Coach Outings 2020

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

Outings Organiser’s Report

My first year as chairman of the Outings Committee has gone well.  We had 5 successful coach outings and 3 car outings in the summer.  All were to interesting venues and provided a good day out.  I would like to thank everyone who organised and lead these trips.  In December I organised a coach outing to Powis Castle where we enjoyed Christmas lunch and tours of the house and gardens which were all illuminated.  The walks programme is now in the capable hands of Christine, who has continued to organise an excellent monthly walk.  This summer we have booked 5 coach outings and 5 car outings, which are detailed in this Newsletter.  Booking forms are enclosed and will also be on the website. The walking holiday to Malham in March and the coach holiday to Norfolk in June have been well supported.

Thank you to Christine, Louise, David, Margaret, Vivian, Sue and Pam for their hard work in arranging our summer outings.

Janet Clews

Outings Committee Chairman

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Wednesday 6th May          

Wentworth Woodhouse, S. Yorkshire   

This house claims to be the largest private house in the UK.  Buckingham Palace is not considered private.  Wentworth has 300 rooms; the building covers 2.5 acres.  There is a 180-acre park and 15,000-acre estate.  The house was started in 1740 is a mixture of styles, Baroque Architecture, Palladian and English Baroque.  We will have a guided tour of the great rooms of state including the marble saloon.  We will have morning tea or coffee on arrival, and a house tour, lunch and garden tour in the afternoon.  It is not a National Trust property but NT members get in at half price, so NT cards are essential.  The day’s cost reflects the half price entrance fee.  Restoration work is in progress and the main façade of the building is covered in scaffolding. 

Cost                £31

Depart             St Martins Church                   08.45

                        Aldridge Community Centre    09.00

Leave              Wentworth Woodhouse          17.00

Leader             David Allabarton

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Tuesday 23rd June

Peterborough Cathedral & Elton Hall

We will arrive at the Cathedral in time for a coffee before our tour from 11 to 12.30.  We then go to Elton Hall, where we will have time for lunch before our tour at 2.30.  Elton Hall has been the home of the Proby family since 1660.  Successive generations have embellished both the house and collection, which maintains many Old Masters and fine examples of English portraiture.

Cost                £34.50

Depart             Aldridge Community Centre   08.15

                        St Martins Church                  08.30

Leave              Elton Hall                                17.00

Leader             Janet Clews   

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Tuesday 14th July

Tyntesfield NT

Described as an almost complete Victorian Gothic Country house and estate, this spectacular house and landscape was created for the Gibbs family where they could display and enjoy their love of beautiful objects.  Over 60,000 pieces have been catalogued, making this the largest collection owned and cared for by the National Trust.  The interiors are richly decorated and furnished by the country’s, past, leading craftsmen.  The beautiful, ornate private family chapel has been restored to its former glory.  The flower filled terraces give way to spacious parkland and filled with hundreds of trees loved by the family.  There is also a restored working kitchen garden.  The Cowbarn restaurant and Pavilion café serve delicious dishes using fresh ingredients from the kitchen garden.  There is a well-stocked shop offering plant sales and artisan products.  (NT cards are necessary)

Cost                £18

Depart             Aldridge Community Centre   08.15

Leave              Tyntesfield                             17.00

Leader             Margaret Jones

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Wednesday 26th August

British Ironwork and Sculpture Park

Canal Trip in Llangollen

We will first visit the Ironwork Centre near Oswestry, where we can see, amongst other things, the knife angel and the spoon gorilla! Artisans working there include blacksmiths, silversmiths and ceramicists. There is a nice café, but please note no picnics are allowed in the grounds. We will leave there about one o’clock and drive to Llangollen where we will have a two-hour canal trip and enjoy a Welsh cream tea (included in the cost).

Cost                £31

Depart             Aldridge Community Centre               09.00

                        St Martins Church                               09.15

Leave              Llangollen                                           17.00

Leader             Sue Marsden

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Thursday 10th September

Biddulph NT and the Silk Museum, Macclesfield

We will drive to Biddulph where there will be time to see the dahlia walk, the oldest stumpery in the country and the geological gallery. We will then make our way to Macclesfield where there are a number of restaurants and cafes for lunch as well as an outstanding town hall to admire in the town centre. We will then have guided visits of the Silk Museum, which houses many unusual items connected with the industry.  These  include finished textiles and the Paradise Mill, which has Europe’s largest collection of Jacquard silk handlooms and offers a demonstration of all stages of the process of silk production. There is a small café where we will have a hot drink and biscuits included with the visit.  (NT cards are necessary).

Cost                £28

Depart             Aldridge Community Centre               08.15

                        St Martins                                           08.30

Leave              Silk Museum                                       17.00

Leader             Vivian Fairbank                                  

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