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Freshers Fortnight

Introduction

At Girton, we try and encourage new postgraduates to meet each other and get involved in the unique college atmosphere.  The MCR Freshers Committee puts on a fortnight's worth of events which include movie nights, tours around the city and the university, visits to pubs and college bars as well as the traditional punt along the Cambridge Backs. 

Activities 2013


Freshers' Fortnight Events Overview:


Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

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Morning



28 September


Freshers’s Fortnight starts!

29 September

 

30 September

 
Wolfson Court Orientation

1
October


Cambridge Tour

2
October

 Galleries visit: Kettle's Yard and the Museum of Cambridge

3
October


Afternoon


Punting on the Cam 

Trumpington Street: the Fitzwilliam Museum and Fitzbillies 


 

Cambridge Tour (continued)

 

Mill Road: shopping, dinner and pubs

PhD lunch at The Mill

Graduate induction, 5pm


Evening




Supper in town: 

The Maharajah

 

Board games at The Punter

 

Picnic on the Backs


Canteen supper and film night


Mill Road: shopping, dinner and pubs (continued)

 

Quiz night

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

4
October


International
Students'
Orientation




5
October

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6
October


Brunch at Wolfson Court

7
October


8
October
Michaelmas Term

CUSU Freshers' Fair

9
October

Breakfast at Girton
Matriculation
photo

CUSU Freshers' Fair

10
October

Meetings with the Mistress:
10am, 11am, 3pm and 4pm

College Tours, 11am and 2pm





Punting on the Cam: The Backs



Walk to Grantchester and afternoon tea at The Orchard




Wolfson Court 
Orientation

 




CUSU Freshers' Fair (Continued)


London Theatre Trip: Blue Stockings at Shakespeare’s Globe

Friday Night at The Fountain Inn

 

 

MCR 
order-in supper

Pub and
club night

 



Poker night

 



MCR Welcome Drinks




Cambridge
Footlights at the ADC: CANADA


Cambridge Blues Rugby: Town vs. Gown, 7.15pm

Grange Road Bar Crawl, 8.30pm

 

Freshers'
Formal

6:45pm

Drinks in Girton Bar


Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

11
October

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12 October 

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13
October

Service in King's College Chapel

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14
October

 

15
October


16
October

 

17
October



Lunch in the Botanic Gardens

Sports on Jesus Green


Pub lunch

Evensong at Girton



 

 




Wolfson College Bop


 

Potluck Supper


Live music in Wolfson Court Bar

 

MCR meeting


 


 




Detailed Programme:

For any event listed as ‘Leaving Wolfson Court at…’ assume that merry bands will assemble and depart from the Porters Lodge at the specified time. And you’ll see all events requiring pre-registration (and there’s only a few) have been marked.


Date

Time

Event

Details

Location

21-30

September

Welcome!

We so look forward to meeting you

all during Freshers Fortnight. If you

arrive early, let us know: we’ll be

delighted to come and say hallo.

Saturday

28 Sept

2pm

Punting on the Cam:

Grantchester

Kick off your year at Girton with this

quintessential Cambridge

experience. Trust yourself to our

expert punters or pick up the pole yourself!

Scudamores Silver Street

Leaving Wolfson Court at 1.30pm


7pm

Supper in the city:

The Maharajah

Catering take a well-earned night off

on Saturdays, so join the gang for

supper at The Maharajah.

Castle Street

Leaving Wolfson Court at 6.30pm

Sunday

29 Sept

2pm

Trumpington Street tour

There’s more than one Cambridge

institution on Trumpington Street.

Take this afternoon to explore the

world-class Fitzwilliam Museum

before beating that museum fatigue

with a trip to Fitzbillies, a café famed

for its Chelsea buns.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Leaving Wolfson Court at 1.30pm


8pm

Board games at The Punter

Tucked in behind Kettle’s Yard is The

Punter pub. Spend an easy Sunday

evening Scrabbling or Monopolising

over a pint.

The Punter, Pound Hill

Leaving Wolfson Court at 7.45pm

Monday

30 Sept

11am

Wolfson Court orientation

So you’ve just about found the

Porters Lodge, your room and the

cafeteria in the maze of glass that is

Wolfson Court, but what lies beyond

these landmarks? Take this tour with

a seasoned Clarkson Road resident to

find out.

The Airport Lounge

(i.e. outside the cafeteria)


6.30pm

Picnic on the Backs

Make the most of (very!) late

summer – provided the weather

holds – and pick up a picnic supper to

have in the riverside shadow of

King’s College.

King’s College,

The Backs gate

Leaving Wolfson Court at 6.15pm

Tuesday

1 October

11am

A tour of Cambridge

This is great opportunity for you to

orientate yourself within the city and

get a sense of where all the

essentials are: everything from

colleges to clubs, banks to bike

shops, supermarkets to gown sellers.

King’s College, main entrance

Leaving Wolfson Court at 10.45am


6pm

Group supper in the canteen and film night

The canteen is a real centre at

Wolfon Court: it’s a great place to

catch up with people over lunch or

dinner. Join us this evening before

heading to the MCR for a night of

Monty Python.

Collect in the MCR Room, or join us in the canteen if you’re running late

Wednesday

2 Oct

1pm

Galleries visit:

Kettle’s Yard and the Museum of Cambridge

Two exceptional galleries are just

minutes away from Girton. Take your

pick between 20th Century art at

Kettle’s Yard or local folk history at

the Museum of Cambridge.

Museum of Cambridge, Huntingdon Road

Leaving Wolfson Court at 12.45pm


3.30pm

The Voyage Out:

Mill Road

Just over the great plains of Parker’s

Piece, you’ll find Mill Road: a great

mix of super-useful stores, treasure-

trove charity shops, excellent pubs

and delicious restaurants. A chance

to explore beyond the city centre,

you’ll be able to fix yourself up with a

cycle, furnish your room and grab

supper and a pint without breaking

the bank.

Outside Parkside Pool

Leaving Wolfson Court at 3pm

Thursday

3 Oct

12.30pm

PhD lunch

Get to know others who have signed

up for the long-haul: this is a lunch

for Girton PhD students in all years

and across all subjects.

The Mill,

Mill Lane

Leaving Wolfson Court at 12.15


5pm

Graduate Induction

During this meeting, you’ll hear from

College officials and members of the

MCR Committee who give you

important information about your

year at Girton and life at Wolfson

Court.

Fletcher Moulton Room,

Wolfson Court


8.15pm

The Wolfson Court Bar Quiz

It’s time to team up, crack open a

Girton brew and bust out that

general knowledge in the environs of

the Wolfson Court Bar. Let’s get

quizzical.

Wolfson Court Bar

Friday

4 Oct

All day

International Students Orientation

A university-wide event for all

international students to help you

get to grips with the practicalities of

living and studying abroad.

TBA


10am-4pm

Meetings with the Mistress

Professor Susan Smith, Mistress of

Girton, likes to meet each and every

new student joining the college

during the first weeks of term. This

year, you’ll be invited to see her in

small groups of graduates for

informal meetings in the Fellows’

Rooms – check your induction pack

for the time of your session.

Fellows’ Rooms,

Girton College

Huntingdon Road

Leaving Wolfson Court half an hour before each meeting


11am & 2pm

Girton College Tour

Take advantage of your trip up to

Girton’s main site and join one of

two tours being led by college

experts. You’ll encounter some

pretty fierce women: from a 1st

century mummy to 20th century

suffragettes. Keep your eyes out for

the college fire brigade…

Porters Lodge,

Girton College


5pm

Blue Stockings at Shakespeare’s Globe

It just so happens that the company

at Shakespeare’s Globe are rounding

off their 2013 season in London with

new play Blue Stockings by Jess

Swale. Blue Stockings dramatises

Girton’s remarkable place in the

historic fight for women’s education.

Pre-registration required – please visit:

Blue Stockings at Shakespeare’s Globe

More details on travel arrangements

and tickets to follow

Meet at Cambridge train station at 5pm

Leaving Wolfson Court at 4.15pm


9.30pm

Friday at The Fountain Inn

DJ-central, the Fountain Inn is well-

known throughout Cambridge for its

mix of music. Come along and see

what’s happening this Friday.  

Regent Street

Leaving Wolfson Court at 9.15pm

Saturday

5 Oct

2pm

Punting on the Cam:

The Backs

If you missed the first punt on the

schedule, never fear: on this

afternoon spent messing about in

boats you’ll see that college backs

are very often as pretty as college

fronts.

Scudamores Magdalen Bridge

Leaving Wolfson Court at 1.30pm


6.30pm

Take-away Tea

Be it Chinese, pizza or a curry you’re

after, come down to the MCR and

we’ll have it delivered to our door.

MCR Room


8.30pm

Pubbing and Clubbing

See the best of Cambridge nightlife

and seize the last Saturday night

before the undergraduates return.

Meeting in the MCR Room

Sunday

6 Oct

Brunch at Wolfson Court

Relax over the ever-popular Sunday

brunch at Wolfson Court.

Wolfson Court cafeteria


1pm

Walk to Granchester

We’ll leave Wolfson Court and take a

slow mosey along the river towards

the beautiful village of Grantchester.

Famous thanks to Rupert Brooke, the

Bloomsbury Group, and some titanic

scones, we’ll stop to take afternoon

tea at The Orchard before heading

home.

Leaving Wolfson Court Porters Lodge at 1pm


8.15pm

Poker Night

Let’s make it all-in for Sunday night

at the Wolfson Court bar. We won’t

play for money, but prizes will be

awarded, so come and try your

beginner’s luck or show us how to

hustle.

Wolfson Court Bar.

Monday

7 Oct

11am

Wolfson Court orientation

Another chance for you to familiarise

yourself with Wolfson Court.

The Airport Lounge

(i.e. outside the cafeteria)


7.30pm

MCR Welcome Drinks

With nearly everyone settled in and

ready for the start of term, come

along after dinner and get to know

the rest of Girton MCR – the drinks

are on us!

Fletcher Moulton Room, Wolfson Court

Tuesday

8 Oct

Term begins

11am to 6pm

CUSU Freshers Fair

From the sublime to the ridiculous,

all tastes are catered for by one or

another of Cambridge’s clubs and

societies. Venture down to Parker’s

Piece and sign up for whatever takes

your fancy.

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Parker’s Piece

Leaving Wolfson Court at 11am




11pm

The Cambridge Footlights: CANADA

Come along for a late night at the

ADC, the university’s student-run

theatre and performance space.

Renowned comedy troupe the

Cambridge Footlights come home

after their world tour with 2013

show CANADA.

Pre-registration required – please visit:

The Cambridge Footlights: CANADA

ADC Theatre,

Park Street

Leaving Wolfson Court at 10.30pm

Wednesday 9 Oct

7.30am

Breakfast at Girton

Looking bright, begowned and at

your best for the morning’s

matriculation photo, taxi up to

College for breakfast.

Main Hall,

Girton College

Taxis leaving Wolfson Court at 7am


8.30am

Matriculation Photo

These photographs officially mark

your joining Cambridge and – most

importantly – Girton. There’ll be a

group shot and an individual portrait

taken in the grounds of College.

Emily Davies Court, Girton College


11am to 6pm

CUSU Freshers Fair

Day 2 of mob rule at Kelsey Kerridge.

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Parker’s Piece

Leaving Wolfson Court at 11am


7.15pm

Cambridge Blues Rugby:

Town vs. Gown

Turn out in support of the

University’s stellar rugby team as

they take on the local talent in the

first match of the term.

Pre-registration required – please visit:

Cambridge Blues Rugby: Town vs. Gown

Cambridge University RUFC,

Grange Road

Leaving Wolfson Court at 6.45pm


8.30pm

Grange Road College Bar Crawl

Annually, a main event of the

freshers’ calendar, you’ll make your

way down Grange Road in the

company of graduates from various

colleges and stop into many and

various bars en route.

Starting at Wolfson Court Bar

Thursday

10 Oct

6.45pm

Freshers Formal

Enjoy your first formal hall at Girton.

Pre-dinner sherry and after dinner

port will be provided in the Fellows’

Rooms. You will automatically be

registered for this special event,

which is free for you to attend. All

you need to do is dress formally and

bring your gown.

Main Hall,

Girton College

Taxis leaving Wolfson Court at 6.30pm


9pm

The Girton Bar

It’s a weekly tradition to follow

formal hall with drinks and a game of

darts in Girton’s underground bar –

here’s hoping you’ll join us this time.

The College Bar,

Wolfson Court

Friday

11 Oct

9pm

Wolfson College Bop

We’ll begin the evening with a drink

or two in the Girton MCR before

attending a species of social event

peculiar to Oxbridge: the bop is a

sort of themed disco held in a college

bar and set to gloriously cheesy

tunes. Students then ‘bop’, often in

fantastically absurd costume. Keep

your ears pricked for news of

Wolfson’s chosen theme…

Meeting in the Girton MCR

Leaving Wolfson Court at 10pm

Saturday

12 Oct

1pm

Picnic lunch in the Botanic Gardens

The botanic gardens are quite

beautiful and free to visit if you’re a

member of the university. Bring

along your lunch and revel in the

weekend.

Cambridge University Botanic Gardens,

Hills Road

Leaving Wolfson Court at 12.30pm


3pm

Sports on Saturday

Come rain or shine, the Girton MCR

has all the sports equipment you

could possibly need to keep you

occupied of an afternoon. From

croquet to cricket to football or

fussball there’s bound to be

something to make you play up, play

up and play the game.

Meet at Wolfson Court for a rain check


6.30pm

Potluck Supper

Bring along your signature dish for a

potluck supper in the MCR. Here’s

hoping we can spill out into the

garden for an autumn pudding picnic.

MCR Room

Sunday

13 Oct

10.30am

Sunday at King’s

The Sunday service at King’s College

is a remarkable experience: the

stunning chapel and world-class choir

justly deserve their reputation.

King’s College Chapel,

King’s Parade

Leaving Wolfson Court at 10am


1pm

The Pub Lunch

Partake in that Sunday classic, the

pub lunch, and we’ll endeavour to

lead you to the best roast dinner in

town.

Leaving Wolfson Court at 1pm


5pm

Girton College Evensong

Not quite as august as a service at

King’s, but no less remarkable is

Girton’s own evensong. Come and

see our beautiful chapel and hear our

brilliant choir, accompanied by

college’s own organ scholar.

Girton College Chapel

Leaving Wolfson Court at 4.30pm


8.15pm

Sunday Session in the Wolfson Court Bar

Let’s finish off Freshers Fortnight

together in the Wolfson Court Bar

with a mellow Sunday night session

of live music.

Wolfson Court Bar

Monday

14 Oct

7.15pm

MCR Meeting

We hope that over the past couple of

weeks we’ll have given you a good

sense of life in Cambridge and at

Girton especially. We’d be delighted

to have you involved in the life of the

MCR over the coming year, so what

not come along to the first

committee meeting and find out how

you can take part?

Wolfson Court Bar


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We try our hardest to get our new graduates settled in and the friendly and interesting variety of activities on offer are a great way to get to know your fellow graduates.  Few colleges put as much effort into their freshers' events as Girton.