The meetings, outings, social events and holidays listed below are open to all members
Groups also meet regularly and organise events and outings, details of which can be found on the Group pages of the website. Members need to belong to a Group to enjoy their activities.
Lecture Meetings are organised by a Committee at least one year ahead. Over the past few years we have been fortunate to have gained the services of speakers well known in the field of broadcasting, art, environment, energy, cartography, commerce and many who have shared their long distance travel experiences with us in illustrated talks.
The lectures are held monthly, (except August and December), on the second Wednesday of the month, in The Constable Hall, East Bergholt, CO7 6TP at 2.15 p.m. and are the catalyst to bring all the members together both to learn and to socialise. Questions are usually invited at the end of the lecture. Posters, designed to advertise each lecture are exhibited well in advance on notice boards within the Stour Valley area.
We particularly welcome new members and those who have not been to these talks before. Non members are most welcome to join us for the lecture in return for a donation of £3.00.
Further information on our Social Events - Summer and Christmas meals - coming soon.
Additional details of our Garden Visits can be found by going to the Group page and clicking on the Garden Visits. All visits start from The Red Lion car park, East Bergholt.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Jun 13th||Chocolate|
Tony Diamond, historical subjects speaker, gives a history of the colourful discovery of chocolate and the spread of the hot drink to Europe, astonishing aspects of chocolate and an overview of the financial importance of chocolate to the UK.
|Wed Jul 11th||Round the World on a Container Ship|
Positively not a cruise! As a lone passenger for most of four months, Peter Hesketh, former Police Officer and Merchant Navy Purser, explains the attraction of, and comments on, life at sea when the ships spend so little time in port.
|Wed Aug 8th||Art Attack|
Tania Harrington, an enthusiastic art lover, explores the history of vandalism in art.
|Wed Sep 12th||Remembrance and the Great War - A very British view|
Taff Gillingham, Historian, advises film makers, emphasising the need for historical accuracy. He will give a different perspective on the 1914/18 War.
|Wed Oct 10th||Silk Weaving in Sudbury|
Richard Heap, Production Director of Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd, covers the history of silk weaving and how it came to Sudbury; the Silk Road from China to Sudbury; how silk yarns are processed; the silk trade, partnerships and relationships with supplier and customer, and how the company engages with the local community and the environment.
|Wed Nov 14th||The Coast of East Anglia|
David Simmonds, National Trust Speaker & Volunteer
The East Anglian coast is full of contrasts and has much beauty, history and wildlife. David Simmonds' talk focuses especially on National Trust coastal properties in Essex and Suffolk.
|Thu Jun 28th||Joint visit to Chartwell with Churches, Cathedrals and Historic Buildings Group|
Depart from Red Lion Car Park, East Bergholt at 9.00 am. Leave Chartwell at 4.00 pm for journey home.
Cost: £12.25 per person for National Trust members and £25.25 for non-members.
|Thu Jul 26th||Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens|
Depart from Red Lion Car Park, East Bergholt at 9.45 am. Leave Bressingham at 4.00 pm for the journey home.
Cost: £19.70 per person.
Price includes admission to Bressingham Steam Experience, Dad's Army Collection, Bressingham Gardens - both Dell & Foggy Bottom and one diesel operated narrow gauge service and three rides, not consecutive, on the Gallopers Roundabout.
|Thu Aug 30th||Theatre and Film Group trip to Suffolk Summer Theatre at Aldeburgh to see Funny Money by Ray Cooney.|
Coach depart's Red Lion Car Park, East Bergholt at 1.30 pm. Show is at 5 pm returning home at 7.30 pm. Cost is £25.
|Thu Sep 20th||Hampton Court Palace|
Second joint venture with Churches, Cathedrals & Historic Buildings Group
Depart from Red Lion Car Park, East Bergholt at 8.30 am. Leaving Hampton Court at 4.00 pm for journey home.
Cost: £31 per person.
|Thu Oct 25th||Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs|
Depart from Red Lion Car Park at 8.15 am. Leaving Burghley House at 4.00 pm for the journey home.
Cost £27 per person
|Fri Aug 3rd||Summer Dinner and Social|
Best Western Ipswich Hotel, London Road, Copdock
7 for 7.30 pm
Sun Jun 3rd
→Fri Jun 8th
|Annual Gardens Holiday - Darlington. 3-8 June 2018|
Visit the Gardens Group page for details
|Tue Jun 12th||European Travel Group Planning Meeting|
Lambe School, East Bergholt at 2.30 pm
Fri Sep 28th
→Thu Oct 4th
|European Travel Group Italian holiday to Lake Garda|
This trip is open for other members to join us - see European Travel Group page for contact details.