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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
|Self-portrait by Stefan Bremner-Morris|
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Come on in!
Don't be late!
This is one detention
You'll be pleased to take.
A WARM WELCOME
to fellow Cheyneans and passers-by, from the Official Sloane Grammar School 1919-1970 Old Cheyneans and Friends web site.
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. 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.
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.
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 by clicking on the arrow in the relevant one.
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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North Korea Wasting Its Time With Nuclear Weapons!!
Or Can They.....?
Probably not while Donald's in power -
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HSE Called In After Tragic Workplace Incident
Tragic news from the Nestles factory today as a worker was crushed to death under hundreds of boxes of chocolates!!
He tried in vain to get help but every time he shouted, "The milky bars are on me!!" --his fellow workmates just cheered.
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FRONT PAGE NEWS
Ever Wonder Where People Get Their Ideas From?
Today's designers, entrepreuners and movers and shakers may not be as clever as we think. Just take a look around you and perhaps you can come up with something to take to Dragon's Den -
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HOME FRONT NEWS
Apologies for my late arrival but life's been getting in the way of important things lately.
When I last had the energy to update the Home Page I was looking forward to meeting Yoshine Uchimura in the Chelsea Ram in Chelsea on June 30th and welcoming a few of you too. In the event, Yoshine, his wife and I turned up along with a handful of the regulars and two new faces. The new faces were Les Gordon (1965-70) and Jim Logan (1965-68) and a pleasure it was to see them too, as it was to see Yoshine, whom Dave Glennon felt hadn't changed a bit!
Talking of 'life getting in the way', I've had to spend some time arranging accommodation and rail tickets for a wedding we're going to in Milton Keynes. Fortunately for us, my daughter's bloke works for the Hilton group so was able to get us a hefty discount on hotel rooms. Shame we don't know anyone who works for National Express as the price of coach tickets is horrendous. I always thought they were cheaper than train travel but not so. Even if I didn't have the use of my recently acquired Two Together Railcard (one third off if two of you are travelling together), the train fare would still have been cheaper than travel by coach. Even then, ploughing my way through the different fares offered by different rail companies was a nightmare but one that was worth it in the end. It pays to shop around. Another warning - it also pays to put your wife right and drum it into her that the 30 year-old young man and his 25 year-old brother who have their own room in our house are no longer kids and are old enough to do things for themselves. Things like arrange accommodation, buy train tickets and buy wedding presents. I do wish she'd stop wiping their backsides. It'll soon be their turn to wipe ours. Much as I love 'em I doubt they'll appreciate what we do for them until we move on to that garden in the sky or sooner still, run away from home.
I was also at a funeral this week, that of my 96 year-old neighbour, Gladys. A lovely woman, Gladys was always happy to impart memories when I spoke to her and once showed me a wonderful collection of suffragette photos, who, I believe, her mother was involved with. Sad to say, the funeral of someone of that age is usually sparsely attended as most of their contemporaried are long departed. That was the case with this funeral and it seemed a sad farewell to someone who had been so full of life before a fall at home a few months before.
One of my other neighbours is getting on a bit now and she's still driving. I suppose she can trust her dog to tell her when it's time to give up -
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Family funerals are different. They do give me a chance to get my own back on all those old people who used to poke me at weddings and say
I now poke them at funerals and say the same thing.
I'm due an echogram on my heart shortly so I'd better be careful what I say. I might be closer to getting poked than I think.
Speaking of things medical, I've had to pay three return visits to the chemist this week as everytime I've picked up what I thought was my full repeat prescription therte was an item missing. I console myself by comparing life to being a midget in a crowded lift. Everywhere you look, there's another arsehole. I do wonder if commonsense will ever make a comeback.
Must go, my mobile phone's ringing. I just realised why they originally called them cell phones. It's because we're prisoners of them. There's no doubt we should move with the times though but I do get accused of living in the past. It's just that the music was so much better then and you could refer to your knees and hips as left and right instead of good and bad
Take it easy.
JOKES OF THE WEEK
The preacher rose with an angry red face, saying, “Someone in this congregation has spread a rumour in the church that I belong to the Ku Klux Klan. This is a horrible lie, and one which a Christian community cannot tolerate. I am embarrassed and do not intend to accept this.”
The entire congregation was completely silent.
“Now, I want the party who did this to stand and ask forgiveness from God and this Christian family.” No one moved.
The preacher continued, “Do you have the nerve to face me in front of your brethren and admit that this is a falsehood? Remember, you will be forgiven and in your heart you will feel wonderful. Now please stand and confess your transgression.” Again all was quiet.
Then, slowly, a drop-dead gorgeous blonde with a body that would stop traffic, rose from the third pew. The preacher was visibly shaken when he saw her rise.
“You, Miss Johnson?!”
Her head was bowed and her voice quivered as she spoke. “Reverend, there has been a terrible misunderstanding,” she began, clearly not wanting to make her confession in front of everyone. “I never said you were a member of the Ku Klux Klan. I simply told one of my friends that you were a wizard under the sheets!”
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The Senior Prenuptial Agreement?
A couple in their early 70s were about to get married but before they said their vows, the woman wanted to talk.
She said, "I want to keep my house."
He said, "That's fine by me."
She said, " I want to keep my car."
He said, "No problem dear."
She said, "And I want to have sex six times a week."
He said, "OK. Put me down for Fridays."
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An old RAF pilot, wearing his full uniform, was returning home after a World War II memorial service and feeling a little tired stopped off at a cafe for a cup of tea. As he sat sipping it and thinking of his days flying Spitfires, a young woman sat down at his table.
"Are you a real pilot?" she asked.
"Well, not now, of course, but I flew all sorts of planes when I fought in the war and after it I became a pilot for a well-known airline and after retirement taught others to fly at my local aeronautical club. I guess that qualifies me as a pilot! What are you?"
"I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about naked women. As soon as I get up in the morning I think about naked women. When I shower I think about naked women. When I'm watching TV I think about naked women. It's as if everything makes me think about naked women."
The two sat sipping their drinks in silence until the woman got up and left. After she'd gone a young man came and sat opposite the old gentleman and asked him the same question the woman had.
"Are you a real pilot?" he asked.
"I used to think I was, but I just realised I'm a lesbian."
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An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their new mobile phones.
The wife was a romantic type and a retired English teacher of the classics.
One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee. She decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:
"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams.
If you are laughing, send me your smile.
If you are eating, send me a bite.
If you are drinking, send me a sip.
If you are crying, send me your tears.
I love you."
The husband texted back to her:
"On the toilet. Please advise."
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
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Do our dogs only bring back the ball because they think we enjoy throwing it?
Do twins ever realise that one of them wasn't planned?
What if oxygen is slowly killing us but it takes a lifetime to work?
Your future self is watching you right now through memories.
And if you're lucky enough to have twin grandkids but not so lucky when it comes to telling which one is which -
If you're unlucky enough to be a constipation sufferer, ever thought of this -
And if you've ever wondered what's meant by the term 'Generation Gap' -
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The Home We Called Sloane
The Sloane building seen from Hortensia Road in 1908
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. John Binfield, in one of his poems writes -
... the school, with
All its past, was sucked into a huge
Turbulent sea of glass in Pimlico
And sank without trace. "full fathom five..
Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell.
Hark, now I hear them. Ding-dong bell".
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 celebrate what would have been its centenary as a boys' school, had it 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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BASIC CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF
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1) For Email Address changes - Log In, click on the white Head and Shoulders icon at the top of the Home Page, click on Edit Contact Info, delete your existing Email Address and enter the new one, then click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
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THE 'NOTIFY ME' PAGE
It seems that not all members have been receiving messages I've been sending out.
Can I please ask all members to ensure they have used the Notify Me page (to be found under the Head and Shoulders icon at the top of the page) to choose which notifications they want to receive by email from the website.
It's a simple task that just requires you to click your mouse on the buttons alongside any of the statements you'll see on that page that you're interested in. It's not compulsory, of course, but unless you do it you'll miss out on a lot of the information I send out and/or appears on the website and that defeats one of its primary functions.
From time to time I experience problems getting messages to the Email addresses of some members. If you're in contact with any of them shown below please let them know about it and ask them to LOG IN to the site where a message on how to correct the situation can usually be found either at the top right of the Home Page or by clicking on the White Bell icon. Those names shown in black below are the most recent additions. Sometimes the problem will be as simple as a full mailbox that won't accept more mail until it has been cleared, the member may have changed their Email address but forgotten to amend their website details and the old one is no longer valid or the receiving Email server was temporarily down or inaccessible. By logging in to the site they will have the opportunity to enter an updated Email address or opt to keep the current Email address if it is still valid. Clicking on the link provided will generate an Email to verify that Emails are getting through again. Once the verification Email has been received members must click the link inside it to solve the problem and receive Emails from the site once more -
John Binfield, David Bull, John Camp, Peter Critchell, Brian Guest, Dave Kinnard, John Marguet, John Money, Peter Muncey, Ron Munson, Bruce Pentland, Jan Ranniko, Pete Rodman, Derek Sayers, Michael Spiegel, Crispin Thomas, Dave Trotman, Ronald Waters, Raymond Wilson, J S Wiseman, Stephen Wratten, Phil Yerby, Richard Zawiesinski.
Once it's been corrected by you, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know about it so that I can remove your name from the list above.
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