What workman’s skilful hand or eye

Has made thy blinding brilliancy?


(After Blake) G. Dunford (1V A)




The weapon stretches as his hand

Pulls harder on the rubber band.

His victims by the window stand.


A master round the corner crawls,

A cane he fetches from his wall,

Then, like a thunderbolt it falls.


R. Bridgehouse (1V A)






Plus ca Change


It happened daily. People went out and gazed up to the dark clouds and shook their heads in despair. Never before had it been like this. Surely the atom bomb and hydrogen bombs were to blame. Looking around their gardens they saw fruit ripening with part of the trees in blossom, and in the parks buds were appearing on the gaunt bare branches. Caravans along the cliffs had been battered and wrecked beyond recognition. The sea was an angry grey and the waves pounded high upon the beaches. What was the cause of these phenomena? – the summer weather of 1956.


K. Sullens (2A)


The Geo-Physical Year


In the year 1957 some of the world’s major nations have agreed to discover and exchange as much information about the earth as possible ….. Britain also has an extensive rocket programme and is organising an expedition to Antarctica.


The North Polar region is to be explored by the Russians as part of their programme. Although little is known about the country’s intentions, it is not likely that they will allow America to beat them in achievement; so their rocket and space programmes are probably very extensive, and likely to include at least as much as either the U.S.A or British efforts.


J. MacNaught (1V A)


The Old Boys’ Association


What happened?


I appear to have slipped up! After a preliminary visit to the School during the Easter term I never managed to make a second visit before the school leavers had – to put it blankly – left. However, it is hoped still to follow them up, and if these notes fall into some of the leavers’ hands would they write to me please. We do want them!




APRIL 1957


Goodbye to Mr. Steele


New classrooms – Sixth Form upstairs, Upper Fourth downstairs – settle in Monday 4 March.


… garage erected on back field as a home for the School lorry. This was constructed by Mr. Lipscombe assisted by several other members of staff.


… congratulations to P. Abrahams (University College) on winning the mile in the Oxford University sports last month in the new record time of 4 mins. 8.6 secs.


School Captain : P.J. Allan

Vice Captain : R.A.J. Cook





…. Dupree Tournament – K. Dodd won first prize in the Junior section – the first time a member of our school has done so.



House Captains


Gloucester : R.A.J. Cook C.H.L. Taylor (Vice)

Kent : P.J. Allan C. Bashford (Vice)

Windsor : A.W. Betteridge C. Casemore (Vice)

York : G. Baker D.J. Pierce (Vice)


The School Play


An Enemy of the People - Ibsen


… memorable crowd scene .. a highly vociferous mob from the back of the hall an electrifying stratagem, but the ugly velocity of its exit proved little short of alarming …


… a first former (in the audience) was heard to exclaim ‘Coo Mum, it would be smashing to be in that crowd and shout ‘Siddown and shurrup to the Scripture Master’.




 The Music Club


….. we enjoyed music from Shostakovitch to Lonnie Donegan


E. Kaan (U V A)





…. deserted German pill-boxes stare with blind eyes at fifteenth century towers and fortresses.


… the lure of cheap cigarettes and liqueurs drives many hopeful people to take a holiday with false-bottomed suitcases …


D. Hyams (U IV)




…… this train was painted green, and dazzling sunlight was reflected from its chromium window frames and door handles. The outside air was chill, but inside the carriage was warm and comfortable with wooden slatted seats which were shiny and polished. We moved from the station. I dozed peacefully (just like school really!)


C. Cohen (U 1V)



Roadways (after Masefield)


One road leads to Swansea,

One road leads to York.

My road leads me homeward,

To a plate of beef or pork.


Some roads lead men onward,

Some roads lead men nigh.

My road leads me homeward,

To a steak and kidney pie.


Some roads lead men Seaward,

To join the merry shipping.

My road leads me homeward,

To a plate of bread and dripping


E.D. Bourne (1X)




The Cockerel


I am a vain and spiteful thing,

My comb is large and red and blood.

I like to think that I am king,

And strut around the farmyard mud.


In battle I am always winner,

For I am always in the right.

I am the rich man’s choice for dinner,

Tho’ naked I’m a sorry sight.


Although my life’s not very long,

And men are not confined in pens.

I’m happier, for I’m big and strong,

And claim obedience from my hens.


D.C. Mead (2C)








… that each individual has a responsibility to the community he lives and works in. We may all of us dream .. of rejecting rules and deriding authority; but we most of us continue to live in a community and, anyway, realize that an alternative is impractical … When the School has a success, each member should in part share the pleasure and satisfaction; when it has a failure, each member is in part to blame … By being here you have accepted a responsibility ..




 Masters v Boys Cricket Match


… and then Mr. R.H. strode purposefully to the wicket with the air of a man about to impose his imperious will upon the match (whose proud colours were those on his jaunty cap and matching sweater?). He carefully studied the field placings and then took guard before attending to a little ‘gardening’ down the pitch. Six hundred boys of various sizes held six hundred breaths as Betteridge began his run-up, and then that communal pent-up breath exploded in one universal yell of joy and derision as the stumps were comprehensively shattered a milli-second after the batsman’s classic cover drive, even as he looked confidently towards the boundary. In the otherwise clear blue sky a lone black cloud hovered over R.H. as he made his long trip back to the far pavilion, and six hundred cheers died in six hundred throats, and six hundred ecstatic grins were replaced by six hundred studied looks of concern, lest a thunderous glance should chance upon them. For these six hundred lacked the fibre of their forebears who had galloped into the valley of death one hundred years before. ‘Bad luck sir’ chirruped one brave small boy. ….




N.B This account is inexplicably missing from the records.


It is understood that subsequently Betteridge somewhat struggled with R.I.



The School, 1936 – 1957


… opened 16 September 1936 … 103 boys, 7 staff under Mr. Norden. Of the original staff Messrs. Barker, Brown, Reynolds and Tabrett are still with us.


… it was decided to name the Houses after the three Royal Dukes - Gloucester, Kent and York and the remaining House was named Windsor after the Royal Family name. By an amazing coincidence, within a few weeks .. a fourth Royal Duke was created and named Windsor, although this can hardly be claimed to be a case of cause and effect.


… the spectre of war … we began digging our own trenches (behind the tennis courts) …


… the staff were recalled to assist with the billeting of hundreds of mothers and children from London, with the school used as a reception centre.


… two Girls’ Schools to share the building with us …


… young staff, which resulted in a larger number than usual being called up … only four of the regular masters remained. By now we had our shelters – concrete pipes half buried in the back field …. often spent the whole day inside these shelters …



In March 1941 we were ourselves evacuated. The School was closed, and we were directed to Todmorden, on the borders of Yorkshire and Lancashire … only sixty five boys actually went … many of these were soon back … although the School remained closed for some weeks, the Authorities were forced to re-open. We abandoned going into the shelters at every air raid alarm, and instituted our own system of ‘spotters’ ..


… land mine exploded in Nevill Road … another near Bishop Hannington church, which fortunately did not explode … witnessed the bringing down of one of our own ‘Mosquitoes’ by our own gunfire … during one sports day saw two of our aircraft collide. Several of our Old Boys were killed in the war … BANKS, BURT, HORSFALL, STEELE and WINTON …


Mr. Norden … left us in July 1945 to teach at Lancing College …. he was a truly GREAT HEADMASTER. …


In September 1948, Mr. Hopkins, our first Chairman of the Governors, resigned on the grounds of ill health … in January 1951 he died at his home in Hove … succeeded by Captain Wales (and then) Alderman Benson …


… our regular Church Services in the Bishop Hannington Church are unusual in a state grammar school … every encouragement to the idea of service and consideration for others …


… it will be for the present and future members of the School to improve on the good work of their predecessors.




Some Memories


… in 1936 I wished to appear as old and as wise as possible. Generally, so far as the boys were concerned, I was quite successful in this. In 1957 I wish to appear as young as possible; I never succeed …


…. I received annually £259 0s 0d gross for my efforts, and felt like a millionaire. Today, I receive a great deal more and feel like a pauper …


R.H.H. (1936 – 1949)


… the naughty boy I tried to hurl bodily out of a lesson, but whose new worsted trousers caught on a nail and – ‘pour eparter les bougeois’ – were ripped right down the leg (all I could do was get out my cheque book) … and the time a coach-load of girls arrived … and the whole of the class I was teaching stood up like one man and rushed to the windows (toujours la politesse) …


J.C.R. (1938 – 1954)



…. Mike Green, Schoolboy Heavyweight Champion of Great Britain, Ginger Loarridge, Rosen – one of the best School Captains ever. Jim Parks and ‘Basher Bates … Mr. Hawkins and – I believe – Mr. Tabrett singing a duet? … teaching our first French Assistant to play cricket … Mr. Tabrett’s skilful centres from the right wing, the devastating pace of Mr. Griffiths’ inswingers … House Boxing Championships, Mr. Thompson unable to sit through it all, and Mr. Clarke … quietly assuring the Headmaster that blood-letting did no-one any harm …


… I suddenly recall the quiet reverence of the monthly services in the Parish Church … the peace of a serene Saturday afternoon in June on the cricket ground, the calm of those days before jets, comprehensive schools and teddy boys were invented.


I remember with pride what a grand morale, tone and spirit we had then, and I know you must still have them. ‘Nisi Spiritu Dei Nihil’.


J.L.C. (1947 – 1950)


… the pathetic cricket was sometime greeted with groans, laughter and rollings on the ground … I have one particular memory – umpiring at square leg, splendid in white, I was already loaded with discarded caps, sweaters, real county style, when the next batsman arrived …. to add another cap to my collection, to apologise again, and to place yet another offering in my extended hand. It was a long, lively snake.


Recovering my balance, and my poise – a relatively snake-less past had ill prepared me for this occasion – I pocketed the symbol of all evil. The batsman was taking guard, carefully memorising the field. Achieving an interested smile, I maintained our wonted standard of Hovian calm.


The batsman met the first ball with a beautiful forward defensive stroke, but a little to the off, so that his left toe corrected smartly the natural error of the ball, deflecting it exactly into his wicket. Departing, he called in again at square leg, thanked me again, recovered his snake and made his final exit, score and shirt impeccable both.


An incident without incident. We had met, we three, the boy, the snake, and myself, upon a social occasion. We had made our contribution to civilization and parted with mutual esteem. The match, and British cricket in general, and the national production figures seemed equally unmoved. And yet I was moved to think ‘This is really a nice School, you know’ …


A.L. (1949 – 1951)



21ST Commemoration Service


…. the windmill … Dr. Bell said that this was built in 1724 to serve a Court Farm going back to medieval times …



The Anniversary Dinner – 1957


Saturday 28 September 1957 in the School Hall.



The Old Boys’ Gift



.... clock-face incorporated in the wrought iron balcony above the main entrance.




The Old Boys’ Association


…. The old ‘A’ detention, consisting of a run via Holmes Avenue, Nevill Avenue and Nevill Road ….


On my first day at the School – sixteen years’ ago now – I remember a talk our form Master gave us, a certain gentleman named Mr. Barker ….. a boy on leaving had told him that the School to him had been just like home …


P.G.O. Taylor



School Notes


Goodbye to : Mr. Lipscombe (to Croydon)


Welcome to : Mr. Bennett (an old boy)

Mr. Dunning (an old boy)

Mr. Hilton


Speech Day


Guest : Group Captain Douglas Bader


…. a boy should learn at school ‘to be a man, to behave like a decent fellow…. You never get something for nothing … you must put something into life … make certain you can always look yourself in the face ….’





Prizewinners Fourth Form


Upper 4A : 1 C. Cohen 2 A.S.W. Gaze

Lower 4A : 1 A.J. Spiller 2 G.K. Gardner

Lower 4B : 1 J.H. Draper 2 D.L. Francis

Lower 4C : 1 A. Gargett 2 J.D. Sparkes


The Mrs. F. Wall French Prize : C. Cohen


Geography Camp Prize : K. Leslie


Middle School Prizes : K.A. Jones, B.P. Mustoe


The Geography Camp


…. The four Masters who guided the camp were Mr. Land, Mr. Hitchman, Mr. Playll and Mr. Pope, who managed the cooking. Thanks are due to these for their work, and I am sure that all the boys enjoyed themselves, despite the weather and the essays they had to write afterwards.


J. McNaught (U 1V)


A Trip to Spain


…. Then Mr. Martin commenced the first of many explanations to the first of many ticket collectors … we travelled to Paris in a clean modern train (woe to British Railways!) … the older boys sampled the local vino tinto and Mr. Bush hunted for lizards and geological specimens ….. all to soon the week in this sleepy Spanish Village (Lloret de Mar!) was over … and a bull fight which those who attended with Mr. Bush agreed, although cruel in some respects, was a magnificent performance …


D.L. Francis (Lower V)




APRIL 1958


Congratulations to Casemore on being selected to play during the Easter holidays for the English Grammar Schools’ X1 in the international match against the Scottish Schools’ Team.




The School Play


Julius Caesar


… was superb (although the armour was so realistic that credible suicide proved desperately difficult).


… Buswell’s Cassius calls for special congratulations … a remarkable interpretation of a convulsive neurotic. (he was acting??)


… Heine, as Antony, won the day … his monologue over the corpse of Caesar, which was perhaps the most intensely dramatic scene of the whole tragedy …


… Now that we have proved what a tremendous difference … is effected by the importation of the fair sex, the return of those dreadful female impersonations by willing but self-conscious young men could only be a retrograde step …


‘This was a Caesar. When comes such another?’




The Senior Science Society


… the demonstrators, G.K. Gardner (Chem) and R. Kennett (Elec) finally obtained small quantities of the chemical … I. Sharp presented a tape recording entitled ‘This is Hi-Fi.’ … B. Solly successfully explained interferometry and demonstrated the photography of the arrangement of atoms on a crystal of calcite by the use of X Rays ….


G.K. Gardner










Farming Machinery


… A cow as a milk machine, a pig as a bacon machine, a chicken as an egg machine and a sheep as a textile machine … the cow does everything with such calculated deliberation, that without doubt she is a machine of nature … self propelling and self operated.


… the wool machine carries the cognomen of ‘sheep’. The animal is both singular and plural at the same time and has a coiffure each spring .. whereas man’s machines may rust and crumble, nature renews her machine supply …


C. Cohen (U V Sc)




… whether it is a rugged, square, purposeful clock that beats its menacing way through the night, or a dainty, fretted, shiny little clock that leers with its tick and flutters in its precision it carries under its veneer of service the feeling of its supreme quality – absolute and unquestioned domination of man.


… how many times have you thrust aside the temptation to have a drink .. on the grounds that it is the wrong time of day …? (never!).


… Break free, serfs! Buy a sundial! Remember in dull weather they don’t work.


C.L. Buswell (L V)


After Milton



When I consider how my money’s spent,

Ere half the week, in these expensive times,

And that one desire which is death to hide,

Lodged in me unquenched, though more bent

To get more delicious sweets, and to pay

My own account, lest he, returning, chide, -

‘Do dads exact day labour, sweets denied?’

I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent

That murmur, soon replies ‘Dads often do

Either our work or their own; who best

Bear their mild yoke, they serve them best;

Their House is yours, if you at their bidding

Speed and hurry to the shops without rest.

They do not serve, who only stand and grouse.


G. Martin (2 A)






Goodbye to : Mr. Bush (to Worthing Tech.)

Mr. France (Chester Grammar)

Mr. Hepburn ((Tillgate, Crawley)

Mr. Martin (Lancing Secondary)


Welcome to : Mr. Bristow


Mr. Fletcher (an Old Boy)

Mr. Holley

Mr. Ross

Mr. Short

Mr. Vernizeau


We are very grateful to Mrs. M.L. Lynn who has presented the School with a cup to mark the departure of Rodney, her fifth (and last!) son to pass through the School.


… Welcome to our neighbours who have this term moved into the new Nevill Secondary Modern School.




Prize Giving


Guest : General Sir Lashmer Whistler GCB KBE DSO.




Prize Winners (Fifth Form)


U V Arts : 1. K.J. Dodd 2. D.D. Hyams

U V Sc : 1. A.S.W. Gaze 2. C. Cohen

Middle V ; 1. K.A. Jones 2. P.J. Cook

Lower V : 1. D.H. Hitchin 2. D.L. Francis


The F.L. Norden History Prize : K.C. Leslie (Middle V)


The J.C. Romer Essay Prize : C.A. Mills (U V Arts)


The Art Prize : C.L. Buswell (Lower V)


Woodwork Prize : J.D. Sparkes (Lower V)







School Tennis


Won 2 Lost 4


Players : Foster, Smart, Blinkhorn, Harrow, Pierce, Fry, Sayers, Gardner.



House Captains


Gloucester : C.F. Foster E.J. Kaan (Vice)

Kent : P.W. Smith M.S. Wrenn (Vice)

Windsor : E. Lannigan D. Daniels (Vice)

York : F. Sheppard A.R. Heine (Vice)





Goodbye to : Mr. Woods (Thomas Bennett, Crawley)

Mr. Hughes (Leeds Sec. Technical)

Mr. Campbell (Thirsk Grammar)


Welcome to : Mr. Corbett (English)

Mr. Grant (P.E.)

Mr. Reynolds (French)

Mr. Ligny (French Asst.)


School Captain : R.N. Delderfield


Vice Captain : P.J.A. Cook



Speech Day 30 September


Guest : Rev. L.H. Waddy MA (H.M. of Tonbridge School)



Prizes Lower Sixth


Arts : K.J. Dodd, D.D. Hyams, A.W. Mitchell


Science : C. Cohen, A.S.W. Gaze, G.W. Gooday, D.M. Middleton,

R.J. Tidey


Tech. : B.M. Evans


 The New Labs.


Senior Chemistry Lab., Balance Room and Preparation Room (1st Floor)


Senior Physics Lab., Optical Room and Preparation Room (Grd. Floor)


…. Thanks to the County Architect for allowing Mr. Allen and

Mr. Whone-Brown an entirely free hand ….



The School Concert


… recent revival of the School Orchestra by Mr. Reynolds and the formation of the School Choir by Mr. Holley …


Perhaps the greatest innovation was the first appearance of Mr. Playll’s team of Morris Dancers. Since the formation of this group many people have sharpened their wit on the subject of Morris Men … the group was playing an important part in preserving an ancient tradition.


D.H. Hitchin (U V1 T)


Cricket 1st X1


Tidey – Heine – Hazlegrove – Miles – Blinkhorn – Fleming – Smith – Bennett – Delderfield – Peet – Phillips


House Captains


Gloucester : J.H. Peet D.H. Blinkhorn (Vice)

Kent : K.J. Dodd R. Tidey (Vice)

Windsor : P.J. Cook A.W. Gaze (Vice)

York : R.H. Sayers K.A. Jones (Vice)



Sixth Form Club


… to foster interest in current affairs among sixth formers of local schools … fortunate in having Sir Hugh Casson, the famous architect, for the first conference held at Varndean School for Girls.


… second conference .. Professor Rotblat, Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge.


… our Sister School annually holds dancing classes, for which we are grateful to Miss Brown, the Headmistress, and to Miss Burroughs who so patiently instructs

E.J. Kaan (U V1 Arts) : C. Cohen (U V1 Sc)



Juniper Hall


A field centre set amidst the North Downs, Surrey.


Visits in September and May to study geology, fauna and flora (5 boys from HCGS amongst 50 girls?)


K. Leslie (U V1 Arts) : G. Gooday (U V1 Sc)


Geography Camp


Thirty six boys and four Masters to Somerset ‘…. Thanks to Messrs. Land, Hitchman and Playll, and to the chief cook, Mr. Pope ..’


D. Randell (V Arts)


Junior Summer Camp


Fifty one boys, three Prefects and Messrs. Hitchman, Bennett, Bristow and Pope to the Isle of Purbeck.



Reflections before Breaking-up



‘ … a few weeks more and England will become a memory, an opinion, an impression …


… I had met English people before I came to England: tall, fair, enigmatic folk, wearing eccentric garments ….


…. They told me they used to drink tea at home … I did not see much of their tea-drinking. On the contrary, they had a strange ‘penchant’ towards the local dry white wine … steamer bound for Newhaven – for a few hours I ceased to be myself … swinging desperately backwards and forwards …


I remember a moustache-wearing, pipe-smoking Englishman who must have pitied me very much, because he kept saying, as he brandished his bottle of brandy, ‘Have a drink, it will do you good’. After which he would have a long sip himself to set an example …


… the English friendliness and ever-readiness to help strangers and to make them feel comfortable … Alas! How true was what I had heard about the food in this Country … double-decked buses. The French are obviously prejudiced against these buses and they often say ‘that they keep their balance and do not overturn because God has modified the laws of gravity for the English!’


R. Vernizeau





Eight Ways to Kill an Association


  1. Do not come to the meetings


  1. If you come, come late


  1. If the weather does not suit you, do not think of coming.


  1. If you do attend a meeting, always find fault with the work of the officers and other members.


  1. Never accept office, as it is easier to criticise than to do.


  1. Nevertheless, get sore if you are not elected to a committee. But if you are, do not attend the meetings.


  1. If you are asked by the Chairman to give you opinion on some matter, tell him you have nothing to say. After the meeting tell everyone how things ought to be run.


  1. Do nothing more than is absolutely necessary, but when others roll up their sleeves and willingly and unselfishly use their abilities to help matters along, howl that the Association is being run by a clique.



Looking Back


A full list of Servicemen was kept and details of all events were posted to them … On one occasion I received an invitation to a dance at Staffords. I was in India and so was Hugo Standing – at that time a pilot. Unfortunately, we did not manage the trip home as he was posted elsewhere a couple of days before a ride could be organized …


… I have seen Joe Allen, as School Representative, dash into our committee meeting with only minutes to spare and with a bright new suggestion keep the lads arguing half the night proving his point …


… In the past three or four years, I have met a number of Old Boys who .. have apathetically allowed their subscription to lapse. All have had the same cry – ‘Why don’t we have a large get-together sometime?’


‘Pep’ Smith







Nisi Spiritu Dei Nihil


…. Tabby’s maths lessons … I well remember one day when he was teaching in the next classroom, hearing a few threats, shouts and bangs. A visit to the room later showed that the wall blackboard was not up to the strength of his fist. It had parted company with the wall and was lying on the floor in a shattered heap …


Eric G. Witherden