More To Jog Your Memory……

Two Dozen Images that Remind Me of School Days


I have to admit the when I received Barry Warren’s snap of the 51 Bus at Beaulieu I thought there may be little interest from our ‘old boys’. How wrong could I be? It seems to have stirred quite a few memories judging by the response so I thought I would throw together a few more memory joggers from the early days of the School. If you have any of your own, please do send them in for publication and I will add them on as they arrive along with a credit for the contributor.








Thoughts from Peter Redman:


  • “I was delighted to discover the CVTHS website a little while ago because my years at the school were my best and most valued school years that I had and I look back on them fondly as they were the years that equipped me for my future career as a successful chemical engineer in a whole career with BP which I enjoyed so much.  I really valued Mr Kingsland and his wisdom and advice as well as teachers like Dr Fisk? and others I can’t really remember the names of.  The practical nature of the education at the school was so valuable to me in pointing me to a future career.  Unfortunately I don’t have any memorabilia or photos of those years.  I think my mum probably cleared it all away when I left home. She was that sort of person and didn’t keep anything. Anyway I love remembering names on the egister and reminiscing about the amazing facilities of the school and the teachers and fellow students. Thank you for all your efforts getting this forum up and running. I appreciate it.. “






More Buses – 229 – 61 – 161

A few more of the buses which helped us all get to school….


241 Bus – Photo supplied by John Love











Has anyone still got a bus pass? If so please scan it for us and send it in. Any stories you want to tell about your bus journeys to and from school?




The Number 51 Bus – Barry Warren



I suspect that some will have seen the exhibit at Beaulieu Motor Museum of the #51 bus that many of us might have caught.  I think there are a few inaccuracies but it did bring back memories of my 7 years or so going from Poverest Road to CVTS (as it was when I was there!)  I had taken a picture of the current Mrs W standing by it but I operate a one heap photo filing system and I can’t find it.  This shot has been ‘borrowed’ from the internet.

Barry Warren 57-64


Update from Barry:

Lost photo found. The 51 bus and the ‘current’ Mrs Warren

From Darryl Ransom:
We stumbled upon the 51 bus back in 2010. This is my daughter Eleanor and I
1P-5P (1965-1970)


CVTHS Limited Edition Montage

This one arrived a little late for inclusion in the CVTHS Montage. There are now 9 satisfied ‘collectors’ of ‘Cray Valley Technical High School – 63 Years’. The next in the edition is 10/25. Will it be you?
Click here for more details or the framed artwork below to buy today.

Peter Woodward, Music Master.



I received a telephone call this morning from Graham Mitchell who has kindly summarised the sad news of Peter Woodward’s passing in this email:

I was contacted by Olive Woodward yesterday evening and it is my sad duty to tell you that Mr Peter Woodward, our music master from 1963  to 1973, died on Monday, November 13th. Peter had for several years suffered with Parkinson’s disease. He passed away peacefully at home.

Those of us at the school during Peter’s time as music master have much to thank him for. His enthusiasm for all things musical including the creation of the School’s award winning Brass Band, the Choir and our many musical productions will be a lasting tribute to his memory.

Peter’s funeral is to be a small ‘family only’ occasion. However a memorial service is being arranged for  the latter part of January and I will let you have the details when they are available.

In conclusion, on behalf of all of us our sincere condolences go to Peter’s wife Olive, and his family at this very sad time.

Kind regards,

Graham Mitchell

The Woodward Archive

There is an extensive section of the main website entitled The Woodward Archive, which Graham Mitchell kindly put together for us a while back. It is well worth a browse through. You can also listen to a really interesting 47 minute interview Graham made with Peter in 2010.


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

‘Cray Valley Technical High School – 63 Years’

The long promised Cray Valley photo-montage ‘Cray Valley Technical High School – 63 Years’ is now ready buy. Gallery-quality prints are available directly from The Print Space, the UK’s leading fine art lab in a Limited Edition of just 25.

Looks terrific 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 for mounting. It is shipped to you in a very strong tube by 1st Class Recorded Delivery, both the quality and delivery being guaranteed by The Print Space and you can rest-assured that their work is as good as it gets. (Just a coincidence but The print Space are located in Kingsland Road! – pointed out to us by Ken Lloyd)


The last square!

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

Normally my gallery-quality prints of this size are priced at between £95 and £125 but they are being offered at just £75 including VAT  (plus £5.22 shipping UK only). Worldwide shipping rates are available at checkout before payment is taken). Graham Spence in Jersey was our first buyer who receives Edition 1 of 25.  This is only a very small limited edition and is only available on a first come, first served basis. At the time of updating this post the next in the edition will be 10/25.

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?

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