We have just sadly heard that Marion Minhall, a former teacher at the school, has passed away after a short illness. Our sympathy and condolences are with her family.
We have received information regarding the exploits of an Old Bordenian via a former teacher of the school (Les Olive, who was the guest speaker at the last OBA Reunion Dinner). Les's email is reproduced below.
It is tempting to file exactly the same end of season report as last year’s having experienced two remarkably similar back to back seasons in the Sittingbourne 5-a- side League. However ....
Caught in the act: The OBA’s hon secretary Chris Laming snaffles some carbs at a lunch stop during the Demelza 101, a charity cycle ride from Sittingbourne to Paris in aid of the Sittingbourne based Demelza Hospice Care for Children charity. One hundred riders took part for the one cause and between them raised more than £200,000.
This photograph of the Borden Grammar School team who won the Kent Schools 220 yards Relay Championship in 1945 was sent in by Ken George (1937-1945) who was an outstanding sprinter at School. At London University, he clocked 10.1 for the 100 yards, and 23.2 for the 220, which was some going in those days. He once raced against the Usain Bolt of the post-War era, the Jamaican E. McDonald Bailey. Unfortunately, he lost!
Back row, l to r : Geoff Holland, Frank Horlock (the Old Salt), Peter Kitcatt
Front row : John Allard, Ken George, Bill Allard
We are sorry to announce the untimely death of Christian Smith, who was at Borden from 1991 to 1993, following an accident while he was taking part in a charitable cycle ride. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.