Sloane Grammar School Hortensia Road Chelsea London England
1919-1970 Old Cheyneans and Friends
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Hello and Welcome
Mark Foulsham's Sloane website
BUILT IN THE CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE THAT
IF I BUILT IT YOU WOULD COME
A School that invited loyalty
(Quote from White City by Don Wheal)
Gone But Not Forgotten
Men are we and must grieve when even the shade
Of that which once was great is passed 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)
REGISTER AND LINK UP WITH OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS AGAIN AND BECOME PART OF SLOANE REUNITED
YOU'LL NEED TO REGISTER FOR OUR WEBSITE TO CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL PASSWORD AND VIEW ALL OF ITS PAGES. IF YOU HAVE A VALID SLOANE CONNECTION JUST CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW. BUT CHOOSE MISSING CLASSMATES AT THE TOP FIRST TO SEE IF WE'VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU. IF YOUR NAME'S THERE CLICK ON IT AND FOLLOW ON-SCREEN INSTRUCTIONS.
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You're Never Alone As A Sloane
IF YOU'D PREFER MORE INFO BEFORE COMMITTING YOURSELF, CLICK ON THE ENVELOPE BELOW AND SEND ME A DIRECT EMAIL -
|Self-portrait by Stefan Bremner-Morris|
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Don't be late!
This is one detention
You'll be pleased to take.
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 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.
Aspirations and Objectives
Sloane never had a motto 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.
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.
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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Sloane 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.
UPDATE ON BUILDING PROGRESS
Kensington & Chelsea College created a timelapse video of the construction of the new college that now sits where the playground used to be between the old Sloane building and the old Carlyle building. Work on the new college building, was completed in 2012 and the college is in operation. Take a look at the construction video below along with pictures of how it now looks -
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. Due to a confidentiality agreement we're not allowed to know more at the moment.
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 view from Fulham Road||The entrance to the apartments on Hortensia Road|
|A closer view of the apartments||The view of Fulham Road and the old St Mark's College from one of the balconies|
|The shell of the 6th floor penthouse|
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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 an old 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)
FRONT PAGE NEWS
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Evidence of More Government Cutbacks
Whilst recent infornmation suggests that the British economy is on the up, it's become evident that the Government are still making cutbacks in some of those services that we've come to take for granted -
|NHS Dental Services are feeling the pinch|
|The Fire Service called out to a fire in Chinatown|
|Hounslow Council's new school coach|
And if you have had trouble buying a loaf of bread recently, police have been alerted to this man who seems to be stockpiling -
In these difficult times we are all being encouraged to re-cycle as much as we can, including our old clothes. This man may have taken it to heart and gone a little too far -
Don't Despair! The Government tell us they are taking the situation seriously and, getting priorities right and debating what to do next -
|MPs debate the effect of welfare reforms on the sick and disabled|
|MPs debate their proposed pay increase|
HOME FRONT NEWS
These have been times of upheaval recently in the Foulsham household. Nothing exciting, just that we've been having a fair amount of work done indoors; including a fair bit of plastering, kitchen and bathroom alterations and a general reshaping of the old homestead.
As you'd expect, it's not been without its problems. Plaster dust takes an age to settle and that's meant sweeping and cleaning the same areas over and over again. Tiring, but easy compared to the stress caused by the incompetence of people who call themselves businesses and tell you "you're important to them" as you wait endlessly on the other end of a phone line.
My major grumble has been with a company called Victoria Plumb. As the name might suggest, they sell bathroom furniture and all manner of things to brighten the bathroom up. Please save yourself an ongoing headache and the desire to end your life, and promise me you'll never, ever use this company.
The problems they give to their customers stem firstly from them being an Internet based outfit. We needed a new bath, taps and shower and theirs looked to be what we wanted and at the price we wanted to pay. In other words, they were cheaper than most. I put an order in over the Net for an enamelled steel bath (my wife prefers them) and paid for the goods. Delivery was promised for 7 days later and the delivery company these people use sent me an Email confirming a delivery time-slot of between 10.06am and 13.06pm. Strange times but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and assumed they knew what they were doing. The bath arrived closer to 15.06pm - after I'd already phoned to chck twice that delivery would be forthcoming - without explanation or apology, and was deposited in the upstairs bathroom. It was poorly packaged and on closer inspection I found the enamel to be non-existent in two large areas. The drivers left and I got on the phone immediately. There was the usual long wait to speak to someone and it was obviously a call centre full of faceless operators who have no surnames but are happy enough to give their first names. Delivery would be re-arranged, I was told, but not until I'd spoken to three different people, who all promised to call me back with an explanation for why the item hadn't arrived as promised, but who all didn't. The following day, I finally got a delivery slot of between 9.07am and 12.07pm for the following Tuesday. Waited in all day. This time it didn't arrive at all! I was half-expecting it to happen but no one phoned to tell me. A very nice lady at the call centre told me the bath hadn't even made it as far as the delivery van that day! Why I had to phone them to find out, God alone knows! I laid it on thick about the cost to my time and the plumber's earnings but only managed to get a promised £40 refund. Beggars can't be choosers, so I reluctantly agreed to it after being told it would be in my account within two working days. It wasn't. Par for the course, really.
Said bath eventually arrived on Monday of this week. I hadn't even been given an alloted time-slot, and it came at 11.09 (I'm getting as pedantic as them. A thorough check, and I was able to pronounce it undamaged. Hurrah! For some inexplicable reason, an Email from Victoria Plumb arrived asking me to visit their website and comment on my bath! I didn't need asking twice and also made it known (ever so politely) what I thought of the bath, the company and the missing refund. I must have struck a chord because within half an hour Pay Pal had come through to say they'd received a £40 refund for me. I transferred it straight into my bank account - just in case.
No doubt they'll remove my comments from their website but this is one customer they've lost for life. All being well, the bath will be in situ next week.
I'm usually a calm, placid sort of bloke but the shenanigans of the past few weeks have set me on edge. It's led to rows with the wife again. I probably didn't do myself any favours when I took a careful look at her and told her,
" It's almost 33 years ago now since we had a cheap flat, slept on a sofa bed, and watched 12-inch black and white TV, but at least I got to sleep with a hot 27 year-old woman every night. Now I have a lovely £400,000 home, a nice big bed and three large screen TVs, but I wake up next to a 60 year-old woman!"
My wife, being the very reasonable woman that she is, told me to go out and find a hot 27 year-old woman and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap flat, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 12-inch black and white TV. It surprised me because she has caught me having an affair once before. I got out of that scrape though when I put a gun to my head and threatened to kill myself. She may have laughed but I told her not to because she was next.
I can only conclude that older women are great because they really know how to solve an old bloke's problems!
The warmer weather has cheered me up though. It always does. Puts a different slant on everything.Even the local animals are relaxing and making the most of it -
Sadly, the neighbourshave decided this country's not for them after all, despite the good weather. I've just waved them off on their travels again -
Shame they had to leave the furniture behind, really.
Jokes of the Week (or until I can find more)
LOVE.....has no boundaries.
An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their mobile phones. The wife was an incurable romantic and her husband was more down to earth.
Whilst out for lunch with a friend she decided to send her husband a romantic text. It said,
"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you."
Her husband texted back,
"I'm on the toilet. Please advise."
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A bus stops and two Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an animated conversation.
The lady sitting next to them ignores them at first, but her attention is galvanized when she hears one of them say the following:
"Emma come first. Den I come. Den two asses come together. I come once-a-more! ..
Two asses, they come together again. I come again and pee twice. Then I come one lasta time."
The lady can't take this anymore,
"You foul-mouthed sex obsessed pig!" she retorted indignantly.
"In this country, we don't speak aloud in public places about our sex
"Hey, coola down lady,' said the man, 'Whooza talkin' about sex?
I'm a justa tellin' my frienda how to spell Mississippi."
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An 85-year-old man was requested by his Doctor for a sperm count as part of his physical examination.
The doctor gave the man a jar and said,
'Take this jar home and bring back a semen sample tomorrow.'
The next day the 85-year-old man reappeared at the Doctor's office and gave him the jar, which was as clean and empty as on the
previous day. The doctor asked what happened and the man
'Well, Doc, it's like this -- first I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, then with her left, still nothing. She tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in,then with her teeth out, still nothing.
'We even called up Eileen, the lady next door and she tried too, first with both hands, then an armpit, and she even tried squeezing it between her knees, but still nothing..'
The Doctor was shocked!
'You asked your neighbour?'
The old man replied,
'Yep, none of us could get the jar open.'
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Thoughts For The Day (or until the next ones)
Men are we and must grieve when even the shade of that which once was great is passed away. -
William Wordsworth On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic
Only a few years ago the average parent had four children. Nowadays, the average child has four parents.
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The personal ads you'll see here over time are genuine and taken from the London Review of Books personal ads section. It was started in 1998, intending to bring together people of similar literary and cultural tastes and has resulted in a funny and clever collection. I'll publish a different one each week and hope you enjoy them as much as I do and, if you ever spot any yourself,worthy of inclusion here, please let me have them and, so as not to give everyone the impression that you spend all your time looking at the personal ads, I'll withold your name on request! -
"I used to have the sharpest mind in the land; now I can't even find my pen. Wait - here it is! Pens and offers of sex, please, to retired Professor (M, 71). Box no. 8308"
AND DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE 'WHAT'S HAPPENING' CALENDAR ON THE 'CALENDAR OF EVENTS' PAGE, OR TO SCROLL DOWN ALL PAGES AS THERE'S MORE TO SEE THAN FIRST MEETS THE EYE!
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 -
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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