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Indoor Meetings, Events and Walks

Unless otherwise stated all indoor meetings will be held in the Upper Hall, High St Methodist Church, Witney at 7.15pm for 7.30 to 10pm

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Friday 7th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
John Tyler "The Countryside in Autumn"

Sunday 16th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY at Foxholes BBOWT Reserve, Bruern. Meet in the reserve car park. SP259208.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710

Leader: Roy Jackson 01993 841670 / 07976 050058

Friday 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Paddy Gallagher "Sub Equatorial Africa"

Saturday 12th NATURE IN ART, Twigworth, near Gloucester. SO847222. Meet at 12 noon for lunch in the café then visit the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. This event is very suitable for members with mobility difficulties. Please contact Mary if you intend to go.
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854.

Friday 2nd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Jessica Turner "Wildflowers of the Dolomites"

Wednesday 7th 6.30 for 7 pm CHRISTMAS DINNER at the Windmill Carvery, Asthall (near Burford).
Lists will be put out at October and November indoor meetings.
Contact: Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906 / 07917 606129

Sunday 11th 9.30 am BURY DOWN Joint trip with Oxford RSPB to find over-wintering short-eared owls, corn buntings and large flocks of skylarks, yellowhammers and winter thrushes. Meet in one of the two car parks SU479840 on the Ridgeway, top of the hill off the West Ilsley minor road after leaving the A34 junction south of Chilton (immediately after the service station). 3 mile circular walk or shorter if desired. No facilities at this location.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 0

Subscriptions are due by 31st. Please send your cheque to the Treasurer, Tony Florey, using the form provided.

Friday 20th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING - MEMBERS NIGHT (non members equally
welcome) Bring your slides, memory sticks, photographs and other materials for display or identification. Plus a fiendish quiz. Please notify David Roberts in advance, 01993 841194, if you wish to show any pictures.

January - possible visit to Oxford University Natural History Museum - details to be advised.

Friday 3rd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Graham Lenton "Bear necessities - Alaska -
The Last Frontier"

Sunday 12th 10:30 am CIRCULAR WALK near Witney. About 3 miles in the Rushy Common/Tar Lakes area with visit to Rushy Common hide. Route and distance according to the weather. Likely to be muddy so bring wellies. Meet in the Rushy Common car park on the unclassified road between Witney (Oxford Hill) and Stanton Harcourt. SP380075.
Leaders: Sue Morton 01993 703686 and John Cobb 01865 390579 OG

Friday 3rd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING : ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
followed by
Graham Wren "Britain's Breeding Sea Birds"

Sunday 26th 10.30 am CIRCULAR WALK through Whitehill Wood to Stonesfield Common to see the Yellow Star of Bethlehem and other spring flowers. Park along the roadside on the bridge over the river. SP386155. Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615 / 07421 058615 BG

Friday 7th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Jennifer Anderson "Hunters of the Skies"

Sunday 23rd 11 am FIELD TRIP to see Pasque flowers at the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Reserve, next to the A429, three miles north east of Cirencester SP05207. Please contact leader for precise details for finding the location. Followed by a visit to the nearby Chedworth Nature Reserve. Meet at Chedworth Roman Villa where refreshments are available. Park on the verge or in the NT car park if you are a NT member. Map ref. SP056135.
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854 BG

Friday 5th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
David Roberts "Guyana - Land of the Lost Jaguar" Please bring plants and books for our usual sale in aid of Club funds.

Sunday 7th 4 am DAWN CHORUS Minster Lovell. Meet at car park at top of lane leading to the Minster ruins SP322113.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 BO


All indoor meetings are held at the High Street Methodist Church Hall, Witney, usually in the Upper Hall.
All are welcome from 7.15 p.m., and the main meeting will start at 7.30 p.m. Queries should be e-mailed to, or directed to the Programme Secretary, on 01993 841194.

We regret no dogs are allowed on our walks.

For the walks members are advised to buy either the first two Ordnance Survey maps or the second two in the following list to help in finding the start point of walks.

Map No 25 Outdoor Leisure Series for the Cotswolds at 2 1/2" to the mile.
Map No 180 Explorer Series for Oxford, Witney and Woodstock at 2 ½" to the mile.

Map No 163 Landranger Series for Cheltenham Area at 1 1/4" to the mile.
Map No 164 Landranger Series for Oxford area at 1 ¼" to the mile.

Waterstones Book Shop, High Street, Witney (next to Woolgate Entrance), Blackwells and Waterstones in Oxford stock these.

Map references for the walks venues consist of two letters (the map area) and six numbers. These can easily be worked out by reading the first two numbers of the reference given along the top or bottom (horizontal) edges of the map (the third map
number represents the number of tenths towards the next map number to the right).
Similarly, read the last three numbers for the vertical map reference from the bottom to the top of the map. Tracing with your finger, you find the meeting point where the two tracing lines intersect.

Queries should be e-mailed to, or directed to the
Programme Secretary on 01993 841194 unless another contact number is given in the programme.

Members without transport should telephone a club officer/committee member who
will be very pleased to arrange a lift.

Key to symbols used in programme:

B Botanical Interest
O Ornithological Interest
G General Interest
W Wheelchair accessible
L Bring Lunch
T Bring Tea

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