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Topless sunbathing and a staffroom burglary were among hair-raising and amusing incidents recalled by a former headmaster.
In a witty speech at the 2017 West Country Luncheon, Peter Larkman, headmaster 1983-94, urged OHs to air their own amusing reminiscences, by sending them to OH Magazine.
Speaking at Sidmouth’s four-star Victoria Hotel, Mr Larkman described how Allhallows was changed by the introduction of girls throughout the school.
His speech, about 15 minutes long, mentioned two pupils whom he barred from the school, and those recollections hinted at stress and emotion experienced by headmasters resorting to expulsion. Mr Larkman recalled a senior boy sent home in disgrace after pouring beer over a member of staff. When he came across the boy some time later, according to Mr Larkman, the boy apologised for his behaviour. Mr Larkman said the apology had “meant an awful lot to me then, and still does.”
The ex-head recalled another meeting with a former pupil whom he had expelled years before. Had he been treated fairly, the headmaster asked that young man. “Oh yes, I deserved it. It was the best thing that ever happened to me,” said the former disgraced pupil, describing how he had gone on to become a QC.
The topless sunbathing was done by the attractive wife of a young master, Mr Larkman told his OH audience. He said someone had complained about the uncovering, which happened at the school swimming pool during Cricket Week. He dispatched the bursar to see to the problem. “I am told he ran to the swimming pool and arrived sweaty and breathless.”
Mr Larkman recalled the staff being incensed when pupils one night raided the drinks cupboard in the masters common room but when he spoke to other headmasters about the violation of the sacred staff bar, he was amazed to hear they all had a similar story to tell.
Mr Larkman thought the introduction of girls brought problems for Allhallows rugby and cricket teams, though girls did make very good hockey and tennis teams. He said the female presence probably hastened the end of corporal punishment, and reduced bullying.
He praised the coolness and bravery of the girls in Charton House who laughed at a nocturnal flasher who was exposing himself through a bedroom window. Two girls grabbed hockey sticks and ran downstairs while a third raised the alarm. A man was arrested by police.
The speech followed a bargain £25-a-head three-course lunch at the luxury seafront hotel.
EVENTS COMING UP
26th to 29th June Monday to Thursday
Golf Week in the West Country
July 8th Saturday
Clay Shooting in Dorset
October 8th Sunday
Rifle Shooting in Devon
November 4th Saturday
Lunch and Remembrance Service in Devon
November 29th Wednesday
AGM and Party in London
Events details are on OH Magazine’s page 5, or on the website
The 2017 OH Magazine
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Visits to Rousdon
It is fully understandable that many OHs will wish to visit the Rousdon/Allhallows estate to rekindle old memories and to see what development has taken place in recent years.
Those who attended the 500th Luncheon will have heard the comments of our guest speaker , Professor John Broome who lives in the old Pavilion.
Naturally the residents wish to maintain a degree of awareness about visitors. It would therefore be appreciated if OHs wishing to arrange a visit to Rousdon would contact Judith Ellard – email@example.com prior to the day of their visit .
Please remember the estate is privately owned so please keep to the roads and footpaths.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding
Kind regards Roddy Long
Patrick John Booth
Pat’s daughter, Jane Pollard nee Booth writes:
It is with regret that I have to inform you that my father, Patrick Booth, died on 15th March 2017 two days before his 85th birthday.
Pat and his two brothers attended All hallows during the war years having originally been evacuated from Hastings to St Albans but it was decided that Allhallows was in a safer part of the country and they joined the school in 1941(Chudleigh ’41-49).
My father often talked of his days at Allhallows and memories include, the stuffed bird collection; watching out for incendiary bombs from the clocktower; shooting in the rifle range in the walled garden, competing and winning at Bisley; afternoon tea in the landslip cottage; the awfulness of school porridge; catching the school train and walking up from Combpyne.
After leaving the school in 1949 (after a very successful career both academically, on the rugby and hockey fields and on the shooting ranges, being awarded both his miniature range and fullbore shooting colours and being in the Bisley team in 1947-48-49) Pat entered St Thomas’ Hospital as a medical student. Upon qualification he was called up for national service and subsequently joined the RAMC as a surgeon, serving in Germany and Hong Kong. He retired from the Army as a Lt Colonel in 1975 and moved to North Wales as a Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.
Having thoroughly enjoyed his time at Allhallows, and learning that the school was admitting girls in the sixth form, he had no hesitation in sending me (Stanton ‘73-75) and my sister Fiona (Chudleigh ’72-74) to Allhallows. We had many lasting memories of Allhallows, together with a shared pated of porridge.
Pat’s brothers, Geoffrey and Anthony, still live in Bere Regis.”
The Club’s sympathy and condolences go to the family.
Robert Powell Williams (Baker/Venning ’60-64)
Robert’s twin brother, Andrew, has notified the Club that his twin brother, Robert, died on 5th March at his home in Chiswick aged 70. The condolences and sympathy of the Club are extended to Robert’s family.
Roger Edward Causton Strofton
The Club has learnt of the death of Roger Strofton on 25th January aged 81. Roger went to Allhallows in 1949 and had a distinguished sporting career being awarded his colours for rugby, hockey and cricket. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 21st February at 12 noon at Welwyn Parish Church. The Club's sympathy and condolences are extended to Roger's family and friends.
Colonel John David Shallow MC RM
The Club has learnt of the death of David Shallow on 1st February aged 89. David
went to Allhallows in 1941, following his sister Rosemary as the second of nine members of the Shallow family at the school between 1940 and 1979. David was an outstanding sportsman, captaining the 1st rugby, hockey and cricket teams. A Service of Thanksgiving for David's life will be held on Friday 17th February at 1.00pm at St Nicholas Church, Husthwaite, York. The Club's sympathy and condolences are extended to David's family and friends.
Anybody with reminiscences or information about our missed comrades listed in the obituaries, while at school or afterwards is invited to send their material to Alec Crawford, Hon Sec OH Club, at firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the next issue of the OH Magazine.