This is our most important meeting of the year. Do please try to come. This is the chance for members to hear about the activities of the club during the past year, and to help the club plan its activities for the coming year. The AGM will start at 11.00 am, and will be followed by lunch at 1.00 pm, for those who want to stay on.
Please contact Peter by 25 June if you plan to come, so that we can get an idea of numbers. The information on numbers is also useful for the pub staff, so that they can be ready to receive us.
This event has been cancelled.
An alternative event – a Jurassic Coast Cruise – is being organized for Tuesday 17 July.
(Updated, 18 May 2018)
The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site exposes over 250 million years of the Earth’s history. This Cruise will take in the oldest section, known as the Triassic Era, famous for its deep red colour. Our skipper will give us a live commentary during the cruise covering the changing history and appearance of the area as well as the wildlife and towns. Tides permitting, the vessel will sail in close to the cliffs for a detailed view and then sail further out to offer a panoramic view.
The cruise is a sea going trip and therefore can be affected by the weather, particularly the winds. If in any doubt about the weather, please call Stuart Lines (01395 222 144) to confirm the sailing before travelling to Exmouth.
This trip is normally suitable for manual wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility; however, sometimes the method of boarding can be affected by the tides and require navigation of steps. If in doubt, please contact Stuart Lines with your requirements before making a booking with George.
Trip Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
For more information, visit www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk
Please note that this is a sea going cruise and can be affected by strong winds causing a rough sea state. Stuart Line Cruises reserves the right to cancel any sea going cruise should sailing conditions be unsuitable. In these circumstances a transfer to another date or a refund will be offered.
Cost: The standard price for the trip is £10, but if there are at least 15 bookings we shall get a reduced rate of £8.50 per person. Please contact George Garner now if you are interested in joining this cruise.
Food: There is a bar on board, and some food is available, but you may prefer to bring your own sandwiches. Special offers onboard are a Devon Cream Tea for £3.50, or a Devon Cream Tea with Prosecco for £8.50.
Meeting point: Stuart Line Dock, Exmouth at 10.30 am. The docks are at 2 Mamhead Road, Exmouth, at the west end of the Esplanade. SATNAV is EX8 1DU. The boat sails at 11 am.
Parking: There is limited parking at the Docks or on the Esplanade. There is some free parking in the side streets. Metered parking is likely to cost about £1 an hour. An alternative is to take a bus to Exmouth, and then walk to the docks.
Deadline for booking with George: 7 July 2018. Please send cheques to George Garner at The Garden House, Millway, Bradninch, EX5 4NL, covering the cost of the cruise (hopefully £8.50) and a cream tea if you want one.
Heathfield Inn, Walnut Road, Honiton EX14 2UG Tel. 01404 45321
This is a 16th century thatched inn. It was previously an old farmhouse, known as ‘The Barn’. It is a Greene King house, but also stocks a good selection of real ales.
Meet at 12.00 noon for 12.30 lunch. We shall order food on the day. The menu can be seen at www.heathfieldinn.co.uk
By car: Approaching Honiton on the A30 from Exeter, turn off (signposted Honiton) towards the town just before the Honiton Bypass. Join Exeter Road into Honiton, then turn right at the roundabout into Sidmouth Road. Go straight across the next roundabout, then right at the next roundabout into Old Elm Road. Take the first right turn into Chestnut Way and the first right again into Walnut Road. The pub is on the left; it has a large car park.
By bus: There is an hourly No. 9 bus which goes from Exeter to Honiton via Sidmouth, stopping at Heathfield Roundabout. From there it is a 5-minute walk.
Contact: Louise by 1 August
The newly elected Committee will meet at 11 am.
All members are welcome to join the Committee for a pub lunch at 1.00 pm.
Please contact Peter, preferably by 6 August, if you are able to join us for lunch.
Professor Jeremy Black has been Established Chair in History at the University of Exeter since 1996. He is a prolific author, writing on a wide range of topics, including maps and history, why wars happen, history of the British Isles, and rethinking military history.
For us as alumni and ex-staff, probably his most interesting book is City on the Hill: A Life of the University of Exeter, which was published in 2015 to mark the university’s diamond jubilee (60 years since it received its Royal Charter). Packed full of beautiful imagery, the author has also drawn on a range of sources, from archive material to personal recollections of staff and students, past and present. You can follow the book launch, and spot one or two of our members, at: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/diamondjubilee/ourhistory/book/.
Detailed arrangements for this meeting have not yet been completed, but do make a note of the date in your diary.
The Smugglers Inn is a mile or so outside Dawlish on the road to Teignmouth.
Cars: Coming from Dawlish, there is a large car park just before the Inn. Post Code: EX7 0LA
Bus: The No. 2 bus makes convenient bus stops on the Exeter to Newton Abbot route. The buses run at 20 minute intervals midday weekdays in both directions.
To book, please contact Louise by 21 September.
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.
Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.
Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2,000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles, from Rossall Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.
We shall hear from the President of NCI or his representative about this valuable work.
To book, please contact Susie by 12 October.
The Highwayman’s Haunt is a thirteenth-century inn, situated just outside Chudleigh, and it nestles in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside with its rolling hills, farmhouses and stately homes – a view that has hardly changed over the centuries.
Detailed instructions on getting there by car are provided on the website: www.thehighwaymanshaunt.com
There is plenty of parking space at the pub. They recommend that you do not use Sat Nav when you get near the pub, or you will land up in a farmyard.
The 39 bus provides a bus service from Exeter to Chudleigh every hour (on the half hour), and it stops at the pub. The journey takes just under half an hour.
To book, please contact Phil and Rosy by 25 October.
Is the south west rail network fit for the 21 century? Can we be sure that rail resilience projects like the Dawlish sea wall and Cowley Bridge Junction will go ahead? Do we need a diversionary route to Plymouth via Okehampton? Will rail investment in the South West keep pace with the demand for rail travel?
There could not be a better person than Richard, who is a member of our club, to talk about these issues. His father had been Station Master at Okehampton, and Richard began as a fireman on steam trains at the age of 15. He went on to take charge of inter-city trains running from Paddington to Cornwall in a career which spanned more than 40 years. In recent years he has been a councillor on Devon County Council. In 2010 he was awarded an MBE for his services to public transport and the community in Devon.