A jammed packed October!

Returners Cocktails –  The term kicked off with Returners Week, where a number of events were held in College and in the Liver’s Out locations. The most notable of these was the Returners Cocktail event, hosted by Cocktail Soc and the Livers Out Officer. The night was Mean Girls themed as “on Wednesdays we wear pink”. After the cocktails the crowd headed off to Lloyds to further enjoy the night.

Open Mic – The first Open Mic of the year saw several performances from the Freshers’, all of who were fantastic, and several sets from returning students too. The combination of new and old is very promising for increasing those interested in performing in future events! There was a great atmosphere and great music, what more could you wants from an evening in the bar?


Returners Social – The Returners Social teamed up with Allotment Soc again this year, where just like last year everyone was given a fruit or vegetable to protect throughout the bar crawl. There was so much vegetable carnage outside of the bar the next day… Congratulations must go to Mr Jonny Harrison who managed to keep his potato intact all the way to Cuths Bar, even after several attempts of groups wrestling him to the ground the ensure the destruction of his starchy prize. The Social ended in Klute of course, where the emotional trauma of losing the loved vegetables could be forgotten in a sea of Quaddies.


Returners Formal – The first formal of the year was as always the Returners formal, this year the theme was Monopoly. The decorations were astounding, as each table was labelled as a section of the board, there was a Monopoly board on the tables too, allowing for games to be played during the meal! After formal entertainment was in the form of St Mary’s Basement Jazz band, who provided an excellent set of tunes to top off the evening!


Dare Night – As always Dare Night proved to be a fantastic night of mischievous fun. The evening kicked off with leg waxing and a few drinks in the bar. There was then a set of 40 challenges to complete, including drawing a cat on a strangers face, singing Frozen songs in the frozen aisle of Tesco and getting a piggy back of a bouncer. There were so many teams that completed nearly every dare, and over £400 was raised for Grace House (who are the real winners). Overall it was a great night!

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Halloween Formal + Stroll – Things got a little bit spooky towards the end of October. This year’s Halloween formal was a Circus of Horrors theme; the amount of scary clowns in the hall was almost unbearable! A personal highlight of the formal was the dessert: a double chocolate cake with popcorn and popcorn ice-cream, it was to die for. Things didn’t stop there though for the Halloween fun, as the Wednesday night after saw a Halloween Stroll, starting at College and re-enacting the Freshers’ Week Stroll. There was a huge turnout from Freshers. A testimony to how successful a Freshers’ Week it was!

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That’s a roundup from October, November has plenty more to offer, including the York Varsity trip for the second year running, the Great Butler Bake-Off, the Green Formal, the Inter-Collegiate  Conference, Concerts, Karaoke’s and Open Mics galore and so much more!


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The Butler Alumni blog is aimed at all alumni of Josephine Butler College, Durham University. We aim to keep you in the loop with interesting interviews with alumni and current Butler students, reviews of Butler events and updates on what is going on in both the College and alumni communities. The blog is edited and managed by the Alumni Relations Assistant, Sally Crawford, but she is always looking for ideas or volunteer writers to help make the posts more interesting and interactive! If you're interested in contributing to the blog, Sally would be thrilled to hear from you at jbalumni.association@durham.ac.uk.
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