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College Magazine

Exhibition Piece: This is an original copy of the second issue of Impington Village College Magazine from 1940. The College Magazine has seen many changes over the years up to the most recent version - Etc Magazine.

The name of the magazine has changed over the years to refresh and update the look, as well as representing new times.  Inside though, the details are very similar.  It informs on upcoming events with clubs and societies, evening classes that are available, general notes that may be of interest to the local community, and maybe even a story or poem written by a student.

In the first ever magazine produced in 1939, there is documentation of the first school staff meeting:

“Since the beginning of term, 342 children have been admitted.  The number of children from each of our contributory villages was as follows:-

  • Chittering                     7
  • Coton                           15
  • Dry Drayton                 11
  • Girton                          26
  • Landbeach                  12
  • Lolworth                      2
  • Milton                          29
  • Madingley                   8
  • Oakington                   4
  • Waterbeach                53
  • Histon and Impington  142

33 evacuees have been admitted.  Of these, 22 are still on roll.  The bus transport arrangements have worked smoothly throughout.  The average number of children taking mid-morning milk is 145.”

The 1940 issue opens with a foreword by J.S. Chivers who notes how he is “…proud to have had some small share of responsibility during the early days of the Village College, and appeal to all sections of the community to help the Warden and his enthusiastic staff to make the very best of the facilities which have been provided…”  This shows how the ethos of Henry Morris was very important to the running of Impington, and this is still as significant today as it was 75 years ago.

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