An appeal to raise funds for a new Janousek single scull with aluminium 3 stay riggers and a new set of blades was launched in March 2017. The Boat Club were overwhelmed by the generosity of Petrean boaties and almost £12,000 was raised resulting in the opportunity to purchase a second scull. The first new scull, ‘The Sprit of 1828’, was named at the May Bumps Dinner, after the founding year of the Peterhouse Boat Club. The beautiful weather allowed for drinks in Old Court, where Boaties past and present gathered to watch the unveiling of the new boat.
The 2018 Gathering repeated its format of previous years, with Petreans enjoying a programme of tours, lectures and talks. Saturday morning began with a tour of the art collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, followed by lunch in College. Talks in the theatre took place in the afternoon, with three fascinating lectures from Peterhouse graduate students. The afternoon was rounded off with a presentation by Petrean, Captain Geoff Dyer, who gave a rousing account of his time as a bomber pilot in the Cold War.
As in previous years, we were able to invite Boaties past and present to watch the final day of the May Bumps from the beautiful gardens of a friend of the College, located on the banks of the River Cam. The spectators gathered to cheer on the Peterhouse teams while enjoying Champagne and nibbles. The same venue has very kindly been offered to the College next year. Invitations for this event will be sent out in Lent term.
Members of College will be saddened to hear of the death of Professor David John Watkin.The College extends sympathy to his family and friends.
After the success of the Ladies Plate 60th Anniversary Weekend in 2016, the members of the 1956 crew organised a repeat for 2018. Boaties past and present joined the crew to celebrate all that the Boat Club has achieved over the last 60 years and to look to the future of rowing at Peterhouse.
After the success of previous Peterhouse careers events in 2016 and 2017, we were excited to invite more Petreans back to the College in March to meet with current students. The evening began with introductions, providing students with an insight into a wide variety of careers, from natural sciences to charities. Talks were followed by drinks and canapés, giving current members a chance to chat to Petreans about their career aspirations, make valuable connections for the future and also discuss work experience and internship opportunities.
On Thursday 22 February 2018, Petreans and their guests enjoyed a memorable dinner at the Carlton Club in London by kind invitation of The Rt Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne (m. 1959), Honorary Fellow.
Following dinner there was a discussion on the Conservative 1922 Committee, generously hosted by Lord Lexden (m. 1963), Politician, Official Historian of the Conservative Party and Petrean.
The dinner provided an opportunity for Petreans to gather together for a most enjoyable evening in an outstanding setting. We hope to repeat this dinner at a different venue in 2019.
The 2017 Petrean events calendar was brought to a close by the annual London Carol Service at St Vedast-alias-Foster; a beautiful wren church close to St Paul's Cathedral. Almost 100 Petreans attended and the congregation was bolstered by a choir made up of current members from the College plus Voces Petrensium (the Peterhouse alumni choir). Carols and hymns were followed by drinks in the Church Hall. We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Carol Service will once again be held at St Vedast, on Thursday 6 December.
Thanks to the generosity of a number of Petreans we were able to hold the first Peterhouse Law Lecture in October 2017. The College was delighted to host Professor Michael Dougan (m. 1993), Petrean and Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, University of Liverpool.
Professor Dougan focused his lecture on Brexit, discussing the UK's withdrawl from the EU. The lecture was followed by a drinks reception and dinner in Hall.
In 2017 The Master, Bridge Kendall, embarked on two trips, the first to Asia Pacific in April, and the second to the East Coast of the United States in July. Bridget met with a great many of you while travelling and was delighted to hear about your memories of Peterhouse and listen to your thoughts on how the College might continue to provide a warm welcome to and support for students from a wide range of backgrounds and studying a diverse range of disciplines for many years to come.