R. Clarke At School 1960-67; Prefect 1967; Vice-Captain 2nd XI football; School Cross-Country; School Athletics; Half-colours football; History Society; Geographical Society; Economics Society; Literary Circle; School Council representative.
"Nobby" became a prefect after Christmas and in his two terms he adapted himself to mix work, sport, and the duties of a prefect with considerable success at each.
Politics became a major interest for Nobby, especially at the time of the local election. In this, although he admitted to being a socialist, he decided that the Liberal party best served his purpose. He did considerable work for the Liberal cause, bringing a new dimension to canvassing. If, while out canvassing, he did not receive an answer he would open the letter-box and shout, "Come out, come out, we know you're in there".
Roger always took an active part in many school sports and it therefore came as no surprise when he decided to spend the summer cycling around Europe. He brought back many momentoes of this especially a badly mangled front wheel and badly gashed arm.
Nobby had a considerable capacity for concentrating on work. In the six weeks before 'A' level he appeared to work non-stop and was awarded by attaining exceptional grades. His 'A' level results gained him a place at Aberystwyth University where we wish him every success.
D. W, Dale At School 1960-67; Prefect 1966-67; Higham House Captain; School badminton Captain-full colours; Vice-Captain swimming -half colours; School football; School athletics; Geographical Society; History Society; Economics Society.
Those people who listened to the Headmaster on Speech Day will recall his mentioning a person who went to Finland with the School, and came back with beard. This mystery man was Del Dale, whose Rasputin-like countenance can now be seen behind the desk of Walthamstow High Street Public Library, working in the overall cause of the borough! As far as History (and Yorkshire) went Derek, to say the least, was not an ardent admirer, but preferred to dote on his beloved folk music and his appreciation of art.
Derek will best be remembered by many for his portrayal of the Caped Crusader in the Prefect's sketch for the Rag Concert. He was also known as one of the arch-destroyers of furniture, being responsible for the present state of the Prefect's Room door, which was done in a moment of anguish when he discovered that he had not seen two of the best questions on the 'A' Level History paper. A man of leisure, Del believed in short working hours, and as one Northerner said, "his gutter mind could lead him down the brain drain". However, he gained good 'A' Level results, although not good enough to gain him a place at university, an end we hope he achieves next year.
He was a good sportsman who put a lot of effort into everything he did, especially his badminton; and he claims to be the only person ever to have had an uncontrollable bout of yawning in the middle of a game.
We wish him all the luck in the future, and hope that all good things come to a Holt!
J. W. G. Evans School 1960-67; Prefect 1966-67; Allpass House Captain; House cross-country and athletics captain; House gymnastics captain; House basketball, swimming, cricket; School badminton
vice-captain (full colours); School athletics captain (full colours); Essex youth pole-vault champion; Senior Circle treasurer; School Council; Gym club; Bridge Club.
John was one of the most popular prefects, particularly amongst the lower school, because of the cheerful manner in which he dispensed his prefectorial duties. He was always willing to help out and even if he had no specific duty during the lunchtime, he could always be seen in the corridors, taking an interest in the running of the school.
For some unknown reason, John was not only trusted with the finances of the prefects' room, out of which he made a profit for the prefects by the end of the summer term, but was also Treasurer of the Senior Circle, always an unsavoury job considering the general affluence of the sixth form.
Much of John's time was spent on sport. He was most successful in athletics, specialising in pole-vault, and in badminton. As Athletics captain, he hoped to increase interest in this sport and as Allpass House Captain, aimed to widen active participation in house events.
Seen as often in the prefects' room (where he would make the life of the other prefects that shade more interesting, and amusing) as in the class room, John nevertheless obtained more than reasonable 'A' level results. After hearing regular reports of his course at the College of Fashion and Clothing Technology, one would not only wish him luck but also wish that one were in his shoes.
A,. P. Lansbury At School 1959-67; Prefect 1967; Librarian 1966-67; secretary of History Society; Senior Circle, Literary Circle; Economics Society; Natural History Society; 2nd XI Football.
Alan was certainly never content to get stuck in a rut. His academic career was one of constant change - after entering the Sixth form as a Scientist, he emerged with good 'A' levels in History, English Literature and Economics.
Those of us who followed his political career were amazed by the fact that he was once offered a job at Conservative Central Office, and is now a member of East Walthamstow Liberal Association. His impersonations of Mr. George Brown are well known, and Alan is the only person we can think of (outside the Staff Room) who could talk politics at a party, at 4 o'clock in the morning.
Despite his Russian ancestry, "Alby" fitted in well into all aspects of prefectorial life and duties, and he was as happy when playing prefects' room cricket as he was when telling us the finer points of the war between Israel and Egypt. His experience in the Second Eleven told when he took up a well deserved place in the prefects' team which played the staff (the least said about that game, the better).
We are confident that what he did to Monoux, he will do likewise to the University of Liverpool, although we find it hard to imagine him making a film of that noble institution. If they have something like our "Rag Concert", then they will find a readymade Master of Ceremonies, although Alan may well wish to forget the vocal harmonies of Gabriel Humperdink and the Exmoor Applestompers! For whatever he does in the next few years, he has our sincere good wishes. We look forward to the day when our children will say "Father knew Alby Landsbury."
P. C. Lawrence At School 1960-67; Prefect 1967; Spivey House Swimming Captain; School Council representative; Secretary Senior Circle; Geography Society; Science Society; Film Society; Bridge Club.
Whilst being basically a refined type of person, Pete was always ready to join in with any joke. His female impersonation in the Rag Concert gained him many whistles and offers although he never disclosed the identity of the girl who lent him the garments. (He was alleged to be one of the 3 1/2.)
Unfortunately for the many School societies of which he was a member, Pete was forced to move out to Leigh-on-Sea but he still managed to keep his interests alive. He quickly made friends in Southend and legend has it that he was the only member of the Monoux Family who found Southend sandy.
Pete was one of those rare people who enjoyed not only the company, but also the walking itself whilst on Messrs. Hadson and Hobson's tours. From his first visit (to Switzerland) to his last one (to the Lake District) he made many friends amongst other guests. His cheerful personality made these tours bearable. He was a well-liked person in the Prefects' room, chiefly because he spent so much time in there when others were working. However Pete did not completely waste him time, for his 'A' level results were very good and a surprise only to himself. Although he has to continue his Chemistry course at Nottingham University we know that Pete is enjoying himself and we hope to be sending him a more concrete expression of our thanks next September.
R. I. McAllister At School 1960-67; Prefect 1967; Whittingham House swimming captain; School swimming team, half-colours; recorder, Senior Circle; School Council; Geographical Society; Science Society.
What more can one say about Ian than that he enjoyed life. Whatever he undertook he approached with an apparently carefree air; at the same time, however, we all knew that he treated things seriously and perfectly sensibly. The serious side of Ian we rarely saw, except when he was involved in his studies. Sportswise, Ian devoted much time and effort to his house swimming team, and represented the School. He was First Eleven scorer for a short time, and kept goal for the Prefects' Eleven in their football match versus the Staff (the fact that the Prefects were defeated is no reflection of Ian's performance in the match; comments, particularly from two female spectators, were very favourable).
Socially, Ian was a valuable friend to every one, mainly because he was the owner of two motor vehicles (one was a twelve-seater van; we hesitate to describe the other as a car, though the Austin company probably considered it as such!). His romantic exploits in the Highams Park district were particularly famous, and at one time he had a strong taste for cider.
It was out of doors, and in the mountains of Britain in particular, that Ian most enjoyed himself. He once attended the Outward Bound School at Eskdale, and qualified as a member of the Mountain Rescue Team there. He was a member of three school mountaineering parties, two to the Lake District and one to Snowdonia; he would probably rather not be reminded of his accident at Lanadale, but it was typical of him that he was not deterred, and maintained his love for mountains. Ian is now at Poulton Training College near Blackpool, within easy reach of the Lake District; we wish him every success at college, and many happy hours at mountaineering.
D. Minchin At School 1960-67; Prefect 1966-67; Vice-House Captain Morris; Senior Circle; Radio Club; Science Society; Geographical Society; House football, athletics, and cross-country running; Photographic Society.
Dave was a quiet member of the prefectorial body, but, at the same time, he was a very busy member.
Never outstanding in any subject, Dave's distinction in 'A' level Physics shocked him and we hope that, by now, he has recovered from this. As a Scientist, he was in the minority among the prefects and was strongly against this. However, he was not completely alienated from art; his work, which can still be seen on the walls of the prefects' room, more than proves this point.
Dave was never one for the limelight and would do practically anything for anyone, doing much more work for the School than was ever supposed. It was Dave who ensured that the tedious but routine duties of the prefects were carried out since, week after week, efficiently drew up the rota of prefectorial duties. As the giant, Ho Min Chin, in the prefects' pantomime, Dave was our outstanding success and also made use of his interest in recording by producing the sound effects. Although he was not really the sporting type, he was always willing to help out when his house required him for such jobs as house whip on Sports Day. While at Monoux, Dave gave up chemistry as a bad job, and we hope that he does not have to take it up again at Leeds, where we wish him every possible success.
G. A. Swan At School 1959-67; prefect 1966-67; House Captain Whittingham; deputy-chief librarian; secretary Dramatic Society; editor "The Monovian"; Photographic Society; School Council.
For five years we tended to take Graham somewhat for granted. It was only after his entry into the sixth form that we came to realise his true worth. In the "Cynical Sixties" Graham's pride in Monoux, and his loyalty to the School had a stabilizing effect.
Organisation was his strong point-despite what might have been said by a certain History Master! The great success of "Sixth Form Presents", and of the regular Theatre visits were due to Graham's untiring efforts. These efforts were to be found in all his work for Monoux, which has truly lost a most loyal and hard-working member. We were all amazed however, that he managed to do so much for the School in the few hours he spent here each week. His service was rewarded when he received the McEntee Award on Speech Day.
Unfortunately his efforts in other directions brought him less reward, and his photographic mind did not serve him academically. Ever the "perfect gentleman", Graham did not let his occasional "hippie" moments detract from his campaign to preserve the Monoux School Uniform in all its glory-as many an errant third former will testify.
We wish Graham good luck in his future career. If any reader is looking for an expert photographer he need search no further.
R. Tebboth At School 1960-67; Prefect 1966-67; Whittingham House Captain of football and cricket; Captain 2nd XI football, halfcolours; trainer U.12 XI football; 1st XI cricket-full colours; Secretary, Senior Circle; House debating; Literary Society, History Society; Geographical Society; Chief Librarian; Essex County F.A. Referee.
'T' was one of the busiest members of the Prefects' Room in all respects. He carried out his prefectorial duties with his own high-spirited enthusiasm; was willing to take part in the various games specialised for the small confines of the Prefects' Room; attended functions ranging from the Carol Service to the School Dance; and played a large part in most School activities, particularly on the sporting side.
In football not only was he a very efficient Captain of a most successful Second Eleven, but he also spent considerable time handling the Under-12 team. Perhaps his most remarkable achievement in this field is the fact that he is now goalkeeper for his college First Eleven at Cambridge. In cricket, as secretary, he widened the fixture list, proved an effective medium-pace bowler in his final season in the First Eleven, and continued to help the first form by taking them for cricket.
'T' was a keen member of his house, taking part in most of the inter-house competitions. His biggest success in this field was when he helped Whittingham win the Debating Competition. Towards the end of his office as Chief Librarian, 'T' was responsible for the initial organisation of the new library system. Academically the most brilliant prefect on the arts side, he won an Exhibition to Christ's College, Cambridge, in four terms and, although he did not work hard for them, gained very good 'A' level results.
Undoubtedly 'T' was one of the most loyal prefects and will always be a keen Monovian. We hope he will be as successful in his future life as he has been at Monoux.
P. Vishnick At School 1960-67; Prefect 1966-67; Higham House football; vice-captain of table tennis; Science Society.
Paul was one of the more reserved members of the prefectorial body to which it has been said he added considerable weight. Mathematics was his really strong point - he was exceedingly gifted in the subject and his efforts were duly rewarded by gaining distinction at 'A' level in Pure, Applied and Further Mathematics. He was always willing to help sixth formers with their mathematical problems, and I might add that he did this with his usual sincere good humour and in his very likeable manner.
He did not play an active part in School sports, but did, however, do a tremendous amount of work to encourage table tennis in the School. His extremely high standard in the game matched his enthusiasm and he could have, if he had had the time, played for an Essex 'A' or 'B' team. Paul never did things by halves and, as you may well guess when I say that he played bridge, he was brilliant at the game. He was indeed a connoisseur of card-play and consequently of most card games.
He is at present reading Pure Mathematics at the London School of Economics. I am quite sure that he will be highly successful at University, and that we all wish him well for the future.
S. Wiseman At School 1965-67; Prefect 1967; Captain School gymnastics; School swimming; House basket-ball captain; full colours, gymnastics, half-colours, gymnastics and swimming; Chairman of
Senior Circle; Dramatic Society; Film Society; Whittingham House debating.
Mick came to the School in 1965 after being Head Boy at the George Gascoigne School. In his two years in the School he succeeded in creating a definite impression. In this he was considerably helped by his car which was easily recognisable if not for the rust and lack of a top coat of paint, for the numerous car stickers calling for the end of Nasser and the saving of Israel.
It was not only on car stickers that Mick extolled the virtues of Israel but also in heated and highly emotional discussions in the prefects' room. In this he achieved great success with most of the prefects agreeing with him, if only to shut him up. However, in an equally heated and emotional argument over the relative values of a bagsy and a cogsy he had to concede to the superior arguments and claims for a cogsy beating a bagsy.
Dramatics was a field where Mick showed great enthusiasm and he played a major part in the production of "Sixth Form Presents".
His interest in dramatics extended outside the School to the Waltham Forest Youth Theatre, in which he took an active interest.
This was not his only connection with the Arts. He was also interested in cine-photography and while on holiday with the School in North Wales he showed his flair for the unusual: if anyone received a heavenly message while out walking Mick was always ready with his camera to recall the occasion for posterity. It is customary now to wish the subject of the Vale best wishes in his studies, but since at Madeley College of Education where Mick is now studying, the girls outnumber the men three to one it is not best wishes he needs but discretion and stamina!