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by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 1502

Re: Matrons

Our matrons were certainly in charge of laundry (within the house) and transferring/receiving it to/from the school wash-house. They were also in charge of repairs to clothing (and deciding when minor items -- shirts, socks, underwear -- were beyond repair). They didn't do this work themselves, of c...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 1502

Re: Matrons

Thank you Geoff for that. I never realized she had a car. But surely she was in her 40s at least?

But does anyone know what a matron was paid c. 1960? I think a run-of-the-mill teacher (without special status or responsibilities) would be paid around 850 a year.
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 1502

Re: Matrons

The thought of treating Miss Dalziel as a 'mother figure'? The mind boggles. I'm told Mrs Riches was more approachable in this respect, but then she was (almost uniquely) a mother. She was known to be sympathetic when you were injured; Miss Dalziel had no sympathy whatever. One of the matrons' unoff...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 1502

Re: Matrons

I think a grasp of child psychology probably helped. And a good dose of common sense. Mrs Riches was our matron in Coleridge. I don't know what qualifications she had but she always seemed to me to have a relaxed and pragmatic way of dealing with our various little problems. Her son Graham was in o...
by michael scuffil
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 1502

Re: Matrons

On paper, I imagine, none. I suppose matrons were appointed by the Lady Superintendent (?), and the applicant would have to demonstrate, on the basis of their experience, rather than formal qualifications, that they were competent organizers, had some knowledge of household management, and some basi...
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: HUSBAND APPEAL ??
Replies: 32
Views: 3887

Re: HUSBAND APPEAL ??

In case you want to know why I think the English legal system is not 'the best': 1. it sends far too many people to prison 2. the accusatorial system does not allow the courts to conduct their own inquiries (defence and prosecution can agree -- tacitly or explicitly -- to omit matters of public inte...
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: HUSBAND APPEAL ??
Replies: 32
Views: 3887

Re: HUSBAND APPEAL ??

we must all remember that GB has by far the best judicial system in the world Like it has the best health service, the best roads, the best rail network etc etc. etc. England (there is no GB judicial system) has a good judicial system which is certainly comparable with that of other developed count...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 35
Views: 2771

Re: Teaching staff

I don't get on with these newfangled smart phones I've never seen the point of them. They're no use as computers, and not particularly good as phones (dumbphones are better). Their main use is for taking snapshots and the instantaneous transmission of pictures. My wife inherited one from our grandd...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 35
Views: 2771

Re: Teaching staff

Only one of my contemporaries at CH, or at least of those that I knew well, made a career in computing. He was an English Grecian, and read English at Oxford. As for Joe Lyons mentioned above: When I first arrived in Cambridge, it was a Sunday afternoon, I wandered around the town and happened to se...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 2025

Re: Wendy Fryer

I think she was a genuine dietician, with college qualifications and all that. The school employed three, I think, under one Miss Dawe. Belinda went off to America for a year. One Saturday morning, THK appeared in class in a suit. It turned out he was off to Southampton to meet her. Incidentally, th...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 35
Views: 2771

Re: Teaching staff

My wife (a physicist) needed a calculator for her degree course. It was a Texas Instruments model, and cost about 150 pounds in 1974. A lot of money (say about 2000 in today's money). But I used it a huge amount for my PhD, which involved a lot of statistics. It had an LED display, which was both fa...
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 2025

Re: Wendy Fryer

I must admit that WPC Davies was my junior housemaster and I never realized his (very nice) wife had been a CH nurse.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 2025

Re: Wendy Fryer

Yes, I noticed from the CHOBA news emailed to me today that David Swale had died, which is sad, but he had a good innings. And yes, now that I come to think of it, I did know that he married Nurse Barnitt. In the same edition of the CHOBA news there is a pic of the E. Midlands OB lunch, which featur...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 2025

Re: Wendy Fryer

A science master, the late John Osborn, married a Norwegian kitchen au pair in 1966 or thereabouts. Her colleague married an OB, my ThB contemporary Wyn Parry. (Whether Mrs J. knew about either of these liaisons, conducted clandestinely*, at the time the girls were employed at the school is a moot p...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 2025

Re: Wendy Fryer

How many other CH masters married infirmary nurses? I can only think of one 'almost' example: Peter Brotherton called his marriage off at the last minute. An indecently late minute, in the view of many.

Tom Keeley married dietician Belinda.