Wantage

Welcome to the Wantage Hall JCR

On this page you will be able to see any upcoming elections and events that the JCR Committee is holding, as well as the details of who the current Committee is.

Elections are typically held during the first half of the Spring Term for the. For these elections two rounds of voting are held with the first being exclusively for students who will be residents in the following academic year. This is so the JCR Committee is more likely to be composed of residents who will be better situated to support students throughout the year.

History of the Hall

Wantage Hall is the oldest at the University of Reading having been founded in 1908 by Lady Harriet in memory of her husband, Lord Robert , 1st Baron of Wantage. It is thought to be the first dedicated hall of residence to be founded outside of Oxford and Cambridge, and is built in the typical red-brick style of the time. In 1970, New Court was added to increase the capacity of the Hall to around 245 residents.

During WWI, the Hall was used by the No 1 School of Military Aeronautics to train cadet pilots, flight instructors and observers. During WWII, Wantage was used as the HQ for the RAF Reserve Command.

In 2013, the Wantage JCR became part of RUSU, along with the other Hall JCRs.

Hall Facilities

The Hall boasts a grand Dining Hall where catering is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays. The Dining Hall also plays host to our traditional formal dinners. Below the Dining Hall, is the Junior Common Room (JCR for short), where residents are encouraged to relax, socialize and study. In addition to the JCR, we also have a computer room available to be used as a study space (although it is currently in need of some renovations), and also our own library, which is open regularly.

Next to the JCR is the TV room, where residents are free to go and watch TV and films throughout the day.

Underneath the JCR, we have the Wantage Bar which is open most nights from 7:30pm until midnight. Due to Wantage's traditional Agricultural heritage, the mascot of the Bar is a sheep and is commonly referred to as the "Baa" by residents.

Traditions

Being the oldest Hall at the University, a number of traditions have developed over the years, which make the Hall unique to live in, and have provided inspiration to a number of other Halls for their events.

The most important tradition that must be observed throughout the year is the Sanctity of the Quad - you are not permitted to walk on the grass in Old Court unless Concert in the Quad has been held, or you have graduated from Reading. The Quad originally served as a memorial to those residents who served in the World Wars and lost their lives, although it now acts to immortalize all those who have died in conflicts world wide.

Typically throughout the year you can expect at least three black-tie formal dinners (Formals for short): Founder's Formal, Christmas Formal and Burn's Night Formal. Founder's Formal is held in celebration of Lady Wantage as the founder of the Hall, and traditionally has the strictest dress code. Christmas Formal, as you might expect, is in celebration of the festive season and usually has carol singers to welcome in the guests and sing them out of the hall again. Finally, Burns' Night is widely regarded as the best formal of the year, with guest speakers, ceilidh dancing and general festivities that continue down in the Baa.

On the 1st May each year, the JCR organizes May Day singing atop the Hall Clocktower. This begins at 7am and is usually attended by guests from the local area.

Every year, Concert in the Quad is organized by the Hall Warden to celebrate the end of the exam season.

Traditionally the final event of the JCR Calendar for the Academic Year is the Wantage Summer Ball. The outgoing JCR Committee chooses the theme for the incoming Committee and from there the biggest event of the year begins!

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