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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 (


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.


Omniboules - season opens May 10th - come join us


📥  Sports and Activities

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 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:

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.


Last Call for Omniboules Captain


📥  Sports and Activities

Omniboules Valentine Woodthorpe Weston Valentine IMG_0249

This is a last and final call for anyone willing to captain the Omniboules team to play in the Bath League de Petanque this season. Omniboules is a mail-list of people who enjoy a game of boules. The League matches are every second Tuesday at 6pm in Queen Square, running from May to September. No experience of captaining, or of playing boules, or of anything else is needed, beyond an ability to hold one’s pint of cider steady in one hand while throwing the boule with the other.


The Captaincy mainly involves sending out pre-match reminders to the omniboules mail-list, to check who will be able to come. You should be free to play fairly regularly yourself – though a jobshare arrangement is possible.

Omniboules Rod Valentine IMG_0240


The deadline for registering in the Bath League is 25th April (next Monday). In no-one volunteers by then, we would still be able to meet for lunchtime practices at Claverton Hall in good weather, and we could try to arrange friendly matches with local teams.


Please contact Martin Reed ( before the end of this week  if you are willing to captain, or if you want to be added to the omniboules mail-list.

Omniboules Richard Weston IMG_0241




Invitation to 5th annual City of Bath Lions Charity Golf Day on Friday 5th August 2016


📥  Sports and Activities

Registration Form 2016 City of Bath Lions CHARITY GOLF DAY

5th annual City of Bath Lions Charity Golf Day  on Friday 5th August 2016 at Bath Golf Club,  Sham Castle, North Road, Bath BA2 6JG

Proceeds this year in aid of  Young Carers projects  and other Lions nominated Charities  including Julian House (Registered Charity)

Teams of Three - £120 per team (inclusive of lunch)

(This is the same fee per golfer as last year; we now invite teams of three)

Great prizes: Best Team and Trophy, Second Team, Third Team, Best Individual Score,
Nearest the pin - First Shot - Par 3's, Longest Drive & Straightest Drive (selected hole), First Hole in One, Two's Competition

Please forward entry form (link at top of this blog post), cheques & stamped addressed envelope to: Ron Turner, 12 Cleveland Court, Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 6JY Or electronic payment to: CAF Bank, Sort code 40-52-40 Account No 00017089

For tee bookings and any queries please email or telephone: Brian Allen Mobile: 07969 689 872 Email:


University of Bath Gardening Club Talks

📥  Gardening Club, Social Events, Sports and Activities

For details see the University of Bath Gardening Club page.

Staff members can come to one lecture free and then membership is £10 with partners joining for another £10. Visitor fee is still £6. All talks start at 7.30.

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

Wednesday 13 January

Room EB 1.1

Jason Ingram, Photographer - Title: Through the Lens

Wednesday 10 February

Room EB1.1

Bunny Guinness, Landscape Architect & Journalist - Transforming Your Garden

Monday 14 March

Room EB1.1

Colin Ward, Owner of Swine's Meadow Nursery - Ferns

Thursday 4 April

Room EB 1.1

Jim Almond, Exhibitor - Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Hardy Cyclamen

Wednesday 11 May

Room 5W2.3

Helena Attlee, Author - The Land Where Lemons Grow