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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

Verdala Sept 1971 (3)18 views"The Ditch" - a classroom in the old barracks looking very sorry for itself. I seem to remember it was a little better in 1958. As well as some classrooms there the Naval Stores Department (SNSO) still had stores there at the time.derrick calver
Verdala Sept 1971 (2)113 viewsMain Gatederrick calver
Verdala Sept 1971163 viewsderrick calver
Floriana Methodist Sunday School and RN bus, 1960141 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.

Photo : unattributed - please advise admin if you know the owner.
Recognise anyone? Verdala 1954/5308 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
Restoration of the Verdala "lantern"...196 views...by the Malta Restoration Directorate, 2020...

...but not yet on their WEBSITE

Another Verdala Memoir...150 views...by SUE ADAMS

Click on blue link (Sue Adams' name) and scroll to page ten if it doesn't land there.
Sports Days 1954 & 55 at St Andrew's Army School123 viewsStarring Bernard Derrickadmin
Army Children's School St Andrew's272 viewsSt Andrew's Army School.
Swimming Certificate Third Class.
Headmaster Mr A.S.D.Watson.
Military Brat
Boy in grey blazer 1952149 viewsNow identified as John Clark, TH 1947-1949 & 1952-1954.

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

Primary children visit Ark Royal in GH 1973-4320 viewsNow known to be Luqa Primary thanks to Tamara Lewis (kneeling front left with finger in her mouth).

Photo : Brian Fairbotham
Verdala Bell-on-the-Well158 viewsCover to the deep well below the Verdala playground.

Sketch by Ken Woodhams.

Verdala website HERE
Tony Wise ©190 viewsContinuing the Verdala theme, this was painted by Tony Wise, Verdala staff member 1962-5. TW is mentioned by KEITH ALLEN in THIS EXTRACTadmin
Sheriff who?212 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) -


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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (3)263 viewsExecuting "the wheel".

Viewed from the hall roof.

Copyright © Martin Powell
Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (2)209 viewsTwo paces forward.

Copyright © Martin Powell
Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (1)180 viewsOn the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

Copyright © Martin Powell
Coronation party 1953461 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
Dockyard Technical College447 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
RAF Luqa School Choir, 30 May 1964424 viewsRAF Children's School Luqa. School Choir for TV Performance, 30 May 1964.pughcd
Verdala closes - 40 years ago631 viewsThe Dolphin & Eagle (forces families newspaper Malta) carried the following article on 30 July 1976, headed simply :-


"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 1973790 views?? Capt Mike Law on right?Karl
RAF Luqa Primary School Oct 1973 pupils assembled638 viewsHarvest Festival Service 23 October 1973 with Rear-Admiral David Loram and staff in attendance.Karl
RAF Luqa Primary School494 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.
RAF Luqa Primary School children 1972-73704 viewsTaken by my Father, Gordon Partridge, who was then Headmaster.Karl
TH from across the valley488 viewsPrefect
Verdala Old Entrance © 701 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect
TH 2015402 viewsNot sure what this is about. Future development?Prefect
The Gym is still a Gym455 viewsPrefect
The Hall still stands443 viewsUsed as a storeroom.Prefect
Sports Day502 viewsBut what School, where & when?
From Bruce Williams.
Another of Luqa 2 Site (June 2012)503 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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