“SKIP” CULVER as he is affectionately known by staff and boys, came to Goldings in June, 1931,
as a storekeeper, after completing 12 years service with the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
As a professional soldier he saw service in India, China, and Malta.
At the outbreak of World War II Mr. Culver again offered his services for his country and enlisted in
the Royal Army Service Corps, and spent six years touring France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland.
At the completion of hostilities he returned to Goldings to take over the duties of Housemaster.
One often hears of people being 'Jack of all trades and master of none', but although 'Skip' has turned
his hand to the majority of jobs within the School, including teaching when staff was scarce, no one
can say he was not the master of the situation he had on hand. Cool, calm, and collected under any
conditions are great human qualities to possess, and Mr. Culver certainly has these qualities.
'Skipper's' greatest personal triumph has undoubtedly been the formation of the Army Cadet
Company at this School in December, 1945, and for which he was granted the commission of
Lieutenant in 1946. As the readers of THE GOLDONIAN are aware from the terminal 'Cadet Notes',
The Cadets are a very live and active organization, not only within the School, but throughout the
county of Hertfordshire. Without any fear of contradiction I would say that Mr. Culver is remembered by more boys that leave the School
than any other master.
Captain Culver, to give him his full title, appeared in the New Year's Honours List, 1958, Her Majesty having graciously approved the award of
the Army Cadet Force Medal and Certificate for his services to that force.
Thank you 'Skip' for your untiring efforts on behalf of all the boys who have been through and will be coming through Goldings.
Chairman's Visit to Printing Department
ON TUESDAY, 19th July, 1960, Mr. A. G. B. Owen, C.B.E., who is Chairman of the Council of the Homes, visited Goldings to present prizes
for a competition he had set for compositors in the Printing Department.
The task set was to design and set up into type an invitation card for Mayoral Meetings. Mr. Owen selected the winning designs from proofs
prepared, and the following boys received prizes: First-, David Mundy; second, Robert Robson; third, Anthony Lydford; fourth, Richard
Rowan; fifth, Stuart Law; sixth, Terence Davis. Twenty-one designs were submitted.
Mr. Owen made the long drive from Southampton to Goldings after attending a meeting in that area during the afternoon, which again proves
how unsparing he is in his efforts to stimulate interest in any kind of work connected with Dr. Barnardo's.
The Rev. H. L. Hughes, who organizes mayoral work for the Homes, joined in appreciation of the work produced and has commented on the
wide variety of the designs.
Our grateful thanks to Mr. Owen for his generosity in providing and presenting the prizes.
EARLY IN June we said goodbye to Mr. Saville, who had been on our Gardening staff for nearly two years, but like all ambitious people, he
was keen to get promotion and so could nol afford to get too deeply rooted. We offer our best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Saville, and their little
son Russell (who arrived only a few weeks before their departure) in their new venture and trust the seeds of time will be profitable.
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Mr. and Mrs. Cranie have also moved on during the past term. Mr. Cranie was dining hall master and his ever smiling wife fluctuated between
the 'Vemey' and the House in her domestic role. These good people have not left the Homes, because they are now
in residence at our Badgeworth Court Home, Cheltenham.
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We have had no additions to our staff at the time of going to press, but at least one family of the staff has had an increase! Mr. and Mrs.
Braddock now have a son, Martin, who arrived just before Wimbledon. Congratulations to all three, and of course it could be 'deuce' next
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I am very pleased to be able to report that Mr. 'Bob' Eley is now well on the road to recovery after a spell of ill-health. Chef, as everyone knows,
has had a hard and worrying time, being responsible for over 200 meals four times a day, seven days a week, and the human machine can only
stand so much. We at Goldings have only had Bob's company for a few years, but Barnardo's have had his services for over forty years. On
behalf of everyone here, may I wish him a happy convalescence and speedy return to good health.
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I am also very pleased to report that Mr. Maslin is now well on the road to recovery after the removal of his appendix. I can say without any
fear of contradiction, that I have never known any other part of Mr. Maslin to 'grumble'.
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Mrs Cruickshank, our number one cook at 'The Verney' Hostel, is also on the sick list, having had a spell in the Hertford County Hospital,
and is now 'resting up' at the local convalescent home,
COMINGS AND GOINGS
New Entrants during Summer Term, 1960
BACKHURST, R., from Boarding Out, to train as Carpenter.
BOWDEN, T., from Barkingside, to train as Bootmaker.
CONNER, D., from Barkingside, to train as Carpenter.
CUMMINGS, A., from Barkingside, to train as Painter and Decorator.
DRYLAND, K., from Local Authority, to train as Sheet Metal Worker.
ELLIS, J., from Boarding Out, to train as Carpenter.
GOERING, P., from Barkingside, to train as Carpenter.
HICKS, D., from Boarding Out, to train as Carpenter.
HUTT, D., from Barkingside, to train as Carpenter.
MASSEY, M., from Local Authority, to train as Painter and Decorator.
MILSOM, K., from Boarding Out, to train as Carpenter.
RATH, G., from Barkingside, to train as Carpenter.
Boys left during Summer Term, I960
COPPING, P.: Gardener; February, 1958, to June, 1960. Prefect, 1959. To situation.
FROUD, B.: Painter'and Decorator; January, 1957, to April, 1960. Trade situation.
MYLOT, D.: Painter and Decorator; September, 1958, to July, 1960. Trade situation.
RANDALL, P.: Sheet Metal Worker; April, 1958, to May, 1960. Trade Situation.
WATTS, R.: Carpenter; September, 1957, to June, 1960. Trade Situation.
WHEAT, G.: Carpenter; September, 1959, to June, 1960. Restored.