Omnibus

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

Posts By: Sue Briault

Omniboules 2017 playing season begins

  

📥  Sports and Activities

boules

 

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 (M.B.Reed@bath.ac.uk)

 

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: https://goo.gl/forms/rRpz3BIXu1ihyXI43

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1843954712509117/

 

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

📥  General News

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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.

http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/page/3028/The-Addams-Family/1370

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

 

 

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.

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“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:

http://www.actionresearch.net/writings/posters/homepage061115.pdf

Further information from jack@actionresearch.net.

 

Omnibus Badminton Club

  

📥  Sports and Activities

Contact Paul Reddish P.Reddish@bath.ac.uk 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.

 

Come along and find out about Omnibus

📥  Meetings, Social Events

27699 OMNIBUS Staff Event. Staff association event in the Claverton Rooms. Wine tasting and nibbles. Client: Fran Saunders - BUCS

 

Omnibus Staff Event

University of Bath Staff Association

Thursday 20th October 2016

12.30 – 13.30 in 1 WN 2.4

The Omnibus Committee cordially invites any member of staff to join other Omnibus members to find out about the range of activities offered by Omnibus to its members. Search this blog for more information.

If you intend to attend this event please email: Omnibus@bath.ac.uk putting “Accept New Staff Event” in the subject line.

As well as the Omnibus Committee there will be a variety of stall holders promoting activities including Pentaque, Badminton and the Wine Society, you will have the opportunity to find out more about these activities whilst enjoying a light buffet.

If you are interested in starting up an interest group within the University we are very keen to support these.

We look forward to seeing you there.

How to join Omnibus

 

University of Bath Gardening Club - General Information

📥  Gardening Club

This is a separate membership  body to Omnibus with a historical link to the University and still meets on campus. We advertise it's programme every year. Search for Gardening Club in Categories.

Meetings and membership are open to all. For details contact:
Membership Secretary: Anne Pacey
Tel: 01225 315327 ; anneppacey@gmail.com

The Gardening Club was founded in 1967 by Leonard Broadbent, Peter Thoday and Ray George, all closely associated with the then School of Botanical Science. About 70 university staff and spouses attended the first meeting. Leonard spoke about local horticulture, Peter discussed gardening on the local stony alkaline soil amid the windy hill sites of Bath. Ray concentrated on vegetables. The subscription was fixed at 7/6d.

In 1975, under the direction of Dr Robert Ballinger, the membership expanded and day trips were started in shared cars. Refreshments were provided after meetings in the Claverton Room but as charges increased, this was abandoned,  sad loss of social interactions. In 1987, when a 20th birthday party was held, membership stood at about 140. Pam Southwell was Secretary, a post she was to hold for over 30 years - both she is still a member. n 2007 at a 40th birthday party Pam gave a fascinating talks about the Club's history.

Today the Club is as active as ever. Between October and May There are eight monthly lectures. As our speaker's secretary is Derry Watkins of Special Plants, a wide variety of topics are covered by notable speakers from the horticultural world. Day trips, too, still continue and a short away trip in the Summer.

 

Bath University Gardening Club - Lectures 2016 -17

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📥  Gardening Club

General Information about the Club can be found here  http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/omnibus/2016/09/29/university-of-bath-gardening-club-general-information/.

All meetings start at 7.30pm in EB 1.1

Annual membership for University staff and students £10.00.

Meetings and membership are open to all.  Visitors are welcome £6.00.

Membership Secretary: Anne Pacey: T.: 01225 315327; E.: anneppacey@gmail.com

 

Thursday 20 October 2016 

Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

Georgie Newbery, Owner Common Farm Flowers

Georgie Newbery started Common Farm Flowers near Wincanton in 2010 – a business that grew from selling sweet peas from her gate. Then the fashion for home-grown bouquets took off, and Georgie saw an opportunity to increase her market. From those early gate sales her home-grown bouquets are now sent next-day delivery to the whole of the UK.

 

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Developing the Native Flora of China for use  in Chinese Designed Landscapes

James Hitchmough, Professor of Horticultural Ecology, University of Sheffield

 

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Better Behaved Eucalyptus

Hilary Collins, Owner, Grafton Nursery

 

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Winter Wonderland

Rod Leeds, Past President Alpine Garden Society

 

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Propagation in Summer and Autumn

Bob Brown, Nurseryman, Cotswold Garden Flowers

 

Thursday 9 March 2017

My Life in Plants

Roy Lancaster, Plantsman Extraordinaire
Tuesday April 18 2017

Steppes – Mother of Mankind and Gardens

Panayoti Kelaidis, Curator, Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Monday 8 May 2017 – AGM

Creative Ideas for Small Gardens

Annie Guilfoyle, Garden Designer