Our General meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at St James Hall. (Except August and December)
The doors open at 9.30 am to enable people to catch up with friends, check availability of groups and sign up for outings. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served. Each group takes it in turns to provide the tea and coffee - click Tea to see the rota.
The talk begins at 10.20 am.
The programme of talks for the next few months is described in the table below.
Some outings that have been arranged are listed below, and for some events more information can be obtained by clicking on the name of the destination.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Fri Apr 26th||Avril Owton - the show goes on|
|Fri May 17th||Ryan Watts - Rotten Boroughs and Inns|
|Fri Jun 21st||Andrew Negus - Travelling on the Trans Siberian Railway|
|Fri Jul 19th||Ian Bevan - Inns of Court|
|Thu Apr 25th||Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding, Nr Horsham|
Leonardslee gardens have been described as “The finest spring gardens in England”
In spring visitors can see the outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells as well as explore the extensive grounds. They can also visit the unique dolls’ house exhibition and see the rare colony of wallabies, wildfowl and huge carp in the seven ponds. The trip will also include a stop at a nearby pub for lunch/refreshments.
The coach will pick up in Emsworth from opposite the Kings Arms and from Beach Road. Price will be approx. £21.00 (excluding lunch).
|Wed May 29th||Royal Albert Hall Friendship Matinee. Abbaphonic |
This year’s afternoon Friendship Matinee features the music of Abba, played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Abba Greatest hits will be performed by West End stars Abbie Osmon and Emma Kershaw. Tickets cost £5.00. Those attending will need to make their own travel arrangements. The Royal Albert Hall is easily accessible by rail (Waterloo) and then Tube.
|Thu Jun 27th||Knole House nr Sevenoaks|
Knole is a National Trust property, set in a medieval deer park, that has recently been the subject of a major conservation project. It was originally built as an archbishop’s palace, has been lived in by royalty and has been occupied by the Sackville family for many years. Apart from visiting the grand courtyards, the orangery and the parkland there is access to the showrooms, the subject of the conservation project. In these can be seen 17th century tapestries and furniture as well as art by Reynolds, Gainsborough and van Dyck.
The coach will pick up in Emsworth from opposite the Kings Arms and from Beach Road. The price for National Trust members will be £16.00 (Entrance fee £0 and coach £16), the price for those who are not National Trust members will be £28.75 (Entrance fee £12.75 and coach £16). A café is on site where refreshments can be purchased.