News Compendium

New Wellbeing Garden

One of our Association objectives is to support the School in financial and practical ways.  We already fund the School Minibus and we have engaged the Head to suggest other projects we could assist with. One such project has now been identified.

Barrie Mann

We have been informed that Barrie Mann, pupil from 1947-1954 passed away in March 2020. 

Neville Amos (1947-54 as well) has sent us some recollections about Barrie's time at the School and beyond:

Alan Forster

We have been informed of the death of  Alan Forster, on 4th April 2021 by his son. Alan attended the School 1945 -1951. 

Bryan Short - recollections

We have received many tributes for, and recollections of, Bryan Short from Old Bordenians and ex-staff. We are pleased to be able to share these below and will also publish any further material we receive.

David Cross

We have been informed of the death of David Cross who was a pupil at the School from 1940-1946.  His daughter has been in contact to tell us he died in February aged 91. She says he often spoke about the School and was 'very proud' of being an Old Bordenian. 

Peter Bedelle

It is with great sadness we report the death of Peter Bedelle, who died on the 27th April 2021. His son Paul (himself an OB) informs us that Peter died just short of his 90th birthday.

Bryan Short: An Obituary

As previously reported, Bryan Short Headmaster of Borden Grammar School from 1968 to 1998 died on 19th May, aged 87. We have compiled an Obituary which is featured below. We also invited Old Bordenians to provide their own reminisces and some of these are woven into this obituary. All submissions from Old Bordenians will be published in a separate article as well.

Bryan Short

With great sadness we report news that Bryan Short, School Headmaster from 1968-1998, has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. 

It is no exaggeration to say Bryan was a towering figure in the history of the School and generations of Old Bordenians will have passed through the School under his leadership. He emobodied much of the School ethos - discipline, tradition and the power of education - and many of us will have strong personal memories of his time at the School and as President of this Association.

We will be publishing a more fuller obituary in coming days. Old Bordenians are welcome to send to this website any personal memories they wish to be published - please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..