London Girton Association

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, Ann Owers and Baroness Warnock, 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.

If you would like to join please download an application form and send it to the membership secretary at

Application Form for LGA

Forthcoming Events

The events organised for 2018 are listed below. Further information about these events can be found in the LGA’s Newsletter or by contacting the Association

Thursday 11th OctoberVisit to the Order of St John, Clerkenwell


One of the great hidden treasures of London, this site traces the continuous history of a charity that dates back over 900 years. The charity has its origins in the Hospitallers of Jerusalem, an order of monks founded in the eleventh century to care for pilgrims to the Holy Land. In the UK, the Priory in Clerkenwell was set up in the 1140s as the English headquarters of the Order. The Order was eventually dissolved under Elizabeth 1 and the buildings were put to various uses over the centuries including a coffee house and a pub, but the Modern Order of St John in England was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1888, with the humanitarian aim of providing public first aid and ambulance transport.

There is a small, free museum which you can view before or after our tour. We will meet at 11.20am in the Museum Reception for a private tour at 11.30am of the historic rooms at St John’s Gate, the Church and the Crypt. The tour will last approx. 80 minutes and then we hope that you will join us at a local hostelry for a soup and sandwich lunch (venue to be arranged).

Getting there: The address is: St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DA. The nearest station is Farringdon (tube and Thameslink trains) which is 5 minutes walk away.

Cost: The visit and tour cost is £8 per person (lunch not included).

Accessibility: This has Grade 1 listed status and there are some parts of the building which are not accessible for visitors with access requirements.

For further details and instructions on how to book please contact the LGA on

Thursday 22nd NovemberWine Tasting

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Following on from last year’s sell-out event, we are delighted to invite you to a pre-Christmas wine tasting. Our host this evening will be Girtonian Sarah Jane Evans MW. Sarah Jane is a Master of Wine, a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino, and a Dama de Albariño. She has also recently published The Wines of Northern Spain. So she is just the person to lead a discovery tasting through Spanish wine.

She will teach you how to taste like a Master, and will be ready to give advice about where to buy and what to buy for entertaining this winter. She is Co-Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world largest wine awards, and the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, so she is up to date on trends and tastes around the world from South Africa to Georgia.

The evening is open to LGA members, as well as non-members who are Girtonians, and their friends and family, and the cost will be £40 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 last year will testify to what an excellent evening we had there.

Note: Places are limited for this event and numbers need to be confirmed by Monday 22nd October, so please book early to ensure your place.

Getting there: Grant Thornton’s address is 30 Finsbury Square, EC2P 2YU. Finsbury Square is off City Road and the nearest stations are Moorgate (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Northern lines), Old Street (Northern line and Great Northern Rail) and Liverpool Street (Mainline, London Overground, Central, Circle, Hammersmth & City and Metropolitan lines.)

Cost: £40 per person.

Please RSVP by Monday 22nd October.

For further details and instructions on how to book please contact the LGA on

Contact Information

Development Office

Girton College,
Huntingdon Road,
Charity Number 1127541