To comply with government requirements all group meetings are cancelled initially for the period 18th March to the 31st May 2020.
We regret this also means that the planned visit to the House of Parliament will be postponed.
VISIT to HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT – Monday 20th APRIL 2020
On arrival there is a security check before we meet MP Jeremy Quin.
We will be split into two groups for our tour of The Palace of Westminster and both Houses of Parliament.
After the tour, lasting approximately 75 minutes, there will be free time to visit the Jubilee gift shop and have a light lunch in the Jubilee Cafe, off Westminster Hall, before departing for home.
STUDY TOUR OF MIDDLE ENGLAND - 9th to 13th SEPTEMBER 2020
Our trip is based at the 4* Eastwood Hall Hotel which stands in 26 acres of spectacular grounds and combines the beauty of a period property with every modern convenience. There is a swimming pool. All rooms are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities.
We leave on Wednesday morning and head north, arriving in Leicester around lunchtime. Freetime for lunch before we meet at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, where we have included a 30 minute talk entitled “The King under the car park!”. Free time to explore the many artefacts and displays, and visit the Cathedral, which houses the tomb of King Richard III. Leaving around 1600 hours we continue onto our hotel, to allow time to relax and freshen up before dinner. Evening at leisure and overnight.
Thursday – after breakfast we drive through some of the lovely Derbyshire Dales arriving in Bakewell, for a coffee stop. Most famous for its pudding it is still possible to visit the original shop, where the recipe is still secret! Time for a stroll in this delightful market town.
Then onto Chatsworth, the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, and home to their family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled there in 1549. Standing on the east bank of the River Derwent, Chatsworth looks across to the low hills that divide the Derwent and Wye valleys. The house is set in expansive parkland, complete with one of the most famous gardens in England. The house contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawing, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts. Chatsworth has been selected as the UK’s favourite country house several times. Make sure you see the fountains! Refreshments available. We return to our hotel for evening dinner and overnight.
Friday – This morning we enjoy a visit to Southwell Minster. Said by many to be the best kept secret among the forty-two English cathedrals, it is a gem. The Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is popularly known, as it has been for centuries, as “Southwell Minster”. Although Christian worship has taken place on this site for over 1000 years, in 2008 the present Romanesque building celebrated its commencement 900 years ago. We have included a guided tour.
Time to explore this delightful town complete with eating houses. Then onto Crich Tramway Museum. The exhibition brings to life the history of the tram and includes a recreation of the 1905 Tramways Exhibition, whilst the Workshop Viewing Gallery allows you to see the ongoing restoration and repair work that is carried out each day. Trams run to and from every few minutes so you can ride over the cobbles of the period street, past the original facades of historic buildings from around the country. Interesting insight into how it used to be! Refreshments available. We return to our hotel for evening dinner and overnight.
Saturday – Morning visit to The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. We leave promptly after breakfast to ensure we arrive just after 10.00. The Arboretum was first planted at the end of the 20th century and is the UK’s living and lasting memorial to commemorate and celebrate those who have given their lives or suffered in the service of their country. The Beat, an avenue of young chestnuts, is funded by every Police Force in the UK. There is a chapel complete with 12 pillars of Douglas fir, representing the 12 disciples. Construction of the Chapel was begun in 1999, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish plant collector, David Douglas. The Chapel is situated close to the Visitor Centre and is the only place in the country where the Act of Remembrance is observed daily at 11 a.m. We have included a 50 minute ride on the land train, which does offer a commentary. There is a new Visitor Centre housing a new Exhibition. There is a café. Free time to explore and appreciate some of the beautiful and moving memorials. Everything has significance and it really is a special and completely different visit.
Then we head to Masson Mills sited on the River Derwent. The mills are Sir Richard Arkwright’s masterpiece – a magnificent example of an early cotton mill – the main part was constructed in 1783. The mill closed in 1991 and has been converted into a Shopping Village and also a working textile museum. It may be possible to visit the Museum which features a wide range of machinery of all shapes and sizes plus the history of the local cotton industry. The shopping village is on 5 floors and is part of the Edinburgh Woollen Mills, with a wide range of goods on sale. There is a riverside restaurant. Return to the hotel late afternoon for dinner, evening at leisure and overnight.
Sunday – We leave after breakfast and begin our homeward journey, arriving at Waddesdon Manor late morning. This Grade II listed house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French chateau between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) as a weekend residence for grand entertaining and as a setting for his collection.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue May 19th||Meeting||General Meeting. Please note that this meeting has been cancelled.|
|Tue Jun 16th||Outing||Visit to Eastbourne and Beachy Head|
|Tue Jul 21st||Meeting||General Meeting from 2.15pm|
|Tue Sep 22nd||Meeting||Annual General Meeting from 2.15pm|
|Tue Nov 17th||Meeting||Open Event. Doors open from 11am. Bar opens 12 noon till 2pm.|