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.
For the third year running, Alan Snelling has organised a get together at UK Paper's Sports Ground of former players of the Old Boys Football Club.
Roy Weller, who attended the School from 1941-1948, died on May 20 in hospital at Sittingbourne aged 87.
The Annual Reunion Dinner was held on 24th March and after a tour of the School organised by the caretaker Mr Tim Hewitt, the OBs settled into the UK Paper Club.
We have been sent a couple more items to remember Barry Gilbert who died in March
It is with deep regret that we report the death of Barry Gilbert, who passed away on 24th March. Barry joined School in September 1949 and left July 1956.
The OBA Annual Reunion Dinner will be held at UK Paper Clubhouse, Avenue of Remembrance on Saturday 24th March 2018. We are now taking bookings online and via post.
First of all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018 to all those chums who may remember me. Many of you will not associate Christmas with the Asian country I have lived in for now over twenty years.
OLD BORDENIAN ASSOCIATION
For my sins, I came on to the OBA committee as the headmaster’s rep, at the request of Bryan Short back in 1969. Since then, Old Bordenians have attended Annual Dinners, both in Sittingbourne and on the island, organised Dances, performed on stage in Revues, played Football, Hockey and Cricket - all in the name of the Old Bordenians.
There is no contractual obligation to undertake these activities but there is an underlying connection brought about through long standing friendships and memories of the school. Many have gone way beyond the call of duty: Alan Wilson and his success in making the Hockey club one of the most successful in Kent, organisers of the Dinners and members of the committee, some of whom came on board 40 or 50 years ago.
Dear Old Bordenians,
I am delighted to be working with the committee, school and members of the OBA to help us to become more relevant to the people we represent going forwards.
Our objective is to focus on driving membership, providing help where we can to those just leaving the school, and networking & social engagement opportunities for all.
We have already made some changes, with the removal of the annual subscription and a move to voluntary contributions to assist our funding. There is more detail contained in the AGM Minutes on the web site: OBA AGM Minutes 2017.
Finally, a big thanks to those who have been doing so much work for the OBA behind the scenes over the years.
Regards to all
A recent email alerted us to the fact that, despite the sterling work carried out over the past few years by Old Bordenian Marc Stewart to identify all those Old Bordenians who have been killed whilst on active service, the names are not available on the website. This article rectifies this oversight. This document provides a full list of those casualties: BGS War Casualties