Members of the 1249 Society joined us for a private drinks reception at Univ Boat House, followed by a barbecue, at this year's Summer Eights on Saturday 28th May. Membership of the 1249 Society is open to all members of the College. To find out more about membership levels and benefits, please click here. All Univ Old Members, rowers and spectators, and their guests joined us for the Master's Reception at Summer Eights, to cheer on the Univ crews and to enjoy a pop-up cafe in the sunshine.
'I was lucky enough to go to Summer Eights with a Univ friend and contemporary, and we met three other contemporaries and their wives. Unchanged? Not quite, but fit and lively. One was even wearing perhaps the only surviving tie of the 'Utopers' - the Univ cricket club of the early 1960s. We downed excellent Pimm's in the sunshine, while current Univ men and women carried their boats in and out, politely calling out to warn us not to be brained by swinging bows... We felt welcome and peculiarly at home.' Dr Seán Haldane (1961, English)
'As usual, Summer VIIIs delivered an exhilarating cocktail of Pimm’s, bumps and sunshine. A huge number of OMs had ventured down to the banks of the Isis, and could be found picnicking up and down the river. Univ blazers were out in force, and quite a few were still in their immaculately cream state. I had been wondering whether Oxford college rowing had changed since my graduation in 2014, and I can say with assurance that it has not. Dramatic klaxons, sarcastic commentators and the odd crab created invigorating viewing for spectators. Unfortunately I did not arrive in time to witness M4’s rowing ability, although I believe they had an elite-level coach. However, I did get to witness W3’s bump on St. Peter’s and M3’s bump on Queen’s, with both crews demonstrating great tenacity.
The Master kindly hosted a reception at the Boathouse in the afternoon, and this provided a beautiful setting for watching the higher divisions. It was also an opportunity to catch up with old friends and savour a glass of Pimm’s (or two). I was pleased to chat with many of UCBC’s longstanding supporters, including David Hunter, Andrew Gregory and some of Univ’s porters. We then congregated on the rafts in order to watch the First VIIIs. The OMs cheered enthusiastically as W1 and M1 rowed over - no small achievement for boats at the higher end of Division I.
After the racing was over, many of the OMs joined current Boat Club members for the annual Dinner. As tradition demanded, Michael Collins gave another speech from the High Table, and this was followed by a trip to the college bar. It was a great end to another Summer VIIIs, and I wish UCBC all the best for next season!' Catriona Bourne (2011, Music)
Photography by Clare Holt, Nice Tree Films.