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Staff Garden Party

We are delighted to invite you to the University’s Staff Garden Party on Friday 14 August, 2.30-5pm.

This annual occasion, normally held in June, was postponed due to the national coronavirus lockdown restrictions. This year’s event, which will take the form of a picnic-party, will offer colleagues and Governors an important opportunity to meet in person and to mark the many successes and extraordinary challenges of the year. Your family members are also invited to join you at this special ‘welcome back to campus’ celebration.

The event will take place outside, with ample space to follow social distancing guidelines. There will be live music and complimentary picnic boxes, with plenty of time to visit informally with friends and colleagues. We will also take the opportunity to acknowledge recently-retired and long-serving staff members.



From 2:30 to 3:30pm: arrival at the St. John’s campus

  • Colleagues should arrive through the Severn Gate, where you and your guests will be checked-in
  • Complimentary picnic boxes will be available for collection from outside the Students’ Union building
  • Live music will begin at 2:30pm, outside the Students’ Union
  • You are encouraged to visit with your colleagues and to take a good look around the site

4pm: Brief formalities, including presentation of long service awards

  • This will take place outside the Students’ Union building, weather permitting

5pm: Close

If you are working on-campus on Friday afternoon and unable to leave your post, please contact Chloe Diment on, who will do her best to arrange for a picnic box to be delivered to you. We will also broadcast the speeches, so if you are not able to attend the event in-person, you can join us online. The link will be shared in a Daily Bulletin next week.



Please email by the end of the day on Tuesday, 11 August to confirm your place. Please also let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

It is absolutely essential for us to know who is attending this event. Your name and the name of your guests will be included on a list, which will be used to check you on to campus. We will also reserve picnic boxes for you and your  guests.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us on

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