Events Calendar

(change of date) Talk – Dr Elisa De Franco on ‘What is neonatal diabetes?’ @ By Zoom
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Talk on ‘What is neonatal diabetes?’, Mon 23 May 2022


Exeter University are world leading experts in neonatal diabetes research. Their capacity for testing this rare condition is ten times that of any other faculty in the world. Neonatal diabetes is typically diagnosed in babies within the first six months of life.

In contrast to type 1 diabetes which is caused by autoimmunity, neonatal diabetes results from a change in single genes which are involved in keeping insulin-producing cells in the pancreas working properly. This genetic change results in life threatening diabetes soon after birth.

Our speaker is Dr Elisa De Franco, who was awarded a prestigious RD Lawrence Fellowship in 2019, which provides five years of funding for her research at the University of Exeter into the genetic cause of diabetes in babies soon after birth.

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Visit to Okehampton by rail @ Okehampton by train
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 5:15 pm

EUC Rail trip to Okehampton, Thursday 26 May 2022

Join us for a trip on the new railway service from Exeter to Okehampton, and explore the centre of Okehampton, including the Museum of Dartmoor Life.

Activities planned:

10.32/10.37  Train to Okehampton – leaves Exeter Central at 10.32 am and Exeter St Davids at 10.37 am. The fare is £8 return, or £5.25 with a Senior Railcard.

11.30   118 Bus to town centre – The train arrives in Okehampton at 11.17 am. We will take the 11.30 bus down to the town centre, stopping at the Museum (bring your bus pass !)

11.45    Museum of Dartmoor Life – We will have a conducted tour (Group rate £4.50 pp).

1.00    Lunch at White Hart hotel (Wetherspoons) next door to the museum.

2.00    (Optional) Walking tour of places of interest with Richard Westlake. Alternatively, you could visit the shops or see the lovely Simmons Park.

3.10    118 bus to the railway station, or take the steep walk up there, possibly going via Simmons Park. At the station there will be time to have a cup of tea and a cake (small charge) served by the Friends of the Dartmoor Railway, and explore the Arthur Westlake Railway Museum.

4.25   Train to Exeter, arriving at St Davids at 5.03 and Central at 5.07.

Background information

The Dartmoor Line reopened on 21 November 2021 after being closed for nearly 50 years. It is the first line to be reinstated under the Department for Transport’s ‘Restoring your Railway’ initiative.

The buildings that make up the Museum of Dartmoor Life consist of a three-storey warehouse and mill dating from the 19th century that were originally used for domestic and industrial purposes.  The mill houses the museum itself, while the other buildings in the courtyard are used as a Victorian Tea Room and the Tourist Information Centre.

The museum has three floors of permanent exhibits. The ground floor features historic Dartmoor trades, including old-style farming and related works, such as thatchers, cider-makers, and quarrying.  The exhibits on the middle floor include historic Dartmoor industries, the local military, prison and transport. On the top floor you will find collections related to the Bronze, Roman and Saxon Age. The John Young Gallery has a special temporary exhibition celebrating 150 years since the first train came to Okehampton. Please note that there is disabled access via a lift to all floors.

The White Hart Hotel (close by to the museum) is the oldest of the coaching inns in Okehampton, and dates from the 1600s.

The lovely Simmons Park is located between the town centre and the station.

The Arthur Westlake Railway Museum on Platform 2 is named after Richard’s father, who was one of the last steam drivers on Southern. Leaving the footplate in the 1960s, he became superintendent of Okehampton Station, and helped to keep the Okehampton line open when the station was threatened with closure.

Talk – Trish Oliver on ‘Exeter City of Sanctuary’ @ By Zoom
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

‘Exeter City of Sanctuary: How is the city living up to this name?’

Trish Oliver, Lord Mayor of Exeter (May 2021 to May 2022), spent much of her young life on the Isle of Man and has maintained contact with friends and family there. Her last visit some years ago was at the height of the Syrian crisis, when she and Syrian refugee Baraa Kouja went there to raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people and to raise money for the ‘From Syria with Love’ charity. They showed an art exhibition of pictures drawn by displaced children in Al Albra Camp in Lebanon – with many people buying the pictures and every penny going to Al Albra camp.

Trish is glad to be raising money and having hands-on involvement during her Lord Mayoral year for Inclusive Exeter, a community group which promotes integration in Exeter between people of all cultures. Councillor Peter Holland, the previous Lord Mayor, aptly described the importance of Inclusive Exeter as being “the safety net under the safety net”. At the Vigil for Ukraine in Bedford Square on Sunday 27th February Phil Bialyk, Leader of Exeter City Council, reaffirmed that Exeter is a City of Sanctuary and would do all it could to assist Ukrainian refugees

Trish will talk in a personal capacity about the City of Sanctuary initiatives in Exeter with which she has been involved, including the support provided to Afghan citizens evacuated after the fall of Kabul last year, and the plight of displaced Syrians in Lebanon. She will also discuss the differences between ‘migrants’, ‘asylum seekers’ and ‘refugees’, and the ways to support and include them in our communities.



EUC Annual Outing: The Vyne, near Basingstoke @ The Vyne
Jun 22 all-day

This year’s annual outing will be a day trip to the beautiful house and gardens at The Vyne, just north of Basingstoke. Originally built as a Tudor palace, the Grade I listed building became the home of the Chute family in the 1600s, and they continued living there until it was passed to the National Trust in the 1950s.

The plan is to take a lunchtime picnic, meet up between 11 and 11.30, and picnic in the parking area near the entrance. If you are able to stay on in the evening, we shall meet for a meal in a nearby restaurant, the White Hart at Sherfield.

For more information, please contact Mike.

Visit to Ugbrooke House and Gardens @ Ugbrooke House
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visit to Ugbrooke House and Gardens

This is our third attempt to organise this outing, since Covid regulations prevented the earlier visits taking place.

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 are well worth exploring. There is also a very impressive chapel that is still in use.

The gates open at 12 noon.

Meet:    At 12 noon at the entrance to the house.   Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh TQ13 0AD.

Website:     Tel. 01626 852 179

We shall probably be given a tour of the house first. 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. We shall then sit down to what promises to be a splendid lunch. The lunch will be served in the conservatory, but eaten in the library. The total cost for the tour of the house, visit to the gardens, and the lunch, will be £35.


By car:         Take the A30 road from Exeter, then the A38 and A380. 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. There is ample parking.

By bus:         The use of public transport for this visit is not recommended. It is hoped that members will car-share.

EUC Exeter Branch Annual General Meeting @ Probably by Zoom
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Annual General Meeting

All members are urged to attend our AGM, which will probably be held on Zoom.

The AGM is where we review the activities of the past 12 months, and start to plan ahead for the next year.

Visit to Cadhay House and Gardens, Ottery St Mary @ Cadhay House
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Background information

Cadhay is listed by Country Life as ‘one of the top ten manor houses in the country’. It was built in 1550, and is constructed around its central Court of the Sovereigns, so-named because of the carved images of four Tudor monarchs that overlook the court.

We shall have a private guided tour of both the house and the gardens. The house tour takes in the Long Gallery and Roof Chamber, with a brief history of the house and the families who have lived there. The garden tour will include a visit to the mediaeval fish ponds and walled kitchen gardens, followed by a cream tea. The cost is £15, paid for in cash or by credit card.

Toilets (including disabled ones) are available. Teas may be taken in the barn or on the terraces. For more information, see


By car: Cadhay lies between the A30 and Ottery St Mary. Approaching on the A30 from the west, leave the A30 at Patteson’s Cross, and follow the signs for Fairmile and Cadhay. Coming from the east, leave the A30 at the Iron Bridge turnoff and then proceed as above. Cadhay is approached from Fairmile Lane by a long tree-lined drive. Parking is in a field on the right.

By public transport: There is no bus calling at Cadhay. The only option is to get the 4/4A bus to the hospital at Ottery St Mary and then walk almost a mile to Cadhay.

Meet:  In the car park (Grid reference for Cadhay:  091962 on  OS Landranger 192 and OS Explorer 115) at 1.30 p.m.

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