2018 COACH OUTINGS + Reports


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Outing report, National Memorial Arboretum, 24 May, 2018

Early on 24th May 2018 we boarded the coach for our visit to  the National  Memorial Arboretum  This was my first visit so I was intrigue to find out and see what awaited us .I have a son who has been in the Army since he was 18yrs old. and am  interested in his life.

The motorway was running easily so we made good progress and were able to enjoy the country side.We arrived in time for the daily ceremony to remember those who died while serving our country. It was very respectful. but not a religious occasion so every one felt included in the Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness.

Coffee was calling. There were quite a few areas to have our refreshment so we were able to have a range of meals in a well organised and clean environment.

There was a bus which ran around the outer edges of the Memorial thus giving us an overall picture. We could then  decide which areas we could .visit and give more time. Each memorial was given their own space and respectful distance between each other.Each memorial has its own story and, diverse in nature is much in  symbolism but collectively represents a broad population and society and population.

The Arboretum is in 150 acres and has 50000 trees plus350 memorials. Before we got on the train I had to leave my much needed walker at reception. Half way round the train ground to a halt..Some people decided to walk but those left chatted and got to know each other. It was some time before a replacement train arrived to rescue us.. There were only 2 trains.

The Arboretum is in the Visitor England Award for 2018 and is a large visitor attraction. When  it has matured a little more it will be very beautiful place to walk and remember loved ones. It is hard to describe many areas but it is uplifting and although it represents the people who have died it is very positive to the living. One  could easily spend a second visit.

Our journey home was full of thoughts of how we thought the Arboretum would be and how it wasI am grateful to David and Adris who made this visit possible.


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                                                          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 2018. 

Outings for 2018 - I must first apologise, that to the original List of Outings for 2018 I have had to make some alterations which include one cancellation. The current list  for the rest of 2018 is as follows;

Ledbury and Eastnor Castle, Tuesday 19th June. Ledbury is a charming market town in Herefordshire with a range of interesting shops and variety of eating places where we can obtain lunch before proceeding to nearby Eastnor Castle, a mock nineteenth century Castle now owned by James Hervey-Bathurst and his family. The castle is built in the style of a medieval castle, but with a series of magnificent rooms including an outstanding Drawing Room designed by Augustus Pugin for the then Lord Somers. There is a shop and refreshment facilities.

Lunch at the Kings Hotel, West Wycombe followed by a visit to nearby West Wycombe Park (NT).
Unusually there are no refreshment arrangements at the house so as an integral part of the outing I have booked a two-course lunch at the nearby Kings Hotel before the coach takes us the short distance to visit the house. West Wycombe Park is a superb Palladian house with ”spectacular interiors", set in a fine park. It remains the home of the Dashwood family but owned by the National Trust.
Lunch will be two-course (with choices) followed by tea or coffee. There will be opportunity to purchase soft or alcoholic drinks before the meal. In addition to completing the Booking Form at the end of the Newsletter, and posted below. would members indicate their choice of courses from the accompanying Lunch Menu.
I hope members will be able to support this initiative.
Dudmaston (Shropshire), Thursday 23 August is also ”a much loved family home with a fine garden to explore. The house is full of family treasures and in addition it includes a modern art gallery introduced by Lady Labouchere, the last owner of the property. There is a tea-room offering lunches and teas and also a gift shop and toilets.
Further outings for 2018 are to Waddesdon 26 September and a ”Free Day" in Winchester on Wednesday 17 October.
Details and Booking Forms will be in the August Newsletter   Here are the  booking forms for the next two outings




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


Members should be aware that all Centre Outings and Holidays include a substantial amount of walking, indoors and out, and that seating is not always immediately available. In most buildings visited there are steps and stairs to negotiate to reach higher or lower levels of the buildings concerned. Most properties visited are old, and floors can be uneven and passages dark and narrow. Out of doors, particular care should be taken when viewing gardens, particularly if the weather is inclement when normally safe surfaces, especially steps, can become slippery. Particular care should be taken when near to water (lakes, ponds, water features etc.) and bridges over water where banks may be unstable and slippery. Where handrails are provided they should be used for going upwards as well as down. Safety notices and signs should always be given attention and advice followed.

In accepting bookings for Centre Outings and Holidays, Centre Organisers assume that participating Members enjoy a reasonable amount of health, sufficient for them to fully participate in and enjoy the event. If any Member needs help from another person on regular basis — in walking or climbing stairs for instance - they must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will give help as required. Members with particular health or mobility problems should seek advice from the Outing or Holiday Organisers before booking. Organisers will always provide help in an emergency and if necessary call for trained and qualified assistance but it is impractical for them to be able to help as a routine requirement.

The Police Service has advised the Trust that it would be helpful if all persons on Outings could carry some form of identification and the name and contact details to be consulted in the unfortunate event of an accident or other emergency.



A note about car outings

We‘re a friendly and sociable lot and some of us do offer lifts to our events to other members. 

Thanks for that, it helps more members enjoy our activities. However, we need to understand that it will be a private arrangement between yourselves, particularly if you, as a driver, accept a contribution towards costs. 

It may be worth checking your car insurance conditions but that will be an individual choice. Julph Meirs



Car outing, Croome Walled Garden, 12 June, 2018



Tuesday 12th June, a day I had been looking forward to, dawned disappointingly cloudy and chill after the summer days we had been enjoying. However, I should have known better: Ann had not only organised the self- drive visit to the Walled Garden at Croome with a tour led by owner, Chris Cronin, to be followed by tea and home- made cakes, she had also arranged for a warm, sunny afternoon.

We duly assembled at  the NT Reception desk  before setting off for the Walled Garden. Having missed Chris‘ talk last autumn , I was not sure what to expect but even those who had heard him were amazed at what we saw as we went through the small entrance gate. A wonderful seven acre garden, the largest walled garden in England, stretched out before us. We saw fruit trees, vegetable plots, strawberry beds, herbaceous borders, a wild flower bank, a dipping pond, a rose garden, garden sculptures and much, much more. Chris led us round, stopping at strategic points to explain the fascinating history of the garden, how and why he and his wife, Karen, had acquired it in 2000 - an overgrown ruin - and what they have done and continue to do to both restore the planting, the hard landscaping, the greenhouses and other buildings and to shape it into a 21st century, fully organic, sustainable marvel.

If you have not visited the Walled Garden, do go, especially if you can arrange a tour with Chris. His knowledge, creative imagination, enthusiasm and love of his garden made our visit special. And next spring when I return to see the daffodils and later the tulips, I shall wonder again at what Chris and Karen, these "not gardeners", their staff and NT volunteers are achieving.

Thank you so much, Ann, for organising this lovely treat.

Jan Turner



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 80 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.

Please Note - The following comments apply to future Centre Holidays and Outings Members should note that these Outings, in common with all other Centre holidays, often include a substantial amount of walking, including steps and stairs. There are also times when Members will be required to find their own way back to the coach when it is parked in a different location from that at which they alighted. Members with Mobility or other health problems must, therefore, be able to look after themselves safely or be accompanied by a companion willing and able to help them when needed.

The Holiday organisers will be willing to help anyone in an emergency situation but are not able to give an inordinate amount of their time to any one person at the expense of the other Members of the Group.


                                                           Procedures for Centre Outings
It is assumed by the organisers of the Outings that participating members are fit and able to cope with the amount of walking that is involved in viewing the Properties visited. In many Properties, there are steps and stairs inside and outside of buildings and some are very old and worn. Although many have handrails, this is not always possible to provide.

Members with substantial walking problems should ensure that they are accompanied by a companion who is willing and able to help them as required. Participating members should also be able to find the location of the coach when it is not possible to pick up at the same point at which Members were dropped off earlier.

The organiser(s) will, of course, give whatever help they can to Members especially in an emergency, but are not able, and cannot be expected to provide an inordinate amount of attention to any particular Member. Advice if required can be obtained by contacting David or Adris Cooke Tel: 01453 765391 

      For further details of any of these Outings please apply to David Cooke 01453 765391

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.

Please Note :- The following notes apply to all future Centre Holidays and Outings

Members should note that these Outings, in common with all other Centre holidays, often include a substantial amount of walking, including steps and stairs. There are also times when Members will be required to find their own way back to the coach when it is parked in a different location from that at which they alighted. Members with Mobility or other health problems must, therefore, be able to look after themselves safely or be accompanied by a companion, willing and able to help them as and when needed.

The Holiday organisers will be willing to help anyone in an emergency situation but are not able to give an inordinate amount of their time to any one person at the expense of the other Members of the Group.


Coaches will be provided by Rover of Nailsworth, near Stroud, which is a well - established family coach company specializing 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 80 against Public Liability risks and against
Accidental Injury, but members aged 80 and over are advised to have their own appropriate insurance.




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