Donor Garden Party 2022

In appreciation of your support, the College invite you and a guest to attend the Donor Garden Party on Sunday 10 July 2022 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm.


2.00pm: Registration in main College concourse

2.30pm: Talk in the Wolfson Hall by Dr Alessandro Rossi (G06)Quantum effects in everyday life events and new transformative technologies

3.15pm onwards: Afternoon tea on Jock Colville Lawn with Jazz Trio.

4.00pm: Talk from the Master on the Jock Colville Lawn

5.00pm: Event finishes

Dr Alessandro Rossi

Alessandro Rossi (G06) is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). His research is aimed at developing new technology by exploiting the laws of Quantum Mechanics, the branch of Physics that explains how Nature works at the nanoscale. Alessandro is a rising star in his field and, for his achievements, he was awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship by UK Research and Innovation, was included in the Emerging Leaders List by UK’s Institute of Physics in 2021 and won Australia’s National Measurement Prize in 2015. In his talk, Alessandro will explain that quantum effects can have an unexpected and yet direct role in everyday life events, such as the flight of migratory birds or magnets sticking to a fridge. He will also discuss how these phenomena can be harnessed to build new transformative technologies, particularly quantum computers that could outperform today’s most powerful supercomputers.

Jazz Trio

Peter Nickalls (U07) today is a successful composer for film and television, with recent credits including Obi Wan and Loki (Disney+), Celebrity Best Home Cook (BBC1) and Channel 4’s Formula 1 coverage. Whilst studying music at Churchill (2007-2010), Peter was best known as a prolific jazz pianist and founder of Churchill Jazz Band. Joining him today are two local jazz musicians with national reputations, bassist Joel Humann and drummer Derek Scurll. Together, the trio will perform a selection of classic jazz from the Great American Songbook and other sources.

Throughout the day
The exhibition in the Foyer of the Wolfson Hall, ‘Churchill – Founder and Foundation’ is open to guests

You are invited to go on a self-guided tour of the new 700m perimeter path constructed in 2020. The new path runs from Cowan Court behind the tennis courts following the College boundary towards the observatory before it links up with the chapel path creating a circuit. The meandering path has 46 crab apples with 10 different varieties which were part of the 107 trees planted last year many along the path. Along the walk within the long grass over 8,000 wildflower plug plants were planted this year with some already flowering.

The Croquet lawn will be set up for informal play

The Buttery Bar will be open for additional purchases from 2.00 – 5.00.

Dress Code: smart-casual.




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