Ely High School 1905-1972 - Sport

Hockey

Sports Programmes

more or less in chronological order: surnames then in bold, if married


A 1920s tug of war - taken in the grounds of the Theological College, Ely.
It was used for Sports Days for a number of years as was the Paradise Field in Ely.
reproduced with the permission of the Cambridgeshire Collection, neg ref 95-1-13: via Christine Fuller (Bell)


Lining up for a race - note boys included: courtesy of Ely Museum, from a batch of supposedly 1920s photos


Sack Race: courtesy of Ely Museum, from a batch of supposedly 1920s photos
However it may be earlier, given that the ajudicator, a clergyman, is in military uniform


Watching sports: courtesy of Ely Museum, from a batch of supposedly 1920s photos


EHS event - Cycle race: courtesy of Ely Museum, from a batch of supposedly 1920s photos

Hellon 1
from the collection of Joyce Day from Stretham, who is on the 1925 School photo.
In this photo she is 2nd from the left in the front row: source Sarah Hellon (dau): ref 1

 Hellon 5.
from the collection of Joyce Day from Stretham, who is on the 1925 School photo
In this photo she is 2nd from the left on the rope: source Sarah Hellon (dau): ref 5

 Hellon 7
from the collection of Joyce Day from Stretham, who is on the 1925 School photo.
In this three legged race start photo she is on the extreme left : source Sarah Hellon (dau): ref 7

Hellon 9
from the collection of Joyce Day from Stretham, who is on the 1925 School photo.
In this start line up she is 5thj from the left: source Sarah Hellon (dau): ref 3

 Hellon 13
from the collection of Joyce Day from Stretham, who is on the 1925 School photo.
In this photo she is 11th from the left: source Sarah Hellon (dau): ref 3


1920s or 1930s - Joan Taylor thinks the girls in a blazer beside the flower pot could be Vera Jobson: source Joan Taylor


Tennis at EHS 1920s. The wooden huts were erected in 1919.
reproduced with the permission of the Cambridgeshire Collection, neg ref 95-1-15: via Christine Fuller (Bell)


A rather surreal photo of a 1930s gym class. The Gymnasium was at the front of Bedford House. In the 1940s and 1950s it was an Art Room.
reproduced with the permission of the Cambridgeshire Collection, neg ref 95-1-18: via Christine Fuller (Bell)

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Drill using small forms, date unknown: please click the image for a closer view of the faces
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Pram race, undated, Mary Taylor, aunt of Brigid & Susan Riley
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Pram race, undated. Could the girl at the left be Mary Taylor? Many similarities to the preceding photo, including girl ahead of her in that photo
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Race line-up, including a boy so this is a Preparatory School race: on back "? Brenda Taylor, later Mrs Riley"
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Race (what type?) photo #1
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Three-legged race, photo #2
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Preparatory school race, photo #5
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)

Sack race, photo #12: "School Sports Theological Grounds. Mary" [Mary Taylor x]
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Preparatory school race, photo #6
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Preparatory school race finish, photo #11: "School sports. Mary" - 5th from left, blue cross, Mary Taylor
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Race line-up, photo #13
source: Brigid Knight (Riley) & Susan Riley from their mother's papers
(Brenda Taylor, whose mother was Mrs CM Taylor, for many years Hon Sec of the OGA)


Sports Day 1947 or 1948: Anne Blake (Russell) writes "My mother [Mary Handley] would have started at Ely High in September 1946.
She is the third girl from the right - the one with the looped up plaits."
via Anne Blake (Russell)


Ely Swimming Pool 1 - at the other end of Ely! c.1957-9: It was a quite good pool but immensely cold of course.
source: Stella Cork, PE 1957-59


Ely Swimming Pool 2 - at the other end of Ely! c.1957-9 source: Stella Cork, PE 1957-59
Jackie Sotheran (Bidwell) adds: The photos of Ely swimming pool show a much smaller pool than my memory recalls! Schools did not have their own pools in those days. The Pool was run by a single Life Guard assisted on public days by someone in the ticket office. The main rules seemed to be segregation of sexes for changing cubicles, no one to go past half way if they couldn't swim.

In summer, we would be collected by buses parked outside the school for the trip down, but had to walk back feeling rather damp for second lunch sitting. It was some distance up Back Hill, past the Cathedral and then Downham Road but we did manage to get sweets to keep us going. There was a tuck shop on the Pool Site down near the Diving boards and a shop on the way back - did we enter with permission?

I do agree about the temperature! and the very spartan changing rooms along each side that had to be shared!

Many girls could not swim, and even those that could had to go back to basic instructions in order to perform strokes correctly as most of us had developed our own styles. I can remember one Swimming Gala where we had to represent our houses but I am not sure if this was an annual event?

I do not recall there being any school regulation for swimsuits. Did we just wear our own? In those days before stretch fabrics, cotton was the norm. Ruched and shirred to give shape and room for growth, so could have been quite a fashion show of hand-me-downs?


"Miss Stella Cork (PE) making herself heard all over the huge field"
source: Stella Cork, PE 1957-59


Margaret Allen receiving the Winning House Trophy on Sports Day 1966 from Mr Sneesby, she was the Etheldreda House sports captain
source: Margaret Cockburn (Allen)


Sports Day 1967?: Mr Ernest Rouse presents the Victrix Ludorum to Monica Vince.
On her right is Ruth Edmunds who shared the award with her: source Wendy Roberts (Imrie)


Sports Day 1967?: Ann Cheese wears a happy smile as she leads her house [Knut] to victory
in the junior relay race: source Wendy Roberts (Imrie)

 


1968 Sports Day event - Staff Egg & Spoon race - who else can you name?
Mr Thompson (Geography, extreme left), Mr Morris (Biology, 2nd from left), Mr Trotter (History, 3rd from left), 
Miss Bentley (R.E., 4th from right), Miss Watson (English, 3rd from right), Miss Hearnshaw (Maths, 2nd from right); Miss Hatley (PE):
source Wendy Roberts (
Imrie), with additional names from Anne Dixon (Low)
 


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