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by Richard
Fri May 15, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The CCF Signals Section
Replies: 14
Views: 468

Re: The CCF Signals Section

Kirby (Signals) Camp was not entirely free, since the only luxury that Uncle ever permitted himself was decent coffee. According to him the Royal Signals would only pay for tea, not coffee for the Camp. Hence a voluntary payment of a couple of shillings was required for those who wanted coffee. Almo...
by Richard
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH Closed. COVID19
Replies: 35
Views: 2499

Re: CH Closed. COVID19

My experience in 1942 was untypical, but my answer to Pe.A’s question, How big were the classrooms in your primary school? is, “Close to 50,” for I presume you mean class sizes, not classroom dimensions. (Then state schools were called “Elementary,” “Central” and “Grammar.”) The untypical circumstan...
by Richard
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Absenteeism
Replies: 52
Views: 7115

Re: Absenteeism

There was another suicide about half century before Sejintenej’s time. I think it was a Lamb A boy and it took place publicly. I know nothing more (eg if the principal cause was beating, bullying or another stress). However I am pretty sure there is something written about this event elsewhere in th...
by Richard
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: History in the fifties?
Replies: 18
Views: 2259

Re: History in the fifties?

Although Gad Malins clearly was an excellent teacher, he was also imaginative and did more than instruct the subject he was paid to teach. I remember in his GE history class we devoted a few periods to learning how to control a meeting and then demonstrating this knowledge. We were divided into grou...
by Richard
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: When did masters become teachers?
Replies: 9
Views: 1278

Re: When did masters become teachers?

The snobbism directed towards Manual School Instructors (they were not called Masters or Teachers in the 50s and earlier) came from Masters too. None of these Instructors were members of the Masters’ Common Room until Mr E Ingledew, in the mid-fifties, became the first Manual School educator to be s...
by Richard
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 8313

Re: Vikki Askew

Going back a bit further (to the first half of the 1950s) the music situation at CH Horsham was similar to the above description. There were occasional classical music concerts from the school orchestra, conducted by ‘Pip’ Dore (organist) and after his departure by ‘Corks.’ At concerts, in contrast ...
by Richard
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 5258

Re: Attitudes to sports

I knew only the JH Edwards regime for PT and I still remember (more or less) the single session he gave at the start of the year for monitors to learn his principles of PT, when devising exercises for the daily 10 minute outdoor, weekday (Wed excepted) morning PT sessions. It was: 1. Start with a mo...
by Richard
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Letter to the Head Master
Replies: 182
Views: 18527

Re: Letter to the Head Master

As for the different explanations for the immediate cause for Buck’s departure, I can add the following comments. I was not in Col B I knew both the monitor whom I mentioned and also another member of Col B, a personal and close friend of Buck’s, with a totally ‘normal’ relationship. The latter was ...
by Richard
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Letter to the Head Master
Replies: 182
Views: 18527

Re: Letter to the Head Master

There are two important differences between abusers’ departures from CH described in this thread and that of AH Buck. (1) As soon as possible after Buck’s last improper approach to a boy in a dormitory a monitor reported the event to the HM (Seaman). (2) Within a few hours Buck left CH. Whether he w...
by Richard
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Death on a roller
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Death on a roller

I’ve just seen a poster for a newish film called “On Chesil Beach”. (I probably won’t see it because I didn’t think much of Ian McEwan’s novel on which it is based.) The poster shows a young couple fooling around, with one pulling a roller and the other standing on top of it. That recalled a story f...
by Richard
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project
Replies: 30
Views: 3117

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

If this proposed book is to be complete for diaspora OBs (note the post by Taplin on 9 Jan), then Australian OB contributions should be outlined. They made vast contributions to the country’s development and so were honoured (e.g. portraits on stamps/banknotes). This suggestion would add to the hist...
by Richard
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 131
Views: 29536

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

I haven’t seen any these “very public open air urinals” here, but I admit I haven’t been looking for them, so I’ll ask a local. I wonder if they have vanished as did the elegant Parisian “Pissoirs” some years ago. But at least there seem to be no unisex toilets in The Hague.
by Richard
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 131
Views: 29536

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

I’m in The Hague for a short while and visited the Peace Palace or Palais de la Paix . (It and its history are interesting, but there are no CH connections of which I am aware. So I have invented one.) There used to be a large group of boys’ toilets (10 toilets?) in the Art School parking place, sur...
by Richard
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 5671

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

The correctness of Dr Scuffil’s mother’s “Clean Dirt Theory” and his own practice of allowing his children to play in non-hygienically clean environments are confirmed by medical publications with titles such as: The environment shapes the immune system. How dirt protects against allergies (https://...
by Richard
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 37
Views: 8121

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

The best known teachers of the 40s and 50s have been mentioned in this thread. Below are some others who are much lesser known (except one). Phillip Dore, nicknamed Pip, a small, rotund man, who was an excellent organist. Mr A Eagle, a Prep housemaster, who later married Mrs Morrison, a widowed moth...