Edmundians young and old gathered once more at the College for the celebration of the feast of St Edmund. In a change to tradition the weather held out and, although a little breezy, the day itself was dry and sunny.
The morning began with Mass in the Chapel, led by Canon Brockie, President of the Edmundian Association. Schola Cantorum sang beautifully and the readings were superbly navigated by OEs Simon Camilerri and Kishan Patel and Head Girl Augusta Thorneycroft. As the day also fell on Remembrance Sunday, Canon Brockie laid a wreath in Monument Lane, said a prayer and conducted a minute’s silence to remember the Fallen. The congregation had been given cards with over 200 names on of fallen OEs so every one of them could be remembered.
A drinks reception in the Ambulacrum followed which gave everyone a chance to find friends and catch up on news. The room was filled with happy faces and lively chat. Then onto the speeches delivered by Canon Brockie and Mr Durán. Canon Brockie welcomed all to the College and then spoke of the Association’s activities over the year. Our Headmaster spoke briefly to let everyone know what great shape the College is in and also to ask everyone present to think of any OEs they know that are not in touch with us and to please let us know and/or urge them to contact us so we can keep them up to date with all that is going on here and vice versa. We hope everyone takes up the challenge!
Canon Brockie then presented the Association Awards to three recent leavers for their academic achievements and also their display of Edmundian spirit during their time here at the College. Present to receive their awards were Joseph Cutteridge and Eleanor Wells. Emmanuella Jude Asiegbu was unable to make the day so she will receive her award in the post but she has passed on her warmest thanks to all.
We then made our way outside for the unveiling of a new sculpture which will form the centre piece of a memorial garden for our beloved and much missed Fr Pinot. The sculpture has been kindly donated to us by OE Jim Milner (62-68). He discovered a love for maths and geometry as taught by Fr Pinot and this love can be seen throughout his geometric artwork. Jim unveiled the piece and spoke of his fond memories of Fr Pinot and the College. We are very grateful to Jim for his work and donation.
It was then back inside, to the refectory for lunch, which was, as always, a wonderful affair. A Sunday lunch was provided including artisan breads, a superb main course, a lovely chocolatey pud, cheese and port. The wine flowed and the laughter raised the roof.
We were delighted to see new faces join us. It’s always a wonderful occasion and we are blessed to receive so many friends back to the College on this great day every year.
As always, we look forward to next year’s celebrations!