Please note – this blog was written before the UK lockdown restrictions came into place.
In early March 2020 Trevelyan College was taken to the Year 3000, and whilst nothing was underwater the college was transformed into a futuristic playground of food, drink, and entertainment. The event was organised by Junior Common Room (JCR) Social Chair, Jess Edwards, and SocComm, who worked hard throughout the day to decorate college so that when 6 pm came, Trevs looked like another world.
The evening kicked off with a classy prosecco reception as Trevs went into formal – without gowns for a change. There was an impressive variety of costumes on display, with some donning their finest futuristic threads and others taking Busted’s 2002 single quite literally and coming in underwater swimming gear! Danielle Hitchenor, JCR Services Officer, had put together an amazing menu for formal, with an artichoke and mozzarella tart for starters, roast duck or smoky sweet potato casserole for mains, and a delicious cookie dough cheesecake for dessert. It was clearly a highly anticipated night, with formal fully booked not long after the menu had been released.
If anyone hadn’t eaten enough at the formal, they certainly weren’t going to go hungry at Trevs Night. Jess had done a sterling job of sourcing every type of snack that anyone could wish for, with pancakes, French fries, cake pops and spacey-themed sweets available to anyone with a wristband. The ever-popular chocolate fountain took its familiar place on the Cobbles, offering unlimited chocolate-covered goodness, and the Fat Hippo van (without which no Trevs event would be complete) was parked outside college serving burgers and dirty fries all night. There was plenty to wash this fantastic array of food down with, too. Trevs Bar had created three exclusive themed cocktails!
After formal, the dining hall was transformed into a laser arena, a huge enclosed dome that gave the entire run of the hall to people battling each other with laser guns. The Undercroft was a hive of activity with several activities to have a go. There was a dance machine where people could test out their moves before hitting the dancefloor and a neuron racer for some high-intensity competition with friends. There was also an almost constant crowd around the UV and glitter artist, with people opting for either a sparkly or a glow-in-the-dark design to rock for the rest of the night.
Music has always been a big feature at Trevs events, and tonight was no exception. Two Durham bands, The Get Down and Loose Change, played hours of funky, feel-good tunes in the bar before Tim Fowler took over for one of his legendary DJ sets. But even when ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ had finished playing, there was more to come. A silent disco until 2am gave Trevs the chance to have a final dance before heading home.
There was certainly a lot going on, but the Welfare Room was open all night if anyone needed a break. Jarren Santos, JCR Welfare Officer, and his welfare team were on hand to provide tea, biscuits and a chat to anyone that dropped in.
All in all, Trevs Night was a roaring success thanks to the hard work of those that organised it.