Gaudies

Gaudy (2) A celebratory dinner or entertainment held by a college for old members.
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘rejoicing, a celebration’): from Latin gaudium ‘joy’, or from gaude ‘rejoice!’, imperative of gaudere.
Oxford Dictionary 

Gaudies are traditional celebrations of the life-long connection between the House and its Members. We invite groups of Members back to visit with their peers twice a year and host a spectacular dinner in Hall, preceded by drinks and an academic lecture, and the option to stay in Christ Church and re-explore the House the following day. The only charges are for overnight accommodation and gown hire, if required. We hope that you will be able to join us for your Gaudy, so please ensure we have your current contact details and can send you your invitation. 

Gaudies are normally held on Fridays in late June and late September/early October. Dates are usually finalised around six months in advance, and invitations are sent around 6 weeks prior to the event. You may wish to check with the Development Office before making firm arrangements. 

Due to the popularity of Gaudies, we are regrettably unable to invite spouses, partners, or family members. 

Confirmed Dates (please see below for the further provisional schedule)

1966 - 1970 Matriculates
Friday 4th October 2019

A letter confirming the details for your Gaudy will be sent with your invite, including parking arrangements. Instructions for booking online will also be enclosed. You will be able to advise us of any special dietary or accessibility needs, and whether you would like overnight accommodation. There will also be space to note seating requests.

The event usually runs as follows:

Friday   

4.00pm - 5.30pm
Talks in Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre, formerly known as the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre

Choir singing at Gaudy

6.00pm
Evensong

7.00pm
Pre-Dinner Drinks

8.00pm
Dinner in Hall

Saturday             

8.00-9.30am      
Gaudy Breakfast in Hall

9.00am - Midday             
Refreshments Available

10.30am              
Walking Tours

Dress code: Gowns are worn. Dinner Jacket – Decorations.  
Charges: the only charges are for a room overnight and gown hire (if required).
For further information, please contact Ingrid Heggli.

Provisional Dates

1971-1975 Matriculates
Friday 26th June 2020

1976-1980 Matriculates
Friday 2nd October 2020

1981-1985 Matriculates
Friday 25th June 2021

1986 - 1989 Matriculates
Friday 1st October 2021

1990-1993 Matriculates
Friday 24th June 2022

1994-1997 Matriculates
Friday 30th September 2022

1998-2000 Matriculates
Friday 23rd June 2023

Continued Cycle

2001-2003 Matriculates
Autumn 2023

2004-2006 Matriculates
Summer 2024 

2007-2009 Matriculates
Autumn 2024

2010-2012 Matriculates
Summer 2025

2013-2015 Matriculates
Autumn 2025

2016-2018 Matriculates
Summer 2026