Martin Fagg English master b.1929 d.1993

Martin Fagg, schoolmaster, writer, competition setter: born Bromley, Kent 15 May 1929; died Wareham, Dorset 16 August 1993. ‘His mind was wry, ironic, styptic, sceptic, brittle: / He knew about a lot of things – but only a very little.’ So Martin Fagg wrote about himself. The first line was probably true, the second half true. He was indeed widely …

Teacher Memories by Patrick Flynn 1940-1947 (revised January 2017)

School Staff 1952-1953 with Dr Bishop Masters All masters at school wore a gown, a tradition which has now disappeared in schools but does, in fact, have value because it contributes to the maintenance of discipline by giving the master a presence which is missing if he teaches in a sweater and jeans and is called by his Christian name …

Tom Beastall 1931-2000

  Kindly contributed by Mick Reed (1953-1959) and Paul Taylor (1955-1962) The teachers for whom I ever felt affection were few: Tich Morris (definitely), Spiv (improbably) and Tom Beastall. Tom had the advantage of not knowing me until the last couple of years of my school career. Perhaps he had no preconceptions of me to influence him. I think he …

K D Anderson and the Cane

A former master recounted the following tale to me: Shortly after joining the School and having had no previous experience of public or grammar schools of our ilk he was made a form master. At the end of his first term in charge he duly read all the boys’ reports written by each subject master and added a brief commentary. …

Ted Walker (circa 1964-1967)

Poetry and short stories In 1963 Walker obtained a teaching post in Bognor Regis and from there moved to Chichester High School. He had also started to write poetry regularly and of a quality that made it welcome in journals such as The Listener, The Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and the London Magazine. It drew the attention of William …

Tich Morris

Tich 3rd from left back row   Tich Morris For most of the information in this profile we are indebted to Mr. Morris’ son and daughter who were kind enough to respond to my approach.   Their cooperation is greatly appreciated. Howard Morris was a well-remembered and much loved member of staff among boys who attended CHSB in the period from …

Oscar Lloyd

Oscar Lloyd: Teacher of History 1942-55 by S T Gahan Mr Lloyd is leaving us after thirteen years, and the School is poorer for his going. In a common-room as rich as any in character and accomplishment Mr Lloyd held a special place, and the memory of ‘his shrewd and genial talk will linger for a long time with his colleagues. What …

Ken Murch

Introduction by Doug Murgatroyd Having only just got a handle on how to access the Old Cicestrians Website and learnt only recently how to “upload” information onto it, I thought that an appropriate area of interest would be Teacher Memories. To this end I have begun the process of collating articles we have previously published in past newsletters and, hopefully, …

Taff Harries

Introduction by Doug Murgatroyd Having only just got a handle on how to access the Old Cicestrians Website and learnt only recently how to “upload” information onto it, I thought that an appropriate area of interest would be Teacher Memories. To this end I have begun the process of collating articles we have previously published in past newsletters and, hopefully, …

Frank Haill

Introduction by Doug Murgatroyd Having only just got a handle on how to access the Old Cicestrians Website and learnt only recently how to “upload” information onto it, I thought that an appropriate area of interest would be Teacher Memories. To this end I have begun the process of collating articles we have previously published in past newsletters and, hopefully, …