OUTINGS PROGRAMME

 

OUTINGS AND EVENTS PROGRAMME MARCH - SEPTEMBER 2019

 

  

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


A TRIP TO THE SANDS FILMS AND COSTUME STUDIO ROTHERHITHE

Monday May 13TH and Monday May 20TH  2019

 
This tour is limited to 15 people per visit. I have been asked by the studio not to give away many details, so as not to spoil any of the surprises on your visit. Suffice to say this promises, yet again, to be an excellent trip, and I can tell you it includes a short film and tour of the studios. There are a lot of wooden stairs to climb during the tour so sensible shoes are the order of the day.  A lunch is included in the price. Our tour starts at 11.00am and finishes 3.45pm approximately. When booking please state CLEARLY which date you would prefer. I have been asked by some members to arrange a return visit to this venue as it
was very much enjoyed.

We will meet at Dartford Station by 9.15am LATEST. You will require a travel card. We will take the 9.32 Victoria Line to Peckham Rye where we change for overground train to Rotherhithe. The studio is about a 5-minute walk from the station. When booking PLEASE let me know if you will be catching the 9.32 Victoria train further along the route. Anyone wanting to make their own way to Sands studio MUST be there by 10.45 am.  

I would like to thank Richard and Angela for their help in sorting out travel arrangements.

Price per head including lunch and guided tour: is £15.25 per person.

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

 

BROOKLANDS MOTOR AND AIR MUSEUM WEYBRIDGE SURREY KT13 0QN

Thursday 13th June

 

Brooklands is the birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation. It is home to the world’s first purpose –built motor racing circuit and the venue for the first ever British Grand Prix races in 1926 and 1927. It is also home to Concorde and various other aeroplanes, buses and vintage racing cars. There are many buildings and huts to explore containing memorabilia, photographs and costumes, an F1 simulator and Barnes Wallis Stratosphere Chamber, to name but a few. The aim of the museum is to conserve, protect and interpret the unique heritage of the Brooklands site.

There is a cafe on site for refreshments. The journey will take about 1 ½ hours from Sidcup.

Price per person will be £29. This includes entrance plus an introductory talk, coach fare and driver’s gratuity.

I need to confirm the coach booking by the end of March, so please respond promptly.

Coach Pick-ups: Dartford 8.15 am     Bexleyheath Library 8.35 am      Sidcup  9.00 am

 Organiser:  Rosemary Webdale - phone Nos. 01322442856, 0790951588    Email: rosemarywebdale@gmail.com

 

GUIDED TOUR OF THE WORLD GARDEN AT LULLINGSTONE CASTLE

11.00 am Tuesday 2nd July 2019

 
 We have arranged for Tom Hart Dyke to give us a guided tour of his famous World Garden. Tom is so enthusiastic about his
garden and his amazing variety of plants that it is a joy to listen to him!


After our tour Tom has said that we are welcome to picnic in the grounds and use the marquee if we would like to. 
So please bring your own food and drink. (This can be left in a cool box in your car, as we can park near the entrance). Depending on the weather and how we feel, we can enjoy a walk in the area afterwards.

Cost £11.00 per person (Minimum of 20 people required for the tour)

Organiser: Rosemary Webdale, - phone Nos. 01322442856,  07990951588    Email: rosemarywebdale@gmail.com


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

Thank you to those members who have shown an interest in the four-day break to Cheshire.  We have done a full recce of this holiday and we hope you enjoy it.  We will be using Jewels Tours coaches again 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.

The hotel 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)


 








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