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.
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.