Hello and Welcome to
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)
Register and link up with old school friends again and become part of Sloane Reunited.
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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You're Never Alone As A Sloane
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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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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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FRONT PAGE NEWS
OLD BOYS GO OFF THE RAILS AT THE RAILWAY
My thanks to the magnificent seven who joined me for a drink in The Railway at Putney on Saturday 14th May. Those who made it were -
John Conway, Trevor Davis, Alec Gray, Steve Holmes, Ian Kelly, Pete Kosciolek and Bob Titton. The company was great, the beer was good and the food was edible. After the majority had left, John Conway and I moved on for a couple more in The Bricklayer's Arms before remembering we had a home to go to and managing to find our way home. The photo below shows, going around the table from left to right, Trevor Davis, Pete Kosciolek, Steve Holmes, Mark Foulsham and Ian Kelly. I can't recall why Alec Gray and Bob Titton weren't in the photo (they may have been getting a round in or perhaps they were just too shy) but John Conway wasn't because he took it -
The more the merrier, so next time I'd love to see more of your faces there. Until that day, cheers!
SLOANE AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
OK, so it's not that recent, but that's only because I forgot to put it on here when one of you kind souls told me about it. My apologies to whoever it was for not remembering their name -
Before the work mentioned above commenced on the old school building the vacant classrooms were used as a setting for the award winning film The Theory of Everything starring Oscar winning Eddie Redmayne as the scientist Stephen Hawking. Not a lot of people know that.....
WHAT DOES A 'FULL LOAD' MEAN?
In an effort to explain the meaning of the term 'a full load', the Streatham Picture Dictionary has decided to let pictures do the talking and has come up with this -
Meanwhile, back home, British Rail have come up with a money saving and, space saving solution that gives a whole new meaning to the term 'overnight sleeper' -
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HOME FRONT NEWS
Life in the Foulsham household has been hectic one way and another of late which is my main excuse for neglecting you. If you're in The Railway, in Putney, on Saturday, 14th May, I'll buy you a beer to make amends.
Without going into too much detail, there's been a mountain of home improvement work that I've been putting off due to ill health and lack of enthusiasm. I tried cajoling my two sons into helping out by reminding them who the house would be going to when the wife and I are gone but it didn't make any difference. It seems they were prepared to wait until we had died before assessing the situation and paying someone else to bring it back to life before selling it. Can't blame them really and in truth they do work hard for a living 5 days a week so need to spend the other two days enjoying themselves, going to bed, waking up, and getting fed and watered before going out again.
My daughter will also have a share in the house proceeds, of course, and she seems intent on driving me to an early grave by giving me even more babysitting duties while she and her fiance work additional hours to pay for the Florida holiday they've just returned from. It doesn't seem to have hit them yet that getting a place of their own costs money and that sort of money doesn't come easy. I don't envy them what they'll have to do to get a start in life but every little bit helps. Florida may not have been a priority and I doubt that my grandson will remember any of it as he grows up, but the photos they took show that he enjoyed the moment and that was a joy to see.
Despite my own home improvement needs, I still found time to help a friend in need when I tried to help a mate with the work needed on his own house. Sadly it didn't last and he terminated my wage-free contract. It was all downhill from the moment I asked him what he wanted me to do with the large roll of bubblewrap that was getting in the way of us working. He said,
"Just pop it in the corner."
How was I to know it would take me most of the day?! There's no pleasing some people.
No setbacks on the health front for me, and things continue to look good. The cardiogram revealed nothing other than 'floppy valves', to use the doc's phrase, but he put that down to age and overweight, though why he thought his situation had any bearing on it I don't know. Seriously, though, it's just something I'll have to live (or die?!) with.
I'm going for a walk now and if you want to know how long I'll be gone the answer is 'the whole time'.
Bring me sunshine.....
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Jokes of the Week (or until I can find more)
A Man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. Suddenly she sneezes and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket towards the man.
He grabs it out of the air and hands it back to her.
"I'm so sorry", said the woman, as she pops her eye back in place.
"Let me buy you dinner, to make up for it."
They had a wonderful dinner and went back to her place, where they had a wonderful night.
In the morning, she cooked him a wonderful breakfast. The man just can't believe his luck.
"You are the perfect woman, are you this nice to every man you meet".?
"No", she replies, you just happened to catch my eye."
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Conjoined twins walk into a bar in Canada and park themselves on a bar stool.
One of them says to the bartender,
"Don't mind us; we're joined at the hip. I'm John, he's Jim. Two Molson Canadian beers, draft please."
The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite conversation while pouring the beers.
"Been on holiday yet, lads?"
"Off to England next month," says John. "We go to England every year, rent a car and drive for
miles. Don't we, Jim?" Jim agrees.
"Ah, England!" says the bartender. "Wonderful country... the history, the beer, the culture..."
"Nah, we don't like all that British rubbish," says John. "Hamburgers and Molson's beer, that's us, eh Jim? And we can't stand the English."
"So why keep going to England?" asks the bartender.
"Gives Jim a chance to drive."
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A 65 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience.. Seeing God she asked
"Is my time up?"
"No, you have another 33 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck.She even had someone come in and change her hair colour and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make
the most of it.
After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was hit by an ambulance and killed.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded,
"I thought you said I had another 33 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?"
" I didn't recognize you."
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Thoughts For The Day (or until the next ones)
SHOULD YOU MAKE A BUCKET BEFORE YOU KICK IT?
Bucket Lists have become popular with all generations but more so with the older generation who suddenly feel the need to do certain things before they die. To this end they make a list and tick them off as they go. Personally, I think that one of the reasons we reach old age is that we're not stupid. Before you contemplate your own bucket list, prolong your life even further and don't even consider the following -
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Don't cry for missed opportunities. You may not see the next opportunity through your tears.
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Let your instinct guide you and remember that everything happens for a reason. You may never know why it happens but you will find out when you are meant to know. Just make the most of what today offers, and if it only offers you small things, take pleasure in them and be surprised by how much they mean to you.
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Show me a man without a purpose and I will show you a future that is dictated by the strength of the wind.
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How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn't live there?
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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! -
" You may call it indecent exposure, but I call it the divine hand of God. Spiritualist of the Asda car-park (acquitted) seeks docile woman for easy brainwashing and to help bring the timmed stuff home. Must have own trolley and strong arms. Beds. Box No. 3696."
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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)
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 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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