Regional branches › South of England

St Anne's College South of England Branch welcomes St Anne's alumnae from Hampshire, Sussex and surrounding counties in the south.

We are a friendly and active branch of St Anne's Society with members from quite a wide area in the South of England. Many of our members live in Hampshire and Sussex and most of our events take place in or near Winchester, Brighton and Chichester, but we also have members from Dorset, Surrey and Wiltshire.  Our aims are to create and maintain friendships between alumnae, stimulate lifelong learning and to support actively both the College and its students.

We organise four or five events a year; recently we enjoyed group visits to Charleston Farmhouse near Lewes,the Festival Theatre in Chichester and Basing House in Hampshire.  We also hold three book discussions, of both fiction and non-fiction titles. Visiting speakers have included Karen Armstrong and other noted St Anne’s alumnae and Fellows of St Anne’s who talked about their research. We feel it’s important to provide time for members and their guests to meet and socialise, as well as to be entertained and stimulated. We value and utilise the vast range of experience and knowledge of our members. Most of all we feel that the unique friendliness of St Anne’s should be reflected in what we do. We also try to raise funds for St Anne’s projects, and have given over £6,000 since 2006. But friendship, rather than fund raising, is our main priority. The annual membership subscription is £10 which is used for administrative costs and for the freshers’ welcome lunch held in Winchester each year, where those about to start at St Anne’s can meet current undergraduates from our area.

If you would like to join us, or want more information, please contact the Chairman, Stella Charman (, Membership Secretary, Ruth Le Mesurier (, or Secretary, Tessa Cunningham (