Every November, the Master and Fellows invite Members of the Court of Benefactors to join them for the Commemoration of Benefactors. The Commemoration Feast follows the service for the Commemoration of Benefactors in Chapel, which is arranged in accordance with the memorandum of William Bateman dated 6 November 1352 which states that the Master and Fellows should be present at a Commemoration of Edmund Gonville within the period 11 to 25 November each year. During this service we remember all those whose benefactions have been essential to ensure the continued wellbeing of Caius down the centuries. As a result the Commemoration of Benefactors always falls on the Sunday following Remembrance Sunday.
After the service in the Chapel for the Commemoration of Benefactors, at which any Gonville Fellow Benefactors are admitted, the entire congregation repairs to the Hall for a delicious Feast. The choir entertain the company with a selection of secular songs and the mood throughout the evening is one of great conviviality and fellowship.
This great College owes its very existence to the generosity of countless Benefactors over hundreds of years. It seems entirely fitting that those acts of altruism should continue to be celebrated wholeheartedly and with great pride in our Caian heritage.
Gonville Fellow Benefactors admitted at these Commemoration Services in recent years have included
Nicholas Sallnow-Smith (1969) and Lora Sallnow-Smith (2012)
Martin Wade (1962)
Alice Cheng (2013)
Richard Evans (1978) and Lydia Evans (2014)
Jeffrey Cheah (2014)
Harold Carter (1971) and Tess Silkstone (2016)
Jon Denbigh (1961)
There was no Commemoration Feast and Lecture in 2020 due to the current pandemic, but watch this space for information about the 2021 event.