End of year good news from Queens'

As we come to the end of the Easter term and therefore the academic year, we're pleased to offer another round-up of some good news stories from our Queens' community. Many, many congratulations to all our students who have finished their exams, and best of luck to those who still have more assessments to come.

We're delighted to share this Virtual Compline service, put together by members of our Chapel Choir. Special thanks to Kate Crellin (MMus in Choral Conducting), Robin Pillinger (Aliki Vatikioti Senior Organ Scholar), Carlos Rodriguez (Dean’s Scholar), and Ed Stubbs (Choir Administrator).
Queens' rower Freddie Markanday will be among 16 rowers from across Oxford and Cambridge Universities to compete in the Virtual Inclusive Boat Race this Saturday (13th) at 2pm. The rowers are both students and alumni and include Olypians and Paralympians, all coming together to promote inclusive sport during lockdown. The race can be watched on their Give as You Live page and the event aims to raise money for sports charity Power2Inspire.  
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden, of which Q Fellow Beverley Glover is the director, will be re-opening to the general public next week, on 16th June! More information on their website. Photograph from the CU Botanic Garden Twitter feed.
Our Men’s Football Team have been named joint Cuppers winners for the 2019-20 academic year. They had been due to play Fitzwilliam in the final this Easter term, but with students not returning to Cambridge and working remotely it has been decided that both teams should be named joint winners. Many congratulations to the QCAFC Men on a brilliant season! The last time Queens’ Men’s Football team were in the Cuppers Final was in 2011, when a strong performance lead them to victory. These lovely videos capture the moment the winning goal was scored by Paul Cassell (2010) and the presentation ceremony.
Photo: the 2020 Cuppers team earlier this season.
Our own gardeners have been hard at work with the JCR Environmental Officer Beth Noble to put together the College herb garden. The garden is above Lyon Court and will be free for use by students, Fellows and staff once the College is open. At the moment, it includes thyme, coriander, purple sage, chives, oregano, parsley, mint and rosemary.

In other JCR news, their fundraising efforts have been very successful, with their ‘Shave-Off’ sponsored head-shaving and their challenge to run 1448 miles as a community completed last week. In total they have raised almost £1900 to support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Photos: below left and right Natural Sciences student Blandine Jacquet before and after!

The MCR students have continued their virtual tea times, with students joining the call from all over the world!