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 Kent & Sussex Railway and Bodiam Castle
Date to be confirmed

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A moated castle

Kent and East Sussex Railway was partially reopened as a Heritage Steam Railway in 1974, running between Tenterden and Rolvenden, with a further extension to Bodium completed in 2000. The preserved railway has had a tempestuous history, with two financial crises and a major dispute between the volunteer group and their elected board of directors/trustees. Most of the permanent way has now been built to modern standards, and rides of 11.5 miles through the Rother Valley in vintage and British Railways coaches, are usually hauled by one of several types of steam locomotives, or a diesel multiple unit in off peak times. Older generations will feel nostalgic on entering the Tenterden station buildings, and also, if time permits, looking around the Railway museum.

Bodiam Castle (NT) is a 14th century moated castle, built in 1385, ostensibly to defend the area against a French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. It was built, not only to protect its inhabitants, but to be an inviting and comfortable home as well. It is a quadrangular design and features chambers on the outer walls as well as towers on each entrance point and corners. The inner courts allowed space for those living and working within the castle and would have included a chapel, household apartments, pantry, the Lord’s Hall, buttery and a prison. The castle is a magnificent sight, standing as it does, surrounded by a large moat, although in those days it would have received the contents of 30 different garderobes!! It is now a Grade I listed building, and has been owned by the NT since 1925 when it was donated by Lord Curzon on his deathbed, with the decision taken to open up the ruins to the public.

Guide price: £32.00

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