Summer Family Picnic

Summer Family Picnic

The Vancouver Island Oxford and Cambridge Society invites you, and your family members of any or all generations, to a picnic to be held at the Beaver Lake picnic shelter from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18th. .  Please click here for directions. There is no charge for the picnic.

If you plan to attend, please respond by August 8th directly by e-mail to Brian Scarfe at [email protected],  indicating the number of family members who will accompany you.  We are particularly interested in hearing if you are bringing young children, because this will affect the activities we may need to plan.  Provided that water quality is maintained, swimming is available (there is a change house close-by), and there are excellent hiking trails adjacent to the picnic site.

Barbecues will be available for any meat/fish that you choose to bring with you.  Other than this, the picnic will be pot-luck.  Please indicate if you will be bringing munchies/snacks, a prepared salad, dessert, cheese/crackers, etc., for general consumption.  A few days before the picnic, we will send out a further e-mail to those who plan to attend indicating how many hungry mouths we expect to be in attendance.

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park, but please do bring non-alcoholic drinks of your choosing.  Coffee (in an insulated keg, and along with paper cups, cream and sugar, and, yes, donuts) will be available as one of us cashes in a Tim Horton’s gift certificate.  We will have a limited supply of plates, cups and cutlery available, but please bring your own if you wish.  Additional portable barbecues would be welcome, but we already have access to three or four of these.

We are planning two other events for the fall, which we will announce in due course.  We look forward to your attendance at the summer picnic and at these future events.

Best regards,

The VIOCS organization team

A very successful Boat Race celebration!

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Celebration


On May 28th sixty or so people celebrated the Oxford and Cambridge 2012 Annual Boat Race by having a party, enjoyed by everybody it appeared.  Gordon and Sigrid Walker graciously hosted the event in their lovely and spacious home in Oak Bay.  Guests were also treated to a tour of their unique, beautifully tended garden.  The red and white wines purchased from a wine merchant were excellent and easily replenished from the self-serve bar.  Tasty hors d’oeuvres   provided by Cook’s Day Off and circulated by their staff were available throughout the evening.  Wonderful cheeses kindly donated by David Wood (Exeter, 1963) (Salt Spring Island Cheese Company) were also provided and much appreciated. During the event excerpts of the boat race were shown, ending with an unusually tame finish after Oxford lost an oar blade.  After that, Cambridge was toasted brilliantly by Dorothy Kennedy (Exeter,1997) and Oxford very entertainingly by Reg Mitchell (St John’s,1963)  The evening ended with an auction which raised much-needed funds for VIOCS.  The committee would like to thank our hosts the Walkers, David Wood and all those who contributed items to the auction.

Patricia Kongshavn (Newnham, 1952), on behalf of the VIOCS Organizing Committee

It was a real treat to attend the latest event in Victoria. I was able to reconnect with long-time friends who I unfortunately don’t get to see very often and I also enjoyed meeting some very interesting new ones. If you attended Oxbridge and haven’t been to one of the Society’s events I would encourage you to do so – great company, excellent food and wine. It’s rather like popping back to the UK for a short visit but without all the inconvenient jet lag and expense!

Fiona Hamersley Chambers
(Linacre, 1998)

Oxford and Cambridge alums enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Walkers garden and home, where the boat race event has been transplanted. Those who missed it are advised to attend the 2013 event in this Edenlike setting. The new organizers are also planning extra events, such as ‘Oxbridge Musical Memories’ with appropriate treats, for an afternoon or evening. Your input would be welcome.”

Roger and Theresa Tallentire
(Wolfson, 1969)