Shaftesbury & Gillingham

Events

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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
Meetings
Thu Mar 1st Monthly meeting at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, Coffee and biscuits 9.45am to 10.15am, meeting starts at 10.30am.
Talk by Jake Moore from Dorset Police on "Cyber Crime Prevention"
Mon Mar 12th Garden Interest Group, Riversmeet, Gillingham 10 for 10.30am. A talk on the Restoration of Hestercombe Gardens.
Thu Apr 5th Monthly meeting at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, Coffee and biscuits 9.45am to 10.15am, meeting starts at 10.30am.
A return visit from Colin Van Geffen who will talk on "The Red Arrows"
Thu May 3rd Monthly meeting at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, Coffee and biscuits 9.45am to 10.15am, meeting starts at 10.30am.
Speakers will be members Colin & Anne Marsh who will talk on "Sicily"
Thu Jun 7th Monthly meeting at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, Coffee and biscuits 9.45am to 10.15am, meeting starts at 10.30am.
Speaker will be Mike Bolton who will talk on "A trip down the River Nile"
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
Outings
Thu Apr 12th Snowshill Manor and Garden & Bourton on the Water

We are going to the National Trust Snowshill Manor and Garden on Thursday 12th April.

In 1919 Charles Wade, horrified by what he had experienced in the First World War bought Snowshill Manor and restored and renovated it for just one purpose – to house his wondrous collection which was his lifelong passion and joy. Beyond the manor house the garden is split into a number of 'rooms',which include Armillary Court, home to the sphere on top of a stone pillar; The Jolly Roger, a small building which Wade used as his summer house; Well Court, home to the 24-hour garden clock; a cow-byre, dovecote and kitchen garden.

We will make a comfort and lunch stop at Bourton on the Water around 11. 30 to allow us to have a short look around this quintessentially English village in the rural Cotswolds. Known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses it straddles the River Windrush and we can take an early lunch before travelling on to Snowshill.

The itinerary is as follows:-

9.00 Depart Gillingham (Waitrose)
9.20 Depart Shaftesbury (Fathers House)
11.30 Arrive Bourton on the Water
13.30 Depart Bourton on the Water
13.50 Arrive Showshill Manor and Garden
16.45 Depart Snowshill
19.10 Arrive Shaftesbury
19.30 Arrive Gillingham

Entrance fee is £12.00 but free to National Trust Members.
The cost of the trip per person will be in the region of £14.00
Wed Jun 13th Garden Interest Group Trip to Wells, Somerset to visit the Gardens of the Bishop of Bath & Wells.