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.

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“My journey as a designer”
Report by Keith Otter


Outing to Stamford and Belvoir Castle


Outing to Compton Verney and West Wycombe
Report by Keith Otter


Outing to Herstmonceux Castle


Outing to Sutton Hoo and Lavenham
Report by Keith Otter


Group holiday centred on York


Talk on the history of the Petre family
Pay on the door


Outing to Wakehurst Place and Quebec House
Places available


Talk on David Parr House, Cambridge
Pay on the door


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


“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 Herstmonceux Castle

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A castle with a sitting statue in the foreground

Herstmonceux Castle is one of the oldest significant brick buildings in England. It was built by workers from Flanders using bricks made from locally sourced clay, starting in 1441 under Sir Roger Fiennes, and completed by his son, Lord Dacre, in 1449. The castle viewed from across the moat is a magnificent sight. However, in 1777 the interior was demolished and it stood as a ruin until the early 20th century. The restoration to turn it into a residence was completed in 1933 to a design by architect Walter Godfrey. The Castle is now used as a university and we will be allowed to visit by a guided tour - hence the Sunday visit.

In 1957 Herstmonceux became the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. This has since been relocated to Cambridge and the original Observatory buildings have been converted into an interactive Science Centre for school children in particular.

We may visit Royal Tunbridge Wells if we have time as assessed by the recce.

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