Association of Oxford University Pensioners

St John's College

Chairman's Report September 2021

We’re now close to the start of the autumn/winter season of AOUP events and still in a period of uncertainty over Covid, not knowing what the effect will be of the arrival of students in Oxford for Michaelmas term.  We’ve therefore decided that the winter programme of talks will start on Zoom, as happened for all the talks last year, and we’ll decide later on about the format for the subsequent talks, whether or not to return to the lecture theatre in the Department of Engineering Science.  The titles and summaries of the talks for the whole winter season can be found here.  For the outings, those for October and November are both outdoor walks, to minimise the risk of getting together – we just hope for good weather!  The programme for October to December can be seen here.

For the Newsletter, there will be an immediate return to normal distribution, with the 2021 Autumn edition being distributed by post in mid-October.  A change in operation by the University means that names and addresses are now printed directly on the envelopes, so we no longer need to meet to stick on labels – the end of what used to be a pleasant social occasion as well as a functional one. 

We plan to continue to use email to make contact with members.  For Social members, except where someone had specifically asked for application forms by post, forms for the October, November and December winter outings were sent by email early in September.  For the first time, we’re including as an alternative, the option of applying online through Doodle for the October and November outings where no payment is needed.   Online application is more difficult when payment is involved, as it’s difficult to match the convenience that a cheque provides if a place can’t be allocated and the payment has to be returned.  If you’re a Social member and didn’t receive a message in September with the subject ‘Booking arrangements for AOUP Social outings’, please contact Rosemary Williams by email so that she can update the address list.  And if you haven’t already indicated that you’d like to receive application forms by post, and would now like to do so, please let me know by email or by writing to The Map House, Vernon Avenue, Oxford, OX2 9AU.

Gilliane Sills  September 2021

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Winter Season Talks 2021-2022
(open to all members)

Details are provided on the Events page

All the talks take place on Wednesday starting at 2.15pm. They will either be ‘live’ in Engineering Science (see attached map), or will take place by Zoom.

Stephen Burt; “The 250th anniversary of the Radcliffe Observatory, its history and continuous records of Oxford weather since 1772”
8th December 2021

Winter programme 2021/22

Booking essential: (guidelines can be downloaded here)

Christmas Lunch, Wednesday, 15th December 2021 Exeter College

(booking closed)

A Carol Service in Exeter College Chapel (12 noon, doors open from 11.15am) to be followed by Christmas lunch in Hall at 1.00pm


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The links page on this site for information of general interest to pensioners, including Oxfordshire bus passes, pensions, places in Oxford to visit.

The University of Oxford Main website can be found here

Pictures of past trips can be found here, plus posts from members about their various hobbies and activities, including local walks and wildlife.  


Past Events

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Reports on previous events are available in the Newsletter