Welcome To The Symondians’ Association

 

The Symondians’ Association“Celebrating a Wonderful Past and Supporting a Glorious Future”

Founded in 1911, the Symondians’ Association provided a focus for ex-pupils, students, teachers and lecturers to keep in touch and meet at a series of social and sporting activities.

Whilst this remains a key objective, the Association increasingly works with the College to provide support for specific departmental initiatives and occasionally individual students.

To join the Association, please complete and submit this application form.

Sporting and Social Activities

The Society provides a number of opportunities for former students to meet up socially or to relive previous sporting triumphs.

Symondians’ GolfGolf

Three well-established golfing events occur annually. The annual Triangular Tournament with Old Edwardians and Old Tauntonians plus our own Old Symondians Cup.

Both are held at Hockley Golf Club. The Peverell Cup is an enjoyable tournament usually held on the day of the Annual Dinner.

 

Symondians’ CricketCricket

The College vs The Association has been relaunched after a long absence and has become a significant social as well as playing fixture.

 

 

Symondians’ Clay Pigeon ShootingClay Pigeon Shooting

A very popular annual event, fantastically well organised with beginners and experienced shooters all welcome.

 

 

Symondians’ Annual DinnerAnnual Dinner

The Annual Dinner held in Winchester is the largest setpiece event of the year for the Association.

The highlight of the evening is a performance by members of the Music Department who have received bursaries from the Association, and a speech by the Principal.

 

Supporting The College

In the spirit of our founder, the mercer Peter Symonds, the Association raises money for bursaries and grants awarded to the college. We regularly award grants to college departments.

In recent years we have supported Music, English Lang/Lit, Maths, Geography, Law, BTEC Business and Career Departments. In the years ahead, with an increasing membership, we intend that this financial effort should increase.

The Association has strong ties with the Guild of Mercers Scholars in the City of London; several members are Guild Masters to ex students from the College who have become their “apprentices”.

A Greeting From TSA

Having been a member of the Association for over forty years and Secretary for fifteen, I am proud to be the President of the Symondians’ Association.

My repeatedly expressed concern has been to encourage former students of the College to join their alumnus, whilst not ignoring the enormous legacy left by those who have gone before.

In recent years we have attracted an increased number of College leavers who have taken advantage of our fouryear-long subscription ‘holiday’. We have maintained an attractive social programme throughout the year and seek additional events to benefit all ages.

All our activities are publicised in a full and informative Newsletter (The Symondian) which aims to include items and articles for widest interest. Thanks to the loyalty and generosity of our membership we have, within the last year or so, expanded our programme of financial support for the College.

Stuart MarinerThis is at a time when government stringency has forced all state sector educational institutions to cut back on all but what may be considered core essentials. In a time of austerity,

The Symondians’ Association has stepped in to support the student body, notably in extra-curricular activities and career progression facilities.

This is the least we can do as a recognition of the excellence that Peter Symonds College achieves year-in and year-out. But think what could be done if every College leaver and former scholar joined us.

I look forward to meeting more new members

~ Stuart Mariner