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by Avon
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Ken Grimshaw
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: Ken Grimshaw

I remember you as running one of the most repressive junior boy’s houses regimes even by 1980s standards, such that by the time MaB boys went to MaA and into the arms of Crud they were desperate to be feral. And were. So. Did you know that the Senior Management Team were incompetent and so ran MaB l...
by Avon
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Neil Simms
Replies: 21
Views: 1219

Re: Neil Simms

I also owe an A Level to Neil Simms. A great guy who - by virtue of what he taught - sadly I only encountered in my last few years. Also, like Vikki Askew and APFA, one of the few teachers I find myself still admiring after the passage of many years. I particularly admired his laconic and reasoned c...
by Avon
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Current/Former Staff who were at CH
Replies: 73
Views: 6401

Re: Current/Former Staff who were at CH

"Christ's Hospital I despise and fear more than I despise Eton or fear Winchester. Eton and Winchester merely perpetuate privilege; Christ's Hospital creates it." Not the first time I’ve heard that. It’s rather chilling... Our in-house loony will be along shortly to tell you why you’ve misunderquot...
by Avon
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 148
Views: 16581

Re: Did anyone know?

No. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that there was institutional awareness of these things, such that, on occasion, a blind eye was turned. In at least one case the victim was silenced. It’s not enough to make the assumption that things have changed, that there are fundamentally nicer people...
by Avon
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 607
Views: 64201

Re: Politics

By the way, why is the CH Unofficial website suddenly getting lots of ads for exotic eastern ladies looking for husbands? Do they suspect that the English boarding school turns out loads of repressed, inhibited chaps who would welcome a bit of oriental fun and games? Er, because it is picking up on...
by Avon
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 607
Views: 64201

Re: Politics

J.R. wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:08 pm

I think it's time for a civil war !!
You base, hollow, unthinking, utter, utter cretin. I’ve seen a civil war in the Balkans. You really want one here?
by Avon
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Response from the Head Master
Replies: 34
Views: 2671

Re: Response from the Head Master

robert totterdell wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:14 pm
...Or should the victims just make a formal request to the BSB (Benevolent Society of Blues). For that matter do the victims even know that the BSB exists?
A horrifying prospect that the BSB may have to change its mission to be supporting victims of, er, the school itself. Way to go Horsham..
by Avon
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What is the impact of a CH education?
Replies: 31
Views: 2387

Re: What is the impact of a CH education?

The plain: " A Royal, Religious and Ancient Foundation ". I hate this one. What’s the value in being ancient? It means ancient values, ancient diligence, an arrogance that nothing needs checking, and an inertia to do smart things. How about, ‘Christ’s Hospital: if you survive seven years here, you’...
by Avon
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors
Replies: 28
Views: 1817

Re: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors

The letter is even handed, but staid. My feeling is that there is real nervousness about liability here. If the school ever goes close to admitting that there was organisational incompetence in the period of interest, then this needn’t be just about sexual abuse. There were some awful cases of bully...
by Avon
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Why does Eton make headlines....?
Replies: 18
Views: 1236

Re: Why does Eton make headlines....?

My view, for what it is worth, is that Eton is not singled out per se but stands out because certain of its alumni are, and have been, prominent, not always positively, in the public eye and any jibes are directed at the alumni as much as the School itself. It might be the silly uniform? Oh, wait...
by Avon
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Letter to Head Master
Replies: 62
Views: 3696

Re: Letter to Head Master

I think the time has come to start making things difficult for the school. They may find engagement preferable to the administrative burden of having to juggle complex freedom of information requests, or requests to be forgotten under GDPR. There are plenty of ways of tying an organisation like CH u...
by Avon
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett
Replies: 58
Views: 4513

Re: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett

What it omitted is less likely to be Googled Well, let’s help google along a bit. Elizabeth Cairncross allegedly negligent deputy head of Christ’s Hospital School during mass child abuse scandal of 1980s and 1990s and former head of Wells Cathedral School, now on board of Governors of Salisbury Cat...
by Avon
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett
Replies: 58
Views: 4513

Re: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett

Folks, I am new on the forum but have read some threads with interest having been at CH from 77-82 and specifically in Barnes B where Peter Webb was one of my house tutors and Roger Martin was at the time the Housemaster of Barnes A across the hall. I note on the forum many references to Elizabeth ...
by Avon
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Roger Martin - trial
Replies: 320
Views: 19297

Re: Roger Martin - trial

richardb wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:02 am
What has the conduct of others got to do with JR?
I think this forum has an issue with moderator quality in the round, actually.