Chadacre Old Students’ Association (COSA) was originally formed to provide a close link between ex-students and the Chadacre Agricultural Institute. The Association has been running since 1921 and therefore has a large membership, predominantly from Suffolk and surrounding counties, with strong links in agriculture throughout East Anglia.
Following the closure of the Chadacre Institute in 1988, the Association has extended its membership to beneficiaries of the Chadacre Agricultural Trust fund.
The Association’s members endeavour to keep alive the “spirit of Chadacre” which can be described as having the capacity for hard work and enterprise, whilst keeping a sense of humour and an awareness of the needs of others.
Two newsletters are published each year, and the Association organises a number of annual functions including a Dinner Dance and a Farm Walk.
Membership of the Association provides a point of contact between the many local farmers and traders who form a network of mutual support and business throughout East Anglia.
John Paton Philip memorial
Back row: Vic Simonds (former student and staff member of Chadacre, current Vice President of COSA (Chadacre Old Students Association); Robert Bendall, former student and staff member of Chadacre, current Chairman of COSA; David Barker, Chadacre Trustee and President of the Suffolk Show; Michael Mumford, former student and staff member of Chadacre, current Treasurer of COSA. Front row: Rachel Lawrence, daughter of John Paton Philip; Deborah Cousins, daughter of John Paton Philip; Sally Bendall, former student, Chadacre Trustee and current Secretary of COSA.
The Chadacre Old Students presented a bench at the Suffolk Show to the Suffolk Agricultural Association in memory of Mr John Paton Philip, Principal of the Chadacre Institute from 1958 - 1980 and Director of the Suffolk Show in 1971. It is placed in the education area of the Show ground at Trinity Park.
For further information on anything COSA related please contact the Secretary: