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Diary Dates of AOUG in the South (02)

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2019 Diary Dates

Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Sunday 3rd February. 2pm
Meet outside Warnford Church, Warnford, Southampton, SO32 3LA, for a walk through the snowdrop woods. This is on the east side of the A32 between Alton and Fareham. It may well be wet underfoot so wear suitable attire. The church site has been used for worship for over 1,300 years but is known to many people simply as “The Snowdrop Church”, because of the vast numbers and varieties of snowdrops in the grounds; blooms start appearing in late January and last for about a month, when the church is uniquely open on Sunday afternoons. There is no charge for admission, but a donation is appreciated.

Wednesday 13th March.11am
Meet at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS for coffee and to discuss future dates. Lunch will be available afterwards for those who wish to stay.

Saturday 13th April. 10.15am                     
Meet at Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way, Fishbourne PO19 3QR for a visit around: the site is adjacent to Fishbourne Railway Station. We will adjourn for lunch afterwards. The palace is the largest Roman residential area discovered in Britain, and dates from 75 AD, unusually early compared with other sites.  The mosaic flooring is exceptional. Admission charge is £9.50 (Concessions £8.80).

Oxford and Area

Thursday 21st February. 11.15 am
Meet in the Ashmolean Museum's rooftop café, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH for a coffee morning.

Thursday 21st March. 2pm
Meet at the gate to Christchurch Meadow, in St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1SS for a leisurely walk. The now traditional Spring Equinox stroll and cream tea; only one day late!  The intention is to finish up at the Grand Café, 84, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG, at about 3pm,
there to enjoy a cream tea. If the weather is too bad, please go directly to the Grand Café which is on the site of the first Coffee House in England (1650).

Thursday 25th April. 12noon
Meet at the Côte Brasserie, 41-47, George Street, Oxford OX1 2BE for a Spring lunch. Please advise the Local Contact, so that he can reserve a table.

Lunch Time Organ Recitals. 11.50am
Meet in the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates for an organ recital on the world famous Father Willis organ. These are held in most months from February, usually on the third or fourth Wednesday.  ‘Bring your lunch and enjoy’. The recital is from 12pm to 1pm. Admission, on the door, is £4, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. For dates, ask the Local Contact, or go to    

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Local Contacts:
Oxford and Area - Colin Reed 01235 815548,   Mobile 0775 2932 182 (Event days only) Email:
Portsmouth and Area - Mike Bechley 023 92552087, Mobile 0781 915458. Email