Alumni Reunion in London 2nd April 2016

As the sun shone in London on the morning of 2nd April, Butler Angels made their way to London Wall to take part in an Angels Networking Event. From the 11th floor of the building Angels and attendees had a beautiful view of St Paul’s Cathedral. Whilst, as ever, students were not rushing to talk about their future careers, Angels and other alumni were able to mingle and discuss their time at Butler and their current career paths. The mixing of different Butler generations, from an alumnus who started in another college with hexagonal tendencies to the current JCR President, was an enlightening experience that I hope all who attended enjoyed.

At the same time, the Alumni Football team took on PwC. Lal Chadeesingh has kindly contributed to this blog on Butler’s victory:

On the 2nd of April the sun was shining on Butler Old Boys FC as they recorded their first victory as a fledgling club. Opposition was provided by an Alex Bailey captained PwC team, and Butler started nervously with the knowledge that some time had passed since these fine men had pulled on the famous red and white jersey. Nerves were eased in the opening five minutes when a crossfield ball from Nicolas Restrepo found Lal Chadeesingh in space to send the ball looping over the opposition keeper and into the back of the net. Butler then enjoyed an impressive period of possession in the opening 20 minutes with the years being rolled back to our glory days on dodgy MC pitch. Then came a spree of what must unfortunately be described as goals of the lowest quality. A mishit Matt Gillett cross hitting the bar and then Matthew Adams before stumbling over the line probably serving as the most embarrassing goal scored in Butler Old Boys history. Still Adams grabbed another to see him climbing up the Old Boys scoring charts with Josh Mason, Paul Collins and Jonny Gabriel joining the list of scorers. Gloss was taken off the victory when the Old Boys conceded a clumsy penalty, which Alex Bailey dispatched with barely concealed glee. A few minutes later PwC grabbed another one back, with Will Kendall losing control of the ball and Alex Bailey stealing in to smash home from a yard. His second of the day, and some consolation for the defeated captain. The final score of 6-2 highlighted Butler’s superiority throughout and thoughts now turn to more summer fixtures.

*If you are moving to London and want to play for the Butler Old Boys, just contact Lal Chadeesingh or join our Facebook group. All are welcome!*

Football

In the evening, as the sun went away and the weather changed to rain, 40 alumni made their way to Inn of Court, Holborn to enjoy the London Alumni Dinner. After brief speeches from Des, Adrian, Stevie Jones and myself about the Tenth Year Anniversary celebrations from June 2016 to July 2017, which included the phrase from Stevie ‘we have a boat,’ guests tucked into their three course meal.  The atmosphere at the dinner was great and helped by the photo presentation that included many pictures from the attendee’s time at Butler. Unfortunately, unlike last year, there was no toast to Josephine Butler but the night was not affected by the lack of formality.

After the meal, the group moved onto Grand Union, Chancery Lane, which although did not seem ready to accommodate such a big group Butler alumni happily squeezed in and took over. More alumni joined who had not attended the meal and even a few cheeky students who have not graduated yet. A few alumni moved on to Sway, however, the majority of alumni remained in the bar catching up with old friends or new acquaintances.

From my point of view the reunion was a success. Thank you to everyone who came to the reunion and made it a lovely night in London. Hopefully I will be able to see you again at other upcoming events.

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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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