2020-21 Programme

Online talks start at 7:30 pm. Members will be told how to access these.

All other 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 for the Cramphorn Theatre is via Coval Lane only. Charges apply.

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Talk on Tudor education
Report by Jackie & Al Arnot


Talk on flint
Report by Al & Jackie Arnot


Talk on Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Report by Jackie & Al Arnot


Colchester’s Roman circus
Report by Jackie & Al Arnot


How Essex helped Edward III
Report by Al & Jackie Arnot


Talk on Chelmsford’s water supply
Report by Keith Otter


Wildlife and Climate Change
Report by Keith Otter


Talk on Copped Hall, its history, renovation and restoration
Report by Keith Otter


Outing to Blickling Hall and Estate
Waiting list


Outing to Boughton Hall
Places avaialable


Outing to Doddington Hall
Date to be confirmed


“Many Queens” outing to London
Date to be confirmed


Annual General Meeting
Date to be confirmed


Group holiday based in Caernarfon
Places available


Outing to Kent & Sussex Railway and Bodiam Castle
Date to be confirmed


Meeting with NT Director-General
Pay on the door


Outing to Boughton Hall
Places avaialable

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Versailles

Boughton House is famed for its beauty and its collections. There is a medieval core, but its exterior evokes an opulent French chateau, causing it to be termed the English Versailles. The magnificent collections can be explained by the ducal family surname Montagu-Douglas-Scott, which reflects the union of these three great families through their estates and marriages. The contents of the house are a comprehensive collection of furniture, tapestries, porcelain, carpets and many notable paintings. The old servant’s hall now houses one of the finest privately held armouries in the country.

The gardens were originally designed to impress the eye, and there were stunning vistas, tree-lined avenues and bold water features. However, for more than 200 years the huge formal gardens were almost lost. Today the avenues of trees have been replanted and a series of waterways, lakes and reflecting pools have been created. There is a walled walled garden containing herbaceous borders and flower beds, a rose garden and an ancient lily pond.

Guide price: £35.00

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