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!
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
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.
Our Teddy Bears’ Picnic is taking place this Wednesday (26th July) from 11-2 at Baddesley Clinton, rain or shine!
Please do come along and have a look, feel free to invite friends, relatives and neighbours.
There will be story telling, crafts and games, as well as a fantastic opportunity to let a whole new audience know all about the National Trust Solihull Centre.
Our 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.
Walks around Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton is available at Waterstone’s in solihull High Street and on Amazon. Seen here: author Peter Carbin (left) and illustrator Linton Harrison.
Following the great success of the Nature Detectives event at Baddesley Clinton, Solihull Centre has been asked to run craft making activities at the launch of the new natural play area near the bird hide at Baddesley.
Please bring your children or grandchildren and join us between 11.00 and 2.00 pm on Saturday 20 May.
The Centre walkers paid their annual visit to the Cotswolds on Sunday. The weather was glorious and Chipping Campden was looking at its best. Our walkers were very excited at seeing the first copies of “Walks around Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton”, a booklet produced by the Centre as a fund raising venture. It will shortly be available in the shops at both properties, and is already posted on Amazon.
After a brief detour to visit the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden in the High Street, the walk took us past the splendid Church and into the countryside, following footpaths and returning via the lovely village of Broad Campden.
For eight years we have been served with tea, coffee and biscuits at our Tuesday evening lectures by the same team of volunteers.
Now they’ve decided to give some other volunteers a chance.
Many thanks to:
If you would like to volunteer for this much appreciated role, please let us know.
The following donations were handed to the National Trust at the AGM:
Coastline Appeal £750
Back to Backs £500
Charlecote £500 towards a mobility Scooter
The retiring collection will be sent to Chartwell