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Tributes for well-loved Bromley headmaster

Former Clark's secretary Jean Seabrook with Head Colin Winchester during the 1970s

Former Clark's secretary Jean Seabrook with Head Colin Winchester during the 1970s

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Tributes have been paid to a 'well loved' headmaster who 'cherished children'.

Colin Winchester, 83, who worked at Bromley Clark’s College for over 40 years died in his nursing home on April 8.

His former head boy, Grenville Biddulph, 69, said: “He gave his life to the children in his schools.

“He treasured children and education. We will be holding a celebration of his life because he was happy and joyful and that is how we want to move forward.”

Mr Winchester was born in Gravesend in 1927. A keen musician, in 1944 he applied for his first teaching post at the London Choir school before moving to Clark’s in 1947.

He was sports master, senior master, deputy head and eventually headmaster, a post he held for 32 years.

Retired chartered surveyor Mr Biddulph stayed in touch with his former teacher, who never married or had children of his own, and they remained close friends until his death.

Mr Biddulphs’s wife, June, who was head girl at Clark’s remembered her time at the school: “It was a very well run school. It was strict but a joy to be at,” she said.

Only child Mr Winchester wrote a small life summary before his death. In it he states: “I was given an excellent start in life, thanks to my parents - also, much help from so many who worked with me over the years.

“I’m pleased that so many still keep in touch. I have enjoyed my work - not all of it has been a success, but I hope that some will feel it was worthwhile - I do.”

The celebration of life is due to take place at St Mark’s church in Westmoreland Road, Bromley at 2pm on May 25.

Mr Winchester had no remaining relatives.

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