Association of Open University Graduates

Monthly Calendar for Activities in the Regions and Nations

September 2016

North West – Region 08

Saturday 24th September. 11am
Meet in the café at the entrance to Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ. Dunham Massey is a National Trust property described as “A garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories”. Admission £12.50 (children £6.20), free entry for National Trust members.

Wales – Nation 10

Saturday 24th September. 11am
Meet at the tearoom of Bodnant Gardens, Tal-y-Cafn near Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE. If you have not been with us before an OMEGA will be on the coffee table. Please join us. Bodnant Gardens are situated above the River Conwy and look across the valley towards the Snowdonia range of North Wales. There is a small shopping area with a Woollen Mill and National Trust Shop so don't forget your National Trust card if you are a member.

Scotland – Nation 11

Saturday 24th September. 10.30am 
Meet for coffee at The King's Wark, 36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU for ‘Doors Open Day’ in Edinburgh. Institutions normally off-limits to the public open their doors and allow their staff to explain the history and function of many fascinating establishments. Take Lothian Buses services 16 or 22 from Princes St. to either  Bernard St or Broad Wynd, followed by a short walk.

South West - Region 03

Bristol Group
Thursday 29th September. 12.30pm
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). You can access the menu at www.thewhitehartbristol.co.uk . If you intend to come, please let your Local Contact know by 23rd September.  

South West - Region 03

Exeter Group
Friday 30th September. 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.

October 2016

Yorkshire – Region 07

Saturday 1st October
Walking Group: Gargrave

London and the South East - Region 01

Eastbourne Group
Wednesday 5th October. 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. 

Europe

Friday 7th October. 12noon
AOUG Foundation Lecture and The AOUG Foundation for Education Research Awards Ceremony to be held on The Open University campus, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. Tickets at £10, including a buffet lunch, can be obtained from the AOUG Office, AOUG@open.ac.uk

South – Region 02

Wednesday 12th October. 10.30am
Meet at the entrance of Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA. Admission is £9.60/£8.60. The gardens hold fourteen national collections, plus the Gurkha Memorial, Brentry Memorial and Hydrangea Walk which should be at its best at the time of our visit. Public transport is by bus service 66 (Winchester to Romsey).

Scotland – Nation 11

Wednesday 12th October. 11.00am
Meet at the entrance of Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL to see ‘Self-Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei’ with lunch/ coffee in the café afterwards. Artists have always created self-portraits and whatever their motivation: as a showcase for their talents, a political statement or a conscious projection of their best self – the result is always the same: the creator becomes the subject. This idea is celebrated in ‘Facing the World’, which presents a breath-taking selection of portraits, in various media, spanning six centuries, from Rembrandt’s paintings to Ai Weiwei’s instagram posts. Entry to exhibition is £9.00 (£7.00) with free entry to the permanent collection.

Europe

Friday 14th October.
Copy date for the Europe Newsletter. All contributions would be greatly appreciated on any subject suitable for OU graduates, where ever they live. Please send copy to the Europe contact.

London and the South East– Region 01

Saturday 15th October. 12noon
Meet at The Mitre, corner of Turl Street with the High Street, Oxford OX1 4AG for the Autumn Lunch. This is a Handshake event with Region 02. Pre-Booking with the Local Contact is essential.

South – Region 02

Oxford Group
Saturday 15th October. 12noon

Meet at The Mitre, corner of Turl Street with the High Street, Oxford OX1 4AG for the Autumn Lunch. This is a Handshake event with Region 01. Members and friends from any Region or Nation will be welcome to join us. Pre-Booking with the Local Contact is essential.

South West - Region 03

Cornwall Group
Thursday 17th October. 8pm
Meet in Victoria Inn, Roche, St Austell PL26 8LQ for the Book Club’s monthly meeting.

London and the South East - Region 01

Tuesday 18th October. 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 Margaret Brett.

Yorkshire – Region 07

Saturday 22nd October. 10.30am
Meet in The Rosebowl cafeteria, Portland Crescent, Leeds, LS1 3HB, UK (part of the Leeds Beckett University), for coffee prior to our Autumn Saturday Meeting with a speaker at 11am followed by lunch in the cafeteria and then the members’ general discussion meeting.

South West - Region 03

Exeter Group
Friday 28th October. 2.30pm
Talk by Andrea Lightfoot: Psychology for Life at a member’s home in Lympstone. Further information from your Local Contact.  

East Midlands – Region 05

Sunday 30th October. 11am
Meet at the café at Gainsborough Old Hall, Parnell Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2NB to view one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in the country. Entry costs £7.40 (Concession £5.90), free for English Heritage members. If time permits, we can walk around the interesting town with its ancient buildings.

 

November 2016

London and the South East - Region 01

Eastbourne Group
Wednesday 2nd November. 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.

 London and the South East - Region 01

Tuesday 8th November. 11am
Meet at Victoria Railway Station, SW1V 1JU outside WHSmith’s (main concourse) for coffee in a local café and then a short walk to the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A 1AA to view their current exhibition. Admission is £10.30 (Over 60s £9.40) for the Gallery only.  Admission for a combined visit to the Queen’s Gallery and Royal Mews is £17.70 (Over 60s £16.10). Tickets purchased directly from the Royal Collection Trust can be converted into a One-Year Pass, giving twelve months’ complimentary admission to the site(s) visited.

South – Region 02

Wednesday 9th November. 11.00am
Meet for coffee at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS.

Yorkshire – Region 07

Saturday 12th November. 10.15am
Meet in the buffet at the Oxenhope station of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Oxenhope Railway Station, Mill Lane, Oxenhope, BD22 9LB (after purchasing your tickets) ready to board the steam train at 11.00am. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is unique as most trains convey a real-ale buffet car, serving real-ale from traditional hand pumps as well as tea, coffee and a selection of soft drinks and snacks. The group plan to travel to the end of the line and then start the return journey, alighting at Ingrow for an hour and a half, to view the railway themed Museums before travelling back on the train departing at 1.21pm. Some may wish to alight at Damems or Oakworth (made famous by the film the Railway Children) to examine the stations before journeying onwards to Haworth to explore the Bronte village before returning to Oxenhope. The last train from Haworth to Oxenhope is 4.35pm, arriving at Oxenhope at 4.40pm although attendees are able to plan their day to suit their own interests.

Yorkshire – Region 07

Saturday 12th November
Walking Group: T shop walk

Wales – Nation 10

Saturday 12th November. 11am
Meet for Coffee in Tower Coffee House, ‪Castle Square, Conwy, Snowdonia National Park LL32 8AY, Wales. Come and join us for a coffee at a lovely venue, which Trip Advisor states is a hidden gem.  

South – Region 02

Oxford and Area
Thursday 17th November. 11.00am
Meet at the Ashmolean Museum’s rooftop cafe, Beaumont Street, Oxford. OX1 2PH, for a Coffee morning.

West Midlands – Region 04

Saturday 19th November. 12noon
Meet at the main entrance to the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH for an opportunity to share lunch together in The Edwardian Tearooms. Following lunch, we will explore the Museum. General admission to the Museum is free. Enquiries to Philip Evans. 

East Midlands – Region 05

Saturday 19th November. 11am
Meet at the entrance of Kirby Hall, Deene, Corby, NN17 3EN, signposted off the A43, four miles North-East of Corby. This is a very impressive Elizabethan house with large gardens containing statues and topiary. The property is owned by the Earl of Winchelsea and managed by English Heritage. Entry costs £7.30 (concessions £6.60), free entry for English Heritage members. It is suggested that members bring a packed lunch as there are limited food facilities on site.

North West – Region 08

Saturday 19th November. 11am
Meet in the café of Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3JL.

Scotland – Nation 11

Saturday 19th November. 12.30pm 
Meet at the entrance of Paisley Abbey, Art Gallery and Museum, High St, Paisley PA1 2BA. Pre-booking with the Local Contact  is essential (Edinburgh members intend to arranged transport by shared cars from Edinburgh which will leave at 11am). The abbey, founded in 1163 as a Cluniac Monastery, retains its medieval nave with transepts and choir. It has Royal Tombs, fine woodcarving and beautiful stained glass windows. Visitors can view the sacristy exhibition and visit the abbey gift and coffee shop. The museum houses fifty seven collections including the internationally recognised textiles with over one thousand Paisley Shawls and the weavers' pattern and design books. A free temporary exhibition 'Made in Paisley- a Collaborative Space' will be on at that time. The Art Collection includes the Paisley Institute collection of Glasgow Boys and many examples of contemporary work. Its twentieth century studio ceramics collection is considered to be one of the best in Scotland.

South West - Region 03

Cornwall Group
Thursday 24th November. 8pm
Meet in Victoria Inn, Roche, St Austell PL26 8LQ for the Book Club’s monthly meeting.

December 2016

Yorkshire – Region 07

Saturday 3rd December. 12noon
Meet for a festive lunch in the cafeteria at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP prior to matinee performance of their Christmas production – the title is to be announced by the end of June and members should obtain their tickets direct from the Playhouse Box Office 0113 213 7700.

Scotland – Nation 11

Saturday 3rd December. 2.45pm
Meet at the entrance of Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, Davidson's Mains to join Edinburgh Living History interpreters on the 3pm tour at Lauriston Castle at Christmas as they evoke the true magic of the Edwardian period at Christmas and discover what life would have been like then. View its collections of Italian Furniture, Sheffield Plate, Crossley Wool Mosaics and Blue John ornaments is one of Scotland’s greatest gifts. The beautiful grounds were laid out by William Henry Playfair in the 1840s. By bus take service 41 or 42 from Princes St to Davidson Mains followed by a 10 min walk. Pre-booking is essential - to book tickets visit this page and make sure you select the 3pm time slot. Adult £6.50 including Christmas afternoon tea. Please note: it is essential to book early as last year the same event was sold out very early!

South West - Region 03

Exeter Group
Friday 9th December. 12noon
Meet at main entrance for a Christmas Lunch at the Puffing Billy (tbc.), Station Road, Exton, Exeter EX3 0PR. Pre-booking with your Local Contact is essential.

North West – Region 08

Friday 9th December. 1.00pm
Meet at the Waterfold Farm, Waterfold Business Park, Bury, BL9 7BR for our Christmas Lunch.

Ireland – Nation 12

Belfast Area
Saturday 10th December. 12.30pm
Meet in the entrance of the Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast City, BT1 3LP for a festive lunch. The Local Contact will be carrying a copy of OMEGA. The Hotel is close to Belfast Central Railway Station, bus services and shopping areas. The day will give you an opportunity to visit Belfast’s Traditional Continental Christmas Market on the grounds of Belfast City Hall. The Market has grown from strength to strength featuring attractions from across the Continent along with local traders. Guests of members are welcome as there is so much on offer.

South – Region 02

Oxford and Area
Thursday 15th December. 11.00am
Meet at the Ashmolean Museum’s rooftop cafe, Beaumont Street, Oxford. OX1 2PH, for a Coffee morning.
It is anticipated that the annual Oxford Christmas Market will be taking place in nearby Broad Street.

South West - Region 03

Cornwall Group
Thursday 29th December. 8pm
Meet in Victoria Inn, Roche, St Austell PL26 8LQ for the Book Club’s monthly meeting.


January 2017

London and the South East - Region 01

Wednesday 10th January 2017. 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 Margaret Brett.

Scotland – Nation 11

Saturday 14th January. 12.30pm
Meet ready for the Annual Lunch hosted at 1pm upstairs in the Royal Overseas League, Over-Seas House, 100 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 3AB. The lunch will therefore be in the Robert Louis Stevenson room and the price for two courses to include coffee is £20 (aperitif and tip included) – a significant reduction on the normal cost. Pre-booking is essential.

Ireland – Nation 12

Dublin Area
Saturday 21st January 2017. 11.30am
Meet at the entrance of Swords Castle, Bridge Street, Swords, County Dublin for a tour of the castle and following lunch a tour of the grounds of (and possibly inside) St. Columba’s Church. This is a unique opportunity to visit little gems from the medieval period in the north county Dublin village of Swords. Our tour will begin by visiting Swords Castle, the Archbishop’s manorial residence, with its magnificently restored chapel. After lunch in a local restaurant, the group will visit the grounds of St. Columba’s Church of Ireland (designed by Francis Johnston, architect of the General Post Office) to view its Round Tower built as a precaution against Viking raids and Square Tower, the only remaining part of the medieval Abbey. It is hoped to arrange a visit to the church building too. There is lots of fascinating history to learn about throughout the day. Voluntary donations to the church restoration fund would be very much appreciated. There are frequent bus services to Swords from Dublin on numbers 31, 31b, 33 and 41 (www.dublinbus.ie), and by car via M1, R132 and R122, but note that parking can be problematic in Swords on Saturdays because of shopping. Please notify the Local Contact for Dublin of your intention to attend.


February 2017

Scotland – Nation 11

Wednesday 15th February. 1.45pm            
Meet outside the museum for a guided tour of the Fire Station Museum at 78, Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DE in the heart of Edinburgh. The tour takes you through the stories of the oldest municipal fire brigade in the United Kingdom and transports visitors back in time to experience the proud and exciting history of Scotland’s beautiful capital city and the role firefighters have played in it over the years. We can adjourn for tea or coffee to the National Library Café at the end of the tour. Admission £3.00.


March 2017

Scotland – Nation 11

Saturday 12th March. 11.00am                                                       
Meet at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL for the group’s AGM The speaker is still to be confirmed. Members can have lunch at a nearby venue after the meeting. Admission £3.00.