Precautions during Covid 19 outbreak
The SCR committee has decided that it is in everyone's best interest that the SCR bar does not open on Friday nights for the foreseeable future, at least until the Covid-19 situation has become more resolved. We will send an announcement when the bar reopens for evening service.
The bar closed for lunchtime service after Keele Hall catering ceased to operate for now on Wednesday 18 March. Other catering outlets remain open on campus. We will also announce here the resumption of lunchtime service in due course.
See you all the other side - take care!
The SCR office is situated on the floor immediately above the Bar (Keele Hall Room 74). A PC has been installed with network access to the SCR's University financial systems, and to the database of room bookings. If a member of the Committee is in at lunchtime, this office will be available for use. The internal telephone number is 33954 (01782-733954), with Voicemail facility available, since the office is staffed only when officers are in Keele Hall.
Note that SCR members receive a 10% discount on lunches served in in the SCR Bar & UCR (in collaboration with Keele Hall Catering) when using your Keelecard. This is in place of the standard staff card discount of 5%.
Please feel free to send us any ideas you have for social events for the SCR. In particular we would like to see more family events that
include children. Specific events are co-ordinated by different Committee members, but please contact the Social Secretary, with suggestions. See also Dates for your Diary
The Lecture in Keele Hall with the Classical Association, and the CA's Coach Trip to Yorkshire in May, have both now been called off - in the lecture's case at the request of the lecturer, although this also tallies with the Vice Chancellor's email about face to face teaching on campus ending by 20th March. Tom Phillips will now give his lecture in the next academic year, while we hope the coach trip will be on offer for Saturday 15th May 2021.
Chess Competition 2018/19
The SCR is organizing another chess competition, for the very prestigious cup which may be seen behind the bar. If you would like to enter, then please send
an email to Chris Wain. It is not necessary to be a player of a very high standard, or even an SCR member! The competition which began in 2015 has now (2018!) been declared closed
The draw can be downloaded here.
The draw and results of the 2013/14 Chess Championship of the SCR, concluded in early 2015, appears here.
Winner 2014: John Staniforth - congratulations to our new Champion. (This competition took until 2015 to complete, through no fault of the finalists.)
Staff Catering in Keele Hall
As you may be aware the SCR Committee worked with Catering in Keele Hall to look at ways in which they can deliver their lunchtime food offer.
We are delighted that, as part of the agreement, existing SCR services and facilities were safeguarded with a 10% discount on all the meals for our members, on use of a Keele card to pay for the meal. Cards can currently be charged with money in Chancellor's Building, or online. A sample menu is attached, and under our Constitution temporary membership is available for others when buying from this range.
We hope you'll agree that this is an ideal location for staff and SCR members to meet for lunch with colleagues and friends, and that it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the SCR itself. Food is served in both the Bar and the Common Room.
The SCR has its own Facebook Page - members with facebook accounts are invited to 'like' this at www.facebook.com/KeeleSCR
SCR Golf Tournament for the Rolo Cup
If you would like to play next year (2019/20), even if you are new to the competition, please let me know your handicap. If there is anyone else that you would like to invite to play, even if they are not employed by the University, please give me their details also. I hope to revive the competition in the coming year.
Regards, Chris Adams, Chairman
Burns Night 2012
See the Piping of the Haggis here. Photos from 2013 may be seen on Facebook.
Favourite Rambles of the Senior Common Room
The SCR was delighted to announce the publication of a booklet by
John Winchester, who led our rambles for so long, in which he describes
and details the routes of 18 of his favourite rambles, within 60 miles of
Keele. The SCR has acquired copies of this handy A5/pocket sized booklet,
which are available for sale at £3 each. Copies may be purchased in the
SCR Bar in Keele Hall, during opening hours, or will be sent out in the
internal mail by request, on receipt of cheques payable to "SCR". (Please
email to ask for postage rates if you need us to post a copy using Royal
As well as a written description and a map for each of the walks, John has
also provided an introduction describing the area covered, and a handy
section on the geological background and scenery to be experienced.
As he says, the descriptions were correct at the time of writing (2008),
and small changes in availability of pubs and footpaths may subsequently
occur. Users should of course take this into account.