Benefactors’ Event

Benefactors’ Lunch and Remembrance Mass 2018

The Headmaster welcomed donors and long-standing supporters to a Benefactors’ event at Ratcliffe College on Sunday, 11th November 2018.

The 68 guests, along with boarders, staff and other members of the local community attended a wonderfully poignant Remembrance Day Mass in the morning, which commemorated 100 years of the Armistice. Opening Mass, the School CCF cadets entered the Chapel at a slow march and bearing the Ratcliffe CCF Contingency flag. The congregation enjoyed a befitting service led by Fr Philip Sainter (69), Fr David Tobin (59), and Fr Ted Mullen (60), with readings by School Prefects. Tom Neuberg (Yr 12) played a haunting rendition of the Last Post, which was followed by two minutes’ silence.

CCF Captain Andrzej Dziemianko and Staff Sergeant Mark Edwards called the roll of honour for all those Old Ratcliffians who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and whose names adorn the memorial wall.  During this, the offertory procession took place with ten Ratcliffe students carrying a cross, poppy and candle, along with the offertory gifts which were placed on the altar.

Fittingly, Ratcliffe College played its part in the national memorial campaign “There But Not There”, with transparent cut-out silhouettes interspersed with members of the congregation (pictured). These seated silhouettes represent and remember especially those members of the Armed Forces who are on our roll of honour, whom we have lost from our community, as well as all those who have fallen in war. They were granted to Ratcliffe College thanks to a successful bid by our Resident Assistant Housemistress and OC RAF/CCF Section, Mrs Helen Grant (Flt Lt RAFAC), from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Remembered and Youth United Foundation.

Following Remembrance Day Mass, guests were served tea and coffee in the Old Library and then took some fresh air in our newly designed garden in what was previously known as The Square, now called the Lockhart Garden. With the Union Jack flying at half-mast and the sun beginning to break through the clouds, it was a place for a few moments of peace and reflection. The Garden already is a very popular destination for students and staff alike to take time out during the day, to reflect, contemplate and feel peace in the presence of God.

As guests were called to their seats for lunch, they were treated to some enchanting harp music by student, Yasmina Lock (Year 11) within a suitably decorated Refectory, with “Lest We Forget” banners adorning the oak panels.

The Headmaster welcomed guests and thanked everyone for their past and current support of the Ratcliffe College Foundation. Mr Reddin also announced the launch of the newly formed 1847 Legacy Society, which will enable the College to recognise those who have left a donation in their Will to Ratcliffe. See the legacy page for further information.

Guests were treated to a superb three-course lunch whilst enjoying conversations with fellow parents, alumni and friends of the College.

The Development Office would like to thank all those who helped to make the event a success, with special thanks to the Ratcliffian Association Ambassadors, Mollie Page (Yr13) and Emiliano Orsini-Rottner (Yr13), our talented musician, Yasmina Lock (Yr11), and of course our brilliant Catering Team.

Please find below further photos from the day.