The Scarlett Pimpernel November-December 1955

This is the cast list with just one query: Left to right Back Row: Dave Roberts, Tony Keating, Anthony Thompson, Jean Siviter, Gregory Sage, Hazel Turner, Peter Ansell, Frances Aistrop, Piers Stephens, Pamela Rowlands, Robert Rodney-Hudson, Dorothy Edwards, Geoffrey Plant, Norah Dyer, Colin White, David Storey Front Row: Anthony Geary, Robin Wills, James Joyce, Unknown, Terence Blanks, Keith Smith, Derek …

The Canals by Marcus Rumpus (CHSB 1954-1962)

I got seriously into canal restoration during my time as post graduate/lecturer at Oxford, specifically the Kennet and Avon. I ended up going to Australia before having fully completed it as a through route. However, I borrowed a friend’s boat and “did” the K&A a few years later but was most disappointed when I got to a lock where I …

Bruce Morton, CHSB 1959-1965

I was born in London but all my forebears came from Scotland, something of which I am fiercely proud. My family moved to Felpham and I went to Northcliffe Preparatory School. Following my 11+ I arrived at Chi High at 10½ in 1C. I had already studied individual subjects, including Latin and French, for three years and advanced to 2A …

Geoff Wills (1943-1952) on Cricket, his life at School and after

English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) 1951-1952 I was both honoured and elated to be selected for the ESCA senior XI in the years 1951 and 1952, especially as in the latter year I was appointed captain. I understand that ESCA was formed in 1948 and in those days only two matches were played each season – one each against the …

Random thoughts and recollections – Barry Capon 1947-1955

School caps  They had to be worn at the time of entering the school gates. If not worn then there were consequences – detention or lines I think. If in later years you were elevated to being a prefect you wore a yellow hooped cap and if you were school captain or deputy school captain the cap had a yellow or …

More memories of a Chichester evacuee by Monty Clarkson Old Thorntonian (1935 -1942)

I believe the following were evacuated with the school:  Messrs Evans, John, Jeremy, Gribble, Lambert, Haill, Bacon, Cossins, Collins, Collings, Cooper, Dix, Cundall, Read, Summerton, Wigley and Bramble. Mr Morgan was seriously injured in a car accident near Oxford when driving back from holiday in Wales to rejoin the school for the evacuation. He never came back to teach but …

More Memories of a Chichester Evacuee – Peter Lawson Old Thorntonian (1936 -1941)

We met on Friday 1st September 1939 at 8.30am and travelled to Balham (S.R) with haversacks and small attaché cases, to arrive in Bognor just after mid-day. In crocodile formation we marched, full of excitement, to the Social Centre/Theatre opposite the Pier Head, where we were “’selected” by “locum parents” and put into small groups for billeting. I was lucky, …