Car Outings for 2020

All coach and car outings have been cancelled for this year. Everyone who has paid will get a refund.

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Friday 15th May
Fulbeck Manor, Grantham, Lincs.

Fulbeck Manor

This manor has been home to the Fane family since 1632.  It has been much altered in the classical style of the 18th century.  In WWII the house was requisitioned by the British Army for the Ist Airborne Division, before they left the UK for the Battle of Arnhem.  There is an Arnhem Museum in the house.  There are 400 years of family portraits hanging on the walls of the house.  The most impressive feature is a 17th century staircase with spiral balusters.  The tour is led by the owner, Mr Julian Fane, and will be followed by a light tea in the Craft Centre.

Cost                £10 – Tour and tea

Approx.           85 miles – allow 1 hour and 45 mins

Meet at             13.45 for 14.00

Leader             David Allabarton

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Friday 5th June 2020
Aubourn Hall, Aubourn, Lincs.

The hall stands in 9 acres of lawns, mature trees, shrubs, formal rose garden, large prairie garden with vibrant borders, a topiary garden, stumpery, labyrinth and woodland with walks and ponds. There is an 11th century church nearby. The present house dates to around 1628. In the middle ages there was a moated manor house. The Neviles first came to Aubourn in1386 and still own land in the village. The house was rebuilt in the Tudor period for Sir John Mere.  In 1900 it was the residence of William Lambe and family, who were early and influential converts to Wesleyan Methodism.

 Cost                £10 – Tour and light refreshments

Approx.           85 miles – allow 1 hour and 45 mins 

Meet at            13.00 for 13.30 tour – at car park

Leader             David Allabarton

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Monday 20th July 2020
Catton Hall, Derbyshire

Catton is a glorious private Estate, owned by the Nielson family since 1402 and has over 250 acres of surrounding parkland.  The current building dates from 1745 and the present Hall, originally designed by James Gibbs, stands on the banks of the River Trent.  The house remains virtually unchanged as does its original collection of fine family and royal portraits and 17th and 18th century Dutch and Italian paintings. Whether inside its beautifully proportioned rooms with pictures and antique furniture, or outside in the gardens and parkland, you will always appreciate the opportunity to enjoy such exclusive, elegant surroundings.  There are also fascinating family connections with Lord Byron, as well as with Napoleon and the Duke of Cumberland, George III’s brother.

Cost                £16 – tour and afternoon tea

Approx.           19 miles – allow 45 minutes

Meet at            14.15 for 14.30

Leader             Pam Weaver

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Monday 3rd August  2020
The 1620s House and Garden, Leics

The 1620s House and Garden was originally called Donington le Heath Manor House.This rare house is a surviving example of a family home built in the 13th century then modernised. It shows life in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean times. The house is set in 17th century style gardens with labelled plants, flowers, orchard, herb gardens and a maze. The land was owned by William de Sees who gave it to Charley Priory in 1204 to ‘help his soul through purgatory’. The Priory then let the grounds and house to tenants. The present house was rebuilt by lawyer Robert de Herle around 1290 and is one of the oldest in Leicestershire. From 1670 to 1960 the Manor was again let, which meant little changed, thus preserving many 13th and 17th century features. In 1960 it was sold to a farmer, who raised pigs inside the house, accelerating its deterioration. In 1963 the house was listed as an ancient monument and in  1965 it underwent a stunning refurbishment telling the story of its former owners and residents. 

Cost                £10.50 – tour

Approx.           39 miles – Allow 45 minutes   

Meet at             14.00 for 14.15

Leader             Pam Weaver

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Monday 7th September 2020
Kelham Hall and Country Park, Newark

Kelham is the ancestral home of the Manners-Sutton family.  It was used as a theological college for an Anglican Order of Monks for missionary work between1903 and 1974. The distinct design features are fascinating and remind us of St. Pancras and the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.   It is the third building on the site; two former halls were significantly fire damaged.  All three were built for the family with links back to the 12th century.  In 1066 The Foljanbes family travelled to Great Britain with William The Conqueror and were given the land at Kelham & Averham.  The hall and grounds were requisitioned by the army during the two world wars. The most significant legacy left by the monks is the incredible domed chapel.

Cost                 £11.50

Approx.            76 miles – allow 1 hour and 30 minutes

Meet                14.15 for 14.30

Leader             Pam Weaver

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