Culham College Society

2018 AGM of the Society will be on Saturday 3 November - venue and details to follow

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Can you help?

Steve Green is looking for help in writing a history of one of his former schools - Windsor Boys School in Hamm, West Germany.

The boarding school was for children of the British military in Germany and he attended from 1966 to 1969. 

Steve is trying to trace Robert Sherrell who was head boy at Windsor Boys School in 1963/64. Robert went on to study at St Luke’s but was involved in a car crash and, after a long stay in Stoke Mandeville, he went to Culham College around 1968.

Please get in touch if you can help Steve. Contact and we will send you Steve’s contact information.

John Allen - Culham 1951-53

John Allen, born in 1931, attended Culham 1951-53.

At school John took to rowing, becoming Captain of Boats and leading to a lifetime's involvement with the rowing world. During National Service he rowed at number seven in the British Army of the Rhine crew at Henley.

After his time at Culham, John taught at Horsley's Green School and in 1956 met the love of his life, Patricia. They married in 1957 and moved to Henley-on-Thames where he taught rural science and biology at Reading Blue Coat School.  

Heraldry, an interest that began at school, became hugely important in John's life. he joined the Heraldry Society and later in life he set up his own armorial company.

When no longer rowing, John took up rowing journalism and was a freelance correspondent for a range of national and local newspapers.

John qualified as an Umpire and served on the Amateur Rowing Association council. He was made a member of the Leander Club for his role in setting up the National Youth Rowing Championships.

John was a member of many related clubs and societies, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, and a Freeman of the City of London.

His children, Catherine, Gerard and Digby, will miss him greatly, as will his grandchildren Rebecca, Belinda, Emilia and Thomas. But they and Patricia are comforted in the remembrance of a life full of interest, variety, activity and humour; a life lived modestly but joyfully.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed obituary

Sue M. Samuels (nee Wildings) passed away on 9 May 2018.  Originally from Lancashire she had worked with children born blind and came to Culham on the Special Education one year course.
Her Hilary Term calendar indicates she was on Teaching Practice at Bennet House. She went on to teach at the Teesdale Special School, and supported children moving into Mainstream Schools (in Abingdon where she settled).  She married Peter and leaves a son and daughter and four grandchildren.

Rest in peace, Sue
John Jay, who was at Culham from 1954-56, died very peacefully on May 26. 

His wife Helen tells us that he was very frail at the last reunion but was determined to make it. He had been in a nursing home since just before Christmas and his health declined steadily. He was completely compos mentis to the last and hated the state he was in so it really was a release for him.

Culham was an incredibly important part of his life, opening up his horizons and he greatly enjoyed the reunions, the newsletters and the Culham 'fellowship'.

Rest in peace, John. 
Successful 2018 Reunion

It was not possible to hold the 2018 reunion in the Europa School so arrangements were made to meet at The Railway Inn  (the old Jolly Porter) at Culham.

CLICK HERE for pictures from the day.

Newsletter published

The Culham Echo, the newsletter of the Culham College Society, was distributed to registered subscribers on 3rd March. Nigel Spencer is the editor of this compendium of articles of interest, pictures, and details of the 2018 reunion. 
Please send any information, articles and comments to Nigel on

If you have not already registered your interest in the Culham College Society and would like to receive future editions of the Culham Echo, please enter you details on the form on this page.

You can download, below, a copy of the information contained in the first edition of the Culham Echo.

A new Society opened . . . 
when the Culham College Association closed, 

The mission of the Culham College Society is, in a spirit of openness and transparency, to promote fellowship among members of Greater Culham by maintaining contact amongst, and encouraging gatherings of, Culhamites. It will do this by:-

  • encouraging and promoting local, regional, year group, and interest group reunions and meetings;
  • organising general reunions;
  • providing news of Greater Culham through the maintenance of a website and the publication of electronic and hard copy newsletters and magazines;
  • and any other means which the Committee deems appropriate.

Membership of the Society is open to all former members of the College and the Practising School and their families. 

At its inaugural meeting on 13 May 2017 a constitution for the new Culham College Society was approved and office bearers and committee appointed.

If you would like to be kept up to date on developments, please use the form below to subscribe to our mailing list.

So far, over 375 Culhamites have registered their interest in the new Culham College Society. 

If you wish to register your interest, please submit the form below with your details.

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The Society will only collect and store personal information that allows it to keep people informed about the activities of the Society. We may segment the data to identify year or geographical groups.

We will never share your personal data with any organisation except those which have a legal entitlement to ask for such information. If someone requests your contact details we will contact you and will not release your personal data without your express permission

We will hold data as long as the Society exists and will delete or destroy all personal data held by the Society when it formally closes. Individual data will be deleted when the Society is informed of the death of the individual or an individual asks for their information to be deleted.

You may ask for a copy of your personal data held by the Society; ask for data to be corrected, or ask for your personal data to be deleted by contacting the Society’s Data Controller (Roger Hope)

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