Letters 1998

Your magazine article about E. M. King stirred up so many memories that I thought I'd drop you a line.

I am David Ronald Fangen's (61-66) father. I came to Clayesmore on a scholarship in the last term before the school moved to Iwerne Minster. I was granted a scholarship because I was supposed to be good at carpentry.....I'd made a walking stick of willow with a knob on top made of ten different, inlaid hardwoods. How much of the finishing touches to the knob were carried out by the prep school carpentry master leaves room for conjecture.

Some of my contemporaries I remember were Hall(33-34), who beat me in the under sixteen grass court tennis finals, Bluett(30-33), Holloway (32-36), Balfour(32-36), Mackie (27-35), whom I met again in Brazil, and Churchill(29-33), who sang bass-baritone "Nach Deutschland zogen drei Grenedier" so marvellously in German that I can still hear it today.

My house master was E. M. King. He caught some of the class out cribbing in a maths test. We each got six wacks from his cane. It stung. I swore I hadn't participated, and eventually he apparently believed me because he took me over to the squash court and taught me how to play.

My one claim to fame at my short stay at Clayesmore was taking six wickets for eight runs in a colts match against Bryanston and then scoring more runs than their entire team put together. I was fourteen. The school thought they had a cricket genius and put me in the first eleven. What a disaster!

I enjoyed Clayesmore so much that there was no hesitation of where to send David from Brazil, when it was his turn to come to England to get a decent education.

Stener Fangen (33-34).