Association of Open University Graduates

Monthly Calendar for Activities in the Regions and Nations

August 2017

Friday 18th August. 11am
Scotland – Nation 11                                                   
Meet in the Book Tent Café at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Entry to tented village and Book Tent is free of charge.

Sunday 20th August. 12.30pm
South – Region 02
Meet between pier 2 and pier 3 on the River Thames near the Hobbs of Henley office on Station Road / Thameside RG9 1AZ to enjoy a ‘Vintage Themed Afternoon Tea Cruise’ with Hobbs of Henley (www.hobbsofhenley.com/vintage-afternoon-tea-cruise ). The cruise lasts three hours embarking at 1pm. Cost £26.00 for adults, £17.50 for children. Please book and pay online. When booking please ensure you state that you are with AOUG so Hobbs know how many there are of us so that we can be seated together. Please advise the Executive Representative when you have booked. This will be an ideal time to celebrate if you have passed your exams. Please allow plenty of time to get into Henley and find parking. Trains to Henley only come from Twyford and run every hour. Buses; From High Wycombe and Reading take the Arriva 800, Wallingford take the Thames Travel 139B.

Friday 25th August. Time to be confirmed
South West – Region 03
Pre-booking with Local Contact is essential for all Exeter events.
Exeter Group
Devonport Naval Heritage Centre. Tours are by appointment only.

Friday 25th August.  1pm
North West – Region 08
Meet at the Waterfold Farm, Waterfold Business Park, Bury, BL9 7BR for lunch. All are welcome.

September 2017

Saturday 2nd September. 12noon
East Midlands – Region 05

Meet in the Stables Café, Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS for a visit described as a perfect example of an English country house. The café serves snacks and hot foods. Owned by the National Trust and therein can be viewed a fine collection of porcelain and silver. £15.00 (free for NT members).

Tuesday 5th September 2017. 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 6th September. 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.  

Monday 11th September. 2pm
East of England – Region 06
Meet for coffee and a chat at Indigo Café, 8, St. Edwards Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ. It would be lovely to meet some local members who can tell me what you would like your representative to do for you. There will be an AOUG backpack and a copy of OMEGA on the table.

Wednesday 13th September. 10.30am
London and the South East - Region 01

Meet at King’s Cross Visitor Centre, 11, Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB.  Explore King’s Cross – what a transformation! Free site talk starting at 10.30am followed by a walking tour lasting about one hour. However due to ‘limited availability’ it is essential to pre book direct through tours.kingscross.co.uk  Tel: 020 3479 1795

Wednesday 13th September 2017. 11am
South - Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet for coffee at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS. Ample free parking. Lunch afterwards for those who may wish to stay.

Saturday 16th September. 11.00am
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area
Meet at the entrance to The Vyne National Trust property, Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, RG24 9HL lying between the A33 and A340 just a few miles north of Basingstoke. Meet at the entrance to the whole property adjacent to the Visitor Reception. This mansion was home to Lord William Sandys, Lord Chamberlain to Henry VIII. Now only a third of its size it is still an impressive site. There will be the opportunity to view the major restoration of the roof via the scaffolding, walkway and lift. Though the first floor will be closed, many items of furniture and ceramics will be on display on the ground floor. The property boasts woodlands, wetlands and an eighteenth century walled garden. Standard admission is £11.75 for adults and £5.90 for children. Trains; these run every half an hour in both directions from Reading and Basingstoke to Bramley station, which is two miles away. Buses; from Basingstoke take the Stagecoach 2, 22 or 14. Their nearest stop being about one mile from The Vyne.

Saturday 16th September. 12noon
Wales – Nation 10

Meet in the Foyer of National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Rd. Swansea, SA1 3 RD. This museum tells the story of Welsh Industry over three hundred years. Café and disabled facilities. Car park nearby. Short taxi ride from bus and train stations. Also The Swansea Museum next door. An introductory coffee first, then a walk around the Museum, followed by a light lunch for those who wish to stay a little longer. All welcome, meet new people and make new friends.

Saturday 16th September. 11am
Ireland – Nation 12
North West Area
Meet in the Castle Café, Enniskillen Castle Museum, Wellington Road, Enniskillen (copy of OMEGA on the table.) There are two Museums to explore as Inniskilling Museum is based within the Castle. The experience brings to life six hundred years of history, firstly as the Maguire family stronghold, then the Plantation years and on through Fermanagh’s role in World War II. Joint ticket for both museums is £5.00 (Seniors £3.50). Free car park and the bus centre is only a few minutes’ walk to the Castle. Booking is essential via the Local Contact or Executive Representative so that a guided tour and transport can be agreed. (It is also planned to take in Castle Coole which is 1½ miles from Enniskillen Town Centre. This is an 18th Century country mansion with a landscaped Park built for the first Earl of Bedmore.)

Sunday 17th September
Yorkshire – Region 07
Walking Group - Hetton
Walks are arranged of varying lengths to suit all abilities. Please get in touch with Walking Group organiser Ginny Feeney

Monday 18th September. 11am
North West – Region 08

Meet in the coffee shop opposite Edward Riggs Garden Centre, Rochdale Road, Walsden, Todmorden, OL14 7TJ. The Garden Centre is particularly large and the café offers a mill type shopping experience. Start getting those Christmas presents early.

Thursday 21st September. 11.15am
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at the Bodleian Library, Weston entrance, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG, for coffee. Afterwards visit the Bodleian Library's Jane Austen Exhibition. This should be of particular interest to those who went on the Blackwell's walking tour in July.

Friday 22nd September 2017. 1pm
North – Region 09
Meet at the entrance to the Heugh Battery Museum, Headland, Hartlepool, TS24 0PS. This museum commemorates the First World War and on that fateful day of 16th December 1914, the people of Hartlepool were subjected to a horrific bombardment with many lives lost. There are three levels across this venue, the underground magazines, the parade ground and main museum with the Observation Point tower providing panoramic views of the North Sea and surrounding coast line.

Saturday 23rd September. 10.30am
Yorkshire – Region 07
Meet in the Dining Room of Goddards, 27, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1GG. This house was designed by Edwin Lutyens for the Terry family (of chocolate fame). The garden was designed by Gertrude Jekyll. This is a National Trust property, (free for NT members). Bus no. 4 from Railway Station to Dringhouses every 15 minutes.

Saturday 23rd September.
Scotland – Nation 11
Edinburgh Group  
Doors Open Day in Edinburgh
We will choose several properties near Edinburgh West End - Institutions normally off-limits to the public open their doors and allow their staff to explain the history and function of many fascinating establishments. Contact the Local Contact so he can advise our selection by email or SAE.                        

Friday 29th September. 12noon
South West – Region 03
Exeter Group

Meet in the Lounge Bar of the Countess Wear Beefeater Restaurant, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 6HE.

October 2017

Wednesday 4th October. 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 October.
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.

Friday 6th October.
Europe
Meet at The Open University, Milton Keynes for the AOUG Annual Research Awards Ceremony and Foundation Lecture.  Pre-booking is essential via AOUG Office. Full details www.aoug.org.uk

Thursday 12th October. 11am
London and the South East – Region 01

Meet and greet session in The Café at Foyles, 107, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT.

Saturday 14th October. 12noon
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at The Mitre, corner of Turl Street with the High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AG for the Autumn lunch. Members and friends from any Region or Nation will be welcome to join us. Please advise the Local Contact as he will need to reserve a table.

Saturday 14th October. 10.15am
South - Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet at the entrance to Winchester College, College Street, Winchester, SO23 9NA for the college tour at 10.30am. Founded in 1382, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. The tour concentrates on the mediaeval heart of the College, and includes Chamber Court; the 14th Century Gothic Chapel (with one of the earliest examples of a wooden vaulted roof, and two separate organs); College Hall, the original Scholars' dining room; School, the 17th Century redbrick schoolroom and the original mediaeval cloister. £6. Car parking limited. Fifteen minutes from Winchester Station. Ten minutes from city centre. Tour lasts about one hundred minutes before lunch in the city centre.

Saturday 14th October. 12noon
East Midlands – Region 05

Meet in the café at the South West Wing of Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8NA to view the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron. The cafe serves hot and cold refreshments. Many of Lord Byron’s artefacts on view in the house, (once a monastery that survived the Dissolution) Entry to house £8.00. Car parking charges also apply.

Saturday 14th October. 11.30am
North – Region 09
Meet at the entrance to Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Tynemouth, NE30 4BZ. Enjoy an exciting tour of the site and discover its history from fortified medieval monastery to Tudor stronghold and gun battery placement in both World Wars. Explore the castle defences, stunning priory ruins and underground bunkers. Visit the Gibraltar Rock restaurant for lunch.

Saturday 21st October. Time tbc
Yorkshire – Region 07
I am hoping to arrange a ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ of the Leeds City Varieties, Swan St, Leeds, LS1 6LW but they do not plan as far ahead as we do. If you are interested in joining a private tour, please contact the Executive Representative.

Tuesday 24th October. 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.

Friday 27th October. 1pm
North West – Region 08
Meet at the Waterfold Farm, Waterfold Business Park, Bury, BL9 7BR for lunch. All are welcome.

Saturday 28th October. 11am
Wales – Nation 10
 
Meet the Chairman in the Starbucks coffee venue, 1, Mostyn St, Llandudno, LL30 2NL, tel. 020 3510 0444.
(Seattle-based coffeehouse chain known for its signature roasts, light bites and WiFi availability).

Saturday 28th October. 11.30am
Ireland – Nation 12
Munster Area
Meet at Dooley’s Hotel Restaurant, The Quay, Waterford City for coffee  (copy of OMEGA on the table) prior to following the Viking Trail which takes us to the Bishop’s Palace, the Medieval Museum and Waterford Crystal where a guided tour can be booked at a cost of 10 euros. Reginald’s Tower can be climbed by those agile enough to take on the steps. Afterwards, refreshments and planning the year ahead.

November 2017

Wednesday 1st November. 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 4th November
Yorkshire – Region 07
Walking Group - T-shop walk, Mytholmroyd
Walks are arranged of varying lengths to suit all abilities. Please get in touch with Walking Group organiser Ginny Feeney

Saturday 4th November. 11am
North West – Region 08
Meet at Shelly’s Restaurant 8, Bold Street, Warrington, WA1 1DR for coffee prior to a private AOUG visit to the Museum of Policing in Cheshire, County Police Office, Arpley Street, Warrington, WA1 1LQ at 12noon to view a collection of artefacts from the history of Policing in Cheshire. The Museum is housed at an actual police station in Warrington. The museum is small but interesting and will be combined with a visit to the Warrington Museum. If you have a genuine interest please pre-book with the Chairman by 20th October.

Tuesday 7th November. 11am
East of England – Region 06
Meet for coffee and a chat at Café Roma, 79a, St. Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3EG. There will be a copy of OMEGA and an AOUG backpack on the table.

Saturday 11th November. 2pm
West Midlands – Region 04

Meet at the main entrance of Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, WS10 7DF. We will finish by 3pm. This Museum and Art Gallery is a purpose built Victorian Art Gallery. It contains fine arts, applied arts, toys and one of the world's largest collections of Ruskin pottery. Admission is free. Contact the Executive Representative for reservations.

Saturday 11th November. 12noon
East Midlands – Region 05

Meet at the La Loggia café at Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA for a Handshake Event with Region 07, prior to visiting the gallery which has just reopened as part of the City of Culture 2017. There are many other places of interest to visit in the city as well as a Heritage Walk. Entrance to the Art Gallery and most of the museums are free. Donations welcome.

Saturday 11th November. 12noon
Yorkshire – Region 07

Meet at the La Loggia café at Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA for a Handshake Event with Region 05, prior to visiting the gallery, just reopened as part of the City of Culture 2017. There are many other places of interest to visit in the city as well as a Heritage Walk. Entrance to the Art Gallery and most of the museums are free. Donations welcome

Wednesday 15th November. 11am
South – Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet for coffee at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS.

Thursday 16th November. 11.15am
South - Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at the Bodleian Library, Weston entrance, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG, for coffee. Afterwards visit the Museum of the History of Science, just across the road. Entry is free.

Saturday 25th November. 10.15am
South – Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet at the West door to Salisbury Cathedral, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EJ, for 10.30am tour. £7.50, or for the energetic, £12.50 for the Tower Tour (involving climbing three hundred and thirty two steps to just over half-way up the Spire). One of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta on view in the Chapter House. Limited parking nearby in Old George Mall or Lush House. Ten minutes from railway station and bus stops.

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!

January 2018

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 if possible please advise the Portsmouth Local Contact before Christmas if you intend to come.