On Saturday 17th September 2022, in the 175th year of the College, we returned to an historic reunion event format: Old Radleian Day. Held at the College, this is a chance for ORs celebrating decade reunion years (20, 30, 40, and 50 years since leaving) to return to Radley, reunite with old friends, and reminisce over delicious food and drink. We also invited back all ORs over 75 who wanted to visit. In all, around 200 guests came to Radley for the first Old Radleian Day in nearly 30 years.
Read more about the history of Old Radleian Day here.
“A delicious meal in the new dining-room of the refurbished Shop, with its impressive panoramic view of the playing fields. At every visit the transformed development of Chapel is an inspiration. The Chapel service was exactly right: awareness of the sombre period of mourning for the Queen, and at the same time we were welcomed with warmth and sensitivity. The hymns rang out strongly!” – Hamish Aird, Hon Member
Guests were invited to join tours of their old Socials, led by current boys, and collected for drinks receptions in Mansion where a display of fascinating items from the Radley archives were on display. The Radley Beagles made an appearance in the morning, before a wonderful lunch in the newly refurbished Shop, and speeches from the Warden and Second Prefect. ORs gathered together in Chapel for a special service in which thanks were given for the life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In the evening, younger reunion groups had dinner in Hall after collecting their plates from the servery, just like the good old days. Wine and beer were flowing throughout, and most guests found their way down to the JCR to finish off the night.
Photos from the Old Radleian Day 50-Year reunion and 75+ reunion.
What a wonderful day that was, we were made so beautifully welcome. The refreshments and lunch were superb. Bob Ely (1944, F)
Photos from the Old Radleian Day 20-, 30-, and 40-Year reunions.
We felt very honoured to inaugurate the new dining room and to enjoy a quite delicious lunch. So many thanks to you all for a wonderful day back at Radley with the old school looking in very rude health! Hugh Sutton (1968, C)
As part of Old Radleian Day the OR rugby team, the Serpents, played the Old Shirburnians and finished with an incredible 36 – 17 win.