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A Clare MCR history

Dear Clare MCR, Are you interested in your history? Do you want to brush up on the history of the MCR in preparation for the Freshers’ week pub quiz? Your committee has started compiling a history...

Cambridge Gowns

Dear Freshers’,

As some of you will have seen in the Fresher’s Guide, Cambridge Gowns are an archaic Cambridge tradition. Until half way through the twentieth century, students had to wear them whenever they left their college room, attended lectures, sat exams, and generally did anything other than shower. Now, gowns are generally only used formal occasions: Matriculation, Formal Halls (recommended at Clare), Graduation, and when voting for a new University Chancellor. You are required to have a gown only twice in your degree – once when you Matriculate and once when you Graduate.

Some people choose not to buy one, and instead choose to borrow or hire one for special occasions. If you do buy one then you can also wear it to formal dinners and some other one-off events. Gowns cost about £100 new, or around £50 second hand. Whether or not you buy one is up to you. A Gown Marketplace has been created to facilitate the exchange of second hand gowns.

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Lent Term Week 1

Dear Clare MCR,

Well, it’s Week 1 so welcome back!  I thought I would update you on what we have in store this term. As well as the usual plethora of formals, bops and Clareity events that you would expect at Clare (more…)

Changes to Punt and Formal Dinner Booking

Dear Clare MCR, A new Login method is being trialled for booking Punts and Formal Dinners. This requires logging in to the MCR website using raven. After Logging in, the normal links at the...