Those wishing to join the SS must have been through the rigours of Simpson's Academy for Dull Folks in which youthful liveliness was systematically squeezed out, leaving dull, grumpy, sensible inmates mature ahead of their time.Such people will be expected to contribute regular items to the HCS guestbook of no more than two lines in length. I left a pair of PE plimsolls in the changing room during my last year at school (1967.)Has anyone seen them or know of their current whereabouts? Does anyone recall Fruity Ferguson who consumed navel oranges under the desk in Ubi Lane's Latin lesson? Is this the same Fruity who travelled to school on the 158 bus from South Harrow?
It had formerly been a school building moved to HCS from a site in Alperton.
By the end of this period it had become unsuitable for further use, and there is reference to a sum of GBP700 required to address the various repairs needed; the then Headmaster had accepted responsibility for finding this money. In the event the Group did not get final financial approval for its present HQ until 1971 (and even then arsonists tried to burn it down before the building was complete). Well my own (totally serious of course) suggestion is that it was probably used to purchase commercial quantities of Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels for use in the tuck shop at the various Troop camps.
My father combined holidays with business so our family often came back in SEPTEMBER, a few days lat E.
At least I can be grateful to those who have made direct contact.
I can confirm that this was an on-going tradition when I joined the Group in 1948.