Sunday walk at Chipping Campden

Chipping CampdenThe 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.

Walks around Packwood House and Baddesley ClintonAfter 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.


Our thanks to our tea ladies

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:

Mary Perring
Janet Gibbs
Monica Oakes
Kathy Guard

If you would like to volunteer for this much appreciated role, please let us know.


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.