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Walks, Events and Indoor Meetings

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 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
Ian Gourlay "Inside a Tree".

Friday 20th to Monday 23rd MORECAMBE BAY - 3 nights. Leader: Roy Jackson. For enquiries please
contact John Cobb. 01865 390579. O

Sunday 22nd 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY to Snelsmore Common. Meet in the car park off the B4494 Wantage to Newbury road. 30 miles from Witney. BBOWT reserve - a rich site for fungi. Map Ref: SU463710. Nearest postcode RG14 3BQ.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710.


Friday 3rd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING Jessica Turner "The Wild Flowers of Sicily".

Sunday 5th 10.30 am BATSFORD ARBORETUM for autumn colour. Lunch and teas available in the Garden Terrace Café. Entrance fee. GL56 9AD 1.5 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh on the A44. Wheelchairs can be booked.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454. Please contact David if you intend to go. BW

Friday 1st 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING Philip Mugridge "Gloucestershire Wildlife".

Wednesday 6th 6.30 pm for 7 pm CHRISTMAS DINNER at The Evenlode at Eynsham (located on the A40). Lists will be put out at October and November indoor meetings.
Contact: Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906 / 07917 606129.

Sunday 17th 9.30 am RSPB RESERVE, OTMOOR. Meet in the RSPB car park at the end of Otmoor Lane, Beckley. Map Ref: SP570126.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446. O


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

Sunday 14th VISIT TO OVER NORTON PARK FARM & WALK FARM, OX7 5PX led by Mike Kettlewell to see farmland birds. Meet at the 'Pig Farm' 10.30 am on left off the A3400 by the radio mast about 400m north of the roundabout with the A361 road to Banbury. Map Ref: SP326285. The farm has been in Stewardship schemes for 17 years to increase biodiversity. The bird feeding programme includes millet year-round to help Tree Sparrows and Reed Bunting and from December to May mixed feeding to attract Chaffinches, Yellowhammers, Linnets, Skylarks and Corn Bunting etc.
Contact person: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854. O

Friday 19th 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.


Friday 2nd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING David Roberts "Eastern Australia - The Land of the Parrots".

Sunday 4th SLIMBRIDGE Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Meet in the car park at 11 am. Entrance fee. Facilities: café, wheelchairs/mobility vehicles (book in advance), optics shop and gift shop.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454. OW

Sunday 18th SNOWDROPS AT SHERBORNE Meet at Ewepen Barn car park (NT) at 10.30 am for a circular walk. Map Ref: SP158145. Refreshments available at the village shop.
Contact person: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854. BOG


Friday 2nd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Graham Wren "Fifty years on the Farne Islands".

Sunday 11th 10.30 am EARLY SPRING CIRCULAR WALK of 3 miles starting from Adlestrop Village Hall (parking with a box for contributions). Map ref: SP243272.
Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615. BG


Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING John Tyler "Volcanoes and Dragons - Travels in Indonesia".

Sunday, 15th or 22nd NORTH MEADOW, CRICKLADE, depending on the weather and reports from Fritillary Watch. Meet at 10.30 am. An old hay meadow which is now a National Nature Reserve and an SSSI with the largest UK population of Snakes Head Fritillaries. The meadow has been managed by residents of Cricklade for hundreds of years through the Court Leet which is still involved in its management. Tea room open from 10 am to 5 pm. Enter Cricklade from A419. Turn right in the centre of town. Follow this road until you come alongside the reserve. Map Ref: SU099944. Otherwise there is car parking in the town then follow signposts to North Meadow.
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854. Please contact Mary if you intend to go. O

Friday 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING Paddy Gallagher "The Orient"
Please bring plants and books for our usual sale in aid of Club funds.

Sunday 6th 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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