OUTINGS PROGRAMME

 

OUTINGS AND EVENTS PROGRAMME MARCH - SEPTEMBER 2019

 

OPEN HOUSE DAY IN FAVERSHAM

Saturday 13th July 2019

 
After our very successful trip to Faversham last year, I have been very fortunate in being able to book a day with a difference in Faversham this year. Coach access is very restricted and we are lucky to have this unique opportunity. Open House is an opportunity to gain special access to properties of considerable historical and architectural interest. Community minded owners open their properties to the public which allows us to be able to view and enjoy these special places. This year sees the celebration of the 50th year of Open house. A printed guide book is required by each visitor and this will be your entrance ticket to the properties.

I aim to go to Faversham before the day we go so I will be in a position to give out guide books as soon as you board the coach. This will enable you to start planning your day on the journey to Faversham.

Refreshments will be available at some of the open house properties. There are also many eateries throughout Faversham.

We will aim to be at Faversham by 9.45am. The first properties open at 10.00am. The latest closing time for a property is 5.00pm so we will leave for our return trip home between 5.15pm and 5.30pm.

As July is a popular time for coaches to be booked, I have to let Hextable Coaches know by the 25th May if this trip is viable, so please book as early as you can. Thank you.

Cost: £24.50 per person

Coach pick ups:     Dartford 8.00am       Bexleyheath 8.20am         Sidcup  8.40am
 
Please send application to: Mrs. P. McQuillan 37 Devonshire Avenue Dartford Kent DA1 3DN

 

ST. JOHN’S JERUSALEM ANNUAL PICNIC

Sunday 11th August 2019


Once again Giles and Liz Brown are kindly letting us have a picnic in their lovely grounds. Why not bring some family or friends along and have a relaxing afternoon in this beautiful garden? If you have any outdoor games please bring these along with you if you wish to be among the energetic ones! Come along with a chair and a sandwich, or a three-course meal, the choice is yours!

The picnic is by ticket only and is being held at £1.50 per person.

Organiser: Pam McQuillan


HOLIDAY 2019

 MANOR HOUSE HOTEL, ALSAGER, CHESHIRE ST7 2QQ

THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2019


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


Our itinerary will hopefully include, Calke Abbey, Arley Hall and Gardens (the home of Lord and Lady Ashbrook), Quarry Bank Mill, The Anderton Boat Lift and river trip, Dunham Massey and a return visit to The National Memorial Arboretum on the way home on Sunday.

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

We have been allocated 15 single rooms with a £20 per night supplement and 15 double/twin rooms.  Two friends sharing will, of course, be allocated a twin room.

Double and twin rooms £325 per person.

Single rooms £385 per person (includes £20 supplement per night)

At booking a non-returnable deposit of £50 per person is requested by 31st MARCH, with the balance (by instalments if preferred) to be settled by 30TH JUNE 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)



GARDEN OPEN IN AID OF ELLENOR LIONS HOSPICES SUNDAY 18TH 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 most beautiful dahlias you could wish to see. Tea and cakes will be available. A beautiful setting to enjoy a lovely relaxing afternoon.


GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF GRAVESEND - FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2019

Having heard from Alan Payne all about the history, culture and buildings of Gravesend at the July meeting, we will be able to experience the atmosphere for ourselves, with Alan giving us a guided walk around this ancient, but possibly, underrated, town. Described online as “Kent’s hidden gem”!

We will meet at Gravesend Railway Station at 11.15 for an 11.30 start. The tour will last about 1 ½ hours. We can then find somewhere for lunch before making our way home. The cost will be £10.00. Please fill in the reply slip and return with your payment before the end of August. We will need about 20 people to make this a viable tour.

Many thanks.   Organiser: Rosemary Webdale


OLD FORGE WAR TIME HOUSE SITTINGBOURNE WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER

This is a unique opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a nostalgic day out. I have been fortunate enough to book a private viewing of this wonderful house. Built in the 1700s it was once a working forge. Here you are encouraged to sit by the open fire, touch items, open drawers, and
make discoveries in this house set in the 2nd world war. Ration books are a reminder of a time past and I am sure many of you will notice things you would have helped mum and dad to make! The kitchen takes you back to a time when none of today’s luxuries existed. There is an Anderson shelter in the garden. The house has been used as a film location by the BBC. Maximum number for this tour is 30 people so don’t leave booking too late!

On arrival we will use the recently opened tea room where we will be having an early snack lunch. I have been asked to give Debbie an idea of what we want, to help her have everything ready and available. Please see choice on your booking form. Prices vary between £4 - £6 approximately.

We meet at Dartford Station by 9.40am to catch the 9.58am train to Chatham where we change (same platform so no extra walking required) for a train to Sittingbourne. (The price of a coach would make this tour impractical.)

I have done a dummy run which went well. There will be a ten-minute walk from the station, through a shopping mall (which you could browse round on your way back home) and along the lovely High Street.

Cost for outing includes a donation to funds and a tip for staff BUT does not include cost of lunch or train fare.                            Cost: £6.50 per person

Please fill out form at end of newsletter.      Organiser: Pam McQuillan


THE WOMAN IN BLACK - ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD

SATURDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER 2019 AT 2.30 PM

I have booked tickets for this thriller which is coming to Dartford for one week only.  Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  This is a Saturday matinee, starting at 2.30 pm and the cost of the tickets will be £27, which includes a small donation to our Association.  (The full normal price of the seats would be £33.00.)

A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a woman in black, engages a young actor to help him tell his terrifying story.  It all begins innocently enough but as they reach into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds!!!Booking for this play will close on the 15th September but please feel free to book your seat earlier if you wish.

Organiser: Elisabeth Cleall  (01322 553535)
 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2019 12.30pm for 1.00pm ALBERELLO HIGH STREET BEXLEY

A few people have asked if I am going to Alberello this year. I have booked a table of eight and I know some other members have also booked for the same time and date. Why not personally book a table with friends and enjoy the ambiance of this lovely restaurant surrounded by people you know. Remember you are settling your own bills. Hope to see some of you there.

Pam McQuillan








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