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by Otter
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt
Replies: 34
Views: 5522

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: 22
Views: 1860

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: 22
Views: 1860

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: 22
Views: 1860

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: 1933

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: 1101

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: 8
Views: 788

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: 7054

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...
by Otter
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 4832

Re: Cross-country runs

I remember Mike Gladding sending us off down Peele Straight while he stayed in his Mini and caught up from time to time, telling us to go faster. The senior steeplechase continued along a driveway (which I think leads to muntham house school) Well I've learnt something. Had no idea there was another...
by Otter
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: prison releases
Replies: 22
Views: 3910

Re: prison releases

When I worked for the Probation Service I came face to face with people like the CH convicts. I know Richard has mentioned this before, and I can only reiterate for reassurance, that convicted sex offenders are among the most heavily monitored and surveilled offenders of all. And on a scale ranging ...
by Otter
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Milk
Replies: 25
Views: 2447

Milk

Thought I would add some levity while discussing the incredibly important issue of milk in boarding houses. I remember in the mid 90s we got biblical quantities of milk delivered every weekday to every boarding house. A massive crate of 15 or 20 bottles of 2 pints each. A lot of it went unused. Thos...
by Otter
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT
Replies: 56
Views: 5005

Re: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT

Met the (or a?) nightwatchman a couple of times. I guess reporting you for being out would have been more hassle than it was worth for him, so as long as you weren't doing anything stupid, he'd just have a chat and remind you to lock up when you went back to house. I was never sure if this mythical...
by Otter
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Relationships - Grecian / UF
Replies: 40
Views: 3725

Re: Relationships - Grecian / UF

I must admit i am a little in the dark as to how a university would figure things out - do they get records/references from the school etc? Would those records/references state the reason for the expulsion etc? (In which case it would surely take a hard puritanical heart to judge someone dismissed ...
by Otter
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 71947

Re: Politics

I [...] am sad at the national F Off at anyone from a low-income background doing an honest day's work and striving to improve their lives. I'm inclined to agree, but I'm equally sad that a majority of those "from a low-income background doing an honest day's work and striving to improve their live...
by Otter
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 71947

Re: Politics

Well ... I guess we can say there will continue to be no shortage of people needing a place at CH, with the national vote in favour of poverty and keeping/widening the wealth divide. Schools like this will be important in times like these. I no longer care about Brexit one way or the other, but am s...