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Diary Dates of AOUG in the South (02)

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2019 Diary Dates

Portsmouth and South Downs Area

Wednesday 18th September. 11am
Meet at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth PO3 5HS for coffee.

Friday 18th October. 10am
Meet at the entrance to Leckford Farm (the Waitrose estate), Stockbridge SO20 6EH, for a guided walk around the arboretum, not normally open to the public. This is part of the Waitrose Farm, started by John Spedan Lewis, the founder of the John Lewis Partnership, and houses the national collection of Buddleia and Clematis Viticella. Lunch afterwards in the adjacent cafe. The cost is approximately £25.

Wednesday 13th November. 11am
Meet at the Toby Carvery, Copnor Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth PO3 5HS for coffee and to discuss 2020.

Oxford and Area

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

Aylesbury Lunches

Tuesday 10th September. 12 noon
Meet at The Bell, Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 1TX for lunch or coffee.

Tuesday 3rd December. 12 noon
Meet at The Bell, Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 1TX for lunch or coffee.

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
Aylesbury Lunch Contact - Jayne Littlejohn 01296 424152