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This page is for members to share any photos and activities that they think the full membership would enjoy reading about, such as a visit to a place of interest or an exhibition. Photographs are especially welcome - pictures say a thousand words !
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Autumn

Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.
- Author Unknown

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An Opportunity to use your skills to help the community

Want to learn how you can use your professional/specialist skills in volunteering to help the Voluntary and Community Sector ?

NHDC is sponsoring an informal skilled volunteering workshop in October, with guest speakers from local charities talking about their volunteer opportunities, to give you a taster of what is available.

This is a great opportunity to discover how you can give something back to our community. See the Events page and click on the link for more details about the event and how you can apply.

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Angela's Amazing Adventures - Colchester

How does she do it - another beautiful sunny day. And a sign of the times - we found an out-of-the-way coffee house with an added bonus that all drinks were only £1. Wow! But when I went to pay with cash - goodness me what a look I got!
2018 Colchester castle After lunch an excellent and very informative tour round the town (Colchester is not a city apparently) starting with the castle. Perhaps with the new data protection laws regarding published images in mind Colchester kindly included these figures in this brilliant 100 year tribute.

2018 Colchester castle gardens . Colchester castle gardeners
And if you were in any way worried about being replaced by robots maybe the gardeners in the castle grounds should put your mind at rest.
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...............But if this one on the High Street was ever made real ...............
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Angela's Amazing Adventures - Sandringham

What a beautiful sunny day. But first things thirst – a cup of tea and make a plan – keep it simple, a trip round the house and museum then explore the grounds. By the time we had finished our fellow travellers were nowhere to be seen.
Sandringham 2018-1 But we were bound to bump someone round about, surely.
Off we set round the house, admiring the Queen’s television room, and the museum with its excellent vintage vehicles (was it one of these that was used at The Wedding?).
Not a sole did we meet – even the museum exhibits seemed to have gone walkabouts.
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Sandringham 2018-2 To the famous church Sandringham 2018-3
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then into the gardens, blossoming in the spring sunshine
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Sandringham 2018-4 teeming with energetic wildlife, Sandringham 2018-5
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and yielding tantalising glimpses of the house.
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But still nobody to be seen.
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Sandringham 2018-6 Off again deeper into the gardens. Sandringham 2018-7
Anybody ? Nobody.
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Then all at once we came upon – hoorah – friendly faces
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Then, a perfect vista to round off the day.
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Walking Group Outings 2018

The walking group has had a watery start to the year.
Radwell Lake 2018 The first walk ventured past Radwell Lake - a beautiful view across to an amazing house. The walk itself encountered blocked footpaths and a stray dog but, after the dog's owner appeared to take the dog home, everyone got back safely in the end. Romantic Idyll 2018
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The second walk took them along a disused railway track and down to a river ford.
Brocket Hall 2018 It continued along to Brocket Hall with its landscaped gardens with mandatory lake and bridge.Brocket Hall 2018 Shouts from some golfers meant rapidly replacing a golf ball picked up by accident. Who'd have thought people were out playing in those conditions.

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S&T Group Visit
In September the Science and Technology group had an excellent trip to the sewage Trusting to Luck treatment works at Leighton Buzzard - we go to all the best places !! Grit and Sweetcorn
It was made extremely interesting by our guide who talked us through all the stages of the process - even trusting to luck to entertain us.
The skip full of grit and sweetcorn - well, use your imagination.
There And there's beauty even here with these amazingly graceful turbines which wouldn't be out of place at the
Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
An excellent morning.

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