OSA

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

 2016Chough

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
Worthing
West Sussex
BN11 4JE

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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