The Goldonian

Summer 1955

We have been bus since our last Notes and have fulfilled several engagements with credit
On Sunday, 22nd May. the Band took part in the Empire Youth Sunday Parade at Hoddesdon. After the parade and church service the Band
gave a display of counter and figure marching and performed the ceremony of the Beating of the Retreat. This was watched by many people in
the main street of Hoddesdon. The Band was afterwards complimented by the Inspecting Officer, Air Vice-Marshall Ewing.
The Band performed the ceremony of Beating the Retreat, etc., in the Hertford Castle grounds on Sunday evening, 20th May. This was
appreciated by the many people present.
On Monday, 30th May, the Band went to Wheathampstead and gave a display. They were highly complimented. After the display a new
Union Jack flag was presented by the British Legion, as a token of their appreciation.
The Band gave a display at Port Vale House on Saturday, 4th June and on Saturday, 11th June the Band gave a display at the School on the
occasion of our Gala Day. In the evening they were again at Port Vale House.
On Saturday, 18th June, the Band was at Hoddesdon, and on the 25th June gave an excellent display at Goldings on the occasion of the Annual
Barnardo Open Day.
The Band took part in the Annual Inspection at Hertford on Sunday, 26th June. They played the Company down to the car park and afterwards
headed the Battalion to Hartham Common, where various displays of Cadet training were given.
The Band will go to the Warerite Sports Fete on Saturday, 23rd July and to Hoddesdon in the evening to give a display of figure marching and
the Beating of the Retreat.
I must congratulate the following Cadets on gaining their Bugle Proficiency Certificates: Cadets Peete, Hemfrey and Warrior, and also Cadets
Allen and Gregory on gaining their Drum Proficiency Certificates.
We are still without an adult instructor and it is by the boys' own efforts that they are able to keep on as a complete Band and able to carry out
their many engagements.
We get many setbacks, such as boys leaving at awkward times and the various School claims, such as Wimbledon ball-boy dutie?. etc., and so
I would like to publicly congratulate the Band on their efforts and in their determination not to let me down.
If there is any ex-Drum-major or military Bandsman who would be interested in giving the boys some instruction, I would be very glad to see
him at the School for although the job would be a voluntary one he would e doing a great service to the boys.
What about it, ex-Band Cadets who are living in the district?
We hope to be able to win the Annual Band Competition again whilst we are in camp at Fingringhoe, Colchester, from 31st July until the
7th August.
Many new lads enquire about joining the Band and I shall bring them in as opportunity offers but they must be prepared to learn and try and
copy the older Band Cadets. Remember, we depend on you to keep up the standard the older lads have set over the past years.
A. P. CULVER, Captain O.I.C.


Since our last Notes we have been able to see the effect of not accepting any boy under 15 years of age into the Company. It has certainly
reduced our numbers, which has enabled me to carry out a more efficient training programme. As time goes on the value of this rule will be
proved, for the standard of training can be raised and we can encourage the natural leader more.
An N.C.O's. training course was started early in the Spring Term and a number of likely Cadets took part. The course has had many
interruptions and set backs but at last I shall be able to promote Cadsts Rackham, Mountain, Holdenby and McMillan, for these lads have done
very well and are now capable of instructing in the various sections of Cadet training.
During the Term we have lost several of the older Cadets, but I know that their period of service with us will stand them in good stead when
they begin their National Service.
Recently I have had news of ex-Cadet Parry, who is now in Malaya. He is now a L/Cpl. Parry boxed for the Battalion, 1953-54, and reached
the A.C.F. Finals at Cardiff. Stephen Horseley, ex-Cadet and ex-School Captain, is in Nigeria with the Rifle Brigade and is a Corporal, and
Ellis is a Corporal in the R.A.M.C. hi Nigeria.
Sometimes when I am going through a difficult period I wonder if we are really doing the boys any good with Cadet training, but I cannot see
into the future and so it does cheer me to get many letters from ex-Cadets who are getting on in the Services. They all say thanks for their
previous Cadet training.
You Cadets who will read these Notes, think of the future and be like the blotting paper and absorb all the ink that is spilled; what I mean to
say is I am the ink, you can absorb and profit from the Training. I am ready to teach; you must be willing to learn.
A mock Cert. "A" examination was held early in the Term and this has shown that we must go all out to reach a higher standard of proficiency,
so aim for the stars and you will be bound something.
Soon there will be a number of lads reaching the required age that will enable them to enrol into the Company and I hope will join us with the
set purpose of making their mark in the company.
On the 31st May I was able to take a number of Cadets to the Royal Tournament at Earls Court, London. As always, I was impressed by the
wonderful team spirit of all units taking part, the men preparing the arena for the various displays working as one man and the perfect
precision of the units giving the displays.
This comes through everyone pulling his weight and obeying orders without question. This lesson should be learned by all Cadet no matter to
what unit they belong.
We were unable to take part in the Cross-country and the Athletic competitions this year owing to the fact that they coincided with School
The Company took part in the annual Inspection at Hertford, on Sunday, 26th June. After the Inspection they marched to Hart-ham Common
and there took part in the various displays of Cadet training. No. 2 Company did stripping and assembling of the Bren Light Machine Gun. A
Drumhead Service was held afterwards.
On Wednesday, 2gth June, we took part in the Inter-Company junior swimming and won the cup. Filby and Peete are to be congratulated on
their excellent diving and thanks also to the relay team for it depended on their efforts whether or not we won.
The seniors put up a good show on Wednesday, 6th July, and narrowly missed the cup by a few points. Let us hope we will get this cup next
year. Thanks a lot, both juniors and seniors, for giving of your best.
We were unable to provide a team for the senior Drill Competitions this year. This again was owing to other commitments, but we hope to
retain the Barbrick Cup in the junior Drill Competition on Thursday, 14th July.
Thoughts now turn to the annual Battalion Camp, which will be at Fingringhoe, Colchester, from 31st July until 7th August. This is always a
highlight in the year, for it does enable the Company to mix with other units and also gives the Cadet an idea of Army life which he would
not otherwise get.
Time does not stand still and one must be always thinking ahead. This applies to me and to all members of No. 2 Company, so look ahead
chaps and think of the time when you, too, will leave us and prepare for your future as a citizen and as a member of one of Her Majesty's Forces.
A. P. CULVER, o.i.c.




Boys from the Printing Department visited IPEX (International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition] at Olympia and the
two following entries are the winners of a competition for the best report on the visit, Terence Davies winning first prize and
C. Pettman second.

On a fine summer morning, the entire department of printers sallied forth to visit the International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades
After a somewhat monotonous journey (especially for the Wimbledon boys), we arrived at Olympia, right in the heart vast metropolis.
Once inside we were "briefed," told where to rendezvous, and we were let loose among the teeming thousands.
Walking straight in I came to the Vickers-Armstrong stand. This interested me, for they were demonstrating a plastic binder; I had been in the
warehouse for only a week and binding becomes a trifle ardous and rather painful.
I gazed with awe at the American Miehle, with admiration at the Heidelberg, and with joy at the neat array of varnished frames and cases,
hoping that in the not-so-distant-future our own room may be equipped with such fabulous property.
On Frys' stand there was some rotary stereos, comprising of the daily papers; there we also saw a very marvellous four-colour job, it was a
portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, and was made entirely of a's, e's, g's and many other case characters.
The second floor showed us the smaller things a printer requires, but all as valuable. One "shop" that interested me was that of "Bob's Bindery".
It was outwardly a shop with bay windows after 17th century style and inside was a binder at his work as his ancestors worked just 300 years
On the third floor (reached by an escalator or a lift) I saw a very interesting thing. It was a stand called "Training for Tomorrow"; it was
devoted to the upbringing of younger printers in Technical/Printing schools.
The most amazing machine was the Intertype, but I admittedly cannot describe this machine in so short a space.
As usual a good outing finishes all too quickly; we reluctantly withdrew from a world of noise and undeniable interest, to our present world
of quietness.
IPEX was over, but the memory shall linger on and we can say, "Oh, I've been to IPEX."
Lasty I must on behalf of my colleagues express sincere thanks and gratitude to Mr. Millar, Mr. Powell, Mr. Stackwood, and all others who
made this such an interesting outing. Thank you

The first stand I visited was the Flexoproof stand. I saw the Trumax Type 207 All-purpose Hydraulic Press; it was not work-I still interesting
to look at. I then went and looked at the cornerstone stand. On show were squaring gauges, numbering machines recoil tape, line inkers, roller
gauges, standard quoins, space savers, swivel blocks, It is hard to believe that the human brain can think of all these ideas.
Joyce & Co. Had some cases on show, which could be altered . This was in a wood cabinet, with a seat for rthe compositor to sit on.
One of these more interesting machines was the Crimped Cup machine, which makes paper cups for cakes. The paper cups were made at a
high speed.
Wilson & Jubb had an interesting stand. There were big round cylinders with the words and pictures already set up on them. These are used
to print national and county newspapers.
The postcard stand must be mentioned as I managed to get 34 postcards. There was a plan of London Transport Underground, printed by
Heidelberg, to show the creasing and inking colours.
Riscatype had some pocket books on typefaces, rule borders, ornaments, economy founts end card founts. I often look through the books
of type faces and compare sizes from books with those in the pocket book. J like the Riscatype Palace Script.
Bruce's showed how effectively colour can be used on a high-bulking paper. The picture shows a green woodpecker, inset is its egg.
Johnson & Bloy had four different colours of some flowers in a vase. The colours were: Green polymetallic, cerise polymetallic,
sovereign gold letterpress, dark blue poiymetaliic, which I thought . was the most effective. I got a book on "Faces Old and Modern,"
which shows how different type faces can be used for different jobs. George F. blotters & Sons (photogravure equipment) had an
extremely big and complicated machine; it must be hard for the men to learn the different parts. It looked like the biggest machine at the
I had plenty of rides on the lifts. It was one of the happiest days I have ever spent. I learned a lot. It was well worth going.

On Saturday, nth June, we entertained members of Headquarters' Staff Social and Sports Club at Goldings. It was a day of sunshine, and those
who came here had a most enjoyable time. We were very pleased to see so many who are working hard on behalf of the Homes, and to make
their acquaintance once again.
The Staff Cricket team had a match with Chasesids Cricket Club, and two members of the Headquarters' Staff had quite a lively game for the
visitors, who arrived two men short. Some played tennis, others had a swim, while many enjoyed themselves on the lawn with deck golf.
The Gym. team gave a display on the lawn, and this was followed by a Cadet Band display of marching and counter-marching. The adults
felt thev would like to have seen more, while the children were fascinated by these displays.
After a lovely tea, served in the boys' dining hall by members of staff, the visitors were conducted round the workshops, schoolrooms and
gardens by the boys, and had lots to say about the skill and craftsmanship of the boys.
To all members of staff who worked so hard, especially with the refreshments, may I say "Thanks very much" for the readiness with which
you worked.
S. C. C.


Many visitors took the opportunity to look round the School, shops and grounds at Goldings on the 25th June. There were displays of boys'
work in the shops and in the School a film was shown depicting some aspects of our life at Goldings.
There were several outdoor attractions. The Cadet Band gave a display, there was a home cricket fixture and the sale of refreshments enabled
our visitors to spend a pleasant afternoon with us.


This show is the premier event in the gardening calendar, and is held each year in the grounds of Wren's Royal Hospital, Chelsea. It is an
occasion of splendour and triumph, and I considered myself fortunate once again to be able to visit the show at the Special Preview, set aside
for Fellows of the Society. Chelsea Show, ranking with classic events such as Ascot and Wimbledon, both for quality and fashion, reflects
current trends in horticulture. Perhaps the major attraction is the three-and-a-half acre marquee, which houses plants and flowers to suit
everyone's fancy—orchids, carnations, sweet peas, roses and tulips.
My personal interest eventually drew me to the Scientific Section where all recent data and new introductions from the many research stations
and institutes are carefully set out for the benefit of the growers and general public. Included this year was a collection of plants flown over
specially by the Nairobi Horticultural Society, and another which also created great interest was a group of plants raised from seeds which
were gathered at a recent plant hunting expedition in Nepal.
The rock gardens always attract thousands of people, and it is only with great difficulty that one can get near enough, to get a full view of the
gardens are always set out to blend with natural surroundings, with their out-jutting rock formations, waterfalls, cascades etc. Formal and
informal gardens, garden furniture, machines of all types and sizes, cloches, frames and enormous glass house, in fact everything for and
from the garden is to be seen at Chelsea the greatest flower show of them all.

Both staff and boys at Goldings will be interested to learn that at long banana plant is bearing fruit. Everyone who visited the greenhouse
while the plant has been slowly developing, never failed to ask the stock question, "Will it fruit?" Since last October the swollen main stem
had indicated that a flowering spike had developed inside, yet it wasn't until the last week in June, that the fruiting spike appeared with
purplish like bracts and "hands" of some four or five dozen fruit.
The plant was brought to Goldings as a one year old sucker in 1948, and according to rules and regulations ought to have borne fruit in 1952.
Poor English summers, however, and the absence of fire heat during the so called hotter months, were not congenial enough for the Musa
genus, thus the great event has been delayed some three years.
Musa Cavendishii is a dwarf growing specie, and requires less heat than most other types. It is the best one to grow where fruit-bearing is the
object, as it does not grow to an unmanageable height—5ft. or 6ft.—and produces good bunches of singular-looking fruit. Like most
commercial Musas it is increased by suckers, which are sent up from the base with amazing regularity, and where root room and a
temperature of 68 °F. by day can be provided, fruit can be expected in two to three years. When the fruit ripens, the parent plant dies, and
where the plants are growing in their natural environment the life cycle is carried on by the surrounding suckers.
For those not fortunate enough to get a taste off this crop, I can only say "stick around until 1960, when Musa Cavendishii the second hits
the limelight,


Many friends and member attended annual dinner at the Mayflower Hotel, Hertford it was a most enjoyable dinner and there were several
Amusing speeches
Our Headmaster paid tribute to the manner in which the Old Boys' Association helped the School and mentioned particularly the table tennis
trophy which had been presented to the School by the Association. He then proposed the Loyal Toast and a toast to the memory of the late
Dr. Barnardo and Mr. William Baker.
Mr. "Jimmy" James proposed a toast to the School and received well-earned thanks for all he has done as Secretary. Mr. Powell summed
up, wittily, the activities of the Club during the previous year. Mr. R. Howitt, Chairman of the Association, then welcomed the guests and
introduce Mr. T. F. Tucker, who, as we expected, concluded amusingly, the speeches.
After dinner members and guests enjoyed dancing to the music provided by "Sapsed and Wick."


A one-act play and a short sketch were produced during the Spring Term. Tfte junior group acted well in "The Rowland Ruby" and our new
comedy star, James Fasanya, was a success as a railway official in the short sketch.


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