2019-20 Programme

All talks, presentations and meetings are open to visitors and are held in the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, starting at 7:45 pm. There is no need to book but there is a nominal charge of £3 for members and £5 for visitors, payable on the night.

All outings leave from outside the theatre. Group members will have received booking terms and instructions with their Newsletter.

Parking is via Coval Lane only. Charges apply.


“My journey as a designer”
Report by Keith Otter

Outing to Stamford and Belvoir Castle
Report by Al Arnot

Outing to Compton Verney and West Wycombe
Report by Al Arnot

Outing to Herstmonceux Castle
Report by Al Arnot

Outing to Sutton Hoo and Lavenham
Report by Shirley Deering

Group holiday centred on York
Report by Shirley Deering and Al Arnot

Talk on the history of the Petre family

Outing to Wakehurst Place and Quebec House

Talk on David Parr House, Cambridge

“From Crime Scene to Art Photographer”
Pay on the door

Outing to London’s Gin Lane
Places available

“I need a lifestyle adviser”
Pay on the door

Talk on Thomas Hardy and the National Trust
Pay on the door

Talk on bridges, triumphs and disasters
Pay on the door

Annual General Meeting
Pay on the door

Talk on Eastbury Manor
Pay on the door

Outing to London’s Gin Lane
Places available

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A shelf of Beefeater Gin bottles

In Georgian London the Gin Craze took hold - Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two with fresh straw to fall on. We explore the London immortalised in William Hogarth’s Gin Lane from the rookeries of St Giles-in-the-Fields and Seven Dials to posh St Martin-in-the-Fields. In the afternoon we tour London’s oldest gin distillery.

We meet our Blue Badge Guide at 10:30 am to buy morning refreshments. We begin by visiting St Giles, which recorded the first victims of the Great Plague and as we walk across the old fields (don’t look for grass!) the guide will tell the story of London in four drinks: beer, tea, coffee and gin. Discover Tin Pan Alley, the once notorious Seven Dials and slip into a secret alley still lit by gas lamps.

There will be free time in Trafalgar Square to buy lunch. Visit the National Portrait Gallery or bring a packed lunch to eat during a free lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the Fields.

At London’s oldest surviving gin distillery, the iconic Beefeater London Dry Gin is hand-crafted to a recipe unchanged since the 1800s. We visit the heart of the distillery to experience a sensory understanding of the ingredients with a self-guided and guided tour and a tutored tasting of two premium Beefeater Gins. The tour ends with a complementary Beefeater Gin & Tonic, a soft drink alternative (non-drinkers get a gin miniature to take home for a friend!)

We will be heading for home from Kennington, ever so slightly squiffy, at 4:45 pm.

The cost includes coach, driver’s tip, Blue Badge Guide (including his/her tip), and entrance fee to the distillery. We will be equipped with the Vox wireless tour guide system - enabling you to hear the guide above the noisy London Streets.

Guide price: £55.00

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