The Elton House Award
Each year, up to two members of the Association are awarded the prestigious Elton House Award for outstanding service to the Manor Hall community. Nominated by their peers, award winners are recognised as pillars of Hall and through this award we are able to give a little back in thanks of their efforts.
Among other things, the recipients will receive three years free membership of the MHA. Nominations are accepted in the summer term and the winner announced at the end of the year.
The name of the award comes from the precursor to the Manor Hall Association, The Elton House Association which was founded in 1925. Elton House was one of the all-female student houses that were merged in 1932 to create Manor Hall. The rest, as they say, is history.
Isobel first came to Manor Hall in 2012 to read Biochemistry. Her first year saw Manor undergo its most extensive refurbishment work since it first opened in 1932 and as such things were a little disjointed seeing Clifton Hill House play host for most of the Hall's social activities. Isobel was elected President of the Junior Common Room for the 2013/14 year and had the unenviable task of trying to refoster the Manor community spirit in a Hall that she'd never actually been resident in before. Her efforts and those of her committee saw her nominated to receive the Elton House Award, in the opinion of the Awards Committee this was eminently well deserved!
Kane first came to Manor Hall in 2012 to read for English & Classical Studies. Since arriving in Hall he has been activitely involved in the life of Manor Amateur Dramatics (MAD) and his efforts in getting this off the ground so spectatularly after the Hall being closed for a year for refurbishment works is what lead to him being nominated and ultimately winning the 2014 Elton House Award. MAD plays an integral role in the life of the Hall and it is where many Manor residents get their first real taste of the community that everyone seems to wax lyrical about and it is for Kane's efforts both on productions and the MAD Committee itself that in the opinion of the Awards Committee made him such a worthy recipient of this year's second Elton House Award.
Rich first came to Manor in 2011 and has served as Secretary both on the Junior Common Room Committee and this year, the Association itself. His greatest contribution, however, has been his devoted work towards Manor Amateur Dramatics. He was instrumental in the success of the most recent performances of ‘And Then There Were None’ and ‘Road’ and is producing this years production of ‘Mostellaria’. With this award we recognise, celebrate and thank his loyalty and hard-work for the Hall and its members. Congratulations Rich.
Howard arrived at Tottenham Place, Manor Hall and the University from Hong Kong in 2011. From the start, he was very keen to get involved with hall life as much as possible. He is a very popular and hard-working student. He was elected JCR President in May 2012, the first International Student to be elected to the position in many years. The MHA wishes that his year as JCR President goes well in this difficult year with the main building being closed and that he lives up to the award he has been given!
Philip has being an asset to the hall ever since he arrived in 2010. In his first year he was involved with the environmental action group in the hall. His love of technical equipment meant he became JCR Tech Rep at the end of his first year, under the Presidency of Henry Mohanraj. He has also been involved with the technical side of Manor Amateur Dramatics (MAD) productions, taking over the role of Keith Upton, a previous recipient of the EHA. Philip has shown great dedication to all aspects of JCR events, often being the last there tidying up even though he lived out of Manor for the year and it was a few miles to get home! The MHA looks forward to his continued involvement in the hall.
Keith recieved the Elton House Award at the end of his four years at Bristol. Keith has been involved with the technical side of every Manor Amateur Dramatics (MAD) production since he first arrived at the hall in 2007. After living in Manor Hall for his first year he returned for his second year as JCR Tech Rep, a CU leader and helping with MAD productions. His initiative and reliability made him a very important asset to the hall. Keith graduated with a first in July 2011.