Malala gives Speech Day address

Malala Yousafzai was the keynote speaker at College Speech Day on Saturday 5th July.malala cheltenham ladies college 2

The teenage campaigner gave an inspirational address to pupils and friends of College in the Princess Hall. 

Malala, whose fight for universal girls’ education has made headlines worldwide, told the story of her childhood in Pakistan and how she developed a passion for learning. She said: “My message is that you should believe in yourself and believe in your talents, because you all have something special. ”Malala spoke of the importance of education for all girls and how she realised the terrorists who attacked her in October 2012 were scared of girls' empowerment.  College Principal Ms Eve Jardine-Young thanked Malala for attending and praised her work to promote girls’ education.

Visit for more information on Malala's charity.


Lisa King - A lesson in running a fashion business Lisa King 2

Successful fashion designer and entrepreneur Lisa King (1995-2001, Sidney Lodge/St Hilda's) gave girls a lesson in how to run their own business.

The Guild member visited pupils at the end of the summer term to impart knowledge learned during her career.

She spoke about the practical side of running a print design business and how to handle business transactions.

This is the second time Lisa has visited College in recent times. Last academic year, she launched an award for high achieving textiles pupils.


Facing the Future - 30 June 2014

Advice on careers and job prospects was dispensed in abundance at College’s annual Facing the Future day for SFC1 girls.

Pupils took part in recruitment tasks, CV and covering letter workshops and quizzed 15 Guild members who kindly took part in the event.

Ex-pupils from the worlds of banking, medicine, set design and the media returned to College for the day, which was organised by the Professional Guidance Centre and Wendy Cartledge (Daniel, 1980-1987, Bunwell/Elizabeth).

Girls were also given the opportunity to test their ability to sell their talents in an ‘elevator pitch’ exercise.


College in One Hundred Objects

To celebrate College's landmark 160th anniversary, we are undertaking various projects to highlight the legacy of this extraordinary institution.  These projects have brought together pupils, Guild and staff in shared tribute to our distinctive values and atmosphere.

This particular project brings together the collection of items, places and even animals that make up 'College in 100 Objects'. Our grateful thanks go out to all those who have shared their stories in order to create this compilation of treasured memories; there were many more submitted than we could use. I do hope that you find this collection as interesting, varied, rich and evocative as I do. Click here to see the results.

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EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL – 21-25 August in Edinburgh and 5 September in College (BOOKING REQUIRED)

The 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival production, performed by College girls in the sixth form, will open in Edinburgh and run for one more night in Cheltenham. 

The play is called “Saving Graces at St Mabel's”. It has been written by Piers Todd the College librarian and is a comedy set in a boarding school for young ladies at some time in the past. They will be performing at 14.50 from 21st to 25th August at the Sanctuary at St Augustine's. Tickets are on sale through the Edinburgh Fringe Box Office and online

There will be a performance of “Saving Graces at St Mabel’s” at College in the Parabola Arts Centre on Friday 5th September at 7pm. If you would like to come, please book tickets by emailing


Guild Networking Drinks for City and Law to be held at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA on the evening of Wednesday 17 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

For all those working in city and city related jobs as well as the legal profession, come meet and exchange business cards and catch up.  Whether you are a student, retired, working full or part-time, self-employed, or trying to get into work, please come. Who knows who you might meet! The cost will be £20 per head. A reduced price of £15 will be offered to those under 25 years of age currently studying at university.

If you would like to attend please complete and return the reply form together with your cheque by Friday 5th September. Payment can be made online by clicking here - a 3% charge will be added if booked online (£21.00 and £15.50 respectively). Cheques should be made payable to Cheltenham Ladies’ College. For further information please contact the Guild Office on


For those of you who have turned 50 since September, or are turning 50 this year, a fun birthday supper and catch up is planned at The Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EP  on Saturday 15th November 2014.

A high decibel level is expected so it is probably advisable to leave any partners at home!

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Candy Weston (Bekenn) at and send payment of £65 in cash or by cheque, made out to the Cheltenham Ladies' College, to Caroline Harris, Guild Office, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3EP.  Payment may be made online by card but will be subject to a 3% surcharge (online price £67).


On Saturday 17th May over 220 Guild and Honorary members returned to College for the Guild Biennial Meeting and Reunion.

At the Guild Biennial Meeting, Mrs Katie Robyns (Etchells, 1974-1981, Glenlee) retired as Chairman of Guild having reached the end of her term of office (she will remain on the Guild Executive Committee as a Vice-President and in her role as Guild Representative on Council).  Mrs Olga Senior (Hill, 1971-1978, St Helen's) was elected as Guild's new Chairman.

The Reunion day was packed with events including the LC Scholars' Recital, College in 100 Objects presentation, stained glass talk and tour, College tours and visits up the Observatory and an exhibition Hockey match using '1907' rules. The day was rounded off with tours of the new Bunwell boarding house.  There wereplenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends and staff throughout the day.

A number of Guild members returned the following morning to attend the College service in the Princess Hall and to wander around College before heading home.  To see more photos click here.

Guild’s Reunion Day constitutes the heart of Guild’s events, and takes place annually in May. Guild's new reunion format means that each year group is invited back every 5 years and this year all those who left in 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954 and so on down the decades returned. All members are warmly invited to each and every reunion.

We are missing over 300 Guild members from these year groups - can you help put us back in touch?  Please click here to see the list and email if you can help!

Guild hopes this innovation will allow you to easily make forward entries in your busy diaries and therefore see the maximum possible number of friends from your year group - next year's reunion and Guild AGM will be on Saturday 16th May 2015 and leavers from 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965, 1960, 1955 and beyond will be invited back. For further information please contact the Guild Office on


Clare Marx appointed first female President of the Royal College of Surgeons

Guild member Clare Marx (1968-1972, Roderic) has been appointed the first female President of the Royal College of Surgeons. She will take up her appointment in July 2014.  The RCS presidency lasts for three years, subject to annual re-election by the College Council.

Miss Marx works as Associate Medical Director at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.  During her time as an RCS Council membershe has championed patient safety and quality measures, including her role as vice-chair of the NHS’s Surgical Never Events taskforce.  She has worked on initiatives to encourage more women to enter surgery, as well as training and workforce issues.

A spokesperson for Cheltenham Ladies’ College said: “The appointment of Clare Marx will be celebrated as a step towards greater female representation in the country’s senior medical roles.  “Science was not considered an appropriate subject for girls until our pioneering second Principal, Dorothea Beale, empowered girls by changing the College curriculum in the late 19th century.

“It is therefore fitting that the first female president of one of the country’s most prestigious medical organisations is a former pupil.”

Link to article on Royal College of Surgeons website:


Podcasts - the CLC Journalism Society

The CLC Journalism Society have created podcasts for Guild's newsletter, The Slab 2012. In response to some Guild members' requests, they have created six podcasts which can be found below:

The Slab - Editors Update

The Slab - Message from the President

The Slab - Message from the Chairman

The Slab - 100 Years of Uniform

The Slab - Across the Generations

The Slab - Amelias Jam

The CLC Journalism Society were asked by Emma Adams, Guild Editor, if making podcasts for Guild would be something they would be interested in.  The members thought it was an intriguing opportunity and soon had a team of volunteers.  They then gathered together, were assigned articles to read, and took photocopies of the magazine home to rehearse reading aloud. 

The youngest readers were Violeta Marco and Darcy Beck, in LC1.  The rest of the team included: Elizka Watt (UC4), Mimi Prickett, Rebecca MacKay, Niamh Hanrahan and Naomi Morris Omori (SFC1s).

Recording the podcasts was an occasion for the journalists to try something new and they hope that the results will prove useful and engaging to those who use this service.

If this proves popular, we will ask the journalists to record extracts from The Slab 2013 magazine.  Please pass any feedback to the Guild Office on


GUILD SPONSORSHIPS - to read the latest reports from Louise Foulkes in El Salvador designing and constructing seismically resistant housing, Rebecca Taylor in Tanzania/Uganda on a course of tropical medicine, Lucy Hall and Jessica Lazar on their Literary Pilgramage please click here



If any old girl with an official handicap would like to join the Society please contact the Guild Office on 01242 256581 or email for further information. 

If any old girl with an official handicap would like to join the Society please contact the Guild Office.


WORK PLACEMENTS AND VACANCIES - click here for further information on opportunities available to Guild members.


The Parabola Arts Centre was completed in July 2009, full details of the fourth season of performances by the girls are available by clicking here

The new public season brochure for PAC is out and available on the Parabola Arts Centre website.




The Guild Office has some Silver and Enamel Brooches for sale at a cost of £55 (plus P&P) and some Performing Arts Centre Bags at a cost of £14.99 (plus P&P).   For further details please email or telephone 01242 256581.



Guild invites members of all ages to apply for a donation from the limited funds available to support challenging projects which should include a course of study, research, training or life-enhancing experience and there must be some form of service to the community or to the environment.  There are various criteria to be fulfilled, for further details please click here.   To read the latest sponsorship reports from Lynn Morris, Sarah Tallett-Williams and Priyanka Chadha on their trips click here.



Just a little reminder that The Beale Memorial Fund is available to make awards to former pupils and former staff who may be in need of financial assistance.  If you would like further information on this, please contact the Guild Office.


LOST TOUCH? Guild Online can help... In 2007 we launched Guild Online.  For further details click here.

Exciting events for 2014 ...

Looking ahead for the year please go to the Events page or click here.

Local events...

There are a number of local events planned in for next year which are being organised by the Area Representatives.  For further details click here.

Finally a message for all 2013 leavers!   Photos and reports of both the Leavers' lunch and the Leavers' Ball have will be published on the 2013 Leavers' Page. If you have any photographs which you would like to see included, please do email them to us and we will add them to the webpage. Also, don't forget to send us your stories and news for the 2013 Leavers' Page.  If any of you are at a loose end for a few weeks and would like some volunteer work experience (always good for the cv!), St Hilda's East is looking for help at their day centre in London.  Contact the Guild Office or St Hilda's East for further information.


St. Hilda's East

Guild has close ties with this charitable organisation.  St. Hilda's aims to meet the diverse needs of the local community by providing good quality services that promote social inclusion and help and empower individuals.

Click here for the latest St Hilda's East Newsflash (Winter 2014)


Click here to find out more about the work undertaken at this London community centre.