Welcome to Nautilus 12
by Judith Roberts on 8 November 2017
Welcome to the first Nautilus of this academic year – our twelfth edition. We have expanded in size since our beginnings, but our aim remains the same: to bring you news of our Lucy alumnae, some of whom you may remember from your time at the College, other names that will be new to you. The theme this time is Education and here we bring you five different perspectives on this challenging topic. All of the writers have varied and interesting stories to share – remember, you don’t have to climb Everest, write a best-selling novel, or become a world-class academic or sportswoman for your life to be interesting to other alumnae. All our Lucy alums have their personal stories to tell, so keep sending them to us, please.
We began our year at the end of September with another very enjoyable Annual Alumnae Dinner. Attendance at this event has grown over the past few years and at this dinner 50 alumnae and friends gathered in Warburton Hall to chat, reminisce and, of course, to eat a splendid meal. Our speaker this year was Charles Clarke, a former Member of Parliament, Secretary of State for Education (2002-04), and Home Secretary (2004-06). His chosen subject was a personal reflection on the state of politics in Britain today, which offered thought-provoking insights into the current political scene.
We had the first of this year’s Alumnae outings in October, to the Crystal Palace, a Modernist house in Bury St Edmunds, designed by high-profile architects Michael and Patty Hopkins and currently owned by Lucy Fellow Sarah Gull and her husband. We enjoyed a fascinating morning, with Sarah giving us a talk about the house and showing us the plans over coffee and biscuits. We looked around the house and garden at leisure, enjoying both the architecture and the art collection displayed inside. Some of our group continued into the town with a Blue Badge guide, and we were shown several historic buildings in the town’s Medieval centre. Lunch in the Cathedral café was a welcome end to a fascinating morning.
You will see in Dates for Your Diary that we have another alumnae trip planned before the end of term – a guided visit to the Cambridge Museum. We hope to see you there, or at the Carols Around the Tree, or at a Formal Hall. We always love to chat to alumnae at these events, so please come and introduce yourself.
Judith Roberts (LCC, 1973), President of the Alumnae Association