"My last term was the winter
term of 63, that was the first term in the new block. As I recall
there were a series of photo's in the Cadet at the time."
"The camp came down during
the summer holidays, when we came back for the winter term it
just wasn't there."
It was completed
and first occupied in Winter Term 1963. With the New Block open
the huts became superfluous and another phase of Conway's life
began. As with every change of this sort cadets who had experienced
the rigors of the huts thought the New Block was for sissies and
too easy a life. The same had been said when New Chums started
their Conway sojourn in the House rather than the ship, and when
the ship was lost and everyone moved into the huts.
was definitely a different feel to it, maybe because of the newness
of the building as opposed to the camp, everything was
bricks and plaster instead of wooden planks and wooden
walls, proper classrooms and science labs etc. The Dining Hall
and the Kitchens in the New Block were Light Years ahead of
the old Mess Deck at the Camp (food was better I think, but that
might have been QB seniority)”
The early morning
dash in pyjamas from the Camp to the Kelvin Block in all weathers
was replaced by an early morning run from the New Block to the
site of the old huts in all weathers so not everything changed!
the New Block was a softer touch than the Camp, which I am sure
was the case when the ship was lost and the camp created, but
the facilities were so much better and if I remember anything
much about that term was how good it was.”