I had a meeting with a number of people at the College earlier in the week just to keep everyone up-to-date with the way things are developing. We have now sold 120+ tickets and around 90 of those have already booked overnight accommodation. There is a broad mix over all the years with some lumpy bits where groups have booked. All those who have booked should have received their draft badges by now but we still have a disappointing number where I don't have photos of the attendees from their student days. If you do see a badge in the reunion badge photo album that's displaying a picture of Thomas or Jane Holloway and you think you have a photo of them somewhere (or have seen one on the site) then please let me know.

Tickets for the 2019 reunion went on sale on 24th February and there was a mailshot to let people know. As ever, the mailshot causes a flurry of activity on the website but it seemed to cope with the extra load. In the couple of weeks since the tickets were available almost 70 have been bought. All those who have bought a ticket should have received a draft badge within 24 hours - but there is sometimes a delay if I'm away. This is a quick start to ticket sales so I live in hope that we will have a good turnout this year.

Some interesting facts about the tickets so far:-

  • Almost a quarter of tickets so far have been for alumni who've not been to one of the reunions I've organised before
  • Those who started in 1979 are the biggest group so far
  • Every starting year between 1965 and 1982 is represented except 1966 - so an excellent spread of interest
  • About 60% of the badges already have photos of the attendee from the time they were a student - and I haven't stepped up the nagging emails to those without a picture yet.

All the badges are on the website - in the 2019 Reunion Event page in the community section of the site - you can see the album here. If you have a picture, or know of one, of any of the people whose badges currently show Jane or Thomas Holloway then please let me know. There must be pictures of them out there somewhere.

The College have created an Event of Facebook for the reunion - RHC70s Reunion 2019 - so if you know of any alumni from the time who are on Facebook you can send them the notification of the event very easily. It's a good way to cascade information out to those who may be interested. It's worth noting that we only have contact information for about 20% of alumni (and of those 20% almost half do not seem to read their emails) so there are a lot of people that many of us would like to see again that we currently have no way of contacting.

As many of you know, this is the last reunion that I'm organising (though I still plan to come to them in the future). John Parker is going to take over from me with the assistance of his wife Janet, who is also an alumni from the time. John came up to RHC in 1979, having followed his brother into the college. He studied Chemistry, (nominally), although was much more heavily involved in a combination of Ents, Rag and Rugby. Notable achievements included being bounced into being elected as House Manager at his very first STUDS, becoming Internal Social Secretary in 1980-81, following the legendary Bill Hearn, being Rag Chair in 1982, which included the first introduction of Lenny Henry at one of the events, as well as the introduction of the Rag Last Night of the Proms, four years playing for RHCRFC as tighthead prop for the 1st XV, finishing as Club Chairman and, finally, finishing as VP Services. John was the person who brought the use of Founders as the outside venue for Summer Ball, using three marquees and headlining Bad Manners and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. He also left, to his everlasting joy, having met his wife Janet. They married on December 31st 1984 and have now been married for 34 years.

Janet herself had a considerable career at RHC. Coming up in 1980, she studied History and Politics. Through her time, she was an active member of the Kingswood community, as well as acting as editor of Chateau, (which is how they met), and Union Communications Officer. Janet will be co-convenor of the reunion going forward, which is probably just as well!!

 

Well it's time to start planning the next reunion - targetted for 2019.

This is going to be the last one I take the lead on so if anyone out there fancies shadowing the steps involved so you can take the lead on the following event then please make yourself known. There is a chunk of admin involved but I'm at this stage where most of the steps necessary to make it happen are in place and it would be a shame for these to be lost - tt gets a lot easier once you've got the hang of it. I plan to note down a lot of the steps in this blog  so others can pick it up if need be.

We have a provisional date for 2019 of the weekend of September 14th / 15th. At this stage it means that the date is in the diaries at RHC so if anything crops up that will interfere with it we will get warned. This is mainly to reserves the various spaces we need - all the details can wait for quite a while. We have pencilled in bookings for The Hub dining hall, (Athlone dining room), Imagine (Athlone Common Room) and a hall of Residence (probably Tuke again). These are all provided by the College.

It's been 15 months since I put anything on the blog page but the time is coming when I'll have to get back into the groove of updating it regularly to keep you informed of what's happening on the website and in preparation for the next reunion.

I have just updated all the software on the website so you'll notice some changes and hopefully a lot of the various bugs will be cleared out of the way. If you do come across anything strange then please let me know. A lot of different problems occur depending on what sort of device you're using - particularly because of the range of different screen sizes that are now available - and the different browsers on those different devices. I test any changes on my home computer and phone before I introduce them but that only represents a fraction of the devices that you may be using. If you do have a problem or something looks weird then please let me know what device you are using, what operating system and what browser the problem occurs on so I can try to replicate it and figure out what's happening. I have extended the hosting agreement on the website so it will keep going until the start of 2020 and then I'll need to decide what to do next.

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Founders Video

Founders Video

Click the picture or the text to view - two different videos

Every picture has its story

Many of you who were around in the late 60s and early 70s will remember Stuart Watson who was Social Secretary while he was a student.

You'll find a number of photos of him on the site -two of them are reproduced here along with the cover from his new book.

The book includes some pieces about his early years at Royal Holloway that some of you will find interesting.

You can find more information on his Facebook page and on his Stuart Watson website