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J\11R. A. F'. POUND, Hon. General Secretary (Plymouth Area), presenting the Admiral Smith Table Tennis Tro]i> hY to the captain R.W. Yard Dept. team. Other£ in the picture (left to right) MR. LANGSDALE, Chairman R.W. Yard; MR. LEWIS, Vice-President R.W. Yard Sports Club; MR. BouLTWOOD, Superintendent Arrna*ent Supply Office Bull Point; MESSRS. E. LOCK and H. LAMERTON, Chairman and Hon. Secretary Area able Tennis Sub-Committee; and MR. A. E. LEE, Management Officer Plymouth Area. (Photo by A. Hawker).


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Our American Journey By GEOFFREY PAISH On August 9 Tony Mottram and I left England on board the Queen Elizabeth. We were going to U.S.A. to represent Great Britain in the American National Championships. For me it was a great thrill, as it was my first long sea voyage, and jt was going to be my first stay in America. After one of the calmest crossings ever we docked at New York on August 14 and were just in time to give the British girls team moral support in their mat�h for the Wightman Cup. On the night of the 18th we went to Boston where are held the National Doubles Champion­ ships. There we considered ourselves unfortunate to meet in the first round the South American com­ bination, F. Segura and E. Morea. We found lack of practice rather a handicap and were beaten in 3 straight sets. New York-I beat Jack Crawford. The National Singles and Mixed Doubles Championships were held at Forest Hills, New York, starting on September 6. In the singles, Mottram was beaten in the_ first round by Frank Shields in 3 straight sets. I qeat Jack Crawford, the former Australian champion, by 6-o, 6-1, 6-4. Two days later, I in turn was beaten by Bernard Destremeau, the French Davis Cup player, by 3 sets to I. In the Mixed Doubles, I teamed with Joy Gannon, and we won 2 rounds without the loss of a set before losing to the Australian pair, Colin Long and Mrs. Nancye Bolton. Mottram and Mrs. Betty Hilton reached one round further, eventually losing to J. Drobny and Mrs. Todd. Hollywood Breeds Tennis Stars. From the grass courts of Forest Hills we travelled right across to the cement courts of Hollywood for the Pacific South-West Championships; and on the tirst day it rained! This tournament, I would say, is the strongest in the world, because California is the cradle of American tenI1;is, and there are most extensive qualifying competitions for local players before the championship proper begins. Tony Mottram had a good win over the Ameri­ can Junior Champion of 1946, the score being 2 sets to 1. I had a very hard struggle too, against a local player, before winning 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. In the next round we met high ranking American players and were both beaten in straight sets, Mottram by E. Moylan, 6-r,6-3, and I by W. Talbert, 6-2, 6-2. In the Men's Doubles, Mottram and I had the distinction of taking a set from the ultimate runners-up, Segura and F. Parker, losing in the second round 6-2, 3-6, 6-r. This pair lost in the

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final to J. Kramer, the world champion, and F. Schroeder, I5-r3 in the fifth set, in what was one of the greatest doubles I have ever seen. San, Francisco-Our Best Singles. From Hollywood we travelled north by train to San Francisco for the Pacific Coast Championships. Once again we found a new surface, for there the courts are asphalt, and are very much slower. It was in San Francisco we played our best singles of the tour. I succeeded in beating Hank Pfister, an American collegiate representative, by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in a very exciting match. The same afternoon I had to go on and play E. Moylan, and although I was rather tired I extended him to 9-7, 6-r, and I should have won the first set as I had 4 set points at 5-3. The same day Tony Mottram very nearly became the only Englishman to take a set from Kramer. He missed a volley winner by half an inch at set point at 5-3, and eventually lost the match 6-3, 7-5. These were probably our best efforts in singles during the tour. 8,000 Feet up in Mexico. After San Francisco came the Pan American Championships in Mexico City. Not only had we to play on the red en-tout-cas type of court, but we had to accustom ourselves to an altitude of 8,000

Great Britain in Mexico, October, 1947. (1. to r.) _Geoff Paish, Jean Quertier, Tony Mottram, Joy Gannon, Dennis Slack and Jean Hare.

feet. Here we failed badly in the singles and mixed doubles, but we had two very good matches in the men's doubles. 1n the quarter-final we overcame the Mexican Davis Cup pair, the brothers Vega, winning a very close match 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, That put us in the semi-final against 6-3, 6-4. J. Drobny (Czechoslovakia) and T. Johannson (Sweden), and after a very exciting match we lost 8-6, 7-5, 6-4. For me that was the best match of the tour, and it was perhaps fitting that it should be the last.. Two days later we flew back to New York, spent


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4 days buying food and presents to bring home, and then boarded the Queen Mary. Five days later we disembarked at Southampton-in the rainand we were home again. Film Stars are Interesting .

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most of the whole trip, are seeing all the film stars in the flesh during the week in Hollywood; our 3,roo mile drive across the continent in 4½ days, a speed far too great to appreciate to the full all the joys of such .a trip; and the wonderful hospitality afforded us during our stay in Mexico City. It certainly was a grand experience, and a·· grand three months tour.

Service Personality­ GEOFFREY PAISH First played in Junior Tournament at the age of ro. 1938 Triple Surrey Junior Champion. Public Schools Junior Champion, r937; Senior Champion, r938-a record. Played tor his command in R.A.F. during war. Bournemouth Hard Court Championships, r946, he first hit the headlines by a magnificent show of tennis and endurance. To Wimbledon, where he was the last English­ man to survive, partnering Vera Dace in the Mixed Doubles. Represented Great Britain, Paris, Switzerland, B.A.O.R. r947 member of the West Indies tour. Picked for Davis Cup team. Played against Poland at Warsaw and won the Doubles with Butler. All travelling to date in 1947 was by air. Played against South Africa at Scarborough and lost, but Doubles with Tony Mottram pro­ duced close and exciting play. Represented his country at r927 Wimbledon, where he played with Betty Hilton and Derrick Barton. W qn all three events, C.S. Championships. Played in Paris Championships. Invited, with Tony Mottram, to represent Great Britain in America and left on the Queen Elizabeth on August 9, returning home on the Queen Mary from the tour of eleven weeks on November r.

Tony Mottram and Geoffrey Paish (right). Paish is in the Inland Revenue (Controller of Stamps Department).

R.A.F. Smother the Service 6-0 REPRESENTATIVE MATCH

Civil Service v. Royal Air Force, on Wednesday, December 3, 1947, at Chiswick

The crowd as usual was disappointingly small, although many distinguished visitors were present, including Air Marshal Sir L. N. Hollinghurst, K.B.E., C.B., D.F.C., Air Marshal Sir C. B. Cooke, K.C.B., C.B.E., Air Marshal Sir Samuel Morris, K.B.E., C.B., Sir Godfrey Ince, K.C.B., K.B.E., President C.S.A.F.C., and A. E. Watson, Esq., C.B., C.B.E., Chairman, C.S.S.C. The army of professional scouts also present must have formed a very poor opinion of C.S. · football as seldom have I seen so many players together on one•side play so much below form as

they undoubtedly did on this occasion, but at least they must have been impressed and perhaps . surprised at the spirit in which the game was played. Possibly three only of the C.S. XI played up to form and it is not surprising therefore that the R.A.F. romped home by 6-o. It may well be though that our players played as well as they were allowed, for the R.A.F. throughout the game were faster and much stronger all round. The R.A.F. selectors must indeed be pleased with the result, and the form shown, as the team was in the nature of an experimental one, only their international goalkeeper, · F. /Sgt. Streten, having previously taken part in an R.A.F. representative game. The score at half-time was only r-o in favour


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of the R.A.F., .and few expected to see the score mount as it did in the second half, due partly to an unaccountable lapse in the last line of defence. This, however, in no way excuses the forwards, who muffed many good openings during the last 20 minutes, following a few positional changes in the side. This is the severest defeat suffered by the C.S. in representative games, with the exception of the Army's 8-o win on the occasion of the opening of ,the Civil Service ground at Chiswick on February '20, ,1926, and although it may seem that many 'changes are indicated, I do not anticipate that the Selection Committee will introduce much new blood for the next representative game against the Royal

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Navy and Royal Marines at Portsmouth on BOBBY DOBBS. Wednesday, January 28, 1948. TEAMS:

CIVIL SERVICE.-G. Day (Chatham); C. R. Neale (Home Office), E. D. Jenner (Telecomms.); H. Parr (capt.) (Tles. Lincoln), K. Thomas (Telecomms.), R. Dutton (Chester P.O.); R. W. Stewart (Stores Birming­ ham), D. H. Hunt (N.W.D.O.), J. A. Paynter (Engineer­ in-Chief), A. P. Hawkes (New Scotland Yard), J. A. Ryan (Telecomms.). ROYAL AIR F'ORCE.-F/Sgt. Streten (Cosford); F/0. Phillips (Bassingbourn), F /Lt. Stevenson (Bin­ brook): AC. Hicklin (H.Q. Coastal Command), AC. Hayward (Sealand), AC. Wilcox (Upper Heyford); AC. Major (Innsworth), Cpl. Duthie (Scampton), AC. Hollis (Scampton), AC. Wardhaugh (Staverton), Cpl. Devon­ shire (Stradishall).

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THE CIVIL SERVICE GOLFING SOCIETY -My course is simply revelling in the abundance of rain and has had almost the appearance of the Western Desert after the winter rains. What a relief to be able to hit the ball right up to the pin and know that it is going to stick after having had to pitch the ball 20 and 30 yards short hoping that it would somehow scuttle on to the green and stay there, during the summer drought. I for one, as r:egards golf, was glad to see the winter wet weather here. The Society has now ryceived official approval once again to play representative golf matches against the fighting services. The last of these matches was played in 1926 when the Civil Service lost to the R.A.F., 2 matches to 7; beat the Army, 6 matches to 5; and had to abandon the match with the Royal Navy owing to the general strike. I have looked up the results of other representative golf matches and I find that the number of occasions on which the Civil Service won is not very impressive. I trust that this year will see the commencement of a long. series of victories. After the last Council meeting a sub-committee, which was appointed at that meeting, met to arrange a programme for 1948, and the following arrangements were made : _ The Lloyd George inter-departmental knock­ otit competition teams of three will again be played. Rules as for 1947. May 26, 1948.-Civil Service versus Army, at West Hill G.C. June 7 and 8, 1948.-Two-day meeting. Moor Park G.C. June 16, 1948.-C.S. versus Navy, St. Georges Hill G.C. July 14, 1948.__;Civil Service versus R.A.F. Royal Mid-Surrey G.C. I am still interested to hear of any golfers with handicaps of four or less who would be interested in being considered for representative matches. I said last month that I hoped to be able to �ive the names of the officers of the resuscitated Civil

Service Ladies' Golfing Society in this month's notes. I am very sorry to record that at the meeting which. was held during November by the 1939 officers of the Society it was decided not to resuscitate the Society. Strangely enough the same arguments I once heard when attempting to start the men's Society were used again: not enough interest; lack of transport facilities; too much work to allow time off to play, etc., etc. The real reason, of course, is that the 1939 officers have lost their interest in the Society and it needs new blood fo put it on its feet again. Now here is a job which requires initiative and organising ability. The pleasure and reward of the job comes when one can see the fruitful results of one's labours, and if any lady thinks that her Service job gives her initiative and organising ability no scope, then here is the job for her. I should like to see the Ladies' Society in opera­ tion again as I believe there is sufficient interest to maintain the Society provided someone will only start the ball rolling. It only needs one or two enthusiasts to act and then others will follow. I shall be only too pleased to help in whatever way necessary any lady who would be willing to under­ take the Secretarial duties, and if there is a volun­ teer, Eric Walton, of 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middlesex. (Phone HOUnslow 2842) would be glad to hear from her. WOMEN'S HOCKEY ASSOCIATION-The following XI and Reserves were selected at the Trials held on October 18, at Chiswick:-

XI.-Bray, M. (Southampton); Lewis, S. (P.T.O.), Hardlie, V. (Inland Revenue); Byrne, D. (Supply), Ruffell, K. (Inland Revenue), Macrae, J. (War Office); Davie, J. (P.T.O.), Boyce, V. (Inland Revenue), Watts, M. (War Office), Tillett, M. (Inland Rev·enue), Horsey, V. (Inland Revenue). RESERVES.-Turner, D. (S.B.D.); Brothers, J. (Inland Revenue), Davison, D. (S.B.D.); Velton, M. (S.B.D.), Simmons, M. (War Office), Slocombe, J. (S.B.D.); Thompson, J. (Inland Revenue), Cross, S. (P.T.O.), Papworth, B. (S.B.D.), Burtenshaw, E. (S.B.D.), Burtenshaw, K. (S.B.D.).

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CIVIL SERVICE BOWLING ASSOCIATION (LONDON AREA)-At the A.G.M. held at Treasury Buildings, December I, all affiliated dubs were represented in an attendance reminiscent of pre-war days. Officers elected for I948 are:_,,... President, J. Bloe (H.Q.); Vice-President, Mr. V. Prunier (S.B.D.); Past Presidents Howells and Fraser were i�vited to accept as Honorary Vice­ Presidents; Captain, B. Clelland (L.T.R.); Vice­ Captain, .L. Taylor (S.B.D.); Treasurer, C. J. R. Gunning (A.B.); Secretary, J. D. Biggs (A.B.). Notice to Association's. Publicity Men · Publicity men are urged to turn their attention to the welfare of the SPORTS JOURNAL. In all Departments and Areas where your work extends, examine the posi­ tion, and ensure that the JOURNAL is circulated as widely and fully as possible. No room or Club official in the country should be without a regular copy. CIVIL SERVICE WOMEN'S ROWING ASSOCIATION-The C.S.W.R.A. is beginning to make its mark once �gain on the women's rowing world. We cannot yet claim to have made -a particularly spectacular or victorious return after our enforced war-time retirement, but the fact that we have been able to enter an eight in two open events this autumn says something for the enthusiasm of old and new members alike. During October we entered a crew in the Women's Amateur Rowing Association Eights. This crew was made up of members of the Savings Bank W.R.C. and the C.S. Headquarters W.R.C. and it put up a good figh,t, winning the heat against the Borough of Hackney but losing to St. Georges W.R.C. in the final. On November 23 the crew entered again for the Borne Eights. The crew was unfortunately unsettled soon after the start when someone came off her slide, and when control had been recovered we had lost that lead which was vital at that stage of the course on the outside station. Though we never lost contact with the centre crew we could not pass them, and we were eventually beaten by l length, with the third crew a length down. The clubs are getting down to hard practice again now with the representative fixtures in view for next spring. We hope to revive our races with the Universities in March, I948. Although we have some new members rowing in the eight this autumn we need more new blood to build up the racing strength for next season. Some of the pre-war members qualify for the retired list but the scarcity of keen new members keeps them pegging away-they are only too anxious to teach novices to fill their places. All enquiries please to

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The Hon. Secretary, Miss G. M. Barnes, 14, Heverley Close, Barnes, S. W.13.

CYCLING

Southampton.-Crabwood C.C. have conferred life membership upon Ron Carey, one-time secre­ tary of this most famous of Civil Service cycling clubs. A presentation accompanied the honour, and took the form of photographic equipment­ Ron is a keen cinephotographer, and gives regular film shows to the Club. The Southampton Branch, C.S.C.A., have planned a road-racing programme for next year, including a " 25 " for riders who have not previously beaten 1 hr. 7 min. for the distance. T.T. secretary is popular D. Olphert, L.S.D.5, O.S.O., Southampton. Local C.S.C.A. representative: . R. Carey, 72, Romsey Road, Shirley. Blackpool.-A special effort is being made to recruit the " motorists-turned-cyclist " into the local C.S.C.A. Branch. Although the present weather is a trifle grim, runs are still being carried out, and a 1948 pro­ gramme of trials, etc., is being prepared. Secretary: S. Richardson, 15, Waverley Avenue. Nottingham.-There are signs of renewed activity in the way of Departmental cycling clubs. Although overshadowed by the London '' cracks,'' Jackie Glenn finished among the first half-dozen in the Civil Services National "Best-All-Rounder" Road Championship in 1947. · Interested cyclist civil servants in the Area please contact Notting­ ham Branch Secretary: J. W. Glenn, 33, Lomas Street, Hungerhill Road, Nottingham. London.-The Civil Service C.A. 1948 Hand­ book is now ready, and will be available from branch secreta,ries or direct from R. Swann, Price, 2, Denton Road, Stonebridge, N.W.IO. 2s. 6d. per copy, post free. Runs lists for January and February, �948, are as under:North London Sect�on. (Meet "The George," Jan. 4.-Southend. Wanstead, rn.o a.m.) Jan. rr.-Amersham. (Meet at Tally-Ho Corner, IO.o a.m.) Jan. 18.-Maldon. (Meet "The George," Wan­ stead, rn.o a.m.) Jan. 25.-Godstone. (Meet "The George," Wan­ stead, IO.o a.m.) Feb. r.�Leith Hill. (Hyde Park Comer, IO.o a.m.) Feb. 8.-Bishops Stortford. (" Wilfred Lawson," Woodford, IO.O a.m.) Feb. 15.-Essex Lanes. (Meet "The George," Wanstead, IO.O a.m.) Feb. 22.-Leverstock Green. (" Wilfred Law­ son," Io.o a.m.)


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South London Section. Jan. 4.-Weybridge and Bagshot. (Putney Bridge, ro.o a.m.) Jan. II.-Leatherhead. (" Greyhound," Streat­ ham.) Jan. r8.-Warlingham. (Catford Town Hall.) Jan. 25.-Bookham. (Putney Bridge, South side, ro.o a.m.) Feb. I.-Godstone. (" Greyhound," Streatham.) Feb. 8.-Westerham. (Catford Town Hall.) Feb. 15.-Ripiey. (Putney Bridge.) Feb. 22.-Esher. (" Greyhound," Streatham.) Feb. 29.-Cobham. (Catford Town, Hall.) London Branch Runs, Captain and Social Sec.:A. P. Cave, 14, Longmeadow Road, Sidcup, Kent.

Civil Service Rugby Football Union

By the time this article appears in . the JOURNAL no doubt the Navy match at Portsmouth fixed for January 14 will be a thing of history. Whatever the result we are confident the Service will do well. Our great handicap is that our players have little opportunity to play together as a team. The material available is excellent, and whilst on this subject ,we should like to express our thanks to those Rugby clubs who very kindly gave us information about Civil Seryice players in their clubs. In fact, the outside clubs have proved more co-operative than the Civil Service Areas. Our colleagues at Plymouth, Rosyth and Exeter have been most help±ul, but I regret that reports from other sources, rriore especially South Wales have been lacking. However, as the lists of selected players for the London Representative Game against the United Banks on December 17 and the trial match on December 31 show, we have a fair reserve of players to draw upon. London Representative XV.-P. Sarsfield (Lon­ don Irish), McKeown (London Irish,) I. G. Doubleday (Wasps), I. Lesmore-Gordon (London Airport), G. Eltringham (Old Haberdashers), H. Thwaite (London C.S.), N, Wyndham-Smith · (O.M.T's.), C. B. Crafer (Chingford and Eastern Centres), J. Prendergast (Wales and Army), T. G. P. Rogers (Blackheath ancd Oxfordshire), F. Inman (Old Midwhitgift), F. J. Leishman (London Scottish), J. M. Hunter (London Scottish and Scotland), D. Richards (Catford Bridge), Giles A. G. (Twickenham). Trial Match.-Irivitations have been issued to ;u players in the provinces, but the cost of bring­ ing them all to London is prohibitive and will mean that the provinces will ndt· be 'so fully represented as was hoped. · The strength of Service Rugby is (outside London) mainly' in the West, and as it

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costs about £5 per head to bring players to London there is not much money to spar-e a1ter ground expenses have been met. The lack o± money has rather hamstrung the Union's activities and on top of other difficulties may restrict our " sphere of influence '' more and more to the London 'Area. However, such is fate, but for purposes of record we originally invited:Exeter: C. W. Martin, G. Miller, L. Davies. Plymouth Albion: A. Munday, F. White, P. Luffman, P. Lane, J. Boxall. Barnstaple: C. Lock, G. Summers, H. Smale. Devonport Services: W. G. Harrison. Bath: A. Higgins, L. S. Harter. Newport: J.Evans. Newbridge: L. E. T. Jones. Fylde (Blackpool) I. Dawson. B' head Park: S. A. Evans, R. Wylie. New Br�ghton: R. T. Davies. Trojans (Southampton): C. W. Leach. Let us hope that some formula may be evolved by the Union to allow these players to have most, if not all, of their expenses reimbursed. The Service Internationals, Hunter, Higgins, ·Daly and Roberts, who it is hoped will be available for the Navy match have nof been invited, both from their obvious claim for selection and for pur­ poses of economy. The latter principle was also applied in leaving out at least six West Country players, we would like to have seen, out of the Trial. A report on the London Representative Match and the Trial (if held) will be in the next issue of the JOURNAL, and if it can be managed a descrip­ tion of the Navy game will also be included. Whilst it may be impossible for Service Rugger enthusiasts to be present at these matches our teams, we know, will have the moral support of all the Rugby men in the Service. First Division Cup Competition.-The draw for the Cup took place at Treasury Chambers on December IO, and resulted as follows:­ Admiralty (Bath), Bye. Customs and Excise v. Ministry of Labour. Foreign Office v. Air Ministry. New Scotland Yard v. Nat. Phys. Lab. Home Office v. Admiralty (London). Ministry of Education v. Telecoms. Savings Bank v. Post Office Engineers. Ministry of Supply (Farnborough). First round to be played by January 28, 1948; second round by February 25, 1948; third round (Semi-final) by March IO, 1948; Final on March 17, 1948. It is hoped that accounts of the matches �ill appear in future issues of the JOURNAL, and we must ask, therefore, that these be prepared and forwarded not later than the 9th of each month.·


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Plymouth Civil Service.-We were fortunate enough to visit Plymouth last month and to meet Mr. W. A. Dunstan, the Area Rugger Secretary, and Mr. C. G. Northcott, the Rugger Club It was decided to set up a South­ Secretary. Western Selection Committee consisting of Mr. Bert Sparkes, the old England and Plymouth Albion player, and the two Secretaries to advise the Union on players in the four western counties, who have always been well represented in the national XV. The record of the Civil Service Club at Plymouth (which is playing London on Saturday (a.m.) January 17) is excellent. The Club plays most of the senior clubs in Cornwall and a number in Devon. Up to date, bearing in mind the calls of the two major clubs, Plymo,uth Albion and Devon­ port Services, very good form has been shown against such clubs as Redruth, St. Ives, Penryn and Falmouth. Congratulations are due to the Club officials in meeting the great difficulties which now face Rugby clubs which are getting going again after the war years. The possibilities of an Admiralty (Plymouth) side taking part in the First Division Cup Competi­ tion as in the case of Admiralty (Bath) seem very bright indeed and may be a practical proposition next season. A more distant possibility discussed is of an Inter-Area competition between, say, Plymouth, Exeter, Bath, Northern Ireland, Scot­ land, Wales and London. S.B.D. RUGGER.-The return of one or two stalwarts of pre-war days from serving with the forces and the finding of a few likely new players should do much to strengthen Savings Bank rugby for the forthcoming C.S. Cup matches. The resumption of a full-scale competition after last year's " sevens " is eagerly awaited and we feel that we should do well this season. Most of our players are actively engaged in Saturday rugby and consequently are very fit. It is also pleasing to note that several have gained promotion to the more senior Civil Service sides and are doing well in the club games. Altogether we have every reason to be confident of going far in the competi­ tion when the matches start in the New Year. The above has been received from Bryn Smith, Hon. Sec. S.B.D. R.F.C. JACK TARR.

CIVIL SERVICE RIFLE ASSOCIATION.­ The first representative match of the 11947-48 season (Civil Service v. City of London) took place at the G.P.O. Range on December 3. After having held the lead on the early details, the Service team was ultimately defeated by the narrow margin of 8 points.

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CITY OF LONDON RIFLE CLUB. J. M. Cullen ... F. A. Faxon ·... G. A. J. Jones J. Sarney L. W. Rutter ... E. Geeves J. F. Chandler A. Stewart , .. . W. J. Blake .. . A. Thorne V. H. Gilbert A. J. Palmer ... T. W. Biggs G. F. Booth ... F. Macrae J. Ingram R. E. Adlington L. S. Hughes A. Shaw F. J. Barrell ...

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CIVIL SERVICE R.A. C. E. Burkey (Liverpool P.O.) ... * J. E. Goodman (War Office) E. L. Corliss (M. of Labour) J. Longstaff (R.S.A.) J. F. Ling (R.S.A.F) W. W. Medlock (Brighton Teles.) F. E. Dean (Min. of Fuel) *A. E. Henderson (Admiralty) W. E. Jacobs, (War Office) *H. F'. Manners (G.P.O.) *W. J. Smith (G.P.O.) H. F. Colliver (R.A.E.) W. W. Chandler (G.P.O.) J. G. Williams. (In. Revenue) *N. H. Ben.nett (Nat. Hist. Mus.) *A. Cox (Min. of Works) .:. *H. S. Whittaker (R.S.A.) *E. A.· Owen (In. Revenue) Miss H. E. Dash:fi.eld (Nortels) R. II. J. Sandy (G.P.O.) ...

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RESERVESG. F. Arnold (G.P.O.) .. . R. V. Privett (Croydon P.O.) ...

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Appearance in the above C.S. team counts for the award of Representative badges. (Three appearances are required for the badge). Badge holders are marked *. W. J. SMITH. CIVIL SERVICE AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION.-Few organisations have been able to re-establish so firmly their pre-war sporting activities as the C.S. Swimming Association. With finances low, the c;lecision to reinstitute fully the Team Leagues, Championships and representative engagements was very bold. However, coupled with the energies of the Hon. Secretary, Tom Dwyer, of Crown Agents, we have seen great pro­ gress made towards reaching pre-war standards.


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With several of the Open Championships held by the provinces, we should, next year, see very strong bidding for these ev·ents to be held out of London. (Gala secretaries please note.) Divisv.on !.--Savings Bank, 12 points; L.T.R.I., II points. Division II.-Ministry of Education, ro points; Ministry of Supply, 8 points. Div-ki!on Ill.-Admiralty, 16 · points; Savings Bank II, 12 points. Heartiest congratulations to these winners and runners-up, who can, for su�e, look forward to even keener competition next season. W.E.C.

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Rosyth announces the Annual Dance for January 9 at Dunfermline (Mintas Hall). Tickets, 12s. double. Evening dress optional. It is hoped that the President, Rear-Admiral A. B. Cunning­ ham Graham, C.B., C.B.G., and the Vice­ Presidents will be present. Mr. A. Morris, the Secretary of the Physical Section at Rosyth, has shown a marked recovery from his illness and is recuperating satisfactorily. The Civil Service Ice Hockey Team are this season left without any ice space . . . . it is pro­ posed to hold a carnival. It will probably be held at the Arosa Rink on March 6.-The Service Skater. Today the Central Council of Physical Recrea­ tion is composed of 159 national organisations.­ Physical Recreation Bulletin. The Badminton Club is now comfortably installed in its new quarters at the Northampton Polytechnic Institute.-C. and E. Sports Magazine. Sir Harold Saunders reports that Patent Office performed very well in their snooker match against the Patent Agents.-Board of Trade News-Letter. Much literature to hand concerning the eleventh Festival of the Sokol Association, Prague, next July. A million visitors and competitors, including many Britishers, are expected at the Festival. Those interested should write to Karel Gurth, 35, Pont Street, S.W.1, for information. Banbury Reservoir.-Early in Se_ptember Mr. F. Chivers had 'several good days with the perch, and later reported members having bags of any number up to zo fish. These reports encouraged a good attendance at the water, and when the news spread that many roach of over 2 lb. were also bein� taken, the water became the best attended of the Society's fisheries. Throughout October and November, fishing continued to-be first-class, and somP e-rand pike were caught.-C.s: Angling Soci'.ety Bulletin. The Society is asking each of its 498 members to write to his or her M.P. concernin� the " River Boards " Bill now before Parliament

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SECRET ARIES' ADDRESSES List of Secretaries of bodies affiliated to the Council (including certain London Headquarter Clubs which are not affiliated). Seci-etaries and othe1·s should keep the list by · them and amend it from information which will be circulated at quartedy intervals. Angling.-L. W. Temple, 235, Laleham Road, Staines. Cha 6811 Ext. 120. Athletics.-J. Ross Willian1son, Customs and Excise, 23-27, Brooke Street, E.C.1. Cha 6811 Ext. 130. Bowling.-V. A. Prunier, 33, Burns Way, Hounslow, Middx. Boxing.-J. H. Wade, 92, Somerset Avenue, Surbiton. Cen 2040 Ext. 4776. Contract Bridge.-Miss M. Byrne, 19, Carlton Hill, N.W.8. Slo 0651 Ext. 34. Chess.-E. C. Baker, 6, Wharncliffe Road, London, S.E.25. Cricket.-R. Woodley, Solicitors' Dept., Board of Trade, Mill­ bank, S.W.1. Whi 5740 Ext. 231. Cycling.-R. E. V. Swann, 55, Dollis Hill Lane, Cricklewood, N.W.2 . Football.-G. G. Pa1·kin, 6, Firs Lane, Winchmore Hill, N.21. Golf.-E. Walton, 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middx. Hockey (Women).-Miss M. H. Pickering, 13, Elsworthy Terrace, Hampstead, N.W.3. Ken 6371 Ext. 209. Ice Skating.-W. H. Robinson, 12, The Plots, The Avenue, Wembley Park, Middx. Lawn Tennis.-J. A. Flin, I.S.O., Colonial Audit Dept., 3, Dean Farrar Street, S.W.1. Whi 8307. Motoring.-E. T. S. Salmon, 4, Norris Street', Haymarket, S.W.1. Whi 5864. Netball.-Miss D. V. Crook, 89, Halfway Street, Sidcup, Kent. Ger 8060 Ext. 16. Riding.-F. Scowen, 7, Walkden Road, Chislehurst, Kent. Rifle.-W. J. Smith, Engineering Dept., (Tp 3/2) Alder House, Alde1·sgate Street, E.C.1. Cle 1292 Ext: 22. Rowing.-H. A. Mather, 14, Bevedey Close, Barnes, S.W.13; G. P. Jefferies (Sec., Chiswick Boathouse Executive), 89, Ormonde Court, Putney, S.W.15). Rowing (Women).-Miss G. M. Barnes, 14, Beverley Close, Barnes. Rugby,-H. D. Davis, Section 21, Secretaries' Office, Customs and Excise. City Gate House, Finsbury Square, E.C.2. Man. 1515 Ext. 1251. Swimming.-T. Dwyer, Crown Agents for the Colonies, 78, G-racechurch Street, E.C.3. Man 3721. Table Tennis.-A. T. J. Hancock, 18, Somerhill Avenue, Sid­ �up, Kent ( Secretary and Treasurer). ASSOCIATIONS NOT YET ACTIVE Enquiries to:Art and Dramatics.-Miss E. M. Tillman, Ministry of Supply, Leatherhead, Surrey. Badminton.-S. R. Walton, Ministry of Transport, Berkeley Square House. W.1. Camping.-A. P. Bale, Ministry of Supply, Shell Mex House, W.C.2. Darts.-A. G. Parker, London Postal (I.A.) Darts League, P.O. N.D.O., London, N.1; S. Brady, P. 0. W.C.D.O., London, W.C. Fencing.-Miss M. J. Ba1·low, 123a, Holland Road. W.14. Flying.-K. W. Chapman. 79, Nortlicroft Road. Ealing, W.13. Hockey (Men).-R. A. Hughes, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, 23-25, Soho Souare. W.1. Music.-The Secretary, Civil Service Sports Council, Room 209, T1·easui·y Chambers, S.'W.1. Philately.-J. H. Callow, Room 245a, H.M. Patent Office, Southampton Buildings, W.C.2. Squash Racquets.-J. E. S. Fawcett, Foreign Office, White­ hall, S.W.1. H.Q. SPORTS CLUBS Athletics (Women's Athletic Club).-Miss J. Dixon, 8, Covel Road. East Sheen, S.W.14. Bowls (C.S. London Bowling Club).-J. D. Bii,;�s. 33. Dun­ r'tven Road. "'\V'.12; C. J. R. Dunning, 39, Teddington Park, Teddington, Middx. Cricket (C.S. Crusaders Cricket Club).-W. J. Ross, 109, Epsom Road. Sutton, Surrey. Be1· 2051 Ext. 16. Cricket (C.S. Women's Cricket Club).-Miss M. Burton. 10. Camden House, The Brandies, Wallington, Surrey, Whi 7383 :Flxt.. 213. Fontb:tll (C.S. Football Club).-C. Coates, 51, Briar Avenue, Streatha,m. S.W.16. Football (C.S. Football League).-L. G. Livingstone, 109, The BTent,. ns,Ttfnnl.. L,iwn Tennis (C,S. Chiswick Lawn Tennis Club).-Miss K. Turner, C.S. Sports Ground, Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, W.4.


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Rugby (C.S. Rugby Club).-A. M. Creasey, M. & A. Dept.,

Law Courts, W.C.2.

Table Tennis (C.S. Table Tennis League).-F. Harper, 28,

Brightling Road, London, S.E.4.

DEPARTMENTAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS Ad miralty.-F. W. Thomson, Admiralty, Queen Anne's Man­

sions, London, S.W.l.

Agriculture.-G. W. Ma.son, Min. of Agriculture and Fisheries,

23-25, Soho Square, W.1.

Air Ministry and Civil Aviation.-N. G. Read, Room 5 Air

Jl4inist:i:y, _King Charle_s Street, S.W.l. Abb 3411 Ext. '5378. Civil Av1at1on (Outstat1ons).-N. M. Glover, M.C.A. (Room 410), 19-29, Woburn Place, W.C.2. Ter 3366 Ext. 4046. Assistance Board.-A. G. Beard, Vicarage House, Soho Square, W.1. Ger 7878. commonwealth (Dominions and Colonial Office).-J. E. s.

Clayden, Commonwealth Relations Office, Downing Street, S.W.l.

customs and Excise.-H. D. Davis, Section 21, Secretaries

Office, H.M. Customs and Excise, City Gate House, Fins­ bury Square, E.C.2. Man 1515 Ext. 1351. Education.-W. Hall, -Ministry .of Education, Belgrave Square, S.W.1. Exchequer and Audit.-S. L. Teasdale, E. & A. Dept., c/o Ministry of Transport, Berkeley Square House, London, W.1. Abb 7711 Ext. 3310. Fuel and Power.-E. Goodall, 7, Millbank, London, S.W.l. Abb 7000 Ext. 21. Foreign Office.-P. M. C. Dodwell, Swakeleys House, Icken­ ham, nr. Ruislip, Middx. Ruislip 3259. Home Office.-S. vV. Drinkwater, O.B.E., Home Office, Horse­ ferry House, S.W.1. Vic. 6826. Health.-J. E. Arthur, Room 84a-111, Ministry of Health Whitehall, S.W.1. Whi 4300 Ext. 250. Houses of Parliament.-J. G. Reeves, Houses of Parliament, London, S.W.l. Whi 6240, Ext. 128. Inland Revenue.-D. A. Smith, New ·wing, Somerset House, Strand, W.C.2. Tern 3540 Ext. 600. Labour.-J. G. Leggett, M.B.E., M. of L. & N.S., 8, St. James's Square, S.W.1. Land Registry.-S. L. Whiteley, H.M. Land Registry, Lin­ coln's Inn Fields, W.C.2. Natural History Museum.-R. Ross, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, S.W.7. Ken 6323. National Physical Laboratory.-E. E. Smith, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middx. Molesey 1380. New Scotland Yard (Civil Staff).-S. C. B. Varney, New Scotland Yard, London, S.W.1. Whi 1212. Paymaster-General.-D. E. Davies, M.B.E., P.M.G.'s Office, Somerset House, West Wing, W.C.2. Tern 3540 Ext. 482. Pensions.-J. R. Knight, Pension Issue Office, Warbreck Hill, Blackpool. North Shore 52311 Ext. 53. Post Office. Accountant-General's Dept.-W. J. Jury, Room 15 Ground

Floor, H.Q. Bldg., G.P.O., E.C.l. Hea 1234 Ext'. 4093.

Engineer-in-Chief.-G. Daly, Staff Branch, E.-in-C. Offi ce.,

Alder House, E.C.1. Hea 1234, Ext. 4149.

"E"!gineer-in-Chief (Test Section).-G. A. A. Spicer, 1, Hill­

view Gardens, Finchley Lane, Hendon. N.W.4.

Headquuters.-E. C. Baker, Perrnnnel Dept., H.Q. Build­

ing, G.P.O., E.C.l.

Hea 1234 Ext. 4532.

London Postal Region (L.P.R. Outer Area).-E. T. Walker

Regional Director's Office, L.P.R., G.P.O., London. Cen'. 2040 Ext. 4457. London Postal Region (Inner Area).-E. Caddy, Regional Director's Office, G.P.O., London, E.C.1. London Telecommunications Region.-A. W. Kelly, T.M.O., S.W. Area, 76, Wimbledon Pa1·k Side, S.W.19. Wim 8000. t L.T.R. (Fortels).-Capt. H. J. Cowlard. Cable Room C.T.O., London. E.C.l. Hea 1234 Ext. 4368. tL.T.R. (Centels).-E. J. Harman, Room 31, C.T.O., Lon­ don, E.C.1. Hea 1234 Ext. 4350. Savings Bank.-H. T. Barrett, P.O. Savings Dept., Room 28, Blythe Road, W.14. Sbe 2000 Ext. 215. Stores Department.-H. Stirling, P.O. Stores Dept., Ford­ rough Lane Depot. Bii-minrrham, 9. Vic 2361 (Birm.). Stores Department (London Factories).-A. J. Hodgson, c/o B8 Shop, P.O. Factory Dept., Studd Street, N.1. Can 1262 Ext. 226. * This affiliation will,· it is anticipated, be cove1·ed by the E.-in-C. t This affiliation will, it 1s anticipated, be covered by the L.T .R.

P.O. Regions. Home Counties.-Lt.-Col.

R. G. Treagus, 131-151, Great 'l'itchfield Street, W.l. Mus 3333 Ext. 246.

Midland Region.-A. H. Endecott. 19, Newhall Street, Bir­

mingham. 3.

G.P.O. 5022 Ext. 120.

North-Eastern Region.-Col. R. S. Smith, O.B.E., M.C.,

D.C.M , Head Postmaster, Donca.ster.· Doncaster 2389. South-Western Region.-J. H. Matthews, 13, Woodland Road, Bristol, 8. Bristol 37091. Northern lreland.-R. Patterson, P.O. (N. Ireland) Social and Sports Club, Telenhone House, Belfast. Scotland.-W. P. Gibb, Scottish P.O. Sports Assoc., P.O.H.Q., G.P.O.. Edinburgh. Welsh and Border Counties.-H. A. Penn, Regional Direc-

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tor's Office, G.P.O., 22, Cathedral Road, Ca1·diff. Cardiff 3300.

Supply.-Miss J. M. B. Carey, O.B.E., Room 32, Watergate

.douse, York Buildings, W.C.2. (Ger 8081 Ext. 2362), and Miss J. M. Walton, Room 2081, Thames House, Millbank, S.W.1. (Fra 2211 Ext. 2911) (Joint Secretaries). Trade.-H. J. Clark, Board of Trnde, Horseferry House, S. W.1. Vic 6800 Ext. 260. Transport.-S. C. Taylor, Room 4012, Be1·keley Square House, W.l. Abb 7711 Ext. 2575. Treasury.-G. S. Herlihy, H.M. Treasury, Great George Street, S.W.1. Whi 1234 Ext. 150. Valuation Office.-J. W. Rigby, Room 25, East Wing, Somer­ set House, W .C.2. Tern 3540 Ext. 591. War Damage Commission.-Miss A. M. Miller, War Damage Commission, Devonshire House, Piccadilly. W.l. May 8866. Works.-R. M. Hunter, Room 132, Lambeth Bridge House, S.E.1. Rel 7611 Ext. 2090.

War Office-Ordnance Depots. Branston.-P. 0. Kendall, C.O.D., Branston, Burton-on­

Trent, Staffs.

Donnington.-H. V. Osmond, C.O.D., Donnington, Salop

(Secretary and Treasurer J.

London.-Miss E. Shore, 257, Water Road, Wembley, Middx. District.-Miss I. J. Chandler, 257, Water Road, Wembley,

Middx.

AREA ASSOCIATIONS Bath.-E. L. Brown (Admiralty Sports Council), 2, Junction

Road, Bath. Head Post Office, Birmingham, 1. G.P.O. 4907. Bristol.-J. J. Hin<!,_ C.S. Sports Club, Filton Avenue, Hor­ field, Bristol, 7. .t:Sristol 460811. Cambridge.-R. G. Saunders, Masonic Hall, 17, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Cambridge 56206 Ext. 477. Cardiff.-A. S. Gale, c/o G.P.O. Survey Branch, Cardiff. Cardiff 4900 Ext. 126. Carlisle.-K. V. Shaw, c/o Inspector of Taxes, 2, Victoria Place, Carlisle. Carlisle 2401. Chatham.-J. A. Page, 38, Malvern Road, Gillingham, Kent. Chester.-H. J. Haines, Burton's Buildings, Foregate Street, Chester. Chester 1500 Ext. 119. Chiswick.-G. A. Groom, 28, Elm Bank Mansions, Barnes, S.W.13. Colwyn Bay.-A. Thieme, Ministry of Food, Mount Stewart, Colwyn Bay. Exeter.-L. G. Hedgeland, 33, Herschell Road, Exeter. Exeter 2795. Farnborough.-C. V. Fn,lkner (Assistant Welfare Officer), R.A.E., Farnborough. Aldershot 1440 Ext. 72. Gloucester.-R. vV. Smith, 3, Wellington Parade, Gloucester. Gloucester 92. Glasgow.-J. P. Gray, 14. Woodc1·oft Avenue, Glasgow. Harrogate.-W. G. S. Musgrove, Cairn Hydro, Harrogate, Yorkshire-. Harrogate 604.4. Hastings.-W. E. Noakes, 17, St. Thomas Road. Hastings. Llangennech.-F. Jenkins, Cash Office R.N., Store Depot, Llangennech, nr. Llanelly. Llanelly 1114 Ext. 202. Manchester .-A. Little, 363, Manchester Road, Droylsden, Manchester, 1. Newcastle.-D. W. Scarth, Ministry of Labour and National Service, Northern Regional Office, 28, Great North Road, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 2. Newport.-J. R. J. Lewis. H.P.O., Newpo1·t. Northallerton.-W. Cowell, 1, Boston Avenue, Northallerton. Oxford.-M. B. Land, H.M. Inspector of Taxes, 3rd District, 57, Woodstock Road. Oxford. Oxford 482821. Pembrey.-R. W. Griffiths, 4, Carway Street, Burry Port, Ca1·m. Burry Port lliO Ext. 394. Plymouth.-A. F. Pound, E.M. Dept., Devonport Dockyard. Devonport 740 Ext. 974. Porl:smouth.-H. W. Sandford, 50, Kenyon Road, Portsmouth. Po1·tsmouth 74239. Risley,-R. Cock, Group 8 East, FlG. Admii-alty Storage Depot, Risley, ur. Warrington, Lanes. vVarrington 2121 Ext. 373. Rosyth.-E. Vv. Rickard, 2, Dick Place, Rosyth, Fife. Dun­ fermline 1301 Ext. 277. Scarborough.-J. J. Fitzpatrick, 38, Gladstone Lane, Scar­ borough. Sheerness.-L. T aylor, Constructive Dept., H.M. Dockyard, Sheerness. Southport.-Miss P. M. Hopkinson, Central National Regis­ tration Office, Southport. Southport 67091 Ext. 25. Southampton.-F. W. C. Young, 42, Raymond Road, South­ ampton. Southampton 719501. Springfields.-P. A. Harrison, Ministry of Supply, Depart­ ment of Atomic Energy, Springfields, Salwick, Preston. St. Helens.-J. Hostead, G.P.O., St. Helens. St. Helens 2812. Swansea.-A. E. Gilbey, "Dysgwylfa," Sketty Park Road, Swansea. Warrington.-K. G. Luxton, Head Post Office, Warrington. vV arringbn 264. Watford.-Miss H. M, Hartshorn, Civil Service Sports Coun­ cil (Watford Area), Orphanage Road, Watford, Herts. Colindale 7000. Birmingham.-vV. G. Baxter, Survey Branch,


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CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL,

THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JouRNAL is pub­ lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.1. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service Sports Journal, Matter for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. While present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted.

General Editor: C. D. HOWARD. Assistant Editors: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art and Drama; Mr. R. T. Tudor, Rugby. Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum.

� J!,appp �etu �ear to �II <l&ur l\eabers 1948

Between r92r and r939 the work of the Sports Council had made such great strides that from practically nothing an organisation had been evolved which was regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sporting and social organisation in the land. Then came the war. Afterwards, the task that came to hand was to build anew until previous greatness had been attained, and then to leave the goal achieved far behind in the search for greater efficiency and conquests new. The New Year is the traditional time for new resolutions. Let the first resolution of our readers be to lend a still stronger hand to the reconstruc­ tion and advancement of our aims. Owing to shortage of staff it has not been possible to publish the yearly handbook, but a list of the various secretaries is published in this issue, and it makes a quite workmanlike substitute. When you need information about the activities of the Council's affiliated bodies write to the secretaries. Keep the list handy, so that future enquiries .can be dealt with promptly. One of the great events of the year will be the 25th year birthday of the C.S. SPORTS JOURNAL. It was founded in September, r923. We consider that it was the greatest event in the story of the British Civil Service. It is the only all-Service, all-grades periodical in the Service, both now and in the past. It is true that its scope is strictly limited, but it is also true that it is the only all-

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grades paper, and therein lies its importance. That 25th birthday should be a really outstanding occasion in 1948.

THE QUEST FOR BEAUTY When you sigh for the grandeur of the Alps, the magnificence of the waves on the seashore, or the winding road ahead, have you ever paused to think that there is beauty, too, in your own street, your back-yard-yes, even in your kitchen? Most of us appreciate the heights and the distant views, but their grandeur defeats the artist. To p1,1t Snowdon on to a small canvas is to dwarf a giant. Yet there are pictures all around us for those who have eyes to see. It is artistic sensibility which discerns and selects the picture from among our every-day surroundings. So it is, to a considerable extent, with literature, the drama and music. The reports of great events whi.ch swept multitudes off their feet have not lived like Dickens' stories of the lives of ordinary folk, while in the sphere of music, it is such simple melodies as the '' Air on the G String '' and " Home, Sweet Home " that linger. So next time we feel dissatisfied or yearn for something we cannot have, let us try to see the beauty around us, to appreciate the song of the birds, the wind in the trees, the hurrying clo1'lds, the simple things of life. It is then, and not by the wielding of brush, pen or bow, that we shall begin to be artists. E. M. T.

T�OVtil��

Shortly the Council will be asking Departmental and Sports Secretaries for details of outstanding performances by members so that the " Duke of York," the " Warren Fisher " and the " Russell Scott " cups can be awarded. The " Duke of York" Cup is awarded annu­ ally for the most outstanding performance in any sports activity by a Departmental Sports Associa­ tion. (Held by London Telecoms.) The " Warren Fisher " Cup is awarded annually for the most outstanding performance by an individual Civil Servant at any sport or sports. (Held by Miss Vera Dace.) The " Russell Scott " Cup is awarded annually for the best Area performance within the y'ear. It might be relevant to say, in connection with this cup, that outstanding effort in the organisation of a new area, new ground acquisition or progress in rehabilitation or extension of activities would corn� into consideration. (Held by Plymouth.) The Council would be glad if Secretaries would begin to collect the ·necessary data in order that replies to the enquiry which will reach them in February need not be unduly delayed.


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THE SOCIAL SIDE C:onducted by E. M. Tillman

Ar,t-Bedford Telephone Area held a two-day exhibition of arts and crafts which included over 200 items. The exhibits were judged by Mr. Sallis Benny, R.B.A., A.R.C.A. The crafts dis­ played considerable ingenuity considering present­ day difficulties in obtaining materials. Leicester Head Post Office and Manchester Telephone Manager's Office are among the places which have held exhibitions of local arts and crafts in conjunction with the Post Office Art Club's touring exhibition. Music-A course of six lecture recitals provided by the London Philharmonic Arts Club in associa­ tion with the London Philharmonic Orchestra has been arranged under the auspices of the Civil Service Sports Council and will be held from December, 1947, until May, 1948. The object of the· course is to encourage and broaden the appre­ ciation of orchestral music. The meetings will each be repeated, once for the Whitehall area on the first Monday of each month and again for the City area, on the second Monday of · the month. Admission is by season ticket, price ros. 6d. (5s. for those under 18) or 2s. 6d. each for individual lectures. The programme includes the following: Tvtle. Presente·d by. Does Music Matter? Thomas Russell. The Language of Music Frederick Jackson. The Violin as a Solo Instrument Jean Pougnet. Instruments in Bands and Orchestras Anthony Baines. The Piano · as . a Solo Instrument Shula Doniach. String Orchestral Music Lawrence Leonard and from the 17th Century the Renaissance En­ to the Present Day semble. Notices of the course have been circulated in most Departments, through whose respective recreational societies tickets are available. The Ministry of Labour and National Service (London) Social Club arranged for a visit by a party of 60 people to an Eileen Joyce performance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 20. They are giving a complete recording of the '' Messiah '' on gramophone records on December ro. The Aeronautical Inspection Directorate of the Ministry of Supply gave a gramophone programme of popular classical music with commentary, at Leatherhead on December ro. Drama-The Society of Civil Service Authors has formed a drama committee to bring into being liaison between the Society and the various Civil

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Service Dramatic Societies. They will be corn� municating shortly with the various Secretaries. Meanwhile, the result of the competition for a new play, the final selection of which was made by Mr. Clifford Bax, is announced as follows: -First prize goes to Miss Mary D. Sheridan, a descendant of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, for her play entitled " What is Love? Miss Sheridan is a Medical Inspector in the Children's Branch of the Home Office. She has previously had three plays pro­ duced : " Miss Linley of Bath," at the Liverpool Rep., in 1936; "The Courageous Sex," at the Birmingham Rep., in 1937; and "The City of Ships," at the Embassy, Swiss Cottage, in 1934. Mr. Bax wrote of the winning play that it was a careful, weU-constructed and moving piece, with some fine opportunities for acting. Second place was taken by Miss Doris Major of the Ministry of Supply with her play about Sir Philip �1dney, entitled "Times Fool." About her play, Mr. Bax wrote: '' Of the three plays, this one has the most beauty and would be by far the most expensive to stage. It has a nobility uncommon in present­ day work. I congratulate the writer on a work of beauty, grace and di gn ity." Third place was taken by Mr. Montague Jackson of the Ministry of Health, with a play entitled " Doctor Margaret." These were the three plays submitted to Mr. Bax after a preliminary selection by a selection com­ mittee. Mr. Bax wrote: " This has been a really pleasant task because none of the plays was wean­ some. The selection committee has found three plays that show real skill in construction and characterisation. They were a pleasure to read.'' At the meeting on November 25, at which the results were declared, Mr. Lyle Sutton, producer for the Customs and Excise Dramatic Society and Dramatic Critic of the Amateur Stage, who also served on the selection committee, gave a fascinat­ ing talk on the Amateur Stage, with particular reference to the opportunities for production that it offered the playwright. He mentioned that " Journey's End had been given its first pro­ duction by an amateur society. The result of the poetry competition, which was also announced at this meeting, was an award to Miss Major, who scored the double success. This was adjudicated by Rostrevor Hamilton. The next production of the Commonwealth Relations Office Dramatic Society will take place at the Cripplegate Theatre on December 30. The Pall Mall Players of the Ministry of Labour and National Service have offered to stage produc­ tions in outstations, either as part of a social evening, or as a complete show. " Living Room," first performed for four nights in late November in the Club Room, is to be presented in various other centres in December and January. Two one-act plays, specially chosen for their suitability for 11

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presentation in rooms where there might not be a stage, are in rehearsal. Liverpool Post Office Players have given the first production in their city. of " Heaven and Charing Cross,'' at the Crane Theatre. The London Telecommunications Region have again been prominent in the dramatic field. East Area gave a spirited performance of " The Artist's Murder," at the Stratford Town Hall, and Centre Area maintained their already high reputa­ tion with a production of " Young Mrs. Barring­ ton," at King George's Hall. Other Activities--The Ministry of Labour and National Service has made contacts with the Dutch and · Belgian Ministries of Labour with a view to establishing " pen-friendships." Those wishing to take part in the scheme give a few particulars of themselves, such as age, hobbies, etc., and they, are paired up to an overseas correspondent. It is hoped to arrange exchange visits later. Oxford has been chosen for an educational trip in January, at which a member of the staff of the University will act as guide. The visit will be combined with a hostel week-end.

SAVINGS BANI( ART From November 1 to 13 the Savings Bank Arts Club held an exhibition in the Gymnasium at Blythe Road, and proved that the years of the war have not diminished the skill of the Arts Club members nor destroyed the fertility of their ideas. The paper; shortage made it impossible for the Club to print programmes, therefore these notes must be read as an impression and not as a report. The most obvious thing about the exhibition was the high standard of the work. Oils, water colours, pastels, scrapper block, lettering black and white-it was all very excellent of a frighten­ ing standard of excellence, yet the standard did not prevent some newcomers to the Savings Bank showing their work and reaching the same pitch of excellence. This was particularly noticeable in the work of Mr. Bailey and his " Self Portrait " and " Scene of Florence," and in the " Study of a Black Girl '' by Miss Stanford. Both are distinct acquisitions to the Club, and their work is a de­ light to the eyes of the ordinary viewer. At one time the Savings Bank Arts Club took a vote on the most popular picture in the show, but it has been decided to show for art's sake alone. If votes had been taken in this show, the winner would most likely have been " Ewell - Church," a black and white by Mr. Millman, or perhaps a quiet, sweet and clean sunset scene by Miss Gladys Waller. Miss Waller is one of the best-known artists in

the Savings Bank, with a great popular appeal, and has had work accepted and hung at the Royal Academy. The other artist in the Bank who seems to be making a yearly feature of having pictures hung at the Academy is Stanley L. A. Cook, but his work is essentially individual, and sometimes in popular opinion too experimental. It is never­ theless always bold, firm, original, challenging and arresting and his '' Sketches of Boats '' in this exhibition was really first class. It was pleasant to see again the pencil sketches of Mr. A. F. Williams, whose work can be summed up in the phrase '' perfectly charming,'' and that is past what it is. Miss Ratcliffe's work is growing, of that there is no doubt; always delightful and ornamental, it now shows a maturity that enhances its value as a picture; and the same remarks apply in part to the work of Mr. McDowell. Everybody knows the clever line-work of Dudley Short, and his " Horse " probably im­ proved his already high reputation. There were others showing, whose names are not giv�n here (no programme) but whose pic­ tures are worthy of comment, but I do want to mention the " Ginger Cat" by Miss D. E. Tweed and the extremely able cartoons by Mr. F. Blake. These cartoons need no comment. Similar work can be seen in many of the Service Journals, and all who see them must be struck by their skill, truth, comicality, and pungent wit. The members of the Department enjoy these shows immensely, and this note is written in the hope that the Arts Club will believe that we should like many more of their exhibitions. B. J. DENORE. ·

CHESS The Insqrance Chess Club entertained a Civil Service side on November 17, losing to them by 7 points in a 20-board match; Civil Service lost only one game. -E. G. Sergeant (Inland Revenue) drew with S. H. Crockett on the top bQard, as did J. S. Parker (Public Trustee), and W. E. C. Richards (Patent Office), with D. G. Durham and G. C. Nurse on boards three and four. N. A. Perkins (G.P.0.) won against the formidable Midlander, Ronald Blow, on the second board. In the adjudicated game at the Cambridge Uni­ versity representative match R. J. Broadbent gave a win on board four to F. H. C. Marriott over J. Neale (G.P.O.) so that Civil Service won by 13½ to rr½. The well-known chess master, I. Konig, played 29 L.C.C. members on December 5 and finished all the games within four hours. He lost only three and drew one. Knowing the L.CC., our


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very good opinion of the master is enhanced. One of the players winning against him was A. Bem­ field, who shares with J. Gilchrist, of Inland Revenue, the championship of Metropolitan Chess Club. L.C.C. were runners-up in the rst Division of the League last year but, in common with the winners, G.P.0., they started off none too well this season. By mistake notification of adjudica­ tions in their game with Metropolitan Water Board (reported in our November issue) gave them their first win. In the best traditions of chess they agreed that this was _in error and the result a William Winter, the London champion, draw. opposed 26 Ministry of Supply players on Decem­ ber 9, winning r8 games and drawing 2.

judge after a panel, to be elected, has made a preliminary selection. Within each club selection will be achieved by an entrance fee of, say, a shilling for each game a club submits. If clubs are in favour of these proposals and, further, wish the awards to cover this season's games they should preserve their score sheets. E. C. B.

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CIVIL SERVICE. BOXING CLUB (S.E. Section) (Affiliated to the A.B.A.)

Results to December 9 are:­ Division I L.C.C. 5, M.W.B. 5; M.W.B. 4½, Arsenal 5½ (adjudicated results); Arsenal 5, Customs 5; Health 5½, Transport 4½; L.C.C. 3½, Supply 6½; Admiralty 6½, G.P.O. 3½; M.W.B. 4½, Patent Office 5½; G.P.O. 7½, Customs 2½; Admiralty 4, Health 6; Patent Office 7½, Arsenal 2½; Supply 5, M.W.B. 5; Transport 4, L.C.C. 4 (2 for adjudication). Division II Labour 4½, Air Ministry 3-t P.M.G. 3, Trade 5; Unats 3, Patent Office 5; Works 3, L.C.C. 5; G.P.O. 2½, Inland Revenue 5½; P.O. Savings 1½, H.M.S.O. 6½; H.M.S.O. 2½, G.P.O. 5½; Labour 2}, Inland Revenue 5½- October's match-between Crown Agents and Works has yet to be played. February's match between Patent Office and G.P.O. was doubled with a Post Annual trophy match and was a draw. Division III L.C.C. 4, Patent Office 4; Admiralty 3, Crown Agents 5; M.W.B. 4½, P.O. Factory 3½; Customs 7½, Admiralty ½; Health 2½, Transport 5½; Patent Office 2½, M.W.B. 5½; Trade 3, L.C.C. 5; Works r½, Fuel and Power 6½; P.O. Factory 2, Crown Agents 6. Division IV Air Ministry 2, G.P.O. 4; Labour 3½, L.C.C. 2½; H.M.S.O. r½, Supply 4½; Fuel and Power 4½, E-in-C Test (G.P.O.) 1½; E-in-C .Test 1½, Labour 4½; L.C.C. 3, H.M.S.O. 3; Supply 3, Air Ministry 3; Fuel and Power4½, G.P.O. r½. A proposal will be put fonvard at the next general meeting (May, 1948) that the Association's bronze medal be awarded for the best-played game submitted from each division o,f the League. Mr. R. J. Broadbent has generously offered to act as

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A GRAND BOXING TOURNAMENT (under A.B.A. Rules) will take place at Manor Place Baths, Walworth, S.E.17, on Thursday January 29th, 1948. Programme will consist of a 9 STONE OPEN COMPETITION and IO ST. 7 LB. INTERMEDIATE COMPETITION as well as SPECIAL CONTESTS BETWEEN LEADING AMATEUR BOXERS Commence at 7.15 p.m. Prices of Admission : ros. 6d., 7s. 6d., 5s., 3s. 6d. and 2s. 6d. I

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The Club took revenge on Harrow Town for a previous defeat in the F.A. Amateur Cup by turning the tables on them 4-r in the London Senior Cup on November 22, only to be eliminated from that competition the following week at the hands, or rather feet, of Crown and Manor F.C. by the odd goal in three in a hard tussle at Chis­ wick. The remaining fixtures for the month were in the Southern Amateur League and produced only one point out of a ·possible four. This was obtained at Ealing on November 15, where a Rugby score of 5-5 gave the spectators _value for money, but the respective goalkeepers rather more work than they bargained for. Winchmore Hill were responsible for the Club's first League defeat, scoring two goals without reply on the first soft . ground of the season. The Reserves gave an improved performance by winning three out of four League games: Barclays


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Bank 3-1, Lensbury 4-2 and Westminster Bank 2--0, losing to Ealing by the only goal of the match. In the Middlesex A.F.A. Junior Cup�a trophy which they have won a record number of times..­ they came successfully through the second round by defeating N.W. Polytechnic 6-o. The Strollers XI continue to do very well. Un­ fortunately, their only failure, 2-3 against Old Southallians, has put them out of the A.F .A. Minor Cup, a trophy which has yet to be won by the Club's third string. Fixtures for January are as follows:­ FIRST XI. 3 Jan.10 Jan.-Lensbury (A). 17 Jan.-Ealing (H). 24 Jan.-Lloyds Bank (A). 31 Jan.-Catford Wanderers (A). RESERVES. 3 J an.-Old Parkonians (A). 10 Jan.-Lensbury (H). 17 Jan.-Ealing (A). 24 Jan.-Lloyds Bank (HJ. 31 Jan.-Catford Wanderers (H). D.F.

Notice to London's Secretaries Overhaul your JOURNAL sales section. Increase your order where possible, but, above all, ensure that your circulation is as No Club official or selective as possible. room in Town or country should be without a regular copy. LONDON STAMP COLLECTORS BUSY­ At the recent meeting of London Philatelists it was agreed to form a '' loose federation '' of . existing clubs, to be known as the Association of Civil Service (London) Philatelic· Societies. It was agreed to hold a further meeting, on January 21, 1948, to appoint officers and fix rules. A meeting of the Association of C.S. (London) Philatelic Societies will therefore be held in the Conference Room at the Treasury Old Building on January 21, 1948. All philatelists are invited to attend this meeting, at which the needs of in­ dividual collectors will be discussed. Societies intending to send representatives should communi­ cate with . the Secretary (Mr. J. H. Callow, Holborn 8721, Ext. 236) in advance. The meeting will commence at 6.o p.m. sharp, but the room will _he available from 5.30 p.m. for informal dis­ cuss10n. CIVIL SERVICE RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB. -There is something unbalanced about the First.

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XV-they have won matches which were expected to be tough propositions, such as those against Streatham and London Scottish Extra 1st, but they have lost to other clubs most unexpectedly. The main trouble is the breaking down of pass­ ing movements among the backs, and one gets the impression that if they would only pass a little sooner and stand a little deeper a good deal of the trouble would 1:>e obviated. The defence is sound and there is speed and skill, but the points do not come easily. The whole team, however, work hard and always last well, and this has enabled them to turn defeat into victory on more than one occasion. One can understand the enthusiasm of the players when playing under such a sound player as W.C. Dixon (C. & E.). C. E. Bleakley (War Office) is improving in his passing from the scrum and D. E. Davies (P.O.S.B.) continues to be a source of danger to the opponents. The best of the backs is, however, C. Edmunds (P.0. Research Station) and we would like to see him more often. ]. W. Mair continues to give good service and can be played either in the centre or on the wing. The '' A '' team are doing quite well under their very able skipper, George White (L.P .R.), and several good players have been provided for the 1st XV. Another player in the " A " side who is showing promise is R. D. Blair (Admiralty). He is a wing forward and he has learned the game with the Club. The '' B '' team continues to do noble work under R. K. Prescott (Home Office) and is nursing one or two youngsters who will probably spring a surprise on the senior sides next season. Three of these players are Moore and S. J. Blackwell, both of Ministry of Agriculture, and H. Kendall. The last named is a wing forward and the other two are the half-backs who are provid­ ing the major points for their team-they are really a promising pair. The social side of the Club has been a great success again this season. Two dances have been held at Chiswick and they were both well attended and were thoroughly enjoyed by every­ one. The next dance will be held at Chiswick on January 10, 1948, and tickets can be obtained from R. Baker, Whitehall 9000, Ext. rr7. Tickets: single 2s. 6d., double 4s. 6d. We shall be pleased to see members of any Service clubs there and all will be welcome. Another piece of advance information is that the Club will be entertaining the Northern Ireland Civil Service Rugby Club at Chiswick on Friday, February 13, 1948.


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There will be a match in the afternoon for the Duggan Cup and_ a supper-dance in the evening­ further details later. Fixtures at Chiswick:January 3-" A" v. Midland Bank " A." January ro-1st v. Bank of England. January 17-1st v. Plymouth C.S. (morning). January 24-1st v. Old Mid-Whitgiftians. January 31-" A" v. Old Colfeians " A." February 7-" A" v. Westminster Bank "A." LONDON CIVIL SERVICE TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE-It has now been announced that the Civil Service Table Tennis Association will be holding their championships this season orl April 13-16 in the Gunningham Room at the ·King Edward Building, G.P.O., E.C.r. This was the venue of the successful Seventeenth Champion­ ships held last season for the first time after the war-time break. All Civil Servants competing must be affiliated to the C.S.T.T.A., either through the above League, any other affiliated league or club or by direct affiliation. This latter can be done at the time of entering. If you are interested you are asked to get into touch with the Tournament Secretary, Mr. G. Glover, 20, Ansell Road, S.W.17. Members of the League will receive entry forms on registra­ tion, of course. BOARD OF. TRADE: Social Life Flourishes­ Encouraged by the high praise lavished on the " Young Mrs. Barrington," the Dramatic Society have started rehearsals on " Fresh Fields " by I vor Novello. The date of production is not yet known, but it is hoped that it will be early in the New Year. The Film Society is enjoying a very good season and the fortnightly meetings are well attended. Some recent showings have included " Waterloo Road '' and '' J udus was a Woman, '' a shortened version of the French film " La Bete Humaine." After many excellent gramophone recitals the­ Music Section of the Millbank Social Club has decided to increase its knowledge of the subject by running a series of lectures. The first one, " The Orchestra Speaks," will be held on January 15, the lecturer being Mr. McPhail, of the Arts Council. As Xmas could not have been complete without a carol service, the B.O.T. Choir gave an excel­ lent recital of them at St. Margarets, Westminster, on December 22. The Table Tennis Club is enjoying a highly successful season. Of the 12 league games played to date, II of them have been won. An excellent performance.

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The Chess Club, although it has not been as successful as the Table Tennis Club, is having an enjoyable winter, the ratio of wins and losses be­ ing about even. In common with most other Departments, the Board's staff had many small parties during the evenings preceding Xmas and a gay time' was had at them. 1947 was a· good year from both a social and sporting aspect and it is to be hoped that with all the talent and enthusiasm that is apparent in the Board, 1948 will be even better. MINISTRY OF PENSIONS SOCIAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION-The London Branch of the above Association which was revived last November, commenced its 11947-48 autumn and winter programme with a Grand· Party, in the Luncheon Club at 20, Gt. Smith Street. · The party consisted of dancing, games and a whist drive. It was a great success, well attended and enjoyed by all. The new Minister of Pensions, Mr. George Buchanan, made his first public appearance, and expressed his pleasure at seeing so many of his new staff enjoying themselves. He intends to support the Association's activities and take part in some of them. The Parliamentary Secretary; Capt. A. Blenkinsop, M.P., is now an old friend, and spent most of the evening with us, making a very welcome and interesting appeal for interest and participation in all the Association's activities. A new and more representative and unified Com­ mittee has been elected, and is busy with a varied winter programme. There will be a monthly Dance and Party, and Whist Drives. Weekly fixtures are Table TenniS--the Club being successful as regards numbers, but inexperienced from a match-playing point of view. , Practice with better players is already proving beneficial. Contract Bridge has a few regular devotees. The Dramatic Group is busy rehearsing for one-act plays, and start operations at the New Year Party on January 7. Darts is also a regular feature. A Ministry League between London offices is being run for Billiards, Snooker, Darts, Table Tennis, etc. Also an individual · championship in each game. A more ambitious effort is a fortnightly Mock Parliament which is being run by the Debating and Literary Section. Parliament opened on December II with a discus­ sion on " The Abolition of Controls." A further report will be given next month. On November 27 this series was introduced by the Parliamentary Secretary, Capt. A. Blenkinsop, who opened a discussion on " How Parliament Works." He has a charming manner in presenting his case, and his pleasure and ability in answering all questions on the subject made the evening a great success. We have great hopes of the success of this Parliament, which it is hoped will be informative, instructive,


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humorous and entertaining. The alternate weeks' programmes will consist of '' Quizzes '' from a team angle, Questions, Gramophone Recitals, Musical Evenings, etc. Miss M. S. Cox, C.B.E. (the Deputy Secr�tary of the Ministry) is President of the Branch, Mr. W. C. Letts (the Accountant General) and ,Dr. E. Prideaux (the Director General of Medical Services) are Vice�Presidents. Sir Harold Parker, K.B.E., C.B., M.C. (Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry), Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Civil Service Sports Council, is President of the parent body at Blackpool. C. E. F.

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monger Row is being held at Merlin Street Baths every Wednesday (6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., juniors; 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., seniors), and all are meeting every Saturday at Prince Road Baths, 5.0 p.m:. to 1 7.o p.m. Table Tennis report that they are heading the C.S.T.T. League (8 played, 8 won). The ladies in their first year played 8, won 6 and lost 2. In the L.B.H. League (Men's Premier Division), played 8, won 6, drawn 1, lost r. L.P.T.T. League, played 6, won 6. All the other Sections report more progress.

S.B.D. MAN IN SERPENTINE XMAS SWIM (Hon. Sec.: H . T. Barrett)-Encouraging Soccer pews from E. Stean reveals that both teams

are nearing the top of their respective leagues. meeting on December 6, at the Belgrave Harriers The Southern Olympian XI have played 5, won 4; H.Q., Wimbledon, and the two main events, the lost 1, secured 8 points, scored 25 goals and con­ Postal 5-mile Cross-Country Race for the " Pope ceded 5 (Giles scoring a handy 15) . A similar Memorial Trophy" (open to all P.O.s in the U.K.) analysis is shown by the team in the Chiswick and and the '' Powell Cup '' (open to Offices in London District League who played 5, won 4, drew 1, and Home Counties) resulted as follows: " Pope secured 9 points, scored 20 goals and conceded 4 Memorial Trophy," 1st, P.O.S.B.; 2nd, C.T.O.; (Moffat 7 and Powell 5). It is unfortunate that by 3rd, I.S. "Powell Cup," 1st, C.T.O.; 2nd, I.S. their 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Centels in the The individual winner was G. W. Isaac, of Putney replay of December 2, interest has been removed S.D.O. The race was started by the Clubs' Predi­ from the Lewis Cup. dent, A. B. Holland, Esq., who also presented the A belated Swimming fixture between L.T.R. and prizes. The Club thank the Belgrave Harriers for Customs having resulted in a dead heat, the the kind loan of their headquarters. championship of Division I of the C.S. Men's Another highlight of the Club was the Dramatic League has been won by the S.B.D. This gives Section staging of Roland Pertwee and Harold the Bank both men's and women's team champion­ Dearden' s "To Kill a Cat," at Cripplegate ships of the Service Leagues for 1947!! The Theatre, on November 26 and 27. This exclamations are inconsistent with Harry play was well up to the · Section's high Walkden's modesty, and, indeed, are not his. standard and was enthusiastically received.• On The Photographic Society held its first post-war December 6, at our own theatre at Mount Pleasant, Exhibition. General opinion congratulated the four one-act plays were presented by the Section Society on a collection up to normal standards, (each play being produced by different members), while a "surprise " display was a set of some and a srn,all audience were astounded by the 60 prints portraying the activities of the various wonderful success. social clubs nm by the Savings. Bank. These Arrangements for a Children's Party in the new · prints aroused considerable interest and comment year for members' children are well in hand, and among the staff and will form the basis of the a great time will be had by them. '' Blithe Spirit '' entry which the Society is sending for the " Our will be staged at Mount Pleasant on February 14. Town" competition organised by the magazine, Tickets may be had on application to the Photography. Secretary, Drama Section. At the Philatelic Society meeting of November The Football teams are still taking many 21, the guest of the evening, Mr. H. Springthorpe, beatings, including caustic remarks from the Darts showed the members a wonderful display of people, who have played 7 matches in the City British Commemoratives. Philatelic enquiries League, winning 6, ·and winning 4 out of 4 in the should be directed to H. G. W. Ragg, D.B.B. L.P. League. Whether the far-flung outposts' occupants have The Swimming secretary informs me that in migrated, hibernated or failed to receive reminders January, Mr. S. Dalton, of the Highgate Diving from me this month leaves no doubt in my mind; Club, will c. oach the diving enthusiasts every the last is part of the truth anyway. So we have Monday evening at Ironmonger Row Baths. The no word from them. May I take the opportunity Club wishes to thank Mr. Dalton and warns him to extend seasonable greetings to club secretaries, that he'will have many pupils on his hands. The and proffer congratulations at the end of a year " Splash Night " previously reported at Iron- of Bank sporting achievement and, more im-


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portant, revival of sporting interest. On Christmas morning, Arnold Smith competed in the Serpentine race. There's a target for enthusiasts. It is wondered with what headlines the printers will surprise us this month. Last month's column,

ROUND THE AREAS REPRESENTATIVE SOCCER GAME C.S. v. ROYAL NAVY AND ROYAL MARINES will take place on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 1948 at Po�tsmouth Those who are able to attend are urged to do so, and to cheer the Service side on to victory BIRMINGHAM-Two C.S. Bowling Clubs­ The old pavilion has been d�molished and founda­ tions are being prepared for the new building. It will be a change for the home captains not having to apologise for the appalling accommodation for dressing. It is good to hear the whist drives in the tea room are being so successful, both from a social and financial point of view, while Campbell McGregor has handed over a nice amount of " dough " from the bar and refreshments. The Rugby Club are unfortunately still without a ground, but have met with many kindnesses from local clubs. November proved a mixed bag from a playing point of view. At Coventry, v, Sphinx Birmingham was defeated by r3 pts. to 3. Against Magnet, after starting two men short, the Services eventually lost r5 pts. to nil after a real good game. At Solihull the third victory of the season was registered by 6 pts. to 5, while the Old Warwickians defeated the Club by r4 pts. to 8. A little more drive behind the scrum in the centre would improve the side considerably. November was a difficult month for the Postal F.C. owing to the constant team changes. Only one game in six was won. Two games in the Cup v. Old Nortonians captained by the Revenue cricketer Norman Bregil have failed to produce a definite result, and both sides must be congratu­ lated on some good hard football.

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The committees of the two Service bowling clubs have agreed that in future the club at Hall Green shall be known at the B.C.S.B.C. (South) and at the Tally Ho as the B.C.S.B.C. (West). At the annual general meeting of the West Club Tom Power was elected President and tributes were paid to the retaining officer, H. R. Maxam, who is Notice to Areas It is the duty of every affiliated Area to establish a JOURNAL agency. If you have not done so write to Room 209 for particulars. Those Areas with existing agencies are requested to overhaul their arrangements, not only to increase the order, but if possible to make the circulation as wide and selective as possible. Every club official and room in the Area should be in possession of a regular copy of the JOURNAL. giving up office owing to other service activities. Vv. Chatman· continues to act as Secretary. Although I was not present I hear the annual supper bf the South Club was a great success and a warm welcome was given to the guest of honour, Chris Thompson. The officers for the forthcoming season are: President, D. M. Fall; Captain, E. ]. A. Davies; Secretary, A. F. G. Tucker. R. S. HOLMES. CHATHAM CHATS-Makes £50 for Charities -We are through to the 3rd round of the Lewis Cup Competition, having defeated Air Ministry by 3-r in the 2nd round. Chatham was only slightly better than their visitors, and finally it was Tommy Lee's penalty kick early in the second half that just turned the scale. We had only four of last season's finalists in the team, and five who had not previously played in the competition, so we were well satisfied with our team's display. All the old hands played up to their reputations and I thought that Baker at inside-right, who scored the first goal, the best of the newcomers. Incidentally, Lee scored the second goal in addition to his successful penalty kick. Many who have played against Chatham will be sorry to hear that our captain, Leo Dyer, has, for medical reasons, retired from the game. Dyer 'has


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had a long and interesting career, and in his younger days assisted Gillingham Reserves when the senior XI were in the League (Div. III). He is succeeded in the captaincy by George Clark, who has also taken over the centre-half position, after previously playing at right-back and right­ half. He is a player of considerable experience and was an inspiring captain in the Air Ministry match. May he lead his team to further victories is the wish of all Chatham fans. Apart from football, our activities, at present, are all indoor games and social events. At the time of writing the positions in the indoor games competitions are as follows: -

Section A.-Billiards and Snooker, Locals (7 points); Cards, Locals, Painters (10 points); Darts, Painters (4 points); Shove Ha'penny, Locals (7 points) . . Section B.-Billiards and Snooker, Emler Dept., C.E.O., Gunnery Shop (7 points); Cards, Boiler Dept. (12 points); Darts, E.E.M. (4 points); Shove Ha'penny, Joiners, C.E.O., Drillers (5 P?i.nts). Table Tennis (Area Competition).-Post Office, E.E.M. and Gillingham Electric are level at the top of the table, all being unbeaten.

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In the Medway Towns League we lead by virtue of superior average over Riverside, Y.M.C.A., Toronto and Police, all of whom have been de­ feated once. A close and interesting fight is anticipated for the championshiJ? of this com­ petition in which we are competing for the first time. Social events.-Our ladies' sewing committee held their annual sale cif work in the Club pavilion on Saturday, December 6. The proceeds realised over £50, and after expenses have be_e:1 met the balance will be shared by such chanhes as the ladies may decide. Our thanks are due to the Chatham Empire management for arranging for Mr. Harry Hines (Dr. Crock) and his party to give a cabaret show, and to Mr. Hines for opening the sale. This generous gesture on the part of all concerned was much appreciated and the artistes were given a grand reception by the assembled bargain hunters. Our Bowls Club had their annual dinner and concert on Tuesday, December 9. The President, Rear-Admiral G. B. Middleton, was present and also over 90 members, friends, and members of local bowling clubs. The bowls secretary, Em Parfitt, has arranged a strong programme. · The annual children's party will take place during January. The social committee have been busy accumulating funds for this event, and the children are again assured of a good time. .

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CHESTER'S NEW PAVILION-This is the story of the Pavilion. It is an unfinished story but the happy ending is in sight. · Preliminary negotia­ tio:µs for the purchase of t:\1.e hut_ revealed the stipulation made by the local counol that the hut

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should be moved within one month of purchas�. This condition had its advantage: it would ease the granting of the necessary building licences, but it had its disadvantages. as well. Before we could purchase th'e hut we had to find a builder who could shift the hut in the given time at a price we could afford. Our approach to the builders revealed the problems we had to face. First, the builder could not guarantee to do the work in a month unless we could guarantee the necessary building licence, and secondly, the price was beyond our means. The problems may be presented in an­ other way. In order to purchase the hut we had to shift it in a month. In order to shift it in a month we had to have the necessary licences, and before we could apply for the licences we had to have the hut. But even if we had the hut we still couldn't afford the cost of shifting. This is known as a Gordian knot. The full story of how this knot was untied is too long to quote here, but the position to date is that the hut has been purchased, the licence has just been received and the order for the shifting is to be placed as soon as possible. Watch your notice boards for details of the Nominations for officers of the Club A.G.M. should be sent to the General Secretary. Please obtain the nominee's consent before submitting his name. JACK.

SWANSEA'S HOCKEY SUCCEEDS-(Hon. General Secretary, Mr. A. E. Gilbey, C.S. Sports Club, Sketty, Swansea). A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all members, and readers, far and wide. I am glad to learn, on reading the notice board, that a dramatic section is about to be formed. I hope all members interested will rally round and support the committee, so that this section can become quickly, and firmly, established. The table-tennis teams are playing in a larger room than they had at the old club, and are finding things more to their liking. The " A " team have got on to the " winning road " at last, and we hope they will keep up the good work.. The " B " team are having a successful season, and our ladies' team have a roo per cent. record, which we are all proud of. For the entertainments section dance at the Brangwyn Hall on Friday, January 23, 1948, Cliff Ward and his Ritz Ballroom Orchestra have been engaged, and the admission charge of ms. 6d. is inclusive of refreshment. We appeal to all mem­ bers to support this event, and ask them to bring their friends along. The hockey section are enjoying their most successful season and, so far, have only lost one game this season. '


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The bowls and cricket sections appear to be hibernating at present but both committees are quite busy making fixtures and arrangements for next season. The annual general meeting of the cricket section will be held, as usual, �in February, and we ask all members interested to watch the notice boards. The snooker and billiards section have a lovely room now, and are settling down nicely., They have started playing matches, and _we wish them the ,best of luck. RALPH WILSON. The Civil Service Sports Journal (2d.) Holds the mirror to the social and sporting activities of the Civil Service. Subscription by post 3d., single issu�, 3s. per annum. Every P.O. in the N.E. Region and in all other Regions should establish a small Agency for the sale of JOURNALS. See to it that every Club official and every reading room possesses a regular copy. Particulars of agency from Room 209, Treasury, S.W.I. SCARBOROUGH-As r947 draws to a close we are able to look back over _the year and feel that we at least had some measure of success in our attempts to bring the Scal'borough Club to the fore in local sports. The football XI improve steadily and look forward to the Cup competitions. We had a stroke of luck in the first round of the League Cup-a bye! Our team in the table tennis competition has lost but one match and that by 4 points only. Although we are losing our Captain· and best player, who is being transferred to another district, we hope that at the end of the season we shall still be at the top of the league table. The snooker, dominoes and darts teams are active and playing well and the whist team are learning to deal off the bottom of the pack-they are well up in the league table. The ,final of the Club Snooker Champions4ip was held on November 23, r947, and resulted in Mr. S. Aldridge (W. /T. Station) beating Mr. T. Veal (Assistance Board ) by two straight frames. The " gentle sex " are now in the midst o� their Xmas tournaments and we are pleased to say that it has not been necessary for the darts referees to wear armour ! We have had a good response to the appeal for toys, etc:, for the kiddies and we feel sure that at the Xmas party all will have a " reet gradely " time.

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Ministry of Supply Recreational Society, Room 208r, Thames House, Millbank, S.W.r. THE EDITOR, Ministry of Supply. There have lately been several references in the JOURNAL to Ministry of Supply $ports and Recre"a­ tional Organisations, and a note on the par�nt organisation is therefore timely. The Ministry of Supply Recreational Society came into existence _on April 2, 1r946, shortly after the amalgamation of the Ministries of Supply and Aircraft Production. The organisation may, there­ fore, be described as still in its infancy. Yet during the first r½ years of its life Headquarters Clubs have been set up covering the following activities: Association Football, Badminton, Chess, Choral , work, .Cricket, Drama, Engineering, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Philately, Photography, Radio, Rambling, Squash Racquets, Swimming, Table Tennis; and, outside London, Sports and Recreational Organisa­ tions have been affiliated in the following areas: Birmingham, Boscombe Down (Wilts), Bristol, Chislehurst (Kent), Christchurch (Hants), Dal­ muir (near Glasgow), Didcot (Berks), Fort Hal­ stead (Kent), Harefield, Harwell, Liverpool, Nottingham, Porton (riear Salisbury), Pyestock (Hants), Risley (Lanes), ,Westcott (Bucks), Wood­ stock ('Oxon), Woolwich. This, however, is only a start. There seems to be no end to the number of activities which might yet be undertaken and many times the number of existing Regional Organisations which could be set up. The Ministry of Supply Recreational Society is ambitious and hopes to do great things. P.S.-Do you think it would be possible to publish in one of the issues of the JOURNAL, a: complete list of Secretaries of Civil Service Sport­ ing and Recreational Organisations. Such a list · would be very helpful in this Department and would save many enquiries to the Civil Service Sports Council. Yours, J. WALTON, Joint Hon. Sec. wvth Miss]. M. B. Carey. (En. NoTE.-A list is published in this issue.)


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The Roving Reporter With this issue the Council enters a New Year and embarks on the twenty-seventh year of its life. Well may it take pleasure and pride in its achievements. It has not accomplished all that it set out to do, but the vision which is still before it is backed by those who will strive hard to make the vision a reality. Some who are a little impatient when new schemes hang fire and when progress seems halted might well remember that the present times are about the most difficult the Council has yet faced. Controls, shortages, vexing regulations, high prices, slow down the work, and it is not unlikely that a peried of even greater frustration will have to be faced before things get closer to normality. Until the fetters fall away we can keep our patience firm and our spirits high.

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The informal little dinners which follow the Representative football matches are always a good index of the friendly relations between the Civil Service and its opponents. Thanking the Civil Service for a keen and cleanly-fought game, in which the score was, Army 3 Civil Service 3, Col. Prince said the Army always looked forward to the matches against the Civil Service and thoroughly enjoyed them whatever the result. Furthermore, they welcomed the opportunity which the game;; gave for Army players to take part in Senior Repre­ sentative Football. I am ,certain that our fellows feel equally happy. A thing that always surprises me is the very small number of spectators present. True there is a ban on mid-week sport, but as most of our spectators either make up the time or take annual leave, there ought in fairness to the teams to be more than the mere handful of supporters which these matches attract. As admission is free to Council members there should be a better showing. To see such good-class amateur football in com­ parative comfort is worth half-a-crown of anyone's money. Perhaps it's another proof that we do not value the things we get for nothing. I had a word with Parr (T.M's. Office, Lincoln), who captained the Civil Service, after the game. He thought it might be a good idea for our side to get together on the evening before a game for a friendly chat and game of billiards. For those who can find the time the idea has much to recommend it. Finding a suitable rendezvous should not be difficult-I am sure many Depart­ mental social clubs would be happy to offer hospitality and entertainment.

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I was glad to have a talk with Charles Stewart, of the Ministry of Food, who is now back in London after a long sojourn in Colwyn Bay, where he was Secretary of the Ministry's Sports and ?ocial Club. The Social Centre 4,as a gain changed its home-now it is at Lockyers.-and is still doing a usef.ul job in cater.ing for the 1,700 members of the Ministry still in Colwyn Bay. From what Stewart tells me the._Ministrjr's Sports Association· in London will_ !:{)�r:fl',e making itself known. Our Rifle Association permits itself a mild whoop of delight over its defeat at the hands (or rifles) of the City of London Rifle League. In a 20-a-side match the Civil Service were beaten by 8 points only, scoring 3,927 to their opponents 3,935. The average scores were thus C.S. 196.3, City of London 196.7. As the London team held between them fifteen international badges, our lads (and one lassie) were proud. W. J. Smith, the General Secretary, is anxious to find a building in the Whitehall or City area with room for a rifle range. A first-class open-air range near London is not beyond the bounds of possibility, but; so far, plans are no more than just plans: the site is the first requirement; money, the second. When the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave a '' pep '' talk to a selected body of civil servants in the Central Hall, Westminster, just before Christmas, he mentioned the value of meeting one's colleagues on the sports field-and thus getting to know them better-and also said he was glad to hear of ,the revival of activities of the Treasury Sports and Social Club. He thought the Social activities of considerable value. Such benedi·ction should enhance our prestige both inside and outside the Service. The Chancellor has shown continued interest, as President of the Board of Trade, in the activities of the Departmental Sports Association. Writing of prestige leads me to mention that we are held in esteem in many quarters, especially when large concerns are setting up sports organisa­ tions and want a little advice. Within the last year I have had talks with many people who have come. along to find out how we work; among them were the Port of London Authority, the L.C.C., the British Council, the National Coal Board and the J. Arthur Rank Productions.

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"Villa for Sale."-Miss E. Hatwell as Mrs. Al. Smith; Mr. L. Maxon as Gaston. 1

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expressed feelings, and a drunken one at whom we certainly joined in "Antonon's " mirth. Once again the Society has to thank Alwyn Winter, the producer, and Len Medhurst, the stage manager, for a most charming and convincing set, which, with the very decorative costumes, formed the background of this extremely polished per­ formance.

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neatly timed, and the final triumphant exit, trailing clouds of attache cases, golf clubs and clothes left out at the last moment, brought the play to a joyful close. '' The More Damage Commission '' contained one or two shrewd local references which were delightedly cheered by members of the audience and ended with· the traditional " happy ending," as Mr. Waffles and Miss. Jitters departed for the Registrar (of Marriages). " Villa For Sale " achieved a distinctly French atmosphere, and while we could not hope for Sacha Guitry himself, Mr. Maxon certainly played the witty and sarcastic Frenchman extremely well, and together with Miss Hatwell as Mrs. Al Smith, produced some amusing situations in whic�1 chequ_es and large sums of money played their part. The other members of the cast played up well, and the complicated pieces of trickery with a wrongly dated receipt and a genuine Corot were put across deftly and with the right emphasis. On the whole, the Amateur Dramatic Section is to be congratulated on such workmanlike per­ formances for their first atte_mpt-in fact, the word " amateur " did not immediately spring to one's mind when one saw the Plays. We are now looking forward to their next production which, it is understood, is to be slightly more ambitious. ..,. ·

A London Ground The Inland Revenue Sports Association at Marv-els Lane, Grove Park, S.E., was opened by H.M. the King, then·the Duke of York, in May, 1935. Its r4 acres comprise a cricket field, 2 hockey pitches, a soccer pitch and 7 tennis courts (5 hard, 2 grass). There is room for further development at a later date, but most of the playing area has been brought into effective use.. 'The pavilion is a modern brick-built structure with up-to-date dressing accommodation, shower and plunge baths for both sexes and a comfortable, fully-licensed bar and club room. The ground in its original state was purchased, levelled, prepared and equipped out of funds sub­ scribed by members of the Department throughout the country over a period of 3 years by means of a specially devised salary deduction scheme. A mortgage provided the additional funds necessary to build and equip the pavilion. Rebates from C.S.S.C. shareholdings (the Revenue is one of the largest shareholding Depart­ ments in the country), club subscriptions and profits on pavilion takings provide the income for the upkeep of the ground as well as subsidies for social events, the upkeep of our Llandudno area, and assistance for Revenue Clubs at Headquarters

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and up and down the country that require help. During the war years the ground was un­ fortunately closed down and suffered consequent neglect as well as damage from bombing. Most of the tenant clubs were disbanded, or functioned out of London. Once again, however, things are almost normal, the ground and pavilion being_ practically in full use. It is hoped that the final touch will be the work of repairing damage to some of the ten.nis courts before the opening of the summer season. All -Civil Servants who are members of the Civil Service Sports Council are eligible :to use the sports ground as members, to join the Revenue Clubs there, and to make full use of the social amenities in the evenings and at week ends.. The present ground tenant clubs are I.R. cricket, tennis, football, men's and women's hockey. There is ·a1so a table tennis- club which meets in the pavilion on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All these clubs have vacancies for playing mem­ bers:' Further information about facilities and activities at Grove Park can be obtained from the Ground Secretary, Mr. A. H. England, Room 27, Duchy Rooms,· Somerset House, W.C.2. (TEM. 3540. Ex. 485.)

The . Social Si-de . Conducted by E. M. Tillman Art-The Board of Trade have started regular meetings for sketching and coaching by some of their more experienced artists, in still-life and figure drawing. They have a group of workers in the art needlework section who meet regularly. The Customs and Excise London staff held a small exhibition of painting and drawing. This group meets on Friday evenings for drawing from the draped model and portraits during the Winter months and for outdoor sketching among the docks in Summer. Norwich Telephone Area will hold a public exhibition of arts and crafts early in February. The Ministry of Labour and National Service London Social Club Camera Section, known as " The Whitehall Camera Club," was established at Montague House in 1928 and remained active until 1940. It is now to renew its activities, in­ cluding fortnightly lantern lectures on travel, practical photographic demonstrations for novices and advanced workers, and a club dark room com­ plete with enlarging apparatus, which will provide members with facilities for doing their own pro- • cessing. An inaugural meeting was held in the Social Club Room, St. James's Square, on January 16. The Ministry of Labour's arts and crafts competition has been fixed for February.


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Music-The Mount Pleasant Choral Society recently gave an afternoon concert with vocal solos and banjo items p·erformed by the Conductor, to the patients at the Royal Home for the Incur­ ables. The concert concluded_ with community singing by the audience. The choir meets regu­ larly on Thursday evenings and is constantly increasing its repertoire. Drama-The Commonwealth Relations (for­ merly India Office) Dramatic Society had a dis­ tinguished career before 1939 and it has put. o n .two productions since it was formed. Its future is uncertain owing to the cessation of the India Office as a separate unit, but the organisers hope that it will be possible to continue the tradition of the Society. Their latest production was " Hay Fever," a comedy in three acts by Noel Coward, presented at the Cripplegate Theatre on Decem­ ber 30. The plot revolves round an eccentric family and their week-end guests. The players took good advantage of the varied character types portrayed. The honours were evenly divided be­ tween the leading parts, taken by John Massey and Evelyn Brand as father and mother, Peter Gill and Elsie Brittain as son and daughter, and Barbara Bailey, Betty Bond, Philip Hosegood and Edward Brittain as the guests. This is another way of saying that all played their parts well and it is a credit to the Society that they can call upon so many members capable of taking leading parts. Two small criticisms are that rather too much use was made of remarks with back turned to audi­ ence-a device which should be adopted very sparingly-and the costume of mother and daughter in the last act, which seemed to suggest evening rather than the morning, which it was in­ tended to represent; but perhaps this was intended to be part of their eccentricity? The production moved smoothly and was a credit to producer Geraldine Barrett and all others concerned. Another drama group is the Greenock Post Office Dramatic Club. Their first production con­ sisted of four one-act plays, " The Perils of Education,'' '' Orange Blossom,'' '' The Drum '' and «· The Midnight Hour." These were pre­ sented at the Lady Alice School, Greenock. We look forward to learning of the progress of this new Society.. Recent activities of the Mount Pleasant Dramatic Section include a variety concert of con­ juring, imitations, songs and monologues and a production of" To Kill a Cat " at the Cripplegate Theatre, both in November, and four one-act plays at the Mount Theatre in December. Other News-We are interested to learn that the French Civil Service has a distinguished author in Monsieur Maurice Delfieu, of the Ministry of Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones, whose recently. published book " Recits d'un Revenant " we have.

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The Roving Reporter One ought, I suppose, to be accustomed to the Ministry of Supply doing things on a generous scale, but despite that, I was ·not prepared for the wonderful display of toys that the Welfare Branch, under Miss J. M. Carey's inspiration, had got together for distribution to children in hospitals and institutions just before Christmas. They were on show at the. Welfare Branch's " at home " on December 23 and, when I looked in, there was a general air of welcome and friendliness, Miss Carey and her helpers doing the job of making everyone feel at home with their customary charm. I under­ stand the Recreational Society also did a consider­ able amount in getting the toys together. Many of our departments do good turns of this kind at Christmas-the Board of Trade's singing of carols round the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square was but one example. The tree itself was a kindly thought, and the added attraction of the coloured lights and the carol singing ' made many people forget their burdens of worry for a few moments. In imagination, I saw a Christmas tree, provided by Civil Servants, laden with gifts by them and enlivened by carols from, not one, but a dozen departments. We are big enough .to dq it-it only needs one department to take on the job as a voluntary good deed at Christmas time; others would soon rally round. Surely we can let our Scandinavian friends gift act, as an example to us.

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Secretary, and als� Secretary of the new provisio�al committee , made 1t clear that they are not seekmg to control the new body, which is to be as wide in its range of members as possible. There are, of course, many musical and dramatic societies already operating in the Service but it is not thought that the new body will -conflict with them, or duplicate what is already being done. Miss Taylor is at Abell -House (Room 114), John Islip Street, S.W.1 (Telephone: VICtoria 4422, Ext. 376). She will be glad to hear from singers A room for rehearsals is and instrumentalists. being sought. Watch for further announcements. *

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Civil Service Rugby Football Union Activities, still hampered from the lack of funds to which we referred in our last issue, are expand­ ing and with the National :XV's match against the Navy we take our first big step towards attaining pre-war status. Since our remarks on the lack_ of information from areas we have received a wel­ come report from J. W. Webster, Welsh and Border Counties Region, giving names of players who will add to the strength of Service. Rugby. The Cup Competition is in full swing and it is hoped to give a summary _of first round results in the next issue of the JOURNAL. The Trial at Chiswick produced encouraging results and, as will be seen from the selected XV, a strong team has been picked for the Navy match. In fact, the selectors were rather em­ barr�ssed by the new array of talent available, especially in the pack. The question of finance is bulking large in oui: problems, and if we are to expand our activities some scheme must be · devised to. overcome this thorny pr.oblem. Civil Service Union (London) v. United�anks.---;­ This match, the first representative ,game to be held since the war, took place at Chiswick on December 17. Result-12 pts. to 8 pts. in the Banks' favour, was a fair one and, although no excuses are necessary, the Service side had not played together before, and this told heavily. It was a fine, open, enjoyable game. The best try of the afternoon was scored by a fine piece of combination between the " wing-threes " E. Wingham and McKeawn, the movement starting by the latter crosskicking and following up his opposite number to take a pass and score under the posts. There were several cancellations from selected players, and it was due in no small measure to the London C.S. Club that a side was raised. We shall have to do better against Middlesex County this month (February). Representative Trial.-The Fina,l was held on New Year's Eve at Chiswick and an enjoyaible afternoon and evening resulted. The only piece of bad luck to mar the occasion was that young Peter Suffman, Plymouth Albion, had the misfortune to fraoture his leg. We hope that by the time he reads this he is well on the road to recovery. The game was, in spite of slippery conditions, played at a fast pace, and -the show put up by the teams augurs well for the future. There was little to choose •between the teams. at first but in the second half the greater weight and experience of


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the Colours began to tell and the result n-9 in their favour was a fine result. The players selected are:CIVIL SERVICE TEAM. Team selected.-G. A. Turner (Saracens), E. G. Mckeawn (London Irish), A. H. Norton (Skipton and Yorks), J. D. Evans (Newport), A. Munday (Plymoi:th Albion), M. J. Davies (Blackheath), N. Wyndham-Smith (O.M.T.'s and Surrey), V. G. Roberts (Penryn and England), P. D. C. Moore (Blackheath and Oxfordshir�), R. T. Davies (New Brighton and Cheshire), S. Davies (Exeter and Devon), J. M. Hunter (London Scots and Scotland), D. Richards (Catford Bridge), F. White (Plymouth Albion), S. A. Evans (Birkenhead Park and • Cheshire). Reserves.-R. Wyke (Birkenhead Park), A. Higgins (Bath and Somerset), D. E. Davies (C.S. London). . R. T. TUDOR.

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S.B.D. RUGBY F.C.�Now that the draw for the Civil Service Cup is known we look forward with greater enthusiasm than ever to the competi­ tion, for, in the first round we were drawn against our old enemies of the rugby field-P.O. Engineers. We have played close games against them in the past, and in 1938 we lost narrowly to them in the semi-final. This year we feel that we have the material fit and in training to reverse that decision and lift the cup. The match was played at Chiswick on January 20. We are pleased to have Paddy Manson available again after his long spell in the Forces. The side will be further strengthened by the decision of Ray Wesf to leave soccer and play rugby regularly. We feel we have reason to be optimistic about our chances in this season's compefition. BRYN SMITH CIVIL SERVICE GOLFING SOCIETY. The first post-war A.G.M. of the Society has been arranged to take place on Friday, February 20, at 5 p.m., in Conference Room 61, at the Treasury, Whitehall, S.W.r. All interested Civil Service golfers are given a cordial invitation to be · • present. · I am still interested in hearing from low handi­ cap golfers who would like to be considered for representative matches this year. The response from Scotland is very poor and Wales has only offered one player. The first game will be played in May and the team chosen during April. The Society is hoping to field a very strong side. I have been approached by one or two ladies who are interested in the re-formation of the Civil Service Ladies Golfing Society and I shall be glad to hear from any other ladies who would be willing to help. If they will write Eric Watson, 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middlesex, I shall be pleased to let them have any information and help at my <lisposal.

CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS The event was decided at Bexley, Kent, on January IO 1, R. G. Gosney, Ord. Survey, 30 min. 29 sec.; 2, J. H. Barry, C. and E., 30-41; 3, E. H. Hubert, Brit. Museum, 30-55; 4, J. Mahoney, R. Arsenal, 31; 5, A. F. Newson, I.R., 31-12; 6, K. Richard­ son, Air Ministry, 31-29; 7, C. H. Wigmore, Sav­ ings Dept.,· 31-36; 8, J. J. Sherry, Bd. of Trade, 31-42; 9, H. Young, R. Arsenal, 31-46; IO, A. E. Frost, In. Revenue, 32. Team Result:

1st, Royal Arsenal (Woolwich), 40 points; 2nd, Inland Revenue, 50; 3rd, Air Ministry, 122; 4th, Telecoms, 128; 5th, Land Registry, 141; 6th, S.B.D., 140; 7th C. and E., 160; 8th, LS., G.P.O., 193; 9th, C.T.O., G.P.O., 221. Engin­ eer-in-Chief, G.P.O., did not qualify. Previous Winners

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Individual. G. W. R. Robinson, P.O.S.B. P. A. Selman, P.O. 1922 Post Office C.T.O. A. Elliott, H.M.O.W. 1923 Post Office C.T.O. 1924 Post Office S.W.D.O. P. A. Selman, S.W.D.O. H. Tye, S.W.D.O. 1925 Air Ministry. B. C. V. Oddie, Air Min. 1926(Air Ministry. R. J. Barrett, Air Min. 1927 Air Minist,ry. . B. C. V. Oddie, Air Min. 1928 Customs and Excise. B. C. V. Oddie, Air Min. 1929 P.O. Telephones. 1930 Air Ministry and P.O. B. C. V. Oddie, AirMin. Telephones. A. J. Norris, P.O.S.B. 1931 P.O. Stores Dept. H. E. Thomas, P.O. Stores. 1932 P.O. Stores Dept. H. G. Verney, P.O., 1933 P.O. Stores Dept. Birmingham. D. B. Pell, New Scotland . 1934 .P.O. Stores Dept. Yard. P. B. Pell, New Scotland 1935 P.O. Stores Dept. Yard. H. B. Young, R. Arsenal. 1936 Inland Revenue. D. G. Edgar, P. 0., 1937 Inland Revenue. Liverpool. A. E. Frost, Inland Rev. 1938 Air Ministry. J. H. Barry, Customs and 1947 Royal Arsenal, Excise. Woolwich. C.S. 7-MILE ROAD-WALKING CHAMPIONSHIP Held at Thames Ditton on January ro-24 starters Result: Individuals-1st, A. H. Cotton (South­ all P.O.), 55 min. II sec.; 2nd, J. F. Johnson (M/Supply), 55 min. 41 sec.; 3rd, C. F. D. Sutton (R.S.A. Factory, Enfield), 56 min. 37 sec. Teams-1st, Northern District Post Office, 12 points; 2nd, Ministry of Supply, 14 pofots; 3rd, Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, 19 points. A match, scoring 18 a side, with the Metro­ politan Police A.A., held in conjunction with the Championships, resulted in a win for the Police with 313 points to 357 for the Service. The event was organised by Mr. A. H. G.


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The Controller of P.O. Factories, Mr. A. Newsom, recently engaged ten members of the Factories club in simultaneous play. At the end of three hours he had scored 5½ points to 4½. He congratulated the club members on their improved play, for last season in a similar match he had emerged the winner by nine games to one. The Lancaster P.O. Telep]::ione Area Sports

CIVIL SERVICE CHALLENGE CUP (LEWIS CUP) Result of Second Round London AreaNor,th-West Postal 4, Min. of Lab. (Watford) o. Buckingham 3, Board of Trade r. *Centels I, P.O. Savings Banko. P.O. Telecoms (L.T.R.) 4, St. George's r. R.A.E.,·Farnboi;ough 2, Customs r. Chatham C.S. 3, Air Ministry r. * After replay. Provincial Areas*S.B.D., Harrogate 1, Manchester Postal 2. Exeter C.S. o, Plymouth C.S. 6. * After replay. The draw for the Third Round Manchester Postal v. Chatham C.S. Buckingham v. R.A.E., Farnborough. North-West Postal v. Plymouth C.S. P.O. Telecoms (L.T.R.) v. Centels. This round tvas due to be completed by January 24.

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Representative Teams-The C.S. v. Bank of England match resulted in a draw 12-12. Al­ though both teams were fielding reserves, play was fast, and the score was even throughout. The next Representative game is versus Cam­ bridge University at Cambridge on February 14. On March 13 the 1st and 2nd teams play the corresponding VII's of the Chelsea Polytechnic. Inter-Departmental Competition-Customs and Excise remain at the top of the 2nd Division, but the A.G.D. hold first place in the 1st Division after beating Agricola in a close game. Agricola had all the bad luck, and A.G.D. were lucky to beat a better team. The return match should be in­ teresting to watch.

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Members will learn with regret of the death of Mr. G. R. Mason, Patent Office, at the age of 42. He was a member of their first team-at present head of the League-and played for them for 18 years except, of course, for the wartime hiatus.

I. C. f. Miles, M.B.E., Chairman G.P.0. Chess Club, present Barstow Cup to C.S. Chess Association Champion, Mr. C. G. Butcher. 2. Bonar Law Trophy. Second Round. G.P.O. v. Admiralty (the first five boards). Left: R. f. Broad­ bent (G.P.0.), C. G. Butcher (G.P.0.), N. A. Perkins (G.P.O.), H. Hoskin (Admy.), G. Wernick (G.P.0.). Right: M. A. Sutherland (Admy.), M. Robinson (Admy.), W. B. Callow (Admy.), f. Neale (G.P.O.), T. E. Denbigh (Admy.). G. P .O. won 8-2. Club has formed a chess section. It is under the secretaryship -of Mr. C. Standing, and its 22 members are drawn from all grades from the Telephone Manager downwards. The section has already played matches with teams from a local industrial firm (Messrs.· Williamsons Limited) and the Morecambe Chess Club. We shall be pleased to receive news of the activities of other provincial chess clubs. (Continued on page 129.)


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THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL is pub: lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.1. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service Sports Journal, Matter for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. While present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted. General Editor: C. D. HOWARD.

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HANDS ACROSS THE SEA We have received a copy of the December issue of "R.A. News," published by the Ottawa Civil Service Recreational Association. It is published monthly, consists 'of 16 pages in newspaper form, and carries a very heavy load of advertisements. The " R.A. News" contains a reprint of the letter and extract sent by G. M. MacKenzie concerning the origin of modem soccer and the part played in that historic incident by the premier Service football clubs. published in CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL recently. We retaliate by printing the following extract:-

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Time was when Civil Service sport-what there was of it-was not considered very seriously around Ottawa. That was before the Civil Ser­ vants organised this Recreational Association. There was no centralised body with support and membership in every department which could organise strong inter-departmental leagues. There was no assurance that the champions of our leagues would be given the chance to try thei strength against representatives of other leagues. In short, there was no objective-no great incentive to develop team-work and team-spirit, to master all _the skills required for good play or to remain in tip-top physical condition. There was little to fire the competitive spirit without which no really good athletes are ever developed.

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r.-To foster the spirit of sportsmanship and good fellowship among Dominion Govern­ ment employees in Ottawa by increasing their interest in clean, healthy sports2.-To arrange and supervise all lines of inter­ departmental competition and3.-The furtherance of the best interests of the Civil Service in sports competition with the representatives of outside organisations. We have no doubt that Civil Service players are enjoying their contests and profiting from the training and associations they offer. We doubt if they would get much more pleasure from their games if they all became world champions to­ morrow. But since perfection is the goal and since the mere presence of a recognised champion is such a great stimulus to mass interest, we should give more and more thought to developing cham­ pionship material. Another great advantage of the programme we have followed in recent years is that, by giving our athletes a chance to earn recognition through their own Civil Service Leagues, they have de­ veloped a feeling of enthusiasm and loyalty to the R.A.; it is easy for them to recognise their duty to remain in Civil Service sport to help consolidate it in its rightful place in the Ottawa sports picture. Our readers will be greatly interested and will wish their friends in Ottawa success in their en­ deavours. We note with some envy that there are no fewer than six editors and seven assistants to conduct the "R.A. News." But the C.S. Recre­ ational Association deals with all forms of social and recreational activity and there are many greater points of interest. It would be nice indeed if some permanent form of contact between the C.S. Sports Council and C.S. Recreational Asso­ ciation of Ottawa could be established. Hands across the sea!

THE ARIEL CLUB

A somewhat different publication is the " Broadsheet " of The Ariel Club, issued by the Air Ministry and Ministry of Civil Aviation Social and Athletic Association. Like its big brother in Ottawa, it consists of r6 pages, but they are small and carry no advertisements. The " Broadsheet " deals with about 30 activities, including, by the way, a Squash Club, and though small it carries a big message. The Chairman makes a stirring appeal for support for a great recruiting drive. We have transferred this notice to the editorial page because we wish to add our voice to the Chairman's appeal. We hope that the staffs will roll up to enrol, to complete these little forms, to become members of both the Ariel Club and the C.S. Sports Council. So shall we again see the Air Ministry as one of the leading Departmental Associations setting an example to the rest of the


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Civil Service. The Association is in an excellent position to recommence actitities at full flood since it possesses its 0:"711 sports ground at N ortholt, adjacent to the Airport.

The Cross-Country Championship

This year the Championships were held at Bexley, Kent. The run started from the pavilion Notwith­ on Bexley's ancient cricket ground. standing the cold and chill January afternoon the • venue appeared attractive and the course, though heavy indeed after the constant rains, ran through woods and across streams. Gosney, of Southamp­ ton, proved a worthy winner, and Barry, last year's winner, came in second. A happy touch was the arrangement whereby Tommy Church, the Secretary of the C.S. Athletic Association for many years until recently, presented the prizes. The whole affair went off without the slightest hitch, and excellent refreshments were provided in the cosy pavilion. It was a triumph for Ross Williamson and we heartily congratulate him. NEWS IN BRIEF. Roy ,Welham, C.S.I.S.A. and Aldwych Speed Skating Club member, at present in Army, is one of 8 selected for preliminary trials in Norway for Olympic Games. 5 of the 8. will be chosen to represent Great Britain in the Olympic contest in Switzerland. Welham won the ¼-mile champion­ ship last year.-Ice Skating News Sheet. C.S.L.T. Association Annual Rep ort for 1947. G. L. Paish played regularly for England and, with R. E. Carter, toured the West Indies. Paish was placed second and Carter sixth in an official national ranking list for British players. Carter was awarded an England badge. Five men (G. L. Paish, R. E. Carter, H. F. Walton, G. L. Emmett and J. N. Archer) and three women (Miss V. Dace, Miss B. Crosoer and Miss K. Whitefield) took part in the Wimbledon Tournament. H. F. Walton again won the R.A.F. Championship and won four open tournaments. Representative Games: R.A.F. v. Chiswick, lost 3-5. Army v. Chiswick, won 5-4. Navy v. Greenwich, lost 3-5. Army v. Aldershot, won 7-2. Hampshire v. Brockenhurst, won 5-4. Public Schools Old Boys v. Chiswick, lost 2-5. Women-IO matches arranged for this first post­ war season, 2 scratched, 5 unfinished owing to rain and 3 lost. The C.S. Boxing Club's Charity Show at the Seymour Hall, March 17, is in aid of Benenden

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London Civil Service and Municip al Chess League-Results of matches received by Jan. 9:­ Division 1.-Transport 6, L.C.C. 4 (after adjudication of two games by Mr. R. J. Broadbent), Diyision 2.-L.C.C. 3, Air Min. 5; Patent Office 3½, Works 4½; Paymaster Gen. 5, Unats 3; P.O. Savings 5½, Trade 2½; Works 3½, . Paymaster Gen. 4½; Trade 1½, H.M:S.O. 6½; P.O. Savings 2, Labour 6. (April match doubled with Post Annual cup match.) Division 3.-L.C.C. 4, Transport 4; Trade 1, Met. Water Board 7; Fuel and Power 5½, Admiralty 2½; Works 4½, Health 3½; Crown Agents 4½, Customs 3½; P.O. Factory 4½, Patent Office 3½; Customs 5, P.O. Factory 3; Patent Office 5, Trade 3; L.C.C. 7½, Works 2½; Fuel and Power 4½, Crown Agents 3½; M.W.B. ½, Transport 7½, Bonar Law Trophy (Holders: G.P.0.).-First round: Health beat Trade, N.P.L. beat Works, Supply beat Fuel and Power; five byes. Second round: G.P.O. beat Admiralty, Inland Revenue beat Transport, Health are drawn against N.P.L. and Patent Office against Supply.· Post Annual Cup (Holders: National Physical Labora­ tory).-First round: G.P.O. beat Patent Office, Trade beat P.O. Test, Unats beat Supply, H.M.S.O. beat Health, Crown Agents beat Trade; three byes. Second round: Labour beat P.O. Savings, G.P.O. are drawn against Trade, Crown Agents against. H.M.S.O., and Unats against N.P.L.

Ice Skating Facilities

A poster adorns the notice boards of rriany Government offices inviting membership of the Civil Service Ice Skating Association. Many of you who have seen it perhaps thought it looked rather attractive and wondered what the activities of the Association really are. Our object is to encourage the art of ice skating in the ·c.s. To enjoy skating, opportunities must be provided to become proficient. It is better to skate in company than to be like the Kipling cat who walked alone. The present boom in ice skating has made it more djfficult to provide the facilities we consider adequate. Ice rinks are crowded to capacity and in evening sessio1ns it is difficult for a novice to find a space big enough to fall on. In spite of the demand for ice space the Asso­ ciation have been fortunate to obtain many of their pre-war facilities. One of the special features is the club session which takes place before the evening public session and our members have the


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exclusive use of the ice for three-quarters of an CIVIL SERVICE RUGBY FOOTBALL hour to one hour. This gives an opportunity for CLUB.-Whatever the fortunes of the Club may the learner to gain confidence without the constant be in the latter part .of the season we are all looking fear of being bundled into the barrier by a would­ forward to Friday, February 13, when we entertain be speed champion, while the more expert have the N ortheni Ireland C.S. Rugby Club at space to practise figure or dance skating. In­ Chiswick. In the aftemoo;n the clubs meet in the stru�tion, at some rinks, on the group principle, annual struggle for the Duggan Cup, which is at is available during these sessions. Special ses­ present held by the London Club. sions are in operation at the Brighton, Birming­ In the evening there will be a supper followed ham, Durham, Harringay, Richmond and Streat­ by a dance. The supper is 6.30 p.m. and the ham Rinks, while at the Queen's Rink a conces- ladies will be invited. The dance will commence . sion is available for membership of the Queen's ·at 7.45 p.m. The prices will be 6s. for supper Ice Club. and dance, and 2s. 6d. for dance only. Tickets Every six weeks the Arosa Rink, a small self­ will be limited for supper so applications should be ·contained rink attached to the Richmond Rink, is made as early as possible to t, he Committee, but we booked for the whole evening. These evenings can cater for many more at the dance. are very popular with our members. Exhibitions On the Saturday the Irish team will visit by well-known skaters and. other novelties are Twickenham to see the International, and on given. Another popular feature is the Ice Dance Sunday they will again be entertained by the session at Streatham, at six-weekly intervals. London Club to a visit to a place of interest and There are various figure and dance skating com­ petitions throughout the season and on March 6, lunch. CIVIL SERVICE FOOTBALL CLUB.-On after an interval of nine years, we are holding a January rr ,the Club was engaged in two Cup Ties; Gala at the Arosa Rink. Each rink has its own Rink Sub-Committee the First XI at home against Fulham Central Old appointed by the Executive Committee to manage Boys in the secorid round of the A.F.A. Senior Cup Association activities and which looks after the and ,the Reserves against Trinity Old Boys in the social side. There are always committee members Middlesex Junior Cup. The Club has �on rthe present at sessions to give information and help Senior Cup on three previous occasions, but the Old Boys were no respectors of records and with newcomers. What do you have to do to join? Apply to the the help of a very thrustful centre-4orward rthey Association Departmental representative, whose removed 'their august opponents from the competi­ name will be found on the posters mentioned, or tion by the decisive score of 3-0. write to the Hon. Asst. Secretary, Miss I. M. The reserves kept the flag flying by winning 8-2 Poston, 8, Elaine House, Gunnersberry Lane, on their opponenits ground and ,there is something Acton, W.3. The subscription is 2s. 6d. to be said for the suggestion that _the forward lines of the Club's first and second teams should be exchanged. Certainly at the moment there is a decided lack of punch in the First XI's vanguard and this will have .to ,be remedied if more of the remaining games are to ,be won than lost. In the Southern Amateur League the Club has CHISWICK GROUND EXECUTIVE. Foot­ lost its early season lead in both the Senior and ball 1948-49.-Notices were inserted in the Sports Reserve Sections. Journal last year inviting football clubs to say what Winchmore Hill who are now well ahead of other method of allocation was preferred in the alloca­ competitors in the League defeated the Club 2-0 on tion of football pitches at Chiswick for Saturday December 6. A goalless draw wirth Merton at play, and what should be the closing date for home the following week ;brought the C1ub its only applicat, ions. Some clubs have written in but the point during December and on December 20 the question is still not clear, and it has been decided to Firsrt XI at home to Catford Wanderers and .the ask clubs again in making their applications for Reserves ,at Oatford lost 1-2 and 1-5 respectively. pitches to say which of the three following methods Reserves Ist XI of allocations is preferred. Feb. 7 (A) Norsemen (H) Norsemen (a) Annual Ballot. Feb. 14 (H) Winchmore Hill (A) Winchmore Hill (b) Three-year tenure. (A) Old Carthusians Feb. 21 ( c) Permanent tenure. Feb. 28 (H) Lloyds Bank (A) Alexandra Park It may be impossible to avoid a ballot whatever The game ,on February 14 should be interesting. the majority may decide. Winchmore Hill are a good side and the Service The closing date for applicati'ons for pitches for will be out to avenge rtheir earlier defeat. 1948-49 season will be March 31, 1948. D. F.

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CIVIL SERVICE BOWLING ASSOCIATION L ( ondon Area).-Will the Secretaries of existing Departmental Bowls Clubs, and any Section who can m uster a,pproxima,tely twenty bowlers, who are not yet affilia,ted to the. Civil Service (London) communicate please Association, Bowling immediately with the Secretary, J. D. Biggs, 33, Dunraven Road, W.I2 (GLAD 657I). Prior to League '' Bunbury '' I948 the of etion pl m co fixtures, . Division I and II, it is particularly desir�ble to contaot the Ministries of National Insurance, Education, Pensions, Transport, Health, Labour, etc. BOXING.�As usual the Gunningham Room was packed when the C.S.A.B.C. put on the first of their open competitions on December II. Three novices competitions were down for decision but in the heavy weight only ,two competi­ tors turned up. These were P. Holtham of the Lynn A.C. and Yarnold of the Kingsdown B.C., who fought a three-round contest. The latter won after three hard hitting rounds. Six entrants in the 9 st. 9 lb. competition appeared and provided some really excellent boxing. Unfortuna,tely the C.S. only entrant, C. Crowhurst of the R.O.F., was narrowly beaten in the semi-final, leaving P. Kent of t4e Gainsford and J. Sherwood of the Lynn in the final, which was won by the former. Again in the IO st. 7 }b. the Service only entrant lost after one of .the best bouts of the evening to Powell of Cambridge University, who beat J. Cronin of Gainsford in the final. Results of Special Contests : J. Somerville of the R.O.F. beat A. Brown of the C.S. A. Brown, Bell Punch B.C., beat M. C. Long, of the C.S. F. Hill, Fitzroy Lodge, beat A. M. Crawley, C.S. A. Darville, Robert Browning Institute, beat J. Webb, C.S.,- in a bout which had the �rowd on their toes from beginning to end. The C.S. Boxing Championship will be held on April I2, I948, at Seymour Hall, London, W.I. FuDther details will be given in the Journal next month but any boxer in the Service can enter, arid all weights both Senior and Junior classes within the Amateur Boxing Association regula,tions will be open for decision. THE CIVIL SERVICE FOOTBALL LEAGUE. -Division I leaders up to January 3 are:-

F'ulham M.O. with one lost game and ten wins, fol­ lowed by Customs with 17 points out of 18 possible. Education laying third with 12 points from ten games followed by St. Pancras-M.O. with 11 points. Board of Trade, Inland Revenue, L.T.R. West, Testing Officers are with nine and eight points. Air Ministry, War Office

with seven and six points and Admiralty at the bottom with five points. This is a real puzzle and is only likely to be sorted out on the season's last match. Another jig-saw is Division 2. Min. of Labour, Watford, leading with 17 points, Wandsworth M.O. 16, Min. of Supply 15, Royal Mint 14, Treasury 11, Nat. Insurance 10, L.P.R. 8. Fortunately for Min. of Health with 5 and Willesden C.O. with 3 that poor old P .0. Radio are still struggling at the bottom of the·table with no points from 11 games.

The Reserves Division is a fight between Board of Trade and Customs with I4 points each. Coronation· Cup.-First round results: Customs 4, Inland Revenue 1; Admiralty W.O., Radio scratched; Testing Officers 2, Royal Mint 1; St. Pancras M.O. 8, Min. of Health O; L.P.R. 1, Fulham M.O. 8; Education 4, Supply 4 (after extra time); replay Supply 0, Educa­ tion 4. Second round: Board of Trade 1, Air Min. 3; Treasury 0, War Office 5; L.T.R. West 9, Wandsworth M.O. 3. To be played: Testing Officers .v. Admiralty, Education v. Agricola, Willesden C.O. v. �ustoms, Fulham v. Nat. Insurance, St. Pancras -v. Min. Labour, Watford.

G.A. A. S. CYGNET ROWING CLUB. The next important event on the Tideway will be the Head of River in March. At present the Club has three eights in training for this race and we have confidence that they will try hard to regain the positions we lost last year when we fell from the I6th position to the 42nd. I947 was a year of reconstruction and consolida­ tion for the Cygnet R.C. Like many others we were solving problems arising out of the conditions of the war years whilst competing in the strenuous field of regatta competition. Therefore, although we had no success at all in the '' Head '' and the up-:r.iver regattas last season we feel our gradual increase in membership gives cause for confidence in the future. We regret to report the recent death of Mr. W. Wheldall at the age of 82 years. Known to us all as '' Wally '' he was the last of our founder members of 1882. We have lost a valuable member and we shall miss the benefit of his experience of the rowing world. · Through the winter months tideway practice is restricted to the week-ends, but every Thursday evening members are bene,fiting from the tuition being given by our coaches, and the use of the tank equipment at the Quintin R.C. The Club is seeking for new recruits and we trust that the men interested will pay us a visit any Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning to see the facilities available. Teas are served and there is a licensed bar attached to the Boathouse. All prospective members are assured of a warm welcome. CIVIL SERVICE BOATHOUSE, CHISWICK, W-4-


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MINISTRY OF PENSIONS (London Branch). Table Tennis.-Our three teams in the C.S. League have had some good matches, but have yet to register their first win. All teams are learning from their defeats, and a victory may be recorded yet. Contract Bridge.-A very select few meet every week, and here also the standard of play is improv­ ing. Newcomers are welcomed, and cut-throat Bridge is conspicuous by its absence. Darts.-A large entry was received for a darts tournament. Elimination is going on weekly. The stars are emerging and a good team may be the result. Pensions Parliament.-The Government is still in Office. The Opposition put up a strong case for '' The Abolition of Controls,'' appealing especially to the ladies. There were some good speeches on both sides, and eventually the Government " got the vote on the question-That while the reduc­ tion of controls was desirable, the time had not yet arrived when " abolition was advisable. This first effort speaks well for the future. More speakers will be welcomed, and everyone is encouraged to speak, and to " ask questions. New Year's Party.-A well attended New Year's party was held in The Luncheon Club, 20, Great Smith St., on January 7. The experienced M.C., Mr. B. C. Scott, kept the party very much alive with a programme of dancing and games, and I am assured a good time was enjoyed by all those present. Coming Events.-In addition to the weekly fixtures, monthly dances and whist drives have been arranged. Inter-Branch competitions of billiards, snooker, darts and table tennis will be held. C.S. Sports Council.-Members are encour­ aged to join in the activities provided by the Sports Council, and it is hoped that more of the staff will support the Council's efforts by joining up and paying the requisite 4s. to become members. The Board of Trade Sing in Trafalgar Square.----;­ Now that the Christmas festivities are but a memory, social life has resumed its normal routine. Some new clubs have been formed in London and they are progressing very healthily. There are ro social clubs in the Board's London offices, as distinct from clubs specialising in on� activity, and it is hoped that soon these clubs will be challenging each other at various games during club evenings. The Table Tennis Club is still going great guns, being second in its Division in the Central London League. It is hoping for promotion at the end of the season and if they keep up their present standard the hope should become an accomplished fact. 11

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If any member of the service was in Trafalgar Square at 5.30 p.m. on January 5 last they probably saw a number of people singing very lustily round the Xmas tree. The singers were members of the Board of Trade Choir, giving a recital of carols as a gesture of thanks to Norway for sending us the tree. The highlight of the recital was the last carol, a rendering of '' Silent Night in Norwegian. Not only did the recital attract the attention of the passers-by, it also attracted the B.B.C. and a recording of the event was broadcast on the European Service two days later. Efforts are being made to start a Philately Section, and an Operatic Group, and we are waiting to see if the gospel spreads. We are looking forward to the B.0.T. Social and Sports Association dance in March, because if the one held last year is anything to go by, it will be a first class affair. Mount Pleasant's Promising Swimmers.-The Angling Section have lost the services of their Secretary, F. G. Green, Esq., who has retired through ill health. The Club wish him a speedy recovery, and that he will appear at the fishing outings very shortly. Our Athletic Section. is being depleted in members through appointments to other offices, and new entrants are not respond­ ing to the Section's appeal for runners. The Bridge Section completed the first half of their programme in the L.B.H. Leag, ue and report 4 wins out of 5, which is satisfactory considering the Section try to give all members a game. Dramatic Section have a huge programme this year with plays, concerts and revues. They started with the cihildren's party on January r7, followed up with a concert at the Club's annual supper and presenta­ tion on February r4 and " Blithe Spirit " on February 2r. All these take place at the Club's own theatre at Mount Pleasant. Swimmers are continuing their training, and it is whispered that potential Olympic Games representatives ate among us. Table Tennis keeps hitting the lime­ light with some magnificent results. Heading the London Civil Service, L.P. (Inner Area) League and 3rd in the L.B.H. (Premier) League, whilst the ladies are 3rd in the London Civil Service 3b Lea,gue. W. Tamplin, C. Stratford and R. Rose have been selected for representative honours. It is unfortunate that we have lost valuable members of our great Orchestra, but the Secretary informs me that as small as it is at the moment, he is optimistic that it will again reach its previous strength. My latest information from the Foot­ ballers gives tiie Premier side winning their first game ! , and the '' A '' side in the final of the intermediate cup at Hendon. E. J. HAWKINS. S.B.D.'s Nigerian Runner (Hon. Secretary H. T. Barrett).-Mr. A. J. Norris reports that the 1 1


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name of the P.O.S.B. will be the first on the new ,, pope Memorial Trophy " presented to the 1vinners of the cross country team race organised �y the Mount Pleasant (G.P.O.) Sports and Social Club. The first competition was held on December 6 from the H.Q. of the Belgrave Harriers, Wimble­ don Common. Our representa,tives consisted of Messrs. T. A. R. Oki, J. B. Needham, S. L. A. Cook, D. O'Kane and A. J. Norris. The inclusion of O'Kane of the S.C.D. gave representation to both Divisions of the P.O.S.B. Notable features of the heavy going course were the frigid immersion

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The Photographic Society had another success in the " Our Town " Competition organised by the magazine " Photography," two further prints, " Corps de Ballet " by Mr. W. S. E. Walker and " Final Instructions " (a swimming club picture) by Mr. F. A. Lucas having been accepted for publication. The Society's four awards in the competition compare favourably with rival societies who have far greater scope in their interpretation of the competition motif, considers Miss. R. A. Thirtle, Hon. Secretary. Sports and social activity at Manchester, reports Jock Paul, is flourishing. The cricket section are looking forward to a bumper season. There are a few vacant dates for home and away fixtures on Sundays and the Hon. Secretary (Mr. S. E. Bennett, R.B.B.r6, 5th Floor (Phillips), 25, Church Street, Manchester 4) will be pleased to hear from medium strength clubs within a reason­ able distance of Manchester (about 50 miles). Harrogate Soccer XI played three Lewis Cup matches in 12 days-all against Manchester Postal. The first game was abandoned in heavy fog. The second saw 120 mins. of glorious cuptie soccer ending in a r-r draw which necessitated a second replay at Manchester. After another close game the Bank was knocked out by two goals to one. The 2nd XI, now in Harrogate League II, are making the grade with four points from four matches. The Strollers have won four of five games in the 3rd League and hold top position. At the Philatelic Society's A.G.M. held on January 2 all retiring officers were re-elected. Meetings are now held on the first Friday of each month. The next meeting will be held on February 6. Enquirtes to H. G. W. Ragg, D.B.B. L. J. E. TARR.

ROUND THE AREAS Snapshots at the " hanging'' S.B.D. Art Show.

of Beverley Brook followed by the toil up the long horse ride. Oki, a Nigerian, led the field and but for an understandable deviation involving an extra half mile would have gained individual honours. The cup presenta,tion by the Divisional Controller brought to a close an enjoyable afternoon. First two teams: P.O.S.B. 2, 8, 9, 13-32 C.T.O. 3, 5, 7, 20�35

BIRMINGHAM'S County Cricket Fixtures and County Hockey Player.-! am in receipt of a cheery note from Wareham (Rugby). Three games were cancelled owing to no ho.me ground being available. The game v. Tamworth provided a rare struggle and although weakened by injuries we were only. defeated by six points to three. Weightman was in great form at full back. The City Officials beat the Service by 22 points to nil, the Service being a man short. Sambrook was noticeable for good defensive work at centre three­ quarter. The club is hoping that the turn of the year will bring better tidings in the way of returned injured players. The Revenue Hockey Club�both sections:._is


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having a successful season. The men's team has played five and won all but one. They have defeated Kalamazoo, Birmingham University and the Birmingham Co-operative. The girls won all four games scoring 26 goals against 5, their victims including Y.W.C.A. and Bourneville. The mixed eleven beat Y.M.C.A. by ro goals to nil and lost to G.E.C. by I goal to nil. The men's team has benefited by the inclusion of E. Smith, the Worcester County player. The Bowling Club (South) recently held its annual meeting and supper and the function was successful. Chief officers are : -President, D. McFall; Captain, E. J. A. Davie::;; Secretary A. F. G. Tucker. The Warwickshire Cricket Club have granted the Service two matches, so please book these dates:­ Friday, June 4, at the county ground, and Wednesday, August 13, at Heil Green. R. S. HOLMES, CHATHAM'S Hectic Day.-Our jubilation at reaching the 3rd round of the Lewis Cup competi­ tion received a slight damper when it was known that we should have to journey to Manchester to meet Manchester Postals. Such a journey is a strain on the finances of, the Area and players, most of whom do not receive paid leave. In the circum­ stances we reluctantly decided to do the journey and return in one day which necessitated leaving Chatham at 6.30 a.m. and arriving home at 11.30 p.m. A hectic day, particularly if Manchester reserved its own particular brand of weather for us. It was with regret that the Area Council has received the resignation of our Hon. Treasurer, Mr. D. J. Boyes, who has business which takes up most of his spare time. Mr. Boyes took over the treasurership two years ago when Mr. A. Macdonald left the district. He has done valuable work both as treasurer and as a member of the Football Committee. We have also lost the services from the Area Council of Mr. J. Haigh, who has received an Admiralty appointment which will take him from the district for several months. Mr. Haigh has done valuable work on the Executive and Social Committees, and as a member of the Bowls Club. Indoor Games.-The competitions up to now have progressed· according to plan, the weather having been kind, which has enabled the local transport services to fulfil their ordinary schedule. The leaders of the various competitions at the end of December were : Section B. Section A. pts. pts. Billiards. Locals C.E.O. 9 9 E.S.S.C. 8 E.E.M. 8 Pattern Shop 7 Gun. shop ... 6

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Shove Ha'penny. Joiners Locals 8 7 Smithery C.E.O. 7 7 Coppersmiths 6 Factory 5 Painters 5 Table Tennis.-The leading positions are as follows, all clubs having played 5 matches:Pat. Office, IO points: Gillingham Electric, IO points. E.E.M., 8 points: Coppersmiths, 7 points. In the Medway Towns T.T. League we lead Y.M.C.A. on aggregate, each having lost only one match. The Police have rather surprisingly lost another game and now occupy third place. Social.-We had record gatherings for our Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve dances. In fact we were so crowded that we deemed it neces­ sary to stop the introduction of visitors. The Social Committee worked hard on decorating the club house which had a really fine · Christmas appearance. The children's ,party has been fixed for Saturday, January 24, and all appearances point to the usual success of this annual event. I finish on a note of regret that repeated appeals to clubs to assist in the sale of the Journal have had practically uo effect. Once again, Secretaries please place a sranding order. The Factory take 36 each month. Why cannot other clubs do · J. A. PAGE. likewise? SCARBOROUGH'S Xmas Party.-To all members of the Civil Service Greetings and Good Luck for the coming year. Xmas brought us half­ way in our outdoor and indoor sports, and taken all round the Club has completed the first half with some good perfor�ances. Football.-For our first season in the Scar­ borough and District Leagues we hold 5th position, having played 10, won 4, drawn z and lost 4 games. Here I pay tribute to Mr. Jack Webb, the team's Secretary, as he is continuously faced with the trouble of filling up spaces owing to the late duties of most of the team. However, we still see an XI in the field. Table Tennis.-For the first season in the local league this team has done well, sharing top position with Boys Club.


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Whist League.-Tearn third from the top. Darts League.-" A" team second from top, ,, B " team 10th out of 2f) teams. Snooker League.-Both teams doing well, but they seem to be troubled by their handicaps. perhaps " Tubby " can squeeze a little more from the league Secretary. Rifle League team just started and shows good promise of holding their own, but in all events, win, lose, or draw; the sportsmanship of all is a credit to the Civil Service. I see no reason why the steward will not be finding a place on the walls for a trophy or two.

or that he is unwilling to fulfil his obligations. The Sports Entertainment Committee excelled in providing for the needs of members who patronised the Club during the festive season. The entertainment provided gave satisfaction and decorative effects were carefully and taste­ fully arranged. The Christmas effort and prize distribution was efficiently carried- out. A word of praise to those who by sacrifice and effort produced a satisfactory result. Mention of Committee prompts the interesting point that the post of Secretary of each of the CommitteeS-Catering, Sports and Enter­ tainment, and Ground is held by Post Office

Children's Party at Scarborough.

Xmas Celebration.-Thanks to our steward, Mr. Hurdley, and. some good helpers, the Club was gaily decorated for Xmas arid some very nice com­ pliments were passed about the Xmas tree. The main event was the kiddies Xmas party. This was Mr. Frank Baker's day out. The party started at 2 o'clock and from then until 6 o'clock our Social Secretary was amongst the no kiddies in games, dancing, singing, escort to the cafe for tea, and the presentation of prizes. Sweets and fruit to all kiddies, 1 year to 14 years. Dressing as Santa Claus for two hours was hard work but, as Frank said afterwards, the look on the kiddies' faces when they secured their gifts from me was more than worth it. Thank you, Frank, you did a grand job. J. J. FITZPATRICK. SOUTHAMPTON want Representative Games-. Limitations of space and paper shortage make necessary a break in the continuity of these local notes. This is mentioned to remind readers that your criticised scribe is not '' sitting on the fence ''

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Telephones men. The Sports and Entertainment Committee is as fully aware of the needs of the members as any other Committee. The ambitious programme of billiard and snooker matches, dances, whist drives, motor coach outings and theatre parties is evidence of progress in the right way. There are many members who seldom sample the facilities provided by the Club. The Association welcomes increased patronage. The facilities provided are as ideal as space will permit and for those who desire a haven of rest and peace on specified evenings, the Club lounge fulfils the 1 requirements. There is need for increased membership, and now ithose who sign on the dotted line (4s. per annum is involved) will derive benefit, help the Association's work, and increase its revenue. There is reason to expect another successful season in outdoor sport. The C.S. Cricket Club's programme is ambitious. This Committee displays an imaginative spirit deserving of success.


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Members will be pleased to know that the · The high light will be the visit of the Hampshire County Cricket Club XI for the benefit of the steward and stewardess received about 70 cards at County funds and this sporting gesture on the part Christmas; some came from members, but the of our cricketing C.S. colleagues has been warmly majority came from old members, who used to be stationed in Swansea, and have now returned to appreciated at County headquarters. It may be possible to stage exh�bition games by their home headquarters. . Quite a crowd came first class tennis players-and a representative from our friends who were with the M.O.S. at The ga1:1e on our football or hockey pitches will not be Singleton Park, and have left the town. steward, stewardess and all members send these amiss. Two of our Clubs, 0.S.O. and Telephones, have friends our thanks for remembering us, and extend to them our best wishes for the future. held successful dances and Christmas parties. The dramatic section got away to a good start. The Telephones' party was splendidly carried · Mr. Eustace has worked hard, as the main instiga­ out and produced a large attendance. The personnel of the Council has changed in tor of this group, and his efforts are beginning to recent years and will continue to change. Good show their reward. The first play reading night, at which the play read was "Laburnum Grove," servants depart. Others step into vacant shoes. Ever conscious of its responsibility, the Associa­ had a good attendance. More budding actors and tion, through_ its Council, continues _to [i,·r. the actresses are needed, and we appeal to all closest attention to the needs and wishes .Ji-��1e interested to read the appropriate notices, or to contact Mr. Eustace. C. F. M. membership. The hockey section is enjoying a most successful SWANSEA'S Hockey Flourishes (Hon. Secre­ season. At present, 6 games have been won, one RALPH WILSON. tary: A E. Gilbey, Sports Club, Sketty, Swansea). drawn, and 5 lost.

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TWOPENCE Welsh International Lady who beat Miss Beregi at Bath this Year. See Swansea Notes Page 153

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pionship. In the track season following he won the Rants 3 miles track and IO miles road championships. Then in the 1940-41 season over the country he really came into his own. It was Tom Carter's all conquering season· in which he was beating all­ (Ordnance Survey, Southampton) comers with ease. But in the Southern Counties Reg. Gosney started his athletic career in 1930 Open 5 miles scratch event at Chingford he was In the match between the at the age of 20, when he was invited to compete beaten by Gosney. Southern Counties and the London District Units in the local Junior Imperial League 3 miles Cham­ tables were turned, but Gosney was a good the pionship. Wil:Ii. only two weeks training he won runner-up and had obviously come to stay. The the event comfortably and was selected to represent the Wessex area at the Crystal Palace, where he club and county titles also came his way again. The 1941 track season brought success in the finished fourth. Rants 3 miles and IO miles road races, and also in He was persuaded to join the Rants Athletic an open IO miles road race at Reading iri which he Club and, in his first track season in 1931, concen� trated on the 880 yards and mile but met with little beat Tommy Richards and G. W. Fox. The success. Seasons 1932-33 brought a few handicap following cross. country season brought another and scratcji. event successes as a reward for his spell of bad fortune, an accident in November perseverance in training, and in the latter season making a cartilage operation necessary and keeping him out of the running for the rest of the season. he was the Club l mile champion. But in 1942 he showed a quick return to form, In 1934 he won the Club 880 yards and 1 mile winning the Rants 1 and 3 miles track champion­ championships, but although times showed In the ships and running-up in the 880 yards. improvement he met with little success through coming up against stiffer opposition. The next two winter of that year, despite another strained years again found him winning the same two club tendon, he was second in the Southern Counties 5 championships, but there was nothing to suggest an miles and once more winner of the county event. The next year he confined himself to easy train­ entry into first class competition. In the 1936-37 cross country season Gosney ing on the track, but nevertheless won the Rants Joined Eastleigh A.C. and in his first Hampshire IO miles road race and was runner-up in the 1 and County Championship he was placed seventh. In 3 miles on the track. The 1943-44 season over the the following track season he won the Eastleigh country showed that Gosney was reaching .the top one mile championship and was runner-up in tlie flight. He was unbeaten throughout the sea�on, winning four Southern Counties Open Scratch county event. Then, just when he showed signs of getting up events from 5 to 7½ miles, besides Club and County with the best by finishing third in the South of the titles. Success in the 1944 6 and IO miles county events Thames Junior Championship in the winter of 1937-38, came bad luck. A week after the race at in the summer was followed by a mixture of good Dartford, which he helped his club to win, he and bad luck over the country. Starting well by twisted his ankle so badly that he was unable to do winning two of the Southern Counties promotions, any running for two months. In his eagerness to he lost the sole of one of his spikes when leading get back to form again he strained an Achilles ih a smilar event at Ruislip and was beaten into tendon. Even worse was to follow, as, when third place. An accident in a London underground getting fit for the track season, he met with an station meant a badly sprained ankle and no accident and broke a big toe, which meant alto­ further running for six weeks. But on' his return he was fifth in the Southern 7 miles at Wimbledon gether a full twelve months out of competition. Although missing the early part of the next cross and, when representing the Southern Counties in -country season, he was chosen to run for Rants in the Inter-District race at West Bromwich he the Inter-Counties race at Harpenden, finishing finished second to R. V. Hughes. In the Thames Valley Harriers' Road Relay at fortieth, and third for the county. In the South of the Thames race he was thirteenth. The 1939 track Cranford, he set up a new lap record of 23 mins. season did not bring much success, but in trying 57 sees., a record which still stands. The county the three miles for the first time he was meeting 6 miles event again came his way, but, sustaining another slight strain, he eased his training for the with fairly stiff opposition. In the first winter season of the war Reg really remainder of the season. came to the fore with a third in the Southern 1945 brought further improvement in the first ·Counties Open Scratch event at Wimbledon and post-war championship season. Winning the fourth in t�e handicap. He also won the county Southern 5 miles race, club and county titles, and war-time championship race and his club cham- then the South of the Thames Championship at

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Dartford, he was unable to compete in the Southern sideration of the " broken .time " question. He Championship owing to his club's inability to send points out that, had he not been in a position to a team. Individuals were not eligible to compete afford the long journeys .and loss of time involved, he could never have achieved · the success he has, . . that year. . But in the Nat10nal Gosney came mto his own. and he does not think it right that others less Sharing the lead with Holden _and Reid for most �f fortunate should have to suffer accordingiy. the race, he finished a good third, and followed this (The writer is indebted to Athletics for much of up with seventh in the International,- being second the foregoing information.) of the British athletes to finish. The 1945 track season saw him winning the ro miles county event, A RUGBY CUP MATCH. but another strain followed and. he was out of On January 20 the Savings Bank met P.O.· things for five months. He started the 1946-47 cross country season well, Engineers in the 1st round of the C.S. Cup and with club and county successes, followed by victory the game was played under the worst possible con-· in the Inter-Counties race at Nottingham after a ditions of rain and mud which hampered our fast . great race with Draper an? Hic�s. This might backs and light forwards more than it did . our easily have been Gosney s nat10nal year, but . opponents, who possessed a pack of forwards of another muscle strain kept him out of the Southern the steam-roller variety. The game was fought Championship at Ascot and left him with only a from end to end of the field. We didn't gain pos­ fortnight before the National Championshi_p .to session from a single scrum, but our forwards made regain his form, but he ran well enough to fimsh up for this deficiency by the loose rushes they tenth of 228 runners and so ensured selection for · made with fire and enthusiasm. The backs had the England team for the International Race in few opportunities to attack, although on one which teams from six countries took part and in occasion a determined effort by Eastcott, the skipper, just failed at ,the corner flag. In their which he finished 15th. Between the National and International races defensive kicking. and tackling •they could not be Gosney ran in the Civil Service Championships faulted. Gibbon, Lang, Manson and Webster although suffering from '' flu '' and did well to were outstanding amongst a pack of forwards who finish third. were always trying. The 1947 summer season saw Gosney winning, In the dying moments of the game a fine passing in addition to his many minor successes, the Hamp­ movement by the Engineers' backs resulted in shire ro miles road and 3 miles track champion­ their left wing scraping one at the comer flag. ships, and· his good performances generally -have Immedia.tely the kick was taken, Mr. Christy, who earned him a place in the selected '' possibles '' for so ably handled the game, blew no-side, leaving the British Olympic Games teams. the Engineers in the Cup by 3 pts. to nil. The Bank's urgent need is for good heavyweight He has started this cross country season by forwards who could get the ball, and give our winning the Hampshire and Civil Service titles. It is certain that no athlete in the country is more backs opportunities. Our reflections on the game deserving of success. During the war-time years, are ,that we could have won it if we had obtained when most championships were suspended, he had ·the ball just a few times from the scrums, for every little opportunity to show his real worth and it says time the ball came into the possession of our much for his perseverance that, despite recurring three-quarters from the loose, they looked strains, he has steadily improved until, in his dangerous. Good luck to the Engineers, and we thirty-eighth year, he is one of .the best distance wish them success in future rounds. runners in the country. BRYN C. SMITH. Gosney' s career should be a source of inspiration Rosyth Rugby.-Thrusting the rather grim first to young athletes and novices, who would do well to study his.slow but steady improvement through­ half of the season behind us with only 3 wins, we out the years. For many years a mediocre per-· look forward to a better and successful second half. former, with nothing to show the dormant ability If we had had a little luck, the results might easily to come out later, it has taken him fifteen or sixteen have been reversed, but nearly every game has years to reach the top. His eventual success is been clean and hard fought. I regret to announce the departure of our proof of what can be done by perseverance and enthusiasm. secretary, E. R. Snaith to a C.S. appointment A quiet and modest athlete, Reg Gosney is a over the border. The club will lose a valuable popular member of a small dub which is rather off player and a good club man. We wish him every the beaten track and finds difficulty in getting any success and hop,e that he will continue to play .the real competition without travelling long distances. " old game " after settling down in his new job." 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several players who will soon be aspiring for 1st XV vacancies. H. Gnffiths, our vice-captain, sustained a tom shoulder in the match against Duntermline " A," but he hopes to resume playing on his return from · N. Ireland. Here are the results of matches:Home Home Home A,1/ay Home Home Home Home Home Away Away Away Home

v. R.N.A.S. Donibristle v. Perthshire Academicals "A" v. H.M.S. "Caledonia" v. Howe of Fife v. Musselburgh 2nd v. Panmure v. Dental Hospital v. Boroughmuir 2nd XV v. R.N.A.S. Arbroath v. Alloa v. B.T.E. Crail v. Dunfermline "A" v. Madras College F.P's.

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The R.A.E. (Famboro', Hants.)'Rugger Club are using the sports ground for the first time this season and have played 13 games of which 9 have been won and 4 lost, the points scored being 228 for and rro against. The matches lost have been against good sides, Wasps " A " XV, King's College, Petersfield and Windsor. Notable wins have been against N.P.L., Beckenham, Osterley, and the Imperial College. In view 0£ the varying composition of the side these results are very pleasing, as, so far, 40 players have turned out to raise the XV. This fact does, however, indicate an increased interest in the game over the previous season. This year the club entered a team in 1:he Civil Service Rugger Cup. Ru�by Representative match, C.S. v. R.N .­ The first Representative Rugby match since the war was played against the Royal Navy at Ports­ mouth on January 14 in almost ideal conditions. The weather was warm and sunny and, except for a sli�htly slippery surface, 1:he ground was excellent.

ROYAL NAVY.-S/Lt. F. N. Fenner (U.S. Ports­ mouth), 0. A. Sharman (Nore). Lt. C. G. Bellamy (R.M. Deal). Lt. A. R. Aldous (Nore), Surg.-Lt. W. D. McLennan (Rosyth and Scotland), Sur�.-Lt. T. C. Barras (U.S. Portsmouth), Lt. R. G. Meadows (U.S. Portsmouth), Con. S/Lt. W. G. Harrison (Devonport), P.O. C. R. Ransome (U.S. Portsmouth), C.P.O. Tel. R. C. Stovi>:ll (Devonport) (capt.), Ins.-Lt. A. Meredith (Devonport), Lt. G. R. d'A. Hosking (U.S. Portsmouth), Tel. Murphy O'Connor (U.S. Portsmouth), Rad. Mech. W. B<tker (Nore), S/Lt. P. C. Peckham (U.S. Ports­ mouth). CIVIL SERVICE.-G. A. Turner (Saracens and Midd1esex). E. G. McKeown (London Scottish), A. H. Norton (Skipton and Yorks), J. D. Evans (Newport), A. Munday (Plymouth Albion). N. Wyndham-Smith · (O.M.T's. ancl Surrey), M. J. Davies (Blackheath), V. G. Roberts (Penryn and England), P. B. C. Moore (Blackheath and Oxfordshire), R. T. Davies (New

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Brighton and Cheshire), L. Davies (Exeter and Devon). J. 1\1. Hunter (London Scottish and Scotland) (capt.), D. Richards (Catford Bridge). F. White (Plymouth Albion), S. A. Evans (Birkenhead Park and Cheshire). Referee: Comdr. W. G. Parry, R.N.

Navy Combine Well. Navy pressure at the start indicated that their team had played together before, but the Service soon settled down and launched attacks which culminated in M. J. Davies at fly-half cutting through to score a good try which Richards con­ verted. The Navy relieved stray pressure by good touch-kicking, and drew level at 5 all against .the run of the play wheri, following an intercepted Service pass, Baker scored and Murphy O'Connor added the goal points. Pressing fiercely, Navy heeled from a loose scrum and Aldous cut through for a second try, again converted by Murphy O'Connor. Service forwards were now working well together in both tight and loose play, and from a clean heel Wyndham-Smith sent M. J. Davies away again. The fly-half cut .through beautifully and, when challenged, found Evans up to take a pass and score, the kick failing. Half­ time ro-8 in the Navy's favour and anybody's game. Service Pack on Top. From the kick-off Turner sent a raking kick over to the open side which Munday chased but could not quite reach. The Service pack was doing magnificently and the ball came out our side consistently from the tight scrums. So much was this the case that the Navy backs abandoned attack for a policy of lying well up to break up Service passing movements. These tactics suc­ ceeded in their purpose, for none of the Service backs had time to find a gap in the sailors' defence before being heartily grassed. Centres and wings tried the cut-through varied with the kick-ahead without avail, though it seemed certain that the defence must crack in the end. Scot's Brilliant Try. Then came tragedy. McLennan, Navy right­ wing and Scottish international beat McKeown, ran 60 yards, evading the Service full-back, and scored a fine try which was not converted. This movement should have been stopped " before it had started,'' and it was disturbing to find that the Service had no one to catch this flying wing in more than half the length of the field. Soon after·, the Navy pack brought off a fine concerted , dribbling rush from which Harrison scored for O'Connor to convert. The whistle went with the score: Navy 18 points, Service 8 points. 17 Penalty Kicks. In spite of the score, the Navy were the first to admit tp.at they were quite a bit lucky to win the


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rnatch. Service had nearly three-quarters of the play and only sterling defence kept them out. Munday was hardly. given justice when, punting short over the Navy wing's head into the in-goal In the area, he was tackled without the ball. writer's opinion a penalty try was clearly indicated, but only a penalty kick near the touch­ li ne was given. Again in the second-half Roberts was clear away with an intercepted pass but was The Navy benefited brought back for offside. from 17 penalty kicks and Service only received the isolated kick described above, which again to my mind just doesn't make sense. Service Team Formidable. In spite of these growls, arising no doubt from disappointment, it was a grand game, played hard but in the best spirit. Both teams threw the ball about, and delighted the spectators by so doing. This was probably the strongest team the Service has fielded for many years, and there is a good prospect for the future if the standard can be maintained. Little more can be expected from the forwards who all played magnificently, but more penetration by centres and wings and a tightening up in defence under pressure will make the side truly fom1idable.

Cycling for the Beginner-No. I By DICK SWANN .

The first thing the tyro, should ask himself is, " What phase of cycling am I really interested in?'' and direct his energy completely into learning all about that phase. There are general rules which hold true, whether your goal be a track title, a road championship, or contentment as a tourist. In the case of a rider who has some cycling experience as a novice, and has reached about 20-odd years of age, it will be understood that his few years of trial and error will have already enabled him to discover some of these general rules. Let us work on the assumption that you have just seen a race, examined the possibilities, and fancy " having a go " yourself at cycling as a sport. Firstly, are you sure your body is physi­ cally and mentally sui.ted to cycling? The physical " musts " are few: -Heart, lungs: perfection. Physique: immaterial. The latter may seem a sweeping statement, but it is a fact that in cycling, physical strength means less than in any other . sport. One has only .to recall such riders as Jack Salt, Frank Burrows, Syd Ferris, Freddy Frost, and others, to see that such physical disabilities as rupture, varicose veins, loss of an eye, withered leg, cannot prevent a man from breaking records and reaching championship class. Such phenomenal " distance men " as Walter Greav�s

and H. Brown, both one-armed riders, are house­ hold names in cycling. I have heard it said by many a '' big fellow '' round the tracks, that the " little man " has an unfair advantage, in that he has less wind resistance, less bike to " push," and that, while the big man may have nearly twice as much flesh to carry around, he still has only the same number of lungs and heart, as the little fellow! · (Next month: The mental attitude.)

Civil Service Sports Council Limited ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING In accordance with the Rules, Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Civil Service Sports Council, Limited, will be held in Room 61, First Floor, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S.W.1, on Wednesday, March 31st, 1948, at 6 p.m. All members of the Society are eijgible to attend this meeting, and it is hoped that all those able will do so. AGENDA l. Minutes. 2. Report of Council. 3. Balance Sheet and Auditor's Report. 4. Election of Auditor. ;:,. Election of Officers and 15 Members of the Council. 6. To Determine the Number of Representatives to be Nominated as Members of the Council by Bodies Entitled to Nominate such Members. 7. To Consider and, if Approved, Pass any Pro­ posed Alterations of Rules. J. H. Middleton, Secretary. The Annual General Meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the COUNCIL which will commence at 5.30 p.m. and will be held in the same room as the Annu::i.l lVketing. AGENDA 1. Minutes of Previous Meeting. 2. Report of Council, Accounts and Balance Sheet \ for 1947. 3. Other Business. J. H. Middleton, Secretary. Will members of the COUNCIL kindly note the time and date of this meeting.

SECRETARIES' . ADDRESSES (January Journal pages 108 and 109). Aniendments.-Under Cricket, amend tel. no. of R . Woodley to Whitehall 5140, Ext. 231. Under Post Office, amend Stores Department (London Factories) to Post Office Factories Athletic Association. Under London Telecommunications Region deletet against L.T.R. (F'ortels) and L.T.R. (Centels) and the corres­ ponding note regarding affiliation. Under Swansea, alter A. E. Gilbey to R. Wilson. Under Welsh and Border Counties alter name to T. ·webster.


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ROVING REPORTER. J. M. RICHARDS, Postmaster, S.E. District, was good enough to show me over the Social Club in the SOUTH EASTERN DISTRICT POST OFFICE. I was struck by the use they make of the flat roof of the building. A singles tennis court has been marked out, and there is a good cricket practice net, with an old conveyor belt in place of the usual matting. We went and looked at the SANDERSTEAD ground, which we hope will belong to the Council by the time these notes appear in print. The land is in good heart and the grass can soon be brought into playable condition. There is a large aeroplane hangar with a good concrete floor and ample head room. It will be some time before the Council can develop the land or adapt the building, but it should serve as a pleasant ground for departmental sports days in the coming season.

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The AMATF,:UR. ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION has issued in booklet form the section of its hand­ book which deals with the organisation of sports meetings. The booklet is published at rs., and is worth more than that to any secretary who has to organise sports, and who wants to do the job properly. The A.A.A. Handbook costs 5s., the separate booklet Is., and I urge you all to buy the rs. booklet. Don't wait until your sports day is planned; get a copy now; the information in it is useful in many directions. I will send copies to any who care to send ,rs.

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E. H. L. CLYNES, Secretary of the A.A.A., on top of all his other sports jobs, tells me the Association is in urgent need of funds, and is appealing to former athletes to become Honorary Members at a minimum annual subscription of £1 rs. od. C.S. athletes might like to help in this way. Clynes' address is Crown Chambers, n8, Chancery Lane, W.C.2. I went to CARDIFF to talk at a meeting called to consider ways and means of reviving the Cardiff Association. The Cardiff ground was taken by the military at the beginning of the war, and now is covered with huts and temporary buildings. As soon as the troops moved out, squatters moved in, and from talks I have had with the Welsh Board of Health, who have accepted responsibility for the squatters, there is little chance of the ground coming back to us for some years. The meeting was attended by representatives of most depart­ ments and as a result of the discussion, I am hope­ ful that activities will be revived. The search for a ground is top priority.

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evening, and they kindly asked me to go along. During the evening, which was a- most friendly affair, presentations were made to winners of trophies and a Life Membership medal was pre­ sented to HARRY MARSH for his sterling services to the game in Wales. A President's medal was handed to JENKINS, the new President. I was happy to meet our Welsh bowlers, and to talk to C. WILLIAMS, Vice-President of the Glamorgan Bowling Association, on bowling green construc­ tion. We agreed that a concrete edge to the ditch is bad for the woods, whatever bowling green contractors may say.

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The new C.S. Operatic Society got off to a good start. The C.S. Commission generously provided a room for rehearsals (Iolanthe is the next produc­ tion). E. M. HUNTER, of the Ministry of Works, produced a piano, had it moved to Burlington Gardens at short notice, and Sir John Anderson accepted Presidency of the Society. All this in the space of a few weeks is progress indeed. I look forward with pleasurable anticipation to the first show. Miss Taylor says there is room for more singers and instrumentalists. The Finance Committee has been so over­ burdened with work that monthly meetings, although running on for three hours, have been insufficient to cope with the agenda. It has been ,decided to hold Council Meetings at two-monthly intervals, and to use the vacant dates thus created for additional meetings of the Finance Committee. * * * * Sir Harold Parker, Chairman of the Finance Committee, has moved up from the Ministry of Pensions to the Ministry of Defence, where he is Permanent Secretary. I am sure his many friends in the Sports Council will congratulate him and wish him well in his new post. He has for many years guided the meetings of the Finance Com­ mittee with patience and good humour, and his assistance in other spheres of the Council's work . has been invaluable. As one who has depended a deal on his guidance, I hope he will be able to continue in full measure the help he has generously given in the past.

THE SOCIAL SIDE Important Drama Develop ments.

Art.-Lighter days will bring renewed activity among painters, who can only practise their medium effectively under natural lighting condi­ tions. I have known artists in the C.S. who have voiunteered for permanent night duty in order to benefit by daylight leisure hours all the year round, but most of us have neither the opportunity nor


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the inclination ( or should I say " keenness " ? ) for this reversal of orthodox behaviour. For most amateur artists, winter is the time of planning, and as the spring days bring fresh colour to the bare branches, so they will set out with their paint boxes to try to capture some fresh message from the ever-changing face of Nature. The Board of Trade Arts and Crafts Club are holding occasional informal talks by members on their own specialities. The first two 0£ these, just ,, and held, have been on " Theatre Design , " Designs for Stained Glass Windows., Music.-A representative gathering of members of the staffs of the Post Office departments in London was held at G.P.O.H.Q. in January, to consider forming a P.O. Musical Society to co­ ordinate the activities of music societies, orchestras and gramophone clubs. Suggestions put forward were to set up a central library of gramophone records to provide amplifying equipment; to build up an orchestra .to run its own concerts; to create an index 0£ instrumentalists to assist local orchestras to find substitutes at short notice; to encourage the performance of choral and operatic work and to act as a liaison between ,the Post Office and outside music bodies, for the distribution of tickets for concerts at reduced prices. A committee was set up to function in respect of current musical activities of interest and value to the London staffs, and to examine the proposed functions, financial arrangements, basis of membership, and the. relationship 0£ the proposed Society to existing musical bodies in P.O. branches and other Govern­ ment departments. Drama.-The Sodety of C.S. Authors invites. C.S. dramatic societies to take part in a Drama Festival of full len_gth plays by C.S. authors, to be held at some convenient London theatre, possibly in the spring of I949· In the event of such a Festival being held, Lord Vansittart, President of the Society 0£ C.S. Authors, has promised to present a· trophy, to be awarded to the Society presenting the best production in the opinion of an independent _adjudicator. On each night, a C.S. Dramatic Society will present a full length play by a C.S. playwright. This need not be a new play-it can have been produced before. The term " C.S. author ,, will be taken as meaning any author who would qualify for . membership of the Society o� C.S. Authors. Membership is open to all servmg or former Civil Servants interested in writing. .. Plays must be submitted by September 30, I948, to a Play�Reading · Committee appointed by th� Society of C.S. Authors, whose decisions will be final. Plays approved will be, circulated among the Dramatic Societies participating in the contest. Plays must be submitted by playwrights under

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pseudonyms :to ensure impartiality when they are being read. Should more than one society eventually choose the same play, the societies concerned will be free to give their own productions of that play at the Festival. For speed, plays will be read on receipt and circulated immediately on approval by the panel of readers. An entrance fee of three guineas will be paid by each Dramatic Society .taking part in the Festival. The Festival is to be managed by a Committee consisting of one member from each dramatic society, the Society of C.S. Authors and any other body interested, under the chairmanship of Mr. James Laver (Vice-President of the Society of C.S. Authors) and the vice-chairmanship of Mr. Neilson Gattey, the Hon. Festival Organiser (Chairman of the Drama Commit-tee of the Society of C.S. Authors). by the Central Com­ The theatre will be chosen , mittee. The " Scala,, " Rudolph Steiner ." and, " Cripplegate " are suggested. The .order of presentation by the various societies will be de­ cided by ballot. Each society will be financially . responsible for i·ts own production and for the rent of the theatre for the da.te of its production. As ,the more important theatres are booked up months ahead, speed is essential. Dramatic societies interested are requested to forward the names of their representatives ( one for each society) to Mr. Neilson Gattey at 78, North Side, S.W.4, so that the first meeting of the cehtral committee can be held at an early date. - Some dramatic societies in the C.S. have com­ bined to form The C.S. Theatre· Guild, for the study and presentation of drama in London. This group is drawn from the combined departments of the C.S., and aims at presenting a programme of plays of special interest-plays of significance in the history 0£ the drama as well as the recognised classics and modern experimental works. The activities of the group will not be confined to the presentation of plays, but expanded to include other aspects of the study of drama according to the wishes of members. A provisional committee has been set up and a general meeting to adopt a constitution was arranged to follow the first production. Play readings for " The Millionairess " by G. B. Shaw, " Agamemnon" by Aeschylus and " Right You Are" by Pirandello, have been held. Meet­ ings are on Tuesday evenings, and anyone interested in the activities of the Guild is invited to get into touch with the Secretary, Miss Octavia Smith, Ministry of Food, 47, Portman Square, W.I. The first production of the C.S. Theatre Guild �vas '' Music at Ni[sht" by J.B. Priestley, at the Tavistock LHtle Theatre on January 30 and 3I. This play depicts the reactions on each member of


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the cast ·of a piece of music-three movements of a concerto. There is very little movement in the play, which depends largely on diction, gesticula­ tion, disposal of characters on the stage, and lighting effects. It is a series of individual per­ formances, which allows one to concentrate on each actor in tum; it also makes one more critical of individual performances. A heavy responsi­ bility falls on the producer, to weld such a play together. In this instance, 1:he producer, William Kendall, disposed his characters well, and the fading out of the major part of the stage to con­ centrate on each character in tum was effectively handled, as also was the judicious introduction and

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from the Air Ministry, B.B.C., Ministry of Educa­ tion, Ministry of Food, Inland Revenue, Ministry of Supply, Board of Trade and the Wheat Commission. The Ministry of Supply Dramatic Club presented "And So To Bed," a comedy based on the lif� of the great diarist, Pepys, by J. B. Fagan. The part of the diarist was taken by Allan Bloom­ field, who had a very heavy role. His actions and deportments were in keeping wi.th the part, but his voice was not as clear as we could have wished at times. Mrs. Pepys was played by Edna Suggett who forced our sympathy. She showed us that it is possible to express with the eyes almost as much as with the voice. Although 1:he play seemed a little slow at first, it warmed up later, and the final act was full of vigour. Other main parts were taken by Olive Wyeth, Hilda Peers, Elsie Boxall, Verona Morris, Robert Fish, Reginald Ridge and E. Arthur Freeman. The period costumes helped to make this an enjoyable produc­ tion. The Customs and Excise Dra­ matic Society presented '' Arms and the Man," by G. B. Shaw, at the Cripplegate Theatre on Feb­ ruary 5 and 6. This was another costume play and in this case the excellent stage scenery was an asset rarely found at amateur pro­ ductions now. Peggy Weeks as Raina gave us. a masterly render­ ing of the young girl. She was ably supported by Edna M. Smith as her mother and Betty Rose, Ministry of Supply Dramatic Society in " And So to Bed," who threw herself whole-heartedly at the Twentieth Century Theatre on January 27 and 28. into the strong-minded and independent maid. James Jack­ fading of 1:he music, and the impressive grand man as the dashing hero, and Robert Stangroom as finale. It was a pity that the stage lighting seemed the middle-aged manservant, were well suited to to miss the extreme front, and rather disconcerting the parts, while Frank Manning as the father drew The part of Captain Bluntschli, to find an actor suddenly plunged into darkness several laughs. when stepping forward to where one expects to played by Robert Coote, was the least convincing, find the limelight. The noisy switching of lights but this is such a negative type of character to play was also distracting. Denis McCartie and Catherine a major role that it must have ,been very difficult to McCartie as the composer and his wife were a portray. The play �as throughout obviously charming and natural couple, who won our guided by expert production, for which we have to admiration. Their voices came over with complete thank Lyle Sutton. ease. The difficult part of the elderly statesman The Ministry of Labour (London Social Club) was capably handled by the producer, while " Pall Mall Players " put on three one-act plays Ka,thleen Mack showed us that she has the makings on February 25, 26 and 27-" Elizabeth Refuses," of a great tragedienne. The diction of Owen "House With Twisty Windows" and " Pyjamas." Aldous in the part of Philip Chilham would have These one-act plays are excellent training ground been clearer if he had " let himself go " more. for newcomers to amateur dramatics, as they offer Other leading parts were taken by Lee Speed, numerous and varied small parts. Ernest Ryde, Octavia Smith and Ralph Ellis. E. M. TILLMAN. Those concerned in this production. were drawn


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ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES Golfers Want the Ladies.-A good attendance was recorded at the A.G.M. last month and pleasure was expressed that Sir William Douglas, I{.C.B., K.B.E., had consented to become presi­ dent. Sir William, who has taken part in many of the competitions of the Society, said he was glad the Society had become active after being dormant during the war, and hoped that r948 would see ,the beginning of a long and successful period of un­ broken golfing activity. The draw for the Lloyd George inter-society Challenge Cup was made. This cup is for annual competition on a knock-out basis between Societies in the London area only. Represented by teams of three, the members play individual match play games under handicap. The Ministry' of Works team won last year. · The list of low handicap players from which to select a first-class team to play the fighting services, is growing. Three matches will be played this year, one each in May, June and July. Any player selected who is a member of the C.S. Sports Council will be able to claim expenses. Special leave can also be obtained. I shall be glad to hear from any golfer with a handicap of four or below who wishes to be considered for representative golf, and I shall also be happy ,to furnish any informa­ tion regarding membership of the Sports Council. I have not yet been able to arrange a meeting in connection with the resuscitation of ladies' golf, but, as enquiries keep coming my way, I am hope­ ful that sufficient ladies will eventually be avail­ able to form a working committee, and once again put the C.S. Ladies' Golfing Society on a basis equal to that which existed pre-war. Any enquiries about golf will be gladly answered by Eric Walton, 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middx. Phone HOUnslow 2842.

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the Men's Section, five champions retained their titles, R. Reeves (Brighton) roo yards Free Style, D.R. Wilkinson_ (Min. of Labour, York) roo yards Free Style, Jun10r, T. W. S. Rushden (Birming­ ham) !0o yards Back Stroke, S. R. Pryor (K.E.B.) Plungmg and L. G. Marchant (L.T.R.) Plain Div­ ing. New champions are: D. R. Wilkinson (York) 220 yards Free Style, H. G. Jones (Cus­ tom�) 440 yards Free Style, H. F. Crow (L.T.R.) I mile Free Style, L. R. Pool (Min. of Supply) roo yards Breast Stroke, and Springboard Diving was won by G '. Ward (S.C.D.). Following the trophy presentation, the Chair­ man, H. Harper, Esq., performed a very pleasant task on behalf of the Women's Section-that of mak_ing a presentation to Miss Ockenden (Naiad). D�i�� nearly 20 years of service to C.S. swimming achvi�ies, Miss Ockenden has so much gained the affection and esteem of the Women's Section, that, upon her return to London after seven years at Morecambe, they wished to mark the occasion. Miss Ockenden's deep appreciation was shown, as she, with good humour, thanked her colleagues. The Annual Council Meeting which then fol­ lowed, opened with a warm welcome from the Chair to the representatives who had attended from the Provinces. The retiring Hon. Secretary, T. Dwyer, A. J. Power and A. C. D. Blanchard were elected to Life Vice-Presidency, and eleven swimmers, who have represented the C.S. for a considerable num­ ber of years, were made Life Members. 1:he new Hon. Secretary, H. G. Jones, and his Assistant Sec., L. T. Longdon (who is also Water­ Polo Hon. Sec.) are both of Customs and Excise, Sec.'s Office, City Gate House, E.C.

" News Potpourri."-Frank Hart (Cardiff) is working to stage a C.S. v. Welsh Basic Team gala at Cardiff in October. C.S. v. R.A.F. looks like · being a " big event " for Birmingham this year. Presentation to C.S. Swimming Champions.­ Miss G. Heslop (Savings Bank) is marrying J. The Ministry of Supply Council Chamber was Blissett, Esq., but will remain; as yet, in the filled to capacity for the Presentation of Trophies " Service." Miss Milliken (Savings Bank), former to the C.S. Swiming Champions of r947. The C.S. Diving Champion, retires from the " Ser­ presentations were made in a cheery manner by vice '' on January r9th-and looks like becoming the Association's President, Sir Archibald Row­ a " Land Girl." lands, K.C.B., M.B.E., who, despite his remarks W.E. C. of not being photogenic, gave an impression of being capable of impish enjoyment. This, from C.S.I.S.A's Ol y mpic ,Possible.-The Junior a Permanent Under Secretary who also takes a Figure Skating competitions for the Herbert Ryle keen interest in sport, augurs well for the growing (Ladies) and the Lester Warwick Cups were held Civil Service. at the Arosa Rink, Richmond, and the winners In the Women's Section, Mrs. B. Hinckley were Miss J. Waters and Mr. S. H. Smith. (P.0. Stores) received trophies as roo yards Free After nine years without a Carnival, the Asso­ Style and Diving Champion, Miss 0. Sutton (Min. ciation is holding a Gala at the Arosa Rink, Rich­ of Food) roo yards Breast Stroke, Miss B. Skil­ lern (Foreign Office) roo yards Back Stroke and mond, on March 6. There will ,be exhibitions by Continued on page r46 col. 2. Miss M. Ricketts (Naiad) as Style Champion. In


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Continued from page 145. well known skaters as well as by our own mem­ bers. Roy Welham, a member of the C.S.I.S.A., and of the Aldwych Speed Skating Club, is one of the selected team of eight chosen .to take part in the preliminary trials in Norway to select five speed skaters to represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games. Roy Welham won the quarter mile cham­ pionship of Great Britain last year.

Riflemen May Obtain Own Range.-1947 was difficult for the Rifle Committee, as so many of the " old hands " retired during the war and little was known of new '' shots '' and those demobil­ ised. A deal of information was accumulated re­ garding the potential strength for 1948, and the General Editor: C. D. HOW ARD. Committee look forward with confidence to repre­ Assistant Editors: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art and Drama; Mr. R. T. Tudor,' Rugby. sentative matches against the fighting services being arranged for May and June. It is I?oss�ble Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum. a Civil Service Rifle Club will be formed m time for the Eisley Meeting, and that should ensure a fine " get together " at _the meeting. E. L. Cor­ Rowing at Chiswick less, Esq., of the Ministry of Labour, presented a March; the Herald of Spring, also heralds the new Challenge Trophy for competition. Details start of the rowing year. In March is held that for this have now been decided: -(1) The initial great rowing spectacle, the Head of the River stages will be shot on home ranges; (2) 200, 300 Race, when more than a hundred crews compete and 500 yards, best 5 of g to count; (3) The lead­ for the fastest time over the 4¼ mile course between ing 12 competitors will shoot in the final stage. Mortlake and Putney. The race attracts entries The venue and the conditions for this stage will be from crews throughout Great Britain and, like announced later. Full details of the competition almost every other Club whether they row on the will be issued to all Club Secretaries in due course. Thames or on other " waters fresh," the three On the Small-bore side there has been much crews of the Cygnet R.C. are now in the final stages activity. The various League Competitions for of training for this great race in a keen endeavour (1) Vincent Smethurst Shield, (2) Vickers Bowl to improve on their times and placings of last year. and (3) Bell Memorial Trophy, are going well and The competition grows keener, and if the C.S.. there are indications that the destinations of these Boathouse is to improve on the standard set in trophies for the following twelve months will not previous years, it must have a continuous flow of be known until the final matches. Riflemen will new recruits who may be trained to take their be interested to learn that the date of the Cham­ places in the crews of the future. pionship meeting has been fixed for June _rg, so March is only the beginning. From then until book that date. It is proposed, at the ineetmg, to July the regatta season flourishes. Almost every shoot off one of the Small�bore representative week gives opportunity for competition in .races on matches. all stretches of the Thames from Putney up to . An item of news of particular interest to the Henley. Then, in August, there is the C.S. Ladies. They will know that they are to have their Regatta at Chis,wick followed by the Club rowing -own representative matches. Two have been and, throughout the winter, traini,hg and building arranged, one in March against the W.A.A.F , and up for the spring again. one against the W.R.N.S., in May. A third match A. G. MILLER. against the A.T.S. is in course of negotiation. Judging by the scores at the recent trial match, STOP PRESS. Lewis Cup.-Results': Manchester 0, Chatham 2; · Buckingham 1, R.A.E. Farnborough O; our Ladies will give a good account of themselves. �North West Postal 1, Plymouth 3; Post Office Tele­ London and Home Counties riflemen will be in­ communications 7, Centels 0. terested to learn there is every possibility of the * At Manchester, February 14, the 'first match resulted in a draw 1-t', after extra time. Service acquiring a range at Watford. On the Draw for the Semi-Final Round: Buckingham v. P.O. development plans for the Sports Ground, an effort Telecommunications, . on . .March 3, kjck-off 3.30 p.m. is being made to provide a range that will allow Plymouth v. Chatham, on March 17, kick-off· 5 p.m. Matches at Chiswick (enclosed pitch}. _shooting at 25, 50 and roo yards. A Committee ·


CIVIL SERVICE. SPORTS JOURNAL. of the A ssociation, together with National Small­ bore Rifle Association experts, have examined the site and I understand that the '' blueprint '' stage may be expected shortly. There are many things to be considered, e.g., finance, accommodation, and the views of the interested authorities, but everything will be done by the Association to make this range a practical possibility. Further reports on the progress of the negotiations will be issued from time to time. W. H; HOLLOWAY, Press Officer.

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the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. Mr. Wernick, a vice-president of G.P.O., for whom he still plays regularly, won the League's shortest game last season against a Customs' player, in the following fashion: -1, P-K4, P-K4; 2, N-QB3, N- QB3; 3, P-K;J34, PxP; 4, B-B4, Q-R5 check; 5, K-B1, B-B4; 6, N-B3, Q-B7 mate. This year's Hastings Congress, the twenty-1:hird, had a record entry of 142, including ten of our members. C. H. O'D. 'Alexander, Foreign Office, was out of form and could not approach his per­ formance of last year when he won the Premier tournament. In the Premier major reserves E. G. Sergeant (Inland Reveriue) and R. H. Newman (Transport) tied for second place and Dr. J. M. Aitken (Foreign Office) was seventh. Two reasons why Supply is doing so well this season, R. F. Boxall and A. C. S. Pindar, tied for first place in the Major " A." In " B " P. A. Cooke (Health) was fourth and in " C " H. F. Gook, fifth.. In the First Class " A " P. B. Cook (Inland Revenue) won all his games whilst M. N. O'Gara· (Trade) finished third in the First Class "C." Mr. H. S. Holmes has started a club in the Regional Director's Office (G.P.O.), Leeds, and already has a score of members. OLYMPIC CYCLING HOPE. LONDON.-C.S.C.A. "stars," Dave Lyon, Tom Riddick and Syd Hayward were praised in a speech by the Association chairman, A. E. Playle, at the London A.G.M. recently. Decisions were to increase the annual subscription to 5s. and to foster a spirit of inter-area competitions. Regarding the latter, it is hoped to obtain a team shield for the purpose. 1948 London secretary is Harry Falvey, 16, Thorngrove Road, London, E.13. SOUTHAMPTON.-Ron Carey reports an excellent social season, and plans for a full racing season in 1948, for the Crabtree C.C., the well­ known Ordnance Survey " crowd."

Mr. G. Wernick.

BLACKPOOL-Due to postings, local C.S. cycling organisations have dwindled, -but expect to take an active part in 1948 competition. The main activity of this Branch is touring.

NOTTINGHAM.-Bad weather has interfered Chess at Hastings.-Mr. George Wernick, C.S. with cycling but a renewal of full activities is champion in. 1923-24, has played 50 years for expected soon. Battersea club, of which he has won the champion­ · National.-1948 National officials of the ship a dozen times. He is not sure when he started to. play for G.P.O., but remembers that Mr. C.S.C.A.:Montagu Gattie was top board. (Gattie, who died General Secretary, H. E. Falvey, 16, Thorngrove in 1907 whilst holding a P.O. surveyorship, won · Road, London, E.13; Racing Secretary, T. E. Riddick, the British championship in the early '8os.) He 23, Esmond Road, Bedford Park, London, W.4; Social Secretary, A. P. Cave, 14, L9ngmeadow Road, Sidcup, recollects that G.P.O. used to play 50-a-side Kent; Press Secretary, R. E. V. Swann,· 2, Denton matches against teams from such organisations as Road, Stonebridge, London, N.W.


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. The 1948 Association Handbook, which includes 1947 racmg results, gear tables, photographs, tables, and articles of cycling interest, obtainable from the Association Press Secretary, zs. 6d. per copy, post free. Branch Officials : London, H. Falvey, 16, Thorngrove Road, E.13; Nottingham, J. Glenn, 33, Lomas Street, Hungerhill Road; Blackpool, S. Richard�on, 15, Waverley Avenue; Southampton, R. Carey, 72, Ramsey Road, Shirley.

Items of Interest.-Among a representative English track team now touring South A±rica, is Ian Scott, London C.S. grass-track champion of 1947. Scott is a telecommunications engineer in the London Tele. Region. Ken Marshall (L.T.R.) has now recovered from a slight ear operation and is training hard for the Olympic Games cycling events, for which he is " first choice " in the 1,000 metres, time trial event. The " Watson Trophy " race will be held at Herne Hill Track in August. Ron Robbins, C.S. road " ace," is serving in the R.A.F. in Hamp­ shire. Road Dates for 1948 : National "25," Sunday, March 28. London " 25," Sunday, May 16. National "50," Sunday, June 27. Lon_don "25," Sunday, September 19.

All are open to C.S.C.A. members from any part of the country. Details of all eveuts from T. E. Riddick, :23, Esmond Road, Bedford Park, London, W-4- Branch events and dates, also track dates, will be published in the SPORTS JOURNAL a.t a later date. London C.S. and Municipal League.-Results to February 9 :-

Division !.-Arsenal 2t G.P.O. 7-½; Customs 5, Health 5; L.C.C. 5, Admiralty 5; Patent Office 4, Supply 6; Transport 6½, M.W.B. 3½; Arsenal 2½, Supply 7½; Customs 4½, L.C.C. 5½; Transport 3, Patent Office 7; G.P.O. 6, Health 4; M.\'\'.B. 5½, Admiralty 4½. Division 2.-Air Ministry 4½, Patent Office 3½; L.C.C. 11, Inland Rev. 6½; G.P.O. 2½, Labour 5½; P.O. Savings 2, Unats 6; Patent Office 2½, Inland Rev. 5½; Pay­ master General 4½, Air Ministry 3½; H.M.S.O. 2½, Unats 5!; Trade 2, Labour 6; G.P.O. 2¼, - L.C.C. 5½; P.O. Sa;ings 3, Works 5. Division 3.-Admiralty 5, Health 3; Trade 2, Customs 6; Transport 3, Patent Office 5; Works 8, M.W.B. O; P.O. Factory 4½, Fuel and Power 3½; Admiralty 4, L.C.C. 4; Crown Agents v. Health post­ poned. Division 4.-P.O. Testing 2, Supply 4; H.M.S.O. 3, Air Ministry 3; Fuel and Power 31. L.C.C. 2½: G.P.O. 4, Labour 2; P.O. Testing 2½, Air Ministry 3½; L'tbour 4½, H.M.S.O. 1½: L.C.C. 2, G.P.O. 4; Supply 3, Fuel and Power 3; Labour 3, Fuel and Power 3 (plaved January 27 instead of March 16). E. C. B.

C.S. Boxing.-Book the dates: Thursday, March II, and Monday, April 1:2, at Seymour Hall.

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LONDON TOWN CHISWICK GROUND EXECUTIVE, Foot­ ball 1948 / 49 .-Notices were inserted in the Sports Journal last year inviting Football Clubs to say what method was preferred in the allocation of football pitches at Chiswick for Saturday play, and what should be the closing date for applications. Some Clubs have written in, but the position is still not clear, and it has, therefore, been decided to ask Clubs again in making their applications for pitches to say which of the three following methods of allocation is preferred :-(a) Annual' ballot; (b) Three-year tenure; (c) Permanent tenure. It may be impossible to avoid a ballot. whatever the majority may decide. · Closing date for applications for pitches for 1948-49 Season, 31st March, 1948. Tennis Court&-1948 Season.-In order that the position may be made clear as soon as possible, the Hon. Secretary, Chiswick Ground Executive would be glad to learn, by not later than March 31 next, whether there are any Departmental Sports Clubs who desire to book courts at Chiswick for the 1948 season. C.S. Rugby Football Club.-The first XV struck a bad patch at the end of 1947, and in spite of New Year -resolutions they continued with the losing habit until January 17, when they found their old form and beat the Plymouth C.S. The side continued to play well, and at the time of going to press we are looking forward confidently to our game against the Northern Ireland C.S. Most weeks it has been possible to field five XVs, and some useful players in the junior side_ should do well next season. Two recent recruits to the Club are showing great promise and have _justified their promotion to the first XV. One 1s A. B. Austen (Inland Revenue) who had given several good displays at full back for the "A" side, and the other 1s H. R. West (P.O.S.B.), who has been tried at both win forward and wing three-quarter with equal .success. Fixtures at. Chiswick: M1.rch G "A " v. Saracens " A." March 13 1st v. Old Rutlishians 1st. Ma.,rch 20 1st v. Beckenham 1st. April 3 1st v. Catford Bridge 1st. April 10 "A" v. Upper Clapton " A."

C.S. Football Club.-In the last three Souther Amateur League games the First XI h?,ve gain� three points and this just enables them to reta their position in the top half of the League table. Ae;ainst Ealing on January 17 neither side wa able to score, and judging from this game it i


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evident that the Service forward line is inclined to be somewhat goal-shy. The match against Catford Wanderers on January 3r was lost r-2, and in an experiment to find a goal scorer, . Winscombe (Home Office), of the Strollers, was tried at centre forward and scored a hat trick for the Club to win against Norsemen on February 7 by 3-r. Two other Home Office men who are doing yeo­ men service for the Club these days a.re A. Shephard at right back and K. Ho,lker at right half. The Reserves, who occupy a respectable position in the League table, have had a glut of draws in their games, 2-2, 2-2 and r-r against Ealing, Lloyds Bank and Catford respectively, and a win against Norsemen by 5-2 on February 7. March fixtures : -

FIRST XI March 6 (a) Dulw1ch Hamlet March 13 (h) Midland Bank Y.[arch 20 (h) Westminster Bank RESERVES (a) Barclays Bank (a) Westminster Bank.

D. F.

C.S. (Chiswick) Lawn Tennis Club.-An Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Club Pavilion, Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, on Wednes­ day, April 7, at 6.45 p.m. and all past, present and prospective members will be welcomed. So don't forget if you are interested in tennis, do come • along. C.S. Women's Athletic Club. Sp ecial Notice. Training will take place at Tooting Bee on Tues­ day and Thursday evenings and at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday afternoons. For full particu­ lars ring Mrs. Jacoby, telephone Mount View 2654. Board· of Trade's Choir.-After the excellent performance of "The Young Mrs. Barrington," we bought our tickets for " Fresh Fields," expect­ ing a go?d entertainment. Every performance was sold out, and the customers were far from dis­ appointed. It was an excellent play, well pro­ duced and well acted. It meant many weeks of hard work, ·but the Society and the Board can be proud of the result. The Board's acting talent is not confined to London, because the Staff at Southport have re­ cently produced "The Sport of Kings," at their ;ocal theatre. The success of the play can be Judged from the fact that it got a write up of two columns in the local Press. One must not think that acting is our only recreation. Football, table tennis; bridge and many other interests are being actively pursued, and the results generally are very encouraging. The Mil1bank Social made up for its lack of Xmas festivities by running a Grand Dance on

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February r3. The dance was limited to 300 and every tick.et was sold. Everybody had a present, and the lady who was adjudged the most pleasantly dressed (and what a job to find her among so many) received a handsome prize. Fortnightly gramophone concerts are popular, whilst more and more members are joining the Horticultural Society. On January 29 the Choir gave another superb performance, this time of " Simson_." It was well worth hearing and a credit to all concerned. Inland Revenue's Novel Cross Country Cham­ pionship.-Congratulations to A. F. Newson (S.C.I.T.) and his cross-country team who after their long journey from Llandudno, Liverpool and Birkenhead obtained second place again in the Civil Service 5 mile Championship at Bexley. Our runners with place numbers were A. F. Newson (5), A. E. Frust (ro), R. J. Ewens (S.C.I.T.) (r4), N. A. Graves (Liverpool, r8) (r5), G. M. Abrams (S.C.I.T.) (20), J. Looms (E.D.O.) (35), D. Smith (Birkenhead) (44). For some years we have regarded our entry in the Civil Service Championship as entry for the Revenue Cross Country Championship, and New­ son, Frost and Ewens, therefore, ta!ke rst, 2nd and 3rd place respectively in our Championship. Points for these placings count towards the I.R. Sports Association Victor Ludorum trophy. It is proposed to run the first post-war Sports Day at Grove Park on Saturday, June 26. FinaJ details are not ready, but it is not expected that the meeting will be on the grand scale of pre�war years owing to various restrictions, lack of records, etc. All members of the Department will be elig�ble to compete and full details will be circu­ lated as soon as possible. R. H. Sturtevant, Secretary of the I.R. Cricket Club (Room 66, New Wing, Somerset House), is anxious to hear from all prospective members as soon as possible. Fixture lists for both elevens are complete, and the season will open at Grove Park on Saturday, May r. Net practice starts on April r7. A good seaso n on a first-class wicket at an attractive subscription is promised to all who iom. There will be a Cricket Club " Smoker " in the pavilion on Saturday, March 20, to which all and sundry are invited. The Tennis Club are starting a drive for mem­ bers. All members of the Department and their friends, and members of the C.S. Sports .Council in other Departments, are eligible to joiri, and the Sec., Mr. E. Franklin, Collector of Taxes, Lon­ don, 37 (Phone: Wo0lwich 2884), will be pleased to give information to all interested. It is ex­ pected that all seven courts at Grove Park will be ready for the Summer Season. The I.R. Women's Hockey Club is running a


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seven-a-side Inter-Branch Tournament at Grove usually has gr;ounds for his optimism. Park on Saturday, April 10, and it is hoped that The Photographic Society held its first Print all who play hockey, whether or not for the Criticism on January 20. Each member prese nt Team entries from submitted a print and then proceeded to awar d Revenue Club, will enter. Branches and groups of Offices will be welcomed points under various specified headings for al] and individual entries will be made up into teams. prints on view. The resultant placings were sub­ Those proposing to enter should communicate with jected to a free for all discussion which was bot h the Tournament Sec., Miss J. M. Thompson, enjoyable and instructive. The successful applicaRoom 123, New Wing, Somerset House (Tern. - tion of constructive criticism has prompted the 3540, Ex. 312) as soon as possible. proposal for further similar evenings, says Miss . A. H.E. Thirtle, Hon. Sec. Manchester news will be found amongst the C.S. Cup (Darts) .-The first round of the com­ Area Notes. petition (32 clubs entered) was due to be completed L. J. E. TARR. during the week commencing February 23. The second round must be completed during the week commencing March 8, and the 3rd round, week commencing March 22. The dates of the semi­ finals will be notified later. · S.B.D. Woman Wins Representative Badge (Hon. Sec., H. T. Barrett).-Harry Walkden, Hon. Sec., Swifmming Club, reports the collection of the Ellison-Macartney Challenge Cup for the Men's C.S. League Championship and the Naiad Shield for the Women's C.S. League Champion­ ship. Individual honours were taken by Miss G. Heslop for 2nd place in Women's C.S. roo yards free-style championship, and Mr. S. C. Steadman for 3rd position in the Men's C.S. 220 yards: Miss Heslop was awarded the Association's Representative Badge and Miss B. Frayer obtained a standard certificate for 1100 yards free-style. The swimmers and officials of the club were invited to tea by the Director of Savings to receive his con­ gratulations on their dual success in 1947. According to E. J. Stean the Soccer Reserve XI are continuing their good run of success, having conceded only one point in seven games. They also enter the semi-final of .the A.F.A. Minor Cup following their defeat by Ealing Association III by 8-o. Their new opponents are Alexandra Park III with date and ground yet to be advised. Meanwhile the 1st XI are honours even, having won 4 of 8 games played. Home league matches of the Table Tennis Club have reverted to the Gym from their alternative accommodation tour of the Bank. Every hope is expre_ssed that improved playing conditions will be available by the time this goes to press to enable members to concentrate on play instead of furniture removing, and thus stimulate interest. Regarding league positions, the women's ,team will unfor­ tunately be far removed from repeating their championship performances of 1931 and 1934. The men's team, after a good start in Division I, have descended the table somewhat, but the" A " team are second in Division IVA and hope to improve on the position. Ken Jackson, Hon.-Sec.,

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BIRMINGHAM'S Monster Bridge Tournament.

-The C.S. Bridge Club held its annual· charity meeting in December when 220 players competed in what was probably the biggest duplicate Bridge The hon. tournament ever staged in the city. secretary, F. 0. Bingham (Ministry of Labour), found himself in the unenviable position of having to refuse scores of entries as accommodation was not available. Mrs. H. S. Cosney, deputising for her husba.nd, Regional Controller, M. of L., and president of the club, presented the prizes to the highest scoring pairs. The target set by the club was to raise £20 to help brighten the Christmas season for the little patients in the children's hos­ pitals, and much to the_ credit of all concerned th_e amount was actually doubled. The club is making its presence felt in competi­ tive Bridge circles. A team was entered in the newly-formed Business Houses League and has had so far an unbroken run of success in the nine matches played. In the senior Midlands League­ organised by the Warwickshire Central Bridge Association-the club's record to date is won two Three teams and lost two out of four played. have been entered for the Civil Service Teams Championship and a qualifying round for the Paris Championship is to be held in January. I am asked .to point out the membership is open to all civil servants. The club meets on Monday evenings and fuller details will be given by the secretary at the M. of L., 281 Corooration Street, Birmingham. The Birmingham Ru�by team commenced the New Year in good style by defeating Bakelite by � points to nil in a really good game won by Wei�htman kicking a penalty goal. Against Camp Hill O.E. the team shaped indifferently and was well beaten ·by II points to nil. Against a strong


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. Dunlop :X.V the form was much better and was eventually deteated by 9 points to 3. Old Veseyans at South Coldfield resulted in a well­ deserved win by 7 points to 3; Franklin dropping a fine goal and Rees giving a fine display at half. The club is in the umortunate position of having seven players on the injured list, and it is gratify­ ing to find the young reserves in Rigby, Hollings­ worth, Nolan, Everard and Taylor rising to the occasion. The defence is sounder with Sambrook and Owen in fine form. The smoking concert organised by Campbell Macgregor on January 26 was a great success. Not another soul could have been squeezed into the pavilion. Thanks are due to the artistes, Henry Hall, Doreen Wells, Bert Parker, Harold Wake­ field, Bcib Sleigh and the Harry Heath Trio. The C.S. Swimming Club held its A.G.M. on January 14, when Miss M. D. Crewe (G.P.O.) was elected secretary and A. Ventris-Field (I.R.) treasurer and publicity officer-the latter an appointment that many clubs would do well to follow. The season opens on April II and the club has again secured the exclusive use of the small bath.at Woodcock Street. There will be a profes­ sional instructor, competitions every month, concluding wi,th the Gala, to be held in mid-week this year as an experiment. Bill Field reports there will also be a " splash night " between the Service and the R.A.F., and states there is still room for new members. R. S. HOLMES. EXETER to Entertain Crusaders.-The four teams of Table Tennis players give us complete representation in the Local Leagues. All .the teams are doing well in their respective sections, and there is keen competition to accomplish the most noteworthy performances. Between them they have ·accomplished the sen­ sational. National and local champions have at various times met their Waterloo at the hands of C.S. players. The ladies, under the guidance of Mrs: Rogers and Mrs_. Down, have shown great improvement, and whilst they are not yet in the top class, they have come a long way since the season commenced. Whilst the soccer sides have had a somewhat disappointing season from the playing point of view, the officials of the Club have done a fine job of work in raising the necessary funds, and they now show a healthy bank balance. Chief credit goes to Ray Bray, the Treasurer. Having held one very successful dance, this section is to hold an­ other on March 4 at the Buller Hall, the tickets being 2s. 6d. The rugger sicile has recently been strengthened by the return of Martin, a draw with Okehampton being their best performance to date. The Whitsun visit of the C.S. Crusaders is

being eagerly anticipated by enthusiastic cricket fans, who are particularly desirous of seeing for themselves this well-known C.S. combination. Hedgela:nd, the area secretary, seems to have the matter well in hand. The departure of the Area chairman for another sphere of official activity has been a very heavy loss. During his term of office Mr. Kent has in­ fused into the movement, not only much enthus­ iasm, but also much accomplishment, and we are bound to feel the effect of his removal for many a long day to come. At the farewell meeting many tributes were paid to his sterling qualities, and there can be no shadow of doubt that the way in which he kept the ball moving, has had much to do with the attainment of many local objectives. Mr. Elwell, the vice-chairman, has taken over the vacant position. THE SAXON. MANCHESTER, Cock o' the North, begins to Crow.-Our first dance in 1948, held on January 23 was attended by various sections belonging to the C.S.S.C., who all voted the affair an enjoy­ able success. The Dance was a financial success, and we are going ahead with further efforts to make£. s. d. Savings Bank Dep artment Social and Sports Club.-With the return of young people from the Forces, the Departmental S. & S. Club has fostered the growth of sport among the staff from the modest ·beginning of a Football Section to the present state embracing Cricket, Net�ball, Tennis, Table Tennis and Swimming, as well as Dramatics, Dance Band and Concert Party. Last season the Football Section fielded two teams with a fair amount of ,struggle and little success in the Lanes & Cheshire Amateur League. This year the struggle for players has di�ninished and a deal of success has crowned the efforts of the Section. The results: 1st XI: played 17, won 4, drawn 6, lost 7, and the points gained have brought them from the bottom of the League table to about half-way. A very creditable performance from scratch. 2nd XI: played 19, won 5, drawn 2, lost II, and in the semi-final of the Subsidiary Cup. The Cricket Team have ent_ered the South Lanes Industrial League, and since the friendly matches played last year show that the right stuff is there, many good games are anticipated at North Road and elsewhere. The Netball Section was set up too late in the season to enable a team to be entered in any of the Leagues, added to the fact that there was no­ thing except the enthusiasm of the intending players on· which to build. Posts, balls and a


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Farnham's Football Administrator.-A budget grass pitch at North Road C.S. Sports Ground have been obtained, and though the pitch is not of news cuttings which would nearly fill this very good for netball, inter-Department matches JOURNAL shows that little Farnham P.O. has done are arranged and played on most Saturday after­ great things in sport under able guidance, particu­ noons. It is hoped that the old tennis courts at larly the football club, which has many successes the Sports Ground can be made into an adequate to its credit during 1recent years. pitch and give these youngsters the chance to The Social and Athletic Club lost a popular and prove their mettle. efficient general secretary by the promotion of Mr. The Tennis Section used North Road courts to L. C. Elmer from Farnham P.O. to the post of good effect during the wonderful summer last clerical officer in the telephone manager's office at year, and a great deal of effort and work was Guildford. In sport he is best known as cl- good all­ required before the game could ,be played; but round cricketer. He was born at Eisley, where he once again, the enthusiasm of the members over­ filled office as secretary of the Cricket Club 1926�ame the difficulties. With upwards of 50 mem­ 31, and from 1931-36 he was a member of Woking bers the Section will start the summer season in Cricket Club. He came to Farnham in 1936, and much better circumstances this year and, if the gave yeoman service to Farnham Cricket Club weather improves, the remainder of the winter both as player and secretary until he joined the season will find North Road resounding to the Services and spent some years in India. Returning ping of taut gut. to Farnham in 1946 he took over the secretaryship Table Tennis is played in Church Street and a of the Social and Athletic Club. He was at Woking number of matches have been played, once again Post Office before coming to Farnham. outside the advantages of a League, •but no doubt Mr. F. H. Tomlin, a former member of the the future will see the Section functioning in a Farnham P.O. staff, now in the telephone depart­ proper fashion. ment at Guildford, has. risen in the ranks of football It is a pity that the Pavilion has gone from administrators to the chairmanship of the Surrey North Road for, with a Table Tennis set avail­ County F.A. able, many a pleasant evening could be spent hy the out of season sportsmen competing in friendly Rosyth's Oub House.-A dance was held by games in an unfamiliar sphere. Still, the weather the Rosyth Area on January 9, and although there being kind, North Road can look forward to the was a slight financial loss, as a social function tramp of many feet heating its court sand pitches this dance, the first of its kind, was an immense into shape. J. PAUL. success. The President of the Area Association, Rear­ R.A.E's. (Farnborough, Hants) New Bowling Admiral A. B. 1,unninghame Graham, C.B., Green.-The sports ground has been very well C.B.E. and Mrs. Cunninghame Graham were used during the past year. T enqers have bee_n present and were given a great reception. It was accepted for a new bowling green, and play should pleasing to know that the President and Mrs. be possible in 1949. Several pavilion schemes Cunninghame Graham had broken their leave in have been abandoned owing to lack of approval order to attend the dance. in London, but temporary buildings on which Unfortunately, the Vice-Presidents of the Area much voluntary labour has been expended will fill the gap. The annual report, a lengthy docu­ Association were unable to a:ttend and, in this ment, shows activity in many directions and connection, how fortunate are those Areas where refl.ects great credit on the Sec., Mr. Faulkner. the social functions are supported by all-we Besides sports, two cycling meetings and a cycle envy them. A rumour has been circulated that this event polo match were held on the ground. Sections include boxing, gymnastics, wrestling, weight lift­ was organised for the .benefit of those of our mem­ ing, squash and badminton. Three of the weight­ bers employed in the various offices. Nothing is lifters have won National Diplomas (who, by the further from the truth ! All organised efforts on way, will revive the C.S. Weight Lifting Associa­ the part of the Area Association are for every­ tion?). Four players represented Hampshire v. one, from the most juvenile employees to the Yorkshire at bowls. The anglers have acquired Heads of Departments, and it is up to everyone a new stretch of water at Eversley. The fencing to be aware of this fact. The General Officers are c1ass is very successful. McLean (Instrument determined to stamp out the class distinction as Dept.) scored the first century on the new ground. far as the activities of the Association are con­ Amongst riflemen several gained county honours, cerned, and appeal to everyone to recognise the whilst Colliver was the first R.A.E. man to gain fact that all are welcome. The need for greater social activities is great at the C.S. Representative Badge. Membership Rosyth, and with the acquisition of a clubhouse now exceeds 2,250.


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(rather belate�) _i� is a?ticipated that �efore long the ind oor activities will be m full swmg. Plans are being laid before the Council for various schemes, and it is hoped that our friends in the south will appreciate the position locally, wh�re we have to offer facilities somewhat on a par with those already in existence, having been brought about by the munificence of the Carnegie Trust. This point is a real threat to the activities of the local Area, observing that we. have to pay our way, whereas the activities provided in the first instance by the Carnegie Trust are given at a ver y low cost to the member. We keep striving and, in the end, ,hope to reap the benefits of our efforts. SWANSEA'S International T.T. Player (Hon. Gen. Sec. R. Wilson, C.S. Sports Club, Sketty, Swansea). The A.G.M. was held in January, and there was a large and enthusiastic audience. When the ground has b�en developed, we shall cater f?r cricket, tenms, bowls, hockey,. table-tenms, billiards, snooker, darts, dramatics, chess, draughts, whist and bridge drives. The following were elected: -President, Mr. F. R. Perris; Vice-Presidents, Mr. A. Earwaker, Mr. T. C. Davis, Mr. C. H. Sanders; Chairman, Mr. C. H. Sanders; Vice-Chairman, Mr. J. I. Du Pree; Treasurer, Mr. S. B. Foote; General Secretary, Mr. Ralph Wilson; Assistant General Secretary, Mr. T. W. Seldon; Area Councillors, Miss A. Darwell, Mr. C. Carpenter, Mr. D. Smith, Mr. J. Vergette, Mr. M. W. Eustace, Mr. V!· Ace, Mr. R. Watkins, Mr. Curnow, Mr. J. H. Harns, '.v:I�. R. J. Holmes, Mr. W. K Jones, Mr. T. Jones.

Mr. W. E. Jones was made a life member of the club, for work done as treasurer. The billiards, snooker and darts sections have been busy, and many pleasant evenings have been spent entertaining visiting teams. . The cricket section A.G.M. will be held 111 March, and a large crowd · is expeded, as this section gets _stronger each season. The fixture list is complete, and some formidable teams are to be met. The bowls section is to affiliate to the Welsh C.S. Bowls Association, so that we may see some of our men selected for the C.S. International Bowls games, which are to be played at Ca�diff this season. They have already arranged to play Cardiff C.S. in Cardiff during the season. Mighty fine! ! Our ladies' table tennis team still have a 100 per cent. record, having won all their eleven games. The Swansea G.P.O. men's team have come over to us, and considerably strengthened our A team. They have won several games lately, and are about to consolidate their position in the 1st League. Miss Betty Gray, the Welsh international, has now joined our club. She has, repre�ented Wales in 1946, -47 and -48, and also played 111 the

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World Games at Wembley in February. She is the Welsh Ladies champion, and her greatest suc­ cess was achieved in January, while playing in the Wales v. England match, when she defeated Miss Beregi, at Bath. As I am this year's general secretary, and have so much to do, I shall have to h,and over this column to someone else, and I am pleased to introduce you to my successor. RALPH WILSON.

Civil Service Bowling Association-Welsh Area to visit Scotland.-'! he members of the C.S. Bowling Association in Wales had looked rnrward to the evening of January 30, for on that day was held the Association's first post-war social evening, when a happy and convivial company of sixty met at the Carlton Hotel, Cardiff. To give each member an opportunity to meet and chat with his colleagues the evening com­ menced with a ±ew hands of " Military " whist. After an interval for refreshments the second half of the programme, which was musical in the best sense of the word, followed. Miss Yvonne Cousins (violin), Miss Iris Rees (mezzo soprano) and Miss Eileen Davies (piano) forming a trio of performers 0£ outstanding ability. Mr. E. G. Thatcher contributed with a fine display of magic, and rumour has it that if he can manioulate the " woods " as he can the " cards " he is- due for a place in the bowling team. The toast of the Association was proposed by Mr. C. A. Williams, M.A., senior vice-president of the Glamorgan County Bowling Association who, amongst other matters, made reference to the very fine record of 19 championships which had been won by the C.S.B.A. (Wales) during its lifetime of 26 years. Mr. Percy Holloway, the Association's 1948 captain, replied to the toast and hoped that this year .the Association would be able to take a strong team to Scotland. The guests were welcomed by Mr. T. E. Edmunds, vice captain, and Mr. Middleton, secretary of the, Civil Service Sports Council, replied on behalf of the guests. Mr. R. G. Jenkins, president of the Associati?n, presided and had the great pleasure of presentmg a special president's badge to Mr. J. H. Marsh, who had the fine record of being president of the Association from 1q38 to 1947, and the Civil Service '' Singles '' Cup to Mr. W. M. .Tames, the 1947 winner. It was an exceptionally jolly evening and the committee, which included the new secretary for should be congrat�lated 1948, Mr. T. W. Webster, _ post-war effort. Every­ :first their of success on the one present hoped that the evening marked the beginning of a series of such happy events.


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· CHATHAM CHATS.-We survived our Lewis Cup trip to Manchester, winning by 2-0. Starting at 6.30 a.m. we caught the 8.30 from Euston, due Ma,nchester 2.0 p.m. We had a pleasant journey, but did not reach Manchester until 2.40 p.m.. Our hosts had a conveyance waiting, and at 3.20 we kicked off. Within 15 minutes we faced a -blizzard in semi-darkness. It speaks volumes for our defence th'at at half-time the score was blank. On resumption we had a sample of Manchester weather; the snow ceased, the wind dropped, and the sun ventured forth, damping our hopes of getting the benefit of the climatic conditions. Our players set about their task in determined fashion and after ten minutes play Bob Mas.on opened the score. Manchester put all they knew into efforts for an equaliser, but only once, when Day dashed out to foil a threatening attack, did they look dangerous. After 30 minutes Lee obliged with his usual goal after good work by BUI1bridge. Hill had bad luck when a crushing shot hit the cross,bar. This finished Manchester, and the scoring. The Manceenians sportingly admitted Chatham's superiority and, at the excellent tea provided by the Postals, friendship between the . Areas was cemented. In a speech of welcome the Manchester President paid tribute to the Chatham team and wished them luck in the competition. Our General Secretary thanked Manchester for their hospitality and expressed the hope that the teams may meet in the future at Chatham, when we would give them a real Kentish welcome. A dash to catch the 5.30 p.m. and we reached .home after midnight, tired, but feeling the trip had been worth it.

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to the notice of· people I meet, but feel sure that the circulanon among thousands of civil servan ts in Birmingham could be increased many times i1 the various offices and departments were contacted direct. I utter one note of warning. Provincial civil servants are not interested in the activities of London or other areas except where there is a general interest (representative or inter-area). The appeal of the JOURNAL depends almost entirely upon the local interest under '' Round the Areas.'· I would like tb see the local interest distributed throughout the JOURNAL. This could be done by brief items of news ·from all areas under the heading of each separate sport. There is magic in the familiar name or place of one's own " muck heap '' in print, and if it were to appear repeat­ edly, one would be induced t o read through the JOURNAL instead of skipping straight to one's own half column and then tossing it on one side. It would also gain in interest by bringing comparable activities together. The best of luck to the JOURNAL and your efforts. Yours, A. VENTRIS-FIELD. Central Telegraph Office, E.C.,r. The Editor, I call your attention to a mis-statement in the January issue of the JOURNAL. On page 109, under the heading '' Departmental Sports Associations," my As9ociation is listed as "L T.R. (Centels)." I point out that the Centels Sports Association was founded in 1903, and has no connection with any L.T.R. Sports Association. In addition, a note suggests that our " affilia­ tion will, it is aJ?.ticipated, be covered by the L.T.E.." My Association is somewhat bewildered by this reference as we have no idea to what it refers. My Association would appreciate a correction to the mis-statement in your next issue. Yours faithfully, E. J. HARMAN. Hon. Gen. Secretary ..

Distribution. You make much of the need to increase the circulation of the JOURNAL on a selective basis and you may be interested in my experience of the NoTE.-Mr. J. H. Middleton, the secretary, situation in Birmingham. I distribute 200 copies monthly -throughout my says:department (Income Tax), but in my capacity as " The Central Telegraph Office is part of the treasurer and publicity officer of the Birmingham London Telecommunications Region, and in pur­ C.S. Swimming Club, I get about the other suance of the Sports Council's policy that Sports departments, probably more than anyone else. I Clubs within a department shall affiliate to the have been surprised to find that the JOURNAL is Council through a main departmental association, unheard of in many of these departments, even the Council hopes that the clubs within the Central among execuNve members of the various sports Telegraph Office will in future achieve affiliation clubs. I am doing my best to bring the JOIURNAL through the Telecommunications Region Spor,ts


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CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. The Regional body now combines Assaciation. under one assoc1at10n .the sports activities of the .old London Telephone Service and the London Engineering District Sports Associations. '' The Civil Service Sports Council does not wish to force this departmental affiliation on clubs, .especially �h?se which have a long and worthy tradition: 1t 1s a matter for local agreement. " The note to which Mr. Harman refers was in­ serted in the JOURNAL on the understanding that an amalgamttion of the clubs within the region was a possibility. The matter has been explained to Mr. Bari.nan, and it is hopeq this statement will assure the Centels Sports Association that the reference was made in good faith.'' Corner Wood Cottage, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey. SIR,

Small Office-Notable Record. I am enclosing �uttings from the two local papers, and a copy of the menu card of the Annual Dinner of the Farnham P.O. Sports Club. I realise that your Departmental· Sports command more interest in the J OIURNAL than that of an isolated .P.O. but I feel that the Farnham P.O. activities during the last 25 years are unique in P.O. sport in Gt. Britain. I have been secretary of the club since, I returned from the Forces and secretary of the Football section. I am now with P.O. Telephones at Guildford and have reluctantly resigned. The whole male staff in the P.O. area at Farnham doesn't amount to more than 130, which includes postmen, cleaners, etc. , Last year, I sent £69--£1 per member to the C.S. Sports Council through the H.C. Region Sports Association. Last year we won the H.C. Region Football Competition, playing Redhill, Guildford, Reading, Portsmouth P.O.s, Brighton Engineers, and finally Norwich P.O., all having staffs of five or six times our numbers. Pre-war we played in the Surrey Intermediate Cup and won each one on numerous occasions. Our star footballer is Ray Kirk, our centre­ forward, who toured France last year with the British P.0. side--and was selected to lead the Surrey F.A. forwards versus Royal Navy at Portsmouth, but was injured. Unfortunately he is a scale-payment sub-postmaster and I under­ stand not eligible to represent the Civil Service. Perhaps you can dispel the prevalent opinion !ocally that if one takes their sport provincially one 1s forgotten. Yours, LEWIS c. ELMER.

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C.S. Rifie Association Records. With regard to your request for a short history of Trophies and of the Association, you may be interested to learn that this does not appear to have been thought of before, so that past officials of the club are now being asked to go over their relics and museum records, in order that an up-to-date history may be compiled. Very many thanks for the idea. Yours, W. H. HOLLOWAY. Press Officer. (ED. NoTE.-We commend this idea to all our Associations. Do it now. Ti-morrow may be too late.) 2, Denton Road; N.W.ro. Sm, Despite my protests, I have been re-elected Press secretary of the Cycling Association for

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, THE BONAR LAW TROPHY. Prime Minister Bonar Law, well-known as a chess player, presented a silver trophy to · the Sports Council in 1923 for annual knockout competition among Civil Service chess clubs. It was specially copied from a rook in the Eighteenth century Indian ivory chess set, in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Patent Office won the trophy in 1923, 1926, 1928-30, 1936, · 1938 and 1939. In 1937 they shared it with G.P.O. after these finalists had played two drawn matches. G.P.O. won the trophy in 1933 and 1947; Ministry of Health won in 1924, 1925 and 1935; Somerset House won in 1927; Board of Education in 1931; and Admiralty in 1932 and 1934. This year Supply has beaten Inland Revenue in one semi-final and G.P.O. play National Physical Laboratory in the other.

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The Annual Meeting and Two New Runners. The 74Lh annual C.S. meeting will be held at the Polytechnic Stadium, Chiswick, on July 24. Details of the programme will be published later. Increased competition in the sprints and distance championships should result from the entry into the Service of two experienced athletes. F. Trevor Holt, English Northem 6 miles champion has joined the Ministry of National Insurance, and J. D. Mackenzie, who finished a close third m last year's Scottish roo yards championship, 1s now in the Customs and Excise. The Annual Triangular Event. The cross-country race in the Sir Sefton Brancker Trophy competition between the C.S., the R.A.F. and Middlesex County took place on March 24. The Service runners were: R. G. Gosney (Ord. Survey), J. H. Batry (C. and E.), E. H. Herbert (Br. Museum), C. H. Wigmore (P.O.S.B.), H. B. Young (R. Arsenal), J. J. Sherry (B. of Trade), A. F. Newson (I. Revenue), J. Mahoney (R. Arsenal), K. Richardson (Air Min.), and A. E. Frost (I. Revenue). The date for the track and field events at the R.A.F. Ux­ bridge Stadium , has not yet been fixed, but will probably be a Wednesday evening in June. Details of Hospitals Charity Contest. The City and Hospitals Charity Contest for the Financial Times Shield (at present held by the C.S.) will take · place at London University ground, Motspur Park, July 17, when we hope to repeat our success of 1947. The other associa­ tions taking part are Interbank A.A., Insurance A.A., London Shipping A.A., Stock Exchange A.C. London Business Houses A.A., United Hos­ pitals A.C. and Metropolitan Police A.C. There will be two representatives in each event instead of one as was the case last year. Narries of Leading Athletes Wanted. These representative matches precede the Ser­ vice meeting and selections are made without the aid of championship results, and so the hon­ sec. would be pleased to hear from athletes them­ selves or from others, of any Civil Servant who should be considered for selection. The, Birmingham I.R. Hockey Club is having a good season and has to date played 14 matches, 7 won and 6 lost, scoring 4'5 goals against 36. Tohnnv Walsh is top scorer with 22 goals and as he is the backbone of the team at centre-half his worth can be easily recognised.

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V./e welcome revival of interest in the Minist of Health and Air Ministry, where the depart mental athletic clubs are being resuscitated. Proposed Athletic League. It has been suggested that a Civil Service Inter Departmental Athletic League should be forme to revive and regularise the very enjoyable even ing matches which took place in the perio between the wars, and the hon. secretary would like to hear from Departmental secretaries with their views on this. If there is sufficient intere st expressed a meeting will be arranged to discuss the matter. Service Olympic Officials. With pleasure. we notice the names of several of our members in the list of Olympic Games Athletics officials. E. H. L. Clynes (Assistance Board) and J. Gilbert (Inland Revenue, Edin­ burgh) have been appointed to two of the most important positions. Clynes, who is to be referee for throwing events, is hon. secretary of the A.A.A., and Gilbert, who holds a similar post with the Scottish A.A.A., is to be referee for track events. J. J. Gillis (E. in C' s. Office, G.P.O.), who was C.S. athletics champion in 1921, is one of the three nominated starters. George Nicol, late of the L.P.R., G.P.O., is to do the job he has performed for so many years at the A.A.A. championships, that of marksman. With competitors from so many different coun­ tries, Nicol's knowledge of languages will be in­ valuable. He, incidentally, was British quarter mile champion in 1913. The telephones and switchboard will be controlled by G. W. S. Tolley, L.T.R., G.P.O., with operators from the staff of the P.O. Telephones. Tolley is hon. secretary of Epsom and Ewell Harriers. V. Harman (Min. of Supply), who is hon. secretary of Slough A.C., is on the control points staff for the Marathon Race.· At the time of going the press no word has been received regarding the Association's allotment of Olympic Games tickets. When the tickets are received they will be distributed to apolicants J. Ross WILLIAMSON. immediately. Sale of meals to a la carte teas, no change. stop 7 p.m. winter, 8 p.m. summer, except by special arran15ement in advance. Special func­ tions catered for when sufficient notice given. Area Conference, 1948. Friday, June zi:;th, Treasury. Lewis Cuo: Telecoms c;, Bucking­ ham o; Plvmouth 3, Chatham o. Rugby Cuo: National Physical Laboratory 7 pts., Farn­ Don't fonget to book for the borough 6 ots. Boxing Championships at the Seymour Hall.


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Servi�e and Navy Draw at Portsmouth This match was originally for decision at Ports­ mouth on January 2·8 but was not played then owing to floods. When, owing to snow and frost the Arsenal game v. Portsmouth was cancelled, it looked a poor chance against Fratton Park being fit for the following Wednesday, February 25. However, the day was cold and fine: and indeed the sun proved a handicap to the players. Commander Beetham put on a good show for us. The Navy had cleared the pitch which was in excellent condition except for being soggy and slippery. The band of the Royal Marines pro­ vided music and the good crowd were treated to a spirited and clever exhibition of football. The result-a draw-reflected the merits of the two sides. Changes were made in the Service side. Ball was brought from the wing to centre, where he has been making good of late, and Par_r came up to inside right from the half-back line. A late change which brought in C. F. Elmes (a little 'un but good), at right-half for Dutton (indisposed) was not to our disadvantage for Elmes proved him­ self a tireless worker, willing and able to shoot on all occasions. One· of his shots late in the game, which hit the crossbar with the keeper out of position, might have won the game for us. The scoring took place in the opening quarter of an hour. Navy started with a rush, their right

wing being particularly dangerous. After five minutes their outside left Christie snapped up a pass and netted with a cross shot. We retaliated briskly but it was against the run of the play when, ten minutes later, Mott scored with a good shot from the inside left position. This ended the scoring. The game as a whole was without special in­ cident. Our outstanding performer was Day in goal. He was always safe and assured and one save of his in the second half, when the ball was diverted by one of our players, had the stamp of Sam Bartram. Bridgman put up the best per­ formance I have seen him give. Our wingers were weak on this showing, but Ryan was up against a tall strong back and was not too well served with the ball. The side finished strongly. With this side we need not fear to be disgraced by anything in the amateur line we are likely to meet. Goal: G. Day (Chatham); backs: F. Kitchen (Civil Aviation), C. R. Neale (Home Office); half­ backs: A. P. Hawkes (New Scotland Yard), L. Bridgman (P.O. Telecoms.), C. F. Elmes (P.O. Headquarters); forwards: J. A. Ryan (P.O. Tele­ coms.), D. C. Mott (War Damage), H. J. Ball (Admiralty) . H. Parr ( eapt.) (Tels., Lincoln), D. H. Hunt (N.W.D.O.). R.R. C.

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which they already had a booking, the produc­ tions to be spread over the shortest possible period in the spring of 1949. The list of plays for pro­ duction would be chosen by a Committee of the Society of C.S. Authors. The titles, synopsis and details of cast would be circulated to all Dramatic Societies wishing to take part, who would then apply for copies of those plays likely to suit them. An adjudicator would attend one production by each Society of their chosen play. Societies could present their plays on more than one night if they chose. A Committee was appointed to conduc_t the detailed operation of the scheme. A new publication, " The Civil Service Author," edited by Mr. T. A. Martin, has reached us. It is the official organ of the Society of C.S. Authors and aims at giving news and views of literary matters and information regarding the technicalities of the writing trade. It will cater for the established author, but also for beginners in the art of writing. The Ministry of Food's next production will be four one-act ol::tvs at the Carlton Hotel on March 18 and 1q, " Smoke Screens," " Fumed Oak," " The Stronger " and " The Anniversary." They

Att.-A recent exhibition of pictorial· art, com­ prising painting and drawing, photography and embroidery pictures, was held by the P.O. at Norwich. Over 400 visitors saw the show. Preston P.O. reports a newly formed art group in the Te1ephone Manager's Branch. Literary and Dramatic News.-The Society of C.S. Authors held an inaugural meeting to con­ sider the proposed Drama Festival on March 4 at the Victoria and Albert' Museum. Mr. James Laver was on the chair and the organiser, Mr. Neilson Gattey. Representatives from 20 C.S. Dramatic Societies attended. The chief difficulty in holding the Festival was reported to be the finding of a t_heatre available for a long booking. Most theatres in London used by the amateur societies were already booked up to the spring of 1949. Several societies had commitments until that date at various theatres. In the circumstances the maioritv of representatives were in favour, for this initial venture, of producing plays by C.S. authors, of each Society puttin� on the show at the theatre of their own choice at a period for


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plan to present a three-act play at the Mary Ward Settlement 'lheatre at the end of May. This Society i.::; in need o:t a stage manager. Anyone interested should contact Miss Roach at Room 5c, lvlontague House, VvhitehalL Recent productions in the P. 0. include '' Quiet Week-end," by the Plymouth Telephone Area, and" Great Day," at King George's Hall, by the Centre Area Dramatic Society. E. M. TILLMAN. u GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU THE CRUSADERS." While history books agree that the Crusaders of old went forth to smite the infidel, there are, among historians, those who hint that the Crusaders found pleasure in doing so : there were valuable trifles to be picked up. Since 19.,_6 the C.S. Crusaders have been going forth wich equal zeal to smite their foes on the cricket field, but at all times they have picked up friends who not only a�mire their prowes� _as cricketers, but also pay tnbute to their qualities as sportsmen and good fellows. In. giving the toast " The C.S. Crusaders " at their fifteenth annual dinner on March 12, at the Horse Shoe Hotel, Commander R. J. L. Hammond, R.N., dwelt humorously on those qualities which have endeared the Crusaders to their opponents all over the country. In a witty speech, he said that the Navy were always happy to meet the Crusaders, who, while they fought like tigers on the field, were nevertheless the best of fellows. He told stories about the Crusaders and also recited a whimsical jingle about an old , lady who swallowed a fly. Like Gilbert's " Flowers that bloom in the Spring '' it had nothing to do with the case. but it put everyone in a good humour, which continued throughout the evening. " Bill " Evans responded. He told how the Crusaders were founded by " C. B." and Barson (soon after they had founded the Sports Council) and how they had carried the banner of C.S. cricket all over the British Isles. Sir Noel Curtis Bennett gave " the Visitors." Here was the old " C. B." we know so well; his fervent belief in the true spirit of sportsman­ ship as a redeeming force in a ;¥orld of b_itter­ nes::; and discord rang through his speech like a clarion call. Here was the Crusader, not only in cricket, but in all those causes that need a lusty ch'lmuion. He paid a gracious tribute to, Arthur Watson, Chairman of the C.S. Sports Council, to whom, he said, Civil Service sportsmen owed so much. Maior The Rt. Hon. Lloyd George and Mr. Watson reulied. It was nice of Maior Lloyd GeorP-e to find time from the nressing cares of State to attend the dinner, but that struck me as

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characteristic of a man who said he often found the sight of the green square at Lords a balm to the spirit at times of mental and physical stress. Talking to Crusaders he struck the right note when he insisted that the game was the thing-not the result. Mr. Watson supported Major Lloyd George with a brief but sincere tribute to the Crusaders. Among so many speeches of high order it is perhaps strange that the shortest-that from Ross Woodley-should be, in my opinion, the gem of the evening. In proposing the toast '' Arthur Farlarn,'' he said Arthur was their President because the Crusaders like it that way. What more fitting tribute could a man pay in a company where to be a good fellow is of as much import­ ance · as being a good cricketer. When we rose and sang " For he's a jolly good fellow " we really meant it. Arthur Farlam modestly said " Thank you " -he could say little more, and I hazard a guess that he would have asked rro better tribute than that honest reason which Woodley gave. And so the speeches ended. There were other things, of course, good food, good entertainment, good fellowship and many good friends of the Crusaders there as guests to wish them well. But the significance for me was that here was a team, upholding the highest traditions of our greatest national game, respected wherever cricket is played, yet withal an ordinary, unassuming bunch - of fellows. I was proud to think that they are a Civil Servic_e side. J. H. M. The A:G.M. of Birmingham I.R. Cricket Club was held at Hall Green, on February 27; when there was a record attendance, under the presidency of C. W. Blasdale. The accounts showed a balance in hand; and the report drew attention to the record number of matches won last year, and the joint custody with the P.0. Stores of the C.S. Shield. It was hoped to have the services of Torn Pritchard, the Warwickshire and New Zealand Test bowler as coach this sea.sari, and a full programme· included matches with Gloucester and Nottingham. The following officers were elected :-President, C. W. Blasdale; capt. and match secretary, R. S. Holmes; secre­ tary, P. H. Andrews; assistant secretary, J. Brooke; treasurer, H. J. Galpin; assistant treasurer, R. Pinder. Rugby.-The R.A.E. Farnborough XV, -play­ ing for the first time in the Civil Service Rugby Cun, defeated the Post Office Engineers by 3 goals and 1 try (18 points) to nil, in the second round of the comvetition at Chiswick. In the first half, when R.A.E. were playing


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against a strong wind they did well to hold the do not " hurt yourself." Your turn to laugh will Engineers and the forwards had a hard time. come-on the actual day of the race. Another instance of " mental attitude " comes In the second period the R.A.E. took advantage of the wind and changed their tactics to long kicks from a rider's ave'rsion to a particular track. This and quick following up. Throughout the game Continued on page 164. our forwards got the ball from four out of five set scrums. Tries were scored by Simpson (2), Mallinson and Morris. Morris converted 3 times with some Chess Service Matches.-The only match brilliant kicking, one kick from the touchline being against a county side this season was 01 40 boards exceptionally good. against Essex, who had beaten the English Coun­ Secretaries' Addresses. ties Champions, Middlesex. Essex maintained their good form by winning 22-18 against the (January Journal pages ro8 and ro9) Service side. On February 21 our third represen­ AMENDMENTS. Under Swimming.-Delete T. Dwyer and substitute tative match of the season was played, against H. G. Jones, Secretaries Office, Customs and Excise, Oxford University. We won 15-ro, dropping only Man. 1515, 2½ points on the first ten boards, whereas against City Gate House, Finsbury Square, E.C.2. • Ext. 1382. Under Post Office L.P.R. Outer Area.-Delete E. T. Essex we had dropped 7 points. Most of the team Walker and substitute G. P. Jones, Head Postmaster, travelled to Oxford by coach, foregathering on the Victoria Embankment at mid-day with snow Dartford, Kent. Under Cambridge.-Delete R. G. Saunders and sub­ ankle-deep and a nor'easter blowing. Conditions stitute A. Young. Delete Colwyn �ay and substitute under Departmental became less severe to the north of· London but Associations.-Ministry of Food Sports and Social Asso­ heavy snowfalls delayed the return. The friendly ciation, J. E. M. Wicks, Ministry of Food, 29, Bryanston welcome and pleasant match at Oxford were more Square, _Londc;m, W.1, F. G. Hobson, Room 109, 5, , than adequate recompense for the journey. On Fitzhardmge Street, London, W.1. Under Newcastle.-Delete D. W. Scarth and substitute March 5 a Service side put up a good performance A. Peacock, Inland Revenue, Vvatson House, Pilgrim by beating the British Correspondence Chess Association by 39-34 in a 73 board match. This Street, Newcastle on Tyne, 1. Under Warrington.-Delete K. G. Luxton and sub­ is the first defeat the B.C.C.A. have suffered since stitute J. H. Anderton. they took to playing friendly over-the-board matches. C.S. and Municip al League. Division 1.-Health 6, Arsenal 4; Supply 5, Transport 4½; G.P.O. 4½, L.C.C. 5½; Admiralty 3, Patent Office 7; No. 2-" The Mental Attitude." M.W.B. 3½, Customs 6½, Division 2.-Air Ministry 3½, By DICK SWANN. P.O. Savings 4½; Labour 6½, L.C.C. 1½; P.M.G. 2½, The mental attitude of the rider toward his Inland Revenue 5½; Unats 5, Trade 3; Works 3½, 4½- Division 3.-Health 6½, P.O. Factory opponents, or certain tracks, or conditions, is H.M.S.O. I½; L.C.C. 4, Crown Agents 4; Patent Office 2, Works important. It often means the difference between 6; Trade 2½, Transport 5½; F'uel and Power 5½, Customs victory and defeat. Some road riders, in training 2½; M.W.B. I½, Admiralty 6½; Customs 3½, Health 4½; runs, will " wipe the floor " with any- and every­ Transport 2l;, P.O. Factory 5½; Fuel and Power 4, L.C.C. 4. one. The same riders, in actual racing under time­ Cycling Association May Visit Southampton.­ trial conditions on the same roads and courses, will fail dismally, simply because they can't give South Africa.-Ian Scott (London Telecomms.) of their best without a " threatening wheel " near has raced well in South Africa as a member of the them, as in training with company. Again; there British Tourist Team. Scott will be remembered is the common case of the 'man who, in training, for his long list of championship wins in 1947. is aggressive and forceful, and who, in an actual Olympic Games.-Ken Marshall (London Tele­ sprint race on the track, is chary of taking the comms.), England's automatic "No. 1 " for the offensive. If only he could overcome his mental 1,000 metres timetrial, was among the competitors attitude such a rider could " go from the front " in the International Trackmeet at Herne Hill on and crush opposition. Yet fear of ridicule (in case Good Friday. of a tactical error), or of the crowd (stage fright), Nottingham.-Midland C.S. riders have raced of, in extreme cases, over-confidence (superiority in a few early-season events, but nobody is fit yet. complex), these kill his chance of victory. Many Nottingham would like to crack the unbeaten riders put too much effort into training, leaving racing record of London, put up in 1947. little or nothing " extra " for the day of the race. Southamoton.-There is a possibility of the visit Training should never take your full or " all­ of London Track and Road Teams this year, cap­ out " effort; always keep a trifle in hand and tained by Tom Riddick, National Track Champiori even if it means losing face " on a training run, of the C.S.C.A.

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BlackpooL-S. Richardson reports an inactive month. With the improvement in weather will come an improvement in attendance and support. London.-Social runs receive very erratic sup­ port. Racing members have been training hard and at least four London C.S.C.A. riders com­ peted in the opening trackmeet, the Southern Counties' promotion at Herne Hill on Good Friday. Forthcoming Events.-" 25," Sunday, May 16, promoted by' London Branch. Entry forms from T. E. Riddick, 23, Esmond Road, Bedford Park, London, W-4Civil Service B.A.-A special general meeting was held at Treasury Chambers, S.W.1, to con­ sider the report of the committee on the constitu­ tion and rules. The report was adopted and the new constitution and rules come into force im­ mediately. The main change is that the English; Scottish and Welsh C.S. Associations will exercise complete control over their areas and preliminary competitions leadipg up to the C.S. champion­ ships, whilst the parent body will be responsible for the· annual international championships, representative and other important fixtures. Previously the paren·t body was responsible for the English area, and the adoption of the new scheme made it necessary to set up an English organisation. This was done at a meeting of English representatives following the above-men­ tioned meeting, when the following officers were appointed: -President, G. T. Archibald.: vice­ presidents. A. E. Howell (London) and D. McFall (Birmingham); secretary, V. A. Prunier; treasurer, W. T. Elliott; auditors, J. Loynes and A. Warne. Copies of the new rules will be forwarded to all areas in due course and will be printed in- the Association Handbook, which is to make its re­ appearance this year. Netball Matches.-The first team played a representative match against Cambridsi;e Univer­ sity on February 14. At one point the Service were five goals down, but after a united effort by the team, the score crept up and the game ended with the score :i:5-12 in our favour. Future Matches.-March 13, First and Second v. Chelsea Poly; April ro, First and Second v. W.A.A.F. (First team Representative Match); May 8, First v. English Combined Universities. Rally .-May I. Details will be circulated later. C.S. An�ling Championshi.p.-Have you ever had that feeling, whenever the All En(;land Cham­ pionship was mentioned, that, iust for the interest and excitement of it, you would like to " have a go''?

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If yoti have, here is your chance for a similar event. The C.S.A.S. are examining the possibili­ ties of organismg a competition open to Civil Servants o.l: any grade, serving or retired on pension. .Pre1iminary details are as follows: The venue would be on the Thames, probably at Reading; the day would be a Monday, about the end of September; it would be a pegged down match of 4-5 hours duration; owing to restrictions the fish­ ing would be with gentles or worms only; the entrance fee would be approximately 5s. per com­ petitor. Before proceeding the Society must know the approximate number of anglers who would par­ ticipate; the number of replies will determine whether the proposed competition can be held as an Individual Cb.ampionship, or whether it would be more practicable to arrange for competing teams of 4. If you would like to " have a go," full details of carefully planned arrangements would be sent to you in plenty of time. Everyone would have an equal chance of winning and, win or not, it would make a day long to be remembered. Meanwhile do not send any entrance fees but write to L. Ferguson, Secretary, Civil Service • Angling Championship, r6, Walpole Court, Hampton· Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, and, whichever is applicable to your case, say: (a) " I can bring a team,'' or (b) '' I would fish in an Individual Competition.'' (Your name and address in block capitals would be appreciated.) Swimming Association Invade the Provinces.­ Congratulations to Miss Joan Cunningham (National Insurance) upon her selection to Pre­ Olympic Trials in Springboard Diving. Joan, :ust recovered from a diving mishap, goes to Black­ pool at Easter for the final selections. The Association's President for r948 is Sir Harold Parker, K.B.E., C.B., M.C. As an Execu­ tive of the Amateur Swimming Association, Sir Harold is a real worker in the swimmer's world­ our Association is ·honoured. To stimulate swimming throughout the Civil Service and give opportunity to the many dece�­ tralised Government Offices, the Executive in considering tenders for the 1948 Championships, have allocated to the most active of Provincial areas:The Team Swimming Champion�hip (Clark Cup), at Cardiff, on September 14. The roo vards Backstroke and the " Gresham Shield Race:" at Birmingham on September 2-8. Other dates for your diary : C.S. v. Cambridge U., at Cambridge on April 24. C.S. v. R.A.F., at Birmingham, on June 26.


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Quarter-mile Championship, at Tooting Bee, on June 28. vne Mile Championship, at Tooting Bee, on Ju1y 12. C.S. v. Army, at Ironmonger Row, London, on September 6. 100 Yards Free-style Junior, atL.P.J.A.A. Gala, Ironmonger Row, on September 24. 100 Yards Breast Stroke, at Customs Gala, on October 5. Harper Cup Competition, at A.G.D. Gala, Iron­ monger Row, on October 5. 100 Yards Free-style, Admiralty Gala, at Marshall Street, October 12. The fol10wing championships have not, as yet, been aLocated: 220 Yards Free-style, Plain Diving, Springboard Diving and Plunging. A new Championship event has been instituted. It is the C.S. Medley Team Championship. Each team consists of three men who each swim a distance of not less than 60 yards, one swimming Back Stroke, one Breast Stroke and one Free Style. The trophy awarded is to be the "W. W. J. Burton Memorial Trophy." The A.G.M. of the Birmingham C.S. Swimming Club was well attended and a scheme of re­ organisation was introduced under which the management will be in the hands of five executive officers with the aid of two small sub-committees. The elected officers were: Chairman, J. Crewe (G.P.O.); general secretary, Miss M. D. Crewe (routine business and correspondence); sports secretary, J. Stagg (G.P.O.) (all gala business); treasurer, A. Ventris-Field (Taxes) (finance, pub­ licity, training and competition programme organ­ isation); club captains, Men, T. Clarkson (G.P.O.), Ladies, Miss Hampton (Telephone House), who will be responsible for the physical performance of the programmes. Plans are already going_ ahead for the new season which opens on Amil II. Club history has also been made by securing an executive seat (l. H. Stone, Ministry of Health) on the C.S.A.S.A. The Secretary of the Civil Service A.S.A. was so impressed by the gala organised by the Birming­ ham Club that he has been successful in arraming for a Services competition as between the Civil Service and R.A.F. on June 26, at Woodcock Street Baths, Birmingham, at 6.30 p.m. These events are normally held in London. It is hoped, therefore, that the Service will rally round and make it a success. Another swimming date to book is the annual gala on September 28 and this wili include some national championships urnally held in London. It should be noted this is a Tues­ day and a departure from usual Saturday.

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Golfing Society's Knock-out Draw.-The draw for tne .. Lloyd George " inter-Society knock-out competition has resulted in some interesLmg pair­ ings and is as toilows: Vamation Otiice v. Agriculture and Fisheries. Works v. Labour. Treasury v. Supply. Transport v. health. Food v. Somerset House. Post Office v. Air Ministry. Paymaster General v. War Damage Commission. Assistance Board v. Crown Agents. No �oubt we shall be hearing of keen games again this year with the Ministry of Works team, the present holders, anxious to retain the cup for another year. The list of low handicap players for the repre­ sentative games presents a welcome sight and I expect the chosen teams to give good account of themselves. The first game will be against the Army on May 25 at the West Hill G.C. I have no further news for any interested ladies about the resuscitation of their Society, but I feel that something will get under way this year. If any ladies other than those who have already com­ municated with me will write Eric Walton, at 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middlesex I shall be glad to tell them what is the present 'position. Service Rifle Trial Match.-lt is intended to hold a Service Rifle trial match, provisional date­ Sunday, April 18-at Eisley, in preparation for the representative matches v. Army, R.A.F., Royal Navy and Royal Marines in May and June. The Association hopes to be in a position to defray travelling expenses in excess of ros. for those invited. Members desirous of participating are requested to notify Mr. C. E. R. Nobbs, Savings Bank Division, P.O. Savings Dept., Blythe Road, London, W.14, as early as possible. When writing please state your average (S.R.b) under Kings I conditions (i.e. 7 shots each at 200, 500 and 600 yards). This shoot will rank for the Corliss Cup. The O'Meara Cup Competition for 1948, a competition confined to the Engineering Staffs of the G.P.O., has been won by the Portsmouth Telephone Area with a score of 788 ex 80·0. Brighton, Area were second with 782 points and E. in C.O. (Telephone Branch) third with 799 points. A. Bond, of Portsmouth, is to be con­ gratulated on a double " possible " for his team. An entry of 18 Engineer Teams was received. Waterhouse Cup-1947-48 (Open to all Post Office Rifle Clubs).-Final Round: 1, G P.O. "A," 964; 2, Glasgow P.O., 962; 3, G.P.O. "B," 960; 4, Leeds Postal Clerks, 955; 5, York T.M.O., 921.


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played at aU in the great American Dominion. This, apparently is not true, because the '' R.A. News," published by the Ottawa C.S. Recreational Association, states in its February issue that L. A. C. 0. Hunt, a sports fan, is particularly interested in cricket and thinks that it might be possible to organise an R.A. cricket team. It looks as if it might be possible for the C.S. Crusaders to· extend their touring arrangements abroad in the future.

The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL is pub. lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.r. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service Sports Journal, Matter for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. WhJ..le present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted. General Editor : C. D. HOWARD.

Assistant Editors: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art and Drama; Mr. R. T. Tudor, Rugby. Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum.

Sir Stafford Speaks.-The other day Sir Stafford Cripps took tea with the C. and E. Staffs at City Gate House, E.C. According to " Customs and Excise Sports Magazine '' the Chancellor spoke of the value of the team spirit and said that a Civil Servants' work is likely to be improved if he or she combines actively with colleagues in recrea­ tional pursuits. Sir Stafford was pleased to learn that the drama and music were not being neglected in the pursuit of outdoor games, but seemed a little regretful that ballet was outside the club's scope. .According to the daily press Sir Stafford holds Britain in the palms of his hands, for he is not only Chancellor, but he dictates production and consumption. If that be so, his words take on added weight. Give us a Show, Sir Stafford. That is the title of a striking article which appeared in the February issue of the "Courier." We were provided with an advance print of the article, but we were unable to comment on it previously owing to lack of space. Briefly, it is a reasoned plea for holding the cancelled " Great Exhibition " for 1951, subject to a scheme for cutting the coat <11ccording to the cloth available. The writer would commandeer. all the galleries, museums , institutiolis, etc., throughout London together with places such as Earls Court, Olympia and the Agricul­ tural Hall, and stage the exhibition in sections. The scheme has much to commend it. The writer also suggests holding a festival of Empire Sport simultaneously in 1951 and with this suggestion we thoroughly agree. Canada and Cricket.-Cricket has become a passion throughout the wide flung Commonwealth of Nations with an important exception. The game has not taken root in Canada. There is a prevalent idea in this country that cricket is not

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H. Y. THOMAS. With· deep regret we record the death of Howard York Thomas at the age of 54. Howard Thomas was a member of the Bir­ mingham C.S. Sports Association since its inception and had previously been actively connected with the Postal C.C. He fol­ lowed Chris. Thompson as area secretary and subsequently became vice-chairman until August, 1946, when he was appointed Head Postmaster at Grantham. He was made a life vice-president at that date. He was Birmingham delegate to the annual con­ ference for many years and was elected chairman of the morning session in 1945 and 1946-an honour he deeply appreciated. During the close-down of sport, 1939-1944, he carried on alone as executive, and· was responsible for the negotiations with the War Office when the ground was requisi­ tioned. Howard was well-liked by everyone with whom he came in contact and we in Birmingham remember the enthusiasm he displayed in the acquisition of the ground at Hall Green, th� new bowling green, and the gymkhanas. The funeral took place at Lodge Hill on February 26 and was well attended by his many friends and colleagues. Amongst those present were A. W. Langford (Head Postmaster, Birmin�ham), R. S. Holmes (Inland Revenue), Chris. Thompson, W. G. Baxter, D. McFall, Kitchen and many of his Masonic· colleai:;ues. Howard Thomas leaves a widow and son to whom we tender our deepest sympathy. It will be a source of comfort to her to know that he was so well-loved by his many friends. R. S. HOLMES. CYCLING FOR THE BEGINNER.-Continued from page 161. is often due to a fault in the rider's machine, which the testing qualities of that particular track bring to his notice in the shape of speed-wobbles or uneven riding. I advise you to get onto that


• CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. track by yourself on a· training morning, and deter­ mined1y attack that comer at speed, again and again. Familiarity breeds contempt, and after a while you'll think nothing of racing into it at full speed, in company and adual competition. A case in point, regarding the inferiority complex: a certain young rider, who came under my in­ structions, would race well, and win well, in open events against first-class juniors, and gain high places in senior events. Yet he had a complex regarding a member of his own junior team. Time and again he would be in a seemingly unassail­ able position, yet a determined " bluff from his " bete noir would demoralise him completely. Judicious inquiry among his contemporaries elicited the fact, that in their " novice_ days, the youngster in question had received repeated beatings from this opponent, due in the main to his greatly. inferior bicycle· and equipment. This had bred a false fear, and even with the later of_ equipment, the old fear · " levelling up remained, and affected this rider's " mental atti­ tude." It fell to my lot to eradicate this complex, and I'm happy to say I did eradicate it, by much logical argument, and a little " boosting. So much so, that my protege became absolute master of his rival, and ended up by concedi.ng him a start in handicap events. (Next month: The Bicycle.) II

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LONDON TOW'N Tennis at Chiswick.-An invitation is extended to ail civil servants, and friends of civil servants, to join the Civil Service (Chiswick) Lawn Tennis Club for the coming season which begins on Saturday, May r. Whether you are a beginner or an expert player you will be equally welcome; although the stan­ dard of play in the club generally is high, the club is large enough to enable players of all standards to be accommodated. If you are taking up tennis and starting completely from scratch, you will probably find it worth while to join, if possible, with a colleague of similar standard, but I might add that when I joined the club in 1937, I hardly knew which end. of the racquet to hit the ball. Some of my candid friends say that I use the wrong end a good deal of the time now, but that is another story. Before the war the membership of the Civil Service (Chiswick) Lawn Tennis Club was some 300 strong, and whilst to all intents and purposes, t�e club ceased to function rnon after the begin­ ning of the war, a small nucleus of members did manage to play throue-hout the war, and so preserve th� continuitv of the club. Most of the post-war difficulties in re-establishing the club

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have been overcome, and during the present season a membership figure of 130 was achieved. A large proportion of these members have been playing throughout the winter. 1 he Management Committee of the club recog­ nises that an influx of new members is essential if the club is to become firmly re-established, and many of the older members, who have assisted in managing the club's affairs for longer than some of them care to recall, would welcome an influx of new and energetic members who would be prepared to play a part. in organising the club adivities. The potentialities of the club are con­ siderable. The Chiswick ground is well equipped with adequate dressing rooms, shower baths, etc., ahd in addition to a fully licensed bar, refresh­ ments and light meals, at reasonable prices, are obtainable. For the coming season there will be 8 grass courts and 2 hard courts at the disposal of the dub, and when it is considered that the subscrip­ tions quoted below include the supply of balls, it will be appreciated that these rates compare very favourably with other clubs. Tennis is played at Chiswick on both Saturdays and Sundays and on each week-day except Fridays. SUBSCRIPTION RATES .. Civil Servants and wives of Civil Servants: Annual members, £3 13s. 6d.; seasonal members, £2 12s. 6d. May I to September 30. Civil Servants under z·o years of age: Annual members, £2 rzs. 6d., seasonal mem­ bers, £r rrs. 6d.. Non-Civil Servants: Annual members, £4 4s., seasonal members, £3 3s. During the present season 3 dances were held, and an . end of season supper/ dance and prize giving function was a conspicuo�s success. It is hoped that this coming season will see a more ambitious programme of social events, but ,this, of course, depends to a large extent upon the members themselves. lf you are interested in joining the club for the coming season, we shall be pleased to see you on May r at the Chiswick ground, or if you would like to talk things over before joining, there will always be a committee member, or an officer of the club, at the Chiswick ground during any week end. Alternatively you might wish to write to the hon. secretary, Civil Service (Chiswick) Lawn Tennis Club. Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, W-4-· The Civil Service Sports Ground at Chiswick is reached by No. 9 bus (get off at Barnes Bridge ancl walk over the bridge) or by train to Barnes Bridge Station (again walk over the bridge) on the Waterloo-Hounslow line. The train takes r8


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On 30th March at 6 p.m. ATTEND FUTURE TRAINING Particulars from:

Mrs. JACOBI, Hon. Sec., Mountview 2654, 5-17 Northwood Hall, Homsey Lane, N.6 minutes from Waterloo and the ground 1s 8 minutes walk from the station. Hope to see you on May 1, and come down with your kit, ready to play. London Table Tennis League.-Mount Pleas­ ant are leading in the race for the Championship, followed by L.T.R. Headquarters. Ministry of Supply are leading in the Second Division. Patent Office, Board of Trade, G.T. and L.T.R. City are together at the top of 3a, and A.G.D., G.P.O. lead 3b. The top sides in the Fourth Division are Land Re15istry, War Office " A," Revenue " A " and L.T.R. Long Distance, and, in the Fifth Division, War Office "B." Labour R.O. are undefeated in the First Women's Division as are Revenue in .the Second, while Shepherdess sides lead both Third Divisions. C.S. R ugby Club.-The record is not impres­ sive but they were unfortunate in losing a number of excellent players in the season. Not the least being last year's captain and vice-captain, Edwards and Thwaite. Edmiston has been lost as a player through injury. We are improvising with the three-quarter line, and the problem still is with the centres. Pugh at outside-half, has been a pillar of strength. Giles (N.P.L.) has joined and is is a decided asset to the pack. Had he been hooking in the first half of the game against the Saracens the score of 16-3 would not have been run up against us. This lack of getting the ball back has had a bad effect on the backs throughout the whole season, causing them to lose confidence in attack. Next season will show an improvement when we bring up some of the juniors. Some of the better players join outside clubs rather than play for the C.S. and I appeal to their loyalty, and ask them to join the club. We are striving to put the C.S. on the map, and would like backing from these players. The hon. secre­ tary, C. Martin Creasy, 12 The Priory, St. Mark's Hill, Surbiton, Surrey, would like to hear from these players, with a view to next season. It is pleasing to report that the game against

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the Northern Ireland C.S. at Chiswick on Feb­ ruary 13, was a roaring success. London won by II points to 3 in a hard fought game, watched by the biggest crowd seen at rugger at Chiswick for many a day. The Supper and Dance in the evening was almost a '' closed gates '' affair. The number at supper was just inside the statutory number, and for the first time ladies were present. There were many distinguished guests, including our Irish visitors and Sir Godfrey Ince. The Club President, Commander W. J. A. Davies, was in the chair. Girls arrived for the dance and coaches were laid on , which enabled the party to go on as long as possible. Here's to the next time! The season is over except for the two fixtures April 3 v. Catford Bridge, and April ro v. Upper Clapton. The Club will enter a team in the Middlesex 7-a-side tournament. G. A. G.

BOARD OF TRADE'S SPORTS DAY FIXED. The long awaited Association Dance is now only an extremely pleasant memory. 350 people en­ joyed at the Victoria Rooms the music of an ex­ cellent band and the witticisms of an excellent M.C. The next big Association event is the .Annual Sports at Chiswick on June 15. If last year's sports day is anything to go by we have every justification in looking forward to an excellent afternoon's sport. Spurred on by the success of '' The Young Mrs. Barrington " and " Fresh Fields " the Dramatic Society are rehearsing a new play to be presented early in May. It has bee_n whispered that the play will be " Ladies in Retirement ,'' but we shall soon know. The Football and Table Tennis Teams are still near , or at, the top of their respective leagues and we are very proud of their successes. As popular as ever is the Horticultural Society. The small shop is well stocked wit'h seeds and fertilisers and the selling staff of the Society have hectic lunch-times on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, when selling their wares to some of the Society's 1,000 members. Arrangements are in hand to hold a spring show, an event we are looking forward to with pleasure. . With thought of spring and pleasant weather in mind the Millbank Camera Club has re-organised itself, ne-named itself the Photographic Society, and, is putting on an ambitious programme for the coming outdoor season. It is hoped that now the supply position of materials is. improving, more people will shake the dust from their Brownie or Leica and join the Society, thereby improving both their work and helping others to do likewise. The many clubs, large and small, inside the' Board are running smoothly, fostering good fellow-


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. ship and goodwill among all concerned. The winter s_eason _has been a good one, let us hope the summer will be no less successrul. Mount Pleasant Stage a Revue " Mail Coach." -1 he premier football side is last but one in the league, whiist the "A'' and "B" sides are first and second respective!}'. in their league�, l��e "B" s�de havinP- one match m hand). The A team, wm­ ners �f th: Inter�ediate C�allenge Cup, _ are finalists agamst Buckmgham II m the Intermediate Charity Cup. Our Rifle team is awaiting the result of the A.C.C. and T.A.B. shoot which may make them winners of �he L.B.H. Division 5 league. K. R. Kemp and A. Creighton won through the " Evening News " qualifying round at golf. Dart section report they are certain winners of the L.P. league (Southern Section) and City league, and · won their first round of the C.S. K.O. Cup by beating Chelsea 2 legs to I. Table Tennis Section is enjoying another sue-, cessful season by heading the C.S. league Division I (played 12, won II, losing 1) _w?i_le the Ladies' team is third in the C.S. league Div1s10n 3b (played 12 won 9, lost 3). They also report second place in ' the L.P. league Premier Division (played 8, won 7, lost 1) and thir� in the _L.B.H. league Divi8ion l (Eastern Section) havmg played 12, winning 8, drawing 2, losing 2. The Dramatic Section's staging of " Blithe Spirit " at the club's own theatre was by all accounts the section's best of the season and the producer, G. McDaniel, and the players are to be congratulated for the excellent enter:tai?ment aiven to very large audiences. The section s last �how for this season, a revue " Mail Coaclj.," at the Cripnlegate Theatre will now be over, and the section·will start planning another big programme for the oncoming season. Our soc_ial committee announce a dance at St. Pancras Town Hall on Thursday, April 22. All the rest of the 21 sections report continued progress. E. J. HAWKINS, General Secretary. S.B.D.'s Swimming Successes (Hon. Secretary, H. T. Barrett).-H. Walkden, energetic hon. secrefa.ry of the Swimmin� Club. reports that �he A.G.M. of the club was held on February 27 with the Director of Savings oresiding. An outstanding year was reviewed. The League Championships for both men and women were won in 1947. Other successes team and individual, were included in a satisfact�ry Annual Report: A big effort will be needed in 1q48 to maintain the high standard_ set. A photo�ranh of the winning teams with the Direc­ tor of Savings and the two trophies was taken by the S.B. Photographic Society on February 3. T�ble Tennis has new quarters in the basement gymnasium. The improved conditions, with three

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tables permanently in position, should sti:Dll:late interest. New members at reduced subscnpt10ns are welcome during .the closing weeks of the season, says Ken Jackson, hon. �ecreta:y, I--: -�-�4The men's first team is placed midway m Divis10n I and the "A" team retains second place in Divi­ sion IVa. It is regretted that the women are at the reverse end in their table but people and tables have been known to show less worthy positional relationship! From Harrogate Ken Walls tells me _that the main event of the month has been the victory of the Soccer Club over the Old Harrogatonians, their local rivals, in the second round of the Whit­ worth Cup (senior soccer competition in the Harro­ gate area,). Ross scored the only go_al of the match after a brilliant solo dash. The third round draw is awaited with great interest. The A.G.M. at Manchester will now have taken place and, though_ l_ittle change is expected in constitution or committee, the unexpected usually happens there reflects Jock Paul. The Soccer Section has been upset by many members selected to play subsequently crying off, and reshuffling has caused damaging defeats .. 1� is hoped the new selection committee formed w:ll u�­ troduce a steadying effect. The Netball Section is plugging ahead and the girls deserve }?raise _for turning out so consistently. The·Dramahc Sect10n staged " The Young Mrs. Barrington," in aid of Benenden and Christie's Hospital,- and a success­ ful four nights' run resulted in numerous inquiries


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regarding the next production which, incidentally, will be " The Barton Mystery." Crescent Enter Head of River --:-This year of

Olympics has made everyone more '' Sport Con­ scious " and Crescent R.C. celebrated by entering its first post-war Head of the River Race. I record our committee's appreciation of the fine response made by the crew in training. To leave one's bed eariy on Sunday mornings during the winter in order to get afloat at Chiswick, no mean journey for most of us, gives proof of enthusiasm and the right spirit, and we can be proud of the resultant improvement in the crew. . . After the '' Head,'' we settle down to crew building for the coming Regatta season, with club races to follow in the autumn. The club extends a cordial invitation to Civil Servants living in North and East London to pay us a visit at Tyrrell's Boathouse, Springhill, Clapton, E.5, or to contad me at 6, Penrhyn Avenue, London, E.17 (Larkswood 6308). Evening rowing commenced on March 23, and all interested in this grand sport- can be sure of a welcome on Tuesday and Friday evenings. J. Jones (P.O. Stores), Hon. Secretary. · Cygnet Rowing Club.-Rowing, contrary to a general misconception, is not a matter for brute strength if speed is the objective. Careful control of bodily movements ensures that physical strength is not squandered but is preserved to drive the boat through the ,water at a maximum, whilst using the minimum effort to keep it that way. Observation of a first class " eight " at practice shows the ease with which the oarsmen flash home the handles of their blades to their bodies. This glimpse of smooth­ ness and prncision is the result of a deal of thought on the part of men and their coaches. Good oarsmanship requires a deal of practice, &nd a considerable amount of expert coaching. Amateur rowing clubs provide the means towards this end. Fresh air and exercise increases bodily fitness, which in turn should sharpen up the mental processes. Club. membership ensures a degree of companionship with at least one com­ mon interest, and good sportsmanship is an in­ fluence for the betterment of us all. Civil Servants, male or female, have excellent rowing facilities provided by the Sports Council at the C.S. Boathouse, Chiswick. The Cygnet R.C. provides tor the men, and is very active in the competitive field. New members are assured of a warm welcome-their interests, as potential strength of the future, will not be subjugated to those older members. Practice days at present are Saturday afternoons and Sundav mornine-s. Light teas and licensed bar are av'lih.ble in the Boathouse. C. H. WATLING.

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ROUND THE AREAS Chatham and the Football Committee.-The

A.G.M. will be held during April. If the list of nominees for the various offices and Area Council is any criterion of members' general interest the outlook is not encouraging. There is no opposition to the existing officers and only fifteen nominations for sixteen members of the Area Council. Football.-The question now is " Is this our last season in the Lewis Cup Competition? The pro­ posed alteration by the football committee of Rule 4 practically rules out any further participation by this Area. We all regret if such a decision becomes inevitable as we have made many friends during the interesting games in which we have taken p'3,rt. Our evening knock-out competition will oommence in early April. I cannot yet say how many teams will compete but members ,can be assured of interesting games, and the present holders, E.E.M., will have to fight hard to retain the trophy. · Cricket.-A meeting to consider arrangements for the Leslie Ames knock-out competition will be held shortly. Our four pitches are all fully booked for Saturday and Sunday matches and there are fourteen dubs applying for use of practice nets. Tennis.-The C.S. Club is considerably increas­ ing membership. They have applied for the pei:m<)..nent use of four -of the seven courts. Only four other clubs have applied for evening bookings. Bowls.-The C.S. Bowls Club have been granted the use of three ·rinks, as in the past, and in addi­ tion any rinks which are not otherwise booked in advance. The Bowls Club membership, particu­ larly the retired section, is increasing and the extra facilities will be appreciated. Putting.-It ·is hoped greater interest than last year will be taken in this section. The Council will be prepared to sponsor a competition if any member will undertake the organisation. lndoo-r Games.-It is impossible to give up to the minute league tables. Leading positions on March 6. P. W. L. Pts. Table Tennis. 16 8 Post Office 8 16 8 Gillingham Elec. 8 I2 E.E.M. 6 7 Billiards and Snooker.--Sec. A. P. W. D. L. Pts. Locals 8 7 r IS Boat House 8 4 2 2 IO Sec. B. C.E.O. I2 7 5 2 E.E.M. 8 5 2 I I:.o Cards.-Sec. A. 8 5 I 2 20 Painters 8 4 2 2 19 Locals ...


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Birmingham Plans a Second Ground.-The A.G.M. of the area held on February 23 was one of the most successful ever held, both in attend­ ance and the keen interest shown. Members were satisfied with the officers as they were re-elected as follows: Chairman, A. W. Langford (G.P.O.), vice-chairman, R. S. Holmes (Inland Revenue), treasurer, A. T. Yendell (Inland Revenue), secre­ tary, W. G. Baxter (G.P.O.), assistant secretary, H. Wareham (G.P.O.). The annual report stated after protracted nego­ tiations the area is able to proceed with the pro­ vision of new dressing roo:ns. These wiil provide changing accommodation for six teams; the.re will be showers, storage room for playing gear, and a private room for the groundsman. The bar and kitchen wiil also be moved into the new building. When this work is completed early in 1948 the Hall Green ground will at last take its place as one of the best available to amateur players in the Midlands and the Sports Council looks for a substantial increase in attend1.nce at sporting and social events held at the ground. Shareholdings increased by approximately 2·00 during 1q47 and the membership is now 1,500. In view of the great increase in the number of Civil Servants in recent years this figure cannot be regarded as satisfactory, and if the Council is to fulfil its long term plans for providing a second ground and a club room in the city centre, it is clear that the membership must be at least doubled. This would be achieved if every existing member were to recruit one new subscriber-a simple task indeed. The Inter­ national Bowls week held at Hall Green in July was very successful and the Bowls Section Com, mittee is to be cornr ratulated on their ex,cellent arran �ements. Another highlight reflecting /?Teat credit on the organicers was the visit of the War­ wickshire Countv Cricket eleven to play a C.S. representative side.

The accounts showed a small balance in hana thanKs JJii,nari�y lo the profit made on the bar and refresnments. LJurin0 the evening Mr. Kitchen presented the chairmrn with an electric table lamp as a slight appreciation 0£ the splendid work he has done durin:; the 1ast twelve months. Campbelt McGregor was responsible for a mag­ nificent smoking concert in the pavilion at Hall Green and was well repaid by seeing the place packed to capJ.city. The quality of the entertain­ ment was very high and . thanks are due to the artistes, Miss Doreen Wells, and Messrs. Henry Hall, Bert Parker, Harold Wakefield, Bob Sleigh and the Harry Heath Banjo Trio. R.A.E. (Farnborough) Comes to Chiswick Ath­ letic S?orts.-The Ministry of Supply Sports will take place at Chiswick on Wednesday, May 26, 1948. Fu:1 details are on Departmental Notice Boards and it is hoped that the R.A.E. contingent will be a strong one. Entry forms from The Secre­ tary, Exterml Welfare Section, Extn. 72. Owing lo the ori-sinal date of the R.A.E. Sports following very close to the M.O.S. Sports, the Inter-Depart­ mental Events will take place on Saturday, June 12, 1948. Departments should commence organ­ ising Lheir teams with this date in view. Angli.ng.-February 29, when the outing origin­ ally fixed for February 22 took place, turned out to be the finest day of the year. Conditions were ideal, and the party started off with visions of smashing all records. As s0 often happens in angling, the resulcs were the reverse, but the lovely weather went a long way towards compensating for this. Turner Cup (R.A.E. waters only) positions to dJ.te:J. Darge, 12 lb. 4oz.; F. W. Kirkby, 5 lb. r2 oz.; J. H. Chetwynd, 5 lb. 6 oz. A.G.M .. April 5, 1948, 5.45 p.m. Table Tennis.-Continuing upon their success of last sea�on, when they won all divisions of the Aldershot and Camberley League, the R.A.E. are at pre�ent in the following positions: Aldershot League Division I, "A" team 1st, "B" 2nd, "C" team 5th. Division III, "D" team 3rd. Ladies, R.A.E. rst. The club has a coaching system and welcomes new members, especially junior members (under 18 years). Championship events for juniors are run by the Aldershot League and the Civil Service. · Women's Hockey.-The club is having a good season under the Presidency of Mr. W. J. Nichol� son, who succeeded Mrs. G. Al�ton, now at Bed­ ford, who has our best wishes for the future. Record to end of February: Played 16, Won ro, lost S, Drawn r. A.G.M. April 15, m Ladies' Room, Canteen, 5.25 p.m. C. V. FALKNER.


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P.O. Store's (Biim.ingham) 1947 Record.-For the seniors, sect10ns devoted to air ntle shooting, athlecics, angling, bowls, cricket, football, horti­ culture, model aircratt flying, swimming and tennis were in action. As regards the juniors a youth club some 300 strong continued with the tollowing sections: Ballroom dancing classes, billiards, choir, cricket, film shows, football, lectures, physical training, quiz contests, snooker, swimming, tennis and table tennis. Membership 1,896. Trophies won included the Birmingham Area Civil Service Sports Association Football Shield and Swimming Cup, whilst the cricket team be­ came joint holders with the Inland Revenue of the same Association's Cricket Shield. The Society provided both teams in the final tie of the football competition. In competitions outside Service both the men's and women's teams in the Warwickshire Lawn Tennis League secured promotion to higher divi­ sions, whilst the ai:r rifle section won the champion­ ship of the Small Heath and Distri\:t League with­ out loss of a point. Southampton's Blitzed Trophy.-Annual prize giving evening proved as popular as similar events held in the past. The organisers of this pleasing " show '' were duly rewarded by a " full house." The proceedings concluded with a dance. Mr. A. J. Langridge, President, presented the prizes to the following winners:Bi1liards: Winner, Mr. R. King; Runner up, Mr. W. Spratt. Snooker Singles: Winner, Mr. D. J. Davies; Runner up, Mr. A. Randall. Snooker Doubles: Winners, Mr. E. L. Baker and Mr. L. S. Salmon; Runners up, Mr. W. Spratt and Mr. A. Randall. Cricket Shield: Ordnance Survey Office Cricket Club. Much interest was displayed in the Cricket Shield. It was recovered from the rubble after enemy bombing at Southampton. It has been decided not to remove the portions of rubble that still exist on the trophy. Another successful function staged by our En­ tertainment Committee was the annual dance held in the Royal Pier Pavilion. The prejudice in con­ nection with Pier dances had disappeared entirely. Familar faces were everywhere in evidence among the attendance of 300. Since this event was ,con­ fined to members, relatives and friends, the prevail­ ing atmosphere was friendly and homely. Lena Cook's orchestra contributed in no small way to the enioyment of the proceedings. Mr, Fred Bevis proved a popular M.C. There were old-time dances-and others-to meet various tastes and the entertainment com­ mittee are to be con <!fatulated on the success of this event-one of the best ever. Thanks to ticket

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sellers and other helpers. The outfie1d and cricket table received special treatment at much expense during the latter part ot 1947 and early in 1948. Cricketers wi1l observe that tne cricket table is in first-class condition. Several meetings have taken place in connec­ tion with the visit of the Hampshire County Cricket eleven on Sunday, May 2. The proceeds will be given to a benefit tund in aid of five Hamp­ shire professionals, Messrs. Arnold, Bailey, Mc­ Corkell, Herman and Hill. Admission will be by score card. An autographed cricket bat and other prizes will be given lo lucky spectators. Refresh­ ments will be available and a large attendance is expected. Turning to the football season about to close, Telephones, O.S.O. and the Head Post Office have all had a fairly suocessful season. Customs have had several games for the first time for some years. Meanwhile, all members are asked to attend the A.G.M. C. F. M. Swansea's

Cricketers to Tour Devon.-The

adjourned A.G.M. was held on February 27 when alterations to existing rules were discussed. After the overflowing attendance at the first meeting in January the numbers present were disappointing, but a considerable amount of useful business was got through, and those who did attend can hardly complain on the grounds of dullness. At the Cricket A.G.M. on February 20 it was decided to run two teams in 1948-one for Satur­ day fixtures and one for mid-week. H. Hayman and D. Roberts were chosen as respective captains. The annual Devon Tour was discussed, and W. E. Jones was congratulated on the excellent work he had done as Tour Secretary. R. Wilson was last year's secretary, and it was with regret the meeting heard that he would be unable to continue in that capacity during 1948 owing to his having been elevated to the p_osition of club secretary. Our good wishes and the usual measure of condolences go to his able successor, Tommy Walshe. I am pleased that the Men's Table Tennis Team has found its feet at last, and their position in the league gives rise to great hopes. The Ladies' Team is unbeaten and no doubt it is their continued success which has spurred on the men to greater efforts. The Bowls Section is much alive despite the " close " season. Whilst I am writing this I am looking forward to tq-night's Bowls Social Even­ ing. A Swimming Section is in full swing under the able direction of.Charlie Carpenter who has an eye to the 1950 British Empire Championships. The club much appreciates the swimming pool facilities given by the University of Swansea. I haven't mentioned the Darts or Snooker Sec­ tions. No have I referred to Hockey, Tennis or


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any 0£ the numerous other activities of the club. So will the secretaries and members of these sec­ tions please forgive me if l leave their activities to M, W. EusTACE. the next issue. Rosyth Swimming.-The conveners of the Swimming Section report that the attendance at the " Caledonia " pooi has dropped considerably, and as it is felt that we may lose the facilities provided, it would be appreciated if 'the wet-bobs would spread the information regarding the baths to members who may be unaware at present. To the newcomers, the conveners will give a_ hearty welcome, but a word of 'Yarning will be of ad­ vantage. The facilities were obtained after a long struggle, and we must ensur� that our members are aware of the need for certain unofficial rules to be observed. These are as follows: (a) Always carry your membership card (or temporary pass if awaiting issue of the card). (b) Always conform to the directions given by the R.N. personnel at the baths and don't enter the dressing rooms until permission is given. ( c) Always respect the cleanliness of the premises. (d) Always use the showers before swimming so as to obviate fouling the water. (e) Don't use the showers after· swimming. (f) Don't smoke either inside the building or whilst inside the establishment. (g) Always behave in an orderly manner and remember we are the guests. The membership will appreciate the fact that these rules have been drafted in all good faith, not because people behave in unruly fashion, but to draw attention to what is required. A few months ago it was decided to hold com­ petitive aquatic events and trophies were obtained for this purpose. It has been disappointing to learn that the venture has flopped due to lack of entries. It cannot be that everyone is bashful! Come on, you mermen and mermaids-do your stuff! !

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HARROGATE'S LADY RUNNER. Dividend Branch, P.O. Savings Bank, Harro­ gate, February 19, 1948. Sir,-If you have not heard of Miss Enid Johnson I think it is time you did. Who is she.? A well-built girl, all muscle, and very easy on the eye. On1=o of our Clerical Assist- · ants. What doe5 she do? To say she can run is hardly enou.i:;h-she flies. And boy, is she ver­ satile! Anything from one inch to twice round the world will suit her. Her victories: June, 1947-880 yards Team Match v. Leeds University. June, 1947-1st, 880 yards at Winterton. August, 1947-880 yards at

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THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS .COUNCIL, LTD: TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT The Civil Service Sports Council has pleasure in At the same meeting Sir Edward presented the presenting its twenty-seventh annual report. The Council's Trophies. Miss Vera Dace received the ylc!ar 1947 has been one of progress in ail spheres: " Warren Fisher " Cup for the best individual a year m which recruitment equalled that of ten sports per±drmance of the year; the " Duke of pre-war years; one in which new grounds were York " Trophy went to the London Telecommuni­ obtained and one which witnessed stirring achieve­ cations Region Sports Association and the ments by area, departmental, and sports associa­ " Russell Scott " Cup for the best area record tion alike. went to the Plymouth Area. In recording this year of progress, in which both R.ecruitment.-As was anticipated, the introduc­ revival and new development have been equally tion of the new rebate scheme and the increased good, the Council feels that its organisations have rebates it provided was followed by active recruit­ played a useful part in the present difficult times. ing campaigns in many places, and as a result, The strain of war years has continued in the years there was an unprecedented influx of new mem­ of peace: there has ,been little ease in the pressure bers. The total shareholding at December 31 was of official duties, and in making healthy relaxation over sixty thousand, an increase of more than possible ±or some fifty thousand servants of the fourteen thousand over the previous year. The State the Council regards its contribution to the actual number of applications dealt with w.as well national welfare as being worthy of record. That in excess of fourteen thousand, there being an record must, of necessity, be fairly broad in its inevitable delay in new applicants becoming effec­ scope, especially as the SPORTS JOURNAL has kept tive subscribers. members intormed of day-to-day happenings, and It has been suggested by some that many of the only matters of general interest will be touched new subscribers will remain in membership only upon. so long as rebates substantially in excess of sub­ Management.-The rapid extension of the scriptions are available, but the Council hopes Council's activities and the revival of many of its that those now coming into membership will feel Sports and Departmental Associations threw a the urge to stay and give their aid to the move­ heavy burden on the Officers of the Council and ment which many have toiled for long years to its Committees, and towards the end of the year build up, even if it should become necessary to it became increasingly apparent that monthly reduce rebate at some future date. Reduction is meetings of the management committees would not not at present contemplated. be sufficient to cope with the rising volume of The rapid expansion in membership during 1947 work. The Finance Committee, in particular, was accompanied by a heavy increase in requests experienced severe pressure and additional meet­ - for Associate Membership, and the Council found ings were nes;essary. It is hoped in 1948 to lessen it necessary to ask areas to restrict admission of the strain_ of long meetings by holding Council Associates to ro per cent. of the full membership. meetings at two-monthly intervals so as to provide Following discussion on this matter at the Area time for more meetings of the Finance Committee Conference it was arranged for a small committee and the Sub�Committees which are from time to to look into the regulations concerning -these mem­ time elected for specific tasks. bers in the light of the present practice in areas. Members of all Committees deserve thanks for Finance.-The full Government Grant appears the help so willingly., and unselfishly given through­ in the accounts for the first time since 1939. The out the year. restoration of the grant enabled the Council to The Council was fortunate, towards the end of introduce the new rebate scheme which, as stated the yec!,r, to secure the help of Mr. G. S. Dunnett, above, has resulted in a substantial increase in who accepted office as Joint Honorary Treasurer. membership and that, in its turn, resulted in . Mr. Dunnett brings to the Council a wide adminis­ additional income from subscriptions. Grants trative experience, coupled with a lively interest in under the scheme total nearly £13,000 as against all sports, and especially in rugby and cricket. £7,000 in 1946. Awards.-At the April Council meeting, Sir The excess of Income over Expenditure, £5,138, Edward Bridges, on behalf of the Council, of has been. placed to reserve, and together with part which he is a Vice-President, presented Life of the reserves available from other years has been Membership badges to Miss E. L: Sanders, Mr. used (a) to repay loans, (b) to meet further E. H. L. Clynes, Mr. L. Hall and Mr. W. Killner. development not covered by Treasury loans and All have given long and valuable service to the ( c) to make substantial loans to affiliated Associa­ Council. tions. New development in 1947 has been met


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partly from Treasury loans and partly from in­ come. Full allowance has, however, been made for depreciation, and heavy costs of restoration have been met from reserve. The net increase in fixed assets is £10,700. The general financial position disclosed in the accounts is sound, . but the Council has recently considered it proper to issue a word of warning. The new rebate scheme was designed as a means of encouraging and helping the formation or reforma­ tion of Area and Departmental Associations. It was hoped that, whilst it would encourage recruit­ ment of new members, our colleagues would not seek to enlist people merely in a scramble to get more money. The funds available are not un­ limited and must be allocated equitably. The Council trusts therefore that future recruitment will spring from the personal interest of members and will not just become a mass collection of names upon which to claim additional rebate. Only thus shall we preserve the spirit upon which the movement was founded and built. Sports Journal.-There is little need to comment on the Council's monthly SPORTS JOURNAL. Those who are fortunate enough to get a copy regularly know how well the Editor, -C. D. Howard, is meet­ ing the demand for a lively, readable paper. In July the price was advanced to 2d. a copy, but the increased revenue did not cover printing costs and the Council had to meet a loss of some £500 in 1947. The Council regards this payment as money well spent. Circulation is still limited to 8,000 monthly. More readers are needed, but the Editor would prefer a wide circulation with members sharing copies where necessary, rather than heavy sales in some offices, with others unaware of the JOURNAL or unable to obtain copies. Chiswvck Ground.-The Ground Secretary, Mr. Battersby resigned in mid-summer after giving excellent service during his short stay with the Council, and Mr. A. Hamilton was appointed to the post. A new head groundsman was engaged and quickly proved his worth. Good progress was made with ground restoration during the year, two hard courts b�ing relaid by the new head groundsman and his staff, while a contract was placed for restoration of other ·courts and repair to the bowling green. The construction of a second green was considered, but it was found impossible to provide this except at the expense of other sports. The Ground Executive Committee was strength­ ened and gave valuable help in the direction and control of the ground. Mr. Groom succeeded Mr. Mather as Honorary Secretary and Mr. Burford was appointed Honorary Treasurer vice Mr. Teal. The catering arrangements continued to work smoothly, and departments which held sports days

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at Chiswick commented on the excellent meal service. Chiswick Boathouse.-The revival at the Boat­ house continued, aided by a young and enthusi­ astic Committee. Before the war, largely due to the guidance and inspiration of John Crozier and H. A. Mather, the Civil Service held a high place among rowing clubs. Fortunately these two are still on hand to advise the younger men who have taken over the active tasks of management and already Civil Service rowing is getting back to where it belongs. Sports Associations.-Our sports associations continued to flourish during the year under review, some old ones were revived and new ones were formed. Many Civil Servants achieved Inter­ national distinction in sport. Fourteen associations received direct financial help from the Council in sums ranging from £1rn to £300: anglers and bad­ minton players were helped with aid towards rent and the Riding Association had a substantial loan for the purchase of horses. An extension of the help given to sports associations is being con­ sidered by a special committee set up to advise the Council on the matter. There were increased entries in the " Lewis " Cup Football competition and the " Curtis Bennett " Shield Cricket contest, the former going to Chatham, who defeated Customs and Excise. A series of unfortunate delays prevented completion of the " C.B." Shield Competition, but the semi-final and final games are to take place in May, 1948. Arrange­ ments were made for resumption of Representative games in Golf and Rugby, and the Hockey Association was promised help with a trial match as a prelude to games against the Services. Area Assiociations.-New area associations were set up at Branston (Burton-on-Trent), Springfields (Preston), Sheerness and Watford. The old-established areas were in many cases helped with ground restoration programmes and in some places capital expenditure on additional courts and bowling green was authorised. Newer associations, notably Chester, Gloucester and Scar­ borough made good progress. The latter had an unfortunate setback when faced with the possi, bility of loss of its premises, but to prevent the Club being evicted the Council lent money for purchase which the ScaPborough Club is to repay. Manchester suffered severely, losing its pavilion by fire, and for some time there was a possibility that the ground might have to close. A new com­ mittee has, however, promised to tackle the difficulties wit.h energy and the Council has agreed to the continuance of the occupation of the ground subject to a report on the financial position at the end of summer, 1948. New grounds were purchased at Donnington, (Continued on page 178).


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1946 LIABILITIES:­ (for comparison) Current:{. Rebates due to Departmental Associations 595 Balances due to Areas and Affiliated Clubs 6,432 Funds deposited by Clubs, etc. 72 Other Creditors 732

£ £ £ (shillings and pence omitted) 1,351 9,826 73 1,034 12,284

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1,720 7,265 645 885 4,000 4,989 119 16,000 799 2,305 30,685 6,262

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DEBENTURES AND LOANS: Debentures secured on local properties:­ Birmingham Mortgage Debentures at 4% ... Bristol Debenture Stock at 5% .:. Cardiff Mortgage Debentures at 4% Manchester Mortgage Debentures at 4% Plymouth Mortgage Debentures at 4% Southampton Stock at 5% ... Add: Interest accrued thereon

17,789 1,720 7,265 645 885 4,000 4,463 --18,978 119

·Government Loan: secured on the income of the Council and by an equitable charge on properties acquired out of . .. . .. loan moneys .. . Loans to be secured by Debentures to be issued

19,097 24,863 779

CAPITAL AND RESERVE: Share Capital Issued :60,899 Shares of 1/- each fully paid Reserve (mainly absorbed in Fixed Assets per Contra) :- Balance on 31st December, 1946 36,947 ... Add: Excess of Income over Expenditure for the year to 5,139 date ... (Signed) (Signed) (Signed) (Signed)

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CURRENT ASSETS r 1946 1947 (for £ £ {. comparison) (shillings and pence omitted) £ Balances at Banks and Cash in Hand 7,859 3,357· 11,223 Investments in Government Securities at cost-(Market Value 10,223 on 31st December, 1947 £10,463 15s.) Sundry Debtors :2,420 Members' Subscriptions due from Departments 3,500 3,161 2,476 Balances due from Areas and Clubs ... Deposits against purchase of properties 2,230 1,143 947 Other Debtors 9;ss8 70 75 Metropole Hall, Furniture, etc. 65 25 Stock of Colours, Badges, etc. 23,553 FIXED ASSETS : Expenditure on Land, Buildings and Development less depreciation :Freehold Properties :­ 5,196 5,068 Birmingham 6,602 Bristol 6,736 ... 2,534 Donnington ... 4,954 4,319 Exeter 7,925 5,589 Gloucester 1,567 521 Newport 9,325 9,516 Plymouth ... 9,704 9,796 Southampton Leasehold Properties :14,109 13,987 Chiswick ... ... . .. 2,386 2,435 Chiswick Boathouse and Boats 910 1,439 Cardiff 1,147 1,168 Chatham 1,420 800 Chester 1,373 1,250 Manchester 1,840 Portsmouth . 1,2!)9 5 ... Swansea ... ... 501 Store (lease to be negotiated) 682 Watford (lease to be negotiated) ... 73,474 LOANS to affiliated Associations for Ground purchase,. development and equipment:5,067 Inland Revenue-Grove Park . .. 531 2,396 Foreign Office-Swakeleys .. . ... 2,168 London Telecommunications Region (G.P.O.) -Waddon 1,500 1,000 C. S. Riding Club ... ... ... ... . .. 10,631

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Sanderstead and Newcastle, small additional plots for ground extension were obtained at South­ ampton, and the Newport ground, previously held on lease, was purchased. Land and premises were leased at Swansea and negotiations were started for lease of land at Eltham. In the continued search for new grounds, the Chairman and the Secretary visited many possible sites. Some ·were established sports grounds; others were plots alleged to be ready for develop­ ment. The prices asked for the former were often unduly high. The Officers of t h e Council are fully alive to the need for ground in north, east and north-west London and in other centres of Civil Service activity and are continuing their search for suitable sites. It is unlikely that land will be found dose to th e centre of London and a journey of ten miles or more may be essential, but it must be remembered that the Council is planning for the future. Even within a few years improved transport and the return of private motoring at modest cost may bring within easy reach grounds which are now thought inaccessible. Areia Conference.-The annual conference of Area representatives was held at t h e end of .June. Forty-seven , representatives from twenty-seven · areas attended and the discussions were stimulating and useful. The day was rounded off ,by a very enjoyable trip _9own river from Tower Bridge, the Port of London Authority acting as hosts in a most gracious manner. It is interesting to note that, faced with a proposal to hold the Conference in the . provinces in alternate years, members voted solidly for meetings in London. Departmental Associations.-There were en-c.ouraging reports from many departmental sports bodies in 1947. Many made great strides forward, some revived activities abandoned under the strain of war conditions; new ones were formed in some Ministries and in all directions there were signs that 1947 would herald a great awakening in departments. The increased aid which the Council for Departmental Sport may have some is offering . 1 may beanng on th·1s we1come deve1opment and ·t be that new men are coming forward, fired with enthusiasm, to extend the existing bodies or to create the new.. Whatever the reason, the Council is gratified to see this surge of new members into . . departmenta1 sport. . Three ground owning. departments, the Foreign Office, the Inland Revenue Department and the London Telecommunications Region of :Jhe Post Office were given substantial assistance by way of loans for ground :development and, in addition, the first two had grants for deferred repairs. Conclusiok•,�The Council• was ·founded :as a,·

voluntary movement; its continued success de­ pends on a steady flow of volunteers coming forward to h elp manage and run the many activi­ ties it now embraces. Between the wars, Civil Servants could, in most cases, look forward to time which was was their own and leisure which they could devote to voluntary movements such as this. In consequence, those who carried the burden in the formative years were able to give many hours to th e work they undertook. But things are different now; leisure for many of the senior people is all too scarce, and for that reason the increasing tasks must -be shared by a greater numbers of helpers if the movement is not only to continue wit h its efficiency unimpaired, but to be able to deal with the rapid expansion which com­ menced in 1947. In thanking all those who have helped so loyally during the past year, both at Headquarters and elsewhere, the Officers of the Council appeal to others who are able, to come forward and lend a hand, and thus share the burden which the present helpers are so generously bearing. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL. The Annual .Meeting 0£ the Council was held in the Conference Room of the Treasury on March 31 under the Ch airmanship of Mr. A. E. Watson. The Annual Report and Accounts for 1947 were adopted. Mr. A. E. Watson was elected a Life VicePr�ident of the Council, Sir Harold Parker was elected Chairman, and Mr. <:;. S. Dunnett, Vice­ Chairman of the Council. Officers re-elected for 1948-49 were : Vice-Chairmen: Miss .E. A. Sharp, Sir Godfrey Ince, Sir H. Wilson Smith, Mr. A. R. Farlam. Chaz".rman, Chiswick Ground Executive: Mr. J. Crozier. Hon. Legal Adviser: Mr. W. A. H. Druitt. Hon. Secretary: .Mr. T. H. s·mclair. Hon. Treasurer: Mr. S. H. Rowell. General Secretary : 11,r m.r. J . H . M"ddl 1 eton. Mr. W. B. Grimwood was re-elected Auditor. It was agreed that the representation on the Council of affiliated bodies should remain as in 1947, except in the case of governing bodies of Sports, where the representation was to be two members, irrespective of the total membership of the· body_ :concerned.


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I had an opportunity to look at the WATFORD ·ground when I had a talk with J. G. LEGGETT, the chairman and a Ministry of Works representa­ tive, regarding the tenure of the grounds, which are to be used by the Area. We looked at the old school chapel which it is hoped to convert for use as an indoor games and social centre. The latter is only in the proposal stage, as much depends on the cost of rent, alterations and running expenses. There are stained glass w1midows in the chapel which may prove a problem. Now they cast " a dim, religious light" and they will have to be removed, but they are worth preserving, and I hope a way will be found of getting them out without damage. The chapel is not, so far as we could- discover, consecrated. For all that, it must be hallowed in the memory of many boys and girls who passed through the school when it was the London Orphanage. That warrants care in dis­ posing of the windows, many of which are memorials to old scholars. The sports ground was in good condition, and when the tennis courts and bowling green are ready-work should have commenced-Watford will have grounds to be proud of.

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The survey of 1947 in the Annual Report of the Council touches but briefly on all the work which goes on all over the country. Committees are often said to keep minutes but to waste hours, but because I have some inner knowledge of their· working I want to record weird in praise 6f Com­ mittees, the members who serve on them and the' officers who guide them and put their decisions into operation. Generally those on Committees get little time to take active part in the things they plan-except to be on hand to keep the machine running-they come in for frequent criticism and do not always get the praise when it is deserved. For all that, they are an essential part of the organisation. At Headquarters the Council has always been fortunate in having people on its committees and in high office who have kept clear in view the objectives for which the Council !otrives. It is inevitable that the passing years should take many helpers from us, and although we all knew that the Chairman, MR. A. E. WATSON, must one day give up, how hard it struck us when at the Annual Meeting he said he must do so. There was no doubt about the sincerity of those present at the meeting when they expressed their deep regret on hearing this. Two things softened the blow. One, that SIR HAROLD PARKER would take over control as Chairman .and the other that Mr.- Watson would accept Life Vice­ Presidency, which was immediately proposed from the body of the meeting and unanimously approved. My work throws me in close contact with these officers. I therefore know, as few know, how much the movement owes to them both. Since 1924 Mr. Watson has held various offices from Financial Adviser to Chairman. He has been largely the architect of the Council's financial structure and its adviser on ground development-but beyond that he has given himself, and the movement is richer because of it.

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THE SOCIAL SIDE Art.-Summer programme of the P.O. Art Club include;, weekly drawmg from model in the studio, monthly sketching in the City, a day country excursion to a popular sketching ground, and a visit to the studio of a famous portrait painter. Sculpture is not indulged in by many amateurs, but the C.S. possesses a sculptor of note in Mr. Everatt-Gray, who has been elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. He be­ lieves that he is the first entirely '' Evening Student " to attain this honour. Music.-Mount Orchestra continue rehearsals every Tuesday evening at Mount Pleasant. Drama.-Explanatory leaflets and entry forms giving details of the C.S. Drama Festival, between March and May, 1949, are available from the Hon. Festival Organiser, Mr. Neilson Gattey, 78, North Side, S.W-4- The last date for entry, June 30, 1948. Plays must be submitted by July 31, 1948, by registered post to Mr. T. A. Martin, 2, Ellerton Lodge, East End Road, N.3. Lord Vansittart, President, Society of C.S. Authors, has promised a trophy to be awarded to the Society presenting the production which is the best, in the opinion of an independent adjudicator. The object of the Festival is to promote greater interest in plays of merit, particularly new plays, by C.S. authors. Ministry of Food Society's next production will be " The Man With a Load of Mischief,11 by Ashley Dukes, May 20 and 21, 7.30 p.m., Ball­ room, Carlton Hotel, Haymarket. Tickets from Mrs. J. V. Fox, Montague House, S.W.r. Board of Trade Society need male members and producers. Anyone interested contact Mrs. J. Musselwhite, WHI 5140, extn. 390. . Ministry of Labour " Pall Mall Players " present '' Passing Brampton Road,'' a delightful comedy by Brandon Thomas, the author of " Charley's Aunt," in May. Recent productions of " The Mount Players " include " Old Moore's Almanac," "Thread of Scarlet," "An Entire Change of Programme," " The Velvet Goat," " Blithe Spirit," and " Mail Coach." C. and E. Society presented " People at Sea," by J. B. Priestley on April 5. This included a larger cast than their other recent productions and gave some of their less experienced actors a chance., An outstanding -performance as the elderly professor was given by S. G. Watts, who knew how to combine age with vitality. Peggy Weekes gave a masterful performance; she is a boi-n Lady Macbeth. She was well supported by Edna.M. Smith and Brenda Huggett as the spirited maid and the elderly passenger. Peter Scales and Tom A. Brister impersonated " character types "

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which never lost character. I should have liked to have seen Frank Manning look older for the part, but this is a small criticism of a delightful evening's entertainment. This Society has an honourable list of performances to its credit, dating from 1908 and continuity has been maintained except during the two wars. Ministry of Supply, Leatherhead, recently gave a well attended display or films on gardening and bee-keeping.

LEWIS CUP-Semi-Final Rounds London Telecommunications 5, Buckingham O. Played at Chiswick. London Telecoms. reached the Final with a well-deserved win over Bucking­ ham by 5 goals to o. A fog which persisted until half an hour before the K.O. threatened to prevent play, but it cleared before the start. Although Telecoms. were the better talented side and played more attractive football-and they, took their chances.-they were not so superior as the score suggests. Bucks opened in dashing style and the " veteran " Leonhardt nearly gave Bucks the lead. Telecoms. soon settled down and took the play in hand, but Bucks fought back and threatened danger whenever they broke away. Telecoms. scored after 25 minutes by a goal from Ryan. It was a magnificent shot from 35 yards which gave the Bucks goalie no chance. This followed a fine bout of approach work on the Telecoms. l�ft. The latter continued to press hard. At this period the Bucks goalkeeper was called upon to make many saves and responded well, but could not prevent a shot from Whisker entering the net to put Telecoms. two up. This goal was quickly followed by a third with a beautiful header by Ryan. Ten minutes from half-time · Pettitt added a fourth. The second half was less spectacular.· Bucks worked hard and their approach work often threatened danger but their passes often went astray and their finishing was bad. They had more of the game during this half and Telecoms. scored only once, through Kaley, who made the score 5-0. Plymouth 3, Chatham 0. The second Semi-Final at Chiswick produced an unexpected result. Plymouth overcame their . rivals, Chatham, by a well-deserved victory and will now contest with London Telecoms. the right to hold the cup for one year or, if the Final ends in a draw, both teams will become joint holders. This match was fought at a fast pace through­ out; no quarter was given by either side. The tackling by both teams was of the terrier type.


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Plymouth opened the score after 15 minutes' play with an excellent goal from Thompson at outside­ He succeeded in getting the ball under right. control in spite of close attention by two of the Chatham defence and made no mistake with a kick into the corner of the net, out of the reach of the goalkeeper. Play was of the ding-dong kind but Chatham were not so impressive as on ±ormer occasions. They missed their regular wingers. Their players worked hard but there was not that cohesion between attack and defence which was a feature of previous games. In attack, the Plymouth outside-left impressed and from one of his many centres Hobbs scored the second for Plymouth. In the second half Chatham went all out to get a goal and had bad luck when Mason hit the post from 30 yards with the goalkeeper well beaten. It was the best shot of the match. Plymouth continued their forthright tactics which brought them their third goal. The centre­ forward headed the ball into the net over the advancing Chatham goalie. Chatham had more of the play throughout the second half and deserved at least one goal. Plymouth were the better balanced team; they kept the ball moving and took their opportunities. They have been called upon to play away from home in\ every round, involving journeys of a total of 2,000 miles.

Rugby Cup Final National Physical Laboratory (7) v. Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough ( 6). R.A.E. won the toss at Chiswick, March 17, and elected to play with the wind. Shortly after the kick-off, R.A.E. pressed and were awarded a penalty· in an easy position but the kick failed. N.P. L. retaliated and playing well together were given a penalty which B. Ward kicked for a splendid goal. The game fluctuated, as it did right up till the final whistle; R.A.E. missed another easy penalty which proved to be their downfall in the end. Morris scored a penalty goal, and. the game was living up to the usual standard of keen play expected in a cup final. N.P.L. came back and within a few minutes of half-time scored a snappy drop-goal by R. Edmonds. R. A. E., who had been keen exploiters of the wind in their previous games, did not make the most of it, but their opportunities were restricted by the good hooking of J. Dent. With half-time score 7-3 N.P.L. were in a favourable position and for the first 15 minutes of the second half penned R.A.E. in their 25. Excitement rose as N.P.L. appeared to have

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scored, but the referee, W / C Wright, ordered a 5-yar,ds scrum. Several of if:hese ensued. Play became rapidly fluctuating and a brilliant oppor­ tunist effort by E. Simpson, wing-forward, who played a good game for R.A.E., produced a try with a run from the half-way line; he took the kick but failed. R.A.E. were given a penalty and again failed. N.P.L. took the play to the R.A.E.'s goal line, but with stentorious support from the touch-line R.A.E. retaliated and almost scored between the posts. Excitement ran high, and with a few minutes to go N.P.L. completely reversed the situation and a score seemed inevitable when the final whistle went. Sir Henry Wilson Smith, ·. President of the C.S.R.F.U., presented the cup and complimented both teams on the excellence of the game. H. W. F. E.

Seven-a-Side Competition.-First round: C. and E., P.O. (E.-in-C.), London Telecom. A., Byes; I.R. 13 pts., Works nil; National Physical Labora­ tory 18 pts., London Telecom. B. nil; Labour I6 pts., Admiralty nil; P.O.S.B. 8 pts., Air nil; Supply (Farnboro) 18 pts., Home niL Second round: C. and E. nil, I.R. 8 pts.; Supply (Farn­ boro) 16 pts., National Physical Laboratory nil; Labour 8 pts., P.O.S.B. 3 pts.; P.O. (E.-in�C.) 15 pts., London Telecoms. A. nil. Semi-Final: I.R. 3 pts., Supply (Farnboro) 13 pts.; Labour 3 pts., P.O. (E.-in-C.) 6 pts. Final: Supply (Farnboro) 3 pts., P.O. (E.-in-C.) 113 pts. SAVINGS BANK RUGBY.-On March r8, at Chiswick, the Savings Bank R.F.C. played the Savings Certificate Division and won by 22 points to 8. The game was something in the nature o.f a trial for a combined Savings Dept. side for future inter-departmental games. The Bank were at Chiswick in the " sevens " competition. The first round was won when the Air Ministry were beaten 8 points to 3. The second round against Labour was, for the Bank, a tale of dropped passes and lack of thrust and cohesion. We were defeated by 8 points to 3. The club urgently requires new blood to replace older members who each year avow that it is their last. New members are offered a welcome and are invited to contact me-Room 22, Establishment Bch., Ext. 259, ready for next season. BRYN SMITH.

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THE CIVIL SERVICE -SPORTS JOURNAL The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL is pub­ lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.r. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service Sports Journal, Matter for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will · be welcomed. While present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted. _ General Editor: C. D. HOWARD. Assistant Editors: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art and Drama; Mr. R. T. Tudor, Rugby. Subscription by'Post: 3s. per annum.

Editorial Mr. R. R. Cox, Board of Trade, forwards for publication the following letter, received in his capacity as Chairman 0£ the Departmental A?sociation: II, Downing Street, Whitehall, s.w. ro.3-48. My Dear Mr. Cox, Lady Cripps and I were very glad to get your report and to see of your progress. As you know, I am a great believer in the social and sports · activities within the Civil Service, and I think that all of us who are brought together in our work should do our utmost to encourage s,uch activities as those sponsored by your Ass,ociation. I am doubtful whether it will be possible for us to accept your kind invitation for June 15th, but · 'we have marked the date in our diaries. All our best wishes, R. STAFFORD CRIPPS. Readers should read the Annual Report. It is full of interesting information, and the work achieved is the result of twelve months of intense activity. J. H. Middleton, the Secretary, who kept the Council flag flying during the difficult war years, has with patience and courtesy ably borne ,L heavy load with limited finance. The Council now enjoys a stable income, but it is inadequate to cope with the_ problems involved, hand-in-hand with the generous policy of giving 5s. for 4s. The small staff has worked industriously and loyally. Ventris-Field, of Birmingham, who wrote a letter which we published several months ago, con­ cerning the JOURNAL and its distribution, was quite correct in his criticism. The answer, put briefly, as we must, is that to carry the reforms

into effect would absorb the whole of the income and staff. The movement cannot exist without its voluntary workers, and it is deeply grateful to those who carry on the work. But it is a bitt er truth that hundreds of self-sacrificing workers are needed, men and women of the pioneering spirit. You will come along, of -course, but do make the gesture s,oon. One of the old brigade now leaves the stage. Mr. Watson has resigned the Chairmanship. He has worked for the movement for a quarter of a century, quietly and efficiently. Most of his work has been done on the high level, but on occasions he has wielded the hammer and the shovel. It is scarcely possible to exaggerate the value, scope and persistence of the toil performed. We want more men of his calibre. Sir Harold Parker, who for years has performed valuable financial work, becomes Chairman. He furnishes another case of steady, plodding work over many years. We want more like him. Sir Harold is a member of the Committee of the­ Amateur Swimming Association, a Past-President of· Southern Counties A:S.A., President of the C.S.A.S.A., and a member of the Olym'Pic Games Management Committee (Swimming). Gloucester has been declared the champion Area for the year. Our readers will be aware of the great efforts put forth to provide quickly a first­ class ground, and against the many serious obstacles which arise, particularly during these most difficult times. Gloucester richly deserves the honour. Councillor Smith and his willing helpers have worked prodigies, and we put their great example before the Service in the hope that it will be widely copied in the near future. C.S.A.A.-For the cross-country in the Sir Sefton Branker competition with the R.A.F. and Middlesex, the Service team was without R. G. Gosney, Ord. Survey, injured when competing in the National Championship, and E. H. Herbert, British Museum, suffering from arsenical poisoning caused by his work as a taxidermist, who finished rst and 3rd respectively in the C.S. Championship. With their assistance we might have won instead of finishing a close third. A. F. Newson, I.R., in spite of lack of •training facilities at Llandudno where he is stationed, is running better than ever, and in finishing 4th was ahead of class runners. The remainder, with the exception of H. B. Young, Arsenal, who had one of those inexplicable " off days," ran up to form and were placed: K. Richardson, Air, 6th; J. Mahoney, Arsenal, 9th; A. E. Frost, I.R., nth; J. H. Barry, C. and E., 15th; J. P. Clark, Land Reg., r6th; R. Scott, Arsenal, 17th; J. J. Sherry, Trade, r8th; and H. B. Young, 26th; with a total of 53 points, to Middlesex 60 points and R.A.F. 58 points. This is the best performance we have


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. and " Howell " Cup games, before the Area finalists are known. Because of the calls made by the National Association on both the Area Association's green and its players, the Executive derive some satis­ faction out of the favourable progress now being made toward the second green at Chiswick. C.S. I.S. Association Gala Revived.-The Ice Association Activities Dance Championship was held at the Streatham Ice Rink. Wmners, Miss Daphne Payne and P. J. AMBITIOUS EXPANSION Hutchings with Miss Howard and R. A. E. Goode BOWLERS' PROGRAMME.-Since the A.G.M. elected runners-up. J. W. Bloe, O.B.E. (President), A. E. Howells, A Gala, first since 1939, was held at the Arosa M.B.E. (I.P.P.), V. A. Prunier (V.P.), W. Fraser Rink, Richmond Sportsdrome. In spite of a fog (V.P.), R. Cleland (Captain), L. A. Taylor (Vice­ the Rink was filled to capacity and everyone en­ Captain), C. J. R. Gunning (Treasurer), H. G. joyed the varied programme. The star attracti ns � Child (Comp'n Sec.), J. D. Biggs (Secretary), as were Miss Valda Osborne, N.S.A. Gold Medallist, their Executive for 1948, this team has experienced and Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Griffiths the well-known a hectic " close !oeason." Winter meetings have pair skaters. A shadow dance display was given produced a revised Constitution and Rules necrs­ by a team of our own members and the lighter sary to cope with the expansion of C.S. bowls. An touch was provided by our worthy Treasurer, Jock ambitious programme opens by the President Hutchings, in, "Grandpa Shows 'em How," . taking a six-rink team fo Shepherds Bush. Other assisted by Miss Edna Mason. The evemng con­ Presidents' matches are Cambridge Park (Chis­ cluded with the presentation o.f prizes by Miss wick, May 9) and Worthing B.C. (away, Aug. 21). Edith Ford. We were pleased to have with us Sir Association matches have been arranged against Godfrey Ince, Sir Harold Saunders. and Lady Metropolitan Police, May 30; London Transport, Saunders, Mr. Bankes Amery, Mr. Middleton. Mr. June 20; London Parks B.A., June 26; London A. V. Hopkins, General Manager, Sportsdrome, Scottish, July 3; Chatham C.S. (H), July 4; Boro' was present and we owe him thanks. for willing of Croydon, Aug. 8; . London Gas, Aug. 29; co-operation in making our first post-war Gala a F. P. BARNARD. Beckenham and Bromley League, Sept. 4; London success. Secretaries B.A., Sept. 5; Richmond and Barnes Women's Hockey Tournament Won b y South­ League, Sept. 12; Banks B.A., Sept. 18; Chatham amp ton.-The Club Tournament was �eld at C.S. (A), Sept. 25. Chiswick and 15 teams, 9 more than m 1947 competed, the provinces being represented for the The League Competition promises, as the result first time since r939 by two teams from Southof new Departmental formations, to be more keen ampton. than. ever. Fifteen clubs arranged in Division 1 Teams were in three groups and the short · (" Bunbury " Cup) and Division 2 (" Archibald " matches were kee,ly contested, players realising Cup) are all set for combat. that they had only a few minutes in which to score Division I.-Assistance Board, Central Tele­ goals and points. I.R., Public Trust e I, and War, � graph Office, Customs and Excise, H.M. Stationery passed into the semi-finals together with Southamp­ Office, Headquarters, London Telecom. Region, ton I as the highest runner-up, and these matc es � Paddington Postal, Savings Bank (A). were fought out amid excitement among watchmg Div�sion 2.-Board of Trade, London Postal supporters. Southampton I played War Office in (Retired Colleagues), Min. Food, Min. Supply, the final and won 2-0. Congratulations to Mount Pleasant, War Damage Comm., Savings Southampton, first provincial club to win this Bank (B). annual event. New clubs are being formed. Secretaries of some The A.G.M., June 3, 1948, at 6 p.m. in Room new clubs have made contact. All pre-war clubs 30, East Wing, Somerset House, W.C.2. have not been reformed, but there - is indication M. H. PICKERING. that future league games will be on the increase. Chess Decides Scottish Cham pionship.-A Ser­ National Champ ionships provide opportunities vice side played its last match of the season; a. for " needle " affairs. Whilst last season pro­ total of nine, won seven and lost two-a good duced exciting finishes in the Area Singles, Pairs, performance as our captain's polic3: has been to Triples and Rink finals, the winners of which provide opportunities for less expenenc�d players represent England against Wales and Scotland at to participate. In this last match a fairly st�ong Glasgow next July, entries for the coming season side defeated a combined Oxford and Cambndge· may contain a few surpnses in the " Bernthal " team 13 points to 7. achieved in this contest. Two civil servants, F. W. Morris, P.O. Stores, 19th, and W. H. Taberner, Air, 25th, were in the Middlesex foam. A.G.lVI. o.f the C.S.A.A. will be held at H.M. Treasury, May 7, at 6.30 p.m. J. Ross WILLIAMSON.


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Scottish Individual Championship at Edinburgh, at Easter. N. A. Perkins, G.P.O., put up a fine performance to finish equal first with W. A. Fair­ hurst, last year's winner. There were ten con­ testants. Dr. J. M. Aitken, Foreign Office, third; A. G. Burnett, Dept. of Health for Scotland, fourth; and the Edinburgh champion, S. L. Hart, Edinburgh P.O., fifth. Arrangements for play-off between Perkins and Fairhurst, ex-British cham­ pion, have to be made. Service Individual Championship Semi-finalists: C. G. Butcher, G.P.O., the holder, v. J. Ansell, Supply, and H. S. Parker, Civil Aviation, v. N. A. Perkins, G.P.O. In the Bonar Law trophy com­ petition G.P.O. beat National Physical Laboratory by 6-4 and meet Supply in the Final at G.P.O. headquarters on May 6. C.S. AND MUNICIPAL LEAGUE.-Division 1: Arsenal 5½, Transport 4½; Health 5½, L.C.C. 4½; Patent Office 5½, Customs 4½; Supply 5½, Admiralty 4t; M.W.B. 5, G.P.O. 5. Division 2: Labour 6½, Patent Office 1½; L.C.C. 5, P.M.G. 3; H.M.S.O. 4½, Air 3½; Trade 3½, Works 4½; Unats 5½, G.P.O. 2½; Savings 3, I.R. 5; Air 8, Trade O; Patent Office 3½, L.C.C. 4½; H.M.S.O. 2, I.R. 6; Unats 6½, Works 1½; G.P.O. 3½, P.M.G. 4½. Division 3: Crown Agents 4, Health 4; Works 3, Trade 5; Crown Agents 7½, M.W.B. ½; Admiralty 5½, Patent Office 2½; Patent Office 1½,_ Crown Agents 6½; Transport 5, Works 3. Division 4: L.C.C. 2, Air 4; H.M.S.O. 2, P.O. Testing 4; G.P.O. 2, Supply 4.

Girl Shot Flies from Germany .-The Rifle Association arranged three matches against women of the fighting services. The first, against W.A.A.F., was held on the G.P.O. range. It was enjoyable and the Association was glad to welcome high officers of the women's service, who were in attendance. The seriousness with which the match was treated by the W.A.A.F. is reflected by the fact that the " Possibles " and " Probables " had been drawn from units all over the British Isles, and placed under the instruction of Squadron­ Leader Willett, the 1946 King's Prize Winner.. One W.A.A.F. girl was flown over from Germany to shoot in the team. C.S. girls, captain Miss M. Bryant (I.R.) won by r,930 points to r,894. Arising out of this match is the possibility of the C.S. girls being invited to shoot a friendly match against the W.A.A.F., at Halton. Th� next representative match will be against the W.R.A.C., on April 24 on the same range. Members of Scottish Rifle Clubs competing at Largs, National Scottish Meeting, should visit the C.S. Tent at that meeting. London riflemen will be at the meeting and anxious to meet their Scottish col­ leagues. Do not forget the C.S._ Championship Meeting, Ham and Petersham, Saturday, June 19. W. H. HOLLOWAY, Press Officer. Golfing Representative Games Again.-This month will see the revival of representative

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matches against the fighting services. On May 26 the Service will play the Army over the course of the West Hill G.C. Teams will be composed of eight players who will play foursome and singles matches of 118 holes each. Invitations to play have been sent out for this match, the team for which must be in the nature of experiment. The Society has a good list of low handicap golfers and it is hoped to give many golfers not invited to play in the first match a trial in future matches. Entrance forms for the two-day meeting at Moor Park G.C., June 7 and 8, at which the Golf Championship will be decided, will be distributed to Secretaries shortly. Both courses at Moor Park will be available .for play and there will be no danger of having to turn entries away, as we did last year, due t o lack of accommodation. Further information about golf in the Service will be supplied upon application to Eric Walton, 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middx. Lawn Tennis Men's Representative Matches.­

May 9-Sandhurst Occasionals (Camberley), 2.45 p.m. May 30-Royal Air Force (Chiswick), 2.45 p.m. June 6-Army (Chiswick), 2.45 p.m. July 4-United Banks L.T.A. (Away), 2.45 p.in. July 18-Royal Navy (Chiswick), 2.45 p.m August 8-Army (Aldershot), 2.45 p.m. August 22-Hampshire County (Brockenhurst), 11.30 a.m. Sept. 5-Public Schools Old Boys L.T.A. (Chiswick), 2.45 p.m. ·

L.P.R. (Inner Area) • Darts.-Finals, May 7, 7 p.m., Cunningham Room, K.E.B. Events in­ clude C.S. Team and Individual Championships and Representative Match-L.P.R. v. "West One " League. Admission free. I.R. Seventeenth Annual Sports Meeting will be held at the ground, Grove Park, S.E., on Saturday, June 26, 3 p.m. All members of the department are eligible and should apply for entry forms to events Sub-Committee Sec., Mr. K. W. Dobson, Room 525, South Rotunda, r8 / 19, Monck Street, London, S.W.r. Entry fees, rs. one event, 2s. two or more events. Entries will close June 14. Correspondence, other than that relating to entries should be addressed to the Organising Sec., Mr. A. W. Williamson, Room 31, Duchy Rooms, Somerset House, Strand, W.C.2. (TEM 3540, Ex. 648.) Entries (to be sent to Mr. Dobson) are invited from all departments (except the I.R.) for the relay events:Men.-r mile: 880 x 440 x 220 x 220. Women.-660 yds. : 220 x 220 x no x rro. There are vacancies for membership of the I.R. Cricket Club. Applications to the Sec., Mr. R. H. Sturtevant, Room 66 New Wing, Somerset House, W.C.2. (Continued on page 190).


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Women Rowers Clash with Three Universities. -When we tried to revive representative eights CHISWICK-Football, 1948/49.- At the fixtures agai.pst the Women's Universities, our Sports Council meeting, March 23, 1948, it was challenge met with enthusiastic acceptance by reported that following the announcement in the Reading; Cambridge and London University Boat February and March issues of the SPORTS JOURNAL, ClubS. Rowing has become more popular among eleven applications had been received by the university women than in pre-war days. All three Chiswick Ground Executive from Departmental talked or '' second eights,'' and a much larger football clubs tor alternative Saturday pitches at number of members trom which to choose repre­ Chiswick tor the 1948-49 season. As regards the sentative crews than the Service clubs. It was method of allocation, on which clubs were asked ambitious to challenge these people to a race in lo express their views, eight clubs preferred a best boats when the Service crew was limited to a three-year tenure; two a permanent tenure; and choice or 8 out of 9 available members. However, one an annual draw. we decided to make the most of our opportunities. We met Reading on March 6 over a mile course The Council decided as follows: (a) The policy of .a three-year tenure be on home waters. It was a ding-dong battle as the crews kept level all down the course. In the final adopted; burst of rowing the Reading crew managed to push (b) clubs from " ground owning " departments their nose in front to win by 6. feet. should be excluded; The race against Cambridge on March g was (c) there should be a draw for the pitches avail­ disappointing as the Service crew failed to find its �ble; form and their opponents were able to establish '¼ (d) should any of the successful clubs drop out three-length win. during the three-year period, the unsuccess­ The Service crew were determined to win against ful clubs should be given the first oppor­ London on March zr. When waiting to start the tunity of taking over the vacant pitches; London crew drifted too near to the Service crew (e) at the end of the three-year period, the and a cross wind made matters worse. We took a application by new clubs whose depart­ chance and hoped we would swing away on the merntal support of the Council gave them. first few strokes. Unfortunately we were no a reasonable claim on Chiswick would be sooner '' off '' than blades were overlapping wildly decided, by drawing, if necessary; after as the London crew swung further over into our which, if pitches were still available, the water. We cleared and then had to avoid an eight clubs relinquishing pitches would participate approaching out of its proper station. We drew· in a draw. clear but the Service crew had lost a bit by being forced off their station and out of the stream. The The following clubs applied for the season crew rallied and rowed well for the rest of the race, r948/49:-Ministry of Supply (H.Q.), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Works Region, London but we were beaten by nearly a length. Three of the 11947 novices have qualified for C.S. Telecoms. Region, Admiralty, Ministry of Agricul­ Colours this year. That is a good beginning, but ture, Post Office Savings Bank, London Postal Region (H.Q.), Board of Trade, Customs and only a beginning-if we are to have a winning representative crew for 1949 we must start training Excise, Testing Officers. new novices now. The summer evenings and week­ London Telecommunications and Ministry of ends are before us-now is the time to start. Works were eliminated under (b) above, and as a Enquiries to Miss G. M. Barnes, Hon. Sec., result of the draw which followed, London Postal C.S.W.R.A., · 14, Beverley Close, Barnes, S.W.13. Region (H.Q.) were the unlucky club. The remaining eight clubs have, therefore, been m­ Crescent R.C. was Televised.-That rowing formed that they have been allotted a pitch for spectacle, Head of the River, has been rowed and, the seasons 1948-49, 1949-50, and 1950-51. although we hardly reproduced our best work in training, we did well, clocking 23 mins. 23 sees. C.S. (Chiswick) L.T. Club.-The season com­ for the 4¼ miles course. The highlight of the race for Crescent was a mences May 1, and we welcome all civil servants and their wives to come and play. There will be news-reel of the race, taken by the B.B.C. and available 10 grass, 4 hard courts and new balls televised twice. Crescent crew was featured and every week-end. Subscriptions £3 13s. 6d. for the mentioned, an occasion which is another milestone year or £2 12s. 6d. per season, with reduced rates in C.S. rowing. The Club is settling down to crew building for for juniors. Arpply for membership to the Secretary,


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the regatta season, and we are pleased to \.vekome a steady influx of keen novices, who bring new blood into the Club. The invitation to civil ser­ vants interested in rowing is again extended. You will be sure of a warm welcome on Tuesday and Friday evenings at Tyrrell's Boathouse, Springhill, Clapton, E.5. J. JONES, Hon. Secretary. Cygnet's Bungalow Camp.-167 crews com­ peted in the " Head of the River." Thousands witnessed Thames R.C. win the crown over the Mortlake to Putney course. Many more thousands wakhed Cambridge break the record for the dis­ tance between Putney and Mortlake. It is reason­ able to assume that rowing is increasing in popu­ larity. If this assumption is correct, we are safe in concluding that we shall be receiving enquiries from potential members. We have welcomed a number of new members but there is room for more. The Council provide excellent facilities at the C.S. Boathouse, Chiswick. We hope that the Cygnet bungalow camp at Hamhaugh Island, Shepperton, will prove as popular this year as it was last summer. Contact on Sloane 4522, Ext. 355, or pay a visit to the C.S. Boathouse any Saturday afternooon or Sunday morning. C. H, WATLING. C.S. Football League Review.-The final match of the season will decide honours, promo­ tion and relegation. In Division I, Fulham M.0. completed their programme of 20 games for 31 points, while Customs with 1 game to go have 1:o win by at least 6 goals to nil to overtake them. Trade will then be third, but -should Trade ,win against Customs they will be second. At the bottom of Division I, Air, Admiralty and Testing Officers, all with 13 points, are hoping to go above War and L.T.R. West with 14 points; any of these :five can be relegated to Division II. At the top of Division II, Royal Mint made a :fine last effort to be considered along with Labour, Watford, and Supply for promotion to Division I-one of these has to go up: Mint, 1 game to go, 31 points; Labour, 3 to go, 28 points; Supply, 1 to go, 30 points-while Mint and Labour have to nlav each other. Wandsworth, fourth, 17 games

for 25 points. In this Division Radio have scored only 2 pomts from ,19 games. The Reserve Division Champions are Customs, 25 points. Coronation Cup surprises have taken place, Testing Officers versus ,Wandsworth B.O. in the final. Testing Officers knocked out Royal Mint 1-0, Admiralty 6-4, Customs 2-11, and Education in the semi-final 3-2. Wandsworth Borough Officers, having a bye in the first round, knocked out L.T.R. West, by default, Air Ministry 4-2, and St. Pancras in two Semi-finals, o-o and 2-0. The final was played at Chiswick on April 14th. Service soccer teams wishing to enter the C.S. Leagues should forward ros. to Hon. Secretary, L. G. Livingstone, 109, The Brent, Dartford, Kent; before May 15th, 1948. The League's Annual Dinner will be held on G. A. A. S. May II. C.S. Crusaders.-Officers elected at the A.G.M.: President: A. R. Farlam; Vice-Presidents: Sir Noel Curtis Bennett, K.C.V.O., J. H. Evans, G. H. Parsons, W. H. Eastland W. L. Evans, A. J. Whitby, M.B.E.; Hon. Match Sec.: P. B. Dunthorne, "Codlins," Meooham, Kent; Hon. Treasurer: F. Wilscm, rr3, ieigham Ct. Road, Streatham, S.W.16; Hon. Publicity Sec.: G. H. Parsons, '' Redtiles,'' Vine Lane, Hillingdon, Middx; Hon. Genl. Sec.: W. J. Ross, 83, Lower Morden Lane, Morden Park, Surrey; Committee:

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Claro Cup for the Ba,tt]e of Britain competition of six-a-side teams. Af the Philatelic Society meeting, M arch 5, a novel " Twenty Questions " was the subject ot the evening, says H. G. W. Ragg. The team of ex­ p�rts consisting of Me�srs. Edwards, Taylor, G1l;>son a:,;id Bland drew four each with the Questionmaster, F. J. Coomer. Photographic Society were guests of St. Bride's Photographic Society, of Fleet Street, at the open­ ing o± St. Bride's Annual Exhibition. Their dis­ play included the set of prints which won third place in the Our Town competition, for which Savings Bank also competed. The standard of this entry indicated the technique of the winners, enhancing the value of the commendatory letter from the judges on the Savings. Bank entry, although this did .not reach the first three in the final result. Miss Thirtle plans a better programme for the coming season. Lectures from Messrs. Kodak and Iltord are among the fixtures. and demonstrations on various processes. L. J. E. TARR.

Board of Trade Likes " Atomic Physics."--At the A.G.M. last year's officers were re-elected. They are at work preparing ±or the Annual Sports Day at Chiswick, June 15. A full programme is being arranged. Football continues .its winning ways and there is no doubt that the first and second teams will be in the first three m their respective divisions. An inter-departmental competition was held for the Duncan Henderson Shield, and after excellent games H.Q. emerged victors. The Photographic Society started on its summer programme in tine style. Lectures and practical demonstrations ):iave been held and the improve­ ment in the members' work is encouraging. The lectures are as non-technical as possible, so even the raw recruit can understand what is going on and is not, as often happens, blinded by science. The Choir flourishes and, as well as an occasional lunch-time concert, full recitals are held New Hard Courts and. Pavilion at Birmingham. at frequent intervals. These are thoroughly en­ -With two new hard courts, a new pavilion and joyed and command a good attendance. It is accepted that the Horticultural Society is a the approach of summer we bring to notice facilities hive of industry. The shop is well stocked and for tennis at-the ground at Hall Green. There will patronised. A spring show had been planned but be good dressing accommodation, a licensed bar, the early fine weather brought the flowers along and teas. It is of paramount importance that shareholding should be increased. Intending mem­ too early and the show had to be cancelled. The Film Society had its largest audience when bers should get in touch with Len Wild, Rooffi) 72, it screened the unusual film " Atomic Physics." G.P.O. At the A,G.M. of the I.R.C.C. the following The film was booked for twq nights, but the de­ were elected: President, C. W. Blasdale; Captain mand for tickets was so great that it was held for and Match Sec., R. S. Holmes; Hon. Sec., P. H. a further two nights, and to packed houses. The Board's social life still flou,rishes and many Andrews, M.C.; Asst. Sec. and Team Sec., J. clubs are healthy in spite of difficulties over accom­ Brooke; Treasurer, H. T. S. · Galpin; Ass. Treasurer, R. Pinder. ,A full programme includes modation many are experiencing. a visit from Nottingham Taxes and a visit to S.B.D. Philatelic Society's 20 Questions Quiz. Gloucester C.S. The highlight of the month was the visit of -The extensive sporting facilities of the Bank are ready to mpe with demands, and the attention of Cardiff. P.Q. F.C. to Hall Green, a party of thirty new colleagues is directed to the notice-boards for being giv'cn a warm welcome. Both teams pro­ the names and whereabouts of Club Secretaries, vided excellent football. The home side forwards finished better, and this was reflected i n the score who are ever prepared to welcome new blood. Swimming Club news mentions the coming of 5-2 in their favour. The club is in two semi­ season when strong' efforts will be necessary to fina!S.-:-against Coventry in the Regional Cup, and repeat last year's successes. The men's first and the -Wednesday team meet B.C.S. in the Mitton second teams have again be�n alloted to the rst Cup. The Birmingham Rugby Club has not done so and 3rd Divisions respectively of the C.S. League. Arrangements for the Annual Gala are being made. . well. The match of the month was against Two series-tickets for the Olympic ·Games Swim­ Gloucester C,S., who proved too strong,. but defeat was forgotten in the warm hospitality by our ming Contests have been allotted to the Club. The Harrogate Soccer !lSt XI completed a sue­ Gloucester friends. The Postal Clerks T.T. Club completed the . cessful season half-way ·up the Harrogate League I. In view of the higher standard of play in the most eventful season since 1935. Under the I::eague, writes Ken Walls, this is satisfactory. The Birmingham and Dis. Assn., four teams entered .foat of •the season has been the winning of the • c9mpetitive- table tennis,. and I report two league


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champion teams, one runners-up and one . team 5tn. A total ot 88 league games nas been played: II lose, IS drawn, 62 won. The dub is fighting to retain the Callaghan Cup from I947-4b, and havmg survived a " rn " start handicap, managed to reach the semi-finals. On Easter Monday we entertained our triends from Cardiff P.O., wel­ comed by the Chiet Postal Supt., Mr. C. H. Morgan. A match followed when Birmingham contmued winning ways, a little fortunate, but a 5-2 victory resulted. Tnis was tollowed by a grand social evening, which can be recommended by Birmingham to anyone interested in inter-office sports. Chatham's Chairman Honoured.-The im­ provement the internal decorations have made in the appearance of the pavilion, will mean dipping into our bank balance. The Council is not greatly concerned as the decorations were overdue, and the balance represents money saved during a period when it was impossible to get work done. The winter has not been wasted. Bowls, cricket and tennis will benefit by the groundsman's un­ remitting attention and the money voted for this purpose. We have purchased a hand motor mower to improve the condition of the tennis courts and cricket tables, though petrol may prove a problem. The football knock-out competition. You will know the winner. I guess that last year's winners may fight against fresh opponents, " The Locals." Indoor games competitions.-The following winners are known: -Billiards and Snooker, The Locals; Darts, T.E.0.; Cards, Boiler Dept. ; Shove­ ha' penny, The Locals. The T.T. competition is not in an advanced position, and the competition may run into the summer, unless a compromise can be effected by clubs in the top half only meeting each other. The present position is: _,Gillingham Electric, played II, won II, 22 points; Post Office, played 9, won 9, I8 points; E.E.M., played IO, won 9, lost I, I8 points; Joiners, played IO, won 7, lost 3, I4 points. Our T.T. team are champions of Division I, Medway Towns T.T. League, and the handsome Captain Plugge trophy will adorn the table on prize night. It was with pleasure that the Council heard that our Chairman, Mr. H. A. Waldegrave,, had been granted life membership of the Sports Council. He will be presented with the badge which accom­ panies this honour. Our congratulations to the first life member in the Area. Will members do their utmost to preserve pavilion amenities? Cigarette ends on newly­ painted window sills and shelves, dirty finger marks and even shoe prints on clean walls, are no credit to members. Your Council, and the Steward

and Stewardess, are trying to make the pavilion worthy 0£ the Area. Give them every possible help. Again, an urgent appeal to improve J OIURNAL circulation. Club secretaries can do a lot to help. Why not place a standing order; or unattached members ask for a copy at the bar? The present sale, I30, is no credit to an Area with nearly 4,000 members and could easily be improved by a deter­ mined effort from those in a position to make it. ]. A. PAGE. E.E.M.-Plymouth Dockyard.-Congratulations to Mr. Sims on election to the office of " Membership Sec." We expect big things from such a tenacious person. An all-out drive should be initiated. Members could help by canvassing known non-members. Billiard9 and Snooker.-The League ,battles have proved to be keen. The Snooker champion­ ship was won by the Middle and Top Floors (Main Shop) with Small Ships runners-up. In the Billiards, Small Ships became champions with Middle and Top Floors' team second. The Generating Station team held third place in Snooker, whilst Large Ships was third in the Billiards League. The Team Knock-out resulted in a win for the Small Ships in Billiards, and Large Ships carried off the Snooker prize; the other finalists were Generating Station and Shop Com­ bine respectively. The battle of the giants in the individual championship is in progress. Both Billiard and Snooker Individual champions for last season have gone the way of all flesh in the first round of this season's championships. E.E.M. Sports Gata, August 14. Keep date open. Rosyth's Ground Scheme.-Great difficulty has been experienced in obtaining football, hockey or cricket pitches, and whilst an ambitious long-term programme is under consideration to provide a sports ground, the interim measures considered desirable have been causing the Officers some con­ cern. It is pleasing to record, therefore, that agree­ ment has been reached with the R.N. and R.M. Recreation Club, Rosyth, whereby the Association will be granted the use of grounds required pro­ viding that there are no Naval requirements on the day in question. It should be understood that whilst the Naval Authorities are sympathetic to­ wards our position regarding the provision of facilities to our members, the allocation of the ground remains their prerogative and our members may be disappointed on occasions. It is hoped that these occasions will not be numerous. The Cricket Club will have the use of the new Club House, and we hope to entertain our opponents better than in the past. We have been allocated the use of last season's wicket by the Captain-in-Charge, H.M.S. "Caledonia," and the


Crvn SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. Club is delighted at having a wicket so near the C1uD House. Our President, Rear-Admiral A. B. Cunning­ hame-Graham has agam expressed his willingness to assist the Club wnen he is available, 1or he thoroughly enjoyed the few games he had " be­ hind the stumps '' last season. St. Helens Dreams of Archery.-The committee are still considering the acqms1tion of a suitable clubroom of our own, but tor the time being it seems that we must continue with our present room in the new P.O. bmlding. Cricket.-During the cricket season we hope to field a good side again. Tennzis.-Arrangements have been made for the use of a hard court in the Sutton Park. The Secretary would be glad of information regarding the cost and source or supply of materials as the Committee are considering the provision of a hard court on our own ground. Netball.-What about a netball team? If interested contact the Secretary as several good fixtures will be available if we can raise a team. Archery .-I was passing Booth's Sports Shop the other day and saw a super Archery outfit (cost not known, but it should be within the bounds of our resources). Anyone interested? This is just an idea and there must be lots of other ways in which we can expand if we have the interest of the membership. The committee will consider each and every suggestion from members of either sex, but we need your full support. It is disheartening to cater for just a few of the regular customers when we would like to make provision for every­ one. Turn up regularly and make the summer a season of �eal a wakening ! J. H. S.W. Region P.O. Sp orts Meet at Taunton.­ Four hundred congregated at the Somerset Con­ stabulary Athletic Club, Taunton, to witness the semi-finals and finals of the Association's winter events. A high standard of play was enjoyed by all. The final of the football competition between Salisbury and Bristol held the crowd and an excel­ lent game resulted in a 4-3 win for Salisbury after half-an-hour's extra time, the score being 3-all after go minutes' play. Table tennis was popular, and play of a high standard was enjoyed by a crowd of 300. In the ladies' singles, Mrs. Clarke (Salisbury) was suc­ cessful against Miss Hislop, of Exmouth. In the • ladies' · doubles event Mesdames Clarke and Coombes (Salisbury) beat Misses Perret and Hore, o.f Exeter T.M.O. Miss Hislop and Mr. Dart (Exmouth), in the mixed doubles, defeated Miss Weaver and Mr. Close, of Gloucester T.M.O., in the final. · With th exception of the men's singles, won by e Mr. Pryor (Weymouth), .who registered a convinc-

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ing win over Mr. Down (Exeter T.M.O.), the other men's events both went to Exeter T.M.O., Messrs. Harns, Down and Berry dereating Bournemouth T.M.O. (lVIessrs. Barnes, Hayward and Martm) in the team event, and Messrs. Berry and· Down de­ feating Messrs. Ogden and Gray (Stroud) in the doubles. Playing a good game Mr. Hearn (Bideford) was again successrul in the Billiards competition, registering a win over Mr. Kibble (Gloucester T.M.O.). Mr. Hearn made breaks of 49 and 54. Snooker went to Mr. Isbell (Liskeard) who, play­ ing a sound game, deieated Mr. Rodwell (Bourne­ mouth T.M.O.) in three straight games. Excitement was tense on the skittle alley, and after good skittling by both sides Gloucester H.P.O. was victorious over Newton Abbot, run­ ning out winners by 213 to 202 pins. A large crowd surr.ounded the Darts board in the final event, and after being r all, Frome got the better of Wimborne by winning the r,oor in two straight games. Chairman, Mr. G. A. Lascelles, paid tribute to competitors for the excellent show, and pointed to the attendance as evidence of the popularity of sport in the S.W. Region. He introduced Mr. J. F. Murray (Deputy Regional Director) who deputised for the President, Mr. John Darke, C.B.E., in London on official business. Mr. Murray said that events such as these could not be successful unless hard work was put in, and special mention should be made of Mr. Pidgeon, late Chairman; Mr. Las­ celles, Chairman; Mr. Matthews, General Secre­ tary; Mr. James, Asst. Secretary; and Mr. Chandler, Football Secretary. He said that the work by Mr. Clarke, of Taunton, was much appreciated, and thanked the Head Postmaster and Telephone Manager of Taunton for co-opera­ tion. Mrs. Blackmore presented the trophies and medals to the winners, the proceedings ended by the presentation of a bouquet of carnations to Mrs. Blackmore by the Head Postmaster of Taunton's daughter, Lynette Cutcliffe. Southamp ton's Hon. Gen. Sec. to Retire.­ Congratulations to our ladies' hockey XI which has made history by being the first hockey team from the provinces to win the C.S. ladies' hockey tournament held at Chiswick. The Ordnance Survey staged a successful inter­ staff football competition. · The winners were L.S.D ... 3 of London Road, who defeated Repay­ ment Services of Crabwood by 3 goals to nil. The generous donor of the trophy-Col. F. 0. Metford, of Crabwood-presented the shield to the victorious XI after the game. We do thank Col. Metford most sincerely for so kindly encouraging sport in this practical and public-spirited way. The A.G.M. will be held during May, when Mr.


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. F. W. C. Young will lay down the burdens of office as Hon. Gen. Sec. The Association has not had a more devoted servant than Fred Young, and· it will not be . the same without him. A modest, unassuming man, he has been unsparing in time and energy in the interests of the Association for many years. No picture of him is complete which omits the enor­ mous part he has played in the affairs of the Southampton Association for nearly a quarter of a century. All join in an expression of heart-felt g'ratitude and the wish that he will enjoy many years of well-deserved happiness. C. F. lVI. Swansea Meet Swansea Town (at Snooker).­ We have seen soine fine weather and the Trevor Construction Company took foll advantage of it to make real progress towards the completion of our playing fields. The championship tennis court will be ready in about four .weeks, with the other courts to follow during the course of the season. The Hockey pitch will be ready for next season when the team will, no doubt, enhance their high reputation. They surprised the Mond Nickel Works team to the tune of 4-1, an achievement more creditable in view of the previous record of their victims. With the approach of the cricket season and the South Devon tour, of course, the weather has changed for the worse, but like all good cricketers the players are confident that the tour will be a success. The Darts and Snooker sections entertained the members of the Swansea Town A.F.C. last month, and according to all accounts a good time was had by all. Perhaps one day the Club will be meeting them again, only this time in their own sphere! The Bowls Social was a success, with all the bowlers and their guests turning up in strength. lVI. W. EUSTACE. Association Activities- (Continued froni page 184). I.R. Lawn Tennis Club, Marvels 'Lane, Grove Park, S.E.12, open to all civil servants and friends. Annually, £3 os. od.; summer, £2 5s. od.; under 21, £1 ros. od. Relatives and friends may join as associate members, additional cost 5s. There are 7 first-class courts (5 hard, 2 grass) and subscrip­ tion includes supply of balls and use of first-class, licensed pavilion with all amenities. Applications to E. Franklin, Hon. Sec., I.R.L.T. Club, Col­ lector of Taxes (London 37th Area), 26/28, Powis Street, Woolwich, S.E.18. WOO 2884. DEER PARK HOTEL, STOKE FLEMING.

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Near Sands. Excellent Cuisine. Overlooking Sea. Tennis Court. Putting Green. TERMS: 5 to 7 GNS. WE:J!!KLY. SPECIAL WINTER TERMS. On Main Bus Route. Proprietress: )\frs. M. A. Holp.er,

lVIAY, 1948.

PALMERSTON PRIVATE HOTEL, Hambrough Road, Ventnor.

( Open all the year:) Telephones: Ventnor 81, 470. Facing sea and overlooking vVinter Garden and Canoe Lake. Close to Tennis Courts and Concert Pavilion. Central for all attractions. Large Dining-Room. On town level. One minute Pie1·. Gas and coal fires. Hot and Cold running water. Excellent• Cuisine. Every Comfort. Full Pension terms on application. Hosts: Mr. and Mrs. J. Veale. STRETE, Nr. DARTMOUTH. THE TALLIS ROCK HOTEL

(Catering for Summer and Winter Visitors). Standing alone, this hotel has a unique position 500 feet above the sea, which it overlooks, and is situated in quiet and restful surroundings. Easy reach of Paignton, Tor­ quay. Beautifully Decorated, with h. & c. water in all bedrooms. Electric Fires and Reading Lamps. Home­ Grown Produce and Poultry. Terms: 6 to 8 gns. per week. Phone: Stoke Fleming 70.

"DESMOND," 6, MANILLA CRESCENT, WESTON-SUPER-MARE. Comfortable Guest House.

SITUATED ON SEA FRONT, OPPOSITE THE COVE. AND LAKE. Open All the Year Round.

Terms on application to proprietress.

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Board Residence. Bed and Breakfast. and every comfort.

Good food

16, NEWPORT TERRACE, BARNSTAPLE, N. DEVON.

Tel. 329511.

Teas,

Proprietors: Mr. and Mrs. Edkins. Luncheons and Snacks in Cafe adjoining.

BOURNEMOUTH BANCROFT PRIVATE HOTEL

Re-opening Easter. Hot and Cold Water, Gas Fires in Bedrooms. Excellent food and comfort. Terms 4½-5½ gns. BRICHTON.-St. Julien Hotel, Sillwood Place, Sea view from private lawn. Electric & Gas Fires. Minute West Pier. H. & C. Running Water in all Bedrooms. Free Parking. Open all the year. Terms: Full Board from 4 gns. p.w. Phone: Brighton 1512. Specfal Terms for Residents. CORNWALL.-" Hotel St. Uny," Carbis Bay, St, Ives,

Sea front. Long established. A. A. appointed. Booking now for summer. Reduced charges for April, May, early June and late September. Write for tariff or phone St. Ives ( Cornwall) 38.

E ASTBOURNE.-" Norfolk House," 43, Whitley Road.

Bed, Breakfast and High Tea. 5 Minutes from Sea. Recommended. Stamp. Mrs. Pope.

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Licensed. The Ce11tre for Old World Dartmoor. Highly Recommended. Board Residence. H. & C. & all amenities. Every Comfort. Excellent Cuisine. Free Parking. Cars . for Hire. Phone 204. Personal Supen:ision. E. & F. Broomer. NEAR LOOE.-The Famous Old Punch Bowl Inn, Lan•

reath. Fully Licens.ed Free House. Phone: Lanreath 218 . . Specially equippeq. for Winter Residence with every cornfort. EXCELLENT CATERING AND MODERN CON­ V.ENl�:tfCES.-,MR. AND MRS. W. SCOTT ATKINSON,

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Board Residence or Bed and Breakfast. Situated amidst magnificent hill and coastal scenery. Recommended. Phone: Woolacombe 236.

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" THE HEADLAND HOTEL " Beautifully situated on Sea-front. Bathing from the Hotel. Excellent and varied cuisine. Separate tables. All public rooms and most bedrooms overlook the Sea. Spring-interior beds, H. & C. Special terms for Children. Ot>en all year. Stamp for Brochure and Tariff.

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June, 1948

TWOPENCE

Roving Reporter Meets Ceylon, Ottawa, France -page 196

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Correspondence

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MISS EDNA MAS0 N, A MEMBER OF THE C.S. IcE SKATING ASSOCIATION, AT THE AROSA RINK, RICHMOND SPORTSDROME.

PRACTISING

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A Man of· Edinburgh JAS. GILBERT (Taxes) In a recent letter Mr. Jack Crump, the secretary of the Amateur Athletic Board wrote: " Mr. Gilbert has the fullest confidence of all the mem­ bers of the British Amateur Athletic Board, who count themselves fortunate to have his assistance in their deliberations." Who Is He? Gilbert is well known in sporting circles in Scotland but was practically unknown in the South until recently when he· and Ernest Clynes were appointed to two of the key positions at the Olympic Games. It is an indication that some responsible persons are prepared to admit that Service men can, when required, make and take decisions with alacrity. Gilbert entered the Service in 1913 as a Boy Clerk in the Admiralty, trans­ ferred to the Board of Agriculture tor Scotland in 1914, and then to the Inland Revenue in 1915. He is at present an Inspector of Taxes at Edinburgh.

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He Toured Denmark, Iceland, Spain. When he transferred to Edinburgh Gilbert joined the Edinburgh Southern Harriers and Edinburgh C.S.F.C. After the 1914-<18 war (he served in the Royal Garrison Artillery) Gilbert became one of· the· best-known amateur soccer players in Scotland, playing for Heart of Mid­ lothian, Queen's Park and Murrayfield Amateurs. He toured Denmark (1921) with Edinburgh C.S., Iceland (1922) with Scottish Amateur Select, and Spain (1926) with London C.S.F.C. Scotland's Captain. Gilbert hoids four Scottish Amateur Cup medals, gained between 1920 and 1930. · He represented the C.S. against the Army at the opening of the Chiswick ground, and at the opening of Scotstoun ground at Glasgow. He played for Scotland v. Ireland, Wales and England in 1930, captaining the team against Wales. Scottish C._S. Athletic Champion. In amateur athletics he was equally at home � �at or field events, and this avoidance of special­ isation probably prevented him from moving right to the top. He was, however, champion of Edin­ burgh Southern Harriers in 1924 and held the C.S. Championship (Lord Alness Trophy) for three successiv_e years, 1923-24-25, thus gaining valuable expenence to fit him for an administra­ tive career. Administrator as well a� Player. Gilbert commenced his administrative career in 1924 as a member of the General Committee of

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the S.A.A.A., a post since held continuously. In 1932 he was President. In 1940 he became Secre­ tary when difficulties in filling the vacancy arose, and he has filled the post up to the present day with great distinction. He was the main Scottish force in the creation of the British Amateur Athletic Board, which has done so much to place Bri,tish athletics on a national basis. With Harold Abrahams and E. J. Holt he represented Great Britain at the Congress of I.A.A.F., Stockholm (1934) and London (1947). Gilbert is Hon. Treasurer of the Scottish :National Sports Federa­ tion, which arranges Scottish representation in British Empire games, and a member of the Scottish : Committee of the Central Council of Physical Recreation. Golf to Skittles. To fill up the " spare time " he still carries o.n. the post of Chief Staff Officer of Edinburgh Foot Special Constabulary-a post of responsibility undertaken during . the war years, when his . organisation and administrative abilities were · given full scope. Quoting a slur on the Civil Service arising from this appointment: '' A civil · servant by profession, but anyone more unlike a civil servant in speed and enterprise, it would be difficult to imagine!'' Golf, table-tennis, bowls, skittles-he is no mean performer at these--are among his other activities. A fine all-rounder and a grand " mixer," his enthusiasm for, and wealth of experience in, all forms of sport make his ser­ vices much sought after in connection with sports • promotions of all kinds. C. D. H.

LEWIS CUP P.O. Telec's. 2, Plymouth O The splendid Lewis Cup has returned to Lon­ don. The final was played at Chiswick, ,April 28, and was favoured by bright, sunny weather. A strong cross-wind made ball-control difficult especially in the later stages. A splendid game was witnessed with many good individual per­ formances. As Telecoms. got the ball twice into the net they were victors, but the run of the play was even. Defences were both rather stronger. than attack but the P.O. forwards were better served with passes likely to lead to scoring. Plymouth were more inclined to balloon the ball : and, in such conditions, a forward is handicapped by having it fired at him hard from a distance. The effort of bringing it under control provides the defence with opportunity to intervene. Telecoms. won the toss and availed themselves of the advantage from the cross-wind. They pressed but Plymouth put up dangerous raids. Blatchford crossed the ball to see it pass the


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further post: and Duncan .tried a good shot which was cleared. At the other end Emblem for Tele­ coms. might have scored with more steadiness. Just before half-time Collof on the right wing .:fired in a beauty from thirty yards and put Tele­ coms. ahead. This was foll◊wed soon after the resumption by a second goal. Kaley hit the bar and from the rebound Lawrence netted cleverly. Plymouth were now up against it but failed to .steady themselves in the difficult conditions. Wise h�ads were required but the light ball and high wmd were too much for the available skill in con­ trol and time passed with efforts to score becom­ ing more desperate.

Coronation Cup Final On April 14, Enclosed Pitch, Chiswick, two teams, strangers to any C.S. League Trophy, . met to decide who should hold the cup. Both teams had reached this stage by surprise wins. Testing Officers (E.-in-C.'s Test Section) knocked out Royal Mint 1-0, Admiralty 6-4, and Customs 2-r, and met Education in the semi-final. Education beat Min. of Supply 4-0, Agricola 4-0, Fulham M.O. (League champions) 3-r. Testing Officers deserved their win against Education 3-2. In the meantime Wandsworth M.O., having a bye in the rst round, beat L. T .R. West (London Tele. Region) by default, Air Ministry 3-1, after a drawn game beat St. Pancras M.O. 2-0. The grandstand and the near-side line seemed to be packed with supporters-mostly Waridsworth­ and a keen struggle developed-first one end of the field then the other-after some 20 minutes Testing Officers scored through their centre­ forward, Green-a beautiful shot that the goal­ keeper never saw. After a further r5 minutes Testing Officers were awarded a penalty for an infringement in the penalty area. Hawkes, out­ side-right, made no mistake, making the score 2-0. Final result 2-0.

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Art.-A two-day exhibition and bazaar of handcrafts, needlework and domestic science was held by the Long Distance staff, P .0., on May 12 and r3. Entries varied from model locomotives to soft dolls, from tapestry to dressmaking and from furniture to fruit cakes. Small money prizes were awarded in about 22 different classes. The Mount Photographic Section announces that it has 'been presented with a cup for competi­ tion. Their third exhibition will be held in June. The Glasgow and Scotland West P.O. Tele­ phone Areas have a combined Horticultural and Arts and Crafts Society, publish their own Journal called " Evergreen," and plan a joint exhibition

Despite the criticism heard, Mr. Carradus (C. and E.) controlled the game well, ably supported by the linesmen. Sir N. Curtis-Bennett, K.C.B., whom all were pleased to see before his American visit, presented the cup. He congratulated both sides on their excell ent disp �ay, fought out vigorously but in the _ _ tradit10nal spmt associated with this contest. · Fred Hartman (Chairman) and George Parkin (Hon. Secretary) and the Committee had every­ thing under control and form an excellent team.

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shortly. Crafts include interest in radio, wood­ work and leatherwork, for which they arrange lectures. Photographers are catered for by a separate Society. M1:1sic.-Supply at Leatherhead arrange musical evemngs, their latest being one of '' Gems from the Operas.'' Drama.-Dramatic Societies are reminded that entry forms for the Spring, 1949, Festival organ­ ised by the Society of C.S. Authors must reach the Hon. Festival Organiser, Mr. Neilson Gattey, not later than June 30. Supply Dramatic Club gave an enjoyable per­ formance of '' The Ringmaster '' at the 20th �entury Theatre on April 27 and 28. The cast mcluded several different members to those we have seen in recent productions. The plot revolves round a cripple, played by E. Arthur Freeman, who was able to alter the course of events in the lives of his visitors at a residential hotel by scheming, but was eventually found out and deserted by his wife and friends. Mr. Free­ man gave a very co.nvincing display in a part made difficult by enforced lack of movement. Ruth Taylor gave a restrained performance as the trusting mother, which sharply contrasted with the wayward son, played by Robert Fish. Other �arts were played by Ken Dowling as the atten­ tive son, Verona Morris as the cripple's wife, torn between duty .to husband and the attractions of a gayer life, Frances Fish and Pat Williams. The production was by Gerald W. Suggett. The L.P.R. "Mount Players" performed an original musical revue ,entitled " Mail Coa:ch ''­ at the Cripplegate Theatre on March r5 and r6. This show contained many amusing burlesques of o[fi�ial life.. The show was enjoyed by an appre­ ciative audience. Although .the summer months ahead are a: break for the audiences,· they are the time of planning for members. Several new Societies have been formed in the past twelve months, and we look forward to news of further additions during the coming season. E. M. T.


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Roving Reporter Sir Edward Bridges presented Trophies and Life Membership badges at the April meeting of the Council and had a kindly word of congratulation for the winners of the Trophies, and for Colin Mackenzie, Dr. Herbert Smith and H. A. H. Waldeg rave on whom Life Membership had been conferred. Sir Edward voiced the feelings of all those at the meeting when he thanked A. E. Watson,· the retiring chairman, for the great part he had played in building up the movement during the past 25 years. It was a packed meeting, with many old friends present and it was nice to have with us A. E. Christoffelsz, vice-chairman of the Ceylon Govern­ ment Service Sports Society. Geoffrey Walker was also there. We show on this page a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Walker with their son admiring a fine painting of a North Wales beauty spot which the Ministry of Food Sports Association presented to him as a mark oi: appreciation of his services as Financial Adviser when he was :n Colwyn Bay.

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My diary reminds me that the past few days have been very full. First there was the Treasury dance at Burling­ ton Gardens: quite enjoyable, but not, I thought, as gay an affair as the party a few weeks earlier at Thames House. Two days later at Birmingham I met . the Regional Director of the Post Office and also the

Head Postmaster, A. W. Langford, who is chair­ man of the Area Association. Except for the newly-laid tennis courts, the ground looked in good condition. The new dressing rooms which were nearing completion will greatly improve the ground. Birmingham needs more playmg space for field sports and this they hope to get with Council assistance. The chairman told me they also want more co-operation from other depart­ ments in running the ground-at present the load is very much on the Post Office. *

Next there was the Lewis Cup final at Chiswick. Telecomms. beating Plymouth in a clean, well­ fought game. I had to go on to another meeting immediately after the game so I missed the presentation, the supper and the speeches: It was nice to see " C.B." there to present the cup. He was off with his wife on Friday to America on· behalf of the National Playing Fields Association.

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On Saturday I was at Chiswick again for the Netball Rally . Eleven teams took part, Ministry of Agriculture winning fairly easily-they showed signs of good coaching. The weather was cold and showery and drew attention to the need for some improvement to the court and its surroundings. I thought the girls put up with the discomfort in a sporting way. While at Chiswick I called in at the Boathouse with J. G. Dunbar, the new secretary of the C.S. Cricket Association, and saw the new snack bar. Aided by some hard­ working ladies our row­ ing men are making the boathouse attractive. Teas (and drinks) at modest prices are earn­ ini; a small profit which will go to increase and improve amenities at the boathouse. *

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went to France during the International Postal Congress and beat all comers. AHer tne game we garnered at the . Victoria Hote1 tor dinner and a very nappy aflair it turned out to be. Among some very good speeches, tnac from Col. Rutherford, in impeccaole .J:<rench, wt'nt straight to our visitors' heans.

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Sir Drummond Shiels' Public Relations people made all arrangements for the entenainment or the French team while in this country and I hear from Tony Sangwine who, with Schofield and a few others, met the visitors at Dover, that the French were full of praise for the way in which they were looked after. On the day following the match they had a trip to Windsor and a privileged view of some of the State apartments. * * * Tuesday found me at the Central Hall, West­ minster, for the C.S. Orchestra's first concert of 1948. Talking to W. Whitehead, the Concert Director, before the performance, I learned that the new '' block booking '' scheme had fully justified itself. Critics may point to small imper­ fections here and there in the actual performance, but I found the concert en:oyable and thought the achievemept of nearly filling so large a hall, and presenting such fine soloists as Constance Mullay and Allan Loveday under the baton of John Fry worthy of praise. Because it is out to give Civil Service composers and soloists a chance of a hear­ ing the Civ1l Service Orchestra, which has been running since r9rr, deserves the fullest support from the Service. * * * On Wednesday I was in the Old Building at the final show of the Treasury Film Society. Next season the Society hopes to get a 35 m.m. projec­ tor and, with the wider range of films available, to plan for a larger membership and a bigger room for the meetings. * * * On Friday at the G.P.O. Rifle Range, W. J. Smith, secretary of our Rifle Association intro­ duced me to the modern .22 rifle. While there I was particularly glad to meet A. P. Williams, of the Canadian Government Mint. Mr. Williams, who is an excellent shot-he fired a dozen rounds while I was there-is also a member of the Ottawa Civil Service Recreational Association. We had an interestin� talk on Civil Service Sports matters and I should have liked more time with him. If other members of the Ottawa R.A. are in Ene)and at any time I hope they will call in at the Coun­ cil's office.

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that extremely high standard of craftsmanship that one would expecc o± the KA.£. I also visited the Sports ground in company with J. Wilson, chairman of the S,ports Associa­ tion. I forecast that this virile body will sc,:)On come very much into the picture in Civil Service sport. C. V. Falkner, who adds sports secretary­ ship voluntarily to his welfare work at Farn­ borough, is a tireless worker apd is determined to put his sides on top. Already they have come near to winning both soccer and rugby cups. * * * At Tuesday's meeting of the Finance Committee of the Council, G. S. Dunnett, the new chairman, steered the meeting competently through a mass of business. Even then all of the items on a very long agenda were not disposed of, and it looks as if the committee will have to meet fortnightly for some months. Summer used to be a break for the Council committees! Happy days. * * * I must wind up these lengthy notes by mention­ ing a first-rate performance of " Saloon Bar " at the Scala Theatre by the Adastral Players (Air Ministry and Civil Aviation). A two-evening performance at the Scala is a gallant gesture-perhaps the best praise is to say that the whole affair was in every way worthy of the Adastral Players. I have often thought that our many Dramatic Societies ought jointly to take the Scala and hold a drama festival running a whole week. I am confident it could be made a success financially. Last month we gave details of a Drama Festival organised to give Civil Service dramatists a chance. The last date for entries is June 30. Mr. Neilson Gattey, 78, North Side, S.W.4, will furnish entry forms and details.

Cycling for the Beginner No. 3-The Bicy cle.

By DICK SWANN. Here are general rules which are the foundation of true '' bike sense '' : The Frame.-For the trackman, this should be close-built all round, with plenty of tyre-clearance at the chainstays. A short back (I use r6¾ in.) is essential, for instant response when " kicking." " Drawback " forkends are essential for the rear, to allow the use of chain-adjusters, and a strongly-butted steering-column is advisable. The roadman will naturally want a wheelbase two to three inches longer than the track '' iron,'' 4r½ in. to 42½ in. is a good average. A r7½-in. to r8-in. chainstay length is advisable; and as the road-frame is usually intended for use with a "changements de vitesse," and therefore


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�oes not have to take the terrific. beating of gears m the 90 mark as does the track-frame; it follows tl;iat -�t _can be made a little lighter, and perhaps less ng1d, than the track frame. Average weight of a good-class road frame is about 6 lb. • Wheels.-27-in. wheels ate usual for racing bicycles, and the rims are obtainable in either wood or light alloys; and for use with tubular (one-piece) tyre/,, or the ordinary " wir,ed-on " cover with separate tube. These latter, popularly known as " High-Pressures," will take a pressure of �o lb. and are quite suitable for road-racing, havmg good " rolling" properties plus a certain amount of life. But for the sprinter, the only wheels are the " sprint " type, with the stuck-on tubular tyre; th�se ." tubul�" (taking: a pressure of 90 1b.), we1ghmg sometimes as little as 6 oz.�1 oz. more than the inner tube only of the " HighPressure." The Saddl� should he of leather, and as narrow a model as you can use, according to your anatomy and the shape an(:!· position of your pelvis. Some riders can only use a standard road saddle for trackwork, while others swear by a _ sprmter model for road use. It's .a matter of personal choice; but the sides of the saddle must not impede. the movement of the thighs., and the length of the seat should be at least in in., to allow of a slight change of position to ease oneself when riding. The Handlebars should be of the same width as the shoulders, and for the road, .have at least three changes of position, _ with " square " tops and parallel grips. The " track hooks " should have on� good position,· with a strong leverage, and no waste metal in fa!l�Y bends, etc., to cause whip. Brakes· (for the roadman only, they are not allowed on the track), should have levers shaped to conform to the 'bars, and be of centre-bolt fixing. This allows the brake to swivel in the · case of an accidentally-buckled wheel. Pedals for the roadman are of generous width for comfort on the loriger distances, and may be double-sided. The track pedal must be of the " quill" pattern; i.e., single-sided, and with no down-projecting piates or anything likely to foul· the ground when cornering. Cranks are a knotty problem; and as the actual path travelled -by the knee-joint varies according to the length of crank used, it is important to experiment with different lengths of crank, to ensure that you have the type most suited to your particular muscular measurements. One· of my most successful seasons was ridden entirely on 6-in. cranks (specially made), and despite the funny remarks I had to endure, my laughs came lailer when the " sixers " raked in the prizes! The most popular sizes are 6½ in., 6! in., 6¾ in.

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and 7 in. Finally, don't worry about " how much does it weigh?" This is the most common question asked by- non-cyclists and novices, and I've always answered, " I don't know, and don't care!" For, as every experienced racing man knows, overall :;· eight is unimportant. What is important, is, · What do the wheels and tyres weigh?'' and '' Is my position allowing me to use the full power of which I am capable?" and lastly, " Is n:1-Y transmissi?n _perfe�t?" To sum up: " Pozzy " nght, transm1ss1on nght, wheels and revolving parts as light as the job in hand will allow. The rest is experience.

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A pile of papers on the Editorial desk. Let us examine them. A fixture card from the C.S. Crusaders reveals that they have secured the usual list of important fixtures as well as the Whitsun tour. Four engagements are given as the Limpets' quota. Two representative matches are listed, and we hasten to quote: v. R.A.F.. at Chichester, June 28 and 29; v. Royal Navy at Chatham, July ,12 and 13. The next item is an urgent appeal iO affoid publicity for assistance on the farms. Every.body knows the worth of this, and, of course, we sup­ port it. But you can obtain particulars from your C.S. Area Organiser and posters, leaflets, etc. , are distributed throughout the Service. Now the Annual Report of the C. S. Angling Society from which is gathered the information that membership has risen from 463 to 512 during the year and the balance in hand from £283 to £422. An award of merit in the form of a plaque has been instituted. There is also a copy of " The Bulletin," the organ of the Society, 12 pages, 8½ in. x · 5½ in. This records the death of Sir Laurence Chubb, 1VI.P., who founded the Ramblers' Association in 1905. He had beeri Gen. Sec. of the National Playing Fields since 1928. He was a member of the C.S. Angling Society. A couple of books turn up for review, published by S. Evelyn Thomas, 87, Gloucester Place, London, W, 1. '' The London 1948 Olympic G ames" (2s. 6d.), and " British Cinema" (2s.). Both 96 pages, 8½ in. x 5½ in., and freely illus­ trated. The former gives 1World, Olympic and British records, maps of Olympic courses and venues, and much else. The latter deals with a survey of British films, Hollywood impact on British films and actors, film critics and criticism, and much else to interest the intelligent film visitor. Both can be recommended. The monthly News Sheet of the C.S. Skating Association (The journal is now only issued occasionally due to prevailing hardships) informs us that the ice hockey team has commenced to


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function. There are small advertisements of skat­ eleven illustrations. It is excellent, and we would ing articles for sale by members, and news from much like to know how it is financed. A note from the·B.O.T. Bridge Club, a message branches at Birmingham, Durham, Harringay, of success and happiness. The club will welcome ' Richmond and Streatham. The Central Council of Physical Recreation new members, beginners and visitors from other wishes us to draw the attention of readers to the departments. Write J. · A. Griffiths, Room 436, National Festival of Youth and Sport, June 5. A Romney House. Phone,Whi. 5140, Ex. 1007. A pamphlet which would occupy pages of the second note from the cyclists, and from this we JOURNAL describes the A.A.A. Coaching Scheme. extract that L. McGhie (L.T.R.) was first in the We can only advise those interested to write to National " 25 " organised by the London Branch R. St. G. T. Harper, Kermincham Lodge, near of the C.S.C.A. in � h. 8 m. 30 s. A third note Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. Two Service names reminds one that C. B. has gone to U.S.A. for that stand out in the list of Hon. Coaches and six' weeks. .With Lord Aberdare and Lord Burghley Lecturers are those of A. S. Tuck (Olympic Games). he represents . Gt. Britain on the International and A. H. Pope (Walking). The A.A.A. also Olympic Committee, and he is a member of the sends the syllabus of the Loughborough College Organising Committee of the 14th Olympiad, Summer School. Those interested should write to London, 1948. The next consists of minutes of the Council the Hon. Sec., A.A.A., Crown Chambers, rr8, Meetings, always worth printing if space were Chancery Lane, London, W.C.2. There is a mass of information from eight available. A graph showing the circulation of the different sources, mainly in the form of Annual JOURNAL in the departments follows. Now we have Reports. The report of the N.E. Region (P.O.), an invitation to attend the production of " Saloon 24 pages, reflects the enormous work performed by Bar " by the Adastral Players at •the Scala the Hon. Gen. Sec., Col. R. S. Smith. The terri­ Theatre. And so on. C. D. H. tory covered stretches from Lincoln to Newcastle­ on-Tyne. Membership consists of 50 affiliated clubs. Eight offices which have not yet affiliated are named. Gloucester's report (3,000 words) is a CIVIL SERVICE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION fascinating story of the year's work towards pro­ 74th Annual viding a first-class ground with all the usual amenities, and the great success achieved. CIVIL SERVICE ATHLETIC SPORTS Gloucester has r,128 members and they hold (under A.A.A. Laws) 3,325 shares. Miss Dorothy Round, former will be held at the • English champion, described the Gloucester tennis POLYTECHNIC STADIUM, CHISWICK courts as equal to any on which she had played in On Satu�day, 24th July, 1948 the country. Watford Area's Annual Report PROGRAMME claims justly that the Committee had a tremendous Championships task to produce a sports ground from a piece of Standards. waste land in so short a time. Eight departments 100 yards. Bentley-Tomlinson Cup ... are represented on the Committee, which has made 220 yards plans for the provision of an indoor sports centre. 440 yards 54 sees. 2 mins. 6 sees. Chatham's 15th Annual Report laments a decision 880 yards. Inverforth Cup ... 4 mins. 45 sees. to withdraw from the Lewis Cup Competition, 1 mile. Strathcona Cup 16 mins. miles ... necessitated by the new rule of the C.S. Football 33 miles Inter-Departmental Team Race Committee. Local finance is in a very satisfactory 2 miles Walk condition. We notice that the trading account, Relay Race, Inter-Departmental (880, 220, 220, 440). Turner Salver which ,balances at £8,691, has incurred no charge 17.5 sees. 120 yards Hurdles for crisps during the past year. Mt. Pleasant's 2nd High Jump 5 ft. 4 ins. Annual Report furnishes an example of an enter­ Long Jump 19 ft. 6 ins. 37 ft. prising club. Income during the year included £40 Hop, Step and Jump 120 ft. from the sale of club ties and badges. Membership Throwing the Javelin 95 ft.. the Discus remained at 1,300. A new games room (including Throwing 34 ft. Putting the Weight ) a billiard table , was opened at the Agricultural Ladies' Championships Hall. 100 yards. Victory Cup. A collection of local journals. One not previously High Jump. noticed is "News," which commenced activities Relay Race, Inter-Departmental (4X 110 yards). Atalanta Trophy. in March and is published by the Royal Aircraft Handicaps Establishment at Farnborough, Rants. 12 pages 2 miles Walk (to be held in conjunction with 2 miles ( 9-7 / 16 in. x 7-7 / 16 in.) of close printing with Championship. Separate entry and fee required).

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was announced as the winner in the England Cup event, but on recheck an error was discovered and it was found that Messrs. Beach's London team (the holders) still retained the Cup. The C.S.C.B.A. have moved their H.Q. to the fine Ministry of Supply Building at the Adelphi, Strand, and new members will find this a con­ venient and comfortable meeting place on any Monday from 6 to ro p.m. Enquiries to the Hon. Gen. Sec., Miss M. Byrne, 19, Carlton Hill, London, N.W.8. (Sloane 065 1, Ext. 134).

Boys 80 yards (open to sons and brothers of Civil Servants over 8 and under 15 years of age). Veterans (40 years and over) 100 yards. Queenborough Challenge Cup will be awarded, to hold for one year, to the Department scoring the highest number of points in Civil Service championship events, both teams and individuals to count. Diamond Jubilee Challenge Bowl will be awarded, to hold for one year, to the individual scoring the highest num­ ber of points in championship events. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Scale of points: 9 6 4 3 2 1 Entrance Fees.-Individual, 1/6 each event (no separate entry or fee required for 3 miles, if in Departmental team). Relay and team races, 5 / -. Entries, which must be accompanied by entrance fees, should be received not later than 10th JULY by the Hon. Secretary, J. Ross WILLIAMSON, Customs and Excise, 23-27, Brooke Street, Holborn, London, E.C.1.

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C.S. TROPHIES, 1948. Open Pairs Championship­ Herbert Cups: Mr. A. E. Field, Miss D. E. Coen. Open Teams of Four Championship-England Cup: Mr. W. J. Bea:ch (Capt.), Mr. A. W. Clarke, Mr. W. H. Weightman, Mr. A. C. Belgrave. Chairman's Cup: Joint winners-Mr. C. J. Stokes and Dr. E. R. Varley. Inter-Departmental League-Division 1: Mr. W. A. E. Callow, Mr. T. Harrell, Mr. H. A. White, Miss D. E. Coen, Mr. A. G. Teal. Division 2: Mr. F. Williams, Mr. T. A. Butler, Mr. E. C. Brock, Mr. A. E. Collacott, Mr. D. Carter, Mr. C. S. Turner, Mr. H. F'. Ward. NATIONAL SPRING BRIDGE CONGRESS, 1948. 1st Match Pointed Pairs Contest: Mr. A. E. Field and Miss D. E. Coen. 5th Open Pairs Contest: Mr. C. J. Stokes and Dr. E. R. Varley. 6th Open Pairs Contest: Mr. R. E. Clark and Mr. P. T. Hann.

Civil Service Association Football Committee. Civil Service Challenge Cup-Season 1948-49.­ Club secretaries are reminded that application to enter the above competition_ for next season (194849) must be received by the hon. secretary, Mr. G. G. Parkin, 6, Firs Lane, N.21, by June 30,. 1948. The latter wishes to be informed of C.S. players who could be recommended for inclusion in a representative side. Please give full particulars of players' experience. C.S.L.T. Association.-C.S. (Ladies) v. Con­ naught Club, Essex, April 28.-Miss Crosoer and Miss Whitefield beat Mrs. Huchinson and Mrs. Brighton 4-6, 6-3, 6�2; beat Mrs. Lukies and Mrs. Storer 6-8, 6-3, 6-3; beat Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Lusty 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Miss Bourne and Miss Jarvis lost to Mrs. Hut­ chinson and Mrs. Brighton 2-6, 2-6; beat Mrs. Lukies and Mrs. Storer 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; beat Mrs. Harrison and Miss Lusty 9-7, 2-6, 6-4. Miss Helliwell and Miss Orgel lost to Mrs. Hut­ chinson and Mrs. Brighton 3-6, 2-6; lost to Mrs. Lukies and Mrs. Storer 2-6, 6-8; lost to Mrs. Harrison and Miss Lusty 6-4, o-6, 2-6. Result:· C.S. 5, Essex 4. Contract Bridge on the Map. The team repre­ senting the C.S. at the National Spring Congress of the English Bridge Union succeeded in putting the Service on the map. The experts were well represented at the Congress, but the Service team not only held their own in all events, but succeeded in winning the 1st Match Pointed Pairs and the 5th and 6th Open Pairs, and brought home a glittering array of trophies. They nearly brought the Margate Cup for Teams of Four, having a huge lead on the first round, but came second in the Final. There was a large number of entries for the Service events, and Birmingham, Farnborough and Blackpool were well represented at the London Finals. Farnborough were. unlucky. Their team

Golfers' Representative Team.-C.S. v. ¾my. Team selected to play: J. C. Reid (Captain), Supply; M. A. Bryceson, Food; C. D. Cocks, Supply; A. Haxton, I.R.,' Birmingham; W. H. Castor, D.C.R.E., Dover; H. Russell, ,W.A.E.C., Leicester; R. Pearcy, Supply, Farnborough; Eric Walton, G.P.O. The next match is against the Navy on June 16 at St. George's Hill G.C. On June 7 and 8 we shall hold our two-day meeting at the Moor Park G.C., Rickmansworth, where the C.S. Championship will be decided and several handicap competitions played. Particulars o! the Golfing Society will be sup­ plied on application to Eric Walton, 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middx. .

Suggested Area Regional Contests for T.T. Championship•s.-With the return of· the great majority of evacuated personnel to their permanent quarters and the elimination of large numbers of isolated sub-sections, member clubs of ,the Associa­ tion started the 1947-48 season with brighter pros­ pects, and with " full-strength " teams. As the season progressed it was found that not only had most of the pre-war stars not lost any of their ability, but that with the assistance of new " stars­ in-the-making " teams were playing ,better than before. The standard of table tennis in the Service has gr-eatly improved: Several players are approach­ ing international standard, and a few have attained that proficiency. Miss Betty Steventon has been


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ranked as_ England No. 4. It is anticipated that next season will produce more fame. Suggestions are afoot for representative games against the three armed services, and the C.S. should sweep the board next season. During the past year we have gained many new friends, and apart from the London C.S.T.T. League have over 50 affiliations from various parts of the country; a number we hope to increase still further. Our finances are sound. The Championships produced a record number of entries, 700 for the various events, which re­ quired the use of ten t ables for four nights of five hours each, with constant and continuous play for the elimination rounds. Many entries were received from the provinces, and next season the

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Cunningham Room, K.E.B. A full house, includ­ ing Sir Raymond Birchall (G.P.O.), Sir Gordon Ince (the President), and Sir Robert Fraser (a forrper Service tennis star), witnessed the play. RESULTS: Men's Singles, F. Mardes (Met. Police): Women's Singles, Miss Swatman (Labour): Men's Doubles, C. E. Green (Trade G.T.) and E. T. D. Offer (Patent): Women'.s Doubles, Misses E. M. French and L. D. Wilson (Labour): Mixed· Doubles, R. T. Bolton and Miss E. M. Steventon (Labour): Veterans, L. Vilches (Health): Junior Singles-Boys, F'. C. Hopkins (O.D.O.S.), Girls, Miss J. Malget (C. and E.).

.Reduced Prices for Service Skaters.-C.S.I.S.A. classes will continue during the summer on Wednesday nights at Richmond, and Tuesdays and Fridays at Streatham. A new concession for Streatham is the reduction of 6d. on the price of admission to any session on production of member­ ship card. Queen's'Club, Bayswater, will remain. open, and on showing membership card mem­ bers will be admitted at 2s. 6d. Application forms and information from the Sec., Mr. W. H. Robinson, 12, The Plots, The Avenue, Wembley Park, Middx. As the rinks are less crowded in the summer, it is the ideal time for begin­ ners to try their luck and a great opportunity for tb.e more advanced skater.

C.S. Defeat Cambridge University 9-0.-On April 24, Cambridge, C.S. team won this annual event (Photo by A. S. Garwood.) against _ th-e Unive:sity Shadow Dancing Display at the C.S. Ice Skating Gala. swimmers by 32 pomts Committee will review the possibility of running against 20. The water polo was also a Service eliminating groups in the areas, the winners pro­ win by 9 goals to nil. ceeding to London later in the Championships. In the 450-yds. free-style, Cambridge scored a The Committee is very proud of the unsolicited quick lead when F. Low (Selwyn) won in 6 min. remark from a personage, well known in table 28 sees.; I. Gale (St. John's) snatched 2nd place tennis and present at all tournamerits, that, apart from S. Pry or (C.S.), who came up strongly in the from the "•Worlds" at Wembley, the C.S. Cham­ last 30 yards. The 210-yds. breast-stroke provided pionships are the best he has seen this year, both an exciting race. At the half-way point a yard as to conditions for play and the general playing separated all four swimmers, but with 66 yards to standards. go M. Taylor (Sidney Sussex) drew away from the We cannot let this opportunity pass without ex­ C.S. pair to win in 3 mins. 13.8 sees.; G. Duncan pressing our sincere gratitude 1:o the Clearing Offices clocked 3 mins. 15 sees., and R. Peck 3 ruins. I9 T .T. Club for their fine gesture irr presenting a truly sees. First win for C.S. came when R. Reeves magnificent trophy to the Association to replace the easily won the 90-yds. sprint in 52.2 sees., 2nd one lost by enemy action. The Cup has been R. Holmes (C.S.) 55-4 sees., and 3rd D: Tommis allocated to- the Men's Singles event. (Christ's) 55.6 sees. The back-stroke 90-yds. was The ·1948 Championships took place in the Continued on page 203 -


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THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JO.URNAL . The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL is pub­ lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W. I. 208, Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service . Sports Journal, Matter for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. While Contributions will be welcomed. present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted. General Editor: C. D. HOWARD. Assistant Editors: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art and Drama; Mr. R. T. Tudor, Rugby. Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum.

The Adastral Players The presentation of <(Saloon Bar " by the Adastral Players (Air Ministry and Ministry of Civil Aviation Social and Athletic Association) at the Scala Theatre, Charlotte Street, W.r, was distinguished by two important· features, the orchestra of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force (conductor, Sqdn.-Ldr. A. E. Sims), and the successful burlesque of Frank Barnard, Dorothy Henzell apd, as stooge, Percival Griffiths. The remainder of the 25 players (with the possible ex­ ception of Meg LeFleming) were of the type we usually associate with amateur productions. Amateur players have their own interest and charm, and appeal to the intelligent discerning playgoer when a reasonable standard has been reached. This is shown by the millions of people who now attend amateur performances throughout the length and breadth of the land. The Adastral Players were fortunate to have the assistance of Sqdn.-Ldr. Sims' famous orchestra. The numer­ ous players overflowed the capacious double-tiered orchestral pit, and any West End manager present must have felt jealous pangs. The part nf Joe Harris was played by Frank Barnard. The pro­ ducer said that he is a novice, that he had never appeared in a full play before, and that his only previous public appearance had been in a short once-act sketch. It was difficult to believe. Barnard playe<l with skill and confidence. His voice carried well, articulation was clear, and his final speech of thanks to the audience was equally con­ fident and audible. He would, we thought, do well as a light comedian in true English comedy, but only trial and experience could prove the

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point. We should explain, by the way, that the Scala theatre and stage are full-sized West End_ affairs and therefore rather frightening to inexperi­ enced amateurs. Barnard did his low cornedy stuff skilfully and there was a moment when, in company with Dorothy Henzell €as Sally Watson) and to the strains of one of the old music-hall songs, he became '' cockney '' excited and danced as the Old Kent Road is supposed to dance,, in a way that would have brought down the house at the Victoria Palace. Dorothy Henzell was distinctly clever, and if the part had offered her as many opportunities as that played hy Barnard, she would_ If we are told that have. done equally well. Dorothy has had no previous experience we shall begin to wonder whether the producer is being misled.

All The World's A Stage: The ex-professional " B. G.", who prefers to remain anonymous, has introduced in our corres­ pondence column one of the great table topics of the nation since the rise of the music-hall. It has· always-seemed to us that there is nothing to discuss-· for the music-hall is the stage and the stage is the music-hall. The troubadour invaded the baronial hall and, in that great age of the theatre, when ' Shakespeare, Marlowe and Webster flourished, · both ·the player and the wandering musician used the tavern to exhibit their talents. That is the beginning of the music-hall, is it not? The player and the singer in the tavern! The playwright introduced the clown, the wit and the singer, but he did not introduce the trick cyclist or the man · who balances billiard balls because they did not exist. We do not suggest that the evolution of such distinguished artists is a sign of a superior if less happy age. We do seriously suggest that the Elizabethan playwright might have used Cinquevalli if he had existed then and was ,capable of drawing money to the box office. We suspect our correspondent refers to what has­ been called the legitimate stage. All the world's a_ stage and the argument is one of warring interests· and finance within the same world. When the music-hall first began to decline it introduced the film and the short play. The latter produced the sharp emnity of the theatre, the former led to the rise of a conqueror. But these considerations need not worry the true amateur, who merely wishes to present life in an entertaining manner because it is a fascinating hobby. The man or woman who· merely wishes to sing or dance is moved by the same sentiments. " B. G." should realise that there is plenty of · every type of entertaining talent in the Service.


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The other day the " Mount Players" produced a Revue, " Mail Coach." Between the wars the London telephone · girls produced excellent shows of this _type, and no suburban Hall provided a better display of female legs. There were panto­ mimes and concerts. There were other pros. who left the hazards of the boards for the security of the Service. Quite a number, indeed, were not professionals, but they were clever enough to earn good money as spare-time entertainers. What is needed now, '' B.G.'', is an organizer or a Service booking agent, to link up all the talent and find it engagements. If B. G. undertakes the task he will find it interesting work to provide programmes for the pavilion at Chiswick, or in the open when summer events are staged, or for the dinners, smoking concerts, etc., which flourish in normal times. There is also room for an organiser who will arrange special transport for the sporting and social events within the Service. Meanwhile, our Blythe Road correspondent will find promising talent in Messrs. Barnard and Griffiths and Dorothy Henzell. C. D. H.

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" brace " each, and although Cambridge had several opportunities to score it was 6 to nil at half-time, D. Lock also having netted two goals. In the first couple of minutes of the resumed game, the Cambridge side looked as if they intended to level up the play, but their play again became weak, and C.S., through Lock, L. G. Reeves and Longdon added three further goals to make the score 9 to nil. L.T.R.'s Array of Track Stars. Southampton.-C.S. cycling is making big strides in this Area. The Crabwood Club turns out its own magazine. Southampton C.S. riders tour far afield, even getting up into the Midlands. Blackp ool.-C.S. cycling here is mainly social and touring. Nottingham.-C.S.C.A. section is suffering from lack of support. New members wanted: Contact J. ,W. Glenn, 33, Lomas Street, Hungerhill Road, Nottingham. London.-C.S. men racing at the S.C.C.U. opening trackmeet included Ken Marshall, Ian Scott, and several " lesser lights." Dave Lyon, National Road Champion of the C.S. for 1947, took 2nd place in the Kent C.A. '' 25 '' with an excellent early-season performance of 1-5-42. Syd. Hayward, popular Association councillor and runner-up to Lyon last year, is also with the leaders and, partnered by A. Hill (Kentish Wheelers), he clocked 1-8-10 in a recent open tandem 30-mile trial.

Continued from page 201 won by A. Dart (C. S.) in 67 sees., 2nd D. Lock (C.S.) 69.4 sees., and 3rd K. Brown-Grant (Caius) 74 sees. In the 210-yds. free-style event F. Low (Selwyn) and D. Wilkinson (C.S.) had a terrific struggle which was only decided in the last few yards when Wilkinson beat Low by one second in 2 mins. 30 sees., S. Steadman (C.S.) was 3rd in 2 mins. 42 sees. Next came the 3 x 60 yds. medley Items of lnterest.-Dave Lyon, C.S!C.A. race and the C.S. had a 5-yard lead from S. Raine National Road Champion, won the Woolwich C.A. over the first lap. In .the second lap, I. M. Sorgo open " 25 " on a hard -course -east of London, in (Claire) by a great effort had reduced the lead to · 67 mins. 53 sees. 2 yards, but R. Reeves then flashed away to win L.T.R. trackman, Beaumont, intends to contest in 2 mins. 4 sees. against 2 mins. 8 s,ecs. The final all London and National C.S. track titles this year. race 4 x 60-yds. free-style, was thrilling from the It will be recalled that in ,1947, despite L.T.R.'s " Go "-D. Trill gave the C.S. a 2-yard lead array of track stars, including Marshall (London which C. Leach (Emmanuel) reduced; A. Dart C.S. champion), Scott (C.S. grass-track cham­ then raced away and the lead was restored for the pion), Swann (L.T.R. champion), and inter­ last man, hut B. Hersov (Christ's) with a superb national " Sandy " Lane, the National Track effort caught up to give an exciting stroke-for­ Championship was won by a comparative stroke dead-heat; time 2 mins. 20 sees. Hersov is " outsider " from the Ministry of Works, Tom selected for Olympic Trials to represent S. Africa Riddick. at yachting. Alan Shorter (L.T.R.) won the Caspian massed­ S. fLdr. Gillham, R.A.F., refereed the polo. start circuit race, held on Fairlop Aerodrome, Cambridge: C. J. Stephens (St. John's), I. Lewis from a " class " field. Shorter was 1947 West of (Trinity Hall), P. Gray (Queens), C. Leach England Hill-Climbing Champion, and runner-up (Emmanuel), B. Hersov (Christs), E. Rogers in the L.T.R. championship of 1947. (Claire), and B. Jones (Fitzwilliam). C.S.: H. A. M. Cruickshank, W. Hunter, L. Chess Individual Finalist Plays for Lancashire. Longdon, L. Standage, L. G. Reeves, R. Reeves -In the presence of the P.M.G., the Assistant and D. Lock. P.M.G., Capt. Freeman (Parliamentary Sec., The speed and clever ball handling of the C.S. Minis,ter of Supply), and a fair audience, G.P.O. soon had R. Reeves and W. Hunter scoring a retained the Bonar Law trophy against the chal-


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lenge of Supply. The P.M.G. _handed the shield that goes with the championship of the League's first division to Supply's -captain,. Mr. S. J. yvorrall, _ whose team, by beating Customs 8½ to I½ m their last match, took the shield from G.P.O., holders. Patent, in their last match, drew 5-all with G.P.O., to finish half a point behind Supply. Post Annual trophy was won by Labour, who met Stationery Office in the final. Stationery Office are unlucky for they were in last year's final, when they lost to National Physical Laboratory. C.S. individual championship rwill be between C.G. Butcher, G.P.O. (holder), and H. S. Parker, Civil Aviation. Mr. Parker has heen playing for Unats this season, and won a good game against the Middlesex champion, E. G. Sergeant, of I.R., in their last league match. He takes a high board for Lancashire. Division 1.-Health 6, M.W.B. 4; L.C.C. 4, Arsenal 6; Admiralty 6½, Transport 3½. Division 2.-Air 3, Unats 5; Labour 3, Paymaster 5; L.C.C. i. H.M.S.O. 6; Patent 0. 3½, P.O. Savings, 4½; Trade ½, I.R. 7½; Works 4½, G.P.O. 3½; L.C.C. 5, P.O. Savings 3; Paymaster 6½, Patent 0. 1½; H.M.S.O. 3, Labour 5; Unats 4, I.R. 4; Works 4½, Air 3½; G.P.O. 6, Trade 2. Division 3.-Health 4, Fuel and Power 4; Patent 0. 1½, Crown Agents 6½; Transport 5, Works 3; P.O. Factory 1, L.C.C. 7; Admiralty 7, Trade 1; M.W.B. 2½, ·Customs 5½; Customs 3½, L.C.C. 4½; Health 6, M.W.B. 2; Patent 0. 3½, Fuel and Power 4½; Trade 3, Crown Agents 5; Works 1, P.O. Factory 7; Admiralty 4½, Transport 3½; Crown Agents 3, Transport 5.

In the 4th division the tie for first place was played off between Fuel and Power and Labour, and resulted in a score of 3-all. Each club holds the shield for six months.

P.O. Savings Club.-Sec., Mr. J. W. Wilkinson, presented an encouraging report of the club's first season since 1938/39 at the A.G.M. The Director of Savings, Mr. W. D. ,Waterfall, who himself takes a board in league matches whenever he is able, presided over an enthusiastic meeting. P.O. Savings, founded in the I88o's, is one of the oldest of Service clubs and won the League Division I in I909. To celebrate their revival the British Master, Mr. R. J. Broadbent, gave a simul­ taneous display over 24 boards. In 2½ hours he won I5 games, drew 8 and lost 1. He was given an ovation by the appreciative players and spec­ tators.

LONDON TOWN C.S. (Chiswick) Lawn Tennis Oub.-The invita­ tion to civil servants, or friends of civil servants, to join the club is· still open. Subscription rates (inclusive of balls) are as follows:-

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per annum per season £ s. d. £ s. d. Civil servants 2 12 6 3 13 6 Non civil servants ... 3 3 0 4 4 0 Under 2o's ... I II 6 2 12 6 An American tournament once per month is being arranged and all members are expected to participate. A programme of social events is being arranged. Club championship knock-out tournaments are held during the season. A strong fixture list for club representative matches has been arranged. Anyone wishing to join the club, or requiring further information please contact the Hon. Sec., C.S. (Chiswick) Lawn Tennis Club, Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, W.4., either by post or at the sports ground during the week-ends. Lockers may be rented at the ground and refreshments, includ­ ing a licensed bar, are also available at moderate prices.-E. 0. Cygnet to buy New Boat.-Members have been busy repairing ravages to the boathouse caused by neglect of the war years. An enthusiastic bunch of lads got busy and dug out the couch grass to returf the lawn and prepare -the flower beds for a bit of show. These operations .took many hours and indicate the interest members have in improv­ ing the amenities. The regatta season will be a big one. The Olympic trials took place on May 23 for the selec­ tion of crews to represent the country at Henley, August 5-9. In June and July there will be a succession of up-river regattas, e.g., Reading, Marlow, Henley Royal and Kingston. A junior eight is in training to enter as many of these regattas as possible. We contemplate buying a coxswainless four best boat for a Wyfold Cup crew. C.S. Regatta will be held at Barnes on August 21. We hope to welcome many new members. Recruits should visit the boathouse any Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, or phone me, Sloane 4522, Ext. 109.--C. H. WATLING.

Assistance Board Golfing Society .-The Spring Meeting at Shirley Park on May 5 was favoured with perfect weather, and 27 members voted the day a most enjoya!ble one. The prize presented by Mr. Haycock for I8-holes medal play was won by J. MacKenzie (Bognor) with a net return of 72; runner-up, C. ,W. Dixon (H.Q.) 73. Winners of the Greensome against bogey for prize given by Mr. Fieldhouse were S. B. Oates and G. D. Widdas with one up; runners-up, W. Elliott (Bognor) and C. W. Dixon, one down. The " I9th " (bogey unknown) provided an opportunity to renew " old acquaintance " with several members not now with the Board. We


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were glad to meet them· again and extend a cordial invitation to all our erstwhile colleagues for the meeting in September next, when the Strohmenger and Watson trophies will be the chief events. (W. E. G. Maidment, Hon. Secretary). London T.T. League's Great Progress.-During the season 53 clubs (121 teams) affiliated to the London League, grouped in 9 Divisions (men and women) and 4 Divisions (women). Eight hundred players registered. The general standard of play is improving. The E.T.T.A. sent hearty thanks to the Leagu� for the help given to the World Cham­ pionships at Wembley; not only for help given in running the actual championships, but also as the best buyers of tickets in the London Area. Assistance Board's Interes,ting War Memorial Trophy and Competition.-The Social and Sports Society is rapidly resuming pre-war activities and has provided a War Memorial Trophy to be awarded annually to the association with the ,best record of social and sporting activities by its con­ stituent dubs and members. The Trophy was won by the Eastern Region in ,1946 and has been awarded for 1947 to the Northern Region, not the least of whose claims to notice were a well­ produced magazine (the cover of which was reproduced recently in the JOURNAL) and an active part in the formation of a Newcastle Area Associa­ tion of the Council. National competitions are being revived, and with the formation of a Golfing Society, competi­ tions for the Strohmenger Trophy and the Watson Cup are being held this year. On May 1, the first post-war national T.T. championship finals brought a large crowd to the Polytechnic in London to see some exciting contests, and a high standard of play, particularly by the men. The Regional and Headquarters' Associations had pre­ viously played-off their eliminating contests, and from a total entry of 470 men and 69 women, 15 men and 14 women came to London for the finals. The winners were Miss Cocker (Norwich) and Mr. Dixon (Aylesbury) and the runners-up were Miss Taylor (Manchester) and Mr. Keer (Thanet). There was an outstanding match in the first round of the men's singles, between Mr. Dixon and Mr. Steer (Bromley). Mr. H. Fieldhouse, the Secretary to the Board, presented the Markham and Halls­ worth Trophies to Miss Cocker and Mr. Dixon, and prizes (generously given by Mr. Fieldhouse, Mr. Bentliff and the Board's regional officers) to the winners, runners-up and quarter-finalists. Mr. F. C. -Gray was the organiser of this very successful affair.-A. G. B. Mount Pleasant to En:ter Drama Festival.­ Athlete;s are training and it is hoped to field teams in the L.B.H. and C.S. competitions during the season. Many competitions have been arranged

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for the angling enthusiasts. Bowling section is about to start another enjoyable season. Cricketers had their first match "rained off " against Nordis. The trial game produced a number of promising players. The section will give opponents hard and sporty games. Dart teams finished winners of the London Postal League (Southern Section), and winners of the City League. On May 7 won the " Taylor Walker" Shield by beating S.E.D.O., but lost to Nordis in the C.S. final. The section supplied the losing finalist,, R. J. Watson, in the C.S. Individual Championship. Programme arranged by the Drama section includes two full­ length plays at the Club's own theatre, and at Cripplegate. The first, " The Man Who Came to Dinner," gives many members a chance to per­ form, and will take place on October 23 and October 25 in Mount Pleasant, and October 26 at Cripplegate. The section has entered the Society of C.S. Authors' Festival to take place early 1949. Football shows the Premier team last in the league table, the " A" team at the head of the L.P.F. League Division 1 East, and " B" team top of Division 2 West. The " A " team won the Chal­ lenge and Charity" Cups (Intermediate Sections). Monthly Golfing competitions have begun. Boxing and physical culture enthusiasts use the gymnasium and keep fit, but cannot report promising talent. The Club supplied 17 Rifie marksmen for the London Postal (Inner Area) "shoot" against other areas, but only managed to finish fifth. " Splash " nights and other outings are ·on the programme for swimm&rs. Photograrphic section continue with varying time exposures .to exhibit prints for the coming competition in July. This competition, held in conjunction with the Horticultural Society, will be assisted by our depleted orchestra, who carry on rehearsals bi-weekly. S.B.D. at Harrogate Entertain Manchester (Hon. Sec., H. T. Barrett, S. and B.B.).-The Bowling Club is preparing for the season. E. L. Warne, Hon. Sec., says they have entered ,two teams in the C.S. (London) Bowls League; the " A " team in the 1st Division and " B " team in the 2nd. They have the services of the members successful in winning the Bunbury Cup last year; and have recruited new members who are experienced bowlers. The club is looking forward with confidence to a happy and successful season. Mr. H. G. Ragg, Hon. Sec., Philatelic Socvety, tells me that at the meeting on April 2 they were entertained by Mr. F. J. Coomer, who gave a grand display of stamps of Iceland, which was fascinating and informative. On April 27 the Swimimimg Club changed their venue to Walham Green. The first summer club evening was well-attended and many new faces made a welcome appearance. The Annual Gala date is fixed for September 30 at Fulham Baths;


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the programme has not yet been constructed, but we have it from H. Walkden, Hon. Sec., that .they have been allotted the C.S. men's 220-yard free­ style and women's roo-yard back-stroke champion­ ship events. Members of the dub accompanied the C.S. .team to Cambridge, where S. C. Stead­ man, the dub champion, aquitted himself well in the 2ro-yard free-style event and the team race. Ken -\�falls says, that the S.B.D. (Harrogate) Football Club finished with a grand challenge match against their fellow bankites from Man­ chester on May I and defeated them 8-ro. Goal scorers were Crowe (4), Ross (2), Wood and Rosbotham. Mr. Lawrence, ,Controller, Harrogate, said how happy he was to renew acquaintance with old colleagues and suggested that it should become an annual event. Miss .Dick, Assistant Controller, Manchester, returned thanks for .the visitors. The party then moved on to the George Hotel to stack up liquid refreshment to sustain them on their arduous return journey across the Pennines! L. J. E. TARR.

BOUND THE .AREAS Gloucester's Bowling Green (Hon. Gen. Sec., Coun. R. W. Smith, 3, Wellington Parade. Gloucester 4280).-Life is full of surprises. Fol­ lowing the good news that our Area had been awarded the magnificent " Russell Scott " Trophy imagine our delight to hear that not only had the Sports Council said nice things about us, but that our friends at the Post Office, S.W. Region, had written to London suggesting we deserved the Trophy. This is the first time that a Department has made a recommendation on behalf of our Area. Many thanks for the compliment, Bristol. We much appreciate the gesture. The Mayor, the City High Sheriff, and their ladies came to our Celebration Dance at the Guild­ hall on May 8 and presented the Trophy to our Chairman. Sqdn.-Ldr. Currie, M.B.E., D.C.M., attended and presented the N. Glos. Football League Cup and Medals to our Soccer team. Only two years and we have now collected five cups. We are urging our bar licence so that the cups may be put to good use. Space prevents us telling you of the vast improvements at the ground, of the pavilion which our voluntary workers have so beautifully decorated in spare time, of the fine counter they have constructed from scrap timber, of the modern lighting, heating and floor treat­ ments we have been carrying out ready for dances, and of our new bowling green development, be­ cause these notes are really only intended this month to serve as a reminder to Gloucester members, and an advance invitation to everyone everywhere, to come to our Grand Horticultural Show and Sports on Saturday, August 7, at 2 p.m. We will give you all the details about this wonder-

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Chatham Wants to Purchase Grounds.-Winter

activities die hard and the T.T. committee will have to take drastic action if ,the competition is to finish within a reasonable period. Football: My forecast in the knock-out com­ petition was only half correct, the contestants being the holders (E.E.M. Dept.) and the Foundry. An exceptionally clean and sporting game resulted, with the Foundry worthy winners. The Chairman, Mr. H. A. Waldegrave, congratulated both teams for one of the best finals the competition has pro­ duced. He paid a compliment to the referee, Mr. Cyril Holmes, for his control of the game. This is Mr. Holmes' first year as referee, and his selec­ tion for the final was a compliment to his ability. He was a member of our two successful Lewis Cup elevens, 1946 and 1947. Cricket: It is early to forecast possibilities. The wickets are in good condition but I cannot write hopefully of the outfield. Our gang mower, under repair since January, is hung up through the inability of the makers to deliver the necessary spare parts. �very effort is -being made to expedite matters, so I ask dubs to be tolerant in our latest difficulty. Bowls: The green, recovered from last year's indisposition, is looking fine, but the mower is awaiting spare parts. Fortunately, our small motor mower is a fairly efficient substitute. The C.S. Bowls Club has a full fixture list of 37 matches, and the ladies' section 12, not including various competition games. Tennis: The C.S. club has made a big advance and hooked four courts. ·I have not heard of any matches, but no doubt some will be arranged. A.G.M·.: There was a small attendance, and it passed off harmoniously; the report and balance sheet being passed with few questions. The only subject that aroused the meeting from lifelessness was that of children in the club at week-ends. It was agreed to allow the attendance of children, but to urge parents to exercise greater control. The meeting approved the efforts of the Council in their programme of pavilion and ground improve­ ments, but unanimously agreed to press for the purchase of the ground. The present officers were re-elected, with fifteen nominees for the Council; no ballot ·being necessary.-J. T. PAGE. Brum. Footballers beat Notti ngham at Derby.­

April has been eventful for the Postal F.C. Coventry were entertained in the semi-final, Mid­ land Regional Cup Competition, and they brought three coaches with players and spectators to Hall Green. Although they won by 7-2 Postal admit they were flattered by the score. Postal travelled to Derby to meet the Nottingham P.O. in the final and won 6-2. Col. Darby, Deputy Regional Director, presented the prizes before 300 people.


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. The Derby Sports and, Sqcial .Club is congra.tulated on the splendid• atrangemerits. Postal visited Coventry t.o play a benefit match in aid of a Coventry player. Result, a draw. In the Area Shield, Postal beat I.R. by 5-2 and the Postmen by 4-2. I.R. made the mistake of entering two teams for the competition, neither of which was a!ble to turn out at foll, strength. The other team lost to the P.O. Stores. The I.R.C.C. commenced against Pickwick at Wake Green.. The wicket was slow and conditions wer� wintry. Revenue won the toss and scored 79 aga:mst 68 for 8. Andrews, Brazil and Barrett batted well and Douglas Wakefield showed good · · form with the ball. · The finals of the Richmond House T.T. ,League provided excellent sport on April 15. The men's singles provided a fine game between two old friends in Roy Davis and Gerry White, the former winning. The women's singles was won by Mrs. I. Clarke, who beat Miss E. Smith. The mixed doubles was won by Mr. and Mrs. Clarke, who beat G. White and Miss N. Luxton in the final. Exhibi­ tion matches were played by Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Haydon, Tommy Lisle, G. Alderton and Miss Bullock. Cups and medals were presented by M. C W. Blasdale.-R. S. HOLMES. Exeter to Entertain Ply mouth.-The visit of Mr. Farlam for the A.G.M. was appreciated, and his short speech was well received. The final league positions of the T.T. teams were: Men's " A " team 7th; " B " team 2nd (runners-up); " C " team 6th. Ladies Division: Civil Service 7th. In the individual championships Down and Thompson of the '' A '' team were semi-finalists, W. Harris of the " B " team was also a semi-finalist in the singles, whilst in the third division singles championship G. Tavenor was a finalist. Billiards and Snooker teams entered the local league. The billiard team played 12 matches, winning ro and finishing second. The Snooker team played r6 games, winning 4 and drawing 7. Better results could have been obtained at Snooker but the aim of the sec. was to give as many players as possible an opportunity to play 'in competitive games. Despite the limited facilities for play Sec. Noss hopes .to enter additional teams next season. The big surprise of the soccer season was the success of the " B " team. After a sticky start they did not lose a game in their last nine, and against heavy odds went on to win the Liddon Cup before a crowd of'400. A triumph for pluck, and a pleasing wind-up for Sec. Cosway,. who has worked hard throughout the season. Tail pieces: Kent, late chairman, was made a Life Hon. Member at the A.G.M. Plymouth visit this Area on July ro. Area membership 928, holding r,153 shares, an increase of 310 members

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and 482 shares. Sec. Banbury has had a success­ ful whist and crib season. Rugby Sec. Forrest will welcome any new Rugger players for next season. -THE SAXON. Many P.O's Meet at Slough.-Finals of the H.C. Region winter sports held. at Slough. A�ngst th_ose present were Mr. R. J. P. Harvey, Regional Director and President of the Association, Mr. F. E. A. Manning, Deputy Regional Director and Vice-President of the Association, Mr. F. Hardwick, Staff Controller, Mr. C. 0. Horn, Tele­ comms., Controller, Mr. A. J. Bayly, Finance Officer, and several Telephone Managers and Head Postmasters. The football match between Chelmsford P.O. and Brighton Telephone Area was won by Brighton by 4 goals to r. Norwich P.O. beat Redhill P.O., Darts final, 2 legs to I, and ladies' Darts, Brighton Telephone Area beat Luton P.O., 2 legs. Billiards, Brighton Telephone Area beat Ports­ mouth P.O. 392 to 330, and Snooker, Southend beat Haslemere P.O. 3 frames to 2. Southend Club is an amalgamated Club comprising Tele­ phone Area and Postal Staff. The team table tennis championship won by Lowestoft P.O. who beat Tunbridge Wells Tele­ phone Area 5 games to 2. Miss Hoare (Portsmouth T.A.) beat Miss George (Regional H.Qs.), ladies' singles, and Misses Martin and Turner (Beccles P.O.) beat Misses Osborne and Humphries (Wo-rthing P.O.), ladies' doubles. Men's singles, M�. Wood (Tunbridge Wells T.A.) beat Mr. Dimmack (Bletchley .P.O.), and Messrs Dimmack and Woodin (Bletchley P.O.) beat Messrs. Dennis and Relph (Eastbourne P.O.) in the men's doubles. Mixed doubles, Miss Epton and Mr. Eggleton (Brighton T.A.) beat Miss George and Mr. Pendrey (Regional H.Qs.). Mr. Hill, Chairman, introduced the Regional Director. Mr. Harvey expressed his pleasure at seeing such a large gathering, about 700. He con­ gratulated both winners and losers on their fine display. Mr. Hill introduced Mrs. Horn who had kindly consented to present the trophies. Cricket at North Road Flourishes. P.O.S.D. (Manchester) Social and Sports Club.-Football report a satisfactory season, both teams finishing half-way up in the League.· The rst team is in the final of the C.S. Cup-, Manchester Area. On May r a selected dub team played S.B.D. Harrogate away. Cricket Committee are encouraged to note a revival of interest. A strong membership is turning up in force to practice-night at North Road each Friday and satisfactory talent has been displayed. The season started �;vith a South Lanes Industrial League game against Ferranti C.C., and a full


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fixture list of League and friendly games has been arranged until mid-September. The Club is look­ ing forward to visiting S.B.D., Morecambe, July 6, and to the return visit. Dramatic section had its first trip of the season to Stratford-on-Avon on April 18 and it proved a success. It is hoped to have further outings. The next production, " While Parents Sleep," will take place on Ju�e 24, 25 and 26. Netball play friendly games and fixtures with Ferranti and the Co-op Insurance Co. have been arranged. The new pitch at North Road is in w01king order. It is hoped to play throughout the summer. Tahle tennis still enjoy sociable evenings where the ping of the ball is mingled with the clink of tea cups and hearty laughter. Tennis is looking forward to a good season of American tournaments, knock-out tournaments and team games, as well as outings to the coast. Swimming is starting with Herriots Baths, Sun­ light House, as its watering place, and it is hoped to have an enjoyable wet season !-A. A. HART. Ply mouth's 21st Birthday Celebrations.-Now my E.E.M. Dept. colleagues and the promise unkept because of sickness. Let us praise the stalwarts who laid. the founda­ tion of the Club's greatness. For the management: Messrs. Yapp, Hunt, Wootten, Brough and Dawes. Employees' side: Messrs. Major, Osborne, Saunders (Club's first Hon. Sec.), Sims and Arch. and Reg. Bollard. What an in;;piration for those in charge to-day ! I'm glad the present officers have accepted that challenge. Mr. Damp, Supt. Electrical Engineer, as President, supported by Mr. F. J. Hurd at the helm and ably assisted by Messrs. E. A. Lennox, W. Piper, L. J. Sims, S. Bendall and the Hon. General Secretary (Mr. A. Bancroft). How can this splendid Club do anything other than progress! Looking back somewhere about 23-24 years ago, I recall happy clashes in games, and my only regret is that I· don't see, crystal clear, the same atmosphere to-day. The honour of representing the Dept. was a signal one to my colleagues in the E.E.M. Dept. as it was for the Dept. in which I was " born and bred." The Club's activities cover a wide field of games. Athletics is a grand example. go per cent. of the Area Athletic team are members of the E.E.M. Dept. Club. There have been many outstanding successes in 1947-48 and this is attributed to the enthusiasm that exists amongst ,the younger athletes. With so many awards annexed it is diffi­ cult to be sure of names. Messrs. Smart, Henwood,

JUNE, 1948.

Murphy, Norsworthy, Huddy, . Thomas, Water­ field, Rhodes. If I've missed anyone, I'm sorry. To all the young in the Dept. interested in Athletics, get in touch with young Smart, main shop. Cricket has got off the mark with Evening League and Saturday fixtures. Here also is a successful branch. The Secretary is Mr. J. Heale, Foreman's office, so contact him if you wish to give him your assistance. I ·could easily write of the old enthusiastic rowing crew and the happy times we had " hurrying " up and down the harbour. I can't mention all. There's the Electra Bowls, the E.E.M. A.F.C., the tennis, besides the indoor games fraternity. All these activities should give a clear picture of the achievements of the Club and of the chaps who have been its flag bearers. 1948 Sports, Meet.ing.-Saturday, August 14. Venue R.N.E. College Ground. Your Hon. Gen. Secretary's " home " is at the Telephone Depot. Your personal enthusiasm and co-operation: will make the Gala successful. 2,1st Birthday Celebration.-Saturday, June 12� 1948. Plymouth v. Exeter Area Championship.-At Exeter, Saturday, July ro, 1948.-A. F. POUND. R.A.E. Farnborough Boxers Shine.-Two· young boxers entered in the Service Champion­ ships on April 12. B. J. Owen (Technical College) had a walk-over in the Featherweight dass, although he offered to fight his would-be opponent who was 3 lb. · overweight. He won the Lord. Vansittart Cup. J. Douglas (Transport Dept.), who won the Sir Francis Floud Cup for Light­ weights, defeated W. E. Bums of L.P.R. in the semi-final, the fight being stopped in the 2nd. round. In the final he defeated R.C.T. Selby, also of L.P.R., and this fight was stopped in the3rd round. Soccer.-The tournament for the Inter-Depart-­ mental Soccer Cup, 'the Bishop Cup, has been brought to a successful conclusion, Flights winning. with S1-S2 as runner-up. Cricket.-The evening departmental cricket league is in full swing and the two R.A.E. teams. have commenced activities.-ERNEST V. MENDAY. Scarborough's Entertainers are Succes,sful.Football.-A slow start, but of the seven· matches since Christmas we won five and drew two_ Our ' lads in the final game notched seven goals without reply, thereby completing a double over our opponents. Our thanks are due to the· mighty atom, Jack Webb, and I know he is. already planning winning the league next season..


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Darts.-The league championship shield will, we expect, adorn our clubroom. Whist.- We managed to finish up in the first four. T.T. Snooker and Dominoes.-We managed to hold our own and have hopes of greater success next season. Cricket.-] ack Snell's marionnettes won their league match, and look set for for a good season. We have been unable to locate a vacant tennis court, but we are still trying. Frank Baker and his merry men are still pro­ viding us with entertaining social evenings and on such occasions even our esteemed Steward loses his worried look and is actually smiling when he staggers upstairs with a sacklul of '' pieces of eight '' ! When the Labour Party hold their con­ ference here at Whitsun we hope that several well­ known men will come and have a pint with us.­ YOUNG BILL.

Southampton: Visit of Hampshire County Team.

The visit of the Somerset C.C. XI last summer was followed this season by a game with Hamp­ shire's county side. The event, held in aid of the Hampshire Benefit Fund, and won by Hampshire, was successful. There was a " Sportsmen's " lunch before the game, attended by the visiting XI together with the C.S. players. The Sheriff (Alderman P. Blanchard, M.B.E., J.P.) was supported by the Pres:dent (Mr. A. J. Langridge). Others prominent in the Association's work came along and enjoyed a most excellent bill of fare. It was pleasing to see Mr. C. H. Williams, .Postmaster, among the gathering. Guests were welcomed by the President, and Mr. E. D. R. Eagar, the Hampshire Captain, spoke appreciatively of the warmth of the hos­ pitality and the excellence of the arrangements. Despite the weather the event was well patronised, although the financial result was not as satisfactory as ,expected. Other means will be found to augment the takings at the gate. All those who contributed to the smooth running of the arrangements are to be congratulated, particularly Mr. Rex Ingram, whose commentary during the game, with the aid of loud-speaker equipment, enlivened the proceedings. The ho.nour bestowed on international runner R. G. Gosney, of the Ordnance Survey Office, gave us all considerable pleasure. The " Warren Fisher " award is made annually to the best individual performance of the year. Summer activities are in full swing and mention of the activities of our teams and bowls patrons will be referred to in future issues. Meanwhile your reporter will be delighted to know of any items worthy of mention. It is

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generally known that brevity in the production of local notes saves space.-C.F.M. Swansea: Betty Gray Retains Her Welsh Title.­

There is no doubt that this year we have the Two matches· nucleus of a fine cricket team. played-against Swansea Police and Midland Metal Co., Neath-and both were won convinc­ ingly. The difficulty is obtaining space for practice nets and Sec. Tommy Walshe is using up all the club notepaper in a fruitless endeavour to get fixed up. The tennis courts are taking shape and in a few weeks I hope to be able to record the result of the first home match since the club was formed two years ago. The hockey season came to a successful conclu­ sion with a convincing 5-r win over Mond Nickel Works. The season's results: played 16, won 8, lost 4, drawn 4; goals, 48-28. The T.T. season finished with the club's " A " and '' B '' teams well in the top half of Divisions I and II, respectively, of the Swansea and District T.T. League. Les. Walters recently played his first game for Swansea against Newport (at Newport), and according to the local Press showed great promise. If the form exhibited during the latter half of this season can be reproduced next September, both teams will be serious contenders for league championship honours. The ladies' team finished top of the ladies' division of the league, having won every match right through the season, whilst Betty Gray successfully defended her Welsh table tennis ladies' title at Cardiff.­ M. W. EUSTACE.

CORRESPONDENCE Too Much Drama. Sir, Having had professional music hall and theatre experience before joining the Service, I cannot understand why there are so many dramatic societies whilst the lighter side-revue, concert party, pantomime, musical comedy and variety­ is practically ignored. Most dramatic societies have a membership of men and women over thirty, whilst their audiences are mostly composed of middle-aged and elderly people. With the huge number of young men, I think that a deal of talent, other than dramatic, could be developed. Surely, from the hundreds of young and attractive girls we could have a wonder­ ful troupe, dancing or otherwise. Many people look upon the music hall as a poor relation-it is so infra dig to do anything else but drama! The production of a play does not necessitate the work and creation that a revue en­ tails. A play-an� established success-can be·


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'' put over '' with a good standard of acting, without individual brilliance or personality, but a revue, pantomime or concert party, ,because it must include versatility and individual talents ( em­ bracing drama as well as music, song, dance and comedy) is a greater achievement. Scenery and dressing do present a difficulty, but these-can be :wercome by keen members. What do other readers think? B. G. (Blythe Road).

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THE

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No. 12

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July, 1948

TWOPENCE

Civil Service Football Cli,b 1st XI-1947-48

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Leicester Man Wins Golf Championship ... 221 Rugby Club to Run Three Pitches and Seven XV' s 224 The Crusaders Tour Devon 215 A Page of Pictures ... ... 223


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Southampton's Sunny Smiles

When J. H. Middleton and I arrived at the Southampton ground on May 27 after a hurried meal and in time to make the rounds before the commencement of the A.G.M. of the Southampton Area, we saw the end of a sunny day, a break in the doubtful weather which reigned before and after the event. It was a scene of intense activity on the ground and in the pavilion. The ground was occupied by the R.A.F. and the National Fire Service during the war and it was the site of a balloon barrage unit and a huge concrete water tank. The scene of war desolation has been rapidly transformed into one of smiling, happy activity. It has been claimed that the ground is one of the best in the country. There cannot be another which provides similar facilities within about 8 acres. There are 17 tennis courts (2 grass), hockey, football and cricket pitches, 2 bowling greens and provision for netball. Extensive pavilion accommodation occupies much space. Some of the local officials appear to think that more playing space could be used with advantage. Ground has already been purchased for extensions to the pavilion.

War Desolation to Happiness. As I walked round the ground I saw many smiles. There was no despondency here. I felt that the atmosphere was just right, the sort of thing dreamed of by the founders when they first put hand to the plough. The concern gave one the feeling that it was successful, progressive, and that about one was a huge, happy family imbued with the team spirit. The doings of famous sports­ men make good news, but here was the best thing of all.

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and the present. I agree, and I passed· the idea on to the proper quarter.

Langridge and Middleton Smiling Thru'. The President of the Area, A. J. Langridge, occupied the Chair. People wandered in from the playing fields and the billiard room until the room was full. Langridge was Chairman of the Area for many years and, as President, he succeeds Sir Russell Bencraft, a great Hampshire personality, and pillar of Hampshire cricket. Langridge smiled his way through the agenda adroitly. J. H. Middleton smiled and spoke, dealing with points of interest to the local membership, financial or otherwise, and he dealt with his subject ably, giving a deft, light touch occasionally. Profit. The balance sheet discussed by the meeting is of little interest .to the general reader. The main point is that the catering account (sales, £10,251) transferred £2,059 profit to the revenue account to offset the deficiencies incurred by all grounds due to uneconomical lettings. The loss over the year was only £250. It is probable that next year there will be no loss. Southampton has been assisted by the central position of the ground, to which access is easy, and the businesslike use of the pavilion accommodation available. That is the key to success. Modem grounds cannot succeed unless the ground is accessible, and the social and pavilion aspects are skilfully managed. £2,000

Young is Southampton's Giant. F. W. C. Young was the hero of ,the evening. He was retiring after 23 years of intensive effort as Hon. Sec., and his biggest job was the raising of £ro,ooo towards the purchase of the ground in 1925. He received a great reception from the Suggested Rugger Reunion. meeting and I understand a testimonial scheme is In the ample and comfortable lounge where the on the way.. Another man who has contributed by A.G.M. took place were displayed numerous his solid work to the sound position of the ground is trophies,' and that evening the Warren Fisher Mr. P. Cawthorne, the Hon. Treas. Other officials Cup, this year awarded to Reg Gosney, of South­ · have done fine work and the new generation have ampton, was placed amongst the others. A a difficult task to outstrip their predecessors. An Meritorious Service Board will shortly be installed. interesting personality is Mr. C. F. Middleton, our Why not a series of boards to blazon forth in correspondent, who is also Sec. of the Grounds letters of gold the names of those who have occu­ Committee, and who withdrew his nomination for pied the key posts, or who have distinguished Hon. Gen. Sec. in sporting spirit. Middleton was themselves· in the various sports? I had an inter­ a Southampton pioneer at the inception of the local esting chat with I. Collis (now Chief Clerk, P.O. organisation and has continued his interest with Telephones, Southampton), who used to play in unabated zeal. He was a schoolboy soccer inter­ representative rugger games for the Service. He national and afterwards played as an amateur for recalled the first game. r.t was played before the Reading, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Hamp­ King at Ohiswick in 1926, when the Navy was shire. He has won prizes at swimming, track met. Collis played in that game and I was in the cycling, sprinting and jumping. Useful at sport, royal box watching him. Collis thought it would· he is also a warm-hearted, friendly personality be a good idea to bring together all representative likely to be increasingly successful in organisation rugger players still living, to talk over the past and management of sport.-C. D. H.


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The Crusaders Tour Devon "A tour in Devon in May! Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the critics, " it can't be done!" But it �as, and very successfully, too. True, the opposi­ tion would prnbably have been stronger in July and August when holiday-makers are available to strengthen the locals, but, even so, the strongest batting side the Crusaders have ever toured would have held its own, and with a bit in hand. J. Heaslip, T. Sinclair, P. Dunthorne, V. Delany,. H. Edwards, G. Bush, P: Penfold, J. Ezekiel, W. Tutt, E. King, W. Evans, J. Dun­ bar, A. Ross, and A. Farrall faced the starter, with G. Parsons to keep the tally, W. Eastland to see fair play and " President A. R. Farlam and all," proceeded to Exeter, where our friends wel­ comed us right heartily at "Crom-a-.boo," the comfortable C.S. Club, and set us off ,to a goodly start on Saturday morning at Exmouth, where we· found sun and sand a-plenty. Later, we faced the local club on a pretty little seashore ground where a goodish six would go sailing down the Channel. Bill Evans called correctly, said " We bat," and did we! Tommy Sinclair (90, n.o.) and Vernon Delany (83, n.o., in 55 mins.) carried us to a total of 235 for 3 at tea. The locals said, " .We'll go for the runs,'' but discretion overtook them at an early stage and in ten minutes less time they aggregated only r28 for 6, Jimmy Dunbar com­ pelling a very respectful attitude. And so to Exeter and bed, even if not by the most direct route! (Bill Evans' comments at having to carry his bag from Exeter station to ,the hotel still ring in my ears. Fifteen minutes of best Basic English without repeating himself: a real captain's effort, Bill.) On Sunday, a really hot day, a side representa­ tive of Exeter C.S. called us to the fray and we responded zestfully with 2m, everybody getting a knock. Sinclair was again in the van with 79, followed by Penfold (23) and Dunbar (r8). Once again the fatter trundled effectively and Exeter were all out for 95, but did better and made amends later in the evening at the club. Whit Monday was a day off and we scattered in small parties to the four corners of Devon, Teign­ mouth, Exmouth, Torquay and the Hay Tor rocks being favoured. with our attentions. Teignmoutl). promenaders doubtless enjoyed the sight of some prominent Crusaders sleeping soundly on the sands, synchronised snoring being a feature of the performance. And so, refreshed, we were ready to tackle St. Luke's College on Tuesday on a table that bore obvious scars of the hockey season. They got r52 and we passed this with one wicket down and at tea had r85 for 2, Ezekiel batting well for rn8, n.o. An amazingly ample tea rounded off with an enormous plateful of ice-cream left every-

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body disinclined for further activity so we called it a d�y, left ourselves time -to foregather with the collegians at the famous Lord Clarence in the cathedral square. A goodly " do " and proper preparation for a farewell party at " Crom-a-boo," where we took a narrow beating at parlour games, sang Crusader choruses and wended our way hotel­ wards late but lively. Wednesday morning we parted company with Bill EvanS-and his bag! He returned to Cam­ ���dge and w� set out for Plymouth, where our old fnend A. F. Pound awaited us, complete with Corporation bus for bags and selves, to convey us to the Plymouth C.S. ground at Beacon Hill, where we found a representative C.S. XI anxious to test our mettle. Only Lillicrap· (48) was able to with­ stand our .Jimmy Dunbar to any extent and 98 was the sum total of their efforts. This looked easy but we lost 3 wickets in getting them and finished at r68 for 7, Delany and Tutt each getting into the thirties. Admiral Nicholson came along ,to say " How do you do," and have tea, and even as an old Sussex Martlet found no criticism. Later we took full advantage of the club--room and billiard tables placed at our disposal-yes, there was a bar as well-and we adapted ourselves to these amenities to our complete satisfaction. On Thurs­ day the Plymouth Association did us proud by way of a motor coach tour which embraced a large part of Devon, including Princetown, Uncle Tom Cobley's home village, Hay Tor. lunch at. Newton Abbot and home via Torquay and Paignton, ,and so to the Plymouth and Mannamead College, where tea was ready and the College XI waiting for an evening's cricket. Led by Mr. Mercer, the Ply­ mouth Albion rugger star, they batted up r67 for 7 dee., leaving us ninety minutes to get them. We did it (r75 for 5) with several minutes to spare. Sinclair (87) and Delaney (SI) travelled at a great pace and Tommy's straight driving in the last twenty minutes really deserves a paragraph to itself. And so to Mount Wise, the Lords of Plymouth, to do battle with the might of the Plymouth Army in a two-days' game on a really excellent wicket. Jack Heaslip said " heads "-and it was so�and never even hesitated about taking the knock. Did. I say knock?-" Gout," it should have been, for in 3½ hours we were 3r8 for 6, dee. Heaslip credited himself with a hard-hit 75 in his best vein, Edwards an equally forceful 84, n.o., and Delany a parallel 46, n.o. In reply, the Army (2r8) just failed to avoid the follow-on, but did better in their second venture with r99 for 7, before declar­ ing, Capt. Hawkes making the coveted century. Unfortunately. we only had 27 minutes in which to score roo, a little too rapid even for us, but 63 for 2 in that time was quite up to our reputation. So ended a week's cricket with 4 games won and 1


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z drawn, which sets up a record for our tours in that for the first time we avoided defeat. We were aided by, and enjoyed, nine days of brilliant sun­ spine plus, in my opinion, the strongest batting side ever to go on tour. Our statistician confirms this view as we scored 1,354 runs for the loss of 35 wickets, and average of 38.6, our opponents' comparable figures being 1,057-60-17.6. so�rn

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T. Sinclair ... 6 2 90* 318 V. Delany ... 5 2 214 83* E. Edwards ... 1 109 84* 3 1 108* 4 121 J. Ezekiel 75 4 1 108 J. Heaslip ... So�rn OF THE BOWLING : Overs JVldns. Huns f,f/_kts. 55 121 16 18 J. Dunbar 10 39 99 8 J. Heas],ip ... £. King 4 19 5 53 V. Delany ... 66 16 173 11 HONOURABLE MENTION !

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The opposition was not as strong as we have met on some of our tours but, with the possible exception of Scotland (where I would like to see this side in action), I maintain that it would have more than held its own on any of our crusades. Our grateful thanks are due to our Exeter friends for their arrangements and hospitality, notably Mr. Hedgeland and Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, to mention only a few �here so many combined to make our stay enjoyable, and the same· can be said of Plymouth with Admiral Nicholson and A. F. Pound. •Whatever our critics may say of the Civil Service, my experience is that wherever the Crusaders go they find a camaraderie and esprit de corps which is always equal to the occasion. -'' CRUSADER.''

Retirement of Charles Edward Walker

At the end of August we shall say " Good-bye " to one of the finest sportsmen the Service has ever known. " Charlie " as he is affectionately known to all-will be remembered for the enthusiasm and unselfish sacrifices he always displayed during his many years as an organiser and trainer of boy messengers. During his career he was responsible for intro­ ducing the famous London Junior Po:11:al Football and Cricket Leagues, hailed in the Press as the finest Junior Leagues in the City. The outstanding merit of the Representative Sides, which were ever his pride, is well known, and many of the out­ standing adult footballers and cricketers in London to-day graduated from the ranks of the teams of boy messengers. Mr. Walker was one of the founders of the

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Junior Athletic Association and undertook the organising of athletic meetings and competitions for indoor games, devoting almost all of his spare time to these activities after his official duties. The honour he held most dear was as a member of the Executive of the London Federation of Boys' Clubs for four years. It was unfortunate that in 1945, in order to accept further promotion, he had to relinquish his position as Welfare Officer, and the wonderful organisation which he had been instrumental in building up. He continued to find time to serve as Vice�Chairman of the C.S. Boxing Club. The social interests of Mr. Walker have not been confined to the Post Office, for he extended his welfare work to the locality where h e resides and was one of the founders of the Youth Committee of Stoke Newington, being the first manager of the Youth Centre. Now, as a Borough Councillor he is in a position to learn the needs of other clubs and to render assistance to them. Among his municipal duties has been that of Vice-Chairman of the Food Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Baths Committee. Surely a man of talent and a true sportsman, for no tribute in mere words can suffice to show our appreciation of such a public-spirited and. able man, and no one can deny that Councillor Charlie Walker has helped to make the lives of hundreds of boy messengers happier by his loyal and un­ stinting work and untiring efforts. With such a life full of good work the greatest feature of his character is modesty. He never sought the limelight, and was happiest when helping others. May he be spared for many years to enjoy a peaceful and pleasant retirement.

The Roving Reporter Looking at bookings of the Chiswick ground during the next three months I found nea,rly a dozen departmental sports days listed. Chiswick is an excellent venue for such events, and given a fine day, it has everything to make for complete •enjoyment. The Ministry of Suppl, y held such a day on the last Wednesday in May and had: everything nicely arranged except the weather. That was horrible, but it did not prevent the programme being carried through and this, I thought, a tribute to the energetic organisers out on the field. (Some of us watched from the comfort of the balcony room in the main pavilion.) Mrs. Strauss, wife of the Minist·er, gave the prizes away and had a smile and a word of congratulation to the many winners. It was impressive to see how many of the outposts of the Ministry had managed to form coach parties and travel to Chiswick for the day. I r.ad a chance


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of chatting with some of the senior people from the R.O.F's. and, without exception, found them keen to promote and encourage sports and social activities in their own areas. * * * * The Editor and I went down to Southampton at the end of May to be present at the Annual Meeting. We were both happy to see the way in which Southampton has recovered from its war­ time occupation. The R.A.F. were considerate and well behaved people while in occupation and responded: well to our Area's efforts to make them comfortable. None the less, the concrete mooring ground took a lot of removing and the manner of its accomplishment shows the energy of the Southampton committee. The meeting was the occasion of F. W. C. Young' s retirement from active office as Secretary -a post he has held for nearly twenty-five years. The Council has had many stalwarts over the years since 1921: among those stalwarts Young is out­ standing. We wish him well and give our thanks for his generous service. * .* * * Through the kindness of the Army Kinema Unit ;i, small (and mostly select) audience saw some excellent films of the Olympic games which were shot in Berlin in 1936. Photographically superb, and as training films, unique, they appealed to me as an excellent means of introducing young athletes to that perfection of style which produces Olympic champions. I understand the films can be borrowed at very reasonable hiring charges.

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Watford' Area invited the Chairman of the Finance Committee, G. S. Dunnett, and I to attend a committee meeting of the Area council and we both spent an interesting time there. We also had a chance to look at the grounds arid to see the new tennis courts in process of constructiQn. Watford Area have not yet been able to recruit at the rate they hoped for but we certainly saw evidence of the keenness of the committee and their determina­ tion to put the grounds into first class order. It is an attractive site and should be attractive to the m3.ny Civil Servants in and ar.ound Watford. * * * * With S. H. Rowell, the Council's Honorary Treasurer, I went to Stone, near Stafford, to see the Erigineering Training School of the Post Office and to talk about their sports needs. We found a very virile body, already active on the social and recreational side, but much in 'need of outdoor games facilities. The Council is advancing money for tennis courts and ground layout, and when the fields are ready both the resident staff and the ten thousand students, who will pass through the s�hool each year, will be well provided for.

Plymouth made merry at its 21st Anniversary celebrations on 12 June and I was happy to be there to see ,the way in which all joined in to make the day a success. Chairman Sincock and Secre ­ tary Pound had every reason to be proud of the arrangements. There was evidence of good team work all round and it was nice to see the friendly spirit between all, from theAdmiral Superintendent downwards.

Cycling for the Beginner By

DICK SWANN.

In this short &eries I have sketched· an outline for the would-be racing or sporting cyclist; but the quickest way to gain the all-important experience is by joining a reputable club or association. Civil servants are well catered for by the C.S. Cycling Association, and the Secretary, Harry Falvey, r6, Thomgrove Road, London, E.13, is an experienced tourist, madman and trackman. So do contact Falvey, or join an affiliated cluh-or even form a departmental club in your department! Here are a few last words on the comrnonsense side of cycling:Equipment.-Always use the best kit you can afford, both on the bike and on yourself. Nothing looks worse than a slovenly rider. I don't suggest the methods that Eoritinentals adopt, re shaving their legs, etc. (! ) but look as if you're proud to be a cyclist! See that your tyres are stuck on securely, and don't use worn or old toestraps. Checking Up.-Never trust anyone else to do your final check up. And always infiate your own tyres. Other points to watch are pedals (secure in cranks), and handlebars (tight in stem). Position.-Don't worry if you don't resemble " so-and-so " on his iron; get the position that suits you, and stick to it. A simple test is to ride a series of trials against the watch, with various positions, noting the details· and measurements prior to each ride. ·When you've found a winning position, DON'T CHANGE IT! Com:.mon-siense.-Do · what the officials ask; accept adverse decisions with grace; and ride clean. There's a lot more satisfaction in beating a man fair and square, than in riding him on the rails.

The Social Side Art.-Representatives from C. and E. and the P.O. Art Clubs attended a meeting in connection with the exhibition of art by City workers, to- be held at the Guildhall. Both clubs will be well represented among: the. �xhihitors: Music.-The newly formed' musical society at


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P.O. Headquarters has aroused interest with its varied gramophone recitals.

of great value. Mr: Evans is an executive officer in the Ministry of Works.

Drama.-The Ministry of Food Dramatic Society presented '' The Man with a Load of Mis­ chief," by Ashley Dukes, in the Ballroom of the Carlton Hotel on May 20. This society is fortunate in having a palatial hall available among its office accommodation. An outstanding performance was given by Octavia Smith as _the maid. She s:i�ed every opportunity for makmg the part a hvmg character. The part of the lady was played with grace, though perhaps less strength of character, by Lee Speed. Evnest Ryde maintained the part of the inscrutable manservant with admirable perse­ verance and poi'se. The production was·by William Kendall, who composed ,the songs. On June 2, the Commonwealth Relations Office (Division B) Dramatic Society (late Ind_ia Office Dramatic Society) presented at the 1Cnpplegate Theatre their third and most ambitious post-war production, J. B. Priestley's comedy, " When We Are Married." It was a tremendous success. From the rise of · the curtain, revealing a setting which showed to advantage what excellent opportunities are available to a stage manager at this theatre, to the final curtain call, the action moved at a lively pace and in a manner which ful�y exploited _ the humour of the piece without stoopmg to slapstick. The second act in particular was sheer joy. . . In a production in which all were go_od 1t 1s hardly fair to name individuals, bu! special men­ tion must be made of Peter Gill as Henry Ormonroyd, the bewildered, philosophising drunk­ ard of a photographer, and Maisie Banks as the triumphant Mrs. Northrop. Right down to ,the minor details of the Victorian costumes and the north country accent, the whole caste showed how much hard work had been put into the show, and they were well rewarded. It is a pity that the production was for one night only.

Service publications not previously mentioned. -We have received a copy· of " Civil Service Author,'' the official organ of the Society of Civil Service Authors. It is ably edited and affords evidence of the growth and importance of the ho<;!y it serves. The Sports Bulletin of the London Telecommunications Region is a novel affair. It consists of a large poster (30 ins. by 15 ins.), illus­ trated, and the matter crowded on it would fill a modern austerity magazine, It is intended for the notice board, as well as for circulation, and is distributed free. Gloucester has made a start towards a publication with a four-page leaflet, which is also given away. The Handbook of the C.S. Bowling Association for 1948 has made its appearance, priced rs. It contains a mass cf intormation of interest to Service bowlers.

Other Activitie,s.-At the Supply Aeronautical Inspection Department's annual dinner, songs and monologues given by members of the staff helped to make an enjoyable evening.-E.M.T.

REVIEW. Nature's Treasure Series. Frederick Warne and Co., Ltd. rod. each. Book z (Sea and Seashore) and Book 3 (Rocks and Fossils) have been written by I. 0. Evans, a civil servant. They are designed to convey to the child mind the great things which N�ture h�s to offer by means of simple language and 11lustrahons. Although primarily intended for use in the schools, parents who wish to improve th_e minds of th�ir children during country walks will find the senes

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A Country Holiday .�A place untouched by war is the Castle Hotel at Bodiam, in Sussex. Bodiam is a small village on the .borders of Kent and Sussex, 12 miles N. of Hastings, 9 miles N.W. of Rye, and 3½ miles S. of Hawkhurst. It has a station (300 yards from the hotel) on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, Robertsbridge being the junction for this line on the London-Hastings branch of the Southern Railway. Buses from Hastings pass through Bodiam. Coaches and buses also go to Bodiam from London in the summer. It is a pretty part of Sussex and lies in a cup of the hills that sweep down the valley of the Rother. Bodiam Castle (National Trust) is one of the most fairy-like and interesting castle ruins in Europe. Other National Trust places in the neighbourhood are Smallhythe Place (Ellen Terry) and the Royal Military Canal. The place a.bounds in pretty walks and there is fishing in the River Rother at a nominal charge, and without crowds. The small licensed hotel is ideal for a country holiday-mine host Johnson makes guests com­ fortable, and grows his own fruit and vegetables. The table is adequate for. austerity times and the charges moderate. A single room and breakfast is 7s. 6d., doub1e room rzs. 6d., daily terms r6s. Lunch is 3s., tea rs. 6d., dinner 4s. You are, however, only charged for the meals you order. I believe there are reduced weekly terms, but only out ·of season. Garage is rs. per night. I spent a happy and comfortable time in the place. Since my visit the name has been altered to the ancient one of Castle Inn. A word of warning. Bodiam is in the centre of hop country, and those who dislike crowds will naturally avoid the hop-picking season when 4,000 hop pickers descend on the district. -WAYFARER.


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New Lawn Tennis St'r from Famboro.-The C.S. men's representative team played the R.A.F. Chess League to run Five Divisions.-The C.S. at Chiswick , May 30. The R.A.F. turned out their individual champion, C. G. Butcher, G.P.O., strongest side, including Paddy Roberts, Junior retained his title against H. S. Parker, Unats, in Champion of Great Britain, and Howard Walton, this year's final. The game was exciting. Parker a member of this year's Davis Cup team. G. L. played a French defence, was the exchange up, Paish was, unfortunately, unable to play for the and appeared to have weathered an attack on his Service, but D. Beastall, who comes from the king's side when he did not find quite the best Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, move. Whereupon an ingeniously conceived on­ and is a newcomer to the C.S. side, played ex­ ;laught destroyed his advantage and his king tremely well. He promises to be a very useful became fatally exposed. acquisition to C.S. lawn tennis. The R.A.F. won The junior individual final will be between B. the match by 6 events to 3. Dennis, Unats, and D. S. Theodoreson, Supply; in Scores:-R. E. Carter and L. W. J. Newman the semi-finals the former accounted for V. H. F. (C.S.) lost to H. F. Walton and A. J. N. Starte, Norman, Fuel and Power, and the latter for H. J. 4-6, 6-8; beat P. Roberts and E. L. Frith, 6-4, Phillips, H.M.S.O. 6-2; beat E. Holden and T. A. Slawek, 7-5, 6-4. Last month's annual meeting agreed to increase J. R. Reddall and D. Beastall (C.S.) lost to the C.S. and Municipal League to five divisions Walton and Starte, 1�6, 10-12; lost to Roberts and next season, restricting each to ten teams, and Frith, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6; beat Holden and Slawek, 3-6, introducing automatic promotion and relegation. 8-6, 6-r. J. W. B. Ireson and K. R. Craigie Other innovations are a competition for women (C.S.) lost to Walton and Starte, 8-10, 4-6; lost to registered league players, and medals for the best­ Roberts and Frith, 1-6, 1-6; lost to Holden and played games in each division. Slawek, 3-6, 2-6. Over seventy members have entered for a sum­ On June 6 the C.S. played the Army at Chis­ mer tournament. The players have been divided wick. In extremely unpleasant weather the match mto groups of six or seven of approximately equal was abandoned with the C.S. leading by 2 events ;trength, where players meet each other. The to r. Scores:-R. E. Carter and L. W. J. Newmatch captain, F. M. Norman, in arranging the . man (C.S.) beat Major R. H. Fowler and Lieut. details has been amusing himself by giving each Craigie, 6-8, 6-o, 6-4; drew with Lt....Col. J. group a fanciful title. He has, however, found Clynton-Reed and Major J. W. Spence, 2-6, 1-1 himself engaged in argument with a member of (unfinished); J. R. Reddall and G. L. Emmett one group who maintains that its epithet '' The (C.S.) lost to Clynton-Reed and Spence, 5-7, 4-6; woodshifters " is opprobrious rather than appro­ drew with Lt.-Col. M. D. Madagan and Capt. priate. Norman takes the view that the term is a K. G. Galloway, 6-3,' 2-3 (unfinished); J. W. B. complimentary one. Ireson and R. K. Kaley (C.S.) beat Maclagan and Galloway, 3-6, 8-6, 6-4; drew with Craigie and Middlesex Championship.-Mr. E. G. Sergeant, Fowler, 3-6, 1-0 (unfinished). I.R., has unfortunately fallen in the knockout stage of the Middlesex championship which he won last Tennis. C.S. (Ladies) v. Cambridge University. year. In the final six, who play a tournament a:mong themselves, appears again only one of last -Wednesday, May 19. ,Miss Crosoer and Miss Whitefield beat Miss Micklen and Miss Bell, 6-1, year's half-a-dozen, N. A. Perkins, G.P.O. 6-2; beat Miss Stanley and Miss Dennett, 6-2, League Results.-:fhe remaining division 3 6-1; beat Miss Newing and Miss Smith, 6-2, 6-o. match scores were as follows:-Customs o, Patent Miss Jarvis and Miss Bourne beat Miss Micklen Office 8; L.C.C. 5, Health 3; Trade 4, P.O. and Miss Bell, 6-2, 6-3; beat Miss Stanley and Miss Factory 4; Fuel and Power 8, M.W.B. o; Works Dennett, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; beat Miss Newing and Miss 1, Admiralty 7. Fuel and Power thus won the Smith, 6-1, 6-3. Miss Helliwell and Miss Hitchdivision, with L.C.C. III runners up and Crown . cock lost to Miss Micklen and Miss Bell, 5-7, 6-2, Agents third. Inland Revenue won division 2, 4-6; beat Miss Stanley and Miss Dennett, 6-2, 6-4; Labour and National Service were second, Unats lost to Miss Newing and Miss Smith, 6-2, 6-8, 3-6. Result, C.S. 7, Cambridge 2. and Paymaster General tied for third place. # C.S. (Ladies) v. United Banks.-Sunday, May The Civil Service Lawn Tennis Championships 23. Miss Crosoer and Miss Whitefield beat Miss will be held from Monday, July 5, to Saturday, Sutton and Miss Taµdy, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; beat Mrs. July 10, at 'the C.S. ground at Chiswick. Entry Curzon and Miss Franks, 6-1, 6-r. Miss Jarvis and forms are obtainable from the Tournament Secre­ Miss Bourne beat Miss Woollaston and Miss Abbott, tary, Mr. F. Shepard, 78, The Grove, Hammer­ 2-6, 6-1, 6-4; Jed Miss Sutton an.d Miss Tandy by one set, 6-4. smith, W.6. (Shepherds Bush 2000, Ext. 70).


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Miss Helliwell and Miss Hitchcock beat Mrs. Curzon and Miss Franks, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; lost one set to Miss Woollaston and Miss Abbott, 3-6. Match abandoned o�ing to rain. Result, C.S. 4, United Banks o. Curtis, Be11!tlett Cricket Shi.eld Final.-The final of the 1947 Curtis-Bennett Shield Competition was played at Chiswick on May 27, 1948. St. George's (S.E.D.O.), finalists for the first time, met L.T.R. who, as L.E.D., had previously won the Shield. Put in to bat on a wicket which had not re­ covered from the previous day's soaking, L.T.R. fared disastrously. During the first hour Golder and Collins were almost unplayable, although now and again some weak shots were responsible for wickets falling. At ten-past�one ,the scoreboard showed 24 for 7. Martin and Punchard, aided by a double bowling change, took the score to 56 for 8 by lunch-time, when Punchard was out for 12 most valuable runs. Martin had been batting like a No. 11 all this time and it was mainly due to his efforts that the score eventually reached 84, Martin being 35 not out. Golder took 4 wickets ,for 17 in 19 overs (9 maidens) and Collins 3 for 29 in 14 overs. St. George's went in just after 3 o'clock and at 3.15 had lost 3 wickets for 7 runs. There were prospects of a collapse even greater than that of the. morning, hut Paddy Ireland and Golder had other ideas. Runs were waited for, essentially the correct game, and shortly after the tea interval Golder crowned a personal day out by making the winning hit. Completing the over he took his score to 64 not out by four fours off succeeding balls. Ireland was 27 not and the total 98 for 3. St. George's thus became the first purely postal team 'to win the trophy-no mean feat when it is borne in mind that they have no more than 14-15 men to call upon each game. The Shield was presented to Jack Percival, skipper 9fSt. George's, by J. G. Heaslip, Chair!Ilan of the C.S. Cricket Association, who apologised for the absence of Sir Noel Curtis Bennett. The 1948 competition is well under way and, given good weather, St. George's may make further history by becoming the first team ever to win the Shield twice in one season. Golf (Representative Game) .-,Shelton-Smith holes in o,ne. . The first representative golf match

since 1926 was played last month against the Army over the course of the West Hill G.C. and ended in a win for the Service by 7 matches to 5. This is an encouraging beginning to our representative games, but one must not become overjoyed, as the Army team was not at full strength and, as they have promised to try and arrange this for the next

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match in 1949, we shall have all our work cut out to repeat this victory. The team for the next match against the Navy is: ]. C. Reid (Supply), Capt., C. D. Cocks (Supply), .R. B. Hetherington (Forestry Commission), J. Major (Gloucester), H. Russell (W.A.E.C., Leicester), J. M. Stephen (M.N.I.), Eric Walton (G.P.O.), F. D. Wren (G.P.O.). Ladies Golf.-The Ladies' Golfing Society has been resuscitated and has held its first golf meet­ ing. Any lady interested in this Society should get into touch with Miss W. E. Doran, L.S. n9, P.O. Savings Bank, Osterley, Middx., who will gladly supply further details.

Lloyd George Competition.-Some close games resulted from the first round matches, and the draw for the second round is: Valuation Office v. Works, Supply v. Health, Somerset House v. Post Office, War Damage v. Crown Agents. 19th Annual Golf Meeting.,-This was held on June 7 and 8 over the Moor Park G.C., Rickmans­ worth, and we had an entry of 53 on the first day and 40 on the second day, which included' half-a­ dozen of our friends from the provinces. The two days were played in perfect' golfing weather and some good scores were achieved. On Monday morning the Blackwell Challenge Cup, an 18-hole bogey competition was won by W. Donaldson (Food), playing from scratch with a score of 1 up. The runner-up, A. G! Harris (Health), playing with a handicap of 7, returned a score of all square. The afternoon competition was an 18-hole medal round for the C.S. Golfers' Club Challenge Cup, and was won by J. P. Chalke (Valuation Office ) who, playing with a handicap of IO rdurned the remarkably good score of 69 nett, which is five strokes below par. Tuesday was given over to scratch competitions, the two main ones being the 36-holes C.S. Cham­ pionship and the 18-holes Balfour Trophy team competition. After the morning round we could see who had won the Balfour Trophy, and Supply, with a score of 329, were the winners by ten strokes from Health, with 339. The W.D.C., with 352, fol­ lowed, and then Works 360, Food 368, and Valua­ tion Office 371. The field in the scratch championship was very open. There was a 77 by F. D. Wren, three 78s, a couple of 79s and an 80. The afternoon saw some of us fade; a magnificent fighting recovery round of 73 by J. C. Reid, following .his 80 of the morning to give him a total of 153, and some steady play by H. Russell of the Agricultural Executive Comrrnittee, Leicestershire, who, with rounds of 78 and 75, tied with Reid but was de-


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dared the winner on the better first round score. the British Open Sprint Championship at Herne Congratulations, Russell, on your splendid success Hill in June. Ray Beaumont (L.T.R.) has made in this, your first year with the Society! The new great strides this year, and won the 550 h/c at C.S. Champion also won the nett prize for the the Kentish Wheelers'. meeting. 36 holes with a score of 149, to be clo,,ely followed Photographs.-Photographs of C.S. track stars, by G. H. McNeil (Transport) and K. J. Jarvis including K. Marshall (2nd, British Championship, (Works) each with 150. McNeil was declared the 1947), W. Lane (Olympic pursuit hope), R. Swann winner of the second prize, having a first round (1947 Middlesex champion), A. Shorter (West of .score of 72 to that of 75 by Jarvis. England hillclimb champion, 1947), R. Beaumont Two other events of interest occurred during the (LT.R.'s promising sprinter), T. Riddick afternoon round. The first was a splendid round (National Track Champion, C.S.C.A., 1947), may by J. P. Chalke again of 77 - ro = 67, which is be obtained from L.T.R. photographer, Len seven strokes less than the scratch score for the Thorpe, 94, Bow Lane, Finchley, N.12. course. ,W e trust that the committee of the Valua­ tion Office Golfing Society will realise how morti­ fied Chalke was to return these two scores and Shooting arrange that this future scratch handicap golfer Service Rifle Girls beat Wrens.-Following on will not again be thus embarrassed! The other their recent win against the W.A.A.F., the C.S. event was a hole in one. Every golfer's dream; every golfer's nightmare? Depends upon his ladies scored another success against the friends. Some say it's luck and others skill, but we W.R.E.N.S by 1,551 points to 1,492. This was a offer our congratulations to W. Sheltori-Smith meritorious wins as the W.R.E.N.S. had recently won the inter-Services competition. Miss Dashfield, (Food) and leave it to him to say what it was. I thank those friends who helped so splendidly of Nortels, is to be congratulated o n scoring the with the organisation and without whose help I only " possible " of the match. The last match of . should not myself have been able to play. If any­ the series, against the W.R.A.C., will take place one would like details of our activities write : later in the year. Trophy Results.-The past month was a busy Eric Walton, 30, Essex Avenue, Jsleworth, Midd_x. one for the Association officials, as the tie-shoots, etc., for the various, trophies were decided. There have been some surprising results, notably the success of the War Office "B" team. Goodman, Southampton. - The Crabwood (Ordnance a past Secretary of the Association, is to be con­ ·Survey) Club have a regular "opens" team, gratulated on steering this team to its successes. and competed with success in S. Western events. The winners are: -Vincent Smethurst Shield (C.S. Ron Carey reports increases in C.S. cycling League champions), Royal Small Arms "A "; activities in the area, especially touring and youth­ Hayes Cup (Handicap winners), War Office "B "; hostelling weekends. Vickers' Bowl, War Office "B "; Ladies' League, L.T.R.-L.T.R. championship was postponed Malvern P.O. Ladies; Bell Memorial Trophy, owing to lack of support, the meeting clashi�g 'Yith shoulder to shoulder (Knock-out tournament), an Olympic Trials weekend. L.T.R. officials are G.P.O. "A" (790) beat War Office "B" (780). still '' dropping bricks '' and one cyclist was re­ 321 Entries for Postal Event.-The individual fused permission to try out his machine, prior to Postal Championship proved very popular again the meeting, on the track! this year, some 321 entries being received. In this London Branch, C.S.C.A.-Runs for July are competition competitors are graded according to as follows.-July 4, Rookwood and Merstham;_ ability and shoot within these grades so that every­ meet 9.30 a.m., "The Horns," Kennington. one has a very fair chance of success. The winners July III, West Horsley and Mickleham; meet 9.30 were :-Class "A," F. E. Dean, Fuel and Power; a.m., Putney Bridge (South). July 18, Hardriders' Class "B," E. H. Pooley, Bedford Telephone run, Brighton and back; meet 9.30 a.m., '' The Area; Class " C," S. G. Morgan, Cardiff; Class Horns," Kennington. July 25, Windsor and "D," C. H. Harris, Agricola; Class "E," J. Staines; meet 9.30 a.m., Putney Bridge (South). O'Kane, Newcastle P.O. A friendly shoot against the Metropolitan Police, held at Imber Court, on May 23, resulted in a win for the Service by 5,812 points to 5,806. I understand that the Services Rifle Section has C.S. National Championship at Herne Hill.­ Entries to T. Riddick, 23, Esmond Road, Bedford been going " great guns" at Eisley recently, but results are not yet to hand. Park, London, W-4W. H. HOLLOWAY, Press Officer. Jottings.-Ken Marshall (L.T.R.) was fourth in

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THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL is pub­ lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.1. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ p_ondence should be addressed. to The Editor, Matter for Civil Service Sports Journal. publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. While present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted. General Editor: C. D. HOWARD. Assistant Editors: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art and Drama; Mr. R. T. Tudor, Rugby. All advertisements and correspondence relat­ ing thereto should be addressed to : A. Darb y 's Advertising Service, Cobham House, 24--z6, Blackfriars . Lane,. London, E.C.4. Telephone CITy 6686/6687. Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum.

EDITORIAL Crusaders in Honours List.-Our contributor, '' Crusader '' informs. us that no fewer than 3 Crusaders figure prominently in the Birthday J. H. Evans Honours List recently published. (Inland Revenue) and G. F. Stedman (Ministry of Transport) have been awarded the C.B. and A. S. Whitehead (Inland Revenue) the C.B.E. All our readers will wish to join C.S. cricketers _in con­ gratulating these prominent Crusaders. Two Great Oubs.-In this issue the senior foot­ ball clubs, rugger and soccer, appeal for players, members and general support for the coming season. We urge all Civil Servants to do all in their power to assist the two historic Service clubs to reach and keep their rightful place, right 'at the top of the tree. Both clubs want players of merit in the London Area to join them. We suggest that it is a bounden duty of suitable players to do as the clubs request. If you know of capable players in your midst bring pressure to bear on them to do their duty. Both clubs want members, non­ plavers, but members who will pay subscriptions and. support the clubs. We hope London Civil Servants will join in thousands. In addition, the rugby club wants juniors, and will teach and train

them. Here is a chance for our ambitious youngsters to get an entry into a fine game and perhaps a quick way to sporting distinction. A Great Sporting Fig ure.-The story of Walker, in this issue, provides yet another case of a man doing work of. an extremely valuable nature almost unknown and almost without appreciation. For many years Walker has gathered about him the Messenger Boys o·f the London Post Office and organised their sporting and s()cial activities. His. work has not only produced many sporting figures, but it has also yielded esprit de corps, and planted ambition in the breasts of the youngsters not necessarily always and completely in the direction of sport. The London P.O. knows about him but not the provincial P.O. or the rest of the C.S. We are happy to give publicity to Mr. Walker and wish him well in his retirement. Civil Service Athletic Spot'ts., -The Annual Sports sponsored by the C.S. Athletic Association will take place this year at the Polytechni<: Stadium, Chiswick, on Saturday, July 24. This year's sports will . be the 7 4th in the long series organised by the famous Service organisation. The fame of the event spread far beyond the confines of the Service in foe past, and great crowds. gathered to witne_ss the sports at Stamford Bridge and elsewhere. It is not quite so easy '..o attract large gatherings in these days,· but we hope that all civil servants who are cl}b]e to attend will do so. Before r9r4 the Sports provided the only event which attracted Service people from all Depart­ ments, and surely in these days when we are all together, service crowds ought to collect at. the Polytechnic Stadium. The standard of perform­ ance is always high, and many Service champion­ ships will be decided. So mark the date in your dia_ry, and do tum bp on July 24. 1

The Man Who Didn't Know.-Ross Williamson informs us that he has received complaints after the event that would-be competitors were not in­ formed of the championships. Even a.t Council meetings the complaint has been raised that club officials in other sports were unaware of champion­ ship and representative events, or of Council decisions affecting them. This information is always published in the JOURNAL, and it 1s obviously desirable to place a copy regularly m the hands of every club official. Every club official should know what is taking place, and be in a position to pass on the informa­ tion. We cannot urge this part,icular point too strongly. All Departments and JOURNAL agents are asked to take up this matter seriously and urgently, and ensure that every club official throughout the land receives a regular copy of the JOURNAL.


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I. A. La C. Baudains, Capt., Paymaster General _Golfing Society, driving.2. Charles Ed,ward Walker. 3. C.S. Swimming team at Cambridge. 4. Mrs. Strauss, wife of the M..inister of Supply, presenting prizes at the Departmental Sports. 5. Male make-up S.B.D. Dramatic Society. 6. Scene in Devonshire House Drama Society's Production of Saloon Bar. 7. C.S. Boathouse on Head of the River Day.


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matches at Chiswick. The amenities of Chiswick are well known and supporters are assured of being able to watch a good game of soccer. in co�fort and, if so disposed, to spend the evenmg socially in the Pavilion. Subscriptions, ros. 6d. p.a. for playing members and £r rs. od. p.a. for non-playing members.­ R. G. P.

London C.S. T.T. League.-At the A.G.M. of the League a most successful season was re­ ported and it was anticipated that the next would see further progress. All officers were re-elected with the exception of J.VIr. S. Addison, the Hon. Civil Service Rugb y Club: Fixtures for Seven Gen. Sec., who retired at his own request and was XV's next season: Pitches at Ricl).mond, Upper replaced by a well-known table tennis figure in Mr. Clap ton and Chiswick._;_The dqb has secured a P. Hyde. Mr. Addison was warmly thanked for pitch on the Upper Clapton Rugby Football Club his efforts in helping to re-establish the League. around for the coming season. The accommoda­ Trophies were presented by Mr. Vessey, Chair­ fion, dub house, and playing pitch are excellent. man of the C.S.T.T.A., to the following Division It will enable the Service Club to run two more winners:sides, and fixtures are being arranged by the Main Division: r, Mount Pleasant; 2, Met. Match Secretary for seven teams. Police; 3A, Patent Office; 3B, A.G.D., G.P.O.; 4A, . Appeal to experienced Servi�e players.-The Land Registry; 4B, War Office " A "; 4c, Inland Committee are confident that with the wealth of Revenue " A "; 4D, L.T.R. Long Distance; 5, young talent availa�le, and th added su port f _p � � War Office "B." Women: r, Labour R.O.; 2, experienced players m the S rvice, a leadmg posi­ _ � Inland Revenue; 3, Shepherdess " A "; 4, tion in the rugger world will be attamed. An Shepherdess. urgent appeal to all civil serva�ts of fi�st-class New clubs interested in joining the League ru ager experience to join the Service Club 1s here­ should get into touch with the Hon. League Sec. b/ made. This appeal appli s to young players, � as soon as possible, since entries will close for next too, especially to those retun;ung from the Forces. season on July 17. He is Mr. F. Harper, 28, Join your own Club and make it " The Best." Brightling Road, S.E-4--G. A. OWEN. Trial matches will be held well before the com­ C.S. Football Club's 1948 Programme.-The mencement of the season; selection for the first A.G.M. was held at Chiswick on June 3, 1948. games will depend upon performances in - these The mantle so ably worn for so 'many years by matches. Organised training will _be carried �mt at Mr. Aubrey Russell has found a fitting owner in Chiswick, and later at the Dnll Hall, Buckmgham Mr. W. Green, J.VI.B.E., who was re-elected President. Mr. Green's unfailing good humour Gate. Attend these training sessions, learn more and keenness has done much to overcome the up­ about this great game of ours; get fit, get tog�ther, heaval of the war years. Mr. C. Coates was work out and practise schemes, and you will be re-elected Hon. Sec., an office which he has filled well on the road to success. Dances will be held monthly at headquarters so well for 20 odd years. With this combination and you are expected to make these successful by in the key positions the Club is well served. Season 1947-48 was encouraging, the Club bringing along lady friends. During the past season the moderate success of finishin a 4th in the rst Division of the Southern the first XV was due to lack of skill in the centre Amate� League. The immediate_ post-war seasons and to indifferent scrummaging, and the compara­ have been devoted to team building and revival of tive success of the other teams to the exuberance, the club spirit so essential to success.. The task of of the youngsters. Unexpectedly a large measure knitting together old and new playmg members of success was enjoyed in the " Sevens." The has been successful, and the Club can look forward first team reached the fifth round in the Middlesex to the future with confidence. Season 1948-49 commences Saturday, :A.1:gust 28, and the final in the Mid-Whitgift competition. The A.G.M. will be held at Chiswick in August; 1948. Trial matches will be arranged . during September, and prospective playing members are the date and details will be announced later. New assured of a welcome. Applications for member­ members attend, or write to Hon. Sec., 12, The ship should be addressed to Mr. C._ Coates '. 51, Priory, St. Mark's Hill, Surbiton.-E. J. E. Briar Avenue, Norbury, S.W. Applicants will be Devonshire House excels in Saloon Bar.-:The assured of a personal notice of the dates of the presentation of " Saloon Bar " by the Devo�s�ire . trial matches. House Drama Society (War Damage Comm1ss1on The Club �eeds more support from non-playing and Local Government Boundary Commission) members both financially and on the touch-line. was one of the best I have seen in the twenty-odd Readers �ow past their playing days are invited to years in which I have been con�ected with �mateur _ become hon. members and to attend the home dramatics. The set was admirable; hghtmg and


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stage management good; and Len Medhurst is to be congratulated. Alwyn Winter, as Joe Harris, did wisely in not trying anything new in a part written for a particular stage personality. His playing was admirable and satisfying, and he was adequately supported by Jean Guillebaud as Ivy, Edith Eccles as Sally Watson, Walter Craddock as Charlie Wickers and Donald Collenette as Fred. These players gave an admirable performance; the characterisation was excellent. Margaret Robertson as Queenie and Mary Edwards as Doris portrayed different characters convincingly. Ena Lipsham as Norah and George Edwards as the blind man were excellent, and the supporting characters were well cast. The general atmosphere was good. One had the impression that one was seeing real people in a real pub. Everybody kept in character and although I looked for lapses on the part of people who were for the time being out of the picture, I didn't find one. Considering that as a result of the severe limitation of space, these were unable to retire to unobtrusive parts of the stage, their dis­ cipline was admirable. The interest of the audience was held in those all-important first few mi1,rntes and well maintained until the third act when Mr. Woods as Fred Small could have been slightly more effective. The tempo was good, but the pace could have been more brisk. When I say the show was good, I mean it. Miss West deserves sincere congratulations on her pro­ duction.-T. R. Education Revives Schools Relay.-The Min­ istry of Education Sports Association held their Annual Athletic Meeting at Chiswick on June r. The weather turned up trumps and: enabled us to· carry through a most interesting and successful This included the revival of the programme. London Schools Relay races and two events open to the C.S., the 4 x 440 yards Mile Relay and the Ladies roo yards Invitation Handicap. The success of the meeting was in no small n easure due to friends from other Departments and well known officials who came along and assisted us. Some promising talent was spotted and this will encourage us to enter for events at other Service meetings. Two Champions at Nordis Sp orts.-A meeting will be held at Parliament Hill Track, August 23, 1948, 6 p.m. Three U.P.W. trophies will be up for competition. The championships are roo yards, a relay and 2 miles walk. The fact that Les Batt (Nordis) and Alf Cotton (Southall), holders of the 100 yards and 2 miles walk which were last held in 1938 at Finsbury Park, intend to enter these events speaks well for the popularity of this revived meeting. Both men are well known in Service and the outside sporting world. Les holds the C.S. roo and 220 yards champion-

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ships. Alf is the 2 miles track and 7 miles road C.S. champion. Both should. be worth a trip to Parliament H�ll on August 23, at 6 o'clock, when racing commences. There will be other Nordis events. Ministry of Suppl y Sp orts, Meeting.-It was most unfortunate that the weather for the first Ministry of Supply Sports Meeting, held at Chiswick, was wet and very cold, for this spoiled much of the enjoyment for the competitors and spectators, and created many difficulties for the organisers. Nevertheless, the attendance was sur­ prisingly high, the standard of athletics was good and there was clearly plenty of enthusiasm, which will serve as an encouragement for future years. Twenty-four events were decided and detailed results would occupy too much space, besides being stale news. Many winners came from outside London: Nottingham, Woolwich, Risley, Farn­ borough, Fort Halstead, Parton, and so on. Both the lawn tennis sets were won by the Essex county team, the netball match by the Ministry of Supply team, and the bowls match by the Headquarters' team. The 'cricket match was abandoned shortly after the start due to the state of the ground. Mrs. Strauss presented the prizes in the presence of Sir Archibald Rowlands and many of the Recreational Society's Vice-Presidents. A small dance was held in the Pavilion in the evening. S.B.D. Win A.F.A. Minor Cup (Hon. Sec., H. T. Barrett).-E. L. Warne, Hon. Sec., reports that the Bowling Club got away to an early start by holding its Captain v. Vice-Captain match on May 4. The closely-contested match resulted in a 78-74 win by the Captain's team. A friendly against Supply on May 6 gave the '' A '' team a try out which they won 76 shots to 36. The first Bunbury Cup match against Paddington was won by the " A " team by 68-49. The " B " team had a good game against Trade in the Archibald Cup competition, but were unable to maintain an early lead. The final score was 45 against 57. An auction was held at the Philatelic Society meeting on May 7, and following their success at a quiz venture last month another was organised. The winner of the latter was F. C. Lines, Esq. The society's next meeting is September 3. Soccer has concluded a successful season, win­ ning the A.F.A. Minor Cup by beating Winchmore Hill, 4-2, in the final, thereby bringing the Cup to the Bank for the first time. They were also joint leaders of the Chiswick and District League, Division III. The 1st XI, despite a prolonged period with four players injured, managed to finish 4th in the Junior Division Ii of the Southern Olympian League, and have now been granted senior status in that League. E. J. Stean, Hon.


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Sec., feels that the season has been one of which the Club may well be proud. The Photographic Society held a successful Social Evening, the first, on June r. Attendance was good and guests included the Director, W. D. Waterfall, Esq., the Society's President, and the Vice-Presidents, J. M. Shaw, Esq., and R. G. Boals, Esq., also the Founder and former Hon. Sec., E. A. Ife, Esq. (now retired). Several prints illustrating different aspects of photography were on view, and the company joined in various com­ petitions with a photographic flavour, including a " Dark Room Pie " which entailed ·piecing to­ gether numerous halves of discarded sub-standard prints. Further competition features included a Jigsaw and London Landmarks. Light refresh­ ments were served and the party closed with the presentation of prizes by the Director. Miss Thirtle, Hon. Sec., says that it is hoped 1.o repeat this type of fixture during the Annual Exhibition, to be held in October.-L. J. E. TARR.

since the two college clubs are just starting and require encouragement to help them along. Crescent won all but one of the events, a result which was expected in view of our greater ex­ perience and being more fortunate in coaches. S.W. Essex Technical College gave us a keen race in the final of the Junior Fours, which we won by 1½ lengths, while Shoreditch Training College proved too good for our novices in the Pairs, win­ ning easily. The " unfortunate " incidence of holidays once again hampers crew .building, but we are hoping for strong representation in the C.S. Regatta in August. New ip.embers can be certain of a warm welcome at Tyrrell's Boathouse, Clapton, on Tuesday and Friday evenings.-]. JONES, Sec. (P.O. Stores).

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Birmingham: Andrews (Revenue C.C.) plays for Paymaster General's Office at Golf and Chess.­ arwickshire.-Birmingham started the season W The Golfing Society held their Spring Meeting at Coombe Wood. Despite the rain there was a good with a win over Gloucester. Birmingham declared with a score of 201 f<;>r 3, for which they had to attendance. . The morning round, for the handsome trophy thank Andrews (Revenue) and Corbett (Postal), presented by R. C. S. Taylor, Esq., O.B.E., the both of whom scored 7r. Gloucester could only President of the Association, was won by F. H. muster 46, Davis (Revenue) obtaining 6 wickets Bowen, who returned 67 to beat J. Mahood, 68. for II runs in ro overs. I have just heard from Bill Cotterill, the ener­ The prize for the best card for those playing from getic cricket Secretary, that Birmingham play Moss 18 or above went to H. L. Botting. The afternoon round, under the Stableford Side at Hall Green on June 23, and their. old system, was won by W. Hole and J. S. McIntyre, friends Rampton away on June 28 in the Curtis who scored at every hole and reached a total of Bennett Shield. The Birmingham Shield Competition draw: 41½ points. The Chess Club finished their season with a · M. Works v. Telephones; Postmen v. Revenue; convincing win over Patent Office II by 6½ to 1½, M. Labour v. P.O. Stores; Postal, a bye. Winner which gave· them third position in the Second of B. v. D., winner of A. v. C. Summary of the Revenue C.C. of matches Division of the C.S. and Municipal League in May:played (bracketed with U.N.A.T.S.). Queen Mary's Grammar School 120 (Barrett · 4 The Annual Supper was held at the " Two Chairmen," Dartmouth Street, with Mr. Taylor in for 14); I.R. 71 (Brazil 23, Straw 17). I.R. 69; the chair. A Lightning Progressive Tournament Highcroft Hall 70 for 6 (Andrews 4 for 24). between the Main Office and the Branch Office was Marston Green 130 (Galpin 2 for 8); I.R. 195 for 9 held during the evening, which was won by the (Brazil 46, Brooke 25, Holmes 25). I.R. 163 for Branch by 5½ to 1½- The rest of the evening was 8 dee. (Brooke 66, Lawrence 54); Y.M.C.A. 123 for devoted to friendly encounters and the time­ 7. I.R. rr8 (Holmes 23); Municipal Officers 126 for 7 (Andrews 5 for 32). I.R. ro6 for 2 dee. honoured bout at Kriegsspiel. The Club are anxious to recruit new members (Joslin 41, Brazil 40); Birmingham Co-op ro8 for next season, when the number of boards for a for 4. I.R. 153 (Booker 36, Lawrence 33, Holmes· match has been increased to ten. The Secretary, 24); Coleshill 89 (Wakefield 4 for 19). I.R. 136 Mr. Pribyl (4D), will be glad to have the names for 9 dee. (Holmes 36, Barrett 31); Harris and of any who are prepared to play.-D. E. DAVIES. Sheldon 123 for 9 (Brooke and Hoopery shared the wickets). Crescent in Winning Mood.-The River Lea Peter Andrews, Revenue C.C., was invited to A.R.A. Annual Regatta was held May 24-26, and play with the fu 1 1 Warwickshire team v. Coventry although the standard was far from high useful and North Warwickshire in a day match and also racing experience was gained by the crews. The captained the Warwickshire Club and Ground XI Regatta was limited to members of the Association, against the Parks XI.-R. S. HOLMES.


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At Chatham-21 teams enter Leslie Ames Com­ petition.-Two months of the summer season have passed, and, considering the adverse conditions, results have been very satisfactory. Our gang mower is now in action, but unfortunately arrived too late to prevent the abnormal growth of grass. This has necessitated scything, at considerable expense to the Association. The bowls green mower repair is not yet finished but the Atco hand motor mower is proving an efficient substitute in this case. Cricket.-Twenty-one teams have entered for the knock-out competition for the Leslie Ames trophy, the third round of which is due for com­ pletion on July 16. The semi-finals must be played by August 6, and the final will be played on Friday, August 18. It is pleasing to note that this year there is a better entry· from non-Dockyard clubs. Lodge Hill has entered two teams, Gun Wharf one, and Taxes one. We welcome the return of Lodge Hill, one of our original registered clubs, to competitive sport. Football.-Ground applications were due to be made by June 26. Eight teams only can be accom­ modated, and the successful applicants will be notified shortly, should the list of candidates ex­ ceed this number. Table Tennis.-Last season's competition was closed by the Area Council in May, though the programme of matches was not completed. The unbeaten teams, Post Office " A " and Gilling­ ham Electric, played a deciding match for the championship which ended in a tie. A trophy will be presented to each team. The Club representa­ tives have already held a preliminary meeting to discuss last season's unsatisfactory position, and suggestions have been made to avoid a repetition. The plan most likely to receive support appears to be " Two divisions with four players in each team instead of six.'' A further meeting will be held on Monday, July 5, to make a final decision. Indoor Games.-Clubs have already met to make their arrangements for next winter. It is hoped to give full details next month. Area Council.-We are already faced with our . usual trouble. Messrs. Cronin, Simmons, Han­ cock and Bailey having, for various reasons, tendered their resignations. Two of the vacancies have been filled by the co-option of Messrs. J. Edwards and R. Guile; the former having taken over the duties of Bar Secretary in place of Mr. F. Ryan, now Hon. Treasurer. The Council will welcome the nominations of any members who are prepared to devote some of their spare time to the Association's work. Secretaries for the various· competitions particularly are required. At present too many of �hese duties have to be undertaken by our Vice-Chairman, Mr. H. A. Pretty, in the

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absence of other volunteers. No association can De nin without officers and willing workers, and_ the time has definitely arrived for new blood to become acquainted with duties they may be asked to take over in the future.-]. _A. PAGE. Midland Region P .0. Sports Federation Meet at Derb y.-The Federation's winter sports finals brnught a large crowd to see a high standard of play at the Gee Sports Ground and L.M.S. institute. The finalists in the football competition­ Birmingham Postal and Nottingham Postal-were well-matched during the early part of the game, but Birmingham soon took the lead and succeeded in defeating Nottingham 6-2., so retaining tl}e Head Postmaster's Cup for the second year running. · Indoor games, Northampton P.O. won the trophies for both snooker and billiards. Mr. H. Peach beat Mr. W. E. Radford (Stoke-on-Trent T.M.0.) at snooker after a very close game, and Mr. Liddell beat Mr. Gelder (Nottingham P.O.) at billiards. At darts, Stoke-on-Trent P.O. (Capt. J. Allan) triumphed over Peterborough T.M.O. Stoke enjoyed the advantage of having the veteran E. Tompkins,on, who showed the youngsters how to throw a pretty dart. Table tennis matches provided exciting games and were of an excellent standard. A fine game was played by Mr. Yeomans, of Birmingham H.P.O., who beat H. B. Thompson, of Peter­ borough P.O., in the singles. Miss M. Rosie and Mr. A. H. Fearn, of Stoke H.P.O., won the mixed doubles trophy after an exciting battle with Mrs. Hazelton and Mr. Minns of Nottingham T.M.O. Col. J. I'.- Darby, T.D. (Deputy Regional Director) presented the ,trophies in the absence on official business of Mr. E. B. Davies, the President. . Col. Darby paid tribute to the excellent arrange­ ments made at Derby for the staging of ,the games and the entertainment of the large number of Mr. V. G. A. Nash, Head Postmaster of visitors. Derby, who was host, pr-esided. Scarborough's Cricket Team Unbeaten.-It is hoped to hold our first Annual Sports Day at Burniston Road on a Saturday in August, and the plans are ready for a first-class meeting. Cricket.-The cricket team goes from strength to strength. Our record in the local league at present is: played 9, won 9; and Jack Snells hopes to show a report at the end of the season of all won. The big headache is the dearth of cricket grounds. To obtain our own ground must be our early aim, as this year's arranging of fixtures has been a nightmare. We have found generous friends at the Military Barracks, and most of our games are played there. Team spirit is excellent, and the first XI can boast all-round ability, including no fewer than eight bowlers of


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. a useful calibre. We have our own recognised .batsmen, but others have the happy knack of rising to the occasion when the stalwarts fail. In addition to league fixtures we play friendly matches on Sundays. The sun does appear here occasionally, and let's hope it shines when the York Telephones Sports Club pay us a visit in July. The First Annual Football Dinner, attended by 90 diners, was a great success. The Chairman of the Scarborough and District F.A. and Mr. Dutchman, Secretary of the Scarborough and District Wednesday League F.A., were present. Congratulations to the Darts '' A '' team on winning the Scarborough Clubs Darts League.­ ]. J. FITZPATRICK. Swansea T.T. Ladies to play in Men's Divis.ion. -The Cricket Club struck a bad patch when they lost 3 matches in a row, but they have regained their winning vein and registered a moral victory against Treorchy (Treorchy ro8, C.S. 90 for 4) but rain interfered with the game and it had to be officially recorded as drawn. The game against Blaenrhondda was more decisive (Blaenrhondda 87, C.S. ro6 for 6). The Bowls Club beat St. Thomas (88-56) in the, first round of .the Blackiston Trophy. The tennis courts are ready. We haven't got a Groundsman. The species is rare so we shall have to make the best of it for the time being. At the A.G.M. of the T.T. Seotion T. W. Selden was re-elected Chairman, Charlie Bidder Sec. and Alice Darvell Treasurer. It was decided to enter three men's teams in the Swansea and District T.T. League and L. Walters was elected Captain of the '' A '' team who compete in Division I. The captaincy of the " B " and " C " teams was deferred pending a decision as to the constitution of the respective teams. The Ladies' team, unbeaten during the whole of last season, are applying for admissi,on to the Men's Division. The Ladies' Division Championship Cup was presented to them by the League and now adorns the clubroom. Everyone will join in wishing them the best of luck next season.­ M. W. EUSTACE. News of Watford Ground.-The advantage taken of facilities provided during the winter has more than justified the provision of playing fields for departments situated in the area, and full use has been made of the tennis, football, hockey and netball facilities. Tennis players had to put up with temporary cour,ts on the asphalted school quadrangle, and the standard of play was affected by the imperfections of the courts, but many good matches were played. The contractors are engaged on the preparation of permanent courts, hard and �rass, and are well advanced in the work. Two hard courts are to be available for play by June 113,

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and a further two should be ready by the end of July, leaving two grass courts to be completed. Then they have the job of laying out a bowling green. The principal teams using the football ground were those of the Labour and the P.O. ngineers. cabour used the ground for their home matches in Division II of the C.S. League and finished the season by winning the championship, scoring in all 105 goals against 20. They won the Area inter­ departmental challenge shield, presented by tne Temporary Area Committee of the ,Council to be played for annually, beating the P.O. Engineers in the final by 8�3. The playing pitch was in grand condition during the whole season and many visiting teams were envious of it. As regards hockey and netball, 18 ladies', 2 men's and 10 mixed matches of hockey, all friendlies, were played during the season and the players were delighted with the condition of the ground, and a number of matches were played at netball by different departments, the most (22) being played by the Ministry of Labour and National Service. A Specimen Annual Report

G.P .0. Headquarters Sports Association

Report for 12 months ending June 30, 1948. •I. An Annual General Meeting, at which the Chairman, Mr. E. B. Davies, and the Secretary, Mr. C. Padgin, resigned consequent upon their imminent transfer from Headquarters, was held on July 2r, 1947. Mr. C. J. Miles., M.B.E., was elected Chairman, and Mr. E. C. Baker, Secretary. Messrs. T. E. Moore and J. W. Carlisle were re­ elected auditors. 2. A special meeting was held on December 15, 1947, to review sports and social activities at Head­ quarters and to discuss the possibility of extending these. The meeting recommended an arrangement whereby closer working between the A.G.D.,. Contracts, E.-in-C.O., and Headquarters could be made possible. 3. The sale of CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNALS (new series) continued during the twelve months, and the number distributed each month was now 143· 4. The Secretary has regularly attended meetings of the Civtl Service Sports Council. 5. Social and sports activities with which mem­ bers were associated at Headquarters included Arts, Bridge, Chess, Cricket, Drama, Gardening, Golf, Music, and Rifle Shooting. A short report of each follows:(a) Post Office Art Club.-The club, which is open to all members of the Post Office, held its thirtieth exhibition, at the King Edward Building


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during October. Members showed oil and water Additional honorary members-are needed to ensure colours, pastel and black and white drawing, financial stability. sculpture, photography, lettering, needlework and (Secretary: W. B. Hellmuth. HEA. 1234, handicrafts. During the winter the club ran a Extension· 4399.) series of fortnightly talks and demonstrations by (f) St. Martin's and C.T.O. Horticultural lecturers of distinction in painting, drawing, Society.-The old-established Headquarters gar­ photography, and sculpture. It also published a dening society, St. Martin's, was amalgamated quarterly bulletin, a copy of which was posted to with the C.T.O. Horticultural Society in 1947. It each member. has to-day nearly 400 members in the A. and (Chairman: Edward A. White. HEA 1234, P.R.D., E.-in-C.O., and A.G.D. Extension 4051.) Three shows were held last year. The arrange:_ (b) Bridge.-The G.P.O. Headquarters Contract ments for 1948 are: Summer Show, July 8; Bridge Club was resuscitated and now has over Gladiolus Show, August 12; Autumn Show, 80 members. It ran classes for beginners during September 22; Chrysanthemum Show, November the wmter. It meets each Wednesday evening in 3. The Gladiolus Show is a revival of an exhibi­ the Headquarters Refreshment Club. Matches with tion for which Headquarters was famous in pre­ outside Bridge clubs will be arranged during the war days. coming season. Seeds, plants, fertilisers, and tools are obtained (Secretary: W. P. McTaggart. HEA. 1234, for members at cut prices. The use made 9f this Extension 4313.) facility is indicated by the trading accounts, which (c) Chess.-The G.P.O. Chess Club {founded show a turnover exceeding four figures. The 1886) ran three teams in the Civil Service and Society has yet to secure similar interest in the Municipal League (London). The first team re­ exhibitions, which, although of high quality, do tained the Bonar Law Trophy as the champion not get entries in proportion to the membership. Civil Service team. During the past season 15 The annual subscription is one shilling. Entrance members were called upon to play in Civil Service fees to exhibitions are threepence for each entry:' representative matches. Mr. R. J. Broadbent The shows are open to members and non-members played for Great Britain against Holland, Czecho­ alike without charge. slovakia, and Australia. Mr. C. G. Butcher re­ (Secretary: J. W. Knaprnan, Headquarters tained the individual championship of the Civil Registry.) Service. lVIr. N. A. Perkins tied for the Scottish (g) The Headquarters Golf Club is a branch of championship. A successful class for beginners the Post Office (London) Golfing Society (founded was run under the auspices of the .Post Office 1922). The Captain of the Society is Mr. R. A. Further Education Committee. Four teams have Little. Last season's inter_-departmental competi­ been entered for next season's league competitions. tion for the Daryngton Trophy resulted in a tie (Secretary: J. Neale. HEA 1234, Extension between Headquarters and Contracts. Two 4408.) successful meetings were held during the year, and (d) Cricket.-Last season's inter-branch com­ about 30 member&-including the Director-General petition for the Leech Shield was won by Personnel. -were present on each occasion. Department, who beat Investigation Branch in the H.EA. 1234, (Secretary: J. T. T. Pennock. final.' In the first round this year Investigation Extension 4460.) Branch play Telecommunications Department and (h) The Post Office Music Society has recently Personnel Department play Postal Services Depart­ been formed to encourage an appreciation of music ment. The club has arranged three matches with among the staff. Block bookings have been made other Departments. June 30, E.-in-C.O. July 14, for opera and ballet and seats for concerts and plays Stores. August, A.G.D. A lVIatth played this bought at reduced prices. A choir, meeting each season between two branches of the Inland Tele­ Monday under the direction of Mr. E. A. Harris, communications Department, Provision and Plan­ F.R.C.O., would welcome new members. Lecture ning, and Operations, was won by the former. recitals by professional musicians have been (Secretary: H. A. Harman. HEA. 1234, arranged and a Headquarters Gramophone Club Extension 4041.) has been formed. The annual subscription is one (e) G.P.O. Players (founded 1923).-The shilling. Players were reformed in January, 1948, when the (Treasurer: Miss D. L. Cushing. HEA. 1234, assets and commitments of a war-time organisa­ Extension 4223.) tion, the St. Martin's Players, were taken over. (i) The G.P.O. ,Rif!,o Club, membership of which Sir George Ismay was elected Chairman. There is open to all Post Office staff, operates a 25-yard are 132 honorary members and 41 playing mem­ range with seven firing points in the basement of bers. One play, " Heaven and Charing Cross," King Edward Building. The club has purchased a has been produced. A play is to be presented at number of rifles and accessories for the general use Cripplegate Theatre on November 12 and 13 next. of members.� It took a leading part in Civil Service

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and national competitions last winter and had more than a score of teams, including ladies teams, competing regularly in league events. (Secretary: W. J. Smi.th. CLE. 1292, Exten­ sion 227.) Spdngfields Area Social and Recreational Association Journal.-We have received copies No. 1 · and No. 2 of this new venture in local journalism. It concerns the Department of Atomic Energy at Preston, Lanes._ This organisation is in · the making but is already well established. We notice hockey and rugby amongst the activities pursued.

Correspondence THE EDITOR.

P.O.S.B., Harrogate. June 16, 1948.

She's Done It Again! Sir, On Saturday, June 12, at Bradford, Miss Enid Johnson, the Harrogate marvel, won the North of England half-mile championship. . . . She is now looking forward to the Civil Service sports meeting in London on July 24, when she intends bagging all the cups and medals she can. So look out, London! Her only regret is that there is_ no ladies' h�lf­ mile race, so, she tells me, she will take the high jump instead! I told you she was versatile. Yours, N. B. SKERTCHLY. [EDITORIAL NoTE: Ross Williamson says that the women's events have been arranged according to available support. If sufficient support and interest became available all the usual ladies' events would be staged. Olympic and national talent scouts will be present at the C.S. meeting on July 24.J Room 155, Devonshire House, Mayfair Place, Piccadilly, W.r. June 12, 1948. THE EDITOR. ' Musical Shows are Expensive. Sir, I have read with some interest the letter in the June issue of the JOURNAL headed "Too Much Drama," by your correspondent B.G. (Blythe Road). · . Whilst I agree with many of the pomts_ h� h�s made I must point out that there are Societies i� · the Service who produce the lighter type of enter­ tainments he mentions. My own S�ciety, for example, has, during the past eight years, produced four full-length Panto-

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mimes, a Mµsical Comedy, a Revue, two Minstrel Shows and many Concert Pary productions. It is no easy matter staging productions of this type, since, where in many cases a dramatic production can be " put on " without a great deal of expense in a small hall, a musical production with a large cast requires a large stage, first-class lighting, cos­ tumes, etc., which in these days, particularly in London, may well cost between £300 and £400 to produce. This may account for the lack of this type of production. If it were possible for the Civil Service Sports Council to obtain a suitable hall, which could be let to Societies at a reasonable rent, I feel confident that the lighter type of entertainment, which, in­ cidentally, still has an enormous following, could be staged with success. What are the chances of a hall? W. M. HANCOCK, Hon. Secretary, Ministry of Food Musical Players.

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On the Bowling Green at the Bristol C.S. Ground.

·-------- SOME CONTENTS--------, C.S. Operatic Society to produce Iolanthe A Great Angling Competition Miss Morgan for Australia Possible International Art Exhibitions

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Area Conference, June 25th, 1948

At ro.o a.m. representatives from the following Areas assembled in Room 36 at the Treasury buildings for their annual conference:-Bath, Bir­ mingham, Bristol, Branston, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chatham, Chester, Donnington, Exeter, Farnborough, Gloucester, Llangenech, Manches­ ter, Newcastle, Newport, Northallerton, Oxford, Pembrey, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Risley, Rosyth, Scarborough, Southport, Southampton, Swansea, Warrington and Watford. Altogether thirty · areas. Officers and members of the Council present were �ir Edward Bridges, Sir Henry Wilson Smith, Mr. A. E. Watson (Vice-Presidents), Messrs. W. A. H. Druitt, T. Gadmore, T. H. Sinclair and J. H. Middleton. Mr. Watson apologised for the absence of the Chairman, Sir Harold Parker, detained on urgent official business. He then introduced Sir Edward Bridges and asked him to open the conference. Sir Edward, in a speech characterised by a quiet sense of humour, wished the delegates success in their deliberations and stressed the value of the work done by the Areas, who he described as the circumference of the movement. He paid a tribute to Mr. Watson for his inspired guidance of the Council for many years, and then invited the delegates to get down to work and prepare their ammunition for firing at the Council at the afternoon session. He apologised for Room 36, which was hardly the ideal place for a large conference, but hoped they might receive inspira­ tion from the portraits of the eminent men which adorned its walls, though he confessed that most of them were unknown to him. Personally, I recognised only the G.O.M. who presided over the nation's destinies over 60 years ago. Mr. ]. H. Middleton gave a few words of guid­ ance to the delegates on the departure of the other officers. The conference then quickly got down to business. Mr. J. . Killner (Portsmouth) was promptly elected Chairman and Mr. J. Page (Chatham) minute secretary. The first item was a resolution from Swansea Area: " That wives of Civil Servant shareholder members be allowed to become Associate mem­ bers of the Council at any time without their numbers being counted in the ro per cent. allowed.'' This resolution, which was seconded by Mr. Waldegrave (Chatham), appearred to find general favour with the delegates, but, nevertheless, pro­ duced a lively debate, during which the represen­ tatives of Swansea, Chatham, Southampton, Ply­ mouth, Birmingham, Gloucester, Exeter, Farn­ borough and Scarborough all gave their views on the general aspect of associate membership. It soon, however, became clear that hardly any two

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Areas thought alike on the question, particularly on the financial side. Exeter, for instance, pro­ posed that wives may become honorary members on condition that the shareholder takes two shares, but this was not seconded. It was quite evident that the Associate Membership Sub­ Committee will have to thrash out a scheme to cover all Areas. The debate at times tended to encroach on the next resolution, from Scar­ borough, but eventually the proposal was agreed to unanimously, with the addition, after "wives" add " and/ or husbands." The next resolution, from Scarborough, read: " That Associate membership for certain clubs, e.g., Scarborough, should be allowed up to 20 per cent. of the Civil Service membership." This resolution was seconded by Carlisle. Scarborough's object in pressing this point appeared to be to counteract the competition they suffer from departmental clubs. Manchester asked for clarification of the 20 per cent. and Plymouth made the point: " What are small areas? '' Altogether the delegates did not feel very happy with this resolution, though realising Scarborough's anxiety. Eventually the proposal was remodelled to. read: " In view of the small number of Civil Servants in certain Areas, that, as a temporary measure, Associate membership in such Areas be allowed up to 20 per cent., but that the question should be reviewed from time to time by the Sports Council." Even then it did not find general favour and, though carried, nine voted against. The next resolution was from Plymouth and concerned selection of players for representative games: " In all sports national representation should be conferred on pukka Civil Service Sports Council members and this consideration must be satisfied before any selection is made. Any repre­ sentation from an Area should be on the recom­ mendation of the Area concerned. '' Mr. Hall (Portsmouth) seconded the resolution. In putting their case, Plymouth referred to their feeling that as representative games were spon­ sored by the Sports Council, only members should be eligible for selection. They could not under­ stand the mentality of a Civil Servant taking part in sport and refusing to join the Sports Council. With regard to recommendations coming from Areas, they referred to a case of a man being selected for their Area entirely without their knowledge. They thought that it should be evident that Areas were the best judges of the ability of players in their Areas. Mr. Smith (Gloucester) referred to the Coun­ cil's view that representative matches and championships were open to all Civil Servants, and though it was regrettable that an occasional player refused to join the Sports Council, it


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should not debar them from such matches. The Council felt that in representative games it was imperative that the best possible teams should be fielded. However, the Council's view cut no ice with the delegates, and other speakers, though realising· the Council's view, thought that all Areas felt very strongly on the question, and their views should be given consideration. The resolution was then carried unanimously. Resolution from Plymouth Area-Insurance of players: " This Area · deplores that the Sports Council does not insure players against injury in representative and local games, and considers that such players should be insured." Plymouth stated their case, and referred to a representative trial match in which one of their players was injured, resulting in several weeks absence from work. Exeter seconded the proposal, which was also supported by Portsmouth. Mr. Page (Chatham) challenged a statement by Plymouth that nothing was known by Mr. Middle­ ton of players' insurance. It had been stated at an Executive meeting that in the Rugby section industrial players were insured by the Rugby Committee. In the case referred to by Plymouth, the match was a trial game and insurance was, unfortunately, overlooked. The Rosyth representative agreed, .and stated that before the war he had received insurance payment for inju,ry. Other Areas stated that they insured their players to cover all games in which they took part. The resolution was then put and carried. Resolution from Bath Area: " This conference is of the opinion that the Bath Area, in view of the acute shortage of sports grounds in that Area, both for the public and Civil Servants, constitutes a ' special area,' and calls upon the Executive Committee to take all possible steps to convince the •Ministries concerned that in the interests of Civil Servants and the general public the ban on release of fields for sports purposes should be par­ tially lifted to enable the Bath Area of the C.S.S.C. to acquire a sports ground." Mr. Brown, the Bath representative, armed with a sheaf of statistics as to the pre-war and estimated post-war population of Bath and the number of Civil Servants still in the town, endeavoured to prove that the post-war estimate was all wrong and several thousand short of what he considered .the ultimate population woµld be. He thought that no grounds would be released for sport unless some pressure was introduced. At this point, the Chairman, with one eye on the · clock, and the other on Mr. Brown's still consider­ able sheaf, thought it time to exercise the veto. He asked Mr. Brown to say (r) if Bath wished

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the Sports Counc;:il to find a ground or, ( 2'), Bath to find the ground and the Council endeavour to obtain lifting of the ban. This brought further explanations from Mr. Brown, but the Chairman decided that other opinions must be heard. Swansea then seconded the Bath resolution. Mr. Gale (Cardiff) sympathised with Bath in their dilemma and referred to their own case where squatters had taken possession of their ground and buildings. Other grounds had risen in price against them by 200 per cent. He thought Bath should themselves take action to find a ground and then enlist the Council's assist­ ance. Mr. Smith (Gloucester) pointed out that Bath had previously put precisely the same case at a Council, meeting, and Sir Harold Parker had promised all possible help if Bath could name any available ground. Mr. Baxter (Birmingham) then proposed an amendment which was seconded by Mr. Smith and . carried: '' That the Civil Service Sports Council take whatever action is necessary to approach the appropriate Ministries to release· grounds for sports purposes for the Civil Service, where the demand warrants it.'' The last item on the agenda was a request from the Sports Council for an expression of opinion on the rebate question. It was stated that last year the rebate granted to departmental associa­ tions was, in the absence of agreement between areas and departments, arbitrarily divided by the Council,· rs. areas, 6d. departments. This immediately brought Mr. Smith (Glouces­ ter) to his feet with a " this is just my cup of tea " expression. He proposed a resolution which was seconded by Mr. Baxter (Birmingham): '' That the present system is unsatisfactory and that the whole .of the rebate should go to the Areas providing playing facilities, and they should use their discretion in allocating to Departmental Associations." Mrr. Waldegrave (Chatham) seconded, and spoke of the potential danger of departments re­ ceiving rebates which could be used against the interests of the Areas. This was all to the liking of the delegates, who carried the proposal unanimously. This concluded the business of · the conference and at 12.15 we adjourned to partake of an excel­ lent lunch, and to compare notes with our Area colleagues and improve the contacts started at the conference. In conclusion I must apologise if I have omitted anything which could be regarded as important or essential, but, unfortunately, shorthand was not included in my youthful education, �nd this report is made entirely on the notes I was able to make during the conference. J. A. PAGE.


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THE INLAND REVENUE 17th SPORTS . MEETING

Roving Reporter told you in the July issue that a dozen engagements for departmental sports meetings were listed at Chiswick ground when he visited the ground in June. There are others in the London Area as well as in the Provinces. The annual avalanche of meetings is now in progress. On Saturday, June 26, I visited the Inland Revenue ground at Grove Park, London, S.E., to watch the first meeting since 1939. This is the 17th Annual Meeting, but it was suspended during the war years..

Home of Crusaders. Almost the first person I ran into was Ross, of the Crusaders, who, although in the L.P.R., has joined the Revenue people, using the cricket ground and the pavilion. A few seconds later I met J. H. Evans, C.B., and A. S. Whitehead, C.B.E., now Chairman and Vice-Chairman, re­ spectively, of the Inland Revenue Sports Asso­ ciation. The Revenue organisation, since the early days when W. S. Best l;>reathed morale into it, has always been imbued with loyalty to the whole movement. They welcome members from other Departments who find the facilities provided use­ ful. A Runaway for Taxes. The meeting resolved itself into a runaway meeting for Taxes. T�ey won individually and collectively twelve events out of sixteen and went away with both the Victor and :Victrix Ludorum -not to mention most of the other trophies and priz;es. A. E. Frost; of Finsbury 2, was the "Victor" and Miss A. Varo, Bradford 2, the "Victrix." A Comfortable Pavilion. Tea was provided in the comfortable licensed pavilion. I noticed on the honours board that G. Laffan has joined W. S. Best as .a Life Member of the I.R. ,Association. There are only two Life Members. Laffan, now retired, was Treasurer of the Association for many years. The Duke of York opened the pavilion in 1935. Now, in 1948, Sir Eric Bamford, a Treasury man, due to take up duty as Chairman of the Inland Revenue a few weeks later, was able to meet his staffs in advance in happy circumstances and in that pavilion. Sir Eric Forgot. Sir Eric Bamford introduced Lady Bamford, who presented the prizes. In the course of his remarks he expressed his appreciation of the pleasant opportunity to meet his staffs, of the success of the meeting and of the smooth and admirable organisation of the day's proceedings. But he forgot one thing.

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A Remarkable Omission. The organising was practically perfect. Timing was excellent. The organisers had selected a warm and sunny day. The programme, sold at 6d., clear in layout, neat and adequate, contained a free advertisement of the SPORTS JOURNAL. I have already written that all local publications, circulars, etc., should mention the S'PORTS 'JouRNAL. There was a free dance in the pavilion during the evening. Drinks were available. It was, however, the Saturday of the Lord's Test Match. No announcement was made of the latest score. Newspapers were not available on the ground. That was the one hitch in the day's arrangements. It was a serious omission.· He Wants 4 H.Q. Grounds. Competitors not only came from all quarters of all London, but from so far afield as Cambridge, Manchester, Peterborough, Birkenhead and Bristol. I talked to a spectator who came from North London. He told me that the ground was used by Revenue people from London generally, but particularly by S.W. people. He thought a separate ground for N., S., E. and W. London was desirable, but agreecl that it was not practic­ able. He thought, however, that a H.Q. ground should be established in each quarter of London and H.Q. functions shared with Chiswick which, he contended, was inaccessible to people in N.E. and S.E. London. Is this practicable? I wonder. That is the voice of the man in the street, and the opinions of the ordinary man have a strange knack of coming to be the accepted thing. The Grove Park ground, by the way, is partly banked and could easily be adapted to hold several thousands of spectators. The Country Meets at Grove Park. Grove Park came into its own again after nine years, and I hope that the most successful re­ sumption of " Sports Day," the I.R.S.A.'s most important annual event, will prove tl}e forerunner of many successful meetings supported by mem­ bers of the Department throughout the country. C.D.H.

Representative Cricket Civil Service v. Royal Air Force At Chiswick on June 28-29. Drawn

Chiswick had prepared a wicket which played better than it looked, but the outfield was like the curate's ·egg, " good in parts." Our old friend, Fl. /Lt. Shirreff, having won the toss, decided to bat, but the clouds said, " You wait till we roll by." They did so about half-past twelve, but liked the look of us so much that they kept coming back, with the result that at tea-time


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the R.A.F. score was only 154 for 3 (Fl. /Lt. Hoping for a rain deteriorated Murphy 72). wicket they declaired at this total, but it did not pan out that way as the Service proceeded to demonstrate by going to 313 before in their turn applying the closure. Gerry Bush with 141, n.o., showed the onlookers (all five of them!) that he retained all his pre-wair skill, and he was ably assisted by Delany (56) and Golds; a newcomer Fa<::ing a deficit of 159 the airmen went (61). steadily to a tally of 204 fo,, 4, Murphy 78 and A/C Hedges 62, when they had to call it a day at the insistent request of Public Enemy No. 1, Jupiter Pluvius. The continued interruptions by rain denied all promise of a finish almost from the start, and apart from Bush's fine innings the mos_t interesting feature was the way the wicket stood up to its job. Nearly 700 runs were taken from it and yet it was playing almost as well and easily at the finish as at the start. With only II wickets falling for a total of 671 it cannot be said that the bowlers en­ joyed any mastery, Langdale with 3 for 63 being the only one to enjoy any measure of success. Civil Service v. Royal Navy At Chatham on July 12-13. Drawn Just as good wine needs no bush so the Memorial Ground at Chatham needs no praise from me, it being one of the best in the country, even if one of the most exposed to the elements. Here again an unfriendly weather clerk wept crocodile tears over us, and the first day provided a sequence of showers and sheltering. Despite this the Service ran to a total of 225, inc_luding four " blobs," three of them at «the first time of ask­ ing." Gerry Bush was again to the foire, but dis­ appointed himself and us by falling five short of the. coveted century. An excellent and chanceless knock. Langdale (39), Delany (30) and Gray (25) also busied the scorer. As Mr. Extras totalled 20 the remaining scores are a matter of simple, very simple arithmetic! " Chicken feed, this," said the sailors, and Lt. Ainsworth, of Worcestershire (123) and Sub.-Lt. Upfill-Brown (94), putting on 208 for the second wicket made our score look as inadequate as the umpires' ,coats on this wet and squally day. At 318 for 5 the " blue water boys " said to Heaslip. " You have another go." Delany was early out, but Sinclair (66) and Bush (26) set us on the right road at a goodly pace, but later batsmen, Lang­ dale excepted, dropped.into a lower gear, impeded to some extent by steady bowling and fielding that was brilliant on occasion. When Heaslip felt secure enough to declare with a lead of 127 the clock showed the Navy had only 45 minutes to bat, which meant top-gear and super-charging. It was beyond them and they finished at 68 for 3.

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The most successful bowler on either side was Coombes tor the Navy, whose 8 for 86 in the first innings was an excellent performance and out­ shone anything on our side, Gray's 2 for 39 in the Navy's second knock being the best. The sailors' hostility to ouir bowling was not reflected in .the mess overnight, where we were received and dealt with right royally. In addition to goodly creature comfort s we were introduced by Capt. Henderson to a hard billiards game, '' Brown Ball." Its rules-if any-were much too complex for a poor scribe, but as it provides fun, fast and furious, for about fifteen players it has much to commend it. The winner was our umpire, Caldman, whose propensity for producing balls from his various pockets at crucial moments was giravely suspect and reminded one of Paul Cinquevali at his best! He was aided also by the number of " not out " decisions he gave against himself which only goes to show that the less an umpire knows about the rules the more successful he is-or does it? As we have not yet succeeded in :reviving our M.C,.C. fixture _at Lords this finishes the repre­ sentative programme for the season.-CRUSADER.

Brum C.S. Cannot Play Hollies There was a capital attendance for Hollies' benefit match, C.S. v. Warwickshire, at Hall Green. The County batted first, and Peter Andrews (Revenue) bowled Hill in the first over, but this was a solitary success, Warwickshire de­ claring with a score of 171 for 1, Cannings scoring 132 not out, while Gardner was getting 32. The Service batted well against the fast bowling of Pritchard and Groves and were 93 for 5, but the later batsmen could not play Hollies. Powell (Telephones) 41, Davis (Revenue) 17 and Corbett (Postal) 16 were top scorers. It is pleasing to record the success of the Bir­ mingham team in the Curtis-Bennett Shield. Against the Liverpool Moss Side XI they scored 202 for 3 declared, Hugh Lawrence (Telephones), the skipper, getting a hurricane IIS not out. Liverpool were skittled out for 7i; P. Andrews (Revenue), with 5 for 24, being the most success­ ful bowler. A coach load went to Rampton to play the other match. The original wicket was under water and a wicket was made on the edge of the square. Losing 4 wickets for 14, the Birmingham side did well to score 132, thanks to a spirited stand by Powell (35) and Davis (32). Rampton were always struggling against time and good bowling and fielding, but they put up a splendid fight and the last wicket fell with only about :five minutes to go with the score at 92. It was a :fine


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game; and it 1s nice to meet old friends at Rampton.

The Social Side Art.-The Ministry of Supply Arts Club held its second annual exhibition at Ivybridge House from the roth to the rgth June. Some of the most out­ standing work was contributed by Simon Chinn, who is equally at home in sunlit oil paintings or in sculpture. He· had two works accepted by this year's Royal Academy. The 400 entries of the summer hobbies exhibi­ tion of the L.T.R. Centre Area constituted a record. The Regional Director, opening the show, said that they were an indication of the cul­ tural standard of the staff. The P.O. Social Club at Scarborough recently held its first arts and crafts exhibition, with nearly roo entries. The needlework was outstanding. The Ministry of Labour Camera Club recently arranged a descriptive lecture on Yorkshire, illus­ trated by lantern slides. This club will continue its regular meetings throughout the summer. The Ministry of Supply are organising an autumn photographic competition in aid of Benenden Sanatorium. One of the prizes will be a year's free membership of their Camera Club.

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up a separate sub-committee to organise variety shows. This should help to convince " B. G." that there is a live interest in variety. Other News.-The Ministry of Supply Re­ creational Society are sending children to France during July and August and, in return, are enter­ taining a party of Frrench children.-E. M. T.

ROVING REPORTER

In my notes last month I mentioned the 21st Anniversary Celebrations of the Plymouth Associa­ tion, our largest, though not our oldest, Area. Following the celebrations, I was privileged to see a charming letter of congratulations which the Admiral Superintendent of the Dockyard, R. S. G. Nicholson, had sent to A. F. Pound, the Area Secretary and Secretary of the Organising Com­ mittee. I am sure the letter gave very great pleasure to Pound and his fellow committee men who worked so hard to make the day successful. The Plymouth Area is fortunate in that it has always had a succession of Superintendents who have always been interested in sports and social welfare and who by their encouragement and help have assisted in the progress at Plymouth. Be­ cause of this, it is gratifying to know that the Area's first President, .Admiral Brockman, is to be Music.-The Civil Service Operatic Society made a life member of the Association. plan to make " Iolanthe " their first production. * * * * They hope later to include grand opera in their This help from the Superintendent is not repertory. The Norwich Postal Area and Telephone restricted to Plymouth. Chatham and Portsmouth Manager's staffs have formed a choir which has are also encouraged by similiir help, and already already gained three successrs in the Norfolk we have evidence that our newest Dockyard Asso­ ciation-that at Rosyth-will be assisted and sus­ County Musical Festival. The day and night staffs of the Liverpool Trunk tained by guidance and help from the top. Exchange ,combined to give an orchestral concert * * * * with solos, followed by a dance. The Foreign Office Sports Association celebrated The Edinburgh Postal Pipe Band gained a first the opening of the official hostel at Swakeleys .by prize of fro in the Edinburgh Corporation annual celebrations on Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and contest recently. 4, which included a two-day cricket match and The newly formed P.O. Musical Society meets a midsummer ball. The weather on Saturday was on Monday at their City headquarters under the kind and on Sunday it was wet, but the weather conductorship of Mr. A. E. Harris, F.R.C.O. did nothing to mar the success of Saturday's Drama.-The summer programme of the Civil dance. A large marquee was erected adjoining Service Theatre Guild includes a staged play- the house, and in it was laid a wooden floor for dancing. Attractively decorated and lit by elec­ reading in mid-July. . . The widely dispersed organisation of the Post tricity run from the house, it gave excellent facili­ Office has produced a host of dramatic societies, ties for dancing, with just the right touch of gaiety. The buffet, laid in the old banquetting hall of large and small. Some of their recent productions include the comedy " See How They Run," by the house, was superb. The fables fairly groaned the Tunbridge Wells Telephone Club; a- thriller, under the weight of food, and I am sure the few Murder Out of Tune," by the Centre Area Americans who were present must have thought Dramatic Society; four one-act plays by the they were back home. The whole affair was a credit to the oTganising Dundee G.P.O. Dramatic Players; and "They committee; my one doubt is whether the receipts Came to a City," by the West Theatre Group. Mount Pleasant Sports and Social Club have set covered the expenses.


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The Foreign Office Sports Association is fortun­ ate to have so lovely a house and grounds for its activities, and while the upper floors of the house are now used as hostel accommodation for some of the Foreign Office Staff working at Eastcote, there is still ample room for the members. Samuel Pepys visited the house and wrote of it in his diary. It was beautiful then in its attractive set­ ting of trees and pleasant lawns. The Sports Asso­ ciation has managed to retain some of the dignity of the place by furnishing it with taste and dis­ crimination. Chromium chairs would be an anachronism. Talking to the Chairman, C. A. E. Shuckburgh, I learned that the Association would be ready to take into membership a few Sports Council mem­ bers ( or their wives) who live near Swakeleys. At week-ends· the facilities are strained to capacity, but during the week, room could be found for some who want a game of tennis or use of the house and bar. * * * The highlight for June so far as the Council was concerned was undoubtedly the Conference of area representatives held on Friday, June 25. 57 delegates came from 34 areas (all but the very small areas being asked to send two delegates). During the morning session the delegates' dis­ cussion on items which areas had submitted was lively and stimulating. They were on their own and could reach what decisions they liked. These decisions were later put to the Officers of the Council as recommendations for consideration hy the full Council. At midday I had the job of taking the party to lunch in the Whitehall Lun­ cheon Club, and can confirm that a good time was had by all. The Club produced an excellent meal and the delegates called for vast quantities of beer, which, being on the Council, seemed to flow like water. I spotted A. J. T. Day queuing for lunch near our tables and got him to sit down with US-­ he is a member of the Council as one of the Per­ manent Secretary's nominee�. He was soon deep in conversation with Sir Henry Wilson Smith, who kindly came along to meet the delegates. At the afternoon session Sir Harold Parkf:!r pre­ sided with his usual tact and good humour. He was also patient and tolerant when a few dele­ gates wandered at som-e length-and som�times with asperity-from the topic under discussion. • Taken generally, the discussions were enlightening and helpful. There was the ha'fdy annual associate membership, the main idea being to exclude wives from ;the count when arriving at the one-tenth quota which the Council regards as a reasonable limit. This found general acceptance, . and the Chairman agreed that the sub-committee dealing with this should be asked to bear the recommendation in mind. Delegates also felt that

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some areas should be allowed to go beyond the IO per cent. quota. Next there was a strong appeal for representa­ tive teams to be drawn from Council members only, but on it being explained that the Fighting Services accepted the matches on the assumption that they represented the best repI'esentation from the whole Civil Service, the motion was withdrawn. Representatives from Bath were vigorously sup­ ported in their appeal that Ministries should release ground so that those Civil Servants in Bath-since warned that they are there permanently-should have some playing facilities. The officers were very ready to mov,e ih this direction and already discussions have taken place in Bath with the Planning Authorities. As a result of proposals regarding insurance of players, it was announced that the various govern­ ing bodies which arranged representative matches would be advised to consider insuring players against injury. It was made clear that the Council could itself accept no responsibility for injury to players. The distribution of rebate between areas and departments was the subject of a proposal to the Council, and as area repI'esentatives only were at the morning meeting, it is, I suppose, not un­ natural that they should have suggested that the whole of the rebate should go to areas who would themselves decide how mu�h to give to de­ partments. The Rebate Sub-Committee will have to think that one out. The conference wound up at 4.30 in order to give delegates an evening meal and a trip through Windsor Great Park. The Editor tells me he is covering this. I will conclude by saying '' thank you " to all who assisted in making the whole day successful : to the Treasurry . for the Conference room, the Whitehall Club for the lunch, to Mr. 0. S. Cleverly, the Commissioner of Crown Lands, and Mr. E. H. Savill, the officer in control of Windsor Great Park, for giving us such an inter­ esting tour of the parrk, and finally to the delegates for joining so wholeheartedly in the proceedings.

NOTICE TO SECRETA.RIES In connection with the recent circular letter sent to all Secretaries concerning the new arrangement, '' Service Advertisements,'' it should be noted that it has been decided to cut the rates quoted by 50 per cent. in view of the news value of the feature. This is strictly confined to our own con­ cerns, and correspondence concerning all other forms of advertising should be addressed to Messrs. Darby. Draw the attention of your anglerrs to the advertisement in this issue on page II.


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THE CIVIL SERVICE _ SPORTS JOURNAL The CrvrL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL is pub­ lished monthly: by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.r. l'elephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service Sports Journal. Matter · for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. While present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted.

able, although the !representatives did continue to discuss their problems. Last year the Area Conference turned down unanimously a suggestion to hold the function in the Areas. We think the decision was a mistake. This statement is not official in any way. It is merely Editorial opinion, which reflects, or seeks to reflect, what people are thinking. At any rate, an Area Conference in a prnvincial city would have excellent publicity value, and that is, after all, the thing for an Editor to pursue. Perhaps in this case, second thoughts are best, and we shall see the Area Conference meeting with success in some great provincial centre. Of ope thing there · · is no doubt. The Area Conference is desir, able, useful and successful wherever it is staged.

Hon. Editor: C. D. HOW ARD.

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EDITORIAL The Area Conference.-The Area Conference for r948 now belongs to the past. The function is of the greatest value be-cause it brings together representatives throughout the country who are able to compare notes and plan for the future.The morning session, opened by the Secretary to the Treasury, now as a matter of tradition, is held amongst the representatives themselves to discuss the peculiar difficulties of the Areas. In the after­ noon, the officers of the Council are admitted to the session, and answer the barrage of questions usually put to them. The evening is devoted to the type of social function which enables the repre­ sentatives to mingle-and still compare notes. In this issue Mr. Page, of Chatham, writes about the mo!rning session, whilst Roving Reporter discusses the afternoon session. Immediately the afternoon session closed the • reoresentatives were conveyed by motor coach to Virginia Water , where they partook of an evening meal. Afterwards they were conducted on a tour of Windsor Great Pa<1-k. Coaches are not allowed in the Park, so transfer was made to waiting lorries, which rattled their way through the exten­ sive and historic Park, back to the coaches again, which delivered the guests later in the evening near their hotels in London. It was most enjoy-

H. F. MANNERS (G.P.O. Rifle Club) All Civil Service riflemen will be shocked to learn of the death of " Freddie " Manners, Chairman of the Civil Service Rifle Association and Captr1.in of the G.P.O. Rifle Club. As is well known, he was an established international " shot," having shot against the U.S.A. and the Colonies on very many occasions. On June rg he won both the Civil Service (small-bore) Championship and the Post Office Championship. Just prior to this he was successful at the Scot­ tish National meeting. He was almost an automatic choice for Great Britain's .Olympic team of three, being in the last six for selection of that great honour. With all his many successes he was the ·most modest and unassuming of men, and was ever ready to pass his great experience to those seeking advice on shooting. His death at a comparatively early age is an irreparable loss to the shooting world in general and to the Civil Service Rifle Asso­ ciation in particular. H.W.W.

Iohlln1the The first production of the newly-formed Civil Service Operatic Society in King George's Hall, Adeline Place, Great Russell Street, W.C.r, September r5 to r8, r948. Reserve your tickets NOW. Letters to the Council's office will be passed on.

TO ALL SERVICE ANGLERS There is great news for you in the Service1 advertisement in this issue. Turn to page rr.


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CIVIL SERVICE RIFLE ASSOCIATION The weather was not kind fo the shooting frater­ nity on Saturday, June 19, when the C.S. Cham­ pionships (small b01re) was decided on the Ham and Petersham ranges. Despite a blustering cold wind and heavy rain-storms some very good shoot­ ing was recorded. Results were as follows:C.S. Championship: 1, H. F. Manners (G.P.O.); 2, F. E. Dean (Fuel and Power); 3, W. ]. Smith (G.P.O.). Post Office Champion­ ship: 1, H. F. Manners (G.P.O.); 2, W. J. Smith (G.P.O.). Civil Service Team Championship: Brighton Telephone Area. Ladies' Championship: Miss P. J. Owen (War Office). The '' Sha,rp­ shooter ": Inland Revenue. Club " Fours ": G.P.O. "A." Chairman's Prize (Novices): W. L. Benson (G.P.O.). In the 20-a-side representative match the C.S. beat Hertfordshire by 5,819 points to 5,771. The various trophies won at the meeting, together with the trophies awarded for the WinteT Competitions were presented to the winners by Sir Harold Parker, the Chairman of the Sports Council. Altogether an enjoyable day, even.if the weather did prevent the ladies displaying the " New Look." Service Rifie' Results.C.S. 1,146 pts. v. R.A.F. 1,102· pts. C.S. 1,310 pts. v. Army 1,320 pts. C.S. 1,097 pts. v. Royal Navy 1,101 pts. C.S. 705 pts. v. Sussex 716 pts. C.S. 927 pts. v. City R.C. 965 pts. -W. H. HOLLOWAY.

Women at Weybridge Regatta.-The C.S. Women's Rowing Association made its ma,rk on the Weybridge Regatta on June 26, 1948, when the Savings Bank four. and the C.S. Headquarters four fought their way through two heats to meet in the final of the novices fours race. They beat crews entered from Weybridge, Borough of Ha-ckney, Alpha and Barnes Clubs and provided some of the most exciting ,races -of the afternoon. In the final the crews were practically level fo1 most of the course but Savings Bank spurted to get their nose in front a hundred yards from the finish and gradually drew ahead to win by a length. On June 24 the C.S. Headquarters four went to Reading to meet a fou,r from Reading University. This was their first experience of up-river condi­ tions and they acquitted themselves well, beating the University crew by about two lengths. C.S.H.Q. · Women's C.C.-Miss Mor$,;an for Australia.-Membership is now 30, but new mem­ bers, scorers and umpires will be welcomed.

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Six players are in county teams; Miss Stacey and Miss Dowden in Middlesex I, Miss Wright and Miss Grout in Middlesex II, Miss I). Farrow in Kent, and Miss Morgan in Surrey I. Miss Morgan has also been selected for the Australian touring team. Practice night is Tuesday, at War Office Sports Ground, Raynes Park, Surrey. Miss P. Burton (Sec.) , 10, Camden House, The' Brandries, Wallington, Surrey, can supply details of membership. C.S. Contract Bridge Association offer Classes and Literature.-The season 1947-48 was prob­ ably our best year to date. A successful club, however, must plan to train new material, and during the next season, commencing October next, it is proposed to direct our energies to this purpose. The offer is made to all Civil Servants who can play whist and are keen to learn Contract Bridge-opportunity knocks-now. Commencing Friday, October 8, a series of weekly lectures will be give'n on bidding and play of the cards by the captain, A. E. Field, followed by practice. Literature will also be available. The classes will be from 6 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. each Friday in Room 270, Adelphi House, John Adam Street, Strand. The new member section will be separate from the main club until some degree of proficiency is attained. This will provide the rare opportunity for newcomers to bridge to progress together in harmony under skilled guidance. If you are keen to learn and wish to participate please write at once to the Hon. Sec., Miss M. Byrne, 19, Carlton Hill, London, N.W.8 (Sloane 0651, Ext. 134), giving name or names, depart­ ment and telephone number, not later than Sep­ tember r. The point about writing at once is that accommodation, whilst very comfortable,· to remain so must be limited to 50, the first 50. There are no fees other than the 5s. per annum which is the membership fee of the C.S. Head­ quarters Bridge Club. C.S. National Track Cycling Championship (Watson Trophy).-This event provided a narrow win for Ian Scott, international crack of L.T.R., who beat Ray ·Beaumont (L.T.R.) by a wheel with a furlong time of 13J sees. 1947 champion, Tom Riddick (Works), was placed third after unsuccessful '' forcing '' tac­ tics early on. The event was held at Herne Hill track on a windy evening in July. London Branch " 50. "-Due to the gale con­ ditions and very hard course used this year, there were many non-starters. Winner was Vic McLernon, who was clocked in a.t 2-19-23, and second award went to popular C.S.C.A. national secretary, Harry Falvey.


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Badges and Handbooks.-A further supply of C.S.C.A. badges and handbooks is now available from the General Sec., H. E. Falvey, 13, Thorn­ grove Road, London, E.13. R. SWANN.

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start to finish, any particular race of their fancy. Teas will be served rrom the marquee on the boat­ house lawn and there will be a licensed bar. It cannot be denied that the Regatta provides for the spectator a full afternoon's enterta,inment in ideal surroundings; and there is no charge for adC.S. (Ladies) v. W.A.A.F., at Chiswick , mission. It is hoped, however, that every person (Representative), Thursday June 4, 1948.�Miss who attends will buy a programme and thus help Lrosoer and Miss Whitefield bt. W/0 Arkell and to make the Regatta pay its way. Programmes will F/Sgt. Nutt 6-1, 6-4; bt. Sgt. Hawtree and S/O be on sale at one shilling each from the official Young 6-1, 6-o; bt. Sq./O Downes and S/O Pen­ programme sellers. · fold 6-2, 6-2. Following the prize-giving in the evening there Miss Bourne and Miss Jarvis bt. W/0 Arkell will be a dance at the C.S. Pavilion, and tickets and F/Sgt. Nutt 9-7, 6-4; bt. Sgt. Hawtree and will be on sale at the Boathouse, price 2s. 6d. S/0 Young 7-5, 6-2. each. Miss Helliwell and Miss Orgel lost to W/0 The Regatta Committee hope that all civil ser­ Arrkell and F/Sgt. Nutt 7-5, 4-6, 6-8; bt. Sgt. vants, their families and friends, whether they are Hawtree and S/O Young 6-3, 9-7, drew with interested in rowing, have friends competing, or Sq./0 Downes and S/0 Penfold 6-2, 4-6. desire to see the representatives of their own Result: C.S. 6, W.A.A.F. r. (1 draw, 1 walk­ Departments racing, will support the Regatta. , over). Remember the date, Saturday, August 21. You C.S. (Ladies) 2nd Team v. W.R.N.S., at can go by train from Waterloo to Barnes Bridge Greenwich, Saturday, June 19, 1948.-Miss oir by No. 9 bus from Hammersmith. Bourne and Miss Jarvis bt. P.O.W. Baldwin and S.B.D. Women Win Novice Fours at Wey­ Wrn. Bond 6-3, 6-4; bt. 2nd/O. Jones and 3rd/O. Jones 6-2, 6-1; bt. C/O Kidd and 2nd/O. Talbot bridge.-We are training for the C.S. Regatta on August 21. We hope you will come along and 6-o, 6-r. cheer. We shall send a pair to Reading on Bank Miss Belgrave and Miss Hitchcock lostto P.0.W. Baldwin and Wrn. Bond 4-6, 4-6; bt. 2nd/O. Holiday Monday. On June 5 one four rowed in Jones and 3rd/0. Jones 6-4, 6-o; bt C/0 Kidd the W.A.R.A. Regatta, and won their heat against Barnes, but lost the final to the University of and 2nd/O. Talbot 6-2, 6-4. London. At theirr next attempt in the Novice Fours Miss Wilson and Miss Wyer lost to P.O.W. Baldwin and Wrn. Bond 6-4, 1-6, 4-6; drew with at Weybridge they won, after beating Hackney 2'Ild/O. Jones and 3rd/O Jones 6-4, 5-6; bt. C/O and Alpha in the heats and the C.S. (H.Q.) in the final. The next highlight in the rowing world will Kidd and 2nd/O. Talbot 6-3, 6-4. be the Olympic Rowing early in August to which Result: C.S. 6, W.R.N.S. 2. (1 drraw). we are all looking forwaird. The Club is anxious to enrol new members and will receive applications at the boathouse, either by post or in person on Sunday mornings (or Saturday, August 21st Tuesday and Thursday evenings). The Annual Regatta will be held in August at Netball: 1948-49 Arrangements.-Entries are Chiswick Boathouse where splendid facilities exist for both participants and spectators. It is hoped invited for the Civil Seirvice Representative Team that the latter will attend in large numbers to view trials during September, and should be sent to­ the racing from the Dukes Meadows Promenade gether with Is. fee to the Hon. Sec., Miss D. V. and so help to make the Regatta the success it has Crook, 89 Halfway Street, Sidcup , Kent. AppliL cant's name, department, address, telephone num­ been in the past. Racing will commence at 2 p.m. and will con­ ber and usual field position should be given. Par­ tinue until about 6.30. Clubs affiliated to the C.S. ticulars will be forwarded on receipt of applica­ Rowing Association and C.S. Women's Rowing tions. Players chosen forr any of the Representa­ Association will be competing, and the crews will tive Teams will be required to play on the third be representative of various Government Depart­ Saturday each month. Secretaries wishing to enter teams for the Inter­ ments, including Air Ministry, London Postal Region and Savings Bank. The racing, which will Departmental Competition, 1948-49 season, con­ be in all classes of boats, from eights to scullers, tact the Hon. Competition Sec., Miss A. N. Gallo­ will be followed by umpires' launches which will way, 41, Woodstock Road, Bedford Park, W-4. have accommodation forr passengers at a small Matches will be played on the 2nd and 4th Satur­ charg:. Spectators will thus be able to see, from days each month.

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C.S. v. R.A.F. at Swimming.-Due to the capable organising of the Birmingham C.S. Swim­ ming Club, a mowded Woodcock St. Baths wit­ nessed an overwhelming victory for the R.A.F. C.S. were without the services of Ron Reeves, L. G. Reeves and Bob Holmes,· but the excellent standard of the R.A.F. team ensured their success in any case. In the 440-yds. Free Style, the R.A.F. pair, F./Sgt. Kendall and Sgt. Galvan, raced away to leave the C.S. pair trailing far behind. Kendall eventually beat Galvan by a touch in 5 mins. 54.8 sees., with D. Trill third in 6 mins. 19 sees., and S. Pryor did 6 mins. 33 sees. The roo-yds. Breast Stroke event again saw the first two places won by , the R.A.F.; Cpl. Bearly did 76.4 sees., F/ 0 Dean 79-4 sees., L. R. Pool 79.6 .sees., and R. Peck 82. At this stage things looked very gloomy for the C.S. and the next race, the 220-yds. Free Style provided great cheer for the losing C.S. side. A/C Hooker and T. W. (Bill) Rushton swam a neck and neck race the whole way to dead heat in 2 mins. 45.2 sees., and Sgt. Tilbury· beat S. Stead­ man for third place. But the following roo-yds. Free Style was a poor race. Cpl. Keeley won in 62.2 sees., F /Lt. Cunningham second in 65.2 sees., A. B. Dart third in 65.4 sees., and H. G. Jones fourth in 66.2 sees. First and second places were again taken by the R.A.F. in the roo-yds. Back Stroke. F /Lt. Lumsdaine won easily in 73.2 sees., S/Ldr. Young did 77.4 sees., J. Rush­ ton and S. Raine were third and fourth in 79.2 sees., and 79.8 sees. Then the R.A.F. teams easily won the Free Style and Medley events in 2 mins. 36.4 sees. to 2 min. 39 sees. and 2 mins. 15 sees. to 2 min. 24.6 sees. The final event, water polo, promised at least to provide some excitement, for here the C.S. side had some strength. The speed and vigour of the opening play seemed to stop suddenly as a penalty was awarded against the R.A.F. Longdon took the shot and scored with a well-placed throw. The R.A.F. took this as a minor obstacle and put in some very fast work \vhich, however, lacked finish. A break through and a first-class pass by Standage to Bill Rushton pegged up the second goal for. C.S. It was not until two further goals had been added by Stan­ dage that the ,R.A.F. scored through A/C Hanley. A further goal by Pryor gave C.S. a 5-r victory. C.S. Ladies v. Warwickshire Ladies.-Resulted in a decisive win for Warwickshire by 28 points to II. C.S. Quarter Mile Championship.-Held at Tooting Bee on June 24 and resulted in a win for D. Trill (Education), time 6 mins. 33 sees.; second S. Pryor, time 6 mins. 41 sees.; third, L. Standage in 6 mins. 45 secs.-W. E. C.

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Golfers Beat the Navy.-We recorded our second win this season when we beat the Navy by 8½ matches to 3½ over the course of the St. George's Hill G.C. We were fortunate in having fair weather for the game and breezy company in the clubhouse afterwards. We are looking for­ ward to playing the Royal Air Force and complet­ ing the triangle of victories. If this is achieved it will be for the first time since representative games were commenced in 1923. The team selected to play against the R.A.F. is: W. H. Castor (D.C.R.E., Dover), C. D. Cocks (Ministry of Supply), A. S. Southerden (Post Office), J. C. Reid (capt.) (Ministry of Supply), H. Russell (A.E.C., Leicester), W. M. Wadham­ Smith (Treasury), Eric Walton (Post Office), P. Watford (A.E.C., Hampshire). Lloyd George Competition.-We have now reached the semi-final matches which will take place as follows:Valuation Office v. Ministry of Supply. Post Office v. Crown Agents. The Hon. Sec. of the Society, Eric Walton, 30, Essex Avenue, Isleworth, Middx. (phone HOUns­ low 2842), will be pleased to supply any particu­ lars about the society to interested players..

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CIVR SERVICE ANGLING SOCIETY NATIONAL CUP COMPETITION The CHAMPIONSHIP CUP COMPETI­ TION for Civil Servants will be held .at Reading

on_ Monday, 11th October, 1948.

It will be an" Individual" Match. Rules and complete details will follow upon receipt of entrance fees. Cheques and postal orders of Ss. per com­ petitor must be crossed and made payable to the Civil Service Angling Society, and the name, department and home address of each individual entrant must also be enclosed. The closing date for entries is 31st August ne·xt, so please send your entrance fee now to the Championship Secretary, L. Ferguson, 16, Walpole Court, Hampton Road, Twickenham, Middlesex.

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LONDON TOWN CHISWICK-CRICKET, 1949 The dosing date for applications for pitches at Chiswick for 1949 will be October 31, 1948. As announced at the Sports Council meeting on June 24, 1948, it would not be practicable, in the light ot last season's. applications, to give clubs a choice of the three methods of allocation as was done in the case of football, viz. : (a) annu.al draw, (b) three-year tenure, (c) permanent tenure, and in all the circumstances it is considered that the fairest method would be to make a draw wherever pitches may be over-booked. The assistance of a representative of the C.S. Cricket Association has been requested in making any necessary draw. C.S.F.C. to Play in Southern Amateur League. 1948-49 season opens on August 28, 1948. The Club has entered the F.A., A.F.A. and A.F.A. . Senior Cup Competitions and plays in the 1st Division, Southern Amateur League. The Club fields three sides and prospective members are assured of a game. EXPERIENCED PLAYERS are wanted to strengthen the Club and JUNIOR PLAYERS to build for the future. Club Subscription, ros. 6d. per annum. Applications for membership, giving parrticulars of age, experience and playing position should be addressed to the Secretary, Mr. C. Coates, 51, Briar Avenue, Nmbury, S.W.16. TRIAL GAMES will be held in September, 1948 -details will be notified direct to members and prospective members. First match of Season will be played on September 4, 1948�C.S.F.C. v. Enfield, F.A. Cup Competition. GROUND-Reserved pitch C.S. Sporrts Ground, Chiswick. Train-Waterloo-Barmes Bridge; No. 9 Bus-Hammersmith-Barnes Bridge. C.S.R.F.C. Will Tour N. Ireland.-The club's President, Commander W. J. A. Davies, will take the chair at the A.G.M., to be held in the Confer­ ence Room, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, 6.30 p.m., Friday August 27. An open invitation is extended to all rugger players in the. Service. Members are requested to make a special effort to attend. The programme for the forthcoming season includes fixtures for seven XVs, and a tour to N ortherrn Ireland. Training facilities will be available at Chiswick, and at the Drill Hall of the Westminster Regiment at Buckingham Gate. Play­ ing pitches will be available at Chiswick, Richmond and Upper Clapton. E. J. E.

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M.O.S. Snapshot Competition to aid £5,000 tar. get fot" Benenden.-Organised in aid of the C.S. Sanatorium Society Benenden Victory Appeal by the Welfare Section, Thames House with the co-operation of the M.O.S. (H.Q.) Camera Club. Open to all from the camera ·' ±an '' to the casual snapshooter. No limitation as to subject or number of prints eqtered. Closing date October 18, 1948. Prizes: First £3, second £2, third £1; additional awards of 5s. Free membership of the M.O.S. (H.Q.) C.C. for one year is oftered to all prize­ winners along with a presentation enlargement of theirr entry. Further details from Welfare or your local representative. · S.B .D.' s Promising Young Golfer at Harrogate. -H. T. Barrett, Hon. Sec., and a sub-committee are busily preparing for the first post-war Sports Day at Chiswick ori Thnrsday, August 5, 4.30 p.m. Erithusiasm runs high among the staff and organisers and the 23 events are expected to be well contested. A six-["inks bowling match,· S.B.D. v. Rest will be of interest to many beyond the Bank. I understand that Mr. Waterfall, the Director of Savings, will be present, accompanied by Mrs. Waterfall, who has kindly consented to present the prizes. The sports will be followed by a dance on the lawns fronting the pavilion. H. Walkden, Hon. Sec., Swimming Club, reports that the C.S. League teams, successful in both men's and women's competitions last- yearr, are having a hard struggle to maintain their posi­ tions.. One match has been lost by the women, but as a complete reserve team swam the result was not surprising. The men's first team started well by winning against Education and Customs, but lost the return fixture to a vastly improved M. of Education team on July I. The position in Division I of the men's league becomes verry open. Any one of the four teams could win the title this year. The Bank team has broken the club record . on two occasions but require further improvement to retain the championship. Miss R. A. Thirtle, Hon. Sec. Photographi� Sodety, tells me that a demonstration of Por­ trraiture by Artificial Light was given on June 15 by W. S. E. Walker, one of the Society's leading workers. Mr. Walker snowed how various light­ ing effects could be obtained by the positioning of two lights, and followed the exposures on his sitters by rapid developi.11g, fixing and even print­ ing. All this in two hours, together with a disµlay of some of Mr. Walkerr's portraits, provided an interesting and instructive evening for members. The Society welcomes several new members which, with the general keenness, promises well for another successful season. Congratulations to Mr. Ian Crowe (Clerical Officer, age 2'.)) a memberr of the S.B.D. (Harro­ gate) Golfing Society, who won the Harrogate and


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District Union of Golf Clubs Amateur Champion­ ship o.n Sunday June 6, with rounds or 79 and 78. Torrential rain and high winds prevented lower scores. lt is very creduable that so young a goner shou1d have beaten many players o1 much ga:-eater experience.-L. J. E. TARR. Board of Trade Meeting Spoiled by Weather.­ The Anpual Sports Meetmg, June 15, Chiswick, proved to be inreresting; a gooct result ror the hard work put in by tne peopie who were concerned both before and aiter the " Day." The weather was not up to expectation but it did not deter the competitors or o.t!icials, ail of whom helped to make the whole thing a success. Some fine athletic events were seen and many of The the novelty events oreated good laughs. number of spectators was small, but, as mentioned, the weather was the cause. Added attraction to the :,;how was the very clever antics and clowning of the Wilmore Bros. (Clowns -Joey and Cur1y). Twice they kindly treated all the children present to free icecrea�. Lady Woods presented the attractive and useful prizes to the successful comf>etitors. Lady Woods· expressed hopes that next year t�e �eather would be in favour of the event, and as 1t will be the 2Ist Meeting she hoped to see more s_pectators. T�e Millbank Social Club sponsored the Dance held m the Pavilion, and it was a happy crowd that left Chiswick at II o'clock. The Dramatic Society have two more produc­ tions for the autumn. The plays being "Fools Rush In,'' a comedy by Kenneth Horne, and " Ladies in Retirement." The affiliated clubs all progress healthily and have organised summer programmes including outings, hikes and rambles.

ROUND THE AREAS Birminaham to Run League Polo Team.­ 0 The club has secured Woodcock Street Training Pool on Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. All interested members welcomed, whether experi­ enced or not, but must be proficient swimmers. It is hoped to build up a strong polo section between now and next season with the object of putting a team in the League. Other interesting features in course of arrangement are life-saving classes, training films, ornamental swimming and dub Competitions. Last month's result of the Revenue Cricket Club were: Revenue n9 for 9, declared (Brazil 36, Andrews 26); Wylde Green 89 for 9 (Andrews 6 for 27). Accles and Pollock I68 for 6, declared; Revenue II5 for 3 (Brooke 47 pot out). Revenue I35 for 9, declaTed (Wernink 43, Barrett 36); Marston Green 96 for 6. C. and E. I56; Revenue

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n3 for 8 (Galpin 33). Revenue I44 for 7, declared (Brooke 50); .KubeTy I2 for o; rain stopped play. Lloyds Bank I63 (Brooke 4 for 38); Revenue 185 for 9 (Andrews 54, Wilcox 24). Hockey Challenge to Other Cities.-The A.G,M. was well attended. George Chetland was elected Secretary, Rona Phelp treasuTer; and Pearl Hunt and Johnny Walsh captain of the Ladies' and Men's team respectively. The I947-48 season was remarkable for the field­ ing of three teams: Ladies', Mixed, and Men's, the final result being: Played 48, won 23, drawn 7, lost I8, for 173 against n7. Top goal-scorers were Walsh, Mathieson and Smith for the men and Mary Phillips · · and MaTgaret Durham for the ladies. The highlights were two matches v. Harper Adams Agricultural College at Newport (Salop) (where the hospitality and social amenities off the field did much to compensate for two defeats, by the odd g_oal on each occasion), and the home and away fixtures v. Bristol Taxes. At Bristol the result was 2-2 draw, while at Birmingham, the home side won 4-0 in a deluge.. Thank you, Bristol: come again next year! And does no other city play hockey?R. S. HOLMES. Chatham Chats.-We have now only one month left of this alleged summer, as least as far as sport is concerned. Perhaps this month we shall get some traditional Augus.t weather, at least we hope so, to enable our cricket and bowls corn-· petitions to be completed. Cricket.-Despite the weather we have managed to keep up to date with the Leslie Ames competi­ tion, the semi-finalists being E.S.S.C., Gun Wharf, No. I Shop and Painters. The semi-finals are due for completion by August 6, and the final will be played on August I3. The teams a ppear well matched, but a little bird whispers " Watch Gun Wharf!'' Bowls.-Sixteen teams have entered the Danby Cup competition, viz., C.S. Bowls Club (3), Joiners (2), No. r Shop (2), Pioneers (2), C.E.O., E.S.S.C., E.M. Coppersmiths, Foundry, Post Office, Taxes, T.E.O. The competition was rather late in starting, so I am unable, at present, to name the semi-finalis.ts. Our representative match v. London Area on July 4 was spoiled by the wretched weather. After gazing at the continu­ ously falling rain for over an hour, it was decided to have an early tea with the hope of subsequent improvement. ·But though our hopes were doomed to disappointment, the teams decided to play a few token ends, which eventually became fifteen, so keen were the players despite the rain and the handicap of playing in raincwats and with wet woods. London managed to score their usual


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victory_; I th�nk th� score was 86-74. However, both si�es tnumphmg over the conditions, said th�:y enJoyed the game, and certainly the usual spmt ?f good fellowship, so typical of these games, prevailed both on and off the green. Tennis.-! have but little to report in this direction, as_ though seve� courts are almost always fully occupied, there 1s no competitive play. Nevertheless, when I wander to their enclosure it ap:I?ear� that the player·s are thoroughly enjoying their fnendly tuss~es. Perhaps next year the tennis section will consider reviving the knock-out com­ petitions. Trophies are available. Football.-The ground problem, ten teams having applied for eight vacancies, has been happily solved by the offer of a ground, through �he good offices of the Dockyard Welfare Officer, m H.M. Dockyard, where R.N.R.D's. two teams will play. ?ur four pitches will be shared by Cen­ tals and Umty; Foundry and Medway Corinthians; Factory Social Club and Post Office; Pioneers and Centals' Reserves. Indoor �ames.-The clubs have had a preliminary . meetmg and the competitions-billiards, ' snooker, cards, darts and shove ha'penny-will run on the same lines as last season, except that shove ha'penny will be played as pairs instead of two single games. Table Tennis.-The clubs, disappointed with l�st season's unsatisfactory end to the competition, have already had two meetings to thrash out their difficulties and elect their officers. Mr. E. Thir­ good has been elected chairman, and Mr. J. Allen, secretary. These two officers, with Messrs. Beck, Francis and Thornton, will . form the committee. I attended their second meeting and was very favourably impressed by the businesslike way the representatives got down to their problems. There will probably be twenty-one clubs in the League, divided into two divisions as follows: ---Div. 1: Boat House, Boiler Dept., E.A.0;, E.E.M., Gil­ lingham Electric, Joiners, M.C.D. Office, M.E.n. Coppersmiths, Pioneers, Post Office and T.E.O. Div. 2: C.M.D.O., · E.S.S.C., Factory Social, Painters, Plumbers, No. 1 Shop, R.N.A.D., S.N.S.O. Office,- Taxes, and Welders. Each team will be composed of four players; they will meet each other twice, and there will be two matches on each of the three evenings available, viz., Mon­ day, Tuesday and Thursday, with alternate Wed­ nesdays. We shall again compete in the .Medway Towns T.T. League, of which we are Division 1 The home match will, as far as champions. possible, be played on the remaining Wednesday evenings. To conclude, my memo. to clubs asking for greater interest in the SPORTS JOURNAL has brought some response, but some clubs who take part in many of ,the area activities appear to be quite uninterested. May I again ask club secre-

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taries to support their own magazine and learn all that is being done for Civil Ser\:'ice Sport. J. PAGE. R.A.E; at �.O.S. Sports;---106 R.A.E. person­ nel made the Jpurriey to Chiswick to see or partici­ pate in the M.O.S. Sports. Our competitors in · �he racing gave a good account of themselves with the following honours: 5 firsts, 2 seconds and 3 -thirds. R.A.E. Sports.-June 12 was the date of the very success.fol Inter-Departmental Sports held on the Sp?rts Ground. Some excellent running, etc., was witnessed by a large crowd _. Ten records were bro½en and the Men's Inter-Departmental Cup was retamed by the Technical College. The women's trophy changed hands; Printing Department cap­ tured the cup from Technical College, the holders. 42 Department retained the Brooke-Popham Trophy for the Tug-of-War.

Coirirespondence Ministry of !Works, Abell House, S.W.r. THE EDITOR, Too Much Drama. Sir, Wit_h reference to " Too Much Drama " in your June issue, the answer to your ·correspondent B. G. (Blythe Roa�), is that it is only in " legitimate " dr'.1-i:na, there is real scope for disp,ay of histrionic ab1hty. Revue, concert party, pantomime, musical _co�e_dy and variety are media for the display of mdividual per�onahty, plus the ability to put over � couple o� smgle numbers attractively, indulge m a few m�nutes c?medy business, etc., according to the medmm which the artist employs. The "_ legitimate " drama necessitates the ability to sustam a more_ or less difficult character part throughout the action of the play. This is a com­ ple_tely different matter to putting over material deliberately selected to suit an entertainer's per­ sonality. The character actor must submerge his or her personality in _the interest of effective performance of the character portrayed. In the lighter forms" of entertainment it is the job of the artist to put over his or her own personality. Having seen some of the hard work put in by amateurs in rehearsal for production, I cannot agree that the production of a play does not neces­ _ sitate the work and creation that a revue entails· neither is it my experience that their audiences ar; mostly composed of middle-aged and elderly people. " All the world's a stage," and there is ample scope for all types of entertainment. The " legiti­ mat� "_th�atre,. �owever, requires a higher degree­ of histnomc ability, and will therefore always remain the most attractive. Yours, A. F. PHILP.


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Sir, In a week'.s time, I am ·off to Paris tp stay as the guest of M6nsieur Maurice Delfi.en, ,(very dis­ tinguished French Civil Servant, artist, author, art critic and lecturer, whom I have met .through my art exhibitions. Whilst there, I have arranged also to meet M. Salettes, the Secretary of the French Post Office Art Society, with a view .to discussing future exchanges or shows and possible inter­ national exhibitions. I shall later be entertaining a representative of the French Society here. I think these exchanges are to ouir mutual ad­ vantage and make for better international under­ standing. Yours etc., E. M. TILLM.AN. Room 364a, Board of Trade, Millbank, London, S.W-r. July 12,. 1948.

THE EDITOR, New Departure-Science Group. Sir, ,We have just lately formed here a Science Dis­ cussion Group which is affiliated to the Sports Association; and I wanted some publicity in the CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. The Group exists for the purpose of viewing films of scientific interest, arranging lectures and entering into discussion.' Here in the Board, as in most other Ministries, we have a number of people with strong scientific interests who do not meet in any of the social activities already set up. This Group will fill a long-felt want; I hope! The last meeting was on Monday, July 19, and in future will be on the third Monday of each month, at 6.30 in the evening. Films screened on the 19th were: " World of Plenty ''; '' A Harbour Goes to France ''; '' Pre­ cision Measurement for Engineers," and " Soap Bubble Models for Metals.'' We shall in due course link up with any similar organisations within Government Departmerits. Yours, HAROLD WILSON, A.C.T., Honorary Secretary, Board of Trade Science Discussion Group. BATH.-" Linley Hotel," Henrietta Street.

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The start of the one mile Civil Service Champion.ship for the Strathcona Cha,J,lenge Cup at Chiswick .

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ABOUT OURSELYES Yes. ·Let us write about ourselves for a change. To the new generation it will be news that I was the first Editor of the C.S. Sports Journal. It was with a mixture of pride and humility that I returned to the task following a second devastat­ ing world war, for in this second chapter of our history the times are again difficult and momen­ tous. It is a very important job of work that I undertook for the second time. 25 Years Old. The C.S. Sports Journal was born in Sep­ tember, I923, and this year marks the 25th year since its birth, although the times are against suitable celebrations. Prior to I923 much publi­ city work was done in other fields. In September, October and December, I922, a list of Forthcom­ ing Events was issued. In January, 1923, I edited a " Monthly Bulletin " of 4 pages. The size increased almost month by month until in September, 1923, the seed sown produced crops and the fully-fledged C.S. Sports Journal became a practical proposition. Eminent First Contributor. The highly-coloured cover of the Journal bore pictures of men and women engaged in various sports, of the Houses of Parliament, and of the War Office in Whitehall. The very first contribu­ tor was H.M. The King (then H.R.H. The Duke of York) whose message of goodwill and The encouragement occupied the first page. Journal established at once its position as a suc­ cessful venture. Joumal' s !Vital Importance. It is scarcely possible to exagg,era:te the import­ ance to the movement and to the Service of that successful founding of the Journal. Mountains of work had produced little useful result. Publi­ city work consisted largely of bluff. The late Sir Aubrey Symonds, then Chairman, nursed the idea of resigning, and that would have been a fatal blow. A Tangible Asset. The Journal provided something tangible for all to see. H gave hope to Sir Aubrey and to many others. It persuaded the thousand and one scepti­ cal onlookers that the idea which had been born was worth keeping alive. So with constant care and incessant devotion the puling baby painfully grew into a lusty young fellow, and then at long last into the great organisation which witnessed the outbreak of war in 1939. 1

History of C.S.-Greatest Event. It is not too much to say that the birfq. of the Journal was the greatest single event in the history of the British Civil Service. It became the heart

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which pumped the blood through the body and limbs of the first, and only, all-service, all-grades, organisation. War came in 1939. The war came and publication temporarily ceased in 1939, but continuity was preserved by occasional news sheets issued by the Secretary, Mr. Middleton. The Journal made its appearance again in August, I946. A Passionate Plea. · I am sending forth a passionate plea for the utmost support possible. The movement is now well founded, but a successful Journal is still vitally necessary to health, growth, and complete success. It all depends on the willing co-operation of voluntary writers, distributors and workers, on your support and interest. A journal can only reflect the work that is put into it. Will you all assist? Only the best is good enough for the Journal, and the Service best, when it is put forth, is a very fine thing. Give of your best- Rally round the Journal and make it the best thing of its kind in Great Britain. C. D. HOWARD.

J. PAGE

Minute Sec. to Area Conference Mr. J. Page first held office in the C.S.S.A.. in I932, when the Chatham Dockyard Sports Asso­ ciation decided to transfer its membership and assets to the C.S.S.C. and form the Chatham Area. Jimmy already had a reputation as an administrator, particularly on the financial side. He was noted for his ability to keep the various small clubs, cricket and football, in which he held office as Secretary or Treasurer, from getting into debt. He became Treasurer of the Dockyard S.A. in 1930 and was transferred with the other assets to the same post in the C.S.S.A. in I932. In 1936 Jimmy was sent to the E.A.O. at Devonport. This was a bad day for the Chatham Area. He had been a great success in helping to steer Chatham through the teething troubles of a new area, and when he left, Chatham Area was afloat with its Plimsoll Mark nicely placed in relation to its water line. For the next year the Area Council missed the detailed monthly statement that they had been getting from Page when he held office. At the end of I937 certain officers and members of the Council suspected· that all was not well with the Area. An investigation committee was set up to enquire into the finances of the Area and in 1938 it was found that Chatham had fallen back to a position of nearly fI,ooo in debt.


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In 1940 the Area Council of 20 members dwindled to 4 regular members attending the monthly meetings. These 4 hung on until others who had the inclination and time joined the com­ mittee. By 1943 Jimmy Page had returned to Chatham. The Area had turned the financial corner and was on its feet again, but had not been able to obtain a Secretary who could give th.e time to maintain this upward trend. As it was known that Page was getting near retiring age the Chairman decided that he would ask him to take the post. A phone me�sage to Page received an immediate accept­ ance. Page has worked hard for the Area ever since. He has watched the finances very closely, com­ paring the expenditure and income with the budget prepared at the beginning of each year. He has travelled many miles to carry out the wishes and work of the Area Council, and may be found in his office at the pavilion most nights of the week. He is very conscientious in his work and his election to the Headquarters Executive has pleased those who know him best. We are sure that he is an asset to the Executive.· Despite all the work he does and the amount of time he spends on the Association premises, he is probably unknown to a large number of the mem­ bers. This is due to his retiring nature and his H. W. dislike of publicity.

Corrigan, in the chair; made the following appointments: President, Sir E. H. Hodgson, K.B.E., C.B.; Vice-Presidents, G. T. Archibald, A. ]. Corrigan, R. G. Jenkins; Hon. Secretary, V. A. Prunier, Hon. Treasurer and Asst. Secre­ tary, W. T. Elliott; Hon. Auditors, ]: W. Loynes and L. A. Taylor. Sir Noel Curtis-Bennett, K.C.V;O., the retiring President, and J. H. Marsh, Wales, were appointed Honorary Vice-Presidents in recogni­ tion of good and long service. Mr. Andrew Bell, Scotland, was made an Honorary Member. The Association owes much to the Willowbank, Cardonald, Bearsden and Giffnock Clubs, which in turn gave up their green for a whole day, and offered generous hospitality. The arrangements made by our Scottish colleagues, with Peter Syme as Tournament Secretary, were excellent. The week ended with a dinner, and presenta­ tion of trophies by Mrs. A. J. Corrigan. The guests included the President of . Lanarkshire County B.A., representatives from the four clubs mentioned, and other prominent Bowlers. The company was piped to places in Scottish fashion. The 1949 Championships will be held at Llandrindod Wells. C.S.B.A. C.S.B.A. C.S.B.A. C.S.B.A. C.S.B.A.

Match Results. Willowbank B.C. 11_ 5 93 Cardonald B.C. Lanarkshire B.A 94 Bearsden B.C. 86 101 Giffnock B.C. * 17 ends only played.

C.-B. Cricket Shield Results. Group 1: Rampton or Birmi�gham. Group 2: London Telecomms. and Labour, tied C.S.B.A. Championships, 1948. on points, to play off. Singles. Group 3: War Damage Commission. England 11 Scotland Group 4: New Scotland Yard: Ministry of· England 14 Wales Scotland 19 Vvales Supply: St. George's: Triple Tie. New Scot­ · Winner: Wales (J. Harris). land Yard, at home, meet winners of other pair after play-off. Pairs. England 18 Scotland Group 5: R.A.E., Farnboro' England 16 Wales Group 6: Ministry of Works. Scotland 13 Wales Quarter-Finals. A.-Winner of Group 4: Bye. B.-Winner of Group 5 v. I. C.-Winner of Group 6 v. 2. D.-Winner of Group 3: Bye.

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28 26 27 · Winners: Wales (S. G. Clarke and R. Burns).

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England 15 Scotland 20 England 17 Wales 18 Scotland, 23 Wales 14 Winners: 'Scotland (J. L. Laverick, A. P. Hawkins and P. Syme). Single Rink. 20 England Scotland 15 England 23 Wales 18 Scotland 23 Wales 14 Winners: England (V. A. Prunier, J. D. Biggs, C. J. R. Gunning and A. S. Dunsmore).

The week, favoured by fine weather, was a very pleasant and very successful time. The annual meeting, with Scottish C.S.B.A., President A. J.

Double Rink. 39 Scotland England W-;,.les 49 England 53 Scotland Wales Winners : Scotland.

Semi-Finals. A. V. D. B. V. C.

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REPRESENTATIVE MATCH City and Hospitals Athletic Contest-July 17, . 1948

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E. A. Cook, of the P.O.S.B., a very promising shot_ putt�r, was actual1y discovered when repre­ sentmg Middlesex Lounty against the Civil Service in the Sir Setton Brancker triangular match with Royal Air Force. The Hon. Sec. again appeals to be informed, by Area or Departmental representatives ( or by at.hl.etes themselves), . ot good performances by Civil Servants who might be considered for inclu­ sion in representative teams. J. R. w.

The Financial Times Shield, won by the Service in I947, was this year won by the Inter­ Banks A.A. with 76 points. The Civil Service was placed fourth with 56 points, behind United Hos­ pitals 68½ points, and London Business Houses 58 points, runners-up last year, and Insurance A.A. 35 points. 880 yards: I, Insurance; 5, L. H. Mehew (R. Arsenal). I min. 57.6 sec. CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS-July 24, 1948 IOO yairds: I, Banks; 3, C. Wheatley (C. and Championships E.); 5, L. A. Batt (L.P.R., G.P.O.). rn.3 sec. Men 2 miles walk: I, L.B.H.; 2, J. F. Johnson (M. rno yards: Bareford, D. H. (L.T.R., G.P.O.); of S.); 3, A. H. Cotton (P.O., Southall). I4 min. Wheatley, C. W. (C. and E.); Batt, L. A. 28.4 sec. G.P.O.). rn.2 sec. I mile: I, Police; 6, R. W. Howell (L.T.R., (L.P.R., 220 yards: Bareford, D. H. (L.T.R., G.P.O.); G.P.O.). 4 min. Ig.8 sec. Milton, D. E. (L.P.R., G.P.O.); Wheatley, C. W. 440 yards: I, Insurance; 6, L. H. Hatt (L.P.R., (C. and E.). 23 sec. G.P.O.). 49.5 sec. yards: Golding, E. C. (L.T.R., G.P.O.); 440 220 yards: I, L.B.H.; 3, L. A. Batt (L.P.R., _ Hopkms, R. E. (M. of L., Gillingham); Wallis, G.P.O.); 5, D. E. Milton (L.P.R., G.P.O.). 22.6 J. A. (Wai r Office). 53.4 sec. sec. 880 yards: Hatt, L. H. (L.P.R., G.P.O.); Web­ 440 yards hurdles: I, Insurance; 5, C. D. Von ster, A. (P.O.S.B.); Gallagher, E. A. (D.A.E., der Heyde (I. Rev.). 58.5 sec. Risley). 2 min. r sec. Javelin: I, Police; 3, W. T. Potter (C. and E.); I mile: Eyre, L. (P.O.S.B., Harrogate); 4, J. P. Slack (E. in C., G.P.O.). I6o ft. Hop, step and jump: I, Banks; 6, W. A. Brown, J. W. (M. of E.); Howell, R. W. (L.T.R., G.P.O.). 4 min. 26.2 sec. Humphries (E. in C., G.P.O.). 44 ft. II in. 3 mile: Barry, J. H. (C. and E.); Gosney, High jurrip: I, Hospitals; 4, W. A. Humphries R. G. (Ord. Sur., Soton); Frost, A. E. (I. Rev.). (E. in C., G.P.O.). 5 ft. rn in. Shot putt: I, Hospitals; 3, L. E. Trafford (C. r4 min. 55.8 sec. 2 mile walk: Johnson, J. F. (M. of S.); Cotton, in E., G.P.O.); 6, L. G. G. Twyman (B. of T.). A. H. _.(P.O., Southall); Sutton, C. F. D. 35 ft. 9 in. Discus: I, Police; 6. L. E. Trafford (C. and . (R.S.A.F., Enfield). High jump: Humphries, W. A. (E. in C., E.). I30 ft. 5½ in. G.P.O.); Radice, L. H. (H.M.D., Portsmouth); Long jump: I, Banks; 2, C. W. Wheatley (C. Haskell, J. H. (P.O., Aldershot). 5 ft. 8 in. and E.); 6, C. D. Von der Heyde (I. Rev.). 20 . Long jump: Pallett, G. J. (Home Office); ft. 5½ in. Adewale, I. A. S. (P.O.S.B.); Barefoird, D. H. Unknown Talent-Another Appeal (L.T.R., G.P.O.). 2r ft. 5 in. rzo yards hurdles: Summers, J. ·(M. of W.); As this contest was held before the I948 Civil Service Championships the Service team had to be Adewale, I. A. S. ( M. of E.); Humphries, W. A. selected on the results of the r947 cbampionships (E. in C., G.P.O.). r6.2 sec. Hop, step and jump: Breheny, J. J. (P.O., and known performances since then, and actually contained only three of the pre''Sent new cham­ Belfast); Hagger, A. (A.R.L.); Pallett, G. J. pions. (Home Office). 4r ft. 3½ in. Javelin: Barratt, 1". (N.G.T.E.. Leicester): Although the Hon. Secretary of the Athletic Potter, W. T. (C. and E.); Slack, J. P. (E. in C., Association scrutinises all available athletic results, it is obviously only the performances of known G.P.O.). I;'i3 ft. 9 in. Discus: Barratt, T. (N.G.T.E., Leicester); Civil Servants which are noted, and county cham­ pions such as E. A. Gallagher, of Risley, L. H. Pallett, C. J. (Home Office); Trafford, L. E. (C. Radice, D. G. Rees and J. Hawkes, of Ports­ and �-)- r27 ft. 9 in. Shot putt: Banatt. T. (N.G.T.E., Leicester); mouth, T. Barratt, of Leicester, who has repre­ sented Great Britain, and L. Eyre, of Harrogate, Cook, E. (P.O.S.B.); Pallett, G. J. (Home Office). the English northern mile champion, were not 43 ft. zl in. known to the seoretary before the Service Sports. (Con.tinued on page 28.)


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L.T.R. (Power) 75 and the Eastern Dis-• trict team (136) changing in the first leg of the Senior Relay for the Middleton Cup at the London Junior Postal A.A. Championship Meeting. Eastern built up a lead and won comfortably.

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74th Civil Service Sports at Chiswick. J. H. Barry (Customs and Excise) holds oft the challenge of R_. G. Gosney (Ord. Survey, Southampton) to win the three miles Civil Service Cham.pionship. Civi,l Service Sports. L. Eyre (P.0.5.B., Harrogate) winning the one mile Civil Service Champion­ ship and Strathcona Challenge Cup.

Photos: Ralph Gardner. L. H. Hat.t (3) (L.P.R., G.P.O.) wins from A. Webster (7) (P.O.S.B.) in the final of the 880 yards Civil Service Championship . at Chiswick.

I. A. 5. Adewale (M. of E.) takes the last flir;ht to win his heat of the 120 yards hurdles Championship at the Civil Service meeting at Chiswick .

(LEFT): Sir Adrian Boult (centre) visits Gramophone Society of Air Ministry to lecture on "Music and Broadcasting." He inaugurated a new high-fidelity record reproducing apparatus by playing records made by himself with the B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra. 5. C. Botwright (3) (Air Ministry) tears through the field to win his heat in the 220 yards Championship at the Civil Service meeting at C,hiswick. F. J. Smed­ ley (13) (M. of W.); A. W. Brent (39) (l.R.); D. P. Dick (20) (B. of T.).


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Association Activities Chess beats Press Gallery at Westminster Palace: As a change from the monthly committee

meeting the Association executive played a friendly match on June 25 against a team repre­ senting the Parliamentary Press Gallery. The venue, a setting worthy of a chess match, was the Grand Committee Room, Westminster Palace. Mr. R. C. S. Taylor-whom all members con­ gratulate on his C.B.E. in the recent Birthday Honours list-led the Service side which won by a · fairly wide margin. Although the Gallery had only one win, from their captain, Mr. H. D. Bradley, Central News, on board 2 against Mr. H. Hoskin, all games were closely fought. To make our side up to eight boards we co-opted Mr., F. J. · Curtis, Ministry of Labour and National Service, for the evening. (It is he who has so successfully arranged accommodation and refreshments at St. James' Square for the larger matches during the past season.) Mr. •W. L. Dixon, Hansard, seems to have initiated a match which all participants hope will become a regular fixture. Fuel and Power, winners of the League Division 3, played an eleven board friendly against I.R., · winners of Division 2, on June 22. The visiting , , �evenue team won a pleasant match by 3 points. t Mr. B. Dennis, of Unats, has won the junior individual championship. Miss D. Colmer, an active member of Fuel and Power, distinguished herself by reaching the last eight of this competition. · Representative Games-Golf._:___The last of the 7 matches for 1948 was played against the Royal Air Force on July 14 over the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf course and resulted in a win for the R.A.F. by 6 games to 4 with two games halved. After the game golf colours were presented to four members of the Civil Service team:J. C. Reid (Supply), who has captained the three 1948 teams; C. D. Cocks (Supply); H. Russell (A.E.C. Leicester), the reigning C.S. golf champion; and Etjc Walton (Post Office, London). I think the results of our representative matches this year are an encouraging beginning to our post-war golf in this field. Earlier in the season we defeated the Navy and the Army. We have found some good golfers in the Service and, whilst• · this year the same team has not played twice as' we wanted to have a look at as many players as possible, we hope that next year we shall be able to utilise the experience gained this year with the material at our command, into building a sound team that will record three victories instead of two. Lloyd George Knock Out Competition.

The final of this competition will be played between the Post Office and the Valuation Office.

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Ladies' Civil Service Golfing Society.

I am glad to learn that this Society, only recently resuscitated, is gathering strength month by month. An autumn whole day meeting has been arranged to take place on October 19 over the Moor Park golf course and any lady who is interested in participating in this event should get into touch with the Hon. Secretary of the Ladies' Society-'Miss W. E. Doran, L�S. rr9, Post Office Savings Bank, Osterley, Mddx., who will be pleased to furnish further details. ERIC WALTON.

Tennis Ladies first defeat.-C. S. ladies lost for the first time this season by 6 matches to 3 against a strong Essex side at Chiswick on Wednesday, July 14. The games were, however, hotly con­ tested, one 3 set match between the C.$. 2nd pair and Essex 3rd pair taking 2 hours to play. Results,_,Miss Crosoer and Miss Whitefield lost to Mrs. Brighton and Miss Lusty 7-5, 4-6, 4-6; bt. Mrs. Lukies and Mrs. Storer ro-8, 6-o; bt. Miss Bishop and Miss ·Hazelgrove 6-1, 6-3. Miss Jarvis and Miss Bourne lost to Mrs. Br,ighton and Miss Lusty 6-3, 3--0, 2-6; lost to Mrs. Lukies and Mrs. Storer 6-2, 4-6, 4-6; bt. Miss Bishop and Miss Hazelgrove 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Miss Helliwell and Miss Orgel lost to Mrs. Brighton and Miss Lusty 1-6, 3-6; lost to Mrs. Lukies and Mrs. Storer 1-6, ·2-6; lost to Miss Bishop and Miss Hazelgrove 6-8, 4-6. The C.S. team fared better against the A.T.S. at Chiswick on Saturday, July 24, winning by 9 matches to 2 with 1 unfinished, in a match which included singles as well as doubles. Results.-Singles.-Miss Crosoer bt. S/Cdr. Dickson 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; Miss Whitfield bt. J/Cdr. Beale 6-o, 6-3; Miss Bourne bt. J / Cdr. Parker 6-1, 6-3. Doub leis ,_,Miss. .Crose>er and Miss Whitefield bt. S/Cdr. Dickson and J /Cdr. Beale 6-1, 6-2; bt. J/Cdr. Tyler and J /Cdr. de Garis Martin 6--o, 6-4; bt. J /Cdr. Parker and Sub. Comyn 6-4, 6-4. Miss Helliwell and Miss Hitchcock bt. S/Cdr. Dickson and T/Cdr. Beale 6-3, 6-4; bt. J/Cdr. Tyler and J /Cdr. de Garis Martin 6-1, 6-2; drew with J /Cdr. Parker and Sub. Comyn 9-9. Miss Belgrave and Miss Bond' losf to S/Cdr. Dickson and J /Cdr. Beale 2-6, 3-6; lost to J / Cdr. Tyre and J /CdL de Garis Martin 4-6, 4-6; bt. J /Cdr. Parker and Sub. Comyn 8-6, 2-6, 6-r. Women's Hockey Trials at Chiswick and Grove

Park.-Trials will be held on Saturday, October 16, at 2.30 p.m., Chiswick, and if entries exceed 60 also on October 30 at Inland Revenue ground, Grove Park. Otherwise a pr.actice for selected entrants will be held on that date. Any Civil Servant may attend provided she plays for a .club affiliated to A.E.W.H.E., but she may not play for the C.S.W.H.A. and, e.g.,


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ro points. In the brief address Mr. Waterfall, the Director of Savings, thanked the supporters and contestants of the Savings Pivisions tor their enthusiasm and made proud reference to Depart­ mental sporting achievements including those of Mr. M. Ward (S.C.D.), a High Diving contestant of the XIVth Olympiad. The Social and Sports Association Executive Committee was warmly thanked for its smooth administration. Prizes were kindly presented by Mrs. Waterfall. It is hoped that this highly successful meeting was the first of a long unbroken series. The annual gala of the Swimming Club takes place on September 30 at Fulham baths, Walham Green. H. Walkden, Hon. Secretary, advances the information that a good programme is being arranged, including the men's 220 yards free style and women's roo yards back style Championships of the Civil Service, also a Ladies C.S. representa­ tive match. A water polo match between the C.S. and London Hospitals is listed. E. L. Warne Esq., Hon. Secretary Bowls Club, reports that several members are in Scotland for the C.S. International Competitions. We wish them every success. In the Bunbury Cup league competition the A team have won 3 and lost I of the 4 matches played. The B team in the 2nd league for the Archibald Cup have won all Chiswick-Cricket 1949.-The Closing date for matches except r to date. Club competitions are applications for pitches at Chiswick for 1949 will well ahead and it is hoped that schedule finish will be October 31, 1948. be achieved. From Harrogate Ken Walls writes to say that As announced at the Sports Council meeting on June 24, 1948, it would not be practicable, in the L. Eyre, the Northern Counties and Y0rkshire light of last season's applications, to give clubs a Mile Champion runner, added to his trophies when choice of the three methods of allocation as was he won the C.S. Mile Championship at Chiswick done in the case of football, viz. (a) annual draw, in 4 mins. 26 sees. This young " Bankite " nar­ ('b) three year tenure, (c) permanent tenure, and rowly missed Olympic Games selection this year, in all the circumstances it is considered that the finishing fourth in the test finals. Lack of training fairest method would be to make a draw wherever facilities in the north are spoiling the possibilities pitches may be over-booked. The assistance of a of this promising young athlete. Another enjoy­ representative of the C.S. Cricket Association has able Harrogate and Manchester social event took place at the " Spa " on the last Sunday of July been requested in making any necessary draw. when the Mancunians brought their cricket XI S.B.D's. Olympic Diver.-A flame of enthu­ siasm undiminished by the vagaries of the weather and supporters over the Pennines. Harroga1e hit was carried from the P.O.S.B. to Chiswick on 156 out of which Wood and Richardson contri­ August 5 for the Bank's first Annual Sports buted 32 each. Manchester then dug themselves Meeting for ro years. Winners of the well-filled in in true Red Rose style and at the close had programme of keenly contested events included: topped the roo with 5 wickets in hand. . L. J. E. TARR. roo yards Ladies: Miss J. Lloyd, 15 sec. S.B.D. Women's Rowing Club.-For the last roo yards Men: A. Webster, II.2 sec. few weeks the Club has been rather quiet owing to 150 yards Ladies: Miss J. Way, 23.2 sec.. people being on holiday. We practised for the 220 yards Men: A. Webster, 24.6 sec. Civil Service Regatta on August 21. Training is I Mile Run: Mr. M. Davey, 4 mins. 55 sec. r Mile Walk: Mr. R. D. Carpenter, 7 mins. in full swing for the races scheduled to take place in the autumn. More about these later. Please 15.5 sec. remember that we still want new members-and I roo yards 1\Teterans: W. H. Terrell, rr.2 sec. do mean you! We are entering a four and a pair 440 yards Mixed Relay Race: S.C.D. in the C.S. Regatta and hope that we shall have Tug-of-War: Kew. A closely fought Bowls match, S.B.D. v. Rest some support " on the bank from the Bank." of London Area C.S., was won by the latter by tConiinu&d on page 25.) Members of Middlesex in the same season. C.S.W.H.A. XIs must be shareholders of the C.S.S.C. Entries, preferably through Club Secretaries, should reach the Hon. Secretary by October 6, giving name, address, telephone number, club and position(s), together with fee of 2s. 6d. (including tea). An additional rs. is due for each extra position. Club Tournament will be held on April 9, 1949. Change of Secretaries.-The Hon. Secretary is now Miss J. M. Thompson, 73, Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey (Elmbridge 1639 or Temple Bar 3540, ex. 312). The Asst. Secretary is Miss D. Byrne, 17, Abbots Way, Beckenham, Kent. (Ambassador 1290, ex. 548.) M. H. PICKERING. The Civil Service Amateur Swimming Associa­ tion has issued the Member's Handbook for 1948, price 6d. Hon. Secretary, H. G. Jones, Section I, Customs and Excise, City Gate House, Fins­ bury Square, E.C.2.

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THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL

When the time comes to celebrate the 50th birth­ day of the Journal, we feel confident that it will be a great occasion indeed, and the movement and grounds will be firmly established in every hole and corner of the land.

. The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JotrRNAL is pub­ lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W. I. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor Civil Service Sports Journal. Matter fo; publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. While present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted.

Servi:ce Olymp,ic St1ars.-L.T.R. provide no fewer than four of the known Olympic contestants who belong to the Civil Service, viz. C. S. I. Scott and F. K. Marshall (cycling), R. W. Howell (steeplechase), �nd L. G. Marchant (diving). M. of Labour furmshed two women in Miss M. Hurst (gy'I?�astics) and Miss J. M. Upton (hurdles). In addition., there werre J. D. Davies, Works (swim­ ming) and C. R. Neale, Home Office, and D. M. McBain, Glasgow Taxes (soccer). A stray tele­ phone call informed this office that Miss Margaret Walker, who ran in the finals of the women's 200 metres and 400 metre relay, is in H.M. Stationerry Press, at Drury Lane, W.C. In the S.B.D. notes i� this iss1:e appears news of another Olympic diver. It 1s not known whether the list is com­ plete. There is a fairly lengthy list of Civil Serv:ants who occupied minor and major posts as officials to the Olympic Games, including Sir Hairold Pairker, who was a swimming judge.

Hon. Editor: C. D. HOW ARD.

Hon. Assistant Editor: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art, Music and Drama. . All advertisements and correspondence relat­ mg thereto should be addressed to : A. Darby's Advertising Service, Cobham House, 24-26, Blackfriars Lane, London, E.C-4- Telephone CITy 6686/6687, except for the domestic feature '' Service advertise­ ments," which should be addressed to Room 208. Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum.

EDITORIAL

The Area Organisations.-The notes about Page, of Chatham, in this issue were written primarily because he acted as S�cretary to the recent Area Conference in Lohdon. The brief account, however, reveals in unexpected flashes the immense amount of toil performed by the local Secretary and other men on behalf of their fellows within the Area. It will be recalled that H. Waldegrave, the Chairman, recently had the Life Membership of the Council conferred upon him for such work. He became Chairman when the w_ar ?rake out and . three men stood staunchly at his side through difficult years, viz., A. Pretty, now Vice-Chairman, F. Ryan, who was Bar Sec­ retary and is now T.reasurer, and McDonald, who performed the work of Treasurer and Secretary and has since retired to Edinburgh. 25 Years Ago.-�he Civil Service Sports Journal was �ounde? m September, 1923, and is, therefore, qmte a big boy now, for it is 25 years old. It has accomplished a fine work for the Service since 1923 and, although there is · no _ special event to mark the occasion, we feel sure that the Service as a whole appreciates fully the tasks successfully performed, and wishes us well m the work which confronts us in the future.

Suggested Permanent Olympic Commi'tteei.­ N ow is the time to start preparations for the Olympic Games of 1952. In 1924 E. D. Mountain, the half miler, pointed out in the Journal that , much more was done in other countries than in England to prepar·e potential Olympic champions for the Games. Since then little has been done in the national field, and nothing in the Civil Service to achieve that aim. In this issue appears the story of a �arrogate man who won the C.S. Mile Champion­ ship, who was almost selected for the Olympic Ga��s, and_ .Y:t who suffers from lack of adequate trammg facilities. A small committee should form its�l� (it might consist of Clynes, Gilbert, Ross Williamson and Miss Thomas) now to watch the a_ nd t:aining of present and future Olympic interests _ pie possibles m the Service. If that is done, and done well, the Service will shine forth at Helsinski ; and we shall probably know all the names of Service contestants. The Importance of Publicity Officers.-H. J. �lark, Board of Trade Social and Sports Associa­ tion, has forwarded a booklet which contains the rul�s and other in�ormation concerning his organi­ sation. Twenty-eight organisations are affiliated including one at Southport and another at New­ c_astle. They include, in addition to sports activi­ ties, a choir, dramatic, film, music, horticultural and photographic societies, and a science discus­ sion group. The rules call for the appointment of (Continued on page 3r.)


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(Continued from page 23.) Mount Pleasant to Stage Variety Shows.-" I was talking to Horace King to-day, our new Variety Secretary, and he tells me that he is hoping to stage a variety show in the late summer; the first of a series to extend through the winter season. Horace has many ideas for the Variety sub-section, arid is looking for new ' acts.' In particular he is thinking of forming a dancing troupe, and a group of modern close-harmony singers."-Extract from Dramatic Section notes in The Mount Gazette. Youth in the Customs and Excise.-! do feel, though maybe it's the usual sign of approaching senility, _that there is to-day an alarming degree of apathy amongst the young men and women of all grades. If nature hadn't ordained otherwise maybe they would pack up breathing out of sheer inertia. Frankly I should be delighted if one of the offended would only write and call me a liar­ it might indicate that the corpse was still breathing. Well, that's off my chest and I feel much better: Whether anything happens is up to you.-Extract from Customs and Excise Sports Magazine. Rugby Players Wanted.-By the time this issue reaches you, the A.G.M. will be over, and you will have selected your captains and officials for the season. All will be set for a successful pro­ gramme. Matches start on the first Saturday in October. But before we can start our victorious campaign there is still much to do. First we want about 40 new playing members, 20 of whom should be ex­ perienced players. Then we have to get really fit; practise, and finally hold trials. To this end training sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays commencing September 7th, at Chiswick, at 5.30 p.m. The trial matches will be held at Richmond Deer Park with changing facilities at the Baths, Richmond. It is essential that players be fit for these games if the selection committee are to gain any real knowledge. So please make the fullest use of the training programme. New players and honorary members are invited to communicate with the Hon. Sec., A. M. Creasy, r2, The Priory, · St. Mark's Hill, Surbiton, Surrey. CIVIL SERVICE WOMEN'S ATHLETIC CLUB Hon. Sec.: Mrs. Jacobi, 2654, 5-r7, Northwood Hall, Homsey Lane, N.6. Training at Tooting Bee Tuesday evenings 6 o'clock. New members will be very welcome. If Tues­ day does not suit you please contact the Hon. Sec. Do not hesitate because you think you are

not up to Olympic standard. There is time to train for the next games. Cross Country .-Will those interested please communicate with L. M. Thomas, 20, Brook Green, W.6.

ROUND THE AREAS Blackpool Tower• Greets Big Ben. Below we print a reproduction of the cover of a Departmental Journal published at Blackpool. �----� . .

Brighton Telephone Area has 400 members of the C.S.S.C.-This information comes to hand with copies of the first 2 issues of the Brighton Telephone Area Sports and Social Association Journal. The title appears to be cumbersome but apparently . the Journal is known simply as B.T.A.S.S.A. Activities are widespread ranging from Badminton to Camping and from Dramatics to Philately. Bristol Bowlers Play for County .-Although Bristol has not appeared in the journal for some time, the Area ( one of the oldest) has by no means been sleeping, as a review of our present activities will show. Bowls.-For this section we have a membership · of 80. Three teams are run, one on Wednesdays, and two on Saturdays. All the teams have been successful, more matches having been won than lost, and several of our members have played for the county. In addition, a number of competitions are now in


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full swing, so that given fine weather, the green is always occupied. The green is in excellent condition, and is one of the best in Bristol. Cricket.-At present we have no C.S. team, but cricket is very much alive, as we have five service teams playing on the ground-P.O. Telephones, Head Post Office, Inland Revenue, Regional Headquarters, G.P.O. and the Messengers. Con­ crete practice wickets have been laid, and the Council hope to improve the cricket table during the winter. Tennis.-Our six hard courts are fully occupied, three being used by the C.S. Club and three are let to departmental clubs. The service side have a full membership, and run both ladi•es' and geruts' teams in the Bristol league. The ladies are second, and the gents third in their respective sections. In I947, the ladies were top of their section, and were promoted. The Departmental teams are from the H.P.O., P.O. Phones and Regional H.Q. G.P.o: and appear to be quite a happy family, as the players intermingle and use each other's courts. Incidentally the Club could do with a few more courts! Skittles.-So many teams have entered cmr Departmental League for the coming season, that it is only possible to play each other once, instead of twice as hitherto. A Knock-out (front pin first) is also being run. Snooker.-The league will be run as last year, and in addition a knock-out tournament will be played. Literary and Debating Society .-This society was inaugurated last winter, and it is hoped that this winter it will be an outstanding success. The committee have drawn up an attractive pro­ gramme. The season opens with a concert on October I4, and lectures, brains trust and quiz are all on the list. Membership fee is Is., and it is hoped that a great number will join and make this venture a success. The Society wish to express their appreciation to Mr. Badger for obtaining the lecturers at no cost to the Society. T.

J.

WILSON.

Ceylon' s New Status and the Sports Movement. -Extract from the Editorial in the current issue of Government Service Sports Journal, issued by the Government Service Sports Society of Ceylon: Ceylon and its leaders cannot afford to allow the years to go by without doing something and it must be done now in order that it might be a fit partner in the gre�t Commonwealth of free and healthy people. The New Era cannot chronicle a

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better page in its history in the years to come than one replete with its achievements in the direction of the health, .and through health, the happiness of its People. And here is a reference elsewhere to Our Journal: To-day om Journal is in its 2Ist year of publication and it is only proper that the name of Mr. S. P. Foenander, who is now Sports Editor of the Ceylon Observe-r should be brought up in this connection. Mr. Foenander, then i;>n the staff of Royal College, was responsible for the publication · of the first issue of the Journal in February, I928. Among other interesting contents, there was a message from its first President, Sir Herbert Stanley, the then Governor, who said, " I regard it as of the greatest value that all ranks of, the Government Service should have opportunities for recreation and social intercourse in their leisure hours." Exeter Cricket Organiser Emigrates at 81.-At the age of 8I Mr. W. F. Coates has emigrated to Australia. In I9IO Mr. Coates induced the Sur­ veyor, Mr. Barnard, to present a cricket shield for competition amongst P.O. clubs in the old home district. He was Secretary of the competi­ tion I9rn-29, and Chairman from I929-47. In his last year as Chairman he derived not inconsider­ able interest from the thought that some · of the players in that year were not born when the com­ petition was started. · It is fitting that he will spend the rest of his life in a country where cricket is the major sporting interest. Teams for Middle­ sex, Surrey, Kent, Essex and Herts. competed in this year's event, and the final was played at Chiswick in August. A.G.M. of N.E. Region P.O: Col. Hobbins to instruct at Leeds University.-The 8th A.G.M. (3rd post-war) held at Leeds was well· attended and a long agenda was successfully completed without quite the customary rush for tea and trains. It is a pleasure to record the presence of Colonel T. P. Hobbins, C.B.E.; he looked younger and fitter than ever. In a short conversation at the close of the meeting he. informed me that he had recently undertaken to instruct members of Leeds University in the art of defence by the small sword. As many Association members will appre­ ciate there is no one better qualified than he to impart such instruction. Incidentally, he is still very keen to see the Association include boxing in its activities. It would be interesting to know how many clubs share his enthusiasm. The above is extracted from the General Secre­ tary's periodical notes. Colonel Hobbins, formerly Regional Director, was in his day one of the greatest fencers in Europe. Newcastle Ground and N.A.B. Club.-Progress has been made and four soccer pitches will be ready for the next season.


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Other. proposals are rugger pitches, a cricket ground, bowling green, seven lawn tennis courts, and for " dead-eye dicks " of the Service a minia­ ture rifle range. All for four and fourpence a year. Are you entitled to all this? Club Premises.-The Area Association has not yet found a suitable building for use as a club. Jesmond Dene House and the Central Exchange Hotel have been considered but are not likely to materialise. . The Ministry of Works is now lending a hand and the problem will soon be solved.-N.A.B. North Region Sports Journal. New Ground near Preston, Lancs.-The Civil Service Sports Council have definitely agreed to finance the development of the proposed sports ground at Ashton. On Saturday, July 3, the cricket team scored a notable victory over English Electric. They had made 32 runs for 8 wickets in reply to a total of 93, and yet managed to win by 3 runs, the fea­ tures of the match being a heroic stand by Tuohy and Butterworth to put on 40 runs for the last wicket, and the very sporting gesture of the English Electric captain in reversing an obviously wrong decision against Butterworth.-Extract from Springfield Area Social and Recreational Association Journal. SOUTHAMPTON-Nottingham man wears Young's Mantle.-Several changes have taken place in the composition of our Council since the A.G.M. Mr. J. H. Brown, Telephones, has succeeded Mr. F. W. C. Young as General Secre­ tary. Before coming to Southampton Mr. Brown had experience of spmts and social clubs at Nottingham, and it speaks highly of the confi­ dence he enjoys when ·it is realised that his ad­ vancement to his present position has taken place after a comparatively short period of council work. Mr. H. Cole (Head Post Office____:retired) has left the delightful and leisurely pursuits of gardening and other interesting hobbies to sea:-ve the Asso­ ciation as Catering and Assistant Secretary. En­ joying the regard of most persons during a suc­ cessful• official career, Mr. Cole's acceptance of office has given the greatest satisfaction. Mr. R. G. Ingram continues as Entertainment Com­ mittee Seoretary, where he has done well in a short time. The election of Mr. S. D. Gutsell to the im­ portant position of Chairman of the Ground Com­ mittee is a well deserved honour bestowed on this well known popular stalwart of the Ordnance Survey cricketing interests and of the department with which he is associated. So 'inuch for some of the leading lights. The committees have now got down to work. For the benefit of the uninitiated-there are four main committees-ground, entertainment, catering and

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finance. Each title is self explanatory. Each committee is self contained and submits its reports and recommendations monthly to the council proper. If the sparks fly sometimes-if more heat is generated than is necessary-it is due to a keen apd enthusiastic spirit and jealous regard for rival claims. Yet flights of fancy are brought to earth. Peace prevails. The council function!;, wisely, democratically, progressively-through its com­ mittees. Progress is to some extent limited by the state of the purse. The present ground fees, regarded by some as excessive, are governed by the state of the Association's funds. The greater the revenue the wider the scope. Money--or the lack of it-calls the tune. The recruitment of new members is therefore timely. Revenue results, 'and any who can do a spot of recruiting is perform­ ing good wmk. So please obtain new members. There are unfortunately many who use the ground who have not embraced membership. The running of a successful sports ground such as ours is not without its anxieties, what with rising costs and revenue which does not as yet march in step. Another valuable field of service is the ground and buildings. A willing and loyal ground staff is never quite able to overtake arrears of work. So there is much scope for voluntary labour, as in the early days of the Association's history. Those willing to undertake painting, hricklaying and other useful tasks will be wel­ comed with gratitude and the Ground Committee Secretary will be glad to make the acquaintance of volunteers. There will probably be free beer for those who help us in this way. Readers may be glad to read of other items of news-chief of which is the winning of the '' A. J. Day" cricket shield by the O.S.O. This knock-out competition attracted most of South­ ampton's best clubs, and the O.S.O. are to be congratulated op yet another achievement in its lon1; and honoured history. Mr. D. Roy Brown, son of " J. H. " reached the final of the Southampton Juvenile Tennis Tournament, being defeated by an older and more experienced player. Civil Service motoring enthusiasts will meet at the club on September 20 to see if it is possible to revive the Southampton centre, which was so successful in pre-war days. The Civil Service cricket club will hold a dance on Friday, August 8, at the Royal Pier Pavilion, in aid of the Hampshire Professionals Benefit fund. Our Civil Service cricket club needed an ore-aniser well versed in the runnine; of a success­ ful dance, and Mr. R. D. Maggs, the Secretary of the Telephones Social and Sports Club was brought in to run the show.


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Mention of Telephones recalls the well organ­ ised sports day this club carried out despite bad weather. The testimonial in the interests of Mr. F. W. Young, for�er General Secretary, has proved very successful and best thanks are due to Mr. J. H. Brown, who organised the appeal-not forgetting all those generous and kindly persons who assisted by taking subscription lists and by donations. With the arrival of the football season it is not without interest to mention that the pitch will be used by four Service clubs for the first time for sonie years. These are Head Post Office, O.S.O. Telephones and Customs. Good wishes will be exte:µded to Customs in their first season of league football. C. F. M.

THE SOCIAL SIDE Seven Countries May Join in P.O. International Art Art.-As a result of my recent visit to Paris, plans are in hand for regular exchanges of art exhibitions between all those countries whose Post Office organisations have Art Societies able to organise exhibitions. The French and English Societies, being the oldest and largest, are co­ operating to set the scheme afoot and there are thought to be seven European countries with Post Office Art Societies who already hold local exhibi­ tions and who, it is hoped, will join in the pro­ gramme. Drama.-The summer programme of the Civil Service Theatre Guild includes a lecture by Alec Clunes, a guest house week-end with staged read­ ing of Bernard's "Martine," a lecture by E. Martin Browne-"Poetry in the Theatre " and a staged reading of H. A. Jones' "Michael and His Lost Angel." The Guild's next production will be " The Beaux Stratagem," at the 20th Century Theatre on October 19 and 20. The Civil Service Theatre Guild has been formeq to present and study plays of special ment or of particular historical, technical or other in­ terest and generally to further the understanding of drama. It is an inter-departmental group and particulars of membership and activities mav be obtained from its officers: Chairman, Ralph Ellis, Office of the Inspector of Taxes, Wood Green; Vice-Chairman, William Kendall, Ministry of Food, 29, Bryanston Square, W.r; Secretary, Octavia Smith, Ministry of Food, 47, Portman Square, W.r; Treasurer, Neville Pearce, Estate Duty Office, Rayner;; Lane, Harrow. The Ministry of Food Dramatic Society already have their programme for 1948-49 well in hand. They have arranged to produce Somerset Maughan's "Sheppey" for four nights _during the

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second week of November and a bill of one-act plays shortly before Christmas. Full details will be announced later. The Searetary is Mr. J. V. Fox, Room J02, 29, Bryanston Square, W.I. E. M. TILLMAN.

(Continued from page 20.) r mile medley relay: P.O. Savings Bank; Lon­ don Postal Region, G.P.0.; Min. of Education·. 3 min. 42.2 sec. · 3 miles team: London Telecom. Region, G.P.O. Individual champion: BaITatt, T. (N.G.T.E., Leicester). Inter-Departmental Championship: London Telecom. Region, G.P.O. Ladies

JOO yards: Upton, J. M. (M. of L.); Pretty, E. M. (B. of T., Bristol); Crook, D. V. (L.T.R., G.P.O.). n.8 sec. High jump: Lovell, B. J. (R.A.E.); McEwan, S. M. (B. of T.); Arundell, P. M. (N.P.L.). 4 ft. 9 in. Ladies relay, 4 x no yards: R.A.E., Farn­ borough; B. of Trade; L.T.R., G.P.O. 54.6 sec.

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JOO yards veterans: Steadman, H. A. E. (B. of T.); Ereaut, $. G. (I. Rev.); Jessop, E. R. (M. of S.). 10.6 sec. 2 mile walk: Edginton, J. E. (R.A.E.); Smith, B. (R.S.A.F., Enfield); Johnson,J. F. (M. of S.). Boys 80 yards: Barker, C. (18 yards); Barratt, I. (r9 yards); Routledge, A. (r9 yards). 9.8 sec.

Coiriresponden.ce THE EDITOR.

SERVICE WOMEN ATHLETIC STARS. Whilst we are pleased to hear of the athletic performances of Miss Enid Johnson, of the P.O.S.B. at Harrogate, a little restraint might be shown by your correspondent, N. B. Sketchley, in drawing attention to her ability and intentions. To describe Miss Johnson as the " Harrogate marvel " and as versatile because she enters for the high jump is, to say the least, unfair to the lady herself, and liable to give her an exalted opinion of her athletic ability. As an antidote, if it be necessary, I would men­ tion that we have had in the Service in fairly recent years, Miss E. Fo['ster, the women's national mile champion and winner of the inter­ national cross-country race, Miss Eileen Hiscock, tne sprint champion who represented Great Britain in the Empire and Olympic Games, and Miss V. Olney, who ran in the women's relay team at the Berlin Olympic Games; and, in the Service at the present time is Miss Joan Upton, who was the women's national 440 yards champion in 1947,


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and who has recently run for Great Britain ip. the So metres hurdles race at the Olympic Games at Wembley. Yours, etc., J. R. w. National Assistance Board, North Region Sports Journal, Andrews House, Gallowgate, Newcastle-on-Tyne. July 9.

To THE '.EmroR. A Journal Change. 1 Sir, · You were good enough some time ago to show interest in our Regional Sports Magazine. As you will know, certain changes in legislation have changed the name of our Department and we have produced a new cover to conform. I enclose a copy, -though date-lined June, which could not be issued until after July 5. Yours, etc.,

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caps during the season and was one of the 22 chosen to represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games. Douglas McBain (Taxes), who is a member of the Queen;; Park eleven was also included in the list of 22 players selected forr Olympic honours. A brief reference to both these players appears elsewhere and I am sure that all Civil Servants interested in sport will join with the C.S.A.F.C. in congratulating them on their fine achievement. Representative games against the Royal Navy, Army and R.A.F. have been arranged, the dates of which will be given in the next issue of the Journal.

THE TWO OLYMPIC PLAYERS-McBAIN AND NEALE. C. R. Neale, who is a member of the Home Office Staff, is perhaps the most prominent foot­ baller in the Civil Service. He plays back for Walton and Hersham and has been a member of the Civil Service representative team for a long time. PrioT to gaining International and Olympic N. EDGAR, honours he was included in numerous County and Editor. F.A. XI's as a preliminary to receiving higher (Editorial Note: The attractive cover bears line honours. During the past season he - gained five drawings of men engaged in T.T., Bowls, Golf International caps. He played in the team repre­ and Darts over the Area covered by the N.A.B., senting England against Wales (twice), Ireland, North Region.) Luxembourg and France. He was one of the 22 players chosen to rrepre­ sent Great Britain in the Olympic Games, and in Too Late for Classification preparation for the latter he was included in trial CIVIL SERVICE ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL games at Portsmouth, Blackpool, Hampden Park COMMITTEE. and on the Continent against Holland, at Amster­ dam, and France at Nantes. During the training Scarborough and Blackpool in the Lewis Cup. Another football season is with us and there is period for the Olympic Games, the players were every indication that it will be as successful as the under the care of Mat Busby, of Manchester last. Although the entries for the Challenge Cup United fame, and several strenuous practice (Lewis Cup) exceed expectation there_ could have matches with Manchester United players were arranged to improve the playing methods of the been more entries from provincial teams. Admiralty (Bath), National Physical Labora­ Olympic team. C. R. Neale had the great honour tory and Ministry of Pensions (Blackpool) re­ of being included in the Olympic team against enterr the competition, and we welcome Scar­ Holland, Frrance, Jugoslavia and Denmark. borough C.S., West Postal Liverpool and Post Surely a unique record for a Civil Service foot­ baller. Office Factory as newcomers. Douglas McBain is another member of the Civil The Annual Report for the past season (1947-48) records that H. J. Ball (Admiralty and Dulwich Service who also had the great honour of playing Hamlet) has qualified for a cap (nine games), and for Great Britain in the Olympic Tournament. He the following players have qualified for the award is a member of rthe Taxes Departmeillt, and plays of a badge (three games) : L. Bridgeman (Post right-half for the famous first division Scottish Office Telecoms. L.T.R.), G. Day (Chatham team, Queens Park. He is a fine methodical C.S.), R. Dutton (Post Office, Chester), D. A. player, and althoue;h he did not ulav is so many Hunt (Post Office, N.W.D.O.), E. D. Jenner trial games as Neale he was included in the Olym­ (Post Office Telecoms. L.T.R.), J. A. Paynter pic team against Holland, France and Jugoslavia. (Post Office Engineer-in-Chie(s Office), R. N. Stewart (Post Office Stores, Birmingham). BIRMINGHAM SPORTS SUCCESSFULLY C. R. Neale (Home Office), who plays for REVIVED.-In spite of the many difficulties Walton and Hersham, gained five International which appeared to beset the organisers of the first


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post-war sports meeting of the Birmingham Civil �ervice it can be wnuen ort as a great success. vVith all the troubles of the weather and food shortage it was a ±me effort and reflects great credit on the very few that really did all the work. There was a cup to the department gaining the most points and this was won by the Inland Revenue with 22 points, the Post Office Stores being second with I3 points. On the main events the Revenue had two firsts, three seconds and three thirds. The miscellaneous events were well patronised, and proved of great interest to the large crowd. It is hoped that the Birmingham Area will financially benefit considerably by the event. The chief winners were as follows: rno yards, ladies: 1, Batson (N.I.); 2, Barham (P.O.S.); 3, Walker (I.R.). . 220 yarrds, ladies: I, Batson (N.I.); 2, Durham (I.R.); 3, Walker (l.R.). 220 yard, men: I, Dudley (P.O.S.); 2, Meaking Relay race, men: Inland Revenue. Re1ay race, women: Inland Revenue. 880 yards: 1, D. White; 2, H. White (l.R.); 3, Pitt (Telephones). Tug-of-War: Post Office. rno yards: 1, Dudley (P.O.S.); 2,· White (I.R.); 3, Meaking (P.O.). IOO yards, youths: White. rno yards, girrls: W�ight. IOO yards, messengers : Andrews. rno yards, veterans: Gooch. Throwing cricket ball: Richardson. Throwing cricket ball, ladies: Durham. 80 yards, boys: Page. 80 yards, girls: Sempers. At the time of writing the Revenue C.C. has reached the final of the Area Shield, but their opponents have not yet sorted themselves out. The fina.l, which is for the benefit of the popular groundsman , George Cousins, will be played on Sunday, September 12. The results of the Revenue C.C. for the past month are as follows:Revenue, I35 (Brooke 50). Co-operative, 69 (Wakefield 3 for 12). Municipal Offices, 157 (Andrews 7 forr 30). Revenue, n6 for 8 (Andrews 42). Revenue, 96, (Deviani 46, Mathieson 24). Accles and Pollock, rn7 for 7 (Greaves 4 for r9). Revenue, 75. Queen Mary's Grammar School, 81 for 3. Postmen, 36 (Davis 4 for 16, Andrews 5 for 19). Revenue, 128 (Brooke 38, Wilcox 25). Coleshill, 40 (Andrews 6 for 15, Galpin 4 for 3). Reven�e, I6r for 5 (Andrews 44 not out, Brooke 5aj.

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Postal, 145. Revenue, 81 for 4 (Wilcox 34, BrooKe 29). Kuoery, 209 for 3. Revenue, 127 for 6 (Andre¥-s 64) .. .l{evenue, 47. Accles and Pollock, 82 for 9. Revenue, b1 �Wucox 32'). .Postal, 6b (Andrews 3 ior 17, r,rooKe 3 tor 19). Rev�nue, 124 ( W mte '.L.3)- Gloucesteir Revenue, 84 (Mann 5 10r I3, Andrews 5 tor 27). 1:'1cKw1cK, b3 (LJagger 4 tor I3, Ho1mes 2 for 2). Revenue, 5r. R. S. HOLMES. Chatham Chats.-With summer games, except bow1s, a1most at an end, and winicer games not yet in the active stage, your correspondem natur­ aily tmds some dimcmty in obtaining material for the month1y contribution. A few noces rrom clubs on the�r prospects comd , in the circumstances, be ve.y acceptabie, but secretaries are either too modest or too indifferent to respond to any appeals made to them for such information. Cricket.-After a very interesting series of games the finalists in the Leslie Ames competition are E.S.S.C. and No. 1 Shop, two engineerring clubs from the same department. In the semi­ finals E.S.S.C. beat Painters fairly easily, and No. 1 Shop beat R.N.A.D. (Lodge Hill) atter a close and interesting struggle. On August 22 Bucking­ ham (S.W. District Postals) visited us for contests in bowls, cricket and tennis. It is regretted, that due to catering difficulties, we were unable to meet the wishes of our visitci1rs for the cricket match to be an all-day game. Next month I shall be able to give the results of the games, and in the mean­ time hope the weather was favourable and that Buckingham had an enjoyable visit. Bowls.-Bad weather and holidays have de­ layed the progress of the Danby Cup competition, but the matches are well in hand, though behind schedule. One of the finalists will be Joiners (B), but the other is not yet known. The Bowls Club have had a fairly successful season and the climax will be reached when London Area visit us for the annual match on September 29. Undeterred by a series of defeats we shall again come up smiling hoping for our initial success. The ladies have done exceptionally well and the final of the local Hospital Cup triples competition will be fought out by two of our teams, viz. Mes­ dames Goulding, Brooks and Duffield (skip) versus Mesdames Marshall, Magee and Sheppard (skip). A close and interesting fight is foreshadowed.

Teninis.-The secretary informs me that the tennis club has had an enioyable season, despite the weather. Only four matches have been played, of which three have been won; a happy augury for a full programme next summer.


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Football.-At present there is but little to report. Our premier team, Centrals, are reported to have Tecruited successfully and are hoping to repeat, or · even excel, last season's performances. We regret that one of our teams, Factory Social Club, who share a pitch with Post Office, have decided not , to take their allocation, so there is a vacancy for any club requiring a pitch.

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------- SOME CONTENTS Service Soccer Match (1939) which Hitler approved Mr. Jack Jones (Min. of Supply) keeps 3 public allotments Golfer Cyril Cocks wins Essex Championship A.G.D. Cricketer-10 wickets for 10 runs R.A.F. Display at the Ariel Sports

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and we reached the last eight of the London Senior Cup in the same year, losing at Enfield by the odd goal in extra time under the most atrocious By W. A. Kelly conditions of snow and ice. The club was defeated Once upon a time there was a football team by Sutton Uniteq in the Surrey Charity Shield final called the L.E.D., organised by a very few enthu­ after extra time (1-0), and the Reserves lost the siastic clerical officers at Denman Street, who London League first Division Cup to Ford Sports played for another Government Department in in the final by the same score. One gate at Wad­ th.e C.S. League on Saturdays, but entered for don attracted 2,100 spectators, and 4,000 greeted the C.S. Cup. When season 1928-29 arrived the us at Guildford. Annual tours to the Continent '' diehar,ds '' opened their door, but only a little were enthusiastically supported, and on two way, to the Engineering staffs, as included in the occasions we returned with the cup. Individual team were three players from the S.E. Extl. staff, honours came by the dozen. and this gallant band had held Plymouth to extra An enthusiastic City Internal team organised time in the C.S. semi-final. At this stage, I was , by Edgar Rees played down Dartford way, and invited to join the committee - I have always this team hit the headlines in the C.S. League, and thought primarily to introduce my system of eventually became the " A " team of the P.O. organisation into football that had proved so suc­ Engineers, subsequently taken over by Bill cessful in the Swimming club-in fact I made that Hollingsworth. This side• produced Cyril Martin, conditional on my acceptance. The S.C. had been now an English international, and Jimmy Hughes, open to all ranks from 1926 and had paid hand­ a professional with Fulham, amongst others, all some dividends. The F.C. was destined to do of whom graduated into the P.O. Engineers first likewise, and it was due solely to the success of team. They won the C.S. League championship these two representative clubs that the Associa­ on three occasions and the challenge shield twice. tion was born-this fact should not be forgotten. The Match Hitler Approved. P.O. Engineers' First-Gass Team. Mention should be made of Charlie Head, a '' Do you know any footballers? '' was flashed round the L.E.D. by circulars, phone calls and Surrey County player, and Ernie Trigg, L.E.D. contacts of a11 kinds, with the result .that first­ player in 1923. Their experience was invaluable team players of Walthamstow Avenue, Leyton­ on the Executive Committee. Under the L.E.D. stone, Hampstead Town, Sutton United, Barking, constitution the Executive had four football repre­ etc., etc., were quickly unearthed, and the team sentatives, all '' hand picked '' officers who had that next played in the C.S. Cup in 1930 was had long experience in senior amateur football. Vic composed almost entirely of young engineers of Leader and Bill Adams, both officers of the Asso­ first-class amateur experience but- they were not ciation, gave unstinted service as team secretaries. a team-and something had to be done. One of The team managers, in order: Chris Richards, the senior sides mentioned above offered to take myself and Tommy Donegan; the trainer, Harry '' all ,we could find"; seven players we.re found Jones; and the captains, Freddy Lever, the late (note this number) and the seed of team spirit Harry Cronin, Jack Chick, Ted Cornwall, Les started. Mid-week matches were arranged with Caveill and Chris Ferguson-truly a happy and professional reserve sides - Arsenal, Brentford, enthusiastic band. I hope the players will forgive Q.P.R., Crystal Palace, etc., and following one me not mentioning them individually-it would of these games the ,players, now ,a happy band, take up many lineS-but they were a real team, expressed a desire to form a Saturday side if a who made the name P.O. Engineers a household League would accept them. Chris. Richards and word not only in London, but throughout the Charlie Juniper, leading lights in senior amateur county, and we did not have to ask to be allowed football administration, led our deputation to the to compete in Continental tournaments. Even . London League, and we were aGcepted into the Hitler found time to approve a match v. German 2nd Division in 1932, winning promotion the first P.O. Engineers, subsequently cancelled by the year. P.O. Engineers, the name chosen, in their Department in May, 1939. All thjs activity, excepting the Continental second match knocked Tooting and Mitcham out of the F.A. Cup. Sutton United followed in the tours, cost money, but the members of the Asso­ next round, but the club lost to the Metropolitan ciation were getting a good return for their pennies Police away 3-2 in the third round. The C.S. and everyone was happy. Then came the war, Cup was won easily by .5-1 against Rampton. and regionalisation. No Stand-No Oub. Leading Players Produced. Season 1947-48 still found the flag flying, and The club went from strength to strength-the C.S. Cup was won in 1934-5-6, the London League the title changed to P.O. Telecoms, but the writing championship lost only on goal average in 1936, was on the wall. The disaster at Waddon on April

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30, 1947, found the club commencing season 194748 with no accommodation. No one could, or can to-day, foresee the time when a stand would be erected at Waddon, how­ ever small, a condition of London League Premier Division membership, and decision was taken in March to disband the club after 16 years' member­ ship of the League. Our resignation was accepted regretfully, and a fine gesture by the League left the vacancy unfilled. We can return to the fold, if we desire, when our ground is again fit for senior football. One consolation was our victory in the C.S. Cup, and the C.S. and our County honoured our team by selecting players for representative matches.

groweir of distinction, and his comments on .grow­ ing and display ,were enlightening. He told me that his three .pub i lic allotments keep him fully occupied. I learned from Miss Carey that the Recreational Society's latest venture is an ,excha,nge holiday for chi1dren of membeas of the Ministry with chi1dren of the Ministry's counterpart in France. Tiwenty children had ibeen guests of French Civd.t Seirvants and the F11ench children are now in England as guests or£ families here. There M"e many of these exchange schemes in operation lmt this, is the first I 1:iave heard ·of run under the amipices of a depart­ mental sportSI association. Well done, Supply! * *

Epsom, not C.S., Get Players. Now this story ends where it began. Where would our senior players go? Senior clubs were " approaching " individual players from all the senior leagues (one player had four offers), but a suggestion that we should keep together was welcomed by the players, and officials did some " approaching." Five senior clubs were " inter­ ested," and the die was cast in favour of Epsom, the only London League club in the hunt. Seven players and three officials have migrated-all P.O. Engineers! The ,aibove is an abridged version of an a:r,ticle publisl:i.f:d in L.T.R. Sports Bulletin.

I saw a wonderful example of deitermin:ation when I visited the Whitehall Fencing Clu!b during the instruction period. Seriously handioapped by lack of s.pace, and iwithouit adequate washing or -dressing accommoda,tion, those. present were never­ theless keen and enthusiastic and, under the expert tuition of one ·of the finesit: instructors in the country, ,they :impressed me with the way in rwhich they put up with inconvenience to fake pa.rt in their sport. M-is.s BadOIW told me the club is open to receive new members. Normally the club closes in ,the summer and begins its season in October, ;rot the keen handful I sa,w have kept going through ,the I know the summeir so as :not to lose ground. Sports Council is anxious to see this dub flourish, as it caters foo: all d'encers who have no depart­ mental club. The C.S. Fencing Union has not yet re-formed; my own feeling is ithat a strong central -body such -as the Whitehall Club ,is going to help in the revival ·of the Union. F'.or that reason I left with a pr.omise that I would -do my best to find :1Jhem la�ger rooms for their praictices. * * * *

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Summer has gone a,nd ,with it -the ,few fine days which smiled upon departmental sports days at Chiswick and elsewhere. Those I •got .to 1were usually marred by rain and oo1d, but they were carried through iwith ,a,n enthusiasm which ,was a credit to all concerned. What impressed me most was the fine way in whioh ,outstationed staffs rallied to support the efforts or£ the London Tallcing to W. T. Elliott, the TrnasureT of the organisers. Generally they come at inconvenience; C.S. Bowling Association, I was .pleased to hear braving long joumeys iby coach or train; setting how •the Association is coming to the fore in ,the out and returning home art early hours of morning. world of bowls. Neiw counties are seeking matches It has been good also to see ho�N Ministers or£ State with them and already the E.B.A. have agreed to have encouraged their departments by turning up a second match : this I 1earn ,is a distinction of to present prizes, and always I have ,been happy whi:ch our iboiwlers are very proud, especially as to hear the Ministers (and Permanent Secretaries) their fi:rsit: match with the E.B.A. ,w as so recent. speak ,of the value of the sports and recreational The Association acknowledges the help it has ihad aotivities. from the SpOTts Council, and the new Treasulrer. I have yet ,to see a Minister join in the races, but spoke ,with just1fia,ble pride of the way in which Mr. Jack Jones, Joint Parliamentary Secretary, the Association has a,coomplished a modes.t :finan­ Ministry of Supply, gave a fillip to the cial re'haJbilitation. Ministry Horticultural Society by exhibiting pa:-o­ Pliayers of ithe Crown green game will be duce from his oiwn allotments in the, Noir:th. In inte,rested to iheair that the Council has jus.t the .absence of his Minister, he was opening the accepted affiliation from the C.S. Crorwn Green new society's first show, and he had cogent things Amateur B01Wling Associa.tion. M,r. T. Sharratt, to sa:y rubout the valU/able contr�butiOIIl such socie­ oif the Stationery Office, Manchester, is the moving ties make to the nation's food position. He is a . spirit.


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The annual championships of the Asso.c,iation will be held on the following dart:es: Friday and Saturday; March 25 and 26, 1949; Monday to· Friday, March 28 to April 1, 1949; and Fmals Night on Wednesday, April 6, 1949, in the Gun­ ningham Room, K.E.B., G.P.O., E.C.1, play Ten commencing at 5·.45 ip.m. each evening. tables will he in use. The Association is the controlling body for T.T. throughout the country, and we are hoping to increase the number of affiliations. Last yea,r we had 103 club ,and individual affiliaitions altogether. This year, so far, despite the fact that .the hand­ book has not yet he,en issued, we have 68 appEca­ A tions and shou1d exceed last year's figure. rou·gih estimate -of players would be over 7 ,ooo. The affiliation <fee is nominal, ,being one shilling per year per club for associations, leagues, directly affiliated cluibs and jndividuals. We are hopeful that ALL C.S. area associations ,and all C.S. T.T. 011ganisations throughout the country will affiliate this year. Affiliation entWes entry for championships, con­ sideration for .inclusion in teams representing the C.S. whereby Association ba:dges and C.S. xeipre­ senita<tive badges may ibe gained, etc. Should there he sufficient entries in the cha:m­ pionships from the provfaces we are preparing a.JILangements for eliminating rou[lds, to he played in areas, ,if ,desired. . Last yeair we had· many entries .from Manchester, Birmingham, Notting­ ham, Portsmouth, Farnborough, Exeter, ek., and we see no reason why the event should not see competifo•rs from further afield. Ar.rangements '3Jre in hand for representative matches to ,be played aga-inst the Navy, the Army a,nd the RA.F., both for men and women. Some provincial players have already earned the right for inclusion in these :games. We w.ish to sitress this point in order to assure players all over the country that it is not nece-ssary to live or- play in London to ,gain foll recognition. We are out to obtain the strongesrt: possible teams to represent the Serv.ice. C.-B. Cricket Shield Results The wretched weather, numerous dra..ws, and failw:re to for,waq:-d promptly results of games, make progress in the competition s1oiw. Afte:r two draws RA.E., Fa,mbom', beat Birmingham (123 to 104) at Oxford, in rthe quarter-finals. In the triple, tie St. George's lost to Supply, but the fust game bet,ween Supply (47 for 1) and Ne,w Scotland Yard (120 for 3) ended ,in a draJW. The score in the first match between Works and Labou:r -is not yet avail­ able, ibut it is known that the match ended in a draw.

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THE SOCIAL SIDE Art.-The P.O. Axt Club has arranged the fol­ low.ing programme of lectures, •etc., for ,the 194849 season. The couBe is unique, and it provides something difforent to the daoses held 1by the art schools. Civil Servants of all departments, whether practising artists or not, are cordially invi,ted to attend, and it is hoped that members of the smaller offices, who are unable to organise extensive local adivities, will take this opportunity of obtaining instiruction from some of our leadi·ng artists:October 12 and 26---Figure dr.awing and con­ srt:ruction---Jio,w to place figures in landscapes. Talk with demonstmtion by Bemard Adams, RP., RO.I., N.S. Novem:ber 9-£xhilbition ,cri,tici61m ,by one of the exhibition judges (in Exhn. Hall). November 23-P.ottery and Weaving. Talk with demonstration by Stephen Cleave, the well-knoiwn rteacher o.f occupational-therapy. December 7---iMonochrome and chiaroscuro. Talk with blackboard demonstration by Russell Reeve, RB.A. December 21-Cartoon drawing. Informal ,talk with demonstration by Bernard Holl()lwood of PunJch. January II and 25-Water-wlour painting. Some problems explained. Talks with demonstration by WiUiam Watkins, RI. Febma:ry 8----M-odelling. Talk with demonstra­ tion in clay of head construction. By Loris Rey, of the Chelsea Arits Club. February 2.2 and March 8-The P,raotice of oil-painting. Talks with demonstration by Ha,rvey Adams, RB.,A. March 22----Demonstrations of painting a portrait in •oils in :two hourts. By Bai,nbri.dge Copnall, M.!B.E., A.RB.S., N.RD. Meetings are in H.Q. Building, G.P.O. E.C.1, Room 16, First Floor, at 6 p.m., and the fee for the course -is £1 or 2s. for separ:at.e lectures, pay­ able at the meetings. The 31st annual exhibition of the P.0. Art Club will be held a,t King Edward Building from November ro rto 19, inclusive. It will be open to the public, admiss.ion free. Music.-The Ministry of Labour offer their London Social Club members, tickets for the musi­ cal -concerts of the Concert Socie.ty at the Albert Hall at reduced prices. The ,concerts aa:-e preceded by explanatory lectm:es. Drama.-The Pall Mall Players of the Ministry o:f Lwbou)r are rehearsing for their next .production to lbe he1d in November. The Minisitry of Food Dramatk Society's prn­ duction oif " Sheppey, ". their fiirst show .of the


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Invit,ation Sculls. Winner-P. Kidd, Bames season, will take place on November 8 :to II, inclusive, at 7.30 p.m. each evening in the Civil L.R.C. Service Commission's, hall at Burlington Gar.de:ns. Men's Events. President's Challenge Cup Enquir.i,es and applications for tickets should be (Eights). Winners-Orescent R.C. Bo,w, W. H. addressed to Mr. J. Sturzeker, Bermondsey Food A.. Morgan, J. P. Sheen, W. F. Tanner, B. A. Office, S.E.r6. Grove, J. Jones, C. R. Jones, A. E. Cripps; Ne.ws of dramatic enthusiasm has continued to Stroke; A. R. Whiting; Cox, D. Wademan. The Gibson Challenge Cup (Fours). Winners­ reach us during the summer montihs, when pre­ parations and ,rehearsals musit be 011ganised for the Crescent R.C. "A'.'. Borw, W. H. A. Morgan, winter. Some drama,tic dubs have put on sihows in C. A. Davey, J. Jones; Str.oke, C. R. Jones; Cox, the " off " season. Reports have reached us of D, Wademan. "Five to Five-thirty," produced by the Dumdee Professional Civi� Servants' Challenge Shield P.0. Dramatic Players, and a concert arrang,ed by (Novices' Fours). WinnerS--Cygnet R.C. "B." the staff of the Liver,pool Joint Tirunk Exchange in Bow, R. J. Bingham, J. Fell, L. Pratt; Stroke, R. aid of Benendon. The Guildford P.O. Dramatic G. ,Miles; Cox, W. J. Pike. Club have given three 6hows, theiir ncecent effort bein:g "Love in a Mist." E. M. TILLMAN.

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THE REGATTA-CRESCENT'S SUCCESS. Chess: Middlesbrough's 80-year-old G. A. Peek A hi,gh wfud and driving rain mar:red the, Wins at Plymouth.-Unats stands for unattached pleasure of this year's regatta. A full piro­ players. The duh was formed in 1947, for those gramme of. irac-ing was witnessed by those who whose departments have not a club and for retired braved tihe uncertainties ,of an Englisih" summer" Civil Servants. Our veternn, Mr. H. G. Pom, ·is chah-man. Unats, under captaincy .of Dr. H. R. afternoon. The racing in the men's events was :in many Calvert, Science Museum, finished thlird in the cases close, paTticulady in the second heat of the League's second .division and in Post Annual Cup P�esident's Eights, rwhen fue Air Ministry crew lost w,ere bea,t en in the semi-final by the ,winners, to L.P.R hy the narrow ma11gin of one foot. The Labour and National Service. Una,ts. are running two teams: have arranged a L.P.R. ernw was .in turn beaten hy the Crescent number of £riendly matches and clulb competitions. R.C. in the fina:l after a hard race. The Crescent won the Gibson Fours from the .Air Ministry. They meet o n Tuesday eveninigs at the Ministry of Credit is due to this dub from the River Lea for Supply, Adeiphi Building, whern intending mem­ , the w:ary they master-ed the rnuigh conditions of the bers shou1d ,get in touch wi,th Sec. Mr. F. J. Dadd, Home Office, who we all congratulate on his recent Thames to win the two prem.i:er 11aces. Good racing was seen :in the ladies' events and a;Wa<rd of the M.V.0. A number orf local and visiil:ing�Service players much ,i s to be said for the manner in which the contributed to the success of Plymouth Chess high standar.d of r o, wing was maintained on an Week. Mr. G. A. Peck, lookiing fit and well at 80, afternoon when conditions were c1Jgains.t light­ won a rst class section. He retired as Sectional weight crews. Mrs. Crozier kindly presented the trophies and Engineer P.O. Telephones, Middlesbrough, i9, prizes and John Crozier, when making the dosing years ago. On the one fine Saturday this su(rnmer a team of �peech, referred to the need foir new rrnemibers throughout all the C.S. Rowing Clubs. He enthusiasts anticipated the ;British Association in stressed· that such ne,w entrants should be young. a trip to Brighton. Here, at the Royal Pavilion, if possible, and :that a knowledge of rowing is not they played a 25 boaird makh a:gainst the strong local duh, and lost by ro points. essential. The regatta was a su1 ccess. It would have been Civil Service B.C.'s A.G.M. was held in better if we had seen one ,or two ,of :the V.I.P's, Treasury Chambers, September 6. from the C. S.. Sports Council. Owing .to sickness and leave there were many RESULTS: Lad�es Events. Federation Challenge notable absentees. .Chief among these was Cup. Fours: WinnerS-C.S. ,(H.Q.) W.R.C., " Dickie " Deane, a former Secretary of the club, Seniors. Bow, V. Tenkins, F. Moore, A. V. and one of i1ts staunchest supporters. Unfortuna­ Cyriax; Stroke, G. M. Barnes; Cox, D. Friend. tely, he has been forced to rr-etire from the Service Assodation Pairs. Winners-Savings Bank owing to ill health. All ,who kno,w him will join R.C. Bow, J. Filkins; Stroke, D. O'Neill; Cox, with the club in wishing him a speedy recovery. A. Fi:lkins. New ,rules were passed incorporating all sections Invitation Fowrs. Winners-Hackney L.R.C. of the club into one body. H.Q. of the club will Bow, D. Brooks, J.. Marshall, M. Townsend; be King Edw,ard Buildings, E.C.r. We hope to see all past, present and future boxers attending Stroke, J. Townsend; Cox, J. Kenway.


CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL. for rtraining and instruction on practice nights, on Wednesdays, 6 p.m., but no doubt this will be extended in the future. By having one central meeting place, we can gather all our boxers together, and so begin to put 1:he C.S. back in_to its ipre-iwar eminence. The C.S.B.C. is open to all Civil Servant s, cleri­ oal or manipulative, and rwe e.pp,eal to all through­ out ,the Service, whether or not they a;re active boxers, to come forward and join :the club, and so help ,the Committee to encourage Mnateur boxing in.the Servioe. Mr. J. Wade, Hon. Sec. C.S..B.C., T.P.O. Section, K.E.B., London, E.C.1, will be pleased to answer enquiri'es from prospeotive mem­ bers. All aotive boxers •or would be boxers get into touch with the Competition Sec., J. J. McGrath, S.E.D.O., London, S.E.r. Valuation Office Win Lloyd George Cup.-The nnal ,was played over the course, Walton Heath Golf Club, -in pedect ,golfing weather, August 16, between teams od' :three a side .from Valuation Offioe and Post Office. The V.0. were represented by T. D. Harvey (3), Sir Roydon Dash (4) and L. N. Roddis: (6); the P.O. by N. Brown (7), C. A. Ma,thewson (ro) and F. S. Hoare (n). Harvey and Brown were first off, .and the former starting poorly became three down, a handicap from which he was unable to recover, and lost by 2-1. Brown, :who had played :in all the P.O. maitches, had gone riight through the series without losing a game. The othe:r matches· were splendid strugg1es. Never more .than a hole in them either way and the excitement, for tJhe spectators, did not come until the last hole. Mathewson and Sir Roydon were all square on the 18th tee and it did look as though the P.O. had the winnin:g of the cup in .their pockets when Miathe,wson iwas in a ,gTass blllilker. for two to ·1:Jhe left of the green, and Dash was on the green for four. However, a hole iis never wo,n unitiil. the ball is in the hole in less strokes than your partner. Mathewson played out of the bunke[' and pitched over ,the ,green into a,n unplayable lie, losing the hole and the match. One game all. The third and final couple were also playing the 18th hole and had seen the result o·f the previous marbch. Hoare was one uip against Rodd.is and this ma.tch would decide the fate of ithe cup. Both men hit two good shots rt:o within roo yards of the green and then Roddis put the ball a yard from the pin with his third sihot and, holing out for a ibirdie four .to, Hoare's ,bogey rfive, squared the match. A resujl.t must he shown in rt:hese games, and the two players went on to ,the 19th. Fair drives by iboth and seconds short of the green. Another nice pitch1 fby Roddis and •one putt ,gave the V.O. ithe ma:tch and cup as Hoare's putt just slipped -past the hole. A splendid fini'sh to three good matches.

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Gongratula,ti.ons Valuation Office, you played well! I was pleased to le>aJrn of the success of Cyril Cocks :in ,winning the County Championship of Essex lasit month with sco:res of 73 and 72 over the Romfor:d course, which has a bogey of 74. Cocks has been a regular member o.f the C.S. 11epresenta­ tive .team this year, for which he was a,warded ,his oolours. Ra:ted rwith a handicap of scmtch, any more scores Eke the above and he will reigain his pr.e--wM handicap of plus 2. Having [',esuscitated the representative matches and enjoyed some success, we . aire anticipating that they will be continued next year. Loiw handi­ cap golfers interested ;i,n playing in these matches of whom I am not aware write Eric Walton, 30, Essex Aven111e, Is1e,wofth, Middlesex. Ladie.s' C.S. Golfing Society .-It looks as though .a good entry will ,be received for ,the open meeting on October 19, to be hdd over the Moor Park GoH Course. Any lady goMer who has not received par.ticula,rs of the meeting write to Miss · W. �- Doran, L.S. n9, P.O. Savings Bank, Oster1ey, Middlesex, who will be gla,d to supply details. Lawn Tennis Men beat Navy and Army.­ Results: v. Royal Navy, Ohiswick, July 18. C.S. won iby 5 to 4. R. E. Carter and F. C. Herd (C.S.) beat Cmdr. C. R. S. Muspratt and Lt. T. Bakshi 6-3, 6-4: beat Lt.-Cmdr. C. R. Bax and Lt.-Cmdr. F. W. M. Carter 6-8, 6-0, 6-1; beat Lt. A. H. G. Murley and Lt. D. L. Repard 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. F. J. Nurton and P. R. Cox (C.S.) lost to Muspratt and Baksh: 6-8, 3-6; beat Bax and Carter 6-1, 6-4; beat Murley and Repard 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. E. G. Hughes and F. Dulouart (C.S.) lost to Muspratt and Bakshi 0-6, 4-6; Jost to Bax and Carter 1-6, 4-6; lost to Murley and Repard 1-6, 0-6. v. Army, Aldershot, August 8. L. W. J. Newman was unable to play owing to illness and the Service weire only ab1e to put two pairs on court. Despite this handi-ca,p C.S. ,won by 5 to 3. R. E. Carter and G. E. Marcus (C.'S.) beat Lt. K. R. Craigie and Lt.-Col. M. D. Madagan 6-2, 5-7, 6-3; beat Major J. F. Bassett and Capt. D. Bishop 6-0, 6-2; beat Maior J. Dewar and Maior G. Anderson 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. G. L. Emmett and D. Beastall (C.S.) drew with Craigie and Madagan 6-2, 2-6, 2-4 (unfinished); beat Bassett and Bishop 6-4, 6-3;· beat Dewar and Anderson 6-4, 6-2. v. Hampshire, Brockenhurst, August 22. Ser­ vice losrtl by 6 to 2. J. W. B. Ireson and D. Beastall (C.S.) drew with N. S. Wise and T. L. Walter 3-6, 9-7; beat R. C. Smith and G. McColl 6-2, 8-6; lost to A.· E. Rawlings and P. Curle 3-6, 6-1, 2-6. R. K. Kaley and F: C. Herd (C.S.) lost to Wise and Walter 6-8, ·2"6; lost to 'Smith and McColl 4-6, 4-6; lost to Rawlings and Curle 4-6, 6-8. G. E. Marcus and V. W. M. Langdon lost to Wise and Walter 6-8, 5-7: Jost to Smith and McColl 4-6, 1-6; beat Rawlings and Curle 6-4,. 6-4.


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v. Public Schools Old Boys L.T.,A., Chiswick, September 5. Servioe won 9 too. R. E.• Carter and J. W. B. Ireson (C.S.) beat L. J. Walter and H. A. Reeves 2-6, 7-5, 6-4; beat R B. M. King and P.R. Cox 6-3, 6-3; beat J. 0. Hemersley and M. Nash ,6-0, 6-0. G. L, Emmett and J. N. Archer (C.S.) beat Walter and Reeves 6-1, 7-5; beat King and Cox '6-3, 6-3; beat Hemersley and Nash 6-0, 6-3. R. K. Kaley and F. C. Herd beat ·walter and Reeves 6-4, 3-·6; 6-4; beat King and Cox 3-6, 9-7, 6-4; beat Hemersley and Nash 6-2, 6-1. C.S. TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION. At the A.G.M. we heard of a successful season, crulminaiting �n rt:he championships, which were admitted to have made one of the best .tourna­ ments of the season. Only m one way did last year pmve disappoint­ ing. As an important C.S. sports onganisation, the Association considers that it should have much s.tronger membership from local dubs and associ,a,tiOIIls throughout foe country, for art: pre­ sent it derives most of its support from the London C.S. League. The ,affiliation foe is nominal (1s. per club), and rthis covers affiliation rnf all club members for ,championship entry, ert:c. What we want is ,to rrepresent all C.S. players on the Sports Council. The Hon. Sec., from whom you can obtain details,-is Mr. A. J. Hancock, 18, Somerhill Avenue, Sidcup, Kent. T,wo decisions :will be of ,interest to members. Representative matches are being arranged with the fighting servioes, and foe championships will be ::run from March 25 to April 1, 1949. In con­ neotion with these, it ,is intended to enforce regu­ lation drnss mles his year, and to raise ,the qualify­ ing age for veterans' singles to 50, so sprrightly are our youngsters now laJbelled " veterans" at 40. G. A. OWEN.

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fairest method iwould be rt:o make a draw wherever pitches may be over-booked. The assistance of a repres.entative of the C.S. Oricket Association has been requested in making any necessary draiw. CIVIL SERVICE WOMEN'S ATHLETIC CLUB. Hon. Soc.: M:rs. Jacobi, 2654, 5-17, Northwood Hall, Hoirnsey !Lane, N.6. Training at Tooting Bee Tuesday evenings 6 o'clock. New members will he welcome. If Tuesday does not suirt contact the Hon. Sec Do not hesi­ tate because you are not up to Olympic standaT-d. There is time to tra.in for the ne'.)0t games. Cross County, __..:_Those :interested communicate with L. M. Thomas, 20, Brook Green, W.6. .Season commenoes Saturday, October 2, at Chiswick.'

Chiswick Ground Telephone Number.�Will members note that telephone calls will receive attention at Chiswick only ,between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5.3a p.m., when the Gener<;1:l Secretary is officially on duty.

C.S. Football Oub.-The response to the appeal for new members is encouraging hut there is still rn-om for experienced players. For the first game of ithe season, ;the F.,A. Cup Competition match against Enfield was a tough proposition. We did not ,expect to win but had our players been fitter the margin oif victory would not have been so gireat. FIXTURES : Ist XI. Oct. 9 v. Alexandra Park�Home. Southern Amateur [,ea,gue. London Oct. 16 v. Kingsbury Town-Home. Senim Cup. Oot. 23 v. Winchmore Hill-Home. Southern Amateur Le�gue. Oct. 30 v. Ealing Association-Away. SoU!l:hern Amateur League. IInd XI. Oat. 9 v. Alexandra Park-Aiway. Southern Amateur League. Oct. 16 v. Brentham---Away. Southern Amateur League. Oct. 23 v. Winchmore Hill-Away. Southern Amateur League. Oct. 30 v. Ealing Association-Home. Southern Amateur League. ArppJication for membership giving a,ge, experi­ ence and playing position, should be addressed to the Hon. Sec., Mr. C. Coates, 51, Briar Avenue, R. G. P. No,r;bury, S.W.16.

Chiswick-Cricket 1949.-The closing date for applications for pitches at Chiswick for 1949 will be October 31, 1948. As a:nnounced at the Sports Council mee,ting on June 24, 1948, it would not ibe practicable, in ithe· light of last season's applications, to give clubs a choice of the three methods of aUocation as was done in the case of rfootball, viz., (a) annual draw, (h) three yea.r tenure, (c) permanent tenure, a:nd in all the circumstance$ i;t is considered that the

London Rugb y Club to Tour N. Ireland.-The C.S. Rugby Club, founded 1863, is one of the oldest dubs in ,the handling game, and one of the original dubs that formed the Rugby Union in 1871. :fhe dub has been favoured by the services of eminent men as Presidents. Two names stand ,out. Sir George Rowland HiU (1884-1928) and Sir Edward Crowe, C.M.G. The fomner became ( Continued on page 41.)

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·.THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL is pub­ lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.r. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service Sports Journal. Matter for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. vVhile present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted. Hon. Editor: C. D. HOW ARD. Hon. Assistant Editor: Miss E. M. Tillman, . Art, Music and Drama. All advertisements and correspondence relat­ ing thereto should be addressed to : A. Darby's Advertising Service, Cobham House, 24-26, Blackfriars Lane, London, · E.C-4- Telephone CITy 6686/6687, except for the domestic feature '' Service advertise­ ments," which should be addressed to Room 208. Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum.

EDITORIAL

Musical Players Wanted.-Our correspondence files r• eveal that not only is there great activity in the musical and drama,t-ic field, ,but ,also there is a need for considerable organising. In this issue we print a request of the Board of Trade for male aotors .from othe,r Departments. Another Jetter from the Ministry of Food suggests co-ope:ration between Departments i[l the prodU10tion of musical oomedy amd :pantbmime. We commend these appeals if:o the Secreta,ries orf Departmental and other organisations in London and ,the Home counties. ilf the Seoretaries set their machinery in motion no doubt useful results will follow. 25 Years Ago.-Our grateful thanks to all those who have written words of praise, encoura,geme[lt and faith in the futuJ"e in oonnection with the 25th i Annversary of ,the foundation of the Journal. The seed does -not fall on steril, e soil, and we face the .future with hope and confidence. Table: Tennis Ambitions.�According to recent publicity ,of ,the Table T1mnis Association, the or.ganisation is expanding rnpidly, .and may soon cover the w , hole orf the 3 countries in Great Britain. No doubt table tennis seeks to emulate ,th,e howJers, who ha.ve already organised contrnlling bodies in England, Swtla:n,d and Wales. The Associatio[l boasts of 7,000 membe:rs. hut apparently eve[l .this impressive ,total •is but a fraction of the membership

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possible. Membership is cheap. Read the Asso­ ciation's statement in this issue. Again we appeal to Secrntaries (this .time to organisations through­ out GI'eat Britain) to respond quickly and to set their machinery in progiress to ,good purpose. There is no valid r· eason why table tennis should not be organised throughout Great Br.ita,in before the ·onset of the January sales.

SOUTHAMPTON'S TRIBUTE TO JOURNAL. Southampton sends congratulations to the Editor and .those associated with him on the 25th birthday of the · Sports Journal. Several Southampt�nians can ,recall the early years of it history, and remember the inspiration its informa­ tive pages gave to pioneers in the provinces in those ea-:r,ly days. The first Southampton contributor 25 years ago continues, if modestly, in the same capacity. The Editor in his September issue rightly stressed the value derived through the work and efforts of voluntary pu,blicity secretaries. Through the years, with ,the exception of the war period, our ,own Association has been fully alive to the force and strength of publicity of the right kind. We have ,been assisted ,generously, for a long time, by our local newspaper, which never .fails to ,give publication to items worth the mention. Not in any ho,astrful sense is it said that part of the sporting reputation we enjoy looally, and beyond the confines ·o•f the town, may be due, in pa·rt, to the rr-ecord of our achievements and progress given by ,the -Press. Perhaps it is due to this tha,t we receive so much support, assistance and co-operation from mm­ Civil Service interests. It does pay d ividends to advertise. The above is extracted fro·m the Southampton notes. It will b·e seen that the correspondent, C. F. Miiddleton, has acte.d in that capacifty for' all the 25 years. Is this a record? Middleton initiated the movement which led to the formation of the Southam/Jton Area. A leading amateur footb,aller, he played a brimant {!.a.me in {!.Oal in the 1923 re·presen'bative match which is dealt with in the extrac� from our October, I923, issue, which we publish below. Extract from C.S. Sports Journal, October, 1923.

The 1first r, epresentative ,ga,me under the Soccer code 'between the C.S. and Army took l)lace o n September 19 o n the Command Ground, Alder­ s-hot. The Servioe side was two short of the o.rigi­ .nal choice, 0. L. H. Levey, who l, ast season -obtained his Amateur International Cap, and G. Finn, ,were away on leave. A good side, however, took the fi.eld, including three amateur inter­ nationais in C. W. Harb , 'l"idge, ·B. Gates and R. Noble. The Army had the assistance of Lt. Hegan, a full international.


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Correspondence Ministry of Food, Room 155, Devonshi,re Hse., Mayfair Place, Piccadilly, W. r. August 25, 1948. Ministry of Food Jl!Iusical Players.

Sir, , We produced a minstrel show in Conway Hall, \V.C.1, with quirte a measme 10£ success, but find it difficult to ohtain suitable artists to participate It !has in pa:ntomime, musical comedy, ek. occurred to my Committee that there may be simil3.if organisartiollls among oth!er Depar· tments who are faced with identical problems, and we feel that prnductions of the type ment�oned could be successfully staged by an organisation drawn from all Departments. Would Secretaries of such 01rganisations, or individuals. in Departments with no such o�ganisa­ tion, care to contact me with a view to arranging a meeting to discuss this proposal? W. M. HANCOCK. Horseforr, y House, Thorney Street, London, S.W.r. August 24, 1948. Board of Trade Want Male Actors.

Sir, The Board of Tirade Dramatic Society have need of male actors and welcome enquiries from col­ leagues ibo,th in other Departments as ,well as from wi:1Jhin rthe Board. Their fiirst productfon, " Fools RU!Sh In," by Kenneth Horne, will be performed in ,the cinema, I.C. House, on October 5, 6, 7 and 8. Tickets 51s., 3s. 6d. and 2s. 6d. can be obtained from the Secretary, Miss C. Gibbs, Room 703B, Ho.rseferry How�e, Thorney Street, S.•W.1, Victoria 6800, Ext. 32 and 21. Their second production, which win b , e perfo,rmed late in Noviember, will be " Ladies in Retirement." Their Christmas show, which wrn be performed from December 14 to 17, will take the form of a Revue. An "up and coming " playwright is colla;borating on the book and a well-known con­ cert pianist is a1rrnngirng tlhe music. w. GARDNER-STANBRIDGE. Petrnleum Films Bureau, 46, St. James's Pilace, St. James's St., S.W.r. August 20, ,1948. Free Films for Service Clubs.

Sir, There may be many sporls clubs in the Civil Service planning social activities, and we wonder

whether you ,could bring to rthe attention of your readers the facilities which exist for bormwing films free of cha:rg,e from OUT library. If any of your readers have access to a prodector we feel ,confident .that they would enjoy the ,general inter,est films, and the Cinemagazines, and we should be ,only too happy to lend on request. Peii:roleum Fibns BU1reau, 0. MANNING.

(Continued from page 39.) in turn Hon. Sec. and President of the Rugby F�otball Union. Equally famous is the club's present P,r,esident, .the English International half-back and Navy seledor, Com. 1W. J. A. Davies, who may possibly repeat the record\ of Sir G. Rowland Rill. At the A.G..M. the Commander congratulated the Com­ mittee on the healthy state ·of the dub, and called on all Civil Servants to support their OIWll dub, either on or off the field, a club wirth a history second to none, and of which they could be rightly proud. I<t was pointed out that the club was nea·rly back to ipre--lWar status, for :fixtUlres ihad been ariranged for six XV's. Highlights of the season ,would be a visit from CamboT,ne and the tour rto Norrthern Ireland. D. Davies, S.B.D., ex­ Swansea half-back, was eleoted captain. The New Captain.-The position of Captain of the clu,b is rthe most ·mporta,n.t of all. Lt fa his responsibility ,to rweld the Ist )GI mto a team, have a plan for each match and direct that plan on the field without losing his own form. Off the field he has to org , anise the •ente:rtainmenrt of visiforrs. D. E. Davies has all the qualifications of a suc­ cessful skippeT. He is a player oif considerable expe1rience. He :gradu)ated in the W elsh School, from ,Ammanfood Grammar via Ammanford R.F.C. to Swansea R.F.C. During the war he served with the 19th Welch Re,giment and saw service in East Africa, Burma, India and Ceylon. Last year he ,was first reserve ,:fioi:i the C.S. repire­ sentative side. He is an excellenrt mixer, and like most ,Welsh­ men can sing. He is employed in the P.O.S.B. The following officers were elected: President, :Commander W. J. A. Davies; Chairman, H. W. F. Edwards (P.O. Engineers-in­ Chierf Office); Hon. Trnasurer, .w. Barnes (S.B.D.); Hon. Secretary, :A. M. Creasy (LaWi Courts); Hon. Publicity Sec., E. .T. Easitcot.t (S.B.D.); Team Secretaries, R. C. Cox · , R. K. Prescott. Com.mittee.----;Blacklock, H. D. Davies, G. Edmiston, G. Powtu, L. J. Wonford, R. Ezeohiel.


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Selection Commit;tee.-G. Edmiston, H. W. F. Edwards, E. J. Eastcott and Captains. Auditors.-A. Beard (Civil Aviation), E. Banwell (Ex. A.). . Captains.-Ist XV, D. E. Davies (S.�.D.); A XV, R. C. Cox 0Commonwealth Relart:10ns); ex-A XV, A. M. Creasy (Law Courts); B XV, M. T,resider (Eng.); ex-B XV, R. K. P,rescott (Home); C XV, .R. James (Scot. Yard). E.

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day, the results being as follows: rst :beam v. Customs and Excise___,Won 18-8. 2nd ;team v. Customs and Exoise-Lost 9-13. 1st team v. Ministry oi Supply---<Won 13-8. 1st team v. A.G.D. Men___.Won 14-12. New players rwiill he rweloomed and are asked to contact the Chairman or S·ecretary, Tel. Head­ quarters 1234, Ext. 4n8. R.A.F. Display at Ariel Sp orts.-A successful meeting was held iby the Ariel Club (Air Ministry and Ministry of Civil Aviation Social and Athletic Association), Polytechnic Stadium, Chiswick, Sepfomber 1, 1948. The meeting was well attended ,by the staffs of both Ministries, and! among those present .were the Secretary of State for Air, Mr. A. Henderson, the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Mr. G. S. Lindgren, and ,the Chief of the Air Staff, Lorrd Tedder. Lady Barnes. presented the prizes. Ther,e was a keen competitive spirit between

A.G.D. (G.P.O.) Cricketer Takes 10 Wickets.­ We record oontinued progress. The Annual Sports Day· p:roved a bigger success than last year, thanks to perfect ,weather. The occasion -introduced the Annual Cricket fixtme President's XI v. Comp­ troller and Accountant General's XI; tennis finals and rtwo netball matches, rt:he results of which a;re We hope to shown under '' Club Reports.''' enlarge ·on this ,annual fundion and wou1d wel­ come any suggestions offered. Club Rep orts: Cricket. -The club records a s,uccessful season. All matches played havei been won, and some fine batting and bowl­ ing perfonnanoes. are worthy of mention. Stan Mil1ington roo not ouft v. L.P.R. Clerks and ;Bert Bur:ridge 64 not out V. ·stmes De­ partment. Both players excelled with the /ball, the most notable feat being ro wickets for ro runs by Burridge v. Headquar,tersC.C. The, C.S. selectors may wish to note. President's, XI v. Comptroller •and Accountant General\; XI was won by the. former by 39 runs. Football.-We enter A.G.D. Netball Girls at Chiswick. season 1948-49 full of hope and determination to do better than last year. divisions of the two departments, and the weather A programme of friendly matches has been arranged was _excellent. and we have socUJred Clapham Common for our The serious business of the championships was ,, "Home games. New players w , ill be welcomed mixed with nov,e1ty Taces, and the organisation and are asked to contad Mr. H. Doody at Chapel was good. Place, Tel. Mayfair 9000, Ext. ro. An interesting demonstration was staged by two Netball.-We welcome Mrs. D. K. Murray and Bofors gun teams from detachments of a light Miss Gammons, who have accepted the positions Ack-Ack Squadron of the R.A.F. Regiment. The •of Chairman and Secretary respectively. Two two ,teams, compJete with mobile Bofors gun and teams have been entered in the London Business ancillary equipment, displayed keen :rivalry. House League and from past records should give An interesting event ,was tthe Invitation Inter­ a good account of themselves. Departmental Relay, ,won ,by the P.O.S.B., which Four matches iwere played on ithe annual sports brought back memories of pre-war meetings on


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the .track between the Air Ministry and other Depa;rtments. The Bishop Memorial Shield was! retained by the Air Ministry Directoa:-ate of Accounts and the Victor Ludorum Trophy went appropriate.ly to Mr. K. Riohardson, the Annual Sports Day Secretary of the Ariel Club, who had put in muoh hard ,work to ensure the success of the aiiternoon.

Lady Barnes presenting Miss Y. F. Mattin with the 100 yards Championship Trophy.

The proceedin,gs were enlivened by the playing of the R.A.F ,Centra:l Band l()Onducted by S. /Ld.r. A. E. Sims. A large numbe,r stayed {)n for dancing on the lawn, which rounded off a mo6t enjoyable afternoon. Crescent Rowers' Successful Season.-The com­ petitive season has ended, and ,during this short spell before training for the Head o,f the River commenoes, we can look iback and sum up on the results of om endeavours. Four wins, out ·of five •raoes, in the River Lee A.RA. Regatta may possibly flatter the dub a little, since the standaird of our opposition was not of the highest, but our " Junior Four," af.ter winning :hea:-e, went ,on to Staines where they beat Kingston R.C. and were narrowly defeated by Strodes School R.C., the

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-eventual ,winners. A number of years have passed sinoe we were last aJble .to report a suocess in the C.S. Regatta, and we are proud to have won both the '' Gibson Fours '' and the '' President's Eights " in the 1948 :regatta. Not forgetting {)ur entry in this year's Head of the River, 1948 has been ,a ,good year for Crescent and the .bulk of .the credit must go to, our coa,ch, Mr. W. W. HilI, particularly for the exoeHent work he did with the '' Junior Four.'' All this has been aocomplished rwith about ten rregular rowing members, a notable feat perhaps, but new members are needed and I extend an invitation to any keen young man in :the Servioe to visit us at Tyrell's Boathouse, Springhill, Clapton, E.5, or to .contact me at P.O. Stores Dept. (Can. 1262, E�t. 254). Winte� ['owing, Sarturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, will commence about the beginning o.f Oot:oiber. J. JONES ,(Hon. Sec.). S.B.D. Women go Overboard.-The C.S. Re,ga1fa has passed. It was a -soaking afternoon and ala .the ,competitoa:-s had several wettings, although tiheir s,piri-ts were not dampened! We lost the Federa.tion Fours p-ot (which we wo:n -last year) to the C.S. (Hea,dquarters) senior crew, hut were successful in the Association Pairs, winning heat and frnal, and this time beating the H.Q. crew. They were aU good races though every time we \,Vent afloat the heavens opened. The pairs win­ ners ended a ,perfect day ,by tipping themselves over-board outside the boathouse af-ter the final. At ,Ha,mmersmith, September 4, our sculler was unsuccessful, a,lthou,gh ,the mce was a dose one, only 2 lengths separating the three competitors at the finish. We hope to see sujpporters from the Bank for the Presi-denrt's Eights on October 30. .Aittradive teas are available at the boathouse. Also for the Borne Eights on Sunday morning, November 14. Nordis Sp orts Meeting.-A successful meeting was staged at Parliament Hill Track .on August 23 at 6 p.m. Three U.P.W. Champi-onships and two open events for juniors were decided. Results: U.P.W. ChampiOIIlships 2�Mile Walk, A. H. Cotit:on, 15 m�ns. 30 sees.; roo yards: L. A. Batt (E.C.), ro.7 sees.; Relay 4 by no, ,Woolwich (A), Oentels, 1Woolwidh (B), 48.5 sees.; roo yards Juniors Open, K. Tillet (L.T.R. P.ower), ro.9 sees.; Relay Juniors, W.DO., E.DO .. 52.7 sees. London C.S. T.T. League's 16 Divisions.­ Another record-,breakin:g season is in prospect for the League. 57 dubs have entered r02 teams in the :main divisions a;nd 48 ,women's teams. This has entaifod increasing the numbers of main divi­ siGns .by 2 ,to II and the women's divisions by r to 5. One or two vacancies exist in both main and women's divisions, a·nd any club that has -delayed


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its e,ntry is asked to get in touch at once with the. Hon. Sec., Mr. P. Hyde, 26, Avene11 Mans., G. A. OWEN. Avenell Rd., N.5 S.B.D. Bowlers Lose the Bunbury Cup.-The Bowls Club •has played all its league fixtu:res. '' A '' team had to ,lower oolours on ;two occasions, which mea:ns that 1:he Bunbury Cup win have a new home. ",B " team, revived for the first time since the war, played in the lower division and won its spurs. One martch was lost-it's firs,t. Three teams scored ro points, bu.t on shoti avernge we should come out on top and be entitled to hold the Archibald Cup, pr·eviously won by the Bank in 1936. Competitions are going well and Messrs. Loynes and Tay,lor have reached the final of the championship. Messrs. Bates and Wilkes are fina.lis,ts in the handi:cap competition. In a keenly contested match on August 31 " B " team beat " A " by 9 shots. As iboth teams should be in ,the same division ·o f the league next year a great struggle for supremacy can be expected. Miss R. A. Thirtle, Photograp·hic Society, tells me that Philip Johnson, Esq., F.R.,P.S., author of several books on photography, and George H. Heppensta11, Esq., Hon. Sec_. of West Ham P.S., visited· our Society on July 5 and 20 respectively. Comments and advice on members' ,work weire freely given, as well as an interesting display of the visitors' own works. Each described his own methods, as one o,f the guests put ,it, " in accord­ ance ,with the freemasonry of photography.'' These visits have .been of benefit to both beginners and advanced members, and should show results when entries are suibmitted for the 21st Annual Exhibition, ea;11ly in October. Mr. L. Lever, Dramatic Sodety, says that " Arsenic and Old Lace," judged by many to be the funniest comedy of recent years, is now under preparation by the Society for ,presentation at Acton Town Hall, on Tuesday and ,Wednesday, October 26 and 27. This will be ·one of the first presentations of rthis famous play in Great Britain by an amateuT group, and it is hoped ;thart it will be as successful as the Society's previous rprnducL. J. TARR. tions. 1

Centt1al Land Board and War Damage Com­ mission sixth Annual Sports Day was held at the University of London Sports Grounds, Motspur Park. . E:nthusi;asm for athletics had increased since Jast yea:r, rwhen a sita.1rt ,was made at Chis,wick in ithe inauguration of Regional Championships. Pre­ parations this year culminated fo a more ambitious prog,ramme. The sports ,were held under delight­ fol ,conditions before a large, enthusiastic crowd. We weTe delighted to welcome Sir Makolm and Lady Eve a:nd Sir Rolbert and Lady Frazer. There were many visiitors frnm the provinces, most

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regional offices being ,rewesented. The programme was arranged on an inter­ Regional Championship basis and attrncted 1 54 compehtors from ,re,gional offices ,and headquart:ers The Regional Trophy presented by the wa· Damage Commissioners was easily won by King� ston with 70 pofots. The Victor Ludoru:m Trophy presented by the Deputy Commissioners was won by Miss P. W. Jeffrey of Reading, a newcomer who put up a fine performance. Special prizes were won by J. R. Brampton Kingston, and Miss G. Ing, Reading. The forrne; had an easy win in rthe roo and 220 yards. The latter had a good win in the Ladies' 880 ya,rds walk. There was a good entry for the Tennis M.ixed Doubles American Tomnament, the winners being Miss E. I. Philp and Mr. L. S. Blanc of Kingston. ,A Cridmt Matchc----lCenkal Land Board and War Dama;ge Commission versus the Ministry o.f Works proved to be a great arttmction. Wo,rks 48, and C.L..B. and W.iD.C. 83. The most gallant effort of the day was that when our stalwarts put up ,a grand show in the obstacle races foT men and 1wo,men. For the men's races, the, water jump was an unexpected oibstacle which did not even deter the j,ndomita,ble Mr. Michael Addison. Lady Frazer presented the prizes and trophies before a large audience. We were indebted to Sir Robert Frazer for acting as referee and to all those offida,ls ,who with enthusiasm worked to make ,the day a success. The War Damage Commission C.C. has for the first time in its br,ief life ,reached the semi-final of the c....,B. Shield Competition. The team s,ta:rted by beating Mount Pleasant, old ;rivals, by four wickets. The next match against the I.R. :was played on their excellent ground at Grnve Pa:rk. The r·esult was ii:n the ,balance up to the .finish and when the winninrg run was scoired by " Mr. Exrtras " the Commission had only tiwo, batsmen left to go in. The next game against the Ministry of Transport resulted in victory by six wickets for the Com­ mission. The final match in the section. was against it:he Government Laboratory. T:he La:bora­ it:ory batted first ,(91), which scorn did not seem too much fior the Commission's batsmen. This seemed to be confirmed ;when the score reached 64 fo[" the loss of 4 wickets, ibut steady bo1wlin:g and keen fielding by the Laborntory brought a change and when 8 wickets were down for 84 it looked as though the 1W.D.C. might lose. A few short runs brnught the scores, even when the next wicket foll, and the last man was left to score 1 off his first ball. His partner started on a second run but found himself run out, and a grand game finished with W.D.C. victors by one run. · A. L. G. E.


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ROUND THE AREAS Bristol is Extending the Ground.-Both our tennis team&--ladies' and men's..--maintain their status in the Bris.toI League, and will ,play in the same division next season. The ladies missed promotion by a decimal fradr?n. . . Our ,cricket tab1es have received the max1mu;rn of wear. We ,endeav.oured to give facilities to every deparitment which applied for matches, and it is pleasing to •receive letters £rom some - dubs applying for p1tches next s,eason, congratulating us OIIl the -efforts ,we have made, and on improve­ ments to the ground. The standard of ,our teams has improved, and we look forwa.rd ito a greater improvement nex,t season. T'he I.R. a·nd Re.giona1 H.Q. G.P.O. have some promising talent. Bowls.-Our groundsman is making an effort to improve the dirainage. This section provided two rinks when the Regional H.Q. G.P.O. visited South Wales to ,play an .inter-regional match, and both rinks were successful. Skittles opened on September 6 and a greater number of ,registrations have ,been r-eceived than ever ,before. The league promises to be fiercely contested. The football pitch is fully let for the season, on Wednesdays to the J>.O. for Wednesday League matches, on Saturdays to I.R. in the Suburban League, and to the ,p. 0. Messengers in the Junior League. We regret being unable to accommodate the P.O. Telephones, but have given them facili­ ties for traJining. General.-We look forward to extending our ground this winter. It is hoped -to level aJnd seed 2½ acres, which ,will mean improved footbaU and hockey pik!hes, and room for another oricket square. The Regional H.Q. G.P.O. are to he con­ gratulated on their ,efforts to foster spor.t. Com­ petitions ,in cricke-t, tennis, football, ek., have been inaugurated. The Bristol P.O. are in the final for the Knock­ .out cricket competition, and have ,to play Chelt,en­ ham P.O. Bristol played Exeter in the semi-final, and won. Batting first, Bristol lost 5 wicke,ts for 17, but good play by the tail took the total to 106. Good bowling and fielding enabled Bristol T. WILSON to dispose of Exeter for 50. The C.S. (M/C) Area Bowling season ended on 'Sep:tember 4, when a match was played at North Road, Newton Heath, ,between t'he League 1eadm-s, H.M. Stationery Office, amd a ,team selected from the .Admi.rnlty, Min. of Supply, and ,the P.O. 'Supervisms. The match rwas w-on by ,the leaders. The cup was presented to the leaders by Mr. E.

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Baxter, the League Chairman, who congratulated the .winners, and aid that he had no doubt about the future of the league, so long as we continue to pmmote, fos,ter and encoura,ge :the game amongst ou.r colleagues. The .pr-esent oocasion was a good augury for future sucoess of the C.S. · Bowling League. (Picture will appear next month. S.B.D. (Manchester) play at Harrogate and Morecambe.-The first full cricket season of ,the section was successful, and finishing halfway up the .table in :the South Lancashire Industrial League was a creditable performance for ,begin­ ners. A full programme of '' friendly '' matches has been completed on Sundays, including inter­ depa,rtmental ,games with Morecambe and Harro­ gate on a Home and Away basis (2 lost, I drawn, I rwon). All Home matches were played at North Road. We appireciated the hospitality of the Morecarnbe and Harrogate branches, feeling that the social aspect more than compensated for the moderate display by our team. We hope these events will become annual fixtures. Our tha·nks, ,are ,due to the -catering or,ganis,ers in Morecambe, Harrogate and Manchester. A flannel dance was held on July 22 in the canteen and a joint dance with the football section is being'run. Tennis Section.-Despite the unseasonable weat:he,r the courts at North Road have been well attended by an entfmsiastic membership. Club championships were commenced hut the progress of the matches has been slowed by the weather. The finals should be staged towards the end of September. A gratifying ;resul:t has been improve­ ment in the play of younger members, who have benefited from :the ooaching given by Mr. Nor;th. It has been our policy to encourage young players, and we feel ,certain that this will pay rich dividends. Football Section.-Despite the uncertainty of the fate of .the ground at North Road, the football section with 40 playing members will endeavour to satisfy their League commi,tments, and cover Friendly games to sa,ti,sfy their players. A good season -is looked forward to ,with keen competition between players for inclusion in the two League sides. The 1st eleven win play in Bank colours, light and dark blue quarters. The swimming section continues to splash in the pool at Sunlight House, and there has been a reasonable ,turnout each Tuesday ev,ening. George Hoskin Leaves Rosyth for Chatham.­ The news o-f the appointment of Geo.rge Hoskin, the Rosyth Area Treasurer, has been received wi:th


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are: Mrs. J. Gray, Miss B. Hewlett, Mrs. D. c. Hunt, !Miss P. Maroh, Mrs. R. Jenkins, Messrs. A. McDiarmid, I. McDiarmid, E. John Brown W. Cunningham, R. Bradbury, R. A. Pyatt, P'. Ca:wthome and D. C. Hunt. The Captain­ Treasurer -is popular E. John Brown, and the Hon. Sec. Mr. P. Cawthorne. The junior playeirs have been ou�s1tamdingly successful. In the Rants and Isle of Wight Junior Tournament held at Brockenhu,rst, ,three out of four semi-finalists are associated with the dub as are the two who ,reached the final-N. J '. D. R. Athison who defeated D. Roy Brown. Brown reached the rfinals in :the A:lverstoke Open Junior Tournament, while N. J. At!hision and P. W. Moth competed at Wimbledon during Septembm-. The memberslhip fee is £3 for the year, .and new members can be accepted next year, when it is pos­ sible three courts will be taken �nstead of ,two, as at present. The Men's Bowling Club had another successful sea­ son. Competing in the Southampton and District Bowling League the first team finished 5th in the ta;ble, and second team sixth. The rink was selected by ithe CS. Howling Ass0ciation for an ,important game with Portsmouth. Mr. P. C. Mosely was selected to play for the C.S. Bowling Association v. Dennyside B.C., at Ohiswi,ck. The !happy relationship with 1Jhe Ladies' Bowling Club continues, as in past years, and the " Laclies f. A. Page, Sec. Chatham and Minute Sec. to Area Conference. Day " arrangements re­ flected muoh. credit on all Promising Tennis Juniors at Southampton.­ those who assis,ted to make this event a success. An error appeared in my September notes. Mr. J. Bowlers will be glad to know that the arnmal H. Brown, Gen. Sec., hails from Leicester, amd dinner will again be held in the Pavilion during November. net Nottingham, as stated. The Telephones Social and Sports Club carried The splendid seas,on enjoyed by the Ordna:nce St1rrvey Office C.C. is to be celebrated by a dinner, out a successfol swimming gala for 1:lhe fast time, at which the two cricket shie1ds will be presented. the event being held at the Corporation Baths. By its, success in winning Division II of the Members of this club have experienced a loss in Southampton " Aps.ley " Shield, our C.S. Tennis the death of Mr. Tom Moran, who assisted the Club has earned promotiorn-"<IDd will compete football, cricket and table tennis sections m the C. F. M. next year in Division I-wlhere most of Sourthamp­ past. Regional Headquarters Sports and Social Oub ton' s ibest tennis clubs compete. Opposition will be stronger. The club has played 7 lea,gue ,games, s,pent an enjoyable evening at Old Sadbury when, won J-with 53 against 3- and an aJggregate 01' despite difficulties with the star· ter's pistol a:nd :the r4 points. The trophy will be held f.or one year. state of the track ( ! ), the majority of ,those present .Players who cont,riibu.ted to the club's success took part in the events.

mixed feelings. Geo,;ge kept a firm hold on the strings of the pur,se, but has been only too pleased to dip iinto tlie .coffers ,when need arose. We are delighted to know that after a period ,of ten yea,rs, George Hoskin has been appointed back · to ·his home yard, Chatham, but his resignation from the Area Council has been received with regret in that the Area will lose a valuable and energetic officer. His services have been appre­ ciated ,i n all .the various sections of the Association, and we all would like to <take this opportunity of extend�ng him every good wish for the future. It will be difficult to find a successor who will display the same thoughtfulness and patience· in debate, but, as a .temporary measme in the firs,t place, Bob Dickman (formerly of Devonport) has agreed to take office. To him we extend a hearty welcome to the Area Council.


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TWOPENCE

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Fisher Page 56 and Editorial The Postmaster-General, · the Rt. Hon. H. Paling, congratulates Mr. R. ]. Broadbent (G.P.O. Chess Club) on winning the British Chess Championship.

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Aberdeen Golfers at Balmoral Castle

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Opportunity to Play Hockey

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Birth and Growth of an Area As with the SPORTS JOURNAL, so is 1948 the 25th birthday of the Southampton C.S. Sports Associa­ tion. The event calls for celebration in worthy manner. It is appropriate to pause and look back in intro­ spection. Some will have recollection of the first general meeting held about 27 years ago, addressed by the then Mr. Noel Curtis-Bennett and G. H. Barson. The meeting took place at the Portland Baptist Church in Portland Street - now a bombed site. The gathering was large and enthusiastic. There was no sports ground - no organisation beyond a small body of men known as ·' The Provisional Committee," which had searched the neighbourhood for a playing field. There was but the germ of an idea. From that first meeting there was progress. Minds were united in common cause. Willing helpers with a creative spirit came forward. Men whom we remember with pride­ many still with us - added lustre by their work. The mention of a few must suffice. F. W. C. Young, painstaking and conscientious, one of the old school, general secretary for 23 years. There was little money in those days. The acquisition of a derelict sports ground made neces­ sary the engagement of a groundsman. There was so much to do that we needed one who had deter­ mination and courage and a great capacity for hard work, preferably a person who had love for sports grounds and of turf. Fred Wareham, for 23 years head groundsman, now on similar work in Somer­ set, provided the answer. Voluntary labour helped things along. There were W. G. Goodman, H. G. and W. J. Shepherd and several others. Surprising things were accom­ plished with hammer and nails, spade and fork, paint and brush. Committees in the formative years grappled with many problems and difficulties. At the helm was a man of a sagacity of discernment, wise and kindly. Witty, with a great sense of humour - . temperamental outbursts and frayed tempers were quickly calmed. For many years chairman and now our Association's president, the name of A. J. Langridge will long ring and vibrate. There was a person who worked quietly, unob­ trusively, conscientiously. Rising from the ranks as committee-man, secretary of committees, trea­ surer and vice-chairman, tribute is incomplete without the mention of his name. He is our present chairman - V. S. Mann - of 25 years' uninter­ rupted service to the Association and its council. There is P. Cawthorne, our present treasurer; " Colonel " H. C. North, upright of figure and of mind; also the work of H. M. Cowell in later years. The ground in all its glory is its own endurin•g

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monument to noble endeavour, with its fifteen tennis courts, football, hockey and cricket pitches; its ladies' and men's bowling greens, a nice club­ house, a steward's cottage, and all the rest. There is no ground in the town or neighbourhood that

1948 Boy Finalists. Left to right: N. ]. Atkinso�1., D. Roy Brown. Hampshire Junior Tennis Cham­ pionship, 1948. Played at Brockenhurst, Hamp­ shire.' Atkinson and Brown are junior members of the Southampton Civil Service Tennis Club. The latter club takes special steps to encourage youthful players.

offers so many facilities within the confines of approximately four acres. Having looked ba.ck on the 25 years of our history, we are inspired and refreshed to meet future demands and difficulties, come what may. We owe it to the pioneers. The monument must be preserved and embellished. If there is not the zest for voluntary effort as of old, if there is a tendency to expect facilities " on tap," our local controlling body is not un­ mindful of its responsibilities. Improvements such as the provision of modern dressing accommodation for players, the enlarge-


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ment of the club-house, work of a major character to the tennis courts, which have not been relaid for many years, improved wages for the staff; much must await the arrival of more favourable times. There is need, however, for a greater organising spirit in the sphere of sporting activity not covered by the existing organisations. The great success of the Telephones swimming gala indicates that a C.S. gala could be carried out without much difficulty beyond the normal preparatory work. Golfing enthusiasts might derive much benefit by the formation of a golfing society. A sports day would enable many local Civil Servants of both sexes to display tpeir prowess in athletics. Another idea is a garden fete and horticultural society. The production of a local magazine or handbook - the latter is long overdue. The recent revival of the motoring section is evidence of what can be done with a little effort. Since our Association's constitution provides for the co-option of members who are interested in the furtherance of our ideals, here is an opportunity for persons to come forward to strengthen and consolidate the work of the stalwarts of the past. What a great deal we owe in all walks of life to those who have displayed devotion in the interests .of an ideal. Local notes are unavoidably held over. C. F. MIDDLETON.

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against excellent bowling and keen fielding before Ramsbottom was caught in the slips at 45, and when A. M. Hooper joined Thorne and got off the mark with two capital fours, it looked as if Supply were about to lay the foundations of a formidable score. At 66, however, R. H. Lawler, who was bowling splendidly " down the hill," " yorked " Thorne for an invaluable 29, and three runs later knocked Hooper's off stump flat, while with his next ball he had J. R. C. Pincombe caught at the wicket, lunch being taken with the score at 69 for six wickets. Lawler's bowling, particularly in his last three overs before lunch, had been extremely hostile, and those three quick wickets had broken the back of the Supply's batting and put Labour on top. After lunch Lawler and Reynolds, back at the pavilion end, continued to bowl with aggression, and at 3.15 the innings ended for the meagre total of 89. Lawler's figures of six wickets for 22 runs reflected his sterling bowling, and if it must be admitted that several batsmen got themselves out with poor stro�es, that must not detract from a valuable performance. F. L. J. Dolman, the Polytechnic captain, and G. Tamplin, who has several times kept wicket for Glamorgan, opened Labour's innings to the bowling of T. H. Donaldson and G. A. E. Rapkins. · Donaldson, '' down the hill,'' bowled very fast, and Rapkins, save for occasional loose balls which were deservedly punched hard, kept an excellent length and spun t};le ball appreciably, but the score mounted steadily to 46 before Dolman was out to a good slip catch by Hooper off Rapkins. In the next over Hooper, who had replaced Donaldson, had R. J. Palmer well caught at mid-on by G. D.. Huxtable, the Supply " skipper," who held the ball at the third attempt, and another quick wicket at this point might have meant that Labour had to struggle, but G. Symons batted admirably at a critical moment. He drove the over-pitched ball hard, placing his shots skilfully, and though Donaldson, coming on again at 60, dismissed Tamplin for a valuable 28, and with next ball bowled A. J. S. James, the Labour captain, Symons' aggression had by now placed his side on the road to victory. He hit Donaldson for a tremendous six to the long-on boundary, and although at 88 the fast bowler bagged his third wicket in a row by bowling S. W. Turner for 2, in the next over C. H. Reynolds made the winning hit, and the better of two good sides had won ari interesting game. Symons' 35 not out was a first-rate innings, and to him must go much of the credit for his side's success, though the opening partnership had paved the way to victory. Donaldson's three wickets for 27 runs represented a notable afternoon's work,


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but well as he bowled he was obviously '' stale '' from a long season's work, and lacked his cus­ tomary " venom." Both sides fielded well, few runs being given away, and both wicket-keepers G. W. W. V. performed creditably. Postscript: The semi-finals were won . by Labour, a six-wickets victory over R.A.E., Farnborough, and by Supply by two wickets against War Damage. C-B. Shield Competition, 1949 The secretary of the competition, Mr. G. A. Sparks, 53, Fonthill Road, Hove, Sussex, will be pleased to give all clubs interested details of next year's competition.

ODDS and ENDS Extract from the C.S. SPORTS JOURNAL, Novem­ ber, 1923 :The application of the C.S.B.C. for affiliation to the A.B.A. has been granted, subject to the activities of the club being confined to the London area. It will, therefore, be necessary for areas outside London to form their own boxing club and thus secure affiliation. The areas should get to work at once in view of the coming C.S. cham­ pionships, for which cups are offered.

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hope to enrol many new and active members as a result.-Customs and Excise Sports Magazine. * * Preston.-Springfields Area have made arrange­ ments to run a Rugby XV. this winter. The rifle range in Deepdale Wood has been cleaned up and the rifle club is open for new members. * * * * St. George's F.C. will play on the King's Col­ lege sports ground, Mitcham, Surrey. The general club will stage a dinner-dance at the Bedford Hotel, Ealham, S.W., January 22. * * The Ministry of Supply Recreational Society has lost its organising secretary, Miss M. Moore, who has been appointed deputy to the Treasury Wel­ fare· Liaison Officer. * * * * We acknowledge receipt of a copy of the hand­ book (1948-49) published by the C.S. Chess Association. * * * * Education F.C. annual report records that Messrs. J. R. Elliott and K. Rowberry played for the C.S. League against the National Association of Local Government Officers. * * * The Science Group at the Board of Trade is growing, and an ambitious programme is being planned. * * Civil Service Ice Hockey Club won all three · of a series of games played against Guy's Hospital last season. In September over 80 applications had been received for the winter sports party, Wengen, 1949.

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It is intended to limit the number of players to ·30 members, to enable each to receive the full be,o.efit of coaching and other facilities. Any member who is interested in playing hockey should write to Mr. J. Lawler, 160 Maurice Avenue, N.22, if he has not already done so.

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shortcomings and tasted victory. Five wins out of six is a good start - keep it up. November fixtures: Nov, 6: 1st XV. v. Lloyds Bank, Chiswick; " A" XV. v. Lloyds Bank "A," away. Nov. 13: 1st XV. v. Twickenham, away; "A" XV. v. Standard Bank of South Africa, away. Nov. 20: 1st XV. v. Catford Bridge, away; "A" XV. v. Catford Bridge '' A,'' Chiswick.. Nov. 27: 1st XV. v. Wanstead, Chiswick; " A " XV. v. Wanstead "A," away.

Success of Training Programme The outstanding feature of pre-season activities is the success of the training programme. At the Crown Green Bowls (Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lan­ first session 45 players turned out. The trainer cashire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, was almost embarrassed by the number, but got Worcestershire and Warwickshire) .-There are hun­ over the difficulty. Firstly, there was a run of at dreds of bowlers in the Civil Service who play the least two circuits of the Chiswick ground, then a crown green game. To many bowlers it has beep. spell of P.T., and finally an impromptu match, a puzzle why these bowlers have not been co­ Colours v. Whites. This gainfully occupied all ordinated inside the Service. The need has been present. Attendances continued high, and the apparent. At last the British Civil Service Crown enthusiasm and willingness of players to train Green Bowling Association has been formed, with seriously has been a source of satisfaction to the the approval of the Civil Service Sports Council, trainer. to whom it is affiliated. The trials held at Richmond Old Deer Park, Affiliation has also been made to the British September 18 and 25, also produced record attend­ Crown Green Amateur Bowling Association and ances, and on each occasion 70 players were given the respective counties. The new Association will opportunity to show their paces. The lessons that foster and encourage the game amongst all Civil emerge from the trials are that (1) The general Servants, by competitions, inter-county tourna­ standard is improving; (2) More forwards are ments, etc., and leagues where there is sufficient available than "threes "; (3) There is still room interest. Here is a splendid opportunity to get to for more new players of all ages, especially of know your colleagues. The 1949 season is only a little distant and those in the veteran stage, who can assist in the much remains to be done, so please talk bowls t9 development of the youngsters. After the trials came the preliminary selection your friends - get a team of colleagues together, and specialised training. Here the club captain, form a team. Then write to the Association secre­ D. E. Davies, has been most helpful and under­ tary, or if you cannot get a team but are interested, takes the coaching of the "threes," whilst H. W. write the secretary. D. Edwards assists in the schooling of the for­ Please act now and write T. Sharratt, hon. wards. The most encouraging aspect is the secretary, C.S. Crown Green Bowling Association, splendid club spirit existing throughout players H.M. Stationery Office, P.O. Box 239, Manchester and committee. Players are keener and under­ I. taking more responsibility in the management and will take over the entertainment side, "Spiv " Harris and "Stewart " Grainger being the elect. Almost everybody in Britain is satisfied that he The first dance was on October 30 at Chiswick. would personally turn out to be a splendid Ambas­ First match results, October 2, 1948: sador to the United States. I think that the finest 1st XV. v. Westcombe Park, won 36-3; "A " ambassador, from a sports view, ever sent to the XV. v. Westcombe Park "A," won 8-6; Ex. "A" U.S.A. was Sir Noel Curtis-Bennett, K.C.V.O. XV. v. Westcombe Park Ex. "A," won 5-0; Here you have a lifelong Civil Servant, at an age "B " XV. v. Westcombe Park " B," won 14-3; when most people seek retirement, devoting his life Ex. " B " XV. v. Westcombe Park Ex. "B," to the work of ensuring that future generations of lost 5-9; "C " XV. v. Old Colfeians " B," won Britons shall have the best possible chance of rr-9. growing up healthy citizens. The first XV. had no difficulty in winning hand­ Sir Noel has just returned from a 1,500-mile somely, though playing away to Westcombe Park. tour of the U.S.A., and his report should be read The match can hardly be taken as a test, for the by all. Here is a brief list of the jobs he has done: opponents were outweighted in the scrum and out­ Visited many youth centres, including the late run outside, but we have learned some of our Father Flanagan's famous boys' town; given many

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publicity, that not all the tickets were sold. How­ ever, the attendance was sufficient to show that there is an audience' for this type of amateur entertainment, and it should be worth the effort to give this Society the littlu extra publicity which will make its next show a financial success. ' The production of an opera, involving principals, chorus, orchestra, costumes and scenery, is a more ambitious undertaking than the average play, and needs a great deal of preparation and teamwork. The singers and orchestra in '' Iolanthe '' worked well together, the timing was good and I was glad to hear that the orchestra /did not '' drown '' the By E. M. TILLMAN voices. On the whole, the singing of the choruses The Ministry of Labour's Whitehall Camera was more convincing than the solo items. One Club winter programme includes fortnightly lan­ must expect the characters to be firstly singers and tern lectures and practical demonstrations, instruc­ secondly actors, and this was so in most cases. tional classes for novices, opportunities for meeting It seems a trivial point to mention that some of the moveand com­ paring pro­ ments in the gress with chor u s es fel l ow might have enthusiasts, b e e n im­ all of which p rov e d should lead w i t h a t o better little more work a n d r e hearsal, less waste but the of valuable essence of p h o t o ­ a · chorus gra p h i c should be materi a l s. There are teamwork, also circu­ ·a n d the lating port­ s 1 i gh t.e st folios and irregularity an annual of m o v e­ exh i bition. m e n t The acting �atches the hon. secre­ eye and is C.S. Operatic Society present "Iolanthe" at King George's Hall, tary is F. disconcert September 15, 16, 17 and 18. M. Chap­ ing. man, O.5, Bernard Buck an Excellent Lord Chancellor 12-13, St. James's Square, S.W.r. I found the outstanding performance to be that We are sorry to learn that the Board of Trade Arts and Crafts Club is unable to continue owing of Bernard Buck as the Lord Chancellor. He to lack of support in the art sections and shortage combines singing and acting with the ease of one of materials in the craft sections. We hope that who has spent years in the service of Gilbert and this will prove only a suspension and not a final Sullivan, and his performance in an exacting part would be hard to beat on the professional stage. closure. The musical director was Joseph Atkinson and The Production of Iolanthe the producer Harry Arnold. The Civil Service Operatic Society started with The Civil Service Operatic Society presented " Iolanthe " on September 15, 16, 17 and 18, at the nucleus of the old Ministry of Works Operatic King George's Hall. Although this opera contains Society, which, in March, 1948, was incorporated some well-known tunes, it is not one of the most into the Civil Service Operatic Society. It now popular Gilbert and Sullivan operas, probably has about no members, of whom about 75 belong because the story is thinner than most. It was, to the vocal section and the rest to the orchestral perhaps, for this reason, coupled with insufficient section. It has its own orchestra. Some of the lectures on the need for adequate playgrounds; spoken on half a dozen national radio hook-ups. His verdict - America is ahead of us, and the responsibility for recreation falls on the municipal authority. No holiday, you will agree. I would suggest that a few more senior officers in the Civil Service should follow the example shown by Sir Noel Curtis-Bennett. T. SHARRATT.

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Departments represented among its members, beside the Ministry of Works, are the Admiralty, Air Ministry, Ministry of Health, Stationery Office, Land Registry and London Telecoms. Region. " Iolanthe " is the first production of the Civil Service Operatic Society as such, and they hope later to produce grand opera and to give concerts. Negotiations are in progress to repeat the perform­ ance of " Iolanthe " in Luxembourg at Christmas. There are vacancies for contraltos and men's voices, as well as for some good instrumentalists. The Society is anxious for greater publicity and would like to get representatives in the various offices. Anyone interested should contact the hon. business secretary, Mr. R. T. Gillet, Room 713, Abell House, John Islip Street, S.W.r. Duchess of Kent to attend Concert The Civil Service Orchestra gives two full sym­ phony concerts annually. Its last concert was given in May to a full hall. The orchestra resumed rehearsals on September 21 at the Law Courts, and the next concert will be held in December, when the orchestra's patron, H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent, has graciously consented to be present. The programme will be: Overture, Cosi fan tutte, Mozart; 8th Symphony, Beethoven; Piano Con­ certo in A minor (soloist, Denis Mathews), Schumann; Aria, " Ritorna vincitor " (Ai:da) (soloist, Amy Shuard), Verdi; two movements from "Simple Symphony," Britten. There are vacancies for lower strings (particu­ larly double bass) and wind :instruments. The hon. secretary is Mr. F. W. Carlick, 16, Old Queen Street, S.W.r. A Merseyside Music Society At a meeting organised by the Ministry of Wotks S. and S. Club on October 4, it was decided to form a Merseyside Civil Service Music Society, with branches for orchestra, choir, music appre­ ciation and gramophone recitals. The objects of the Society are, " To provide an organisation for Civil Servants for the appreciation, study, rehear­ sal and performance of orchestral and choral music of the classical and modern periods.'' The gramophone recital group has already commenced activities. An orchestra of 15 members has been formed and there is good support for the choir proiect, but difficulty is being experienced in finding a suitable room for rehearsals. Drama.-Forthcoming productions which have been announced are : '' The Beaux Stratagem,'' by the Civil Service Theatre Guild, at the 20th CeHtury Theatre on October 19-20; '' Light of Heart,'' by the Ministry of Supply Dramatic Club at the same theatre on October 26-27; "Sheppey," by the Ministry of Food Dramatic Society at the Civil Service Commission on November 8, 9, ro

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CIVIL SERVICE CHALLENGE CUP Clubs have been arranged into four geographical groups, and the draw for the first round is: GROUP A (London).-Board of Trade, bye; Min. of Labour v. P.O. Stores; Min. of Supply v. Air Min.; St. Georges v. P.O. Factory; Centels v. Inland Rev.; Mount Pleasant v. Foreign Section G.P.O.; Agriola v. Bucking­ ham; P.O. Telecoms v. National Physical Laboratory; Customs and Excise v. Eastern Postal: Min. of Educa­ tion v. P.O. Savings Bank. PROVINCES-GROUP B.-Admiralty Rovers (Bath) v. Birmingham C.S. GROUP C.-Manchester Postal v. Scarborough C.S.; Min. of Pensions (Blackpool) v. West Postal (Liverpool). GROUP D.-R.A.E. Farnborough v. Portsmouth C.S. All matches in the above round to be completed by Saturday, October 30, 1948.

The Representative Games

The first representative match will be played against the Army on the. Kingstonians ground on Wednesday, November ro, kick-off 2.30 p.m. The second of the series of representative games will be played at Chiswick on the Civil Service Sports Ground, kick�off 2·.30 p.m. Come along to these matches; you will see a fine game and give the players the support they deserve.

Physical Culture Report on the East of Scotland weight-lifting championships, held in Thornton on August 29, 1948. The Rosyth Area club was represented by two members, Messrs. Wilson and Mellis. Both men performed creditably, considering the short period of training engaged in before competing; also the fact that neither entrant had much experience in competitive lifting. J. Wilson, lifting in the II­ stone class, was placed equal second, and might easily have won with a little more experience. A. Mellis coJTipeted in the 13-stone division, and had very stiff opposition. Notwithstanding this, he lifted confidently enough to gain fourth place. Both men did very well, and the experience gained should stand them well in later competitions. This is the first competition any of our members have entered and the fact that the entrants did so well did not pass unnoticed by the presiding officials. It is to be hoped that in the near future we will have entries going forward:-not only to Area com­ petitions but also to the national events.


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Sir Warren Fisher It is with deep regret that we record the passing of Sir Warren Fisher, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., D.Litt., a life vice-president of the Civil Service Sports Council. Warren Fisher became Secretary of the Treasury and head of the Civil Service immediately after the close of the first world war, and the movement set on foot in r922 for an organisation to co­ ordinate sports activities in the Civil Service appealed to him as a valuable contribution to his own schemes for the reorganisation of the Civil Service into a unified public service serving as a team instead of disconnected units each serving a separate Department of Government. Above all, he appreciated the democratic basis of the proposed Civil Service Sports Council. • Royal approval for the new sports mbvement was accorded by the acceptance of the presidency of the Civil Service Sports Council by H.R.H. the Duke of York (now H.M. the King), and Fisher himself appealed to senior Civil Servants for sub­ scriptions to a fund to meet the initial organising expenses of the Council; he asked and obtained the support of Civil Service heads of Departments for the Council's work. Through the early years of the struggle for ade­ quate sports facilities, Fisher continued to give strong and friendly support. In particular when, in r924, in anticipation of the promised Govern­ ment grant which did not then mature, the Council had entered into heavy commitments which could not be met from its subscription income, Fisher obtained from his friends in public life gifts sub­ stantial enough to restore the financial stability of the Council. Finally, in r937, he obtained for the Council the first Government grant of substance ever given for sport in the Civil Service, together with the promise of annual grants to follow. Fisher stands out first and foremost among those who have contributed to the present strength of the Civil Service Sports Council. He was one of our first vice-presidents, and in recognition of his support throughout the first 20 years of the Council's existence, we made him our first life vice­ president on his retirement in r939. We salute a great Civil Servant, a staunch friend and a great officer of the Council. A. E. WATSON.

From " The Times " of October 8 Sir Noel Curtis-Bennett writes:It is difficult to believe that Sir Warren Fisher has passed on - he possessed such enthusiasm, virility and, above all, simple faith. It was my privilege not only to serve him for many years and no man could have had a more loyal and understanding " Chief " - but to know him inti-

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mately and closely outside our official relations. He lived simply, indeed hardly, and was never happier than in the company of those who loved their fellow-men. Thousands of lower grade Civil Servants owe to him more than they will ever know. He possessed a burning patriotism, not only for his country but for the great Service over which he presided for 20 years. But for his enthusiasm and, above all, his faith, the Civil Service Sports Council could never have grown into the great movement it is to-day - far the largest all-grade movement in H.M. Civil Service. No head of any service so endeared himself to the rank and file. It was his vision and encouragement that inspired me and others to go forward against what, a quar­ ter of a century ago, looked an impossible task. In his passing the nation loses not only a great and distinguished public servant, but a very simple and true English gentleman who loved his fellow-men and was not afraid to show it. He had complete and utter faith. To those of us who really knew him and loved him, his death leaves a blank in o�r lives which can never be filled.

Postal Cross Country Race

The annual five-miles Postal Inter-Office and individual cross country race for the '' Pope Memorial Trophy " and in conjunction,_ the " Powell Cup," is on Saturday, January r, I949, from the Belgrave Hall, Wimbledon, at 3 p.m. Entry fees are teams 4s. and individuals rs. Entries should be forwarded to the athletic secretary, Inland Section, G.P.O., E.C.r. Closing date will be Saturday, December r8, r948.

The Roving Reporter

Miss E. M. Tillman will no doubt deal with the. C.S. 0 p e r a t i c Society's first production, " Iolanthe." I was anxious to see this venture succeed, as I had urged the Works Operatic Society to widen their scope by setting up an operatic society with membership open to all departments. While an operatic society, with vocal and instru­ mental sections, is 'within the ability of a large Ministry such as Works, I feel it to be just within, and it is better to have a wider field on which to draw for talent and audiences. It was necessary to take the Y.M.C.A. Theatre for four nights, and while there were a few empty seats on all nights, expenses will be covered and the accounts will break square. On the night I attended, the au.dience gave rousing support, and this brought out the best the cast and orchestra could give. Chorus work was good, the principals clear and melodious, and all worked with enthusiasm and energy. The only thing that was a little overdone was the make-up. I hear that the Society has been asked to repeat the show in Luxembourg.


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Whether that can be managed depends on factors which will require careful thought, but it is a nice tribute to the Society. " The Pirates of Penzance " will probably be the next production. I suggest that the many dramatic societies throughout the Service in London could assist each other if they would guarantee to take, and sell, a fixed number of seats for each other's shows. It means piling work on overworked secretaries, but I think it would be more effective than distribut­ ing notices which are soon forgotten. Beyond the benefits which flow from mutual support there are the greater . advantages of learning one from another. C. E. Adair, of the Riding Club, tells me that the recent " riding holiday " arrangement was .successful. Forty members spent some time at the country guest house where the nine horses belong-· ing to the club could be hired, so that it was pos­ sible to ride in even more pleasant surroundings than the '' R0w.'' Members were given not only · an enjoyable holiday, but also a gymkhana, which was a financial success. The horses are in fine fettle after their fortnight in natural surroundings. Adair is looking forward to a good winter in the .school at Knightsbridge and in the Park. Non­ members may like to know that first-class tuition is given and that hacking fees are less than the average. Netball players who use Chiswick will be glad to know that the netball court has been trued up and resurfaced with a green finish. It has been (Continued on page 66)

Association Activities Broadbent Wins British Chess Championship.­ All Association members learnt with pleasure of Mr_. R. J. Broadbent's success in this year's championship tournament. Coming on top of his performance last year as runner-up, this shows him to be Britain's most consistent player. This year's tournament was probably stronger than. any hitherto, including, as it did, four ex-champions. The Service was well represented at the Congress, with five players in the championship and ten in other tournaments. Many more came along to see the play during the fortnight the Congress was running, including, we were pleased to see, one of our vice-presidents, Mr. J. Y. Bell, C.B. We held a successful A.G.M. on September 17. Proceedings began with presentation of last season's prizes by the president, Sir William Scott Douglas, K.C.B. This is the last A.G.M. to be held in September. It is our intention to hold such meetings in future in May to give the Associa­ tion and club officers more time to make prepara-

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tions necessary for the coming season. September meetings will be reserved for prizegivings and social activities. The meeting acknowledged a successful season by electing all the officers en bloc except for representatives to serve on the Sports Council, where a change was necessary because of altera­ tions in the Council's rules. Our representatives there will be Miss M. V. Hiscock, secretary of the P.O. Factory club, and Mr. H. Hoskin, the Admiralty club captain. Our new venture, a handbook givirig club details and fixture lists, was voted a success, and about three-quarters of the edition were sold at the meeting. C.S. and Municipal Chess League results. Division 1: Health 5, Patent Office 5; Royal Arsenal 4, Supply 6; L.C.C. -7, Customs 3. Division 2: Air 7½, Fuel and Power 2½; Labour 6, Works 4; L.C.C. II. 6, Unats. 4; Patent Office II. 4, Stationery Office 6; Paymaster General 3, Transport 7. Division 3: G.P.O. HQ. II. 5½, Supply II. 2½; Labour II. ½, P.O.S.B. 7½Division 4: Fuel and Power II. 2½, Works II. 5½; P.O. Factory 6½, L.C.C. IV. 1½. Division 5: Crown Agents II. I, I.R.. II. 5; Labour III. 4, Unats. II. 2; P.O. Factory II. 2, Supply III. 4. Netball: Miss Hollman's All-England Honour.� Representative teams have been selected and the teams have played their first matches of the season. On November 13 the first team go to Cambridge for the match with the University. Last year this game resulted in a win for the Service. Other matches have been arranged with the London and Manchester Universities, Kent and Middlesex Counties and the Polytechnic Netball Club. The London Business Houses representative teams, Bank of England· and the A.T.S. have been approached for fixtures. As the last date for entries in the Inter-Depart­ mental Competition has been altered, no news can be given, but the first matches were due to begin in October. Agricola (the Agriculture and Fisheries Club) is to be congratulated on winning the Middlesex County open rally in October. Their goal average on the afternoon's play was 56 for, 18 against; no mean achievement in a county rally. The netball court at the C.S. sports ground has been resurfaced and is now available for play. Charge for the pitch is now 2s. per match, and it is hoped this new charge will encourage departmental clubs to use it. Applications for booking should be addressed to the secretary, C.S. sports ground. At the A.G.M., held in May, the chairman, Miss Treadaway, paid tribute to Miss Hollman, who has resigned from the post of hon. treasurer to the Association. Miss Hollman, an ex-represen(Continued on page 59.)


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.THE CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL The CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS J oURNAL is pub­ lished monthly by the Civil Service Sports Council, Ltd., from its registered office at Room 208, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S. W.1. Telephone: Whitehall 1234, Ext. 373. Corres­ pondence should be addressed to The Editor, Civil Service Sports Journal. Matter for publication should reach the Editor by the tenth of the month preceding the month of issue. Contributions will be welcomed. ·while present paper restrictions continue they should not exceed 400 words. Photographs are wanted.

Hon. Editor: C. D. HOW ARD.

Hon. Assistant Editor: Miss E. M. Tillman, Art, Music and Drama. All advertisements and correspondence relat­ ing thereto should be addressed to : A. Darby's Advertising Service, Cobham House, 24-26, Blackfriars Lane, London, E.C-4- Telephone CITy 6686 / 6687. Subscription by Post: 3s. per annum.

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convey to Sir Warren's people a deep sympathy in their great loss. Vv'e know, too, that one man who will feel the passing intensely is Sir Noel Curtis­ Bennett. Gloucester's New Venture.-At Gloucester pub­ lication has commenced of the Gloucester Area Civil Service Sports Bulletin. The Bulletin is edited, produced and printed locally, and the entire cost borne by the Gloucester Area. It is then stapled each month in copies of the CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS JOURNAL, and thus each one of our local subscribers obtains a free copy of the local Bulletin. It is a happy and loyal idea, and we wish the venture every success. The JOURNAL helps the Gloucester area and the Gloucester Area in turn helps the JOURNAL. This principle of unselfish co-operation deserves to, and must, succeed. The Bulletin reveals that great steps forward are being taken in the provision of a first-class ground and pavilion facilities. Story of Old Ground.-The story printed in this issue of the formation and growth of the grourid at Southampton should interest all those connected with the many grounds of the Service. Still more important, it may be the means of stimulating interest concerning the possible provision of a ground in areas at present without a ground, or even without an Association. Let us hope that it will stir ambition in this direction in many localities.

The Running Track at the Wembley Stadium.­ Sir Warren Fisher is Dead.--Sir Warren Fisher, head of the Civil Service from 1919 to 1939, died Notwithstanding heavy rains the running track for in London on Saturday, September 25, aged 69. the Olympic Games, 1948, proved to be fast and Unlike most members of a Service which is as silent durable. One world record was broken and sixteen as the Navy, his name was familiar to the great Olympic records broken or equalled. The track British public as that of a man whose signature was an exceptional success and it was laid with a appeared on banknotes.. He was also known as specially prepared material within four days. It the man with the striking pale blue eyes who was necessary to transport 800 tons of material abhorred fools. Both inside and outside the Ser- and surface a 400-metre track, 29 feet wide. As a . vice he was, by general consent, a great Civil result orders have been received from abroad to Servant. Our particular interest in the late Sir · assist the· export drive, as well as contracts at Warren is one of gratitude to a good fellow who home. The material used was specially com­ was a great friend to the Civil Service Sports pounded after exhaustive tests. This outstanding Council. In the early days he used his personal work was carried out by our advertisers, En-Tout­ influence to obtain for us the support of depart­ Cas. mental chiefs and, incidentally, to collect cash from them to further the work of the organisers. For Hockey Men to Read.-Organisation in the He attended at least one Council meeting each year, post-war hockey field has not come up to expec­ and whether laying the foundation stone of the tations or hopes. Several enquiries have reached pavilion at Chiswick, bringing his naval son along the Council offices concerning facilities for play. to a Service boxing event, or attending functions It will be seen from our correspondence column in London and the Provinces, he was always the that Inland Revenue are prepared to accept players best of fellows. His work for us was constant and from other Departments. This is an excellent invaluable, and has earned the gratitude of Civil example to follow, and we trust that other Depart­ Servants, and will earn the gratitude of generations ments with facilities for games will in future wel­ of Civil Servants yet unborn. We know that we come recruits from other Departments where suit­ are expressing the wishes of our readers when we able opportunities do not exist.


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(Continued from page 57.) tative team player, has held office since 1934, and is leaving us to be hon. treasurer to the All­ England Netball Association. Club secretaries are asked to note the address of the new treasurer, Miss E. L. Findley, Duty S.3, P.O. Stores Dept., Studd Street, N.r.

Civil Service Rifle Association. -- By the time these notes appear in print, the summer activitie•s will have ended and a start been made on the winter programme, which will include the usual features of C.S. League and Vickers Bowl competitions, together with those various competitions which are confined to P.O. staffs. A point of particular interest this year has been the increased activity of the Service Rifle Section of the Association, and the C.S. events at Eisley were well SlJ.pported. The result of the C.S. cham­ pionship (Duke of Connaught Cup) is as follows: 1, Major F. B. Smith (Perth P.O.); 2, R. F. Strange (Min. of Civil Aviation); 3, S. C. Baker (Min. of Works). Major Smith also won the " Silver Jubilee " tankard, J.E. Goodman, of the War Office, taking second place. Representative matches were also arranged against the fighting Services, and the C.S. had their fair share of success. The A.G.M. will be held in November (on a date yet to be fixed), and all secretaries of C.S. rifle clubs are urged to attend. The general secretary, W. Smith, E. in C's. Office (Power Branch), Alder House, Aldersgate Street, E.C., will gladly forward particulars of the date and place of the meeting. It is interesting to note that of the eight com­ petitors who represented the City of Westminster in the recent Metropolitan Inter-Boroughs Shoot, six were Civil Servants, three of these from the W. H. HOLLOWAY. Inland Revenue Club.

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THE CIVIL SERVICE RIFLE ASSOCIATION. SUMMER LEAGUE, 1948: FINAL MATCH TABLE. Division 1. P. W. L. D. Pts. G.P.O. "A" ........................... 10 8 0 2 16 Inland Revenue "/>/.." ............... 10 6 0 4 12 War Office "A" ..................... 10 5 1 4 11 R.S.A. "A" ........................... 10 4 2 4 10 Liverpool P.O. "A" ............... 10 3 1 6 7 R.A.E. "A" .......................... 10 2 0 8 4 Division 2. Admiralty "A" ...................... 10 8 0 2 16 G.P.O. "B" .·.......................... 10 6 1 3 13 G.P.O. "C" ........................... 10 5 1 4 11 War Office "B" ..................... 10 5 0 5 10 7 Min. of Labour ...................... 10 3 1 6 R--A.E. "B" ........................... 10 1 1 8 3 Division 3. .G.P.O. "D" ........................... 10 9 0 1 18 Cardiff T.M.O. ........................ 10 6 1 3 13 Inland Revenue "B" ............... 10 5 0 5 10 9 Leeds Postal ......... ,................. 10 4 1 5 V

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P. W. L. D. Pts. Cambridge Teles. ................... 10 4 0 6 8 R.S.A. "B" ........................... 10 1 0 9 2 Division 4. Croydon P.O. "A" ................. . 8 6 1 1 13 8 5 i 2 11 York T.M.O. ......................... 7 Mount Pleasant "A" ............... 8 3 1 4 6 Centasa ................................. 8 3 0 5 3 8 1 1 6 Home Office ........................... Division 5. Grimsby P.O. ........................ 8 6 1 1 13' \Var Office "C" ............. , ....... 8 4 1 3 9 G.P.O. "E" ........................... 8 4 0 4 8 7 3 0 5 6 Nortels .................................. Inland Revenue ''C'' ............... 8 2 0 6 4 Division 6. G.P.O. "F" ........................... 8 6 0 2 12 8 Admiralty "B" ...................... 8 4 0 4 8 Liverpool P.O. "B" ............... 8 4 0 4 8 Studd St. .............................. 8 4 0 4 Berkeley Square House "A" ..... 8 2 0 6 4 Division 7. Mount Pleasant ''B'' .............. . 8 7 0 1 14 H.M.B.I., Feltham .................. 8 6 0 2 12 7 Treasury ............................... 8 3 1 4 7 2 1 5 5 Croydon P.O. "B" .................. 8 1 0 7 2 Berkeley Square House "B" ..... · Division 8. Long Distance Area ................ 8 6 0 2 12 Mount Pleasant "C" ............... 8 6 0 2 12 Slough P.O. ........................... 8 5 0 3 10 7 3 0 5 6 Berkeley Square House "C" ..... R.A.E. "C" .......................... Insufficient returns LADIES' SUMMER LEAGUE, 1948: FINAL MATCH TABLE. Division 1. G.P.O. "A" ........................ .. 8 7 0 1 14Admi�alty ............................. 8 5 1 2 11 Inland Revenue ...................... 8 5 0 3 103 Berkeley Square House ............. 7 1 1 6 2 Centasa ................................. 8 1 0 7 Division 2. 8 6 0 2 12 Home Office ........................... 8 4 0 4 8 Nortels .................................. 8 G.P.O. "B" ........................... 8 4 0 4 7 4 0 4 8 Edinburgh Teles. .................... 4 Rochester P.O. ...................... 8 2 0 6

Civil Service A.S.A.-The main events for 1948' having been completed, it is evident that swimming in the C.S. is on the upgrade. The recently inaugurated Burton Memorial Trophy for the· medley team championship attracted nine entries,. and proved a keenly contested race. C. and E. were winners, 2 min. 20 sec.; Supply did 2 min. 21.2 sec., and Savings Bank were third, 2 min. 24 sec. Junior champion of '48 is J. Norton, of Education, who swam the roo yds. free-style in 66 sees.; second was D. L. Andrews (New Scotland Yard), and third G. R. Dynes (Air). Plain diving champion of '48 and also one of the Service's Olympic competitors is L. Marchant (L.T. R.); a close second was F. B. Cole, and third place was taken by G. Ward. The Clark Cup was another team championship won by C. and E., who just beat Education by a touch,· with Cardiff P.O. in third place. Most recent results come from Birmingham,


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where T. W. S. Rushton (Birmingham) won the Lawn Tennis and Badminton, the official organ of roo yds. back-stroke championship. A. B. Dart the Lawn Tennis Association, commented specially (Exmouth) came second, and J. H. Rushton on Kaley's match against Starte and refers to the giant strides which Kaley has made since last year, (Supply) was third. Winner's time, 7r.6 sees. Miss M. D. Crewe (R.D.O., Birmingham), won and expressed the view that he has obviously a Ui.e ladies' roo yds. breast stroke, 92 -4 sees.; the considerable future. But, of course, we were not J holder, Miss 0. Sutton (Food) was second, and quite ready for his defeat in succession of . W. B. Ireson (6-o, 6-o), Carter (who has played for Mrs. D. Ball, of Birmingham, third. Miss Crewe England) and of such a seasoned player as retained her title in the one-mile free-style swum Emmett. A strong cross-wind of the kind which at Walto�-on-Thames, Mrs. R. Hinckley (P.O. St?res) bemg s�cond, and Miss 0. Sutton (M.o.F.) was blowing in the latter half of the tournament third. All thirteen competitors completed the has upset many a good player, and the way in - in standard time, too! Congratulations, which Kaley adapted himself to it and made use of course _ ladi�s.- (I've heard that a nice cup of tea was it as a weapon against his m,ore experienced adver. saries was remarkable and creditable. awaitmg at the "Swan.") The Ladies' Singles had · its surprises. Miss At the moment, in Division 1 of the Team Leagues, Savings Bank and Customs are level Bourne defeated Miss Whitefield (who played at Wimbledon last year) 9-7, 6-3, in the semi-final, points. In Division 2, Phoenix are sure winners having won all of their nine swims - although and had a close three-set match (6-2, 4-6, 6-3), in Crown Agents are very close. Division 3 finds the final against Miss Crosser, who had had a A.G.D. with a four-points lead over Customs II. close match in the semi-final against Miss Helliwell. The Gresham Shield provided one of the most Miss Bourne is a hard nut to crack, and with exciting races this year. Teams entered from more opportunity for practice against better Cardiff, Bedford, Belfast, Sheffield, London and players she would quickly reach Wimbledon Birmingham, and with only inches between the standard. We saw five games in the finals of the Men's first three, Sheffield were first (time 74 sees.), Bel­ fast second (time 74.8 sees.) and P.S. (R.A.H.), Doubles and Mixed, and his old friends were pleased to see Ireson playing so well and so ably W. E. C. London, third (75-4 sees.). supporting his partners that he won both. With Carter he beat Archer and Emmett in three close· sets (8-6, 6-3, 6-3); and with Miss Whitefield he beat even more formidable opponents, Carter and Kaley's Success -- Promising New Talent Miss Crosser, after three well fought sets. Last year's holder of the Men's Singles and Miss Crosser and Miss Whitefield won the Ladies' Do_ubles and Mixed Doubles championship (G. L. Doubles. Miss Crosser is now married and Miss �aish) was :inable to_ play, _ as he was taking part Whitefield will, we understand, shortly be in the m the Davis Cup he agamst Sweden, but this same happy state. While we congratulate these made our " coming of age " tournament (the two charming ladies and wish them every h'appi­ 21st) a more even affair. There were more sur­ ness, we are very conscious of the serious loss to prises than usual. Not only was last year's Civil Service lawn tennis. runner-up in the Men's Singles, R. E. Carter, These are the times of change. H. F. Walton beaten by R. Kaley in the semi-final round (6-8, (who played for England in the Davis Cup this 6-3, 3-6), but Kaley won the final round against spring) and L. W. J. Newman, who were among G. L. Emmett without the loss of a set ( 6-2, 6-2, 6-4), after Emmett had come through to the final the mainstays of our strong first team, are no comfortably. Kaley played in the C.S. tourna­ longer in the Service. We miss them greatly, and meD:t for the first time two years ago, reached the also J. R. Reddall and H. H. Tranter, who were semi-final, and was only beaten after a close. three­ regular competitors up to 1946 and held champion­ set 1:llatch. Last year he was suffering from a ship titles, but who are stationed out of London spramed muscle and could not do himself justice, and have since found it difficult to take pa�t. Fortunately our match secretary, Ireson, has a but he would hardly have been ranked in C.S. la:-vn tennis highe_r than No. 6 at the beginning of flair for finding new talent, and we have, I under­ this season. His advance since last vear was stand, found some very promising young players shown by his excellent play in club tennis, and in and have had very successful matches against the the qualifying competition for the Wimbledon Services. We must hope that more of the new championships, in which he was beaten after a long discoveries will find it possible to play in the tour­ five-set struggle by A. J. Starte, a prominent open nament next year. tournament player, who ultimately qualified to We welcome J. L. Deloford and F. C. m�rd, play in the Wimbledon championship proper. both players of a high standard.

Annual Lawn Tennis Tournament


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RESULTS: R. K. Kaley bt G. L. Emmett 6-2,

Miss B. M. Crosoer bt Miss B. Bourne . Men's Doubles: R. E. Carter and J. W. B. Ireson bt J. N. Archer and G. L. Emmett 9-7, 6-4, 6-4. Ladies' Doubles: Miss B. M. Crosoer and Miss K. Whitefield bt Miss B: Bourne and Miss P. Orgel 6-2, 6-2. Mixed Doubles: J. W. B. Ireson and Miss K. White­ field bt R. E. Carter and Miss B. M. Crosoer 6-2, 3-6, ,6-3. Ladies' Singles:

6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

LONDON TOWN Chiswick Ground.-Hockey, I949 / 50. The -closing date for applications for pitches at Chiswick for I949/ 50 will be December 3I, I948. It is hoped that allocations will be made by January 3I, I949Applications should bt; made to the hon. secre­ :tary, C.S. Sports Ground, Chicwick, Duke's ·Meadows, W-4. Darts K.O. Competitions.-Civil Service Cup, teams of eight; entrance, 2s. 6d. per team. Closing date for entries, January 8, I949- C.S. Indivi­ dual; entrance fee, 6d. per player; closing date, ·February 5, I949· The above competitions are open to any associa­ tion or club in the London Inner Area. The L.P.R. (Inner Area) . Sports Association darts section are prepared to challenge any county ·association in the Home Counties to a representa­ tive darts match during the I948 / 49 · season. Further particulars as to dates and venues can be -obtained from the match secretary, J. H. Fairchild, S.E.P.O., Union Street, London, S.E.I. Civil Service Women's Athletic Club. - Hon. Secretary, Mrs. Jacobi, 5-I7, Northwood Hall, N.6 (Mon. 2654). Cross Country Section: L. M. Thomas, 20, Brook Green, W.6. S.B.D. Women's Rowing Club.-Winter rowing has now commenced. Practices are being held on ·Saturdays at 2.30 and Sunday mornings at rn.30. New members are still wanted, and if you are thinking of becoming one you will be welcome at either time. Information can be supplied by J. Filkins (office telephone, Gerrard 3925).

S.B.D.'s Harrogate Players Win Football Six-a­

side.-The second post-war Swimming Gala of the ·P.O.S.B. was held on September 30 at Fulham Baths, before an audience of over 400. R. Reeves (Brighton P.O.) won the C.S. men's 220 yds. free­ style championship in 2 mins. 37 3/ 5 sees. from D. J. Trill (Education) and H. G. Jones (C. and E.). Miss B. Skillern (Foreign Office) retained the C.S. rno yds. back stroke championship, winning in I min. 25 4/ 5 sees. from Miss 0. Sutton (Food),

with Miss M. D. Crewe (Birmingham) third. C.S. Ladies tied with London Banks in a match of four events, and Willesden S.C. beat C.S. by two goals to one at water polo. Education were suc­ cessful in the six lengths invitation team race, with Customs second and P.O. L.T.R. third. S.B.D. beat S.C.D. in both men's and women's inter-divisional team races. Club team race winners, Blythe Road " B." The prizes were presented by Mrs. Waterfall, who was present with the Director of Savings, Mr. W. D. Waterfall, C.B. The Bowls Club had an enjoyable combined " drive " with H.Q. Bowling Club. S.B.D. "A" finished third in the Bunbury Cup, and the " B " team won the Archibald Cup. The club champion­ ship went to Les Taylor, the runner-up being Jack Loynes, who, owing to ill-health, had to scratch in the final. The pairs competition was won by Messrs. Ness and Mantle. It is with great regret that the death on October I of J. W. Bates has to be recordea. He was a regular member of the '' A '' team and will be greatly missed on the green. At the A.G.M. of the T.T. Club, hopes were expressed for a successful I948/ 49 season. In the new accommodation of the Institute beneath the Sorting Office, three tables are available on club nights - every Tuesday and Thursday. Four teams will play in the London C.S.T.T.L. this year - men in Divisions r, 4a and 5b, and ladies in Division 2. All T.T. enthusiasts are welcome, but membership is nearing capacity. At Harrogate, the football club won the Battle of Britain '' Claro Cup '' six-a-side competition for the second year in succession on the Harrogate Stray, when they defeated local rivals, Christ­ church O.B., by two goals to one. Ross, the Bank captain, who had scored in every round, was presented with the cup by the Deputy Mayor of Harrogate. With nine points from the first six games, the league side are fielding their strongest team yet, and the second and third XI.'s are beginning to climb their respective league table,: L. J. E. TARR. Trade to Run Three Soccer Teams.-The finan­ cial results :of the annual sports meeting show a fair profit, and this will be transferred to the main fund. Thanks to the many subscribers who generously contributed towards the expenses. The Boar.d's soccer boys are feeling fit, and the First XI. hope to reach the top of the Premier Division of the C.S. League. Three teams repre­ sent the Board. The Second XI. have entered the Second Division of the same League, and the Third XI., a new venture, have a series of friendly matches. The Board's table tennis teams have found fresh accommodation, and are now looking forward to a successful season.


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The dramatic society had full houses at their Director's Office, with Telephone House secon<l presentation of " Fools Rush In," a comedy by and Inland Revenue third. J. Cross won the Tele­ Kenneth Horne. They are planning great things graph Messengers' championship. Other results for the coming months, so weather eyes should be were: Men's 66-i club handicap: 1, W. T. Wall (G.P.O.); 2, F. Goff (N.S.); 3, J. W. Lewis kept on their· activities. Our friends at Osterley had a very spectacular (R.D.O.). Ladies' 33½ free-style handicap: 1, L. show for the Osterley Horticultural Society's Morgan (G.P.O.); 2, M. Chew (M.o.S.); 3, M. annual show. Flowers, fruits, vegetables and Sothcott (T.H.). Ladies' roo yards club cham­ home-made cakes, jams, etc., displayed, made a pionship: 1, Miss M. D. Crewe (R.D.0.); 2, M. scene pleasing to the eye. Competition was great Chew (M.o.S.); 3, J. Morgan (G.P.O.). Men's and judges had hard jobs deciding who the ulti­ roo yards club championship: R. P. Flaherty (P.O.). mate winner was to be. At polo, Birmingham C.S. team beat Lean<ler Affiliated clubs are busy planning their respec- . by six goals to four. tive winter programmes. Cricket.-The final of the Birmingham Area was· rained off and the teams concerned - the P.O. Stores and the Inland Revenue -,- spent most of the day looking- through the window at the inces­ Aberdeen Golfers at Balmoral Castle sant rain. It is hoped to play the match on the On Saturday, August 28, a team from the Tele­ last Sunday in April. The weather has interfered phone House Golf C1ub, ·Aberdeen, were invited to very much with the Inland Revenue ·pro�ramme, play a match against the Royal Household Staff and the club has had a mixed season. True, ten Golf Club over the course at Balmoral Castle. matches were won, but there were fifteen draws, The result was a win for Telephone House by due primarily to the weather, many of which would 7-3. After the game the visitors were entertained have been won. The outstanding feature was the to tea at the Castle, and sp'ent a very interesting feat of Peter Andrews in taking IOI wickets in all hour before catching the bus home. matches and scoring 960 runs - a fine achievement The return game was played over the Banchory in club cricket. He had a batting average of 26 course, Kincardineshire, when the Royal House­ and a bowling average of ro. In addition to the hold Club were the guests of Telephone House Revenue he played for the Area on six occasions Club, and again the Telephones were successful and for Warwickshire Club and Ground six times. by seven games to two. In the concluding matches of the season the The Household Staff team were real good Revenue lost to Pickwick, Water Orton, Blossom­ sportsman and despite the fact they had lost both field and the Post qnd Mail, and beat Wylde Green games, expressed a wish that the matches should and Lloyds Bank. remain a fixture when Their Majesties return to 1 have received the fixture list of the�Inland Balmoral "Castle. Revenue Hockey Club, which runs a Ladies' XI, G. K. SYMINGTON. Men's XI and Mixed XI. The chairman of the Birmingham.-The Birmingham C.S. swimming club and an active player is E. W. Smith, himself Club is again to be congratulated on its gala held a Worcester county player. J. Walsh is captain at Woodcock Street Baths on September 28. Two of the men and P. Hunt of the girls. The hockey national championships were allocated to the notes in the August issue were a little misleading, gathering, and both were won by Birmingham as they appeared to. represent the Birmingham swimmers. Miss M. D. Crewe won the roo yards Area, whereas in point of fact they referred to the breast stroke championship of the Civil Service in Inland Revenue. The challenge has borne fruit, 92-1/ 5th sees., Miss 0. Sutton (M.o.F., London), and it is hoped that matches will be arranged with was second and Mrs. D. Ball (Birmingham) third. our friends at Gloucester. A match with Bristol The Russell Scott Trophy for the men's roo yards has already been arranged for November 14. I regret that after a great struggle in the Curtis­ back-stroke champiqnship was won by T. W. S. Rushton (Birmingham) in 71-3 / 5th sees., with Bennett Shield, the Birmingham team were beaten A. B. DaJ;t (Exmouth P.O.) close at hand an<l by the R.A.E. at the third attempt. At Farn­ J. H. Rushton (Birmingham) third. The Gresham borough Birmingham had the better of a drawn Shield for inter-office team race championship game, while in the replay at Hall Green, Birming­ produced a great race, and was eventually won by ham declared at 173 for five, Farnborough scoring Sheffield P.O., with Belfast P.O. second and 98 for six. In the third match Farnborough were Phoenix, London, third. The Birmingham Area put in to bat and scored 124, but after the first championship team race was won by the Regional few batsmen the Birmingham batting broke down, Director's Office, the Messengers' team was second and they were all out for 104. Roy Danes, P9well, and the Inland Revenue third. The Richmond Andrews and Johnston did some useful batting and R. S. HOLMES. Cup for mixed teams again went to the Regional bowling between them.

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Bristol's County Bowlers.-Our ground is occu­ pied to capacity by three football and two hockey teams. The hockey teams are the I.R. and P.O., and the football teams are I.R. and P.O. Messen­ gers on Saturdays, and P.O. on Wednesdays. Record of service teams to date: I.R.: Played 7, lost 2, drawn 3, in Suburban League. P.O. Tele­ phones: Played 8, won 7, lost 1, in Suburban League. P.O.: Played 5, won 4, drawn l, in Wednesday League. Bowls: This section· has had a good season, and play the strongest clubs in the district. First team: Played 27, won 17, lost ro. " A " team: Played 17, won ro, lost 7. Wednesday team: Played 20, won 13, lost 7. The winners of the trophies are: Championship, W. Renshaw; W. S. A. Brown Cup, J.C. Tanner; Handicap, W. Spanton; E. Iles Cup, W. Mitchelmore; Pairs, J. . Newns and E. Grimes. During the season Messrs. E. Grimes and R. A. Bromfield 1iad the honour of playing for Gloucester county, and Messrs. R. A. Bromfield, W. Mitchelmore, W. H. Field and E. Grimes for the City and County of Bristol. Cricket: The Bristol P.O. won the S.W. Regional P.O. knock-out competition, beating Cheltenham P.O. in the final; Bristol P.O. 174 for five wickets, Cheltenham 98. For Bristol, J. Chapman scored a chanceless 62 and his father (Li Chapman) took six wickets for 36. The I.R. Sports Club held a very successful swimming gala on September ro, spectators having to be refused admission. The Harris Cup, presented by Mr. E. W. Harris (H.M. Inspector of Taxes) for internal comp�tition, was won by the Academy section. The Revenue played the G.P.O. at polo and lost by four goals to two. The Bristol police gave a swimming display, and this was the highlight of the evening. The Revenue committee wish to express their appreciation to the police for their help in making the evening such a success. A whist drive will be held in the sun lounge every alternate Thursday. On the other Thurs­ days the Social and Discussion Group will welcome any members wishing to take part in their activi­ ties.. The Council note with pleasure the number of new shareholders. Any Civil Servant playing for a club which· uses the ground must hold at least one share in the C.S. Sports Society, Ltd. Chatham Chats.-Cricket: A season disappoint­ ing from a weather point of view, but satisfactory otherwise. With better wickets, the standard of cricket has improved. The Area match v. Bucking­ ham S.W. Postal District proved a very enjoyable game, and though we won easily by six wickets, the result might have been closer had Buckingham not been minus some of their regular bowlers. Buckingham made rr7, of which Tonks scored 47 and Nosworthy 23. May (five for 28) was Chat-

ham's most successful bowler, but Wright and Parkes also bowled steadily without luck. For the home team, Webb hit a fine 50 and Skipper Hancock was 34 not out. May, a fine all-rounder, made 19. I should like to have seen more of Johnson, five not out, who, in his short innings, shaped like a real batsman. The final score was 127 for four. The Leslie Ames kno.ck-out trophy was won by E.S.S.C., who beat their fellow­ engineers, No. 1 Shop. This was E.S.S.C's. second success in this c_ompetition. Bowls: The weather has caused many interrup­ tions but few postponements, and the Bowls Club, with a greatly increased membership, has had a successful season. J. Duffield distinguished himself in the county competitions. As repQrted last month, two of our ladies' teams were the finalists in the Hospital Cup triples. Mesdames Marshal, Magee and Sheppard (skip) were the winners of a keen game. On the occasion of the visit of Buckingham, opportunity was taken for a two-rink match with our visitors. After a well contested game we won by one shot. We look forward to another meeting next year and hope it will be four rinks. The Darby Cup final was between Joiners " B " and C.S. Bowls Club" C," and ended in a win for the C.S. club by 22-17. The winners, all retired civil servants, were H. Andrews, A. Gregory, G. Rule and R. Smith (skip). Owing to the late start of this competition, some of the games scheduled to be played in early August were somewhat delayed by players' holidays. The Area Council are reluctant to have to force clubs to play to the dates arranged, but it will have to be boine more strongly in mind. Perhaps a start earlier in the season will obviate these postponements. Table Tennis: M. J. Allen, the new secretary, is well to the fore with his arrangements. The Area League, this year with two divisions, opened on September 20, and from then until April 5 the rival teams will fight in a real league, with promo­ tion and relegation to encourage better tennis. We are competing in the Medway Towns T.T. League, where it will be a keen struggle to maintain the position we won. last year. Indoor Games: There are eighteen teams entered in this competition, in two divisions. Details of fixtures are not yet to hand. Winter activities are under way and the club pavilion is rightly the scene of keen games in our table tennis and other indoor competitions, with, of course, the usual week-end dances. It was with pleasure that the Area heard that our president had received well merited promo­ tion, and is now Vice-Admiral G. B. Middleton, C.B., C.B.E. Our congratulations have been sent to our president, and it was appropriate that at the same time he was able to meet a large and appreciative body of our members at the annual


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prize distribution on Friday, October r. The Excellently compered by the talented Chas. Admiral was accompanied by a representative Gibbons, the comedians, Eric Naish and Colin group of dockyard officers and officers of other Pither, were soon in action, and the continuous Civil Service departments, and the local manager roars of laughter that greeted their witty sallies of the newly created S.E. District Electricity had to ?e heard to be believed. 0. M. Mulla rky, Board. The entertainment was in the capable once with Carl Rosa and now at _the R.N.S.D., hands of Miss Pearl Peerless, who brought along a got a tumultuous reception, whilst Roy Rapson, fine body of artists. The Area chairman, Mr. H. A. with a beautiful rendering of " Trees," was also Waldegrave, introduced the Admiral and asked well received. The chairman of the P.O. com­ him to present the trophies to the winners. The mittee, Mr. A. L. Rendell, made a felicitous speech Admiral expressed his great pleasure in being and presented a basket of fruit to Mrs. Gwen present at this annual gathering, and apologised Spray, whose accompaniment at the piano had for the absence of Mrs. Middleton, who was unfor­ done much to make the concert a success. John tunately too unwell to be present, but on whom T. MacOnie (whose " Road to the Isles " seems. the honour of present<ing the trophies should really to be the. new signature song of the club) made fall. He also voiced his appreciation of those · suitable (reply. The Misses Gwen Jones and Vera members responsible for the management of the Lewis, of the catering committee, struggled to serve Association .and its many activities. He then the tea and sandwiches,· the new steward, the club presented trophies to representatives of the follow­ secretary and Area chairman fighting manfully, and successfully, in the alcoholics department. ing winning teams: The new steward leads me to the old steward, Football (Ald. Webb Cup), Foundry; Cricket (Leslie Ames Trophy), E.S.S.C.; Bowls (Admiral whose farewell presentation had taken place the Darby trophy), Civil Service " C " team; Tennis previous week. Always a popular pair, Mr. and (ladies' singles), Mrs. C. Page; gent's. singles, Mrs. Scott had a packed house for thei:c,_adieus. A Mr. C. Page; mixed doubles, Mrs. Page and Mr. cheque from the membership was their going-away Newborough ! Table Tennis (equal), Post Office and gift, the chairman, MacOnie, and Miss Rose Gillingham Electric; Billiards and Snooker, the Campbell (for the veterans) all contributing their Locals; Darts, T.E.O.; Cards, Boiler Dept.; Shove meed of praise and good wishes. They are retiring to Hastings, where, I hope, Walter will Ha'penny, the Locals. Presentations were made to Messrs. Ryan and be as successful with his peas and onions as he Page - to Mr. Ryan a clock, in recognition of his was in the club garden. The winter season got away with a swing. The valuable services as bar secretary over a period . of eight years, and to Mr. Page a cheque for £25 Saturday soccer side won their way into the second for his services as general secretary since 1943. round of the Devon Junior Cup, to the delight of These awards were unanimously approved at the secretary Gibbs. The formidable Wednesday side shared points in their first encounter with the City A.G.M. Transport. C.S. team is being admirably handled What Exeter does at Cromaboo.-In the P.O. by secretary Jim Widgery. Rugby, with Forrest S.W. Regional championships at Bristol, Griffin in charge, got off the mark well, the side having and Mrs. Johnson, Exeter Head P.O., won the received encouraging praise from local rugger mixed doubles tennis trophy for the fourth time. scribes. Indoors, darts, under Mr. Herd, billiards, They beat Miss Sadler and Mr. Whitehead, of Glou­ under P.C. Noss, and table tennis, with Thompson cester, in a hard-fought final 7-5, 6-3. Mrs. Johnson and Down in coptrol, to say nothing of the ladies' won the ladies' singles event by defeating Miss section, are all on their marks, and a busy season Attwell, Gloucester, rr-9, 6-o. In the ladies' THE SAXON. doubles, Mrs. Johnson and Miss Wall lost to Miss lies ahead. Portsmouth: The Cricket and Tennis Sections Walker and Miss Curtis, Bournemouth, 6-4, 6-3. The{ winter programme at the Clubhouse, completed full fixture lists on Octob.er 4 and many Cromaboo, opened with an " At Home " to the exciting matches were fought. The Bowls Section had the use of the new green rest of the Departments, organised by the Head P.O. A spelling and knowledge bee between inter­ at Hilsea this season, which ended on October ro. departmental teams resulted in a packed house. After playing for 25 years on public greens, the Health Audit were first, Telephone Managers members very much appreciate having a" home " runners-up. Equally successful were darts to call their own. The green was officially opened on May r5 by the president of this Area, and a matches, billiards and table tennis. Results: Darts: 1, Records; 2, Post Office " B." Table representative team from headquarters was duly Tennis: 1, Telephone Managers; 2, Post Office and beaten. A Hockey county trial between teams represent­ Revenue; 3, Ministry of Transport. Billiards: r, ing Portsmouth and Isle of Wight was played at Post Office " B "; 2, Naval Depot. A variety concert was an outstanding success. Hilsea on October ro, and the club had three


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members playing for the Portsmouth side. much their own way in the early rounds, only Football: A C.S. II. team was beaten (6-2) on defeated M.E.D. Afloat by two wickets in the final. October 9 by E.E.M. (an affiliated side) in a The Crombie team are to be congratulated on being the first winners of the trophy, and the Area Coun­ Portsmouth Senior Cup game. The Rants. League team beat Cowes on October cil were gratified by the interest aroused. It was difficult to find gear for all who wanted to practice, 9 (2-0); this was their first win of the season. The club has teams in Rants. League, Division but the position will improve next season. 2, and Portsmouth League, Division r. The Crombie team defeated M.E.D. Drawing The football pitches are fully booked up for the Office, Electrical Shop and N.S.O., Lathalmond, season, and the pitches are reserved for Dockyard whilst the other finalists beat S.N.S.O., Rosyth, League affiliated clubs on Saturday mornings. M.C.D. Drawing Office and M.C.D. Afloat. The social and entertainments committee has Badminton Section new officers are Mr. Nicholson arranged for a whist drive every Wednesday evening, in view of the success of the fortnightly drives (chairman), Mr. Jack (secretary) and Miss Donald held last winter; these commenced on October 6 (treasurer). All these officers are employed in the and number<>- C.S. (M/c) Area Bowls: Statio·nery Office win League Cup at North Road Ground, Manchester. electrical de. • · p a r t m e n t, 1n c r e a s e d _____________ 1 ' a:r:id persons c o n side r·· -······--·�requiring to a b 1 y. On join the Saturd a y s ec t i o n evenings the ,._,...,,,.,._....,.... should conpavilion is _ tact th'em or agam · given the general over to secretary. . dancing, and A cycling the f i r s t hour is resection h a s been formed served f o r and any instruction of p r o s pective m e mbe rs i n '' o 1 d '' Kings of the Road " f ash i o n ed dances." should contact Mr. A. The ladies Ha:rr i s o n, a r e agam M.E.D. Fitmeeting . on ting Shop, T u e s da y who wi11 evenings for officials, representing ma'f\y departments, at the handi c r a f t A happy group of bowlers and supply . the presentation of the cup. n e c e ssary ins truction, and the numbers attending have again increased. particulars. The organisers of this section are anxious to be successful, and would like new Table Tennis: Four gentlemen's and one ladies' members. E. W. L. team have been entered in Portsmouth and Dis­ trict T.T. League. S. W. Region Post Offices Meet at Bristol. September 8 brought another S.W. Regional Sports Badminton: Arrangements have been made for two nights each week at the United Services Association summer programme to a successful conclusion on the Imperial Tobacco Company's Badminton Club. sports ground at Bristol. The organisers were Curtis-Bennett Cup : Portsmouth has retained rewarded with a dry, though not particularly this trophy by beating Southampton at cricket and summer-like, day. Four hundred spectators bowls, compared with our visitors winning the gathered to watch 61 of their colleagues and friends W. P. J. CooK. tennis match. do battle at bowls, cricket and tennis. In the cricket match Bristol batted first and had Rosyth Forms a Cycling Section.-The cricket made 40 before Bishop was bowled neck and crop competition held on a knock-out basis for the for 29. A first-class display was given by Allen Murphy trophy led to good sport. Sixteen teams and Chapman, who put on roo for the third wicket, representing various departments within the yard scoring 54 and 62 respectively. Bristol declared and establishments in the vicinity entered, and declared at 175 for four, leaving Cheltenham two the winners, Crombie " A," although having hours to get the runs. Cheltenham were unable

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to beat the wiles of L. Chapman, who took six for 38, and helped put them all out by 7.15 p.m. for 96. Butt batted well for his 33, while Watson and Smith ended the innings in a blaze of glory. Devotees of bowling were not disappointed in the display given by the 14 stalwarts, who played on one of the finest greens in Bristol. We saw bowling of a high stanc:lard, with H. A. Ashman (B.S. T.M.O.) winning the singles 21-ro, R. Maynard and S. G. Bennett (G.R. T.M.O.) the· doubles 21-20, and Messrs. Jones, Brown, Fenner and Probert (Swindon H.O.) the rink, 19-13. The doubles was won on a measure by ¼-in. At tennis, the final of ,the Ladies' singles is deserving of special mention for the wonderful dis­ play given in the first set by Mrs. Johnson (Ex. H.O.) and Miss Attwell (GR. H.O.), which was eventually won by the former rr-9. Mrs. Johnson took the second set 6-o. The Ladies' doubles went to Mrs. Curtis and Miss Walker (Bournemouth T.M.), 6-z, 6-1, an� the Mixed doubles to Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Griffin (Ex. H.O.), 7-5, 6-z. Mr. Long (GR. T.M.) again won the Singles, 6-3, 6-4. We shall have to handicap him and Mrs. Johnson next season! Messrs. Cawsey and Edwards (Regl. H.Q.) played well together to win the Doubles, 6-3, 7-5. We gathered in front of the pavilion to hear chairman G. A. Lascelles thank our president, Mr. John Darke, C.B.E., for the great interest shown · by him in the Association and for his continued readiness to assist. Mr. Darke paid tribute to the competitors for their excellent display and to all who had helped to make the meeting possible. Mr. Darke said thanks were due to the directors of the Imperial Tobacco Company for loaning us their splendid ground and to Mr. Spry (groundsman) and his staff for having it in such an excellent condi­ tion. He also thanked the Cheltenham team for having a go and not playing out time. Mrs. Darke presented the trophies and medals to the winners, the proceedings ending by the presentation of a bouquet to Mrs. Darke by the chairman's daughter,· Valerie Lascelles. Swansea.-! must apologise to members for the absence of these notes for the past few issues, due to circumstances beyond my control. However, I shall have to try and make up for lost time now. The C.O.I. film shows are proving very popular, and our secretary tells me that a series of twelve programmes has been arranged. The table tennis season has now started, with the club running three teams in the Swansea and District Table Tennis League. You will remember that last year the ladies' team went through the season without a defeat, so this year it was decided to mix them in with the men so that we could run the three league teams, an experiment which has

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so far proved most successful. Les Walters plays regularly for the Swansea Town team, and I hear that Marie James has also been picked for a town match against Cardiff. The snooker and darts sections are in full swing, but I was disappointed to see no Civil Service team entered in the club section of the Swansea Hospital Darts League. What about it for next year, members? A large entry has been received for the newly formed Rifle Section, under the able direction of friend Gamble, and negotiations are proceeding with a view to the use of the Sketty range. The proposed Philatelic Section is receiving support, but the secretary would be pleased to receive more names from those interested. So roll up with your penny blacks and triangular Capes. The hockey pitch is now ready, and by the time these notes are published, the first home match in the club's history will have been played, so we are all looking forward to a really successful season. M. W. EUSTACE. ROVING REPORTER-continued from page 57 arranged to let the court for single games instead of by the hour; this is to meet the request of the Netball Association. The A.G.D. girls of the P.O. are having coaching. The Agriculture netball team will have to look to its laurels. Netball could be a more vigorous game and more enter­ taining to watch if more teams had the benefit of good coaching. The trouble seems to be in the schools, where often the game is played on under­ sized courts under inexpert instruction. There are so many good coaching schemes operating that lack of training is no longer an excuse. The Amateur Athletic Association offers excellent facili­ ties for the training of coaches in athletics. Ernest Clynes, secretary of the three A's, is a Civil Ser­ vant and a member of our executive committee. I have· always found him most generous with advice and help, and I am sure he would give help to any of our secretaries. With the passing of Sir Warren Fisher, the Civil Service has lost an erstwhile champion and the Sports Council a valiant and generous friend. Someone more fitted than I will write a fuller tribute to the help he gave us, but even those who knew Warren Fisher slightly only could have had no doubt regarding the esteem and affection in which he was held if they. were present at the service to his memory held at St. Margaret's, Westminster. It is regretted that owing to unforeseen circum­ stances, special articles dealing with the 1948 records of the Ministry of Works and Crusaders are unavoidably held over for the December issue.


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-�i.:.:.._ THE OFFICIAL

Vol. 3

No. -5

ORGAN

{New Series)

OF THE

CIVIL SERVICE SPORTS COUNCIL

TWOPENCE

DECEMBER, 1948

Reply from Their Royal Highnesses We are most grate­ ful · fo_r the �ind message of congratu­ lation we

have re­

ceived from members of all grades of the Civil Service:

ELIZABETH and PHILIP Mr. W. Broadbent (Judge of the Contest) opening the C.S. Championship Angling Competition at Reading.

· H.R.H. THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH H.R.H. THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH I beg to submit to Your Royal Highnesses, on behalf of members of all grades of His Majesty's Civil Service of the United Kingdom serving at home and overseas, their most sincere congratulations on the birth of your son, the Prince.

EDWARD BRIDGES, On behalf of His Majesty's Civil Service. A Message from Lord Beveridge (Page 79)


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Ministry of Labour and National Service

Fine Record during 1948 The Ministry of Labour and National Service! has every reason to be well satisfied with its record for 1948. At the commencement of the year, successes had been achieved during the winter season in C.S. chess, football and table tennis. The chess team won the Post annual trophy for the first time and one of the teams finished top of their divi�on in the C.S. Chess League. The football team took first place in the second division of the C.S. League, and also won the Inter­ Departmental Challenge Shield for the Watford Area. International T.T. Player The table tennis representatives completed a fine . winter record for the Department by taking three of the. C.S. championships - Ladies' Singles, Ladies' and Mixed Doubles. In addition, Miss B. Steventon gained International honours. During the summer months of 1948 further suc­ cesses had been obtained in athletics, cricket, swimming and tennis. An Olympic Runner In the field of athletics, Miss Joan Upton retained the C.S. sprint championship for the second year running, and also represented Great.Britain in the Olympic Games. C.-B. Shield Won For the first time in its cricket history the Department has, at last, won the Curtis-Bennett Shield. Mr. D. R. Wilkinson won the roo yards junior event and the 220 yards free style in the C.S. swimming championships. Finally, the Ladies' Doubles tennis team appeared in the final of the Inter-Departmental tennis championship. With the winter and summer results together, the Ministry of Labour and National Service has cer­ tainly made a very good show in 1948. Experimental Sports Day The Department held a successful Sports Day to wind up their summer season, and took full advantage of the C.S. sports ground .at Watford, . which surrounds their premises, to try out a new experiment in sports days. In addition to the normal athletic events, an ambitious programme was arranged to represent, as far as practicable, all the sporting activities followed by the staff of the Department. The programme included a swimming gala held in the local baths during the morning and was followed in the afternoon by athletics, cricket, fencing, table tennis, tennis and netball matches.

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International Bridge Team In addition, the day's programme provided an exhibition bridge match against an international team, a horticultural show, philately and photo­ graphy displays and theatrical productions, all of which were representative of the various activities organised by the staff of the Ministry of Labour and ·National Service. The whole show attracted a very large number of the staff and the competi­ tors were representative of all parts of the Depart­ ment, headquarters and the regions. The very successful day was rounded off with dancing in the evening, which included a waltz competition, and a whist drive and bridge tour�ament. The Minister Watches Regional Rivakies The Minister, the Rt. Hon. G. A. Isaacs, M.P., was present throughout the day, together with the Permanent Secretary, Sir Godfrey H. Ince, the Deputy Secretaries, Sir Guildhaume Myrddin­ Evans and Sir Harold H. Wiles, and other senior officers of the Department. The Minister presented the various sports trophies to the winners. The sports day trophy was won by Southern Region, which had the greatest number of successes during the day. In the athletic events, Miss E. B. Wagstaff won the Ladies' Challenge Cup and Mr. C. Lewin the Men's Athletic Cup. Southern Region were the winners of the Inter-Departmental Challenge Cup. The swimming championships were won by Miss A. Marshall and Mr. N. A. Bennett, and Southern Region won the mixed relay. Southern Region also received the first award of the Minister's Cup for swimming, which had been presented to the Department by the Rt. Hon. G. A. Isaacs, M.P. In the table tennis fwents North Midlands Region won the Inter­ Regional contest and London headquarters were the winners of the netball competition. The Fencers, Compete Mr. A. Rawlings won the individual foil match at fencing, with Watford headquarters winning the team event. The two headquarters, London and Watford, gained the most successes in the photography and the horticultural shows. And so ended 1948 for the Ministry of Labour and National Service, who can be congratulated on a fine record and on the grand sporting spirit now prevalent throughout the whole of the Department.

Civil

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Crusaders

Our farewell to the 1948 season left us fairly dry-eyed. We have known seasons more liberally endowed with sunshine, even though we could hardly expect a repetition of 1947, when batsmen made merry at the expense of bowlers who toiled but did not spin.


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This season started well with a tour that broke all records for sunshine and for results, in that for the first time we avoided defeat throughout, having at command what was probably the strongest batting side ever to " crusade." The rest of the season fell a little from this high standard, but we can regard as satisfactory a record which resulted : Played 16, won 6, lost 3, drawn 6, abandoned l, the runs being shared as follows: Crusaders, 2,854 for 107 wickets, average 26.67; opponents, 2,568 for 136 wickets, average 18.88. J. F. Ezekiel was the only member to achieve the coveted century, ro8 not out, against St. Luke's College, Exeter, on tour. Them was, however, a general level of excellence, the top half-dozen in the batting avF.rages being:Times Hst. Inns. n.o. Sc. Runs Avge. T. H. Sinclair ...... 7 2 90* 4o3 80.6 83* 259 64.75 V. H. Delany ...... 6 2 H. W. F. Edwards 5 1 223 55.75 84* J. L. Thorne 2 o 74 ro6 53.o J. F. Ezekiel ...... 4 1 ro8* 121 40.33 C. S. Farnes ...... 2 1 36* 65 32.5 * Not out Honourable mention might be made of P. B. Dunthorne, who achieved thi; distinction of playing in most matches (9), for an average of 25.75. As he also held the greatest number of catches and headed the bowling averages with one over, one wicket, for five runs, he can be regarded as distinctly promising. Other bowlers who helped him were: Overs Mdns. Runs Wkts. Av. D. C. Smith ..... 28.3 13 42 7 6.o J. G. Dunbar ... 55.5 16 121 18 6.72 7 133 16 8.31 E. J. King ...... 49.1 B. E. Rolfe ...... 13 o 34 4 8.5 R. W. R. Adams 28.3 9 78 6 13.0 C. S. Russell ... 15 1 41 3 13.66 Notable individual performances were: E. J. King: Eight wickets for 47 runs v. Horsham. D. C. Smith: Fivi; wickets for 20 runs v. Public School Wanderers. J. G. Dunbar: Five wickets for 23 runs v. Exeter Civil Service; five wickets for 35 runs v. St. Luke's College; five wickets for 42 runs v. Exmouth. R. W. R. Adams: Five wickets for 53 runs v. Reading University. Last year I recorded our extraordinary achieve­ ment (if that is the right word!) at Phoenix Park, Dublin, where 68 for five was '' consolidated '' at 68 for ro ! Such a standard cannot always be maintained, but we came near it at Horsham in our last game. Left to get 128 we had reached 120 for five and it was regarded as " in the bag," but

the bottom fell out of the bag and we lost by three runs. Was the tail-enders' theme song " Doing what comes naturally ''? And so to the moth-balls and bat oil in readiness for 1949, the first fixture for which will be the A.G.M. and dinner in February (please note), where everybody can achieve distinction merely by being present. The customary tour is being arranged for Whitsun, next year in the Gloucester district, where matches have already been fixed up with Stinchcombe Stragglers, Cirencester, Glouces­ ter City, Clifton, Bristol University and Glouces­ ter Civil Service. We are hoping that sufficient cars will be available by the grace of Gaitskell, dollars and the Berlin lift! Car owners might begin now by putting the odd pint by in bottles. CRUSADER.

Reviews

News frorn the East. By Bernard Newman, Illus­ trated. Gollancz. 18s. net. Our colleague Newman has decided to leave the Service to devote himself to lecturing and literary work. He is still with us in spirit, and his books are as interesting as ever. He describes his jour­ ney in 1947 to the Middle East; he flew by way of Ceylon to Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong to Japan, returning through Siam and India. He has useful information_ to give on all those coun­ tries, and in most he had amusing experiences. He mixed with the British forces and with the natives. He helped board a Chinese opium smuggler, visited an interminable show at a native theatre, saw the new, improvised city which is growing where the atomic bomb dropped on Hiro­ shima, helped rout out a large snake from the roof as a preliminary to a lecture, and went out on patrol after suspected terrorists during a curfew in I. 0. E. India. Gadget City. By I. 0. Evans. Warne. 4s. 6d. Reprint. The writer, though a Civil Servant, is a cunning fellow. The book deals with romantic adventure of the type beloved by all boys of ages ranging from 7 to 70. There is a battle between the ancient Britons and the Roman invaders. Our hero is· taken prisoner and conveyed to ancient Alexandria as a slave. Whilst in that city and before achiev­ ing his freedom, he finds in existence such things as a taxi-meter, theodolite, steam turbine engine and so forth. Even when he enters that first of all libraries at Alexandria, his experiences are largely scientific and mechanical. It all goes to prove that there is nothing new under the sun. Did not the hero experience a secret weapon and a concentration camp? Now do you see why the


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writer is a cunning fellow? All boys revel in adventurous yarns and most of them are interested in invention and mechanical gadgets. The two subjects are cunningly intermixed. Alexandria is the gadget city. An admirably told story which will please your boys. c. D. H. Skating Fever. By Doris W. Hutchings. New Arts Publishing Guild. 2s. 6d. We cannot do better than quote from the cover of this interesting booklet - '' reveals in a series of intimate letters the experience of one who ven­ tures on the ice for the first time until confidence is acquired, and ambition attained.'' Mrs. Hutchings, who is secretary to the Publicity Committee of the C.S. Ice Skating Association, is well qualified to deal with the subject.

The Roving Reporter

Last month I visited Nottingham, where repre­ sentatives forming nearly 30 Departments listened with enthusiasm to plans for the formation of an area association. Next I went to Risley, where Admiralty and Supply promised to work together to find a ground and form an area association at present the Admiralty Storage Depot only is affiliated to the Council - then on to Sellafield, an isolated spot on the Cumberland coast, to help Supply with their sports problems. In all three places the keenness and energy of the committees was impressive. At Sellafield I was glad to renew contact with S. F. Hines, Supt. at Springfields, who told me of the progress of the social club. His description of the club, which, although of recent origin, is flourishing, persuaded me to promise to visit them to talk about sports grounds as soon as I could. * * * * I notice that the flourishing organisations are those where the work is shared among a band of helpers. K. C. Ashfold, Ministry of Labour (London) Social Club, tells me his committee served more than 30,000 snacks and beverages last year. It was accomplished by a large committee sharing the work on a rota system. Last year the club sent a party to Holland to play table tennis and other games against the Dutch Ministry of Labour. * * * * Congratulations to D. A. Smith, secretary of the I.R. Sports Association, who has taken on secretaryship of the C.S. Hockey Committee. He has arranged representative matches with the Army and Royal Air Force - the first since 1939.

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The Council's thanks are due to A. P. Bale, a member of the Camping Panel set up as an advis­ ory committee in 1945, who has worked hard to find a camp site exclusively for Civil Servants.

Difficulties prevented the Council acquiring two sites he had found, and the Council has regretfully to shelve the matter until there is evidence of stronger demand in the Service, and easing of agricultural needs. Bale, a prominent member of the Camping Club of Great Britain, suggests that any of our people who want to camp should seek advice of the Club, which maintains the highest standards of camping of all forms.

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While at lunch with the C.S. soccer team before their match against the Army, I asked C. J. Neale how he enjoyed his time with the British Olympic team. He said there was a fine spirit in the team throughout and he was full of praise for the coach­ ing. Neale has transferred from the Home Office to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Fresh Fields and Pastures New The legal difficulties which attended the pur­ chase of the Sanderstead ground have been over­ come; a compromise has been reached with the Agricultural Executive whereby the Council gets use of 15 of the 25 acres, and a committee is being formed to manage the ground. The Council hopes to have ro acres of land at Eltham in use soon. There is good turf at Sanderstead, but the Eltham plot will not be ready for play until winter, 1949, as the· land has only just been released from cropping. As at Sanderstead, the ground will be controlled by a voluntary committee, working on the lines of the Chiswick Ground Committee. Offers of help on these committees would be appreciated by the Sports Council.

BIGGER AND BETTER

Work up to Highest Professional Standard in P.O. Club's 31st Annual Exhirition At the preview, William Watkins, R.I., had words of praise for many pictures displayed in the P.O. exhibition, which opened November ro, Gunningham Room, K.E.B., G.P.O. During his two hours' talk on pictures selected at random from among the 650 displayed, he described C. -V. Parker's watercolours as on a par with the best professional work, and praised many of the oils, especially No. 171 (W. H. Ludlow), street scene, in which a vividly expressed foreground group claimed and held the eye. The exhibition was better tnan ever, and demonstrated the growth of the club and the keenness of its members. By judicious hanging, Miss Tillman and committee showed nearly all works submitted, and devoted one wall to pictures sent by Sheffield P.O. Of this group, two large cathedral interiors in oils by J. Johnson were ambitious, if a little formal in handling.


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Parker dominated the watercolours, and his open beach scene in oils (No. 130) challenged more experienced painters in that medium. It was his first attempt in oils; when he masters the tech­ nique, as he has done in watercolours, his work will be worthy of notice. I liked the limpid quality of 103 (J. D. Howard) and the feeling of depth, accentuated by crisply drawn trees in the fore­ ground, of No. roo (A. B. Hamdon). The watercolours and oils were superior to the black and white and the few pastels shown. The latter, except for a bright study of the red-coated, top-hatted doorman of the H.Q. building, were dull, flat, and lacked the true quality of pastel work. Everatt Gray led with carvings in wood and ivory, and Trezies' manuscript was as graceful as ever. The photographic section is difficult to pass an opinion on - the expert is much concerned with technical considerations - but I judge No. 3rr (R. A. E. Parsons), a spray of ivy leaves against a tree trunk, and No. 349 (G. A. White), a thorn bush against the sky, as excellent. There were some well-lit portraits, one, particularly, with the force of a Rembrandt. The photo transparencies were good, and some of those in colour especially so. It was good to see weaving and pottery in the craft section of high quality. I found it a satisfying and stimulating exhibi­ tion, and a credit to all concerned. I heard dis­ turbing hints that the exhibition may have to seek other accommodation if a ban on admission of the public is enforced. The exhibition depends on public support to make it financially successful; it adds to the Department's prestige when the public visits the exhibition. It is to be hoped that the P.O. Arts Club will continue to find room for its exhibition in one of the headquarters buildings. J. H. M.

Obituary It is with deep regret I have to record the death of Cyril Gunn at the early age of 53. He attended the match Birmingham v. Admiralty rather against his better judgment, and very quickly developed pneumonia. Cyril had become an integral part of the Birmingham Area, and had been a serving officer since its inception. Starting as catering secretary, he became ground secretary, first at Perry Barr and later at Hall Green, a position he held for over 20 years. Never surely can an honor­ ary official be said to have known so much about his job. There was not a question addressed to him on the subject of sports grounds that he could not supply the answer. His knowledge was amazing and his industry was equally terrific.

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Although he lived on the other side of the city he always seemed to be around at Hall Green, ready to answer questions and deal with the many prob­ lems that daily arose. He took a· great pride in the ground, and he and George Cousins were very good friends. His activities did not end here. He was actively concerned in practically every social event that was organised in the Service, and by his very efforts constituted himself a sort of unoffi­ cial welfare officer. I often felt his gifts could have been put to much greater use outside the· narrow confines of the Civil Service. For years he was secretary and organiser: of the Post Office sports at the county ground, one of the most suc­ cessful open athletic meetings held in Birmingham each year. He was also secretary of the Postmen's Sports Federation. One could go on writing at great length of his many activities, of his con­ tinuous good temper, his ready willingness to help a colleague, and of the splendid help given in the early days by Mrs. Gunn. It will surely be a comfort for her to know he was held in such high esteem by his colleagues and friends, and it is with this thought we extend to her and his little son our deepest sympathy and grateful thanks. R. S. HOLMES. SOUTHAMPTON Mr. John E. Crookes, whose death is announced, had a long playing association with the O.S.O. Cricket Club. Very popular, the ideal skipper, he gained a place in Hampshire county cricket XI. in 1920. After leaving Southampton he was Superintend­ ent of Stores at the O.S.O. at Chessington, Surrey. He collapsed and died in that neighbourhood while playing golf. He was due to retire in a year's time .. He was one of the best players produced by the O.S.O... The greatest sympathy is felt for Mrs. Crookes and her son and daughters.

RUGBY

International Tickets Sports Council shareholders are entitled to apply for tickets for Rugby International matches at Twickenham during the 1948 / 49 season. Stand tickets at ros. each and ringside seats (behind goal lines) at· 6s. each may be applied for, but the players' only tickets at 5s. cannot be obtained through this Union. Applications, quoting Sports Council member­ ship number, should be sent to A. Beard, ro, Mayfair Avenue, Worcester Park, Surrey, and must be accompanied by remittances, including the sum of 6d. to cover cost of postage. Cheques should be made payable to this Union. Dates of matches and closing dates for the receipt


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of applications are as under: England v. France, February 26, 1949, and England v. Scotland, March 19, 1949; closing date, January ro, 1949.

Civil Service Inter-Departmental Rugby Cup Competition, 1949 Entries for the above competition, which is open to all Civil Service Departmental clubs affiliated to this Union, should reach the hon. secretary by December 15, 1948. His address is, H. D. Davis, Secretaries' Office, H.M. Customs and Excise, City Gate House, Finsbury Square, London, E.C.2. C.S. Rugby Club The 1st XV. are worth a trip to Chiswick. They are winning matches and playing attractive rugby. Quite a few spectators tum up, but there is room for more. Civil Servants could do worse than sup­ port their own team from the touchline. The first team record is impressive. Six games played, six won; points for, 135, against 12; and the line has still to be crossed by an opponent. It is obvious that with luck the team will have a record season. Woodruffe picked for Kent.-C. G. Woodruffe, the club's right centre, was selected as wing three­ quarter for Kent against Hampshire in the county championship. The game, played at Chatham on November 3, was won by Kent, and Woodruffe scored a try. One· Press account referred to Woodruffe as a " flying winger,"- and we agree. Training - second phase.-On November 2 the club embarked on the second phase of its training programme. The venue is now the headquarters of the Queen's Westminster Regiment at Bucking► ham Gate, 6 p.m. each Tuesday. In addition to P.T. and ball practice it is intended to hold im­ promptu talks on the game and Oil tactics. The club is indebted to T. 0. Church, Esq.; for his efforts in securing the use of so suitable a hall. Dances.-The first club dance was held at Chis­ wick on October 30. The attendance was much higher than usual and a jolly time was had by all. S. Harris tells me the next one will be held on December II, so make it a date, especially mem­ bers of the junior sides. We know you are often miles away from Chiswick on dance days; this is inevitable until we manage to get two or more pitches at Cp.iswick. December matches at Chiswick.-4th, Civil Ser, vice "A" v. Old Elthamians "A"; nth, Civil Service v. Old Wimbledonians; 18th, Civil Service v. Old Emmanuel;· 27th, Civil Service v. Edmundian Wanderers. E. J. E. S.B.D. Rugby.-A meeting held on September 29 to elect officers and discuss '' policy '' was well attended and produced 23 names for this season's " Books." P. J. Manson was elected skipper and

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1948

D. E. Davies vice. Paddy Manson's captaincy was, however, short-lived, because he has since been posted to the provinces. Three games have been played to date, the first two against the Savings Certificate Division w ere practices for a combined S.B.D. /S.C.D. side. On October 27 a combined side played an R.A.F. XV. and were soundly beaten 18 points to nil. The Department side couldn't be compared with this Service's team for fitness and co-ordinated team­ work. We are not discouraged, for the effort was largely experimental, and we hope to blend a workable combination for the cup competition next January.

SOCCER

Service Score Good Win over Army Conditions were ideal at Kingston on November ro. There was a total absence of wind, and slight mist was dispersed by a pale sun in the second half. We were doubtful of our prospects against an 'Army side which included I three professionals, but the result justified the judgment of our selectors. Our team included five appearing for the first time in a representative game, and both individually and as a whole our chaps played splendidly. There was a purposeful air about our football after the first quarter of an hour, and we lasted as well as our opponents. We had a bit of luck, seized our chances (whereas the Army muffed three good openings), and ran out worthy winners by two goals, scored one in each half, without reply. Army settled down quickly and showed their undoubted talent. Hinshelwood, of Fulham, was prominent on their right wing. Bocock, on our right, became prominent in a number of runs and, following a cross to Rose, the latter netted, but the point was disallowed as the ball had apparently crossed the goal-line. Shortly after the Army should have opened their account, but from bang in front of goal their centre shot wide. At the end of the first half-hour it was we who scored. Gillis, who was hostile in the centre despite his lack of inches, completed a movement opened up by Parr. Between this and half-time play was give and tak�. for whilst Gillis narrowly missed a post, Wadge, our goalie, saved from their inside-left at point blank range. On resuming, the Army goalie saved twice on the ground from Gillis and Rose; but at the other end we were let off when, with better steadiness, the Army should twice have scored after good approach work. The incidents of the first half were repeated and we scored through Parr, who cleverly lofted the ball into the Army goal, their goalie being deceived by the flight. Play was pleasant but determined after this, but there was no farther scoring.


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· Our chaps all played well. Our defence was Consolation Cup, but had to withdraw from the solid _ ai:d we owed our victory to the mastery we competition due to the end of the S.F.A. season mamtamed down the centre. Neale was his usual corning before the Lothian amateur season. masterful self. Bridgman was effective throughout · Since then Mr. D. C. Thompson, Department of in much quiet work. Jenner, Hawkes and Dutton Agriculture for Scotland, who has been our secre­ accomplished well all that was required of them. tary and centre-forward covering a period of 13 Elms, not so slim as aforetime, was his usual years, has moved to Aberdeen on promotion. A terrier self. Bocock, on the right wing, stole the successful annual dance was held at the Assembly thunder in the first half, but Rose, on the left Rooms, Edinburgh, on October 7, 1948, when a wing, showed up well later. Gillis in the middle presentation of a propelling pencil was made to always looked dangerous. It was Parr, however, Mr. Thompson. w�o really held the forwards together - a really Present members of the committee are: skilful footballer and captain. Wadge made his President, Mr. B. Fairbank (Customs and first appearance in goal for us, coming up from Excise); vice-president and treasurer, Mr. W. Torpoint for the occasion. He is a beautiful mover Harper (Customs and Excise); vice-president and and inspired confidence in everything he did. secretary, Mr. W. Tait (ex-Post Office); committee, Many who came expecting an easy Army win Mr. R. Wood (Scottish Home Dept.), Mr. J. went away thoughtful. Swanson (Customs and Excise), Mr. J. Houston Civil Service.-Goal, W. F. Wadge; backs, C.R. (P.O. Telephones), Mr. T. Matheson (Ex-Dept. of Neale and E. D. Jenner; half-backs, C. F. Elms, Health for Scotland), Mr. J. Thomson (Customs L. Bridgman and R. Dutton.; forwards, J. Bocock, and Excise), Mr. J. Bathie (P.O. Telephones), H. Parr (capt.), G. Gillis, A. P. Hawkes and N. Mr. A. A. Gleed (P.O. Telephones), Mr. R. Hay Rose. R. R. C. (Customs and Excise). The last four are also match secretaries and captains. The president, Mr. B. Fairbank, has been The following interesting letter about the grand associated with the club for nearly 40 years, and Messrs. Harper and Tait have been similarly asso­ Edinburgh club (formed 1908) is published in full: ciated over many years. October 18, 1948. Dear Mr. Howard, The club is now running four L�ague elevens Please accept apologies for the delay in replying to your letter of September 15, 1948, as Mr. D. this season, and 70-80 players are on the books. Campbell had unfortunately to resign earlier in Enthusiasm is great and results are already improv­ 1948 due to ill-health. He is now back at work ing on those of the past season. The senior XI lost to Duns Amateurs in the and feeling better. qualifying round of the Scottish, Cup and lost to The Strollers ran three League elevens last year, and although the summarised results do not look Chirnside United in the East of Scotland League good on paper, the club maintained its traditions Cup. The first round tie in the Scottish Amateur by giving all opponents clean and sporting games. Cup was won, but the club were unlucky to be The diverse reasons for absence, such as leave and beaten 2-1 by E.dinburgh Police in the second exigencies of the Service, prevented the teams round. The Strollers hope to advise you of greatly fielding the same sides regularly, but this is the big handicap of most Civil Service sides. Team improved results by the end of the season. The spirit, however, was very high. We have, tem­ club can be termed the " Queen's Park " of the porarily, good pitches and accommodation in Sir East of Scotland, as no other dub in the East runs John Gilmour's old estate, but await our new this total of teams. We need support, financial and from spectators. We regret that the " spec­ home at Niddrie with anxiety. tatorial " support from Edinburgh Civil Servants The senior XI rejoined the East of Scotland League and struggled hard to maintain the high is very poor, so perhaps you can get a line in the standard of play required for this senior League, JOURNAL on this theme! We go on our way happy in the knowledge that the club maintains its good the champions of which were Hibernians " B." traditions, although teams are not at present of Goals the same calibre of the history-making elevens of P. W. D. L. F. A. East of Scotland League . .. 27 6 3 18 72 122 the 1908-1930 era. I trust these brief notes will meet your request. Lothian Amateur League Div. I . ....... ............. 24 3 6 14 48 86 Best wishes and thanks for your interest in our club.-Yours sincerely, Lothian Amateur League A. A. GLEED. Div. II .................. 21 5 1 15 42 71 P:S.-I'm one of the " Sassenachs " of the club, In addition, a fourth XI played 16 friendly formerly of Plymouth Civil Service Sports Associamatches during the season. The Division I XI reached the semi-final of the tion, 1937.

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C.S. Challenge Cup-lst Round Results

Provincial Areas.-Admiralty (Bath) 3, Bir­ mingham 4; Manchester Postal v. Scarborough (Scarborough scratched); Pensions (Blackpool) 2, West Postal (Liverpool) 7; R.A.E. (Farn­ borough) o, Portsmouth 9. London Area.-B. Trade, bye. M. of Labour 2, P.O. Stores 1; M. Supply r, Air M. 3; St. George's o, P.O. Factory 3; Centels I, I.R. 2; Mount Pleasant r, Foreign Section, G.P.O., 6; Agricola o, Buckingham 4; P.O. Telecoms 3, Nat. Physical Lab. o; C. and E. 4, Eastern Postal I; M. Education v. P.O.S.B. (to be played). Draw for Second Round.-Provincial: Man­ chester Postal v. West Postal (Liverpool). London: Foreign Section, G.P.O., v. P.O. Tele­ coms; C. and E.. v. Buckingham; I.R. v. M. Labour; B. Trade v. Air M.; P.O. Factory v. M. Education or P.O. Savings Bank. This round to be completed by December 4. REPRESENTATIVE MATCHES C.S. v. R.A.F., Chiswick, December 8. 2.30 p.m. C.S. v. R.N., Chiswick, January 26. K.O., K.O., 2.30 p.m. Readers and all interested in C.S. soccer, do turn up and support the Representative Sides. You will see first-class games in which many well-known_ players will be taking part.

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Art.-The Savings Bank held its annual exhi­ bition in the smoking room at Blythe Road from October 25 to November 4. This society has a long tradition of high quality art, and their latest display fully maintained the standard. The Ministry of Labour's London Social Club are offering a small prize for a cover design for their magazine, suitable for stencil reproduction. Music.-Mr. Arthur Unwin, Ministry of Educa­ tion, publishes a magazine called Music Parade, which was included in a British Council Exhibition of British Books and Periodicals which toured the Continent. Many famous musicians and critics are included in the list of contributors. Duchess of Kent and the C.S. Orchestra.-The concert at the Central Hall on Tuesday, Decem­ ber 7, by the C.S. Orchestra will be attended by the Duchess of Kent, who is Patron of the Society. Details were published in our last issue. Drama.-The C.S. Theatre Guild presented " The Beaux Stratagem " at the 20th Century Theatre on October 19 and 20. Ten different Departments were represented in the cast. The production was by William Kendall and some of

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the leading parts were taken by Verona Morris, Kathleen Mack, Johnny Walker and Denis McCartie. The Ministry of Supply Dramatic Club presented "The Light of Heart " at the 20th Century Theatre on October 26 and 27. This was the eighth show given in a public theatre by this club, although they have given a number of other per­ formances. I was pleased to see that a group of members of the C.S. Theatre Guild were present at this production. It is encouraging and in­ structive for our amateur societies to support each other's ventures. The C. and E. Dramatic Society presented " To kill a Cat " at the Cripplegate Theatre on October 28 and 29. I thought the best performance was given by Kay Currell as Lilian Proust, the posses­ sive woman. The Ministry of Food Dramatic Society pro­ duced "Sheppy," by W. Somerset Maugham, for four nights early in November at the Hall of the · C.S. Commission in Burlington Gardens. The Pall Mall Players of the Ministry of Labour presented " Heaven and Charing Cross Road " in their club· on November 24, 25 and 26. Dame Sybil Thorndike writes of " The Enemy of Time " (see letter to Editor): " The subject is very, very interesting, particularly now. This is an enthralling play, and its story is an exciting one.''

Association Activities National Angling Championship Result: The first C.S. National Angling Championship Com­ petition was held at Reading on Octobe,r II. This event marks another milestone in the progress of the Society, and it appears probable that continuation of the event will make it not only the classic match of its kind, but possibly a matter of public interest also. On the day of the competition the Thames was low and had very little movement of stream; this, with a falling barometer and heavy rain impend­ ing, made conditions unfavourable for big catches. Despite this many fish were taken, and the weigh­ in figure is no indication of the number actually caught; most of the fish were just under the size limits stipulate,d by the Thames Conservancy Fishery Bye-laws, and consequently were not eligible for the weigh-in. The winner, who had nearly 100 fish, is to be congratulated on previously winning the Hunting­ donshire county championship. Result :No. of lb. oz. drm. Fish

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3 H. C. Lancashire, London Postal 11 9 School 3 3 10 12 4 S. H. Goater, Air Min., London ... 2 8 10 5 N. J. Day, B. of T., London 7 0 � H. W. Pycroft, �.A.E., Farnborough 1 2 7 E. H. Newman, Motor Trans., Cambs. 5 14 The C.S. Angling Society must derive consider­ able gratification from the large number of voiced compliments on the organisation of the match, and Mr. L. J. Ferguson who, as hon. secretary for the championship, carried the bulk of the work, , is to be congratulated on a fine achievement.

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Belgrave Harriers, is their president this year, and F. Gordon Brown, who has audited the C.S.A.A. accounts for many years, is president of Homsey (St. Mary's) Harriers. Herne Hill Harriers have a number of C.S. mem­ bers concerned in the administration of the club. In addition to Pallett there are E. Roughly, M.B.E. (Home Office), chairman of the C.S.A.A., who is a vice-president, W. T. Potter (C. and E.), field events captain, and F. J. Harmer (R. Mint), A. F. Newson (I. Rev.) and J. Ross Williamson (C. and E.) as committee members. Polytechnic Harriers value C.S. organising ability, as they have appointed H. Deadman (M. Fuel and Power) to the post of hon. secretary, a position once filled by E. H. L. Clynes (N.A.B.), who is now hon. secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association. Other clubs with Civil Servants as hon. secre­ taries are Epsom and Ewell Harriers, W. G. Tolley (L.T.R.); Hercules A.C., J. C. Braben (Air Min.); and Southampton A.C., R. G. Gosney (Ord. Sur­ vey). A. S. Turk, who retired from the G.P.O. about 28 years ago, is hon. secretary of Essex County A.A. and a life vice-president of the A.A.A.

Cross Country Running: At the invitation of Herne Hill Harriers (whose president for this, their Jubilee year, is none other than George Pallett, winner of the C.S. Jubilee Bowl a record number of times), the 5-miles cross country championships (individual and inter-departmental) will be held over their course at Addington, Surrey, January_ 22. For the team event, Departments may enter 15 men. Up to ro may start and the first five to finish will score. Entries, accompanied by entrance fees (indivi­ dual 2s., team ros.), should reach the hon. secre­ Summer Sports: The C.S.A.A., one of the oldest tary, C.S.A.A., J. Ross Williamson, C. and E., sports promoting bodies in the world, will hold its 23/27, Brooke Street, Holborn, E.C.1, by 75th annual meeting on July 25, 1949, at the Poly­ January 8. technic Stadium, Chiswick, at which it is hoped to The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, have won the stage one or two special events. It is proposed that first two post-war departmental championships, a social function be held later in the year to cele­ and it will be interesting to see whether they can brate this unique occasion. perform the hat trick in spite of the entry into Champion Joins the Service: We welcome into the Service of a number of experienced runners. Reg. Gosney (Ord. Survey, Southampton), the the Service the national roo yards junior champion, holder, is nearing the veteran stage, but it will Neil Scott, who has joined the Ministry of Pensions take a good man indeed to beat him for the indivi­ at Blackpool. In winning the championship he equalled the record time of ro.2 seconds, the same dual title. Herne Hill Harriers invite intending competitors time as he recorded in winning the final of the who wish to run over the course before the cham­ Northern Counties' championship, after clocking pionships, to join in their training runs on January ro.1 seconds in a heat. Scott is only 17 years of age, and with proper coaching and not too much 8 and 15. serious competition during the next two years, Road Walking: The C.S. 7-miles road walking should improve and be considered for selection to championships will again be held, at the invitation of the Metropolitan Police A.C., from their head­ represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games in · J. Ross WILLIAMSON. Finland in 1952. quarters at Imber Court, Thames Ditton, Surrey, Boxers' Programme: The C.S.B.C. held an on January 15, 1948. A match with the police will be held in conjunc­ open boxing tournament at the Cunningham tion with the championships. A. H. G. Pope, Room, King Edward Buildings, E.C.1, Friday, M.B.E., is organising this event, and entries December 3. The programme consisted of three (individual 2s., team 6s., nine to enter, five to open novices' competitions at 9 st. 9 lbs., ro st. walk, three to score) should be sent to him at 7 lbs. and II st. 6 lbs., and special contests featur­ Commonwealth Relations Office, Downing Street, ing Service boxers. For details of future events see posters and handbills or write hon. secretary, S.W.1, by January 1, 1949. Mr. J. Wade, T.P.O. Section, K.E.B., E.C.r. Club Officials : G. Pallett is not alone amongst To all would-be active boxers a cordial invita­ Civil Servants in being president of a first-class tion is extended to join in on practice nights, Wedathletic club, as W. G. Webb (M. Transport), 21 (Continued on page 80) years a member, the last 14 as hon. treasurer, of


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EDITORIALm:o all our Jleople-� ;fflerrp <!bristmas The British Way of Life

Voluntary Action: Lord Beveridge is an ex-Civil Servant who, since his Service days, has become a world-famous figure largely because of his social security schemes. As Sir William Beveridge, he sent a special letter of commendation and support in connection with the inaugural meeting in r92r which led to the formation of the C.S. Sports Council. He is one of us, and therefore under­ stands thoroughly that where State action is neces­ sary, it should not produce lack of life and soul, particularly amongst those to whom falls the task of carrying out the instructions of the State. Refreshing Beveridge: So we have a third instal­ ment of rare and refreshing Beveridge in the form of '' Voluntary Action,'' a work which rightly attracted tremendous Press notices. Britain has always been the home of voluntary work on behalf of others of all kinds, and this widespread effort hap been one of the basic causes of our past great­ ness. It is an essential part of the British way of life, and present-day circumstances call for an extension of this form of activity, particularly in the Civil Service, where, perhaps, lack of oppor-

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tunity for initiative and personal achievement is greater than in the nation as a whole. Christmas and Goodwill: It is appropriate to write on this topic during the Christmas season, traditionally associated with the spirit of goodwill, because organisations based on voluntary efforts can carry this excellent spirit into every day of the year. The Civil Service Sports Council is a great voluntary organisation, a democratic body which plays its part in producing the whole, a great democratic nation and the British way of life that attracts the admiration of the world. Healthy in Mind and Body: Curing the ills of both mind and body by means of a' National Health Service is, of course, an excellent thing, but it is far better to prevent those illnesses. Nor should the economic gain in fitness for work and less illness be forgotten. The C.S. Sports Council does a great and valuable work in providing and encouraging the provision of opportunities for healthy exercise and indoor recreation, and the numerous opportunities afforded for voluntary action help thousands of Civil Servants to maintain interest in life and people. and therefore to cultivate healthy minds. The work of the Council is inter­ esting, valuable and, indeed, essential. You are the one concerned: This leader is addressed to Everyman, and not to just a few enter­ prising souls. Everyone is, or should be, ron­ cerned. If there is an organisation already in your Department or Area, extend it. If an organisation does not exist, commence one now. And give everyone, from messenger to chief, male or female, young or old, a task to do suitable to their abilities. You will be surprised how many will respond when the allotted task is vlaced before them. Do not forget the pensioners. A corps of pensioners in yo-qr district will be glad they are not forgotten, and will readily assist in a good cause. Act now! Make it Christmas all the year round. Your work will make for healthier and happier people, and help to make your Service and your nation great and enduring. The One Who Falls by the Way : Whilst doing your bit towards making yourself and others fit and able, do not forget the one, probably through no fault of his own, who falls by the way. You will probably enjoy the football match or the con­ cert more if you realise that the proceeds, in some measure, help the unfortunate as well as the fortunate. The A .A.A. Coaching Scheme: Those interested in athletics should know that the A.A.A. has or­ ganised a coa.ching scheme which will improve our chances in future Olympiads, and five full-time national coaches have been appointed. Honorary coaches are trained, and 300 have passed their examination and are distributed throughout the country, but severnl thousands more are needed.


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So far as Civil Servants are concerned, and par­ ticularly those who have ceased to indulge in athletics, it would be a good thing if they were to attend the summer school and other coaches' instructional courses in order to qualify themselves to pass on their knowledge to potential athletes in the Service. Write to K. S. Duncan, 32, Belsize Park Gardens, London, N.W.3, for particulars now.

Service Personality E. H. L. Clynes

E. H. L. Clynes, who is a Life Member of the C.S. Sports Council, entered the Board of Educa­ tion as a boy clerk in 1914. He took up athletics after the war and, in the first season and for. a number of years, represented the Polytechnic Harriers in cross-country team championships. After several successive wins as a novice in open handicaps, was placed virtual scratch by A.A.A. handicappers in open half and one-mile races. Represented Civil Service and Polytechnic Harriers on tracks, and was placed in �.S. championships several years. Remained active until invited to become hon. secretary of the Polytechnic Harriers in 1928. Remained hon. secretary until 1933, having followed George Nicol (A.A.A. and Civil Service champion) as organiser of the Kinnaird Inter-Club Trophy competition and marathon race meeting, one of the leading sports meetings in the country. Wrote a history of the club for the Diamond Jubilee. With Mr. Holt (afterwards A.A.A. hon. secretary and hon. secretary of International A.A.A. Federa­ tion), founded the Southern Amateur Athletic League, the first league in Great Britain, which developed into four track and two field events divisions. The basis of the Llague has been level inter-club competition without any awards of any kind, and it was the first organisation in the coun­ try to encourage field events seriously. Elected to the A.A.A. Southern and General Committees in 1931 and served as hon. secretary of the A.A.A. field events committee and counties (southern) sub-committee for many years before the war. After the war was appointed hon. secre­ tary of the A.A.A. development and coaching committees and succeeded Mr. Holt as hon. secre­ tary of the Association in 1947 (A.A.A. incorpor­ ated as a company limited by guarantee in August, 1948). In Civil Service sport served as first hon. secre­ tary of the Board of Education Sports Association 1924-1934, and hon. treasurer, Assistance Board Social and Sports Society since 1935, acting as hon. secretary during the war until 1947. Member of the C.S. Sports Council and of exe­ cutive and finance committees for many years.

A Message from Lord Beveridge

Tuggal Hall, Chathill, Northumberland. I 0th November, 1948.

Dear Mr. Howard, Many thanks for your letter of November 5th. I am glad that you are going to en I ist the Civi f Service also in 'Voluntary Action.' Having been a Civil Servant myself I know well that the idea that they are soulless bureaucrats without initiative is as wrong as it is unfortunately popular. I am delighted to send you a message of encour­ agement to the work of the Civil Service Sports Council. I am delighted that the Council deals not only with sport but with general social affairs on 'a wide scale. Yours sincerely, .BEVERIDGE. Extract from C.S. Sports Journal, December, 1923 The Cavendish Sports Chib ground, situated in one of the beauty spots of Middlesex, possessing a fine panoramic view of the heights of Stanmore, Harrow Weald and Harrow, is at present looking very sombre. The tennis courts and cricket table, deserted by players, are undergoing their annual re-laying process in readiness for next season. The maintenance of a sports ground is an expensive item. We employ two groundsmen, but we find it necessary to appeal to our members for voluntary aid, with the re�ult that we have had our plumb­ ing, glazing, roofing. gas-fitting and joinery done ·by amateurs.

NOTICES

C.S. ties should be obtained direct from Messrs. John Wisden and Co., 15, Great Newport Stref,t, W.C.2.; price 6s. 5d. each. Applications should not be sent to the Council offices. * * * All C.S. Fencing Clubs are requested to com­ municate with Miss J. M. Barlow, 123a, Holland Road, W.14, with the object of reorganising the C.S. Fencing Union. * * * * Notice to Contributors.-Printing and editorial staffs like to join in the Christmas festivities. To enable them to do this, please forward contribu­ tions for the January issue as early as possible in December.

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nesday evenings, 6.30 p.m., Room 56, sub-ground -floor, K.E.B., E.C.1, or at Mount Pleasant on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For boxers in the Westminster area, we have been offered the use -of training facilities at Cannon Row Police Station.

Southern Bowlers' Activities: Membership in­ creased considerably by the return of many exiles and affiliation by newly formed clubs - M.F., M.S., W.D.C., and M.W., the latter not in time to participate in the league programme. There is room for the inclusion of other departmental clubs who have not yet lined up. Efforts continue to be made to contact their Area sports officials. Association matches numbered II, for which 88 players from the 15 clubs were called upon. The support received for these inter-Association affairs was not quite up to expectations; our Metropolitan opponents offered solid proof of what strength was really necessary. Much hidden talent came to 1ight, but on certain occasions when the score was against us, the services of certain members might :have made that little difference in our favour. Met. Police 138 - 133 114 - 131 London Transport 119 - 111 London Scottish Chatham C.S. ... * 86 - 72 130 - 113 Croydon Borough 130 - 115 London Gas t 79 - 93 Beck. and Bromley London Secretaries 112 - 131 Barnes League ... * 59 - 100 Banks B.A. 136 - 98 Chatham C.S. ... 97 - 113 Played 11, won 6, lost 5; shots for 1,200, against 1, 180. * 15 ends. t 5 rinks. DIVISION I-" BUNBURY" CUP. Shots P. W. L. F. A. Pts. CT.O. .......... ............... . .. 6 5 1 307 283 10 C. and E. ........................ 6 4 'l. 403 314 8 S.B.D.(A) ........................ 6 4 2 383 316 8 L.T.R. ............................ 6 4 2 292 265 8 H.Q. ............................... 6 3 3 295 304 6 Padd. ............ ...... ..... .... 6 1 5 229 361 2 A.B. . .............................. 2 2 84 154 H.M.S.O. ...................... ,_. D1VISION II-" ARCHIBALD" CUP. Shots P. w. L. F. A. Pts. S.B.D. (B) ......... . ... ........... 6 5 1 338 230 10 Board of Trade . . .............. 6 5 1 368 291 10 Mount Pleasant . . .............. . 6 5 1 292 278 10 War Dam. Com. ............... 6 3 3 281 292 6 Ministry of Supply ............ 6 2 4 291 323 4 Ministry of F'ood ............... 6 1 5 252 303 2 L.P.S.O.A. . . .................... 3 3 105 210 Chess Championships: Miss Saunders Not Eligible : 28 entries for the senior championship, 55 for the junior and eight for the ladies'. T�e ladies' is being held for the first time and will i.ncrease with each season. Our star, Miss Elaine Saunders (Foreign Office), is not eligible, so that

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we are not in a position to 'forecast the winner . We congratulate Miss Saunders on reaching the last eight of this year's London championship, in com­ pany with Mr. J. H. Newman (Transport) and Mr. W. E. C. Richards (Patent Office). In 1947 only Mr. C. G. Butcher, our individual champion, reached the last eight. The draw . was such that our finalists this year unfortunately had to account for a large number of their Service col leagues from among the hundred and some odd entrants. We sent a fairly strong team to Emmanuel Col­ lege, November 6, to play Cambridge University over 25 boards, and to add to the Poppy Day col­ lection so colourfully made by the students. The whole population of Cambridgeshire seemed to have travelled in to pay them tribute, and we have never before seen so many pennies, and pound notes, lying on pavements. An improve? l!niver­ sity side also exacted tribute from us, wmnmg by two points. · . . That league games must be played withii: 10 miles of Charing Cross has precluded National Phy�ical Laboratory, T�ddington, from !3:king part, but not from entenng trophy compeht10ns. They won the Post annual cup two years ago. They field a team in the Thames Valley Chess League, against members of which Mr. William Winter, an ex-British champion, played 37 simul­ taneous games one evening last month. In t�ree hours he won 18, drew 15 and lost 4. Agamst the nine N.P.L. players included he drew 6 and lost 2. One of the winners was their club captain, Mr. E. G. Sutherland. . As promised at our A.G.M., we publish the considerations which the British champion, Mr. R. J. Broadbent, will be bear�ng in mi.n� . when deciding the best-played game m each divis10n at the end of the season. " A best-played game is not necessar�l_y a bril­ liant game. A game where the decision .was reached ·by a brilliant combination but contamed errors earlier in the winner's play, would not be preferred to a successful game where no error by the winner could be demonstrated. Clearly, too, if one's opponent has made a sufficiently gro�s error for one's capabilities not to be extended m winning, then such a game will not be preferred to a game in which one's opponent has fought hard. It also follows that a well-fought draw, eclipsing any won game, cannot be entirely rul.ed out. A well-played game should be coherent, with every move having its logical place in the pattern." London C.S. and Municipal League results:­ Division 1.�G.P.O. 6½, I.R. 3½; Admiralty 5, M.W.B. 5; Customs 6½, M.W.B. 3½; Supply 3½, Patent Office 6½· Division 2.-P.M.G. 5, Labour 5; Stationery 4½, Fuel and Power 5½; L.C.C. II 4, Patent Office II 6; Transport 7, Works 3. Division 3.--Customs II 5, Trade 3; Health II 2, L.C.C. III 6; Supply II 4, Health II 4; Trade 2, G.P.O.


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II 6; L.C.C. III 4, Labour II 4; Admiralty II 4½, Cus­ toms II 3½; P.O. Savings 6, Crown Agents 2; Customs II S½, Crown Agents 2½; Labour II 2, Supply II 6. Division 4.-Air II 5½, P.O. Savings II 2½; G.P.O. III 6½, Patent Office III 1 ½; Transport II 2, E.-in-C. Test (G.P.O.) 6; E.-in-C. Test 0G.P.O.) 2½, Air II St; P.O. Factory 2½, Patent Office III 5½; P.O Savings II S½, Fuel and Power II 2½, Division 5.--G.P.O. IV 0, Arsenal II 6; Arsenal II 3½, Supply III 2½; G.P.O. IV 2½, Unats II 3½; I.R. II 6, Labour III 0.

1949 / 50 will be December 3r, 1948. It is hoped that allocations will be made by January 3r, 1949. Applications should be made to the hon. secre­ tary, C.S. Sports Ground, Chiswick, Duke's Meadows, W-4-

Golfer Appeal to Ladies: The Ladies' Golfing Society had to cancel their one-day meeting arranged for last month, as there were insufficient entries. It is a disappointing start to the resuscita­ tion of the Society and especially to Miss Doran, the hon. secretary, who has worked hard to arouse enthusiasm. This initial setback does not mean the finish of the Society, but rather a more deter­ mined onslaught next year to obtain sufficient entries to make the holding of a meeting worth while. Lady golfers interested to hear of the Society's activities next year, write the hon. secre­ tary at L.S. rr9, Post Office Savings Bank, Oster­ ley, Middlesex. Before the war the Ministry of Works Golfing Association held an annual dinner, and last month the first of the post-war dinners was held at the Chandos Restaurant. Sixty members were pre­ sided over by the captain, Mr. A. L. Barclay. A full evening, with splendid turns, went too quickly, and my congratulations go to the organisers of the event, together with my deep appreciation of the honour accorded me in being asked to be a guest. A Council meeting is to be held on December ro. I hope to be able· to give advance notification of 1949 events in the January issue of the JOURNAL. We look forward to another good year. ERIC WALTON. Swimmers at Cardiff: Main item of interest on November 27 was the contest at Cardiff. The C.S. arranged to have their strongest team to match the talent of the Cardiff Combined, Newport and Maindee clubs. Inclusion of Olympic stars John Brockway, Tony Summers and Roy Webb brings the Welsh team up to " national " strength. The water polo match between the Service and Welsh Wanderers promised to be a titanic affair. The Service side included Garforth (English Olympic team), Ron Reeves (Southern Counties' roo yds. champion), three of Surrey's county champions team - L. G. Reeves, Langdon and Standage - T. Rushden, of Warwick, and J. R. W. E. C. Gill (Foreign Office).

The A.G.D. G.P.O. Swimming Club is " on the map again " in C.S. swimming. After a break of nine years a gala was held on October 5. The C.S. handicap team race for the " Harper Cup " was staged. It was won by S:3-vings. Ba��• with Customs second and A.G.D. third. Exhibi­ tions by Miss Rita Markland, the Lewisham Ladies and the Highgate Divers, with a water polo � atch in which C.S. defeated the London Busmess Houses, varied the purely competitive nature of the club events. The Comptroller and Accountant General, G. T. Anstey, Esq., the Deputy Comptroller and Accountant General, and several of the Assistant Accountant Generals supported the club president, F. E. Brown, Esq., and the many members of the A.G.D. staff who attended. Notable visitors were the hon. life members now in retirement. A.G.D. people are asked to support their club in future as well as they did on this occasion. They can be sure of good entertainment.

LONDON TOWN C hiswick Ground : Hockey 1949 / 50. The closing date for applications for pitches at Chiswick for

Civil Service Women's Athletic Club.-Hon. Secretary, Mrs. Jacobi, 5-17, North ood Hall, ": N.6 (Mon. 2654). Cross-Country Section: L. M. Thomas, 20, Brook Green, W.6.

National Assistance Board Golfing Society: The autumn meeting held at Sandy Lodge was attended by 23 members; competitors playing there for the Strohmenger Trophy (national ev�nt) did 1;1-ot eclipse the card returned from the Midland Region by H. T. A. Tregear (12), wh? " burnt up " the Enville (Birmingham) course with a net 66; runner­ up, A. V. Pickup (Stroud, Glos.), with 80-12-68. (Handicap committees please note!) Winner, morning round: W. Percival (Wolver­ hampton), 86-rr-75, after a· ti.e with runner-up A. H. Woodrow (Romford), 89-14-75. Watson Cup (18 holes), bogey: A. H. Woodrow, 2 down; runner-up, E. Higgins, 4 down. Following the presentation of prizes by Mr. S. F. Haycock, the 19th .hole was played in comfort, '' lifting and placing '' being permitted. It is hoped to hold the spring meeting in the first week in May, 1949; the hon. secretary would be glad to hear from all seconded golfing colleagues. (W. E. G. Maidment, London and South-Eastern Region, 16, Finsbury Square, E.C.2.) I

Paymaster-General's Dinner Revived.-Golfing Society: The autumn meeting was held at Coombe Wood Golf Club, October 12, in unfavourable weather. There was a good entry for the captain's prize, played under the Stableford system, won


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by T. Phillips. H. L. Botting won the prize for the best card from members with a handicap of 18 or over. The weather conditions worsened in the afternoon, when a 2-ball foursome against bogey was played, won by J. Mahood and F. H. Bowen. The Chess Club is again competing in the Second Division of the Civil Service and Municipal Chess League. The loss through retirement of several seasoned players and the increase in the number of boards in a match to ro have led to a loss of strength in the team which time alone will remedy. Several new players are showing promise, and as their match experience grows the team should be able to give a good account of itself. The first match against Transport was lost by 7-3, but the result of the struggle against Labour is not yet clear, four games having heen submitted for adjudication. The Swimming Club was re-formed in Septem­ ber, and the result of a friendly contest with a team from the Air Ministry was encouraging although we lost! A programme of winter training has been arranged, and the club would welcome occasional friendly encounters with other Depart­ mental swimming clubs. The secretary is Mr. H. J. Oxley, Paymaster-General's Office (7D), Russell Square House, Russell Square, W.C.r. General: The Sports Association dinner and dance at the Quadrant Restaurant, Regent Street, October 20; had a record attendance of 181. This was the first post-war dinner and was something in the nature of a reunion. It was good to see <1.gain some of those who formerly took a leading part in the Association's activities. The chairman was Mr. R. C. S. Taylor, C.B.E., president of the Association, and the guests of honour were the Right Hon. Viscount Addison, K.G. (Paymaster­ General) and Mr. J. Mahood, C.B.E., I.S.O. An excellent dinner, with the usual accompaniment of toasts and speeches, was followed by dancing, which lasted until II p.m. A short entertainment provided by members of the staff was given during a break in the dancing, and the singing of· Miss J. G. Tongue and Mr. S. C. Cowling was greatly enjoyed. A successful evening, and thanks are due to the organiser, Mr. W. Hole, and his com­ mittee. The various challenge cups and trophies of the Sports Association were on display, and it is hoped to arrange competitions for them during the sports year 1948 / 49, and thus to stimulate the sporting activities of the staff. D. E. D. S.B.D. Lose Walkden to Harrogate: S. C. Steadman, the new hon. secretary, Swimming Club, requires no introduction to swimming circles. On October 22 S.B.D. swimmers regretfully said " au revoir " to active and enthusiastic former hon. secretary, H. Walkden, whose promotion has

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taken him to Harrogate. For 26 years Harry has swum for the Bank, and in 1947, when it topped the League, Division I, he realised a 25 years' old ambition. London friends now keenly await his return. At their recent annual exhibition, the Photo­ graphic Society was congratulated by critics T. Herbert Jones, Esq. (hon. secretary of the Central Association of Photographic Societies) and Geo. H. Heppenstall (hon. secretary, West Ham P.S.), on the high standard attained in little more than a year of post-war activity. The winter session includes lantern lectures and discussions on various aspects of photography. A series of practical even­ ings for beginners has been launched, which bids fair to become popular with older members. The syllabus of the latter is varied, and it is hoped that it will be far-reaching in effect. Newcomers are welcome, says Miss R. A. Thirtle, hon. secre­ tary. News from H. G. W. Ragg, hon. secretary, Philatelic Society, makes a seasonal reappearance. On October 1 members were entertained by Mr. Cudden-Smith with a display of " Sarawak," and on November 15, in a philatelic competition, Messrs. T. G. Edwards and F. J. Coomer were first and second respectively. Of the Table Tennis Club, E. C. Richardson, hon. secretary, says that membership has reached the maximum set by the committee. New mem­ bers cannot be considered until playing facilities are improved. In the London C.S.T.T. League, the first team have won 2, lost r; " A " team won 2, lost r; " B " team won 3; ladies' won 1, lost 2. Ken Walls says that Harrogate F.C. is running three teams in the local leagues and, according to the acting secretary, Ken Veal, the first XI are doing better than ever. It is second in the Harro­ gate League I, due to a sterling defence with an rmtstanding half-back line. The second and third Xls started the season shakily, but under the able captaincies of Charles Sturrock and Joe Walker, two enthusiastic sides are settling down to play good football and climb their League tables. L. J. E. TAR�Trade Bowlers Excel: Football opened the season with wins in the League and Cup competi­ tions. The first XI reached round two of the Middlesex County Cup. They were dismissed from the A.F.A. Cup by Midland Bank Reserves. The third XI is shaping well, and if their standard of play is maintained throughout this season we shall certainly see them fighting in league competi­ tions. The Bowls Club has reported a good season, and it is with pride we announce their entry into the finals of the All-England championships. The Dramatic Society is a hive of industry these days, and a new play, " Enemy of Time," by


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Diana Grierson and Charles Neilson Gatley, is due for presentation on December 14 and will run for its usual four nights. Tickets are limited, so you are advised to obtain them early. Science is an interesting subject. This can be judged by the way membership of the Science Discussion Group has increased. Mr. A. Wilson is an energetic chairman and some first-class meetings have taken place. Films are shown and there is a speaker in attendance who answers questions, and there are many. At the meeting on October 19, when films relating to children's welfare were shown and Miss Ruth Wyatt, of the Probation Service, was the speaker, attendance was good, and if the chairman had not closed down on questions the meeting would have lasted all night. With Christmas coming, all affiliated clubs are planning great festivities with fo(i)d, fun and drinks for all. The Association wishes all clubs a sincerely happy time and an equally happy New Year.

ROUND THE AREAS Tom Pritchard at Hall Green, Birmingham: The match between Birmingham and the Admiralty (Bath) in the first round of the Lewis Cup took place at Hall Green, October 26. Although the match was played in mid-week there was a goodly gathering of spectators. They were treated to an interesting game, and it was anyone's game almost up to the call of no side, although Birmingham were generally the odd goal in front. If there was any distinction in the two sides, it was that Bir­ mingham had the better forward line, which always looked dangerous in front of goal, and it was this superiority that eventually gave them victory by the odd goal in seven, the scorers for the winners being Birch (2), Morris and Pace. The Admiralty were a goal in arrear at the interval, c;1.nd it looked for a time as if they were going to last better than the home side. Some nice football by the Birming­ ham winners, however, bore fruit, and so Birming­ ham pass on to the next round. It ·would be nice if some of the other Departments would lend their support to these matches, and so enable a really representative side to be selected from all Depart­ ments. As usual, the Birmingham C.S. Rugby Club is first with its notes. If the standard of play were as high as the enthusiasm of Wareham and his colleagues, we should have a club worth while, but without a home ground, and with an average age of over 30, the immediate future of the club does not appear too bright. It says a lot for the officers and the players that they come up smiling each week after such a start as this:-v. Bakelite, Ltd., lost rr-o; v. Magnet, lost 27-0; v. Old Saltleians, drew 6-6; v. Dunlop, lost 17-0; v. Solihull O.B.,

lost 61-0; v. Camp Hill O.E. (A), lost 30-0; v. Saltley College, lost 28-3. The Inland Revenue C.C. had its first " get together " on November 2 in the pavilion at Hall Green, and there was a good muster of members to see Tom Pritchard (Warwickshire and N.Z.) :i.nd his wife draw for the autographed bat. Much to everyone's delight and surprise, it was won by Peter Andrews. R. S. HOLMES. The Brighton Telephone Area Sports and Social Association were favoured with a return visit of the Sussex Daily News Sports Team at a '' Sports Quiz " held at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, on October r8. Many written and verbal questions were answered by famous sporting personalities, to the appreciation of a packed audience of well over 300 sports fans of both sexes. The question master, Jack Arlidge, was pre­ sented with an illuminated scroll bearing names of members of the " Sports Team " by G. Edward, Esq., O.B.E., president of the B.T.A.S.S.A. and telephone manager, Brighton telephone area. The sports team consisted of: Patsy Hendren and Major Gilmore (cricket); Miss Margaret Carlisle (lawn tennis and squash); H. F. Parvin (referee); Miss Winnie Silverthorne (skating); Miss Joan Barnes (hockey); George Woodham (cycling); Miss Evelyn Baker, Jack Davies (athletics); Fred Bates (man in the crowd). S. G. RICE. Hockey Does Well at Bristol: Social and Discus­ sion Group opened its season with an excellent concert. The sun lounge was packed. Mr. Peter Williams, tenor (late D'Oyley Carte Opera Co.), was repeatedly encored. His wife, Mrs. Myra Williams, was an able accompanist, and her musi­ cal items gave great pleasure. Mr. Tommy Ware, as compere, was a host in himself, and roars of laughter greeted his jests, tales and character sketch. Mrs. Gwen Fisher was in excellent voice. Mr. Spencer, president, opened the evening with a short speech, stressing the aims of the group and appealing for members. Membership has increased by roo per cent. Football: The P.O. are undefeated in the Wed­ nesday League, played 8, won 4 and drawn 4, which places them third. Praise is due for deter­ mination, as in several matches they have been well down, but by sticking to it, have pulled the game out of the fire and won or drawn. The I.R. played 9, won 3, drawn 2, lost 4, and got through the first round of the Gloucestershire Minor Cup, beating Montpelier 3-2 after extra time. The P.O. Phones, a new club this season, playing in the Suburban League, played II, won 9, lost 2. The P.O. Messengers are undefeated in their league. Hockey: There are two Service teams, the I.R.


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and the P.O. The Revenue has only lost one match out of nine. P.O. Hockey: Once more the P.O. mixed hockey team has taken the field, wearing its chosen colour Post Office red. The red shirts present an intere;ting range of colours, most shades from pink to dark crimson being represented as a result of our home dyeing methods. We have not yet been defeated either home or away. We have suffered a few casualties, but are confident, in the best traditions of the game, of returning blow for blow. T.

J.

WILSON.

Chatham Chats.-Football: Our premier ama­ teur team, the Centrals, continue their victorious career, their first XI being unbeaten in the New Brompton and District League; but really, Cen­ trals, your second team. i the Rochester and D!s­ l: trict League is not profitmg by the deeds of its seniors. Cricket: Area clubs met on .October 26 for . ground allocations for 1949; 24 clubs as�ed for bookings for week-end matches alone. With four pitches available, the task of the clubs was not easy. Agreement was reach�d. The �eeting agreed that bookings for 1950 will be made m May, 1949. Permanent bookings for cricket practice riets tennis courts and bowls rinks should be made early in 1949. Undue delay may result in dis­ appointment. Table Tennis: A tribute to our Medway Towns League team, Messrs. Thornton, How and Denny, who have played and won four games with an aggregate of 35-r. The league ha�e honoured the�e players, and the Area, by selectmg th�m as their representatives to meet Sutton Valence m a county cup competition game. Our own league, now in two divisions, is aro?s­ ing much interest and. keenness. The leadmg positions on . October 30 were:Division I P. W. D. L. Pts. Post Office . . . . .. . .. . . . 6 6 o o 12 M.C.D. Office 5 5 o o ro Division II Painters . . .. . . . ...... . . . . . 3 3 o o 6 C.M.D. Office 2 2 o o 4 Indoor Games: Progress has been slow, and there have been a few postponements. The present leaders are: Billiards and Snooker: Section A, Painters; Sec­ tion B, Boat House, Locals (equal). Cards: Section A, Painters; Section B, Locals. Darts: Section A, T.E.O.; Section B, Locals. Shove Ha'penny: Section A, Factory S.C.; Section B, Pioneers. Bowls: The club has had a successful and enjoy­ able season. Thirty-eight matches played, 23 won, 15 lost. With the exception of the ladies, we were

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not successful in the local cup competitions, but Messrs. Duffield, Holmes, Magee and Palmer car­ ried the club into the Kent county divisional finals. In the singles, J. Duffield went through to the quarter-final. He was also selected for the C.S. Bowling Association match v. Dennyside. The club will wind up the season with their A.G.M. on November 4, and annual dinner and dance on December 15. Mr. Parfitt has refused nomination as hon. secre­ tary, but I expect to hear that he has succumbed to members' persuasive efforts. The club can ill afford to lose his services. Mrs. Pearce, the ladies' secretary, writes: The ladies entered the county competitions, and though we had no outstanding successes, Mrs. Sheppard reached the singles semi-final and the rink team the divisional final. Ten matches were played; 6 won and 4 lost. The ladies' captain, Mrs. Hayes, gave every co-operation to Mrs. Pearce in suc­ cessfully piloting the section. I cannot leave bowls without a little chirrup for our first victory over London Area on September 25. A word of praise. The groundsman, W. Wragg, who, despite the many calls on it, provided us with a green unexcelled in the district. To our steward and stewardess, Mr. and Mrs. Dartnell, who always overcame the catering difficulties and provided us with tiptop teas. J. PAGE. Harrogate Social and Sports Club: Mr. H. Law­ rence, senior assistant controller, presided at short notice at the first annual gala of the Swimming Club, September 29, Starbeck Baths, when Mrs. Lawrence presented the prizes. The effort was well supported and highlights in an interesting pro­ gramme were the men's and women'� free style club championships, won by Ted Gibson and Margaret Blan. Mr. Gibson has since bettered his time of 63-2 / 5th seconds for the roo yards, and on October I9 he helped the S.B.D. representative team complete their fastest team race ever against Customs and Excise. Secretary Ray Begg is arranging a swimming programme with the· Harro­ gate Town Club, which will continue through the winter. The Table Tennis Club has opened the season with two 12-0 victories in the Harrogate League. With an enthusiastic and increasing membership, there's every hope of surpassing last year's splendid record. K. A. W. Ministry of Warks: Edinburgh Bowling Section results for 1948:C.S.B.A. League, Edinburgh Area: Home Department, 17 points; Inland Revenue, 13; Prisons, 12; Ministry of Works, ro; G.P. 0. , 9½­ The club took third place in the New Edinburgh Association League, with 14 points. " D. L. Macintyre " Trophy: Winner, Mr. A. Kilpatrick. " J. L. Richardson " Trophy: Win-


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ners, Messrs. D. Ferguson and F. Cowan. New sides have been entered for the six-a-side tourna.­ Edinburgh Association Singles Championship: The ment at Southampton. More ladies and men can club wa� represented by last year's champion, Mr. be accepted as players. D. Ferguson, who made a very good show indeed. Entertainments: The first of the monthly socials He was defeated at the semi-final stage. C.S.B.A. was held at Hilsea on October 23 and was a Edinburgh Area Championships: Messrs. W. J. success. The number attending the weekly whist Munro and C. J. M. Johnstone were successful in drive increases. winning the pairs competition. This was a very Indoor Games: A committee has been formed to good performance and has brought the M.O.W. club into the notice of the C.S.B.A. once again. consider forming an Indoor Games section, which C.S.B.A. Inter-Area Finals: Messrs. Munro and would arrange home and away matches with other Jolmstone unfortunately were defeated by the clubs at darts, crib and table tennis. Several inviGlasgow representatives and consequently just missed the honour of representing .their country in the C.S.B.A. internationals in Wales next season. w. J. McEwAN. Portsmouth's Pavilion Extensions : All sections are making progress and efforts are being made to improve the income of the club and counterbalance the ever-in­ creasing expenditure caused by higher wages and cost of commodities. A finance sub­ committee has been elected to consider ways and means of increasing income and reducing expenditure with­ out any loss of service or amenities. Tickets for the Christmas draw are already in circula­ Photograph of some members taken at Parsons Green, Edinburgh. tion amongst members, and a " Bring and Buy " sale tations to visit local clubs have been received, and is being held at Hilsea to raise funds for the club. Football: In the first round of the C.S. Chal­ it is hoped to make up C.S. teams. It is hoped lenge Cup competition, Portsmouth. C.S. visited that the proposed extension of the Hilsea Pavilion Farnborough on October 27 to play R.A.E. will be completed by next summer; this would be Although Portsmouth ran out easy winners by 9-0, a great asset if we act as hosts to visiting teams. W. B. COOK. the game was interesting and enjoyed by the spec­ Southampton's Dining Ways. An. Honours tators. Pompey look forward to round three with confidence. The Rants. Senior Cup first round Board is to be placed in the club to record the match at Basingstoke was played on October 30. names of men who have rendered outstanding Although competing against a Rants. Division I service to the Association. F. W. C. Young's photograph, framed and team, Portsmouth C.S. gave a creditable perform­ ance, and were most unfortunate to lose by the suitably inscribed, has now been placed in the club lounge. only goal when extra play seemed certain. Bowls: The section A.G.M. is being held next Netball has commenced on the ground for the first time. The ground staff, with commendable month and new members will be welcomed. Hockey: Two men's, one ladies' and one mixed speed, made the equipment at a cost of a few are running and have full programmes. The ladies shillings. First users are Post Office Sports Club. have two piayers (Mrs. Tullock and Miss Bone) Greenkeeper Arthur Witt has completed 18 selected for the Rants. county side and one (Miss years' service. Arthur Witt joined other green­ Bettesworth) is reserve, and Miss K. Dixon is keepers in the neighbourhood at annual " do," captain of Dorset. Men's, women's and mixed which takes the form of a rink competition for a


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cup, followed by supper and convivial evening. The event is due to the generosity of "Sir William" Day, a Southampton bowls personality. A C.S. Motoring Association Local Centre has now been formed. Moving spirit, Mr. P. Walton, of O.S.O., Crabwood. Head Groundsman Jack Kellam will be grateful to anyone who can put him in touch with unfur­ nished rooms or a vacant house. Your scribe's efforts have proved fruitless. Ladies' Hockey Club has suffered a real loss in the departure, on promotion, of Miss M. M. Moody,

F. TV. C. Young, who has done nwch valuable W01'k for Southampton g·round and area.

the hon. secretary. Member of our Sports Coun­ cil before the war, Hampshire county player, the· growth of women's hockey in Southampton owes much to this competent little person. Small of stature, with a great heart and bags of enthusiasm, she's been the ideal general factotum. Crowning achievement last year, when our ladies won the hockey tournament at Chiswick. Tennis Club had a dance in the clubhouse to celebrate the winning of Division II of the Apsley League. Major-General M. N. MacLeod, C.B., D.S.O., M.C., president of Southampton Lawn Tennis Association, presented shield to the winners. Other guests were Mr. A. E. Rawlings, Hampshire

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and Wimbledon exponent; Mr. W. Green, hon secretary of the League, who, with Major-Generai MacLeod, congratulated the victorious club. Civil Service singles cups were presented to Mrs. Pyatt (recently married to " R.A.") and Mr. I. McDiar­ mid.O.S.O. Cricket Club staged, with much success first annual dinner at the O.S.O. canteen. It wa� cricket and cricket and more cricket throughout the evening. Organisers displayed ideas of show­ manship by producing well-known cricket per­ sonalities for the top table. Tribute paid to hon. secretary Stan D. Gaitsell for his work. Brigadier K. M. Papworth, O.B.E., M.C., Deputy Director General of Ordnance Survey, toasted the club. Mr. W. E. Wilde, M.B.E., the club's general chairman, spoke. Col. F. 0. Metford, M.B.E., officer commanding at Crabwood, was present, with Mr. E. D. R. Eagar, captain, Hampshire County Cricket Club. Two shields' won by the club were presented amid much enthusiasm. Wel­ come announcement made that two teams will compete next season instead of one. Ladies' Bowling Club celebrated 21st birthday. Chief guest at the dinner was Mrs. W. Houghton, president of the County Bowls Association. A pleasing feature was the awards of cups, shields, a rose bowl, vase, medals, to winners of the com­ petitions throughout the season. The 25th Birthday of the Association may be recognised in the form of a dinner to be held C. F. M. some time in the New Year. Dance of the Seven Veils at Southport: The winter season started well, with two hockey teams (ladies' and mixed) and a football team that will, (we hope!) be beating all-comers. We played a team at the top of the league and drew ! By the time these notes appear, our first dance of the season will be over. The tickets are already going with a swing and we are all agog to see the " Surprise Item," which, it is whispered, is the dance of the Seven Veils. Who talked about " strip tease " ? Swansea Entertain the Stage: I must correct an error last month about the hockey team's home fixtures. The club ground is not ready for play and our '' first real home match '' is still an event of the future. This may be December 4. Next year we want to run a ladies' team, so lady mem­ bers interested will be welcomed with open arms (figuratively speaking!) We played one mixed game at Ynystawe against Carmarthen G.P.0., lost 2-r after a fast-moving and exciting game. The men's team, whilst not achieving the success attained last year, are having a most enjoyable season. The club entertained Swansea Town football team to snooker and darts, and a happy evening was had by all. Table tennis and snooker tour-


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naments are in full swing, but there is no indica­ tion that any unknowns will triumph over the established experts ! A successful dance was held at the Mackworth Hotel, attended by several of the stage company from the Empire Theatre. The success was financial as well as social. The annual meeting of the Cricket Section was well attended, which augurs well for the coming season. Cricket secretary Walshe is already completing his I949 . fixture list. M. W. EUSTACE. . Watford Ground Developnients: The work on the Watford ground is rapidly taking shape, and the new grass tennis courts and bowling green are proof of the practical support given by the C.S. Sports Council to the growing need for sports facilities. Civil Servants in the Watford area look forward to the summer season of I949, when they will have cricket, tennis and bowls facilities all provided for them by the Council. The temporary working committee, set up at the request of the Council, has put in a lot of hard work to make the ground possible, and all Government Departments in and around Watford have given the scheme enthusiastic support. The Ministry of Labour, Post Office (Postal and Engineers), Ministry of Education, Inland Revenue (Taxes and Estate Duty), and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, have taken full advantage of the facilities provided for cricket, football, hockey and tennis. A number of Depart­ ments have also used the ground for their sports days. A hearty invitation is extended to Civil Servants in or near the Watford area, whether their Depart­ ments are in the area or not, and it is hoped that before long Watford will mean to Civil Servants north or north-west of London what Chiswick nieans to others. Unlike the usual method of allocating C.S. sports grounds, the committee has decided to form a C.S. (Watford) Bowling Club, to take full advantage of the bowling green, which promises to be first-class. An open meeting of bowls enthusiasts will be held on Monday, Decem­ ber 6, I948, at 5.30 p.m., in the dining hall of the Ministry of Labour, Orphanage Road, Watford. It is hoped that the club can be successfully started with a membership of rno at a subscription of about £2 2s. per annum. All bowls enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend this opening meeting and if they do not intend to join the club their guidance and advice would be appreciated. During the winter there is football and hockey each week-end and the Ministry of Labour and the Watford and District Postal Sports and Social Club have winter tennis. The Ministry of Labour, winners of Division II of the C.S. Football League last year, have entered Division I and are putting up a grand show. Other Departments are playing friendly matches, football and hockey.

Correspondence

October 22, I948. To the Editor. .Trade to Produce a New Play Sir,-The Board of Trade Dramatic Society will present, from December I4 to I7 inclusive, in the cinema at I.C.I. House, a new play, " The Enemy of Time," by C. Neilson Gattey and Diana Grierson. The producer will be Miss Sally Winsor, who has a number of successful professional pro­ ductions to her credit. Most people will appreciate the importance of this production, as it is not often that an amateur company receives an offer such as this, and there is bound to be a heavy demand for the limited number of seats available. Intending patrons would be well advised to make early application for sea1.s to Miss C. Gibbs, �oom 703B, Horseferry House, Thorney Street, S.W.r (telephone number, Victoria 6800, ext. 32). • Yours sincerely,

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GARDNER-STANBRIDGE.

Notice: The attempt to form a new feature, " Service Advertisements," has been abandoned owing to lack of sufficient support. Olympic Medal: The congratulations of the Sports Club in general and the Rifle Section in particular, to Walter Buchanan, Officer, Alloa, 2nd Station, who reached the finals of the 50-metre smallbore, thereby receiving a I4th Olympic bronze medal. He was already an international shot, having been a member of the British team against the United States in the Dewar Shield last year. (From Customs and Excise Sports Magazine) A Pasha at Gloucester.--Col. E. W. Northfield, Pasha, the Governor of Gloucester Prison, who is the president of the C.S.S.A. cricket section, has accepted the presidency also of the Gloucester rugby section. One of the very few Britishers to hold the title of " Pasha," which was conferred on him by King Abdulla for services rendered in Transjordan, Col. Northfield has also distinguished. himself in the realm of sport, having trained and captained the polo, hockey, soccer and rifle club teams in the now famous Arab Legion, as well as the Trans­ jordan Frontier Force. He was regarded as one of the finest horsemen in the Middle East, wheff'! he served IJ years, winning many trophies in mounted events, including the Middle East open · tent pegging championship. We are indeed proud to have among our Execn­ tive members one who has so remarkable a record, and our G /S. says he is looking forward to the day when we will stage a thrilling polo match as one of the features-of our annual sports day. Come R. W. S. along Colonel - what about it? (From Gloucester Area Sports Bulletin)


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Do Secretaries Play Games? Article on page 90 says they do not

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the ground and buildings, but before any develop­ ment can begin the plans must go to the local authority for approval and to the Central Land In my travels I have met many secretaries. The Board, who will levy a development charge, which great majority have one thing in common - they is payable before authority to commence work is don't play games and this, I maintain, is because given. By now the secretary is probably thoroughly sick of the whole business, but' as no one else their duties as secretary exhaust them. In this they are like the youth who, when comes forward he carries on. Armed with sheaves tobacco companies 9ffered prizes to smokers of of authorities he now asks the Ministry of Works their cigarettes 1 set out to collect ten thousand