Lucy Cavendish College Alumnae Weekend

by Judith Roberts on 27 November 2014


Histon Road gates On the last weekend in September Lucy Cavendish opened her doors to her much valued alumnae, but this year, in addition to the doors of the Lady Margaret Road buildings, we were invited in through the splendid wrought iron gates of the Histon Road Student Centre to view the new building.
Around thirty-five alumnae and friends were given a presentation by the Development Director, followed by a guided tour of the new student accommodation, which comprises fifty-six en-suite study bedrooms, a social area with an outdoor space, and eight flats for students with families. The buildings are set in secure gardens designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd and Jane Renfrew and promise a beautiful flowery backdrop to both study and relaxation throughout the year.

Jane Renfrew at Histon RoadThe design of the building and the high standard of the furniture and fittings provoked an envious response from many alumnae and, “I want to come back to Lucy Cavendish and live here” became the theme of the visit. We were then treated to tea and cake in one of the well-equipped kitchens before we left, with the knowledge that future generations of Lucy Cavendish students will have the opportunity to enlarge and develop the ‘Lucy Cavendish Community’ in a very attractive setting that can also include their families.

The College is understandably concerned to maintain the building and gardens in its current pristine condition and would like to enlist the support of alumnae in doing so. If you would like to contribute to the new Student Centre, please contact Caroline Sier, Fellow and Development Director: cs554@cam.ac.uk

The Alumnae Dinner was held on Saturday evening on the Warburton Reception Rooms. Thirty alumnae and Fellows enjoyed a delightfully intimate setting, decorated with purple and white flowers kindly provided by one of our committee members, Isabel Clare. We dined in style and the conversation ranged far and wide all evening. This was an excellent opportunity for alumnae to catch up with each other’s news and to reminisce about ‘the old days’!

Formal Dinner photo
Sunday morning was a time to relax and Lucy Cavendish College extended an invitation to alumnae from other colleges to join us for a Concert. We were extremely fortunate to be able to listen to the beautiful singing of Miranda Heldt and Lucy Goddard, with Michael Waldron accompanying them at the piano. We were treated to a varied programme of music, including works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Monteverdi. The sun was shining through the doors of Warburton Hall; the music was exquisite – what better way to spend a Sunday morning?


At the close of the Alumnae Weekend there was general agreement that everyone involved had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and most of us already had next year’s dates in our diaries: 26th and 27th September 2015