London Reception 2018

The Annual London Reception organised by the Wills Hall Association takes place on Thursday 18th October from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Attendees will receive a warm welcome to enjoy drinks and canapés in the beautiful surroundings of The Royal Automobile Club.

Due to the popularity of this event, tickets are initially only avaiable to be purchased by members of the Association for themselves and their guests.

If you wish to join the Wills Hall Association, please go to our membership pages.

Subject to availability, a limited number of tickets may be made available to other Wills alumni at a later date.


To purchase a ticket please click here to go to our EventBrite page. This event is often oversubscribed and therefore we encourage you to get your ticket as soon as possible.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact the organiser, Sherrine Abou Hashish (BA 2012) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Venue: The St James’s Room, The Royal Automobile Club, 89 Pall Mall, London SW1

Cost: There is a minimum donation of £17.50 per person (excluding applicable online booking/processing fees). The minimum donation for the later release of tickets will be £20.00.

Dress Code: Lounge suits


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Summer Reunion 2018

The Wills Hall Association is holding its annual reunion between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th July 2018

This year, the Wills Hall Association will be organsing an enhanced programme of activities for Saturday 14th July including a boat trip around Bristol Harbour, a visit to Aerospace Bristol, the home of Concorde and our Annual General Meeting. 

Our dinner will be one of three taking place on Saturday 14th July; the others will be at Badock and Churchill Halls. We will be having a joint drinks reception before we separate for dinner.

The speaker at our dinner in Willls Hall will be Professor Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG OBE Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol and Chair of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture. 

On Sunday, we will have our usual programme of chapel service, lecture and buffet lunch.

Why not organize a group of friends and come along?

Book online at or download the form and send it to our Treasurer

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Inaugural Arthur Graves Memorial Lecture & Spring Reception

The Warden of Wills Hall and the Wills Hall Association present the inaugural Arthur Graves Memorial Lecture, to be held in on Tuesday 6th March at 6.30 pm. The inaugural lecture is free of charge and will be delivered by Dr David Richards, Reader in Physical Geography at the University, whose areas of research include quaternary climate change, geochronology and landscape evolution.


This event is open to WHA members, students and the public. Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite here:


Members and their guests are invited to the Wills Hall Association Spring Reception which follows the lecture, the Spring Reception will replace our annual Bristol Reception and tickets are available for £5.


The Arthur Graves Memorial Fund was established to provide annually (or as funds permit) for fees and expenses incurred in connection with a lecture in memory of Arthur Graves, fifth Warden of Wills Hall, on a topic to be agreed with the Warden in discussion with representatives of the Wills Hall Association, but normally consonant with Colonel Graves' own wide national and international interests and experience. When funds permit, they may be deployed to support other educational activities or events in Wills Hall or in cooperation with other University of Bristol Residences.


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Wills Hall Association present a book launch: A Grand Gossip: The Bletchley Park Diary of Basil Cottle

This event is free but you must book in advance: 

The Wills Hall Association are delighted to invite you to the launch of a a very rare survival – a contemporary diary from Bletchley Park, kept by a man for whom conversation was the essential oil of daily life, both inside and outside the office.

Many will recall Dr Basil Cottle (1917-94), whether as lecturer in the Department of English, as sub-warden of Burwalls to 1973, through his numerous publications, or as a lively raconteur – his anecdotes occasionally touching on his war experience as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park. By good fortune, the daily diary he kept at Bletchley – by turns frank and funny - has survived, and has now been published.

Basil Cottle arrived at Bletchley Park in September 1943, after medical discharge from the Army. He worked in Hut 6 (Block D) on Enigma material, staying on after VE day to work on Albanian, before a long career at the University of Bristol. Well aware of BP security rules, Cottle usually refers only obliquely to the content of his work – but gives free rein to his opinion of colleagues, landladies, and anyone he bumps into on his days off. We’re left in no doubt who he gets on with, and who is a pain. He records amusing scraps of conversation, arguments won and lost, lunch-time diversions, the strains of shiftworking, the impact of the newly-arrived US Army contingent, and a host of detail about getting by in wartime conditions. Cottle, a gifted illustrator, took great delight in drawing fantasy birds for BP colleagues. The book reproduces many of these, and their accompanying comic verses.

Refreshments will be available and there will be a short appreciation of Dr Cottle, and the diary editors (both retired GCHQers) will outline what it tells us about the highs and lows of life in the secret world.

Copies will be available at the special launch price of £8 (instead of £11.95 if bought from Amazon).

This event is free but you must book in advance:

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London Reception 2017

Members are invited for drinks and canapés at our next London Reception on Thursday 19th October from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the St James's Room at the Royal Automobile Club, 89 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HS.

This event was originally open to members of the Association for themselves and their guests and has now been opened to all other Wills alumni. Members can pay for a discounted ticket.

If you are not already an Association member and would like to join please go to our membership pages for details.

To purchase a ticket please click here to go to our EventBrite page. This event is often oversubscribed and therefore we encourage you to get your ticket as soon as possible.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact the organiser, Sherrine Abou Hashish (BA 2012) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you there!




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