It would appear that this year’s 65th Anniversary Reunion was a total success and enjoyed by all. Mick Abbott and I would like to thank you all for attending and helping to make it such a successful day especially to those who had to make a real effort to get there and in many cases travelling great distances to do so.

Thank you also for your kind comments of appreciation to both Mick and myself and concern and best wishes for my recovery which are all very much appreciated. This is Mick’s third time organising the reunion and he really has done a wonderful job. Most of the credit must go to him. Here’s to the 70th Mick!

Mick Abbott would personally like to publicly and sincerely thank Norman Baldwin and Greg Smith for organising the collection and arrangement of the Archive items for the Reunion. They both came the day before to set everything out in one of the classrooms and the display engendered so much interest.  Old Boys who hadn’t been before were able to find their names in sports event leaflets and in programmes from stage productions held at the school.

 

Address by Mick Abbott

Listen here to Mick Abbott’s address to the Reunion

 

Material Wanted 

Please send me your photos, videos and any sound recordings so that they can be published within this post. Please check back frequently to see what has been added.

You can email photos or comments to publish@cvths.com or text pictures from your phone to 07703 440777

New Photo Gallery

Because of the large numbers of photographs being submitted we have created a new photo gallery with the Image Archive entitled ‘Reunion 2019’. Please take a look.

 

© Mick Abbott

Looks like the staff had a good time too!


Peter Hider

Peter has sent in 36 photos which are now in the new ‘Reunion 2019’ gallery (under ‘Archive Images’)

“I hope you all enjoyed the reunion as much as I did. I’m really sorry you couldn’t be there Colin”.

 

Jon Copping

Left to right:Jon Copping – Kevin Storey and Derek Malcolm. Photo © Adrian Appley

Clive Stanyon

 

The 1966 Intake – 2019 Reunion – © Clive Stanyon

Greg Smith sent us these photographs

MC Mick Abbott © Greg Smith

MC Mick Abbott ©Greg Smith

 

MC Mick Abbott © Greg Smith

 

 

© Greg Smith

New Photo Gallery

Because of the large numbers of photographs being submitted we have created a new photo gallery with the Image Archive entitled ‘Reunion 2019’. Please take a look.


Jed Bailey

Can I join the applause for a great day? You can feel really proud. The thanks and tributes were heartfelt and extraordinary. I spotted a number of welling eyes during the day. Well done.
A couple of observations. Many old boys noticed Mike’s earring and those that gathered in the Bull afterwards chuckled at what a certain M Carr would have made of a policeman so turned out…
The banishment of football is a wound that still hurts. For those that have looked at the team poster and photographs will have noticed Dave Price, who I am in touch with, lives in the area and runs a graphic design business on Bromley Common.
Finally can you clarify what will happen to the archive of materials from the plays and concerts. (Alas) at the funeral of (Martin?) Carbery’s brother a few years ago a number of distinguished guests remarked at the sheer quality of dramatic output in the Woodward/Carbery years. One distinguished critic from a national newspaper saying “could not believe that this could have happened in a state school!”
I wonder if you might ask through the website whether any Old boys pursued a career in music or theatre? I also wonder what happened to the girls who appeared in some of the productions?

Ian Kirkpatrick

Two handsome devils attached, great to meet you today and a lovely do, many thanks to all involved.

 

Richard Beer

This really was an excellent event and full marks to Mick Abbott and yourself for the organisation. In conversations with Andy Barnard, Paul Bates and Johnny Wakeham it was remarkable how many detailed anecdotes were shared. Apart from the usual classroom episodes that risked severe punishment, sporting events were reported with amazing accuracy.

Best wishes to all and thanks again for making the 65 Reunion a memorable day.

© Richard Beer

 

© Richard Beer

 

© Richard Beer

 

© Richard Beer

 

© Richard Beer

 

Clive Hollis and Andy Barnard © Richard Beer

 

 

Jonathan Copping

Really enjoyed it, thanks. Photo on its way.

Graham Storey

Gentlemen,
Your joint efforts successfully delivered a most enjoyable CVTHS re-union. Thank you. While most will have seen a smooth, planned sequence of activities on the day, behind the scenes there will have been many hours of planning, preparation and coordination. Many thanks. (07758 746183)

 

Peter R Martin-Smith 1957-64

Reflections on Returning to CVTHS… the morning after!


It was indeed a splendid day, thanks in the main to Mick Abbott’s work.  Full of anticipation of a wonderful trip down Memory Lane, it was the first time I had stepped inside the school since July 1964… and what a lot has changed! It wasn’t too difficult, as I walked around, to identify the parts of the building which were once CVTHS, and those which have been added since.

After a conversation with the lady who kindly took the photograph of us in the main hall, it became clear that the aim of today’s Kemsal Technical College differs little from the aim of CVTHS.  So, I found myself asking, why did someone rip out the equipment and fittings we had in those magnificent workshops?  It didn’t “wear out”… those lathes, drills and other machines, the foundry, the beam engine in the thermodynamics lab, the plating bay, the drawing offices, the metallurgy bay, the wood workshops… they would have lasted for generations! Why was it all dismantled?

The fact that the contents of the Workshop Block had all gone was the major disappointment of the day. So what else was significantly different?….

One of my abiding memories of school was, at the end of every lesson in the workshops, five minutes was set aside for cleaning and clearing everything away. Reg Wincott would not allow a speck of sawdust to remain on the floor, or a saw or a chisel left out of place.  In the metal workshops, Messers Davies, Gale and Parsons were equally meticulous. ‘Ted’ Ray, in the drawing office, insisted that everything was put away, the tables were left clean, the furniture left tidy.  Upstairs it was the same in Leo Walmsley’s domain. The sight of rubbish on the flooor, and a degree or two less ‘order’ than I remember suggested that, in today’s world, those standards are a little more relaxed. Although in fairness, the classrooms and laboratories in the main school were, so far as we could see, been left by their occupants in good order. But I was reminded that that great school I attended all those years ago not only taught me the practical skills and knowledge that I have used so often throughout my life, I also learnt much about self discipline and responsibility.

So much has changed… and more than just the material things!  But it was splendid to go back to the place it all happened, and to meet some of my fellow pupils again, to relive and reminisce our experiences. Thanks to all who made it possible.

Sir Adrian White (1955-1959)

My first but most enjoyable day! Many happy memories but wish they had left the School as it was kitted out for the schooling of the engineers of tomorrow!! To see my name in the ‘˜Archived Programme’€™ of ‘Androcles and the Lion’ which was in 1956 (not as notated 1965!) was heart warming. To find other ‘old boys’ with the same reminiscences and thoughts was uncanny. The Lunch was a typical school lunch but the Gypsy Tart a treat not enjoyed for over 60 years! I very much appreciated the meticulous organisation before and during the day so a very big thank you to you both. I found that I was not a founder member of the School in 1954, it was 1955 when our cohort formed the School’s 3rd Year. A fascinating day, thank you! Very best regards.

Mark Hughes

I enjoyed myself beyond any expectations, due in no small part to the work and efforts of Colin and Mick. I can’t say enough thank yous for the pleasure you have given. I’d forgotten just what a magnificent school hall we had, but even better was to see a great bunch of lads. I very much hope to keep in touch. Take care boys, and let’s be careful out there.

Derek Malcolm

Talking to the group of us who started in 1966 at today’s gathering, some of us had difficulties in remembering the names in our classes despite twice daily repetition of them. In an effort to try to collect this information and to share the information with other, it was suggested that those of us who can remember our class lists should submit them to the site as a start. So here goes.

Tonbridge Form for the 1966 entry consisted of:

John Atkinson
Ashok Bhatt
Geoff Burke
Brian Connerly
Don Croker
John Doughty
Malcolm Elliot
Stephen Field
Mike Fryer
John Goodwin
Derek Hudson
Martin Jenkins
John Joyce
Ivor Lewis
Derek Malcolm
Timothy McGill
Chris Monk
John Nicholas
Scott Norman
Alan Sharp
Jonathan Pope
Ian Robinson
Timothy Smith
Kevin Thornton
Julian Turner
Geoff Upton
Melvyn Williams
Michael Welch

As you can see even my grey matter has forgotten two names and a couple of first names so somebody else may be able add the missing.

Hopefully this will trigger input from others. (Updated following information from Derek Hudson in NZ)


 

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6 responses »

  1. denbies11 says:

    Dear Both, My first but most enjoyable day! Many happy memories but wish they had left the School as it was kitted out for the schooling of the engineers of tomorrow!! To see my name in the ‘˜Archived Programme’€™ of ‘Androcles and the Lion’ which was in 1956 (not as notated 1965!) was heart warming. To find other ‘old boys’ with the same reminiscences and thoughts was uncanny. The Lunch was a typical school lunch but the Gypsy Tart a treat not enjoyed for over 60 years! I very much appreciated the meticulous organisation before and during the day so a very big thank you to you both. I found that I was not a founder member of the School in 1954, it was 1955 when our cohort formed the School’s 3rd Year. A fascinating day, thank you! Very best regards,

    Sir Adrian White (1955-59)

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    Sir Adrian White, CBE Executive Chairman Tel: +44 1306 746001 biwater.com

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  2. hughes1r says:

    I believe that the register for 1R, 1961as amended a year or two later would read:
    Adams
    Ashburn
    Bell
    Bonwick
    Chandler
    Crawley
    Davis
    Edward
    Freed
    Galloway
    Hamblin
    Hemmings
    Hoare
    Hodson
    Hughes
    Kelsey
    Little
    Liverton
    Lowe
    Mara
    Murray
    MacIndoe
    Passmore
    Pearson
    Peckham
    Phillips D
    Phillips G
    Simmons
    Williams
    Wright
    My apologies for mistakes and ommissions.

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  3. Kevin Storey says:

    Many thanks to Mick and Colin for organising today’s excellent reunion, thoroughly enjoyable.

    Here is my starter for the 1966 intake for Rochester:

    Alderson James
    Beesley Chris
    Bishop Clive
    Cornish Alan
    Cunningham Alan
    Douglas Beverley
    Dunghan Clive
    Fairhall Graham
    Ford Brian
    Green Robert
    Harries Neil
    Hines Chris
    Humphries Brian
    Knight Steve
    Lewis Roger
    Mathews Paul
    McLean Terry
    Nutt Martyn
    Reynolds Jonathan
    Ross
    Spence Graham
    Storey Kevin
    Warman David
    Weedon Trevor

    Thanks to all who attended,

    Kevin Storey

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    • Graham Spence says:

      Yes, thanks to Mick and Colin for making this happen. It was great to meet up with so many classmates and to just pick up where we left off nearly 50 years ago. My recollection of the register is as below.

      Graham Spence.

      Alderson James
      Beesley Chris
      Bishop Clive
      Cornish Alan
      Cunningham Alan
      Douglas Beverley
      Dungan Richard
      Fairhall
      Ford
      Gardener Dave
      Green Rob
      Harris Neil
      Heinz Chris
      Humphreys Brian
      Knight Steve
      Lewis Roger
      Mclean Terry
      Mathews Paul
      Moore ????
      Nutt Martin
      Reynolds Jon
      Ross ????
      Simmons
      Smythe ????
      Spence Graham
      Storey Kevin
      Warman Dave
      Weedon Trevor

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  4. jonathanowenreynolds says:

    Hi Kevin

    Sorry I could not make it, would have been good to see you and Graham S.

    Was Ross another Kevin?

    You missed out Smyth whose first name escapes me. Brian Turner joined 3R from Canterbury in 1968/9.

    I remember you as into motorbikes in a big way.

    Fancy a drink in London?

    Jon Reynolds

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    • jonathanowenreynolds says:

      I think it was Trevor Smyth (without an e) but spelling never was my strong point as Paddy Wedlock pointed out on a number of occasions.

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