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Where are they now?
Can you help us to get in touch with Guild members who have lost touch with College? Please go to the new page Where are they now? where you will find 1500 members in three lists spanning 1930-2008, if you can put us back in contact then please email the Guild Office with updated details of the Guild member.
HOW TO BE A LADY : AN ELEGANT HISTORY
Broadcast : Tuesday 26 March 2013 on BBC4 and repeated on Thursday 28 March on BBC4 at 23.40pm
Available on BBC website: click here
Journalist Rachel Johnson goes in search of what seems an almost vanished social type: the lady. With a handful of vintage etiquette books to guide her and a generous helping of film archive, she wants to find out how the idea of the lady changed over time - and what it might mean to be one now. Along the way she tries out etiquette classes and side-saddle lessons, visits her grandmother's own Ladies' College at Cheltenham, discovers where the gymslip was invented, and fails to learn how to open and close a door correctly (it's more complicated than it sounds).
It is available on the BBC website. Mrs Rachel Roberts, College Archivist, was interviewed last year.
GUILD MEMBER ALEX MORTON RETURNS WITH THE PRINCETON TIGERLILIES
Alex Morton returned to CLC on Friday 22nd March with the Princeton Tigerlilies. The Tigerlilies are Princeton's first all female a cappella group and have been bringing their beautiful melodies and tight harmonies to audiences from Princeton to Phuket since 1971 when women first joined Princeton's campus. Alex left CLC in 2011 (St Helen's, Beale) and is currently studying Liberal Arts, she is also the President of the Tigerlilies. The group entertained the girls who were packed into the Princess Hall for the House Music Competition, which forms part of the traditional celebrations to mark the end of the Spring Term. Farnley Lodge’s performance of Lebo M, Mancina and Rifkind's He Lives in You, taken from the soundtrack to the Lion King 2, was judged the winner.
COLLEGE CHOIR GIVES MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE AT ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
College girls gave a memorable performance at one of the country’s holiest sites. The choir travelled to St Paul’s Cathedral for a lunchtime recital and Evensong on Monday 25 April.
Head of Vocal Studies, Stephen Parham-Connolly, and Director of Music, Dominic Hawley, composed pieces for the occasion at the landmark building. The performance featured the Magnficat and Nunc Dimittis, with Geoffrey Burgon ’s setting of the Nunc Dimittis and an extraordinary setting of the Magnificat by Mr Parham-Connolly. The singers also performed Mr Hawley’s anthem Dios te salve, Maria, which was written in preparation for the College Choir's tour of Spain.
Mr Parham-Connolly said: “Hearing the choir sing so brilliantly at St Paul’s was very special and I am delighted by the way they performed.
“We are used to hearing our girls set such high vocal standards, but to hear it at such a wonderful venue was a pleasure.
“The College community and the girls will rightly be proud of the whole event.”
Following Evensong, College hosted a drinks reception in aid of the bursaries fund at The Goldsmiths’ Hall.
DOROTHEA BEALE DEBATE - SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
On Saturday 8 December 2012, the Princess Hall held the annual Beale Debate. Every year two stimulating motions are debated, and this year was no exception. The two motions were: This House would do the honourable thing and fall on its sword and This House believes that Twitter is a menace to society. Both debates were keenly fought with both sides covering all possible viewpoints and arguments on the topics, the audience were seldom left indifferent. Throughout the entire debate, the audience were on the edge of their seats and provided a wide range of questions during the floor debates. At the end of the morning, after a clearly difficult decision, Caroline Dobbin and Alex Walvis regained the trophy for Guild (only the second time Guild has won!). Alex is the first person to win it while she was at College and now as a Guild member.
Designer Lisa King launches textiles award at CLC
TEXTILES students were given an insight into the world of professional fashion by former College pupil Lisa King.
The esteemed designer, who has worked with Kylie Minogue, attended sixth form lessons on Thursday to speak about her career and launch a new competition for SFC1s (year 12).
The Lisa King Design Award will go to the student who best satisfies the brief set by Lisa by demonstrating their personal design flair and creativity.
College textiles teacher Vicki Brandon said: “Having the chance to meet and talk to Lisa was a valuable and exciting experience for the girls.
“I know that they all really appreciated the opportunity to work with an industry professional and were genuinely inspired by both her creative work and her career success.
“We would like to thank Lisa for taking the time to visit us, as well as for her support for the girls’ studies.”
Lisa attended the College from 1995-2001 and went on to study for a BA in Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London.
In addition to her work with Kylie Minogue, her clients as a print designer have included Boudicca, Issa, Osman Yousefzada, Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Sue Timney.
Among her career highlights is the creation of the fabric for the Museum Dress, which formed the centrepiece of Kylie's retrospective exhibition at the V&A Museum.
Her work will soon be seen on a shoe collection for Clarks and later this year she launches her own product range.
Miss Brandon added: "We hope the creation of this award will provide girls with an opportunity to explore and develop highly individual and original ideas and be an added incentive for girls to be successful in their studies."
Visit www.lisakinglondon.com for more information about Lisa’s work.
CLC WELCOMES OLYMPIC TORCH TO CHELTENHAM
Over 200 Cheltenham Ladies' College girls lined The Promenade in Cheltenham to
welcome the Olympic torch to the town on Wednesday 23 May. Joining thousands of other Cheltenham residents, a party atmosphere prevailed as the torch wound its way through the town before ending at Cheltenham Racecourse for an evening party.
GUILD BIENNIAL MEETING AND REUNION
On Saturday 19th May over 150 Guild and Honorary members returned to College for the Guild Reunion and Biennial Meeting. The day was packed with events including the May Junior Concert, a Fashion Show celebrating 100 years of the College Uniform, tours of College, the Parabola Arts Centre and visits to the Observatory as well as plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends and staff. For 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 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982 1979, 1972 and so on down the decades returned. All members are warmly invited to each and every reunion.
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 18th May 2013 and leavers from 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968, 1963, 1958, 1953 etc will be invited back. For further information please contact the Guild Office on firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOTLIGHT LUNCH - ADVERTISING, MARKETING AND PR - April 2012
A lunch for Guild members working in Advertising, Marketing and PR was held on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at The Lansdowne Club, Mayfair. We were delighted that Guild member and current parent Mrs Louise Terry (Cranna, 1974-1981,St Clare), who is the Group Director of Communications at L'Oréal UK, generously agreed to speak after lunch.
SPORT AND THE BRITISH: PLAYING LIKE LADIES
Broadcast : Monday 6 February on BBC Radio 4
Available on BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01blfjy
CLARE BALDING discovers that the freedoms Victorian public school girls found on the sports field were a precursor to the political and social freedoms that would change British society forever.
She visits Cheltenham Ladies College, founded in 1854. Headmistress, Dorothea Beale's vision for her girls was nothing short of a quiet revolution. Pupils began to do gymnastics, swimming and later, hockey and netball allowing them a physical freedom that previous generations had never known.
Readers, Sean Baker, Jo Munro and Jane Lawrence
Producer: Sara Conkey.
It is available on the BBC website. Mrs Rachel Roberts, College Archivist, was interviewed last year and it is part of a series that will run every weekday afternoon for six weeks during the run-up to the Olympics: this particular programme features the early history of sport in girls’ schools and the contribution made by College.
GUILD MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
LONDON 2012 organisers have unveiled the 12 official posters for next year's Games - and the artists behind them have revealed the vision behind the project.
REVEALED: Official London 2012 posters are revealed at London's Tate Britain. Bridget Riley's Rose Rose, a London 2012 Olympic poster
Bridget Riley (1946-1948, St Helen's) is one of the most original painters of our time and is celebrated for her optically vibrant paintings. By manipulating relationships between colours and shapes, she creates illusions of movement and light.
For her Olympic print, Riley has arranged colours in horizontal stripes, indicating the direction of athletic tracks or swimming lanes. The relationships between the colours create a sensation of movement capturing the energy of sport and the Olympic Games.
Summer Exhibition, Wilmington, USA - A native of London, England, Niki Hildebrand (1989-1996, St Helen's) relocated to Wilmington in 2006. In the past, her stained glass has featured abstract puzzles of shapes and figures, including coastal wildlife and biblical characters. Her “Creation of Sin” (pictured) was created for the Stained Glass Association of America, and will be hanging at the CAC opening. To read the article please click here.
Geography graduate Charlotte has top view of the world - Charlotte Voce (2001-2008, Bellairs) has just finished her geography degree at NewcastleUniversity and will use her knowledge of the world working for the Breitling AeroSuperBaticsteam,based in the Cotswolds. To read the article please click here.
Former pupil Muriel Robb (1893-1897) won the Wimbledon Singles Championship in 1902. A commemorative plaque has been unveiled in her home town of Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, to read the article click here. To read a biography about Muriel by Mark Ryan click here.
DOROTHEA BEALE DEBATE 2011
On Saturday 3rd December 2011, the Princess Hall held the annual Beale debate. Every year two stimulating motions are debated, and this year was no exception. The first motion was This house would bash a burglar which was discussed by the proposition, Linda Savin and Jane Tufnell (Guild and current parents), and the opposition, Allegra Ayida and Eleanor Hervey-Bathurst (CLC SFC1 girls). With both sides covering all possible viewpoints and arguments on the topic, the audience were seldom left indifferent. The second motion, This house would pay a ransom was proposed by Miranda Elvidge and Nicole Evans (CLC SFC2 girls) and opposed by Caroline Dobbin and Isabel Summers (Guild). Throughout the entire debate, the audience were on the edge of their seats and provided a wide range of questions during the floor debates. At the end of the morning, after a clearly difficult decision, Miranda and Nicole were judged the winners on account of their compelling argument in the second debate.
UNVEILING OF THE PAC DONOR BOARD
The Parabola Arts Centre season opened with College's Edinburgh Fringe Festival production of The Dante Sisters and the Dare Club. A drinks reception was held on 9 September and the donor board was unveiled by the Principal, Eve Jardine-Young. A number of Guild and Hon members attended together with PAC donors.
2011 LEAVERS' LUNCH
The 2011 Leavers' Lunch was held in College on Saturday 10 September with girls returning to catch up with friends and staff. The new Principal, Eve Jardine-Young, thanked the girls for coming and congratulated them on their wonderful exam results. Guild Chairman Katie Robyns welcomed them back as Guild members and encouraged them to embrace the worldwide network of Guild members and all it had to offer. She also invited them back for their year group's reunion in five years time in 2016! Click here to see photographs of 2011 Leavers' Lunch.
GUILD AGM AND REUNION - Saturday 7 May
On Saturday 7th May over 500 former pupils returned to College for the Annual Guild Reunion. The majority had all attended College during Vicky Tuck’s 15 year tenure as Principal. The day was packed with events including a barbeque, tours of College, the Parabola Arts Centre and visits to the Observatory as well as plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends and staff.
The Guild AGM was held during the morning and Vicky Tuck was thanked by Guild Chairman Katie Robyns for her unstinting support and dedication to Guild during her time as President of Guild. The Chairman presented her with a gift from Guild and with a Gold Guild Brooch.
The day ended with a wonderful concert in the Parabola Arts Centre with performances by seven Guild members, many of whom had left before the building had been completed. Click here to see the Guild Reunion Photo Gallery.
The night before the reunion former Senior Prefects and 2nd Head Prefects joined Vicky Tuck and the 2011 Prefects for dinner in the Princess Hall where they were asked to pass on advice to the leavers!
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Miss Eve Jardine-Young as Principal from September 2011.
Miss Jardine-Young was educated at St Andrew’s School in Malawi, winning a Major Sixth Form Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham Ladies’ College in 1989. Here she studied Sciences and Mathematics at A level and was appointed Second Head of College. She went on to read Engineering Science at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Miss Jardine-Young began her career at Radley College teaching Economics. She then spent ten years at Epsom College where positions held include Housemistress and Head of Sixth Form. Since 2005 she has been Director of Studies at Blundell’s School in Devon where her work is very highly regarded. She is married to James, is widely travelled and has a broad range of interests including theatre, music, horticulture and sustainability initiatives.
We are delighted to have been able to appoint such a visionary and talented new Principal. Miss Jardine-Young greatly impressed us throughout the interview process and Council was unanimous in recognising in her a very worthy successor to Vicky Tuck.
Chairman of Council
SPOTLIGHT LUNCH FOR FINANCE - Wednesday 16 March 2011
A lunch for Guild members working in the Financial professions was held on Wednesday 16 March 2011 at The Lansdowne Club, Mayfair. We were thrilled that Guild member and current parent, Jane Tufnell (Davies, 1975-1982, St Austin's) generously agreed to speak after the lunch.
Maggie Henderson-Tew (St Margaret’s, 1971-1976) can report success in the Real Tennis Varsity Match.
Notwithstanding the fact that she is more than twice as old as any of her fellow undergraduates in the team, Maggie captained the Oxford Women to a 5-1 win in a match played at Lord’s over two days in February and was lucky enough to be the one to hit the match-winning shot. As the Oxford women last recorded a win in 2005, this was a tremendous team performance. In the doubles Maggie played with Guild member Alex Walvis (St Margaret’s, 2001-2008) and the partnership worked extremely well. They will both be awarded half-Blues and Alex picked up another half-Blue the previous weekend when she was part of the winning women’s team in squash Varsity. She will also be playing the Golf Varsity in a few months’ time. There are a number of Guild members who play this wonderful game, including Charlotte Cornwallis, the current Ladies World Champion.
The Oxford men were not so fortunate and lost 4-2 to a very strong Cambridge side (which contained one of last year’s victorious Oxford team).
The Varsity Match is sponsored by Pol Roger and is hosted by the MCC at the real tennis court at Lord’s. The post-match dinner was held in The Long Room and Christopher Martin-Jenkins, current President of the MCC, gave the welcoming address. It was a splendid amateur sporting event, played in the great spirit of sportsmanship and fair play that is such an attractive aspect of the original, and ancient, game of tennis.
Saturday’s play was filmed for the first time at a Varsity match and was web-streamed by www.realtennis.TV. All matches were shown live and are available for viewing on the website’s archive tab for anyone who is not too sure how the game of real tennis is played, but would like to find out.
DOROTHEA BEALE DEBATE
On Saturday 11th December 2010, the Princess Hall held the annual Beale debate. Every year two stimulating motions are debated, and this year was no exception. The first motion was This house would have a pre-nuptial agreement which was discussed by the proposition, Lauren Daum and Rachel Sullivan (Guild), and the opposition, Nicole Evans and Miranda Elvidge (CLC SFC1 girls). With both sides covering all possible viewpoints and arguments on the topic, we, the audience, were seldom left indifferent. The second motion, This house would stop giving foreign aid in the current economic crisis was proposed by Izzy Poston and Lady Margaret Buckley (Guild) and opposed by Ellie Emerson and Thea Wiltshire (CLC SFC2 girls). Throughout the entire debate, the audience were on the edge of their seats, not only due to the topic being so current, but by Lady Buckley’s remarkable stage presence. She brought the gravitas of a successful judicial career to the stage which really inspired many girls. At the end of the morning, after a clearly difficult decision, Miranda and Nicole were judged the winners on account of their compelling argument in the first debate.
Report by Lillie Scott (SFC1)
DRAWING TOGETHER GUILD ART EXHIBITION
A special exhibition, Drawing Together, launched on 26 November in the new gallery PAC spaces in the Parabola Arts Centre. It ran until 31 January 2011.
This was an entirely new exhibition of art created by a wide variety of artists and students, all of whom have attended CLC. We were keen to involve Guild members who engage in any form of drawing. Drawings, for this purpose, are pieces of art or design primarily concerned with line and mark-making and usually made using dry materials. The purpose for which the drawing is made is not a limiting factor – an architectural design, a dress pattern and a scribbled diagram are all as welcome as a life-class drawing or a plan for a painting or sculpture.
Atlantic Rising is a project circumnavigating the Atlantic along the 1.5meter contour which is predicted to be the new coastline of the ocean in 100 years. Guild member Lynn Morris (Sidney Lodge/Beale, 1992-1998) set off in June 2009, the aim of the expedition is to establish a network of schools in English speaking communities around the Atlantic rim in places as far apart as Scotland, Ghana, Belize and Canada. To follow Lynn's trip and for for further information please click here for her latest report (December 2010) or go to the Atlantic Rising website.
BBC QUESTION TIME- from The Parabola Arts Centre - 14 October 2010
For those that missed BBC Question Time it is now available on BBC iPlayer
Topical debate with a panel of prominent public figures and an invited audience, chaired by David Dimbleby in Cheltenham.
The panel consists of David Willetts MP, Tessa Jowell MP, Lord Phil Willis, Sir Max Hastings and Dr Maria Misra.
CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF GUILD
At the Guild Biennial Meeting in 2010, Katie Robyns (Etchells, 1981, Glenlee) was voted in as the new Chairman and Maggie Henderson-Tew (Tew, 1976, St Margaret's) was voted in as the new Vice Chairman, Maggie and Katie have switched roles - having previously been Chairman, Maggie is going to concentrate her efforts on International Guild. To find out more about Katie and Maggie please click here.
DOROTHEA BEALE DEBATE
The 2009 annual debate featuring CLC vs Guild took place on Saturday 5 December and the motions were: 'This House would legalise assisted suicide' and 'This House would have more women in Parliament'
The Guild teams included two members who are also current parents, Dr Jamanda Haddock (1970-1976) and Dr Marcia Hall (1975-1981) as well as recent leavers Harriet Shone and Claire Brand (2001-2008). The first debate was won by the College team of Clemmie Hobson (Dr Haddock's daughter) and Evie Paterson and they went on to win the overall trophy for College. The second debate was won by the Guild team of Claire and Harriet. Both debates were extremely provocative and inspired every age group from the LC1s upwards wanting to be involved. Full report to follow shortly.
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE LAUNCH EVENT FOR GUILD AND GUILD HON MEMBERS - FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2009
The Cheltenham Ladies' College Edinburgh Fringe Play, Thérèse, written and directed by Fiona Ross, was performed for Guild and Guild Hon members on Friday 11 September in the newly opened Parabola Arts Centre. A drinks reception preceded the production and gave members the opportunity to look around the newly opened Arts Centre.
PROFESSIONAL GUILD LUNCH - MEDICINE
A lunch for Guild members working in the Medical professions was held on Wednesday 22 April 2009 at Chandos House, London W1. We were thrilled that Mrs Clare Fane (Marx, 1968-1972, Roderic) generously agreed to speak after the lunch. A report can be found in The Slab - Autumn 2009.
CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF GUILD
At the Guild Biennial Meeting in 2008, Fionna Cardale and Dragana Hartley retired from their positions of Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively and Maggie Henderson-Tew (Tew, 1976, St Margaret's) was voted in as the new Chairman and Katie Robyns (Etchells, 1981, Glenlee) was voted in as Vice-Chairman. To find out more about Maggie and Katie please click here.
2007 Leaver Alice Bonifacio appears in 'Eight' at the West End
The 2008 Dorothea Beale Debate between Guild and College was held for the third year running on Saturday 6th December and was won by Guild. The motions for the debate were This House would nationalize rather than privatize and This House would ban cosmetic surgery. Construction lawyer Liz Jenkins (Smith, 1976, Glenlee/ Eversleigh) who is Chairman and Partner of Shadbolt LLP London office and Cathy Pitt (Olgeirsson, 1991, Fauconberg/Elizabeth) who is Partner Corporate Finance at Norton Rose LLP, represented Guild in the first debate against Lauren Daum and Rachel Sullivan. The second inter College debate was a valiant battle between Effie Stoodley and Tabitha Ward against Clemmie Hobson and Evie Paterson.
Both debates were extremely provocative and inspired every age group from the LC1s upwards wanting to be involved.
Guild Award 2008
We are delighted to report that the Guild Award for 2008 has been awarded jointly to Holly Marven and Tabitha Ward. Competition for the award this year was particularly strong and it was decided to award three highly commended prizes to Hanna Strang, Cecilia Roos and Celia Underhil. The winners were announced during Prayers and they joined the Principal, members of the Guild Executive Committee and last years winners Yemisi Khalidson and Flora Sowerby for lunch afterwards. The prize money was paid to the girls themselves rather than by way of deduction from their school fees, since it was felt that the money might help finance gap year opportunities or even student costs!
Fringe benefits lead to a New York trip for actress
2007 leaver Alice Bonifacio is dreaming of an acting career
Published Date: 30 September 2008 By John Edwards
BROADWAY beckons for a young actress from Bridlington who is looking for a 'pizza' the action. Alice Bonifacio is used to working at her father's Italian restuarant in the town, but early next year she will be treading the boards in New York.
She is currently studying divinity at Edinburgh University and performed in a production at the city's Fringe Festival
The 20-year-old starred in Eight, a collection of monologues by up-and-coming writer Ella Hickson.
Part of a cast of eight, Alice performed in the four-week run and the company collected one of only 15 Edinburgh Fringe First awards.
It led to an invitation to take the show to London next month and then on to America in January.
They will spend three weeks off Broadway with an all-expenses-paid trip, and Alice hopes this will be the launchpad for a career in acting.
She also appeared in a Stephen Sondheim musical called Company at this year's Fringe and it enjoyed five-star reviews.
Proud mum Merilyn said: "She works so immensely hard and hopefully her story will encourage other youngsters and show them, hard work and focus on what they want in life, can help them achieve so much.
"Alice has worked like the blazes at university and before that she worked hard to get her scholarships at Cheltenham Ladies' College.
"She has a beautiful singing voice and wants to work in theatre and film. She is very versatile. At the Fringe, the tenderness she put into the monologue, about an abused young girl, was just incredible.
"And then in the evening she'd be in a musical."
Alice was born in York and was a chorister at York Minster, as well as being a member of the National Youth Theatre.
A CLC uniform is made to last!
My career in media started in 2002 as a breakfast presenter and newsreader on Cheltenham's Star 107.5FM. After years of 5.30am starts, I thought it was time for a change and so I joined BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
I have taken many roles at the station including presenter, online journalist and producer. I currently work as the CSV Action Manager, producing on air social action content and encouraging volunteering through on air promotion.
My relationship with Pudsey Bear started in 2006, when I produced Children in Need for BBC Gloucestershire in collaboration with London HQ. This year presented a challenge when we were asked to wear school uniforms for the day. Could I find my CLC outfit? Would it still fit?!! Well I did, and it did!
I spent a whole day dressed in my green attire reporting live for BBC Gloucestershire and BBC Pudsey from around the county. Having turned thirty this year, I can't tell you how thrilled I was still to fit into my original uniform (save for a safety pin on the netball skirt which I had substituted for the knee length day skirt, on the grounds of more hip room in a flared skirt)! Striped socks, although definitely non-regulation, added comic value!
Just goes to show that Cheltenham Ladies' College is never far from your side!
Camilla Bassett-Smith (1989-1996, St Clare)
Guild Award 2007
We are delighted to report that the Guild Award for 2007 has been awarded jointly to Yemisi Khalidson and Flora Sowerby. The winners were announced during Prayers and they joined the Principal, members of the Guild Executive Committee and last years winners Rosie Edwards and Alice Tudor for coffee afterwards. The prize money was paid to the girls themselves rather than by way of deduction from their school fees, since it was felt that the money might help finance gap year opportunities or even student costs!
In celebration of Dorothea Beale 1831-1906
For reports on the Centenary Debate and Dinner please click here.
Mary Eyre MBE (1929-1942 Day Girls)
Recognition comes in many forms and we are delighted to offer our congratulations to Mary Eyre who was awarded the MBE for services to Sport over the last 60 years in this year's New Year's Honours list.
An audience of over 50 people welcomed Henry Elwes, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire to East Glos Club on 21 April 2006 to watch him present Club President Mary Eyre with her MBE. The citation read as follows:
"Miss Mary Eyre is a highly respected and outstanding ambassador at all levels of the game having played at club, county and national levels. She has given a life-long service to hockey and, at the age of 81, still continues to devote her time and energy in a voluntary capacity to East Gloucestershire Club. She was a major contributor to the well-being and success of the Western Counties Women's Hockey Association where she played for 30 years and was President for twelve years.
She was a formidable goal scorer and was selected to play for England during the 1946-1949 seasons. Totally dedicated to any roles she undertook, she became a leading international umpire, putting her playing experiences into these duties in a total of 28 internationals, ten of which were played at Wembley Stadium. She also umpired at Wimbledon for fifteen years.
She played for Gloucestershire Women's Hockey Association and was Secretary for 53 years and President for seven years. She is currently President, Trustee and Executive Committee Member of East Gloucestershire Club and is still organising league and junior teams on a day-to-day basis.
Over the years she has encouraged and supported everyone with whom she has been involved, and has shared her knowledge and experience by coaching and training players and officials at all levels of the game.
For many years she served as player selector and was appointed an umpire selector and assessor. She has coached generations of children in schools and continues to be a very strong supporter of junior hockey, having encouraged many schoolgirls into the game.
She has brought energy, dedication and commitment to all her work and her enthusiasm has been an inspiration to those who had the privilege of receiving her coaching and working with her, where she set high standards for everyone".
Following a lengthy applause, Mary made a short speech in which she thanked East Glos Club and its staff for hosting her investiture. She commented how grateful and proud she was to be receiving her MBE. Mary also paid tribute to her mother, the late Margaret Eyre, her family and Sheila Davson for the wonderful support they had given her over the years.
Oxford v Cambridge Women's Boat Race 2006
This year we are delighted to have three Guild Members rowing for Women's Crews at both Oxford and Cambridge. Congratulations go to Rebecca Patton (Beale 2000-2002), who rows at number four of the Oxford Women's boat, Rose Bosnell (Glengar 1985-1993) who rows as stroke of Osiris, the reserve boat. At Cambridge Kaia O'Hare (Farnley Lodge 1998-2004) rowed at number two in Blondie, the Cambridge reserve boat. Guild is delighted to have sponsored Kaia's seat in the Cambridge reserve boat this year. At the Varsity Race at Henley on Saturday 1st April, Oxford beat Cambridge by half a length and Osiris beat Blondie by 2 1/2 lengths, for Kaia's account of "A Day in the Life of a Cambridge Rower" click here. For further information on the Cambridge boat click here and here for Oxford.