Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup

The Hospital ‘Next Door’ by Andy Trotter

 


 

This year Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup celebrated 100 years since it was founded to deal with the injured from The Great War. I’m now Chair of Oxleas NHS Trust which runs the hospital and we now have Guy’s and St Thomas’, Kings, Dartford and Gravesham, and Lewisham and Greenwich all providing services on the site. While there is no A&E and maternity any more there are cancer, renal, mental health, children’s, and urgent care  departments amongst the services provided there. QMH was is real danger of being shut when South London Health went bust so it is great to see new buildings going up.

We at Cray Valley made great use of Queen Mary’s with our injured rugby players regular attendees at Casualty. I broke my leg during a match and as I lay on the ground I could hear Martin Carr shouting ‘where’s Trotter?’ because I was obviously failing to keep up with play. He and Alan Eaton refused to call an ambulance and a parent with a camper van was persuaded to take me to hospital and I suffered an agonising trip to Queen Mary’s.

When I was playing at Blackheath I called into Queen Mary’s on a number of occasions to get stitched after a match.
It is a shame that A&E has gone but it is good news to see some fantastic ultra modern services serving the local community.

Andy Trotter (1962-69)

From Bob Walker

Andy Trotter’s contribution made me smile and evoked some memories. Despite captaining the school’s rugby team for around three years (one of them unbeaten!) my relationship with Martin Carr was ‘interesting’. I still have the school report that says ‘No talent for summer activities.’

 

As an aside my mother worked in the school canteen and almost every time Martin came across her he told her that I had been sent to hospital. Well – he thought it was amusing. So, there we all were – in the gym in the summer – learning to do what I believe was called the Western Roll. Martin’s advice was to land on ten fingers after clearing the bar. As an individual with no talent for summer activities I managed to land on a single thumb. Said thumb immediately at least doubled in size. As was appropriate at the time I said “excuse me sir, I think I may have damaged my thumb.” Martin took one look and told me that I had dislocated said digit and that he would rectify that for me. He put my am under his, told me to look away and began wriggling my thumb. After a few minutes he told me that he couldn’t reset it and that I was to find my way to Queen Mary’s.
So I changed, walked to the hospital and was X-rayed. The doctor informed me that my thumb was broken rather than dislocated. To this day I’m not sure whether it was me or Martin who broke it…… Needless to say he went to the canteen to tell my mother who simply refused to believe him. Happy days.

Bob (formerly Robert) Walker (1960 – 1965)

 

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Peter Woodward – A Service of Thanksgiving

Peter Woodward – A Service of Thanksgiving

 

A Service of Thanksgiving for our Music Master Peter George Woodward is to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, 21st February 2018 in Sevenoaks, Kent. The Service will be followed by refreshments.

In order to facilitate catering Peter’s wife Olive has asked me to co-ordinate a list of those wishing to attend from CVTHS. If you will be attending please email me and I will provide further details.

My email address is: grahamjenmitch@btopenworld.com

I look forward to hearing from you by 12th January 2018 latest please.

Kind regards,

Graham

Graham Mitchell  (1962-1969)

 

The following are tributes to Peter Woodward from a local Sevenoaks newspaper click to enlarge).


‘CVTHS – 63 years’ Montage – Now reduced

Now that the ‘low numbers’ (1 to 9) are with ‘collectors’ we are able to reduce the price of numbers 10-20 to just £54 (inc VAT).

To receive your copy please read the post HERE.

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Please Check Your Email Address

Many Addresses Out Of date!

Click to see the Register

 

In the course of individually sending this year’s Christmas Card to every one of the 400 old boys who populate the Register  I have found quite a few email addresses to be out out date or not working. If this happens after trying a couple of times the address is removed from the Register which is a great pity. I do get a regular flow of update requests which are quickly attended to but with so many now showing a blank space may I appeal to you to check that we have your address correct and up to date and to let us know if it needs changing? You can do this HERE at the bottom of the page. If you are in touch with any of those who are not showing an address perhaps you would kindly get in touch with them and give them a reminder? Thank you.


CVTHS Limited Edition Montage Reduced

Now that the ‘low numbers’ in the Limited Edition CVTHS -63 Years montage have been sold, you can now buy one of the remaining editions (10 to 25) at the reduced price of £54 (inc VAT). For details please see This Post.

 

 

‘Cray Valley – 63 years’ Montage Available Now as a Limited Edition of just 25

The next in the edition is 10/25

Why not treat yourself this Christmas? Own it now for just £54 (inc VAT) 

‘Cray Valley Technical High School – 63 Years’

The long promised Cray Valley photo-montage ‘Cray Valley Technical High School – 63 Years’ is now available. The gallery-quality giclée print come directly from The Print Space, the UK’s leading fine art lab, in a Limited Edition of just 25 of which 9 are with old boys already.

Looks very handsome in a black frame with a wide mount.

The fine-art print uses archival inks onto 310 gsm Hahnmühle German Etching paper and measures 548mm x 378mm including a 20mm white border all round. It is shipped to you in a very strong tube by 1st Class Signed-for and both the quality and delivery is guaranteed by The Print Space and you can rest-assured that their work is as good as it gets. (Just a happy coincidence but Ken Lloyd pointed out to us that The Print Space are located in Kingsland Road!)

 

The last square!

Each print comes with a hologrammed certificate of authenticity bearing a unique registration number and also showing the number of your print within the edition. A further matching hologram sticker is supplied for affixing to the back of the print after framing.

Now the low numbers (1-9) have been sold the remaining Limited Edition prints are being offered at just £54 including VAT  (plus £5.22 shipping UK only). Worldwide shipping rates are available at checkout before payment is taken).

To buy a print please click the image above or use this link. where you will find the ‘Buy’ button on the bottom right-hand side of the page. Payment is by any major credit or debit card or PayPal if you prefer and all proceeds go towards the running and maintenance of our website and blog.

Can you find yourself within the 600 ‘squares’?

See if you can find yourself in one or more of these four sections of the print: (click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

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Keeley, Ward & Schofield – Where are you?

 

Request from Mick Abbott

This week I was entertaining West Kingsdown Active Retirement Association at their Christmas Lunch.  I always pepper my shows with useless information and mentioned I used to live in St Mary Cray.
After I finished, one of the men there came and asked where in St Mary Cray I had lived.  This led down various avenues, one of which was the schools we attended.  When I said CVTS he said two of his friends had gone there and despite all efforts to trace them he had never been successful.
So, I offered to put the information on our Blog in an effort to trace them.  They are Ron Keeley and Chris Ward.  I checked the register when speaking to him but they are not there.  If anyone knows of their whereabouts, please email me. It seems they joined the school in 1955 0r 1956.
On the same subject, a couple of weeks ago I was entertaining Maidstone Alzheimers Association (thinking of joining actually!) and a conversation with one of the organisers there led to Bromley, schools and the fact that ‘a few’ of his primary school friends went on to CVTS. One was Bernie Schofield.  I have emailed him at the address on the register but have had no reply.  It is possible Bernie has changed his email address but again, if anyone can help with Bernie’s whereabouts please email me.
While I’m here, Merry Christmas to all Old Boys and their families and have a happy and healthy New Year.
Mick Abbott (1957-1962)