Recent OMA Announcements

Malsis Development Begins

posted Feb 5, 2018, 10:29 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 10:30 AM ]

John Clark writes:

On Monday 29 January, I had a good tour of the grounds and school buildings with Jonathan Seddon and Mark Tuson, the Contracts Manager for Seddon Construction Ltd.  Any demolition work is scheduled will start on 5 February and the first phase of the housing - on the triangle of the golf course by the farmyard - is scheduled to begin in June.  The work on Malsis Hall and the building of the first houses is to coincide, with only a slightly earlier start for the former in mid-February.  The whole project is scheduled to be completed in June/July 2019.

The Chapel is being preserved of course, Bell and Campion Houses are an integral part of the Care Home ( as is the Garden House)*,the Lodge is to be rebuilt in exactly the same form as the original (the foundations caused us many problems when we were in situ), the lake is being restored to its former glory, the lower part of the top field is to be football pitches for Sutton FC as is most of the old 1st XV rugby pitch, the cricket field will be a leisure area for the care home, the tennis courts after being a contractor car park will be grassed over again, the Hall is to have its Windows replaced in the original style (OM James Patchett has the contract - well done Huddersfield!) and much of the original building will be seen as it was before the building which went on from the Sixties to the Nineties.

I have all the plans, known as the Listed Building Application Drawing Pack which extends to 40 very large pages, and have notified them of certain things which they didn't know such as the presence of the gasometers underneath the farmyard and the boreholes in the field adjoining which were never in fact used.

*After patients have had one to one care, they go into units where they look after themselves as much as they can before going back into society.  They will be in the main hall and the new extension to start with.

If OMs want to know more I can probably help.  In the main I feel that the project is about the best thing that could have happened to the site if it were not to remain as a school.


Patrick Birdsall writes:


Dear John

Thank you very much. This really sounds most positive and I think it really fortunate that you live  nearby in Yorkshire, where you are able to keep a close eye on developments and inform us of progress from time to time. Of course, at a personal level the Birdsall family is relieved and happy at last to have confirmation that the chapel is to be preserved with any of the remaining contents which managed to evade Eddison’s hammer. As you know, this includes my brother Timothy’s small confirmation table, handmade and inscribed by  Ernest Durnley after Tim’s early death in 1963, also the small plaque, commissioned by Bernard Gadney, to our much loved godmother “Auntie West”, who was known to generations of Malsis boys as “Big Matron”. These items can now safely be left where they belong.

Chronicle Archive Quiz 21-40

posted Mar 3, 2017, 9:16 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 9:44 AM ]

More images from our Malsis Chronicle Archives and now it's your turn! Take a look at our quiz and 
please send your answers, questions, comments, anecdotes  etc to your website editor Patrick Birdsall.      or by post to 51 Church Street Willingdon, Sussex BN22 OHR.

Archive Chronicle Quiz 21-40‎[2258]‎.pptx

And now the answers......

Archive Chronicle Quiz 1-20 Answers‎[2257]‎.pptx

New postings of OM profiles - February 2016

posted Feb 28, 2016, 11:16 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Feb 28, 2016, 11:18 AM ]

Send us your own profile and we'll share it on   

B.C Gadney: a profile

posted Jan 22, 2016, 4:59 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Jan 22, 2016, 8:45 AM ]

Bernard C Gadney
Malsis OMA  is proud to add its own tribute to B.C Gadney, one-time Captain of the England RFU team, visionary headmaster of Malsis School and a wartime officer in the Royal Navy.  

As an aside, B.C.G also once travelled to Dublin in the early 1950's solely to meet with a prospective teacher, Miss Lorna McGee, the future mother of this site's webmaster, to offer her a role at the school and so, among his other many achievements, Ms McGee would otherwise never have met Mr James Birdsall and this OM website might never have actually existed.  Thanks, Mr Gadney!

Malsis Chronicle Quiz

posted Jan 20, 2016, 12:10 PM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Jan 20, 2016, 12:23 PM ]

We've collated a set of images from our Malsis Chronicle Archives and now it's your turn! Take a look at our quiz and please send your answers, questions, comments, anecdotes  etc to your website editor Patrick Birdsall.      or by post to 51 Church Street Willingdon, Sussex BN22 OHR.

Malsis History 1977 - 1991

posted Dec 17, 2015, 10:00 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 10:01 AM ]

John Clark names people of special interest and some key events during his years as headmaster, from distinguished visitors, international connections and academic & sporting success to fond farewells to old friends.

read on....

Great Lives

posted Dec 17, 2015, 9:41 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 12:24 AM ]

Achievements of Distinguished Malsis Old Boys

The Editor would like offer our thanks to former headmaster John Clark who has been tirelessly working through some of his records of Old Boys, in order that some of their great life achievements can be published on our website.  Apart from a few of us ‘Old Crumblies’ who have a bit of time to indulge in our own personal nostalgic trips down Memory Lane, we hope that recent generations of OMs, including boys and girls who are still at public school or university, may take inspiration from the example set by fellow OMs who have distinguished themselves in such a diverse field of professions and lifestyles. However, do not regard this as a definitive list! It is just a start.  Over the next few months we plan to add more names to our collection, but to do this we are going to need the help of OMs! Please send your contributions to Patrick  ( and Tim will add them to our Old Member Profiles section.  

Thanks! Now read on and see what John has researched for us so far:

Old Malsis Association reflects on the acquisition of the school and its grounds

posted Nov 24, 2015, 7:40 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Nov 24, 2015, 7:49 AM ]

The Editor, OMA

From the Editor:  Monday 23rd November 2011

Dear OMs

 I expect most of you have heard the latest news from Cross Hills. This morning we received confirmation from John Clark  that  James and Jonathan Seddon have bought Malsis and there is a good article in last Saturday's Yorkshire Post about the purchase.  John knows the brothers well. They were together at Malsis from 1981/82 until 1984 and 1985.  They both moved on to Sedbergh and while at Malsis were direct contemporaries of John and Pam’s son Jeremy.  They went on skiing holidays, walked the Three Peaks with them, immersed themselves in every activity possible and their parents were highly supportive. John says It remains to be seen what their proposed plans will be.  .  Tim has already posted several articles on our website and we will keep up with the news as it develops. John Clark will be writing to them, as he will to Ryan O'Neill, another of their vintage (joined 1986), who will be most disappointed that he is no longer in contention. I would also like to express my admiration for Ryan and Adrian’s ambitious efforts in the name of preparatory school education and the revival of Malsis as a school. They gave it their best shot, but it was not to be. We now move on with the knowledge that Malsis will at least be in the hands of two former pupils who hold similar feelings of nostalgia and respect for our old Alma Mater and those who made it happen for us.   John and Jamie are going to need our support if they are to be truly successful in their venture.

 Thanks very much to those of you who have contacted us over the past  weeks and, as always, I feel I must apologies for any delay in getting back to you. (I’m Just recovering from an extended  busy season with our  international students, followed by overseas marketing trips this autumn, but now I’m back in UK with a bit of time to attend to OM matters. I will will be sending out a second mailshot soon to invite and encourage members, young and old,  to send in material of interest to our readers of the website! 

 Also, now that  Annus Horribilis is nearing its end, John and I both feel that 2016 should be a suitable year for at least one OM Reunion. (I guess there’ll be no shortage of things to talk about!)  

 Best regards


The Hudson Trophy

posted Sep 5, 2015, 3:08 PM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Sep 5, 2015, 3:09 PM ]

OM's remember the Hudson Trophy, a golf competition for the Malsis Old Boys' Association. Find the article here in our Memories of Malsis section.

New historical archives launched on

posted Apr 26, 2015, 6:16 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Apr 26, 2015, 3:47 PM ]

The Old Malsis Association has published a series of archival resources to help trace the history of the school, including a look at key events over the decades, a range of historical documents, collections of photographs and even assortment of maps and postcards gathered over the years.  Start exploring here.

The Old Malsis Association is indebted to Mr Carl Mitchell, parent, teacher and  creator of the Malsis School website at the time of the school's closure, for sourcing and providing this range of historical material.   If you have anything to add - facts, figures, photos - please send them to the editor here & we''ll be sure to add them in.

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