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Monday, 26 September 2011

Grand opening of the bar, 25 September

I hope everyone had a great time at last night's grand bar opening here at Connaught Hall. There was a very friendly, warm atmosphere and a extremely good turn-out of residents, which I think augers well for the coming year.
Tom Stewart, our Bar Manager, has worked exceptionally hard over the last few days preparing and cleaning the bar for its opening night. He has had no shortage of willing residents to help him every day. I think everyone will agree they have done an excellent job. Thank you, Tom and all!
If you were there last night, you will have noticed one or two small problems arising with second-year students who don't actually live in the Hall this year, including the breaking of the glass panel in the bar door. I will work with the Residents' Club Committee to deal with those issues before our main welcome party on Saturday 8th October. But for now, I hope everyone has wholly good memories of the night and maybe some lasting friendships already - let's all start as we mean to go on.
The bar is open every night in term 1 and this year will be running drinks promotions to match the best prices you will find in this area. Our bar is an important social hub for the Hall and I urge every resident - drinker or no - to make the most of it.

Afternoon tea 2011

It has been a busy week at Connaught Hall, with over 200 residents arriving since last Saturday.

On the two Sundays, 18th and 25th September, the Senior Members and I hosted afternoon tea - - with a whole load of delicious cakes and biscuits. I hope these events serve to ease anxieties about moving in, not meeting anyone, and the inevitable "parent separation" at the end of the day (I'm sure this is more for your parents' benefit, though!).
It's also a very enjoyable opportunity for me to get to meet everyone as they move in and help out with any small problems they might have come up against. This year, our afternoon teas were especially busy - we really struggled to keep up the tea & coffee supplies yesterday. I am really pelased that so many people came to take advantage of this. I have met so many very pleasant students this week which makes me look forward to a great year again!
I am sorry about the dinner queue last night. This was much longer than usual, maybe because there was a large influx at the beginning going straight down from afternoon tea. Rest assured it will not be a recurrent problem beyond the early freshers period - but of course this isn't something you want to experience on your first day here. I hope the wine I was able to serve to those who had queued the longest went some way to help.
The final afternoon tea event this year will be on Sunday 2nd October. All current residents are welcome - especially if I haven't met you yet, please come and say hello!