The 2017 Dinner saw 59 of us enjoy a convivial evening and excellent meal at the UK Paper Clubhouse, Sittingbourne. The guest speaker was Phil Bromwich, a regular at the Dinner and a school governor for 25 years during five of which he was the chairman.
Richard Evans has sent in the names of those in the School Photograph for 1956/57. I have added these as a comment to the original article: BGS School Photograph - 1956-57.
Old Bordenian Norman Wigg (BGS 1943 - 1948) has sent me a number of articles recalling stages of his life, including his experiences of the Battle of Britain whilst living in Teynham and his days at Borden Grammar School. I will add these over the coming weeks, but will start with his recollections of the Battle of Britain. Whilst Norman was too young to be at BGS at the time, I think this will be of interest to many visitors to this site.
Doctor Andrew Edney was a veterinary surgeon for some 50 years. After attending Borden Grammar School from 1943 to 1950, he attended art school before eventually graduating from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. Post-graduate studies led to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Masters degree in History. He worked as a freelance writer and editor and wrote a number of books relating to animals. His book “And While You’re Here – Episodes in a Vets life” covered his early life as an evacuee during World War II, to National Service in the RAF, student days, work in general practice and beyond. He was past president of the British and World Small Animal Veterinary Associations and the Central Veterinary Society from 2007-2009. He lectured throughout Europe and the US on his speciality – the portrayal of animals in art.
Andrew was a regular attendee at the Annual Dinner, and indeed attended in 2016
He never married, and leaves no children.
This is a reminder for all those Old Bordenians intending to attend this year's Annual Reunion Dinner on 25 March at the UK Paper Leisure Club, Sittingbourne. There are only a few days left to book your place at this event. Full details and how to book are included in the article below (follow this link: Annual Reunion Dinner - full details). There are a couple of groups celebrating major milestones at this year's dinner. They are the class of 1967 starters, who are celebrating 50th anniversary of starting at the school and the class of 1987-1992, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary of leaving the school.
We have produced an easily accessible and printable copy of all the articles posted on the website over the past year, similar to the Maroon publication, which was discontinued in 2009. It includes all material suitable for printed format during 2016, with a couple of articles published early this year. To access the digest, click this link: Website Digest 2016
Mark Costen has provided two photographs from the 1956/57 era which include his uncle Michael Austin, sadly no longer with us.
(Left to right)
Graves Holbrook Bonfield Austin Chandler Moss Dennett Butler Wright Ledger Allen
Lemming Gourley Teasdale Lewis Holmes Bryce Reed Farnham Sedge Llewhellin
Valentine Millen Evans Harnden Edwards Leppard Fletcher Mason August Mills
This year's Annual Reunion Dinner will be held on Saturday 25th March at the UK Paper Leisure Club, opposite Borden Grammar School in Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne at a cost of £20. The UK Paper Clubhouse bar will be open from 6.00 pm, with dinner at 7.00 pm. The guest speaker will be Phil Bromwich, a school governor for many years.
To reserve a seat, please complete the details below and post to: Mike Pack, Tithe Barn Bungalow, Carriers Road, Cranbrook, TN17 3JU (tel: 01580 713236) with a cheque for £20 per person. If you would like to pay by Bank Transfer, please contact Mike for details. Please book by Saturday 11th March. Further information, including a prepared booking slip, is contained in this document: Dinner Letter 2017.
Please reserve............. places @ £20.00 each for the following member(s) (main contact first). Please make cheques payable to: Old Bordenian Association:
Years attended school:
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