Sidney May Ball dreams crushed by major building project
But it’s not all bad news
Sidney’s plans to improve catering facilities mean that this year’s freshers won’t get a May Ball.
The updated spaces, including a new kitchen and buttery will increase capacity and flexibility, they’ll be more sustainable and they’ll provide a much more comfortable working environment for kitchen staff.
However, for the duration of the building works part of the Master’s Garden will be inaccessible, so holding a full May Ball will be impossible. Sidney would be hosting at a 60% capacity, the same number that is being trialled in this year’s June Event.
The college usually hosts their ball every two years – the next was meant to take place in summer 2018, but it looks increasingly as though they will instead have a series of annual June events whilst the work takes place. In any case, this year’s freshers (at least those doing a three-year degree) probably won’t get the chance to experience a proper Sidney May Ball during their time here.
There have also been concerns surrounding noise levels and a lack of light affecting the accommodation overlooking the Master’s Garden, due to the proposed position of temporary structures.
Some students have expressed disappointment, stating that: ‘may balls r [sic.] the lifeblood of cambridge tbf it’s all v sad.’
Others, however, are totally on board, in particular one vegan who told the Tab ‘I’m happy that future students will not have to experience the shit hall food choices I had to.’
There’s always a silver lining.