What is CLC Guild?

Guild is the association of former pupils of Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

It was established in 1884 by College's second Principal, Miss Dorothea Beale, and currently has over 8,500 active members in 80 countries worldwide.

Guild is free to join for formers pupil of Cheltenham Ladies' College who attended for six terms or more, and offers many benefits including events and careers support and networking.

Many Guild members return to College to take part in the annual reunions and to see for themselves how impressively College has moved into the 21st century. Collectively, we also run a large range of events throughout the year, including special interest groups, birthday get-togethers for key milestones, and decade or regional events.

Guild members have long history of being influential in their chosen professions, and Guild is a wonderful source of support to College. Former pupils generously offer support to current girls making University and career decisions, from support with university applications and networking events, to offering work experience and informal chats about their careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs Guild?

Guild is run by committee of of former pupils of Cheltenham Ladies' College. This committee include regional reps and decade reps.

The President is Eve Jardine-Young (1990, Elizabeth), the Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and a member of Guild.

The Chairman is Samantha Culhane, a former CLC pupil (1984, Farnley Lodge / Elizabeth).

You can contact any member of the committee via the Guild Office.

What are the benefits of being a Guild Member?


Being a member of Guild means you have access to the network of over 8,500 members world-wide. If you need careers advice or support, are moving to a new location or simply visiting, then other Guild members are often happy to help.

If you would like to offer support or request it, please place a post in the relevant Group on CLC Connect.


Former pupils who are Guild members are entitled to discounted membership of the CLC Health and Fitness Centre.

You can enquire about membership options by calling 01242 261346. 

Is there any funding available to Guild Members?

Each year Guild makes awards of funds to support Guild members at any stage in their life who wish to embark on challenging study, research or training projects via a Guild Sponsorship.

There is also a hardship fund, the Beale Memorial Fund, for former pupils and former College staff who encounter temporary financial difficulties.

Further details of both these schemes can be found on CLC Connect, along with applications details. To discuss a potential application in confidence, please contact Caroline Harris, Alumnae Relations Manager, in the Guild Office.  

I went to CLC, but I've lost touch. What should I do?

Please get in touch with the Guild Office. They would be delighted to hear from you.

It's useful for us if you include details of your House(s) and your years at College (if you can remember!), and any alternative/maiden names, if applicable - it helps us track you down in our records.

How can I find out more?

If you're a Guild Member, sign up to our monthly emails and biannual publications to keep in touch and hear news of other Guild Members.

You can also join CLC Connect, our login portal for the CLC community. You'll find extra resources here, as well as news, noticeboards, and opportunities to get involved.

For anything else, please get in touch via the Guild Office.