Alexy Plessis, Nichola Trotter and Jenny Yiu are the Guild Reps in Singapore and are getting together for drinks on Tuesday 22nd April at the Martini Bar, Grand Hyatt at 18:30

There are quite a number of Guild members in Singapore and they would love to catch up with anyone who is free to join them. 

Please follow the link below and RSVP by the 15 April.  

Alexy Plessis (Beere, 1986-1993, St. Margaret’s/St Hilda’s)

Nichola Trotter (Rastrick, 1984-1990, Sidney Lodge/St Hilda’s)

Jenny Yiu (1989-1994, Sidney Lodge/Elizabeth)


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

Guild member Clare Marks (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 Marks 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:



DAME GAIL REBUCK: The Power behind the Prose

Dame Gail Rebuck is Chair of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and Chairman and ex-CEO of global book publisher Random House's British operations. In February 2013 she was assessed as the 10th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4. Modestly describing "longevity" as her greatest achievement, Dame Gail Rebuck has steered Random House through two decades of extraordinary change in the publishing industry. One of the first CEOs to recognise the significance and embrace the potential of digital publishing, she has a reputation both as a visionary and a shrewd and practical leader who is driven by her genuine passion for books and for literacy.  She joins us in conversation with Pamela Armstrong to reflect on her long career, the demands of leadership, and the qualities women need to succeed in the business environment.  Awarded a CBE in 2000, she was made a Dame in 2009. 

Guild members are warmly invited to this event in College which will include a question and answer session and be followed at 12.20pm by light refreshments for visitors in the GCR.

Please contact  if you would like to reserve a place for this event.




Our next dinner shines a spotlight on entrepreneurs and the self employed.  So many businesses start at kitchen tables, study desks and in spare bedrooms, juggled with day jobs, we felt that we had to invite everybody in order to capture those just starting out, those struggling, as well as those who have crossed the divide from self employed idealists to entrepreneurs!

Equally, there are many of you who specialise in advising entrepreneurs and start-ups and we encourage you to join us.

We are delighted that Philippa Dale-Thomas (1976, St Austin's), Fiona Ellis-Winkfield (Ellis, 1981, Farnley Lodge) and Sara Putt (1982, Roderic) have kindly agreed to be our guests of honour. 

Guests of Honour:

Philippa is an independent consultant with 25 years' experience in business management and corporate communication, including as managing director and deputy chairman of top-ten UK PR agency Fishburn Hedges. She helps organisations manage change and growth by getting the most out of people and the inter-relationships between clients, staff and the business itself.

Fiona worked for eight years in retail where she qualified as a management accountant. She then moved to the music business progressing to be commercial director of EMI Studios. Fiona now works in manufacturing, having taken over the family business, Gordon Ellis & Co, and moved it onto the 4th generation.

Sara established Sara Putt Associates in 1989 and has been working as Managing Director and Agent here ever since. As well as the day job Sara has also produced several award winning short films including Tattoo which was BAFTA nominated in 2002.

Event details:  Wednesday 30th April, 7pm to 10pm        

The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, Mayfair, London W1J 5JD

Drinks followed by a three-course dinner including wine 

Tickets:             £60 per head or £30 for Guild members under 25 years of age. 

Spaces will be limited and are available on a first come first served basis. If you would like to attend please return the attached form to Caroline Harris in the Guild Office, together with your cheque or tickets can be booked online by clicking here (A 5% charge will be added to online bookings (£63.00 and £31.50 respectively). 



On Saturday 17th May the Guild Biennial Meeting will be held in College and will coincide with the College Reunion for all those who are Class of 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954 and beyond. All members are warmly invited.

Each year we try to offer a programme for the day that provides plenty of choice and freedom to explore College.  As part of this year’s programme, 30 years after the front doors of the old Bunwell House in Suffolk Square shut, we are opening the doors to the new Bunwell House in Parabola Road, for the first time.

The new Bunwell House will be a 66 bedroomed boarding house and is part of the extensive boarding review that College has committed to, improving the standard of boarding accommodation across the school. Opening in September 2014, it will set the standard for the refurbishment of our junior boarding estate over the next seven years.   

We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for the original Bunwellians, together with those still standing after Reunion day, to come and commemorate the event with refreshments six months before the official opening of this state of the art building.  We will be serving drinks and canapés at 6.00 pm on Saturday evening and would be thrilled if original Bunwellians would come and join us.

If you would like to attend this event, please complete and return the reply form.  The price is £20 per head (£21 if booked online) for lunch.  Tickets can be booked online by clicking here or by emailing  We have secured some favourable rates at local hotels and encourage you to book your rooms as soon as possible, click here to see the list. A list of attendees will be available to view nearer the time.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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!



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!

The ticket price will be confirmed as soon as the approximate number of attendees is known.  Please contact Candy Weston (Bekenn) at to show your interest.


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.