CRES Residential Report: September 2015 (Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September 2015)
For many years CRES has been running an annual residential at Ripon College Cuddesdon (nr. Oxford) in September. This year it was on Friday and Saturday 4th/5th September. We had an excellent programme on the Friday, starting with an introduction to Abingdon Hydro from Dr. Richard Riggs. After lunch this was followed by a field trip to the innovative community scheme that is looking at putting two turbines into the River Thames at Abingdon. Richard then led us on a walk along the River and past the historic Abbey, and provided tea and biscuits at the Wellness Centre. For more pictures of the field trip please visit our Facebook Page. Then back to Cuddesdon for dinner. In the evening we had Trevor Muten (Director & Principal Consultant, Tapajos Limited – Hydrogeology & Water Resources Management) speaking on “Well, Well, Well. Responding to Increasing Groundwater Resources Management Challenges”. Trevor showed us what happened as we put in more and more wells into an area and the water table goes down. To end the day Revd. Margot Hodson led a short evening service and reflection in the chapel on the theme of water.
First thing in the morning Steve Hughes led us in morning prayer reflecting on the natural world around the College- the birds, the flowers and the pine needles! At breakfast we were joined by our external examiner, Dr. Sarah Dunlop. The Saturday morning was spent on five excellent student presentations. Before coffee we had the first year presentations, and then Becky Vickers gave us a talk on her dissertation. She looked into the theology of St. Francis and how it is lived out in Hilfield Friary. The examiners then retired to consider their verdict, after which Sarah Dunlop made the official announcement that Becky had been awarded a Certificate. Many congratulations!!
Our running total is now 27 Certificates (8 with Distinction) and 4 Diplomas. The first CRES graduates were in 2005, and we have had 11 cohorts so far. So we are averaging 2.8 graduates a year! But we are not so much worried by quantity, and many of our graduates have gone on to do significant work in the church, the environment and rural matters.
It was a great weekend, and I hope that the above report has given you just a little flavour of it. Now it the traditional time when many people apply for the course, and if you are interested go to: CRES Admissions 2015
Dr Martin J Hodson (Principal Tutor)