On the 14 July Clare Hall hosted the first ever reunion for members who were at Clare Hall during the Pippard years, 1966 to 1973, whether as a student, Visiting Fellow or Fellow. 35 guests took part in the celebrations and were joined by Charlotte Pippard and daughters Eleanor, Charlotte and Debbie.
After a glass of champagne on arrival and the chance to catch up, guests were served lunch. Professor Malcolm Longair started off the proceedings with an animated talk – so animated he managed to knock his own glasses off in the process! He reminisced about life at Clare Hall in the early years, which had many of our guests nodding and smiling in recognition. After lunch, the President, Professor David Ibbetson, talked about how the vision of the original founders was still true for the College today, and how it is thriving 50 years after its foundation. Clare Hall now has in place a generous bursary scheme, but there is still a need for more support for fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He also shared the longer term vision for the College's development, which is focused on improving the buildings for all members, as well as providing more housing, without expanding the numbers of students and Visiting Fellows in any dramatic way.
We are now looking forward to our next reunion event which will take place in 2018 and will be for members from the Honeycombe years, 1973 to 1980. More information on this coming soon.