This Group is nearly full. Contact Convenor if you are interested in joining us.
Our focus is the appreciation of architecture of all periods and styles. We enjoy a mix of talks and guided visits organised by members plus the occasional guest speaker. A diary of our activities is maintained: see below for details.
We have had a very busy year. Highlights have included a walking tour of Oxford with a Green Badge guide, a visit to a medieval timber framed thatched building, an architectural tour of the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Courts of Justice as well as a visit to the rejuvenated Kings Cross area of London.
Members are very welcome to put forward ideas and themes for meetings which can be explored further. In the forthcoming months we will have a talk on Workhouses and learn about electricity from waste at Greatmoor EFW near Calvert as well as a session on "the good, the bad and the ugly" buildings we see around us. Various visits and themes are planned for 2020 and include a visit to the Garden Museum in Lambeth and a stunning private garden near Amersham that has featured in magazines.
Where and When
We meet from 2.00 p.m. until 4.00pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Coffee/tea and biscuits are provided. Our meeting venue is The Union Chapel, School Lane, Weston Turville, HP22 5SE.
When we make visits to buildings, we might take the train to London or arrange lifts for everyone who wishes to go if the visit is difficult by public transport. Some visits will be self guided and others will have guides for which there is usually a fee. Members must be fit enough to participate if they sign up for a visit.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Jan 28th||"WORKHOUSES & GEORGE GILBERT SCOTT" A talk by guest speaker Julian Hunt FSA|
George Gilbert Scott(1811-1878) was born in Buckinghamshire and started his career as a leading designer of workhouses. Over 800 buildings were designed or altered by this architect of the Gothic Revival.
The talk will illustrate how the Tindal (Hospital) Aylesbury may be connected to St Pancras Station, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King's College London Chapel....and many more buildings!
|Tue Feb 25th||The Good, The Bad and The Ugly buildings we see around us. Members are asked to describe why their chosen buildings is great or does not meet with approval. Members are also asked to bring a book on architecture and say why it enhances their knowledge of the built environment.|
|Mon Mar 23rd||NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE TO MONDAY 23RD MARCH|
Visit to Greatmoor EFW plant near Calvert, Buckinghamshire. Full address: Greatmoor EFW, Greatmoor Road, Woodham, Aylesbury, HP18 0QE.
Learn about how this plant converts waste to electricty for 44,000 homes using 345,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste.
1.00 pm visit. Details will be given to members regarding where to meet and what to wear. If you have a pacemaker, this visit is not for you.
See www.greatmoor.co.uk for more information.
|Tue Apr 28th||An Architectural talk by Adam Smith. He is an excellent speaker and we look forward to what will be an informative afternoon.|
|Tue May 26th||Visit to the Garden Museum in Lambeth, London. We will look at how gardens evolved to compliment the built environment. We will take the train from Wendover and then use the underground in London. Some walking will be required.|
|Tue Jun 23rd||Visit to a Orchard House Garden at Coleshill, near Amersham. Members will be asked to make a £12 donation to charity if attending this event. Coffee and light refreshments are included.|
We will visit a superb example of a garden that has been designed in recent years for the owners of Orchard House. It compliments the setting of the house and reflects the owner's great interest in gardens. It has also featured in magazines and we will be able to enjoy the many special features this garden offers with our private visit.
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