Call him Mr Waddesdon! Village stalwart honoured with MBE

Dr Colin Campbell MBE
Dr Colin Campbell MBE

A doctor who single handedly ran a village surgery and sat on a school’s chair of governors for five decades has been honoured in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.

Dr Colin Campbell has been awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his services to the community of Waddesdon.

Dr Campbell, who turns 88 tomorrow, arrived in Waddesdon in 1960 to take on the GP practice and as there was no chemist, he operated the dispensary with the help of wife Daphne.

Two years later, he joined the inaugural governing body for the new secondary school, Waddesdon Church of England School, and never looked back.

He was keen to build good links in the community and was committed to the education of young people.

In spite of being a busy GP until 1991 when he retired, Dr Campbell proved to be a ‘very committed, loyal and supportive governor over these fifty years’, according to Waddesdon headteacher Peter Norman.

Mr Norman said: “The first 23 years of school records show that he had only three absences from meetings, which must have been a record.”

The keen organist, who now lives in Wendover with wife Daphne, held the position of vice chair for many years and has served on a number of committees.

He has seen many changes in the school during his term including several major building projects, a massive growth in pupil numbers from the initial 240 students to almost 1,000 and the recent change to academy status.

Mr Norman added: “The whole school community joins me in congratulating Dr Campbell on this wonderful achievement.

“I cannot think of anyone who deserves the award more.

“Dr Campbell’s faithful service of the school for 50 years as a governor is unparalleled.

“The community’s young people and the staff of the school will continue to benefit from Dr Campbell’s devotion to the school for many years to come.”

Dr Campbell, who has five daughters and ten grandchildren, said: “I was astounded when I got the letter.

“My wife and daughters were absolutely over the moon – it was a great surprise.

“It is an honour to have been awarded an MBE and it has been a pleasure to be associated with such an outstanding school which has gone from strength to strength over the years.”

As well as his commitment to Waddesdon, the grandfather was until recently a member of the Aylesbury Choral Society as one of its longest serving members.

Member of the Order of the the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.

An MBE is also awarded for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.