The St Hilda's College community celebrated Founder's Day on 13 November 2019
St Hilda's students, staff, Fellows and alumnae gathered together to celebrate Founder's Day with a Service of Thanksgiving at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. We held the event, at which we remember our Founder, Dorothea Beale, and give thanks for our benefactors, close to St Hilda's Day (17 November).
Canon Brian Mountford officiated and we welcomed the Bishop of Bristol and our alumna, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull (History 1974), who gave the sermon. We enjoyed music from our Choir and Orchestra and readings from our Principal, Professor Sir Gordon Duff, Rachel Fairhurst, Chapel Warden (English, 2018) and Mia Day Gough (English, 2017). As has become tradition, we heard the new setting of Caedmon’s Hymn, from our student, Tom Carr (Music, 2017), and Chopin's Nocturne op.15 no.2 in F# major played by our newly appointed Music Scholar, Simon Walton (Music, 2017). Johannes Ungerer, Lecturer in Law, read the College prayer.
The evening continued with a dinner at College. Our after-dinner speaker was St Hilda's alumnus, Mitchell Harris (Experimental Psychology, 2008). Mitchell, the incoming Chief Strategy Officer of Genomics Plc and a Policy Fellow Alumus at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge, spoke fondly of his days at St Hilda's and what the experience had meant to him and his peers.