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Sir John Cockcroft: The atomic scientist who changed the world
You are warmly invited to this year’s Association Weekend on 22–24 September 2017, commemorating 50 years since the passing of our Founding Master, Sir John Cockcroft, and 85 years since he shared a Nobel Prize for splitting the atom
- Dinner ticket prices have been held at the same as last year to encourage as many to attend as possible and are great value at £25 each if you first came to College in 1992 or later. Tickets for current MCR & JCR are £15. A standard Dinner ticket costs just £35.
- Our after-dinner speaker is Professor Jim Al-Khalili, renowned writer and broadcaster from Radio 4's The Life Scientific.
- Join the Cockcroft family and invited guests at a drinks reception and exhibition at the Archives Centre on Friday evening to witness the handover of the collection of Sir John Cockcroft's personal papers.
- Use your dining rights to enjoy supper in the Fellows' Dining Room on Friday evening whilst sampling Saturday night's wines from the College cellars, guided by Fellows’ Wine Steward, Dr Paul Russell. For those who prefer something more formal, High Table will be available.
- The Wolfson Theatre plays host to an in-depth look at the life and work of Sir John Cockcroft with speakers including Professor Rolf Heuer, formerly of CERN, Dame Sue Ion of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board, Christopher Cockcroft, son of Sir John, in a panel discussion of two halves on Saturday afternoon, chaired by current Master, Professor Dame Athene Donald.
- Enjoy croquet in the College grounds or take a guided tour of our sculpture collection and/or the Møller Centre.
- Join other alumni for Sunday golf at Cambridge Meridian Golf Club,
- Visit the Chapel for a memorial service to celebrate the life of Sir John Cockcroft on Sunday morning, followed by a guided tour of the Ascension Parish Burial Ground by College historian Professor Mark Goldie.
- The Association Weekend coincides with the University’s Alumni Festival with a host of other events available.
- Accommodation is available in College or at the Møller Centre at alumni rates.
Family and friends are very welcome to come along and experience our welcoming and unique environment.
Friday 22 September
- 2pm onwards: Rooms available for check-in.
- Please enjoy your afternoon in College and take a self-led sculpture walk, or visit the new Founder and Foundation exhibition in the Wolfson Foyer, showcasing the life of Winston Churchill and the founding of the College.
Join the Cockcroft family and guests at a drinks reception and exhibition as the Archives Centre celebrates receiving additional personal papers of Sir John Cockcroft, from 6pm in the Jock Colville Hall, then choose between a light supper and wine tasting led by the Fellows’ Wine Steward, sampling College wines available to purchase for Saturday's dinner, or join Fellows at High Table.
- 6pm–7.30pm: Sir John Cockcroft: The Atomic Scientist who Changed the World – Archives Centre drinks reception and exhibition to celebrate the collection of personal papers of Sir John Cockcroft being formally handed over to the Centre. All welcome.
- 7.15pm: High Table diners gather in the SCR for dinner in Hall at 7.30pm. Book online for High Table .
- 7.30pm: Wine tasting with supper in the Fellows' Dining Room, a repeat lof last year's highly popular event (see booking page for details about price).
Saturday 23 September
- 7.30am–9.30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.
- 10am–12.00pm: Sir John Cockcroft: The Atomic Scientist who Changed the World – Tour of the New Cavendish Laboratory Collection (booking essential, places limited to 40).
- 11am–12.15pm: Churchill Engineers are invited to join Professor Sir Mike Gregory in the Jock Colville Hall for an update over coffee, including news about the 'Tizard Creative Hub' among other developments, along with an opportunity to share ideas for future activities.
- 12.15pm–1.45pm: Lunch can be purchased in the Dining Hall.
- 2pm–4.30pm: Sir John Cockcroft: The Atomic Scientist who Changed the World – Free panel discussion in the Wolfson Hall, chaired by the Master. An event in two halves with a refreshment break between, exploring Sir John's contribution to particle and nuclear physics, as well as a look at Sir John the man. Streamed live online.
- 2pm–5pm: Croquet available in the College grounds, all abilities welcome.
- 2.30pm–3.15pm: Sculpture tour, led by the College Curator of Works of Art, Barry Phipps (booking essential, only 15 places available).
- 4.45pm–5.45pm: Tour of the Møller Centre, to include a view over the College grounds and Cambridge from the Tower.
- 6pm–6.30pm: Churchill College Association AGM in the Bevin Room, all members welcome.
- 6.45pm: Drinks reception on the Jock Colville Lawn, or main concourse if wet.
- 7.30pm: Sir John Cockcroft: The Atomic Scientist who Changed the World – Annual Dinner in Hall with Guest Speaker the writer and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili.
Sunday 24 September
- 7.30am–9.30am: Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
- 10am: Room check-out time.
- 10am–4pm: Golf at the Cambridge Meridian Golf Club. (Cost £39.99 per head to include coffee and bacon butties from 9am.)
- 10am–11am: Sir John Cockcroft: The Atomic Scientist who Changed the World – Chapel service: A celebration of the Life of Sir John Cockcroft, led by Revd Catherine Milford, retired Canon of Norwich Cathedral and daughter of Sir John Cockcroft, and Chaplain Dr John Rawlinson. All welcome.
- 11.10am–12.30pm: Tour of Ascension Parish Burial Ground, to include the resting place of Sir John Cockcroft, with Professor Mark Goldie. Meet at the Chapel at 11am for 11.10am start. (Please note this involves a ten-minute walk to the location, and uneven surfaces once there. Suitable outdoor shoes are recommended.) Booking essential, maximum 25 places.
- 12.15–1.45pm: Lunch is available for purchase in the Dining Hall.
Daytime events: casual.
Dinner: You are welcome to wear black tie or equivalent. If you wish to be less formal, please do so.
"I don't have all the clothes for black tie, so it was nice that I could go in a lounge suit."
We are pleased to offer a variety of options at College, including single, twin and double ensuite, as well as hotel-standard accommodation in the new Cowan Court. (Please note that all Cowan Court rooms are double rooms and charged at the same price whether double or single occupancy.) Please book accommodation online via the pink booking link below.
Møller Centre accommodation
The Møller Centre also offers a discount to Churchill alumni for accommodation. Please contact the Møller Centre directly on T: 01223 465500 or E: email@example.com for availability and bookings.
Special student rates
Churchill students wishing to attend any of the Weekend's events may book College accommodation at a special student rate. To make a booking, please contact the Accommodation Office directly on E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would be grateful for donations to subsidise the cost of the Association Dinner to recent graduates. Any surplus donations raised will go towards the College's Annual Fund.
Your donations can be made via the booking form below.
A list of guests booked to attend the event, with their matriculation year, may be found using this link.
If you do not wish to have your name listed please let the Alumni Office know using the below email button. Please note also that the list will be updated in batches so your name may not appear immediately on booking and this does not imply that your booking has not been received.
For all enquiries please contact the Alumni Office
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- Bookings close at midnight Friday 15 September.
- Attendees cancelling their Dinner booking before midnight on Friday15 September will receive a full refund. There is no refund after this date.
- Attendees cancelling their accommodation booking before 12pm the day prior to arrival will receive a full refund. There is no refund after this date.