Keele Hall Courtyard, © Stephen Clifford, August 2011

LATEST NEWS

AGM of the SCR

The Chairman apologizes for the postponement of the AGM of 2 days, to Friday 26th May at 5.30 pm, and hopes it will not inconvenience members too much - this has been to allow completion of work on the matters for report. We hope to see members at this important meeting in the SCR. The Agenda can be downloaded here.

Coach Trip with North Staffs CA

North Staffs CA is pleased once again to offer SCR members the opportunity to join us for our Annual Coach Trip on a classical theme, this year to Roman Gloucestershire, led by Dr Andy Fear, Manchester University, on Saturday 20th May.

This year we shall visit Cirencester's Corinium Museum, Chedworth Roman Villa (subject to access, on the day) and Tewkesbury. The coach will leave Keele at 8.30 a.m., and stop for an evening meal in Tewkesbury. There is a charge for this event, expected to be about £25, together with cost of meal. For bookings please use the form downloadable from the Facebook Page, or below - by 10th May please. There are further details on the form.

Booking Form

Stephen Clifford

Wine Tasting and Canapes

The SCR invites you to join us for an evening of wine tasting and complementary canapes with James Gillespie of Touchstone Wines - http://www.touchstonewines.co.uk/ - in the Senior Common Room at Keele Hall from 5.30pm. This is a ticketed event with tickets on sale for just £10 with places limited to 30.

To book your place and ticket please email John at j.b.butcher@keele.ac.uk and send cash/cheque (payable to SCR) for £10. There will be 8 or 9 different wines from various countries for you to try.

Afternoon Tea at David Austin Roses

The SCR is happy to announce that we will be going for afternoon tea at David Austin Roses on 6th July leaving Keele at 12 noon. Coach can be arranged if there is enough demand, or car share. Tickets are priced at £19.95 and are limited to 28, so please send a £10 deposit to John (email:j.b.butcher@keele.ac.uk) to reserve your place. If you've never been or heard of David Austin roses, have a look on their website: http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/plant-centre-and-gardens

The gardens will be looking their best when we visit, hopefully the weather is as good!

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 (in collaboration with Keele Hall Catering) when using your Keelecard.

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 Committee, with suggestions. See also Dates for your Diary

Friday Night Bar Opening

The SCR bar will be open as per usual on the evening of Friday 30th September from 17:30 - 19:30 inclusive. This will continue on every Friday evening during teaching semesters - last before Christmas 16th December then again in the New Year.

Chess Competition 2015/16

If you would like to take part in this year's SCR Chess Competition (for the prestigious trophy which may be seen behind the bar), then please send an email to c.m.wain@keele.ac.uk. It is not necessary to be a player of a very high standard!

New participants particularly welcome.

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.)

Wine List Updated

As many members will have noted in our Christmas Offers, stocks of our own label Claret, Ch. d’Argadens (2007), which is probably at its very best now, are almost exhausted. At the time of writing, about 18 bottles remain, including two unopened six-packs. The Committee has selected a replacement, Ch. Anniche (2014), having tasted several candidates, and we are very pleased with our choice, although as a much younger wine it will, initially at least, be very different. This will be available as soon as the old stock has gone, at the very competitive price of £9.75. You can also pre-order this if you wish.

Wine List available here.

Staff Catering in Keele Hall

As you may be aware the SCR Committee has been working 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 and we have secured 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. Catering have put arrangements in place for those members without a Keele card. 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.

All best wishes,

The Staff Common Room Committee

Facebook Page

The SCR now has its own Facebook Page - members with facebook accounts are invited to 'like' this at www.facebook.com/KeeleSCR

SCR Golf Tournament for the Rolo Cup

If you would like to play next year, 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.

Regards, Paul Collis

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