Association of Open University Graduates

Monthly Calendar for Activities in the Regions and Nations

August 2018

Friday 24th August. 1pm
Scotland - Nation 11
Edinburgh Group                                        

Meet in the book tent café at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR before browsing or attending an event. Entry to tented village and book tent is free of charge.

Saturday 25th August. 12noon
East Midlands - Region 05
Meet at the restaurant at Melbourne Hall and Gardens, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8EN for a light lunch prior to going around the gardens, which are well worth a visit. Then any time after 2pm we can explore the Hall which was once owned by Lord Melbourne who was a Prime Minister in the time of Queen Victoria. Lord Melbourne was married to the infamous Lady Caroline who had a well publicised affair with Lord Byron. Adult admission £7, Concessions £6.

Last Thursday in the month – August
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.

September 2018

31st August, 1st and 2nd September
Yorkshire - Region 07
Walking Group - Sedbergh, Cumbria
For further details, please get in touch with your Local Contact.

Tuesday 4th September. 12noon
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at The Bell, Market Square, Aylesbury, HP20 1TX.  Join one of our coffee/lunch gatherings in Aylesbury. This will be the Aylesbury Pearl Celebration gathering. This is an opportunity for local members to get together at one of our occasional social events in Aylesbury. There will be a copy of OMEGA and an AOUG backpack on the table.

Wednesday 5th 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 Regions, friends and family are always welcome.  Please contact Eastbourne Local Contact for more details.

Saturday 8th September. 12noon
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at the Côte Brasserie, 41-47, George Street, Oxford OX1 2BE for an AOUG Pearl Celebration Lunch. This will be more expensive than our previous lunches, but it is a special occasion, and the food is good. Please advise the Local Contact, as he will need to reserve a table.

Wednesday 12th September. 11am
London and the South East - Region 01
London Group

Meet at King’s Cross Visitor Centre, 11, Stable Street, London N1C 4AB for a site talk starting at 11am followed by free guided walking tour lasting about one hour. Contact London Lunches coordinator by 30th August for precise details of location and in order for her to inform the staff at the Visitor Centre of expected numbers. Following the tour you may wish to explore more of this transformed area with its trendy bars and shops, sample one of the many restaurants/cafes or, on a nice day, enjoy a picnic, watch passing barges on the canal or admire the fountains and city views.

Wednesday 12th September. 1pm
Scotland – Nation 11

Meet at the entrance of the Kelpies in the Helix Park at Falkirk FK2 7ZT Join us for a guided tour of the Kelpies and see inside these 'graceful gentle giants'. Please note there is no direct bus connection. This trip will therefore require walking some distance, even from the car park. Transport is best by shared cars – see booking form for arrangements.
Cost, payable on the day £7.50 (£6.50 concession)

Saturday 15th September. 2pm
West Midlands - Region 04

Meet at the main entrance of the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND (www.libraryofbirmingham.com) for a general visit. We will finish by 3.30 pm. Please contact the Executive Representative for reservations.

Saturday 15th September 12noon
East Midlands
- Region 05
Meet at the Royal William IV pub, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln LN1 1YX for our Autumn meal, this time with the opportunity of an hour’s boat trip on the ‘Brayford Belle’ to see Lincoln from a different perspective. Please can members and guests pre-book with the Executive Representative so that a suitably sized table can be booked in the pub. Look for the OMEGA on the table or ask at the bar.

Sunday 16th September. 11am
North West – Region 08

Meet at the café in the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL.  The Jodrell Bank Observatory hosts a number of radio telescopes the largest being the Lovell Telescope. Adult admission £8 (Concessions £5.95)

Monday 17th September. 11am
East of England – Region 06

Meet for coffee and a catch up at The Peahen, 14, London Road, St Albans, AL1 1NG.  We will try a new venue for our occasional coffee catch ups. For those that want to we can then visit the Abbey. There will be a copy of OMEGA and an AOUG backpack on the table.

Wednesday 19th September. 1pm
North – Region 09

Meet at the main entrance to visit Beamish Museum, the North of England Open Air Museum, Regional Resource Centre, Beamish DH9 0RG and enjoy a journey into the past to experience life in the North-East in the early 1800’s and 1900’s. Set in over three hundred acres of beautiful countryside, Beamish has a 1913 town street, a colliery village, a working farm and a railway station.

Saturday 22nd September. 11am
Yorkshire – Region 07

Meet for coffee in the Cafeteria of  Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, HX1 1QG (opp. Halifax Rail Station) prior to choosing to visit the unique Piece Hall, Calderdale Industrial Museum, Eureka Children’s Museum or Halifax Minster. They are all very close together

Friday 28th September.
South West - Region 03
Exeter Group

Meet for an outdoor trek along the old tramway from Haytor Quarry with an historical commentary on route whilst observing the wonderful views of Dartmouth, the River Teign, Teignmouth and the sea. There is the opportunity to participate in a cream tea close on route. Full details will be available from the Local Contact.

Saturday 29th September. 12noon
South Wales - Nation 10
Meet outside the Custom House (at the end of the Barrage) to walk over to the new café. This is a beautiful location with great views of The Marina and across the channel over to Western. After a chat and celebration coffee, exchanging our OU stories, memories and photos, there are various options. Maybe a walk along The Barrage to Cardiff Bay (or take the Water Bus) or a walk and pub lunch on The Marina. There is a large car park available with the nearest railway station at Cogan, a few metres from the café on The Barrage.

Saturday 29th September. 11am
Ireland – Nation 12
Munster Area

Meet in the reception area of Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel. The Museum tells the story of South Tipperary from prehistoric to modern times. It features artefacts from military, religious, social history, political and natural history. It houses many rare objects such as its art collection featuring exhibits of fifty years of the South Tipperary Arts Group. The town has got a rich heritage trail which can be explored to meet interests of those attending. Please let the Executive Representative know if you are intending to attend. . Look for the carrier of OMEGA. (Car parking available). Entry is free.

Last Thursday in the month – September
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.

Lunch Time Organ Recitals
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

These are held in most months, usually on the third or fourth Wednesday, in the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, on the world famous Father Willis organ. "Bring your lunch and enjoy". The recital is from 12pm to 1pm. Admission, on the door, is £4, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Go to www.oxford.gov.uk/townhall or ask your Local Contact for dates.

October 2018

Wednesday 3rd 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 Regions, friends and family are always welcome.  Please contact Eastbourne Local Contact for more details.

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October
Europe

Meet up with members, family and friends for the AOUG Pearl Anniversary Weekend to be held on The Open University campus and surrounding areas. The booking form was in your Spring OMEGA but if you have lost it you can request a replacement. Read all about the full details in this edition of OMEGA. For members from mainland Europe, this is wonderful opportunity to meet up with fellow graduates and to enjoy the picturesque surrounding area without the hassle of making your own accommodation arrangements. However the final numbers are required by the end of August so contact the AOUG Office now to ask for a booking form to be emailed out to you – aoug@open.ac.uk and then send your form and cheque to AOUG Office, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes England. MK7 6AA

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

Meet at the Trattoria Verdi Restaurant, 110, Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 4BL for another great two-course meal with wine at £15 per head (notes only in envelope hearing your name). Please book in advance with the London lunches coordinator.

Friday 12th October
Europe

Copy date for the Europe Newsletter. Contributions from members in Europe gives extra interest for all our readers, so the editor would greatly appreciate your contributions, short, long or just a few words. The subject for this next edition will focus on ‘Roundabouts’

Monday 15th October. 1pm
East of England - Region 06

Meet at Cote Brasserie, 21 – 24, Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UF for an Autumn Pearl Celebration lunch.  We will celebrate thirty years of the Association of Open University Graduates at this French inspired restaurant. Do feel free to wear your pearls (if you have them!!) Please let the Executive Representative know if you wish to attend before 1st October 2018 as we will need to book a table.

Tuesday 16th October. 1.30pm
North – Region 09

Meet at the visitor centre in Carlisle Cathedral, 7, The Abbey, Carlisle CA3 8TZ and be enthralled by the splendour of this Norman Cathedral. It is one of the jewels of North West England standing on the border with Scotland with a lively tale to tell. During the time of the English Civil War, a portion of the nave was demolished by the Scottish Presbyterian army to use for reinforcing Carlisle Castle.

Wednesday 17th October. 11am
South - Region 02
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

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

Thursday 18th October. 11.15am
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at Bodleian Library, Weston Entrance, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG for coffee. Afterwards visit the Bodleian Library's ‘Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth Exhibition’, which explores Tolkien's amazing legacy from his genius as an artist, poet, linguist and author, to his academic career and family life. A limited number of free tickets are available each day on a first come first served basis. Alternatively, book (£1 booking fee per transaction) at https://tolkien.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Saturday 27th October. 11am
East Midland – Region 05

Meet at the Hub Café of the new International Bomber Command Centre, Canwich Hill, Lincoln, LN4 2RF, recently opened to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the RAF. The central spire on the site is one hundred and two feet tall (the exact length of wing tip to wing tip of the infamous Lancaster Bomber). There are three display galleries with interactive exhibits. Entry by donation.

Lunch Time Organ Recitals
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

These are held in most months, usually on the third or fourth Wednesday, in the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, on the world famous Father Willis organ. "Bring your lunch and enjoy". The recital is from 12pm to 1pm. Admission, on the door, is £4, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Go to www.oxford.gov.uk/townhall or ask your Local Contact for dates.

November 2018

Saturday 3rd November. 11am
East Midland – Region 05

Meet at the High Peak Visitor Centre, Lea Bridge, Derbyshire, DE4 5AA (One mile South of Cromford village) where there is a High Peak Junction Open Day. Visitors can see the oldest Railway Workshops in the World and learn about the importance of railways. Entrance if free but if you wish to make your own poker at the Blacksmith’s shop, there is a fee of £10.

Tuesday 6th November.11am
London and the South East – Region 01
London Group

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

Wednesday 7th 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 Regions, friends and family are always welcome.  Please contact Eastbourne Local Contact for more details.

Saturday 10th November. 11am
North West – Region 08

Meet at the café at The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre at Mersey Road, Widnes, WA8 0DF.  This museum focuses on chemistry and the history of the chemical industry.

Thursday 15th November. 1.30pm
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet at Bodleian Library, Weston Entrance, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG for an early afternoon tea. Afterwards, cross the road to the Museum of the History of Science for a tour of the Museum and its collections. Led by an award-winning volunteer guide, they usually take place every Thursday at 2.30pm and 3.15pm.

Sunday 18th November. 1pm
Region 04 – West Midlands

Meet at Johnny Spice Restaurant, 46, Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3BJ (www.johnnyspice.com/) for an Indian dinner. We will finish by 3.00 pm. Please contact the Executive Representative for reservations.

Saturday 24th November. 11am.
Region 02 – South
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet at the main entrance to the D-Day Museum, Clarence Parade, Southsea, PO5 3NT, to see the Overlord Embroidery (eighty eight metres long) an LCVP landing craft of the type used in Normandy in 1944, a Horsa Glider and a unique Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle. Admission charge approximately £8. There is no public transport to the Museum, but bus service 1 (every 10 minutes) from Portsmouth Harbour station / The Hard Interchange passes nearby along Palmerston Road; alternatively it is a twenty minute walk from The Hard.

Lunch Time Organ Recitals
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

These are held in most months, usually on the third or fourth Wednesday, in the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, on the world famous Father Willis organ. "Bring your lunch and enjoy". The recital is from 12pm to 1pm. Admission, on the door, is £4, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Go to www.oxford.gov.uk/townhall or ask your Local Contact for dates.

December 2018

Saturday 1st December. 12noon
Yorkshire – Region 07

Meet in café at Leeds Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP for a festive lunch (Remember your Christmas jumper!) followed by a matinee performance of ‘Christmas Carol’ at 2pm. Advertised for seven year old and upwards. Book your own tickets from West Yorkshire Playhouse Box Office 0113 2137700.                                                                                                   

Tuesday 4th December. 11am
London and the South East – Region 01
London Group

Meet and Greet session in The Café at Foyles Book Shop, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT. Discuss possible Carol Service/concert in a City church (see below).

Wednesday 5th 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 Regions, friends and family are always welcome.  Please contact Eastbourne Local Contact for more details.

Friday 7th December. 1pm
North West – Region 08

Meet at the Tickled Trout Restaurant, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PRS 0UJ for a Christmas lunch. Please book by 9th November with the Local Contact.

Saturday 8th 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 hotel is situated close to Belfast Central Railway Station, bus services and shopping. The Continental Market on the grounds of Belfast City Hall, which is close by, provides entertainment, shopping and amusements to suit all tastes. So, come along and immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas with AOUG colleagues. Family and friends welcome. The Local Contact will be carrying a copy of OMEGA.

Monday 10th December. 1pm
East of England – Region 06

Meet at Maids Head Hotel, 20, Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1LB.  This will be another of our Pearl Celebration events in the Region so do feel free to wear your pearls, if you have them!!  We will be gathering for a Christmas lunch. Please let the Executive Representative know by 31st October, if you wish to attend as we will need to book this early as it will be Christmas lunch season.

Tuesday 18th December. 11am
London and the South East – Region 01
London Group

Meet in the café in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD (entrance via Paternoster Square) for coffee followed by Carol Service or concert in a City church. For more details of final arrangements, please contact the London Local Contact.

Thursday 20th December. 11.15am
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

Meet in the Ashmolean Museum's rooftop café, 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.

Lunch Time Organ Recitals
South – Region 02
Oxford and Area

These are held in most months, usually on the third or fourth Wednesday, in the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, on the world famous Father Willis organ. "Bring your lunch and enjoy". The recital is from 12pm to 1pm. Admission, on the door, is £4, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Go to www.oxford.gov.uk/townhall or ask your Local Contact for dates.

January 2019

Saturday 5th January. 12noon
East Midland – Region 05

Meet at the Royal William IV pub, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln LN1 1YX for a celebration lunch to welcome in the New Year. Please can members and guests pre-book with the Executive Representative so that a suitably sized table can be booked in the pub. Look for the OMEGA on the table or ask at the bar.

Tuesday 8th January. 12noon
London and the South East – Region 01
London Group

Meet at the Trattoria Verdi Restaurant, 110, Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 4BL for a post-Christmas two-course meal with wine £15 per head (again, notes only in envelope bearing your name). Please book in advance with London Lunches coordinator.

Wednesday 9th January. 11.45am
Region 02 – South
Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Meet at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road Portsmouth, PO3 5HS for our annual New Year’s lunch at 12noon. There is no need to book, but please advise the Portsmouth Area Local Contact by 3rd January if you intend to come.