2018 COACH OUTINGS + Reports

 

NBPlease see the Volunteer vacancies page for a request for members to help with outings and holidays

 

A sad announcement about car outings 

No more car outings. Ann and Julph have each done one outing this year, but we are not going to undertake any more. The combination of the Data Protection Act and the rules on Health and Safety have put us off. If anyone else feels like arranging a car outing….. feel free.

A note by the webmaster: this is sad but totally understandable. I'm sure we would all like to thank Julph and Ann for arranging so many good outings.

 

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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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Outing report, Dudmaston Hall, 23 August, 2018




Dudmaston Hall: an unexpected delight. The Centre hadn‘t visited Dudmaston Hall for 12 years, and most of us admitted to never having heard of it, so 57 of us boarded the coach on August 23rd in a mood of pleasurable anticipation.  We were not disappointed: on arrival we were given a friendly greeting inside the coach, and on alighting were issued with an information sheet and map.  I am not the world‘s most enthusiastic walker, but the staff made the walk through The Dingle sound so attractive that I thought I must do it.  A little bit up hill and down dale, but I am so glad I did make that 45 minutes the start of my visit.  Living in Cheltenham, I rarely experience proper countryside, and it was also lovely to hear birdsong that wasn‘t seagulls squawking! 

On to the Hall itself: a recent owner Sir George Labouchere was an important figure in the Diplomatic Service, so it was interesting to see boards on the stairs displaying details of his work, culminating in six years as Ambassador in Madrid.  He had a keen eye for modern art, so various rooms downstairs had been turned into a series of Galleries.  Wherever he served, he always hung a portrait of the young Queen Victoria, now normally in the staircase hall, but at present relegated to one of the lower galleries amongst the modern art.  I thought it a pity.  The Hall is now lived in by the Hamilton-Russell family, relatives of Lady Labouchere. 

A most rewarding visit, one we will all treasure.  

Julph Miers 


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                                                          Centre Coach Outings

              The following report is by David Cooke, our Coach Outings Organiser

After three years of organising Coach Outings for the Centre, I find that I am running short of National Trust venues to visit within a reasonable day‘s journey. I have therefore started to consider visits to privately owned properties of which there are a great number from which to choose. The downside is that, as we do not have free entry to privately owned properties, as we do for the National Trust ones. The charges for visits to private properties will be higher than perhaps to which we have become accustomed. Increased charges for the coach will also affect the overall charge for Outings. Against this background, I have nevertheless tried to keep charges as low as possible. I have also introduced some initiatives such as a visit to an interesting town followed by a visit to a nearby property and on one occasion in the Summer including a lunch at a nearby hotel before visiting a National Trust which, unusually, does not offer refreshments for visitors. The day visit to Wells in October was very well received and I have consequently planned to end the 2018 season with a trip to Winchester which, arguably, has even more attractions than Wells!
 
I and I know our Committee, much value the support Members give to Outings and I very much hope that you will continue to give us your usual support in 2018. 

Outings for 2018 - I must first apologise, that to the original List of Outings for 2018 I have had to make some alterations which include one cancellation. The current list  for the rest of 2018 is as follows;

Lunch at the Kings Hotel, West Wycombe followed by a visit to nearby West Wycombe Park (NT), Wednesday, 25 July, 2018.
Unusually there are no refreshment arrangements at the house so as an integral part of the outing I have booked a two-course lunch at the nearby Kings Hotel before the coach takes us the short distance to visit the house. West Wycombe Park is a superb Palladian house with ”spectacular interiors", set in a fine park. It remains the home of the Dashwood family but owned by the National Trust.
Lunch will be two-course (with choices) followed by tea or coffee. There will be opportunity to purchase soft or alcoholic drinks before the meal. In addition to completing the Booking Form at the end of the Newsletter, and posted below. would members indicate their choice of courses from the accompanying Lunch Menu.

I hope members will be able to support this initiative.

Dudmaston (Shropshire), Thursday 23 August is also ”a much loved family home with a fine garden to explore. The house is full of family treasures and in addition it includes a modern art gallery introduced by Lady Labouchere, the last owner of the property. There is a tea-room offering lunches and teas and also a gift shop and toilets.

Further outings for 2018 are to Waddesdon 26 September and a ”Free Day" in Winchester on Wednesday 17 October.

Details and Booking Forms will be in the August Newsletter   Here is the  booking form for the next outing. 

Wycombe_application.pdf

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

  TO ALL CENTRE MEMBERS WHO ATTEND CENTRE HOLIDAYS AND OUTINGS 

Members should be aware that all Centre Outings and Holidays include a substantial amount of walking, indoors and out, and that seating is not always immediately available. In most buildings visited there are steps and stairs to negotiate to reach higher or lower levels of the buildings concerned. Most properties visited are old, and floors can be uneven and passages dark and narrow. Out of doors, particular care should be taken when viewing gardens, particularly if the weather is inclement when normally safe surfaces, especially steps, can become slippery. Particular care should be taken when near to water (lakes, ponds, water features etc.) and bridges over water where banks may be unstable and slippery. Where handrails are provided they should be used for going upwards as well as down. Safety notices and signs should always be given attention and advice followed.

In accepting bookings for Centre Outings and Holidays, Centre Organisers assume that participating Members enjoy a reasonable amount of health, sufficient for them to fully participate in and enjoy the event. If any Member needs help from another person on regular basis — in walking or climbing stairs for instance - they must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will give help as required. Members with particular health or mobility problems should seek advice from the Outing or Holiday Organisers before booking. Organisers will always provide help in an emergency and if necessary call for trained and qualified assistance but it is impractical for them to be able to help as a routine requirement.

The Police Service has advised the Trust that it would be helpful if all persons on Outings could carry some form of identification and the name and contact details to be consulted in the unfortunate event of an accident or other emergency.

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Car outing report, Croome Walled Garden, 12 June, 2018

 

 


Tuesday 12th June, a day I had been looking forward to, dawned disappointingly cloudy and chill after the summer days we had been enjoying. However, I should have known better: Ann had not only organised the self- drive visit to the Walled Garden at Croome with a tour led by owner, Chris Cronin, to be followed by tea and home- made cakes, she had also arranged for a warm, sunny afternoon.

We duly assembled at  the NT Reception desk  before setting off for the Walled Garden. Having missed Chris‘ talk last autumn , I was not sure what to expect but even those who had heard him were amazed at what we saw as we went through the small entrance gate. A wonderful seven acre garden, the largest walled garden in England, stretched out before us. We saw fruit trees, vegetable plots, strawberry beds, herbaceous borders, a wild flower bank, a dipping pond, a rose garden, garden sculptures and much, much more. Chris led us round, stopping at strategic points to explain the fascinating history of the garden, how and why he and his wife, Karen, had acquired it in 2000 - an overgrown ruin - and what they have done and continue to do to both restore the planting, the hard landscaping, the greenhouses and other buildings and to shape it into a 21st century, fully organic, sustainable marvel.

If you have not visited the Walled Garden, do go, especially if you can arrange a tour with Chris. His knowledge, creative imagination, enthusiasm and love of his garden made our visit special. And next spring when I return to see the daffodils and later the tulips, I shall wonder again at what Chris and Karen, these "not gardeners", their staff and NT volunteers are achieving.

Thank you so much, Ann, for organising this lovely treat.

Jan Turner


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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 specializing in holidays in the UK and abroad and seasonal day trips. If you are interested in
learning more about 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 ensures 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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