Category: Maidenhead

With its candle lit, Andrew Burdett was delighted with the cake father Richard had made.

My Late‑eenth Birthday – 22 June 2014

A birthday in late-April is no time to hold a celebration (examinations begin in the early weeks of May), but two months on, my late eighteenth birthday party was blessed with wonderful weather.

Five years after the family hosted an evening boat party to mark Mum’s 50th and Harriet’s 18th, I picked this Sunday afternoon to hold my very own. With me engrossed in revision, Dad had done the vast majority of the organising, although I came up with the finer details: deciding on the menu, compiling the playlist, and suggesting a ‘Henley’ dress code.

Andrew Burdett at the Combined Charities Fair.

St Luke’s at Charities Fair – 2 November 2013

Be in no doubt: Christmas is on the way. Shops are staying open later, illuminations around the country are being switched on in grandiose ceremonies – and, for me, nothing hails the countdown to Christmas more than the Combined Charities Fair at Maidenhead Town Hall.

Sarah Donlon and Andrew Burdett speaking at Furze Platt Senior School's Celebration Evening in September 2013.

My Speech: FPSS Open Evening – 3 October 2013

“I arrived at Furze Platt as an unhappy little boy: truth be told, I didn’t really want to be here. I’d said goodbye to my favourite teachers; some of my best friends had gone to other schools; and – worst of all – I’d forgotten my packed lunch. Seven years later, I’ll be leaving as a truly content young men, thanks to a wealth of experiences offered to me by the school.”