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WHA Events

The Wills Hall Association arranges a variety of annual occasions as well as numerous individual events. Members have advance notice, and all events are also advertised to current residents. Lectures are free of charge, but catered occasions attract a small fee. Most events are subsidised for current students. 


  • Summer 2023 Reunion Weekend
    Summer 2023 Reunion Weekend
    Fri, 14 Jul
    14 Jul 2023, 19:00 – 16 Jul 2023, 19:00
    Bristol, Bristol, UK
    The Bristol Alumni Network are delighted that the annual Reunion Weekend is back in its former time slot, Friday 14 to Sunday 16 July 2023.
  • Bristol Alumni Network: University Challenge 2023
    Bristol Alumni Network: University Challenge 2023
    Sat, 18 Mar
    18 Mar 2023, 19:00
    The Bristol Alumni Network is delighted to announce its 3rd annual University Challenge competition returns on Saturday 18 March 2023 with host Robert Vilain.
  • Charity Rugby Match - Wills XV v Churchill XV
    Charity Rugby Match - Wills XV v Churchill XV
    Fri, 03 Mar
    Coombe Dingle
    03 Mar 2023, 19:45
    Coombe Dingle, Coombe Dingle, Bristol BS9, UK
    Come and support the Wills team against current trophy holders Churchill at Coombe Dingle in a charity rugby match in aid of the Ted Senior Foundation. The WHA and CHA are proud supporters of this event organised by current students.
  • London Reception 2022
    London Reception 2022
    Thu, 20 Oct
    20 Oct 2022, 18:30 – 20:30
    London, One Bishops Square, London E1 6AD, UK
    The WHA is delighted to invite you to our annual London Reception at our new venue!
  • Summer 2022 Reunion Weekend
    Summer 2022 Reunion Weekend
    Fri, 02 Sept
    02 Sept 2022, 19:00 – 05 Sept 2022, 14:00
    Clifton, Clifton, Bristol, UK
    The Wills Hall Association and the Bristol Alumni Network* are delighted to announce the return of the alumni reunion weekend.

Recurring events

Reunion Weekend

The WHA organizes an annual reunion weekend each summer. The emphasis is on re-connecting with contemporaries and other friends. There is a choice of excursions or visits and a formal dinner on Saturday, a Chapel service and organ recital on Sunday morning, before lunch in the dining hall. 


Graves Lecture

In memory of the late  Colonel Arthur Graves, fifth Warden of Wills Hall, the WHA arranges an annual lecture. The topic is usually one linked to Graves's own interests (he was a geographer, a dedicated teacher, and closely involved with the OTC).

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London Reception

As autumn begins to turn towards winter, we usually meet in London at one of the clubs (most recently the RAC) for a drinks reception with canapés and a few updates on the activities of the WHA and the Hall.

The new JCR President is always invited to address the guests and report on life in Hall.


Spring Showcase

Partly because of the pandemic, Hall alumni associations cooperated in spring 2021 on a series of online events, including lectures, a recital, subject-specific gatherings, and a hugely successful University-Challenge-style student/alumni quiz. More such events are planned. 


Bristol Reception

In years past, the Warden invited members of the WHA to a drinks reception in Downside House in the spring of each year. We continue the tradition, but in different surroundings, often linked with the Graves Lecture and held in the Dame Monica Wills Chapel or other venues in Bristol. 



Whenever the WHA Committee meets in Hall, they invite the JCR Committee to join them for lunch in the former Senior Common Room to discuss the JCR's activities, its needs, and how the WHA can help financially and with members' time and expertise.

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