Events Calendar

Talk – John Allan on ‘Recent Work on the Medieval Glass of Exeter Cathedral’ @ Cowick Barton
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

John Allan

We welcome a return visit by John Allan. In his position as Archaeologist at Exeter Cathedral, he has been closely involved in the extensive conservation work on the Great East Window. This has provided an opportunity for a careful study of the medieval glass.

The figure of Abraham in the Great East Window

The external scaffolding has recently been removed, and the window can now be seen again in all its glory.

Meet for lunch from 12 noon, with the talk at 2 pm.

Lunch at @34 Restaurant, Exeter College @ @34 Restaurant
Feb 12 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

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 at the @34 restaurant at Exeter College. 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 Clive by 5 February.


Talk – Julia Neville on ‘Exeter War Hospitals 1914-1919’ @ Cowick Barton
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

‘Stories of Exeter’s War Hospitals, 1914-1919’  was one of the projects supported by the county’s Devon Remembers Heritage Project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. It explored what life was like on the home front in Devon. A small research group from Exeter Local History Society (composed of former NHS staff) explored the range of information that survives about the seven sites in Exeter that were used as Red Cross temporary war hospitals, the patients who were admitted to them, and the staff and volunteers who provided treatment and care within the hospitals and in the wider community.

Reed Hall, then called Streatham Hall, was Hospital number 7.

Dr Julia Neville, an Honorary University Fellow of the History Department, was Research Coordinator of the Group, and will tell us what their research group discovered.

Meet for lunch from 12 noon, with the talk at 2 pm.

Talk on ‘Devon in Sight’ @ Cowick Barton
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Founded in 1925, Devon in Sight is a local charity providing support to people affected by sight loss, with the aim of helping people with sight loss to live life to the full. Devon in Sight provides a Community Support Service for people with sight loss across many parts of Devon and Torbay.

Our speaker is Margaret Vickers, mid-Devon Community Support Worker at Devon in Sight. Margaret will tell us about the specialist services this charity offers to Devon residents who have a loss of sight that affects their daily lives.

As part of fund-raising efforts, she joined the Chief Executive Officer of Devon in Sight earlier this year for a sponsored 15,000 feet sky dive, entitled Jump for Sight 2018.

Please book with Louise by 18 March. Do join us for lunch from 12 noon. The talk will be at 2 pm.

Lunch at the Blue Ball Inn, Sidford @ Blue Ball Inn
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Blue Ball is one of the South West’s most well-renowned and well-regarded high-quality destination pub restaurants, with origins dating back to 1385. It is well-regarded by its clientele for its high quality freshly prepared food using the finest local produce, set in an attractive character property.

The Blue Ball Inn has recently changed hands, so we look forward to seeing how things are under the new management.

Note: On arrival, join us at our reserved table. There is no need to pre-order, just order and pay for your meal, stating that you are part of our EUC group; we shall then all be served at the same time. There is a website, but with the recent change of management the website is being overhauled, so it may not be working.

By car: The Blue Ball Inn is on the A3052 just east of Sidford, with a car park on the opposite side of the road.

By bus: Buses to Sidford leave from Exeter Bus Station and take an hour. They stop near the inn. The 9A leaves at 25 minutes past the hour, and the 9 leaves at 55 minutes past the hour.


To book: Contact Louise by 17 April.

Visit to Buckfastleigh Butterfly House and Otter Sanctuary @ Buckfastleigh Butterflies and Otters
May 13 @ 11:30 am – 4:15 pm

Enjoy travelling on the South Devon Railway, a 7-mile former GWR branch line from Totnes to Buckfastleigh built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart. After lunch we shall visit the lovely Butterfly House, full of exotic butterflies and moths, and the Otter Sanctuary, home to three species of otter: the native British one, the playful Asian otter, and the large North American river otter. Feeding time is at 2 pm. Bring your camera!


The plan is to take the South Devon Steam Railway from Totnes to Buckfastleigh, and then visit the Otter/Butterfly park nearby. There is a combination ticket (SDR train and park) available to members of the general public for £21.20, but we should be able to benefit from a reduced rate for clubs and groups of ten or more.

Travel to Totnes by car or train. Parking at Totnes will cost £6.

Train from Exeter St David’s: Great Western at 10.18 am, arriving Totnes at 10.43.

Then walk a quarter of a mile to the Totnes SDR station. Meet there at 11.00 am

SDR train departs Totnes at 11.30, arriving Buckfastleigh at 12.00

Snack lunch at the Refreshment Rooms outside Buckfastleigh Station.

Then a 2-minute walk to the Butterfly and Otter Park.

The otters are fed at 2 pm.

Return SDR train departs Buckfastleigh at 3.45 pm, arriving Totnes at 4.15 pm

Return train to Exeter departs Totnes at 4.51 pm, arriving Exeter at 5.22 pm.


Book with Susie by 6 May.

Visit to Orchid Paradise @ Orchid Paradise, Burnham Nurseries
Jun 18 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The ‘Orchid Paradise’ display house is an ever-changing display of the most rare and exotic orchids in their collection. Many of these orchids you won’t see anywhere else in the UK and these plants are part of the nursery collection built up over 60 years. The flowers on show change from season to season. All the orchids are under cover.

Orchid Paradise, Burnham Nurseries, Forches Cross, Newton Abbot TQ12 6PZ

Tel. 01626 352233     Open 10 am to 4 pm.

Meet: at 12.30 pm at Orchid Paradise for light lunch in the Vanilla Café (Pre-ordering if 10+)

Conducted tour: Entrance to the display house is free, but we plan to take the conducted tour, starting at 2pm. £5 per person (minimum 10 people). This includes free cup of tea/coffee, and an orchid surgery for expert free advice, and even re-potting if necessary. Bring your orchids!

By car: Orchid Paradise is situated north-west of Newton Abbot, just near the A382. Coming from Exeter on the A38, turn off at Drumbridges onto the A382 towards Newton Abbot. You will see brown Orchard Paradise signs as you approach Forches Cross. At the crossroads at the brow of the hill turn right, and the entrance is 200 yards on your left. There is ample free parking.

By bus: From Exeter, take the hourly A39 bus from Stand 3 at 10.30 am, and ask the bus driver to stop at Forches Cross, which you should reach about 11.30 am (or the 11.30 bus arriving at 12.30). Turn right at the cross roads, and the entrance to Orchid Paradise is 200 yards on your left.


Please book with Susie


Annual General Meeting @ Cowick Barton
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The AGM of our branch is the most important meeting of the year, when when we review events of the previous year and plan for the year ahead. There will be written reports from the Secretary and the Treasurer. Come and help shape the way the club operates. If you would like to be more involved, why not offer to serve on the the committee?

The meeting will start at 11 am and will be followed by lunch at 1 pm.

Please contact Peter by 24 June to confirm your attendance.

Visit to Tiverton Museum @ Tiverton Museum of Mid-Devon Life
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

On this visit to the Tiverton Museum of Mid-Devon Life, we shall have a chance to explore its large and outstanding collection, covering the fascinating history of mid-Devon. The displays include the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ GWR steam engine, local industries (particularly lace making), farm waggons and the history of agriculture, and the every day home life of Mid Devon folk.

Meet: at the Museum Reception Area at 11 am for an introductory talk, after which we shall explore the museum individually.

Lunch: Afterwards, we shall adjourn at 1 pm to the White Ball Inn (J P Wetherspoons) in Bridge Street, Tiverton.

By car: There is parking in the Phoenix Lane Multi-Storey carpark near the bus station. The cost of parking is £2 for 14 hours! It is a five minutes’ walk to the museum. Parking is available even closer to the museum, but it is only available for two hours at a time.

By bus: Tiverton bus station is two minutes’ walk from the museum. The 55 bus from Exeter runs every half hour.


To book, please contact George by 9 July.

Lunch following meeting of committee @ Cowick Barton
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The newly elected committee will meet at 11 am in the Monks’ Room at Cowick Barton, but all members are welcome to join the committee at 1 pm for lunch in the main part of the pub.

Please contact Peter in advance if you can come to lunch

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