On Saturday 21st May, the Vice-Chancellor hosted a reunion lunch for over 30 alumni and their guests, all of whom graduated in 1970, 1971 and 1972, to celebrate their 50th Anniversary ‘’Golden Jubilee Celebration”, as part of this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Guest were treated to a lunch, tour of the campus, including the prison, and afternoon tea in Verena Holmes, our new multi-million-pound STEM facility for science, technology, health, engineering and medicine.
Alumni came from far and wide including Sheffield, Oxfordshire and even via plane and train from The Netherlands and the USA. At least four of the couples met at Christ Church and went on to marry and have children, along with a couple who will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary later this year.
It was wonderful to hear guests reminisce, share photographs, tell of friendships forged which remain as strong today as they were 50 years ago, and fond memories about their time at ‘C4’ as it was known then. Many spoke about how strict the College was back in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. With separate male and female accommodation blocks, mingling of the sexes in rooms was strictly prohibited, along with a 10pm ‘doors locked’ curfew. One alumnus recalled waking up to see a whole football team clambering through his bedroom window, having missed the curfew and trying to avoid the wrath of the matron!
As well as much fun and laughter, it was clear that the alumni appreciated hearing how the bonds with the Church and Cathedral remain strong, and how the University has moved forward in such a positive and exciting way since its formation as a Teacher Training College, with around 700 students in 1970. It was a special day which evoked happy memories of Christ Church. We thank all of our alumni who were able to make the event and hope it was an enjoyable day for everyone.
*Photo courtesy of Anna Woodfield.
For more photographs from the day, please take a look at our gallery of photos.
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