During the past three months, Goldings has been going great guns " at cricket. We have only losf"about five games in about 30
during the whole of the season, our highest score for one innings being 224 (all out) against Hertford 2nd XI, out of which score,
Franklin made 67. The House Cricket Competition has been very keenly fought many Houses being in the running for the Cup.
However, this year Cairns were the victors. The new Cup for swimming mentioned in the last issue was contested for by means
of a relay race. In this Mount Stephen House were victors. This race showed promise of some "good talent for the coming
Inter-Home Swimming Sports, which, by the time this is printed will have been won or lost. The Annual Sports were held soon
after Whitsun, and in this Aberdeen proved successful. Later, on the 11th and 12th June, an Inter-House Boxing Contest was held
and after many keenly contested fights, introducing several new fighting; bloods (especially in the heavy-weight when the firm
favourite was " half-killed "), Mount Stephen gained the most number of points.
On Friday, the I5th June, a Garden Party arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Abel Smith, was held in the Grounds, Viscount Hampden
(Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire) being present to distribute the various trophies mentioned above to their respective winners.
He also presented our Scouts with their colours. After this, Mr. Abel Smith gave a speech, followed by Viscount Hampden and
then by Mr. William McCall, our Chairman of the Homes. After the meeting, which was held on the front lawn, all the visitors
came round to inspect the shops " in action." Afterwards they visited the Dormitories.
The Inter-House Conduct Shield, which was won by Mount Stephen for the first year, is now being keenly contested for again.
This time, however, Mount Stephen are not well to the fore.
On the last day of July, our Chaplain, who had not been with us very long, left us, much to our regret. Another great loss was the
going of the Editor of the
Goldonian " who is now missed a great deal. Since our last report in the " Guild Messenger " no fewer than 14 boys have left us
for situations in the outer world, inclusive among them being the " Goldonian " news editor, F. W. Fox, who was also recognised
as our wireless expert.
July 21st and 22nd, saw a large number of Old Boys here, who had accepted the Governor's invitation to come and stay
for the week-end, so forming the Annual Old Boys' Re-union. The Saturday afternoon was spent in a cricket match
between an Old Boys' team and our 1st XI. After a good game, the 1st XI were victorious. The Old Boys who stayed over
the week-end, 50 in number, occupied Somerset's Dormitory for sleeping purposes, while the original occupants were
found roosts elsewhere, that is to say, in other Dormitories. On the Sunday, all the Old Boys were invited to tea in the
Lounge, after which, during a discussion, it was decided to have the Old Boys' Re-union Day on August Bank Holiday in
the future, when more Old Boys could attend.
There was great excitement, as usual, this year when the time for Camp drew near. Later, the boys found out that the Camp was
to be at Dymchurch, in Kent, and also on the coast. The period for camping was three weeks, from August 25th to Sept. 15th.
Saturday the 25th arrived and a happy party marched, with a very diminished band to the Station, where we boarded a train for
Liverpool Street. From here we went to Cannon Street Station on " Shank's Pony," and on to New Romney. Then, to everybody's
delight, the Camp party boarded The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Miniature Railway, the smallest public railway in the world,
which took us right to Camp. After a well-needed dinner, every boy changed into his new khaki shores and shirt. Beyond the
continual fine weather, there is only one day that needs special mention, and that U the second Monday, when everybody went,
via The Miniature, to Dungeness to visit the Light-house. All enjoyed the trip and came away much the wiser after the light-house
captain's fine explanation of the light-house " works." We had a pleasant journey home on the I4th September, and everybody was
of the opinion that we had experienced the best three weeks' Camp we had ever had.
The School 1st XI, after a series of good matches down at Camp, are now looking forward to the coming football season with
eagerness, and we hope to top the 1st Division this season.
J. HART, for the Committee. 1920s