OUTINGS PROGRAMME


STANDEN HOUSE AND GARDENS and QUEBEC HOUSE                      FRIDAY 6TH JULY


STANDEN HOUSE AND GARDENS - In 1891-1894 Philip Webb, a friend of William Morris designed Standen House for James and Margaret Beale. The house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship with Morris and Co interiors and decorative art of the period. After James’s death in 1912 Margaret continued to live at Standen. On her death in 1936 their unmarried daughter, Margaret succeeded her, and on her death in 1947 
Standen came into the possession of Helen their youngest daughter. Helen never married and when she died in 1972 the house passed by bequest to the National Trust. This year sees previously unseen rooms open. Standen is a beautiful intimate house with a strong feeling of the family still living there and have just popped out. Entry to the house will be by timed ticket, starting at 11.00am for 10 people and then 10 people every 10 minutes. Hopefully we will arrive between 10.00-10.30am and the café will be open when we arrive. We have been asked to stagger times to the café due to lack of space. Picnics are encouraged at Standen. Photography is allowed without flash in certain areas of the house so please check. We have been asked to make sure mobile phones are on silent please. 


The 12 acre hillside garden established by Mrs. Beale is now restored to its 1920s glory. The garden is divided into many outdoor ‘rooms’ each with its own theme, colours, textures and detail. It is a great example of an Arts and Crafts inspired garden. We will leave Standen at 1.45pm for Quebec House. This timing will allow anyone wanting lunch to have time to ‘stagger’ their timing if the restaurant is busy. Why not take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

QUEBEC HOUSE: We hope to arrive by 2.15pm. Come and see what makes this small but intimate 18th century house so special. Uncover the reality of Wolfe’s Victory at the Battle of Quebec in 1759 and reflect on his legacy for both his contemporaries and for us today. Explore how James’s family lived in the 1730s; including the food they would have eaten and the games which would have kept them entertained. We will leave for home at 4.00pm.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH YOU AS YOU WILL BE CHARGED IF CARD NOT AVAILABLE. THANK YOU

Cost: £16.50 includes gratuities

Coach pick ups:   
Dartford 8.00am                    Bexleyheath 8.15am                      Sidcup 8.30am

Organiser: Pam McQuillan
 

HQS WELLINGTON AND RNLI LIFEBOAT STATION    MONDAY 30TH JULY. LIMITED TO 18 PEOPLE

A morning guided tour of HQS Wellington, the floating livery hall of the Honourable Company of Mariners. This naval sloop was used in WWII and is now home to the Merchant Seaman’s museum, with many interesting artefacts.  Following a lunch break and wander in Temple gardens, we have a tour of the Tower Lifeboat station. Said to be the busiest of all the RNLI stations. Then, if you would like to, we could have a Clipper boat trip to Greenwich, O2 or Woolwich.

We would meet outside Temple tube station at 10.45. Our tour on HQS Wellington starts at 11.00 and lasts about 1½ hrs. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided at the end of our tour and are included in your ticket. We could then go into Temple Gardens to enjoy the surroundings and have a picnic lunch (not provided). At 1.30pm we would start to make our way to the Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station next to Waterloo Bridge, for our tour at 2.00pm. This again lasts about 1 ½ hrs and your ticket will include a donation to RNLI. (Please note our tour may be affected should there be a “Call Out” for the lifeboat while we are there). 

At the end of our day you might like to travel part of the way home on one of the Clipper boats (price not included but reduced fares are available for Freedom Pass holders and with Oyster cards). 

DCNTA tickets will be limited to 18 people per day as this is the maximum number for the lifeboat visit and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please wear suitable shoes and warm clothing if it’s a chilly day, as you will be outside on the river for some of the time. Please also be aware that access to the boat/lifeboat station will be via ramps.

Cost for HQS Wellington & RNLI Tours: £15

Contact Rosemary Webdale: 01322 442856


THE PAINTED HALL AND QUEEN ANNE’S HOUSE GREENWICH        TUESDAY 7TH AUGUST 2018

Please let me know if you would be interested in a tour of the Painted Hall’s ceiling in Greenwich.  At the time of going to press, the August dates are not available until April. If there is enough interest, I would aim to book a morning tour with a view to having a tour of the Queen’s house after lunch, if I can arrange both on the same day.

As I am sure you are aware the Painted Hall’s magnificent ceiling is being renovated. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Britain’s largest painted ceiling close up. It will not happen again for 100 or so years! Please be aware you would need to be able to climb the stairs to reach the platform 60ft up!

The Queen’s House is the first classical building in England, designed by Inigo Jones in 1616. It is home to many great works of art and has a wonderful Tulip staircase, amongst other impressive features.

Cost:  £20

Please contact Rosemary Webdale by March 31st by either phoning   01322442856 or my
mobile 07990951588 or Email:  rosemarywebdale@gmail.com


ST. JOHN’S JERUSALEM ANNUAL PICNIC                                    Sunday 12th August 2018

Why not invite some friends, bring along a chair/table and your picnic and while away a pleasant summer afternoon (hopefully)! If you have any outdoor games please bring these along with you if you wish to be among the energetic ones!

I have been asked in the past if it would be alright to bring grandchildren along. I have asked Giles and Liz Brown and they are happy to accommodate this request. Please be aware though that an eye must be kept on them at all times because of the danger of the moat. 


The picnic is by ticket only: tickets £1.50 per person available from Pam McQuillan



GARDEN OPEN IN AID OF ELLENOR LIONS HOSPICES SUNDAY       
19th AUGUST 2.00-5.00pm


Forge House, Forge Lane, Horton Kirby, Kent DA4 9DR.


Once again Peter Bradley is kindly coordinating stewards for St. John’s Jerusalem. If you get the chance do go along on a Wednesday afternoon. Today Peter and his wife Barbara are opening their exquisite garden full of the most interesting plants and the best dahlias you could wish to see. Tea and cakes will be available. A beautiful setting to enjoy a lovely relaxing afternoon 

UK HOLIDAY 2018

We have done a full recce of this long weekend break and we hope you enjoy it.  We will be using Jewels Tours for this trip.  Booking will be by post and to be fair to everyone applications will be held until 31st March when if oversubscribed a draw will take place.

BEST WESTERN PLUS,  MANOR HOUSE HOTEL, ALSAGER, CHESHIRE, ST7 2QQ

FRIDAY, 7th SEPTEMBER – MONDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER


The hotel is four star, based on the imaginative conversion of an old 17th Century Farm House.  It is a very good hotel with friendly and helpful staff.  All rooms are en-suite with tea/coffee making facilities.  There is also a swimming pool and sauna for free use by guests. 

Our itinerary will hopefully include, Canons Ashby, Lichfield, Biddulph Grange Gardens, Little Moreton Hall, The National Memorial Arboretum, Shugborough Estate and World of Wedgwood. 

Cost of 4 days (3 nights) Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, transport by Jewels Tours, entrance costs, Arboretum Land Train tour and gratuities for the coach driver are all included.  Any other gratuities are at your discretion, e.g. rooms/restaurant service.

We have been allocated 12 single rooms with a £20 per night supplement, 12 double rooms and 6 twin rooms.   Two friends sharing will, of course, be allocated a twin room.

Double and twin rooms                          £305 per person

Single rooms                                        £365 per person

At booking a non-returnable deposit of £50 per person is requested, with the balance (by
instalments if required) to be settled by 30th June 2018 LATEST please. 

Cheques should be made out to Darent Cray NT Journey Club.

We hope you will be able to join us. Norman and Brenda Jerome (01474 705402).

RED HOUSE   6th - 7th OCTOBER

We recently donated £400 to the Red House to fund the purchase of an apple press. The press will be used for the first time at the Red House “Hog’s Hole Apple Weekend” on the 6th & 7th October. In their letter of thanks, the Red House has invited DCNTA members along to see the apple press in action.

Details of the event are still being finalised but, if you are interested in joining a small group of DCNTA members to go to this event please let me know.


Rosemary Webdale,   Tel. No. 01322442856 or by email to rosemarywebdale@gmail.com


MUSEUM OF THE ORDER OF ST. JOHN’S ST. JOHN’S GATE, CLERKENWELL, EC1M 4DA

MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER 11.15 FOR 11.30 GUIDED TOUR


The unique and fascinating story of the ancient military Order, from its origins in 11th century Jerusalem to the present day as St John’s Ambulance, will be told during our tour. We will be taken through the historic rooms at St. John’s Gate. Our visit will also include the Priory Church and Crypt. The whole tour lasts about 80 minutes but please allow time, either before or afterwards, to visit the gallery/museum to the right of the reception area. I have 30 places (two groups of 15, both for 11.30). and can request a third group of 15, for the same time, if enough people wish to go. We will meet in the reception area at St. John’s Gate for 11.15 am.  

Please also be aware there are steps and a spiral staircase, to access some rooms.

The nearest station is Farringdon, the museum only being a short 5-minute walk away. There are many venues close to the station for refreshments, before or after our tour. There should be trains going directly from Dartford to Farringdon, via Woolwich. There are toilet facilities at St. John’s. The cost of the tour will be £7.

Organiser: Rosemary Webdale


POLHILL GARDEN CENTRE                                  WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Why not join us for a leisurely time out to this great garden Centre. Polhill is an awkward place to journey to unless you drive – so sit back and let the coach take the strain. Enjoy time for a coffee and a good look round, perhaps purchasing a Christmas present or two. Much more than just a garden Centre you may find your Christmas outfit here in the varied fashion department. Why not bring a cool bag and stop off at the wonderful meat counter? A superb green grocers and unusual grocery shop could help with your Christmas requirements.
Enjoy lunch at a choice of different food counters serving everything from a pizza to a roast dinner. If you do not feel like shopping why not just enjoy the time with friends and sit over coffee/lunch and relax.

Price per person: £10.50p

Pick up times: Dartford 9.30am  Bexleyheath  9.45am   Sidcup 10 am

Organiser Pam McQuillan





 








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