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.