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,17th. October 2017

Bob & Sue Allard will lead a circular walk from Guiting Power about 4.5 miles in distance with some slopes and gentle ascents. Meet at the Farmers Arms Guiting Power (GL54 5TZ) at 10.00am to order lunch and to start walking at 10.15am
Please let Bob/Sue know if you would like to join them before Sunday 15th October 2017 on 01242 528985 or by email: Mobile Telephone No. 07854704807 (Day of walk only)

  Note for next year
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From next January the convener's role will be taken over by Peter Young. If you would like to be taken off this list please let me know before that time.  Good luck to all.

                                                                      Program for Nov/Dec still needed.
                                                                                    Peter Walker


                                                 Report - Burford Walk - 8th. August  

The day of 8th August dawned damp and cloudy; I think our Scottish walk leaders might have called it 'dreich'. In spite of this, eight intrepid walkers gathered in a car park at Burford to set off on an excellent walk, lead by Janet and Gordon Young. The first part of the walk followed the River Windrush through meadows that all of us had seen from the A40 covered in water in the winter.  This day, the water was initially only coming from above, but the rain never spoiled our enjoyment of the lovely countryside, and soon ceased.  At Widford we crossed the river, and visited the small, isolated and very interesting St. Oswald's Church, isolated as there probably was once a village where it now stands.  The Church was built on the foundations of a Roman temple, and is a  very plain building, inside and out, but with a real presence.

From there we walked away from the river through fields, woods and some roads, marvelling as always on the beauty of the Cotswold countryside, with some splendid views in spite of the cloudy weather.  As we approached Burford along a road the drizzle started again, but we were soon in the warmth of the Royal Oak pub, where we all had a very tasty lunch.

Many thanks to Janet and Gordon for leading this walk, and it's a pity that more people didn't join it.


                                        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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