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.
Update - a report on the Annual Dinner will be updated shortly. Watch this space!
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.
To download the letter: Dinnerletter2015.pdf
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
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
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.
Below is this year's seating plan - look out for Old Boy colleagues (Denis Jarrett's place was taken by John Bishop):-
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.
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.
To download the flyer, including the reply slip, click here: OBA_Dinner_flyer_2013.pdf