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by brian walling
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow
Replies: 16
Views: 1234

Re: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow

Brian Walling objected to "inconsequential chit chat" about the origins of the first world war by a group of celebrities. As far as I remember they were actually rather well informed about the war. One or more, if I remember, were historians. I thought they were rather informative; they certainly e...
by brian walling
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow
Replies: 16
Views: 1234

Re: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow

I too saw the brief appearance of the CH Band at the Cenotaph on BBC1 via the internet here (on satellite we get only BBC World Service TV, which carried just the main part of the Cenotaph service, so I had to find UK BBC1 on the internet to watch the CH Band). The Band looked impressive (for the fe...
by brian walling
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: William Dunbar poem: "In Honour of the City"
Replies: 0
Views: 393

William Dunbar poem: "In Honour of the City"

Does anyone at CH Horsham in the 1950s remember singing (or hearing sung) a musical setting of William Dunbar's (1465-1520) poem, In Honour of the City? The opening words are, "London, thou art of townes a per se." I ask this because I've just had one of those marvellous 60 year leaps back into dist...
by brian walling
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Death of John Edwards (Horsham Staff 1939-74)
Replies: 24
Views: 2704

Re: Death of John Edwards (Horsham Staff 1939-74)

I should have added to my earlier post that JHE has, in a small way, remained an inspiration to me through my life to do daily exercise. I still do a daily 1km swim before breakfast followed by some of his stretching exercises. By the way, does the School still have the daily (weekdays) 10 minute gy...
by brian walling
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Death of John Edwards (Horsham Staff 1939-74)
Replies: 24
Views: 2704

Re: Death of John Edwards (Horsham Staff 1939-74)

Yes, I remember JH Edwards as a master well. He had many roles and oversaw swimming and gym activities, including coaching house monitors on how to conduct the houses' daily outdoor gym sessions (all of which I remember very clearly). He was a good gym instructor and like to explain that he had done...
by brian walling
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 37
Views: 4917

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Re Gordon Van Praagh .The original poster's April 2017 notes told us: Gordon van Praagh, played double bass in school orchestra, keen Gilbert & Sullivan performer/director. Head of Chemistry & Science at CH. Text book author. Left CH for distinguished career in science education (theory and practice...
by brian walling
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project
Replies: 30
Views: 1608

Re: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project

Dear David One interesting and unique North American OB who could perhaps be considered for mention in the book is James H Bell, Maine A 1957-58 (born 1939, died 2011). He was American, from New Jersey, and came to CH on a special one year English Speaking Union exchange deal. He came straight to CH...
by brian walling
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Memories of Corks - chapel organ 1950s
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Memories of Corks - chapel organ 1950s

Purel by chance, I recently came across a Youtube recording (with good video) of an organ concert that includes one of Corks's favourite organ voluntaries: the impressive last movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony (transcribed for organ). As I recall, he typically played this once a term after eve...
by brian walling
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

Brian, Can't help you find Martin Barker today, but the name rings a distant bell. Would he have been a junior housemaster in Lamb B in the early 50s, when I was there? A young, very pleasant, quietly-spoken man as I recall. I see that you live in Penang, which must be one of the roughest, toughest...
by brian walling
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

You could try the CH Office direct to see if they have any information. Thanks. I have now contacted the CH Office but will not receive a reply until they resume after the Christmas/New Year break. Meanwhile, however, the OB desk (Gina Skillings), who looked into another OB for me, has told me that...
by brian walling
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.
Replies: 23
Views: 1559

Re: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.

I hadn't seen this newsreel clip before, but very glad to see it now! I remember well in 1955 watching the film itself at CH in Big School -- I think before it went on general release, thanks to arrangements kindly made by Barnes Wallis. This was in summer, when we usually didn't have school films d...
by brian walling
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

Martin W Barker, a classics teacher, was my senior housemaster in Maine A from 1956 (when he replaced Colin Tod) until I left in Dec 1960. He joined CH, I believe, in 1954 or 1955 and presumably started then as a junior housemaster in another house. Does anybody have any recent news or information o...
by brian walling
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Scholarships to CH -- and beyond
Replies: 6
Views: 875

Scholarships to CH -- and beyond

What has happened to the various old "scholarships" that existed as means of entry to CH in my time (1950s)? Maybe somebody who visits this forum has an understanding of how these old arrangements have evolved. I got to CH in 1953 at age 11 because I won one of the two places offered that year to th...
by brian walling
Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 6238

Re: RESEARCH

I was at CH 1953-60 and (like David, last post but one) I have absolutely no memory of anything such as divided chapel. This may have been an experiment up to 1952 only. If indeed it continued thereafter, it doesn't seem to have had great impact.
by brian walling
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH featured in London Financial Times newspaper last weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: CH featured in London Financial Times newspaper last weekend

It occurs to me that it might be easier for readers if I posted a copy of the photo in question from the Financial Times. Here it is. (It is copyrighted to Harry Mitchell.)

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