The battle cry of the editors of previous years has, as often as not, been the seemingly insurmountable and constantly recurring problem of apathy. When I was first asked to edit the DURNOVARIAN, I was naturally filled with ambitious ideas for the magazine (although the fate of Richard Neville did give me second thoughts). However, once these original emotions of optimism had subsided, I became gradually more convinced that I would be forced to join the ranks of frustrated and disappointed editors. But it appears that I underestimated the abilities of the school. I received, (often from most unexpected sources), some very worthwhile material, as you will see (and, I hope, agree) in the following pages.
This sudden resurgence in enthusiasm has not been limited to the magazine. The societies of the school appear to be prospering in a fashion unprecedented in previous years. There has been a new wave of progressive thinking in the school's two foremost societies, the "Hardye" and "Oldfield" societies, and it is also pleasing to see lesser societies, and so-called minority groups, such as the Photographic and Philippian societies, flourishing.
Indeed, it cannot be denied that, whatever criticisms are levelled against it, the current "younger generation" is, in its own way, more socially conscious, and of a more intellectually inquiring nature, than any generation for many years. This apparently high level of mental awareness, is, in many cases, a subconscious reaction against a society which, in the genuine opinions (whether right or wrong) of many of today's youngsters, is rotten. This is surely a praiseworthy reaction. Thus, it seems totally incongruous to me that youth should be condemned out of hand, as it often is today.
However, despite the accusations against society made by the more radical members of the younger generation, there can be no doubt that current society has its good points. One of these is the fact that a school like Hardye's can still flourish � a school where the good of the pupils is put first. Many people would like to argue that the school authorities are behaving like the proverbial ostrich, and that the future is bleak, but one only has to look at the events of the past year to find sufficient proof to silence the cynics. Anyone who can describe the new building additions, and the inauguration of the new House tutorial system, as backward-looking, must themselves be blind.
The new House tutorial system itself is the sort of thing that has been needed for a long time, and it is proof of the current clear-sighted attitude of the men who run the school. The fact that it has been accepted with a total lack of confusion is a sign of the responsible attitudes of the boys and the masters alike.
The School was much saddened by the untimely death of Mr. BATTY in May, at the age of 51. He was at that time the longest-serving member of the staff, which he had joined in 1947, and for nearly a quarter of a century he had given Hardye's the most loyal and dedicated service that any school could desire. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family. An appreciation is printed elsewhere in this issue.
We congratulate Mr. J. M. KEEPING on his appointment as Chairman of the Governors in succession to the late Sir David WILLIAMS, Bart. As an old pupil and former parent, Mr. Keeping can be fully relied on to protect the best interests of the School in these difficult times of change.
At the end of July the Headmaster and Mrs. HAMILTON relinquished their tenure of Southfield House after a reign of ten years. We wish them every happiness in their "retirement" at their new home in Charminster, where they can enjoy some degree of leisure which, with the best will in the world, is never easy to find in a school house.
The staff has seen a number of changes, occasioned by the departure of Messrs. GRUNDY, GROGUT, WRIGLEY and HOMANS. Mr. Grundy had been with us in the English Department for three years, in the course of which he produced two highly successful school plays, and had served as House Tutor at both Southfield and Heathcote. He has now taken up an English teaching post in Hamburg.
Mr. Grogut, after only two years, has been appointed Senior P.E. Master at Farnham Grammar School, Surrey. Mr. Wrigley has not completely left us, as he is still in Dorset, as the master responsible for the teaching of French at St. Mary's School, Puddletown. Our good wishes go with these old friends into their new appointments, and with Mr. Homans, who, after a short spell of part-time teaching in the Chemistry Department, has decided to retire owing to indifferent health.
We welcome the following new members of staff:
Mr. David CALDICOTT, M.A.(Cantab.), who was educated at Uppingham and King's College, Cambridge. He takes over as Housemaster at Southfield, and joins the English Department.
Mr. R. J. S. DANIELL, a product of Bedford Modern School and the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, who will be responsible mainly for the junior Art and Craft Department.
Mr. J. R. DOVE joins the French Department after a year as assistant at a French lycee. He was educated at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, St. Katherine's College of Education and the University Institute of Education, Liverpool.
Mr. J. J. WATERMAN joins Mr. Caldicott at Southfield House. Educated at King's School, Bruton and the Berkshire College of Education, he takes Mr. Grogut's place in the P.E. Department.
Mrs. Barbara JOHNS, part-time Chemistry. She took an Honours degree in Chemistry with subsidiary Mathematics at Sheffield University.
Major B. G. KIRBY, an Old Hardyean, who has been appointed Clerk to the Governors, and has taken up residence at the School. His presence among us is bound to be extremely useful in the administrative field.
To Mr. and Mrs. M. J. C. BOWMAN, a second daughter, Vanessa.
To Mr. and Mrs. K. J. GOODSON, a daughter, Fiona Louise.
To Mr. and Mrs. G. RYALL, a daughter, Henrietta.
A major change has been made in the House system by the introduction of a fifth House, named Williams, in honour of the late Sir David Williams. There will, inevitably, be problems in the games organisation; for instance, five Houses and a four-lane swimming pool presents a small complication, and a bye will be necessary for one House in the first round of all House matches, at any rate if they are to be run on a knock-out basis. But the advantages will surely outweigh the difficulties: there should be a revival of the House spirit in all the day Houses, resulting from the need for participation by all members of the smaller Houses. Furthermore, each House is divided into three tutor groups, with a member of staff appointed to take particular interest in the 25 or so boys in his group. The success of the new system will depend entirely on the enthusiasm of its component parts.
For the first time for some years we have started a term which is free from the disruption created by building operations. At long last the secretarial staff have moved into their new offices, and the up-to-date toilet facilities for the boys are much appreciated.
The number of boys in the School in September, 1971 is 572.
As Commander of the C.C.F. from 1956 to 1959 he taught by example the true meaning of discipline and so inspired loyalty in those who served with him here, as he had done throughout the war as a Battery Commander in the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry. Here again he demanded of himself a far higher degree of efficiency than he expected of others, but in doing so never allowed himself to forget that he was dealing with people, who in the final analysis mattered far more than the unit in which they served. Thus he received in some measure at least that same loyalty which was so essentially a part of his own nature. Added to this the moral courage and abiding sympathy which Mr. Batty possessed made him an officer of the highest quality and a schoolmaster of real distinction.
We extend to Mrs. Batty and her two boys our sincere sympathy in their tragic loss, and at the same time our gratitude for all Mr. Batty did here, in the knowledge that his influence will endure long after his passing from us.
EDWARD FLETCHER COLE
Senior Science Master, 1919-1955
Edward Cole was a man who was physically very small, but who had all the gifts and talents in very great measure. As Duncan Lidbury remarked at the time of his retirement after 28 years' service to the School, "a lively and sociable gentleman leaves the School, with a record of which he can well be proud". Enthusiasm and vitality were his most prominent qualities, both in the classroom and without; one cannot imagine that he was ever bored. His interests were many and deep and varied; School rugger, cricket, athletics, the Corps and Scouts all enjoyed his active participation during his long career. He was also an expert yachtsman and a dedicated bowls player. Old Boys can give eloquent testimony to his skill and patience, and his success as a teacher of Chemistry; they will also remember with gratitude his humanity, his integrity, his sense of humour.
I knew Edward Cole as a colleague for only four years, but his quality of sociability came prominently into evidence during my first few weeks at the School. An excursion to the Festival of Britain had been arranged; immediately, so that my wife could go on this trip, he and his wife offered to take charge for two nights and days of our two small children whom they had never seen in their lives, an offer which was gratefully accepted. I have always treasured this memory, the memory of a man who extended a helping hand to one who was virtually a stranger, the memory of a man who was equal to any situation.
Their former colleagues on the staff extend their condolences to Mr. Harold Mann and the Reverend Arthur Willis in their bereavements. Mrs. Mann died in September and Mrs. Willis, suddenly, in June.
Following the pattern set last year Commemoration was held at half-term, at the end of May. It is to be hoped that this innovation will come to be accepted, because it enables the whole of the Upper Sixth to attend, and relieves the School of some of the congestion which inevitably builds up at the end of the School year.
St. George's Church, Fordington was as full as ever for the Commemoration Service, conducted by the new vicar, the Reverend F. W. Pugh. The sermon was preached by the Right Reverend F. W. West, M.A., the Bishop of Taunton, who delivered one of the most stirring addresses that we have listened to for many years.
Prizegiving at the Plaza Cinema was presided over for the first time by Mr. J. M. Keeping, the new Chairman of Governors. As an Old Hardyean he was particularly pleased to welcome as our Guest of Honour, a fellow Old Boy in Dr. Colin Bailey, Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, who had failed, through illness, to be present last year. In his address Dr. Bailey stressed the need for school leavers to examine carefully whether they really want to go to university, and if they do decide on such a career it was essential that students should be as clear as possible in their minds precisely at what goal they were aiming. Paul Sharrock proposed the usual vote of thanks.
One comment on prizegiving must, regrettably, be made here. The behaviour of an increasing number of boys, mainly of the younger ones, is totally unworthy of the occasion. Presumably the Wollaston boys who sit in the front seats are completely unaware that their studied attitudes of boredom during the speeches are painfully obvious to the Governors and guests on the platform. We hope that it will not be necessary to introduce pop music into the proceedings to capture these youngsters' interest.
OLD HARDYEANS' CLUB
NEWS OF OLD BOYS
Gwilym BECKERLEGGE to Miss Anne JAQUES in Weymouth.
David COMELY to Miss Ann LAWRENCE at Dorchester.
Gavin EASTON to Miss Ann GOULD at Dorchester.
Anthony FLUX to Miss Jill PITFIELD at Dorchester.
David FRISBY to Miss Jane SIMPSON at Milton Abbas.
Phillip HAMILTON to Miss Carol GUSH at Wyke Regis.
Timothy HANSFORD to Miss Rosemary BORRIES at Radipole.
Norman HAYNE to Miss Jennifer DYKE at Winchester.
Peter HOUSE to Miss Ruth HOLLYWOOD at Dorchester.
Nicholas LEE to Miss Mary WILLIAMS at Sherborne.
Stephen MERLIN to Miss Leila SPROUGI in Beirut.
Christopher PAGE to Miss Helen WILSON at Owermoigne.
Richard SONLEY to Miss Penny CARTER at Dorchester.
Timothy WHITTLE to Miss Carilla MacNAUGHTEN at Esher.
Proud new parents since last year's issue include:
Barney BULLOCKE, a daughter.
Martyn CARTWRIGHT, a son, James Ingram.
Roger DAWE, a daughter.
Anthony FLUX, a daughter, Samantha Louise.
Michael JENKINS, a daughter, Sophie Louise.
Jonathan LLOYD-KING, a son, Jason Robert.
Ernie MIDDLE, a daughter, Marianne, in Tanzania.
Geoffrey MOORE, a son, Adam Egbert, in Uganda.
David NICKELL, a son, Jake.
Tony ROBERTSON, a son, Adam.
Stephen SLADE, a son, Matthew John.
Roger SPARROW, a daughter, Sarah Louise.
Roger TAUNTON-RIGBY, a son, Jonathan.
Tony TEWSON, a son.
Roger ACKROYD is to be warmly congratulated on his latest academic success. On leaving School he studied electronic and electrical engineering at Exeter University, and gained the degree of B.Sc. with first class honours. He also won the final year prize in his department. After a year of post-graduate research at Birmingham, Roger continued his research in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology. In 1969 he was appointed lecturer in industrial instrumentation in the same department. Loughborough University has now conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his research and a thesis entitled 'Analysis and Synthesis of Signals using Complex Zeros.'
D. G. F. ACUTT (1911-1916) has presented the School with a number of photographs covering the period of his schooldays, including those of soccer teams in which he played alongside Rex Fare, amongst others. He has also given the School a copy of his own book Brigade in Action, a history of the origin and development of the St. John Ambulance Brigade in Weymouth, and its co-operation with the Civil defence Services during the war of 1939-1945. Acutt retired fairly recently after a life-long service as a master at Melcombe Regis Boys' School. Weymouth.
Richard AMES has now moved to St. Albans, and taken up a position as Director of Extra-mural Studies at the School of Art.
Our congratulations are extended to K. ARTHURS, who has been promoted from Inspector to Chief Inspector in the Dorset & Bournemouth Constabulary. He has been transferred to Poole where he will be in charge of the Central C.I.D. Division.
The ATTRYDE brothers are keeping in the news. In the course of the year Robin graduated at a passing-out parade of air electronic operators and air engineers at R.A.F. Topcliffe, Yorks. The younger brother, Alan, is jaunting round the sunspots in the Middle East through his job with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Apparently he has every copy of the Dorset Evening Echo sent to him. Here, obviously, is the person most ideally qualified to write this column on news of Old Boys! Just when this issue was about to go to press, Alan was seen in Dorchester. He was a paying a fleeting visit on his way to a 2-year spell in Washington, D.C.
Alf BARRETT has retired from the Dorset & Bournemouth Constabulary � an event banner-headlined in the local newspaper as 'The end of 63 years' service'. It transpires that Alf cannot claim the whole of this period as his own contribution to peace-keeping in the county force. Though he has now retired from the uniformed branch of the Force with the rank of Superintendent, Alf will remain at H.Q.. as he has accepted a post in the Force Recruitment and Training Department, where his 32 years' experience will be invaluable.
Tony BILES is halfway through a most successful year as Mayor of Weymouth. It is difficult to imagine a more suitable choice for Mayor during the quater-centenary year of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. All the celebrations have been carried out with superb efficiency and the charm of the Mayor and Mayoress have been among the chief ingredients in their success.
Hearsay tells us that another Old Boy is enjoying a successful mayoral year, but the details are rather meagre. All that we know is that an Old Boy named Lock is Mayor of Dover.
Graham COLE who graduated from Exeter University in 1967 qualified as a Chartered Accountant in November, 1970. He is at present working with Robson, Rhodes & Co., in London.
Philip Wyn DAVIES has been keeping the flag of the Welsh Language Society flying pretty high in various parts of England and Wales. One may well sympathise with his stand-point, if not necessarily with his form of protest.
News has just come in of Michael F. H. DENNIS (1947-1953), who emigrated to Canada on leaving school and eventually entered the teaching profession. Later he studied at Minnesota University, U.S.A. for his M.A., followed by his Ph.D. He is at present teaching at a school in St. Paul, Minnesota (boys aged 16 + ) and writing articles for an eventual professorship. During his days at Hardye's he lived at Litton Cheney.
A John and Elsie FARWELL became proud parents of a daughter in Toronto, Canada, on September 22, and the news then was that both (i.e. females) were 'going on well'. Is this the John Farwell who was last heard of helping with the pharmacy side of the Uganda hospital where at least one of Egbert Moore's children was born? If so, we wish him well in his new home.
William FLYNN has recently been appointed Southern Television's news reader and announcer.
Nigel GILMOUR has been offered a place to study Medicine at St. George's Hospital. No further news on this item has come to hand.
Richard HALLETT, after reading Medicine at Oxford and training at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, has become a member of the Royal College of Physicians.
Alan HUBBER, early this year, became Dorset's first winner of the Queen's Scout award under the new system. He is at present living in Rugby, where he is on a sandwich electrical course with A.E.I.
Harry HUNT has written several letters recently to his old friends, including Rex Fare and the Rev. Lionel Medway. He is a keen old soldier, having served with the 6th Hants & Dorset Battery in India, where he was commissioned in 1923. He has now written the story of the Battery under the title of The Battery Book.
Stuart JAMES has passed out of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and, when last heard of, was on his way to Singapore on board H.M.S. Eagle. When the carrier returns to England, Stuart hopes to join a mine-sweeper.
John KEEPING, on his appointment as Chairman of the Governors, has now occupied every post open to him in the life of the School. He was a pupil there, later a Governor and parent, President of the Old Hardyeans' Club, and now the Chairman of Governors. We congratulate him most warmly on a splendid record of service to the School. He could yet become a member of the Staff!
Godfrey LEE has now returned, as he had hoped, to the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory, where, with rapid expansion going on, the prospects of promotion look very rosy. The laboratory now has a staff of 150, and the work appears to be becoming increasingly difficult, but very interesting.
Austin LEWIS flew to the U.S.A. in January to take up a post-doctorate fellowship at Iowa State University, with the hope that one day he may be able to join a team of experts seeking to overcome the problem of the acute food shortage facing so many millions of people in various parts of the world. He will be carrying out extensive researches on animal nutrition at the university's department of animal science, particularly on pigs which are an important part of the economy of the State of Iowa. Dr. Lewis' Ph.D. was awarded by Nottingham University for his paper on 'Animo Acid Supplementation of Ruminant Diets', with particular reference to sheep.
John LYNN to be congratulated on being elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is now the Registrar at Chester Royal Infirmary and has been offered a Research Fellowship in endocrinology at Boston, Massachusetts. He will probably be taking up the award before Christmas. This will take him abroad once again; he has not been back in the U.K. long after his stint on Ascension Island, where he spent two years as the island's only surgeon.
The brothers MARTIN, Nicholas and Richard, have now passed the Law Society's Qualifying Examinations and have been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors. Both are now in private practice, Nicholas having entered into a partnership with a firm of solicitors in Swindon, and Richard having joined a Cambridgeshire firm.
Egbert MOORE comes in for a mention this time. (Frank Southerington was amazed to note that the last DURNOVARIAN had passed him over in silence for the first time ever!). Egbert has now produced, with Jane's assistance, a younger Egbert (Adam Egbert), a red-haired brother for Hugh and Sarah. The whole family will be returning to U.K. in mid-December, as Egbert has now decided to give up teaching in favour of the business world. He seems a little uneasy at the prospects of Britain joining the Common Market.
Ed ROLLS goes on from success to success. He writes a good letter and a direct quotation from it will tell us all about his latest achievements. "I submitted a thesis on brain stimulation in the rat in 1970, and received a D.Phil, (in Psychology) early this year. My Fellowship by Examination at Magdalen College (Oxford) has been extended for a fourth year from February, 1972. I am taking up a Lectureship in Psychology at Keble College and St. Edmund Hall in October, 1971. The research that I am engaged in, on the neurophysiology of reward, eating and drinking, and on the psychology of vision, is continuing in an excellent new Psychology Building here at Oxford."
Tim SHAW has passed out from R.A.F. College, Cranwell as a Flying Officer in the Engineering Branch. He had previously graduated at the University of Bath.
Chris SHERRING, who left School in 1964, has now gained the Ph.D. degree of Exeter University for his research into the optical properties of metals. Since the completion of his thesis he has been engaged on the development of infra-red detectors at the Allen Clark Research Centre, Northants.
Neal SKELTON, now a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Marines at Lympstone, was awarded the Green Beret on the conclusion of the commando course. During this course he broke the record for the 30-mile run (carrying rifle, combat kit and all his fighting equipment) in a new time of 6-1/2 hours.
Nick SMITH passed out of Sandhurst in December, 1970, and figured in the prize-winners' list in the top 20 on the Passing-out Parade. He went off to Germany and is soon to be posted to Norway on a Course Instructors' course.
We congratulate Frank SOUTHERINGTON on the publication of his book, Hardy's Vision of Man, a major contribution to the study of Hardy's works.
Philip SWINDELLS is now the first Vicar of the parish of St. Francis, Stevenage, which he describes as a special area for the ecumenical co-operation between the different religious denominations.
We were saddened to read of the death of Gordon TOOGOOD in a road accident in Tanzania, at the age of 51. Before World War II, in which he was taken prisoner by the Japanese, Gordon had worked as a clerk at Dorchester Post Office. For the past 25 years his work had been mainly abroad. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his widow and two daughters, who live in Havant.
John TURNER (1942-1948) always writes at Christmas. He extends a cordial invitation to Staff, Old Boys, or pupils of the School who may stray into his 'parish'�and is always ready to answer questions on Army careers, etc. His address is Lieutenant Colonel J. A. Turner, R.A.O.C., Assistant Director of Ordnance Services (Ord.2d), Headquarters of the Director of Ordnance Services, Ministry of Defence (Army), First Avenue House, High Holborn, London W.C.I.
Robert TURNER, now a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, was presented with his helicopter pilot's wings at R.N.A.S. Culdrose in July. He has now begun training on the sophisticated Sea King anti-submarine helicopters.
The School has received very good reports of J. W. WEDGBURY who left School two years ago to enter Welbeck College. He has now entered R.M.A. Sandhurst, and the report states that he can be pretty sure of a degree course at the Royal Military College of Science after Sandhurst. At Welbeck he was a House Prefect and a C.S.M. (the highest rank) in the C.C.F. He was also Captain of the Bisley Shooting VIII and played a full part in the life of the various clubs and societies. At the passing-out parade he was awarded the Shield of Honour as the best Cadet in his intake.
Simon WINCHESTER has been heard more than once recently on B.B.C. sound radio news bulletins giving eye-witness accounts of the troubles in Northern Ireland. He has an assignment at Belfast as the Guardian's Correspondent.