1968 50th Anniversary Reunion
The autumn of 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of our arrival as Freshers at Somerville in the momentous year of 1968 – with all that implies. We hope to celebrate the occasion with as many of us as possible by organising a 2-day reunion in College on 12th-13th September programme of events including dinner in hall and a Q&A with the Principal. We would love to see you; it will be time to catch up, reflect, renew friendships and forge new ones.
The University’s annual Alumni Weekend will be held 14th-16th September so we hope that some of us will come to both events and that this will make a journey to Somerville all the more worthwhile for those who live a long distance away. Please spread the word to those of our contemporaries who may not be on email, or not in touch with the College at all. There are a number of people for whom the College has no address: they are listed here. If you are in touch with any of these people, please persuade them to disclose their contact details to the College by writing to or emailing Liz Cooke, so that we may include them too (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A small group of us has come together to plan the reunion and our names and picture appear below. If you would like to get more involved in making the arrangements, please just let us know.
As a prelude to the reunion Olwen Curry, Alison Dunn and Sonia Ruehl have very kindly volunteered to produce a booklet of biographies for the year and you will also find attached a letter from them about this project. We should like this to include as many people as possible, so please do contribute.
During the reunion there will be a Library exhibition of publications by members of our year and there will also be an exhibition of memorabilia – so please look out anything you may have to remind us of the ‘60s – photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings; if you have diaries or letters you could send digital copies in advance; we will display these during the reunion. We also hope to have a play list, so tell us your favourite albums.
It seems appropriate after 50 years to look back and ask ourselves – What did Somerville do for us? What difference did it make to our lives?
Do we wish future generations to have the benefit of the sort of Oxford education we had? For this reason we would like to suggest a 50th anniversary year gift for the College’s Bursary Fund and in due course we will send you another communication about this. We hope you will come to this reunion and contribute to the biographies booklet, regardless of whether you wish to join in any giving. For the moment it is only necessary to say that if the reunion can be classified as a charity fundraising event it will be VAT exempt and therefore the College charges to you for this for this Reunion will not be subject to VAT (currently a saving to you of 20%).
We very much hope that most members of the year will be able to join us here this September and we really look forward to seeing you. Our matriculation photograph is on the College website, so if you would like to see yourself as you were in 1968, please take a look.
If you would like to book for the reunion or make a contribution to the 1968 class gift to the Bursary Fund, please ring Isabel on 01865 280626 or return a completed booking form either by post with cheque, or by email and contacting Isabel to pay by card.
With warmest good wishes,
Freda Chaloner (White, Physics), Olwen Curry (Lloyd, Biochemistry), Alison Dunn (History)
Susanna Graham-Jones (PPP), Bridget Long (Lymbery, Geology), Margaret Mann (Sherret, English), Jo Moffett-Levy (Moffett, PPP), and Sonia Ruehl (PPE)
From left to right on the photo
Back row: Bridget Long, Sonia Ruehl, Susanna Graham-Jones, Freda Chaloner
Front row: Olwen Curry, Margaret Mann, Jo Moffett-Levy
And sadly not on the photo – Alison Dunn