An early memory of the first form as a
boy was the introduction to the school coal hole by the boy who became a
good friend and then brother-in-law, John Swatton (1948-53) with other
I recall dodging the early morning
school hat and cap inspections with my version of an early warning system.
Another memory was of singing in a trio
with Colin Chalmers and Ray (?) East, directed by Miss Higginson at a
local festival. Ivy and I were in the school choir right through our
school career, but I could only sing in tune in a larger group, and so,
unlike Ivy, I never joined Mr. Madin's madrigal choir. I remember
Brian Gurden, Mr. Bell and Mr. Taylor being active in both groups.
A Mr. Meazel, who was an exchange
teacher from America, had a profound effect on my life in my third year.
He introduced me to long-distance running and created a life-long
interest. His version of hitting a cricket ball on the leg-side had
to be seen to be believed.
He also introduced us to baseball that
year. Another influence fostered at school was Mr. Copson and Mr.
Mortimore's Transport Club, which has resulted in my garden sporting a
half-built model railway.
School plays had Ivy acting or
prompting, while I painted scenery. I can't remember who it was who
stepped down from a ladder, straight into a bucket of paint, while a now
respectable solicitor fell off a ladder without spilling a drop of the
paint he was carrying.
Painting also figured in the sixth form
when I followed Ivy by becoming a prefect just in time to help repaint the
walls in the Sixth Form Room. I still get conned into redecoration
by the female side of the family.
School dances to the Stoner Quartet and
Ivy dancing while I watched. I still can't dance.
Prize giving very year meant a prize for
Ivy but not for me. School elections when John Swatton had the nerve
to throw election pamphlets from the school balcony at the end of Dr.
Roberts' assembly. John is now a respectable school governor of many
I remember the hot Sports Days and the
cold cross country runs through the streets. The school influences
continued on leaving there when Miss Stevenson guided me into the career I
have followed ever since, that of Personnel Officer.
Martin and Ivy Hine (nee Swatton)