Events Calendar

Visit to Paignton Bowling Club @ Paignton Bowling Club
Aug 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

This is a chance for us all to try our hand at bowling. Paignton Bowling Club was founded in 1902 and is located in the heart of Paignton.

Dress should be casual; the Club would prefer it if we wear white shirts and grey trousers. We do not want to damage the green; some shoes are available at the club, but if you have soft flat-bottomed shoes, please bring them.

George (our Chairman 2018-19) is skilled at this sport, and will provide advice, and some club members will be on hand to help us. This is a ‘taster’ session; the cost will be £5. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. Twenty is the maximum number of club members that can be accommodated for bowling.

Spectators are welcome, if you do not wish to play. You can watch others play and then join us for lunch.

Meet: at the Paignton Bowling Club from 10.00 am.


Lunch: We shall have lunch at 1.00 pm at the Paignton Club in Esplanade Road, which is a short walk from the bowling green. Pre-ordering is not necessary.

Paignton Club, 1 The Esplanade, Esplanade Road, Paignton TQ4 6ED

Situated at the southern end of the Paignton promenade, just a short walk from the harbour and town centre, The Paignton Club occupies a prime waterfront location. It is perfectly placed to capture the breathtaking views over Torbay from the comfortable Maritime lounge bar, dining room or the beautiful veranda.

By car: The Paignton Club (where we are having lunch) has a car park, and it might be best to park there. If you decide to park at the Paignton Bowling Club, please park on the right hand side as you come in to the Club (the left hand side is for a neighbouring club).

By train: Both of the places we are going to are close to the train station, so arriving by train might be most convenient. A return ticket will be about £8 from Exeter, or £5 with a railcard. The best train to take would be the direct 8.53 Exeter Central/9.00 Exeter St David’s  train which arrives in Paignton at 9.56 am. There is also a slightly faster train at 9.08 from St David’s which reaches Paignton at 9.46 am.

Please note that we are going to Paignton Bowling Club, and not to Paignton Torbay Bowling Club as previously advertised

Details updated 9/8/19

To book, please contact George by 23 August 2019.

Annual alumni reunion in Exeter @ Exeter-based
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm

Annual Alumni Reunion

As mentioned in our programme, each September two EUC members, John and Sheila Morgan from Coventry, organise an informal reunion in Exeter in early September. This year’s reunion (6 to 10 September) is to include a visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall by coach on Saturday 7th September. It will leave from Holland Hall at 9.00 am. Cost will be about £15 pp for the coach and entry to Eden is £13 pp (group rate for coach arrivals).

The organisers are seeking an early indication of interest in order to determine the size of coach required (the larger the coach, the lower the cost per person). Please let Mike Aspray know by e-mail ( before the end of May if you  wish to add your name to the list for this trip.

EUC members are welcome to join any other activities being organised by the group during their visit to Exeter.


Talk by Alex Sully on ‘The Morgan car’ @ Cowick Barton
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Few cars evoke the nostalgia of the great days of motoring like the legendary Morgan sports car. A Morgan sports car is without doubt the quintessential British sports car, conceived in an altogether more romantic era. Yet Morgan cars, now more than ever, claim their place in the forefront of modern motoring.

Today’s new Morgan sports cars are modern miracles of design excellence beneath that timeless style of the open topped sports car that we all love.

Alex Sully became the proud owner of the first UK-delivered, customer V6 supplied by the BerryBrook Southwest company of Exminster. Come and hear his fascinating talk about the history of the Morgan Motor Company and its products, and the building of this exciting new sports car.

Join us for lunch from 12 noon if you can. The talk starts at 2 pm.

Book with Mike before 17 September.

Lunch at Bickleigh Mill @ Bickleigh Mill
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Bickleigh Mill was built in the late 18th century and was milling corn until the devastating floods of the 1960s. Corn from surrounding farms was raised into the corn loft and then ground. The mill workings and water wheel are still on display.

The Bistro Restaurant and Bar is located in the Old Mill House, with views of the waterside gardens and the mill wheel itself. Nearby, there are a great variety of shops over three floors. There are also some riverside walks nearby.

For further information, visit their website at Tel. 01884 855419

By car: Coming from Exeter, Bickleigh Mill is on the right hand side, just before the bridge. There is plenty of parking space nearby.

By bus: The 55 and 155 buses from Exeter pass close to Bickleigh Mill. These buses leave from the bus stop in Paris Street, not from the bus station.

Meet:  from 12 noon for 12.30 lunch.


To book, contact George Garner by 3 October.

Talk by Pamela Vass on the 1952 Lynmouth Floods @ Cowick Barton
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Come to this talk by Pamela Vass, a local author.

Many remember the summer of 1952 when flash-floods destroyed the small fishing village of Lynmouth on the North Devon coast. She was intrigued by rumours of government interference with the weather, and spent many months accessing previously secret documents at the National Archives in Kew. This talk uncovers the incredible true story that creates the backdrop for her novel Seeds of Doubt. She will also include some readings from the book and anecdotes about the research and writing process.

Join us for lunch from 12, if you can. The talk will start at 2 pm.

Book with Susie by 23 October.


Talk by Shaun Curtis on ‘The University of Exeter: Present position and future prospects’ @ Cowick Barton
Nov 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Come and hear Dr Shaun Curtis speak about the present state of our university and its future prospects. He is ideally qualified to speak about this, since he is the Director of Global Development at the University, and is responsible for the delivery of Exeter’s largest ever fundraising campaign – Making the Exceptional Happen.

The University’s Strategy document 2016-21 places emphasis on five areas:

Research:                   Building research power to tackle global challenges.                Education:                 Delivering an internationally excellent education.                           Impact:                      Creating an impact regionally, nationally and globally.                            Our people:               Supporting our people to make the exceptional happen.                        Our resources:          Making the most of our resources.

The document also talks about Values: Ambition, Collaboration, Challenge, Community, Impact, and Rigour.

No doubt Shaun will cover some of these issues in his talk.

Join us for lunch from 12 noon if you can. The talk starts at 2 pm.

Book with Peter before 14 November.


Christmas Lunch (provisional) @ Cowick Barton
Dec 5 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The EUC Exeter Branch Christmas Lunch is provisionally scheduled for 5 December 2019.

More details later.

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