The Old Collyerian's Association is an alumni organisation for former pupils and staff of Collyer's School, Horsham and ex-students and staff of its successor - the College of Richard Collyer.
 
Summer Reunion 2017
 
The Summer Reunion will be held on Sunday 11th June 2017 at the Wey and Arun Canal - details to follow.
 
Annual Dinner 2017
 

The date for the 2017 Annual Dinner is now confirmed as Saturday 25th November.



A Message from our President
 

Welcome to the OCA website

The great thing about the OCA is that, even though we have plenty of new technology today that allows us to organise more and more of our spare time, the OCA gives you the opportunity (or excuse) to get together once or twice a year to meet old friends and ex-Colleryians that you would probably not see on any other occasion. These opportunities are even organised for you by the OCA committee!

Belonging to the OCA can also give access to a whole range of career experience from members who share a common background with you, students of Collyer’s.

So, if you have not thought about it before, now is the time to sign up to the OCA .There are two newsletters a year, which include details of the events mentioned above. Click here for the application form.

My years at Collyer’s were in the ‘Swinging sixties’. This was a period of huge change. Teenagers had new freedoms, fashions, music and social behaviour, which, in my view, have continued till today.
I have to say I had a great time. In the sixties the place to go in Horsham was the Coffee House in London road where ‘Mods’ from all over the area would meet up.

I remember going to a dance where the Rolling Stones played their debut single ‘Come On’ in 1963. The dance was at St Leonards hall in Horsham. They had been booked just before they became famous . An engagement they could not get out of.

Scooters were the preferred transport in the sixties. My friend and I fulfilled our aspirations with a Vespa 150 GS and a Lambretta TV 175, respectively.

I started my career as an apprentice at an international engineering company and moved into Sales & Marketing for products primarily for high tech applications in both industry and R&D. A role that took me to many developed countries around the world.

My own children were students, in fact my son attended Collyer’s with Matt Charman, who is now a famous screenwriter, playwright and producer
following the international success of the Steven Spielberg film, Bridge of Spies.

It is a great College to be associated with.

 
Dave Picknell OCA President 2016-17