Morse Thames Weekend

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th October 2005

In The Company Of Colin Dexter

 

A full weekend of events based at the luxury Oxford Four Pillars Hotel and University Rowing Club including visits to new locations in Sonning, Reading and Nuneham Courtenay

 

Introduction

 

Our main excursion for 2005 will be based at the luxury 4 Pillars Hotel beside the river in Oxford. From here members will be exploring some old, and new, locations which all have the river in common. On the Saturday there will be a full day coach trip calling at Nuneham Courtenay and the Global Retreat Centre (Ghost in the Machine), Englefield House near Reading (home of Robert Hardy’s character in the Twilight of the Gods), lunch in Little Marlow (at the pub used in filming the Remorseful Day), a visit to meet the Vicar of Bray at St. Michael’s Church (Service of All the Dead), Henley (the site of Brakspear’s Brewery in the Sins of the Fathers and which is now a new luxury hotel), and the Reading Blue Coat School for afternoon tea (the setting for Homewood School in Last Seen Wearing).

Each year we try to have our annual dinner at a venue that is both presditious and has a Morse connection. For 2005 we have chosen the University Rowing Club (where Manly was arrested in the Secret of Bay 5B). The clubhouse offers outstanding views along the river and is ours for the evening. Colin Dexter will be with us for dinner and no doubt entertain members as only he can.

Sunday will be a more relaxing occasion spent entirely in Oxford starting with a walk around some of the main filming locations followed by lunch at the King’s Arms. After lunch there is the option of a guided tour of the University Botanic Gardens and afternoon cream tea at the Randolph Hotel.

 

Accommodation

 

The 4 Pillars Hotel is a purpose built 4 star establishment situated on the river a short walk from the Head of the River which is reached via the tow path (about half a mile scenic walk). In the other direction is the University Rowing Club where our Saturday dinner will be held. The hotel is renown for its service and good food as well as excellent facilities. Members will have use of the gymnasium and swimming pool in the fitness centre at the hotel at no extra cost. This venue will certainly make up for those of you who suffered Lyme Regis!

 

Travel

 

The hotel has a large free and secure car park. Travel on the Saturday will be by coach. On Sunday guests may leave their cars until departure in the afternoon.

 

Bookings & Discounts

 

Discount vouchers may be used for this excursion. In addition for all applications received by 30th June 2005 an early bird discount of 10 per person may be taken for those on the full weekend package.

Please note that there is a limit to the number of people allowed to some of the places we are visiting. Hence should there be more applications than places all bookings received by 30th June 2005 will be put in a ballot, with preference to those attending the whole weekend. After 30th June 2005 bookings will be done on a first come, first served basis until full.

Members will not receive their confirmations until just after 30th June 2005.

Itinerary

 

Gala Dinner

Oxford Rowing Club

 

SELECTION OF BREADS

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SMOKED SALMON PARCEL
with rocket, lemon and dill

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COQ AU VIN BLANC
with smoked pancetta

INDIVIDUAL DAUPHINOISE POTATOES

SELECTION OF BABY VEGETABLES

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SUMMER PUDDING
with mascarpone, berries and raspberry coulis

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CHEESE & BISCUITS

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COFFEE

MINT CHOCOLATES

 

 

 

Costs

 

250 - Dinner, bed & breakfast at 4 Pillars Hotel on Friday 7th October, coach tour with all entrances and guided tours as described including 2-course lunch and afternoon tea, dinner with Colin Dexter at University Rowing Club and accommodation on Saturday 8th October, breakfast walking tour and 3-course lunch at King’s Arms. On Sunday 9th October.

20 - Optional tour of University Botanic Gardens and Randolph Hotel cream tea.

 

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