OUTINGS PROGRAMME

 

OUTINGS AND EVENTS PROGRAMME JANUARY - APRIL 2019

 

 

WALLACE COLLECTION – GUIDED TOUR

HERTFORD HOUSE MANCHESTER SQUARE WIU 3BN

12.00 NOON FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY 2019

 

We have arranged for a guided tour of the Wallace Collection, in Hertford House, which is situated in the square behind Selfridges. This is an internationally outstanding collection which contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms, armour and porcelain. The collection was built up over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace. It is one of the finest and most celebrated collections in the world.

The tour will start at 12.00 noon and last about 75minutes. There is a cafe in the house for refreshments before or after our tour, and in various venues nearby. We will meet at the house for 11.45am. (Anybody wishing to meet up with us before at Charing Cross, for about 10.30am, please let me know.)

Cost: £12 per person

Rosemary Webdale  (01322 442856   07990951588    rosemarywebdale@gmail.com)

 
NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM

ROYAL HOSPITAL ROAD CHELSEA SW3 4HT

11.00AM TUESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

The National Army Museum opened in 2017. There was previously a smaller museum on this site but the new museum is a much improved and very modern building. There are five permanent galleries showing different aspects of army life and action. In February there will also be an exhibition entitled Call in the Cavalry highlighting stories from famous cavalry charges including Waterloo.

We have been fortunate enough to book a guided ‘Highlights tour’ on arrival. There is a café on site.

Cost: £3 per person

Rosemary Webdale  (01322 442856   07990951588    rosemarywebdale@gmail.com )



BEAT THE WINTER BLUES SUNDAY LUNCH -MASONIC HALL DARTFORD

SUNDAY 10th  FEBRUARY


have managed to secure a booking for Sunday lunch in the lovely restaurant at the Masonic Hall. Forget the wintry weather for a few hours and come and enjoy great food and relaxed company. There is a comfortable carpeted bar area with plenty of seating to enjoy a pre-lunch drink. Entrance is through a door on the right-hand side of the building. If you are having wine with your meal it is a good idea to purchase it at the bar and take it to your table with you. The bar will be open from 12.30 for lunch at 1.00pm. We will be told when the restaurant is ready for us. There are toilets and cloakrooms off the bar area
and further toilets by the restaurant.

When booking please clearly state who you would like to sit with as I need to sort table plans out. Seating will be at square tables of 8, or long tables for a large group.

Menu must be chosen at time of booking. Please choose from the following:

1st course:  Thick Country Vegetable Soup or Farmhouse Pate

Main:  Roast Rib of Beef and Yorkshire pudding or Grilled Scottish Salmon Fillet served with Lemon beau Blanc

Dessert:     Glazed Apple Tart with Almonds or Raspberry Pavlova

Coffee and a roll and butter are included in the price.

Price: £23.95 per head. This includes service charge and a small donation to the Darent Cray NT Association.

NB. Unfortunately, once numbers have been given in there will be no refund if you are unable to attend as we will be charged.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL DRINKS MUST BE PAID FOR INDIVIDUALLY.      THANK YOU.

The Masonic Hall is on West Hill Dartford with the junction of Shepherds Lane. It has a large car park and is on the 428, 96 and 492 bus routes. It is on the left-hand side BEFORE you go down the hill into Dartford.

Cheque made payable to Darent Cray National Trust Association please and sent to:

Mrs. P. McQuillan 37 Devonshire Avenue Dartford Kent DA1 3DN

 

BALLET - SWAN LAKE

ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD

WEDNESDAY, 20TH FEBRUARY 2019,   2.30 pm.

 
I have booked tickets for this very popular ballet, Swan Lake, danced by the Moscow City Ballet company.  I have only booked 16 tickets for the show and these will be issued on a first come first served basis.  This is a Wednesday matinee, starting at 2.30 pm and the cost of the tickets include a small donation to our Association. 

Ticket price: £32 per person

Cheque made payable to Darent Cray National Trust Association please and sent to:

Mrs. E. Cleall 66 Hillingdon Road Barnehurst Kent DA7 6LL

 

TWO TEMPLE PLACE/JOHN RUSKIN EXHIBITION AND TOUR

EMBANKMENT NEAR TEMPLE TUBE

11.00AM THURSDAY 14TH MARCH

 
Two Temple Place is one of London’s architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor. We have booked an architectural tour of this beautiful building. After the tour you will be free to go around and enjoy the John Ruskin exhibition – The Power of Seeing. This exhibition marks the bicentenary of his birth and brings together over 170 paintings, drawings, daguerreotypes, metal work and plaster casts to illustrate how Ruskin’s attitude to aesthetic beauty shaped his radical views on culture and society.

There is a cafe on site for drinks and snacks. We will meet at Temple Tube Station for 10.45 am.

Cost: £11 per person

Rosemary Webdale  (01322 442856   07990951588    rosemarywebdale@gmail.com )

  
A MUSICAL AFTERNOON WITH CAROL ANNE WELLS

FRIDAY, 29TH MARCH 2019

AT ST JOHN FISHER HALL, THANET ROAD BEXLEY   2 - 4 PM


Please join us for a relaxing afternoon with Carol Anne Wells, a local lady who is a wonderful pianist and singer. Carol was a
student at the Royal College of Music and now works very hard bringing music to many local clubs and charities and often plays on SAGA cruises.  Many of you will have heard her before and will know what a pleasure it is to be entertained by her.  There will be a short break for cake and tea halfway through the afternoon (included in the ticket price).  

Tickets £12.00. each.

Organiser: Elisabeth Cleall

 

THE RANGER’S HOUSE - GREENWICH

CHESTERFIELD WALK BLACKHEATH SE10 8QX

11.00AM TUESDAY 2ND APRIL 2019

 
We have arranged a visit to the Ranger’s House, on the edge of Greenwich Park. The Ranger’s House is an elegant Georgian Villa housing the Wernher Collection, a remarkable collection of works of art amassed by diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher (1850 – 1912). The collection is described as a sumptuous arrangement of silver and jewels, paintings and porcelain. There are nearly 700 works of art on display.

It will be a self – guided tour, starting at 11.00am, with volunteers present in each of the rooms, to provide information and answers to any questions you may have. I would expect the visit to last about 1 ½ hours, after which we could walk down through the park for lunch, possibly in the park cafe or Maritime Museum. (There are no catering facilities on site.) After lunch, a wander over to the Painted Hall might also be worth doing as this should have reopened in January after the restoration of the ceiling.

The cost of the visit will be £9, or, a £2 donation to DCNTA for English Heritage Members/Art Pass Holders. (Remember to bring membership cards!)

Rosemary Webdale  (01322 442856   07990951588    rosemarywebdale@gmail.com)

 

SMALLHYTHE PLACE AND HOLE PARK GARDENS

FRIDAY 26TH APRIL

 

In 1997 an appeal by the ‘Angels’ of Smallhythe resulted in our Association giving a gift of £1421.75 for work on Smallhythe and the Barn theatre. Because of the magnificence of our gift we were allowed our name to be carved on the back of one of the historic chairs in the theatre which can still be seen today. Ellen Terry bought the house in 1899 as her country retreat away from the noise and business of London. Recent work that has been undertaken here has greatly improved the visitor experience. Today the tea room is opening half an hour earlier for us to enjoy as much time as possible here before we depart for Hole Park Gardens. We depart at 12.45pm. A light lunch of soup or sandwiches can be taken here OR a pre-ordered lunch will be available at Hole Park. (See booking form at end of newsletter).


Hole park is a beautiful private country house garden of 15 acres. It has been home to four generations of the Barham family. The garden won Kent Garden of the Year award in 2016. Protected Crested Newts can be seen in the pond. The garden is a joy to wander around and we are visiting today hoping the bluebells will be at their best. We will arrive here at lunch time and I have been requested to ask those of you that want to have lunch here to fill out the menu when filling out the booking form at the end of the newsletter. We will arrive in time for lunch about 1.15pm. Lunch will be served in the Rolls Room. A lovely room and space for us all. Individual payment for lunch will be paid for on the day.This should be a delightful outing. 

Cost: £23.75 per person

Coach pick up points:
        Dartford 8.15 am            Bexleyheath 8.35 am                  Sidcup 9.00am

Please send application to: Mrs. P. McQuillan 37 Devonshire Avenue Dartford Kent DA1 3DN


ANNUAL HOLIDAY 2019


We all had a very  enjoyable long weekend holiday to the Staffordshire area in September and we thank all members who supported this break.

We are therefore thinking of organizing another holiday for 5th to 8th September 2019 using the same excellent hotel (Manor House Hotel) but this time exploring the Cheshire area.  

Before we start working on this, however, we would like to hear whether you would be able to support this and book a place on the holiday.  We don’t want to put in all the work which is involved in organizing a holiday if we do not get enough support. Just to whet your appetite we are possibly visiting the Anderton Boat Lift which will include a boat trip, Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank, Calke Abbey and Arley Hall and Gardens.

If you are interested and would like us to go ahead to plan a holiday in this area, please complete the form at the end of this newsletter and return to us. Alternatively you can phone us on 01474 705402 or email us on thejeromes@hotmail.co.uk   We know that circumstances change and of course this is not a definite commitment, but we would like to have an idea of the number of people interested.

Many thanks.   Norman and Brenda Jerome

 


 








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