R. P. HANCOCK. At School 1954-62; Prefect 1961-62; Allpass House Captain; Secretary of Senior Circle; Editor of The Bulletin; Tennis, Captain and colours, Essex Junior Champion (three years), Junior Wimbledon runner-up, England Junior International; Badminton, Captain and colours, Essex Schools Champion; Cricket, full colours; Football, first XI and half-colours.
"Shod", as he was universally known, will be best remembered for his cheerful, carefree personality and his great sporting achievements. He made friends easily and became very popular in most parts of the school. Practical jokes were his speciality and he never seemed to mind having his leg pulled, a possible explanation for his unusual shape. He had a profound effect on the atmosphere of the Prefects' Room, which, since his departure, has become almost serene at times.
He will be missed not only for his extravagant character but also for his efforts for the School in multifarious fields of sport, where he had great natural ability. Despite his lack of height, his achievements in tennis were the most spectacular, and he represented his country in a Junior International match. He was undisputed champion of badminton, and was of course Captain of both sports. On the cricket field the qualities of an unusually reliable wicketkeeper were coupled with a style of batting which was characteristically entertaining and, more often than not, effective. He was also a member of the Football lst XI.
One of his two main hobbies was photography; he has now decided to make a living in the photographic world and will commence his studies at the L.S.P.G.A. in September. One hobby is being fully developed, but the other is not neglected. To the school "Shod" and "jimbo" are still inseparables and among his photographic albums will be found another whose mysterious contents have delighted many eyes. We give him our best wishes far success in his career and his sporting activities.
P. W. WARD. At School 1954-62. Prefect 1960-61. School Captain 1961-62. Chemistry Lab. Assistant. Chairman School Council. Editor The Bulletin. Science Society. Senior Circle. ViceCaptain Cricket. 1 st XI Football. State Scholarship.
The School's highest honour was bestowed on Peter, a young man of cheerful, determined and loyal character. Always popular, he managed with apparent ease to fulfil with ability his duties as Prefect, School Captain and Laboratory Assistant, whilst maintaining an extremely high standard of work throughout.
In all activities in which he took part he upheld all that was best in the School. On the sports field Peter once again showed his adaptability in proving to be one of the School's best all-rounders for he was Vice-Captain of cricket and held a regular lst XI soccer place as well as frequently representing his house in swimming, tennis, athletics and basketball.
Peter excelled as Chairman of the School Council, demonstrating great coolness of character by the way in which weathered a period of general apathy towards this body, which produced a facetious and irresponsible Council; he succeeded reawakening interest by the end of the year.
Peter was, of course, a keen member of the Science Society. Later, he decided to try his hand at journalism and as an editor The Bulletin he once again showed his capabilities.
Gaining excellent results at Advanced Level, and having been awarded a State Scholarship in 1961, Peter was accepted at St. John's College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences. We wish him good fortune at university, and we feel sure that having left his mark on the School, his resolution and adaptability will be put to equal use both there and in whatever occupation he eventually takes up.
D. J. BRAMHALL. At School 1954-62. Prefect 1960-62. School Orchestra. School Choir. Essex Youth Orchestra. Dramatic Society. Spivey Debating Team.
As can be seen from the above-mentioned list of achievements "Didge" did much to improve and widen the scope of the School's musical activities. A talented and versatile musician himself, he spent much of his time in helping younger members of the orchestra to master their instruments. He arranged and, indeed, composed many pieces for school plays and concerts, and won innumerable prizes in the School Musical Festival, of which he was a founder member. His inherent musical talent was rewarded with a place in the Essex Youth Orchestra which he richly deserved. In spite of the endless hours of rehearsals which Dave put in for the School Orchestra and Choir, he still found time to take part in the Dramatic Society's productions, and the Spivey House Debating Team. His calm, casual manner of debating earned him a place in the House Debating Final-which he was unable to take owing to illness.
Dave is going to Durham University to read Music, and it is with our good wishes that he leaves us.
R. H. BROWN. At School 1954-62. Prefect 1961-62. Physics Lab. Assistant. Christian Fellowship. Senior Circle. School Choir. School Orchestra. State Scholarship.
Richard's reserved nature concealed many fine qualities. He was that rarity, the cultured scientist, for he participated in the School's musical activities with zest and had a real feeling for what he was doing; Richard's considerable knowledge of musical theory was undoubted. The School has good cause to remember the enthusiasm with which he applied himself to singing bass parts in the School Choir and to playing the violin in the School Orchestra. Never an individual performer of genius, as he would be the first to admit, he yet proved a mainstay of the School's activities for many years.
His quiet humour and ready wit were ever devoid of malice, a thing unknown to Richard. He was in truth a practising Christian; he lived up to the Baptist principles which suffered sore trial in the atmosphere of the Prefects' Room and yet never appeared antisocial in his determination to do so. Needless to say, he played a leading part in the Christian Fellowship and gave great help to the organisation of Club 1.2.3.
His application to his studies was second only to that of Tony Gable. The high calibre of his work earned him the post of Physics Lab. Assistant, a State Scholarship, and a place at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he will read Natural Sciences, and where, without self-publicity or controversy, he will assuredly make his mark.
F. J. BUCK. School 1954-62. Prefect 1961-62. Captain Spivey House. Secretary Bridge Club. Vice-Captain Bridge Team. Senior Circle. Captain Basketball and Colours. Captain Swimming and Colours. 2nd XI Football. State Scholarship. Editor The Triton and The Bulletin.
Frank made many contributions towards school life. As a prefect he performed his duties thoroughly and sternly exercised his authority. As Captain of Spivey House, he worked efficiently for his house in many activities. He possessed a fine mathematical brain, which enabled him to gain a State Scholarship and a place at Queen's College, Cambridge, to read Mathematics.
Among the prefects, he was noted also for his enormous appetite and his devastating throwing. Anyone who insulted Frank was likely to be the target of a string of missiles directed with great force and accuracy. In view of his addiction to throwing, it is hardly surprising that his favourite sport was basketball. Under his captaincy, and with the encouragement of the P.T. Staff, basketball in the School was transformed from a sport suffering from lack of interest and organization into one with the School team fit, trained and keen to improve.
Another sport he enjoyed was swimming, and as captain of the School team he represented Walthamstow Schools in his final year. Nor shall we forget his expert participation in the netball team which met local girls' schools in some highly entertaining friendly matches. Memories of Frank's towering figure placing the ball in the basket with the utmost of ease and the minimum of exertion, or lowering the goal post to facilitate a Monoux goal are memories that will remain with us.
A. R. BURROWS. At School 1957-62. Prefect 1961-62. Librarian. Senior Circle. Vice-Captain 2nd XI Cricket. 2nd XI Football. School Badminton team. School Tennis Team. County Major Scholarship.
Besides his work, 'Egg' as Tony was commonly known, had two interests at School - sports and the School Tuckshop. His enthusiasm in running the latter helped it over a very worrying time and enabled it to achieve a near record profit, which, contrary to popular belief, has not been used to redecorate the Prefects' Room.
'Egg' represented the School in four sports and could always be relied upon to give of his best. As a footballer, he was not of the highest class and insisted that his rugby was better, but his enthusiasm earned him a regular place in the 2nd XI defence, after an own-goal spree in one of his first games. His cricket was of higher calibre and he can consider himself unlucky not to have gained a lst XI trial. His batting was always steady, his bowling brought results, and his fielding did improve. In tennis and badminton he acquitted himself well without any signs of genius and never gave up.
This gift of perseverance will stand him in good stead at whatever he may choose to try his hand and we are certain that he will succeed.
R. T. BURROWS: At School 1957-62. Prefect 1961-62. Librarian. History Society. Senior Circle. Captain 2nd XI Cricket. 2nd XI Football. School Badminton team. School Tennis team.
'Rog' was noted for his marked resemblance to one of the other prefects which led to disputes, especially in cricket; opposing teams were crestfallen when he seemed to come in again after they had dismissed him.
He was not a born leader but adapted himself well to the captaincy of the 2nd XI Cricket team, inspiring it at times. He was a keen footballer, who, when not playing for the School, helped the illustrious Congo Casuals to avoid relegation in the Clapton and Stoke Newington League. Without great natural ability, his strong play and enthusiasm found him a place in the School badminton and tennis teams. He was always ready to play if needed and rarely played a bad game.
He gave up much time to help the School in various ways and the Tuck Shop thrived under the energetic direction of 'Egg' and 'Rog'.
N. DAVIES. At School 1955-62. Prefect 1962. Senior Circle. Dramatic Society. Science Society. School Choir.
'Norm' contributed much to the cultural life of the school, and it was particularly in dramatics that he excelled, taking leading parts in five of the annual school plays. The undoubted climax of these occurred this year, when he took the part of the "Stage Manager" in Our Town by Thornton Wilder. He succeeded in interpreting this difficult part in a smooth, natural, utterly convincing manner rarely seen in school dramatics.
His acting prowess and a year's singing lessons stood him in good stead for the part he took in a comedy operetta, which was produced for the school concert in his last term. With this musical portrayal of a staunch, middle-class father he greatly amused the audience. He has also served a useful part in the school choir, singing with the basses in several concerts.
Most of the School will be reminded of Norm by the modernistic mural in the dining hall, which refers back to his stage experiences.
We wish him well in his perhaps surprising ambition to obtain a Diploma of Technology in Applied Physics at the University of Sussex and hope he finds satisfying outlets in amateur groups for his artistic talents.
A. R. FERSHT. At School 1954-62. Prefect 1961-62. Captain of Chess 1959-62, and colours. Essex Junior Chess Representative. Captain of Bridge. School Council. Senior Circle. Bulletin Editor. Science Society. Hon. Bursar to Prefects. Physics Lab: Assistant. State Scholarship.
One can remember Alan for the warmth of his bubbling, effusive personality in the Prefects' Room. Graced with an extremely pleasant manner and countenance he was the balm and source of encouragement to us all. He will be accepted wherever he goes.
Among his many other gifts we must, of course, record his cool scientific mind. His success in chess (Essex Junior Champion 1959-60, runner-up 58-59, lst reserve for the English Junior Team) and his State Scholarship in Physics and Chemistry are proof of his logical approach to problems requiring careful analysis. He was, too, a great admirer of C.P. Snow in his pursuit of both art and science. Needless to say he held Dr. F. R. Leavis as his arch-enemy.
Must it be said that he had a wealth of background and experience? From "my ultimate success" as 1 st reserve in the Bickersteth Cup Shot, to conducting Ray Yorke's election campaign with the latest motivational research, he attacked everything he did with vigour and enthusiasm.
That he did not emerge as eminence grise of the Prefects (for he was after all their bursar, auditor and accountant, and had an intimate knowledge of character analysis by handwriting) is of great credit to him. His was the greatest opportunity: his too was the selfless acceptance of responsibility.
In whatever life he chooses, we know he will succeed. He carries with him all the good, wishes of his innumerable friends at Monoux in taking his place at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
A.T. GABLE. At School 1955-62. Prefect 1961-62. Editor, The Monovian. Secretary School Council. Librarian. Senior Circle. Serious Music Society. State Scholarship. Cecily Courtauld Scholarship. Open Scholarship, Christ's College, Cambridge.
How does one begin to pay tribute to Tony? In an outstanding prefectorial year, he swept the board in academic honours - three distinctions at Advanced Level, a state Scholarship, an Open Scholarship in Modern Languages, to Christ's College, Cambridge, and one of the coveted Cecily Courtauld Scholarships. All were well-deserved, for he backed up a native facility for languages with a phenomenal devotion to his studies that became legendary in the Sixth Form.
Usually Tony was seen only in the Prefects' Room as he hurried in to collect a few books; soon he was gone again. Yet no matter how pressed for time, his recherche wit would invariably produce some apt quotation to sum up the scene of animal disorder which greeted his eyes, or some Latin pun, horrid in its cleverness.
The same keen intellect was apparent in all he did; the minutes he wrote for the School Council, and his editorials for The Monovian were masterpieces of crystal clear brevity and wry humour. He was a founder-member of that group of awesome highbrows, the Serious Music Society; in a world of Whirling Americana, one sometimes felt that Tony, Dave Wigston and Russ Parry were the last bastions of European civilisation. That civilisation is sure of at least one representative - a witty, urbane and elegant exponent, at Christ's College, Cambridge, where Tony goes to read French and Italian, having already spent three months teaching in France and another three in Rome. To wish him well may be polite; it is also superfluous.
T. S. GOODES. At School 1954-62. Prefect 1961-62. ViceCaptain, Morris House. Chemistry Lab. Assistant. Secretary School Council. Secretary Science Society. Science Editor The Bulletin. Film Society. Dramatic Society. Senior Circle. County Major Scholarship.
Tim's presence in the Prefects' Room often provided a strong modifying influence on the more high-spirited occupants. His firm character and intensity of purpose led him to perform all his duties quietly and efficiently; it was not in his nature to seek glory, but all who worked with him in his varied activities were imbued with his quiet enthusiasm.
His outlook upon life is that of a sincere Anglican. Indeed, when not working for Monoux he would spend much of his time working for St. Edmund's Parish Church, Chmgford. One sometimes felt that his argument was limited by his often severe self-discipline, but this never obscured his essentially pleasant and friendly nature.
The constant service he gave to the School and his hard work at his scientific studies have been justifiably rewarded by his acceptance as a medical student at Exeter College, Oxford.
Tim will stand out more in the memory than he actually did while at Monoux. We will always remember him as the 'father figure' of the Prefects' Room and as a personal friend.
C. J. HIGH. At School 1959-62. Prefect 1961-62. Biology Lab. Assistant. Senior Circle. School Council. History Society. Natural History Society. County Major Scholarship. Mallinson Award.
Colin carne to us in 1959 from George Gascoigne Secondary Modern School - itself a tribute to the perseverance and diligence which has distinguished his career. His appointment as a prefect was well-earned; he performed his duties with efficiency and courage.
Within the Prefects' Room, Colin added to the discussion an intelligent appraisal of affairs from the point of view of an empirical socialism, and to the general conversation he added a sense of humour which never failed to delight. His eminently quotable remarks earned him a column in The Bulletin devoted exclusively to 'High-lights of the Week'. Although we were unable to adopt his ideas and turn the Rag Concert into a multi-million spectacular featuring Routemasters and a specially planted bluebell wood, he nonetheless gave a memorable performance in the prefects' production of Snow White and the Seven Ordinary Sized People.
Yet Colin's real love remained his work. He was devoted to the study of Geography and Geology, and sacrificed hours to label exhibits in the School's Geological collection, whilst he took a leading part in four field-survey courses. His academic achievements put to shame many fellow sixth-formers who have been at Monoux since the age of eleven; amongst the more outstanding items are five passes at Advanced Level, a County Major Scholarship, a Mallinson Award, and a place at Bristol University, where he will read Geography. We expect to hear great things of him.
R. W. LABROM. At School 1955-62. Prefect 1961-62. ViceCaptain Whittingham House. Captain School Cricket and colours. London School Cricket lst XI. Football lst XI and colours. A.F.A. Public Schools' XI. Walthamstow Schools' Football Representative. School Basketball Team and colours. Librarian. School Council. Senior Circle. One-time Editor The Bulletin, The New Opinion, and The Triton. County.-Major Exhibition.
Dick, or "Loob" as he was more commonly known, was successful at nearly everything to which he turned his hand. His work earned him a place at Manchester University, but undoubtedly he will be most remembered for his exploits on the sports field. A member of the first eleven football team for two years, he became a most effective winger and was the School's most prolific goalscorer, a most unusual feat for a winger. He also made an enthusiastic and successful captain of cricket, and under Mr. Shaw's careful supervision, Dick became an outstanding opening bat. (A fuller account of his cricketing prowess occurs later in this magazine).
Amazingly Dick still found time to visit the Prefects' room occasionally and enter any arguments available on the merits of Danny's boys from N.17, and take part in the multifarious activities of the room. A gentleman of leisure, who apparently believes in short working hours, Dick was rarely to be seen in school before a rather late hour in the morning; and it is somewhat astonishing that Dick was able to do so much for the school in such a limited space of time.
We wish Dick all the best in his university career and hope that he makes as great an impression in Manchester as he undoubtedly did at Monoux,
C. J. MARTIN. At School 1955-62. Prefect 1961-62. Editor The Monovian. Chief Librarian. Editor The Bulletin. Committee, History Society. M.P. Monoux Constituency. School Council. Senior Circle. Dramatic Society. County Major Exhibition.
Early in his school life Colin (also known by some regrettably unprintable sobriquets) gained a degree of notoriety; by the time the Prefects' Room had opened its arms to him he had become a national figure - he and his faithful Achates (the memorable Gladstone bag! ).
Whether sipping a milk perched up on the piano, his hands clasped resolutely behind him, or vociferating on the evils of the Common Market, he could be counted upon to add a certain flavour of his own to the atmosphere of the Prefects' Room; for Colin was possessed of one of the sharpest intellects Monoux has seen for some time. This was put to full use both in the classroom, flowering in his great love for History, and in his outside activities, such as debating and dramatics. Without doubt he really excelled in the former, fittingly winning the individual debating cup for this year.
As Editor of the The Monovian, he laboured to brush aside the cobwebs of the last twenty years and many refreshing innovations resulted; new colours, new design, new frontispiece.
We remember, too, his perseverance and application in the library, where he slaved to bring order out of chaos.
Of his political affiliations we shall not speak. Suffice it to say he was overwhelmingly elected Conservative M.P. for Monoux.
In so short a tribute, a full appreciation cannot be given to his wide range of interests and services to the School, but we are certain that with his fine brain and whimsical sense of humour he will leave his mark (no, not a cross!) on St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he is to read History, and, confidently, we wish him well for the future.
J. W. MAXWELL. At School 1955-62. Prefect 1961-62. Allpass House Vice-Captain. Captain of School Football and colours. Captain of School Athletics and colours. Essex 200 yds. Junior hurdles champion and Essex representative. 1st XI Cricket and half-colours. House representative in all sports. Senior Circle. History Society.
Max (or 'Maz' as he was later christened) was one of the outstanding and most popular members of last year's Prefects' Room: While being renowned particularly for his sporting achievements he was popular throughout the school for the cheerful yet unobtrusive manner in which he dispensed his prefectorial duties, and proof of this can be seen from the fact that Max hardly ever had to resort to the 'noting' card to obtain law and order.
As the above list of his achievements clearly shows it was on the sports field that Max really came into his own and he was a brilliant "all-rounder' (in every sense of the word) In the winter he was the powerhouse of the 1st XI football team (which he successfully led during the past season) and in the summer the 'big-hitter' of the 1st XI cricket team. However, he scaled even greater heights than these in the field of athletics - his tremendous strength and fitness making him an outstanding short distance runner. Apart from being captain of School Athletics he won the Essex Junior 220 yds. hurdles championship in 1960 and represented his county in two successive years.
Whether he will be remembered for these achievements or for his fantastic consumption of liquorice - only Max really knows why the School Tuckshop was always out of this delicacy - there is no doubt that his presence will be sorely missed at Monoux. Max has begun his career in law and we all wish him the success he will undoubtedly achieve.
G. J. OFFORD. At School 1959-62. Prefect 1960-62. Captain; Morris House. Secretary, Senior Circle, School Council. Dramatic Society. Editor, The Bulletin., School Choir.
Graham was by nature rather self-effacing. However, first as a Prefect and later as House Captain he determined to overcome his inhibitions and the extent to which he succeeded is indicative of his resolution. As a Prefect he worked hard and willingly. As House Captain he spent much energy raising enthusiasm in his house and set a creditable example as one whose least claim to fame lies in athletics by competing on Sports Day; his keenness was rewarded when Morris won the "Linda" Cup.
He was also secretary of the newly consitituted Senior Circle and, although its constitution is still being discussed with animation, there is no doubt that much of the work which accompanies the society's activities was done by Graham, willingly and efficiently.
During his relatively brief stay at Monoux his record was one of endeavour. We wish him well in his future career.
J: R. TELFORD. At School 1954-62, Prefect 1960-62. Vicecaptain, Spivey House. Senior Circle. Leader, School Orchestra. Secretary, Christian Fellowship. Secretary, Club 1,2,3, Secretary, Science Society. Physics Laboratory Assistant. State Scholarship.