Guild is the association of former pupils of Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
It was established in 1884 by College's 2nd Principal, Miss Beale and currently has more than 8,000 active members across 71 countries worldwide (see our members world map).
It is free to join and offers many benefits including events and careers support and networking. If you know a former pupil of College who is not presently a Guild member then please ask her to contact the Guild Office - find out more.
Many Guild members also return to College to take part in the annual reunions and to see for themselves how impressively College has moved into the 21st century. Guild is a wonderful source of support to College and former pupils generously offer support to current girls making University and career decisions.
Eve Jardine-Young (1990, Elizabeth), the Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and herself a member of Guild, is the President. Read Eve’s welcome.
Guild members have long history of being influential in their chosen professions - read more about them
Guild has a long held association with St Hilda’s East Community Centre in London which it founded in 1889 to combat deprivation and social exclusion, by providing education and recreational provision, alongside social care. Find out more.
St Hilda’s East community centre was founded by Guild in 1889 and has an active link with College and Guild to this day.
At the time of its founding in nineteenth century Britain, the industrial revolution had created terrible urban poverty. The East End of London in particular grew quickly, becoming a place where people lived in overcrowded, badly-built housing and worked up to 18 hours a day manufacturing new commodities, such as matches and cheap clothing.
St Hilda’s East has changed immensely since its founding, but although the pioneering Guild members might not recognise the buildings now and would be surprised by many of the changes to the surrounding area, they would still recognise the aims of St Hilda’s East today: to combat deprivation and social exclusion through providing education and recreational provision along with social care — activities that enable and empower individuals.
Rupert Williams, Director
St Hilda's East Community Centre
18 Club Row, London, E2 7EY
Tel: 020 7739 8066
Fax: 020 7729 5172