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2018 Founder's Day Service and Reception


University Church of St Mary the Virgin

What better way to round off our 125th Anniversary than to remember how it all began? St Hilda’s College holds our annual Founder’s Day Service on the Wednesday closest to 17 November, St Hilda’s Day. On this occasion we recollect our Founder, Dorothea Beale, and give thanks for the benefactors who have enabled the continuation of the College since 1893. This year, as in our centenary year, we will mark this very special occasion by celebrating in the glorious surroundings of the University Church.  The service will feature readings and music including, as has become traditional, a new setting of The Hymn Of Caedmon composed by a current undergraduate. The service will commence at 6pm after which there will be a drinks reception in the Church. We welcome all students and alumnae to join us for what is, very fittingly, the final event of this anniversary year.

5:20pm: Gather at the Lodge (Those who wish to join the College procession. Alternatively head straight to the Church)
5:30pm: College procession to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin
6pm: Service of Thanksgiving led by The Revd Canon Brian Mountford, Chaplain (Gowns will be worn)
         with College Choir, Orchestra and Soloists, Conducted by Dr Jonathan Williams 
7pm: Drinks reception in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin

The Service is free and open to all, but please register.
Booking deadline: 09/11/18

You may book online here​. When booking, the opportunity is available to make an additional voluntary donation to the 125th Anniversary Fund.
We regret that parking in College is currently limited to Blue Badge holders only.

What happened at the event

Fellows, staff, students, alumnae and friends of the College processed along the High Street to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, beginning an evening full of celebration and thanks.

At the service, we remembered our Founder, Dorothea Beale and gave thanks for the benefactors who have enabled the continuation of the College since 1893. We heard readings from Dr Helen Swift, Tutorial Fellow in Medieval French, Aileen Kearney (Oriental Studies, 2016) Chapel Warden, and the Principal, before the Address by our College Chaplain, Canon Brian Mountford and the College Prayer, read by Tom Gould (PPE, 2017). Members of the College Community read 'Words of Wisdom, Learning, Community' in Welsh, Lithuanian, Classical Chinese, Mongolian, and Iranian. The wonderful music included a new setting of Cædmon's Hymn, composed by a current undergraduate, which has become a St Hilda's tradition. This year, it was set to music by Cassie White (Music, 2016).

After a drinks reception at the church, complete with champagne and St Hilda's cupcakes, we enjoyed a celebratory dinner and speech by alumna and guest of honour, Zeinab Badawi (PPE, 1978).

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Founder's Day