Woodroffe Society


The society was founded in 1947 as a forum for the discussion of moral, ethical and religious issues. Ironically, it is named after a notorious rogue, Benjamin Woodroffe, who was Principal of Gloucester Hall from 1692 to 1711. He secured the benefaction from Sir Thomas Cookes, a Worcestershire gentleman, which allowed Gloucester Hall to be refounded as Worcester College in 1714. Today, the society is a discussion group that meets in the Chaplain’s rooms (Nuffield 11) on Mondays in term time from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss matters of faith, ethics, religion and life in a relaxed environment over lunch, which is provided free of charge. All are welcome. The Society Dinner is held on the Tuesday of Fifth Week every term in the Linbury Building, with a guest speaker. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Dr Salisbury ([email protected]…)

The Woodroffe Society Dinner

The Society Dinner is open to all members of College and provides a forum to discuss moral, ethical and religious issues. This term the speakers will be Dr Paula Byrne (Lady Bate) and Dr Andrew Schuman, who will discuss Health and Literature. Drinks will be available from 7 pm on Monday of 5th week in the Linbury Building for those attending the dinner (£10 charge to battels).

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