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A May Ball – at last!

It’s been a while but Hughesians haven’t forgotten how to party

Putting on a fabulous and memorable May Ball for nearly 700 people is no small challenge, especially as organisational duties ramp up during the exam period. But with support from across the college community and a great deal of hard work from the May Ball Committee, Saturday 18th June saw our community come together for a long-awaited ‘Out of the Woods’-themed May Ball.

May Ball Committee Co-Presidents, Nina Forsyth and Bob Winslow, said:

We’d like to thank everyone who made the Ball a success – all of the committee, Clare Evans who does so much for the ball, the porters team particularly Ben and Jonathan A, the kitchen staff and Dave, the housekeeping team and Tomasz, the maintenance team and Paul, and all other college staff, in particular, John H and Carol. This was a tricky ball to arrange, three years since the last one, and it couldn’t have happened without everyone’s support.”

“Thank you also for the College’s Governing Body, who continue to recognise how the May Ball contributes to the Hughes community. Most of all, thank you to those who came with such friendly spirits and welcomed the ball back so successfully.”

The 2022 survivors!


The Line-up

The 2022 May Ball featured a fantastic line up of entertainment across the Bar, Pavilion Room and Marquee, including singalong piano, a Bollywood dance troupe, Jos Eckert, San Junipero and, headliner, Chic Le Freak.

Cocktail bars served treats, in-keeping with the theme, including a ‘Woodland’, a ‘Mushroom Mule’ and a ‘Hughes Collins’; alongside a Spritz Bar and a Bubble Tea Bar serving a range on non-alcoholic delights such as ‘Brown sugar milk tea’ and ‘Passion fruit green tea’. Every food taste was catered for, from skewers and macaroni cheese to chocolate truffle doughnuts and caramel cupcakes.

Inclusion and ethics

Hughes Hall May Ball is a proud member of the Cambridge University Student Union’s Access-a-Ball scheme, works to make events as accessible as possible, and the Sustain-a-Ball scheme, helping to minimise the impact on the environment. Hughes Hall was also the first college to offer reduced ball tickets to students receiving a bursary and is proud to continue that tradition each year for all Hughes students.

Hughes Hall May Ball is proud to support Cambridge Women’s Aid, encouraging all those purchasing tickets to donate £10 at checkout in support of the charity’s vital work supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Elections for 2023’s May Ball Committee take place next Term – get involved in next year’s celebrations!

May Ball 2023

Would you like to play your part in organising the next May Ball? These fantastic traditions can only happen with the support and hard work of a team of students and staff. May Ball Committee elections will be taking place in Michaelmas term next year – please reach out to any of the outgoing committee if you’d like to discuss the roles.

To contact Bob Winslow: rw35; to contact Nina Forsyth: jef67.