Written by Bedford Society Committee member, Pat Doble
On 8 June more than 60 guests assembled at 11 Bedford Square to be welcomed to the 2019 Science reunion by the organisers, Bedford Society Committee members Clare Bradley, William (Joe) Spring and Sanaya Robinson.
The purpose and projects of the Bedford Society were outlined with particular reference to the Bedford Society Scholarships which benefit from the generosity of members.
The Bedford spirit resulted in an energetic buzz punctuated by ‘it can’t be you’ as old friendships were renewed. Whilst a result of the breadth of subjects studied, including biochemistry, botany, chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics, physics, physiology, psychology and zoology, resulted in small classes and the freedom to develop individual study it meant only a small number of attendees had coincided at Bedford College during the 1956-86 period they spanned.
Perhaps as a result, there were spirited discussion between people from very different backgrounds on the changes that have evolved in all aspects of science, education and society. It was particularly interesting to hear about a current Bedford scholar’s studies in clinical psychology and her views on how the Society might develop in the future under her fellow scholars’ influence. Many references were made to the benefits of the Society facilitating more, informal, contacts and there were volunteers to contribute to projects to record the experiences of former Bedfordians.
11 Bedford Square has already taken its place in Society events and we were all enthusiastic about its atmosphere as conversations spilled into the courtyard between the clouds and we enjoyed excellent food and wine. The event was highlighted very temporarily in icing on a cup cake arrangement which added to the fun. Memories were jogged by memorabilia including group photographs, and copies of Bedford College – memories of 150 years were on sale.
We were delighted that £550 from ticket donations and book sales was raised from the event for the Bedford Society Scholarships fund.
We had all spent a stimulating afternoon meeting new people, renewing old acquaintances and sharing memories of absent friends in a very pleasant square in Bloomsbury, neither the first nor the last time studying at Bedford College has added to our lives.
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