East Dean Grammar School - Oak Leaves magazine 1960.
East Dean GS - Oak Leaves July 1960
This is an extract from Oak Leaves, the magazine of East Dean Grammar School from VOL IX, No 40 July 1960.:
MY EARLIEST RECOLLECTIONS
There was nothing that I enjoyed better when I was small than long tramps in the forest which is just above our house. Wearing our oldest clothes, with rubber wellingtons on our feet, my younger sister and I would walk up the gravel path, bordered with trees, toward the small larch trees surrounded by lush, green fern. We'd trudge along, chatting excitedly about a score of childish things, with small paper bags in our hands, filled with biscuits and a small bottle of orange juice. .
We weren't, even then, too young to appreciate the beauty of the forest, unspoiled there by roads and pitheads. Dotted here and there along the path were mole-hills, and I remember digging into one for about half an hour and wondering why I never found the mole.
Trees were irresistible to me and I could never pass one without first climbing to the top to see if I could find any squirrels' nests.
In the summer, the air was always full of troublesome gnats, and to keep them away from us, we used to carry pieces of green fern, and these we found very effective. Sooner or later, we'd come across a few logs, where woodsmen had been at work. Here we'd sit and eat biscuits.
Where the ferns were really thick, we used to enjoy ourselves by building 'houses' with the fern, and using large pieces of twig to support them. Among the fern small grass snakes lived, and the only indication they gave us of their presence was the faintest rustle of grass. The fern 'houses' were almost invisible among the small larch trees, and we would spend many a happy hour inside them. Occasionally, inquisitive rats and mice would enter, and, if we kept quite still, would patter across the floor of dead leaves towards us.
As we walked along the path, the larch trees gave place to large, gaunt fir trees which grew closely together. Here, we used to think, was where the 'Bogey Man' lived. The darkness and quietness aroused our childish imaginations, and we very rarely ventured far into this section of the forest.
Eventually, we would come to a clearing, where a tall 'look-out' towered above us. On one occasion the man in the look-out allowed us to climb up to the very top and sit in the tiny room. We were thrilled to be able to see right over the tops of the the trees for miles around.
Beech trees grew further on, and we used to cut large bunches of their fresh green leaves and take them home. In their season, bluebells grew near the beech trees. What a delightful combination the leaves and flowers made!
We used to spend endless hours of pleasure in the forest, and would return at the end of the afternoon with arms full of leaves and flowers, and with a fresh healthy colour in our cheeks. Yes, going for long walks in the wood is one of my earliest recollections and was one of my greatest joys; and as a matter of fact it still is.
THE BED RACE
A great deal of interest was aroused when the Sixth Form devised a novel way of raising money for the World Refugee Fund. We challenged our neighbours, Bell's Grammar School, to a bedpushing race which was to take place between the 'Triangle," Cinderford, and the Market Place, Coleford. The challenge was duly accepted, and the date of the race was fixed for Thursday, April 14th.
The weather was fortunately fine, and a large crowd had collected in the Triangle to see our Headmaster, Mr. W. R. Daffurn, inspect toe beds and start the race. Each team consisted of seven "pushers," one passenger, who had a free ride all the way to Coleford, and a number of reserves. All may I add were wearing their gaudiest pyjamas and nightcaps.
I'm sure our team developed an inferiority complex when they saw the Bell's bed which had a steering system, and bicycle wheels dwarfing the small wheels on our bed. This did not deter us, however, and straight from the start we went ahead, finding ourselves with a fifty yard lead at Steam Mills, which gradually increased throughout the race. Bell's, however, may seek consolation from the fact that they suffered two major setbacks when they had to make "pit stops" in order to attend to punctures and wheel changes. On the last stage the Bell's "pushers" virtually carried their bed into Coleford. Our bed proved to have a more reliable design, and, apart from buckled wheels, the passage was very smooth. Thanks are due here to the expert attention of Barry Roberts, chief mechanic, who did some valuable work with an oiling can.
The time which our team took for the race was two hours twelve minutes-remarkably good considering the chosen route, and the fact that we had to tackle the long hill from Mireystock to Worrall Hill. A shower of rain at Milkwall was, I am sure, welcome to both teams, and the Bell's team, probably encouraged by the thought of reaching Coleford, made a do-or-die run in an effort to break down our lead. The task, however, proved too great for them, and we won the race comfortably.
The race proved a great success, for a combined total of over sixteen pounds was realised for the World Refugee Fund. Thanks go to all concerned in the race, particularly to Michael Popejoy of the upper sixth form who initiated the scheme and carried out the organisation.
The teams were as follows:-BELL's G.S.: R. Miller (capt.), G. Kear, M. Malsom, M. Blake, T. James, R. Whittington, R. Taylor, and, riding in the bed, Sheila Young.
E.D.G.S.: P. Baker (capt.), J. Phillips, R. Buffrey, T. Howells, M. Burcher, P. Dawson, M. Popejoy, and passenger, Jennifer Cooke. Reserves: B. Hall, A. Wallis.
B. HALL, Lower VI
THE CHANGING FACE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE
The steadily advancing wave of mechanisation that, as it sweeps over Britain,
engulfs everything from the kitchens to the factories of industrial areas,
is bringing about tremendous changes, which are especially apparent in country
Although the same work has still to be done, methods of doing it are changing rapidly; and modern methods of ditching, hedging and haymaking, effective in time-saving as they are, seem coldly impersonal, lacking that care and love for the country that is shown by craftsmen who still work in a time-honoured way.
Even the smallest ditch has, especially in Spring, a cool, delicate, minute beauty, with dark green grasses, fine and slender, shaded by the irregularity of the banks, their roots moist in the curling miniature moss that grows between the hooked fingers of new fern. The larger streams ripple between their protective banks, their water doubly dappled, by the speckled stones beneath the water, and by the leaf shadows cast on the water from the willow and elder, under which the cattle cluster from the heat and the flies.
All the character and beauty of such waters is completely destroyed by the vast drainage programmes now operated throughout the country. The trees are torn up and often merely pushed into the banks, their roots tangling pathetically in the air; and the winding course of the stream is confined between boring, mathematically-straight banks, devoid for a long time of flowers or wild life.
The same dullness of uniformity can be seen in hedges that have been mutilated by that mechanical monstrosity -a hedge-trimmer. The top and sides of the hedge are impatiently sheared off, and the raw edges of wood are covered with browning hedge trimmings (as if in shame that something so living should be reduced to a bristling, stubbly mass). The high billowing hedges, familiar in Constable's paintings, that sweep up to enclose rutted lanes and are muffled in Autumn in a cloak of Old Man's Beard, jewelled with scarlet berries, must inevitably be cut, but they can remain pleasing and individual when laid by hand.
A good hedger, having reduced the hedge to the essential wood in the process of "opening it up," then places the sharpened stakes, each about three feet six inches in length, in the remaining wood, two to a yard. By means of a long sloping cut on the top side of
the wood, and a short cut underneath, near the ground, the long, young trees may be bent into the hedge, and will continue growing, but along instead of upwards. In this process briars and dead wood are removed first, and a clean, healthy, attractive hedge is left.
With the steadily-evolving change in the design and building of houses we seldom see a house or even a hay-rick being thatched, as the hay is better protected in barns. Thus another old craft is being forgotten; the ricks, decorated at the end or centre-peak with a straw figure or animal made from the surplus straw, are vanishing from our fields.The natural beauty of the countryside has been enhanced in many places by the large country houses, whose gracious dignity once reflected the taste of those who lived there. Such a house is now often merely a decaying shell, with its roof falling in and birds nesting in its rafters. Its long windows which once reflected rich brocades, candlelight and silver, now blankly show the soot and debris littering the blue and white Dutch tiles in the wide fireplaces, and the spreading damp peels the ornately-patterned paper from the walls, and causes the cobwebbed panelling to bulge grotesquely. Moorhens now dabble on the edges of the long lakes, between the water-lilies and green weed, where swans once glided over the reflections of the sombre yew-hedges; and the grass on the lawns reaches far up to protect the desolate stone figures and urns.
Such houses, when they are not in too poor a condition, are sometimes converted into flats, the wide, gracious rooms becoming neat little boxes, and the long windows anonymous behind venetian blinds and window-boxes.
With the breaking-up of the huge estates that belonged to such houses, woodland has been bought and developed for commercial interests. Under this changed ownership great areas of oaks, with their spreading, shade-giving branches and their circular lawns of fine grass, are being replaced by dark ranks of fir trees, uniformly retreating into the distance, and echoing, in their order and regimentation, the spirit that is robbing the countryside of its individuality and loveliness.
JOAN SARGENT, Upper VI
THE ANNUAL AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION COMPETITION
One Sunday afternoon at the parade, word came through from the Gloucestershire Air Training Corps Headquarters that in a few weeks the annual Aircraft Recognition Competition for the South of England and Wales would be held at R.A.F. Innsworth. All the Gloucestershire Squadrons were asked to send a team of three cadets to Innsworth a few days before the competition to run a heat to pick the team to represent this county.
On the ,evening of Friday, November 6th, three of us went to Innsworth for the heat. It was a very cold evening, with fog so thick that visibility was only about five yards. Luckily we had set out early and arrived on time, but then we had to wait for the other teams to arrive before we could begin. Everyone was quite nervous to begin with, but in the concentration needed during the competition, this was soon forgotten.
For the actual competition, pictures of thirty-two aircraft were flashed on to a screen for approximately one-half of a second, and the name and mark on designation of the aircraft had to be written down, if we knew them.
Then came the period of waiting whilst our answers were being marked. The atmosphere became tense and everyone wondered what was keeping the markers from announcing the result. But happily for us the suspense faded into delight when we heard that we had won by a comfortable margin over the other teams.
The following Sunday morning we returned to Innsworth for the actual competition. There, before the competition, we met the other teams. Once again the atmosphere became strained. This was quite different from earlier test, for this time we were up against the best of the twelve or so other counties in the Southern Region, and we had no knowledge of the standards of the other teams.
Eventually the contest started, and right from the start it proved to be much more difficult than before. The time that the aircraft was shown was cut from one half to one-third of a second and the pictures were more obscure and smaller. Again, both the name and mark of aircraft were necessary for maximum marks.
The actual contest took only just over half an hour, but the marking took infinitely longer, and once again a state of nervous tension built up. Then, at long last the final scores came through, and the first news was that a Welsh team had come out on top.
Then when the rest of the results came out we were delighted to find that we came second in Southern Command, and I personally was happy to find that I had come second in the individual marking. We left Innsworth after dinner well satisfied.
B. JOHNSON, Lower VI
THE BEVAN CUP, 1959
The Spoken Word Competition for the Bevan Cup has a significance beyond the rivalries between Houses and individuals. Without language, the prime means of communication between human beings, we should be forced to communicate with each other through inarticulate animal grunts; and imagine a life with no gossip, no radio, no gramophone records, no 'talkies,' no school! Language is, in fact, a necessity to human life as we know it; but it is more than a necessity: it is a joy. Thus the Spoken Word Competition is concerned with spoken English in both these aspects: as a practical means of communication and as a delight in itself.
Every pupil in the School is given the chance to read prepared passages of prose designed to test his or her ability to speak good English, which implies not the cultivation of a 'refined' accent, but the ability to speak clearly, interestingly and vitally. The fifteen finalists, the best readers from their Houses in particular age-ranges, read a passage of prose and a poem.
In this year's competition, the Second Formers, Barbara Probert, of Drake, Elizabeth Roberts, of Hawkins, and Hilary Knight, of Raleigh, all tried hard and did themselves credit, but, possibly through nervousness, failed to bring enough vitality and humour to their readings.
In the Third Form round, where the reading was generally better, Margaret Parsons, of Drake, who read the prose extract from "Tom Brown's Schooldays" with imagination and dramatic life, deserved her narrow victory over Jacqueline Lee, of Raleigh.
The Fourth Formers were very disappointing, reading the episode of Gerard's escape from the Tower, from "The Chorister and the Hearth," far too cautiously and undramatically, and completely failing to catch the humorous tone of T. S. Eliot's delightful "Skimbleshanks. "
The next round, the Lower Fifths, brought the best reading of the day, when Barbara Reed, of Hawkins, gave a completely convincing, highly imaginative reading of Don Marquis's "The Tom-Cat." Barbara's tone and inflections caught perfectly the suggestion of a Beast from a world primeval under the apparent homely, "cuddly" quality of the cat.
In the Senior round, Baker, of Hawkins, and Beddis, of Raleigh, both gave fine accounts of Hopkins' sonnet "God's Grandeur," Baker bringing greater strength and drama to the first section, and Beddis conveying more tenderness in the last six lines, a beautiful statement of faith in the everlasting beauty of God's creation. Hatch, whose voice was unsuitable to the poem, gave a vivid reading of the prose extract from Conrad's "Lord Jim." This round ended in a narrow win for Baker and a victory for Hawkins in the whole Competition.
No-one who attended the Competition could have failed to be impressed by the difference between the really excellent reading of Barbara Reed, Margaret Parsons, Baker and Beddis and the less assured, less vital reading of some of the other competitors. Some of the reading, then, was a joy to listen to: may we hope that the Competition proved of practical value in stimulating others to use our beautiful language as clearly, as joyfully, as vitally as the best of our readers? B.H.
Owing to the hard work and united efforts of Drake House during the past year, Drake, as usual, walked away with most of the Challenge Cups on Speech Day.
The Old Scholars' Cup for Summer Games and the Hilldene Shield for the Cross Country were both won by Drake. We also showed that Drake has the best brains and behaviour, by winning the Fellowes Cup for hard work and conduct, thus repeating our success of last year in this field.
Raleigh House narrowly missed winning the Beadles Cup for the Athletic Sports last year, and this year their ambition to do so was realized, despite our hard fight to prevent them. But although we were defeated, Drake House set up a fair amount of records. Hanney excelled himself by setting up a new Record of 10 secs. in the 100 yds. Boys Open, and also another new Record of 56.8 secs. for the 440 yds. Boys Open. Howells also deserves mention for setting up a new Record of 19' 6" in the Pole Vault. Another Record was broken in the Boys Open Relay, which was won by Drake in a time of 49.7 secs. which made up for the disappointment in the junior boys' relay. The girls also did very well in their relays, and Hawkins and Raleigh failed to break the record of 74' 1 1/2" set by Christine Meredith (Drake) in the discus. With these commendable efforts, Raleigh had better make the most of their "term of office" in the Sports Field, since they are likely to lose it next year.
The hockey team did very well in the house matches this season, defeating Hawkins and Raleigh. The Rugby teams were equally successful in their house matches, especially the seniors who beat Raleigh 11-3, and Hawkins 52-3. As a result of the Drake display on Sports Day, many of our members were selected to be in the school's Athletics team. Bob Hanney is also to be congratulated on his success in the County Trials.
The Bevan Cup for the Spoken Word has not yet been competed for, but we hope for success. This year Drake members responded to hints made last term for more support at the various school clubs. This response resulted in Drake winning the Nelmes Cup for Out of School Activities. We hope that the good work will continue, so that this "feather in our Cap" will be there again next year.
At the end of this year, we shall be very sorry to lose Mr. O. H. Jones, who has been our House Master for as many years as any of us can remember. The house fully appreciates Mr. Jones' efforts and inspiration, which have proved invaluable in spurring us on to the winning post. It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to him, but we hope that the keen House spirit created by him and which has always been an essential feature of Drake House will continue.
PAULINE HINES, Lower VI.
The last school year has been, on the whole, rather more successful for Raleigh House than of late.
We started the year well by regaining the Cross Country Shield, lost the previous year to Drake. Kettle, Beddis and Davis proved outstanding in the senior race, and O. Hale did well in the intermediate, as did Skinner and Wadley in the Junior.
Although losing the Cup for Winter Games to Drake, we won, perhaps rather unexpectedly, the Athletics Cup. We had for the first time an encouraging lead with points for standards obtained, especially by the Junior Forms, before Sports Day. On Sports Day even when the first place in an event was not gained by Raleigh, members managed to secure second and third places in most events, a factor that contributed to our success.
Although both senior teams beat Hawkins in Rugby and Hockey matches, we failed against Drake. The match that in previous years has proved decisive for us, that of rugby against Drake, resulted this year in success for Drake, mainly because the Raleigh team was weakened by the loss of many valuable players.
Raleigh proved, however, that their skill does not lie solely in the Sporting Field by winning the Chess Cup.
It is also encouraging to note that Raleigh is gaining more points for School work, but in this field greater effort is needed
by all members of the House. .
Greater support for out of school activities is needed if Raleigh
is to win the Nelmes Cup.
At present Drake are leading with points awarded for the Junior Games Cup, but, as Raleigh is lying second, we have a good chance of winning this cup, if members of the Junior Rounders and Cricket teams show sufficient spirit.
We would like to conclude this report by welcoming to the House Mr. Williams and Mr. Thompson who joined us at the beginning of the year; we regret that Mr. Thompson's stay has been so brief, and we wish to express grateful thanks to all members of the staff, who have contributed so much of their time to the organisation of House matters.
We feel that interest in House affairs is increasing, especially in the Lower School, and we hope that this growing interest will enable Raleigh to recover from its recent lack of success.
JOAN SARGENT P. DAWSON
We regret that Hawkins House Notes were received too late for publication.
The results of the first and second teams were disappointing last season as neither team won a game. The best results which the first eleven achieved were at the Gloucestershire Schools' Hockey Association tournament at Cheltenham. Here they were beaten 1-0 by Cheltenham Ladies' College, and 1-0 by Ribston Hall and their other three matches were drawn.
The standard of play in both teams improved during the season, due in no small measure to several members of staff who gave up their time to play against the teams, providing them with opposition far superior to that which could be found in an ordinary school practice. We should like to thank Mr. Cooke especially for his invaluable help to the teams.
The results of the Junior teams were much more encouraging-the under fifteen team lost two matches, drew one and won three and the under thirteen team won both its matches.
The success or failure of any team however cannot be measured by results alone and all the teams are to be congratulated on their team spirit and their constant perseverance although each team would benefit from a greater spirit of attack, especially in front of their opponents' goal.
Hockey Colours were awarded to Sandra Roberts, Marion Williams, Brenda Mills, Gillian Young, Heather Bosley and Beryl Edwards. In the Under
Fifteen team Gillian Young, Ann Dykins, Carole Simpson and Maureen Chapell played consistently well, and Yvonne McAlpine and Brenda Wilkins showed great promise in the Under Thirteen team.
The first tennis six has shown steady progress this term and should do well next season. This season's results were poor although all the games were hard fought.
Susan Powell and Carole Simpson are to be congratulated on a good standard
Last season was marred by the cancellation of the greater part of our fixtures owing to weather conditions. Before Christmas the 1st XV showed great promise and gained notable wins against Marling School and Ross G.S. This can be attributed to the fact that emphasis was laid upon open rugby, moving the ball quickly from the scrum to the threequarters, who were on most occasions, more than a match for their counterparts. After Christmas, however, we lost valuable players in Browning, Morse, Beddis and Davies. Some of these gaps were filled with boys from the lower forms. Although relatively inexperienced and newly-introduced to the game, good forwards have been produced in Allsopp and Wheeler. Our measure of success next season will depend to a large extent on how many boys we retain out of the upper fifth forms.
Looking at the Junior matches played last the record is not very impressive,
and an improvement is to be hoped for next season.
1st XV: Played 6; Won 4; Drawn 1; Lost 1; 10 cancelled; Points for 115, Against 65.
Under 15 XV: Played 7; Won 3; Lost 3; Drawn 1; Points for 63, Against 104.
Under 14 XV: Played 3; Lost 3; 5 cancelled; Points for 15, against 73. .
Under 13 XV: Played 7; Won 1; Lost 6; Points for 23, Against 115.
Brief accounts of two games played by 1 st XV:
E.D.G.S. v. Marling. Won 39-0.
Easily the best-game of the season. The forwards worked as one unit and were generally successful in gaining possession of the ball from both tight and loose. Quick, and accurate passing down the threequarter line invariably led to a try.
E.D.G.S. v. Dursley G.S. Draw 9=9.
This was a game which should have been won easily. The threequarters were provided with chances galore, but these were wasted through knocking on, and wild passing.
1st XV Personalities:
* new rugby colour awards
** P. BAKER (Capt.), lock-forward.
A very good forward in both tight and loose play. He captained the team very well last season.
** B. HALL (vice-capt.), outside-half.
Has continued to develop as a very sound outside-half, and provided his
backs with a very good service.
** R. B. HANNEY, centre-threequarter.
An extremely fast threequarter with very good attacking and defensive qualities.
Should do well for his college.
* A. Thomas, full-back.
Proved a very sound, and reliable last line of defence. An excellent tackler.
* DAWSON, P., wing-threequarter.
A very strong, and forceful runner, who made a great improvement last season.
BEDDlS, C, hooker.
A very good hooker who did very well in every aspect of forward play.
DAVIES, C., lock-forward.
An extremely capable forward who excelled in his line-out work.
KETTLE, A., scrum-half. '
Gave a lengthy and accurate service, providing a good link between forwards, and threequarter.
JACKSON, P., second row.
A very strong, hard working forward, who had a good season.
The 1st XV was selected from the following:
Baker, P.; Hanney, R.; Hall, B.; Hemms, T.; Johnson, B.; Harper, A.;
Jackson, P.; Roberts, A.; Browning, A.; Morse, K.; Beddis, C.; Kettle, A.; Dawson, P.; Thomas, A.; Davies, C; Cook (David); Cook (Douglas); Gazzard, P.; Wheeler, S.; Allsopp, B.
The first meeting of the season was against Churchdown, Central, and Cheltenham, for the under 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 age groups.
The match was held on the Central School sports field, on Saturday, May 14th. Unfortunately, our school did rather poorly on the whole, and higher placings were obtained in the field events than on the track.
Owing to the fact that the term had just begun, only very little training had
been done, and better performances were hoped for later in the season.
Final Scores:-Central 102 1/2; Churchdown, 104 1/2; Cheltenham 157; E.D.G.S. 69.
The following were successful in these events: Annis. J., 1st, Under 14, discus; Roberts, A., 1st, Under 16, discus; Beech, F., 1st, Under 16, high jump.
E.D.G,S. v. King's School, Gloucester, 13th June
This meeting resulted in better performances by our team, and as a result we only lost by a narrow margin, the senior section having greater successes than the juniors.
Final Scores: Kings 122, E.D.G.S. 96.
We gained first places in the following events:
100 yards, Hanney, R., 10.3 sees.; 220 yards, Hanney, R., 24.5 sees.;
440 yards, Dawson, P.;
1 mile, Kettle, A., 4 mins. 53.2 sees.;
Hop, Step and Jump, Johnson, B., 38' 5";
Pole Vault, Hale D. Howells, J.,
Discus, Baker, P., 130' 0".
Javelin, Annis, J., 111' 6";
Discus, Thomas, S., 88' 0";
Shot, Sargent, J., 32' 11 ".
E.D.G.S. v. St. Paul's College, Cheltenham, 14th June
Results were as good as could be expected considering the much greater average age of the St. Paul's team. In order to create a handicap in certain events, St. Paul's used a larger size of javelin, discus and shot. Track event placings for our team were low, as no handicap could be imposed.
Final score: St. Paul's 106, E.D.G.S. 65.
E.D.G.S. v. Sir Thomas Rich's, June 15th
The match was evenly contested in all events, our senior team doing slightly better than the juniors. The issue was in doubt right up to the end, when Sir Thomas Rich's pulled ahead to win by 25 points.
Final scores: E.D.G.S. 105, Sir Thomas Rich's 130
Forest of Dean Athletic Trials, 1960
The trials, the first for the Forest section, were held on our School field. Besides ourselves, Abenhall, Berry Hill, Bream, Coleford and Double View Secondary Schools and Lydney Grammar School took part. Weather conditions were excellent and several good times were put up. The following went through to the County Trials:
J. Newman, J. Wood, B. Edwards.
R. Hanney, B. Johnson, A. Kettle, M. Rawlings, F. Beech, D. Hale, J. Howells, D. Iles, P. Dawson, K. Starling.
County Athletic Trials
The County trials this year were held at Cirencester Grammar School. Unfortunately, the weather was not very good, and the times for the track events were rather slow owing to strong winds, and the unevenness of parts of the track. The Forest of Dean section did not do very well this year, but since this is the first time that we entered the trials as a separate district, the results were not too discouraging.
Places were gained in the following events:
Joan Newman, 2nd, junior girls 100 yards;
R. Hanney, 2nd, senior 100 yards;
J. Howells, 3rd, Intermediate Pole Vault;
B. Johnson, 3rd, Intermediate, Hop, Step, Jump;
D. Iles, 1st, junior Pole Vault (County Record);
K. Starling, 3rd, minor, Hop, Step, Jump.
Joan Newman, R. Hanney and D. lies have been selected for the County Team to compete in the National Championships at Shrewsbury.
B. JOHNSON, Lower VI
Taken on the whole we have had a very successful cross country season, considering that this is the first season that cross country running has been taken really seriously.
The season began with House practices for the school cross country. Between the practices and the school cross country, three matches were arrangedtwo with Beachley Army Apprentices' School, and a triangular match with Berry Hill and Double View Secondary Schools.
For the first match we entertained Beachley Army Apprentices' School. The age groups were divided into an Intermediate and a Senior group. The races. were run over two courses of five miles and six miles in good weather conditions. In the Senior race we were out run by Beachley who gained most of the first places. In the Intermediate race our School gained a well-deserved victory by running a tactical race, the first three places going to East Dean boys. in the return match, owing to difficulties in ages only a senior team was chosen. The distance of the course was about four miles and the race was run in appalling weather conditions. We lost by a narrow margin of points.
A triangular match was arranged over our courses between Double View and Berry Hill Secondary Moderns and our School. The age group ranged from 13-15 years and under 13 years.
In the under 13 age group the final team placings were
1st Berry Hill,
2nd Double View, and
3rd East Dean,
but in the 13-15 age group
East Dean were 1st,
Double View 2nd, and
Berry Hill 3rd.
The School cross country, held during the last week of term, proved to be an interesting competition. Raleigh House won the Junior and Intermediate age groups, and came second in the Senior age group, thereby retaining the shield.
From the School cross-country performances, teams were chosen to represent the School in the Forest of Dean Trials, when 15 boys from the School qualified to represent the Forest in the County Championships. After the County Championships, D. Baldwin was chosen to represent Gloucestershire in the South-Western County Championships and A. Kettle in the South Western and National cross country championships.
We express our thanks to all who took part or helped to organise the cross country races during the season, especially those who helped in marking courses and providing refreshments for visiting teams.
A. KETTLE, Captain
FIRST XI CRICKET
This season's team consisted of many comparatively inexperienced young players, and not surprisingly the first four matches resulted in heavy defeats. However, as their experience grew they settled down and their true ability emerged.
Solid batting and enthusiastic bowling followed and resulted in a series of wins which culminated in a thrilling last (three) minute victory over the strong Cheltenham G.S. team -a game in which every member played an active part.
A return match against Bell's G.S. resulted in an avenging win of 42 runs. E.D.G.S. batted first and made 68 all out. Field, R. and Edwards, J. each took five wickets removing the Bell's team for 26 runs in 47 minutes.
Hanney, Cook, Harper, Edwards, Gazzard and Davies have batted well whilst Edwards and Field have been the most successful bowlers. C. George and B. Roberts have kept wicket well this season.
J. Blake has been a regular and efficient scorer. The team has been selected from: Buffrey, Hanney, Hall, Howells, Edwards, Field, Cook, Harper, Gazzard, George, Davies, Roberts, 8., Roberts, A., Butcher. R. Buffrey (Capt.)
7-Lydney G.S. 42-1 (Buffrey 1-7), E.D.G.S. 41.
14-E.D.G.S. 33 (Harper 19 n.o), Bell's G.S. 37-3 (Edwards 1-1).
21-E.D.G.S. 44 (Edwards 17), Central Tech. 125-2.
25-E.D.G.S. 65 (Harper 25), King's 70 (Edwards 4-34).
28-E.D.G.S. 66-7 (Hanney 24), Ross G.S. 43-7 (Field 6-21)
28-E.D.G.S. 103-6 dec. (Gazzard n.o. 22, Davies 23), Sir ThomasRich's 48-3.
15-ED.G.S. 30, Hereford 37 (Edwards 3-12).
18-E.D.G.S. 82 (Edwards 27), Cheltenham 79 (Buffrey 4-34).
25-E.D.G.S. 68 (Cook 19, Harper 21), Bell's
26 (Edwards 5-19, Field5-7).
The season opened successfully with wins over King's School and Abenhall
and a good season is hoped for.
The team has been chosen from: B. Roberts (capt.), J. Davies, R. Winman, J. Young, R. Baldwin, J. Bennett, K. Arnold, D. Hak, D. Stephens, K. Walford, J. Pritchard.
30-E.D.G.S. 62 for 7, Kings 61.
2-E.D.G.S. 90, Abenhall 59.
30-E.D.G.S. 54, Abenhall 86.
Under 14: .
The team started well by beating Lydney G.S. by 19 runs, but have had disappointments since then. R. Baldwin and G. Meek have bowled extremely well throughout the season, while J. Wilkes, G. Meek, G. Hannam and K. Walford have been the main strength in the batting.
E.D.G.S. 45, Lydney G.S. 26 (R. Baldwin 5-12, G. Meek 4-1).
E.D.G.S. 45, Bell's G.S. 46 for 8 (R. Baldwin 4-19, G. Meek 3-16).
Sir Thomas Rich's 103 (R. Baldwin 4-37), E.D.G.S. 20.
Cheltenham G.S. 47 (R. Baldwin 7-13), E.D.G.S. 36.
The Under 13 team has maintained last year's strength under its captain,
Geoffrey Meek. T. Boseley has been vice-captain.
The batting has been sound and the fielding at a fairly good standard. Bose1ey and Meek have bowled well. Owing to the safe wicket-keeping of Dymond, few extras have been given away.
The team has been selected from: G. Meek, T. Boseley, P. Dymond, B. Yeatman, K. Grant, I. Grant, J. Miles, P. Doane, K. Starling, J. Wilkins, K. Reed, S. Hyett, P. Jackson, D. Weyman, K. Walford.
31-E.D.G.S. 59-9, Double View 15.
14-E.D.G.S. 84-6, Abenhall 73.
17-E.D.G.S. 10 for no wicket, Berry Hill 9.
21-E.D.G.S. 74, Abenhall 59.
Ian Wilson added (Nov 2015) : "... I see from the excerpt from 1959/1960 Oak Leaves magazine that Michael Popejoy was a prefect in that year. Has anybody any idea of his current whereabouts? I used to live on Church Road & my father was Physics teacher at EDGS up to 1951".
If you wish to comment on this photo or can supply names of people please click here
WANTED: Old photos, old postcards, ephemera and memories of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. U.K.- please click here to make contact.