cvths.com together with its associated Blog was conceived and created for use by ex-pupils and masters from The Cray Valley Technical High School for Boys who attended the School between 1954 and 1975 and for those wishing to research the School and its history in years to come.
Our aim is to provide a comprehensive online record of visual images and audio recordings.
To an extent this has now been achieved but we are always on the lookout for your own memories of the School and absolutely any material you feel you can provide. See: Submitting your material.
The original CVTHS website site was conceived on 25th November 2001 using a few pictures from my cherished old school magazines "The Rook" and the odd personal memento. Using basic Microsoft ‘Front Page’ software to build the site I then ‘harvested’ as many names as I could from the newly formed FriendsReunited and individually emailed ex-pupils for initial support. Further images and documents were soon sent in by 'old boys' to start the long job of covering the whole period from 1954 to date.
The site started life as cvths.info but in February 2006 the whole site was redesigned, upgraded, hosted on a new server and given a new domain cvths.co.uk (this is now the web address of our Blog). This move was made to help the whole site become more 'search engine friendly' to help attract more ex pupils and ex masters from our great school.
In early October 2009 we were presented with a problem. Microsoft no longer sold or supported the original software, which in itself was just an inconvenience, but sites designed with Front Page required ‘server side extensions’ which many host companies were now phasing out. We were given notice that our own host company would pull the plug by Christmas 2009. There were three choices: 1.Close the site down. 2.Hand it over to a new custodian for redesign using current software. or 3. Buy state-of-the-art software, learn it, redesign the site from the ground up and relaunch it in a completely new visual format. In the true Cray Valley spirit Option 1. was never an option. The remaining choices would take a few weeks solid work, which one way or another other would have to be paid for.
Following a suggestion by Leslie Burrage, (which I admit I was not optimistic about) I made an appeal to all 350 on our mailing list asking them to donate a suggested £25 each to save the website lest 'it may be gone by Christmas' To my complete surprise a total of 100 people including four ex-masters all generously and very quickly chipped-in to our rescue. Whilst further updating everybody and giving a great big ‘thank you’ for their efforts mention was made of still being £600 short of target. Within 24 hours (and on a Sunday indeed) ex Cray Valley boy Steve Vine, now a prominent Dubai business man wired the shortfall direct to our bank within an hour of making contact and we were home and dry!
The new domain name cvths.com was secured and a start made on the redesign on 8th October 2009 aiming to be back online by Christmas Eve. In reality the project proved all-consuming for an intense 27 days and after consultation with our sponsor Leslie Burrage and fellow designer Ken Lloyd it was decided to ‘soft’ launch the new site on 7th November 2009. The result proved successful for almost another 6 years when we were hit with a similar problem to before - discontinued and unsupported software.
Once again we were let down by the mighty corporations - This time 83 old boys and ex-masters once again came to the rescue to raise sufficient funds to redesign and create this third generation website following Apple's decision not to allow compatibility between its own web-authoring software and El-Capitan the latest OSX operating system.
On behalf of every visitor now and in the future I would like to thank all those who have contributed and continue to do so in the form of an annual Voluntary Contribution and for the donation of material for the site's content. Without this generosity the website and blog would not be able to continue.
A few seconds after noon on the 31st January 2016 the latest version of our website proudly went 'live' and will continue to improve with age!
The site was given a thorough overhaul. Apart from the annual update where all the year references are altered there were changes made to the navigation system and appearance of the website including 'locking' the footer section to the bottom of each page, the position of which is now determined by the size of your browser.
Yet again our efforts were blighted by the selfish actions of the huge software giant Adobe. Following their shock announcement that they would be withdrawing the very popular web-design programme Muse (affecting hundreds of thousands of small businesses and their clients worldwide) cvths.com was to become one of the casualties. It was decided to re-write some of the copy and allow the website to be 'frozen' but kept on line as far into the future as possible. The site will remain as you see it today as both a valuable historic resource and a memorial to a truly great School.