Events Calendar

Talk by Steve Aves on ‘Yeast in Science’ @ Cowick Barton
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

At least seven Nobel prizes have been awarded in the last two decades for scientific breakthroughs discovered using yeast. Yeast studies were central to the foundation of disciplines as diverse as biochemistry, genetics, cell biology and genomics. Steve Aves, formerly Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Exeter, has for many years performed yeast research, working on cell division, genome sequencing and biofuel production. In this talk he will give a flavour of why yeast have proved so useful in science.

Image of a superyeast

If you would like to come to the talk, please contact Susie by 6 January. We shall meet for lunch from 12 midday.


Talk by Edward Neather on ‘Common Origins of Music and Language’ @ Cowick Barton
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

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.

Lunch at Redwing Restaurant, Lympstone @ Redwing Restaurant
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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.

Talk by Devon Wildlife Trust on ‘Exeter Wild City’ @ Cowick Barton
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

We shall welcome a speaker from Devon Wildlife Trust, who 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.


Visit to the Devon and Exeter Institution and St Nicholas Priory @ DEI and/or St Nicholas Priory
Apr 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

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,

Visit to the Moretonhampstead Motor Museum @ Moreton Motor Museum
May 21 @ 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

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

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.

Moretonhampstead Motor Museum

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.


EUC reunion and outing 2020 @ Details later
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – Jun 4 @ 3:04 pm

This is the annual reunion of EUC members from around the country.

Details of this event will be provided later.

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

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.

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