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

Hopton Hall & Denby Pottery, Derbyshire

Tuesday 9 February 2016

johnson_coach_postcardAlthough 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.

Leader: Pat Pope
Cost: £21.00

Charles Lines Lecture

mark_kershawThis 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.

2015 donations

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.

Carol service at Baddesley Clinton

st_michael_baddesley_postcardChristmas Carol Service Tuesday 15th December 2015

It is several years since we have held a carol service so we have arranged one this year at St Michael’s Church, Baddesley Clinton.

The service will be followed by mince pies etc. in the restaurant at Baddesley Clinton.

Tickets £9 from Mrs Pat Pope, 21 Thorneyfields Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3HP. (Please enclose a 10 X 4 s.a.e.)

New chairman

mark_kershawFollowing his recent appeals, our president, David Bradnock, is pleased to announce that Mark Kershaw has agreed to become Chairman of the National Trust Solihull Centre. He will be co-opted on to the committee (subject to the approval of the committee) at the September meeting and take on the role of acting Chairman until formally elected at the Annual General Meeting in April 2016.

Mark and his family are long standing members of the National Trust. Mark recently retired from the broadcasting industry, spending many years with the BBC producing programmes such as ”Gardeners World” and coverage of the “Chelsea Flower Show”; latterly as a freelancer he has directed some of the Proms Concerts for television. Mark is a JP and is currently Deputy Chairman of the Solihull and Birmingham Bench.