Wales and the West Girtonian Association

We are an informal, friendly group; spouses and friends are most welcome to come to meetings, and many do. We have neither formal membership nor annual fees, but circulate information to all on our mailing list, and raise funds for Girton by including a contribution in the charge for each meeting. Meetings cover a wide area, bounded to date by Hereford, Usk, Cheltenham and Castle Cary.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list for future events, please email our membership secretary, Mrs Angela Bowen, at

We visit places of interest, many of which are not generally open to the public, or meet in members’ homes for lunch followed by a talk. Baroness Perry has spoken to us on Parliamentary reform; Dr Dorothy Thompson and Dr Eileen Rubery have come from Girton to talk about their research into papyrology and early Christian art; Dr Mary Tiffen has spoken to us on the life of the women of her family in nineteenth-century China; we have heard about the life of a British entrepreneur in eighteenth-century India, and had an insider’s view of the system for the appointment of senior clergy in the Anglican Church; a descendant of the Marquesses of Bute has spoken to us about their role in the development of modern Cardiff, and the medievalism of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch; and we have had talks on sustainable farming, on mathematics, on Persian gardens, and on historical textiles.

A final point; we have hitherto always held our meetings mid-week. If you would like to participate in the Association but are not free on weekdays, please let Angela Bowen know, so that we can see whether there is a call for weekend meetings. It would be helpful to know if you would have a preference for Saturday or Sunday.

Barbara Hird (organizer)

Forthcoming Events

The remaing events organised for 2018 are listed below. For further information about the events, or if you would like to attend, please email our membership secretary, Mrs Angela Bowen, at If you need transport to a meeting it is often possible to arrange it.

Thursday 14th JuneMapperton Tour

Caroline Montagu (née Hayman), Countess of Sandwich, a member of the Association, has invited us to her family home, Mapperton, near Beaminster, where she or Lord Sandwich will give us a tour of the house and gardens. Mapperton is a Jacobean house, described in Country House Magazine as ‘the nation’s finest manor house’, set above an Italianate valley garden. We shall meet at Mapperton at the Sawmill Café (next to the visitors’ car park) from 12.00, for lunch at 12.30, and the afternoon will conclude with a cream tea. The charge for the visit and tea is £15 per person; lunch will be extra, and is to be pre-ordered. If you are interested in coming, please email Barbara Hird at by Monday, 4th June, so that she can send you the lunch menu.

Time: 12 noon.

Saturday 20th OctoberUniversity of Bristol Botanic Gardens

We meet in the Linnaeus Room at 12.00, for lunch at 12.30. Afterwards, Shirley Turner (Davis, 1950) will give us a talk entitled ‘Some Things Get Better’, an account of the progress made during her career as a lawyer working to improve rights and conditions for people with disabilities; Shirley promises us that rare thing, a good news story. There will also be a conducted tour of the gardens, followed by tea. The charge for the day, including lunch and tea, is £28.00. If you would like to join us, please email Barbara Hird at by Monday, 8th October.

Time: 12 noon.

Contact Information

Development Office
t: +44 (0) 1223 338901

Girton College,
Huntingdon Road,
Charity Number 1127541