Commemorative event: 100th anniversary of the ordination of Constance Coltman, 21 October, Oxford

Constance Coltman: Pioneer of Women in Christian Ministry; A centenary celebration

Saturday 21 October 2017, 10.30-19.30
Mansfield and Somerville Colleges, Oxford

This special event celebrates the life of Constance Coltman, the first English woman to be ordained as a minister. On 17 September 1917, Constance Todd, together with her fiancé Claud Coltman, was ordained to the Congregational Ministry in London. The following day they married. Constance studied history for her undergraduate degree at Somerville College and theology at Mansfield College. Her ministries included Cowley Road, Oxford from 1924-1932. She was a committed pacifist and suffragist, and promoted women’s ordination.

Provisional timetable for the day:

10.30 – 16.30: Mansfield College, Lecture Theatre
10.30-11.00: coffee
11.00-11.10: introduction
11.10-12.00: talk – Revd. Dr Kirsty Thorpe, Wilmslow United Reformed Church
12.00-12.30: talk – Dr Matthew Grimley, Merton College, Oxford
12.30-13.45: lunch (Mansfield Café)
13.45-14.15: talk – Professor Jane Garnett, Wadham College, Oxford
14.15-14.45: talk – Dr Adrian Gregory, Pembroke College, Oxford
14.45-15.15: talk – Revd. Kate Harford, Ecumenical Chaplain, Oxford Brookes University
15.15-15.45: tea
15.45-16.30: Film showing: Constance, followed by discussion

From 17.30: Somerville College, Chapel and Brittain Williams Room
17.30-18.15: ecumenical service of celebration with music, led by Revd. Mia Smith of Hertford College, Oxford – Somerville College Chapel
18.30-19.30: drinks reception – Brittain Williams Room

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The bells of hell: trench songs of the First World War

The bells of hell: trench songs of the First World War

Stephen Sedley with Les Green and Dick Wolff

Friday 12 February 2016, 5.0 p.m.
Mansfield College Lecture Theatre

Stephen Sedley, an honorary fellow of Mansfield College and retired Lord Justice of Appeal, became interested in British trench songs in the 1960s, when he was able to record the recollections of a number of veterans. He has recently returned to these, and to printed sources, to compile this presentation, first given to the History Faculty in March 2015. With the vocal help of Les Green, Professor of Law,  and the instrumental accompaniment of Mansfield alumnus Dick Wolff (of the Three Pressed Men), he will describe and discuss the remarkable body of insubordinate and humorous song with which the troops faced hardship and death.