Tricia Turner, Sally Cannon, Carol Voyce, Jo Lindridge and Sam Cuthbert.
Our Social Subcommittee works for us!
Southill House, Southill Village, SG18 9LJ has been the home of the Whitbread family for over 200 years. Samuel Whitbread I died in 1796, a year after buying Southill and his son, Samuel Whitbread II, a prominent Whig politician, employed Henry Holland to rebuild the existing house. Holland was the fashionable architect of the day; he reconstructed Carlton House for The Prince of Wales (late George IV) and other examples of his work may be seen in our region.
Today, Southill stands very much as it did in 1806, the year of Holland’s death. Much of the decoration is as Holland left it and most of the furniture was designed by him for the rooms in which it stands.
Join us for a private tour of the house which will commence at 2:30 pm for approximately two and a half hours ending at 5:00 pm. After the tour there will be free time to walk around the extensive gardens. The cost per person for the tour and tea/coffee and home-made biscuits is £12 per person.
If you would like to join us for this event please email Sam Cuthbert and Angela Marchant and pay the £12 per person by BACS by the deadline date of 13th May.
This year Carol and Harold Stokes are hosting the annual Garden Party at their house 15 Whitney Drive, Stevenage, Herts SG1 4BE. Please arrive at 1.30 pm and bring a deckchair, your own drink and a plate of food per person for the bring and share buffet. Plates, cutlery and glasses with be provided.
Before the garden party buffet we will be leaving promptly at 2.00pm for a 3 mile circular walk to Graveley and back and whilst in Gravely with will be visiting Crow End House to go round the maze. The owners of the house will be collecting voluntary donations in support of Graveley Church so please bring some loose change.
Please email Jo Lindridge to register your intention to attend. The deadline for booking this event is Friday 15th June.
A new social event for July. Meet in the Hartham Common car park, 41 Chambers Street, Hertford, SG14 1PL at 10.00 am for a 6 mile walk to Ware. There is free parking on Sundays. Bring your own morning break and lunch refreshments. We will then return from Ware back to Hertford on the 2.00 pm boat cruising along The River Lee. The boat trip will take approximately 80 minutes and passes through two original working locks. There is a licensed bar on board and there will be the opportunity to buy refreshments.
The booking office does not open until Easter but the boat trip cost last year was £8 and £7 for concessions. If you would like to join us for this event please email Carol Voyce by the deadline date of 22nd April. On this date we will contact the booking office, confirm prices and notify all those who have registered an interest the amount to be paid by BACS.
Following the success of the Wildlife Garden Walk last year we have arranged another garden visit. Join us for a guided tour of Kathy Brown’s four and a half acre garden in Stevington.
We will meet in the car park at The Manor House, Church Road, Stevington, Near Bedford, MK43 7QB at 2.00 pm when Kathy is going to give a short talk on the literary landscape of The Pilgrim Progress. We will then set off on a 5 mile walk returning at 4.00 pm. There will then be a 45 minute guided tour of the garden followed by tea and homemade cake on the lawn or in the Conservatory if the weather is inclement. The cakes are made with flowers from the garden. There will also be the opportunity to purchase cake recipe cards, William Morris china mugs, and books written by Kathy Brown including Edible Flower Garden £7. There are no credit card facilities so bring some cash for your purchases. The cost of the tour and refreshments is £10 per person.
If you would like to join us for this event please email Sally Cannon and Angela Marchant and pay £10 per person by BACS by the deadline date of Saturday 4th August.
Sally and Dennis Cannon and Chris Young are organising a walking holiday based at the Lee Wood Hotel in Buxton. The cost per person is £348 for a double or twin room and £408 for single occupancy in a twin room, for half board meals & accommodation.
There will be a choice of a short or long walk each day. We stayed in this hotel in 2016 and it was excellent.
If you would like to join us for this holiday please email Sally Cannon and Angela Marchant, with your room preference and pay a deposit of £50 per person by BACS reference Buxton/your surname.