We take a look at what Bangor has to offer you at Serendipity this year!
MUSoc (Bangor University Music Society)
Chair: Hephzibah Leafe
What we do: We run both an orchestra and a choir every week. We perform in three large concerts every year, two of which are just for Music Society, and we often raising money for various charities. Our emphasis is on having fun, and absolutely anyone of any ability is welcome to come along. THERE ARE NO AUDITIONS!
Hopes for this year: We have a great selection of pieces planned which includes a wide range of styles ranging from classical to film music and popular songs. Our aim this year, as always, is to have something for everyone.
Upcoming events: Our Christmas concert will be taking place on Sunday 14th December in Pritchard Jones Hall, Main Arts Building, Bangor University, for both the choir and the orchestra and promises to be a brilliant evening. We will also be having our spring concert in March, so keep an eye out for posters in and around Bangor providing more details!
How can we spot you at Serendipity?: We will have a stall at Serendipity. Keep an eye out for the big green banner, and sign up! There is no charge and everyone is welcome, regardless of ability!
Message to new members: If you enjoy singing or play an instrument, please come and find us at Serendipity during Freshers’ Week. MuSoc is a great society for people to come along and sing or play as part of a friendly and lively group!
STAG (Students for Treborth Action Group)
Chair: Al Hulley
What we do: STAG are based at Treborth Botanic Gardens. We assist the Friends of Treborth (FTBG) who oversee and look after the gardens at Treborth. We have volunteering days every Wednesday and Friday as well as our official workparty on the final sunday of every month.
Hopes for the year: This year we hope to continue supporting Treborth and the Friends as we have since 2006. STAG hope to finish the latest Chinese Garden this year in order to kick start our international relationship with Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden. Outside our workparties we hope to continue hosting and attending fungal forays and plant ID workshops as well as working alongisde the Red Squirrel Trust, NT and wildfood eating experts in order to enhance our environemental skill set.
Upcoming events: We will be teaming up with our sister society HOGSoc to joint trips to local National Trust locations and we hope to run a residential trip the CAE MABON.
How can we spot you at serendipity: Look out for our STAG hoodies carniferous and rare plants at Serendipity
A message to new members: Our first workparty is Sunday 28th September. Transport and lunch will be provided. If you are enthusiastic, hardworking and have an interest in the environment then STAG is for you. The FTBG and STAG look forward to welcoming all in september.
BEDS (Bangor English Drama Society)
Chair: Osian Garmon
What we do: We provide students with opportunities to act in public performances, with an emphasis on gaining acting experience, socialising, and most of all, enjoyment!
Hopes for the year: We hope that plenty of first years will be interested in joining BEDS, as we’re always excited at the prospect of making friends, meeting new students and future performers.
Upcoming events: We have many events running throughout the year, including three plays, a number of side projects (including the ever-popular murder mysteries and the Harry Potter Halloween night) as well as several taster sessions during freshers week.
How can we spot you at serendipity?: We’ll all be at the BEDS stand in costumes from last year’s plays, including the hugely successful production of Macbeth. I’ll personally be in the BEDS Barbarians social rugby kit!
A message to new members: Our audition dates are 8th, 9th and 10th October. Come and give us a try, and I guarantee you’ll have the time of your life with some of the craziest people in Bangor!
HogSoc (Horticultural Organic Garden Society)
Chair: Kirsty Elliott
What we do: We maintain a garden on Ffriddoedd Road across from Morrisons. Here we have 12 raised beds, 4 perennials and an orchard where we grow organic produce to either distribute evenly amongst our members or to throw together into a large meal at the end of the year.
Hopes for the year: This year we hope to continue our current ethos of organic gardening whilst expanding the garden in terms of green woodworking workshops as well as a more social use for the garden including: BBQs, maybe a drama performance and garden games. We also hope to run joint trips with our sister society STAG. Moreover we will be increasing our academia through the likes of academic talks from local horticultural experts.
Upcoming events: During Freshers week we will be having a free BBQ on Thursday at 5pm in the HOGSoc garden. This will be a fun and relaxed way for you to see all that our garden has to offer! Our first work party will be on Sunday 5th October at 10am, after all that socialising in the first couple of weeks at uni it has to be time for some fresh air, so come along and get your hands dirty!
How can we spot you at Serendipity: Keep a look out for our wellingtons, plant pots, soil and lots of lovely vegetables! We will even have something for you to take home and grow!
A message to new members: Even if you know nothing about gardening there is place for you here! We’re all about getting stuck in, socialising and community, you can learn more about gardening along the way.
BBQ (Bangor Books and Quills)
Chair: Eleanor Hirst
What we do: We are the English Literature & Creative Writing society of the university. We represent the fun and social side to the departments bookworms. We offer regular socials (drinking and not), fun events, film nights, book clubs and much more! We are a really friendly group and we would love to welcome new members this year!
Hopes for the year: To promote our love of books and create a fun community within the English departments, for both Freshers and not. We have a few suprises along the way too! We are also planning to go and see Macbeth in Llandudno in October for anyone who would life to come!
Upcoming Events: The Mad Hatters Tea Party and social in Welcome Week and possibly a meet up on the Sunday of Welcome Week. We are also involved with the North Wales International Poetry Festival, which occurs in mid-late October, where we will run a themed literature/poetry event. We have a bi-monthly book club for both English Literature students and not, both academic and not. We also have some fun trips out planned.
How can we spot you at Serendipity: Spot the stacks of books, our logo.
A Message to New Members: We welcome people from all schools who love literature and creative writing, you don’t have to be a lit student!
BUSO (Bangor University String Orchestra)
Chair: Madelaine Chitty
What you do: BUSO is a string orchestra that welcomes string players of any standard. We play a wide range of music and have multiple concerts throughout the year.
Hopes for the year: We hope to continue the high standard of musicianship within the society and to explore a variety of music written and arranged for string orchestra.
Upcoming events: Our first rehearsal will be on Sunday 28th September 2pm-4pm in the music building.
How can we spot you at serendipity: We will have a BUSO banner and will be distributing flyers throughout the day.
A message to new members: Whether you are an amazing player or have just started playing come to BUSO as we play a wide range of music. Please like our Facebook page “BUSO – Bangor University String Orchestra” and get involved.
Captain: Ola Finnigan
Tell me a bit about your club/your sport: Judo means the ‘Gentle Way’ and is a Japanese art as well as an Olympic sport. The emphasis of the sport being about maximum efficiency enabling the individual to throw their opponent using the least amount of strength possible, allowing for the little guy to be able to beat the big guy.
BUCS or any other club history: Recently we have secured a silver medal at the Kidderminster Kyu Grade Open . One of our biggest tournaments of the year is the Welsh Closed, where many of the full time training athletes will compete. However this year we won 2 gold medals and 2 silvers; the two Gold’s came from two of our best players – Ola Finnigan and Sara Lyon.
This years season has gone brilliantly, with the club as a whole winning 33 medals in 9 competitions! 10 of them being gold, 9 silvers and 14 b ronzes.
Hopes for the year: We are hoping to top this years medal count and are hoping to see some fresh faces on the mat next year with some fresh talent and input towards the sport. Also with the Malta International we are hoping to bring some recognition to Bangor on an International level.
How can we spot you at serendipity?: You can spot us at Serendipity by looking for the people in Judo gi’s or the people that look like they are wearing pyjamas! We are a friendly bunch so don’t be shy come and have a chat as I can assure judo is a really awesome sport to be involved in.
And a message to future members: And to any future members this is a great sport and you will love every single minute of training even when we are really beasting it to when we are just doing some gentle randoori, this is definitely a sport that gives you a buzz that will get you hooked on getting on the mat.
Club Captain: Danielle Murphy, Women’s: Charlotte Bradley, Men’s: Nicky Furley
Tell me a bit about your club/your sport: Lacrosse is a fast paced, team sport involving a crosse (stick) and a ball. We have both a men’s and women’s team and are one of the few clubs at the university to remain a mixed club. It is an extremely fun sport and the team welcomes anyone from beginners to experts to come and join in and give it a go.
BUCS or any other club history: Both teams compete in weekly BUCS matches and are looking for some big wins like last season. The men’s team did us proud and beat Aberystwyth 18-8 at Varsity last year and both teams are hoping to win big this year at home! We also came 3rd in our first mixed tournament and are hoping to play more mixed games this season!
Hopes for the year: We are going in to the season with positive attitudes despite having lost some of our key players, but if we train hard we know we can bring home the wins and smash Varsity as well!
How can we spot you at Serendipity?: Look out for Bangor Lacrosse hoodies and head on over to our stall!
And a message to future members: If you’re looking for a fun club to join, meet new people and try a new sport or continue something you love, come and find us on the Fridd Astro for our taster session on Friday 26th 1-3 or come along to training on the Fridd Astro on Mondays 5-6 and Sundays 5-7.
Captain: Sam Hey
Tell me a bit about your club/your sport: The only university club for skiing and snowboarding, as well as the largest in north Wales. To this extent, we have doubled in size over the past two years and look to do this again this coming year! Heavily involved with other university. Snowsports clubs and are looking to start having inter-Uni socials. We host annual Christmas trips, and are looking to branch out to having long weekends to Scotland during the ski season.
BUCS or any other club history:We compete in BUCS in France at Easter and are having trials for our race and freestyle teams. For the first time ever we will be competing in the British indoor and dry slope championships! So we need to select our best team and take as many people for support as possible.
Hopes for the year: To increase overall participation. Have a great Christmas trip -we are going to an Ibiza Rocks festival in the Alps. To increase our numbers of beginners and all other levels of both skiers and boarders!
How can we spot you at Serendipity?: Look out for the skis and boards, we should have plenty of merchandise and videos of our previous trips!
And a message to future members: We have huge things planned for this coming year, including our biggest trip yet with lots of freebies! Plus lots socials including raffles for some big prizes!
Captain: Commodore Hannah Byrne
Tell me a bit about your club/your sport: We are an ever-expanding RYA club with over 30 active members (and eager to gain more). We are lucky enough to be located close enough to be based at Plas Menai Watersports Centre and offer sailing instruction to any level. We are also an active club off the water with socials every week and are keen to repeat the success of our trips to Windermere and Greece last year.
BUCS or any other club history: Last year was our first year on the BUCS Team Racing circuit, for four years, where we succeeded in making it to play-offs in Birmingham. We also attended three other team racing events over the course of the year, where we had some success and certainly made a name for ourselves, both on and off the water (especially our former captain). We also won both the single-handed and double-handed fleets at Varsity against Aberystwyth by a significant margin. We recently attended the 24-hour race in Southport where we gained valuable racing and endurance experience.
Hopes for the year: We hope to build on our team racing success of last year, encourage a ton of new beginners, teach our head coach how to sail whilst preserving the life of his crew and of course, wipe the floor with Aberystwyth at Varsity again.
How can we spot you at Serendipity? : You will not be able to miss our lovely, ever-cheerful committee sweating it out in our full sailing get-up at our nautically-themed stand. If you can’t find us then just follow the Irish accent which will lead you straight to our vibrant ginger captain.
And a message to future members: “Sailing can be very frustrating but it is fun when you get the spinnaker up and are planning off into the distance. Occasional life insurance needed if you are brave enough to sail our recently renamed boat (Was sneaky, is now Sinky). Hope you like partying in our Head Coach’s cave!” (Byrne, Allemann, Buckingham 2014)
Men’s Rugby Union
Captain: Jon Chester Armstrong
Tell me a bit about your club/your sport: Men’s rugby union is one of the oldest clubs in Bangor with strong traditions and healthy attitude to sport and sportsmanship. The club prides itself in the athletes it houses and it’s commitment to it’s members.
BUCS or any other club history: Recently finishing mid-table in the last BUCS season, BURFC will enjoy a new BUCS season this year, playing some new teams and old rivals, as the leagues have been heavily restructured. After it’s debut season in the Swalec North Wales league, BURFC is looking to finish at the high end of the table.
Hopes for the year: Winning the BUCS league and gaining promotion. Aiming for a top three placing in the Swalec league. Having it’s members enjoy their rugby and their social time.
How can we spot you at Serendipity?: Many previous member will be present and representing in a variety of attire, from old kit to new kit, including the traditional social attire. There will be a stall, similar to many other clubs, ask someone and they’ll direct you there.
And a message to future members: The Men’s Rugby Union side is more than just a club full of athletes who enjoy the sport of rugby. They’re a family that love their game, love to socialise, and love their university experience because of it. It’s something you should come and try first hand, everyone is approachable and wanting a new teammate, drinking buddy, or friend.
Captain: Andy Wells
Tell me a bit about your club/your sport: Squash is a fast-paced racquet sport played indoors so you can play whatever the weather. Squash isn’t very well broadcast, but despite this the sport is growing in popularity especially after it enjoyed wide coverage at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, where bronze, silver and gold were all won by British players in the men’s singles event. Bangor University Squash Club is a relatively new club, but already we have some very successful teams, a women’s team and a men’s team playing in their respective BUCS leagues as well as two teams competing in the local Eryri League.
BUCS or any other club history: Last season was probably the best year for results. Our women’s team reached the semi-final of the BUCS Northern Conference Cup, while the men won their league and gained promotion back to Northern Conference 2. As for the local league, the first team were crowned champions of the Eryri League after beating Bethesda 1 in the playoff in May.
Hopes for the year: This year, we would like more people joining the club and we’re also hoping to introduce racquetball to add another dimension to the club. Racquetball is just like squash but with a bigger ball and bigger racquet. For the teams, we would like the women’s team to push for promotion to the Northern Conference 1 with the men’s team staying in their league at least. Our first ever Varsity win wouldn’t go amiss either in 2015!
How can we spot you at Serendipity?: We’ll be sporting our brand new logo and handing out fliers with all the other sports teams. Look for the squash racquets!
And a message to future members: Come down to Canolfan Brailsford squash courts, pick up a racquet and start playing squash! It’s a great way to keep fit and easy to learn. We train on Sundays 1 – 2:30pm and Mondays 4:45 – 7pm.