RETIREMENT OF CAPTAIN A. P. CULVER
THE HEADING to this report may not instantly bring to mind the personage to whom it refers, but for once I feel that 'Skipper'
should be given his full and honourable title.
It is very sad, and as yet unbelievable, that the ever cheerful, never flappable character is no longer within our precincts, but time
waits for no man, not even Mr. Culver, and with his health some what below par Mr. Culver collaborated with his doctor and
shook the dust of Goldings from his feet a few months earlier than is usual.
Many readers will be aware of the honour bestowed on Captain Culver in 1958, when Her Majesty graciously approved the award
of the Army Cadet Force Medal and Certificate for his services to the force, an honour richly deserved. Apart from his activities
as Cadet Officer, his main role at the School was that of Housemaster, and in particular, Somerset House, up until a year or two
ago. As all boys, past and present, will know, we have a very live Social Club here at Goldings, which is responsible for evening
entertainment for the boys and staff during the winter months.
Once again Mr. Culver has been well to the fore with his services, having held the position of secretary for 15 years. At the
farewell ceremony, Mr. Wheatley paid tribute to the great work Skipper had done for our School over the last 25 years, having
turned his hand with great efficiency to the majority of jobs within the School, including teaching when staff was scarce.
Without a doubt his greatest personal contribution was the formation of the Army Cadet Company in December 1945, and which
has continued to flourish ever since. Mr. Wheatley made reference to the number of letters he himself had received from Old
Boys, all paying tribute to the influence 'Skipper' had bestowed upon them.
At the conclusion of Mr. Wheatley's tribute, he presented Mr. Culver with a plaque as a visible token of our esteem, and a cheque
on behalf of all members of the staff. On behalf of the Social Club he presented Mr. Culver with an illuminated address signed by
all members. Finally, Robert Buggs, on behalf of all boys and apprentices, handed over a silver tankard with a few well-chosen
words for 'Skipper's' ear only!
On behalf of all late members of staff and Old Boys I would like to wish our old friend a very long and happy retirement, and
conclude this very inadequate appreciation with his new address, so that his old friends can continue to correspond with him.
Mr. A. P. Culver, Copthall Guest House.
N. T. POWELL
Goldonian Summer 1966