A new event for the Peterhouse Society; the Peterhouse Day at the Races, saw Petreans and their guests meet up at Newmarket Race Course for the final day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, followed by dinner in College that evening. The positive feedback received means plans are already in place for a 2018 Race Day. Dates for 2018 will be confirmed in Lent term.
The stormy September weather could not dampen the spirits of Petreans returning to College with their families for the biennial Peterhouse Family Day. There was plenty of entertainment to keep the young crowd happy with a birds of prey show in the Deer Park, followed by a fantastic science show in Hall. Thankfully the butlers lit the fires, creating a cosy atmosphere in the Hall and Combination Room for guests to escape the downpours and dry off. The next Peterhouse Family Day will take place in 2019, dates to be confirmed.
May Week was brought to a close with the, now biennial, May Ball. As in previous years, the student-run May Ball Committee went to great lengths to ensure the event was strikingly different to other Colleges and a truly decadent occasion, especially as 2017 marked 125 years of May Balls at Peterhouse.
Boaties past and present joined the Master on the banks of the River Cam to watch the final day of the May Bumps. The spectators gathered to cheer on the Peterhouse teams while enjoying Champagne and nibbles in the beautiful gardens of a friend of the College. The same venue has very kindly been offered to the College next year on Saturday 16 June. Invitations for this event will be sent out in Lent term.
Touring is a vital part of the life of Peterhouse Chapel Choir. Musically inspiring and culturally rich, these tours are life-changing opportunities for our organ and choral scholars to see exciting and often unusual destinations and to share their music-making with a wider international audience. Each year, the Choir tours internationally to sing in some of the finest buildings in Europe and beyond: recent destinations have included Venice, Latvia, Tuscany, Provence, Andalucia and Iceland.
Following the success of the House of Lords' dinners in 2015 and 2016, The Peterhouse Society decided on another London-based dinner for 2017. The current Chairman, Lord Thomas of Gresford (m. 1955) generously offered to host the dinner in the beautful surroundings of the Reform Club. Around 70 guests enjoyed a three course meal, followed by a fascinating talk by the Rt Hon. Michael Portillo (m. 1972), British journalist, broadcaster, and former Member of Parliament.
For all international students (everyone who identifies as being from outside of England), you have the option of taking part in something the week before everyone else arrives during official Freshers’ Week: International Freshers’ Week! Monday 24 - Friday 28 September 2018.
Our many congratulations to Julian Crump (m. 1985) who has been elected as President of FICPI (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys) to read Julian's monthly message from the President, please visit the FICPI website.
Petrean Redmond Szell (m. 1988) has been awarded one of LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s three Holman Prizes for 2018. Redmond will use his prize for an incredibly impressive physical feat. He plans to attempt an “Extreme Triathlon” comprised of a 200-foot abseil followed by a swim through open ocean, a 10-mile ride through a notably hazardous bog-land, and a climb up a 213-foot ocean spire called Am Buachaille off the north coast of Scotland.