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Food Not So Glorious Food

I was probably always a fussy eater. Early memories of food prior to going away to boarding school are practically non-existent so I can’t be sure. My father, who died a couple of days after my ninth birthday – hence … Continue reading

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Time to Escape

At the Royal Masonic School. It is now November and half-term has passed. Life takes on a settled gloom with the end of term an impossibly long seven weeks away. The Infirmary Club continues to meet without any successful outcome. … Continue reading

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Half-term

A few weeks in to the first term at the Masonic School and there is a glimmer of light on the horizon: half-term is approaching. Half-term: a weekend when your mother can come and take you out on Saturday morning, … Continue reading

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On the Food of Love and Grunters

I was a “Grunter”. This was official nomenclature at the Masonic Junior School and freely used by music masters for ease of reference as in, “Right! grunters over here. School choir here etc.” The Head of Music was called Clotworthy, … Continue reading

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Dear Mum

One of the few real highlights of the Masonic week (along with the morning bun and Sunday evening Penguin bar) was the letter from home. My mother may have had her shortcomings as a parent but she observed routines to … Continue reading

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The Housemaster

The British public school is built around the house system. The house is where you work, sleep, do games, generally pass the time and oppress those younger than you, usually under the expert tuition of the prefects – who better? … Continue reading

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Bushey 1961 God Moves in a Mysterious Way

We are a class of 13 nine year old boys in 2A, the first year academic stream of the Royal Masonic Junior School. Recently we have lost our fathers but now we are safely in the hands of the school’s … Continue reading

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About the Masonic Schools

The Royal Masonic Boys Schools were established in the early twentieth century to give a boarding education to the sons of deceased freemasons. I was sent to one at the age of nine until I emerged at eighteen hungry for … Continue reading

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Bushey The Penny Drops

September 1960. It is day three at the Royal Masonic School for Boys and the penny has finally dropped. The dorm feasts and other whizzo pranks that seemed to constitute daily boarding school life for Jennings and Co have not … Continue reading

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September 1961; to Bushey!

September 1961: I am nine years old. My mother is in the passenger seat of Uncle Fred’s Vauxhall and we are on the road to London from Bristol. My father, a freemason and distinguished naval commander, left this earth ten … Continue reading

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