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

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

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 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




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:


Breakfast at Tiffany's tickets available


📥  Theatre


ONE TICKET, Possibly TWO remaining 15/3/16

I can confirm I now have tickets for sale for  Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Tuesday 17th May at 7.30 at the Theatre Royal in Bath. The price is £26.50 for  good stalls seats in rows G, H and I.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is Truman Capote’s classic tale of one of literature’s most captivating characters, Holly Golightly, so memorably portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic 1961 film. This much loved romantic comedy is transformed into a stage play with music in this sparkling new production.

The story of vivacious, good-time girl Holly Golightly and her fantastical existence in 1940s New York City, is told through the eyes of a young writer, completely fascinated by this exquisite extrovert whom every woman wants to be, and every man wants to be with.

With memorable songs from the era and original music composed by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors) performed by an on-stage band, this stylish production is set to capture the hearts of audiences.

Playing Holly is Verity Rushworth, winner of the Best Scene in the Soap Awards 2015 for Emmerdale, whose credits also include Chicago, The Sound of Music and Hairspray.

Adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony and Olivier Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain, The American Plan), Breakfast at Tiffany’s is directed by Nikolai Foster (Beautiful Thing, Calamity Jane and The Witches of Eastwick).

Ticket Details

Date is Tuesday May 17th at 7.30

Best stalls seats in rows G,H and I are £26.50 (full value £33)

Payment due by 23rd March either in cash or by cheque made out to Omnibus. Cheques can come to me in the internal post and I will acknowledge on receipt. Cash can be delivered to the Careers Service  during our office hours 9.15 to 4.30. In the vacation we close between 1 and 2. My colleagues can take cash from you but don’t have change so correct money please.

If you want to reserve tickets let me know how many by emailing me at and follow through with payment by the 23rd March.