'I SHOULD win—I'm head of the "Local" darts team'; 'Hard lines Joe'; They don't call me Johnny Leach for nothing'; 'Might as well give me
the money now'; 'I read Joe Davis in the News of the World.' These phrases became familiar (and how familiar!) all through the first Quarterly
Games Competition. Tension mounted, subsided then mounted again as the finals night came nearer. Here we were, left with two finalists in
each of the sections: Billiards, S. Law v. R. Bone; Darts, S. Law v. A. Knight; Table Tennis, D. Lee v. W. Norton. Finals night came. Now
lady luck and skill were all that could count. Stuart Law won Billiards after a neck-and-neck battle with Robert Bone. Then 'Lawdy' went on
to win the Darts. His opponent, Arthur Knight, put up a brave fight. David Lee won Table Tennis after a somewhat tough battle with Winston
Norton. So there we were, left with the three winners. Stuart Law, with 35 points, was. declared winner; David Lee, with 19 points, was second
and Robert Bone, with 17 points, third. Congratulations, once again, to the three winners! Our President and Vice-Presidents have been very
generous in donating towards the cost of a Games Trophy we propose buying. After Mr. Millar and Mr. Embleton had donated a guinea each
Mr. Wheatley and Mr. Maslin informed us that they had managed to find a trophy. We await its presentation with anticipation.
At this point I would like to thank all those readers who sent such sympathetic letters after reading my remarks on the awarding of a booby
prize in last term's 'Club Notes'. Typical of the dozens I received was one from 'Fred' in Finsbury Park which read ' . . . Booby prize? Ha! I
awlwaiz thawt yew waz a prize boobi. Ha, ha, ha. Gett itt?' Thank you 'Fred'. Sorry I have not time to reply to such a nice letter!
Midway through this term five resignations were handed to the committee: Clive Lewis, who was the Chairman from 1960; Colin Addinall
and Eric Holden, who left us for situations. To all three thank you for your services to the Old Boys'. Chris. Pettman, who at the time was
Secretary, had to hand in his resignation due to the fact that he had been appointed on to the Hertford Youth Council. Chris, has probably done
more for the Club than any other member since Tom Allen first got it under way. He is still serving on the committee and helping out with the
secretarial duties. Last, but not least, Mr. Fox, our Treasurer, had to resign because of examination work. Our thanks are offered to him for all
he did. With the resignation of Mr. Fox the club was left without a Treasurer. Luckily for us, Mr. Millar (one of our Vice-Presidents)
volunteered to fill this position temporarily, until we found a new one. Apart from squaring-up the accounts he put forward some worth-while
suggestions regarding security within the Club. We thank Mr. Millar very sincerely for all his help. Mr. Rowlands has agreed to take on the job
of Treasurer. We look forward to his services in the near future, realizing the difficult task that lies ahead of him.
The do-it-yourself members have been at it again! This time they attacked the middle room with adjectives, gusto—oh! and paint and brushes.
After the sponges and paint had finally ceased orbiting the room (we solved the problem of how to do this before the Russians or Americans)
a yellow upper-wall and a brilliant red base were revealed. The number of boys wearing spectacles has now increased within the Club.
Following the decorating of the middle room a new dart board was purchased. Is it too much to expect that we have now heard the the last of
those piercing, cynical, below-the-belt, arrogant, sarcastic, silly and (sometimes) laughable remarks regarding the same? If only the poor, old,
dart board could have replied to all the abuses and darts hurled at it . . . !
Anybody want to buy a ticket for the Old Boys' Dance? 'How much?' Five bob! 'Cor, some 'ope you've got. I can take my girl to the pictures
with that, and buy some "nosh" ' (food). Such remarks sum up the attitude of the minority of our Club members towards the dance we are
holding on the 6th April. 'If it's not rock 'n' roll or jazz you can keep it' conies the cry. However, with the Hertford International Club, we are
holding the Dance! The fact that there will be spirits (are we to be haunted again?) on sale should attract all our members with any Irish in
them. Stand up the boy who said we have only one of that breed! We might also have the pleasure of the company of all our noted 'bar tenders',
which makes the total the complete thirty members. If all the thirty bring a partner with them (I suggest a girl to anyone wondering who to
bring) that ends all our worries, except the other 140 tickets.
Both a Billiards and Tennis Team were proposed at a Committee meeting and, after inquiring as to the number interested, quite a large number
of members agreed it would be a good -idea. All we need now is an opposing team. An invitation for a tennis match will be sent to the nearest
Old Folk's home, as a resounding first-match-win stimulates greater enthusiasm — which means the end of our tennis team. As for billiards,
there being no Hertford Billiards League now, only friendly fixtures will be played. This time we will inquire at the nearest babies home; a
billiard table is slightly higher than the average height of a baby, giving us the advantage. But babies are usually accompanied by nurses (7d
extra per day? No ! we strike ! ) which means the end of our billiards team ! Oh well, we tried.
The Annual General Meeting is to be held on the I2th April in the Club. Unfortunately the magazine will have gone to press before it is
possible for a report of the meeting to be inserted. However, next term expect some surprises, as from various comments we have heard certain
parties intend to speak their minds 'good and proper'. Then, we hope, the air will be clear for another year.
Finally, if any of our readers have any beer mats they no longer require would they kindly send them in to the Secretary. We are trying to get
enough to cover the hair-cream stains that our Kookie Byrnes members have left in small grease-armies around the walls. We ask you earnestly
to 'beer' with us in our efforts or we shall be on the mat !
W. CHARLTON, Hon. Secretary CHRIS. PETTMAN ex-Hon. Sec. .
Goldings Old Boys' F.C.
Once again time has come to write these notes, we are having a good season, standing in second position in the league, having only three more
games to play and have the chance of winning the league if we win them.
Our next game is a very important one for us, as we have to play a Premier League team in the semi-final of the Jubilee Cup, a very hard game
I think the success the team has had this season is due a lot to the fact that we have been able to use the Gym. for training, something we are
very grateful to the Headmaster and Mr. Newton for, getting together once a week has - done us a lot of good and the training has made a lot
of difference to us on the field, it has been noticeable a lot in the second half of a game when some teams begin to feel the pace.
I have mentioned in these notes before how much we have to thank the School for the use of the pitch but I think one only fully appreciates it
when we visit other clubs not so fortunate; many visiting clubs comment on the playing conditions, something we have to thank the
In closing I should like to thank all players and reserves for the way they have pulled their weight and made the games so enjoyable, hoping
that next season's notes will be about our games in the Premier Divison.
NEWS IN BRIEF
ONCE AGAIN ill-health has struck Mr. Brooks, and this time I am afraid it will mean a long rest, and a permanent curtailment of his activities.
Thrombosis is not the sort of illness one takes liberties with, and I know Mr. Brooks will be the first to recognize that he is indeed a very
fortunate man to have survived this attack. We are all looking forward to seeing Mr. Brook's smiling face around again, but not until the doctor
gives the go-ahead signal.
Since our last publication, Mr. Broster has been in hospital, one of those emergency appendix jobs, which turned out to be far from straight
forward. However I am very pleased to report that the carpentry department is back to full strength, on the staff side. If anyone is in doubt as
to whether they have appendicitis or not, apparently a game of badminton can decide the issue.
•Wedding Bells for Mr. Wilkins! This is great news indeed. Many of us have thought for a long time that Cupid had lost his touch, for surely
there must have been many young ladies in search of a tall, debonair, reliable husband. However true to form, the net has tightened and the
result is another 'love match'. We know that both Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins are fortunate in their captures, and we wish them every happiness in
their partnership for life.
By the way, Mr. Wilkins plays badminton too! Provided this is a good omen for Mr. Broster, and not a bad one for Mr. Wilkins everything will
Our congratulations too to Miss Homma who is now Mrs. Attiyah. This of course means we have lost a member of staff, but 'one man's loss is
another man's gain'. We all hope Miss Homma will be very happy in her new 'situation' and that she will find keeping 'home' less arduous than
staff dining room.
It isn't often that a department gets one of its Old Boys return as a master, but in the case of the appointment of Mr. M. Brierley to the Sheet
Metal Work Department, just that has happened. I know it gives us all great pleasure to welcome the return of Mr. Brierley, but the greatest
pleasure must of course be Mr. de Boeck's because he can now feel happy in the fact that when the day does come for him to 'hang up his last
kettle', his life's work will be carried on by one of his own pupils.
Miss E. B. Bateman has joined Sister Farmer on the Sick Bay staff, and for the first time for a long while Sister will be able to sleep with both
eyes shut and not; feel she is on duty night and day with no break. Welcome Miss Bateman, and we trust you will be able to stay for a long
while. I don't think the language problem is unsurmountable! Most English schools insist on Scottish as a second 'must*.
Mr. and Mrs. Ludbrook have left us to take up an appointment as houseparents at Woodford Garden City. We are very sorry to lose these good
people, and trust they will find their new surroundings and conditions to their liking.
Mrs. Stevens, our 'first lady of the Kitchen' will have left us by the time you read these notes. This good lady has served us well for the last five
years, but has now decided to return to private life. As with all people who devote their time providing the necessities of life, Mrs. Stevens has
always remained in the background, working hard to help to keep our boys well-fed and nourished. Thank you Mrs. Stevens, good luck and
good health during your well-earned 'rest'.
WE GRATEFULLY acknowledge the gift of £10 from J. S. Laurence of Hoddesdon. This money has been used for the purchase of footballs
for the use of the boys.
This kind donor did not enclose any address, so we are unable to contact him or her direct, but trust our appreciation reaches the person
'LITTLE WIMBLEDON' PHOTOGRAPHS
OWING TO a misunderstanding I credited these photographs in the last edition of THE GOLDONIAN.to Mr. R. Ainsworth, when in fact
Mr. Frank Prior, a confederate of Mr. Ainsworth, was responsible. My apologies Mr. Prior!