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 Doddington Hall
Date to be confirmed

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The words Doddington Hall and Gardens

Doddington Hall, designed by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects, was started in 1595 and completed in 1600. It was built for Thomas Tailor, a lawyer, the recorder to the Bishop of Lincoln. It has never been sold, and has passed down through many generations of the family. The result, after 400 years of continuous occupation, is a house full of fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, porcelain, a wealth of amusing stories, and is still a much- loved family home.

The gardens are just as spectacular as the Hall itself. Remaining faithful to the original layout, mellow walls provide the framework for the formal East and West gardens. The East front garden has patterned box hedging and topiary. The West garden is a riot of colour from spring to autumn, the wide borders being filled with botanical surprises, and box-edged parterres. Beyond these there are the lovingly restored Wild gardens, full of scented flowers and shrubs throughout the seasons. The Kitchen garden was restored in 2007 and now provides fruit and vegetables for the restaurant and Farm Shop.

Guide price: £35.00

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