Archive of past Pegasus Society events

SATURDAY MARCH 25th 2017. PEGASUS SEMINAR AND ANNUAL ALUMNI OPEN DINNER .

  • Buffet Lunch attended by some 40 people including families
  • Visit to Lord Lewis Memorial Garden Trumpington Meadows
  • Cambridge Science Festival
  • Pegasus Seminar from Dr Martin Brett, Emeritus Fellow in History and former Chair of the Gardens Committee: “The History of the Gardens in 20 unreliable anecdotes” with support from former Head Gardeners Stuart Limpus and Desmond O’Grady and current Head Gardener Guy Fuller.
  • Pegasus Alumni Society AGM
  • Annual Dinner open to all alumni with nearly 80 attendees. President Steve Trudgill and Secretary Anthony Toole presented a Limited Edition Engraving of College by Geri Waddington to Helen Cornish to mark her departure in April 2017. As Helen was actually in Hong Kong with alumni at the time of the dinner, her Deputy Catherine Biggs accepted the gift on her behalf and read out a message of thanks from Helen.

 

Pegasus Seminar and Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2016

The fourth annual Pegasus Seminar and annual dinner was held on 19 March 2016. The Pegasus Society Seminar was be given by Emeritus Professor Trevor Page, a Foundation Fellow of Robinson, College Lecturer and Fellows’ Steward 1976-1987. Trevor entertained us with a talk about the construction of the College and the early days of Robinson. After the seminar, there was the Pegasus Society AGM, followed by the Pegasus Society Annual Dinner. Dr Trudgill gave a short resumé of recent events in College and thanked everyone involved with a toast to the Pegasus Society and College.

Pegasus Seminar and Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2015

The third annual Pegasus Seminar and annual dinner was held on 21 March 2015. The Seminar was delivered by Professor Morna Hooker, and entitled Life Before Robinson. In this, she reflected on her experiences of University life before the Enlightenment and also on the some of the pre-1977 discussions which helped to make Robinson so different. Morna Hooker was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity from 1976 until her retirement in 1998, and is a Founding Fellow of Robinson College. For many years she was co-editor of The Journal of Theological Studies, and was also a member of the small group of scholars who revised The New English Bible, resulting in the publication of The Revised English Bible, the modern translation used in our chapel. She was married to the late Dr David Stacey, who was Robinson's first Chaplain.

The seminar was followed at 6:30 pm by the Society's AGM, and then by the annual dinner at 7:30pm. Nearly 60 members of the Society and their guests had returned to Robinson for the occasion, making for a lively and enjoyable gathering over a splendid College dinner. The formal proceedings closed with thanks to all those involved in making the dinner and the day's events a success, and with a toast to the Society and the College. Dr Trudgill, Pegasus president-elect gave a vote of thanks and toast to Professor Mick Brown for all the work he had done as President.

•           Tour of the Royal Society 2015

A second successful tour of the Royal Society took place from 12.00 to 14.00 on Tuesday 13 January 2015, arranged by Professor Brown. We met at the premises of the Royal Society, 6 - 9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG. The tour included a visit to the library, with its records of Isaac Newton and the earliest days of modern science through to the modern period, and incorporated a viewing of some of the many famous portraits on display. We concluded with lunch in the excellent cafeteria.

           Tour of the Cavendish Museum, Cambridge 2014

On Friday 29 May, at 5pm, we gave a tour of the Cavendish Museum in Cambridge, offering a rare opportunity to gain an insight into the groundbreaking apparatus which contributed to major discoveries by members of the Laboratory. The tour covered a broad period from Maxwell to the electron microscope, in the hands of an eminent Professor with insider knowledge.

Pegasus Seminar and Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2014

It was with great pleasure that the Society welcomed back Dr Chris Hughes, former Senior Tutor and Admissions Tutor at Robinson, to give the 2014 Pegasus Seminar. His subject, 'How to get your offspring into Robinson or not: reminiscences from the early days', was, as he explained, deliberately provocative: there wasn't, and never had been, a way to ensure your offspring a place at Robinson! In an entertaining and informative talk, Chris recalled the development of admissions at Robinson in the early years, and some of the episodes that had stayed with him, from over-protective parents to cultural misunderstandings and the problems that ensued. The seminar ended with questions and answers covering the early days through to the present.

The seminar was followed at 6:30pm by the Society's AGM, and then by the annual dinner at 7:30pm. Nearly 60 members of the Society and their guests had returned to Robinson for the occasion, making for a lively and enjoyable gathering over a splendid College dinner. After dinner, the Society's President, Professor Mick Brown, gave a speech in which he highlighted some of the recent achievements of the College and its members. He was followed by the College's Admissions Tutor, Dr David Woodman, who spoke of the College's ongoing work and liaison with schools, and the importance of wide access to the opportunities that Cambridge can provide.

The formal proceedings closed with thanks to all those involved in making the dinner and the day's events a success and with a toast to the Society and the College.

Pegasus Seminar and Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2013

The Society was delighted and honoured to have Professor Lord Lewis, the first Warden of the College, give the inaugural Pegasus Seminar on Saturday 23 March 2013. The seminar was timed for the late afternoon before the Annual Dinner, and the occasion drew large numbers to the Umney Theatre on a cold and snowy March day. This was the first of an annual series of seminars, each to be given by someone associated with the College, and so it was fitting that Lord Lewis spoke about the very earliest stages of the College, from the initial discussions with David Robinson, through to the planning and building works. It was a fascinating story, told with humour, long experience and insight, and it was an occasion that will be long remembered by all who were there.

At the AGM, it was reported that the Pegasus Trust had been successfully wound up, as discussed last year, and Katie Barnes and Peter Boorman were re-elected as ordinary members of the Society.

At the dinner, the President, Professor Mick Brown, gave a speech. He reported the appointment of the College's first 'schools liaison officer', Roisin Ellison, part of the College's efforts to improve access to Cambridge, and to offer the very best education to talented young students. He urged alumni in the College's special link areas of Wandsworth, Gloucestershire and Swindon to get in touch with Roisin, or with Chris Warner, the Admissions Tutor. Professor. Brown also reported that the Pegasus Trust had been wound up, with its funds being given to the College Bursary Fund, now renamed the 'Pegasus Bursary Fund'. The current Warden of the College, Professor. David Yates, presented Peter Boorman and Graham Oldroyd with gifts, in recognition of all that they had done for the Trust. Finally, Professor Brown reported the very successful launch of the Pegasus Seminar series earlier in the afternoon, with the lecture by Professor Lord Lewis, and invited suggestions for speakers and topics for the future. He closed by thanking all those involved in making the dinner such a success, and gave a toast to the Society and to the College.

•           London Pegasus Pub Meet 2013

The inaugural London Pegasus Pub Meet took place on Thursday 2 May 2013, from approximately 7pm, in the Parcel Yard pub at Kings Cross Station in London, between platforms 8 and 9 (near the tourist shop at platform 9 3/4).

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2012

The Pegasus Society AGM and Dinner took place on Saturday 24 March 2012. At the AGM, the Society discussed the future of the Society and Pegasus Trust. The meeting agreed to endorse the Trustees' decision to wind up the Trust and to donate its funds to the College, which would rename its hardship fund as The Pegasus Bursary Fund.

At the dinner, the President, Professor Mick Brown, gave a speech. He highlighted some of the recent news, both sad and happy. He also reported on the decision of the Trustees of the Pegasus Trust to wind up the Trust, as supported by the AGM earlier in the evening. He thanked both Peter Boorman and Graham Oldroyd for all that they had done for the Trust over the years, and noted that there would be a presentation to mark their contributions at the AGM in 2013. Professor Brown closed by thanking all those involved in making the dinner a success, and gave a toast to the Society and to the College.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2011

The Pegasus Society AGM and Dinner took place on Saturday 26 March 2011.

About 50 Society members and guests attended the dinner, at which the President, Professor Mick Brown, gave a speech. He highlighted the financial challenges that will be presented to future students and their families by the proposals for increased tuition fees, and initiated discussion on how the Society might respond, and help the College respond, to those challenges.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2010

The Pegasus Society AGM and Dinner took place on Saturday 20 March 2010.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2009

The Pegasus Society AGM and Dinner took place on Saturday 21 March 2009. 

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2008

The Pegasus Society AGM and Dinner took place on Saturday 29 March 2008. 

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2007

The Pegasus Society AGM and Dinner took place on Saturday 24 March 2007.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2006

The Pegasus Society AGM and Dinner took place on Saturday 25 March 2006 and for the first time we welcomed guests. This was Professor John Williams' final dinner at President of the Society, as he handed over after 10 years at the helm to Wing Commander John Myers, known to many as a former Junior Bursar of Robinson. Everyone wished John Williams well and was very appreciative of his work for the Pegasus Society for more than 10 years and looks forward to helping John Myers in his new role.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2005

The 21st annual dinner of the Pegasus Society took place in College on the evening of Saturday 2 April, preceded by the Society's AGM. About 60 members of the Society attended the dinner.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2004

The 20th annual dinner of the Pegasus Society took place in College on the evening of Saturday 20 March preceded, as usual by the society's AGM. More than 120 attended the dinner. The President relayed to them the sad news that his predecessor, Basil Shone, had passed away in Addenbrookes hospital earlier that month. Basil had given many years of service to both the University as Treasurer and to Robinson where he was Deputy Warden for during the nineteen eighties.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2003

After the significant farewells of the previous two years, the 19th annual dinner of the Pegasus Society was a return to simply celebrating the time and friendships that we knew at Robinson. Over 150 members of the Society returned to College to do just that in an informal and enjoyable evening. Over dinner, the loyal toast was proposed by the Warden, and the toast to Robinson College and the Pegasus Society by the President, Dr John Williams.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2002

On the evening of Saturday 23rd March 2002, more than two hundred members assembled in Hall for the 18th annual dinner of the Pegasus Society. As the President, Dr John Williams reminded the assembled company this was the second year in succession that the College would be losing, by retirement, one of its best known figures. The graduating class of 2002 would be the last to be led to the Senate House by Mr Boyne who would be retiring from his post as the Robinson's first Head Porter later in the summer. The Pegasus Committee had unanimously elected him into an honorary membership of the Society so the President hoped that this was only the first of many occasions when Fred would be attending the Annual Dinner.

To mark the occasion and as an expression of appreciation for all that Fred Boyne has done, for now more than twenty generations of 'Binsonites, Dr Williams presented Fred, on behalf of the Society, with a gold pocket watch and chain. The inscription on the watch reads 'Presented to Fred with great affection from the Pegasus Society, 23rd March 2002'. Mr Boyne, rising to a tumult of applause, responded in characteristic style, thanking so many college friends for making this part of his career both so memorable and enjoyable. At the close of the meal, the Warden said a few words at this, his first Pegasus Dinner, stressing how important good relations with Robinson alumni were to the College in what was not going to be an easy period for such a new foundation. He closed by toasting the College and the Pegasus Society.

Pegasus Society Annual Dinner 2001

The 17th annual dinner of the Society, held in College on Saturday 24 March 2001, was a very special occasion as it was the last to be attended by Lord Lewis in his capacity as Warden of the College. More than two hundred and fifty members assembled in Hall where the President of the Society, Dr John Williams, presented Lord Lewis with a bound album containing nearly five hundred cards bearing messages of goodwill from alumni of the College. In his remarks, Dr Williams reminded his audience that the Warden's association with the College goes back as far as 1975 when, as Professor Jack Lewis, he was appointed as the first Warden of what was to become today's college - so that Robinson is very much 'the house that Jack built'. Over the years, Lord Lewis has sought, with conspicuous success, to combine the best of Cambridge college traditions with a uniquely informal Robinson style.

In a characteristically spontaneous and generous response the Warden thanked all those who had contributed to the album as well as the students, fellows and staff of Robinson who had made his time at Robinson so memorable. He mentioned specifically our first Warden's Assistant and sometime Junior Bursar, George Coupe, as well as Basil Shone, a past Deputy Warden and former President of the Pegasus Society. In closing, he also paid tribute to the constant support that he had received from Lady Lewis. The loyal toast was proposed by James Milner and that to the College by Paul Taylor. Lord Lewis proposed a toast to Sir David Robinson and Peter Boorman responded with a toast to the Warden.