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Diary Dates of AOUG in the South (02)

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2019 Diary Dates

Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Mid June, date and time to be advised
Meet at Lordington Lavender, Lordington, Chichester PO18 9DX. This is a large farm founded in 2002 with over four acres under cultivation with habitat conservation and wildlife in mind. As the farm only opens when the lavender fields are in full bloom, this visit will be weather and crop dependent. If you wish to be included in this event, please advise the Portsmouth Area Local Representative and you will be advised as soon as possible after the farm has announced its dates.

Oxford and Area

Saturday 15th June. 10.50am
Meet at the Town Hall, 9, St Martin's Street, Wallingford, OX10 0AL for a guided Town Walk of historic Wallingford at 11am. The walks last one to two hours and cost £5 per head, (money which will be donated to support Wallingford Museum). These are general walks covering the rich history of Wallingford, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and 'Midsomer Murders'. The X2, X39 & X40 buses go from Oxford, St. Aldates to Wallingford. The X39 & X40 also serve Reading.

Thursday 4th July. 12noon
Meet in the teashop at Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1LA. There are beautiful gardens, orchards, a Rural Life Museum and a Saxon Church. Entry in the Summer is £8.50.

Thursday 1st August 3pm*
Meet at Wychwood Brewery, Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, OX28 4DP for a guided tour. The tour lasts about two hours, and takes you through the brewing process from raw ingredients to the finished product. After the tour you are invited to sample the range of beers. The tour costs £12. It is advisable to book in advance via the website or by telephoning 01993 890800. The S1 & S2 buses go from Oxford to near the Brewery. * Note: Estimated tour time. Actual schedule published in the Spring.

Sunday 22nd September. 11am
Meet at the entrance to Kempton Steam Museum, Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Middlesex TW13 6XH to view the museum and the Kempton Classic Car and Bike Show. (By car, use Sat-Nav TW13 7ND).See the world’s largest working Triple-Expansion Engine in steam and enjoy the best car show in West London, with around one hundred veteran, vintage and classic cars and bikes, plus some modern supercars. Ride on the narrow-gauge railway. Prices Adults £7 (concessions £6). The Museum is about two miles from Kempton Park Station. The 290 bus passes near to the Museum.

Saturday 12th October 12noon
Meet at the Côte Brasserie, 41-47 George Street, Oxford OX1 2BE for an Autumn Lunch. Members and friends from any Region or Nation will be welcome to join us. If you would like to attend, please advise the Local Contact, so that he can reserve a table.

Thursday 21st November 11.15am
Meet at Bodleian Library, Weston Entrance, Broad Street (OX1 3BG) for coffee. Afterwards visit the Bodleian Library's current exhibition. Entry is free.

Thursday 19th December. 11.15am
Meet at 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. This is also an opportunity to plan for next year.

Lunch Time Organ Recitals:
These are held in most months from February to November, 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. For dates go to

Executive Representative – Vacant

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