Unexpected legacies of Cray Valley

Clive Keen, who joined in 1959, writes: Our time at Cray Valley influenced us in more ways that we can imagine. I’m amused by one particular fact:
For seven years I had to wake up at 7:50 AM in order to get dressed, eat breakfast, and catch the number 51 bus to school. I’ve been programmed ever since. Whenever I wake up, I look at my watch, and though it’d been 54 years since I’ve had to catch the number 51, it will still be 7:50 AM on the dot.

Thanks for the welcome

I just want to express my gratitude for all your warm words of welcome and encouragement in joining the blog team as editor.

All your kind thoughts are much appreciated but … and there is a large BUT … the blog only exists because of each and every one of us. It cannot carry news and other articles if YOU don’t tell us; with the best will in the world, we are not mind readers. (We may be good, but not THAT good).

So, if you have something that you’d like to see in the blog, please let us know. Rest assured, we DO want to hear from YOU.

To contact me direct, send an email to: ian.editor.cvthsblog@gmail.com

Blog team: I’m in, will you join us?

Hi everyone, just thought I’d let you know that I’ve agreed to do my bit to keep the CVTHS blog on the road. I saw Ken’s note his morning and volunteered straight away. As a retired career journalist with my own WordPress blog, it was a no brainer.

Ken has already welcomed me to the blog team, but please don’t leave it there. Have you got the time, maybe a skill, and (most importantly) the willingness to help too?

Please, get in touch. You know you want to!

Nearly one year on…


I would firstly like to say that I hope that none of you or your families have been touched by the Corona Virus emergency. Thankfully we in the Lloyd household have done as instructed and kept well.

So much has happened in the last year and sadly it will will soon be one year since we lost Colin as the founder and powerhouse behind this project. Nobody can or could have replaced him and for my part I took on trying to keep the blog at least open for business despite having zero knowledge of WordPress (and little more now!).

Fortunately I steered clear of CV but from late January through until the end of April I was rather indisposed with a mystery ailment that thankfully has cleared up completely now. I did, I am afraid, rather let my eye wander from the ball with regard to the blog and appreciate that everyone would like to see a bit more life injected into it.

One of the results of the year’s events has been that I have have suddenly found myself retired. Not my choice I have to say, but it is what it is.

I have decided therefore to hand on the baton of leadership on the blog to one of you brave souls, so who is keen enough to take up the challenge?

I am sure that one of you in the CVTHS community must have more expert skills in WordPress and authorship than I do, so do let me know if you would like to be considered for this high office!

Kindest regards to you all,

Ken Lloyd

1918 Flu Virus Family Memories

In the midst of this COVID-19 drama I got to thinking about my grandparents – both sets of them. 

I was lucky enough to reach the age of 15 before I lost a grandparent, and my mum’s dad got to meet my daughter, his great grand-daughter, so I did get to know them well and had a both a child to adult and adult to adult relationship with them.  I guess like almost everybody else of our vintage my grandparents were adults through the First World War.  

Here’s the point. 

I can vividly remember them talking about the war years – both world wars in point of fact, but I have no memory of them ever once mentioning the 1918 flu pandemic (or 1917 flu as Donald Trump insists on calling it – it was actually January 1918 to December 1920 officially and is reckoned to have killed 50 million worldwide).  It got me wondering just how deep COVID is going to penetrate into memories and folk law 100 years from now?   Did anybody else’s grandparents actually talk about the 1918 outbreak, and if so, what were their memories of it?  

Let me close by wishing everybody well, I really hope that nobody has been personally badly affected by this plague, have we been lucky?  

All the best. 

Neil Gent

Archive Committee make new donations to the Bromley Archive.

Following the 65th Reunion in our old school building (31.May.2019), some 19 items were donated for the CVTHS archive collection held at Bromley Central Library (BCL).  These items included correspondence between R.A. Mayo and Adrian Appley (2002/3), a colour photo of R.A. Mayo and R.D. Wincott (taken on 6.Oct.2003), the School Orchestra Conductor’s stand apron, in multi-coloured felts displaying the school badge, the Sports Hand Bell together with a description of its use and history (Martin Carr took it with him to Sevenoaks School and how it was returned to our keeping!) and a bronze medal awarded to D. Warman in 1970 in respect of the Ten Tors Dartmoor challenge.

It is only recently that BCL has been able to appoint a replacement archivist, Rob Faulkner and consequently, the Archive Committee were able to attend BCL on 11.Dec.2019 to hand over the 19 items, making it the 3rd donation to the CVTHS collection.  Whilst there, Rob Faulkner kindly showed us the archive storage area and the location of our collection.  Some of you will be aware that H.G. Wells lived in the Bromley area and BCL has a large collection H.G. Wells’s memorabilia.

In addition to the 19 items, Ken Lloyd has been able to make a digital copy of our website and this has also been donated to BCL.  Although BCL do not currently have facilities to make this available publicly, Rob Faulkner was confident that facilities would become available eventually.  We hope to be able to bring you more news about the website in the New Year. 

In the meantime, the Archive Committee wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Colin Cadle

Here we are well into September and I hope that you have all been having a great summer. Holidays for most of us will be happy memories now, but of course the saddest thing was to lose our old friend Colin Cadle. The effect of his influence on many things, including this blog and the cvths website, will be felt long into the future.

You may remember that when Colin was very poorly a few years back with his first bout of illness, he organised a fundraising campaign to raise money for the hospital that was so skillfully treating him. It was a great success and for those of you who may not be aware, Colin’s wife Jan has been raising more funds for the same cause through a ‘just Giving’ page. I have to report that people have been very generous in their contributions but just in case you may still wish to contribute, the opportunity is still there.

The Just Giving page is at:


Thanks to you all on behalf of Jan for the generous donations already received. The ‘Ricky Grant and Turner Wards’ at Torbay hospital are incredibly grateful for the support and continue to give the same care to patients today that Colin and Jan were so grateful for.

Very best wishes and thank you ALL.

Colin’s Order of Service