Held in the Bar, these informal meetings are crucial to the running of the JCR, but most importantly they are great fun! A good balance between light-hearted entertainment (from the term’s embarrassing stories to on-stage challenges) and allowing JCR members to influence directly what goes on in college through voting on certain matters. The Exec also updates meeting attendees on what they have been up to on the JCR's behalf and what they will be doing over the coming weeks. This is also your chance to question them on any topics that you feel are important for the JCR and to show them what you want as a college, while perhaps taking part in some of the joviality too. Feel free to get in touch with the JCR Chair, Emily Ball, if you have any questions about JCR Meetings.
Formals are more than just good food and table service-held twice weekly during Michaelmas term and once weekly for the rest of the year. Formals are also a great chance for the JCR to come together over a meal and in the bar afterwards. There are many traditions surrounding formals (spooning, Latin Grace, bowing out) which all culminate in a racuous singing of the College Songs in the bar led by the Keeper of the Cane. The spirited atmosphere makes it a great time to head down and join the crowd, even if you weren't on formal itself.
Bar quizzes are run by Hatfield’s clubs and societies and take place in the college bar. The arrangements vary according to the organiser and are often used to sponsor certain charities, but normally they cost just £1 per entrant, with entrants forming teams themselves. They are always great fun and good respite at the end of a heavy week. Normally being held on a Sunday night they must be arranged by the club in conjunction with the JCR Events Officer, Lucy Pallent.
Whilst only a recent addition to the college calendar, Open-Mic nights have already become a firm favourite within the JCR. Normally occurring a couple of times a term, all members of the JCR are welcome to come and show off their skills, singing, playing music, doing stand-up or anything else you can think of.
Social Booking Form
If you wish to book out an area of college for your social activity, please use the new link found here. Please remember to use your Durham login and make sure you fill in the booking form with at least a week in advance. You should receive an email from college officers approving your social request within the week.