We now have old boys coming from as far away as Australia to attend the reunion but for those of you who cannot make the day we will keep this page open to publish your ‘regrets’ and comments. Please refer back to this page from time to time as it will be updated as soon as any further regrets are received.
I’ve been looking forward to attending a Cray Valley reunion for a number of years and was excited to hear that the 65th was going to be held in May because my wife, Linda, and I are heading over to the UK next week and will be spending time in Kent. Sadly, we are flying back to Canada on May16th. I’m particularly disappointed because I see that several of my old “chums” are planning to attend. Anyway, my best wishes to all the attendees and I hope the special occasion is a great success!
Sorry I can’t make re-union. Have been seeing if I can fit it in but it is not to be, sadly. The only one coming from my old class is Alan Whitehead I think. So long ago.
Best – Peter
Sorry, working through some health issues – will not be able to make it from USA.
Sadly, I am unable to get to the forthcoming reunion. As it’s half-term, we shall be with our grandchildren. It’s great to see just how many ex-Cray guys will be attending, and all credit, as ever, to Colin, for all his hard work on the website.
My father would be very proud to know just how much Cray meant to so many old boys who continue to remember their years at CVTHS in a positive way. It is clear from looking at the website, that those years ensured that they were well prepared for the big wide world ahead, and its many challenges.
I wish all those who were at Cray when I was every good wish, and I would be delighted to hear from any of them should they care to pick up the phone.
Dear Mr Cadle,
Just a short note to make you aware that Jackson, Form 1U, will not be able to attend the reunion scheduled for the 31st of May after all. As you already know Barry has had problems with his thyroid and white blood cell count for a while now. Further he has suffered idiopathic Raynaud’s for many years. He is currently undergoing a range of tests for a number of connective tissue disorders alongside some investigations into possible autoimmune diseases.
Those inconsiderate people at his local hospital, the University Hospital of North Durham, mainly still referred to using its original name as Dryburn, have arranged a series of tests on him on that day. He is not sure if the series is mathematical because if given the choice he said he would have picked Faulhaber’s. However, he expects the treatment will once again be a number of attacks involving a needle and syringe.
He was certainly looking forward to meeting up with old acquaintances and making new friends, he is hopeful he may attend future gatherings and has set his heart on being around for “Brexit Day” on the 30th February 2033. Please be kind enough to pass on this message to his fellow pupils, and he sends his fondest regards to you and Jan.
Rt.Rev. Thurston Pancake, St Gravy’s Chevington (Guardian)
I am so sorry that I will not be able to make the reunion. We have a long standing holiday booking and I don’t think the holiday insurance would cough up the couple of thousand that we have spent on it!! Unfortunately we are well past the date at which we would have only incurred a modest deposit fee loss, mind you, I think there would have been problems with my ‘better half’!!
All the very best to those that know/remember me.
I’d have loved to have come and see the old place again, particularly since 1959 is so well represented. Could I, I wonder, still recognize Bates, Beer (I almost get into the rhythm of … Cobb, Collier, Coppard… from 1N days) Bailey, Jackson, Wakeham, Hollis et alia. Since someone’s coming from Australia, my explanation that it’s a long way from Northern British Columbia might be a bit feeble, but I’ll use it anyway.
Unfortunately, whilst I really wanted to be there, as chance would have it in May I’m due one knee replacement operation plus revision treatment on the other knee which has a misaligned prosthesis that has to be corrected. So regrettably I will not be mobile enough to undertake the journey by 31st May. I’m pretty gutted about that but I daren’t try to defer it as I’ve waited a year to get this appointment.
I’m sure it will be a great event and I would have really enjoyed attending and reminiscing my very happy and enjoyable days at CVTHS. It was Mr Kingsland and Dr Fisk who set me on course on a career direction into Chemical Engineering, and and a wonderful career with BP Refining. They are two people in my life to whom I am eternally grateful. What a great school it was! Such fond memories.
Hope it is a great event and I’m sorry I can only be with you in spirit. I look forward to hearing some feedback from it.
I started following the CVTHS website a couple of years ago, hoping to contribute some of my memories between the years 1963-1971, but still trying to locate some pictures I wanted to use. I was due to go on the USA trip in 1969 but unfortunately was knocked off my motorbike on the way home from school the day before, ending up spending several months in the old Queen Mary’s Hospital, and then being in a caliper for 8 months. I therefore missed a year of schooling and had to return to where I left off, hence my ‘extra’ year at Cray Valley.
I replied that I wished to attend the reunion this year. Unfortunately since then I have been diagnosed with cancer and going to have extensive surgery tomorrow, being told that if it is successful it will take me at least a year to recover. I will therefore not be able to attend the reunion, with great regret.
I am very sorry to tell you that I won’t be able to attend the CVTHS reunion on May 31st as Jenny and I are already booked to be at no less than two events in London that day. Unfortunately it is the only day in the latter part of that week which I didn’t have free.
I wish everyone well for a smashing day and I can mark myself 2/3 having been at the first two reunions both of which we’re excellent. Well done to Mick Abbott for his excellent work as organiser. He’s a star!
All the very best,
Apologies I will not be able to make the reunion after all. Hope you all have a great day.