College life Inaugural Lunch for Legacy
Donors On 7 May, alumni and friends of St Catherine’s came from near and far to the first ‘Lunch for Legacy Donors’ which recognised the contribution that Legacy Donors make to the College. Held in Hall, the lunch brought together forty-one of the College’s 135 current Legacy Donors and their guests.
L The Inaugural Lunch for Legacy Donors.
‘Legacies play a vital part in securing the College’s
future.’ Saira Uppal, Head of Development
The Legacy Donors represented over fifty years of history at St Catherine’s and ranged from former Society Members, who matriculated in 1938, to more recent alumni who matriculated in 1995. However, it is not just alumni who have decided to make such a personal gift, as our Legacy Donors also include Fellows and friends of the College.
There have already been ten new legacy pledges this past year. The most recent legacy we received was from the late Fellow, Jack Pole: the funds will be used to support Graduate Students in the Arts and Humanities, as he requested, and will make a wonderful difference to our students.
We are grateful to everyone who was able to attend the lunch. If you would like to know more about leaving a legacy to the College, or would like to inform us of your existing plans, please contact the Development Office. ■
First-year student’s artwork
L Tombstones by Arthur Laidlaw.
exhibited at Oxford Castle Arthur Laidlaw (2010, History of Art) was one of nine talented artists offered Oxford Castle as a showcase for their works. As part of the 29th annual Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival, which took place in May, the O3 gallery at the Castle and nearby bars and restaurants hosted displays of painting, sculpture and photography.
Arthur told CatzEye that he was proud to have one of his photographs in the exhibition which won a top place in a hotly-contested competition. He has been a regular visitor to the Artweeks Festival in the past but this was the first time he has had his work exhibited. The photograph, Tombstones, was taken at Holywell Cemetery in Oxford.
I Spring Offensive with Whitworth brothers Lucas (centre) and Theo (second from left).
Although he says he’s more of a painter, Arthur is clearly having success using a camera which allows him to get results in less time than it would take to sit and sketch. You can see examples of Arthur’s artwork at: www.arthurlaidlaw.com
j St Catherine’s women’s football team. Women’s football
For the first time in several years, the St Catherine’s women’s football team reached the Cuppers final in Hilary Term. Showing determination and skill throughout the competition, the team built on success in previous seasons to beat a combined St Antony’s/Wolfson side 6-2 in the semi-final and set up a final match against New College the following day. Unfortunately the team lost 1-0 in the final, which was a very close game.
Player Becky Taylor (2008, Law) said, ‘We were underdogs in the final as New College had seven University players so the 1-0 result was actually a great achievement and we played exceptionally well!’ ■
From the Music House
In April, the band Spring Offensive performed an exclusive rendition of its song, To Burn Or Build With, for the local BBC show, Introducing in Oxford, which aims to support ‘under the radar’ music. The intimate setting for the performance was the Music House at St Catherine’s which was appropriate as the group’s lead vocalist, Lucas Whitworth (2006, Modern Languages) is an alumnus and his brother Theo (2008, English Language & Literature), guitar and vocals, is a current student.
Spring Offensive has released five records to date and received national airplay including being interviewed for the BBC’s 6Music. The band has already toured the UK and its latest single, A Stutter And A Start, was released in April in the format of a limited edition eight-page colouring book. Samples of the group’s music and more information can be found at: www.myspace.com/springoffensive
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