London Calls Former Pupils
The Development Office organised an informal drinks reception in London last Thursday for alumni who are now based in the South East. It was the first such gathering to be held and was very well received by the 60 guests who attended.
Stef Porter (1999-06) very kindly hosted the event in his new wine bar, Porter at Embassy Gardens, and the Development Office was offered exclusive use for former pupils of RGS Worcester. Interest ahead of the event had been growing including through the RGS Alumni LinkedIn group.
Leavers from 1955 to 2011 joined the gathering, ensuring that interesting conversation flowed and new connections were made across RGS generations. Younger former pupils included alumnae whose support vividly illustrated how RGS has evolved into a fully co-educational school. Mike Ridout (1978-14) and Phil Lee (1990-12) travelled from Worcester to meet with a number of their former students; a pleasant surprise for alumni from the 1980s onwards. They shared plenty of stories which were retold with amusement over the evening.
As the noise levels rose it was clear just how sociable the gathering was and there were numerous requests for further events. The Development Office will build on this success to establish a strong presence in London that will help alumni to network professionally as well as to strengthen social bonds with the School.
Stephen Brooks (1962-65) wrote, “Just a few lines to say how I enjoyed the event you arranged last Thursday and thanks for inviting me. It was quite a unique experience for me as it's the first time I have ‘gone back’ anywhere before. I've always been someone who thought bygones are bygones. However, I would like to attend other such events in the future.”
Hannah Marshall (1999-10) commented, “Thanks so much to you and all involved for arranging last night – I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Look forward to attending more events in the future.”
Mr Scott MacDonald – Development Manager