It’s changed a bit! Couple return to Aylesbury College, where they first met 50 years ago

Alan and Hazel Colliver
Alan and Hazel Colliver

A couple who first met while studying at Aylesbury College have returned fifty years on.

Alan and Hazel Colliver first met while studying ONC Science in 1965.

During their return visit the couple enjoyed lunch at the college’s own restaurant – Harding’s.

They were then given a guided tour of the facilities at the building in Oxford Road, Aylesbury.

Mr Colliver said: “We are very happy to be back.

“The college has altered a lot over the past years and we are delighted with all the new changes.

“Even so, it still brings back old memories.

“When we were there it was just a one-storey tower block.

“We both went on to pass our science course with flying colours.”

The couple have been together ever since leaving college.

Mr Colliver worked with building company Crendon Concrete and Bucks County Council and later qualified as a charted surveyor.

Mrs Colliver worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the haematology and pathology departments.

Mr Colliver added of the visit: “We had a lovely meal which was cooked and served by the students.

“We then had a tour around the college and were very impressed by the facilities.

“It actually came about because we asked the college if they could remember when we first met.”

After the couple got married in March 1969 they bought a cottage in Cuddington.

They then moved to Oxfordshire in the 1970s living in Thame and Abingdon, before moving to Coventry, where they live today.

Mr Colliver is now an active member of his local University of the Third Age (U3A), while they are both members of a singing group.

Aylesbury College still offers a science course, while other courses include Creative Arts, Hair and Beauty and Sport.