Alumni diary

As you will remember from your time as a Member there is always a wealth of activity going on at the College. Below you can find listed some of the upcoming events that are also open to Alumni, giving you the perfect reason to spend some time with us (even if just 'virtually').

Upcoming events

Summer Ball

Saturday 28 May 7pm

Join current Members for a Midsummer’s Night Dream themed black tie evening at the College!
Tickets are £20 (plus booking fee) and include a complimentary drink, treats and entertainment.
We have a limited number of ticket available for Alumni, which can be booked here.


In-person event: Formal Hall Dinner in the Great Hall

June 2022

We are delighted to announce our new series of monthly Formal Hall Dinners at Goodenough College and invite Alumni to join Members and their guests to eat by candlelight in the magnificent splendour of the Great Hall.  Tickets cost just £35pp, for a two-course meal and coffee and Alumni can bring up to three guests along.

For more information and to purchase tickets please follow the link below. Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Formal Hall, Thursday 23 June 2022, 6.15pm


In-person seminar: ‘Sustainable Hedonism. A Thriving Life That Does Not Cost the Earth’

Wednesday 25 May 2022, 6-7.30pm

Join Alum Orsolya Lelkes for this topical and timely seminar which poses the question ‘How can we live a joyful and fulfilling life without causing ecological destruction?’

This interactive seminar is for anyone who seeks to actively contribute to the solution of current ecological and social problems.  Based on her recent book, Sustainable Hedonism: a Thriving Life That Does Not Cost the Earth Orsolya asks how can joy be sustainable and free from hangovers, obesity, addictions and guilt? How could values that might seem distant, such as ecological balance and solidarity, override what is immediate, personal, and enjoyable? Why would anyone opt for minimalism in the world of maximisers? Ecologically responsible behaviour is often perceived as a loss of happiness and life quality, evoking resistance or even anger. As the idea of loss is unlikely to motivate people to make adjustments a more viable path is to refine and fine-tune our relationship to joy and success. We need to find a life strategy that is both joyful and does no harm to oneself or to others  in other words ‘sustainable hedonism’.

Orsolya Lelkes is an independent scholar and psychological counsellor, former Deputy Director at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna and former Head of Economic Research at Hungarian Ministry of Finance.

If you would like to attend please email


In person event: Henley Royal Regatta, Thursday 30 June 2022

For the first time, we are offering Alumni an unforgettable day at the Henley Royal Regatta – a highlight of the British Summer Social Season. The experience includes a hosted marquee picnic lunch with drinks, access to the Stewards’ Enclosure and the private members club, the Leander Club, plus a full day of world class rowing.

Arrive at our marquee for a welcome drink and to receive your tickets to the Stewards’ Enclosure and Leander Club, as the guest of a Goodenough Alumna. Your Stewards’ Enclosure tickets also enable entry at the Regatta Enclosure. Make the most of your day by visiting the prestigious private Leander Club established in 1818 and normally reserved for Club members. From there you can sip Pimms on the veranda, which boasts spectacular views of the town and boating dock as you watch crews set off and return triumphantly from the day’s racing.

Places are limited and we are seeking donations of a minimum of £150 per ticket for this exceptional day out. The funds raised will go to supporting the charitable work of the Mecklenburgh Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance to Members in need.

The day starts at 09.30am (we recommend travel by train to Henley-on-Thames Station but a limited number of car parking spaces are available on a first come first served basis.)

Places are limited so please register your interest by emailing


Missed an event?

Did you miss some of our online Alumni talks?  You can still watch Christian Busch discuss Serendipity with Director Alice Walpole; John Snelson explore Opera, Crowds and the College; and Jennifer Faust and current Member Margaret Sui talk about business, community and leading a purpose driven life. Exclusively available on Goodenough Global.

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