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Sports, Clubs and Societies

Plenty of information on opportunities for playing sport at Merton can be found on the JCR Website JCR webpage.MCR members have been particularly involved in rowing in past years, and the Rowing Club is keen to recruit new rowers, even if you’re just here for a year, and whether or not you have rowing experience. Many of our teams in other sports are jointly organised with Mansfield College, which is a very productive partnership.

If you play sport for the University, you may well be eligible for some funding from the Blues Fund. Information will be circulated by the Sports Officer in Trinity Term, so keep your eyes peeled!

There are also a wide variety of clubs and societies at the College, and MCR members are very welcome to attend and take leading roles. A selection of the main groups follows.

Merton College Music Society

Merton College Music Society welcomes musicians of all abilities to enjoy performing, conducting and listening in an informal, sociable environment. The Society is student-run and maintains two main ensembles: the Kodaly choir and the Fidelio orchestra, which are joint with University College, as well as putting on a wide variety of high-quality concerts and recitals over the course of the year.

Further information can be found at: Merton College Music Society.

Bodley Club

This is the speaker society of the College. Founded in 1894 as a forum for undergraduates to deliver and discuss papers on literature, the Club now encompasses all subject areas, inviting external speakers that it judges to be “fabulously interesting”. Boasting T.S. Eliot and John Heath-Stubbs among its former members, the Club is a historic institution. In recent years, it has hosted Lobsang Sangay (Leader of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile), P.D. James, Rowan Williams, Chris Patten, and Maryam Namazie.

Further information can be found at JCR webpage Bodley.
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Neave Society

The Neave Society, named after Mertonian Airey Neave MP (the first British officer successfully to escape Colditz Castle in World War II, assassinated at the House of Commons by the INLA in 1979), is the College’s politics and current affairs society. It regularly hosts debates, and also invites speakers, to which events all Merton students are welcome.

Further information can be found at JCR webpage Neave Society.
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Merton College Poetry Society

The Poetry Society meets for poetry readings, walks, and other inspirational activities several times a term. As the College of T.S. Eliot, Merton has a proud poetic tradition, and several Merton students have recently published volumes of their works, as well as winning prizes such as the prestigious Newdigate Prize. All enthusiasts welcome, whether you’ve got much experience writing or not!

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The Merton Floats

The Floats are responsible for looking after theatre and drama within the College. They often put on plays in the Chapel, and run a gardens show most summers. Always keen for volunteers, they welcome interest from anyone eager to contribute either on- or back-stage

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