We don’t just like cricket, we love it !

With cricket at the Schuman-Oval becoming one of our steady summer fixtures, it was this year a warmly-welcomed opportunity for members of the Society, together with our traditional friendly rivals from the Oxford Society, with families and friends, to start emerging from the lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic.

Partaking of Pimms, and enjoying the picnic

Thanks to some great preparation by Lisa Francis-Jennings, John Speed and Jos van Bommel, and with Apricot Wilson doing an excellent job with the Pimms, the drinks refreshed while the barbecue cooked to perfection.

While damp ground sadly prevented the playing of cricket, the players certainly did not return to their dressing rooms. Oh no! Rather they turned their skills to the seemingly gentle game of croquet which, thanks to Fanny Dedenbach, became the Match of the Day with calls for a sequel later in the summer.

Definitely the correct attire for Croquet!
The Schuman Farm – what a superb location

Thanks once again to Fiona and Adrian Wykes for hosting us at their beautiful home, the Schuman Farm, thanks to Fanny for bringing the croquet set, and thanks to everyone else who also pitched in to make this a very pleasant afternoon reminiscent of those warm summer days in Cambridge around the end of Easter Term.

Rakesh Bhana, with photographs from Apricot Wilson

Student-Alumni Dinner, 17 December, 2019

Since 2016 the Society has organised in December a dinner where current students from Luxembourg studying at the University of Cambridge can meet and chat with alumni members of the Society. It is a convivial way for Cantabrigians old and new to share their experiences. The students are the guests of the alumni.

The latest event was held at the Novotel Kirchberg on 17 December, 2019. The evening began as in previous years with short presentations of their research by the students, while aperatifs were served. This year Veronica Welch gave a most interesting talk about aspects of female railway travel in America and the UK, while Eric Belche, another MPhil student, spoke about his research in the the area of political philosophy, focusing on aspects of justice and equality.

Following this entertaining intellectual stimulation, we all moved to the tables to enjoy the copious cold and hot buffet provided by the kitchens of the Novotel. Excellent! Although our numbers were less than we had anticipated, especially on the side of the alumni, the buzz of conversation indicated that everyone was enjoying themselves.

We then all headed off into the night, agreeing that we should arrange another such gathering in 2020!!