Memorial Plaque at Ypres

As many of you may know, Ken Sears (who died last autumn) was very closely involved with St. George's Memorial Church at Ypres ; he was a Friend of St George's, edited their monthly magazine and led many annual pilgrimages there.  As a tribute to him and because we felt it was a worthy thing to do anyway, the Association has arranged for the erection of a brass plaque in the Church commemorating those Old Bordenians who were killed in WW1.  

2015 Annual Reunion Dinner

This year we are changing the way that we notify Old Boys about the Dinner:-

1. Emails will be sent to all OBA members where we hold your email address.

2. Letters will only be sent to those Old Boys, who are members of the OBA, who have attended the last two dinners.

3. A Dinner Letter is available to download on this website.

 

In the past an invitation letter has been sent to all OBA members but taking into account that the majority do not attend the Dinner, this has been a considerable cost to the Association which will now be saved.

Our aim for future Dinners is to switch across to electronic notification as quickly as we are able.

 

Peter Lusted

 

To download the letter: Dinnerletter2015.pdf

 

 

50 Years On: Class of 1957-1964 Reunion

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For the past few months, Colin Wiles and Bill Bailey have been organising a reunion to "celebrate" leaving Borden Grammar School 50 years ago.This took place on Friday 6 June 2014 and Bill has produced the following report of the event:

OBA Reunion Dinner 2014 - report & photos

More than 60 Old Bordenians met on 22 March at UK Paper clubhouse in Sittingbourne for the 2014 annual reunion dinner of the Association.  

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Additional photos from the occasion are included below - click on each of the "thumbnails" to expand to full screen. 

2014 Annual Reunion Dinner

Old Boys will come together for an evening of convivial enjoyment on Saturday 22 March 2014 for the annual OBA dinner, taking place at UK Paper Clubhouse in Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne. Tickets are £22.50. This year’s guest speaker is Leslie Olive, a former BGS music master who is now a professional conductor of some of the UK’s leading orchestras. We shall also be joined for the first time by Jonathan Hopkins, our new President and head teacher at Borden Grammar School.  Download the attached dinner invitation for full details and ticket application instructions.  Click here for OBA Dinner Invitation 2014

Old Bordenians: 1957-1964 cohort

I (Andrew "Bill" Bailey) have kept in touch with quite  a few OB's who left school in 1964  and, with the approach of the 50th anniversary of our release into an unsuspecting world, have lately made a concerted effort to round up as many of my former colleagues.

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Future OBA events

6 October 2017 @ 7:00 pm - Annual General Meeting and Committee meeting, Borden Grammar School

 

11 November 2017 @ 11:00 am - Service of Remembrance to be held at Borden Grammar School (to be confirmed)

 

24 March 2018 @ 6:00 pm - OBA Annual Reunion Dinner to be held at UK Paper Clubhouse, Avenue of Remembrance

 

 

 

BGS - 3 Peaks Challenge raising money for Cancer Research UK

Old Bordenians will be interested in the forthcoming challenge being undertaken by pupils and staff.  They are trying to raise as much money as possible for a charity which is very close to our hearts since we received the news about Harold Vafeas's (Headmaster) illness last summer (http://websites.bordengrammar.kent.sch.uk/site/index.php?option=com_rubberdoc&view=doc&id=427&format=raw).  If you are able to support this in any way they would be very grateful.

Dinner 2013

Chris Laming reports:-

 

A move to the UK Paper clubhouse for the OBA annual dinner appeared to prove a popular choice with attendees, many of whom complimented the Association on the choice of venue and the quality of food and service.

 

OBA Annual Reunion Dinner - 23 March 2013

This year's Annual Reunion Dinner will be held on 23rd March.  See below for full details, but please especially note that we are not able to bring our own wine; you will be able to purchase red, white and rosé at the UKP bar.

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To download the flyer, including the reply slip, click here: OBA_Dinner_flyer_2013.pdf

David Palmer