Saturday 7th February, 11:10am, Princess Hall

Guild members are welcome to attend this term’s Principal's Lecture on Saturday 7th February, which will be given by Dr Gubby Ayida MA. FRCOG. DM, on the topic 'Changing Seasons of Womanhood'. Gubby, a Guild member (1976-1978), is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and Divisional Medical Director at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London.
Questions from the floor are always invited after the main address and there are refreshments to follow. In order to reserve a place at the Lecture please contact



You are warmly invited to our Spring Concert on Friday 6th March in Pittville Pump Room. The programme will feature Fauré Pavane, SilentWoods for cello and orchestra by Dvořák, Vivaldi’s concerto for four violins in B minor and the firstmovements of Mozart’s bassoon concerto and the Brahms violin concerto.

Tickets now available from Pittville Pump Room box office bycalling 0844 576 2210, or by email at



We are delighted to announce that the College Choir will be performing at Salisbury Cathedral on Monday 9th March. 

There will be a lunchtime recital at 1.15 pm in the Medieval Hall, Cathedral Close, Salisbury.   Tea, coffee and home-made cakes will be served afterwards in the Hall.  Tickets cost £5.00 per person. 

Choral Evensong, Evening Worship from the Book of Common Prayer, the jewel in Salisbury’s great choral heritage, will then be sung by the College Choir at 5.30 pm.  It will last approximately 40 minutes.

Following Evensong, the Principal would be delighted if you could join her for drinks and canapés at a reception in the Cathedral’s Refectory from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.    Tickets for Evensong and Drinks cost £15.00 per person.

Tickets can be bought by clicking here by Friday 27th February.  All proceeds will go to the Bursaries Fund. 

For further details please email or telephone 01242 707059. 

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and this trip to Salisbury Cathedral coincides with the launch of the new Magna Carta Exhibition on 6th March in the Chapter House.



The annual debate featuring CLC vs Guild took place on Saturday 6 December  in College with the following motions:- 

This House believes Socialism is dead 

This House believes that it is wrong for schools to instill Nationalism in the curriculum    

Both debates were keenly fought with both sides covering all possible viewpoints and arguments on the topics.  Throughout the entire debate, the audience were on the edge of their seats and provided a wide range of questions during the floor debates. Guild were represented by Eleanor Hervey-Bathurst (2006-2013, St Helen’s/St Hilda’s) and Elizabeth Broyd (2011-2013, St Hilda's). After an exciting morning, the adjudicators awarded the trophy to the College team of Annabel Lawrence and Kitty Hatchley.



The Inspectors classified College as 'excellent' in every category, with the category of 'exceptional' being awarded for the quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning.

A full copy of the inspection report can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

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 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 2015 ...

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 2014 leavers!   Photos and reports of both the Leavers' drinks and the Leavers' Ball have will be published on the 2014 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 2014 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.