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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


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Floriana Methodist Sunday School and RN bus, 1960118 viewsAbout six RN buses picked up from all over the island to take willing (and less willing) worshippers to Sunday School and Church every week. Parents could travel on the bus but quite a few vicariously preferred to pack the blessed lambs off by themselves. The Padre was an RN chaplain so was presumably able to persuade the transport garage to think of higher things.

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Recognise anyone? Verdala 1954/5267 viewsAnne Richards writes "My mother, Mrs Margaret Cooke, was a teacher at Tal-Handaq in 1954 and transferred to Verdala in 1954/5. She must have left after my brother was born in August 1955. This photo was found amongst her papers and I believe it may be Verdala and would very much like to know whether anyone recognises themselves in the picture - probably 1954-5? My Mother is the teacher in the photo and the artwork on the walls is her work. Thank you."admin
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Restoration of the Verdala "lantern"...185 views...by the Malta Restoration Directorate, 2020...

...but not yet on their WEBSITE

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Another Verdala Memoir...141 views...by SUE ADAMS

Click on blue link (Sue Adams' name) and scroll to page ten if it doesn't land there.
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Sports Days 1954 & 55 at St Andrew's Army School115 viewsStarring Bernard Derrickadmin
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Army Children's School St Andrew's258 viewsSt Andrew's Army School.
Swimming Certificate Third Class.
Headmaster Mr A.S.D.Watson.
Military Brat
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Boy in grey blazer 1952139 viewsNow identified as John Clark, TH 1947-1949 & 1952-1954.

(...not forgetting that there were still some junior classes at TH in 1957).

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Primary children visit Ark Royal in GH 1973-4309 viewsNow known to be Luqa Primary thanks to Tamara Lewis (kneeling front left with finger in her mouth).

Photo : Brian Fairbotham
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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well145 viewsCover to the deep well below the Verdala playground.

Sketch by Ken Woodhams.

Verdala website HERE
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Tony Wise ©178 viewsContinuing the Verdala theme, this was painted by Tony Wise, Verdala staff member 1962-5. TW is mentioned by KEITH ALLEN in THIS EXTRACTadmin
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Sheriff who?194 viewsNot a lot of people know this - but Keith Allen, star of stage and screen (at present playing in "Hogarth's Progress" as the older William Hogarth) - and of course Lily Allen's father- went to Verdala in 1960. His autobiog briefly describes his time in Malta (scroll down to chapter 3, page 40) -

HERE

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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (3)253 viewsExecuting "the wheel".

Viewed from the hall roof.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (2)199 viewsTwo paces forward.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (1)167 viewsOn the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Coronation party 1953443 viewsCoronation school party at Verdala 2nd June 1953. Me bottom right half hidden by Union Jack. Younger Brother (now deceased) hiding behind hands. Both of us went on to Tal Handaq 58-61.2 commentsCrab
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Dockyard Technical College432 viewsSelf with Godwin Bonnet outside one of the old rooms of the Dockyard Technical College 2016. Godwin was one of the apprentices taught by my father 1959-60.1 commentsMartin Powell
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RAF Luqa School Choir, 30 May 1964405 viewsRAF Children's School Luqa. School Choir for TV Performance, 30 May 1964.pughcd
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Verdala closes - 40 years ago619 viewsThe Dolphin & Eagle (forces families newspaper Malta) carried the following article on 30 July 1976, headed simply :-

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"The Service Children's School Verdala closed on Wednesday 14 July, for the third time in its history. The Assembly held in the school that morning was therefore a rather special one for the children, staff, parents and guests. The Flag Officer Malta, Rear Admiral O.N.A. Cecil, accepted an invitation to be present and and kindly consented to present the awards.

For most of the forenoon a special signal hoist 'ZKJ2' was flying from the palm tree, meaning 'I am closing down this circuit'. A very sad moment arrived when that signal was executed at 1255"
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Rear Admiral Loram Visit to RAF Luqa Primary School 1973754 views?? Capt Mike Law on right?Karl
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RAF Luqa Primary School Oct 1973 pupils assembled620 viewsHarvest Festival Service 23 October 1973 with Rear-Admiral David Loram and staff in attendance.Karl
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RAF Luqa Primary School479 viewsSchool visit on 9 Feb 1973 by Controller of SCEA Group Captain Angus McIntosh, accompanied by Captain Brierley.
Who is the teacher on the left? Gordon Partridge (Headmaster) on right.
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RAF Luqa Primary School children 1972-73684 viewsTaken by my Father, Gordon Partridge, who was then Headmaster.Karl
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TH from across the valley480 viewsPrefect
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Verdala Old Entrance © 682 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect
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TH 2015396 viewsNot sure what this is about. Future development?Prefect
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The Gym is still a Gym447 viewsPrefect
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The Hall still stands436 viewsUsed as a storeroom.Prefect
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Sports Day494 viewsBut what School, where & when?
From Bruce Williams.
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Another of Luqa 2 Site (June 2012)497 viewsAfter 10 minutes of cajoling the AFM guard at the entrance opposite the station church he decided he couldn't let me in, so this was taken from outside the perimeter. Our flat was the one in the middle, although it didn't have a glazed-in veranda in 1965/66. McDonalds - who'd have thought it...?Ivan
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A Surviving Romney Hut463 viewsGlimpsed though the barricades.Prefect
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More planned development at TH, 2014.421 viewsBut not sure what as the banner kept falling down.Prefect
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Verdala School Visit to BEA at Luqa © 465 viewsPhoto Graham King, © Camera Moose.Prefect
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