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.
 

 For detailed information on Lectures, see the link on left-hand side of this page.

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.

                                                


               Report on CENTRE OUTING TO POWIS CASTLE  - 13th. SEPTEMBER 2017


Powis Castle

We left Gloucester early morning after a blustery night but were soon heading north on the M5. After leaving the motorway we travelled through beautiful countryside.
Our first sighting of the castle was a magnificent 3-storey red brick building standing high on a hill surrounded by well-tended gardens which were sweeping down to the road. The views from the castle on three sides were spectacular.
Houses were few and far between and the good weather added to the beauty. It showed Britain at its best.

The Castle. We were able to visit the ground and first floors. The walls were lined with either wooden panelling or tapestry taking away the coldness of stone walls. The bedrooms, living room, kitchen and servant quarters were all dressed according to the age. It had a warm homely feel. The castle was built 700 years ago for the Welsh Princes. The Herbert family changed it to an impressive residence and have lived in it for generations, remaining to this day – now, just keeping a flat. 

In 2017 it is now showing a remembrance of Percy Herbert, Viscount Clive who fought and died during World War 1. There is also an area where life in the trenches is shown. Powis Castle has now been given to the National Trust.

The Gardens. The gardens and terraces are on 3 sides of the castle and have various and variety of flowers which is very colourful. Walking around, we soaked up the atmosphere of this impressive property.

Meals. The restaurant had a varied, home cooked menu which we all enjoyed and went home a few pounds heavier! 

David and Adris have arranged many interesting and enjoyable outings but this was one of the best. Many thanks to both of you.                                                                                        Lorna Claydon

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Report on CENTRE OUTING TO KINGSTON LACY, 2 AUGUST 2017

 A fully-booked coach of NT Centre members and friends headed for Dorset on 22nd August.  Heavy traffic on the south coast made our arrival later than planned, but we had been well prepared for the treats in store for us by a masterly introduction from David Cooke.
 

Kingston Lacy is a veritable treasure trove but it was not always so. When NT acquired the house and an estate of over 16,000 acres in 1981 (its biggest ever bequest), the house itself was in a sorry state, with an urgent need for re-roofing and the eradication of dry rot.  The gardens and much of the estate had to be restored and important works of art required immediate attention. The Trust has done a remarkable job and continues to do so.

Kingston Lacy became the home of the rich and powerful Bankes family after their seat at nearby Corfe Castle was 'slighted' by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War in 1645.
The house we see today is a magnificent Italianate palazzo created from 1834 by Sir Charles Barry.
It is based on the original Kingston Hall built in 1663-5 by Sir Ralph Bankes, who, with his descendant William John Bankes, bought most of the paintings for which Kingston Lacy is famous. These include masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Lely, Van Dyck, Velazquez and others. There is also a unique collection of 50 enamel miniatures by Henry Bone, who is considered to be the greatest British artist in this demanding medium.

Our visit was over all too soon, but we returned via the 2.5-mile long Beech Avenue, which was planted in 1835 by William John Bankes and which NT is now progressively replacing with hornbeam as trees die.
 

Many thanks to Adris and David for organising the visit, to Jenny for keeping track of us all and to Trevor our coach driver.                            
 

Chris Haslewood

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2017 CAR OUTINGS  &  Reports

                                    Report on Car Outing to Acton Court – July 5th. 2017

                                           Latteridge Road, Iron Acton, Bristol  BS37 9TJ 

  Acton Court is a beautifully conserved Tudor House with the East Wing being built especially for a two-day visit by Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn during his 'Summer Progress' in 1535 around the West Country.

Twenty of us met there on a lovely sunny afternoon in July for a very enjoyable tour. We were taken around by Bob, our very informative guide for the afternoon.

Acton Court was a grand moated house. It was home to the Poyntz family in the 16th century. 

Today only the East Wing survives, as the house fell into disrepair after it was sold, reduced in size and converted for use as a tenanted farmhouse. It is due to this neglect, that the Court was left largely untouched and as a result, a unique Tudor building has been preserved virtually intact.

This East Wing was built in only 10 months & offers a rare example of 16th-century Royal State Apartments with some decorations which are said to be the finest of their kind in England. Also surviving, discovered in 1994 during conservation work, is the King’s “en suite” garderobe or privy.

Sir Nicholas Poyntz continued to extend the house until his death in 1556. The Eastern half of his Long Gallery is also still standing. It has a painted frieze with a biblical text and moralising verses in Latin.
There is also an organic vegetable garden, dating from this time.

      A point of interest is that Newark Park was the Poyntz family summer residence.

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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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