University of Bath Staff Society - Bringing together all University staff through social activities


📥  Gardening Club

Thursday 19 October 2017
50th anniversary celebration dinner
Gardens, Gardening and Gardeners, how they’ve changed in 50 years
Peter Thoday Founder Member
Monday 13 November 2017
Plant Hunting in Eastern Anatolia
Timothy Walker
past Horti Praefectus Oxford University Botanic Garden
Wednesday 6 December 2017
Virgins Weeders and Queens
Twigs Way
Garden Historian
Tuesday 16 January 2018
Epimediums and Friends
Sally Gregson
Owner, Mill Cottage Nursery
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Developing the Native Flora of China for use in Chinese Designed Landscapes
James Hitchmough Professor of Horticultural Ecology, Univ of Sheffield
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Oxford College Gardens
Tim Richardson, author and critic
Monday 9 April 2018
Italy from Seed to Plate
Paolo Arrigo
Franchi Seeds
Tuesday 22 May 2018
So Many Plants, So Little Time
Tony Avent
Owner, Plant Delights Nursery, North Carolina
AGM (ROOM 5W2.3)

All meetings start at 7.30pm at the University of Bath
EB1.1: East Building, level 1, room 1.(except 19 October & 22 May)
Annual membership for University staff and students £10.00. One meeting free.
Meetings and membership are open to all. Visitors are welcome £6.00.
Membership Secretary: Anne Pacey: T.: 01225 315327; E.:


Omniboules 2017 playing season begins


📥  Sports and Activities



Omniboules is the group of Omnibus members and partners/friends who meet socially to play petanque (a.k.a. boules). Omnibus has kindly sponsored us to play again in the Bath League de Petanque, which holds matches on alternate Tuesdays starting at 6pm in Queen Square (first one is 9th May) leading up to the finals in September. As we play three games in an evening, and we can field a different threesome for each match, it means that up to nine members can have a go. We are always keen to welcome new players; no experience is needed, we play for enjoyment.

If you would like to try out the game, we will be meeting – weather permitting - for a lunchtime practice tomorrow Wednesday 3 May, between 1.15pm and 2pm, on the piste at Claverton Community Hall, just outside the campus. To get there, walk South past the Chem Research and BUCS buildings to Bathwick Hill and turn left, up to where it joins Widcombe Hill. Please come along.

If you aren’t able to make it tomorrow, but would like to be put on the Omniboules mailing list, just email me.

Martin Reed (


Mindfulness Made Simple course starts 8th May - discounted cost for UoB staff

📥  General News

This is a 7-week course, running from 8th May.
(Dates: 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May, 5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June - missing the 2 bank holidays)
Unable to attend during these dates and want to hear when the next course is? Courses run a few times a year, register your interest here:

Every Monday lunchtime at 12:40 - 13:40
(No class on bank holidays)
University of Bath*

Discount to all University staff, so the total cost of the course will be £70.

The Addams Family at the Theatre Royal Bath – Tuesday 13th June

📥  General News



They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're altogether ooky,
The Addams Family.

Tickets available for The Addams Family at the Theatre Royal Bath – Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are for the Stalls rows J – N and cost £30 (full price is £37 plus booking fee)

Sue is winding down her Omnibus theatre bookings due to her up & coming retirement, hence the email from myself.

If you would like to join us, please let me know how many tickets you want.

Payment will be needed by Friday 14th April 2017 either by cash or cheque made payable to Omnibus.  This can be sent/delivered to myself Karen Toogood or Marianna Lane in WH3.44 – Student Finance Office


Guided Tour of Iford Manor Garden- Saturday 15th July

📥  Local Visits

Iford manor 3

The Peto Garden at Iford Manor in Wiltshire won the Historic Houses Association/Christie's 1998 Garden of the Year Award given in recognition of a garden, outstanding both for its horticultural and public interest. The garden was designed by Harold Peto in 1899 who was particularly attracted by the charm of old Italian gardens, where flowers occupy a subordinate place amongst the cypresses, broad walks, statues and pools. The current owners have restored the design and planting in accordance with Harold Peto’s vision. To find out more, join us for an exclusive tour of the garden followed by a glass of wine/ soft drink and light refreshments, and a chance to explore the garden further before it opens to the public. Participants will need to find their own way to Iford Manor.

Cost £16 for adults, £8 for children.

Contact Ann Linfield for more details.



Trip to RHS Rosemoor - 17th June 2017

📥  Days Out

Rosemoor 3    Rosemoor 1

Rosemoor is one of the four big RHS gardens in England. Nestled in a Devon valley, it blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect. Rosemoor has one of the biggest rose gardens in the country and our visit will coincide with the annual Rose Festival. Leaving campus at 8am and returning early evening.
Cost Non-RHS members £24, RHS members £15


Pride and Prejudice Tuesday 17th January Theatre Royal Bath


📥  Theatre

We have organised a group booking for this production (details below) taking place on January 17th 2017 at 7.30 at the Theatre Royal Bath. Already sold out in the stalls,  there are 40 Dress Circle tickets costing £22 each. We have rows A through to F. Row A has less leg room so please let me know if you can take these seats. I will allocate rows, as far as possible, on a first come first served basis. The earlier you book the nearer the front you will be.

Email me to reserve tickets. Payment is by cash in person  or cheque payable to Omnibus  to Sue Briault in the Careers Service, Norwood House 2.17. I will need to have money by 25th November.

In case you don't know friends and family are welcome.


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”

The ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their relentless pursuit of suitable husbands is one of the best-loved novels ever written, constantly topping the polls of favourite books.

When feisty Elizabeth Bennet first meets handsome bachelor Mr Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. in the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, the family’s lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes gentle fun at the aff ectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.

Following sell-out performances at Regent’s Park Theatre, producers of the recent smash-hits To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies, Pride and Prejudice features the Olivier award-winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men) and Felicity Montagu (Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Durrells) as Mr and Mrs Bennet. Celebrating the legacy of Jane Austen as we approach her bicentennial, this is Austen “still dazzling after 200 years” (Observer).


Omnibus Conversations

📥  Omnibus Conversations

OMNIBUS CONVERSATIONS with Jack Whitehead, Life-time member of OMNIBUS, take place monthly or bi-monthly and focuses on a topic of interest. In 2015 the focus was on Knowledge Transfer, Exchange, Exploitation and Creation and exploring the University's values. Watch this Blog for announcements of timing and venues. Please join us.

Jack is coordinating the OMNIBUS contribution to the University’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations (from October 2016), will draw attention to the creation of living-posters for the celebrations. For illustrative examples of living-posters see:

Further information from


Omnibus Badminton Club


📥  Sports and Activities

Contact Paul Reddish for more information.

THE STAFF BADMINTON CLUB is an active bi-weekly club for members of staff only. We play Mondays and Thursdays between 12.30pm and 2.30pm usually in the STV. Membership is via Omnibus and costs £9.50 a month (requires membership of Omnibus).

Mondays are currently played under  the No Strings scheme, sponsored by Badminton England. This requires payment of 50p at the STV reception every time you play. This arrangement will continue until the No Strings scheme is unavailable, after which we would have to return to Staff Badminton only bookings – with an increased membership fee.

We are a very friendly club and are always seeking new members. We use plastic shuttles to keep the costs down, the standard of play is "club" standard and quite competitive, which is somewhere between beginners and the university's third team! We primarily play doubles and have 2 courts booked for every session.