It can't be almost 50 years since we were there as students
The 2019 Reunion will be on September 14th and 15th 2019 and held once again on the campus. Tickets are now available through the College website.
The intention is to follow the same format as the event in 2016, certainly on the Saturday. On the Sunday there will probably be a "Heritage Open Day" from 11 AM onwards so as well as the traditional RHC70s reunion activities on Sunday there will be the opportunity to do a whole lot more throughout the day. There are a few details about the heritage day here - https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/explore-royal-holloway
Some of the costs we incur are significantly higher this time round and we've also been hit with some new costs that we've not had to pay before so the ticket prices have had to be increased to £42 per head. It is possible that the price may have to be increased later (not for those that already have a ticket) so please buy your tickets as quickly as possible so we can get a clear idea on numbers - that's why the College website refers to 'earlybird' tickets.
We plan to have a open-mic event on the Saturday afternoon so if anyone has some desire to get up on a stage and perform then please let us know.
Overnight accommodation will be available again and this too will be available to book at the same time as the event tickets go on sale. For those that want to make a weekend of it then it will be possible to book rooms for the Friday night and/or Sunday night as well.
Hopefully we will have an excellent turn-out this time for what will be the last event I organise.
As people buy their tickets I send them a draft badge for the event (and encourage them to send a photo of themselves when a student to be incorporated within it), Each draft badge is added to the 2019 Reunion Badges photo album in the Events part of the Community area of the site.
The image above was taken on the Founders steps after breakfast on the Sunday morning. Unfortunately it only includes less than half of the attendees so is not that representative of the turn-out. It would be good to get a photo with all the attendees this time but phrases like 'herding cats' and 'nailing jelly to the ceiling' spring to mind whenever I consider how to do it.
If you are a Facebook user then you can encourage other alumni you are still in touch with to come by sharing the Facebook event with them - this is College managed but can be found at - Facebook Event - Reunion link
This page takes you through the steps to book tickets for the reunion. This is done through the College website rather than the RHC70s website.
The tickets are £42 each and this includes the evening meal with some wine. If you want overnight accommodation at the College (we have a block booking on one of the new halls) then follow the other link for booking accommodation.
You may want to open the appropriate page on the College web site so you can book the tickets as you're reading!!
The reunion has some accommodation set aside for the weekend of September 14th and 15th. Most people will only want to stay the Saturday night but for those travelling from further afield or wanting to make a long weekend of it then it is possible to add the Friday night or the Sunday night to your booking and still use the code for the reserved accommodation. Those who have to travel some distance and want to be around for the whole of the Heritage day on the Sunday may benefit from staying the Sunday night as well
The Promotion Code to use is: RHC70s
If you do not use the code you will not be offered a room in the set-aside accommodation and will have access only to rooms in the Hub (this may suit some people of course but space will be limited).
A few people who are coming as part of a group have asked if it's possible to reserve a table so that they can sit as a group for the meal. In the past I've resisted this as it's a bit of a headache to both organise and manage - and the system of semi-organised chaos has always seemed to work where we just suggest areas for different year groups.
It can be difficult to decide whether to come to a 'big' reunion like this if you've not been before, particularly if you're coming alone. The experience that most people have is a positive one (or maybe those that don't have a good time just don't tell me) as even if there is no-one you know well or knew from when you were a student there the overall atmosphere is just very friendly and inclusive.
The badges used at the reunion are designed to be help recognise other people as stangely we have all changed a little in the last 50 odd years. They are A6 in size so fairly visible even to eyes as old as ours,
The badges are colour-coded based on the first year you were a student - if someone has the same colour badge then they started in the same year as you - so always worth striking up a conversation with them as very often the sound of someones voice can bring memories flooding back. The badges will also include the subject of study and the name they had at the time. Wherever possible the badge will also have a photo from student days though some of these are inevitably difficult to come by.
In the Read More section is a copy of my badge and a chart showing the colours associated with each year group.