Volunteers needed – can you help with Solihull Centre?

Can you help promote our book?

Peter Carbin is organising a sales table for his book “Walks around Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton” at Baddesley Clinton on Sunday 10 December and Boxing Day. If you can spare an hour or so to help, please contact Peter on 07501 694 761.

Who do you know who could take over the role of compiling the newsletter?

Three times a year we need someone to chase organisers for details of forthcoming events and to assemble them into a newsletter. Volunteers and suggestions, please contact Mark Kershaw on 0121 704 1314.

Who do you know who could help us with publicity?

This involves setting up our exhibition stand at events and festivals, together with sending out one or two emails a month. Volunteers and suggestions, please contact Mark Kershaw on 0121 704 1314.

Walk from Coughton Court

Our Centre walk on Sunday 3rd December was from Coughton Court. Twenty one walkers enjoyed a bracing walk on a fresh morning and our photo shows the group queuing to negotiate a small ford on the route. All crossed safely and returned to a busy Coughton where Christmas festivities were being held. Our next walk on 7th January is from the Cheswick Green Inn (Miller & Carter) in Shirley and will take in some of the local Green Belt  now earmarked for housing.

Trust walker reaches 90!

The Centre walk on Sunday 5th November was from Earlswood Craft Centre, where a goodly number enjoyed a hearty breakfast in the cafe. Before setting off there was a presentation to Barry Jones who has just reached his 90th birthday.  For many years Barry was a stalwart of the Centre committee, and a popular walks leader. He rarely misses a Centre walk and almost invariably helps with the recce. He was presented with a specially commissioned painting to mark the occasion and as a thanks for all his support.

Our very pleasant walk took in lakes, woods and a quiet nature reserve. An excellent turnout of 35 members were able to enjoy some lovely autumn colours, for the most part in bright sunshine. 

Our next walk will be from a very festive Coughton Court on Sunday 3rd December. 

Our very pleasant walk took in lakes, woods and a quiet nature reserve. An excellent turnout of 35 members were able to enjoy some lovely autumn colours, for the most part in bright sunshine. 

Our next walk will be from a very festive Coughton Court on Sunday 3rd December. 

Annual fund raising walk 2017

Our annual fund raising walk took place on Sunday 1st October.  With heavy rain forecast earlier in the week and rain overnight the turn out was down on previous years, but 12 walkers took part, with half completing the normal length morning walk, but paying more for the privilege. A small but elite group of 4 walkers completed the 9 miles from Baddesley Clinton to Dorridge Park and back. They are pictured during a lunch stop in the middle of a windy Dorridge Park, along with our indispensable back up driver Barry Jones. 

The next walk on 5th November is from Earlswood Craft Centre, with the cafe open at 9.00 a.m. for those who want breakfast!

 

Felicity Simpson – Committee Member

We are very sorry to announce that NT Solihull Centre Committee member, Felicity Simpson, has died after a short illness. Felicity had been a stalwart of the Centre for many years and was a leading light as part of the organising team of the successful Afternoon Talks.

She was interested in the National Trust, in the NT Solihull Centre and most of all in people.

One of my lasting memories of Felicity was her helping out at the first Teddy Bear’s Picnic in 2016, realising the need to encourage the next generation to be interested in the Centre. Alongside is not a very good photo of Felicity (far right of picture) enjoying being part of that day, handing out leaflets and talking to the young parents.

She will be sorely missed.
Mark Kershaw, Chairman

Sunday walk from Studley

 

Our Centre morning walk on Sunday 6th August  was from Studley to Sambourne and back on a warm and pleasant morning.

The crops were waist high and due for harvest but the village green at Sambourne was immaculate and our twenty seven walkers took advantage of the seats provided for their half way break.

Our next walk will be from The Swan at Nether Whitacre on Sunday 3rd September.

July walk from Balsall Common

Walk in the barleyOur morning walk on a fine 2nd July was from Balsall Common.

HS2 is to be built to the east of the village and 1150 new green belt homes are earmarked for the area as well and so it was an opportunity to walk an area of pleasant countryside much of which which will soon not exist, and where the rest will remain vulnerable to the insatiable demand for further development.

Our next walk on 6th August is from Studley.