Games – Christmas 1916


July 1st Fawcett beat Sarum on 1st innings by 13 runs.
Sarum: J. Carter 29 runs, V. Leys 15, D. Fanner 10.
Fawcett: M. Holmes 27, J. Chapman 18, U. Armitage 11.
St Margaret’s beat School by 19 runs.
St. Margaret’s: D. Harvey Jones 17, H. Capel 17 and 32, H. Toms 11.
School: C. Mackworth 19, D. Collier 11, P. George 12; C. Fletcher 16.
Nelson beat New Forest by 93 runs.
New Forest: M. Sinclair 28 runs.
Nelson: 0. Tregelles 30, G. Taylor 19, M. Chalcroft 2.5, M. Eppstein 20, N. Northeroft 19, P. Seal 10.
July 13th Fawcett beat New Forest by 239 runs on 1st innings.
Fawcett: P. Clarke 146, D. Hinsman 31, J. Chapman 30, M. Holmes 22.
New Forest: K. Still 11, J. Dennison 11.
School beat Sarum by 11 runs.
School: H. Elam 15, P. George 15, C. Fletcher 10, D. Collier 12, N. Clive Smith 10.
Nelson beat St. Margaret’s by 55 runs.
Nelson: G. Taylor 26, S. Wotton 17 and 10.
St. Margaret’s: H. Elworthy 16.

Nelson won all their Matches and therefore the Cup. Their fielding was very good. Fawcett came in a good second, and had the two Houses met it would have been an even match.

Phyllis Clarke (Fawcett) won the Running Cup with an average of 53 runs. Other good averages were M. Holmes (Fawcett) 25, who made consistently good scores. D. Collier (School) 26, G. Taylor (Nelson) 19.

The result of the matches was as follows:
­Nelson won 4 matches.
Fawcett won 3
School won 2
St. Margaret’s won 2
New Forest  won 1
Sarum won 0

Throwing Competition:
Senior winner, Eleanor Lea 57yds. 2ft. 13ins.
Junior winner, May Ashford 44yds. 1ft.


LACROSSE. We have begun our season without many of our best players, and we are missing them very much.

The new Captains are,
School: Eva. Hudson.
Sarum: Dorothy Turner.
St. Margaret’s: Hilda Elworthy
Nelson: Nancy Northcroft.
Fawcett: Nora Randall.
New Forest: Madge Glynn.

In the 1st round of the Lacrosse Tournament School beat New Forest by 6 goals to 5, Sarum beat St. Margaret’s by 9 goals to 3, Fawcett beat Nelson by 5 goals to 3. On the whole these matches were quite good. The teams played together and seemed to realise that strength lies in combination, and we hope for still greater improve­ment as the matches continue.

You cannot expect to play well until you can use your crosse properly, and thoroughly understand the game.



TENNIS. The Cup was won by School, who won 4 rounds. Fawcett was a very close second, Sarum 2 rounds, possibly 3, Nelson and St. Margaret’s 2 rounds, New Forest 1 round.

The 2nd Sixes:
Fawcett won 4 rounds.
Sarum won 3
St. Margaret’s won 3
Nelson won 3
School won2
New Forest won 0

The Staff Match v, the Godolphin produced far better games than last year.

Staff Six.                                                   Godolphin Six.

Miss Pinckney                                           H. Elam
Miss C. Ashford                                        E. Hudson
Mr. Douglas                                                 Y. Leys
Miss Westlake                                           V. Leys
Miss Parson                                                 H. Capel
Mrs. Hewson                                              0. Treaelles

9 matches to 0 matches.

The match was much better than the score indicates as, although the Staff were very short of practice, they had very strong additions to their team in Mr. E. Douglas and in Mrs. Hewson.. The Godolphin did extremely well in winning a set off Mrs. Hewson and Miss Parson in three cases. The match began at 2.15 but did not finish till nearly six o’clock, owing to rather long intervals for tea and rest, and to the two long matches which ran into three sets and vantage games.

The American Tournament, divided into four divisions, were won by :-­

1st Division M. Sim – P Clarke
2nd J. Hinxman – H. Phillimore
3rd M. Thursby – M. Sinclair
4th J G. Farnfield – M. Figgis.

The Championship was won by E. Hudson after some very close matches with H. Elam in the semi-final 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, and in the final against Vera Leys. These two matches produced the best tennis that has been played so far by the School. I hope now the whole School has realized that good style will take anybody to the top of the School far quicker and far more easily than a self-taught bad style can ever do. Vera Leys, at the age of 14 could hardly have been in the final unless she had, from the beginning, always tried to play in the correct way.

The Second Sixteen Championship was won very easily by Mabel Sim, who only lost six games during her easy progress through her four matches. Another instance of the triumph of an easy graceful style over every other sort of style.


The Great War – Autumn Term 1914

Miss Mary Alice Douglas: Headmistress 1890 - 1920

Miss Mary Alice Douglas: Headmistress 1890 – 1920

Never before in the history of our nation has there been such a terrible war. The magnitude of the struggle, the multiplicity of human interests concerned, the complexity and difficulty of the many problems involved, the anguish of anxiety and suffering, and the glory of the countless deeds of heroism, altogether make a bewildering atmosphere in which the great tragedy is being enacted. It is therefore of paramount importance that we should one and all try to see certain points quite clearly, and try to disentangle the simple straight issues from the general mass of actions and events that are piled up from day to day.

We ought to be very grateful for all the help that has been given to us towards doing this since the first day of the war. Great sermons have been preached; great success have been made by statesmen; great messages hae been framed by the King, and by Commanders at home and in the battle line or afloat; simple words have come to us from the front; hymns and verses have been written, all helping to clear our vision and make us see points of light and threads of gold through the darkness.

Will you let me try to set down some of the thoughts which have been given to us at this time?

  1. In the words of the great Christian hero who is being laid to rest in St. Paul’s today, “We are at War – to hold our promise, to help our friends, and to keep the flag of liberty flying not only over our own Empire, but over the whole world.”
  2. The spirit of patriotism is aflame and burning to make any sacrifice for the Motherland.
  3. The countless deeds of heroism done every hour by sailors, soldiers, chaplains, doctors and nurses shine with a light which will never be quenched.
  4. The brave love and splendid fortitude of those whose dear ones have given their lives for the country are amongst the most beautiful things on earth, and we have examples of these daily before our eyes.
  5. Thousands of men and women, boys and girls, and little children all over the Empire are helping with their sympathy, their works and their prayers to hold up those who are in posts of honour and of danger on land or afloat, and to mitigate the sorrows of homeless Refugees.
  6. The most selfish soul alive is faced with a priceless opportunity for forgetting self.
  7. The greatness of the present moment consists largely in the hope that the soul of England will be cleansed through the suffering and ennobled by the sacrifice of her sons, and will live again in all simplicity and Christian faith and humble obedience to God’s will.
  8. What we humbly hope for England we may hope for Europe, and through the vitalising of Christian nations we may hope for the spread of God’s Kingdom of Truth and Love through-out the world.

These are some of the thoughts which may help to keep our hearts brave and our wills strong and our prayers fervent through all these sad days. For sad days they are, and we may pray God that there may never be such sad days again. As the Bishop of Salisbury said in his sermon in the Cathedral, there is much in war that must be hateful in God’s sight. We are probably all feeling that modern methods of warfare are hateful. The cleverness of man is surely misdirected by making larger and larger engines for the wholesale destruction of human life, and the hidden hand that strikes in the dark by mines cannot surely be counted an honourable weapon. May there be a world-wide consensus of opinion ranged against such methods as these when this most awful war is over. But besides these things, which must be hateful to God, there are all the faults and failings of individuals which have helped to make the sum total of that which is displeasing to Him. So whilst we take courage, we must seek out the weak places in our characters, and must pray for penitence, real personal penitence, which will result, with God’s blessing, in real personal renewing,  for again, the renewing of the world is the sum total of the renewing of individuals. This war can leave none of us as it found us. God grant that we may all so learn its lessons that the world may be prepared to serve Him not slothfully through the peaceful days to come.

M. A. Douglas
Old School Crest