This show is being performed at the Orchard, prior to opening in the West End.  The show combines contemporary circus artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action.  The talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, daredevil stuntmen and of course the award-winning clown - Tweedy.  Cirque Berserk celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of circus in a jaw-dropping spectacular, created especially for the theatre.  This is a very different event from those we have previously seen at the Orchard and I do hope you will come along and give it a try, it promises to be quite an exciting evening.

Tickets cost £22 which includes a small donation to the National Trust.

Please meet at the theatre in time for the 5 o'clock show.

Organiser:  Elisabeth Cleall  01322553535


Wrap up warm, don some sensible footwear and join us for a winter’s day out. I have been fortunate (after trying since April) to book us in to Anglesey Abbey. Only two coaches a day are allowed during February as it is one of the property’s busiest times of the year. It is snowdrop season. These are truly magnificent and worth a visit on their own. The winter garden is full of the most beautiful perfumes and eye catching planting. The trunks of the silver birches, the stems of various coloured dogwoods, the various textures of the trees and shrubs, all under planted with small irises, snowdrops and cyclamens will totally absorb you. The bonus on this trip is the house will be open. This is the first time it has opened during the winter season. Lord Fairhaven purchased the house in 1926 and gifted it to National Trust upon his death in 1966.  When you step into this elegant home, you journey back to a golden age of country-house living. The house is packed with antiques, paintings, silverware and clocks.  A meet and greet representative will meet the coach and give us a short introductory talk.

Unfortunately the Lode mill will be closed but it is worth a look at the outside. Sections of the garden may be closed off to protect the grass and snowdrops. The Redwoods restaurant serves sandwiches, hot meals, teas, cakes and hot drinks. It will be busy so it would be appreciated if you did not all descend on the restaurant at once. The staff would cope but you would queue. A limited number of wheelchairs and self drive buggies (for up to one hour) are available and MUST be booked at the time of booking. Please note the buggies are not allowed out in the rain. Please also note that I may not be lucky enough in securing these – it depends how many have already been requested but I will do my best.


Cost:  £16.75 includes gratuities  

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

Organiser Pam McQuillan 01322 401898


From its conception Spencer House was recognised as one of the most ambitious and splendid private Palaces ever built in London and is the City's only eighteenth century house to survive intact.  The Palace was built between 1756 and 1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales. The tour starts at 11am and takes about one hour. After that I imagine you will be ready for lunch and the rest of the day is your own.  Unfortunately there are no refreshment facilities available at the Palace.

We will meet at Charing Cross at 10.30 am sharp and take a short bus ride towards Spencer House and then have a short walk to reach the Palace.

Cost:  £13.00 which includes a small donation to the National Trust.

Organiser:  Elisabeth Cleall 01322553535



Both these properties belong to the National Trust so please remember your membership cards on the day.  At our AGM in 2015 we had a very interesting talk by a member of staff from Rainham Hall so I felt it was time to visit.  The house was built in 1729 and has been home to approximately 50 inhabitants since then.  There is a cafe which does light lunches and there are about 3 acres of gardens.  After lunch (not included) we will make our way to Eastbury Manor House, an Elizabethan gentry’s house circa 1573.  We will have a tour of this property.  There is an independent tea-room and small shop.  We leave for home at 4.00 pm

Cost:  £21.00 includes coaching & gratuities                             
Coach Pickups:   Dartford 9.30am         Bexleyheath 9.45am      Sidcup10.00 am

Organiser:   Elisabeth Cleall 01322553535


MASONIC HALL DARTFORD  FRIDAY 20TH APRIL 12 noon for 12.30 buffet

Why not join us for what promises to be a very special afternoon of sheer nostalgia. I have been fortunate in booking Steve and his wife Maureen to give us an afternoon to remember. We start off with a finger buffet, drinks can be purchased at the bar and then we can sit back and be entertained with songs from the era of Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones and Dean Martin etc. Steve has a really wonderful deep husky voice and when he does Country and Western numbers you will be tapping your feet. He will be taking requests, so, if you have a favourite song and would like him to include it in the programme please make your choice clear on the booking form. He may not be able to include everyone’s choice but you have a good chance of hearing your favourite. No need to ask for the song ‘More’ – I am requesting that one! I will send Steve all the requests by 13th February to give him time to build his programme around our chosen songs. We will have an interval when tea and biscuits will be served and there will be a raffle. I do hope you will support this afternoon as I can promise you will not be disappointed. I have now heard him sing on three
occasions and enjoyed listening to him more each time. I took my son-in-law Mick to see Steve in a concert in August and Mick said as we were going ‘why have I given up a Saturday afternoon to be with all old folk listening to a singer’. When we got back home Mick thanked me for giving him a ‘wonderful afternoon, I have not enjoyed myself so much for a long time’.  Praise indeed.

This event is open to non members so why not bring a friend or relative along.  
Cost: Only £20 per person which includes finger buffet lunch, tea and biscuits and gratuities. 

Organiser Pam McQuillan        Tel: 01322 401898 

Date for your Diary:

2018 Christmas Lunch Friday 7th December 2018 - Venue: Masonic Hall Dartford


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