Events Calendar

Talk by Professor Jeremy Black @ Reed Hall Upper Lounge
Sep 10 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

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:

The programme is as follows: (but please note that access to the Upper Lounge is only by the stairs)

10.30 am – Arrival, coffee, welcome and introductions

11.00 am – Professor Black to talk on the history of, and life at, the University during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s (based on his book – see above)

11.30 am – Questions

11.45 am – Presentation by a current student involved in the Exeter Scholars’ Programme (which is supported by the Exeter University Club)

12.00 noon – Adjourn for lunch (probably in Reed Hall)

After lunch, weather permitting, attendees might like to follow the self-guided sculpture trail:

This event has been organised with the help of the Alumni Office. Also coming to the meeting will be a large group of alumni from other parts of the country who will be visiting Exeter in early September.


Updated 12 July 2018

Lunch at the Smugglers Inn near Dawlish @ Smugglers Inn
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Smugglers Inn is a mile or so outside Dawlish on the road to Teignmouth.

Cars: Coming from Dawlish, there is a large car park just before the Inn. Post Code:  EX7 0LA

Bus: The No. 2 bus makes convenient bus stops on the Exeter to Newton Abbot route. The buses run at 20 minute intervals midday weekdays in both directions.

To book, please contact Louise by 21 September.

Talk on the National Coastwatch Institution @ The Royal Oak
Oct 19 @ 12:15 pm – 3:30 pm

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.

Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2,000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles, from Rossall Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.

We shall hear from the President of NCI or his representative about this valuable work.

To book, please contact Susie by 12 October.


Lunch at the Highwayman’s Haunt, near Chudleigh @ Highwayman's Haunt
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Highwayman’s Haunt is a thirteenth-century inn, situated just outside Chudleigh, and it nestles in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside with its rolling hills, farmhouses and stately homes – a view that has hardly changed over the centuries.

Detailed instructions on getting there by car are provided on the website:

There is plenty of parking space at the pub. They recommend that you do not use Sat Nav when you get near the pub, or you will land up in a farmyard.

The 39 bus provides a bus service from Exeter to Chudleigh every hour (on the half hour), and it stops at the pub. The journey takes just under half an hour.

To book, please contact Phil and Rosy by 25 October.

Talk – Richard Westlake on Railway Resilience @ The Royal Oak
Nov 19 @ 12:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Is the south west rail network fit for the 21 century?  Can we be sure that rail resilience projects like the Dawlish sea wall and Cowley Bridge Junction will go ahead?   Do we need a diversionary route to Plymouth via Okehampton?  Will rail investment in the South West keep pace with the demand for rail travel?

There could not be a better person than Richard, who is a member of our club, to talk about these issues. His father had been Station Master at Okehampton, and Richard began as a fireman on steam trains at the age of 15.    He went on to take charge of inter-city trains running from Paddington to Cornwall in a career which spanned more than 40 years. In recent years he has been a councillor on Devon County Council. In 2010 he was awarded an MBE for his services to public transport and the community in Devon.

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