Ely High School 1905-1972





By kind permission of the Dean & Chapter


Organ Music: Lesley Darlington

Reverie by Louis Vierne
Berceuse by Louis Vierne
The Processional Hymn by J. Neander, 1650-80
Tr. C. Winkworth, S.P.V.

Lobe den Herren

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is
thy health and salvation:
Come, ye who hear,
Brothers and sisters, draw near,
Praise him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things
so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under his wings, yea,
so gently sustaineth:
Hast thou not seen?
All that is needful hath been
Granted in what he ordaineth.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper
thy work and defend thee;
Surely his goodness and mercy
here daily attend thee:
Ponder anew
All the Almighty can do,
He who with love doth befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! O let all
that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath come
now with praises before him!
Let the Amen
Sound from his people again:
Gladly for ay we adore him!

The National Anthem

The School History (all seated) Miss E. Moody, B.A.

The Bidding Prayer (all kneeling)
followed by the Lord's Prayer

Ye shall pray for the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, our Sovereign
Lady Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and of the
Dominions and of all the several members of this Commonwealth.

Also ye shall pray for all set in authority under the Queen that all
and every one of these in their several callings may serve truly and
faithfully to the glory of God and the well governing of the people.

And that there may never be wanting a due supply of persons
qualified to serve God in this realm, ye shall implore His blessings
on all Universities and Schools.

Ye shall praise God for all into whose hearts He put it to found the
Ely High School for Girls and all who have served in it as teachers
and scholars. Ye shall especially pray at this time for those who
are to go forth into the world, that by his Holy Spirit they may
be made strong and bold, preserved from all evil, and led forth to
the good work which has been prepared for them to do. Ye shall
pray that their lives may be filled more and more with His gracious
gifts, so that in all things they may remember whose children they
are and in whose service they are engaged.

May grace be given to us to thank God for all. Amen.

The First Reading Ald. J. M. Sneesby
Chairman of Governors

Isaiah, Chapter 35

Let the wilderness and the thirsty land be glad,
let the desert rejoice and burst into flower.
Let it flower with fields of asphodel,
let it rejoice and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon is given to it,
the splendour too of Carmel and Sharon ;
these shall see the glory of the Lord, the splendour of our God.
Strengthen the feeble arms,
steady the tottering knees;
say to the anxious, Be strong and fear not.
See, your God comes with vengeance,
with dread retribution he comes to save you.
Then shall blind men's eyes be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the dumb shout aloud;
for water springs up in the wilderness,
and torrents flow in dry land.
The mirage becomes a pool,
the thirsty land bubbling springs;
instead of reeds and rushes, grass shall grow
in the rough land where wolves now lurk.
And there shall be a causeway there
which shall be called the Way of Holiness,
and the unclean shall not pass along it;
it shall become a pilgrim's way,
no fool shall trespass on it.
No lion shall come there,
no savage beast climb on to it;
not one shall be found there.
By it those he has ransomed shall return
and the Lord's redeemed come home;
they shall enter Zion with shouts of triumph,
crowned with everlasting gladness.
Gladness and joy shall be their escort,
and suffering and weariness shall flee away.

A Magnificat

(Based on St. Luke's Gospel, Chapter 1,
verses 46 to 55)

Timothy Dudley-Smith

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord:
unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
Tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name:
make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy name, the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might:
powers and dominions lay their glory by;
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word:
firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children's children and for evermore.

The Second Reading Susan J. Beeby
Lower VI

'Prayer before Birth'
by Louis MacNeice

I am not yet born; O hear me
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the
stoat or the club-footed ghoul come near me.
I am not yet born, console me,
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,
with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.
I am not yet born; provide me
With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk
to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light
in the back of my mind to guide me.
I am not yet born; forgive me
For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words
when they speak me, my thoughts when they think me,
my treason engendered by traitors beyond me,
my life when they murder by means of my
hands, my death when they live me.
I am not yet born; rehearse me
In the parts I must play and the cues I must take when
old men lecture me, bureaucrats hector me, mountains
frown at me, lovers laugh at me, the white
waves call me to folly and the desert calls
me to doom and the beggar refuses
my gift and my children curse me.
I am not yet born; O hear me,
Let not the man who is beast or who thinks he is God
come near me.
I am not yet born; O fill me
With strength against those who would freeze my
humanity, would dragoon me into a lethal automaton,
would make me a cog in a machine, a thing with
one face, a thing, and against all those
who would dissipate my entirety, would
blow me like thistledown hither and
thither or hither and thither
like water held in the
hands would spill me
Let them not make me a stone and let them not spill me.
Otherwise kill me.

Hymn From 8th century Irish,
versified by Eleanor Hull

First and Last

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
Be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
Be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord;
Be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
Be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
Be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might;
Be thou my soul's shelter, be thou my strong tower:
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise:
Be thou mine inheritance now and always;
Be thou and thou only the first in my heart:
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, thou heaven's bright Sun,
O grant me its joys after vict'ry is won;
Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

Third Reading E. Gaye Kerridge
Head Girl

Romans, Chapter 12

Therefore, my brothers, I implore you by God's mercy to offer
your very selves to him: a living sacrifice, dedicated and fit for his
acceptance, the worship offered by mind and heart. Adapt your-
selves no longer to the pattern of this present world, but let your
minds be remade and your whole nature thus transformed. Then
you will be able to discern the will of God, and to know what is
good, acceptable, and perfect.
In virtue of the gift that God in his grace has given me I say to
everyone among you: do not be conceited or think too highly of
yourself; but think your way to a sober estimate based on the
measure of faith that God has dealt to each of you. For just as in a
single human body there are many limbs and organs, all with
different functions, so all of us, united with Christ, form one body,
serving individually as limbs and organs to one another.
The gifts we possess differ as they are allotted to us by God's
grace, and must be exercised accordingly: the gift of inspired
utterance, for example, in proportion to a man's faith; or the gift
of administration, in administration. A teacher should employ
his gift in teaching, and one who has the gift of stirring speech should
use it to stir his hearers. If you give to charity, give with all your
heart; if you are a leader, exert yourself to lead; if you are helping
others in distress, do it cheerfully.
Love in all sincerity, loathing evil and clinging to the good. Let
love for our brotherhood breed warmth of mutual affection. Give
pride of place to one another in esteem.
With unflagging energy, in ardour of spirit, serve the Lord.
Let hope keep you joyful; in trouble stand firm; persist in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of God's people, and practise hospitality.
Call down blessings on your persecutors—blessings, not curses.
With the joyful be joyful, and mourn with the mourners.
Care as much about each other as about yourselves. Do not
be haughty, but go about with humble folk. Do not keep thinking
how wise you are.
Never pay back evil for evil. Let your aims be such as all men
count honourable. If possible, so far as it lies with you, live at
peace with all men. My dear friends, do not seek revenge, but
leave a place for divine retribution; for there is a text which reads,
"Justice is mine, says the Lord, I will repay." But there is another
text: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give
him a drink; by doing this you will heap live coals on his head." Do
not let evil conquer you, but use good to defeat evil.

The School Hymn Words by Miss Elspeth Simpson
Music by Miss E. M. Verini

O God, Whose Light glows in the golden sunshine,
In the white glory of the moon by night,
In gleam of stars, in all that's clear and lovely,
Shed in our hearts the radiance of that light,
Let no blind shadow hide Thee from our sight.

All that is true and beautiful Thou shapest,
Wide spaces, mountains, cloud in spreading skies,
The birds, the coloured flowers, the shining waters,
May we behold them with rejoicing eyes
And make our lives a thankful sacrifice.

Thou framed'st the Universe and it is goodly,
Thou fashioned'st man and set his spirit free:
Help us in little things to seek the highest,
Guard us from sluggard insincerity,
That all we think and do be fit for Thee.

Thine is the Love which passeth understanding,
Thy Spirit comes to comfort us, and bless;
May Thou abide in us and give us power
To venture on in joyful steadfastness,
And build Thy Holy Kingdom in this place.

Prayers, all saying together in conclusion:

Lord of all power and might, who art the Author and Giver of all
good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase in us
true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy
keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anthem by the School Choir

O taste and see how gracious the Lord is:
blest is the man that trusteth in Him.

(R. Vaughan Williams)

Address Psalm 119 v. 96

by Canon George Youell, M.A.

Hymn M. Rinkart, 1586-1649
Tr. C. Winkworth

Now thank we all our God
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom his world rejoices;
Who from our mother's arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours to-day.

O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever-joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us,
And keep us in his grace,
And guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son, and him who reigns
With them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.


Recessional Hymn Psalm 100

W. Kethe, Daye's Psalter (1560-1)
and Scottish Psalter (1650)

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell,
Come ye before him, and rejoice.

The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid he did us make;
We are his folk, he doth us feed,
And for his sheep he doth us take.

For why? the Lord our God is good:
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel-host
Be praise and glory evermore.

Organ Voluntary: Fantasia in C Minor by J. S. Bach

ELY HIGH SCHOOL, 1905-1972


Extract from the programme of the Official Opening of the new building
of the Ely High School for Girls by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of
Gloucester on Monday, 21st October, 1957.

"The decision to establish a High School for Girls at Ely was made
on 24th July, 1904, at a meeting of the Ely Sub-Committee of the
County Education Committee.
The Sub-Committee met in a house now occupied by the Bishop
and at the meeting it was agreed not only to establish the school but
also to purchase premises which until 19th July, 1957, served to
accommodate the pupils.
The buildings purchased for school use were formerly the Old Fen
Offices, the Headquarters of the Bedford Level Corporation.
The school was formally opened on 18th May, 1905, with forty-
two children and since that date has expanded to its present size
with nearly 400 pupils on roll."

The School will form part of the City of Ely College from
1st September, 1972.

Chairmen of Governors

The Very Reverend C. W. Stubbs, Dean of Ely, 1905-1907
The Very Reverend A. F. Kirkpatrick, D.D., Dean of Ely, 1907-1936
The Very Reverend G. W. Evans, Canon of Ely, 1936-1938
Alderman T. Peake, 1938-1944
Mrs. Sinclair Martin, 1944-January 1957
Alderman J. M. Sneesby, 1957-1972


Miss E. E. Fletcher, B.A., 1905-1929
Miss E. M. Verini, M.A., 1929-1936
Miss B. Tilly, PH.D., M.A., 1936-1966
Miss E. Moody, B.A., 1966-1972

Members of the first
Governing Body

The Very Reverend C. W. Stubbs,
the Dean of Ely (Chairman)
Mr. Charles Bidwell, J.P.
Mr. Arthur Hall, J.P.
Mr. Albert J. Pell, J.P.
The Reverend Canon Punchard, D.D.
Mr. T. Bartell Granger
The Reverend Canon Kennett
Miss Emery
Mrs. R. S. W. Perkins

Members of the present
Governing Body

Alderman J. M. Sneesby (Chairman)
Mrs. J. B. Bamford, J.P.
Mrs. N. E. Bedford
Coun. Mrs. C. M. Harland
Mrs. W. D. Howlett, J.P.
Coun. E. Rouse
Mr. R. H. Smith
Coun. Miss J. ff. Tebbutt, J.P.
Coun. F. J. Tucker, J.P.
Coun. Mrs. E. M. Vinith-Williams


source: Christine Fuller (Bell)
In the list of present Governors on the original is inserted by hand 'Vice chairman Mrs JH Martin'
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