Our secretary has recently emailed members our proposed events for 2022. He writes: “An outline of possible future events was presented at the 2021 AGM held at Issigeac in September. Most of those had been repeatedly kicked down the road since 2019, courtesy of Covid. It is accordingly a pleasure to announce that we hope this year to stage some of them.”
Here is a brief summary (events are always followed by lunch):
Thursday 14 April, 12:00. Robert Taylor. Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Queen’s College, will give a short pre-lunch talk entitled ‘Not All Wines Are French’ at the Restaurant l’Atelier, 24560 Issigeac. Subscriptions close on 23rd March.
Late June: Visit to Château Malromé (33490 St-André-des-Bois), home of Toulouse-Lautrec’s mother and the last home of Toulouse-Lautrec himself. He died there and is buried in the local churchyard..
Thursday 18 August, 10:30: Morning tour of the biodynamic Château Feely (24240 Saussignac).
Mid-September: AGM in the Gaillac area (81).
Members are requested to pay their subscriptions at their earliest convenience.
Our secretary has been in contact with OUBC. Regrettably, it will not be possible to join them during their January 2022 training session, as they are currently planning to do their training elsewhere. They may return to Le Temple in future years.
Member Piers Killeen has arranged for renowned pianist George Fu to perform works by Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Schubert in two concerts on August 6th and 7th. Details are here:
The Bach programme in Toulouse resumes in September. Details of the Ensemble Baroque programme are to be found at http://www.baroquetoulouse.com.
Member Christopher Pike has alerted us to these concerts. They are devoted to the Occitan and Catalan mediterranean cultures and take place in rural locations with a rich roman, medieval and southern gothic heritage. Use the link above to see the programme.
OUS Paris invites members to this Zoom talk by Professor Michael Spitzer on June 10th:
You may not consider yourself a “musician” ; Michael SPITZER would like to suggest otherwise. What if music-making were an inherently human component of our life on earth, an overlooked part of our origin story embedded in us whether we recognise it or not ?
We have received the following invitation:
We’re delighted to bring Meeting Minds to the world digitally this year – from 7-12 September – and we hope you can join us for a FREE programme of events!
Each day, join us for a wealth of live and recorded content from all around the University including panel discussions, Q&As, virtual tours, musical performances and much more!
Why not also consider connecting and socialising with fellow group volunteers during the event on the main channel on our My Oxford Network platform? (Please note, you will need to register for My Oxford Network beforehand)
The event is completely FREE! All you need to do is register your interest here (you will need your Oxford Alumni Number) to receive more information and links to the full programme.
We will also be organising a series of online forums for group volunteers later in the year and will send out details of these once they are finalised.
As usual, if you have any questions, please email us.
We hope to see you virtually next week!
The Networks Team
University of Oxford Alumni Office
We have received the following message from this network:
” Dear OUS South West France,
We are excited to announce the launch of the Oxford Climate Alumni Network (OxCAN) on September 8 as a part of Meeting Minds Global.
OxCAN is a collaborative initiative by the Oxford Climate Society, alumni and academics across University departments, including the Environmental Change Institute and is an official group under the Oxford Alumni Office.
The network aims to connect climate conscious alumni to one another, to the latest climate and sustainability research and to initiatives and students working on climate at Oxford University.
We thought this might be something you and your Oxford alumni would be interested in learning about.
Please find details about the launch and registration here: https://oxcanlaunch.eventbrite.co.uk
Ahead of the launch, we have also created a 10 minute OxCAN consultation so that we may hear directly from alumni about their climate-related experiences as we build the network.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you’ll be able to join us at the launch.
The OxCAN Team
Alumni & Outreach Team, Oxford Climate Society “
note: times below are BST etc, so 11h00 and 18h00 CEST respectively.
Our Hon. Sec. writes:
The OUSWF Committee met informally this Tuesday (28th July) to discuss what, if anything, might be salvaged from the proposed 2020 events programme previewed on this site.
The consensus was that the planned October visit to Château Feely should now join the aborted May Gaillac visit and June tour of Château Malromé on a provisional programme for 2021. As and when we have the all-clear to firm up those events, details will, of course, be posted in the usual way.
Our Constitution, last revised in 2009, mandates the holding of an AGM ‘normally in the first fortnight of October’. The terms of our registration as an Association here in France oblige us to do the same.
In the light of ongoing uncertainties about the health crisis and the constraints currently in place on gatherings, it would not seem possible to hold a 2020 AGM along traditional lines.
What we propose to do is to hold in October an AGM attended solely by members of the current Committee. In mid-September we will send all members for online approval a copy of the reports of the Treasurer, Secretary, and Webmaster, together with the usual invitation to propose items for discussion at the now skeleton AGM. If there are any misgivings about this temporary extension of the remit of the committee and its officers, these will be addressed at the earliest opportunity.
Clearly, this solution will not satisfy all members, any more than it does the current Committee. If you wish to raise any questions before the September issue of the draft reports for AGM approval, please address these to the Hon. Secretary.