In mid January 2020 we got the sad news that Peter Culba had passed away just a few months before his 90th birthday. 


Peter had joined the club in 1959 – 60 and very soon began appearing on the club programme as a leader of rambles and contact for club holidays including soem overseas holidays. He  was a very considerate leader and he set a pace to suit all abilities. 
He married Jessie in 1973 and for the honeymoon he organised a brilliant club walking holiday in the Lake District which was my first introduction to club holidays. The holiday, like other holidays he had organised was based in two separate locations - the first week in the Eskdale Valley and the second near Keswick. Some of our members left at the end of the first week but I stayed on for the full period. The holiday was interspersed with a steam train trip, a visit to a travelling theatre and of course visits to the local pubs. We had dinner in a Bernies Steak House on the last night and Peter and Jessie insisted on paying the entire bill. In typical Peter fashion he did not announce that they were doing so until the bill came because he was afraid (correctly) that we would have restrained our orders if we knew he was paying. I only met him once more when he visited me in Tooting in 1989. I believe that after that they lived in Swindon for some years. 
Peter and Jessie became joint life members in the first batch when life membership began in 1982.  Peter continued to organise holidays in the Lake District up to 2005 when his sight was failing. He is buried in Whithaven in his beloved Lake District where Jessie is already at rest.
May they both rest in peace.