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Centenary events

College Sunday church parade

College Sunday - 25 October 2009

Loughborough University re-enacted 'College Sunday' on 25 October 2009. This was an event which ran from 1920 for over 40 years.

A service was held at 10.30am at All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church preceded by a procession from the town centre.

Further information

As a means of giving Loughborough College a more traditional character, the second Principal Herbert Schofield (who was Principal from 1915-1950) introduced the annual event of 'College Sunday'. The first one was held in November 1920 and subsequently on the third Sunday morning in October each year to mark the start of the College year.

All staff and students were required to attend and process in academic dress from the College in Greenclose Lane to the Parish Church of All Saints with Holy Trinity. Schofield got many eminent clerics to preach at the service with the first speaker being the Dean of Westminster.

The procession was a grand affair and included the College (now the University) mace being carried through the streets. The University archives have formal and informal photographs of College Sunday showing many dignitaries after whom University buildings are named today. College Sunday continued until 1962. There was even a College Hymn!

The service on 25 October was held at the invitation of the Reverend Rachel Ross who is the Rector of the Parish Church with the service being jointly organised by the Reverend Simon Richardson of the Loughborough University and Colleges Chaplaincy. The congregation was addressed by the Reverend Dr Stephen Heap who is a Baptist Minister and the National Adviser on Higher Education to the Church of England.

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