St Christopher's School, Hove

Staff photo from 1967

The photo here shows the senior school staff in about summer 1967, outside the front of the school. Seated are Maurice Standring, Maurice Saunders (Headmaster) - holding the cricket mascot ("The Admiral"), and EHP Mallinson. Standing behind are Rodney Fox (temporary staff), Pat Cale and Mr Walker. As you can see, pipes were much in evidence!

Photo:Staff in 1967

Staff in 1967

From the private collection of Martin Nimmo

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By Nicola Swainson (15/03/2005)

I was at St. Christopher's from 1947, when Gilbert Beale was headmaster and Maurice Saunders was Principal, until 1956, when I was honoured to be 'head-boy'. I have very fond memories of those years, particularly of Maurice Standring and Pat 'Curly' Cale. Gilbert Beale's stories of Greek mythology, I still treasure. I have a school photo from 1956, and various football and cricket team photos for 1954/5/6, if any one is interested.

By Michael Keat (02/01/2007)

An update on the photo: The man at the back on the left is not Mr Walker but Captain Telford who had a wooden leg (or two?) and mainly taught Scripture. There were other masters employed at the time, including Peter Ezra, but someone had to be on duty when the photo was taken!

By Martin Nimmo (23/02/2007)

Rodney Fox went on, after University, to become eventually Headmaster of St Edmunds College, Ware, and is now a governor of St Christopher's.

By Martin Nimmo (23/02/2007)

The master at the back with the pipe is Mr Walker. Mr Telford is not in the photograph. He was very disabled and got about on crutches. He'd lost a leg as result of a bomb attack in WW2. He lived in Patcham and drove a specially adapted car. He was a member of Brighton Chess Club and he taught Scripture. He came to replace Mr Walker, and was at the school when Nimmo was teaching there!

By Bernard Dutton-Briant (28/02/2007)

Bernard is convicted out of his own mouth! I was employed at St Christophers in 1967, the year the photo was taken. Mr Walker had gone, and had been replaced as Latin teacher by E H P Mallinson. The person at the back can only have been Captain Telford.

By Martin Nimmo (02/03/2007)

What a crew! The old buster at the back on the right is certainly Mr Walker. I  recognised him immediately and before seeing the comments below. Martin Nimmo is partially correct. I was there for the Classics changeover. Walker taught Latin up to about 1960 (we'd got up to nouns of the 3rd declension) when EHP (you may call me Colonel) Mallinson was inflicted on us (nouns of the 4th declension - what a surprise). But the dreaded Walker ("Morning Herbert, Morning Alfred") was still kept on part-time to teach Scripture.

By Frank Cowell (29/03/2007)

What a crew indeed! I have slightly more recent memories [Anson: 1977 - 1983] though we are still talking 25-30 years ago! I have extremely fond memories of Maurice Saunders - a true gentleman of the old school (they don't make them like him anymore) and of his charming wife and of his son - Roger Saunders - who was headmaster during my time there. I also remember Mr. Powell, Austin Camp and certainly Peter Ezra. I had immense respect for all the teachers at this marvellous school even though some of them scared the living daylights out of one - Peter are you still out there? (No offence meant but you were a rather frightening individual). Anyway, it was all good stuff looking back. Now "work, read or play chess or you'll be in detention....!"   I only ever got the cane once ("3 of the best" from Roger himself) throughout my 7 years and even that was for owning up for something I didn't do! (I'll know better next time).
To Sir With Love,  Dominic

By Dominic Beale (21/04/2007)

Had Nimmo taken the photograph in 1967, I would have been in my first term at Brighton College, and Nimmo himself would have been up at Oxford. Mr Walker died some 3 years earlier whilst I was in Transition. Colonel Mallinson had long since retired, and been replaced by Mr Ezra, and Mr Telford. Mr Telford was a much younger man, having seen active service in WW2! He had a goatee beard, and didn't wear a tie presumably because of his disability.

By Bernard Dutton-Briant (30/12/2007)

Oh dear! This gets more complicated by the hour! I was at Oxford in 1967, having filled in for Col Mallinson in 1966 (January to July), but Col Mallinson returned to work in September 1967. Peter Ezra was employed at St Christopher's over the whole period and beyond. I used to visit St Christopher's during university vacations, which were considerably more generous than school holidays! And, the "clincher", this photo is in the middle of a film which has pictures clearly dating to 1967 both sides. Sorry! At least St Christopher's was marginally quieter with Bernard packed off to Brighton College!

By Martin Nimmo (09/01/2008)

In the last entry, it should read that Col Mallinson returned to work in September 1966 rather than 1967. The photo was taken in June/July 1967, witness "The Admiral" in his cricketing gear!

By Martin Nimmo (21/01/2008)

I was delighted to see the photo of a young Pat Cale - I had the pleasure of knowing him (and his parents who lived in Jesmond Close) through the Preston Nomads Cricket Club and I played with him for many seasons. After Pat left the school he became the Sussex County Cricket Club's Second Team coach for a good number of years.

By Garry Peltzer Dunn (12/11/2008)

I am reading my mother's diary written in 1940 and she mentions a Captain Dutton Briant doing a round of the ARP services and helped my mother during an air raid in London Rd, Brighton. Are you any relation or do you know anything about him? On the off-chance. Thanks

By Carole Burgess (13/01/2010)

I was at St Christopher's at this time ..I dont recall for how long. I remember Mr Sanders Snr (and pipe) as headmaster -terrified of him! I was only 5 (?). Boxing, handwriting lessons! Also a very kind female teacher.. Mrs Mullett?

By N Whiting (28/03/2010)

I remember all but one teacher (temp).'Sandy' was Head, was very keen on boxing. Used to yell at the parents on Sports Day - a very strict Headmaster. Mr Walker was a wonderful man who taught 'scripture'. Yes, that is definitely Mr Walker! He contributed greatly to my lifelong love of all things spiritual. 'Curley' Cale, much loved by all the boys. He lived 100 yards from my family in New Church Road. Colonel Malinson scared the bejeezus out of me. I remember Marylyn Saunders as secretary. Am I right? I was friends with Mr Saunders' son, Roger. Oh, yes, Mr Sandring had amazing accuracy with the board rubber, but he never knew it was me who put thumb tacks on his chair. He smoked his pipe constantly in class. Anyone out there who might remember those days?

By Christian (Richard) McCulloch (25/09/2015)

I well remember Pat Cale, Maurice Saunders, Maurice Standring, Mrs Willis, Mrs Skermann, Major Forrest, Mr Powell, Miss Judd, Mrs Heath, Mrs Thorpe, Payne's Poppets, Mrs Harris-Rees, Vicky Saunders, Mary-Lou Greenaway (nee Saunders) and their mother, and Peter Ezra. "Sandy" the Headmaster was every bit as strict as mentioned above, amusing my father, Alan, who was a "friend" of the school, by barking across Glebe Villas playing field one Saturday close to Sports Day "Ai, you on the bike!". Of course I was the recipient! Although I joined in 1963 as a sickly type 1 diabetic, I do remember Mr Walker (top right), Mr Telford and Colonel Mallinson, even though none of them taught me. There was a gap student who looked like the guitarist John Williams, who soaked up Sandy's style - I still have an English exercise book in which this man, who I believe was also called Mr Walker, put a line through my efforts with the comment "This is utter piffle". It amuses me that I published a book called "Fifty Years of Malfunction" last year, in which St Christopher's features significantly. I remember the Dutton-Briants, and Richard McCulloch. I was sad to read of Martin Nimmo's demise. He was more like a friend than a teacher.

By Grant Vicat (27/09/2016)

I was a pupil there between 1977 and 1982. Here is a rundown of the teachers I remember:

Mr Powell, nice old boy who taught maths.

Mr Carter was the cool one, great English teacher who could sing and play guitar - the housewives choice.

Mrs Heath, a firm but fair lady with a lovely selium terrier. Always made classes interesting.

Mr Cater - history teacher who tried to send me out of the room for talking. I did something I'd never done before or since - I just ignored it and was amazed I got away with it.

Austin Camp - THE definitive Latin teacher, very passionate about his subject and even took a party of boys to Rome, all organised and paid for by himself, maximum respect for that. He had the wit of Edmund Blackadder and the temper of Basil Fawlty, but never in a vindictive way.

Maurice Saunders - "Old Sir" - fond memories of him, especially him smoking his pipe in class. We loved it when he lit up and the clouds of tobacco wafted in our direction.

Roger Saunders - "Young Sir". We were always elated if we got the cane from Old Sir, as his swipes were not hard at all, unlike Young Sir whose cane strokes could be felt for days on end. 

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By Paul (31/12/2017)

Paul, your summary of the teachers is perfect and evokes fond memories. I was particularly enamoured by your description of Mr Camp. Seeing Mr Cale, Mr Saunders and Mr Powell in the 1967 photo brings back so many memories.  I also had the pleasure of seeing Mr Saunders the younger and the inspirational Mr Scott, three years ago at  a drinks reception back at school.  I can truly say that St Christopher’s instilled us with positive values  and character.

By Simon Ruscoe-Price (13/03/2018)