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by Richard
Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Flecker’s Banning of some Comics
Replies: 16
Views: 638

Re: Flecker’s Banning of some Comics

One of my friends always returned for the term’s start with plenty of American comics, for his uncle was a newsagent I think. So he fell foul of the ban and they were confiscated. However he knew lots about them and had the gumption to appeal to our sen housemaster to point out that some of his comi...
by Richard
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Was Rock 'n' Roll Banned at CH in the Fifties?
Replies: 23
Views: 1242

Re: Was Rock 'n' Roll Banned at CH in the Fifties?

Certainly not, at least not in my time, for I left CH late in the fifties. At no time was R’n’R (nor any other music) banned. A very few had their own radios (clumsy things with glass valves/tubes and big heavy batteries) and no one minded. Each house had a radio (available for non-prep and non-scho...
by Richard
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Disabilities 50s, 60s
Replies: 10
Views: 1036

Re: Disabilities 50s, 60s

I recollect in the early 50s two boys with disabilities . One was a boy in La B with a deformed right hand, which tapered and only had a single finger (an extreme form of syndactyly). The other, Hardy of Mid A, had (before CH?) suffered from rheumatic heart disease, which had permanently damaged his...
by Richard
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?
Replies: 87
Views: 18715

Re: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?

I recollect that Sgts Usher, Fielder and Carter all had similar uniforms, possibly because they were ex-Army. Band Master Staggs’ dress uniform was quite different, with a sort of frock coat and sash. This was probably because he was formerly a Royal Marine. I think that Sgt Carter’s full title was ...
by Richard
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GRACE
Replies: 71
Views: 8601

Re: GRACE

After the 1950s CH Horsham was clearly democratised (or as we conservative traditionalists would say, the high standards for being a Button Grecian were lowered). The categories mentioned by Spoonbill school monitors: boys who either excelled at sport or who were good all-rounders (... nevertheless ...
by Richard
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 6763

Re: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)

Nuts to Cambridge. The Drummond Chair in Political Economy was established in 1825 at (wait for it)

OXFORD
by Richard
Fri May 15, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The CCF Signals Section
Replies: 19
Views: 3197

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: 6030

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: 11269

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: 3963

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: 2113

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: 14602

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: 9181

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: 194
Views: 35805

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: 194
Views: 35805

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...