The Beaufort Society

Souvent me Souvient


Since Lady Margaret’s founding bequest St John’s has had a tradition of recognising its benefactors, whose support has allowed the College to flourish over the last five centuries. To show our gratitude for the enormous contribution made by those far-sighted individuals leaving a legacy, and in honour of our Foundress, St John’s established the Beaufort Society in 2009. This community of friends and Johnians continues to thrive and grow each year, enjoying a close relationship with the College.


Everyone who informs the College that they have promised a gift to St John’s in their will is welcomed as a lifetime member of the Society. Members and their guests are invited to an exclusive annual event in College in the autumn, which typically includes drinks on arrival, formal lunch in Hall and a range of optional afternoon activities, such as tours, musical recitals and lectures from Fellows. The day is rounded off with afternoon tea, before heading to Chapel for Evensong. A smaller, more informal event takes place in the spring, the format of which varies from a buffet lunch in College to evening drinks. These festivities enable members to keep in touch with life at St John’s, as well as have the opportunity to get to know one another.

Head over to the Johnian blog to read about the highlights of the 2019, 2018 and 2017 Beaufort Society meetings and enjoy a selection of photos from the events.

Our motto

Souvent me Souvient, usually translated as ‘I often remember’, is the Beaufort family’s motto, and can also be thought of as ‘Forget me Not’. This is why a tiny blue flower appears with Lady Margaret’s white daisy – the marguerite – in the decoration surrounding the College arms on the Great Gate. It is a fitting motto for the Beaufort Society; celebrating and remembering our connections with St John’s, whilst at the same time looking forward to the future.

The Society’s emblem

The simple white and gold marguerite appears throughout the College, from above the Great Gate to the drainpipes in Chapel Court. As a small gesture of our appreciation, members are given a beautiful silver pin in the shape of a marguerite.

If you are interested in more information about leaving a legacy to St John’s and joining the Beaufort Society, please contact Emma Talibudeen by email at or phone on 01223 338605.

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