We will celebrate our traditional Needle and Thread Gaudy on Saturday 6 January 2024 for Old Members who matriculated in the years 2006 or 2007.

The ballot for places is now live until 8 October. Those invited this year should have received direct communication via email or post. If you have yet to hear from us, please contact the Old Members’ Office ASAP.

Traditionally held at the beginning of the New Year, this dinner involves the College’s Bursar threading a needle into each guest’s jacket and advising them to be thrifty in the coming year. Needles were historically popular as Christmas gifts but it is thought that this Gaudy’s customs are a pun on the College founder’s name, Eglesfield—the French words ‘aiguilles et fils’ meaning needles and threads.

The Gaudy dinner is free of charge. B&B is available for Saturday 6 January at £50pppn.

Please note that due to space restrictions in Hall, this is an Old Member only event (for matriculation years 2006 and 2007).


  4.00pm   Tea & cake in the Shulman Auditorium
  4.30pm   Short presentation
  6.30pm   Drinks in the Upper Library
  7.00pm   Dinner (Black Tie)


  8.15–9.45am   Breakfast in Hall
  8.45am    Holy Communion