Blackburnian Lent 1984, page 4, From the Study Window

FROM THE STUDY WINDOW The preacher at our Beginning of the Year Service held in the Cathedral on Thursday, 9th September 1982 was the venerable Frank Johnston, Chaplain-in-Chief to Her Majesty's Land Forces. In view of the conflict which had taken place in the Falkland Islands earlier in that year, his presence seemed particularly appropriate—though of course at the time of inviting him I had no idea of what the future was to bring. We welcomed to the staff of the Chemistry Department Mr. J. N. Atherton, a graduate of Cambridge, an Old Boy of Bolton School and for many years Head of the Textile Department at the Blackburn College of Technology, together with Mr. C. P. J. Evans (Churchill College, Cambridge), who came to us from St. Dunston's College at Catford in South-East London. Three new lady members of staff also joined us, one of whom was Mrs. E. A. Evans, though no relation to the foregoing. Mrs. Evans, now teaching in the Junior School, trained some years ago at the City of Bath College of Education before the needs of her family caused her temporary retirement; Mrs. C.. E. Butler, a modern linguist (Bedford College, London), came to us from Witton Park School, Blackburn; and Mrs. L. J. C. Fisher (St. Hugh's College, Oxford) joined our Physics Department, having previously taught at Shrewsbury, where she also taught swimming. The term was quickly under way, with its usual round of visitors to school and visits out of school to theatres, exhibitions and places of further education. An innovation, and one receiving enthusiastic parental support, was the holding of the Junior School Speech Day on the last Friday afternoon before half-term. Much excitement raged over the refusal of the Lancashire County Council to allow any of its pupils to come into our Sixth Form for our five Assisted Places, and it is to the credit of our Governors that money was found to bring in such pupils under the Bursary Scheme. The Rank Trustees also deserve our gratitude for their continued and most generous support of several pupils in the school, particularly at sixth form level, who would not otherwise be able to attend. At an Old Blackburnian Section Dinner held in Christ's College, Cambridge on November 19th, Professor Henry Loyn, Vice-Principal of Westfield College in the University of London, was the excellent speaker. Professor Loyn also exercised his Welsh wizardry in his delightful Speech Day address in King George's Hall on December 7th. Snow made the following February a particularly unpleasant month: one which will stand out in my memory for the remarkable railway journey undertaken by the Provost of Blackburn and myself. After attending the General Synod, we were to travel to the University of Durham for the inaugural dinner of the Old Blackburnians' Association, at which the Provost was to speak. What was intended as a high-speed journey actually occupied much of the afternoon and early evening; and when we emerged from the train at Durham to be confronted with amazing scenes of snow and ice, I doubted that we should ever make it to the Tristram Room at St. John's College, particularly when the Provost disappeared from sight in a most un-provostlike position as he glissaded down a steep embankment to the road below. Fortunately he sustained no damage apart from a slight loss of dignity. We