We are delighted to welcome as speaker one of our members, Edward Neather, who previously taught modern languages at the University.
He has an interest in theories about the origins of language, and, in particular, theories that music and language may have a common origin. His talk will range from early theories of a link between the origins of music and language in the 18th century via Darwin and up to modern research programmes. On the way he will include an excursion into Namibia where, over a number of years, he worked with the country’s 10 official languages, including the click languages which are sometimes considered the most ancient languages known to us.
If you would like to come to this talk, please contact Frances by 6 February. We shall meet for lunch from 12 noon.
The Redwing Restaurant in Lympstone has fast been gaining a good reputation. We shall be eating in the main restaurant area. There will be a limit of 14 people, since otherwise we would have to go up in the loft. Pre-booking will be required, from the A La Carte menu.
By car: The Redwing Inn is located on Church Road, a little to the east of the Swan Inn and the railway station. There is a small carpark at the inn. If necessary, double parking is permitted, but please inform the staff at the bar.
By train: There is a regular half-hourly train service from Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central; for instance the 11.16 from St Davids (11.20 from Central) arrives at Lympstone at 11.43 am. From Lympstone Station, turn left up Church Road and walk for five minutes.
By bus: There is also a regular bus service (number 57) every 15 minutes from Sidwell Street Stop 19, Exeter; for instance, the 11.15 am bus arrives at 11.50 am. The bus stops at the Saddlers Inn on the main road to Exmouth, and you then have a 10-minute walk down Longmeadow Road, and on to the Redwing in Church Road.
If you would like to come, please book with George by 26 February.
We shall welcome Jaz Atkinson, who is Wildlife Communities Officer at the Devon Wildlife Trust. She will tell us about the Exeter Wild City project. Working closely with Exeter City Council, the project aims to:
- Support and advise on community wildlife initiatives in the city
- Enhance and protect the wildlife value of green space in the city
- Provide opportunities for people to experience and enjoy our amazing urban wildlife
Exeter Wild City
Why do we need it?
Exeter is striking proof that cities can be the homes to abundant wildlife. But, as everywhere, wildlife is under threat. The city now has a human population of 120,000 – and it’s growing. We want to ensure that Exeter‘s future development will protect its wildlife and give it space to thrive.
Contact with nature and wildlife is also hugely important for people; quite simply, contact with our natural environment makes us happy! The project works with people across the city on projects that are great for wildlife and, importantly, improve our quality of life too.
If you would like to come to the talk, please contact Susie by 18 March. We shall meet for lunch from 12 noon.
We shall visit two of Exeter’s best-loved buildings. Both sites are in the centre of Exeter and served by buses to the High Street and Fore Street. Join us for a visit, either to both sites, or to just one.
11.00 am Devon and Exeter Institution, 7, The Close Exeter EX1 1EZ. Tour £4.00 per person
The institution has been providing a library for Exeter subscribers since 1813 in a building which was adapted from the town house of the Courtenay family. Savour the atmosphere of a Real Library in the two elegant Georgian rooms.
12.15 pm Lunch at Lloyd’s Kitchen in Catherine Street.
2.00 pm St Nicholas Priory, Mint Lane, Exeter EX4 3BL Tour £4.00 per person
The priory was founded in 1087 and was home to Benedictine monks until 1536. It then became the home of wealthy merchants but later became neglected until it was opened as a museum in the 20th century. The oldest building in Exeter, it is now owned by Exeter Historic Buildings Trust.
If you would like to join these tours, please contact Ian, the organiser, by 11 April. If you do not get any confirmation of your booking, please contact the Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for lunch from 12 midday, or at the museum at 2.15 pm.
From 12.00 Lunch at the Union Inn 10 Fore Street TQ13 8LN www.theunioninn.co.uk
2.15 pm Motor Museum, The Old Bus Depot Court Street TQ13 8LG
This is home to a collection of over 135 vintage and classic vehicles, including pre-1920s to the 1990s. It is run by local motoring enthusiast Frank Loft, who is an Exeter graduate. The museum is housed in a newly refurbished bus depot. The collection of vehicles is complemented by motoring artefacts and automobilia, and visitors can also view the restoration workshop.
Entrance fee was £7 this year with a reduction for Groups, so TBA depending on numbers.
There are two car parks, one in Station Road – if coming in from Exeter on the B3212 turn left at the cross roads, signposted Bovey Tracey. Car park is on the RHS and is the nearest to The Union Inn. The other is the Court Street one. Go across at the cross roads, through the centre of Moreton, the car park is on the RH corner of the first road on the right. This is where the bus stops, there are toilets and it is the nearest to the Motor Museum.
Those going by bus should catch the Country Bus 359 from the Bus Station at 11.15am. This arrives in Moreton at 12.08pm The return bus , from Court Street Car Park is at 16.15pm arriving in Exeter at 17.09pm
If you would like to join us on this visit, do contact Anne, the organiser, by 14 May.
Note from the organisers: Ann Paddon and Derek Smith
Exeter University Club Annual Reunion
Monday June 1st to Wednesday June 3rd 2020
Why not enjoy a friendly short break with other EUC members and stay in a comfortable hotel on the River Thames? We have provisionally booked rooms at the Shillingford Bridge Hotel, OX10 8LZ, which is currently undergoing refurbishment. It will be ready for us when we arrive in June next year. We will arrange activities in the locality for Monday afternoon and Wednesday. Possible locations may include Henley, Dorchester-on-Thames and Wallingford.
The major activity is the Annual Outing which this year is to Grey’s Court (NT) near Henley-on-Thames on Tuesday June 2nd. Rolf Holstein is organising the outing. After a day visiting the house and enjoying the gardens we will return to the hotel for an early dinner.
We advise you to book your hotel rooms very soon due to the lovely location and the expected high demand in the summer months. The hotel will hold rooms for us up to the end of February 2020, although if you really want a river view room or a room on the ground floor book as soon as possible.
The bed & breakfast rates are as follows:-
Standard double room is £85 for double occupancy per night.
The same with a river view is £105 per night.
Standard single room is £75 per night
The same with a river view is £85 per night.
There are rooms on the ground floor of the hotel which have convenient showers for those who need the facility. All rates quoted include a full English breakfast.
We recommend you telephone the hotel on 01865 858567 to book your room, quoting ‘EUC Reunion’. You will then be able to discuss which room will be most suitable for you. The hotel will ask for your debit or credit card details when you book. This will secure the room and you pay your bill when you leave. No charges will be taken at the time of booking. If you have booked but you are unable to come then let the hotel know 3 full days before your arrival date, and you will not be charged.
You will be welcome to come for as long as you like and we would love to see you.
For more information, please contact Mike Aspray
The Three Crowns building is early Tudor and Grade II* listed. It is reputed to have been the home of Sir John Whiddon who died in 1575. It became an inn in the 19th century. According to Historic England, ‘the building is of immense value to the centre of Chagford, and forms part of an attractive group of listed buildings in the vicinity of St Michael’s Church’.
The market town of Chagford is surrounded by some of Dartmoor’s most spectacular scenery. Why not combine your visit to Chagford with a short walk, starting from the inn? For further details, go to their website threecrowns-chagford.co.uk and click on Attractions; there you will find a detailed description of four circular walks. Nearby gardens worth visiting are Castle Drogo and Stone Lane.
By car: The Three Crowns Inn is located in the High Street, TQ13 8AJ, just along from the market square. There is no parking at The Three Crowns for non-residents, but there is a Pay and Display carpark about 50 metres from the inn and close to the main square.
By bus: The 173 bus goes from Exeter bus station to Chagford. Depart Exeter at 11.10 am and arrive in Chagford Square at 12.14 pm. There are return buses at 3.03 pm and 6.23 pm.
If you would like to join us, please contact Mike, the organiser of this event, by 30 May.
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 house and gardens are well worth exploring. There is also a very impressive chapel that is still in use. Cream teas are available.
www.ugbrooke.co.uk Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot TQ13 0AD
12 noon Lunch in the Orangery
2 pm Conducted tour of the house. Cost for house and gardens £9.50. 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.
If you would like to join this tour, please contact Frances, the organiser, by 10 June.
This is our major event of the year. We review the year that has just passed, and receive reports from the Secretary and Treasurer. We elect our officers and committee for the coming year, and start to plan the programme of activities for the coming year.
If you would like to play a more active part in the Club, by joining the committee, please put yourself forward.
The AGM will end by 1 pm, and we shall then have lunch.
To book, please contact Peter by 29 June.
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 specialist trees which give a magnificence and splendour to the grounds.
11 am The conducted tour will last about an hour and a half, and will cost £3 per person.
12.30 Lunch – those who wish to do so can have lunch or snacks in the Grange Restaurant, which commands spectacular views of the Abbey and the surrounding countryside.
After lunch, members are free to visit the Abbey. There are also three interesting shops nearby. 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 Gardens, TQ11 0EE
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: From Newton Abbot there is an 88 bus at 9.50 am, which gets to Buckfast at 10.22 am. There are hourly return buses. From Exeter bus station, take the X38 bus 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 from Buckfastleigh to Exeter runs every two hours (1.40, 3.45 and 5.25).
To book, please contact Frances by 1 July.