Old Burwoodian Association

1955 – 1996 Secondary school in Walton-on-Thames

Burwood Park School was a secondary school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, for deaf pupils, almost all of whom went into full-time employment and most of whom undertook further education. Later Norfolk House sixth form college was added.

R.I.P. Mr Jim Grave, January 2017 – Funeral Details

It is with great sadness that we deeply regret to inform you all of the death of Mr Jim Grave on Saturday 14th/Sunday 15th January 2017.

Details for Mr Grave’s funeral.

The memorial service will start at 11.30am on Wednesday 1st February at Walton Methodist Church, Terrace road,
Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2SR. Mrs Grave said that you all are extremely welcome to this service.

There is no parking at the church. There is a small one on the left behind a charity shop in Manor Road, off Terrace Road, just before the church. Another via Hepworth Way or Bridge street and Sainsbury’s big multistorey. Mr Sayer advises us to use the car park at Sainsbury’s.

Mark Flower will try to arrange for an interpreter to interpret the service at above church.

There will be cremation earlier at difference venue but it is for family and friends only.

For the flowers, it will be from families and OBA only as OBA committee will send the flowers on behalf of OBA members. I have already sent out the card to Mrs Grave from OBA members last week.

For Donations in lieu of flowers are to the three organisations which helped their families during Mr Grave’s illness:

1. Elmbridge Borough Council. – Why? – Provided relief care at Walton-on-Thames Day Centre on Wednesdays and Fridays. http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/css/reliefcarers/
2. Crossroads Care Surrey. – Why? – Provided a carer Thursday mornings. http://www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk/
3. Alzheimer’s Society – Why? – The UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, provided back-up information, social evenings and research. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Those attending the Service may leave cheques in collection boxes at the Church. Otherwise, they should be sent to the funeral directors at The Co-operative Funeralcare, 1D High Street, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1DG.

If you wish to send the messages to Mr Grave’s families, please email Mark Flower ( m.r.flower@usa.net ) by this Sunday (29th January) evening.

Please let Mark Flower ( m.r.flower@usa.net ) know if you are thinking of attending too as they need to know the headcount for the service.

R.I.P., Mr Jim Grave.

OBA new Committee since Sept 2015

We’ve had a new committee since Sept 2015

Committee Staff

We aim to interact with our old Boars boys to have fun and reunite as many familiar faces as we can.

We still want to hear your feedback or suggestions about how we can help you and improve our support for you.

Please contact media[at]oldburwoodianassociation.co.uk to tell us what you want from BIT and what type of reunions you want us to organise.

We would love to hear from you!

The Archive Disc

I have just had very surprising information from the Surrey History Centre.  The government passed a new law 3 years ago which apparently makes school archives closed FOR 100 YEARS !  This is, it seems, because of privacy laws.

So I am sorry to say that the new archive disc that I have nearly finished preparing cannot be sold.

It does seem that people can go to the Centre to research the Archive, but I am not clear about how much can and cannot be seen.

I have spoken with a man from the Centre and will go to see him for a long discussion (probably after Christmas) to get a clear picture of what is and is not allowed.  I suppose I can remove some items ( such as the Accession Register, it seems !!!) and the rest can probably be sold on a disc.

This was a complete surprise for me and I really cannot tell you much more until I have had the discussion.

C.Sayer

A New Archive Disc

The OBA has been selling  3 discs with almost everything from the Archive on them.  Unfortunately they now only work on Windows up to Windows XP (and maybe on later Professional Windows programs).  However, Microformat, the company that made them, has redone everything as normal folders/ files which can be used just like any other folders/files.

I have finished going through everything, naming the folders and putting them in proper order and am now working on adding all the Archive Additions that have appeared since the original Archive was set up.

All of this will probably be on ONE disc which will work on any Windows computer (and maybe Apple as well).  Ron Gibbins will be selling the disc when I have finished adding everything, which will take a month or three.

Colin Sayer