OLD TENISONIANS

Est 1875


The Association of former pupils of Archbishop Tenisons School

Harry Waddingham Writes:


Dear Alan,


Thank you very much indeed for your letter and many interesting enclosures. They certainly stirred the memory and revived many long forgotten thoughts-videlicet-

How many people thought to visit the War Memorial at Walcheren over 50 years ago?-and come to think of it, who could envisage the coach journey from Blankeberg  to  Middleberg with the stream of Tenisonian badinage and the constant Stentorian choral accompaniment??

Strangely enough, I only met Les Stockell once-on which occasion –regretfully-I did not find him particularly conversational.

Purely incidentally, I was  never  “Sports Master” at A.T.G.S! At my interview with Major Dr. P. H. Robinson, Military Cross, in Dean Farrar Street  Junior School, Westminster-the School’s temporary home between Woodley, Reading and the Oval-the Headmaster made it very clear to me that he wanted a ‘Service trained’ Physical Training Instructor who would conduct P.T. lessons and run the gymnasium on ‘service lines’. He also made it clear that the School P.T.I.’s extraneous activity would be directed to the military side of the School’s Cadet Corps-i.e.-drill, Arms  training camps, field days, inter-corps competitions, band, Annual Inspection preparations, uniforms etc.  to that end he chose to make ‘Sport’ e.g. Football, Cricket, Athletics, Tennis the responsibility of other members of staff. Fact is that during my whole time at A.T.G.S. , and later at the Strand School, I never had a ‘lunch break’-

After “First School Dinner”-I was immediately back in the gym, on the roof or in the Rifle Range on Cadet Corps activities.

Thinking of those distant days, and many of the underlying reasons of attitudes of the time, I plead forgiveness from Trevor Harvey and all his contemporaries  for a way of life that was all we ‘then’ knew. If you communicate with Trevor again-perhaps you will convey my kind regards.

Another thought has just come into my head; the ‘Dean Farrar Street’ part of Tenison’s long history is inclined to be forgotten. Short though it was- its characters and extraordinary moments. There will be very few O.T.’s still with us who knew the place but it may well be worth a chapter in the archives.

With best wishes to you, Vera and all your and we continue to pray for your good health.


Harry and Colette (Wadingham)


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