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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)
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|Self-portrait by Stefan Bremner-Morris|
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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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Suicidal twin kills sister by mistake!!
Corduroy pillows are making headlines!!
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Doubts Of Olympic Proportions
The Rio Olympics may be over but suspicions about one Russian pole vaulter's credentials have surfaced -
Claims have even been aimed at Great Britain that, in an effort to keep one step ahead, they are recruiting would-be Olympic champions far too early -
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HOME FRONT NEWS
The Foulsham household has been a hive of activity this week. Weekend celebrations of our 35th wedding anniversary last Sunday somehow gave the wife and I added impetus and we embarked on building our own garden table. The slats on the top of the last one were crumbling and various mini beasts had made their home inside the wood so we decided to make do rather than buy new. I had to chop a couple of inches off each leg of the old base, as water damage had made them weak and crumbly (no comparisons, please!), then painted the base in a nice light blue before placing on top an 8 feet by 4 feet sheet of marine plywood, which I gave another couple of coats of sealant just to be sure before edging each side with some 1 inch beading and painting that a darker shade of blue. Sounding Sloaneish, isn't it? We've had 700 four inch blue tiles sitting in the shed since we overordered for our kitchen (long story...) so my wife is currently laying them on the plywood using a flexible exterior adhesive. I just watch and point out when she goes out of alignment. I'm good like that. Should be finished by next weekend and we can enjoy it before the sun sets for another year. As you'd expect, the cost has come to about as much as buying a new table would have but it wouldn't have been half the fun or given us as much satisfaction. On top of that we've now got a table that seats ten comfortably. That's meant extra cost too as we settled for ten of Homebase's finest chairs at £25 each. Table and chairs should outlive us though and it's nice occasionally not to be having an out-of-money experience. If we were I'd only resort to drinking again. After all, a barman is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory and who needs reality? It's just an illusion that occurs due to lack of alcohol. Sometimes, too much drink just isn't enough Besides, if we didn't have any money we'd probably never see the kids.
On the subject of alcohol, I visited the Kings Arms on the Fulham side of Putney Bridge last night. I know some of you have used it in days gone by so I'm pleased to report they've done the place up and reverted to its original name again after a period when it was called The Larryk, whatever that may be. It's well worth a return visit.
My hospital visit this week shows that my improvement continues apace. Most of it's due to the tablets they should have been giving me from day one, ten months ago, but a crossed wire or two between my hospital consultant and my GP meant I didn't start them until a month ago. Such is life and the occasional death.
In our more relaxed moments this week my wife and I had a long chat about the differences between men and women and I concluded that men are just happier creatures than women. In fairness, we do have it a little easier than them and that's probably why we're happier -
For a start, when it comes to marriage our last name stays put and the wedding plans take care of themselves, don't they? A wedding dress can cost thousands while we can get away with a new suit and tie or even hire one. A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife. Men can never get pregnant (but it is still only 2016), we can wear a white T-shirt to a water park or we can decide not to wear a shirt at all. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. The garage is all ours and mechanics tell us the truth. Chocolate is just another snack to us and we can open all our own jars. We can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on Christmas Eve in about half an hour. Wrinkles add character, people never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. We only have to shave our face and neck, have freedom of choice when it comes to growing a moustache and the same hairstyle can last us years. We can play with toys all our life and when it comes to taking a holiday, one small suitcase is usually enough (if you let the wife pack it). Phone conversations (and shopping for that matter) are over in 30 seconds flat.
Most men keep about half a dozen items in the bathroom (though my eldest son might be the exception) whilst women have around 300, ten per cent of which a man can probably identify.
A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
In general, men have one mood all the time and best of all, the world is our urinal.
I'll be back just as soon as my wife finishes tiling that table. See you next week then.
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JOKES OF THE WEEK
.A blind man goes to see a prostitute. On feeling her pimply face, he recoils in horror. Feeling hurt she says to him, "its only a bit of acne".
'"Thank Christ for that", he replies,"'I thought it was the price list."
Mick goes to the vet with his goldfish.
I think it's got epilepsy" he tells the vet.
Vet says" it seems calm enough to me"
Mick says"I haven't taken it out the bowl yet"
Paddy says to Mick "I found this pen, is it yours?"
Mick replies "Don't know, give it here"?. then tries it and says "Yes it is"
Paddy asks "How do you know?"
Mick replies, "That's my handwriting."
A university professor was giving a lecture on Paranormal Studies. To get a feel for his
audience, he asks,
“How many people here believe in ghosts?”
About 90 students raise their hands.
"Well, that’s a good start. Out of those who believe in ghosts, do any of you think you have seen a ghost?”
About 40 students raise their hands.
“That’s really good. I’m really glad you take this seriously. Has anyone here ever talked to a ghost?”
About 15 students raise their hands.
“Has anyone here ever touched a ghost?
About 3 students raise their hands.
“That’s fantastic. Now let me ask you question further…...Have any of
you ever made love to a ghost?”
Way in the back, Taffy raises his hand. The professor takes off his glasses and says
“Son, all the years I’ve been giving this lecture, no one has ever claimed to have made love to a ghost. You’ve got to come up here and tell us about your experience.”
The Welsh student replied with a nod and a grin, and began to make his way up to the podium. When he reachs the front of the room, the professor asks,
“So Taffy what it’s like to have sex with a ghost?”
Taffy replied, "Ooops, from way back there I thought you said GOATS!"
A man went to the police station to report his missing wife missing...
Husband: "My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and has not come home."
Sergeant: "What is her height?"
Husband: "I’m not sure. A little over five-feet tall."
Husband: "Don’t know. Not slim, not really fat."
Sergeant: "Colour of eyes?"
Husband: "Never noticed."
Sergeant: "Colour of hair?"
Husband: "Changes a couple times a year. Maybe dark brown."
Sergeant: "What was she wearing?"
Husband: "Could have been a skirt or shorts. I don’t remember exactly."
Sergeant: "What kind of car did she go in?"
Husband: "She went in my sports car."
Sergeant: "What kind of sports car was it?"
Husband: "Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 6.3 7G-Tronic Edition 125 Coupe finished in Magnetite Black Metallic with Black Leather AMG Sport Seats and Brushed Aluminium plus Piano Black Cappings; Unmarked 19" AMG Multispoke Alloy Wheels; Tyre Pressure Monitoring; Panoramic Glass Electric Tilt/Slide Sunroof; COMAND Online with HDD Wide Screen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Multi-Media Interface (MP3, Ipod etc), Superb Sound System With DAB and Harman-Kardon Sound Upgrade; Leather Trimmed AMG Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift; Parktronic Front and Rear Parking Sensors; Parking Assist; Attention Assist; Speed Limit Assist; Electrically adjustable, heated door Mirrors with Powerfold;
Electrically Adjustable with Heated Front Sport Seats with Memory; Electrically Adjustable Steering Column; Bi-Xenon Headlights with Powerwash and Auto Activation; LED Daytime Running Lights; Cruise Control; Rear Privacy Glass; AMG Carpet Overmats..."
At this point the husband started choking up.
Sergeant: "Don’t worry, pal. We’ll find your car."
The healer said,
"Does anyone need a special prayer?"
Bob came forward and said,
"I need a prayer for my hearing."
The preacher put one finger in Bob's ear and a hand upon his head. The whole congregation prayed for Bob's hearing and after five minutes the preacher said
"How's your hearing now?"
"I don't know, it ain't till next week"
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
A married man can forget his mistakes. There's no point in two people remembering the same thing.
Should people with kleptomania take something for it?
Is conjunctivitis.com a site for sore eyes?
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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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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 a 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)
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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