Events Calendar

CANCELLED – 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.


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

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.

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.

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