Badock Hall celebrated its 50th anniversary in the 2014-15 academic year and, in recognition of its growing history, increasing number of alumni and ongoing development as a university hall of residence, it was decided to form the Badock Hall Association (BHA). The purpose of the Association is to act as a mechanism to bring together the Badock Hall community over the years: keeping past residents informed of news of the Hall – its students and their activities – and creating ways in which alumni can participate in future events (Hall visits, formal dinners, events to expand the student experience for current residents and so on).
The Hall has gone from strength to strength over the years. To coincide with its jubilee anniversary, the part of the Hall recently known as the Old Library Building – used by the University Conference Office for many years – was returned to the Hall to provide additional communal space. This is now known as the Jubilee Building and was opened by the Chancellor of the University, The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond, on 12th December 2014. Also, starting at around the same time, a much needed programme of upgrading of the fabric of the residential areas was initiated, and is continuing in an incremental manner over for the next few years. The Junior Common Room (JCR) Committee, with input and guidance from Senior Residents, continues to run a variety of events and initiatives each year, the bar remains the most successful social hub of all the Halls and, starting in 2015, the Badock Ball is now a joint event with Wills Hall – the largest such event in the University. These recent successes built upon those of many earlier years and Badock is now one of the most consistently popular halls in the University.
We have been extremely fortunate to have three prominent people agree to be the first Patrons of the Association: The Right Honourable the Lord Boateng (LLB 1976, Badock alumnus), Sir Stephen Laws KCB QC, (Badock Hall 1969, LLB 1972, LLD 2012) and former First Parliamentary Counsel and Mrs Mary Prior (MBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol and Pro Chancellor of the University). These are honorary positions and are appointments for a five-year period.
Our intention is to create an active community of Badock residents, Senior Residents and alumni (Senior Members) from the last 50+ years. This website will be the medium via which members will be kept abreast of BHA activities and information about life in the Hall.
We will also organize regular BHA events each year. The first was on 9th July 2016, during the University’s alumni weekend. It took the form of a drinks reception at Badock followed by dinner hosted by the Wills Hall Association at Wills Hall. We also plan an annual event in London.
To ensure that we can indeed fulfil these commitments, we need to establish a BHA Committee and we now need Badock alumni to volunteer for Committee positions: Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary and London Event Organiser.
If you are not already a member of the BHA, we warmly invite you to join by completing this membership form or emailing the Badock Hall Association (firstname.lastname@example.org). To be eligible, you need to have been resident at Badock Hall for a period of at least one academic year or have had a substantive attachment to the Hall for a period of at least one year.
Chair, Badock Hall Association