The Association of Past Students (APS) was formally set up in 1898, so the organisation
is already over a century old. Established as the official body to represent the interests of
former students on the University Court, and to encourage and nuture social interaction
between former students, the APS is still actively carrying out this important role. The
Association is also inextricably linked to the Students Union, life membership of which is
guaranteed to all APS members, and whose facilities on Park Place are frequented by the
APS for its many social functions.
When University College Cardiff and University of Wales College of Science & Technology
merged to form the University of Wales, Cardiff (now Cardiff University), the Associations
of former students joined together to form one new Association of Past Students. This new
Association has revived and gathered strength in recent years.
Michael Chiles, author of this brief review
and Chairman of Executive Council, A.P.S.
During the course of a year, the APS arranges a number of social events, the main one being
the Annual Dinner. The dinner is usually held in March or early April, and we try to invite as
our principal guest a former student who has achieved a distinction in the fields of literature,
theatre, music, sport, commerce or academia. Recent guests have included Professor Henry
Loyn, actor Phillip Madoc, and novellists Craig Thomas and Bernice Rubens. In 1998 our
guest was Wales' number one romantic fiction novellist Iris Gower. The dinner is always a
convivial social occasion which brings together former students from earlier years as well
as some of more recent vintage.
Other events organised by the APS are a Strawberries and Wine evening and an annual golf
tournament. The Strawberries and Wine evening usually takes place in Aberdare Hall in
early July. For a decade ir has been held in conjunction with a Silent Auction, all proceeds
going to the Joan Buckingham Memorial Fund. This is not the place to go into details of
what a Silent Auction is, but I am able to assure all doubters that it is universally enjoyable,
and has a facility for viewing your friends in a new light.
The Annual Golf Tournament for the Charles Hardwick Cup was revived in 1982 and,
except for one year, has been played for ever since. The tournament usually takes place
at the end of April (the last Thursday) and, in recent years, it has always been blessed
with good weather. The Trophy is much coveted and the tournament always well-supported
and keenly contested. We welcome all past students and both past and present staff.
In 1998 the tournament was played at Wenvoe Castle, and the top six finishers were
virtually all Wenvoe members! Bob Jones, from the history department and a most
enthusiastic supporter of the event, was the year's winner and all the usual photographs
of him with the cup were duly taken. Amongst former students were Jim Furr (circa 1957) and Jim Sadler, once the President of the Students' Union, who have both won the cup.
The above article was originally written by Mike Chiles in 1998.
Below is the APS events programme for that academic year.
APS Social Programme 1998/99
|19th March 1999
|| Annual Dinner,
|29th April 1999
||Golf Tournament (Hardwicke Cup), Mike Chiles
|8th May 1999
|| Opera: Magic Flute, Peter Griffiths
| 22nd May 1999
||Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci, Peter Griffiths
|29th May - 5th June 1999
||Trip to Brescia, Italy, Liz Walker
|5th June 1999
|| Opera: Tristan & Isolde, Peter Griffiths
|22nd June 1999
||Executive Council Meeting, Liz Walker
|24th July 1999
|| Strawberries and Wine, Mike Chiles
|To be arranged
|| Wine Tasting, Mike Chiles
|To be arranged
||Quiz Night, Rhodri Evans & Liz Walker
We are always glad to hear from past Cardiff students. Please send us an email message giving us your years of attendance (or date of graduation) and we'll add you to the invitations list.
Return to the APS Home Page or read about our past speakers.