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!
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.
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.