Our September outing to Cambridge and Denney Abbey was a great success! The option to spend the morning in Cambridge or to go to the Scotsdale Garden Centre proved popular and the afternoon guided tour of the abbey with its fascinating history mirrored in the different layers of the building itself was a revelation. We then toured the Farmland Museum and had a lovely tea.
Tuesday 11th October, meet at All Saints, Weston Longville at 10.30.
This month we stay closer to home and will not be using a coach so there will be a later start which will please some of us!
We are going to have a guided tour of three of our local churches, learning about their interesting architectural features and how they may have changed over the centuries since they were founded. Our guide will be Karen Mackie who is an architectural historian. I have been on a day course with her and found the day fascinating and not at all too ‘heavy’. She is quite young and lively – not at all an elderly professor type!
We suggest you team up to come by car and we shall meet at All Saints, Weston Longville at 10.30 a.m. We shall spend about ¾ hour there then move on to Ringland church for a similar time. At 12.40 we shall adjourn to The Swan at Ringland for lunch which is included in your booking fee. After lunch we shall move on to the church at North Tuddenham. After Karen has helped us discover and appreciate this lovely church we shall enjoy a cup of tea and cake kindly provided by members of North Tuddenham congregation. The day will finish at around 4.00.
On the day I will provide route maps to show you the easiest and quickest routes between churches. There is ample parking at all three venues.
If you haven’t already done so, please send your booking forms to Gwen Franklin, 1 Soanes Court, Lyng NR9 5RE as soon as possible, no later than 7th October.
If you have lost your form, with the menu on the back, please let me know and I will send another menu.
On Tuesday, 8th November we shall have a lecture in Lyng Village Hall starting at 7.30 pm. Entrance is, as usual £3.50 to include coffee and biscuits and there will be a raffle.
Our speaker is Charles Lewis who will be telling us about the craze in the 17th Century for tulips and the overheated market in bulbs, especially the prized Semper Augustus, which led to the final financial crash. It is a fascinating, almost unbelievable story of how first a genuine interest in the bulb and gradually greed and a purely financial interest took overtook Europe.
The December lunch is planned for Wednesday 7th December at The Blakeney Hotel. We shall arrive in Blakeney about an hour and a half before lunch to give you time to wander round the shops and quay before meeting in the hotel at 12.30 for 1.00. The menu will be sent out in October and you are asked to return the booking form, with your choice of meal, no later than Monday 21st November.
There will be no meeting in January but a varied and interesting programme for 2017 is nearing completion and will also be sent out in October. We look forward to another successful year.
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