It is with sadness that we have been informed of the recent passing of Alun Davies, teacher at the School from 1959 to the mid-1990s. John Gardiner (1987-92) is a friend of the family and has provided an obituary for us. Many (including this website editor) will have had Mr Davies as a teacher at some point in their time at the School. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 12th December, 2pm, at the Garden of England Crematorium, Bobbing.
At the AGM on Friday 12 October, it was decided that the Association, in line with its aims, would offer financial support towards the cost of a new minibus for the School. The current minibus is nearing the end of its useful life and with School budgets being stretched, it was felt that this would be a helpful way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to support the School.
We know Old Bordenians will support this initiative and we will be in touch soon to seek any further donations to aid us to fulfil this commitment.
The 2018 AGM of the Association was held at the School on Friday 12th October. The minutes can be accessed via the link below.
Bill Usher writes to send greetings to those in the Association who remember him from School and past dinners.
After 14 years, the Old Bordenian Hockey Club and the School have worked to deliver to club members and pupils a magnificent, new, two-tone green surface with a new yellow and black set of match goals. The pitch will be opened on Saturday 15 September by Olympic and European gold medal winner, Susannah Townsend. Susannah will also take part in a master-class for juniors and minis. The attached poster gives the timetable for the day and it is hoped that as many club members, parents and friends as possible will come along to support the event. The bar will be open and food will be on sale.
The OBA maintains an archive of materials which have been passed to it by OBs and others. We are grateful that in recent weeks, the son of JCG Neville, School Captain 1932-33, contacted us via the School to offer a set of School magazines dated from 1925-36 which his father had kept.
The OBA archive is a rich source of information about the School and Old Bordenians and is maintained by Marc Stewart, OBA Committee Member and School Governor. Marc welcomes any contributions such as Mr Neville's and any queries about the archive.
Ken Heaver (At school 1941-47) has passed away and his sister, Maureen Fox, has been in touch with the OBA to inform us of his death.
Tony Akehurst (who left the School in 1955) died in February and has left a £500 bequest to the Association. Neil Hancock has provided further words on Tony's life at school and beyond.
Old Bordenian David Highton has recently been appointed as Chairman of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. David has had a long career in the NHS and is also Chair of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust. Demelza provides specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions as well as supporting their families during difficult times.