The programme of walks in various areas of our lovely countryside continues. Walks are on a Tuesday and average 4 to 5 miles with an optional pub lunch to follow. Until now, Peter Walker has done a valiant job of organising these walks, but he now feels it’s time for him to step down. All the walkers would like to thank him for all his efforts.
Though he will be a hard act to follow, I am now taking on the task of being convenor for the walks.

 I am Peter Young, and I can be contacted on 01242 520459 or

Please let me know if you would like your email address added to the group’s distribution list.

The walks will be posted here as soon as the day, route and the name of the leader is known, and please book with the leader for the day to make sure that the pub will have enough spaces to accommodate those who want to stay for lunch.

I shall look forward to hearing from lots of people who would like to walk, and even more to hearing from people who would like to lead walks.


                          Next C & G NT Centre Walk - Tuesday 21st. November 2017

                            Eastington & Stroudwater canal led by Mary & Tony White.

Meet at The Old Badger Inn, Eastington, near Stonehouse GL10 3AT @ 10.00 to pre-order food.

Start Walk 10.15.  The Walk is about 5 miles - mainly level with some stiles, taking in footpaths around Eastington & then onto the canal. There should be an opportunity to visit St. Cyr's church. (Providing no services are taking place)

We will then continue to follow the canal to Pike Lock & return to The Old Badger Inn via a recently planted orchard.

     Please email - if you would like to join us.  Mobile on day only: 07817007706


Future walks

Advance notice, January and February, 2018

There will be walks on:

Tuesday, 23 January, Peter Young from Charlton Kings

Wednesday, 7 February (NB Change from usual day, as the pub isn't open on a Wednesday!, Bill and Janet Cronin, Stroud.

Details will be posted here nearer the time.


                                        C&G NT CENTRE  SOCIAL  EVENTS

                        CHRISTMAS LUNCH, MONDAY 27th  NOVEMBER 2017

The venue for our Christmas Lunch this year will be the 4 star Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel, Bondend Lane, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester GL4 8ED.

Bowden Hall is a Regency Manor house which was built in 1770 as a private country house. It is a Grade 2 listed building and for this reason, it was restored very sympathetically during a major refurbishment in 1991. It still maintains most of the original woodwork in the reception area along with stained glass windows in reception and the Lakeside Function Suite (where we will be dining) which was designed by William Morris. More recently the hotel has undergone further extensive refurbishment including the stunning Lakeside Suite which was renovated last year.

One of the previous owners was Major Dearman Birchall who was a cotton merchant and a Major in the Gloucester Hussars. The Dearman's restaurant is now named after Major Birchall. Many of the trees in the grounds are over 200 years old.

The menu choices are as follows:-

                                 Sweet potato and carrot soup with rosemary cream (V) 

                 Roasted beetroot and goats cheese salad with aged balsamic dressing (V) 

                               Ham hock and pea terrine, piccalilli and toasted ciabatta

                                                              Main Courses

       Butter roast turkey, sausage wrapped in bacon, sage, onion  & cranberry stuffing, pan roast gravy 

               Honey roast loin of pork, sea salt crackling, sage and onion stuffing, apple sauce 

                                Leek and Stilton pot, chestnut & brioche crumb (V) 

                               Roasted sea bream, buttered kale, chive cream sauce

                               All served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables


                                 Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce 

                           Baked vanilla cheesecake, winter spiced berry compote 

                       Chocolate and orange tart, brown sugar and cinnamon cream

                                                   Coffee/Tea and mince pies

The time for the lunch will be 12 noon for 12.30pm and will cost £27.50 per person to include the lunch, coach, and gratuities. 

We will be using Rover European Coaches which will leave 

                   Nailsworth Bus Station at 10.00 am, 

                   Merrywalks, Stroud 10.15 am

                   Lower Westgate Street, Gloucester 10.45am

                   Westal Green, (inward at the Bus Stop by the Lansdown Hotel, Cheltenham 11.10 am

                   Royal Well, Cheltenham 11.15 am. 

Although there are steps at the Hotel, there are ramps and slopes available for those who have difficulty with steps.  Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets are all on the level. 

                                       As usual, we would expect to leave around 3.30 pm.

I would also mention that if any members choose to make their own way to the venue there will be no reduction in the cost.

Please complete and return the slip in The Newsletter (Appendix ' CL ') together with your payment by Friday 20th  October 2017

In view of the cost of postage, tickets will not be issued. You will be advised by telephone that your booking has been received.    Gill Lewis





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