August 2011

Annual Dinner
Thirty members and 24 guests attended our annual dinner at the University Women’s Club and enjoyed Pimm’s in the charming lounge followed by a delicious 3 course dinner in the Library. We were honoured to have such a distinguished speaker in Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Her excellent talk covering her student years spent in Glasgow for her BSc in physics and her career progress in Astrophysics, touching on the difficulties faced by women in Science & Academia, was much enjoyed by everyone. We were all transported back to our time spent at Gilmourhill and a lively discussion ensued. Anne Robins who knew Jocelyn as a student was able to give a very personal introduction and Carol Whitesmith kindly gave the vote of thanks. Reminiscences continued until we all filtered home!
Dorothy MacDonald

Dates for your Diary
Saturday 5th November – AGM and lunch, St Columba’s Pont Street

Summer Outing – A Walk around the Olympic Park – Saturday 10th September
The summer outing will be a walk around the perimeter of the Olympic Park. The walk will be led by one of our members, Hilary Booth who is also a Blue Badge guide. This is a very easy flat walk on a path and should take around 2 hours. An optional lunch of soup and a sandwich has been arranged at the King Edward VII, a Grade II listed pub in the heart of Stratford, for 1pm at a cost of £6.50 pp. This will be pre-ordered and drinks, desserts etc can be ordered at the pub.
We will meet at Bromley-by-Bow tube station on the District and Hammersmith and City lines at 10.15am for a 10.30am start and we will finish at Pudding Mill Lane station on the DLR and will then go one stop to Stratford for our pub lunch.
If you would like to come on the walk please complete and return the slip below and return to me by Saturday 3rd September. Guests will be very welcome.
PLEASE check the TfL website at nearer the time to make sure that there are no unexpected tube closures that weekend and make sure that you have planned your journey. You will need either an Oyster card, a Freedom Pass or a Travelcard.

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