Coach Trip to Speke Hall.


On Wednesday 12th October, a nearly full coach visited Speke Hall, Liverpool, for our last outing of 2016.

After making the usual pick-ups, we were off up the M6, with a stop at Stafford Services, on a fine, sunny day. We arrived shortly before midday, so many of us opted to go straight to the restaurant for lunch. Scouse was a popular choice, it being nice to have a local delicacy. There were receipe cards available free, for Scouse, Pan Haggerty and Wet Nelly.

At one o'clock, there was a guided tour and talk given by one of the volunteers, who was wearing Tudor costume. There were about 50 on the tour, which was about four times the normal number.

Our thanks go to Jean Webb for organising the trip, and to Robert Trigger for driving us.










Coach Trip to Chester.

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, 23 members of the Association went to Chester by coach. After a cloudy start, the weather brightened, and we had a warm sunny day for our visit. We travelled via Bridgenorth and Telford, where we had a short comfort stop, and enjoyed the scenery. On arrival in Chester, we all went our seperate ways to enjoy the sights.






On a bright and sunny day in May forty-four of us from Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch headed off , taking in the scenery via Cutnall Green, Kidderminster and Much Wenlock until we arrived at the Trust property a couple of miles from Shrewsbury.   First things first, we looked for a cuppa and joined a busy queue following another coach party at the Tea Room.

Feeling refreshed we then split up to visit variously the stables, which had a visual record of the life of the Berwick family during World War 1 and after, and a well-stocked gift shop; or the grounds including a fully enclosed walled garden in which several volunteers were preparing the flower beds with new plantings for the summer months.

The house had recently undergone an extensive and expensive replacement roof over the art gallery, and a 1-hour guided tour of the work with full explanation was on offer.  It could be called a self-supporting, suspended roof creating light over the art exhibits and was finished with self-cleaning glass.  Apparently it had become necessary when the original roof which is still in place,  began to leak after some 150 years.

Lunch was purchased in the Lady Berwick Restaurant or the Stables Tea Room, and we returned home late afternoon, having enjoyed another good day out together.

Thank you to those who support the outings and it is hoped to be able to   arrange trips which  suit all tastes.


Outing to Leamington - April 14th 2016

21 members and friends made the short journey to Leamington on a chilly dry day.

Our driver (Robert) dropped us right by the information centre, where we were able to get town maps etc. This was opposite the renowned Jephson Gardens which were ablaze with colourful tulips and other spring plants.  There is such a lot to do here, lovely  shopping areas and splendid architectural buildings. We left at 3.30pm for the short drive home everyone agreeing they had really enjoyed the day.

Betty Millward.


Quiz Evening - Friday 8th April 2016

The hall filled a little earlier than our usual meetings with members and friends arranged in teams of mainly
five or six people occupying a large table each. Equipped with answer sheets for each of the ten rounds, and a joker,
the hall was a buzz of anticipation as we decided our team names, one of the hardest questions of the evening!

Quizmaster John (Webb) began the proceedings by telling us the subject of each round, and, most importantly, that the break for supper would be after round 5. John made sure everyone could hear him as he read out the questions, and amid knowledge and sheer guess work, we filled in our answers. Jean Webb collected our sheets after each round, beginning with a different table for fairness, and gave them to Robert Trigger for computerised calculation.

After five rounds, as promised, the food was uncovered, and we helped ourselves to delicious pate, tasty cheeses, and salad including lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, celery and pepper, as well as chunks of various breads and butter. It was delicious, and several of us went back for more!

The final five rounds began, and our brains were once more stretched. By the end of the evening we had covered topics such as NT properties, Geography, Numbers, True or False, Natural World, Leisure and Sport. Although John had told us the answers for each round after our papers had been collected, we were keen to know the final score. There was a wide range of totals, but the top four teams were within four points of each other! Prizes were awarded to the winners and the runners-up.

It was an extremely enjoyable evening, and well organised, and our excellent quizmaster John kept the pace just about right.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make it a wonderful evening.


Coach Trip to Oxford.

On Tuesday 8th September, 21 members of the Association went to Oxford by coach. The weather was rather overcast, but with clear blue sky just as we left for the journey home! It was a 'Do-it-Yourself' day, with visits to many local attractions.


Antiques Evening.

On July 16th 2015, about 40 members attended an Antiques evening at Tardebigge. Antiques expert David Walters valued the items brought along. He had 10 items on display, and held a quiz where we had to guess the values. A supper of Ham, Chicken and Salad, with a wonderful selection of desserts, was provided by Janet Miller and her team, to who we express our thanks.




Powis Castle.

On July 2nd 2015, 54 National trust members visited Powis Castle and Garden on a coach outing arranged by John Webb.

The Castle was the home of the Herbert Family for over 400 years and along with works of art from all over the world has the UK,s largest collection of Indian treasures housed in a room tastefully decorated to display the artefacts at their best.

Set on a hillside the Castle overlooks beautiful gardens which are well worth a visit.  For those less able a buggy runs up and down about every 20 minutes.  Some members got a bit wet, as the weather was mixed that day, but I’m sure the plants appreciated the rain after what had been an extremely hot day the day before.

After an enjoyable day we were returned safely home by our ‘amusing’  and very able driver Robert who is also the treasurer of our association. Many thanks for a lovely day to both John and Robert!






Our visit to Hughenden, Wednesday 17th June 2015.

On a rather grey, cloudy morning in June, 43 of us left on our visit to Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe.

Entering the house the immediate impression I received was of the vivid colours of the décor, from the oranges and reds of  Disraeli’s personal sitting room to the blues and yellows of the main bedroom .

All the guides had many stories to tell about the history of the family and house, as well as more recent events, including top secret Second World War operations, and the even more recent flood in the library, which houses many rare books.
In the afternoon the sun came out, and well placed deck chairs in the gardens were very conducive for sitting and admiring the stunning gardens…..or maybe even having a little snooze!!

An enjoyable visit was had by all, with many commenting on how they would love to return. Jim even got his mislaid jacket sent back!