Golden reunion for our Education Class of 1965

Class of 1965 Education Reunion Weekend - 17 July 2015

This weekend saw familiar faces once again return to campus, as we welcomed alumni from the former Caerleon Teacher Training College who returned to celebrate their 50th anniversary!

Having all started their studies in Education in 1965 and having weathered the sands of time as friends for 50 years,the Class of 1965 continued the tradition of meeting regularly in Caerleon - a tradition started in the early 1990s.

This year the group were pleased to welcome three ‘new’ members - former classmates, Judy Ross who came over from her home in Australia as well as Emwnt Morgan and Anne Boyle, both former Lecturers. 

With classmates flying in from all over the word, the weekend once again welcomed alumni Norman Edwards and Lynette Harries and also Keith ‘Rumsey’ James who never misses a reunion, even though he comes from his home in Virginia, USA. 

Thanks must once again be extended to current reunion coordinator Geraint Evans for organising the occasion, but also Norman Edwards who started the reunions originally.

Falling at the end of a busy Graduation Week, the reunion weekend started on Friday evening with a picnic in the beautiful campus grounds at Caerleon, with the group being able to enjoy making use of the graduation celebration marquee throughout the evening. 

The evening moved onto the Goldcroft pub in the village where the cohort would drink regularly in the Sixties. Main organiser and Musical Director of Aber Valley Male Voice Choir, Geraint Evans, led the group in a singsong which the staff and locals of the pub thoroughly enjoyed.

On Saturday most of the group visited the Senghenydd and Six Bells disaster memorial sites. “It was a very sobering visit, appreciating the 'price of coal', and its attendant dangers. But I was so glad that so many were interested enough to want to see them.” Commented Geraint.

Dinner on Saturday evening was held in the Caerleon Campus boardroom and followed with plenty of anecdotes and memories shared. More singing and reminiscing in the student bar rounded the weekend off beautifully. 

Sunday morning saw a rather jaded crew at breakfast in the refectory and goodbyes until next time.

The Alumni Relations and Development Office welcome all reunions groups back to campus, and in 2016 will be holding Alumni Big Weekend - an opportunity for reunion, sport and socialising, knowledge update, careers guidance and campus tours. Find out more.

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