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Joe Musson

Joe Musson, who studied at Culham from 1960 to 1963, has died. Joe majored in PE and was a member of the football team. He went on to become a lecturer at Goldsmiths College. His funeral service took place on 18 October at Elvington Pentecostal Chapel, Eythorne, Kent.
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Obituary for Keith Bonny

Keith Bonny, who died in September 2016, aged 89, joined Culham College as a mature student after an army career of soldiering and lecturing.

Keith was commissioned into the army in India in 1944 and achieved the rank of Major.

He lectured at the National Defence Academy near Poona and is remembered as a respected and trusted officer and a gentleman who introduced the ‘Honour Code’. 

On leaving the army, he taught at Aberdour Prep School in Banstead, Surrey, before attending Culham from 1961 to 1963. He valued and enjoyed his time at Culham, and remained firm friends with some fellow students, notably his Mentor, Robert Atcheson.

From Culham he went on to teach history in a long career in secondary education, becoming the Head Teacher of Gaynes School in Upminster, in 1976.

In 1969, he studied for a Master’s degree in Education and History at Manchester University, as well as an M. Phil at a time in his life when he could have been enjoying his garden!  

He was always full of great ideas to develop young people and, while Deputy Head at Lord Grey School at Bletchley, he led a highly successful expeditionary trip with sixth formers across France and Spain to North Africa.

History was a lifelong passion, and in retirement he spent many hours reading and researching military topics and helped edit the history of the Army and Navy Club, in Pall Mall.

He continued to work tirelessly to support the officers and families of his Regiment and arranged social events for his network of army colleagues

In later years, his lectures on history and politics were popular at the University of the Third Age.

Keith was a man of integrity and generosity; a man who was gentle and modest and sought to make life better for those around him.  He would enjoy the company of others over a glass of fine wine or a Scotch.

Above all, he was a family man, married to Diane for 64 years. He encouraged Diane to train as a teacher at Westminster College from 1963 to 1966.

When age eventually caught up with him, he bore it with gentle dignity, coping with a long term and debilitating illness, which robbed him of his mobility in the last few years.

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Called to serve the Queen

Culham College Society Vice-chairperson, Nigel Spencer MBE, has been chosen as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

Nigel said the primary focus of his Deputy Lord Lieutenancy will be to salute the successes and recognise the challenges experienced by young people in Essex, as they develop in a multi-cultural 21st century.

Lord Lieutenants are the Queen’s personal representatives in a county or area - their prime duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown.

A new Society opens . . . 

as the Culham College Association closes, 

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.

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So far, over 300 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.

Honoured by the Queen

Karen Riley (nee Simpson) was invested with an OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 13 October 2017. Karen's award was announced in Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition for her work and years of service in special and, latterly, in deaf education. 

Roger Hope,
18 May 2017, 11:02