Oxford University Society East Kent Branch
Most recent events
Spring Lunch 2018:
“On Saturday 10th March over 40 members and guests enjoyed lunch at the Red Lion, Herne Hill, near Faversham. This is an attractive building which was originally a 13th century hall house, and we met in a private room with exposed beams. After lunch Patrick Wheeler gave an illustrated talk about his recently published book ”Ribbons among the Rajas”, offering an entertaining insight into the lives of Englishwomen choosing a life in India before the Raj, despite an average life expectancy of only five years, and with lovelorn colonials scanning the passenger list of each newly arrived ship, in the hope of finding a wife”.
Summer Garden Party 2017: a perfect June day in a delightful and original garden, thanks to Julia and Anthony Stanton. Roses in full fig, the national collection of hostas remarkably snail-free, lots of good food and wine – thanks to all the helpers – and some nifty hats as well!
2017 AGM: 21 October 2017 – Trafalgar Day! The EKB Annual General Meeting and lunch was again held at St Augustine’s, thanks to the King’s School, where we were fed and looked after very well.
The AGM was presided over for the first time by our new President, David Freud (Lord Freud). The Chairman’s report went through the year, with grateful thanks to officers, committee members and those who hosted and organised events. A particular concern this year was difficulty in working with the Alumni office in Oxford on publicising our grant scheme, ostensibly because of Data Protection issues. The Treasurer reported a healthy surplus of funds – largely because we were only able to award one grant this year. It is hoped that this problem has now been resolved, so that we will be in a position to make more grants in the coming year. Ms. Andrea Kourellias was elected to the Committee.
Diane Worth, who runs the grants scheme, was pleased to report that in spite of data protection roadblocks put in our way this year, we were able to award one grant – to Ramani Chandramohan, formerly of Simon Langton Girls’ School, who is reading Classics and French at St Anne’s College. The grant enabled her to attend a summer school at Bryanston School, Dorset, to learn some ancient Greek and aspects of Greek culture.
We were delighted that Ramani could be present and enjoyed her account of the course and how valuable it had been for her. Those who watch ‘University Challenge’, by the way, will have seen Ramani making two appearances with the St Anne’s team, though, alas, they didn’t make it through to the quarter finals.
Our new President then gave us a lighthearted insight into government, having been appointed first under a Labour administration, then serving the Coalition, and finally with the Conservatives – an updated ‘Yes, Minister”.
Many thanks to Simon Partridge’s guest Paul Dagys for providing some of these photographs
Christmas lunch 2017
This year’s Christmas lunch was held on December 2nd at Talbot and Jackie Penner’s fine house at Eastry – not for the first time – food and wine were excellent, most notably a Vacherin cheese brought over the Channel from Calais a day or two earlier. Living in East Kent has its advantages! Many thanks to our hosts for putting on this event, very important for our Bursary Scheme fundraising.
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