Just because your time in college has come to an end, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still benefit from the wider Hertford community spread around the world. Alumni have established and maintain a variety of different groups and societies to cater for a variety of tastes. If there isn’t something here for you then let us know if you’d like to set up your own society.
Friends of Hertford
For almost eight hundred years Hertford has benefited from the enthusiasm and commitment of its friends and supporters. In order to recognise non-alumni who would like to establish and maintain a link with Hertford, we have created the Friends of Hertford group. Often these individuals are parents of students or individuals who support the musical life of the college – but anyone with a connection to Hertford is welcome to join. Friends of Hertford will receive our publications and invitations to Hertford events, and many Friends also choose to support the college with donations.
Friends of Hertford receive the college’s Development Office publications. This includes the Hertford College Magazine, a record of the college’s year published in Michaelmas term, and the Hertford College News, a newsletter published twice yearly.
Friends of Hertford are invited to general alumni events. A full list of our events can be found here.
Visiting the College
Friends of Hertford have the same visiting rights as alumni: OB Quad and the Chapel can be visited Monday to Friday 10am-3pm and on Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm. Unfortunately we are closed to visitors during exams, and occasionally events, such as degree ceremonies, might also mean we cannot admit visitors. To avoid disappointment, please contact the Porters’ Lodge in advance to let them know when you would like to visit.
Friends of Hertford wishing to visit other parts of the college may be able to do so accompanied by a member of the Development Office. The Development Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a short tour.
How to join
Membership is £50. This covers up to two people living at the same address for five years. The price of ticketed events will be at the same rate that we charge our alumni.
The cost of membership has been set at £50 for five years to cover the publication and event costs for additional members; however we do hope that Friends might be persuaded to support Hertford by making donations as well!
Please complete and return the membership form, or contact the Development Office for more information.
The Hertford Society
The Hertford Society was founded in 1962 to keep Old Members in touch with the college and with each other, something that had not been done systematically before that date. Today, the Society works closely with the Development Office in college to keep in touch with Society members and to organise a range of social events.
The Society currently holds a black tie dinner in College every third year and a buffet lunch in College in the intervening years – all in Trinity Term. These are for Society members and guests. Other events are arranged too. A Hertford Jazz event in London was held a couple of years ago, and a Blues event in College is currently being planned.
As well as arranging social events for members, the Society donates funds to support the college in a range of ways. These donations are discussed and agreed by your elected Committee and independently of college. Your generosity has enabled many regular gifts to be made, supporting a range of projects including:
- Student outreach activities with schools
- Publishing and distributing the Hertford College Magazine
- JCR Freshers’ Week
- The MCR Matriculation Ball
- Choral Awards for the college choir
- Last but not least, funding the cost of Simpkin the college cat
The Hertford Society’s independence enables it to support activities which might not otherwise receive priority by college in the normal course of events given its many other priorities. Recent ad hoc gifts include a significant donation to professionally renovate thirteen portraits in Hall.
Join the Hertford Society
Membership of the Hertford Society is £25 for five years. You can join by making a donation of £25 or more to the Hertford Society Members’ Fund.
Members of the Society are entitled to wear its tie and printed headsquare. The tie shows a gold Hart’s head in the same style as the college tie, but on a plain maroon background. The headsquare has a printed maroon border with the gold Hart’s head in one corner. Enquiries to Professor Jon Billowes.
2018 AGM Papers & Information to Members
Hertford Society Black Tie Dinner 2019
Hertford College Boat Club Society (HCBCS)
The very active HCBCS exists to provide support to the Boat Club, both financially and otherwise, and to keep members up-to-date with the Boat Club’s activities.
Membership is open to anyone who wishes to further the success of Hertford rowing.
The Society arranges several social events throughout the year, both on the river at the major rowing events of Torpids, Summer Eights and Head of the River, and in college with a dinner in Hall, and a champagne party for novice rowers following the Christ Church Regatta. An innovation in recent years has been to host drinks and afternoon tea at Henley Royal Regatta each July and this provides a focal point for current and past oarsmen and women attending the regatta.
For more information please see their website.
Hertford College Footballers' Association
Since it’s establishment in 1996, the group have played an annual Old Boys’ football match against the current college team.
As Dave Hart tells us: ‘We get players from the recently graduated to those who won Cuppers back in 1980-something. We’ve had some great matches during that time and it’s proved a really good way to make friends from across decades of Hertford footballers. Standard is irrelevant (you’ll never be as good as Kenny Lewis was – and possibly still is), but the chance to pull the boots out of the back of the cupboard and come and grace the college pitch one more time is surely too good to miss?’
The group are keen to recruit more players – so if you’re interested please sign up to their mailing list.
Hertford College Golf Society
One of only two colleges to have ever won the Inter-Collegiate Golf Tournament THREE times!
The successful Golf Society welcome all Hertford alumni and current students who are interested in golf, at any level. The Society hold an annual event at Swinley Forest, and also compete in the Intercollegiate Golf Tournament.
If you would like to get involved, contact Jonathan Stewart.
Current members of the team include:
Jonathan Stewart (1968) (Captain)
Neil Andrews (1968)
Duncan Chisholm (1997)
Rob Collard (1988)
Mark Davies (1981)
Chris Dowell (1970)
Stephen Duckett (1986)
John Dunne (1965)
David Moseley (1955)
Rob Pugh (1999)
Emiliano Russo (2008)
Ian Welsh (1991)
Calling all students and recent graduates: alumnus, Stephen Duckett, is offering five free places at the Swinley Forest qualifying round next March for anyone under 30 with a handicap of 20 or below. Get in touch with the Development Office for more information!