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 – Summer Garden Party at Park Gate, Elham by kind invitation Peter and Mary Morgan
Early October- The Annual General Meeting with talks from grantees, probably at St. Augustine’s again and perhaps on 20th October 2018  ( This date is not yet confirmed)

Spring Lunch 2018:

The East Kent Branch of Oxford University Society is having a spring lunch on Saturday, 10th March 2018 for members and their guests at 11.45 for lunch at 12.30. This event is to be held at The Red Lion Pub, Crockham Lane, Hernhill, Kent, ME13 9TU. We shall be eating in their upstairs room.  
Following the success of members’ talks given by Nigel Beevor, Osman Durrani, Brian Cox and our Chairman, Peter Morgan, our Treasurer  will give an after lunch talk on his book “Ribbons amongst the Rajahs”, A history of British Women Before the Raj.  You may see a description of Patrick’s book on our website in the ‘News’ section
The Red Lion Pub has ample free parking behind the pub. 
The menu is below.  Please email or send a note to me of your choices for main course and pudding by Thursday, 1st March 2018 at the latest. It is essential that we receive your choices in good time for the restaurant’s planning.
The cost for two courses, tea and coffee and including service is £22.50 per person. Please make cheques payable to “Oxford University Society-East Kent Branch” and send to Dr. Patrick Wheeler,Treasurer, Elham Manor, Elham, Kent CT4 6UL.  All payments must be with him by Thursday 1st March 2018  As always, early booking is recommended.  
If you would prefer to pay by electronic payment here are theTreasurers instructions for electronic payments:
“I am happy to receive electronic payments into our account;  RBS   16-19-70  a/c no. 10036575. Reference OUSEKB + event e.g.Spring Lunch 2018.  Could I also be notified by email 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.’
The Treasurer reminds us that the Grants Committee is now meeting to receive applications for this coming summer.  As we have now started to have enquiries about our grant scheme from eligible students, 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 Patrick Wheeler, Treasurer, Elham Manor, Elham, Kent CT4 6UL.
And now, our Hon Secretary, Jayne Cohen, writes:
It is hard to imagine that the 1st of March is upon us with February being so short.
If it is your wish to come to the Spring Lunch on Saturday, 10th March 2018, 11.45 for 12.30 lunch at The Red Lion Pub, Crockham Lane, Hernhill, Kent, ME13 9TU, please could you email me your menu choices from the menu below, as we must soon let the pub know. If you are choosing crumble, please could you tell me if you prefer ice cream or custard. 
If you have already told me but have not received my return email saying that I have put you on the list, it would do no harm to remind me again. 
Chicken Chasseur with new potatoes
Poached Salmon with new potatoes and creamed leeks
 Butternut Squash and Beetroot Wellington
Fruit Crumble with custard or ice cream
Chocolate Brownie with ice cream
Tea and Coffee


Most recent events


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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