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If I built it I knew you would come
A School that invited loyalty
Gone But Not Forgotten
'Men are we, and must grieve when even the shade
Of that which once was great is pass'd away.'
On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic
You may think you're done with the past but the past isn't done with you!
"The merits of a school are judged as much by the men it produces as by their achievements as boys" -
(Old Cheynean D.J. Cowie, March 1929)
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|Self-portrait by Stefan Bremner-Morris|
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A WARM WELCOME
to fellow Cheyneans and passers-by, from the Official Sloane Grammar School 1919-1970 Old Cheyneans and Friends web site.
Mark Foulsham, at Sloane 1963-70, created this site in August 2008 to record for posterity all that I can, and for all those who attended Sloane or simply have a Sloane connection, to share and enjoy. Feel free just to browse or, if you feel you qualify to join us, make full use of the site by becoming a Registered Classmate. Click on the Click Here to Register button above to start the registration process. It's Free!
I'll also be happy to send a personal invitation to anyone else with a Sloane School Chelsea connection who you think might like to join us. Just enter their Email address in the MISSING CLASSMATES box to your right and click Send Invite.
We may not understand why but memories of our days at Sloane remain with us while others do not. Whether they're good or they're bad, I'd like to give all old boys the opportunity to keep those memories alive.
Aspirations and Objectives
Sloane never had a motto and although our school badge is based on the lion rampant and boar's head of the Cadogan family crest their motto, Qui Invidet Minor Est or He That Envies Is Inferior, is not really appropriate so I'll adopt the one to be found on the Coat of Arms of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as it suits us nicely -
Quam Bonum In Unum Habitare
(What A Good Thing It Is To Dwell Together In Unity)
It is hoped, in some small way, to be able to have similar objectives to those stated for the first issue of The Cheynean in December 1926 -
"To record faithfully the major activities of the School, to promote and foster a corporate spirit in the School, to excite a greater keenness both in the games and in other phases of its social life, and to serve as a link between present members of the School and the Old Cheyneans". -
and also to bring together, once again, old friends and classmates, and those of us who have outlived the school and share a common interest in its history and its future.
Sadly, I've no memory of having ever sung or even heard a school song but apparently one was written by music Master Mr Seymour Dicker in 1928, and was first sung in July of that year by pupil J E Bush. What became of it after that first performance is a mystery but it contained the lines -
"Salve, the School and its scholars so keen,
Long may they keep its memory green."
If you've any memories of Sloane you'd like to share, use the Contact Us page to send them in and, whilst you're there, register for the site as well.
Once you've registered, you can activate the Instant Messaging feature that allows you to hold a 'real-time' online conversation with anyone else who has logged on to the website. You can also send a message to someone else on the site via the Message Centre page but, if you're expecting a swift reply, it might be worthwhile using their Profile on the Classmate Profiles page, to see what part of the world they're living in these days, and to have an idea of the time where they are use the Clocks below, to check by clicking on the arrow in the relevant one.
After you've registered, why not take a look at all the Classmate Profiles ? Even if you don't know the person involved, the information they've put on their Profile can be interesting, illuminating and fun, and often brings back memories of something you thought you'd forgotten about.
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Why Not Take a Look at Where your Classmates are Living?
Find out the Postcode of a Classmate from their Profile (if they've agreed to let everyone know it) then Click on the link below, enter the details where it says 'Address', then Click on 'Go'. Not every country is covered yet and those that are have limited coverage, but it's worth a try.
Here's the link. Have fun - http://www.vpike.com/
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Arms Cache Found South of the River
Following a dawn raid today, South London Police have announced the discovery of an arms cache of 200 semi- automatic rifles, 250,000 rounds of ammunition, 10 anti-tank missiles, 4 grenade launchers, 2 tons of heroin, £25 million in forged notes and a ring of 25 prostitutes on a housing estate behind Streatham Public Library.
Locals were stunned with one community leader saying:
"We is well shocked, innit. We never knew we had a Library in Streatham.”
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
John East, the Oldie (no, not John),The Pitmans and Junior Holidays
Classmate John East, at Sloane between 1946 - 1954, was particularly fond of his English teacher, one-time journalist Robert Pitman, a man he held in high regard. I doubt that Bob is ever far from John's thoughts but the memories came flooding back recently as he was having a tidy-up indoors. Among his papers he found some that he thought might be of interest to Bob's daughter, Alice, who now writes a column for the Oldie magazine, so he sent them too her. They delighted her and in appreciation she mentioned John and the papers in her Oldie column -
To enlighten me further about some of the references I was unsure of, John sent me this explanatory Email -
"Bob’s wife is known as Pat and always had been since I first met her about 1952. “AP” in Alice’s column is “Aged Parent”. Bob started “Junior Holidays” with a couple of partners one of whom was Doug Auburn who taught me German at A level on a one-to-one basis, before Bob Taylor replaced him. He & his father fixed up an exchange for me with a German boy in Bremen in 1952 and his dad paid my rail fare and later helped me find a job. Doug had been a long term POW in Japan; he was lovely guy, smoked a pipe, loved Groucho Marx and had a large family. Junior Holidays was started while Bob and Doug were teaching at Sloane as a source of additional income. It was designed to run during the long summer holidays at coastal boarding schools who were also glad of the rental income. The staff consisted of other teachers, sixth formers like me (£2 pw all found, much lost) and, yes, school cooks, caretakers etc. It was a very sensible proposition, win win all round, although I’m not convinced Guy Boas saw it that way. The root of its ultimate demise lay in its success. It was advertised in selected organs for an age range of 6 to 16, all sexes, great success as you can imagine especially as it was run on a totally “free” approach - no discipline unless harm was likely - define “harm”….
The next year the previous year’s 16s were now 17 and, of course, they wanted to come back and reconnect with the other now 17 year olds. So rules were bent. This went on until many of the “guests” were older than many of the staff, including me. Ultimately it became unmanageable and too risky so died a kind of natural death but not without leaving some scars on your truly. In its final year demand for places was so great Bob rented about 100 extra beds! It was a lot of fun, nail-biting at times, and a steep learning curve for me. Bob also fixed me a job in his uncle’s pub, “The Anglers” at Kingston, right on the river. I lived in for three months waiting for my call-up papers. What an experience that was, too."
Many blessings, John.
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HOME FRONT NEWS
My mate needed my help a few weeks ago so he's kept me busy and hence the delay in updating the website. He's married to the woman whose voice is used in sat navs. She left him last month, now he doesn't know which way to turn.
Did you know that you can turn a regular sofa into a sofa bed? I found out this week after coming back drunk late from the pub having forgotten that it was our anniversary. I thought I had done her a favour by staying out until she'd gone to sleep but the wife had other ideas. There is an upside to every situation though, and as I lay there looking up at the stars in a gloriously clear night sky I was struck by a thought. Where the hell was the ceiling?! Another job on my list that has now got to the priority stage. I just don't have the time. I also don't have the inclination or the energy these days which is why the laminate wood floor we bought for the living room and hallway before last Christmas is still in the cupboard under the stairs. Further delaying tactics on my part led me to talking my wife round to having the radiator on the long wall in the living room replaced with two upright ones in the alcoves by the window which had been housing my CD collection in cabinets but needs must and it would free up the long wall for the new sofas will get around to buying one day. I found a website that lets you enter what job you want doing and then contacts tradespeople they think might be interested in quoting for the job. Four interested parties contacted me; one was just too expensive and one was too slow in replying. This left me with a choice between a team of women plumbers and a bloke who was fairly local. the lady plumbers contacted me first so I gave them first shout but when one of them phoned me back it turned out they were phoning from Poland and wouldn't be home for a week. By now the job was getting urgent so I asked the last standing plumber to quote and he gave nme an hourly rate of £60 an hour. As nice as he sounded, I insisted on a quote for the job and he came back with £180. that was £140 for labour and £40 for materials. That sounded more like it and as I'd estimated it would take someone 5 or 6 hours to drain the system, remove the old radiator, lift floorboards and run pipework to two new ones, then fit the valves and replace the floorboards, I thought the quote was fair and asked him to go ahead. He completed the work last Tuesday and it took him almost 6 hours! Saved myself £180 though he did admit it took him longer than he was expecting. It brings laying the laminate floor closer so I'll be looking for a floorlayer this week.
I've also potted a gooseberry bush I fancied buying because it reminded me of times spent in an aunt's caravan at the back of an uncle's pub, the Blue Bell Inn, Beltring/East Peckham, Kent. We used to go hop-picking when I was a boy and my aunt and uncle bought the caravan when they bought and ran a roadside cafe on the site of the pub. The grounds were covered in fruit bushes and trees, and that's where my love affair with the gooseberry started. Having a gooseberry bush is also useful for the day when my grandson asks us where he came from.
All this running around has made me sweat this week so I bought a new stick deodorant. The instructions said "Remove cap and push up bottom". It hurts to walk but whenever I fart it smells lovely.
Some days I astound myself. On others I put the keys in the fridge.....
JOKES OF THE WEEK
An Israeli doctor said, "In Israel, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man's testicles, put them on another man, and in 6 weeks, he is looking for work."
The German doctor said, "That's nothing, in Germany we take part of a brain, put it in another man and in 4 weeks he is looking for work."
The Russian doctor said, "Gentlemen, we take half a heart from a man, put it in another man's chest and in 2 weeks he is looking for work."
The Scottish doctor just laughed and commented, "You are all way behind us.
Thirteen months ago, we took a woman with no brains, no heart, and no balls and made her first minister of Scotland.
Now, the whole of Scotland is looking for work!!"
A woman and baby waited for the doctor in the ante natal clinic for its first examination. The doctor came into the room, examined the baby and looked a bit concerned. "Bottle or breast-fed?" he asked. The woman replied "breast-fed". The doctor told the woman to strip off above the waist and proceeded to give her breasts a thorough examination, kneading, squeezing and juggling her mammaries, then tweaking her nipples.
"No wonder the baby is underweight, you have no milk", he said
"I know", said the woman. "I'm the grandmother, but I'm glad I came in today".
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone's toes. A bit like life really....
Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart.
If you are more fortunate than others, build a bigger table not a taller fence. (Are you listening Mr President?!)
Don't forget that those passing moments will never return.
There are two things that can really define you. Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have it all.
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These words wer written by a friend on Facebook. I thought they were worth sharing -
"Sorry but I am going to have a rant. Today, several times under different headings and in topics in and on the media, I have heard the statement
" Older people have had it too good, for too long. " I know older people who have retired and travel round the world, something I'll never be able to afford". And " why should youngsters supplement pensions for the elderly".
Well at 67 let me tell these 'ignorant' young people, I and many others of my age left school at 15 and I have worked, paid, and am still paying, my taxes and National insurance and I paid into a private pension in readiness for my retirement. NO ONE SUPPLEMENTS me. I get out of the system the money I put into it. When I married at nineteen and until my second child was born I washed my washing in the bath tub, we didn't have a mobile phone each, we didn't have a car each, we didn't smoke, we didn't go out to nightclubs etc, we didn't have super dooper buses that took our prams or pushchairs. You try getting on a bus with all your shopping, folding down a pushchair and holding onto a child in the other arm. We didn't go on holidays when the interest rates on houses was ll to 15% because we couldn't afford both. We bought a tiny property that we could afford, had second hand furniture while we worked to better ourselves, and we walked our kids to school because we couldn't afford a car. But through hard work and savings, ( not buying all the materialistic stuff people seem to think its their right to have today) it provided us with a good retirement that we are enjoying now. Our pension IS NOT A BENEFIT its money paid out to us that has been paid in by us. Those youngsters that keep moaning about how hard it is today, I suggest you prioritize your spending, you too may then be able to enjoy your well EARNED retirement too. I apologise to those more understanding and less ignorant youngsters."
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Why is the Miss Universe Contest always won by a girl from Earth.? I think it's rigged.
Birthdays are good for your health. Studies have shown that people who have more birthdays, live longer.
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind ALWAYS.
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The Sloane building seen from Hortensia Road in 1908
The Sloane building was 100 years old in 2008, although it didn't actually start life as a boys' school until after the First World War, during which it served as a hospital. It still stands and many memories are, no doubt, ingrained in its walls along with the odd name and ribald comment. Who knows what the future holds, despite its Grade II listing on May 7th, 2002. Grade II listed buildings can be altered, extended, or even demolished, but only with Local Authority consent, so it may be that the building is considered historically or architecturally interesting enough for it's fabric to remain untouched. Some consideration may have been given to it having been the first purpose-built secondary school in London, and it is certainly one of only 3% of all ages of listed buildings that was built in the 20th century. Schools generally are seen as a good investment by developers because they're easy to convert. They are likely to be structurally sound because the authorities will have inspected them regularly to ensure they comply with Health and Safety requirements.
Sadly, Sloane Grammar School for Boys only lasted 51 years, from 1919-1970. John Binfield, in one of his poems writes -
... the school, with
All its past, was sucked into a huge
Turbulent sea of glass in Pimlico
And sank without trace. "full fathom five..
Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell.
Hark, now I hear them. Ding-dong bell".
Should the building survive in the form we all remember, there is still a chance that some of us will be around in 2019 to celebrate what would have been its centenary as a boys' school, had it remained in existence.
|Sloane seen from the rear in 2014|
CHANGES TO THE SLOANE SITE AND BUILDING
The new Kensington & Chelsea College, known since 2014 as their Chelsea Centre, sits where the playground used to be between the old Sloane building and the old Carlyle building. Work on the new college building, with designs by the architects who transformed the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery, was completed in 2012.
The flats, constructed in Sloane's old North playground on the Fulham Road are known as Milliner House, Chelsea Apartments, and were ready for occupation in 2011 at advertised prices between £785,000 and £2,350,000. Or if you could afford it, the single penthouse at the top would have set you back £5.85 million when first offered for sale but a market downturn in 2012 saw it reduced to an almost tempting £4.25 million - and it was being sold as a shell!
Phase 2 of the project was originally for conversion of the original Edwardian building into loft style apartments by D19 Property but the new owners, No. 1 Estates Ltd, who have a connection to D19 Property were, on 22 October, 2012, given planning permission to retain the building as an educational establishment by Kensington and Chelsea Planning and Borough Development Department.
However, in September of 2013 a slightly revised plan for re-development of the building for residential use was applied for by Hortensia Property Development LLP. Supported by a K M Heritage heritage appraisal it was presented to Kensington and Chelsea Council for listed building consent and planning consent for the refurbishment and extension of the Sloane building, taking into account national and local policies relating to the historic built environment. Their statement is available on this link -
What's also interesting is that the old Chelsea College of Art and Design in Manresa Road, to which Sloane can trace its origins in its guise as the South-Western Polytechnic, was, in 2012, about to make way for a scheme involving 15 apartments and two town houses. There's no stopping 'progress'.
|The shell of the 6th
|The entrance to the
|The apartments seen from
|The view of Fulham Road
and St Mark's College from
one of the balconies
|Hortensia Road Proposed Elevation||Rear of Building Proposed Elevation|
|Work commences on our old Assembly Hall||Proposed look of the old Assembly Hall once converted|
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Whatever our own personal reasons for it doing so, the school will still haunt most of us even if it disappears altogether. With that tenuous link, here's a poem that I came across in a copy of The Cheynean -
The Ghost of Sloane
When London's asleep and the School very quiet,
No sound of footsteps, no sound of a riot,
No sound of even the shuffle of feet,
No sound of the creak of a pupil's seat,
Out of the darkness the ghost of Sloane
Awakes from rest with a sigh and a groan.
Then up he arises to haunt the School
Climbing the stairs in the guise of a ghoul.
He shuffles and clanks down each corridor
Into the classrooms where stand desks galore.
He examines each desk and checks the boys' work,
Allots ghostly marks in the dark and the murk.
If you ever lose books from out of your desk,
And the teacher upbraids you and calls you a pest,
Just tell him my story, however tall,
Of the white shrouded phantom that haunts the School Hall.
J. Hollingshead (3C)
As for us, the boys who used to attend our Chelsea school, we probably considered ourselves 'Chelsea men' but I doubt that many of fitted the description in this poem, written when he was in the 5th year by one time Sloane Schoolboy, A R Doubledee. I get the impression he didn't particularly approve of the 'Beatniks' of the late 50s and early 60s that he found himself sharing Chelsea with or, as he called them the 'Weirdies' -
The Chelsea man is excessively queer,
He only drinks coffee and doesn't like beer.
He's always "chatting" the girls, and yet
This seems to make him "one of the set".
His unkempt chin and uncut hair
Go with his feet which are usually bare.
If he wears shoes, they've never got soles,
And he's usually found in Bohemian holes.
His outsize sweater is generally black
Contrasting well with his shorty mac.
He wears his clothing merely to show
That he can keep up with the boys of Soho.
To find a girl he doesn't look far,
But into the nearest coffee bar,
Where he's sure to meet a Bohemian "yob".
They're all from Chelsea - what a mob!
The girls with hair right down their backs
Wear irregular clothes that look like sacks.
They walk about wearing father's sweater:
I really don't see why he should let 'er.
Their gaudy clothes of reds and greens
Match up with the style of their men-friends' jeans.
Now that's how it goes with the latest style:
Girls on their faces make-up pile,
The men wear anything they can find -
I shouldn't stare, I should just act blind!
A.R. Doubledee (5b)
Sloane Information at the LMA
Go to the website at www.lma.gov.uk for full details. Clicking on the following link,
will take you to a page on their site where you can enter '
These include -
Admission and Discharge Registers 1904-48, 1958-61 and 1964-66, a 1938 Plan of the school, drawings relating to Building Act case files 1935-57, and 23 photos of various school activities 1924-69, though some of these are listed as 'missing'.
Other items they hold are 'closed' under the 65 year rule that protects the confidentiality of living individuals. In other words, they can't be accessed for 65 years from the school's closure so will be available to the public in 2035.
However, these 'closed' items can be consulted by the LMA on behalf of individuals under the provisions of the Data Protection Act, so contact them direct if you're interested.
The 'closed' items are these -
Log Book 1967-70 (Ref: LCC/EO/DIV01/SLO/LB/001)
Punishment Book 1962-70 (Ref: LCC/EO/DIV01/SLO/MISC/001)
Staff Registers -
1895-1963; 1965-70 (Ref: LCC/EO/DIV01/SLO/MISC/002-004)
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It seems that not all members have been receiving messages I've been sending out.
Can I please ask all members to ensure they have used the Notify Me page (to be found under the Head and Shoulders icon at the top of the page) to choose which notifications they want to receive by email from the website.
It's a simple task that just requires you to click your mouse on the buttons alongside any of the statements you'll see on that page that you're interested in. It's not compulsory, of course, but unless you do it you'll miss out on a lot of the information I send out and/or appears on the website and that defeats one of its primary functions.
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