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Keith Richardson

In 2003 Keith sent some memories of happy days at Malton County Modern School

Starting at Malton County Modem in September 1963, and leaving in July 1968, I do believe it would have been difficult to attend a better functioning state school.

First impressions were of a large building with big shiny glass windows and neatly mown lawns with tidy flowerbeds, this, taking allowance for the seasons, is what met me every morning arriving at school. Inside the standards of maintenance and cleanliness would probably exceed that of many hospitals now.

It was strange to have a different teacher and classroom for each subject, having previously attended a small village school, but it would be the same for most of the pupils.

Some memories of the staff who where teaching at the time I attended are as follows:-

  • Brian Goforth - Maths 1st year
  • Edith Berriman (Mrs Houston) English 1st year
  • June Appleyard - Art.
  • Peter Eggleston - Metalwork
  • George Bowman - English after lst year.
  • George Thomley - Geography (left MCM to lecture at St.Johns College, York )
  • Miss Taylor - Geography
  • Miss Harrison - French (left at the end of our 1st year)
  • Miss Burton (Mrs Parker) French
  • Mr Gough - Music/History 3rd.& 4th year (retired)
  • Reg Simmonds - P.E/Histoly lst.& 2nd year
  • Mel Crawshaw - Woodwork/Technical Drawing
  • Stan Grice - Rural Science (Rural Studies) left to be Head at a local village school.
  • Reg Lindsley - (Deputy-head)- Maths 3rd&4th year
  • Reg Waterworth - R.I. (now R.E.) /Science 1St year
  • Bill Helling - Music/History 4th & 5th year
  • John Delaval - Science
  • Mr Hanson - Maths 2nd year.
  • Robin Coulthard - Rural Studies
  • Brian Durno - P.E.

There were many funny and amusing times, far too many to remember but a few occasions have stuck in my memory.

2nd year maths with Mr Hanson, if you were not paying attention a pile of exercise books could be thrown at you, then you would have to pick them up. Someone asked,"What is 't' Sir". An instant reply came "At our house if you aren't there first you don't get any".

3rd & 4th  year maths with 'Jack' (Mr Lindsley) could be more hazardous, it could be a blackboard rubber that was thrown at you.

Instant 'house points' could be awarded at the start of lessons. Jack would ask a question - the first to give the correct answer would receive a house point. But sometimes the answers expected were a little unusual, for instance - Q. What's a polygon? A. Dead parrot sir.

Malton County Modern beekeepers

Soon after the arrival of Robin Coulthard, as replacement for Stan Grice, a hive of honeybees became part of the Rural Studies set-up. Graham lbbotson, Stuart Cadamy and myself were responsible, with guidance from Robin Coulthard, to look after these creatures. Every week we would open up the hive and check for, and remove any 'queen cells', as we did not want the hive to swarm.


The following year it was decided that the hive was strong enough to swarm so preparations were made getting an empty hive ready to accept the 'queen bee' and her entourage - we hoped. One morning before noon, late May, we were summoned, the bees were swarming. To cut the story short we took the swarm and to our delight they took residence in the hive we had provided for them. During the afternoon we decided to lift the lid to see all was in order. When we did to our surprise the hive was empty - the bees had gone back to the original hive.

Some more complete hives were purchased and the second year we took them onto the moors at Saltersgate for the heather season, transport being Brian Durno's Mini Van and my father's Morris 1000 Traveller, it goes without saying great care was taken to seal the hives before putting them into the vehicles.

The heather honey those bees produced was the finest I have tasted, there was a great deal consumed whilst we were pressing it out of the comb.

When Miss Burton (then Mrs Parker) came to teach French she decided at the end of each lesson we would play bingo, each pupil would draw a grid and put six numbers in the grid. She would then call out numbers in French and the first person to get all the numbers would shout bingo and receive some Smarties. This was an enjoyable end to the lessons, but Miss Burton was a little surprised when Geoffrey Whalley won nearly every time - he was writing the numbers as she called them.

M.C.M. was very fortunate to have JD. (John Delaval) in charge of Science, it was his ingenuity and dedication that made the subject more interesting. I imagine that he would have spent hours of his own time making the models for use in lessons. I can remember a model domestic hot water system he had made, and a water turbine whose shaft turned a dynamo, along with transformers and model pylons it illustrated how our electric power supply comes about. He made a lot of use of Meccano parts, especially the pulleys, cogs, sprockets and shafts. He was a very clever and practical man.

Mel Crawshaw was a very quiet man, he had a very organised and disciplined woodwork shop, but it is for Technical Drawing I have my best memories; he was a very skilled draughtsman and an excellent teacher of the subject. He taught us far in advance of the C.S.E. curriculum.

There are lots of memories, some amusing, others not so, far too many to tell - Stan Grice's stories when he was in the Army, going to Bill Helling's house for history lessons whilst he was convalescing after surgery, winding-up Charlie (Reg Waterworth) until he got so angry he gave someone the slipper, George Hanson's blacksmithing skills in the metalwork shop - it goes on.

To most boys, and probably some girls, the most important part of the day was between 12.15 and 1.45 - 'school dinners'. People who attended M.C.M. will recall 1st and 2nd sittings, Mrs Lacey supervising the first sitting, and Mr Lindsley the second. The four trolleys being brought from the kitchens with the tureens of food on them, and the tables of six people where the food was served. It was usual that some tables for one reason or another did not want all the food allocated to them so they would take the part full tureens back to the trolleys where there would be a lad willing to see the food did not go to waste.

My brother, Paul, recalls the table he was on were lads all 15 year old, with huge appetites, one particular day their plates were piled high with food, and several part full tureens were on the table awaiting to be used when there was room on the plates. He said Jack (Mr Lindsley) walked round the table, shook his head and said, "You lot don't want plates, you need a trough". Happy days!

Keith Richardson. 14 Jan 2003