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  • Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton

    Published 06/10/22

    One of our most illustrious Old Bordenians, Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, died on July 20th 2022.

    Born in Plymouth, Sir Kenneth joined the School from the Sheerness Dockyard School. After Borden he studied Mechanical Sciences Tripos at Cambridge. Eaton joined the Royal Navy in 1953 and served in the carrier fleet before various desk jobs. He did not stay on dry land too long, with stints on other ships including as Weapons Engineering Officer of HMS Ark Royal from 1976-1978 with the rank of Commander. With more senior shore roles, such as Commander of HM Naval Base Portsmouth (1987-1989) and Controller of the Navy (1989-1994), he was promoted to full Admiral in 1993.

    After the Navy he held a string of high-profile Chairs, including that of Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust (1995-1999) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (1996-2002).

    At his death at home at Warnford, Hants he left his wife Lady Sheena Eaton and three children and four grandchildren. 

    *Edited following email contact from Richard Eaton*

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  • Notice of 2022 OBA Annual General Meeting

    Published 01/09/22

    Please note that the 2022 OBA AGM will be held through a Zoom meeting on Friday 23rd September at 7:00pm.

    All members are welcome to attend the meeting. If you wish to attend, could you email to enable the agenda and any supporting documents to be sent to you in advance. Also we will send you the link required to join the meeting via Zoom.

    All documents will be published on this website after the AGM.

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  • The School seen from the air - 1964

    Published 01/08/22

    Dr Nigel Dickson (BGS 1968-1975) has provided us with an aerial view of Sittingbourne in 1964, which includes the school, originally published in the Kent Messenger. 

    The space between the School and the town centre certainly attests to how much development has occurred in the last 60 years!


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  • Old Bordenians Football Reunion

    Published 16/07/22

    Once again the Old Boys Veteran (retired) FC players held their annual reunion on 16th June on a warm sunny evening at the UK Paper Sports Pavilion.

    As you can see from the photo attached there was another good turn-out despite several ‘regulars’ away on holiday – also apologies to Stuart Reynolds and Rob Kemsley who arrived just too late for the photo.

    You can see from the many suntanned limbs that most veterans are now retired.

    For the record, the line-up is:  (from left to right) Peter Lusted, Alan Boyns, Lee Orgill, Jamie Henley, Alan Snelling, Soz Ferrar, Colin Hills, Jon Keys, Cliff Cork, Peter Thompson, Mick Pack, Paul Fletcher.

    A special mention to Jon Keys and Paul Fletcher who attended the event for the first time.

    It’s amazing how easy it is to get 15 or so players to a pub for a drink these days than it was years ago to get just 11 to turn up on a Sunday morning for an away match on the other side of the Medway towns after a night out..

    Everyone is looking forward to next year’s reunion.

    Alan Snelling and Peter Lusted.


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