TUESDAY AFTERNOON, 18th October, 1960, at approximately 3 p.m. Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, President of our Homes,
stepped from her Rolls Royce to commence her visit to our School.
The sun was shining, and by so doing made the perfect setting for us to receive our President, and I am sure her first impressions could only
have been of wonderment as she appreciated the wonderful natural surroundings in which our Home is set.
The Mayor of Hertford, Councillor F. Herniman, J.P., as senior official of the Borough, received Her Royal Highness, and he in turn then
presented the following officials and their wives to Her Royal Highness: The Mayoress of Hertford, Mrs. F. Hemiman; The Town Clerk of
Hertford, Mr. A. I. Clough, and Mrs. Clough; The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Brigadier R.N.Hanbury.c.B.E., T.D., and Mrs. Hanbury; The
Chairman of The Hertfordshire County Council, Mr. E. J. Baxter; The Clerk of The Hertfordshire County Council, Mr. A. Neville Moon, and
Mrs. Moon; The Chief Constable of Hertfordshire, Leiutenant-Colonel A. B. Wilcox, O.B.E., and Mrs. Wilcox; Mr. A. G. B. Owen, C.B.E.,
Chairman of Council of Dr. Barnardo's Homes.
Mr. Owen then took over the official duties and presented the following officials of the Homes to Her Royal Highness: The Reverend W. Eugene
Charles, M.A., Member of Council of Dr. Barnardo's Homes; Mr. R. Ian Milne, M.A., M.B., B.CH., M.R.C.P., Member of Council, and Mrs.
Milne; Mr. E. H. Lucette, M.C., B.A., General Superintendent; Mr. F. J. Porter, F.C.A., General Secretary; Mr. Theodore F. Tucker, Deputy
General Superintendent; Dr. C. V. Bloom, B.A., M.B., B.S., Chief Medical Officer; Mr. G. A. Seabrook, F.C.C.S., Deputy General Secretary,
Mr. J. E. A. Bazalgette, Chief Executive Officer; Councillor L. B. Keeble, J.P., Chairman of the Goldings Committee, and Mrs. Keeble;
Mr. James Maslin, Secretary of the School; Mr. R. F. Wheatley, B.sc., Headmaster of the School, and Mrs. Wheatley.
After the presentations Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley then conducted Her Royal Highness into the main building, where the Princess was invited to
sign the Visitors' Book, and was shown the signature of her uncle The Duke of Windsor (then Prince of Wales) when he officially opened the
School in November, 1922.
The Princess then walked across the courtyard, where the School Army Cadet Unit, under the command of Captain A. P. Culver, formed a Guard
of Honour, and behind whom were assembled all boys not on duty, and members of staff and their families. On the new grass lawn outside the
new wing were assembled some 300 invited guests, who also had a wonderful view of Her Royal Highness as she walked up the steps and along
the approach to the main entrance of the new wing. Outside the main door the School Captain, Malcolm Stevens, presented Her Royal Highness
with the Golden Key to the MacAndrew Wing,
and the doors opened and Her Royal Highness entered to be greeted by the Housemaster, Mr. Aldous. Mr. Owen then took the opportunity of
presenting the following people to Her Royal Highness: Mr. H. Hall, DIPL.ARCH., DIPL.T.P., A.R.I.B.A., Chief Architect of Dr. Barnardo's
Homes; Mr. W. H. Heard, representing the contractors who built the wing, Messrs. George Mott and Sons; Mr. L. Embleton, Deputy Headmaster
of the School, and Mrs. Embleton, Chief Matron of the School.
Her Royal Highness was then conducted through the whole of the new wing, and then through the new corridor into the old building, through
Aberdeen dormitory to the first floor landing and then down the main stairway to the assembly rooms, where the Princess inspected the
Exhibition of Work displayed by the Shops, School and Home.
During her tour of the Exhibition, the Princess took a great interest in all she saw, and conversed with all the boys and staff who were on duty
at their respective stands. Mr. H. W. Tempest, head of the Carpentry Department, presented Her Royal Highness with a table lamp made in the
department by Terry Cooper.
Tea was served at 3.45 p.m., and once more the Princess was able to meet more, boys and staff. Our Senior Housemaster and one boy from each
house spent some minutes with her during tea. The lucky boys were: Ronald Smith, Peter Beresford, Roy Capon, Terence Whitehead, and
Harold Holberry. David Bird, who left us some weeks before, made a special trip back to be presented to Her Royal Highness, as he was the
boy who made the coffee table, which was part of the wedding present given to the Princess and Mr. Anthony Armstrong Jones.
As Her Royal Highness prepared to depart, John Bassett, one of the youngest members of the School, presented her with a bouquet, and as the
car carried Her Royal Highness through the archway, the School Captain led everyone in three lusty cheers, plus many more as everyone picked
up the lead.
As one looked round amongst the crowd, one could sense a feeling of happiness and (perhaps relief, because everything had gone according to
plan, and when so many people have spent so many, hours planning, planning, planning, what greater reward can they ask except—success,
and this had really been a successful occasion.;
We were all captured by the charm and understanding of the Princess, who carried out her duties with complete efficiency, and we are all agreed
that it was the Princess who had the most difficult job to do, facing and talking to so many people she had never seen or heard of before, and
showing such knowledgeable interest in trades that she could only have read about before. I am. sure we all learned a lot from the example set b
y our President.
Having described, very briefly 1 am afraid all that happened on that auspicious Tuesday, let me give you some facts about the new wing.
It was built in just over eighteen months, which in itself was quite a feat, when one remembers the amount of earth that ha to be cut out, and the
amount of concrete that had to be put in as footings for the building to stand on, as well as trees, that had to be uprooted. The cost has been
Something over £20.000, apart from all the fittings that had to go into such a building. It is a lot money, but its purpose warrants every penny
spent. Thirty five boys and several staff will be housed completley in the wing; for many years to come. So when somebody writes the notes
about MacAndrew House in twenty years' time, he may be able to give some details as to the numbers that have passed through the House since
its beginning, then we can really count the cost
The wing has been named MacAndrew in memory of the late Mr. D. J. MacAndrew, who for many years served a a Member of the Council and
on the Goldings Committee, and was a great friend to the Goldings Boys.
In fact a great many of our improvements have been made possible by the generosity of the MacAndrew family, including the building of
our Chapel in 1923
One last word of praise, and this time to our gardening department, who laid out the scrubland next to the new wing in such a short time and to
such good effect. The grass, the shrubs, the rose trees and the trailing nasturtiums were all a picture to behold, and as can be seen from the
picture of the new wing in art supplement, they really set the building up.
N. T. P.