We are visiting @thirty-four restaurant again. It has not disappointed in the past. The restaurant is a true culinary delight run by budding young chefs and enthusiastic waiting staff. The three-course set menu (no other options) costs under £10 without drinks, which are also reasonably priced. There is a choice of two or three dishes for each course, at least one of which is vegetarian. The actual menu can be seen after the start of the January term on the college website, where there is also a map of the campus. Guests are expected to leave around 2pm.
Meet at 12.15 pm outside the @34 restaurant at Exeter College. The table is booked for 12.30pm. The restaurant is located in the Laurence Building on the far side of the main campus, which is opposite St David’s Church. Visitors and disabled parking are by the main entrance. Wheelchair access is via a couple of ramps.
Please book with Peter (Tel. 01392 424781 or email@example.com) by 20 February.
Jenny, an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, is a writer, artist, traveller and lecturer. She has been working with indigo for over 20 years, and has written several books on the subject. Her latest book, ‘Deeper than Indigo’, traces the life of Thomas Machell, a forgotten explorer from the 19th century, and is a mixture of biography, memoir, detective story, travelogue and history within an enthralling love story.
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Jenny will talk about some of her life experiences, from her days on the hippy trail, through living in the Arab world, and on to research at Exeter for her Ph.D. That led on to various publications and more extensive travels. Further information about the speaker can be found at:
Lunch at the Royal Oak from 12.15 pm, with the talk at 2 pm.
Please book by 7 March with Peter Wingfield-Digby (Tel. 01392 424 781 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Their ship, the Africa Mercy, is the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. With three-quarters of the world’s population living within 150km of a port city, the floating hospital can reach people who live with little or no healthcare in some of the poorest parts of the world.
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To book, please contact Louise (Tel. 01884 242606 or email@example.com) by 18 April.
The Norman Lockyer Observatory is both a historical observatory and home to an active amateur astronomical society. It is a centre for amateur astronomy, meteorology, radio astronomy and the promotion of science education. The observatory is staffed entirely by volunteers.
We shall be attending an Open Afternoon, so other members of the public will be there. Payment of the entry fee (£8 per person) must be by cash or cheque, not by bankcard. Meet at the Observatory at 2.15 pm. The programme starts at 2.30 pm., and will last about two hours. It will include a short talk, a planetarium presentation, and a visit to the historic telescopes.
The observatory is 2 km east of Sidmouth. The grid reference is SY 139883. From Sid Road, which goes along the east side of The Byes in Sidmouth, turn up Salcombe Hill, and the observatory is on the left. There are two car parks at the Observatory. For more information on the Observatory, visit www.normanlockyer.com
We shall meet for lunch at 12.15 pm at Dukes Hotel and Restaurant on Sidmouth Esplanade. www.dukessidmouth.co.uk For those without transport, please take the bus to Sidmouth, and car share arrangements will be sorted out at lunch.
(Details updated 11 Feb 2018)
Port Eliot is a Grade 1 listed house, and its park and gardens are also Grade 1 listed. The house at Port Eliot has been lived in for over 1,000 years, and it is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. The earliest written reference to Port Eliot is from the 5th century AD. Augustinian monks were there from the year 937 AD. www.porteliot.co.uk
St Germans Church dates from the 12th century. It is a Grade 1 listed Norman priory church, built on the site of Cornwall’s first cathedral. It features original twin towers, a magnificent carved West Door, beautiful stained glass and fascinating monuments. http://www.stgermanspriory.info/
We shall have lunch at Scholars, a popular local wine bar – see reviews on Facebook and Tripadvisor.
We expect to have our own private guide throughout our visit. St Germans Church is a 5-minute walk from the station, and Port Eliot is a further 5-minute walk. The detailed programme is as follows:
11.04 Met at St Germans station by our Guide
11.30 Tour of St Germans Church
12.30 Lunch at Scholars Wine Bar, St Germans. There is a special two-course pensioner lunch at £7.50.
1.30 Guided tour of the whole house at Port Eliot (£12.50)
3.30 Free time to visit the garden, then direct exit from bottom of garden to Scholars.
5.00 Tea and biscuits at Scholars (probable cost £2)
5.45 Depart for station
Port Eliot and St Germans are in Cornwall, just across the county boundary. St Germans is on the main train line from Paddington to Penzance, so it is recommended that we go by train. The proposed trains are the 09.26 train from Exeter, which arrives at St Germans at 11.04. Coming back, we shall take the 18.25 train from St Germans, which gets to Exeter at 19.48. The cost of a return ticket is £13.40, or £8.85 with a railcard.
(Details updated 11 Feb 2018)
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.
The Museum: We shall meet at the Museum at 2.30 pm. There is a lot to see. FAAM represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy. The other three arms are at Portsmouth (on the sea), Gosport (submarines), and Southsea (Royal Marines). The museum in Yeovilton is devoted to the history of British naval aviation. It has an extensive collection of military and civilian aircraft, aero engines, models of aircraft and Royal Navy ships (especially aircraft carriers) as well as paintings and drawings related to naval aviation. Among the special attractions of the museum are the first British Concorde and the award-winning Aircraft Carrier Experience. The museum is located at an airfield, and visitors can watch military aircraft (especially helicopters) take off and land.
Lunch: We can meet beforehand for lunch around 12.30 pm at a place to be agreed (either at the licensed restaurant and cafe on site, or at a local pub).
Transport: It is difficult to get to Yeovilton by public transport. Private transport is recommended. Offers of lifts will be appreciated. The museum is located just past Ilchester, off the A303. The journey takes just over an hour from Exeter. Please note that the correct SAT NAV to use is BA22 8HW.
Contact: George by 30 June.
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: Cliff 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.