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. Ad hoc gifts include a significant donation to professionally renovate thirteen portraits in Hall, and more recently to provide tags identifying the subjects.
General enquiries about The Hertford Society may be made to its Secretary, Graham Jones. Download a complete list of the Officers and Committee below.
Join The Hertford Society
Membership of The Hertford Society is £25 per year. 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 scarf (see below for more details).