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College of St Hild and St Bede


Alumnus (pl. alumni, fem. alumna) noun; a former student. From 'alere', to nourish.

Whether you have only just graduated, or haven't seen Durham for years, you will always be part of the College of St Hild and St Bede. Despite the distance, you remain an integral part of our College community and we welcome former students to get back in touch with us.

How can I remain involved with College?

  • Volunteer as a Hild Bede Career Mentor
  • Update your contact details and ensure you are kept up to date with all of our alumni news, events and activities

Newswire March 2018

Alumni Association Reunion 2018

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to catch up with your old College friends and perhaps make some new ones. Relive the fun of College days – and why not bring family and friends along? Dip in or out of the weekend as you choose.

Events will be offered at a reduced price to Premier Members. Premier membership is a one off payment (£15 for individuals and £30 for couples) and lasts a lifetime. Please contact the Alumni team on 0191 334 8531 or

Programme of Events

Friday 14 September

6:30pm – 7:00pm Welcome sherry reception

7:00pm – 9:30pm Dinner (wine available for purchase).



Roast tomato and red pepper soup with garlic snippets


Daube of beef in a red wine sauce with roasted carrot, caramelised shallot, broccoli and Yorkshire pudding


Broccoli and wild mushroom tart with onion puree, baby carrots and mini fondants. Served with a butter cream sauce


Homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream

Saturday 15 September

10:00am – 11:00am The Association Eucharist in Bede Chapel

11:00am – 12:30pm AGM

12:30pm – 1:00pm Welcome bucks fizz reception on the Thurston Terrace (or in Caedmon Hall in the event of wet weather)

1:00pm – 3:00pm Buffet lunch (wine available to purchase).

3:00pm onwards Tea and coffee available

3:30pm – 4:30pm Archive Exhibition in the Joachim Room. The display will range from photographs of the College(s), sporting groups and items of student dress, posters and ball invitations that have been donated by alumni. Dr Michael Stansfield, Deputy Head of Archives and Special Collections, will be on hand to answer your questions.

Dates for your Diary:

Sounding of Retreat

This annual commemoration takes place on 21 April marking the Anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres in which the Bede College Contingent served. During this WWI Centenary Year, our service will have particular poignance, and all alumni are warmly invited to join us in reflecting on the impact the loss had on our community and the legacy left by the Bede men.

Order of Service:

1700 Service of Commemoration. All assemble by the Gravenstafel Ridge Memorial for the Commemoration led by the Revd Kenneth Crawford, Chaplain, The Durham Light Infantry Association and Revd Timothy Ferguson, Chaplain, College of St Hild and St Bede.

17:45 – 18:15 Sounding of Retreat played by the Band & Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force

Please email College Secretary Julie Blake if you plan to attend this special service.

SCR Fireside Talks

On 30 April, Natalie Swann, Project Archaeologist in the Department of Archaeology, presents new perspectives on local history during her talk Archaeological Excavations at Claypath, Durham City. Prior to the construction of new buildings on Claypath, a large scale archaeological excavation was undertaken. Ms Swann discusses the results of the archaeological works which revealed buildings, rubbish pits and cess pits containing pottery, animal bone and other artefacts dating from at least the thirteenth century to the present day.

All SCR talks take place between 19:30 – 21:00 and are held in Hild Bede’s Senior Common Room unless otherwise stated.

If you require any further information about the SCR talks, please contact Laura Chuhan Campbell at

Sharing your stories … All alumni are invited to send contributions to the Alumni Association Newsletter which is designed to provide a more 'chatty' supplement to the Alumni Association Magazine. We will be using it to provide you with information on the previous year's events in College, but this is above all your space, where you can make new friends and connect with old ones, let them know how you are getting on and exchange information with them. So please let us have anything you would like to share at by 'snail mail' at the usual address: College of St Hild and St Bede, St Hild's Lane, Durham, DH1 1SZ. Please note the deadline of 31 March 2018.

Upcoming Alumni Events
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Events for July 2018

You can also check out Dunelm - the Durham University Alumni Community online.
Here, you can gain free access to JSTOR (online journals service), book yourself up for an alumni event, and also set up a dunelm email forwarding address for life.

Purchase official Hild Bede memorabilia

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