Festive greetings to regular followers of the Lucy blog!

by Cherish Watton on 10 December 2015


Festive greetings to regular followers of the Lucy blog! The Michaelmas term has now come to a close, after another packed 8 weeks of term, concluding in all manner of ‘Bridgemas celebrations’, sharing the festive spirit around Cambridge.

The final essay of term focused on Northern success, and Southern failure in the American Civil War. This was a huge topic to cover, but I enjoyed getting to grips with the details of such a Cherish Watton and the Cavendish Choralesignificant conflict. It felt like a mammoth question to answer, ‘why did the North win the Civil War?’ but it tested the need to be selective when posing an argument. I leave American history behind in 1865 and return again next term, looking at the period from 1865 to the present day.

After completing the final essay of term (which was a cause of much celebration), a friend and I went to the Lucy Christmas Formal Hall. A delicious meal, a beautifully decorated hall, and great company proved an apt way to mark the end of term. It was a very fun and lively atmosphere, with students and staff (especially) getting into the Christmas spirit – who knew water pistols could hold so much water and spray so far across the Hall? It was a fun evening had by all!

The festive spirit continued into Saturday where I performed as part of the Cavendish Chorale in the ‘Carols Around The Tree’. This year we had the great honour of leading the festivities which we thoroughly enjoyed. There were brilliant musical performances by the fellows, alongside some particularly poignant poems, followed by children in the audience leading us in singing Away In A Manger. Thank you to all who came along for making it such a lovely community event.

Now term has finished, I’ve planned to stay around for another week to welcome friends who haven’t had the chance to visit and to sort things out before heading home. A friend from Norfolk left this morning, after a great few days exploring different parts of Cambridge. We went up the St Mary’s Church tower and looked over the rooftops of the colleges, an impressive array of architecture from across the ages.  Even though it is a small city, there are still lots of hidden corners (and towers!) to discover.

On that note, I shall leave this blog post here. 2015 has been a very special year for the college, celebrating 50 years since its founding with a whole host of celebrations from the ‘Super Garden Party’ to the recent ‘Where are the women?’ conference. Let’s raise a glass during this festive period to celebrate 50 years of Lucy Cavendish College  -  a college changing the lives of women  across the world.

Wishing all readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ‘See’ you in 2016.

Cherish Watton

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