Brookes Society Events

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Please note the tour has been CANCELLED

Guided tour of the new Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on Marston Road at 2.30 pm on 16th October.  

The Centre was established in Oxford in 1985 with the aim of encouraging the academic study of Islam and the Muslim world and moved to its present site on Marston Road in 2012.  Many of us watched this amazing building, a new addition to the Oxford skyline, go up over several years so it will be fascinating to actually see round it.  It blends the architecture of traditional Oxford colleges with a classical Islamic style that includes a mosque with a striking dome and minaret and is one of the largest stonework projects in the UK for some time.  This is specially organised for our members as the building is only open to the public during the 5 prayer times. There is no charge for the event and we can accommodate 20 people, although if more respond there could be a second tour an hour later.  If you would like to go on this tour please contact me, Clare Fox, on


Energy Recovery Tour: 10th September 2pm


A  tour of Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) and Visitor Centre , operated by Viridor,  has been planned for the 10th September.  Ardley ERF began operating in 2014 treating 300,000 tons of non-recyclable waste each year . It will divert at least 95% of Oxfordshire’s residual municipal waste away from landfill and generate enough electricity to power around 36,000 homes. What is energy recovery? It is a technology , newish to the UK, that sees pre-treated non recyclable waste burned at high temperatures under carefully controlled conditions. The resulting electricity is fed into the national grid and diverts waste away from landfill.


The visit will take up to 2 hours and involves some walking, including steps. Visitors are requested to wear long sleeves and to have legs covered (trousers). The site will provide personal protection equipment for the tour. There is also limited car parking so it would be beneficial if members were able to car share.


The tour is limited to 15 people - a waiting list will be put together in case of cancellations.


The tour is free but I will need to supply a list of those attending plus emergency contact details to the site prior to the visit. To register for this interesting tour please contact Sue Watson on

  • Brookes Society Summer Party

    Tuesday 24 July 2018, 3.30pm - Headington Hill Hall

    The Vice Chancellor's tea party for Brookes Society members.

    If you wish to attend please contact Hilary Churchley on