Christ's College Alumni

                                          E-newsletter June 2017

Welcome to the June issue of the e-newsletter.


Professor Theresa Marteau appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Congratulations to Professor Theresa Marteau (Fellow) who has been appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Her citation reads: “Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at Cambridge University, is a distinguished Health Psychologist who has established a world-class behaviour change unit. She has demonstrated that Government policies should look at population-level interventions as well as those that focus on individuals, putting the concept of “nudge” into practice. She has been the Principal Investigator for the Wellcome Trust funded Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health and pioneered research into how the environment affects people’s behaviour.”

The College is enormously proud of Professor Marteau's work, and delighted that she has been recognised in this way.


Professor Marteau

Honorary Fellowship for Sir Martin Sorrell

We are delighted to announce that Sir Martin Sorrell (m. 1963) has been elected into an Honorary Fellowship. Sir Martin read Economics at Christ’s and is Group Chief Executive of WPP, world leader in marketing communications services.

Sir Martin Sorrell (Honorary Fellow)


College Grace Competition

Two 1982 Christ's choir alumni, Cathy Stone and Frank Knowles, sponsored a competition, open to all members, to compose a choral setting to the Latin College Grace. There were nine entries in total and three were shortlisted to be judged and sung by the Choir at Evensong on Sunday 21 May. Jonathan Rathbone (m. 1976) composed the winning entry and received a prize of £200. The setting will be performed by an alumni choir at the College Reunion Dinner on 23 September 2017.


Christ's College Choir Association Event

The next Choir Association Dinner will take place on Saturday 4 November. Past and present members of the Choir are warmly invited to come and sing Festal Evensong together in the College Chapel, under the direction of Professor David Rowland. This will be followed by a special Choir Association Dinner in Hall. In welcoming old members of the Choir to come and enjoy music-making in Christ's once again, the Choir Association hope to fill the Chapel with singers as a momentous and joyful celebration of the musical life of the Chapel. Evensong will be at 6:00pm, and dinner will be preceded by drinks in the Fellows' Parlour at 7:00pm. To cover expenses, the cost of a four-course dinner, including pre-dinner drinks and wine during the meal, will be £50 per person. There will be a rehearsal for everyone in the Chapel at 4:15pm for 4:30pm. The dress code for both evensong and dinner is black tie.

If you would like to book a place, please do so via our NetCommunity site here or contact Beth Blakeman in the Development Office (tel: 01223 766710 email:  


Arctic Row for Alumnus Danny Longman 

Danny Longman (m. 2005) is training to row across icy waters from Iceland to Svalbard this summer. The 2000km row will break four Guinness World Records, including the Northernmost Ocean Row and the longest ever Arctic Row, as well as the first ever row between Iceland and Svalbard. A former Marguerites Club President, CUBC Vice-President and CCBC rower, Danny needs your help to raise £10,000 to make it a success, with full expedition naming rights, professional quality expedition photography, and motivational talks on offer to those who would like to support him. Please contact Danny ( if you'd like to be involved.        


Danny (centre) rowing for College


Alumni Golf Society 

The Christ’s College Alumni Golf Society continues to expand and our fixtures are firmly established in the calendar. The year started in April with the Inter Collegiate Alumni Golf Competition which this year was won by Clare with Christ's, last year’s winners, coming a respectable 5th. Ten Colleges competed at The Gogs Golf Course and the event was followed by Dinner at Christ’s: the whole day was considered very successful and the competition in 2018 is expected to attract twelve to fourteen Colleges. 

The next fixture was a match against St John’s for the Lady Margaret Beaufort Trophy, played this year at Berkhamstead Golf Club, and for the third year it ended all square. It was played in a competitive but friendly atmosphere that typifies all the events we play.

In August we have a match against Fitzwilliam, another established match in our calendar, and we finish the season on 22 September with a Society Day at Royal Worlington followed by Dinner in College. Thirty members have indicated their intention to play but other Alumni are more than welcome.

All you need to do is contact John Sefton (m. 1958) (


Friends of the Old Library

The most recent Friends of the Old Library newsletter is available to read here, bringing you up to date on events, exhibitions and news.


Year Group Reps

Those of you with a Year Group Rep will have been contacted by them over the last couple of months, asking for news to include in this year's College Magazine. We are very fortunate to have a group of willing and dedicated alumni, who act as the point of contact for their year group. If your year group is without a rep, then you can still submit your news via our NetCommunity site here. Please log in, and select 'Alumni Community' then 'Members News' from the drop down menu. It's always great to hear from people and learn what you've all been up to so please take a moment to do this!

We are still looking for reps for the following years: 1944, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1968, 1975, 1981, 1998, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997. If one of these year groups is yours and you would like to help in keeping your contemporaries connected then please get in touch with Sarah Proudfoot ( Thank you!


Down at the Bottom of the Garden... 

College Gardener Terry Hayden gives us another glimpse behind the scenes in his Gardening Diary...

"Hello again from the Garden Team. 

The beginning of summer in the Christ's garden means the big lead up to Graduation, doing the final touches to have it looking its best. A lot has changed in the garden since my last post; the herbaceous borders in the Fellows' Garden and Second Court are practically bursting at the seams with colour and form. Particular highlights include the large purple Allium 'Globemaster', Foxgloves and Delphiniums, like the Delphinium 'Guinevere' (found in the Coombe border in the Fellows' Garden). The Iris Garden, which was a glorious sea of colour for three weeks this year, has now come to an end, however the fading of the Bearded Iris allows the chance for other species of Iris to take centre stage. The likes of the beautiful Iris Louisiana 'Mysterious Monique', with its deep purple flowers, striped with white, and also the subtle white stands and light yellow falls of Iris Sibirica 'Butter And Sugar', are standouts at this time of the year. June also means the planting of the summer beds in Second Court, along the Fellows' Building and C, D and E staircases. This year the main focus is on Dahlias; the dark foliage and bright orange single flowers of Dahlia 'Bishop of Oxford' give a real depth to the borders and other notable inclusions are the wonderful burnt orange and red Tagetes linnaeus 'Burning Embers' and the vibrant white and purple forms of Salvia farinacea 'Evolution'. The Head Gardener's pick for summer interest is the long border by the Victorian Greenhouse. It has only recently been replanted and deserving of a mention are the numerous Dahlias and Salvias included in the design, which will flourish against the warm wall. The sprint finish is very much on, as it's a race to get the garden looking at its peak, but we are well on the way. The warm summer days will see the gardeners buzzing around College much like bees looking for nectar and pollen. Trimming, tidying and adding the finishing touches here and there. The gardens are really starting to show off what they can do, and we Gardeners are starting to see the benefits of all the hard work over the last few months."


             Burning Embers

   Foxglove                                       Iris Sibirica 'Butter And Sugar'         Tagetes linnaeus 'Burning Embers'


Don't forget that you can leave a comment or suggest a topic for the Gardening Diary on our online alumni NetCommunity pages here. Please log on and select 'Discussion Groups' from the Alumni Community drop down menu. If you have forgotten your password then click 'forgotten log in details' and follow the instructions. We'd love to hear from you!




9 July: College Family Day

5 August 2017: 2007 Year Group Reunion organised by Kasim

9 September 2017: Reunion Dinner for those matriculated up
to and including 1958 and in 1967

23 September 2017:
Reunion Dinner for those who matriculated in 1980-1984 inclusive



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