Mission Statement

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Recreational Society provides sports and recreational activities, clubs and facilities for health, well-being and social interaction at RAL and beyond. Membership includes affiliation to the Civil Service Sports Council and all the main CSSC benefits; corporate membership to the All Better Group Leisure Centres and other local gyms; access to the 18 different Rec-Soc supported clubs and activities listed below; support for attending other sporting events organised by UKRI or CSSC; and the use of the Rec-Soc lounge and facilities for work social events and private functions.

Being a Member gives you access to...

CSSC Clubs & Activities
As a CSSC member you are entitled to use all the facilities available, and join any of the local clubs at the RecSoc. However, the benefits of CSSC membership are much more wide-ranging - see below for more details. Clubs at the RecSoc cover a huge range of sporting activities (football, tennis, table tennis etc.), fitness classes (pilates, yoga, boot camp), and arts (photography, music). For a full list, see the Clubs section.

Facilities English Heritage
The Rec-Soc facilities are available free of charge for all members to host work related or private functions, which have included BBQs, anniversaries, birthday parties, charity events and a wedding reception. Rec-Soc / CSSC Membership includes Corporate Membership of English Heritage which gives unlimited free access to over 280 properties around the country for two adults and up to six children as well as 10% off in the gift and coffee shops.

CSSC Membership

Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership of one kind or another is open to all members of staff, whether permanent, on contracts or short term stays, e.g. students. Membership for 2018 costs just £4.25 per month which is paid by direct debit.

As a member of CSSC you are entitled to full use of all our local clubs and facilities, most of which are located in R58 (The building next to the large dish). The Rec-Soc has a lounge and bar open every lunch time and on occasional evenings with refreshments at discounted prices. We host lunchtime quizzes and competitions, such as crib, chess, backgammon, darts, Aunt Sally and pool, and other functions at regular intervals.

As a full CSSC member you also qualify for a massive number of National, Regional and Local benefits. CSSC organise annual programmes of Regional and National sport and leisure events covering a huge range of activities. Locally from the Oxford Area, we run regular trips to sports and social events during the year. Typical trips include, Royal Ascot, The Great British Beer Festival, Twickenham, shopping days to Bath, York, and Bournemouth, plus theatre trips to the West End and other local theatres.

Cheap cinema tickets can be purchased directly from CSSC which represent almost half price savings on peak time cinema prices. All major cinema chains are included and tickets prices start at £5.25 for Adult tickets. Additionally CSSC members receive automatic membership of the Countdown discount scheme which offers local and national discounts on a massive range of products and covers many of the larger shopping chains such as Sainsbury's Asda, Halfords, B&Q etc. The discounts for each shop vary from 4% up to 20% and above. Discounted tickets are often available for popular events including Goodwood Revival, Festival Of Speed, Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo, and Abingdon Air Show and we also run a season ticket scheme for Oxford United Football Club.

Once a member of CSSC, it is also possible to sign your partner or family members up for linked membership (at the same price per month) so they receive the same discounts on any trips you might attend together.


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The RecSoc Committee

The Recreational Society is governed by an elected Committee of volunteers that consist of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, the Honorary General Secretary, the Honorary Treasurer, and twelve additional members elected annually from among Full Members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting.

The Committee meet once a month and are responsible for the management of the Society's rules, membership, facilities, income and expenditure, licences, and liaison with RAL Management and Estates. Copies of the Minutes of the Committee meetings and AGMs are available to any member of the Society.

John Collier


Tom Griffin

Vice President

Paul Sedwards


Tristan Youngs

Vice Chair

Ronnie Brumfitt

Hon. Secretary

Joe Moxon

Hon. Treasurer

Peter Phillips

Lounge Manager

Mike Courthold

Committee Member

David Hunt

Committee Member

Simon Moorby

Committee Member

Sarah Needham

Committee Member

Martin Rudman

Committee Member

Brian Wyborn

Committee Member

Katie Dore

Committee Member

Elliot Oram

Committee Member

Helen Playford

Committee Member

Miriam Simons

Committee Member

Helen Towrie

Committee Member