JRPHistory - an exploration into the history of kingston Upon Thames & HM Customs & Excise
JRPHistory - John R Pink 2008

John's Career.

John Pink entered the Civil Service in 1952 via the
Open Competitive Examination for Officer of Customs & Excise.

During the rest of that decade, John was involved
in a range of Excise work, mostly in the West-end of London.

In the 1960's, he switched to Purchase Tax & obtained a London University External Degree in Sociology.

He was a lecturer for VAT, which was introduced by Conservative Government in 1973 & later moved into the HM C & E Headquarters to work on, & assist in the implementation of, a series of efficiency reviews.

John was also a visiting lecturer to the CIVIL SERVICE COLLEGE, Belgravia, London.

Upon Retirement.

Upon retirement in 1991, John became the author & publisher of over a score booklets & talked so far at over thirty meetings & U3A classrooms.

John also :-

  • Qualified as a history guide for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
  • Was appointed to the Borough's Library Advisory Group.
  • Joined the committee of the Friends of Kingston Museum & Heritage.
  • Served on the Lay Visitors Panel for Police Stations.
  • Was a member of Kingston's Neighbourhood Conservation Area Advisory Committee with reference to the town's Ancient Market Place.
  • Became a working party member for Kingston's Ancient Market Place Golden Jubilee mural (in the Shrubsole Passage).
  • Served on the panel for the improvement of Eagle Brewery Wharf, Kingston riverside.
  • Was on the panel for the Centenary celebrations for Surbiton's Coronation Clock Tower in 2008.
  • A member of Kingston's “Group of Four” - a ginger group on Kingston's smaller matters.