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 2019 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.
Thursday 21 November – Girton150 Celebration in London
Concert and Drinks Reception at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
The concert has been organised in association with the LGA and, in addition to the 150th anniversary of Girton, it also marks the 20th anniversary of the LGA Music Award. It is fitting therefore that some of the most distinguished holders of the Award, many of whom are now firmly established on the international classical and jazz music scene, will be among the evening’s performers. The principal organiser of the concert is Dr Martin Ennis, Girton’s Director of Music, who has been centrally involved with the LGA Music Award since its inception.
The concert is currently fully booked but if you would like to be added to a waiting list please go to the anniversary website: www.girton150.com/events/
Tuesday 26 November – A Wine Tasting at the offices of Grant Thornton in Finsbury Square
6.30 pm – 9.00 pm
We are delighted that Girton alumna Sarah Jane Evans will again host a wine tasting evening for us. Sarah Jane is a Master of Wine, a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino, and a Dama de Albariñ o. Her latest book is The Wines of Northern Spain. But her wine expertise goes far beyond those of Spain. With the dark nights of autumn and winter drawing in, it’s time to start planning sunny holidays for 2020. Sarah Jane has got the travel brochures out. She’ll be introducing fine wines from eminently visitable places, where you can find lovely country, delicious wine and good food. Anyone who came to her sell-out tasting last November will know that it’s a fun evening, with wines to discover, and a chance to catch up with friends once the formal proceedings are through.
Sarah Jane is Co-Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine awards, and the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, and travels widely. In the last year she has visited vineyards in British Columbia, Greece and Texas, as well as mainland Spain and the Canaries, so she is a mine of ideas and information about what’s happening in the world of wine.
The evening is open to LGA members, as well as non-members who are Girton alumni, and their friends and family, and the cost will be £45 per person, including really delicious snacks. We are most grateful to Paul Cook and Grant Thornton for their generosity in holding our wine tasting event again and we know that those who sampled it over the last two years will testify to what excellent evenings we had.
To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating how many places you require. We will respond with details of where to send your cheque or how to pay by bank transfer. Once payment has been received, your name and those of your party will be included on our Door List for the evening.
Note: Places are limited for this event so please book early to ensure your place.
Friday 28 February 2020 – Save the date! LGA Quiz Evening
Details will follow soon.