The Legal & General Connection
For the third year running, in 2006 L&G's Bob Green organised the Golf Day brilliantly and again L&G donated corporate golf items and an additional £750 from a charity fund.
The Culverhouse family's association with the Legal & General really covers a lifetime for David, Peter's father, with a career spanning nearly 40 years, firstly in the actuarial and pensions departments and then in IT. As a keen sportsman he participated in football, table tennis, tennis, but his favourities sports were cricket and badminton. David was captain of the 3rd cricket team for several years and many a Saturday was spent by him and his family at Kingswood, where some of the lifelong friendships were made.
In later years he went on to be the Chairman of the Badminton Club. Our son Peter, when in his late teens & early-twenties, occasionally stood in for absent team members in matches for Temple Bar.
Nicola, Peter's elder sister, also spent some happy days doing vacation work, as many of the offspring of L&G's youngsters did. Mark Shepherd is another youngster whose father, Brian, made the L&G his career. Mark is one of the trustees of the PCMT, and has also worked for the IT department on contract work.
Tom Humphreys, another trustee, has been working at Legal & General for a number of years in various locations. The boys (Mark and Tom - together with Paul Donovan and Nick Crossley, the other founder of the Trust - were school friends and then went their separate ways, but have always kept closely in touch and never missed an opportunity to get together for a beer).
I, too, (Peter's mother) worked at Kingswood in my early days and in fact met my husband, playing badminton for Temple Bar. I worked in Clerical 11 in Pensions Dept. and my Section Leader, Ron Pratt, the Surrey Cricketer, was my boss. My memories seem to be mainly of our Section's success in sport, namely darts, mixed netball, tennis, fishing, hockey, etc. I have little recollection of the work, apart from using blue record cards and huge calculating machines and having to wear a navy blue overall, which all the ladies had to wear in those days.
As a family, we have a great deal to thank the L&G for. Our younger working days, pre-computer times, were spent sometimes working, but also socialising and playing sport. There was an excellent team spirit and we made friendships for life from those early days. This is very evident from the kindness and support we have received which has been very much appreciated.
The L&G 'Jeans and Trainers' day, held in early July, was highly successful and raised over £3000 in spite of a bomb scare at the Legal & General offices. Staff generously donated approximately £1500, which was doubled by the Company. Special thanks to Sandie Hunt, Bob Green, Tom Humphreys and other members of the L&G team who worked so hard.