The Goldonian

Spring 1962


Club Notes

'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
is expected.
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
groundsman for.
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.

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
be fine.
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

OWING TO a misunderstanding I credited these photographs in the last edition of THE Mr. R. Ainsworth, when in fact
Mr. Frank Prior, a confederate of Mr. Ainsworth, was responsible. My apologies Mr. Prior!


2 Coy., 1st 'C' Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment

SINCE MY last notes we now have the services of C.S.M. Hutchings, who is seconded to the Company for drill and training. Mr. Hutchings is
certainly making himself felt, and fills a long need for additional adult instructors and it is a pity that we could not have had this help over the
last sixteen years; I feel sure that we could have brought more honours on the training side as we have done for the Battalion on the sporting
Capt. R. Davis is also seconded to the Company for training and we are pleased to have him as he is well known to the Company.
My anticipated extension of service came through so I shall be carrying on until March 1963. This will complete over seventeen years' service
with the A.C.F.; seventeen years with many successes, some disappointments and frustrations, but with the knowledge that this Company has
been of valuable assistance to the Battalion in many ways. Owing to the various staff difficulties we have been unable to celebrate our 16th
Anniversary which was on the 4th December; however, all being well we shall have had our Annual Supper and celebration by the time these
notes are in print.
In the A.C.F. boxing for the season 1961-62 we had six entries for the South Eastern Area Finals. They were Cadets: Lau, Parry, Marsh, J.,
Marsh, P., Bishop, and Kennedy. The competition took place at Woolwich on the 7th January. Cadets Parry, Lau, and Marsh, J. won their
bouts and went on to the South National boxing semi-finals on the 3rd February at Aldershot. All three put up an excellent display of
determination and were only beaten on points by those redoubtable boxers from Glamorgan who live and breath boxing throughout the year.
In the A.C.F. football the following cadets from this Company have consistently played for the Battalion and done well throughout the season,
thus helping the Battalion to win the Inter-Pre-Services Cup on the i8th March; Cadets, Bishop, Lau, Kennedy, Mason, Gee, Carman, Hoy,
Dawkins, Thompson, D., and Antonio. Well done lads!
We were well represented in the Inter-Battalion and Inter-Pre-Services Cross Country which was held at St. Albans on the 4th March. Two
Teams entered. In the Junior team were Cadets; Lau, Parry, Bowden, T., Barrett, Thompson, D., Moody, Ireland, W., and Collinson, W.
Thompson was first home for the Juniors. The senior team was as follows: Cadets; Bishop, Kennedy, Gee, Carman, Davison, Parry, Stevens,
and Antonio. Cadet Bishop was first home for the seniors. We won both the Senior and Junior Cups for the Battalion. Good old No. 2
On the 19th April Cadets Bishop, Kennedy, Lau, Hoy, and Cpl. Gee with Captain Culver are going to Ostend for five days, and they (the cadets)
will be playing one football match in Ostend and one in Holland. They will be going with other cadets from the Battalion and under the
command of Lt.-Col. A. Andrews, D.S.O., O.B.E. I would like to thank our H.Q. at Stepney for making it possible for us to go on this
interesting trip.
On the 16th March we were visited by Col. Simmons, T.A., Col. S. Burr, the County Commandant, and Col. Giles, the County Secretary for
Hertfordshire A.C.F. We were pleased to have them with us for they know the difficulties and problems of this Company, which have been like
the old man of the sea, with us for years.
We shall not be going to the annual camp again this year for it would cause much disorganization in the School schedules and routine; this will
be a disappointment to the cadets but is unavoidable.
We are looking forward to the spring training and the lighter evenings for then more interesting and constructive training can be carried out.
Quite a number of the Company have entered for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. This is being done through the School and the boys
have a good start having so many activities which will help them to qualify for the various degrees of the award. This is an excellent scheme
which has nation-wide appeal; it is non-competitive but it does encourage the boy to try to reach the standards laid down without being
regimented and allowing him to think for himself developing his powers of self-determination and initiative.
We enjoyed a happy Christmas and now the Easter holidays are on us I do hope that all ranks will have a pleasant holiday and I look forward
to a very enjoyable spring term.

I must'start these notes by saying thank you to Drum-Major Allan Logan who has now settled in Dundee and is doing well at his job; he has
also joined a pipe band there. Allan did a good job as Drum-Major and introduced several new march ideas.
Stephen Furnise was promoted to the important post of Drum-Major on the 26th January; up to date he has not led the Corps on a public parade
but he is very keen; it is possible that we shall lose him to restoration as we did his brother who was also, a Drum-Major.
Neville Fletcher will be the next Drum-Major for he has already led the parade in public at the Balls Park Training College Students Rag on
the 17th March. He too is a very smart lad and should be a worthy successor to Stephen.
On the 26th February Mr. Pipe, the secretary of the Nazeing Royal Air Force Association, came to Goldings to present a beautiful silver cup to
the best bugler in the Corps of Drums. This was done during the interval of the gala dance in the gymnasium and Cpl. D. Gee was the deserved
recipient of this cup. Mr. Pipe also officially invested Stephen Furnise as Drum-Major after presenting the cup.
The Corps of Drums, as previously mentioned, led the parade at the Students' Rag in Hertford on Saturday, 17th March, and they were
congratulated by many people. A letter of appreciation was sent by the secretary of the Rag Committee which I was very pleased to receive on
behalf of the boys.
I must thank the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (T.A.) for a very welcome gift of dress cords—this is a most useful gift and is
greatly appreciated. One of our biggest problems is the maintainence of equipment and I am always pleased to receive gifts of such a useful
Owing to the School being on its summer holidays the Corps of Drums are unable to accept the offer to play at the Royal Tournament in July;
we have had the honour of playing there three times during the last ten years and it is unfortunate that we shall not be there this year.
There have been many requests for the services of the Corps for this year but I shall have to look ahead and be sure that there will be enough
of the senior members left, for the time is drawing near when a number of them will leave for situations; however, no doubt we shall give our
services whenever it is possible to do so.
We have a motto which says 'never been known to fail', so buck up you young ones and keep up the standard of the boys that will be leaving.

SOME FIVE weeks after the presentation of the going-down pantomime, the Editor of THE GOLDONIAN asked me to write an appreciation
of the production, so if my remarks appear out of touch I trust I may be forgiven.
Passage of time could never dim the recollection of the sets. What a standard of perfection was before us there. I judge with little claim to
technical know-how, but I am sure, however qualified, no critic would be able to fault Mr. Sheppard's designs or management and he is to be
congratulated upon such excellent preparation for such a short 'run'.
Mr. Newton once again wrote and produced the show and was admirably supported by a large cast. The 'widow' surprised us all with a talent
few suspected, and then promptly took a job at Woking in Surrey. The best of luck, Eric. The 'Squire' had the cast terrified and those members
of the audience seated in the front rows. This was another 'farewell' performance as Chris leaves us early in April. 'Garge' came 'straight from
the milking sheds' to give a most impressive character study of a rural Hertfordian. Clive had to sacrifice his apprenticeship due to an allergy
to lead and we wish him well in his new occupation.
Jill was charmingly portrayed by Miss Josephine Sheppard and we could have seen more of her.
Wally and Oily were very natural! Good comedy, theirs. The policeman looked worth every penny of £1,000 a year.
I liked particularly the singing, where the lamp-post was cleverly used as the focal (and vocal) point, and the introduction of stars from overseas
was a much appreciated novelty item.
One of the star turns, undoubtedly, was the 'goose'. Not a feather out of place and what an eye for the ladies!
In conclusion, I must observe that this was one of the best costumed productions we have had at Goldings and to those responsible for our
evening's entertainment, whatever their particular 'chore', thank you, one and all.
Widow, Eric Holden; Squire, Chris. Pettman; 'Garge', Clive Lewis; Jill, Josephine Sheppard; Jack, Victor Chan; Watty, David Mundy; Oily,
Brian Ball; Policeman, Winston Norton; Troubadors: Dav'd Poole, Ralph Purdy, Glyn Parry, Edward Budd; Village Boys: Barry Hyland,
'Jock' Thompson, James Pooley, Daniel Coffey; Village, Girls: David Holmes, Keith Milsom, David Hicks, Willie Witlea (Wilhelmina);
Goose, Noel Mairs.
Production and Script, Mr. R. Newton; Stage Manager and Designer, Mr. F. Sheppard; Lighting, Mr. J. Hurd; Spot Light, Mr. N. T. Powell;
Costumes, Mrs. F. Sheppard, Mrs. R. Newton; Musical Director, Mr. L. Mondin; Drums, Mr. A. Bennett; Makeup, Mrs. Newton,
Mrs. Sheppard, Mrs. Powell.
R. S.

ALTHOUGH WE do not claim to have any Victor Sylvester candidates among our numbers,
dancing has caught on in a big way down at The Verney.
I seem to remember a discussion that took place at the tea-table. Someone said something
about 'Why don't we have dancing classes down here?' Someone else mentioned that it had
been tried before, but owing to a lack of enthusiasm, had dwindled down to non-existence.
That was enough for us!
We were determined to enjoy ourselves and to prove that we could do one better than our
Our appreciation is sincerely given to Mr. and Mrs. Newton for the extra work we have
given them and to Mrs. Sheppard and Josephine who pioneered the early dances.
We soon found, however, that we needed more dancing partners, and luckily managed to
obtain some of the young ladies from Balls Park Training College.
Mr. Whitbread very kindly consented to bring about twelve along every Tuesday evening
and to take them home again afterwards.
After a while we thought we had reached a standard of efficiency high enough for us to set
about preparing for a 'Big Do' in the gymnasium.
Mr. Newton and Mr. Sheppard worked really hard on the preparations. All day Saturday the
gymnasium was undergoing its transformation while many of our friends were busy making
cakes, sandwiches and other delicacies that help to make the evening perfect.
The week previous to the dance we had been busy selling tickets to members of staff and
friends. Unfortunately we couldn't sell as many as we hoped to but nevertheless we were
able to sell a fair number.
On Saturday, 10th March, we held the dance and it was a great success.
One of 'the boys who I will not name, who is well-known for his self-control and quiet nature
surprised everyone by winning the 'twist' competition.
We extend our thanks to all those who helped to make our dance so enjoyable and we hope
they all found it as delightful as we did.
On Saturday, 17th March, we were invited to participate in the Balls Park Rag. We all jumped
at the chance of letting off a bit of steam and we set-to preparing ourselves. The Rag was a
great achievement for the girls. That same evening we went to their Rag Ball which comprised
of the Mike Blakes (I think) Jazzmen. There were four hours of solid jazz. Everyone wore
fancy dress and everyone .enjoyed it.
The dancing lessons have progressed and I think most of the boys can now do the waltz,
quickstep, rumba, cha-cha-cha, and even the trad and twist. It was only a couple of months
ago that most of us couldn't do a waltz without kicking everyone else on the floor to death.
We have now formed a very strong social connection with the Balls Park Training College
and we hope that our successors will strengthen this in the future,



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