Benfleet

Events

The Events listed here are in Date order.

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Dates for your Diary
April 2019
Fri Apr 26thSpecial OccasionsActivity: Celebrate the 60s with THE BEAUCREES
Location: Richmond Hall.
Contact: Mavis Regan via Business Secretary.

Time: 7:30pm to 11:00pm
Cost: £12-50p per person includes Fish and Chips; Bring your own drinks.

Please visit Special Occasions to view full details and to book.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
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Tue Apr 30thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Pounds, Shillings and Pence in Victorian London
Speaker: David Williams
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May 2019
Tue May 14thGarden VisitsOuting: Leonardslee Gardens, Horsham, West Sussex
Status: 2 places remaining due to cancellations
Contact: Theresa Sergeant via email.

Cost: £23-50p per person includes coach, entrance and gratuities.
Pickup: 8:20 At Vic House Corner; 8:30 Cemetery Corner; 8:35 Tarpots coach stop; 8:45 Pitsea . 9:00 Basildon

A coach trip has been arranged to visit the beautiful Leonardslee Gardens. After closing its gates 9 years ago it has now been re-opened to the public. It is a beautiful place and has breath-taking views of the English countryside and, when in season, wonderful displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias and many more.

The Estate covers 200 Acres with 7 man-made ponds containing Carp fish, 2 alpine glasshouses, etc. The Estate also inhabits a rare colony of wallabies and deer who wonder semi-freely throughout the Estate.

The Garden is listed as Grade 1 in the English Heritage Register and is set in a steep-sided valley.

For more information please visit Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens
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Tue May 28thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The Tower of London - Living with Ghosts
Speaker: Brian Darcy
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June 2019
Fri Jun 21stOutingsOuting: Wroxham Broads Cruise and Lunch
Status: Open for booking
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £40 per person includes coach/gratuity, broads cruise, 2 course lunch.
Last Payment Date: 30 April 2019
Pickup: 8:30 Tarpots Coach Stop

Similar to the 2018 trip, but with free time in Wroxham instead of the Barns.

Lunch at the Wroxham Hotel - Fish and Chips, Cheesecake, tea/coffee.
After lunch a 2 hour broads cruise and then free time in Wroxham.
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Tue Jun 25thMonthly MeetingsSubject: For better or Worse - Marriage in Past Times
Speaker: Toni Neopard and Kate Bord
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July 2019
Thu Jul 18thOutings

Outing: Buckingham Chilterns Tour with Lunch
Status: OPEN for booking NOW
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £48 per person includes coach/gratuity, lunch.
Last Payment Date: 28 May 2019
Pickup: 8:15 Tarpots Coach Stop

Itinerary:

  • Meet our Blue Badge guide at a pub in Old Beaconsfield, where we will stop for morning refreshments.
  • Drive through scenic countryside, our guide pointing out places of interest.
  • Return to the pub for included 1 course lunch ( Cottage Pie served with vegetables and gravy). Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options available – please advise Maria when booking.
  • After lunch, visit the Jordan’s Meeting House built in 1688. Our guide will give details on the Quakers and William Penn their leader/founder.
  • Stop at the Mayflower Barn for Tea and Biscuits before heading home at 4:45pm. Arrive in Benfleet approx. 7:00pm
Tue Jul 30thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Toastmaster
Speaker: Glen Mayes
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August 2019
Thu Aug 15thOutingsOuting: Eastbourne and Air Show
Status: OPEN for booking NOW
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £15 per person includes coach/gratuity only.
Last Payment Date: 25 June 2019
Pickup: 9:00 Tarpots Coach Stop

In Eastbourne the day will be yours at your own pace and leisure.
We are fortunate that the Eastbourne Air Show have an afternoon FREE display from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August.
You could pop on the bus to Beachy Head or visit the Marina or stroll around the shopping centre or sea front.
Lots of places for Refreshments/lunch.
You will have 5 Hours free time in Eastbourne.
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Tue Aug 27thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Tales of the Smithy
Speaker: Roger Dorking
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September 2019
Tue Sep 3rdOutingsOuting: Notcutt Nursery, Maidstone; Kentish Lady Cruise (including a Cream Tea); Allington Castle tour.
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 30 April 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £45 per person includes coach/gratuity, cruise/cream tea, castle tour.
Last Payment Date: 30 July 2019
Pickup: 9:00 Tarpots Coach Stop
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In the morning, stop at Nottcutts Nursery Maidstone for an opportunity to purchase refreshments/Lunch/ and browse the various outlets there at Newnham Court Shopping Village.

Coach into Maidstone where will board our Boat The Kentish Lady, with commentary, for a cruise down the River Medway to ALLINGTON CASTLE where we will be given a guided tour.

ALLINGTON CASTLE is privately owned so its a rare opportunity to get permission to visit.

On the return trip on the Kentish Lady an included Cream Tea will be served.on our way back to Maidstone. Then back on the coach for our journey home.
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Tue Sep 24thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Going Dutch
Speaker: Janneke Jones
A talk about her early life growing up in Holland, with costumes, artifacts and flowers.
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October 2019
Sat Oct 19thOutingsOuting: RHS Wisley "Tints of Autumn"
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 28 May 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost:Depends on if you are a RHS Member includes coach/gratuity and entrance.

For RHS Members £15 per person RHS Members can also admit 1 guest free (Coach £15 per person)
For NON RHS Members £27-50p per person

NOTE: RHS Members MUST have their membership card on the day

Last Payment Date: Thursday 19 September 2019
Pickup: To be advised
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Tue Oct 29thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Stories and songs of Marie Lloyd
Speaker: Irene Bowkett
A talk, in costume, about the life and songs of "The Queen of the Music Hall"
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November 2019
Fri Nov 22ndOutingsOuting: Bury St. Edmunds, Christmas Market
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 28 May 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £15 per person includes coach/gratuity only.
Last Payment Date: To Be Advised
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA
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Tue Nov 26thMonthly MeetingsSubject: A life on the road with Peter King
Speaker: Peter Regelous
A humorous talk about his life in the entertainment industry, with anecdotes about the best and the worst experiences, on both BBC and ITV, along the way.
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December 2019
Mon Dec 16thOutingsOuting: Thames Lunch Cruise and London Lights
Status: ADVICE ONLY Taking bookings from 25 June 2019 - Members Meeting
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser

Cost: £50 per person includes coach/gratuity, Thames Cruise with lunch, Lights tour.
Last Payment Date: 16 October 2019 - £10 non-refundable deposit at time of booking
Pickup: Tarpots Coach Stop - time TBA
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Tue Dec 31stMonthly MeetingsNO MEETING IN DECEMBER
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