Events Calendar

Visit to Orchid Paradise @ Orchid Paradise, Burnham Nurseries
Jun 18 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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     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


Annual General Meeting @ Cowick Barton
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

Visit to Tiverton Museum @ Tiverton Museum of Mid-Devon Life
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

Lunch following meeting of committee @ Cowick Barton
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

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

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

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.

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

A group of alumni, organised by John and Sheila Morgan, will be making their annual visit to Exeter. More details later.

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.


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