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. 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 Autumn Semester until the Christmas Vacation.

Burns Night Supper

The SCR traditional Burns' Night Supper will take place, as usual, in the SCR in Keele Hall on Friday 25th January itself, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. at £33 per head.


Jim, our regular piper did not escape to the Antipodes after all, and will be piping in the haggis with his usual verve and brio!

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

Cock-a-leekie soup (Veg. option: Highland vegetable and barley broth)

Haggis (Veg. option - vegetarian haggis)

Scottish salmon steak [Veg. option: Parcel of mashed parsnips & lentils etc] Both with seasonal vegetables and potatoes.

Raspberry shortbread with a sweet whisky cream

Coffee or Tea with whisky chocolate truffles

Please let me have bookings by last post on Thursday 17th January - the day after our Whisky Tasting with Jim Gillespie!. 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 booking form.

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

Margaret Bird
All good wishes for Christmas and the New Year!

.....And lang may yer lum reek (no, it’s not rude, though perhaps not very “green”!)

Whisky & Wine Tastings

I'm pleased to announce that Jim Gillespie from Touchstone Wines is coming to the SCR again this academic year to host a whisky tasting and a wine tasting.

Whisky tasting: 16th January, 5.30pm, Common Room.
Wine tasting: 20th March, 5.30pm, Common Room.

Please put these dates in your diary! The cost for each event will be £10, which includes a goodly amount of booze. You can pay in cash on the day or you can transfer your £10 to the SCR account (sort code 54-10-27 a/c 05643449 reference whisky or wine tasting).

For the Whisky Tasting on the 16th, if you would like to come, please could you email me to confirm by the end of the preceding week (Sunday 13th). You will get an out of office, as I’ll be in Italy (!) but I will be back at work on the 14th and will then confirm numbers with Jim. Let me know in your email if you are planning to pay your £10 on the door or by bank transfer.

Becky Bowler
Social Sec

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