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Wednesday 26 April
An afternoon visit in our own cars, starting at 1.30 pm, organised by Ginny Wagstaff.
St Mary’s church is one of the finest and most complete buildings in England to survive from before the Norman Conquest. Its architectural history is complex and is still much debated by architectural historians, but a substantial part of the building is now considered to belong to the first half of the 9th century.
Mr Michael Hare, a well know expert on Deerhurst, will give us an introductory talk in the church. Following our visit, Mrs Cate Morris has very kindly agreed to provide our group with tea at Priory Farm, which immediately adjoins the church.
There will also be an opportunity to visit Odda’s chapel, a few minutes walk from the church, which is another extraordinary survival. The church was founded in 1056 by Earl Odda in memory of his brother Ælfric. It was in use until the 13th century when it was incorporated into the medieval timber frame farmhouse. The nave was used as a kitchen with a fireplace inserted in the west wall. The chancel had a bedroom added above. The church was only ‘discovered’ in 1865 and is now in the care of English Heritage.
Tuesday 23 May
CROOME PARK, recent developments, including the Red Wing and the Walled Garden.
An afternoon visit, in our own cars, followed by supper in the ‘RAF canteen’. Entry to the park is free for National Trust members; there will an entry charge for the Walled Garden and for supper.
We will arrive at 2.30 pm and walk or be transported down to the house, where we will be taken on a tour (hard hats!) of the Red Wing, recently made water-tight but not yet open to the public, then tea and a tour, with the owner, of the Walled Garden, where there are new developments to be seen. Finally, a Ploughmans’ Supper in the canteen in the former RAF buildings. Departure at about 7.30 pm
Tuesday 27 June
ALL SAINTS CHURCH, WILDEN
An evening visit in our own cars starting at 6.30 pm, organised by Ginny Wagstaff.
The church was built by Alfred Baldwin (father of Stanley) in 1880 in the village where he lived and had his iron works. It is justly famous for its splendid stained glass windows, all of which were designed by Edward Burne-Jones and executed by the William Morris Company.
We shall arrive at 6.30 pm for an initial look round the church. There will be an introductory talk at 7 pm by Dr Pamela Craven, church warden, following which the church will kindly provide light refreshments and the group will then have an opportunity for more looking round.
Tuesday 11th July
NEWPORT, Medieval Ship and Transporter Bridge
Coach trip, organised by Fraser McNeil-Watson
We plan to visit the Newport Ship project in the morning and have a guided tour of the work in progress on the restoration project for this vessel dating from the 15th Century.
From the Web site ...The Newport Medieval Ship project is just that; it's a project in progress. It's an exciting, live archaeological conservation project. Currently, we have about 30% of the Ship's timbers back in our climate-controlled store. About 25% are up at York being freeze-dried before being returned for us. The remaining 45% are in 2 covered tanks at the Medieval Ship Centre, fully saturated in the special preservative, ready for processing at York. We are preparing for the next phase of the project: reconstruction of our impressive Ship in full public view.
In the afternoon we plan to visit the transporter bridge that spans the mouth of the River Usk and is now preserved as a unique piece of industrial heritage.
Tuesday 15 August
TWO CHURCHES IN NORTH WORCESTERSHIRE
Tim Bridges will lead an evening visit, using our own cars, to St Michael's, Rushock and St Michael's, Upton Warren. Both were largely rebuilt in the Georgian period but retain evidence of their medieval past.
Rushock Church is an unusual Gothic design from 1758, and has furnishings from its restoration in 1872, but today it is much visited for the grave of John Bonham of the rock group Led Zeppelin.
The medieval tower and spire were retained in the rebuilding of Upton Warren church in the 18th century and the church still has some fittings of that period, together with interesting stained glass and memorial tablets. Refreshments will be served during the visit.
Wednesday 30 August
SOUTH DERBYSHIRE CONTRASTS
A coach tour, led by Bob Ruffle, to two contrasting sites in south Derbyshire. In the morning, Sharpe’s Pottery Museum in Swadlincote, where coffee will be followed by a talk and tour of this surprising museum of local ceramics, housed in a former kiln hovel. Swadlincote was known for, among other things, the production of sanitary ware, and the museum includes a representative collection. After lunch, a visit to the nearby town of Melbourne, where we will be shown round Melbourne Hall, a fine 17th century house, the seat of the Lamb family, which included the Lord Melbourne who became Queen Victoria’s first Prime Minister. There is also a magnificent Norman church next door to the Hall.
In addition to the above, we hope to organise a visit to an excavation, including a follow-up to view post-excavation activities. This depends on information not yet available, but will probably be in June/July, to be undertaken relatively locally in our own cars. If you think you may be interested in this opportunity, please indicate on the form and we will send further information as soon as possible.