We are a friendly Club for alumni, graduates and retired staff of Exeter University and their families. As well as those who have studied or worked on the Streatham Campus, this also includes St Luke’s and the Penryn and Truro Campuses, the former Camborne School of Mines, the Medical School and the (pre 1955) University College of the South West of England.
Our Branch of Exeter University Club is run entirely by volunteers and events are as varied as our individual interests! Programmes comprise a range of social and cultural activities, as well as informative talks and days out.
Details of forthcoming Exeter Branch activities are given in the events calendar.
To find out about membership and our modest joining fee, please contact the Secretary, Peter Wingfield-Digby: Secretary@eucexeterbranch.org.uk
Our meetings and talks are held at the Royal Oak, Okehampton Street, Exeter.
The Royal Oak is next to the river, very close to the Exe Bridge, and the pub has a good-sized car park (20 spaces). If that car park is closed or full, there is a public car park just after the pub, where the charge is 50p an hour.
The Sat Nav address for The Royal Oak is: EX4 1DY or 68 Okehampton Street, Exeter.
Many city buses pass by St Thomas Station in Cowick Street, from where it is only a short walk to The Royal Oak. The main entrance to the pub is on Okehampton Street, but there is also a back entrance from the car park, which provides entry directly to the pub and to the meeting room and is suitable for the disabled. A wide range of pub food and drinks is available. The meeting room is spacious, and there is a projector and screen.
The Royal Oak gained public attention in the devastating floods of October 1960, when about 20 barrels, some of them full of beer, were washed away down the River Exe. One barrel was picked up two months later by a minesweeper a few miles off Portland. To commemorate this event, the barrel was later turned into a seat, complete with explanatory brass plaque, and was placed in the public bar at The Royal Oak.
The Committee looks forward to seeing you and your friends at its meetings at the Royal Oak. Please take careful note of the dates of all meetings, lunches, and visits, and, if you would like to attend any of them, contact the organiser by the deadline date shown in the programme.
Peter Wingfield-Digby. Club Secretary, email: Secretary@eucexeterbranch.org.uk