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Welcome to the Friends of Croome Website...

The Friends of Croome started in 2004, to promote the work of the National Trust, encourage knowledge and better understanding of Croome and to initiate social activities and fund-raising. Funds raised through our activities go towards supporting projects at Croome.

Membership is diverse including those who simply love Croome, families whose forebears worked on the Croome Estate and National Trust volunteers involved in all aspects of the everyday running of Croome and with planning for its future.

Our oral history project has burgeoned into a remarkable record of recollections of life at Croome both during the time of the Coventry family and afterwards, along with photographic records for display. With Lottery Grant assistance, a booklet was produced and still the work of interviewing and recording goes on.

An events group provides an excellent programme of entertaining and informative talks, walks and visits specifically for Friends of Croome members.

Our superb second-hand bookshop, located next to main reception at Croome, is also a highly-successful means of fund raising.

We are proud of the high standard of our newsletter produced twice a year for members, containing informative articles and the latest on projects at Croome.

By becoming a Friend of Croome, your enjoyment of Croome will be enhanced by a feeling of belonging and involvement and by the enthusiasm of fellow members.

Friends Extra

We now have well over 400 members, not surprisingly about 70% have joined on their own. Some find it easy to mix, for others joining in is quite daunting, and some come on their own as their partners cannot or choose not to join them.

With this in mind, we would very much like to start a social group for members, perhaps fortnightly, where we can have coffee and cake while exchanging ideas and plan events and generally have time to chat to each other and socialise.

This would not be the same as the events planned by the Events Committee, where we go out as a large group. We have in mind facilitating small groups to maybe having a walk and a pub lunch, visiting gardens in the summer, a gardening group for swapping plants, going to the theatre, holiday group, an art or craft group, even a man shed. We all have skills to swap and share. The ideas are endless. Spontaneity with friends is to be treasured.

The refurbished RAF building has been allotted Lottery money and should be finished during the winter, so this could hopefully become a regular venue in which to meet. Ideally the meetings would take place during the day.

The next meeting is on Wed 9th January at Severn Stoke village hall, 10.30am

Click here to download the Friends Extra meeting notes from 18th November

Click here to download the latest Friends Extra meeting notes from 5th December

Croome Heritage Trust

The primary objective of the Croome Heritage trust is to protect the heritage, archives and legacy of the Earls of Coventry for the foreseeable future. Its other main goal is to Educate; to inform interested parties on the Coventry family history and the history of Croome Court and its estate.

Click here to visit the website of Croome Heritage Trust

Friends of Croome Supporting the National Trust

Click here to Visit the National Trust Croome website