The day started in the Chapel with a service of Thanksgiving celebrated by Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR, followed by speeches and the presentation of the prizes in the marquee, where Willow the Pony came all the way up from the College’s Equestrian Centre to make an unexpected appearance and as official conveyor of the Head Master’s speech.
Our guest speaker was Ms Merryn Somerset Webb – editor in chief of MoneyWeek, and a writer and TV/radio commentator on financial matters – who spoke to the audience on career and study choices, and gave some positive and provocative views on the times we live in.
The day continued with refreshments in the Houses, picnics on the lawns, music from the a cappella choir and the College Big Band, as well as an 'open mic' session to accompany afternoon tea. Throughout the afternoon, many enjoyed the free candyfloss and fun rides on the now traditional 'medium-sized big wheel' and the dodgems – a popular new addition for 2017.
The annual CCF demonstration took place on Sankey's Hill; Sport was played and enjoyed during the day, with the classic match between the 1st XI Cricket team taking on the Lancing Rovers OLs, and the Tennis Junior Manor Cup. In the afternoon, everyone enjoyed the always popular Founder’s Day play, an adaptation of Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn, in the Open Air Theatre.
We all look forward to the last few weeks of this Summer Term, and wish to thank everyone who joined us on this day and those who contributed to make it enjoyable for all.
Please click the link below to read the Founder's Day programme, featuring Dominic Oliver's introduction, the year in review, and a full list of all the prize winners.
We are pleased to share a selection of photographs from the day, below.