2016 -2017 heralded the 10th Anniversary of Josephine Butler College and we marked this special occasion with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved and for us all to celebrate together which was a huge success.
Photo Credit: Joseph Cashmore
Butler Weekend – 3rd-4th June 2017
Our annual Butler Day once again became an extended weekend event with the ‘traditional’ college day activities on the Saturday, followed by a Societies showcase on Sunday. The beach themed weekend welcomed current students, staff and alumni as the penultimate 10th Anniversary celebration. Entertainment came in the form of inflatables, fairground rides, Kazabian and The Kaiser Monkey Killers.
Alumni Weekend and Cathedral Service – 17th-19th February 2017
Alumni were invited to attend a Cathedral Service on the 18th of February 2017, during the Durham Reunion between the 17th and 19th of February. The Service celebrated all Butler has achieved over its ten year development. On the evening of the 18th there was an Alumni Formal to welcome everyone back to Durham and welcome finalists into the alumni community.
Launch Dinner – 3rd June 2016
On the 3rd of June 2016 the College’s Tenth Year was launched with a celebratory dinner attended by the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and members of the University Executive Committee amongst College staff, students, alumni and community members. All guests came together to enjoy the atmosphere that has been created at Butler over the last ten years. During the course of the night various groups performed to showcase Butler talent including Butler Tigers, Troupe, Chamber Choir, AccaButler and Jazz Band. Other areas of the College were represented through speeches on sports, societies and committees. A silent auction took place to raise money for the expansion of study space for students at the College. The dinner managed to raise over £800 from silent auctions bids and pledges. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Thames Boat Party – October 22nd 2016
On the 22nd of October 2016 at 7:30pm Butler will be hosting a Boat Party on the Thames to celebrate the Tenth Year Anniversary. The Boat Party will leave Tower Pier up towards the O2 past the Tower of London, London Bridge, Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory. The event is open to all Butler alumni and current students so will be a celebration of ten years of Butlerites with all guests welcome. There will also be a DJ and cash bar on board. Tickets for the boat party are £20 and can be purchased through the Dunelm website.
As well as the Boat Party the weekend will include an Alumni Football match on Saturday 22nd October (kick off 2pm Regent’s Park, all spectators welcome) and an informal networking event on Sunday 23rd October (11am, The Old Ship Pub, Hammersmith).
Butler Weekend – 4th-5th June 2016
The festivities of Butler Day 2016 were the official launch of the Tenth Year celebrations for students. The day was Rio Carnival theme and the Butler site transformed to accommodate waltzers and three large inflatables. During the day there were performers from students and local groups, including a drumming act. To ensure all students were kept entertained there was also a balloon artist and face painter. The highlight of the day was performances by Let’s Circus. Acts included the gymnasts, Afrikann Warriors, juggler, Nat Lunatrick, and hula-hoop artist, Miss Gracie.
The Sunday after Butler Day a Societies Showcase was put on. Societies took the stage during the afternoon to showcase Butler’s talent, including Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, STAB and AccaButler. Pudding Soc put on a bake sale to raise money for Grace House. Other societies made sure they were part of the day in some other way with films for Disney Soc and Marvel and DC Society, whilst Fem Soc put on a quiz and unicycle society did a taster session.
The Study Space Project
Our aim to build and furnish an annex at the back of the main soxial building which will provide four rooms. Either directly, or by reconfiguring existing space, this is providing at least two large areas for a new library and study space. This is enabling us to double the number of books we hold and create comfortable and quiet space for academic study. It is also creating new office space to enhance student support and common room activity.
The Study Space Project has been supported by generous donations from the University, the Junior Common Room, Middle Common Room, Senior Common Room and the College Trust. The build is on track to be completed and open for Freshers Sunday 1st October 2017 as the culmination of our 10th Anniversary year. Its development was overseen by the College Trust and College Council.