M.G.S. Magazine - July 1956

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MGS Magazine 1956


Captain: K. Armitage. — Secretary: David Wroe.

On the whole a good, and enjoyable, season was had by all the members. The clubs are to be congratulated on improving their previous season's record.

Congratulations to Mitchell, Wright, Clegg, David Wroe, Avison, Marriott, and Fretwell on gaining their School colours.

After a mediocre start to the season, the First Eleven settled down to play entertaining, and often excellent, football.

On the field the players were well led by Keith Armitage and behind the scenes David Wroe did an excellent job as secretary.

The Under 14 XI. and Under 15 XI., captained by David Liversedge and Kenneth Walker, were always enthusiastic and could be relied upon to give a good account of themselves.

  P. W. L. D.
1st XI. 18 8 7 3
U.15 XI. 4 2 2 0
U.14 XI. 9 5 3 1

Some hectic games were played in the house matches at the end of the season and the championships were decided as follows:

Junior. P. W. L. D. Pts.
Bronte 2 2 0 0 4
Priestley 2 1 1 0 2
Thorpe 2 0 2 0 0
Thorpe 2 1 1 0 2
Priestley 2 1 1 0 2
Bronte 2 1 1 0 2

Thorpe were the winners of the senior championship on goal average.

A Dance was held at the end of the season.    This was a very successful venture which helped to raise money for the General Sports Fund.

Many thanks to Miss Jeffery, Miss Swannack and the 3rd form girls for helping with the catering arrangements.


This year we managed to run the Inter-house Cross-Country Competition in its proper season.

The Junior and Senior competitions were both held on the last morning of the Easter Term.

The Junior School event was won by David Halliwell in a time of 16½ minutes. The first five runners home were all from Priestley who emerged comfortable winners with 58 points. Bronte obtained second place with 99 points and Thorpe were third with 161 points.

In the Senior School event Alan Brown was the winner covering the course in 24 mins. 23 2/5 sees.

The Bronte team were placed first with 79 points. Priestley second with 82 points, and Thorpe third with 156 points.

In the Spen Valley Sports we were beaten in the Grammar School Section by Heckmondwike G. S. and Whitcliffe Mount G. S. Nevertheless we had our successes and Peter Brook, Alan Brown, Gordon Wilson, Trevor Butler, Roger Sykes, Michael Avison, David Wroe, Alan Jackson and Victor Cockerill have been chosen to represent the Spen Valley in the Yorkshire Schools' Championships.


At the time of writing only four games have been played. Two by the First XI and one each by the Under IS XI and Second XI.

The First XI have won both their games, the Second XI were also victorious. The Under 15 XI lost their game with Thornes House by one run.

The teams have started the season well, and there is every reason to think that they will carry on the good work. The players are full of enthus­iasm and deserve success.


GIRLS P.E. REPORT, 1955-56.


Another enjoyable and successful season has just passed. Special credit goes to a young Second XI who. have won and drawn all but one match. The First XI should feel proud of reaching the final in the Batley Hockey Rally. After winning three, and drawing one match, they were defeated in the final by one goal.    Well played!

Both house and form matches were keenly contested and on the whole a good standard was attained.

The house matches were won by Thorpe in the Senior Section and Bronte in the Junior.

In the form matches 4a and 4 Alpha defeated the Third years by one goal.


These have been very much in favour this term. Our congratulations go to G. Williams and G. Martindale who for the second time have been chosen to represent Spen Valley in the Yorkshire trials on June 23rd, 1956. Joining them for the first time will be C. Wroe throwing the Discus and N. Ellis doing the 100 yards sprint and as a member of the Relay Team.


A team of eight swimmers gave up much spare time during the winter months to train for the Royal Life Saving Society Examinations.

C. Paley, Christine Elliott, Carol Elliott, Mary .Shaw and Robert Wills gained their Bronze Medallions. D. Barker, J. Rayner and Michael Elliott gained their Intermediate Certificates.

Our Tennis and Rounders matches are about to start—who can forecast the results?

An invitation this year has been the introduction of a Senior Girls' Cricket Team. This is to be an after school activity. The team, under the captaincy of Caroline Walker, have begun well by winning their first match by 13 runs.

1st XI.   2nd XI.
P. W. D. L.   P. W. D. L.
11 4 4 3   11 7 3 1

1st XI.   2nd XI.
G. Williams * G. V. Armitage
A. Thwaite (Capt) * RB. M. Richardson ‡
G. Martindale LB. M. Walker ‡
R. Hirst RH. P. Carter
C. Elliott CH. V. Court ‡
A. Dyson * LH. P. Brook / C. Haigh ‡
C. Paley RW. J. Ingleby / M. Brook
J. Lister RI. C. Richardson
C. Walker CF. J. Fox
S. Eastlake LI. N. Greenoff ‡
C. Skellern LW. Carol Elliott ‡
* First XI. Colours awarded ‡ Second XI. Colours awarded


Bowler: S. Wood.   Backstop: C. Richardson.    1st Post: N. Greenoff (Capt.)
2nd Post: C. Haigh.    3rd Post: C. Walker.   1st Deep: M. Walker.
2nd Deep: H. Ellis.   3rd Deep: J. Fox.   4th Deep: C. Wroe.
Reserves: D. Barker and V. Court.

1st Couple:     A. Thwaite (Capt.), G. Williams.
2nd Couple:    C. Elliott, A. Dyson.
3rd Couple:    G. Martindale, J. Renton.



When I joined the Fleet Air Arm in November, 1953, I little thought that I would be one of the lucky ones given the chance of doing their flying training in Florida U.S.A. A class of about thirty of us started our training on the Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. Indefatigable and for six months we were taught Seamanship, Engineering, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Gunnery, Navigation and Mathematics. During these six months we visited the Mediterranean, calling at Gibraltar and Casablanca.

The ship was in Torquay during the final examinations and it was here I was one of the eight given the chance to train in America. We would be over there for anything up to eighteen months, we were told, but this was an opportunity I didn't want to miss.

We sailed for New York in R.M.S. "Media," a luxurious Cunarder, and arrived there in the middle of a heat-wave. For two days we plodded around New York, climbing the Empire State Building, visiting Broadway and Times Square, and trying to get used to the currency. We travelled down to Pensacola, Florida, by rail while the temperature was slowly increasing.

After six weeks of "Pre-Flight" Ground School we started flying in Howards and I solo'd after nineteen 'hops'. Then came aerobatics, formation flying, night flying primary combat, cross-country navigation, gunnery and finally on February 25th, I made my first carrier landing. No sooner had I landed on the carrier than an Officer was twirling a flag and 'launching' me again, not even leaving me a split-second to congratulate myself on my achievement. I realise now that this speed in re-covering and launching aircraft is of primary importance to a carrier.

I now moved on to the Advanced training in Corpus Christi where I solo'd a new type of aircraft in which I flew about forty hours on instruments. When flying "in the soup" you have to completely disregard your feelings and rely on your instruments. This is much harder than it sounds, for you might swear you are flying straight and level while actually you are on a steep diving turn.

After instruments I had my first taste of jets in a Lockheed "Shooting Star"—two-seater, before I solo'd the F.9.F. "Panther". I was given my wings on August 24th, and I sailed for home on August 31st in the "Queen Elizabeth."

I am now looking forward to England to some leave, after which I shall join the fleet as a Naval Aviator, or, as the Americans call us, a Nasal Radiator.



In our last issue we gave an account of James Exley's (1943-51) journey to the Antartic. We continue with another article on his strange experience, taken from his letters home.

"Life down here is very satisfactory, and also extremely busy, since every job that comes up has to be done by one or the other of us—in fact it is quite a job to include local geology!"

"There were eight on the base, but now when the "Shackleton" has come we have a doctor and an extra meteorological man. Besides these two there is a diesel mechanic, a wireless operator, three meteorological people and a general assistant, a surveyor and myself."

"Our sledging has been limited as this has been a bad-ice year and most of our sledging is on sea-ice."

"A lot of time has been taken up by sealing, and since the sea-ice went we have used a ten foot 'plane dinghy and outboard motor."

"Sledging is great fun. We've been doing short depot runs preparing for next year when we hope to do a hundred days journey, and also geological and survey trips in the Fjord. We've two teams here at present. The one which is more or less mine, being very good—a mixture of old experienced dogs and three year old ones, the latter are in their prime. Banshee the leader is very good, once you know how to handle him— he takes advantage of any lack of firmness."

"The other team, which Derek, the surveyor, drives is not so good (at least I think not) It is a younger and has a lower average weight. They have still led the Aduicols on occasion, though."

"At the moment we are mapping the geology on Horseshoe Island-very interesting."

"The new ship, "Shackleton," has just come in and having unloaded her in 12 hours we claim the record and are feeling rather proud of ourselves."