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 (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

Whisk/ey Tasting

Jim Gillespie from Touchstone Wines will be running a whisk/ey tasting on the 17th January at 17.30 in the SCR common room. The evening will be 10 and includes around 7 Scotch Whiskys, Irish Whiskeys, & maybe Japanese and Welsh, and some light snacks.

If you are interested could you email Chris Adams, and also let him know if you have any guests coming. We have around 25 spaces this time, a few still untaken. Chris will collect the money on the night again. Also, let him know of any dietary requirements.

A great preparation for Burns Night the following week!

Burns Night Supper

The SCR traditional Burns' Night Supper will take place, as usual, in the SCR in Keele Hall on Friday 26th January, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. at 32 per head - the same as last year!

Brief menu details as follows (see attachment for more details and booking form)

Cock-a-leekie soup (Veg. option - Scottish vegetable broth with barley)

Haggis (Veg. option - vegetarian haggis)

Scottish salmon steak (Veg. option - Potato farl topped with peppadew peppers & peanut fritter, etc)

Traditional Scottish Cranachan with shortbread

Coffee or Tea with whisky truffles

Please let me have bookings by last post on Friday 19th January. As this is such a popular event I expect you will be getting out your cheque books even as you read this!

If however, you would prefer to pay online by direct transfer, the relevant information is on the attached booking form.

Don't hesitate to get back to me if you have any queries.

All good wishes for Christmas and the New Year!

Margaret Bird

Friday Night Bar Opening

The SCR bar will be open as per usual on Friday evenings in the Spring Semester until May.

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 It is not necessary to be a player of a very high standard! This competition has now (2017!) reached the semi final stage!

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.)

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

SCR Golf Tournament for the Rolo Cup

If you would like to play next year (2017/18), 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, Social Secretary

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