Winter 1961

The Goldonian

Prize-giving, 1961

ONCE AGAIN we were blessed with a nice sunny day for our Annual Prize-giving, and I feel we should be very proud our members our ladies
(members of staff, wives and B.H.L. friend) turned up in their nicest summer hats. They certainly added pleasant relief to the more drab and
uniform appearance of the male regulation suits and blazers.
Mr. Leonard Keeble, as Chairman of Goldings Comrnitte, presided and as usual kept his remarks to a minimum, ending up with one of his
stories with a moral.
Our Headmaster then gave his annual report, paying special tributes to our retired colleagues Mr. White and Mr. Mitchell. During his speech
Mr. Wheatley said he was often visited by former pupils who were pleased to show him that although in their mid-twenties they were earning
more money than their former masters. This was definitely a sign of the times, and with a big percentage of the staff being long serving
members, the time would soon be here when they would have to be replaced. This would not be easy, especially as it would appear that to get
the right type of person, he would also have to be prepared to accept a vast drop in wage compared to that which he was getting in his trade
Mr. Wheatley commented on the progress of three of our old boys in particular, instancing their achievements as a fair comparison with the
majority of old boys. He said that to date 76 per cent, of our boys had gone into skilled trades.
As usual we were fortunate in our 'celebrity' who presented the prizes. This time we were honoured by the presence' of Lord Balniel, Member
of Parliament for Hertford. After making the presentations Lord Balniel gave a very inspiring talk, and as Mr. Embleton, our Deputy
Headmaster, said, we wondered at first whose side he was on, but as things transpired he was for all of us —boys and staff.
During his speech Lord Balniel said he hoped that some of the boys would catch fire with anger at what they saw, saying there was a
tremendous field in which they could crusade. He said that he hoped that they would not only think of the wages they would earn when they
left school, but also of how they could help people around them.
Before the vote of thanks, Mr. Rowlands, husband of the late Mary Rowlands, gave a brief talk about the work his wife had done on behalf of
the Homes during her lifetime, emphasizing what a sincere and humble person she had always been. It was for this reason that her bequest to
the Homes had taken the form of an annual prize for a boy at Goldings.
The vote of thanks was given by our Deputy Headmaster, Mr. Embleton and another Prize-giving came to a close with the singing of the
hymn 'Rise up, 0 men of God!' followed by the Blessing.

After the ceremony visitors and staff had tea in the house, and visitors were able to see a small display of the boys' work.


Juniors: Mathematics and Art, Douglas Thompson; Science and Technical Drawing, John Basseitt; English, William Wildman; Religious
Instruction, John Thomson; Progress, John Ellis; Physical Training, John Foote.
Seniors: All Subjects, David Pike; Progress, Richard Rowles; Physical Training, Dennis Priest.
Junior: Terence Bowden; Intermediate: David Holmes; Senior: Ronald Brown.
Junior: Malcolm Clewer; Senior 'A': Barry Hyland; Senior 'B': Keith Boden; Senior 'C': Paul Hundleby.
Junior: Samuel Hill; Senior: Ralph Purdy.
Junior: John Marsh; Intermediate: John Bassett; Senior: Ian McRobert.
Junior Compositor: Robert Roberts; Senior Compositors: Clifford Sainsbury and David Page; Junior Machine-minder: William Hewitt;
Senior Machine-minder: David Lee; Apprentice: Walter Snaith.
Junior: Michael Backhurst; Intermediate: Roger Furley; Senior: Kenneth Ambrose.
Derek King.
David Marno.
N. T. P.

Goldings Staff Social Club Notes
I WOULD like to begin these notes by welcoming all new members of the staff to join in the various activities that are arranged during the
Since our annual general meeting held on Thursday, 7th September, the committee elected for the year 1961-2 have arranged the following
social activities. Sunday, I7th September, a showing of coloured transparencies of Borneo given by Mr. David Wheatley; this was enjoyed by
many members of the staff, on Saturday, 23rd September, a table tennis evening, staff v boys and local Rover Scouts was held in the
There was a games evening on Monday, 6th November, and many staff and boys spent a very enjoyable evening.
We have a Gala Dance each month when the staff arc invited to attend. This proves to be very popular and our thanks must go to Mr. Newton
and Mr. Hooper for the work entailed in making these dances a success.
The Headmaster's annual staff party is taking place on the 9th December, in order that Mr. David Wheatley and his future wife may be present.
After their wedding on 16th December, 1961, David and his wife will return to Borneo.
The Staff annual dinner will take place at the Mayflower Hotel on the 19th January, 1962, when it is hoped that all members of staff who can
arrange to be off duty will attend. The club has been running for many years and is a great factor in the staff getting together and in creating a
greater sense of unity with staff and boys.
There are no financial contributions to be made and all staff are automatically members on joining the School.
The committee are always ready to receive ideas and suggestions which will enable them to improve staff relations.
A. P. C. Hon. Sec.

Junior School Camp, 1961
THIS ACCOUNT of the Junior School Camp was written by Derek Hutt and taken from his camp diary.
The camp, held during the Wimbledon period, was an experiment which proved a complete success, and our many thanks are due to the local
scout troops, and staff and departments at Goldings who helped to make it so.

THURSDAY, 29th JUNE. The advance party arrived at the camp site. The first duty of this party was, to put up the marquee which would
be used to store the food and other supplies until the proper storage tents were in position.
The main party consisting of about twenty boys set off on foot from Goldings at about 10.15 a.m. This party arrived at about 11.30 a.m. And
the whole party set to and rigged eleven tents. Six of these tents were accommodation, two were store tents, and the remaining three were for
staff and first aid. The field kitchen and fire we erected, and a position for toilet, grease pit, and salvage located. Fresh water supplies together
with wood were obtained our first camp lunch and 6 p.m and our first tea in camp. By 7 o'clock our camp was well established
FRIDAY, 30™ JUNE. Reveille was at 6.30 a.m. and 'Gunfire' (tea) 7 a.m. approx.
After 'Gunfire' camp duties had to be carried out by different sections of boys. The
camp duties lasted front dinner time to the next day dinner. Our first breakfast was
cereal and boiled eggs which were cooked by Mr. Newton.
The camp duties continued again until n 11 clock when we had inspection. We then
had a talk on camp life. After dinner we played games until the staff had finished
their dinner.
After dinner and when the washing up had been done, it was time for our daily school
lesson. When this had finished we had tea and then from after tea until 9 o'clock it
was our free time. Nine o'clock was supper time and for supper we could have one or
the other and sometimes both, soup and cocoa, following this we washed our own cup
and put it back, and at 9.30 p.m. prayers and then to bed.
SATURDAY, IST JULY. On Saturday we did much the same as on Friday, except in
the afternoon we went to Farmer Vigus's farm to pull up dock leaves from his barley
field. When we had finished this he gave us £2 for helping him. We had pulled up
approximately 30 tons of docks altogether. When we arrived back we received our
pocket money; it was too far and much too hot to walk to the nearest shop, so Mr.
Sheppard took a list of the things the boys wanted and he went for them in his car.
The rest of the day finished the same as Friday.
SUNDAY, 2ND JULY. Sunday was the most important day of the camp. Our
important visitors for the day were Mr. T. Burgess, who is the District Commissioner
for Scouts, the Headmaster, Mr. Wheatley, and Mrs. Wheatley, and Mr. Powell. Mr.
Burgess came to inspect the camp and he was most impressed with the gadgets made
by Mr. Newton and the boys.
For the remainder of the morning we were visited by Hertford Sea Scouts, who
invited us to sail with them on the river nearby, and we came back to enjoy a K"'"1
mast dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, and other members of staff were invited to tea,
and for this meal the boys had strawberries and cream which had been bought with
the £2 we had earned helping the farmer the day before. Mr. Newton had prepared
salad for the staff and visitors. After tea we had competitive Highland games.
Mr. Nixon came along in the evening and conducted a short evening service.
MONDAY, 3RD JULY. Early morning duties were the same; after breakfast when
the duties were finished we started to pack the things we did not want and after dinner
we played games all the afternoon. After tea we took the marquee down and for the
rest of the evening we sat around the camp fire on which we rotated some potatoes and ate them.
TUESDAY, 4TH JULY. Tuesday was the busiest day of all. Before breakfast we took most of the tents down and after breakfast we took
down the remainder, including the latrines, washing equipment, and kitchen. By the time tea was finished the lorry arrived to take some of the
equipment to Bengeo Scout Troop Headquarters. After dinner the fire was removed and the grease pits were filled in and marked 'foul land'.
Finally the lorry returned to take the remainder of the equipment and the boys back to Goldings where we arrived at 3.30 p.m. Everybody
voted it a 'smashing' camp.
The pictures on page 13, reading from left to right show: A general view of the camp; Lesson time; Washing time for master and pupils;
Mr. Newton, Mr. Sheppard, Mr. Wade; The water team; Cook, kitchen, and assistant; Wood-chopping party (not Aborigines); 'Chow'
line—sorry—'dinner is served'.

Photographs by Mr. H. Tempest

TOWARDS THE end of last term eight of us, together with Mr. Tordoff and Mr. Braddock, went on an educational tour of a shoe factory in
Hackney, the London shoe-making district, where we received valuable information which will be a great asset to us in our trade.
We arrived at the factory waiting room of the Selward Shoe Company, where we were received by one of the senior members of the staff who
proved to be an excellent guide. Before we were shown over the factory we were welcomed with a cup of tea and biscuits.
The guide then took us to the Clicking Department, which was equipped with modern electronic machinery and had a very stream-lined layout.
We were most impressed by the brightness of the room, having gay curtains and pale yellow walls, which made the room very attractive to
work in. One particular upper which caught my eye was a Harvest tanned upper which refers to the colour, and it was a most popular number
in the factory.
We saw the various parts of the upper being cut, and in one section of the department we saw the quarters being counted and graded and a lady
binding the throat of the upper to retain the clicking property and shape, leaving a neat, trim edge. We also saw a machine which sprayed the
upper with adhesive for attaching the linings.
The next room was the Closing Department. An interesting feature of this room is that it has the only automatic conveyor belt in the country,
installed by the British United Shoe Machinery Co.
Although we were unable to move amongst the machines we could see that the operatives were stitching the various parts together

By means of a light-signalling system the switchboard operator was enabled to keep each operative supplied with work. A system of
colouring the work boxes made it possible for the key operative to obviate 'bottle necks' and maintain a steady flow of work. When the
machinist had finished one section of work she placed one section of work containing the parts on a small platform, pressed a lever on the
bench bench which lowered the platform on to the conveyor belt. At the receiving end of the belt the box was emptied, refilled with fresh work
and was then ready to be returned when required.
The Making Department was the next, where we saw the upper being attached to the insole by adhesive. We saw the metal shank being placed
in position and stapled to the insole. The upper had been roughened and coated with adhesive, which was now reactivated and the sole attached.
The next operation was the fixing of the heel, which was also pre-finished.
We then went to the Shoe Room, where the shoes are finally examined and perfected by means of spraying and polishing. In one section a lady
was spraying the heel to make it the same shade of colour as the rest of the shoe. The next lady was applying a coat of white polish on a pair of
white court shoes. Before the shoe went through this process it was off-white in colour, but the white polish brought out a clean white finish.
We then saw the final checking and packing of the shoes into boxes, having made sure that the shoes were presentable to the public for retail
Finally, we saw displayed samples of the firm's current production, all of which interested our party very much.
Our time was up and we all thanked our guide for his hospitality and kindness during our most interesting visit, which proved most worthwhile
to all of us and helps to make our trade teaching more enjoyable.
We are most indebted to Mr. Ringwood and Messrs, Sehvard Shoes for allowing us to visit the factory, and to all the staff who proved
themselves to be so helpful.

A Visit to a Shoe Factory

Our New Lorry

DESPITE SOME cynical remarks about 'Ice cieani' and 'Tonibell' our new lorry is a very
smart affair, finished in pale and dark blue and white.
Is has been built as a dual-purpose—or perhaps it would be truer to say—an all-purpose
unit, to transport any form of merchandise and / or humans!
The motor is an Austin product and was supplied by Messrs.. Neale's Garage of Hertford.
The coachwork was made and supplied by Messrs. McMullen's (coach builders) of Hertford,
and the man responsible for the making was a Goldings old boy, Mr. Jeffrey Varnham.
Mr. Varnham was trained as a carpenter and wheelwright at our School under the late Mr.
Disney during the years 1933-6.
Our picture shows Mr. Varnham standing next to the lorry before handing it over to Mr.
Whitbread, who needs no introduction.
N. T. P.

Photograph by Tony Lydford

Revue and Preview
DOWN AT the 'Gym Palais' we have had a varied assortment of films on which we will now base our criticism.
We started off after summer with I was Monty's Double. This starred an actor with very little talent. He was made up to represent our war
time hero 'Monty' and it was such an exaggerated performance it was turned into a farce. As for the old sea saga of the plastic horror roaming
the seven seas, Moby Dick no comment!!
F.B.I. Story was a highly successful comedy that feature such Goldings idols as 'Machine Gun' Kelly, 'Baby Face' Nelson, and other
'pleasant' characters. Also a mob of villains who derived great joy in parading along various boulevards causing havoc burning down
buildings, ransacking offices, and 'working people over, with the occasional 'bumping off'. These scoundrels in their bed linen were known as
the 'Klu Klux Klan'.
Violent Road was one of the few films we could find no fault with. We award Brian Keith a house point for his performance.
Girls at Sea was a melodrama featuring members of Her Majesty's Navy at their best.
Al Capone was the story of a man who rose to the top of his profession. Unfortunately, he chose the wrong profession.
As per usual with Westerns, Yellowsstone Kelly began with our eternal hero 'Cheyenne' riding into town. Once there he took part in a brawl
against overwhelming odds and came out tops. Ed 'Kookie' Byrnes was also a member of the cast and he looked quite indecently clad without
his comb. Unfortunately, he came to a sticky end.
Now we are up to date we would like to commit ourselves to recommending the following films:
School for Scoundrels, which features a local place of interest (Hertford Gas Works) that had been touched up to look like a school.
The Moonrakers, should appeal to most. It concerns Roundheads and Cavaliers and the inevitable skirmishes that take place.
Burning Hills, is quite a 'hot' film and we recommend it to anyone with a burning passion. It stars Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood.
We would consider it a poor show if we didn't mention the projectionist-come-usher-come-shuttcr-upper who conies along every Thursday
night to show us our films.
C. S. W. N., K. K.

The Goldings Cedars
VISITORS TO Goldings frequently comment favomably on the beautiful grounds, with particular
emphasis regarding the splendid condition and variety of our specimen trees. Among those to
which attention is always drawn are the magnificent Cedars of Lebanon.
There are three main species of cedar in this country namely: Cedar of Lebanon, atlas cedar and the
deodar, all of which /in-featured here at Goldings.
Cedrus Libeni is a native of Mount Lebanon in Palestine, having sacred and historic associations,
being the scriptural Cedar of Lebanon. The first tree said to be grown in Europe was brought from
Palestine by a returning Crusader, who gave it half his own water ration throughout the voyage to'
keep it alive. This tree was planted in the Garden of the Tuileries in Paris.
We can boast to possessing several trees of this specie, the best and certainly most dominant
specimen being situated on the front lawn to the south-east corner of the chapel.
It is 90 feet high and has a girth of 15.8 feet near the base (thanks to Mr. Sheppard and his boys for
this information).
I am often asked to guess at the age of these trees so I leave the readers to work it out for themselves.
Assuming that our trees must be among the oldest in the country judging by their size, one must base
their answers on the date of introduction.
According to W. J. Bean, and other authorities on British trees, this specie was introduced in the
latter half of the seventeenth century, probably between 1670 and 1680.
Irrespective of its other values and associations no tree has added more charm to these islands than the Cedar of Lebanon.
One must be initiated into the art of landscaping and understand horticultural history to appreciate the judicious positioning of these trees. In
the last century, transformation swept through the character and layout of our gardens and large estates. This was brought about by a famous
horticulturist known affectionately as 'Capability' Brown. He discredited all former strictly formal layouts, and proceeded to interest the gentry
with wide open vistas, vast sweeping lawns flanked by carefully situated trees.
Evidence of his style can be seen up and down the country and although Goldings is not mentioned in his autobiography, there is no doubt but
what his pattern has been followed here. Two estates which he did layout are Fanshaws and Panshanger, proving that he spent some
considerable time in this area.
A typical example of his theme is the view and vistas looking across our main lawn from the front terrace, towards a small lake-like stretch
of river in the distance. This picture is 'framed' by two fine specimens of Cedars of Lebanon on the cricket field bank. Reversing the view
from the south and looking back towards the main house, again these two cedars force one to concentrate on the building as the focal point.
Anyone who plants trees does so with the full knowledge that any benefit derived will be for another generation. With this thought in mind
let us all respect the heritage vested in us and keep our trees wholesome for future generations of Goldings boys.

Photograph by courtesy of The Smallholder


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