Omnibus

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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Trip to Kew Gardens or Hampton Court - you choose

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📥  Days Out

Choose to spend the day at either Kew Gardens or Hampton Court Palace.

At Kew gardens visit the Palm House, the Waterlily house or the Prince of Wales Conservatory. Walk through the arboretum to the Pagoda or take in the view from the treetop walkway. Be one of the first to visit the acclaimed Hive which will be housed at Kew from June 2016.

Or spend a day wallowing in history at Hampton Court Palace. See Henry VIII's Apartments and his Crown, take a walk through the Tudor Kitchens, enjoy Chapel Court and/or the Chapel Royal, discover Young Henry VIII's Story, watch the new Baroque Story film, visit William III's Apartments, gaze at the new Georgian Chocolate Kitchen, explore the Georgian Story. Afterwards enjoy the gardens and get lost in the maze!

Date: Saturday 23rd July 2016 Cost :

Kew Gardens £28
Hampton Court £30
£1 reduction for seniors and reduced rates for children

To book your place email: A.D.Linfield@bath.ac.uk

 

 

Omniboules - season opens May 10th - come join us

  

📥  Sports and Activities

Omniboules Rod Valentine IMG_0240

At long last Spring has sprung and the boules season is here. Omniboules – the University of Bath boules team - will be playing in the Bath League de Petanque again, thanks to funding by Omnibus, the Staff Society. The first match is this coming Tuesday 10th May in Queen Square in Bath, with play starting at 6pm. This will feature friendly matches, alongside nibbles and drinks (cheese, salami, pastis) and entertainment. In previous years this has been a really fun occasion, so if you are free please come along. No special clothing, footwear or knowledge of the game are required, but festive berets, blousons, baguettes, strings of onions etc are all appreciated.

In each match we field a team of three players, and we should play 3 matches during an evening, so up to nine people can get the chance to play. If there are more than nine of us, I’m happy to stay with the pastis and salami while cheering you on.

If you hope to attend on the 10th, please email me M.B.Reed@bath.ac.uk so I know who to expect. We should find each other and sign in at 5.45pm, play starts at 6pm (let me know if you’ll arrive later).

I have updated the Omniboules website:

http://people.bath.ac.uk/mbr20/boules/

including a link to information about the 2016 season, received today from the League Organisers.

In addition to playing in Queen Sq, we can have lunchtime practices at Claverton Community Hall, in good weather. I’ll send an email next week about this.

The next League meeting, when the serious matches start, is the following Tuesday 17th May; the meetings thereafter are every Tuesday fortnight. If you are emailing me about the 10th, and can also advise on your availability for the 17th, please do so. Note that spouses, partners, colleagues, friends are all welcome to join in. If you are not yet on the omniboules mail-list, let me know and I’ll add you.

 

Stepping Out at the Theatre Royal Bath Tuesday 18th October at 7.30 pm

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📥  Theatre

BOOKING FOR THIS HAS NOW CLOSED.

Stepping Out at the Theatre Royal Bath Tuesday 18th October at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are for the Stalls rows H – K and cost £30 (full price is £37.50). Please let me know how many tickets you want. Payment will be needed by Monday May 23rd either by cash or cheque (made payable to Omnibus).

 

SUMMARY

Wonderfully funny and heart-warming, Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala.

Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell. There’s haughty Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy; bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy; eager Lynne and cheerful Rose, and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.

One of the UK’s best-loved personalities, Amanda Holden plays Vera. Nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004 for her leading role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, she also starred in the West End in Shrek the Musical. Her numerous television credits include Wild at Heart, Kiss Me Kate, The Grimleys, Big Top and This Morning. She has been a judge on the award-winning Britain’s Got Talent throughout all of its ten series.

Nicola Stephenson’s many television credits include Brookside, Holby City and Emmerdale. Her stage credits include War Horse in the West End and roles with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Angela Griffin is well-known as Fiona Middleton in Coronation Street and her television credits also include Waterloo Road, Cutting It, Holby City and Inspector Lewis. She starred in One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End.

Best known as a three-time Olivier Award winning star of the musical stage (with seven nominations), director Maria Friedman made an astonishing directorial debut in 2012 with a hugely acclaimed production of Merrily We Role Along. In 2005 she won the award for Best Debut Performer on Broadway for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.

This uplifting comedy enjoyed extended runs in the West End and on Broadway and was the winner of the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award, 1984. It has also been made into a musical, which became a film in 1991, starring Liza Minnelli and Julie Walters.

A prolific writer for both television and stage, Richard Harris’s credits include Outside Edge, Shoestring, A Touch of Frost and The Last Detective.

Stars of Stepping Out

Stars of Stepping Out

 

 

 

Omniboules - Staff Petanque/Boules Team

📥  Uncategorised

Omniboules is the petanque (a.k.a. boules) team of the University of Bath Staff Association (Omnibus). We are registered in the Bath League de Petanque, and play in the League events held on alternate Tuesdays in Queens Square in the Summer. We started in 2011, winning 3rd place in the Lower division and the trophy shown above . In 2012 we came bottom of Division One, and in 2013 and 2014 we were near the bottom of Division Two, so in 2016 the only way is up!
All Omnibus members, their partners, family and friends are very welcome to join us for matches, and for practices held on campus at lunchtimes, and sometimes on the intervening Tuesdays in Queens Square.  Details of Omniboules can be found at this separate website http://people.bath.ac.uk/mbr20/boules/. Contact Martin Reed (M.B.Reed@bath.ac.uk) for more information.

 

2016 our Captain is Richard Weston:

As an introduction for those who don't know me, I worked in Mechanical Engineering (Centre of Orthopaedic Biomechanics) for some 32 years before retiring at the end of 2011.

Double Fanny on 17th June 2014: the guilty party

Double Fanny on 17th June 2014: the guilty party