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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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HMS Serapis bringing Edward, Prince of Wales to Malta 187649 viewsSerapis was one of five Euphrates class, originally built as troopers.

HMS Hercules behind (just ahead).

Read about the partying Prince in the TIMES OF MALTA
adminFeb 24, 2021
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Inside the Pit 2005170 viewsRemove all the furniture and it looks just the same. I especially remember the opening at the end with bars in it. That was the only ventilation we had!1 commentsmikewJan 28, 2021
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The Pit entrance tunnel 2005127 viewsThe tunnel fitted with all mod cons, handrail, steps, adequate lighting. Still damp though! but presumably not with the sweat of a lot of dancing teenagers.1 commentsmikewJan 28, 2021
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The entrance to the Pit 200546 viewsI took this photo when we went back on the 2005 reunion visit. It was then the Castille Wine Vaults. It was closed at the time but I managed to get in and take some photos which will follow on from this one. Ivan, (author of a previous photo) I hope they are of interest. 1 commentsmikewJan 28, 2021
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Something to look forward to...81 viewsMore restored buses now doing tourist trips.

Click HERE for full article from recent Times of Malta.

See also THIS ONE
adminJan 22, 2021
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Mr Bob Dickerson 1928-2020136 viewsKeith Dickerson writes..."It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Robert (Bob) Dickerson, Art Teacher and later Head of the Art Department at Tal Handaq from 1958-1968, passed away at the age of 92 on 19 December 2020.
Bob returned to the UK on 4 July 2018 after living in Malta, Cyprus, Sardinia and Rome with his 2nd wife Brenda for over 40 years. He moved into sheltered accommodation in Ipswich in August 2018 and continued painting until the end of his life. He moved into a nursing home in October 2020 where unfortunately he caught COVID-19.
His funeral will be held at Ipswich Crematorium at 3.15pm this Friday 8 January. Please let me know if you'd like to come as we still have a few places available.
Alternatively you can watch the webcast of the funeral live HERE (https://www.obitus.com/)
Username: Hupo1313
Password: 754763

I have also created a dropbox folder containing over 100 photos of Bob taken during his life HERE
(https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3j68h3qed1zo2c9/AADS4TNli-_Os0GCOYfw5u_7a?dl=0)
If you have any other photos of Bob please send them to me via Admin and I will upload them.
Best wishes, Keith Dickerson"
adminJan 07, 2021
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From the archives - the 68-71 team reunions114 viewsWith thanks to Judith Chitty Blair and Bob Callaghan.

See THIS PAGE and the other headers there.

adminJan 03, 2021
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 202078 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.adminDec 21, 2020
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"Schoolies" - hot off the press150 viewsSelected Stories of the Royal Navy Instructor Officers' Association (RNIOA)

Also contains some jottings by Miss Yule (viewable here on THN too)

Buy your copy HERE

Tell them we sent you !!
adminDec 06, 2020
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Restoration of the Verdala "lantern"...144 views...by the Malta Restoration Directorate, 2020...

...but not yet on their WEBSITE

adminNov 24, 2020
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Whaler in Marsamxett...567 views...like we sailed at St Angelo.

See 1955 RN sail training film made in Malta :-

part one
part two
part three
PrefectNov 04, 2020
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Eagle Aviation Dakota - Blackbushe to Luqa1067 views1956

"The plane took off from Blackbushe and climbed to 10,000 feet which was its cruising height, but the flight to Nice was terrible, there were storms all the way, and apart from flying upside down the aeroplane was being buffeted all the way. Flying at 10,000 feet meant that if you hit an air pocket, the aircraft would drop almost 2,000 feet. The poor flight attendant Miss Bolton went through the aircraft picking up sick bags, the only person not sick was Kelvin, the only one on the aircraft able to eat his inflight meal and drink his tea, he even sucked on a sweet for landing so that his ears would not be painful. Then the aircraft made a perfect landing at Nice and all the passengers got off. Kelvin bless his cotton socks called 'Bboobb' at the top of the landing steps, and like a good boy he covered every step in inflight meal, crisps, cup of tea and the sweet. The French ground crew were not happy and said so."

Read Mike Palmer's memoirs by instalment here - The Old Sea Dog

NB- The link will take you to the latest chapter. To start from the beginning (posted 17 Oct 2020) keep clicking on "More Posts" at the bottom of his page.

Be sure to tune in regularly to Mike's blog for the latest in nostalgia (and to leave an appreciative comment).
adminOct 20, 2020
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Videos from 2005 before demolition134 viewsA reminder to view Bruce Williams' TH website and watch videos donated by Lynn Mentiply.

The blue link should land on Bruce's video page, then scroll down the page. There are five to watch not including the one at the foot of the page which is not playing.

Be sure to check out the rest of his site via the Home button in the photo of Bruce near the top of his page.
2 commentsadminOct 01, 2020
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Never trust a Pongo62 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

Type Malta into his search box when you've read this one.

adminSep 16, 2020
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49 viewsOur late father being presented with the Marksman's Trophy by Sir Maurice Dorman Governor-General of Malta at the Sgts' Mess Annual Darts Awards Dinner held at Simonds Farsons Cisk Brewery, 1967.Military BratAug 30, 2020
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Another Verdala Memoir...82 views...by SUE ADAMS

Click on blue link (Sue Adams' name) and scroll to page ten if it doesn't land there.
adminAug 22, 2020
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Sports Days 1954 & 55 at St Andrew's Army School70 viewsStarring Bernard DerrickadminAug 15, 2020
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PDF Athletics Day 1970 - from Mike Wynne116 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1970SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Athletics Day 1969 - from Mike Wynne41 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1969SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1970 - from Mike Wynne33 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1970SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1969 - from Mike Wynne30 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1969SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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Banyan Style102 views"The sand was so beautiful on Ramla beach that it was golden shading into red. There was no habitation there. You walked down a farm track through groves of bamboo to the beach. On the beach there is a statue of the Madonna on a pedestal. It carried a light or lantern on the top. There were few if any visitors. On some days the only person to visit the beach was a lamplighter who faithfully lit the Madonna’s light. As the evening light faded bats would swoop low over our campground. The trip was a success, except that our pet tortoise who we had taken with us, marched off into the bamboo groves, and may even be living there now after an interval of sixty something years."

Wallow in more nostalgia
HERE by Andrew McLeod.
adminJul 23, 2020
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Congrats to Gillian and Trevor Ricketts. Fifty-five years of wedded bliss.100 viewsGillian writes - Today (3rd July) we are celebrating our EMERALD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (55 years - I know!!!). Fortunately for Trev I am not a fan of expensive jewellery and I couldn't think of anything of anything green to give him so we have decided that, when Covid 19 departs (and it will), we will take a celebratory trip to the Emerald Isle!! It is strange that, having travelled a lot in our lifetimes, we have never been to Ireland. That will be something to look forward to. In the meantime we will celebrate the day with something alcoholic shared with good friends. Happy anniversary, darling Trev xxxxx Martin PowellJul 05, 2020
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Magazines102 viewsLink to the magazine collection, all scanned by David "Prefect" Gerrard....

>>> HERE
adminJun 21, 2020
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Washing Up in Malta85 viewsFrom the blurb - "Washing Up in Malta is about travel, coming of age, mothers and daughters. The lives of two women, Jessica and Grace, unfold across a century of change. Their particular journeys take them through Scotland, England, Germany, Africa, Bahamas, and Australia. Through it all, the place that punctuates their lives as a marker of home is the tiny island of Malta, at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. Grace begins her journey here, and Jessica completes the circle by returning to Malta toward the end of her life."

Buy online or read for free HERE
adminJun 10, 2020
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Anyone we know?113 viewsAlhambra 1970s.adminJun 09, 2020
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Army childhood135 viewsARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES. Beautifully produced with many full colour prints.

Book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson. (Shire Publications Ltd, 2012). Slim but highly recommended.

Read parts online HERE

More on TACA including Malta (but lacks a search facility).
2 commentsMartin PowellMay 11, 2020
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School Hall mid-70s183 viewsWith ballroom shine to the floor done during summer hols. The organ beloved of Mr Gerrard that used to be on the balcony was probably removed at the time of the "Mintoff withdrawal" in 1972, destination unknown?

(But why didn't I take one of the stage?)

Compare with THIS ONE
adminApr 26, 2020
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192 viewsMy Father and some of his mates from A Company outside the Sliema Café [1967] now the site of the Mr Todd Hotel.Military BratApr 05, 2020
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Pit 1969-70329 viewsPit committee, having a break in Barrakka gardens after prep work for the dance, 1969-70 : Joe Vincenti, Caroline "Porridge" Cary (now Brown), Debby Bradley (now Hill), Adrian Worley RIP

Photo : Dom Wujastyk
Martin PowellApr 01, 2020
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Barrakka lift probably c. 1980 before demolition118 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
adminMar 18, 2020
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Click here for TH Sports Day 1968115 viewsPDF of Sports Day 1968 - from Mike Wynne.SC-UKMar 11, 2020
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