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Events for 2019

Monday 2nd March at Severn Stoke village hall, 10.30am - meeting of Friends Extra

Thursday 21st March - Visit to Eckington Cookery School. Hammock Road Eckington WR10 3BJ

Meet at Eckington Cookery School - 10.45 for 11 a.m. - Cost £20

Do you want to improve your cookery skills? Learn with the professionals in a relaxed friendly environment. Eckington Manor is home to 2015 Professional MasterChef Mark Stinchcombe and his talented wife Sue. We will be treated to a professional but uncomplicated cookery demonstration, which will include a light 2 course lunch. Menu to be confirmed nearer the time. 11am – 1pm. Please make your own way to the venue – Hammock Road, Eckington, WR10 3BJ. A light 2- course lunch will be provided during the demonstration.

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Tuesday 2nd April - Mailbox plus free time in Birmingham

Meet at RAF 8.30am - Leave B’ham 4.00pm - Cost: £24 with BBC tour, £13.50 coach only

Perfectly sited for the city centre and shopping plus lots of restaurants and interest (e.g. museums), the Mail Box trip will give you the option of a peek behind the scenes of BBC Midlands. Tours are approx. 1½ hours and commence at 10.30 am and 1.00pm. Join us on one of the tours or just visit the city centre and plan your own day.
Please indicate your choice on the booking form.

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Thursday 11th April AGM

Meet RAF Canteen 7.15

Amy Forster-Smith will give a shortened version of her talk on ‘Women of Croome’ which was postponed from last year.

Thursday 2nd May - Middleton Hall, Tamworth

Meet at RAF 9.30 - Leave 4.00 - Cost £22

Middleton Hall is a Grade II listed building dating back 950 years and has been the home of a Norman magnate, an arctic explorer and 2 significant naturalists. It is set in
42 acres and has a historic walled garden dating back to 1717. Within the Hall is the Peel Museum dedicated to one of Tamworth’s most notable families.

There will be coffee upon arrival and then free flow. There is also a café and a variety of shops on site. For those interested in birds, the RSPB Middleton Lakes in within easy walking distance from Middleton Hall.

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Tuesday 14th May - Nightingale Walk

Meet at Reception - 10.00am - Return 1.00pm - Cost £5

Join us for a walk of between three to four miles to discover more about this elusive bird. Hugh Warwick, Croome’s Area Ranger, will be leading our walk to show us the nesting areas and some of the nightingale habitat that has been created. This is the best time of year to hear nightingales, as they will be in full song, singing not only at dawn and dusk, but during the day as well. Anyone interested in this lovely bird, is in for a treat.

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2019 Holiday

Holiday 2019. To Kent and Sussex 19th -23rd May

I am delighted to say that the holiday bookings have been very successful, selling out within 2 weeks of advertising. Waiting List only.

After our successful holiday to Devon this year we have decided to ‘go it alone’ once more. We have booked the Royal Victoria Hotel, in Hastings. We had hoped to stay more centrally in Kent but having found the Royal Victoria we are very pleased with its position which is right on the sea front, this is a treat in itself as we live so far from the sea.

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Tuesday 18th June - Cardiff Shopping or St Fagans

Meet at RAF - Leave at 9a.m. - Leave Cardiff 4p.m - Cost £15

Today we visit St Fagans National Museum of History, one of the world’s leading open-air museums and Wales’ most-visited heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. During the last 50 years, over 50 original buildings from different locations in Wales and from different historical periods have been re-built in the 100-acre parkland. Suitable walking shoes are recommended.
Or spend the day in Cardiff City Centre, one of the top shopping destinations. It is easy to explore on foot. Visit the National Museum and the spectacular Cardiff Castle or catch a bus to the revitalised waterfront at Cardiff Bay.

Please indicate your choice on the booking form for Cardiff City or St Fagans.

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Friends Extra dates:-
We will meet on the first Monday of the month when possible:-
Monday 4th March 10.30 at Severn Stoke Village Hall
Monday April 1st 10.30 The Sergeant’s and Orderly’s Quarters Croome (SOQ) TBC
Monday April 29th 10.30 SOQ note two in April TBC
No meeting in May due to bank holidays
Monday 3rd June 10.30 a.m. SOQ Croome TBC

Dates for Your Diary
July 15th Talk by Amy Forster-Smith on the Grayson Perry Tapestries
July 31st Highclere Castle
Aug 7th An evening of Cheese and Wine in the walled garden
5th Sept Dudley Canal Trip

If you are interested in any of the events please complete the appropriate reply slip(s), and return them with your cheque(s) and a stamped address envelope to the named person by the dates given. We would appreciate one cheque per event please.

If you wish to bring a friend there will be an additional charge of £2 per event for non-members, if space permits after the closing date.

On the reply slips we are asking for the name of a family member or friend with whom we can get in touch with during an event or outing should we need to.

Polite request please – When on a coach trip from Croome we ask that you park at the top right hand side of the car park, behind the ambulance garage, thus freeing up spaces for visitors