The Register and GDPR – You need to check it

Following the GDPR Rules all those people appearing on the Register will have given their permission for publication of their details but these can be deleted at any time upon request. Would you please take the time to check that your current entry is correct and that we are using your current email address. If you now require your details to be deleted please email us and it will be done immediately.

Click HERE to check your entry



The General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation is for companies, clubs and associations that gather personal data. Introduced by the EU in April 2016 – enforcement begins 25 May 2018.
In compliance with the above regulation the CVTHS Privacy Policy for website and this blog is as follows:

CVTHS Website & Blog Privacy Policy

1) Right to be Informed
We hold email addresses for those who have elected to allow their details to be published on the CVTHS Register or signed up to receive post notifications on the blog. Your consent was given at the point that you elected to appear on the Register and which you can withdraw from at any time.
We hold only your first and last names, email address, town, county (or state) and country of residence, the years you attended CVTHS and in some cases your web address. This information that you have given us to publish is purely for the interest of other ‘old boys’ and to give them a means of getting in touch without having to ask the administration for details. We also only collect and hold this minimal information for the purposes or remaining in contact with you.
Personal information is not shared outside of CVTHS for any purposes whatsoever. Contact information will never be passed to a third party on their request but your permission sought first.
From 25th may 2018 only information or images that you have expressly given your permission for will be published on the CTVHS website
We have no intention of sharing any personal information at any point in the future with any third parties.
2) Rights of access, rectification, erasure 
You have the right to view the personal information that we hold about you. You also have the right to ask us to correct any inaccurate personal information we hold about you or to delete personal information we currently hold.
If you have any concerns about how your personal information is used, please contact us.
The policy statement can be found here on our website.

Your help on this


We are not lawyers and this statement may not cover all the bases but we would just like to reassure all of our old boys that the website and blog exist purely as a means of old boys keeping in touch whilst continually creating a historical online record of the Cray Valley Technical High School. We do not sell on or otherwise allow third party access to any data we may hold.
If there are any ‘old boy’ lawyers out there who could be of assistance with these new regulations then we would be very grateful for your input!

What was the CVTHS entry criteria?

Mike Cassels Joins Us

Our latest old boy to join the Register is Mike Cassels from Sheffield (1967 – 1972) who emailed us with a query which I am sure somebody will have the answer to:

I’ve just been browsing the CVTHS site and wanted to ask you a quick question please to settle a debate I’ve been having with a few fellow old boys. I started at Cray Valley in 1967, but I don’t think I’ve ever known why I went there or what the process was that took me there. I know I sat the 11 plus exam, but I don’t think I’ve ever known whether I passed or failed it. It’s not a big deal at all and I can’t say I’ve ever been bothered about it but I’m curious. My older brother went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School and I’ve never really known why some sort of magical sorting hat sent me somewhere else – but maybe it’s a truth I’m better off not knowing! I never asked my parents and unfortunately, it’s now too late.
So my question is whether you know what the entry criteria for the school were around the late 1960s – was it only open to boys who had passed the 11 plus (as my friend Colin Wilkins thinks) or did it have a broader intake?

I can’t see anything that answers this on the history and wondered if you knew.

2018 Contributions

I always hate to mention this but we are now almost halfway through another year,  so may I kindly ask if you would take a few moments to make your 2018 contribution towards the maintenance of our website and blog?

I know from your private emails how much our work is appreciated and that is very satisfying to know, thank you. However, we still very much need your support and you can give this simply by clicking HERE. As always I’ll try not to ask this too often! Thank you all.

You can check your own contribution records HERE.




CVTHS 63 years Montage – £9.99

A few months ago we created a 600 image photo-montage of some of the 3000 images we have in the CVTHS Image Archive, which spans 63 years and offered it as a Limited Edition print on Hahnemühle German etching paper using archival inks and an accompanying Certificate of Authenticty.

Although there are still some Limited Edition copies available there is now another way of having a copy of this image on your wall. For just £9.99 (all profits to the website and blog maintenance), you can download a full-size copy which you can either produce on your own printer or send to a lab for printing onto paper or canvas.

The file is a high-resolution copy and will print with excellent clarity right up to around 33 inches wide. Even if you don’t print out the file you can examine it in close detail on your computer. To download your file in just a few seconds please click HERE or the image above.

Mini Reunions

Reunion of some of class of 5M, 1968 – Brian Coleman, Ken Clark (deceased), Rob Shakespeare and Tony Fleet (now living on Vancouver Island) at the Fighting Cocks, Horton Kirby Circa 2009


What a pleasure it is to meet up again with old school friends, sometimes after not having seen them for 50 years or so? If you do arrange to see an old buddy who you knew at Cray Valley perhaps we can persuade you to arrange a quick snap which we can publish on the Blog and also add to the growing number of images in ‘How We Look Now’ section of the Image Archive.


A ‘mini-reunion’ – John Willis and Colin Cadle meet up in Sevenoaks

In a very rare trip back up to Kent, I met up with old school pal and lifelong friend John Willis and his wife Christina at Bill’s Restaurant in Sevenoaks on Thursday. Our three hours together seemed to go by in minutes but it was great to catch up and reminisce.

Please send your own mini-reunion photos to


If you would like to kindly make your contribution for 2018 please click HERE.



‘Mates Rates’ Holiday Offers


Since starting the blog almost 10 years ago several very kind ex-Cray Valley boys have kindly offered their holiday homes to other old boys at ‘mates rates’. Obviously, there are times of the year which are not so popular and there are no ‘fully paid-for’ bookings which means that apartments and villas can be made available at either a huge reduction in cost or in some cases all the owners are asking for is a nominal fee to cover services and cleaning for the period of your stay.



Some of these previous offers may now be out of date now and new venues have become available. So, if you do have a place which you can offer at a discount to our members perhaps you would kindly let us know and we can publish the details in a future blog post. Please email

Offers in the past have included beautiful villas in the Spanish hills, a house near to Disneyworld, a house in France and even private river cruises.

First offering

In response Max Peacock kindly sent this note:

(Nearly) Always a bed available for those passing through Christchurch (New Zealand). Building an apartment to rent but not available yet.








Class of ’59 South American Reunion

Return of the Famous Five – April 2018



The Class of 59 return for a further reunion, this time in South America, flying to Santiago Chile then taking a cruise ship up the west coast of South America calling at Arica Chile, Pisco Peru, Lima and Callao Peru, Manta Ecuador then through the Panama Canal to Grand Cayman and finally docking at Fort Lauderdale.

The photo was taken on the Celebrity Infinity Cruise Ship on 1 April 2018.From left to right Ian Hunt, Phil Proom, Alan Benn, Andy Daley and myself Ian Chalmers. Celebrating 59 years of friendship since meeting at CVTHS in September ’59. Also acknowledging that all will become 70 years old during the 2017/ 2018 period.


March 2009

The same crew in 2009

Class of ’59, fifty years reunion trip in March 2009 cruising the Amazon and Caribbean. Left to right, Phil “Harry Room” Proom, Alan “Al” Benn, Ian “Louis” Chalmers, Andy “Dales” Daley and Ian “Spanner” Hunt.

World Record

Just to show you we are still on the ball at the CVTHS Website Headquarters – this blog was posted less than 4 minutes from receiving the email from Ian Chalmers!






Richard John Sales (1962 – 1969)

Richard, enjoying the 60th Anniversary Reunion in 2014

Richard Sales

We have just been advised this afternoon of the passing of our friend Richard Sales

Richard John Sales (CVTHS 1962-69)

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing this morning, Friday 30th March, of our very good friend of many years Richard Sales following an illness.

Graham Mitchell and Hugh Armstrong