Notable Old Bordenians in the news

A number of Old Bordenians have hit the headlines in the past few months.  The following links will take you to their respective items.

Peter Millican:  How JK Rowling was unmasked and Peter Millican sceptical of the Matrix Theory 

Lloyd Amsdon, Stuart Hennell and Matt Bowling: Former BGS pupils - successful company

Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams: Denis Sinor Gold Medal 

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Graham Barnes

Graham Barnes

Graham Barnes (BGS 1937-44), who died on 9 October 2016, aged ninety, was a stalwart supporter of both Borden Grammar School and Old Bordenian Association for more than 70 years.  The funeral was held on Wednesday 26 October at 12:40pm at Charing Crematorium and afterwards at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.

Born in Sheerness, Graham received his early education at the Broadway School, where he began his lifelong friendship with Ken Sears (d. 2014) and entered Borden Grammar School in 1937. His studies were interrupted two years later by the outbreak of the War, and he was one of those pupils evacuated to Pengam in South Wales with Messrs. Highton, Higson and Snelling.

Duncan Goddard


It is with a sad heart that we have to report the death of Duncan Goddard this morning.  Duncan followed his father Ken and brother Ian, to Borden and then became involved with the Old Boys, where he served the Association brilliantly as Dinner Secretary and as a Committee member for many years before moving to Devon.  He was a terrific personality and possessed his late father's wonderful sense of humour. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


The funeral took place at Ottery St Mary church on Tuesday 20th September at 2pm.


Service of Remembrance

A service of remembrance for those Old Bordenians who gave their lives in two world wars and other conflicts will be held at Borden Grammar School at 11 a.m. on Saturday 12 November, 2016.

John Clancy - Obituary

It is with regret that we have heard of the death of Old Bordenian John Clancy, at the age of 75.  The Sittingbourne News Extra paid tribute to John in the 27 July 2016 edition.  This is reproduced below:

Maroon 2009

Maroon 2009_front_and_back_cover

The Maroon was the original publication produced by the Old Bordenian Association.  The last edition was published and distributed to members in 2009.  Whilst it's passing was a sad occasion and was mourned at the time by many Old Boys, this unfortunately didn't extend to any volunteers to take over the production and editing of the magazine.  The website has now taken over as the communication vehicle for the Association, and I aim to add to the site as many of the old Maroon publications as possible over the coming months / years to ensure they are available to as wide an audience as possible.  I am starting with the last edition.  I will also add the contents of each edition on the website, separate from the pdf of the actual magazine, to enable any searches of the website (using the search box at the top right of the website) to find specific articles.

Old Bordenian on stage at Glastonbury!

If anyone wonders what happens to OBs that fail to pay attention in class, and you happen to be at Glastonbury this year, come along and see Barclay James Harvest on the Acoustic Stage on Friday 24th June. I'll be at the back of the space pushing up faders and pressing buttons as I'm their lighting designer for this event.

I can't promise wearing the OBA tie, but I'll try and write about it when I return.


Ken Coker 1969 - 1976