1969 50th Reunion

18th & 19th September 2019

Somerville will host a 50th reunion for the matriculation year 1969.
To book, please return a completed Booking Form either by post with a cheque, or by contacting Hannah on 01865 280626 to pay by card between the times of 9am-12.30 and 1.30-5pm.

Dear Somervillian,

The autumn of 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of our arrival as Freshers at Somerville in 1969.  We hope to celebrate the occasion with as many of us as possible by organising a 2-day reunion in College on 18-19 September.  We would love to see you; it will be time to catch up, reflect, renew friendships and forge new ones. View the programme here.

The  University’s annual Alumni Weekend will be held 20-22 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 contact information: they are listed here. If you are in touch with any of these people, please encourage them to consider updating their contact details with the College by writing to or emailing Liz Cooke, so that we may include them too.  (,

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 Pat Baskerville and Sue Markham 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, whether you plan to come to the reunion itself or not.  We will circulate electronic copies to the year in due course and in addition hard copies to those who come to the reunion (please let Liz Cooke know if you object to this).

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 for 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 playlist, 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 1969, please take a look.

If you would like to book for the reunion or make a contribution to the 1969 class gift to the Bursary Fund, please  ring Amelia on 01865 280626.

With warmest good wishes,

Pat Baskerville (Lawrence-Wilson, PPE);  Gill Bennett (History);  Shelagh Brooks  (History & Jurisprudence); Jacky Clements (Lit.Hum); and Jill Pipe (Physiological Sciences)

From left to right in the photo:

Jacky Clements, Shelagh Brooks, Pat Baskerville, Jill Pipe, Gill Bennett

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