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St Mary's College Society's Annual Reunion 2019

Friday, 30 August 2019 to Sunday, 1 September 2019


Each year the SMCS organise a reunion in St Mary's and welcome back all alumni to our college. This year is a special one as it happens just before the start of our 100th year as a college. In 1919, St Mary's College was granted college status, having previously been "the women's hostel". The 2019-20 academic year will see a series of events to mark this important milestone and the Society intend to kick-off the celebrations with a bang during this reunion event.

The weekend will be centred around a grand Reunion Dinner (complete with gowns), at which we will enjoy the finest food, prepared by our excellent chef and kitchen team, together with an after dinner speech by our Principal, Professor Simon Hackett, and then continue our jollity into the night with friends, old and new, with after dinner entertainment into the night.

We will also have visits to the old homes of St Mary's in the Chorister School and Abbey House, a Chapel Service on the Saturday and our celebrated Sunday carvery to end the weekend. A highlight for many is to once again stay in Mary's rooms and feel the unchanging atmosphere of our college as we return to memory-filled corridors for a weekend.

The Reunion Timetable is below, but please note that at this early stage some details are yet to be fully formed.

    Thursday 29 August:
    ~ Bed without breakfast accommodation for early birds, check in is from 1400 hours.

    Friday 30 August:
    ~ 1830 hours - Welcome drinks before dinner.
    ~ 1900 hours - Hot buffet dinner in the Dining Hall.
    ~ 2000 hours - Reunion quiz (usually a competitive affair) and a chance to meet fellow reunion attendees over drinks in college.

    Saturday 31 August:
    ~ 0900 to 1000 hours - Breakfast in college.
    ~ 1100 to 1230 hours - Visit to the Chorister School and Abbey House, both former homes of St Mary's.
    ~ 1300 to 1400 hours - Buffet lunch in the Dining Hall.
    ~ 1400 hours - SMCS AGM (attendance is encouraged, but optional).
    ~ 1600 to 1545 hours - Chapel service in the college chapel.
    ~ 1830 hours - Grand Reunion Dinner Drinks Reception.
    ~ 1900 hours - Grand Reunion Dinner in the Dining Hall, gowned, and including an after dinner speech by Professor Simon Hackett, College Principal.
    ~ 2100 to 2300 hours - After dinner entertainment.

    Sunday 1 September:
    ~ 0900 to 1000 hours - Breakfast in college.
    ~ 1000 to 1200 hours - Visits that will include free entry to the Botanical Gardens and Oriental Museum, and may include a visit to the new Teaching and Learning Centre next to St Mary's, and an expanded Castle tour.
    ~ 1300 to 1400 hours - Sunday Carvery Lunch in the Dining Hall.
    ~ Sunday night accommodation is bed only.

For those who wish to book accommodation, this is available on this booking site at St Mary's for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. We also have special deals for accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel and at the Hotel Indigo in the Old Shire Hall. We hope that many of you will wish to come along and join what will be a weekend of memories, laughter and an escape back into our welcoming community.

Please book early to avoid disappointment, we envisage a large update of tickets in this celebration year.

As ever, all information will be placed on the SMCS website.

If you wish to add a guest, please register the first person and you will get to a button 'Save and Continue to Overview', after you have pressed that you will find an add guest button, so you can add additional people.

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