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Maltonians' Memories

Brief reminiscences

A number of short memories which have been passed on, too brief to merit a page of their own.

Mabel Jarvis (now Jowsey) remembers Mr Mudge - with his double bass, and he was a whizz at sharpening pencils too

Denise Stephenson (now Simpson) e-mailed in March 2002:

From MS I went to Northumberland College of Education and completed my teacher training. After a couple of schools, I settled at Hetton School in Sunderland, where I have been for 22 years. I now hold the enviable position of HoD citizenship, PSHE and Careers!!!, as well as teaching maths and Geography to SEN pupils. I live in Newcastle, am married with a son and daughter. I still visit Malton and surrounding areas regularly as I still have family in Oswaldkirk. My nickname was "Rocket" 

Memories of former teachers Mr Taylor - headmaster, (Grey and stern)

 Mr Greaves chemistry (I can remember him telling us the real reason for WW1, something to do with the Bessemer process and nothing at all to do with what we had been taught in history)

I have many fond memories of the old grammar school building. It was so full of character and scarey prefects when I was in lower school.

Jill Birch (now Boak) wrote in Dec 2001:

I always remember classes with Mr Johannadis (Greek English Teacher). He took our class to the Greek island of Ageina in 1990. In our very last class with him we all stood on our chairs and quoted the film Dead Poets Society 'Oh Captin my Captin'. He was quite overcome!

Paul Swain wrote in October 2001:

My nickname at school was CHIPPY - because my aunt owned the Silver Grid fish and chip shop in Market Place, next to Paleys, which is also where I lived. My wife Debbie excelled at Art at school - Debbie McGinty - and at the time lived up Lime Tree Avenue.

I remember a nickname for Mr Burrows - RADDISH. In summer he would wear Doc Marten boots, then in the snow of winter sandals - but he was a good humoured teacher. I also remember George Rowntree from Gate Helmsley, who would call everyone brother, and if you wanted a skive in a Maths lesson you just had to mention World War Two.

Lesley (Hardgrave) Preston wrote in January 2001:

I was at the school from 1970 - 1975. My maiden name is Hardgrave (I should probably be on the list under Hardgrave not Preston). After leaving school I went to York Tech and did an OND in Business Studies and from there joined Rowntree Mackintosh as a trainee computer programmer. In 1979 I married Dave Preston who also attended Malton School, although I didn't know him at school. Dave and I emigrated to Canada in 1981. Regarding school years themselves I don't remember a lot of details. I enjoyed music (Miss Blake), English literature (Mr. Joannidis) and maths (Mr. Mason) the most, was mediocre at sports (I thought that was a good thing until I looked it up in the dictionary!), and didn't take part in any extra-curricular activities. I remember Mr Joannidis taking us to London for the day at the end of the fifth form (when I left) - it was a terrific trip and he treated us all as mini-adults. I still keep in touch with Suzanne Coe (now Pulleyn) and get together with her whenever I come back to England. I may be back in May for a family wedding and would love to visit the school again

Philip Rowsby wrote in Jan 2001:

Very late update on pupil who completed A Levels in 1991 ! I went onto study a HND at North East Wales Institute in Wrexham between 91 and 93 and then moved into the third year of a four year degree course at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh - which I completed in 1995. Since then I have spent nearly two years travelling - in Australia for one year and 'around the world' for 10 months. I was also employed in Leeds as a Property Manager for a Residential Leting Company for 2.5 years in between the above travelling ! I have now returned to Heriot-Watt University to begin a PhD - 'International Comparison of the Role of Social Housing in Local Housing Systems'

Dave Evans writes: One thing which may amuse you is we managed (small) OM reunions in Joburg in the early '70s! Pete Carr, who was two years behind me, was working in Pretoria, and he and I played bridge together for a couple of years. Pete Coster, who was in the year between us (and I believe has now passed away) and Roger Nendick (year after Pete Carr) were both working in Southern Africa and used to pass through Joburg from time to time. We certainly got three of us together a couple of times - I'm not sure if we ever managed all four of us.

Steven Waterworth writes in March 00:

Out of interest I looked in on your web site as I've only recently gone on the internet myself. My father, Mr Reginald (usually called Reg) Waterworth taught at the secondary school in Malton till he retired from ill health. As a family we lived in Pickering. My father died on the 14th of November 1995.

I will be pleased to furnish you with more information if you wish - mainly by asking my mother! I have recently found out that on of his ex pupils used to know him as Batman - because he used to coach table tennis at the school i.e. table tennis bat.

I will be pleased to receive e-mails if further information is being looked for. My mother will probably know a little about other teachers who worked with my father.

Julia Audsley (nee Longden) wrote in November 1999:

Carol Atkins and I visited the school in summer and the caretaker gave us an enjoyable tour. I remember Miss "Gerty" Blake calling me out of class to orchestra practice despite forgetting my trumpet; learning to swim because Miss Blake had stepped in to cover the lesson - I decided I would rather sink than face her wrath! Imagine my surprise when she walked in to the Wakefield Area Education Office with a salary enquiry and I had to deal with her!

George Brewer writes in October 1999 about Malton Senior School:

The school was situated where the library is today. There were 5 classes and they were as follows: Class 1 Mrs Harrison, Class 2 Mr Goforth, Class 3 Mr Grice, Class 4 Mr Withers, Class 5 Mrs Skelton. The boys had games on the Malton Football pitch, and PE in the Milton Rooms. Gardening was taught in the allotments up Castle Howard Road. The girls had netball in the school yard. The boys had woodwork at the youth centre near the cattle market.

Assembly was opened by a good morning, followed by the playing of a piece of classical music on the school record player, then a hymn and the Lords prayer. Seating for everyone was on long forms.

Dinners were in the hall, brought from where they were cooked - I think near Greengate School. I remember Sidney Sewell's mother was a dinner lady, I can't remember the others. I enjoyed school dinners. We always had a bottle of milk, sometimes two as some people don't like milk.

The boys toilets were in the boys playground, so if boys from classes 1,2,3 and 5 wanted to go during lessons, they had to go through class 4.

There were no uniforms, you just went to school smartly dressed.

The girls playground was to the north of the school leading to St Michael's Street. We walked across to Bradley's outfitters in Wheelgate, where we waited for Exley's van to take us home. The boy's playground was to the south of the school leading down to Yorkersgate. Both playgrounds were as they are today - you can still see the painted goalposts on the Methodist chapel's wall.

We moved to the new County Modern School on its opening in 1958. There were three football pitches, and an Athletics track, and a super gym for PE on the doorstep, not forgetting the showers. Also a proper laboratory for science, a garden on site instead of a two mile walk away. Proper cricket pitches.

We had school trips to different places - Knaresborough, Ripon, Brimham rocks, and I remember two visits to farms - Swinton Grange pig farm, and another at Knapton. We visited Malton Fire Station and the Bacon Factory. We held dances and gave concerts. I remember the person I danced with saying "don't take such big steps".

Carol Atkins writes on 2/11/99

I can remember thumping Mr Robinson for calling me "Olive Oyl", which, being very tall and skinny, was my nickname. Fortunately for me he just laughed. I think he used to get a bus from York to Malton on a Sunday night, which I did too as I was living in Upper Poppleton at the time and staying with Jill Holden and her family during the week.

Michael Willis, writes on 3/7/99:

An incomparably pleasant and happy time! I especially remember a "talent" show (in the loosest sense of the word); Christmas Carol concerts which were always standing room only; getting full marks with Miss Horsfall; Mr Jones' superb Music lessons and above all Miss Baker - probably the driving force behind why I and so many other linguists became teachers. ... School was even mentioned in my brother Ian's wedding speeches, with Mrs Shields' "green" hair giving real hilarity. One very cold winter's day we were playing football in those woefully inadequate shirts, and we were so cold we decided to go on strike. We all marched in to see Taff who was lovely and warm in his room. We got no sympathy, and were unceremoniously marched out again. Anyway, we got our revenge 'cos we used to scive off swimming in the VIth form and go to the coffee shop down the Lanes!

Diane (Kerr) Woodhead, writes on 19/6/99, no doubt having read Jill Swales comment:

Mr Martindale gave up teaching me Maths as soon as he met me, but I remember Mr Ewing as my favourite teacher, whose enthusiasm inspired me to become a mountaineer and travel the world.

Neil Shimmins sent he following on 1/4/99

I have some photographs of a school exchange trip to Leoben in Austria at Easter in 1974 (a quarter of a century ago!) which I will endeavor to find. I also have an 8mm film of the trip. This was in the days before video and we attempted to put sound to it with the aid of a tape recorder which features quite heavily in the film. It was then a matter of playing back the tape to match the words being spoken on the screen. Crude but on the day quite effective. The trip was organized by David Walker, the German teacher and we were joined by Miss Blake for the trip itself.

Brian Stubbings writes prompted by the floods:

My first year at M.G.S and we lived at Stetchworth House, part of what is the clothing factory in Welham Road Norton. We had water in the house 18 inches deep (no metric in those days). A boat picked me up from the top of the front garden wall and took me to dry land to get to school. Planks on bricks on the ground floor, living on the upper floor all good fun as a child but a nightmare for my parents and for thoses under water today. When the water goes down and the clearing up starts is the most devastating experience. Why has nothing changed? My thoughts are with all affected.

Michael Hill remembers Taff Thomas

Taff Thomas - sporting guru and inspiration. Michael is now Director of Physical and Leisure Education, Stoke 6th Form College.

Rosey Ware (now Whittles) remembers a few nicknames:

"Sos" Rolls, "Egghead" Lucas, "Brutus" Bratt, "Harry" Whiteley, "Mr and Mrs D" - caretaker and wife who used to confiscate balls, and "Ma Bill" Williams.

Joan Schofield (now Loney)

Joan writes to tell me that Ida Schofield, a pupil from 1916-21, is still alive, now aged 94, and living in Dunnington, York. Ida used to drive to school from Settrington in her final year on a motorbike - belt driven. Ida was Head Girl, as was Joan.

Janet Robson remembers Woodwork teacher Mr Mudge. "He used to read to us from the classics, most memorably. He played double bass in the orchestra, and brought it to school sticking out of the sun roof of his Austin Seven."

Martin Milburn remembers Terry Dyson, destined to play for Spurs. "I was never much good at sport, but on one particular occasion I recall I was to shine! Terry opened the batting for his house, and being a good all round sportsmen was expected to achieve a good score. After 1 or 2 overs he unleashed a ferocious cover drive. I thrust my hand out and the ball stuck! I shall never forget the look of shock and amazement on Terry's face. Mr Rolls, umpiring at the bowler's end, was absolutely doubled up in laughter."

Simon Crozier sent some memories of staff 9/3/99)

Philip "Perry" Mason.
Mr. Williams, Biology, was known as "Coleoptile" as this was his first theme when he arrived as a young teacher from college. Can still remember his big Rover car.
Mr. White, Physics, allowed us to watch the moon landings on TV during lessons.
"Ducky" Wellard, English Literature, introduced us to square-dancing and accompanied the music on his violin.
Alan Martindale, woodwork, can be found on the Malton bowling green, his style of walk has never changed!
Eddie Lucas. Religious Education and hockey coach/referee. Always looked as if he was losing his trousers!
Mrs. Williams. ("Ma Bill") French. Took us to Rouen/France on a school trip. Was my 2nd Year form teacher and made us ask in French for a forgotten book we wanted out of our desk. Very strict and we did not dare get out of line!
Mr. Joannidis. "Greasy Joe". Drama and Languages. Spent weeks studying a drama piece with us. When we performed for the 1st year we all forgot the words as soon as the curtain opened and so we improvised the whole piece. We all thought he would tear us apart for making a mess but quite the opposite happened. He was over the moon with joy at how we kept going despite the setback. Will never forget that day, one of the best in my school life.

Jill Swales sent this brief memory 4/3/99):

Mr. Martindale gave up trying to teach me maths and just used to give me the bridge score sheets to mark every Thursday ... I also remember when he set fire to his classroom with smoking!!! (

Chris Moody 1/3/99:

I can remember Mr Wellard on a number of occasions climbing out of the classroom window to go and collect things from his car , Mr Taylor's highly polished squeaky shoes , Mr Greaves ? the Chemistry teacher carrying his coffee in a glass beaker with a paper towel wrapped around it and Mr White the Physics teacher throwing chalk at us like an exocet missile .

Two recollections of the pre-Malton School days are of the snowball fights we had with the County Modern School and being caught vastly out numbered in the quadrangle when lulled into foreign territory and then ambushed. The second being of an important U13 football match between the two Schools when both were allowed out of lessons to watch they totally surrounded the pitch and the ball never seemed to go out of play! We won 1 - 0 with a goal scored by Richard Taylor.

Sylvia Javes (nee Sykes): I particularly remember Mr Rolls who taught English. He left me with a fascination for Chaucer, as well as a love of poetry. Mrs Williams taught French. She took some of us for an A level French conference at Wrea Head near Scarborough: that was probably in 1958. Miss Goldberg taught Maths, and was also Senior Mistress. She had a golden labrador that accompanied us on walks during sports periods when (all too rarely) the hockey pitch was covered in snow. There was a biology master, probably Polish, who ran a chess club. I think several of us joined that so we could stay in the warm at lunchtimes!

Ken Campbell:

Mr Robinson - prone to handing out "Impositions", and Mr Thomas - always in a tracksuit with a hole in the knee

George Ventress:

George now makes country chairs and rocking horses - he has fond memories of Mr Metcalfe, Woodwork master

Denise Barty (Weston)

Her Dad started the school orchestra. She remembers some boys being caned for letting the tyres down on Mr Metcalfe's car. She also remembers mothers coming to the sewing circle, held in the kitchens, one day a week, to make garments for deserving causes

Leslie Gordon Hickes remembers some staff nicknames. Mr Dunstan was "Duncey"; Mr Eggleston - "Eggobaby"; Mr Delavel - "Spitter"; Mr Burroughs - "Rabbit"; Mr Rowntree - "Squarebush"; Mr Woodward - "Woody".

Russell Stead remembers Mr Heyling's (Music) phrase: Every Good Boy Deserves a Fruit Gum