Stephen Lynas has supplied us with a couple of photos from the Annual Dinner, held on 23 March, together with a school photo of the Form 5A in 1967. Amazingly, Stephen has also been able to supply all the names on the school photo!
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 article continues Bryan Short's history of the School.
Mr. Bond proceeded with his work at the School. Staff were recruited. Advertisements placed in newspapers throughout the County brought in pupils, and the School roll rose. Clause 51 of the Scheme required the Head Master to provide the Governors with a written report on the School's progress. Mr Bond produced his first report, covering the year October 1878 to October 1879.
Comment received from Frank Hales re "Don Prichard - Obituary". To see full article and comment click here.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jonathan Brownridge on 22nd October 2012 at the age of just 56. Jon was at the School from 1967 until 1974 before going on to study Physics at Imperial College having been inspired to do so by John Macrae, and their shared passion for physics ensured that they remained firm friends.
Jon was an enthusiastic member of the OBA and attended many of the Dinners up until 2011. He kept in touch with a group of his contemporaries and many of those were among the almost 200 strong congregation at his funeral which was held on 1st November 2012.
This article has been reproduced from 2009 in advance of publishing further chapters of the history of the school.
Founding a School in the 1870s
The founding of Barrows Boys School (as it was first called) began, continued and ended in controversy, culminating in the resignation of the entire Governing Body in 1880.
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
To ensure access to articles / posts from the old OBA website, I have added the Website Digests for 2009, 2010 and 2011 here - the 2012 edition has already been published on the website. To access the Digests, click the relevant link below.
E.G. "Geoff" Beynon (4 October 1926 - 21 October 2012)
Sadly we have to record the death on 21st October of Ernest Geoffrey Beynon at the age of 86. He was at the School from 1937 until 1944, and was one of the Sheppey Bordenians who was evacuated to S. Wales in 1940 for two years. He was accompanied there by his younger brother, George, who has supplied the following information about Geoff's career. Graham Barnes, his contemporary at School, has amalgamated this with an appreciation delivered by the Minister at his funeral service.
H F E Nicholls 1917 - 2012
Borden Grammar School 1946 to 1980
The psalm which was recited at Frank Nicholls’ funeral speaks of the years of our life as ‘three score and ten’, going on to speak of those who manage ‘four score’ as having to endure ‘labour and sorrow’. What then can we say of one who managed not three score and ten, nor yet four score, but four score and fifteen?