Association of Open University Graduates

Monthly Calendar for Activities in the Regions and Nations

July 2017

South – Region 02  
July (contact Local Contact for more information)
We hope to take part in one of the Blackwell’s guided walks. (2017 calendar of events unavailable at this time) Please contact either Executive Representative or Local Contact

Yorkshire – Region 07
Walking Group
Walks are arranged of varying lengths to suit all abilities
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd July.
Grasmere.    

London and the South East - Region 01
Tuesday 25th July. 12noon
Meet at the Trattoria Verdi Restaurant, 110, Southampton Row, Holborn, WC1B 4BL for another great Italian lunch. The cost for a two-course meal with wine is £13 per head.  Bookings to lunch organiser.

South West - Region 03
Cornwall Group
Thursday 27th July. 8pm
Meet in Victoria Inn, Roche, St Austell PL26 8LQ for the Book Club’s monthly meeting.

South West - Region 03
Friday 28th July. 12noon
Meet at the main entrance of the Countess Wear Beefeater Restaurant, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 6HE. Pre-booking with your Local Contact is essential. Please note that the venue for this meal is yet to be confirmed.

August 2017

London and the South East - Region 01
Eastbourne Group
Wednesday 2nd August. 12.30pm
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. 

East Midlands – Region 05
Saturday 5th August. 12noon
Meet at the Royal William IV, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN1 1YX for our Summer Lunch and now regular get-together for Lincoln local members, friends and families. Newcomers and those living further afield are also invited to attend. Please pre-book with the Executive Representative so that a suitably sized table can be arranged.

Scotland – Nation 11
Friday 18th August. 11am                                                                
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.

South – Region 02  
Sunday 20th August. 12.30pm
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.

September 2017

South – Region 02  
Saturday 16th September. 11.00am
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.

Scotland – Nation 11
Saturday 23rd September.                                                   
We will choose several properties near Edinburgh West End which we can visit on Doors Open Day.
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 for meeting place and full details nearer the time.

October 2017

South – Region 02  
Saturday 14th October. 12noon
Meet for our annual autumn lunch at The Mitre, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AG. A chance to catch up with old and new friends over lunch. Please let the Local Contact know if you are planning to attend.