Annual Guild reunion

Edge Hill Guild, the oldest surviving alumni group, met at the Ormskirk campus this weekend for their annual reunion.

Every year, on the second Saturday in June, the ladies travel across the country to celebrate their time at Edge Hill, reminisce on their student days and to keep up to date with the news and developments from the university. The ladies all studied when Edge Hill was a teacher training college for women and went on to enjoy successful careers in teaching.

Amongst the attendees were a group celebrating a special anniversary 50 years since their graduation from the then Edge Hill College. This group was also one of the last all-female cohorts to study at Edge Hill. The group had met last year for the first time since leaving college and for some this was their first visit back to Edge Hill. Mrs Ruth Cain (nee Part) said: ‘’The campus has changed so much and looks remarkable, yet the main building has been well maintained and it all seems so familiar. I even remember the door handles. We were like a family in our student days and I loved my time as a student here. Edge Hill stood me in great stead for my 50 years of teaching.”

One of our oldest alumni, Mrs Patricia Ball, aged 91, attended, having studied here from 1936-1938. Patricia taught for many years and after gaining a distinction in her PE at Edge Hill she also trained to be the National Leader of Physical Recreation. Her devotion to her profession also inspired her two daughters and one of her grandchildren to follow in her footsteps by becoming teachers.

The ladies enjoyed lunch in Sages restaurant where as students they dined with the principal each evening. However, unlike students of today, they could not sit with their friends and would be allocated a table for three weeks to improve their social etiquette by mixing with various staff and students. After lunch the ladies enjoyed being photographed in the Quad, an outdoor landscaped area behind the main building, as this was an area which was strictly out of bounds to students of their time.

The Guild was established in 1896 to help members experiencing difficulty, promote sociability and strengthen ties between the institution and its former students. Although the Guild no longer operates as a formal committee, the ladies remain fiercely loyal to Edge Hill and still enjoy meeting each year.

If you are a former student and want to organise a reunion, or would like information on how to regain contact with your fellow alumni, please contact Caroline Mitchell on 01695 584861 or email at alumni@edgehill.ac.uk.