2020 Green Gaudy
Whilst we are sad not to be celebrating on the banks of the Cherwell with you all, and especially with the Reunion Groups, we aim to create a great Gaudy event for everyone. This year we will be celebrating a green Gaudy. From global ecology, to the College gardens, to your ailing aspidistra, we'll be bringing the great outdoors to your home.
10 - 11am
An English Country Garden: The College Grounds, a history in bloom
As the new buildings continue to take root in the landscape of our beautiful College Grounds, we dig into the history of our magnificent gardens to unearth their stories. From the Rose Garden to the Suffragette Border; the South Garden Rockery to the fritillaries of the Meadow our Garden Consultant, Walter Sawyer, in conversation with Dr Sarah Watkinson, will delve into the archives to reveal how the gardens have evolved before bringing us up-to-date with the rejuvenation our unique and much-loved riverside landscape.
11.30 – 1pm (latest)
St Hilda’s College Gardeners’ Question Time
Join us in our very own version of the popular radio programme. With your panel of horticultural experts: Walter Sawyer, Sarah Watkinson, Serena Cowdy (History, 1998), and Meryem Kalayci and Chair Nicolette Jones (English, 1978).
Quiz our panel on the day, or send advance questions and photos of your specimens in question to email@example.com by Friday 25th September.
2 – 3pm
Building the future : transforming our site and planning for the ‘new normal’
With the Principal, Sir Gordon Duff giving the latest news from College and progress with our campaign, assisted by Development Director and Fellow, Bronwyn Travers.
3.30 – 4.45pm
The Gaudy Lecture with Cherie Nursalim
Our distinguished alumna, Cherie Nursalim (Liem Mei Kim, Engineering and Economics,1985) will be joining us to share her remarkable journey from St Hilda’s to her roles today as a leader in business in the Asia Pacific region, and shaping initiatives for a better, greener, and happier future. With the Principal and Dr Saad Jbabdi (Tutor in Engineering).
‘Thought for the Gaudy’ with the College Chaplain, Meryem Kalayci.
In place of our usual Gaudy, Thanksgiving Service, the Chaplain will bring today’s College community activities to a close.
All the sessions will be live and with an audience Q&A.
We aim to arrange 'real' celebrations in College for all the 2020 reunion groups as soon as is possible.