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Westminster College 30 Year Reunion

10 August 2015

 



Last month, the Westminster College Class of 1985 returned to the campus where it all began three decades ago.

The reunion, hosted at Oxford Brookes’ Harcourt Hill Campus (the original site of Westminster College, now part of the School of Education at Oxford Brookes), saw over 50 alumni of the 1985 cohort assemble to reminisce and reconnect with each other underneath the glorious Oxford sunshine. 

Guests travelled from across the country, and in some cases from overseas, to attend this special reunion, and after being treated to a buffet lunch in the Glasgow Room had chance to explore the campus to see what’s changed since their departure. 

Many guests particularly enjoyed re-visiting the Chapel, while others were somewhat surprised to find a bar on site, admitting “that would have been unheard of in our day!”

Everyone soon took advantage of the day’s good weather to have an obligatory ‘group photo’ taken on the steps leading up to the Chapel, which can be seen above. 

A selection of archive materials were made available to view, along with a ‘memory board’ which included various albums of photographs and notes from those who weren’t able to attend. 

Anecdotes were shared and friendships rekindled as afternoon tea was served, before everyone departed for an entertaining evening in the Fishes, another memorable old jaunt!

Tim Welch, one of three alumni who helped organise the event, was delighted with the turnout.  “This is the first reunion our cohort has ever held since we all left, and it’s great to have such good numbers.” 

Joe Parton, from Oxford Brookes’ Alumni Office, said “it was a real pleasure to help organise such a wonderful event and to see so many old friends reconnect.  After today’s success, I hope they don’t have to wait another thirty years before organising another one!” 

Special thanks must go to Tim Welch, Andy Heafford and Pete Lloyd for their efforts in organising this event, and to the staff at Harcourt Hill Campus for being so accommodating.