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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…

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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

We are pleased to release the new OBA videos web pages on our OBA website. Videos to be put on website every 3 months for the website readers whether members or non members can access to look at videos up to October 2015 15th April 2014 – Videos: 1, 2, 3 1956 Burwood Park School Sport 1956 Burwood Park School Sport – Cont’d 1957 Burwood Park School Sports 15th July 2014 – Videos: 4, 5, 7 1958 Trip to Austria Football 1970 Day in the life of the school 15th October 2014 – Videos: 8, 9, 10 1971 Boat Project 1972 Bantams at Burwood 1970 Table Manners 15th January 2015 – Videos: 11, 12, 13 1976 Mr Wood Retires 1980 To France Scouts Camping 15th April 2015  – Videos: 14, 15, 16 Sports Day Coventry Cathedral Mr Avery 15th July 2015  – Videos: 17, 18, 19 Mr Dobbs and the tree Visiting Mr Cox The Boar Weekly 15th October 2015 – Videos: 20,…

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Issue No’s  – Date Release  – Deadline for reports 34: April 1st 2014 35: August 1st 2014 – July 10th 2014 36: December 1st 2014  – November 8th 2014 37: March 1st 2015 – February 8th 2015 ( also Details about Bristol Reunion ) 38: June 1st 2015 – May 11th 2015 ( also Details about Bristol Reunion ) 39: September 1st 2015 – August 10th 2015 ( with Bristol Reunion tickets and info) 40: December 1st 2015 – November 9th 2015 ( Full Report on Bristol Reunion )

BiT issues to be put on website every 3 months for the website readers whether members or non members can access to read BiTs up to September 2016 * PDF Files downloads: http://www.oldburwoodianassociation.co.uk/bit-newsletter March 2013 Bit Issues 3 & 4 June 2013 Bit Issues 5 & 6 September 2013 Bit Issues 7 & 8 December 2013 Bit Issues 9 & 10 March 2014 Bit Issues 11 & 12 June 2014 Bit Issues 13 & 14 September 2014 Bit Issues 15 & 16 December 2014 Bit Issues 17, 17a & 18 March 2015 Bit Issues 19 & 20 June 2015 Bit Issues 21 & 22 September 2015 Bit Issues 23 & 24 December 2015 Bit Issues 25 & 26 March 2016 Bit Issues 27 & 28 June 2016 Bit Issues 29 & 30 September 2016 Bit Issues 31 & 32 December 2016 Bit Issues 33 & 34

We’ve decided to release our two history of BIT Newsletters every 3 months. BIT Newsletters No 1 and 2 has released on our web page: http://www.oldburwoodianassociation.co.uk/bit-newsletter Enjoy it  

The BiT magazine will now be published twice a year, one in December and other in June instead of September and March. It will be between 10 – 12 pages per BiT. Colin Sayer is no longer of BiT Editor so Michael Towler and Ron Gibbins takes over till the Grand Reunion 2015. Just to remind members need to renew their membership (£10) but the next BiT will go to the member of OBA unless you become a new member. Membership is from October 1st 2011 till Sept 30th 2016 See Member List 2012

Archive Update Burwood Park School Ltd Most of you reading this update know a lot about Burwood Park School – but which one ? The advertisement on the right appeared in 1934.  It also appeared in 1938. Companies House says that Burwood Park School Ltd was registered “about 1929” (we are hoping for more accurate information soon.)  It seems that it closed when the war started. It was Roy Staines who first saw half a sentence on the internet about “a school in Burwood Park run by Jean Byrne.” When we started looking for more information about this first school nobody knew anything about it: not the Surrey History Centre, not the Walton History Society, not Walton or Hersham Libraries: in fact nobody had ever heard of it ! However the Surrey History Centre found that the school was in the business registers for 1934 and 1938 and the Walton…

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This was created to keep alive the history and memory of the School and College. It comprises some 16,000 pages of documents held by the Surrey History Centre at Woking, further documents held by the British Deaf History Society and all the school films and videos, held by Sefra for the Surrey History Centre. The main part, at Woking, includes every copy of the School Magazine (1950s), every copy of the Boar annual magazine, and every copy of the Boar Weekly, from the first (1960) to the last, when the school closed. Unfortunately is has almost NO copies of the Old Burwoodian (the first OBA magazine), but has every copy of the Boars in Touch. Almost all of the collection in Woking is on microfilm and can be viewed by the public (preferably by prior arrangement). Also, most of the collection in Woking is on three CDs which can be…

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