Guild Reunion 2019
On Saturday 18th May, over 300 Guild and Honorary members of all ages descended on Cheltenham for the Guild AGM and Reunion. For 113 members, it was the first time they returned since leaving College, and we were thrilled with the attendance. People came from far and wide - from 13 different countries in addition to the UK.
The day was packed with events, including the May Concert, College Prayers, the AGM, an Archive Exhibition celebrating Guild's 135th and St Hilda's East's 130th anniversaries, College tours and visits to the EET suite, as well as trips up to the Observatory and a look inside Starlab, our inflatable planetarium.
Following year group photographs, Guild members enjoyed a delicious summer buffet lunch in the Princess Hall and the gardens.
In the afternoon, the Guild Festival Orchestra (GFO) performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 (first movement without the adagio introduction), as well as an arrangement of Bach by Mr Hawley. The GFO was formed this year, and over 40 Guild members assembled to perform this musical tribute to Mr Hawley in his final year as Director of Music.
In the afternoon, Guild members attended a tea in the new Health and Fitness Centre at Field, where they were given tours by the staff. For those who wished to continue into the evening, a dinner was held in the Princess Hall.
The day offered the perfect opportunity for Guild members to catch up with old friends and staff, and it was wonderful to be able to welcome so many of them back to College.
Miss C A Harris, Alumnae Relations Manager