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. If you would like to join us please ring Peter Walker on  01242 515527 for details. Details, including a contact number, are (usually) also on the Centre's website (address on the front cover of the Newsletter). In any case 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.

                                Next C & G NT Centre Walk - Tuesday, 8th. August 2017


                                                                    Future Walk Dates 

                                                         August: 8th. Janet and Gordon.

                                                         September: 19th. Peter Young.

                                                         Details of above walks will follow, 



                                       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 ' ') 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


                                                    A Letter received - January 2017

 Hello Bill, 

Please pass on our thanks to all in the Walks Group for their contribution to the county boundary stones for the wall at May Hill. I have attached photos of them in the finished wall. We hope everyone likes them as much as we do and that they satisfy your " that is what our contribution helped with..." moment on your next visit. To explain their position in the wall. Rather than have them indicating where you are crossing into they are viewed as labels so the Gloucestershire stone is visible when you are in Gloucestershire and vice versa. 

                               Best wishes, Laura Riley, Ranger National Trust - Cotswolds.


                                                                   Gloucestershire Stone 


                                                                  Herefordshire Stone


                                                         Gloucestershire Stone & Hop - Over






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