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16th February, 2015Pendle SCR newsletter

It’s that time of the year again…. Pancake Day has crêped up on us. The JCR Exec have devised a new competition for today’s Pendle Pancake Day. It’s bound to be messy but no doubt entertaining. Do please come down to the Pendle Rooms between 1pm and 3pm and eat a delicious pancake and even try your hand at creative flipping. Pancakes will be tossed from the Pendle Rooms balcony and points are given for skill/interpretation! Head of the Sports Centre, Kim Montgomery will be presenting the Pancake prize at 3pm after a quick demonstration of her skill.

Cooking Demo! The Green Lancaster cooking demos are back! This week they are tackling the stir fry and answering one of the most important questions to cross your mind – what on earth goes into a stir fry? You are invited to attend this free event in Pendle Rooms at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, 18th February to find out. The Talk will be given by Info Lab’s Adrian Clear.

Pendle College Pick Your Own! Towards the end of last term Green Lancaster began work on the grass verges around Pendle Quad and they have now been transformed into a potentially fantastic pick-your-own site. The vision is that people will enter/exit through tree gateways of Laxton’s delicious plums, Fig Brown Turkey Madeleine de Deux Saisons Fig, and Hannaford cherries.  There will be side beds with blackberries, summer raspberries, blackcurrants, whitecurrant, jostaberry, gooseberries, strawberries, rhubarb and grapes!  The plants have been bedded up and information boards are in place so those of you who are horticulturally profitient will appreciate the choice of cultivars. Do come down to Pendle this term and take a look at what our Garden of Eden looks like!

Pendle College International Art Exhibition – 25th March at 12.30 pm in the Errington Room, Pendle Rooms.  Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Provost (Student Experience, Colleges and the Library) will unveil a series of vibrant and colourful paintings commissioned by the college and created by Desislava Anestieva, a young artist from Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria, who until recently worked on campus and was a friend of the College.  Known to many as Dessy, she is now at home, but we hope to have her presence via Skype at the launch.  You are warmly invited to join us for a glass of wine and nibbles at the launch or throughout the afternoon, but please let Jill know for catering purposes.

Pendle College’s Graduation day this year will be Tuesday, 14th July. Details about the day’s celebebrations will be sent during Summer Term. We are honoured to have the Chancellor of the University preciding at our ceremonies this year and hope you will make a note of the date so you can take your place on the platform.


We had to postpone our last wine tasing event as it clashed with Bonfire Night and ticket sale were low. Barry from the Lancaster Wine Company will be coming back to College with another range of interesting wines and also bringing a selection of wine we will chose to serve at our Graduation day celebration. If you interested in attending our LWC wine tasting could you let Jill in the College Office know suitable dates and we will organise around the most popular date.


You’ve probably already heard that one of our students, 3rd year computing student Calum Slee, tragically died in his room in Pendle just over two weeks ago.  On 23rd January I will be attending his funeral in Eastbourne, with some of his friends from his flat and his department. The College and Computing Dept. have started a Book of Condolence for Calum’s family and if you feel you would like to sign this book, please contact Jill in the College Office this week.  It would be very comforting for Calum’s family if as many Pendle Senior members as possible did so.  Thank you. Roger Gould

Forthcoming Graduate College Trips

The ‘Jane Eyre’ Special – Day trip to Harrogate and Howarth – Saturday 1st March

This is an interesting trip for all those literary types who have seen the film or read the book Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights etc. We shall visit Howarth first, home of the Bronte Sisters, a quaint little village, full of history and things to do, and access to the Parsonage, the Bronte’s house (now a museum). A chance to enjoy the little tea rooms and cafes, go on the steam train, and enjoy the breath taking views. Then off to Harrogate, the Bath of the North, its historic mineral waters and spa have brought visitors to the town for years. It is an ideal place to investigate, great shopping, tea rooms (Betty’s) and lots of other options to investigate. Ticket price £18

The North Wales Day Trip Special: Sunday 1st March

Celebrate Saint David’s Day in Wales. This is a trip not to be missed, and if you want to explore Wales, what better day than St. David’s Day; Wales’ National day! Visit a historic castle and enjoy the breath-taking scenery. During the day we take you to Harry Potter style  Penrhyn Castle, where you will get free entry to the castle and grounds, have a cream tea overlooking the Menai straits. On to Betws-y-Coed, a small tourist village steeped in history in the Snowdonia National Park.  You could test your nerve on the miners bridge, view the splendid Swallow Water Falls, or sit in the old railway café and have your lunch. Finally we take you the dramatic Conwy Castle, situated near the sea, you can walk along the walls of this impressive fortress, go on a boat trip, visit the Celtic shops and watch the festivities. With it being near St. David’s Day, the locals will be celebrating in style, so the atmosphere and celebrations should be memorable. Buy early, as tickets will go. £21.60

Tickets available from the online store





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