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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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From the archives - 50 years on.66 viewsThe name of the school was changed from RNS TH to SCS TH in 1969 (Service Children's School), though it continued to be administered by the Royal Navy. All other service schools in Malta then came under the remit of the RN, Captain HC Malkin (Headmaster 1966 - 1970) being appointed the first OiC Service Schools, Malta & Naples.

Photo : Evan Potts
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Aerial view mid-60s134 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts).
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Aerial plan mid-60s102 viewsNorth is right

Compare view HERE

Key : 1. Block 11 - Dining Hall & Galley
2. Block 11 - 6th form
3. Old Music Room / Careers Room / sometime L6th common room
4. Block 12 Classrooms
5. Block 12 Classrooms
6. Language Lab
7. Caretaker's Store
8. Tuck Shop
9. Science Block (13)
10. Block 1 Classrooms & Biology Lab
11. Block 2 Classrooms
12. Incinerator
13. Classrooms? (Possibly toilets but wrong colour)
14. Block 3 Classrooms
15. Block 4 Classrooms
16. Block 5 Classrooms
17. Block 6 Classrooms & Metalwork / Tech Drawing
18. Block 14 Classrooms & Shorthand / Typing
19. Boys’ Toilets
20. Block 15 Classrooms
21. Library
22. Block 16 Classrooms
23. Girls’ Toilets & Showers
24. Hall
25. Boiler Room
26. New Music Room
27. Gymnasium & Showers
28. Netball / Tennis Court
29. Woodwork Block (7)
30. Groundsmen's Store
31. The "Field"
32. Art Block (8)
33. Art & Craft Block (9)
34. Block 10 Classrooms
35. Admin Block
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The Pit, entrance tunnel108 viewsAfter attempts in 2013 and 2017 and again last week (October 2019) I still can’t get full access to The Pit. Nice people running the military bookshop, but won’t allow me to go down as they have lots of artefacts stored there pending refurbishment to make a museum. However at least I got further than last time. The sloping tunnel remains very familiar, although the steps and smooth concrete sidewalks were not there when we opened the place in summer 1965.1 commentsIvan
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 196787 viewsMr Roy Tatton on left, Jill Thackray centre front, poss Eddie Eichmann on right?

Photo : Jill Thackray
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 196776 viewsNote the yacht moored to the buoy on the right - the Lucette. Read her famous story HERE and watch the film (names changed) HERE

Photo : Jill Thackray
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Invites from 196985 viewsCourtesy of Christine Kate Spencer (now Liddy).admin
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The Pit 1967-8193 viewsKay Carberry behind the bar in the Pit, with Corinne Bevan.
Pepsi & Coke only of course.
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THE PIT Friday 3rd November 1967111 viewsPoster attrib to Sally Rathmell, with thanks to Jenny Shillitto (now Banbury).admin
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The PIT 2019108 viewsThe PIT is still there disguised as a bookshop.philb57
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Outside the Tuck Shop728 viewsCarol Williams standing on the right. Not sure about the rest.1 commentsmikew
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Outside the Tuck Shop641 viewsMucking about outside the tuck shop. Right to left Dorian Church? Ken Bird, George Molden, not sure who is attempting the splits, Bob Callahan and not sure of the rest.mikew
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Anyone we know? 580 viewsPhoto for sale on a certain online auction site.admin
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It was 50 years ago today...514 views...TH taught the world to play.

Filming Hell Boats at Manoel Island 1968.

Many 'extras' provided by Tal Handaq.

FULL FILM HERE

Wind forward 37 mins and play for 20 secs for a familiar face.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Qui-si-Sana cut-out pools 1960634 viewsHere so healthy.valerie easter/snowdon/
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The Fortizza 1960510 viewsNear the Chaletvalerie easter/snowdon/
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The Chalet, Ghar-id-Dud 1960481 viewsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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St Julians 1960526 viewsFrom our roof top of Egmont Closevalerie easter/snowdon/
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Military Bay or Golden Bay 1960616 viewsThis was part of the Model Beach Exhibition to encourage tourists at the time.valerie easter/snowdon/
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Me with friends at Marsaxlokk 1960451 viewsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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BFBS Request - Patricia Graham nee Woolner599 viewsFor anyone interested, it was a request from my then-boyfriend, and the record was Elvis singing "Are You Lonesome Tonight"

Patricia Graham
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David Michael Gerrard 1946-2016 (aka Prefect)1438 viewsMy very very sad task to report David's passing on Sunday 17 January. THN Webmaster, Scholar, Sea Captain, Falklands Veteran, Friend and all round Good Bloke, he has gone to stand at the back of the big Assembly in the sky (or is it Detention?). Sahha xbien.

Dave seen here in his role as honorary member of TH ladies-who-lunch (Exeter) club, Sept 2015.

Funeral to take place at 3pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth PL2 2EP (easy access from A38).

Please feel free to write tributes below, they can be printed out for the day.
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Tigne Summer 651160 views1 commentsRichard Knapman
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Tigne Summer 651058 views1 commentsRichard Knapman
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Tigne Summer 65977 viewsRichard Knapman
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Tigne Beach Summer 19651176 views1 commentsRichard Knapman
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Bryan & David Sanderson 1104 viewsOn a return visit in the early 70s.Prefect
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A Sign of the Times1148 viewsThe name of the school was changed in April 1969, though it continued to be administered by the Royal Navy, along with all other service schools in Malta.
Photo : Evan Potts
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David Norris and Richard Ball, Feb 1968.1297 viewsPrefect
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Eros Cafe Sliema, Summer 19692573 viewsPaul Wickham, Dom Busuttil-Rivers, Keith Woodcock, Dan Rowan.

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Talhandaq-ians joining the RAF 19621430 viewsFrom Bob McDonald.3 commentsPrefect
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DofE Exped Cyprus 19681138 views Including Evan Potts, Martin Powell, Robert Ross & Mr Roy Tomlinson.Prefect
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