Favourite Housey hymns

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Post by Kim2s70-77 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:54 pm

Eternal Father, strong to save
Whose arm doth bind the restless wave........

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Post by Jo » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:06 am

englishangel wrote:All things Bright and Beautiful (until I got to about 14 and got the giggles at "purple-headed mountain"!)
Miss Riddiford was given to having her hair blue rinsed from time to time, which earned her the nickname of the purple headed mountain.
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Post by CHAZ » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:34 am

Thanks for that rich explanation, Jo, as some of us "more warped" boys on the Forum were thinking about other things!!
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Post by Jo » Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:10 am

I don't think Mary and her pals were giggling about Miss Riddiford though :lol: :lol:
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Post by CHAZ » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:16 pm

How refreshing!

Like the new avatar Jo
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Post by Mid A 15 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:27 pm

CHAZ wrote:How refreshing!

Like the new avatar Jo
Agreed.

Much nicer than the other lady :wink:
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Post by englishangel » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:25 pm

I think I have said before I cannot remember Miss Riddiford at all. I can't even remember WHO I did have for French O Level
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Post by midget » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:50 pm

When did Miss Martin leave? She taught French and was still going strong when I left in1952. She had a very attractive deep voice and quite a sense of humour. I remember one occasion when someone writing an essay on a day in the country waxed all lyrical about the labourers returning to their homes with their rakes over their shoulders, but chose the wrong word from the dictionary. Miss M nearly choked with laughter when she read out "debauches sur les epaules"
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Re: Favourite Housey hymns

Post by kerrensimmonds » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:10 pm

We had Miss Dolley for French (she saw me through to A level). Sometime afterwards she left, married, became Mrs. Radley. In due time her daughter Miriam became a pupil at the school and Mrs. Radley herself went back to teach French again, under Miss Morrison. I am glad to say that Sybil Radley is still going strong, and is a great support to Betty Jukes.
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Post by Fjgrogan » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:28 pm

It is good to hear that Mrs Radley is still going strong - I remember her well although she never actually taught me. I had Miss Ashworth, who moved on from teaching into nursing, and then Miss Patricia Davies. She had a habit of being unable to explain why something couldn't be phrased in a particular way, but 'the French would never say it that way' - not ideal as a teaching method, but oddly enough it did seem to work for me - years later I could often tell instinctively if something was wrong. It was quite interesting many years later during my degree course when I took a module on Descriptive Linguistics of French, to discover why some things were said the way they were! (And I do mean many years later - I graduated finally at the age of 48). The other thing I remember about Miss Davies was that she always matched her ear-rings to her outfit, even if the ear-rings were often just brightly coloured plastic.

We seem to have strayed rather drastically from the topic of hymns - ah well, c'est la vie!
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Post by Jo » Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:57 pm

Mid A 15 wrote:
CHAZ wrote:How refreshing!

Like the new avatar Jo
Agreed.

Much nicer than the other lady :wink:
Thanks Chaz, and thanks Andy - I think :lol:
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Re: Favourite Housey hymns

Post by Great Plum » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:52 pm

Dragging this back on topic...

my 5 Housey hymns...

Foundation hymn - with brass naturally - only really sounds right with the CH organ...
The leaving hymn - sob!
How Shall I sing that Majesty - majestic words, towering tune and an awesome descant - always makes me teary eyed... there is even a 'Coe Fen appreciation society on Facebook. (Coe Fen being the name of the tune!)
The Day Thou Gavest... we did this at Beating Retreat on my deps with the band accompanied by the chapel organ - awesome!
Although, not a hymn as such... CS Lang's Hail Gladdening Light...
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Re: Favourite Housey hymns

Post by chaosriddenyears » Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:35 pm

That was always an awesome moment at Beating the Retreat at Housey. I was only quite small and my brothers were there. The light took on the pearliness of early evening and a stillness fell over the quad as the majestic sound of the organ floated across on the breeze - "The day thou gavest Lord is ended". Nobody moved, there was only the fluttering of the flags. Then - if I remember rightly - the band struck up again playing "Sussex by the Sea" and marched away until the sound became distant and blurred.

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Re: Favourite Housey hymns

Post by jhopgood » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:26 am

Great Plum wrote:Dragging this back on topic...


The Day Thou Gavest... we did this at Beating Retreat on my deps with the band accompanied by the chapel organ - awesome!
I thought that was standard. We did it every year that I played in Beating the Retreat (61 - 66)
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Re: Favourite Housey hymns

Post by J.R. » Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:34 pm

Quite correct John.

The memories have come flooding back and sent tingles up and down my spine.

I still have a 'thing' about the Retreat being in the afternoon at the end of the summer term.

It's just not the same.
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