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.
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. www.blueballinnsidford.co.uk
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.
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.
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 www.orchids.uk.com 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
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.
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.
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
This is a chance for us all to try our hand at bowling. Paignton Torbay Bowling Club was founded in 1920 and is affiliated to Bowls England and Bowls Devon. It is a Community Association Sports Club, so its doors are open to everyone every morning.
Bowls (‘woods’) will be provided. Shoes must be flat-soled, since we do not want to damage the green. Some shoes are available at the club, but if you have 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.
Meet: at the Paignton Torbay 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 http://www.thepaigntonclub.co.uk/
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 has a car park, and it might be best to park there.
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 8.53 Exeter Central/9.00 Exeter St David’s which arrives in Paignton at 9.56 am.
Details updated 21/12/18
To book, please contact George by 23 August 2019.
A group of alumni, organised by John and Sheila Morgan, will be making their annual visit to Exeter. More details later.
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.