Gilbert Hannan Day
Gilbert Hannam died on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 1677 and Gilbert Hannam Day is celebrated by the College on the Thursday nearest the anniversary of his death as a mark of the continuity with Midhurst’s rich educational past.
In his Will, he asked that each year, on the anniversary of his death, a service be held in the parish church at which his scholars would pray for his soul. During the service a man in orders would preach a sermon, the fee for which was to be twenty shillings and a pair of gloves to the value of two shillings and sixpence. The Prize Giving Church Service continues the tradition of prayers for the soul of Gilbert Hannam, the sermon and the gift of gloves.
In the evening at the College, the Foundation finances an event to recognise and celebrate the achievements of students in Years 11, 12 and 13. In particular, the Foundation makes a number of travel awards, recognises most progress achieved by students in the Sixth form (Years 12 and 13) and sponsors an essay competition.
Link to gallery pictures from the last Gilbert Hannam Day prize giving