The first Formal Dinner of the second semester took the form of a special Mid-winter Christmas Masquerade Celebration at St Margaret's on Sunday, 18 July.
This wonderful dinner is a tradition at the College given that Members aren’t at the College on 25 December so we try and give everyone a nice Christmas experience in the middle of the year. It seems to go down well with Members.
And of course, the Kitchen Staff provided an amazing array of Christmas food including roast turkey with cranberry sauce, glazed ham carved off the bone with all the trimmings, duck fat oven-baked potatoes, minted peas, new season carrots with cumin and fennel and roast yams in thyme and orange. For dessert there was yummy pavlova with kiwifruit, Christmas trifle and chocolate and cranberry mini cakes.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Executive Committee had organised a special event for Members in the Valentine Common Room where floors presented their gifts to one another, through Santa’s helper of course, in true Christmas spirit.
Special guest was Sze-En Watts, the Manager of the University’s Social Impact Studio (Volunteering Centre), who gave an inspiring and thought-provoking address to Members in the Dining Hall about her personal journey to where she is today, doing a job that she loves.
During dinner we were also treated to some wonderful musical items, namely the St Margaret’s choir and Matthew Tait on the piano.
The photos accompanying this article show the wonderful time had by all on Sunday at our St Margaret’s family Mid-winter Christmas.
(Story by the Master, Dr Charles Tustin)