Rosemary and I visited Cambridge for the Gonville and Caius Alumni garden party. This is a thankyou event to those alumni who donate to the college. Despite high fees paid by undergraduates, their payments only cover half the costs. When I was a student at Cambridge, tuition costs were fully paid, and I also received a grant for living expenses. I feel a debt of gratitude which I now repay by donations to Caius college. This is big business to the college, who have a set of rewards depending on the value of gifts made.
The day was a sunny day, and the city was lively with the Brexit campaign in full swing. The city was full of those supporting the Remain campaign. Of course the majority of those we spoke to at the alumni party were in support of Remain. Education and research is so bound up with freedom of movement and research grants from the EU. It is no surprise that Cambridge voted to remain.
The food at the party was as usual excellent. I have never seen so many prepared Cromer grabs. Wine and fizz was available in good quantities. After the congratulatory speeches we hastened to the Cockerell building where the Illuminated Caius Choirbook was on display. We were also entertained to some singing from the Caius Choirbook and came away with a CD.