Since our contribution to the last issue of the "Goldonian", we have had quite an active time.
The Annual General Meeting was held in May, and although members did not turn up as the committee would have liked them to do, those
present managed to get through all the business on hand.
The committee were re-elected en-bloc, with the exception of John Noble, who gave notice that he would be leaving the district, and so what
more fitting than his brother Terry take his place.
In case any of you hadn't heard, John decided to join the happy band of married Old Boys last month, and I am sure you will all join with me
in wishing him and his wife every happiness and success in the future.
1st ANNUAL DINNER AND DANCE
On Friday, 16th May, we held our first Annual Dinner and Dance, at the Mayflower Hotel, Hertford, and it was a great success.
Fifty-two members and friends sat down to dinner. Mr. T. F. Tucker, from Stepney graced the occasion with his presence, and for the benefit
of those who weren't there I might mention he smokes a very good line in cigars Although, for the majority of us, this was our "baptism" into
dinners, all the toasts and "dinner formalities" were dealt with very satisfactorily. The meat was excellent, although George's (Bousfield)
portion of lamb was a bit fat!
On Sunday, 4th July, a party of 27, including friends, went to Margate by coach, and a very pleasant day we had.
Of course we couldn't get through the day without rain, and about 5 o'clock a real "humdinger" of a thunderstorm arrived, and half of us were
soaked to the skin. However it would take more than a thunderstorm to dampen our spirits when we are out for the day, and we soon forgot all
about the rain, with a good singsong on the journey home.
Our first season in Junior League football was quite successful, and we finished sixth in the league. Derek Morgan was top scorer, and
Bob Pegg and Peter Taber turned out for every game. A jolly good effort.
We applied for election into Division I if there were any vacancies, and once again we have been lucky. I am quite sure Mr. Maslin must
have said a good word for us! Thank you very much!
With our promotion of course, the competition will be keener, and the football better, so I appeal now to all members to support us all you can.
Any non-member should become a member, as we can't have too many "signed on" in case of injury, illness, etc. Any members of the staff are
welcome to join too you know, and if you still fancy your luck at kicking the ball around, I am sure we can accommodate you.
We are running two teams this coming season, so any potential "Johnny Leaches" please step forward. George Bous-field is in charge of this
To close, I would like to wish all members and friends of the club, Good Luck and Best Wishes for the future.
J. W. JAMES Hon. Sec.
Library books can now be borrowed for periods of one week or less. If they have not been completed by the reader within that time they can be
renewed for a further period of one week.
The return date is stamped inside the book and it is helpful if boys will take note of the date and make sure the book is returned before it is
The opening days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4.30-5 p.m. and on Saturday, 6.30-7.30 p.m. So far eighty-nine boys have used the
library since March, many of these boys being regular readers.
For Book Review this term I have selected two books. The first contains three stories by Victor Gunn, called Ironsides sees Red. The stories
have the same main characters but all are on a different theme. Chief-Inspector William Cromwell, nick-named Ironsides, and his assistant,
Johnny Lister, find themselves on the Cornish Moor to investigate a brutal murder and to track a deadly killer. His next case is in the
Derbyshire Peak District, where he spends Christmas with his assistant's father. Again murder is committed, and the wilful murderer tracked
into the ghostly death room of the old manor. A holiday camp is the set ting for Ironsides' third case, in which an old man is murdered
for apparently no reason at all. But there is a reason and Iron sides is there to solve it.
The next book I have chosen is entirely different. It is a book by G. Rochester, called Sons of the Legion, in which a boy to save his friend's
name, runs away. He makes another friend", and they decide to join the Legion of France, namely, the French Foreign Legion. In the boys'
Company is the cruel, harsh, sergeant Bolke, known in the Legion as Lunatic Maker, After many fights in the hot, trackless desert he wins
through and becomes hero of the fort. These two books are now in the library and I will gladly issue them to you at your request.
VISIT TO ROYAL TOURNAMENT, 1954
On Tuesday, 1st June, sixteen selected cadets and myself with Captain Culver in charge paid a visit to Earls Court, London to see a private
view of the Royal Tournament.
We left Hertford at 12 o'clock and after a very easy journey arrived at Earls Court at 2 p.m.
The performance started at 2.30 p.m. and began with a display of precision drill by the Roy'al Air Force. This was perfect and was much
applauded. Following this the Royal Corps of Signals gave a fine display of motor cycle trick riding.
It was interesting to see the precision and smartness of the naval gun teams, for it showed how much can be accomplished by successful team
The display of physical training was most impressive and here again was a fine example of what can be done when every man pulls his weight
and does his job.
The musical ride by the Royal Artillery and the playing of the massed bands added colour and pageantry and we came away at the end of a
wonderful show feeling quite proud of our fighting services.
We had an opportunity to walk round and visit the Royal Artillery horses and to see the equipment and the preparations being made for the
various displays. It was interesting to go behind the scenes to see what helps to make a successful tournament.
ONE THINC AFTER ANOTHER
These are reproductions of paintings which are now hanging in the boys' dining-hall. They were painted by Mr. Offord, one of our housemasters,
to interpret the four main aspects of our life at Goldings. The two pictures Leisure and Labour show quite clearly the numerous sides of our work
and play and the close relationship between our trades.
Mr. Qfford takes a keen interest in painting and during his mess he took part in the T.V. lessons in painting. At the of the series he appeared on
the programme to discuss : work which he had exhibited. It was then that he wealth of subject matter which he could find at Goldings
We are pleased that he has expressed some of his ideas