Association of Open University Graduates

Selby Abbey
taken by Jean Hertzog

Scarborough Castle
taken by Jean Hertzog

Scarborough Castle and North Bay
taken by Jean Hertzog




Yorkshire Wildlife Park - taken by Jean Hertzog





































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Selby – May 2018

Our May visit to Selby was doubly interesting to me as I had never been there before. A group of us met in Wetherspoons and, after coffee, we walked to the magnificent Abbey. As with all buildings of this age and history, there was a great deal to see and appreciate. We then wandered round part of the town and found a prizewinning Fish and Chip Restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious lunch. We went to look at the river before heading for home. An interesting day.

Lesley Sleigh






Doncaster - June 2018

We held our AOUG in Yorkshire AGM in Doncaster in June. We heard reports and a financial update and elected Officers and a new Committee. Our Chairman is Derrick Franks, our Secretary is Lesley Sleigh. We have no Vice-Chairman or Treasurer but would welcome any member who would wish to volunteer for these roles, to get in touch. The other Committee members are Jean Hertzog, Janet Parker, Carol-Ann Churm, Anne Firth and Peter Turvey.

Lesley Sleigh






Scarborough - July 2018

On a beautifully sunny Saturday in July, my grandson Oliver and I set off on the train for Scarborough. At Leeds, we joined another member and, as we left Scarborough Station, we met another. We found the nearby ‘Eat Me Café’, where we were joined by three more members. After coffee and a snack, we set off to walk to the Castle. Its size is impressive!
We visited the nearby grave of Anne Bronte and admired the castle-like house built by John Atkinson Grimshaw, a Leeds born Victorian artist. We descended to the harbour and found a suitable eating house for lunch, then wandered round the back streets (shadier than the sea front) to find an ice cream. We rode the steep tramway to the upper town level and made our way to buses, trains and cars to make the journey home. A very enjoyable day.

Lesley Sleigh       










Yorkshire Wildlife Park

‘Wild’ is not usually a word to describe an AOUG event, but it is appropriate for a visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster, A large group of us (ranging in age from three to eighty seven years) met for coffee before we wandered around. The weather could have been drier but we do not allow weather to spoil our events. The different animals had their own areas so we saw majestic tigers in their enclosure, camels of various ages released joyously into theirs for their breakfast, polar bears in an amazing purpose built home designed to demonstrate that these animals do not live in a totally frozen environment. Capybaras, large otters, meerkats and lions entertained us in their own individual ways.

We tried to battle the weather on outdoor picnic tables at lunchtime but finally gave up and moved into a very crowded marquee. The children enjoyed the well-designed play areas as well as so many animals – large and small. The four generations of my family who attended this event, along with three generations of another member’s family and several individual AOUG members, all had a very interesting day.

Lesley Sleigh




Executive Representative – Lesley Sleigh 01422 883337

Local Contact
Walking Group Co-ordinator – Ginny Feeney 01422 847008