Methody Collegians

Methody Collegians was founded in 2003 as a result of the merger of the Methodist College Belfast Old Girls and Old Boys Associations. We aim to help keep you in touch with each other and to support the College and its past and present pupils.

TO MY FELLOW COLLEGIANS – President’s Letter August 2019

We have just completed a remarkable year as we celebrated the College’s 150th anniversary. The year was remarkable for the number and diversity of celebrations and for your fantastic support. There were so many highlights that it would be difficult to pick a favourite. Few of us will forget the sight of the Principal striding past the College gates like the Pied Paper with the new first formers following, as he finished his gruelling walk from Malin Head, or the sight of the City Hall illuminated in our colours, as the first of our two Gala Balls filled the Banquet Hall to capacity. The celebratory service in St Anne’s Cathedral reminded us of the values that inspired the foundation of the College and remain at its core one hundred and fifty years later. The finale in the House of Lords was symbolic of the impact the College has had in so many parts of our life and history and was a memorable end to our Sesquicentennial celebrations.

The celebrations saw us attract new supporters to the special events and increase our followers on Facebook and Twitter, and I see our main goal for the coming year as retaining that support and turning it into real membership numbers.  I know many of you look back at your days at Methody with pride and nostalgia. The numbers taking the opportunity to visit the College during the celebrations underlined this, but given the size of our College, the number of former pupils who support us with an annual subscription is disappointingly small. The financial support we give the College and its pupils has grown over the years. We support the Principal’s Discretionary Fund, an Annual Travel Bursary for senior pupils and many one-off appeals for special projects. Our outgoings have increased but we have not kept pace with income from former pupils.  The Council constantly strive to find activities that will suit a wide range of members and you will see that we have launched a survey to try to identify suitable events. All former pupils have been welcome to our events and will continue to be able to attend, but it would make a great difference if everyone would contribute financially. To those of you who faithfully pay, thank you.  But to those who have lapsed, we really need your contributions, and I encourage others to join you.  The annual subscription is only £15. Every year we have to decline requests because we don’t have the funds, please consider joining the Association formally and giving your help.

We are planning to hold this year’s annual dinner in the Whitla Hall – a first for us. Please come along, with as many of your year as you can, and make this the event to be at, to reunite with your old friends and make new friends through your common heritage.

I was honoured to be Joint President with Richard Finlay during the celebratory year and I look forward to serving you as President in the coming year. I hope I may rely on your support and if you feel there is anything I should do to help the Association grow and thrive in the next year, please let me know.

Karen McCrea – President 2019 – 2020 and Joint President 2018 – 2019