Shaftesbury & Gillingham


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DAY TRIPS GROUP The DAY TRIPS GROUP are urgently looking for additional helpers to supplement the existing team of four - Bill & Janet McIntyre, Steve Hale and Greer Tilbrook who is the Team Leader BUT Greer is hoping to move away from the area in the Spring. So unless at least two more people join the team there will only be 5 trips in 2018 (and two of these are being run by other Groups) instead of the customary 7 trips. Unless we can recruit more helpers it is possible that this very popular activity may disappear altogether by 2019 - so please do not let this happen. Being a helper is not an onerous task as you would probably only have to organise one trip a year and help would always be available from other members of the Group. Please contact GREER TILBROOK

Dates for your Diary
Thu Jul 5th Monthly meeting at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, Coffee and biscuits 9.45am to 10.15am, meeting starts at 10.30am.
Speaker will be Kathy McNally who will talk on "Mati Hari, Eye of the Day"
Thu Aug 2nd No monthly meeting in August
Mon Nov 12th Garden Interest group
Indoor meeting to be arranged
Mon Dec 10th Garden Interest group
Annual Christmas Lunch
Mon Jul 9th Garden Interest Group, a visit to The Court House, Lower Woodford, Salisbury, SP4 6NQ
This a four and half acre garden on the banks of the River Avon. It has a variety of herbaceous borders, waterside plants, rambler roses and unusual trees. The present owners have developed it over the past 26 years. It is on the site of the Bishop's palace when Salisbury cathedral was in Old Sarum.
10 for 10.30am start £8.50 per person.
Tue Jul 10th Day Trips Group
Two Tudor Houses in Somerset

Subject to sufficient take-up we will visit Montacute House and Barrington Court on Tuesday July 10th.

Timing as follows

Depart Fathers House Shaftesbury 09.30, Waitrose Gillingham 09.45

Montacute House 10.30 - 13.30

Barrington Court 14.15 - 16.45

Arrive Gillingham 17.45, Shaftesbury 18.00

Provisional Cost is £14 Ticket prices £11.20 per attraction. NT members free.

Montacute House is a beacon of Elizabethan pomp with Britain's longest remaining Long Gallery, tapestries, samplers and portraits from the National Gallery. The house was built by Edward Phelps,the man who later prosecuted Guy Fawkes.

Barrington Court was also built in the 16th century but by the beginning of the 1920s had become partially derelict. It was carefully rebuilt by Colonel Lyle (part of Tate and Lyle) and filled with his collection of architectural salvage. The garden design was influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. Scenes from the television series Wolf Hall were filmed here.
Mon Sep 10th Garden Interest group have a visit to The Old Rectory, Pulham, Dorchester, DT2 7EA.
Four acres of formal and informal planting.
10.00 for 10.30am start, Cost per person £6.50
Mon Oct 8th Garden Interest Group have a visit to Anderson manor, Anderson, Blandford Forum, DT11 9HD. Rosemary Isaac will give a short talk and then we will be able to explore the formal garden, a walled garden, parterre, orchard, a rose walk by the River Winterborne and an avenue of trees.
10 for 10.30am, cost £6.50 per person
Sun Sep 9th
→Thu Sep 13th
SGU3A Five Day Holiday break to Shropshire and the Peak District. Full information is on the Groups page under Travel.
Sat Jun 8th
→Sat Jun 15th
An all inclusive holiday for members TO NORTHERN CROATIA AND SLOVENIA
For full information and contact details goto the relevant travel section on the groups page of this website