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
The Committee is very pleased to invite you to a Garden Party on the 29th June 2019 at mid-day.
This year Julia and Anthony Stanton have again generously offered their lovely house and garden at: Mill House Farm,Waltham, nr. Canterbury CT4 5SL  Please see attached directions and map.
The party will start at 12 noon and will include drinks and a buffet lunch, which is being provided by Mary Morgan, Jacki Penner and Diana Wheeler supported by the home team of Julia and Anthony Stanton.  In accepting Julia and Anthony’s kind offer to hold the party at their home, we all, of course, use the premises at our own risk. Please take care. You may wish to bring your own folding chairs for your increased comfort and, if you have one, a picnic table. 
This year we are very pleased to be able to say that we would welcome children to this event. A play area is being arranged which should not impinge on those others who would want a quiet chat. 
Please reply to me by email no later than Thursday, 20th June to let me know whether you are coming. If bringing guests and/or children(and both are of course welcome) perhaps you would kindly give me their names when replying to me.
We would also appreciate a donation of £16 per adult. Please make cheques payable to”East Kent Branch Oxford University Society” and send them to: The Treasurer, Nigel Beevor, 10B, The Street,Ash,Kent CT3 2HJ  with your contribution to arrive no later than Thursday, the 20th June, or as early as possible, so that the necessary arrangements can be made.
Alternatively, If you would prefer to pay by electronic payment here are the Treasurer’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.Garden Party  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 Treasurer has also reminded us that he would welcome your subs if you have not already sent them or arranged a standing order.
Mill House Farm is in the village of Waltham. The village is equidistant from the A2 and the M20.
Recommended routes:
Using A2, leave it at the turnoff signed “Bridge” and  go through Petham to Waltham.
Using M20, leave at  Junction 9; follow A28 towards Canterbury; turn off through Wye and head towards Hastingleigh; before reaching there turn left towards  Waltham.
From CANTERBURY  take Old Dover Road, turn right after Cricket Ground, direction Hythe B2068; after about a mile and a half, turn right direction Petham ; go through Petham to Waltham; go through the village and just as you leave it, take the right fork on Richdore Road, direction Sole Street and Crundale.  Mill House Farm is second gateway on left side.
Julia and Anthony Stanton
Mill House Farm
Richdore Road
Kent CT4 5SL                        01227 700421
OUS East Kent AGM
Sunday 20th October – The Annual General Meeting with talks by grantees, 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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