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South West branch

The South West Branch covers the whole stretch from Bristol in the far north down to the Isles of Scilly. Yes, we do have at least one member living there. The exact area covered is determined by postcode regions and can be seen on our Post Code Map. We aim to hold events in various parts of the region so as to give all members chance to attend, and also perhaps to interest those living just outside the area in Dorset or Bath or even South Wales. If you would like to be included on the emailing list, please send an email to the current Chair, Peter Freeman (1957) at the address below.

Peter Freeman (1957)

Upcoming Events

Saturday 25th April in Exeter from 10:30am

The College is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the admission of its first women undergraduates. This event will be our region's contribution to those celebrations featuring two female alumnae who live and work in the south west. Katie McClaughry (2005) read classics but is a talented musician, and will entertain us with a morning harp recital. She will be performing a range of works including compositions by other talented women, and works she associates with her time at St Catharine's. We will then adjourn for lunch at Carluccio's in Southernhay and our speaker will be Louisa Beringer who will talk about her life as a GP on the edge of Dartmoor.

Tickets are £30 per person including morning coffee and three-course lunch. We do have to declare a minimum attendance of 25 as it will not be economic to run it for fewer than that. So please respond soon to the address above if you would like to come, but don't send money until you receive more details and confirmation. Partners, friends and guests are welcome.

Sunday 7th June at Armstor House, Lydford from 2.30pm

This is our traditional garden party at the home of David and Lorraine Sanders. This year we'll meet in early summer as our very own May Week celebration (but without the all-night champagne). Seeing different plants flowering in the Sanders' wonderful garden will be another pleasure.

There is no charge for this event but please say if you are coming so that we will know how many scones we need to provide.

Wednesday 25th November in Bristol from 6.30pm

We will celebrate St Catharine's Day with a dinner and speaker. Further details will be decided later but reserve the date.

Previous Events

Bristol Cathedral - Wednesday 2nd October from 12.45pm

Graham Lough (1970) has very kindly offered to take us on a conducted tour of Bristol Cathedral, where he is an official guide. This will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday 2nd October. Graham will give us a overview of the history and architecture of the whole building and its many fascinating details. I suggest that we meet for an informal lunch beforehand at Ciao, an Italian restaurant, just five minutes walk from the Cathedral, at 10-11 Denmark Street, BS1 5DQ at 12.45pm. Those who are able to stay on after the tour can adjourn to the Cathedral Cafe for tea and cakes at 3.30pm, and all are welcome to attend Evensong in the Cathedral at 5.15pm.

There is no charge for the tour, lunch and tea will be pay-as-you-go and voluntary donations to the Cathedral would be appreciated. You are welcome to attend any parts of the whole visit and skip the others. Your spouse, friends or guests are also very welcome. We need to have a fairly accurate idea of numbers in advance, so please let me know by 15th September if you are likely to be able to attend.

Bluebell vistas - Sunday 12th May at 2pm
We shall be visiting the famous display of bluebells at Pencarrow, which is a large country estate just north of Bodmin in Cornwall. The extensive grounds are an attraction in themselves, including a complete Iron Age hill fort, and we will have a conducted tour of the house followed by a cream tea (served the proper Cornish way) in the restaurant. There will be a charge of £10.75 for the house and grounds plus £5.50 for the (optional) cream tea.

Garden party - Sunday 8th September from 2pm onwards
The highlight of our year will be a garden party at the home of David and Lorraine Sanders at Lydford in Devon, on the western fringes of Dartmoor. This will be a wonderful opportunity to talk to other members and to meet their friends.

Last modified 5th March 2020