Shaftesbury & Gillingham

Events

Contact the relevant group leader for further information on these and other events/trips. To make contact go to the relevant "group" page.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Thu Sep 5th Monthly meeting will have a talk by Julian Richards titled "Inspired by Stonehenge"
Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.
Thu Oct 3rd AGM followed by short talk by Jake Moore titled "Cyber Crime Prevention"
Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.
Thu Nov 7th Monthly meeting will have a talk by Glenys Warlow titled "No Gilded Cage for this Nightingale"
Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.
Thu Dec 5th Christmas meal at the Olive Bowl, Gillingham. Full details nearer the time.
Thu Jan 2nd 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Alan Jones talk entitled "Look Into My Eyes" - The history and mystery of Hypnosis.

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.

Mention hypnotism and people fear being turned into chickens! Yet the history of hypnosis dates back to the dawn of civilisation, so sit back, relax and discover the history and mystery of hypnosis, plus the benefits of Hypnotherapy today. AND NO, you won't become a chicken!
Thu Feb 6th 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Malcolm Wells talk entitled "So Far So Good"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.

The talk is an informative, light hearted and fast moving, covering stories from behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and state occasions, experience of serving in a mobile hospital in the Gulf War and his time as a national speaker at Canine Partners.
Thu Mar 5th 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Philip Browne entitled "A Freezing Horror : the wreck of the Halsewell, 1786"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.

One of the most dramatic shipwreck disasters on an English shore is the subject of the talk by Dorset writer Philip Browne. Drawing on his recent book "The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the Halsewell", he will describe the terrible events that shocked the nation when a huge East India Company ship was wrecked on the Purbeck coast.
Philip Browne will bring copies of his book for sale at a discount price of £10.
Thu Apr 2nd 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Keith Hooper talk entitled " Charles Dickens"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.

Having been awarded a doctorate from Exeter University for his work on Charles Dickens his commissioned biography of the author has been published.
Thu May 7th 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Bob Kelley entitled "Shaftesbury - a victim of the Industrial Revolution"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.

The speaker was born and grew up in Shaftesbury.
Thu Jun 4th 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Brian Freeland entitled "The View From The Wings"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.

Developed from his experience with everything from variety (Butlin's Holiday Camps and the London Palladium) to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Scottish Opera and Sadler's Wells Ballet. The stage manager's view from the prompt corner is very different to that from your comfortable seat in the stalls or circle. Reality theatre; no retakes. Reviews say -"slightly saucy"!
Thu Jul 2nd 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Susan Brattin entitled "Horrible history of Scotland"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.
Thu Sep 3rd 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Rupert Hague-Holmes entitled "We must take the castle site" (Korean War)

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.
Thu Oct 1st 2020 AGM followed by a talk by Brian Percey "Salisbury Street Pastors"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.
Thu Nov 5th 2020 Monthly meeting will have a talk by Nicola Tallis entitled "Crown of Blood:The deadly inheritance of Lady Jane Greys"

Meeting is at the Father's House, Shaftesbury, coffee and biscuits from 10.00am, meeting commences at 10.30am.
Outings
Tue Sep 3rd Walking group meets, see group page for times and contacts.
Holidays
Sun Sep 8th
→Thu Sep 12th
Five Day Holiday in Suffolk Details as follows:-
Sunday Day1
Depart Gillingham at 0800 hrs and Shaftesbury at 0815 hrs and head east along the A303 and M3 Making a suitable comfort stop en-route we head to Audley End near to Saffron Walden. Here you have the chance to explore this decadent Jacobean mansion house and meet the staff in the Victorian Wing. Enjoy stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside and wander the tranquil gardens created by 'Capability' Brown, gold winner of Anglia in Bloom Awards 2017. Then it is onto the Holiday Inn Colchester where we are booked in for a four night stay.

Monday Day2
We meet up with our tour guide at the hotel and embark on a full day exploring the towns and villages that make up this beautiful part of Suffolk, We head initially to Lavenham, where you can explore the fabulous 'wool church', the antique shops, gift shops and coffee shops of this small town. Included is a visit to Lavenham Guildhall- one of the most spectacular timber framed buildings of medieval England at the heart of village life. Then it is on to Long Melford before we finish the afternoon visiting Kersey and Clare.

Tuesday Day 3
We head to Sutton Hoo where you can see one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. In the late 1930s, landowner Edith May Pretty enlisted the help of a Suffolk archaeologist to dig into an ancient mound near Woodbridge. What he found went beyond their wildest dreams: a 'Hoo' a Saxon burial site filled with weapons, masks and gold coins, all housed in a 90-foot-long ship that had been buried along with its passenger. Today the Sutton Hoo visitor centre tells two fantastic stories: that of the ancient Saxon burial itself, and the subsequent cloak-and-dagger discovery. After some time for lunch in Sudbury we then take to the water as we head to Waldringfield and you are welcomed aboard the Jahan for a 2 hour boat Journey along the river Deben, one of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the East Coast. The tidal Deben Estuary is a Special Protection Area and within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our on board commentary will tell of its rich wildlife and history. A cup of tea or coffee with scone and jam is included.

Wednesday Day 4
We head to the Suffolk Coast and Sizewell 8 Power Station near to Leiston. We have a guided tour of Sizewell 8 which is the UK's only Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and also the most modern nuclear power station in the UK. The visitor centre offers a unique insight into this technology in the interactive exhibition space. Then it is on to Southwold for lunch before for visiting Adnams Brewery in the afternoon. Here we enjoy a Brewery tours followed by some tutored tasting!

Thursday- Day 5
Time to start our journey home, however there is still time for one more visit to the market town of Bury St Edmunds. Surrounded by countryside with 1,000 years of history to explore, Bury St Edmunds offers award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping and stunning parks. Admire the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral, discover the legend of St Edmund, and stand among the ruins of the 11th Century Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe, set in the stunning Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds is truly'a jewel in the crown of Suffolk: We then re-join the coach and making suitable comfort stops continue our journey home.

Your Hotel
The Holiday inn Colchester is situated in the tranquil village of Eight Ash Green, just outside of
Colchesters busy and lively town centre. Located within easy reach of the A12 from London, the hotel has ample complimentary on-site car and coach parking facilities. All of the hotels restful guest rooms are equipped with en-suite facilities including power shower (a small number of rooms with walk in showers are available on request though very early booking is suggested] tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, flat screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel's own on-site health club has an indoor pool, a gym, a sauna, a steam room and a spa