The exhibition has been produced to detail the immensecontribution of Cheltenham Ladies’ College to the WW1 war effort. This was undertaken by the girls and staff at the College in addition to Guild members as they responded to the Government appeals for help on the home front and in a medical capacity on the front line.

The CLC Archive holds photographs, letters and accounts by nurses, soldiers and girls which describe patients playing cricket at Field, or being entertained by dramatic productions the girls staged in their honour. These also detail the positive and respectful relations between VAD staff and their charges. In their letters to St Martin’s staff and the Principal, Miss Lilian Faithfull, it is clear that having left the care of St Martin’s hospital many felt a strong bond of gratitude, bordering on nostalgia for their time in convalescence.

This exhibition (and the hospital ward recreation that accompanies it) have been inspired by the information by these sources provide. It is a tribute to the toil and commitment of the women who staffed St Martin’s, many of whom had relatives fighting on the Front Line and suffered personal bereavement while upholding their demanding responsibilities.  The exhibition is open at the following times during the Cheltenham Literature festival:

Weekends:  4 – 5th and 11 – 12th October, 9 am – 9pm

Week days: 3rd and 6 – 10th October, 2 – 4 pm   

It can also be opened by appointment for Guild members in the weekdays between 13 – 17th October and 3rd – 7th November if the above times are not convenient.


Guild members are welcome to attend this term’s Principal’s Lecture on Saturday 11th October, which will be given by Vikki Heywood CBE, Chair of the RSA since 2012 (http://www.thersa.org/about-us). Vikki Heywood

This inspirational and dynamic organisation cites within its mission statement  ‘In the light of new challenges and opportunities for the human race our purpose is to develop and promote new ways of thinking about human fulfilment and social progress’; in this we find powerful resonance with our own values here at College. Vikki was most recently Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre, the country's foremost theatre for the development of new writing. In both these roles, she was responsible for their two multiple million pound capital projects which transformed two iconic theatre buildings in London and Stratford Upon Avon.She is a member of Warwick University Council and has also taken on the chairmanship of the First World War Centenary Cultural Programme Board.

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 events@cheltladiescollege.org.



Please see below an invitation from St Hilda’s East:-

As you may be aware, this year is our 125th anniversary at St Hilda's East!

We have had a wonderful programme of celebrations so far, including an Anniversary Team taking part in the London Legal Support Trust’s ‘Big Legal Walk’ in May, a hugely successful Street Party during the summer, and an art ‘postcard’ project put together by our users and staff.

St Hilda’s East enjoys a strong and longstanding bond with both Guild and College. We would love the opportunity to share our celebrations with you and are inviting Guild members to join us on 15th October.

A highpoint of the evening will be the unveiling of a wall hanging made especially by CLC girls for St Hilda’s East’s Anniversary. We are delighted that Olga Senior, Chair of Guild, will be present to introduce this beautiful creation.

We are looking forward to seeing as many of our supporters as possible, and would very much welcome anyone who has not visited St Hilda’s East before.

RSVP is not required but it would be very helpful if you could let us know if you hope to attend - for catering purposes! hannah@sthildas.org.uk or tel 020 7739 8066.



Digital Social Media Networking Drinks to be held at the offices of Publicis London, Oxford House, 76 Oxford Street, London W1D 1BS on the evening of Wednesday 19 November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  For all those working or interested in the world of Digital Social Media, this event is for you!  Whether you are a student, retired, working full or part-time, self-employed, or trying to get into work, you are most welcome. Who knows who you might meet! Publicis have kindly agreed to subsidise this event so the cost will be only £5 per head.     

If you would like to attend please complete and return the reply form together with your cheque by Wednesday 12th November. Payment can be made online by clicking here - a 3% charge will be added if booked online (£5.15). Cheques should be made payable to Cheltenham Ladies’ College. For further information please contact the Guild Office on guild@cheltladiescollege.org.


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

candidaweston@aol.com 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). To see a list of attendees please click here.



CLC is demonstrating its commitment to the arts and sciences by supporting Cheltenham Festivals and will sponsor talks and eventLit Fest 2014s involving world-renowned experts at the annual Literature, Science, Music and Jazz celebrations.

The strategic partnership will promote intellectual debate and creativity in the College community, while contributing to the prosperity of the town.

Pupils will be able to attend the events as part of the academic and co-curricular programme, adding to and enriching their studies.

The link has already proven successful, with Laura Mvula, Kate Adie and Jung Chang among the first festival guests to be welcomed by pupils.

At the Literature Festival CLC are supporting seven events.

Talks include Rachel Holmes on Eleanor Marx, Margaret Attwood on MaddAddam and Stone Mattress, Helen Castor on Joan of Arc, Patience Agbabi and Mark Watson on The Canterbury Tales, and Antonia Fraser on the Great Reform Bill of 1832.

College are also sponsoring panel discussions including Shami Chakrabarti with James Graham, Luke Harding and Mark Huband on privacy and Berlie Doherty, Matt Whyman and Mary Hooper on War Girls.

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 malalafund.org 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 guild@cheltladiescollege.org 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 guild@cheltladiescollege.org 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.