Dates And Start Time
Meetings take place on Thursdays during the autumn and spring terms in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building at Keele University.
Lectures normally start at 19:15 and last 45 minutes; there is then a refreshment break of 15 – 20 minutes; and the Question & Answer session lasts 50 – 60 minutes, with the meeting closing at about 21:15. Any notices will be given shortly before 19:15 so the lecture is not delayed.
Please help our volunteers whatever system we have in place to compile and validate attendance at our meetings.
Seating and Attendance Management
There are 400 seats in the Westminster and we have over 600 members.If we were to allocate seats by ticketing, our costs would rise substantially. Members help by noting three important requests. Firstly, please do not leave empty seats in the middle of rows. Secondly, do not block seats for members who have not arrived [only acceptable to place a garment if you are in the restaurant]. If a high number of members attend we will open an adjacent satellite theatre with a large screen. We apologise in advance should there be a meeting at which we cannot accommodate every attending member in the Westminster.
No meeting has been cancelled in over 30 years due to bad weather (we are a hardy and committed group). There is a World Affairs phone number (outgoing messages only) at 01782 733210 which members can phone on Thursdays after 16:30 if they feel they want clarification.
Health and Safety
Members should familiarise themselves with safety exits from the theatre and building. We advise the Estates Department of any hazards outside or within the building. For best underfoot conditions, please use the main car park and entrance of Chancellor’s Building. We arrange for St John Ambulance to attend all our meetings.
We are a sociable community. Many members arrive early and visit the adjacent Refectory restaurant alongside the Westminster Theatre, so see the webpage on Keele World Affairs dining.
The speaker and chairman wear a headset and the sound and lighting system is managed by an attending technician. A hearing loop is built into the balcony floor so members wishing to benefit from it are advised to sit above or below in the rear half of the theatre. Please try different areas of the theatre if you encounter problems. If any speaker cannot be heard, please advise the Chairman immediately.
There is wheelchair access to the Chancellor's Building and to the lower level of the Westminster Theatre.