2018 COACH OUTINGS + Reports

First of all, my hearty thanks to all members who supported this year’s Outings and especially to Janet Young and Adris who handled all the bookings and to Jenny Searle who counted us on the coach each time to make sure we left no-one behind !. Also thanks to four members, Peter Young, Chris Hazelwood, Wendy Outram and Lorna Claydon who kindly wrote up the informative and entertaining accounts of the various Outings for the Centre website and the newsletters. I so much value the help and cooperation of these members without whom I am certain I could not cope. We are grateful to Simon Sheldon, our Centre Treasurer who paid the invoices, banked members’ cheques, etc. and who is delighted at the surplus funds we have been able to make towards supporting local National Trust properties. The total of the Outings and Holiday surpluses will be revealed in the Treasurer’s report for the AGM. 
 
And last, but by no means least, enormous thanks to Trevor Drew, our driver from Rover European, and the other members of their staff who have given us such excellent support. I enjoy planning the Outings, but it is only when I have such an abundance of help that it all works to the advantage of every one of us. Thank you all so much and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2018. 

In preparation for 2018 here is a list of the Outings scheduled, with dates that you can put in your diaries.

Tuesday, 27th. March, Basildon Park (NT) near Reading

A beautiful Palladian house rescued from almost total dereliction and furnished appropriately by Lord and Lady Northcliffe after the War before being presented by them to the National Trust for preservation.

Wednesday 25th. April. Syon House (The Duke of Northumberland) on the Thames in London and opposite Kew Gardens. 

A very plain-looking Palladian house from the outside but with fabulous rooms inside designed and furnished by Robert Adam. Adjacent to the house is a fantastic, Victorian conservatory now restored to its former grandeur. There is also a large commercial Garden Centre at the property. 
 
Thursday 24th. May - A very different Outing to the usual, to the National Memorial Arboretum, near Lichfield, Staffs.

The Arboretum has been set up in recent years to include memorials to the vast numbers of men and women (and I believe animals, as well) who gave their lives for their country during and after the two World Wars. There is transport around the site by means of a “land train” with informative commentary.

Tuesday, 19th. June - a morning trip to Ledbury, a delightful small town in Herefordshire with an interesting range of shops, cafes, etc. In the afternoon we will travel the short distance to Eastnor Castle, in reality, the country house still lived in by the Hervey-Bathurst family, with a fine range of staterooms including a magnificent drawing room, designed by Pugin. 
 
Wednesday 25th. July - West Wycombe (NT). Another Outing in two parts. We will spend the morning in West Wycombe village owned by the National Trust with a range of interesting houses, shops, cafes, etc. including an opportunity to visit the renowned “Hellfire Caves”. In the afternoon we will visit the adjoining West Wycombe Park, a beautiful house owned by the National Trust, and still the home of the Dashwood family. 
 
Thursday 23rd. August - Dudmaston (NT) near Bridgnorth - is a much-loved home of the Hamilton-Russell family. The house contains traditional rooms and furnishings but also some notable modern art, much in separate galleries, introduced by Sir George and Lady Labouchere, before the property was given to the Trust.     
 
Wednesday 26th September Waddesdon (NT) -  A truly magnificent mansion built and furnished by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the nineteenth century to house his extensive collection of fine art treasures and still supported by his descents including the present Lord Rothschild. The range and quality of furniture, pictures, etc. amassed here is almost overwhelming and the house is surrounded by meticulously maintained gardens.  
 
(On a date to be decided) - To end the season, a free day in Winchester, an historic city, founded by King Alfred, with a range of historic buildings including the Castle with King Arthur’s Round Table, the magnificent Cathedral with the longest nave in the country and the City Mill owned and run by the National Trust. There is also a fine selection of shops, eating places and a way-marked walk to the Hospital and Church of St Cross where the almshouses are still occupied and which was the origin of Anthony Trollope’s Hiram’s Hospital in his Barchester books. 
 
Further details of the Outings with Booking Forms will be included in the relevant Newsletters beginning in February 2018.                        

                                                   David Cooke, Outings Organiser 

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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.
 

 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.

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                                                    2018 CAR OUTINGS  &  Reports

         BREAKING NEWS !!!  Ann Nye (email: ntjuan345@hotmail.com) will organise an exclusive Centre car outing to the Walled Gardens at 2.00pm on 12th.June, for £12 with tea and cakes.  We will need volunteer drivers, as I won’t be going, having seen it on the Study Day.  Please let her know if you are interested.  
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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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