By Andrew Hodgetts
You may have read the blog post from 17th April 2012, which invited alumni to Meet the Angels and Butler Day. Well, now they have happened, and they were both storming successes. It was wonderful to see so many alumni from across a number of years back at the College, including some who hadn’t been back since they graduated a few years ago.
It is my hope that the Meet the Angels event will become an annual tradition on the evening before Butler Day. We had over 15 Angels there to meet about 35 students across the course of the evening. Alumni and current students mingled and chatted the evening away, sharing experiences of Butler, Durham, years abroad, careers, applications and more. Hopefully, some of the contacts made and advice gained will prove valuable for some students. Thank you to all alumni who were involved in the event. I hope that you enjoyed it too and found it a worthwhile endeavour (and not only for the free buffet and wine…).
Butler Day on Sunday 3rd June was phenomenal. There were 24 acts spread across two stages – the Bar and an outside marquee. The Silence kicked us off at midday with a driving an energetic performance. Then after listening to tonnes of varied music acts including Joe Alderson’ The Sail Pattern, waltzing away on the waltzer, playing human table football and human bowling, seeing Ellis Turmoil and Lucy Astill become Mr & Mrs Butler 2012, eating copious amounts of food and sampling a wide variety of ales and ciders, alumni and students were treated to the popular songs of Take That Again and the Really Hot Chili Peppers. Then, the DJ took us to 2am. Congratulations and a huge thank you to Craig Mawston, Lieha Parry and the rest of the Butler Day Committee for organising the Day.
Recently, I was browsing youtube and stumbled across some videos taken by previous Butler students at various events, including Butler Day. Video is becoming a great way to document things that are going on, and the recently created Butler Film-making Society is already playing a very active, progressive and important part in the development of Josephine Butler College. Here is some video footage from Butler Day, along with a JBC News show, the Fashion Show video and a ‘This is Butler!’ promo video, so that you can see the sort of thing that the Film-making Society are doing regularly. The Society recently successfully raised the funds to purchase a new video camera and other filming equipment, with some alumni donated to the development. Thank you to those who donated through sponsorcraft.com, and to Julian May for his help.
Here are some of the videos from previous Butler Days, if you are interested to watch them.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck to Sian Daniel, who is taking over my job as Alumni Relations Assistant on 2nd July. I hope that she will be able to keep this blog going and continue to encourage the growth and development of our fantastic alumni community. I hope to see you some time soon in the future.