Dear Members of OUBaC,
For the first time in a long time I am pleased to announce the appearance of the OUBaC Annual Dinner in the HT calender. The date for your diary is Thursday of 2nd week in Hilary Term. This is open to ALL members of the club (so both clubnight and squad players) and in fact there will be a quota on the evening of half and half from each of these two sections of the club. So I am afraid this does mean that places are going to be limited to 47 at the table. I am going to operate it by a ballot system with half the people being picked at random from the clubnight pool and the same from the squad pool. If you are a member of this years committee (safety rep excluded) then you are guarenteed a place but importantly this will not affect the ratio of clubnight to squad players. So if you want to apply for a place then please reply to this e-mail with just the subject of the e-mail "OUBaC Dinner clubnight/squad" depending on what you are a member of. Please include any dietary requirements and if you would like wine ONLY in the main body of the e-mail.
Now for some details on the dinner itself. Its going to be held in the McKenna Room (a fancy function room) in Christ Church. It will will be 4 courses with the menu as follows:
Honey Roast Parsnip Soup with Crème Fraîche and Parsnip Crisps
Chargrilled Chicken Supreme with Tomato Risotto, Olives, Sun-Blush Tomatoes,
Deep-fried Capers and Parmesan Wafers
[V=Aubergine, Tomato and Haloumi Torte with Tomato Risotto, Olives,
Sun-Blush Tomatoes, Deep Fried Capers and Parmesan Wafers]
White Chocolate Profiteroles with Hot Chocolate Sauce
Christ Church Evening Blend Coffee and Mints
The price is going to be £30 without wine, and approximately £36 with wine. This is an approximation at the moment because I have not chosen the wine or attempted to bargain a better price for us. The price may also rise slightly as I am hoping to arrange a champagne reception aswell. I realise that to many this sounds a little expensive (indeed more expensive than subs for most) but I can assure you that Christ Church put on a fantastic "black tie Oxford Formal" and the company will be nothing short of sublime, we are all badminton players after all! I will keep you all updated with regards to the menu, wine list and prices as I arrange things but for now please reply ASAP if you would like to come in the way described above. I will be closing the ballot at 12pm on Friday of 8th week this term and then doing the draw on Saturday (in public so people can see nothing suspicious happens!). Best of luck,
I am writing to inform you that this Thursday (1st December) I am holding the annual clubnight tournament! If you were here last year you'll have some recollection of how it worked, but if you're new this year, then it's organised by having four or five pairs on each court all playing in turn against one another, and the pair with the most wins progressing to the next round. There'll be exciting prizes for the winning and runner-up pair.
If you know who you would like to be paired with for the tournament then please let me know before Thursday morning and I'll arrange that for you; note that in order to keep things fair two squad members can't be paired together, but otherwise you're free to choose. If you don't give me a pairing you'll be paired up with someone on the day. Non-members are also free to attend.
Send me your names as normal, but in the interests of general sanity please only send me your name if you're sure you're going to come, and if you don't have a pairing try to come ten minutes early so that I can sort that out.
Thanks for your help! I wish you all an (advanced) Merry Christmas.
Isobel Caton Harrison
(PS. For those of you wondering about holiday clubnight times: we haven't yet been informed by the Sports Fed of the vacation timings, but as soon as we know an e-mail will be sent out telling you what the timings will be. For now, sessions are as normal until Saturday of 9th week (10th December)).
Send me your names for badminton this Thursday, and bear in mind that this week the session will start at 8.30 not at 8.00. This is due to the time being given to the volleyball and judo clubs in return for them having given the squad an extra half hour previously.
May I remind you that there is no badminton session this Thursday November 17th. And no, this isn't just a ploy to keep the numbers down...
I should also add that one of our four badminton nets was found to be missing yesterday. If you were playing in the Sports Centre on Saturday (there was a squad session, no?) and you have any idea where it might have got to I would really appreciate you letting me know.
Ah, and if you would like to become a member but have yet to pay then feel free to pidge me the money (£20) at Caton Harrison, Isobel; Hertford College. Make sure you write your name legibly. If you were a member last year I might not even make you fill out a form...
That's it, see you all soon!
Send me your names for the session this Thursday; sorry this is slightly short notice. This might be the last time I need to do this, we shall see in the fullness of time.
See you all soon!
P.S. If you ever sent me an e-mail about coming but have decided not to take up badminton this term let me know since I can then recycle your name peg, and not have too many superfluous ones.
You know the drill.. let me know if you're going to attend badminton on Thursday 3rd November, with an estimate of your experience if you're new. I'm going to have a go at wheedling down the number of pegs to make things less confusing, if that's at all possible.
Hope you all had a great Halloween and got the most out of the bops..either by attending them or by staying away from them!
See you all on Thursday!
Once again I'd like the names of all those planning to attend the badminton session this Thursday 27th October, since we've still got some new people coming in. If you are coming for the first time this Thursday an indication of your level of experience would be definately appreciated.
My thanks to Ben for standing in for me on Sunday, and I hope all you freshers are settling in well wherever you are. Badminton is definately a good antidote to work stress, so feel free to come and try it out if you haven't yet.
That's all, I look forward to seeing everyone again on Thursday!
Isobel Caton Harrison
Just a reminder that clubnight for the year is £20. If you have not paid already now is the time to do so!
There are 2 payment methods:
1) CHEQUE: Make it payable to "Oxford University Badminton Club". Please write your name on the back of the cheque so we can keep track of who has paid. You can hand these to Isobel at clubnight or pidge them to me (Andrew Maclean, Jesus College).
2) BANK TRANSFER/ INTERNET BANKING TRANSFER: Transfer to the account
sort code: 40-35-34
Account number: 52852853
It is ESSENTIAL that you put your name in the reference so we can tell who the payment is from.
It would be easier if you did not pay with CASH. If you do please make sure Isobel know who it is from.
I'm operating the same system as last week where the Thursday session is concerned. So, once again, if you are planning to attend the session on Thursday 20th October please let me know as soon as possible, and if you are coming for the first time please give me an indication of your badminton experience.
This method kept things running smoothly last week and made sure that everyone got enough time to play, and I would like to make sure that this will be the case as often as possible.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Best wishes, and see you all around,
Isobel Caton Harrison
My apologies for cluttering your inboxes with e-mails.
Since just over sixty people have now signed up for the clubnight session this Thursday I would strongly dissuade anyone further from doing so; sixty is approximately the largest number of pegs that the board can hold and still be workable. (I operate a peg-board system at the sessions to decide who goes on which court. If that sounds mysterious then all shall soon be revealed!).
If you didn't get a chance to play this time then don't worry, there will be lots of other opportunities.
Next Thursday I will give preference to those new members who couldn't be accomodated this time.
Thank you everyone for your patience at this busy time of year.
Isobel Caton Harrison
Following the last minute change in time of the mens trials yesterday we have decided that it is only fair to allow all those that did not get the message in time or could not attend to be allowed to come to another mens trials. These will take place tomorrow (monday week 1) at 8:30pm at Magdalen College School (OX4 1DZ), on Cowley Place, just off Magdalen roundabout and near to St Hildas college. The captains and I stress though that these trials are ONLY for those that did not attend yesterday, sorry but please do not come again if you did not make the squad. Any questions please do e-mail me. Best wishes,
First of all, a big welcome to our new badminton club members this year! For those who don't know, I'm the clubnight representative, responsible for organising the weekly clubnight sessions down at Iffley Road.
Since we have a lot of new names following freshers' fair, I expect the next few sessions might be somewhat busy, especially on Thursday. So, in order to maximize everyone's time on court and ensure that things run relatively smoothly, could you please reply to this e-mail and let me know if you are planning to attend the clubnight session this Thursday, 13th October (8.00pm - 10.30pm). Even if you're not sure but think you might be attending please let me know. If you're a new member, then giving me an estimate of your skill level would also be very useful.
Thank you very much; this should help reduce waiting time for courts.
That's all for now,
Isobel Caton Harrison
I am justv writing to re-iterate the message from the secretary yesterday that MENS TRIALS HAVE MOVED TO 4:30pm TODAY AT IFFLEY ROAD SPORTS CENTRE. This is due to a mistake by sports fed in which the hall was double booked. I am very sorry for the inconvenience. If you do not get this message in time, please dont worry, we plan to hold a second trials at a later date for those that were caught out by the time change. We will e-mail out the details of this soon. Many thanks, and hope to see you this afternoon at 4:30,
We have just been informed by the Sports Federation that they have double-booked the Sports Hall tomorrow (Sat 08 Oct), clashing our session with a Volleyball tournament. So we have to move the Men's Trial to 4.30-6.30pm instead.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused but this is beyond our control!
Hello and welcome back,
This is a reminder that clubnight sessions officially start again today. I will not be present until Tuesday, however when I do come back I'll leave membership forms out on the court so that those of you who are returning students and know you want to sign up for another year can get that sorted out right away before the freshers make their appearance. Yearly membership costs £20, and I'll collect the fees there and then.
Another fascinating pice of news for you is that from now on members who are in the skill category "advanced" or in the squad will have their pegs marked with red stickers, not orange ones. There's an excellent logistical reason for this - red stickers are easier to find in the shops.
Finally I'd like to add that from the beginning of 1st week sessions might well run a bit slower than usual depending on how many freshers we get wanting to try out the club, so just bear with me there. Any help on offer would of course be greatly appreciated.
I just thought I would clear up the bit of confusion about court time at the start of term. MT begins this Sunday (0th week) and so there will be NO badminton session tomorrow for the squad. We are then into 0th week and so out of the vacation timetable and into the MT one shown on the website (http://www.oubac.com/sessions.php). So there will be a clubnight session this sunday from 3:30 till 5pm. The only changes to the normal session schedule coming up will be trials at the end of 0th week meaning that the clubnight session on Sunday (of 1st) will be CANCELLED (as will the squad session on the Saturday). Any other questions, please do e-mail me. All the best,
I just wanted to make an apology to all those that turned up hoping to play badminton yesterday. I missed an e-mail from Sports Fed saying that it had been cancelled, so my fault there, Im very sorry. But, we do have sessions this Tuesday morning and Thursday evening 9-10:30. Then normal service will be resumed as Isobel put in her e-mail. Any questions, just check the website www.oubac.com or send me or Isobel an e-mail.
I hope you've all had a great summer; no doubt you're eager to get playing again! I can now confirm the timings of the badminton clubnight sessions for Michaelmas term 2011, starting from Sunday 2nd October. They are:
Tuesday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Thursday: 8.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Sunday: 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm
These timings are little different to those given on the OUBaC website, which are out of date but will soon be fixed. Currently the only exceptions to the above times are on Sunday 9th October when squad try-outs are taking place so there will be no clubnight session on that day.
That's all for now; I'll get in touch again nearer the start of term. I look forward to seeing you all and taking up my shouting responsibilities again!
I have just received notice that the Iffley Road Sports Hall is now available for OUBaC on Tuesday mornings (9am till midday) for 26th July and 2nd, 9th and 16th August. Enjoy.
Just a short note for all those in Oxford that there will be a clubnight session this Saturday and next (16th and 23rd July) both from 2-4pm. Thanks,