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
Report by Al Arnot


Outing to Compton Verney and West Wycombe
Report by Al Arnot


Outing to Herstmonceux Castle
Report by Al Arnot


Outing to Sutton Hoo and Lavenham
Report by Shirley Deering


Group holiday centred on York
Report by Shirley Deering and Al Arnot


Talk on the history of the Petre family


Outing to Wakehurst Place and Quebec House


Talk on David Parr House, Cambridge


“From Crime Scene to Art Photographer”


“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 Wakehurst Place and Quebec House

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Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place (NT) is Kew’s Country Garden in the heart of Sussex. The Price family bequeathed the property, with a large endowment, to the National Trust in 1963. The current position is that since 1965 the House and land have been leased to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who use and manage the property.

The Grade I listed Mansion was built in the late 16th century, but the garden is mainly 20th century. Visitors are able to explore several rooms in the Mansion, which was commissioned in 1590 by Edward Culpeper. Items of furniture used by Sir Henry and Lady Price are arranged beside the marble fireplace in the Blue Room, and include Hepplewhite easy chairs, a side table and a Chinese screen. There is currently a display of Botanical paintings by John Day, brothers Franz and Ferdinand Bauer and Sarah Drake in the gallery. Visitors are able to tour parts of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, housed in a modern, temperature-controlled building, which is used to store seeds from around the world.

The wild Botanic Garden has over 500 acres of beautiful ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve. The Mansion Garden has formal and informal borders, a sweeping lawn, a pond and a walled garden. The Seed Café serves sandwiches, soup and cakes, plus hot and cold drinks. The Stables Restaurant serves hot and cold food as well as cakes and drinks.

Quebec House

Looking up at the head and chest of a statue of a man wearing a tricorn hat

On our way home we plan to visit Quebec House (NT) which is the birth-place of General James Wolfe. He lived in the 16th century brick-built house from January 1727 to 1738. The house was extensively rebuilt in the 18th and 20th centuries. The Coach House contains an exhibition on the Battle of Quebec and Wolfe’s life, whilst the house has memorabilia and paintings connected to him.

Refreshments available are cake, plus hot and cold drinks.

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