Association of Open University Graduates

Monthly Calendar for Activities in the Regions and Nations

November 2017

Thursday 30th November. 12.30pm
South West – Region 03
Bristol Group

Meet for lunch at the entrance to the White Hart Inn, BS1 2LU, located close to Bristol Bus Station on Lower Maudlin Street (opposite the Eye Hospital). Menu available at www.thewhitehartbristol.co.uk . Please let your Local Contact know by 23rd September.

December 2017

Saturday 9th December. 12noon
East Midlands – Region 05

Meet at the Royal William IV, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN1 1YX for a pre-Christmas lunch. This venue now popular for Lincoln members but others most welcome. Contact Executive Representative so that a suitably sized table can be arranged.

Friday 5th December. 1pm
North West – Region 08
Meet at Waterfold Farm, Waterfold Business Park, Bury, BL9 7BR for Christmas Lunch. Pre-booking is essential with the Chairman who will supply a menu for pre-ordering.

Wednesday 6th December. 12.30pm
London and the South East – Region 01
Eastbourne Group

Meet at The Ship Inn, 33-35, Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RH, for lunch with other OU graduates. Members from other groups and friends and family are always welcome. 

Friday 8th December. 12noon
South West – Region 03
Exeter Group

Meet at main entrance at Puffing Billy, Station Road, Exton, Exeter, EX3 0PR. for Christmas Lunch.

Saturday 9th December
Yorkshire – Region 07

Walking Group - Avril’s Christmas.
Walks are arranged of varying lengths to suit all abilities. Please get in touch with Walking Group organiser Ginny Feeney

Saturday 9th December. 12noon
Ireland – Nation 12
Belfast Area
Meet in the Foyer of the Hilton Hotel, 4, Lanyon Place, Belfast City for a Festive Christmas Lunch. The Local Contact will be carrying a copy of OMEGA. The hotel is close to Belfast Central Railway Station, bus services and shopping. The Continental market in the grounds of the Belfast City Hall has grown from strength to strength in recent years. Family and friends welcome.

Thursday 14th December. 11.15am
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Coffee morning is in the Ashmolean Museum's rooftop café, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH. It is anticipated that the annual Oxford Christmas Market will be taking place in nearby Broad Street.

Saturday 16th December. 12noon
Yorkshire – Region 07
Meet in the Cafeteria at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, LS2 7UP for lunch prior to a matinee performance of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ at 1.30pm. Please buy tickets in advance from Box Office 0113 213 7700, prices £14 to £40. Please note the change of traditional date!

Monday 18th December. 7pm
North - Region 09
Meet at the Reception in the Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. Immerse yourself in nostalgia in the run-up to Christmas, as once again the true spirit of the season is portrayed on screen in a showing of the iconic film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ starring James Stewart, Donna Read and Lionel Barrymore. The film is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy-comedy-drama produced and directed by Frank Capra. It is one of the most loved films in American cinema and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season. Tickets cost £10 and may be obtained online or via the Box Office 03000 266600.

January 2018

Wednesday 3rd January. 12.30pm
London and the South East - Region 01
Eastbourne Group
Meet at The Ship Inn, 33-35, Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RH, for lunch with other OU graduates. Members from other groups and friends and family are always welcome. 

Saturday 6th January. 11am
East Midlands – Region 05
Meet at the café at the City of Caves, Upper Level, Broadmarch Centre, Nottingham, NG1 7LL for an archaeological tour beneath the streets of the city. Time permitting we could then visit the nearby National Justice Museum. Current admission to the cave tour is £7.95 (concessions available).

Tuesday 9th January. 12noon
London and the South East – Region 01

Meet at the Trattoria Verdi Restaurant, 110, Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 4BL for another great Italian lunch. The cost for a two-course meal with wine is £15 per head (notes only in envelope bearing your name). Bookings via Lunch organiser.

Wednesday 10th January. 12 noon
South – Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet for our annual lunch at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS. There is no need to book, but please advise the Portsmouth Local Contact by 3rd January if you intend to come.

Saturday 13th January. 12noon 
Yorkshire – Region 07
Meet in the bar of Middletons Hotel, Skeldergate, York, YO1 6DS for lunch at 12.30pm. To join us please contact the AOUG in Yorkshire Chairman, as places have to be booked.

Saturday 13th January. 11am 
Wales – Nation 10
Meet the AOUG Chairman in the famous Ice Cream Parlour for a cup of coffee in lovely surroundings in Conwy at North Wales Garden World, St Asaph Avenue, Kinmel Bay, Conwy, North Wales, LL18  5TU. You will locate me with OMEGA on the table. 

Saturday 13th January. 12.30pm
Wales – Nation 10
Meet in the Foyer of the Cardiff Marriott Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff, CF10 1EZ (near to bus stops and station) to get to know each other over a coffee, possibly followed by lunch.

Monday 15th January. 11am
North West – Region 08
Meet in the coffee shop in the original main building of Bents Garden Centre, Warrington Road, Glazebury, Cheshire, WA3 5NT. This venue has grown and provides a large area to walk around. Join us for coffee to relax after the holiday festivities. Further visits for the year will be discussed.

Thursday 18th January. 11.15am
South – Region 02  
Oxford and Area
Meet at the Ashmolean Museum's rooftop café, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH for a Coffee morning. There is an exhibition that members may find interesting: "Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions, exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism". This major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. The exhibition is on from 19th October 2017 – 18th February 2018. Tickets are £10 (concessions £9).

Saturday 20th January. 11am
Ireland – Nation 12
Belfast Area
Meet in the Museum Café, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB. A copy of OMEGA will be on the table. The Museum offers a variety of displays from art, science and history, taking you across Ireland and to all parts of the globe. There is eight thousand square metres of public display space which includes the ‘Game of Thrones Tapestry’. Guided tours are available so all tastes can be catered for.  Weather permitting the Botanic Gardens can be included in your itinerary. Admission is free and there is ample car parking available.

Wednesday 24th January. 2.30pm
North – Region 09

Meet at the Visitors’ Centre of the castle, Castle Garth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1RQ. Tour the castle, a medieval fortification built on the site of the fortress which gave the city of Newcastle its name, and the remaining structures of the Castle Keep, the main fortified tower and the Black Gate. The site is easily reached in the centre of Newcastle to the East of Newcastle Central Railway Station. There is improved accessibility including an education centre, reception, gift shop and museum room.

Friday 26th January. 12noon
South West - Region 03
Exeter Group
Meet at the main entrance of the Countess Wear Beefeater Restaurant, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 6HE. Pre-booking with your Local Contact is essential.

Last Thursday in the month - January
South West - Region 03
Cornwall Group
Meets on the last Thursday evening each month (except December) for The Book Club. The book list for the coming year is usually put together in February. There are also regular lunches, and garden visits in the Summer. For further details, please get in touch with your Local Contact.

Saturday 27th January. 12noon
West Midlands – Region 04
Meet at Reception of The Bluebrick Restaurant, 191 Broad Gauge Way, Wolverhampton, WV1 0BA www.tabletable.co.uk for New Year’s Dinner. It is situated next to Railway & National Coach Stations and very close to Metro Station in the City Centre of Wolverhampton. It is a new Restaurant. Choose your own meal. Charges according to Menu price. Facility for car parking available. Please contact Mohammad Motawalla as soon as possible for reservations.

Saturday 27th January. 12.30pm
Scotland – Nation 11
Edinburgh Group
Meet in the Robert Louis Stevenson room at the Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB for the Annual Lunch which will be served at 1pm. The price for two courses to include coffee is £19 (aperitif and tip included) – a significant reduction on the normal cost. Pre-booking is essential

Monday 29th January. 1pm
East of England – Region 06
Meet at Browns Restaurant, 23, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA for a post-Christmas lunch and to organise social events for the Cambridge and Norwich area for 2018.  Please let the Executive Representative know by 10th January if you are attending as a table will need to be booked.

February 2018

Friday 2nd February.
Europe
Copy date for the Europe Newsletter. All contributions would be greatly appreciated on any subject for OU graduates, wherever they live. Please send to the Europe Contact.

Tuesday 6th February. 11am
London and the South East - Region 01
Meet and Greet session in The Café at Foyles, 107, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT.

Wednesday 7th February. 12.30pm
London and the South East - Region 01
Eastbourne Group
Meet at The Ship Inn, 33-35, Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RH, for lunch with other OU graduates. Members from other groups and friends and family are always welcome. 

Thursday 15th February. 11.15am

South – Region 02  
Oxford and Area
Meet at the Bodleian Library café, Weston Entrance, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG opposite the old Bodleian. Either visit the Bodleian Library's current exhibition, details not yet available, or visit the Museum of the History of Science, just across the road. Both events are free. Afterwards, adjourn to The Mitre, corner of Turl Street with the High Street, OX1 4AG for lunch.

Friday 16th February. 7pm
Scotland – Nation 11
Edinburgh Group    
Meet at the Quaker Meeting House, 7, Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL for a talk by Richard Demarco of the Demarco European Art Foundation. Richard Demarco has been one of the prime movers of the Edinburgh Festival since its inception, and also co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in 1963. He is one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art and has appeared on television to talk about his own art. Currently he is involved in the ‘Skateraw Project’, based on a farm near Dunbar, which promotes ‘site-specific’ and ‘land art’.

Saturday 17th February. 12noon
West Midlands – Region 04
Meet at the Cafe Reception Area of Halfpenny Green Airport, Crab Lane, Bobbington, Stourbridge, DY7 5DY. It is a flourishing airport with a superb location for businesses and aircraft flying schools. We will have lunch at this café and observe aircraft from the Watch Tower. Please advise the Executive Representative if you intend to attend.

Saturday 17th February. 10.30am
Yorkshire – Region 07                                                                                             

Meet at the Friends’ Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL for a talk in the morning and a Saturday meeting in the afternoon. I suggest you ‘Bring your own lunch’. There will be a book sale and a raffle to raise funds for AOUG in Yorkshire. Books and raffle prizes welcome. 

Sunday 18th February. 2pm
South – Region 02  
Portsmouth and South Downs Area
Meet at the entrance of the Church of Our Lady of Warnford, Warnford Park, SO32 3LA for our annual walk through the Snowdrops.  The church has been in use continuously for almost 1,300 years, and has one of the largest fields of Snowdrops in Southern England. The church is situated on the A32 between Fareham and Alton.

Last Thursday in the month – February
South West – Region 03
Cornwall Group
Meets on the last Thursday evening each month (except December) for The Book Club. The book list for the coming year is usually put together in February. There are also regular lunches, and garden visits in the Summer. For further details, please get in touch with your Local Contact.

Friday 23rd February. 1pm
North West – Region 08
Meet for lunch at the Waterfold Farm, Waterfold Business Park, Bury, BL9 7BR. All are welcome. Please pre-book with the Chairman.

March 2018

Saturday 3rd March. 11am
East Midlands – Region 05

Meet at the café at the Newark Air Museum located on a former RAF airfield, Drove Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY, to view the many complete, or restoration, aircraft on the site. Current admission price is £8.

Tuesday 6th March. 11am
London and the South East – Region 01
Meet and Greet session in The Café at Foyles, 107, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT.

Wednesday 7th March. 12.30pm
London and the South East – Region 01
Eastbourne Group

Meet at The Ship Inn, 33-35, Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RH, for lunch with other OU graduates. Members from other groups and friends and family are always welcome. 

Thursday 8th March. 1pm
London and the South East – Region 01
Meet at Barnard’s Inn Hall, Gresham College, Holborn, London, EC1N 2HH for the Gresham lecture on the subject of “Slave Stories: Aesop and Walter Crane”.

Saturday 10th March. 2pm
West Midlands – Region 04

Meet at the main Reception of Walsall New Art Gallery, Gallery Square, Walsall, WS2 8LG. This Art Gallery was opened in 2000 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is a five storey building in the town centre of Walsall. Please advise the Executive Representative if you intend to attend.

Saturday 10th March. 11am
Scotland – Nation 11
Edinburgh Group

Meet at the Quaker Meeting House, 7, Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL for the group’s AGM. The speaker is yet to be confirmed. Members can have lunch at a nearby venue after the meeting. Admission free.           

Saturday 10th March. 11am
Ireland – Nation 12
Munster Area
Meet in the Gallery Café of The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork. A copy of OMEGA will be on the table. During a previous visit to Cork we had insufficient time to explore the Gallery fully, so this is an opportunity to explore the extensive collections available encompassing historical and contemporary Irish and international art. There is usually a programme of temporary exhibitions also available. Admission is free. The gallery is in the heart of the city with access to shops and other attractions. Train, bus and parking facilities are within close proximity.

Wednesday 14th March. 11am
South – Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet for coffee at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS. We will discuss events for the Summer. Lunch will be available afterwards for those who can stay.

Wednesday 14th March. 2.30pm
North – Region 09

Meet at the main entrance to the Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 8AG. Enjoy a tour of the ‘Northern Spirit’ exhibition celebrating artists, manufacturers, and makers from the North-East of England; explore the 18th and 19th Century galleries depicting the works of renowned artists. Conclude your visit with light refreshment in the café.

Thursday 15th March. 2pm
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at the gate to Christchurch Meadow, in St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DP for a leisurely walk - the now traditional Spring Equinox stroll and cream tea.  (Actually, five days before the Equinox.) The intention is to finish up at the Mitre at about 2.45 pm, to enjoy a cream tea. If the weather is too bad, please go directly to The Mitre, corner of Turl Street with the High Street OX1 4AG.

Saturday 17th March. 12noon
Yorkshire – Region 07  
Meet at the Rose and Crown, 132, Knowl Road, Golcar, Huddersfield, HD7 4AN for lunch before visiting the Colne Valley Museum, HD7 4PY. The museum is a quarter of a mile away from the pub, a six minute walk. There are regular buses from Huddersfield Bus Station. Please contact Carol-Ann Churm if you would like to be picked up from the railway station.

Saturday 24th March. 12noon
East Midlands – Region 05

Meet at the Royal William IV pub, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN1 1YX for the Spring Lunch for any local members and friends. Please can members wishing to attend pre-book with the Executive Representative so that a suitable table can be reserved.

Saturday 24th March. 11am
North West – Region 08
Meet in the café at Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1SX (Sat.Nav. users please use WA7 1BD). This is a historic site comprising the remains of an abbey complex dating from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries and an eighteenth century country house. Entry for adults costs £6.70, concessions £5.95.

Last Thursday in the month – March
South West – Region 03
Cornwall Group

Meets on the last Thursday evening each month (except December) for The Book Club. The book list for the coming year is usually put together in February. There are also regular lunches, and garden visits in the Summer. For further details, please get in touch with your Local Contact.

Friday 30th March. 12noon
South West – Region 03
Exeter Group

Meet at the main entrance of the Countess Wear Beefeater Restaurant, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 6HE. Pre-booking with your Local Contact is essential.

April 2018

Wednesday 4th April. 12.30pm
London and the South East – Region 01

Eastbourne Group
Meet at The Ship Inn, 33-35, Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RH, for lunch with other OU graduates. Members from other groups and friends and family are always welcome. 

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April.
South – Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area
Meet at Winchester Cathedral, 9, The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS on any of the above dates to hear The Open University Chapel Choir, who will be leading the services. For times, please see the Cathedral website www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk  . Any AOUG members will be made very welcome.

Saturday 7th April. 11am
West Midlands – Region 04
Meet at the main entrance to the Leather Museum, Littleton Street, Walsall, WS2 8EW (on the A4148 ring road). There is free admission and it is wheelchair friendly. It is situated near the bus and railway stations and easily accessible from the M6. The museum celebrates the local leather industry and the work of craftsmen as well as exhibiting historic artefacts. For further details and reservations, please contact the Stoke –on-Trent Local Contact before the 26th March.

Tuesday 10th April. 12noon
London and the South East – Region 01
Meet at the Trattoria Verdi Restaurant, 110, Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 4BL for another great Italian lunch. The cost for a two-course meal with wine is £15 per head (notes only in envelope bearing your name). Please book via the London Lunch organiser.

Saturday 14th April. 10.30am
South - Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area
Meet at the Admissions Hall, adjacent to the Museum for a visit the village of Buckler’s Hard, SO42 7XB where some of the ships from Nelson’s fleet were built. We will call in at the museum and the Shipwright’s Cottage, and then adjourn for lunch either at the Master Builder’s House, or in Beaulieu village. Admission £6.75. There is a very irregular bus service, so if you need a lift from Brockenhurst Railway Station (9 miles away) please advise the Portsmouth Local Contact by 2nd April and arrange to arrive by 9.45am and then he will meet you there (on the South side of the station, nearest to platform 4.)

Saturday 21st April. 11am
Ireland – Nation 12
North West Area
Meet in Costa Coffee, Foyleside Shopping Centre, Derry (Opposite the Tourist Information Centre) for a Guided Tour of Derry Walls and explore other city attractions. A copy of OMEGA will be on the table. The Walls’ tour costs £4.00 per person and provides insight to the history of the city including entrance to St. Columb’s Cathedral. Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of walled cities in Europe. Family and friends welcome to all events.

Last Thursday in the month – April
South West Region 03
Cornwall Group
Meets on the last Thursday evening each month (except December) for The Book Club. The book list for the coming year is usually put together in February. There are also regular lunches, and garden visits in the Summer. For further details, please get in touch with your Local Contact.

May 2018

Friday 18th-20th May.
Europe
The AGM and Spring Weekend will take place at the Norton Grange Hotel, Castleton, Rochdale, OL11 2XZ, England where the 30th Anniversary of the Association will be celebrated. Pre-booking is essential via the AOUG Office.

Saturday 26th May. 11am
East Midlands - Region 05
Meet at the new café at The Workhouse, Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 OPT, to visit a well preserved Victorian Workhouse. Tours and exhibitions are available. Entry currently costs £8.65.

Last Thursday in the month – May
South West Region 03
Cornwall Group
Meets on the last Thursday evening each month (except December) for The Book Club. The book list for the coming year is usually put together in February. There are also regular lunches, and garden visits in the Summer. For further details, please get in touch with your Local Contact.

June 2018

Last Thursday in the month – June
South West Region 03
Cornwall Group
Meets on the last Thursday evening each month (except December) for The Book Club. The book list for the coming year is usually put together in February. There are also regular lunches, and garden visits in the Summer. For further details, please get in touch with your Local Contact.