February Newsletter

snowdrop walk Anglesey abbey

Hello and I hope this finds you well and not suffering from any of the dreaded viral illnesses that are doing the rounds. Maybe this lovely picture of snowdrops will cheer you up a little if that is the case.  Hopefully it won’t be too long until they are popping up everywhere we look.

Dee has been very busy on our behalf checking out places for us to visit on our trips and outings.

To comply with national and federation rules, and  in order to fulfil the requirements of our insurance cover whilst out on trips, each trip or event will include details of risk assessment/suitability. For example this will include the amount of walking involved, uneven ground, suitability for walking aids etc.  Some trips may require an individual to bring a companion with them to  assist them and to ensure their safety. This would be at their own expense and subject to availability. In some circumstances we may not be able to accept an individuals booking.

Dee is taking bookings for :

  • Walking tour around Oxford with Roger Bailey – Sunday 21st June 2020 Following on from our enjoyable and highly informative day in Coventry with Roger Bailey, a top guide, last year, this is a chance to explore Oxford with a few surprises.
    £20 pp, non members £25  This will involve 3-4 hours walking
  • Friars Court at Clanfield the home of Charles Willmer – Sunday 6th September 2020 £16 pp non members £20. A guided tour of the grounds of Friars Court will take approximately 45 minutes. Along the route we will learn about the history of this home, the development of the gardens and conservation work on the farm. After the tour we will  be shown through to the Garden Room where we will be served an afternoon cream tea  comprising of baskets of scones (freshly baked that morning) along with bowls of homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream, followed by trays of homemade lemon drizzle cake… all made by Charles himself.  Of course the tea and coffee pots would continually do the rounds. After tea we are more than welcome to explore the gardens further as well as visit to the museum which explains the 850 year history of Friars Court and also the family’s time here over the last century. Whilst areas around house have paths and wheelchair access, there is uneven grounds around gardens and farm.
  • Craig Revell Horwood – All Balls and Glitter at Warwick Arts Centre on 23rd May.

She is also in the process of organising, and hopes to start taking bookings next month, for the following:

  • August 5th – our annual tea at Jinney Ring Craft Centre, near Hanbury. A sumptuous tea with craft demonstrations, retail outlets,and  lovely gardens to sit in.
  • Bletchley Park
  • Kew Gardens
  • Chatsworth at Christmas

The speaker at our February meeting is Caroline Ward and she will be talking to us about “What is Dementia?”.  I’m sure this is a topic which will be extremely interesting and may be close to our hearts. Liz asked her if there was anything we could donate that would useful;  wool, fabric, games, coloured pencils, colouring books etc were suggested.  We will be providing a box at the meeting and it would be really appreciated  if you have anything that could be passed along to Caroline.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday February 5th at 7.30 pm.

The competition is to make something with a valentine theme so that gives you a very wide scope.


Christine Harrop Secretary

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