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Diary Dates of AOUG in the South (02)

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2018 Diary Dates

Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August.
Meet in the Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HH where the OU Chapel Choir will be leading services. For details, please see the Cathedral website:

Saturday 18th August. 11am -The Pearl Anniversary Event
Come to any or all of the following:
11am - Meet at No 2, Battery Car Park, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, PO12 2QU for a visit to the Diving Museum. This is a small museum housed in  part of the old coastal defences, and shows a remarkable collection of diving items dating from the first use of diving equipment up to an including James Bond. Admission charge is £3.

12.30pm (approximately) adjourn to the Old Ship. Marine Parade West, Lee-on--Solent, PO13 9BW, for lunch. There is ample car parking by the pub, or in side roads or on the promenade.

1.30pm (approximately) meet at the Hovercraft Museum, Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9NS. Parking on the road or in adjacent side roads is free. The Hovercraft Museum (admission £8/£7) has the world’s only collection of hovercraft, from the days of its invention by Sir Christopher Cockerell to the present day. At 2pm and 3pm there will be an opportunity to take a short ride in one of Hovertravel's modern craft (weather permitting) and be shown the 360-degree spin, the deflation of the skirts and the amazing ability to move easily from a water-craft to a land-craft.

All venues are served by the X5 bus service (every 30 minutes) from the Gosport Ferry or Fareham Railway Station.

Wednesday 17th October. 11am
Meet for coffee at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS. Lunch will be available for those who can stay.

Saturday 24th November. 11am.
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.

Wednesday 9th January 2019. 11.45am
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.

Oxford and Area

Wednesday 25th July.12noon
Meet inside the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, 40, Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP for a monthly lunch time organ recital by -Martin Kondziell on the world famous Father Willis organ. "Bring your lunch and enjoy". The recital is from 12pm to 1pm. Admission £4 (on the door), which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. These recitals are held in most months, usually on the third or fourth Wednesday, by various organists. Contact the Local Contact for dates, or go to

Saturday 18th August. 11.15am
Meet outside Oxford Station, Park End St, Oxfordshire, Oxford, OX1 1HS for our Annual Oxford Walk. The intention is to walk along the Thames Path to Wolvercote, then lunch at The Plough Inn and then after lunch, return along the Canal Path. Alternatively, catch the No. 6 bus back to Oxford. This is the reverse of the walk the group did three years ago.

Tuesday 4th September. 12noon
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.

Saturday 8th September. 12noon
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.

Thursday 18th October. 11.15am
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

Thursday 15th November. 1.30pm
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.

Thursday 20th December. 11.15am
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
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 or ask your Local Contact or dates.

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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