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Michael Prichard & The Great Gate The Other Caius Club The Legacy of Roger Barclay-Smith Tickets for the 2009 Varsity Match

Dan White

From the Master This issue of Once a Caian... marks two milestones in the development work of the College. Since the Spring Christopher Tugendhat (1957) has stepped down after seven years as Chairman of the Development Campaign Board, a role he has performed with distinction. Those who have attended the College’s May Week Party for benefactors over these years will remember the authority and the lightness of touch that he has brought to his annual addresses. His successor is David Elstein (1961), who brings to the role the acumen and experience acquired in a highly successful career in media and entertainment. On page 14 you can read his maiden address at this year’s May Week Party, describing his affection for the College and the “moral debt” that he believes Caians are called to discharge. In her Foreword to the Spring issue Anne Lyon (2001) said goodbye to Mick Le Moignan (2004), her Deputy and founding editor of Once a Caian..., on his departure for Sydney. This issue marks the debut of Mick’s successor, James Howell (2009), who graduated from Fitzwilliam and enjoyed a first career in archaeology before joining us in March. He is an energetic and jovial new presence in the Development Office, as many Caians have already found out. After a Spring issue focussed on the College’s links with China we return to a more domestic agenda. On page 2 James Howell describes the work of Michael Prichard (1950) to rehabilitate Alfred Waterhouse’s Great Gate and restore the original iron gates which graced the entrance on to King’s Parade. Those gates, rediscovered by chance, will very soon be reinstalled in their original position at the expense of Fellows. From there we move to the other end of the College estate, where Anita Bunyan (1989) celebrates (page 6) ten years of the Mrs Cameron Day Nursery, the first full-time College nursery which has eased the lives of many parents among Fellows, graduate students and College staff. Let me also note two dates in the future. The Caius Choir is on cracking form, with Geoffrey Webber (1989) maintaining as Precentor the highest of standards despite the steady turnover of choral scholars and the demands of touring and recording. Music is an area, as Geoffrey’s article on page 20 demonstrates, where our benefactors have done much to sustain excellence. Geoffrey previews the Choir’s Christmas CD, which should be on the wish list of all Caians with enterprising musical tastes. Release date is 19 October. Finally, the University and College celebrations of Cambridge’s 800th anniversary move across the Atlantic to New York in December. Any Caians, US-based or not, who can join us there on 4 and 5 December will be most warmly welcomed. Why not combine these events with a pre-Christmas holiday?

Christopher Hum Master

“A gift to Gonville & Caius College counts towards the Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign”

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2 Michael Prichard and The Great Gate – James Howell (2009) 6 The Mrs Cameron Day Nursery – Anita Bunyan (1989) 10 The Other Caius Club – Stuart Reynolds (1967) 12 May Week and Benefactor’s Day 2009 – David Elstein (1961) 14 The Legacy of Roger Barclay-Smith (1955) – James Howell (2009) 16 Bathing Bill – Mick Le Moignan (2004) 18 Varsity Match 2009 – Dr Anne Lyon (2001) 19 The Steele-Bodgers XV – Micky Steele-Bodger (1944) 20 Caius Choir Christmas Special – Dr Geoffrey Webber (1989) 22 Anthony Edwards (1968) – Soaring High – James Howell (2009) 23 CaiReview – Joyful Christianity – A new book by Revd Dr Cally Hammond (2005) 24 A New Clock Tower on Barton Road 57 Years from matriculation to Graduation 26 CaiMemories 29 Caius Wine Club

Cover Photos by Paul Baxter, James Howell, Yao Liang, Sophie Pickford and Dan White

Tom Shafee (2006): Gate of Honour, Gouache and Watercolour


Yao Liang

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham



Immergas S.p.A.

James Howell

Yao Liang


James Howell


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Private Collection

Alfred Waterhouse (1830 -1905) Architect, perhaps best known for the Natural History Museum in London. Waterhouse came from a wealthy, mill-owning, Quaker family from Liverpool. His brother Edwin Waterhouse was co-founder of the Price Waterhouse partnership.

Yao Liang

Michael Prichard (1950) and the

Waterhouse’s initial sketch of the King’s Parade frontage

Photo from a collection by R. Jeffcoat, G. & C.C. 1891

Great Gate

by James Howell (2009)

Great Gate and Cab-Rank, c.1891-2. The gates are open, affording a view of Tree Court from King’s Parade; although it is impossible to discern the nature of the gates, it is clear that the tympanum was not the solid wooden one.

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For as long as any living Caian can remember, the ‘Great Gate’ has been a dark and dreary place: unlit, unused, unopened, and unnamed. It has never enjoyed a formal name, and it was not called the ‘Great Gate’ by Waterhouse or by anyone else when it was in use or for many years afterwards. The term ‘Great Gate’ has wisely been avoided outside the college: to use it would be to invite ridicule, for the gate is pitifully low and small in comparison with those of nearby colleges. It gives the impression of an underground crypt to those within it, and it conveys a surly message to the public outside it. Was this what Waterhouse sought to achieve?

Michael Prichard’s opening paragraph from his paper Waterhouse and his Gate

Cambridgeshire Collection

An un-dated photograph, probably posed, showing a Proctor questioning two undergraduates in front of the Great Gate with Waterhouse’s iron gates in situ.


n January 2008 the College was considering if it were possible to provide a fitting memorial to Francis Crick (1949), Nobel Laureate and Honorary Fellow, following his death in 2004. Before considering the form that such a memorial would take, a suitable location had to be found; one that could satisfactorily accommodate it and for which the College would be able to get the necessary permissions required for a Grade 1 Listed building. It occurred to one of the Fellows, Michael Prichard (1950), that one possible location would be under the archway of the ‘Great Gate’ in the entrance facing King’s Parade, but that it would be far too dark in its present condition to be suitable for any use and could not be considered unless sufficient natural light could be brought into it. He therefore set out to research the history of the gate, and to try to discover how it had come to be such a gloomy place, and what could be done to improve the situation. His first thought was to see if the wooden tympanum, the semi-circular section filling the top of the archway above the gates, could be removed and replaced with an iron grill, similar to the one on the Gate of Humility, which bears the College crest. If this grill was an original feature, it seemed odd that the architect had not provided his Great Gate with a similar solution. This proved to be the beginning of a two year study into not just the Great Gate, but Waterhouse’s entire vision for Tree Court. Michael’s meticulous study is being printed as an article entitled Waterhouse and his Gate, and will be available to any members of the College who would like to read the fuller account of his research. Those interested in receiving a copy should contact the Development Office. Michael started by going back to the original 1867 correspondence between the College and Alfred Waterhouse. He discovered how the plans for the building developed, from Waterhouse’s original sketches to the building that was eventually built. The preliminary sketches of the tower had no place for a statue of Edmund Gonville above the gate, and had dormer windows in the roof. The second of Waterhouse’s sketches is much closer to the final outcome, though it appears to show a set of gates that is quite different in appearance from the current wooden ones. Michael began to suspect that the wooden gates

4 Once a Caian... The wooden gates, which replaced the iron ones in the King’s Parade entrance in January 1937.

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Revised elevation of the tower, dated 5 November 1867, without a fifth floor window, and looking closer to the finished result.

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Right: Handwritten letter from Waterhouse to the Bursar dated 26th February 1867, giving two sets of alternative plans of the building, for the Fellowship to consider. Waterhouse uses the term ‘Main Entrance’ and not ‘Great Gate’

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Waterhouse’s original gates and tympanum, discovered in 2008 having lain unrecognised in the gardeners’ storeroom in Harvey Court for almost 50 years, and for over 20 years in the bicycle shed in Tree Court before that.

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Michael Prichard in the rooms he has occupied in Caius Court since 1958.

Frank Wiswall

were a later addition, never part of Waterhouse’s plans for the finished building, and he set out to prove this as a method of supporting his argument to have the wooden tympanum taken down to be replaced with a specially commissioned iron grill, possibly incorporating Crick’s initials or a stylised double helix motif. On 8 April 2008, a chance discovery changed everything. A complete set of iron gates, with matching tympanum had been languishing in a gardeners’ storeroom in Harvey Court. They had been there for fifty years and before that for another twenty years at least in the bicycle shed in Tree Court. They were destined for disposal when the storeroom was cleared to make room for the Stephen Hawking Building. Michael was immediately convinced that these were Waterhouse’s original gates, and at the eleventh hour saved them from being sold. Careful measurement showed that they fitted exactly the archway in the Great Gate, but if they were Waterhouse’s original gates, when were they taken down? A search of College and County archives finally produced photographic evidence of the iron gates in situ, but in an undated picture. A second photograph, entitled ‘Rag Activities for the Armistice Day Collection 1935’, gave Michael a terminus post quem, a fixed date after which they must have been removed, and he was then able to find documentary evidence of the order for their removal. Michael immediately proposed that the wooden doors and tympanum be removed and replaced with Waterhouse’s original iron ones. It was readily agreed that this should be done, and that the required finances should be raised by private donations from within the Fellowship, rather than from College resources. Work to restore the iron gates and tympanum has already begun, and the wooden doors are to be modified and rehung inside them. The regrettable wooden tympanum will no longer cast the gate hall into gloom. When the work is finished, and the College returns for the new academic year it is hoped that Waterhouse’s Gate will be back where he intended it to be 140 years ago.

If you would like to receive a copy of Michael Prichard’s fuller account of the investigation into the Great Gate, please contact the Development Office on or 01223 339676

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by Anita Bunyan (1989)

James Howell


raduation 2009. Senate House Passage was awash with colour as the Tutors and Directors of Studies of Caius poured out through the Gate of Honour to greet the graduands emerging from the Senate House. Suddenly, the tinkle of a bell was heard and the sea of Fellows parted to allow through a specially adapted bicycle bearing the sons of the Director of Studies in English, on their way home from the College nursery. For some of those present it was a vivid image of what Caius does best, preserving but adapting its traditions and rituals to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern world. It was the College Council of Caius that took the visionary decision on 28 May 1998 to establish the first full-time College nursery in the history of the University. Queens’ had blazed a trail several years earlier and set up a small nursery to provide half-day care for young children in term time. The Fellowship of Caius, however, opted for a nursery that would offer full-day care throughout the year for the working parents of Caius. In ten years, over fourty Fellows, staff and students of Caius have availed themselves of the care offered by the College nursery. Several graduates of the College, now living and working in Cambridge as doctors and academics, have also chosen to send their children to the nursery. The hard work of transforming the vision of the College Council into reality fell to the Domestic Bursar, Mr Ian Herd (1996), and the new Nursery Manager, Mrs Elizabeth Wiggam, who was appointed in March 1999. Ian Herd

The line “Happy Birthday Dear Mrs Cameron Day Nursery”, proving to be a challenge for the Master, Sir Christopher Hum (2005).

James Howell

10th Anniversary Celebration of

set about securing planning consent and approval from the City Council and from the Social Services at the County Council. He oversaw the appointment of Mrs Wiggam and found premises for the nursery in the annex of the imposing College house at Springfield, on the edge of the Harvey Court gardens. The small flat with a courtyard at the front, formerly occupied by a succession of French Lectrices, was refurbished and colourfully decorated, and on 7 June 1999 the Master, Mr Neil McKendrick (1958), formally opened the doors of the nursery to twelve children. Caius historian Christopher Brooke (1945) provided the nursery with unstinting moral support and, most importantly, a name. He reminded the younger Fellows of the College that the first informal College nursery had, in fact, been located in the Master’s Lodge. Here Mrs Elfrida Cameron, the Master’s wife from 1928 to 1948, welcomed the young children of veteran students returned from the forces in 1945-6 while their parents attended Sunday morning service in the College Chapel. Professor Brooke recalls: “The archway between Chapel and Lodge was a parking space for perambulators and push-chairs at such times; and the Lodge, for a while, a nursery.” It seemed fitting to pay tribute to Mrs Cameron’s active presence in College life for so many years through the naming of the Mrs Cameron Day Nursery. Another major step forward for the nursery came in 2002 in the form of a generous benefaction from Mr Bill Packer (1949). This made it possible for the College to build a large, bright and airy extension which opened onto the enclosed garden at

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Left to Right: Dr Anita Bunyan (1989), Ian Herd (1996), Staff members Elizabeth Anderson, Louise Dunnage, Mrs Elizabeth Wiggam and Zoë Cundy, and Dr Melissa Calaresu (1997), at the birthday celebrations.

the back of the house at Springfield and completely transformed and enhanced the physical space of the nursery. The nursery staff and families were delighted when Mr Packer and his son, Christopher (1989), joined them for the opening of the new extension which is dedicated to the memory of his late wife Annabel. Mr Packer’s benefaction was vital, for it also enabled the nursery to expand its provision from twelve to twenty five children. Finally, the Bursar, Mr Barry Hedley (1964), and Ian Herd convinced the College Council to place the nursery on a secure and independent financial footing by contracting out the management of the nursery to Mrs Wiggam’s company, Wigwam Nurseries. Caians are immensely fortunate to enjoy the facilities of what is now widely recognised as one of the best nurseries in Cambridge. The relatively small size of the nursery creates a unique family atmosphere that is enhanced by the open-plan arrangement of the rooms in the nursery. Here the six babies in the baby room can observe and be entertained by the vigorous water, painting and musical activities of the eight toddlers in the Packer extension. The toddlers in turn keep a watchful and envious eye on the infinitely more sophisticated movements of the eight ‘big children’ in the pre-school room and are very proud when it is their turn to ‘move up’ to the next room. All the children come together to play several times a day in the nursery garden and to eat the hot lunch provided by the College kitchens. Anyone who visits the nursery is struck by the positive, calm and friendly atmosphere.

The secret of the nursery’s success is, of course, its staff. Caius was very fortunate at the outset to secure the services of Elizabeth Wiggam. The College could not have found a more experienced and professional nursery manager who knows and forges a relationship with every child in the nursery and who trains her staff by rolling up her sleeves and leading by practical example. She is not just an excellent manager, but also a highly respected staff trainer who is responsible for the nursery’s remarkable degree of staff continuity. Many of the Caius parents have had several children cared for by the same group of dedicated nursery nurses and teachers who have worked at the nursery from its earliest years. Generations of Caius children have learnt to draw, paint, cut and paste with Louise Dunnage, now the Nursery’s Deputy Manager, who possesses the understated but invaluable ability to captivate a child’s attention when they arrive in the morning and make them forget the parent hovering anxiously at the door. Others have discovered their talent for gardening and dancing with the irrepressible Elizabeth Anderson who has ensured that, come rain or shine, the children are outside. Elizabeth will celebrate her retirement this year after nine years at the nursery. And all the parents remember that it was with Zoë in the baby room that the children not only enjoyed lots of cuddles, but also learnt the words please and thank you and the lyrics of songs brought back to the nursery from her travels abroad. Even on her honeymoon, Zoë was collecting songs to share with the children back at nursery.

Of course, things do not always go according to plan. The day the children inadvertently enjoyed extra helpings of Bailey’s profiteroles destined for High Table has gone down in the annals of the nursery. Sometimes, it has to be admitted, the family atmosphere can be a little awkward when a Fellow’s child is going through ‘the biting phase’ and the current victim happens to be the child of the College’s computer officer. But the nursery community weathers such storms and came together in June this year for an informal picnic at the now famous ‘Ditch’, the hollow in the Harvey Court gardens where parents often bring their children to play on summer evenings after they collect their children from nursery. It was a wonderful reunion of children, parents and nursery nurses to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the nursery. The nursery nurses were delighted to see many of the children who joined the nursery in 1999 now towering over them and about to embark on their careers in various secondary schools in Cambridge! The nursery is now firmly established as an integral part of College life. The ‘Ditch’ now rivals Hall as a site of College collegiality and the familiar rhythms of “Let’s tidy up together” threaten the status of Carmen Caianum as the College Song. And it was particularly gratifying that Ian Herd, who retired in July 2009, remained in the post just long enough to join us in celebrating the anniversary of a College institution that has had such a direct and positive impact on the lives of so many Caians.

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Left to Right: Neil McKendrick (1958), Bill Packer (1949), Christopher Packer (1989), Elizabeth Wiggam and Ian Herd, at the opening of the Annabel Packer Extension in 2002.

James Howell

James Howell

James Howell

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On his retirement in July 2009, Ian Herd was presented with a picture, drawn by the children, in gratitude for all his work in establishing the Nursery.

James Howell

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by Stuart Reynolds (1967)


f you go to a plumbers’ merchant in Italy you may find on the counter a display of ‘Caius Guides’ from the Caius Club. You may also see plumbers proudly displaying their Caius Club badge with the image of the superhero Caius Camillus. The Caius Club ( is the marketing programme of an Italian boiler manufacturer, Immergas, and the Caius Guides are comic book bulletins (in the style of Superman and Asterix) in which Caius Camillus flies to the aid of boiler installers to give advice on technical regulations and equipment. Caius Camillus is a fictitious Roman centurion on the Mediterranean fleet of Pliny the Elder, sent by him to rescue Frontinus from his laboratory during the eruption of Vesuvius. Sextus Julius Frontinus was a real Roman scientist who codified the regulations for the design of water supply and central heating in the first century AD. He also wrote a survey of Roman aqueducts and a treatise on military strategy. Frontinus was governor of Britain around 75 AD, built the Roman fortress at Caerleon and ‘pacified’ the Welsh with a series of forts along the borders. The real Pliny the Elder wrote a major treatise called Naturalis Historia and a history of the German wars, and died trying to rescue survivors in Pompeii in 79 AD. In the Caius Guides, we learn that Pliny’s trusty centurion, Caius Camillus, after rescuing Frontinus’ papers on Roman water supply and central heating, was blasted into space by the force of Vesuvius and returned in the twentieth century with super powers – and an invaluable understanding of Roman plumbing techniques. The first person he met on his return was Camillo Scotti, the Commercial Director of Immergas, and together they established The Caius Club – Italian Plumbers’ Branch.

Illustrations from Caius Camillus: Le Origini, Un mistero sveltato the first Caius Guide, published by Immergas S.p.A. of Brescello, Italy. Caius Camillus is the creation of Camillo Scotti the Commercial Director of Immergas. Illustrations by Tony Scarda. Reproduced by kind permission of Camillo Scotti, and with thanks to Michele Scotti and Natasha Calzi.

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Trevor Hodge (1948) with his book Frontinus’ Legacy, published in 2001.

Frontinus’ Legacy by James Howell (2009)


Camillo Scotti and the Caius Crew, the staff of Immergas S.p.A.

n departing, Mick Le Moignan (2004), my predecessor as editor of Once a Caian…, left me a box of material including many interesting letters that might make good CaiMemories. One attracted me particularly, about an impoverished graduate student, Trevor Hodge (1948), forced to take a temporary job with British Railways at Cambridge Station to support his studies. In order to get to the station each day, he had to borrow a bicycle from one of his fellow students, who, when the cycle was returned to him, insisted on giving Trevor a ten shilling note to cover the expense that he had undertaken to make the machine roadworthy. The story stood out, because his good friend was none other than Len Sealy (1955), Life Fellow of the College! Professor Hodge had also sent a brief personal biography. After completing his PhD and obtaining a Diploma in Classical Archaeology, he taught at several universities in the USA, before moving to Carleton University in Ottawa in 1960. His bibliography includes several books on Roman aqueducts and water supply but the title of his most recent book, Frontinus’ Legacy leapt at me from the page. In the light of our discovery of another Caius Club, it is only fitting that one of the world’s leading experts on the writings of Frontinus is, in fact, a Caian. He is enjoying his retirement, writing an as yet unpublished (“unpublishable” he suggests modestly) crime mystery set on the British railways around Nottingham in the 1950s. However his real ambition is some day to combine his talents as detective, archaeologist and railwayman by sorting out what really happened on board the Orient Express!

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The Upper Circle!

May Week &

Benefactor’s Day 2009

Address by David Elstein (1961), the new Chairman of the Development Campaign Board Yao Liang

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he one small benefit of the change of chairman at the Campaign Development Board is that at least we will all know which Christopher is being addressed in future. Apart from that, I can but be daunted by the challenge of stepping into Christopher Tugendhat’s shoes. Politician, diplomat, financier, peer of the realm, chairman without peer, Christopher guided the board seamlessly through its earliest stirrings to its enviable present status. We will greatly miss him at our meetings. Anne Lyon, of course, is – with her fine team – the engine of the development campaign. She has lost Mick Le Moignan, who has returned to Australia after masterminding the Caius video, the Caius book and our new magazine, Once A Caian…, but she has gained James Howell as a replacement. In this difficult year, Anne and her team have maintained their exemplary record. Something like half the running costs of Caius need to be funded by income from the endowment and new gifts every year, to avoid a situation where the cost of being a student here becomes prohibitive, or our ability to maintain our teaching standards – and our buildings – falls into doubt. That’s £5 million pounds every year, from

David Elstein (1961) addressing Benefactors in Caius Court.

the endowment and from fresh fund-raising. This year we have maintained our five-year average: more than £2m in new gifts, 1600 individual donations and bequests and 900 new pledges – a great achievement in the gloomiest economic climate for several generations. The annual telephone campaign is the most effective in Cambridge, and this year raised £400,000 from over 550 individual donors. The Master has mentioned collective efforts, in the shape of the lectureship funded by the year of 1956, the proposed 1958 lectureship, the 1969 reunion, and the gate refurbishment, funded by Caius fellows; all in the wake of the history lectureship funded by pupils of Neil McKendrick, and two wings for the Stephen Hawking building, from the 1954 and 1962 years.

But the greatest collective effort comes from all of those who feel an affinity, a kinship, a loyalty, an obligation with regard to Caius. That means undergraduates, graduate students, parents, relatives, fellows, staff, alumni, well-wishers. Occasionally, we will benefit from a spectacular gift, as in Roger Barclay-Smith’s endowment of a memorial fund in the name of his aunt Phyllis, which his final legacy brought to over £2.5m in value. Or more recent alumni will share their good fortune with major gifts, as have Adam Landes and – once more – Mike Richards this year. Or our donors might be fathers of Caians or sons of Caians, as with Stephen Zinser and David Thomas this year. However, it is in mobilising the generosity and loyalty of the main body of alumni and their relatives that our efforts are concentrated. I have to say here that it took many years – decades – before my own connection with Caius was re-animated, after my undergraduate course. It is so hard, when you are 18, to separate your personal efforts from the role of the college, its teaching staff and student body in achieving whatever success may come your way. In those days – nearly fifty years ago – of grants and scholarships, of readily available jobs and no student debt, a sense of entitlement rather than obligation prevailed. Today, of course, with university fees, rising costs, reducing work prospects and

...Always a Caian 13 economic uncertainty, re-connecting with Caius may be an even more distant issue. Yet I have only to talk to our telephone campaign volunteers to see that Caians of today do ‘get it’ – that we all have another debt, a moral debt, a collective duty to sustain for future generations what past generations have helped provide for today’s students. We need to fund student support, college teaching, building fabric, books, equipment, bursaries, research fellowships: indeed, the whole apparatus of learning and scholarship. We stand in the shadow of 660 years of collective effort, achievement and benefaction. Our finest inheritance is not this unique architecture, nor our prize-winners, Nobel and otherwise, nor our sporting and academic prowess, nor our honours and medals: it is our acceptance of our status as the link between past and future, our duty to Caius that no-one else can fulfil on our behalf. Whether it be in small annual donations, or large single gifts, or legacies in our wills, or joint endeavours to fulfil specific targets, we recognise that compelling call. 27% of our alumni have already contributed to the current campaign, 17% in the last year, many of them repeat donors: our target is to raise that 17% to 30% making gifts each year. And although alumni are not our only resource – witness the number of parents, relatives and friends here today – they are our key resource. One day, I would hope that every Caian would feel obliged, as a point of honour, to return to the college, in due course, at least the investment the college and its endowment have made to his or her education here. But if only 50%, or even our target 30%, make that mental pledge and fulfil it annually, we will have met our part of that contract through the centuries that Caius calls upon us to recognise. Today, of course, is a day where we recognise you, our benefactors, so, Master, ladies and gentlemen, fellow Caians and friends of Caius – thank you for your patience. Please now partake of the many pleasures, over and above this fine luncheon, that today’s Gathering promises, and which I hope you greatly enjoy.

Scenes from the May Week Party, including lunch, the visit of John Lehman (1965) the President of the US Caius Foundation, and donors meeting students callers from the Telephone Campaign in front of the Gate of Honour. Above and left: A party within a party. Donors meeting the new 1956 College Lecturer, Dr Richard Gibbens (1980), in the Master’s garden. All photos by Yao Liang


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The Legacy of

Roger Barclay-Smith (1955)


by James Howell (2009)

BirdLife International

Yao Liang

Roger Barclay-Smith (1955)

eaders of Once a Caian… will be familiar with the antics of Roger Barclay-Smith (1955) whilst at Caius; he was part of the team responsible for liberating the Sandhurst Gun (see Issue 3). On leaving Caius he headed straight for Africa – a powerful instinct which influenced him all his life. In 1959, he went to Rhodesia where he worked until 1975, when he joined the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, based in Rome. He continued to work in Africa, partly in Swaziland but mainly in Malawi. In 1984, he started farming on the personally owned estates of Dr Hastings Banda, the President of Malawi, and remained there for eleven years. He retired in 1995, but remained in Malawi living in Dedza, ‘a mountain paradise’ until his death in August 2008. In 1989, Roger had written to the then Bursar, Robin Porteous (1987) indicating that he wanted to establish a fund “to provide a scholarship/s for young Malawians to study at Caius”. From the outset Roger realised “how frustrating it must be to have an endowment rendered useless to you by stringent conditions which have long since ceased to be applicable”. He made it clear that, whilst his preference was for the support of students from Malawi, he was happy for the funds to be used to support undergraduate or post-graduates students from other countries including the United Kingdom. During his lifetime, eight Malawians were fully supported in their studies by the Fund. Roger was admitted as a Gonville Fellow Benefactor at the Service for the Commemoration of Benefactors in the College Chapel in November 2005, in recognition of his lifetime giving and in appreciation of the pledge, made in response to the Legacy Campaign of 2003, to create for Caius one of the most significant funds within the College’s endowment, with the flexibility to support the widest possible constituency. The Phyllis Barclay-Smith Fund, established in 1990, is named after Roger’s aunt. Phyllis was Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds from 1924 to 1935, Assistant Secretary of the International Council for Bird Preservation from 1935 to 1946 and Secretary of that body from 1946 to 1978. She was Honorary Secretary of the British Ornithologists’ Union from 1945 to 1951. She never accepted a salary and always worked in an honorary capacity. She edited the Avicultural Magazine from 1939 to 1973 and still found time to publish a number of books of her own and to translate into English the works of French and German ornithologists. She was one of the first to perceive the danger to birdlife from oil pollution, creating a sensation with an oration on the subject at a conference in Amsterdam in 1930. More than twenty years later, together with James Callaghan, she created the Advisory Committee on Oil Pollution of the Sea, which was instrumental in drafting and bringing to realisation the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea. She helped to set up the International Wildfowl Research Bureau and also helped to establish the ICBP reserve on Cousin Island in the Seychelles. She received numerous awards for her work, including the Gold Medal of the RSPB and the Delacour Medal of the ICBP. She was honoured posthumously by the World Wildlife Fund, which included her name in the WWF International Conservation Roll of Honour. She was awarded the MBE in 1958 and advanced to CBE in 1970. She visited Roger in Malawi in 1979 and at once fell for the countryside and the people. Roger wrote that “she was surprised, though, by the cook we had then. She had ordered ‘two eggs boiled for six minutes each’ and was taken aback to be brought a cluster of six eggs which had apparently been boiled for two minutes each. Phyllis Barclay-Smith She decided there and then to assist Malawi to educate its people”.

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from Roger’s friend Dottie Henderson to Gay & Extract of a letter

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Valerie Seekings

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By Mick Le Moignan (2004)

Bathing Bill Stearn & Sons

The Caius Boat Club’s Temporary Tollgate in Senate House Passage, 10 November 1950. Standing (left) is Bob Emerson (1949), standing (right) exacting toll is Gerald Hart (1950), partially obscuring the late Chris Bates (1950).

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ill Packer (1949) has bravely sent in a photograph of himself (opposite page) that a lesser man might have chosen to keep out of public view! Back in 1950, at the time of the annual Poppy Day Rag, Bill’s chums in the Caius Boat Club somehow persuaded him to accept the title of “Miss Caius”, which involved taking a prolonged public bath outside the Great Gate on a frosty November Day. To save the blushes of the passersby and, indeed, to increase their amusement, he wore a bathing hat and a girl’s bikini. Bill himself, always a smooth talker, impressed his friends by persuading one of the twin daughters of the Master, Sir James Chadwick (1919) to part with her bikini for the occasion! Bill remains a stalwart supporter of both the Boat Club and the College to this day. It was he who promised the members of the 2005 First Eight, when they achieved their second run of four consecutive May Bumps headships in nine years, that if they extended the unbeaten run to five, he would personally pay for a magnificent clock tower to go on top of the Caius Boathouse to mark the achievement. In the event, the oarsmen and their successors took the winning run to six. Now that the Boat Club is planning a major re-building operation, Bill has remained true to his word and pledged a substantial contribution to the Boathouse Appeal, when it opens, to cover the cost of the famous clock tower. Fundraising was very much to the fore in 1950, when the Earl Haig Poppy Fund had to take care of many disabled war veterans and their families, as it still does today. The Caius Boat Club’s effort, devised by Gerald Hart (1950), was to set up a tollgate at the entrance to Senate House Passage and exact a fee from all passers-by, according to an elaborate scale, posted on

the wall, which penalised undergraduates for such ‘offences’ as wearing suede shoes or bow ties and carrying books. Women were penalised for having ‘boy friends’ or ‘fur boots’, ‘pretty girls’ had to pay a penny more than ‘plain women’ – or could avoid payment altogether by kissing the toll keeper! Principal toll keepers were Gerald Hart and Bob Emerson (1949), subsequently a member of the Caius crew that won the Wyfold Cup at Henley. Neither Gerald nor Bill could remember how the bathing scene related to the tollgate: they both thought ‘Miss Caius’ was simply a device to attract the attention of passers-by, perhaps to stun them momentarily while they handed over their cash! It was certainly Bill who drew the short straw, having to spend several hours in barely tepid water which cooled rapidly, despite the assiduous attentions of his ‘bath attendant’, Julian Walker (1949). Much to Bill’s relief, an early suggestion that the bath should be filled with baked beans was dismissed on grounds of cost. The bubbles which were chosen instead were produced by adding copious amounts of detergent, which Bill remembers left him sore for weeks afterwards. From time to time, he would stand up and splash the crowd with soapy water. It was all, he says “great fun” – and produced a substantial amount of money for the charity.

Bill Packer more respectably dressed for an event at the Mansion House with his equally elegant partner, Sheila Finer.

Julian Walker in restful mood!

A curious footnote arises from the ‘Egyptian’ attire of a fez and what seem to be pyjamas, favoured by Julian Walker, which accurately presaged his future profession. Julian had acquired the fez on visits to Cairo and Lebanon and went on to a distinguished career in the Foreign Office, where he became a leading Arabist and helped to establish the United Arab Emirates in 1971. After Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, he become a main link between the FCO and the Iraqi Opposition and worked with the Kuwaitis on the demarcation of their frontier with Iraq. After retiring (late) from the Diplomatic Service in 1993, the Iraqi Opposition remained in contact and he later managed the Iraqi Kurdish Cultural Centre, which acted as unofficial embassy for the (mainly Iraqi) Kurdish diaspora. After 2003 this Iraqi Opposition began to form a major part of the Iraqi Government in Baghdad and since then Julian has been very actively involved, at the invitation of Iraqi Kurds, in a wide range of post-war reconstruction projects, such as town planning in Kirkuk, repairing and building major dams, roads, tourism, shipping and other key developments vital to restoring prosperity to Iraq. A far cry from the humble bath attendant!

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International Rugby Players

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The Blues team, captained by Micky SteeleBodger (1944) for the 1946 Varsity Match at Twickenham.


Country Caps

George L Jeffery (1883) Frederic W J Goodhue (1885) William G Mitchell (1884) Piercy H Morrison (1887) Randolph L Aston (1888) William E Tucker (1891) Alexander F Todd (1893) Frederick Jacob (1893) Andrew Balfour (1896) William T C Cave (1901) Charles J Newbold (1900) Vincent H M Coates (1907) Alec H Ashcroft (1906) John A Schofield (1907) Alan D Roberts (1907) Geoffrey S Conway (1916) Ronald Cove-Smith (1919) Alister M Smallwood (1914) Duncan C Cumming (1922) William E Tucker (1922) Arthur T Young (1923) Walter I Jones (1922) Kenneth C Fyfe (1932) Keith I Geddes (1937) Michael R Steele-Bodger (1944) Peter H Ryan (1951) Arthur R Smith (1954) Ronald H Thomson (1955)

England Scotland England England England England England England Scotland England England England England England England England England England England England England Wales Scotland Scotland England England Scotland Scotland

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by Anne Lyon (2001)


his year’s Nomura Varsity match takes place on Thursday 10 December and, in a new initiative, the Development Office is planning to gather Caians together in one of Twickenham’s hospitality suites. We hope that many Caians will be able to join the Master and other members of the College for lunch before the match. A cash bar with be open from 11.00am for lunch at 12 noon. This year the kick-off is at 2.00pm. Following the match, afternoon tea will be served and the bar will remain open after the game.

Already over 250 Caians and their guests have signed up, but Twickenham tell us that there are some tickets still available for this event. The cost of a match ticket, two-course lunch with a glass of wine and afternoon tea is £40.00 per person, which represents one third discount on the full price. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the Development Office (01223 339676 or

I am told that the Varsity Match has been contested 127 times, of which Cambridge has won 60 to Oxford’s 53, with 14 draws. The first match was played at The Parks in Oxford in 1872, with the return match taking place on Parker’s Piece the following year. In 1877, the two clubs agreed that a neutral venue would be more appropriate, and games were played at a variety of London locations including the Kennington Oval and Blackheath, before settling on Queen’s Club in Fulham, where it was played until the First World War. The first game to be played at Twickenham was in 1921, though the national stadium did not become its permanent home until after the Second World War. The first game after the War featured Micky Steele-Bodger (1944), who went on to captain the side in the 1946 game, in which he scored Cambridge’s only try. In a recent message, Don Drury (1946) recalls “On December 10, I went with George Kerpner (1946) and my room-mate Peter Brown (1946) to the Twickenham Rugger ground, where we saw Oxford beat Cambridge by 15 points to 5, after a very exciting game. We hardly expected to win, especially as Oxford were playing eight Dominions men. As one paper said, it was really Cambridge vs. The

British Empire. However, Cambridge fought a very gallant battle, and kept the Oxford score down”. Arthur Smith (1955) had already played for Scotland and toured South Africa with the British Lions before arriving at Caius as a postgraduate student. A graceful wing threequarter, he won four Blues, though had mixed fortunes, winning and then losing each consecutive Varsity match. He remains, however, arguably the most successful Caian rugby player in history, representing Scotland on 33 occasions and captaining the British Lions on his second tour to South Africa in 1962. Arthur’s presence at Caius was probably the reason that Ronnie Thomson (1955) never won a rugby Blue. Ronnie even struggled to gain a place in the Caius First XV, which featured Arthur on one wing and the British 440 yd champion, Terry Higgins (1955) on the other. Ronnie won his Blues on the athletics track, but did play in the University’s Rugby seven-a-side team that won the Melrose 7s in 1960. After leaving Cambridge, Ronnie won fifteen caps for Scotland, playing on the opposite wing to Arthur Smith in 1960 and ’61. We are delighted that Ronnie Thomson will be joining the Caius party at the 2009 Varsity match.

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with the same style of play. In the 1950s the great Cardiff and Wales half back pairing of Cliff Morgan and Rex Willis came on six occasions, and their established partnership made the scratch side play like a well organised team.The player who has made the most appearances in this match is Andy Ripley, the Rosslyn Park, England and British Lions back row forward. Andy played for my side at Cambridge on ten occasions, and captained the side on six. He was a very athletic player and full of ideas, though sometimes his planned, innovative moves would confuse his own team as much as the opposition. There can of course be problems. Tony O’Reilly, the celebrated Irish wing and equally successful businessman, accepted an invitation to play. On the day before the match he telephoned me to say that he had had to organise an urgent and important board meeting in London on the morning of the match and asked if he could come by helicopter and land on the pitch. That proposal was rejected on the grounds of crowd safety, so instead he travelled from London in a huge stretch limousine with all his Board members, and had the meeting on the way. Considering that the match is played in

late November, the weather generally has been kind. On one occasion, however, in the early 1950s my team arrived in good order for lunch as usual in the University Arms, during which time thick impenetrable fog descended on Cambridge. Any play was out of the question, but as the University were desperate for the possible Blues to be put to the test I spoke to each player individually, to see if the game could be re-scheduled for the following week. Unbelievably all bar one were able and willing to come again; Norman Davidson, the Scottish fly half, was due to emigrate to New Zealand at the weekend and had already booked his passage! Invitation matches, though most enjoyable for all associated with them, are costly and sadly becoming more rare in the professional game. Our players are only reimbursed their travelling expenses but they still accept their invitations and travel from all parts of the world to play. After the match there is a dinner for both teams and a few old Blues from the past. It also offers the C.U.R.U.F.C. Committee the chance to entertain and acknowledge those individuals and companies who have helped to make the match possible. This coming year there is a new sponsor for this match, Ignis Asset Management, to whom we are all grateful and everybody hopes for a long and successful partnership.

The Steele-Bo dgers XV by Micky Steele -Bodger (1944 )

Press Associatio n

y years as an undergraduate at Caius were most enjoyable and during that time I had the good fortune to gain a rugby Blue. I was also lucky enough to play for England and therefore knew most of the international players of the time. When, in 1948, Dr Windsor Lewis, the driving force behind Cambridge University rugby, asked me to put together a strong team to play the University XV as part of their final preparation for the Varsity match, naturally I accepted. Haydn Tanner, the Welsh scrum half, captained an all-international XV including the outstanding Welsh centre Bleddyn Williams. It proved to be an excellent, hard-fought match which was only won by 13 points to 8, and henceforth the fixture was successfully established. This year’s match, on 25 November, will be the 62nd game in the series. I was fortunate to get positive support from both clubs and players and happily, over the years, this has remained the case. As the match is always played midweek it did not interfere with the regular Saturday fixture list of clubs. Players would readily accept an invitation to play as the matches were invariably great games; fast, skillful and fun, afterwards they were royally entertained at a splendid dinner in a college hall. In the immediate post war period the University team naturally contained many older and physically stronger players returning from the services and could take on and beat most club sides. The Cambridge team that I captained in 1946 contained ten internationals and yet lost at Twickenham to an Oxford XV, with as many capped players, that arrived at the varsity match unbeaten and if my memory is right remained unbeaten for the whole season. I try to equate, as best as I can, the Oxford team that Cambridge will play. So, if Oxford has a star player in a certain position I will try to select someone in that position

Unofficial wartime Varsity Match at Oxford in 1944. Micky Steele-Bodger receiving the ball from J.C. Wardill. “I probably dropped it” he says!

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Paul Baxter

Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge


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The Caius Choir recording in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. 23

Geoffrey Webber

Sopranos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Rachel Bagnall (2006) Nina Kanter (2006) Marie-Claire Lindsay (2007) Tempe Nell (2006) Verity Trynka-Watson (2007) Rose Wilson-Haffenden (2008) Elizabeth Wiltshire (2008)


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Elly Brindle Hannah Crawford (2008) – 2008 Caius Fund Choral Scholar Cara Lewis (2006) Felicity McDermott (2008) May Robertson (2006) Helen Roche (2004)


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Aidan Coburn (2006) Finn Downie Dear (2008) Sam Dressel (2007) Jack Furness (2007) Charles Ogilvie (2006)


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Christopher Dollins (2007) Oskar McCarthy (2008) Edward de Minckwitz Matthew Ralph (2007) – Sir Keith Stuart Choral Scholar 23 Edward Willis (2005)

The Choir at the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim.

Geoffrey Webber

25 Matthew Fletcher (2007) – Peter Walker Organ Scholar

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hanks to ‘Carols from King’s’, choral music from Cambridge holds a special place in Christmas celebrations. Each year, King’s College commissions a new carol by one of our leading British composers, and this tradition has produced a superb set of new works which balance the more popular end of the market. Three of these commissioned works, by Judith Bingham, Diana Burrell and our own Robin Holloway (1967) are included in this new disc of music for Advent and Christmas by Caius choir entitled ‘Into this world this day did come’, which is to be released at the end of November by Delphian Records. The programme is a blend of contemporary and medieval music, following in the tradition of the choir’s CD ‘All the ends of the earth’ on Signum Records. Many living composers have looked back to the world of medieval music for inspiration, and the two repertoires thus sit well together side by side. The music selected from both periods varies from the simple and melodious to the complex and bold, and the medieval repertoire includes two pieces from Cambridge manuscripts, one from Trinity College and the other from the University Library, the latter containing the earliest three-part music to survive in the British Isles. The recording was made in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, in July, thanks to hosting arrangements set up by graduating Medic and Alto choral scholar Cara Lewis (2006). The superb acoustic of the building fits the music well, and the grand organ provided magnificent sonorities especially for the solo organ pieces by Judith Bingham which frame the programme (organ buffs will marvel at the flute céleste...). Several choir members sing solos on the disc including Matthew Ralph (2007), the Sir Keith Stuart Choral Scholar, in the 15th century setting of Nowell sing we. The recording also features the Wilfrid Holland Organ Scholar David Ballantyne (2006), the Peter Walker Organ Scholar Matthew Fletcher (2007), as well as graduating Mathematician David Curington (2005) who plays the cor anglais in a piece by Diana Burrell for cor anglais, organ pedals, and choir.

If you would like to purchase copies of the CD please contact Rachel Bagnall (2006), the Choir Administrator ( or 01223 332411).

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Diana Burrell Judith Bingham Stuart MacRae C13th English Richard Causton Francis Pott John Dunstaple Gabriel Jackson C16th. anon. Howard Skempton Judith Bingham John Redford Howard Skempton William Sweeney C12th English Diana Burrell Robin Holloway C15th anon. Judith Bingham Gabriel Jackson Total playing time

Creator of the Stars of Night Annunciation Adam lay y-bounden Edi beo thu Cradle Song That yongë child Quam pulchra es Salus aeterna Salvator mundi To Bethlem did they go God would be born in thee Tui sunt caeli Into this world, this day did come The Innumerable Christ Verbum Patris umanatur Christo paremus cantica Christmas Carol Nowell sing we Incarnation with shepherds dancing Nowell sing we

[5:52] [6:19] [5:02] [3:11] [2:54] [4:53] [2:12] [2:54] [3:57] [2:25] [6:06] [3:44] [2:50] [3:24] [1:22] [2:58] [6:24] [2:51] [3:58] [2:00] [75:28]

by Geoffrey Webber (1989)

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Anthony in the CUGC Skylark II over Ullswater, March 1958. Left: Anthony, back on the ground. Below: After the storm. Thomas Edwards

Anthony Edwards (1968) –

Soaring High by James Howell (2009)

Thomas Edwards

Anthony’s daughter, Ann in the Swallow over Thirlmere.

Edwards Thomas

anging on the wall in Professor Anthony Edwards’s room in Tree Court is a portrait of Dr Venn, the compiler of the Biographical History of the College. Had Dr Venn produced one of his famous diagrams to illustrate the relationship between Caians and the readers of popular gliding magazines, the intersecting portion might not have been enormous. In the February-March 2009 edition of Sailplane & Gliding magazine, Anthony has written an account of his family’s attempt to re-create the Cross Fell Expedition of 1958. Then, he, Peter Bulman (1955) and two friends from other colleges, had set out to launch their Cambridge University Gliding Club Skylark glider from a field 650 ft above sea level, in the hope of soaring over the Cross Fell ridge in Cumbria, which rises to almost 3000 ft. Sadly weather conditions in 1958, and again fifty years on, prevented Anthony from reaching the summit, but, as he says, “it’s not the longest in distance and duration, or the highest or the fastest, that one remembers, but the ones in the deepest communion with the contours of the hill country”. The 1958 expedition was itself inspired by a famous event in gliding history. Gordon Manley (1921) the eminent Caian meteorologist, had suggested to pilots from the Newcastle Gliding Club, that Cross Fell would be an ideal location to attempt the new technique of “soaring in wave”, which had been pioneered in Germany six years previously. Anthony started with the Cambridge University Gliding Club in 1955, and was Chairman from 1969-1977 and then President until the club reformed as CGC in 1996. He has been a regular columnist in Sailplane & Gliding since writing his account of the Cross Fell Expedition in 1958.

It’s super-Cally’s‘‘‘vangelisticexplicative-opus ’’

like Cally immensely, and College life is so much the richer for her being in it, that you don’t need this review. She’s written the book, so jolly well go and buy it. It’s on

Amazon. The introduction to Cally’s Joyful Christianity is such a lucid statement of the Christian faith I share, but find hard to express, that I wanted to stop at xviii in case 1-75 cast any shadows. She sets up a quintet of sources – scripture, tradition, worship, the world, prayer – and I realised for the first time that it’s the absence of any of those that has made me uncomfortable with many other expressions of Christian faith. She casually tosses out the idea of imagination in prayer which, had I known of it during the student summer I spent in a monastic community, would have greatly enriched the 5.00am silent hour of prayer. And she gives such a succinct statement of the key problems facing Christianity today, that she made my own uncertainties legitimate. Brilliant – thank you Cally. The Joyful Mysteries are one third of the fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, the other two sets being Sorrowful and Glorious. In Cally’s book they are explored through five studies on the appropriate chunks of Luke. In each chapter she contrasts Luke’s narrative with that of the other Gospel writers, addresses any contradictions head-on, and then squares up to the challenge of believing these Mysteries in a scientific age: the virginal conception; the nature of the Holy Spirit; historical contradictions in accounts of the Nativity; the boundaries of ‘family’;

Reviewed by Julian Allwood (2000) Dan White


Dan White

Joyful Christianity


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ond (2005) m m a H y ll a C By the humanity or not of Jesus. In each case, Cally examines and illuminates the problem, then largely finds a reason – quite rightly, I think – to turn away. The Bible cannot be an instruction manual based on words – none could be written to survive translation across languages, years and cultures – but conveys its essence in scenes and narrative. Thank goodness we have profound theologians to probe, test and question every detail – but equal thanks to the prayerful souls who hold up today’s doubts in Biblical light, and find for the rest of us new and clearer solutions. Thank you Cally. Reading Joyful Christianity over just three days, it was a rich diet. At fourteen high-protein pages per chapter, I could have done with some salad. Or at least a few friends to help digest it – presumably the intention of the provocatively short questions at the end of each chapter is that this is a book to share – and I began to wander off: how long are the words in Katie Price’s autobiography? does Cally use adverbs? could you preach a sermon using only the verb ‘to be’? how about a bit of

dialogue then, Cally? And gently niggling behind that, the first word of the title… this Joyful Christianity is rather serious. Joyful in placing us in context, in celebrating the Gospels, in affirming a Christian life unbounded by binary certainties or monochrome ritual. Of course we need this solid brain-food Joy, but I wanted to interrupt too, to ask her to allow us the joy of great music, open spaces, or the unexpected corners in conversations. Cally probably knew I’d think that, and could explain why the book is better as it is – and I know she’d be right. But you don’t need to worry about that. The reason to buy this book is because Cally wrote it. Not because I’m writing about what she would have written if she’d read what I wrote. Just ignore this book review (which is a bit precocious)... get super-Cally’s-‘vangelisticexplicative-opus. Joyful Christianity by Cally Hammond, published by SPCK, £8.99, follows on from her previous book Passionate Christianity (2007), also published by SPCK.

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A new Clock Tower on Barton Road


he Caius Fund was introduced College crest on the wall behind it. in 2008, to identify a limited Dave Watson, the enterprising Head of number of projects that could Maintenance, suggested that it might be be wholly funded by a single appropriate to preserve the crest and to Telephone Campaign. In the re-position the new clock on a small tower inaugural year, one of the Caius Fund atop the roof of the pavilion. As work projects was to raise £75,000 to provide a on the roof was in progress, Ian Herd new roof for the Sports Pavilion at Barton (1996) the Domestic Bursar decided to Road. Thanks to the generosity of donors, immediately seek planning permission work on this project began in March 2009 for a clock tower and to prepare a flat and was completed by the end of the structure on the ridge of the roof to summer. receive the structure. Whilst the work for Planning permission was re-roofing was underway a large obtained, but the project scale clock, which had hung on budget was unable to the pediment above the main provide the necessary door for at least twenty years, funds. Ian mentioned this stopped working and experts to the Director of assessed that it was beyond Development, Dr Anne repair. It was decided that a new Lyon (2001), who launched clock should be purchased but a small but targeted appeal when the broken clock was to a select number of Caian Dave Watson, the Head of Maintenance. removed it revealed an early cricketers and sportsmen.

The funds required to pay for the tower were secured in a matter of days, and the new Pavilion clock is now installed, to signify start of play and time for tea! Dave Watson

Yao Liang

Dave Watson

The Barton Road Pavilion, with new Roof and Clock Tower.

The Caians who contributed to the Clock Tower appeal were David Beevers (1957), Nigel Emslie (1965), Jim Fiddes (1961), James Furber (1972), Roger Jago (1963), Will Lawes (1985), Richard Quibell (1959), Geoffrey Shindler (1962), James Sowerby (1989), Chris Thompson (1967) and Roger Wiltshire (1986).

57 years from matriculation to graduation Derek Ingram


n 1952, Alex MacMillan, a Canadian, matriculated at Caius in order to study for a PhD in Engineering on aerodynamics. His research, on the accuracy of Pitot Tubes which are used to measure the speed of airflow over wing surfaces, led to a correction factor to be used when measuring the air speed very close to the surface. Unfortunately, the rules for the PhD viva then were not as well developed as now, and Alex graduated in 1956 with an MSc. After a career in aerospace and then the paper industry in Canada Alex, now retired, searched the internet to see what developments in Pitot Tubes had occurred since his research degree. To his surprise he found that the ‘MacMillan Correction’ is now a standard, appearing in many textbooks and indeed being taught in the undergraduate course in Cambridge. He contacted the department to ask if his thesis could be re-examined, and in June was awarded the PhD, first begun 57 years before!

The Master, Sir Christopher Hum (2005) and Praelector, Dr Julian Allwood (2000), also Director of Studies in Engineering, drinking Alex’s health at a reception in the Master’s Lodge before his graduation on 18 July 2009.

Don McMorland (1969) in his study in Auckland, in its own way a little shrine to Caius. Notice the print of Caius Court, by Sir Hugh Casson, on the wall behind him.

Caius in Wanganui I recently visited Wanganui, a small city on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It was an early settlement built at the mouth of the Whanganui River, a “road” in the early days into the interior and a point at which the coastal ships could berth, bringing supplies and trade. The colony was founded in 1840, so the coast and the main rivers were the only means of moving people and goods around a very rugged, mountainous, and forest covered country. The city is well known now as the home of Wanganui Collegiate, an Anglican private school where Prince Edward worked as a house tutor during his gap year in 1982. On perusing a map of the city, I was surprised to see not only a Cambridge Street, but also Caius and Gonville Avenues in a suburb, itself called Gonville. I decided to try to discover the origin of these names so far from my college. Initially nothing was known, though I did soon learn that Caius is generally pronounced phonetically, or as it would be in Latin (or Maori, a language of phonetic pronunciation), rather than as it is in Cambridge. My enquiries led me to Wanganui Collegiate and its historian, Richard Bourne, who referred me to the magnificent history of the college, Never a Footstep Back (the school motto and title of the book), published in 2003. He also kindly provided a photograph of G R Saunders (1870). George Richard Saunders was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1853, and went up to Caius in 1870, age 17. He did not complete his degree, perhaps through poor health, and was told a warmer climate would be better for him. Thus he came to New Zealand. Little is known of his early time in the then colony, but his name appears in the school records in 1877 as assistant to the headmaster, H H

by Don McMorland (1969)

Godwin, and as a teacher with particular skills in sport. In April 1878 Godwin was dismissed by the trustees, apparently for alcohol abuse, and Saunders was appointed headmaster in mid1878, around the time of his 25th birthday. During his tenure as headmaster, Saunders carried on the academic teaching but is best known for introducing organised sport to the school, a strong tradition in the school to this day. The ‘warmer climate’ was obviously good for his health. But, as the school history says, “Saunders lacked the experience and, perhaps, the commitment to establish a first-rate school.” While he was headmaster, Saunders married the daughter of a wellknown and well-off family in the town. Mrs Saunders was apparently popular with the boys, but her health was ‘fragile’ and Saunders’ own father wanted him to return to England to learn a profession. Money from Mrs Saunders’ family made this possible and he tendered six months’ notice in June 1881. Saunders returned to Cambridge and to Caius, graduating with a BA in 1883 and qualifying in medicine by 1890. Later he returned to Wanganui to practice medicine, being elected President of the New Zealand Branch of the British Medical Association in 1901. He died in Wanganui on 25 February 1904, aged 50. It was during his term on the staff of Wanganui Collegiate that Saunders gave the name to the area now known as Gonville, and to the three streets, thus perpetuating the name of the college in what was then a remote little corner of the Empire.


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The signpost at the junction of Caius Avenue and Cambridge Street, in Gonville, Wanganui, and the map of Gonville, reproduced from the Wanganui City Map, courtesy of Wanganui District Council.

George Saunders (1870) far left, with pupils from Wanganui Collegiate in 1881, courtesy of Richard Bourne.

Caians, partners and friends gathered at college in September 2008 to remember Buzz Burrell who died in February 2003 and informally launch a publication of his written works. Buzz Burrell came up to Caius to read English in 1975. His was an unorthodox, distinctive and almost ubiquitous presence in the college, spending the majority of his days in the Buttery Bar, JCR or the Caius late-night bar as well as frequenting a number of public houses in the city. Thus, he became known to many members of the Caians, friends and partners gathered for the book college’s undergraduate population launch in Caius Court, September 2008. Standing, left-to-right: Ben Perers Cook (son of Dave Cook with whom he would converse on 1975), Gary King (1974), Jon Newman (1975), seemingly any topic. Formal studies Chris Burnham (1975), Josh Perers Cook (son of took second place in his college life Dave Cook 1975), Greg Merryman (Trinity Hall 1975), Jeremy Prynne (1962), Cosmas Nnochiri and when undertaking these he (1975), Amanda Ascott (wife of Buzz Burrell); Seated adopted his own unique approach to left-to-right: Dave Cook (1975), Kristin Perers, Buzz Burrell (1975); literary criticism. His real focus was on Jonquil King, Tony Lucey (1975), Amanda Beckett. photograph from 1993. creative writing, especially poetry that won him the College poetry prize in 1978, and this continued to be his raison d’être throughout his life. After Caius, he lived in London, continuing to study – he wrote his PhD on the works of J.H. Prynne – and producing a vast range of written works, calligraphy and illustrative art. Although he eschewed the fickle world of commercial publishing, he did share pieces of his work with close friends, many of whom he first met at Caius. As a memorial to Buzz a book of his works, assembled from the many papers and paintings collected at the time of his death, has been published by a group of mainly Caian friends. One entry from the book, ‘Fall in Abney Park’, is reproduced here. The book attempts to capture the range of his creative writing that runs from poetry to short prose pieces, via polemical passages, humour and elegiac ‘songs’; in most cases the original style and layout of the pieces is retained. At the book’s launch on 20 September 2008 at Caius College, his friends delivered a mixture of readings and anecdotal reflections upon the singular and much-loved person that Buzz was. The book, Selected Works by N.R. Burrell (ISBN 1-74067-586-X, 104 pages), is available on a not-for-profit basis at £17 to those interested in obtaining a copy; please contact Dave Cook ( in the UK, or Tony Lucey ( in Australia.

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Tony Lucey

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N.R. (Buzz) Burrell (1975)

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The Fen Floods – 1953 The East Coast floods of 1953 were one of the country’s worst natural disasters of all time. 307 people died, 24,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and over 30,000 people were evacuated. On Saturday 31 January, a northwesterly gale had driven a storm tide surge down the North Sea. The waters, which were up to two metres higher than normal, hit the north coast of Norfolk at just after six o’clock in the evening. The badly neglected sea defences were breached and more than eighty people died on the Norfolk coast that night. Over the following days a national appeal went out for volunteers to fill sandbags and help to shore up the emergency defences. Caius undergraduates were, in the most part, quick and able to respond to the call. Godfrey Ash (1950) recalls how Pat Braham (1950) persuaded the Eastern Counties Bus Company to loan him a bus, and how on 3 February, sixty one Caians travelled to Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene near King’s Lynn, to fortify the defences around the pumping station on the banks of the Great Ouse. On subsequent days the volunteers were joined by an ever increasing number of their friends from Caius and other colleges. Not everybody was able to go. Alec Shaw (1950) recalls “At the time, I was in my

final year, reading medicine, and to my astonishment and chagrin, we third year medical students were expressly forbidden to go. Each night for about a week, our friends in the second year returned to Caius tired, but feeling very fulfilled”. The heroic efforts of these Caians is somewhat tarnished by a ‘Royal’ crime that took place on the final day of the relief work. Alec Shaw continues the story… “One of the second year medical students had borrowed his father’s car, and had taken three friends to help with sandbag filling. On each day they had noted the arrival of the scores of swans, returning from their wintering migration in Europe. On the final day the temptation was too great, especially as the driver had also borrowed his father’s shotgun! The result was plain for all to see; in the boot of the car was a dead Berwick Swan.” “Discussion went on into the night and finally, and secretly, the Head Chef was persuaded to prepare and cook the bird, with

all the appropriate trimmings, for a party of eight. The supper was held at the top of S staircase, and the guilty men sat down to the finest feast ever.” It is hoped that after fifty years, the Crown will deal leniently with Alec, Peter Young (1950) and their six friends and that they will be allowed to live out their otherwise blameless lives in peace and tranquillity!

the fixed table instead of a traditional desk, the lack of radiant heating, the incorporation of a hand basin compartment (though not plumbed in this particular example), and the full length window seat being perhaps the most noteworthy. Fellows would call by from time to time, and I submitted periodic reports on my experiences. All of this certainly made for a memorable second year,

at the end of which the demolition contractors moved onto the site, whilst those of us continuing moved into the still extant No. 1 West Road. My sentimental attachment to Harvey Court circulates through my being and my identity as a Caian. Perhaps one of these days a blue plaque may appear to mark my humble contribution to that great project.

Left: Godfrey Ash (1950), in cap and tie, and Caius volunteers, filling sandbags in February 1953.

Christopher Turner (1957)

John Turner

I greatly enjoyed reading the three points of view on Harvey Court, and was particularly pleased by Gabriel Byng’s “Love it” Contribution (see Issue 7). My personal connection with Harvey Court is to have had the uniquely privileged experience of living in it before it was ever built! One Saturday evening towards the end of the Easter term 1958/’59, as we were gathering outside the JCR before going up to Hall, I was approached by the Dean, Hugh Montefiore (1954), who told me, in the manner of an Annunciation, that I had found favour with the authorities and that I was to be a guinea pig living for the academic year 58/59 in a ‘prototype room’. Quite why a man from B4 St Michael’s had been selected for this honour is a mystery to this day. When I returned for the Michaelmas Term 1958 I was initially directed to a guest room because the prototype room was not ready. After a fortnight or so it was declared fit for purpose and I duly transferred my effects to No. 3 West Road. On opening the door, I was confronted by the external cladding of a box like structure that had been fabricated inside the room, and a second door leading into my new home. The room had several unusual features:

Golden Reunion of frequent visitors to the prototype room, held at the Randolph Hotel on 17 August 2007, (l to r) Bruce McGreevy, Richard Willcocks, Geoffrey Wainwright and Christopher Turner (all 1957).

David Hellings (1955) On his seventeenth birthday, 8 December 1952, David Hellings came to Cambridge to sit his entrance exam. In the event he won a Teichman Scholarship for History, but was unable to matriculate until 1955 after completing his National Service. He was sent to Egypt, but was fortunate to have returned home to take up his place at Caius before the Suez Crisis. After he died in 2006, his daughter Jessica Hellings (1987) found this letter, written to his parents describing his first visit to Cambridge, during which he was interviewed by a Tutor, Eric Heaton (1945) and a very young Christopher Brooke (1945), University Lecturer in History! ‘Justin’ Brown, whose name failed to impress Rev Heaton, was possibly David’s grandfather, H A Brown (1898).

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he Caius Wine Club returns with its latest selection of wines chosen with the forthcoming festive season in mind. Once again we are teaming up with Cambridge Wine Merchants, our near neighbours from King’s Parade. All Caians and friends of the College are welcome to join the Caius Wine Club, the primary purpose of which is not to generate revenue for the College, but to recommend a range of wines at advantageous prices. Prices are listed per bottle but orders must be in cases of twelve bottles. Cases may be mixed with as many different wines as members wish. There is a charge of £8.00 per case, and £5.00 per item of glassware, for post and package, with orders over £250 carriage-free.


Chateau de la Roulerie, Chenin Sec, 2007 Anjou, Loire Valley, France £7.35

Gemtree, Bloodstone Shiraz Viognier, 2007, McLaren Vale, Australia £9.75

A delightfully versatile white from the sunny Loire Valley. Voted ‘Best Value Loire Chenin 2009’ Slinky and polished, nice apple fruit. Great alternative to Chablis. Loves Pork.

An extraordinary wine! A heady mix of rich fruits and spices. This classic Rhone blend of Shiraz and Viognier from Mike Brown is a revelation. Made according to Biodynamic principles, without the use of chemicals and with the utmost respect for the surrounding environment. Warming to the senses, and uplifting to the spirit. Brilliantly wintery.

Chateau Les Eymeries, 2005, Bordeaux, France


A superb vintage in Bordeaux, and this is a cracking little wine. Oozing Bordeaux character. Cassis, old leather and spice. Perfect for Sunday lunches and intimate parties. Sacred Hill, Semillon Chardonnay, 2007, South Australia


Refreshing and dry, great fruit content, concentration and length. A charming light white for any occasion.


A set of four Burgundy glasses engraved with the College Crest. A perfect Christmas present.

To order please visit, telephone or email Cambridge Wine Merchants, 2 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ. Tel: (01223) 309309. Email:

Sacred Hill, Shiraz Cabernet, 2007, South Australia £4.52 Time and again this proves to be your favourite. Fruity and approachable, a great crowd pleaser. Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay, Pinot Gris 2007, New Zealand

Named after the Goddess of the New Year. Huge concentration of flavours, yet completely seamless. This truly awesome Shiraz Cabernet has an intriguing nose of chocolate, crushed herbs. Cedar and blackberry abound on the palate, wrapped in finely grained tannins. A mighty wine! Smith Woodhouse LBV, Wood Matured Port

Wine Club Crested Burgundy glasses, Set of four £20.00

Anaperenna, 2006, By Ben Glaetzer, Barossa Valley, Australia £27.44

A super Late Bottled Vintage from The Symington Family. Rich and mouth coating to begin with, the spirit and firm tannins bringing up the rear in style. Stilton anyone? Joseph Perrier NV Brut, Chalons-En-Champagne

A stunning example of this beautiful variety from 2007’s Winemaker of the Year, Russell Gordon. Wonderfully fragrant nose, peachy, with a hint of spice and Turkish musk. Goes with just about everything, such a generous variety! Especially favours seafood or anything that has been smoked.


Classic notes of brioche and hints of zesty lemon lead to a classic, elegant palate, simply dripping with finesse. Amazing value from this family run Grande Marque house. Wolf Blass, Red Label NV Brut, Australia




A great party fizz or mid-week treat. Impossible to dislike. Chase away the winter blues! Bairn of Islay, Single Islay Malt Whisky


A little something to blow away the cobwebs. Wild and windy, like the island itself, and full of feisty bonfire smoke. Not for the faint-hearted.

EVENTS AND REUNIONS FOR 2009/10 Stephen Hawking Circle Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 24 October Commemoration of Benefactors Lecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 22 November Commemoration of Benefactors Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 22 November Commemoration Feast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 22 November First Christmas Carol Service (6pm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 2 December Second Christmas Carol Service (4.30pm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 3 December Caius Foundation Directors’ Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 4 December New York Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 4 December Patrons of the Caius Foundation Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 4 December Michaelmas Full Term ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 4 December Varsity Match . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 10 December Lent Full Term begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 12 January Development Campaign Board Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 23 February Second Year Parents’ Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 11 and Friday 12 March Lent Full Term ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 12 March Annual Gathering (1959, 1960 and 1961) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 16 March Caius Club Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 19 March MAs’ Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 26 March Hong Kong and Beijing Receptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tba April Easter Full Term begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 20 April Stephen Hawking Circle Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 22 May Easter Full Term ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 11 June May Week Party for Benefactors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 12 June Caius Club Bumps Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 12 June May Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 15 June Caius Medical Association Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 19 June Graduation Tea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 24 June Annual Gathering (up to and including 1958) . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 29 June Admissions Open Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 1 and Friday 2 July Annual Gathering (1978, 1979 and 1980) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 25 September

...always aCaian Editor: James Howell Editorial Board: Dr Anne Lyon, Dr Jimmy Altham, Professor Wei-Yao Liang Design Consultant: Tom Challis Artwork and production: Cambridge Marketing Limited Gonville & Caius College Trinity Street Cambridge CB2 1TA United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1223 339676 Email:

Once a Caian Issue 10  

The Alumni magazine of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge