Tomorrow I’m off to Cambridge to celebrate an anniversary – it will be 25 years in October since I left home to go to University (please don’t do the maths..). My old college – Newnham – celebrates its foundation with an annual Commemoration Dinner, and women (it’s still, proudly, a women-only college) with special anniversaries (25 years, 50 years, 60 years and 70 years) get a special invite.
As you can imagine, it’s an exciting occasion – there is a big dinner, with speeches and wine and masses of chat, and our Suffragette banner (stitched by students in 1908) will be on display:
Let me tell you, there is nothing like being in a room full of hundreds of women, all talking and laughing. I know that as soon as I hear that noise I will be transported back 25 years to the nerves I felt at my first big dinner in College Hall, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, all of whom seemed to want to know my A-level results!
Quite a few of my old friends will be there too, which will be wonderful, and I’ve been looking out photos to take with me, so we can have a good old reminisce, like the middle aged ladies that we are…
Here’s me and some friends graduating in 1991 (I’m the small one at the front)…
Just seeing the beautiful buildings and gardens brings back wonderful memories of the freedom and excitement I felt when I finally escaped the restricting life of school and home (much as I loved my family) and create my own space. This weekend I will definitely be raising a glass or two to toast Newnham, and the life-enhancing times I had there.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend too!