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GeoffTurner  
#1 Posted : 07 January 2019 15:33:25(UTC)
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Location: Fishguard, Wales

This year's PSSA AGM will be held at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square. Oxford, OX1 2JA, on Sunday 24th Feb 2019 at 11:00am.

Oxford

We hope you'll make a weekend of it as there's plenty to see and do in Oxford
Programme
Friday 22nd Feb
See below for suggestions for daytime activities.
Evening possibilities. The musical “Kinky Boots” is on at the New Theatre. At the Playhouse, there’s “The Cat in the Hat”. And there’ll be a range of films at the Curzon, Odeon and Phoenix cinemas.
Saturday 23rd Feb
  • Morning and/or afternoon: see below for suggestions
  • Before the dinner: there’s an old coaching inn, the Crown, in Cornmarket, opposite Golden Cross. They offer a wide range of beers.
  • 7.30pm Meal at Pizza Express, 8 Golden Cross, Cornmarket St., Oxford, OX1 3EX, menu here
    Note: they require menu choices in advance; so please complete the relevant part of the reply slip.

Sunday 24th Feb
  • 10:30 Coffee at Rewley House
  • 11:00 Annual General Meeting
  • 12:30 Lunch (£16)
  • Afternoon: see below for suggestions

Suggested activities for Friday and/or Saturday and/or Sunday.
Overview
  1. You can plan ahead by consulting the web site https://www.dailyinfo.co.uk/whats-on or http://www.oxfordcityguide.com
  2. You can arrange guided tours yourself by contacting the various sites. However, if you’d like us to book a guided tour for a PSSA group, please let us know no later than 1st February 2019, by completing the appropriate section on the reply slip. Guided tours may be available at the venues with *'s.


  • *City Walking Tour
  • *Ashmolean Museum: Oldest public museum in the country, with stunning new extension. Houses Egyptian, Cretan, Greek, Roman antiquities; Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Islamic art; French, Venetian, Pre-Raphaelite paintings. NOTE: Jeff Koons special exhibition (£12.25). Curated by Koons himself together with guest curator Norman Rosenthal, the show will feature seventeen important works, fourteen of which have never been exhibited in the UK before. 1-hour guided tour of highlights: £8.
  • *Bodleian Library: Schools Quadrangle with the Tower of the Five Orders; 15th century Divinity School, with lierne vaulting; Convocation House, where parliament met occasionally in Stuart times; Radcliffe Camera; Weston Library, with exhibition rooms; and the stunning Duke Humfrey’s Library. Tours cost £6 (30 minutes); £9 (1 hour); £15 (90 minutes)
  • *Botanic Gardens: First botanic gardens in the UK. Founded in the 17th century as a medicinal garden. Wonderful glass houses (tropical & desert environments), herbaceous borders, etc. 1-hour guided tour of highlights: £8.50.
  • *Castle: Built in 1071; guided tours are available
  • Church of St Michael at the North Gate: A fine Saxon Tower offering views over the city.
  • Colleges: Some are open to visitors. Christ Church includes Oxford’s cathedral: entrance fee – unless you attend evensong in the cathedral. Magdalen College has a fine tower – and a deer park at the rear. Hertford College boasts the Bridge of Sighs, linking both sides of New College Lane. In New College, some of the old city walls are visible.
  • Martyrs’ Memorial: Memorial to Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley, executed under Mary Tudor.
  • Museum of the History of Science: Houses the world’s largest collection of astrolabes.
  • *Pitt Rivers Museum: Aladdin’s Cave with over a million objects from all over the world. Accessed from rear of University Museum of Natural History.
  • Shopping: Covered market; open air market; new Westgate shopping centre.
  • Theatres: New Theatre and Oxford Playhouse.
  • *University Museum of Natural History: Columns of rocks from different areas of the British Isles, decorated with groups of animals and plants, support ornate wrought ironwork that holds up a huge glass roof. Exhibits include dinosaurs, birds and a live bee colony. Venue for the famous debate on evolution between T H Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford. Guided tour of exhibits: £8, Friday only. Free guided tours of the museum’s architecture every Friday afternoon: see https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk/event/science-saturdays-7


Place of interest near Oxford
*Blenheim Palace: Birthplace of Winston Churchill (who is buried at nearby Bladon) and seat of the Duke of Marlborough. Building designed by John Vanbrugh. Fine grounds designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.

Where to stay
Here’s a selection of hotels, at a range of prices. There are many more on trip Advisor.
Rates are for B&B as at 31 December but rates and availability may well vary.
  • Travelodge at Peartree (N bypass): £59
  • Premier Inn (E bypass) £69
  • Travelodge at Redbridge (N bypass): £75
  • Linton Lodge (N of city centre) £95
  • Jury’s Inn (near N bypass) £103
  • Royal Oxford (near rail station) £162
  • Randolph (city centre) £205
  • Rewley House: Price on application

Note: Rewley House is not within walking distance of the hotels near the bypasses; but there are good bus services in the city.
Parking
There's free parking at most of the hotels, and very limited short term parking on some roads. The cheapest long term parking is provided by the five Park-and-Ride venues at £2 for the whole day. City Centre parking is expensive. Examples follow.
    Gloucester Green underground car park, OX1 2BN. Sample charges for 6 hours: £19 on Saturday, £15 on Sunday.
  • Worcester Street open air car park, OX1 2BQ. Same charges as above.
  • Oxpens open air car park, OX1 1RQ. Sample charges for 6 hours: £11 every day
  • Westgate Shopping Centre car park, OX1 1TR. Same charges as Oxpens.
There's no parking at Rewley House

Edited by user 28 January 2019 10:11:06(UTC)  | Reason: update

GeoffTurner  
#2 Posted : 28 January 2019 10:23:44(UTC)
Rank: Administration

Posts: 264
Location: Fishguard, Wales

Links to documents (PDFs)


Rewley House lunch menu: a vegetarian starter; a buffet style main course with a choice of hot meal (main dish and vegetarian) and selection of salads and cold platters. Dessert will be a choice of plated pudding or fruit, cheese and yoghurts from the buffet.

Edited by user 28 January 2019 17:28:25(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

GeoffTurner  
#3 Posted : 03 March 2019 15:39:51(UTC)
Rank: Administration

Posts: 264
Location: Fishguard, Wales

Thanks to Richard & Gilliane Sills for organising such a successful AGM.

Ken Surplice has produced a 6-minute video which can be seen here:
http://www.parkerseal.or....aspx?g=posts&t=2244

It's in the members-only area of the forum; if you can't access it and are currently a member, please let me know your forum username and I'll update your access.
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