Events Calendar

CANCELLED – EUC reunion and outing 2020 @ Details later
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm


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. Full details of the annual outing, along with a booking form, are given here.

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

CANCELLED – Lunch at the Three Crowns Inn, Chagford @ The Three Crowns Inn
Jun 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sadly, this event has had to be cancelled, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  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.

Visit to Ugbrooke House and Gardens @ Ugbrooke House
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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.   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.

Annual General Meeting of EUC Exeter Branch @ Cowick Barton
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

Visit to Buckfast Abbey Gardens @ Buckfast Abbey Gardens
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 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 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.

Lunch on 3 August 2020 @ Cowick Barton
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Committee meets at 11 am to plan the programme for 2021.

Members are invited to join the Committee for lunch at 1 pm.


If you can join us for lunch, please contact Peter by 27 July.

Talk by Clive Lee on ’50 Years of the Exeter Hip’ @ Room 101, Harrison Building, Streatham Campus
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We are having a special meeting to celebrate the fact that it is 50 years since the first Exeter Hip operation was performed. Our own Clive Lee was co-developer of the hip, along with the late Professor Robin Ling who was an orthopaedic surgeon. Clive used his engineering skills to design a hip stem with a profoundly different geometry to those available at the time. The innovative design has transformed hip surgery, due to its long-lasting results for patients of all ages. It is widely considered to be the ‘industry gold standard’, and has now improved the quality of life for about two million people around the world.

It is appropriate that this meeting is being held in the Harrison Building on North Park Road on the Streatham Campus, since that is where Clive did much of his research. We have also decided to make this an evening meeting, because of the difficulty of getting a meeting room and parking spaces during the afternoon.


By car: It is recommended that you use Carpark D, which is close to Harrison Building (the building marked 23 on the map). That carpark can be reached by entering the campus at Stocker Road, and then turning right into Rennes Drive, and then left.

By bus: The D bus runs every 15 minutes from the High Street, and stops at the beginning of North Park Road. Buses back in the late evening run every half hour.

To book, please contact Peter by 2 September.

Lunch at Belluno Restaurant, Newton St Cyres @ Belluno Restaurant
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Based in Newton St Cyres, the Belluno Restaurant serves high-quality, home-made Italian food. The restaurant also has a wood burner pizza oven, so it can also serve authentic Italian pizzas. The restaurant is situated in the old Crown and Sceptre building, at the bottom of the dip as you go into Newton St Cyres.


By car: Take the A377 road from Exeter towards Crediton. Newton St Cyres is five miles north-west of Exeter. Coming from Exeter, the restaurant is on the right-hand side. There is a carpark at the back.

By bus: The number 5 bus from Exeter to Crediton stops right outside the restaurant. The bus runs every 20 minutes from Paris Street in Exeter. For instance, the 11.35 am bus arrives at 11.54 am.


If you like to join us, please contact Anne the organiser by 16 September.

Talk by Peter Wingfield-Digby on ‘Travels in South India’ @ Cowick Barton
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Peter spent two months (Dec 2017/Jan 2018) travelling in South India. He covered more than 3,000 miles, mainly by train. He started in Mumbai and finished in Kolkata.  On the way he visited the ancient cave temples near Aurangabad, relaxed in Goa, and visited among other places Mysore, Kochi, Puducherry, Chennai, Ooty, Bengaluru, Hampi, Hyderabad, and Puri.



Come and hear Peter’s illustrated talk about his travels.

Please book with Peter by 8 October.

Lunch at The Kings Arms, Otterton @ The Kings Arms, Otterton
Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Kings Arms is located in the centre of the lovely village of Otterton in East Devon. There are plenty of thatched cottages, and a stream runs down beside the main road.

Much of their food produce is supplied from their own Greendale Farm Shop, which is near Farringdon on the road from Exeter to Newton Poppleford. The meat is reared on their farms, and the fish is caught by their own ‘day’ and ‘ocean-going’ boats.

By car: From Exeter, head East on the A3052 to Newton Poppleford, then turn right onto the B3178 towards Budleigh Salterton. Continue for 2½ miles past Colaton Raleigh and Bicton Park, then turn left to Otterton. The Kings Arms is in the centre of the village on the left. For parking, there is plenty of space at the back of the hotel.

By bus: From Exeter Sidwell Street Stop 19, take 57 bus at 10.00, arriving Exmouth Parade at 10.48. From Exmouth Parade, take the 157 bus at 11.00 bus, arriving Otterton at 11.35. Coming back, take 157 bus at 2.39 bus from Otterton, arriving Exmouth Parade at 3.14, and then take 57 bus at 3.20, arriving Exeter at 4.05 pm. The bus stops near the inn, then goes to the top of the village and comes back through the village – there is only one bus stop.

To book for this lunch, contact Peter by 22 October.

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