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OY Jack Sweet provided the piece below for the 2017 Newsletter but there was not the space for it so here it for you to read........................

IN 1998 YEOVIL SCHOOL REMEMBERED

This is an article I wrote in the now departed Yeovil Times in the autumn of 1998.

'Over the past few weeks another Yeovil landmark has rapidly disappeared. The old Yeovil School buildings in Mudford Road have been demolished to make way for a new housing development to be called 'College Green.'

                'The School was officially opened 60 years ago on the 30th May 1938 and ten years later in September 1948 I was one of the sixty three new boys starting in the First  Form.  I left in 1954 and twenty years later, in the new era of education, Yeovil School closed as a Grammar School and the buildings became part of Yeovil College.      

                'Doubtless many of the  former pupils will feel a pang of loss and the demolition of the School leaves me something of an 'educational orphan' because all the schools  I attended have been demolished; one  is the site of a block of flats in South Street and  another is the Tesco Petrol Filling Station.

                'In an attack of nostalgia I looked out a copy of   the School magazine called The Yeovilian   for 1948/49 to recall some of the things which had happened during my first year.  The School Notes included congratulations to the Chairman of the Governors, Alderman W.J.C. Pittard, on his being made a Freeman of the Borough of Yeovil, and thanks to another Governor, Miss Osborne, for her gift of a tent for the School camp.  There was a visit from three Dutch teachers from Borneo and Sarawak, and a number of film shows were given to the senior boys including several on Town Planning.  The author of the Notes went on to record that "A long overdue addition to the School's 'gadgetry' was the new powerful record player.  Those who remember the old clockwork gramophone will fully realize the present relief."

                'The 1948  Prize Giving was held on the 9th December, and a "lively address" was given by Sir Robert Wood,  the Principal of University College Southampton, who  believed  there "ought not to be prizes as the only people who enjoyed prize givings were the parents of the prize winners."!!!!  The proceedings ended with a concert given by the School choir and orchestra.

                The Yeovilian also contained reports from the many and varied School clubs and societies.  There was the Parents Association, the Choir and Orchestra, the Arts Club and the Archaeological Society, the Field Club reported on rambles in the country to the west of Odcombe and the Radio Club was working towards building its own transmitting station.  However all was not well with the Gym Club which reported that it had "suffered a number of unfortunate ups and downs since its inception with the suspension and postponements resulting from a series of broken limbs of the master concerned."  The School Library was experiencing a steady outflow of books but many of which were not being returned.  "This   state of affairs appears to be a reflection on the integrity of each boy and is the responsibility of each boy to try to prevent its continuance," observed "E.E.S." the author of the report.

                'Eight members of the School Army Cadet Force spent a week in West Germany with the British Army of the Rhine and  told how there was "desolation" around  the towns and "rubble as far as the eye could see."  One of the highlights of the week involved each cadet firing three bombs from a 2inch mortar followed by a demonstration of flame throwing and the 3 inch mortar; there were also exciting rides in troop carriers and a cricket match against a National Service team.

                'The Yeovilian was a mine of information on the activities of Old Boys in the armed forces, at university or college, pursuing careers and getting married.  There were Notes on rugby, cricket and athletics. Reports came from the three School Houses - Kingston, Ivel and School - but of one event there is no mention even though it reached the national press.  However let the book 1845 - 1995 - 150 years of Yeovil School and the Old Yeovilians' Association tell the tale:

"A sixteen year old boy spent his last day at Yeovil School by dressing as a doctor and hoaxing the entire school.  The school was expecting a doctor and before lunch a figure in a white coat and dark spectacles arrived.  He told a prefect he wanted to examine the boys of the two junior forms. The prefect did not recognize the "doctor" in his father's trousers, and sent two senior boys to the form rooms.  They asked the masters to send the boys up to the Library in threes - the usual procedure at medical examinations.  On his way to the Library, the "doctor" passed four masters.  They did not recognize him either.  In the Library were two more masters.  They said "good Morning".  The "doctor" asked them to leave while he was examining the boys.  They left. The boys were brought to the Library, where they were seen by the "doctor". One boy was told that he had a "punctured oracle", another was gravely informed that he was not breathing properly.  The "doctor" insisted that all the boys drank a special medicine consisting of horseradish, salt and water and the boys then went back to their class rooms.  There were no good or ill effects. The "doctor" sat for his school certificate last term and his masters believe he has passed as he was "one of the brightest boys in the school". "

                'The buildings in which many hundreds of boys spent at least five years of their lives is no more and the words of William Shakespeare, adapted by the editor of The Yeovilian in December 1924, will no longer be relevant to the School in Mudford Road - "Be not afraid, the school is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs that give delight but hurt not."'

Although the School died in 1974, its name and memories are still kept alive by the Old Yeovilians' Association with over 850 members world-wide. 
However, there are still many, many Old Yeovilians who have not joined the Association, so why not enroll (it's free membership) by getting in touch with Dave Shorey email address   oldyeovilians@gmail.com.

Jack Sweet
December 2016