MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 1

If you missed out on the Societies’ Fair this week at Kelsey Kerridge, don’t despair – you can still browse the society web pages through the university’s directory (albeit without the fancy stall decorations and free sweets). Churchill societies are hosted on the college’s website. You’ll also find that various societies advertise on the Gazette each week. You can advertise your group / event / call for volunteers on the Gazette by emailing the MCR Secretary. Don’t forget: the matriculation photo and welcome speeches are on today (Oct 12) at 2.50pm!

Have a wonderful week.



BanglaSoc’s Freshers’ Squash (Oct 12)

Description: Calling all Bengali students and anyone interested in Bengali culture, history and development. CUBS is holding their annual Fresher’s Squash this Saturday for a chance for all new members to find out what the society is about as well as for existing members to catch up and for everyone to meet the new committee!

This meet and greet session is open to everyone and it’ll be nice to see both new and familiar faces. Drinks and refreshments will be provided 🙂

When? 2pm til 4pm Saturday, 12th October

Where? Cripps Court, Magdalene College

More information?


MCR Fruit Picking (Oct 13)

You may have noticed the fruit trees in front of 70 Storey’s way… and the rotting fruits on the ground. This Sunday (13th, 11am), Churchill MCR gardeners will be picking apples and pears and you are very welcome to join! If you are interested in growing veggies, it will also be a good opportunity to visit the greenhouse (in 76′ garden) and sign up to the greenhouse society. Last year we have been growing tomatoes, chillies, beets, courgettes, lettuces… and feeding Churchill wildlife (well they help themselves on our poor little plants).

Email Hugo Wioland for more information.


CU Women’s Basketball Try-Outs (Oct 13)

Are you a basketball enthusiast? Looking for a chance to play competitive sports at university? We would love to see you at our try-outs on Sunday the 13th of October at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre at West Cambridge, 4-6pm. Whether you’re an all-time basketball pro or you’ve just enjoyed playing basketball in the past, do not miss out!

For more information go to


Kettle’s Yard Picture Loan Scheme (Oct 14)

Monday, 14 October • 12-2pm
(NB at Murray Edwards College this year, please go to the porter’s lodge.)
Why have a poster on your wall when you can have a real work of art? Ever since Kettle’s Yard was created, students have been borrowing works of art from the collection. You can borrow up to two prints, paintings or drawings from the loan collection on a first come, first served basis.

£10 per picture for the year, £30 refundable deposit per picture (payment must be made in cash).Please bring your Student ID with you.

Kettle’s Yard is a gallery with a changing programme of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and a house with a distinctive collection of 20th century art displayed in a unique and beautiful setting. If you want to hear from us about what’s on sign up for our e-news on our website:

Kettle’s Yard also present concerts, free Friday lunchtime concerts at 1.10pm every Friday in term time and chamber music concerts on Thursday evenings, only £5 for students. Find out more here:

Could you help us to promote Kettle’s Yard to your college and/or department? Would you like to write for our blog? If you’re interested

Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ
(just over Magdalene Bridge, past the Museum of Cambridge)
telephone 01223 748100 • internal 48100
twitter @kettlesyard


Cambridge Student Social Enterprise Incubator (Oct 14)

Monday 14th Oct, 4.45pm, Chetwynd Room, King’s College

The Incubator’s launch event is an opportunity to find out more about social enterprise and about the range of societies, departments and projects which are active in this area. It will also be a chance to network and explore collaborations, and to get a first glimpse of the social enterprise events and opportunities on offer in Cambridge this year.

There will be presentations from a range of societies and organisations, and inspiring case studies from student social entrepreneurs. The event will be followed by networking in Kings’ Bar.

It is open to anyone, at any stage or level of involvement with social enterprise, from complete newbie to serial entrepreneur!

Find out more about the event, and about the incubator, at


Graduate Union Freshers’ Week Smoker (Oct 14)

8pm-late. Stand up and sketches from Cambridge comedians, in the GU on Mill Lane. Also check out the new Graduate Union Handbook.


Careers in Commercial Music (Oct 16)

Wednesday 16 October – Mill Lane Lecture Room 1, 3-5pm

Insight into careers in the commercial music industry

Utalks give people interested in working in and around music the chance to throw questions – any questions – at people working on the front line of music and hopefully dispel some of the myths around the industry along the way.

Please come armed with questions you want answered about careers in music.

Universal Music UK – Universal Music UK is the UK’s leading music company. The company’s labels include Island, Polydor, Virgin EMI and Decca. They are home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including Take That, Florence + The Machine, Jessie J, Elbow, Lana Del Rey and Emeli Sandé, amongst many others.”


  • Paul Smernicki – director of digital, Universal Music UK
  • James Radice – SVP and director of business affairs, Polydor
  • Marc Robinson – managing director, Globe creative and commercial
  • Olivia Nunn – senior product manager, Island
  • Olivia Hobbs – digital campaign manager, Polydor

You can combine an interest in many careers with an interest in music – A&R, marketing , synch and commercial partnerships, legal and digital, finance and more.


CHaOS AGM (Oct 19)

This year’s CHaOS AGM will be happening on Saturday 19th October between 3 and 5pm at Camden House, Emmanuel College – see map and more information at you’ve been involved at all with CHaOS in the last year (or even if not), do come along to find out a bit more about how CHaOS is run, elect next year’s committee, and hear a bit about our plans for the coming year. There will be nibbles! 🙂

The agenda will be something like the following:

– Review of last year.
– Election of new committee members.
– Discussion of plans for this year.

We are always looking for new committee members, so if you might be interested in joining the committee then do come along and find out more. If you’re keen but can’t make it, or have any further questions, then do drop us an email on


Churchill Writing Group

You’re supposed to finish a chapter, but you can’t concentrate? Your mind wanders off and you find yourself on Facebook instead of writing a paragraph? Maybe writing in a group is for you! The writing groups provide support for graduate students and staff who want to concentrate better and be more productive.

There are currently several academic writing groups running at the University and we will start one at Churchill College. Join us every Monday from 9:30 -13:00 during term time we will meet at seminar room 2.

You can see the full schedule of the writing groups in other Colleges and departments at and you can learn more about the structure we follow in the sessions at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gaby (gm428).


Wren Choir

The Wren Choir – “Cambridge’s Graduate Choir” – meets for rehearsals and performances almost exclusively during the University Vacations. Membership is open to anyone who has a past or present link with the University who is an experienced singer (e.g., has been a member of a chapel choir for a couple of years).

The commitment is low as members sign up to do a particular performance and the associated rehearsals if they are available.  Rehearsals and most performances take place in Pembroke’s “Wren” Chapel, and are always in the evening, normally at 6pm after the working day.  The Wrens are social choir, and rehearsals are generally followed by the chance to go to a pub with other choir members.

If you are interested in joining the mailing list, please email Heather Coleman on with your voice type and a brief summary of your prior singing experience.