GO BACK TO 1940s

Lent 1950

  • General election campaign.
  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • 9 February 1950 – Graham Hutton, free-market economist.
  • 12 February 1950 – discussion on “The challenges of Communism in Asia.”
  • 23 February 1950 – Polling day in the general election. Frances Josephy contested the seat for the Liberals – the first Liberal candidate since 1929. She came third, polling 5,355 (10.54%), losing his deposit, while the Conservatives regained the seat from Labour on a large swing.
  • 26 February 1950 – discussion on “The role of the Liberal Party during the next Parliament.”
  • 3 March 1950 – annual dinner with Sir Andrew McFadyean, President of the Liberal Party.

Easter 1950

  • Two Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • 7 May 1950 – visit from the Colchester Young Liberals.

Summer vacation 1950

  • 5-8 August 1950 – Liberal Summer School, Cambridge.

Michaelmas 1950

Lent 1951

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • 31 January 1951 – dance.
  • February 1951 – Donald Wade MP.
  • February 1951 – Jo Grimond MP, Liberal Chief Whip. (King’s)
  • 21 February 1951 – dance.
  • March 1951 – annual dinner with Sir Archibald Sinclair, Bt, former Leader of the Liberal Party. (Red Lion)

Easter 1951

  • Two Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)

Michaelmas 1951

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • General election campaign.
  • 25 October 1951 – Polling day in the general election. Frances Josephy contested the seat for the second time. She did badly, coming third and polling 3,257 votes (6.42%), losing his deposit, while the Conservatives comfortably held the seat. This was to be the lowest-ever Liberal share of the vote in Cambridge.

Lent 1952

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Annual dinner, with the resurrected participation of the Eighty Club.

Easter 1952

  • Two Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • June 1952 – C.U. Liberal Club Revue at the Union of University Liberal Societies’ fair.

Michaelmas 1952

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • Ball.

Lent 1953

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Joint meeting with C.U. Federalists, with Clement Davies QC, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party.
  • Joint meeting with C.U. United Nations Association, with Jo Grimond MP, Liberal Chief Whip.
  • Annual dinner with Hubert Phillips, economist.
  • St. Casimir’s Night dance.
  • Visit to Oxford University Liberal Club. (Oxford)

Easter 1953

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • 30 April 1953 – informal dance.

Michaelmas 1953

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • Visit to Oxford University Liberal Club. (Oxford)
  • Tea for College Representatives.
  • November 1953 – inaugural Green Ribbon Ball, with the Humphrey Lyttleton Band. (Guildhall)

Lent 1954

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • January 1954 – joint meeting with C.U. Africa Association.
  • January 1954 – informal dance.
  • 31 January 1954 – Union of University Liberal Students Emergency Assembly.
  • 6 February 1954 – visit by the Henry George School of Social Science from New York.
  • 19 February 1954 – annual dinner, with the Eighty Club. (King’s)

Easter vacation 1954

  • Campaigning tour of Nottingham.

Easter 1954

  • Two Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Visit by Oxford University Liberal Club, with a discussion on “The effective advocacy of liberalism”. (Union)
  • June 1954 – Green Ribbon Madrigals Night dance. (Dorothy Café)

Michaelmas 1954

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Magdalene)
  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • Lt. Col. Frank Byers OBE, former MP.
  • Donald Wade MP.
  • John Jewkes, classical liberal economist.
  • Jean Monnet, founding father of the European Coal and Steel Community.
  • Father Joseph Christie, Jesuit priest.
  • Three campaign tours of London.
  • Wednesday 13 October 1954 – informal dance, with Stan Baker. (Dorothy Café)
  • Monday 18 October 1954 – joint meeting with C.U. Federalists.
  • Thursday 11 November 1954 – Poppy Day Rag parade, with C.U. Liberal Club playing the part of a Bolshevik march.
  • Monday 15 November 1954 – Green Ribbon Ball, with the Humphrey Lyttleton Band. (Guildhall)
  • Thursday 25 November 1954 – C.U. Liberal Club tea meting, followed by a joint meeting with C.U. United Nations Association with the Rt. Hon. Clement Davies QC, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party.
  • Wednesday 1 December 1954 – informal dance, with Stan Baker. (Dorothy Café)
  • Thursday 2 December 1954 – Green Ribbon Lunch.

Lent 1955

  • Weekly Sunday teas.
  • Campaign tours of Pudsey and West Ham.
  • Joint meeting with the William Temple Society, with the Bishop of Durham (Michael Ramsay), a former C.U. Liberal Club President.
  • January 1955 – visit to Oxford University Liberal Club. (Oxford)
  • February 1955 – Green Ribbon Dinner with the Rt. Hon. Clement Davies QC, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party. (The Blue Boar)
  • 9 March 1955 – song contest with the C.U. Labour Club.

Easter 1955

  • Two Sunday teas.
  • General election campaign.
  • May 1955 – dinner with Lord (William) Beveridge, author of the Beveridge Report.
  • May 1955 – Aubrey Herbert.
  • 26 May 1955 – Polling day in the general election. After their disastrous showing at the previous election the Liberals chose to not contest the seat, leaving it a straight fight between Labour, and the Conservative incumbent who was re-elected with an increased majority. The society focussed its campaigning efforts on Eye in Suffolk, which had been a Liberal seat until 1951.
  • Informal dance. (Dorothy Café)

Michaelmas 1955

Lent 1956

  • Weekly Sunday teas.
  • January 1956 – Roderic Bowen MP.
  • Informal dance. (Dorothy Café)
  • Joint meeting with C.U. Labour Club on “self-determination for all peoples.”
  • Visit from Oxford University Liberal Club.

Easter 1956

  • 22 April 1956 – Deryck Abel, on “Civil liberties in jeopardy”. (St. John’s)
  • 29 April 1956 – Manuela Sykes, Chairman of the Young Liberal International Committee. (St. John’s)
  • 6 May 1956 – Rev. Michael Scott, anti-apartheid campaigner expelled from South Africa, on “The tide of nationalism in Africa”.
  • 13 May 1956 – Richard Wainwright, Chairman of the Liberal Party Organising Committee, addressing CU Liberal Club and a visit from its sister society, Oxford University Liberal Club. (St. John’s)
  • 6 June 1956 – Madrigal, followe by an informal dance. (Masonic Hall)
  • 7 June 1956 – Green Ribbon Lunch, with Leonard Behrens, Acting President of the Liberal Party.

Michaelmas 1956

  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • 12 October 1956 – The Rt. Hon. Clement Davies QC, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party, on “Liberalism today and for the future”. (Union)
  • 14 October 1956 – Lt. Col. Frank Byers OBE, former Chief Whip of the Liberal Party – open meeting on “the current political situation”. (Magdalene)
  • 19 October 1956 – Lord (William) Beveridge KCB, FBA, author of the Beveridge Report, on “World Liberalism: the need today”. (Union)
  • 21 October 1956 – The Lord Bishop of Chichester on “World religion and politics” (joint meeting with the William Temple Society). (Magdalene)
  • 28 October 1956 – Eric Walker on “Federation”. (Magdalene)
  • 5 November 1956 – Discussion on the Suez crisis. (Magdalene)
  • 8 November 1956 – Dingle Foot, former MP on “Why I left the Liberal Party”. (Union)
  • 11 November 1956 – The Rev. Prof. William Frend, fellow of Gonville and Caius, on “Algeria”. (Magdalene)
  • 12 November 1956 – Green Ribbon Ball, with Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band. (Guildhall)
  • 18 November 1956 – Frank Owen, journalist, former MP and candidate in the Hereford by-election – “Fighting a by-election”. (Magdalene)
  • 25 November 1956 – Arthur Horner, Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers – “Labour, industry and the future”.
  • 29 November 1956 – Nathaniel Micklem – Green Ribbon Lunch.

Lent 1957

  • 19 January 1957 – coming-up dance. (Red Lion Hotel)
  • 20 January 1957 – H.R. Harris, Director of the Liberal Party, on ‘party organisation.’
  • 27 January 1957 – Colin Clark, Director of Oxford University’s Agricultural Economic Research Unit, on ‘Free Trade and lower taxation.’
  • 3 February 1957 – Donald Wade MP, on ‘Restrictions in disguise.’
  • 10 February 1957 – Jo Grimond MP, recently-elected Leader of the Liberal Party, on “a European policy”.
  • 17 February 1957 – Joint meeting with the Oxford University Liberal Club in Cambridge. Speaker: Sir Basil Henriqes CBE JP, on “The magistrate in society”.
  • 24 February 1957 – Dr. Lajos Lederer of The Observer, on “the Hungarian Revolution”.
  • 1 March 1957 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speaker: Lord Colwyn. (St. John’s)
  • 3 March 1957 – Joint meeting with the Labour Club. Speaker: Arthur Horner, Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Easter 1957

  • 5 May 1957 – Roderic Bowen MP – “Some recent impressions of China”.
  • 12 May 1957 – Visit to Oxford University Liberal Club, the sister society of CU Liberal Club. (Oxford)
  • 12 June 1957 – Madrigals night dance. (Lion Hotel, Petty Cury)

Michaelmas 1957

  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • 11 October 1957 – Coming-up dance. (Lion Hotel)
  • 13 October 1957 – The Rt Hon Clement Davies QC MP, former Leader of the Liberal Party, for the inaugural open meeting of the year. (Trinity)
  • 20 October 1957 – Derrick Mirfin, fellow of Magdalene and former CU Liberal Club President. (Trinity)
  • 27 October 1957 – Sherry party with Jo Grimond MP, Leader of the Liberal Party. (Trinity)
  • 3 November 1957 – Professor Hyman Levy, Imperial College London. (Trinity)
  • 10 November 1957 – Jack Jones MP, Labour member for Rotherham. (Trinity)
  • 15 November 1957 – First meeting of JAGUAR [Joint Action Group for Understanding Among the Races], co-sponsored by CU Liberal Club.(Union)
  • 17 November 1957 – Peter Wildeblood, gay rights campaigner. (Trinity)
  • 22 November 1957 – Green Ribbon Ball, with Bill Savill and his Band. (Guildhall)
  • 24 November 1957 – Arthur Holt MP, Liberal member for Bolton West. (Trinity)

Lent 1958

  • Jo Grimond MP, Leader of the Liberal Party, preaching from the pulpit in response to addresses from Conservative peer Lord Boothby and Labour MP Aneurin Bevan. (Great St. Mary’s Church)
  • 19 January 1958 – Professor Denis Brogan, fellow of Peterhouse. (Trinity) Later that evening, a coming-up dance with The Astrals. (Lion Hotel)
  • 26 January 1958 – Professor Frank Paish, economist, London School of Economics. (Trinity)
  • 2 February 1958 – Nancy Seear, Reader in International Relations, London School of Economics. (Trinity)
  • 7 February 1958 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club – which proved to be the last ever held.
  • 9 February 1958 – Hon. Alastair Buchan, diplomatic and defence correspondent of The Observer and former Editor of The Economist. (Trinity)
  • 16 February 1958 – Joint meeting with CU Majlis and CU Bandung Society. Speaker: M.A. Husain, Deputy High Commissioner for India, on “Indian foreign policy and the 2nd five year plan”. (Trinity)
  • 23 February 1958 – Second meeting of JAGUAR [Joint Action Group for Understanding Among the Races]. (Union) Also a visit to Oxford University Liberal Club, CU Liberal Club’s sister society. (Oxford)
  • 2 March 1958 – Hugh Klare, Secretary of the Howard League for Penal Reform, on “The criminal: fact and fiction”. (Trinity)

Easter 1958

  • 4 May 1958 – Sir Eric Hobson, City Editor of the News Chronicle, on “The budget”. (Trinity)
  • 11 May 1958 – Donald Wade MP, Liberal member for Huddersfield West. (Trinity)
  • 23 April 1958 – Third termly meeting of JAGUAR [Joint Action Group for Understanding Among the Races]. Speaker: Professor P.A. Freund, Harvard University, on “The American South”. (Matthew’s Cafe)
  • 27 April 1958 – Symposium on “Apartheid”.  (St. John’s)

Michaelmas 1958

  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • 11 October 1958 – coming-up dance. (Lion Hotel)
  • 12 October 1958 – Inaugural meeting of the academic year. Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Clement Davies QC MP, former Leader of the Liberal Party.
  • 19 October 1958 – Sir Arthur Comyns Carr QC, President of the Liberal Party.
  • 26 October 1958 – Major Oliver Smedley.
  • 1 November 1958 –Green Ribbon Dinner.
  • 2 November 1958 – Roderic Bowen MP.
  • 7 November 1958 – Green Ribbon Ball. (Dorothy Ballroom)
  • 9 November 1958 – Sherry party with Jo Grimond MP, Leader of the Liberal Party.
  • 16 November 1958 – Richard Wainwright, Liberal candidate for Colne Valley.

Lent 1959

  • 22 February 1959 – the German Ambassador to Britain, Herr Von Herwarth.

Easter 1959

  • ?

Michaelmas 1959

  • General election campaign.
  • 8 October 1959 – Polling day in the general election. A.G. de Montmorensy contested the seat for the Liberals, the first Liberal candidate since 1951. He came third, polling 5,792 (12.15%), narrowly losing his deposit, while the Conservatives held the seat with a reduced majority.
  • Freshmen’s squashes.
  • November 1959 – Green Ribbon Ball.

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