William Morris, arguably one of the strongest halls within the university, faced many challenges after its reinvention in 2007. With an influx of over 300 wide eyed, bushy tailed fresher’s each year, the hall has witnessed many remarkable people walk through these doors. March 9-11th beckoned all back to Bill Mo to join the halls first ever annual alumni weekend, deemed to be an unforgettable experience.
With over 50 former members returning to Loughborough to celebrate friendships and successes, the weekend started in Bill Mo’s own common room, opened especially for the occasion. With no electricity or heating, the crowd moved swiftly into an amazingly messy FND. Saturday’s festivities started with a Varsity fry up, followed by sporting events against the current Bill Mo. The football was won by the Bill Mo XI and the Netball comfortably by the Alumni XI. Both sets of teams honoured special shirts, bearing the name of former resident and Coach Matt Pinnock, who continues to battle a life threatening brain tumour. Sales from T-shirts as well as added donations contributed to over £250 raised for the hospice where Matt was treated.
Carolyn Pinnock (Matt’s mum) told label, “Thanks to everyone involved in raising such a fantastic amount for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support, and it does make us immensely proud to know Matthew has such wonderful friends.”
As more former members joined as the day continued, Jom Makan hosted the Alumni dinner. With a hazy memory for all those concerned, it can only be said an excellent night was provided. The weekend was a roaring success, smashing all expectations. Testaments to all that came, not only former committee members or housemates, but a bunch to keep continuous conversation flowing around topics such as “what are you doing nowadays?” With only two years’ worth of alumni members, it’s exciting to embrace what the next few years of alumni will create. The ways in which hall chair AJ and current Bill Mo welcomed the weekend created a great standing within the hall. This sense of pride and belonging is what Bill Mo is all about.
With another year nearly over, and another 300 fresher’s awaiting their place, the success of the weekend can only remain if the strong communication remains between alumni and current students. Undoubtedly, the love and respect all residents hold for the hall will remain for years to come, and many will join these reunions to celebrate their Bill Mo journey.