Stour Valley


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 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 meal - see below - Christmas meal - 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 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 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
Social Events
Fri Aug 3rd Summer Dinner and Social
Best Western Ipswich Hotel, London Road, Copdock
7 for 7.30 pm
Wed Dec 5th Christmas Lunch
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.