Barbara Smith
28 January 1932 - 7 August 2020

Barbara Smith

Members of the Old Students' Association will be deeply saddened to learn of the death  of Barbara Smith on 7th August. As former College Principal and President of the Bognor Regis College Old Students' Association, Barbara gave decades of service to the institution; she cared passionately about us. As the current Vice-Chancellor I feel privileged to have spent time talking and corresponding with her (a Barbara letter was an unmistakable arrival on the doormat); she was always a delight as we traded stories of 'now' and 'then' over lunch near her home in Banstead. Her sharp memory and attention to historical detail were always evident but it was her capacity to laugh at the endless oddities of the higher education landscape which will remain with me. She is a great loss to all of us.

We will be celebrating Barbara's life with a memorial service at Bognor led by our Chaplain, Revd. Dr. Alison Green when we are once again able to hold such gatherings safely.

Professor Jane Longmore


David Hood 1933-2019

It is with very great sadness that we have to report the death of David Hood.

David was student at Bognor 1954 to 56. He was a very able student who specialised in English and Drama under May Jenkins and Bill Gordon, and Art and Craft under Charles Wollaston.

From the time he left college to June this year he attended virtually every June Reunion of the Old Students and helped organise most of them. 

In latter years he took over the writing of the newsletter which grew from a couple of typewritten A4 sheets to the Chough, a very polished, professional magazine.Fittingly he was able to attend the very last Reunion lunch in June this year when a Memorial Garden was dedicated to the Old Bognor Students. In June it was noticeable how ill he looked. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Leukaemia and chose to have no treatment as he had no living family. He passed away on 23 October 2019.


The Bognor Regis College Old Students’ Association, BRCOSA, started, informally, as soon as the First Emergency Year left in 1947. These were mostly mature students, many ex-service men and women, and the affection they felt for their college drew them back to reunite a year later, this soon becoming an annual event being set on a more formal base with a Chairman and Committee in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The first Principal and founder of the college, W Roy Macklin, and his dedicated staff enthusiastically supported the OSA, and most of them would be there at the Saturday Reunion to renew friendships with their former students. Quite early on, overnight accommodation and meals were available, and Reunion Day expanded into Reunion Weekend; this had to be abandoned as student numbers grew when the two-year course of 160 students became the three-year course in the early 1960s and accommodation became unavailable. But the Saturday Reunion continued, with the Annual General Meeting following lunch being a focal point of the day.

There was a more organised 40th Birthday Reunion in 1986, but it was in 1996, the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the College, that the present ReunionWeekendwas formulated. For some time the Reunion date had been fixed for June, when the students had gone and accommodation was again available. The Golden Jubilee Reunion was a lavish affair, carefully planned over several months, invitations being sent to as many old students as could be contacted, and even advertisements in the national press. About 400 old students came, many staying overnight, and the Saturday evening buffet was followed by a dance to the music of the re-constituted College Jazz Band of the 1960s. A fascinating and well-researched book 'Bognor Regis College – the First Fifty Years' was compiled from student reminiscences, history and photos, and on the Sunday morning there was a Celebration with readings, a religious element, and of course, the singing of ‘Jerusalem’ in the packed Assembly Hall.

This set the pattern for future reunions – although the Sunday Celebration was a one-off – and the overnight stay has expanded into two, or even three nights for those who wish a longer stay ‘behind the wall’. Out of over 150 members of the OSA – two still coming from the 1946 intake, and the youngest from 1970 – about 60 will usually be there for the Saturday lunch and the AGM.

The Bognor College Old Students’ Association is flourishing, under the invaluable leadership of our President and former College Principal, Barbara Smith, However, we are an ageing society, even though each year we revert to being young students again (in our minds, at least!). An injection of ‘new blood’ would be more than welcome, so if you are on old student of Bognor College and would like to join the Golden Oldies at our Reunion, you will find us a very welcoming and friendly crowd.

Bognor Regis College Old Students' Association Newsletter

To read the latest edition of the association newsletter The Chough click the front cover below


The 2014 edition of The Chough can be viewed here

The 2015 edition of The Chough can be viewed here





Contact the Bognor Regis College Old Students' Association

For more information on the OSA please contact the Secretary:

Mrs Valerie Kilburn
Flat 7, Chatsworth Lodge
26-28 St Botolphs Road
West Sussex
BN11 4JE


Tel: 01903 367378
Email: valeriekilburn@hotmail.co.uk












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