The evening of 23rd September 2021 was a special evening because during the course of 4 hours the OBA Veterans Football Club reunion was held for 2020 and 2021. As you would expect, they merged into one very enjoyable evening. Alan Snelling and Peter Lusted have provided this report.
It is with sadness we learn of the death of Ruth Bellord, School Secretary from 1975-2000. Many Old Bordenians who remember Bryan Short will also remember “Mrs Bellord” from when they had to go to the secretary’s office.
A Committee meeting of the OBA was held online on July 14th 2021. The minutes are available for members and can be accessed via the link below.
One of our Association objectives is to support the School in financial and practical ways. We already fund the School Minibus and we have engaged the Head to suggest other projects we could assist with. One such project has now been identified.
We have been informed that Barrie Mann, pupil from 1947-1954 passed away in March 2020.
Neville Amos (1947-54 as well) has sent us some recollections about Barrie's time at the School and beyond:
Steve Crump (1976 – 1982) contacted us to recount a unique story about Bryan's disciplinary approach.
The fabric of the School has changed many times in its history. From the 'original' School site on College Road (Old School Building - Heritage Video (bordengrammar.kent.sch.uk) to The Bryan Short block in 1998, it has morphed into the institution of today.
Bryan Short’s funeral was held on Tuesday June 15th, 2021, at Saints Peter and Paul Church, in the Parish of Borden where Bryan lived and was a Lay Preacher, with Fr. Robert Page as Celebrant.
The Funeral of Bryan Short will take place on 15th June. It will be for family and close friends as numbers are of course limited due to Covid restrictions, although the family have kindly offered the OBA to send a representative.
Mr Short's family have provided the OBA with the Funeral Notice and Bryan's nominated charity for any donations in his memory.
We continue to receive contact from Old Bordenians and ex-staff to record their personal recollections of Bryan Short. We publish some further submissions below.