D. ASTON (1919-1925) – Sarum House

If a member of Sarum House is asked: “What are the chief advantages in being a day girl?” she will probably answer: “Belonging to Sarum North, or South (as the case may be), and living at home.” The latter blessing, I may add, is not unmixed, if you are working for an examination and have several small brothers! There is, however, no doubt about the first advantage. Ask any member of Sarum House.
In age, Sarum is only second to School House; in size she has no rival. Her numbers had reached seventy in 1919; three years later she could boast a hundred members. She seemed likely to continue growing at this rate, and her abnormal size was a handicap to her in many ways, although it certainly gave her a large choice of representatives in matches and inter-House competitions. Many of us, her members, did not know each other by sight. We lived scattered all over Salisbury, and, as we increased, we found it more and more difficult to unite together as a House.
On Wednesday, 24th January 1923, Sarum House met together in the dining-room, one of the few convenient places large enough for the purpose. Some of us knew or guessed what was going to happen ; rumours spread as we waited before the meeting, and a pleasant feeling of anticipation pervaded the room. The announcement that we were to be divided into two Houses put an end to our suspense, and greatly rejoiced the hearts of those who had guessed rightly and were able to say “I told you so.” From that day all “Sarumites” living north of an imaginary line drawn across Salisbury have formed Sarum North; similarly girls living on the other side of the line form Sarum South. The latter House wear the Old Sarum ties, while Sarum North have adopted blue and mauve as their colours.
After the division, the two House games’ captains found themselves confronted with the difficulty of forming their teams out of half the number to which they had been accustomed. This meant a great deal of hard work, especially at the beginning, and every match won was a real triumph for either House. Many who had had no chance of distinguishing themselves in a large House now found that they were expected to fill a place in the fore¬ground, and proved themselves worthy of the position. We who in the old days had aspired vaguely to “do something for the House” discovered that the opportunity had come to those willing to take it. As we saw more of each other and began to know each other better, we became even more proud of our House ; and as we grew older and began to take responsible positions, we discovered that there are other and better ways of serving her than just by being good at games, or lessons, or music and dancing. We found, too, that having realised this, it was our duty to keep the standards of the House at a high level, thus leaving a goodly heritage for those who come after.

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