How to use this Blog


Welcome to our new Blog for ex boys and teachers of the Cray Valley Technical High School. If you are new to blogs this is a quick guide to help you find your way around. You will find the blog very intuitive and easy to use but if you do have any problems please email me at

1. Click ‘Send me updates’ in the ‘Get Updates by Email’ box to the left. Every time a new post is made on the Blog you will receive an email with a link to that post. This helps us in admin as it means we don’t have to keep emailing you with reminders as the new system will now do this for us. Please help us to help you keep up to date!

2. The latest post will always appear on the Home page of the Blog followed by nine of the other most recent posts in chronological order. To see a post within it’s own page and showing the comments already associated with that post click the heading.

3. Older posts can be accessed either by clicking ‘Older Posts’ at the bottom of the page or by using the drop-down menu in the ‘Archives’ box to the left. The archived blogs are listed by month and year along with the number of posts in each month. We have already transferred all the previous posts from our original Blog along with their comments but at present they are minus the original images which accompanied them. (It was not possible to enable the transfer of images when converting from MobileMe to WordPress). In time more old articles and ‘Emails to Us’ will be archived into this new Blog so the whole system will grow in size from each end of the timescale!

4. ‘Search the Blog’ is self-explanatory and you will find this a quick and highly effective way to find any post containing your chosen search word(s).

5. Please use the ‘Leave a Comment’ facility freely. You don’t have to be signed up with WordPress to do this but all comments will be moderated to prevent the use of obscene language or content considered offensive or inappropriate by the administrator(s). It is a great pity that this is necessary but there have been some not so pleasant remarks made in the past and this will ensure only appropriate content is published. This is not a forum for ranters! If the ‘Please leave your comments’ box is not visible simply click ‘Leave a Comment’ and it will appear. Click on ‘Guest’ and then enter your name and email address. Your comments will then be checked and published and you will receive an email confirmation. You must use your name as anonymous comments will not be allowed. (you will notice a number of comments attributed to ‘Anonymous’ in posts prior to 01 October 2011. This was unavoidable as a result of the transfer from the old system).

6. You can either leave unique comment by submitting your comments via “Please leave your comments here” or click ‘Reply’ within another visitor’s comment if your information relates specifically to that comment.

It is assumed by now that you will all be familiar with how a blog works but for those who are new to the ‘technology’ only the administrator may post an actual blog. If you would like a blog post of your own then please email the administrator who will organise it for you.

8 responses »

  1. I went to Cray Valley Technical school between 1954 and 1961, and I am therefore one of the generation that never learned to type. My son and daughter can type at the speed of light, whereas I type at the speed of darkness.

    For years I have plodded away using one finger on my right hand. It is painfully slow doing any typing.

    But what you are seeing in front of you now is a result of a wonderful piece of voice recognition software. It is known as Dragon and is only a few pounds from Amazon.

    As you can see from what I have “typed” it makes very few mistakes.
    It is very good at spelling and therefore Mr Mayo would have been very pleased with the results. It can even recognise names like Mr Mayo, and even Mr Kingsland. Let’s try your name Colin. Colin Adele. Well nearly, Colin. You have to change your name so that Dragon voice recognition software and recognise you!

    So, if there are others out there from my generation who are also fed up typing have a go at Dragon. If you’re not convinced go to YouTube on the Internet, type Dragon demonstration in the search box, and have a look at the many examples of tutors speaking into the camera and text appearing instantly on the monitor.

    are there any other old Cray Valley boys out there who have this Dragon software?

    Colin, it looks like your idea of putting a Cray Valley blog onto your website will be a great success.

    All the best Colin, and I look forward to speaking/typing to you in the future.


  2. Trevor Heywood says:

    Thank you Colin Cadle for keeping the Cray Valley website alive. Towards the end of November 2011 I managed to meet up with David Turner, Steve strong and Martin Webb. It was amazing after all these years to see these guys and apart from the obvious memory sharing it was interesting to learn about the different career paths we chose to make a living. Although I have been living in Monmouthshire since 1985 I still return to Orpington to visit my parents who live just off Goddington Lane. Without the website our meetings would not have happened. We met at the Bo Peep in Chelsfield which is close to Steve Strong’s house and my parents. I am sure that we will be meeting up again in 2012 and hopefully we might see a few more Old Cray Valleyians to share a few stories and pints with.
    I also enjoyed reading Barry Jackson’s A-Z which was a great memory jogger as we both started in 1959, thanks Barry.
    Best wishes,
    Trevor Heywood


    • jed bailey says:

      I have been doing some work on achievers and leaders. You were one of the people I recalled when starting this. Tall, sporting prowess, confident and with red hair. It would help my research if I could contact you with a few questions about how your adult life panned out. (if have the right Trevor)


  3. clivekeen says:

    I’ve just realized, almost 50 years on, that I’ve spent most of my life still trying to please Wee Willie Wedlock and Reg Mayo. I must have written more than a thousand essays now for various publications, and having just put together a bunch for Amazon, find that they follow almost exactly the pattern required by Willie and Reg. Perhaps I’ve been trying to get a A+++. The latest bunch of essays are on birding (Birding: A Flock of Irreverent Essays) but I’m not trying to get a sale. If you’re a Cray Valleyan, and would like a copy, let me know ( and I’ll send you a freebie – but don’t share it, or Amazon will get upset.


  4. Richard Collens says:

    Richard Collens – I attended the school from Sept 1971 to July 1978. So I experienced the ‘pre’ and ‘post’ Edgebury establishment. I discovered this website today when searching the web for “The Headless Horseman” which (I think) was a piece of music that Peter Woodwards wonderful band played during my time at the school. Now my own son is starting off in his school orchestra and I am often telling him about the fantastic concerts we enjoyed at Cray Valley…..


  5. Keith Patrick Knight says:

    Hi everyone,
    I am Keith Knight.
    This is a general comment and is not specifically connected to anything before or after.

    I attended CVTHS from 1964 – 1969. I can’t remember the form letter. I think it was A or B. Bob Burckett has recently joined the register and I have been in touch with a few old classmates on the friends reunited website. I am not a Facebooker! Wild horses……. etc.,etc. I think I finally decided not to join FB when a friend of mine said they had joined a FB (virtual) farm and were cultivating (virtual) crops on it!! (Ye Gods!!!!). I also know a few young people who have been bullied via FB, which is sad. I have been known to tweet (God help us!) but not recently. MyTwitter monica is @KeithPKnight.

    Anyway, I have not been well – well we are all getting on a bit – and I am probably about to ask Mick Abbott to move my name to the “apologies” section for this year’s reunion as I live in Wales and it is a long trip. However, one thing that might change my mind for this year and subsequent years is if I could make contact with more of my old form mates. I would particularly like to contact Clive Dean, if anybody knows his whereabouts but anyone from the form that started………… Burckett, Charman, Cooper, Dean, Digman, Farrell, Grace, Hall, and included me (Knight), Menhinnick, Scowen, Thompson, Thornhill, and finished I think with Williamson. I can see all the faces in my mind’s eye but cannot remember all the names. Sorry! Sadly not many have yet registered on this site.

    I have long realised that the happiest time of my life was spent at Cray Valley, despite the custard skin, semolina and for me at any rate; endless detentions!! My life’s journey has not been very smooth to say the least and as it enters it’s twilight years, I am really missing my friends and classmates form all those years ago.

    I particularly remember Martin Carr, who saved my life – literally!! There have been many occasions when I found myself in difficulty when I thought of contacting him again and of course now it is sadly too late. Also Frank Hawkins along with Mr Parsons extracted creative juices from within me that I did not know I had and which I still have to this day, Unfortunately Mr Walmsley could not do the same (Art), whereas Colonel Turner forced the slowly grinding wheels of mathematics to work for me and those still turn!

    I have plenty more to say and may ask for my own blog page to do it justice and give it some structure. I would love to hear from anyone that remembers me.

    kind regards
    Keith (Patrick) Knight – aka “KP(K)NUTS”


  6. Morning All. If you have committed yourself to the Anniversary Lunch on 28th May and haven’t yet sent your cheque, would you please do so asap. I need to ensure numbers for the school caterers eventually and I want to be sure you are coming! I am still awaiting 29 cheques!
    As far as the ties are concerned I think I probably have all the applications in now so the manufacturer can get on with the production. I will know the cost in the near future and will email you personally, if you have applied, to ask for your cheque.
    Best wishes, Mick Abbott
    07703 220857


  7. David Baker says:

    So sad to hear of the death of Mr Woodward, who was an inspirational music teacher. But it was his predecessor who really inspired me. I think his name was Colin Crabe and I don’t remember mention of him here. Can anyone tell us what happened to him, and maybe supply an email address? It would be good to tell him how much his hard work and dedication meant to this old boy at least!!
    David Baker. (59 – 66)


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