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.
 Dates for your Diary
Sunday, 24th June 2018 – CANCELLED Summer Garden Party CANCELLED
Saturday, 20th October – The Annual General Meeting, with talks from grantees, will be at the King’s School in the St. Augustine’s Undercroft again – more information later 

Most recent events

Spring Lunch 2018:

 Our Chairman, Peter Morgan, writes:

“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”.



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.



Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the East Kent Branch and lunch to follow have been arranged for Saturday, 20 October 2018 at noon at The King’s School, St Augustine’s, Lady Wootton’s Green (entrance through Fyndon Gateway) CT1 1NN.  Queningate and Longport are the nearest car parks.
The AGM will start at noon with lunch scheduled for 1.30.  You are most cordially invited to attend and guests will be welcome, as usual.
The Agenda for the meeting will follow, closer to the time, as will the Minutes of last year’s AGM. 
We have awarded five grants this year. The recipients are:
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 will enable 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.
We are delighted with this year’s response to our grant scheme and hope to hear from several of our grantees at this AGM in October
Four of our Committee members will be ending their three year term this year: 
Dr.Patrick Wheeler,Mrs. Diane Worth,Mr. Andrew Joynes and Dr. Mark Fernando.
They have agreed to stand again and the Committee recommends that all be re-elected.
The Chairman has asked me to stress that the Committee would welcome new members. Should you be interested and require any more information about what is involved, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Anyone who wishes to put his or her name forward should notify the Committee in writing.
The following arrangements have been made which the Committee feel represent good value. The lunch will be a two course buffet which will include a vegetarian option. A glass of wine is also included. In order to facilitate the catering it would be helpful if you specify whether you will be choosing the vegetarian option. During the AGM meeting, there will be tea, coffee and water available. 
Please email your reply to our Hon. Secretary and specify if you will be choosing the vegetarian option or if you have any other special dietary requirements. Please include your name and the names of your guests. If you will need any special parking arrangements, please let us know and we will see what can be done. 
The price for the meeting and lunch is £20 per person, and guests are most welcome. Please make your cheques payable to “Oxford University Society, East Kent Branch” and send them to Dr. Patrick Wheeler, Treasurer, Elham Manor, Elham, Kent CT4 6UL to arrive no later than Thursday, 11th October 2018.
If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer, here are the Treasurers instructions for electronic payments:
“I am happy to receive electronic payments into our account;  RBS   16-19-70  a/c no. 10036575. Reference event AGM. Could I also be notified directly at ‘‘ at the same time, which will prompt me to put it into the accounts, and it will then mean something to me when I reconcile the bank statements a month down the line.’


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