Oxford University Society East Kent Branch

The East Kent Branch organises several events each year, including a spring lunch, a summer garden party, the AGM and a pre-Christmas lunch, as well as an outing to Oxford if there is something going on that appeals to members. Often we have informal talks on these occasions, given by members. These are all daytime events, normally on a Saturday or Sunday.
Many of these events support our student grant scheme.
Summer Garden Party
Saturday, 29th June 2019    A Summer Garden Party by kind invitation of Anthony and Julia Stanton, Mill House Farm, Waltham nr. Canterbury CT4 5SL
OUS East Kent AGM
Early October – The Annual General Meeting with talks by grantees, probably at St. Augustine’s again.



Spring Lunch 2019
Forty-three members enjoyed lunch at the Cafe du Soleil in Canterbury on Sunday 3rd March – chairman Peter Morgan noting that the committee had bowed to the wishes of members in an informal referendum at the AGM, when equal numbers voted for Saturdays or Sundays, by holding events alternately on the one day or the other – hence a Saturday for the Summer Garden Party. Many members commented on the excellent quality of the food.
After lunch our in-house Viking, Peter Berg, gave a talk entitled ‘The Vikings in Canterbury’, though it took a while to get here, with diversions including Proto-Norse languages, Olympic football, a Swedish ship aground off Southend – Basket Babies in Stranded Ship Thrill – eventually coming to the Great Siege of Canterbury in 1011 and the death of Archbishop Alfheah as described in the poetry of Jan Montefiore.


Christmas lunch 2018

Wine and cheese was enjoyed at our Chairman’s house at Park Gate on December 8th – slightly smaller than usual turnout – austerity, Brexit, busy time of year? – but over £300 was raised for the Bursary Fund. Many thanks to Mary and Peter Morgan!After the AGM it was a great pleasure for us to hear from Molly and Jo about their projects.

Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the East Kent Branch and lunch took place on Saturday, 20 October at The King’s School, St Augustine’s Undercroft – many thanks to the Headmaster and staff.
The business of the AGM passed mercifully swiftly. Our Chairman, Peter Morgan, reported the sad loss of four of our members, and we stood for a minute in remembrance. Re-election of four committee members – Dr.Patrick Wheeler,Mrs. Diane Worth,Mr. Andrew Joynes and Dr. Mark Fernando – was followed by an invitation to others who might feel moved to breathe new life into the Committee to make themselves known. Our Treasurer, Patrick Wheeler, has finally been allowed to retire – many thanks for his 13 years of hard work – and Nigel Beevor will be taking  over for the time being. The year’s three events all went well, though Peter felt it necessary to apologise once again for having to cancel the Summer Garden Party – the feeling of the meeting was that such an apology was entirely unnecessary, and we are all relieved that Mary is well again.
In the absence of our Treasurer, Peter Berg gave a brief presentation of the accounts, the upshot of which being that whilst we have sufficient funds for grants in 2019, the number of ‘subscribing members’ has fallen steadily over the last ten years or so, to the point at which in 2018 there were only 43. Members were urged to do their best, through personal contacts, to encourage others to join us.
 We have awarded five grants this year. The recipients were:
Callum Duff. Pembroke College. To support him during his placement at The  Louvre in Paris.
Felicity Gush. St Catherine’s College. To support her during her placement at the Rene Magritte Museum in Brussels. 
Molly Boot. Regent’s Park College. Molly is an ordinand and our grant enabled her to take part in her college’s trip to experience some of the ecclesiastical landscape in Romania.
Ramani Chandramohan. St Anne’s College . To cover the cost of her fare to the college’s Classic’s Society trip to Lamledra House in Cornwall.
Joseph Double. St Hugh’s College. To enable him to stay in Oxford during the vac to work with his tutor, Dr Thomas Crawford on a project producing a series of outreach content which aims to explain interesting mathematical concepts to a lay audience.


Molly, as an ordinand,  went to Romania to explore the various different strands of Christianity there: Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant in various forms, finding that after the fall of communism, faith had prospered . Seldom, though, spiritually led by women: she often had difficulty explaining that she was headed for Anglican priesthood – the best explanation, she found, was to explain that she was training to become a leader or pastor .




Jo’s Long Vac was spent preparing a number of presentations to help laymen understand the farther reaches of mathematics. Examples included non-Euclidian geometry, which may seem utterly inexplicable in laymen’s terms but which Jo was able to allow us a glimmer of understanding. A particularly attractive notion was the idea of communicating with aliens using mathematics, on the basis that the laws of mathematics are universal and not just a human discovery or construct.



Many thanks to Molly and Jo for speaking to us and helping us to feel that there may be hope for mankind after all!

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