Dean Kitchen Circle visit to Winchester Cathedral and College

To mark the 150th anniversary of the ‘Delegacy for Unattached Students’, the Dean Kitchen Circle lunch was held at Winchester College and generously hosted by its Headmaster Dr Tim Hands (1978, English).

The Dean Kitchen Circle was created in order to acknowledge all those who have notified us of a gift to the College in their will. The first Censor of the Delegacy was George Kitchin who became Dean of Winchester.

A record number of members attended and the day began with a splendid tour of the magnificent Cathedral, including a visit to Kitchin’s memorial plaque. Our special thanks go to former Master, Lord Raymond Plant, and Cathedral Archaeologist and Historian Dr John Crook (1965, Modern Languages) for their help and support in organising these tours.

This was followed by a short walk through the medieval lanes to the College, where guests were welcomed by our host Dr Hands. After a superb lunch, members were treated to tours of the College buildings, the Fellows’ Library and the Treasury. Our extended thanks go to Steve Bailey (Headmaster of Twyford School) for providing a wonderful archive display of information on George Kitchen’s time as the Headmaster of Twyford School, and Richard Foster (Keeper of Collections at Winchester College) for his help in delivering the College tours. The College is incredibly grateful to Dr Hands for providing a truly memorable day for our members.

The Delegacy aimed to diversity the social backgrounds of those benefitting from an Oxford education. A legacy to St Catherine’s today will help further advance this aim and meet the challenges of the future. If you are interested in leaving a gift to St Catherine’s College in your will, please contact the Development Director on or by phoning +44 (0)1865 281 585.

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