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

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: 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 ;

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


📥  Gardening Club

General Information about the Club can be found here

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.:


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



How to Join and Committee Members


📥  Membership Information

To become a member please fill out an application form  and return as indicated. Renewal of Membership is due 1 November each year. Remember to send a cheque to cover the initial membership subscription - direct debit from salary is available for membership RENEWAL only and is applicable in NOVEMBER only and at no other time of year.

In 2016-17 we are waiving the membership fee of £2 in recognition of the University's 50th birthday celebration.

Get involved
As well as social events and trips organised by the Omnius Social Committee you are encouraged to set up your own sports, cultural and other groups under the Omnibus umbrella. For example you could organise :-

Sports ladders or leagues
co-ordinate a lunchtime running group
establish cultural groups like a Film or Book club
lead a day trip
We are willing to consider any proposals for groups so if you have an idea then please discuss with a member of the Omnibus Committee or come up with a formal proposal to submit to a Committee Meeting. Funding is available to help start a group or to pay advance fees which will be recouped from participants.

Committee for 2015-16

Chair: Dr Steve Wharton, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Vice Chair: Prof James Davenport, Hebron and Medlock Professor of Information Technology, Dept of Computer Science

Ex officio Past Chair and Communications Officer: Ms Sue Briault,

Secretary: Tracey Stenson Jukes, International Mobility Coordinator (Partnerships), International Relations Office

Treasurer: Mr Simon Fenne, Head of Financial Accounting

Assistant Treasurer: Mrs Sue Revell, Assistant Internal Auditor

Chair of Social Activities: Ann Linfield, Department Coordinator, Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Membership Secretary: Paul Reddish, Technician, Dept of Physics

Members elected from Ordinary Membership:

Jack Whitehead, Retired Life Time Member

Katharine Evans, Research Information Project Co


Trip to Kew Gardens or Hampton Court - you choose


📥  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:



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.


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


📥  Theatre


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).



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 Contact Martin Reed ( 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





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