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History

Origins of the IVC

The idea of the IVC was conceived in May 1946 in the 'Scotch House Tea Rooms' in Cambridge by Michael Wolff and Reggie Simeone, both undergraduates at St John's College, Cambridge. The first club was set up in winter 46/47. It was originally set up for students during the vacations who wanted to continue the sort of social life they enjoyed during term time.

The first programme

The first programme under the auspices of the Inter-Varsity Vacation Club proper consisted of three dances which took place in the Easter Vacation of 1947 in Chelsea Town Hall. The first was on Friday 28th March, the night before the Boat Race, and was a sensational success. There were about six hundred people there and it was a lively evening. People remember Oxford competing against Cambridge in attempts to swing the longest distance on the chandeliers. IVC was well and truly launched! Today there are now over 40 clubs around the country. For more details of the history see the AIVC web site.

Swindon IVC

Swindon IVC is 50 years old having been founded on 1st October 1980 by Barbara Wellicome a member of the Cheltenham IVC who moved to Swindon in 1979. After a number of adverts placed in the local paper a group of 10 interested people met at the 'Kings Arms.' From this group a committee was set up and Swindon IVC was established. In the early days club nights were often held at 'The Crest' and 'The First Class Carriage', the club continued to advertise and more people became interested. Today Swindon IVC has over 50 members and Barbara, although not a committee member, is the Honorary President and the club continues to thrive!

If you're feeling low
And your spirits are done
If you've got the blues
Because of everyone
Then you need to get out
And have some fun
With our club the IVC
It's got something for everyone

There's the energy we have
Whether slow or fast
The chance to commune
And to speak of things past
The buzz you get just
From being around like minds
That nice sense of warmth
And a chance to unwind

There's the activities we do
In their breadth and variety
The chance to try new things
Both to do and to see
With people friendly and
Open and honest and true
Who will all do their best
To greet and to welcome you

There's the scenery we explore
On days out new
A brand new experience
Or an alternate view
On life in general with
The chances we offer
For all kinds of experience
And the chances we proffer

There's the chance for new friends
And to build relationships
With us and our support
You're in those up to your hips
With the chance for both thoughts
And debates galore to share
You'll be able to laugh at life
And muse on why it's not fair

So if you're needing new things
Feeling as though you're in a rut
Or if you're starting to think
That the door on life has shut
Then get in touch with IVC
Before your life goes "phut"
We'll give you a jump start
To run the full gamut

Jonathan Robert Muirhead
28th January 1978 ~ 18th August 2020

IVC Celebration Cake - 25 years!
IVC Celebration Cake - 21 years!