Events Calendar

CANCELLED – Visit – Ugbrooke House and Gardens @ Ugbrooke House
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Latest news – EVENT CANCELLED because of Covid restrictions

Ugbrooke House has been the family seat of the Clifford family for over 400 years. In the mid-18th century the house was remodelled by Robert Adam, and the gardens by Capability Brown. Both are well worth exploring. There is also a very impressive chapel that is still in use.

12 noon                                 (optional) Lunch in the Orangery

2 pm                                      Conducted tour of the house. Cost for house and gardens £9. If we have 15 or more members visiting the house, we shall get a private tour to ourselves – otherwise we shall have to be part of a public tour.



By car:                                  Take the A380 road. Turn off at the slip road at Olchard Ideford Dip (GR 50.59, -3.58).  Turn left at the junction, and continue for 1 km to Ugbrooke.

By bus:                                  There is an hourly bus service (no. 7) from Exeter bus station. For instance, the 10.50 am bus gets to Olchard Ideford Dip (the next stop after Kenn) at 11.17. Cross the A380 and then walk NW for one kilometre to Ugbrooke House. Return buses run hourly, at a quarter to the hour.        Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot TQ13 0AD   Tel  01626 852 179




To book:  If you would like to join this tour, please contact Frances Canning by 10 June:          or         01392 209 542

Annual General Meeting by Zoom @ By Zoom
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am


Annual General Meeting 2021

 Monday 5 July 2021 at 11 am on Zoom.

 We were not able to hold an AGM in July 2020. This 2021 AGM will therefore be used to review the activities of the past two years, and plan for the next year.

The AGM will be conducted over Zoom, and all members will be sent a link to enable them to participate. In accordance with the rules of Zoom, the meeting will last a maximum of 40 minutes.   As far as possible, all relevant documents will be sent to members in advance of the meeting.


  1.  To confirm the Minutes of the 2019 AGM held on 1 July 2019.
  2.  Secretary’s report for 2019/20 and 2020/21.
  3.  Treasurer’s report for 2019/20 and 2020/21.
  4.  Report of the Exeter Branch representative to Finance Group of the former Exeter University Club (EUC).
  5.  Election of Branch Officers and Committee Members for 2021/22:  Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee members.
  6.  Election of a representative to the Finance Group of the former EUC if needed, and agreement to co-opt onto the Branch Committee.
  7.  Appointment of an Examiner of the Accounts for 2021/22.
  8.  Suggestions for the 2022 programme.
  9.  Any other business.
2021 EUC Annual Outing and Reunion @ Greys Court NT
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm

The 2021 EUC Annual Outing and Reunion

We have received word about the annual outing and reunion planned for this year. There will be more information later, but if you are interested in going, it is important to book the hotel now.

Dates:             Tuesday 13 July to Thursday 15 July 2021

Hotel:             Shillingford Bridge Hotel, Wallingford OX10 8LZ    Phone 01865 858567



The hotel is now part of Art Hotels and has had a makeover since last year. Their website shows views of the hotel and rooms, and explains the hotel Covid-19 safety policy.

We have asked the hotel to reserve 10 single and 10 double rooms for the Exeter University Club at present. The hotel general manager has agreed to hold these rooms for 1 month. We suggest you phone the hotel and discuss the accommodation you would like. The river view rooms will probably be popular so book early.

The guide prices, including a group discount, are as follows:-

Single room                                        B&B £85 per day

Double room                                       B&B £105 per day

Double room with river view              B&B £125 per day

             A DB&B option is available               Dinner rate £25pp extra

             Payment for your stay is due on arrival. There is no charge if you need to cancel 24         hours before arrival, but let us know if you need to cancel.


Please act quickly because the hotel rooms will certainly start to fill up soon, which is why we have asked the hotel to reserve rooms for us. We recommend you book before 21st March  to get the accommodation you require. Keep us informed of your plans.

 The Annual Outing

             This will be held at Greys Court NT, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG, probably on        Wednesday 14 July. Rolf Holstein will issue details later. We plan to enter Greys

Court NT as individuals and then meet on site.

             Greys Court (National Trust), near Henley

 For more information, please contact our Vice-Chairman:

Visit – Buckfast Abbey Gardens @ Buckfast
Jul 26 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

On this visit to Buckfast Abbey, we shall have a conducted tour of Buckfast Abbey Gardens. At Buckfast there are spacious lawns and three specialist garden areas: a Lavender garden, a Physic garden, and a Sensory Garden. Everywhere there are unusual trees which give a magnificence and splendour to the grounds.

12.00        Lunch – those who wish to do so can have lunch or snacks at the Grange Restaurant, but seating will probably be outside. The restaurant commands spectacular views of the Abbey and the surrounding countryside,

2.00 pm    The conducted tour will last about an hour and a half, and will cost £3 per person.

It will be led by the head gardener, who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

The Abbey and grounds are usually open from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Members are free to visit the Abbey, but it will be closed to visitors from 12 to 12.30 when a Mass is held.

There are also three interesting shops nearby which may be open (Covid-19 permitting). The Monastic Produce Shop sells items (beers, wines, jams, honeys, etc.) made by monks and nuns in Europe and beyond. The Bookshop has a wide range of religious and other books, while The Gift Shop sells other items.                      Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EE

     Please remember to bring your facemask.



By road: Buckfast Abbey is half a mile from the A38, and mid-way between Exeter and Plymouth. There is ample free parking at the Abbey.

By bus: There are two options. The first would be to take the 9.50 am No. 7 bus from Exeter, arriving Newton Abbot at 10.45 am. From Newton Abbot there is an 88 bus at 10.50 am, which gets to Buckfast at 11.22 am. There are hourly return buses, at 38 minutes past the hour. Another option is to take the X38 bus from Exeter at 9.30 am towards Plymouth, and get off at Station Approach, Buckfastleigh, at 10.20 am.  From there it is a half-mile walk to the Abbey at Buckfast. The return bus to Exeter runs every two hours.

If you would like to join this tour, please contact Frances Canning by 13 July:       01392 209 542

EUC (Exeter Branch) Committee Meeting @ By Zoom
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

EUC (Exeter Branch)

Monday 9 August 2021 on Zoom at 11 am – Committee Meeting


Following the election at our Annual General Meeting of new Officers and other Members of the Committee for the coming year, we shall hold this meeting on Zoom to plan our programme for next year.

In advance of the meeting, all members are welcome to suggest events (talks or visits) which they think other members will enjoy. Please pass your suggestions to Peter, the Secretary, at  before 9 August.



Visit – Cruise on the River Tamar @ Plymouth to Calstock
Sep 6 @ 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday 6 September 2021 – River Tamar Cruise (to Calstock)

Join us for an idyllic cruise to experience the stunning scenery of the Tamar Valley.  Setting sail across Plymouth Sound and up the River Tamar to the picturesque Cornish village of Calstock. Leaving the busy city behind we pass the Naval Dockyard and Brunel’s famous bridge, taking in the beautiful sights of the Tamar Valley, passing Cargreen, Wier Quay, Pentille, Holton and Cotehele.

The 5-Hour Cruise comprises a two-hour cruise to Calstock, with a one hour stop-over –  a chance to stretch your legs & walk around the quaint Cornish village – before returning to the vessel for the two-hour return journey. There is small licensed bar on board, with some snack food. At Calstock, the 17th Century Tamar Inn can serve light snacks, or more substantial food if booked in advance (Tel. 01822 832 487).

Dog Friendly – Dogs are allowed on all our Daytime Cruises & Ferries, but must remain on their leads at all times.

Timings of the sailing:       Depart Plymouth 2.30 pm. Arrive Calstock 4.30 pm

                                                       Depart Calstock 5.30 pm.  Arrive Plymouth 7.30 pm

 Departure point: Tamar Cruises Landing Stage, near the Mayflower Steps.

 Cost of cruise:    £19.50. Payment can be made:

  1. a) on the day at the Ticket Pavilion located directly in front of the Landing Stage where all the trips depart. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, or
  2. b) by booking in advance (at least the day before) through the secure online booking system, which gives a 5% discount. 01752 253 153

Please remember to bring your face mask.

Travel to Plymouth:

  1. Train: Trains leave Exeter St Davids every 20 minutes. Journey takes 1 hour. 20-minute walk to the landing stage.
  1. Bus: The X38 leaves Exeter at 9.30 and 11.40, and takes 1½ hours to Plymouth.  15-minute walk to the landing stage.
  1. Coach: Falcon Coaches go every hour from Honiton and Sowton Park & Ride.  The journey takes one hour. 15-minute walk to the landing stage.
  1. Car: The nearest carpark is at Lambhay Hill (£9 for more than 5 hours), but the larger Elphinstone Car Park a little further away is the preferred choice (£3.50 for 6 hours).

 To book: If you would like to come on this tour, please contact Peter Wingfield-Digby at or 01392 424781 by 23 August.

Talk – Exploring South India by Train @ By Zoom
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Tuesday 14 September 2021: Zoom talk at 11 am.

Peter Wingfield-Digby: Travels in South India.

Peter will give an illustrated talk on his two-month holiday in south India. His extensive travels, covering about 3,000 miles, were done almost completely by train. His trip started in Mumbai and finished in Kolkata.

During his stay he was able to visit almost every major tourist spot in the south of the country.  He also met for the first time a second cousin who had retired to Kerala, and he spent Christmas with some British friends who have a second home in the deep south.


To book: If you would like to attend, please contact Peter on 01392 424 781 or He will then send you a link for access to Zoom.

Talk – Devon Air Ambulance @ By Zoom
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

We are delighted to welcome a speaker from the Devon Air Ambulance, who will tell us about the important work that they do.

In an emergency, the Air Ambulance can be anywhere in the county within minutes – from the moors to the shores. The patients saved are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances: parents, partners, children. Nobody chooses to have an emergency, but thanks to the crucial support of the Devon community, the Devon Air Ambulance can be there when it matters most.


Speaker: A representative from the Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Topic: The work of the Devon Air Ambulance

Time: 2 pm by Zoom.

To book: Contact Susie Hewitt ( or 01392 273895). You will then receive a link a day or two before the meeting, which will enable you to access the talk online.

Visit – Killerton House and Park @ Killerton House and Gardens
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Killerton estate is situated in the heart of Devon. Its fine 18th century house is set in 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards. It had been the home of the Acland family for about 300 years. On the ground floor you can experience the house as it was in the 1920s/1930s, the relaxed family home of Sir Francis Acland, 14th Baronet. His eldest son, Sir Richard Acland, succeeded him in 1939, but gave the estate to the National Trust in 1944, because ownership of it did not fit in with his own political beliefs.

Killerton Estate    www.     01392 881 345

Hours of opening:

House (ground floor):        11 am  –  4 pm (last entry 3.30 pm)

Killerton carpark:                10 am – 5 pm

Garden:                                 10 am – 5 pm

Wider parkland:                     8 am –  dusk

Stables coffeeshop:             10 am – 5 pm

Cost of entry: £10 to non-members of the National Trust. Some of those who are NT members may be willing to use their vouchers to enable non-NT members to gain free entry to the house and gardens.

Meet: at 2 pm in the NT car park (close to the disabled parking area). There is a pay-and-display system operating in the car park for all visitors. Please follow the directions shown on parking meters. There is a parking charge for non-members.

                                             Please bring your facemask.

How to get there:

By car: Travelling on the B3181 from Exeter, there is a signed turn-off on the right at Budlake, just beyond Broadclyst to Killerton (post code EX5 3LE).

By bus: The No. 1/1A/1C bus leaves every 15 minutes from Exeter, and there is a stop in Budlake at the turn to Killerton. It is then a 15-minute walk to Killerton.

To book: Contact the organiser, Louise Clunies-Ross, at or on 01884 242606 by 11 October. Once we know the numbers, we shall pre-book, so as to ensure entry on the day.  

Talk – Alan Puttock on ‘Beavers’ @ By Zoom
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Alan is a Research Fellow in the Geography Department (College of Life and Environmental Sciences) at the University. He is a world authority on beavers, and is currently researching the hydrological and environmental impact of reintroducing the Eurasian Beaver to Britain.

For more information about the speaker, please visit

The re-introduction of beavers to the countryside can have a dramatic impact on the environment and the flow of water within it. Alan will talk about his research on this topic, with particular reference to sites in the south-west of England.

If you would like to join us for this talk, please contact Louise, the organiser by 25 October:

Louise Clunies-Ross,    01884 242606

You will then be sent a Zoom link a day or two before the talk, which will enable you to access the talk at 2 pm on the day.

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