Waddesdon Manor, built in the style of a Loire Valley chateau for the Rothschilds in the latter part of the 19th Century, is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but it becomes extra special at the Christmas season, with selected rooms open and decorated for Christmas, and light installations in the gardens and a ‘son et lumiere’ on the façade, which it should be dark enough for us to enjoy before we leave.
We will start our visit with a traditional two-course Christmas lunch in the Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel, at the entrance to the estate.
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.
Tuesday 9 February 2016 HOPTON HALL & DENBY POTTERY, DERBYSHIRE
Although Hopton Hall (near Wirksworth) is not open to the public, there is a tearoom there where we will have our coffee/tea on arrival (cost – approx £1.50 a cup – NOT included in the cost of the outing). You will see drifts of delicate snowdrops across 5 acres of woodland, with well sign-posted paths, mainly hard surfaced. With appropriate footwear the walks are easily accessible for most visitors, but hand pushed wheelchairs will experience difficulty.
We will leave Hopton at about 12.30 for Denby Pottery, where we shall have lunch in the Bourne Restaurant. As the weather can be very fickle in Derbyshire during winter months, a factory tour has not been booked – the tours can take up to one and a half hours – but we shall be able to visit the Reception Centre and the Museum and there is also a Dartington Crystal and Denby factory shop for you to browse around. Apart from your lunch, there is no charge for visiting Denby.
Please send your booking as soon as possible for this outing.
This Annual Lecture is in memory of Charles Lines, a well-known and respected local historian, speaker and author who helped launch the National Trust Solihull Centre 33 years ago. It is the main fundraising event arranged and run by the Evening Meetings team. All profits go to selected National Trust projects. In 2014 we made £368 profit of which £71 came from the raffle.
Unfortunately the advertised speaker, Bernard Pumfrey, has had to pull out because of health problems. However, we are pleased to announce that our new chairman, Mark Kershaw, will speak on “The BBC Proms, their History and how they are Broadcast”.
Tickets at £7 per head will be available at the entrance to the Oliver Bird Hall.
The committee is asking for your help. Demaris Hess, who has organised the Tuesday evening lectures so successfully for ten years, has decided it is time to hand over to someone new. She resigned from the post at the AGM in April and this will take effect at the end of December. Speakers have been booked until March 2016.
Who do you know who might be interested in taking over this most important role?
The job involves finding six speakers a year and introducing them on the night. Demaris will help the new organiser while they learn the ropes and they will be supported by a wonderful team of helpers at Oliver Bird Hall.
Whoever is appointed will become a member of the National Trust Solihull Centre which usually meets eight or nine times a year at the Shirley Community Centre.
The Tuesday evening meetings play a major role in our programme and raise significant funds for National Trust projects, mainly at our local properties.
If you can suggest anyone, or would yourself be interested in taking over please email Demaris at email@example.com or phone her on 01564 777099.
The next lecture is on Tuesday 27 October, when Robert Eye will talk about the work of the Warwickshire County Record Office. why not come along and find out more about what is involved.
At the AGM in April our president David Bradnock handed over cheques for the following causes:
Neptune Coastline Appeal: £500
Baddesley Clinton – two iPads for visitor use: £500
Baddesley Clinton – New children’s trail in the house around stories of the Tudor inhabitants: £800
Coughton Court – New children’s trail in the house focusing on the story of the Gunpowder Plot: £800
Powis Castle – towards renovation: £100
Stourhead – towards renovation: 100
This represents a total of £2,800.
The retiring collection was £155 and the committee has decided to make this up out of funds to £300. The chosen cause for this year’s AGM was moorland in the Yorkshire Dales and this contribution will be handed over at the next AGM.