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
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
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.
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,
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