Reunion 2019 – Final Notes

CVTHS 65th Anniversary Reunion

For the 80 or so people attending tomorrow’s Reunion I would like to offer my best wishes for a very enjoyable day at the old School and apologise for not being able to make the event myself but I shall be very with you in spirit. I am sure it will be most enjoyable meeting up with old friends and and having some time to reminisce. Please email any interesting information or stories you glean from your visit and please feel free to send in any interesting photographs or videos you may have taken on the day so we can publish them on the Blog.


A big ‘Thank You’ again to all those loyal supporters who have kindly contributed this year and may I wish you all good luck in the draw!


Final List of Attendees


Prize Draw

The result of the Prize Draw will be announced here as soon as it happens. Here are the entrants. The winner will be chosen using the number on the left of the list to be drawn using an app on Mick Abbott’s iPhone!

Please Note: Justerini and Brooks are unable to ship the Port outside of the UK. Should the winner be an ex-pat they will need to nominate a name and address to ship within the UK.


Last Chance Saloon!


With only one more day to go for you to qualify there are still only 45 members out of the 78 attendees who will be eligible for the free prize draw on Friday. Please don’t miss your chance to win this valuable bottle of Vintage Port (worth £239) and help us at the same time by making your Voluntary Contribution towards the upkeep of the website and blog right now!

Your 2019 contribution, no matter how small, will be very much appreciated.If you do intend to contribute this year then why not do it before Tuesday at noon to qualify?

Please Note: Justerini and Brooks are unable to ship the Port outside of the UK. Should the winner be an ex-pat they will have to nominate a name and address to ship within the UK.

Proudly support the Website & Blog

The Draw – Latest Technology

When Mick Abbott calls the draw at 2.00pm on Friday he will hand his iPhone over to John Abrook to select the winner using an up to the minute app! No more names in a hat for CVTHS!

Qualifying Attendees

Reunion Update 5 – Deadlines

Only One More Day to Register

There have been a number of unfortunate drop-outs in the past week or two but almost made up again by new applications. Tomorrow (Sunday 26th May) is the last day to let Mick Abbott know if you are going to attend as he needs to firm-up the numbers for catering and arrange for you to pay for your lunch. You will still be able to turn up on the day without previously booking but you will have to make your own refreshment arrangements (apart from welcoming coffee at 10.00am).

If you decide you want to attend, please complete the form on this page.

Here are the latest runners and riders for next Friday’s reunion:

Only Three Days Left To Qualify For the Big Prize

Whether you are attending the reunion or not, if your details are on the Register and you have made a Voluntary Contribution for 2019 you automatically qualify for the big prize draw. However, entries will only qualify if you meet these conditions by noon on the 28th May 2019. For more details READ HERE.

Please Note: Justerini and Brooks are unable to ship the Port outside of the UK. Should the winner be an ex-pat they will have to nominate a name and address to ship within the UK.

Football at Cray Valley

Football at Cray Valley


Geoff Walter kindly sent us these photographs


1960-61 Under 14 XI

Standing L to R: Warren, Oxford, Halliwell, John Gale, Rolling, Brown, Smith
Sitting L to R : Rugman, Walter, Ramsey, Tregenna, Guy, (Brimacombe absent)


1961-62 Under 15 XI


Back Row L to R: Price, Walter, Tregenna, Roberts, Guy
Centre Row L to R: Oxford, Warren, Rolling
Front Row L to R: Brimacombe, Rugman, Ramsey, Brown, Stuttard


The Under 14 XI image doesn’t appear to be on the website.  The names are taken from my annotations on the reverse of my original but without playing positions.

The Under 15 XI image is the same as that on the website (Image 1454).  Again names from the reverse of my original.  Interestingly, on the reverse of my original is a stamped mark.  A red rectangular box containing the text “ JOHN M GALE, 49 Palmeira Road, BEXLEYHEATH, Kent.  Bexleyheath 6980”.  I can’t recall whether John Gale was the photographer who took the image but the mark suggests that it may have been him.  There’s no similar mark on the other photograph indicating a photographer.


Clive Hollis Writes

Thanks Michael for supplying the football team selection poster seen in an earlier posting. I was 2 years behind him in 1959 but enjoyed playing football before it was stopped and I had to switch to hockey and Rugby. I wonder what might have been if football had been continued?

Richard Beer top left; Clive Hollis bottom right. I need help with the others!
I think this is the last year soccer was on the curriculum. We didn’t win very often, so footie was struck off Mr Carr’s agenda!


I think the photo is a football team as Ken Ridgeway has a goalkeepers jersey on plus there are only 14 of us.

Please let me know, someone, if it is not the footy team. hoping to see some of you at the Reunion on the 31st May.

Clive Hollis.

Deadline for Vintage Port Draw


The Draw

At 2.00pm on Friday the 31st May 2019, ex-master John Abrook will make the draw for the £200+ bottle of 1963 Vintage Taylor’s Port which I am donating as a thank you for our contributors’ loyal and generous support. The bottle is currently being looked after at Justerini and Brooks in St James and will be dispatched to the winner the following week. The winner will be announced on this blog within seconds of the draw and immediately informed by email.


Deadline for entry is approaching fast

To qualify for the free draw simply ensure that your details are included on the Register and that you have made your Voluntary Annual Contribution for 2019. The deadline for this is Tuesday 28th May 2019. Any contributions after midnight on that day cannot be accepted for entry into the draw as the entries have to be sent to Mick Abbott in good time for the draw. At present there are only 56 old boys who qualify from the 80+ who will attending the event so please don’t risk missing out!

Details of this wonderful bottle of Vintage Gold can be seen here.

Please Note: Justerini and Brooks are unable to ship the Port outside of the UK. Should the winner be an ex-pat they will have to nominate a name and address to ship within the UK.


Reunion Update 4 – Itinerary

Mick Abbott – Reunion Organiser

Our 65th Anniversary Reunion on the 31st May 2019 will be the third one that Mick Abbott has organised for us. For a relatively straightforward day, which should run seamlessly, there is actually an awful lot of organising and liaison with the school catering and management staff. Please join me in giving Mick the sincere thanks he deserves as he is working very hard to make it a memorable day.

For those of you who may not know of Mick’s background after leaving Cray Valley here is some potted information:

Mick served 31 years with Kent Police, retiring in 1998 as Chief Inspector.  He is extremely well versed in First Aid and his experience stems from his involvement in Competition First Aid whilst serving in the Police Force and with his knowledge gained there, he later decided to start a business for First Aid training when he retired.

In his business as a First Aid trainer, he delivers one day and three day First Aid at Work courses and a two-day requalification for the three day course.  He also delivers paediatric courses, defibrillator training and is accredited to teach the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings for people using chainsaws and other dangerous machinery but mainly to tree surgeons.

His client base is very varied, including schools, all kinds of businesses, farming communities, etc. He also involves himself in community groups and others, such as scouts and guides, local clubs, when he runs their training courses completely free of charge.


Reunion Itinerary

Here is hopefully the final itinerary for the day (but still subject to slight change if necessary). The reason for the earlier start is that Cook would like to finish early as it is her holiday. We understand some of you will not be able to arrive by 10am but from 2014’s experience all who want the school tour will be accommodated (Paddy Wedlock’s favourite word, accommodate!)

We will try to be as flexible as possible for those of you who have trains to catch. Please see Mick Abbott on the day or let him know by email beforehand so he can tweak the programme if possible.


For details of your free entry in the draw to win the vintage Port please see this earlier blog post



Event Photographer Wanted

If any of you can act as photographer for the day it would be much appreciated.  Tim Cannadine did it last time but he isn’t coming this year. Please let us know if you can help with this by emailing here:   Photographer


Cray Valley Association Football Poster

John Kay’s School Badge

Short Period of Inactivity

Please note that from today until 14th May there will be no further Blog posts or updating to the Register whilst we take our annual break. Emails will still be answered but the response may be a little slower than normal! (The Register has been dated 14th May 2019).


Cray Valley Association Football

This message and poster were gratefully received from Michael Brimacombe earlier today:

I have been going through some old papers and have come across an information sheet for the school football team ( Under 15’s) for 2nd November 1961. I seem to remember that these were pinned up on the notice board outside Martin Carr’s office. 
This shows who had been selected to play in this match against St Mary’s Grammar.
I am not sure if you have similar documents in the school archives but, if not, here is one to add to the collection.
Very best regards 
Michael Brimacombe

1957 – 1963


This is exactly the sort of material we are always looking for to publish on our Blog and to include in the Image Archive. If you have any similar material which we don’t already have then please submit it for publication. Hard copies are also welcome which can be added to the official Archive held at Bromley Library.
I trawled our archive for a photo of one of the CVTHS football teams but without success – all the team photos we hold are of Rugby teams. Does anyone have a photograph of a CV Football Team we can publish?

Photos From Previous Reunions