Every November, the Master and Fellows invite Members of the Court of Benefactors to join them for the Commemoration of Benefactors. The Commemoration Feast follows the service for the Commemoration of Benefactors in Chapel, which is arranged in accordance with the memorandum of William Bateman dated 6 November 1352 which states that the Master and Fellows should be present at a Commemoration of Edmund Gonville within the period 11 to 25 November each year. During this service we remember all those whose benefactions have been essential to ensure the continued wellbeing of Caius down the centuries. The Commemoration of Benefactors traditionally takes place on the Sunday following Remembrance Sunday.
New Gonville Fellow Benefactors are admitted at Commemoration of Benefactors service in the Chapel after which the congregation moves to the Hall for the Feast.
This great College owes its very existence to the generosity of countless benefactors over hundreds of years. It seems entirely fitting that those acts of altruism should continue to be celebrated wholeheartedly and with great pride in our Caian heritage.
The next Commemoration of the Benefactors will take place in November 2022 (date to be confirmed soon). Members of the Court of Benefactors will receive invitations in September.