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Malsis History 1977-1991

John Clark names people of special interest and some key events during his years as headmaster.

 

1977. Team winners of the Stowe Putter, the prep schools' golf tournament.  The trophy was presented by Douglas Bader.  Former Assistant Head under Bernard Gadney, Edward Barbour, died in August.  His wake was held at the school.  My Fair Lady was the Christmas Show.

1978. Dorothy Birch, now Chiverton, becomes Bursar from January.  She had been Secretary before moving to Uppingham.  Tom More, joint Assistant Head, marries Bridget Entwistle in the school chapel.  Diane Rishworth (matron) leaves.  W A Barker retires from Governors.  Dr Sharp and Mr George Turnbull, former parent, become Governors.  Mr Norman Rowbotham joins the staff.  German television record  "Children of the World" programme at Malsis and at the Baldwin's in Clitheroe.  Former teacher Miss M D Lee dies in the autumn - she retired from Malsis in 1967.

 1979. Jeremy Robinson wins the Stowe Putter.

 1980. Our rugby sevens team reach the semi finals at Rosslyn Park.  "Annie Get Your Gun" was the Christmas Show.  Margaret Hollings, i/c the Junior School, retires in December.  Sportsmen's Dinner held at Elslack by kind permission of Peter Parfitt, father of Ben, with Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, Lord Oaksey, Cardew Robinson and Fred Trueman.

 1981. Mark Ellison wins Centenary Wilson Run (10 miles) at Sedbergh.  Helen Hundsdoerfer leaves the French department  to have her first child (came January, 1977).

 1982. Brian Thorne dies in April (taught woodwork 1964-73).  Tom More appointed to Swanbourne House Headship.  Garden Party to raise funds for the school.  Rooms G and H become day rooms.  Choir records for The Harry Secombe Christmas Show (Roy Castle signs autographs).

 1983 Ian Rice joins the staff in January.  Mary Willson, matron, retires from New Wing (Ward Wing) in April.  Geoffrey Turner retires from chairing the Governing Body.  James Dakin, son of the Headmaster of Mowden Hall, scores 264 in a House match for Gadney against Montagu.  Kelly Gadney dies in April.  Choir records for TV at Plumpton Rocks.

Stephen Pearson plays scrum half for Oxford in the Varsity match.  Nigel Fenton takes 6 for 0 and Richard Burton 4 for 2 when Hill House, Doncaster are dismissed for 3 (both these boys later played for England Schoolboys).

 1984. Publicity video for the school made by Alan Sidi (OM) and his team.  Oklahoma is the Christmas Show.

 985. John Clark completes his stint as a Member of the Independent Schools' Council and chairs a Governors' Conference at the Royal York Hotel.  In early spring he starts as a Governor at Casterton.  Deaths of Miss Snowden ( former French teacher), Sam Birdsall ( Harley Street surgeon and father of OM's James, Tim and Patrick), Mary Rae ( mother of music teacher Jane Pounder and grandmother of OM's George and Richard Pounder), Miss Westmuckett (West) - former matron- and Mrs Coulthurst (local benefactor who supported Malsis financially and in kind).  Sevens rugby team semi -finalists at Rosslyn Park (team only lose 5 of 28 matches played in the term). David English retires ( he joined the staff in 1959).  Ian Rice leaves to teach at Haberdashers' Aske.  Libby Witteveen leaves for Sedbergh after four years as House Mother to the 48 youngest boys in the New Wing.  Frankenstein Monster Show is the Christmas production.

1986. Easter Walk on the Dales Way from Ilkley to Bowness (1st to 6th April).  Jeremy Robinson (OM) plays in the Open Golf at Turnberry and is a member of the Walker Cup team.  Robert Swan lectures about his South Pole Expedition. Calamity Jane is the Christmas Show.  The Heads of Cape Cod and the Potomac Schools, Russell Anderson and David Harman visit with their wives from the USA. James Whitaker plays a Test Match for England in Australia.

1987. Mr Griffiths' Welsh Cob Miranda, in the trap which he made, appears in the TV production of "Paper Kisses".  He is Pam Clark's father.  His filly foals Penny and Colunia born.  Cumbrian Way walked in April, 70 miles from Ulverston to Carlisle.  John Hanson appointed a Governor in June.  Mike Gatting and Graham Dilley visit and Steve Waugh coaches during the summer term. Four boys - Karim Ayoubi, David Ogilvie, David Terry and James Short - win a Young Scientist award.  A laundry and boiler house built in back yard.  AJG Heaton (Malsis 1955-61), actor on TV, dies aged 39.  Death of Sir Maurice Dowse in December (Foundation Governor 1956-1975).

1988. Trevor and Gail Bayley's son Bertie born.  Julie Gooch returns to teach art.  Rugby Sevens team reach last 8 of 56 at Rosslyn Park.  Mabel Rose retires in July (came 1968).  David and Maggie Hawthorne leave the staff, as does Robin Gordon.  Sweeney Todd Shock'NRoll Show is the Christmas Show.

1989. Choir makes third visit to Simbach, town twinned with Skipton.  Choir sings at Banquet Hall, Leeds Civic Hall, for the 125th Anniversary of the International Red Cross, in the presence of Countess Mountbatten of Burma.  Rugby Sevens team lost in semi-final of Rosslyn Park to the eventual winners Clifton College.  The Malsis Spring Fair raises £7000 in 2 1/2 hours.  The Bayley family leave to run St Leonard's Prep - came 1981 - their second son Angus born.  Paul and Jane Greenfield leave the staff as Paul becomes a Head at Scarborough College Junior School.  The choir sing at the Scarborough Spa Hall.  Paul Renison is  in the National Youth Music Theatre at Covent Garden and the Edinburgh Festival.  My Fair Lady is the Christmas Show.

1990. Peter Lancaster, Head of French, retires ( came 1969).  Nicholas Nickleby is the Christmas Show.

1991. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit Sedbergh School.  She speaks to Malsis boys and is shown round by OM's Nicholas Palmer and Patrick Birkbeck.  OM (1971-76) Duncan Stuart-Smith dies in August leaving four young children.

During this period Chief Guests at Open Day included Air Vice Marshal 'Larry ' Lamb, Nicholas Winterton MP, Rt Hon Kenneth Robinson M P (OM), Sir Richard Francis (OM), W A Law (OM), Nigel Rees, Alastair Burnet, Richard Greenwood, John Izbicki, John Edwards, Dr David Lloyd-Jones, Dr Vernon Armitage, Martin Taylor (OM), Major General Henry Woods (Governor), Spencer Crookenden, Richard Whiteley and Sir Harry Ognall.