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by Martin
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 33
Views: 1791

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Ronald Crosland was very bright, too (a technical comment in another thread at http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=4376&p=131272&hilit=spiral#p131272 confirms this in my opinion). More about him – he played the cello in school orchestra concerts and also ran the Railway Society housed i...
by Martin
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9182

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

Here’s my take on the boys' religious attitudes of the 50s. About 15% were keenly religious, about 20% equally keenly irreligious and most of the rest (about 70%) would describe themselves as C of E if necessary, but not care very much about such matters. Some of them would be confirmed, but for thi...
by Martin
Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 723

Re: Sharks

The sale of this painting went unannounced. When this was discovered there was criticism in published correspondence, especially that it was done in an apparently underhand manner, since it defied the donor’s wishes. If it did frighten Prep boys then it could so easily have been placed somewhere els...
by Martin
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 116
Views: 13254

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

How good to hear of ‘Uncle’ Kirby in action at CH during WW2. Thanks Beany. But I understood that ‘Uncle’ spent some (I thought all) of WW2 as a fulltime member of the Royal Signals when he mainly tested/evaluated new models of wireless sets as they were delivered by manufacturers, probably in respo...
by Martin
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 7009

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Of course you can find a great deal in the Bible, mainly the New Testament, to derive a very radical set of ideas and ideals and they can certainly make the Labour Party out-Thatcher Thatcher herself. There were quasi-Communist Worker Priests in France for a short while after the Second World War, b...
by Martin
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?
Replies: 6
Views: 754

Re: What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?

A housie coat becoming an OB’s dressing gown – this happened while I was at school. A friend obtained his buttons in mid year. For some inexplicable reason his “best” non-buttons housie coat remained in the house for a long while and clearly was forgotten by the Wardrobe authorities. A well heeled O...
by Martin
Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN

Thanks very much Katharine. I’ll try and visit. Be well. M
by Martin
Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN

This matter is unhappily very topical after the recent head-on collision of two trains on a single track in Bavaria. For the Guildford-Horsham train (the “Guildford slug”), which I used for many years, the single line Guildford-CH track was divided into two approximately equal sections. Also there w...
by Martin
Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sergeant Usher
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: Sergeant Usher

When he retired . on his last day of running the drill there was a huge voluntary attendance . How masochistic was that ? If his training had allowed him I think he might have cried. The huge attendance for “Tush’s” last drill was surely not masochistic. It was affection (at least on my part, for I...
by Martin
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 'Fudging'
Replies: 12
Views: 811

Re: 'Fudging'

Housey, like everything else it seems, has been modernising. For a while (10, 20 30 years, does anyone know exactly how long?) all bands worn have been “fudged.”
by Martin
Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 'Fudging'
Replies: 12
Views: 811

Re: 'Fudging'

I remember the phase “fudging over the sicker” used by juniors. Although I never tried it myself, occasionally others did. For a single ‘fudging’ I don’t remember any serious consequences. I suppose Dr Scott’s philosophy was “rather safe than sorry”. After all during his tenure there was at least on...
by Martin
Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Innovations in Housey dress
Replies: 16
Views: 1675

Re: Innovations in Housey dress

In about 1947 a couple of senior boys from the Reading Bluecoat School stayed for a couple of weeks at CH. They wore their usual school uniform, superficially like Housie clothes, a long blue coat with silver buttons like ours, girdle and bands. Two big differences – they wore corduroy shorts and “f...
by Martin
Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What was done in World War 2 and by whom?
Replies: 29
Views: 1556

Re: What was done in World War 2 and by whom?

Another economy measure during the war, which continued till 1950, was the provision of Housey clothes only for those on the UF and above. Those on lower forms wore a white shirt, a mid-brownish patterned jacket and dark brown corduroy shorts.
by Martin
Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: An early 20th century CH puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Re: An early 20th century CH puzzle

You're quite right of course. Do excuse my faulty arithmetic?
by Martin
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: An early 20th century CH puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Re: An early 20th century CH puzzle

Francis (“Fred”) Haselhust (no “r”) died at CH before retirement, while he was still teaching and senior housemaster of Th A in the early 1950s. If he was then aged 64, say, it seems unlikely he could have been at CH in 1925. Does anyone know when he did join CH? I think he may have arrived during F...