SolihullNT’s first quiz night success

IMG_4654Congratulations to Derek Porter and his team for organising an excellent first quiz night.

Was it a coincidence that the two prizes were won by the chairman’s team and one from the National Trust Regional Office? The Chairman won the bottles of wine – and the regional office the wooden spoons!!

The next social event is “Nature Detectives”  for young children starting at 10,30 at Baddesley Clinton on Saturday 11 March.

Behind The Scenes – The Roundhouse

On Monday 13 February there will be a special NT Solihull Centre “Behind the Scenes” visit to the Roundhouse in Birmingham. It is being upgraded by the NT and the Canal and River Trust as a visitor attraction opening by 2018, but we have been invited to see what the plans are.

Like the Shugborough visit, this is a special trip, whilst The Roundhouse is not open to the public and under repair/reorganisation. There may be uneven floors and stairs. Level access may be restricted and facilities will be much more basic than usually associated with an NT property. Wear sensible shoes and clothing as there may be little heating available.

As spaces are limited there will be two tours at 10.30 and 1.30 pm restricted to 15 per tour and will last an hour and a half. Members will make own travel arrangements and “entry” tickets will be £5 each, and are of limited availability. There is no parking available there.

For those choosing to travel by train, we will arrange a rendezvous for specific trains from Shirley and Solihull Stations with a further rendezvous at Snow Hill Station which is about a ten minute walk to the Roundhouse.

Contact details in the newsletter.

New Year’s Day walk

New Years DayNew Years Day saw 15 intrepid Centre walkers braving heavy rain and a chill wind to enjoy a stroll around Hampton in Arden. They are pictured looking rather damp at the end of the walk, but everyone was soon reinvigorated by excellent mince pies from Susan Owen and Pauline Tolley, along with a little medicinal port and sherry.

Behind the Scenes visit to Shugborough

Privilege visit – Saturday November 26th 2016

Those members who attended our AGM will recall the interesting talk we had from Ben Shipston, National Trust Assistant Director, Operations, about the exciting changes occurring at Shugborough as the NT take full control of the estate from the local Council. Ben invited us to come and see what they are up to – and we have taken him up on his offer!!!

So come and join The NT Solihull Centre on its special trip to see the closed Shugborough before it opens as a full NT property in Spring 2017.

The coach will leave Dorridge (either Manor Rd or Grange Road – TBC) sometime after 9am, with a pick up in Solihull at bus stop opposite House of Fraser on Warwick Road about 15 mins later.

There will be 30min stop at M6 toll services then onto to Shugborough for a two hour visit.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is a special trip, whilst Shugborough is closed and under repair/reorganisation. There may be uneven floors and stairs. Level access may be restricted and facilities may be more basic than usually associated with an NT property. Wear sensible shoes and clothing as there may be little heating available.

 There will be no café facilities at Shugborough, so on leaving (after our approx two hour visit) we will stop in Stafford for lunch – you will need to make your own arrangements – with time to explore Stafford centre before the coach leaves at 4.30pm for the journey home.

Leader: Julia Challans                                                                                          Cost: £21.

(Booking is by the usual coach outing form to Margaret Brookes – included with your newsletter)

2016 Charity Walk to Warwick

2016 Charity WalkWe chose the hottest day of the year for our fund raising walk from Baddesley Clinton to Warwick and back, a distance of 15 miles. The whole walk took nearly 8 hours in blistering heat, and required real stamina and determination from our fantastic walkers. Elaine MacDonald and Fiona Stirling walked most of the way. Making it all the way back to Baddesley were John Randle, Monica Oakes, Polly Cullen, Susan Davis and Mark Kershaw. To support the walkers nearly £200 was donated towards the coastline appeal. Many thanks to all those who generously contributed.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Story time Congratulations to our Families Officer, Amy Kershaw, for an amazing turnout and event. Thanks also to her team of volunteers.

Obviously we have set a precedent and must now follow it up with plenty more.

In spite of rain in the morning we had  more than 100 people, children, parents and grandparents, arrive for picnics, storytelling, face painting and games.

We were blessed with the sun after all.

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