The University of Leeds Ladies' Club

Summer 2018


Which of us would have thought that, when we were planning the date for the Carvery Lunch, we would have had to contend with snow in mid-March! But those of you who braved the elements found a very warm welcome and an excellent meal and we were delighted that our Vice-Patron Mrs Margaret Roberts and her husband Col. Alan Roberts were able to grace the occasion.

We have chosen to visit Coxwold for our outing this year. This will be on Tuesday 22nd May when we shall wend our way to the foot of the Hambleton Hills to the village of Coxwold, with its historic houses and the 15th century church of St Michael’s. We shall visit Newburgh Priory, the Fauconberg Arms - for that all-important lunch - and Shandy Hall. Details are given on the enclosed sheet (with its reply form) but I wanted to let you know that, by subsidising the outing, we have kept the cost to £30.00, the same as last year. Please do come along for what promises to be a fascinating day out.

The Garden Party on Tuesday 12th June will be in my garden and so I am hoping that the weather will be as kind and warm as it was when I was President before in 2010.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th June at Devonshire Hall. Some members of the Committee have offered to continue in office (and I am indebted to Dr Diana Wetherill, Ms Christine Roy and Mrs Gillie Andrews for having agreed to continue as Secretary, Treasurer and Minutes Secretary respectively) but we will be looking for a new President. Why not think about it?

This year the Committee has been occupied with housekeeping matters. We are working on a revision to the constitution and will be sorting through all the Club papers we have between us and which we think will be better housed in the University Archives. If any member has any photographs or documents which are ‘surplus to requirements’ please do talk to a Committee member. We are also seeking to make sense of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May. Many of you who are members of other organisations will know that it affects the way your data is held and so we have a small working party looking at how we might draw up a privacy policy and implement it. We shall be in touch again about this.

With best wishes for the summer and thank you for your support over the year.

Gillian Roche President April 2018

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

9.15am - approx 6pm

ULLC Summer outing to Coxwold

This year’s summer outing is to the pretty historic North Yorkshire village of Coxwold, taking in Newburgh Priory, ( at the Fauconberg Arms and Shandy Hall,( of the writer Laurence Sterne.

Newburgh Priory has a very long and distinguished history. The Priory was originally founded in 1145 but the large house which now goes by the name of Newburgh Priory and which has been the country seat of the Bellasis (Viscounts Fauconberg) and Wombwell families since the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, dates from this latter time with 18th century additions. The Priory is reputed to be the burial place of Oliver Cromwell.

The Fauconberg Arms on the main street of the village is a 17th century inn with several pieces of Robert (Mousey) Thompson furniture.

Here we shall have a finger sandwich buffet and tea/coffee.

Shandy Hall was the home of Laurence Sterne when he was writing Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey.

He was vicar here from 1760-68 and is buried in the churchyard. It is the headquarters of the Laurence Sterne Trust. We shall have a guided tour of the ground floor and also visit St Michael’s Church and have an opportunity to go round the garden.

The subsidised cost of the outing is £30.00, which includes lunch and gratuities but not car parking. Coach leaves at 9.15am from St Chad’s Car Park, Otley Road,

Far Headingley LS16 5JT . 

Plan of the day

9:00am Members and guests meet at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Parking (by the wall by the Parish Centre) now costs £2 per car and so we would advise car-sharing where possible.

9:15am Coach departs

10:30am Coffee and biscuits on arrival at Newburgh Priory

11:00am Tour of the Priory in 2 groups simultaneously, finishing at 12:30pm

1:00pm Sandwich lunch at the Fauconberg Arms

2:30pm Tours of Shandy Hall in two groups, one to visit the garden and/or church whilst the other tours the house

4:15pm (approx.) Coach leaves for Leeds (expected back at 6:00pm)

To book for the outing please fill in the form below, detach it and return it with your cheque to Dr Diana Wetherill, Lynwood, 16 Oxford Road, Dewsbury WF13 4JT.
The number of places is limited and so we advise early booking Closing date 14th May


Please reserve me ........ places on the Ladies’ Club outing to Coxwold

Name ..............................................................
Tel ............. ...... Mobile ........................ (for possible emergencies on the day) Name(s) of guests: ............................................
I enclose a cheque for £....... made payable to the University of Leeds Ladies’ Club
Please advise us if you have any dietary requirements

 To see pictures from the summer outing,  please look in  The Gallery

Garden Party
Tuesday 12th June 2.00 - 4.00pm

At the home of the President, Mrs Gillian Roche 


No Charge


Annual General Meeting

handover 2018
Wednesday 27th June 2:00pm for 2:30 pm in the Fenton Room, Devonshire Hall

RSVP by 19th June to Dr Diana Wetherill (as above)     Members Only

No Charge