What we do and how to join
The London Girton Association (LGA) arranges regular events for its members which are publicised in our termly Newsletter. Over the last few years, there have been drinks nights and dinners, evenings with prominent Girtonian speakers such as Rachel Lomax, Baroness Hale, Valerie Grove, and Ann Owers, visits to places of interest, and formal halls at College.
Anyone who is an alumnus of Girton College can join and we always welcome new members. You do not have to live or work in London, although bear in mind that most events are held in the London area.
Membership is £15 pa but if you’re not in paid employment it is £10 pa. The association is run by volunteers so after meeting administrative and events costs, any surplus funds are used to benefit Girton, often current students. For instance, the LGA currently funds a £500 per year music award for a Girton student, and we have donated towards a Teaching Fellowship. In addition in recent years we have donated funds for equipment in the Duke library.
The events organised for 2021 are listed below. Further information about these events can be found in the LGA’s Newsletter or by contacting the Association at email@example.com.
Wednesday 21 April – The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge
Online Zoom talk by Dr Ben Griffin, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Dr Griffin, Girton Fellow in History, has kindly agreed to talk to us about the work of co-curating the University Library exhibition, The Rising Tide, about the history of women at Cambridge (the talk was originally given at College’s 150th Anniversary celebrations). The exhibition focused on the lived experience of women at Cambridge, the fight for equal educational rights, and the careers of some of the women who shaped the institution - and the world.
More information: https://www.cam.ac.uk/TheRisingTide
Virtual Tour: https://therisingtide.thefusionworks.com/
Please let Cecilia Oram know if you would like the Zoom link and it will be forwarded to you - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 29 May – Visit to gardens on Kew Green
12.30pm – 3.00pm
What a wonderful way to celebrate some loosening up of restrictions. The gardens at Numbers 71 and 73 Kew Green will be open for charity under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 30th May, but Libby Insall (Number 73) has kindly invited the LGA to a special viewing the day before, on Saturday 29th. Come and wander round her and her neighbour’s beautiful gardens, bring your own picnic lunch and relax outside in the sunshine (fingers crossed). Coffee and tea and cold drinks will be provided. Family and friends welcome.
The cost will be £11 per person. To book, please email email@example.com stating how many places you require. We will respond with details of where to send your cheque or how to pay by bank transfer.
Travel: parking may be difficult here at the weekend. The nearest underground (and North London line) station is Kew Gardens, a ten-minute walk from Kew Green. Buses 65 and 110 stop on Kew Green.
The LGA Book Circle continues to thrive, with 13 members and 17 books read to date, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Our most recent reads include ‘Frostquake’ by Juliet Nicolson, about the great freeze of 1962-3 and its impact on society, and we are currently reading ‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker. Members are welcome to join – just contact firstname.lastname@example.org.