The period after the Second World War was a time of great change with
post war austerity including Ration Books and fuel shortages. For
Eastbourne Grammar School it also saw four changes of Headmaster
within a six year period. C. J. Blackburn retired, Mr Cloke and Mr Boyden
stayed only briefly and finally R. W. Shaw took charge in 1951.

However, by the end of this post war era there was much more
prosperity and the number of cars and televisions were increasing
rapidly – the ‘Swinging Sixties’ had arrived!

Old Boys’ Match 1948

It was obvious on Wednesday morning that excitement arising from this
match was at fever pitch. Not, I am afraid, in all cases from a love of
cricket, but from speculation as to whether we were to have Maths or not!
Typical cricketing weather opened the day – pouring rain and an overcast
sky. It cleared by two o’clock, however, and the secluded peace of the
Saffrons ground was rudely broken by hordes of schoolboys descending on
it like a swarm of bees.

The match started promptly at 2.23. This was primarily intended to deceive
the spectators as to whether stumps should have been pitched at 2.15 or
2.30. The opening pair was soon separated, due to a solo fortissimo appeal
from our bowler, which so startled the umpire that he involuntarily jerked his
hand into the ‘out’ position. Wickets fell slowly, and tea was taken with the
Old Boys’ score at 216 for 9. At this total they declared, not wishing to
expose their No11 to the deadly venom and accuracy of the School bowling.

The School opening pair established a new record opening stand for this
term, and a queue of batsmen formed up in the pavilion. At one time their
going out to the wicket was mainly a question of tradition. Sometimes we
saw fielders in rapid motion, not entirely unconnected with the fact that
left-handers involve some tiring exercise in changing positions. Our No11
spent some time digging in and glancing round the field, but all was quickly
over and we dispersed to our homes, leaving the Saffrons ground once more
its own beautiful self, with the stately elms waving peacefully in the breeze.

B.D.C., LVa., EGS Magazine July 1948


This History is a
reflection on the many
factors that helped
shape the development
of Eastbourne
Grammar School
since its foundation
in 1899 – the buildings,
Headmasters, Staff
and pupils, all
important influences
throughout the years

Contributions have
been taken from School
Magazines of the
period which together
with the many
photographs provide
an interesting insight
of the changes in
school life during the
78 years of the
School’s existence

More articles and
photos will be added

  ‘Slow, Major Road Ahead’
said the notice but the
competitors in the cross
country race between
Eastbourne College and
the Grammar School
took the opposite
directions – 1949
The War Memorial

The memorial to Old Grammarians who gave their lives in the Second World
War was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday, 28th November, 1948. It takes
the form of an oak mural tablet bearing the 68 names of the fallen, together
with a refectory table and three chairs for use on the platform of the
School Hall. They are the gift of relatives, Staff and Old Boys.

The tablet was unveiled by Brigadier E. R. Caffyn, CBE, and the dedication
service was conducted by the Rev. Canon R. V. Bristow, Vicar of
St Augustine’s, Gillingham, Kent, both Old Boys of the School.

Present at the ceremony, in addition to a large number of relatives, Staff
and Old Boys, were Alderman S. M. Caffyn (Chairman of Governors), the
Rev. L. E. Meredith and Mrs D. F. Whitworth (Governors), Mr C. J. Blackburn
(former Headmaster and Governor), Mr G. J. Boyden (Headmaster),
Alderman A. E, Rush and Mr J. C. Aspden (Chief Education Officer).

After the unveiling of the tablet, the ‘Last Post’ and the ‘Reveille’ were
sounded by buglers of the School Cadet Contingent, and this was a most
impressive moment.

The Rev. Canon Bristow then dedicated the table and chairs and
conducted the special Service of Remembrance. In his inspiring address, he
stressed the significance the memorial would hold for future generations of
boys. We were living in days when the world was crying aloud for men and
women who would think little of place and reward, of wages and hours of
labour, but only for the service that they could render to their fellow men.
The way had been pointed by those who had died, and we could only be
worthy of them if we dedicated ourselves to the creating of a better world.

The singing was led by the School Choir, and Mr R. A. Billingham, an Old Boy,
was at the organ.

F.H.J., EGS Magazine July 1949
Cadet Corps 1947
To the Editor

Sir, – Might I be permitted, through the medium of your excellent and widely
read publication, to air a grievance and at the same time to suggest a few
innovations in the School?

Firstly, Sir, the grievance. I have noticed of late, with considerable alarm,
the increasing tendency for prefects to use the prefects’ room. If one is a
prefect, and as such has the run of the School, it is obviously unhealthy to
be cooped up in a room measuring a mere 13ft 6in by 7ft. We will never breed
a Sixth Form in this room that will regain for England her pre-eminence in the
sporting world. However, the picture is not all gloom. In reply to the
everlasting question, ‘What shall we do with the prefects’ room,’ I shall be
neither improper or vulgar, but merely make a suggestion.

For a long time, Sir, the School has been in need of an abattoir. If instead
of being given a hundred lines a small youth were painlessly put to sleep the
discipline would be improved 100 per cent, and the paper situation
considerably eased. The system would lay itself open to abuse, perhaps,
but, in the long run, any initial difficulties would be ironed out.

Secondly, Sir, might I suggest that the Cadet Corps parades every day in
full uniform. I believe I am right in saying that they are all liable to be shot
as spies if the Russians, from sheer pigheadedness, invade on a Tuesday.
I, for one, would sleep sounder in my bed if I knew that CQMS Morse was
stripped (and ready for action).

Lastly, Sir, I would like to see the back field converted into a race track. A
small course would amply pay for itself in a week, and the absence of shirts
from the less experienced backers would arouse little or no comment after
the first few days. Any surplus profit could be put to useful purpose (the
buying of table tennis balls for the Sixth Form springs instantly into mind).

Hoping I shall receive adequate backing from the Voluntary Fund to enable
me to start on this labour of love, I remain, Dear Sir,

B.D.C. (LVI arts)., EGS Magazine July 1950
R. W. Shaw and Sub Prefects 1952
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