Overseas Service Pensioners' Association OSPA

David Le Breton

David Le Breton is the Secretary, Treasurer and Journal Editor of OSPA. In the March 2017 copy of the Overseas Pensioner he wrote:

In March we celebrated the completion of 25 years of working from the premises in Tonbridge. It had been my first task as the incoming Secretary - to find new premises to replace those in Hove where OSPA had been based since 1979. That period is longer than any other part of my working life (since 1954). We were joined by two of the people who were there at the start in March 1992 - Roberta Rayner, who was my Personal Secretary, and Topsy Worton, then named Topsy Jimenez, as the Membership Secretary. These roles are now filled by Alison Hamilton and Andrea Wilson. Also present were Jane Mata, the former Administration Secretary for the Benevolent Society, Charles Cullimore, (Council Chairman) and his wife Val, my own wife, Patricia, and Charles Kinloch, who was our landlord, being the Senior Partner of the Estate Agents, Ibbett Mosely. With Roberta and Topsy I was able to recall some memories of our early days, learning together what OSPA's activities involved and how to perform them in a new environment. We had to learn how to use OSPA's first computers, though without email or Internet search facilities. OSPA only became digital with email in 2000, and the website was created in 2003.

In its 57 years OSPA has had only four Secretaries, namely:

Stanley ("Fanny") Walden, CMG (Tanganyika 1929-60)1960 - 1961
Ken Cowley, CMG, CBE (Kenya 1935-64)1971 - 1979
Douglas Stanton (Basutoland 1951-66)1979 - 1992
David Le Breton, CBE (Tanganyika 1954-63)1992 - 2017

Statement at OSPA Farewell Reception


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