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by Otter
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt
Replies: 37
Views: 8248

Re: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt

Does anyone know why he was 'compulsorily' retired at age 61? I don't know if the following is fully accurate, but a former staff member, with whom I keep in occasional contact, told me that following the tragic death of Clive Kemp in 2004, the school got firmer in terms of encouraging teachers to ...
by Otter
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Black Lives Matter
Replies: 101
Views: 5675

Re: Black Lives Matter

I have purposely not commented on this thread. 'LIFE MATTERS' would be my train of thought. Haha, JR, I was waiting for this. Yes, life matters, but apparently many people seem to think Black lives matter less that white lives, so that's what we're talking about right now. You said what would have ...
by Otter
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Black Lives Matter
Replies: 101
Views: 5675

Re: Black Lives Matter

It's rather disheartening seeing people who claim to be against racism and discrimination in general, who seem to have broad life experiences etc, but use multiple terms that are at best outdated and ignorant, and at worst racial or other slurs.
by Otter
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 75
Views: 10294

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

Sadly there is still no criminal offence which enables a teacher turning a blind eye to sexual abuse or covering up for it to be prosecuted. There is no appetite in government to introduce such an offence given what are seen as other priorities. If one parent abuses their child and the other parent...
by Otter
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 75
Views: 10294

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

The food was uniformly poor until about my deps when it was outsources to a company who wore Purple pinnies (cant remember name) It wasn't Fairfield, was it? But maybe I remember wrong, not the most important thing to recall from one's school days. I remember striking up a bit of a conversational b...
by Otter
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 75
Views: 10294

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

Active vs passive offences (actions vs omitting to act when you have a duty to do so) I am not a legal expert, merely worked on the fringes of the justice system and here's my take on it (happy to be corrected, and looking forward to learning more from others more in the know, as I am also confused ...
by Otter
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Will Dobbie be defrocked?
Replies: 35
Views: 6081

Re: Will Dobbie be defrocked?

I seem to remember Shrewsbury School also publishing a note saying Dobbie had "retired". Right opposite Dobbie's name in that link, I see an advert: "We seek an experienced safeguarding professional to advise the Diocese in all aspects of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults" ... couldn't mak...
by Otter
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt
Replies: 37
Views: 8248

Re: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt

The Old Blues Facebook group includes the recent announcement of the death of the beloved Tom Jeffers (discussed on here also). Over 100 heartfelt messages of condolence and happy memories. Bob Sillett somehow managed to mention his (Sillett’s) MBE and lifelong service to the community in the little...
by Otter
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 3519

Re: RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020

Fantastic recollections, wonderful read, thank you David.
by Otter
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 3519

Re: RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020

Very sad to hear of Tom's passing and his having suffered from such a terrible disease, RIP and condolences to his family, especially Jackie. He was my Housemaster in PeA in the mid-1980s. He was extremely good-natured and always brimming with enthusiasm and positivity. He also taught me German for...
by Otter
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 3519

RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020

Very sad to learn of the passing of much-loved language teacher Tom Jeffers (CH 1972-2004) earlier this week. One of the special ones. While teaching French and German, he also entertained and educated his pupils with his beloved guitar and singing. Also fantastic at pastoral care, a sensitive and r...
by Otter
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Obituary Old Blue Ted Kenney – and his Fufu test for college applicants
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: Obituary Old Blue Ted Kenney – and his Fufu test for college applicants

Very late to see this, but I really loved that story. I am a proud crazy cat man. I can't help but harshly judge people who aggressively dislike animals for no reason (legitimate fear/allergy is one thing, but quite another just disliking them for being them, and angrily swatting them away just for ...
by Otter
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Tuck parcels
Replies: 9
Views: 1757

Re: Tuck parcels

I fondly remember tuck parcels.

When I missed a family birthday, I would get a parcel in the form of an empty plastic butter container containing a slice of birthday cake.

I would also get the occasional refill of Penguins, Wagon Wheels, biscuits, etc.
by Otter
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Writing letters home
Replies: 15
Views: 1870

Re: Writing letters home

Letters were collected and posted in the box at the entrance of the Masters’ Common Room. I suppose we were lucky to have a pillar box in the main quad into which, unlike for the girls, we could post anything at any time. This reminds me of a rumour/anecdote from when I was at CH, according to whic...
by Otter
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Absenteeism
Replies: 52
Views: 9236

Re: Absenteeism

The original topic and talk of School Sergeant reminds me of the so-called School Marshall we had in the 1990s. I think his name might have been Smith but I could be completely mistaken. To be honest I'm not sure what his role was except standing outside Dining Hall most of the day, making sure pupi...