CAR and COACH OUTINGS + Reports

Outings are arranged for the benefit and enjoyment of Centre Members and their guests only.

To find out more details about an outing, please scroll down this page.
 

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Please Note - The following comments apply to future Centre Holidays and Outings  

Members should note that these Outings, in common with all other Centre holidays, often include a substantial amount of walking, including steps and stairs. There are also times when Members will be required to find their own way back to the coach when it is parked in a different location from that at which they alighted. Members with Mobility or other health problems must therefore be able to look after them selves safely, or be accompanied by a companion willing and able to help them when needed. The Holiday Organisers will be willing to help anyone in an emergency situation but are not able to give an inordinate amount of their time to any one person at the expense of the other Members of the Group.

                                                COACH OUTINGS FOR 2017 

                                Wed.   24th.  May        -       HAM HOUSE  

                               Tues.   20th.  June       -       UPTON HOUSE

                               Thurs. 20th   July        -       HUGHENDEN MANOR & NUFFIELD PLACE 

                               Tues.   22nd. August   -       KINGSTON LACY

                               Wed.   13th. September   -   POWIS CASTLE 

                               Tues.  17th. October      -     WELLS & BISHOPS PALACE

                

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                            HAM HOUSE and GARDEN (NT) Wednesday 24th. May 2017


Ham House is a gem!  
Dating from the early seventeenth century, the House and its contents survived the Civil War almost unscathed: its decorations and furnishings were further enhanced during the 18th century. The rooms are full of the most delightful furniture and there is a wonderful rare Cabinet complete with outstanding contents. The gardens have recently been completely restored to their 17th century designs using only plants which were known to be available at that time. During our recce last year we were told that the gardens were at their best in May – so here’s hoping!

                   Catering is available from the Café with “delicious cakes made on site”.

                                             Pick-up Points are: Nailsworth 08.15 am
                                                                                     Stroud 08.30 am
                                                                              Gloucester 09.00 am
                                                                            Cheltenham 09.30 am

  We aim to return to Cheltenham by 05.30 – 06.00 pm. There will be a Coffee Stop en route to Ham.

                    To book your place on this trip please complete the Booking Form in the Newsletter.


                                                        Cost of Outing £22 per Member



                               Leader: David Cooke  Mobile No (on the day only)  07985 738568
 

            

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                                       UPTON HOUSE  (NT)  Tuesday 20th June  2017

Upton House as we see it today was conceived by the first Lord Bearsted who had accumulated a vast fortune from the trading company he and his partner founded which is known as the Royal Dutch Shell. The house was altered and extended to be both a Gallery for his outstanding collection of Old Master painting and porcelain but at the same time an up-to-date comfortable home for himself, his wife and family. Consequently there are wonderful displays both of the porcelain he collected and the collection of paintings which are displayed in the Picture Gallery, created out of the former squash court. The domestic rooms are also interesting and sometimes challenging, not least the red and silver bathroom that was designed for Lady Bearsted.

The beautiful gardens descend in terraces from the front of the House and are planted up with shrubs and flowering plants and right at the bottom is a notable vegetable garden. 

There are the usual offices of shop and toilets and also a fine, purpose-built restaurant created by the Trust.

            To book your place on this trip please complete the Booking Form in the Newsletter.

                     Pick-up Points are :  09.15 am   Nailsworth

                                                     09.30 am   Stroud Bus Station

                                                     10.00 am   Gloucester opposite the Gloucester Life ( formally The                                                                       Folk Museum ) in Westgate Street.

                                                     10.30 am   Cheltenham Royal Well Bus Station

                                                           Cost per Member - £16

                                               We aim to return to Cheltenham by 4.30 - 5 pm

              Warning : less-able Members should note that the sloping paths and lawns which can be                                         slippery when wet and there are also steps to navigate. Please take care !                                             

                                 Leader: David Cooke, Phone Number On the day ONLY   07985 738568

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                         HUGHENDEN MANOR & NUFFIELD PLACE    -     Thurs. 20th  July

      Hughenden Manor (NT) and Nuffield Place (NT),   Two houses each created by a gentleman of distinction - Benjamin Disraeli, the Victorian Prime Minister, politicia n78ovelist and friend of Queen Victoria, whose ambition was to become a landed member of the British aristocracy and who created Hughenden, and Lord Nuffield who made a huge fortune but was happy to live unostentatiously at Nuffield Place, a comfortable, but not luxurious house in Oxfordshire.  Firstly we will visit Hughenden, then in the afternoon, nearby Nuffield Place. 

Disraeli bought Hughenden in 1848 and set about transforming the house into one that he considered appropriate for his position in society. The house with its furnishings is true Victorian, and an outstanding example of the type of house Disraeli considered suitable for a Victorian member of the aristocracy. In the house, built of red brick, Disraeli and his wife created a comfortable home where they were happy, with their family, to relax, write and enjoy the gardens and estate. There is a National Trust shop, café, etc. 

 
At 2.00pm we move on to Nuffield Place.  “ William Morris ", (who became) Lord Nuffield was one of the world’s great philanthropists.  He also made motoring affordable with the production of Morris cars.  Despite their considerable wealth, he and his wife Elizabeth lived a modest life at Nuffield Place their home in rural Oxfordshire. Full of personal memorabilia, original furniture and artifacts
 this time-capsule reveals much about the era in which they lived it also provides unique and sometimes surprising insights into their personalities” (from the NT Guide Book for Nuffield Place). There is a tea shop (NT) at the House. 

                                                Cost is £20.00 per member

             To book your place on this trip please complete the Booking Form in the Newsletter.

                The Pick-up points are: 08.45am  Nailsworth    

                                                      09.00am  Stroud 

                                                      09.30am  Gloucester opposite the Gloucester Life,  -- 

                                                        (formerly The Folk Museum)   in Westgate Street, 

                                                       10.00am  Cheltenham  Royal Well Bus Station. 

 
                                     We aim to return to Cheltenham by 6.00 – 6.30 pm.

                          Leader: David Cooke, Mobile Tel. No. (on the day only) 07985 738568. 

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                                       Kingston Lacy (NT),        Tuesday 22nd August,   

     Including the House, surrounding parkland together with a vast estate of 16,000 acres extending out to include Corfe Castle and part of Studland, was bequeathed to the National Trust by Ralph Bankes in 1981.  

The House is filled with what is probably the finest private collection of paintings in Britain, and fine furniture and decoration all of which has been beautifully restored by the Trust.  Surrounding the House the extensive Park includes several individual beautifully restored Gardens. The large Kitchen Garden can be accessed by crossing a country lane at the far end of the Park and is in process of being restored to its original condition. The Orchid House, complete with orchids, has just been completed. There is a very good restaurant in the Stables along with an NT shop and secondhand bookshop, etc. 
 
           To book your place on this trip please complete the Booking Form in the Newsletter.                                        

             Pick-up Points are:  07.45am  Nailsworth Bus Station    

                                               08.00am  Stroud Bus Station Merrywalks    

                                               08.30am  Gloucester opposite the Gloucester Life                                                                                                (formerly The Folk Museum) in Westgate Street.

                                               09.00am  Cheltenham Royal Well Bus Station. 


                                              Cost: £22.00 per member. 


                                     We aim to return to Cheltenham by 6.00 - 6.30 pm.  
 
                            Leader: David Cooke, Mobile Tel. No. (on the day only) 07985 738568.  
 
                              

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                                                    2017 CAR OUTINGS  &  Reports

                       Car Outing to Whitchurch Silk Mill and Sandham Memorial Chapel


On a chilly Wednesday (3rd May) only twelve of us assembled for our tour. Our guide told us the history while we stood on the lawn – brrr! Things perked up after that and we had a good 
tour of this interesting old building. We were able to handle many different types of silk.

However, I was puzzled when our guide told us they sometimes get orders from film and TV companies as proper silk hangs so much better than man-made, and affects how the actors bear themselves: and yet there was no activity and a volunteer had to show us a few minutes of hand weaving. So when do they do it? The sandwich lunch was good, and the shop had many lovely gifts to suit all pockets.
I find Sandham Memorial Chapel very poignant: my grandfather witnessed the Christmas Day Truce but was killed nine days later. The way these grieving parents were able to build this chapel in memory of their son and get one of the leading artists of the day (Stanley Spencer) to decorate it is immensely moving. 

Spencer drew on his own experiences as a Medical Orderly and soldier for these paintings. Julph Miers

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Wednesday 5th July, 2.15 for 2.30 p.m. Acton Court, Latteridge Road, Iron Action, Bristol  BS37 9TJ (approx 33 miles)

Acton Court’s remaining east wing was built in 1535 for a visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This unique Grade I listed Tudor building has been preserved largely intact; both house and grounds are scheduled monuments. Professional guides give tours of the house and grounds.
            Costing is fluid, as they charge a flat fee. We think the likely cost will be £8.00 per head.
You pay for your cake and drink at the time, and likely prices are £2.50, £1 for cup of tea, £1.50 for cup of 
Coffee.                                                                                                                                    Ann Nye

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INSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS

PLEASE NOTE that the insurance carried by The Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Centre through the
National Trust does not provide Personal Accident cover for members aged 80 years and above. The Centre is not allowed by Government Statute to offer any advice about insurance but, of course, members in that category may wish to make their own arrangements.

Subject to the age limit, friends accompanying members to events who are not members of the Centre
but are members of the National Trust are covered by the insurance.

DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998
Members of The Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Centre are informed that, for the purposes of record only, some details relating to their membership are stored electronically. Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 it is necessary for all members to be advised of that fact. If you have any queries about what is stored please contact the hon. secretary and not the membership secretary. Please note the membership secretary does not store her records electronically but uses a card system which is outside the ambit of this legislation.

Please Note - The following comments apply to future Centre Holidays and Outings Members should note that these Outings, in common with all other Centre holidays, often include a substantial amount of walking, including steps and stairs. There are also times when Members will be required to find their own way back to the coach when it is parked in a different location from that at which they alighted. Members with Mobility or other health problems must therefore be able to look after themselves safely, or be accompanied by a companion willing and able to help them when needed

The Holiday organisers will be willing to help anyone in an emergency situation but are not able to give an inordinate amount of their time to any one person at the expense of the other Members of the Group.

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                                                           Procedures for Centre Outings
It is assumed by the organisers of the Outings that participating members are fit and able to cope with the amount of walking that is involved in viewing the Properties visited. In many Properties there are steps and stairs inside and outside of buildings and some are very old and worn. Although many have handrails, this is not always possible to provide.

Members with substantial walking problems should ensure that they are accompanied by a companion who is willing and able to help them as required. Participating members should also be able to find the location of the coach when it is not possible to pick up at the same point at which Members were dropped off earlier.

The organiser(s) will, of course give whatever help they can to Members especially in an emergency, but are not able, and cannot be expected to provide an inordinate amount of attention to any particular Member. Advice if required can be obtained by contacting David or Adris Cooke Tel: 01453 765391 

      For further details of any of these Outings please apply to David Cooke 01453 765391


PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
If you wish to book for any of these outings, complete the appropriate Booking Form, in the Newsletter,
remembering that the instructions for booking may well be different to those in previous years. Please
send to the Booking Address on the form and write a separate cheque for each booking. The Mobile Telephone number for the leader of each outing will be provided for use on the day of the outing only. Please remember to bring your NT Membership Card for free entry to NT Properties. Failure to do so may result in having to pay the full entrance fee.

Please Note :- The following notes apply to all future Centre holidays and Outings

Members should note that these Outings, in common with all other Centre holidays, often include a substantial amount of walking, including steps and stairs. There are also times when Members will be required to find their own way back to the coach when it is parked in a different location from that at which they alighted. Members with Mobility or other health problems must therefore be able to look after themselves safely, or be accompanied by a companion, willing and able to help them as and when needed.

The Holiday organisers will be willing to help anyone in an emergency situation but are not able to give an inordinate amount of their time to any one person at the expense of the other Members of the Group.

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Coaches will be provided by Rover of Nailsworth, near Stroud, which is a well - established family coach company specialising in holidays in the UK and abroad and seasonal day trips. If you are interested in
learning more of the public services offered by Rover, their Brochure can be obtained by contacting their
office on 01453-832121 and at www.rovereuropean.co.uk
.      Pick up points for all outings will be as follows:
                             Nailsworth    -    the Nailsworth Bus Station;
                             Stroud          -    the Bus Station Merrywalks; 
                             Gloucester   -    Westgate Street, Opp. Folk museum
                             Cheltenham -    Royal Well Bus Station.

All participating in these outings must be paid-up members of the Centre and participate at their own
risk. They are assumed to be in good health sufficient to be able to walk and climb steps and stairs as required. The NT insures all members under the age of 80 against Public Liability risks and against
Accidental Injury, but members aged 80 and over are advised to have their own appropriate insurance.

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