Over seven decades, the Old Coram Association have met at least two or three times a year for various events to bring together former pupils of the Foundling Hospital and their families. Here are the key events on the OCA calendar and photos old and new to remember this wonderful programme of events. At the bottom of the page you can find a full scrollable photo gallery.
The annual celebration of Coram Day has been hosted by the continuing Foundling Hospital, now known as Coram, every June. Former pupils, members of their immediate families, other members of the OCA and Governors of Coram have gathered to share memories, listen to the brass band over tea and conduct their Annual General Meeting.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the OCA was held on Coram Day in Gregory House. Non-members of the OCA were able to attend and watch but not participate in the proceedings.
The yearly Charter Day lunch was arranged by the OCA and celebrated the granting of the Royal Charter by George II to Captain Thomas Coram for the establishment of the Foundling Hospital. Every October, members celebrated over a lunch with friends and special guests and in recent years was hosted by the Foundling Museum.
Carol Service & Christmas Party
The Carol Service & Christmas Party was arranged by the OCA every December. A joyous event for all ages, OCA members were encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren.
Visit to Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted
Members of the OCA, at the invitation of the Headmaster, visited Ashlyns School (formally the Foundling Hospital School) every two or three years. This offered a unique opportunity for former pupils of the Foundling Hospital, their families and guests to look around the school and remember their time studying there.
OCA members, former pupils and their families are most welcome to join Coram events. We will be continuing Coram Day as part of our Annual Court event in June, the carol service for children and families today and events for Charter Day, so watch this space for any updates.