Alumni from 2000-2004 enjoy Gaudy
On Saturday 17th September, the Rector and Fellows were delighted to welcome back alumni and their guests to celebrate the 2000-2004 Gaudy.
Alumni enjoyed an informal afternoon tea in the Rector’s lodgings, catching up before heading to Evensong in the Chapel. Evensong was led by Reverend Hugh Wybrew, who returned especially for the occasion, having retired as College Catechist in 2004.
Pre-dinner drinks were held in the Rector’s lodgings, and luckily the weather prevailed allowing guests to spill out into the garden. During the Rector’s speech, and in the wake of the outcome of the referendum, he led the loyal toast, reminding everyone of the sense of community that Exeter is famous for, and how important it is to hold onto.
He was followed by June Stevenson (2000, PPE) who reflected on her time at Exeter, speaking about what has changed, and also what has stayed the same. She also paid respect to her close friend and alumna, Clare Pettit (2000, Physics and Philosophy) who sadly passed away in 2011; but reflected that her memory will live on through the hardship bursary that was set up in her name. Mrs Stevenson led the toasts for absent friends before the Rector closed with the College toast, Floreat Exon. The party continued in the Undercroft.
The next Gaudy for this cohort will be in June 2021, however there will be plenty of other events between then and now to which all alumni are warmly welcome.