Mr. N. T. Powell

The fact that Mr. Powell is Editor of the Goldonian is no excuse for him to deny the
magazine's readership the opportunity to study him as this issue's 'Goldings Personality'.
Although he is now District Commissioner for Hertford's Scouts, as his one-time Patrol
Leader I stood him to attention and photographed him. I first became aware of his existence
some thirty-eight years ago when I was commissioned to take him home from school when he
became ill. Later we were to become founder members of the present 3rd Hertford Scout
Troop and it amazes us both that the Scoutmaster we then plagued is still in charge of that
Troop. Mr. Powell served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Stephen Austin and Sons after first
pausing long enough in the front office to gain his Costing and Estimating qualifications. In
many ways his youth ran parallel to that of our own apprentices. He was in 'digs'. After
paying his landlady he had 1s. 3d. a week to splash around on clothes and luxuries.
Impossible? Of course it was-he used to beg for overtime at 5. 1/2d. an hour. Before he could complete his time King
George VI invited him to serve in the Forces, Mr. Powell served for 7 years with the Hertfordshire Regiment and saw
service in Gibraltar and Italy, becoming Signal Sergeant. Having helped bring the Second World War to a conclusion he
returned to complete his apprenticeship and to commence studying City and Guilds subjects, gaining wider experience
meanwhile by seeking employment further a field. Concurrently, and after obtaining his Full Technological Certificate, he
taught part time at the Hertford College of Further Education and eventually took up his full-time teaching post at
Goldings in May, 1952. His long association with the Boy Scout movement made this transition from craftsman to teacher
of craftsmen comparatively easy. He was immediately accepted by the boys who appreciate that if their efforts to assimilate
knowledge match his efforts to distribute it, their success is assured. Quick to dispense and appreciate humour, as critical
of bad workmanship as only a craftsman can be, we hope, for the sake of Goldings and particularly the Printing
Department, that his 'talents' are long invested in our School.

R. S.
Goldonian Summer 1964

Mr. C. A. Cooper

Mr. Cooper has given sixteen years of loyal and devoted service to Goldings as chef, and is a
well-known personality both in the School and in the town of Hertford. 'Jack', as he is
affectionately known, was transferred to Goldings from our branch home at Ifield Hall in
December, 1948. Previous to his work with Dr. Barnardo's Homes, Mr. Cooper spent twenty
years working with youth with the Salvation Army at Stowmarket. He was Sunday school
secretary and teacher, and secretary of the Stowmarket Salvation Army Band, as well as
being a playing member of the band. He continued his association with the Salvation Army
when he came to Goldings, and still gives service with the local band when duties permit.
During the war years, apart from his service with the Salvation Army, Mr. Cooper served
with the Voluntary Canteen Services and was kept busy in various parts of the country
meeting the troop trains with hot meals and refreshments. This service went on however
heavy the bombing raids, and was a service which only ex-servicemen can appreciate. Despite the fact that Jack is
handicapped with one disabled foot, he has and still does play a very full part in the life of the School and local activities.
We sincerely trust that we shall continue to benefit from Jack's cooking and company for many years to come.

A. P. C.
Goldonian Winter 1964

Mr. H. J. Wilkins

Sometime ago I overheard two of the boys talking about the Maintenance Department, and
Mr. Wilkins was mentioned as being 'the quiet one of the department'. This I think is a true
description of the man who over the past twelve years has gone about his work quietly and
efficiently, the results of which can be seen, and often enables others to see more clearly.
Mr. Wilkins served his apprenticeship as an electrician with the Guildford Brewery and
Guildford Technical College. At the end of his apprenticeship he joined the R.A.F. And
during the war served overseas until he was demobilized in 1947. For a while after returning
to civilian life, he continued to work for the Guildford Brewery, and then to improve his
scope worked for three years with Croydon Electricity Board. When one realises that
Mr. Wilkins spent most of his earlier life in Surrey, it is no wonder that he is such a keen
cricketer, and since joining us at Goldings has played nearly every season for the staff team.
Many will have suffered from taking liberties with his slow spinners. Another interest of Mr. Wilkins is dancing, and in
this field he has passed on his knowledge to the boys, for every Friday evening during the winter months he is in the gym
giving the boys, and their girl friends the 'one, two, three'. He is most ably supported with this work by his wife, and it
came as no surprise that Mrs. Wilkins stepped forward to help when the S.O.S. went out from the food stores. I believe
their young daughter is now second-in-command! It can be seen that Mr. Wilkins by his experience as an electrician and
willingness to tackle any job that presents itself, is indeed a great asset to Goldings.

A. H. H.
Goldonian Spring 1965

Mr. F. S. Stevenson

It is with great pleasure I write the notes for this term's personality. Until he was of
school-leaving age Mr. Stevenson had lived in London and was educated at St. Marylebone
Central School, and later studied printing subjects at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.
In 1930 he commenced his apprenticeship as a compositor with the Hertford firm of Simson
Shand. Mr. Stevenson was a very keen cricketer and a well-known member of the Pilgrims,
a side of no mean repute. Shortly after completing his apprenticeship Mr. Stevenson, a
Territorial, was called to full-time soldiering with the Hertfordshire Yeomanry, in
September, 1939. Eventually he landed on D-Day on the Normandy beaches. As an
Observation Post Assistant it was his duty to advance with his Troop Commander in
company with infantry, and radio orders back to the guns when opposition needed to be
shelled. No one at the gun position envied him this job and he thoroughly deserved the
American award of the Bronze Star, won during the vital battles as we crossed the German border for the first time.
Demobilized in December, 1945, Bombardier Stevenson returned to Simson Shand, where he remained, working as
compositor and Monotype keyboard operator until he joined the Printing instructional staff of Goldings in October 1953.
For some years now he has been entirely responsible for the production in the senior composing room and his ability to
oversee fourteen apprentices and progress work through the department is of a high degree. During his service at Goldings
he has taken a keen interest in all the sporting activities, but is possibly best known for his work as secretary of the
Goldings' Old Boys' F.C. which is currently in the Premier Division of the Hertford and District League. At present he is
on a diet, but however much he slims he will remain a great character.

R. S.
Goldonian Summer 1965

Mr. F. D. Greenhill

When Mr. Greenhill first joined Goldings in May 1953, he was responsible for the
maintenance of all sports areas together with care and issuing of sports equipment. In those
days with over two hundred boys thirsting for active sport—no distracting TV addicts in that
era—six football pitches and two regular Staff and Boys cricket elevens, life could be hectic
to say the least. Everyone associated with sport between 1953 and 1959 felt a sense of
admiration and gratitude to Mr. Greenhill for the high standard of playing surfaces prepared
by him with skill and experience. In 1959 a vacancy occurred in the kitchen gardens and a
transfer was arranged. This new life was nothing unusual to Mr. Greenhill whose earlier
experience had covered both private and public parks service. Gardening had been his
life-long interest, commencing as a garden boy at Amwellbury House, followed by a period at
Poles Farm, Ware. From 1942 until 1946 he was on active service in the Mechanical
Equipment Company of the Royal Engineers, moving through France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Returning to
civvy-street an interesting spell was spent at Roch-fords', still famous for their pot-plants, before moving to parks gardening
for the Hornsey Borough Council as a propagator. Just prior to coming to Goldings, further distinct experience was gained
at landscape work. Mr. Greenhill's main interests, apart from gardening, are music, wood-carving and art. Older members
of staff will remember their appreciative surprise at a Staff and Boys exhibition a few years ago where they had the
opportunity of seeing some of his excellent carved models.

L. E.
Goldonian Winter 1965

Mr. S. A. Vince

Mr. Vince joined the staff at Goldings in 1955, and from his early days took charge of the
propagation section of the gardening department. Included in this responsible post is the
task of maintaining a continuous succession of bloom in the now famous Goldings 'Plant
House', which, if comments from visitors are any guide, he has accomplished with remarkable
credit. Although not normally considered a seasonal occupation, supervising a glass unit has
its exceptionally busy periods and the raising of thousands of bedding and vegetable plants
each spring demands diligent timing, together with a patient appreciation of detail. Many
boys have benefited from his example in this aspect of their training, learning not only the
secrets of raising and growing plants, but have obtained pleasurable satisfaction from
assisting in the art of setting-up floral displays at the many school exhibitions and functions.
Born at Ipswich in Suffolk, Mr. Vince commenced his gardening career in that part of the
country upon leaving school and moved round several jobs, gaining experience all the time. Part of this varied life was
spent working for a landscaping contractor, experience which became evident when the Goldings hard tennis courts
were under construction in the winter of 1955-56. His skill and practical knowledge was further brought to bear in the
laying out of the now obsolete 'play -pen', on the site of the new school block, an area which proved extremely popular
with former Goldings boys, giving them wider scope for practising ball games under restricted. yet controlled conditions.
Just prior to joining Goldings he had the personal honour of maintaining a rather famous private garden, specially laid
out by the renowned nurserymen and landscapists, Messrs. R. C. Notcutt, Ltd. During the last war Mr. Vince saw four full
years of active service in the National Fire Service.

L. Embleton
Goldonian July 1966

Mr. J. W. Sims

This term's personality is well known to boys and staff for two outstanding abilities—one,
as a boilerman, and two, as a fisherman. Both of these skills were acquired, I think, during
his twenty-five years' service in the Royal Navy. During the war years Mr. Sims saw most of
his service in the Mediterranean and off Korea. His pre-war service was spent in the Far
Eastern waters. His stories of pre-war Hong Kong and Alexandria are equal to any of the
stories based on these parts which are shown on TV. Mr. Sims left the Royal Navy in 1956,
having reached the rank of Petty Officer, and after a short spell came to Goldings. It was
with much relief that a regular and conscientious boilerman was on the staff once again. As
usual, reliability was taken for granted until his illness in 1962, when for six months we felt
the chilly draughts once again. Fortunately for all concerned, Mr. Sims made a complete
recovery, and a warm home was once more appreciated. During the past eleven years John
Sims has made life at Goldings much more comfortable, and for this we shall be eternally grateful. Whoever is fortunate in
obtaining his services after July, will be fortunate indeed.

A. H. Hooper
Goldonian March 1967

Mr. C. Steele

It would have been a gross miscarriage of justice not to have had a brief autobiography of
'Pop' Steele, just because there will not be another GOLDONIAN, and so as a grand slam we
are having two personalities high-lighted. Since coming to Goldings in 1956, Mr. Steele has
certainly been instrumental in improving many of the facilities, especially with regards to
evening activities and sport generally. Many of our Old Boys who now play table tennis for
class clubs can thank Mr. Steele for the coaching and encouragement he gave them while they
were here. However, to start at the beginning. Mr. Steele left school at the age of sixteen
years, after a successful period of education at Hookergate Grammar School. He then served
an apprenticeship as a bricklayer before being called for National Service in the R.A.F. ,
where I am sure he took full advantage of the sports facilities. Returning to civilian life he
went back to his trade, but after about a year he decided to come into the work of
Dr. Barnardo's, and Goldings was his destination. In 1958 Mr. Steele left us for a year while he attended a Home Office
course, and we were all very pleased when he decided to return to us, and give us the benefit of his newly acquired
knowledge. Most houses have had the benefit of 'Pop's' wisdom, having taken charge of individual houses as other house
parents have departed. For several years now he has been Senior Housemaster, and for two years had all the senior boys
under his personal supervision in MacAndrew wing. In 1957 he was captain of the Goldings Old Boys football team, and
personally scored sixty goals that season. As an exponent of the game of cricket, Mr. Steele was a very useful man in any
side, either with the bat or ball, having played in the Durham League, Nottingham Senior League, and for the School.
One has only to read the table tennis notes to know that in this sphere he again is in the 'top class'. I am sure that
Mr. Steele will always feel that by coming to Goldings he was able to pursue his natural abilities in the sporting world and
at the same time give boys the encouragement they need to make themselves better sportsmen. It is no secret that
Mr. Steele is very proud of his nickname Pop', which was given to him by a very well-known Old Boy, Brian Balderson,
who is now happily married and a 'pop' himself of a lovely little girl. Mr. Steele went to Brian's wedding and the
christening of the little girl. As with all other members of staff who will be looking for other employment, we wish 'Pop'
every success, and know that some residential school will be all the richer for his services. Perhaps one day some young
lady may have an opportunity of changing her name to Steele? Many of us feel that he should have someone to look after
him in his old age, and I do not feel he should rely entirely on winning first prize from one of the numerous competitions
he enters each week.

N. T. Powell
Goldonian March 1967

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