A note from our President on why we hold the Julian Farrell Memorial...


J W Farrell - Past President Camberley & District Athletic Club

J W Farrell 1979 James, affectionately known to wife, Barbara, as Julian was born in 1918 in Carlisle Castle and raised in the North West of England. His father was a military officer seconded to the Indian Army.

Julian achieved entry to Cambridge where he gained a double first in classics. He joined the civil service and was appointed, initially, to the Admiralty. His future wife, Barbara was working there too in the section responsible for ensuring that all naval ships and establishments were sent their correct supply of medicinal drugs. They were married in Norbury, South London in 1943 and lived in a flat in Mecklenburgh Square just north of Russell Square London. Julian became Permanent Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power under Minister ‘Manny’ Shinwell MP during the very severe winter of 1947 while the country was suffering from the ill effects of WWll. Their only child Tim was born during this time.

Julian and Barbara moved to Kingsley Ave, in Camberley in 1958 while he was Permanent Secretary in the Admiralty. Towards the end of his working life he became the Frimley & Camberley Urban District (now Surrey Heath), councillor for Watchetts ward which includes our base at Kings International College, then France Hill Secondary School. He was a governor of Watchetts Junior School where Barbara helped with reading skills. Julian ensured that any new arrivals notified to him in his ward received a visit from him and when notified of anyone leaving also received a farewell for which he was probably unique. He also was willing to help any of his constituents overcome any difficulties with the Local Authority. Julian was Mayor of Surrey Heath Borough Council in 1979/80 and used funds donated to him during his year for the benefit of activities for children in the borough.

Barbara was a playing member of Camberley Lawn Tennis Club until her 80’s and Julian was appointed President and was no doubt helpful when the club moved to their current base on the Portsmouth Road. He was also President of Camberley, now Rushmoor, Gymnastics Club. Julian was a member of the Camberley Branch of the RNLI and the Camberley Horticultural Club. He was also involved with the Camberley Cricket Club and Frimley & Camberley Cadet Corps in Caird Hall, Crawley Hill.

Julian became President of CADAC in 1970; a role he served with distinction until his death, aged 70, in 1988 while he was trying to secure a permanent athletics track behind Krooner Park in the Frimley Road, from funds of £4 million provided to the Borough by Sainsbury for recreational purposes. His death as far as the track was concerned was untimely as he was unable to achieve the success he had intended.

Upon Julian’s death Barbara was appointed a Vice President of our club and has presented the medals and trophies at the end of fund raising events for the last 25 years. She has also supported the club financially with an annual donation.

Martin Goodway
CADAC President
March 2016