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


“Many Queens” outing to London
Date to be confirmed

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A very large house made of red and white bricks

This is a day in London in the company of a Blue Badge guide, the highlight of the day being a tour of Clarence House. The guide will meet us for coffee at 10:3 0am before we set off on a coach tour, hearing stories, and visiting areas connected with seven Queens, and the many mistresses of England. There will then be a stop for lunch in the numerous restaurants and cafes in the St James’s area. After a short walk into St James’s Park we visit Clarence House, which was the home of The Queen Mother for fifty years. We will be given a guided tour around the five ground floor rooms where The Prince of Wales undertakes official engagements. The arrangement of the rooms and their contents remain much as they were in Queen Elizabeth’s time, with outstanding20 th century paintings, and superb examples of Faberge, as well as English porcelain and silverware. There will be time for a hot drink before setting off home at 5:15 pm.

(Walking distance 1,100 m (1,200 yards))

Guide price: £54.00

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