Since the last GOLDONIAN we have said goodbye to our 'landlady and landlord', Mr. and, Mrs. R. Newton, who left us early in
January. On behalf of all Verney boys, past and present; I would like to thank. Mr. and Mrs, Newton for their loyal devotion to us,
and with an extra; word of thanks to Mrs. Newton who took over the duties of cook when we were without one. Naturally it seems
very strange since they left, but changes always take some time to get used to. We wish Mr. Newton every success in his new job,
and hope that Mrs. Newton enjoys her leisure hours which she will now have.
We welcome Mr. and Mrs. Tordoff, who have taken over the duties of looking after us, and trust they will not find life too hard,
and enjoy their new surroundings.
The following apprentices have joined us from the School, and it is to be hoped that they will carry on the traditions of their
predecessors, and enjoy themselves at the same time helping other people. Michael Cousins, Derek Hammond, 'Gordon Hughes,
Robert Acton, Alan Bayliss, Michael Longman, Martin Masterson-Andrews, and Robert Hendry.
Richard Rowles, John (Blackie) Blackman, James Pooley, and Glynn Parry have now gone into lodgings, and 'Blackie' has also
left the district having completed his apprenticeship. We wish him all the best of luck.
Now that we have got the 'prelims' sorted out we can start on the social side. Mr. and Mrs. Tordoff have given us a lot of help,
starting off with a Folk Dance evening, which was very enjoyable although at first we were a bit apprehensive. However, we soon
joined in and had a jolly good time. We would like to thank the members of the Folk Dance and Song Society, especially
Mrs. Macintosh, who made such an enjoyable evening possible.
On Sunday, 14th February, we had a discussion group here from Hertford Methodist Youth Club. Unfortunately I was not present,
but from reports received it was an excellent evening. The subject under discussion was 'Why go to Church?' and ended up with
comparing Christianity with Communism!
Saturday, 13th March, was 'Social Night' when we entertained some members of staff and a number of young ladies. (Where the
latter came from we don't quite know, but they were all very nice.) We all had a very enjoyable evening mixing dancing and games
with a nice long interval to partake of some smashing refreshments prepared by Mrs. Tordoff and cook.
We held our second discussion group on 28th March, this time the subject was 'Racial Integration', and many points of view were
examined. Likewise suggestions as to the best way to get rid of 'race hate' were looked into. We hope to have another such evening
at a later date, although the subject for discussion has not yet been decided upon.
We are all looking forward to the next Folk Dance, and feel sure this will be another success.
Finally I would like to wish the staff and all boys a very happy Easter holiday.
Goldonian Spring 1965