November 2016

A photograph of pupils and staff – 1938 has been added to the website.

October 2016

Sadly we have just learned:-


PAUL ROBINSON who was at HDS from 1967, tragically died in a fire at his Eastbourne home in the early hours of Monday 17th October last.   Paul had been a director of Eastbourne Borough Football Club until 2014 and was well known locally for many charitable activities.    A tribute to him will appear in the next issue of The Clove’s Lines.

August 2016

Willie Watkins has been given some videos – some taken by Joe Brearley.

They have all been uploaded to the website. Please see video section.


June 2016

The Clove Club announces the loss of LEN WILKINS, a boy at the School 1944-1949 who became School Secretary for three years 1955-1958 and will be remembered by many as quiet, yet efficient, and always approachable.

Our condolences have been expressed to his family.

May 2016

GEOFFREY REIS (at School 1945-1952), has died.   He was a long time friend of Jo Gollow and two years his junior.
MAURICE PESTON, ennobled as Lord Peston, father of the well-known Robert Peston, and a Labour Economic Affairs spokesman in the House of Lords, has died.   He attended Hackney Downs School 1942-1949 and was a friend, at the School, of the late Harold Pinter.

April 2016

The Clove Club is saddened to learn of the passing of Stuart Moss (HDS 1956-62) whilst on vacation in Morocc0. Stuart was a member of the Royal Institute of Architects and had recently retired.

April 2016

Following health problems associated with age and additional to prostate cancer, Eric Albany, who was Secretary of The Clove for some years in the 50s and 60s, lost his battle yesterday.   Anyone who new Eric would recognise that his stocky frame concealed a true fighter.

Eric was a maths teacher, but alongside teaching his students he could claim to have introduced  what was known as Nuffield Maths into the curriculum.   HIs fame to us, however, is that he was one of the founders of the new cadet force (allied to the Royal Berkshire’s) whilst at King’s Lynn in 1942 (only a few short years after the Battalion had been disbanded by a government which could not have foretold the future at that point!).

In Eric’s day there was a triumvirate with Jimmy Norton as City correspondent and social secretary (!) and Gerry Burke as Treasurer with some assistance from Bill Riley I believe.   The main organiser was Eric, who enjoyed working along side his old Headmaster, T.O.Balk, and forged a relationship with V.B. Pye after the former’s retirement.   It was from Eric that John Larter and the undersigned took over the reigns starting around 1962, when Eric moved north to the Bolton area where he was able to keep his friendship with Ken Day who retired to nearby Cumbria.

Pipe smoking Eric, always of jovial disposition, will be sadly missed by his family and friends but is now at peace from his ailments, and is probably – even now – entertaining residents of his new abode with jokes and songs quoting from his wide knowledge of the music hall.    Keep going Eric!   God Grant Grace.

The funeral of Eric Albany, one of the founders of the Cadet Corps in 1942 and later a Secretary of The Clove Club, will take place at 1pm on Monday 18 April at Howe Bridge Crematorium, off Lovers Lane, Atherton, Manchester M46 0PZ.


It will be a Humanist ceremony with Eric’s widow Ann wishing that it be kept as light-hearted as possible./   No flowers by request but donations to Cancer Research or Alzheimer’s Society.

Ken Day (1954-1959), a lifelong friend of Eric’s, has kindly agreed to represent The Clove Club at the ceremony.


March 2016

It is with sadness that we have recently learned of the passing of John Barden (1956-1961)