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From Andrew Miller 10.07.2020

Posted by newells on July 10, 2020 at 10:55 AM

From Tom Kendal (Webmaster): Andrew Miller has sent several items which are now on the website in the History and Class lists section.

He wrote - I discovered only today that I had already scanned them ready for the Newells website in August 2015 so better now than never.


Spring 1969 was my penultimate term at Newells & Desmoor and I still remember most of the boys quite well. I was in Saxons ( Miller ma ) and can see that I must have been a particularly good pupil as, along with my friend Chris Matthews, the head of house, and Greenwood, who was one of the school boffins, I was one of only three in Saxons to notch up a zero score for minuses for the term. My brother was Miller mi.


Also on the Saxons list are Nader Salour who I note has left a previous blog message, Khalifa Jamshid, Hanger and John Ramsden ( probably the naughtiest boy in the school - in the mould of Just William - always in trouble but never with malice, he was just mischievous ) all of whom have contributed comments to your site.


There is another boy in Saxons, (I can see his name there but won't embarrass him by identifying which one he is) who I recall had taken a shine to our pretty Norwegian nurse (Uni) and one evening while we were all preparing for bed, had pushed her onto a bed and given her a big kiss. After that it almost became a game which Capt Hope Lang had to stamp out for the poor girls sake although she took it in good part and it was all very innocent horseplay. He was singularly unimpressed by this.


It is fascinating to look at all those with a negative number for behaviour - I can recall each one instantly and clearly. I have looked at both lists and the names for bad behaviour repeat almost to a boy. Amazing. I am sure that John Ramsden will recall the evening that he was beaten with the split end dormitory cane six times for messing around out of bed and was then caught again that same night and was given another fourteen strokes.


Seeing all of these makes me want to write another set of memories - you will already find the longest one on the blog page was from me years ago. I will try to pin myself to doing this.


I shall open up my Newells box file and see what else is in there which might be of interest.


All the best


Andrew Miller (April 1965 - July 1969)






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