Latest News from the Association

Welcome to our new website - which opened to BFES members from August 2021.  We would appreciate your reaction and any contributions to content.  We have to thank Malcolm Brooke (member) and Martin Gautier (web designer) for their great work in getting us this far.  

The launch of the new Facebook page (hot link on top right of blue bar above) provides a social space for members and prospective members.  Photographs uploaded to the Facebook site may be added later (by your webmasters) to the school and location archives on this site.

Suggestions and feedback are welcome - you can contact the webmasters via the 'Contacts' button under 'More'.

An Association Bulletin is compiled approximately monthly by our joint Membership Secretaries, Christine and Hugh Ritchie.  The latest issue is April 2022.  By the time you read this, we should have it available on the website as well (behind the members's password).  

The Association's Journal (aka Newsletter) has developed, under Tom Nielsen-Marsh's editorship into an thrice yearly fascinating read and worthy historical document in its own right.  All except the latest edition can be found under 'More/Newsletters'.  The latest edition is reserved under the 'Members Only' tab. 

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Mike Chislett - Chair for 2021/2022 writes:

Our association AGM took place on 12th October 2021, in conjunction with a lunch at Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset.  After 2020's virtual-AGM, it was a real pleasure to meet so many members for the shared event.  Travelling was difficult for some of course, and we had to say our thanks to Ken Jones without him being in the room. 

Ken stood down as chairman after three very succesful years, leaving the Association on a firm footing for the remainder of the 2020s.  The committee's grateful thanks also go to Brenda Jones for her unstinting support for Ken's Association work.  The other committee loss was Sue Adams, who retired after at least 15 years service, latterly as Events Coordinator.  The exemplary organisation at Bovington was a tribute to Sue's work over the years and she will be sorely missed in the role.

I (Mike C) accepted the nomination for chair and remain i/c web-developments for the committee.  However, the bulk of the expansion and updating of our website is actually carried out by Malcolm Brooke.  Malcolm's career with SCEA & SCE goes back to Cyprus in 1970s and Germany up to 2005.  For several years after I joined in 1998, Malcolm and I were part of the ICT Curriculum Team and then, as now, I remain in awe of Malcolm's knowledge and understanding of how to make IT work.  

Since the website launched last August it has expanded impressively - and a glance at the world map (under 'Locations') shows that we now have entries on 211 schools.  We have little information about some of these, especially schools that closed pre1990.  Photographs, artefacts and any information at all are gratefully received - just contact me or Malcolm.  

The Association organised a curry lunch on Saturday 2nd April, at Winchester's Ghurka Museum.  Actually, Jane Tull organised it & over 50 members and guests enjoyed Bhindia's fabulous cooking in a great venue ..... thank you, Jane.  Bill and Janet Bowen have secured The Abbey Hotel in Malvern for 2022's AGM, on Friday 9th September.  At present, rooms are available at the venue for folk wishing to stay over.  The day will include our annual general meeting and a lunch, details will follow in May. The committee hopes to meet up with as many members as possible.