"I am very much indebted to Bolton School. I leave as a well-rounded person, having developed in so many ways."

Paloma, Former Pupil

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Camps and Journeys

 

 

The Story of Camping at Bolton School (1900-2000)

'Courts and camps are the only places to learn the world in.' Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1779) One of Bolton School’s most proficient music students recently turned down an offer of a place elsewhere on the grounds that at 12 years Bolton School seemed to offer him a better chance of an all-round education than another school with more obviously...

The Lipscomb Years (1910-1924)

Lipscomb ran the first camp at Filey in 1910 with the help of Jefferies (Maths Department) and the Sergeants under Colour Sergeant Charrington (Baths/Swimming).  In his school history WEB describes reveille at 6 – six before breakfast: the general feel of the programme is military, an influence brought no doubt by the growing international...

Two Heads’ Years (1925-1960)

The retirement of Mr Lipscomb did not affect the sequence of School camping because his two successors, Percival Smith and Richard Poskitt, were both camping enthusiasts.  What did affect the story, however, was the appointment of H V Brookes (1919-1963) and H A Porter (1931-1970), each not just a teacher of skill, but a camper of fame needing a...

The Golden Age (1950-1980)

The following battered Banda sheet is all that remains of a typical feature of the next period of camping, when scarcely any member of the teaching staff could avoid involvement in the extraordinary detailed programme. “CAMPS AND JOURNEYS COMMITTEE There will be a meeting of the Camps and Journeys Committee on Tuesday, October 20th, at 1.15 pm...

Saundersfoot and Instow Camps (1948-1964)

At its peak, in the fifties/sixties, this camp contained over a hundred boys and over six teaching staff with a Sergeant or two to deal with the logistics. The hardware was hired from Liverpool: mainly bell tents and two cookers, one to continuously boil water and the key anthracite 'Mrs Sam' (origin of name unknown) to deliver pies, joints,...

Senior Fell-Walking Club in the Austrian Alps (1954-1973)

'On the morning of Wednesday, 31st July, the rather humdrum atmosphere of Manchester Piccadilly Station was broken by the appearance of over a dozen prospective mountaineers carrying heavy rucksacks and lethal looking ice-axes.  Two weeks later, in the evening this time, the event repeated itself, only now the party was a good deal more stained...

The French Exchange

Only specific research in the annals of The Boltonian will reveal the roots of The French Exchange.  I came across it in my interview with Ken Haigh in 1958 before joining the staff, and expressed some enthusiasm.  I must have overdone the enthusiasm, because when I started work, Ken took me under his wing and began to induct me into the process...

A typical report from the German exchange

Partners were established without problems, and all went to their respective homes to settle in and become accustomed to the German way of life. The first real chance to meet the other German people came with the excursion to Tübingen, an old town about 30km from Stuttgart.  Here came the point where those of us with male partners met the girls...

Bolton School Russian Exchange

Bolton School's links with Russia, and more specifically Russian, extend back to the late 1950s, when the subject first appeared tentatively on the curriculum.  During this period, the British government had embarked on a concerted campaign to increase the number of Russian speakers in its ranks; as a consequence, many young men and women would be...

Trek Camp - memories of the latter years

The astonishing unique event that was Trek Camp might have been moribund when I arrived, fresh-faced and new to the profession, to teach A-level Economics in 1974.  Modern teenage jargon would no doubt label CHI a legend – to which epithet he would have a better claim than most, given his colossal range and depth of knowledge of all matters...

The Millennium Boat

It was in 1997 during a discussion between me and the Director of Patterdale Hall that the concept of building an offshore sail training vessel was formed.  I had suggested the possibility of the boys building, in their technology lessons, a large craft for use on Ullswater.  What Patterdale really wanted to do was develop offshore sailing for the...

Outdoor Pursuits Centres

“Yonder in the heather there’s a bed for sleeping, Drink for one a'thirst, ripe blackberries to eat, And the pool is clear to travel-weary feet." Gerard Manley Hopkins   The proliferation of Camps and Journeys in the School’s calendar led to several attempts in the closing years of Richard Poskitt’s headship to search for a common base for...

Caving Club

Warning: These facts cannot be guaranteed to be accurate.  I am trying to recall events that happened between thirty and forty years ago.  They may, however, give a clue for further investigation if needed. I joined the staff of Bolton School Boys’ Division in September 1975.  Soon after, I got together with Terry Butterworth (a member of the...

Geography Trips

My recollection goes back only to the early 1970s when these were being held at a variety of centres in this country as well as in Europe, often jointly with the Girls' Division and sometimes with other schools.  The Netherlands and France became regular venues and could be visited during the shorter holidays.  Land reclamation, with agricultural...

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

A youth training programme put forward in 1956, taken up at School first through the Scout Association in 1960 and later through the Youth Department of the local authority, now in its own right. It consists of three levels of achievement – Bronze (from age 14), Silver (from age 16) and Gold (from age 18) – in four kinds of activity: physical,...

The CHI Fund

The CHI Bursary Fund was established in 1984 by a group of ex-pupils who wanted to ensure that the legacy of ex-teacher and Trek Camp Leader, Clifford Ingham, lived on in the form of a fund that provided financial assistance for boys at Bolton School who would benefit from an Outward Bound type of experience, but who would otherwise not be able to...

The Scott Trust

The Trust Fund was established in 1962 by the Scott family to contribute to the cost of expeditions and travelling, and funding has been granted to pupils and former pupils of the School since 1963. Applications are accepted from present and former pupils of Bolton School who are a minimum of 16 years and not more than 22 years old at the time of...

Postscript

Much of the material herewith is copied from various editions of the Boltonian magazine 1899-2011, for which we owe thanks to many authors. About half of the material has been written specially for this publication, and names or initials of the authors are usually appended. The general editing has been by David Allen (Boys' Division Staff,...