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

Sunday walk from Studley


Our Centre morning walk on Sunday 6th August  was from Studley to Sambourne and back on a warm and pleasant morning.

The crops were waist high and due for harvest but the village green at Sambourne was immaculate and our twenty seven walkers took advantage of the seats provided for their half way break.

Our next walk will be from The Swan at Nether Whitacre on Sunday 3rd September.

July walk from Balsall Common

Walk in the barleyOur morning walk on a fine 2nd July was from Balsall Common.

HS2 is to be built to the east of the village and 1150 new green belt homes are earmarked for the area as well and so it was an opportunity to walk an area of pleasant countryside much of which which will soon not exist, and where the rest will remain vulnerable to the insatiable demand for further development.

Our next walk on 6th August is from Studley.

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.