Editor: C. J. Plouviez.
After three years of evacuation, it is interesting to notice some of the changes which, for better or worse, have forced themselves upon us. Many of the original School party, boys and masters, have now left us, and those who remain are beginning to be regarded with mixed feelings of respect and curiosity. They have indeed "seen life," from the quiet country existence of Bedfordshire to the genial urban atmosphere of Colchester: from the time when, in Worcestershire, half the School had no idea where the rest was, to the present time when, after more than two years of settled life in Leominster. the School has achieved a new unity The Monovian, however, has not changed much as a result of the War. Its appearances are more erratic, its cover is less impressive, the paper is not so good, but the contents, although reflecting the war-time circumstances, are very similar to those of pre-war issues. A great deal of space is still devoted to sport-more since the Headmaster revived flagging interest at the beginning of last year by his own infectious enthusiasm. Society notes still summarise the indoor activities of the term; while House notes, though much reduced, are still printed. Moreover, the Editor still has to complain bitterly of the lack of initiative shown by the School in producing original compositions. It is important that the magazine should continue as far as possible during the present time, a fact which is continually being proved by the correspondence we receive. Men serving, overseas, in remote parts of England, or on the sea show a marked interest in the Monovian. Copies of the second evacuation number are still being asked for, and indeed, were there any for sale, we could still sell some of the Colchester number. We still welcome news of Old Boys in H.M. Forces to add to our already lengthy list, and at the same time we thank all those who have been good enough to write to us and whose letters we have not been able to answer individually. Good luck to all Old Monovians who are serving their country from all those who are still at School.
Editor:C. J. PLOUVIEZ.
Like the clown in the pantomime, here we are again. "And about time, too," no doubt you are thinking. We admit the fault and apologise, though we are not entirely to blame. "The Editor's task," wrote F. C. Carpenter in 1938, "should be to collect, correct, and, if need be, to reject : he should not have to write the Magazine." The sentiment is as true now as then and its iteration as necessary. At a time when so many school magazines are short of spaces we are lacking material to fill our pages. We take this opportunity of extending a belated, but nevertheless sincere greeting to all those who have joined or rejoined the School since its return from Leominster. We are pleased to note the way in which the various groups have settled down to form a united School. Surely there is something in tradition which even the greatest sceptic cannot ignore! Our highest encouragement is still the support we receive from Old Boys. Apart from many letters and much information which we greatly appreciate, we are particularly fortunate this term in having two articles by Old Monovians. We only hope that others will follow suit.