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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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If you were a pupil or member of staff at Sloane you qualify to register for the website and create your own personal password to view all of its pages. First choose Missing Classmates at the top of this page to see if we've been expecting you. If you see your name click on it and follow instructions. If your name's not there click on either Contact Us, at the top of the page or the Click Here To Register! button below, read what you see then complete the box at the bottom of that page to ask me to add your name to the list.
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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. We'll keep the home fires burning until you join us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Our school but not Sloane!
Someone posted this photo of the old school building on Facebook It dates from 1911, a time when Sloane boys were not in occupancy but the girls who later became Carlyle, were. It looks like there's some roadworks going on and it may even have been the laying of the electricity cable that helped light the lamps that appeared on the gateposts -
Seeing the above prompted me to ssearch the Net again to see whether anything relevant to us had been posted since the last time I looked. I came up with these two beauties, also from the school's time as Chelsea Secondary School in 1911 -
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Trump Election Victory Faked By NASA!
It has emerged that Donald Trump's US Election victory was a hoax staged by the same people that brought you the moon landing.
Also, on the same subject -
Nigel Farage captivates Donald Trump with tales of almost winning South Thanet.
Donald Trump to rethink abolishing Obamacare now that he actually knows what it is.
'For Dummies' publisher receives anonymous request to create 'Presidency For Dummies'.
Microsoft Outlook are to introduce a 'Hilary' button to allow users to delete Emails in bulk.
Nicola Sturgeon In Denial About Almost Everything
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has refused to accept the result of the England v Scotland match.
Pompous? Surely not!
This appeared in the press a few weeks ago -
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Wife enters 4th straight hour of telling husband how her day was!
Husband breaks own 3 hour 52 minute record of nodding and going "Uh-huh."!
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HOME FRONT NEWS
This weather is really depressing and just makes me put on weight. If I don't find my way to the fridge out of boredom I go out for a meal. I went for an Indian last night and was enjoying it until the waiter came over and said
I told him
"Go on then but only one song then you can leave us alone."
It's been bleak all round but I've learned to feel that way at this time of year. My family history research shows me that around 75% of deaths in my family occur during the winter months. It's not just my family, of course, as I was at a mate's funeral this week. He died after getting hit on the head by a tennis ball. It was a great service.
Another friend, Murphy, almost met his end this week. He took himself off to the zoo for the day and returned home a few hours later covered in blood. Apparently, he's never doing that lion dancing again. He's never been lucky though. He came off his bike last year and tells me he had brain damage, two broken arms and the loss of sight in one eye. It's hardly surprising he came off his bike, is it?! He's a bit of a headcase is Murphy. He used to have a good job on the building sites but got himself the sack. His mate, Mick, found a sure fire way of getting a day or more off work by hanging from the site cabin ceiling and shouting
"I'm a lightbulb! I'm a lightbulb!"
The foreman told him he was mad and sent him home. Unfortunately, Murphy deided to leave the site too and when asked why he told them
"I can't work in the dark, can I!?"
I've realised that while it doesn't always pay to listen to other people's conversations but it can give you a laugh. I was on the bus to the hospital the other day when I heard two Indian gentlemen having an increasingly loud conversation behind me. One said
"No, no! It's spelt 'whoooomb'!"
"No it's not!" said the other. "It's spelt 'wooooom'!"
This went on for sometime until a woman sitting behind them tapped them on their shoulders and said
"Perhaps I can settle this argument for you. Being a lady, I should know about these things. It's actually spelt 'w-o-m-b'."
Both men looked at each other and one replied
"With the greatest respect, madam, I doubt that you have ever heard an elephant fart in your life!"
I can't seem to stay away from the hospital even though my breathing problems have improved. I had to go back last week because the tube on my hearing aid snapped off. They do re-tubing every Thursday between 1 pm and 3 pm so if your tube gives up the ghost between Friday to Wednesday you just have to suffer. Took me an hour's travelling each way but they were so efficient in St Helier Hospital that I was in and out in 10 minutes. I think my hearing's improved anyway so if you're interested in buying one give me a shout. On second thoughts I'd better hang on to it as my wife's just been telling me that she's always shouting at me. If I do decide I need a replacement (hearing aid not wife, that is) I might go for the latest one that's proving to be popular with buyers -
I don't know about you but Spring comes early for me and I start tidying up and sorting things as soon as the cold weather restricts my movements to anything other than the pub. This has resulted in me buying more 'Really Useful ' boxes in which to re-order and store my life. Everything from shoes and records of the vinyl kind and the paper kind have been neatly stored away. I even bought a couple of boxes to store my tablets. One for those I take daily and one for those waiting in the wings. All I need to do now is convince my wife that she doesn't really need three wardrobes to my one and should give up one for me, and that she should buy some boxes of her own to make it happen. Not much hope of my being successful as she's not on the same wavelength as me when it comes to clutter. She wants new flooring in the living room and hallway but with an ageing dog it's difficult to know what to buy that won't be affected by his increasingly irregular bowel movements and his difficulty in keeping some foods down. She wants carpet but it's going to have to be an expensive one to cope with the dog's problem. She'll settle for laminate flooring but that'll have to be an expensive one too. We''l have to have a sensible talk about it all. Now what was I saying about that wardrobe.....
JOKES OF THE WEEK
Q: What happens when you give a politician Viagra?
A: He gets taller.
A few days after Christmas, a mother was working in the kitchen listening to her young son playing with his new electric train in the living room. She heard the train stop and her son said,
"All of you old farts who want off, get the hell off now, cause this is the last stop! And all of you old farts who are getting on, get your asses in the train, cause we're going down the tracks."
The mother went mad and told her son,
"We don't use that kind of language in this house. Now I want you to go to your room and you are to stay there for TWO HOURS. When you come out, you may play with your train, but I want you to use nice language."
Two hours later, the son comes out of the bedroom and resumes playing with his train. Soon the train stopped and the mother heard her son say,
"All passengers who are disembarking from the train, please remember to take all of your belongings with you. We thank you for riding with us today and hope your trip was a pleasant one. We hope you will ride with us again soon."
She hears the little boy continue,
"For those of you just boarding, we ask you to stow all of your hand luggage under your seat. Remember, there is no smoking on the train. We hope you will have a pleasant and relaxing journey with us today."
As the mother began to smile, the child added,
"For those of you who are pissed off about the two hour delay, please see the old fart in the kitchen."
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
We never lose. We either win or we learn. (Try telling that to a Fulham supporter).
Make peace with your past and it won't screw up your present.
What others think of you is none of your business.
Time heals ALMOST everything. Just give it time.
Don't compare your life to the lives of others and don't judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Stop thinking too much. It's OK not to know all the answers and they'll probably come to you when you least expect it.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Smile. You don't own all the problems in the world.
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The Sloane building seen from Hortensia Road in 1908 and
much as it looks today
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. 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 make use of the building to celebrate what would have been its centenary as a boys' school, had the school 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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