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.
Spring Lunch 2019:
Sunday, 3rd March 2019
Cafe du Soleil
4-5 Pound Lane Canterbury CT1 2BZ
The East Kent Branch of Oxford University Society is having a spring lunch on Sunday, 3rd March 2019 for members and their guests at noon for lunch at 12.45. This event is to be held at The Cafe du Soleil, 4-5 Pound Lane Canterbury CT1 2BZ  We shall be eating in their comfortable upstairs room which has its own bar.
Following the success of our members’ talks given by an increasing range of our members, Peter Berg will this time entertain us as we have our coffee, with “Vikings in Canterbury” which will include some of his own research.
The Cafe du Soleil is adjacent to the North Lane car park at the Westgate and  is a short walk from the Pound Lane car park. Turn left on Pound Lane as you walk out of the car park and the first opening on your right is the bridge to the Cafe du Soleil. The smaller Millers Field Car Park is on the Causeway. From there one can cross a small bridge and walk along the river to the Cafe du Soleil. It is within walking distance of Canterbury West Station. From the Canterbury main bus station, buses number 4, 4A, 4X, 3, 3A and Unibus all go to the Westgate, St Dunstan bus stop, which is a short walk to the restaurant.
The menu is attached.  Please email, telephone or send a note to me of your choices for main course and pudding by Friday, 22th February at the latest.
The cost for starters of bread and olives on the table as we sit down and two courses, tea and coffee and including service is £25 per person. Please make cheques payable to “East Kent Branch Oxford University Society” and send to our new Treasurer, Mr. Nigel Beevor, 10 B, The Street, Ash, Kent CT32HJ  It is essential that payment be with him by Monday, 25th February 2019.
If you would prefer to pay by electronic payment here are the newTreasurer’s instructions for electronic payments:
“I am happy to receive electronic payments into our account:
Metro Bank, sort code 23-05-80, a/c number 31777692  . Reference  (your name)+ event e.g.Spring Lunch 2019.  Could I also be notified by email directly at:  This will enable me to keep track of those payments which arrive by electronic transfer.
The Committee reminds us that the Grants Committee will soon be meeting to receive applications for this coming summer. In the interest of knowing how much money they will have to award, the Treasurer would be grateful if those of you who have not yet sent him your donations could do so. Cheques should be sent to: Mr. Nigel Beevor, 10 B, The Street, Ash, Kent CT3 2HJ.  He will also be happy to have money transferred to him by electronic transfer (as above).  If you have been paying your yearly donations by standing order, please will you amend the details with your bank so these donations can go into our new bank account.  If you have not yet set up a standing order, may I suggest that this is the easiest way for the Grants Committee to know what funds will be available to them?
Please make your menu choices and email,email, telephone or send them to me, Jayne Cohen
Menu –  Cafe du Soleil
There will be bread and olives etc. to start with waiting for us on the tables  – no choice necessary
Kentish Lamb with ratatouille, duck fat chips and aioli
Duck confit celeriac mash and red wine sauce
Butternut squash risotto
Sticky toffee and pecan pudding
Lemon and orange cheesecake
Vanilla crème brulee.
Dates for your diary:
Saturday, 29th June 2019    A Summer Garden Party by kind invitation of Anthony and Julia Stanton, Mill House Farm, Waltham nr. Canterbury CT4 5SL
Early October – The Annual General Meeting with talks by grantees, probably at St. Augustine’s again.




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.


After the AGM it was a great pleasure for us to hear from Molly and Jo about their projects.

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!

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!

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