St Cuthbert’s Association has switched its communications with members from print to electronic format. Costs and a growing membership necessitate this. Electronic communication allows more frequent and flexible recording of the activities of the Association and its members and provides links with the Junior Common Room and other Durham University websites.
www.cuths.org will evolve steadily and provide the basis for future newsletters distributed to members’ email addresses. Please send us your up-to-date contact details and latest news here, join our Facebook group, and become Linked-In with us.
Salvete – Message to the Association from the Acting Principal of St Cuthbert’s Society
AGM and Weekend 2010 - All Old Cuthbertsman are invited to attend the Association Weekend at the Society on South Bailey, Durham between 10 and 12th September 2010. The weekend will involve much nostalgia as well as a special plaque will be unveiled and dedicated to the Refounders of the Society, the Annual Dinner and Annual General Meeting. Dinner and Accomodation can be booked through the Society …
Hitting the Headlines - Charlotte Riley starred in the second episode of ITV drama Foyle’s War.
Hitting the Headlines - Cuth’s alumnus Will Hodson represented the MCC on their seven-match tour of the USA. The tour finished with a match against USA, with Hodson taking 2 American wickets. Next stop for Hodson is Cyprus, where he lines up with fellow former Cuthbertsmen Tom House, James Mullan, Chris Filby and Mark Pointer for the Twigworth Travellers XI’s pre-season tour, culminating with a match against the Cypriot national side.
Hitting the Headlines - Cuthbertsman Tom Westley hit 62 from 38 deliveries as Essex warmed up for the 2010 cricket season in Barbados with an 85-run win over Lancashire in the final of the English Counties Pro-40 Championship
Rugby Club - Cuth’s Rugby Club has reached the final of the Floodlit Trophy for a fifth successive season. Last year’s champions will play Hild Bede in the final under the floodlights on Monday 15 March at Durham City RFC, next to St Cuthbert’s Society’s Brooks House.
From the Archives- The 1955-56 St Cuthbert’s Association Newsletter tells of success for Cuth’s on the River, on the tennis courts, on the Athletics field, and the thriving Literary and Debating Society.
Facebook - Over 750 former Cuthbertsmen have joined the St Cuthbert’s Association Facebook group. Please join to receive the latest news from South Bailey, details about sports, dinners, drinks and events.
Hitting the Headines - Kate Silverton, the BBC newsreader, presenter and Cuth’s alumnus, talks to the Daily Telegraph about bonding with her parents in the Dubai desert – and the night-time perils of InterRailing, in her ‘holiday heaven and hell’.
Hitting the Headines - Cuth’s alumnus and rising thespian star, Matthew Barber, starred in the BBC comedy Being Human.
Rugby Club - On 23 February 2010, Cuth’s will take on St Chads in the Semi-Final of the Durham Floodlit Cup. Kick-off is at 19.30 at Durham City RFC.
Hitting the Headines - Cuth’s alumnus, Andrew Buchan starred on the big screen as Fishwick in the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy. Buchan has also recently starred in the ITV drama, The Fixer, as well as the BBC’s award winning Cranford.
Hitting the Headines - It has been announced that the Conservative Party has selected Cuth’s alumnus, Nick Pickles, to take on Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper at the General Election.
Hitting the Headines - Recent Cuth’s alumnus, Freddie Shepherd starred in Cambridge’s victory over Oxford in the Varsity Match at Twickenham. Shepherd becomes the fourth Cuthbertsman to represent Cambridge in Rugby in the last four years, and the third to win a cherished ‘Blue’.
Hitting the Headines - This Friday, Cuth’s alumnus Kate Silverton will be joining her fellow BBC News presenters by performing Beyonce hits on television for Children in Need.
Hitting the Headines - The Sunday Times interviewed Cuth’s alumnus Charlotte Riley on the eve of her starring in The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre.
Hitting the Headines -The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Cuths alumnus, The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, has written to the Prime Minister ahead of the UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen to urge world leaders not to let climate change widen the “enormous gulf” between rich and poor and that rich countries must not put “selfish national interests” first.
Hitting the Headines - Southport MP Dr John Pugh joined the fight against climate change with a bold statement ahead of the Copenhagen UN climate change talks. The Cuths alumnus signed an Early Day Motion, agreeing that there needs to be greater political action towards getting an agreement at the crucial talks.
Book Launch- The Independent reviewed Eel Pie Island by former Cuthbertsman Dan Van Der Vat.
Association Dinner- The St Cuthbert’s Associaton Weekend culminated in the Annual Assocation Dinner, held in the Society Dining Room. Several of the Refounders attended the Dinner and shared many a memory of Cuths. A toast was proposed by the Chairman of the Association.
Hitting the Headines - The Observer reported that former Cuthbertsmen, Alastair Fothergill, was amoungst British tourists stranded on a journey to watch emperor penguins in the Antarctic. The Kapitan Khlebnikov, a Russian icebreaker that takes people through the icebergs of the Weddell Sea and to Snow Hill Island rookery, got stuck in the ice.
Book Launch- Cuth’s alumnus and bestselling author Russell Ash has no fewer than four new books out for Christmas – Big Pants, Burpy and Bumface, Busty, Slag and Nob End: Remarkably Rude But Real Names of People, Places and Products from Around the World, Top 10 of Everything 2010 and Whitaker’s World of Facts 2010.
Book Launch- It is March 2013. The 2012 U.S. elections have just been fiercely fought at a level of intensity that made 2004 and 2008 look mild. The key issue has been energy. The world is in an energy crisis. China’s energy demands have escalated beyond levels that even their own energy analysts and planners totally unanticipated. CIA-s predictions were right on, but no one in Washington listened. Former President of the Society, Alan Wells has just had his novel, Black Gold Finale published.
Hitting the Headines - Current Cuth’s student Tom Westley hit his mainden first-class hundred for Essex in their Country Champtionship Division Two match against Derbyshire. Earlier this year, Tom was selected to represent the MCC in the traditional cricket season opener against the Country Champtions, Durham at Lords. Tom has already been capped by England U19.
Hitting the Headines - With the football World Cup coming to South Africa next year, the whole continent is being swept by football fever like never before. But away from the glare of international attention, many clubs in southern Africa are still struggling with financial and logistical problems. Former Cuthbertsman, Jonathan Laverick, a football coach in neighbouring Botswana gave AFPTV a tour of the daily hopes and tribulations for a typical middle-division club.
Obituary- Gaden Robinson was held in esteem internationally as a master practitioner of insect taxonomy — the classification of species. His standing in research was recognised in many ways, including the award in 2008 of the Karl Jordan Medal, a significant international prize conferred by the American Lepidopterists’ Society for outstanding and original contribution to the subject.
Hitting the Headines - Current Cuth’s student Paul Loudon, captained the Scotland under-20 rugby team in the 6 Nations tie against France in Chalon sur Saone. Paul currently plays for Durham and Edinburgh and was this year awarded a half-Palatinate by the University.
Hitting the Headines - Current members of St Cuthbert’s Society, Sophie Vellacott and Flo Sivell, finished fourth in the pair in the 5th European Universities Rowing Championships in Kruszwica, Poland.
St Cuthbert’s Society Annual Fellows’ Lecture- Professor Bill Block, former Cuthbertsman, Dintinguised Fellow of the Society, and now Emeritus Fellow with the Biological Sciences Division of the British Antartic Survey, provided an overview of Antartica. This encompassed its geography, geological origins in Gondwana and its biology, with particular reference to the Southern Ocean and the importance of ice on land and sea
St. Cuthbert’s Association Weekend - the annual reunion will take place in Durham from Friday evening, September 11th to Sunday morning, September 13th. The main features will be the Association’s AGM at St Cuthbert’s Society, 12 South Bailey on Saturday at 5.30 pm and a dinner that evening.
Hitting the Headines - Cuth’s alumnus Charlotte Riley has been hitting the headlines after recently starring in Martina Cole’s crime drama The Take, on Sky1, which is set in the criminal underworld of London’s East End. Charlotte also stars as Cathy in the latest on screen adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic love story, Wuthering Heights.
Old Girl’s narrowily lose to Cuth’s – Despite several hangovers from Cuth’s Day, a team of young ladies from St Cuthbert’s Association turned out on a glorious summers’ day to play the current Cuth’s Ladies cricket team. The Association narrowily lost this inaurgral fixture.
London Drinks – St Cuthbert’s Association held London Drinks for its members on a Thursday evening in April at Champagne Charlies. The event was a thumping success with over a hundred former Cuthbertsmen in attendance.
Kate Silverton Interview in Independent – a St Cuthbert’s alumnus, Silverton is credited with provoking the resignation of her former co-presenter over a personality clash, but her biggest on-air gaffe has been wearing a garish printed shirt, which proved too bright for viewers.
Doxbridge 2009 – Men’s Football – The Society’s Men’s Football Club travelled to Dublin to compete in the Doxbridge Tournament against Durham, Oxford and Cambridge colleges . Read the captain’s review of the tour here.
Women’s Cricket Match – The Cuth’s Women’s Cricket team is organising a match against the ‘Old Girls’ on the Sunday after Cuth’s Day. Anyone who is interested in playing should contact the Captain.
Fond memories from North America – St Cuthbert’s Society still means a great deal to a couple of gentlemen based in the Great Lakes region who enjoyed their time in and around the Bailey about half a century ago. Chicago lawyer Bob Edler and his Cuth’s roommate Wilf Innerd, a former college president at the University of Windsor, Ontario, retain strong views about what makes St. Cuthbert’s “different.” Neither has warmed to the notion of Cuthbert’s as a college.
Cuth’s in the Times - Christopher Somerville (1971) whose vibrant pen has sketched an idiosyncratic entry under Member’s News, has written on walks around Britain. In his article in the Times, the Society is described as the University’s “illustrious non-college, famed as much for high jinking and deep drinking as for academic laurels”.
Hitting the Headlines – Kate Silverton has been granted the honour of being included in the 2009 edition of the Establishment bible,”Who’s Who”.
Salvete – Professor Graham Towl, who has built a considerable reputation in criminal psychology and forensic mental health and is Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice, is the new Principal of St. Cuthbert’s Society. He succeeded Professor Roy Boyne in December 2008.
Valete – Professor Roy Boyne can be justly proud of his achievements as Principal of St Cuthbert’s Society between June 2003 and December 2008. In the last five and a half years he has successfully overseen some of the most dramatic changes in the Society’s chequered history.
President’s Dinner – The past Presidents of St Cuthbert’s Society met for their biennial reunion on 14 November 2008 in London. The dinner was hosted by Michael Izza (Society President, 1981-82) who is the Chief Executive of the ICAEW.
Hitting the Headlines – James Clarke was a member of TeamGB’s lightweight four which became the first Great Britain lightweight crew ever to qualify for an Olympic final.
About the Association – Founded in 1949, St Cuthbert’s Association is the alumni organisation of St Cuthbert’s Society, University of Durham. It promotes communication and contact between its members – former Cuthbertsmen, and the Society.