Keele Hall Courtyard, � Stephen Clifford, August 2011


SCR Office

The SCR office is situated on the floor immediately above the Bar (Keele Hall Room 74). A PC has been installed with network access to the SCR's University financial systems, and to the database of room bookings. If a member of the Committee is in at lunchtime, this office will be available for use. The internal telephone number is 33954 (01782-733954), with Voicemail facility available, since the office is staffed only when officers are in Keele Hall.

Note that SCR members receive a 10% discount on lunches served in in the SCR Bar & UCR (in collaboration with Keele Hall Catering) when using your Keelecard. This is in place of the standard staff card discount of 5%.

Next Events

Please feel free to send us any ideas you have for social events for the SCR. In particular we would like to see more family events that include children. Specific events are co-ordinated by different Committee members, but please contact the Social Secretary, with suggestions. See also Dates for your Diary

Friday Night Bar Opening

The SCR Bar will be open as per usual on Friday evenings in the Spring Semester until the Easter Vacation. Last night before Easter Friday 5th April.

Friday 5th April is the last day of term and so the SCR Bar will be open all evening for you to de-stress and relax following a very busy term for us all.

In addition to the full selection of beers, ales, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits, we will also be serving cocktails as part of our annual SCR Cocktail Night. Last year's Cocktail Night was very popular and successful and we hope to repeat that success this year.

Hope to see you all next on Friday 5th!

Best wishes,

Nick Wright

Coach Trip with North Staffs CA to Oxford

We expect to leave Keele University by 8.00 a.m. (returning by about 9.00 pm.) We shall visit the Rollright Stones near Chipping Norton on our outward journey and be dropped off at the Ashmolean Museum in time for an early lunch before going in to see the Classical exhibits with Andy Fear, as usual, as our leader. After our guided visit participants will be able either to visit the rest of the Museum at their leisure or visit more of the city, as they choose, before rejoining the coach in late afternoon. We will make our usual more leisurely halt for evening dining at the lovely canalside Hatton Arms in Warwickshire. Those booking will be asked to choose from a menu in advance of the trip at about 15-17 pounds per head. This will be circulated to those who have booked for reply by Tuesday 14th May. We will probably need to charge members for their meals on the coach, for Branch payment on the night. (This is separate from the payment of 25 pounds (subject to any later variation) to book your place.) We regret that this year pre-payment is essential to ensure that the trip can run.

Latest News April 2019: Delighted to report we now have sufficient firm bookings with payment to confirm that the Oxford coach trip will take place as planned on 18th May. This means we are still open for other bookings until the end of April at least.

You can download the booking form here.

Wine Tasting

There will be an Italian Wine Tasting on 30th May at 5.30 pm in the Common Room.

Yew Night Supper

I am pleased to announce that Keele Village Hall and the SCR have gone into partnership for the Yew Knight Suppers. These have been running out of Keele Village Hall for decades, and we're giving them a makeover for 2019: each Yew Knight Supper will feature a speaker from Keele, a buffet feast, and will be open to locals and Keele staff alike.

Please see details below, and let me know if you'd like to book a place!

All best, Becky Bowler

Yew Knight Supper, Wednesday 17th April, Keele Village Hall.

6.30 for 7.00 pm

12 pounds per head.

Our speaker will be Dr Jordan Kistler, who will be talking about her research into the way museums present their material to the public. Dr Kistler is a nineteenth-century scholar and works on the history of the British Museum. She is also working with local museums, looking at display practices.

Access and the Museum Label: What Are we Told? And Why?

To book your place, please e-mail Becky Bowler at

There will be a hot self-service buffet, provided by Party Pigs Hog Roast. There are three main menu options (please let me know if you would like the pork, chicken biryani or cauliflower cheese).


Pulled Hog Roast with roasted stuffing

Chicken biryani (curry chicken mixed with rice, sultanas, nuts, coconut and coriander)
Cauliflower cheese with dauphinoise potatoes, red onions, roasted almonds and roasted peppers (V)


Salad potatoes with mayo and wild rocket. Deluxe Ploughman’s platter (pork pies, mixed condiments, mixed cheeses and deli meats, hard boiled free range eggs, coleslaw, oatcakes with cream cheese and onion, black pudding, pate and crusty bread, garnished with cherry tomatoes, red onion and mixed salad leaves). Spicy chilli potatoes. Macaroni pasta with vine tomatoes, basil, olives and parmesan. Large white baps. Mixed mini desserts, fruit and shortbread platter

BYOB + Bring Your Own Glasses.

Chess Competition 2018/19

The SCR is organizing another chess competition, for the very prestigious cup which may be seen behind the bar. If you would like to enter, then please send an email to Chris Wain. It is not necessary to be a player of a very high standard, or even an SCR member! The competition which began in 2015 has now (2018!) been declared closed

New participants particularly welcome. Enter now so the draw can be made.

Chris Wain

The draw and results of the 2013/14 Chess Championship of the SCR, concluded in early 2015, appears here.

Winner 2014: John Staniforth - congratulations to our new Champion. (This competition took until 2015 to complete, through no fault of the finalists.)

Staff Catering in Keele Hall

As you may be aware the SCR Committee worked with Catering in Keele Hall to look at ways in which they can deliver their lunchtime food offer.

We are delighted that, as part of the agreement, existing SCR services and facilities were safeguarded with a 10% discount on all the meals for our members, on use of a Keele card to pay for the meal. Cards can currently be charged with money in Chancellor's Building, or online. A sample menu is attached, and under our Constitution temporary membership is available for others when buying from this range.

We hope you'll agree that this is an ideal location for staff and SCR members to meet for lunch with colleagues and friends, and that it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the SCR itself. Food is served in both the Bar and the Common Room.

Facebook Page

The SCR has its own Facebook Page - members with facebook accounts are invited to 'like' this at

SCR Golf Tournament for the Rolo Cup

If you would like to play next year (2018/19), even if you are new to the competition, please let me know your handicap. If there is anyone else that you would like to invite to play, even if they are not employed by the University, please give me their details also. I hope to revive the competition in the coming year.

Regards, Chris Adams, Chairman

Burns Night 2012

See the Piping of the Haggis here. Photos from 2013 may be seen on Facebook.

Favourite Rambles of the Senior Common Room

The SCR was delighted to announce the publication of a booklet by John Winchester, who led our rambles for so long, in which he describes and details the routes of 18 of his favourite rambles, within 60 miles of Keele. The SCR has acquired copies of this handy A5/pocket sized booklet, which are available for sale at £3 each. Copies may be purchased in the SCR Bar in Keele Hall, during opening hours, or will be sent out in the internal mail by request, on receipt of cheques payable to "SCR". (Please email to ask for postage rates if you need us to post a copy using Royal Mail.)

As well as a written description and a map for each of the walks, John has also provided an introduction describing the area covered, and a handy section on the geological background and scenery to be experienced.

As he says, the descriptions were correct at the time of writing (2008), and small changes in availability of pubs and footpaths may subsequently occur. Users should of course take this into account.

SCR Committee