Please note that there is an update of the Health and Safety guidance on holidays and outings further down this page.  Please take time to read this.


NBPlease see the Volunteer vacancies page for a request for members to help with outings and holidays


Car outing to Gloucester, Wednesday, 25 September.

A short walk from The Cross, in the Centre of Gloucester City, are two small churches which really do merit a second look and this trip offers a visit to both, leaving you free to visit other parts of the city including the nearby Cathedral or the Docks later.

St. Mary de Crypt in Southgate Street is a fine late 15th Century Church built on the site of an earlier Norman Church situated in the Centre of Gloucester. The one-hour guided tour includes the recently-restored 15th Century Church and the adjacent Tudor school room where one of the founders of Methodism and the Evangelical movement, George Whitefield, was educated; and the pulpit where he preached his first sermon. Whitefield (1714 - 1770), was a master orator and his lifelong friend, Benjamin Franklin, calculated that his voice could be heard by up to 30,000 people at a time as he preached in the early America colonies. Another famous Son was Robert Raikes. Born in 1736, he was baptised in the Church and educated in the Crypt School. He became instrumental in the spread of the Sunday School movement that spread throughout the world. Your visit includes tea or coffee at this site (which has a lift and toilets.).

The Medieval Church of St Nicholas, Westgate is now the responsibility of The Churches Conservation Trust. It was built for merchant traders beside Gloucester's (now vanished) west gate. The church is a city landmark, known for its leaning, truncated white stone spire, allegedly damage by a direct hit by Royalist troops during the Siege of Gloucester in 1643. The existing church dates back to the twelfth century, though most of it was rebuilt in the thirteenth and larger windows were added later. It is rarely open and we have the offer of a guided tour. Care should be taken on the steps leading down to the nave from the street. There are no facilities at this site.The tour will be led by a very knowledgeable Civic Trust Guide.

Public car parks are nearby and the No 10 bus from Cheltenham stops conveniently close. Further details will be provided for attendees after the last booking date, which is Saturday, 21 September. The trip will take place if 15 or more members or visitors attend. Please make your own arrangements for lift sharing.

Bill Cronin


Outing reports

Aylesbury and Buscott House, 16 July

54 members and friends set off by coach on a fine 16th July to visit Buckinghamshire.  The first point of call was Aylesbury, the county town, which has seen much development but boasts at its centre a National Trust-owned pub, The Kings Head, which a number of the party visited.  Donated to NT in 1924 by the de  Rothschild banking family (who else?), It dates from 1455 and  is the oldest courtyard pub in England. The king in question is Henry VI (1422-61 and 70-71)

From Aylesbury it was a short drive to Wing for Ascott House and Garden, one of six former hunting estates in the area owned by the de Rothschilds and now occupied by Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild. Developed from 1874 onwards by the architect George Devey from a former farmhouse, Ascott was described by William Gladstone‘s daughter Mary as 'a palace-like cottage, the most luxurious and lovely thing I ever saw‘.

Ascott is home to superb collections of pictures, Chinese ceramics  and 18th century English and French furniture in attractive and homely settings on the ground floor (upstairs is not open to the public).

The garden covers over 30 acres and (to quote from the guide book) ‘ it is an unusual blend of the formal and the natural. In many gardens the area nearest the house has the strongest architectural character, the regions further away being left more to nature but at Ascott the reverse is true‘.

It was a most enjoyable day, for which many thanks are due to David and Adris Cooke, Janet Young and our coach driver Adrian.

Chris Haslewood


Ebworth, 26 June

Seven centre members and one guest  visited Ebworth on the 26th June, for a series of presentations and a walk around the estate. The group were welcomed by Mark Stanway, the Lead  Ranger for the area.

Richard Evans, area ranger for Minchinhampton and Rodborough, gave a memorable introduction to the Stroud Landscape Project - Making space for Nature, It is an initiative offering practical advice and actions not just for National Trust sites but to other landowners and working proactively  with a variety of other agencies and local authorities.

Kate Jones, the Livestock Ranger,  gave an interesting illustrated talk about her  role managing the Cotswold Grazing Herd and in doing so safeguarding and enhancing  the rich fauna and flora  of both national trust land and other sensitive habitats. Her efforts in managing and developing the herd  are recognised as an exemplar of good practise.

Laura Lawrence Owen, the Area Ranger for Ebworth and Crickley Hill, explained about the history and planned improvements to the extensive Ebworth estate. Her proposals are hindered, not by the level or complexity of the work that needs to be undertaken,- managing the woodland, boundaries and buildings - but by the resources available to carry them out!

In the afternoon the group walked some of the estate and saw how much had been done  but also how much needs doing. Almost a lifetime's work and then some! Matt and Laura were appreciative for the  funds the centre provided to help with the restoration of a gate for existing historic piers to the original carriage drive entrance.

The Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Centre have also offered funding for the restoration of gate piers elsewhere on the same entrance drive and they certainly are in need of urgent repair. We saw both proposals on our walk.

The visit ended at about 2.30 all in the group agreeing it was an interesting and thought provoking day.

Bill Cronin


Outing at Hartlebury Castle, Kidderminster, on Tuesday, 17 September.


Do join me, Julph Miers, on this trip to the home of the Bishops of Worcester for 1,000 years, till the Bishop moved nearer the Cathedral in 2006.  I thoroughly enjoyed a day out there in 2016, and I‘ve persuaded David Cooke to let me show you this hidden gem. It looks more like a stately home and gardens than a castle, but has an exciting history, including a civil war siege, and numerous royal visits.  We are going on a Tuesday, as this is the day the impressive 18th century Hurd Library is open.  Bishop Hurd was a friend of George III and he and Queen Charlotte visited him in 1788.‘They had been taking the waters‘ at Cheltenham and, leaving there at 7.00 a.m., travelled the 33 miles to Hartlebury by carriage, arriving at 11.00 a.m. for a breakfast‘ of tea, coffee, chocolate and jellies, served by the Bishop himself.‘  I also enjoyed the adjoining County Museum which houses a delightful display of Gypsy caravans, farm vehicles and carriages amongst other items.

Pick-up details are  Nailsworth 8.15, Stroud 8.30, Gloucester 9.00, Cheltenham 9.30.  Cost £25, to include a sandwich lunch with tea or coffee.   Booking Form is at the back, and please state any food intolerances.

Closing date Tuesday 27th August

Mobile on the day 07500 016135


Potential car outing to the Defford Airfield at Croome Park

At the recent Centre walking group walk at Croome Park there was a degree of interest in a possible walk at Defford Airfield, which is normally "out of bounds". The National Trust at Croome Park arranges guided walks at the airfield, and the details are here

It has been suggested that one of these walks might be suitable for  a car outing. All that is needed is for someone to volunteer to lead it! If anyone would like to do this, please contact me.

Peter Young, 01242 520459 or by email.


Outings are arranged for the benefit and enjoyment of Centre Members and their guests only.


David and Adris, with help from Julph and Bill, have kindly arranged these outings for 2019:

Tuesday 2nd April Lacock Village and Abbey (NT) (Member‘s request)

Thursday 9th May Cirencester and Buscot Park (NT) (led by Julph Miers)

Thursday 6th June Hereford and Hellens House, Much Marcle (Member‘s recommendation)

Tuesday 16th July Aylesbury and Ascott House (NT) (not the race course!)

Tuesday 20th August Tyntesfield (NT) (Member‘s request)  

Tuesday 17th September Hartlebury (recommended, arranged and led by Julph Miers)

Wednesday 16th October Free Day in Worcester (Led by Bill Cronin)


For detailed information on Lectures, see the link on left-hand side of this page.

                                                          Centre Coach Outings

              The following report is by David Cooke, our Coach Outings Organiser

After three years of organising Coach Outings for the Centre, I find that I am running short of National Trust venues to visit within a reasonable day‘s journey. I have therefore started to consider visits to privately owned properties of which there are a great number from which to choose. The downside is that, as we do not have free entry to privately owned properties, as we do for the National Trust ones. The charges for visits to private properties will be higher than perhaps to which we have become accustomed. Increased charges for the coach will also affect the overall charge for Outings. Against this background, I have nevertheless tried to keep charges as low as possible. I have also introduced some initiatives such as a visit to an interesting town followed by a visit to a nearby property and on one occasion in the Summer including a lunch at a nearby hotel before visiting a National Trust which, unusually, does not offer refreshments for visitors. The day visit to Wells in October was very well received and I have consequently planned to end the 2018 season with a trip to Winchester which, arguably, has even more attractions than Wells!
I and I know our Committee, much value the support Members give to Outings and I very much hope that you will continue to give us your usual support in 2019. 


Please Note - The following comments apply to future Centre Holidays and Outings




PLEASE NOTE that the insurance carried by The Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Centre through the
National Trust does not provide Personal Accident cover for members aged 90 years and above. The Centre is not allowed by Government Statute to offer any advice about insurance but, of course, members in that category may wish to make their own arrangements.

Subject to the age limit, friends accompanying members to events who are not members of the Centre but are members of the National Trust are covered by the insurance.


Members of The Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Centre are informed that, for the purposes of record only, some details relating to their membership are stored electronically. Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998, it is necessary for all members to be advised of that fact. If you have any queries about what is stored please contact the hon. secretary and not the membership secretary. Please note the membership secretary does not store her records electronically but uses a card system which is outside the ambit of this legislation.



If you wish to book for any of these outings, complete the appropriate Booking Form, in the Newsletter,
remembering that the instructions for booking may well be different to those in previous years.

Please send to the Booking Address on the form and write a separate cheque for each booking. The Mobile Telephone number for the leader of each outing will be provided for use on the day of the outing only. Please remember to bring your NT Membership Card for free entry to NT Properties. Failure to do so may result in having to pay the full entrance fee.


Coaches will be provided by Rover of Nailsworth, near Stroud, which is a well - established family coach company specialising in holidays in the UK and abroad and seasonal day trips. If you are interested in learning more about the public services offered by Rover, their Brochure can be obtained by contacting their  office on 01453-832121 and at www.rovereuropean.co.uk.    

Pick up points for all outings will be as follows:
                             Nailsworth    -    the Nailsworth Bus Station;
                             Stroud          -    the Bus Station Merrywalks; 
                             Gloucester   -    Westgate Street, Opp. Folk Museum
                             Cheltenham -    Royal Well Bus Station.

All participating in these outings must be paid-up members of the Centre and participate at their own risk. They are assumed to be in good health sufficient to be able to walk and climb steps and stairs as required. The NT ensures all members under the age of 90 against Public Liability risks and against  Accidental Injury, but members aged 90 and over are advised to have their own appropriate insurance.




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