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.royalholloway.ac.uk/about-us/events/heritage-open-day-1/
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).
Now that we have almost 300 people coming to the reunion it's getting a little bit difficult for people to wade through the album of badges of all those attending. As a first step the albums were re-organised based on attendee starting years and all of these albums are still in the photos section of the 2019 reunion event.
I have now added a downloadable PDF of all those attending that you can access here. This is in alphabetical order of the surnames people had when students.
If you have a photo of any of these attendees that have 'No Photo' against their name then please let me have it so I can update their badge.
With around three months to go until the reunion we have just over 230 tickets sold so far.
The chart in the full article shows the breakdown by starting year.
All those coming should have received a draft of their badge - let me know if you haven't. These badges are all in the photo album of badges in the Community Section of the web site. (Reunion Badges). I currently add to this album as a ticket is purchased so the sequence does not make it easy to find people you may know other than just picking out a particular badge colour.
On the Sunday of the reunion there will be a breakfast in Founders (for those who have booked accommodation using the RHC70s booking code) and hopefully an opportunity to get a group photo on the steps in South Quad (weather permitting). Tea and coffee will then be available in the Herringham Room (regardless of whether you stayed overnight) but you may also want to grab your tickets for some of the activities going on as part of the Heritage Open Day - most of these activities are for limited numbers and you need to get a ticket for an appropriate time-slot.
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.
This is a first draft for the schedule on Saturday. Please note that the start time for registration is at Noon on the Saturday, this will give people more time to meet and chat as well as looking around the grounds.
For those staying overnight the college have also agreed to make the check-out time on Sunday morning 12 noon rather than 10 AM so this will make for a more relaxed visit to Founders for breakfast and for spending some more time relaxing before needing to move out. The Heritage Day means there will be a lot more to do on Sunday - and you can see more details on the College web page (click here)
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.
Here is the current track list that Pete Challinger has on his system in preparation for the reunion. If you have a favourite track that isn't on the list then add a comment at the bottom of the page so that Pete can see if it can be added. The list covers not just what will be played at the disco but also background music that may get played elsewhere. So just because the track is on the list is no guarantee that it will be played at and particular time or location.
If you want to hear a particular track, or even get it dedicated to someone then let Pete know (you can send him private messages via the website).
The full listing is below (but you may njeed to click on the 'Read More' link to see it.
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.