Super Garden Party 2015

by Judith Roberts on 18 August 2015

On Sunday 14th June the College was in the party mood for our special anniversary event held in the gardens, which were looking gorgeous thanks to all the hard work put in by helpers from across the College community. Alumnae, students, fellows and friends donned their summer attire and celebrated. And what an excellent party it was, with stalls and sideshows, music and food; an opportunity to chat with old friends and meet alumnae from across the years.

Guests were warmly welcomed into Warburton Hall by Jo and Katie from the Development Office and handed a glass of Lucy Cavendish Cava (always a good start) while being entertained by a soundtrack that set the Sixties atmosphere. From the Dining Hall there rose the sounds of people enjoying afternoon tea, accompanied by the joyful harmonies of The Cavendish Chorale.


Once outside in the garden, alumnae and friends visited sideshows, stalls and games - Professor Janet Todd was spotted enjoying a swingboat ride. Before attacking the mounds of sandwiches, cakes and strawberries, the discerning garden-party guest could visit an exhibition of Lucy Cavendish photographs and memorabilia, assembled by Isobel Maddison, colleagues and alumnae.

The Alumnae Association offered hair-braiding and face-painting, in addition to our popular ‘Guess the Weight of the Cake’ stall. We also sold copies of the new College booklet Fifty Fascinating Facts – Discovering Lucy Cavendish College. These are now available to purchase from the Porter’s Lodge.

The vintage stall, run by Christine Houghton, the Domestic Bursar, raised funds for the College and locally-made crafts were for sale too, including Cambridge Street Bakes’ special anniversary shortbread lollipops.

At the end of the afternoon it was time to say goodbye, not only to each other, but to Professor Todd, whom we hope enjoyed her final Garden Party as College President. The Alumnae Association donated a splendid cake, made by the very local Barker’s Bakery and Janet Todd, helped by Isobel Maddison, blew out the candles, accompanied by a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday Lucy Cavendish’. The President bade goodbye to the College, but we all hope that she will continue to be a part of College celebrations for a long time to come.

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