News Compendium

Robert Doucy (OB 1940-1947)

Tom Doucy has notified us of the sad passing of his father, Robert Doucy, who was a pupil at Borden between 1940 and 1947.   We send our heartfelt condolences to Tom and to Robert's entire family and friends.


We invite Old Bordenians who remember Robert to send their tributes and memories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BGS Appeal for autumn Careers Fair

We have received a letter from the School, appealing for your  help.   The School is holding a Careers and Universities Fair in September and is asking Old Bordenians to contribute insights – and inspiration – into their own careers, industries and organisations, for current Borden students.   Please respond if you can. And if you can’t be there in person, could you provide a pre-recorded message to be played, or connections with industry sources to embellish the Careers Fair ?

Obituary - John Henry Bishton MBE, BGS Teacher 1950s-1960s

Following notification from his nephew, Peter Nokes (OB 1965-72), we note the sad passing of former BGS Teacher John Bishton. John taught languages at Borden from the late 1950s to the early 1960s and we invite OBs who remember John to send in your tributes and memories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to add to his Obituary.

Our thoughts are with his widow and children, and wider family and friends.


Future OBA events


Dedication Ceremony for the

'Harold Vafeas Sports and Learning Block'

extension to the School

4pm Friday 27th September 2024

Admission by ticketed invitation - see below


Partial handover of the new substantial extension to the School began in late May, however full handover will not be until the start of the new school year, with ancillary building works and re-laying the Lower Field continuing late into the Autumn.

The new block is to be known as the Harold Vafeas Sports and Learning Block, in memory of Headmaster Harold Vafeas, who was taken ill in service, and who passed away in January 2014.


ALL OBs are cordially invited to apply for a named invitation to the ceremony, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance, and we would like to encourage a maximum turnout in honour of Mr. Vafeas - particularly for OBs who were pupils during Harold's nine year tenure from 2004 to 2013


Please actively  contact your classmates and encourage them to join the Association by scanning or clicking on this QR Code:





Old Bordenian Association Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Thursday 12th September 2024, starting at 18:30 Local BST (1730 GMT/UTC)


All Members of the Old Bordenian Association are invited and, indeed, encouraged to attend the OBA AGM in September 2024.   The AGM will be hosted on Zoom, enabling Old Bordenians from ALL around the world  to participate actively in the OBA's management.   The AGM includes a summary of the School's and the OBA's activities over the preceding year, the presentation of OBA financial accounts, and the election of Committee Members and allocation of Roles for the forthcoming year.


The date is chosen to be soon after the start of the new school academic year, to also allow Staff (including new Staff) to be informed and take part, and before the start of the university academic year to encourage new and recent school leavers also to take part before they disperse to priorities new.

The time is chosen to try to be not too late in the UK and Europe, Africa and West Asia time zones; early afternoon in the Americas; and not too early in East Asia and Oceania time zones.


Do note the date in your diary and try to take part !





OBA & BGS Combined Annual Service of Remembrance, 2024

Monday 11th November, starting at 10:30


All OBs are cordially invited to the annual Service of Remembrance.   This may be held on the steps in front of the School, or within the Quadrangle.   This is a combined service for Old Bordenians and Current Bordenians.  

This year, Remembrance Sunday is on the 10th.   Please note in your diary that the combined OBA & BGS Service is being held on Armistice Day  which is Monday, 11th November 2024, and starting at 10:30.


We hope that you can join us.





Old Bordenian Reunion Dinner 2025 - In planning, Saturday 26th April 2025

Venue: The 1928 School Dining Hall

Bar opens 6pm; first course served at 7pm


If you have questions about the Dinner, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 



 


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Cross-country confession

Allen Whitnell (1965-1972) writes in to come clean on his role in a sporting "mix-up" when the School hosted the Kent Grammar Schools Cross-Country Championship. No names have been changed to protect the innocent or guilty! 

It's a small world

Peter Lusted and Alan Snelling recently found themselves in a pub (no surprise there - Ed) and serendipity connected them with an Old Bordenian. Peter picks up the story:

Dr Roy Hunt

We have been informed by his son of the passing of Dr Roy Hunt (OB 1945-52) in December 2023. We send our condolences to his family and thank Andy (his son) for providing more detail about a life well lived. 

Geoff Fuller

In response to our recent appeal for getting in touch with members, several Old Bordenians have advised us of the sad passing of Geoff Fuller (OB 1972-80) two years ago.

Geoff is understood to have succumbed to Covid.

We send our condolences to Geoff’s family and friends and ask for any memories or stories about Geoff which could allow us to publish a more detailed obituary in the near future. Please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phil Kitney

We have been advised of the passing of Phil Kitney (1972-79) in December 2023.  We send our belated condolences to his family and invite Old Bordenians to submit any memories or stories about Phil which could allow us to publish a more detailed obituary in the near future.

Stan Whitnell - Obituary

We aim to publish obituaries of those Old Bordenians we have lost, even if sometimes we learn of their passing sometime after the fact.  In a recent drive to update records we were sad to hear of the death in 2021 of Stan Whitnell.  His nephew and fellow OB Allen Whitnell kindly provided this obituary of Stan which we are honoured to publish.

Dick Baker - a further tribute

Dennis Fowle (at School 1945-51) contacted the OBA on seeing the obituary for Dick Baker, who he had known at School. Dennis has sent us a further tribute to Dick Baker which we publish below: